Alexandra Aboukhater

San Diego’s Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance

The San Diego LGBT Community Center in Hillcrest recently held the Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony. On Nov. 20, transgender people, activists, and members of the community had come to the center in unity to mourn and honor the transgender lives lost this year. The statistics of hate crimes towards the trans community are staggering. According to recorded data, there have been a total of 331 transgender people killed this year, a large portion being women of color. The data compil

SDCCD Trustees Meeting: Mesa, Where Students’ Feel Most at Home

The San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees recently held a meeting at San Diego Mesa College to discuss funding, budgeting, and showcasing the current success of Mesa’s programs. On Nov. 14, the Board of Trustees opened the meeting for the public and for educators to bring forth anything needing to be addressed. Each SDCCD Trustees were all impressed by what Mesa’s programs’ resilience The campus presentation began when Mesa College President Pamela Luster presented four academi

‘Waves’ will put you through a wave of heartbreak

The independent film “Waves” introduces the life of a teenager Tyler(Kelvin Harrison Jr.) a thriving high school star athlete whose family has to endure an appalling tragedy and all its elements, loss, hate, forgiveness, and empathy. Empathy is the underlying theme of the film that director Trey Edward Shults organically brings out in the story with the help of cinematographer Drew Daniels. The film captures the dynamic reality of an upper-middle-class African American family who will have to en

The Reality of the Vietnam War

During the week following Veterans Day, San Diego Mesa College hosted a panel discussion for students titled the “Chicano Experiences in Vietnam”. The Nov. 6 discussion panel was arranged to honor veterans, but also to discuss and dive into the Chicano/a community’s role in the Vietnam War. Held at the Mesa Commons building, the event took place early in the morning. Within an hour and a half of the event, the panelists discussed the lack of a narrative surrounding the Chicano/a community’s role

First LGBTQ+ Ball

San Diego Mesa College has put together their first LGBTQ+ Celebration Week in honor of national coming out week. For the celebration, the Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA), Fashion Club, and various students helped put together educational seminars about sexual identity, a queer artistic comic showcase, a drag queen show, and the LGBTQ+ fair. On Oct. 18, the week of fabulous festivities ended with the Spectrum Masquerade Ball, which had attendees in the groovy Halloween spirit. Dr. Michael Harri

Mesa College Men’s Water Polo Making Headway

Mesa College Men’s Water Polo Team wins again against the Southwestern Jaguars during a heated game, score being 17-6. With another successful game, the Olympians are thriving this season. Mesa Men’s Water Polo Team is also ranked number one in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Standings so far. The team showed true perseverance against the Jaguars’ early advance during the game. On Oct. 23 the game against South West was lively. Mesa showed great defense against the Jaguars and dominated t

Mesa College Men’s Soccer Loss against City Knights

Prior to the upcoming PCAC Conference game this week, San Diego Mesa College men’s soccer team lost in advances to the San Diego City College Knights, score being 1-3. This conference season so far has been a slow start for the Olympians; the team has won two games so far. Withstanding their loss, head coach Ray Taila is confident of coming back. He plans to focus on the basics with the team to heighten success for upcoming games. During the first half, the Olympian’s game was looking good, wit

New registration system frustrates students

San Diego Community College District students have recently had to transition to a new comprehensive student software registration system “mySDCCD” replacing Reg-E. This new software platform has been a slow-going project that first started in 2014. Students have reportedly had a positive experience with this user-friendly academic platform. mySDCCD has several sections for most students’ needs, such as accessing financial aid, registering for classes, obtaining student records, and general inf

The 4-year wait is over: Melanie Martinez presents ‘K-12’

On Sept. 10th, Melanie Martinez’s 96-minute horror pop musical film came to theaters. The film titled “K-12” has been a four year long project that has had horror pop fans in a state of anticipation. Martinez takes the audience on a disturbing expedition into an eerie boarding school disguised by an opulent illusion with baby-doll uniforms. Martinez stars as a courageous girl with superpowers (Crybaby) that takes on the bullies of the school with her friends Angelita and Celeste. Later, the thre