Righteous Path: The Arthur Ashe Story

Sweat beads rolled down his forehead. But it didn’t matter. Nothing mattered but this moment now. This was his moment. Arthur squeezed his tennis racquet and then loosened his grip effectively. He had practiced every day, pushing his body to its physical limits, for longer than he could remember. But this was different. This time it was mind management. It …

Black Business Student Association Hosts “Being Our Brother’s Keeper”

On Wednesday, May 14, 2014 UCLA’s Black Business Student Association (BBSA) will host “Being Our Brother’s Keeper: A Dynamic Discourse on Diversity,” in the Carnesales Palisades Room from 7-9 PM. This event brings President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to Los Angeles. The Initiative focuses on making sure underrepresented minority youth have increased opportunity and guidance towards achieving their …

Devin Murphy for USAC President

“USAC has [had] an immense history of student activism – student empowerment, and really advocating for key issues that students deal with”- Devin Murphy Are we ready to ACT? So critical of the oppression we suffer as an Afrikan-American community, we often overlook our own homophobic self-oppressive nature. Devin Murphy, third-year Political Science and Afro-American Studies major, is a minority …

Irmary Garcia: USAC Cultural Affairs Commissioner

This afternoon, I had the opportunity to sit down with Irmary Garcia, the incoming Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) Cultural Affairs Commissioner. She proved to be very knowledgeable, not only of student government, but also of the innumerable difficulties that Afrikan-American students face at UCLA.  She was eager to divulge what she has planned for her new position. Interviewer: Sharila …

Janay Williams for Academic Affairs Commissioner

Meet Janay Williams, a third-year Microbiology Immunology Molecular Genetics major and African American Studies minor. Williams is a candidate for Academic Affairs Commissioner in the 2014 Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) elections. She is one of four African American candidates running under the Lets Act Party. Born and raised in Moreno Valley, Williams grew up in a large family as …

Poem: The Veil

There are times when I am less aware of what is draped before my closed eyes. I begin to feel as if we’re both on the same side.   Acceptance is the trick that has been pulled from the magician’s hat, and my eyes are mesmerized, looking left while the real trick happens stage right. But then I look closer …