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California Lutheran University's Student Newspaper Since 1961

The Echo

California Lutheran University's Student Newspaper Since 1961

The Echo

    NEWS BRIEFS: On Campus, Across the Nation & Around the World

    Germany celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

    On Nov. 9, Germany celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, according to The New York Times.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel led the celebration dedicated to the hundreds that died trying to cross the wall and the border.

    Former activists gave speeches at the memorial recalling what they were doing and how they felt when they heard the wall had fallen.

    The celebrations drew a number of foreign dignitaries including Lech Walesa, the founder of Polandโ€™s Solidarity trade union. Also Miklos Nemeth, prime minister of Hungary, attended. He was the prime minister when it opened the first hole in the Iron Curtain, allowing East Germans to cross into Austria before the wall fell.

    Additionally, the former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, whose policies paved the way for the successful uprisings in 1989, also attended.

    According to The New York Times, in a speech Merkel gave at the memorial, she said it is up to Germans to nurture the memory, preserve democracy and intervene to prevent injustice.


    Governor Jerry Brown elected to a historic fourth term in the elections

    California voters elected Governor Jerry Brown to a fourth term on Nov. 4 making him the first governor to reach four terms, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    Brown defeated GOP challenger Neel Kashkari and voters also approved the two propositions that the incumbent advocated for, a $7.5 billion water bond measure and a state rainy-day fund.

    Voters also approved Proposition 47 which reduces some low-level criminal penalties. The voters rejected Proposition 45, 46 and 48.

    Proposition 45 would have given the state insurance commissioner oversight over some health insurance rate increases.

    Proposition 46 would have increased the cap on medical malpractice awards and 48 would have allowed off-reservation tribal gaming.

    Brown has served as governor from 1975 to 1983 and 2011 to present day.


    The Museum of the San Fernando Valley holds its grand opening in Northridge

    The museum dedicated to the story of the San Fernando Valley held a grand opening Saturday Nov. 8 in Northridge, according to the Los Angeles Times. The museum offered the public a glimpse at some of its collections and exhibits.

    The Museum of the San Fernando Valley offers an exhibit on Wings over Wendyโ€™s, a veterans group based in West Hills. The space also houses the images of American photographer Leigh Wiener.

    Other exhibits at the museum feature the Valleyโ€™s architecture, newspaper coverage and ties to the entertainment industry.

    The grand opening featured appearances from politicians, civic leaders and Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson.

    The museum was formed in 2005, but for the last nine years it only staged satellite exhibits and held walking or bus tours in Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Northridge and Pacoima, said museum President Scott Sterling in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.


    Editor Corrections: In the article named “New football playoff system,” published on Nov. 5, The Echo misspelled the Laney College football coach in the pull quote. The name of the football coach is Donald Dicko, not Donald Dickey. The Echo regrets the error.