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    A UCLA student has been dismissed from sports teams after several disturbing accounts of him allegedly making racist and sexist comments have surfaced. Read More: Ahmaud Arbery’s mother remembers her son one year after his death Cross country and track and field teams member Chris Weiland has been dismissed from the teams for the comments that surfaced on an Instagram account. The director of the teams issued a statement that he had been dismissed on Tuesday, reported by the Los Angeles Times. Weiland had previously been suspended and then reinstated before the video was posted to an Instagram account ‘ucla_is_racist.’ View this post on Instagram A post shared by @ucla_is_racist “In January, I decided to reinstate him to the team. However, after team members and the athletic community expressed concern, it became clear that his continued involvement with the team is incompatible with the culture of mutual support and respect...
    UCLA athlete Chris Weiland was dismissed Monday from the cross country and track & field team after video of him making racist, sexist and homophobic comments surfaced across social media platforms Sunday. Weiland, a Rancho Cucamonga High graduate, was heard talking to his mother on the phone during the video while making the remarks. “When first learning of this a few months ago, I was disgusted and immediately suspended him indefinitely from the team,” said Avery Anderson, UCLA’s Director of Track and Field and Cross Country, in a statement. “Even in my disgust, as a coach, my intentions are always to lead and educate and make the change happen that I want to see in this world. “I can talk about changing the world, or I can put in the work to do so. And that is what I have done over the last few months with...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Dr. Patricia Bath holds many "first" titles, shattering the glass ceiling through decades of hard work and perseverance.She was the first female ophthalmologist at UCLA's esteemed Jules Stein Eye Institute, the first Black female surgeon on faculty at UCLA Medical Center, and the first Black woman to receive a medical patent -- for her invention that revolutionized cataract surgery.Bath invented a technique called laser phaco, removing cataracts by laser and restoring eye sight in a much less invasive procedure.MORE: Black-owned bookstore in Leimert Park celebrates Black History all year longEMBED More News Videos Eso Won Books in Leimert Park is a Black-owned bookstore that focuses on providing Black information and Black literature. Dr. Bath passed away in 2019. Her daughter is now leading the charge to help her achieve one final first: induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame 2021."Given the impact my mother's invention...
    Loading the player... During a new interview, rising gymnast Nia Dennis shared her adoration of her peer and inspiring figure Gabby Douglas. Read More: Gabby Douglas shows off long, natural hair after years of backlash The 21-year-old opened up about the relationship she has with her the Olympic Gold-medalist not only as an athlete, but as a Black woman and a friend. (Credit: Getty Images) “Gabby Douglas … She’s the bomb. I actually trained with her back in 2014, 2015. So, we’re good friends and literally, she was one of my idols,” the collegiate athlete shared with PEOPLE. Douglas is revered for her athletic skill and notably, she became the first American gymnast to win solo and team all-around gold medals in the same Olympic Games in 2012 summer competition when she and the “Fierce Five” which included, fellow gymnasts  Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, captain Aly Raisman and Kyla Ross won...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Teachers play a huge role helping students understand the significance of Black history, and the importance of making that a crucial part of their curriculum.As Black History Month kicks off, Eyewitness News turned to UCLA Professor of Education Dr. Tyrone Howard for his thoughts on how to bring those conversations into the classroom.In the video above, Dr. Howard discusses the need for Black History Month in 2021 and ways to recognize Black history.Black-owned bookstore in Leimert Park celebrates Black History all year longEMBED More News Videos Eso Won Books in Leimert Park is a Black-owned bookstore that focuses on providing Black information and Black literature.
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- UCLA received its largest number of applications in its history for fall 2021 admission, making it once again the most applied-to university in the nation, officials announced Thursday.The university says freshman applications grew to 139,500, a jump of 28% from last year when applications received totaled 109,000.Applications from African American students rose by 48% and Chicano/Latino students by 33%. The number of Pacific Islander and American Indian freshman applicants also grew by 34% and 16%, respectively, according to the university."These significant increases are partly the result of our robust outreach efforts and our partnerships with high schools and community-based organizations, particularly in underserved communities," said Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, UCLA's vice provost for enrollment management.RELATED: UCLA tops public university rankings in nation for 4th consecutive yearEMBED More News Videos UCLA has been named the top-ranked public university in the nation for the fourth year in a row. "But...
    Loading the player... UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis became an instant viral sensation last weekend when her gymnastics team shared her sensational floor routine, an amazing, athletic tribute to “Black excellence.” But even the phenomenon herself was shocked when former First Lady Michelle Obama posted the clip for her nearly-20 million Twitter followers to enjoy. “Now that’s what I call fierce!” Mrs. Obama wrote in the caption. “You’re a star, @DennisNia.”  Nia Dennis takes a breath midway through the competitive action in the junior women preliminaries during the P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh back in 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) The 21-year-old told The Ellen DeGeneres Show via Zoom that the recent routine “is a reflection of everything that I am as a woman today.” She said she “picked a lot of really influential artists, Black artists that had a huge impact on the Black community.”  Dennis...
    The University of California’s record-shattering applications for fall 2021 show remarkable surges in Black, Latino and other underrepresented students seeking admission, putting the system within reach of dismantling long-standing admission barriers and building a student body that reflects the state’s diversity. UCLA and UC Berkeley, the system’s two most selective campuses — where diversity particularly tumbled after affirmative action was banned in public schools more than two decades ago — achieved historic gains, according to preliminary UC data released Thursday. Black freshman applicants rose by about 48% at both campuses, and Latino applicants increased by 33% at UCLA and 36% at Berkeley. Overall, UC’s nine undergraduate campuses drew a record number of applicants despite myriad pandemic challenges, totaling 249,855, a 16.1% leap over last year. Among Californians, Black freshman applicants increased by 21.8%. Latinos — who have made up the largest proportion of in-state students seeking freshman seats since 2013...
    UCLA has shattered national records for freshman applications — and is on track to significantly widen access to underrepresented minorities — as the number of students seeking admission for fall 2021 soared despite myriad pandemic challenges, according to data released Thursday. Nearly 139,500 students applied to UCLA for freshman seats, a 28% increase over last year. The campus saw a historic increase in Black applicants, rising 48% over last year, and significant gains across all other racial and ethnic groups: 33% for Latinos, 35% for whites, 22% for Asian Americans, 34% for Pacific Islanders and 16% for American Indians. Asians were the largest group of applicants, followed by Latino, white and Black students. Campus officials credited the gains to the elimination of standardized testing requirements, long years of active recruitment in underserved areas, and community partnerships to begin preparing students as early as middle school for the academic rigor needed...
    A gymnast at the University of California, Los Angeles, has gone viral for her incredible floor routine celebrating black culture after tumbling and dancing to a mashup of hits from black artists.  Nia Dennis, 21, was competing against Arizona State on Saturday when she wowed the judges with her playful, yet impressive floor routine featuring songs by Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Missy Elliott, Soulja Boy, Tupac, and Megan Thee Stallion.   'This routine definitely reflects everything that I am today as a woman and, of course, I had to incorporate a lot of parts of my culture,' Dennis told the Los Angeles Daily News. 
    UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis has gone viral again with a 'Black Excellence' routine after previously wowing audiences with her Beyonce-inspired show stopping routine. The 21-year-old dancer went viral last year and she’s done it again gaining more than 2 million views on Twitter in less than 24 hours after the Bruins won their season opener against Arizona State on Saturday. 5The professional dancer paid homage to her culture with her stunning dance routineCredit: AP:Associated Press 521-year-old Dennis went viral last year after her floor routine hit social media Credit: Getty Images - Getty In her newest floor routine, Dennis delved into her personal history, inspired by her father who was involved in Greek fraternities. Dennis incorporated stepping whilst shouting out UCLA by flashing four fingers on each hand and did the C-walk to Tupac’s “California Love”  She followed up by writing her name with her finger in the air, a...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis celebrated Los Angeles and hip hop music Sunday with her high-energy, thrilling floor routine hailed as an example of “Black excellence,” helping the win over Arizona State. This is what #blackexcellence looks like. @DennisNia does it again! ???? ???? @Pac12Network pic.twitter.com/2vxgyTvUCG — UCLA Gymnastics (@uclagymnastics) January 24, 2021 Dennis’ routine, which included snippets of well-known riffs from Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, Missy Elliott, Souljaboy, Megan Thee Stallion and Tupack Shakur, had her teammates and coaches dancing with her and cheering wildly from the sidelines. Her routine included stepping, in tribute to the tradition of Historic Black Colleges and Universities, the raised first in the Black Power salute. And in a particular salute to Los Angeles, Dennis threw her fingers up in a “W” as Shakur’s “California” played in the background. The routine elicited high praise from fans, including superstar gymnast Simone Biles,...
    Indianapolis shooting: 5 people, unborn child found dead in home Mega Millions prize delivers millions to Michigan Simone Biles applauded UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis after her stunning routine to Black artists like Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, and 2Pac went viral © Provided by INSIDER After Nia Dennis earned a 9.95 to clinch UCLA's win, Simone Biles reshared the routine and added "do the damn thing girl ???? this was so fun to watch." Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis went viral for her stunning routine set to Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, 2Pac, and other Black artists. The senior's near-perfect floor exercise — which earned a 9.95 from the judges — clinched the Bruins' upset over No. 15 Arizona State. Simone Biles reshared the clip of Dennis' routine on Twitter and added "do the damn thing girl ???? this was so fun to watch." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories....
    A Black gymnast has gone viral for her amazing recent floor routine that honors Black culture creators.  Nia Dennis started with Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA,” which went into a mix of records by Beyoncé, Missy Elliott, Soulja Boy, Megan Thee Stallion, then wrapped up with some “California Love” by Tupac Shakur.  UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis competes on the uneven parallel bars during a 2019 meet against Stanford at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) The song mix was completely appropriate for her college, UCLA, and Dennis told The Los Angeles Daily News that the routine reflects “everything that I am today as a woman.”  “And, of course, I had to incorporate a lot of parts of my culture” she said. “I wanted to have a dance party because that’s my personality, and of course I had to shout out LA because we out here, UCLA.” This is...
    After Nia Dennis earned a 9.95 to clinch UCLA's win, Simone Biles reshared the routine and added "do the damn thing girl ???? this was so fun to watch." Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis went viral for her stunning routine set to Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, 2Pac, and other Black artists. The senior's near-perfect floor exercise — which earned a 9.95 from the judges — clinched the Bruins' upset over No. 15 Arizona State. Simone Biles reshared the clip of Dennis' routine on Twitter and added "do the damn thing girl ???? this was so fun to watch." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Nia Dennis put "Black Girl Magic" on full display for UCLA gymnastics. The senior superstar clinched the Bruins' upset of the No. 15 Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday with a stunning floor routine set to a slew of Black artists. Dennis...
    (CNN)The reviews are in for gymnast Nia Dennis' "Black excellence" floor routine and they're nothing short of sensational.Dennis, a senior at UCLA, was competing against Arizona State when she executed the routine celebrating Black culture. It featured Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, Missy Elliott, Soulja Boy, Tupac Shakur and Megan Thee Stallion."Do the damn thing girl," Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast of all time, wrote on Twitter. "This was so fun to watch! Keep killing it!"Missy Elliott also gave the routine her approval, tweeting: "Snappin"At the time of writing, the video has gained more than five million views on Twitter. It was shared by the UCLA Gymnastics account with the caption: "This is what #blackexcellence looks like. @DennisNia does it again!"Read MoreNia Dennis performs at an intra squad event in Los Angeles in December 2019.The routine scored a 9.950 and helped UCLA to achieve a 196.150-195.950 victory over Arizona State. "This...
    UCLA Gymnastics scored a major victory over the weekend with a season-opening win against Arizona State that included a floor routine from Nia Dennis that went viral. The Bruins star was nearly flawless in her routine celebrating "Black Excellence," scoring a 9.95 out of 10. In an interview with the Los Angeles Daily News, Dennis said the routine was as much a mission statement as it was a reflection of those who came before. "This routine definitely reflects everything that I am today as a woman and of course I had to incorporate a lot of parts of my culture," Dennis told the newspaper. This is what #blackexcellence looks like. @DennisNia does it again! ???? ???? @Pac12Network pic.twitter.com/2vxgyTvUCG— UCLA Gymnastics (@uclagymnastics) January 24, 2021 The stepping in Dennis' routine was an homage to her father, Casey, who stepped in college while involved in Greek life. The closing song — Tupac's...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Hospital officials are working to identify a patient who arrived at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center nearly a month ago. UCLA Medical Center said on Friday that the man appears to be in his mid-to-late 40s, and has no identification available. “In my 15 years at UCLA Health, this is only the third time we have needed to ask for community support in finding the loved ones of a patient in an effort to determine their identity,” said UCLA Health care coordination systems director Mary Noli Pilkington. He arrived at the hospital on November 14 wearing  a long sleeve denim button-up shirt, gray denim pants, a black belt, light gray socks, dark gray Adidas tennis shoes and blue baseball hat that read “Los Angeles & LA.” The man is described as Latino, 5’5″, 165 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair in a buzzed-cut, three gold front...
    Rafer Johnson, the breathtaking Olympic gold medal winner who became an adored symbol of good sportsmanship and civic generosity, died Wednesday at his home in Sherman Oaks. He was 86. The Olympian’s death was confirmed by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Johnson’s legacy was interwoven with Los Angeles’ history, beginning with his performances as a world-class athlete at UCLA, and punctuated by the night in 1968 when he helped disarm Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin at the Ambassador Hotel. The son of Texas farmworkers who moved to California when he was young, Johnson rose to become the World’s Greatest Athlete, the unofficial title bestowed on the winner of the Olympic decathlon at a time when track and field stars received the adulation that today is bestowed on the best of the NFL and NBA. At the 1960 Rome Olympics, Johnson was the U.S. team’s flag bearer, the first Black...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Nearly 270,000 kindergarten through 12th students in California experienced homelessness during the 2018-2019 school year, according to a report released by UCLA.The report issued Monday by the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools also found that one in five community college students, one in 10 California State University students and one in 20 University of California students experienced homelessness during the year.According to the report, "State of Crisis, Dismantling of Student Homelessness in California,'' the number of students experiencing homelessness in the state has increased by nearly 50% in the past decade. Given the disruption and economic fallout of COVID-19, the report's authors contend the number of students now experiencing homelessness is likely higher."Dodger Stadium is empty these days, but can hold some 56,000 people for a big game,'' said Joseph Bishop, director of the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools and lead author...
    A deputy shot and critically injured a disruptive patient after he went after the deputy at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Tuesday night, Oct. 6, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. At around 11:15 p.m., deputies working a security detail for the hospital responded to an incident regarding a patient and found the man, in his 30s or 40s, breaking medical equipment in a room before trying to smash a window with a metal medical device, a sheriff’s statement said. A deputy was helping medical staffers move patients away from the area when the man “turned his attention on the deputy,” the Sheriff’s Department said. The deputy then shot the patient. More details were not released. Related Articles Bay Area city OKs emergency declaration to reform police Letters: East Bay parks | Pleasanton schools | Brown for mayor | Yes on Prop.15 | A Biden voter |...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded Tuesday to three scientists who study black holes, including Andrea Ghez of UCLA, a professor of astrophysics who becomes only the fourth woman to win a Nobel physics prize.One half of the prize went to Roger Penrose, a physicist, mathematician and cosmologist at the University of Oxford who worked with a fellow physicist, the late Stephen Hawking, to merge Einstein's theory of relativity with quantum theory to suggest that space and time would begin with the Big Bang and end in black holes. The other half was awarded to Ghez and Reinhard Genzel, who is director at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany, and a professor at UC Berkeley.Penrose was awarded "for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity." Genzel and Ghez were honored by...
    Five-star high school senior basketball recruit, Makur Maker, has committed to playing at Howard University. The decision makes him the highest-ranked college basketball prospect to ever commit to an HBCU. Maker chose Howard over UCLU, Kentucky, and Memphis. READ MORE: Widow gifts Howard University with $2.5 million worth of art “I need to make the HBCU movement real so that others will follow.” Maker wrote on Twitter. “I hope I inspire guys like Mikey Williams to join me on this journey. I am committing to Howard U & coach Kenny Blakeney.” I was the 1st to announce my visit to Howard & other started to dream “what if”. I need to make the HBCU movement real so that others will follow. I hope I inspire guys like Mikey Williams to join me on this journey. I am committing to Howard U & coach Kenny Blakeney #MakerMob — Makur Maker (@MakurMaker) July...
    This week on "Psuedo Intellectual," BlazeTV host Lauren Chen talked about a UCLA professor who was suspended and has reportedly been placed under police protection, after he refused a request to exempt black students from final exams in the wake of George Floyd's death. Gordon Klein, an accounting professor at UCLA, was suspended by the university after he declined a request to cancel final exams for black students. Klein asked how he would identify which students were black, given the course was online, and how he should grade students of "mixed parentage"? "Do you know the names of the classmates that are black? How can I identify them since we've been having online classes only? Are there any students that may be of mixed parentage, such as half black-half Asian? What do you suggest I do with respect to them? A full concession or just half?" Klein wrote...
    A professor at the University of California in Los Angeles says he was suspended from his job after refusing a student’s request to effectively cancel final exams for black students amid protests over the death of George Floyd. “I have been placed on involuntary leave for three weeks, and it looks like it may end up being more than that,” Gordon Klein, who teaches accounting at the school, told The Post. Klein — who students slammed as “racist” and “dismissive” — was also placed under police protection at his Malibu home after receiving threats from critics furious over the email exchange, The Free Beacon reported. The controversy began when a student, who identified as a white ally of black students, wrote him an email last week asking for a “no harm” final, which would have no negative impact on grades. “We have been placed in a position where we must...
    A UCLA lecturer has reportedly been placed on leave after he rejected a student’s request to “give black students special treatment” amid racial protests over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest. The Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a statement that Klein’s classes “have been reassigned to other faculty” while his alleged conduct is investigated, NBC News reported. The lecturer received an email from a group of students requesting the professor allow for a “‘no-harm’ final exam that could only benefit students’ grades, and for shortened exams and extended deadlines for final assignments and projects,” Inside Higher Ed reported last week. The students requested all of these accommodations due to recent “traumas,” explaining that “we have been placed in a position where we...
    Two University of California-Los Angeles professors are under fire because they did their jobs, which upset some students. Gordon Klein, an accounting professor, received an email from a group of students requesting the professor allow for a “‘no-harm’ final exam that could only benefit students’ grades, and for shortened exams and extended deadlines for final assignments and projects,” Inside Higher Ed reported. The students requested all of these accommodations due to recent “traumas, we have been placed in a position where we much choose between actively supporting our black classmates or focusing on finishing up our spring quarter.” “We believe that remaining neutral in times of injustice brings power to the oppressor and therefore staying silent is not an option,” the students added. The students insisted they did not make the request as “a joint effort to get finals canceled for non-black students,” but rather to “ask that you exercise...
    A professor at the University of California Los Angeles is on leave after UCLA students launched a campaign to have him fired because he refused to cancel a final exam following George Floyd's death. Thousands signed a petition to have the UCLA professor fired because students didn't like the tone of his email announcing that the final exam would be administered in light of the nationwide protests. Gordon Klein, a professor of accounting at the Anderson School of Management, was asked by a student if black students would be given special accommodations because of George Floyd's death and the subsequent protests. The student requested a "no-harm and shortened final exam, and extended deadlines for final assignments and projects in consideration of black students' well-being in light of nationwide protests against police brutality," according to the Daily Bruin. Professor Klein allegedly responded with an email that did not...
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