By @lavernecox “Thanks #UCR for the trio of shirts from the lgbt resource center #GammaRhoLamda and #BlackOut. Thanks everyone for turning out in force tonight and asking such insightful questions. You raise me up! #oitnb #girlslikeus #TransIsBeautiful #transexcellence #blackexcellence” via @PhotoRepost_app #BlaqOUTconference #werk … 

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These aren’t my photos but ones that I came across on the live Reddit feed of Occupy Central. It’s crazy to think that just over the weekend, I was shopping at SOGO in Causeway Bay, sitting in a quiet cafe near Central, and walking through the busy market in Mong Kok, and now the same streets are filled with mobs of people protesting. As of now, there’s not much to do in Hong Kong and many shops have closed their doors because of the riot. These are our choices: (1) to go to class, (2) to ditch class and join the protests, or (3) to ditch class and “join the protests.” Click images for captions.


Student Senate Votes Unanimously to Bring Gender Studies Requirement to UCR
Press release

Riverside, California, May 2014— Students and faculty at the University of California, Riverside are working to bring a gender studies breadth requirement to their campus, ensuring that all students take at least one gender-­related course before they graduate.

On May 21, The Associated Students of UC Riverside (ASUCR) voted 14-­0​ for the requirement to be implemented at the University of California, Riverside. The senate plans to reach out to other UC and California-­b​ased schools to consider improvements to general education.

As of now, the ASUCR senate plans to take the requirement to the faculty senate. UCR already offers 200 courses, across multiple departments, that can fulfill the proposed requirement.

“It was impressive to see how the student organizers and senators commonly supported the place of gender studies in a good UC education -­ one that can prepare them to participate consciously in building a more just future,” said Tammy C. Ho, an associate professor of women’s studies at UCR in attendance at the meeting. “This requirement puts UCR on the vanguard of addressing the rape culture and sexual assault crisis that has been increasingly uncovered on college campuses and in the American military.”

Daphne Ferreiro, an Asian Studies major, was among the 50 students in attendance to support the requirement and speak at the meeting. “We are asking UCR to take that leading step to become the example other universities throughout the state can look up to, to use the power of education that is so valuable to our university in order to ensure that our campus is safe for those who experience oppression,” said Ferreiro. “UCR can act for justice.”

One in four college women report surviving rape according to One in Four USA. Through attention to gender issues in university curriculum, students and faculty at UCR hope to change the outcome of those statistics.

"Because gender is absolutely central in the United States to how work is divided, how products are sold, how wars are justified, how children are raised, and almost every other realm of social life, it makes perfect sense that gender studies would be part of the broad general education that universities provide their students,” said Jane Ward, associate professor of women’s studies at UCR.

Currently, no UC campus requires students to take a course that examines gender or its impact on society. If the student­-endorsed requirement is approved by the faculty, UCR will become a national leader among universities working to address campus sexual assault and gender discrimination.

“A gender studies requirement would allow UCR students that identify as Trans* or Queer to feel safer navigating their way throughout campus and interacting with their peers. It will provide better opportunities for solidarity and dialogue,” said Ashlee Turner, a double major in African American Studies and Women’s Studies, and President of Queer Alliance on campus.

The implementation of the requirement will not prolong students’ time to graduate.

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Revisit: Finals Survival Guide



I meet with a few fellow students each week to talk about writing, and to workshop our latest pieces. We usually meet in one of the study rooms in Rivera because it’s most convenient, and I can usually just reserve a room same-day online. Today, though, I went to reserve a spot and found that almost all of them were full, with bold black bars blocking out the names of entire rooms. I was momentarily surprised, and then I remembered:


We’re at the beginning of the end, which means that Red Bull and Rockstar are seeing sharp increases in sales at UCR, and every Starbucks within five miles is being swarmed by dead-eyed students seeking venti-orange-mocha-caramel-frappuccinos. What do you do? Where do you go? Oh, the humanity! Don’t worry, gentle Highlanders. We’ve got you covered. Click the links below for some of our favorite articles about finals — full of places to go, things to do and ways to keep your mind from spontaneously combusting.

Places to Go:

- A Survival Guide

- 5 Peaceful On-Campus Spots

- Open Hours

- Study Spots on Campus

Places to Eat:

- Late-Night Eats

- Surviving Finals Week: Food

- Coffee Places During Finals Week


- 5 Ways to Rock Your Finals

- Got Finals?

- Tips for an Effective Study Time

Good luck out there!

- Rebecca

14 Must-Do Things Before Your First Day at UCR


Congratulations! You SIR’d and you are now an official Highlander! As the chapter in your life called high school comes to a close, a whole new chapter in your life is about to begin this fall. We know you are excited, and we are, too! From a graduating senior to an incoming first year, here are 14 things you should do before your first day of class.

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