VOLUME CVIII, NUMBER 11 PASADENA, CALIFORNIA JANUARY 8, 2007
New South Friends Remember
House Gate Alumnus Steve Gao
Vandalized 2006 Graduate Known for Kindness, Compassion
BY: ANNA HISZPANSKI BY: MARISSA CEVALLOS AND CINDY KO
In the ﬁrst week most undergrads Friends of Caltech alum Ste- turned out pretty much the way
began moving into the newly reno- ven Song Gao gathered at Beck- we wanted.”
vated South Houses, a Ricketts gate man Institute yesterday to honor Friends ﬂew in from as far as
facing the Olive Walk was vandal- their friend and classmate who northern California, Seattle, and
ized, costing thousands of dollars to passed away in early December. New York to share an afternoon
repair. According to Housing Direc- About eighty current students to remember Steve Gao.
tor Tim Chang, some person or per- and alumni bonded over large Milo Lin, a former classmate,
sons removed the panic bar from the photos capturing fond memories met Gao as a prefrosh in the
door Tuesday afternoon some time of Gao. The images show the summer before freshmen year as
between 5:30 and 7:30 pm. The pan- handsome face of a smiling Steve Axline scholars.
ic bars are necessary for the gates to Gao visiting Arthur Ashe Stadi- “Honestly, I can only remem-
properly lock. um and Niagara Falls, enjoying ber positive things about him.
An initial estimate for the repair a formal dinner with friends, and Steve was the nicest and most
was $12,000 to replace the custom- playing video games during his considerate person that was one
made gate door. However, after recovery from ACL surgery. of my close friends,” said Lin.
workers from the Lock Shop on cam- Friends remembered Gao as a “He was generally kind of quiet,
pus evaluated the damage, they were well-liked and admired ﬁgure in but when you got to know him,
able to salvage the door and repair the Lloyd House and for his compas- he was kind of funny, and very
panic bar Friday morning using ma- sion and kindness. warm.”
terials totaling $2050 and labor sum- “He was always patient, very When choosing a location
ming $1350. kind, always helpful and looking for the memorial, Peek decided
“This gate is expensive because out for other people,” said Derek on Beckman Institute because
it was custom-made for the South Chang, friend and former room- “Steve played a lot of Ultimate
Houses. We wanted something that mate. Frisbee on Broad lawn.”
matched the décor and style [of the Gao passed away in early Gao was known to be so fond
buildings] and that ﬁtted the door- December while attending his of Ultimate Frisbee that even
way,” said Chang. ﬁrst year of graduate school at a torn ACL in his junior year
In addition to the cost of ﬁxing the Stanford in biomechanical engi- couldnʼt keep him away from the
gate, security was forced to guard the neering. His two roommates at disc.
unlocked gate between 5pm and 8am, The locking mechanism of this gate, a newly installed entrance to Stanford, Derek Chang and Akil “He busted his knee several
resulting in $1870 of additional costs. Ricketts and Blacker hovses, was disabled on Jan. 2 Srinivasan, were friends of his times, and each time heʼd keep
The Stewardship Committee has yet from Lloyd House, and all were playing,” said Srinivasan.
to decide who will be responsible for parked themselves [in a house] over vent the door from locking,” said also members of the recent class Gao was recognized in Lloyd
covering the costs that totaled $5270. the weekend. This past summer we Montuori. “Perhaps the obvious mo- of Caltech graduates. House for being an excellent
Chang believes students most like- had a registered sex offender who tivation is not the correct one. Thereʼs
ly removed the panic bar from frus- was found in the houses. We want to just so much that we donʼt know in
tration at having to use an ID card to protect our students… the studentsʼ this situation.”
enter, but no one has come forward property… [and] Caltechʼs prop- Despite the vandalism, Chang
yet to claim responsibility. erty.” says that no other major damage has
“A lot of students donʼt understand However, Interhouse Chair Craig occurred since the undergraduates
why the permanent security is there Montuori believes that the bar may moved into the South Houses.
in the ﬁrst place… since the gates have been removed for other reasons “There are some small incidents of
werenʼt there [before the renova- than simply to save students time grafﬁti that have happened, but be-
tion],” said Chang. “We have had when entering the South Houses: yond that, there hasnʼt been much,”
number of incidents where we had to “The removal was done in such said Chang. “With the exception of
remove a homeless person who had a crude manner, and there were this one thing, there hasnʼt been any-
other, simpler methods to pre- thing big.”
Men’s Basketball Wins NCAA Game
81-52 triumph over Bard (NY) ends
streaks of 59 losses, 207 NCAA losses Gao, on a visit to Niagara Falls in the summer before his senior
year at Caltech.
Since Stanford roommates athlete in all sports, not just Ulti-
Srinivasan and Chang had the mate Frisbee.
difﬁcult task of individually call- “Ping-pong—Steve Gao loved
ing and informing friends and ping-pong. I would play with
classmates about Gao, alumni him for four hours at a time, lit-
Martin Peek and James Yoon of- erally like a machine,” said Der-
fered to take charge of organiz- ek Chang.
ing the event. From before win- A stellar student and efﬁcient
ter vacation, Peek and Yoon were time manager, Gao double-ma-
in contact with Associate Dean jored in mechanical engineering
Barbara Green to discuss arrang- and business, economics, and
ing the memorial. management (BEM). Even more
“Caltech really helped us out a impressively, Gao was notorious
lot in organizing the memorial,” for being no less than one week
said Yoon. “Steve was a really ahead of schedule in all of his
great friend. The least we could class work.
do was put this together, and Said Kim Poppendorf, class-
when we had that in mind, it was mate, “Steve worked ahead in his
really easy.” classes when he knew he was go-
Said Peek, “We wanted it to ing to have knee surgery. He was
be low-key and let people just out on codeine for three weeks,
Full story of Techʼs triumph on page 6 get together and chat about what
they remembered about him. It Continued on page 5
In This Issue Womenʼs basketball ﬁve points
SFL open 24/7
You can ﬂy, you can ﬂy! Now without pixie dust Page 4 shy of win
Page 3 May your Wiikends be full of Wii Page 4
Olive Oil - not just for Popeye Page 5 Page 7
2 THE CALIFORNIA TECH EDITORIAL JANUARY 8, 2007
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ASCIT Board of Directors ries for the Big T and the little t CIT, which means that $750 more 6. Womenʼs Center Director
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1. Funding Requests * Elections are coming up! damaged. Preliminary estimates Business Manager
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The Outside World
riages, for such couples. If the bill It has also testiﬁed that the defen- Defend the Constitution,” demand
BY: NATALYA KOSTANDOVA is approved by Governor Jon Cor- Hussein refused to wear a black
hood that traditionally covers the dants were tortured during their that the game be pulled back from
zine, New Jersey will become the detention. However, the Libyan distribution.
Nation third state in the U.S. to support
face of the condemned person,
court acquitted several Libyan of- The groups argue that the game
and carried a copy of the Qurʼan.
civil union, following Vermont The former Iraqi president was ﬁcers who were accused of inhu- promotes intolerance and vio-
Florida and California and Connecticut. The only state mane treatment. lence in the name of religion. The
sentenced to death by hanging for
Halt Capital Punishment that allows for same-sex marriage his role in the deaths of 148 Iraqis makers of the game, the Left Be-
The two states independently is Massachusetts.
made decisions to halt capital
who died in the Dujail massacre Science and Technology hind Games, Inc., disagree and
Equality groups, such as Equal- that took place in 1982. The mas- say that the game only encour-
punishment. ity New Jersey, are concerned that ages prayer and spiritual welfare.
U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fo- the legislative decision may not sacre was a response to a failed FDA Says Cloned Animals
assassination attempt on Hussein. The plot of the game takes place
gel ruled that Californiaʼs method breach the difference in treatment Safe to Consume in the future, after Christians have
of legal injection goes against of same and different-sex couples Awwad Bandar and Barzan The Food and Drug Adminis-
Hassan, who are also to be hanged been transported to heaven. The
the Eighth Amendment, banning as it does not recognize same-sex tration (FDA) declared cloned
in relation to the 1982 massacre, players take a role of characters
cruel and unusual punishment. marriage. animals to be as safe to eat as
were expected to be hung along- left behind in New York City, and
The state has been under a capi- naturally-produced animals.
side Hussein. However, their set out on a task to recruit an army
tal punishment moratorium since President Gerald Ford Dies There are some that disagree
executions were postponed to that will ﬁght and defeat the anti-
February. with the FDA decision, in par-
Americaʼs 38th President, separate Husseinʼs death from all Christ and his followers.
The moratorium in Florida was Gerald Ford, died Dec. 26 at the ticular if there are no labels that
others. differentiate the ordinary product
triggered by the execution of An- age of 93. The late president was Caltech Researchers Reveal
gel Nieves Diaz on Dec. 15. It took honored in Washington, D.C. and from the cloned one.
Diaz 34 minutes to die, during 24 buried in his hometown of Grand Nurses and Doctor to Face Some consumer groups criti- Dark Matter Structure
of which he remained conscious Rapids, Michigan. Death in AIDS Case cized the agency for only looking Richard Massey and Nick
and moving. Usually, condemned Five Bulgarian nurses and at fewer than 100 case studies for Scoville revealed the ﬁrst three-
Fordʼs body was moved from dimensional look of dark matter
prisoners are unconscious within the Capitol rotunda to the spot a Palestinian doctor were sen- short time periods.
three minutes after the injection outside of the chambers of the tenced to death in Libya for alleg- While FDA scientists state structure at the American Astro-
and die within 15 minutes. edly injecting HIV to more than that after the cloned animal has nomical Society conference this
U.S. Senate, after which it was weekend in Seattle, Washington.
Governor Jeb Bush called for transported to the National Ca- four hundred children in a Libyan reached the age of 6 to 18 months,
creation of a committee that will thedral. The procession was met hospital in 1999. They plan to ﬁle it is indistinguishable from its par- Massey used gravitational lens-
review the method of capital pun- with a 21-gun salute, U.S. navy an appeal before the Libyan Su- ent animal, others argue that there ing, the distortion of light due
ishment. During the process of re- band, and thousands of people preme Court. may be long-term issues that have to mass, to infer the presence of
view, that has a ﬁnal deadline of that lined up the streets of Wash- The sentence has already caused not yet been evaluated. dark matter in a cross-section of
May 1, 2007, no death warrants ington. much disagreement. Bulgaria, the Although the ﬁnal approval of galaxies that dates back 6.5 bil-
are to be signed in Florida. U.S., and the E.U., among others, cloned products is still in process, lion years.
Ford was then ﬂown in to Grand The new map demonstrates that
demand that it is repealed. Libya ofﬁcials expect the products from
Rapids, where he was buried on dark matter tends to clump over
New Jersey Legislature Wednesday, Jan. 3. and its supporters argue that the cloned livestock to enter the mar-
demands of mostly Western fac- ket in several months. time, which Massey refers to as a
Approves Civil Unions tions are politically motivated. “cosmic scaffolding” about which
Following the demand of New World Fifty of the children have died, Video Game Causes Con- stars and galaxies have formed.
Jersey Supreme Court, which or- Dark matter makes up about
while the rest received treatment troversy
dered the state to give same-sex one fourth of the mass in the uni-
couples rights equivalent to those Husseinʼs Execution Takes from European hospitals. The new game, “Left Behind:
The defense claims to have evi- verse, while normal “baryonic”
of married couples, NJ Senate Place Eternal Forces,” is currently un-
matter--like the stars and plan-
On Saturday, Dec. 30, Saddam dence that the children had been der attack for promoting religious
and General Assembly voted to ets that make up galaxies--only
Hussein was hanged in Qadhi- affected by the virus before the violence. Several groups, led by
approve civil unions, but not mar- weighs in at about four percent.
miya, Iraq. Prior to the execution, medical workers arrived to Libya. the activist faction “Campaign to
Announcements Summer Internship SFL Open 24/7
BY: DONNA TOMLINSON
Perpall Competition Finals on The Deansʼ Ofﬁce is accepting
proposals for the Monticello Foun- Beginning with the second
The library staff cordially in-
vites the Caltech community to
Wednesday, Spectators Welcome dation and the Robert and Delpha
Noland Summer Internships.
term , the Sherman Fairchild Li-
brary will be open 24/7 to those
an open house in celebration of
All students, faculty, and SURF seminar day in Octo- Three to ﬁve Caltech undergrad- the tenth year anniversary of the
uate women (current freshmen, with valid Caltech ID cards. The Sherman Fairchild Library to be
staff are invited to attend the ber advanced to a semi-final SFL is also increasing the number
final round of the Doris S. Per- round held in November, and sophomores and juniors) will be held on Jan. 12, from 2:00 pm -
given an opportunity to participate of available computer worksta- 4:00 pm in the Sherman Fairchild
pall SURF Speaking Compe- these seven students became tions in anticipation of increased
tition on Wednesday, Jan. 10, the finalists. The prizes will be in research projects outside the Library.
Caltech-JPL community for ten demand due to the closure of the
between 2:30 and 5 PM in the $750, first prize; $450, second; Computer Lab in Steele. Other
Beckman Institute Auditorium. and $300, third.
weeks during the summer. Each
student will receive a $6,000 sti- service enhancements in the SFL Two New ARC
The Student-Faculty Programs The Student-Faculty Pro-
office extends hearty congrat- grams office thanks the grad-
Applicants are required to iden-
are also in the works and will be
announced as details are con- Reps Selected
ulations to the finalists – Evan uate students, postdoctoral tify the projects in which they wish ﬁrmed.
Gawlik, Alexander Huth, An- scholars, alumni, and faculty to participate. All arrangements Questions, concerns, and com- BY: CALEB NG
drew Kositsky, Matthew Lee, who have helped to judge the with the principal researcher will ments about the Steele lab clo-
Diana Lin, Po-Ling Loh, and first two rounds. The final be the responsibility of the student. sure can be directed to Rich Fa- This week, Avery and Blacker
Interested students should iden- gen (firstname.lastname@example.org, extension selected new representatives to the
Arturo Pizano. Individual pre- round will be judged by a fac- Academics and Research Commit-
sentation times are available at ulty panel. tify a sponsor for their ten-week ex- 2908).
perience at a research facility. Ap- tee (ARC). The new Avery repre-
the SURF website, www.surf. Robert C. Perpall (BS ʼ52, Questions about the services sentative will be freshman Ryan
plications should consist of a short and facilities offered at the Sher-
caltech.edu. MS ʼ56) has long supported the essay describing the applicantʼs Hamerly, and the new Blacker rep-
This event is the third round SURF program. He established man Fairchild Library can be di- resentative will be freshman Sunny
project, along with two faculty rec- rected to library staff in person or
in the Perpall speaking com- the prize in 1996 in memory of ommendations. Chun.
petition. The best speakers his late wife as an incentive for via email email@example.com or Currently, the main project for
— out of the 210 students who students to prepare excellent Proposals are due to the Deansʼ to University Librarian, Kimberly ARC is to prepare for the Student-
Ofﬁce by Thursday, Feb. 22. Douglas, firstname.lastname@example.org. Faculty Conference (SFC), which
presented their research — on SURF presentations.
is scheduled for April 5, 2007. Tra-
ditionally, there are no classes held
Tired of CDS lunches on the date of the SFC.
The SFC will feature presenta-
tions from each of 14 committees
and dinners? covering each option as well as
other aspects of undergraduate life,
including student morale, core cur-
$2.00 Burger, Fries, and Drink riculum, and honor code. Commit-
tee chairs were selected in October
and are scheduled to have their
EVERYDAY second meeting. Contact any com-
mittee member (listed on the ARC
for all Caltech students, staﬀ, and faculty SFC website at donut.caltech.edu/
~arc/sfc.html) to provide feedback
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4 THE CALIFORNIA TECH FEATURES JANUARY 8, 2007
Club o’ the Week
Caltech Students Can Learn to Fly with AACIT!
Courtesy of http://aacit.caltech.edu/pages/ﬂeet.html
BY: RADHIKA MARATHE not just the club as part of its ﬂeet
AACIT or the Aero Association
of California Institute of Technol-
Joining the Club
The course webpage has de-
ogy is a private ﬂying club that tailed information regarding get-
works for the promotion of gen- ting a membership to the club.
eral aviation in the Caltech-JPL The membership is mainly re-
communities. Also known as stricted to those afﬁliated with the
the Caltech/JPL Flying Club, it Caltech/JPL communities (includ-
is based in El Monte, California ing students, faculty, alumni, em-
with a ﬂeet of seven single-en- ployee or retiree of Caltech/JPL
gine airplanes. It currently has or those with immediate family
about 120 members ranging from members satisfying this require-
beginning students to commercial ment) but a limited number of
pilots and instructors. Associate Member positions are
available for those unafﬁliated to
Fleet these communities.
The forms required include
As part of its ﬂeet, the club
the Member Information Form,
owns a Cessna 152 (2-seater) and
Flight Proﬁciency Record, Re-
Cessna 172 (4-seater) and leases
lease Form, Voting Proxy and AACITʼs website explains that the club owns a Cessna 152, a Cessna 172, and leases ﬁve others.
ﬁve other aircraft including Cess-
Information Release. The initial
na 172, Cessna 182, Piper PA-28 ance and aircraft tie-down costs.
and Piper Archer, each seating
payment consists of a refundable
deposit, an initiation fee (waived Discounted rates are offered to Obtaining a Pilotʼs items and headset, test fees and
ground school tuition may cost
four. These are based at El Monte
airport located about ﬁve miles
for CIT students) and the ﬁrst CIT students to promote general
aviation among the student com-
Certiﬁcate up to $1000 in total.
In the area, Glendale Commu-
monthʼs dues. After contacting After registering to be a full
South of Pasadena. munity. nity College, Mt. San Antonio
the club director for an instructor member, the ﬁrst ﬂight will have
Members are allowed to sched- Initiation fee (waived for CIT College, Orange Coast College
to check over the aircraft or for the student at the controls right
ule and ﬂy aircrafts available 24 students): $40 and FAST aviation provide alter-
training, the new member is ready away with an experienced instruc-
hours a day, seven days a week. Refundable deposit: $200 natives for ground-schooling.
to take off. tor to offer guidance. About 70
Each member carries his/her set Monthly Dues: The typical ﬂight training costs
of keys and logs in the ﬂying time to hundred hours of training and
CIT Students (ﬁxed gear only): range from $6000-$9000 and the
at the end of each ﬂight in the ﬂy-
ing log. The ﬂying club provides
Dues and Costs $23
ﬂying experience are required to
get a license from the FAA. The time required is generally between
Club dues pay for the insur- CIT Students (all planes): $27 a few months to over a year.
insurance for each member and necessary materials and equip-
Inactive members: $10 Interested readers may visit
ment such as books, navigation
the club webpage at http://aacit.
Wii Wiiview: New Console is a Wiiner
BY: JON MALMAUD
After waiting in line eight
hours outside BestBuy for my
Wii as PS3 fanboys drove by and
shouted profanities at us (i.e. “I
hope you guys have fun play-
Photo courtesy of Nintendo
ing with your Wiis”, “your mom
played with my Wii last night”,
“your console has the same name
as urination although spelled dif-
ferently”, etc., etc.), I played it for
the following two wiiks and was
thoroughly impressed with the
After going through a ﬁve-sec-
ond calibration phrase, it worked
ﬂawlessly. I tested it with Wii factured disease by engaging in
Sports and found that my dismal surgical operations while having
tennis, bowling, golf, baseball, relations with your nurses (not at
and boxing skills carry over into the same time) (Trauma Center:
the videogame world (just joking- Second Opinion).
I 0wn). For the more hard-core gamer,
I also played through most there is Disneyʼs Chicken Little:
of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Ace in Action, Ice Age 2: The
found all the old Zelda staples, Meltdown, Happy Feet, some
such as the ability to swing and kind of Spongebob Squarepants
spin the sword by ﬂicking the Wi- game, Madden NFL 07, and Re-
imote, to be present. venge of the Third Reich: Rise of
There were also new Zelda Robohitler.
innovations like Princess Zelda The Wii can also connect to a
being kidnapped by a dark wiz- wiireless network and perform
ard and something about a “Tri”- many amazing functions there-
”Force”. Actually its deﬁnitely onto. Through the Wii Virtual
the best Zelda since Ocarina of Console store, you can spend
Time and may be wiison enough $5-$8 on a limited selection of
to pick up a Wii. The above pair of photos illustrate how the player uses the motion-sensing controller in the Wii Sports
old Nintendo and Genesis games game included with the console.
The Wii has a strong set of from back to the time of the origi-
launch titles. Besides the afore- nal NES when love was free all
mentioned Wii Sports and Zelda, erotic YouTube videos on your glow blue it looks pretty cool but
the way to the N64 when Clinton the wiikest graphics of any of the
there is Rayman: Raving Rabbits television device. otherwise itʼs just non-glowing
ruled with the steel grip of molten new consoles and canʼt take ad-
in which Rayman, by playing But perhaps the greatest online plastic.
justice. vantage of high-deﬁnition TVs.
through a set of minigames like functionality the Wii brings to However, the pure entertain-
I bought Sonic the Hedgehog And while it can play GameCube
an arms-only version of Dance the table is the Forecast Channel. ment of swinging around a remote
for $8 on the Wiiʼs Virtual Con- games since its DVD tray also ac-
Dance Revolution, has to capture Itʼs a built-in program that allows and the possibility of luring girls
sole and it ﬂooded me with nos- cepts the GameCube minidisks, it
a set of rabbits which are raving. you to see the weather, thus sav- into my room with the promise of
talgic memories back to the ﬁrst canʼt actually play DVDs.
Also popular is Super Monkey ing you from the tedious need to a non-hard-core gaming experi-
time I played Sonic two months Many Nintendo fans will wi-
Ball: Banana Blitz, in which you emerge from your dungeon lair ence is enough to ensure the Wii
ago when I downloaded the ROM imember how game developers
are a monkey in a plastic ball who beneath the wind-swept oceans to will always have a spot on my
and played it on my computer for stopped releasing quality titles
has to blitz bananas by tilting a see if itʼs raining outside although shelf, along with Apostll Volume
free. for the GameCube due to the
platform through angling the Wi- youʼre not going anywhere any- 2, double-chocolate Milano cook-
You can also download the Op- dominance of the XBOX and PS2
imote in a fashion reminiscent of way. The cool thing is that games ies, and the latest edition of the
era web browser on the Wii and and worry continues that the Wii
Ch3a. like Madden will change the in- California Tech Weekly News-
then cruise the information su- will not lure them back and so
One of my personal favorites is game environment to reﬂect the paper, the ofﬁcial ASCIT student
perhighway from the comfort of leave us with a gameless plastic
a doctor-simulator in which you real one. publication and provider of quali-
your own home. It is actually use- box that sometimes glows blue
play an anime doctor who has to The Wii is not all spwiing-time ty journalism for over ﬁfty years.
ful since it can play Flash videos when Nintendo e-mails your Wii
annhilate a new terrorist-manu- so you can enjoy erotic and non- fun in the sun, however. It has a new message and when it does
THE CALIFORNIA TECH FEATURES JANUARY 8, 2007 5
Career Corner Caltech Mentoring Day will be on January 11th
at noon at Winnet.
A Mentor for the New Year The Spring Career Fair will be on Wednesday,
toring, tell their stories as pro- vice, encouragement, and in- someone to talk about my (where students can post their
BY: JONIE WATANABE TSUJI tégés and mentors, and explain formation. experiences with, and to hear resume for MentorNet spon-
CAREER COUNSELOR how to get started. If thatʼs not The relationship is developed their experiences in a similar sors to review).
incentive enough, we will also through email. Only a few ex- situation. It was helpful to un- Every Techer, whether they
January is National Mentor- provide free pizza and drinks. clusive universities participate, derstand things in a larger ca- are a frosh, senior, grad stu-
ing Month. In honor of this Happy New Year, now make and Caltech is one of them. reer context, and just to get a dent, or postdoc, should check
special month, the Career De- a resolution. Donʼt worry Caltech has been a part of sense of how my experiences out MentorNet. In addition to
velopment Center, the Wom- about losing weight or exercis- MentorNet since 1998. Some ﬁt into the normal range of ac- mentors in industry, they have
enʼs Center, and NOGLSTP ing more (nobody sticks with of the mentors came from com- tivities.” mentors in academia for those
(National Organization of Gay it anyway, right?). Itʼs time to panies such as 3M, Hewlett MentorNet also has oth- considering that career path.
and Lesbian Scientists and work on career options by get- Packard, IBM, Intel, Motorola, er resources aside from the For more info, students may
Technical Professionals) are ting a mentor. and Texas Instruments. mentor-protégé relationship: visit www.mentornet.net. But
partnering to put on Caltech And it just got easy. Men- The majority of participants a MentorNet E-forum (web- donʼt forget --come to Caltech
Mentoring Day – January torNet is a great program that found it quite helpful. In fact, based discussion groups to Mentoring Day – January 11,
11, 2007 at noon in Winnett matches students (protégés) one student stated in his/her exchange ideas and advice), 2007 at noon – Winnett Lounge
Lounge. with academic and industry evaluation – “Mostly, it was resources (helpful weblinks), – free pizza and drinks! So
Panelists will discuss men- mentors for one-on-one ad- really helpful for me to have as well as a resume database join in the fun, resolve to get a
mentor this year!
Techers Demonstrate Culinary Interests via Olive Oil
Photo by Daniel Rowlands
BY: DANIEL ROWLANDS the top.
Most of the olives they col-
lected were consumed by ex-
Where most students trample
perimenting to learn how to
the fallen olives that line the
produce the oil, and only a few
Olive Walk, one creative group
tablespoons were produced--
of Caltech students decided
enough to taste plain and on a
that when life gives you olives,
few slices of bread.
make olive oil.
Of the taste, Roper reported
At the beginning of first
“We just tasted it plain, it was
term, sophomores Kristen Ko-
very good indeed.” Making
zak, Alex Roper, Robbie Xiao,
olive oil wasnʼt the groupʼs
and Cathy Douglass made use
only venture into cooking with
of trees on campus to fuel an
unusual culinary experiment.
They also collected fall-
They picked olives, mostly
en acorns from the oak trees
ripe black ones, though some
along Holliston and repeatedly
green olives were used as well,
soaked them in boiling water to
from the small olive trees on
leach out the toxic tannins.
Holliston near the Fire Station
They then ground the acorns
and Mods and, by experimenta-
to make flour, from which Rop-
tion, taught themselves to make
er made pasta and Kozak made
In response to concerns about
As well as collecting olives
pesticides that may have been
and acorns for cooking experi-
sprayed on the trees, Kozak
ments, the group has also grown
replied that “The trees did not
a garden of potted vegetables in
look like they were sprayed,
the backyard of their off-cam-
so I didnʼt worry about it.”
Delmy Emerson of Buildings
The group has harvested and
and Grounds did not reply to an
eaten mint, thyme, and basil
email inquiry about pesticide
Photo by Kristen Kozak
from it, as well as a few snap Kristen Kozak and Robbie
use on campus.
peas. However, most of their Xiao show some of the wild
In any case, the group did
crops have not yet produced fruit theyʼve collected around
wash the olives before press-
anything edible. Theyʼve also campus (top).
ing them and separating the oil
collected oranges, persimmons,
from the olive juices by letting
and other citrus fruits from At left, is a plate of acorn pasta
it sit in jars until the oil rose to
trees near campus. that they prepared.
Continued from page 1 seemed really natural to want to
put together this collection of
and he still managed to ﬁnish ev- memories to show his parents
erything on time.” how much his friends at Caltech
Said Srinivasan, “We have this loved him.”
image of Steve that heʼs the clos-
est to perfection than any of us
Added classmate Mike Chang,
“Steve was one of the nicest,
most gifted—really, in one word,
phenomenal—people that we
have ever known.”
In addition to being a kind
friend, an avid athlete, and an
accomplished scholar, Gao was
also a talented musician.
“Steve always enjoyed piano,
especially Chopin. Iʼd get to lis-
ten to him play because my room
was near the lounge,” said Eric
Kelsic, a former classmate.
Though Sundayʼs memorial
only lasted a few hours, friends
plan to create a more permanent
commemoration for Gao in the
pages of a scrapbook. Chang
plans to personally deliver the
gift to Gaoʼs parents in Syosset,
“Several of us came up with
the idea for a scrapbook at the
same time,” said Chang. “It just
6 THE CALIFORNIA TECH SPORTS JANUARY 8, 2007
Men’s Basketball Team Ends 10-Year NCAA Losing Streak
Among the top scorers in the Walking off the court at half- to win.” a few hard-fought wins in the
BY: MATTHEW GLASSMAN time with a lead of seven points
most recent win were sopho- Last yearʼs team, led by cap- history of the menʼs team, only
While the Higgs particle re- more forward Travis Haussler was definitely not something tains Jordan Carlson and Day a handful of Techers, which in-
mains undetected and the in- with 29 points and sophomore that happens every game, but Ivy, got national media cover- cluded the womenʼs basketball
tricacies of protein folding are guard Matt Dellatorre with 24 Coach Dow remained serious age for their efforts to break the team and President Chameau
still a mystery, last Saturday points. and kept on the men until they teamʼs SCIAC losing streak, and his wife Dr. Carmichael,
evening, 15 Techers achieved “We expected to win a game, finally pulled away late in the which spans over 20 years and were there to see it happen. The
something that seemed almost but not like this,” said Head second half. has yet to be broken. Despite players hope that more fans
as difficult. For the first time Coach Roy Dow, referring to “When we went to the lock- a close game against Whittier will make it out to games as
in just over a decade, the menʼs the blowout, in an article by er room, everyone was pretty that went into overtime, the they prepare to open the regu-
basketball team pulled off an the Associated Press. The story pumped,” said Dellatorre. “But team was unable to pull off a lar season against Occidental
NCAA win, defeating Bard has been picked up by several overall we were playing kind of victory. on Wednesday.
College from New York, for a papers and some of the play- messy. Still, before we knew it, While the game marks one of
final score of 81-52. ers were interviewed by a radio we were up by 15 with less than
ten minutes to go.”
Photo by Jonathan Tsai
Although the score makes station.
this look like an easy win for Sophomore guard Han Bin “Iʼm sure that there are plenty
Caltech, the game wraps up Man said, “We are excited and of other good [Caltech] teams
an NCAA losing streak of 207 relieved that it finally hap- that have never won a game,”
games, which was preceded by pened. We really wanted to win said Bin Man. “Itʼs special that
a 1996 victory over Pricipia. a game sooner or later.” weʼre the guys that finally got
Sophomore guard Matt Dellatore goes up for a shot at the alumni
Saturdayʼs win launched the Menʼs Basketball team into the national spotlight, featured above on
game in this yearʼs preseason. Matt scored 24 points in the Beaversʼ
win on Saturday
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THE CALIFORNIA TECH SPORTS JANUARY 8, 2007 7
NFL Playoﬀs Bill Parcellsʼ decision to keep
Woman’s B-Ball Edged Out 85-80 tain Lindsay King. “Espe-
BY: HAMILTONY FALK now starting quarterback Tony BY: NATALYA KOSTANDOVA cially after the ﬁnal buzzer
As I watched the Philadelphia Romo as the holder of ﬁeld goals when everyone stood up
and extra points will hurt them, It is not a secret that Caltech and cheered for us - it was
Eagles ﬁnish off the New York is not the best place for athletics.
Giants on Sunday night I remem- as a bad hold on the game win- just a really good feeling.”
ning ﬁeld goal will cause T.O. to Alright, so it is actually pretty Alex Krikorian, a soph-
bered the good old days when bad. Wins are rare and unex-
my NFL playoff column was the call a press conference and reveal omore, shared the ex-
that he has decided to cut Romo pected, yet this week womenʼs citement of watching the
hottest item off the presses with basketball team came very close.
brilliant insight and a correct Su- and ﬁre Parcells and owner Jerry game. “This was the most
Jones. In an incredibly intense and close exciting basketball game
per Bowl prediction. Unfortu- game, the Lady Beavers lost 80-
nately for my readers who made The ﬁnal wildcard weekend Iʼve ever seen,” she said.
game will pit the New York Gi- 85 to the Southwestern College “Now Iʼm going to go to
legal wagers (through a reputable of Arizona, setting a series of new
Nevada Casino, not some unlaw- ants against the Philadelphia every single game. It is the
Eagles in an NFC East division records and showing how com- nicest way for me to be at
ful bet with friends or coworkers) petitive they can be.
the ﬁrst issue of The Tech for the rivalry that will be the last NFL Caltech – watch my friends
game played by Tiki Barber and With this game, the women set play basketball.”
term wonʼt be in the hands of the the record for most points scored
common man until after the Wild- will also feature Tiki as the Fox While the intensity of
color commentator for the second in a game to 80, as compared to the game rose as the game
card round of the playoffs. the previous record of 71. Rene
Luckily I sealed my predictions half. Giants QB Eli Manning went on, a different type of
will live up to his billing as “not Davis, a junior and co-captain of a showdown took place on
in a time capsule (I call it “e- the team, scored 13 ﬁeld goals
mail”) so the editors could print as bad as Rex Grossman” while the court during the half-
Eagles safety Brian Dawkins will and Lisa Yee, a freshman, made time. Two spectators, Cev-
an accurate prediction unbiased 12 free throws, both setting new
by the actual events of the games. use his dark powers to get Tom allos and Travis Haussler,
Coughlin ﬁred, and eventually a records in the respective catego- both sophomores, were
In addition, Iʼll predict the win- ries. The game was also the ﬁrst
ners of the Divisional playoff David Akers ﬁeld goal will give chosen to participate
Philadelphia a win to keep their in which there were four players in a free-throw contest.
round and give everyone a few who scored double digits points.
keys to each game. playoff run alive. Haussler, who is on the
Next week the San Diego Char- Davis scored 28, Yee – 22, ju- menʼs basketball team,
[Editors: Please make people nior and co-captain Lindsay King
think this was sent before Sat- gers will defeat the New England won the contest while
Patriots by a score of 38-7 despite – 16, and junior Amanda Bozov- Lisa Yee takes the shot. shooting with his left hand,
urday at noon] [Editorial note: ich - 10.
OK] an 11/26 with two interceptions yet was unable to accept the $25
Coming so close to victory coming down to just a few spots
My ﬁrst bold prediction will be and no touchdowns passing day gift certiﬁcate to the bookstore
ﬁlled the air with both excitement where we didnʼt play as smart as
that all of the higher seeds will by Phillip Rivers as NFL MVP because of NCAA regulations.
and a bit of sadness. “I was kind we could. I think we are starting
win their games, with Indianapo- LaDainian Tomlinson rushes for Cevallos received the prize as a
of disappointed that we couldnʼt to realize that we are good enough
lis beating Kansas City 23-8, New 3 TDs, throws two TDs (includ- runner-up.
get over the hump. But we broke now that every play counts, that
England blowing out the New ing one to himself), intercepts two The game was ﬁlmed by the
several records, which showed every shot needs to be the best
York Jets 37-16, Seattle Squeak- passes, sacks Tom Brady twice Hallmark channel for an upcom-
that we are able to play well. one we can get.”
ing out a win over Dallas 21-20 and recovers a fumble which he ing documentary. The program
Even though we didnʼt get them The game was exciting not only
and Philadelphia beating the Gi- returns for a touchdown. is designed as a show on inspi-
this time, weʼll get them next for the players, but for the fans as
ants 23-20 in a real nail biter. The Baltimore Ravens will beat rational women. It will contain a
time,” said Yee. well. “People got increasingly
The Colts terrible run de- the Indianapolis Colts with a pass- section on the Techʼs women bas-
Head Coach of the team, San- pumped up as the margin [in the
fense has been cited all week as able offensive day by shutting out ketball team and highlight some
dra Marbut, wrote in an e-mail, score] got smaller. There were
a reason the Kansas City Chiefs the Colts and forcing Peyton Man- of the issues and obstacles that
“It was a mixed bag of emotions. lots of Beaver cheers,” said Ma-
have a chance to beat Indy, de- ning into four turnovers for a ﬁnal the players here face.
We know that we made mistakes rissa Cevallos, a sophomore who
spite Peyton Manning and the score of 24-0. After the game The women will face Occiden-
we should not have made, and attended the game.
Coltʼs high powered offense. linebacker Ray Lewis5 will reveal tal College on Thursday in their
did some dumb stuff. But we ap- The cheers seemed to fall onto
What everyone will be surprised that intensive study of Manningʼs ﬁrst conference game. Their ﬁrst
preciate that we didnʼt make as receptive ears. “All the fans that
by is Herm Edwards bold deci- 11 different commercials allowed home game will take place at
many mistakes as we have during came and supported us made us
sion to lose the time of possession them to predict what the all-pro Caltech on Saturday at 5:00 PM.
other games, and that really it was feel so much better,” said co-cap-
battle by a two to one margin and quarterback would do throughout
not bother with ﬁrst downs in the the game.
ﬁrst half, keeping the Chiefs in a The Seattle Seahawks will
hole despite three Manning inter- nearly upset the Chicago Bears
ceptions. only to lose in over time 24-21.
Manning will make up for his The only offensive score of the
interceptions by completing al- day will be the Bears overtime
most all of the rest of his passes ﬁeld goal, as Rex Grossman
(too his own players) and mak- throws four interceptions, two
ing a really hilarious commercial. returned for touchdowns, and has
Joseph “Live and Let” Addai will one fumble run into the end zone
also have a large impact but wonʼt as well. The Bears kick return
have any commercials in which a man Devin Hester will score one
coach has been ﬁred for teaching a kickoff return, linebacker Brian
players about rock and roll. After Urlacher will score on a fumble
the game everyone will agree that recovery and the Seahawks will
the old saying “Too many Chiefs fumble another ball into the end
and not enough Indians makes for zone to allow the bears a defen-
a team that canʼt play well on the sive score after former Chicago
road” is truer than ever. Coach Mike Ditka tells Matt Has-
The Patriots will beat the Jets selbeck that “the bears want the
to win the most talent free NFL ball and theyʼre going to score”
game since the Lions and/or Ari- while giving him a very intimi-
zona won a playoff game but dating look.
the big story will be that not only
will New England coach Bill (Footnotes)
Belichick approach his former 1 In case youʼve forgotten I
coordinator and current Jets coach picked KFC to win the Super
Eric Mangini after the game, he Bowl, using the logic from one of
will give him a big hug and then my sources that reasoned “AFC?
quickly walk away. NFC? What about KFC?”
Belichick will also give one of 2 I mean, awful, really bad, just
his trademark shoves to a cam- horriﬁc. It just isnʼt very good at
era man in his urgency to reach all.
Mangini, but this will be deemed 3 The Lions beat the New York
a game changing play. During Knicks in 1967 and the Cardinals
the actual game the only notable won by forfeit in 1743 when the
events will be Tom Bradyʼs every Dallas Cowboys failed to show
studly action, including a rough- up for the game, thinking the an-
ing the passer penalty called after nouncement that they would be
Brady claimed a Jets linebacker playing the Cardinals was a prac-
game him “a really nasty look.” tical joke.
The Seattle win over Dallas will 4 Eli came into the game tied
come in a poorly played game by with Ricky Manning Jr. for fourth
both teams, termed “competitive” best Quarterback in the league,
by Al Michaels and “boom, look after his brother Peyton, his fa-
at that hit right there, thatʼs what I ther Archie and Carolina QB Jake
call a hit” by John Madden. After Delhomme, but due to a medio-
seemingly locking up the game cre performance will fall behind
the Dallas Cowboys will fumble Ricky by the second quarter.
out of the end zone for a safety, 5 Who was never convicted of
give up a their ﬁrst long drive stabbing two people in a bar in
of the game to go down by one Atlanta, so stop saying he was or
point. heʼll stab you!
This is where the biggest
coaching mistake of the season, Puzzle courtesy of www.websudoku.com
8 THE CALIFORNIA TECH HUMOR JANUARY 8, 2007
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