Guiding the way: blind student matched with guide dog

Eric might be four-legged and furry but he is more than a friend to Mike Girard; the German shepherd is a guide dog for the blind student. In a fundraiser last spring known as Operation Bow Wow, the Sigma Pi fraternity raised thousands of dollars to fund the lifetime expense of a guide dog for fellow Torero. The lucky recipient of that guide dog was Mike Girard, a senior at University of San Diego who is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in sociology. Girard was not born blind; he lost his vision

Pick your poison: Professor O’Shea discusses arsenic in California wine

While many college students are recruited to go on international mission trips to build wells and help impoverished communities get access to clean drinking water, they might want to shift the focus of their efforts in their own backyards. Traces of toxic elements in drinking water in the United States, including California, are a cause for concern. In California a growing reliance on groundwater is raising questions about arsenic poisoning. Professor Beth O’Shea, who teaches in the Environment

Kings, Queens, and Rosaries: Protesters can’t pray away PRIDE

Last Thursday hundreds of students and visitors crowded into Shiley Theatre to see the PRIDE club’s sold-out show, Celebration of Gender Expression: Supreme Drag Superstar V. On the sidewalk outside, a much smaller group prayed in protest of the event. The University of San Diego was founded by the Catholic Diocese of San Diego in 1949, but despite its religious affiliation labels itself as a Changemaker campus that encourages diversity and inclusion. In 1990 USD recognized its first community

49 peaks and climbing

Graduation isn’t the only milestone that Jake Wheeler has to look forward to this May. The USD senior will also attempt to summit Mt. Denali in Alaska, completing his quest to climb the highest points in all 50 states. Wheeler’s adventure started in 2005 when he was just 10 years old. His dad packed up the car and Wheeler, his twin brother, and his sister hopped in for the long drive from California to Ohio for their first of 49 summits to date. “We started in Ohio, and the high point in Ohio

Former torero for U.S. president?

Toreros might be surprised to see a third name on the Democratic ballot for the presidential election and even more surprised to know that man also attended the University of San Diego. Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, a San Diego native,  is the Democratic businessman in the election. This year he decided to take the jump and run for president because he did not like the candidates that were running. De La Fuente is running a full-blown campaign but is stuck in the shadows of other candidates. It

Medical Brigades in Honduras

USD Medical Brigades lives up to the University of San Diego’s changemaker status by finding sustainable solutions to improve the world. Last semester, 30 USD students fundraised, gathered medication, and prepared for a week of service over intercession providing medical care to the rural Honduran community of El Suyatillo. Medical Brigades, coordinated through Global Brigades, is designed to provide immediate care to people in need while laying the infrastructure to make the communities self-s

D.C. police arrested 217 inauguration protesters as demonstrations turned violent

WASHINGTON – Protesters worked hard to disrupt the inauguration of President Donald Trump Friday, beginning with peaceful protests that blocked the entrances to the inauguration and parade route and ending with 217 arrests and six officers injured. Police officers used non-lethal crowd-control tools – including batons, pepper spray and flash bangs – to disperse groups just blocks from the president’s scheduled parade route. Many protesters exercised their First Amendment right peacefully. Amon

Protesters take to DC streets to slam Trump's agenda

WASHINGTON – The protest group It Takes Roots to Grow the Resistance gathered on D and 7th streets in Washington, D.C. on Friday morning before the Inauguration to slam the incoming president’s policies. Dozens of the protesters marching with signs called for ending war, protecting water, and making housing affordable. On the campaign trail Donald Trump often criticized President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw troops from hot spots, and indicated that he could increase the number of troop

Sanders delegates walk out during Clinton's speech –

On the final night of the DNC, Sanders delegates from Oregon and California walked out of the Well Fargo Arena as Hillary Clinton gave her speech accepting the Democratic Party's nomination for the 2016 presidential race. PHILADELPHIA (Talk Media News) – After a week of feeling silenced, Bernie Sanders delegates decided Thursday that empty seats would send a louder message than any chants or banners. On the final night of the DNC, some of Sanders delegates from Oregon, Washington State and Cal

Bernie Sanders supporters walk out of convention –

PHILADELPHIA (Talk Media News) – Shortly after Sen. Bernie Sanders called Tuesday for the suspension of the procedural rules and moved that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party, hundreds of his supporters walked out of the convention floor in protest. The Vermont senator quickly left the arena with security. Sanders delegates marched through the halls of the arena hosting the chanting “Show me what democracy looks like, This is what democracy looks like!” and “Hey,

Sanders supporters still 'feeling the Bern' in Philly –

PHILADELPHIA  (Talk Media News) – While delegates and politicians were preparing to kick off the Democratic National Convention Monday, about a thousand of Bernie Sanders’ supporters marched through Philadelphia set on continuing the revolution promised by the Vermont Senator’s unsuccessful campaign. “I couldn’t not be here,” said Gallen Bratton, 36 of North Carolina. “My wife begged me not to come. I have a 16-year-old daughter and she said, ‘Please don’t go.’ I said, ‘I can’t not go. It’s too

USD expands STEM departments with eight new female professors

The National Science Foundation, NSF, granted University of San Diego $600,000 over the next five years to hire more female STEM professors. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, four disciplines that are growing in both popularity and global demand. The grant is a part of the NSF’s ADVANCE initiative, which works toward increasing the representation of women pursuing science and engineering careers. Previously USD has already developed its own program for the

Now hiring political hackers and hecklers

Money isn’t new to politics, but the way people are spending it in this election is borderline unethical. Advertisements, canvassing, and a team of political communication experts are expensive. Now, there seems to be a new part of the budget allocated to hiring hackers and hecklers. Politicians hire experts to dig for dirt on the opposing candidate. Usually, they uncover discrepancies between a voting record and policy stance or legislation that failed or backfired. In 2016, it’s getting perso

Lump, bumps, and mumps: Mumps outbreak at USD prompts free MMR vaccine

Looming in the wake of cold and flu season on campus is a disease that was almost eradicated in the United States: mumps. Mumps is no longer common because of required vaccinations but the disease is making a comeback as vaccination rates fall. A confirmed mumps outbreak at the University of San Diego has the community at high risk for contracting the disease. USD has responded to the outbreak with free vaccination clinics to provide students with a third dose of the measles, mumps, and rubella

USD awarded $400 thousand for coastal conservation efforts

With all of the storms have come rainbows and a pot of gold. In the middle of a destructive El Niño season in San Diego a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will help to conserve the San Diego coastline. Over 130 proposals were submitted for Regional Coastal Resilience Grants from the NOAA and the University of San Diego’s proposal was one of only six recipients. The NOAA granted $408,000 to the project titled Connecting the Dots and Building Coastal Resilience in th

Shark attacks increase, no worries

The chances of a shark attack happening are smaller than being killed by a coconut falling on your head but there is something about it that is more daunting. Despite an increase in attacks, students at the University of San Diego are still unlikely to encounter one of these beasts in the water. Last year California saw a record high for unprovoked shark attacks according to the Global Shark Attack File (GSAF). Of the 10 attacks, eight were attributed to Great White sharks and none of the attac

Safer sex is just a swipe away

The app that makes finding a partner as simple as swiping right is now offering another location-based service. Tinder has nearly 50 million users according to the New York Times including students at the University of San Diego. In response to a nationwide increase in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that have been widely attributed to dating apps, Tinder has added a health safety section to their website that allows users to locate the nearest clinic offering free STD and HIV testing.

Invisible Children closes before mission is completed

Make Joseph Kony famous overnight, check. That was the first goal of the San Diego based non-profit Invisible Children. With a 29-minute, emotionally charged YouTube short film that has been viewed over 100 million times, the team of young activists had successfully begun their movement. Joseph Kony is the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a radical group in Africa that is responsible for displacing over two million Ugandans and abducting thousands of children, 66,000 of whom became

New vaccine protects students from meningitis serogroup B

Meningitis B is a rare but deadly disease that threatens young adults and is not protected against by routine vaccinations. Luckily for students at the University of San Diego a new vaccine that does protect against serogroup B meningitis is available at the Student Health Center. There are five main groups of bacteria that cause meningitis. While universities require students to have the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4), it only protects against serogroups A, C, W, and Y. This makes comm

SDSU meningitis case concerns colleges

Two unrelated recent cases of meningococcal meningitis at San Diego State University and Palomar College in San Marcos have health officials concerned, especially with the upcoming holiday of Halloween. The infected SDSU freshman, Sara Stelzer, was admitted to the hospital with flu-like symptoms on Oct. 14, and died 48 hours later. The Palomar College student is still recovering. Stelzer was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority at SDSU. She had recently attended fraternity parties on Oct. 8 and
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