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First Cloned Cat Born: This week an announcement from Texas A&M University detailed the first clone of a cat. Named Cc, for "Copy cat", the two-month kitten is the first successful clone after 188 attempts. The goal of this research is to allow people to clone their pets according to Texas A&M University sources. With this success, the catjoins the sheep, pig, cow, and mice as animals that have been cloned. The funding for this project came from a grant by philanthropist John Sperling. Middle East Unrest Continues: On Saturday, Israeli forces entered a refugee camp in central Gaza with tanks and bulldozers. According to sources, the troops were conducting searches and had imposed a curfew. Earlier on Friday, F-16 fighters fired three missiles at the Palestinian national security Headquarters. This is in response to a Palestinian bombing of an Israeli tank with an anti-armor device that killed three soldiers and injured another. Olympic Figure Skating Controversy: Early in the week, the Olympic figure skating pairs competition was held and the Russian pair of Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze beat out the favored Canadian pair of Sale and Pelletier for the gold medal in a 5-4 decision despite a minor mistake by the Russians. Upon investigation, the French judge, Marie-Reine Le Gougne, was found to have been "pressured to vote in a certain way". After review, a second gold medal was awarded to the Canadians and Le Gougne was suspended.
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BY KEVIN BARTZ Amidst results muddled in protest, record-setting turnout and an exact tie, ASCIT's Election Committee announced last Wednesday the unofficial winners of this year's Board of Directors elections, poised to open a one-year tenure under incoming President Ted Jou '03. But three protests lingering on the table of ASCIT's Executive Committee may delay the new BoD's inauguration. In addition, a second election for Freshman Director-at-Large stands postponed until Tuesday after the first vote produced a numberfor-number tie unprecedented in ASCIT history. The most prominent of the protests involves an election-day outage in Ruddock House's Internet access. Submitted by a failed candidate for Academic and Research Committee Chairman, the protest cites unilateral Internet loss in Ruddock from 5:30 p.m. until well past the 10 p.m. online ballot submission
deadline.
didn't affect the election in any
,"It is unjust that Ruddock did significant way, to the best of my
not have the option of online knowledge." Jou added that
voting," said Abe Fetterman, the ''I'm hopeful the results of this
Ruddock candidate for ARC election will stand."
Chair who submitted the com- Among other complaints, a
pIaint .
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tions of
Fetterman, the only candidate her name were indeed counted
living in Ruddock House, called towards her tally. However, the
for a re-vote with equal online former CRC representative, who
opportunity.
fai led to meet the sign-up dead-
But even Ruddock House line for inclusion on the ballot,
President Robert Kern wrote off dropped the protest earlier this
such concerns. "Most people week, according toJou.
check their e-mail before 5:30 Controversy arose too over an
and would've voted online be- eleventh-hour ExComm fiat
fore these times," he asserted. "It slashing Sam Yeager from the
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BY JON FOSTi'R If you're like most Caltech students you've spent at least one sleepless night worrying about what will happen when the Sun evolves into a red giant and swallows up Mercury. Although there is no comfort for those particular worries, scientists have been learning more about stars which swallow planets. On Tuesday, Feb 5th, Garik Israelian from the Instituto de .Astrofisica de Canarias (Institute of Astrophysics at the Canary Islands) gave a joint Planetary Science and Astronomy seminar on using Lithium 6 to test if stars had swallowed planets. Astronomers have now discovered roughly 75 star systems with planets. This is a large enough sample to say with confidence that stars with planets are significantly more metal-rich than stars without planets. Metal-rich in an astronomical context means stars which contain more "metals" (anything
except hydrogen and helium) than the sun. Why this should be is uncertain. Perhaps a star forming from a metal-enhanced gas cloud is more likely to form planets, or perhaps stars routinely swallow their planets. In this last scenario, a metal rich planet is swallowed by the star after the star has formed. The metals stay in the top layer of the star (for a wide variety of stars the upper layers of the star do not mix with the interior), and thus the star appears metal-rich. It appears it will bc possible distinguish between the formation and capture theories. Israelian's team observed the spectra of a star with two known gas giants (HD82943) and saw that it had a large amount of Lithium 6. This is curious because Lithium 6 is destroyed in stars at a relatively low temperature. During formation of a star, models suggest that all the material in the star is heated enough to destroy all the Lithium 6. The implication is that Lithium 6
must have been added to the star some long time after forrnation when all the original dust and gas would be bound up in planets. A planet must then have been captured, and its metals strewn throughout the upper layers of the star. Israelian's work is quite new, and the audience had a lot of questions for him and problems with his results. The point was raised that adding metal to a star would significantly cloud the upper levels, preventing energy from escaping well. This process tends to cause more of the star to become more convective
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ballot for ASCIT Secretary, although Yeager plans no immediate action. "I was extremely disappoi nted about th is, but r m not going to protest the election," he said. ASCIT By-Laws give the ExComm no stated procedure for handling such protests, with no precedent for val id complaints. With regards to Fetterman's charge---by all accounts, the fIrst valid protest in ASCIT's Ilistory-~ExComm aims to make public its decision before Tuesday's FDAL election. Meanwhile, ASCIT's new directors await steeling themselves for a one-year term at the fore of Caltech 's student government. Foremost in Jou's plans are health care reform and admini~lraive awareness. "Before the start of the next school year, I'd like to get answers from administrators on the issue of health insurancc," he said. ''They've made decisions and PI.EASE SEE EI.I·:cno,"s 0'" PAla: 3 (since convection i~ the only other process by which energy can escape). So why would the metals added by the planet not increase mixing in the star and mix the Lithium 6 deep enough to destroy it? Others questioncd the time-scales Israelian assumed for the evolution of stars and planet formation. So far, Israelian's team is "onefor-one" in discovering Lithium 6 in planet-bearing stars. More observations are needed to conclude if a general pattcrn emerges, and thus fi nd out how common it is for stars to~~wal low their planets. Features Counseling Center 3 Letters to Editor ... ; 4-5
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Present: BoD Martha-
Helene, Marcus, Katharina ;
Guests: only in our heads.
Meeting c,dled to order at 4: 11
pm.
Gcncral Mccting
Jamrooll1. Previously on
ASCIT, Ted revised the reso-
lution concerning the
Jamroom to officially recog-
nize it under the jurisdiction of
ASCIT. With that said, Spen-
cer, the current manager re-
quested to pick up his funding
for the term to make some
equipment additions. Those
interested in becoming mem-
bers of the Jamroom, for mu-
sic practices, etc. can contact
Spencer
Rarrick
@
[email protected]
DVD Movies Credit Card. To
faeilitate movie purchases for
the DVD Library, the BoD will
bl? acquiring a credit card for
the Movies Chairman. The
DVD Library is still in the pro-
cess of being secured, as Jon
Dama is setting up a new com-
puter terminal for automatic
locking purposes. Frequent the
Coffeehouse for the latest up-
dates.
ASCIT Van. Congratulations
are in order to Todd and
Martha-Helene for the recent
selling of the ASCIT van for
$500, Martha-Helene was with the responsibil- ity of selling the van follow9ng the UDAL donut switchover. In light of relinquishing this former ASCIT asset and keeping the Donut Man strawberry donuts faith, the BoD considers the swap a job welldone. Auditing; etc. Ayeh negotiated with the outside accounting firm to prepare the auditing paper-work sometime during Spring Break. Accordingly, a few members of the BoD will need to remain during that week' for answering questions, and checking the inventory. Rotation Survey controversy. Jon Dama posted the results of the IHC Rotation survey due to a perceived misrepresentation in the Tech about one of the results. The IHC was not aware of the nature of the results that were being posted, and summarily requested that all results be removed from the website, fearing that personal comments would be included while there was no indication to survey-takers that comments would be made public. The BoD was worried that automatically making surveys public would set a precedent and discourage clubs or other organizations from setting polling on the donut website. The miscommunication has since been resolved, and the website includes the Rotation Survey numerical results, excluding any comments. Orga-
nizations that will have access to the comments will be restricted to those with substantial affiliation with rotation and undergraduate life, such as the Student Affairs and Res. Life offices. Modem connections. In the near future, students will be charged $5/month for dial-up service into Caltech, which has not been required in the past. ITS is in the process of integrating new services, but members of the community accessing Cal tech remotely will not be given the new functions in the package. It has come to the attention of the BoD that students were not selected as delegates on the committee that made this decision. Consequently, more information on this matter is still lacking. UID charging. Ted is communicating with the Bursar to continue UID charging online for the ASCIT formal. Many clubs would also prefer that UIDs be charged as a means of securing dues, but this would create a substantial amount of additional paperwork for the Bursar. Summing all the student organization charges and combining the transactions once per term for each student is a possibility that will be explored, hopefully to mutual benefit. Meeting adjourned at 5: 15 pm. Evidently, Justin
start of third term, an interim BoC
t"']r,!.=hair will be appointed by the Ex-
Ii comm. 1 t< Farewell. Today was Martha-
Helenes last official meeting, and
as a send-off that was very indica-
tive of the temporal difference
FEBRUARY 6, 2002
between the end of the school year and the end of the BoD term, we
Present: BoD Joe Jewell Martha-Helenes last official meeting called to order at 9: 16 pm. General Meeting Student-Faculty Programs Office news. Fiona Barry is compiling an updated list of professors and students on the various committees, which has been obsolete at times, and organizing the minutes of each group. A frequent complaint has been the lack of communication between these groups and other organizations. Henceforth, the proceedings of these committees will be sent to the BoD for uploading to the Donut website. MOSH committee. The committee making recommendations for changes to the role of the MOSH will be publishing the fi-
had no yearbooks in which to write happy comments. As a substitute, we wrote each other farewell messages on a sheet of notebook paper, which was still enough to elicit more than a single emotional response. As a sign of having been more than casual acquaintances in our tenures, there werent any neutral Have a nice summer comments, which appear so ubiquitously and superficially in high school yearbooks. On top of thanking the undergraduate populace for electing us to serve students, we also thank our supporters for giving those of us on the BoD the chance of working together. Meeting adjourned at 10:25 pm. Evidently, Justin
nal version of its suggestions shortly. The committee recommended that the MOSH act to
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How do you feel about your and culturally based standards of
body? Arc you satisfied with it? attracti veness alone do not cre-
If your answer is "no," there are ate problems with body ima~e.
many others who feel the same Many other factors can contrib-
way. Body image is the term ute: low self-esteem, perfection-
used to descrihe your complex ism, adherence to cultural be-
relationship to your own body- liefs about thinness and attl'ac-
your perception of it, your tiveness, and participating in
thought:-; al>out it, and how you activities or communities that
feel living in it. Your body im- emphasize weight and appear-
age begins to develop at an early ance, such as body conscious
age and is influenced by a num- sports like gymnastics or wres-
ber of people and factors, includ- tling. When does body image
ing your parents and other become problematic? Negative
caregivers, peers, the media, and body image is characterized by
life experiences.
unpleasant feelings such as
Body image has been typically shame, anxiety, and self-con-
viewed as an issue that impacts sciousness about one's body.
women more than men. Recent There is a primary importance
research suggests that men are placed on physical characteris-
affected in greater numbers than tics, and often there are signifi-
previously believed. Many re- cant attempts to change one's
searchers point out that men are body through exercise, dieting,
increasingly evaluated on their supplements, or cosmetic sur-
appearance and subjected to gery. People with negative body
media images of the male ideal. image often have a distorted per-
For example, department store ception of their Gwn size and
male mannequins have changed shape. For both women and
from the industry standard of men, this may mean perceiving
size 38 regular to 42 long. While one's body as larger and flabbier
it has often been noted that than it is in reality. Some men
American little girls are exposed . also experience the opposite dis-
to the unattainable physical pro· tortion; they perceive their bod-
portions of Barbie, American ies as smaller than they really
little boys have their own unre- are. While almost everyone ex-
alistic figure to contend with. periences some of these symp-
Over the past 20 years, GI Joe toms at one time or another,
has transformed from a fairly when they are ongoing, intense,
normal, average soldier's body or when they interfere with your
to a muscular extreme more akin daily functioning (taking needed
to Arnold Schwarzenegger, un- time away from doing academic
attainable for most men.
work, for example), then they
These arbitrary, changeable, may be part of a body image dis-
turbance and yml may need to seek help from a professional in order to reduce the impact of negative body image on your life. Left untreated, negative body image can increase your risk of developing an eating disorder, depression, anxiety, social isolation, and other problems. Even if you struggle with negative body image, positive body image can be achieved. Positive body image is characterized by a sense of confidence and comfort in one's body. People with positive body image are accepting of their bodies and have an accurate perception of their shape, weight, and features. They do not over-emphasize physical appearance and weight, knowing that their true value as a person lies within the body. If you want to increase your positive body image, here are some suggestions: * View yourself as a whole person without focusing on specific parts. * Appreciate all that your body does for you; for example, your thighs allow you to dance. * Remember that thinness and other physical characteristics do not equal happiness. * Remember that beautiful bodie;; come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. *Be critical of negative media images and messages that promote unrealistic standards of attractiveness. * Check out websites that pro-
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friendly individual," he said of
Williams.
been receptive of complaints but Social Director-to-be Jialan
no action has been taken and 1'd Wang added her own note of
like to see that before the S' 3rt support for House traditions in
of the next school year."
a cultural context, pointing to
Important also IS the her plans as ASCIT's next so-
administration's long-tauted cial queen. "Prefrosh Weekend
housing reform. "Caltech's ad- is a big thing, and I want to make
ministration is trying to make it extra fun," she explained. Jou,
p1ajor changes," he said, "and who worked with Wang
ASCIT needs to make sure that ,throughout his own tenure as
the students' opinions figure Social Director, expressed "ut-
very highly."
most confidence" in her posi-
And the incoming BoD is tion.
largely sympathetic to Jou's Janet Zhou steps in as ASCIT's
agenda. Inter-House Committee next Treasurer with her stated
Chairman Marcus Williams goal of ironing out ASCIT's
listed fighting proposed housing budgetary responsibility. "I want
reform among his top priorities ASCIT to have a good record
in the coming year.
and clean up the old record," she
"My first goal right now is to maintained. lou enumerated resolve '~II these issues, being Zhou's multifarious record of
very involved in the Town Hall service-ranging from Fleming
meetings and trying to make House's Social Team to Tech
sure there are very free lines of editorship-as evidence that
communiption between the ad- Zhou just may be ASCIT's fin-
ministration and the students," ancier extraordinaire;
said Williams. And as the former On the academic side, Basit
president of Dabney House, he Khan takes over ARC's chair-
may be well fitted to that role, manship fully planning to live
according to Jou. "I find him to up to outgoing Chairman Nick
Knouf's standard for academic activism. "Among the ideas that will be put forward is the proposal to have a consolidated Masters program," Khan outlined. "We will aslo disucss methods to improve Caltech's core." For his part, Jou tagged Khan "very hard-working," pointing to Khan's past accomplishments as part of Avery House leadership. Neda Afsarmanesh succeeds Todd Schuman as Upperclass Director-at-Large charged with overseeing campus publications. "I want to make sure all publications are timely and have all the resources they need," she offered. Recently restlUctured to include management of pubIications, the UDAL spot gives Afsarmanesh the perfect chance to "get publications back to their former prominence," in Jou's words. Joseph Jewell moves in as ASCIT's next Secretary, jotting weekly minutes and aiming to "improve communication between ASCIT and its members." Last year's FDAL, Jewell has proven himself as "someone
su up? l\10LECULAR
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mote healthy hod:i image; see the Counseling Center web page DAVIDSON DIES
for a few good links. * Find and read books on posi- tive body image; the Counsel-
PRESS RELEASE
ing Center and the Wonwn's
Center both contain these books
in their libraries.
* Attend a piOgram for women
and men designed to incre,lse
your body esteem on Monday,
February 25, from 12:00-1 :00
pm at Avery Library. For more
information about "BodyLove:
An Interactive Workshop to Ex-
plore Body Image Issues," con-
tact the Women's Center at
x322l or the Counseling Center
at x8331.
* Celebrate Eating Disorders
Awareness Week from FeblUary
24-March 3.
Go to
www.edap.org and read the lis\
of things to do during this week.
You can also visit the Women's
Center web site to see what other
programs are happening this
week.
If you are or son~eol;e you
know is stlUggling with negative
body image or related problems,
such as disordered eating or
over-exercising, consider com-
ing to the Counseling Center to
talk with one of us. We are
happy to provide you with con-
sultation.
!'iiJ!'m,lll Davidson, whose groundbreaking work in molecular biology at the California Institute of Technology led to a better understanding of the genetic blueprint of life, died at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena on Thursday, February 14, after a brief illness. He was 85. Davidson was the Norman Chandler Professor of Chemicai Biology, Emeritus, at Ca!tech, where he had been a faculty memher since 1946. He took emeritus status in 1986, hut served as executive officer for hiology from 1989 to i 997 and remained active in research until his death. "it was with the deepest persunal regret that I heard of the de:\th of Norman Davidson," said Caltech president D,:vid Baltimore. "Norman was a friend long before the prospect of my being president of Caltech arose, and he symbolized for me the essence of the Institute. "His movement into biology from a background in chemistry allowed him to playa special role in the development of
molecular hiology. He saw
by Deborah Southerland, Ph.D., Student Counseling Center
imaginative ways that structural under:,tanding could illuminate functional questions. He t,ained some of the finest and most
imaginative people in the field.
And he wac; deeply Icved oy all
with whom he came in contact
who has stayed very involved because of his unalloyed com-
and who cared deeply about stu- mitment to pushing the tl antiers
dent government," according to of understanding.
Jou.
"Caltech is diminished by the
In the Conduct Review Com- Ims of this great man who, UI1-
mittee, Jessie Kneeland aims to daunted hy infirmity, almost to
bring her devotion for student the end drove himself around the
affairs to her new post as Chair- campus in his cart, asking ques-
person. "My main goal is to try tions, making suggestions, and
to encourage interaction he- still fully contributing to the in-
tween undergrads and faculty," stitution to which he had given
she explained.
so much of his life," Baltimore
Kneeland's new Board of Con- said.
trol counterpart, Liz Davidson was known in the
Stameshkin, hopes to further scientific community particu-
such fairness. "[ helieve in fair- larly for his innovative methods
ness and making sure every de- in bridging the ~ap between the
fendant has a right to an unbi- physical and hiological sciences.
ased and timely trial," main- He pioneered new methods in
tained the former BoC represen- physical chemistry and electron
tative.
microscopy, the latter proving
Combined, ASCIT's incoming especially useful for genetic
BoD boasts a multifarious cast , mapping and exploring the in-
elected by a consensus framed formation properties of DNA
in one of Caltech's highest his- and RNA.
toric turnouts. "On paper, it is rn 1996, when he was awarded
significant that voter turnout is the National Medal of Science
very high," Jou maintained. by President Clinton, Davidson
"Hopefully, before the start of was working on new methods
the next school year, we'll get for studying electrical signaling
some answers from administra- in the nervous system and the
tors."
ways in which the system
changes during learning and
memory formation.
Letter to the editors
ITS charges dial-up fees
Dear Editors, My sense of humor could not get to campus today. It tried to dialup, but the 33K connection was too slow to let it fully download. Then the connection broke. Now my sense of humor is really sick. What should I do') Logout. Total login time: 3 min 5 sec. Billing amount: $2.85 Bill to: Discover All joking aside. I hope you have all heard by now about the decision made by the Institute to start charging for dial-up access. If not. let me tell you about it. Some time in the List few months. ITS examined its budget and saw the need to reduce expenses by charging end-users (that wOlild be the Caltech community) for "less essential" services. Dialup was labeled as one of these "le.ss essential" services and, upon consultationwith the Computing Advisory Committee (CAC). which was studentfree at the time, reached the decision to start charging a "nomi nal quarter! y fee " - to the PTA (research account) or credit card of your choice. I direct you to read the dry de-
tails
(http://atcaltech.
caltech.edu/tech-today/
su!Jpage.tcl ?\Io/)'_id= 722) for
yourselves.
Having made the decision,
the administration sent out a
notification bye-mail, but by
some oversight, it was only
sent to faculty and staff. So
this is where we graduate
students, undergraduates, and
postdocs -- basically the low-
est paid echelons of the
Caltech community, come in.
As a graduate student, I would
never have found out about this
decision until the bill came in,
iI' not for the Graduate Student
Council finding out and taking
care to inform my fellow grads
and I. Perhaps the undergradu-
ates found out in much the same
way that is, through no fault
of the administration. It is still
hard to tell how many of the
p(1stdocs know.
So why should you care?
Well, let me list a few of the
main arguments against charg-
ing for dial-up. I would like to
thank Florian Gstrein and Alex
Backer for compi ling them in
the GSC newsletter.
I. Caltech is an educational
and research institution. Work
does not stop when you leave
campus and the ethernet network. Many people dial in not for the simple pleasure of it, but in order to communicate with professors and colleagues, look up journal articles, and look at class webpages, for example. It is ridiculous to imply that dialup connections are less than essential in this respect. Frankly, the quality of the dial-up connection is not up to the task of fun browsing. 2. Cal tech is not AOL - why should the Institute try to make money off of students and employees? It is tantamount to a decrease in pay. Most universities and even private companies allow their students and employees to connect to their networks for free. Cal tech is on the wrong cutting edge in this matter. 3. The ITS budget went to improve the campus network in certain areas - and now the (poorest) people with the most basic and basicaliy worst connection (dial-up) are going to get charged? How does this fit in with the CITnet mission statement, to "adopt a baseline level of connectivity that the Institute wi II support, at no direct cost to the end user"? 4. Consider the negative so-
cial impact of such a decision. Taken by itself, this one fee might appear minor, especially if your research account or department is willing to foot the bill, but it is part of a highly unpleasant pattern that has been developing lately: a pattern of new fees to students. New fees for health insurance - we now have to pay the deductible as well as pay for emergency room visits - we have to buy the Cal tech catalog C) - and now this. And we are the poorest section of the Cal tech community, as I mentioned before. 5. Now consider the negative .impact to campus network security. How long will it be after such a fee is imposed before some enterprising soul sets up his or her own dial-up server, something unregulated and quite unsecure? This would pwve to be much more expensive to ITS in the long run. 6. Last but not least, who is that $600 million going to? How large of a "nominal fee" is going to be charged that even a very tiny fraction of a percent of this donation the largest ever, I will remind you could not take care of it? These are some of the argu-
ments that I, as the new gradu-
ate student representati ve on the
CAC, will be making at the next
meeting of that committee.
Upon hearing the complaints
from the graduates and under-
graduates, the administration is
making an effort to include us
in del iberations. Thus there is
some hope of reversing the de-
cIsIon.
However, to achieve that, we
all need to stand together. I
would appreciate hearing your
thoughts on this matter. You can
e-mail
me
at
[email protected] I am also
currently circulating a petition
(see http://www.its.caltcch. edu/
-ilealla/dialup/petitiO/l.pdj) that
you can sign if you are in favor
of keeping dial-up free. In or-
der to facilitate response, I am
going to be out in front of the
Red Door during lunch next
week (Feb. 19 to Feb. 22, noon-
Ipm) if you want to drop by and
sign the petition, and I am tak-
ing electronic signatures - just
e-mail me with your name, de-
partment, extension, and year or
position at Caltech.
Ileana Carpen Graduate Student Chemical Engineering
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etter to the editors
Dear Dr. Baltimore, Ms.
Feldblum, and fellow students
and alumni:
I have read the recommenda-
tions of the Caltech Task Force on
Undergraduate Residence Life
and the attached appendices
(available
at
http://
tllrli.calt[Jch.[Jdll). I am glad to
hear of the proposals that the
physical infrastructure of the stu-
dent houses be updated and im-
proved. However, I feel that
many othcr recommendations, as
well as the methods used to ar-
rive at them, represent a betrayal
of the undergraduate student body
by the Caltech administration. A
number of factors lead me to this
opinion: the composition of the
task force; the purported "survey"
upon which the task force report
was partly based and the clear dis-
crepancy between undergraduate
student opinions and survey re-
sults; and finally, further discrep-
ancies between the body of the
task force report and the recom-
mendations themselves. I hope
you will consider the points I raise
below.
Composition ofthe task force
The task force committee does
not represent the undergraduate
student body fairly. Two of the
fi ve student members of the com-
mittee were appointed by Ms.
Feldblum in her capacity as the
chair of the task force. The IHC
chair was also expected to serve
on the task force, as an ex officio
member, even though she re-
quested that another IHC mem-
ber replace her. Furthermore, the
other two students on the task
force were selected by Ms.
Feldblum from lists of suggested
students prepared by the IHC and
theASCIT Board of Directors.
In other words, the chair of the
task force appointed 40% of the
student members of the commit-
tee, and had a significant part in
the selection of the remainder. It
seems hard to be sure that the
committee chair did not uncon-
sciously allow her biases to drive
her selections, or that the students
were not influenced by the cir-
cumstances of their selection. In
fact, it is impossible to be sure,
because task force meetings were
held in the utmost secrecy.
(Please note that this is in no way
a criticism ofeither Ms. Feldblum
or of the student members of the
committee; I am merely pointing
out that they are all human.)
Most importantly: In the words
of one IHC member, "None of
these people were put on the com-
mittee due to any vote of the stu-
dent body that they should repre-
sent the students on this issue, and
it cel1ainly isn't in their job de-
scription."
If selection of the task force
could be done over, I would sug-
gest that the student members be
chosen by nomination and an
election at large, voted upon by
the entire student body. If this was
impractical, then the students'
elected representatives - members of the ASCIT BoD and the IHC could have appointed student task force members. There is no reason why the chair of the task force committee, or for that matter, any other member of the administration, should have been involved at all in their selection. I welcome any valid rebuttal of this remark. As stated in Appendix D, "The best scenario is one in which the students arrive at the' solution themsel ves" (pg 10). I am also disturbed that not all ofthe non-student members were as familiar with the traditions and social aspects of the student Houses as they ought to be. The committee members were given a walk-through tour of the houses, but had little opportunity for student interaction. At Blacker House, for instance, I understand that of the 17 committee members, only Laura Elliott and Ms. Feldblum ate dinner at Blacker House during the task force's time in session. Presumably the other Houses experienc~d similar situations. Nevertheless, these 17 people are making recommendations that may affect Caltech undergraduate life profoundly. Methodology of the survey The housing survey results do not necessarily represent the views of the undergraduate student body. I do not believe that conclusions arrived at from a survey based on essay questions, with only a 25% response rate from the student body, can possibly be trustworthy. Certainly any scientific peer review board would have ripped this study to shreds. As mentioned in previ011S letters to the California Tech, an annual survey taken by the IHC shows consistently higher support for the House system than was found by the task force. To begin with, a response rate of only 25% makes it probable that respondents were self-selecting based on their degree of concern about the House system. As a hypothetical case to illustrate the problem, let us assume that 50% of undergraduates are mostly satisfied with the current system, 10% are not, and 40% are ambi valent. Naturally, vel)' few of the ambivalent students will bother to waste their time filling out the survey. It is quite likely that most of the dissatisfied students - say, 80% of them - will do so, for they have the most to gain. With these numbers, the total rate of dissatisfaction expressed on the survey will be 10% * 80% / 25% = 32%, an inflation of a factor of 3 from the truth. (Suggestively, this is in fact the approximate rate of dissatisfaction noted on the first page of Appendix C.) The proportion of mostly satisfied students will also be inflated, from 50% to about 65%. (Note further, for instance, that an email from the Ricketts House president influenced survey return
rate from that house significantly.) It is mentioned that the survey was collected by email. Were respondents assured that their responses would be anonymous? Even if so, how could they be sure without using an anonymizing remailer? This probably also influenced survey responses to a degree, although it is impossible to tell in exactly what manner. But even if it were possible to compensate for the distorting factors mentioned above, the entire methodology of the survey is questionable. To the best of my ability to tell, the survey consisted of si)~ essay questions. (It is very difficult to determine the exact wording of these questions from Appendix C, since they are not collected anywhere.) Yet the results of the survey were expressed as percentages of students who were satisfied / dissatisfied with given aspects of the House system. How is this possible? In many cases, the committee appears to have performed some sort of divination from students' responses to one question in order to guess their opinions about a different issue. It is also unclear exactly who performed this "analysis"; was it Eric Tuttle (listed as the author of the survey analysis), or was it some larger subset of the task force? If a second survey is taken, which I highly recommend, it must be multiple choice to have any statistical meaning, perhaps with a free response section at the end. The analysis classified survey responses into the five categories of "Satisfied," "Somewhat Satisfied," "Not a Concern," "Somewhat Dissatisfied," and "Dissatisfied." The obvious step is to make these be the five possible responses to the multiple choice questions. The questions themselves should be reviewed by an objective third party to ensure that none of them are leading. Furthermore, the survey should be divided into sections, each section covering one aspect of student life (e.g. a section for Rotation, one for physical infrastructure, one for board, etc.). Unlike the essay format, this would allow students to see exactly what issues the survey was trying to address. It must be made clear to students that their responses to the survey will remain completely anonymous, even to the members of the task force. (Group data such as house membership, current residence, and gender should of course still be tabulated.) Finally, students should have some sort of incentive to complete the sur'iiey, in order to get a high enough respo~se rate to have any statistical significance. Problems with individual task force recommendations I am pleased to see that the first recommendation is to improve the quality and physical infrastructure of student housing. I also have
no particular objection to Recommendation VII, which requests more equitable treatment for students living outside the House system. (But I caution that this may too easily become discrimination against students who are active House members.) The other recommendations are all flawed. Recommendations II, V and VIII appear to have been made without any real factual supp0l1 for them. Recommendation III suffers from ambiguous wording. Worst of all, IV and VI are based on the incolTect assumption that everyone can be made happy. They suggest teaIing down social systems that work for the majority of students in order to satisfy a vocal minority. Is there be any doubt that a vocal minority could be found to oppose just about any system? The current systems, unlike any proposed replacements, have at least been working and improving for decades. II. The task force recommends THE EXPLORATION of a women '5 residence off campus and/or opportunities to create a women's suite or alley on campus. This recommendation has no basis in the survey findings, even if we take them at face value. Appendix C states (pg 13): There does not seem to be an appreciable difference between the two groups rmen and women J in the overall house life category. If anything, women are slightly happier with the system. III. The task force ful1her agrees that activities that destroy Caltech property are unacceptable, and indi vidual students and Houses must be held accountable for such damage. This sentence can be interpreted in many ways. Does it extend, for instance, to forbidding the time-honored tradition of painting murals on the walls of student housing? As Appendix D mentions, this is also a tradition at MIT (pg II), even for new residences (compare with Avery House). What about Ditch Day, during which it is a given that some small amount of accidental damage wi II occur? Even for actions that are unarguably damage, the Houses already have damage funds, paid for by student House dues, to cover the costs of property damage which may occur during the year. Thus, students and Houses are alr[J(/dy "held accountable." IV. The task force unanimously recommends that Rotation be seriously reconsidered, and agrees that there is sufficient evidence to call for relatively swift, substantial ch~nges to the existing system. Even among task force members, I am told that this recommendation was not in fact unanimous, and that the strong language of this recommendation was written by a more radical segment of the task force. Ofcourse; since the task force meetings were
utterly secret, it is impossible to tell whether the objectors ever spoke up about this issue. I do not see the "sutTicient evidence" claimed by this recommendation presented in the task force rep0l1. While it is true that many students refer to Rotation as a "necessary evi 1," the majority are satisfied with the final results, particularly the opportunity to become acquainted with. a lot of other students in a very short time. Indeed, the task force, having expressed its concern for inter-House relationships in Recommendation V, should be aware that Rotation is one of the best times for students to make friends with others who will not be in the same House. I do not think it will be possible to find a good alternative to Rotation which will still maintain most of the positive aspects of the House system. It should be a telling point that the current system was instituted after a task force similar to the current one researched the exact same issues of student housing. V. It should be possible and relatively easy for students to change House affiliation or acquire multiple House memberships. It is already possible for students to do so. As for being easy, I do not see why it should be any easier than it is to get into a specific House during Rotation. The main point raised at House meetings when deciding whether to grant membership to a student is often, "Would you be willing to move off-campus for this person'?" Until there is adequate space in the Houses for every person who wants to live there, this wi II continue to be the reason that it is hard to change House membership. This recommendation also calls for greatly easing the fiscal costs of House membership. This is not really possible, given that the membership costs pay for House events, social activities, and so on unless the Caltech administration is volunteering to fund these activities instead. Nor are the membership costs prohibitive: about $60 per term, I hel ieve. This is much less than the additional costs of living off-campus would be. I do not think the bulk of the task force was aware of the option of "social membership." Since socialmembership in a House does not give the option of living in that House, the Houses will grant social membership to anyone who asks for it. Social membership is also significantly less expensive than full membership. VI. We recognize that it is difficult to reach consensus on what should be labeled as inappropri" ate activities. The student Honor Code is apparently not considered by many students to be applicable to these concerns. My experience to the contrary, as a Caltech student, is that stu- PLEASE SEE LETTER ON I'AGE 7
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A few evenings ago, I watched on TV a screening of "Lord of the Flies", the early sixties movie, based on William Golding's novel of the same title. You remember it I am sure, (after all it is no 41 in the Modern Library listing of the best novels of the 20th century). If you don't you can get the gist of things atll lordoftheflies.org. To see which novel is no I, search for "100 best novels" on Alta Vista. "Lord of the Flies" is the tale of a group of adolescents being evacuated from England, and are stranded on a desert island when their plane crashes. The movie depicts the dynamics of their interactions as cliques form in the original group of stranded young people. The movie has some oddities, like the fact that al- though I5 or so kids escape absolutely unharmed from the crash, not even disheveled to start with, members of the plane's crew are found dead, their parachutes still attached. Also somehow, there are only boys, no girls, among the evacuees who end up on the
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LOTR by Jean-Paul Revel beach. But such details are minor oddities. More important is the gripping although not specially flatteri ng picture of human nature that emerges. The fictitious events described feel so very realistic, so right, so possible. Rivalries develop among the stranded kids and eventually the inter-. actions degenerate into murderous chaos. Two of the kids, Piggy and Ralph, behave in rational, civilized ways, while Jack and all the others descend into savagery. It is a chilling tale, as well I might have guessed had I real ized that "Lord of the Flies" translates to Beelzebub in Hebrew ( www.occultopedia.com/b/ beelzebub.htm), you know that Beelzebub, the very acolyte of Satan himself. And I had thought that the title literally referred to flies, like those crawling on the pig's head displayed to propitiate the local spirits and to insure the success of future hunts·guess they already had lost it that early in the tale! The show being on .educational TV, it was followed by a documentary on a reunion which took place 10; may be
more years after the filming, between Peter Brook, the director, and a number of the actors, all revisiting the location where the movie was filmed on Vieques Island. My reaction was one of surprise seeing what the little savages of the movie had become. They were transformed into pretty normal men, back slapping, hugging, laughing away. Even the arch villain was now a very likable and personable grown up·In fact it was hard to remember that LOTF was only a movie, an imaginary tale and that the kids had been playing roles, that they were not really behaving in the beastly way portrayed. (I must remark however that in the notes made at the time of the shooting in 1960, the film makers express surprise by how deeply the young actors had slipped into their roles, or perhaps how closely their personalities fitted with the roles they ended up playing). Watching the movie got me to muse about the interactions of people in real life, how we pick, or accept, some from among us as leaders, how the rest of us come to follow, and sometimes surrender our personal good sense to the will, may be the whim of the mob. So what is it that the leaders
have to offer? One important factor in Jack's success over Ralph, was that he was the head of the hunters, and so provided food for his followers. He had started out as the leader of the choir boys who formed the nucleus of his cohort. But there were other reasons as well: Ralph's style as a leader early in the tale was to hold a sober intellectual discourse, taking measured advice from thoughtful kids like Piggy and democratically allowing everyone the time to speak their minds while they held a conch shell in their hands to indicate whose turn it was to speak. Jack the choir boy and hunter on the other hand had a much more direct and personal mode of interaction: he provided food, promised to furnish more, gave everyone the feeling they belonged to a group, what with the war paint, the whoops and the excitement. He also physically punished the dissenters and so discouraged internal rebellions. The members of his group knew that they belonged, believed that they were better than the others (well there were only2 of "the others", but still). Also those sticking with Jack believed they would be protected from the much talked about BEAST, waiting in the bushes·a beast, made up, one suspects, as a means to ensure that the crowd would support him as their leader. The one
skeptic, who dared to go find the truth about the beast, is killed, I am not sure whether by accident (because he was mistaken for the beast), or because those in power (Jack) realized the danger of having him tell the truth. In most segments of society as it exists here, in this day and age, the same interactions take place, the same cogs grind, if less openly. Oh we can see them clearly in the violent interactions between gang members, or Mafiosi, defending their turf, providing mutual support to members of their cliques and protecting their source of income (nourishment), never mind fighting for control. We can also recognize the same behaviors being played out in more stylized fashion in the struggles among politician, vying for the top positions. And unfortunately even among our very own here at the Institute it is easy to see besides the Ralphs and Piggys, the Jacks and even the Rogers (the meanest of all the beached kids). May we all, like the remaining kids at the end of the movie, be rescued by a party of sailors in immaculate white uniforms. A bientot. Jean-Paul Revel Dean of Students
Letter: CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 dents understand that forcing individuals to participate in undesired activities is an Honor Code violation. This may include initiation activities, House newsletters, "ponding," any of the dinner tradi- tions that are specifically singled out by this recommendation, and for that matter anything else. (I would like to point out, incidentally, that food throwing is already banned by the dinner rules ofmost Houses, and that "floating" is the generally accepted consequence of breaking this rule. Even so, an individual may throw food at dinner and then refuse to be floated.) For support of my claim, see, for instance, the fifth paragraph after "HaZing Guidelines" at this URL: http://www.its.caltech.edu/ -resl!fe/info/policies.htnll Another quote from Recommendation VI: The ta,>k force recommends that house practices ... that cause considemble distn~ss to even small numbers of students must be examined and discussed, perhaps by small groups of students, faculty, and administrators. This is already done; the groups in question are called the Board of
Control and the Conduct Review Committee. Should a particular activity be in doubt, any person may bring the matter to one ofthese bodies. If something considered "inappropriate" by the Caltech administration is not seen as such by the BoC and CRC, the administration may wish either to reconsider it,> opinion or to specifically forbid that activity. They should not, however, claim that it wa'> forbidden due to being an Honor Code violation. This recommendation is labeled "Reexamine House traditions," but the scope of the above quote also refers to matters that have nothing to do with the House system. In particular, alcohol abuse and pomography are mentioned several times in the body of the task force report. Nowhere is the assumption that these are consequences ofthe House system justified. I do not think the assumption can be justified; both problems will occur with some frequency among any institution composed largely of 18-22 year olds. vrn. The ta,>k force recommends that the Institute explore the institution of faculty apartments for the north and south Houses.... Why? Who would this benefit? Students are unlikely to want to see professors in cla'>s all day, and then again when coming "home" for the
evening. The same is probably true for professors. From the survey results (pg 6): No one mentioned a desire to live with grad students or faculty; one student mentioned that he did not like doing so in Avery. Conclusion 1 hope, Dr. Baltimore and Ms. Feldblum, that you will consider these point,>. My wornes about the validity ofthe ta,>k force recommendations are probably representative of those of numerous other alumni and undergraduates, many of whom I am sure have contacted you already. Given the popularity of the House system (a,> reflected, for instance, in the survey results) among undergraduates and alumni, I think it is possible that this issue, especially recommendations IV and VI, may influence alumni donations to Caltech in the future. I would urge you to move with caution. To respond to me directly, email me at . Please be aware that this is a public issue ofconcern to many people, so I hereby reserve the right to make public any responses sent to me regarding this letter. Sincerely, Kevin McCarty Caltech Class of 2000
Editors-- First off, I enjoyed CDS's Mardi Gras dinner-especially the shrimp creole. Wednesday I went for lunch at Chandler and on the salad bar was a selection of shrimp which I quickly decided would be the best choice. To my horror when I started uDpeeling them it turned out to be the same ones that were in the shrimp creole the night before- how you ask do I know that they were the same ones? Well from a distance they appeared to be clean, freshly boiled shrimp, but while peeling them, I found that the 'legs' of the shrimp were cluttered with the creole sauce I had consumed the night before. It gets even more disturbing, Thursday, CDS did not even bother hiding the fact that they were serving leftovers- the pacific rim station opeDly stated the entrTe as 'shrimp creole'E So, CDS apparently overestimated the amount of shrimp
that the undergraduates would consume-that's perfectly understandable. They, however, planned for and bought food for Tuesday's event using our board money. In other words, we paid for all of the food that was to be cO'1sumed on Tuesday. CDS is charging other people to eat food that has already been paid for. What right does CDS have to cut an extra profit by selling our leftovers to Chandler's patrons for two days following? Why weren't these items put in the student kitchens so the rightful owners could eat them? The clear answer is the bottom line comes before Caltech's pledge to not 'take unfair advantage of anyother member of the Caltech community.' Larry Stewart
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It's time 10 SURF: If you're thinking ahoul ~Ipplying for a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. you should hei;!in now to look for a mentor and ask for letters of recommendation. The SURF ~Ipplicltion de,ldline is Monday: \1arch I, Check out thc SURF weh site at \\'\\"\\".ir\.caliech.edlll-I/Irf/ to t'cl information on the application proccss. look at announcements of opportunity from specific Llculty mcmhers ,111d JPL technical stall memhers. and download an application. For more information. contrelaxation techniques and stress management skills. The workshop will meet on Momby. Fehruary 25. 2002 from .l pm to 5:30 pm in the Health Center Lounge. Space is limited. so ple,lse call ext. :-\331 to reservc your place in the group. The workshop will he facilitated oy Anna Morita. M./\ .. and Evelyn Nowllo. M./\. Attention Writers' The Litl'l'Llture Faculty is pleased to announce the 56th Annual McKinney Comw pctition. The Mary A. Earl McKinney Prill' is aWarded each year for excellence in writing. Only fulllime studenls ollicially regislered at Caltech as undergraduates arc eligiole to enter the competition. This ye'lr. prill'S will he given in three c,ltegories: poetry. prose fiction. and non-fiction essays. All suhlllissions lllUst he typed and douhle-spaced. Include your adllress and phone l1umoer. In the poetry catc\2ory. entrants msocial sciences. 101-40, hy no later than March 14.2002. No elltries will he returned. Each category will he judgedhy a committee from the Literature Faculty. Essays \\ill he judged on the quality of thought and the clTectiveness of the writinl.!. Winners will be ;Inllounced in [\:1ay. and the names of the winners will appear in the commencer;ent program. The Comrnitlee may di\'ide the avvard ill each category in case of more than one outstanding submission. Previous winnl'l's in ,lI1y one c;ltegory are not eligihle for the competition in that category. If you have any questions". contact Prof La Bellc. ext.J605. or Barhara Estrada. ext. 3609.
Les-Bi-Gay-Trans discussion group Whether you are out and proud. exploring your sexual identity. coming out. or anywhere in-hetween. we invite you to our Discussion Group. which meets on the Ist and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from R: 15 until 10: I5 pm in the Health Center Lounge. The group is a great place to meet nevv friends and the atmosphere is generally very relaxed: at the same time. more personal and "serious" discussion topics can he addressed. This is a confidential meeting and attendance does not imply anything ahout a person's sexual orientation: supportive students and staff arc welcome as well. And refreshments arc served~ For more information call ext. R331. To find out ahout LBGT events on campus. please visit the Caltech Student Pride Association (CSPA) calendar at hlllJ://rainho\\'.callech.cdll. Arc you interested in discussing life at Cal tech and in the United States'? If so. the Intercultural Discussion and support group provides a forum for Cal tech students to explore lhe process of cultural adjustment and relating across cultures. The group meets every Monday from 12-1 pm inlhe Women's Center Lounge. (265-86. 2nd floor of the Center for Student Services). This group is facilitated hy the Counseling Center and International Student Programs. and is open to ALL Cal tech students. graduate and undergraduate. American and international. Drop-ins welcome. Since lunch is provided, please contact Jim at cndri:::[email protected] if you plan on attending one of the meetings. this will guarantee that we have enough food! As a result ofIrvine Foundation funding. Caltech has a limited amount of money availahle for diversity programs related to underrepresented minorities and women for academic year 2001-2002·. roposals from students, faculty. and staff are welcome and should clearly address how the program relates to issues of diversity. Proposals should also include a description of the event. including purpose. audi~ ence. date. location. and oudge!. Application forms can he picked up at the Caltech Y. An institute comrnitteewill review the applications an dmake the awards. For more information. contact Athena Castro ([email protected]) or Greg Fletcher (greg(@callechedu) at ext. 6163. Latin Tutor Wanted. Job Qualifications: Enjoys working with AP high school level Latin. ability to create "mock" tests and to coach and motivate the student. Location: Students' horne in Pasadena or at Caltech. Work Schedule: Flexihle hours -- approximately two hours/week. after 3 pm. evenings and or/weekends. Salary: $35/hour. Contact Tina at (626) 585-8656 if interested. For more information on available scholarships. please visit the Financial Aid web site at htlp:// H·wwfinaid.callechedulnell's.!Jtml. All qualified students are encouraged to apply! ';;"":",;';".',. ?tf-~nv~-J:
The Litl'ralure Faullt)' is also pleased to anlH1UnCe the Annual Hallett Smith Competition honoring
the fincst essay devoted 10 Shakespegihle to ellter the competition All suolnissions must he typed and douhle-spaced and should not l'xceed 4,l)(){) \\ords. The essay may he one prepared ror a humanities class or may be specifically written fOl' this competition, No stuuent Gm suomit more than one essay. All contestants must submit IWO hard copies of theil' work to Professor Jenijoy La Belle. Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences. 10 I--W. no lall'r them April 16.2002. This year's prile will oe approximately $300. though thl' jLld).'ing comlllitlee may divide the award in case of more than one outstanding suomission. For more injonnation. con!Caltech Library System Presents: The following sessions are approximately one hour of formal instruction followed by an optional hands-on practice. All classes begin at noon and meet in the Sherman F.airchild Lihrary Multimedia Conference Room (Room 328). Walk-ins are welcome. but pre-registration is preferred, Tuesday. Fehruary 26. Noon "Copyright for Researchers in Academia" presented by Kimberly Dou~ glas. Director of the Sherman Fairchild Library. and Peggy Luh. Office of the General Counsel. In the scholarly community researchers are active authors and readers. producers and consumers. This
i\lontkdlo Foundation Internship and Rohert and Delpha Noland Summer Internships 2002. The Dean oj Students Ollice is accepting propos;lIs for the Monticello Foundation Internship and the . Rohnl ,md De!phresearch projects outside of the Caltech community for ten weeks during thc summer. E;lch student will receive a $5.000.00 stipend (same as the SURf stipends). Appli-
seminar will discuss the rights and responsihilities of these roles as governed by U.S. Copyright Law. Issues of photocopying. fair use and scholarly publisher copyright agreements will be included. View details and regisJer for these and other upcoming classes at: hflp://library.callechedu/learning/ default.hllll. For further information, please contact Kathleen McGregor at ext. 6713 or [email protected]/rcch.edu.
CUlts ,Ire rl'ljuil'cd to identify the projects in \vhich they wish to participate. All arrangements with the prilll'ipal researc!1l'r will he the responsihility of the student. There arc no restrictions as to where the rl'search can 01.' donc. except that it must he outside the Caltech~JPL community. Other universities. l'()l1illll'rcial lahs. or any industrial facility in which the student can arrange to conduct or participate in a re,search project CWEST (Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology) will be hosting two upcoming Lunch With Faculty events. These events are designed to give female students the opportunity to. meet female faculty role models in an informal setling. On Feb. 20. the invited faculty »,ill be Pamela Bjorkman and Judith Cohen. On March 12. the invited faculty will be Fiona Harrison and Mary Kennedy. To RSVP for either lunch. please send an email to lI'[email protected]
your npnience at a resedrch facility for;1 ten-week period. In a Sh0l1 essay. describe your project. and suhmit it to the Deans' Otlice in R(hlil1 I02. Parsons~Gates along v,ith two faculty recommendations. We \\ould like to know for \\hom you would he working. where. and if possihle some specifics conl'ernin!-, your proposl'd resl'arch t()pic. The Deans' Office has sample proposals from past years for your rn'il'v\, Pka~e stop oy to revil~w them or to discuss YOll!' proposal with one of us hefore the lkadline d,lll', Proposals must he received hy MOl1d'ly. March 4.2002.
The Pasadena Symphony will present "Masterful Encounters" with Jorge Mester as Conductor and Elmar Oliveira on the violin Saturday. March 9. 2002 at 8 pm. (Pre-Concert Lecture by musicologist Byron Adams, 7 pm.). The program is as follows: Billy the Kid. Copland: Violin Concerto. Brahms: Jeu de Cartes, Stravinsky. The theater: Pasadena Civic Auditorium. 300 East Green Street. Pasadena. CA. Ticket Prices: $64. $52. $40. $24. $22. $10; $5 children ages 5 to 17; $10 senior/student rush. For tickets or more information: Single Tickets (626) 584-8833: Subscriptions and Group Sales (626)
The Ballroom Danrc dub is now llll'crin).'. two new class series: Nightcluh Two-Step and Ceroc. 793-7 I72. \I'H'\\'.pas(/den(/s\'lJ1ph(}l1y.(}I~,,?
Ni).'hteluh TW(l-step. d;\Ilced to slower. romantic songs,will he taught hy professional instructor Sonny Welt S(111. Lessolls \\i II he Oil \lolldays ( 1I, IX. 25 Feh .. 4. 11M arch). $25/series or $6/lesson for all Ctltl'ch students: 'J,3:'i (series) 1 $X (lessOIl) for others. Amateur-taught Ceroc. a fast-paced S\ViIH!1 hustle \ari'llll. will hl' ofkred on Wednesdays (13.20.27 Feh: 6. 13 rvlarch): $I/lessoll (free for fro;h ,llld those taki il)2 it lor PI: creditl. If you missed the firsl lessOil. come this week ~ AII1cssons take place ill Winnelt Loull).'e from 7:30-t)pm. followed oy a h,1if hour practice session. No partner or experience nl'l·esS,lrY· Rl't'rcshllll'nls pn1\ided, On !\1ondays after class. v\e ha\e a free mini-hallroom dance pdrty - open d'lI1l'ing. rl'quesl or hring your own music.
"Classical Conversations," a free "Behind the Scenes" series of events presentee! by the Pasadena Symphony and Vroman's Bookstore. continues on Friday. March 8. 2002. 4:30 pm. These are Friday afternoon programs prior to six concerts throughout the season featuring Pasadena Symphony Music Director Jorge Mester and guest artists offering unique perspectives on classical music, "Classical Conversations" programs arc open to the puolic. and reservations are not required. Vroman's is located at 695 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. For additional information about "Classical Conversations."plcase call (626) 449-5320. For Pasadena Symphony concert tickets. please call (626) 584-8833: for group sales or season subscriptions. please call (626) 793-7172 or visit
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