Spring 2017: Feb 27 Issue 4

Letter from the Editor In Chief

Aloha Mai Kakou

Today marks the debut of our fourth issue of Ke Kalahea for the Spring 2017 semester - the halfway mark for our publication, since we have only four more issues before the end of the school year! (I know, I can’t wait any sooner for it either!)

As we all find ourselves waist-deep in homework assignments, club activities, and midterm studying, Ke Kalahea is ready to tackle the stories that need covering, and give you the news from all corners of campus.

First on the agenda is our student government. The UH Hilo Student Association (UHHSA) is, by virtue of its name, supposed to carry out the will of the our school’s student body. However, many on-campus organizations – including UHHSA – have struggled to maintain their relevance in an age where so many students appear less engaged in civics and more obsessed with their Facebook or Twitter feeds. (Not to mention, of course, the very valid concern of being focused on academics and less interested in extracurricular matters.)

Nevertheless, UHHSA is tasked with representing the student body in dealings with UH administration and campus leadership. Having a seat at the table for decision-making also comes with a few perks – namely, a big bank account. The resources at UHHSA’s disposal, financial or otherwise, are no laughing matter. What they do with their time and money should concern all of us: after all, UHHSA and other programs in Campus Center (including Ke Kalahea) are funded by student fees. In other words, their time is our time, and their money is our money. So when there’s any sign of turmoil on campus – and within student government itself – students ought to know who is responsible, and what their leaders are doing about it.

Our news editor, Nick, has compiled a brief, carefully-worded analysis of UHHSA and the ills that plague it. At Ke Kalahea, we never intend to stir up controversy or “fan the flames,” so to speak. Having said that, as one UHHSA senator lamented to me, a “sh*t storm” may not be far from the horizon – and, in her mind, “we deserve it.” Damning words from a student leader.

Suffice it to say, the UH Hilo campus is not the only place where palace intrigue can dominate the headlines. Indeed, some say that is what’s currently happening at the White House. With President Donald Trump sucking up so much media oxygen this past month, a number of student and community activists across the country are taking to the streets in protest of Trump’s administration. Our writer Alyssa, who attended the Women’s March in January, gives us an update on what “the resistance” will be up to these next few weeks and months.

As for what other students have accomplished, our sports writer Trixie documents the memorable journey of a Vulcan whose dedication has been lauded by spectators, coaches, and teammates alike. Parker Farris, a senior and standout player for the Vulcan men’s basketball team, recently celebrated his Senior Night.

Another set of prominent “Nights” celebrated by Vulcans culminated in this year’s International Nights, an event that has undoubtedly become a cultural mainstay at this university. Our writer-photographer duo, Gina and Zach, are glad to provide our readers the highlights from 2017’s performances.

In this issue, we also remember another cultural milestone – that of Black History Month. Ginger Hamilton, the director of UH Hilo’s Minority Access and Achievement Program, shares her thoughts on the significance of this month as a time of reflection and aspiration.

In hearing from other voices on campus, we are pleased to welcome additional commentary from professional staff, like the athletics department, as well as individual students like Solomon Kauka Singer, who recently interviewed Heather Hirata of Student Medical Services on the dangers of STDS. (How appropriate, considering our last issue debuted right before Valentine’s Day!)

So as we cast aside February and march into March (forgive the terrible pun), just remember to keep pushing forward: I Mua!

Mahalo Nui,

Brian Wild

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