Year 2002 in review

    1/7/02: Three-peat

    Anna MacMurdo

    Women’s Soccer grabs third-straight NCAA title


    Colin Young-Wolff

    Staff Writer

    The UCSD women’s soccer team captured its third consecutive National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Dec. 2, 2001, in front of a home crowd at Triton Soccer Stadium, knocking off the Lady Buccaneers from Christian Brothers University with goals from Elizabeth Hughes and Kristen Jones.

    While offense grabbed all the attention, this game belonged to the stifling Triton defense that held CBU scoreless for the first time this season.

    The Bucs entered the game heavily favored, thanks to a record-breaking attack that saw them topple the NCAA record for goals scored. Division II Player of the Year Missy Gregg led the Bucs’ attack with 73 goals in 22 games, a new NCAA record. Secondary offensive options included Irish National Team member Margaret Saurin, who now holds a NCAA record with 29 assists in 22 games, as well as 22-year-old freshman Anna Hemilund, who is the third-leading scorer for the Bucs with 16 goals and entered the Final Four with one more goal than UCSD leading scorer Erika Alfredson.

    UCSD head coach Brian McManus looked at this juggernaut team and knew proactive steps were needed to stop such an offensive machine. And he knew exactly what to do: move senior Jessica Cordova from her usual midfield stopper role into the defense to mark the prolific scoring Gregg.

    Cordova responded to the challenge, playing her best game of the post-season and limiting Gregg to only two weak attempts on goal.

    2/14/02: Marshall students plan D.O.C. Lecture walkout

    Students to rally for changes in housing practices at Marshall residences


    Senior Staff Writer

    Students at Thurgood Marshall College plan to stage a protest during their Dimensions of Culture classes Feb. 15, according to a Web site created anonymously in response to what students call unfair housing treatment at Marshall.

    The Web site,, claims Marshall’s Residential Life Office is taking part in a “”conspiracy to terminate housing contracts,”” among other things.

    The UCSD Cause site troubled the Marshall Dean’s Office, resulting in a meeting between Marshall Dean of Student Affairs Ashanti Houston-Hands and Marshall freshman Danny Leibowitz, who was one of the organizers of the movement.

    “”They really wanted to meet with us and find a compromise,”” Leibowitz said.

    Leibowitz said that since his meeting Monday with Houston-Hands, the students will be “”toning down the protest and making it more of an information session,”” so that students can be aware of their rights.

    4/4/02: UC recalls EAP students from Israel

    Escalating violence in Middle East cited as reason behind UCOP move


    Senior Staff Writer

    In light of escalating violence in the Middle East, seven UCSD students currently studying abroad in Israel have been called back to the United States, the University of California Office of the President announced on Tuesday.

    There are 27 UC students studying in Israel this semester. The UC Education Abroad Program has asked that the students’ names not be released.

    “”The No. 1 priority has always been [students’] safety,”” said UC spokesperson Hanan Eisenman.

    All the students have been contacted by the university and asked to return to the United States.

    UCOP will make travel arrangements for the students, Eisenman said, ranging from purchasing airline tickets and packing, to giving financial assistance to those in need.

    “”We are encouraging them to depart as soon as is feasible,”” Eisenman said.

    EAP’s programs in Israel will be officially suspended as of April 11.

    This means that students may return to the United States by this date and, through EAP, complete independent study under advisement from their host institution. Students choosing this option will continue to receive financial aid and insurance as previously arranged.

    4/15/02: Students First dominates elections

    Jenn Brown will be the next A.S. president


    Senior Staff Writer

    The 2002 A.S. Council elections concluded Friday with the Students First slate winning most seats on the council after a four-week campaign that pitted four slates against each other and saw above-average voter turnout.

    Some described the election as an upset for the Action and New Wave slates, as victories in the election came as close as one vote.

    Students First candidate and current Vice President Internal Jenn Brown was elected A.S. President by a margin wider than 500 votes.

    “”I’m really honored that the students of UCSD saw the passion of Students First and the dedication to our issues,”” Brown said.

    4/18/02: UC nurses rally for a new contract

    Possibility of a strike looms if the two sides cannot reach a quick agreement


    News Editor

    Thousands of UC-employed registered nurses gathered to support a new contract at six university locations Wednesday afternoon.

    Locally, the California Nurses Association sponsored a rally at the UCSD Medical Center Hillcrest where RNs demanded higher pay, elimination of “”mandatory”” on-call and overtime work, and immediate implementation of new RN-to-patient ratios.

    Geri Jenkins, a nurse in the surgical intensive care unit trauma department of the Hillcrest hospital and the labor representative for UCSD nurses, said the quality of care depends on RNs.

    “”We need fundamental changes,”” Jenkins said. “”Our ultimate goal is always patient care, and we need these changes to be able to continue to provide this care.””

    Paul Schwartz, human relations media director for the University of California, echoed Jenkins’ goal of patient care, but disagreed with her methods of achieving it.

    “”Our key goals are to provide competitive wages and benefits in the labor market and to continue to reward performance by merit-based progressions,”” he said.

    The California Nurse Association has negotiated with the University of California since February. The nurses’ contract expires April 30, making a new contract necessary to avert more serious actions.

    “”When our contract runs out on April 30, so does our no-strike clause,”” Jenkins said. “”The next step [in the negotiations] might be to call strikes. We are serious about our issues. Right now [the CNA and the University of California] are totally apart.””

    4/18/02: Student cleared of syringe assault charges

    Witnesses confirm Butcher’s alibi

    By Evan McLaughlin

    Associate News Editor

    Authorities in Santa Barbara and Mammoth Lake, Calif., will not file charges against UCSD student Peter Butcher, who was arrested earlier this month in connection with three syringe attacks, due to overwhelming evidence indicating he was not in the area of the attacks when they occurred.

    On April 12, principle investigators from the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department and district attorney’s office met with Butcher’s attorneys, who turned over all available evidence placing their client in San Diego at the time of the Jan. 11 and April 5 attacks, both of which occurred in the Santa Barbara area.

    Butcher’s attorneys convinced the investigators to delay filing charges until the evidence had been properly considered.

    Included in the evidence prepared by Butcher’s legal defense was a list of 17 witnesses who would vouch that Butcher was in San Diego at the time of both attacks. Documentation confirming his presence in San Diego on the dates of the assaults was released to investigators, including a Jan. 11 credit card receipt from a La Jolla pharmacy.

    5/6/02: University taking Koala to J-Board

    Humor publication charged with disrupting org’s meeting


    Associate News Editor

    Representatives of The Koala will appear before UCSD’s Judicial Board on May 13. Members of The Koala are charged with violating student conduct code by disturbing a Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan meeting in November 2001, according to The Koala editor in chief, George Liddle.

    The Judicial Board hearing comes after The Koala rejected a university-initiated informal resolution that would have suspended the publication from campus for one year while placing The Koala on probation for another five years, according to Liddle.

    UCSD officials would not confirm that formal Judicial Board procedures are being carried out against The Koala due to campus policies regarding the confidentiality of student conduct matters. However, sources closely related to the investigation as well as The Koala said the hearings are scheduled for next week.

    According to Liddle, the publication is drawing fire from the UCSD administration because Koala members attended a MEChA meeting Nov. 19, 2001, where photographs of MEChA officer Ernesto Martinez were taken. Although the photographs of Martinez were used in an issue of The Koala later that month, Liddle contends that a person without any Koala or UCSD affiliation submitted the photos to the humor paper.

    5/20/02: Sun God lights and livens up UCSD

    Thousands attend concert


    Senior Staff Writer

    Sun God featured tastes for everyone, with punk, hip-hop and eclectic rock flavors complemented by resounding bass from the club tent at RIMAC field Friday night.

    An estimated 12,000 people attended the annual concert, said co-coordinator Brandon Freeman.

    “”Attendance was really good,”” Freeman said. “”It was one of the largest ever.””

    However, some of the musical smorgasbord’s flavors went sour during the night as Knoc Turn’al’s set ended early due to equipment failure.

    The newly expanded DJ tent remained largely full until Cake took the stage.

    7/15/02: Charges against the Koala are dropped

    J-board not convinced that the humor publication disrupted a MEChA meeting

    By Evan McLaughlin

    News Editor

    Charges that the Koala disrupted a Movmiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan meeting Nov. 19, 2001, were dropped by the UCSD administration after the campuswide judicial board found that there was insufficient evidence against the student publication in a June 5 hearing.

    “”The complaint was dismissed by the designated dean of students based on the findings and conclusions submitted to the dean by the campuswide judicial board,”” said Director of Student Policies and Judicial Affairs Nicholas S. Aguilar.

    While the judicial board case against The Koala has been brought to a close, the conflict between The Koala and the UCSD administration has erupted into a national spectacle.

    7/15/02: UCSD student arrested for manufacturing IDs

    Fake ID ring had customers as far away as Lake Shasta, Calif.

    By Brent Hecht

    Associate News Editor

    A UCSD student was arrested and charged with allegedly manufacturing and distributing hundreds of counterfeit California driver’s licenses following a June 11 raid of the student’s apartment.

    In the student’s University City apartment on Lebon Avenue, investigators discovered a state seal hologram printer and other computer equipment that could be used to make fake IDs. Investigators also seized $8,800 in cash from the apartment.

    The arrest of 21-year-old David James Klein was the culmination of a two-month undercover operation that began when local police recovered a series of false driver’s licenses confiscated by UCSD police and San Diego bars and restaurants. A joint task force of state and local law enforcement agencies, including the UCSD police, San Diego Police Vice Unit and the California DMV, participated in the operation.

    10/10/02: Warren deans fire 8 RAs

    Incident with minors and alcohol leads to RAs’ dismissal


    Associate News Editor

    In response to the firing of eight Earl Warren College resident advisers and one Warren College student intern this week, students and other RAs spoke out at the Oct. 9 A.S. Council meeting on their behalf.

    The intern and RAs were fired for allegedly attending a Sept. 6 party in a Black Hall apartment, where alcoholic drinks were served to minors. Residents of the building moved in on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22.

    Administrators at Warren were tight-lipped about the firings and were reluctant to say more than that the issue was a matter between employer and employee.

    “”Something occurred that had to be investigated that will lead to a change in staff,”” said Jeffrey L. Philpott, dean of student affairs at Warren college.

    10/10/02: UCSD drops complaint against Che for links

    Administration shifts attention towards alleged hosting of PKK


    Associate News Editor

    The Che Cafe Collective is once again being accused by the administration of hosting a terrorist organization’s Web site on

    A Che representative confirms that the collective received a letter from the administration informing them of the current situation on Oct. 10. No one from the collective would comment further.

    The collective was initially accused of violating the USA Patriot Act last month for providing a link to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in a letter from Gary Ratcliff, director of the University Centers, on Sept. 16. The university has since revoked its stance on hyperlinks, saying that any organization can post a link of its choice.

    The administration then changed its position to questioning the legality of “”hosting,”” which includes the name in a Web site. The Che Cafe Collective was later accused of hosting the FARC Web site on the Burn site.

    10/17/02: Strike hits 5 UC campuses

    UCSD unions show support but do not strike


    Associate News Editor

    Lecturers and clerical workers at five campuses — Davis, Riverside, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz — walked out of their jobs and into the picket lines for a strike that lasted from Oct. 15 through Oct. 16 to vent their frustrations toward the University of California for engaging in allegedly unfair labor practices. At UC Irvine, only lecturers voted to strike.

    The University Council-American Federation of Teachers, which represents more than 4,000 lecturers on UC campuses, and the Coalition of University Employees, which represents more than 18,000 clerical workers systemwide, organized the two-day strikes.

    The strikes, which mostly affected the Riverside and Santa Cruz campuses, caused the cancellation of numerous classes and induced many offices to operate with minimal staff. Many parcel delivery drivers and construction workers at the five campuses engaged in sympathetic actions by refusing to cross the picket lines and diverting packages to holding facilities, or by taking the day off.

    At UCSD, 20 union members held a one-day “”informational picket”” on Oct. 15 at the Gilman Drive entrance from 7 a.m to about 8:30 a.m. as a sign of support for the striking lecturers and clerical workers at five of the other UC campuses.

    10/21/02: Troupe resigns as California poet laureate

    UCSD literature professor admits falsifying bachelor’s degree


    Senior Staff Writer

    UCSD literature professor Quincy Troupe resigned from his post as the nominee for California’s first poet laureate on Oct. 18, after admitting to falsifying information on his resume.

    Troupe had claimed on his resume that he graduated from Grambling State University in Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree, a statement he now admits was incorrect.

    “”I deeply regret my ill-advised decision to include inaccurate information on my curriculum vitae,”” Troupe said in a statement released by the governor’s office. “”While I attended Grambling College, I never earned a college degree.””

    Troupe, 62, had been appointed poet laureate by Gov. Gray Davis in June over 55 other candidates. The position was awaiting confirmation by the California State Senate when the discrepancy arose during a routine background check. The governor’s office has not decided how it will replace Troupe.

    A mention of the falsified degree appeared in UCSD’s records as well, according to Vice Chancellor of External Relations James Langley. However, according to Langley, the discrepancy was not discovered earlier because an in-depth background check was probably not performed when Troupe was hired as a tenured professor.

    11/4/02: Student bears all for Halloween

    “”Adam”” costume deemed inappropriate by police


    Senior Staff Writer

    The annual UCSD Bookstore Halloween Costume Contest took place as planned in the Price Center on Oct. 31, with one contestant being escorted off the premises by campus police. Jonathan Mariano, a UCSD student, entered the costume contest as the biblical figure Adam, wearing no clothing and holding only an apple in his hand.

    “”I wanted to be something really different,”” Mariano said. “”I was kind of looking around my house the night before and all I had was a bunch of apples, so I thought, ‘apples, apples … Adam.'””

    Mariano said he decided to dispense with the traditional image of Adam with a fig leaf covering his genitals.

    “”In reality that was only human intervention,”” Mariano said. “”Ideally, I was to come up on stage in full nudity, proud and naive. I would take a bite from the apple, let its effects take over, and be overcome with embarrassment and self-consciousness.””

    10/14/02: Atkinson retires from UC

    UC President announces decision at Regents meeting


    Senior Staff Writer

    UC President Richard C. Atkinson announced his intention to retire from his position, effective Oct. 1, 2003, at the Nov. 13 meeting of the UC Board of Regents in San Francisco.

    Atkinson, 73, has served as UC president since Oct. 1, 1995. Prior to that, he served for 15 years as the chancellor of UCSD. In his remarks, Atkinson told the Board of Regents that he thought it was the right time to step down and allow someone new to take the reigns of the UC system. He also cited personal reasons for retiring.

    “”These have been extremely rewarding years — challenging, stimulating and deeply interesting years,”” Atkinson said. “”But the time has come to bring them to a close and to allow the university to move forward under new leadership. It also is time, I might add, for my grandchildren to see more of their grandfather.””

    12/15/02: Troupe resigns from UCSD

    Literature prof. to leave at end of 02-03 year


    Senior Staff Writer

    Former California poet laureate Quincy Troupe announced on Dec. 3 his intent to resign from his position as a UCSD literature professor. His resignation will take effect at the end of the 2002-03 academic year in June. He will continue teaching at UCSD until then.

    “”I very much regret my lapse in judgment and the problems it has created for my department and the broader UCSD community,”” Troupe said in his resignation letter.

    He held a news conference at UCSD on Dec. 3, accompanied by his wife and a few colleagues, during which he answered questions regarding his resignation.

    “”I’m the kind of person who faces up to my mistakes,”” Troupe said.

    More to Discover
    Donate to The UCSD Guardian
    Our Goal

    Your donation will support the student journalists at University of California, San Diego. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment, keep printing our papers, and cover our annual website hosting costs.

    Donate to The UCSD Guardian
    Our Goal