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Embarking With Aloha

By Britni Schock, News Writer
Rose Navalta, Graphic Designer

The University of Hawaii at Hilo offers a variety of programs for students. The Center for Global Education and Exchange is a program that offers students a chance to study one or two semesters abroad. The program is run by the Director of Global Exchange Todd Shumway, Program Coordinator for Global Education Pele Thomas and student staff. In a recent interview Shumway shared a description of the program and why he thinks it is so beneficial for students.
The Center for Global Education and Exchange offers students an enlightening and eye opening experience in a new country. Shumway said, “It will definitely change the direction you take in your life. It adds options.” The friendly staff at CGEE are there to help prospective students and get them prepared for an exchange. Shumway adds, “This is the cheapest way you’ll ever get to travel like this and get that kind of experience.” It’s a chance for students to be immersed in a different culture while earning college credits.
The CGEE staff want to make it as easy as possible for students to have the opportunity to study abroad. They help students plan their trip and get prepared for their exchange. With the chance to go study all over the world, why is there such a small percentage of UH Hilo students going abroad? Perhaps they don’t know what to expect or how to start the process? Shumway said, “You’re going into a situation where you’re walking right into a community of like-minded people in a similar situation. You’re not isolated you’re walking into a college campus where you have housing, peers and coursework. Its an amazing opportunity more people should take advantage of.” There are options to exchange with schools in more than 25 different countries. The length can vary from a one month summer exchange to a semester or a year. UH Hilo students can spend a total of two years abroad in one or more of the destinations.
Another popular exchange called Semester at Sea involves more travelling. Your home is the sea and your classes are on board a full size cruise ship as you sail the globe and port in over 10 countries. Pele Thomas added, “Students can also study abroad through our direct exchange program, which includes about 50 universities, and pay UH Hilo tuition.” There is an option for everyone and the CGEE staff are a great support system to have behind you on your journey to study abroad.
With their passion, knowledge and organization, the Center for Global Exchange is creating a more diverse campus at UH Hilo through their various programs. Whether it’s a new culture, language or perspective that you’re looking for, studying abroad will allow you to experience that and more. Shumway says, “Showing students that there are people from all these different countries who think a lot different and opening them up to this is the real value behind what we do here.” CGEE hopes that the percentage of exchange students will increase as more awareness about the program and its benefits are promoted at UH Hilo.


Give Pride a Try

Faculty, Staff, and Student Appreciation Night Attracts All With Free Admission

By Maria Vicente, Sports Editor

They lost. They won. It was a great game. The women’s and men’s basketball games took place Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. The event was stamped, “Faculty, Staff and Student Appreciation Night,” at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. News of the event has long since gone, but it may not have included details about where the idea came from.
In the 1980s, Hilo was a small town and a real ‘Basketball Town.’ The Afook-Chinen auditorium would have been overflowing, holding nearly a thousand spectators; more than capacity. Eventually, the location housed events to appreciate Veterans and the County of Hawaii with free admission. They then decided to adapt, involving the campus communities. Now, appreciation night includes free admission to the faculty, staff and students of both the UH Hilo and HawCC communities. The idea occurred when UH Hilo began to outgrow its facilities. The team’s were in need of a facility that could really showcase a premium event.
Joseph Estrella, Jr., Interim Director of Athletics, explains, “At first it was only going to be faculty and staff of the University, then we said, ‘Wait, we’re a system we work together we need to include Hawaii Community College,’ then we realized we were missing the most important part; our students.” He states that students are the most important, whether they’re in athletics or not. Then, it seems that faculty are often most under appreciated. Speaking of the project entirely, Estrella says, “This was a long time coming. I’m excited that we’re trying to engage our faculty and staff and to just say, mahalo.” Eventually he hopes to get students more involved in the athletic program.
The Vulcans played Chaminade University, an inter-island nemesis of sorts. The women’s team very narrowly lost scoring 56 points against Chaminade’s 58. The men’s team experienced three consecutive wins after beating Chaminade, 88 to 85 in a neck and neck game. The excitement of the sport was magnified by the crowd in attendance.
Ticketers at the game were happy to see such a large crowd. Some said that the turnout was better than ever before. Around 5:30 p.m. the stadium housed an exceptional number of people. Many of which included regular Vulcan supporters from the community. Free admission enticed a mass of students, but attendance didn’t hit its peak until the men’s team took to the court. A game bus was even designated to shuttle students to the stadium from campus, but Estrella was surprised to see that a week before the game, hardly anyone had signed up. Still, the game was alive with dedicated players and fervent supporters. The players flew up and down the court in a frenzy of coordination and determination. It was intense to say the least.
Half-time activities and giveaways gave audience members the chance to practice their own ‘B-Ball’ skills. Participants able to make a free throw were given athletic backpacks or vouchers for the next game. Then, Estrella took the microphone. He called a variety of different faculty and staff members to the court. The celebrated were given leis and introduced to the audience before Estrella presented them with a warm thank-you and Vulcan t-shirts.
If it were up to the students, attending all university athletic events would be free. If it were up to Estrella, it would be too. “We’d like to make it free for them [students] all the time, but we just don’t have the finances, the wherewithal to do all that,” he says. Students behind the ticket counter posed an interesting idea. What if instead of charging students discounted prices, the University charged a fee at the beginning of the semester? A reasonable fee, be it optional or standard, could be a great way to entice students to show Vulcan pride.
If you missed the Faculty, Staff and Student Appreciation night, not to worry. These events will happen again. Also, when attending athletic events, students with a valid ID wearing Vulcan gear will receive an additional discount on game day. For some students, sporting events aren’t a choice form of entertainment. For other students, the price of attendance seems to be a bit of a deterrent. But, for those students who’ve never experienced game day, it may prove to be well worth it.

Best-Selling Author David Sedaris Lands In Hilo

By Morgan Tate, Arts & Community Editor
Demi Rodriguez, Photographer

Sardonic humor. Witty intelligence. Ironic discussions. These elements, and plenty more, are woven into the personal essays of David Sedaris. His style of writing is nothing short of delightfully entertaining. Whether you’re on a road trip listening to the audio of his newest book, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls”, or looking to take a break from calculus, Sedaris will keep your mind satisfied and laughter abundant. The New York Times reviewed his book “Naked” as “Sidesplitting.”
Sedaris began his career by reading to those who listened to “Morning Edition” on National Public Radio. His readings were excerpts from a journal he’d been keeping for 15 years. It was filled with his simple yet strange queries. John Marchese of the New York Times wrote an article entitled, “He Does Radio and Windows” where he gave a summation of Sedaris’ work on “being an unrepentant smoker, on falling in love too easily, on soap operas and on men who love women who grow too much (and are subjects in Giantess magazine).” All of his personal essays are former journal entries chock-full of intriguing analyses of his family, his life and his unique perspective. Thus, Sedaris’ books examine themes such as childhood alienation and being gay while surrounded by straight people.
The wit within Sedaris’ writing is the way he thinks, contemplates life and reacts to various situations. Through cynical critiques of the human condition today, Sedaris has become a best-selling author. Some of his better known works are “Me Talk Pretty february 30One Day” and “When You Are Engulfed In Flames.” According to his biography on his personal website, he has over 7 million of his books in print which have been translated into 29 languages.
Despite Sedaris being named one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers, Sedaris describes himself as “no good at public displays of anything” in the New York Times article, “Turning Sour Grapes into a Silk Purse.” However, Sedaris doesn’t want anyone to think that fame has gotten the better of him. He gladly spends time to signbooks after readings until everyone is satisfied, and encourages moments of conversation with each person. Amy Sedaris, David Sedaris’s younger sister, said “[Sedaris] has written since he was a teenager. But he’ll never call himself a writer[…]’”
Bill Richardson of the Toronto Globe and Mail said, “Sedaris has hit upon the narrative equivalent of Pepsi, or the PlayStation, or oxygen or the haircut: something that others in the world might actually want and find useful. . . He’s smart, he’s caustic, he’s mordant and, somehow, he’s . . . well, nice.”
An Evening with David Sedaris, presented by Innovation Arts & Entertainment, will come to the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. One night only, David Sedaris will be featuring all-new readings of his work followed by a book signing. There is reserved seating and tickets are available only on ticketmaster for $60-$75.
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Campus Crime Review

february 29

Sunday, Feb. 1
One Student’s Gaming Days are Over
A Playstation 3 was stolen from a dorm room in Hale Kanilehua.

Wednesday, Jan. 28
Money Was Stolen
Money was taken from a complainant’s wallet atthe Mookini Library between 1 and 1:30 p.m.
Fence Down at the UH Hilo Farm
A fence was damaged in the early morning at the UH Hilo College of Agriculture Farm.

Monday, Jan. 26
Unwelcome Art on the UH Hilo Signs
Graffiti was discovered on the UH Hilo signs in front of the Old Gym and Theater Front Entrance Parking Lots.
Stolen Iphone
An Iphone 6 was stolen from K Building at approximately 9:15 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 25
Suspect Arrested
A complainant was assaulted in the Business Office parking lot at approximately 10 a.m. The suspect was arrested.

Friday, Jan. 23
Faculty are Not Getting Along
A harassment complaint was filed between two faculty members over an incident that occurred at 11 a.m. at K Building.
Not One, But Two Bikes are Stolen
Two bikes were stolen from the UH Hilo Farm Lot between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19
One Less Vehicle at the Panaewa Farm Lots
Over the weekend one of UH Hilo’s John Deere Gators was stolen from the Panaewa Farm Lots.

Saturday, Jan. 14
Tires are Slashed
Between 5:45 and 6:10, a known suspect cut the tires of the complainants car in the Theater Parking Lot.

Thursday, Jan. 15
Case Finally Closed
The theft of a car stereo and the resulting car damage that occurred on Dec. 20, 2014 in the Hale Kahau Parking Lots was finally closed at 12 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14
Backpack Thief Gets Away With a Backpack
A backpack was stolen from the Student Life Center between 4 and 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13
Student Reports Unwanted Touching
A student reported that another student touched her in the dorms. Date and time of incident is unknown.

Music Fuse

Andrew Bird

By Danielle Marrufo, Music Fuse Columnist

Have you ever had a moment where the song you’re listening to perfectly matches your mood and everything surrounding you? In his brand new album entitled “Echolocations: Canyon”, Andrew Bird explores the idea of a perfect moment. This album, released Feb. 3, 2015, includes seven tracks, of what this writer can only describe as intense emotion, as Andrew Bird exemplifies his talents through violin improvisation. In previous songs such as Armchairs, Bird recorded in a studio setting. Partnering with Tyler Manson, a filmmaker, this duo created a short film series that couples visual and performing art. His current album was recorded entirely outdoors in the Coyote Gulch Canyons of Utah. While listening to the various tracks, you can hear how Bird is playing with the echoes that the canyon creates. In fact, Bird experimented with various keys and recorded the entire album in C sharp in order to create the most acoustic reverberation throughout the canyon. He also incorporates natural sounds of water flow and birds chirping throughout the tracks. The natural arching and curvature of the canyon shape resonates sounds that are almost impossible to recreate in a studio setting. In order to experience all of the various elements in this album, I suggest listening through headphones to get the full effect. Also, because this album is solely instrumental, I find that it is great for studying.

Suggested songs:
Sweep The Field
The Canyon Wants To Hear Csharp