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Lights & Sirens

Tuesday, May 29

5 a.m.: A power outage occurred throughout the campus. Notified Power Plant Services, Housing Maintenance, San Diego Police Department and San Diego Gas and Electric.

9:55 a.m.: A female nonaffiliate reported vandalism to a Round Table Pizza cart. Damage: $100.

10:29 a.m.: A student reported the theft of laundry from the Argo Hall fifth floor laundry room.

Wednesday, May 30

12:53 p.m.: Officers arrested a 37-year-old male nonaffiliate in Lot 113 for violation of a restraining order. Cited and released.

1:55 p.m.: A 96-year-old male staff member suffered a head injury after falling at the Warren shuttle stop. Transported to Thornton Hospital by paramedics.

2:30 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a blue Specialized Hard Rock mountain bike from the south side of Tenaya Hall. Loss: $200.

Thursday, May 31

5:10 p.m.: Officers arrested a 29-year-old male nonaffiliate for burglary and possession of stolen property at Geisel Library. Booked into Central Jail.

9:37 p.m.: A 20-year-old female student complained of a knee problem at Frankfurter Hall. Transported to Thornton Hospital by paramedics.

Friday, June 1

8:17 a.m.: Units and the San Diego Fire Department responded to a fire at Oceanview Terrace caused by the malfunction of a pizza oven. Housing Maintenance and Fire Marshall notified.

2:35 p.m.: Officers detained a 25-year-old male nonaffiliate at the UCSD Bookstore for being a danger to himself and others. Transported to County Mental Health. Notify warrant requested for same subject for petty theft, possession of state keys, and misappropriation of lost property.

5:33 p.m.: Officers arrested a 33-year-old male nonaffiliate for spousal abuse. Transported to Central Jail.

Saturday, June 2

12:38 a.m.: Officers detained a 19-year-old male student at the west side of Muir Apartments for being drunk in public. Transported to detox.

2:30 a.m.: Officers detailed a 24-year-old male student at Mesa Apartments for being drunk in public. Transported to detox.

Sunday, June 3

1:34 a.m.: Officers detained an 18-year-old male student and a 19-year-old male student at University Center 400 for being drunk in public. Transported to detox.


Race-baiting thrives on university campuses

One proverb that universities teach us very effectively is that “if at first you don’t succeed, just cry racism.” It’s a surefire solution to all failures. Students First! last year used this slogan very effectively. Everyone who has tried to cut funding to The Koala shouts it. Ethnic studies courses attribute nearly all failure of cultures to white hegemonic racism.

This author only wishes that this sort of childishness would halt at the university level. College students are hopeless because we learn to think so far outside common sense.

But it goes that there might be hope for the real world. Clearly, this author has his hopes set too high. For example, the recent mayoral election in Milwaukee, which shows the worst of college thinking seeping into the real world.

“Racism is alive and well in Milwaukee. It’s alive and well and thriving,” insisted Dianne Pratt, wife of defeated Milwaukee mayoral candidate Marvin Pratt. Mrs. Pratt’s reason for assurance of “thriving” racism? Her husband lost.

Two weeks prior, very left-leaning Democratic candidate Tom Barrett, who is white, defeated Marvin Pratt, another Democrat, who is black. The city is in upheaval over the results because of the perception that the result was racist.

The reason Mrs. Pratt says she is justified in playing the race card is because her husband was initially ahead in the polls. According to her, racists used negative campaigning against her husband because he’s black. This turned the tide of the white voters, who have a definite numerical advantage, and her husband lost accordingly. Unfortunately, a large portion of the city believes Mrs. Pratt.

Some people are determined to keep it alive in places it just doesn’t exist.

It is true that there was a flurry of negative attention against Mr. Pratt toward the end of the campaign, and a lot of it was under the direction of his opponent. However, every one of the negative ads was concerning Mr. Pratt’s unsettling financial history, breaking campaign financing laws, and woeful financial bookkeeping — to which Mr. Pratt admitted.

Mr. Pratt’s campaign was a mess. Before the election, he was already mired in scandal. During the election, it was worse. A campaign bus parked directly outside a polling place and blasted Pratt-for-mayor slogans. Mr. Pratt himself went to the wrong polling place, against warnings, and chatted with volunteers, according to the poll workers, which is a direct violation of campaign laws.

But above it all, Mr. Pratt himself was honorable enough to deny that that racism was a factor, against his wife’s judgment. He said that race had become an issue because the black community was unwavering while the white community became worried about his financial credentials. In an orderly financial town like Milwaukee, this is logical. However, he said that he never mentioned racism as a factor in his defeat.

Furthermore, 57 percent of white voters voted for Mr. Pratt in the primary. Is this the racist white Milwaukee we were hearing about?

It doesn’t even stop there; poetic justice may also be found in the fact that this battle over race is occurring within the Democratic Party, the party affiliated with affirmative action and other racial quotas.

To top off this wonderful irony, the third-place position in the primaries went to a black conservative sheriff, David Clarke. If there was racism to be decried, it would be in his defeat. According to the stereotypes portrayed by the disgruntled Milwaukee communities, whites wouldn’t have voted for him because they are racists and the blacks wouldn’t vote for him because he is conservative. So, while gross stereotypes are being made, why is Mr. Clarke ignored?

As fascinating as the irony is, these situations are actually very frustrating. No matter how hard people try to redefine racism as an archaic evil, others will find it somewhere even more obscure and use it as an example of racism “thriving.” It doesn’t matter if there wasn’t even a shred of racism involved, people will create it.

The answer to this conundrum is quite simple. Unless there is a clear indication of racism afoot, then stop using the word for every failure or slight. There are a lot of reasons that people fail. It’s a shame that so many people have to forego personal responsibility to lay the blame at the feet of society.

For the people of Milwaukee, this is a terrible precedent. For us college kids, this is the norm. For those of you who don’t remember the Students First! outrage last year, the entire slate was disqualified after several campaign violations. But of course, to the candidates, it was clearly racism. The candidates expressed their disagreement when the disqualification was met with wonderfully intelligent slogans like “Racist bastards!” and “Take your fucking white privilege and kiss my ass!”

And the worst aspect of this sort of lunacy is that it desensitizes us to the word “racism” and to racist acts. Most people have encountered true racists at one point or another. It is shocking. In this author’s opinion, it is always worse than you imagine it would be. But what is more shocking is that “racism” is fast becoming a meaningless word. It is demeaned each time college students cry wolf and hope everyone comes running to protest.

As college students who were accepted here for intellectual merit, we must be better than this. It is embarrassing that beacons of the American future try so hard to find racism where it doesn’t exist, rather than trying to eradicate real racism while appreciating the civil rights leaders and activists who have brought the country this far out of bigotry. One must truly be blind to think that we have not come far.

There is a scarier underlying theme. Perhaps the angry protesters and race-baiters are not actually upset about race, but rather finding a convenient way to eliminate all other views they disagree with, using race as a convenient catalyst. Therein lies the real, and shocking, possibility of racism.

As intellectual beacons, let us take an example from the ridiculousness of Milwaukee’s mayoral election and try and commemorate those who endure racism by fearing the word, rather than overusing it as a catchphrase.

Graduate Students Deserve Appropriate Housing

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to the recent story in the Guardian and to the recent town-hall meeting on the policy changes to UCSD Affiliated Housing.

First, I would like to thank Dean of Graduate Studies Kim Barrett and Director of Housing and Dining Mark Cunningham for taking the time to meet with students to attempt to address their concerns. I would also like to thank Graduate Student Association President Nick Saenz for moderating what promised to be a contentious meeting. I think that the meeting brought to light many of the concerns of not only current — but also future UCSD students — both in and out of grad housing.

I also think that the attendance and statements made by hundreds of students both residing on and off campus — as well as those with families, and those from widely varying departments such as engineering, social science, chemistry, literature, linguistics, etc. — provide clear evidence that, by and large, graduate students think these changes are a bad idea. It became clear at the meeting that the changes are the result of an ill-advised interpretation of student surveys without actual student input. It also became apparent that while some agree with the goals, the time frame of the transitional policy is universally seen as unfair and raises the question: What’s the rush? Does this have to be achieved in five years? Is UCSD going to drop off the planet in 2012? A more gradual transition would seem to have the best interests of both current students and the university addressed.

One comment that has stuck with me, however, is the likening of these changes to an experiment by Barrett. I do not think many grad students fancy being the administration’s lab rat in a community-building field study. Further, I found Barrett’s assertion that neither her office nor graduate students have evidence either way on whether the proposed changes will build community to be greatly flawed. The shift in policy, by administrators’ own admission, will create a dorm-like environment. I think evidence for the community-building merits of such an endeavor is available and speaks to the contrary quite loudly.

Currently, the waitlist for One Miramar, a dorm-like graduate housing complex, is only about six months, compared to the two-and-a-half to three-year waitlist for the apartment-style housing at Mesa and Coast. This disparity is evidenced by the presence of first-year graduate students with their own apartments in One Miramar. I highly doubt they had the forethought to join the waitlist a year before One Miramar was completed and fully two years before they began their studies here. I think the lack of graduate student interest in One Miramar as a housing option is a bullhorn to administrators clearly indicating exactly how much grad students desire to live in that type of “community.” It seems the university’s response is, rather than fixing a housing project that is widely unpopular, to lower the expectations of students by bringing all housing down to that level. This embrace of mediocrity is definitely not something becoming of a university that prides itself on excellence.

— Jesse Vargas
Graduate student, biology department

N.E.R.D., Girl Talk to Headline Sun God

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Garret Berg is pretty sure A.S. Programming just redeemed itself. Less than a year after students slammed his office for orchestrating what many referred to as the death of the Sun God Festival, Berg 'mdash; current associate vice president of programming 'mdash; has secured a slew of musicians he said he feels certain will inject new life into the annual festival.

Taking the main stage will be alternative hip-hop troupe N.E.R.D., followed by bearded folk-rocker Iron and Wine. Engineer turned sweaty dancehall hipster Girl Talk will headline the festival's dance tent, a massive deejay-oriented enclosure to be located in the northeast corner of RIMAC Field.

The three top acts will be accompanied by Motion City Soundtrack, Sara Bareilles, Augustana, the Cool Kids, Grand Old Party, Rootbeer, DJ Nu-Mark of Jurassic 5, Anavan and Nosaj Thing. Also working the stage will be Battle of the Bands winner, the Theory of Funkativity.

Cirque Berzerk 'mdash; a contemporary dance' group that re-imagines traditional circus performances by incorporating elements of punk rock, risque burlesque and horror-flick fantasy 'mdash; will return this year for a full day of performances. Los Angeles-based comedians in the Upright Citizens Brigade are scheduled to perform throughout the day. Both attractions will be located on the midway, a canopied stage to be located in the center of RIMAC Field.

'We couldn't be happier with the lineup right now,' Berg said. 'We have diversity, we have big name acts 'mdash; we think we really have something for everyone. It should be pretty phenomenal.'

Working with a total festival budget of approximately $550,000, Berg's office sought to secure' big-name artists by booking fewer secondary acts, pumping nearly one-third of the Sun God budget 'mdash; a move inspired by student criticism of last year's lineup.

'What we heard from last year was 'Enough of the small bands, we want that money spent on bigger acts,'' Berg said. 'We really listened to that feedback and got rid of some of those smaller acts and tried to re-orient stuff to the bigger acts.'

He said a great deal of attention went into securing acts that would appeal to a wider range of students than rapper Sean Kingston and rockers Coheed and Cambria, who performed last year.

'If you put this side by side with last year's lineup, it's a world of difference,' Berg said. 'We feel that there's truly something for everyone, and we've kind of thrown that phrase around in the past. But this year, from the beginning, we looked at every slot and said 'What can we do with this? Who can we hit here?''

The addition of the dance tent was inspired by the recent surge in popularity of the Fall Quarter all-campus dance, a trend that Berg hoped to capitalize on by introducing a more dance-oriented aspect into the festival's attractions. Aside from performances by Girl Talk, DJ Nu-Mark and a handful of other deejay acts, the tent will also feature daytime performa
nces by members of the Deejay and Vinylphiles Club.

The festival will feature two separate vendor fairs: student-run booths along the west end of RIMAC Field and a string of commercial vendors on Hopkins Drive.

Berg is also in talks with the Loft to set up a film, music and art showcase of 'Loft experience,' though plans are still in the early stages.

The programming office also worked to dramatically overhaul the festival's wristband distribution system. This year, wristbands will be distributed on the day of the event at a designated check-in area consisting of 24 different waiting lines near the festival's Ridge Walk entrance, a change that Berg hopes will streamline the process.

' 'Students don't have to worry about wristbands until the day of the festival,' Berg said. 'We're basically going to run it like an airport and try get people through as quickly as possible.'

Re-entry to RIMAC Field will be permitted at any time throughout he 12-hour festival.

Berg said his department is working to create an additional series of Sun God-related activities in the week leading up to the main event, geared toward anticipation and expanding Sun God excitement beyond the confines of RIMAC Field. Though plans for these events have yet to be solidified, Berg said they would likely include noontime concerts in a centralized area such as Price Center Plaza.

'We want to have an atmosphere around campus that is different from your typical week,' Berg said. 'Basically, transforming the campus 'hellip; so that when you walk outside your dorm, you know it's Sun God.'

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UCSD reports $1.7 bil. in revenue

Amid current and potential new state budget cuts, UCSD still recorded an economic impact of over $4.6 billion last year, as revealed in the school's annual report released on Feb. 12.

""I think it's very impressive that UCSD makes such a major contribution to the economy,"" said Assistant Vice Chancellor of Resource Management Margaret F. Pryatel. ""It certainly means a lot to the economy, given its current state.""

The $4.6 billion figure is made up primarily of the $1.046 billion the school spent on goods and services, the $831.6 million spent on salaries, the $76 million spent by students and visitors, the $119.2 million spent on financial aid and scholarships for 11,673 students, and the $186.6 million on federal, state and payroll taxes.

The UCSD Office of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Services also reports that over 10 new companies and over 300 new inventions and copyrights were created as a result of the school's advanced technologies. The TechTIPS research led to an additional $13.5 million given for royalties and for funding future research.

The annual report also revealed that the school had revenues of over $1.7 billion in the 2002 fiscal year. The most substantial source of income for the campus was the $550 million the school received to conduct research. This mark, which is over $40 million more than last year's research money, places UCSD at fifth in the nation in federal research awards.

In addition to research money, UCSD also received $435.5 million generated by the school's hospitals and clinic, $411 million from federal research awards, $356.7 million from the state of California, $143.6 million from educational activities, $129.7 million given in gifts, grants and contracts, and $129.6 million from tuition and fees.

This figure of $1.7 billion may in fact decline next year due to both current and projected budget cuts for UC schools.

According to Pryatel, research funding was cut 10 percent, or $2.4 million, at the beginning of the year, while another $3.1 million of total funding was cut in the middle of the year.

""The economic realities of the year challenged us, as it did all Americans, to plan and work more wisely than ever,"" said Chancellor Robert C. Dynes. ""Although we are in a major growth period, as our student body continues to grow and our state funding faces severe cuts, the administration, faculty and staff continue to maintain a can-do spirit.""

Pryatel said that UCSD, which is already overenrolled by 500 students, has been told by the state that it must take an additional 900 students above its normal enrollment maximum, due to the increasing number of applicants to UC schools.

A decrease in state funding occurred once before in the early '90s, although the school was not going through a concurrent enrollment expansion.

UCSD, which is currently going through a large enrollment growth period, is presently involved in an $800 million expansion that will include the construction of new lecture halls, research buildings, conference and housing facilities, and parking structures.

The money to fund this expansion is being generated through bond measures and will not affect UCSD's state funding.

""We are in good shape in the capital side,"" Pryatel said. ""But we will have a problem paying the salaries of the new employees.""

New teachers will have to face the same problems tenured professors are facing in that no teacher salary will increase next year, following last year when salaries only rose 1.5 percent to make up for inflation.

""This does not bode well for the University of California schools,"" Pryatel said. ""We are trying to get new faculty, but it has been difficult.""

However, salaries are not the only item that faces budget cuts due to the decrease in funding.

""Our goal is to make judicious use of limited resources and to obtain maximum benefits from our core operating funds,"" Dynes said. ""The ongoing development of efficient and cost-effective business systems remains a management priority.""

Pryatel said these cuts for all the UC schools could reach as high as $36.5 million for academic institutions, $33.3 million for outreach, $28.8 million for research, $25.3 million for student services and $15 million for public services.

""There is a $35 billion shortfall,"" Pryatel said. ""It's hard to argue that we shouldn't pay our fair share when the state is in terrible shape.""


UCSD Professors Receive Honors

Kiyoteru Tokuyasu, David Woodruff, Raffi Aroian, Daniel Dubin, Susan Taylor and George Feher, professors in the biology and physical sciences divisions at UCSD, are being recognized for their achievements.

Tokuyasu, a professor emeritus in biology, received the 2000 Distinguished Scientist Award from the Microscopy Society of America. He is the third scientist at UCSD to receive the award.

Woodruff, a biology professor, received the honorary degree of doctor of science from his alma mater, the University of Melbourne, Australia, for his work on 100 research papers presented in his thesis on the evolution and conservation of animal species.

Aroian, an assistant professor of biology, received two awards: the New Investigator Award in the toxicological sciences from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, based in North Carolina; and the Beckman Young Investigator Award, awarded by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.

Dubin, a physics professor, received the 2000 Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research from the American Physical Society for his outstanding contributions to the field.

Taylor, a chemistry and biochemistry professor, received the 2001 Francis P. Garvin-John M. Olin Medal from the American Chemical Society for her contributions as a female chemist.

Feher, a research professor in physics, is being named a fellow of the Biophysical Society for his part in the use of physical methods to study biological systems and in investigations of the primary processes in photosynthesis.

UCSD Scientists Awarded $3 Million 'Biocomplexity' Grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded physicists and biologists at UCSD a $3 million grant to study the development of the ameboid protozoan Dictyostelium discoideum, an organism commonly known as slime mold.

The grant is being awarded for five years and was one of 16 grants awarded by the foundation this month to study the effects of the interaction between living things on all levels with their environment.

UCSD scientists will collaborate with researchers at Cornell University to attempt to connect the underlying genetic information about slime mold to its morphology and multicellular organization.

The scientists said they chose slime mold because it is the simplest organism to study for their purposes.

Supercomputer Named one of Fastest in Nation

With a recent upgrade to a speed of 1.7 tera flops, or 1.7 trillion calculations per second, Blue Horizon, the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure computer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center has been ranked No. 8 on the list of the top 500 supercomputers.

The speed is a 70 percent increase over previous speeds. It will allow scientists to gather information more efficiently.

Blue Horizon is helping researchers probe demanding computing problems, such as determining chemical reaction rates, designing new materials, stimulating the nervous system, modeling water and pollutant transport, modeling climate and predicting storms and understanding the origins of the universe.

The list was compiled by the University of Mannheim and the University of Tennessee.

Impact of Internet on Agriculture to be Examined

Business and university experts will gather Dec. 4 at the University of California's annual Executive Seminar on Agricultural Issues in Sacramento to discuss the effect of e-commerce on agriculture.

Participants in the seminar will gain a better understanding of the technological and economic influences that dot-com businesses could have in world markets, California farms and agricultural supply.

The seminar will feature speeches by industry experts representing companies such as John Deere and Bank of America. The speakers and participants will go over economic trends in the field and review issues facing California specifically.

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New Center Would Focus Green Effort On Campus

Members of the Sustainability Resource Collective proposed an add-on to the impending A.S. fee referendum last week to fund a Sustainability Resource Center, which would host additional sustainability interns and various environmental and social justice programs and events.

The center would be funded by an additional $2.34 per student per quarter, amounting to a yearly $85,400 budget to support an on-campus office available to students interested in helping UCSD maintain a greener lifestyle. The center would showcase sustainability options for consumers and house a resource library along with a lounge and study spaces to encourage students to come together to make UCSD a greener and more tolerant place.

“The main goal [of the center] is to foster an active culture of responsibility for sustainability on campus and in the community,” said June Reyes, a representative from the Social and Environmental Sustainability Committee. “This will be accomplished by an open space that serves the campus community by providing resources, support and space — connecting and empowering students, staff and faculty, which is integral in making real change.”

According to Sustainability Coordinator Margaret Souder, the SRC will enhance UCSD’s sustainability efforts by encouraging a communal approach to environmental issues.

“Part of what makes UC San Diego a leader in sustainability solutions is our ability to effectively collaborate to find and implement solutions that can be applied locally or beyond,” Souder said. “The SRC will be easy to access, making it simple to detour for a moment to learn about how to help, to share sustainable ideas or start the process for implementing a project idea.”

The concept for the resource center was the brainchild of various environmentally concerned campus organizations, each interested in creating an open forum for students, faculty and staff helping UCSD become what project leaders hope will be a “living laboratory for sustainable solutions.”

“It’s a next step in the direction toward a sustainable campus because it is an empowering space for the entire campus community,” Reyes said. “The sort of visibility it gives this topic is crucial because many people do not know how to become involved or how to have their questions answered. Putting a space there to answer those questions, inspire people to become active, and a place where real live interactions can take place is invaluable and can stir up greater change.”

The SRC plans to sponsor programs aimed at raising awareness of human influences on the environment and providing students with proactive, green-friendly opportunities.

Planned programs include vegan dinners, trash sorting, documentary film viewings, brown-bag lunch lectures, an activist peer-mentor program and a reusable dishware program.

“The programming would shape the space and will really be a key way in which the SRC can be an effective service for the entire campus community,” Reyes said. “This allows students who will become interns to take off with their own creative ideas to help the center evolve on campus as time goes on.”

The center will also sponsor the distribution of grants to research projects, outside-speaker invitations, building construction improvements and other student proposals. A review committee would be formed to develop and implement the criteria in evaluating proposals and awarding grant money.

The A.S. Council will decide Wednesday if the proposed add-on will be included in the A.S. fee referendum, which students will vote on later this year.


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