The people at Banana Republic hate me. Not in an obvious way. They don’t throw things at me when I walk into the store or call me names to my face or tell me to “piss off” when I ask them questions. It’s not Wal-Mart, after all.
No, the impeccably dressed employees of America’s favorite overpriced khaki retailer express their disdain in much more subtle ways. Discerning looks, disapproving stares, gingerly upturned eyebrows and long, drawn-out sighs. Sophisticated ways, you might say. Sophisticated like pairing an argyle sweater with thick-rimmed eyeglasses or having a job that requires you to wear a name tag.
The sophisticated hatred of these sophisticated sophisticates wasn’t always so forthcoming, though. It only started last week, when, after realizing that I’d been wearing the same pair of jeans every day for two years, I decided to update my wardrobe. In retrospect, this was a terrible idea, but I’ve been in a weird slump with the ladies the past few weeks and I thought a new button-down might help. I just had to figure out what a button-down was.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t going to be as easy as strolling into a store and picking out a couple of new shirts. Unlike most Americans my age, I am morbidly afraid of shopping. Researchers claim that my demographic — the aimless, oft-drunk college student with too many credit cards — is a prime target for market-savvy retailers looking to sell worthless crap at ridiculous prices. If that’s true, then I’m the exception to the rule — particularly when it comes to dressing myself. There’s just something about clothing stores that makes me nervous. I get anxious. My head spins. I start to sweat. I stumble around and babble incoherently. I exaggerate a lot.
This time would be different, though. This time I had a plan. This time, I decided, I would directly emulate someone else’s style, saving myself the agony of trying to define my own look. After a brief Google search involving such keywords as “pants,” “shirts” and “how to look good in pants and shirts” I landed on a GQ article lauding the messianic fashion sense of recently deceased salad enthusiast Paul Newman. Apparently, in addition to manufacturing one hell of a balsamic vinaigrette, Newman was also the shit — cool, calm, collected; an icon. He made ill-fitting cotton sweatshirts look good. He wore dirty leather boots. He rode motorcycles. He rode motorcycles.
This was it. I would dress like Paul Newman.
I soon found myself standing timidly in the doorway of Banana Republic, my eyes blinking rapidly as they adjusted to the vague, noncommittal shades of beige that surrounded me. This was yuppie territory — a dangerous urban backcountry where people wear scarves indoors and where a man’s worth is measured by the thickness of his cashmere sweater. I’d have to be on my game here. I’d have to watch my back.
I walked inside and picked up a catalog. A quick scan of its contents revealed that the ideal Banana Republic customer is young, racially ambiguous and prone to such activities as walking little terrier dogs on foggy beaches, staring serenely out of windows and sitting in mahogany chairs.
Never having done any of these things, I was already feeling discouraged. My palms were sweaty. My leg was shaking. But I had a goal. I was going to dress like Paul Newman. “Pull yourself together, man,” I whispered through clenched teeth. “You can do this.”
“Are you finding everything alright?”
I turned around to see a short brunette in a wool sweater staring at me with raised eyebrows. She said her name was Kristen. Kristen the sales associate.
“No, just Kristen,” she said.
Excusing her insolence, I told her I was trying to look like Paul Newman.
“The guy from the salad dressing,” I explained.
“You know he was also an actor, right?”
Strike two, Kristen. But what she lacked in sense of humor she made up for in sense of urgency. Wasting no time, she scooped up a small pile of clothing and led me to a row of fitting rooms, where she instructed me to try on a brown cardigan and a V-neck T-shirt that prominently displayed my complete lack of chest hair.
Despite her best efforts, the ensemble made me look nothing like Paul Newman. I just looked like a guy who shopped at Banana Republic a lot. Kristen agreed. After seeing how awkward I look in a cardigan, she suggested I try on something called chinos, which, it turns out, are basically just pants.
“They fit all wrong,” I told Kristen. “I could never ride a motorcycle in these.”
I was starting to get desperate. She was starting to get impatient. I decided to take matters into my own hands.
“If I were to roll up my sleeves and put on a tighter pair of chinos and wear this belt, would I look like Paul Newman?”
“What if I put on this hat?”
“What if I put on this other hat?”
She walked away after that, but I got the feeling she was strangely attracted to me. Maybe Kristen and I had a future together. Maybe I’d move in with her and we’d buy a couple of mahogany chairs. Maybe we’d have a little terrier dog and stare out of windows and wear scarves a lot.
As I left the store, defeated, I noticed a group of employees watching me intently, their well-sculpted eyebrows cocked at disapproving angles, their stylish, bespectacled faces narrowed in muted hatred. I understood immediately. In some strange, unspoken ritual, I had been banished from the shiny hardwood floors and cream-colored walls of Banana Republic, never to return. My experiment had backfired. I was still a terrible shopper. Kristen would never love me. Worst of all, I had failed to become Paul Newman.
Co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America Delores Huerta spoke Tuesday at the Institute of the Americas to mark the end of Cesar Chavez Month.
Huerta, 69, is the mother of 11 children and travels around the country for farm workers' rights, women's rights and civil rights causes.
Huerta is the emeritus vice-president of the United Farm Workers. She and Chavez brought farm workers' rights national attention by transforming a local union into a major social and political movement. Huerta spoke of her organized boycott on grapes and lettuce during the 1960s.
Thurgood Marshall College student Margarita Sanchez said her mother supported the boycott.
""It was a great opportunity to hear [Huerta] speak,"" she said.
""I became more aware of what's going on around us and how we can make a difference by taking action,"" said Marshall junior Belen Sanchez.
Huerta said that although great strides have been made, there are still undocumented workers who are being exploited. She gave examples about Mexican farm workers in California's Kern County. The county's largest city is Bakersfield, Calif.
This year is the 40th anniversary of the UFW and is the second year of official Cesar Chavez Day celebrations at UCSD.
The month's activities included lectures by California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno, professor Antonia Darder of Claremont Graduate School, and professor Vicki Ruiz of UC Irvine. There was also a film presentation, a panel discussion at the Cross Cultural Center, a Thurgood Marshall College cultural celebration, a youth scholarship essay contest, a student field trip to Chicano Park and a monthlong UCSD Bookstore display.
Huerta discussed the importance of voting and representation in politics.
""There has been progress, but racism still exists in our society,"" she said.
Huerta is also a member of the Feminist Majority, which she said is working to bring attention to women's lives in Afghanistan. She also discussed domestic issues concerning women.
Huerta noted the importance of higher education.
""Think of a diploma as to how can I serve my community,"" she said.
Huerta spoke about the importance of government funding to community colleges and urged students to write letters to Gov. Gray Davis.
""When money to community colleges is cut, it hurts working-class people,"" Huerta said.
Huerta talked about the politics of globalization and corporate exploitation of laborers in Mexico and the problems with North American Free Trade Agreement and jobs going overseas.
""Profits come out of a country and don't stay there,"" she said. ""We need a movement for economic justice.""
Huerta also discussed the young women who work in the maquiladoras in Juarez, Mexico, where 270 women have allegedly been either raped or murdered while going home from work.
""It is a frightening kind of world where there is corporate domination and no responsibility,"" she said.
Huerta also spoke about the importance of respecting all people in a society.
""We have to honor people who work with their hands,"" she said.
This Sunday, on the oddly alliterative date April 4, 2004 (04/04/04), the 5th annual, highly-acclaimed Fusion hip-hop dance competition will kick off once again at UCSD. Eight teams from all over California will compete for the coveted first place position, and an additional nine acts will perform independent exhibitions at the competition, treating all in attendance to a full evening of high-energy entertainment.
Simply put, Fusion is the largest student-run event at UCSD. The 2003 Fusion competition had more than 2,000 people flood through the RIMAC Arena doors. Rivaling the A.S.-sponsored concerts FallFest and WinterFest in scope, Fusion will take over RIMAC Arena to cater an audience numbering in the thousands. But unlike A.S. concerts, there aren’t any administrators pulling strings.
No, the responsibility for California’s most recognized hip-hop competition rests solely on two UCSD student organizations, the Multi-Asian Student Association and the Second-to-None (220) dance team. Five years ago, MASA and 220 started the competition to share their love of hip-hop dance and culture and to promote community outreach.
The organizers of Fusion have set high goals for themselves this year in trying to celebrate the diverse Pan-Asian culture, but the competing teams have also set a goal of their own: to win. In the increasingly competitive world of hip-hop dance, fueled by the publicity caused by films such as “You Got Served,” every competitive dance team must fight ruthlessly to stay on top. And, as Fusion has been established as Southern California’s premiere competition, advancing to the national level requires nothing less than first place. It’s going to be a cutthroat competition, so be on the lookout for some amazing moves as the competitors pull out all the stops, get down with their bad selves, and do whatever it takes to win the judges’ favor.
And even though some teams aren’t competing, they will still be in top form. Event hosts 220 will perform one of the featured exhibitions, as will visiting artists Cleanup Crew with their “Stomp” influenced cacophony.
But apart from a stellar night of high-caliber performances, there is a greater message at work. As the largest Asian-directed event at UCSD, Fusion is part of a greater effort on the part of MASA to recognize a Pan-Asian identity for Asian youth at UCSD and is only one of the cultural celebrations the group holds every year. Composed of members from many diverse cultures with many diverse traditions, MASA strives to celebrate the diversity of the UCSD community in harmony.
Which is where Fusion comes in. Over the course of the show, audiences will be treated to celebrations of many cultures, be they Asian or otherwise, in the hopes that the audience will leave the event with something more than a head full of catchy tunes and a night full of amazing choreography burned onto their retinas.
Tickets for the show are $12 presale at the UCSD Box Office, $13 from Ticketmaster and $15 at the door. RIMAC doors open at 5 p.m. The show starts at 6 p.m. For more information about tickets, directions and line-up, visit http://fusion04.tk.
“Campus security” is a misnomer for Eleanor Roosevelt College sophomore Mike Tam, whose 1997 Acura Integra has been broken into three times on campus in the past year.
The first time thieves targeted his vehicle, Tam said he was impressed that the university police responded quickly, busted the criminals and returned the stolen goods. But after two more successful break-ins, Tam said he lost all faith in UCSD’s security enforcement.
“It’s completely useless,” Tam said. “I think they need some major improvement in the security on campus.”
Incidents of burglary and motor vehicle theft continue to plague the UCSD campus, according to data released by the UCSD Police Department in 2005-06 Crime Awareness and Campus Security Clery Report.
The statistics, drawn from crime reports filed by various designated law enforcement authorities around campus, yielded 63 reports of burglary and 89 reports of car theft in 2004.
The incidents of burglary were up from 49 in 2002 but still below the 65 logged in 2003, while incidents of motor vehicle theft were down from 143 in 2002 and 95 in 2003.
While the exact numbers vacillate from year to year, theft remains a consistent problem, according to UCSD Police Department Sgt. Robert L. Jones, who compiles the information for the annual report.
“Thefts — personal property, automobile and bicycle — are the more serious crimes on campus,” Jones said. “Our major focus is in dealing with them.”
Statistics on bicycle theft and instances of stolen personal belongings that did not involve breaking and entering were not included in the report.
While thefts per capita at UCSD are generally lower than the rest of the San Diego region, the numbers are still driven up by the proximity of campus to Mexican border, where stolen goods can be easily transported, according to Jones.
San Diego County has more automobiles stolen per capita than any other county in the state, he said.
“This campus is open to the public 24 hours a day, and that lends itself well to thievery,” Jones said. “One of the last three cars stolen entered Mexico within 20 minutes of being stolen.”
The campus administration is highly responsive to the police department’s needs and current levels of security enforcement are adequate, according to Jones. However, “in a perfect world” there would be more officers patrolling campus, he added.
UCSD currently employs 33 armed police officers, 13 residential security officers and approximately 40 student community service officers to provide escort and other security services.
Security problems on campus are exacerbated by parking shortages, according to Earl Warren College Resident Dean Claire Palmer.
The deficiencies often force students to park their cars in remote lots and walk back alone to the residence halls, she said. The issue is especially pronounced at Warren, where new buildings and accompanying faculty parking have nearly eliminated student parking in lots adjacent to the residence halls.
The police department is constantly compiling data that will help it pinpoint problem areas on campus and respond with heightened security, according to Jones. For example, east campus parking lots, located on the east side of Interstate 5, are now monitored by security cameras and patrolled by plain-clothed officers to accommodate the growing number of students who park there.
“Once you solve the problem in one place, it will come back a year later or pop up somewhere else,” Jones said. “It’s a never-ending battle to stay ahead of the crook.”
Lack of student awareness is another factor contributing to theft, especially in the residence halls, according to Thurgood Marshall College RSO Bill Paterakis.
“Students have a false sense of security,” Paterakis said. “They say, ‘I’m only going to be gone a minute,’ and they prop their door open, which is all it takes for a thief to steal something and run.”
With only one RSO patrolling each of the six campuses at a time, Paterakis said that officers depend on students to immediately report anything suspicious to expedite response times to the scene of the crime.
Instead of relying on RSOs, students somtimes direct problems to their resident advisers, which wastes valuable time and allows thieves to escape, Paterakis said.
The best way to ensure personal security is to simply lock up belongings, Jones said. For vehicles, students should have a cutout switch installed in their cars, involving a hidden button that can block the electrical flow necessary to start up the engine.
But the advice is too little, too late for Tam.
“I’m selling my car,” Tam said.
The report is available online at http://blink.ucsd.edu.
Readers can contact Jessica Horton at [email protected]
A team of researchers at the UCLA School of Dentistry is currently developing an innovative antimicrobial treatment that specifically targets and attacks the oral bacteria known to cause tooth decay and dental cavities.
The new technology is called ""S.T.A.M.P.,"" an acronym for ""specifically targeted antimicrobial peptides."" Essentially, S.T.A.M.P.s are proteins that locate and destroy a particularly dangerous type of disease-causing oral bacteria. Although the use of the protein is still in its experimental stages, S.T.A.M.P. may one day help to thwart tooth decay altogether, along with various other types of infectious bacteria located in human mucosal membranes.
""S.T.A.M.P. is unlike any of our current antimicrobial peptides because of its unique ability to specifically target and destroy disease-causing bacteria in the mouth,"" said Wenyuan Shi, senior author of the S.T.A.M.P. study at the UCLA School of Dentistry. ""It acts as a homing device to only attack pathogens responsible for causing tooth decay, leaving fluoride and other species of beneficial bacteria completely unharmed.""
According to Shi, there are at least 725 identified species of bacteria living in the typical human mouth; however, only a few of these are potentially harmful. S.T.A.M.P. targets one such harmful bacterium known as Streptococcus mutans, or S. mutans, which is believed to cause tooth decay and cavities.
S.T.A.M.P. works by using a short homing sequence of a unique signaling chemical that ensures that the protein finds its target. Once S.T.A.M.P. has reached the S. mutans bacterium, a small antimicrobial bomb, chemically linked to the homing sequence, kills the bacterium upon delivery.
""Current methods such as brushing your teeth or taking antibiotics like amoxicillin are not entirely effective at fighting tooth decay because they kill all of the bacteria in the mouth, including useful bacteria that we actually need,"" said Randal Eckert, a lead scientist researching S.T.A.M.P. at UCLA School of Dentistry.
Shi added that another problem with the removal of all oral bacteria is that it leaves the area vulnerable for recolonization, during which the harmful bacteria always appear to grow back first.
Several dentists have voiced concerns regarding S.T.A.M.P.'s removal of S. mutans, and how the absence of such bacteria could potentially disrupt the community of micro-organisms in the mouth; however, Shi assures that there is nothing to be worried about.
""We have discovered that about 20 percent of the human population doesn't even have the S. mutans bacteria in their biofilms to begin with and they do just fine without it,"" he said. ""Besides, S. mutans is not a dominant strand of bacteria and it only became prevalent in biofilms around the time that sugarcane was introduced.""
Currently, laboratory trials have been greatly successful. Eckert reported that in a particular sample of oral biofilm composed of several hundred species of bacteria, S. mutans was completely eliminated within 30 seconds of application to the specimen while all of the other bacteria were intact.
S.T.A.M.P. will likely be marketed in about three to four years as a professional dental product in toothpastes and mouth rinses, according to Shi.
""Ideally, I would eventually like for it to be marketed as a sugar-free lollipop for kids so as to curve the problem of tooth decay in young children,"" Shi said.
Aside from its potential power to prevent tooth decay, S.T.A.M.P. may have an even greater significance as a model for fighting many other types of disease-causing bacteria in the future, according to Eckert.
""New models of S.T.A.M.P. could have a greater value in fighting other bacterial diseases in mucosal areas and could potentially even be used to treat sexually transmitted diseases, acne and a variety of other bacteria-related diseases in the future,"" Eckert said. ""All that is needed to fight different types of bacteria are the particular DNA sequences of the microbes, a unique homing sequence and the appropriate antimicrobial peptides.""
A.S. Meeting #10 - — Oct. 26
• John Muir College Student Advocate Pat Allen announced his disappointment with the council’s decision to pass legislation to “severely limit” the artistic freedoms and creativity of students.
He referred to legislation passed during a Oct. 23 special meeting during which senators passed amendments to the Student-Run Television charter. The meeting, he said, was inadequately publicized. The meeting was eventually declared unconstitutional.
“This act is the ultimate act of cowardice,” Allen said. “I hope that, as a student of UCSD, that this council will step up to the job which it was assigned and make decisions in the best interest of the students it represents.”
• SRTV Station Co-manager Tiffany Rapp defended the station, explaining that it offers a variety of opportunities for students interested in television production.
In light of the recent controversy over its pornographic broadcast, she said that it was her “highest priority to uphold the creative rights and liberties of students.” She also said that SRTV has received no e-mails or complaints regarding the content of its broadcasts.
Items of Immediate Consideration
The amendment to the SRTV charter banning “graphic depictions of sexual activity involving nudity at any time,” proposed and passed by the council at a special meeting convened on Oct. 23, was rescinded by submitter Christopher Sweeten.
However, the item was reconsidered in a 19-5-0 vote, and ultimately passed in a 14-8-2 vote.
Another amendment to the SRTV charter that passed on Oct. 23, which would affix a March 8, 2006 expiration date on the charter itself, was also reconsidered and passed by consensus.
Items of Immediate Consideration
Senators did not challenge a finance committee recommendation to approve an additional $1,259 from its general unallocated funds to the All-Campus Transfer Association, despite criticism by Sixth College Senior Senator Matt Corrales. The original legislation asked for $5,190 but was pared down in committee.
“I think it’s fiscally irresponsible to put more money to it before it’s spent,” Corrales said.
Despite a unanimous finance committee recommendation in favor of transferring an unallocated $20,000 to fund campus organizations, the council chose not toapprove the legislation.
After rejecting the committee’s recommendation, the council chose to delay its final vote on the funding until next week.
Following the lead of the Smell’s stalwart acts No Age and Health, the suburban kids of Abe Vigoda (yes, like that old cheep from “The Godfather”) finally live up to their Net hype with Skeleton, a collection of tracks they’ve been playing in shoddy L.A. haunts for years.
The Vigoda boys have kept their big break local, releasing the work on Post Present Medium, a label associated with the L.A. indie scene and headed by No Age drummer Dean Spunt. Abe’s stylistics run the gamut, culminating in tropical punk and goaded by noisy chanting. On “Bear Face,” lead singer Michael Vidal drives home his portents, repeating “When I found you, you had given up/ You will bare the face of me” ad nauseum until dispelling into chattery chord strums and snare blasts. But because the band uses these jaunty guitar tones and irreverent percussion for the majority of their songs, a cursory listen could leave you inundated and perhaps underwhelmed.
The jerky tempo changes and steel drum sound-alike guitars of “Dead City/Waste Wilderness” may bear initial similarities to “World Heart”’s cowbell-infused rhythm and bubbly low-end, but after you become familiar with Skeleton’s puzzling methods, the hooks emerge as if they had always been there all along, just waiting to be found.
To build a more cohesive and intricate album along with segueing between twacked-out pop, the boys enhance their set with a few noise interludes. “Whatever Forever” assaults us with condensed white feedback for less than a minute, and spastic “Animal Ghosts” takes off from there, catching us off guard.
The comparatively ambient “Visi Rings” borrows from No Age’s playbook and serves as an introspective smoking break for both band and listener, preparing us for the last two tracks on the record. While it may not be the most carefully crafted album of the year, Skeleton’s songs reach new heights of punk creativity and find untapped energy outside the cramped confines that posturing will allow.
Cigars are pretty badass. Gangsters smoke them after killing people, billionaires put them out with wads of money and Bill Clinton uses their tubes to pleasure his interns. Best part is, you too, young college student, can feel the same power and sexual prowess our idols derive from a burning brown stick — all it takes is a short trip to Churchill Cigar Lounge in Old Town.
Though you’ll have to stomach Old Town’s faux cowboy decor to get to the dim-lit corner store, its vast inventory of different smokes — from strawberry blends to $65 boss-man picks — make it worth the neighborhood’s tortilla-plastered streets.
Even better, if you haven’t spent half your student loans developing a palate for spiced tobacco, a gruffy staff member whose throat has endured years of cigar indulgence will help you find what you’re looking for.
Beginners should try the Griffin’s natural robusto — a mild, mellow, five-inch smoke that’s fun to puff and only costs $12. Once you’ve picked your cigar, a Churchill employee will cut its tip, hand you some matches and suggest a drink that complements its flavor.
(Technically, you have to be 21 to even enter the cigar shop, but if you’re just looking to buy and go, they might let it slide. Plus, if you want to show off your cool new habit, your purchase is best smoked out in public or at a party, anyway.)
Once you have your drink in hand, either join the usual gathering of grumbly old clientele at the bar or hide away on the patio. All sex appeal and power aside, watching smoke roll out your mouth and into the air is a simple and unappreciated form of relaxation. It might even be enough to make you forget the lame Wild West statues and rose vendors creeping from behind.
Gov. Gray Davis made no additional cuts to the University of California in the May revision of the 2003-04 budget in light of deficit projection that has increased by over $3 billion since January.
""The governor has said all along that education was his top priority,"" a Davis spokesperson said. ""Funding for UC was high on the governor's list of things to protect while faced with making more cuts.""
Davis' May revision includes a $300 million reduction to the university and a proposed $795 per year increase to UC student fees. The UC Board of Regents had planned on voting on whether to approve the increase at its May 14 meeting, but delayed any action because of uncertainty surrounding the coinciding release of the new budget proposal. UC officials were pleased no further cuts were made.
""We are very grateful to the governor for placing a priority on public education in this time of great financial distress for the state,"" said Lawrence C. Hershman, UC Vice President for Budget, in a May 14 statement. ""The governor clearly recognizes the major role UC can play in stimulating California's economic recovery, and he shares our view that we must continue providing access for all UC-eligible students.""
Since the 2001-02 fiscal year, the University of California has suffered almost $1 billion in cuts to State-University Partnership and core funding.
In his 2003-04 budget proposal, Davis reduced funding to administration and libraries by $36.5 million while making a $29 million across-the-board reduction to research. If Davis' budget is approved, $33 million would be cut from educational outreach programs.
Resident undergraduate student fees would be raised by $795 yearly in addition to the $405 annual increase enacted in Spring 2003. Before the Regents approved the $405 increase in January, student fees at the university had not been raised since 1994.
About one-third of the money generated by the proposed increases would be funneled back to student financial aid, UC officials said. The fee increase would be covered for by grant-eligible students, or about 40 percent of all UC undergraduates. Students who come from families earning between $60,000 and $90,000 per year are eligible to have one-half of the proposed increase covered by UC Fee Grants.
While UC officials are satisfied that no further cuts were made to the university in the May revision, they remain skeptical that no additional cuts will be made as other state lawmakers have drafted budget proposals that call for between $80 million and $400 million in additional cuts.
""The even further cuts contained in the proposals from the legislature would do great harm to the university and could lead to additional student fee increases, constraints on new enrollments starting in 2004-05, or both,"" Hershman said in a May 14 statement. ""We will vigorously oppose these additional cuts.""
Along with the University of California, the May revision also made no additional cuts to the California State University's funding. About $160 million were restored to California Community Colleges and $700 million were restored to K-12 schools.
The state constitution mandates that a budget be passed by June 15 to be enacted on July 1.
In case you can do without the swarms of punch-drunk classmates amassing at RIMAC Field, KSDT is offering a fiercely independent alternative.
'zOMG it's SHUN GOD' 'mdash; the station's first annual Sun God Festival supplement 'mdash; is being hosted by the scene-savvy folks at UCSD's own radio station from 11:45 a.m. until 6 p.m. Just south of the Sun God statue itself, the grassy knoll outside the KSDT studio (right next to Hi Thai) will be bustling with live bands, face-painting, skinny jeans, temporary tattoos and an all-day dance floor.
Think of it as Sun God's backyard block party.
'We wanted to present students with an alternative to Sun God that's got different genres,' KSDT Programming Director Anna Huang said. 'And [gives] more exposure [to] independent artists.'
While most were elated upon recognizing the big names peppering this year's official lineup, the organizers behind Shun God are ditching the hip-hop and mainstream rock monopoly for unsigned garage bands and local artists, each of whom will fill out a 30-minute set. As a result, the performers won't be seeing any paychecks from A.S. Concerts and Events. KSDT can rely on cost-free experimentals like Zsa Zsa Gabor and M'amp;M Blues 'mdash; and grad students like the simply named Dylan 'mdash; to win them a musical diversity badge.
Caxton, the most Billboard-friendly of the nine-piece line up, is a Palm Springs quartet that throws quite the Rilo Kiley silhouette. The band, which performed for the station's last Fierce Friday Studio Session, will take the Shun God stage at 3:15 p.m. with a full, porcelain bawl more akin to Deborah Harry than Jenny Lewis.
If a one-girl, three-guy indie act is still too same-old, then ATOMS might ring your bell. Performing at 5:30 p.m., the group's got a Hot Snakes sound spliced with low-fi thrash and roots-rock beneath their lead's scruffy squawk.
Of course, if you want to take cover completely, the KSDT studio is doubling as a dance cabin. With deejays stacked for six one-hour shifts inside, Shun God's willing to vie with any white tent Girl Talk can throw at them. (Situated in the Student Center, the folks at KSDT are well aware of Porter's Pub's key alcohol-dispensing proximity. As a result, the staff on site will also be acting as security at the door.)
'With the old Student Center being so separated from Sun God and the whole RIMAC-ification of the party, we're just trying to bring some change,' Huang said.
The Che Cafe will also be hosting an $8 lineup of live bands after the Shun God event, at 7 p.m.