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THE TRITON independent, student-run news source at the University of California, San Diego
December 8, 2019

The Current: Looking Back on 2019 and Forward to 2020

Ella Chen, Editor-in-Chief of The Triton 

Dear Readers,
 

It’s 2020! Before we head into the new year together, I’d like to take a moment and look back on the work that our amazing staff writers and editors have contributed to the paper. Our goal is always to ensure that the student body is informed about the latest news stories and campus events. The student voice—your voice—is incredibly important to us, and we strive to serve the community by holding local and university administration accountable.
 

With that, I introduce the latest project our team has been working on: The Current. This is a newsletter that will serve as a biweekly overview of all the stories we don’t want you to miss! Below, you’ll find stories from all our sections, including internal paper updates so that we maintain transparency with our readership. The intention of creating this newsletter is to organize all of each month’s content into a precise summary of the paper and the University’s state of affairs.
 

From our staff to you, we hope that you find The Current useful in staying up-to-date with current events both on- and off-campus. If you have any feedback to continue improving our newsletter, feel free to submit a response here
 

Happy Reading! 
Ella Chen
Editor-in-Chief 2019–20

        News

ELLA CHEN ELECTED 2019-20 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
April 30, 2019 | Orianna Borrelli, News Editor
Every winter quarter before Week 8, the editorial board releases internal applications for our Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor positions. Prior to the Week 8 editor’s meeting, editors review applications and come up with interview questions for the applicants. Interviews and decisions occur during the editor’s meeting itself. The decisions are announced to the staff at the end of the quarter and campus-wide during Week 5 of Spring Quarter. Ethan Edward Coston and I are proud to serve as the 2019–20 school year’s Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief, respectively. ...Read More 

THE TRITON’S MANAGING EDITOR SUES THE UC ALLEGING VIOLATION OF STATE PUBLIC RECORDS LAW
April 19, 2019 | Mo Al Elew, Senior Staff Writer


Our Managing Editor, Ethan Edward Coston, sued the UC Regents for noncompliance with the California Public Records Act, a state law that requires all government records be made public unless otherwise withheld for a specific reason. Coston alleged that the UC system denied three requests for Title IX records that would determine whether or not former UC San Diego Bookstore Operations Manager Alan Labotski violated campus sexual misconduct. The records were eventually released to Coston, and their contents are detailed in his October article titled, “UCSD Bookstore Operations Manager Resigned Without Discipline After Violating UC Sexual Misconduct Policy.” ...Read More 
SIGMA CHI ACCUSED OF MULTIPLE SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DRUGGING ALLEGATIONS, SUSPENDED AS INVESTIGATIONS ARE ONGOING
June 3, 2019 | Mo Al Elew and Sahana Narayan, Senior Staff Writer and Staff Writer
To this day, UCSD’s Sigma Chi Fraternity is still suspended after at least six sexual assault and drugging allegations prompted investigations into the chapter. The suspension came after the Panhellenic Council announced a social prohibition against the fraternity. Sigma Chi received two cease and desist letters from the University and is banned from any social or philanthropic activities during the investigation. The fraternity did not participate in Interfraternity Recruitment in Fall 2019. However, two members of the suspended fraternity did appear on the ballot for Interfraternity Council (IFC) Board Positions. The IFC Constitution prohibits any members of suspended fraternities from holding a board position. Neither Sigma Chi candidate was elected to the IFC Board. ...Read More 
News stories don’t just cover events that occur on campus. Part of The Triton’s mission is to also hold the UC system accountable. Throughout the year, our writers have reported on all UC Regents meetings, including breaking announcements and general overviews. The Student Advisor position was a non-voting position generally held by an undergraduate student that provided feedback on policies ranging from sexual assault to basic needs. In January, the Board of Regents voted to terminate the position, following support from the UC Student Association and former Student Regent Devon Graves. UCSA released a letter calling for an end to the position, saying that the position does not represent students but rather only serves a figurehead purpose. The Student Advisor at the time, Edward Huang, firmly opposed the vote, saying he was never consulted before the decision was made. In addition, Regent Charlene Zettel “condemned the changes of the proposal at the meeting, stating that giving no public notice was a betrayal of the public’s trust.” Four regents abstained from the vote.

Furthermore, former Governor Jerry Brown appointed Jonathan Sures to the Board of Regents on January 4. The appointment of another white male representative drew student concern about diversity, with students questioning whether their backgrounds and interests would be adequately represented on the board. This was not the only time in the year that the Board of Regents drew criticism from students and employees. By the end of Winter Quarter 2019, UC workers had called three strikes to protest wage inequality and job insecurity. In addition, Regent George Kieffer was accused of sexually assaulting a student during the November 13 Regents meeting. 

UC BOARD OF REGENTS TERMINATES STUDENT ADVISOR POSITION
January 17, 2019 | Ethan Coston and Ella Chen, Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief


 The University of California (UC) Board of Regents voted to end the Student Advisor to the Regents position following support from the UC Student Association (UCSA) and Student Regent Devon Graves. ...Read More 
NEW UC REGENT SPARKS CONTROVERSY ABOUT DIVERSITY ON BOARD
January 29, 2019 | Thi Nguyen, Staff Writer
In one of his final acts as Governor of California, Jerry Brown appointed Jonathan “Jay” Sures to the University of California Board of Regents on Jan. 4 ...Read More 

FIVE STAFF RESIGN WITHOUT DISCIPLINE AFTER VIOLATING TITLE IX POLICY
May 3, 2019 | Ethan Coston, Managing Editor


Although this article was published in May, it was in progress for over a year. Coston filed public records requests into Title IX violations on campus, and documents showed that of six staff members that violated sexual harassment policy, only one faced disciplinary action. This article is an overview of each investigation. The Triton periodically files public records requests in order to hold the Title IX Office accountable for sexual assault investigations. This story follows the October 2018 piece “Former Professor John Hoon Lee Named in Sexual Assault Investigation.” Lee was the sixth staff member named in the requests for violating sexual harassment policies. ...Read More 

UC SAN DIEGO FACING POTENTIAL FISCAL DISASTER
October 28, 2019 | Mo Al Elew, Senior Staff Writer
Aside from general reporting, The Triton also publishes analytical pieces that investigate statistics and numbers. Al Elew reviewed UCSD financial reports to analyze the university budget and concluded that UCSD is facing “a projected $24.2 million budget deficit in the 2021–22 fiscal year.” Furthermore, the university will need an additional $35 million in funding per year to stay financially stable. The budget deficit is projected to increase each year, with the University projecting to break even this school year. In this breaking story, Al Elew analyzes key components of the University’s changing budget, including private donations and key expenditures.  ...Read More 

        Opinion & Feature

SUBMISSION: BEYOND A LIFE IN THE RED
January 7, 2019 | Niall Twohig
  The Triton does not often publish features, but Twohig’s three-part article is powerful in that it not only discusses mental health, but also how it ties into his upbringing and worldview. The feature is divided into three segments: Twohig’s self-perception and definition of failure, his relationship with his dad, and his shift in perspective throughout the piece.
  Twohig’s feature is a must-read, as it ties together elements of mental illness, self-love, and perspective in such a way that anyone can relate to it.
...Read More 
SUBMISSION: “THE UNIVERSITY’S INADEQUATE SYSTEM FOR HANDLING DISABILITY MADE ME SICKER”—AN OPEN LETTER TO VICE CHANCELLOR PETTIT
February 14, 2019 | Krys Méndez
In addition to op-eds written by staff writers and editorials that represent the editorial board’s general opinion, The Triton publishes submissions from outside sources, often students. Krys Mendez, a fifth-year doctoral student in Ethnic Studies, faced unemployment as a result of his disability. He was offered a temporary position for a year, but without secured employment, he was unable to access the healthcare he needed. On February 1, a group of students demonstrated on campus in support of Mendez’s case. 
  In his submission letter, Mendez describes living with Multiple Sclerosis and balancing the duties of a student and researcher. Dr. Becky Pettit is the Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and Mendez implores her to work in her office to improve the plight of students with disabilities by adhering to policies and providing reasonable accommodations.
...Read More 
CAPS IS ONLY THE FIRST STEP
April 18, 2019 | Ella Chen, Editor-in-Chief
This is the first op-ed that I’ve written. As someone who struggles frequently to cope with her mental illness, I understand how difficult it is to reach out and take the first step to find the care I need. In this op-ed, I share my personal experience using CAPS on campus, going through the process of finding a therapist, and then shifting off campus for more suitable care. CAPS was my bridge to finding more mental health resources and better understanding my own symptoms so that I could be more equipped to voice my needs when I moved elsewhere for therapy. My hope in writing this piece is that students will view CAPS as an initial resource in seeking the proper mental healthcare they need...Read More 
A PLACE TO CALL HOME: THE QUESTION OF TRANSFER HOUSING
October 9, 2019 | Thomas Ebrahimi, Contributing Writer
Oftentimes, UCSD overlooks the transfer student experience. In this op-ed, Ebrahimi describes his own experience when he transferred and lived in The Village. He couldn’t help but feel isolated, pushed into a corner of campus with other transfer students but not necessarily growing closer to anyone despite living in the community. Ebrahimi highlights how other universities treat their transfer students and concludes that it’s not so much where the transfer students live but rather how hard the university tries to integrate them into the campus community and help them feel like they belong....Read More 

  ASUCSD ELECTIONS RECAP

Associated Students of UCSD (ASUCSD) holds student government elections during the second week of spring quarter. Candidates begin campaigning at the beginning of March, following the mandatory candidates meeting in the forum. To prepare for AS elections, The Triton’s editorial board conducts endorsement interviews for executive office candidates at the end of week 9. Editorials are written over spring break and official endorsements are generally released week 1 of spring quarter to prepare for voting in the following week. 

This past year, there were two opposing slates: Tritons United and Fresh Start. The Triton endorsed Fresh Start candidates Eleanor Grudin and Melina Reynoso for AS President and Vice President of Campus Affairs, respectively. The editorial board did not endorse any candidate for the Office of External Affairs in the belief that neither candidate was suited for the position.

Before Spring Quarter 2019 began, three candidates were removed from the ballot: Tritons United presidential candidate Joey Giltner, Vice President of Campus Affairs candidate Elvin Topalov, and FRESH START Vice President of External Affairs candidate Crystal Sandoval. The rest of the Tritons United candidates separated from the slate once the quarter started, citing irreconcilable differences. To announce their separation, they submitted an op-ed that was published the same night they spoke to our editorial board. As such, all of these candidates ran as independents. The full list of elections results can be found here.

Following elections season, the editorial board sat down and reflected on the past few weeks. The result of this reflection is our editorial titled, “Step Up, UCSD.” The editorial encourages students to take direct action in a student government that should be advocating for them. The easiest way to do so? Run for office. 

        ARTS & CULTURE

STAYING WARM: GROUP SEX AT UCSD
February 22, 2019 | Nicole Morris, Contributing Writer
  This year, The Triton released its first-ever sex column. “Staying Warm” is the first piece in a series that also includes, “Scratch the Itch: ‘Oddly Satisfying’ Porn at UCSD.” The column is not only novel in its topic of discussion but also an opportunity to feature unique artwork from our graphics team. Morris, aka Cool Slut, explores aspects of non-monogamy and hookup culture on campus. Emphasizing the concept of consent, Morris shares her advice for one’s first experience with group sex, including toys, safe practices, and location....Read More 
CLUB CULTURE: KAIBIGANG PILIPIN@
December 4, 2019 | Danielle Hernandez, Staff Writer
Much like the aforementioned sex column, Club Culture is one of the Arts and Culture section’s up-and-coming pilot series. Hernandez’s feature is the first of future spotlights into student organizations on campus. Kaibigang Pilipin@ is UCSD’s Filipinx-interest organization on campus, and every spring quarter, members organize the Pilipin@ Cultural Celebration. The show explores themes within the Filipinx community, including family, mental health, and identity. This year’s show will specifically highlight colorism by telling the story of two Filipinx college students who navigate colorism and personal identity while falling in love. The show will be held on April 23 and 24 in Mandeville Auditorium...Read More 
VINCE STAPLES TO HEADLINE SUN GOD
April 8, 2019 | Sabira Parajuli, Former Arts and Culture Editor
The largest musical event of the school year is Sun God Music Festival. The six-hour festival features up-and-coming artists, food, a water slide, and a silent disco. Vince Staples, Hayley Kiyoko, and Joji headlined this year’s concert. Every year, The Triton works with Associated Students Concerts and Events (ASCE) to deliver to announcement to the student body. For students opting out of the weekend festival, former Assistant Arts and Culture Editor Kate Zegans compiled a list of events around San Diego for students to enjoy off-campus. The list includes a city-wide book crawl, artwalk, and The Office-themed bar crawl for those 21+. Other than the music and festivities, Sun God is known for its myriad of iconic outfits dotting RIMAC field. During the festival, staff writer Kristina Stahl photographed students’ outfits and makeup for a compelling photo journal of Sun God 2019’s fashion collection....Read More 
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