Skip to main content

San Diego Students Going To Mexico For College And More Local News

Cover image for podcast episode

For some American students, the costs of attending college in the U.S. are too high. So they're finding an alternative place to study — across the border, in Mexico. Plus, if you were to migrate to a whole new place, what would you bring with you? That is the focus of an art exhibition at Liberty Station. How a simple object can hold the memories of a lifetime. And, San Diego Asian Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with a 10-day event that kicks off Thursday night in La Jolla. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando previews the festival with its artistic director Brian Hu.

Show transcript

Speaker 1: 00:00 It's Thursday, November 7th I'm Deb Welsh and you're listening to San Diego news matters from KPBS coming up. American students are finding alternative places to study when the cost of college of the U S is too high, and a new exhibition at Liberty station focuses on treasured objects that holds the stories of migration. The story is the art piece, the objects that are represented here. They're just a way in to those stories that more coming up right after the break.

Speaker 2: 00:33 The high cost of attending college is a problem everywhere, but that's compounded in California where housing costs for students can put higher education out of reach for many from our California dream collaboration KPB as reporter max Rylan Adler tells us some Southern California students are finding another option. Very much out of state.

Speaker 3: 00:55 Rebecca Yannas and Arturo Vasquez wakeup and carpool together most days at 7:00 AM to go to college. They both went to high school in San Diego and our business majors

Speaker 4: 01:06 [inaudible]

Speaker 3: 01:06 as they approached the border. There's barely aligned today. There's no line most days. That's because unlike the vast majority of English speaking college students living along California's border, they're not going North to college in the us. Instead, they're heading South to Mexico. Rebecca usually makes the trip in a half hour.

Speaker 1: 01:25 It's not that hard, is sometimes kind of stressful just because of the problems at the border. But besides that, it's been okay so far.

Speaker 4: 01:35 [inaudible]

Speaker 3: 01:36 both in 10 cities, a private university in Baja, California. It has three campuses close to the border, one in Tijuana, one in Mexicali and a third and Ensanata along the coast. After the 2008 financial crisis, administrators et settees began noticing an uptick in the amount of American students crossing over the border to get their degrees for Nando Leon Garcia, [inaudible] president.

Speaker 4: 01:59 Historically we've had on and off families with some links to Mexico. However, as a result of some complications within California in terms of choice, because accessibility, it all of a sudden became a popular, uh, and increasingly frequent incidents

Speaker 3: 02:21 with the cost of higher education and housing in California, skyrocketing students were looking for cheaper options in Mexico. In 2012 settees became the first and only university outside of the U S to get accreditation by the Western association of schools and colleges, the same accreditation held by the California state university system.

Speaker 4: 02:40 If you have accreditation, then you have a certain level of quality that people look for me.

Speaker 3: 02:45 There are currently 337 students that set to U S who graduated from Southern California high schools. That's up from just 50 in 2010 tuition, etc. This is more expensive than out of state school in California, but there was no requirement that students live on campus their first year. That housing requirement is in place in many California state universities, making them unaffordable for increasing numbers of students, annual tuition, et cetera, is just under $12,000. Last year the university launched a business program exclusively in English. The first of its kind in Baja, the university touts its proximity to nearby multinationals. So collaboration with multinational industry and therefore employability. All of these are factors, uh, have some impact in terms of the students' decisions to come here in classrooms at the university. The vast majority of students learn in Spanish, but increasingly English language study groups are gathering in the library both or Touro and Rebecca had to deal with some pushback from friends and relatives when they decided to study in Mexico. Rebecca's high school friends were shocked when she first told them of her decision

Speaker 1: 03:56 cause they were like, why? Like what's different over there? Like is it really better? At first, one of my like top things was that it's cheaper.

Speaker 3: 04:06 Both Arturo and Rebecca plan on working in the border region where they hope their cross border experience at settees will be an advantage for undergraduates along the border. They might be the very beginning of a much larger international exchange as California continues to price out its young people into Quanta. I'm max Revlon Adler.

Speaker 2: 04:25 If you were to migrate to a whole new place, what would you bring with you? That's the focus of an art exhibition in Liberty station. KPV as evening edition anchor Maya [inaudible] talk to the artist and has this story about how a simple object can hold memories of a lifetime.

Speaker 5: 04:42 When you walk into the new American's museum, you may wonder where the art exhibit is, but if you look closer, you'll see a pen knife, a bell of figurine, and if you look even closer, you will learn about the stories embedded in these objects.

Speaker 1: 04:58 One of these individual stories come together as a, as a chorus. In my view. KerryAnn quick is the artist in residence here. When you start with something specific, something completely surprising can unfold something you never would have access to otherwise. Something specific like a typewriter, like a typewriter. Yes. Yes.

Speaker 5: 05:21 For her exhibit called a portrait of people in motion, she spent over a year gathering treasured objects from San Diego residents, but more importantly she gathered the stories that accompany them.

Speaker 1: 05:33 If we can feel some of that emotion about what it's like to try to figure out how to live in a new place, then maybe we can empathize with those who are experiencing the most extreme version of that discomfort.

Speaker 5: 05:50 The item is scanned and then three D printed or laser engraved to leave behind what KerryAnn calls a transparent with faint detail yet still teaming with the story of how it came to San Diego.

Speaker 1: 06:04 The story is the art piece, the objects that are represented here, they're just a way in to those stories. And yes, the objects are transparent and that's on purpose.

Speaker 5: 06:15 Some objects are made of clear resin, others are acrylic.

Speaker 1: 06:18 The light as it projects through the laser engraved surface, it creates a shadow where the writing almost becomes legible.

Speaker 5: 06:28 At first glance, they're hard to see against the stark white wooden furniture designed to look like furniture in a home. But looking closer is exactly what Kerrianne wants you to do. And when they look closer

Speaker 1: 06:39 and they wonder what that, what the thing is that they're looking at, they are given access to the story that is behind it.

Speaker 5: 06:49 Kerianne also recorded the oral histories of each piece that can be played by dialing a number on your phone.

Speaker 6: 06:55 Welcome, a portrait of people in motion

Speaker 5: 06:57 and then the corresponding number of the item.

Speaker 7: 07:00 Well object is a jacket that, uh, when I was in Korea during the Korean war, this was a jacket that, uh, I had affect stole from the army from 1971 to now. And we've lived many places and the recipes have gone with me. My object is a little tiny NUS figure that was given to me in 1945. But my first boyfriend who was stationed to the Aleutians, and I think just seeing it makes me feel at home because I grew up seeing it.

Speaker 1: 07:30 The crux of what I'm trying to do here is to help people, people in general feel something that might make them treat their neighbor a little bit better.

Speaker 5: 07:43 And as the sound of plane engines roar above this little museum under the San Diego flightpath, it offers a subtle reminder that we are all people in motion. My a Tribble C K PBS news

Speaker 2: 07:57 state regulators have suspended the licenses of nearly 400 cannabis businesses, including nine in San Diego County. KPBS Metro reporter Andrew Bowen says the business has failed to enroll in his system Mitt to keep tabs on the state's cannabis inventory from seed to sale.

Speaker 6: 08:15 The state's track and trace system is supposed to monitor cannabis products so they don't end up on the black market. But as of last month, hundreds of licensed cannabis businesses hadn't set up accounts in the system. Alex traversal spokesman for the Bureau of cannabis control says the cannabis industry is experiencing some growing pains

Speaker 8: 08:35 going from what we had prior to January one of 2018 to where we're at now. I think we knew it was going to be a process and it was going to take some time and that it was going to be an adjustment period for a lot of people who, um, have been doing things one way for some time now.

Speaker 6: 08:48 Nine San Diego County based businesses were among those to have their licenses suspended. Three distribution companies and

Speaker 9: 08:55 six retailers. Andrew Bowen, KPBS news,

Speaker 2: 08:59 we're currently in open enrollment season for health insurance. That means if you haven't signed up yet, there's still time and this year more Californians could be eligible for financial help through covered California, which is the state's marketplace for the affordable care act. KPBS reporter Prius free there explains

Speaker 10: 09:18 covered California CEO Peter Lee says as many as 50,000 San Diego ans might now be eligible for financial help

Speaker 9: 09:26 for the first time, middle-class California people that make it less as 150,000 a year for a family of four might be eligible for the natural health.

Speaker 10: 09:34 He says the money is coming from tax dollars and the reinstitution of the fine people will have to pay on their 2020 taxes if they are not covered. To find out if you qualify, log on to covered ca.com in just a few minutes. The site will find plans you're eligible for. The deadline is December 15th to get covered by January 1st [inaudible] K PBS news.

Speaker 2: 09:58 A group of California mayors and public leaders want to buy out P, G and D using $50 billion in bonds, capital public radio, Scott rod reports,

Speaker 9: 10:08 PG and E has cut power to millions of Californians in recent weeks due to dangerous wind conditions, but its lines may have still cause several wildfires including the Kincaid fire in Sonoma County. So public officials are calling for a radical change, turning PGNE into a customer owned utility. But Frank Wolak professor at Stanford university says their plan is a risky move.

Speaker 11: 10:27 Well, the big issue would be is what are you going to do with the existing liabilities of P, G and D? Very likely you'll have to take those on or at least figure out some way to deal with those.

Speaker 9: 10:38 The utility faces at least $30 billion in liabilities from past wildfires. PG and E has been resistant to other bio proposals. You've rejected an offer from San Francisco last month to purchase parts of its grid. Legislation passed this year requires PG. You need to finalize a plan to emerge from bankruptcy to qualify for a $21 billion liability fund. The money would cover the cost of future wildfire damages in Sacramento. I'm Scott rod,

Speaker 2: 11:02 the San Diego Asian film festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with a 10 day event that kicks off tonight in LA Jolla KPBS arts reporter Beth like Amando previews the festival with its artistic director Brian, who Brian, who has been artistic director of the San Diego Asian film festival for almost half of its two decades and in that time he's helped to showcase the vast diversity of Asian and Asian American cinema. He's also seen films go from 35 millimeter prints to being delivered on a flash drive and that's been part of the fun and challenge because it means we have to constantly adapt, but it also shows sort of the sense of anything is possible. Like film is trying to figure itself out and Asian American filmmakers are trying to figure it out where they fit within that shift in the cinematic landscape. And the, we as a film festival are also trying to figure out how best to serve audience know who programs the crowd pleasers.

Speaker 2: 11:54 But he also challenges audiences with wonderful gems, like what we left unfinished about the Afghan film industry during a tumultuous political period. So if we don't play these films, who will moments like that are partly to test our audiences because film festivals should be ways to stretch our audiences or just to remind audiences that they're capable of so much more than what Hollywood is offering them. The festival runs through November 16th and we'll screen at eight different venues with the home base being ultra star mission Valley, Beth Huck Amando KPBS news. Thanks for listening to San Diego news matters. If you'd like the show, do us a favor and tell your friends and family to subscribe to the show.

San Diego News Matters podcast branding

San Diego News Matters

KPBS' daily news podcast covering local politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings so you can listen on your morning commute.