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Medical school decides to do away with honors grades for first quarter

The UCSD Academic Senate voted to eliminate the honors designation from the first quarter of medical school in the core curriculum in an effort to ease the transition from undergraduate status and to relieve pressure on medical students. The honors grade will become available after the first quarter of the first year. “”The faculty put the proposition forward and consulted with students,”” said Director of Student Affairs Deborah Anderson. “”[The proposition] was sent to the Academic Senate for final approval.”” The previous grading system had been one in which the work of students in classes constituting the core curriculum and fourth-year clinical internships would be reported as honors, pass or fail. The proposal, which amended Regulation 503 of the school of medicine, was enacted because of the unique challenges associated with the first quarter of medical school. The Academic Senate said some first-year medical students are at a disadvantage, having taken only the required prerequisite science classes as an undergraduate, while other students completed many first-quarter medical classes before enrolling in the school of medicine. “”People take the summer program, which gives them an advantage,”” said second-year medical student Debbie Fraind. “”They just took the same course that’s offered during the regular school year.”” For them, first-quarter classes are a review; but for others they contain new material. The school of medicine hopes to encourage cooperation among its students, and the elimination of the honors designation would de-emphasize competition and allow students to “”acclimate to the new academic realities”” of medical school, according to the Jan. 29 “”Report of the Faculty of the School of Medicine.”” “”People who know more are going to be more likely to help people out and worry less about their own grades,”” said second-year medical student Alice Lin. Another concern was the increased class hours compared to those of undergraduates, which could lead to more stress with an honors grading scheme. Critics have argued that while in medical school, students should do their best regardless of how far along they are with their studies, Anderson said. ...

Faiths come together at dinner

About 130 members of the UCSD and San Diego communities attended the first event of the newly formed Unified Campus Coalition on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Lyon Liew Guardian The dinner titled “”A Religious Experience”” was sponsored by the Student Office for Human Relations. It presented student and featured speakers representing many religions, including Hinduism, Catholicism, Non-Denominational Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism, Islam, Mormonism, Baha’i and Protestant Christianity. For $5, participants were allowed to interact with one another during the dinner. Later, student speakers presented their thoughts on what it was like to be a student of faith. Saannand Seethe shared his thoughts about being a Sikh. He explained the significance of his turban as well as other aspects of his religion. Dana Chilton discussed his struggle being gay and Christian. He elaborated on being labeled too conservative to fit in with the homosexual community while being ostracized as too liberal for the Christian community. He also talked about how his love of God saved him from seriously considering suicide during his teen years. Following the student speakers was an intermission, when everyone was encouraged to eat and interact. Afterward student speakers joined featured speakers Father Mark Padre, Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort, Pasteur Kenneth Anderson and Ajay Shah for a question-and-answer session with the audience. The questions asked were first screened by the UCC to exclude any questions deemed too inflammatory. They ranged from what the distinctions were between each religion’s particular god, whether religious teachings should begin in elementary school, and the origins of evil. In response to the lack of certain groups from the panel, such as atheists and agnostics, co-chair of the UCC Nema Milaninia said every speaker was there on a voluntary basis and that time restraints prevented securing representation from every faith on campus. He said that for the UCC’s first event, he wanted to address a specific issue that he felt atheists or agnostics were not relevant to: religious conflict between organized religions. According to Milaninia, the UCC encourages people as ideologically diverse as possible to participate. In addition, he said future events would try to include any beliefs that may not have been represented in the first event. Some people in attendance questioned the effectiveness of UCC’s first event. Bettina Loh, a Roosevelt junior, said it was difficult organizing people on campus and was curious how successful the UCC would be in doing the same thing. “”I’m a Christian and it’s hard enough getting Christians together,”” Loh said. “”I’m wondering how they’re going to bring everyone together but hopefully it’ll work out.”” The organization was created late last year by Jewish student Brian Brook and Milaninia, a Muslim student, along with John Quenzer, a Christian. UCC formed in response to Anti-Zionism Week and later the events of Sept. 11, 2001. ...

Connerly, Moores team up on racial initiative

UC Regent Ward Connerly is behind an initiative that would ban state agencies, including the University of California, from collecting racial and ethnic data. The Racial Privacy Initiative, if passed, will enact an amendment to California’s state constitution that will effectively prohibit classifying “”any individual by race, ethnicity, color or national origin in the operation of public education, public contracting or public employment”” within the state of California, with limited exception. Connerly and the American Civil Rights Coalition authored the initiative. In the past, Connerly has been relatively successful in his crusade to eliminate affirmative action and racial classification in public agencies. RPI is the first initiative of its kind that would virtually phase out almost all racial classifications made by the state government. However, the initiative does exempt medical research, law enforcement, and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, all of which may continue to specify individuals by race “”lawfully.”” Kevin Nguyen, a spokesperson for the ACRC, said the initiative is a progressive step in race relations. “”It’s much more productive and unifying to end this arbitrary and artificial system of racial classification,”” Nguyen said. After serving on the UC Board of Regents for two years, Connerly authored Standing Policy 1 in 1995, the resolution that prohibited race to be a systematic basis for an applicant’s admission to the University of California. After SP-1’s passage in July 1995, Connerly chaired the California Civil Rights Initiative, which passed as Proposition 209 in November 1996. Proposition 209 banned any preferential treatment on the basis of race in the hiring and admission of individuals in local and state governments and schools. SP-1 was rescinded in May 2001, but Proposition 209 is still state law. Since the campaign for RPI was launched in April 2001, the UC Office of the President has not taken a position on the proposal. According to Hanan J. Eisenman, UCOP media coordinator of admissions, the voluntary questionnaire regarding the applicant’s ethnicity on the UC application is used to “”help identify trends in enrollment.”” Nguyen cites the university’s ongoing use of racial statistics as one of the factors that motivated Connerly to spearhead the initiative. “”What [Connerly] saw as a policy maker at UC was an obsession over racial classification, such as the check-boxes that continue to appear on admission applications,”” Nguyen said. Some student leaders at UCSD are not as positive about the initiative, which would no longer allow the monitoring of race in university admission and hiring practices. A.S. Vice President External Dylan de Kervor said that UCSD is statistically the least racially diverse campus in the UC system, and RPI would impede efforts to diversify the student body. “”Without information regarding the racial makeup of our campus, there is no way to tell how bad the situation really is,”” de Kervor said. “”It lets [the University of California] off the hook because there will be no clear way of telling how the problem is being solved if there is no racial data to work with.”” UCSD Conservative Union President Vince Vasquez is supportive of Connerly’s initiative. “”Our policies of education, employment and contracts should not delineate upon artificial, socially constructed notions of ‘racial background,'”” Vasquez said in a statement. Nguyen contends that classification of race is irrelevant, and that society should work toward tracking people along nonracial lines. RPI, he says, is a step in that direction. De Kervor disagrees, saying ignoring race will not end discrimination. “”Increasing diversity at UCSD is going to come by erasing racism, not race,”” de Kervor said. Connerly must attain 670,518 signatures by June 27 for the initiative to make the November 2002 ballot as a state proposition. Last week the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that fellow Regent John Moores held a fund-raiser for the initiative at his home in Rancho Santa Fe. Connerly appeared at the event. Moores, who is the majority owner of the San Diego Padres baseball club, donated $20 million to UCSD in 2000 for the construction of the Rebecca and John Moores Cancer Center. Phone calls left for Moores were not returned in time for publication. ...

Monty Montezuma gets a cultural face-lift at SDSU

San Diego State University’s Ambassador Montezuma replaced the school’s former mascot, Monty Montezuma, and made its debut at Rosa Parks Elementary School on Jan. 23. Photo courtesy of Daily Aztec In 1925, SDSU adopted the Aztec nickname. The Monty Montezuma mascot appeared in 1941, but last fall both the nickname and the mascot became a heated topic of campus debate. During the 2000-2001 school year, the Native American Student Alliance at SDSU criticized the representation of Aztecs and the Aztec emperor as the red-faced Monty Montezuma mascot dressed in a loin cloth, throwing spears and pumping up the crowd during halftime at football and basketball games. The group claimed that the logos, images and representations of Monty Montezuma were dehumanizing and degrading to indigenous cultures. In response to the complaints, SDSU President Stephen Weber decided that the university would continue its affiliation with the Aztec culture and Montezuma (the Aztec warrior and king in the 1500s). Weber appointed a student and alumni task force to investigate the issue. That task force recommended that the name “”Monty,”” the red-faced depictions of the Aztec emperor, and other Native American images be dropped from school logos. The task force also suggested that the updated school symbol be used to develop activities celebrating the Aztec culture. The effort to remove the demeaning representations of the former Monty Montezuma is in part due to the April 2001 statement of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights about the use of Native American images and nicknames as sports symbols. The statement said that “”the use of stereotypical images of Native Americans by educational institutions has the potential to create a racially hostile educational environment that may be intimidating to Indian students.”” The commission also stated that although symbols and images offensive to blacks have been eliminated since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Native-American nicknames and imagery continue to be used by many schools and professional sports teams, despite the fact that many members of the American Indian community feel the representations are a mockery of their religion and culture. American Indian leaders, groups and the commission said Native American representations in educational institutions are inaccurate distortions that perpetuate harmful stereotypes and encourage biases and prejudices against contemporary Indian people. While some argue that school mascots are a trivial matter, the commission maintains that “”the fight to eliminate Indian nicknames and images in sports is only one front of the larger battle to eliminate obstacles that confront American Indians.”” In the case of SDSU, the controversy about the Aztec nickname and mascot was the subject of discussion throughout San Diego. The student body voted to keep the Aztec nickname and Monty Montezuma as a mascot, but the University Senate voted to keep the nickname while altering the mascot. The final decision was made by Weber, who agreed that the Aztec name should be kept as a symbol of the values of strength, valor and intellectual achievement, but the mascot needed to be altered. Holly Poe Durbin, assistant professor of costume design in the SDSU theater department, along with Maria Butler, a lecturer for the SDSU Chicana/Chicano studies department, conducted research to develop the more respectable and authentic Ambassador Montezuma. The ambassador will now take on the function of education and outreach in SDSU’s effort to respect and celebrate the Aztec culture. Instead of running and cheering during halftime, the new ambassador will greet visitors at sporting events and educate the public about the Mexican Aztec culture, from the Mesoamerican traditions to the historical significance of the new $12,500 attire. SDSU is not the only San Diego educational institution to change its mascot in response to the U.S. Commission on Civil Right’s statement. Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, Calif. recently changed its mascot from the Apache to the Jaguar, but with less controversy than SDSU. ...

Success came in San Diego, now Ralph Rubio gives back

Ralph Rubio is not a household name like other restaurant founders Dave Thomas and Colonel Sanders. But the San Diego success story behind Rubio’s famous fish tacos is interesting indeed. While attending San Diego State University in the 1970s, Rubio was an indecisive college student debating what to do with his life. One thing, though, was clear. “”I always knew I wanted to own my own business,”” Rubio said. He knew that most new businesses fail, so Rubio needed something to fall back on. “”I thought I would really enjoy teaching,”” Rubio said. He majored in liberal studies, and enjoyed psychology and Spanish classes. Rubio never had to fall back on that teaching career — although his minor in Spanish has probably come in handy. The idea for Rubio’s Baja Grill came from weekend road trips and spring breaks spent in the Mexican fishing village of San Felipe. It was on the beaches of San Felipe that Rubio saw “”tons of fish taco stands.”” Over the course of his trips, Rubio said that “”all these gringos like myself”” were chowing down on the Baja specialty. In 1983, with his father’s help, Rubio took over an old Orange Julius stand in Pacific Beach and started serving everything from french fries to calamari and, of course, fish tacos. “”We were winging it,”” Rubio said. “”Sales were very low. It took about two years to build the business through word of mouth.”” However, Rubio was able to open his second location on College Avenue soon after. Rubio’s has grown significantly since it opened in PB. There are now 136 Rubio’s restaurants in five states. His most successful San Diego restaurant is the one on La Jolla Village Drive. It is this success and the success of Rubio’s branches at UCLA and SDSU that prompted Rubio’s to open a branch in the Price Center. Among the 136 stores, one Rubio’s storefront stands out: The Cabo Cafe. It is a unique incarnation of Rubio’s Baja Grill, located on the campus of Monarch High School at 808 W. Cedar St. in downtown San Diego. Monarch High School, which enrolls homeless and at-risk teens, was founded by San Diego teacher Sandra McBrayer in 1988. Serving between 60 and 75 homeless teen-agers at one time, Monarch High is a way out and a way up for many of the 1,500 kids who call San Diego’s streets home. Rubio said the Cabo Cafe, which opened in October 2001, was “”an idea I carried around with me for the longest time.”” The Cabo Cafe is a fully functioning restaurant and all proceeds help fund Monarch High School’s programs. However, the cafe also provides job training and entrepreneurial skills to the five Monarch students who work there. The students are selected by their teachers, but once they are hired, they are treated as regular employees. “”I have to treat it like a normal job for them,”” said Cabo Cafe general manager Stacey Coughlin. Coughlin also explained that working at the Cabo Cafe is meant to be a learning experience where creativity and imagination are used more often than in a typical Rubio’s branch. As a former San Diego surfer who once only dreamed about owning his own restaurant, Rubio’s business know-how has been homegrown. Rubio said there are six things that are crucial to starting a successful business: “”You have to have a great idea, you have to have passion and commitment, you have to have capital. Have some experience, surround yourself with smart people,”” and most importantly, “”build your business with integrity.”” It is advice he offers to his employees at Monarch High and to anyone looking to start a successful business. While Rubio has recently spoken in radio advertisements for Rubio’s, he shies away from becoming larger-than-life. “”I always swore I would never be in the advertising,”” Rubio said. At the urging of his advertising team, he eventually caved — a little. While you may hear Rubio’s voice on your radio sometime soon, he’s still a long way from giving Colonel Sanders a run for his money. ...

Turning trash to treasure

When UCSD students toss that glass bottle and old flyer into a blue tub or round plastic bin, they may think it’s no big deal: They just like that they don’t have to carry that trash around anymore. Pat Leung Guardian But consider what resulted from people keeping some of their waste out of the trash can over the last 10 years: Carbon dioxide emissions were reduced by over 140 million tons. Enough energy was conserved to supply all of the energy needs for every home in California for 18 months. More than 600 million trees were saved. About 34,000 jobs were created and contributed over $1.6 billion to California’s economy. How did all these things happen? People recycled. Recycling happens every day at UCSD. According to Krista Henkels, who is in charge of trash at UCSD Recycle, the campus recycles about 40 percent of the waste it produces. Recycling bins for aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles can be found all over campus, and are becoming as common as garbage cans. Henkels said that students are taking advantage of these and are even requesting that more of them become available. Campus picnic tables are made from recycled content. Even some of our decks are made from recycled plastic lumber. However, despite the efforts many are putting into recycling, Henkels said more can still be done. Half of the trash from lecture halls is paper, which can easily be recycled. There are also many bottles and cans found in the trash in the Price Center. Although residence halls and campus apartments have recycling bins right outside, students have complained that it is inconvenient to use them. They note that it’s nice to have them there, but say the only people who use them are those who are strongly committed to helping the environment. Everyone else would rather just throw their recyclables into the trash, if it means they won’t have to walk out to the recycling bins. The same holds true for other parts of campus as well. People simply find it easier to throw things in the trash because they don’t want to wait until they find a recycling bin. However, UCSD practices also help reduce air pollution caused by hazardous chemicals. ChemCycle is the campus’ chemical reuse program, which accepts donations of hazardous waste from all over campus. Every day, chemical waste is generated in research, administration and facility maintenance. Each year, almost 322,000 pounds of chemical waste is produced at UCSD. About 100,000 pounds gets recycled. Waste is recycled and reused in several ways. For example, various parts of fluorescent light tubes can be recycled. The mercury is removed and redistilled. The aluminum, brass and copper ends of the bulbs are removed and resmeltered. The glass is reused as fiberglass felt. Oils are usually sent to a refinery and redistilled into high-grade oils. Batteries are always recycled for the metal contained in them. Some paints are sent to be liquefied so they can be used as paint again. Metals, such as silver, lead and copper, are sent away to be reused. Computer monitors are recycled for their metals. In the past, many universities have been cited by the Environmental Protection Agency for keeping dangerous waste. Some were fined hundreds of thousands of dollars because they could not manage their waste safely. Recently, every campus in the UC system had to perform a self-audit to uncover problems with its hazardous waste. Results will soon be sent to the EPA. UCSD’s audit did not uncover any major problems with its hazardous waste accumulation areas. According to Clark Martin, manager of the Environmental Management Facility, about 80 percent of the violations discovered in the audit were problems with labeling, an area thoroughly regulated by federal law. Unlike some universities, UCSD has never been fined for hazardous waste problems. According to its environmental policy, UCSD wants to ensure that all activities on campus are done in a healthy, safe and environmentally friendly manner. Its ultimate goal is to not have any environmental compliance violations and it wants every part of campus to do its part in achieving this goal. Many opportunities exist for students to go green. “”Precycle”” mugs can be purchased at various campus food spots. These mugs are reusable, reduce the amount of waste that goes into the garbage, and save money, since most merchants give discounts for refilling them. Recycled items are available at the UCSD Bookstore, the General Store, and other campus retailers. A lot of their paper products, binders, greeting cards, pens and T-shirts are made from recycled content. Advocates of recycling hope that students will take advantage of these simple chances — from buying recycled to holding onto that soda can just a little longer in order to put it in a recycling bin instead of the trash — to reduce the amount of waste that UCSD produces. ...

Lights & Sirens

Sunday, Jan. 20 1:32 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a silver 1989 Nissan Sentra in Lot 502. Loss $8. 2:40 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a black 1997 Honda Accord in Lot 357. Loss $2,630. Monday, Jan. 21 3:54 p.m.: Officers arrested a 19-year-old male nonaffiliate at Discovery Way for possessing a false driver’s license. Tuesday, Jan. 22 8:40 a.m.: A staff member reported vandalism at Cellular and Molecular Medicine West. Damage unknown. 9:11 a.m.: A staff member reported the theft of a computer from Engineering Building Unit 1. Loss $2,872. 9:31 a.m.: A staff member reported the theft of credit cards from the Preuss School office. 11:25 a.m.: A staff member reported a threatening phone call at Stein Clinical Research. 7:57 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a gray 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee from Lot 208. Loss $5,000. 10:07 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a cellular phone from the UCSD Bookstore. Loss $35. Wednesday, Jan. 23 3:44 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a yellow Giant mountain bike from the Meteor Hall lounge. Loss: $300. Thursday, Jan. 24 9:24 a.m.: A student reported burglary to silver Toyota Tercel in Lot 454. Loss $1,000. 2:11 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a multicolored Raleigh mountain bike from the Pepper Canyon racks. Loss: $220. 2:50 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a wallet from the Basic Science Building. Loss $480. 4:32 p.m.: A student reported theft of a backpack from the Biomedical Library. Loss $165. Friday, Jan. 25 2:49 a.m.: Officers detained a 19-year-old male student for being drunk in public at the Pangea Parking Structure. Transported to detox. 4:37 p.m.: A staff member reported the theft of laboratory equipment from the Basic Science Building. Loss $5,920. 7:15 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a purse at Giesel Library. Loss $77. Saturday, Jan. 26 2:15 a.m.: Officers detained an 18-year-old male student at Villa La Jolla Drive and La Jolla Village Drive for being drunk in public. Transported to detox. 3:20 a.m.: Officers detained a 26-year-old graduate male student at the Mesa Apartments for being a danger to himself and others. Transported to North Central Mental Health Center. –Compiled by Geoff Dietrich News Editor ...

Lights & Sirens

Sunday, Jan. 13. 6:20 p.m.: A student reported assault with a deadly weapon at Douglas Hall at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. 8:23 a.m.: A staff member reported theft of computer equipment from an office in Engineering Building, Unit One. 11:02 a.m.: A staff member reported theft of a computer from an office in the VA Medical Center. Loss: $2,000. 12:20 p.m.: A staff member reported loss of a cellular phone. 12:24 p.m.: A staff member reported burglary to an office in Pacific Hall. Loss: $500. 2:37 p.m.: A student reported theft of jewelry from the Spanos Facility. Loss: $1,000. Tuesday, Jan. 15. 8:39 a.m.: A staff member reported verbal threats at Thornton Hospital Emergency Room. 9:07 a.m.: Officer makes report concerning counterfeit money at Oceanview Terrace on Jan. 9. 1:09 p.m.: Officer makes report concerning obscene e-mail at Center Hall. Wednesday, Jan. 16. 4:45 a.m.: Police towed a green 1996 Toyota Tercel from Lot 402 for having more than five unpaid parking citations. Stored at Star Towing. 9:28 a.m.: A 34-year-old male nonaffiliate was ordered off campus for seven days after creating a disturbance at Urey Hall. 12:30 p.m.: A staff member reported vandalism at Main Gym women’s restroom. 3:30 p.m.: A volunteer reported burglary at the International Center and Friends of the International Center office. Loss: $40. 7:16 p.m.: A student reported the burglary to a black Ford Expedition. Loss: $250. 11:00 p.m.: Police arrested a 19-year-old male nonaffiliate for possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. Transported to Central Jail. Thursday, Jan. 17. 4:53 p.m.: A student reported the burglary of a white 2001 Ford Pickup in Lot 102. Loss: $250. 7:05 p.m.: A student reported theft of motorcycle accessories from Lot 208. Loss: $1,050. Friday, Jan. 18. 12:28 p.m.: A student reported fraudulent use of access card at an unknown location. Loss $550. 10:00 p.m.: A 20-year-old student suffered a head injury while playing basketball at Warren Apartments. Transported to Thornton Hospital by paramedics. 11:42 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a red 1993 Ford Ranger. Loss: $430. 11:42 p.m.: Police detained a 19-year-old male student at Marshall Apartments for being drunk in public. Transported to detox. Saturday, Jan. 19. 12:35 a.m.: Police detained an 18-year-old female student at Argo Hall for being drunk in public. Transported to detox. 1:00 a.m.: Police detained an 18-year-old male student at Marshall Apartments for being drunk in public. Transported to detox. 7:39 a.m.: A student reported burglary to a white 1997 Ford F-150 in lot 208. No loss. 7:41 a.m.: Authorities towed a silver 1992 Ford Taurus from Osler Lane for being a traffic hazard. Stored at Star Towing. 10:55 a.m.: Police arrested a 23-year-old male nonaffiliate at the Torrey Pines Glider Port for an outstanding felony warrant for burglary in Colorado. Transported to Central Jail. 11:55 a.m.: Police impounded a white 1985 Suzuki Swift from the Pangea Parking Structure due to an expired registration. Stored at Star Towing. Sunday, Jan. 20. 2:22 a.m.: Police detained an 18-year-old male student in Lot 304 for being drunk in public. Transported to detox. 1:32 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a silver 1989 Nissan Sentra in Lot 502. Loss: $8. 2:40 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a black 1991 Honda Accord in Lot 357. Loss: $2,630. Monday, Jan. 21. 1:34 a.m.: An officer responded to a complaint of a stolen golf cart from Warren Student Activities Center. — Compiled by Steve Lehtonen Editorial Assistant ...

Lights & Sirens

Sunday, Jan. 6 12:47 a.m.: Officers arrested a 27-year-old nonaffiliate at North Torrey Pines Road for an outstanding warrant. Booked into County Jail. Monday, Jan. 7 12:47 a.m.: Police detained a 21-year-old male nonaffiliate in Lot 103 for being drunk in public. Transported to detox. 11:32 a.m.: A student reported the theft of a cellular phone and charger from Tioga Hall. Loss: $95. 8:51 p.m.: A student reported vandalism to a white 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass in Lot 208. Loss: $500. Tuesday, Jan. 8 11:50 a.m.: A student reported burglary to a green 1993 Mitsubishi Eclipse. Loss: $500. 1:01 p.m.: A student reported theft of a vehicle’s wheels in Lot 102. Loss: $650. 7:50 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a DVD player from Challenger Hall, 4th floor. Loss: $300. Wednesday, Jan. 9 11:02 a.m.: An officer reported unusual phone calls at the Shiley Eye Center. 11:03 a.m.: A male nonaffiliate reported the theft of an access card from Engineering Building Unit 3B construction site. No monetary loss. 11:46 a.m.: A student reported the theft of an outdoor umbrella from the Student Center. Loss: $100. 12 a.m.: A staff member reported theft of lab equipment from Basic Science Building, Rm. 5091, Suite C. Loss: $600. 11:10 p.m.: A staff member reported the theft of a sign from RIMAC. Loss: $200. Thursday, Jan. 10 12:33 a.m.: Police detained a 19-year-old male student for being drunk in public. Transported to detox. 2: 45 a.m.: Police detained a 19-year-old female student at the Warren shuttle stop for being drunk in public. Transported to detox. 10:34 a.m.: A student reported theft of jewelry from a RIMAC locker. Loss: $565. 10:57 a.m.: A 24-year-old male nonaffiliate reported battery at the Engineering Building Unit 3B construction site. 11:26 p.m.: Police arrested an 18-year-old male nonaffiliate for being a minor in possession of alcohol in Lot 208. Cited and released. Friday, Jan. 11 1:44 a.m.: Police detained a 16-year-old male nonaffiliate and a 15-year-old female nonaffiliate at Torrey Pines Glider Port for curfew violation. Released to parents at police station. 11:15 a.m.: A student reported the theft of a television from Engineering Building Unit 2, Room B39. Loss: $500. 3:10 p.m.: A staff member reported the theft of a cell phone from IMG2. Loss: $150. 3:12 p.m.: A student reported theft of a red and white Pacific B21 mountain bike from the west side of Challenger Hall. Loss: $200. Saturday, Jan. 12 3:14 a.m.: Police detained a 19-year-old male student for being drunk in public at the Marshall residence halls. Transported to detox. 11:46 a.m.: A student reported burglary to a white 1995 Ford Contour in Lot 102. Loss: $230. 11:44 p.m.: Police arrested an 18-year-old male nonaffiliate at the Price Center for possession of marijuana. Cited and released. — Compiled by Steve Lehtonen Senior Staff Writer ...

Lights & Sirens

Sunday, Nov. 25 9:54 a.m.: Police arrested a 51-year-old nonaffiliate at Gilman Drive and Myers Drive for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for drunk driving and failure to appear. Transported to Central Jail. Bail: $5,000.00. Monday, Nov. 26 12:56 p.m.: Staff member reported the theft of aluminum cans from the recycle bins. Loss: $650.00. 2:37 p.m.: Police arrested a 23-year-old male student in Lot 302 for misuse of a handicapped placard. Tuesday, Nov. 27 6:10 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a black 1998 Ford Ranger in Lot 357. Loss: $1,075.00. 6:30 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a white 1991 Honda Accord in lot 357. Loss: $670.00. 8:50 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a red Volkswagen Jetta in the Pangea Parking Structure. Loss: $75.00 10:10 p.m.: Police impounded a white 1989 Ford Escort in Lot 309 for driver being unlicensed. Stored at Star Towing. Wednesday, Nov. 28 10:00 a.m.: A staff member reported a burglary at H&SS Rm. 1133. Loss: $1,500.00. 3:05 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a black Honda Civic in Pangea Parking Structure. Loss: $800.00. 10:00 p.m.: A staff member reported burglary to a white 1991 Toyota. Loss: $200.00. Friday, Nov. 30 11:15 a.m.: Police arrested a 52-year-old staff member at the police station for an outstanding no-bail felony warrant for lewd acts with a child under 14 years and annoying or molesting a minor. Transported to Central Jail. Saturday, Dec. 1 2:07 a.m.: Police arrested an 18-year-old male student for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana at Oceania Hall. Cited and released. Monday, Dec. 3 12:54 a.m.: Police arrested two 19-year-old male students for burglary to a coffee cart on the west side of RIMAC. Transported to Central Jail. 12:54 a.m.: Police detained a 19-year-old student for burglary to a coffee cart on the west side of RIMAC. Released due to lack of involvement. Wednesday, Dec. 5 10:27 p.m.: Police arrested two 19-year-old male nonaffiliates for minor in possession of alcohol on Equality Lane. Cited and released. Saturday, Dec. 8 12:09 a.m.: Police arrested a 19-year-old male for minor in possession of alcohol. Cited and released. 1:30 a.m.: Police detained an 18-year-old male at Justice Lane and Voight Drive for being drunk in public. Transported to detox. 2:11 a.m.: Police detained a 17-year-old male nonaffiliate at the Price Center for being drunk in public and curfew violation. Released to guardian. Sunday, Dec. 9 2:48 a.m.: Police arrested a 29-year-old male nonaffiliate at John Hopkins Drive and North Torrey Pines Road for driving under the influence of alcohol. Transported to Central Jail. 8:00 a.m.: Police detained a 39-year-old male nonaffiliate at 3700 La Jolla Village Dr. for being drunk in public. Transported to detox. Monday, Dec. 10 10:09 p.m.: Police arrested a 41-year-old nonaffiliate for an outstanding warrant for parole violation, possession of burglary tools, delaying a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance and possession of narcotics paraphernalia at Pepper Canyon Apartments. Booked into Central Jail. No bail. Saturday, Dec. 15 Police arrested an 18-year-old male nonaffiliate for urinating in public at Pepper Canyon Apartments. Cited and released. Monday, Dec. 17 9:27 a.m.: A staff member reported vandalism at Birch Aquarium. Damage: $5,000.00. Thursday, Dec. 20 1:30 p.m.: Police arrested a 20-year-old male student at the UCSD Bookstore for theft. Cited and released. Thursday, Dec. 27 6:11 a.m.: Police units and San Diego Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire in Lot 504. Physical Plant Services and Fire Marshal notified. 10:01 a.m.: Staff member reported theft of a camera from Perlman second floor. Loss: $100. 6:00 p.m.: Hit and run accident reported in Lot 401. Damage to 1987 Volkswagen Cabriolet. Friday, Dec. 28 12:17 a.m.: Officers arrested 24-year-old male nonaffiliate on La Jolla Shores Drive for driving under the influence of alcohol. Driver transported to Central Jail. 2:08 a.m.: Officers detained a 23-year-old male nonaffiliate in Lot 206 for being drunk in public. Transported to detox. 4:24 p.m.: Officers recovered reportedly stolen 2002 Pontiac Grand Am in Lot 104. Stored at Star Towing. Saturday, Dec. 29 9:05 a.m.: Officers arrested a 29-year-old male staff member at the UCSD police station for auto theft and possession of a stolen vehicle. Transported to Central Jail. 12:45 p.m.: Student reported the burglary of a black 1992 Toyota Tacoma on the fourth floor of the Gilman Parking Structure. Loss: $190. Sunday, Dec. 30 4:24 p.m.: Graduate student reported theft of a backpack from EBU 1. Loss: $220. Tuesday, Jan. 1 2:45 p.m.: Student reported indecent exposure at Hubbs Hall. Thursday, Jan. 2 10:00 a.m.: Staff member reported the theft of lab equipment from the second floor of CMM West. Loss: $1,000. 3:45 p.m.: Officers towed a white 1990 Ford Taurus from Lot 753 for having more than five unpaid parking citations. Stored at Star Towing. 11:18 p.m.: Student reported burglary to a green 1995 Honda Accord in the Gilman Parking Structure. Loss: $130. Friday, Jan. 3 9:00 a.m.: Staff member reported the theft of vehicle parts in Lot 207. Loss: $350. 3:32 p.m.: Staff member reported the theft of an audio mixing board from Mandevelle B208. Loss: $450. 10:34 p.m.: Student reported the theft of a car stereo from Lot 208. Loss: $200. — Compiled by News Editor Geoff Dietrich and Staff Writer Steve Lehtonen ...