Amnesty International, UCSD's chapter included, launched the Campaign Against Torture on Oct. 18.
Amnesty International was founded at UCSD in 1988 and works to raise awareness about human rights issues on campus and in the community. It also instigates campaigns fighting against human rights and political issues through activities such as letter writing, lectures, films and concerts.
The organization-wide goals for the Campaign Against Torture are to undertake special joint-action strategies in 21 countries to fight against torture and ill treatment, to require torturers to be held accountable for their actions and be brought to justice in their own countries or elsewhere, to encourage training for police and security forces in proper, humane interrogation techniques, to end the global trade of torture equipment, to confront violence against women that falls under the heading of torture, to lobby for the United Nations to take action against torture at the World Conference on Racism, to expose and end torture inflicted on children, and to challenge governments to implement the U.N. Convention Against Torture.
UCSD's chapter plans to take action to support the campaign over the course of the next two years. Events have so far included a joint press conference at Border Field State Park, organized by chapters of Amnesty in San Diego and Tijuana.
After the press conference, an artist reception in Tijuana unveiled an exhibit of paintings by women painters of the area done especially for the campaign.
Amnesty at UCSD is currently attempting to have these paintings shown again on campus, and to have the UCSD Art Gallery feature a series of photographs documenting crimes of human rights during the regime of Chilean dictator Agusto Pinochet.
The gallery normally books exhibits over a year and a half in advance, but this exhibit may find a place if another falls through.
In addition, Amnesty at UCSD is aiming to have one speaker per quarter throughout the campaign.
Possible speakers include professors from UCSD, the University of San Diego and San Diego State University, or individuals from organizations such as the San Diego-based Survivors of Torture International, which provides medical and psychological assistance for survivors of torture worldwide. The organization can be contacted at (619) 582-9018.
Dec. 10 will be a day to focus on Children and Torture, and March 8, International Women's Day, will have an emphasis on women and torture.
During the month of June, which is Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender Pride Month, the campaign will highlight torture aimed at such persons. The National Week of Student Action will occur April 1 through April 8.
UCSD Bioengineer to Receive Medal
The White House announced Monday that Yuan-Cheng Fung, a professor emeritus at UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering will receive the nation's highest scientific honor, the President's National Medal of Science.
Fung will receive the honor at an awards dinner scheduled for Dec. 1 in Washington.
Fung is one of 12 nominees chosen this year for their contributions in social policy, neuroscience, biology, chemistry, bioengineering, mathematics, physics, and earth and environmental sciences. Fung is the first bioengineer to receive the award since its inception in 1959. He is also the only engineer in among this year's honorees. UCSD now claims five recipients of the prestigious award.
Fung has worked at UCSD since 1966 when he initiated bachelor's, master's, and doctorate programs in bioengineering. During his tenure at UCSD, he shaped the department which was ranked third in the 2000 U.S. News & World Report survey of graduate programs.
Scripps Diving Officer Inducted into Scuba Diving Hall of Fame
James R. Stewart, diving officer emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, has been named one of the initial inductees into the National Association of Underwater Instructors Hall of Honor.
Stewart will receive the honor at a special awards ceremony to be held during NAUI's 40th Anniversary Reunion Nov. 10 through Nov. 12 in Houston.
Stewart is among 21 scuba divers who were awarded the same honor for their volunteer and pioneering contributions in the field.
Stewart has worked with Scripps since 1952 and worked as a diving officer from 1960 until his retirement in 1991. Among his notable endeavors at Scripps are his kelp bed field projects, shipboard projects that led to the collection of data for the University of California, his commitment to training scientists, and his research diving in the Arctic and Antarctic oceans with the National Science Foundation's Division of Polar Programs
UCSD to Welcome Holiday Craft Sale
The Craft Center at UCSD will be holding its annual holiday sale featuring ceramics, blown glass and jewelry Dec. 5 through Dec. 7 at the Crafts Center.
Ceramic items will include both functional pieces such as plates, bowls and vases, as well as abstract forms.
Items for sale include projects completed by UCSD faculty members, students and independent artists. More than 40 artists will be represented.
The sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Crafts Center is located on the Revelle campus off Eucalyptus Grove Lane.
UC Cooperative Farmers Receive Outstanding Educator Award
Fresno County UC Cooperative Farm Small-Scale Farm advisor Richard Molinar and his assistant Michael Yang have received the UC Small Farm Programs' 2000 Pedro llic Agriculture Award for outstanding educators.
Molinar and Yang have worked together to serve Fresno County's small farms, focusing on the needs of Southeast Asians, African American and Hispanic farmers who make up almost half of the county's producers.
Both Molinar and Yang do research in collaboration with the UC Kearney Agricultural Center. They are also working with UC integrated pest management plant pathologist James Stapleton to study and promote the use of soil solarization as an environmentally safe method of preparing soil for planting without the use of harsh chemicals.
Thursday, Nov. 16
Performing Arts: Euripides' ""Medea""
The UCSD Theater and Dance Department will sponsor the performance that will take place at the Mandell Weiss Forum at 8 p.m. The event is open to the public. General admission is $12, and student admission is $6. For more information, call (858) 534-4574.
Celebration: The Great American Smokeout
Student Health Advocates will sponsor an event to raise awareness about the financial and health benefits of quitting smoking in honor of the nationally recognized ""Great American Smokeout."" Students can play Tobacco Jeopardy and win prizes. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Price Center Plaza. For more information, call (858) 534-2419.
Film: ""Hollow Man""
The University Centers will sponsor the viewing. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. at the Price Center Theater. Admission is $2.Performing Arts: Regina Carter
Regina Carter, an innovative, versatile jazz violinist will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Mandeville Center. The University Events Office will sponsor the event which is open to the public. General admission is $20 and student admission is $15. For more information, call (858) 534-4119.
Saturday, Nov. 18
Performance: APSA's Sixth Annual Talent Show
The Asian and Pacific-Islander Student Alliance will sponsor the event which will take place at 7 p.m. in the Price Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (858) 534-2048.
Sunday, Nov. 19
Music: Lisa Needs Braces
The musical group Lisa Needs Braces will perform at Espresso Roma at 8 p.m. in the Price Center. The University Centers will sponsor the event which is free and open to the public. For more information, call (858) 534-4022.
Tuesday, Nov. 21
Lecture: Natalie J. Ring: ""The Not so New South: Regional Metaphors of Disease and Infection""
The history department will sponsor the lecture as part of its brown bag lunch series. The talk will take place at noon in room 6008 of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (858) 534-1996.
Film: ""The Cell""
Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn star in this film which will show at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the Price Center Theater. The University Centers will sponsor the film. Admission is $2.
Students and faculty of the Campus Life Referendum Committee held their fourth meeting in a series to discuss the proposal of a new campus legislation that could cost each student over $230 a year.
Student athletes filled the meeting on Monday to show support for the referendum. The proposed referendum will increase funds for the UCSD athletic programs and other student organizations and facilities.
Members from track and field, women's volleyball, baseball and softball teams addressed the committee about their need for support in funds.
""The increased funds will not be to expand the athletic programs, but to merely maintain the programs at the current size,"" said track and field athlete Matt Deford. ""The athletic program is a representative of the school as a whole.""
Baseball team representative Chad Addison warned those in attendance of the dismal future of UCSD sports without the necessary funds.
""Without this referendum, we will have to cut the athletic programs from 23 to 21 or 19,"" Addison said. ""This will give an unequal experience to the incoming freshmen.""
According to Addison, the referendum benefits all students as well as those affiliated with Division II athletics.
""When I work out in RIMAC, I see all students, not just athletes,"" Addison said. ""RIMAC facilities will be improved, as well as more funds for intramural sports.""
Student athletes also highlighted the recent advance to the NCAA Division II status. Senior volleyball player Leslie Penalie cited increasing school spirit as a reason for the legislation.
""Eighty percent of the students voted to move this school into Division II,"" Punelli said. ""This referendum is needed to bring national championships to UCSD.""
Along with the proposed funds for the athletics department, the proposed referendum will increase funds for the Women's Center, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Office, Cross Cultural Center, the sixth and seventh colleges, various student government groups and organizations, university events, and study lounges.
Funds would be allotted to further expand the Price Center to counteract the school's strong undergraduate growth.
The Grove Cafe is also set to bring in new seating through this referendum.
If passed, the proposed referendum would raise the costs of student fees by $67.96 per quarter., If the referendum is not passed, all student programs will be forced to take cuts in their budget.
The Campus Life Referendum Committee is currently working to hash out the logistics of the referendum itself. A.S. representative Lana Kreidie spoke to help the committee in drafting its final referendum. Kreidie urged the committee to ""think critically when transitioning from the planning of the referendum to the implementation.""
Kreidie emphasized the importance of the study lounges and new places where students and faculty can work side-by-side.
Splinter debates were triggered during the public input period. A.S. Vice President External Eugene Mahmoud addressed the group, saying that the UC Board of Regents should increase its economic support for student affairs.
Mahmoud told the committee that students were meeting on Wednesday and Thursday at the regents meeting at UCLA to ask for an increase of student funds from the present $6 million to $30 million. These amounts would be divided equally among the respective UC schools.
Assuming the committee comes to an agreement on the legislation, the UCSD referendum will be put to an all-campus vote during Winter 2001.
UCSD technical employees have taken the first steps toward authorizing a strike.
The University Professional and Technical Employees voted to request a strike sanction from the San Diego Labor Council, the union announced last week.
After months of bargaining, the union said it still lacks a fair contract with the University of California.
³We¹re upset because our pay rates are not up to par with outside companies,² said Carolan Buckmaster, president of San Diego¹s UPTE division. ³People are leaving in droves.²
Michael Melman, employee/labor relations director at UCSD, said the problems are and should be worked out at the bargaining table.
³The university conducts negotiations in good faith with all of its labor unions,² he said. ³The university is interested in reaching settlements promptly.
Buckmaster said the high turnover of university technical employees could diminish the quality of research at UCSD.
³I don¹t see how the university can keep its status with an ever-increasing turnover of research staff,² she said. ³This is one of our major concerns.²
She added that the vote does not necessarily mean the union will strike. If the union decides to strike, she said it could take place as soon as three weeks from now.
Buckmaster said that while a strike would not affect most students, it may affect some with lab classes that require a technician.
In response to the recent deterioration of peace talks in the Middle East, a candlelight vigil for peace was held at the Price Center Monday night.
The vigil was the first event of its kind sponsored by the San Diego Visual Peace Action Committee.
""The purpose of this vigil is two-fold,"" said Diego Chojkier, founder and head of SANDIPAC. ""We want to stop the negative attitudes here on campus toward the conflict in Israel, and we want to gear people's minds toward peace there.""
The vigil primarily concentrated on Christians, Jews and Muslims, the three major religious groups involved in the Mid-East struggle, although people of every religious affiliation were invited to attend.
Participants met at Muir college and were given candles to light and be carried on a procession through campus.
Upon arrival at the Price Center, Chojkier said a few opening words. Students and others were then invited to speak their minds on the conflict in Israel, but were asked to omit any personal suggestions for a solution.
Father Cassian Lewinski, a priest from the UCSD Catholic Community and currently in his third year on campus, led the speakers with a prayer for peace in the Middle East. During the vigil, he simplified the focus of the evening.
""We're just here to show our support for peace,"" he said.
Rabbi Lisa Goldstein, a representative from Hillel, the foundation for Jewish campus life, also led a prayer, this time for peace all over the world. She also reflected upon the impact of the Middle East's situation on UCSD.
""There's been anger on campus at what's happening [in the Middle East] and people have been venting it toward each other,"" Goldstein said. ""It's important to understand that what happens there happens there, but here is our own world. We don't need to involve ourselves in the politics of the Middle East struggle; we just need to share in the pain of it.""
The event seemed to be well received by those who attended.
""We are all in the midst of our own lives in school,"" student Kelly Seal said. ""But there is life outside of school. An event like this one puts many things into perspective, and people start to realize that the suffering [in the Middle East] won't stop until we address it.""
No Islamic group attended the vigil.
""I'm disappointed that not all communities were represented tonight,"" senior Rachel Fleiner said. ""It would have been a significant statement if some of the Arab community had shown up, but then again, it might have created more tension.""
Chojkier seemed pleased and spoke with confidence about the vigil.
""I'm happy people committed to the cause, and the speakers spoke really well,"" Chojkier said. ""This event will definitely be a springboard for further events and action.""
Lights & Sirens is a selection of entries compiled from the log book of the UCSD Police Department. UCSD crime statistics can be attained by all persons from the Police Department or at http://police.ucsd.edu
Sunday, Nov. 5
10:39 a.m.: A 34-year-old graduate student suffered a dislocated shoulder while playing football at RIMAC field. Transported to Thornton Hospital by a friend.
5:30 p.m.: A nonaffiliate reported burglary to a silver '94 Buick in Lot 102. Loss: $280.
9:30 p.m.: A 21-year-old male nonaffiliate was ordered off campus for seven days after creating a disturbance at RIMAC.
11:22 p.m.: Officers arrested an 18-year-old male nonaffiliate at 3200 La Jolla Village Drive for an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court for driving with a suspended license. Transported to Central Jail. Bail: $5,000.
Monday, Nov. 6
9:22 p.m.: Officers transported a 26-year-old male nonaffiliate to Scripps Memorial Hospital. Subject was later pronounced dead. Coroner notified.
Tuesday, Nov. 7
11:07 a.m.: A student reported burglary to a burgundy '86 Honda Accord in Lot 020. Loss: $200.
6:58 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a wallet from Geisel Library. Loss: $355.
Wednesday, Nov. 8
7:49 a.m.: A nonaffiliate reported the theft of chemical tanks from the Marshall Parking structure. Loss: $250.
11:45 a.m.: Officers arrested a 22-year-old male nonaffiliate in Lot 601 for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear. Cited and released. Bail: $5,000.
3:07 p.m.: A 21-year-old male student suffered a head injury after falling in York Hall. Transported to Thornton Hospital by paramedics.
4:34 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a wallet from RIMAC. Loss: $7.
Thursday, Nov. 9
2:19 a.m.: A student reported vandalism at the Price Center. Loss: unknown.
6:55 a.m.: A nonaffiliate reported the theft of equipment from North Torrey Pines construction site. Loss: $1,700.
11:30 a.m.: A student reported the theft of a wallet from the women's locker room at RIMAC. Loss: $24.
11:27 a.m.: A staff member reported vandalism at Geisel Library. Loss: $200.
2:30 p.m.: Officers arrested a 54-year-old male nonaffiliate at the University Bookstore for petty theft. Cited and released.
4:05 p.m.: A nonaffiliate reported vandalism to a gray '01 Acura TL in Lot 411. Loss: $1,000.
10:21 p.m.: Two 19-year-old male students suffered from alcohol poisoning in Brennan Hall. Both subjects refused treatment.
--Compiled by Lauren I. Coartney, News Editor
Herbert F. York, a nuclear physicist and the founding chancellor of UCSD, was named a recipient of this year's Enrico Fermi Award by President Clinton for his extensive work in nuclear deterrence and arms control agreements.
The Enrico Fermi Award annually recognizes individuals who have made great efforts and contributions in the field of nuclear deterrence and arms control agreements. Established in 1956, it is the government's oldest science and technology award. It is named for Enrico Fermi, who led the group of scientists at the University of Chicago that achieved the first self-sustained, controlled nuclear reaction in 1942.
York is one of three scientists who will receive the award on Dec. 18. He will be joined by Sidney Drell, a physicist at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, and Sheldon Datz, a physicist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
""These scientists have made important scientific contributions in the fields of chemistry and physics,"" Clinton said in a press release. ""Their pioneering work in the very complex area of arms control has benefited our nation and the world.""
The award will be presented by Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson in Washington. In addition to receiving a gold medal, each scientist will also get a $66,000 honorarium.
""[York] is the perfect choice for this award,"" stated UCSD Chancellor Robert C. Dynes. ""He has devoted most of his life to assuring the responsible stewardship of nuclear weapons in the United States and has been the voice of reason for the last half century in the management of this country's nuclear weapons arsenal.""
York founded the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation in 1983. He is currently the emeritus director of the institute.
""[York] recognized that building peace was more than controlling arms,"" stated Peter F. Cowhey, the director of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and a professor of international relations at UCSD. ""His capstone experience at the University of California was his pioneering leadership of the university's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. The Institute's work brings together work on arms control, conflict resolution, economic cooperation and environmental stewardship in an effort to build an intellectual foundation for the 'long peace' that [York] wished for the world.""
Among York's other achievements are that he was the first director of the University of California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a science advisor to President Eisenhower and a co-founder and first chief scientist of the Advanced Research Projects Agency.
York was also the ambassador and chief negotiator for the Comprehensive Test Ban Negotiations under President Carter and has headed efforts to reduce international tensions through deterrence and negotiated arms control agreements.
In the official citation for the award, the White House acknowledged York ""for his participation in the formulation, conduct, promotion and explication of arms control policy; for his participation in the Manhattan Project; and for his founding direction of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and his leadership in research and engineering at the Department of Defense.
His publications have set forth with clarity and simplicity an understanding of the issues involved in all these actions. He has dedicated decades of his life to the informed advocacy of sensible choices in nuclear weapon systems and to the reduction of the nuclear threat.""
In addition, the White House commended York for his influence that has extended ""beyond the halls of government. His work as an educator and author introduced several generations of Americans to the best thinking on the history, science and politics of nuclear weapons development and arms control. His writings are among his most enduring contributions to society's understanding of peace and security issues.""
York has penned six books to date. They include ""Arms Control; The Advisors: Oppenheimer, Teller and the Superbomb;"" ""Race to Oblivion: A Participant's View of the Arms Race;"" ""Making Weapons, Talking Peace: A Physicist's Journey from Hiroshima to Geneva;"" ""A Shield in Space? Technology, Politics and the Strategic Defense Initiative;"" and ""Arms and the Physicist.""
Dynes to Preside at UCSD Anniversary
Free gifts will be distributed to students, staff and faculty attending a cake-cutting ceremony to mark UCSD's 40th anniversary at noon, Nov. 16 in the Price Center Plaza.
Chancellor Dynes will preside over the cake-cutting ceremony, which will include a brief program and music. The event will kick off a yearlong observance of the university's official founding by the UC Board of Regents on Nov. 18, 1960.
Also planned is a reception scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 in the Price Center Ballroom honoring UCSD community volunteers. Prior to the reception, a memory wall will be unveiled outside the ballroom, which will contain photos of UCSD during the last four decades. Many historic mementos have been uncovered for the display, ranging from a beanie cap worn by early UCSD students to photos of the first Sun God festival.
The focus of the year's anniversary celebration is UCSD's service to the community. A compilation of the nearly 300 outreach programs provided by the university will be included in a directory, ""UCSD and You,"" which will be distributed as an insert in the Nov. 16 issue of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The directory will also include a listing of 40 special service gifts to be contributed by faculty, staff and students in the community this year. These gifts range from UCSD's Housing and Dining Services donating cookie decorating events at the Polinski Center for Children during the holidays, to faculty from the philosophy department holding ""philosophy cafes"" at community bookstores.
San Diego premiere to benefit UCSD libraries
An exclusive premiere of ""How the Grinch Stole Christmas,"" starring Jim Carey, is scheduled to take place on Nov. 14 at the Museum of Photographic Arts' Joan & Irwin Jacobs Theater in Balboa Park to benefit the Museum of Photographic Arts and UCSD's libraries.
The film also stars Jeffrey Tambor, Molly Shannon, Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin, Taylor Momesen and Clint Howard. The film is directed by Ron Howard and its San Diego premiere is made possible by Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment.
Tickets for the premiere are $200 per person and include an exclusive viewing, a reception and dinner. For more information, call (858) 534-8490.
UC system and employees reach tentative contract
The University of California and the Coalition of University Employees have reached a tentative agreement on a first contract for the clerical and allied services bargaining unit. The tentative agreement provides wage increases for 1999-2000, 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 budget years and would expire in 2001.
The university will present the proposed 2001-02 budget at a meeting of the UC Regents next week. Included in the budget will be some augmentations for staff salaries which are currently below market averages.
The agreement includes a 2.8 percent salary increase and regular merit increases for eligible employees.
Last week, the University of California also reached tentative contract agreements with three other unions, including the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Federated Police Officer Association.
Capitol Fellows Program to Hold Information Session
The Capitol Fellows Program will hold an information session at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at Center Hall 207.
The Capitol Fellows Programs are nationally recognized public policy fellowships which offer college graduates a unique experience in policy-making and development.
The Assembly, Senate, Executive and Judicial Administration Fellowships are considered to be among the oldest and most prestigious fellowships in the nation. Fellows receive the opportunity to engage in public service and prepare for future careers while actively contributing to the implementation of policy in California.
Distinguished alumni of the programs include a California Supreme Court Justice and elected members of the U.S. Congress.
During participants' eleven month appointment they get to work as full-time staff with the California Senate, Assembly, Executive or Judicial Branch; earn a monthly salary plus full benefits and earn 12 units of graduate credit in conjunction with the Center for California Studies.
For more information call UCSD Student Legal Services at (858) 534-4374.