Month: January 2017

U.S. abortion policy reenactment has global impact

Written by Carsie Mendoza, Staff Writer Foreign non-governmental agencies will no longer receive US monetary support if they provide or support abortion-related services, now that President Donald Trump has reinstated the Mexico City Policy. This policy, also known as the “global gag rule,” was originally enacted by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. It prohibits non-governmental agencies (NGOs) from receiving U.S family planning assistance if they provide services related to abortion. This includes offering abortion procedures, providing counseling about abortion services, or lobbying to change abortion laws, even if these activities are financed with non-US funds. This policy has not always been in effect. It was first repealed by President Bill Clinton. Following his administration, President George W. Bush reinstated it, only for the following president Barack Obama to repeal it. Without the Mexico City Policy in place, the U.S gave funds to these organizations as long as they used funding that was not US-based for abortion services. The United States, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, is one of the largest donors in regards to …

Kansas City Royals Ace, Yordano Ventura, killed in a car accident

Written by Liz Charre, President Another young developing baseball star was taken too soon from us. Yordano Ventura, the ace of the Kansas City Royals, died in a car accident early Sunday morning in the Dominican Republic. He was only 25 years old. Ventura is one of three young MLB players that have been taken from the game too soon. Cardinals OF, Oscar Taveras, was also killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic back in 2014 and Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died five months ago in a boating accident. The cause of the accident is yet unknown but the Dominican police say they won’t rule out speed or alcohol. For now, Royals fans and players are remembering Ventura as a bright young star who loved the game of baseball. Many remember him as the hero in Game 6 of the 2014 World Series where his dominance on the mound forced a Game 7 against the San Francisco Giants. He was given the nickname “ace” for his 100mph fastball that left several batters swinging …

Jane the Virgin continues to break down barriers for women and Latinas everywhere

Written by Kimberly Aguilar, Staff Writer As Jane the Virgin takes on its third season, it continues taking on a “beautifully nuanced approach to women’s sexuality.” Magazines, such as Cosmopolitan, are naming it CW’s best show ever and it’s for all the right reasons. The show captures one of the greatest facts that television fails to portray: not all Latina characters are maids or women like Sofia Vergara. Our Los Angeles population consists of nearly 48% women and girls of Latina descent and they are also the youngest female ethnic group in California. Jane the Virgin tackles many issues Latinas face from their virginity to immigration, and the best part about it is that the show does not shy away from how vocal they want to be about it. Some of the best scenes take place in the midst of the crisis, which is usually when things unravel. In an episode where Jane Villanueva (played by Gina Rodriguez) finds out she is pregnant, her mother, Xiomara Villanueva (played by Andrea Navedo) asks her if having …

Thoughts on President Obama’s farewell speech

Written by Carsie Mendoza, Staff Writer As President Barack Obama gave his final address to the nation as president, one of the major themes was reminding ourselves how far we had come in the past eight years. Not only were there many economic successes, such as unemployment falling to 4.7%, the Dow stock exchange making it past 19,000 points, and over 20 million Americans being covered under the Affordable Healthcare Act, there have been many social-based victories as well. Some have included the repealing of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the ability for the LGBTQ+ community to marry whomever they choose, and the executive orders of DACA and DAPA or the Deferred Action for undocumented immigrants. The past eight years has seen lots of change for the better yet we are reminded by Barack Obama in this speech that even though we have seen lots of successes, we shouldn’t stand by and pretend all is right with the world. Race relations continue to be exceedingly tense as many minorities, who are quickly becoming the majority, are …

Dr. Nicole Haggard: Hold on to what matters

Faces of the Mount Dr. Nicole Amber Haggard is a Film and Media, Communications and Social Justice professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles. As a USC graduate of American Studies, she focuses on women empowerment and representation in the media. Dr. Haggard’s famous phrase in most of her classes is “Why does this matter?” Her goal is for students to learn about what they’re passionate about and most importantly, learn more about themselves.“We keep it real and we have fun because we discuss topics on what matters to them.” “If my student can learn more about themselves and their particular worldview through the eyes and ears of my classroom, then I have succeeded.” Check out this video to learn more about Dr. Haggard. Photo by Tamara Murga; Video by OnJonet Williams