Opinion: Arizona Immigration Law

This is an opinion piece I just put together for The DePaulia. In all her brilliance (or recklessness, depending on how you look at it), Opinion Editor Nisha Sutaria took a chance on me and asked me to write a couple days before deadline.

Hope you guys like it. As always, please let me know what you think. Whether you agree or disagree, let me hear it!

Putting a Price on Security

Media Credit: Joshua Lott, The New York Times

By: Tiffany Boncan- Junior, Journalism

Posted: 5/24/10

How far would you go to make a point? What risks would you take, as a college student, to rally for a cause? What sacrifices would you make to instigate change, or to inspire action?

For three illegal immigrant students in Arizona, the risk of protest was deportation. But they faced that danger head on, to get a senator to take notice of their plight.

According to The New York Times, immigrant students arranged a sit-in at Senator John McCain’s offices in Tucson, Ariz. on Monday, May 17. They walked into the lobby dressed in caps and gowns, and sat in peaceful protest. The students demonstrated what their futures could entail, should the senator back a bill offering conditional residency for young illegal immigrants.

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My Apologies.

Hello all,

I’ve been neglecting my blog. I promise more posts in the near future. Interesting ones too – I’ve got so many ideas in my head, but not enough time to get them into coherent posts.

But for all of you who feel like your heads will explode from thinking too much, like myself, I offer you this. Take a nod from my good friend Savannah Montero: do some stumbling. I promise it will make you happy 🙂 Then after you’re finished, you can get back to your very busy and important lives.

Until I write again,


P.S. Here’s a picture of me and Jonathan, my younger brother. He accomplished some awesome things this past weekend… so proud. Can you believe he’s 15 already?

Alex ‘Excel’ Cruz

Here is my latest package. The assignment was a profile story, which I have never done before. In essence, you people get to see this baby first, in all it’s amateur glory 🙂

I chose to build a story around up and coming artist Alex ‘Excel’ Cruz. He’s not your typical Filipino twenty-something from the burbs. Excel took the time to talk to me about how he hopes his music might be able to bridge the gaps in society – generational, socio-economic, artistic… After listening to his work, I bet he will!

Check him out:
MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter
Features: SoundClick, Urban Legendz, hellatiff on tumblr

**He will be performing at DePaul’s HYPE! 2010-Hip Hop for Hope on May 20**

I’m open to any feedback you all have for me. The next time I attempt one of these I would like it to be even better. YOUR comments will help me to do this.

To those who already know and love this guy, I hope I did him justice. Hope you like it!

P.S. Special thanks to Alex for dealing with me, to Sammy Jo Toledo for being awesome and having such great input, and to Erin Piddington, for everything she does, every time.

Día del Niño Family Festival

Here’s my latest package.

The assignment was to cover a live event. I chose the National Museum of Mexican Art’s 14th annual Día del Niño Family Festival. The more I researched this event, the more impressed I was by how much a small community tradition could grow into a city-wide celebration, if propelled by the right values.

This festival gives children the opportunity to play somewhere other than the inside of their home, since these families often live in areas where playing outside unsupervised is simply not an option. It was nice to see these kids enjoying themselves, while hopefully learning a little something on the side.

Hope you like it. The kids beaming with smiles were my favorite part.

p.s. Thanks to Erin Piddington for getting my butt in gear.

Take a Chance, Make a Change

I had a really amazing day at FOX yesterday. I don’t know what it was – maybe the warm weather and ridiculous wind put me in a good mood – but I know that I walked out of the newsroom on a definite high.

Four months into interning at WFLD, I’ve primarily stuck to producing web content. I have tried to learn every possible thing there is to know about how our system works, what gets our users excited, and willing to come back again and again to myfoxchicago.com for their news.

Walking into this internship, I knew work would be a challenge, especially because online news was not my specialty. I am still learning when it comes to every aspect of news – I don’t think I’ll ever stop. But now, I can confidently say that I’ve learned, applied, and retained a thing or two. Thank God for my boss, Kirsten. That woman is a genius.

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