Issue 12, Fall 2012

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Oakland Police Department is threatened with a federal takeover, Mills continues a discussion on changing credit systems, volunteers break ground on the campus farm, Jay DeFeo is celebrated at the SFMOMA

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<ul><li><p>VOLUME 98 ISSUE 12 www.thecampanil.com Tuesday | Dec. 4, 2012</p><p>Find more stories, photos, videos and live updates at www.thecampanil.com</p><p>Jay Defeos posthumous exhibit</p><p>See Page 4</p><p>See Credit page 3</p><p>Annie OHareNews editor</p><p>Ruby Woodsstaff writer</p><p>COURTESY OF LINDA ZITZNER</p><p>The Oakland Police Department has been under fire for allegations of gross misconduct.</p><p>In a hearing scheduled for Dec. 13, Ninth Circuit Judge Thelton Henderson is expected to decide if leadership of the Oakland Police Department (OPD) will be taken over by the federal government.</p><p>OPD would be the first U.S. police force to be placed in fed-eral receivership. When an entity is placed in receivership, it is held by an outside organization that will then control or regulate the entity. Should receivership be deemed necessary, it is not clear how much of the department it will effect. It could be decided that only the high-er leadership of OPD will be effect-ed, or the control of the entirety of </p><p>OPD could be handed over to the federal government.</p><p>Judge Henderson has been overseeing OPDs efforts to com-ply with a set of 51 required tasks, reforms set forth in the Negoti-ated Settlement Agreement (NSA) between the department and 119 plaintiffs in 2003.</p><p>The lawsuit accused Oakland police officers of misconduct, and centered around four veteran offi-cers, so called The Riders, who allegedly planted drugs and other evidence on suspects.</p><p>In addition to the reforms, OPD agreed to pay $11 million to plaintiffs.</p><p>In compliance with the agree-ment, an independent monitor was contracted to assess the police de-partments progress toward compli-ance. This contract is held by Po-lice Performance Solutions, LLC.</p><p>In the eleventh quarterly report of the Independent Monitor for the </p><p>OPD, published Oct. 15, monitor Robert Warshaw expressed frustra-tion at OPD leadership and the slow pace of change in the department.</p><p>We can only characterize the current condition in the Depart-ment as one of stubborn resistance to compliance with an Agreement made long ago: an Agreement that simply enumerates concepts com-mon in police agencies across the country, Warshaw wrote in the in-troduction to the report.</p><p>While the threat of receiver-ship looms over Oakland, the city is struggling to address a rising violent crime rate with a rapidly shrinking police force.</p><p>In an Oct. 17 article, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Oakland has seen a 20% rise in crime over the past year.</p><p>Since 2008, the number of po-lice officers has shrunk from nearly 850 to about 650 and is expected to continue shrinking.</p><p>OPD threatened with federal takeover</p><p>The Mills College farm, a proj-ect that has been in the planning stages for the last two years, broke ground this semester. </p><p>Student volunteers helped to prepare the farm by spreading mulch and beautifying the sur-rounding area, including the creek and the pond next to the music building, on HeyDay Playday, a campus-wide event that took place on Nov. 3.</p><p>According to Linda Zitzner, the Associate Vice President for Opera-tions, about 75 people showed up for the event and about 20 of those volunteers helped to prep the farms soil for spring planting.</p><p>The class of 2010 gave their senior gift to the project, and there has been a business plan in place ever since.</p><p>"They made this commitment to the farm and inspired further com-</p><p>mitment," said Britta Bullard, the on-campus Sustainability Coordi-nator, in praise of the fundraising efforts of the class of 2010.</p><p>This is the first semester its re-ally gotten off the ground, Zitzner said. We are working on a grant submission to help us support the farm.</p><p>The farm can be found down the hill behind the Underwood Apart-ments, just past the Richards park-ing lot along a gravel road.</p><p>We looked for an easily acces-sible location for when we eventu-ally bring in the outside commu-nity, Zitzner said. The farm will eventually have fruit and nut trees and there are plans for possibly a Farmers Market, while Bon App-tit has agreed to buy produce from the farm.</p><p>The plot of land that the farm is on is in what Zitzner calls the pre-prep" stage.</p><p>The soil is being prepared for spring planting through a process known as sheet mulching, which will then set for the winter. While the plot of land may look like noth-ing more than piles of dirt with </p><p>wood chips scattered around, a sys-tem of layers are working under-neath the soil.</p><p>According to Zitzner, the sheets in the mulching process consist of stable bedding, which is then covered by cardboard and sprinkled with wood chips, more manure is added on top of that, and the final layer is regular soil. Sever-al logs from fallen eucalyptus trees were put in place to prevent the soil and other materials from rolling down hill.</p><p>The wood chips come from Mills own trees, Zitzner said, which makes the process more sustainable, as wood chips aren't being hauled in from somewhere else. Microorganisms then pro-duce the enzymes that heat up the sheet mulching and create rich, organic soil.</p><p>In addition, were putting up a green screen, consisting of small trees or shrubs, to shield the farm from debris caused by cars along the road, Zitzner said.</p><p>CHANTELLE PANACKIA</p><p>Volunteers help prepare Mills Colleges new farm during the HeyDay Playday beautification event on Nov. 3.</p><p>Credit system change still under debate</p><p>The debate continues about whether Mills College will change the current course credit system.</p><p>Mills College is currently on the semester course credit (SCC) system not the semester or quar-ter unit systems commonly used by other colleges and universities. Credit earned from other institu-tions not on the semester course credit system must be converted upon transfer to Mills.</p><p>Higher education is moving in a direction in which students will obtain course credits by many different means: AP courses, col-lege courses taken in high school, on-line courses, summer courses, etc., Provost and Dean of Faculty Sandra Greer said.</p><p>These alternative classes are changing the way students can earn degrees and in turn change the value of those class credits when transferring into institutions </p><p>like Mills.Student work transferred from </p><p>other institutions may not always equate to the standard one Mills course credit, but those transfer courses which are equivalent to at least .75 Mills credit will satisfy a general education (GE), major, or minor requirement, without having to make up the difference in credit.</p><p>We want to be able to inte-grate all those courses easily on a students transcript and help her moving smoothly and efficiently toward a degree, Greer said.</p><p>A system that would conform with the standardized credit sys-tem most California colleges use would assist transfer stu-dents in converting their classes taken at previous institutions to Mills classes.</p><p>Overall we are working on a process which would allow pro-spective transfer students to view their credit statements earlier in their decision making process and I think having a system of course credits here at Mills with which they are already familiar would </p><p>Kate Carmackstaff writer</p><p>See Farm page 3</p><p>Mills breaks ground on campus farm</p></li><li><p>One of the most cost-effective ways to </p><p>address climate change is through composting.</p><p>2 News</p><p>Find more stories, photos, videos and live updates at www.thecampanil.com</p><p>Lauren-Marie SliterEditor in Chief</p><p>eic@thecampanil.com</p><p>5000 MacArthur Blvd.Oakland, CA 94613510.430.2246 phone</p><p>510.430.3176 fax</p><p>News Editor Annie OHare</p><p>Arts &amp; Features Editor Joann Pak</p><p>Multimedia Editor Alheli Cuenca</p><p>Staff Photographer Chantelle Panackia</p><p>Design Editor Bridget Stagnitto</p><p>The Campanil welcomes public commentary on subjects of interest to the campus community, as well as feedback on the paper itself. Submissions for Open Forum should be no more than 400 words. Letters to the Editor should be no more than 150 words. Submissions may be edited for length and clarity only.</p><p>All submissions must include the authors name and contact information and may be submitted via e-mail or in typewritten form, accompanied by an electronic copy. No anonymous sub-missions will be accepted. Submissions must be received one week before the publication date to appear in the next issue.</p><p>The Campanil reserves the right to upload all content pub-lished in print, in addition to original content, on our website, www.thecampanil.com.</p><p>The Campanil is published every Tuesday. The first copy of The Campanil is free. Additional copies are 50 cents.</p><p>Students interested in joining The Campanil staff should contact the Editor in Chief.</p><p>Online Editor Jen Mac Ramos</p><p>Health &amp; Sports Editor Eden SugayStaff Writers Ruby Woods, Fatima Sugapong, Emily Mibach, Rachel Levinson, Jade Jones-Hawk, Khadija Elgarguri</p><p>Copy Chief Elizabeth Rico</p><p>Managing Editor Amber MendozaWebmaster Ching Yu</p><p>Opinions Editor Shanna Hullaby</p><p>Dec. 4, 2012</p><p>Copy Editors Diana Arbas, Wendy Ung, Kate Carmack, Trinidad Araujo, Maggie Freeman</p><p>Top: Green composting bins are commonly found in residence halls and dining areas around campus. It is a cost effective way to reduce waste and combat climate change. Bottom: Signs accompany most compost and recycling bins to ensure users understand what goes in each type of waste recepticle.</p><p>RUBY WOODS</p><p>A typical kitchen in the resi-dence halls includes three different colored cans for disposing waste. One, with a black bag lining the inside, is for regular trash. The sec-ond, a blue can with clear lining, is for recycling. The third, a green can and lined with a similarly colored bag, is for composting.</p><p>Mills College strives to be a green environmental-friendly campus, which includes imple-menting compost in both the dining facilities and the residence halls.</p><p>In 1999, compost-ing was first introduced to Founders Commons kitch-ens before anywhere else on campus.</p><p>Composting started in the back of house, a term coined to refer to where all the food preparation takes place. At that time, composting consisted of a carrot top or something that had gone bad.</p><p>Composting was then brought to the front of house, where customers consume their meals. Anything left unfinished was composted.</p><p>Composting moved to the residence halls in Fall 2010 due, in large part, to the efforts of Mi-randa Felix as part of a school project in a student-led initiative.</p><p>Felix, currently a senior, is also the president of the Earth C.O.R.P.S. (Community Orga-nized to Respect, Protect, and Sus-tain the earth) club on campus.</p><p>We did a pilot program and researched the benefits of compost-ing, then did a business plan and presented the materials, Felix said. Some departmental areas have un-dergone special petitions to require the program because it does require some administrative funding.</p><p>The benefits for both people and the environment outweigh the cost of funding, though, and become significantly cheaper in the long-run.</p><p>According to Britta Bullard, the Sustainability Coordinator, without the presence of compost, global </p><p>warming will become an increas-ing problem for the earth as meth-ane becomes 20% more effective in CO2, trapping greenhouse gases and contributing to climate change.</p><p>One of the most cost-effective ways to address climate change is through composting," Bullard said.</p><p>Currently, Mills compost is collected by Recology, a com-pany that operates in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washing-ton to coordinate recycling and composting programs.</p><p>Recology trucks Mills com-post to Jepson Prairie Organics, a composting facility located in the Central Valley, where the compost is collected into large piles called windrows. The piles are covered with plastic tubes, which causes the material to get really hot and even-tually break down into rich nutrient </p><p>compost which is then sold to local farmers, who, in turn, grow their food and sell it back to Mills din-ing services, whose goal is to buy as much local produce as possible.</p><p>This phenomenon is known as the closed-loop system.</p><p>Whatever you put out there will eventually come back and most likely reside in your body, Bullard said.</p><p>Compost on campus extends to the Tea Shop and the maintenance of the grounds.</p><p>All of the to-go containers that Bon Apptit offers are com-postable, so if you get coffee or something from the grill, it can </p><p>be composted, Felix said. But if you dont know what to com-post, look at the signs, which are color-coordinated.</p><p>According to Felix, if the object in question comes from a plant, an-imal or fiber, which includes paper, it can be composted, while metal, plastic and styrofoam cannot.</p><p>Bullard said the grounds crew participates in composting as well.</p><p>In California, its actually ille-gal to throw away grass clippings and yard debris, Bullard said.</p><p>Bullard is hopeful for the fu-ture, which she wants to include an on-campus compost pro-gram, similarly to Jepson Prairie Organic's "windrows."</p><p>The best way to achieve this would be in conjunction with the campus farm, Bullard said. The botanic garden already has some </p><p>composting on-site, while the sustainability center has a worm bin.</p><p>Students welcome any and all improvements to the com-posting system already in place on campus.</p><p>I'm from a suburb of Bos-ton and grew up with compost at home, but few other folks had it in my town, as far as I experienced, said junior Evan Kravette. I love that Mills composts, and I think it should be part of orientation to review what goes in compost bins be-cause I see tinfoil and other non-compostable items in bins fairly frequently, which makes me sad.</p><p>Another student, junior Lora ChauDavis, who became heavily involved in composting upon arriving at Mills, recalls her efforts to help incorporate </p><p>composting into the residence halls during her first year, which most notably included a painting party whose slogan was Yes we can paint those cans.</p><p>It was a group of us just paint-ing a bunch of cans green to sepa-rate the compost bins from the trash bins, she said.</p><p>Through the closed-loop sys-tem, students are more than likely to ingest recycled matter, albeit indirectly.</p><p>Produce from compost ver-sus produce drenched in chemical soup, Bullard said. If we have the choice, what are we going to choose?</p><p>Ruby WoodsStaff Writer</p><p>Composting on campus continues to develop</p><p>RUBY WOODS</p></li><li><p>3News Dec. 4, 2012</p><p>Find more stories, photos, videos and live updates at www.thecampanil.com</p><p>World and Local News</p><p> Credit from page 1</p><p> Farm from page 1</p><p>City Council member fails to pay taxes</p><p>Recently elected Oakland City Council member, Lynette Gibson McElhaney, is facing tax liens for not paying state and federal taxes. Gibson McElhaney told the San Francisco Chronicle that her fail-ure to pay her taxes was a product of personal tragedies, including the deaths of close family mem-bers and her husband losing his job. Gibson McElhaney will be sworn in in January of next year and will be representing District Three, which encompasses West Oakland and downtown.</p><p>Local coffee brewery purchased by new investors</p><p>Blue Bottle Coffee, Inc., an Oakland-based cof...</p></li></ul>