Most every UCSD student 'mdash; at least, most every UCSD student who doesn't relegate himself to the somber sort of existence that demands unwavering contact with his bio textbook 'mdash; knows that the A.S. Council has introduced some kind of referendum to provide necessary funding for 'hellip; well, something. Something that's going to cost us.
What generally seems less clear to students is exactly how much lighter they can expect their wallets to be should the referendum pass, or what exactly is at stake. Despite inarguably noble efforts to publicize the referendum 'mdash; the neutral campaign alone has spent $1,800 (around the same cost as a general A.S. election) to get out the vote 'mdash; its implications appear to elude the average student. All that's generally known is that a vocal faction of the A.S. Council really, really wants us to vote yes, as evidenced by its constant presence on Library Walk and its pleas for us to save Sun God.
Realistically, though, just how many students are both unoccupied and considerate enough to slow their pace en route to Panda Express, remove their sunglasses and ask, a sparkle of curiosity lighting their gaze, 'Goodness! Would you folks mind tellin' me a little more about this referendum you're all so worked up over?'
Frank Carroll, neutral campaign manager for the referendum, cites promotional flyers, bookmarks and banners 'mdash; all present on Library Walk 'mdash; as the main forms of advertisement for the campaign. Carroll argues that common symbols like the Sun God, the Triton and Bear Garden characters used on the flyers will help students connect with this paraphernalia.
But really, how effective can the mass flyer-printing (or bookmark-printing, for that matter) be when virtually every organization along Library Walk uses exactly the same tactic? The eventual impact of this campaign isn't very clear when communicated through promotional tactics used by everyone else 'mdash; which wouldn't matter in the slightest if this promotion were for another InterVarsity pizza party or sorority soiree. But it isn't. Occupying the same-old standby promotional strategies undercuts the reality of cause. The passage of this referendum is critically important to the current student body and those to come.
What the A.S. Council must communicate to the students' is the seriousness of the issue at hand. A.S. Vice President of External Affairs Lisa Chen said that at present, there's around a $30,000 reserve to fill Spring Quarter's student-organization allocations. In Spring 2006, A.S. Council received $330,000 worth of funding requests, and was only able to provide around $132,000. Which would mean that instead of being able to meet 40 percent of requests lik last year, it can currently meet around 9 percent.
Chen said that no matter the outcome of the referendum, students will see immediate consequences. The thing is, students need to see those effects beforehand, or they're not going to wake up until it's too late. We're young, distracted and far too apathetic to respond to all but the most extreme threats to our daily lives. Which is why a flyer and a banner just plain don't cut it 'mdash; we've seen it before, we'll see it again. What's needed is a more dramatic, eye-catching promotion. Really, why not cover the sun god in a body bag, or make it a headstone with the inscription 'R.I.P. Sun God: 1983-2008'?
Chen said that the A.S. Council wanted to steer clear of
scare tactics, in the spirit of honesty. But while it may be admirable to present students with only the reality of the situation, without making much use of exaggeration, printing a bunch of bookmarks and flyers can't and won't elicit the strong reaction that the referendum relies on, because the foremost concern is simply to get people to vote. The last A.S. election failed to recruit even 20 percent of the student body to cast a vote (the necessary percentage in order for any change to take effect), and if this pattern repeats, all efforts to bring in the vote would once again be for naught.
Most importantly, the council should do all it can to ensure students know why the referendum's passage is so important. Most of us still don't realize the gravity of what we're (hopefully) voting on 'mdash; or what the referendum's failure will' mean for the rest of our college experience.
Readers can contact Trevor Cox at [email protected]
Early next month, students will be able to sell any excess dining dollars to their peers as part of a new program erected last week by the Housing, Dining and Hospitality Department.
At an April 23 meeting, the Housing and Dining committee voted to approve the exchange program, which will allow students to transfer any desired number of dining dollars from one student account to another for a self-selected price. From May 3 to June 6, students will be able to pick up a form from the Hospitality Services building to request such a transaction.
According to HDC Committee member and A.S. President-elect Wafa Ben Hassine, the program is aimed at students who may not be able to use up their dining dollars at the end of the year. Currently, 74.1 percent of students living in the residence halls have used fewer of their dining dollars than the HDC budget schedule recommends, while only 10.3 percent have used more.
“It is a good idea because a lot of students end up leaving the year with a lot of dining dollars left on their plan, and there is no form of reimbursement,” Ben Hassine said. “It’s a good route.”
Sixth College committee representative Parminder Sandhu said students will be able to sell their dining dollars for any price agreed upon by the two parties involved.
“All HDH does is move the dining dollars,” he said. “It’s up to the students to determine the details: whether they will give them away for free or if one will pay the other.”
This will be the first time the option to swap dining dollars has been available. At the end of the quarter, the HDH administration will review the program’s success and submit a report on possible improvements.
“Depending on that [report], we might alter the program to become more efficient,” Ben Hassine said.
She said changes include moving the transaction requests online or allowing students to report to HDH how many dining dollars they are looking to sell or buy — which would allow HDH to match up students for a purchase.
“There are a lot of options available, but at this point, the trial run just consists of two people coming in and signing the form for the transaction,” Ben Hassine said.
She added, however, that the committee is concerned the program may have unintended negative results, such as students pressuring each other into selling their dining dollars.
“The way the pilot program will work initially is two parties will have to go in person to HDH office,” Sandhu said. “Both parties would have to sign the form and there will be some form, of a brief screening with someone from HDH to make sure both students are willing to participate.”
Committee members have also expressed concern that cash-strapped students may sell their dining dollars as a form of income, and consequently eat an insufficient amount. To prevent this, HDH plans to focus its advertising for the program in markets such as Roger’s Place, targeting students who do not use meal points as their primary food source.
“We’ve decided not to do the marketing in dining halls, just in the marketplaces such as Earl’s and Goody’s,” Ben Hassine said. “That way it’s more targeted marketing.”
While the program will provide students with more control, Muir College sophomore Stephanie Fairbairn said she is concerned that the plan does not solve the main problem: students being forced to purchase too many dining dollars to begin with — especially in light of the recent increase to mandatory dining dollars, approved by the same committee on March 12.
“It sounds like a good idea if someone needs more dining dollar and others are willing to share or want to get reimbursed,” Fairbairn, who currently has 200 dining dollars over the targeted amount, said. “It would still be better, though, if there was a choice of plans at the beginning of the year when students buy their dining dollars, so you don’t get stuck in this situation to begin with.”
Still, the swap option is an improvement, said Marshall College freshman Kirche Ray.
“It’s definitely a good idea for students to be able to sell them,” Ray said. “That way, at the end of the year, people won’t have to buy unnecessary toasters and items just to try to get their money’s worth.”
HDH Director Mark Cunningham did not respond to requests for an interview.
Readers can contact Ayelet Bitton at [email protected]
MEN’S TENNIS — The Tritons hosted five matches over the last
two weeks, easily blowing by Northern Arizona University 8-1 on March 2 before
falling to Fresno Pacific University of the National Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics by the same score on March 4. Two days later, the
Tritons lost an intense battle to
5-4 score. After that tough stretch, UCSD topped both
scores of 7-2 and 5-4, respectively.
The 3-2 homestand puts UCSD at an 8-4 overall record, but
the Tritons still have an unblemished 3-0 mark in league play. All four of the
Triton’s losses have come against teams from outside of Division II, a sign of
the challenges their diverse schedule presents.
Head coach Eric Steidlmayer was disappointed with the
consecutive losses, but remained positive, keeping things in perspective for
“Obviously, it’s difficult to lose a match when you’re blown
out, but its more agonizing to lose those close calls,” he said. “But playing
those nail-biters will only help out in the long run. As disappointing as it is
to lose, we know that we still have all of our goals in front of us, and we
just have to continue to get better and compete hard in practice.”
The Tritons’ match against
was a one-sided affair, with UCSD taking an early 3-0 lead by sweeping the
doubles matches. At the top doubles spot, Triton seniors Blake Meister and Eric
Rubens rolled through Chris Arena and Bradley Bristow of
edition of the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championships earlier in the day,
but had little trouble with the double duty. In the second doubles match,
sophomore Bijam Moallemi teamed with freshman Erik Elliott, making his UCSD
debut, to take out Jeff Morys and Renzo Lau in a hard-fought 8-6 win. The third
doubles match was a blowout for UCSD, with junior Kazumi Negishi and sophomore
Alex Placek taking out Jacob Tracy and Ryan Fraser by an 8-2 score.
The Tritons also took five of the six singles matches, with
the top three in the lineup winning in straight sets. At number one, Rubens
used an all-court game to take out Arena with ease, 6-1, 6-2. Moallemi looked
just as impressive at the second spot, defeating Morys by a 6-0, 6-2 score. In
the number three singles match, Negishi was able to take out Bristow 6-1, 6-3.
In the most dramatic match of the day, Meister survived a grueling three-setter
deficit to win 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
the afternoon, David Flodberg was able to overcome a rough second set to beat
Placek at the fifth spot, 6-1, 1-6, 6-1. In the final singles match, Vince
Nguyen scored a come-from-behind win, defeating Fraser 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.
Two days after their blowout victory, the Tritons were
humbled by the undefeated Fresno Pacific Sunbirds, who dominated singles to
earn the one-sided victory.
UCSD’s worst loss of the season began in discouraging
fashion, as the Tritons lost two of three doubles matches to fall behind early.
Elliott and Moallemi looked sharp in overwhelming the Fresno Pacific duo of
Marco Foelz and Victor Medina at the second doubles spot, winning by an 8-1
score. However, at the first and third doubles spots, UCSD suffered difficult
losses that made the team visibly rattled before singles started.
Rubens and Meister suffered only their second loss of the
spring season as a doubles tandem, losing a tough 8-6 match to Matt Caroll and
Vicente Joli. Negishi and Placek lost by the same score at the third doubles
position to Fabio Silva and Maxine Adam. The Tritons had opportunities to win
both matches, but their failure to take advantage gave the Sunbirds all the
momentum entering singles.
In singles, Fresno Pacific won five of the six singles
matches in straight sets. The only match to go the distance was at the second
spot, where Joli was able to narrowly get by Rubens, 6-4, 3-6, (10-6). Moallemi
had the most competitive of the straight set losses, dropping a 7-6, 6-4
decision to Carroll at the top spot. Freshman Armaun Emami, who has had key
victories in doubles play this year, made his singles debut against Adam, but
lost 7-5, 6-0. In the final singles match,
was able to get by Elliott, who was also making his singles debut, by a score
of 6-1, 6-3.
Looking to stop their losing streak at one, the Tritons
entered their most competitive contest this year in a rescheduled match against
Concordia that was rained out on Feb. 20. The Tritons won two of three doubles
matches to gain an early edge. Meister and Rubens used efficient serving and
precise volleys to take out Concordia’s top doubles team, Tim Kpulun and Bryan
Newell, 8-5. Moallemi and Elliott improved to 3-0 as a tandem, beating Chris
Nguyen and Daniel Ndlela by an 8-3 score at number two doubles. Concordia was
able to get on the board when Augusto Elias and Olivier Fabre beat the Tritons’
Placek and Negishi by a score of 8-4.
However, the Eagles turned the tide in singles, winning four
of six matches to earn a tight 5-4 win. Kpulun took revenge on Rubens for his
loss in doubles, getting by the UCSD senior, 6-3, 7-5. Moallemi was able to
improve to 2-1 as the team’s No. 2 singles player, easily getting by Elias,
6-2, 6-0. In one of two crucial three-set victories for Concordia, Ndlela
squeezed past Negishi by a score of 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 at the third spot. In the
other game-changing match, Nguyen of Concordia got past Emami by a 6-4, 2-6,
6-4 in No. 5 singles. The Tritons needed to win only one of the three-setters
to clinch the contest, but the Eagles got both, and with it, stole the victory.
The Tritons match against Gonzaga was somewhat uneventful,
with UCSD cruising to easy victory in anticipation of its match against
The meeting with Rollins was fairly balanced, with the
squads splitting singles’ play and the Tritons edging the Tars 2-1 in doubles
play. The most exciting match against Rollins was the number-one singles match
between Moallemi and Rollins’ Brian Compton. Moallemi started strong against
Compton, winning the first set 6-3, but Compton roared back and won consecutive
sets (6-7, 8-10) to steal the victory. The only other singles match that went
three sets was the number five matchup, in which Pablo Seijo outlasted Placek 6-2,
Now finished with the five-game homestand over a 10-day
period, the Tritons will be off during finals, in preparation for the Blue/Grey
Classic that will take place in Montgomery, Ala. during March 25-29 of Spring
Break. Following that, the Tritons will begin their stretch run, finishing up
with four more regular season matches before NCAA Regionals and the tournament
Riding a wave of high expectations, the UCSD women's soccer team begins its second year in Division II ranked No. 1 in the nation by an NCAA preseason poll. The team is also favored to win the California Collegiate Athletic Association for the second straight season in a poll taken of league coaches.
UCSD is favored to win the South Division while Sonoma State (ranked 11th in the nation) is picked to win the North Division. Cal State Bakersfield (ranked 25th in the nation) is predicted by the coaches to win the Central Division. Cal Poly Pomona (ranked 18th nationally) and UC Davis (coaches' wildcard pick) are both expected to be in the playoff hunt as well.
The defending national champs, led by 15th year head coach Brian McManus, began the quest for their second straight Division II National Championship and CCAA title with a convincing 5-0 victory over Humboldt State on Aug. 26 and haven't looked back since. UCSD outshot Humboldt State 12-2 in the first half and controlled the ball throughout the game.
If anything, this team seemed stronger than last year's, as it featured a well-balanced scoring attack that included two goals from freshman forward Anne-Marie Miklos.
Senior midfielder Elizabeth Hughes, senior forward Jessica Cordova and senior midfielder Nikki Richards also contributed goals to the Triton victory while sophomore goalkeeper Kami Poma posted her first shutout of the season.
Four days later, the Tritons hosted Alliant International and again came away with a dominant 5-0 victory.
Senior All-American and team captain Julia Cuder led the Tritons with two goals, both off penalty kicks, while fellow seniors Erika Alfredson and Laura Dooly also added a goal each.
The Tritons had three goalies -- Poma, Carolyn Cadei and Jamie Lautenschleger -- combine for the shutout. When the dust cleared, the Tritons had outshot their opponents 33-1.
On Sept. 4, UCSD traveled to San Bernardino, Calif., for its league opener and posted its third straight five-goal game in a 5-1 victory over the Coyotes. Sophomore forward Kristin Jones had two goals, and Alfredson scored once and assisted on two others.
Miklos and sophomore Megan Mendoza added a goal apiece for UCSD, while the Tritons' high-octane offense was paired with a stellar defense that allowed only nine shots on goal.
On Sept. 8, the women's team traveled to Pomona to square off against its rival, Cal Poly. The team won in heart-stopping fashion, netting a goal in the waning seconds of the second overtime for a 1-0 victory.
With time running out, UCSD thwarted a Bronco attack in its territory and raced the ball upfield. Jones kicked a perfect cross pass over the head of Pomona goalie Katie Kreps and Miklos left the ground to head the ball into the net for the victory.
Kreps, after posting three consecutive shutouts in her first three games this year, was denied her fourth as time expired just after Miklos' goal. Miklos' heroics in the game earned her honorable mention for CCAA Women's Soccer Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 4 through Sept. 9.
Broncos Michelle McConell and Tia Rudolph were influential in helping Cal Poly control the ball for most of the game. Rudolph just missed scoring in the first half when her shot hit the crossbar.
Poma, the Triton goalie, was instrumental in keeping UCSD in the game while the Broncos outshot UCSD 15-5. She recorded three saves on the day. This was the fourth straight victory for the Tritons over the Broncos in the past two years, however three of those wins have been in overtime.
In their next game on Sept. 12, the Tritons easily bounced back from their toughest game of the year and overcame Grand Canyon University by a final of 5-0. It was their third 5-0 victory in their first five games.
Miklos again led the team, this time with two goals, while Hughes, Richards and Cordova each contributed a goal.
The league-leading UCSD offense gave Antelope goalkeeper Jolene Gagnon a headache all game, outshooting Grand Canyon 19-1.
The Tritons' game, which originally had been scheduled for Sept. 11, was moved back a day due to the unfortunate events that occurred Tuesday.
The team was forced to make a straight drive from Phoenix to San Francisco where the road-weary Tritons were stunned by the surprising San Francisco State Gators, 1-0 last Saturday. The 18th ranked Gators, picked to finish last in their division in a preseason poll, have proved all critics wrong on the way to a 4-0-1 record and the best start in school history.
Junior Gator goalie Kelly Hoover made eight saves to shut out the Triton offense that had averaged 4.3 goals per game over their first five games, and junior Roberta Morrow led the Gator defense that contained the Tritons.
On the other side of the field, senior Christina Quintero (second team All-Far West Region in 2000) provided all the offense San Francisco State needed 5:44 into the game when she scored off of her own rebound.
The Tritons outshot San Francisco State 24-9 and had attacks from 11 different players, yet were unable to get the ball past Hoover, who made several spectacular saves.
The Tritons' loss drops them to 5-1 on the season and ends their 22 game winning streak, while the Gators remain undefeated on the season.
After the game the Tritons hit the road again and headed farther north to do battle with Sonoma State. They then will finally end their extended road trip and head home to take on California State University Dominguez Hills next Friday at 4:30 p.m. for their home CCAA opener.
The Toros will look to provide some stiff opposition to the Tritons this year as CSU Dominguez Hills enters this week's play with a undefeated 7-0-1 record, and accounted for one of the Tritons' two losses last year.
Due to their unforeseen change in schedule, the Triton coaches and players were unavailable for comments.
UC President Mark G. Yudof is on your side.
He hates having to raise student fees and he’s angry at the state Legislature for making him do so. He even wants you to march on Sacramento.
Facing packs of ticked-off students, lecture halls filled with disgruntled facultymembers and hordes of angrier-than-usual union workers, Yudof drafted an impromptu letter of defense last week and sent it off to the university’s student newspapers and A.S. councilmembers.
His message: We’re all in this together. His tone: apologetic as hell.
In 723 words, Yudof paints himself as the university’s valiant yet misunderstood leader, a president forced to sacrifice his popularity — and the affordability of a UC education — in a desperate attempt to save the university he loves.
It’s a new tone for Yudof and an unexpected move for a president who has spent the majority of his term holed up in his Oakland office, shrugging off criticism behind a veil of ambiguous financial aid reforms.
Now he’s addressing the students directly, adopting a casual, conciliatory voice meant to dispel the notion that our president — with his $800,000 annual compensation package — is suffering right along with the rest of us.
But if a letter to the editor is all he can come up with, it’s going to be a long time before all those jaded picket line protestors ditch their “Layoff Yudof” chants and get behind their president.
At this point, most students don’t even know what Yudof looks like. If he’s serious about gaining our support — about reaching out to us and building the “mighty force” of a systemwide coalition that he claims to envision — he’s going to have to redouble his efforts. He’s going to have to show his face once in a while and prove that his efforts to lobby state lawmakers are genuine.
Calling for a march on the state capital is one thing; leading that march is something else entirely.
Jan. 23: RIMAC Arena: Women's basketball vs. GCU, 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 23: RIMAC Arena: Men's basketball vs. GCU, 7 p.m.
Jan. 26: Triton Baseball Stadium: Baseball vs. Cal Baptist, 11 a.m.
Jan. 29: Triton Baseball Stadium: Baseball vs. Vanguard, 2 p.m.
Jan. 30: RIMAC Arena: W. tennis vs. Hope, 2:30 p.m.
Jan. 30: RIMAC Arena: Men's volleyball vs. UC Irvine, 6 p.m.
Meatloaf said two out of three ain't bad, which means that the UCSD women's tennis team should be extatic with its three wins and one loss last week against Point Loma Nazarene University and in California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament competition.
The Tritons started out the week with an easy victory over Point Loma on Wednesday. The 7-2 win was even more impressive considering the fact that Triton No. 1 player Ashley O'Neil was out because of a hip flexor injury. O'Neil played in only one of the Tritons' matches last week.
Although every team has to focus on the task at hand, the Tritons were obviously looking ahead to the conference tournament later that week.
""As far as Point Loma, there is not that much to say,"" said head coach Liz LaPlante. ""It was a tune-up for conference.""
Up top, Point Loma was strong. It took the No. 1 doubles proset and also took the No. 1 singles match when UCSD's Melisa Liao fell to Anna Sieczka in three sets.
However, that was all that Point Loma could muster. The Tritons were forced to pull out two three-set wins at No. 3 and No. 4 singles by Kristina Jansen and Julie Westerman respectively, but all the other Tritons rolled over their opponents easily.
UCSD then traveled north to Pomona to participate in the CCAA Championship Tournament. After posting victories over Cal State Los Angeles and Grand Canyon University, UCSD fell 6-3 in the finals to its arch-nemesis, UC Davis.
UCSD entered the CCAA Championship Tournament on a high note and continued to ride roughshod with a 7-2 victory over Cal State Los Angeles on Friday. Again, it was the depth of the Tritons that proved to be the difference.
Going into the match, LaPlante and her team were worried about Cal State Los Angeles' top player, Tammy Encina. That fear was warranted as Encina won her match at No. 1 singles against Lyndsey Tadlock and also won at No. 1 doubles with partner Vivian Yee.
But just like in the match against Point Loma, the Tritons won all the other contests and cruised to victory. In fact, no Triton gave up a set in any match other then the ones at No. 1.
To LaPlante, the win was expected, and that is why she kept her best player out.
""[We] kept [O'Neil] out again because we knew we could win without her and were trying to give her some extra days to rest and just hit a little,"" LaPlante said. ""We were disappointed in the performance of the No. 1 doubles team, but everyone else played great.""
Under the looming threat of rain, the Tritons took the court against Grand Canyon University on Saturday. Because it looked like the courts would soon be drenched, it was agreed that as soon as one team clinched the match, the rest of the match ups would be canceled.
This arrangement worked out for the Tritons, winning the first five points for a 5-0 win.
The Tritons swept the doubles competition with no team losing more than four games. Particularly impressive were Jansen and Mary Hung at No. 3 doubles. The duo cruised to a 8-0 victory.
In singles, Hung won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5, and Stephanie Moriarty won 6-1, 6-4 at No. 4, giving the Tritons the sweep.
LaPlante was particularly impressed with the play of her doubles teams.
""We played excellent in doubles and swept them,"" LaPlante said. ""The No. 1 doubles team came out with a different attitude, and it showed. All the doubles played very well.""
The win set up a rematch with the UC Davis Aggies, the only team to beat the Tritons in CCAA play in the regular season.
The Tritons performed better this time around against Davis, but it was not enough, as they were dealt a 6-3 loss.
The Aggies took two of the three doubles sets. Only the No. 3 duo of Hung and Jansen were able to pull out a victory.
In singles, Hung and Jansen were also the only Tritons to earn victories. Jansen won a tough three-set match at No. 3 singles 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, while Hung dominated at No. 6 singles 6-2, 6-2. No other Tritons were able to even win a set.
Also announced last week were the CCAA All-Conference teams. The first team included Tritons Liao, Jansen and Westerman. Tadlock was named to the second team.
Next up for the Tritons is the Ojai Tournament, which will determine the All-American teams as well as the Division II individual national champion.
From there, UCSD goes on to the NCAA regionals May 4 to May 6. If they perform well there, they will move on to nationals the following weekend to finish up the year.