1 USC EL CENTRO CHICANO E-NEWSLETTER Serving Our Diverse Latina/o & USC Community November 12th, 2007 “The following e-newsletter from the office of El Centro Chicano is meant to make you aware of events & issues concerning the Latina/o community at USC, while also connecting you to the greater USC community. In addition, diverse resources and opportunities in Los Angeles are shared; however, this e-newsletter is not meant to be an endorsement. Please use your judgment.” Billy, El Centro Chicano Director, firstname.lastname@example.org , (213) 740- 1480 2 GENERAL OUTLINE Page # THE LATINO SPOTLIGHT: HIGHLIGHTING OUTSTANDING LATINOS AT USC 4 Sophomore Melissa Sanchez EL CENTRO CHICANO ANNOUNCEMENTS: 5 1. One Stop Shop: Junior Class Reunion Mon. November 12th 7-8:30pm ECC 300 2. Latino Honor Society Applications Due Nov. 16th 5:00 pm to ECC STUDENT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENTS: 5-6 3. ALSA First Annual Art Show Tues. November 13, at 7:00 p.m. at Ground Zero 4. New Ballet Folklorico Group at USC DEPARTMENTAL/UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCEMENTS/EVENTS 6-9 5. Conquest 2007 Thursday, November 29th 2007 6-11pm @ McCarthy Quad 6. Players Ball Club and Casino Event November 16, 2007 8:00 p.m.-Midnight Upstairs Commons 7. USC Immigrant Integration Lecture: David Gutiérrez Mon. November 12, 3:00 to 4:30 in DML 233 8. GAME U on XBOX 360 College Tour Thursday November, 15th 2007 from 10am-3pm Alumni Park 9. Globe med at USC partnered with Face AIDS presents: AIDS WEEK Nov 12-15 10. Sophomores in USC College : SOAR Program 11. Children and Families in Urban America minor 12. Special Course Spring 2008: Journalism 465 13. USC Rec Sports is offering Sports and Health Classes Register Online Now 14. Nosotras Latina Support Group Meetings Wednesdays 11:00-12:30pm 15. Peace With Food Support Group Meetings Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:30pm 16. Sexual Assault Survivor Support Group Now Accepting Applicants 17. Loved Ones Discussion Group Now Accepting Applicants CULTURAL ANNOUNCEMENTS: 9-12 18. UCLA Chicano Studies Book Signing Event 19. CASA 0101 presents ―YOU DON’T KNOW ME‖ 3 20. Zócalo at NPR West Thurs. November 15, 7 PM at NPR West 21. Mexican Artist Marta Palau at the USC Fisher Gallery Thurs. November 15, 2007 6:30-8:00pm the USC Fisher Gallery 22. 2nd Street Cigars and Gallery Presents ―Don’t Fence Me In‖: Original "7 Works by L.A.-Based "Chicano Artists" Nov 8th-29 23. Two New Plays at Casa0101: You Don’t Know me and Something For Nothing November 9th thru 18th, 2007 24. Cuidad Magazine: What to do in Los Angeles? 25. Africa’s Legacy in Mexico Exhibit Sept. 9th – Nov. 18th @ Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University 26. Cesar and Ruben A Musical, by Ed Begley, Jr. 27. Latin American Films at UC Riverside Fall 2007 SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES 12-14 28. Graduate Student Travel Grants 29. AB 540 SCHOLARSHIPS AB 540 Scholarship Websites 30. National Security Education Program David L. Boren Study Abroad Scholarships Tues. November 27, 2007 10:30-11:30 AM Leavey Library Auditorium 31. Women & Minority Scholarships 32. The USC McNair Scholars Program Deadline is Nov. 19th @ 4pm 33. Scholarship for Film/TV/media industries/Business Majors INTERSHIPS OPPORTUNITIES 14-15 34. INROADS - PAID SUMMER INTERNSHIPS 35. USC College Admission Intern Position 36. Internship Job Opening CAREER/JOB OPPORTUNITES AND ENRICHMENT 15-18 37. iHispano.com announces addition of (LISTA) to our national job board network. 38. Extreme Learning is HIRING Tutors 39. School of Social Work, Work Study Job 40. USC TriO Program Upward Bound Math-Science Graduate Program Assistant 41. USC Law school department of continuing education is hiring 42. Careers in American Diplomacy at the US Department of State 43. Resource Handbook of Summer Opportunities 4 EXTREME MAKEOVER: RESUME EDITION 44. DEAL OR NO DEAL: THE ART OF NEGOTIATION 45. JUMP START YOUR JOB SEARCH 46. Thursday, December 20, 2007 (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) 47. Job Search Database VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: 17-18 48. Global Medical Brigades 49. Algebra Tutor/Mentor Volunteer Opportunity 50. Become a Trojan Diversity Recruitment Leader ENRICHMENT & NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES AROUND USC 18-20 51. Public Policy and Leadership Conference 52. 17th Annual Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance Premedical Conference 53. City Year Los Angeles Young Heroes Program IN THE NEWS 20-21 54. Temple built 4,000 years ago unearthed in Peru 55. Newsmaker: Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner THE LATINO SPOTLIGHT: HIGHLIGHTING OUTSTANDING LATINOS AT USC El Centro Spotlights Fine Arts Major, sophomore, Melissa Sanchez Fine Arts major Melissa Sanchez was the honorary guest speaker on Saturday, October 6, 2007 for the "Las Madrecitas" Fall Fundraiser. Las Madrecitas is a philanthropy group that raises money for the patients at Orthopaedic Hospital in Los Angeles. Melissa was awarded a Recognition Certificate sent by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recognizing her commitment and dedication in serving the city of Los Angeles for her actions of having a positive impact in raising awareness of those with disabilities within the community. A second award letter was sent by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger honoring Melissa for demonstrating outstanding accomplishments and working her way towards earning her degree at USC. Our opposing rivals also wrote a story which appeared in The Daily Bruin about Melissa in regards to the new research center which opened this past September. A short commercial was shown of Melissa which aired on the dedication day of the ground breaking of the new research center at UCLA. Some time this week The Palos Verde’s Peninsula newspaper will also run a story on Melissa. –CONGRATULATIONS MELISSA FROM ECC AND YOUR USC COMMUNITY!!! 5 EL CENTRO CHICANO ANNOUNCEMENTS 1. One Stop Shop: Junior Class Reunion Come mingle with old friends, meet new classmates, network with USC alumni, and learn valuable tips from representatives of different resource centers on and off campus (Career Planning and Placement Center, Washington Mutual, Teach for America, Advising Office...)! But most importantly--Come chill and spend time with fellow Juniors (especially since so many of us will be studying abroad next semester)... Come on, you know you want to...Not only because you LOVE our class.. but also because being REUNITED feels ooh soooo good. There will be FREE FOOD AND DRINKS! Location: El Centro Chicano (Lecture Hall) UUC 3rd Floor Time: 7:00-8:30 DRESS CODE: Business Casual Bring friends!!! (preferably OTHER Juniors..that'd be nice) See you there!For more info contact Liliana Quezada at El Centro Chicano, (213) 740-1480 or email@example.com 2. Latino Honor Society—Applications due Friday, November 16th, 2007 LHS was established at USC in 1997 in direct response to the need to formally recognize the academic achievements of Latino students and their dedication to the community. LHS promotes excellence in academic scholarship; leadership; commitment to community service; involvement in campus activities and positive role models! All undergraduates are welcome to apply! Applicants must have completed four semesters at USC (2 semesters for transfer students). Maintained a 3.5 GPA or above and demonstrated community and university leadership and involvement. Pick up applications at El Centro Chicano (UUC 300). Fall applications due Friday, October 26th, 2007. If you have any questions, contact El Centro Chicano at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 740-1480 STUDENT ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENTS 3. ALSA First Annual Art Show Annenberg Latino Student Association First Annual ALSA Art Show Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. Ground Zero Café The Annenberg Latino Student Association is proud to present the first annual ALSA Art Show to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. at the Ground Zero Café on the USC campus behind Marks Tower and Marks Residence Hall. Join us as we present a night of art and music, showcasing the art of local Los Angeles artist Gustavo Muniz and a live jazz band. FREE drinks and appetizers provided! This event is FREE, so join us on this fun-filled event of thought-provoking art and nonstop jazz. Bring some friends along! For more information, contact email@example.com. The Annenberg Student Organization Council, a new student group composed of all the Annenberg- based student organizations, is proud to present the first ever Annenberg-wide canned food drive. ASOC will be hosting a canned food drive starting Monday, Nov. 12 through Friday, Nov. 16 in the main Annenberg lobby. We will be collecting food from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the entire week. 6 Please bring your canned food to donate to this great cause. All the collected cans of food will be donated to the Los Angeles Food Bank. Acceptable donated items include: • canned protein such as tuna, sardines, stew, soups • peanut butter and jelly • canned fruits and vegetables • fruit juices • staples such as beans, rice, pasta • personal care items including soap, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please see attached flyer for more information. 4. NEW Ballet Folklorico Group at USC Are you interested in learning how to folkloric dance or do have experience? Do you want to help revive a USC cultural tradition and meet new people! We are reforming the Folklorico Group at USC. For more info or if you are interested contact Jasmine Orozco at email@example.com DEPARTMENTAL/UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS 5. Conquest 2007 Thursday, November 29th 2007 6-11pm @ McCarthy Quad TAKING BACK THE CITY 2007 http://sait.usc.edu/ca/conquest/ CONQUEST! is an event that truly represents the Trojan ideals--athletic prowesses, academic excellence, strong traditions, and commitment to the Trojan family. Special Guest Appearances Include: THE BRAVERY http://www6.thebravery.com/thebravery/home.php and the comedian Youtube Sensation Judson Laipply, also featuring: Trojan Dance Force Spirit Leaders USC Football Players World Famous Song Girls USC Trojan Marching Band Food Fair ***BEER GARDEN*** Ferris Wheel Fireworks Bonfire Keep victory on the horzion and CONQUEST! in our wake. 6. Players Ball Club and Casino Event The Building Governments and Residential Education Staff of West Area are proud to present Player's Ball-Club and Casino. The night features classic casino games such as Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, and Texas Hold Em. We will have great food, live jazz, mocktails, and a cash bar. All proceeds will go to School on Wheels-providing tutors and mentors to homeless youth. DATE: November 16, 2007 TIME: 8:00 p.m.-Midnight LOCATION: Upstairs Commons: Upstairs Cafe, Garden Court Room, and Garden Court Patio WHO's INVITED?: Everyone! 7 If you have any questions or would like further information please contact Ja'Nae N. Davis, Residence Coordinator, Webb Tower via email firstname.lastname@example.org. 7. USC Immigrant Integration Lecture: David Gutiérrez The Poverty of the Current Immigration Debate Monday, November 12, 3:00 to 4:30 in DML 233 David G. Gutiérrez is a professor of history at the University of California, San Diego and author of the highly acclaimed book, Walls and Mirrors: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants and the Politics of Ethnicity (University of California Press 1995), editor of Between Two Worlds: Mexican Immigrants in the United States (Jaguar Books 1996), and editor of The Columbia History of Latinos in the United States since 1960 (Columbia University Press 2004). 8. GAME U on XBOX 360 College Tour Who: ALL STUDENTS What: GAME U on XBOX 360 College Tour Where: Alumni Park located on the USC campus When: Thursday November, 15th 2007 from 10am-3pm Why: What’s more fun than playing XBOX during your lunchbreak? 9. Globe med at USC partnered with Face AIDS presents: AIDS WEEK Nov 12-15 Documentary Screening of " A Closer Walk" narrated by Will Smith and Glenn Close Wed Nov 14th at 6pm in SLH 102 doors open at 5:45pm Free AIDS testing by Trousdale!! Free Condoms and Information !! email Globemed@usc.edu for more information! A Closer Walk is the first film to depict humankind's confrontation with the global AIDS epidemic. The film's director and producer, Robert Bilheimer, is an Academy Award nominee for his film Cry of Reason, a profile of the South African anti-apartheid leader Beyers Naude. A Closer Walk was conceived with the late Jonathan Mann, architect of the World Health Organization's response to global AIDS 10. Sophomores in USC College : SOAR Program We want to support your research, this year, with your first grant funding. The College of Letters, Arts & Sciences has created a new grant program that allows sophomores in any College major and those who are still undecided to receive $1000 to support research projects sponsored by College faculty outside of class. The new grant program is called Sophomore Opportunities for Academic Research -- SOAR, for short. You can apply for the money right now. To find out more about it, go to www.usc.edu/college/soar We'll be giving out the first grants this semester, so please check it out. 11. Children and Families in Urban America minor Spring 2008 Courses 200xm Institutinoal Inequality for minority groups in the United States 305L Children and Families in Urban America Integrative Sminar 400 Children and families in Urban Amerca Capstone Course These Social courses are approced forhe minor in Children and Families in Urban America. If you are interested in learning more about the minor, please contact Dorthy Scott at email@example.com or 213 740 9453 8 12. Special Course Spring 2008: Journalism 465 This spring 2008 semester, the Annenberg School for Communication is offering a 4-unit special topic course focusing on Latino News Media in the United States, taught by journalism professor Felix Gutierrez on Tuesdays from 2-5:20 p.m.. Students will explore the development of Latino media and its coverage of such issues as the U.S. conquest of Mexican lands and wars in Latin America, Latino immigration and settlement in the United States, the Chicano Movement, and the growing visibility of Latinos in Latino and general audience media. Graduate and undergraduate students of all majors who are interested in Latino news media are welcome to join the course. Enrollment is limited to 15 students. Contact Felix Gutierrez at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information. 13. USC Rec Sports is offering Sports and Health Classes A program designed to introduce participants to health and fitness through recreational activities. Open to USC staff, faculty and students. There are still some spaces available in most of the classes. Classes include: CPR certification, Energizing Your workday Naturally (Nutrition & Fitness), Racquetball (Beg/Int) and Trojan Trekkers: Walking Program. For more information read the attached brochure or go to our website at www.usc.edu/recsports. Registration for each class closes one week before the class date. For more info contact Jennifer Siu (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Arvin Varma (email@example.com). Register at this e-address! http://sait.usc.edu/recsports/site_content/fitness_wellness/fitnessregistration.asp Be Well Trojans! Jennifer Siu (firstname.lastname@example.org) USC Recreational Sports http://law.usc.edu/documents/PaidNetworkingOpportunity.pdf . To apply, simply stop by the CLE office in room 313 of the Law School or email email@example.com with questions. 14. Nosotras Latina Support Group A Weekly Latina Support Group Meets Wednesdays 11:00-12:30 Topics include balancing school, work, relationships, and family, self-esteem, dating concerns, identity, straddling two cultures, and finding your place at USC or within the Latin@ community at USC. Confidentiality is a priority. For more Information please contact Maria Pozo-Humphrey L.C.S.W. or Elizabeth Reyes Ph.D. at 213-740-7711 15. Peace With Food Support Group Is your relationship with food hurting you? Are you preoccupied with what you are eating or with exercising? Are you an emotional eater? Do you feel there is an emotional component to your relationship with food? If you are interested in a safe place to explore these concerns consider joining the peace with Food and body Image support group. Please call to meet with Elizabeth Reyes PhD and Carli Braun Kody MA to learn about the group 214-740-7711 Group for Fall 2007 meets Tuesdays 3-4:30 16. Sexual Assault Survivor Support Group Are you a survivor of sexual assault? The USC Center for Women and Men provides a safe, supportive, and confidential place to talk with other survivors For more information please call or email: 213-740-4900 or firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: Wendy Lopata 9 ********** accepting new members Fall 2007 ********** 17. Loved Ones Discussion Group Is someone close to you a survivor of sexual assault? This new discussion group offers a safe and confidential setting for friends, partners and others (who are a part of the USC community) who have loved ones that have been sexually assaulted. For more information please call or email: 213-740-4900 or email@example.com Contact: Wendy Lopata www.usc.edu/cwm ********** accepting members for Fall 2007 ********** (all inquiries will be considered confidential) CULTURAL EVENTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS 18. UCLA Chicano Studies Book Signing Event 10 Roberto Haro Book Presentation and Signing Please join Roberto Haro as he presents his latest books The Mexican Chubasco (2006) and Jolene’s Last Gasp (2007) The Mexican Chubasco is an expansive novel about the Mexican Revolution and the consequences for its citizens. Jolene’s Last Gasp is a fascinating detective thriller that involves the seamy side of the pornography industry in Los Angeles and elsewhere. The writer is a retired UC professor who is politically active and lobbies for Latino issues. He will also discuss his successful transition from university professor/administrator to full-time author.= Wednesday, November 14, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm UCLA hicano Studies Research Library Haines Hall 144 Refreshments provided by Casablanca Restaurant Directions to UCLA available at: http://www.ucla.edu/map/ Campus parking can be purchased for $8 at the Westholme/Hilgard Ave. or Wyton Ave./Hilgard Ave. kiosks. The closest available Lots are #2 and #3. To learn more about us, visit our website or email us. To subscribe to our newsletter, e- mail CSRC Newsletter and include in the body of your message the line (and nothing but the line) SUBSCRIBE CHICANO [first name, last name] (don't enter the brackets, just your name) 19. CASA 0101 presents ―YOU DON’T KNOW ME‖ WRITTEN BY PATRICIA ZAMORANO DIRECTED BY EMMANUEL DELEAGE "A young girl trying to come up in the projects is faced on the daily with family dysfunctions, drug addictions, her sexuality, and betrayals. *** AND *** “SOMETHING ABOUT NOTHING” WRITTEN BY VICTORIA HERIC DIRECTED BY HECTOR RODRIGUEZ “Raul prepares to launch the art gallery of his dreams. A new beginning, two men, one illusion, sexual politics = Something for Nothing.” TWO WEEKENDS ONLY!! NOV 9–11 + NOV 16–18 *Opening night sold out* Fri & Sat @ 8 PM / Sun @ 7 PM $12 at the door / $10 advance / $5 Boyle Heights residents Pay-what-you can preview on Thurs. Nov 8th @ 8 PM CASA 0101 2009 E. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033 323-263-7684 / firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.casa0101.org / http://www.myspace.com/casa_0101 20. Zócalo at NPR West Thursday, November 15, 7 PM at NPR West Zócalo and NPR West Present Girls Gone Mild: Have Roles for Women in Hollywood Gone Soft? A Conversation with L.A. Times film critic Carina Chocano and op-ed columnist Meghan Daum Does Hollywood misunderstand women or is it the other way around? Responding to the recent onslaught of studio films featuring unemployed, socially maladjusted men and the bland (and usually blonde) bombshells who love them, Los Angeles Times film critic Carina Chocano recently wrote an essay about the lack of substantial roles for comedic actresses. "The idea that a girl might play anything other than 'the girl' in a studio comedy," wrote Chocano, "is so far out of the mainstream that it's considered an experimental concept, not to mention a major financial risk." Carina Chocano and Meghan Daum visit Zócalo for a thoughtful and witty conversation about women 11 and humor, women and Hollywood and whether or not there's any truth to the increasingly conventional wisdom that diminishing female roles are a direct result of diminishing female audiences. To Reserve a Free Seat at NPR West Click Here 21. Mexican Artist Marta Palau at the USC Fisher Gallery MEXICAN ARTIST MARTA PALAU PRESENTS HER NEW, RETROSPECTIVE BOOK AT THE USC FISHER GALLERY IN LOS ANGELES ON NOVEMBER 15, 2007 Alongside colleagues like Francisco Toledo and Cecilia Vicuna, Mexican artist Marta Palau has broken ground in late 20th century and early 21st century work. Los Angeles—On November 15, 2007 from 6:30 PM -- 8:00 PM the USC Fisher Gallery, in collaboration with the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Los Angeles, will present Mexican artist Marta Palau and her new book Marta Palau. Naualli. A panel composed of Selma Holo, Director, USC Fisher Gallery, Teresa Vicencio Alvarez, General Director, Centro Cultural Tijuana and Alfredo Alvarez, Director, UNAM-LA will discuss Marta Palau's career achievements. A reception will follow the event. Palau studied painting and sculpture in Mexico City, printmaking in San Diego and fabric in Barcelona, Spain. She has shown her work in Mexico, California, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and at the Havana Biennial, Sao Paulo Biennial, Lausanne Biennial of Tapestry and South America. General Information For general information, press information, images, or to schedule an interview, call (213) 740-5537. Press images can be downloaded at http://www.fishergallery.org/index.php?page=press 22. 2nd Street Cigars and Gallery Presents ―Don’t Fence Me In‖: Original "7 Works by L.A.-Based "Chicano Artists" Contact and Curator: Robert Squires, 323.550.1878 email@example.com Artists: Margaret Garcia, Leo Limon, Gilbert "Magu" Lujan, Jose Lozano, Frank Romero, and Patssi Valde Exhibit Dates: November 8 – 29 Opening Reception: Wednesday, Thursday, November 8 (Downtown L.A. Art Walk Night) Preview: Friday, November 2 – November 7 Location: 2nd Street Cigars and Gallery, 124 W. Second Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. 23. Two New Plays at Casa0101: You Don’t Know me and something For Nothing A night of two electrifying new plays: You Don’t Know Me & Something For Nothing November 9th thru 18th, 2007 6 performances only!!! CASA 0101 is proud to present two original pieces from the writing class of Josefina Lopez: You Don’t Know Me and Something for Nothing. Both pieces capture the spirit of local writers from the Los Angeles area and explore themes of pivotal moments in the lives of gay Latinos. Something For Nothing, a 15 minute one act play written by Victoria Heric, opens the evening. Raul, a thirty-something Guatemalan graphic designer working in advertising, prepares to launch the gallery of his dreams in Venice Beach with his married white lover John, only to discover that sexual politics really do add up to the launch of one grand illusion. You Don’t Know Me, the centerpiece of the evening, written by Patricia Zamorano, is a raw and powerful work that peers into the life of a young girl trying to come up in Boyle Height’s housing projects. Santa faces the daily pressures of family dysfunction, drug addiction; questions of sexuality and betrayal. Her passion for spoken word powerfully expresses her determination to triumph over her circumstances with a lasting voice. Performances begin Friday, November 9, 2007 and run through Sunday, November 18, 2007. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 7:00 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended! There is a pay-what you can preview on Thursday November 8th. For reservations, please log onto www.CASA0101.org or call 323-263-7684. 12 CASA 0101 is located at 2009 E. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033. Ticket prices are $12 General Admission, $10 for students, seniors and advanced ticket purchase, and $5 Boyle Heights Residents with zip codes 90023, 90033, and 90063 (must show ID). Group rates also available. For reservations, log onto www.casa0101.org, or call (323) 263-7684. CASA 0101 is dedicated to providing vital arts, cultural and educational programs - in theater, visual filmmaking, art and dance – to Boyle Heights, thereby nurturing the future storytellers of Los Angeles who will someday transform the world. Edward Padilla is the Artistic Director of CASA 0101. 24. Cuidad Magazine: What to do in Los Angeles? What to eat? Where to go? What to buy? What to see? Keep in touch with what is hot in Latino Los Angeles. Go to Cuidad Magazine’s website at: http://www.ciudadmag.com/ciudad/ 25. Africa’s Legacy in Mexico Exhibit Where: Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University: 1 LMJ Drive, Los Angeles CA 310-338-2880 When: September 9th – November 18th 2007 What: All images are gelatin silver prints and are courtesy of the artist 26. Cesar and Ruben A Musical, by Ed Begley, Jr. This is a great play written and directed by actor Ed Begley, Jr. called "Cesar and Ruben." It's a play about Cesar Chavez and Ruben Salazar. It’s running now through November at The NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood. Ticket prices $40.00 for adults and $20.00 for students. Please pass this information to other friends, students and colleagues. The NoHo Arts Center 11136 Magnolia Boulevard North Hollywood, CA corner of Lankershim & Magnolia http://cesarandruben.org/ 27. Latin American Films at UC Riverside Fall 2007 REAL TO REEL: LATIN AMERICAN FILM AND SOCIAL CHANGE: Democracy and the Media We will be screening a selection of rarely shown documentaries and fiction films focusing on democratic processes and challenges in Latin America. Unless otherwise noted, all films are subtitled or spoken in English. Screenings are free and take place every Every Tuesday at 07:10 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. in WATKINS 1000 All are welcome. Watkins 1000 is a nice “theater” with comfortable seats. Hope you can make it! 11/13 Caracoles (2003, 42 min.) is a documentary on democratic processes in the Zapatista controlled areas of Chiapas. It was made by the Chiapas Media Collective. Los últimos zapatistas (70 min.) is a documentary based on the testimonies of surviving soldiers from the Mexican revolution. 11/20 A Place Called Chiapas (90 min.). A German-made documentary on the Chiapas Uprising. 11/27 Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad (93 min.), a documentary on the Oaxaca protests and their violent oppression by the State. The film highlights the role of alternative media in organizing the protests. 12/4 La Ley de Herodes (2000). A fiction film that explores the possibilities of overcoming corruption in a rural town government. The film is an allegorical critique of the Mexican political system under the PRI that has lost none of its relevance. For more information please contact Freya Schiwy at firstname.lastname@example.org SCHOLARSHIPS 28. Graduate Student Travel Grants The Center for Feminist Research is pleased to announce its competitive travel grant program for USC GRADUATE STUDENTS engaged in feminist research. The purpose of the grants is to assist students with travel expenses related to their research and to enable them to present papers at professional conferences. 13 Priority will be given to advanced students requesting funds to travel to research sites, including archival resources, libraries, or to do field work. Students requesting travel funds to present papers at professional conferences will also be considered if the conference is of exceptional relevance to their career or research. A faculty committee consisting of members of the Center for Feminist Research Steering Committee will review the applications. The maximum amount a student may be awarded is $500. Awards will not be made retroactively to fund travel that has already occurred. Students will receive the funds from CFR as a reimbursement of travel expenses upon submissions of receipts. For travel between January and June 2008 Deadline: Friday, November 23, 2007 PLEASE REPLY BACK TO REQUEST AN APPLICATION FORM Submit applications to: Lisa Bitel, Interim Director Center for Feminist Research Taper Hall of Humanities, 422 Los Angeles, CA 90089-4352 29. AB 540 SCHOLARSHIPS AB 540 Scholarship Websites AB540_ScholarshipSAC_EDU.pdf: http://www.sac.edu/students/support_services/scholarship/AB540_Scholarship_Packet1.pdf <http://www.sac.edu/students/support_services/scholarship/AB540_Scholarship_Packet1.pdf> Scholarship Tips.doc http://enrollment.csusb.edu/MALDEFScholarships.html <http://enrollment.csusb.edu/MALDEFScholarships.html> SCHOLARSHIPS-forLatinos.doc; ScholarshipsWebSitesBrochure.doc; UC_&_CSU_AB540_Contacts2007.pdf http://www.chaffey.edu/transfer2/files/uplink/UC_&_CSU_AB540_Contacts2007.pdf?&MMN_posit ion=118:118 <http://www.chaffey.edu/transfer2/files/uplink/UC_&_CSU_AB540_Contacts2007.pdf?&MMN_pos ition=118:118> Scholarships Maldefsame.pdf http://www.maldef.org/pdf/Scholarships_01252003.pdf <http://www.maldef.org/pdf/Scholarships_01252003.pdf> 30. National Security Education Program David L. Boren Study Abroad Scholarships *** Information session featuring representatives from the National Security Education Program *** Tuesday, November 27, 2007 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Leavey Library Auditorium The National Security Education Program (NSEP) seeks to enhance U.S. understanding of foreign cultures, strengthen economic competitiveness, and ensure national security by fully funding students to enter a study abroad program with the intent to learn a new language. It is designated for students enrolled in study-abroad programs outside of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Western Europe. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in undertaking serious study in foreign countries, as a complement to academic and career goals. NSEP representatives Meg Goehrig and Megan Corrarino will visit USC to talk with undergraduate students interested in the program. Staff from USC's office of Academic Recognition Programs will participate in this session to 14 explain USC-specific details about how to apply for these scholarships. Information regarding the David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship is available at: www.usc.edu/arp The USC deadline is Friday, January 18, 2008 @ 4:30pm to Academic Recognition Programs (Student Union 202). Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. www.usc.edu/arp 31. Women & Minority Scholarships We have women’s and minority scholarship deadline approaching soon. For more information go to: http://www.collegescholarships.org/our-scholarships/minority.htm http://www.collegescholarships.org/our-scholarships/women.htm Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your time! Daniel Kovach President Daniel Kovach Scholarship Foundation http://www.CollegeScholarships.org 32. The USC McNair Scholars Program This Program is recruiting undergraduates from all majors and fields of study interested in independent research and pursuit of graduate study. What is the McNair Scholars Program? The USC McNair Scholars Program is a federally-funded summer undergraduate research program designed for first generation/low income and underrepresented undergraduates who have demonstrated academic potential, and who are committed to study at the graduate level. Program Benefits include: * 2008 Summer Internship, including $2,800 research stipend * Free On-campus summer housing* Faculty mentoring* Tutoring by USC Graduate Students* GRE test preparation courses & fee reduction waivers* Graduate application fee waivers* Graduate admissions and financial aid counseling * Publication opportunities in Citations, The USC McNair Journal Who is eligible? First F generation/low F income students and women in science and engineering of any racial/ethnic group may apply. Students from groups underrepresented in graduate education, including Filipino-Americans and Vietnamese-Americans are also eligible. All applicants must have a GPA above 2.75 (completion of at least 60 units by May 2008 required). ALL MAJORS ARE WELCOME TO APPLY! When can I apply? The application deadline is November 19, 2007 at 4pm. Visit www.usc.edu/mcnair for the full information sessions schedule and to download an application or contact the Dennis Kramer, McNair Program Coordinator at email@example.com or in the McNair office at (213) 740-8702. 33. Scholarship for Film/TV/media industries/Business Majors Any students wishing to get scholarship dollars for next year (2008-2009) should check out this link: http://www.hispanicarts.org/ INTERNSHIPS 34. INROADS - PAID SUMMER INTERNSHIPS INROADS is ranked as one of the Top 10 Internships in America for talented ethnically diverse students. We are looking for motivated students who are ready to launch their career with a Fortune 500 corporation. To apply to INROADS please click on this link http://ext1.inroads.org/IOL%5FApplication/CandidateApplicationExplanation.aspx?Conta ct=Intern , or contact me with any questions at 562-777-1711 ext 213. The following are just some of the corporations that offer internships through INROADS; Boeing, Kaiser Permanente, Mattel, Toyota, KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Southern California Edison. PAID INTERNSHIPS WITH INROADS INROADS is the nation’s premiere internship experience leading to full-time job offers for talented ethnically diverse students. To become an INROADS Intern, you must be a highly motivated individual seeking an opportunity for both professional and self-development. Here are the qualities 15 we look for: · Academic achievement · Minimum 3.0 cumulative high school GPA · Minimum 2.8 cumulative college GPA (higher GPA may be required based on major/corporation) · Combined SAT score of 1000, or ACT score of 20 or better · Career interest in Business, Engineering, Computers and Information Sciences, Sales, Marketing, Allied Health Care, Healthcare Management, or Retail Management · Full-time student attending an accredited four-year college/university · Leadership · Commitment to community service · Ability to articulate goals and achievements through the interview process · Interpersonal skills · Communications skills · Organizational skills · Maturity NOTE: All INROADS Interns must be permanent U.S. residents and have at least 54 undergraduate credits remaining before graduation. 35. USC College Admission Intern Position Are you enjoying your time at USC? Would you enjoy speaking with prospective freshmen about life in the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences? If so, you should be an intern for the USC College Admission office. The College is looking for current freshmen or sophomores who have majors in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences to work in our office. Work-study is not required. If you are interested, please complete the attached application. Applications should be submitted to CAS 100 by Friday, November 2. If you have any questions please call (213) 740-5930, any of our current interns can answer any questions you might have. 36. Internship Job Opening What: An internship is available at a Hispanic public relations agency specializing in lifestyle, sports, entertainment and the Hispanic market. The internship begins this fall and offers a part-time, opportunity to learn PR first-hand and hands-on. Who Should Apply: Applicants must have strong writing, organizational and computer skills, and be a self-starter. College/university seniors majoring in Communications or Journalism are preferred. English and Spanish-speakers are encouraged to apply. A personal interview will be required of final candidates. To apply, please send a cover letter telling us about yourself and why PR is a field you are passionate about, along with the following materials: Current transcript Job resume, including PR experience Writing sample Two letters of recommendation or references All materials should be submitted to: Oralia Michel General Manager Taylor PRimero 6300 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1415 Los Angeles, CA 90048 Email to: - firstname.lastname@example.org CAREER/JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND ENRICHMENT/WORKSHOPS 37. iHispano.com, America's leading Hispanic Job Portal, is proud to announce the addition of the Latinos in Information Science and Technology Association (LISTA) to our national job board network. About LISTA: The Latinos in Information Science and Technology Association (LISTA) was founded in New York City, New York in 2000 by a group of nine technology professionals employed at various companies and businesses throughout the city. They were extremely concerned about the 16 lack of Latino presence and representation in the information sciences, telecommunications and technology industries and decided to do something about it. LISTA was founded and inspired by Jose A. Marquez-Leon and Chris Rodriguez, two technology advocates with over twenty years of service to the Latino community, after the two met in New York City at an event at the United Nations. Their objective was to form a national organization of information sciences, telecommunications and technology professionals to serve as role models in the Latino community and develop relationships to help our community reach higher goals in math, science and technology and help conquer the digital divide. The concept of support is the key basis for the LISTA organization. LISTA quickly established professional chapters in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington DC, Florida, Texas, California and Georgia to begin the network that continues to grow nationally as well as reach countries outside the United States. Today, LISTA remains committed to excellence and providing a wide spectrum of resources to members, corporate sponsors, businesses, educational institutions and the community. The organization is a catalyst for leadership, professional growth, and technical development for our community. iHispano.com is the leading career site for Hispanic and bilingual professionals. Launched in 1999, iHispano.com has grown to become a vital career resource for job seekers and corporations alike. With resumes from qualified Hispanic professionals, job postings from some of today's industry leaders and Fortune 1000 companies, career advice and an e-Newsletter, iHispano.com is achieving its goal of enhancing opportunities for Hispanics and delivering a complete source for corporations to act upon their diversity initiatives. iHispano.com, the leading online Hispanic Recruitment Center is the premier source for online recruitment of Hispanic Career Candidates. iHispano.com has the largest aggregation of qualified Hispanic candidates...period! The Latinos in Information Science and Technology Association (LISTA) joins the iHispano.com recruitment family of professional sites including NSHMBA - the National Society of Hispanic MBAs ALPFA - the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting Telemundo - the nation's leading television network for Hispanic Americans LATINA Style - the nation's leading Hispanic women's magazine Quepasa.com - the nation's largest Hispanic Social Networking Site NHBA - the National Hispanic Business Association, the nation's leading undergraduate association Candidates visit the iHispano.com family of career centers because they understand that companies who are posting jobs at iHispano.com are actively seeking Hispanic Professionals. Employers recognize that iHispano.com is the nation's premiere resource for the recruitment of Hispanic Professionals. 38. Extreme Learning is HIRING Tutors Now Hiring: Academic Coach Tutors Make a difference in your community by tutoring children! Qualifications: 48 college units or college degree Available between 3pm and 6pm Monday through Thursday Ability to tutor in Math and Language Skills Familiar with computers Opportunities in Pasadena and Inglewood To apply for this exciting opportunity go to www.extremelearn.com 39. School of Social Work, Work Study Job Looking for a student with work study funding. Ideally, the student would perform the tasks listed below. Could you post this announcement to your networks. I'm specifically looking for a Latino/a USC student. Any that is interested in the position can contact me at <email@example.com>. 17 Duties: Inputting correspondence, reports and documents on word processor, spreadsheet, database, or other format. Special projects involving research, compiling and analyzing data, bibliographic searches. Assist in general office duties to include but not limited to: data entry, distribution, record maintenance, dispensing information, assisting students and other faculty, maintaining records/reports and filing system, etc. Knowledge of SPSS data analysis software is a plus although not a prerequisite. Maria P. Aranda, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. Associate Professor School of Social Work University of Southern California Montgomery Ross Fisher, #214 Los Angeles, CA 90089-0411 Phone: 213.740.0286 FAX: 213.740.0789 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.usc.edu/dept/socialwork/ 40. USC TriO Program Upward Bound Math-Science Graduate Program Assistant Two Student Positions Available for 2007-2008 Academic Year The USC Upward Bound Math-Science (UBMS) Program is a federal TRiO program that is 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The USC campus has housed the UBMS Program since 1991. The UBMS Program is designed to provide college information and academic support to youth at the high school to increase the number of low-income and /or potential first generation college students traditionally underrepresented in the fields of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering, Computer Science or related fields in institutions of higher education. Responsibilities and Duties Hands-on academic/educational advisement to low-income, first-generation high school students Organize program events; such as college visits, cultural events, career workshops, student retreats, etc. Provide workshops and visit high schools in the Los Angeles area. Participate in Saturday academic and event activities. Assist in record keeping and maintaining student files. 15-20 hours per week (Must be able to work two-three times per week in five hour blocks) Additional Requirements: Many of our target schools range from close to far distances, thus it is required that you have reliable transportation to and from the school sites. Special consideration is given to those who have experience working with low-income, first generation and inner city youth. Student Program Assistants should be willing to commit to working for the program for a full academic year. Salary: Please note that USC students with work-study are preferred, but not required. Graduates: $12.00-$14.00 per hour How to Apply: Please Send your resume and work availability for the 2007-2008 academic year to Cecilia Carbajal, Program Manager, at email@example.com 41. USC Law school department of continuing education is hiring This office is currently looking to hire three other students. Work study required Please contact Jasmine Hernandez phone :(646)441-7928 if you are interested in this job. This department is in charge of hosting conferences for attorneys who need to fulfill their continuing 18 education requirement by the Bar Association. It is a laid back office and there are a lot of networking opportunities. 42. Careers in American Diplomacy at the US Department of State Peter Kovach, Diplomat in Residence for Southern California, based at UCLA is available to talk about careers doing America's diplomacy at the US Department of State. We are looking for a diverse group of people to comprise a Foreign Service that looks like America! Our careers range from the Foreign Service (aka, being an American Diplomat/career Foreign Service Officer); 19 different Foreign Service Specialists from Diplomatic Security Agents, to building engineers, to MDs and Office Management Specialists; civil service jobs (mostly in Washington DC) supporting our diplomats at the embassies; and student programs. Yes student programs or internships are a big thing at State. We accept folks in the summer fall and spring for work either in Washington at the Department of State or at our embassies and consulates overseas. He is available to speak to USC students with an interest in any aspect of our work either in groups or individually. I can be reached at: 310 206 2552; firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call on me so I can tell you about one of my life's great blessings-a fabulous career in the United States' Foreign Service. 43. Resource Handbook of Summer Opportunities The following is a resource handbook of Summer Opportunities for ALANA* Undergraduate Students. *ALANA is an acronym for American, Latino/a, Asian American and Native American people. This has an amazing list of resources, fellowships, internships, etc! Although summer has passed, you can keep this site on your Favorites list for next year!!! Website: www.doorsofopportunity.org 44. EXTREME MAKEOVER: RESUME EDITION You know you need a resume, but where do you start? Join us and have your questions answered! We'll show you what employers expect and how to make your resume shine. Wednesday, November 28, 2007 (3 to 3:30 p.m.) 45. DEAL OR NO DEAL: THE ART OF NEGOTIATION Once you have an offer from an employer, making the decision can be a difficult process. Learn how to evaluate the offer and determine what is negotiable. Get your questions answered when it comes to the art of negotiation, from what to ask to how to ask it. Monday, November 19, 2007 (2 to 3 p.m.) 46. JUMP START YOUR JOB SEARCH This one-day workshop is intended for recent grads or those about to graduate, and is designed for you to learn to create targeted resumes and cover letters, develop effective interviewing skills, negotiate job offers, write a personalized job search action plan, and also network with a panel of employers. Online registration is required. Thursday, December 20, 2007 (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) 47. Job Search Database Looking for a job? Below are some new HUD jobs! As always, check at http://jobsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/a9hud.asp for latest information! VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNIES 48. Global Medical Brigades Do you want the chance to provide much-needed medical relief to hundreds of Central Americans living in rural, impoverished villages? Last year, more than 100 USC volunteers brought medical aid to over 7,000 Hondurans. This spring we're going to Panama, and it’s your turn to join! 19 Please join our 8 day student-run Medical Brigade to Panama. We are looking to send a group of 60 dedicated volunteers: students, doctors/3rd & 4th year medical students, pharmacists/pharmacy students, and dentists/dental students. The trip is over spring break from March 15th–22nd. This is a unique opportunity for anyone who is interested in medicine, public health, international development, Spanish, or just experiencing Central American culture. We need Spanish-speaking students on the brigade; however, everyone (even with no Spanish or medical experience) is encouraged to apply. We will be gathering donations, medical supplies, and medicineto bring with us to Panama. All members of the brigade will be paying their own travel, room, and board expenses. However, we will fundraise to minimize costs. If you are interested, please email email@example.com for more information and an application. For more information, visit our website globalmedicalbrigades.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 49. Algebra Tutor/Mentor Volunteer Opportunity FSS-Project T.E.C.H. Achievement Plus (A+) is an after school and College Prep Program for Middle and High School student in 7th-12th grades in Mid-City Los Angeles. We seek experienced tutors who can start immediately and are willing to volunteer 2-3 days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 4:00-5:00pm) at Tom Bradley youth and Family Center on 5213 W Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90019 To apply submit resume to email@example.com. Applications are accepted ongoing. Call Tatyanna M Wilkinson for more information at 323 687 4662 50. Become a Trojan Diversity Recruitment Leader What is a Diversity Recruitment Leader (DRL)? Diversity Recruitment Leaders are current USC students who volunteer with the Office of Admission to help recruit new African-American and Latina/o students to USC. They talk to prospective students about their experiences at USC, answer questions about the application process, and host students that visit the campus. The time commitment is only a few hours per semester, and YOU decide in which campaigns you would like to participate. In addition to helping to further the legacy of diversity at USC, you build your résumé, make new friends, and enjoy free food at all of our events! BECOME A DIVERSITY RECRUITMENT LEADER, BECAUSE WE NEED MORE GREAT STUDENTS LIKE YOU! Interested? Need more information: contact Lizette Paredes at firstname.lastname@example.org ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNIIES 51. Public Policy and Leadership Conference Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) February 21-24, 2008 Harvard University 's John F. Kennedy School of Government Apply to the PPLC! Deadline: November 16, 2007 Apply Online at: www.ksg.harvard.edu/pplc The Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) is designed to inform students about careers in the public sector. The conference will encourage students who possess a commitment to public service to prepare for graduate study in public policy and international affairs, as well as to provide information on financial support through various fellowship programs. The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University will be offering its eighth annual spring conference for first and second year undergraduate college students who are interested in pursuing professional careers in public service. These include careers in federal, state or local government, and work in the nonprofit sector or in international agencies. Our goal is also to provide information on various fellowship opportunities. 20 To find out more about individual fellowships, please visit our resources page. The conference aims to attract students from groups under-represented in public policy and international affairs in an effort to increase the diversity of students receiving these professional degrees. The conference will help prepare future leaders for study in public policy, particularly those from historically under-served communities and people of color. Participants receive paid travel, accommodations, and meals. Selection Criteria Conference participants will be selected based on good academic standing, as well as demonstrated commitment to public service. Commitment to public service will be measured through student leadership and activism, participation in the civic aspects of school or community, and volunteer commitments in high school and college. Please include this information on your resume. Apply Online at: www.ksg.harvard.edu/pplc Application Deadline: November 16, 2007 Questions about PPLC? Please email email@example.com 52. 17th Annual Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance Premedical Conference Online Registration is now open for the 17th Annual Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance Premedical Conference , which will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Advisers can visit the conference website at summa.stanford.edu/conference and access the online registration page. In addition to high school and pre-medical student workshops, the conference will also have a two hour workshop for pre- medical advisers. The workshop will include a medical school admissions panel, question and answer session, and much more. If you have any questions, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to having you attend the 2008 SUMMA Premedical Conference! 53. City Year Los Angeles Young Heroes Program The Young Heroes Program is a service learning program for middle school youth on Saturdays between December and May. We split the youth into teams in order for them to develop social and teambuilding skills. These teams are run by Team Leaders who serve as role models for the youth. Our target age group for Team Leaders is roughly 17-24. Their primary responsibility is to show up three Saturdays a month from January to May. In December, we have a retreat for the Young Heroes which Team Leaders are required to attend. It is an excellent program which I know USC student would love to get involved with. Many Team Leaders go on to become Corps Members the year after they are a Team Leader. For general information, our website can be accessed at www.cityyear.org. For more info contact Nate Hayward at NHayward08@cityyear.org Young Heroes Program Team Leader Recruitment Director IN THE NEWS 54. Temple built 4,000 years ago unearthed in Peru By Marco Aquino Sat Nov 10, 8:38 PM ET LIMA (Reuters) - A 4,000-year-old temple filled with murals has been unearthed on the northern coast of Peru, making it one of the oldest finds in the Americas, a leading archaeologist said on Saturday. The temple, inside a larger ruin, includes a staircase that leads up to an altar used for fire worship at a site scientists have called Ventarron, said Peruvian archaeologist Walter Alva, who led the dig. It sits in the Lambayeque valley, near the ancient Sipan complex that Alva unearthed in the 1980s. Ventarron was built long before Sipan, about 2,000 years before Christ, he said. 21 "It's a temple that is about 4,000 years old," Alva, director of the Museum Tumbas Reales (Royal Tombs) of Sipan, told Reuters by telephone after announcing the results of carbon dating at a ceremony north of Lima sponsored by Peru's government. "What's surprising are the construction methods, the architectural design and most of all the existence of murals that could be the oldest in the Americas," he said. Lambayeque is 472 miles from Lima, Peru's capital. Discoveries at Sipan, an administrative and religious center of the Moche culture, have included a gold-filled tomb built 1,700 years ago for a pre-Incan king. Peru is rich in archaeological treasures, including the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in the Andes. Until the arrival of the Spanish in the 1500s, the Incas ruled an empire for several centuries that stretched from Colombia and Ecuador in the north to what are now Peru and Chile in the south. "The discovery of this temple reveals evidence suggesting the region of Lambayeque was one of great cultural exchange between the Pacific coast and the rest of Peru," said Alva. (Writing by Terry Wade; Editing by Peter Cooney) 55. Newsmaker: Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Wife of current president favorite to be next leader of Argentina Gained the nickname "Queen Cristina" because of her glamorous style Opposition candidates say she is out of touch with domestic problems LONDON, England (CNN) -- Powerful women are nothing new in Argentine politics but next week Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, wife of the current leader of Argentina, is almost certain to move from her role as first lady to become the first ever elected "presidenta." Eva Peron set the mold in the 1950's as the wife of dictator Juan Peron, but in more recent times, women across Latin America have been reaching the top via the ballot box, including Chile's president Michelle Bachelet. Fernandez, a center-left politician for the ruling party, is expected to crush her opponents in the presidential election on October 28. She met her husband Nestor Kirchner when they were both law students in her hometown of La Plata in the 1970's. They married in 1975 and have two children. Kirchner served three terms as Santa Cruz governor, while Fernandez is a three-term senator now representing powerful Buenos Aires province. Comparisons have been made between the Kirchners and the Clintons. Like Bill and Hillary, the couple are said to consult each other on everything, especially political matters, and Kirchner is his wife's cheerleader-in-chief, promising she'll be an even better president than him. While economic and political stability may have been welcomed by many, some analysts are wary of the close relationship dominating Argentine politics. "There is no political debate in this country right now," Walter Curia, an editor at the newspaper Clarín told The New York Times. "The only debate is within the walls of the Pink House." As long as they keep trading places and winning elections, the couple could stay in the Casa Rosada indefinitely, sidestepping the constitutional limit of eight consecutive years in office. A different face in politics Fernandez' glamorous image, love of designer clothes and jet-set lifestyle has earned her the nickname "Queen Cristina" by the Argentine press. Many in Argentina also see her bossy and authoritarian, something leveled at Hillary Clinton before her image-makeover. "Humility is not her strong point," Michael Shifter, vice president for policy at Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, said in The New York Times. However her passion seems to be striking a chord with voters. A poll in early October put Kirchner 20 points clear of her rivals. At a campaign rally in Buenos Aires, the stadium thundered with the chants of 7,000 fans: "We feel it! We feel it! Cristina, president!" "Get used to it," she responded, wagging a finger. "It's Presidenta!" Still, inflation is high, corruption scandals have tarnished Kirchner's government, and the opposition is trying to capitalize on fears the couple will become what rival campaigns call "una monarkia," spelling the word for monarchy with a K for Kirchner. "There is a risk she will be so captivated by international politics and foreign relations that she will avoid the mounting problems in Argentina," Shifter told The New York Times. Overshadowing her husband 22 With her long brown hair and glamorous manner, Fernandez has often overshadowed her husband at campaign rallies. In her fiery way she has become a leading advocate for the center-left. As far back as 2003, she angrily pounded her Senate desk as she demanded the Supreme Court repeal amnesty for officials accused of crimes during the 1976-83 military dictatorship, when as many as 30,000 Argentines were kidnapped and killed, including some of the Kirchners' friends. The high court listened, scrapped the amnesty, and "dirty war" trials resumed last year. Argentines are only now overcoming a deep distrust of elected officials, bred by hyperinflation, recession, corruption and failed promises in the first years of the new millennium. These woes provoked huge street protests that forced a succession of presidents from office. Kirchner's election in 2003 restored stability to the government. It also brought pragmatism. Like Kirchner, Fernandez takes care to avoid raising expectations of radical change, but many Argentines would be happy if she simply keeps her promise to continue the economic recovery begun by her husband.
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