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Written by nicoleszucs on Nov 10, 2014

I feel compelled to write about what is happening in Mexico right now. There are no words for it. Not just for the perverted murder of the 43 rural teaching students, but for everything that the tragedy is unveiling. The system is rotten, since the people have not been governing for a long time. The interest of oil companies, transnational enterprises, the oligarchy and the drug cartels are ruling the country at the expense of millions of people living in uncertainty. According to Human Rights Watch, Mexico has over 22,000 missing people right now, and drug related violence has taken the lives of over 60 000 people in the past six years. People are killed and keep “disappearing” every day. While looking for the bodies of the missing students, many mass graves have been found, none with the students' bodies, but showing how the violence...

Written by sahhhweetx3 on Nov 2, 2014


Cat calling and street harassment have become a familiar events in the two months I’ve lived in New York.  The video "10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman" produced by Hollaback!, an international movement to end street harassment,  became an overnight sensation because it clearly depicted street harassment in a way that people who had never been harassed (i.e., men) could clearly understand how threatening and awful it is.  If that was the goal of the video, then it hit its mark.  However, there were many negative reactions to the video because it only showed the perspective of a white presenting woman and not any women of color, and how the video nearly exclusively presented men of color as harassing the woman. ...

Written by nicoleszucs on Oct 26, 2014

Mexico is full of history, stories, fears, social inequalities, culture and traditions. From the world famous Diego Rivera´s murals to the street gangs name tags, there is color and meaning in every corner. I have been exploring Mexico for the past couple of months and couldnt stop seeing art. Too many times I wanted to jump out of any type of transportation I was in and run to see the art closer, to really understand the meaning or just to admire.

This journey began way before the last, devastating massacre of the 43 students. And I am sure that now, there is a lot to see with the expression of people about this tragedy. I will start talking a little about my experience in Mexico City and in other occasion with the one in Oaxaca, and then in the North, Saltillo.

Mexico City is huge. I have been and lived in big cities, but this city is just different. It feels like its...

Written by lahurd12 on Oct 23, 2014


The other day, as I was walking in Madrid I came across a protest on the side of the street in the area near Banco de España. The protesters were holding signs that read “escuela pública de todos para todos” which translates to Public School for everyone. After seeing this protest I began to see posters around the city with the same logo as the signs. After doing a little bit of research on it and bringing it up in conversation with some local friends I’ve come to a much better understanding of what this group is all about. Escuela pública de todos para todos is one of the many social movements that has resulted from the economic crisis in Spain. People in Spain are indignant due to the cuts in public services and especially the cuts in education. The government is reducing the social protection little by little that has carefully been built up over countless years. In terms of education these...

Written by Thomas Matt on Oct 10, 2014

Due to our patriarchal society there is a large wage gap between men and women.  Sarah Silverman, writer and comedian, came up with a seemingly logical solution to this problem: get a sex change.  While obviously a well-meaning joke meant to draw attention to a serious issue, her proposed solution is riddled with cisgender (those whose gender identity and biological sex align) privilege and is insensitive to the plight of transgender people.

For a woman who is being cheated out of a fair paycheck, would a sex...

Written by sehang12 on Oct 6, 2014

While exploring Madrid, I've noticed that there are quite a few similar works throughout the city, presumably by the same artist. The most prominent piece I can recall is always a large painting of a heart; not the cartoonish heart that springs to mind, but a gigantic, scientifically accurate heart, complete with ventricles, atriums, and the aorta. 


Written by sahhhweetx3 on Sep 30, 2014


I was fortunate enough to participate in The People’s Climate March on September 21st.  For weeks before the march I saw advertisements and posters in train cars and on the street.  Diffusion of responsibility made me assume that my attendance (or lack there of) wouldn’t matter because so many other people would be there.  I didn’t feel qualified to participate because I don’t study environmental science and am relatively unaware of the science behind global warming – only that it is definitely happening.  It didn’t occur to me until the night before that I could participate in the march, and that my presence would make a difference.  I am so thankful one of my friends suggested I join him.  I decided to go and helped make history by attending the largest march ever in the name of preserving the environment and bringing awareness to our Mother Earth’s declining...

Written by sehang12 on Sep 18, 2014

Last week wrapped up my time spent in Segovia, and the pueblo of Tres Casas. It was truly exciting to see how varied and diverse the street art was, ranging from typical tagging, to satirical posts, and to pictures in which a story unfolded. The artists here in Spain seem to have an unspoken rule not to tag any of the historical buildings, like the numerous churches and cathedrals spread throughout the city. As a result of this, much of the city is devoid of any tagging.

Usually where there’s graffiti, it’s all crammed into one controlled area of public space, which seems to benefit from the multitude of color on an otherwise drab area. Below you’ll find some of my favorites from the few days I spent roaming the streets of Segovia.


Written by sahhhweetx3 on Sep 15, 2014

I have always been attracted to art juxtaposed with text.  Text requires much less deciphering than the signs and symbols of art, which means it immediately elicits emotions and ideas—but these feelings and notions need to be reevaluated after taking account of the present graphic.  Being in New York City has been so overwhelming and amazing because when I am on the street it feels like I am constantly enveloped in a piece of art contextualized with text – street signs, advertisements, graffiti, brands, tattoos.  Since there is so much to look at and absorb at any given moment I have to make quick decisions about what I consciously spend my time looking at, and subsequently photographing.



Written by Sheila Murray on Jun 29, 2014

A unique feature of a big University is the absolutely electric atmosphere that arises from the union of the diverse student perspectives.  I constantly find myself surprised by how distinctive each student I meet at the university is, in his or her values, background, aspirations, and even in the simple way of how they carry themselves.


As I touched upon in my last post, “Educational Power and Solidarity,” the UCR is especially distinguished due to being the first superior education institution in the country and because it unites students from all walks of life under one central premise of education being the key for the future of the country. 

In the months that have transpired since that post, I have witnessed confirmation of the prevalence of student solidarity and student participation: 

In a historical round of...