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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Vol. 45 Issue No. 7

Facing the Music p. 12

p. 12
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Jenny Cain
Public Discourse
Arianna Puopolo
Who do you trust more, Steven Colbert and Jon Stewart, or real-life politicians?
Managing Editors
Rod Bastanmehr
Julia Reis Compiled by BELA MESSEX & NICK PARIS
Melinda Széll, chief
Molly Kossoff
Mimi Stroud
Grace Watson

Hilli Ciavarello, design director
Rachel Adams
Emily Chisholm
Tess Goodwin

Campus News
Julie Eng, editor
Ryan Mark-Griffin, editor
Rosa Arce
James Austin
Dana Burd “Stewart and Colbert, because, unlike politicians, “Colbert, because he’s factual and satirical.”
Rosa Casteneda they don’t pretend to be religious.”
Kara Foran


Nicole Pritchard
Susan Sun
Mikaela Todd
Rosanna Van Straten

Joey Bien-Kahn, editor
Natalia Equihua
Asa Hess-Matsumoto

Arts and Entertainment

Alejandro Trejo, editor
Veronica Glover
Chelsea Hawkins

Politics and Culture

Blair Stenvick, editor
Stephanie Meade
Maja Vojnovic

Web “Stewart and Colbert, because they are interested “Stewart and Colbert, because they’re not trying to
Timothy Lindvall II, developer in raising awareness, while politicians are get elected.”
interested in politics.”
Rachel Edelstein, editor SARAH JONES
Andrew Allio
Scott Haupenthal, videographer
Louise Leong
Bela Messex
Nick Paris
Molly Solomon
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Table of Contents
4 Cowell Dining Hall Nationally Recognized for Sustainability

5 Linguistics Professors Honored for Academic Achievement


6 Dressed to Impress, Santa Cruz Trick-or-Treaters Celebrate

the City’s Most Popular Holiday in Safety

7 Event Calendar: What’s New in Santa Cruz

compiled by Tess GOODWIN

8 Local Farmers and Environmentalists Oppose Use of New,

Carcinogenic Pesticide on Local Fields

10 New Equestrian Coach Takes the Reigns to Help Team
Find Its Stride

11 Surfing Protégé Rides Wave of Success


12 Music Department Struggles to be Heard Above the Din

of Budget Deficit

Molly Solomon

The Few, the Proud, the Slugs 14


Through Our Lens 16


Special Collection Spotlights the ‘Human Condition’ 19


California Has Spoken: Election Results 20


A Giants Fan Tips Her Glass to the 2010 Champs 21


Be Kind, Remind: Why the Video Store Matters 22


Editorial: Of Puns and Pundits 23
Who the Hell 24
by JULIA REIS & MORGAN GRANA Prescott Watson

Cover photos by Andrew Allio

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Colleges Compete to Win

‘Greenest’ Title
LEED certification of Cowell Dining Hall
kicks off 3-week conservation competition

By Rosanna van Straten facility and the Student Health Center.

City Reporter The crowd cheered when Blumenthal announced news
about the McHenry Library renovations, which will
feature an environmentally-friendly addition.
UC Santa Cruz is the 11th “greenest” college in the “When the new section of the library opens, there will
nation, according to a ranking released by the Sierra Club even be solar panels on the roof,” Blumenthal said.
in August. On Monday, the university held the first ever The Sustainability and Resource Fair also served as the
Sustainability and Resource Fair at Cowell College. kick-off for the COOL Campus Competition, a three-
The event, which was sponsored by the Sustainability week event with 40 universities competing to reduce
Office, featured over 30 campus environmental organiza- their resource consumption. UCSC is adding an inter-
tions and a presentation by Chancellor George Blumen- college aspect to the competition, with Kresge, Porter,
thal, who officially declared the new Cowell Dining Hall Cowell and Stevenson each vying for the title of the most
a silver LEED-certified green building. LEED certifica- energy-efficient.
tion, which stands for Leadership in Environmental and The competition is sponsored by the Student Environ-
Energy Design, is an internationally recognized green mental Organization, the Green Campus Group and the
building certification and has four different levels: certi- Rosanna van Straten
Sustainability Office.
fied, silver, gold and platinum. Cameron Fields, one of the event’s main organizers, CHANCELLOR GEORGE BLUMENTHAL reveals a
Blumenthal is the first UCSC chancellor to declare described the competition process, as well as the outreach LEED plaque in recognition of Cowell Dining Hall’s
sustainability a priority in his two-year plan. The crowd effort, intended to promote participation. certification as a green building. The presentation of
listened as he explained the importance of sustainability “Meters have been installed in each of the four col- the plaque was part of the Sustainability and Resource
on the UCSC campus. leges to measure their water and electricity usage,” Fields Fair on Monday.
“It is truly a mark of distinction, nationwide and said, “and students can check online to see how they
worldwide,” he said. “It says something about who we are are doing, as it updates their electricity usage live and goes,” Fields said. “But I feel really positive about it, and
and what we are as a campus.” their water usage weekly. We’ve been tabling at colleges, students seem to as well. Raffles will be held for the next
Cowell Dining Hall is the second building on campus knocking on students’ doors and posting flyers to try to three weeks as the competition continues. Students can
to be LEED-certified, and one of the 12,000 LEED- get students involved.” win iPods and other gadgets.”
certified buildings in the country. Steps toward achieving The installation of the meters cost the school approxi- Blumenthal expressed his intent to further UCSC’s
certification included maximizing natural light, conserv- mately $17,000 — including the cost of labor and the sustainable and environmentally friendly reputation and
ing water, minimizing and composting waste, using com- setting up the website. Fields said that, although the cost reiterated the positive effects that the LEED certification
puterized ovens to save energy and installing completely is high, the awareness that could come as a result of this will have in the future.
recycled and recyclable carpet and countertops. competition will outweigh the expense. “Thirty-two percent less lighting will be used, due to
The next campus buildings to be LEED-certified in- “As this is a pilot event, it’s the first time we are do- computerized lights that adjust as the light changes in the
clude several buildings at Porter, the biomedical sciences ing something like this, [and] we’ll have to see how it building,” he said, “and 62 percent less heating.”

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Linguistics Professors Receive
Honorable Recognition
Ladusaw and McCloskey made fellows of the Linguistics Society of America

By Rosa Castañeda
Campus Reporter

Studied through fields such as an- “The reality is that what you under-
thropology and computer science, used stand the meaning of something to be
in court cases, politics and in practically is a very complicated interaction between
every field imaginable, linguistics — or the what you know in virtue of knowing your
science of language — is incorporated into language and what you can infer based on
almost every discipline. reasoning about the fact that somebody
When interim humanities dean Wil- said that to you in that context.”
liam Ladusaw and linguistics professor Ladusaw started teaching linguistics
James McCloskey sat together in their at UCSC in 1984 and says that the major
graduate-level historical linguistics class has definitely “matured,” especially after
at the University of Texas more than three extending the field to a graduate program
decades ago, they never imagined that one in the late ’80s. Prescott Watson Photo Courtesy of James McCloskey
day they would teach at the same institu-  His colleague McCloskey — who
tion, write research papers together and came to UCSC in 1988 — focuses on
INTERIM HUMANITIES DEAN William Ladusaw (left) and linguistics professor
receive acceptance into the Linguistics syntax, which is the study of principles
Jim McCloskey (right) were recently elected Fellows of the Linguistics Society of
Society of America. and rules of the structure of sentences. The
America. Ladusaw focuses on semantics, the branch of linguistics that deals with
The LSA was founded in 1924 to relationship between syntax and semantics
meaning, and McCloskey’s focuses is syntax, which studies the structure of lan-
advance the scientific study of human lan- — structure requires meaning, and mean-
guage. During their teaching careers, linguistics has expanded from a small study
guage. Its goals are to further research in ing requires structure — has allowed Mc-
to a large, well-known field.
linguistics and keep the broader linguistics Closkey and Ladusaw to work together.
community informed through publica- Born in Ireland, McCloskey obtained
tions, presentation and discussion. The his first degree in linguistics at University
organization has over 5,000 members, all College Dublin and his doctoral degree at
of whom were nominated and selected to the University of Texas. His dissertation
gain membership into the organization. and career focus is on the syntax of the
Ladusaw was born and brought up in Irish language.
Louisville, Ky., where he got his B.A. in McCloskey’s teaching career began at
linguistics at the University of Kentucky. University College Dublin in 1979 while
Linguistics was a much less widely holding visiting appointments at the Mas-
studied field at this time, Ladusaw said. sachusetts Institute of Technology and
“When I started, it was a rather odd UC San Diego. He spent a year as a fellow
thing to be a linguistics major,” he said. of the Center for Advanced Study in the
“Most people in high school had never Behavioral Sciences at Stanford before
heard the word,” he said. becoming a professor at UCSC.
Ladusaw recalls that the majority of Currently, McCloskey is in Ireland for
people at the time thought of linguistics as sabbatical leave and conducting research
grammar. in the syntax of the Irish language. He
 He obtained his master’s degree in could not be reached for comment.
computational linguistics and his doctor- His webpage outlines his career
ate in semantics at the University of Texas. interests and the slow death of the Irish
This branch of linguistics, which stud- language.
ies meaning in relation to structure, was a “I am necessarily and sadly interested
fairly novel field of study when Ladusaw in issues of language death, language ex-
was in school. tinction and language revival,” McCloskey
 “At the time we were in graduate said on his webpage.
school, semantics was the relatively newer  Both Ladusaw and McCloskey will be
field in linguistics,” he said. “Traditionally officially recognized as part of the LSA
[it had] been part of philosophy.” at the annual meeting in Pittsburgh in
 Ladusaw said that semantics unmasks January 2011.
how a person understands language.

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Halloween Draws Major Crowds, Minimal Law Violations

Downtown law enforcement presence works to reduce crime during annual celebration

By Susan Sun Public intoxication and rowdy crowds were common- ment presence lessened crime downtown on Halloween
City Reporter place, but there were no reported cases of shootings or night. Attendees said they appreciated being able to feel
stabbings this year. There were seven gang-related stab- secure.
Marilyn Monroe, Neytiri, Bob Marley, Pikachu and bings on Halloween of 2006 and two on the Halloween “This is my first Halloween at downtown Santa Cruz,”
the Little Mermaid danced to the impromptu beats of a of 2007. first-year Juliet Ulibarri said. “The vibes are really good
drum circle on closed-off Pacific Avenue. People on stilts Over the last couple of years, police forces have from everyone, and I haven’t felt any sense of danger at
towered over the crowd and a group of zombies per- stepped up enforcement to maintain public safety, aug- any point of the night. I feel secure with the fact that
formed choreographed dance moves to Michael Jackson’s menting the security budget for the event to $60,000, up there are so many police officers roaming around every-
“Thriller,” blasting from a boombox. from about $40,000 last year. where.”
Thousands took to the streets of downtown Santa Costs cover lighting, police overtime and other ex-
Cruz on Halloween night — and helicopters, gang spe- penses for what is essentially one large downtown party.
cialists and over a hundred police officers joined them. This year, according to Friend, actual costs ran between
Zach Friend, spokesman for the Santa Cruz Police $45,000 and $50,000.
Department, said the turnout on Halloween has grown “Every police agency in the county is providing law
exponentially over the past six or seven years. officers to patrol this event,” Friend said on Halloween.
“Halloween night is the largest unsanctioned event “We have over 100 officers that are here tonight, which
we have in Santa Cruz,” Friend said. “This isn’t an official includes probation and parole agents. We also bring in
organized Santa Cruz event. We usually have up to about some gang specialists from Santa Clara County and the
25,000 people here downtown on Halloween night, Salinas area.”
which is about half the city’s population — in one square Police officers patrolled the premises all evening, at-
mile.” tempting to prevent violence before it could take place.
Police made 40 arrests this year, 32 of which were for This year, the focus was on removing possible threats
public intoxication. Other charges included drug posses- before problems began. A unanimous motion by city
sion, violation of parole and battery. council allowed police to issue triple fine tickets to dis-
Santa Cruz resident Mark Ruiz, who attended the courage law violations. Molly Solomon
event, said Halloween is “pretty crazy.” “If we see someone that’s intoxicated who may become THOUSANDS OF TRICK-OR-TREATERS flocked to
“Pacific Avenue is generally pretty safe, but the side an issue, we get them off the street early before it rolls downtown Santa Cruz for the unofficial holiday last
streets are where things get shady,” Ruiz said. “I definitely into something else,” Friend said. “If you’re caught with Sunday. The city spent more than $45,000 on security
suggest walking in a group, because it can be very danger- an open container, it’ll cost you about $500 tonight, so be measures for the event, including salaries for gang
ous when you’re running solo, especially for a girl.” sure to put your beers away.” specialists and over a hundred police officers.
The preventative measures and increased law enforce-

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Event Calendar
Event Calendar
CITY Wednesday, Nov. 10
• Weekly: Downtown Farmers’ Market. Between
Cedar Street & Lincoln Street. 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 4
• Community meeting: “Desalination Marine
• Film: “Race to Nowhere.” Rio Theatre. 7 p.m.
Issues, Solutions and the Environmental Review
• Free Concert: Paul Contos Quartet. Kuumbwa
Process.” Louden Nelson Community Center. 6:30
Jazz Center. 7 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at door.
to 9 p.m.
• Film: “Race Against the Sky 2010.” Regal Cin-
• Class: What Jazz Students Should Know with
ema 9. 8:30 p.m.
Paul Contos. Kuumbwa Jazz Center. 7 p.m. Free.
• Concert: Old Man Markley, Forrest Day, West
• Performance: Open Mic Night. Gadgetbox
Nile Ramblers. The Catalyst. 9 p.m. $6 in advance,
Studios. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $1-5 donation suggested.
$9 at door. Ages 21 and up.
• Concert: Borgore, Downlink Getter, Skriptah,
• Concert: John Cragie, Patrick Cooper, Eliza
Rate P. The Catalyst. 8 p.m. $28.
Rickman. The Crêpe Place. 9 p.m. $8.

Friday, Nov. 5
• Film: “MINE.” Rio Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $15 in
advance, $20 at door.
• Benefit: Lacy J. Dalton peformance benefit-
ting Second Harvest Food Bank. Kuumbwa Jazz Thursday, Nov. 04
Center. 8 p.m. $21 in advance, $25 at door. • Author reading: Irene Reti. Bay Tree Bookstore.
• Performance: Cheech and Chong. “Get it 12 to 1 p.m. Free.
Legal.” Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. 8 p.m. $34 • Author reading: Ed Lin. Humanities building.
to 60. 6 to 7 p.m. Free.
• Concert: Steel Pulse, Lloyd Brown. The Cata-
lyst. 9 p.m. $26 in advance, $30 at door. Friday, Nov. 5
• Concert: John Miller & Jean Louise, Poor • Performance: In the Waves. Theater Arts Sec-
Bailey, Electric Leaves. The Crêpe Place. 9 p.m. $8 ond Stage. 7 to 9 p.m. $11 to 12. Event continues
in advance, $10 at door. until Nov. 14. See santacruztickets.com for addi-
• Film: “Ed Wood. “Del Mar Theatre. 11:59 p.m. tional dates and times.
$6.50. Event repeats Nov. 6.
Saturday, Nov. 6
Saturday, Nov. 6 • Class: Underwater Robotics Workshop. Sey-
• Festival: Sea Glass and Ocean Art. Coconut mour Center at Long Marine Lab. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Grove, Santa Cruz. 10 a.m. $3. Free.
• Concert: Gala Gourd Evening. Kuumbwa Jazz • Film: “A Night of Fun and Film.” Media
Center. 8 p.m. $15. Theater. 6 to 9 p.m.
• Concert: Ribsy’s Nickel, Flea. The Catalyst. 9
p.m. $5. Ages 21 and up. Monday, Nov. 8
• Concert: Hillstomp, McDougall, The Drops. • Daylight Savings ends. Clocks switch back an
The Crêpe Place. 9 p.m. $10. Event repeats Nov. 7. hour. 2 a.m.
• Meeting: Friends of the Farm and Garden.
Sunday, Nov. 7 UCSC Farm Center. 5:30 to 8 p.m.
• Concert: Archie Fisher. Kuumbwa Jazz Center. • Performance: Poetry Slam. Cowell College
7 p.m. $19. Fireside Lounge. 8 to 10 p.m. Free.
• Concert: Sublime with Rome., Sexrat The
Catalyst. 8 p.m. $44 in advance, $49 at door. Ages Tuesday, Nov. 9
21+. • Informational: Masters in Education Teaching
Credential Program Information Night. Alumni
Monday, Nov. 8 Room, University Center, above College 9/10
• Concert: The Jeff Lorber Fusion. Kuumbwa Dining Hall. 7 to 9 p.m. Free.
Jazz Center. 7 & 9 p.m. $25 in advance, $28 at
door. 9 p.m., half-price for students. Wednesday, Nov. 10
• Concert: Sublime with Rome; Sexrat. The • Discussion: “Collaborative Printmaking.” Digi-
Catalyst. 8 p.m. $44 in advance, $49 at door. Ages tal Arts Research Center, Room 308. 6 to 8 p.m.
16 and up. Free.
• Concert: Kisses. The Crêpe Place. 9 p.m. • Performance: Open Mic Night. Porter Dining
Hall Mezzanine. 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 9
• Concert: Stars. Rio Theatre. 8 p.m. $18.
• Concert: The Supervillains; Ballyhoo!; Pour
Habit. The Catalyst. 9 p.m. $10 in advance, $14 at

Compiled by Tess Goodwin

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of New

Local farming communities await a

decision on methyl iodide
Molly Solomon
STRAWBERRIES ARE a lucrative cash crop, ideal for the mild and cool mediterranean climate of the Central Coast. Soil fumigants like methyl bromide increase yields
while risking the health of farm laborers and locals exposed to the carcinogen. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation is reviewing the registration of a new
pesticide for strawberry production, methyl iodide, but opponents have criticized the new chemical as even more carcinogenic than methyl bromide.

By Rosie Spinks
City Editor

Strawberry production on the Central Coast is part of a $2 billion industry.

Of all the strawberries grown in the United States, 88 percent of the crop is grown in California, with
roughly 50 percent coming from the Watsonville, Salinas and Santa Cruz areas alone.
In the next few months, the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is poised to make a decision
on the registration of a new pesticide called methyl iodide. While the Environmental Protection Agency
has already approved the chemical at the federal level, local agricultural communities are demonstrating
a resistance to the new pesticide at the state level because of its dangerous health effects on schools and
residential neighborhoods nearby.

Ramiro Medrano is a grassroots organizer with the Brown effects on the ozone layer, putting it in violation of the interna-
Berets, a youth empowerment and education program in Watson- tional Montreal Protocol of 1992. Both the new and old pesti-
ville. He is part of an effort to educate the local community, which cides are soil fumigants, which means they are applied to the soil
largely comprises farm workers and their families, about the new before the crop is planted in order to sterilize it and kill any weeds,
pesticide. organisms or other organic matter that might impede growth of
“The students are the ones who are most interested in this, be- the crop.
cause many of them go to school near these fields,” Medrano said. Critics cite the potential health effects of the new pesticide as
“We tell them about the dangers, and they feel the responsibility the reason it should not be registered. Methyl iodide is a known
to take this on through educating their parents and their student carcinogen under Proposition 65, according to a report compiled
bodies about pesticides and methyl iodide.” by Susan E. Kegley, a consulting scientist for the Pesticide Action
If approved, methyl iodide will replace the widely-used methyl Network. It is four times more neurotoxic than methyl bromide,
bromide, a chemical that is being phased out due to its deleterious and up to 3.5 times more acutely toxic than methyl bromide.

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The DPR commissioned two teams of scientists, some from within
the department itself, along with eight independently contracted
scientists, to review the toxicity of the chemical. California Watch,
which is part of the Center for Investigative Reporting, reported that
after receiving the scientists’ findings, the DPR then set the level of
exposure 196 times higher than what their own scientists had recom-
The California Strawberry Commission (CSC), which is based in
Watsonville, represents a conglomeration of 600 growers, shippers and
processors in California. Its members include both conventional and
organic farmers, who pay 3.5 cents per tray of strawberries to fund
Carolyn O’Donnell, the communications director for the CSC,
explained that the commission is waiting for the DPR to “complete
their regulatory process” before taking a stance on methyl iodide.
However, she did say that of the $13 million in research that the CSC
invested in finding an alternative to methyl bromide, much of it was
devoted to non-pesticide alternatives.
“The commission is looking into the future,” O’Donnell said.
“Research devoted to farming without fumigants gives strawberry
growers more options for sustainable ways to grow strawberries. There
are a variety of potential solutions, and they are not a one-size-fits-all
Local assembly member Bill Monning is opposed to the registra-
tion of methyl iodide, and he is working with the community in the
Watsonville area to prevent registration of the chemical. Monning’s
dedication to this issue comes from his former work as an attorney for
the United Farm Workers’ Union, in which he was involved in litiga-
tion on pesticide-poisoning cases.
Monning explained that the DPR was designed to be a bit more
free-standing than the federal Department of Food and Agriculture,
but it still has various interests to represent and sometimes does not
take real-world farming practices into account.
“The department is charged with making objective and rational
decisions based on science, but it’s also a balancing act of balancing
Photos by Prescott Watson
the interests of agriculture and public safety concerns,” Monning said.
“You can have certain standards and requirements listed on a label,
but in the field, people don’t always follow the requirements. You have
wind, you have tarps that fail. You have to factor in human error at
some level.”
The education effort in Watsonville that Medrano and Monning
are part of includes community town halls, pesticide awareness clubs
in high schools, petitions and an effort to get local school boards and
city councils to adopt a resolution formally opposing the registration
of the chemical.
Last week, the Pajaro Valley Unified School District was the first
school board to adopt a resolution against the registration of methyl
iodide. School leaders emphasized the need for more scientific re-
search on the pesticide before it is used in fields that abut numerous
Watsonville school grounds.
While the school board’s actions represent a victory, Medrano said,
he expressed some frustration at the fact that those most affected
most by the issue — farm workers themselves — are the hardest to
“A couple of farmers at our last forum showed us their hands, WITH THE HELP of soil fumigants like methyl bromide increas-
and some of them didn’t have any [finger]nails because of exposure ing yields, the Central Coast produces 88 percent of strawberries
to pesticides. That, or their skin was very deteriorated because of the in the United States. Strawberry production in the Santa Cruz
same exposure,” Medrano said. “A lot of them, unfortunately, also have and Watsonville area is one of the highest per land area in the
a very low education. Unless we go out there and inform them, they country. Local farms are visible from over 4,000 feet in the air.
don’t know much about the danger.”
When it comes to an alternative to methyl bromide and methyl io-
dide, both Monning and Medrano stated that they personally believe focus should be on more, smaller growing operations and fewer large
organic agriculture is the answer. However, Medrano conceded, it is ones, as well as selecting more resilient varieties of the crop to grow.
probably not possible to produce the amount of strawberries grown “The varieties of strawberries that have been used since methyl
on the Central Coast without the use of fumigants. bromide have zero [natural] resistance to diseases,” Gliessman said.
“I don’t know if that’s a bad thing,” Medrano said. “A lot of these “Growers have been selecting varieties based on the [quantity of ] fruit
environmental agriculture jobs are very dangerous to the workers and
they produce, and not on their ability to resist disease, because they
the community.” didn’t need it.”
Steve Gliessman is a UC Santa Cruz environmental studies Gliessman cited the enormous economic investment that straw-
professor whose work as a farmer, author and teacher is centered on berry farmers take on as part of the reason why using pesticides in
agroecology and sustainable food systems. production can be so tempting to a grower.
Gliessman said that while implementing more sustainable meth- “There is so much risk in strawberry production: $25,000 to
ods of farming strawberries might mean a reduction in overall yield, $30,000 per acre,” he said. “Almost half of that is pre-harvest. That’s a
it doesn’t mean the loss of a lucrative industry altogether. He said the lot of money — you gotta get that back somehow.”
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Horseless Equestrian Team

Rides Off Campus to Train

Club sport welcomes new coach,

access to riding facility in Watsonville

By Natalia Equihua
Sports Reporter Photos Courtesy of Dana Frederick
MARTHA GUSTAVSON jumps at an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association
competition on Oct. 16. Since UCSC has no horses or equestrian training
facilities, the equestrian team goes to Watsonville to practice for competitions.

Members of the equestrian In the IHSA competition, others. one of only two within the UC tion, in which it got two second
team travel 14 miles from UCSC the teams are not asked to own a Second-year Sarah Dennis, — along with UC Davis. place finishes: one for the open
to Watsonville in order to find horse. Instead, in each show, they a new team member, noted the “We only had six competi- varsity rider and the other for the
what they don’t have on campus: are provided with horses owned difference in UCSC’s equestrian tors on our team in these shows, intermediate rider in jumping
a training facility, horses and a by the association. This form program compared to others. against teams with over 40 class. But the team is not quite
coach. of competing means smaller “We’re one of the only teams competitors,” Alrich said in an where Belmont thinks it should
The team hired Cassie expenses than in a normal horse that doesn’t have [an on campus e-mail. “We knew we were a be.
Belmont, who also coaches the show, in which the rider must facility],” Dennis said. brand-new team and we wanted “It would help if they didn’t
Monte Vista Christian School bring a horse to each competi- Formed in 2001 by former to make a lasting and positive have to drive 40 minutes to take
horse riding program, this year. tion. College Eight student Allison impression at the IHSA.” a lesson,” Belmont said. “These
For Martha Gustavson, While riders fund their own Alrich, the team has struggled to The team continues to im- girls could be champions if they
third-year Cowell student and training, Gustavson said that the grow. UCSC’s team remains as prove, as seen at its last competi- could only practice.”
captain of the team, this marks equestrian team receives some
an important shift in the team’s support from the university,
development. which pays for transportation,
“It makes it easier to be more horse show fees and team
of a team, because they can all apparel.
ride together every day,” Gus- Other state universities,
tavson said. “They can work with like UC Davis — one of the
the coach as much as they want.” few public universities with
Belmont has offered the a barn — had to get rid of
team the opportunity to use the more than half of the school’s
school’s facility in Watsonville at horses due to budget cuts,
almost half the price of a normal according to the Sacramento
lesson, which she said ranges Bee.
from $50 to $60 per day. Belmont said schools like
“Here I have a pretty big Stanford are hard to compete
program, and so I’m offering [the against because “they have a
team] a reduced fee so they can very high-quality facility on
come and ride,” Belmont said. the campus and lots of really
“I have lots of horses. It’s a good fabulous horses for their stu-
partnership.” dents to practice on.”
Each member of the team In a couple of weeks,
pays for his or her own riding UCSC’s team will face well-
lessons. Training is required in equipped teams like Stanford,
order to compete at the Intercol- as well as the University of
legiate Horse Show Association Nevada, Reno and the Uni-
(IHSA) championships. versity of Santa Clara, among

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Local 13-year-old impresses national surfing community

By Natalia Equihua
Sports Reporter

On the windy beach at Pleasure Point, Nic “We’ve already been to Florida, New York, New
Hdez, 13, stands contemplating the waves. While Jersey, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.”
all of his friends are at school taking notes, Hdez But defending a title and becoming a profes-
is deciding whether it is the right time to get into sional hasn’t been without its downsides. For
the water. He needs to practice those flips for Hdez, becoming a competitive surfer has meant
next week’s competition, because he has made a competing on weekends, and it required his miss-
promise to himself: He will continue to be the best ing classes on Mondays and Fridays in order to
amateur surfer in Northern California. fulfill his sports commitments.
Hdez began his career as a competitive surfer Four years ago, Hdez’s parents decided to pull
at local surfing contests when he was eight years him out of public school to continue to support
old. Last month, five years after his first surf, Hdez his development in surfing.
competed at the O’Neill Cold Water Classic at “[The school] was giving us a hard time, so
Santa Cruz's Steamer Lane. The competition is we decided to start home-schooling him,” Anita
one of the most important international surfing Hdez said.
competitions in the area, attracting surfers from all Hanging out with his friends has become more
around the world, most of them between 18 and difficult, Nic Hdez said, as he is only able to spend
35 years old. Hdez was the youngest competitor. time with them after they get out of school.
One other Santa Cruz surfer, 17-year-old Nat Coming from Northern California has also
Young, also took part in the competition. He ad- proved to be a challenge.
vanced to the semi-finals but did not make it past “It’s really hard for Nic to compete with the
that round. Southern California crowd, because that is where
“Other surfers got surprised that I got in, the industry is all located,” Anita Hdez said.
because you need a certain amount of points to get “Those kids always get a little more advantage
in and I didn’t have them,” Hdez said. “I got in as when it comes to exposure and sponsorship.”
an alternate –— someone didn’t show up.” Nevertheless, Nic Hdez’s talent has been
Hdez lost in the first round of this competition, enough to capture the attention of many impor-
but for him it was a positive experience. tant surf companies. He received a sponsorship Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Riise
“It was hard to compete against [older surfers],” from Billabong at the age of 10 — and now, some
NIC HDEZ DIPS IN WATER three to four times a day, practicing
he said. “I only got to do one round ’cause I lost, of his other sponsors include Oakley, Nike 6.0 and
his surfing skills. After competing against the world’s prime riders
but it was so fun — and hard to get waves against O.A.M.
last month in the Cold Water Classic, Hdez said, “It was so fun
bigger guys.” For Hdez, surfing may be a golden ticket to
— and hard to get waves against bigger guys.”
Although Hdez has been competing for more other opportunities as well.
than four years in events around the California “In the future, I would like to go out and surf
coast, his commitments have become more de- good waves, go on surfing trips and check new
manding with every year. places. I want to go to Indonesia,” Hdez said.
“This year, he’s starting to do some of the “Once you start surfing and get the hang of it, you
pro-junior events,” Anita Hdez, his mother, said. just can’t stop.”

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wind ensemble practice
four hours a week. Although
the ensemble avoided
elimination last year, budget
cuts continue to threaten the
survival of the program.

The Sound
of Silence
Santa Cruz County and UC Santa Cruz experience cutbacks due to fiscal crisis
BY MIKAELA TODD, Jay Arms can’t play his music. upwards of $28.7 million, an ap- learning improves with art and would have had to take if he had
CITY REPORTER As a fifth-year in classical proximately 20 percent reduction music in their basic curriculum, entered UCSC a year before is
guitar performance at UC Santa in funding. Those budget cuts these cuts are having adverse no longer required for his enter-
ILLUSTRATION BY Cruz, he has seen prices rise for were passed down to the separate effects on students’ academic and ing class. Arms said this was
BELA MESSEX individual lessons. Arms has also divisions, including the music social skills. disappointing because the basic
witnessed multiple programs in and art division, which was told Arms has tried to find ways skills he would have gotten from
PHOTOS BY the music department, including to retrofit the music department. to get around music funding and that exam could have helped him
ANDREW ALLIO the classical guitar ensemble, ear Graduate student Camille class cuts at UCSC to little avail. later on in his music career.
training and the piano program Chitwood, who studies conduct- “A lot of us got stuck with Ensembles in the music de-
get slashed and cut. He is quickly ing at the university, commented Jazz Big Band, in which there partment have been hit especially
realizing that his circumstances on how the inaccessability to are only two open slots a quarter, hard by a lack of funding. The
are not about to change any time teachers and lessons could inhibit and the Early Music Consort,” two largest ensembles on campus,
soon. students who want to embark on Arms said. “So what we do now the concert choir and wind
“The cost of [music] classes a career in music. is play in a chamber music group ensemble, were on the financial
has gone up for me, and that’s “It’s a hard career as it is, be- that we formed as a quartet. The chopping block until bridge
coming out of my tuition,” Arms cause we’re always going to have problem is we don’t get as much funding was made available at
said. to rely on outside [resources of ] time with an instructor as when the end of last school year.
Arms finds himself caught funding,” Chitwood said. we play with a large group.” Those bridge funds are sup-
up in the budget crisis and feels Budget cuts to music pro- By playing in a larger ensem- posed to “bridge the school
especially targeted as a clas- grams haven’t just affected the ble, students get about four hours through bad times,” said music
sical guitar student. Many of university but programs in the a week with an instructor. In the department chair and director of
the ensembles that he used to city of Santa Cruz and across the smaller ensembles, like the one concert choir Amy Beal.
participate in have either been nation as well. Taxes that would Arms participates in, they only The funding comes from
cut completely from UCSC fund music programs in Santa get about one. surplus pool money that was left
curriculum or don’t have enough Cruz elementary schools were “That’s not really enough time over in the division at the end
spaces to accommodate all of the reduced by roughly $500,000. to learn how to play with a group of the school year. There is no
15 to 20 declared classical guitar As a result, teachers’ jobs are well, so we’re just trying to figure way to determine if it will last
students on campus. being cut, and they are afraid that it out ourselves,” he said. any longer than one year, so the
In 2009, Chancellor George without proper instruction, stu- The piano program has two large ensembles may be cut
Blumenthal announced that the dents won’t be interested in the also been cut back, and the eventually anyway.
university would be taking a hit arts anymore. Because students’ piano placement exam that Arms “Music departments are really
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FAR LEFT: UCSC’s concert
choir rehearses in the Music
Center every Wednesday,
under the direction of Nat
Berman. This may end soon,
due to budget cuts that
threaten to eliminate entire
sections of the music program.

LEFT: The 40th Annual Santa

Cruz Band Review brings
marching bands from all over
Northern California to march
from Santa Cruz High School
to the Beach Boardwalk while
performing their best songs.

expensive to run,” Beal said. “You quarter or every year, they are of- stopped trying to recommend to These cutbacks are a result
need so much extra equipment. fered every few quarters or every the department that the school of a number of financial factors.
People say that the only thing few years. have two ensembles, one basic Over the past few years, funding
more expensive than a music Beal is trying to make the and one more prestigious, even from the Packard Foundation,
department is a medical school.” most out of restructuring by though many colleges across which has been offering grants
Beal says that a main reason dealing with the budget crisis as the United States do. He knows to Santa Cruz, Monterey and
the department is expensive to a creative opportunity for a new, there’s no money for it. Santa Clara Counties since 1997,
run is because all music students and hopefully better, curriculum. “It is unfortunate that we have has shifted focus and no longer
receive one-on-one tutoring dur- She thinks the department is these funding restraints because offers money for art and music
ing their time at UCSC. Teachers secure for the time being. there’s so many things that could in schools. Parcel taxes P and B2,
are a large expense, and so their “Things are stable,” she said. be done here that would open initiated by Santa Cruz voters to
hours have been cut, making it “Things were bad last year, but up new doors for repertoire,” pick up where the Packard Foun-
harder for students to get the now they really have stabilized Klevan said. “We have the faculty dation left off, have been reduced
required amount of instruction and tightened. It’s been an to do it, there’s interest from the from approximately $1,635,347
needed to graduate. incredibly painful process, but it students, but there’s just a lack of a year in 2005 to only about
Chitwood said the cuts make looks like it’s going to be better.” funding.” $1,103,256 now.
it more competitive for students She also hopes that part of Elementary through high The main concern for Cherk
vying for those few hours of the $3 billion granted to the UC school art programs don’t look is that the education elementary
instruction. system for the 2011–2012 school any better. Significant cuts students are receiving now, after
“Of course priority goes to
people who have already been
year makes its way to the music
to music programs have not the cuts, is less than what is es- Continued on p. 18
remained at the collegiate level, sential.
here and have been taking les- Wind ensemble director Rob but have affected public schools “It’s not providing all the
sons, which also makes it a little Klevan has a positive outlook as K-12 throughout the country as tools necessary to give kids who
unfair,” she said. “And I know for well. well. might have a talent for art
a fact that there are some teach- “I’m hoping the budgets will Recently, band was cut com- the chance to start early,”
ers teaching students that they’re improve and, you know, I’m pletely from elementary schools Cherk said. “They cut
only supposed to teach for a half pretty optimistic, because it hap- in the Santa Cruz County kindergarten classes
hour for an hour, because they pened for us this year,” Klevan School District. Sandy Cherk, and those seem
know that’s what the students said. “It happened at the last former arts coordinator for Bay pretty impor-
really need.” minute, but we don’t care. We’ll View Elementary, said she was tant.
Beal said that reducing take it.” laid off because of a lack of
instruction hours is one of many Although the wind ensemble funding and that art and music
strategies for dealing with the was not cut for this school teachers at Bay View are
funding crisis. year, Klevan has fewer students now struggling to find work
“Layout design, layoffs, re- participating because of circulat- teaching.
duced hours — that’s how we’ve ing rumors that the ensemble “The teachers are
dealt with the budget, but that’s would be cut, he said. Students overwhelmed,
only part of it,” Beal said. signed up for other classes and because now
As department chair, Beal was then weren’t able to change their they are teaching
a part of redesigning the music schedules when they found out multiple levels a
department’s curriculum for this the ensemble was going to be of- day,” Cherk said.
year in a way that she hopes will fered. Wind ensemble is down to “Their hours have
save money. The department has 60, but it ended last school year been cut, and the
put classes, especially ensembles, with close to 80 students. students aren’t
on rotation. Now, instead of Klevan has been teaching at getting as much
ensembles being offered every UCSC for 13 years and says he instruction.”

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A Paradigm Shift?
By Asa Hess-Matsumoto
Sports Reporter & UCSC Officer Candidates School candidate

U.S. Marine Corps officer selves awash in the anti-military sentiment relationship to the Corps. have male and female candidates of all
candidate Andrew Perlik stands that has been present on the campus since USMC Capt. Leo Tabilin, the officer ethnic diversities.”
student activism in recent years. selection officer responsible for the over- Over up to two summers at OCS, can-
at attention in front of his peers. In 2005, the student-led organization sight of the candidates at UCSC, finds didates are graded on numerous academic
It’s 7 a.m. The early morning fog Students Against War held a protest that that there is no certain type of person who tests including general military subjects,
is breaking and his breath is heavy reached a fevered pitch among the hun- applies for their program. land navigation and weapons and tactics.
from all the running they’ve done dreds of students. This ultimately drove “Officer Candidate School offers They are also graded on numerous physical
thus far. Reaching deep inside military officer recruiters off campus. In our nation’s premier leadership training activities including the physical fitness test
2006 and again in 2007, the protest was opportunity,” Tabilin said in an e-mail. — a combination of timed three-mile run,
himself to draw all the air his lungs repeated, with recruiters retreating from “Whave candidates who have a long sit-up and pull-up tests — combat fitness
can muster, he bellows out at the the campus or never showing up at all. legacy of family with military service, test, obstacle course and endurance course.
candidates, “What makes the grass The on-campus activism spurred dis- and we have candidates who don’t know Unlike participants in similar officer
grow?” cussion and further action nationally on anyone who has served in the military. We programs, such as the Reserve Officer
“Blood, blood, blood!” the other both sides.
David Zlutnick, a former member of
candidates return, their voices SAW, said similar groups and organiza-
echoing across the empty East tions formed in colleges and universities
Field. nationwide to push for a ban on school
Joggers pause at the roaring, startled As a result of the pressure, legal battles
that the quiet tranquility of the morning over the application of the Solomon
has been shattered. They stare in a daze, a Amendment flared up in the Supreme
mix of confusion and disbelief at the scene Court in March of 2006. The amendment
unfolding before them. allows the government to deny schools
At a nod from their candidate platoon and their students federal funding if
sergeant, Colin Campbell, Perlik bellows military recruiters are barred from their
once more, “UC Santa Cruz, ready to campuses. Allegations that the Pentagon
fight, ready to kill!” was spying on SAW while collecting
A hearty, guttural “Oorah!” is returned, documentation on its members arose. UC
a common call phrase among Marines, Santa Cruz was even labeled as “a cesspool
and the candidates are dismissed from the of liberalism” by one commentator.
morning’s physical training. College students aiming to become
It’s easy to see how the Marine Corps Marine officers must pass through the ar-
culture, centered around its combat infan- duous trials of Officer Candidates School,
try and substituting common words like the summer “boot camp” for becoming
“yes” for “kill,” would have difficulty mesh- officers. Students involved in every level of
ing with the free-spirited, counter-cultural the program are referred to as “candidate.”
UCSC campus. The tension, having flared OCS candidates at UCSC face stress
up times before in clashes between mili- from three fronts, not only from being in
tary recruiters and the student body, was college and the Marine Corps, but also
left to fester without proper closure. by the misunderstanding their peers have
They have no official club, organiza- of the military and of the program, said
tion or group recognized by UC Santa Eitan Sheer, a third-year Cowell student
Cruz. Brought together by their common and OCS candidate.
interest and a desire to serve their country, “[Unlike other universities,] the mili-
Campbell and Perlik are members of a tary is not as appreciated here because
hard-lined few on campus that are work- students don’t know what we feel,” Sheer
ing for more than just a degree at the end said. “They can’t relate to what we’re going
of their four years. through. How could they? Nothing they
“I had considered grad school, but I do is comparable to what [OCS candi-
stopped and asked myself, ‘What are the dates] must overcome.”
experiences I want in life?’” Perlik said. Candidates condition themselves
“The Marine Corps culture, being the physically and mentally for summers
smallest [of the branches of the U.S. mili- away at OCS. Long hours, hard runs, Photo Courtesy of Eitan Sheer
tary], combat specialization attracted me.” weight training and classroom time with EITAN SHEER, a third-year Cowell student is one of the few OCS candidates from
Yet, as made evident by the display at their more knowledgeable peers and the UCSC. He said he would like to see relations between the military and the UCSC
OPERS, candidates at UCSC find them- occasional officer define the candidates’ community improve.

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Training Corps (ROTC) found at other ship above all else at OCS.
colleges and universities nationwide, “[The candidate’s] ability to make
candidates like Perlik are not obligated solid decisions under duress and the most
contractually to serve. Rather, the com- stressful conditions are an important part
mission into the Marine Corps is only of the evaluation process,” Tabilin said. “A
extended to those who not only pass OCS candidate may be physically fit and men-
but graduate from college as well. Candi- tally prepared, but if he or she cannot lead,
dates may walk away at any time up until they will not be a Marine officer.”
their commission, leaving only the most The Mountain View Officer Selection
dedicated, motivated candidates commit- Office, which oversees a wide variety of
ted to leading Marines. schools in addition to UCSC, includ-
Colin Campbell, a UCSC alumnus ing Stanford, Santa Clara University, Cal
awaiting his commission, reflected upon Poly and all of the junior colleges in its
the grueling experiences he had at OCS area, only sends 25 to 30 candidates to
with a smile. OCS each year. Tabilin said the selection
“You can expect three to four hours of process is extremely competitive.
sleep daily the entire time you are there, at Last year, there was only one UC Santa
most,” Campbell said. “[The drill instruc- Cruz candidate selected: Several were
tors] dog you everywhere, all the time. medically disqualified before their ap-
They are, hands-down, the scariest fucking plications could be submitted while others Prescott Watson
guys you’ll ever meet in your life. It’s the were rolled over to be considered for the
UPON COMPLETION, candidates at OCS receive a uniquely designed shirt
most fun you’ll never want to have again.” following OCS availability.
highlighting their experiences at OCS, as well as their immersion into its legacy.
Ultimately, successfully passing OCS OCS attrition rate can fluctuate from
is but one hurtle in a long line of hurtles year to year based on weather, staff and
to follow after graduating college. Months candidates. Typically, however, over 30
of follow-up training combined with the percent of the candidates who go will not
experiences at OCS mold the fledgling complete OCS for a variety of reasons.
college student into a professional leader OCS candidate Sheer Yet said words
of Marines. cannot fully describe the hardships felt
Capt. Tabilin also underscored the im- and faced by those going to OCS.
portance of displaying admirable leader- “It’s impossible to grasp precisely how
hard OCS is for someone who hasn’t
gone,” Sheer said. “For those that have,
they know precisely what I mean. It’s all
City on a Hill Press conducted a
survey among 25 UC Santa Cruz Although Students Against War
students of different genders, (SAW) has dissolved over time, the effects
ages and colleges regarding the from the active years’ protests and demon-
current UCSC community’s take strations are still felt by the OCS candi-
on the military. dates today.
“We wanted to propagate a local level
“The military should not recruit from of change to show the nation that if what
high schools and colleges.” we were trying to do could be done here,
Strongly agree: 24% we could apply pressure to affect the
Somewhat agree: 24% system at large,” said David Zlutnick, a
Somewhat disagree: 40% 2006 UCSC alumnus and former member
Strongly disagree: 12% of SAW. “The university was meant to dis- Prescott Watson
Don’t know: 0% cuss issues, not support an institution with
TELIA CAMANCHO of human resources, Staff Sgt. Lindsey, and Capt. Leo Tabilin
a proven track record of taking people’s
(from left to right) are core members of the USMC’s recruitment staff in the area.
“Joining the military is a mistake. There freedoms, sovereignty, self-determination
Leo Tabilin is the officer selection officer responsible for candidate from UCSC.
are better ways of getting what you and, in many cases, their lives.”
want.” OCS candidate Campbell has a differ-
Strongly agree: 4% ent account of the protests. Perlik said he looks to his family for Visible change in attitudes, such as
Somewhat agree: 16% “You couldn’t believe what was happen- support. the establishment in 2008 of both the Vet-
Somewhat disagree: 36% ing,” he said. “There were guys out there “I find myself constantly defending my erans Educations Team Support (VETS)
Strongly disagree: 36% with signs and hoods chanting — it was choice, at UCSC or anywhere else,” Perlik and the UCSC chapter of Student Veter-
Don’t know: 8% awful. It wasn’t good by any means.” said. “It’s a pretty contentious matter. I ans of America, may yet indicate a shift in
Even now, OCS candidates Andrew don’t really bring it up in conversations. how the campus community considers the
“Military recruiters should not be Perlik and Tiffany Dang express frustra- I’m not ashamed of my decision, just tired military’s presence.
present at UCSC career fairs.” tion in having to defend their stance of doing the same dance.” Politics professor Daniel Wirls, a
Strongly agree: 8% against many of their peers. Dang said For candidates who must already over- former member of Faculty Against War,
Somewhat agree: 12% that while other issues, such as the come the enormous physical and mental speculates that there are a number of
Somewhat disagree: 56% economy, have distracted some, attitudes hurdles imposed by virtue of training to reasons why the campus has calmed. He
Strongly disagree: 20% towards the military have hardly changed. become Marine Corps officers, dealing said the election of President Barack
Don’t know: 4% “It’s hard to defend sometimes. It’s like with the UCSC community is just another Obama in 2008, the official conclusion to
talking to a brick wall,” she said. “I keep burden. the Iraq War and the mounting pressure
“ You have seriously considered enlisting/ hearing things like ‘You’ll be a pawn of “There is no relationship between the nationwide to repeal the military’s “Don’t
commissioning into one of the branches the government’ and that my choice is a Marine Corps and UCSC,” said OCS Ask, Don’t Tell” policy may be partially
of the military.” ‘mistake.’ It’s just one of those things I just candidate Sheer. “But I don’t believe the responsible.
Strongly agree: 8% have to sit back and let the stigma run its campus should be viewed as anti-military “I think there are still plenty of people
Somewhat agree: 12% course. To me, my choice is admirable, and as a whole. If there were a way for us to here at UC Santa Cruz who might still be
Somewhat disagree: 24% it’s frustrating to hear people just trash facilitate knowledge to the student com- concerned or distrust the military,” Wirls
Strongly disagree: 52% those who work so hard to defend this munity — doing things not connected to
Don’t know: 4% country.” recruiting — they’d see we’re not all about
stealing kids to the ‘dark side.’” Continued on p. 18
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Photography Thursday, September 30, 2010

Photography & Words by
Isaac Miller

There exists at UCSC a small

community of spear fishers. Often
comprising marine biology students
and SCUBA enthusiasts, these
aquatic-minded students traverse
the California coast in search of
rock fish and Perch. Having only
heard stories of this, I ventured with
recent marine bio graduate Brian
Repp up Highway 1 to Greyhound
Rock County Park, located just
seven miles past Davenport to
see for myself. Spear in hand,
Brian marches confidently into
the foamy surf. The three-pronged
spear he carries is propelled like a
slingshot and has surgical tubing
that stretches across the length of
his arm. When released, the tubing
flings the spear forward. After
several minutes, Brian emerges
empty-handed, defeated by the
rough, breaking waves. Brian did
not catch anything that day, but
come calmer waters, he’ll be back,
spear in hand.

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Continued from p. 13 Continued from p. 15

The Sound of Silence OCS on Campus

Art affects the kids in how they learn, cogni- taking band in high school at all. As of this
said. “But now the suspicions experience with UCSC as being
tively and socially and in every other way.” year, two of five music teachers at the elemen-
about the military — its ex- “nothing but professional.”
Elementary schools besides Bay View have tary and middle school levels were laid off, and
tended tours, psychological and “Volunteering to join the
been able to salvage art and music programs hours of instruction have significantly dropped.
physical damage to our soldiers, military, especially during a time
through active parent involvement. Westlake Although the arts are still surviving in the
all the carnage — now it’s more when the nation is at war, is a
Elementary School is one that has been able to Santa Cruz County School District, UCSC
directed as concern for someone tough decision,” Tabilin said.
do just this. graduate student Chitwood does not see an
who they know is in or joining “The candidates we have at
Dorothy Franks, arts coordinator at West- easy way out of this crisis any time soon.
the military.” UCSC and all of our campuses
lake, said that her school fundraises for dif- “Until the economy of California turns
Wirls notes that in his have my respect for them and
ferent types of art enrichment, whereas other around, I just don’t think it can turn around
classes, some of which revolve for their decision to serve our
schools in the district are not capable of doing here either,” she said.
around the military and its post- country and to honor our legacy
this because they don’t have parent bodies that Chitwood adds that she is proud of the
Cold War era policies, several as Marines.”
are willing or able to do the same. faculty at UC Santa Cruz and hopes that the
students are members of the OCS candidate Sheer,
“It’s a little bit of a political hot-potato right department is not hit any harder than it already
armed forces or in the process of looking forward to completing
now,” Frank said. “Money was cut quite a bit.” has been.
joining. his training this summer, sees
Vocal music is now only offered one hour a “It would be a huge shame if any of [the
“The class doesn’t become potential hope in establishing
week for fourth and fifth grade, whereas it used faculty] were cut,” Chitwood said. “I think it’s
hostile or focused on them,” stronger ties between future
to be offered two hours a week for fourth-grad- terrible that many of their hours have been cut
Wirls said. “To the contrary, I candidates and UCSC.
ers, and fifth-graders were offered the choice already.”
observe the students respecting “While I don’t expect the
between vocal, strings and band. Now they Wind ensemble director Klevan believes
their point of view, which is not student body to completely un-
are only offered vocal, and even that provides that public school districts like Santa Cruz
always positive precisely because derstand what it is we do, people
limited instruction. target arts unfairly, and that the city has not yet
they themselves were in the can come to recognize that our
“What is happening at the elementary realized that it is a mistake to do that.
military.” association with the Marine
schools will affect us in a few years,” said “I could go on and on about how wrong it
With the dissolution of both Corps is just as professional
Christina Latham, band director at Santa Cruz is,” Klevan said. “In California, we haven’t real-
Students Agaisnt War and Fac- and reasonable as any other
High School. “My job is not affected now, but ized how arts can affect academics and other
ulty Against War, it may be that, career choice,” Sheer said. “The
it could be in the future because if there’s not social aspects of a student’s life and develop-
at least for now, both parties are university is meant to champion
students to take band, then there’s no students ment. We continue to cut programs. It’s hard
extending an olive branch to knowledge and understanding,
to teach.” for me to understand. My grandchildren will
one another. and that is still key to improving
Latham is worried that without proper not have the same quality education that I had
Capt. Tabilin describes his what the case is now.”
instruction, students will not be interested in when I was their age, and that’s sad.”

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Arts & Entertainment

Honing in on the ‘Human Condition’
Private collection from Dean of Arts features multiple artists

By Veronica Glover received plenty of supportive feedback. The Sesnon Gallery also hosts panel
Arts & Entertainment Reporter “A lot of people have had a positive discussions to encourage community
response to the show,” Alamo said. involvement in events and to draw at-
A combination of prints, pictures “There are a wide variety of themes tention to the importance of the arts in
and paintings from the private collec- present in all of the pieces. My favorites the UCSC community. One discussion
tion of UC Santa Cruz’s Dean of Arts are the photographs by Diane Arbus.” was held on Oct. 19 on the topic of art
David Yager awaits art enthusiasts at Fourth-year art major Amanda Naz- collecting. The next will focus on master
the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery. zal described the show as random. print-makers and will be held Nov. 10.
The gallery’s current show, entitled “But that’s what the human condi- The discussion panels facilitate
“Human Conditions,” features a variety tion is,” she said. “It’s random.” knowledge of the arts, and the gallery
of artists — among them Ansel Adams, Gallery curator Shelby Graham employees hope to shed light on the
Diane Arbus and Robert Mapplethorpe spoke enthusiastically about Yager’s printmaking process and what it entails.
— and showcases different portrayals of accumulation of such a vast and diverse “An exciting aspect of this exhibition
human experiences. collection of artwork. involves the artistic process of image
Among the works on display are “This is really an incredible collec- making and collaborations with limited
humorous Reagan-era references, tion,” she said, pointing out images in edition prints,” Graham said.
eye-catching experimental pieces and a which cadavers were used as models, Taking into account the overall posi-
portrait drawn entirely with an artist’s and a pop-up book done entirely in tive response of gallery visitors, Sesnon
thumbprints. Each work of art is also silhouettes. employee Alamo said that “Human
accompanied by a summary written by a Graham discussed the wide selection Conditions” may have set a new campus
Nick Paris
member of the UCSC art department. of mixed media pieces represented in standard.
Yager accumulated his vast collection the art show, including etchings, photo- “People have commented on how SHELBY GRAHAM, the woman behind
of artwork during his time working at graphs and lithographs. this is one of the best exhibits they’ve “Human Conditions,” discusses the art pieces
the University of South Florida and at “This is an opportunity for people to seen at UCSC,” she said. with interested visitors. The exhibit combines
the University of Maryland. see a variety of examples of mixed me- Human Conditions will be on different techniques and media, ranging from
Angelica Alamo, a Sesnon Gallery dia, and this collection is truly impres- display at the Sesnon Gallery through massive prints to a photograph wrapped around
employee, said that the exhibit has sive,” Graham said. Nov. 20. a coffee can.

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Politics & Culture Thursday, November 4, 2010

Election Review: California Propositions

By Blair Stenvick
Politics and Culture Editor
By Maja Vojnovic
Politics and Culture Reporter

PROP 19 — DID NOT PASS 2006 aimed at reducing green-

house gases by charging compa-
Owning any amount of mari- nies that emit them. This means
juana for personal use remains that California will remain
illegal, though medicinal use among the states with the most
is still permitted. This means progressive environmental policy
that, although cannabis use is in the country.
prevalent in California, the state
government, and by extent, the Rachel Edelstein
UC system, cannot tax the state’s PROP 24 — DID NOT PASS
biggest cash crop. THE VOTES from Tuesday’s election are in, and four of the nine propositions on the ballot passed.
The failure of the proposition The results will affect social, economic and environmental issues in the state.
PROP 20 — PASSED maintains current tax laws that
allow businesses to use their loss-
The power to reconfigure vot- es to reduce taxable profits and
ing districts has moved from transfer tax credits to a partner PROP 27 — DID NOT PASS
the Legislature to the Citizens business are two of the recent
Redistricting Commission. This changes. Businesses operating in The job of drawing districts for state offices will remain in the hands of the Citizens Redistricting Com-
commission comprises Demo- more than one state will contin- mission. In 2008, Propositon 11 created the commission to establish new guidelines for drawing district
crats, Republicans and Indepen- ue to decide how they are taxed maps. Proposition 27 would have undone this change. The failure of the proposition means that savings in
dents. The aim of Proposition 20 in California. redistricting costs will not result.
is to eliminate gerrymandering,
the practice of drawing voting PROP 25 — PASSED
districts specifically designed
to favor certain candidates. The This proposition will lower the
proposition’s passing has no vote needed to pass the state
significant effect on the state budget from the current two-
budget. thirds to a simple majority, 50
percent plus one. State lawmak-
PROP 21 — DID NOT PASS ers will permanently lose salary
plus living and travel expenses
Vehicle registration fees will for every day the budget is late.
remain the same, and state parks This will stop opposition-party
and beaches will not receive lawmakers from controlling the
the extra funding they need. budget. The proposition does
However, the state will continue not change the two-thirds vote
spending about $200 million a required for lawmakers to raise
year to maintain the parks. taxes.


There is now a stricter hold on Many state and local fees will
money intended for transporta- now require a two-thirds vote
tion services. Whereas before, from lawmakers or local voters
legislators had the power to to go into effect. Affected fees
repurpose the money for educa- include those regarding health,
tion if they felt it necessary, that environmental and economic
flexibility no longer exists. This concerns. Before the proposition
means that receiving adequate passed, politicians could avoid
funding for the UC could be the required two-thirds vote on
even harder. taxes by calling them “fees.” En-
acting the proposition will close
PROP 23 — DID NOT PASS that loophole. The proposition
keeps state environmental and
Voters preserved AB 32, a law consumer protection laws intact.
passed by the state legislature in

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Soaking in a

By Julia Reis
Managing Editor

Illustration by Louise Leong

One Giants fan toasts the night away in honor of the 2010 champions

“We did it!” silly as it may sound to the casual fan, this
championship means as much to the play-
when he retired at the end of my junior
year of high school, his parting words to
ous column “For the Love of the Game”).
Our mutual love of baseball proved to be
ers as it does to the diehard fans like me, me were, “I’ll be thinking of you when a stepping stone to help build the sibling
These three simple words echoed
the hundreds of thousands of people who [the Giants] finally win it all.” relationship we have today, and I couldn’t
around the state and beyond on Monday
stood by their team amidst all the heart- Sure enough, I received an e-mail have asked for a better person to help me
night. They resonated from the shores of
ache and torture of the last several decades from him on Monday night that read: navigate through the ups and downs of a
McCovey Cove in San Francisco to the
of Giants baseball. “The agony began when I was in sixth baseball season and to celebrate a champi-
ballpark in Arlington, Texas and wound
For those of you who may not be privy grade and finally ended tonight. [It was] onship with.
their way through the bars and boulevards
to the Giants’ history since the team certainly an emotional evening for me — I All these thoughts continued to rumi-
of Santa Cruz. The improbable had at long
moved to the Bay Area from New York truly believed the Giants would never win nate in my mind as Michelle and I wound
last become a reality: The San Francisco
in 1958, it can be summarized rather suc- a World Championship in my lifetime.” up the evening on the front patio of 99
Giants had won the 2010 World Series.
cinctly with one word: zero. That’s because, But, if a lifetime of loyalty deserves a Bottles, tipping the remnants of cham-
I found myself repeating that three-
despite fielding some of the best players toast, so does the development of fandom pagne into paper cups that she snagged
word phrase over and over to myself as
in the history of baseball — Willie Mays, as a means of getting closer to people you from the restaurant. As Giants fans began
I stood in a deserted downtown parking
Willie McCovey and Barry Bonds, just to care about. So here’s a toast to my parents, to trickle out of bars at closing time, we
garage with my friend Michelle around
name a few — this franchise just couldn’t who at first tolerated my obsession with leaned back in our chairs for one parting
10 o’clock that evening. We had sought
win a national title on the West Coast. baseball and eventually got caught up in toast.
out this spot of seclusion to celebrate a
The few times the Giants did manage to the craze themselves. I loved seeing how “Here’s a toast to all the San Francisco
victory over half a century in the mak-
make the World Series since the westward emotionally invested my parents became Giants fans in Santa Cruz and around
ing by passing a bottle of $6 champagne
relocation, they were always sent home in every game this postseason as they went the nation who endured half a century of
back and forth, taking turns toasting the
empty-handed, thanks to some cruel twist along for the ride with me. My dad sud- torture and stuck by this team through it
players who performed best in the Giants’
of fate — a ball that was hit six inches too denly began texting me in-game commen- all,” I crowed.
postseason run. We gave kudos to Cody
low, an unprecedented bullpen collapse, a tary as he watched from home, while my Because, when it came down to it,
Ross and Edgar Renteria, lovingly lauded
tragic earthquake that delayed the World mom started high-fiving fellow orange- this championship wasn’t merely about
the pitching staff, and heaped accolades on
Series for over a week. and-black-clad fans in the grocery store obtaining bragging rights over the rest of
the coaching staff and front office man-
But, despite all the so-close-but-no- after a win. It felt great that they started to the baseball world for a year. Rather, it was
championship seasons, as well as the mul- support the team as a way to support me a testament to all the diehard fans of the
As our joyous voices bounced off the
titude of losing years, so many fans stayed as their daughter, then fell in love with the team who took decades of ridicule from
concrete walls and into the quiet solitude
true to the Giants franchise. The slogan scrappy Giants themselves. other spectators of the sport who told
of this early November night, I found
“Wait till next year” became a mantra of Speaking of how baseball can bring them that their team was cursed, a hope-
myself thinking back over a span of eight
the loyal and diehard spectators. people together, here’s a toast to my older less abomination, a train wreck waiting
years, to the point in my life where my
These are fans like my ninth-grade brother Ryan, who has accompanied me to to happen. This was for all the lovers, the
orange-and-black fanaticism first began
biology teacher Owen Lucey, who stuck roughly 20 Giants games over the past few dreamers and me.
until now, and about all the people along
with the team since the Giants first came years, including the first game of this year’s “To the World Series!” Michelle called
the way who encouraged — and toler-
out west when he was in middle school. I World Series in San Francisco. AT&T out, clinking her cup of bubbly with mine.
ated — my passionate and sometimes
spent countless afternoons in his class- Park was the backdrop for the start of our
dysfunctional love affair with this baseball
room discussing the previous night’s game sibling relationship back in 2007 after a
team. They deserve a toast as much as
these players do, I thought. Because, as
or evaluating an offseason acquisition, and lifetime of estrangement (see the previ- I’ll drink to that.
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Column Thursday, November 4, 2010

Digital Killed the Video Stars

Why the demise of the video store matters

By Rod Bastanmehr
Managing Editor

hat scares you more about a bomb being
under a dinner table? Not knowing it’s there
and having it blow? Or knowing about it
and waiting anxiously for it to detonate?
Existential quandaries like these aren’t typical for a
pre-teen. They’re also not politically wise for a Middle
Easterner. But growing up, I was surrounded by films
that served as some bizarre window into the “real world”
— or at least my vague perceptions of it. Because of
this, I’ve adjusted to view these questions as being just
as, if not more, important than what to eat for dinner, or
when my deadline is for a column.

These questions came from the movies, but these movies came from
Illustration by Louise Leong
the video store. And the video store is slowly going the way of the dodo
— but that’s the price you pay for convenience. Those covers were art pieces in a museum. Of course, that is an exaggeration. This,
From battle wounds to Communist take-overs, red has always been a color of cultural however, is not an exaggeration: Video stores are museums. Both preserve relics, and
dread. Now, the Redbox and the red Netflix envelope bring about a new threat. This both offer us shelter when it’s raining. Honestly, what else is a museum good for?
past September, Blockbuster Video filed for bankruptcy, and the company has closed So should we keep the video store because every time I walk in, I feel like a kid
a reported 1,061 stores since 2008. Hollywood Video finds itself in a worse situation. again? Because I remember Chad? No, that would be foolish — but it’d be very kind of
Mom-and-pop video stores — even deeper down the hole. the general public.
So then is the only way to preserve these places to remember them? Are these stores What video stores do — did — is bridge the gap between art and consumer. This is
really even worth remembering? The video store can be a cold place. Vast, often harshly its gift. We have the chance to experience any film at any time. Consider some of our
lit and constantly air-conditioned, but they offered us something that few places could: generation’s most well-established filmmakers — the Scorseses and the Tarantinos. They
escapism and enlightenment in unison. are the by-product of the video store, the prime examples of its notable alumni. The
And while film can often bask in elitism, a video store was an equalizer, a place to people who rented movies also started making them.
peruse the latest and greatest the film world had to offer, or the cream of the crap that There are also, of course, the practicalities. What to do when you want to spontane-
the industry tried its best to forget. The video store was the fun of film made tangible. ously rent a movie without the hindsight of having added it to your queue two days
I’ve written many times about this vague concept of “connection.” Of how we relate prior? True, instant streaming has taken the world by storm, but partaking in escapism
to one another through vessels we never really pay attention to. So allow me to double- by using the very tool that you should be escaping from negates the experience. It’s like
dip this chip and declare that the video store is, perhaps, one of the foremost examples if your parents started listening to rap music.
of locations as the catalyst for connection. Record stores can be exercises in pretension. But, since the overwhelming desire for convenience killed the video store, I refuse to
Book stores only operate in hushed tones. But video stores provide release. let inconvenience be the reason for its demise. We should love the video store in spite
This is personal, of course. My mother, who raised me as a single mom for a good of its insistence on late fees. In spite of its requirement that we be physically present in
nine or so years, used to take me with her to the café she once owned. But, as is the case order to interact. In spite of its tendency to judge us for a bizarre urge to rematch that
for most young ones, a carbonated beverage or two could only hold my interest for so Katherine Heigl movie that we’ve already seen.
long. And it wasn’t long until I found myself spending inordinate amounts of time at the We should love it because it loves us.
video store next door, which became a daycare of sorts. There, I was sheltered. I made Because a recommendation from a stranger can lead to something else. Because we
friends with the regular customers. Chad, the man most often behind the counter, would are what we watch, and a film watched separately or together affects us, and when we
talk to me not as a kid, but as a fellow fan. We would talk about movies. We would want a break from film, we require flesh, and the other way around as well.
watch movies. He took me seriously because he saw what I see now: that regardless of There could be a moment at zero hour, right before the final store doors shut, that
our age gap, we were both products of the video store. It held the same wonder for him we change our minds. That the owner of the store turns around after locking up one last
as it did for me. We were the same: We were fans. He would restock shelves — I would time to find the entire town standing there, ready to rent, save his business and recon-
wander the endless aisles of cardboard slipcases, each adorned with a larger and larger nect with each other. This is possible. Unlikely, but possible. I’ve seen it happen.
floating head, always culminating in Sandra Bullock’s hilariously bloated face on the I saw it at the movies.
cover for “The Net.”

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The Loudest People in the Room
Why the line between media and news needs sharpening. And who’s to blame?

t’s the end of the world. Do we want tiate between what is opinion and what is Colbert are, in actuality, symptoms of the Colbert helping their cause or hurting
to laugh or know what’s happening? news. If your job is to entertain by making problem, where we don’t take our politi- it? And, most importantly, are these even
How about both? How about neither? fun of political rallies, what happens when cians’ rhetoric seriously, so we instead turn questions worth asking in a topsy-turvy
Television personalities Jon Stewart you then throw a political rally? How are to our comedians looking for that serious- political climate?
and Stephen Colbert held the Rally to we left to distinguish between entertain- ness. What we need is distance. We need We’ve become an era unable to distin-
Restore Sanity and/or Fear Oct. 30, an ment and news? a gap between the people like Stewart guish between fantasy and reality — we
event made in response to Glenn Beck’s The days of Cronkite are gone. We ig- who understand the intricacies of satire went from living on farms to living online
Restoring Honor rally. Stewart and Col- nore the unbias voices of reason in favor of because they’ve made a career of pointing — and now our information is melding
bert’s rally, which started separately and commentators who use extremity as a way out the existent ridiculousness in non- into spectacle, all in the hopes that irony
eventually unified, is serious about how to gain trust. The layman logic is this: The satirists. This is the blending of new and will be its saving grace. We know to laugh
unserious American politics are — a bi- louder you are, the angrier you are. And if old media — of journalists who are here at something that’s wrong, but after we’re
zarre act of pop-political performance art. you’re angry, then you must be right. So to tell a story and personalities striving for done, how do we know what’s right? And
For them, Beck’s rally was a joke. Theirs what is the difference between Beck and viral infamy. how do we know how to fix it?
is the punchline, and the only way to fully Stewart, especially now that they’re both They aren’t the news — they’re the Stewart and Colbert. Beck and Olber-
understand the inherit ridiculousness of yelling? Stewart is making fun of those reactions to how others are dispensing mann. These are not journalists. They are
his event is to host one in similar terrain, people, sure. He’s reminded us on many the news. They’re the critique. The com- not political figures. They are entertain-
only with self-awareness. occasions that his show is meant to be mentators they’re making fun of shouldn’t ers: clowns in three-piece suits. The only
Here’s the thing, though: When you entertainment, that it’s merely making fun be considered primary news sources. But difference is that two of them know it,
are mobilizing the youth, when you’ve of things that actually matter. His goal is the comedians making fun shouldn’t be and two of them
become the beacon of bipartisan commen- to “criticize the loud folks [who] over the holding political rallies. Here’s what we’re don’t. So why
tary, when you’ve preached detachment years dominated our national conversation supposed to know: The right is crazy and is everyone so
from political ideology, you’ve become on our most important issues.” always yells. The left is just as crazy, and loud?
something aside from an entertainer: But media is not news. News is not sometimes yells even louder. The middle
you’re a pundit. media. They can throw parties at the same stays cynical.
So what becomes of the satire? If satire time, but neither should be attending the Yet this sudden surge of right-wing
is the art of saying something fake and other’s. When a right-wing commentator spectacle commentators is a response to
pretending it’s real in order to make a starts commentating, are they speaking on Colbert and Stewart having become me-
point, then what do we make of a rally behalf of their party or their opinion? dia messiahs for the left. They’ve dominat-
that is real but pretends it’s fake in order Stewart and Colbert are supposed to ed the liberal youth, and the only way to
to make a point? be are the types of pundits who know fight fire is with louder fire. So are Colbert
This paradox is a problem. But it’s in- that pundits are meaningless. But while and Stewart commenting on a monster
dicative of a larger one: We can’t differen- they think they’re the answer, Stewart and that they’ve essentially helped build? Is
Illustration by Rachel Edelstein

By Rachel Edelstein

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“Anything by Katy Perry. It’s sticky for obvious “‘Paper Thin Walls’ by Modest Mouse. It’s the
reasons. ‘Teenage Dream’ is my jam.” combination of the excellent guitar and voices
charged with emotion.”

What song is stuck in your head “‘Time of Your Life,’ from [the movie] ‘Dirty “‘Dangerous’ by Akon. It’s sticky because it’s
Dancing.’ The Black Eyed Peas recently made repetitive, so I can remember the lyrics and his
right now, and why is it so sticky? a remix of it, and when I was running, it was in voice is very distinctive and strange to me.”
my head.”