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5 Hot Topics You Should Know If You Go To UCLA

Here you will find 5 news stories involving UCLA and its students.

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Are you always studying? Do you stand on the sidelines of conversations because you aren't constantly up to date on the latest and the greatest? Here are some quick blurbs to keep you afloat!! These stories have all come out or have been updated within this month, so don't worry about being behind!

5. The Hill will be undergoing renovations in the upcoming months.

On Campus Housing, also referred to as "The Hill," has recently come out with photos of renovations that are currently underway. Some of their updates include DeNeve To Go, Covel dining hall, a new residence hall behind Rieber Terrace, and new undergraduate apartments. Covel dining hall will be taking on a different look in the upcoming year. They plan to open the dining hall for studying, as they do with feast, changing the lighting for optimal studying. The residence hall being built behind Rieber Terrace will have a bridge connecting both buildings, and it will be more outdoorsy for a comfortable feel. There will be new undergraduate apartments being built near Weyburn terrace and on the corner of Le Conte and Gayley. With the new housing, they hope to be able to offer first year students 4 years of guaranteed housing and transfer students 2 years guaranteed housing, but they aren't promising that just yet because housing is aware of increasing enrollment rates.

4. Spring Sing rescinds award from Don McLean.

It seems like there was "bad news on the doorstep" for the "American Pie" singer Don McLean. After offering McLean the 2019 George and Ira Gershwin Award, the Student Alumni Association rescinded the award from the artist when they found out about his domestic violence conviction. McLean, upset about the ordeal, posted on Facebook, demanding an apology while stating "Maybe I need to give you some bribe money to grease the college wheel." According to the Daily Bruin, Kayla Samuels, the executive director of Spring Sing, says the committee won't apologize for standing with survivors of abuse.

3. UCPD block party racist accusations

At the All-Hill Town Hall, a UCLA resident questioned UCPD about the allegations of racism in a video circulating from a Block Party in the beginning of Spring quarter. In the video, it looks like there are several officers surrounding a black "student" while there are other students setting off fireworks in the back. According to the officers, this person was not a student and was not affiliated or part of the UCLA community. The officers on the scene had seen him make two transactions before approaching him. At the time of them approaching him, there were no fireworks going off. They questioned him about what he was selling, and the fireworks went off. They let him walk away with a warning despite having a warrant against him and having drugs with the intent to sell. Another student then asked why they didn't have some officers stay with him and others approach the students with the fireworks, but they said it was for the safety of the students as well as the officers. However, people are questioning their intentions because they let this man go despite there being a warrant.

2. Students and faculty of Luskin School of Public Affairs assist families seeking asylum in Texas.

In February, four students and two faculty members of the Luskin School of Public Affairs went to Dilley, Texas to assist mothers and children in detention. The detention center was built when Obama was in office as a place to seek asylum, but it gained traction when the stories regarding family separation were released. The detention center only has 12 employees helping families prepare for their credible fear interviews, therefore they greatly appreciate the volunteer they received from the UCLA students. They shared that it was impactful seeing that the mothers were ok with the kids hearing them talk about what they went through until they realized the kids went through that too. Their lives were also threatened when their mother's lives were.

1. San Francisco Chronicle announces UCLA as "California's most important educational institution"

At a 20 minute drive away from UC Berkeley, the San Francisco Chronicle published a story on May 12 with the title "UCLA beats UC Berkeley on every count." After giving some history on the origin of UCLA and introducing its centennial celebration, the author states that while Stanford and Berkeley have their own quirks, "[UCLA] is better at sports (117 NCAA team championships and counting), and offers more academic options including a world-class medical center." He emphasizes that UCLA was built on taking risks and believes it will continue to do so as it serves its students, 35% of which receive pell grants. He closes, "Then UC Berkeley can follow its lead." There you have it Bruins…UCLA is better than UC Berkeley on yet another count.

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I Am A College Student, And I Think Free Tuition Is Unfair To Everyone Who's Already Paid For It

Stop expecting others to pay for you.

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I attend Fordham University, a private university in the Bronx.

I commute to school because I can't afford to take out more loans than I already do.

Granted, I've received scholarships because of my grades, but they don't cover my whole tuition. I am nineteen years old and I have already amassed the debt of a 40-year-old. I work part-time and the money I make covers the bills I have to pay. I come from a middle-class family, but my dad can't afford to pay off my college loans.

I'm not complaining because I want my dad to pay my loans off for me; rather I am complaining because while my dad can't pay my loans off (which, believe me, he wants too), he's about to start paying off someone else's.

During the election, Bernie frequently advocated for free college.

Now, if he knew enough about economics he would know it simply isn't feasible. Luckily for him, he is seeing his plan enacted by Cuomo in NY. Cuomo has just announced that in NY, state public college will be free.

Before we go any further, it's important to understand what 'free' means.

Nothing is free; every single government program is paid for by the taxpayers. If you don't make enough to have to pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. If you live off welfare and don't pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. When someone offers someone something free, it's easy to take it, like it, and advocate for it, simply because you are not the one paying for it.

Cuomo's free college plan will cost $163,000,000 in the first year (Did that take your breath away too?). Now, in order to pay for this, NY state will increase their spending on higher education to cover these costs. Putting two and two together, if the state decides to raise their budget, they need money. If they need money they look to the taxpayers. The taxpayers are now forced to foot the bill for this program.

I think education is extremely important and useful.

However, my feelings on the importance of education does not mean that I think it should be free. Is college expensive? Yes -- but more so for private universities. Public universities like SUNY Cortland cost around $6,470 per year for in-state residents. That is still significantly less than one of my loans for one semester.

I've been told that maybe I shouldn't have picked a private university, but like I said, I believe education is important. I want to take advantage of the education this country offers, and so I am going to choose the best university I could, which is how I ended up at Fordham. I am not knocking public universities, they are fine institutions, they are just not for me.

My problems with this new legislation lie in the following: Nowhere are there any provisions that force the student receiving aid to have a part-time job.

I work part-time, my sister works part-time, and plenty of my friends work part-time. Working and going to school is stressful, but I do it because I need money. I need money to pay my loans off and buy my textbooks, among other things. The reason I need money is because my parents can't afford to pay off my loans and textbooks as well as both of my sisters'. There is absolutely no reason why every student who will be receiving aid is not forced to have a part-time job, whether it be working in the school library or waitressing.

We are setting up these young adults up for failure, allowing them to think someone else will always be there to foot their bills. It's ridiculous. What bothers me the most, though, is that my dad has to pay for this. Not only my dad, but plenty of senior citizens who don't even have kids, among everyone else.

The cost of living is only going up, yet paychecks rarely do the same. Further taxation is not a solution. The point of free college is to help young adults join the workforce and better our economy; however, people my parents' age are also needed to help better our economy. How are they supposed to do so when they can't spend their money because they are too busy paying taxes?

Free college is not free, the same way free healthcare isn't free.

There is only so much more the taxpayers can take. So to all the students about to get free college: get a part-time job, take personal responsibility, and take out a loan — just like the rest of us do. The world isn't going to coddle you much longer, so start acting like an adult.

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Pride? Pride.

Who are we? Why are we proud?

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This past week, I was called a faggot by someone close to me and by note, of all ways. The shock rolled through my body like thunder across barren plains and I was stuck paralyzed in place, frozen, unlike the melting ice caps. My chest suddenly felt tight, my hearing became dim, and my mind went blank except for one all-encompassing and constant word. Finally, after having thawed, my rage bubbled forward like divine retribution and I stood poised and ready to curse the name of the offending person. My tongue lashed the air into a frenzy, and I was angry until I let myself break and weep twice. Later, I began to question not sexualities or words used to express (or disparage) them, but my own embodiment of them.

For members of the queer community, there are several unspoken and vital rules that come into play in many situations, mainly for you to not be assaulted or worse (and it's all too often worse). Make sure your movements are measured and fit within the realm of possible heterosexuality. Keep your music low and let no one hear who you listen to. Avoid every shred of anything stereotypically gay or feminine like the plague. Tell the truth without details when you can and tell half-truths with real details if you must. And above all, learn how to clear your search history. At twenty, I remember my days of teaching my puberty-stricken body the lessons I thought no one else was learning. Over time I learned the more subtle and more important lessons of what exactly gay culture is. Now a man with a head and social media accounts full of gay indicators, I find myself wondering both what it all means and more importantly, does it even matter?

To the question of whether it matters, the answer is naturally yes and no (and no, that's not my answer because I'm a Gemini). The month of June has the pleasure of being the time of year when the LGBT+ community embraces the hateful rhetoric and indulges in one of the deadly sins. Pride. Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, the figures at the head of the gay liberation movement, fought for something larger than themselves and as with the rest of the LGBT+ community, Pride is more than a parade of muscular white men dancing in their underwear. It's a time of reflection, of mourning, of celebration, of course, and most importantly, of hope. Pride is a time to look back at how far we've come and realize that there is still a far way to go.

This year marks fifty years since the Stonewall Riots and the gay liberation movement launched onto the world stage, thus making the learning and embracing of gay culture that much more important. The waves of queer people that come after the AIDS crisis has been given the task of rebuilding and redefining. The AIDS crisis was more than just that. It was Death itself stalking through the community with the help of Regan doing nothing. It was going out with friends and your circle shrinking faster than you can try or even care to replenish. Where do you go after the apocalypse? The LGBT+ community was a world shut off from access by a touch of death and now on the other side, we must weave in as much life as we can.

But we can't freeze and dwell of this forever. It matters because that's where we came from, but it doesn't matter because that's not where we are anymore. We're in a time of rebirth and spring. The LGBT+ community can forge a new identity where the AIDS crisis is not the defining feature, rather a defining feature to be immortalized, mourned, and moved on from.

And to the question of what does it all mean? Well, it means that I'm gay and that I've learned the central lesson that all queer people should learn in middle school. It's called Pride for a reason. We have to shoulder the weight of it all and still hold our head high and we should. Pride is the LGBT+ community turning lemons into lemon squares and limoncello. The lemon squares are funeral cakes meant to mourn and be a familiar reminder of what passed, but the limoncello is the extravagant and intoxicating celebration of what is to come. This year I choose to combine the two and get drunk off funeral cakes. Something tells me that those who came before would've wanted me to celebrate.

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