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October 9, 2020

The Current: Back to School Edition

Ella Chen, Editor-in-Chief of The Triton

Hello everyone!

The school year has begun, which means that the first edition of The Current is here! For those of you that have experienced Fall Quarter before, it probably isn’t like this one. For new students, things are a little different now, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to get the full first quarter experience! Most clubs and organizations have transitioned to some form of virtual engagement and recruitment, and The Triton is no exception. Stay tuned for announcements and important dates if you’re looking to get involved this quarter!

Our staff writers and editors are still hard at work this  summer, covering issues pertaining to administration, the UC system, and more. Being a journalist is a year-round kind of job, but we do it because we believe that keeping you, our community, informed is our top priority. That being said, we want to hear from you! If you have any story tips, questions about how we work, feedback, or inquiries about something happening on campus, feel free to reach out to me at editor@triton.news. 

In other news, my community office hours are back! If you’d rather chat with me face-to-face, you’re more than welcome to pop in on Tuesdays from 4-6pm at this zoom link: https://ucsd.zoom.us/j/93425375031

We have so many exciting stories and engagement opportunities this quarter! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stay updated, and we can’t wait for what this quarter has in store for all of us. See you in two weeks!

Take care,

Ella Chen

Editor-in-Chief 2020-21

NEWS RECAP

Photo courtesy of Arlene Banuelos
 

Throughout the summer, our staff writers have continued writing articles and staying up-to-date with the evolving pandemic situation. With the implementation of the Return to Learn program and the wave of social movements happening across the country, there have been so many stories keeping us on our toes. Here’s a quick recap of what you missed:

June

  • UC Berkeley transfer student Alexis Zaragoza was nominated as the 2021-2022 student regent and later approved by the Board of Regents. As the student regent-designate, Zaragoza will serve as a non-voting member until her term begins in July 2021. She is a member of the Cherokee nation as well as a Latinx student, and she will be serving alongside incoming 2020-2021 student regent Jamaal Mawwakki. 

  • UC Chief Investment Officer Jagdeep Singh Bachher announced that the University of California has completely divested from fossil fuels, after selling $1 billion in assets from all portfolios. Student activists have long been pressuring the UC Office of the President to divest from fossil fuels, and members of the Green New Deal at UCSD have expressed concern that the decision was made solely out of financial consideration rather than moral reasons. 

  • Following the resurgence of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and George Floyd’s murder at the beginning of June, Associated Students of UCSD approved a resolution supporting the defunding of UCSD Police Department and abolishment of UCPD. However, retired UC President Janet Napolitano has stated in interviews that UC will not defund its police force but rather will adopt the 8 Can’t Wait campaign, which is a series of police reforms meant to curb police violence. 

July

  • During the July 7 Board of Regents meeting, Dr. Michael V. Drake was unanimously voted to replace retiring UC President Janet Napolitano. He is the 21st UC President and the first Black leader of the UC system. 

  • In a weeklong series of events, the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a new policy revoking the visas of international students that were not taking any in-person classes in the fall. After Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced plans to sue the federal government, universities across the system, including the UC system, followed suit. The policy was reversed a few days later. 

  • The Black Student Union released a statement of demands to the UCSD administration after a month of civil unrest and instances of racism, such the Zoom bombing incident on May 30. However, only one department, the Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services, responded to the demands. 

September/October

  • Students and staff members pushed to rename Muir College in response to John Muir’s history of racism. Thus, faculty including the Provost of Muir College Wayne Yang, want to address Muir’s legacy by renaming the college and not villainizing John Muir. There is no formal process to rename areas of campus, so governing bodies such as the Muir College Council will likely play a role in the process. 

  • The UCSD  Financial Aid Office recently changed the housing status of all students listed as dependents to living at home, meaning many students had their financial aid significantly reduced. Furthermore, the office was unable to consistently communicate with students steps to change the status, leading to confusion and student concern.

ON THE FLIP SIDE

Photo Courtesy of Daniel Chekalov/Unsplash
We are so excited to announce upcoming content in both of our Opinion and Arts and Culture sections! Our A&C editors and staff writers are hard at work compiling back-to-school recommendations curated just for you, so check back soon for those. We also can’t wait to show you the two columns that started this summer. A&C Assistant Editor Kiyahna Brown will be starting The Triton’s first ever Black column to discuss her experience being Black, especially at UCSD. I will be starting a mental health column that will be published monthly. Check back later this month here to read the first of many columns to come!
Community Happenings
Photos courtesy of the Cross Cultural Center.

UCSD is home to many resource centers on campus, and they celebrate communities of students as well as provide a safe space for students to relax, get involved, and learn. Here are some highlights if you’re looking to get involved with some of these communities, even virtually!

  • The Black Student Union (BSU) just wrapped up Welcome Week with events such as Black Movie Night, so follow them on Twitter and Instagram to stay updated with their latest events. To learn more about the Black Resource Center, read their e-newsletter, called “The Grape Vine” to stay posted! 

  • The Women’s Center is currently closed, but it is hosting the Women Writing History Project at least until the end of 2020. The goal is to encourage women, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming folx in the UCSD community to journal in order to create an archive of their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • The LGBT Resource Center is hosting the weekly Asian & Queer Collective every Thursday from 5-6:30 p.m. to support and empower queer Asian students on campus and foster community through discussion of intersectionality. To learn more, email queernasianucsd@gmail.com

Recruitment 

Are you interested in staying involved even while at home? Join The Triton! We’re looking for passionate students that care about holding administration accountable and keeping the student body informed. You don’t need any experience to join, so come see what The Triton family is about! Here are some upcoming events if you’re interested in learning more. 

  • Info Session II will be Thursday, October 15 at 7 p.m. As a five-year anniversary celebration, we will be inviting back alum to share their post-graduation experiences and how The Triton was a part of their time in college! Here’s the zoom link: https://ucsd.zoom.us/j/96309983616

  • Our second Facebook Live will be happening Wednesday, October 21 from 5-6 p.m. This will be town hall, Q&A style, so if you have any questions or are just curious about how we work, tune in so we can get you an answer! 

  • You can apply to join our staff and submit an application here: https://triton.news/apply/ 

  • Our virtual all-staff orientation will be on Saturday, October 24, so come meet the editors and staff members to learn what being a Triton journalist is like!
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