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2020 commencement speaker calls out college for ‘hypocrisy’ on racism, discusses police harassment

Tamara Willams, 26, 2020  Virtual Graduation Commencement Speaker

Kathleen Quinn, Former Editor-in-chief

August 21, 2020

De Anza College’s commencement speaker for the 2020 graduation said she believes the statements about anti-racism from the college are insincere and recalls racist incidents towards her by FHDA police officers and a De Anza counselor. Tamara Williams, 26, recently graduated from the De Anza College...

Umoja faculty, students unsupported, unheard by De Anza College administration

Timeline of the Umoja program at De Anza

Annalise Freimarck and Kathleen Quinn

August 20, 2020

De Anza College faculty members and students claim they have felt no support for the Umoja program from upper administration, leaving Black students isolated and not invested in. The program, formerly known as the Sankofa Scholars, began in 2008 with a pilot, and then was officially launched in 2009....

De Anza College five-year plan failed to close the success gap or recruit Black students

De Anza College five-year plan failed to close the success gap or recruit Black students

Kathleen Quinn, Former Editor-in-chief

July 28, 2020

Five years later, De Anza College’s “Education masterplan 2015-2020” has failed in its aim to recruit Black students and decrease the success gap at the college. Mallory Newell, supervisor of college research and chair of the college planning committee, said the plan aimed to prevent succes...

Former De Anza College professor faces backlash after posting about ‘negative experiences’ with Black students, faculty

Former De Anza College professor faces backlash after posting about ‘negative experiences’ with Black students, faculty

Annalise Freimarck, Editor-in-chief

July 27, 2020

A De Anza College student confronted her former professor over social media in early June for making a public post on Facebook, expressing that he has had negative experiences with Black students and faculty within his career.  Levy Zamora, a former part-time Communication Studies professor at De Anza ...

SJPD officer who made anti-BLM remarks, won’t be back at De Anza College

Phillip White's twitter statements against the Black Lives Matter movement in December 2014

Annalise Freimarck and Kathleen Quinn

July 21, 2020

Phillip White, a San Jose police officer who got in trouble for sending antagonistic anti-Black Lives Matter tweets in 2014, has been back at De Anza College to help with the basketball team since that time, and was about to be approved to return for the 2020-2021 season. But Dean of Physical Education ...

Chinese international students have mixed feelings about graduation, amid COVID-19 uncertainty

Students sitting in graduation attire

Caden Zhao, Reporter

June 23, 2020

International students, some back in their home countries, others still in the United States, have mixed emotions about graduating from De Anza College because of the uncertainty of their student status. “I have to go back to China to renew my I-20,” Victoria Duan, 23, computer science major said,...

DASB Senate adjusts to remote learning, increases student outreach

DASB Senate adjusts to remote learning, increases student outreach

Gloria Delgado, Reporter

June 19, 2020

A new committee will be implemented next year by the DASB Senate to deal with student grievances and to inform students of the resources available to them remotely as they adjust to the new needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We formed a new committee that will specifically communicate with students,...

De Anza College students show support for Black Lives Matter movement, attend local protests

Black Lives Matter
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Keegan West, Reporter

June 16, 2020

Despite the risk of contracting COVID-19, De Anza College students have masked up to join marches, protests and rallies in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Maya Burns, vice president of DASB Senate, said she has been attending protests with her parents ever since she was a little kid, and...

Local South Bay food pantries close gap in services during pandemic

A map of the locations for various food pantries in the south bay.

Leticia Samame, Reporter

June 12, 2020

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County’s Disaster Recovery Self-Sufficiency Program has been providing free food to community members across San Jose in need. More community members are seeking help, with job losses skyrocketing because of the effects of the pandemic. According...

Black Lives Matter protesters hold memorial for victims of police brutality in downtown San Jose

Black Lives Matter protesters raise their fists in solidarity with the movement June 9 in San Jose, and raise a poster with the faces of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Armand Abhari.

Keegan West, Reporter

June 11, 2020

Black Lives Matter supporters gathered in downtown San Jose at the Plaza de César Chávez June 9 to honor those who have lost their lives from police brutality. The stage of the plaza was filled with local leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement, with hundreds of supporters surrounding them and...