This spring election season could simply be described, in today’s terms, as an epic fail.
The annual spring campus elections, held every year to decide on proposed student fee increases and student government representatives, fell short of the minimum voter turnout needed to pass four proposed student fee measures, proving that student apathy is on the rise when it comes to campus politics.
On Nov. 4 of last year, UC Santa Cruz students celebrated the election of the 44th president of the United States with a large victory run that spanned the entire campus. However, the joyful mood was soon dampened when news of the passage of Proposition 8 became known, and students’ hopes for marriage equality in the state of California began to fade.
The dramatic landscape of Natural Bridges State Beach served as the backdrop to an impassioned rally on June 1, with over 500 residents coming together to oppose Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed plan to cut $213 million from the California State Parks system by 2011.
Tim Becker came to the farm as a first-year and hasn’t left since.
The seed was planted in 2005, when he arrived at UC Santa Cruz as a proposed language studies major from Los Angeles who had no prior farming experience.
Then he got his hands dirty.
The Students of Color Collective (SOCC) finished a week of hunger strikes, optimistic about the success of their protest. Situating their demonstration at the base of campus, SOCC proved to be an organized and resilient group of concerned students.
Students of Film 196, Senior Project in Film and Video Production, will soon be debuting their short films after a quarter’s worth of labor and love. The June 12 screening at the Media Theater will premier shorts from each of the 22 seniors who were accepted into the class after submitting portfolios of their work.
It seems impossible that the notion of sexism still exists in today’s world. The 2008 elections marked the first time a woman was a serious candidate for president, while another came could have easily become our nation’s first female vice president. From these women, it could be assumed that the world is progressing toward an era of greater equality between the sexes. But an April 26 Washington Post column by author and University of Texas professor of sociology Mark Regnerus, entitled “Say Yes — What Are You Waiting For?” seems to prove otherwise.
Keep SC Beaches Beautiful Summer 2009 is almost here, and everyone knows what that means: people from all over the world will be stampeding to the beaches in Santa Cruz to enjoy some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in California. There is no feeling quite like the one you get when you are standing on the cliffs [...]
Mike Rotkin is a busy man. He is a lecturer, a union leader, the coordinator of the UC Santa Cruz community studies field study, an activist, a father, a husband, the faculty adviser for Fish Rap Live! magazine, a former Santa Cruz mayor, chairman of the local ACLU chapter, and a City Councilmember. He also kayaks, enjoys sports, and spends time outdoors.