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Student Newspaper of the University of Southern California Since 1912
April 8. 2005
Vol. CXL VI. No. 53
Race at USC deconstructed
Town hall meeting also focuses on typical campus reaction to gender, ethnicity.
By GIGI MANN
A Town Hall meeting on cultural diversity named “Race. Gender. Ethnicity," was held to address the current issues brought by culturally themed social events thrown by the Greek system on campus.
A recent complaint filed with Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards by Jesus Cuellar about a Mexico-border-themed party at the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity sparked controversy on campus over racial issues and ethnicity. Cuellar is a sophomore majoring in Spanish.
The town hall meeting, sponsored by Asian Pacific American Student Assembly, Progressive Alliance, Latino Student Association, Hermanos Unidos, Interfraternity Council, Asian Pacific Islander Student Outreach, Student Senate and others, sought to cultivate a better understanding and to promote cultural diversity at USC.
“It's people who look diverse or are diverse are the ones who attend diversity town hall meetings,” said Bao-Viet Nguyen, incoming executive director of APASA. “I wish more of The Row came to the meeting so we can share a balanced point of view.”
The groups really tried to reach out to The Row, and only a few of them came, Nguyen said.
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Tolerance. (Left) Jeff Murakami, director of Asian Pacific American Student Services, and Corliss Bennett, director of Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs, speak as part of a forum on race Thursday night at Mudd hall.
prepare SoCal for potential tsunamis
Study analyzes damages and cost a tsunami could have if it struck Southern California
By STELLA LEE
New research findings are allowing scientists to better analyze what sort of impact tsunamis and earthquakes could have on Southern California.
In January 2003, USC researchers completed an earthquake research study that assessed the economic damage that could be caused by natural hazards.
The findings of the research study will soon be published in a scientific journal under the copyright of the American Society of Civil Engineers, said James Moore, who worked on the study and also acts as the department chair of the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the Viterbi School of Engineering.
The study also included the work of assistant professor Jose Borrero and professor Costas Synolakis, both from Viterbi’s department of civil and environmental engineering.
The study included work from doctoral student Sungbin Cho from the School of Policy, Planning and
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Event aims to empower female students
Alpha Rho Chi wins academic award
Architecture coed fraternity overcomes previous woes to achieve GPAs well above 3.0.
By MELISSA LOPEZ
Just two years ago, they were on the verge of being suspended for academic troubles. Now, the Andronicus chapter of Alpha Rho Chi fraternity has won the George “So" Whitten Scholastic Achievement Award, which recognizes an active chapter of APX that has demonstrated the most academic and
professional accomplishments of each school year.
Gregory Pelley, the worthy grand architect (president) of APX, said the award is a noteworthy accomplishment and a remarkable improvement for the chapter.
Laura Schmidt, worthy grand associate architect (vice president) of APX, said that only two years ago the Andronicus chapter was lacking in so many ways — the students were barely passing, and the consensus was to “just get by."
The Andronicus chapter of APX
at USC is a coed fraternity that cur-
rently consists of 16 members, which doubled its membership in two years, said Alberto Lopez, worthy superintendent and scholarship chairman of the chapter.
He said two years ago membership was low. and there was apathy toward the organization, but said it is hard to pinpoint the cause.
The change came about because APX felt they were not Uvmg up to their academic standards and made a commitment to becoming a better organization on campus. Lopez said.
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Alpha Rho Chi's current membership is 16, double from two years ago
APX's GPA was 3.45 in spring of 2004
Dove sponsors speech by author, who gives advice for women in finding jobs.
By ALLISON DUNN
Every seat was filled in the Annenberg Auditorium Thursday evening when Dove, a beauty product maker, hosted a "meet your match" event with special guest speaker Wendy Straker, author of “Sexy Jobs in the City: How to Find Your Dream Job Using the Rules of Dating."
The auditorium was so packed that some students sat in aisles because they could not find seats. About 200 people attended the event.
Alloy Marketing and Promotions, in conjunction with Ryan Partnerships, helped host the event in partnership with Annenberg School for Communication.
Dove employs Ryan
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Full house. More than 200 people crammed into the Annenberg Auditorium Thursday for an event sponsored by beauty product maker Dove. Gift bags from the company were given out.
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