Pomona College News
2:00 pm October 23, 2014Alumni
Joshua Rodriguez ’13 grew up in East Los Angeles, the son of immigrants from El Salvador struggling to make their way in a new land. Mom worked days at a school cafeteria. Dad worked nights as a school custodian. Now, only a year out of Pomona College, Rodriguez is working in a sought-after White House internship, getting a behind-the-scenes look at the shaping of the nation’s immigration policies.
1:56 pm October 23, 2014Alumni
Joshua Rodríguez, de la generación de graduados del 2013, creció en el Este de Los Ángeles, hijo de inmigrantes de El Salvador que luchan por abrirse camino en una nueva tierra. Su mamá trabajaba de día en una cafetería de una escuela. Su papá trabajaba de noche como conserje de una escuela. Ahora, a sólo un año de haber egresado de Pomona College, Rodríguez está trabajando en una pasantía codiciada en la Casa Blanca, obteniendo un vistazo detrás de bastidores de la configuración de las políticas de inmigración de la nación. "Es muy difícil imaginarse una pasantía en la Casa Blanca, sobre todo durante el caos emocional que son el primer par de semanas", dice Rodríguez, cuyos deberes incluyen mantener el pulso sobre lo que dice la gente acerca de la inmigración a nivel nacional. "Sin embargo, cada vez que entro al trabajo, poco a poco me doy cuenta de que esta es una oportunidad de toda una vida, una que no muchos van a tener."
In an article on age restrictions preventing young adults from running for office, Slate turns to Pomona Politics Professor John Seery, author of Too Young to Run, as an expert. Seery makes the case for a constitution amending lowering to 18 the age to run for all federal offices, and decries how young adults are “branded, as an entire group, as somehow too immature and too inexperienced to run for one or more categories of elected federal office.”
Baseball sabermetrics whiz Guy Stevens ’13, who landed an analytics internship with the Kansas City Royals right out of Pomona College, is enjoying the ride as the team hosts the first game of the World Series tonight. I've been able to work on impactful projects in a lot of different areas over the last year or so, and it’s been everything I could have asked for,” said Stevens by email just before the game was set to start. “Now, I'm just trying to enjoy the proverbial ride.”
David Kirkpatrick, Cairo bureau chief for the New York Times, will discuss "Covering Political Islam for the New York Times" on Monday, Oct. 27, at the Pomona College Rose Hills Theatre (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont), beginning at 6:30 p.m. An award-winning journalist, Kirkpatrick has been on the front lines of the Arab Spring since it began in January 2011.
11:00 am October 20, 2014Students
Fall Break (Oct. 20 and 21) is a time when students get outdoors to experience California’s vast and varied landscapes. On the Loose, the five-college outdoors club, is one of the most popular organizations for Pomona students, and the four-day weekend offers the chance for a wider range of outings.
Richard Preston ’76, author of the nonfiction bestseller The Hot Zone (1994)—on Ebola’s origins and an outbreak in a Virginia laboratory—is reporting on the topic for The New Yorker and was interviewed in Sunday’s New York Times.
David Menefee-Libey, a professor of politics, was quoted in The Atlantic’s Oct. 17 article “Why Did the Los Angeles Superintendent Resign?” Menefee-Libey, whose expertise includes reforms in large urban school districts, noted that while John Deasy came into the superintendent’s role as a reformer, urban school districts like Los Angeles Unified “are large complex organizations that don’t change fast."
Karl Eikenberry, the former commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan who later served as the U.S. Ambassador, will discuss "The Road Ahead in Afghanistan" after the NATO drawdown, reflect on the American experience in Afghanistan and discuss the difficult challenges still ahead, on Friday, Oct. 17, 12:15-1:15 p.m., at Pomona College.
11:30 am October 15, 2014Campus Events
Pomona College will participate in the China Onscreen Biennial, a month-long series of film screenings and programs across the nation celebrating the newest in Chinese film, video and visual culture, from Thursday, Oct. 16 through Thursday, Nov. 6.