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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. ...

Briefly

Gov. Gray Davis announced his proposed 2001-2002 budget last week, which would give the University of California a financial boost. Under the proposed budget, the annual state allowance for the university would increase 6.3 percent to $3.4 billion allowing for the admission of an additional 5,700 students to be funded. The budget would also help maintain affordable tuition for students and their families, increased employee salaries, and aid in the proliferation of the university’s teaching, research and public programs to maintain their increasing excellence. The budget constitutes the second wave of provisions made to create the California Institutes for Science and Innovation, one of which, the Institute for Internet and Telecommunications Technology, will be built at UCSD in partnership with UC Irvine. In addition to these improvements, the budget will also allocate more support for UC graduate programs, summer instruction on certain campuses and greater student retention programs. Prior to the creation, Davis had made it clear that a strong partnership between his administration and the university would be forged. The plan calls for an annual increase in financial support for the university. Free workouts, rec classes offered to UCSD students In an effort to help UCSD students stick to their New Year’s resolutions to get or stay healthy, UCSD Recreation has announced that it will offer three free classes to students. This winter’s free classes are dance aerobics, which will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Rec Conference Room, Kick Boxing, which will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursdays in the Rec Conference Room, and Step Aerobics, which will take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Main Gym. All classes begin on Tuesday, Jan. 16. For more information about these or any other classes call (858) 534-4037. The A.S. Council presents UCSD’s new club Ritmo Ton Loc and DVC will perform at the opening of Club Ritmo, which will take place at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the stage in Porter’s Pub. Club Ritmo is a new nightclub presented by the A.S. Council. It is intended to make Friday nights on campus a little livelier. A student I.D. is required for free admission, and general admission is $8. Preuss School accepting applications for sixth graders UCSD’s Preuss School is currently accepting applications for sixth graders entering in fall 2001. An information session will be held for parents who are interested in enrolling their students. The session will be held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the Preuss School campus. In addition to the 100 open spaces for new sixth graders, the school also has a limited number of spots for students who will be entering the ninth grade this fall. The admission would bring the school’s total enrollment to 516 students with plans to raise that number to 700 by the year 2003. The school also has plans to offer instruction to students from sixth to 12th grades as opposed to only offering instruction to students up to the 10th grade as it does now. Volunteers needed for Eyes on the Elderly Program The Volunteer Connection will hold an information session for those interested in participating in the Eyes on the Elderly Program. The program will recruit UCSD students to interact with senior citizens at the Torrey Pines Convalescent Hospital. Volunteers will spend one to two hours per week with an elderly individual engaging in such activities as calling out numbers for bingo or eating pizza. The commitment to EOE is only quarterly and can be formatted to fit your schedule. Applications can be picked up at the Volunteer Connection and must be returned by Jan. 19. For more information, call (858) 534-1414. Student Foundation holds benefit for Preuss School The UCSD Student Foundation is currently having a “”Change for Change”” college competition to benefit the Preuss School. With UCSD students making donations and the UCSD Alumni Association matching contributions dollar for dollar up to $2,000, the Student Foundation is hoping to supply outdoor tables for Preuss students. The college with the highest amount of donations will receive a free movie night and popcorn at the Price Center Theater. The competition will end and the winner will be announced on Feb. 2 at Spirit Night. Money will be collected via bins passed around the residence halls which will then be deposited at RIMAC on Spirit Night before the winner is announced. ...

Suitcase Dance Sends Students Packing

Muir first-year students gathered at Sierra Summit Friday night to take part in the Muir College Council’s annual Suitcase Dance. The doors opened at 8 p.m., and Muir first years streamed in, lugging suitcases packed for a trip to an unknown destination. The students checked their suitcases as they arrived. The MCC announced that at some point during the dance, a drawing would be held to determine who would win the trip for two to the secret location. Some students speculated about the destination. “”I think it’s Philly,”” said Nigel Delaney, a first-year student. “”They told us it would be cold and to bring a snowboard, but that it wasn’t in California.”” Delaney’s prediction proved incorrect after the drawing, which was held shortly before 9 p.m. Master of Ceremonies Colin Parent announced that a limousine was waiting outside to take the lucky freshmen to the airport. Fortune shined on Kristyn Molle that night, as her name was drawn, awarding her an all-expense-paid weekend for two to the Hampton Inn in Orlando, free Disney World passes, and $200 in spending cash. Nearly speechless, all she could say was, “”I didn’t know.”” “”There was enough demand to bring [the dance] back and we gave them lots of clues to keep them interested,”” said MCC Chair Cristina Villegas. According to Villegas, the event was entirely Muir-sponsored. “”We wanted it to be a community-building activity put on by our community,”” Villegas said. “”Even the dean chipped in.”” MCC Public Relations Representative Matt Bechtel served as DJ for the evening. Although many left after the announcement of the winner, others stayed to enjoy the music and await the other prizes the MCC had in store. Throughout the night, the MCC gave away gift certificates for free meals at Islands and In-N-Out and gift certificates for merchandise at Ralphs and Cost Plus. ...

CUDA Celebrates Diversity

Drums at the Cultural Unity Day of Awareness beat rhythmically Thursday despite the downpour outdoors. The event, co-sponsored by the Cross Cultural Center, the Women’s Center, the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender Resource Office and Student Legal Services, took place in the Price Center Ballroom, instead of in the Plaza as planned, due to bad weather. Emelyn DelaPeua, a program director at the Women’s Center and one of two main coordinators of CUDA, initially expressed concern about the turnout at the event. “”We were hoping to get at least 100, but because it’s raining we don’t know how many people are going to come,”” DelaPeua said. The event, which according to DelaPeua has occurred annually for a decade, has evolved extensively from its beginnings. It was originally intended as an act of protest. Most organizations of minority students would attend and plan a march on the chancellor’s office protesting the lack of diversity at UCSD. The event was initially held on Columbus Day. According to DelaPeua, who was a student at the time the event was first held, students marched around campus with coffins on their shoulders to symbolize the oppression of the holiday. The basis of the event shifted over the years, according to the second main coordinator, Laura Barraclough. “”For the last three years, as long as I’ve been working on it, it’s been a celebration that there are organizations working to increase diversity,”” said Barraclough, the acting assistant of the Cross Cultural Center. CUDA is now used to start off the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Ballroom was set up with participating organizations’ tables on the side walls and a circle of chairs in the middle. The LGBTRO, the program of Graduate Studies, the Hawaiian Club, the Asian-Pacific Student Association, the African-American Student Union, the Cross Cultural Center and the Women’s Club all had information tables. The celebration featured a drum circle led by drummers from World Beat. World Beat leaders Nana Yaw Asiedu and Brana Matejic arrived with their percussion instruments. The instruments were placed around the circle of chairs. DelaPeua welcomed spectators to CUDA, invited them to the drum circle, and read a message from Chancellor Robert Dynes. Dynes thanked the organizations for participating in the awareness program and challenged everyone to a second “”Chancellor’s Challenge,”” this one having the goal of cultural unity. The event was then turned over to Asiedu, who greeted everyone in the Guinea West African language of Malinke. He stressed the importance of knowing how to count in drumming and gave a quick lesson. Each different type of drum or bell had a different part, and he showed everyone their parts in turn. Together, the beats formed a song called Ferakodaba, or “”Rites of Passage”” in Malinke. Students drifted in to watch when they heard the drumming. Some joined the circle. The second performance was by Eric and Erisa Johnson, who are in the fourth and 10th grades. Erisa played the piano while Eric, dressed in a bright red suit, recited Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “”I Have a Dream”” speech. The siblings have been performing this act for nearly five years. According to Eric, the speech took only three days to memorize. Erisa has been playing the piano since she was three years old. Next, members of the UCSD Gospel Choir, directed by Ken Anderson, took the stage. The performance took place the day after the choir’s first practice of the year, and despite this, the musicians managed to get the audience to respond. “”Get close to someone else so you don’t feel like you’re singing alone,”” Anderson said to the crowd as the choir rang out with “”This Little Light of Mine.”” CUDA concluded with a second drum circle led by Asiedu. Choir members and the Johnson family picked up instruments to join the rhythm. “”I think it went well even thought it got rained out and not many people came,”” DelaPeua said. “”The people who were here were great, they had energy. I thought the drum circle was a wonderful way to bring people together. We had just enough people to have a good circle.”” ...

Lights & Sirens

Sunday, Jan. 7 3:37 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a laptop computer from Beagle Hall. Loss: $1,800. Monday, Jan. 8 5:47 a.m.: Officers arrested a 61-year-old male nonaffiliate for violation of a seven-day exclusion order at the Preuss School. 9:32 a.m.: A student reported the theft of a white ’90 Toyota Camry from Regents Road. Loss: $2,000. Tuesday, Jan. 9 10:25 a.m.: A staff member reported the theft of a Palm Pilot from the first floor of Geisel Library. Loss: $250. 2:30 p.m.: A student reported indecent exposure in Lot 355. 4:12 p.m.: A staff member reported the theft of books from the UCSD Bookstore. Wednesday, Jan. 10 2:09 a.m.: Officers arrested a 19-year-old male student at Brennan Hall for being drunk in public. Transported to detox. Subject rejected from detox and transported to Central Jail. 4:49 a.m.: Officers impounded a ’94 Nissan Maxima from Lot 504 for having more than five unpaid parking citations. Stored at Star Towing. 7:48 a.m.: A staff member reported the theft of computer equipment from the Humanities and Social Sciences building. Loss: $50. 9:49 p.m.: Officers arrested a 26-year-old male nonaffiliate for misuse of a disabled placard in Lot 411. Cited and released. Friday, Jan. 12 8:35 p.m.: A staff member reported the theft of a handheld computer from UC 104. Loss: $150. 11:11 a.m.: An 18-year-old male student suffered a dislocated knee after slipping and falling in front of the Applied Physics and Mathematics building. Transport-ed to Thornton Hospital by paramedics. 2:03 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a bicycle from the UCSD Bike Shop. Loss: $150. 3:31 p.m.: A student reported the theft of video game cartridges from Tenaya Hall. Loss: $240. 3:34 p.m.: A student reported a burglary at Marshall Apart-ments. Loss: $268. Saturday, Jan. 13 4:27 p.m.: A nonaffiliate reported domestic violence at Marshall Apartments. ...

Hundreds of Students Walk In San Diego's MLK Day Parade

Saturday marked the 14th year of UCSD’s participation in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade. The 22nd annual MLK parade was held from 11 a.m. until noon along Harbor Drive, ending on Pacific Highway in San Diego. An estimated 250 members of the UCSD community, including family members of students and faculty, marched in the procession, making this the largest group UCSD has ever had in the parade. Clad in UCSD shirts with the slogan “”Freedom Through Education”” emblazoned on the back, students and faculty marched for one mile holding banners representing each college. Members from the UCSD Medical Center, the Preuss School and the Early Academic Outreach Program marched along with Chancellor Robert Dynes, Revelle Provost Thomas Bond, and Marshall Provost Cecil Lytle in the parade. Nikki Cayanan, Chairwoman of the MLK Jr. Campus Parade Committee, was pleased at the turnout of the event. “”It just totally blew us away,”” Cayanan said. “”This is the biggest contingent that UCSD has ever had. It was huge. We’ve never had this many people.”” According to Cayanan, preparations for the event took about three months and cost about $5,000. Funds were allocated from various sources on campus such as the chancellor, the dean and the A.S. Council, in addition to private contributions such as those from the Princeton Review. A portion of the funds went to advertising for the parade. Posters and banners promoted the parade starting a week before the celebration. Free transportation to the parade and a continental breakfast were provided for students and faculty. There were also two contests held, one for the most participants out of the five colleges, and another for the most participants out of the student organizations on campus, in an effort to increase student involvement. The prize for both contests was a free pizza party paid for by Papa John’s. Marshall college won the first contest by a wide margin with an estimated 40 students participating, followed by Revelle with 25, Muir with 24, Warren with 20 and Roosevelt with 15. The Pep Band won the second contest with 13 members in the parade, followed by the Alpha Kappa Theta fraternity with 10 members. The Marshall College Council felt the event was significant enough to make it mandatory for all council members to attend. “”I think it’s important that our college and community show that we still remember Martin Luther King, not only this day but [also that] the things that he did still have effect on us,”” said Vice Chair of the Marshall Council Michelle Law. Other Council members agreed and wanted to celebrate diversity, which is a main focus of Marshall college. “”It’s just a time to celebrate how far our country has come in terms of diversity and appreciating other cultures,”” said Chair of the Marshall Council Emiko Burchill. The lively atmosphere of the parade is another reason for some to participate. “”I really like the energy here,”” said Jill Donofrio, a member of Leaders of the 21st Century at Revelle. “”Everyone’s happy and cheerful and excited. It makes you want to be the same way.”” Other participants who were alive to witness King’s efforts wanted to support the memory of his struggle. “”I grew up in the 60’s, so I remember vividly the freedom marches,”” Dynes said. “”I remember Martin Luther King and what he did.”” For some faculty members, marching in the parade is an annual tradition. “”I’ve marched in this parade every year,”” Bond said. “”I think it’s a lot of fun. It’s a chance for UCSD to see San Diego and for San Diego to see UCSD. It was a beautiful day and Martin Luther King is one of my heroes.”” For others, the parade was also a chance to spend time with their families and feel a sense of unity in the community. “”I’ve been with the university for 13 years and I think I’ve only missed two parades,”” said Yvonne Reid-Hairston, who works in the chancellor’s office. “”It’s like an annual tradition for us and usually I bring my two daughters. I just like to see the unity that this event brings to the campus and to the city. We need to have more days like this.”” ...

Events

Thursday, Jan. 11 Celebration: Cultural Unity Day of Awareness The Women’s Center, Cross Cultural Center, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Office, and Student Legal Services will sponsor the event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Price Center Plaza. The celebration will feature cultural events, including a drum circle, entertainment, information tables, music and a keynote speaker. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (858) 822-1475. Friday, Jan. 12 Performing Arts: Cab Calloway’s Legacy of Swing Cab Calloway’s daughter, Chris Calloway, will appear with the Hi-De-Ho Orchestra to perform swing and jazz music. Calloway debuted with her father on the Ed Sullivan Show in the ’60s and traveled with him for over 20 years. The University Events Office will sponsor the performance, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Mandeville Center Recital Hall. The even is open to the public. General admission is $22 and student admission is $16. For more information, call (858) 534-4119. Saturday, Jan. 13 Aquarium: Sea Kayaking The Birch Aquarium will sponsor the activities which will start at 8 a.m. in the waters of La Jolla. Activities are open to the public for a $40 fee. For more information and exact location, call (858) 534-7336. Parade: Martin Luther King Jr. Parade UCSD and others will sponsor the parade, which will honor the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. The event will take place at 10 a.m. in downtown San Diego. The event is free and open to the public. Students can sign up to be a part of the parade at their Dean’s or Residential Life office. Free transportation will be provided for those who need it. For more information, call (858) 534-1585. Monday, Jan. 15 Performing Arts: UCSD Gospel Choir The UCSD Music Department will sponsor the gospel choir’s performance to honor Martin Luther King Jr. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. in the Mandeville Center Recital Hall. The event is open to the public. General admission is $5 and student admission is $3. For more information, call (858) 534-4830. Wednesday, Jan. 17 Food Sales: A.S. Barbecue The A.S. Council will serve free lunch to all UCSD students starting at 10 a.m. on Library Walk. For more information, call (858) 534-0473. Performing Arts: Stacey Fraser DMA Concert The UCSD Music Department will sponsor the event, which will take place at 8 p.m. in the Mandeville Center Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call (858) 534-4830 ...

Scripps Scientist Mia Tegner Dies in Diving Accident

Longtime Scripps researcher Mia Tegner died Sunday in a scuba diving accident off the coast of Mission Beach. She was 53 years old. An accomplished diver and scientist, she spent her adult life associated with UCSD. “”We knew Mia when she was a young adult just beginning her scientific endeavors,”” said Charles Kennel, director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. “”She grew to maturity with us, and spent her life at Scripps.”” Tegner, a native of Southern California, graduated from UCSD with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1969. Five years later she earned a doctorate in marine biology from Scripps. She based her research from Scripps ever since. Wayne Pawelek, head diving safety instructor at Scripps, had the pleasure of knowing, working and socializing with Tegner since she arrived at Scripps in 1969. “”She lost her life doing what she truly enjoyed,”” Pawelek, said. Tegner’s research dealt with the ecology of kelp forest communities and near-shore marine resources. She spent nearly three decades studying and protecting the Point Loma kelp beds. Tegner’s work has helped other scientists better understand the kelp forests, and has also helped government officials to better understand the effects of urban runoff and sewage on marine life. Her work greatly contributed to the decision by the California Department of Fish and Game to implement a moratorium on the taking of abalone from offshore Southern California. “”She dedicated more than 25 years of work to the ecology of the kelp beds off Point Loma in San Diego, and she developed a new and deep appreciation for this delicate, undersea rain forest,”” Kennel said. At the time of her passing, Tegner was researching the effects of El Nino and La Nina on the plants and animals of the kelp ecosystem. In August of 2000, Tegner, along with colleagues Paul Dayton, Peter Edwards and Kristin Riser, was honored with the prestigious Cooper Ecology Award for research on the Point Loma kelp forest ecosystem. Two years earlier, in 1998, she received a fellowship with the Pew Fellow Program in Marine Conservation to further study the effects the changing ocean has on kelp forests. In 1986 Tegner was honored with the UCSD Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award. Tegner is survived by her husband, Eric Hanauer of San Diego, a daughter, Sandi Hanauer of Costa Mesa, her parents Oly and Allie Tegner of Palos Verdes, and a sister, Lars Palsoson of Palos Verdes. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mia Tegner’s memory can be made to Scripps Institution of Oceanography to support kelp forest research. For more information, the development office at Scripps can be reached at (858) 822-1865. A memorial service for Tegner will be held at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Friday at 4 p.m. ...

CUE and University Reach Agreement

University clerical workers, following a ratification vote by members of the Coalition of University Employees, have a new contract with the university that provides for wage increases through 2001, including retroactive payments. “”We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with CUE,”” said Judith W. Boyette, UC associate vice president for human resources and benefits. “”I want to thank clerical employees for their patience and for their continued dedication to the university during the negotiations process.”” The contract, signed by UC and CUE representatives on Dec. 20, 2000, took two-and-a-half years to negotiate. “”This is a historic first for CUE,”” said CUE President Claudia Horning, a library worker at UCLA. “”This is the first contract for CUE, and we’ve made many significant improvements over the previous union’s contract. CUE members should be very proud.”” The contract includes a 7.8 percent cost of living increase over two years, and maintains a “”step-merit”” system of salary increases. The contract includes new procedures that require a bona fide business purpose to conduct an employee background check, and agreement that allegations of discrimination not tied to other provisions of the contract can be appealed to arbitration, and a term stating that UC managers will commit to “”fair and respectful treatment”” of clerical employees. CUE represents 18,000 employees statewide, about 3,000 of which are at UCSD. Horning said the CUE contract is the strongest contract the university has negotiated with a union. She added that CUE took the best parts from other contracts and incorporated them into one. She said students may even see indirect results of the new contract. “”Students will find that the clerical employees they deal with are a little happier,”” Horning said. CUE and the University of California will resume negotiations in May 2001 for the next contract. Horning said that while the first contract was difficult to negotiate, she thinks the next contract will go smoother. “”We don’t think it will be as difficult,”” she said. “”We certainly learned a lot in the process.”” ...

North Torrey Pines Parking Structure Opens

An additional 380 “”S”” parking spaces became available Saturday when the new North Torrey Pines parking structure in Thurgood Marshall College opened. The structure, which has been in construction since August 1999, also contains 309 “”B”” Spots, 161 “”A”” spots, 104 metered visitor spots and 18 handicapped spots. The North Torrey Pines Lot, located between Scholars Drive North and North Torrey Pines Road, has six floors and two entrances. A new entrance onto campus on North Torrey Pines Road is set to open March 1, which will provide more convenient access to the structure. Students believe that the ability to park everywhere on campus will be made much easier due to this opening. “”Hopefully it will alleviate the parking problems in Muir,”” Muir sophomore Adam Roston said. “”Parking there has become virtually impossible past 8 a.m.”” The fall opening of the Gilman parking structure provided an additional 307 “”S”” parking spaces as well. However, the six-level structure fills to capacity early in the morning and is full until late in the afternoon when most students have already gone home. “”Based upon our fall quarter 2000 survey, the ‘S’ spaces in this structure filled to peak capacity about 9 a.m.,”” Director of Parking and Transportation Greg Snee said. “”The ‘B’ spaces, 197, filled to peak capacity at about 11 a.m., and ‘A’ spaces, 147, reach their maximum usage at 2 p.m.”” Students who arrive past 10 a.m., though they cannot park in the two new structures, said they still reap the benefits of them being there. “”It just makes parking easier other places on campus,”” Marshall sophomore Eric Robin said. “”East parking is a lot less crowded now that people are parking closer to campus. The lazy students are getting a break, too.”” Although many like the fact that there is new parking on campus, some have begun to question the new North Torrey Pines structure. “”[The new structure] is in the middle of nowhere,”” Revelle junior Yang Fan said. “”It seems like it is only for Marshall students. There should have been more student input.”” Fan said the types of parking spaces are disproportional to the number of people who actually need them. “”There are way too many ‘B’ spots,”” he said. “”There are not enough ‘S’ spaces.”” Moreover, parking still remains a large problem plaguing the school as the demand for permits and parking spaces increases every day. “”Our fall 2000 average weekday parking space occupancy levels indicate that on the La Jolla campus, 82 percent of the total parking space inventory was occupied at peak, 12 noon,”” Snee said. “”‘S’ spaces filled to 86 percent occupancy at 1:00 p.m.”” In order to combat this problem, Transportation and Parking Services and Nelson/Nygard Consulting Associates are working together to produce a new transportation and parking study to determine the magnitude of the problem and where to go from here. “”The UCSD parking and transportation study should be completed in the winter quarter 2001,”” Snee said. “”The UCSD Transportation Policy Committee will be reviewing these recommendations at the end of winter quarter 2001.”” Warren junior Rick James said the only way this study will be beneficial is if they finally begin to see that parking for students is both vital and necessary. “”I just hope they don’t take the easy way out and say that all this campus needs is more carpooling and vanpooling,”” he said. “”That is all well and good, but it really doesn’t fill the students’ needs. They need to realize that a lot of the problems just won’t go away and that students just need extra spots to park in.”” A similar study was done in 1996 to make parking projections and recommendations for the 2005-2006 school year. Among the ideas discussed in this document was the possibility of building a new parking structure in or near University Center. The study projected it could be constructed by the 2005-2006 fiscal year. Most students agree this was a good idea, although they wish it were built five years ago. “”Unless I take four senior years this really won’t have any effect on me,”” Robin said. “”But at least my brother will get a chance to park close to Price Center.”” Many considerations, including the size, location and its level above or below ground are still immediate considerations that have to be decided before any new structure is built. The study said the new structure, if built, should contain around 750 parking spots. Of similar importance, the committee made the proximity of the structure to all major buildings on campus a large priority. According to the study, the new structure should be built no more than half a mile from all major buildings on campus such as Geisel Library, the Price Center and the International Center, as the extra walk would not allow for quick access to these sites. Additionally, the decision as to whether the structure will be above or below ground has yet to be made. If above ground, the structure will have to comply with height and design requirements. If the parking were to be below-ground, an additional building will have to be constructed above the subterranean parking levels. The above-ground portion of the structure could possibly become a new expanded bookstore or career services center, among other possibilities. According to the study done in 1996, the committee was considering at least 11 other possible sites. Among the sites in contention are a 875-spot, five-story complex along Myers Drive that would cost around $9,500,000, a 765-spot, five-story complex west of Russel Lane that would cost around $7,300,000, and a 960-spot, four-story underground parking structure and four story above ground medical building west of the school of medicine that would cost about $13,000,000. ...