Volume XXVI Number 16 April 19, 2002

FrontPage Stories

SDSU’s Cota Back in the Groove

By John Philip Wyllie

Following their three-game sweep of UNLV, San Diego State’s front running 29-12 baseball team is eyeing a Mountain West Conference Championship and with it, the possibility of reaching the pinnacle of collegiate baseball, the Collegiate World Series. The steady play of senior second baseman, Carlo Cota is one of the reasons the Aztecs are optimistic about their chances of securing a conference crown.


SDSU 2nd baseman Carlo Cota and his father, armold, following a recent Aztec game. Photo by J.P. Wyllie


“This year, Carlo has been pretty solid,” said Aztec batting coach Tony Gwynn following a come from behind victory over the Lobos two weeks ago.

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Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante Calls For Change in UC Graduate Admissions Policies
DAVIS — Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante called on the UC regents to implement the same admission standards for students applying to graduate programs and professional schools that are now in place for undergraduate freshman students. Bustamante is sponsoring Assembly Concurrent Resolution 178, which asks the UC Regents to stop using standardized test scores as the sole criteria for admission to graduate schools, (masters and Ph.D. programs) and professional schools including law, medical and business schools.

First Person
Venezuela Fault Lines – Remembering Rich and Poor in Caracas

By Marcelo Ballve
This isn’t the first time Caracas is recovering from a street battle that shook Venezuela to its roots.

Inside Arafat’s Compound, I Worry, Wait, and Hold My Post
EDITOR’S NOTE: From his post on the second floor of Yasser Arafat’s beseiged compound, a young member of the presidential guard has time to recount how he got there. Hamed gave his story to Ian Urbina, who reached him by telephone from Washington, D.C.
By Ali Hamed
RAMALLAH, West Bank—My name is Ali. I’m 23. I’ve been in President Arafat’s compound for two weeks. I entered when the tanks arrived.

Stories

First Person:
The Real Heroes
By YN1 Kevin Gouveia
After a long delay and extensive repairs and a herculean effort by the ships crew, the finest ship in the U.S. Navy, the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), got underway and is now on station assuming the watch from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and continuing the war against terror. As a child, I never expected in my wildest dreams that I would actually be onboard a United States Navy vessel, let alone defending my country against terrorists but, here I am and proudly serving my country.

Excelente Plan de Estudios de la Sra. Silvia Jaimes Avila, Directora de la Casa de la Cultura en Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
En exclusiva entrevista concedida por la Sra. Silvia Jaimes Avila, actual Directora de la Casa de la Cultura en Tijuana, B.C. pudimos enterarnos por su conducto de innumerables aspectos de como se realiza esta loable labor a favor de las artes y de la cultura en esta región.

Se Llevó a Cabo “The Latino Book & Family Festival” en el Convention Center San Diego
By Erika Montes de Oca
Los pasados días 13 y 14 del Abril se realizó en San Die-go, por tercera vez consecutiva el “The Latino Book & Family Festival”. En esta ocasión se llevó a cabo en las ins-talaciones del Centro de Convenciones; el evento lo organizó el famoso productor y actor hispano Edward James Olmos, ganador de un “Emmy” y nominado para un “Oscar”.

Concentra la Sociedad Americana del Cáncer Sus Esfuerzos Durante la Semana Nacional de Alerta Contra el Cáncer en las Minorías
La población hispana/latina goza de una incidencia de cáncer menor que la de la población total de los Estados Unidos. Sin embargo, todavía se enfrenta a obstáculos que le impide recibir el cuidado necesario contra el cáncer y lleva una carga desigual en cuanto a cánceres como el cáncer del cuello uterino. No obstante, la Sociedad Americana del Cáncer (American Cancer Society) le brinda a la comunidad hispana/latina información y recursos para llevar el mensaje de alerta a más lugares de la comunidad, prevenir el cáncer y sobrellevar un diagnóstico de esta enfermedad.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Elbio Rodriguez Barilari
Para la historia universal de la infamia
El fallo de la Suprema Corte de Justicia en contra de los trabajadores indocumentados quedará en la historia universal de la infamia.

El Hogar Se Encuentra Más Cerca de lo Que Pensamos, Dicen Anuncios en Español Sobre el Día de la Tierra
Washington, DC — En una nueva labor asociativa, Sierra Club y el Consejo Nacional Hispánico de Medio Ambiente publican anuncios en español para honrar el Día de la Tierra, en los que nos recuerdan que, “su hogar está más cerca de lo que cree”.

Acuerdan asociaciones de migrantes integrar una agrupación que vele por sus intereses en esta nación
Por Araceli Martínez Ortega
SAN FRANCISCO — Más de 20 organizaciones de inmigrantes buscan agruparse, tener voz, un líder y sobre todo una organización nacional exclusiva de los mexicanos que vele por sus intereses en Estados Unidos con una agenda común.

VIVA EL CINCO DE MAYO!
The 5th of May is not Mexican Independence Day, but it should be! And, Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday, but it should be. So, why Cinco de Mayo? And why should Americans savor this day as well? Is it because 4,000 Mexican soldiers smashed the French and traitor Mexican army of 8,000 at Puebla, Mexico, 100 miles east of Mexico City on the morning of May 5, 1862? Lets check it out.

Wendell Cutting chosen for governing board seat
EL CAJON – Wendell Cutting, chief of staff to Congressman Duncan Hunter and a longtime volunteer in many community organizations, as well as in international relief efforts, was appointed Tuesday night by the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board to fill the vacancy created by the election of former Trustee Gary Kendrick to the El Cajon City Council.

English As A Second Language Student Moves On To Get G.E.D., A.A. Degree; Now Completing Master’s Degree and Interning ‘Back Home’ At MiraCosta
Former MiraCosta College student Suzanna Moreno has truly come full circle.

Profesionales de la Salud de California Conocerán los Servicios de Salud en México
Quince participantes de varios condados de California visitaron la ciudad de México el 8 de abril y conocieron el sistema de salud de ese país mediante un curso de inmersión cultural llamado Segunda Jornada Informativa sobre México para profesionales de la Salud. Este esfuerzo fue copatrocinado por el Programa de Comunidades Mexicanas en el Extranjero de la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, la Secretaría de Salud de México y la Iniciativa de Salud México-California (ISMECAL). Se espera que con esta experiencia, el personal de salud esté mejor capacitado para servir a la comunidad mexicana inmigrante.

Community Notes:
COLLEGE PREP DAY AT UCSD —- More than 750 eleventh-grade students and their parents from San Diego and Imperial counties gathered at the University of California, San Diego this week to learn the rudiments of successfully applying to UCSD and other University of California schools. Called UC Prep, the free event was conducted by UCSD’s Early Academic Outreach Program to prepare students and parents for the UC application process, which occurs in the students’ senior year.

2002 San Diego Urban League Career Fair Comes at a Perfect Time for Area’s Under-and Unemployed
Anyone looking for a job - whether a recently laid off executive or ex-offender- can find a new opportunity at the 2002 San Diego Urban League career Fair.

Children Quakin’?
For most Californians, earthquakes are a fact of life. But for children, a quake can be traumatic, especially if they have never experienced one before.

Editorials

Editorial
Democrats Come to Life, Leadership Sorely Missed
Al Gore bites the bullet and comes on strong at the Florida Democratic Convention. Like a breath of fresh air, former Vice President Al Gore provided what has been missing from the political scene in this nation: a loyal opposition to the stultifying verbiage emanating from the White House. The ineptitude, from the George Bush White House has gone on long enough without a challenge.

Opinion
Son of Prop. 209: Making the state color blind
By Peter Schrag
April 17, 2002 -- By Friday (April 19), Ward Connerly and his American Civil Rights Coalition will have to turn in the 670,816 valid signatures required to get their Racial Privacy Initiative on the California ballot. The coalition’s executive director, Kevin Nguyen, thinks it will have close to 1 million, but Connerly may turn in few enough that qualification is delayed and the measure gets pushed to the March 2004 election.

Commentary
Timebomb for Taxpayers

By Jon Coupal
Of all the credit card offers you get in the mail, how many do you even open? Even when the outside envelope shouts “Sign up now for a low introductory rate,” or “You’re preapproved,” most of us just yawn and throw them in the trash.

Tezozomoc Speaks...
Q-Vo Gente Suave de ambos lados de la frontera. Que gacho, no se puede pasar al norte sin encontrar pura Chota maltratándonos. Este Indio thinks that if they got rid of the Mexican cops it might be safer pa’ ir al Norte!

The Public Forum .... El Foro Publico
Educational reform the responsibility of the “elites”
On April 9, 2002, the San Diego City Schools Board of Education voted, in customary 3-2 fashion, to extend Superintendent Alan Bersin’s contract. By extending the Bersin contract another four years, board members Ron Ottinger, Ed Lopez, and Sue Braun, who are backed by financially stable local business and civic “leaders,” have soundly reinforced their commitment to the corporate, political notion that educational reform and accountability within publicly funded school systems should become the responsibility of the “elites” and not the public communities which they serve.

Etc. Etc. Etc.
Entertainment,
Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits

Razor Edges of my Tongue
Entrevista con Leticia Hernandez

Por Claudia Hernandez
Mujer extraordinaria, de excelsa sensibilidad por lo cotidiano, Leticia Hernandez, quien fuera engendrada en El Salvador y naciera en Hollywood. Nos presenta su primera compilación de poemas titulada Razor Edges of my Tongue.

Kronos Quartet: Nuevo
By Pablo de Sainz
Mexican music is very diversed. There are many rhythms: From norteña music, with its accordions and basses, to rock en español, with its electric guitars and hardcore lyrics.

Quetzal: “Sing The Real”
By Pablo de Sainz
Many musicians believe that the creation of music should be done just by the pleasure of doing music itself; that is, they believe in the phrase “art for art’s sake.”

La Alegría de “Don Pasquale” y el Drama de Gaetano Donizetti, Su Autor
Por: Paco Zavala
Una de las más bellas páginas musicales, es decir una partitura armoniosa por su atmósfera a la vez épica , de una ternura desesperada, radiante y un saludo a la vida.

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Releases ‘Heroes and Horses: Corridos From the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands’
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has recently released ‘Heroes and Horses: Corridos from the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands.’ Corridos - the Spanish work translates loosely as “ballads” - are story songs that tell tales of revolution, crime, heroic showdowns, horse races, and disasters. The Arizona-Sonora Borderlands is an arid 120,000 square-mile region straddling Arizona and California.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
La actividad cultural en este contorno es activa siempre, se regresa de un período de vacaciones, pero la actividad no termina, es activa, en forma por demás menos intensa que de costumbre pero es activa.

Calendar of Events . . .
by Berenice Cisneros
Rumba Room
Tivoli’s Bar presents Rumba Room featuring live Afro-Cuban music and dance every Thursday night, starting at 9:00 p.m. Rumba Room features live performances by Omo Ache. The public is welcome as admission is free. Adults 21 and older only. Tivoli’s Bar is located at the corner of 6th and Island, Downtown. For information call (619) 516-3366.

Another Side of the Draft
They have been timed at 10, 20 and 40 yards. They have done their vertical jumps and short shuttles. They have taken the Wonderlic test.

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