Sunday, March 26, 2017

Dance the Night Away

The sound of competitive ballroom dancing is not the tired strains of a waltz and the shuffle of old folks. It is the click of three-inch heels on hard wood floors and the determined swish of pirouetting turns. It is the melodies of No Doubt flowing into a latin rumba beat. It is the yell of “5-6-7-8” as dancers move to an interior rhythm during final rehearsals. Ballroom dancing is more than just sequins and sambas. It is a combination of performance art and serious athleticism that has taken a firm hold on college students across the country.

Courtesy of UCSD Dancesport

“People think of ballroom dancing as something their grandparents do,” said Peter Edwards, coach of the UCSD Dancesport team. “But they come out and see a competition and see that it isn’t just dorky people with dorky music. It is just as powerful as modern or hip hop dance, and that’s why college students are so excited about it.”

UCSD Dancesport team may have started with humble beginnings as a recreational club in 1989, but today it is the largest club sport on campus, with over 150 team members. This is broken down into a number of smaller groups, such as the performance-based hussle and salsa teams that do shows on campus throughout the year.

But it is the competition element that puts the sparkle in these dancer’s smiles.

“I like the thrill of a huge screaming crowd,” said dancesport captain and John Muir College junior Lindy Cabot. “It is a really different feeling than other dance styles since you have to worry about moving with another person.”

Cabot joined the team as a freshman and found a close-knit group of students.

“The ballroom community is really nice,” she said. “This team is like a family. We are really supportive of each other and hang out when we’re not dancing.”

Edwards attributes the development of ballroom dance students to that partnership aspect, since it requires effective social skills.

“I’ve seen a lot of freshman start here not knowing anything about themselves,” he said. “Then, through physical movement they come into their skins. They learn that you have to communicate to have a good partnership and that if you move wrongly you can hurt other people.”

Within competitions, there are a variety of styles and levels. The formation team is a group of eight couples doing a choreographed routine in unison. Edwards choreographs the routines and mixes the music, usually based on a theme such as “Top Gun” or “Evita.” The routine incorporates several dances such as samba, jive, rumba, paso doble and cha-cha.

In January, UCSD’s formation team won first place at the Intercontinental Collegiate Championship in Dayton Beach, Fla., with an “Evita”-themed routine. They were able to beat longtime rival BYU-Idaho, a university that has a major in ballroom dance.

“We didn’t just beat them by a little, we beat them by a lot,” Edwards said.

The individual couple events are the other side of competition that allow for more spontaneity and creativity. The events fall into four categories: international standard, American smooth, international Latin and American rhythm. International standard and American smooth both feature dances such as the waltz and tango, while international Latin and American rythm include dances like the cha-cha and rumba. Partners can participate in as many events as they choose, though typically they focus on just a few.

According to Edwards, international Latin and American rhythm are the most popular among college students since they allow for more personality to come through. International standard is the most traditional style, but since it is very disciplined, few students participate in it.

“It is like the ballet of ballroom,” Edwards said. “It is a lot of technique that students just aren’t into. That’s why I don’t teach it unless it is specifically requested for a private lesson.”

Unlike the group practice schedule of the formation team, individual couples must work with a coach or other dance professional to develop choreography on their own. Since the dancers do not know the specific music that will be used during the competition, they must develop moves that fit the correct rhythm and tempo, but can be adjusted to fit the selection during the event.

“It allows for spontaneity and creation rather than reproduction,” Edwards said. “I always tell them it is about being in the moment, being in space now. It is performance art, so once you do it, it is gone. So you have to create it new every time to get that same adrenaline and excitement.”

Don’t let the rhinestones and bright smiles fool you — this is hard work. Members of the ballroom dance community, who use the term “dancesport” to highlight the sport aspect, are currently seeking the acceptance of ballroom dance as an Olympic event.

“It is art, but it is also a sport,” Edwards said. “My kids come out of practice sweaty and tired just as much as the guys playing basketball over there.”

One of the keys to good dancing is making it look effortless, so many do not realize the hours of intense practice that go into the competitions. Female dancers cha-cha in three-inch heels without breaking their dazzling countenances, but the footwear is not without its drawbacks.

“You get used to it,” Cabot said. “Even when we’re dancing in regular shoes, we are up on our toes because we’re used to it. But we’ve all got blisters and cuts, blood in our shoes. It is just part of the sport, like ballet.”

The competition season for the team starts locally, with the ninth annual Dance by the Shores championships on March 6. Over 20 universities regularly attend, including Stanford and University of Southern California. The all-day event is held at the Main Gym, and after the amateur competitions there will be a show put on by professional dancers. For students, it is $5 to attend all of the events.

To get involved in ballroom dance, Edwards recommends starting off with club events or classes to get experience in various styles without spending lots of money.

“Never narrow yourself from the beginning,” he said. “Have fun with different styles and find what best suits you. Then you can focus in and take private lessons and find the group you like.”

UCSD’s Ballroom Dance Club holds free events each quarter that allow students to try out dancing. They even offer lessons before the dance event starts if you are brand new. For information on events in spring quarter, e-mail [email protected]

Another option is the recreation department classes, which are offered to students for a low fee. Under the social dance category there are classes in ballroom, Latin and swing that range from beginning to advanced levels. To register for classes, visit http://recreation.ucsd.edu.

“Like anything else, it isn’t what you’re doing, it is who’s there,” Edwards said. “The reason the team is attractive is because they put off a good vibe since everyone is trying to be positive and upbeat. I have a degree in microbiology. I do this because I get a kick out of people in dance. The liveliness of the sport attracts people with a lot of life.”

Bush Admin Should Halt Nuclear Development

Dear Editor,

The University of California manages Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory, a facility leading the development of the so-called Reliable
Replacement Warhead or RRW, the first new hydrogen bomb designed by the United States
in 20 years.

Students and faculty at the university therefore have a
unique role to play in actively questioning this misguided U.S. nuclear weapons
policy and UC system’s involvement in its implementation.

The Cold War is over and the threat of an all-out nuclear
war with Russia has greatly diminished. Despite the fact that the United States
still has nearly 10,000 nuclear warheads, the Bush administration argues that
new nuclear weapons are needed to ensure “long-term confidence in the future
stockpile.” The administration’s original argument was that plutonium pits, the
cores of existing nuclear weapons, were aging and becoming “unreliable” — thus
explaining the catchy nickname.

This argument is misleading, and ignores recent scientific
findings. A 2006 JASON report, a pre-eminent nuclear advisory group established
by members of the World War II-era Manhattan Project, found that plutonium pits
safely and reliably function for at least 90 years — over twice what had been
estimated previously. Given the age of the oldest existing nuclear weapons in
our stockpile, the U.S. nuclear deterrent is therefore guaranteed for at least
another 50 years.

Other factors negate the need for new nuclear weapons. The
safety and reliability of existing nuclear weapons is certified annually and
closely monitored under life-extension programs using computer-generated
models. The weapons’ reliability is also based on more than 1,000 tests.

A resumption of nuclear testing would violate the
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, a mainstay of the nonproliferation regime, which
the United States already signed. Developing new nuclear weapons would signal
to the world that the United States, despite its overwhelming conventional
military superiority, believes it necessary to upgrade its nuclear arsenal.

A recent study prepared for the Department of Defense
observed, “The world sees us as shifting from nuclear weapons for deterrence
and as a weapon of last resort to nuclear weapons for war fighting and first
use.” This perception gives emerging world powers like China another reason to
feel threatened by the United States and may embolden aspiring powers to seek
their own homegrown nuclear weapons.

Developing new nuclear weapons undermines our diplomatic
leadership in stemming the spread of nuclear weapons by undermining our Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty commitments. Many states that gave up the right to
acquire these weapons have expressed concern that the United States is not
living up to its end of the bargain under the NPT to work toward the eventual
elimination of nuclear weapons.

Building new nuclear weapons will not make us safer. It will
do nothing to deter terrorists, and it will not improve our strategic
relationships with other countries. It will only undermine efforts to prevent
the spread of nuclear weapons, extend outdated Cold War-era thinking, shirk our
international commitments, waste a lot of money and threaten our long-term
security.

— Lt. Gen. Robert Gard
UCSD Lecturer and Senior Military Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
Leonor Tomero
Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Achraf Farraj
Warren College Student

Council Sidesteps Allegations of Double-Dipping, Senator Snuggling

Debate returned with a vengeance at last night’s meeting as
councilmembers argued about how to hold senators accountable and the perils of
doling out A.S. funds to the same student organization twice.

Discord first struck when the Committee on Rules and
Contracts proposed an amendment to the standing rules to create a new
procedure, complete with audits, to deal with senators with poor attendance
records.

“I think, if it’s come to this, there’s a worse problem,”
said Thurgood Marshall College Chair Lana Blank. “We shouldn’t be policing
ourselves and chasing each other with attendance [records].”

Marshall Senator Kyle Samia echoed Blank’s dissatisfaction
with the proposed solution. “For whatever reason, people don’t show up to shit.
That’s a structural problem,” he said, suggesting that some senators may be
shirking council participation because they occupy mostly titular positions.

Associate Vice President of Student Advocacy Neetu Balram
endorsed the proposal because it would allow a group of people to “legitimately
approach” a senator about accountability concerns, as opposed to the less
formal procedure currently in place.

The emerging consensus, however, was that the proposal
needed some rewording before it could be seriously considered.

To that end, Tanya Piyaratanaphipat moved to table the bill
for a week so that it could be revisited at the next meeting.

The next disagreement arose when the council considered funding
requests. Earl Warren College Senator Peter Benesch objected to a finance bill
that would fund a spoken-word event jointly hosted by the Muslim Student
Association and Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan. Benesch contended
that MSA and MEChA were not entitled to additional funding since they both had
already been awarded money as part of quarterly student organization
allocations.

All-Campus Senator Naasir Lakhani sponsored the MSA-MEChA
bill as part of his senator project to bring Amir Solaiman (of HBO’s Def Poetry
Jam) to UCSD, among other spoken-word artists.

“This is going to be one of the most amazing events at UCSD
this year … I know it will be seen as double-dipping, but this event is
unprecedented,” Lakhani said.

Benesch cautioned that passing the bill would set a
precedent that allows student organizations to secure funding in addition to
quarterly allocations by cozying up to senators.

Associate Vice President of Student Organizations Andrew
Guichet expanded on Benesch’s objection. “I just don’t think we should get on
the path of student organizations to lobby senators to get extra funds … That
shouldn’t be a means of getting funds from A.S. [Council],” he said.

The council ultimately agreed to use some creative financing
to make an exception.

To his credit, and after weathering a procedural nightmare,
Benesch was able to broker a solution by augmenting MEChA’s previously approved
quarterly allocation as necessary, so that the extra finance bill could be
withdrawn.

The appearance of double-dipping was eliminated, although
the question of senator project funds overlapping with student organization
allocations was unresolved.

As with the proposed accountability reform, the council
agreed to revisit the ethics issue at a later meeting.

Should you eliminate carbs from your diet?

“How healthy is it to follow a low- or no-carbohydrate diet? What are the pros and cons?”

— Anonymous

With the recent Atkins craze and “low in carbs!” stickers that can be found on food labels everywhere, it is almost impossible not to consider cutting back on carbohydrates. It is very difficult to do it properly, however, since carbohydrates are in a lot of common foods.

“I would not recommend a strict low- or no-carbohydrate diet,” said Heather McCracken, a nutritionist and health educator at Student Health Services. “People fail to realize that fruits and vegetables are mainly carbohydrates. You cannot eliminate fruits and vegetables without eliminating an abundance of nutrients that protect against cancer, hypertension and heart disease. I would not recommend cutting out fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and whole grains.”

Although it’s easy to lose weight by cutting out carbohydrates from your diet, it is mostly water weight that you lose. Most of that weight will be regained once you get off the diet and resume eating carbohydrates.

“For every gram of carbohydrate we store in our body, we store three grams of water,” McCracken said. “Initially when someone goes on a low-/no-carbohydrate diet, their body uses up the carbohydrate stores. When they use up those stores, the body releases water stored along with the carbohydrates, resulting in water loss. This weight loss is water, not fat.”

If you want to lose weight, the most effective way is simply to count calories. Low carbohydrate foods do not translate into low calories.

“Excess calories are fattening, not carbohydrates,” McCracken said. “If someone is eating more calories a day than they are expending, they will gain weight. It does not matter if these calories come from fat, protein or carbohydrates. If someone eats too many calories, the excess will be stored as fat.”

In the end, McCracken emphasizes, a healthy diet is about balance. She encourages students to take advantage of the various free nutrition-related services — like nutrition counseling — offered through Student Health Services, located on Library Walk

If you want to find out how to eat well and reach your weight goals, call (858) 534-8089 for an appointment. In addition, the free Weight Management Clinic is available for students. It is run by a dietitian, a psychologist and a physician. The clinic meets on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the second-floor conference room at SHS. Feel free to show up, since there is no appointment needed.

To learn more about dieting and weight issues, attend McCracken’s lecture, “Exploring Weight Management,” on April 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the fourth-floor RIMAC conference room.

Sheryl Crow

{grate 3} It takes a couple of spins to really get down with
folk-goddess Sheryl Crow. Her foot-tappin’ beats and antiwar slogans can easily
rub you wrong, especially since countless other singer/songwriters are
currently infiltrating the radio waves with heavy political jive. Crow deftly
treads the line though, her lightheartedness masking a deep-seeded dislike for
President Bush and sky-high petrol prices.

As she strums her way through the aptly titled track,
“Gasoline,” her beef with the man in charge is made none too subtle with, “You
got the bastards in Washington/ afraid of popping the greed vein.” With oodles
of scathing lyrics, there’s no mistaking the miffed undertone of Detours for a
wimpy bureaucratic taunt.

Political dogma aside, Crow has a lot more going on than
activist finger-pointing and hippy blues. The second half of her album becomes
an intimate sit-down in the vein of VH1’s “Behind the Music” (minus the career
stagnation) with a woman who has been through some serious shit. From battling
cancer to breaking off her engagement to Lance Armstrong to adopting a baby,
Crow uses her cutting wit and lean voice to remind us she’s still our resident
badass.

Back in cahoots with former collaborator Bill Bottrell, the
bulk of Detours is a throwback to the grittier days of her first album, Tuesday
Night Music Club. Some of the recordings even flirt with Johnny Cash vibes as
the crackle of background noise and conversational vocals cook up a twangy
country-pop sandwich. But after all her stylistic meanderings, Crow still has
her signature guitar jaunts into Sunshineville. Jams like “Motivation” talk
smack about the privileged few while maintaining her zippity-do-dah musical
mentality. Even as she belts out “Got no reasons to bitch/ ain’t no parties I
miss” like an enthusiastic Gen-Y yuppie, she artfully separates herself from
the subjects she’s mocking by poking fun at the three-piecer lifestyle.

Crow also explores darker periods in her life with “Diamond
Ring” and “Make It Go Away” which talk about losing love to a fat rock and
bonding with an ex over cancer. These songs mark the confessional side of the
record, where Crow turns off the preach and gets a little sentimental.

But either due to a media blitz or the inherent awkwardness
of celebrity confessionals, her disclosures only occasionally ring true. It
becomes hard not to feel emotionally coerced when she gives Lance the kiss-off
or Bush the bird. Sure, Crow is still fierce after all this time, but a little
mystery never hurt anyone.

Marye Anne Fox: $350,000 woman

You get what you pay for. When looking for something as impot Harrod’s than Wal-Mart — and with her impressive background, Chancellor Marye Anne Fox is certainly no blue-light special. If Fox can manage to continue UCSD’s tradition of growth and academic quality in spite of cuts in state funding, she will be worth every penny.

Having established itself as one of the nation’s top schools in recent years, UCSD needs strong leadership to guide it through this critical time in its development. Time will tell whether Fox is the right person for the job, but few could argue against the credentials and background for strong leadership she brings to the position.

While a smaller raise may have had some symbolic value in a time when other university staff salaries will remain stagnent, the reality is that a $70,000 raise and a few extra thousand a month for a house rental are peanuts compared to the exprtant as a chancellor, you’d probably rather be shopping aerience she brings to this university.

Having served on the executive committee of the National Academy of Sciences, her ample experience and connections in the research community could easily be worth several times her raise. Fox also served as the vice president for research at the University of Texas, Austin, and the chancellor of North Carolina State University, two other major public research universities, proving that she has the experience necessary to succeed as UCSD’s chancellor. Fox also serves as the co-chair of the National Research Council’s Government-University-Industry roundtable, and sits on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Science and Engineering Public Policy. For UCSD to land a chancellor as qualified as Fox at a time when both UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz were also searching for chancellor candidates would understandably require more money. Instead of worrying about a few thousand dollars here or there, we should be ecstatic to have hired a chancellor with Fox’s background.

With concerns about the budget, a rising academic reputation and a growing student body, it seems silly to be pinching pennies when it comes to leadership, and with over $1.8 billion dollars in revenue last year, $70,000 is definitely spare change to UCSD. The generous package afforded Fox could also help entice her to stay; which would benefit the school.

Despite the raise, Fox still earns less than many peers at comparable public universities. New UC Berkeley chancellor Robert Birgeneau will earn $390,000, while University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman receives annual compensation of over $670,000. University of Texas Chancellor Mark Yudof earned $787,000 in 2003. Even schools with considerably less national exposure, such as the University of Hawaii and Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, compensate their leaders much more generously than does UCSD, doling out over $590,000 apiece to their chancellors in 2003.

The UCSD chancellor is directly responsible for nearly 20,000 undergraduates, 4,800 graduate and medical students, more than 16,000 staff members and 6,404 faculty, making UCSD comparable to a Fortune 500 company, where CEOs routinely make tens of millions of dollars. Questioning the value of paying a little more for a little better would be like questioning the value of spending a little more for better wings on an airplane.

Candidates questioned at forum

UCSD students were asked to ""Question Authority"" on Oct. 14 at the second annual Campus Connection Forum held by the A.S. Council and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. The event brought local political candidates to campus to interact with students on issues ranging from housing to public transportation to the cost of higher education.

As part of their Get Out the Vote campaign, A.S. Council members encouraged the students in attendance to register to vote; those who did were entered into a drawing to win an X-Box video game console.

The panel of candidates included city council candidates Michael Zucchet (2nd district), Dwayne Crenshaw (4th district) and Charles L. Lewis (4th district), as well as assembly candidates Sarah Lowery (77th district) and Richard J. Senecal (75th district).

The panel gave its opinions on issues concerning college students, a group that event organizers say are underrepresented at the polls.

""I get the impression that a large part of the student body is lukewarm, politically speaking,"" said Marshall senior Jennifer Lum. ""People tend not to have very strong opinions one way or another regarding important issues.""

That political indifference is what the chamber and A.S. Council are trying to change with this event and others like it.

""When you look at the student population at UCSD, these are all likely and potential voters,"" said Mitch Mitchell, SDRCC vice president of public policy. ""Getting them involved in the process now will help us as a region in the long run, because these are our future leaders.""

Students were arranged at tables in groups of four or five. Questions A.S. Council members considered relevant to students were posed to both the candidate panel and the audience. Students and others in attendance responded via an electronic audience response device.

The candidates had the opportunity to reveal their answers to the multiple-choice questions before the students' answer percentages were projected on a large screen behind the panel. This format was designed to let the students and the candidates measure their responses against one another's.

Thirteen questions were posed. The ones eliciting the most spirited student response concerned raising student fees to counteract the California budget crisis and how to get students to get out and vote. Some 89 percent of the audience responded that it opposed a fee raise, while the candidates were mixed on the issue.

Attending candidates hope that similar events could pique a historically absent interest to vote among students.

""The reason for lower turnout among students is two-fold,"" Zucchet said. ""First, the politicians don't speak to their issues, and two, quite frankly, students need to take some initiative and they need to get involved.""

Whether the students and candidates saw eye-to-eye or not, the event opened the lines of communication between the two groups, with student asking additional questions, countering the candidates' responses and lobbying for causes such as the Go Solar campaign.

""It provided the students an opportunity to be engaged,"" said Joseph Watson, vice chancellor of student affairs. ""It also informed the candidates what the opinions of the students were.""

Athletes Serve Fans a Taste of Personality

In an attempt to link faces and personalities with jersey numbers, the UCSD athletics department and Housing and Dining Services have teamed up on a project to promote game attendance by providing athletes a means to interact with the student body.

UCSD athletes chosen by a committee in the Athletes Council are paired up with their college's dining hall to serve a recipe of their choice.

'We kind of give the athletes free reign for what recipe they want to choose,' Senior Associate Athletic Director Ken Grosse said. 'We just tell them to pick something they like and something they don't normally serve at the dining hall. A lot of times they're home recipes.'

Inspired by her favorite pre-meet meal, senior Kendall Bohn of the swimming and diving team served meatball sandwiches to students at John Muir College's Sierra Summit on Jan. 29.

'It was pretty interesting because usually students don't have an input on what's sold,' said Revelle College senior Sheila Nguyen, who was one of Bohn's customers. 'I think it's a really good idea.'

Not only did Bohn play lunch lady to a steady stream of customers, she entertained students with lighthearted jokes and meatball innuendo.

'It's good to have students see the athletes in a normal light and know who they are,' Grosse said. 'And a lot of people who go to the games are there because they know somebody on the team.'

While she's not sure whether any students were convinced to attend her swim meets, Bohn felt the overall reception was positive.

'I was kind of apprehensive at first, but everyone has been really nice and they seem real excited about the meatball sandwiches,' she said.

So far six athletes have participated in the promotion, with the most popular being senior guard Kelvin Kim of the basketball team, according to Grosse. Kim offered his recipe of Korean beef last month at Canyon Vista to diners in Earl Warren College.

'Kelvin Kim's was great,' Grosse said. 'There was a big line with people taking pictures.'

Because the project is relatively new 'mdash; it debuted second week of Winter Quarter 'mdash; Grosse said he hopes more publicity in the future will bring larger crowds.

Ideally, student interest in the dining hall promotions, which have started with hit-or-miss attendance, will eventually draw larger crowds to games and meets. In the meantime, friendly athletes will continue offering their recipes to anyone willing to try a taste.

Readers can contact Janani Sridharan at [email protected]

Women's volleyball concludes road trip

After spending nine of the last 11 matches on the road, the second-ranked UCSD women's volleyball team stumbled down the homestretch. After a tough loss last week, UCSD's second consecutive loss came at the hands of Cal State Los Angeles, which swept the Tritons, 3-0, on Oct. 22 before UCSD regrouped to beat Cal State Dominguez Hills in three straight games on Oct. 24.

Anna MacMurdo/Guardian file
On the road: The Triton women's volleyball team lost their second match in a row to Cal State L.A. on Oct. 22 but bounced back and swept CSUDH on Oct. 24.

The Tritons are now 18-4 overall and 12-3 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. This latest loss cost UCSD a chance to control its own destiny in the race for the conference title as the Tritons trail the nation's top team ‹ Cal State San Bernardino ‹ by two games in the loss column leading into their much-anticipated Oct. 31 clash at RIMAC Arena.

The Sept. 19 matchup between UCSD and the Golden Eagles of Cal State L.A. proved surprisingly easy for the Tritons as they needed just 85 minutes to take care of business. The rematch at Cal State L.A.'s Eagles Nest proved to be anything but a repeat.

Game one was close throughout, but the Golden Eagles reeled off runs at key times to keep the Tritons at bay. UCSD called a timeout, down 25-20 late in game one. After the Tritons closed the gap to three points, Cal State L.A. pulled away and grabbed the 30-23 victory.

Undaunted, UCSD responded well in game two and another tight game ensued. There were 12 ties throughout the game and the teams traded points all the way to the end. With the Tritons holding a one-point lead at 29-28, the Golden Eagles' Dione McCrea put down a kill to level the match at 29 apiece. UCSD then surrendered an ace to Cal State L.A., which did not waste its opportunity. The Golden Eagles closed the game with a block for the 31-29 win and a 2-0 lead.

Game three offered none of the drama of the previous two games as UCSD was hammered into submission by a Cal State L.A. team that was determined to finish the match as quickly as possible. The Golden Eagles hit an otherworldly .636 for the game with 15 kills and one error on 22 attempts. The Tritons, on the other hand, hit -.031 as a team with nine kills and 10 errors on 32 total attacks. Cal State L.A. won easily, 30-14, to complete the sweep.

The UCSD players were understandably upset by the way they finished the match.

""We played like we've never played before,"" said junior setter Teresa Ohta. ""We haven't played that badly since I've been here.""

Ohta led the Tritons with 41 assists, outside hitter Stacy Dunsmore picked up a team-high 12 digs and outside hitter Lindsay Crandell added 13 kills for UCSD.

Through the Tritons' long stretches on the road, several players have expressed frustration at the stresses building due to missed class time, but Ohta insists that was not an important factor in UCSD's recent struggles.

""A lot of people have had to take quizzes or tests on the road or are just studying all the time,"" she said. ""But it's always been my attitude that you don't think about all that stuff once you go in the gym.""

After the difficult loss to Cal State L.A., UCSD returned to the court two evenings later on Oct. 24 to face Cal State Dominguez Hills. Against the Toros, the Tritons found a way to express their frustrations in a positive manner.

After trailing early in the game, UCSD put together a 9-4 run to establish a cushion that they held for the remainder of the game, grabbing the 30-26 win. Game two was a laugher as the Tritons routed Cal State Dominguez Hills, 30-12. The third game held more of the same as UCSD rolled, 30-16.

The return of one of the Tritons' strongest players served to inspire UCSD and to help finish the road trip well.

""In the second game, Bonnie [Wilson] got a chance to play and she had so much energy balled up from the past couple weeks,"" Ohta said. ""That energy was contagious.""

Seeing her first significant action since she was sidelined by a stress fracture in her foot, Wilson contributed five kills on 11 attempts during the final two games. Middle blocker Kendra Canape led the team with 11 kills on the evening while hitting .667. Canape also shared the team-high in blocks with opposite Ashley Peterson as each player accumulated six. Another solid double-digit kill night for Dunsmore with 11, 35 assists for Ohta, and a team-leading eight digs by opposite Lauren Mills pushed the Tritons to victory.

Having put a stretch of difficult matches behind them, UCSD will return home on Oct. 30 without reprieve. The Tritons will face an always-tough Cal Poly Pomona squad in a rare Thursday night match before the long-awaited battle with Cal State San Bernardino on Oct. 31. Both matches begin at 7 p.m at RIMAC.

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Thursday 01/23/03

Tired of not finding satisfactory dance music? Well, Paul Oakenfold is the panacea for all of your dancing doldrums. The world-famous British DJ/remixer/producer will bring his violently popular house music to the On Broadway Event Center in the Gaslamp District for Super Bowl partiers and other dance-crazed fiends. Tickets will start at $25 and VIP packages are $60. For more information call (619) 969-7285.

Get ready to party like it's 1999. That's right, 5th Quarter at the Gaslamp is going to be packed with four stages from the local radio stations to meet everyone's tastes. Enjoy the best in rock/alternative at the 91X and RCA Fun Zone, or check out the Pepsi Rock Pavilion with KGB Rock and Rock 105.3 FM. If you're loyal to country, BOB 99.3 FM has its own stage, and for those who want to shake their money-makers, they can at the On Broadway Dance Zone hosted by Z90 and Channel 933 FM. Great bands like Rochelle, Rochelle and Ilya will be there, so you definitely can't miss it. The event is free.

Friday 01/24/03

If you're a sucker for Irish love songs or you just want to hear perhaps one of the most talented in all corners of the world, go see The Chieftains in concert at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. The group of six men started in 1963, and has since traveled the world and performed with more artists than Michael Jackson, including Loreena McKennit, Sinead O'Connor, Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones and many more. After 40 albums and five Grammy awards, these guys can still deliver. Tickets for their show start at $34. For information call (800) 988-4253.

Experimental and fun, the Mother Hips will play at Belly Up Tavern with Jack Pot and 5 Foot Tuesday. The Mother Hips has been labeled everything from Americana to alternative country, but has proven that it doesn't fit into any normal stereotypical labels. Instead, with a little more pop and a lot more innovation, Mother Hips play to evoke emotion, something that they will definitely do. The show starts at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $12. For more information call (858) 481-8140.

With their blues and folk music during the 1950s and '60s, Loudon Wainwright III, John Hammond, Tom Paxton and Mike Seeger took part in the urban folk music boom and fought against social injustice. Now they bring back pieces of the past with their Washington Square Memoirs concert in Price Center Theater. With humor and emotion, these men will bask in the nostalgia of days gone by for all fans of great music, talented singers and songwriters. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $25.

Saturday 01/25/03

For those who think life is a joke, Leftover Salmon is the band for you. The silly bluegrass jam band consists of five men who take life with a grain of salt, but who definitely know how to play some serious music. Playing at Belly Up Tavern at 9:15 p.m., these guys will leave you smiling and stomping your feet involuntarily. Tickets are a mere $15. For more information call (858) 481-9022.

Once the darlings of the grunge world, The Melvins (precursors to other grunge bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden) are back on the indie scene, but that doesn't daunt them. They will still perform their signature hits and then some at The Casbah at 8:30 p.m. Also playing is Altamont, so you can't miss this concert. Tickets are $12. For information call (619) 232-4355.

Sunday 01/26/03

Who can forget that Mitsubishi Eclipse commercial with the super-cool party people dancing in the car to ""Days Go By"" by Dirty Vegas? Well, now you can be just as cool, because Dirty Vegas will be playing at Club Montage at 9 p.m. And for $20, you can see these three young British dudes play their danceable house songs. Hey, you might be surprised and realize they're not as annoying as you thought they were. For more information call (619) 284-9590.

Tuesday 01/28/03

Put on your best dancin' boots, grab your beer and head on over to the Belly Up Tavern, where you can see Cowboy Mouth. In a rare blend of alternative country and rockabilly music, lead singer Fred LeBlanc and the rest of his band will have the crowd convulsing to their vibrant and enthusiastic tunes. For a live performance that won't be found anywhere else, you have to go! And don't worry, they've got country roots, but that's as far as it goes. For information call (858) 481-9022.

Wednesday 01/29/03

He may be known as Bob Dylan's son, but Jakob Dylan has talent that has to be recognized as his alone. Dylan and his band, The Wallflowers will play at 4th and B, where they will perform their latest and greatest. Warren Zane will also play. Tickets are $20 pre-sale and $22 at the door, but don't wait until the day of the concert or you might get left in the cold. Doors will open at 7 p.m. For information call (619) 231-4343.

What do you get when you mix avant-garde opera, punk attitude, occasional shrieks and bundles of charisma? The cult legend who embodies all of these qualities Is East Berlin-native Nina Hagen. With an extensive history in the 1970s punk scene, as well as in film projects throughout the years, Hagen has collected fans in every city she's visited, and guarantees to do the same when she performs at Canes Bar and Grill at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and for more information call (858) 488-1780.

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