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USG senators criticize Shapiro event funding

first_imgAt Tuesday’s Undergraduate Student Government meeting, the Senate led an open discussion regarding the recent bylaw amendment to USG’s diversity fund, which is currently being authored by Sen. Michaela Murphy and former USG official Mai Mizuno. Before the discussion, co-Chief Diversity Officer Milton Dimas spoke about a solidarity march this Thursday and how it was happening due to the “many, many problems in this institution” and the country at large. Dimas concluded his speech by addressing an upcoming event featuring conservative commentator Ben Shapiro. He called Shapiro’s rhetoric “hate speech” and “bigotry,” and affirmed the student body’s right to speak out. “Many of us are unhappy about [Shapiro’s speech], and I understand,” Dimas said. “I don’t think that we should remain silent during this time. I believe we should very much be using our resources and the people we know in order to bring about this change.” Regarding the diversity fund, Sen. Shayan Kohanteb addressed Dimas’ comments on Shapiro’s event, which received funding from USG. Kohanteb said that USG funds should not be used for political groups. His point prompted a discussion about whether or not cultural organizations and the issues they promote can be depoliticized. Sen. Max Geschwind said that he had no problem with political groups receiving funding as long as the process is “fair and equal.” He referenced groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine and Trojans for Israel, who he says should receive an equal share of the diversity fund. Several members of the audience expressed their opinions that the interests of cultural organizations are inherently political, and that diminishing their political nature would devalue the organizations’ purposes.Rosa Wang, executive co-director of the Student Assembly for Gender Empowerment, defended the inherently political nature of their organization. She and others also referred to Shapiro’s views as hateful. Wang went on to call the use of a student-funded account for the event as “blasphemy.”“I never asked to be marginalized,” Wang said. “The people who attribute those values to me have made my body political, have made me have to fight for myself, fight for my existence.”last_img read more

Women’s basketball can’t overcome Cal

first_imgThe women’s basketball team’s season ended on Thursday morning, as they lost 71-58 to Cal in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament at the KeyArena in Seattle. Cal forward Kristine Anigwe was the x-factor in a tightly contested game. She scored 34 points with 13 rebounds, dropping 11 points in the final quarter. “Just a hard-fought game for 40 minutes,” head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said. “Kristine [Anigwe] was tough to stop. I thought Cal made crucial baskets in the important moments of the game, and we couldn’t necessarily get the stops we needed.”Before Anigwe’s impressive fourth quarter shifted the game’s momentum, USC was neck and neck with Cal. They led by 1 point after the first quarter and trailed 30-28 at halftime.“We missed some defensive assignments when we were supposed to trap [Anigwe],” Cooper-Dyke said. “Then we allowed her to get too deep in the paint, whereas before we were very physical with her. There were some early fouls called that I thought made us tentative defensively against Kristine. And it was tough to stop her once she got into an offensive rhythm.”Junior forward Kristen Simon came back strongly after playing only 11 minutes against Arizona due to injury. On Thursday, she played 22 minutes, scoring 17 points on an efficient 8-of-14 shooting. While Simon produced a solid outing for her team, the 3-point shooting struggles that plagued the Trojans against Arizona State and Arizona continued. USC shot under 30 percent from long range for the third game in a row, this time going 3-of-14. Over the last three games, senior sharpshooter Courtney Jaco has shot a surprising 4-of-18 from long distance. She is the second all-time 3-point scorer in school history. After trading blows in the first half, Cal went on a quick 7-0 run to start the third quarter. The Bears led by as many as nine in the third frame, but a few scores by freshman guard Minyon Moore lessened the deficit. She finished 10 points and 5 rebounds. “We knew we had to attack their pressure,” Jaco said. “And once we did that and drew the help, we could pass it easily to the open player, but I think we just didn’t have that mindset for 40 minutes.”Entering the fourth quarter, the Trojans were down by just 3 points and within striking distance of the second round of the Pac-12 Tournament. However, they ran into a string of dominance by Anigwe and were unable to slow her down. She started off the quarter by scoring her team’s next 9 points, all on jump shots.By the end of her scoring rampage, the Bears led by five and the Trojans were unable to mount one more comeback with such little time left. “I’m very proud of the effort that we gave for 40 minutes,” Cooper-Dyke said. “I want to first thank our seniors. Jaco has done a fantastic job, and really all of our seniors, all year long, all four years.”For Jaco, the game was her final one on the court in a Trojan uniform. Despite the loss, she was positive in reflecting on her college basketball career.“When you get out of college basketball, you kind of miss that camaraderie and stuff like that,” Jaco said. “My teammates this year were really special. Some of them, they’ll be long-time friends, so that’s going to mean the most to me.”last_img read more