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Campus Life Referendum Sets Deadline

The Campus Life Referendum Committee has chosen Feb. 2 as the deadline for any student organization or group on campus to submit funding requests for the proposed Campus Life Referendum. Commissioned last May by Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Joseph Watson, the Campus Life Referendum Committee was created in the hopes of meeting the needs of the campus in terms of facilities and programming. According to A.S. Council President Doc Khaleghi, who is also co-chair of the committee, the intent is to have one referendum that would benefit all of UCSD at once. “”We assembled about 20 student leaders to form a committee from various organizations over UCSD,”” Khaleghi said. “”The goal was to decide on what the specific needs of the campus were and then from there to put a referendum on the ballot for the students to vote and decide on.”” Khaleghi went on to express his belief in the need for such a referendum. “”I think looking at both the extreme needs in athletics and university centers helped us see that there’s a broader need on campus than any one group,”” Khaleghi said. So far, talks of an increase in graduate and undergraduate quarterly fees of about $75 have been common in the committee. Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Tom Tucker said no one knows what the final number will be on a proposed student increase because it is still in debate. Khaleghi said that although there is always a fear in raising student fees, generally speaking, the campus has been very supportive. “”Unfortunately the state, which internally funds the UC system, doesn’t fund student affairs projects like our student unions, like athletics, like our programming, so that has to be done through assessment of student fees,”” Khaleghi said. “”But I think what you get out of the referendum will far outweigh however much per quarter you pay, whether it be around $75, give or take a few dollars.”” According to committee members, the increase in funds would provide funding for various groups on campus, including the A.S. Council, the programming council, the Cross-Cultural Center, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Office, the Women’s Center, the Graduate Student Association, sports clubs as well as individual colleges. Revelle Dean of Student Affairs Renee Barnett-Terry said she thought that this referendum could be the best thing that could happen for UCSD. “”[The Campus Life Referendum] will invigorate this campus,”” she said. Khaleghi said the money would be given automatically to the various organizations and groups on campus were it passed. Allocation of these funds would be determined by their constituencies. In response to allegations that administrators will gain more from the referendum than students, Khaleghi disagreed. He said he believes the administration’s involvement is solely a supportive one. “”[Myself], as A.S. president and co-chair of this referendum, I know that this referendum is meant to benefit UCSD as a whole,”” he said. “”But the money is going directly to students; students will see the most benefit from it.”” Some students have been very critical of the referendum altogether. Opponents are concerned about the prospective and current students who may not be able to afford to attend UCSD with the assessment of another student fee. “”We’re part of a process; student fees have been continuously increased to the point where this institution is not affordable anymore,”” said Vice President Internal of the Graduate Students Association Kris Bohling, also a GSA representative GSA on the Student Life Referendum Committee. “”Look at the students that are here right now. We’re making democratic decisions for students who don’t get to be here because of the fees.”” Bohling went on to express his disapproval of the prevailing attitude among most students already attending UCSD. “”I’m not just against the administration, I’m against the mindset that says, ‘Oh we can afford [an additional] $75 a quarter, it’s not that much, it’s not going to affect us much,'”” Bohling said. “”Well, it may not affect those who have the money, but it’s really going to affect those students who cannot afford it.”” According to Bohling, since UCSD is a public institution, the referendum should acknowledge more of the needs of the community as well as those of students. He questioned the necessity of raising fees, asking why the administration cannot better use fees students already pay. “”In my belief, we have enough fees right now if they were utilized more efficiently to pay for the things we need, and we’d have enough fees with the increased student enrollment,”” Bohling said. Josh Cooper, another GSA member, said he thought the administration had too much control over the committee and the ultimate fate of the referendum. “”It’s obvious … they want control over what’s going on,”” Cooper said. “”They want the money to pay for their little pet projects, like 50-foot water slides and a Price Center Expansion that’s designed to give them more office space, instead of going and building their own building with their own money and letting student money go to things that affect students.”” Revelle Council Chair Jen Chang recalled the origins of the committee. “”I think it seemed kind of intimidating at first because with the first couple meetings there were all these administrators there telling us how good this would be without us really knowing specific details,”” Chang said. “”But now that the meetings have gone on, the administration really doesn’t have a huge part in terms of making us go a certain way.”” According to Chang, administrators cannot vote, and students do have the power to shape the referendum. Watson expressed a similar sentiment saying that although the administration has a deep interest in improving the quality of student life at UCSD, it has kept its distance. “”One can differ on the role the administration has had in this,”” Watson said. “”But effectively, once the administration has put it on the table and put it before the committee it’s in the hands of the students.”” GSA President Lea Marie Ruiz said the GSA has not taken any official standpoint on the referendum. “”Individual members of the GSA have their own opinions, but the council itself cannot take any official stance, because there has to be legislation that is voted on by other members of the GSA,”” she said. Ruiz also said that an increase in student fees was a necessary evil and that alternative sources of money were difficult to find. “”It’s a matter of practicality,”” Ruiz said. “”There’s this concern that we’re turning more and more to students for funding, but without a change in legislation on the state level, we have no other options. We’re doing the best we can with the system we have currently.”” Although in support of the referendum itself, A.S. Vice President Internal Jeff Dodge has been critical of the process by which it has been developed. “”In the beginning there was a strong administrative stronghold on the referendum,”” Dodge said. “”Although the administration is less involved, the chairs are still very responsive to the administration and maybe not as much to the students.”” Dodge said many members of the committee find the referendum process frustrating even though they remain optimistic that in the end, the students will reap the most benefits. ...

A.S. Council to Fund Anti-Zionism Week

Amid objections from the Union of Jewish Students, the A.S. Council is funding the Muslim Student Association’s Anti-Zionism Week, to be held next week. At last week’s A.S. Council meeting, Vice President Finance Matt Powell suggested funding the event from a fund created in 1994 specifically for controversial issues. The council voted against Powell’s motion, and instead decided to fund the event through the Student Organizations Unallocated fund, the fund through which most student organizations receive money. “”I can definitely understand the council’s reasons for it,”” Powell said. “”What they did is definitely consistent with the rules that we follow.”” The council must fund events and not discriminate based on content that students or council members disagree with. Powell said he wanted to fund the event from a different source because he has not had a chance yet to educate students on the issue of how funding is given to students. “”It may have been easier to address the situation this time if we had the funding source.”” Jonathan Rotter, a recent UCSD graduate, said he feels that many council members do not see how offensive the term “”Anti-Zionism Week”” is to Jewish students. “”Certainly they made the claim that they’re required by law to fund things in a content-independent manner,”” he said. “”But it’s hard for me to imagine that if someone had proposed an anti-Asian week that they would have gotten funding. It’s my feeling that they don’t understand that, to us, Anti-Zionism week is equal to Anti-Semitism week.”” Muslema Purmul, treasurer of the MSA, agreed with the council vote. “”I like the way they voted,”” she said. “”What this club is doing is no different from other clubs.”” Muir Senior Lila Hollman said the Union of Jewish Students has had a booth on Library Walk to educate students on Zionism. She said that Zionism is not a political issue; rather it is an essential part of the Jewish religion. Rotter added that while there is plenty of room for discussion about the current situation in the Middle East, there is a clear distinction between Anti-Zionism Week and current political issues. Purmul said she feels that Anti-Zionism Week is being misunderstood by many. “”I think that the reaction that has been voiced is too harsh considering what Anti-Zionism Week is all about,”” she said. “”I feel we’re being judged before we’ve had a chance to say anything.”” Students who disagree with Anti-Zionism Week, or any other political or religious event that they do not want to fund, can request a refund for the portion of their student activity fee that went to fund the week. UJS members said that as of earlier this week, 40 students had requested refunds. Each student who requests a refund will receive about three cents. “”We are encouraging students to do that if they share our outrage at this program,”” Hollman said. Rotter added he is encouraging students to pool the refund money and donate it to earthquake relief efforts in El Salvador. The A.S. Council provided the MSA $640 for the event. Parts two and three of this series will run next Thursday and the following Thursday. ...

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The UC Board of Regents reviewed a report Thursday that stated that breast cancer still claims the lives of too many California women. Marion Kavanaugh-Lynch, the director of the California Breast Cancer Research program, presented the “”Status of Breast Cancer in California,”” which claimed that 15,000 California women diagnosed with breast cancer this year will still be alive in 10 years due to early detection, but 6,000 others will die within that same 10-year period. The study performed by the program also found that women usually die from the disease because they did not receive early screening and their cancer was advanced beyond the point of treatment when detected. The California Breast Cancer Research Program is managed by the UC Office of the President, which also awarded money to 70 new projects in this research field over the last year. UC improves employee retirement plan The UC Board of Regents updated its retirement benefits on Thursday by improving “”age factors”” in the UC Retirement Plan. The changes take place effective Jan. 1, 2001 and are expected to make employment with the university more appealing to prospective workers. The updated factors will begin at 1.1 percent at age 50 and will increase incrementally each year by 0.14 percentage points. The factors will be between 1 percent and 20 percent higher than the previous factors. The university does not anticipate an increased rate of retirements as a result of the plan but does expect to retain older employees as their accrued retirement adds up. The initiative is just one in a long line of adjustments made in an effort to make the university increasingly competitive in California’s growing job market. Applications now available for new student regent Student regent applications are now available in the A.S. offices on the third floor of the Price Center. Qualifications for the position include undergraduate, graduate or professional student enrollment status. The job requires a two-year commitment. Benefits of the position include free parking on all UC campuses, paid mandatory university fees, paid travel expenses and a resume booster. An information session will be held Thursday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. on Library Walk. UCSD professor named news editor of quarterly journal Robert Kaplan, a professor and chair of UCSD’s Department of Family and Preventative Medicine and member of the UCSD Cancer Center, has become the new news editor of the quarterly journal of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the “”Annals of Behavioral Medicine.”” Kaplan’s service begins with the Feb. 8 issue and will incorporate new features such as editorial commentary, letters to the editor and reviews of intervention applications. Other UCSD members involved with the journal include associate editor Paul J. Mills and consulting editor Donna Kritz-Silverstein. UCSD Athletic Department to sponsor blood drive The UCSD Athletic Department will sponsor its first annual Blood Drive in partnership with the American Red Cross Tuesday, Jan. 23. Blood donations can be made from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the RIMAC Green Room. Reservations can be made and are recommended due to an expected high turnout. For reservations, call (858) 534-8460 or (858) 534-4211. All donors will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt and have their names entered in a drawing. ...

UCSD Researchers to Address Cliff Erosion

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration is teaming up with UCSD to create a comprehensive guide to cliff stabilization methods. Structural engineers at the Jacobs School of Engineering received a $125,000 Sea Grant from NOAA, which was matched by UCSD for a total of $250,000 to conduct a project titled “”Mitigation of Coastal Bluff Instability in San Diego County, California.”” UCSD undergraduates will work with engineers and graduate students at the Jacobs School on the project, which has significant local implications. The study will examine how to best stabilize cliffs while keeping impact on the natural environment to a minimum, and determine the best way to slow and stop current cliff instability. “”We are approaching a crisis in San Diego County,”” said Scott Ashford, project leader and professor of geotechnical engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering, referring to the stability of coastal cliffs. Ashford also noted that 80 percent of San Diego’s 80 miles of coastline are cliffs. Destabilization of the cliffs and bluffs occurs due to factors such as waves, vegetation and human development. Recent storms have shown that efforts to stop erosion from pulling human development into the ocean have come too late for an effective remedy. “”It’s obvious that a major problem exists, but repairs are typically only approved in emergency situations because of concerns over damaging the bluffs or destroying the natural beauty of the coastline,”” Ashford said. Ashford summarized the project by saying, “”Our major goal is to pinpoint the most efficient and effective ways to resolve this growing crisis, while maintaining the environmental integrity of the landscape.”” The project is divided into three phases. The first phase consists of analyzing aerial photos of San Diego’s cliffs. Photos of past and present will be digitized in order to establish the success of existing mitigation methods. Phase two involves computer modeling and numerical analysis to apply the effects of various mitigation efforts onto different types of slopes. In the final phase, Ashford’s team will publish its findings in a slope stabilization manual, which will be posted on the Internet. The manual will show the cost effectiveness of the various solutions as well as the environmental impact. It will serve as a guide for the numerous coastal regulatory agencies and property owners. With the information from the project, government agencies and property owners will have enough information to take preventive measures before any major destabilization occurs. With the support from the cities of Encinitas, Del Mar, Solana Beach and San Diego along with the San Diego Super Computer Center and the California Coastal Commission, Ashford expects the project to be a success. ...

Ritmo Packed for Opening

Friday night marked the opening of UCSD’s new live entertainment venue, “”Club Ritmo,”” which featured headliner Tone Loc with special guest Candyman. The event, sponsored by the A.S. Council, took place from 8:30 p.m. to midnight at the Stage at Porter’s Pub. After arriving at approximately 10:30 p.m., Tone Loc took the stage to perform perennial favorites and his two most famous songs, “”Wild Thing”” and “”Funky Cold Medina.”” Eisha Christian, A.S. co-assistant commissioner of programming and one of Club Ritmo’s main coordinators, was enthusiastic about its initial success. “”The club did awesome for its opening night,”” Christian said. “”I had tons of people come and say they loved the idea that Friday nights were going to be a happening place at the Pub.”” A.S. Production Manager Steve Evans monitored the club’s ticket count that night and confirmed its high turnout. Evans reported that attendance averaged approximately 500 people throughout the night. Toward the time of Tone Loc’s performance, the number increased as Porter’s Pub neared its maximum capacity, with almost 700 people in attendance. “”It was a packed house and there was a really early crowd from the start — the perfect amount of people, really,”” Evans said. “”A very large majority of the people were UCSD students.”” Opening for the band were DJs from UCSD’s DJs and Vinylphiles Club and the rap group L.A. Symphony. Christian expressed her appreciation of all the night’s talent, especially L.A. Symphony for extending their performance, as Tone Loc arrived later than expected. “”They all did an awesome job,”” Christian said. “”But the response for L.A. Symphony was huge.”” Impressed with the turnout at the event, Pigeon John of L.A. Symphony shared the band’s thoughts before performing. “”We’re pretty honored just to open up,”” John said. “”[All of us] are just thankful that we got booked and we’re gonna give them a great show.”” On opening night, Cassandra Williams, A.S. commissioner of programming and another substantial player in the development of Club Ritmo, credited Christian and Ferasat for being there from the start in Club Ritmo’s evolution. “”I give them mad props just for getting here, to this point where they got a club open on campus,”” Williams said. “”Tonight is for Eisha and Anahita to just be in the clouds because they’ve helped in creating a buzz around all the UC schools, since none of the others has an on-campus night club.”” Anahita Ferasat, A.S. co-assistant commissioner of programming and the other main coordinator of Club Ritmo, said that talks about creating a campus-wide night club were always present among A.S. members in one form or another. Ryan Taylor, a Revelle sophomore, showed his support for the club. “”It’s totally new and it looks like it’ll be cool in the future,”” Taylor said. “”I’m definitely gonna be here next week.”” ...

Power Crisis Hits UCSD, Threatens Rolling Blackouts

The power crisis that left thousands of Californians in the dark during the past week has forced UCSD to prepare for the possibility of rolling blackouts. Wendy Schiefer, manager of customer relations at Physical Plant Services, said the UCSD campus is in electrical stage three emergency, which means there is a threat to the electrical system reliability and an increased possibility of the campus experiencing rolling power outages. Schiefer says that under stage three emergency, students should reduce electrical usage as much as possible and refrain from any sensitive research that requires electrical power. Schiefer, who is living in the dark and without heat due to skyrocketing energy bills, said she believes it will take an actual blackout to get students to conserve. “”Some people may not take the energy crisis seriously,”” Schiefer said. “”But they may find out the hard way when the power goes out.”” Yolanda Trevino, assistant resident dean of Marshall college, said all the colleges have taken steps to inform residents of the need to conserve energy. “”We’ve sent out e-mails and community bulletins to residents, asking them to conserve energy as much as possible,”” Trevino said. “”because during blackouts there is no heat and no electricity and the elevators will shut off.”” Trevino said that the resident life offices are asking students to turn off their personal computers when they are not in use, back up all computer files, turn off extra lights, and to have flashlights and fresh batteries on hand. Roosevelt sophomore Susan Liem, an on-campus resident, is concerned about the power crisis. “”I try to do my part by turning off extra lights and the heat,”” Liem said. However, she said that she does not think many students are taking the energy crisis seriously. “”I see people leave their lights on all the time and turn up the heater very high,”” Liem said. “”I don’t think students will take it seriously as long as they live on campus because they don’t pay the electricity bills.”” Marshall sophomore Brandon Ito, also an on-campus resident, said his efforts to conserve have been thwarted by his roommates. “”I have tried to conserve energy over the past week, but it seems like I always shut all the lights off in the apartment only to come home to them all on again,”” Ito said. “”I know that my roommates and neighbors have no will to save energy, as they keep their lights on constantly.”” Ito said that even though the campus has yet to experience rolling blackouts, it is important for everyone to do their part and conserve energy. “”I’m not an environmentalist or conservationist by any means, but I believe that we’ve reached a sense of urgency that needs to be attended to,”” Ito said. “”And it’s partly because I feel bad for all the little kids that are home alone when their lights go out.”” Ito said he is bothered by the fact that the lights in many lecture halls and buildings remain on through the night. “”I think it’s absolutely ridiculous and the greatest source of energy loss that a lot of the lecture halls and buildings around campus have their lights left on the entire night,”” Ito said. With the UCSD campus renown for its research and medical communities, measures have been taken to prevent the possibility of power loss to render any effect on their work. Kim McDonald, UCSD director of science communications, said the biology division has taken steps to inform the labs to be prepared in the event of power outage and to conserve energy as much as possible. “”We’ve warned all the labs that they should make sure that critical equipment is on emergency circuits,”” McDonald said. “”Most of the lab buildings have emergency generators that will come on, to keep animal facilities and critical equipment running, but we are mostly hoping that we dodge the bullet somehow.”” Thornton and Hillcrest Hospitals have also undergone measures in order to safeguard against possible rolling blackouts. Director of Facilities Dennis Goodrich said the hospitals have back up emergency generators that ensure all life saving equipment. “”Due to the automatic nature of the emergency generators, all life saving equipment never senses loss of power and so patients are under no danger,”” Goodrich said. ...

Lights & Sirens

Monday, Jan. 15 6:45 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a cellular phone from Geisel Library. Loss: $150. 7:04 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a green Trek B21 bicycle from the Price Center behind Round Table Pizza. Loss: $300. 7:14 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a vehicle license plate from Lot 406. No loss. 9:23 p.m.: A student reported the theft of bicycle parts from the east side of Pacific Hall. Loss: $210. Tuesday, Jan. 16 9:48 a.m.: A 46-year-old female staff member complained of chest pain at the Bursar’s office. Transported to Thornton by paramedics. 10 a.m.: Officers towed a green ’95 Volkswagen Jetta from Matthews Lane near the Center for Magnetic Recording Research for having registration expired for over six months. Stored at Star Towing. 10:56 a.m.: A staff member reported vandalism at Voigt Drive and Justice Lane. No loss. 11:10 a.m.: A student reported burglary to a gray ’96 Ford Ranger in the Black’s Beach lot. Loss: $10. 3:20 p.m.: A student reported burglary to a red ’92 GMC suburban from Lot 102. Loss: $600. 4:15 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a UCSD identification card from RIMAC. No loss. Wednesday, Jan. 17 12:18 a.m.: A 57-year-old male nonaffiliate was ordered off campus for seven days after creating a disturbance at the Price Center Theater. 3:53 p.m.: A student reported vandalism to a bicycle at RIMAC Arena. Loss: $50. 6:35 p.m.: A 50-year-old faculty member suffered a head injury after falling at Outback Climbing Center. Transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital by paramedics. Friday, Jan. 19 1:54 a.m.: Officers arrested a 43-year-old male nonaffiliate for driving under the influence of alcohol. Transported to Central Jail. 1:06 a.m.: Officers detained a 22-year-old male student near Canyon Vista for being drunk in public. 9:05 a.m.: Units and paramedics responded to a 51-year-old female staff member having difficulty breathing at the Mesa Daycare Center. Transported to Thornton by paramedics. 1:58 p.m.: A staff member reported the theft of a parking meter from the North Torrey Pines parking structure. Loss: $260. 9:10 p.m.: Officers detained a 21-year-old male student at the Porter’s Pub for being drunk in public. Transported to detox. ...

Flood Wreaks Havoc at Tioga Hall

After days of pounding rain in last week’s winter storms, UCSD is finally dry, with the exception of Tioga Hall. Last Thursday a small flood occurred on the ground floor of Muir college’s Tioga Hall. Water quickly spread throughout the south side of the building in the early hours of the morning, prompting 17 residents to seek higher ground. Susan Rindlaub, a Muir freshman, awoke just after 8 a.m. only to find an inch and a half of water on the floor of her room. “”I jumped out of bed in my socks and [the water] splashed up all around me,”” Rindlaub said. “”My stuff was floating in my room.”” The source of the water was a leaky drainpipe that was supposed to divert precipitation from the roof of the 11- story residence hall to the ground floor. However, a cap that was supposed to have sealed the pipe came loose, causing gallons of rainwater to pour into the common room between two adjoining suites. Campus officials became aware of the problem just after 8 a.m. and immediately advised affected residents to exit the building. Since then, workers have tried to dry the carpets using powerful fans. However, soggy carpets, a musty odor and the constant noise of electric fans forced several of the residents to seek temporary living quarters elsewhere. Consequently, the Muir Residential Life office offered several vacant rooms on the eighth floor to students wishing to relocate temporarily until conditions become once again suitable for living. “”My parents got me a hotel room,”” Rindlaub said. “”I thought that was a better offer.”” Others were not so fortunate. John Lobato, a first-year Muir resident, returned to his dorm after the holiday weekend to find his flooded room still in bad shape. “”Over the weekend it smelled like somebody pissed all over the floor,”” Lobato said. “”Right now it’s smelling better. We’re getting used to the smell.”” At least two affected residents have become frustrated with the Muir Residential Life office’s handling of the flood. Rindlaub claims that campus officials waited more than 14 hours to discuss important matters, such as compensation and relocation, with affected students. “”The whole first day they didn’t even come talk to us,”” Rindlaub said. “”Nobody came to tell us we would get reimbursed or that we could have a room, or anything.”” Still others, such as Lobato, praised the custodians for their efforts in the clean-up process. “”Janitorial services tried their best to take care of this, but the administration’s response has been less than overwhelming,”” Lobato said. Because the flood was not the fault of any of the residents, the Muir Residential Life office will work hard to compensate students for damages incurred. This includes replacing ruined textbooks, soiled garments and possibly damaged computers. Additionally, drain pipes throughout Muir College were inspected by maintenance workers in Tioga and Tenaya Hall so that further rain does not pose similar problems in the future. ...

Patch Adams to Speak at Campus Commencement

For the fourth time in school history, UCSD will have an all-campus commencement now that Dr. Patch Adams has agreed to speak at the June 17 event. “”Patch Adams represents more than a celebrity name,”” said A.S. President Doc Khaleghi, who worked to sign the speaker. “”He represents using learned knowledge for the good of the community. I think that is very important for the graduating class at UCSD to remember that we are given knowledge, but with that knowledge comes responsibility for our fellow man.”” In addition to his strong character, many believe that Adams will be a good all-campus commencement speaker because of the messages he propagates. “”Adams says how the future may be uncertain, but to keep up your positive spirits,”” said A.S. Co-Festivals Coordinator Scott Mantel who was also responsible for booking Adams. “”I think it is a good message for people entering the real world.”” Adams, the founder of the free medical care institute, the Gesundheit Institute in West Virginia, was the first individual given a serious offer to speak by Khaleghi and Mantell. Many seniors are excited over the signing, as it represents the chance to have an all-campus commencement and to hear a quality speaker with a solid message. “”Having Patch Adams will not be as good as getting Bush,”” Muir senior Jan Tatala said. “”But the opportunity to hear [Adams] speak will be exciting nonetheless.”” Of equal importance to many is the fact that Adams is known for fulfilling his obligation to speak. Khaleghi said this will end all possibility that the events of last year will be repeated, when Maya Angelou canceled her engagement to speak at the last minute. “”Adams has a reputation for never canceling an engagement,”” Khaleghi said. “”That reputation will stick.”” This fact is all the more important this year, as the administration was close to canceling all-campus commencement permanently if no speaker suitable to the students and the administration alike could be found. Students had expressed concern over being able to graduate with friends from other colleges. “”I like having all-campus commencement because I will get the chance to be with all my friends on this day that is so important,”” Revelle senior Taylor Scott said. “”For once there will be school spirit here.”” With the issue solved, Khaleghi said that the all-campus commencement could be the catalyst toward a greater sense of all-campus community. “”This commencement represents a turning point for UCSD,”” Khaleghi said. “”For the first time ever, tentatively, all six commencements will be on the same day. Rather than the university taking away from the colleges, or vice-versa, the two will enhance each other. This will promote college strength while bolstering campus unity.”” In addition to unity, Mantell said that the advent of all-campus commencement will be good because it will give those who do not associate with their individual college a chance to be recognized and be a part of a larger ceremony. “”I think it is important because a lot of students aren’t connected to their college or they are transfer students who were never placed within a college,”” he said. “”These students were always UCSD students versus a Marshall or Warren one. This is an opportunity for all students on graduation day to come together and have one graduation.”” Currently, two individual college commencements are planned for the morning, followed by the all-campus commencement on RIMAC field in the early afternoon, and the remaining three college commencements after that. Moreover, the A.S. Council has stated that its involvement with this day has not ended now that it has signed a speaker. “”We will play an active role in all aspects of planning so that the all-campus commencement will live up to its maximum potential,”” Khaleghi said. “”[Mantell] and I are already taking major initiatives in the planning to guarantee its success.”” Khaleghi said this effort is warranted in that the graduating seniors have worked hard and deserve an event such as this. “”The seniors have earned this ceremony, and that is why [Mantell] and I worked so hard to give it to them,”” he said. “”It is their last hurrah, their final chance to come together. All-campus commencement will be a success and therefore here to stay.”” Regardless, Mantell said finding a speaker this year was difficult due to certain disadvantages about the school. “”It was a pretty difficult process,”” he said. “”Many speakers will only go to their alma mater or a place they have a strong connection to. We [don’t have that because] we are a really young university.”” In addition, this represents only the fourth time that this school has had an all-campus commencement. The process of finding a speaker is new to the school. Mantell said finding a speaker was urgent as well because all the colleges gave very early deadlines as to when they must be notified that there was going to be an all-campus commencement. Many believe this success will stem from Adams’ use of comedy and humor in his speeches and his everyday life. ...

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Charles L. Perrin, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry will be recognized for his teaching record that stretches back 40 years. George Mariscal, an associate professor of literature will receive an award for his outstanding community service and work in fostering diversity at UCSD. Chancellor Dynes and Chancellor’s Associate Chair Darlene Shiley will speak at the ceremony. UCSD biologists discover clues in species divergence UCSD biologists have used the songs and genetics of warblers in central Asia to show how one species can become two. The researchers believe this is the “”missing evidence”” Darwin was unable to find in order to support his theory of natural selection. Darren E. Irwin, a biologist at UCSD, and his colleagues Trevor D. Price and Staffan Bensch published their results in the Jan. 18 issue of the journal “”Nature.”” The researchers studied various breeds of the warbler and saw a small variation in their song patterns, morphology and genetic markers that led them to see how the one species merged into two separate ones that did not even recognize each others’ songs. UC signs contract to avoid rising energy costs UC President Richard C. Atkinson announced Wednesday that the university has avoided millions of dollars in electricity bills by signing a contract with the state Department of General Services. The university began protecting itself against the rising costs of natural gas in 1998 when it signed a similar contract with energy supplier Enron Corp. of Houston. That particular contract saved UCSD $12.3 million during one eight month period. The UC system is the largest energy consumer in California and the new contract is expected to save the university a similar amount of money. New electronic databases to become available to UC The California Digital Library recently announced it purchased two new databases from Alexander Street Press. These databases will be available next month on the California Digital Library, which is accessible to the nine UC campuses. The two full-text databases are “”North American Women’s Letters and Diaries, Colonial-1950″” and “”The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries.”” Both databases include about 100,000 pages of published writings and 4,000 pages of previously unpublished writings. The California Digital Library was created in 1997 and became accessible in 1999 to the UC system. CDL includes the databases of Alexander Street Press, a publisher of electronic databases about Social Sciences and Humanities topics. CDL’s purpose is to provide electronic collections and educational information to the UC schools. The two particular databases were acquired after a thorough selection process among faculty, staff and librarians. The Women’s Letters and Diaries database is the largest electronic collection of women’s diary entries and correspondence ever put together. It was obtained from over 1,000 sources, such as newsletters, pamphlets and conference proceedings. The contents of the writings will include records of the women’s work conditions, what they ate and wore, their personal relationships, among other topics. There will be points of view from all various ethnicities, age groups and life styles. The other database, “”The American Civil War,”” will include the writings of generals, slaves, politicians and other people, expressing their views about different aspects of war. The letters and diaries will include Northern and Southern points of view, as well as perspectives of foreigners. The Women’s Diaries and American Civil War databases can be accessed through the CDL Web site, http://www.cdlib.org, or the UCSD library Web site in the Social Sciences and Humanities Databases under “”New Databases and Trials,”” projected to become accessible starting the third week of February. ...