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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Campus MEChA trashes local college newspaper

By Jennifer Solis

The Mexican cultural organization at a local community college did not like the coverage of one of its events by the campus newspaper. So a few of its members went around and gathered up half of the 5,000 circulation from news racks, torn them in half, and dumped them in trash bags at the newspaper’s office, in front of some staffers.

The Pasadena College Courier had covered the MEChA high school conference on campus with a photograph and informative caption, but the group, in a note accompanying the bags of newspapers, stated that “It has disheartened us to see no full length article,” and “was our hope to see recognition of our hard work in the campus newspaper.”

The campus police department is investigating the incident as an act of vandalism, but has not announced any arrests. The college administration has also been silent, until the investigation is completed.

In an unsigned editorial in today’s edition, the paper complained that “censoring newspapers is never the answer” and asked, “When did newspaper coverage become a fundamental right?” With over 40 clubs on campus, “at least some of MEChA’s activities have received positive coverage in each of the last three issues. Apparently that wasn’t enough.”

The journalism department was alerted to the theft of the newspapers about two hours after the racks had been filled. Distribution manager Kris Calnon passed an empty newsstand next to the men’s gym, which had held 300 copies. “I gave it three bundles,” he said. “It usually takes a day and a half to empty.” A reporter and photographer immediately went out to document the empty racks.

Shortly after 2 pm, five students entered the journalism office with garbage bags. One of the female students handed a staffer a hand-written note (pictured), saying “This is for the Courier staff – it will explain everything.” The short message concluded, “As students of PCC, we can not accept this issue of the Campus Courier.” It was signed, “MEChA.”

This incident pales in comparison to the problems occurring at Mission Community College in Sylmar, where the campus is under great tension over the issue of undocumented students and who will control the student government. The state of California provides generous financial aid to low income and minority students, regardless of their legal status.

24 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

sad.

May 25, 2006 9:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Yes, yes, but what did Antonio do after he ripped up the newspapers?

Oh, woops: Antonio couldn't be one of THOSE mechistas, because he wouldn't have been admitted to PCC in the first place...

May 25, 2006 10:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dear Ms. Soliz,

What is the historical significance of MECHA in the high school and at the colleges.

May 25, 2006 10:37 PM  

Blogger Jennifer Solis said:

To: Anonymous 10:37 pm
I can answer that question, but not here on Mayor Sam's site. If you will e-mail me at JenniferSolis@Journalist.com, I shall be glad to give you that background.

May 25, 2006 11:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tony Villar, aka Villaraigosa, vandalized and trashed the Dean's office at UCLA in the 70's ($100,000 worth of damage) because the Regents would NOT recognize Chicano studies. Villar is THE MECHISTA LEADER!

Wake up LA!

May 26, 2006 5:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just goes to show what a bunch of radical losers Mecha are. They are aggressive, antagonistic, hostile and extremely defensive. They have this shitty attitude and you can't speak to them on a level playing field cause they are brainwashed.

I say file charges against those idiots. Again, just like the illegals they think things should be done their way or now way. Just goes to show how uneducated and militant Mecha really are.

May 26, 2006 7:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:23AM's first paragraph is right on, except for the word "loser."

I was on the staff of the Sundial at CSUN twenty-some years ago and being talked to by MeChA was like being re-educated by a Viet Cong colonel or interrogated by a Stalinist East German secret policeman. Well, almost. I exaggerate, but I felt that must have been a taste of what mind control would be like.
You didn't ask MeChA anything and you couldn't tell them anything; you just stood there and got indoctrinated. No discussion much less any compromise, you just heard "I am telling YOU!"

May 26, 2006 9:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What is scary is these radical Mecha people have infiltrated the high schools and brainwashed the students. Why do you think so many walked out? They didn't know any better and they're listening to these idiots.

May 26, 2006 9:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I've always felt that the MEChA folks were in the same boat as Lyndon LaRouche fanatics or Marxist newspaper hawkers.

May 26, 2006 10:49 AM  

Anonymous Yo Soy Mexicano No Chicano said:

Hey, I say let these loosers go on ranting and raving about inequality and injustice. I on the other hand will continue to prosper in this global economic world expanding my views on not just one issue. I will continue to gain insight through a descipline that offers open doors by studying Business, Engineering, Physics, and Medicine. I will not hinder my potential growth by studying a descipline that only encourages hate and creates a history that is altered. Chicano Studies has no use in main stream global economics much less our US society. If you see all the professors that teach this so called "Chicano Studies", all are mixed up marxist that did not get a place in society. I on the other hand, as a Mexican-American, denounce those students that participated in actions that only serve as an example of what not to do in school. Grow up kids, be a part of the solution, not the problem.

May 26, 2006 10:59 AM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

10:59

Good job my friend.

I know what they can do to these mechanistas if they really want to feel disrespected, send them to Africa where women have their clitoris removed to reduce sexual pleasure. Better yet have the male MEChA members even include those hoodlums in the 18th Street Gang and tie them up along a wall, such as the US-Mexico border and then with out an anistetic circumcise them. That way they can truely feel "American" and disrespected at the same time.

May 26, 2006 11:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I was a faculty member at UCLA during the 70's when the Mechista mayor, former gang member, Tony Villar, trashed the regents office.

He was always wearing his CHe tee shirt and screaming hate speech on his bullhorn.

Campus police threw him off campus many times. The FBI has a sealed file on him....subversive activities.

He is the most dangerous weapon of mass destruction in LA> He needs to be recalled or smacked down immediately.

Other members are Bustamante, Nunez, Gutierrez, Cedillo.

Reporters....get on this story. Angelenos need to know!

May 26, 2006 12:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You can forget the LA Times reporting anything negative on Antonio. They are the most bias newspaper and kiss butts to Antonio. It was sickening how far they went during last year's campaign. All the puff pieces and big pictures of Antonio have the LA Times now referred to as the National LA Enquirer.

May 26, 2006 1:52 PM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

But you could post that to the Daily News and Daily Breeze and it's affiliates.

If we're talking national, Washington Post, Chicago Sun Times and New York Times

May 26, 2006 2:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

surprising . . no ACLU reference by Jennifer on this one

May 26, 2006 2:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I didn't know this was a college blog. So what's the latest at CSULA?

Gee, what a surprise. Mayor Sam returns after a week-long leave, and he brings back the illegal girl with him. Take of the skirt Sam, we know it's you. Lolita fetish...

May 26, 2006 3:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh Archie..

I'm usually with you, but you crossed the line there.

May 26, 2006 4:24 PM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

4:24

Which one, the circumcision or the Daily Breeze and New York Post

May 26, 2006 4:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

My best friend is Mexican-American, both her parents born in Mexico. I remember what grief she got when she went to Berkeley, a bunch of Chicano students were up her ass all the time about why she wasn't taking Chicano Studies, why she wasn't in this or that Chicano association, why she didn't come to their meetings - I honestly don't remember if it was MECHA or what. Anyway, they called her a traitor, grilled her about her boyfriend, who she later married, because he was a blue eyed blond.

She was an exceptionally pretty girl and extremely smart, full academic scholarship. She always thought they only wanted her to be their "poster girl". They made her life miserable, they were so aggressive.

They kept at her for her entire freshman year but fortunately when she returned her sophomore year a lot of them were either gone or had moved on to someone else to bother.

She never got over it and recently called me when she saw the protests on tv (she lives out of state now). She was pissed off and scared all over again, said the problem with "those people" is they forgot to say "thank you" and shut up once they got here. I figure she can say it, they can't call her a racist.

May 26, 2006 4:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

how ironic...MEChA's vandalism got more coverage than their event.

sad that their vandalism prevented everyone else on campus from reading the real news at the college and sad that it was rewarded.

May 26, 2006 4:53 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Here's the good news: apparently they can at least read English...

May 26, 2006 9:08 PM  

Anonymous liberacion said:

Walter, did you know that in one generation all immigrant families fully assimilate. That includes learning english. Most of these misguided vandals are as American as yous, whether you want to believe it or not. By the way I though you were moving out of state.

May 27, 2006 7:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jennifer, as a Latina I’m not a big MeCHA fan. Many in the organization aggressively spew rhetoric, and dissent is at times treated harshly. That said… You are no different… you just happen to do it on the conservative side of the ideological spectrum.

Where did you get your information regarding financial aid? Out of your ass? “The state of California provides generous financial aid to low income and minority students, regardless of their legal status.” ONLY individuals with valid social security numbers that match their identity are allowed financial aid. This means that some immigrants on student visas are ineligible as well as those who are undocumented. After your social is screened you are asked to show proof of citizenship or green card. PERIOD. This is true for both state and federal student aid programs, and the punishment for fraud is severe, not only prison but fines and being black balled out of public universities! But your ignorant ass would know that because you were to busy trying to deal with the extremist MeCHIStas delivering your newely altered newspaper.

You must be a PCC student.

May 27, 2006 7:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Samuel, take the skirt off, you homosexual.

May 27, 2006 12:03 PM  

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