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TrumP eleCTion igniTes Trauma By ande ricHards
state Judge Vaino spencer, lacc alumni dies at 96 Vaino Spencer was the first African-American woman to be appointed to a judgeship in California. With 46 years on the bench, she was one of California’s longest-serving jurists. Spencer passed away last month of natural causes in her L.A. home. Spencer received an associate’s degree at Los Angeles City College and earned a law degree from Southwestern Law School in 1952. She was a devoted advocate of gender and racial equality. She co-founded the Black Women Lawyers Association in 1975, and the National Association of Women Judges in 1979.
‘Giant,’ don marshall, lacc alumnus dies at 80 Don Marshall, one of the first African-Americans to star in a U.S. television series – “Land of the Giants” – died on Oct. 30, 2016 at 80 years old. Marshall’s career started thanks in part to a friend who encouraged him to try acting. Bolstered, Marshall then enrolled in a course in theatre arts at L.A. City College. He starred in numerous films from 1962-1975 and television shows from 1963-2011. After retiring from acting, Marshall set up his own company called DJM Productions, Inc., in which he produced television commercials and documentary films. He is best remembered for his roles in “Land of the Giants,” and “Star Trek.”
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You’re ﬁred: Protesters burn an effigy of the President-elect after his electoral win on Nov. 8 2016. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and state of California by a 60 percent margin. See page 8 for images from the election night protest.
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Broken trophies, a flipped table, cryptic messages and torn pages from several books littered Script Conference Room 184 in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) Building on Oct. 27, 2016. Communication studies professor Mike Kalustian says a computer, scanner, ice chest and trophies that belonged to the previous debate team were stolen. Scrapbooks that contained content from Phi Rho Pi - Phi Ro Pi is the name of the National Forensic Association for Two Year Colleges - were missing along with the Phi Rho Pi paddle, which was awarded to the current Forensics Speech and Debate Team. The Forensics Speech and Debate Team have participated in statewide and national events and have won many awards. The vandals scrawled words in pink chalk on a board: “We Are Everywhere! “Afri-canadi-american-black-feet-Indian-Warrior.” A frame that once showcased an award certificate was defaced with the words: “SORRY OUR DEBATE CASTLE WAS OVERTHROWN.” Just below the frame, a broken castle sculpture was strategically placed in a glass cup. Written in red was another note that read, “Sarah, my D&$k.” Communications instructor and Spectrum Alliance adviser Sarah
let your Voice be heard Faculty and students from the visual & media arts department will host “Now it the Time,” an art exhibit and panel discussion in the halls of the Chemistry Building on Dec. 8, 2016. Students are invited to bring artwork to take part in the exhibit, which will run through 4 – 7 p.m. The panel discussion will start at 4 p.m. in Chemistry Building, Room 3 and will focus on the results of the 2016 presidential election and the current political climate.
teams fundraise for students LACC Speech & Debate presents a fundraising showcase event. Live storytelling and speeches. Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at Clausen Hall. Tickets are $3.
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President-elect Donald J. Trump spent months on the campaign trail telling the nation that his main priority is illegal immigration. He made a target of ‘Mexicans’ and in the process he left many people shocked and fearful. Protests erupted on the streets of Los Angeles. Undocumented High School and College students concerned about their futures made up a large portion of the crowds that staged marches. Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez of the Los Angeles Community College District and the nine presidents in the district issued a joint statement to help ease tension. “LACCD is also deeply committed to protecting the rights of our undocumented students attending our institutions and receiving state aid under the provisions of AB 540, enacted in 2001, and the California Dream Act, signed into law in 2011,” they said. “These laws allow undocumented students to be exempt from nonresident tuition, and receive private scholarships and state financial aid, including community college fee waivers (BOGW), and Cal Grants.” LACC President Renee Martinez acknowledged the many students that have expressed concerns regarding the policies supporting their education. “We want you to know that Los Angeles City College is the ‘City’s College,’ which means we are here to support each and every one of you,” Martinez said. She also said that admission policies are unlikely to change now that Trump is the president. “Not in the immediate future,” Martinez said. “Our college admissions policies are maintained by the Los Angeles Community College District with oversight by the State Chancellor’s Office.” Financial aid benefits are another concern for undocumented students who rely on federal aid to assist educational costs. “With regard to federal financial aid, any change in the current Federal Title IV policies are made through congressional reauthorization of the Higher Education Act,” Martinez said. “Before any Title IV
policy changes are adopted, it has to go through an intensive negotiated rule-making process with input from colleges and universities.” Student anxiety about admissions and financial aid did not go unnoticed by the administration. “Counselors are out on the Quad to work with students,” Martinez said. “Students can contact Joe Exnowski for assistance at extension 2274.” Beyond their education, students worry about their residency and that of their friends and family. California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom met with the University of California and California State University Representatives at the UC Board of Regents on Nov. 18 about Trump’s intention to deport three million U.S. residents. Newsom and the students will share the result of their discussions. They will offer an outline of proposals for the UC, CSU, and Community Colleges to consider and protect California students from the President-elect’s proposed Deportation Force. Law enforcement officials in the city are also letting the community know where they stand when it comes to partnering with other agencies and enforcing deportation orders. According to the L.A. Times, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said that he has no plans to change the LAPD’s stance on immigration enforcement. “I don’t intend on doing anything different,” he said. “We are not going to engage in law enforcement activities solely based on somebody’s immigration status. We are not going to work in conjunction with Homeland Security on deportation efforts. That is not our job, nor will I make it our job.” The New York Times reports that Archbishop José H. Gomez organized an interfaith prayer service at the Roman Catholic cathedral in Los Angeles. He vowed not to abandon immigrant children and their parents who are living in fear. “This should not be happening in America,” said Archbishop Gomez, who is himself an immigrant from Mexico.” “We are not this kind of people. We are better than this.”
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Violinist Mitch Forte rehearses Dvořák’s Opus No. 77 in a second-floor rehearsal room in the Clausen Hall Building on Wednesday Nov. 16, 2016. Students who enroll in the Applied Music Program next fall can be among the first to take advantage of Herb Alpert’s latest donation of $1.5 million to L.A. City College’s Music Department.
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A chalkboard in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Building, Room 184 reveals a troubling message on Oct. 27, 2016. Crachiola said this felt like it was a personal attack. “I don’t know if I should feel unsafe at work, but this does make me feel unsafe,” Crachiola said. “I specifically coach debate and so the fact that my name is there with a message to the debate team makes it seem like someone is targeting me. People think I shouldn’t be concerned, it could be random, but it does make me very uncomfortable.” The Forensics Team exists as a
co-curricular activity dedicated to fostering students’ academic and personal growth, enabling them to think critically, communicate effectively and engage the world socially. Library sciences major and former debate team member Lucy Gutierrez agrees the attack might have been a personal one. SEE THEFT PAGE 4
By cLinton cameron Music students’ eyes remain fixed on music theory books and earplugs stay buried in their ears during a lunch break in Clausen Hall’s first-floor corridor. Some wait for their turn to practice in one of the reserved rooms, while others take a break to eat between classes. Music students outside the line of sight can be heard preparing for their next performances. Sound from the lowest wind instruments to the highest string instruments fill the air of the hallways. A trio of violinists rehearses as a sec-
tional in a second-floor rehearsal room, their elegant rhythmic melodies reminiscent of a horse’s trot. A glance over lead player Mitch Forte’s shoulder reveals sheet music; Dvořák’s Opus No. 77. Alpert’s highly publicized gift expands on his foundation’s ongoing acts of philanthropy to City College. Money for students enrolled in the Applied Music Program was available long before August. Qualified students were eligible for up to $6,000 for lessons, master classes and other supplies from the Herb SEE ALPERT PAGE 4
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Los Angeles Collegian — Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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onald J. Trump is the president-elect. For many in California, that event has stirred alternating feelings of anger, rage and fear. When the marching stops, we must use our political muscle at the local, city and state levels to insure that our rights and entitlements will not be chipped away. Trump insulted people with disabilities and banished the media from events. He threatened immigrants and Muslims and verbally harassed women with sexist remarks during his campaign. Later, we found out that he physically harassed women. He was overheard on videotape talking about the privilege of his fame: “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.” Angelenos took to the streets in protest the day after the election. They peacefully marched through the city and gathered at various locations like City Hall and the CNN headquarters in Hollywood. Some protesters blocked freeways. This was illegal, but showed the frustration of those vulnerable to Trump’s threats to deport undocumented people. It is ironic that they chose a thoroughfare that symbolizes freedom. People carried a variety of signs. One of the most common was “Trump is not my president.” Protesters chanted, sang, danced and burned Trump in effigy. They brandished his symbolic head on a stick reminiscent of the days when the practice with real heads was used after an execution to make a public example of law-breakers. This type of response to a newly-elected president is completely unprecedented. The protests provide a platform for people to work through their anger.
However, no amount of fire is going to cleanse us of Trump and his promises to deport the undocumented, revoke Obamacare and appoint judges who will repeal Roe v. Wade. Trump has said global warming is not real. In one of his many tweets he says, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” If we take him at his word, and why shouldn’t we? Trump will govern with a disregard for the environment and for a significant part of the population. We must be vigilant against complacency. We must back up our words with constructive action. Mainstream media totally ignored the real public response to Trump and is now promoting messages of unity. Narratives put forth by the press cannot dupe us into a false sense of security. We must create our own narratives. Engage social media to communicate with our representatives. Double down by writing letters and make sure we are informed every step of the way. Followers of Trump will do his bidding. They will whole-heartedly endorse his plans to “make America great again” no matter the consequences. He has appointed Stephen K. Bannon of Breitbart News Network as chief strategist to his team. According to the New York Times, critics have denounced Breitbart in its current incarnation as a hate site steeped in misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, white nationalism and antisemitism. Then there are the others who know he is wrong, but will say and do nothing to stop the race-baiting and proposed deportations. We cannot be silent.
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Make a Statement with Your Vote By ricHard tzuL Millions of Americans were immensely displeased with the two presidential candidates. I was one of them. Hillary Rodham Clinton has been flip flopping her way to power, saying whatever it takes to get elected. She’s conformed to Wall Street and big money while shamelessly pandering towards minorities and young people. Her offenses can fill up this whole paper (even without the far right conspiracy theories). Donald J. Trump is inexperienced, has an inappropriate demeanor and frequently made bigoted comments and proposals. The reasons why Trump
shouldn’t be president can fill up two of these papers but that didn’t stop him unfortunately. I’d frequently hear about not “wasting” a vote. Choosing third party or a write-in candidate was considered a “waste”. Isn’t the real waste picking someone that doesn’t stand for what you believe in? Why should I have to pick the lesser evil? A vote isn’t just a decision. It’s a statement. Why not express your dissatisfaction with these two degenerates and pick an alternative? In October, write-in candidate Jerry White of the Socialist Equality Party visited our campus to share his ideology and comment on the election. In addition to politics, White is editor of the World Socialist Web Site. He has written extensively about the U.S. auto industry and in 1990 published “Death on the Picket Line: The Story of John McCoy,” a book about U.S. coal miners. I interviewed him and his followers. I’m not a socialist but I related to their disappointment
in the establishment, mainstream media and Clinton and Trump. I didn’t vote for White, but I was genuinely happy to see that there were other options for the American people. Many Americans probably can’t name a qualified write-in candidate. At his rally, White pointed out that CNN wouldn’t cover him because he’s unknown to the general public. He asked, “Could their lack of coverage of me be the reason why Americans don’t know me?” Mainstream media snubbed Bernie Sanders largely until he started winning states in the primaries. Even then he was not taken as seriously as Clinton. I remember one incident where CNN filmed Trump’s empty podium live while Sanders was actually speaking at that moment. Why don’t major news outlets provide more coverage to grassroots candidates? We are a country of over 320 million people. Do our values really boil down to just two people?
ProTesTers here, going noWhere By naomi JoHnson I am all for calling attention to issues of oppressed citizens in America, but the marching in traffic and shutting down f r e e w ay s has to stop. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught us how to march peacefully in an effort to show what many Americans are subjected to in the face of adversity. However, I feel that was the stepping stone. We, as a young, vibrant
and a more aware generation need to build on it. We can’t become stagnant in the marching era, that just isn’t enough with the issues at hand today. I definitely do not encourage stampeding onto freeways. The use of social media sites are far more powerful than disrupting traffic flow. You could possibly end up under the tire of a person who has had enough, or doesn’t care to understand your pain. Instead of marching, people should organize teams of activists in their communities that can attend classes to learn more about the laws that leave them in a tyrannized state. Yes, this information can be
learned in a library and even online, but everyone knows that a person with a degree can get further than someone marching on a freeway. There is an unimaginable amount of hope in what a group of educated activists can do in terms of actually learning ways to undo the laws that are designed to keep them down. Our country is more divided in the wake of Trump being elected and is in need of serious change. There has been a spike in racial and social tension that requires so much more than acknowledgment through marching. A stand for the people needs to be made in an indisputable fashion that demands respect and compliance to our laws.
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So Weed is Legal Now, Yay? By george summers It’s been a rough election cycle. For me and many of my fellow liberals, what occurred on Nov. 8 felt not only disastrous, but also apocalyptic. Both chambers of Congress under solid Republican control, and a resident-elect previously barred from tweeting by his own campaign is about to be given access to the nuclear codes. For many Californians, one of the few silver linings was marijuana’s legalization for recreational purposes. Um ... Yay? Don’t get me wrong, it was far past time for marijuana’s legalization, and hopefully now that it is done my roommate won’t keep perpetually hyping the benefits of a good jay (I’M PERFECTLY GOOD, HIRAM.)
While an argument could be made that legalization is clear proof of societal progress, the underlying reasons why this progress was made are problematic. For many middle/upper-middle class whites, marijuana’s criminalization did not have the dire consequences that it had for blacks or Hispanics, who have been incarcerated at far higher rates for marijuana use. This is most likely because the former group was seen as law-abiding youth who merely had a slip-up, whereas for the latter groups the act was a signifier of their inherent decadence. The role that race plays in the stigma associated with marijuana cannot be overlooked. During the drug’s criminalization period, the public image of what a dealer looked like was either black or Hispanic and most likely lower-class. With the development of medical marijuana dispensaries, a new image of the weed dealer arose: white, middle-class and sophisticated. As such, the profession of “dealer” is granted a sense of respectability that it did not have before, and so legalization, it might be ar-
gued, is not so much done to right wrongs visited upon nonwhites who consumed or sold the plant, so much as to de-stigmatize something that whites are able to both consume and profit from. If all these clean-cut, good, decent citizens are now doing it, surely it can’t be that bad! It’s progress in the way that Rockand-Roll went from being “race music” to the genre of Ted Nugent. The lucrative value of marijuana raises more concerns about its legalization. Those communities that traditionally benefited from a trade deemed illegitimate and risked incarceration to do so, will they still be able to profit as before? Or will whites, seeing that the risks have been removed, stand to claim the marijuana industry for themselves and the revenue that it entails? With all that said, I don’t want to go back to criminalization. I don’t want people imprisoned merely for inhaling a plant. I want to be overjoyed by the news of legalization but can I, when much of it is due to what might be described as the gentrification of the hustle?
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election results rocked the los anGeles community and spurred an anGry reaction amonG some residents. is there a riGht or wronG way to protest?
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“Don’t break people’s windows. Don’t graffiti police cars. Please register to vote. More than 60 percent of the people arrested at recent anti-Trump demonstrations in Portland didn’t vote.”
“The point of a protest is to increase the scope of conflict. You’re trying to bring more people who are not affected into the situation. Otherwise they would never know about the problem – it has to be spectacular.”
“Blocking the freeway is not a good way to protest, because you are hindering other people’s lives and productivity and that renders their cause moot. They are not letting the people work.”
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Los Angeles Collegian — Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Theft From Page 1
Campus Theft Raises Questions “It’s clearly some sort of hate message,” Gutierrez said. “Why else would someone put this level of effort and violence in something that doesn’t even concern them, or affects them in any way.” President of the Forensics Speech and Debate Team Eva Reyes is also a student worker in the communications department who frequently uses Room 184 to study, hold debate team meetings and eat. “What happened left us feeling really vulnerable,” Reyes said. “We work so hard to create a safe space for students to stand up and speak
“We work so hard to create a safe space for students to stand up and speak up and advocate for themselves, and yet we were just violated.”
- Eva Reyes Forensics Speech and Debate Team President
up and advocate for themselves, and yet we were just violated.” On the morning of Oct. 28, Reyes spoke with students at the bi-weekly Club Council meeting about the vandalism in Room 184. The room is used as an archive,
conference room and common room for the Forensics Speech and Debate Team. “I don’t know if there’s enough evidence to interpret this as a personal attack,” said professor M. Hsieh, chair of communications
studies. “It could have been worse.” Theft is not an uncommon occurrence at LACC. In the fall of 2015, more than 15 iMac computers were stolen from the journalism department, which is just a short walk from the HFPA Building. Photo by Curtis Sabir/Collegian
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Alpert Scholars Grateful for Grant Alpert Foundation distributed in increments of $1,000 per semester. Cellist Jonathan Reyes received the scholarship in 2014. He used some of his scholarship money to purchase a new instrument and supplies like sheet music. “[The scholarship] helped me acquire an instrument, which is a necessity if you’re a music major,” Reyes said. Cellist Mi Ran Choi has taken advantage of Herb Alpert scholarship money available before the large donation given to City College in August. She belongs to an exclusive group of well-prepared music students who audition to receive up to $1,500 per semester from the foundation. “After I finished high school I didn’t have that much confidence I would continue music,” Choi said. “I was seriously considering majoring in chemistry or some secondary things. But, [now] I can’t imagine doing anything else other than music.” Tuba player, Keseam Belt, bassist Moses Aubrey and cellist Andrew Loveland also belong to the scholarly group of 19-year-old Angelenos. Aubrey auditioned for the scholarship during the 2015 spring semester. After another successful audition, he continues to receive $1,500 for the semester. He accepts the scholarship for the third time in two years. Aubrey grew up in the neighborhood surrounding USC, but
attended Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California. He developed an interest in music while in high school when he joined Gustavo Dudamel’s Youth Orchestra L.A. (YOLA). “Basically, the program provided free instruments for everyone, and free music lessons twice a week,” Aubrey said. “They also had ensemble classes and orchestra rehearsals and other things like that also twice a week.” Aubrey identifies as a black male. Music appears to define his character more than the variety of characterizations associated with young black males from South Los Angeles. His focus on education and music tell a story that expands beyond the limitations of stereotypes. “There’s lots of stigmas attached to being black and male and from South L.A.,” Aubrey said. “I guess I do feel the need and the desire to achieve more just because like when I look around the community – not to say that people don’t achieve a lot, but it’s just I just feel like I can do more and that’s why I decided to come to college.” For Aubrey, interest in music was an acquired taste. Dedication and practice acted as part of the development process. As his musicianship improved, so did his commitment to music. “I wasn’t the most interested in music when I first started because I didn’t know lots about music then,” Aubrey said. “Now that I know more, it’s sparked interest
in music and everything.” Belt’s academic interest leaned in the direction of computer sciences. He recalls changing his mind in high school one day when his band instructor told him about the Herb Alpert scholarship. “I might as well do something that I’m good at already,” said Belt remembering what he thought when first hearing about the scholarship. “So, I came here to do my audition and as soon as I made it as one of the Herb Alpert [scholars], I felt like gates opened for me.” His peers share a fondness for Bach’s compositions with him. They used the compositions as a staple for their auditions. Loveland and Choi consider Bach important enough for musicians to include in their repertoire. “[Bach’s] not too hard, but not too easy. You know it’s just kinda in the middle,” Loveland said. “It’s a good choice. It’s some of the only repertoire that we have.” Choi, auditioned on violin when she did not have access to a cello, her instrument of choice. She has since received a cello with the help of her scholarship. Performing Bach helped her to temporarily adapt to the violin during her audition. “There’s no possible way [or] chance of hiding behind anyone you’re working with like a piano accompanist,” Choi said. “You’re exposed, and it’s a better [representation] of your skill level I suppose.” Life beyond auditions for the Herb Alpert scholarship recipi-
ents begins with college applications. Loveland has already been accepted to CSUN, but decided to attend LACC and wait for other opportunities. He says he would eventually like a degree in neuroscience. Aubrey shows interest in UCLA, UC Berkley, Cal State Long Beach, USC and Northwestern and wants a double major in geology. Choi wants to pursue music with a minor in Russian studies. Belt remains on the fence about schools that focus on music as their main discipline. With such a wide variety of interests, it’s no wonder that schools dedicated exclusively to music have warranted little interest for the scholars. “Going to [sic] a conservatory is great, but at the same time you get locked into doing just music and you can’t do anything else,” Loveland said. All four of the scholars agree when it comes to how much the Herb Alpert scholarship has helped this stage of their education. For them, networking has been just as important as academics. The scholarship has helped ease some of the financial burden and allowed them to connect with one another. “It’s more than just a grant,” said Loveland. “You really get adopted into this whole community of musicians who are just as passionate as you are, who love music just as much as you do.”
Student Government Officers Face Turmoil By LaVielle Hibbert Five members of the Associated Student Government (ASG) say a hostile work environment caused by the group’s president prompted them to resign their positions during the early weeks of the fall semester. Nidia Alvarez, Tiffany Youngren, Doug Steen, Ritchie Delano and Jonathan Elias all stepped down. ASG members were reluctant to talk on the record about their experience. “A lot of people including myself left ASG because the president is hard to work with and she can be very overbearing,” said an ASG member who did not wish to be identified. “Other senators tried to quit, but never went through with it.” ASG President Mandie Dixon says that everyone is dragging her down because she is the only one who takes the ASG seriously. “I became president for the students and not as a popularity contest,” Dixon said. “I’ve never threatened anybody, nor have I made anybody cry. I have personal problems like everybody else, but I still come here to do my job.” Former Vice President of Clubs Tiffany Youngren says she quit the ASG after serving two weeks. She says Dixon levied a charge of impeachment against her, but it was later withdrawn. “I refused to resign so Mandie tried to impeach me,” Youngren said. “The impeachment was denied because she brought up a lot of false accusations about me. I later stepped down because as much as I thought I could do in my
position, I was hurting the other members that were there because she would not talk nor help them if they helped me.” Some ASG members say that Dixon does not follow the rules and guidelines of ASG. “Mandie has broken numerous senate bylaws,” Youngren said. She counted one parliamentarian present at a meeting. He never showed up, which makes it an illegal form of the Brown Act.” Dixon says she is under attack and frustrated because all she wants to do is give back to a L.A. City College, a school she says has helped her find her way. “These people are the ones that are not doing their job,” Dixon said. “Pedro Chinchilla has not been doing anything pertaining to ASG since the semester has started. The real reason why people have problems with me is because I follow the rules.” The Collegian talked to with Pedro Chinchilla about this accusation. He says he has worked consistently on marketing fliers for the ASG. “I do my job,”Chinchilla said. “I stay up late nights and lose work hours just to get all the editing of the fliers done for ASG. Each flier is very strategically done and the majority of them are done by hand.” Chinchilla showed the Collegian his work. He has designed the ASG sign-up flier, a fashion show flier for the Spectrum Alliance, a welcome week “Pokemon Go” flier, a Club Rush flier, Halloween dance and Thanksgiving dinner fliers. Newly elected Senator of Activities and Planning Eduardo Galindo says he has not had negative
experiences with Dixon or any other ASG members. “I have known Mandie since last semester when she came to the Psychology Club and we have been cool,” Galindo said. “I only have been working as an ASG Senator for only two weeks but I haven’t had any differences with anybody including Mandie. There hasn’t been any discrepancies or ill-mannered behaviors but like I said I am new and everything has been going smooth so far for me.” ASG members who oppose Dixon have also brought up budgetary concerns. “Each club gets $250 per semester and there has not been anything on campus for the club or students,” Youngren said. “Mandie approved to have all the board members to go to a convention that only one representative was supposed to go to. They spent $9,000 for plane tickets, rooms, convention tickets and food. Everything was kept silent and never brought up.” ASG Adviser and Associate Dean of Student Life, Alen Andriassian cleared up the convention and ASG attendance costs. The Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) conference requires mandatory participation. Students are encouraged to attend, but only one person can speak for the group. The team generally consists of seven students and one adviser. “Attendance at the conference is a cost-effective use of funds,” Andriassian said. “At the conference they discuss policies and learn how to implement changes for their college.”
Complaints have been made that not enough events have taken place on campus this semester. Former ASG members say the president is not allowing the board to hold events for the students. They say Dixon restricts the budget to $250 and will not “go all out for the sake of the students.” Dixon says she feels that she has helped the student body so much and the budget remains the same no matter what she does for the students. Club Rush, Thanksgiving dinner, winter formal and scholarship workshops are just a few of the events that have been funded by the ASG, according to Dixon. “I haven’t manipulated any funds nor have I restricted events for students,” Dixon said. “I have bought a lot of free stuff for them and had it all given away. I invest in the student population and not myself because it is a conflict of interest.” Andriassian says that when large numbers of people come together like they do in the ASG there is bound to be conflict. This isn’t the first time he’s dealt with division and he says it probably won’t be the last. “I haven’t manipulated any funds nor have I restricted events for students,” Dixon said. “I have bought a lot of free stuff for them and had it all given away. I invest in the student population and not myself because it is a conflict of interest.” Andriassian says that when large numbers of people come together like they do in the ASG there is bound to be conflict. This isn’t the first time he’s dealt with division and he says it probably won’t be the last.
Dog feces lines the sidewalk on Willow Brook Avenue on the north side of the City campus. Residents and students must tread carefully when they walk from their cars and on the sidewalk.
A Walk on Willow Brook is a Messy Adventure By Franco Aguirre and Elisa Hernandez Pedestrians near Los Angeles City College are coming face to face with dog poop and an unpleasant path created by people who will not clean up after their pets. Dog feces litters the street adjacent to the Chemistry and Life Science Buildings near the intersection of Willow Brook Avenue and Heliotrope Drive. Community members say they are frustrated with the area, which attracts flies and other insects. The unpleasant smell rises on hot days, and pedestrians gag as they walk past. Students and residents who park on Willow Brook step lightly through the smelly obstacle course to get from their cars to the sidewalk. “The city should pay people to clean the streets,” said L.A. City College student Austin Scott. “They are not doing enough.” Another student told the Collegian that the city and local community should cooperate to solve the problem, while others place the blame squarely on a few residents. “Terrible,” said East Hollywood resident Kimberly Owens. “They need to clean more. People living around the neighborhood take dogs out and don’t clean up after them.” Students are becoming accustomed to the filth and stench caused by the dog feces. Neither residents, nor students could recall the last time the street was cleaned. The public information officer from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department at LACC, Josef Nikoloff Sr. offered a solution. “The Los Angeles City Department of Sanitation is responsible
for maintaining around Los Angeles City College [and keeping it] clean and free of dog feces,” he said. “Students can file a complaint with Vice President, Dr. John al-Amin at LACC Administrative Services, and once the complaint is filed, he will contact and work with the L.A. City Department of Sanitation to solve the problem.” A representative at the L.A. Department of Sanitation refuted the idea that the city should patrol the leavings of neighborhood pups. Mr. Tran at the Department of Sanitation placed the blame on owners who do not scoop. “Unfortunately the city cannot be held accountable for feces left behind by the dog owners,” Tran said. This leaves students and others to hold their nose and watch their step as they navigate the oneblock stretch. Many residents do clean up after their pets, like Amy Hinkle who had some advice for other pet owners. “Most dog shelters, animal control and rescue centers receive donations from the general public and give to pet owners [like] pick up waste bags, globes and poop scoops,” Hinkle said. “You can also get dog food, shampoo, beds, blankets, leashes for your dog there. There is no reason for not cleaning up after your pet.” One resident says trashcans posted on city streets could help alleviate the dog waste. City student Wajacht Khan is a problem solver ready to pitch in with the community. “I believe we should have a community cleanup for the poo,” Khan said. “I would even volunteer.” Ida Bengstberg, Adel and Michelle Khaiphanhliem contributed to this story.
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Ming Soo Choi rose above the competition and was awarded first place for his beat-boxing performance at the Veterans Day Talent Show on Nov. 10, 2016.
Veterans Showcase Talent By Rebecca Klinesmith The Veterans’ Resource Center at L.A. City College celebrated Veterans Day by hosting a talent show, “Veteran’s Got Talent.” Students attended the event in the Quad the day before Veterans Day on Nov 10. LACC and the Los Angeles City College Foundation co-sponsored the event. Veterans had the opportunity to get on stage in front of a crowd to perform skits for their chance to win a first place trophy and prizes. The event was free and Kogi
food truck provided free tacos and drinks to students. Real Radio 92.3 provided the music for the event. First place winner Ming Soo Choi performed a beat-boxing skit, and took home a trophy after winning the judges over. He improvised when he forgot the original skit he planned to perform. He has been beat boxing since middle school. Choi served in the Army stateside in 2011. Congressman Adam Schiff, from the 28th District was a special guest who also attended the talent showcase.
Los Angeles Collegian — Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Supermoon Makes a Comeback By Rebecca Klinesmith
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ASG Senator of Public Relations Christopher Martinez participates in a meeting in the Student Union Building on Nov. 17, 2016. Martinez’s responsibilities include promoting and representing LACC off-campus.
Christopher Martinez Goes Public for ASG By Richard Tzul The November election has just passed, but the positions of our own Associated Student Government have been filled for months. Every issue of the Collegian will spotlight an ASG senator or officer so you become familiar with the people who represent you. In this issue we profile Senator of Public Relations Christopher Martinez. Collegian: What do you do in your position? Martinez: Basically, the senator of public relations is the person that goes out to promote and represent the campus. So, one of my
main priorities is to attend Region 7 meetings, which is where all the representatives of the other eight community colleges and the art district meet. Collegian: What have you accomplished so far? Martinez: We did a town hall a few days ago. It went well. I have also represented and talked to many students and I have done many classroom visits. So I guess yes, I have done my fair share, but of course there’s still much more to do; that’s why we still have this semester and next to continue improving my position and what I’m doing here at LACC.
Collegian: What made you take this position in the first place? Martinez: The reason why I took it is because I like to talk to students and I also like to deal with what goes on outside our college campus. I like to see the broad function of government in our society not just here in our inner circle at school. Collegian: Does this position tie into your major? Martinez: Yes, my major is political science, so it’s related to what I do. I want to go into government official work like a city council representative, so it’s a really good starting point for me.
Members of the Astronomy Club hosted a viewing party on Nov. 14 to watch the supermoon on the viewing deck of the SciTech Building. Approximately 400 people attended. In the past month, there have been two consecutive supermoons. Monday night’s was the largest and brightest in almost 70 years. The moon appeared at a distance of 221,524 miles away and was at its closest point to the Earth in its orbit. There is another supermoon appearing next month on Dec. 14, but it won’t be as exciting as the one on Nov. 14. According to Scienceblogs.com, supermoons always come in a row of three, but appear on a cycle that’s 411 days long. The moon takes a little over 27 days to orbit 360 degrees around Earth, a little over 29 days to go from new moon to new moon again. It also takes a total of 14 lunar cycles, or 411 days, to go from a full perigee moon to a full perigee moon again due to the motion of its elliptical orbit around the sun. Dean Arvidson is an astronomy professor at L.A. City College, he says this supermoon was the largest of the three, and that the moon is a little bit closer to the Earth, and it hasn’t been this close since 1948. “Tonight we have a supermoon, and a supermoon is when there’s a full moon, and the moon is also at its closest point to the Earth in its orbit,” Arvidson said. “Which means that the moon appears a little larger, and it’s going to be a little brighter, so it’s like 14 percent larger, and 30 percent brighter, and that’s what they call it a supermoon.” He also went on to say that in
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The moon looked larger than usual this month because it is the closest full moon to Earth since 1948. Another supermoon like this won’t occur until 2034. the past month, we had two supermoons in a row, which is unusual and that next month will be the last one until 2034. “The moon’s orbit is in ellipse and the Earth at one focus so it’s not quite at the center, so as the moon goes around there’s a point in its orbit where its closest to the Earth, and when it’s furthest away,” Arvidson said. The Astronomy Club brought out two of their telescopes to view the supermoon, one eight-inch telescope, and a 12-inch telescope, which are self aligning telescopes that have a G.P.S. unit attached to it so it is able to find north. Jignesh Patel studies physics at L.A. City College, and is a member of the club. He says Meade, which designs different kinds of telescopes, makes the 12-inch telescope they are using. He tells me there are two mirrors in the front of the telescope that come
out through the back, and there’s a mirror that is reflecting which is how they catch light to be able to look at the moon. Also in use at the viewing party was their sizable 28-inch diameter telescope, which is more than two feet in size, this is huge for a telescope. It is the largest telescope of any community college in Southern California. Lexi Lutter, the secretary of the Astronomy Club expressed her excitement on seeing the supermoon. “It’s really cool, these events are great when they happen at night, and we can open it up to the whole school,” Lutter said. “This one specifically is exciting because it’s the biggest, and closest the moon has been since 1948. So any excuse to get the students out here is good.” If you missed the supermoon in November you will get one more opportunity on Dec. 14. The next one won’t be until Nov. 25, 2034.
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Los Angeles Collegian — Wednesday, November 23, 2016
some Things neVer Change: Odets’ 86-year old Play Still relevant
Koreatown Re-discovered for New L.A. Generations
By sHannon godLy
lifford Odets, the playwright behind “Waiting for Lefty,” is a twentieth-century theater giant. His work gave birth to an era of unapologetically bold and relevant plays that demand the audience think critically of the social and political systems in place. “Waiting for Lefty” depicts a reaction of the American working class to severe economic hardship in the 1930s. Specifically, it follows cab drivers who are planning a labor strike, but this serves as a larger allegory for issues of classism and economic disparity. “Waiting for Lefty” can feel eerily relevant today, two weeks after a controversial election in which part of the narrative is that the “forgotten working class” rose up to elect Donald Trump. The LACC Theatre Academy may be fueled by this same parallel in its current run of this prolific piece. Odets’ writing demands heartfelt yet forceful performances, and this production delivers. In a runtime of only about 90 minutes, the cast moves through the play with dexterous ease. Director Tony Maggio set a pleasingly swift yet careful pace which favorably guides his actors through significant moments. Also to Maggio’s credit, the blocking of each scene – characters’ movements and placements – feels natural and easy, but not boring. Two memorable scenes in “Waiting for Lefty” each depict a different romantic couple and explore how their a tough economic reality affects their relationships. Actors Jesus Rodriguez, Paola
By Lynn. a. James
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Left to right: Manny Pineda, Timothy McCray, Clarence Powell, and Alex Tach take part in a heated exchange during a performance of “Waiting for Lefty” in the Cameo Theater on November 17, 2017. Fregoso, Lauren Beckford and Lamont Oakley give truth and intensity to these roles. Beckford and Oakley’s believable romantic chemistry and listening skills carry their scene, while Rodriguez and Fregoso excel in their individual roles. Fregoso, as Edna, fights hard for the dignity of her suffering children. “Waiting for Lefty” is a symbolic play which could feel preachy or too general in the wrong hands, but this production avoids that trap. Most of the characters feel genuine and specific, though the ensemble works together nicely to
“WaitinG for lefty” is a symBolic play Which could feel preachy or too General in the WronG hands, But this production avoids that trap. convey the play’s true significance. This is a production not to be missed by anyone who is interested in seeing a “fresh” perspective on a story with political relevance, treated with a satisfactory blend of gravity and comic relief.
“Waiting for Lefty” runs Nov. 18 through Dec. 3 in the Cameo Theater at LACC. For more information and tickets, call (323) 953-4000, extension 2990, or visit theatreacademy.lacitycollege.edu.
Casa 0101’s ‘Mariela in the Desert’ hits home By reBecca KLinesmitH “Mariela in the Desert” is a portrait of the Salvatierra family. Set in the northern Mexican desert in 1950, the play uses flashbacks to the 1930s to tell the story of a family living with deep regret. Karen Zacarias wrote this play as a homage to her grandmother, and to all the women who have held back on a dream for the sake of their family. Mariela Salvatierra, portrayed by Rachel Gonzalez, is an artist and a mother, who moves to the northern Mexico desert at the insistence of her husband José, played Vance Valencia. Mariela and José were once the toast of the town in the Mexican artists’ inner circle. They were friends with soon-to-be-famous contemporaries, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Rufino Tamayo.
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The LACC Book Club presented “The History of Koreatown and Korean-Americans,” at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27 on the third floor of the Student Union Building. Chair of the Book Program Alexandra Maeck introduced two keynote speakers Katherine Yungmee Kim, a writer and communications editor for the Koreatown Youth & Community Center, and Korean-American actor Ralph Ahn. “Here is my father on the lawn of MIT after he received a student visa to study here [in the States],” Kim said, while showing a photo of her father during her speech. In her speech she talked about the history of Koreatown near Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue. She talked about the Los Angeles riots and the roots of animosity between African-Americans and Korean-Americans. On March 16, 1990, 15-yearold LaTasha Harlins was shot in the back of the head by Korean store owner Soon Ja Du. Du believed that Harlins, a young African-American teen, was stealing a bottle of orange juice. Later it was discovered she had two dollars in her hand. Du was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, and sentenced to three years of probation and 400 hours of community service. The judge ruled that Du’s fear from past robberies played a crucial role in the events that took place. This lead to a backlash from the African-American community, which helped spark the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Many businesses in Koreatown never recovered from the damages - including Du’s store. L.A. Times reporter Angel Jennings wrote the original article about Du. She said the family has been silent about Du’s whereabouts since the incident. “Reporters here at the L.A. Times have tried to reach out to Soon Ja Du and her family over the years,” Jennings said. “They decline to talk.” Social issues were not the only
topics discussed during the event. Actor Ralph Ahn began his career more than 50 years ago, performing in various Asian-American roles. He said that his parents, Dosan Ahn Chang Ho and Hye Ron Ahn, were the first married Korean couple to enter the U.S. to study in 1902. “In America, I learned about freedom, democracy and integrity,” Ahn said. Kim showed a clip from “The New Girl,” where Ahn portrays “Tran,” a confidant to the character “Nick.” Ahn’s character does not speak much, but his gestures and facial expressions tell the story. Ahn takes great pride in the roles he plays and how he represents for Koreans. “[Kim] was fabulous in terms of his passion for his country,” said English professor Loretta Manill. Information about the history of Koreatown was displayed through pictures. During the presentation there was no distinction made between North or South Korean immigrants. “I felt as if the presentation was very informative, and I learned stuff I never knew about K-town such as the fact that the population is not majority Korean,” business student Garo Andonian said. “The pictures that were shown during the presentation, like the picture of Vermont Boulevard from a century ago, was also very interesting.” Once Koreans immigrated to Los Angeles they realized they did not have a community that was centered around their culture, lifestyle and needs. Koreatown was established to provide a place for Koreans to feel safe and united as a community. “What stood out to me was that some Koreans created a place where immigrants could come and lay their heads and get an opportunity to work,” said business administration student Tasha Collins. “I was more informed because I knew about Koreatown, but not the history and how it was formed. I feel like more people in Los Angeles should know about this history.”
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Casa 0101 in Boyle Heights featured “Mariela in the Desert”, a play revolving around the lives of Mexican painters on Nov 4, 2016. Maria and Jose fled from Mexico City to create an artistic revolution in the desert, only to have their family torn apart. Scan the QR code to learn more about “Mariela in the Desert.” The couple bring with them their two young children, Blanca played by Vannessa Vasquez and Carlos played by Kenneth Lopez.
They hope to find inspiration and build an artists colony there, but end up unraveling as a family. The play runs through Dec. 11
at CASA 0101 Theatre, 2012 East 1st street Boyle Heights, CA 90033. For more information visit: www. casa0101.org
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Los Angeles Collegian — Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Raiders Can Win it All By angeL JoHnson
release Your sTress Before finals
tudents have the opportunity to participate in a week of stress-busting workshops, events, demonstrations and class drop-ins, offered by the LACC Kinesiology Department and Associated Student Government starting Nov. 29. The event, called “Happy Healthy Stress-less Open House 2016” is scheduled for Nov. 29Dec. 8, prior final exams week. Verification of attendance will be available and students are encouraged to ask if professors offer extra credit for it. The program is not final and changes may apply. Students interested in attending any of the workshops are encouraged to contact Phyllis Eckler (323) 953-4000 extension 2865 or Aykanush Gevanyan extension 263, Diana Cummins extension 2865 to make sure the times and locations are accurate, or request an updated schedule either from ASG or from kinesiology department.
Open Swim for Students and Faculty with Jan McEveety in Kinesiology North Pool on Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 121:30 p.m.
Open Swim for Students and Faculty with Jan McEveety in Kinesiology North Pool on Thursday, Dec.1 from 121:30 p.m.
Self-Massage with Peter Parasiliti, location to be announced, on Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 12-2 p.m.
Bystanders Save Lives! (Basic CPR instruction) With Beverly Russell in the Quad at the Event Tent on Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 12-1:30 p.m.
Stress Management through movement and dance with Laurienne Singer in the Women’s Gym 202, on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 3-4 p.m.
Stress Management through movement and dance with Laurienne Singer in the Women’s Gym 202, on Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 3-4 p.m.
Intro to Ballet with Mario Nugaro in Women’s Gym 202 on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 10:20-11:50 a.m.
Restorative Yoga and Meditation with Phyllis Eckler outside on the grass in the Quad, on Friday, Dec. 2 from 12:45-1:30 p.m. Dealing with Test Anxiety with Joe Exnowski in Student Union on Monday, Dec.5 from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Volleyball Tournament with Jan McEveety in Kinesiology North on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Flash Dance/Move with US with Diana Cummins in the Quad on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 12:15-12:45 p.m.
Volleyball Tournament with Jan McEveety in Kinesiology North on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Bystanders Save Lives! (Basic CPR instruction) With Beverly Russell in the Quad at the Event Tent on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 12-1:30 p.m.
Dance Concert by Dance Faculty and Students in El Camino Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 8 p.m.
Belly Dance Bootcamp with Karin Jensen in Women’s Gym 202 on Monday, Dec.5 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
The Oakland Raiders returned from bye week and added another impressive win to their record, after beating the Texans 27-20. They hold the No. 1 spot in the American Football Conference (AFC) West division. The Raiders have not done this well in the AFC West conference since 1998 and have not been in first place since 2002. Seems like the Raiders are coming back stronger than ever after more than a decade of losing. This season, Raiders fans will either be thrilled or disappointed. The Raiders are now at eight wins and two losses. Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, the Raiders played the San Diego Chargers and defeated them 34-31. At the beginning of the first quarter, linebacker Perry Riley smacked the ball out of the Chargers’ Tight End Antonio Gates hands, causing him to fumble the ball. It was picked up by the Raiders’ Reggie Nelson. Sebastian Janikowski attempted a 50 yard kick that was no good. At halftime the Raiders were down 9-10. Wide receiver Amari Cooper received his first touchdown of the season with a beautiful pass from quarterback Derek Carr at the beginning of
the third quarter. Jamize Olawale, Raiders’ fullback, rushes right through the Chargers’ defense for a touchdown. Sunday night, Nov. 6, the Raiders broke their tie with the Denver Broncos with a score of 30-20. The Oakland Raiders have been playing phenomenally. Losing game two against the Atlanta Falcons really strengthened the team. Since that loss, the Raiders have won every game. At the beginning of the third quarter, TE Clive Walford made a touchdown and tied the game at 13. Halfway through the third quarter, cornerback David Amerson intercepted the ball and gave the Raiders the lead. The Raiders were playing as if they had already won; so when the Falcons brought their A-game in the last quarter, the Raiders were already tired. They took a tough beating from the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Oct. 16. losing the game 26-10. Looking back at all of the mistakes the Raiders had in previous seasons, they have learned what they needed to improve on. There have clearly been some changes in their playbooks that are working in their favor. The Raiders have made tremendous improvements in the past year. They seem more confident and tougher than ever. If the Raiders continue to play the way they have been playing for the rest of the season, the team has the potential to be the AFC West champions possibly even the Super Bowl 51 champions.
Colin kaePerniCk WasTed our Time, aTTenTion By KyLe BLayLocK
THE MOON, COLLINS, EALY SCHOLARSHIP Designed to Assist Students in the Social Science Department with Completing their Education African-American Studies at Los Angeles City College affords a rich education in the history and culture of African-Americans. A skills certificate program is offered to students who take 15 units in required courses that obtain a grade of “C” or better. To be eligible you must fulfill the following requirements: • You must be a full-time social science major
• Total units completed should not exceed 90 units
• Applicant must have a 2.75 GPA
• Plan to transfer to a four-year university or college
Black activism has not had a true leader for the last 50 years. Rewind to late-August of 2016, the entire country’s panties are fully bunched about Colin Kaepernick sitting out of the national anthem. He explained he doesn’t honor the flag of the United States, or anthem since minorities are victims of oppression and police murder. It was a powerful statement at the time that captured the focus of a nation. Many people around America took this as an insult against the troops and America. Colin is egregiously ungrateful for his American dollars. Kaepernick’s message was strengthened and the movement skyrocketed when overzealous flag waivers and racists said heinous things and sent him death threats. Kaepernick said he would sit out the anthem for as long as it took. Many other football players took up that stance and kneeled during the national anthem, it was deemed to be their right to protest. Social media groups sprang up like wildfire #IstandwithKaepernick. Marines for Kaepernick, Marines against Kaepernick, and a variety other groups that either
saw him as a hero for the minority struggle, or as an ingrate to the nation that has made him wealthy. In the process his jersey sales surged, and he singularly commands a focus on black issues like no one we have seen in years. Millions around the nation join in the protest against the anthem from peewee players, to gay soccer players, to high school teams. The statement was powerful, divisive and commanded respect. Fast-forward to Election Day and Colin Kaepernick explains to the media that he did not vote because, “I said from the beginning ... I was against the system of oppression. I’m not going to show support for that system. And to me, the oppressor isn’t going to allow you to vote your way out of your oppression.” Remember Brock Turner? The white boy rapist with a jaw-dropping light sentence. It is more important than ever to pay attention and not vote for judges who would casually incarcerate black youth without any hesitation. Barack Obama won five states in 2012 that Hillary Clinton lost this month due to the margin of black voters. Kaepernick’s lack of concern with leading a movement into an election, and his rebellious juvenile attitude towards our government failed the people he wants to protect. He is one of the faces I blame for allowing Trump to be elected. His actions spit on the grave of every black man who suffered or died to vote. Also, he is not very good at football.
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Los Angeles Collegian — Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Trump’s Win Sparks Southland Protests
People rose up to protest in the days following the election of Donald J. Trump to the office of the President of the United States. The nationwide outcry was equal parts disbelief, fear of the future and unabashed anger. By Ande Richards
ot my president” was one of many anti-Trump chants that rang through the streets as residents marched to City Hall. They congregated on the steps, sidewalks and spilled onto Grand Park in an attempt to exorcise their frustration. The mixed clamor of speeches, chants, dance and song filled the air. Many people held signs and wore clothing that exemplified two philosophies one of anger, “F*%k Trump” and the other a cry for love, “Love Trumps Hate.” Time will tell whether or not President-elect Trump will follow through with the proposed policies he touted during his campaign. Trump’s plans to build a wall, and feuds with Hispanic and disabled members of the press, along with revelations of sexual misconduct, were not easily dismissed by a community sensitive to those issues.
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Top: Protesters look on as President-elect Donald Trump is burned in effigy. Front and center, an indigenous resistance group hold signs that call for Trump’s deportation. Middle left: A man carries a child holding the American flag. They participate in protests outside the CNN building on Wilcox Avenue and Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles on Nov. 13, 2016. Middle right: Protesters hold banners during a rally outside the CNN studios, in opposition to president-elect Donald Trump on Sunday, Nov. 13. One sign speaks to Trump’s affiliation with the KKK. Bottom left: City Hall is brightly lit in the background as protesters gather on the steps just hours after the president-elect was confirmed. Bottom right: A policeman prepares to face a crowd making its way toward the 101fwy on Sixth and Main St. downtown Los Angeles.