BREAKING: Oakland Police Department searches for suspect near Mills College

Oakland Police Department looking for a suspect near the 4600 block of Enos, according to Mills College Department of Public Safety.

“No threat to the campus at this time,” the Department of Public Safety alert says.

A Department of Public Safety officer said that OPD is looking for a suspect near the 7-eleven, but they are uncertain if this is in connection to a murder that happened near the College earlier this month.

More information to come.


a morning in seattle

If you’re visiting Seattle, first time or not, Pike Place Market is a must-see. Equipped with this advice, my camera and some cash, I pulled the hood over my head and braved the wind on an adventure toward Pike Street. Along my journey I met a homeless man who hailed from Arkansas. He held a very distinct sign which read something like, “Homeless, Fire Hosed, Abused…” etc. I asked him about the fire hosing and he mentioned his involvement in the 1960′s race riots. Where most signs embody humility and often shame, he chose an honest, bold approach in seeking public assistance. Being in Seattle for the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) Journalism conference, I wanted to bring him back with me for a session on advocacy. His candor and the morning air were refreshing.

fruit standWhen I approached Pike’s Place at 7:30a.m. it was confirmed by an employee of one of the many farmers markets that I am of a “rare breed.” Apparently a morning person is hard to find these days. For all of us who’ve gone out of town whether for business or pleasure, you understand that a disruption in routine is nearly inevitable (junk food, no sleep, ridiculously excessive networking). I decided to get some rest and embark on this early venture primarily in an attempt to regain a few good habits, and I thought seeking out a few pieces of healthy fruit to enjoy before my first session would help my cause. What can I say, there’s just something about the scent of morning mingled with fresh produce. What’s more, this is undoubtedly the best time to hit this landmark, and the locals agree.


Neighboring this market I found one location I had sought out in particular as a vegan called The Crumpet Shop. I opted for the all-fruit apricot jam to remain health conscious (no sugar added!) but also to appease my sweet tooth. I paired this with a cup (literally, a tall coffee cup) of groats (not oats!) and a steamy soy latte and was ready to rock ‘n roll. Not only was their food amazing, but they possessed the rare gift of customer service. Absolutely awesome.

If I were to describe the ambiance of these few famous blocks, I’d have to call it invigorating, organic and peaceful. Consider, however, that this is before the morning market bell rings at 9 a.m., and prior to the shop openings at 10 a.m. I assume the word ‘bustling’ may be appropriate at that hour. While it’s still gray outside, shop workers are unloading cargo, arranging produce and preparing their shops for the day’s business. It’s a fascinating hour.

On my trek back to the hotel I reflected on my morning experience and realized I had a case of the warm and fuzzies. I’m not talking about the heat from the toasty crumpet, steaming coffee or my uphill hike toward 6th Avenue, but the overall experience of good food and good people. This morning will be remembered for a long time.

Amber Mendoza is the Chief Copy Editor for The Campanil. This entry was cross posted from her blog, knight and dame.

Photographic Instinct

In just one day of the ACP conference, I feel revitalized and recharged, ready to get out there and work on my photo skills. I felt so antsy and eager after a few motivational workshops. I set out to capture Seattle through the scope of a lens. 

The journey to the hotel was a flight, light rail train ride, and an assuredly peculiar looking trek up the hills of downtown Seattle - all 15 of us, most with our luggage rolling close behind us. The chill makes me miss the beautiful weather we were having on campus. It’s hard to fathom that just a week ago I was lounging on Holmgren Meadow in shorts and a tank top with an iced tea in hand. Here, I don’t dare venture to even the hotel lobby or the conference rooms without equipping my heftiest coat. 

After dinner, I looked up to discover we had entered Gotham City!

I’m considering photoshopping a bat signal up there. Looks legit to me.

Today, Seattle has awed me on many occasions. I found a pair of restaurants that I could improvise stories off of for days. Perhaps Bruno’s father is Italiano, and his mother a Latina? Maybe his favorite combinations are pizza and burritos, and he just needed a way to express it! It could be two brothers who keep points based on who enters which brothers’ restaurant! 

I digress. Which was one of the topics of conversation in a features section based photography workshop I attended. Fabrication is a no-no, especially in photojournalism. But you can’t fabricate this! What’s your opinion on this wall decal, Mills?

Also, another anomaly that caught my eye. The bay tends to create buildings in a triangle shape, you know, in preparation for earthquakes. Well, Seattle is ballsy. You may not need to worry about the ground shaking, you rainy city, but that doesn’t mean you gotta show off so much… 

This beast, and a library shaped like an anvil. The buildings look like they’re going to fall over, or take over the world. This city is trying to give me a heart attack. 

This city has grown on me, despite its blistering cold wind-chills, strange artistic concepts of women’s education, and buildings that look like transformers in disguise. I love Seattle, but it can’t replace the Bay or Mills in my mind, that’s for sure. 

Already, I’ve gone to workshops that have helped me rethink the features photo and sharpen my readiness for deadline-based news shots. I hope to hone these new outlooks into higher caliber photos for The Campanil and my own personal photographic storytelling. What an amazing opportunity this all has been! I’ll leave you now with a few more shots I got on my quick excursion through the city. Until next time!

Chantelle Panackia is the staff photographer for The Campanil.

Looking back, looking forward

ACP Seattle can be about experiencing a new city, bonding with fellow
editors outside the newsroom (and how! four in a room — we’re sharing
beds!) and soaking up the latest and most exciting in journalism. But
for me, it’s also about reconnecting with my community college roots
and remembering how this all started.

I’ve been running into Robert Mercer, my first journalism advisor. I
enrolled in his Journalism 101: Reporting & Writing class — count it
— four years ago at Cypress College, a pretty community college in
north Orange County by Knott’s Berry Farm. It was a once-a-week night
class that was basically pass/fail. You write 14 news stories for the
Cypress Chronicle by the end of the semester, you get an A. You don’t,
an F.

I was still having an on-again, off-again relationship with school by
then. I’d developed a really bad habit of dropping and failing
classes, and Journalism 101 (and its 14 news stories) seemed like
another good class to give up on. But I stuck with it. I wrote the 14
stories. At semester’s end, I turned in my final exam and portfolio
and asked Mercer if I could be editor in chief.

“Done,” he said.

But back to that first night of journalism. Mercer is one of those
profs who make you turn to the people next to you and ask for their
phone number. That way you have someone to call when you miss class or

I turned to the student next to me. He turned out to be a great
accountability buddy and best friend. An incredibly supportive
co-editor the following semester and today my boyfriend of three years
going on four.

Here at ACP, I run into Mercer and the old man says, “Arbas!” And:
“You and Derbes still together?”

My domestic life aside — I am proud to represent Mills College here
in Seattle and to show my old mentor that I’ve stuck with journalism
and still report and write the news, drawing from what I was taught in
Journalism 101 four years ago.

Which has me thinking: What will I be doing in four years? Still journalism?

I hope so.

Like I said, for many I’m sure ACP is about exploring the birthplace
of Starbucks and taking tons of notes at workshops on student press
law and multimedia reporting. But for me, this is my last
undergraduate journalism conference. I’ve been to four — Statewide
JACC Downtown LA, SoCal JACC CSU Fullerton, National ACP Hollywood and
now Seattle — and this last conference is really about reflection.

I love writing for the Campanil and curating the News section. It’s
about to end. I graduate in May. Was journalism just this AWESOME
extracurriculur activity, a way to contribute meaningfully to my
campus community? Or is this only the beginning, the stepping stone to
a professional journalism career?


Diana Arbas is the Chief News Editor for The Campanil. You can read her stories here or follow her on Twitter at @dianaarbas.

Rules of the game: Collaboration and communication

We’ve been in Seattle for about 24 hours now. Our very own Eden Sugay has already killed it at her panel on Reporting on Private Campuses. Several of us attended our critique session where we got fabulous feedback on our print edition of The Campanil.

And now I’m preparing for my panel this afternoon: Managing a 4-year non-weekly newspaper. I’m going to give you all a sneak peak of what I plan on talking about, partially so our followers can feel special and partially because I need to write it out and organize my thoughts!

I almost feel as though I’m not an authority on this matter. Sure, I’m Editor in Chief, but I really don’t do much “managing.” The Campanil staff doesn’t need to be managed. We are a collection of intelligent, passionate and creative journalists of all genres. This staff is the most diverse in both attitude and ability that I’ve ever worked with. And so, really, my job is easy.

As I mull over my “management philosophy” I’ve realized that, for me, leading is about collaboration and communication. And I am in no way an expert in either of these areas. But it’s the thought that counts, I suppose.

Journalism is an art, and as such collaboration is fundamental in the production of our paper. Most of our best pieces, photos and designs are products of multiple ideas and points of view. The more diverse and willing to collaborate our staff becomes, the more successful I see our publication being. And so, above all else, my job is to facilitate an environment where my staff feels they can discuss and create together.

In order to make that environment a reality, nothing is more important than communication. Not just my ability to communicate what I want of my staff is important in this case, but also promoting open dialogues among staff members, with writers and with the broader community. Being able to hear what others think allows me to shape how The Campanil operates on multiple levels: our day to day process, our production schedule, our content, our accessibility. All of these things change as I communicate more with my staff and those outside our newsroom.

And so, this is what I plan on saying this afternoon. I don’t presume to be an expert here, and I am certainly not a perfect Editor, but hopefully by outlining what I feel are the most important aspects of a successful management style will help others define what effective management means to them.

Lauren-Marie Sliter is the Editor in Chief of The Campanil. Follow her on twitter @ThinkLauren.

Nothing says Seattle like knowing that Sir Mix-a-Lot is from here

(Gathering in the lobby following our arrival. Photos by Jen Ramos.)

I have been in Seattle for a little less than 24 hours now and it still hasn’t dawned on me that I’m in Seattle. Walking around a little just reminded me a lot of San Francisco (except that Sir Mix-a-Lot is from here, which was a topic of conversation at the airport yesterday). Maybe my mind’s still Bay-centric and I still need to adjust to the Pacific Northwest.

I was afraid that the area would remind me of Twilight a little too much. I’ve never even seen the movies or read the books, but there’s always that consciousness in the media and, hey, RPatz hates it more than I do. Pleasantly, I’ve found that it is NOT like that.

Well, okay, yeah, taking the light rail to Downtown Seattle did have some scenery that was Twilight-esque, but you can’t really blame that on anyone since it was shot in Washington.

A two paragraph kind-of-tangent about Twilight? Maybe I’m a little loopy this morning.


The food here has been good and the company even better. Weather? Cold. Which is fabulous. (Though some may be inclined to disagree.) I did complain about the uphill walk, which I really shouldn’t do since I walk the uphill to Founders at least twice a day. (I’m not even going to talk about the hill that leads to Mary Morse.)

(All fifteen staff members fit themselves into the elevator last night. No, seriously.)

Today, I will embark on a journey that lets me network with fellow college journalists and learn more about the trade I want to make a career of. Or at least, I show up to a couple of panels and ask questions.

Plus, Eden (Health & Sports Editor of The Campanil) and Lauren (Editor-in-Chief of The Campanil) are both speaking on panels, so it should be fun.

After some panels, I’ll be meeting up with a sports blogging friend who writes for the site Snow Woulda Had It!

It’ll be a full day of networking, for sure. But I like talking to fellow writers and it’s great to see different writing styles and practices.

And I got a reporter’s notebook from ACP. Writing down everything I learn today is a definite thing.

But first? I need some green tea.

Jen Ramos is the Asst. Arts & Features Editor and the Online Editor. She also manages The Campanil's blog. Find her on twitter at @jenmacramos.

Sleepless in Seattle

Yeah, that was a cop out of a blog post title, but what do you want from me? It’s 1:30 in the morning and I’m hyped up off of working out for the past hour and a half, typing up this blog post as quietly as I can in the dark - since my roommates are asleep - while simultaneously stuffing my face with gummy worms (which, I know is pretty counter-productive to all that time I just spent at the hotel’s fitness center…).

Today has been pretty overwhelming; in the good way, not in the I-wish-I-could-just-drop-right-this-moment-and-never-move-again kind of way. Despite the fact that no “real” work has been accomplished so far during ACP, I think it’s safe to say that everyone is beyond exhausted. I will never understand why traveling itself takes so much out of someone.

There was a lot of walking today. A. Lot. Which I thought was nice (and I might be the only one… haha), since it really wasn’t as cold as I expected it to be (again, that’s probably just me) and the sun was out! The Renaissance Hotel is pretty shwaanky and a good distance between stores, restaurants, BARS, etc. I’m excited to just walk around and get lost a little… oh, and to do journalistic work. 

Speaking of journalistic work, never in my life have I used a hash tag, let alone Twitter, so frequently in one day. ACP has me tweeting and hash tagging literally everything all day, err day. It’s actually really fun, but I’m not sure how much of the things I post actually pertain to the conference…

I’m actually probably supposed to be sleeping right now, since I’m going to be taking part in a panel discussion at 10:15. Aw, yeee giddit giddddit. Such a busy day ahead for all of us! And it’s just going to keep getting more and more cray (yes, I’m going to use cray here. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.) once it hits midnight tonight and becomes LAUREN’S 21ST BIRTHDAY.

The Campanil works hard to play hard.

And I think I’ve used up enough cliches, movie titles, unnecessary language/made up words for one night.

See you all bright and early tomorrow!

(Oh, and come to my panel.)

(I’m going to look fly as all Hell.)




Eden Sugay is the Health & Sports Editor. You can read her stories for The Campanil here or follow her on twitter at @abcdedennn.

To Seattle we go

Currently, The Campanil staff sit at the gate that’s scheduled to leave for Seattle at 10 a.m. Expensive coffee and food in hand, we’re ready to embark on an adventure to the Associated Collegiate Press conference.

Just short of getting arrested by TSA, everything that can go wrong could go wrong, so only things can go up from here.

We’ve been tweeting from our account, @TheCampanil, and you can follow members of the staff on this list here.

A flight full of caffeinated staff members should be interesting.

Meet the editors: Jen Ramos

Jen Ramos is a first-semester sophomore at Mills, majoring in English with an emphasis on creative writing and minoring in Journalism. On teh interwebz (or the internets), many people also call her Mac. Either name works and she will respond to both.

Currently, she’s the Online Editor and Asst. Arts & Features Editor for The Campanil. She also writes for Aerys Sports, the first all-female sports network on the internet (and she recommends that you check ‘em out if you like sports).

Important information that you must know is that she is obsessed (or addicted — your call) with social media and cats. She also watches a lot of sports, especially baseball. In her brain, she has a wealthy knowledge of useless trivia. Music and pop culture is another interest and would become a music historian focusing on the 1970s New York music scene if it were a lucrative and in-demand job.

To read the articles she’s written, visit her page at The Campanil. You can also follow her on twitter at @jenmacramos.

An introduction

Welcome to The Campanil's new blog home!

Here at our tumblr blog, we will be featuring our best articles of the week, along with providing information on local and on-campus events and the going ons in the Mills community.

Sometime in the near future, we will be putting out a regular call for submissions. We will accept photos, links, video, audio, and more from the Mills community! We want to see your view of the Mills campus.

Every Friday, we will also be blogging our adventures through the weekly production day and give readers a different view into the newsroom. From profiles of editors to photos of our lunch, get an in-depth look at the way our editors work while they’re busy creating the latest issue of The Campanil.

Happy reading!