Spurgeon Intermediate School Students Unveil Anti-Gentrification "En Defensa de Santa Ana" Mural

Categories: School Daze

Courtesy of Mr. Vasquez
Students, teachers and parents filed into "The C Quad" at Spurgeon Intermediate School in SanTana that played host for their "Noche de Justicia" (Justice Night). The program, organized by Spurgeon Social Justice Club celebrated the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education desegregation case. Presentations, a video on Mendez, et al v Westminster and a holiday choir performance rounded out the evening.

But the big moment for the club, comprised of 7th, 8th and 9th graders, was the cloth draped over a mural titled En Defensa de Santa Ana (In Defense of Santa Ana), their contribution to their home city's gentrification battles.

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Raising Minimum Wage Kills Jobs: UCI Study

Categories: Labor, School Daze

Photo by flickr user Samuel Leighton
Don't worry, old man, they don't raise the wages of the workers writing the shit either.
One more reason no one gets raises: Increasing the minimum wage causes long-term job losses, according to UCI Irvine research.

And a hearty bah humbug to ya'll!

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Mario Alberto Hernandez Lucio Drowned in Garden Grove Flood Control Channel: Update

From 1-3 inches of rain will fall on coastal Southern California, according to forecasters.
UPDATE NO. 3, DEC. 16, 4:46 P.M.: Mario Alberto Hernandez Lucio died from drowning and no foul play is suspected, according to a Garden Grove Police Department statement that also slightly alters the name of the deceased.

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Bolsa Grande High Freshman Held for Bomb and School-Shooting Threats, Probed for Fire

Garden Grove Unified School District
A freshman was popped for violent threats to Bolsa Grande High School.
UPDATE NO. 2, DEC. 12, 9:47 A.M.: A 14-year-old ninth grader has been arrested for allegedly leaving a bomb threat followed by a school-shooting threat--and he is being investigated for Sunday's fire at Bolsa Grande High School as well, according to the Garden Grove Police Department.

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UCI Med Students Stage #WhiteCoats4BlackLives "Die-in" Protest

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Courtesy of Melissa Perez

About 30 UC Irvine medical students wore white coats and outlined themselves in chalk on Wednesday to protest the lack of indictments against officers in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York.

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Cal State Long Beach Rattled by Knife Attack on Female Student Walking to Her Car

University Police
Officers are dealing with a knife attack on a female student in a CSULB parking structure.
A man with a knife attacked a female student in a Cal State Long Beach parking structure before she drove herself to a hospital for treatment, according to university officials.

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Why Do So Many Students Commit Suicide at UC Irvine's Social Science Plaza?

Greg Houston

No one gave Maxwell Chorak a second thought as he got off at one of the bus stops near UC Irvine and walked across campus on June 10, 2014. He resembled a disheveled grad student checking in for an evening of studying, blending neatly with the thin crowds that walked on a near-lifeless Ring Road. The footpath, normally lined with students selling $2 boba and spam musubi, was nearly abandoned that day as students prepared for their finals.

Chorak headed for Social Science Plaza, a collection of five-story buildings all Anteaters must pass through at some point in their academic career. They stand in an uneven, irregular courtyard, with a fountain that's always turned off nowadays in an effort to save water. The 25-year-old climbed one of the plaza's exterior stairwells, a spiral of steps coiling its way up to the top; mult iple warning signs are bolted to the stone walls at each landing. "We can help," the signs read in a relaxed, sans-serif font, and feature the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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UC Irvine Joins White House Initiative Aimed at Expanding Climate Change Education

White House
Politicians have spoken with kids, soldiers and campaign staffs behind them but solar panels?
UC Irvine's global sustainability effort has been chosen to be part of a White House initiative aimed at climate education that will distribute science-based information to students, teachers and the broader public, the university announced Tuesday.

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So Much for Glacial Speed: Antarctica Glaciers Melting Much Faster Lately, UCI and JPL Find

Michael Studinger/NASA
Glaciers in the Amundsen Sea Embayment in West Antarctica
A 21-year analysis of Antarctica's fastest-melting region shows the melt rate of glaciers there tripled during the past decade, according to new research by UC Irvine and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena.

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UC Irvine Researchers Pooh-Pooh Small Drainpipes for Stinking Up Baby Beaches

OC Weekly photo
A child of a past or current Weekling at the beach
New UC Irvine research has found that high fecal counts frequently detected at "baby beaches" or "mom beaches" may not be diaper-related but are instead caused by small drainpipes.

No, "small drainpipes" is not my euphemism for rugrats with runny noses.

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