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Workers Stage Strike Against New Terms Unionized maintenance workers demonstrated Tuesday against a UC plan that will cut benefits. BY aleksandra konstantinovic PHOTO BY MICHELLE LOUIE /GUARDIAN
all paws on deck UCSD held its sixth annual “Meet the Beach” all-day event on Saturday, Sept. 28 at La Jolla Shores. Freshman and transfer students had the opportunity to take surfing lessons, receive free merchandise and enjoy surfing dogs in the culminating event of Welcome Week.
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HDH Scrambles to Accommodate Record Number of Residents Housing and Dining administrators were forced to convert many single-occupancy rooms to temporary doubles in residence halls and campus apartments. BY mekala neelakantan news editor & helen hejran staff writer PHOTO BY BRIAN MONROE /GUARDIAN
pproximately 300 UCSD students were displaced into “temporary double” on-campus housing assignments this fall, due to overcrowding with a record number of 13,000 campus residents. Administrators within UCSD Housing, Dining and Hospitality created the temporary doubles by converting single rooms — located in many residential halls and some on-campus apartments — to double rooms composed of two wardrobes on one side of the room and a bunk bed on the other side. The change follows a 22 percent increase in admissions from See RESIDENTS, page 3
Regents Launch New Online Scholarship Campaign The crowdfunding campaign, which began last month, has already raised nearly $1 million for UC students. BY davis liang
The University of California Board of Regents announced their six-week Promise For Education scholarship campaign at their meeting last month; since then, the campaign raised nearly $1 million for the UC system. The money will go
directly toward UC scholarships. Promise for Education allows individuals to make a personal promise — run a marathon, adopt a pet, volunteer, grow a beard — set a crowdfunding goal and share the promise on Facebook or other social media sites. The money raised will go directly toward scholarships and
grants for UC undergraduates with financial need. The aid will be in addition to money students already receive through the University of California’s traditional financial aid programs. Campaigns to increase private support towards student scholarships, like Promise for Education,
have taken on increased importance after years of cuts to the UC budget. According to former chairwoman of the UC Board of Regents Sherry Lansing, the campaign is primarily driven by participation from UC students, faculty and staff. See SCHOLARSHIP, page 3
associate news editor UCSD service workers are protesting low wages and reduced pensions for the second time as the University of California issues its final proposal regarding workers’ contracts. On Tuesday, Sept. 24, maintenance workers from the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees 3299 marched around the UCSD administration complex banging pots and pans in a demonstration against the UC administration’s push for pension reform. An AFSCME worker, who identified herself as Carla, said through a translator that the protest was due to a lack of good-faith bargaining on the university’s part. “What we’re asking for is nothing out of the ordinary,” she said. “It’s well within what the university is capable of. We can’t afford increases to our healthcare and pension contributions.” AFSCME 3299 has protested twice this year for similar reasons. University of California’s Vice President for Systemwide Human Resources and Programs Dwaine Duckett issued a statement regarding the ongoing negotiations. “On Sept. 3, the state’s neutral fact finder sided with [the University of California] on the key issue of pension reform and recommended the university’s approach,” the statement read. “Having completed all stages of the bargaining process, including stateassisted mediation and fact finding, the university is legally entitled to implement its last proposal.” The university system’s proposed changes include raising employee pension contributions from 5 percent to 6.5 percent, while the UC system’s contribution increases from 10 to 12 percent. Employees hired after July 1, 2013, will also receive a modified benefits plan. AFSCME is currently supporting legislation (SCA 15) that would require the UC system to adhere to a pension reform law that currently applies to all other state employees. Among the provisions in the Public Employees Pension Reform Act is a pension cap that would be imposed on the UC executives who retire with six figure salaries. For example, UC President Mark Yudof, whose last day is Monday, Sept. 30, is guaranteed at least $230,000 in pension and benefits after five years in his position.
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▶ UCSD Holds Annual Convocation Dinner: UCSD held its annual convocation dinner for freshmen and transfer students on Sept. 24 on RIMAC Field. Keynote speaker Carol Padden, a UCSD communications professor, addressed the students on varying topics, from the importance of communication to commending the students for all that they have already achieved. “A university education is not just about courses you will take and the friends you make here, but it’s about becoming a person,” Padden said during her speech. “Acquire flexibility in your point of view; see the world from the eyes of someone who lives in a world very different from this one.” ▶ Founder of UCSD Literature Department Dies: Carlos Blanco Aguinaga, one of the founders of the UCSD literature department, passed away in La Jolla on Sept. 11, 2013. After holding positions at Colegio de México, Johns Hopkins University and Ohio State University, Aguinaga
was recruited in 1964 to help form the literature department at UCSD. In 1994, Aguinaga gained Professor Emeritus status. Aguinaga is survived by his wife Iris Blanco Arevalo, two daughters Alda Blanco and Maria Blanco, son Renato Barahona and two grandchildren Amaya Blanco Ramirez and Ernesto Barahona Mallen. ▶ Record Number of Admits to UCSD: A record number of 5,179 incoming freshmen and 2,645 incoming transfer students entered UCSD this fall quarter. Since last year, the number of students who have accepted UCSD’s offer has increased by 22 percent. The incoming freshmen have an overall GPA of 4.06 and SAT Reasoning scores of 612, 670 and 627 for Critical Reading, Math and Writing, respectively. The transfer students’ GPA was 3.52. “UCSD continues to attract and enroll the best and the brightest students,” Interim Vice Chancellor of
Student Affairs Alan Houston said to ucsdnews.com. “Our ability to do so is testament to UCSD’s prominence as a world-class university that offers students extraordinary opportunities to thrive and succeed.” ▶ San Diego Student Wins Google Science Fair Award: Seventeen-yearold Canyon Crest Academy student and UCSD student lab researcher Eric Chen won the grand prize at the Google Science Fair for his project that utilizes computer technology to find new treatments to fight against influenza. He beat thousands of competitors from 120 countries and was awarded a $50,000 scholarship, a ten-day trip to the Galapagos Island and the opportunity to visit the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland. Eric began his project a year ago, aiming to develop drugs that can fight influenza in a more effective way. “The current flu drugs we have are losing their effectiveness. More
resistant flu strains are appearing. We urgently need new flu drugs, and that’s what I’m trying to do,” Eric said. “We need our future scientists.” ▶ UCSD Celebrates Native American Day: The 8th annual California Native American Day celebration at UCSD, themed “Honoring Tradition Through Culture and Education,” will run from Sept. 27 until May 2014. The events will honor the past, present and future cultures of the Native Americans in San Diego, California and throughout the United States. Since its conception, the California Native American Day has been held on the fourth Friday of September, but recently, UCSD has expanded the holiday to a yearlong celebration of Native American history and culture. “We are dedicated to strengthening the relationship between UCSD and local tribal communities and raising awareness on our campus about the legacy and contributions of the Native American community,” Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla said.
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LIGHTS & SIRENS Sunday, Sept. 22 1:21 a.m.: Noise Disturbance ▶Police heard a loud, popping sound from the terrace of an Eleanor Roosevelt College residential hall, possibly from a BB gun. Quiet on arrival. 7:41 a.m. to 8 a.m. : Vandalism ▶A student was arrested for graffiti vandalism in Mandeville Center, causing damages of $100. Report taken. 3:28 p.m.: Assist Other Agency ▶The subject called for assistance in locating a fallen glider at the Southwest Fisheries. Checks OK. 4:38 p.m.: Medical Aid ▶Police found a young adult female complaining of severe stomach pain. Transported to hospital. 5:38 p.m.: Suspicious Person ▶An adult male was harassing female students at a bus stop along Villa La Jolla Drive/La Jolla Village Drive. Permanent stay away order previously issued — will cooperate. 9:01 p.m.: Injury ▶A young male in Frankfurter Hall tripped and fell, possibly having a concussion. Transported to hospital. 11:18 p.m.: Medical Aid ▶A female subject had a panic attack in Brennan Hall. Checks OK. Monday, Sept. 23 1:01 a.m.: Assist Other Agency ▶Police found approximately six subjects stumbling in Lot 104. Checks OK. 1:30 p.m.: Injury ▶A subject drove a golf cart through a window near the Revelle Provost office, striking an adult female. Report taken. Tuesday, Sept. 24 12:38 a.m.: Disturbance, Fight ▶A male student was arrested for disorderly conduct in the Applied Physics and Mathematics Building. Closed by adult arrest.
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12:18 p.m.: Medical Aid ▶An elderly, adult female fell down after feeling faint. Transported to hospital. 5:51 p.m.: Disturbance, Psych Subject ▶Police found an adult male acting paranoid, concerned that he might become violent. Field interview administered. Wednesday, September 25 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Vandalism ▶A male student was arrested for vandalism and grand theft in Mandeville Center, resulting in damages of $1336.19. Report taken. 10:46 p.m.: Gas/Water/Sewer Leak ▶All lights went out in the Sixth College Residential Halls. Referred to other agency — housing maintenance. Thursday, Sept. 26 12:06 a.m.: Marijuana Contact ▶A resident advisor reported smelling marijuana in the Village East 1. Information only. 8:06 a.m.: Non-Injury Accident ▶Police found a group of people stopping to look at an accident along Villa La Jolla Drive/La Jolla Village Drive. Referred to other agency — San Diego Police. 11:37 p.m.: Animal Call ▶Police found a dog inside of a vehicle in Gilman Parking Structure. Checks OK. 1:50 p.m.: Information ▶Police found a suspicious person in possession of student ID’s. Information only. 11:50 p.m.: Alcohol Contact ▶The subject was found intoxicated in public. 2 transported to detox. — MEKALA NEELAKANTAN News Editor Lights and Sirens is compiled from the Police Crime Log at police.ucsd.edu.
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last year, coupled with the continued four-year housing guarantee first introduced to the incoming class of 2012. The previous year, students were guaranteed three years of on-campus housing. “We have a commitment to house our incoming freshmen and transfer students who want to live on campus,” Assistant Vice Chancellor of HDH Mark Cunningham said. “This demand coupled with increased demand from continuing students who want to remain on campus generated a situation where demand for housing was at all-time high. However, we kept our commitment to our parents and incoming students to provide on-campus housing.” The temporary doubles will not have the desk and chair available in typical rooms; instead, students will likely have to use desks placed in the common areas of residential halls.
“[HDH] looked at various options, and when all other housing alternatives were exhausted and the demand was still higher than availability, HDH developed the required space by converting regular singles into temporary doubles,” Cunningham said. According to Cunningham, students received these assignments based on the date of their housing application submission. Since then, HDH has received concerns regarding the assignments and their lack of personal space. However, students’ chief complaint continues to be the pricing, as those placed in temporary doubles pay the same annual price of $9,809 as triple room residents but have 13.33 less square feet per student. Currently, there are several petitions on change.org urging UCSD to lower the cost for those in temporary double rooms or assist in placing the students in nearby off-campus apartment complexes. One petition on change.
org, aimed at Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and titled “University of California at San Diego: Lower the Price of the Temporary Double or Find More Housing,” garnered 988 supporters since the housing assignments were announced. “Living in a single room with another person and no desk is really outrageous for the price,” student Morgan Goulart said in a comment on the petition. While they are not pursuing any on-campus housing projects at the moment, HDH does hope that demand for housing subsides following the beginning of the school year. “Temporary doubles have been, and are being and will continue to be returned to regular singles spaces as regular spaces open up, and if residents in the temporary spaces choose to move or not,” Cunningham said.
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Promise for Education Campaign Receives Celebrity Support ▶ SCHOLARSHIP, from page 1
“The campaign is about students and the democratization of funding,” Lansing said. “If everyone raised $10, that would amount to a huge number. Everybody could help somebody else who can’t handle education financially.” Crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo have been around for several years and have often been an arena for innovative ideas, with Promise for Education surrounding the new idea of crowdfunded scholarships. The story behind Promise for Education began a couple years ago with an idea from social media expert Noah Kerner and Regent Sherry Lansing. Lansing reached out to Kerner who then flew
to Lansing’s Los Angeles office to discuss the idea of crowdsourcing scholarships. Following discussions, Promise for Education became a group initiative of the Regents, the Office of the President and several other collectives and individuals. Promise for Education is the newest addition to the Project You Can campaign, a system-wide effort, run by UC Regents, to raise $1 billion towards student support through 2014. According to Crowdfund Insider, the campaign has raised more than $700 million, 70 percent of its intended goal. “Have some fun with it or do something serious,” Lansing said. “I’d like everybody to participate, on any level.” To date, several prominent celeb-
rities, politicians and UC Chancellors such as actor Jamie Foxx, Governor Jerry Brown and UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, have made promises. People interested in making a promise can visit www.promiseforeducation.org. “I think the program has the best intentions for the University,” UCSD A.S. Associate Vice President External Affairs Vanessa Garcia said. “I think it’s a unified effort to make attending the UC more accessible for people. I’m curious to see how the scholarships will be compiled and dispersed to students. I’d like to have students be a large voice in that conversation.”
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Federal Ranking System Flawed
President Obama’s new plan to use a federal ranking system to allocate financial aid is not the solution for current higher education issues. BY shannon kang staff writer illustration by snighdha paul
resident Obama’s proposal for granting financial aid to universities based on a new college rating system is sure to stir up another filibuster, as the debate regarding higher education reform continues. On the surface, President Obama’s plan may seem like a good idea, but it should be regarded with a certain degree of skepticism due to its policy implications and timeline and cost issues. Introduced on Aug. 22, the plan proposes new standards to create federal college ratings by 2015, and to allocate government funding for student aid accordingly by 2018. Currently, the federal government allocates over $150 million to colleges for aid grants, a number based on student enrollment. According to the White House Office of the Press Secretary, the primary changes would call for universities to be rated on low-income student enrollment, graduation rates, graduate earnings and affordability, rather than on standards like academic performance, which is currently not a parameter. The higher the rating, the more money universities will receive for student financial aid. Including graduation rates in the rating system seems reasonable, since schools would be rewarded for helping a majority of their students earn a degree. However, it would be remiss to base funding for schools on the starting salaries of their graduates. Jordan Weissmann of The Atlantic magazine states that in general, alumni of elite schools draw bigger paychecks. As a result, a graduate from a bigname university with a competitive GPA is likely to earn a higher starting pay than a graduate with the same GPA from a lesser-known school. Regardless of these graduates’ off-resume skills, such as teamwork and critical thinking, the graduate from a less prestigious
school will be at a disadvantage with regard to pay, even if they are, in reality, better suited for the job. This devalues the individual and continues to feed into superficial aspects like the cachet that a prestigious university name holds, while promoting prominent universities at the expense of lesser-known institutions. If the federal government creates their own system, it will just be another list of ratings focused solely on numbers rather than on students. President Obama is suggesting that universities should receive subsidies based on college ‘value,’ but this takes emphasis away from students’ academic performance and intellectual qualities. The proposed agenda’s interpretation of a university’s academics is tied to the number of classes students have completed rather than their ability to get good grades and be a competitive graduate. Evaluating universities should be a comprehensive process focused on what is important for students, such as affordability. Instead of making universities compete for federal aid by rating them on some of the measures currently proposed, the government should prioritize the issue of students actually receiving enough financial aid on an individual level and providing them with quality education. Another questionable part of this plan is the extensive timeline and cost it would entail. According to U.S. News and World Report’s Allie Bidwell, in 2008, Congress banned the federal government from collecting student data such as graduate earnings and graduation rates for transfer students. Overcoming the ban and obtaining this kind of information would be costly and unlikely in the timeline See SYSTEM, page 5
Party Drug “Molly” Is Falsely Advertised as a Safe Stimulant BY lauren koa
Trinidad James should have told people that popping a molly can make them do more than just sweat. That is, if they’re popping real molly. Molly, the pure form of MDMA, has been rising in popularity with the electronic dance movement and rave scenes as a popular, fun drug that makes users feel euphoric and carefree. What most people know about molly is that it is frequently recommended and referred to by rap artists and celebrities and has a reputation as a safe drug compared to its notoriously more dangerous sister drug ecstasy. However, this belief could be their biggest mistake. Molly users are given the false impression that the non-addictive
“fun” drug is harmless compared to other drugs like cocaine or heroin. Because molly is marketed to be a pure form of MDMA, the main ingredient combined with other random drugs to create ecstasy, it has been viewed an easy way for users to maintain party-on attitudes. Celebrity endorsements from Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus and Madonna have glamorized the drug but have let a crucial truth slide: The drug is no safer than its predecessor, ecstasy, the popular drug of the ‘80s that flew under the social radar due to dealers’ tendencies to mix it with other cheaper substances. And the problem with molly is similar, because some street vendors of “molly” are not selling the idealized drug at all. According to Drug Enforcement
Administration spokesman Rusty Payne, 80 to 90 percent of substances collected labeled as molly had actually been completely different substances. Because the demand for molly has risen, buyers will purchase molly at $20 to $50 a dose; street vendors have consequently been inclined to sell substitutes for the in-demand product. And these molly counterfeits are not solely a bad trip, nor just a simple rip-off. The issue with these substitutes is that many of those making and selling molly have no idea what chemicals they are tampering with, resulting in uninformed buyers downing unknown substances. Several recent instances of this have caused medical emergencies and deaths. Earlier this September, two
deaths and several cases of overdoses attributed to molly caused New York City’s Electric Zoo Festival to cancel the final day of their show. According to a Sept. 12 New York Times article, it was revealed that one of the deceased had mistakenly taken a combination of MDMA and the dangerous psychoactive drug methylone, likely sold to him as molly. While celebrities have mentioned and endorsed the use of molly, at the end of the day, they won’t be found buying molly from unreliable sources at a rave. The act of popping random pills has its consequences and risks, and people should not be fooled or confused to think otherwise.
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Save Your Best Effort to Finish Off Strong Thinking Caps Kelvin Noronha
ike anyone with an overinflated motivation to better themselves over the summer, I resolved to spend some weeks doing bike workouts. Like anyone with a death wish, I chose to go up the steepest SoCal mountains I could find. About 90 percent of each ride was spent muttering darkly while I suffered through the slope and sun. But every time, on that final “home stretch,” the ride actually became … easy. I, along with anyone who has ever used a treadmill or exercise bike, can thank a convenient little phenomenon called the goal-gradient effect for the sudden late increase in ability. Behavioral psychologist Clark Hull first discovered it in 1932, when he found that rats scampering toward a box of food — the goal — automatically quickened their pace as they neared it. Similarly, as I approached the peak of the brutal climb, a surge of energy magically kicked in and helped me on my way. While the effect is principally seen in physical endeavors, it spills out into our daily lives as well. A Columbia University study by Ran Kivetz, Oleg Urminsky and Yuhuang Zheng investigated the buying habits of coffeeholics participating in a cafe’s rewards program. The subjects would earn a free drink after a certain number of purchases. At the start of the program, most customers resigned themselves to the idea that no matter how many chocolate croissants and lattes they downed, the free coffee was out of reach. Yet as the consumers’ quantity of purchases slowly edged toward the number necessary to earn a free coffee, the frequency drastically increased. The crucial factor behind this biological wiring is that the everparsimonious body reserves energy and adrenaline for when it most needs it, in an attempt to attain a substantial source of food, water or shelter. So although I had been begging my legs the entire way up the hill for a miraculous boost, they steadfastly refused my supplications until the very top. This leads us to the question of whether we can trick our bodies into giving us that little advantage whenever we’d like. Fortunately, we can. But it does come with caveats. Common wisdom has always advised that long tasks such as boring essays should be broken up into portions, each with its own mini-goal. The expectation here is that there will be a surge of motivation and energy associated with each little mission. Yet just as the body eventually runs out of its supply of calories, endorphins and adrenaline after charging up a mountain pass, too many goal-oriented efforts will end up sapping our resolve. So perhaps it’s a better idea to just endure the drudgery until your brain kicks into high gear. Though you’re certainly eager to bury yourself in mammalian physiology or differential equations, if you burn yourself out now, you’ll be spent when you need your mental faculties the most. So just relax, and let finals week take care of itself once December swings along. Listen to Blurred Lines another 50 times. Watch some slapstick Vines every now and again. And just have a fabulous fall quarter, everyone.
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Meatless Monday Creates Healthier Campus Options
Underdeveloped Plan Incentivizes Counterproductive Competition ▶ SYSTEM, from page 4 that President Obama proposes. Gaining accurate records and information for over 6,000 accredited higher education institutions is no simple task. Rather than allocating time and money towards the research behind a federal rating system, the government should spend whatever budget planned for the ranking system on the students. Not only is President Obama’s plan costly, but it approaches the issue of unequal class representation counter intuitively. This is already a problem post-secondary institutions face, and creating an incentive to accept lowerincome students is not the simple solution. If universities are presented
with an incentive for receiving more financial aid than their competitors is enrolling higher numbers of lowincome students, institutions will choose to enroll even more lowincome students at the expense of middle class students in attempts to see higher ranks. Press-Enterprise journalist David Olson points out a 6 percent decline in the number of middle class students enrolled at the University of California campuses from 1999 to 2010. Although there is an effort to create a balance, Obama’s plan doesn’t include a solid strategy to shed society of the polarity that exists among people of different economic backgrounds. The policy attempts to even out the playing field, but in the process, t actu-
ally takes many of the middle class out of the game. A better approach would be to support universities enrolling students from various social and economic backgrounds instead of instituting a system that encourages them to favor students from a certain end of the spectrum. So before the Obama administration tries to implement an undeveloped plan that requires extensive time and funds, the values and costs should be placed in thought for some time. President Obama’s plan has good intentions, but the outcomes don’t seem promising — at least, not for now.
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Dear Editor, President Clinton, once known for his love of fast food, has been making headlines for his recent dietary change. He’s swapped the Big Macs and chicken nuggets for veggie burgers, beans and vegetables. After years of battling heart problems, Clinton took his doctor’s advice to reduce his meat consumption. He reports that the results have been tremendous: losing 24 pounds, feeling more energetic and seeing a welcome drop in cholesterol levels. President Clinton isn’t the only one turning over a new leaf; from Usher, to Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Kristen Bell, people everywhere are eating less meat. The movement toward more plant-based meals is also taking root on college campuses, with more than 200 universities, including UCSD, leading the charge with “Meatless Monday” campaigns in their dining halls. According to a study conducted by Technomic,
over 20 percent of college students are reducing their meat consumption and for good reasons. One of those reasons is concern for the nine billion chickens, pigs and other animals raised for food each year, most of whom suffer in factory farms. For example, most egg-laying hens are crammed into tiny cages, each bird granted less space than the screen of an iPad on which to live for her entire life. Thankfully, eating meatless doesn’t mean “less” at all. It means “more,” as in more choices. It means “better” as in better living — both for us and for animals. From chain restaurants like Chipotle and Denny’s serving up hearty vegetarian fare, to Indian, Thai, Chinese and Mexican cuisine which regularly incorporate delicious meat-free items, the options are endless. Visit HumaneSociety.org/ MeatFree for easy and delicious meat-free recipes and meal tips.
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anding a job post-graduation is enough to spawn a sigh of relief from any college student. Recent UCSD graduate Rachel Brown knows the feeling — and then some. Last April, after a six-month wait, the former Eleanor Roosevelt College student learned that she had been accepted into the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program. This sent her to Kinmen, Taiwan at the start of August to begin her 11-month term at Shyan An Primary School. Brown is one of 12 recent graduates from UCSD who received a grant this year from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program — a platform that gives individuals the opportunity to pursue academic study, research projects or English Teaching Assistantships abroad. This is the greatest number of grant recipients selected from UCSD on record. Fulbright is the nation’s largest exchange program of its kind, operating in over 140 countries and awarding roughly 1,900 grants each year . In addition to Taiwan, Fulbright grantees from UCSD have been flown out to work at multiple sites this academic year, including Russia, Austria, Vietnam and Chile. “When I found out I got the grant, I couldn’t stop smiling for at least 10 minutes,” Brown said. Brown is currently a mile off the coast of China, on Taiwan’s outlying island of Kinmen, working with children in third through sixth grade — reading books, reviewing vocabulary words and playing games in the classroom. “My classes are mostly supplemental English practice so [that] the students can have exposure to an all-English atmosphere with a native speaker,” Brown said. Brown credits Fulbright and the Kinmen government’s commitment to English education for making it possible for her to pursue her goal of helping children.
features editor But her pursuit didn’t begin with her venture to Taiwan; Brown took a quarter off from school in 2011 to spend three months volunteering as an English tutor at Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology in Rwanda. “I enjoyed that so much that I thought teaching abroad again might prove an equally positive experience,” Brown said. It’s been just shy of two months since leaving her hometown of Menlo Park to make her debut in Asia, but already, Brown feels that she had been right about her hunch. “I’ve only just started, but so far, I really like it when I can see a little spark in my students,” Brown said. “Whenever they listen to my instructions, understand what I want and scoot forward in their seats, pencils poised, I feel like I’m succeeding.” While she’s experienced success in teaching her own language, Brown admitted that learning the native speech is still a work in progress. She estimated her level of fluency in Mandarin to be equivalent to that of her third graders’ English. “I know tones, although I can’t always hear them, and I can say, ‘Thank you,’ ‘Excuse me’ and ‘I want a passion fruit tea, large size’ — but that’s about it,” Brown said. “I hope to learn more Chinese soon, but I have to focus on teaching first. That’s my main priority.” Effective communication with the locals may be a skill that Brown is far from mastering, but the language barrier hasn’t stopped her from learning about the native culture and its people — both in and out of the classroom. “I’ve learned that Taiwanese garbage trucks play ice-creamtruck-style music and that people are surprised I can use chopsticks. [I’ve learned] that being over 5’10” is extremely fascinating, that teaching is 20 percent knowing the material, 40 percent knowing your class and 40 percent faking it until something works,” Brown said. “[I’ve learned] that Chinese words are extremely dif-
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UCSD Biologists Develop Faster Method for Identifying Antibiotics
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n an effort to combat drug-resistant bacteria, UCSD molecular biologists Joseph Pogliano and Kit Pogliano have developed a shortcut for discovering new antibiotics and understanding how they are killed. They call it Bacterial Cytological Profiling. Bacterial Cytological Profiling works as an autopsy for bacteria cells. It’s a fast way for scientists to show the specific effect an antibacterial drug has on bacteria cells by identifying what internal process the antibiotic disrupts in a bacterial cell. “A bacteria’s internal process is fairly simple — like an old computer — and how it crashes is how it crashes,” K. Pogliano said. “Consequently, in understanding the cause for bacterial death, we can better develop more effective drugs to help combat the increasingly drug-resistant bacteria.”
The BCP project began more than a decade ago when both professors were involved in early research on bacterial internal organization. Over time, they began to study antibiotic effects on cells and develop techniques to look at bacterial cells. K. Pogliano said that she was compelled to pursue this project in order to move her research in a practical direction and help people with bacterial infections receive better treatments. According to K. Pogliano, her father once contracted a mixed-species infection that rendered him disabled. However, the development of BCP has brought her one step closer to helping people like her father. “We have a small startup company that we have founded to make this technology available to the pharmaceutical industry, in addition to trying to make this a See BACTERIA, page 8
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Brown Hopes to Expand Her Chinese Vocabulary During Pogliano Aims to Gain Better Insight Into Her Next Nine Months Teaching English in Kinmen, Taiwan Bacterial Cells Through Her Research PHOTO COURTESY OF KARISSA MOY
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ficult to pronounce correctly [and] that children have personalities that extend way past language barriers.” When she’s not teaching, Brown takes time to explore her new home. To make getting around the small island easier, she rented a scooter after getting her Taiwanese scooter license earlier this month. “I wander around my town when looking for a place to eat dinner and point at foods I don’t know on menus to order sometimes,” Brown
said. “You just adapt. It’s that, or give up, and I’ve never been the giving up type.” Brown believes that it will take her a bit longer before she feels completely at home in Taiwan. “I think it takes three months to love a country — one to explore and be excited, one to be disappointed that it isn’t home and one to accept that this place is growing on you and it might even be your new home,” she said. “The boundaries on when you switch between these emotions are pretty fluid, but at the moment,
I am definitely happy. I think once I learn more Chinese, this will feel like a new home.” Brown still has many more months to make herself comfortable in Taiwan before she returns to the states next July. “I’m looking forward to getting to know my students really well and also to traveling more,” Brown said. “I want to see the rest of the country when possible.”
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more robust method that is faster and more applicable for early stage drug discovery,” K. Pogliano said. Despite the achievements that the research team has made, K. Pogliano believes that there remains many challenges to face and questions to answer. She stated that BCP is still a relatively new process and that it is still unclear, if at least mechanistically, why the technique is so effective. Furthermore, K. Pogliano says another challenge is discovering the right molecules for the antibiotic. The difficulty, she stated, is that many molecules are unusable due to their toxicity or simply their inability to pass through the liver’s filter. However, in spite of these challenges, it appears that both the scientific and pharmaceutical communities have been receptive towards BCP. K. Pogliano explained that before BCP, companies often had difficulties discovering the mechanisms a drug uses to kill bacterial cells, yet the FDA
needed information on these mechanisms in order to issue an approval. The results BCP provides can tell companies what part of the bacterial process antibiotics inhibit and speed up new drug development. K. Pogliano expressed that they are always looking for motivated and dedicated students from UCSD to assist in the lab. “Professor Joe Pogliano and I like to make sure that students have a really high quality environment to interact with a keen mentor,” she said. In the future, K. Pogliano envisions a deeper understanding of bacterial cells. She hopes to identify new targets for drugs to attack on bacterial cells and develop effective new drugs to meet the pressing clinical need. “It’s really fun,” she said. “I’m excited to show that basic science can have an impact on improving human health.”
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bit, and that lead to some pretty timely counter attacks.” In its third match this week, the team fell to UC Santa Barbara and was the Tritons’ worst offensive effort in the last seven games. The Division-I Gauchos proved difficult for the Tritons to handle after they outscored UCSD 5–4 in the opening quarter. The Gauchos launched a
Men’s Cross Country Win Cal State San Bernardino Meet, Both Squads Get Good Results at Roy Griak Invitational
3–0 run in the second period, and the Tritons never came within three goals of UCSB — now 10–2 overall. The Tritons are away for the better part of a week before they return to Canyonview Aquatic Center to play nationally ranked No. 1 UCLA. The team will compete in the SoCal Tournament next month.
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In the Midwest, UCSD junior Tanner Collins finished 24th in a field of 458 runners. Collins — recording a time of 26:11 — led the pack for the Tritons pacing seniors Kellen Levy, Matt Lenehan and Mario Flores, all of whom finished within two seconds of each other. On the women’s side, sophomore transfer Paige Hughes was UCSD’s PHOTO BY AWLIN SZETO /GUARDIAN
top finisher with a time of 23:18, good for 20th place. Sophomore Marie Diaz finished in 32nd place, right in front of senior Ximena Cruz. “Both of our leaders ran really well — Tanner Collins really put together a big time race, and Paige Hughes did a good handling the group,” Garcia said. In San Bernardino, the UCSD underclassmen had ample opportunity to stretch their legs. Freshman
Brendan Gee had an exceptional meet, finishing first overall with a time of 26:19. Sophomore Charles Morgan finished sixth overall for UCSD, junior Mike Kloha tracked right behind him to finish in eighth. The Tritons’ next meet will be back at UCSD. October 12, UCSD hosts the Triton Classic.
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fter losing its starting setter and its subsequent two matches, the UCSD women’s volleyball team is back on track, winning last weekend’s games against conference opponents Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State. “We’re really happy, because it’s always tough playing on the road,” UCSD head coach Ricci Luyties said. “Winning on the road against Chico was a good result and a big kind of confidence boost after we’ve had a coupe losses. Now I think we’re back on the right track and had a lot of people play really well over the weekend.” At the tail end of a seven-game road trip, UCSD traveled to Stanislaus last Friday and continued into the Central Valley the following day to face Chico State. The Tritons took the sweep against Cal State Stanislaus to earn a comfortable 10th victory, with set scores of 25–19, 25–16 and 25–21. Usual suspects sophomore Danielle Dahle and junior Sara McCutchan provided the offense. Outside hitters Dahle and McCutchan earned nine and seven kills respectively. But senior Lizzy Andrews, who has played limited minutes early in the season, stood out for the Tritons on the night, recording 10 kills on just two errors along with 10 blocks. The following day, the Tritons squared off with Chico State — the third school fighting for second place in the conference against
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The Triton water polo squad improved to 7–7 this week, going 2–1 in the first three games of a fourgame home stand. UCSD outplayed Loyola Marymount University on Sept. 25 and the United States Naval Academy on Friday before falling to
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UC Santa Barbara 11–7 on Saturday. The 14th-ranked Tritons shone in their Wednesday match against Western Water Polo Association rivals Loyola Marymount in front of a crowd of 1,639. UCSD, in its first match of the academic quarter, fell behind 2–1 after one quarter but had evened up the score at 4–4 before halftime after a secondquarter ejection allowed utility Joe Dietrich to score on a six-on-five advantage. The Tritons went on a 7–3 run in the second half to close out the match 11–7. In the Friday matchup against
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UCSD and Sonoma State — and took down the Wildcats to jump up in the CCAA standings. Chico took the first set handily, taking seven unanswered points to go up early 25–20. The Wildcats’ Lindsey Quigley — the top scorer on the night with 17 overall kills — picked up six kills in the opening set. In the second set, UCSD notched 14 kills to Chico State’s 10 to grab the 25–18 win. In similar fashion, the Tritons outperformed the Wildcats in the subsequent sets to finish the match strong. Against Chico, the Tritons generated offense from around the court. Newcomer junior transfer Caitlin Brenton and sophomore Kameron Cooper picked up nine kills each, while McCutchan and Dahle recorded 13 and 14 kills, respectively. When asked, Luyties said he was impressed with the performance, noting that sophomore setter Heidi Sierks did well to move the ball around the court. “Heidi did a good job distributing the ball to everybody,” Luyties said. “We got pretty good performances out of everybody, keeping Chico guessing on where we were coming from at the net.” The Tritons head back on the road to face Cal State Stanislaus next Thursday, Oct. 3 and Humboldt State on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Navy, the Tritons trailed by two goals at halftime before exploding for six third-quarter goals that ended up securing the 11–9 win. Dietrich and junior Jeffery Jarvis scored three goals each, and goalkeeper Cameron Ravanbach notched 12 saves. “We couldn’t play drive defense to save our lives,” head coach Denny Harper told the UCSD Athletics Department. “We had to make a change and put more pressure on the ball. We were able to wear them down a little See M. WATER POLO, page 11
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Roy Griak results
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The UCSD cross country team split its ranks last weekend between the Roy Griak Invitational in Falcon Heights, Minn. and the Coyote Invitational in San Bernardino, Calif. In Minnesota, both the men’s and women’s teams finished in fifth place, while back on the West Coast,
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the men placed first and the women placed fourth. “We were really happy with the team’s performance,” UCSD head coach Nate Garcia said. “The [Roy Griak Invitational] was a big time meet, and the team handled [itself] really well, and I was very pleased to come back with the finishes that we got.” See CROSS COUNTRY, page 11