Thursday, March 23, 2017

A.S. Council’s Moral Imperative is to Table the Divestment Resolution Indefinitely and Remain Silent...

Dear Editor, As a student government, divestment is a powerful expression of the Associated Student Council’s moral authority to effect change in the world. Our own university has had a long history of standing at the forefront using this tool as we pushed for divestment from Iran and Sudan. However, in those two situations, there was a clear right and wrong answer.

Misconception of Free Speech is Rampant spread

I'm right, therefore you're wrong. Does that sound at all familiar?

Or maybe you've had people get up in your face, yell and curse at you because your beliefs are different from theirs?

Unfortunately, I have had the wonderful opportunity to experience this abuse firsthand. In the days leading up to and following the election, people who claimed to be open-minded verbally attacked some of my friends and myself when we professed our views.

It was almost funny (if you discount the anger and hate that were directed at us) how fast their proclaimed open-mindedness disappeared when confronted with our differing beliefs.

Either we were confronted with a frosty silence and pointedly ignored, or we were angrily lambasted about how stupid we were. It got to the point where I couldn't even say who I wanted for president because a fight might ensue. There were five or six angry so-called liberal-minded people, and there was no way I could win just by my little lonesome self.

I am so sick and tired of these obviously closed-minded people who believe in the right to free speech just as long as it only applies to them. These so-called liberal thinkers are no better than bigots.

Don't tell me that I am wrong. Don't curse at me for what I believe. I have the right to think and form my own opinions just as everyone else does.

Though this superiority of beliefs phenomenon, which I designate the Right Complex, has shown its colors in this very hotly contested election, it most definitely is not limited to it.

In fact, this Right Complex phenomenon has been hitting me since the beginning of the quarter. For instance, in some of my classes, my teaching assistants make their views known in such a way that if there is a contrary opinion, the student will be trounced and made a spectacle in class.

Or better yet, in a political science class, two guys told me that I was ""full of shit"" over and over when I good-naturedly attempted to point out that there was another way to look at a particular issue. The hateful views of my two fellow students stunned me. What right did they have to verbally harass me just because I didn't share their ideology?

I won't stand for these people's hypocrisy anymore. I have the right to my opinion, period. And in return, I must respect everyone's opinion. I don't have the right to verbally attack someone because of a differing belief. I don't have the right to make someone so uncomfortable that they won't even open their mouth for fear of being verbally harassed.

It's actually a very simple concept. It's about respecting others even though you might not agree with them. I have the right to my opinion as long as I don't infringe upon another's freedom to have a different view.

If everyone were meant to think all the same way, then we would have all been made exactly the same. But we have all grown up with different experiences and those experiences are what have shaped and molded the beliefs we hold today. So who is to judge one's experiences and beliefs are more valid than others?

My question to those who stand in judgment of others is this: Who appointed you God? What gives you the right to sit on your mighty throne and look down upon and verbally attack those who do not agree with you? What makes your opinions automatically right and all those who disagree wrong?

I have come to realize that our society is not one that accepts differing viewpoints. Instead, it is a cutthroat, cruel society that takes pleasure in hating and attacking people who have diverse beliefs. And to think that I was naive enough to expect college students to be more accepting than the general population! Well, my eyes are certainly opened now.

It will be a great day indeed when these bigots finally realized how hypocritical they are. In the mean time, the only way I see to safeguard my right to have my opinions is if I grow skin thick as armor, so the hatred and cursing of those bigots will not be able to silence my just-as-valid beliefs.

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Letters to the Editor

Editor:

In light of the recent developments in the Middle East, we strongly feel that this issue ought to be properly addressed. Having said that, the events as addressed in the article ""Peace Vigil Unites Students,"" published on Nov. 16, give an unrealistic impression of peace in the Middle East. We have seen leaders such as Clinton, Barak and Arafat attempt to construct ""peace"" along illusory lines, which sadly but expectedly culminated in the latest Al-Aqsa Intifada.

We can talk all we want about peace, but when the core human issues of justice and freedom are ignored, peace loses its meaning. We cannot achieve peace along false lines.

More importantly, the line in the article stating, ""The vigil primarily concentrated on Christians, Jews and Muslims"" is questionable. If this was the case, then why was the event organized at the same time that the Muslim Student Association held its Islamic Awareness event, thus making it difficult for the group to attend?

Secondly, the Arab Student Union and the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee were not contacted. If you ask us, the planning was shady and casts doubt on the intentions of the organizers. Moreover, the quoted words of Rabbi Goldstein, ""It is important to understand that what happens there, happens there, but here is our own world"" take away from the severity of the situation and our moral responsibility as citizens of the United States and human beings on this planet to guard against the suffering of innocent populations.

Let us not forget that our own president is at the forefront of the situation. Let us not forget that what happens here greatly affects what happens there, as the actions of the United States since 1948 have determined the developments in the region. In conclusion, when we get together to hope for peace, we cannot turn a blind eye to the source of the conflict, which is largely about occupation, independence, and self-determination, rather than the way it is misrepresented in the mainstream American media.

Even if Jerusalem were a desert, devoid of holy places, the conflict would be no less fateful. After all, this is an issue of basic human rights to property and liberty.

Wasn't it the great American Patrick Henry who said ""Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, almighty God, I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.""

-- Nour Chammas and Lana Kreidie

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Transportation Department Lacks Humor

Apparently, the UCSD transportation department has lost its sense of humor.

Last week, it informed Debbie Evans, a shuttle driver, that she is no longer allowed to act like a pirate on her shuttle.

Since the beginning of the school year, when she started her shuttle-driving career, Evans has worn a red bandanna, an eye patch (not over any eyes, of course), and occasionally a fake hook or parrot while on the job. She had greeted passengers with an occasional ""Ahoy, matey!"" or ""Arrrggg!"" mixed in with the standard ""Hello.""

In doing this, Evans livened up the atmosphere on the Regents East shuttle, amusing some, if not all of the passengers.

Even the ones who didn't find her funny didn't complain about it; Evans was not reprimanded because of any customer complaints.

Her superior's decision to ban the pirate act came after other shuttle drivers complained that it was ""unprofessional.""

While I respect the right of Shuttle Operations to set standards for its employees and to enforce them, in this case it has made a poor decision.

There are no rules prohibiting shuttle drivers from attempting to entertain their passengers. In her act, Evans did not put anyone in danger, nor did she do anything to make her passengers doubt her ability as a driver.

Her actions may have been, as the other drivers say, ""unprofessional,"" but I don't think that the word is very well-applied to the profession of shuttle driving.

If it were truly a professional situation requiring a professional demeanor, shuttle drivers would likely be prohibited from playing their own music, talking to friends while they drive, and waving at each other all the time.

If this were an issue of safety, I would be the first to support the transportation department. Last year, a driver on the shuttle out to East Parking bothered me not because of his appearance or his greetings but because of his total lack of safe driving skills.

There were more than a few times on that shuttle where I expected it to tip over going around a curve.

I don't know about you, but I'll take a talkative pirate over a threat to my safety any day. Perhaps the transportation department should worry less about the acting skills of its employees and more about their ability to drive.

This is much less a case of safety or of professionalism than it is a case of wanting to preserve the status quo. Evans' co-workers and superiors, faced with an expression of individualism they hadn't seen before, decided to reject it as different instead of judging it at face value.

From what I have been told by Evans and by the Transportation Office, this issue is still unresolved.

Evans retains her desire to brighten up the mood on the shuttle with her rendition of ""Yo ho, yo ho,"" and her superiors are still stopping her from doing so.

I personally am saddened by this because I'm tired of being bored on the shuttle.

UCSD is not the most exciting school in the world, and we should be doing all that we can to support a little bit of diversity and individuality.

If you share my sentiments and would like to see the reappearance of Pirate Debbie on the shuttle system, please call Shuttle Operations at (858) 534-6282 to voice your opinions.

You do have a say on your campus.

Once You’re FB “Official,” There’s No Going Back

When I changed my relationship status from “single” to “in a relationship” last week, it didn’t occur to me that everyone and their mother would see it — including my own. During my next phone call with my mom, she asked how Brett was doing.

“Brett? He’s great. I’m surprised you remembered his name, I’ve only mentioned him a few times.”

“Well, apparently you’re in a relationship with him.”

This was unreal. Facebook told my mother that I’m in a relationship. Facebook also told her my plans for Saturday night. She warned me that when I’m ready to get married, she expected to find out in person, not by reading “Madeline Mann is engaged” on her newsfeed.

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Capitalism's Ugly Effects Felt at UCSD

Some people seem to view the concept of a university as something that is untouched by the evils of society. Upon closer examination, however, it is clear that universities -- especially public universities -- are one of the sectors most influenced by the state and its bureaucracy. This is not to say that I equate the evils of society to the state and its bureaucracy. The topic at hand is a more general one: capitalism. We hate to love it, and we love to hate it. It brings us the lifestyle we have been brainwashed to desire while firmly planting guilty consciences in many of our liberal ""bleeding hearts.""

In the words of Marx, it allows us as the bourgeoisie to control the proletariat ""enslaved"" in many of the world's lesser-developed countries. Overall, there is no way to get away from capitalism.The United States has used the power of capitalism's message to create a consumer culture which is becoming worldwide. Through radio and TV waves, capitalism was able to break down the Berlin Wall in the eyes of many, and it is now softening the Chinese defense against it. Imagine the potential financial benefits American multinational corporations will have if they are able to transform 1.2 billion Chinese into loyal consumers of American products or services. I can see the dollar signs in the eyes of CEOs across the country.

Clearly capitalism is overt on an international scale, but the most interesting data is how evident it is here on our cute La Jolla campus. The ruthlessness of capitalism, which is equivalent to financial Darwinism, here at UCSD? Let's think for a second.

I'm sure many have noticed the current buildings going up around campus. Let's see: an engineering building, two new parking structures and, as a typically uninformed, fairly apathetic UCSD student, I cannot even say what the other buildings going up will be. And for further thought: I know of two huge engineering buildings already in place here on campus, adjacent to each other. The third being built looks to be of a similar size. These three enormous buildings will dwarf the Literature Building to their right. Some of you might not flinch to know that resources on campus are split up so unevenly. We have three massive complexes for engineering and one medium-sized building for literature, another popular major.

The reasons for this particular financial distribution can be attributed to the effect of capitalism on our campus. Engineering is the major of the future. Literature is a major that maintains a certain academic tradition, in which graduates usually pursue teaching credentials of some sort. The donors who made this project possible, whether they be related to Dynes' 100 million shares of Qualcomm or not, have been brainwashed by capitalism's consumer- and producer-oriented culture.

What does literature produce? Only open-minded individuals, many of them teachers and writers. These people will make a difference in influencing how people will think in the next generation. What will engineering majors produce? People who are controlled by multinational corporations and the state, constructing buildings, computer networks, etc. This is not to say that engineering majors are not valuable. I just think their value is inflated because of the emphasis that capitalism puts on them and their work.

Now let's discuss the other buildings being constructed: parking structures. Three will have been built on campus by the end of the year. What is the objective of parking structures? To provide parking, right? For whom, specifically? One might think parking would be provided for the majority of the people responsible for the success and day-to-day operations of the school: the students. But it is now common knowledge that the construction of all these new parking structures has not increased the amount of parking available to students, but instead decreased it. I was actually unaware of how much of a problem parking on campus is until this morning. It took me half an hour to find a place, and then 10 minutes to catch and take the shuttle back to campus from East parking. Keep in mind I live on campus, at Matthews.

This familiar situation of students getting shafted is a common theme here at UCSD. To again paraphrase Marx, it is often the case that the ones producing do not reap the results of their own production. I know we at UCSD are nothing close to the toddlers working in the Nike factories in Southeast Asia, but the relative priorities of those in control of the capital remain the same. In this case, the capital is the university. Without us, UCSD is nothing. But we are held in the grips of capitalism. We have been brainwashed, whether the information is true or not, to seek education at the best university possible. Then we as students will obtain our degree and continue our quest to be upwardly mobile and continue to rise through the elitist classes of society.

It is interesting how many (vital word here: many, not all) of my Asian peers who have parents that are first-generation immigrants have adapted to American society so quickly and moved up the social classes so fast. Many of them have, intentionally or not, sold out to capitalism by becoming producers instead of critical thinkers. Funny how there is a disproportionate amount of whities at this school (including me) that are liberal arts majors and therefore nonconformists. Maybe we have lived in this country longer and our choice of major is a subconscious rebellion against capitalistic society. Or maybe I have been at UCSD too long and have been brainwashed to think that I should be a science major.

But to get back to my point. We, the students of UCSD, are the producers of the university; society is the consumer of our successful college because they continue to send their kids here. However, the regents own the capital, so although UCSD owes its existence to us, we continue to get shafted in administrative decisions such as those discussed in this article. Only in capitalism could nine people control nine large universities, and, through the camouflaging techniques of bureaucracy, frequently screw over those to whom they owe their jobs to and continue to keep the money rolling in. The regents know the system is too far developed to be changed dramatically. Scheiskopf! It's a Catch-22!

A Glance at the Past

""I go to school, I study and I sleep. This repetitious loop races on every day of my life. I say to myself that tomorrow is going to be a new day. Is it ever? Not since I've been at UCSD.""

David Pilz
Guardian

-- Charlie Tran

""Students Are So Busy Getting Good Grades, They Forget to Learn"" Feb. 5, 2001

Leo Der Stepanians
Guardian

""I don't think the number [of sex crimes] we report are an accurate picture of the situation on campus.""

-- Sergeant Robert Jones

""Study Finds UC Crime Reports False"" Oct. 9, 2000

""The Giants' defense will be all over [Jamal Lewis] like Bill Clinton on an intern.""

-- Robert Fulton

""Super Bowl is All About the 'D'"" Jan. 25, 2001

""I think I'm getting carpal tunnel in my hands from jerking so many guys off.""

-- Sasha

""Price of Flesh"" May 31, 2001

""I don't see our whole city jumping up and down to send money to the earthquake victims in El Salvador. I didn't even hear about it on the radio, but I have heard three different DJs whining about the Escondido animals.""

-- Shannon Castle

""Fire Brings Out the Best and Worst in San Diego Citizens"" Jan. 25, 2001

""After years of making painful discoveries, I've come to the conclusion that girls are bitches.""

-- Caroline Song

""Why Female Friends Suck"" April 23, 2001

""If the UCSD admissions is planning to take on an excess of students into the university, then it should also provide them with a place to live on campus for a minimum of two years. It is the responsibility of admissions and housing to collaborate and guarantee housing to students for their freshman and sophomore years.""

-- Parnaz Taheri

""Administration's Failure to Guarantee Housing Worries Apartment Hunter"" Jan. 18, 2001

""It seems that people who ride trains and sleep in hostels are of a different class than those who rush through airports and check into Hiltons. They are often working-class people, and I think that is what makes them interesting. They are not uppity or snobbish. I may travel by myself, but with this crowd, I will never be alone.""

-- Vincent Gragnani

""Dolly in the Snack Car, Okie J.R. Are Memories of Traveling on Amtrak"" April 30, 2001

""Bush's new ban is an underhanded, sneaky way of chipping away at Roe's demand for federal protection of the right to choose.""

-- Alison Norris

""Bush Chips Away at Abortion Rights"" Jan. 25, 2001

""Honestly, I wasn't expecting all 22 of our slate members to win. That is kind of unheard of, but I think it just shows that we are a good group of people and that we are going to do good things for A.S.""

-- Jeff Dodge

""Dodge Next A.S. President"" April 16, 2001

""There were times this year we didn't look like Division II players, but then we were able to gut it out and capture some wins.""

-- Judy Malone

""Basketball Meets the End of the Road"" March 5, 2001

""It is hard to convince others that this solitude is something to be desired. People are a slave to the notion that being alone equals being a loser.""

-- Jennifer Sposito

""Mere Suggestion of Voluntary, Solitary Confinement Is Unthinkable to Many, but Shouldn't Be"" Oct. 16, 2000

""However, no amount of smileys will convey the subtle nuances of a mere phone call, and there are many times I goad myself about not picking up the handset next to my computer and giving my best friend in Davis, Calif., a ring.""

-- Cassandra Pierce

""Human Touch Is Still Needed in This World"" May 14, 2001

""It is up to the rest of us to lend a helping hand to these poor souls in need. It may not be easy, but Geisel Library wasn't built in a day, and a beer here, or a shot there will only help to spur them on their way to a more balanced sanity.""

-- Scott Burroughs

""Shuffling Through the Experience"" March 8, 2001

""All these Guardian editors who are graduating may just sound like names to you, but you really do know them. You know them by seeing the sections they produce week-in and week-out. You know them by the articles they write. You know them by the photos they shoot.""

-- Jeffrey White

""Incoming Editor in Chief Promises Continued Excellence for the Paper,"" June 4, 2001

""Graduating. I never thought I would be saying -- well, typing -- that word in this regard. Not to sound macho or anything, but there are few things that freak me out; truthfully, this is one of the few things that does.""

-- Tom Vu

""Approaching Graduation Causes Long Hours of Contemplation on Years Past"" March 12, 2001

""Maybe you have noticed those really ugly bumps all over the ledges and benches at Revelle. No, that wasn't done to make the school look better, obviously; it was done to prevent skateboarders from sliding anywhere.""

-- Dave Pilz

""An Editor Conveys his Frustration with the Continued Mistreatment of Skateboarders"" Oct. 9, 2000

""Review the names and faces of the joyful souls, the fast and firm friends, and the blessings in human guise that make your life worth living.""

-- Jacob Wasserman

""Just Exactly How Sweet Is It to Be Loved by You?"" Jan. 18, 2001

""To be fair, Americans are not inherently stupid; they're only ignorant when it comes to matters that don't pertain to their known universe -- meaning the 50 states.""

-- Caroline Song

""Students Need to Broaden Horizons"" April 2, 2001

""Frankly, I find it pathetic that San Diegans will respond to something out of the ordinary, like a huge fire and a bunch of homeless dogs and cats, but fail to show any of that generosity and compassion on a regular basis.""

-- Shannon Castle

""Fire Brings Out the Best and Worst in San Diego Citizens"" Jan. 25, 2001

""My motivation was to beat Doc.""

Chancellor Robert C. Dynes

""Chancellor's 5K Challenge Raises Funds for Scholarships"" Oct. 30, 2000

""David: Anything you won't do for money? Sasha: Blow jobs. Because I have to do them without rubbers. I like the taste of skin. And I can't do it to everybody, because they have to first meet a certain size criteria. Second, they have to be rock-hard -- otherwise it feels like a big pile of flesh in your mouth. Bleh.""

-- Sasha

""Price of Flesh"" May 31, 2001

""People need to get active and talk to their politicians and tell them how strongly they feel about this issue. Not many people realize quite how effective this really is.""

-- Kris Krane

""NORML: Keeping Stoners Out of Prison Since 1970"" April 19, 2001

""I just hope [the XFL] isn't too stupid.""

-- Robert Fulton

""XFL Offers More Than Just Football"" Jan. 29, 2001

""Music, art and writing allow people to express themselves outside of the confines of an office. The arts allow people to express feelings about themselves and to comment on society in a vibrant way. I believe that the arts create a well-rounded person, not a selfish, career-oriented person who will step on anyone to reach the top.""

-- Joseph Lee

""The National Endowment for the Arts Is a Worthwhile Program That Should Be Supported"" Oct. 30, 2000

""I feel that these years have been good to me. I can only hope that the next two years here will be as good as the first. One can only hope.""

-- Josh Crouse

""This Year Has Had Many Enriching Experiences That Will Last a Lifetime"" May 21, 2001

""I tried Grape Nuts once because the people eating Grape Nuts on the commercials seemed to be having a good time, and then I discovered that Grape Nuts has no grape flavor and contains no nuts. I seriously should consult my lawyer about that.""

-- Bertrand Fan

""Ceres Would Not Be Happy"" Feb. 26, 2001

""Yet, amid a sea of legitimately sick students, I felt mortified walking up to the receptionist and telling her that my butt had suffered second-degree burns.""

-- Divya Runchal

""Wanna-be Detective Fails Miserably"" March 1, 2001

""Not only would more students bring increased diversity, but the university would have to make a number of administrative changes in order to deal with the influx of students. Some of these changes would include bigger academic departments, more professors, different classes offered and current classes offered more times a year ... with more students added and subsequently more colleges, school spirit will increase.""

-- Valerie Burns

""Filling to the Brim"" Jan. 29, 2001

""Oh my God, this is just wrong.""

-- David Lee

""Co-op Refuses to Sell Cigarettes in Smokeout Day"" Nov. 30, 2000

""I decided to go to The Ataris' release party by myself because I'm afraid of calling girls.""

-- Michael Kaminsky

""The Ataris Shake up the Epicentre"" March 1, 2001

""Arizona will beat Duke in the final.""

-- Robert Fulton

""Get Ready For Some Madness"" March 15, 2001

""Isn't it funny how you can instantly turn an activity into something amusing by doing it naked, much the same way you can make fortune cookie fortunes funny by adding the words 'in bed' to the end of them?""

-- Bertrand Fan

""Nudity Proves to Be Fiscally Fit"" Sept. 25, 2000

""Who really has the time to write a two-page, single-spaced letter when she could be shaving her armpits instead?""

-- Divya Runchal

""Fan Mail Makes for an Interesting Read"" Nov. 16, 2000

""There are four simple reasons Vancouver remains one of the most underscored vacation sites in the world: 1. Canadians don't like to brag about anything but their health care system. 2. The Canadian exchange rate makes an American feel rich. 3. Deceptively, it takes only two days of straight driving or three days at a more leisurely pace to get there from San Diego. 4. The locals are more friendly than your next-door neighbor, and that unnerves the average American.""

-- David Lee

""Vancouver Rising"" March 1, 2001

""I have McDonald's before every game.""

-- Maya Fok

""In Two Directions"" Jan. 8, 2001

""Passive acceptance is no longer sufficient. It's our responsibility to actively challenge our preconceptions and prejudices, however latent, and become a community.""

-- Thomas Bogardus

""LGBTA Hosts 'Out' Rally"" May 10, 2001

""When Clinton belts out an intention, whether it is 'I'm going to run for Senate,' or 'I'm going out for a run,' she leaves the president, fellow Democrats and opposing Republicans alike shivering in their Bruno Magli loafers, nervous to their wits' ends in anticipation of the explosion of ideas that usually result from her actions.""

- Mary-Onelia Estudillo

""The Many Faces of Hilary Clinton"" Jan. 16, 2001

""Nothing ruins my night quicker than four shots of vodka poured in my lap ... especially when accompanied by a fast food teriyaki burger, a large shake and whatever else you downed before coming to my party and puking it back up.""

-- Jacob Wasserman

""An Expert's Guide to Safe and Happy Drinking"" Feb. 15, 2001

""With its distinct odor, marijuana smells less like burning tar and more like a hot night in Texas after good ol' George W. Bush redirects half the state's electric current to Old Sparky.""

-- Ryan Darby

""Cigarettes' Clouds of Smoke Prove to Be Too Aggravating"" Nov. 20, 2000

""The issues of reforming education, healthcare and social security ... can only be solved when a spirit of political unity is formed. A spirit of bipartisanship that transcends party lines must be created.""

-- Parisa Baharian

""A Year of Political Unity"" Jan. 18, 2001

""Before the Internet, when people actually sent letters to each other through the mail, I doubt they drew little emoticons after every sentence. They actually took some time to make sure their letters were worth reading.""

-- Jeffrey White

""E-mails Are Leading to the Degradation of Language Skills Among People in Modern Society"" Nov. 20, 2000

""I would like to propose a mild brain teaser for all the semi-awake, loyal readers out there who are waiting with bated breath to flip to the personals section of this newspaper. Our nation, which has tried time and time again to legislate human morality, is amoral. Believe it: Sex, drugs and violence are still the 'American Way.'""

-- Alison Norris

""Political Zipper Problem Proves Far Better Than the Alternative"" Jan. 22, 2001

""At UCSD, being a liberal arts major is equivalent to being a second-class citizen. The academics at UCSD are weighted toward the sciences, which causes the whole university to sponsor the sciences more than the liberal arts. Countless programs, scholarships and jobs are offered only to science majors.""

-- Valerie Burns

""The Perils of Being a Liberal Arts Major"" May 10, 2001

""At best, this conduct on the part of the university reflects a striking level of incompetence for a world-class institution of higher education. At worst, the university has blatantly defied an order from a federal court.""

-- Jordan Budd, ACLU attorney handling Ben Shapiro's case

""UCSD Bows to ACLU Lawsuit"" Nov. 30, 2000

""I didn't really have expectations ... I just wanted to go out and have fun.""

-- Jennifer Watanabe, after capturing three national titles and setting three school records

April 5, 2001

""The summer started out on an extremely positive note. I came home to a girl and a solid week of partying. Drinking through hangovers became a common practice for me. It was like a week of Sun God. You upperclassmen know what I'm talking about. You freshmen had better ask somebody.""

-- Josh Crouse

""A Humble Offering of Advice From the New Features Editor"" Sept. 19, 2000

""I didn't know that he wouldn't approve it, and I take offense to people suggesting that I did. Why would I waste my time initiating something like this if I thought it wouldn't even reach the chancellor's desk?""

-- Eugene Mahmoud, talking about the USSA fee referendum that UCSD students voted for but Watson refused to sign.

""Watson Refuses to Sign USSA Legislation"" April 23, 2001

""Ever since he committed his heinous crime, McVeigh's existence has been a stain on the fabric of American society. Goodbye and good riddance. The sooner he starts burning in hell, the better.""

-- Tom Vu

""Revisiting Old Wounds: The Tragedy of the Oklahoma City Bombing"" April 19, 2001

""Health care should not be a privilege only certain men and women can have. Rather, our president should realize that it is a necessity to make America the great country that it is. His actions should be to foster programs to help the poor, and not to cut their legs out from under them.""

-- Vishal Patel

""Stealing Health From the Poor"" April 12, 2001

""While I agree with the notion that students should be judged by their own merits, I also recognize that we do not live in a perfect world -- that is, judging students on an even playing field, the fact of the matter is that everyone is not on an even playing field. To assume that would be a naive and misguided attempt to ignore all the inequality that exists in our society today. This is where the case against affirmative action is weakest.""

-- Alex J. Lee

""For Better or Worse: Breaking Down the Barriers"" Jan. 8, 2001

""As if tuition and room and board were not bad enough, the cost of books has given us added financial pressure that we really do not need. It is sad that we have to pay so much and be cheated from an institution that we greatly depend on for a higher education.""

- Parnaz Taheri

""High Cost of Books Hits Wallets Hard"" April 12, 2001

""There is so much more to education than books and exams. There are events around the world and right in our face that crave attention, and activism waiting to be embraced by those students who can easily shed their apathy for something more.""

-- Angela Carrier

""Music Brings Us All Together"" May 10, 2001

""This bill is clearly a wolf in sheep's clothing. It is anti-abortion legislation hidden in the thin disguise of anti-crime measures.""

-- Mary-Onelia Estudillo

""Protecting Whose Rights?"" May 14, 2001

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