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April 4, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
The Riverside City College student body president convicted of kidnapping and committing lewd acts with a child confirmed his status as a sex offender Thursday. But Doug Figueroa, 40, emphasized that he pleaded guilty, in part so that he “could immediately engage in … proactive change in my life.” In an email to The Times, Figueroa said he enrolled in school and became involved on campus to help foster that change. “My heart does go out to any victim of any kind of abuse,” he wrote in the email.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
Bryan Mejia has some advice for the Los Angeles Board of Education. He isn't a gadfly or political consultant. He isn't running for office - he can't even vote. Mejia is a high school student. And he wants to help fix what he and other students see as the board's fundamental flaw: It is missing a voice it purports to represent. "We should have representation where the decisions affecting our education are made," the 17-year-old said. "The school board. " The board is expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal to allow a student advisory member on the board.
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November 22, 1992 | BERNICE HIRABAYASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reinstated Santa Monica College student body President Patrick Ortega has accepted $35,500 from the college to settle a lawsuit in which he had accused the college and others of violating his constitutional right to free speech. Ortega won the election for student body president last spring but was disqualified before he took office for running a negative ad campaign. He appealed the disqualification to the Santa Monica Community College District Board of Trustees, but the decision was upheld.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A student government commissioner at UCLA was arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment after a fellow student alleged he had sexually assaulted her within the past several months, university police said. Omar Arce, 21, is scheduled to be arraigned on the false imprisonment charge Friday after he was taken to the West Hollywood sheriff's station, said Nancy Greenstein, a spokeswoman for the UCLA Police Department. The school's student body president initially announced that Arce had faced a sexual assault charge, but Greenstein said that was inaccurate.
NEWS
October 29, 1992 | BERNICE HIRABAYASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles federal judge this week issued a preliminary injunction to halt a student election at Santa Monica College and reinstate the student body president elected last spring. U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson ruled that Patrick Ortega, 23, may have had his right to free speech denied when college and student government officials disqualified him for a negative campaign ad he ran in the student newspaper in April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1996 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vladimir Cerna, the star Cal State Northridge student who sparked a controversy when he revealed he was an illegal immigrant at the height of a political battle over Proposition 187, was elected president of the student body this week. Cerna said in an interview Friday that his victory is all the more poignant given the reheated debate over illegal immigration triggered by the recent beating incident involving Riverside County sheriff's deputies.
SPORTS
December 20, 1992 | TOM BIRSCHBACH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Audrey Gibson, now an investigative assistant for the Orange County District Attorney's office, gave birth to her first child 17 years ago, she named her Kwanzaa, a Swahili word for "First Fruits." Western High School girls' basketball Coach Ron Flores hopes that forward-center Kwanzaa Gibson will ripen into a leader for the Pioneers this season.
NEWS
October 28, 1993 | DIANA S. KIM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When La Canada High School student body president Todd Reynolds first heard that he had been chosen to go to Washington to meet the President, he conjured up a famous image: the young Bill Clinton standing in line at the White House to shake hands with President John F. Kennedy. Reynolds envisioned standing in line in the White House Rose Garden to be honored by President Clinton.
NEWS
May 7, 1995
When Gerardo Pinedo discovered recently that East Los Angeles College might get only a small portion of the funds it will need next year to support a substantial enrollment increase, he decided it was time for action. Pinedo, 20, president of the community college's 16,000-student body, organized a protest that prompted the board of trustees to reassess the budget allocation.
NATIONAL
March 15, 2014 | By David Zucchino
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - In almost every sense, Emilio Vicente is an American success story. He grew up a shy kid in the North Carolina mill town of Siler City. His parents, who moved there when he was 6, had little formal education and worked long, punishing shifts at a chicken processing plant to support their seven children. Vicente's strong grades and college boards earned him a full scholarship to the University of North Carolina, one of the nation's most prestigious public universities.
NATIONAL
March 15, 2014 | By David Zucchino
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - In almost every sense, Emilio Vicente is an American success story. He grew up a shy kid in the North Carolina mill town of Siler City. His parents, who moved there when he was 6, had little formal education and worked long, punishing shifts at a chicken processing plant to support their seven children. Vicente's strong grades and college boards earned him a full scholarship to the University of North Carolina, one of the nation's most prestigious public universities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | By Jason Song
James White hesitated before deciding to run for USC student body president, knowing he'd be a long shot because of his background. Because he's black? "No, not that," White said, adding that race isn't the biggest deal in campus presidential elections. "It's other forms of diversity that aren't appreciated. "  FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article said that USC student government presidential candidates have been exclusively male since 2005. That is the case since 2006.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A 22-year-old man from Huntington Beach was sentenced Monday to a year in federal prison for stealing the identities and computer passwords of more than 700 students so he could rig an election and become student body president at Cal State San Marcos. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said that Matthew Weaver showed "phenomenal misjudgment" by stealing the identities and passwords and then, when caught, trying to blame other students. "He's on fire for this crime and then he pours gasoline on it" by blaming others, Burns said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
The Riverside City College student body president is a registered sex offender who has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and committing lewd acts with a child less than 14 years old. School officials knew about the status of Doug Robert Figueroa, 40, prior to his run for office, but in a statement, they said they had “determined that there was no policy, statute or ordinance that could prohibit this student from seeking office as student body president”...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
The Riverside City College student body president convicted of kidnapping and committing lewd acts with a child confirmed his status as a sex offender Thursday. But Doug Figueroa, 40, emphasized that he pleaded guilty, in part so that he “could immediately engage in … proactive change in my life.” In an email to The Times, Figueroa said he enrolled in school and became involved on campus to help foster that change. “My heart does go out to any victim of any kind of abuse,” he wrote in the email.
SPORTS
January 14, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  North Carolina State student Will Privette refused to let the fact that he is in a wheelchair stop him from celebrating the Wolfpack's 84-76 victory over No. 1 Duke on Saturday. And he has no regrets, even after being knocked over by a swarm of students who were also celebrating the win. The moment, caught on video, was a scary situation that turned out to have a happy ending. "Two years ago when we beat Duke, I rushed the court," he told radio station WRAL . "But I waited for the first round of people to go. That was my original plan today, just to do that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2011 | Steve Lopez
The news rippled across the campus Friday morning, and students were falling apart. They texted their parents and sought out one another to see if it could all be true. "I saw kids crying in the quad," said Portia Amofa, student body president at Hamilton High School in West Los Angeles. The students were finding out that some of their favorite teachers were among roughly 7,000 in L.A. Unified who had gotten layoff notices. In addition, the directors of two enormously popular and successful Hamilton programs, the humanities magnet and the music magnet, had been told by L.A. Unified that their positions were being eliminated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1985
Kevin Farrow, student body president at Palomar Community College, has been appointed student liaison officer with the U.S. Department of Education in Washington. Farrow, 23, who lives in La Costa, is to maintain communication between the Department of Education and national student organizations and associations, a department spokesman said. The six-month job pays $6,500. Succeeding Farrow as student body president is Bob Klug, the vice president.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2012 | By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
As Jon Foote walked through the tidy grounds of Moorpark College, one student after another called out his name. To one, he offered directions to a new classroom; to the next, suggestions on an essay about faith; to another, a high-five on a calculus test score. He is 33 years old, not so unusual at a community college - "my only chance," as he puts it, "at a second chance. " Foote arrived at Moorpark determined to show his gratitude by investing in campus life and the school's 14,500 students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2011 | Steve Lopez
The news rippled across the campus Friday morning, and students were falling apart. They texted their parents and sought out one another to see if it could all be true. "I saw kids crying in the quad," said Portia Amofa, student body president at Hamilton High School in West Los Angeles. The students were finding out that some of their favorite teachers were among roughly 7,000 in L.A. Unified who had gotten layoff notices. In addition, the directors of two enormously popular and successful Hamilton programs, the humanities magnet and the music magnet, had been told by L.A. Unified that their positions were being eliminated.
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