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This column was supposed to be about a rising political star. But it turns out that this rising political star isn’t interested in being a rising political star. Instead, he wants to do what he does best, helping students. He’s living his life story by helping students receive the kind of help he needed and never received because didn’t realize it was there for the asking.

CSM student Daniela Haas’ relaxed demeanor hides an intense physical and mental toughness. The youngest of eight kids growing up in Peru, Daniela tackled any sport that happened to draw her interest as a kid, “anything and everything that didn’t involve a bat or a racket,” she says.

Former Bulldog Softball players Harlee Donovan, Lauren Quirke and Allie Stines have been named to the Southern Oregon University’s All-Decade Team.

Like many of you, in reflecting on recent events that led to the tragic, senseless and preventable deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed and Tony McDade, we are trying to find the appropriate words for our thoughts and emotions. While we know and understand what is happening across our country, we struggle to comprehend it. It is vexing to start a note by admitting that we are at a loss for how to adequately convey our feelings; nevertheless, this is where we find ourselves.

The Center for Equity, Leadership, & Community will be the new home of the Promise Scholars Program, Student Life & Leadership, SparkPoint and its food pantry, Mana, Umoja, Puente, the Honors Project, and Project Change.

The undefeated CSM Bulldogs recorded their second straight playoff shutout, 41-0 over visiting Modesto JC, for the Northern California Football Conference football championship on Saturday, Nov. 30. At 12-0, the Bulldogs are riding their best record in their 98-year history. They face Riverside City College (also 12-0) in the California Community College Athletic Association title game Bakersfield College Memorial Stadium on Dec. 14 at 1:00 pm.

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named College of San Mateo as one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. Based on strong and improving in student outcomes—including in learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings, and equity—15 percent of community colleges nationwide have been invited to apply for the Aspen Prize.

CSM’s Career & Workforce Hub took two groups of students to Google for a campus tour and meet-and-greet with CSM alumna Stephanie Cheung. Stephanie got her start as an accounting student at CSM and transferred to UC Berkeley.

Since last month’s death of Anjela Soto, her former schools, South San Francisco High School and College of San Mateo, continue to hold vigil for the former cheerleader.

Jordan Chavez, who serves as the ASCSM secretary and a student assistant in the Office of Student Life and Leadership, participated in San Francisco State’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program this summer.