Jose Vargas talks about immigration

first_imgPulitzer-prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas spoke Wednesday night about the importance of broadening their definition of Americans to include immigrants and the need for immigration reform.Dream on · Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas speaks to students Wednesday night in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. – Priyanka Patel | Daily Trojan Some students like Kevin Tsukii, a freshman majoring in print and digital journalism, found Vargas’ speech both educational and inspiring.“I went in to it with this idea that, first, I didn’t know he was Filipino, I didn’t know he was gay, I didn’t know a lot of things about him,” Tsukii said. “I just knew that he came out as undocumented. I’m really glad I came and I’m really glad he’s here.”Yvette Chua, a freshman majoring in international relations, praised Vargas for giving a voice to an underrepresented community.“I thought it was really inspiring for an undocumented person to come out like that,” Chua said. “I think he’s just a public figure that the undocumented community needs because he gives the undocumented community a voice.” The event, sponsored by USC Spectrum and Undergraduate Student Government’s Program Board, had the support of Asian Pacific American Student Assembly, Queer & Ally Student Assembly and the Speakers Committee.Vargas, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his team’s coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings, is especially known for “coming out” as an undocumented immigrant in an article he wrote for the New York Times Magazine. Since then, he founded DefineAmerican, a campaign that discusses America’s immigration system.“Immigration is more complicated than legal versus illegal,” Vargas said. “It’s not black and white. It’s living in limbo and living in a gray area, making difficult, sometimes impossible, choices.”Vargas, who used the event to tell his story as an undocumented American and a gay man, encouraged students to speak out for reform in America because there is currently no line for immigrants to become legal citizens.“Every 30 seconds, a Latino in America turns 18 years old and becomes an eligible voter — every 30 seconds. In 21st-century American politics, diversity is destiny,” Vargas said of the future of minorities and immigrants in America, which he compared to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.Vargas said students can take a small step toward progressively is changing their terminology.“To me, ‘illegal’ is such a slur,” Vargas said, “I already believed that, and then I went to the South, … where they have this crazy fear of something they can’t even tell you what it’s about.”Director of USC Spectrum Dane Martens thought it was important to bring Vargas because of the relevance of immigration today.“Immigration is something that’s on the top of everyone’s list nationally speaking and I think very much locally as well,” Martens said. “I think it’s going to speak to a lot of issues we’re trying to deal with in this country right now.”Executive Director of Program Board Juan Espinoza agreed with Martens.“It’s a pivotal time with immigration policy,” Espinoza said. “It’s something that Obama’s announced that he’s definitely put at the front of issues to deal with.”last_img read more

Wednesday January 29th Local Sports

first_imgTONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com, Radio.com app — NIACC at Kirkwood — women 5:30, men 7:30 DES MOINES — Drake’s Liam Robbins is not the only post player making an impact in the Missouri Valley Conference. The seven foot sophomore is fifth in the Valley in scoring and tied for fourth in rebounding as the Bulldogs hit the road tonight to Indiana State.That’s Drake coach Darian DeVries who says several teams have impact post players.The Bulldogs are 5-3 in the Valley — high school wrestling last night@ Clear LakeLake Mills 64, Clear Lake 11Lake Mills 49, Webster City 24Clear Lake 58, Newman 15Webster City 66, Newman 18@ Swea CityGarner-Hayfield-Ventura 45, Northwood-Kensett 36Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 50, West Fork 23Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 54, North Union 12Northwood-Kensett 39, West Fork 24Northwood-Kensett 54, North Union 27West Fork 31, North Union 30@ BrittAlgona 38, West Hancock 36Algona 78, Belmond-Klemme 6Algona 39, Gilbert 22West Hancock 39, Gilbert 29West Hancock 66, Belmond-Klemme 15Gilbert 72, Belmond-Klemme 6 — boys basketball last nightRockford 66, Newan 48Algona 50, St. Edmond 43Belmond-Klemme 59, North Union 44Bishop Garrigan 62, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 53Humboldt 79, Hampton-Dumont-CAL 48Iowa Falls-Alden 91, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 58Lake Mills 70, Eagle Grove 43Osage 50, North Butler 17West Hancock 58, North Iowa 50 WEBSTER CITY — The #4/3A Clear Lake girls outscored Webster City 30-11 in the middle two quarters on their way to a 65-28 win in North Central Conference play last night, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB. Sara Faber had 24 points while Darby Dodd had 11 and Chelsey Holck had 10 to lead the Lions, who improve to 14-1 overall and 10-0 in the conference. The Lions host #2/3A Crestwood on Thursday night in a game you can hear on KRIB starting at 6 o’clock. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hall of Fame defensive end Chris Doleman, who became one of the NFL’s most feared pass rushers during 15 seasons in the league, has died. He was 58. The Minnesota Vikings and Pro Football Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker offered their condolences in separate statements. There was no word on the timing of Doleman’s death, but he had surgery in January 2018 to remove a brain tumor and Baker said he passed away “after a prolonged and courageous battle against cancer.” WEBSTER CITY — The Clear Lake boys jumped out to a 21-7 lead after the first quarter and beat Webster City 65-39 last night in North Central Conference action in Webster City, as you heard on KRIB. Carson Toebe had 18 on the night to lead the Lions, while Andrew Formanek had 16 and Kody Kearns added 12. Clear Lake is now 12-2 overall and 9-0 in the conference and will host Crestwood on Thursday. CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson says the Panthers play a much different Missouri State team tonight in Cedar Falls. The Panthers dominated the Bears 80-57 in Springfield earlier this month.Jacobson says the Bears have gone to a four guard lineup.Jacobson says he is not concerned about his team overlooking the Bears after a lopsided win in the first meeting.Tipoff in Cedar Falls is scheduled for 6 o’clock. — girls basketball last nightNewman 48, Rockford 30Algona 53, St. Edmond 21Bishop Garrigan 50, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 36Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 44, Iowa Falls-Alden 14Lake Mills 75, Eagle Grove 40Osage 63, North Butler 25Saint Ansgar 61, Nashua-Plainfield 24West Hancock 79, North Iowa 10 AMES — The Iowa State men are at home tonight to host top ranked Baylor. The Cyclones are 2-4 in the Big 12 and two weeks ago lost to the Bears in Waco 68-55.That’s ISU coach Steve Prohm who says the Cyclones need to be better defensively.Iowa State is coming off an 80-76 loss at Auburn and Prohm says the Cyclones need to avoid the lapses that prevent them from posting big wins.Tipoff tonight in Ames is scheduled for 8 o’clock. WACO, Texas – Iowa State (12-7, 4-4 Big 12) saw its three-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of No. 2 Baylor (18-1, 7-0 Big 12) 83-62 Tuesday night at the Ferrell Center. Despite a strong second half effort which saw ISU cut the BU lead down to 16, the Cyclones were unable to find a way back from 27-points down. Iowa State was led by Maggie Espenmiller McGraw, who notched 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting. She was joined in double figures by Kristin Scott (15 points, all in the second half), Jade Thurmon (career-high 14) and Ashley Joens (13).last_img read more

Spark 2016 conference secures keynote speaker

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — As registration for the Spark 2016 Women’s Leadership Conference begins today, the keynote speaker for the event has also been announced.The speaker is Christopher Flett, who is the frontrunner behind the women’s leadership program Ghost CEO.Flett has spoken at post-secondary institutions globally, and made appearances in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post and Forbes.- Advertisement -He is the author of ‘What Men Don’t Tell Women About Business’ and followed up that title with the release of ‘Market Shark – How to be a Big Fish in a Small Pond’, which has sold over 150,000 copies since 2014.The Spark 2016 Women’s Leadership Conference is designed specifically for women meet the professional and educational needs of women in business and those wanting to get into business.The conference is ideal for any woman working or managing small, and large, business — as well, for women working in all levels of government, education, tourism and hospitality, energy sector and home-based business.Advertisement This year’s theme is ‘Step Boldly’ and planning is underway.last_img read more