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Time for Mia McClellan to Resign

Cartoon by John Ryu

Dean Mia McClellan’s private war on the student news media rages on, and she has sucked the campus police and college president into the fray. What began as a grievance hearing soon escalated into another First Amendment violation by the Queen of Darkness and Shadows. Never one to pass up a chance to continue her long-running vendetta against The Sun, McClellan once again made a mountain out of a mole hill by using her own self-serving interpretation of a college rule and summoning her private army—the campus police—to block access to a meeting that should have been open. Sun staff members were informed of a grievance hearing initiated by student Hugo Rodriguez, who charged two EMT instructors with using racial…

Journalism Study Abroad

Study abroad programs opens new global vistas

Savoring a macaroon in Paris, scaling the Great Wall of China and drifting in a gondola in the heart of Venice seem like distant and unattainable experiences to college students working for textbook money at the corner taco shop. No more. Southwestern College is part of a growing vanguard of high education institutions encouraging their students to study abroad. Too many, however, are hesitant to take the opportunity. Study abroad programs encourage a worldview and expand our awareness. Traveling American …

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: SWC Qatar Exchange Program

Re: June 9, 2014 Viewpoint article regarding Southwestern College’s relationship with Qatar, titled “Relationship with Qatar condones misogyny.” I would like to provide information that will correct some factual errors in the article and offer my perspective. First, I must state that this agreement was not made in secret. The Qatar International Program was posted on the Governing Board’s public agenda four different times. There was considerable open, public discussion of this program during the Board meetings, in particular when the agreement was being negotiated and then approved by the trustees in December. A second issue is one of information omission. Students accepted into the Qatar program are employees of the Qatari Coast Guard, which currently does not include women. …

Cartoon by Wendy Gracia

Weak administration needs to change

  Former Interim Vice President of Human Resources Lynn Solomita is a liar. Bold statement? Yes, but a true one. She was caught red handed when the Superior Court turned over a document she vehemently denied existed. In one of the more brazen acts of mendacious behavior this institution has seen since the criminal trio of Raj Chopra, Nick Alioto and Yolanda Salcido slithered among us, Solomita has once again embarrassed Southwestern College and forces us to wonder if it …

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Sex and the Sun: Fake orgasms can leave the wrong impression

Fake it until you make it, right? Wrong. According to the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, 85 percent of men said that their partner had an orgasm during the last time they had sex. Only 64 percent of the women reported actually having one. That is more than a few orgasms that are not being accounted for. These men think that women are having orgasms because that is what they are led to believe. Lying about having an …

By Christian Olivares

Males can be feminists, too

“For every girl who is tired of acting weak when she is strong, there is a boy tired of appearing strong when he feels vulnerable. For every boy who is burdened with the constant expectation of knowing everything, there is a girl tired of people not trusting her intelligence.” – Nancy R. Smith, Poet. There is much controversy with the F word. It is enough to make people cringe or turn away in disgust. Men think that it is highly …

By Joaquin Junco Jr./Staff

Low transfer rates plague Afro students

Southwestern College prides itself on being the top producer of Associate’s degrees for minorities. Unfortunately, African-American students population are severely underrepresented in graduation and transfers rates. Knowledge is power, but African-Americans are not getting the education they need to empower future generations and boost transfer rates.  It is a vicious cycle. Rates have fluctuated in the past few years, but the numbers remain extremely low for black students. There are currently a little more than 1,000 African-American students at Southwestern …

Kim Garza/Staff

Extracurriculars and internships fuel success

With job markets flooded with qualified applicants, demonstrating experience beyond the confines of academics has never been more important. Although having extra pocket change is nice, sometimes not being paid to work and volunteering instead has a much deeper effect. Having real world experience in the professional world is the best way to succeed in the long run. Internships are a great example, but they are not the only one. Volunteering even at a local church is more effective than …

Dan Cordero/Staff

Slavery is at all-time high

Congress passed the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery in 1865, but worldwide slavery levels are at an all-time high. Human trafficking is the weed growing in the community garden of progress. Human trafficking is the second fastest growing crime and rakes in $32 billion every year. It is estimated that there are 20-30 million people living as slaves in the world, with the odds of rescue being 1-in-100. It is a despairing truth that children are being subjected to extreme brutality …

Aydan Lopez/Staff

Homeless need, deserve our help

San Diego’s homeless are present in almost every community, yet they go virtually unnoticed. They are the living ghosts of the street, exiled to extreme poverty. Many people turn a blind eye out of second-hand embarrassment or disgust, and choose to ignore homeless rather than lend a helping hand. Our societal lack of compassion for our fellow humans needs to change. Voices of the homeless need to be heard. San Diego County had a reported 8,879 homeless people in 2013. …

By Joaquin Junco Jr.

Relationship with Qatar condones misogyny

Under the cloak of secrecy, but in broad daylight, Southwestern College cut an education deal with the fascist monarchy of Qatar. A tiny oil-producing country in the Persian Gulf that wields an economic battle axe on the world stage, Qatar is scheduled to start sending students to SWC as part of a joint venture with EC English La Jolla and the Maritime Institute, two for-profit schools in San Diego. This groundbreaking deal was so important to SWC it was buried …