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29 May 2020

LRDP Committee Host First Community Forum 

The Sequoia Ballroom at Hotel Paradox was alive with debate at the first of three Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) Community Interactive Forums on March 5. About 100 Santa Cruz community members and UC Santa Cruz staff discussed the next iteration of the LRDP, which…


Reaching for Tuition-Free College 

Before state and federal legislators began cutting education budgets and before UC Regents began habitually hiking tuition rates, public higher education was tuition-free in the state of California. UC tuition has now increased to $12,630 per year for California residents since tuition was implemented by…


Undocumented and Uninsured 

College students Alexa and Eileen Flores* and their sisters are among the over 11 million undocumented immigrants residing in the United States, 40 percent of whom are still uninsured. In the U.S., people usually receive health insurance through their employers, but most low-income, self-employed or…


Watsonville Man Detained by ICE 

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) captured and detained a Watsonville man Wednesday morning around 4 a.m. while driving his children to daycare, according to information received from a Santa Cruz County Rapid Response call. It is also possible that his family had been followed previous…


Failing to Address Anti-Blackness, Once Again 

I attended this conference as a participant and this article includes my perspective. The most important thing I took away from the UC Student Association (UCSA) Students of Color Conference (SoCC) last weekend was the importance of addressing the pervasiveness of anti-blackness in all communities…


Medical Marijuana Costs Jump After Prop. 64 

While in high school, Aaron Smith*, a UC Santa Cruz student, was diagnosed with a functional somatic syndrome, which gave him widespread musculoskeletal pain. He spent years going to physical therapy and taking pain medication, which were mostly ineffective. “I was doing all the physical…


Demanding a Future for DACA 

Three Santa Cruz “Dreamers,” or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, have joined a week of actions in Washington D.C. leading up to Congress’s Jan. 19 deadline to pass a “clean” DREAM Act, rather than compromising with more conservative immigration stances. The DREAM Act…


Using Campus as a Dance Studio 

The sign-ups for the Office of Physical Education, Recreation and Sports (OPERS) dance studio are posted every Monday at 10:30 a.m. Leaders of dance groups independent of OPERS scramble to sign up for a practice time and showing up 10 minutes late could cost them the…


Measure 67 Fails 

The Campus Student Government Fee Increase, Measure 67 failed with a 61 percent vote. A 66 percent vote was needed to pass. The measure would have raised the current $7 quarterly Measure 8 fee to $20 beginning in the fall 2017 quarter to further fund…