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Thu
27
Mar
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It’s Springtime: Go Climb a Real Rock

The author bouldering on a sunny day at the scenic Ocean Beach Boulders, just below the Cliff House. (Photo by Heather Dinh/D4

A guide to climbing spots in San Francisco

By T. Booth Haley
Staff Writer

California is home to the most famous rock climbing spot in the world, Yosemite.  Our fair city of San Francisco, however, is not so blessed.  

While Yosemite boasts the 3000-foot tall cliff of El Capitan—the highest cliffs anywhere outside of the Trango Towers in Pakistan and Mt. Thor on Baffin Island—San Francisco can barely claim a 30-foot cliff, the humble Beaver St. Wall on Corona Heights.

 While Yosemite is comprised of magnificent sparkling granite, the rock of San Francisco is a lowly type called chert, crumbly and dirt colored. The one advantage San Francisco climbing has over Yosemite: you don’t need a car and three-day weekend to make it happen.

Thu
13
Mar
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Pharmacy Faculty Defeat Students in Hoops Contest

The School of Pharmacy faculty and student participants of the 2nd Annual American Pharmacy As- sociation-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Student-Faculty Basketball Game. Photo by Nicholas Do/P2

By Niki Arab
Staff Writer

A late surge by the School of Pharmacy faculty team helped them come from behind in the final quarter to beat the pharmacy students, 37-33.

The game, which was held on March 7, marked the second annual American Pharmacy Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Student-Faculty Basketball Game. Last year the students won the game in a buzzer beater.

Four faculty members in the School of Pharmacy came to play and two came to support. Faculty players included Drs. Lisa Kroon, Conan MacDougall, Elaine Law and Philip Chan.  Drs. Marcus Ferrone and Christie Robinson cheered their colleagues on to victory.

The students outnumbered the faculty. Thus, they took advantage of substituting players at the end of each quarter, hoping that fresh legs might give them the edge. The male to female ratio was kept at 3:2 for both teams to keep the game fair.

Thu
23
Jan
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Will Run for Chocolate

By Chris Foo
Staff Writer

On Sunday, January 11, thousands of runners spent a morning feeding their sweet tooth. No, I’m not talking about the latest edible Gatorade product; I’m talking about the Hot Chocolate Run.

Established by RAM Racing in 2008, the annual 5/15K run started out in Chicago and gained enough momentum to become a national event. The run is now held in 13 cities across the United States, including San Francisco.

Runners sweat through a casual 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or a more intense 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), and at the end of the race enjoy a “Finisher’s Mug” filled with chocolate fondue, bananas and, of course, hot cocoa.

But it’s not all just fun and games: The race has a charitable aspect as well. RAM Racing has officially partnered with the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RHMC) to raise money for families with children with serious medical conditions.

Thu
16
Jan
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Fall Rec League Sports Champions Crowned

First-year medical student team, Med '17 or Bust, defeated the School of Dentistry's Flossoraptors to capture the student basketball league crown. Photo courtesy of Fitness & Recreation Centers @ UCSF

By Dennis Zheng
Staff Writer

For the members of UCSF’s recreational sports leagues, the year 2014 presents new opportunities. Champions will either be toppled or continue their reign. Although the winter quarter leagues began last week, there’s still time to recognize the five winning teams of the fall at the Parnassus campus.

The student basketball league crown was captured by the first-year medical student squad, Med ’17 or Bust. Comprised of medical students Norver Trinidad, Jackie DesJardin, Jameze James, Stephen Brown, Ranvir Dhillon, John Bonano, Ruiji Jiang, Frank Lu, Dennis Zheng and physical therapy student Dorian Danic, the team won four of its seven regular-season games to enter the one-day playoffs as the second seed.

In the post-season semifinals, Med ’17 or Bust defeated its elders, the second-year medical team, We Get Buckets, before squeaking by the previously undefeated Flossoraptors of the dental school for the title.

Thu
05
Dec
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Elite Runner Juggles Medical School and Cross-Country Training

(Left to right) Meghan Morris (postdoc), Erin Bank (RDO Specialist), Angela Broad (MS1) and Michelle Meyer (MS3) at the Pacific Association Cross Coun- try Championships in Golden Gate Park last month. Photo by Emily Ferenczi /Impalas

By Angela Broad
Staff Writer

Waking up at 4 a.m. to squeeze in a 10-mile run before a long day on her surgery rotation at Oakland’s Highland Hospital, Michelle Meyer, MS3, is nothing if not dedicated.

By logging hundreds of training miles each month, she has found success running races around the Bay Area and beyond. Meyer represented her all-women’s running club, the Impala Racing Team, at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012, where she finished 84th. She has also won multiple local marathons.

So, how does Meyer stay so motivated?

“I have awesome teammates,” she said. “I have a love for exploration and adventure, absolutely stunning views and intense races.”

Meyer is an exceptional example of someone who combines a passion for a career in the health sciences with a passion for running at a high level. However, she is not alone.

Thu
10
Oct
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Fantasy Football Injury Report: Danny Amendola’s Return

Danny Amendola

By Ilka Felsen and Dennis Zheng
Staff Writers

Last Sunday’s Week 5 matchup with the Bengals brought plenty of bad news for the New England Patriots, who suffered their first loss of the season. But quarterback Tom Brady (along with fantasy football players everywhere) had at least one reason to rejoice: Wide receiver Danny Amendola has returned to the field.

After missing three games due to injury, Amendola had a team-high four catches for 55 yards in the Patriots’ 13-6 defeat at Cincinnati. The 5-foot, 11-inch dynamo led New England with nine targets, while seeing only 38 of 63 snaps.

The oft-injured Amendola had been sidelined for the past three weeks with a torn groin muscle: the adductor longus, which attaches from the back of the femur to the pubic ramus and pubic symphysis.

Thu
05
Sep
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Play Ball: UCSF Team Pathology Take the Field

Standing (top row):  Yuri Murphy, Scott Allen, Gretchen Werner, Joshua Menke, Robert Grefka, Sean Warren, Lucky Caballero, Dien Nguyen, Rosendo Medina. Kneeling (bottom row): Gillian Genrich, Sherry Kamiya, Dianna Ng, Gabi Rizzuto, Ashley Puskar, Maritess Navarro, Reina Shiozuki, Dacia Miyake, Whitney Purtha. Photo by Daren Le

By Daren Le
Contributing Writer

In addition to providing high-quality patient care, performing cutting-edge research and educating students and residents in anatomic pathology, athletic members of the UCSF Pathology Department recently teamed up to field the department’s first-ever competitive softball team in the San Francisco Municipal Softball League.

Spearheaded by histotechnologist Yuri Murphy and physician assistant Rosendo Medina, the active roster includes physician assistants, residents, pathology technicians and attending pathologists. The team has already rallied the energy and support of the entire department. 



Spring training began at the beginning of May, with weekly practices at the nearby Golden Gate Park on Wednesday evenings. A few campus-wide bake sales helped with the purchase of equipment and jerseys. Attractive UCSF Pathology softball T-shirts are still on sale.


Wed
30
Jan
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Battle of the Pacific: Warriors Keep Rolling, Lakers Struggle

By Steven He
Staff Writer

No one would have believed me if I had said before the season that the Golden State Warriors would have a better record than the Los Angeles Lakers going into the All-Star break. Yet, the reality as of the day the NBA announced the reserves for the All-Star team is that the Warriors are in fifth place in the increasingly competitive Western Conference, while the Lakers are not even bound for the playoffs.

While it’s no surprise that the Warriors are thriving with their new and improved up-tempo offense, it is mind-boggling how the Lakers, with a perennial All-Star team, could play so poorly. The difference in performance between these two teams make their Pacific rivalry lopsided and laughable, recalling memories of the struggling Warriors team that used to fall season after season to the 16-time champion Lakers.  

Thu
24
Jan
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49ers are NFC Champs!

Team to face Baltimore Ravens in "Har-bowl"
By Hujatullah Bayat
Sports Editor
Sunday’s game against the Falcons started exactly as every 49ers fan feared it would, with Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan slinging the ball effortlessly, and his two receivers plucking the ball out of thin air. Any happiness that fans felt about their team being in the NFC Championship game quickly faded with every completion Ryan threw.
Before the first quarter had even ended, Falcons receiver Julio Jones was posting career numbers in every receiving category. The score read 17-0, and the Niners had a total of -2 yards in offense. Then, all of a sudden, the Niners started to play. They somehow stopped the bleeding and returned to the devastating running game that has carried them all season.

Wed
16
Jan
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Kaepernick Dazzles in 45-31 Win Over Green Bay

Photo courtesy of blueberry files

By Hujatullah Bayat
Sports Editor

When Colin Kaepernick’s opening drive pass was intercepted by Sam Shields and returned for a touchdown, the stadium was silenced. So early into the game, and everyone watching felt every bit of excitement disappear. We had seen this so many times before playing Green Bay, but for many years, it was Brett Favre who tortured us in the playoffs.

Critics and analysts could have said “I told you so” right there, but the game didn’t really go in that direction. In fact, in the 60 minutes of playing time, the 49ers maintained possession of the ball for 38 minutes. The 49ers produced 579 yards of total offense.

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