meet the most interesting people at Yale University.
Just ask Romeo Gonzalez.
The new Mission College ASO president recently completed a
six-week summer session at the Ivy League school where, he
said, he met a young dutchess from France, the son of a Lithuanian
oil baron, the nephew of a high Salvadoran government official,
many students from throughout the United States, and, of course,
present Yale students.
Gonzalez, left, and classmate on the Yale campus.
Photo courtesy of R. Gonzalez
was so amazing to meet all of these people," said Gonzalez.
"We were all different but we had many of the same interests."
Gonzalez took "Crime and Punishment" (a study of
landmark legal cases, justice, incarceration and sentencing)
and "The Renaissance and the Printing Press," a
class examining the impact of the printing press on Western
civilization. This latter course enabled Gonzalez to view
unique books and documents housed in Yales famed Beinecke
Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Gonzalez said he enrolled in the summer session to find out
for himself if all the great things hed heard about
Yale the "hype," as he put it were
true. He came away convinced its an even better school
than he had imagined. He plans to apply for transfer to Yale
and other Ivy League colleges and four-year universities.
Since his return to California in early August, Gonzalez has
been preparing to take the helm as student body leader. His
focus will be on increasing the membership and activity level
of student clubs and campus organizations.
"Our students need to be more concerned with the issues
that are taking place in our community," he said. "We
need to be out there promoting ourselves as Mission College
and letting people in the community know that were concerned
about whats going on in their lives."
Another goal is to make the annual AB 540 fundraiser an even
bigger event. Gonzalez said the ASO will work to convince
more sponsors to match funds raised by the students. The fundraiser
provides scholarships for students who attended high school
in California for at least three years and graduated from
a California high school, but whose immigration status does
not qualify them for state or federal scholarships or financial
BY EDUARDO PARDO