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September 3, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Adding their voices to a debate that also has engaged media organizations, UCLA's undergraduate student government recently approved a resolution that condemned the use of the term “illegal” when describing  immigrants in the U.S. without legal permission. The so-called “Drop the I-Word” resolution declared, in part, that: "We are aware that certain racially derogatory language used in media, political discourse and other institutional settings has historically bolstered the foundation for racially harmful actions including racial profiling practices, punitive policies targeting socially marginalized groups, hate crimes and violence.” It also said that some students have expressed fears about the appointment of Janet Napolitano as the next UC system president because she helped oversee an expansion of deportations during her recently concluded term as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.
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April 11, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
They were supposed to be the first - the first in their families to tour a college, to have a choice, to one day see their names in fancy letters on diplomas. One wanted to be a movie director, another a kinesiologist. Three of the adults already had careers. They boarded the bus eager to give back. Families and friends on Friday mourned the loss of five students, three chaperons and two drivers. These are some of their stories. Marisa Serrato Marisa and Marisol Serrato were born five minutes apart.
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February 26, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
After a meeting that lasted until dawn Wednesday, the UCLA undergraduate student government voted against a measure that would have urged the UC system to sell off stocks of companies that do business with the Israeli military and profit from Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories. The highly emotional issue attracted more than 500 people to the UCLA meeting and the public comment lasted nearly nine hours, according to the Daily Bruin, the campus newspaper. The council moved to a secret ballot and then voted 7-5 against the divestment measure.
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March 2, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
They are called "student success fees" and they offer the promise of more classes and programs and improved graduation rates for thousands of California State University students. But critics say they are a thinly veiled attempt to shift more education costs to students - without increasing tuition. Campuses in Fullerton, Dominguez Hills, Fresno and San Diego all are considering these charges, ranging from $200 to $500 per semester. If approved, those Cal State campuses will join others in the East Bay, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona, San Bernardino, San Jose, San Luis Obispo and San Marcos, which already are charging such fees.
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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.
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December 16, 1990
Monrovia High School students will be taking over the city and learning how local government runs on Tuesday as part of the annual Student Government Day. The 14 students, who are involved in student government at their school, will work alongside city employees and City Council members for the day. Mark Lawrence, an administrative intern who is coordinating the program, said the city hopes to educate the students about local government and encourage them to become involved in their community.
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October 27, 1993 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
University of California officials are considering proposals that would cut off money to a statewide student government group--a move that student leaders say would severely cripple their lobbying efforts in Sacramento--in the wake of a court case that says mandatory student fees cannot be used for political purposes.
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March 16, 1987 | ANNE C. ROARK, Times Education Writer
By almost any measure, Dean Florez is one of the most powerful people on the UCLA campus. He has sole authority to make appointments to more than 100 positions on university committees. He has the power to hire and fire 100 employees. He oversees the allotment of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and for part of this year he has served as chairman of a multimillion-dollar campus corporation. Yet Florez is a student.
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May 7, 1987 | BILL BILLITER and STEVE EMMONS, Times Staff Writers
A controversy on the UC Irvine campus in recent days between the student newspaper and student government has highlighted a little-known fact: The state's open-meetings law does not apply to most of the University of California. The open-meetings law generally covers all agencies spending public money. The law says meetings of such agencies must be open to the public, whose money is being spent. But the powerful University of California is an exception to the rule.
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April 2, 2004 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
Occidental College has shut down its bickering student government for the rest of the school year -- a rare move intended to cool off what officials said was "a culture of acrimony" but which is drawing protest from civil libertarians. The college's president, Theodore Mitchell, also postponed this week's student elections until the fall.
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February 26, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
After a meeting that lasted until dawn Wednesday, the UCLA undergraduate student government voted against a measure that would have urged the UC system to sell off stocks of companies that do business with the Israeli military and profit from Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories. The highly emotional issue attracted more than 500 people to the UCLA meeting and the public comment lasted nearly nine hours, according to the Daily Bruin, the campus newspaper. The council moved to a secret ballot and then voted 7-5 against the divestment measure.
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February 19, 2014 | By Jason Song
A fraternity member won the USC student body president election Tuesday night, continuing a pattern of male undergraduate leaders at the school. Andrew Menard, who serves in student government and is the social chair of Sigma Chi, and his running mate, Rini Sampath, who is not a member of a Greek organization, received 44% of the vote, according to student media. Another ticket headed by a fraternity member finished second with about 29% of the ballots. It's unclear how the third team on the ballot did. The presidential candidate on that ticket, James White, is not part of the Greek system but his running mate was. The complete election results will be available later in the week.  Fraternity members have generally claimed the USC student presidency recently, which is not unusual at large campuses with Greek systems.
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February 18, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
A debate at Cal State L.A. over an ethnic studies requirement turned heated Tuesday as several students tried to shout down faculty members who responded by chanting "Let her speak, let her speak. " Dozens of students crowded into a meeting of the Academic Senate, which was considering a motion that at least one of two required general education diversity classes be in Asian/Asian American studies, Chicano studies, Latin American studies or Pan-African studies, or in related courses in some other departments.
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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.
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February 5, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
San Diego State University is getting a $20-million donation -- the largest single gift in the school's history -- to create several endowed student scholarships, officials announced Wednesday. The gift comes from San Diego developer and philanthropist Conrad Prebys. In recognition, the university's new student union will be named the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. The donation will support at least 150 scholarships annually for student veterans, those pursuing biomedical research and creative and performing arts, former foster youth, entrepreneurs, student government leaders and honors students.
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October 27, 2013 | By Jason Song
After four people were shot at a Halloween party on the USC campus last year, university officials reacted swiftly. They ordered new security measures for the next semester, including restricting access to the campus at night, requiring that late-night visitors preregister and show identification, and mandating that student clubs have more security for many evening events. Students say that although the new rules may have increased safety, they have also reduced the quality of campus life by making it expensive for clubs to bring speakers and entertainment to campus.
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September 11, 1998 | From Associated Press
The student government president vetoed a resolution asking David Cash to leave UC Berkeley because he failed to prevent or report a Nevada casino slaying. Cash, a sophomore nuclear engineering major, admitted seeing his friend grab the girl in a bathroom stall, but kept silent about the murder for several days--even after Jeremy Strohmeyer told him that he killed her. Strohmeyer pleaded guilty to the slaying Tuesday and faces a sentence of life in prison.
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May 13, 1998 | CLAIRE VITUCCI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mostly-minority slate of candidates that won the student government elections at Cal State Northridge will be allowed to take office next month, apparently ending weeks of campus controversy. Associated Students President Brad Marsh on Tuesday exercised his power to veto any further action by the student senate to overturn the March election, an anticlimactic end to a semester of marathon meetings, heated debate and allegations of voter fraud and campaign misconduct by the winning ticket.
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October 11, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
UC President Janet Napolitano got a mixed reception Friday during her first official visit to UCLA, facing protesters who objected to her actions as the onetime U.S. secretary of Homeland Security but also meeting with student leaders who praised her willingness to listen. Napolitano came to the Westwood campus for private meetings with students, faculty and administrators and to attend some seminars. Since assuming the presidency two weeks ago, she has been touring the 10-campus University of California system and learning more about its troubled finances, its massive facilities and the programs that enroll 230,000 students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Adding their voices to a debate that also has engaged media organizations, UCLA's undergraduate student government recently approved a resolution that condemned the use of the term “illegal” when describing  immigrants in the U.S. without legal permission. The so-called “Drop the I-Word” resolution declared, in part, that: "We are aware that certain racially derogatory language used in media, political discourse and other institutional settings has historically bolstered the foundation for racially harmful actions including racial profiling practices, punitive policies targeting socially marginalized groups, hate crimes and violence.” It also said that some students have expressed fears about the appointment of Janet Napolitano as the next UC system president because she helped oversee an expansion of deportations during her recently concluded term as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.
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