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UCSD Receives Record Number of Fall 2001 Applicants

UCSD received more minority applications for fall 2001 in its second record-setting year, while the overall minority percentages in the whole pool remain relatively unchanged. Freshman applications rose 7.6 percent to 38,082 applications. The university also received 6,936 transfer applications, up 12.3 percent from last year, making the total number of undergraduate applications a record 45,018. Among the freshman applicants, sizable increases in number were recorded for all ethnicities. Applications of black students rose 10.9 percent to a total of 1,192 of the 38,082 freshman applications received. Black students submitted 3.1 percent of the fall 2001 freshman applications, up slightly from last year’s 3 percent. Freshman Mexican-American applications totaled 3,537, or 9.3 percent of all applications. The percentage of applications submitted by Mexican-Americans rose to 9.3 percent of the whole from 8.4 percent in the fall 2000 applicant pool. In addition, Latino applications rose 9.6 percent to reach a total of 1,155. Latinos submitted 3 percent of the applications received for fall 2001, the same as the previous year. Applications from Native-Americans increased to 210 from last year’s 186, a rise of 12.9 percent. This is 0.6 percent of the applications received, up slightly from fall 2000’s 0.5 percent. Asian-American applications rose 7.3 percent to constitute 29.2 percent of the total for the fall 2001 quarter, and Filipino-American applicants submitted 16.4 percent more applications than they did last year to make up 4.8 percent of the applicants. The Filipino-American total for 2001 was up from the previous year’s 4.4 percent. Caucasian applications constituted 14,095 of the 38,082, a rise of 4.1 percent over last year, to make up 37.0 percent of the applications, down from fall 2000’s 39.7 percent. Transfer applications have been on the rise since 1999. They rose 15.4 percent in 2000. “”For two years we have had a remarkable and welcome increase in our transfer and freshman applications, as well as from African-Americans, Mexican-Americans and Native-Americans,”” said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Joseph Watson. “”It is reassuring to see that such well-qualified students are responding to our intensive recruitment efforts, such as our partnerships with high schools and community colleges.”” The gender breakdown of the applicant pool for fall 2001 was 54.7 percent female, 44.7 percent male and 0.5 percent undeclared for freshman applications. The female-to-male ratio among applicants has increased since fall 2000, when females constituted 53.9 percent of the applicant pool and males 47.7 percent. Among transfer applicants, men’s applications rose 15.5 percent, while women’s rose only 9.6. The largest section of applicants declaring a major (20.9 percent) applied to the social sciences majors. Science and math applicants were 17.2 percent of the total, and applications to the engineering majors constituted 18.1 percent. The engineering majors saw many more applicants than for fall 2000, with a whopping 14.7 percent increase. A total of 10,578 freshman applicants applied as undeclared majors, 29.9 percent of the applicant pool. The arts and humanities majors pulled 3.6 percent of the pool apiece. The academic attributes of applicants remained similar to that of the fall 2000 pool. The average high school grade point average of a freshman applicant for next year is 3.72, down slightly from fall 2000’s average of 3.73. The mean GPA of transfer students remained stable at 3.26, the same as last year. The average SAT composite score rose to 1213 from 1211. The two-point rise was in the verbal score average, which, this year, was 587. The mean SAT math score remained 626. ...

Student Life Referendum Meets Criticism

The proposed Campus Life Referendum was the subject of heated debate at a committee meeting Monday in the Chancellor’s Complex. With the Feb. 2 deadline for campus organizations’ funding requests rapidly approaching, the committee opened the floor to public input on the referendum. While many support the Campus Life Referendum, which would potentially increase graduate and undergraduate quarterly fees by as much as $75, the bill collided head-on with fervent criticism and opposition at Monday’s meeting. Among the topics of debate was the referendum’s goal of providing funding for the expansion of the Muir College Stuart Commons. Some in attendance, such as Mark Stickel of the Revelle College Council, see the item as inappropriate on a bill that, according to A.S. Council President Doc Khaleghi, is intended to benefit all of UCSD at once. “”I don’t see how a college-specific item should be on the table. It’s not campus-wide,”” Stickel said. “”How do I convince a Revelle student to vote for the referendum when this item affects only Muir students?”” In response, Muir College Council Chair Cristina Villegas defended the item, pointing out that each of the university’s five colleges had the opportunity to submit a proposal for individual college expansion, and that Muir was the only college to have made a submission. “”At least one-fifth of the students will benefit from this item,”” Villegas said. “”[The Stuart Commons] is a huge part of Muir life.”” According to Villegas, more than 30 student organizations use the area for their various meetings and events. Pat Danylyshyn-Adams, resident dean of Muir campus, also supported the item’s inclusion in the referendum. “”[Non-Muir] students may also use the Commons,”” she said. “”College affiliation is not required for that.”” Danylyshyn-Adams likened the dispute to the fact that, although not every UCSD student is an intercollegiate athlete, the referendum will most likely include funding aimed at making UCSD seem more like a Division II university. Despite his reservations concerning the Stuart Commons, Stickel is an optimistic supporter of the referendum. “”Things are coming along,”” he said. While many support further revision of the referendum before it is voted upon, more adamant opponents of the proposal would like to see it scrapped altogether. Carolyn Gan of the UCSD Student Co-ops, along with other co-op representatives, attacked the referendum at the meeting, calling it poorly framed and in violation of certain national, state and UC-wide regulations. Gan objected on behalf of the co-ops to the Campus Life Referendum Committee’s failure to follow proper procedure for initializing a student referendum. She reasoned that the referendum could not be considered to be entirely student run, as it was intended to be, since university administrators had hand-picked various committee members. She also said that a year 2000 Supreme Court ruling requires that all student fees must go toward education, leaving to question the referendum’s intent to further expand many of the on-campus university centers. Gan said the co-ops are calling for an end to the committee’s “”unnecessary inertia”” in its efforts to pass the referendum. “”We should take the time to do it right.”” she said. “”Had we used a student initiative [in creating] the referendum, we would have avoided many problems.”” Gan said the co-ops are pushing for the dissolution of the committee. Probably the point of highest contention at Monday’s meeting was the discussion of the recent removal of Graduate Students Association Vice President of Academic Affairs Kris Bohling as well another member from the referendum committee. GSA President Lea Ruiz made the decision to withdraw the two as voting members on the committee, taking their places herself. “”I made an executive decision to remove Kris and Josh from the committee,”” Ruiz said. “”[The GSA] felt like it wasn’t getting enough information from the committee. With the kinds of decisions being made, we need to be a presence.”” Bohling, an outspoken opponent of the referendum, spoke to the committee on Monday. “”I am not in agreement personally with the decision made by the GSA president,”” he said. “”The decision is in violation of GSA bylaws … I believe it to be part of a larger administrative attack on those opposed to the referendum.”” Bohling spoke cordially about Ruiz, noting that he considered her a friend. Bohling requested of the committee that he be allowed to stay on as a voting member until the situation is properly resolved. Ruiz, who has decided to abstain from all committee votes, believes the issue is something to be resolved within the GSA. “”This is something that is not to be discussed at these meetings,”” she said. “”It’s a matter of GSA reps’ responsibilities and of those responsibilities not being fulfilled.”” A motion was introduced and seconded to conduct a vote on whether the two GSA members in question should be allowed to remain as voting members of the committee. While six of the committee’s members voted unopposed in favor of the motion, 12 abstained and the motion was not passed. “”The vote we took reflects the committee’s opinion that this is an internal matter to be resolved by the GSA,”” said committee co-chair Jenn DeCamp. At the meeting’s end, Khaleghi announced that the committee would be deciding on a date for a campus-wide vote on the referendum, for which there were two options: either during A.S. Council elections in the second week of the spring quarter, or at another date to be decided upon later. Despite the various conflicts and items of debate, Khaleghi has strong feelings about the fate of the referendum. “”Something like this will happen eventually,”” he said. “”The University Centers and athletic program have demonstrated a need for action of this kind. Whether it will happen now or later, I don’t know, but it will happen. We need it.”” ...

Anti-Zionism Week Sparks Debate

The Muslim Student Association is marking Anti-Zionism Week this week with speakers, videos and tables on Library Walk, sparking much debate on campus. UCSD’s MSA President Eahab Ibrahim said he feels his organization has done a successful job in educating students on Zionism and the situation in the Middle East. “”The main thing we’re trying to accomplish is to make people aware of the situation of the Palestinian people and the effects Zionist philosophy has had on them,”” he said. “”I think we’ve done a decent job of that.”” Monday’s speaker, Richard Becker from the human rights group International Action Center, gave an eyewitness account of the current state of Israel. He spoke of a double standard of justice for Jews and non-Jews in Israel, and how non-Jews are often not allowed to go from one town to another. “”Israel is pursuing a policy of strangulation — economic strangulation of the people living there,”” Becker said. Becker also gave a history of Zionism in the Middle East and distributed handouts detailing the changes in control over Middle Eastern territory. Lila Hollman, a member of the Union of Jewish Students, said Becker had a communist take on his historical account of the region. “”There was definitely interpretation of history and he definitely left out certain key aspects of the history of the country,”” she said. Tuesday night’s video, “”The Land and the People,”” gave an account of day-to-day life in Israel. It depicted road blocks, the use of rubber and plastic bullets and the stopping of non-Jewish cars by Israeli police. UJS President Wade Strauss said he thought the video was one-sided and somewhat outdated but acknowledged that it was an appropriate critique of Israeli policies. “”It did address a lot of the things that did and do go on there,”” he said. MSA Treasurer Muslema Purmul said she is pleased to have people attending the Anti-Zionism events. “”We’re hoping that people recognize the controversy,”” she said. “”They don’t have to agree with us, just listen to our story.”” Purmul added that she hopes the current controversy and conflict will lead to eventual peace and justice, comparing the movement to the civil rights movement in America. “”I look at people like Martin Luther King,”” she said. “”His position was to fight oppression. The people who rallied against them didn’t understand what he was fighting for. He challenged the status quo. And look at what it led to. Look at the rights African Americans have today.”” Ibrahim said he was displeased by the fact that Anti-Zionism Week had created such a controversy before it even started, even though the controversy brought attention to the event. “”The main reason I feel the charges were put against us was to discredit us before we were given a chance to speak,”” Ibrahim said. “”It has had an adverse effect in some ways, but in other ways it has brought attention to our week.”” Ibrahim added that if he had to do over again, he would only change the name of Anti-Zionism Week if he could come up with an accurate alternative. “”We would definitely consider that,”” he said. “”We were trying to come up with alternative titles for an exact description of what we were trying to do.”” Both Ibrahim and Purmul said, however, that no other title would suffice. ...

Anti-Zionism Posters Cause Controversy

Posters and flyers related to Anti-Zionism Week have been appearing all over campus for the past few weeks, some of them stirring much debate. David Pilz Guardian MSA Treasurer Muslema Purmul and Revelle freshman Salma Shabaik on Monday morning removed a poster that stated “”Anti-Zionism is inherently Anti-Semitic.”” Purmul said she saw the poster as an attack on her, personally. “”It’s almost a deliberate attempt to misrepresent our image, to make us look like racists when really we’re anti-racist.”” Marcia Strong, adviser to MSA and the Union of Jewish Students, said posters not bearing the name of the organization sponsoring them may be taken down. Purmul said she had been told that rule and therefore thought it was legal to take the poster down. “”It’s a free speech area,”” she said. “”It’s my right to take it down. I’m not ashamed of [having taken it down]. It was a direct attack on me.”” She added that she had no intention to destroy the poster and that she took it straight to the A.S. Council offices to ask about the legitimacy of the poster. UJS member Lila Hollman said the removal of the poster was an act of disrespect. “”It upsets me because we’re talking about freedom of speech here and it should be respected,”” she said. “”To have them come and take our stuff is really hurtful and ridiculous.”” The poster is back up in the Price Center, with the words “”Sponsored by Union of Jewish Students”” added to it. Flyers bearing anti-Jewish statements have also appeared in the Price Center over the past couple of days. The flyers bear no name or author. Purmul called the flyers bigoted and racist and said that no MSA or Arab Student Union member would have posted them. Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Joseph Watson issued a statement Wednesday in response to the flyers. “”On Tuesday, a number of anonymous flyers were posted on the UCSD campus,”” he stated. “”The unsigned flyers appear intended to anger the Jewish community and incite tensions between Muslim and Jewish members of the UCSD community. The flyers represent cowardly and disrespectful speech that conflicts with the UCSD Principles of Community and the campus’s commitment to those principles. “”I ask that all members of the community reject these flyers and any other communications and actions intended to promote discord and hatred.”” ...

Events

Thursday, Feb. 1 Performing Arts: Paul Hom and R. Carlos Nakai Carlos Nakai, one of the world’s best Native American flautists, and Grammy winner Paul Hom will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Mandeville Center Auditorium. The University Events Office will sponsor the event. General admission is $20 and student admission is $15. For more information call (858) 534-4119. Showcase: The UCSD Speech and Debate Team The UCSD speech and debate team will hold its annual Speech and Debate Night at 5 p.m. in Center Hall 216. For more information call (858) 457-4297. Film: ‘Remember the Titans’ The film is sponsored by the University Centers and will be shown at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the Price Center Theater. Admission is $2. Friday, Feb. 2 Pep Rally: Triton Tide Spirit Night Rally The cheer squad and the pep band will perform at 12:30 p.m. in the Price Center Plaza. The five colleges will participate in games such as body painting. The Triton Tide will sponsor the event, which is free and open to the public. For more information call (858) 546-7827 Saturday, Feb. 3 Film: Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra for Silent Films A novelty orchestra will perform live music at the Seuss Room of Geisel Library at 11 a.m. The Music Library will sponsor the event, which is open to the public. Admission is free. For more information call (858) 534-8074. Sunday, Feb. 4 Community Service: Street Clean-up The Ocean Awareness Club will hold its third annual street cleanup in Pacific Beach. Those participating will meet at 11 a.m. at Charlie’s Best Breads near Brueger’s Bagels on Garnet Avenue, or at 10:30 a.m. at the Muir tennis courts. For more information call (858) 695-0969. Wednesday, Feb. 7 Author Appearance: Susan Miller Author and creator of the popular Web site http://astrologyzone.go.com will appear at the UCSD Bookstore at 3 p.m. to discuss astrology. She will give a lecture on “”Planets and Possibilities: Explore the Worlds Beyond Your Sun Sign,”” in which she will explain how people can envision new possibilities for themselves through astrology. The UCSD Bookstore will sponsor the event, which is free and open to the public. For more information call (858) 534-7306. ...

Lights & Sirens

Sunday, Jan. 21 11:30 a.m.: A 53-year-old male nonaffiliate was ordered off campus for seven days after suspicious activity at Tenaya Hall. Monday, Jan. 22 10:04 a.m.: A student reported the theft of a cellular phone from UC 302. Loss: $250. 11:12 a.m.: A student reported the theft of a license plate from Lot 401. 11:20 p.m.: Officers arrested a 21-year-old male student at 9000 La Jolla Village Drive for being drunk in public. Transported to Detox. Rejected from Detox and transported to Central Jail. Tuesday, Jan. 23 7:46 p.m.: Students reported the theft of wallets from Pacific Hall 6228. Loss: $60. 9:29 p.m.: A male nonaffiliate reported a shooting at an inhabited vehicle, throwing an object at an inhabited vehicle with intent to inflict bodily injury and vandalism in excess of $400 damage to a city bus at the Miramar Street bus turnaround. Total damage $1,200. Wednesday, Jan. 24 12:57 p.m.: Officers arrested a 20-year-old female student for misuse of a disabled placard in Lot 504. Cited and released. 2:30 p.m.: Officers detained a 36-year-old male nonaffiliate at Muir Apartments for being a danger to himself and others. Transported to County Mental Health. Subject later returned and was transported to County Mental Health again. 5:12 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a bicycle seat from the bike rack by the Revelle Conference Room. Loss: $50. Thursday, Jan. 25 12:56 p.m.: Units and paramedics responded to a 19-year-old female student having a seizure at the Price Center food court. Transported to Thornton by paramedics. Friday, Jan. 26 12:25 a.m.: Officers arrested a 31-year-old male nonaffiliate for driving under the influence of alcohol at North Torrey Pines Road and North Point Drive. Transported to Central Jail. 6:10 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a license plate from Lot 502. 6:16 p.m.: A student reported the theft of a wallet from RIMAC. Loss: $25. Saturday, Jan. 27 1:07 a.m.: Officers arrested a 21-year-old male student at Pepper Canyon Apartments for being drunk in public. Transported to Central Jail. Sunday, Jan. 28 1:11 a.m.: Officers arrested a 22-year-old male student for misuse of a disabled placard in Lot 113. Cited and released. 2:11 a.m.: Officers arrested an 18-year-old male nonaffiliate for petty theft at Tioga Hall. Subject transported to Detox for being drunk in public. ...

Briefly

Cynthia A. Stuenkel, a clinical professor of medicine at UCSD is being honored by the American Heart Association for her role in raising women’s awareness about heart disease. Stuenkel will receive her award at the First Annual Women’s Legacy Luncheon to be held Feb. 2 at the Bristol Hotel in downtown San Diego. The luncheon is put on by the American Heart Association in an effort to bring female family members together to emphasize the dangers of heart disease, which is sometimes called a “”silent epidemic.”” San Diego has recently been chosen by the AHA as one of three U.S. cities to launch a major campaign alerting women to the dangers of heart disease. UCSD Sexual Harassment Office to offer online course The Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Policy announced its new online sexual harassment education course titled “”Preventing Sexual Harassment”” Friday. The course covers legal issues and UCSD’s own policies on sexual harassment, and has been built to suit the UCSD community. The online course is not intended to replace on-site sexual harassment classes, but can be used as a valuable tool for those who are unable to attend those sessions. For more information about the online course or any other services offered by the Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Policy, call (858) 534-8298 or visit http://oshpp.ucsd.edu. Author Matt Ridley to appear at UCSD Bookstore Matt Ridley, author of “”Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters,”” is scheduled to make a stop at the UCSD Bookstore Feb. 6 as part of his book tour. Ridley will discuss his book, which explains the human genome and the importance of mapping it. In his book, Ridley also discusses the lineage of modern genetics, how genetic research is helping to treat Alzheimer’s disease, and how genes influence personality. All Campus College Bowl Tournament coming Jan. 31 The All Campus College Bowl Tournament will take place in the Price Center Theater 7 p.m. Jan. 31. The event will be sponsored by the University Centers, the five colleges, the vice chancellor of student affairs and Imprints. All five colleges will compete in the tournament. The winning teams from the individual college tournaments are Atlantis Hall & Larry’s Angels from Revelle, Organic Chemideath & Cap’n Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters from Muir, Off the Heezee Fo’Sheezee & the “”Go”” Team from Marshall, Bushrats & Zoltan from Warren and PRT & Tosch from Roosevelt. Career Services Center presents corporate showcase The Career Services Center’s Corporate Showcase is set to take place at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 31 in the Price Center Ballroom. Companies including Genentech, Inc., Guidant Corp., Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Sempra Energy and Sun Microsystems will be on hand to meet with students and offer information about career opportunities and internships. For more information, call the UCSD Career Services Center at (858) 534-4472. Grove Gallery to have glass and neon Valentine’s tribute A glass and neon tribute to Valentine’s Day entitled “”Heart Throb”” will open Feb. 6 at UCSD’s Grove gallery. A reception will also be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 14; the reception is free and open to all who wish to come. Artists displaying their work in the tribute include Clay Logan, Buzz Blodgett, Patty Yockey, Frank Varnell, Bret Daniel, Mike Stanley, Rick Umpierre, Brian Ferrin, Mike Letson and Mike Riley. Among the kinds of art to be displayed are glassblowing, lamp working, functional pieces and wearable art. ...

A.S. Council and Athletic Department Unveil New Mascot

After years of student anticipation for the arrival of an identifiable spirit leader, the A.S. Council and the Athletic Department finally revealed the new Triton Mascot Saturday, Jan. 20 at halftime of the UCSD men’s basketball game against California State University Dominguez Hills. Lyon Liew Guardian Assistant Athletic Director Ken Grosse said that the new costume stands about 6’5″” with an oversized head, a toga-like outfit, flowing hair, a beard and long muscular legs. “”People will really be impressed,”” said A.S. President Doc Khaleghi. “”I am proud to be at a school that has this mascot.”” The Triton has always been the school’s nickname, although no mascot existed until recently. The first costume ideas were designed by previous A.S. President Tesh Khullar, along with A.S. Marketing Director Tracie Davie, Triton Tide leader Matt Deford and Grosse. The final two designs were finalized last summer after Khullar graduated and Khaleghi took over as A.S. President and member of the committee. The two remaining ideas were sent to the Utah-based company Alincoe Costume who made the final product after reviewing the committee’s two designs. The costume cost approximately $5,000 to make. The faculty expressed excitement over the new addition to the school, as it represents a rare joint project between the Associated Students and the athletic department. “”Overall, I think it’s going to be a great addition to the campus and should benefit a lot of people,”” Grosse said. “”The process of making it a reality will hopefully be the first in a long line of collaborative efforts between athletics and the A.S., as well as other UCSD organizations.”” Currently the A.S. Council and the athletic department plan on the mascot performing at halftime shows at basketball games and during intermissions in volleyball. In his first appearance, the mascot drew a large crowd and kept the fans energetic throughout the game. Khaleghi said the mascot’s first appearance was a success. “”I think the students loved him,”” Khaleghi said. “”It was one of the most impressive turnouts I have seen for a home game.”” Khaleghi said that he thinks the response will be even better once a full-time trained mascot is found. Student tryouts will be held sometime in the near future and the winner will attend mascot camp. In addition, Grosse said that once the mascot becomes more mainstream on campus, it will begin to participate in other school activities. “”We anticipate and want to have the mascot do a variety of appearances on and off campus,”” he said. “”The nonathletic and off-campus appearances will probably be limited at first as we get the mascot comfortable in its role, learn what works and what doesn’t and see what opportunities are available.”” Athletic Director Earl Edwards said these appearances are important because they will boost school spirit and give the school something it has never had. “”Most schools have a mascot and we didn’t have one,”” he said. “”We need to start making an identity that is reflected upon our school.”” It is hoped that the mascot will provide the new energy and fan support that Khaleghi believes is needed to compete in Division II. “”Eighty-six percent of students wanted to make the jump to Division II,”” he said. “”Now we need to support our teams in every way possible and the mascot is one of those ways. We need to have the spirit and support that other Division II schools get.”” ...

Year of the Snake Hits UCSD

Asian food, sports and arts had a field day at “”The Year of the Snake”” festival, held Friday afternoon at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies courtyard. The annual event, presented by IR/PS, was a huge success in spite of some bad weather. “”We’ve had a good turnout, despite the rain,”” said Christine Ha, co-president of South East Asian Link. The four-hour event celebrated Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese cultures. Nearly 150 people were in attendance, including those of Asian and non-Asian backgrounds alike. “”The campus here is very diverse,”” Ha said. “”Lots of different backgrounds are here and it’s a lot of fun, especially since Southeast Asia is often unrecognized.”” The linguistics department hosted the festival and helped to put it together with the IR/PS students. “”We did the framework, and the students planned it,”” said Japanese language professor Kuniko Tada. “”It’s a great opportunity for students to show what they’ve learned. We don’t see this great hidden cultural learning in language classes.”” Language classes do not usually discuss the social and political aspects of the countries they are covering, so the festival makes for a good experience of the cultural side of the languages students are learning. The program started with an elaborate Lion Dance and a Bamboo Stick Dance. Students presented kung fu and karate performances, along with presentations of origami (paper folding), shoduo (Japanese calligraphy) and ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement). Cari Wilhem-Motomura, a second-year IR/PS student majoring in international business management, lived in Japan for six years and mastered the art of flower arrangement while learning the language. She was on hand at the festival, teaching the art to attendees. “”The celebration brings our students together to share our cultures,”” Wilhelm-Motomura said. “”We have a small school — only a couple hundred people — so it gives us a chance to really share different aspects of our cultures, besides the politics and business aspects we study.”” Kelly Morphy, a first-year IR/PS student studying Portuguese and Spanish, appreciated a look into Asian culture. “”This school is on the cutting edge of global communication and diversity,”” she said. The event was also featured on KUSI’s Friday evening telecast. ...

Vanilla Ice Performs at Club Ritmo

Rain was not enough to stop people from coming to see Vanilla Ice Friday night at Club Ritmo’s second show. The club debuted earlier this month with Tone Loc headlining. Lyon Liew Guardian About 400 people packed the Stage at the Pub despite the wet weather outside. Before the show began, A.S. Assistant Programmer Eisha Christian was optimistic about the night’s headliner. “”I’ve heard really really good reports [about Vanilla Ice] because we do references on whatever act we bring to this campus,”” Christian said. “”Everyone’s pumped up and they love [Ice] and they definitely recommended him … so I’m expecting it to be awesome.”” A.S. Assistant Programmer Anahita Ferasat explained why Vanilla Ice was chosen to perform. “”He has a good name and everyone knows him,”” Ferasat said. “”We wanted a little publicity for our club because we didn’t have a name yet.”” DJ Crazy and DJ Kurt Mueller of the DJs and Vinylphiles Club opened the show around 9 p.m. According to DVC president Andy Livingston, the group is very appreciative toward the club for asking them to play on such a regular basis. “”I kind of like these events … because we get that other half of people who wouldn’t normally hear this kind of music,”” Livingston said. “”You know, if they hate it then they hate it … but if they like it, then that’s just more increased exposure.”” Ferasat praised DVC for its support of the club. “”We absolutely love working with them,”” Ferasat said. “”We’re going to continuously work with them because they’re helping us, we’re helping them, it’s a very good relationship with them.”” Marshall sophomore Joanna Chang was curious to see the club for the first time. “”I heard they turned the Pub into a club and so it sounded like a fun thing to do,”” Chang said. Marshall sophomore Shabani Kapoor was also looking forward to the concert. “”Yeah, sure it’ll be fun to see the ‘Ice Ice Baby’ guy,”” Kapoor said. Ice took the stage at about 10:45 p.m. with guests Zero and Rod-J, who have been with him for over 10 years. Between songs, Ice worked the crowd by poking fun at mainstream music acts like the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC. “”I want to thank everyone for embracing the real me, not some fucking product made up by the industry,”” Ice said during the show. “”You know I was paid millions of dollars and dressed like that crazy shit and you all would’ve done the same shit … so don’t be talking shit about no Vanilla Ice.”” Marshall senior Han Lee enjoyed Ice’s performance. “”I think it’s good, I like it, he got the crowd into it,”” Lee said. His set included a mix of newer material from his latest album “”Hard to Swallow,”” as well as his most famous hits like “”Ice Ice Baby”” and “”Play That Funky Music, Whiteboy.”” “”For the college deal we came and kind of did like an old school show tonight, so it was pretty fun,”” Ice said. Toward the end of the show, Ice invited students on stage to free-style rap. Although only one person participated, the rest remained on stage to dance for the duration of the concert. “”It was awesome, I had a great time,”” Ice said after his performance. “”I’ve been given like a second chance so I’m very grateful.”” He went on to promote his new album, which will feature guests from Insane Clown Posse, Soul Fly, Wu Tang Clan, Public Enemy and many other musical groups. Ice said he wanted to clarify that his goal is not to make a comeback. “”I let people know that I’m not trying to do what I did before, it’s not like I’m a product of the industry or a puppet on a string, you know, I kind of cut those strings and I’m off doing my own thing now,”” Ice said. “”It’s not so radio-friendly, it’s not so commercial or mainstream, you know, it’s just real.”” Ice said he would like the public to focus more on his music. “”I learned that music is about expression … a lot of people pretty much want to know about my life and what I’ve been through,”” Ice said. “”It’s been a heavy roller coaster, from suicide to loneliness through all kinds of drugs and crazy things. The VH-1 special kind of showed a glimpse of that but the music is a much more personal part of myself … so I’m using music sort of as my release to exorcise my demons.”” After the performance, Christian remarked how Ice was a little more extreme than the A.S. Council had anticipated. She was referring to an incident late in the show in which the artist repeatedly encouraged female concert-goers to flash the rest of the audience. “”I don’t want [the club] to be trashy,”” Christian said. “”But then, we also know that each performer brings his own flavor, and we learned from this experience.”” Ferasat shared a similar sentiment. “”We were a little offended by what he did on stage, we just weren’t expecting anything that kind of explicit,”” she said. “”His performance was a little more than expected.”” As for the Club Ritmo’s future, both Christian and Ferasat are very optimistic. The next show is scheduled for March 2. The off-time in between will allow the club to publicize and better prepare, Christian said. Christian and Ferasat both praised A.S. Co-Festivals Coordinator Scott Mantell for all the work he has done behind the scenes. Calling his efforts “”amazing,”” Ferasat said Mantell continues to play a pivotal role in the development of Club Ritmo. Many non-UCSD students were in attendance Friday night for the concert as well. Mesa College junior Chris Kline has been a fan since the beginning. “”I’ve been waiting 10 years to see this guy in concert ever since I was a little kid and now I’ll finally get a chance,”” Kline said before the show. An San Diego State University freshman who gave his name as “”Kipper”” said he enjoyed the night immensely. “”I originally came out to see the DJs from the DVC spin because those guys have maximum potential,”” Kipper said. “”However, I had to see Vanilla Ice spin that good ol’ ‘Ice Ice Baby’ just for the sentimental factor. It’s a pretty big party … some people may say he kind of strayed from the original message but it’s all good, it’s a lot of fun.”” ...