Sunday, March 26, 2017

X-treme aerial athletes take to the skies

The circus is coming to town -- but this isn't like any circus you've seen before. This circus features plenty of acrobatics, but notably absent are animals, unless you count skateboarding icon Tony Hawk, BMX superstars Mat Hoffman and Dave Mirra, and motocross daredevil Carey Hart as something other than human for their gravity-defying feats. Add a live band, pyrotechnics and thousands of noisy fans to this mix of aerial sports, and you get the ""Boom Boom HuckJam,"" a one-of-a-kind show sure to dazzle your eyes and ears.

The event, coming to San Diego on Oct. 24 as part of its 22-stop tour, will feature BMX, skateboarding and motocross stunts performed on a custom-made, million-dollar ramp system. The objective of the three sports in the event is the same: to become airborne and perform spins, flips, grabs and other stunts in the air.

Skateboarders will perform on a system of ramps, obstacles and rails located around the arena floor. BMX (short for ""bicycle motocross"") riders will perform around the skateboarders. Floating on a stage above all this, a band will play live music. A light show will illuminate the arena, and motocross stuntmen will perform around -- and above -- everything else.

In addition to Hawk, Hoffman, Mirra and Hart, other athletes airing it out will include 11-time X Games medalist and six-time skateboard World Cup champion Andy Macdonald, Slam City Jam winner Bucky Lasek, Brazilian aerialist Lincoln Ueda and pro skaters Brian Howard and Sergie Ventura.

Athletes using the assistance of a motor to put them into orbit include 2001 Vans Triple Crown Series Champion Clifford Adoptante; Mike Cinqmars, the world record holder for the longest jump on natural terrain; X-Gamer Ronnie Faisst; and Dustin Miller, the reigning IFMA world champion. BMXers Kevin Johnson and John Parker also join the mix.

The show will be hosted by BMX star and television personality Rick Thorne, who will also join the madness on stage by riding BMX for the ""all out jam"" portion of the show. Musicians selected for the tour vary, and include bands such as The Offspring, Face to Face, Social Distortion, CKY and Good Charlotte. Whipping up the musical portion of the San Diego show will be '80s new-age band Devo.

Hawk, widely regarded as one of the best skateboarders who ever lived, came up with the idea for the tour as a means to combine the talents of his fellow athletes and musicians. The name of the tour, although bizarre, was also his idea. According to Hawk, ""Huck"" means to launch into the air, ""Jam"" is a gathering of talent, and ""Boom Boom"" reflects the musical element of the show.

Boom Boom HuckJam debuted as a one-time event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas earlier this year. But following its enormous success, Hawk decided to take it on tour across the country.

""Boom Boom HuckJam is an idea that is long overdue,"" Hawk said. ""It is a skate/BMX/motor show of arena proportions, featuring an elaborate ramp system, music and choreography. We, as professional riders, couldn't wait any longer to make it a reality. The first show was a blast, and it will only get better.""

San Diego's Boom Boom HuckJam comes flying into town at the Sports Arena on Oct. 24. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and start at $25. This circus looks to be like nothing you've ever seen before, so if you're into aerial sports, be sure not to miss this show.

Lights & Sirens

Saturday, Oct. 8

2:49 a.m.: Officers arrested an 18-year-old student at Asia Hall for being publicly intoxicated and being a danger to oneself and others. Transported to Thornton Hospital.

10:18 a.m.: A student reported the theft of a sofa from Europe Hall. Loss: $200.

4:39 p.m.: A 78-year-old female nonaffiliate suffered a lacerated forehead after falling at La Jolla Playhouse. Transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital by a friend.

7:39 p.m.: A staff member reported a burglary at the International Child Care Center director’s office. Unknown loss.

11:42 p.m.: Officers arrested a 19-year-old male nonaffiliate at La Jolla Farms Road for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and for driving under the influence.

Sunday, Oct. 9

9:07 a.m.: A student reported the theft of a burgundy Trek 4500 men’s bike from the Douglas Residence Hall bike racks. Loss: $499.

2:58 p.m.: A student reported vandalism at Oceania Hall. Damage: $150.

4:22 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a white 1999 Honda Civic from Lot 208. Loss: $8,500.

5:29 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a red 2000 Acura Integra in Lot 701. Loss: $100.

Monday, Oct. 10

11:36 a.m.: A student reported the theft of a black Giant mountain bike from the bike racks at Meteor Hall. Loss: $300.

11:38 a.m.: A student reported the theft of a wallet from the archery range. Loss: $130.

4:43 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a brown 1990 Chevrolet Astrovan in Lot 356. Loss: $900.

9:45 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a wallet from the Student Center North Conference Room. Loss: $50.

9:45 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a laptop computer from the Student Center North Conference Room. Loss: $1,500.

Tuesday, Oct. 11

12:30 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a blue-and-gold B21 trek mountain bike from bike racks at Student Center. Loss: $250.

1:07 p.m.: A 20-year-old female student suffered loss of consciousness at York Hall. Transported to Thornton Hospital by paramedics.

3:22 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a gray Giant Rincon men’s mountain bike from Peterson Hall. Loss: $425.

8:27 p.m.: An 18-year-old female student suffered a knee injury from playing tennis at the tennis courts by Spanos Complex. Transported to Thornton Hospital by friend.

Wednesday, Oct. 12

10:26 a.m.: A 46-year-old female staff member complained of a severe headache at Torrey Pines Center South. Transported to Kaiser Permanente by paramedics.

4:52 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a black 2005 Honda CBR from Gilman Parking Structure. Loss: $10,400.

5:11 p.m.: Officers detained an 18-year-old male student at York Hall for being a danger to himself and others. Transported to County Mental Hospital.

5:26 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a motorcycle helmet from Lot 207. Loss $300.

UC turns away eligible applicants

UCSD admitted 17,151 students for fall 2004, down 2.4 percent from 2003. The University of California overall admitted 6.7 percent less students than last year.

The eight undergraduate UC campuses turned away 7,600 UC-eligible students. It is the first time in over 40 years the university has denied admission to eligible freshmen. More than 3,700 other applicants received offers for spots in the winter and spring of 2005, or a referral to an engineering program at UC Riverside, according to data released by the university.

“We don’t like turning away students,” UC Director of Undergraduate Admissions Susan Wilbur said at an April 20 teleconference. “It’s been a very difficult year for students. It’s been a difficult year for the university.”

The system offered admission to 73 percent of all applicants. UC Santa Cruz experienced the largest change compared to last year, falling by nearly 14 percent, with just over 67 percent of applicants for the fall receiving an offer of admission.

UCSD accepted fewer than four out of every 10 high school seniors who applied for fall admission, in addition to 775 students admitted for winter 2005.

Admitted students had higher marks and test scores than last year. The average grade point average rose to 4.05 from 4.04 and average SAT I scores increased by 12 points to 1,300.

The number of underrepresented minorities offered admission to UCSD fell by 4.9 percent.

Though the number of underrepresented minority students as a proportion of all admits rose for the UC system, the number at UCSD fell, down to 14.4 percent of all admits. It is a 4.9 percent drop for the campus in admission offers to underrepresented minorities compared to last year’s statistics.

The campus lags behind the systemwide of admissions to underrepresented minority students rate by more than 5 percent.

“I clearly think that, as a campus, we have a lot of work to do in terms of increasing the number of underrepresented students,” Mae W. Brown, the assistant vice chancellor of admissions and enrollment services said. “We’re concerned with the drop in underrepresented students, especially with the drop of African Americans on campus.”

Across all UC campuses, more than 15 percent fewer African Americans received admission, the largest annual drop among all ethnic groups. There was a 9.6 percent decrease at UCSD.

“Overall, it’s disappointing to see these numbers go down, especially since chronically, in our university and our system, there never have been numbers that meet the demographics of our state or our area,” A.S. Commissioner of Diversity Affairs Stephanie Aguon said. “It makes it difficult to create the kind of campus climate that we want, if students are being cut.”

Brown and Aguon blamed the poor number of underrepresented admits partly on tuition fees hikes and state cuts in funding for outreach programs.

“We absolutely need to look at the implications of the cuts in outreach. I think those programs are quite essential in maintaining the diversity of the campus,” Brown said.

Aguon said her office would continue work on the creation of a recruitment and retention center, like those at UC Berkeley and other universities. She believes the centers would help raise the numbers for underrepresented students.

The proportion of students who are first in their family to attend college, have a family income below $30,000, or come from low-performing schools rose slightly across the UC system. At UCSD, more than 23 percent of admitted students represented the first in their family to go to college, according to university data.

Females continued to outpace males at all campuses, occupying more than 57 percent of UCSD’s admission spaces.

This rising number of female admissions represents a “national phenomenon,” Brown said.

UC-eligible students denied admission in 2004-05 received a Guaranteed Transfer Option. It is a new program that promises applicants a spot at a UC campus after two years of community college. Under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budget proposal, currently pending in the Legislature, their community college fees would be waived.

African Americans comprised nearly a quarter of the GTO students, the second-largest ethnic group, behind Caucasians, to be offered the option.

Sun God beer garden plan rejected

After receiving recommendations from the A.S. Council and other campus administrators in favor of the creation of a beer garden at this year’s Sun God festival, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Joseph W. Watson has decided against the idea, calling for more safety efforts during the festival.

Watson also rejected the University Events Office’s recommendation to commit to the approval of a beer garden for next year.

“We were under the impression that if we applied ourselves toward safety concerns, we would be able to have a beer garden,” said former A.S. President Jenn Pae, who lobbied Watson to approve the plan. “To have the idea be rejected was very sad.”

Watson, however, said he felt a beer garden would only worsen an already strong theme of alcohol during Sun God.

“I’m not opposed to a beer garden, and we have no objections to it,” he said. “Sun God is a very distinctive and special event. But everyone, even A.S. members, has acknowledged that there is already a lot of drinking during Sun God. A beer garden should be done safely and only when it doesn’t contribute to an atmosphere that emphasizes the drinking of alcohol and risky behavior.”

Pae said her plan would have curbed alcohol abuse during the festival by offering a controlled environment for consumption. The proposed garden established a limit on drinks per person, an identification system, 18 private security guards, two UCSD police officers and a fenced area on RIMAC Field. The A.S. Council’s recommendation to operate the beer garden at night would have alleviated binge drinking during the day, according to Pae.

“Because students don’t have a venue during the evening for alcohol, they try to have as much alcohol as possible for a lasting effect during our night concert,” she said. “If we had a beer garden at night, students could enjoy alcohol, but in a more responsible manner.”

Though it withheld its support from the plan, UCSD Police Department expressed an understanding of “the desire of event sponsors or venues to serve alcohol to responsible adults,” the department stated in its recommendation to Watson.

“Although we do not ‘encourage’ or ‘endorse’ beer gardens, we feel there would be events better suited to their successful ‘piloting’ than the Sun God festival,” the statement said.

UEO also advised against a beer garden during this year’s festival. Precautions for alcohol use need to be fully applied before operation of beer gardens, the office stated in its recommendation.

“In recognition of the ‘growing’ awareness of alcohol use during the day — and sometimes prior — leading up to the concert, A.S. Programming and UEO staff have developed a number of proactive measures that begin to address the culture of alcohol consumption at this event,” the UEO recommendation stated. “It is the firm belief that the listed strategies must first be fully implemented, in order to seriously consider the possibility of a beer garden during the evening concert.”

The office recommended that Watson approve a beer garden next year, when the measures were firmly in place.

Pae said the precautions to highlight safety and control alcohol consumption justified a beer garden for this year’s Sun God festival. Measures proposed by the council and UEO included the prohibition of alcohol and alcohol-related merchandise, a designated-driver program and increased staffing and security. Watson accepted all of the proposed “proactive measures.”

“I feel disheartened that all of these security measures were taken out of safety concerns, [but] a beer garden was still not approved,” Pae said. “If it’s not going to happen this year with all of these proactive actions taking place, when will it?”

With over 40 percent of students of drinking age, the UCSD population would have been able to more fully enjoy the festival with a beer garden, according to Pae. During previous meetings, although Watson was not enthusiastic about the prospect of serving alcohol at the event, he was not opposed to the idea, Pae said.

“A.S. did everything in our power to make Sun God a safe event regarding alcohol,” she said. “We were under the impression that if we took these measures, a safe beer garden would be accepted.”

Watson maintained that while he is not against a beer garden, Sun God is not yet safe enough for such an operation.

“I’m not opposed to the principle of a beer garden,” Watson said. “But safety comes first, and a beer garden does not contribute to that under the circumstances.”

Currents

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Admin-Student Relations Grim Until Students Speak Up

(Michael Capparelli/Guardian)

Lana Blank is exasperated — you could hear it in her voice
at last week’s A.S. Council meeting, where the chair of the Thurgood Marshall
Student Council was practically pleading with Vice Chancellor of Student
Affairs Penny Rue. Her academic schedule, Blank said, would prohibit her from
attending committee meetings during which members would pick Marshall’s
next dean of student affairs.

As one of three student representatives appointed to the
committee, Blank was well aware of the impacts of her attendance (and
nonattendance). As the leading administrative link between the university and
its students, Rue was well aware of a bigger problem: “Only three?” Rue said,
referencing the glaringly nominal number of students on the committee.

The problem dove deeper as Blank spoke further. Student
politicians already wield a hefty academic workload, she said, and were not
being appropriately accommodated.

Blank’s troubles illustrate a larger problem that has
escalated over the past year: Administrators are turning a cold shoulder to
student representation. Her scheduling snafu worsens an already dismal scandal
at Marshall, where Provost Allan
Havis first elected only two students to his selection committee, and some
councilmembers declared one committee member unfit for the job. Havis then
threw protesting TMC students a meager bone by electing a third student. That
third student, however, is allowed minimal participation, joining only the
final stage of discussion and left without voting powers.

Weeks before, councilmembers from Earl
Warren College

voiced protest about being improperly informed of plans to change general
education requirements. The uproar was a month late, with an Academic Senate
sub-body approving the proposal 8-1 — the single dissenter was the committee’s
only undergraduate representative.

Pertinent, student-related issues will continue to bypass
the council unless representation is expanded. Blank and her councilmembers
face a stark reality: Faculty and staff will tap the deans they want, approve
the plans they like and meet during the times they can, until there are enough
students to stop them.

Lights & Sirens

Monday, Jan. 24

9:52 a.m.: Officers arrested a 40-year-old female staff member in Lot 104 for misuse of a handicap placard. Cited and released.

10:20 a.m.: A 30-year-old female staff member suffered a twisted ankle after falling on Russell Lane by Gilman Parking Structure. Transported to Thornton Hospital by supervisor.

3:24 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a green B21 Schwinn mountain bicycle from the south bike racks of Kathmandu residence hall. Loss: $30.

9:05 p.m.: A 25-year-old female student suffered from vomiting after taking the wrong medication. Transported to Thornton Hospital by paramedics.

10:50 p.m.: A 19-year-old female student had difficult breathing at Sixth College Apartments. Transported to Thornton Hospital by paramedics.

Tuesday, Jan. 25

2:43 a.m.: Officers arrested a 36-year-old female nonaffiliate at North Torrey Pines Road and La Jolla Shores Road for vehicle theft, driving with a suspended license and possession of methamphetamine. Transported to Las Colinas Jail.

10:13 a.m.: A staff member reported receiving annoying phone calls at the Thornton Hospital emergency room.

1:08 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a silver, red and black B21 Mongoose mountain bicycle from the east bike racks at the Cognitive Science Building. Loss: $100.

1:44 p.m.: A 45-year-old staff member suffered a seizure at Bonner Hall. Transported to Thornton Hospital.

3:45 p.m.: A student reported the theft of two motorcycle helmets from Lot 207. Loss: $300.

4:11 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a white 1979 Chevy El Camino from Lebon Drive. Loss: $200.

5:44 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a black B21 Specialized mountain bicycle from the Sixth College Apartments bike racks. Loss: $100.

9:26 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a red B21 Gary Fisher mountain bicycle from the York Hall bike racks. Loss: $600.

10:04 p.m.: A staff member reported vandalism to a green 1996 Ford Explorer. Loss: $100.

11:28 p.m.: A student reported receiving harassing phone calls at Latin America residence hall.

Wednesday, Jan. 26

10:18 a.m.: A staff member reported the theft of a cell phone from Thornton Hospital. Loss: $300.

5:53 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a black 2000 Honda Civic from Pangea Parking Structure. Loss: $4,000.

Thursday, Jan. 27

2:20 a.m.: Officers arrested a 42-year-old male nonaffiliate at Thornton Hospital on an outstanding misdemeanor bench warrant for battery. Transported to Central Jail. Bail: $1,000.

10:07 a.m.: A 20-year-old female student complained of weakness at Atlantis Hall. Transported to Thornton Hospital by paramedics.

10:12 a.m.: A student reported the theft of bicycle equipment at Lebon Drive. Loss: $35.

7:29 p.m.: A student reported burglary at the General Store Co-op. Unknown loss.

Friday, Jan. 28

11:59 a.m.: A student reported the theft of a blue Magna Electroshock men’s mountain bicycle from the bike racks at Earl’s Place. Loss: $50.

1:45 p.m.: Officers arrested a 25-year-old male student in Lot 208 for misuse of a handicap placard. Cited and released.

2:19 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a black 1994 Honda Accord in Pangea Parking Structure. Loss: $900.

3:37 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a white 1996 Honda Accord in Pangea Parking Structure. Loss: $200.

9:50 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a gold 1991 Toyota Camry in Pangea Parking Structure. No loss.

11 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a red 1990 Mazda Miata in Pangea Parking Structure. Loss: $225.

Saturday, Jan. 29

3:41 a.m.: Officers arrested a 29-year-old male student on North Torrey Pines Road and Muir College Drive for driving under the influence of alcohol. Booked into county jail.

9:30 a.m.: A student reported burglary to a red 1994 Nissan Altima in Pangea Parking Structure. Loss: $150.

11:29 p.m.: An 18-year-old female student suffered a seizure at Douglas Hall. Transported to Kaiser Permanente hospital by paramedics.

Sunday, Jan. 30

1:01 a.m.: Officers detained a 46-year-old male nonaffiliate at North Torrey Pines Road and Torrey Pines Scenic Drive for being a danger to himself and others. Transported to County Mental Hospital.

— Compiled by Lisa Mak

Associate News Editor

Endorsement: Vice President Internal — Janine Dellomes

A weak vice president internal would be one of the most devastating blows to the A.S. Council. As the proverbial glue for councilmembers, the vice president manages council meetings and appoints student representation to campuswide committees. Janine Dellomes, currently A.S. President Christopher Sweeten’s publicity manager, has the common sense and upfront personality to effectively lead the office.

Dellomes recognizes the selfless attitude senators need to form a smoothly run council. To perpetuate that attitude, Dellomes says she will put her publicity experience to use, organizing leadership retreats and continuing Fornero’s “Raising the Bar” events.

Although her plans are a basic continuation of Fornero’s initial strategies, Dellomes will depart from the current tenure in important ways. Fornero’s enforcement of contracts dictating committee representatives’ allegiance to the views of the A.S. Council largely eliminates true student voices on committees, transforming the positions into mouthpieces for the council. Dellomes, however, does not support the loyalty oaths, correctly depending on the committee members’ expertise in their respective subject areas.

In previous years, the vice president internal has had to continually battle with unacceptably low attendance at council meetings. Dellomes recognizes the damage that the dull bureaucracy of meetings. Her magnetic enthusiasm should be able to cure such an ailment.

Her competitor, Tritons United!’s Alicia Coates, chose not to attend an endorsement interview with this board and did not return numerous calls for comment, which leaves this board unsure of her position or qualifications. If her candidate statement is a reflection, however, Coates leaves much to be desired. Though Coates may possess other qualities, she has not proven otherwise to this board. Dellomes, however, is certainly a qualified candidate for the slot.

Stopping the Presses Won’t Heal the Hurt

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Pi Kappa Alpha and the less publicized fraternities responsible for the “Compton Cookout” are breathing a deep sigh of relief right now, because — just in the nick of time — the Koala has dependably swooped in to steal the spotlight.

All anger directed toward the Feb. 15 Black History Month-mocking frat party was quickly shifted to the campus humor newspaper everyone loves to hate on Thursday night, when Koala Editor in Chief Kris Gregorian dropped a drunken “ungrateful niggers” bomb on what had to be the greatest viewership Channel 18 has seen since Koala TV’s pornographic glory days. It was a terrible judgment call, made all the more cruel by its timing. The Black Student Union was fresh out of a Campus Black Forum and watching, waiting for an inevitable battle cry from the Koala camp.

Later that night, A.S. President Utsav Gupta shut down the recently revamped Student-Run Television (which he claims he didn’t know was airing Koala TV, though it’s the channel’s most consistent programming) in response. BSU Chairpersons David Ritcherson and Fnann Keflezighi declared UCSD’s campus climate was in a “State of Emergency” by 7:30 a.m. the next morning.

The back-and-forth was to be expected, but then Gupta took an unforeseen leap: He froze funding for all 33 student publications. “In any game where the players are getting hurt, you hit the pause button,” he said. Translation: If things start getting heated, you duct-tape the mouths of all those who might cause more trouble within your kingdom.

Though he has made it clear the A.S. Council is indeed doing everything it can to legally defund the Koala, his taboo Friday-morning decision was not a last-minute attempt to crush UCSD’s most controversial rag — which can be counted on to balloon the Cookout controversy to epic proportions. Anybody with a scrap of institutional memory knows the Koala will go to print, even if members have to write the issue in their own feces on spools of toilet paper. In fact, they’d probably love that.

No, Gupta’s freeze is obviously a lesson — one that contradicted his self-proclaimed undying commitment to enabling free student press. Outraged Black Student Unioners are demanding their fees not fund Koala hate speech, so Gupta feels he has to demonstrate the widespread consequences of making that dream come true — seeing as, by law, the A.S. Council cannot choose to defund certain publications based on content.

What we’ve learned: Gupta values dictatorial, learn-the-hard-way parenting over the unconditional preservation of free speech (or at least open dialogue) at UCSD, and is unfortunately equipped with absolute power over the A.S. budget. Sure, he has promised the media-org funding freeze will only last a week or two, depending on the progress made at a public committee meeting this Thursday or Friday. (Vice President of Finances Peter Benesch and Associate Vice President of Student Organizations Andrew Ang, a known adversary of the Koala, predict it will, in fact, last into Spring Quarter.) But considering forum attendees will take the form of both enraged BSU members and First Amendment warriors like the Koala, it’s safe to say there’s little chance for peaceful understanding or resolution. Only destined to add more fuel to the fire is Gupta’s possessive attitude: “I can ask at any time for anyone to leave the room,” he said.

Ironically, the freeze pretty much guarantees that Koala commentary will be the only physical media available during the next week of turmoil, as orgs without the same bloodthirsty penchant to claw at open wounds aren’t so likely to spill sweat and tears over finding advertisers, especially in time to print relevant material. It’s another willing sacrifice by Gupta in a game of Daddy-knows-best politics. (For instance, an informative and refreshing article on the California Review’s Web site will unfortunately receive a fraction of the readership it would if passed out on Library Walk.)

Because Gupta is aware it’s near impossible to seek immediate alternative funds, he therefore must be aware he is essentially censoring all existing publications. The freeze will likewise discourage the production of any new media from members of the BSU, or any other students in opposition to the Cookout and/or the Koala.

If there’s one thing the American Civil Liberties Union and Vice Chancellor of Student Life Penny Rue (not to mention any good therapist) can agree on, it’s that more speech — not less — is most beneficial to a hurting community.

So Gupta obviously went about this in the worst way possible. But what he’s trying to show us is valuable: Is it really worth winning back the few dollars we spend on media-org operations we don’t agree with, when the price is sucking the campus dry of all written discussion, and endangering an environment in which students can express themselves freely? Not to mention, if the freeze were to hold, we wouldn’t necessarily see those dollars back; it’s not like the A.S. Council would run a reverse referendum to lower student fees in accordance with the absence of media orgs on the budget. For all we know, that money might just melt into the giant Sun God pot-o’-funds.

The Koala receives about $7,000 per year for printing. That’s about 30 cents per student. In total, media orgs will receive $53,000 in 2009-10. If this is actually about our fees, let’s consider where else they’re going. Non-media orgs will receive $440,000. On top of that, “tradition events” — long-standing org fixtures — will receive $105,000. KSDT Radio will receive $11,000. Six beer gardens will cost over $90,000. The Sun God Festival will receive $550,000 — part of which may be sucked up by increased security. Perhaps, being a newspaper, we’re biased, but we feel journalism on campus is worth at least one-tenth of Sun God — even if that includes the kind that offends us.

Students should be equally worried if the A.S. Council — no doubt guided by whispers from the Campus Council — does find a way to cut only the Koala’s funds, or require all media content to be pre-approved, as has been suggested. The Koala may be an unpopular extreme, but depending on the council, the censorship threshold could fluctuate to include whatever they find unacceptable at the time.

Isn’t it clear by now that the Koala makes fun of everybody? And the more we get our panties in a twist, the nastier they’re likely to fight. Content is often in poor taste, but it ensures the rest of us continue to say what we want. Let’s instead focus on forming a stronger opposing army: Ethnic-studies departments and tutoring services need to be built back up, outreach efforts need more helping hands and there’s always room for more media orgs with minority viewpoints (assuming we survive the freeze). Heck, there’s even an affirmative-action march on Sacramento as we speak, ripe for the joining.

“This is probably the decision I’m going to be remembered by,” Gupta admitted. Hell yeah, it is. He just lost 34 voices of support across campus. Granted, he made the decision so students will understand the potential consequences of their angry requests — but that’s not worth this moment of silence, and neither is the jolting precedent it sets: casually cork the student voice when things get too noisy.

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