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Weak administration needs to change

Cartoon by Wendy Gracia

  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 is time to make sweeping changes at the top of the college leadership chart.  SWC, like the Sweetwater Union High School District and San Ysidro School District, may have reached the point where it can only be saved by state…

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 …

Kim Garza / Staff

UCSD is selling our seats to the rich

Correction: A previous version of this story refereed to UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla as “Prapeet” Khosla. The Sun editorial board apologizes for this error. … “UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA EXCEPT SAN DIEGO.” Trustee Humberto Peraza’s off-the-cuff remark is the most concise description of the higher education holocaust that has played out at UCSD for a decade. UCSD flat out does not want Southwestern College students. We do not bring in as much cash as foreign students. Guilty as charged. When indignant UCSD

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Sex and The Sun: Trusty condoms: Where the rubber meets the road

They come in all different sizes and play a role in reproduction. They vary in length, width and thickness. They even have different flavors. Condoms are a basic staple in birth control. They are inexpensive, accessible and fairly easy to use. They are also effective. In a single year, only 2 percent of those who used condoms correctly ended up with an accidental pregnancy. Planned Parenthood hands them out like candy on college campuses, with flashy packaging. Also resembling candy, …

Cartoon by Dan Corder

“N word” needs to go

“The word nigger to colored people of high and low degree is like a red rag to a bull. Used rightly or wrongly, ironically or seriously, of necessity for the state of realism, or impishly for the sake of comedy, it dosen’t matter…The word nigger, you see, sums up for us who are colored all the bitter years of insult and struggle in America.” —Langston Hughes  Racial slurs victimize and demean all ethnic groups.  Of all the races of the …

Joaquin Junco Jr / Staff

SWC needs to invest in gender neutral restrooms

For most, the decision to use a public restroom is made with little thought and consequence. For others it can be a high-stress situation. Gender minority students are not always sure where to go. Southwestern College has a considerable number of students who fall within a gender minority, a term used to refer to the wide range of variance and diversity of gender-based identities within the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community. Gender minority students feel their gender identity does …

Letter to the Editor: SWC provides plays for bilingual actors

This letter is in response to the article in the Sun’s Volume 57, Issue 5 “Por que no hay plays en espanol?” Mayan Hall theatre has produced over 45 percent of is productions in the past 8 years in Spanish-English, written by and for Hispanic audiences. These plays were performed by bilingual students utilizing both of their languages. Just a month ago at a department meeting we were discussing the fact that possibly too many of our productions are selected for a Spanish speaking audience and we should be doing more plays addressing the concerns of other cultures and other groups. The faculty cultivates bilingualism in performance classes and encourages its students to celebrate their bilingual skills. Bilingual performers at …