Through Our Lens: Mardi Gras
It’s impossible to not be showered by the spirit of Mardi Gras if you are in New Orleans anytime between January and Fat Tuesday. Its significance, while deeply rooted in history, remains symbolic of the tightly knit city of New Orleans today. The date of…
Through Our Lens: The Power of the Student Voice
As an exchange student from South Africa, I find it interesting to compare the student voice at UCSC with my experiences back home. The similarities are uncanny — there is unquestionable power in the student voice through its conviction, dynamism and (sometimes naïve) optimism. After spending one day at the Practical Activism Conference at UCSC earlier this quarter, I can see these qualities applied to both the students of Cape Town and Santa Cruz.
Through Our Lens: UCLA Dance Marathon
Since its inception in 2002, DM has sought to empower the UCLA campus community in the fight against pediatric AIDS, raising awareness about the importance of HIV education and testing and helping young people make a difference in halting the spread of this critical, preventable…
Through Our Lens: Occupy Santa Cruz
Occupy Santa Cruz (OSC) activists have held their post at the courthouse steps for nearly 25 days now. They have several tables lined with occupation literature and are easily visible to anyone traveling down Water Street. Their ideals resonate with most people who pass by and throughout the day drivers will shout and honk in support.
Through Our Lens: Sasquatch! Music Festival
I knew I was in for a hell of a weekend when our caravan got pulled over waiting in a line of cars leading to the front gate of Sasquatch! Music Festival. The Washington police department seemed less than pleased with our impromptu dance party….