Cash, Ricasa embarrass our college

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“Send lawyers, guns and money/ Dad, get me out of this!” —Warren Zevon Most of the time the citizens of our community do not really know what’s going on at Southwestern College. Our island of self-importance ends at Otay Lakes Road and East H Street. Ask someone at Ralph’s, MJ’s Fusion Grill or I Sushi about labor negotiations, the Student Success Task Force or our dynastic cross-country athletes and you will likely get a shrug or blank stare. (Unless, of course, they read The Sun.) What people in Chula Vista, National City, IB, Bonita and San Ysidro do know about is our loony gun-slinger police chief Michael Cash and our admitted-criminal EOPS director Arlie Ricasa. When staff members of The…

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Por que no hay plays en espanol?

Southwestern College is an American institution with a Mexican heartbeat. It serves thousands of students at home in two countries, two cultures and two languages. It is bustling crossroads where two great cultures overlap and interact. English and Spanish are spoken interchangeably in the halls, classrooms and fields, but there is little representation for bilingual students on the stage. SWC is brimming with linguistically gifted actors, singers and musicians. It is home to the planet Earth’s best collegiate Mariachi. During …

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Bilingualism is a benefit in more ways than one

Hand gestures, frustration and a loss for words. Sounds like a tough game of charades, but it is the reality for monolingual speakers working in multilingual Chula Vista. Hearing rapid-fire Spanish while walking to class or Tagalog in the library is a common occurrence at Southwestern College. After attending the school long enough, other spoken languages begin to sound like background music. Proximity to the Mexican border means passive Spanish is the #1 “foreign” language. Sitting on the Pacific Rim …

Joaquin Junco Jr./Staff

Spanglish, like SWC, is a beautiful blend

Spanglish, like the famous carne asada fries at Lolitas, is a marriage made en el cielo. As the United ­States and Mexico continue to blend cultures in our magical and unique San Diego­–Tijuana borderlands, Spanglish is less of a novelty and more of a way of life. Besides, mixing English and Spanish together, is … como se dice… helpful. Some puristas argue that speaking Spanglish is unprofessional and call those who speak it  “pochos,” claiming that it is a result …

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Hidden class fees hit low income students hardest

“From near to far, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!” – Dr. Seuss At our beloved college hidden fees are also everywhere. Some Southwestern College classes have been surprising students with hidden class fees, like a scorpion in a sneaker. Students are too often required to pay for subscriptions to websites like MathXL, engineering software like Solidworks or unforeseen art supplies. Websites may charge students as much to $60 for a six-month subscription. MathXL is ubiquitous in math …

Letters To The Editor: Administration coddles police chief

What does it take to get fired at Southwestern College? Apparently firing a weapon at head level through a blind wall with no idea of what’s on the other side and nearly causing a fatality is not grounds for firing, otherwise Police Chief Michael Cash would be gone. Cash came closer than anyone in the college’s history to killing someone with a gun. This was first and foremost a crime, not an accident. Southwestern College took the predictable act of first calling its lawyers because they realized that this is a potential lawsuit. There is a video camera with audio in the booking room of the SWC police department. What happened to this evidence may never be known.  This would …

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SWC needs to re-establish academics as its priority

Now that five former college officials have admitted to criminal activities and the SWC portion of the South Bay Corruption Case is winding down, it is time for this institution to make a sharp turn. After 11 years of budget crises, revolving door leadership, multiple grand jury spankings, a reign of incompetence and terror, near-loss of accreditation, national headlines and the District Attorney indicting 11 people with SWC connections…it is time to breathe. It is time to reflect. It is …

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Sex and the Sun: There is no justification for rape

There is no grey area or moral loopholes. No hidden clause in a jumble of legality stating the opposite. Rape Is rape. Women between the ages of 16-24 have a four times higher risk of being raped than any other group. College freshmen are the most raped women of all. Rape of young women are too easily blamed on provocative dressing and alcohol consumption. Excuses, excuses. Both unacceptable. Rape is caused by rapists. Women should never be blamed for being …

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Student apathy on campus is disappointing

A disconnect has developed and students are numb to the events that are happening on their campus, in their communities and across the country. Even the latest episode of “The Walking Dead” has nothing on the mindless drones wandering the Southwestern College campus. Student apathy has risen to new heights and SWC is not immune to a zombie pandemic. In what can best be described as Grade 13, this college has fallen prey to a debilitating disease that spreads like …

Joaquin Junco Jr./Staff

Technology debilitates students

Technology has advanced so far that we no longer have to be bothered with the mundane tasks of everyday life or what is the human experience. Convenience is obsession. Our fingertips are digital powerhouses. Einstein was right again. Smart phones, tablets and laptops have hindered the way we live. It is as if while everyone is busy updating social media they have forgotten to actually live in the moment. Technophiles are so busy posting online about their lives instead of …

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Reinstatement of police chief has rattled faith in college leaders

What happened?  We just want to know what happened. We want the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the gunfire in campus police headquarters.  We deserve to know what happened.  We have the right to know what happened. We need to know that our police chief is capable of defending us and that our college president is capable of open, honest communication. So far we have little evidence of either. It is disconcerting enough that Campus …