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Texas Border Artist Brings Pain Of Drug War To Life

Great profile, I really enjoyed the artist's take on what constitutes art and the integration of the Baroque style. The cartel drug wars is a story bursting at the seams to be told and every perspective counts.

June 13, 2012 at 9:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Son Jarocho Creates Community On Both Sides Of The Border

Great story! Great music! Viva Son Jarocho!

Mexico is far from one-dimensional and this is the kind of story that illustrates that.

If San Diego is the portal for this kind of cultural entree, Viva San Diego!

May 30, 2012 at 8:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kyocera Putting First U.S. Solar Manufacturing Plant In San Diego

Thanks, Kyocera, you're a cutting edge Japanese company and this decision is welcome in our community!

March 3, 2010 at 9:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

UCSD Student Suspended For Hanging Noose

Gerold: 'Chillax.' From

Student apologizes for UC San Diego noose incident, claims no racist intent
March 1, 2010 | 3:12 pm

The UC San Diego student reportedly responsible for last week’s controversial noose episode issued a public, but anonymous, apology Monday and said she'd had no racist intent when she hung the rope from a bookcase in the campus' main library. The discovery of the noose set off angry protests at a school already tense from racially charged episodes and triggered a round of condemnations from UC leaders and even the governor.

In a letter published Monday on the front page of the campus' student newspaper, the Guardian, the student wrote that "this was not an act of racism" and contended that it was a "stupid mistake." She said it was the result of fooling around and had nothing to do with seeking to intimidate black students with a symbol of lynching.

"I know what I did was offensive -- regardless of my intentions -- I am just trying to say I’m sorry. As a minority student who sympathizes with the students that have been affected by the recent issues on campus, I am distraught to know that I have unintentionally added to their pain," wrote the student, who was suspended Friday and remains under investigation by campus police for a possible hate crime.

The letter is signed "by Anonymous UCSD Student" and offers no clues to her identity or ethnicity. A note at the end of the letter states that the newspaper had verified the author’s authenticity. Sari Thayer, the Guardian’s Web editor, said in a telephone interview that the woman had approached the paper and asked to publish the letter and that "a reliable source" had confirmed it.

In the letter, the woman said she and friends had been playing with a rope, jumping with it, making a lasso and then a noose early last week. She then carried it to the library, where she was studying, and strung it over a desk there Tuesday and forgot about it. Its discovery Thursday night caused a firestorm on campus, where racial tensions were high after a Jan. 15 off-campus party mocked Black History Month and a derogatory term for blacks was used on a student television show.

When she realized the controversial noose was her responsibility, "I felt so ashamed and embarrassed, and the first thing I did was call the campus police and confess," she wrote. She said her motivation in publishing the letter was "to hopefully put a little bit of faith back into the UCSD campus by clarifying that it was not an act of racism."

A campus spokesperson said campus police are continuing to investigate the incident and are consulting about it with the San Diego County district attorney's office and the U.S. attorney's office. The student remains suspended while the investigation continues, the spokesperson said.

March 1, 2010 at 3:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

UCSD Student Suspended For Hanging Noose

"The entire campus is a caucasian area, that is exactly the problem."

expat, I know this is a response th SDJon9201, but, excuse me? You obviously do NOT spend any time on campus! From the sound of it, I'd say you're an outsider.

[Actually, the NY Times did break down the ethic composition at UCSD: 40% Asian American, 30% White, 20% Latino, African-American the pathetic 2% (don't get me wrong: it iIS too low, as a percentage of the general population, but it's hardly a "white, or caucasian, area."]

Again, I urge you to check the White House for its current occupant (who I supported, and continue to support), and can you name the colleges that comprise the UCSD campus? Because you should know that African-Americans' contributions to American society don't exactly mean nuthin' at UCSD - on the contrary. Go ahead: Name 'em. Here.

February 27, 2010 at 8:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

UCSD Student Suspended For Hanging Noose

I would argue that -- in the midst of the current turmoil at UCSD -- a person hanging a noose in the library was WELL AWARE of its timing and consequences. Hate crime or not, this action served to pour flames on the fire. That person should be PERMANENTLY suspended from UCSD. What a loser. (It seems they selfishly may have wanted something exciting for their visual arts project, if this person is indeed a Visual Arts major as posted here.)

Why did UCSD insert itself to get involved without knowing the facts or context of the precipitating event of this campus crisis? The YouTube videos of this 'Jiggaboo Jones' (ugh) provocateur put the context of this silly party in perspective. It was off-campus, wasn't it? What's the nexus to UCSD, exactly? It appears the administration has fallen all over itself prematurely to maintain political correctness.

UCSD and KPBS would do the entire community (by the way, this story is now in the New York Times now) a service if they included this context in any continuing story. They should also provide a breakdown of the ethnic composition of UCSD's student body AND workforce. 'Institutional racism'? Look in the White House, folks. And next time, BSU, if you're gonna use a quote or paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the local evening news, please cite the source of your quote!

February 27, 2010 at 9:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )