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Impaction Hits CSU, Northridge

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by Jonathan Hernandez

One of the beauties of being a college student is the experience that we get when we leave our bubble. That bubble can be, living in a small town in Ventura county or simply living in a small unincorporated area East LA, whatever it may be, escaping these two places through the means of college education is no longer going to be an option for many California residents. Many students dream of exploring different cities and escaping their day-to-day life routine and wish to explore other places in California are quickly being shut down by the CSU systems through Impaction.

At CSU, Northridge, Impaction affects high school students who live in Ventura County or East LA. Students will not be admitted into California State University Northridge in the Fall 2016. Instead they will need to attend CSU, Dominguez Hills, CSU, Los Angeles, or CSU, Channel Island.

Impaction is completely taking away a choice and option of any of those individuals that want to leave their bubble and expand their diversity by leaving to study at a different region of California. The whole idea of “leaving the hood” for some of many young students is no longer going to be an option, that is why it is going against the grain. We grow up with this idea that college is a mean for us to become successful and to explore and grow our culture by experiencing others, but most important to understand that there is more to life than where we grew up. Now, due to impaction, students who live in these areas mentioned, are no longer eligible to attend CSUN for the Fall 2016

A Veteran’s Story: Part II

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by Edith Casas

Look for Part I Here

Making a decision to start over in a new career or to remain in a successful place was one of the hardest decisions of her whole life. Outweighing the pros and cons of her decision seemed to favor staying in the military. After all, it would have been easier for her to stay because of the financial stability, management position, and inevitable success.

Then why leave? Why would she walk away? Many of her military friends and leaders advised her to, “Just stay and retire, what’s 10 more years.”

For most of her career, she was away from home and naturally her family wanted her to end her career. On the other hand, she had just given birth to a baby girl and was starting a family of her own. Staying in the military would require long periods of time away from home, traveling, and continuously moving from place to place. Would she be willing to make room for military life and possibly sacrifice her family’s livelihood?

Financial stability was at the top of her pros. Walking away from a job that was guaranteed and stable brought back the emotions that she had felt on that initial bus ride to RTC. Scared, cold, wondering if she would regret her decision, uncertainty were all the feelings she felt as she signed a military form known as DD-214 agreeing to end her time in service. “I had to wear my uniform on that last day I wasn’t sure why, but knowing it was the last time I felt really sad but excited at the same time,” she described her last day in service. Signing the DD-214 was the easy part, after that is when reality hit.

Call to Action @ CSUN

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Support from CSUN for Mizzou

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mizzou1Earlier this year, a series of events unfolded at University of Missouri. Payton Head, Missouri Students Association president, was called the N-word on campus. This led to several rallies, the first called “Racism Lives Here.” Even after attention was brought to the issue, no action was taken on campus. It wasn’t until October 4th, 2015 that Mizzou’s Chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin, finally acknowledged the racial slurs occurring on campus. An inebriated man showed up at the  Legion of Black Collegians (LBC) 2015 Homecoming rehearsal, yelling more racial slurs. His response was to tweet the following:



Clearly, this was not enough to tackle the issue. Payton Head joined Legion of black Collegians (LBC) and held a sit-down study protests where they claimed administration was not taking the action necessary to approach the discrimination and fear on campus. By October 10, there was still no response. The coalition chanted throughout campus, and approached president Wolfe. On October 24th that President Wolfe met with the coalition. The terrorisms had to go as far as a an offensive symbol made of human feces displayed in a resident restroom. While he agreed that racism on campus is an outrage, he did not implement any action.

As a result, Jonathan Butler began a hunger strike on November 2 in response to the lack of action from administration. In addition, The Missouri Tiger football team had nine black players who stated that they would refuse to play or practice until the President and Chancellor resigned. Their game against the Brigham Young University Cougars was just this weekend, and the players kept to their word. When the school saw that the players were serious, the President stepped down. Once all the black players got on board, it became even bigger national news since the school makes several million dollars in ticket sales.

This only met one of several Mizzou student demands. However, later that night, on Yik Yak, death threats ensued. Students began to fear for their lives, as the death threats became more then claims. People began to walk the streets in bandanas, threatening the students of color in Mizzou. Later, the person responsible for sending these death threats, Hunter Park, was arrested. However, his punishment was minimal in comparison to the claimed fine for terrorism.

These events led to a national conference call with Mizzou students on Sunday November 15, 2015 at 7pm. The students shared their stories, their fears, and their hope for action. In response, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) students created a coalition of students of color. On Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 12:15pm, students will be holding a silent demonstration in front of the Oviatt Library. These students ask that we come together in unity, and show that we stand in solidarity with the Mizzou students. As a coalition of student clubs that involves students of color and various backgrounds that stand with Mizzou, we are declaring solidarity with multicultural clubs at CSUN, as we stand united in holding CSUN responsible on an institutional and administrative levels in the pursuit of nurturing and developing diversity on the campus.



A Veteran’s Story: Part 1

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by Edith Casas

“Accelerate your life,” was the Navy’s slogan when she joined. Part of her decision to join was seeing the world and the other was running away. Traveling the world seemed to be something only the rich and famous did, not an ordinary girl from LA.

Growing up in a Mexican household, as the oldest child expectations of her were high, strict parenting was clear and proving herself to her parents meant everything. Adolescence was rough, filled with rebellion, breaking rules, and constant disappointment. Going to college was not enough, she needed to leave, escape, a new beginning. As the first person in her family to ever join the military, she knew the journey would not be easy but definitely rewarding. Two weeks after she graduated high school, she was off to Navy boot camp.

The bus ride from O’Hare Airport, in Chicago, to where she would spend the next two months seemed prolonged. All she remembers of that ride is her pounding heartbeat, countless emotions filled with nervousness and fright. Questioning herself, “could I really do this?” It was too late to turn back.

“Everyone off the bus now! Let’s Go! Move it, Move it!” were the first words upon arriving to the Navy’s Recruit Training Facility in Great Lakes, Illinois. Scared, cold, feelings of regret, and home sick were all the thoughts running through her mind. With determination and faith she passed all tests, what turned out to be one the most challenging summers, was also surprisingly fun. She graduated Navy RTC in the fall of 2005.

For the next nine years, she did everything she expected to do in the Navy and everything the Navy expected of her. During the day, launching and recovering aircraft from the flight deck was her day job, “long hours yet exhilarating,” she described. “The horizon was beautiful, the breeze was so refreshing it made you feel alive, and the deep blue ocean just made you wonder,” she described her view and thoughts on the flight deck.

Traveling to some of the most beautiful places in Europe, are some of her favorite memories. Seeing places like the Colosseum in Rome, to desert safari tours in Dubai, and tasting the splendid national dish of Spain called “Paella,” made traveling what seemed to be impossible possible.

After almost 10 years of service and reaching the rank of Petty Officer First Class (E-6), her military journey was about to abruptly end. The Navy was her passion, the recognition of her hard work was euphoric, and rising through the ranks was one of her greatest achievements. However, she had to make a choice to continue on a journey of hard sacrifice with career satisfaction or to focus on her, a new career, and life.

Endependence Day At Xicana/o House

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by Iris Ramirez, Stephanie Domingo, Selina Salazar


“In solidarity with the 43 missing students.”

This year’s Annual Endependence day was hosted by MEChA de CSUN on September 26, 2015 at the Chicano/a House. While the events date and title insinuate a correlation to Mexican Independence Day, the event’s true purpose was actually quite larger than it suggests. Endependence Day embodies the independence of most Latin American countries, including Mexico, Central America and South America. In addition, it embodies removing dependence from the corruption of certain institutions; hence the name “ENDependence.” The date, however, was determined in honor of the one-year anniversary of Ayotzinapa’s 43 missing students from the Escuela Normal in Guerrero, Mexico.

One Year Anniversary of a Tragedy

On September 26, 2014, 100 students from Ayotzinapa set out to Iguala, Guerrero in an effort to march to a demonstration that commemorated another student massacre: The Massacre of Tlatelolco. During their travels, buses were intercepted in Av. Juan N. Álvarez where Aldo Gutiérrez Solano and other students were injured and disappeared, in front of Palacio de Justicia de Iguala. The students were forced to hide and flee from municipal, state, and federal police, as well as mexican military. Students killed on scene: Julio Cesar Ramírez Nava, Daniel Solís Gallardo y Julio Cesar Mondragón Fontes, fell victim to the corrupt government. Since their arrest no one knows what happened to them, other than that the government is responsible for their disappearance. After two nights of confusion and terror, students began coming out of hiding and reuniting. After days of waiting and hearing back from other students, 43 were unaccounted for. According to students, most of those missing were freshmen. The Mexican government has taken many efforts to paint the students as ‘Revoltosos’, Communists, and radicals.The Mexican government claims that the students were kidnapped by Guerreros Unidos, burned and dumped at a site.Desperately the parents and the Mexican community searches for the students, they still have hope to find them alive, even though they were told that the students have been killed and burned in a mass grave. The disappearance caused people to take things into their own hands and to not trust the corrupt government.


Endependence Day served as an educational experience for anyone that showed up with no prior knowledge of the missing students or of the community that MEChA offers to California State University, Northridge. During this event there were many educational venue that showed how the community in the university comes together to commemorate such a tragedy and raise awareness. In particular there was a Skype interview towards the end of the event, that was offered to the public with three policemen from the state of Guerrero where the 43 students went missing. The interview with the three policemen provided information of how the pueblo has taken actions to their own hands; they could not stand by while the government did not move to help with the missing students from Ayotzinapa. The pueblo wants to break away from their dependency of the state government but has resulted in violence from the state government. The people’s motive is to self protect themselves from this daily attacks and struggle that they have received from the government that they supposebly trusted. Their cause was addressed to the media, their president and the world that they will not stand by while the corrupt government was going against humanity and its own people, they are going to fight for what they believe and stand for.


There is a Community

While Endependence Day signifies the celebration of independence it also serves as an event to cause political and cultural awareness. Because this years event choose to  focus on the tragedy of the 43 missing students, there didn’t seem to have a cause to celebrate yet having the community come together and commemorate the students created a vivacious atmosphere. There was plenty of food and art to be found in the backyard of the Chicano House. You could find authentic native jewelry, creative trinkets and artwork sold by the vendors. There were many mexican antojitos: tamales, tostada and the agua frescas plus much more. In addition to all the food and vendors there were live performances, and a workshop that the public was encouraged to attend.  The event had performances by Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc, followed by Quinto Sol which then lead to the workshop; the Skype interview with the policemen in Guerrero.


Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc is not considered a folklorico because they go around event after event to raise political, education and cultural awareness in the Chicano/a community. Between dances they gave out speeches in their thoughts of the commemoration of the 43 missing students.


Quinto Sol performed lyrical poems that spoke of Chicano/a community and going back to to their Aztec roots. It was truly an inspirational and educational performance done through poetry.


The performances not only focused on the 43 missing students, but embodied constitutional, cultural, economic, educational and political issues Chicano/a’s face everyday.
Although the attendance wasn’t as large as the past years, the event was a success. Because through this event they educated the public as in to why there couldn’t be a celebration of independence. They were able to raise awareness of the tragedy and the struggle that not only Chicanos face but what has consumed Mexico and really does not have any cause for celebration; form the unjust, inhumane and corrupt action of the Mexican government.


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