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Cambodian Am activist stages hunger strike during summit – AsAmNews

Cambodian American lawyer and human rights activist Theary Seng began a weeklong hunger strike while facing imprisonment, on Monday, Nov. 7 to coincide with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit. The ASEAN summit is being held from Nov. 8 to 13 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, according to ASEAN 2022.

Reuters reports that the meeting officially commenced on Friday, Nov. 11 with Southeast Asian government leaders holding individual meetings, prior to meeting with Chinese Premier Li K

Lower BMI threshold needed to detect obesity in Asian Americans – AsAmNews

Body mass index (BMI) may be an inaccurate indicator for obesity and cardiovascular diseases amongst Asian Americans.

A report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on Oct. 4 found that the body mass index (BMI) thresholds for obesity and the risk for metabolic and cardiovascular diseases were lower in Asian Americans than in their counterparts.

According to Medspace Medical News, researchers Nilay S. Shah, MD, MPH, and colleagues suggested a lower threshold for obesity in Asians based

Meta takes down fake news from China – AsAmNews

Facebook’s parent company Meta says it uncovered a covert operation of fake accounts from China attempting to influence U.S. politics ahead of the 2022 midterms.

The accounts posed as Americans on both ends of the political spectrum to post opinions about abortion, gun control and high-profile politicians such as President Biden and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Washington Post reports.

The network, which maintained accounts across Facebook, Instagram and competitor Twitter, did not gain much tra

Long-running Bollywood film makes debut on U.S. stage –

After much anticipation, Indian director Aditya Chopra debuted his Bollywood musical Come Fall in Love – The Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) Musical in San Diego at The Old Globe Theatre on Sep. 14.

The production includes a diverse cast of 17 out of 30 actors from the South Asian and Indian American communities.

The show’s synopsis on The Old Globe Theatre‘s website is as follows: “Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical is the story of Simran, a young Indian American woman whose future is se

What's in a name? New book explores Asian American identity – AsAmNews

The Asian American community has long since been misunderstood and underrepresented, constantly being labeled and too proximate to whiteness to experience oppression, but too nonwhite to be included, Religion News Service reports.

Four Asian Americans authors of East Asian, Southeast Asian and South Asian backgrounds, Sabrina S. Chan, Linson Daniel, E. David de Leon and La Thao, explore this issue of acceptance and belonging in their book Learning Names: Asian American Christians on Identity, R

ASUCI Presidential Candidate Debate Commences 2022 Special Presidential Recall & Election

Editor’s note: This is a breaking news story and it will be updated as the New University receives additional information and quotes.

Update 1/18/22 at 11:35 p.m.: The date of the debate has been updated to Jan. 7, given that the debate happened on Friday, Jan. 7 instead of Saturday, Jan. 8.

Update 1/12/22 at 3:50 p.m.: The portion regarding the Anteater Safety Fund has been updated to include that the emergency funds were relocated in January 2022 rather than October 2021, along with addition

The Return of the Petrs

Editor’s Note: “Petr” refers to the creator of the Petr design, whereas Petr without quotes refers to the design itself.

Donning their signature red beanie and an all-black outfit, “Petr,” as they’d prefer to be called, appeared after a two-year hiatus to deliver the “pumpkn petr” design to the UCI student body in front of the Middle Earth Towers on Oct. 13 and at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts on Oct. 15.

Petr “drops” are typically assigned a date and time, with the location to be revea

Return to Campus: Welcome Week Overview & APAD Announcement

ASUCI hosted a series of events during Welcome Week to celebrate the reopening of campus from Sept. 20 to Sept. 24.

The events allowed students to adjust to campus life and prepare for the upcoming school year.

“It’s hard with this many people and COVID still going around, but the school is trying their best and it’s been pretty fun,” fourth year mechanical engineering student Enrique Garcia said. “It’s nice seeing people again after being locked in for so long. There’s still more to come.”

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COVID-19 Winter Updates

Following the Thanksgiving recess, UCI continued sequestration for all students living on campus. The sequestration was first taken into effect on Nov. 24, following the increase of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., and was announced that it would be in effect until the end of the fall quarter.

Even with the sequestration in effect, there was an increase of on-campus students and staff testing positive for COVID-19.

UCI expanded the coronavirus testing capacity for students who have been living off-

UCI Updates School-wide COVID-19 Measures

UCI Forward, UCI’s Coronavirus Information Hub, has implemented a number of coronavirus responses since the first reported cases of the virus. The webpage provides daily updates along with a list of coronavirus resources.

The page has been updated every business day, from Monday to Friday since March 17. The page provides information on case count updates for everyone in the UCI community, including those on and off-campus.

The page also offers general campus news, new articles surrounding the

UCI Holds Virtual Mid-Quarter Involvement Fair

UCI’s Office of Campus Organizations held its Mid-Quarter Involvement Fair virtually for a period of two days from Nov. 12 to 13.

Over 100 clubs and organizations participated in the event and held virtual booths for students to participate through Zoom. Previously, the fair was held in Aldrich Park with various clubs sectioned off by student interests.

The event, which was held by Campus Groups, allowed students to read a brief description of each club before indicating their interest in the

The 2020 General Election: UCI Speaks

The New University asked UCI students for their opinions on voting and why it matters to them. Here are four students and their opinions on why they believe voting is important in this day and age of politics.

The answers below do not reflect the views of the New University as a publication. All responses represent the views of the respective participants.

New University: How did/are you planning to vote?

Johnny Nguyen, first year business administration major: I already voted. I got a vote-b

UCI Hosts Virtual STEM Career Fair

UCI’s Division of Career Pathways held its second virtual career fair on Oct. 15. The event was held virtually to comply with COVID-19 safety procedures.

The STEM Virtual Career Fair, which is a quarterly career fair event, acts as a career site for professional development information and career opportunities throughout and beyond college.

Previously, students used Handshake to view which companies would be participating in the event and where each respective company’s booth was located. Howe