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Participants call `Super ‘Not Anymore’ program a prerequisite to spring registration Saturday’ a big success Think you know everything there is about preventing sexual assault? You may not. By Julissa James Editor in Chief


al State Dominguez Hills is attempting to minimize campus violence by requiring all students to complete “Not Anymore,” a mandatory online training program designed to prevent sexual assault.

Requiring students to complete this program in order to register for spring semester allows Dominguez Hills to meet federal mandates on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and Title IX, a federal law that prohibits gender discrimination at universities. Although failing to meet these mandates would result

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in loss of federal funding, a prohibition statement shown at the beginning of the program reassured that Dominguez Hills’ main priority lies with the safety and well being of students. “Not Anymore” was originally required in October 2015. Those who took it successfully [See NOT ANYMORE, page 2]


al State Dominguez Hills hosted its African American College and Career Summit, or “Super Saturday,” Oct. 8 in the Loker Student Union. The event was packed with middle, high school and community college students eagerly looking forward to a possible future at Dominguez Hills. “Super Saturday gives

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Super Saturday in the LSU.

us a unique opportunity to showcase the university to the community while strategically marketing for the African[See SUMMIT, page 2]

CSUDH scholarship winner overcame homelessness and drug addiction By Lili Ramirez Staff Writer


urviving homelessness, addiction, teen pregnancy and abuse is not something many people overcome. Bertha “Betty” Solares, a human services major at Cal State Dominguez Hills, did. In fact, her ability to articulate how she faced these and other challenges on her scholarship application led her to win the 2016 CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. “There is a process you need to follow to apply for the award -- you need to submit a personal statement, autobiography and a speech,” Solares said. “The scholarship consisted of financial need, and if you have been through hardships in your life.” At her lowest point, she was living on the streets,

parks, sidewalks, or anywhere she could find a place to sleep. The trustees picked Solares for Dominguez, presumably over other worthy candidates. “I broke down in tears because at that moment, I knew how important it was. Out of all the interviews done on campus, they were only picking one student,” the Long Beach resident said. The CSU awards the scholarship in amounts up to $12,000 at campuses across the system. Solares will receive $6,000. Her life experiences have molded and driven her to create a better future for herself and her two daughters. Despite Solares not being able to receive financial aid anymore, she has dedicated plenty of time to finding

University Police to host free women’s self-defense course

By Esther Cruz Staff Writer


niversity Police is encouraging Cal State Dominguez Hills’ women to attend a free self-defense course. No prior experience with self-defense is required. It is, however, recommended that participants wear active or gym attire to the three-

day course. The class is based on a program called R.A.D., or Rape Aggression Defense System, a set of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. R.A.D. first emphasizes awareness, prevention, risk-reduction and avoidance [See DEFENSE, page 3]

Courtesy of Crystal Yanez

Seven scholarships and counting By Alyssia Gilchrist-McPherson Staff Writer

Courtesy of Dateline Dominguez

scholarships. Her grades help. She has a 3.6 GPA. The 34-year-old student was featured on the college website after winning the award – a story that was shared multiple times on social media, making her family and friends proud.

Though the online comments were positive and encouraging, not everyone liked what they read about her past. She expressed that her mother has not been supportive. She relayed a discussion

[See TRUSTEE, page 2]

Shedding light and hope for undocumented students By Sheena Hutchinson Staff Writer


al State Dominguez Hills, known for its diverse student population, also helps undocumented students here at home through an immigrant student alliance called Espiritu de Nuestro Futuro. Founded in 2001, ENF has been a support group for many undocumented students. CSUDH is one of the first campuses in the CSU system

with a support club that helps undocumented students, according to club President Ricardo Muniz. Muniz explained that leadership is provided to help students financially, as well as with their educational goals. Another goal, he said, is to “provide space for people to do activist work.” The organization participates in efforts to change

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rystal Yanez, 24, took the fear of applying for scholarships and turned it into a hobby. Yanez, a human services major, says that she applies to scholarships every year and hopes to win at least one. She did better than that this time around. She won seven of the 20 scholarships for which she applied. Two of them were awarded by Cal State Dominguez Hills. She cites the Adiba Shaby Scholarship Fund as being the most notable, after receiving a grand total of $2,740. To recognize her commitment to helping and serving the community, the scholarship sponsors awarded her additional funds. Yanez started her efforts three years ago. “Nobody that I know, personally, applies,” she said. Many students in her circles shy away from applying because they find the process too difficult and time-consuming. “Giving up is not an option with doing scholarships,” Yanez said. “It’s a big chance [See SCHOLARSHIP, page 2]



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then were also required to sit through a course refresher this year. The full course covers everything from sexual assault, rape culture, bystander intervention, domestic violence, harassment and stalking, along with the importance of healthy relationships. The course refresher mainly focuses on the all-important matter of consent. Because of the sensitive nature of the content, “Not


that you will win.” Yanez said that when she first applied for a scholarship, not winning discouraged her from applying again. However, after receiving some guidance from a librarian at the community college she attended, the former foster youth student realized that she needed to find the reason why she wanted the awards and make that the focus of her applications. “See, at first, I was asking for a handout instead of telling them my plan,” Yanez said. “Like what am I going to do in the next five years? What’s my goal and my aspiration? Who I am going to be? Once I figured that out, that’s when I won.” Her advice for those who have lost scholarships is for them to closely review their essays and applications. “Go back, look at what you wrote. Go look at other people’s personal statements and compare,” Yanez said. “Did you articulate well enough who you are? If you’ve done community service and have some achievements, highlight that definitely. Scholarships are based off of community service and whether you’re involved on the campus.” For those who are looking for opportunities to get involved, she recommends volunteering for campus events and to search for internships at SLICE and ASI. “It’s not only that you are doing this community service, trying to win some money, but this is actually great for you overall,” Yanez said. “It’s for your personal and professional development. It’s a win-win situation.” This fall, Yanez is conducting an exclusive workshop, “Winning Scholarships,” which focuses on the scholarship application process and finding scholarships in places like conferences and trainings. “I think the biggest challenge is making sure you get it in on time,” Yanez said. “[It’s about] deadlines and pacing yourself.” Yanez, who plans to graduate in the spring, wants to apply for the CSUDH social work program to earn a master’s degree. She plans, of course, to apply for graduate-level scholarships.

Anymore” offers trigger warnings and a link to a list of resources for those who need to seek help regarding previous or ongoing abuse. On this list, is the Women’s Resource Center (WRC), where those who were triggered by “Not Anymore” are encouraged by staff to come seek counseling and support. WRC can oftentimes act as a middle man, and offer referrals to other resources depending on the situation. “Not Anymore” is made up of a series of educational videos and testimonials from assault survivors that attempt to reach audiences in a more personal way. These testimonials are when the trigger warnings come into play. In one testimonial, a man emotionally shares his story of being assaulted as a freshman in college while passed out from intoxication at a house party. “I learned how you can really mentally get destroyed when consent is not pres-

NEWS ent,” he said. Educating college students on healthy sex and relationships seems more crucial than ever. In a time where media coverage of on-campus sexual assault is increasing, a recent example being the Stanford University sexual assault case, and expectations for how universities handle sexual assault are becoming greater. The statistics are somewhat staggering. One in five women, and one in 16 men, are sexually assaulted in college, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. This data makes opening conversations about sexual health and interpersonal violence necessary, even if it does take a federal mandate. Although it can be agreed upon that this topic shouldn’t be taken lightly, the fact that CSUDH is forcing students to participate by not allowing them register for next semesters classes until they’ve completed the

CSUDH BULLETIN program is not being received well by everyone. “I think [sexual assault] is an important topic to address, but I don’t know that this is the right way to go about it,” said Matt Wilcox, a communications major. “I don’t think it’s necessary, only because it seems like a misuse of resources and hindrance to students.” Although Marco Aguirre, CSUDH senior, doesn’t appreciate the length of “Not Anymore,” he strongly believes in the content. “People, especially college students, are afraid to bring up [sexual assault],” Aguirre said. “Although some students might not agree with [doing] this program, at least they will be more open to talking about it.” “Not Anymore” provides examples of society’s double standards for men and women and false impressions about rape. According to the program, these examples are misconceptions that heavily

contribute to the distorted idea some young people have of sexual assault. “Not Anymore” explains how being raised in a society with an overwhelming rape culture can cause someone to have a false ideology of sex without even knowing it. This is why Adrianne Valencia, a CSUDH senior, thinks this program is so necessary. “Those who think [this information] is ‘common sense’ are sadly mistaken,” Valencia said. “Rape culture is relevant now more than ever, and this program really forces students to be more informed and come face to face with the sad truth.” Those who need assistance for any issues related to sexual assault on campus can contact: The Women’s Resource Center at (310) 243-2486, located in SCC 148, Student Health and Psychological Services at (310) 243-3818 located in The Student Health Center, or University Police at (310) 830-1123, located in Welch Hall B-100.

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American community,” said Khaleah Bradshaw, assistant director of external and community relations. University President Willie J. Hagan gave the opening address and started the event, which featured several breakout workshops focusing on different topics participants could attend based on their interests. The African-American Male Experience workshop was facilitated by Student Affairs Vice President William Franklin and CSUDH Education Partnerships Director Matthew Smith. The presentation was designed to specifically reach out to African-American male students. It focused on the struggles young African-American men face in school, in society at large and echoed the sentiments of the Black Lives Matter movement. “What discourages growth in our community is a silent stigma,” Smith said. “There’s a stigma that since we have to be cool, we can’t be smart. Society says, if you’re black, school isn’t for you. We have to change this … Don’t let your friends dictate your future.” Another workshop, which was designed for African-American female students, was organized into a panel discussion of four

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Students and employers gather for the annual Super Saturday event at Cal State Dominguez Hills

women, including Bradshaw. “What most people fail to realize is that by senior year of high school, it’s too late to start preparing for college,” Bradshaw said. “I get a lot of calls from parents and students who think they’re coming in, but I have to tell them no because while in [the] LAUSD, a D is considered passing, a D isn’t transferable.” The workshop had its light-hearted moments. “You guys better be taking notes -- there may be a test later,” Tiffany Gilmore, a CSUDH alumnus, now an assistant principal at Palm Middle School in Moreno Valley, told

her students in the workshop. She, along with one of her teachers, spent her free time Saturday at the event with female students from her Riverside County school in tow. The trip was part of the school’s AVID, or Advancement via Individual Determination, program, which is a new addition to their curriculum and consists of all girls. Gilmore, who helps run the AVID program at Palm Middle, received rare assistance from her district providing transportation for her and the students. “It’s important that these girls get the tools they need to succeed,” Gilmore said.

The panel also discussed college preparation and stressed that the journey toward college begins before students start high school. The event also hosted several other workshops, including one focused on digital media arts and science, technology, engineering and math, and another on filling out FAFSA and CSU applications. There was a Toro Talk session for potential transfer students featuring current CSUDH students telling their real-life stories, a resource fair featuring several on-campus clubs and organizations and campus tours.

was hard, that hurt. That’s why I put it on there.’” Aside from dealing with issues with her mother, her life has not been easy. Solares went through numerous attempts of going through rehab for drug addiction. With determination she

was able to commit and turn her life around. She received a certificate of completion to prove to herself and others she was ready for a positive change in her life. Solares has taken these events as a learning experience and plans to help others over-

come those obstacles as well. “All of these things have molded me into the person I am today, and I don’t regret anything that I did,” Solares said. She plans to graduate in spring 2017. She aspires to find a job in the probation department.

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she previously had with her: “`You know what mom, I’m not trying to put you down or make you look less of the person that you are,’” she said. “Doesn’t mean that I hold any grudges against you. I was telling my story and explaining my hardships to me that



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policy. Muniz wants the organization to participate in campaigns and petitions. “We advocate, defend and support the rights of undocumented students’ access to higher education,” he said. He explained how the organization provides resources, career development guidance, financial help and fundraisers. Members also give advice, including how to apply for a California driver’s license – something that this state allows is undocumented drivers. Muniz added that many undocumented students are unaware these resources are available to them. The California Dream Act, EOP and the BOG

waiver are just a few scholarships and grants for which undocumented students can apply. Muniz explained that the organization helps students apply for these scholarships as well as assists students with learning monetary polices and acquiring work permits. There are future plans for the organization, such as having guest speakers discuss immigration issues. Muniz added that help is also provided by Undocumented Student Ally Coalition or USAC. Mayra Soriano, who works with USAC at Dominguez Hills, shared how it developed a training program whereby staff and faulty can learn about the challenges and needs of undocumented students and how to support their success. Soriano then said

over 60 allies have been trained and USAC wants to educate the campus community about the deal. Soriano said upcoming events as well as the hiring of a Dream Center coordinator should positively impact undocumented students. Muniz shared events happening in November, such as UndocTalks, where guest speakers will come share their undocumented stories. There will also be a tamale fundraiser on campus, as well as workshops regarding the California Dream Act and Derived Action for early Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a policy that ensures certain immigrants who arrived to the U.S before their 16th birthday, or before June 2007, can receive a twoyear, renewable work

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19, 2016 permit and exemption from deportation. Muniz added the organization is a way to advocate for others, to become aware of issues at home and to help people that struggle with immigration difficulties. “I want to help undocumented students,” Muniz said. “I want to grow the organization and have the organization civically engaged in community outside of CSUDH.” Student Resources For more information on Espiritu de Nuestro Futuro, contact ENF President Ricardo Muniz rmuniz2@ You can reach the club at facebook. com/espiritudenuestrofutoro Other resources include Aimee at avaquera2@, Zada at and Mayra Soriano in Small College Complex 1102.



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before progressing to hands-on, basic self-defense techniques. Classes will be conducted by two officers from the University Police Department over three consecutive days. The courses will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in SAC room 3152, Nov. 14 in Gym Room A104, and Nov. 21 in Gym Room A104. This course has limited space. A maximum number of 15 women can attend, so police are encouraging women to sign up early, before the course reaches capacity. To register, and for more information, please email Cpl. Gould at or Officer Ares at Prares@

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CSUDH honored by Obama with president’s higher ed. honor roll By Da’ Ron Frost Staff Writer


resident Obama has honored California State University, Dominguez Hills, for its work in the community service field. CSUDH has been honored with “distinction” for the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll within the “General Community Service” category. CSUDH is one of 14 California State Universities that were recognized this year for its commitment to community service, service-learning and civic engagement. The honor roll recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that support outstanding community service programs and raise the visibility of practices in campus community partnerships. Being on the honor roll is the highest federal honor universities can receive for volunteer service. CSUDH has many organizations heavily involved in volunteering practices such as the Center for Service

Learning, Internships, and Civic Engagement (SLICE). Students average 150,000 hours in community service through campus organizations and their classes. According to Dateline Dominguez, 65 percent of CSUDH students engage in service learning, both through formal curriculum and SLICE. “This university is known for its compassion towards other people,” said Administrative Assistant for SLICE, Miami Gelvezon. “That compassion and willingness to help, transcends into why we got this award. It really reflects the love of helping from our students and also faculty.” This is the fifth time CSUDH has been on the honor roll for “distinction” after previously being honored every year from 2009 through 2012. In 2013 CSUDH was a “finalist” for the Presidential Award, the highest honor possible, and was awarded with it in 2014. “It is an honor to be

consistently recognized for the exceptional work of our students, faculty and staff do each year engaging and lifting up local communities, and those across the globe,” said CSUDH President Willie J. Hagan to Dateline Dominguez. “We are a compassionate campus community, dedicated to creating the next generation of leaders by challenging our students to tackle tough issues and create positive impacts in the community.” SLICE aims to involve students and faculty in the community. It coordinates, supports, and advances community engagement for the university. Students involved in SLICE volunteer to mentor students from preschool through high school on topics ranging from college prep, job interviewing and negotiation, homework help, and conflict resolution. SLICE also works with The Jumpstart for Young Children Program that has been here for five years. It is

a core program that works with preschool students, helping them with language and literacy development. “We really try to encourage our students to get connected to the community whether it’s through service learning classes, through short term volunteer work, or through internships,” said Gelvezon. “What we want is for them to utilize the education they are obtaining here in the university and use it to address social issues that are happening and surrounding their communities.” The Peace Club has contributed a great portion to the 150,000 service hours CSUDH has under its belt. The club has 318 members, and according to Peace Club President, John Ruiz, these members average 40 hours of community service per semester. “The Peace Club aims to create social unity between people in order to spread peace throughout individuals, our community, our

country, and our world,” said Ruiz. Recently, the Peace Club volunteered in a “Women’s Toiletry Drive” to donate feminine sanitary products to homeless shelters. They also volunteered at “Fred Jordan Mission’s Back-to-School New Clothing Giveaway,” an event that gifts clothes, school supplies, haircuts, hygiene kits, and nourishing food to the underprivileged youth of Los Angeles. They do this through donations from companies, churches, schools and individuals. Ruiz believes CSUDH being honored with “distinction” is the product of a group effort between students, staff and faculty. “We do deserve it because there’s a ton of clubs that try to get a lot of people involved, but its not just student leadership,” said Ruiz. “Its also the leadership on the staff and faculty that try to promote all these good things and all these opportunities.”

Grant aims to increase Latinos studying computer science By Marco Negrete Staff Writer


al State Dominguez Hills and six other campuses have received three grants from the National Science Foundation for $2.5 million because of their success in increasing the number of Latino and underserved students studying computer science. “The grants help increase the number of Hispanic students who enter the computing workforce with advanced degrees,” said Professor Mohsen Beheshti, chair of CSUDH’s Computer Science Department. “It also supports the retention and advancements of Hispanic students and faculty in computing,

developing and sustaining competitive education and research programs in computing.” The leading grant is the “Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions (CAHSI),” which is a five-year, $2 million award. “Since 2004, when CAHSI was first established, initiatives and practices continue to be essential elements for support through practices that actively engage students in learning experiences,” said Beheshti. CAHSI initiatives include CS0, which targets incoming freshman who haven’t had much exposure to computer

science. Other initiatives include Peer-Led-Team Learning, Affinity Research Group, Mentor-Grad, which engages Latina undergraduates in experiences and activities that prepare them for success in graduate studies. CSUDH and the other six institutions also received two “NSF INCLUDES” grants. These are the $300,000 “Building upon CAHSI’s Success to Establish a Networked Community for Broadening Participation of Hispanics in Graduate Studies” award, and the $200,000 “Conference to Advance the Collective Impact

of Retention and Continuation Strategies for Hispanics and Other Underrepresented Minorities in STEM Fields” grant. “The long-term goal of our ‘INCLUDES’ project is to establish a networked community and strategic partnership across the Southwest region of the U.S. that scales and grows practices leading to equity in the number of Hispanics who enter and complete STEM graduate studies,” said Beheshti. The “Conference to Advance the Collective Impact of Retention and Continuation Strategies for Hispanics and Other Underrepresented Mi-

norities in STEM Fields” grant allows the alliance to bring researchers, industry representatives, members of professional societies and educators for a series of conferences. “The purpose of the meetings is to convene thought leaders from non-profit, government entitles, corporations and higher education who share a commitment to broadening participation,” said Beheshti, “and as a collective voice commit to a common agenda, goals, and objective.” On Jan 11-12, the alliance will host its first conference, in Palo Alto.





Exploring CSUDH’s underground labyrinth By Edgar Uriostegui Staff Writer


s students and faculty ponder away on the walkways and in the buildings on campus, most are unaware of the labyrinth of tunnels and passageways running underfoot. Underneath CSUDH, runs a quarter-mile of underground tunnels, leading a system of water-carrying pipes directly to campus buildings. This system was integrated to keep students cool during summer and warm during winter. On Oct. 12, staff members hosted the fifth-annual Central Plant Open House. The event was held in building 87, the Central Plant, next to the Natural Sciences and Mathematics building. Employees taught attendees about what their technology does and gave group tours of the facility. Chris Loraditch, a Central Plant employee, explained the closed-loop system. For cooling, a 1,200-ton absorption chiller takes warm water and cools it through an evaporation process. The reason they’re called “chillers” is because these machines turn hot water into cold. The water circulates through the coils in

the air conditioning units and air handlers and makes air conditioning possible. The boiler that is used for heating water is a 13 million BTU behemoth. Water leaves the boiler at about 160 degrees and returns slightly cooler, about 130 degrees, to be heated again. In order for the water to reach the individual rooms on campus, building 87 pumps the water through massive pipes beneath the buildings. Once the water has been used in the air conditioning press, it returns to either unit to begin the process again. “This tunnel here goes all the way down to Old Library, LaCorte Hall and tees off towards the Student Health Center,” Loraditch said. “It’s a lot of walking.” The recently added LED lights in the tunnels are scheduled to come on only when there’s movement. The lights running in the tunnels and along the campus have saved the university money. Either way, you don’t want the power to go out while you’re deep in the tunnels. “So now, when they’re

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The industrial sized boiler in building 87 heats water and sends it out to the buildings on campus.

designing these new campuses, they plan ahead to put all the infrastructure in a small channel, with access points at different places. The piping, cabling, wiring, is all condensed,” Loraditch said. “Back in the ‘50s and ‘60s, when they started doing this [construction], material and labor was a lot cheaper.

Today, to build something like this would cost millions of dollars, and that doesn’t include construction of the campus yet.” The smell of sulfur filled a section of the tunnel. Once employees figured out where the smell came from, they determined which specific trade must fix the problem.

The reason that Loraditch and other BSEs, or building service engineers, are part of a union. They only can fix things for which they specialize. “They don’t make these things anymore [in reference to tunnels],” said Loraditch. “There’s only a few campuses that have a tunnel because they’re very expensive to make.”

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Giving back to the community, one backpack at a time By Erik Flores Staff Writer


eginning on Sept. 10, the Latino Student Business Association will be hosting LSBA Week, a series of events that consist of community service and social gatherings where organization members participate and give back to the community. One of the events they’re most excited about is a donation drive called “Backpacks for Kids.”

“The ‘Backpack for Kids’ event goes back to LSBA week,” according to Uzi Rios, LSBA president. “We want to build up spirit and one way we want to that is to give back. We’re collecting backpacks, school supplies, and anything for low-income students that [we] will be donating to the Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington.” LSBA aims to not only build spirit within their own organization, but CSUDH as a whole. They will be ac-

Music festival spans improv to composition By Edgar Uriostegui Staff Writer


al State Dominguez Hills’ Music Department is presenting the Festival of New and Improvised Music. Instructor Jonathon Grasse is the founder and director of the festival. In 2009, he started a concert series, Creative Alarm Inventions, on campus. It was dedicated to improvisation. This year, he changed the name and introduced ensembles that perform fully composed new music as well. “I think there’s something to say about bringing music that’s composed and music that’s improvised, together in the same concert,” said Grasse. “And have a sort of celebration of music, because we need more music.” There are both professional (including CSUDH alumni) and student players in the series. “Students are performing and participating in the first concert, a student ensemble,” said Grasse. “They’ve participated in workshops that prepared them for their performance.” There are four performances – three locally sourced -- in the festival. The fourth, in Novem-

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Supplies for “Backpacks for Kids” fundraiser, hosted by LSBA.

cepting donations from the Dominguez Hills’ community throughout the year, as mentioned by Rios. This is the second annual “Backpacks for Kids” and LSBA hopes to continue the tradition for years to come. LSBA member

ber, is a composer’s concert, that involves the National Assn. of Composers United States of America; that one is technically a NACUSA concert, but will be included it in the festival. “That’s another reason why students are involved and the campus need for music speaks for itself,” Grasse said. “Coming together and having those moments on campus are really important. I have two pieces spread out on different programs of the festival. I’m performing the first concert with friends who are special in improvisation.” Performances are scheduled inside Laser Recital Hall (LCH A103). The first, the A-Z Orchestra directed by Ellen Burr and BGSS 4tet, took place Tuesday. The remaining shows are: Oct. 20: The Ensemble FRET and The Scott Heustis Group Oct. 25: CSUDH Composition Alumni Concert and performances by CSUDH Music Department faculty. Nov. 15: The NACUSA (National Association of Composers/USA) Seats are at $2 for students and $5 for general admission. Each show begins at 7:30 p.m. More information is available by calling the Music Department at (310) 243-3543.

Student wields media skills By Akeem Ivory Staff Writer


ominguez Hills is full of talented students. Bianca Ramirez, senior and public relations major, is using her media skills to work an event that will act as a platform for these talents to be displayed. Presented by Raytroniks comes Platinum Mic Night at Project LA on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. “The 2016 Platinum Mic Night L.A. Open Mic Series has been a great experience for me and my career in public relations,” said Ramirez. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with a variety of indie artists, as well as the Iconic Entertainment Norwood family.” Recently working alongside reality TV star Ray J, Ramirez is currently working as a co-executive event coordinator for the Platinum Mic Night Los Angeles’ Open Mic Series, as well as

co-hosting the live event. Any musically inclined students who are interested in performing at Platinum Mic Night can submit a performance track to “Since the start of this project I’ve been expanding my campaign management skills and increasing my network,” Ramirez said. “This has been a great learning experience and I hope to continue this journey.” The Platinum Mic Night is not only an opportunity for students to perform music, but a contest. Performers who make it to the final round could win a 1,000 cash prize, single record deal, professional photo-shoot, vocal production and coaching, three professional interviews with media outlets (of PMNLA’s choice), and much more.

Gilberto Alcantar said this event also acts as a way for their members to connect with each other by giving back to the close-by community of Wilmington. “We’re getting corporate sponsors to come in and donate supplies,” Nicholas Hidal-

go, vice president of LSBA said. “It provides a visual aid so people can see what we are doing. We can say that we’re having a donation drive but if we don’t have a visual then people won’t connect and understand what we are trying to do.” LSBA Week is an opportunity for members of this organization to get more involved and make a difference. It will conclude with the Compton Initiative, where LSBA will continue their service efforts by helping restore and beautify a designated area in Compton.

Business students get a chance to `Meet the Professors’ By Erik Flores Staff Writer


he Latino Student Business Assn. recently held a “Meet the Professors” event, where students were able to interact with and meet faculty from various departments. Most of the time students never get to know their professors outside of the classroom, but this event allowed them to hear about their instructors’ backgrounds, fields of study and expectations in the classroom. “Professors have so much to offer,” said LSBA President Uzi Rios, who conceived the event. “I wanted to help bring the professors and students together. I know that the professors have more than just teaching skills, but a career behind them.” Aside from office-hour visits, many students miss out on opportunities to get to know their professors and improve their studies, he said.

Professor Markus Biegel attended the mixer as a new faculty member. He found it a good way for students to get involved with the campus community. “It is my first semester teaching here, and when I was a student here many years ago, I was part of ASI,” Biegel said, “Students need to be more engaged and go beyond the classroom. I was glad to come out and support LSBA and the campus. Go, Toros!” Getting to know potential future professors is a good way for students to learn about their expectations in classes students may one day take. “It was a good turnout. Many students talked to past professors and professors that they would like to have in the future,” said Viviana Rayo, webmaster for LSBA. Most of the students attending were undergraduates and LSBA members.





Pulitzer Prize Winner visits CSUDH By Christian Mosqueda Staff Writer


os Angeles Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Ruben Vives was the guest of honor Thursday evening at Cal State Dominguez Hills, where roughly 70 students in attendance listened as he recounted his narrative. Born in a small town in Guatemala, Vives was raised by his grandmother when his parents set out for the United States. It would be another five years before they would be reunited. Vives grew up in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles before moving to Whittier during his high school years where he discovered his passion for writing. ‘’I liked what writing did when people read my stories,” Vives said. “The reaction that people had when they read them, made me think I want to do this.” The reporter’s mother was a housekeeper for L.A. Times columnist Shawn Hubler. Hubler and her husband took the young Vives in and ultimately assisted him in securing his residency status. The Times offered Vives an internship over the summer at the Times to which he accepted. He started out doing small labor jobs such as fixing copy machines, running errands,

and getting coffee for veteran reporters. One day a colleague who was working on a story that dealt with medical malpractice occurring in a hospital that catered to mostly African-American and Latino communities, asked Vives if he could translate for a woman who had just lost her infant baby. With Vives’ contribution, the hospital would experience an overhaul that saw ethical and medical standards increased for that institution. That was when Vives truly caught the journalism bug. “[I didn’t know] you can write a story and make an impact,” he said. “I was hooked.” Vives would go on to formally work for The Times as an assigned homicide reporter in 2007. Vives’ job was to make sure every single homicide was being covered by the publication. Since losing an uncle to gang violence, Vives took this newfound beat to heart. ‘’I saw the effects that a homicide has on a family,” Vives said. “My family fell apart.” Two years later he was assigned to cover the city of Maywood. There were rumors that the council members from Maywood were in cahoots with those from the city of Bell. It was at a town council meeting that Vives

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Pulitzer Prize winning, L.A. Times reporter, Ruben Vives sharing his story to aspiring journalists.

witnessed an entire police department get laid off. This prompted The Times to assign Vives and veteran reporter Jeff Gottlieb to cover the developing story, more importantly the neighboring city of Bell. It was there that Vives got his ‘big break’ as a trail of red flags led him to uncover a mass corruption reign by the leading officials in the city of Bell. Vives and Gottlieb discovered that for years city

officials had been scamming the taxpayers of Bell and paying themselves astronomical amounts in salaries while the city was undergoing one of the worst recessions in recent history. What ensued were convictions for several top officials for misappropriation of public funds, including City Manager Bob Rizzo, Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia, former Police Chief Randy Adams and former Mayor Oscar Hernandez. Vives concluded his speech


by heeding a warning about the current state of the media. “This is what happens when you don’t have a press,” he said. “This is what happens when you’re not supporting local journalism.” Vives, Gottlieb, and The Times won a Pulitzer Prize in Public Service for uncovering the scandal. “The award is great but I’ve never been an award guy,” he said. “[I’m] Ruben Vives, reporter for the L.A Times, simple. It’s what I am.”



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Getting to know women’s volleyball captain By Joshua Cubillo Staff Writer


he Cal State Dominguez Hills Women’s Volleyball team has had an up-and-down season this year, struggling to find winning form in CCAA, but there have been a few bright spots. One of those being Claire Autry, the Toros captain. Autry, CSUDH junior, has been one of the most successful players this season and leads the Toros with 161 kills and an average of 2.6 Kills per set. She is also fourth in service aces with nine so far this season. Despite Toros’ tough year, Autry has been enjoying her time on and off the court. “I enjoy being able to continue to play the sport,” Autry said. “I love and enjoy the friends that I’ve made

and being able to hang out with them.” As a volleyball player, Autry has some experience. She has been playing the game since she was in fifth grade. Although she has been playing for many years, being captain at the college level is a new experience for her. “It’s fun at times, it’s also stressful,” Autry said. “I have experience in the past, but this year is a new endeavor, so I mean it’s fun and definitely a lot of work, but I enjoy doing it.” Autry explains how being in her third year of college and captain on the Toros can be a lot of pressure, but she is still able to keep a positive attitude on the court. “Sometimes I build it on

myself and I just have to learn to let it go,” she said. When deciding where to play volleyball, Autry’s final decision to play for the Toros came because of the campus atmosphere, coaching staff and program. At the time she was also being scouted by Cal State East Bay and Menio College. “Well, I was looking at playing at East Bay or Dominguez Hills and there was more of a family atmosphere when I came down here, and I really liked the coaches and what the coaches were about.” Before games Autry enjoys listening to music and finding ways to relax off the court. Autry is still unclear if she will continue to play after

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Captain Claire Autry warming up before the San Marcos match.

college, but is hopeful about the future. “I don’t know if my body will be able to do it,” she said. “[Playing] professional

volleyball in Europe would be fun, just to see what it’s about and for the travelling aspect because I love to travel, but I don’t know we’ll see.”

New interim head coach named for women’s basketball team Written by Angel Ayala and Julissa James


ohn Bonner, interim head coach for the women’s basketball team, is living out his passions through his newly assigned position. “I got into coaching because of my desire to be around the game of basketball,” said Bonner. “I have been involved with the game all of my life.” Bonner got his start at

coaching in 2004 at Hamilton Middle School. He then went on to work as a graduate assistant for Fresno State for three years, and ended up at Fresno Pacific as a volunteer, where he would eventually work his way up to full-time assistant. He was hired at CSUDH in September as an assistant coach by Janell Jones, who previously held the position

before going to work for University of San Francisco. “Basketball has always been an escape for me and it has afforded me the opportunity to embrace my passion daily,” Bonner said. “I have never shied away from being a leader so it was a natural transition for me to become a coach. It also allows me to mentor, which is another passion of mine.”

The women’s basketball team lost seven seniors last year, which means there will be a lot of new faces joining Bonner on the court. Bonner understands that there is always a transition period when a team gains a new coach, but he hopes it leads into new opportunities and entirely new experience for the Toros. Bonner wants to create an

environment for his team, to not only be great athletes but great role models for the community--- and also a great students. “You can definitely expect to see players with a lot of passion, toughness, and competitive spirit,” Bonner said. “These young ladies are winners and we hope to see them bring their best every day.”





Eagles fly high against Toros’ volleyball team By Sheena Hutchinson Staff Writer


he Cal State Dominguez Hills volleyball team was defeated by Cal State Los Angeles, 3-1 (18-25, 25-22,13-25, 25-20) on Oct. 14 at the Toro Dome. Coming into the match CSUDH was victorious in two of their three previous matches. The Toros defeated Cal State East Bay, 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-13) on Oct. 7, lost a tough five-set match on Oct. 8 against Cal State Monterey Bay, 3-2

Franz Galvez Toros huddled up before San Marcos match.

(28-30, 25-23, 25-14, 23-25, 10-15) and defeated Cal State San Marcos, 3-1 (35-33, 20-25, 25-20, 25-15) on Oct. 12. With the loss, the Toros overall record falls to 7-11, 4-6

in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. “We made some spectacular digs but we didn’t execute as much” Head coach Jennifer Adeva said. “That is why I think we didn’t win against CSULA.” Adeva added that the team played very well and showed strong play in their blocking and defense. After taking the second set, 25-22, the Toros had no answer for junior Alma Serna,

who had a game-high 16 kills. The Eagles were also led by senior outside hitter JamieAnn Bero, who had 12 kills. With the match decided the Toros showed no quit, playing with incredible energy. The Toros were led by juniors’ outside hitter Claire Autry and middle blocker Morelia Castro, who each had 12 kills. “As strong as we were in the second set, we backed off,” Adeva said.

Castro added that her teammates were pushing her during some of her mental errors in the match. “We were stuck in a rut that we could not get out of,” Castro said. With seven matches remaining in the season, the Toros postseason aspirations are becoming slim. CSUDH continues CCAA play on Oct 21 when they travel to Cal Poly Pomona.

CSUDH soccer programs vying for postseason play By Carlos Alvarez Staff Writer


omen’s team back home, riding fourgame losing streak The road to play in the

conference tournament took a major hit as the Cal State Dominguez Hills women’s soccer team went winless on their four-match road trip.

CSUDH lost 1-0 on Oct. 5 at Cal State L.A., 2-1 on Oct. 9 at Chico State, 1-0 on Oct. 14 against Cal State San Marcos and finished off the road trip

with a 2-0 loss on Oct. 16 against the first-place team, UC San Diego. With four games remaining, CSUDH has a record

of 7-6, 4-4 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. With 12 points, CSUDH trails Cal Poly Pomona by one point for the final spot in the conference tournament. With postseason aspirations, the two teams face each other on Oct. 23 at Toro Stadium. In their four-match trip the Toros were outscored 6-1, the lone goal coming from freshman forward, Jada Thomas against Chico State. In their previous four matches the Toros had outscored their opponents 4-2. While the team has surpassed last year’s total victories of four, there are still hopes of playing in the conference tournament on Oct. 21 when they host Cal State San Bernardino at 7 p.m. at the Stubhub Center. Tough road trip comes to an end The CSUDH men’s soccer team were held scoreless, 3-0, by UC San Diego on Oct. 16 in La Jolla. With the loss, the Toros ended their four-match road trip with a 1-3 record. The Toros (8-5-1, 5-3 in CCAA play) hold the final spot to make the conference tournament with 15 points. Trailing them with 14 points are Cal State San Marcos and Chico State. CSUDH holds the tiebreaker against San Marcos after defeating them 1-0 on Oct. 14, but Chico State holds the tiebreaker against the Toros with their 3-1 victory on Oct. 9. In their four-match trip the Toros were outscored 8-2, with the lone goals coming freshmen defender, Carlos Torres and forward, Leonardo Nogueira. In their previous four matches the Toros outscored their opponents 7-4. Three of their last four remaining matches are against teams competing for a spot in the conference tournament. CSUDH hopes to get back on the winning column when they host Cal State San Bernardino on Oct. 21 at 4:30 p.m. at the Stubhub Center. The Toros currently trail CSUSB (16) by one point in the CCAA.






Register to vote before Oct. 24 S ecure your future by voting Nov. 8 It is time for millennials to bring their angry social media rants to an end and actually make their impact in this election by exercising their right to vote. We have the impact to affect the direction the United States of America is heading for the next four years. Many people vote without thinking about us college students. On the statewide ballot for these elections, there will be many issues that specifically affect millennials, such as student loans, and edu-

cational and administration policies. millennials should not put their fate in other people’s hands. In 2012, young people did not go out and vote in large numbers. Only 38 percent of those 18 to 24 year old’s and 49.5 percent 25 to 44 voted, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Compare that to 63.4 percent between 45 and 64 and 69.7 percent of those 65 years old and up. College students may soon be getting jobs, buying property, starting families or launching businesses. By voting, you

are taking control of your own future and not letting someone else make important decisions for you. The policies you vote for can have a huge effect on life after college. Keep that in mind next month. A presidential election is won by how many electoral votes a candidate gets. As millennials, we get to vote in greater numbers this time around, which could have a serious impact in these elections. According to the Pew Research Center, an estimated 69.2 million millennials (those who are 18 to

35 in 2016) are eligible to vote, almost equaling the 69.7 million baby boomers (ages 52 to 70) as the largest eligible generation. Each generation consists of roughly 31 percent of the voting population and both are bigger than the middle-aged Generation X. As a diverse campus, students at California State University, Dominguez Hills, should consider it their duty to vote. Do it for your ancestors, many of whom did not have a right to vote in this country. Our ancestors and veterans fought for our right to vote

as men, and women, as well as minorities. It is our honor to do what they fought for. It would be disrespectful and a waste of their sacrifices and efforts not to vote. If we do not vote, the winner of the election could have a substantial impact in our lives over the next four years. It will be our fault, and we can only blame ourselves if the world does not go in the direction that benefits us, so do your part and register to vote. Register to vote by Oct. 24, and show up on Election Day, Nov. 8, to secure your future.


How many years is it going to take you to graduate and why? Story and photos by Franz Galvez

Name: Alexis Granados Major: Business Year: Freshman Answer: It will take me five years to graduate because I’m only taking courses during the fall and spring semester and not the summer or winter. I currently work part-time while attending school.

Name: Katherine Hernandez Major: Physical therapy Year: Freshman Answer: It will take me four to six years to graduate, depending on how many units I take every semester. Not currently working at the time, but I play soccer outside of school for recreation purposes.

Name: Tanya Ramirez Major: Psychology Year: Junior Answer: I am transfer student from San Bernardino College, and it will take me two years to graduate. I also work part-time while being a full-time student.

Name: Jenny Cuevas Major: Criminal justice Year: Freshman Answer: It should take me four years to graduate, according to my calculations. I recently stopped working but now I’m looking for another job.

Name: Paola Guerrero Major: Clinical laboratory science Year: Senior Answer: I am a transfer student from Cerritos College, where I did four years. It took me that long because of the overcrowding at that school. I’m doing three years here because I work full-time, which adds up to seven years for me to graduate.

Name: Leslie Lopez Major: Criminal justice Year: Senior Answer: I am a transfer student from El Camino College where I did three years. I plan on doing two years here at CSUDH. So it’s going to take me five years to graduate because in the past I had trouble with transportation, and I also work full-time.


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Saying goodbye to a Dodger legend By Carlos Alvarez Sports Editor


ith the Los Angeles Dodgers hoping to capture their first World Series championship since 1988, the voice of the team stepped away from the game. With thoughts of next spring approaching, Vin Scully will no longer capture the emotions of Dodger fans. From Brooklyn to L.A., he perfected his craft. He walked away the same way he called a baseball game to the end: smooth and calm.

In a game where players are remembered for their on-field accolades, Scully’s voice cemented his legendary status. Scully served as Dodgers play-by-play announcer for 67 years, but most importantly, he became a part of my childhood. I first heard Scully’s voice at the age of 8, sitting in the living room while my dad watched the Dodgers vs. Rockies game on KTLA-5. His phrase, “It’s time for

Dodgers baseball” symbolized my growing love for the game. He took me back to the glory days of Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Fernando Valenzuela and many others. His broadcast was his platform to romanticize baseball. His stories went outside the white lines. He made fantasy a reality. He called baseball, but he was really talking about life. In my hardest moments, he was the voice of reason. He

will forever be connected to the passing of my childhood friend Edder Hernandez. At the age of 25, Edder Hernandez was diagnosed with cancer. Baseball had brought us together, and it was Scully’s broadcast that had kept his memory alive. Throughout his battle, our conversations turned to the Dodgers and the hope that we would see a repeat of the 1988 season. At that moment, a replay of Scully’s iconic Kirk Gibson

home run echoed through his room. With Scully’s retirement, I’m reminded of my friend laying in a dark, lifeless room, watching the Dodgers clinch the 2013 Western Division title. His joy in his face will never be forgotten, the same way Scully’s voice will never be replaced. Baseball introduced me to Scully and America’s pastime, which will always keep his memory and legend alive.

We all know the sugarcoated version of the story. In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue with the Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria by his side. He hoped to find a shortcut to Asia and by chance “discovered” America. Columbus never stepped foot in North America proper. He accidently landed on the shore of an island he called Hispaniola, which is now split into Haiti and the Dominican Republic. And it was already inhabited with millions of indigenous people from the Taino tribe. At first, he thought he was in India, hence the inaccurate term still used today as a name for natives: Indians. What he and his men did do intentionally was capture, enslave, torture, rape and col-

onize the Taino people. All in the name of religion, of course. Life for the Taino people became so unbearable, they resorted to mass suicide and eventually Columbus would be responsible for wiping out the majority of the population. Pre-Columbus, the population of Taino people was placed at 1.5 to 3 million. Four years after he arrived, it was down to 1.1 million, according to Some would argue Columbus was one of the first great explorers, and for this reason, he should be commemorated. Unfortunately, his “adventures” sparked countless years of colonization of the Americas by other European nations, including the mass genocide of native

people in North America. This information should be taught by our institutions, but not celebrated. The fact that Columbus Day continues to be a federal holiday is mind-boggling. He never stepped foot in America, and the land he did step foot on, he terrorized. It seems hypocritical that a nation so hellbent on ending terrorism continues federally recognize Christopher Columbus, one of the original terrorists, as a hero. What should be nationally acknowledged every second Monday of October, is the strength of Native Americans and indigenous people everywhere.

Berkeley and South Dakota became the first city and state, respectively, to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day in the 1990s, according to The Washington Post. Many communities across the nation have followed suit. Most recently, Vermont and Phoenix have joined the list of places that celebrate Native Americans on Columbus Day. It’s time that Indigenous Peoples’ Day be recognized on a federal level in place of Columbus Day. A three-day weekend for some, is not worth the continued commemoration of a man responsible for so many atrocities.

Why is Columbus Day still a national holiday? By Julissa James Editor in Chief


he second Monday of October came and went. Another year of Columbus Day sales, closed post offices and a slap in the face to indigenous people. Is getting 25 percent off in department store specials and having an extra day added to your weekend worth celebrating rape, murder and genocide? I don’t think so. For many of us, the idea that Columbus discovered America is something people have been brainwashed into believing since elementary school. It was not until I started college that a professor let me in on a little secret: Columbus did not discover the New World; he accidently stumbled upon something that was already there and proceeded to ruin it.

Putting The Bulletin newspaper in student hands By Da’ Ron Frost Staff Writer


he second and third editions of The Bulletin came out Sept. 21 and Oct. 23, and the student staff who worked hard on them wanted to share their creation with the Dominguez Hills community. Many students, we found out, didn’t even know a student paper existed. So we spent part of that evening in the LSU, handing out newspapers, and giving students information on what is going on around the school. It was an enjoyable way to get the word out about The Bulletin, as well as interact with our

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Bulletin staff writer with a reader.

peers. We were surprised with the warm reception, particularly in an era when they say there is little to no interest in printed papers. Passing out our work to our fellow students strengthened our sense of community. We look forward to passing out future issues of The Bulletin, including the one you are reading right now, and continuing to interact with our campus. Through this, students were able to see the faces of people who provide them with campus news, and making that connection was just as important

for our student staff. It also showed the printed news remains important. With more people getting their news the digital way, many people do not bother to look at newspapers. So seeing students actually showing interest in a hard copy of a newspaper was encouraging. The Bulletin is always looking to improve each issue. If students have any feedback to share with our staff, we more than encourage it. If you have any suggestions, please contact We look forward to seeing our fellow students out there again.




CSUDH: 1960, 2016, and beyond By Brandon Brown News Editor


hroughout its 51-year history, Cal State Dominguez Hills has been on a mission to increase the higher education opportunities for the surrounding region, and to that end, it’s been a success. This success would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the community’s continuing desire for learning. It all began in 1960. To address the needs of the post-war population boom, funds were approved to develop a new university in the South Bay area. The initial plan called for a campus tentatively called South Bay State College in Palos Verdes. The sweeping cliffs, gorgeous views and pounding waves were then scrapped in favor of a stretch of land in a small ranch community, which would later become the city of Carson. This change was made in September 1965, after a large public outcry on the heels of the Watts Riots, with hopes to increase higher education opportunities for minority students in nearby urban communities. When the university first opened, it initially occupied an area across Victoria Boulevard. It wasn’t until October 1968 that

the first permanent buildings on the campus officially opened. These new, permanent structures are still standing today and make up what we now call the Small College Complex. Initial attendance at the small campus was sparse, with only four graduates. Within three years, attendance soared to over 1,000 active students. Five years later, in October 1973, the Natural Sciences and Math (NSM) Building opened, greatly expanding the efficacy of the university’s math and science programs. October 2002 welcomed Welch Hall, named after James L. Welch, founder of the Occupational Therapy Program. The newest building on campus, the south wing of the Leo F. Cain library, opened in 2009, increasing the amount of research facilities and study spaces on campus. Today, CSUDH is a sprawling campus of 39 buildings and last year, over 3,000 students received their degrees. CSUDH now serves over 14,000 students and continues to provide higher education opportunities to the diverse communities of Los Angeles County.


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