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Newspaper office hit in burglary

Several personal items were stolen after burglars broke into the Guardian’s Student Center offices sometime last weekend, according to UCSD police detective Yolanda Smith.

The burglary occurred between 10:05 p.m. on March 5, when News Editor Vladimir Kogan left the office, and 11:15 a.m. the following morning, when the staff began the paper’s production, according to police reports.

“When I got there [Sunday morning], most of the file cabinets in the photo office were open, and the drawers in my desk were opened as well,” Kogan stated in an e-mail. “We realized that there had been a break-in after we noticed that the cabinets had been gone through in all of the other offices as well.”

There was no evidence of forced entry, according to Smith. Because the front door and windows were still locked in the morning, staff members have speculated that the perpetrators broke into the office using a back door that leads into the office’s unused darkroom.

“On Sunday afternoon, we discovered [the back door] propped slightly open by an apron and the light on in the darkroom,” Kogan stated. “The front door and all of the windows in the office were locked when I left on Saturday night and also on Sunday morning when we got there.”

Because the Guardian did not have a full inventory on hand, staff members still have not identified all of the stolen items. Smith said that currently the only official victim is Kogan, whose laptop was stolen.

In addition, the police have been told that a video camera, flash drive and set of keys are missing from the offices, according to Kogan. The perpetrators also ransacked office cabinets and drawers.

“Mostly personal stuff was taken,” Editor in Chief Clayton Worfolk said. “It looks like anything they took was stuff they could put in their backpacks. Luckily, our main computers weren’t touched. It could’ve been much worse.”

Although the burglars rummaged through papers, it appears that no business files were stolen, Business Manager Noelle Chartier said.

The Guardian had been planning to rekey all doors to inside offices before the break-in. The re-keying is still planned, which will render key sets stolen from the office useless, Kogan stated.

For the time being, staff members will keep their eyes open for persons entering and exiting the office, Worfolk said.

Staff members will also be cautious of leaving valuables in their offices, according to Worfolk.

Leaving on lights may also prevent future thefts, according to police department Cpl. Kristeen L. McCollough. The police department recommends not only locking outer doors but inner offices, which was not done at the paper’s office. Being aware of keys, and changing them at least once a year, is another important step toward security, McCoullough stated in an e-mail.

Break-in incidents are rare for UCSD offices, according to McCollough.

“Thefts occur more often during normal business hours when staff temporarily leave their offices open and someone steals unsecured property from inside,” she stated.

The last burglary at Student Center involved the shared offices of the Hip Hop Club and Repeater magazine on March 4, McCollough said.

Between 10 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., someone entered the outer suite door and physically pushed in the doors of the inner offices to gain access to the rooms.

UCSD club Sports

SKI TEAM

The UCSD water skiing team has had some rough water as of late.

Earlier this month, the team lost one of its own when Dustin Newell died in an automobile accident in route to an event in Phoenix.

This weekend, the team regrouped to participate in the National Collegiate Water Ski Association Championships at Mission Bay.

The event was dedicated to their fallen comrade.

On the men's side, UC Davis' Eric Peterson won the individual competition, narrowly beating out UC Santa Barbara's Mike Buckle. The Davis men also squeaked past UCLA to capture first place in the trick and jump categories. UCSD finished second overall in the competition, 80 points behind first-place Davis.

The UCSD women did better than the men, taking the women's team overall title. Senior Kikki Kennedy had a stellar day, launching for a school record 81-foot jump to take the jumping category. She also grabbed second in trick and slalom. Kim Blackwell of San Diego State was tops in the trick and slalom categories, edging out Kennedy.

As a tribute to Newell, the eight competing schools stopped for a moment of silence and spread flowers across the slalom course.

ICE HOCKEY

The UCSD ice hockey team hit the ice against Cal State Long Beach Oct. 21 for its first game of the season.

UCSD, coming off their Pacific Coast Hockey Association Championship, looks for another big season this year. Long Beach, which has always been a force, also looks to have a good team this season.

In its first matchup of the young season, UCSD got the best of their rivals, downing Long Beach 5-2.

In the first period, UCSD goalkeeper Scott Friedman was a wall, not allowing a single Long Beach score. On offense, Steven Cohen and Casey Kempner each logged goals for a comfortable early 2-0 lead.

Friedman took the rest of the night off, but his contributions in the first period paid dividends. Keith Davis added a goal for UCSD in the second period, giving his team a 3-1 lead that proved too much for their opponents.

UCSD's defense held strong, allowing only one more goal. Davis and Cohen each tacked on another goal, sealing their team's victory at 5-2.

The high from the victory quickly faded the following Friday when UCSD fell to Cal State Fullerton 7-4.

Fullerton practically rented out the penalty box during the first period. Despite that, the UCSD offense could not capitalize on the power plays, scoring only two goals. The defense could not shut down Fullerton and the teams ended the first period tied at two.

During the second period, Fullerton scored two more goals, but UCSD's Davis came through with two of his own, knotting the game at four heading into the final period.

The third period, on the other hand, was a different story. Fullerton got out of the penalty box and onto the ice, scoring three unanswered goals to win the match 7-4.

UCSD's next game is against Santa Monica College on Friday before facing Cal State Fullerton on Saturday.

SURF TEAM

The UCSD surf team had its first event of the season, bogging down at Blacks Beach this past weekend.

The surfing conditions were poor, with only 1-2 foot waves greeting surfers from 23 teams from all over Southern California.

UCSD's A team finished sixth overall and the B team took 10th. The squad sported many new members and looks to improve with experience.

Holly Beck and Loryn Wilson were the top women surfers for UCSD. Beck and Wilson swept the first and second overall finishers, respectively.

Ryan Eckoff was the man for UCSD, finishing fourth overall for UCSD. Britt Joyce and Cullen Pagaduan placed third and fourth, respectively, in the body-boarding category.

The next contest for the Tritons is a ways off, coming Jan. 28 at Surfers Point in Ventura, Calif.

DANCE SPORT

The DanceSport team, which was previously known as the Ballroom Dance team, competed in the Pacific DanceSports Championships at Universal Studio's Hilton Tower in Hollywood on Saturday.

The summer team, led by captain Jonathan Marion and coach Peter Edwards, had a great showing. Made up of four hard-working couples, the summer team finished second place overall in the Collegiate/Formation Team Scholarship Competition.

The competition featured several of the top teams, including defending national champion Brigham Young University.

Various amounts of scholarship money to help support each team was up for grabs at the Pacific DanceSport Championships, depending on the teams' finish.

The four couples for UCSD were Johnny Gutierrez and Janelle Bouey, Marion and Renee Link, Peter Hanrisuk and Cecily Carnahan, and Suvro Goswami and Dana Pugh.

UCSD's team is inexperienced but hopes to improve. Their second-place finish behind BYU earned them $300 in scholarship money.

WEEKEND EVENTS

Friday, Nov. 3

* Ice Hockey vs. Santa Monica College at the UTC Ice Arena, at 10:15 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 4

* Men's rugby alumni game at Warren field, 1 p.m.

* Ice hockey vs. Cal State Fullerton, 10:15 p.m.

* Men's lacrosse at Loyola Marymount University, all day

* Women's rugby at Stanford's Rookie Tournament at Stanford, all day.

* Cycling at Cal Poly Pomona, all day Saturday and Sunday.

--compiled by

Robert Fulton, Sports Editor

SAAC protests campus ‘climate’

On March 4, the Student Affirmative Action Committee held a “Speak-Out” rally in response to the airing of pornography on Student-Run Television. The rally was also meant to address the problems of racial and sexual domination at UCSD, which have been overlooked by the A.S. Council and the media, according to SAAC Chair Emily Leach.

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“Something is wrong on campus, but does anyone notice?” Leach said. “I see hurt. I see disempowerment. I see anger. Things border on hate speech and hate crime, and we are the voices of resistance.”

More than a dozen people spoke at the event, which was meant to serve as a forum for students who feel silenced, with students watching from the audience.

While some of the speakers addressed the campus “climate” in general, many focused on their personal experiences and their opinions of the Koala. Asian Pacific-Islander Student Alliance Representative Mohan Kanungo said that he has faced racial slurs and jeers of “terrorists” while passing by Porter’s Pub.

The coalition also discussed the existence of the Koala, whose editor appeared in the Feb. 3 SRTV sex video. Leach said the Koala isolates minorities by making them targets of the publication’s humor — a subject of campus controversy in past years.

“We are terrorized and targeted as images for satire and comedy,” Leach stated in a letter to the A.S. Council, expressing her disappointment with its response to the porn video. “We are told that we do not belong, that we have unnecessary privileges, and when we raise our voices, we are told that we are ‘too sensitive.’”

Speakers at the rally echoed Leach’s frustrations with the publication. Thurgood Marshall College freshman Kyle Samia said that he felt the publication was offensive.

“The Koala has defiled the intent of free speech, and it offends me as an American,” Samia said. “We — the religious, the queer, the ethnic — are not here for the entertainment of the campus. Until we are treated with equal respect, we will be offended.”

Koala Editor and A.S. Elections Manager Steve York said that there have been problems with the publication in the past, but that he hopes to move away from its controversial history.

“While I understand the Koala and many groups on campus have had a confrontational history, it is not my aim to target these groups in my role as editor,” York said. “I see the Koala in my term more as a social and entertainment organization, and it is my aim to make it so. Certainly there will be problems given the history; it’s just ridiculous for people to assume because the editor produces adult material that it automatically has racial and sexist overtones.”

Leach also told the A.S. Council that SAAC was frustrated with the responses of both the media and the council to the broadcast — featuring York and an unidentified woman performing sexual acts — which she said reflects of the continuing isolation of campus minorities.

“Unfortunately, all the media attention and the A.S. Council’s response has not shown how the Koala and other mechanisms of socialization at UCSD have created an unsafe environment for targeted students,” Leach stated in the letter to the council.

Councilmembers discussed the issue at their March 2 meeting and several listened to comments at the rally, though no consensus was reached.

“The Koala has an extremely negative effect on campus climate, but what disturbs me is the link that was made between queer people and people of color, and pornography,” Thurgood Marshall College Junior Senator Kate Pillon said. “Beyond the fact that it was heterosexual sex between two white people on ‘Koala TV,’ I see no connection.”

Vice President External and Queer People of Color principal member Rigo Marquez said that the connection was in the privileges given to people based on their race and gender.

“It’s not about the white men in the room,” Marquez said. “Your identity gives you privileges. Holding hands is a privilege that heterosexual couples have. White male privilege is a theory about the way people see things.”

Some members of the A.S. Council, including Warren College Junior Senator Josh Martino, said that the theory of white male privilege did not accurately portray the complexity of the issue.

“[Leach’s letter] was purely emotionally driven,” Martino said. “Her usage of the ‘white male’ was also disturbing. Extreme generalizations are being made that are extremely hypocritical.”

A.S. President Jenn Pae said that she has personally witnessed the discrimination described by the members of SAAC and that she hopes that students see the A.S. Council as a forum for voicing their concerns.

Most senators said that the climate on the A.S. Council poses a problem in need of its attention. Although the issue was discussed at length, they remained divided on the reasons cited by Leach, however.

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UC Nurses Vote to Approve Strike

Nurses at five University of California medical centers voted last week to pass an initiative authorizing a strike, responding to what the California Nurses Association calls the university's unofficial policy of understaffing hospitals past the minimum required by the state, exhausting nurses and potentially endangering patients.

State law requires a minimum ratio of nurses to patients at all times, depending upon the condition of the patients being monitored.

Nurses like Geri Jenkins, an employee at the UCSD medical center for 32 years and co-president of the CNA, allege that UC officials have been cutting staffing levels and stretching resources, forcing nurses to fill in extra hours, miss breaks and work under unsatisfactory conditions to meet patients' needs.

Jenkins said that at UCSD, which draws a significant annual profit for the university, there is no reason to maintain inadequate staffing levels or unsafe hospital conditions.

'UCSD made $61 million in profit last year, so we don't think it would be too much to ask to staff up for when a nurse goes on a lunch break,' Jenkins said. 'It puts the patient and the nurse in an unsafe and unhealthy position.'

Jenkins added that the continual inflation of UC executive salaries is evidence of the university's ability to pump more funding into bettering hospital conditions.

'In light of all this financial crisis the executives get very large raises,' Jenkins said. 'They have enough money to give their executives huge advantages so the CEOs have all the money to give raises and pensions but not enough to make sure nurses can effectively take care of patients.'

Jenkins said the strike authorization should serve primarily as a means of illustrating the gravity of the issue and hopes that university officials adequately address the nurses' concerns before a strike is necessary.

However, university officials claim the allegations are groundless.

An official response from the UC Office of the President called the grievances an 'unfair labor practice charge' and cited a past agreement between the university and CNA stipulating that staffing regulations were to be decided individually by each medical center.

'CNA's accusations that UC has bargained in bad faith are false, and the university believes there is no factual basis for CNA's unfair labor practice [accusation],' UC spokesman Paul Schwartz said in a statement.

According to Schwartz, the university pays its nurses above state market value while offering extensive medical and pension benefits.

CNA representatives, however, claim that the university continues to cut corners around medical center costs.

The UC system reported a total profit of $227 million during the 2007-08 fiscal year, with nearly $3.6 billion in assets coming from its medical centers, a number the CNA cites as reason to route more funding toward university medical centers.

Nurses at the UCLA medical center expressed similar grievances last year, leading officials to increase staffing levels.

'At UCLA the nurses forced the [staffing] issue a year ago,' Jenkins said. 'UCLA has the biggest hospital in the system and the deals they worked out have lasted. They pleaded it was too costly, too, but it's still making profit.'

Readers can contact Henry Becker at [email protected]

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Kronos Quartet – Jan. 19, 8 p.m. – Mandeville, $16

From performing the Golden Globe-nominated soundtrack for “The Fountain” to collaborating with rock legend David Bowie and even beat poet Allen Ginsberg, the Kronos Quartet has never seen predictability as an option — their material includes the rock god chords of Jimi Hendrix and the Icelandic postmodern mysticism of Sigur Ros. Celebrating over 30 years of eclecticism, the band of four return to UCSD Jan. 19 for an equally unconventional concert featuring various classical pieces and, of course, their now famous “Requiem for a Dream Suite” from the junkie film of the same name. Shaking classical traditions is the Kronos’ business, which makes for an exciting adventure in sound. It won’t be your average evening at the concert hall. (CM)

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To be fair, what else could the A.S. kids have scraped together with their leftover pocket change, having already snagged smoothtalker Lupe Fiasco and curly-haired Ben Kweller? It is only fitting that the fest’s third slot be reserved for a more obscure, albeit danceable, opener.

Now, if they had a magically expansive budget, A.S. could have imported, say, the Dublin deities of U2 or their infinitely revered chums, Radiohead. But because such a budget is about as likely as a UCSD football team, those billion-dollar buggers won’t soon grace the RIMAC stage (unless Bono takes us on as his next charity case). So instead, A.S. filled their elusive “other” spot with what they figured was the next best thing — babyfaced Britpop wannabes, We Are Lions. Hey, you can’t blame ’em for trying.

But judging from their one-and-only album, Eight Arms Made This (get it? Because there are four of them?), imitation may prove the worst form of flattery, with patently inspired efforts quickly buckling to a lukewarm, samesy slog.

Lead guitarist Atom Whitman’s calculated Thom-Yorke strumming is all but lost to his sulky, I-hate-you-Mom moans. Piled in slurpy lyrical noodles like “Sweetheart, I’m apologetic/ But not sorry in the slightest,” it’s hard to appreciate the poppy, fast-driven rhythms that ultimately save the Lions from a permanent spot in the garage.

But other tracks, like the throbbing “Lovers and Fighters” or hormonally squeaky “La Vendetta Dulce” glow with the frenzied vibrancy that pushed whiners like Cursive or Fall Out Boy onto the bedroom walls of angry pre-teens everywhere. Who knows — maybe there’s some appeal to anthemic, off-key repetitions like “Talk talk talk/ What they say/ I’ve got got got/ To get away.” Let’s just hope the Hollywood-bred rockers won’t convince kids to “get away” before the real cats arrive.

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