Friday, April 28, 2017

Horny Slapstick Duo Caters to New Batch of College Kids

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Starring Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Paul Rudd & Sean William Scott
Directed by David Wain
Rated R

Misfits Danny (Paul Rudd) and Wheeler (Sean William Scott) have quite possibly the easiest job in the world: they visit schools and tell kids to “Just say ‘No’ to drugs,” forcing them to down copious amounts of their nuclear horse-piss Minotaur Energy Drink, instead.

“Wet Hot American Summer” director David Wain’s “Role Models” trims down on cult humor to crowd-please the mainstream, but remains savvy enough to make formulaic fart humor wholly enjoyable. His sex-obsessed duo nosedive into fantastically crude slapstick after Danny quenches a couple piss-packs too many, crashing their novelty company car in a faux-DUI bender. The young men are dealt an ultimatum: 30 days in the state pen or 150 hours of community service at Sturdy Wings, a local altruistic mentoring program for kids who certainly need it.

Turns out a couple of sex-crazed dropouts don’t make the best mentors. Danny is paired with Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), better known as McLovin’ from “Superbad,” who is once again typecast as every high school’s awkward roller-backpack kid. Living as a life-size avatar of his Dungeons and Dragons’ warrior character the mythic land of Zanthia, Augie’s extracurricular activities include battling himself and making out with imaginary elves. Wheeler, the typical “Animal House” goof, gets paired with the adorable Ronnie (Bobb’e J. Thompson), a young, troublesome class clown who’s determined to get rid of his previous slew of do-gooder big brothers.

Fanning the eccentricity, Sturdy Wings is run by ex-blow aficionado Gayle Sweeny (Jane Lynch), whose experience in delivering awkward sexual daggers of awkward sexual comments, as demonstrated in 2005’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” comes in handy. She promptly asserts that she’s not here to service the community — she’s here to “service these young boys.”

“Models” draws a lot of its laughs with a typical arsenal of post-“American Pie” absurdity, peppered with the occasional Judd-Apatow aside. Witty joustings, tasteless quips and ever the sly sexual innuendo follow a well-perforated pattern, generally one-upping lowbrow college humor like “Scary Movie 4” by triggering the never-statisfied pleasure centers of horny teens everywhere.

Though its actors inevitably fulfill their self-stereotypes — Paul Rudd is the jerk, Sean William Scott the goof-off and Christopher Mintz-Plasse the uber-dweeb — “Models” still throws around enough pop-culture references and droll wisecracks to have us rooting for its antiheros until the sidesplitting finish.

Med School founder dies

Allen Lein, one of the founding faculty members of the UCSD School of Medicine and the school's first associate dean of administration, died of heart failure on March 26 at the age of 89.

Lein came to UCSD from Northwestern University in 1968, where he acted as assistant dean of graduate studies. During his tenure at UCSD, Lein served as associate dean for graduate study, beginning the school's joint M.D./Ph.D. program, which was only the third program of its kind in west coast universities at the time. In addition to his teaching and research as a professor of reproductive medicine, Lein also served as associate dean for academic affairs, and as director of UCSD's Health Professions Honors Program. He became professor emeritus in 1980.

""Allen Lein brought a broad knowledge of science and an appreciation for the depth of the interface of science and humanity that was a core part of the medical school when it was begun 30 years ago,"" said Robert Resnik, the associate dean of admissions at the UCSD School of Medicine. ""He functioned as a role model for young scientists, and helped them all the way through their careers.""

Lein graduated from UCLA with undergraduate and doctorate degrees in zoology and a focus on endocrinology. He taught at the Ohio State University and Vanderbilt medical schools before becoming an assistant professor in the physiology department of the Northwestern University Medical School in 1947. There, he later became professor and director of student affairs, and finally was named assistant dean. During this time he spent a year as a Guggenheim Fellow at the Laboratoire de Biochimie, College de France.

Lein was respected for his research in endocrinology, and in 1979 published a book titled ""The Cycling Female: Her Menstrual Rhythm."" The book was praised by reviewers for being ""written in a warm and comfortable style without sacrificing biological accuracy or detail.""

Lein is survived by his wife Teresa; his daughter Laura Lein of Austin, Tex.; his son David Lein of Berkeley, Calif.; three grandchildren, Anna, Rebecca and David Kuipers; and nephew, Benjamin Lein, of Los Angeles.

Four softball players selected to all-conference teams

After leading her team in batting average, hits, doubles, total bases and slugging percentage, junior Jenny Spencer of the Tritons softball team waltzed her way onto the California Collegiate Athletic Association First Team as an at-large selection. Senior teammate Jamie Hurst meritted Second Team honors at first base, while junior outfielder Niki Anderson and sophomore designated player Brittni Carino were two of five players in the league to receive Honorable Mentions.

Spencer was an obvious favorite for the CCAA First Team following her solid offensive performances throughout the 2005 campaign, including a .481 slugging percentage, a .358 batting average and 78 total bases — including 12 doubles — in 58 hits. This is Spencer’s first time being selected to an all-conference team.

For the second consecutive season, Hurst worked her way onto the Second Team after ranking second on the Tritons in home runs (3) and RBIs (21). Her 2005 season was complemented by a .286 batting average, eight doubles and a triple.

Anderson and Carino received their first all-CCAA selections after consistently helping UCSD all season.

Anderson crossed the plate 20 times on three doubles, a pair of triples and three home runs, while driving in 13 RBIs. She was also praised as one of the league’s leading rightfielders.

Carino was credited with All-Mountain Dew Classic honors in Bakersfield, Calif., after leading all Tritons in hitting through the April 22 and April 23 event. She finished the season with a .324 batting average.

The Tritons ended their season on May 7 with a pair of losses to Grand Canyon, capping their season with an 11-16 CCAA record, 19-31 overall.

Utsav Gupta

Utsav Gupta has been eyeing the A.S. presidency since before he set foot on this campus. As a wide-eyed incoming freshman in the summer of 2006, he called then-president and Student Voice! slate founder Harry Khanna to express his enthusiasm for student government. Before long, Gupta had become a Khanna protege, tagging along on the chief's lunch dates with student organizations and taking notes on his every move. The young politico went on to spend nearly three years with the Student Voice! slate. Now, after being denied his slate's presidential bid, Gupta is relying on his own merit 'mdash; and institutional memory 'mdash; to draw the independent vote.

Gupta's priorities include uncaging the Sun God Festival from RIMAC Field, freezing tuition and redefining the council as an inclusive body that represents all UCSD students.

It sounds like a lot to chew in one year, but Gupta will be the first to tell you that his platform is ambitious. His goal, he said, is to galvanize an increasingly stagnant A.S. Council.

'Ambition, especially in a student government, is what we need at this point in time,' he said. 'I don't think it's fair to the student body to always campaign on short-term measures. We need to continue moving forward instead of moving sideways.'

In order to unify the campus during the Sun God Festival, Gupta intends to reintroduce elements that existed prior to 2008, such as a daytime stage in Price Center and a line of student-organization booths on Library Walk.

Current AVP of Programming Garrett Berg said this plan is unrealistic, considering the occupancy of these areas. Last year, over 20,000 wristbands were sold for the event.

'The festival, as big as it was last year, could never exist in those venues,' he said.

But despite historic administrative concerns that spreading the festival out would raise security costs, Gupta is confident that by collaborating with college councils to promote college-specific events during the festival, crowds will disperse and no single location will be too full.

He added that making colleges feel more invested in the Sun God Festival would help repair relations between the A.S. Council and college councils that have deteriorated in recent years.

'We've seen a cutting of ties in the past few years,' he said. 'We reduced their representation and funding, and now we don't even try to reach out to them for things like the referendum. We just go ahead and do it and ask for their vote.'

Gupta also proposed a Bear Garden on the day of the Sun God Festival to provide space for legal, contained drinking and to decrease the rate of drunk driving to the festival from off-campus housing.

A
veteran of Khanna's and Marco Murillo's presidential offices, Gupta was elected A.S. all-campus senator in 2007, and has served on the Sixth College Council since 2006.

As an all-campus senator, he worked with the Berkeley-based Greenlining Institute to gather signatures for the Students for Tuition Relief Now! campaign, which supported the same legislation that is now before the California Assembly as the College Affordability Act. The bill stipulates a five-year tuition freeze at UC and CSU campuses.

In his role as A.S. associate vice president of student organizations this year, Gupta said he has worked to address flaws in the current funding-request system.

'I've helped out organizations that have very unique sets of priorities that aren't always covered by our event-based funding process,' he said.

One such organization is the Players, a theater group that recently requested funding for props. In addition, Gupta secured funding for the Books for Prisoners project, whose primary expense is postage.

He also helped publicize the effects of last quarter's student activity-fee referendum on student-organization funding.

But on the council floor, Gupta is quiet, and councilmembers have suggested that he does not engage with student organizations or report back to the council as actively as he should.

A.S. President Donna Bean, for example, said she worries that Gupta's academics and his editorial position at the Sixth Sense newspaper have undermined his council work.

'A majority of the time, [Vice President of Finance Naasir Lakhani] has had to pick up his slack,' she said. 'He is overstretched.'

Eleanor Roosevelt College Senator Alex Vu, who works with Gupta on the finance committee, expressed a similar concern.

'I've had to pick up a lot of slack from the AVP of student orgs,' he said.

Gupta said that partisanship in the council has been detrimental to the working environment.

'Student Voice! has become something very introspective,' he said. 'A.S. is all about Student Voice!, and I'm running to bring A.S. back to the entire student body.'

He said he has received little direction from Bean, and Lakhani has not responded to his phone calls or e-mails in recent weeks.

Lakhani declined to comment on Gupta's performance this year.

Cable TV reaches an all new low

Today was the Super Bowl. At least, it was when I wrote this. I suppose it still could be if you're living in one of those towns without cable, where news broadcasts get passed around on videotapes. I've never been in a town like that, but I assume they exist. I've been in foreign countries and timeshared cabins before, and that's how it is for movies, so they must have some sort of TV counterpart.

Ever since I moved to an apartment that doesn't face southeast, I haven't been able to steal satellite. Incidentally, I've been watching a lot less lesbian porn and Pay-Per-View. On the flip side, there's only so many times you can watch ""Like Mike.""

Instead of satellite, I get basic cable. Basic cable blows. The jerk-offs I live with were watching ""High School Reunion"" on the WB today. In case you're not familiar with the WB, it's this network that promotes racial segregation. They have ""black shows"" and ""white shows,"" carefully dividing them into blocks like a bus or a cafeteria. Every once in a while, you'll see a white person on a black show, or a black person on a white show, and that's supposed to represent Rosa Parks. Anyway, ""High School Reunion"" is a ""white show,"" and a pretty horrible one at that.

It's part of this new breed of group dating shows that all consist of people trying to get laid or married or a free vacation with some stupid twist, like the people they're trying to have sex with actually have 1-inch penises or genital herpes. The ""twist"" for ""High School Reunion"" is that the people in the group orgy of a show all went to high school together 10 years ago.

That has to be the stupidest idea for a TV show ever. First of all, what kind of people would agree to date people they went to high school with? I'll tell you what kind: stalkers and people who haven't gotten over high school. People who think that high school was the best years of their lives. Those people are not only annoying, they're stupid, too, because clearly elementary school was the best years of our lives.

I watched ""G.I. Joe"" ever day, played a lot of four square and slept a lot. That's really my ideal job right now. That's my mission statement on my resume: I would like to watch ""G.I. Joe,"" play four square (preferably in a group of three that just tries to screw over the new guy over and over again so I don't have to get in line), and take frequent naps. Target salary: $80,000-$100,000, after taxes. I'd be willing to put in overtime -- a few more episodes of ""G.I. Joe"" a day wouldn't hurt -- but I'd expect full health coverage if my eyes start to go.

Inside my head, next to the brain cells that are still pissed about my experimental drug years, is a long laundry list titled ""Things I Hate."" ""High School Reunion"" is right below Avril Lavigne and above the new Queens of the Stone Age CD that everyone's been telling me about. Do you know what that CD is like? It's like taking all the ""alternative rock"" albums that have been released in the last 10 years, compiling all the shitty songs on one really long tape, and then splicing random parts of that tape to form a CD. And don't get me started on Avril Lavigne -- she's the Antichrist, and Marilyn Manson is Moses, comparatively.

So instead of watching basic cable, I've been downloading TV shows and watching them on my Xbox (Thanks, Microsoft!). It's like Tivo, except I'm not limited to lousy programming like ""American Idol"" and ""Richard Gere: True Hollywood Story.""

While half you losers were watching two groups of people fight over part of a pig that wasn't bacon, I watched ""Mystery Science Theater 3000"" and ""Freaks and Geeks."" I'm a big fan of cancelled shows. I really liked ""My Secret Identity"" from the late '80s, I think it was Jerry O'Connell's finest work, but I can tell from the ""Kangaroo Jack"" previews that he hasn't lost that certain je ne sais quois. To quote Kevin Spacey in ""Seven,"" ""Only in a world this sick"" can ""ALF"" and ""Family Guy"" be cancelled, but they're making a ""Real World 12.""

I'd like to collect some episodes from ""Out of This World,"" because let's face it, Evie was hot. If I could have jerked off when I was 8, I probably would have done it to Evie. Either that or Nicole Eggert's character in ""Charles in Charge."" And now that I think about it, those guys in that ""High School Reunion"" show totally must have jerked off to Evie and Nicole Eggert. I support their choices, even though they're annoying as hell. Especially that guy who was an asshole in high school and is still an asshole. He particularly bothers me. He probably ""had to be different"" and jerked off to that chick in ""Different Strokes,"" and more recently the Olsen twins' movies, which is just wrong because he's seen them crawling on ""Full House."" They were probably born in the '90s. The '90s, man.

Which brings me to my last, but equally important point: I feel really sorry for those guys out there who look just like pedophiles and the girls that look just like sluts. You know what I'm talking about -- it really has nothing to do with how they dress, or talk, or act, they just naturally look like pedophiles and sluts.

You could totally see them in a Chester the Molester van or a porn movie, and they have to go the rest of their lives with people thinking they're pedophiles and sluts. You'd be having a conversation with them, but in the back of your mind you're thinking, ""pedophile"" in one of those thought balloons Woodstock uses in ""Peanuts"" along with a picture of Jesus from ""The Big Lebowski.""

Well, the next time you're feeling down, just think at least you're not one of those people. And if you are, sorry.

'Mystic River' boggles the mind

ne of the great virtues of having a living legend direct a film is that he is sure to attract a great cast. ""Mystic River,"" if nothing else, is a wonderful ensemble of leading men playing emotionally challenging roles. The story is not of one man but of one event, and how that event affects the lives of three men. Consequently, there is no lead role and the film is able to take full advantage of the entire cast that Clint Eastwood's presence was able to attract.

Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Dear friends: Sean Penn takes initiative with his trusty gun while Kevin Bacon stands by his man, in quiet support.

Tim Robbins, Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon play boyhood friends who are still reeling from a tragedy in their youth. A murder mystery ensues and the boys-turned-men find themselves on three different sides of the caper.

Unlike most crime films that turn quickly on the smallest of plot details, the artistry of ""Mystic River"" is delivered far more carefully than its storyline. Cinematically, the film was nearly flawless. There is a dark and brooding nervousness throughout the entire film. The constant tension starts immediately and doesn't give up until halfway through the drive home. This deliberate apprehension comes without warning, apology or climax. While Eastwood never puts the audience on the edge of its seat, he never let them relax either.

It is difficult to say quite where the film fits; despite its blockbuster potential and thriller-like elements, it incorporates a number of independent themes through obtusely placed philosophical references and innovative cinematography. The filmmakers seemed unwilling to commit to a wholly original feat, and got bogged down pandering to those who were all-too-delighted to devour the status quo. The film ultimately fails itself because it ends up lost in the void between moneymaking and mind bending.

This problem manifests itself in a number of different ways, most notably in the perplexing final minutes. This is one of those rare films that can't get out of its own way. While the tangential red herrings throughout the film help to keep the viewer guessing, they also leave the film with the cumbersome task of tying up too many loose ends. Bacon's character has a love-life problem, the purpose of which seems to have gotten lost on the cutting room floor. Similarly Laura Linney, who plays Penn's wife in the film, has a two-minute monologue during the finale that comes out of left field.

While the film creates a wonderful in-theater experience, it crumbles under closer scrutiny. In due course, the film's virtues outweigh its problems, and is a must-see for fans of Penn, Robbins, Bacon or Eastwood. While the execution of ""Mystic River"" is far outstretched by its potential, it is nonetheless a very good effort.

Briefly

Age plays a greater role in semen fertility than previously thought, since semen quality declines with each passing year according to a study conducted by researchers at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Researchers examined 97 men between the ages of 22 and 80.

They discovered that while age had an effect on semen volume, the more significant impact was on sperm motility, which was found to decrease by 0.7 percent per year. This means that at age 22, the chance of sperm motility being clinically abnormal is 25 percent, reaches 40 percent by age 30, 60 percent by age 40, and rises to 85 percent by age 60.

Researchers also noted that progressive motility also started to decrease in men aged in their twenties by 3.1 percent per year.

The study demonstrates why paternal age matters. The findings were published in the Feb. 6 issue of Human Reproduction.

Internet now first source of media for most

Because more than 70 percent of Americans who use the Internet now consider online technology to be their most important source of information, the Internet now ranks higher than all other media as an information source, according to findings in Year Three of the UCLA Internet Report.

When Internet users were asked to rank the importance of major media, 61.1 percent said the Internet was very important or extremely important, surpassing books (60.3 percent), newspapers (57.8 percent), television (50.2 percent), radio (40 percent) and magazines (28.7 percent). Even among Internet users with less than one year online, 52 percent said that the Internet is very important or extremely important.

The top online activity in 2002 was e-mail. Other activities, in decreasing order of popularity are instant messaging, Web surfing or browsing, reading news, shopping and buying online, and accessing entertainment information.

By comparison, television remains the most important source of entertainment, with the Internet ranked fourth.

Majority of children born in Calif. now Latino

The majority of children being born in California are Latino, according to a study conducted by the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture.

In the summer of 2001, more than half of the babies born were Latino. Specifically, 45.5 percent of the births in San Diego County that year were Latino. Though more than two-thirds of Latino babies were born in Southern California, researchers also noted that Latino births now occur in nearly all counties, signalling a shift in the state's future demographic trends.

The trend in the increase of Latino births can be traced to 1975, when 26.5 percent of the births in California were Latino. In 1980, that number had risen to 29 percent, and then 31.1 percent in 1985. In 1990, the number of Latino births had increased to 38.6 percent, followed by another increase to 45.8 percent in 1995.

Annual snow globe show at Geisel Library

The UCSD Arts Libraries will present their annual snow globe show until Feb. 17 in the lower level of the Geisel Library.

The exhibit features original snow globes and snow globes bought at souvenir shops. For more information call (858) 534-8074.

Lecture to discuss women in science, engineering

A UC Regents lecture titled ""The Unfinished Agenda: Women in Science and Engineering"" will be presented by Dr. Elga Wasserman in the Copely International Conference Center at the Institute of the Americas on Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.

Wasserman will discuss the fact that though the number of women earning degrees in science and engineering has increased dramatically over the past 25 years, women remain scarce in the senior ranks of disciplines in both industry and academia.

Wasserman will discuss possible causes for this imbalance and will suggest steps that institutions and individual women can take to remove the barriers that continue to hinder the advancement of female scientists and engineers.

For more information call (858) 534-6237.

Volleyball Can't Repeat Upset Over Cal Baptist

The UCSD men’s volleyball team lost to California Baptist University on Feb. 11 on the road, one year after upsetting them.

Last season, after falling behind by two games to the Lancers, the Tritons managed to win three-straight games to pull off a shocking upset.

There would be no comeback this season.

Cal Baptist, the top-ranked school in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, avenged that loss to improve to 6-5 while UCSD dropped to 0-7 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and 1-10 overall.

In game one, both teams struggled to score points, and UCSD hit just .034 compared to Cal Baptist’s .231. Both teams also had seving woes, combining for 13 service errors, seven of which were the Tritons’. But consistent hitting by Cal Baptist’s junior opposite Shamsu Awudu and sophomore outside hitter Corey Spence was the difference for the Lancers in game one, as the Tritons lost 26-30.

Serving struggles continued in game two with UCSD’s seven service errors to Cal Baptist’s five. The Triton offense could not put any runs together, falling 20-30.

“We didn’t serve or pass at a high enough level to stay in the game,” head coach Kevin Ring said. “There were a lot of missed opportunities to score the ball. We need to get into a side-out rhythm.”

Game three was the Tritons’ best chance, with the teams remaining tied as late as 20 points apiece. But senior outside hitter Seidu Ajanako had two-straight kills to kick off an 8-2 run for the Lancers. Ajanako ended the match with a huge kill as the Lancers won gam e three 24-30, and the match 3-0.

“We’ve put in some pretty good spurts in each game, but there’s always a stretch where we make errors and give up runs,” Ring said. “We have to minimize that.”

Senior outside hitter Mike Reuter and sophomore outside hitter Russ Hardy led the Tritons with seven kills each and junior setter Brooks Dierdorff had 26 assists in the loss. The Tritons out-blocked the Lancers 11 to eight, but only hit .080 as a team.

“We’ve worked on blocking a lot in practice and I was glad to see it,” Ring said. “We’ve improved our defense, but we need to continue to score points.”

On Feb. 10, UCSD dropped a 25-30, 21-30, 27-30 match against No. 4 Cal State Long Beach. With the win, Long Beach improved to 11-2 overall and 6-1 in the MPSF.

Game one was close, as Cal State Long Beach held a slim lead of 23-26 before pulling away to record a 25-30 win.

Game two never seemed close, as UCSD struggled and made a few costly errors, losing by nine points, 21-30.

With both teams going back and forth, the third game was the most competitive of the night. The 49ers led most of the game, but the Tritons rallied back each time. With the score 11-15, UCSD tied the score at 19-19 with a small run. A service ace by sophomore middle blocker John Mark Wendler forced Cal State Long Beach into a time out. The teams would remain close and tied again for the last time at 27-27. The 49ers managed to score the last three points, including a kill by senior outside hitter Robert Tarr, to beat the Tritons 27-30.

“There were too many hitting errors against good teams,” Ring said. “When we’re out of our system, it puts more pressure on the outside hitters. We’re going to spend a lot of time in our side out game, hitting and passing this week.”

The Tritons were led by senior opposite Chris Sayers, who had 10 kills, and Reuter, who had nine on a .412 hitting clip. Tarr’s 12 kills led the 49ers.

UCSD has a lot to prepare for before Feb. 16, when it hosts No. 2 Brigham Young University.

Lisa

1/5

Whereas Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls were murdered at the top of their game, Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes died in a car accident during her spiral down the charts, transitioning from sassy rap star to reality-TV lurking has-been. Sadly, listening to the former TLC member's posthumous Eye Legacy doesn't give us any hope that she was on her way back up.

Her first solo full-length released in the U.S., Legacy is comprised of songs that Lopes penned before the accident, as well as remixes from 2001 solo album Supernova released exclusively in the U.K. But instead of improving upon the originals, remix treatment detracts from Left Eye's halfway decent rhymes. 'Block Party' removes the simple percussion of its Supernova counterpart and replaces it with overwhelmingly corny, synthesized horns, failing to capture the original's endearing, childlike innocence.

Although poor production is a recurring theme in Eye Legacy, it is epitomized by 'Never Will Eye Eva,' which sounds like someone ran Left Eye's vocals through Microsoft's awful new music software SongSmith on the modern-rock setting, forcing Lopes to spit over-contrived power chords, capped by generic guitar solos.

Left Eye's rhymes on Legacy are largely hit-or-miss 'mdash; her flow is brutally choppy on some tracks (see 'Crank It') and flat-out uninventive on others. 'Let's Just Do It' is the only track featuring TLC; worse still, the girl group's kickass mentality and energetic spunk are nowhere to be found.

In the end, Lopes's scattered heartfelt verses prove the only saving grace for her dream album 'mdash; even then, it's probably better left to rest.

TG Concerts to Return After Long Hiatus

Weekly “Thank God It’s Friday” concerts, which in the past included alcohol but were discontinued in recent years due to a lack of funds, are back on — sort of.

A.S. Commissioner of Programming Di Lam stated in an e-mail that although the concerts will be reinstated, they won’t be as frequent and the focal point will be the social environment rather than the beer garden. The plan mirrors Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Joseph W. Watson’s sentiments; last year he said that “the most important feature [of campus events] is bringing members of the campus community together for an enjoyable event, not the presence or absence of alcohol.”

TGs were discontinued about a decade ago due to insufficient funds. The weekly concerts have in recent years been supplemented by the quarterly “Thank Goodness It’s Over” concerts, which do not include alcohol. Despite the previous funding problems, the reinstated TGs will still be free. However, the concerts will be limited to one during fall quarter, two during winter and one during spring.

In the past, TGs took place on the Hump outside the Student Center, but Lam stated that the location for the new TGs has yet to be determined.

“There was an intention of doing it on Sun God lawn,” Lam stated. “But because Sun God lawn is so massive and there is no defined perimeter to contain the event, we have had to search for alternatives. We are currently looking at several locations on campus and trying to get one location approved with the respective departments.”

A major point of contention among students, the A.S. Council and Watson last year was the availability of alcohol at campus events. At the time, the Undergraduate Student Experience and Satisfaction report, which was compiled last year by a committee made up of students, staff and alumni and detailed campus life, stated, “The campus should either bring back TGs or create a new regular event fulfilling these needs.”

The report stated that UCSD lacked the strong campus community students had previously enjoyed.

“[The campus needs] a regular event that students could look forward to and reflect positively upon after they graduate,” the report stated.

Many A.S. councilmembers pushed to bring back beer gardens, including former Revelle College Senior Senator Rachel Corell. However, Watson rejected a proposal for a beer garden at Sun God, despite the inclusion of a safety plan by the A.S. Council.

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

Watson said that Sun God and TGs are different regarding alcohol because of their difference in size. However, now that TGs are returning, beer gardens will come back as well. The A.S. Council is planning the first TG for Oct. 20.

“I think this is one event that will definitely contribute greatly [to] helping a greater UCSD community that is more social and welcoming,” Lam stated. “The fun portion of the event is what we are aiming for, not the beer.”

Both Watson and the A.S. Council say that safety is the main concern regarding TGs. Because of the beer garden, extra security precautions will be taken to ensure that drinking is restricted to students of age. These precautions include increased private security for the event and several meetings with the UCSD Police Department.

“Anyone caught passing alcohol to underage drinkers will be turned over to [the] police department,” Lam stated.

However, according to Lam, there will be no new rules regulating TGs.

“As far as I’m concerned, there are no new regulations governing the TGs,” she stated. “To my understanding, we were allowed to do them, but funding was just never allocated to make these TGs happen.”

The A.S. Council hopes to address the issues identified by the U.S.E.S. report by bringing back TGs in a lasting way.

“In order to ensure the long-term survival of this event, [safety and efficient management] will be our main concerns as the event progresses over time,” Lam stated.

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