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Cell Phones Provide Easy Access to Friends and Family, but at a Cost to One's Health

We have all been there. It is an awful experience: You need to make an important call and realize that you don’t have any change. Then you beg for change, only to wait 20 minutes for a public phone because the person ahead of you can’t decide what he wants for dinner. Now that the phone is available, you can’t find your friend’s number. Luckily, the icon of the 21st century, the cell phone, is here to save you from that aggravation. You can call your buddy on your cell phone using Pacific Bell’s Free Mobile to Mobile. As the name suggests, it’s free, you don’t have to wait for anyone else to finish, and you can store friends’ numbers so that all you need to do is press “”TALK”” to reach them. These are some of the reasons why, according to a Gallup poll released on April 26, 2000, half of all Americans own a cell phone. Nearly half of all cell phone owners are between the ages of 18 and 29. Not surprisingly, 67 percent of them reported that they use their phones every day or several times per week. According to the numbers, cell phones seem to be dominating our lives. According to “”Time”” magazine, in the United States, cell phone users spend an average of 150 minutes a month talking on their cell phones. “”This is the most popular product known to man,”” said Ed Snyder, who follows wireless technologies for the Chase H&Q investment firm. “”More cell phones will be sold this year than all the computers, TVs, personal digital assistants and pagers combined.”” What many people do not realize is that wireless phones can affect our lives negatively as well as positively. A cell phone, like the microwave and broadcast antenna, emits radio waves that are a form of nonionizing radiation, which can harm body tissues in high doses. Microwave radio waves are 1,000 times more powerful than those of a cell phone. However, a microwave keeps its waves inside a steel box, whereas cell phones are kept close to people and are pressed to the head for long periods of time. In another “”Time”” study, it was determined that when mice were exposed to two 30-minute daily doses of cell phone radiation for up to 18 months, the mice developed twice as many brain tumors as the mice that were not exposed. Other findings link the radiation to changes in brain function. The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health recently reported the findings of a public health scientist, George Carlo. Carlo is one of the most outspoken critics of cell phones and launched a series of studies on their effects. Carlo found that the risk of acoustic neuroma, a benign tumor of the auditory nerve that is in the range of phone antenna radiation, was 50 percent higher in people who reported that they have been using cell phones for six years and more. The relationship between the amount of cell phone usage and this tumor seems to follow a dose-response curve, which means that the more a person uses a cell phone, the higher the response for a tumor. Carlo sees a distinct correlation between brain tumors occurring at the right side of the head when the phone was used on the right side of the head. He also found that the risk of a rare neuroepithelial tumor on the outside of the brain more than doubled in cell phone users. This is, according to Carlo, a statistically significant increase when comparing people that use cell phones to those that do not. In 1995, Carlo recognized that digital phones were interfering with cardiac pacemakers. The most troubling of Carlo’s findings was that radiation emitted from a cell phone antenna may actually cause functional chromosomal damages and that it follows a dose-response curve as well. Another researcher, biologist Roger Coghill, also strongly believes that cell phones are harmful to the human body. Coghill observed that mobile phones are linked to headaches and memory loss because radiation affects those part of the brain. He suggests that the waves generated by cell phones may damage the ability of white blood cells to fight off infection and disease. This is the result of a study in which Coghill took white blood cells from a donor, kept them alive with nutrients and exposed them to different electric fields. After seven-and-a-half hours, he saw that only 13 percent of the cells exposed to cell phone radiation remained intact and able to function. Coghill also claims that the body’s immune system is partially controlled by electromagnetic fields emitted by the body, so cell phone radiation will damage the body’s own electromagnetic fields. This will cause the dysfunction of one’s immune system. Of course, some people are still skeptical about the negative effects of cell phone use. Other studies have been less conclusive than those by Carlo and Coghill. Even the World Health Organization has stated that there is no definite answer to the relationship between cell phone usage and adverse health effects. It states that most experiments have only been done on animals, and only short-term effects have been considered. According to the Gallup Poll, few Americans believe that cell phones pose a serious health risk. A mere 14 percent say that they have heard a great deal about cell phone and health risks, 37 percent say they heard a moderate amount, 30 percent said that they heard a little, and 18 percent report that they have not heard such reports at all. When the same individuals were asked how serious they felt the risks actually were, only 8 percent answered that risks were serious, 30 percent said somewhat serious, 35 percent said not very serious, and 18 percent said not very serious at all. Nevertheless, long-term research is underway at the National Cancer Foundation, which will compare risk factors in 800 cell phone users with brain tumors to 800 users without tumors. The study will also take into consideration genetics, lifestyle and environmental factors. The results of this study will come out within the year. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will also oversee the safety of cell phones. Cell phone companies have already taken precautions by printing informational pamphlets that detail how much radiation their phones emit. The amount of radiation is measured in units called “”specific absorption rates,”” so one can compare the 1.49 level SAR in the Ericsson T28 World model to the 0.24 SAR of the Motorola StarTAC 7860. At the same time, cell phone companies are printing a second pamphlet that says that any phone below the Federal Communications Commission SAR ceiling of 1.6 is safe. Chuck Eger, Motorola’s director of strategic and regulatory policy for personal communications products warns customers, “”There’s no evidence that any number below the threshold is safer than any other.”” Mikael Westmark, a health and safety spokesman for Ericsson, concurs, “”Numbers without context do not help any consumers.”” No one expects the $50 billion cell phone industry to shrink any time soon. “”Time”” points out that more than 400 million mobile phones are used worldwide and predicts that manufacturers will sell another 400 million units this year. People should not throw away their cell phones just because of some negative findings, but it is not wise to ignore them. Hands-free extensions and limiting your cell phone calls are advised until more concrete findings are revealed. ...

Horoscopes

Aries (March 21-April 19) A spokesperson would be a big help on Monday and Tuesday, but don’t get your hopes up too high. Even if you’ve worked up a good story, the boss may not be keen on hearing it. Discretion is more advisable from Tuesday through Thursday. Negotiations are tricky, especially if one of the players isn’t playing by the same rules you are. That person’s motto is: “”All’s fair in love and war.”” The pressure on you starts to ease around Friday. That would be a good vacation day, if you can swing it. Saturday’s fabulous too — good for being with creative friends, traveling and even learning something new. Cool it on Sunday when you’ll have a less responsive audience. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Be careful if you’re involved with a creative project Monday. The seamstress in you is liable to cut two left sleeves. Better to do the planning then and Tuesday, and wait until Thursday or Friday to finish the dress. You and a shrewd partner can block an order you don’t like on Wednesday if you work together. Thursday’s good for cleaning out closets but don’t throw out your partner’s favorite old sweater. Start figuring out how much you want to make and what benefits you’d like. You’ll get more opportunities for advancement in the next few weeks beginning Friday. You might find a bonus on Saturday, probably due to your common sense. You’re so adept at using it, you could teach classes, and maybe you should. Do what you ought to Sunday morning and what you can get away with that afternoon. Gemini (May 21-June 21) Although it seems like you have nothing but green lights on Monday, take care. Don’t launch into an expensive project. Wait until you’ve considered all the possible consequences. That may not happen until Friday or Saturday. If you can wait until then your chances of success are much higher. As for the middle of the week? Research! And on Sunday? Rest and pay bills. Not necessarily in that order. Cancer (June 22-July 22) You get things fixed up the way you want them at home on Monday, but take care. The odds are good that your roommate or partner may not like what you’ve done. Be prepared, and have a “”Plan B”” ready on Tuesday. Cookies wouldn’t hurt either. Your fantasies could be inhibited on Wednesday. Don’t fret. By Thursday you can find what you need. Confer with your partner again on Friday so you can go shopping for a really big item on Saturday. Follow your intuition along with your logic to determine your destination for the weekend. Maybe you’re trying out your new purchase on Sunday? Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) You may be able to delegate everything Monday but is that such a great idea? If the other person goofs up you may catch the flak Tuesday. Home’s the best place for you Tuesday night especially if you want some good lovin’. Not a bad idea since your workday on Wednesday looks challenging. You may be wrestling with a problem that night but don’t fear. Odds are good you’ll have a burst of creativity and fix everything on Thursday. Your assignment for the next few weeks, after Friday, is to share the load. It shouldn’t be too hard since somebody else will be demanding to take it. Can you give up the power? Might as well. That gives you more time to play with your sweetheart on Saturday and to rest at home Sunday. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Monday seems like a good time to ask for a raise, but is it really? No. Do the work and look cute, but don’t expect more pay for it. It isn’t likely anything will clear the bank Tuesday. Don’t complain, hit the books. Study like a demon from Tuesday through Thursday even though others may seem stuck. Studying is right for you, and you’re able, so go ahead. You should be feeling frisky, if somewhat inhibited Friday. On Saturday however, you’ve got nearly free rein. Don’t get too pushy or you’ll alienate a gentle spirit. That could cost you. You’ll get along just fine if you do what you’re told on Sunday. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) You’re charming on Monday but don’t go too far. Just because you can, isn’t a good enough reason to break the rules. If you don’t heed this advice you’ll certainly pay the consequences Tuesday. Keep a loved one’s secret Wednesday, no matter how much you’re badgered. Pay the bills Thursday, including cutting a check for yourself. Your sweetheart should be looking better and better as the sun goes into Aquarius on Friday. Look forward to a playful next few weeks, hopefully starting that night. That game could easily last through most of Saturday. By Sunday, however, you probably ought to settle down a little and get practical. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) Don’t believe everything you hear Monday. Some of it may turn out to be different than you thought when you hear the rest of the story Tuesday. Choose your words carefully Wednesday and Thursday. If you play your cards right you will emerge the big winner by Thursday, much to everybody else’s surprise. If you find a windfall on Friday you can get something you’ve been wanting for your home on Saturday. Pay attention to a wise teacher Sunday. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) A friend’s grand scheme is too risky Monday, as you could learn the hard way Tuesday. You’re more apt to make a killing Wednesday or Thursday if, besides knowing how to make the deal, you keep in mind a sense of what you’re worth. No matter what, you emerge triumphant Friday. You’ll gain incredible insights Saturday without much trouble at all. Do the work and you’ll get the benefits on Sunday. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You could get a nice offer on Monday but don’t spend the money yet. It could fall apart by mutual consent on Tuesday. Fall in love on Wednesday. Try something daring with new friends on Thursday as long as it’s not anything you feel you might regret. You’re not good at keeping secrets on Friday or Saturday although you’re very good at making money both days. You’re especially cute on Sunday, so, rather than work, give your favorite loved one the gift of your time instead. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You’re flying high Monday but don’t get giddy or somebody in authority might shoot you down Tuesday. Proceed with caution through the middle of the week. You have all the facts but somebody else might outrank you and, as you may already know, that person does not like to be shown to be a fool. You’re getting so strong that your position will become obviously right by Friday and even more so Saturday. The point will be moot by Sunday so you can afford to be generous. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) You may think you’ve found the best insider information Monday but don’t bet too much. By Tuesday you’ll see it wasn’t as magnificent as advertised. Most of your suppositions are challenged Tuesday, but that’s OK. Happily, love wins over intellectual analysis. Follow your hunches through a maze Wednesday and Thursday. Nobody will be able to keep up with you and you’ll win the race. Don’t assume you know what authority figures will do Friday. Expect surprises from all of them. You might want to step back and let one of them lead you Saturday. That would make life easier. You can talk about it with your friends as you unwind Sunday. Birthdays This Week Jan. 15: An older person needs your help. Make the tough decisions, in return for a generous paycheck. Jan. 16: Advance in your career so you can make more time for playing. Luckily, you already know how to work hard. Jan. 17: You and your team are unbeatable. You have superhuman powers. You’re the energizer but a friend’s the strategist. Jan. 18: You don’t have to do it all. You have some excellent helpers, just waiting for your orders. Jan. 19: Friends boost you over the top this year. Promise to do something you can’t possibly accomplish on your own. Jan. 20: You could win a lot and lose a lot this year. Whether you make a profit is the variable, but the odds are in your favor. Jan. 21: Self-discipline’s your key to success this year. Luckily, you’ll have plenty of it. ...

Politics in the United States is flawed, but can be fixed with a little effort

The political system of the United States is in shambles and in danger of breaking. A government for the people? Ha. The majority of governmental action is motivated by personal greed or political allegiance. Democracy in the United States has become a farce in recent years, and I am completely sick of it. What I am saying is not news to many people. Americans are upset about the state of our nation’s federal government. The problem is that there are so many smaller problems behind the bigger one that nobody seems to know how to fix it. I don’t claim to be a political genius, but I say that if you want to solve problems, you first have to identify those problems. Here’s my best stab. In the wake of one of the most contested political battles in our nation’s history, it has recently become stylish to pay lip service to ideals such as bipartisanship. Political talk shows are riddled with leaders from both major political parties discussing how the next four years will be full of prosperity because both parties want to put their differences behind them. Anyone who believes this gibberish hasn’t been watching closely enough. As soon as these politicians finish a sentence about compromise, they start another sentence about how the plans of their political foe are completely off-base and how no form of that plan will be enacted. I think we have found our first problem: complete and utter party allegiance. This allegiance constantly kills ideas that would be in the best interests of the country. Finding a solution for this problem is much more complicated than finding the problem itself. I believe the answer lies in a greater political education for the American public. If people knew more about what their representatives do, they would be in a better position to assess if these representatives were acting in their best interests or in the best interest of the party to which they belong. The second problem with the system is the parties themselves. The Republican and Democratic parties have far too much power when it comes to nominating and electing representatives, including the president. The Republican primary poignantly showed this problem. John McCain and George W. Bush were locked in a dead heat after the first round of primaries. McCain’s face was showing up on the cover of major magazines and his candor and fresh ideas were shaking up the face of the Republican political landscape. Then money was thrown at Bush and the contributors to Bush slandered McCain every chance they got. The result? McCain went quietly into the night and Bush went on to win the presidency. I am not saying John McCain should have won the election. I will say that the ability of the political system’s big shots to choose who will represent the people of the United States solely based on their political power and their deep pockets is wrong. This practice is one of the forces that is hurting the legitimacy of the governmental system that the founding fathers set up 212 years ago. Solving this problem is tricky because enforcing artificial regulations on groups of people is generally a violation of the Bill of Rights. However, I believe there is a way out. If the government gave each candidate a block of air time during which he or she could describe what they are about and what they believe, then the power of these political machines may be thwarted. The government would still allow a candidate to purchase more air time if the candidate wanted to, but as long as the free governmental airtime was substantial, buying additional airtime would not necessarily be beneficial. It may in fact be detrimental to fill the airwaves with the same candidates because people would eventually get sick of hearing from them. With the deep pockets of the political parties such as major lobbies thus neutralized, Americans would be able to choose for themselves who they wanted representing them and not be led like lambs to the slaughter without even knowing it. The third and final problem is the simple idea of a career politician. Without term limits, politicians vote in a way that allows them to be re-elected the next time they run. This may not seem like a problem because it makes these people do as we want, but it actually is very threatening to the idea of a representative democracy. We elect people to make choices for us for two reasons. We do it because it would be impossible to get anything done without representatives, but we also do it because normal people may not always know the implications of political decisions. We elect people we hope will understand these implications and will make the best decision even if it isn’t popular. In our current system, however, making an unpopular but correct decision is political suicide. A lack of term limits is incentive for representatives to make decisions that we don’t actually want them to make. Nobody knows if doing these things would actually solve the problems our political system is currently facing. What we do know, however, is that the current “”solutions”” aren’t working and we need to try something new. These adjustments seem as good a place as any to start the changes. ...

Balancing the Load

Do you have your career and financial future in mind when you register for classes? Do you feel alienated in big lectures? Do you feel a distance between your professors and yourself? Do you spend most of your time at work and have no time to study? If these questions apply to you, you’re not surprising your professors. Four UCSD professors, commenting on the conditions that face today’s UCSD undergraduates and the ways in which undergraduates respond to the surrounding conditions, all agree that students’ abilities have not changed over the past few decades. The academic atmosphere at UCSD presents students with a world of new challenges that affects their goals and performance. Goals: Career vs. Academic Many professors said that over the past few decades students have focused more on career goals at the undergraduate level than ever before. “”It’s a career education that makes students competitive and achievement driven,”” said Philip Roeder, a political science professor at UCSD. As a bachelor’s degree has become more a necessary step toward a successful career, students have become more competitive at the undergraduate level. As the college degree has become more vital, students have attempted to attain it more quickly than ever before. “”Students zip through their college years and come out the other end making $80,000 per year,”” said David Crowne, a literature professor at UCSD who has been teaching since 1964. “”Why would they stop and smell the daisies?”” In fact, a survey put out by the Career Services Center in 1999 showed that average income six months out of college was $35,600 with 10 percent of survey participants making $50,000 or more. Students also feel the pressure of deciding their career goals earlier in their education. “”Education has a broader scope,”” said David Ringrose, a history professor who has been here for 26 years. “”Now students try to fit themselves into fairly narrow slots.”” These new pressures have changed the way students view education. “”Students have a tendency to want to know about grades rather than to get taken up with a problem or a question,”” Ringrose said. In fact, three of the professors interviewed said that undergraduate students rarely approach them about anything other than test scores and grades. Biology professor Melvin Green attributed this shift in education and research to the influence of big business on education. “”Students of the sciences have always been grade-driven,”” Green said. “”However, the big change in students is that they seem much more interested in the financial aspects their career has to offer.”” Green agrees that the entire field of science and research is changing and that this has an impact on students of the sciences. “”People who succeed today have to be both good scientists and good businessmen,”” Green said. With such a competitive job market, it is not difficult to imagine why undergraduates today constantly have their careers in mind. Our Academic Atmosphere Competition has always been an essential element of academia. In fact, there is an element of cooperation at UCSD that you might not find in the Ivy League circle. “”One of the nice aspects about students here is that competition doesn’t turn into backstabbing,”” Roeder said. UCSD deals its undergraduates its own set of challenges. All four interviewees agreed that huge lectures are not exactly conducive to in-depth learning. Both Green and Crowne were already teaching at UCSD when undergraduates were introduced in 1964, and they’re both nostalgic about the one-on-one relationships they formed with the 180 undergraduates at the time. It’s a two-way street that affects both the student’s learning and the professor’s teaching. “”Your first or second year, no matter your major, you spend time in classes of 100 to 200 kids,”” Ringrose said. He said it’s understandably difficult for undergraduate students to raise their hands in a lecture of 200, and the only way he can get question-and-answer sessions in class is to structure the class so it cannot function without them. In accomplishing this, teaching assistants are a crucial component of the learning process. Green said that undergraduate TAs have been “”especially successful in helping students in lower division classes.”” Unfortunately, students must choose to accept the help. Green hopes that something can be done for the students who do poorly on exams. “”The poor students are the ones who never ask for help,”” Green said. Publish Or Perish Since the 1960s, the face of research and publishing has changed radically for professors. Publishing constantly and keeping on the cutting edge of research has become crucial for securing tenure. This policy is common at universities around the country and the result is teachers are spending less time on teaching and more time on research. “”Every minute taken from research is a cost to us,”” Roeder said. The result is professors who are disinterested in teaching contributing to a “”devaluation of the profession,”” as Roeder puts it. Professors also have become less accessible outside of class. “”You either have great researchers and mediocre teachers or mediocre researchers and great teachers,”” Ringrose said. Another disadvantage is the actual material that is produced by professors’ research. Crowne said the research works published are directed toward an author’s peers and therefore inaccessible to undergraduates. In terms of the sciences, Green said, “”Research has always been important to professors. Tangible rewards such as promotions, salary, rank, space and respect came from research.”” Forty years ago, according to Green, one could succeed with a small lab, one assistant, one grant and one really good paper a year. This is not the case anymore. With these pressures on professors, a distance naturally forms between them and the students they teach. “”Everyone has a stake in the situation,”” Roeder said. “”Students want to go to a university ranked among the top research institutions, as do faculty.”” Every university is “”keenly aware”” of what every other one is doing. It’s a vicious cycle that has emerged in the past 40 years, with no solution in sight. Balancing Work And School The college student questionnaire, administered by Student Research and Information in 1999 found that 58 percent of undergraduates work. Furthermore, the majority of these employed full-time students work over 11 hours per week. Working on the outside may make time pressures more intense. Roeder, when asked what one thing he would change about students if given the chance, said he would “”give them all scholarships so that they could be full-time students and have more extra-curricular time.”” Not having the time takes away from in-depth learning. Crowne remembers being in college, when he and his friends read books “”like demons”” and soaked up all the information. Something about the academic atmosphere here, he says, makes someone who pores over books for hours seem like a “”nut-cake”” for being too interested in a subject. Ringrose agrees, seeking the lack of a niche at UCSD where “”weird people who are smart can say things that make you mad and research things that are not prominent.”” Students here are busy. They are no-nonsense. They have a positive attitude but also have a lot on their plates. This appears to be the general view of the professors that were interviewed. All in all, professors have a positive view of undergraduates. They see room for improvement, but mostly attribute the problems they see to the environment in which UCSD students are educated. When asked how students look from the other side of the classroom, Crowne nodded his head, grinned and said, “”They look fine.”” ...

Horoscopes

Everybody wants your attention on Monday and Tuesday. There’s no time left for you, but that’s OK. You’re quick, and if you look sharp to important people, you could get that promotion you’re after. Romance beckons on Wednesday and Thursday, but that may be as good as it gets. If making the connection with your sweetheart is difficult, just remember that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Your workload is intense on Friday and Saturday. The good news is that the money could be pouring into your pocket if you’re willing and able to produce the results. It may be Sunday before you have time for that conversation you’ve wanted to have. The good news? It goes very well then. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Do your budget on Monday and Tuesday. Clip coupons and figure out your menus for the week. If you play this game right, you could wind up with a profit. Pay attention to what’s going on at your house Wednesday and Thursday. Your partner could decide to make a few changes. Just make sure he or she doesn’t throw out your favorite sweater. Don’t take a disagreement with your sweetheart too seriously on Friday. If you put in the correction that’s being requested, on Saturday you two will be happier than ever. Go through the Sunday papers, with scissors in hand. You could make even more next week. Gemini (May 21-June 21) There’s plenty of money on Monday and Tuesday, but don’t spend it all. Pay yourself first by sending a good-sized chunk to your retirement account. A new idea you’re trying out at work could fall flat on Wednesday and Thursday. Practice before showing off and use a safety net. A perfectionist, possibly somebody who lives with you, wants to tell you what to do on Friday and Saturday. This is going to be good advice, so take notes. Save Sunday for your sweetie. A long walk or a drive in the country and a meaningful conversation sweep the week’s worries right out of your head. Cancer (June 22-July 22) You’re liable to win the argument Monday and Tuesday, with help from your friends. Take care of your teammates, not just yourself, and they’ll take care of you. You’d like to do everything for your loved ones on Wednesday and Thursday, but you can’t afford it. They’ll understand, eventually. Study to keep up with the competition on Friday and Saturday, and you could come out the winner again. A peaceful Sunday at home will be much appreciated. Read a good book. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Follow your hunches on Monday and Tuesday to set priorities. You have too much to do, so put first things first. You’re in the spotlight on Wednesday and Thursday. Don’t go too far out on a limb, or you could lose your balance. Friday’s good for getting more money if you also want a new job. Profit through your own efforts on Saturday and learn a new skill on Sunday. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You’re looking good on Monday and Tuesday. If you’re looking for love, a friend might want to upgrade then. The pressure’s intense on Wednesday and Thursday, partially due to breakdowns. If others can’t decide what they want, step in and do it for them. You and your sweetheart may have to take off in two different directions on Friday. That’s OK. Saturday’s better for making plans for the future, anyway. Go through your old coat pockets on Sunday and look under the couch cushions, too. Odds are good you’ll find something of value. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Be polite on Monday and Tuesday, even if it’s difficult. A moody older person could turn out to be a good friend, although at first it seems unlikely. Try not to have friends over to your place Thursday or Friday. They’d just complicate matters and interfere with your private time. Finish up old chores on Saturday. That will give you time on Sunday to play with your favorite people. Travel’s OK then, but don’t stay out late. Leave plenty of time for snuggling. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) Your intuition’s excellent on Monday and Tuesday. Use it regarding romance and to make your home more comfortable. Consider taking on more responsibility Wednesday and Thursday, but don’t sign anything yet. Find out what the job involves before you say you’ll do it. A visit with friends on Friday could go late, interfering with a private engagement. Better call, or you could get left out in the cold. You and your date have a great time Saturday, visiting friends together. But save time for contemplation and planning on Sunday. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Be practical on Monday and Tuesday. You might not have as much money as you thought, after you finish paying bills. You’re tempted to play hooky on Wednesday and Thursday, but that would be a big mistake. A co-worker would snitch! You want to be guiltless on Friday, anyway, when negotiating for more money. Launch your garage enterprise on Saturday and make a tidy profit. Gather with close friends and neighbors on Sunday. A potluck would be perfect. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Your partner’s in a snit on Monday or Tuesday, but that’s OK. You can work out a compromise and not give up what you want. Financial negotiations are full of surprises on Wednesday and Thursday. Be careful shopping then. All of the surprises are not pleasant. Travel might take you away from a loved one on Friday, but you can make up for it Saturday. Go wherever you’re going together then. Be respectful to an older person on Sunday, and you’ll profit from that interaction, too. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Do the work and make the money on Monday and Tuesday. You may have to figure out which work to do, but that’s OK. You can. Hassles with your partner mar Wednesday and Thursday. You won’t give an inch and neither will he or she, so let that deal ride for a while. Compromising will be easier later. Shop for the good deals on Friday and Saturday, and you’ll find them. This goes for household items and real estate. Travel and romance look lovely for Sunday. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) You are so cute on Monday and Tuesday; you’ll be irresistible. And, you’re so nice, that you’re putting others first. You’re a big winner, and so are they! The work is complex on Wednesday and Thursday. Don’t feel bad if some of it has to be done over; it’s probably not your fault. Proceed with caution, just to make sure. A temporary clash with a loved one on Friday is nothing to get upset about. By Saturday it’ll be forgotten or seem like a joke. You know all those friends you’ve been promising lunch? Have them all over on Sunday. Birthdays This Week Jan. 8: You’re full of good ideas, but your partner ensures your success. Competition energizes you. Jan. 9: You can’t do it all by yourself anymore. Find someone you can trust and share your precious plans. Jan. 10: Stash away as much as possible, just in case your team needs help. Your needs are simple — and getting simpler. Jan. 11: Stick to your budget, and a potential problem becomes a blessing. Search for buried treasure. Jan. 12: Work takes precedence, but don’t complain. If you keep your nose to the grindstone for a while, the vacation of your dreams could finally happen. Jan. 13: Dreams you’d almost given up on could come true. You’re persistent, and that’s the key. Jan. 14: You’ll have to follow the rules this year, even the ones you didn’t make. An expert leads you. ...

A compilation of meaningless awards with no logical order

Well, it’s that time of year again. With the new year beginning, every yahoo with a typewriter is cranking out a list of the best and worst of the past year. Since I didn’t want to be left out, I figured I’d come up with some awards of my own. I had originally planned to do these awards while drunk (they probably would have been a hell of a lot funnier), but since I passed out before I could get to a computer last night (that East Coast iced tea went house on my sober ass), I’m now trying to write these with a hangover, so bear with me. Without further ado, I now present the first-ever (and quite possibly the last-ever) Josh’s If-everyone-else-gets-to-make-up-stupid-year-in-review-awards-then-I’m-sure-as-hell-not-going-to-be-left-out Year in Review Awards. Man of the year: In my mind, this award can’t be given to a single person. I think that a pair of men have earned the right to be called the year’s best. That’s right, I’m talking about Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel, the co-hosts of “”The Man Show.”” In this, their second season, these two men have taken chauvinism to new heights by continuing to bring us juggies and beer. Thank you men, from the bottom of my heart. Woman of the year: Despite my desire to thank Carmen Electra for not only coming to UCSD, but also for running half-naked through sprinklers in “”Scary Movie,”” I have to give this award up to Hillary Clinton. No woman has had a better year. Clinton is not only wrapping up her eighth year as president, but she was recently elected senator of New York and she also signed an $8 million book deal. On top of that, she appears to have kept Little Bill in check for the past year, as no new interns have come forward. You go, girl. Movie of the year: This award can go to none other than “”Gone in 60 Seconds.”” This movie had everything that a person could possibly want in a movie. It had fast cars, explosions and Angelina Jolie’s lips. For women, this movie also had a lot of drama. I’ve never seen so many men cry when Eleanor was crushed by the crane. For those of you that haven’t seen the movie, Eleanor is a 1967 Shelby GT 500 Mustang. It is a truly beautiful sight. Second-best movie of the year: I wasn’t going to give this award, but there was a movie out there that was truly deserving of it. This movie would have easily taken the movie of the year if “”Gone in 60 Seconds”” hadn’t been in the running. The picture that I speak of is “”Coyote Ugly.”” This movie had alcohol and women dancing on bars. Need I say more? Biggest loss of the year: While there have been plenty of significant deaths within the past year, none struck home as much as Joseph Calleja, who passed away at the tender age of 26. While many of you don’t recognize that name, you will most certainly recognize the name Joe C, which was his stage name when he performed with the likes of Kid Rock. Joe C’s guest raps on “”Devil Without a Cause”” were both hilarious and witty. We will all miss you, Joe. Biggest mistake of the year: Yes, I am talking about the election. How in the world did “”Dubya”” become our president? Reminiscent of Marion Barry, Dubya all but admitted to doing hard drugs (in this case, he snorted mass quantities of coke) and was still elected to office. We can only hope that the idiot of all idiots will surround himself with smart people so that we can survive for the next four years. God help us all. Worst invention of the year: This is undoubtedly the Chrysler PT Cruiser. This is the ugliest car known to man. It looks like a glorified hearse. What’s even more ridiculous about this car is the price that some people are paying for it. While the MSRP on the car is below $20,000, it has been sold for over $30,000. This is scary, considering that the car tested horribly in all aspects of crash testing. Please, stop buying this car. I beg of you. Please just die: Saddam Hussein, please just die. We are all tired of you. We thought that we were rid of you when Satan threw you into the depths of hell in the South Park movie. Alas, you have returned. We are ready for you to just die. Thank you. Best supporting actor: This promising young actor made a late surge in “”Cast Away.”” Wilson the volleyball was one of the most entertaining supporting actors in recent memory. He showed a true range of emotions in the dramatic role as the lone friend of Tom Hanks’ character on the deserted island. We can only hope that he will soon be appearing in more roles. Most disturbing trend: This award goes to the increased popularity of boy bands in the past year. While the phenomenon has threatened to break through in years past, it has hit the scene in full force this year. Groups like N*SYNC and the Backstreet Boys are more popular than ever. There was even a television special that turned five guys into a boy band on camera. This is a truly disturbing trend that we can only hope dies down in the year to come. Baby with the most potential to be one of “”People Magazine’s”” 50 most beautiful people: Ryan Philippe and Reese Witherspoon had a baby girl this year. With parents like that, she can’t help but turn into a beautiful woman. Congratulations to the new parents. Ryan, try to keep your sanity in 16 years when she starts to date. ...

2000 Year in Review

January 13th Guardian file photo Parking Spaces Created for Winter Quarter By Vincent Gragnani Guardian file photo In order to accommodate student needs, Transportation and Parking Services recently opened 729 parking spaces by Voigt Drive on the east side of Interstate 5. Director of Parking and Transportation Services Greg Snee said the new lot on the east campus provides enough spaces for students. “”With the opening of the second phase of the Regents lot, we should have overly sufficient parking for the rest of the academic year,”” Snee said. January 18th Muir College Suitcase Dance Awards Trip for Two By Jane Kim Nearly 100 Muir students packed their suitcases and headed to the Suitcase Dance at Sierra Summit on Friday night. The main attraction of the night was an all-expenses paid trip for two Muir College students to an undisclosed destination for the three-day weekend. “”Usually, a dance is just a dance. But this one kind of has a slight twist to it,”” said Muir Sophomore Senator Shige Itoh, who chaired the Suitcase Dance Committee. “”People are supposed to come with a bag packed for any weather, and we’re trading their bag for a raffle ticket.”” The twist was that the winner and a guest had to be ready to leave on the spot. The predetermined destination, Chicago, was kept secret until the winner was announced. The trip for two included hotel accommodations, airfare, transportation to the airport in a black stretch limousine, $200 in spending money and beanie-style hats. Other prizes included gift certificates and Muir Musical tickets. Freshman Sierra Fisk was the lucky winner. January 20th Edwards Named Athletic Director By Robert Fulton The UCSD athletic department announced yesterday that Earl Edwards has been named the new Athletic Director, effective March 1. Edwards will succeed Judith M. Sweet, who resigned after 24 years to resume a teaching position within the university. “”We had a searching process with a committee,”” explained Joseph Watson, UCSD’s vice chancellor of student affairs, who made the final decision of who would fill the empty spot. “”They made some recommendations. I think that Mr. Edwards would be a good selection.”” Edwards served as UCSD’s associate athletic director from 1987-1993. While previously serving UCSD, he initiated the Triton Athlete Associates, the athletic department’s primary fundraising source. He also served on numerous campus committees, supervised six intercollegiate sports and served as acting athletic director in the absence of the athletic director. For the past seven years, Edwards has served as director of athletics at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Penn. January 27th Revelle Students Protest RCC By Scott Dobroski The Revelle College Council had an unusual influx of visitors at its weekly Tuesday meeting when dozens of students participated in a sit-in — organized and led by RCC Publicity, Media and Campus Relations Director Kris Erickson — in protest of the way the RCC is run. The RCC is the governing body of Revelle College and all of Revelle’s standing committees. Erickson said his goal in organizing the peaceful demonstration was to show the RCC that institutional changes in the framework of the council are both desired and needed. January 31st Angelou Accepts Offer to Speak By Matt Schrader After almost two months of debate and uncertainty, Maya Angelou accepted UCSD’s offer to speak at this year’s all-campus commencement, to be held June 12. “”In a world with only a few household names, Maya Angelou has become one,”” said Vice Chancellor Jim Langley. “”She is one of the most important voices in not only world literature, but also in modern thinking.”” A.S. President Tesh Khullar, who headed the search for a graduation speaker along with A.S. Programmer Scott Mantell, said he is pleased with Angelou’s commitment and that he expects students to respond positively to her speech. “”I am beyond happy right now,”” Khullar said. “”In my opinion, this is one of the most important things that the A.S. has done all year.”” February 7th Athletes Given Priority Registration By Robert Fulton For the first time, athletes at UCSD will be granted priority registration, according to Richard Backer, assistant vice chancellor of enrollment management, and registrar. Starting fall of 2000, athletes will be at the top of the list as far as the rush for classes is concerned. Acting Athletic Director Regina Sullivan said the decision will allow athletes to have more uniform practice sessions and studying hours. ResNet Blocks Access to Napster By Vincent Gragnani UCSD Residential Networking blocked access last weekend to Napster, a software program that allows people to share mp3 files. ResNet officials said use of the software was slowing campus Internet traffic. ResNet Coordinator Erik Strahm said the measure is only temporary. Napster is a client software that not only provides people with a way of searching for and downloading mp3 files, but also makes the mp3 files on the host machine available for downloading. In a letter sent out to all ResNet subscribers, ResNet officials stated that they saw the use of Napster increase at an incredible rate over the last six months. The letter stated that last weekend, Napster uploads and downloads saturated the campus Internet connection, slowing all campus Internet traffic and impairing the vital functions of the network, such as education and research. February 10th Women’s Basketball Sets School Record By Robert Fulton Words fail to appropriately convey the all-out dominance of the UCSD women’s basketball game against La Sierra University at home on Tuesday night. “”Blow-out,”” “”laughter”” and “”demolish”” come to mind to describe what loosely could be called a contest, but these words all fall short of describing what really happened. How about 103-19? That’s right, the Triton women’s basketball team downed the Golden Eagles of La Sierra 103-19 in front of a pleased but shocked home crowd. The winning margin of 84 points (84!) is the largest in Triton history, eclipsing the previous mark set in 1987 as the Tritons blew out Mills College 100-19. February 14th TeSS Gets the Axe for StudentLink By Vincent Gragnani Beginning this fall, students will no longer be able to register for classes using the university’s telephone enrollment system and will instead have to use StudentLink. The change will save the university $28,000. “”We are planning on dropping [telephone registration] as of Sept. 1 and asking students to use the Web specifically,”” said Richard Backer, associate vice chancellor of enrollment management, and registrar. Backer said he made the decision in consultation with students and administrators after seeing the increasing popularity of students registering for classes over the Web. March 6th Michael Campaign Stirs Controversy By Parisa Baharian Michael Carley, a Warren senior, gave his personal testimony regarding his faith in Christianity Friday at noon at the Price Center. Carley is the student at the center of the weeklong “”I agree with Michael”” campaign that caused controversy among students. The campaign is sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ in cooperation with several student-run Christian organizations. Supporters say that its aim is to spread the Christian message of living a life according to the Word in order to be saved. Campaign participants wore blue “”I agree with Michael”” shirts and manned tables throughout campus to support their cause. The campaign stirred disagreement among students. April 17th Independent Slate Dominates Election By Matt Schrader The decrease in student voter participation in last week’s A.S. Council elections did not alter the rejoicing and cheers last Thursday of Independent slate members, who took victory in all but one of the nine A.S. campuswide positions. “”I think my reaction after they announced it spells it all,”” A.S. President-elect Doc Khaleghi said. “”It is very exciting to know that I had the support of undergraduates. What is about to come can seem overwhelming, but I am looking forward to it.”” Khaleghi, the founder of the Independent slate, defeated fellow candidates Scott Mantell, Ali Yazdi, Derrick Yee and Tariq Parwani. Men’s Volleyball Wins National Championship By Bill Burger Prospects did not look good for the UCSD men’s volleyball team heading into this season. The team had lost three of its top players from the previous year, and a new coach, its third in three years, was taking the helm. These changes, combined with two straight years of missing the National Championship Tournament, made this look like a rebuilding year for the Tritons. Looks can be very deceiving. This season saw the Tritons go undefeated in Division III play and earn their first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation win in two years. It also saw them return to the National Championship Tournament, a tournament that won this weekend with two three-game wins in Hoboken, N.J. April 27th A.S. Executive Council Escapes Impeachment By MATT SCHRADER The A.S. Council fell two votes short of impeaching A.S. President Tesh Khullar, Vice President Internal Jennifer Lee and Vice President Finance Eric Rovner after a special A.S. committee requested that the three executives resign for falsifying receipts that were reimbursed with student funds. Khullar, Lee and Rovner were investigated by the committee after attending a New York City leadership conference in March. After three interview sessions with the conference attendants, the committee found that the executives falsified receipts upon their return from New York. May 18th All-Campus Commencement Canceled By Vincent Gragnani Chancellor Dynes canceled this year’s all-campus commencement Tuesday after Maya Angelou said she would be unable speak at graduation. Angelou told UCSD officials earlier this week she will have double knee surgery June 13 and that she regretted having to cancel the commencement address, which was scheduled to be held June 17. Chancellor Dynes said he considered the possibility of securing another speaker but concluded that not enough time remained. May 22nd Electra Kicks Off Sun God Festivities on ‘The Gleib Show’ By Matt Schrader Carmen Electra was the guest star of “”The Gleib Show”” Thursday night when Ben Gleiberman hosted his last episode at the Price Center Plaza at 8 p.m. to kick off the Sun God 2000 festivities. “”I thought it was really good,”” said Marshall freshman Brain Capanna. “”Going in, I didn’t expect it was going to be this way.”” September 19th New Parking Structure Opens By Vincent Gragnani The new Gilman Parking Structure, which contains 858 parking spaces, opened Monday at 7 a.m. after a year of construction. The opening, however, does not necessarily mean relief for students looking for more convenient parking. Greg Snee, director of Parking and Transportation Services, said that due to the closing of the north parking lots, there are now fewer student spaces than there were in spring. Triton Sports Moves into Division II By Robert Fulton Good-bye to the small schools and the easy wins. Hello to a whole new world. UCSD’s athletics program is venturing into uncharted territory with its move to Division II competition. The Tritons previously played their games in Division III, winning numerous championships. Now, with a higher level of play, the competition will be tougher. “”Primarily, it’s the right thing for us to do right now with the growth of the institution,”” UCSD Director of Athletics Earl Edwards said. “”We’re at 19,000 and prepared to go to 30,000 in the next few years. That’s a much larger student population than most Division III schools have.”” October 12th Ribbon Cut for UCSD’s New Undergraduate Libary By STEVE LEHTONEN Hailed as the first University of California library of the 21st century, the newly remodeled undergraduate library, CLICS, held its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday at Galbraith Hall near the Revelle Plaza. October 30th Chancellor’s 5K Run Raises Money for Scholarships By Lara Moscrip Over 1,000 students, staff, faculty and alumni braved the damp and the drizzle Friday afternoon to try to raise undergraduate scholarship money and defeat Chancellor Robert Dynes on the course of the fifth annual Chancellor’s 5K. Dynes kicked off the race by announcing “”Let’s go do it,”” and participants flocked to the starting point at RIMAC field. Corporate and individual sponsors helped to raise funds for undergraduate scholarships. Dynes and professor Frances Dynes-Hellman donated $25 for every person who beat Dynes and for every woman who passed Dynes-Hellman. The event raised approximately $178,000, an increase from last year’s total of $158,000. December 2nd Women’s Soccer Wins National Championship The UCSD women’s soccer team stormed onto the Division II scene and not only took the tough CCAA conference, but went on to capture the national championship as well. This win came one year after the team captured the Division III championship. ...

Horoscopes

Aries (March 21-April 19) You’ll have a powerful urge to start your world cruise Monday, leaving the same-old, same-old behind. Unfortunately, if you’re not a pilot or ship’s captain, you could miss a great career opportunity. Marvelous riches could be yours on Wednesday, if you have the skills and do the work. Thursday and Friday you’ll more than double your output with an enthusiastic team. Saturday is for sports action, but as a participant, not a spectator. Save Sunday for prayer, contemplation and the overturning of new leaves. Taurus (April 20-May 20) If you’re a trader, be alert on Monday for excellent deals. Travel is appealing on Tuesday, but will go more smoothly if you wait until Wednesday. A confrontation is brewing on Thursday. If you’re smart, you’ll use it to your advantage. Hold out for what you’re worth on Friday, too. Expect an older person to be dictatorial on Saturday. If you’re thinking of giving money on Sunday, make sure you know how it will be spent. You might have to get involved to make sure the job’s done right. Gemini (May 21-June 21) The other guy’s going to win the argument on Monday. You might learn a lot by listening, though. Talk your sweetheart out of spending the rent on something else on Tuesday or Wednesday. If you don’t, you could find yourself in an awkward situation. On Thursday and Friday, love prevails in an unexpected way. If you’re going out, try a place you’ve never been. An exotic ambiance sparks romance. Cool it on Saturday and Sunday, however. This weekend is not a good time to do anything you don’t want to read about in the Sunday papers. Cancer (June 22-July 22) Manage your workload Monday, or you’ll never get it all done. You’ll have more help on Tuesday, but proceed with caution. It will take a day or so to divvy up the chores in a way that works for all. By Wednesday you should be clicking along in an efficient fashion. You’ll make up for lost time then. Watch your reserves on Thursday and Friday and plug leaks.. On Saturday a done deal could fall apart, so take care. Read all the fine print then, and on Sunday, too. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) An early date on Monday is best. Your workload increases later and gets downright hectic on Tuesday and Wednesday. You love the challenge, but it interferes with your social life. A partnership proves stimulating Thursday and Friday. Let the other person argue your case while you supply necessary information. A difference of opinion about money could mar your weekend — and your romantic relationship — if you’re not careful. Love’s more important, remember? Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Getting to work on time is hard on Monday. You’d rather stay home and take care of something more interesting. Don’t spend too much on romance or a child on Tuesday; you’ll regret it later. A long-distance connection proves quite beneficial on Wednesday. Apply new information and skills to streamline procedures at work Thursday. Ask for your reward on Friday. Don’t wait to cash the check, either. By Saturday conditions for your prosperity aren’t as favorable. Conversations with your mate are predicted for Sunday, but don’t take yourselves too seriously. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Something you discover on Monday could change everything. Don’t just sit there; go digging! Put your personal agenda on hold Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday’s good for entertaining at home. Friendship could turn into romance as the evening progresses. Don’t discuss finances on your date Friday night. Venture farther than usual with your sweetheart and/or the kids on Saturday. You’re in for a pleasant surprise. Stick close to home on Sunday. Relax and make plans. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) Watch for bargains and valuables on Monday. That’s a good day to mine for gold. Then, put what you find into savings on Tuesday. Otherwise, it may slip through your fingers. An older woman’s comments could stir you up on Wednesday. Consider the consequences before taking action. Your mate or partner’s got the good advice on Thursday, so listen. Avoid a misunderstanding by being respectful on Friday. Things don’t go quite as planned at your house on Saturday. Focus on love, not money, Sunday, and you’ll wind up with plenty. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You’re so creative Monday, you may surprise even yourself. Put your talent to good use on Tuesday and bring in much appreciated extra income. Turn down friends who have expensive tastes on Wednesday. Take on more work instead and have even more in your pockets by Thursday. A temporary upset sends you back to the drawing board Friday. Do more reading on your own time Saturday and find the answer to the riddle. Hide out at home on Sunday for a private conversation. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Information from private sources could be quite profitable Monday. You can find a bargain you might have missed otherwise. Don’t tell too much to a co-worker Tuesday or the boss on Wednesday. Wait until Thursday to take action, and you’ll scoot past the competition. This could work in love, as well as business. Schedule a shopping trip instead of a date on Friday, and Saturday’s good for earning a bonus. A conversation on Sunday could lead to a change in your perspective. Don’t be convinced of something that just ain’t so. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) A meeting is full of surprises on Monday. Your creativity is much appreciated, as you come up with an idea no one else considered. You’re under pressure Tuesday, from friends as well as family. Everybody wants your attention, and yet you have big deadlines to meet! Postpone a trip on Wednesday so you can get everything done. Don’t plan to go out on Thursday, either. You’ll most likely be exhausted by then. Stand up for yourself on Friday, and you’ll gain the boss’s respect. You’re the one leading the pack on Saturday, with your sparkling wit. Curtail your exuberance on Sunday. Don’t spend more than you have, even for a worthy cause. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Be flexible on Monday. The boss may feel like changing everything. Get together with your group on Tuesday and Wednesday to figure out how to do what is required. You may not come up with a plan until Thursday, but that’s fine. If you wait that long, you’re more likely to succeed. A lot’s going on behind closed doors on Friday. If you wait until Saturday, telling truth from fiction will be easier. Don’t let yourself be pressured on Sunday. If another person’s suggestion doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. Birthdays This Week Nov. 27: A keen competitor keeps you on your toes and sharpens your wits. You’ll thank this person later for helping you get your act together. Nov. 28: Shortages inspire your budget. They could inspire creativity and a group effort, as well. Be flexible. Nov. 29: You should do well this year through work, not luck. Clean up your lifestyle, and you’ll be much happier, too. Nov. 30: This year you’re practical and scholarly. You’ll earn more if you spend more on your own education. It’s deductible! Dec. 1: Study technical material and become a whiz. Even if you’ve been all thumbs before, it all starts making sense. Dec. 2: Set long-term goals. Include stuff you don’t know how to do yet. Dec. 3: This year learn to plan and to put in the corrections. And never take “”no”” for an answer. ...

A Day of Remembrance

Currently, over 34 million people around the world have HIV or AIDS. Additionally, 8,000 people worldwide die from AIDS every day, according to the World AIDS Day Web site, http://www.worldaidsday.org Sky Frostenson/ Guardian “”Figures like these make it seem like AIDS is winning,”” the site states. “”But all over the world, people like you are making a difference.”” World AIDS Day, one of the most effective events that takes place in hopes of making a difference against AIDS, is held annually on Dec. 1. The day is dedicated to educating people about HIV and AIDS and recognizing those individuals who have either died from the disease or are still living with it. The event continues to be the only coordinated international day of action against HIV and AIDS. The origins of World AIDS Day trace back to January of 1988, when the World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programs for AIDS Prevention made a request to open channels of communication, strengthen the exchange of experience and information, and forge a spirit of social tolerance. The organization wanted a more honest way of dealing with the newfound AIDS epidemic and has succeeded in this over the last 12 years. The proof is this: Since its inception, World AIDS Day has received the patronage of the United Nations and the World Health Assembly, as well as innumerable other countries, governments and individuals. Themes Throughout the Year World AIDS Day has a particular theme for each year. “”Communication”” was the theme for its first year in 1988. Since then, more specific themes have been developed. In 1999, the theme, “”Listen, Learn, Live: World AIDS Campaign with Children and Young People,”” stressed the importance of educating young adults on the dangers of AIDS. This year, the theme is “”AIDS: Men Make a Difference.”” According to the World AIDS Day Web site, over 70 percent of HIV infections worldwide occur through sex between men and women, and a further 10 percent through sex between men. Additionally, another 5 percent occur among people who inject drugs, 80 percent of whom are men. The World AIDS Day campaign hopes that by bringing attention to men’s roles in infection, awareness will be increased and, they feel, this may be the surest way to fight the AIDS epidemic. Student Health Advocates World AIDS Day will be observed at UCSD on Thursday. The event is being coordinated by Debbie Pino-Saballett, the outreach coordinator for Student Health Services. “”It’s such an important event and virtually every student knows somebody who has been affected by HIV,”” Pino-Saballett said. “”It’s a way for them to take an hour to show their support for continued HIV research for those who have died as well as for those living with HIV.”” According to UCSD’s Student Health News, Student Health Advocates is a program that provides students with special training as clinic aides and peer educators. One of their many duties on campus is to provide sexual health information to the UCSD community. They accomplish this in various ways, including information sessions and programs on contraception and sexually transmitted disease prevention. Pino-Saballet feels that an event like World AIDS Day is extremely relevant to college students’ lives. “”For one thing, the majority of people affected by HIV are in the college-age population,”” Pino-Saballett said. “”The purpose of World AIDS Day is to acknowledge people who have died of AIDS and to increase awareness of HIV.”” UCSD Events UCSD’s events for World AIDS Day will be held in the Price Center and on Library Walk on Nov. 30. Pino-Saballett said the events will take place a day early because they feared that a later date would bring about a lower turnout. With finals so close, organizers felt that Thursday would be better than Friday to maximize student participation. Activities begin at 9 a.m., starting with the AIDS Quilt on the Price Center lawn. (In case of rain, this event will take place in Galleries A and B.) Students can view the quilt until 3 p.m. From 11 a.m. to noon in the Price Center plaza, there will be a panel of speakers who are infected with HIV. Students will hear testimonials from these speakers and have the opportunity to ask questions about AIDS and HIV. Those in attendance will also receive a free “”condom rose.”” From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be an HIV and AIDS resource fair on Library Walk. Students will be able to view art and poetry by children living with HIV. Temporary tattoos and free condom roses will also be available. Other events will take place throughout the week at the Cross Cultural Center. The art and poetry will be on display in the gallery. In addition, an HIV- and AIDS- related movie will be shown at the Cross Cultural Center on Nov. 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. World AIDS Day is co-sponsored by the A.S. Council and is a joint program by the Cross Cultural Center, the Women’s Center, the AIDS Research Institute, Student Health Services and Student Health Advocates. For more information regarding World AIDS Day at UCSD, contact Student Health Services at (858) 534-8089 or go to its Web site, http://www.ucsd.edu/shs/ For more information on World AIDS Day in general, visit it’s Web site at http://www.worldaidsday.org/ ...

Horoscopes

Aries (March 21-April 19) The workload is heavy on Monday, but the party flag is flying by Tuesday. Your luck has just changed for the better, which should be obvious on Wednesday. Don’t get too rowdy that night, however. The headache you’d have on Thursday morning would be just awful. Watch for bargains and profitable opportunities late Thursday and Friday. Travel is forecast for this weekend. The only problem on Saturday is that you can’t take everybody with you. Your reaction to an unexpected event on Sunday lets you know you’re on the right path. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Get your lovin’ in early on Monday. The work pace picks up, and on Tuesday you’ll be racing at full speed with all the other rats. Avoid an attractive distraction on Wednesday. If you don’t watch where you’re going, you could run into something. Avoid a person who’s all talk and no action on Thursday, to save valuable time. Be flexible on Friday; it’s likely there’ll be a change in your plans. The urge to splurge will be hard to fight this weekend. Get a high-quality item after which you’ve long lusted, and your buyer’s remorse should be minimal. Gemini (May 21-June 21) Detailed work flows on Monday, so push yourself to get it all done. There’s a mess-up regarding a romantic appointment mid-Tuesday, but you’re in for a pleasant surprise later that evening. That would also be a good time for you to pop the question, if you have one to ask. Circumstances beyond your control could interfere with your love life on Wednesday. Just save up your money, and you’ll get a chance to spend it on Thursday. Collaborate closely with a co-worker Friday, and a difficult assignment will be fun. Do what your partner suggests on Saturday. That’s the partner you can trust completely, of course. Visiting friends together on Sunday should prove interesting. You might even want to take notes. Cancer (June 22-July 22) Remember to do the errands you promised on Monday, and you’ll be nicely rewarded. You’d like to sleep in on Tuesday, but your partner and/or your boss have other plans. Something needs to be done at home on Tuesday and Wednesday. If you don’t already know what it is, your roommate will be glad to tell you. By Thursday you’re ready for an outing, but it may be late before you can get away. It’ll be easier to get your chores done Friday, and then you can make a break for it. On Saturday the other person has the first serve, so take care. The more you aim to please on Sunday, the more likely you’ll win the game. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Shop for bargains on household items as much as you can on Monday. You might find the perfect thing at a great price on your lunch hour. If quality and style are more important to you than price, you can wait until Tuesday. If you and your mate can’t agree on Wednesday, stall. Odds are good you’ll find an alternative on Thursday that neither of you had considered. Don’t get depressed if a scheme you try Friday simply doesn’t work. It’s more complicated than that, so do more research and studying over the weekend. Save plenty of time for fun and games, too. Your favorite playmate has a few surprises in store for you. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You’re apt to be the one who finds the answer on Monday. Keep digging, your chances are better than anyone else’s. Financial rewards could be yours on Tuesday or Wednesday. The money’s a result of your willingness to get rid of something that’s cluttering up your private space. Something you find on Thursday could change the way you do your work. It might even change where you work, if necessary. Frustrations on Friday could have you checking the want ads. Don’t leave one paycheck before you have another one lined up. If you’re thinking of relocating, this weekend will be perfect. Or, just have a party at your place. Looks like there’s lots of chaos there anyway — might as well enjoy it. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) You could be faced with a load of overdue chores on Monday. Don’t panic, just take them one at a time. Put them in order of importance. Your energy level’s high through Tuesday and Wednesday, and you’re getting smarter. You’ll find that a task that was daunting before is starting to become almost easy. Don’t get cocky, though. Thursday and Friday are fraught with peril. You may even be too tired to go out on Friday night. Schedule your romantic interlude for Saturday instead. Choose a date who’s stimulating intellectually as well as otherwise, and you’ll have a weekend to write home about. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) A friend can help you make an important connection on Monday. Go ahead and ask for the favor. Knowing which button to push helps you find the resources you need on Tuesday and Wednesday. Pushing them takes tact, and perfect timing, both of which you have in abundance. A mess at home could throw you off stride on Thursday — temporarily. Stay alert; you’ll get another opportunity to score. Things are not as they appear to be on Friday. Don’t say much, you could find out later that you were talking to the wrong person. Saturday’s good for losing a wager, or spending too much at the stores. Ixnay on gambling, too. Sunday’s better for fixing up your place, but don’t stay up late. You’ll need your beauty sleep by then. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Don’t snap back at a critical older person on Monday. If you simply say, “”Yes, SIR!”” or ma’am, whichever the case may be, you’ll increase your profits instead of losing your job. Tell the whole story to your friends on Tuesday, and they’ll give you lots of sympathy. Don’t let them solve your problem for you on Wednesday, though. That would be too expensive. Let them inspire you, and maybe teach you how to do it yourself on Thursday. Keep a low profile on Friday. Listen instead of telling what you know, and you’ll discover an error before you make it. The ball’s in your court over the weekend. Partying with neighbors and siblings would be perfect. Don’t spread gossip you’ve recently heard, however. Check it out carefully by asking a friend who would know on Sunday. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Looks like the coast is clear on Monday if you want to try something slightly dangerous. Your friends will be glad to help, so you won’t be alone. If you’ve been keeping a secret, be ready to confess it on Tuesday or Wednesday. It’ll come out around then anyway, so if you mention it first, you’ll look better. Don’t bother to ask for a raise on Thursday or Friday. You’re more likely to get a cut in your pay, or lose a client. Some of the things you learn over the weekend could help you improve your income, though, so don’t worry about it. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) If you have all the facts and figures, you could benefit quite nicely on Monday. Don’t leave anything to chance. Travel’s appealing on Tuesday and Wednesday, but not a good idea. Take care of obligations instead. You’re likely to clash with an older person Wednesday night or Thursday. This person is saying your dreams are unrealistic. Don’t let that stop you. Dreams don’t have to be realistic anyway. Don’t hurt yourself by trying to push a square peg into a round hole on Friday. You’d be wise to play with a team, or bet on one, over the weekend. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Your partner’s got all the angles figured out on Monday, so just go along with the program. A long-distance contact on Tuesday could lead to a better job if you’re interested. If money’s tight on Tuesday, maybe it’s time to go looking. Don’t tell any work-related secrets on Wednesday, especially about the boss. He or she is apt to find out on Thursday or Friday, and would not be amused. Your priorities are constantly shifting this weekend, so stay flexible. An older person wants to take control, but may not have the route figured out quite yet. Give helpful hints. Birthdays This Week: Nov. 20: Priorities are changing. You’re growing from playing in the present to planning for the future. Nov. 21: Join friends in spiritual inquiry and find the balance you’ve sought. You’ll become more outspoken in the process. Nov. 22: Choose your friends carefully this year. They could lead you to great knowledge or into debt! Nov. 23: Old beliefs are challenged this year. Your studies lead to a deeper understanding and a stronger faith. Nov. 24: Can your dreams become reality? How about your fears? Through self-discipline, you’ll be the architect. Nov. 25: You’re awesome this year, but don’t get cocky. Play by the rules, and the world will benefit from your wisdom. Nov. 26: You’re growing so fast your friends hardly recognize you. You were already cheerful and lucky. Now you’re becoming practical, too. ...