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March 3, 2021 • VOL. 27, NO. 3
Proposed Health Fee Increase Leaves Students Unsettled By Robert Rios | Campus Editor The current proposed health fee that would increase the semester rate from $75 to $130 beginning in the fall has many students questioning whether they should be charged for a service they may not utilize, and whether any revenue gained by an increase could some from somewhere else. The fee increase was first proposed in 2016 by Student Health and Psychological Services to the Student Fee Advisory Committee but was denied, and brought up again this semester. Since the beginning of Feb-
ruary,student feedback has been solicited through open Zoom forums. At last week’s CSUDH Academic Senate meeting, Associated Student Inc., Vice President of Academic Affairs, Jonathan Mancio Molina reported that the reason some students were not in favor of the fee hike was because they believed that money could be derived from other sources, such as campus police. Some students who arrived at one of the zoom meetings were advocating for the health center to receive the funds for the fee from other on-cam-
pus budgets like the campus police. “I believe students are not against the fees, we know we need an expansion from mental health resources,” Kata Roldan Morales, a student who attended the Zoom forum said. “However, it shouldn’t come out of our pockets considering financial instability is a primary stressor for QTBIPOC communities especially now during a global pandemic.” Morales, a senior studying in Chicanx and sociology, explained to the Bulletin that the CSUDH Chief of Police,
Carlos Velez was in attendance in their zoom forum, but when they asked him for some “transparency” about the budget, he had no response, nor did the ASI representatives in the meeting. Another student who spoke with the Bulletin shared similar issues with concerns over the spike claiming that the increase is “unfair.” “It’s ridiculous that they’re planning on making these payment fees go up and we’re not even attending campus at the moment,’ Carolina Reyes, a junior majoring in criminal justice said. “Why can’t they
help us out by taking that service out while we’re not on campus? I think we as students should come together and petition this.” The topic of defunding police at CSU’s has been an ongoing discussion.New CSU Chancellor Joseph I Castro has said recently at his recent virtual visit to CSUDH, Castro does not plan on defunding campus police as he wants to protect the empty campuses. Castro told the Daily Forty-Niner he does “not see any significant decreases in in[See HEALTH, page 4]
Testing the Teachers Centered on Latin X Success (and All the Educators) By Yeymy Garcia | Senior Editor
ony Eduardo Castellanos Raymundo knows all too well how much support can mean for college students. As a first-generation student who migrated from Guatemala at the age of 15 in 2007, it wasn’t until his third college experience that he finally found a sense of community. And he’s trying to and is trying to infuse that spirit at CSUDH. “It is my hope to continue to build the amazing community that students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members have developed with much love and care,” Castellanos said. Last semester, The Bulletin covered the development of the affinity center for Latinx students organized by the student-led group, El Comité, to address the lack of representation for Hispanic/
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COVID-19 vaccine became available for faculty March 1 By Daniel Diaz & Chaz Kawamura Staff Reporters
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Rony Eduardo Castellanos Raymundo, new LCRC director. Latinx students. Last March, The first CSUDH affinity cenEl Comité met with Vice ter, The Rose Black Resource President of Student Affairs, Center, was established William Franklin, and they received approval for the [See LATINX, page 4] center.
Faculty, administration, and staff of California State University, Dominguez Hills are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. On Monday, educators joined people over the age of 65 in being some of the few Californians eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. After Governor Gavin New-
som’s Feb. 19 announcement, CSUDH President Thomas Parham sent out a campus-wide email last Wednesday, notifying the campus community of the news and expressed his excitement for this new phase. However, educators are not required to be vaccinated. But in his email, Parham encouraged all eligible CSUDH [SeeTESTING, page 4]
WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021
Judge My Words, Not My Body By Skyler Belmonte | Staff Reporter Oh, how amazing it would feel if it was possible in today’s society to separate our personal and professional lives. To not be chained to private, personal accounts. To have the freedom of not feeling forced to befriend or engage with coworkers on social media. To not be questioned or judged about your posts by your acquaintances. It is a satisfying feeling to have the freedom to live two separate lives, peacefully. Why are women sexualized for posting photos in bikinis if men can escape criticism and post shirtless pictures at the beach? They are just breasts and butts, people! We all have them. Upon joining the campus newspaper, The Bulletin at California State University, Dominguez Hills, I was alerted to be cautious of the content I share on my social media accounts, as it is a reflection of the university. I was immediately defensive and discouraged. I felt like my First Amendment right was being suppressed. How could the school newspaper staff and my fellow students have permission to question what is tasteful content and what is not? College journalists should not be discouraged from sharing photos on social media that make them feel confident, sexy and happy about themselves. Our words do not symbolize our bodies. Photos are not reflections of our morals or values. Students and faculty should applaud freedom of expression in all forms. Some of us genuinely enjoy and are proud to flaunt our curves on social media. It is empowering, freeing and hearing your phone ring with notifications from people liking your post is a thrilling dopamine rush. Posting pictures of myself has helped me build my confidence. Before judging someone, predominantly women, for the photos they post on their Instagram account, ask yourself how their pictures affect your life. I am a confident, bold woman who genuinely enjoys posting
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Women are sexualized and shamed for posting pictures in bikinis on social media. revealing pictures of myself. My school peers, nor my instructors should have a say in what I choose to post on my social media. “Student journalists aren’t immune to these standards because the nature of the networked environment no longer allows us the luxury to separate our private and professional lives once our information is shared across social media domains,” said Dr. Brant Burkey, an associate professor for the Journalism Program at CSUDH. He said, although it may be unfair, there are consequences for journalists who
choose to post risky content, and it is best to be cautious or prepare for the backlash. If I make my bed, then I am proud to lay in it. I agree and respect that all choices, good and bad, come with consequences. Like I always say, if I choose to dance in the rain, then I must be prepared to possibly get sick. I am in love with every stretch mark that paints my brown skin. I am proud of the scars that were engraved onto my fragile canvas. I will forever embrace my beautiful, natural body because there were moments when I hated it. If newspaper colleges and
companies want to control what students and employees post on their social media, a clear contract must be written. A formal contract clearly stating what is permissible to post is understandable, because they are giving their employees a choice. Giving journalists a written choice and allowing them the freedom to agree with the policies, is what college newspapers need. Students should face severe consequences for posting hateful, insensitive content. But why should their bodies be labeled as obscene or inappropriate, too?
“I was interested in modeling lingerie, but I had to ask myself, ‘Would I be allowed to post that?’” -- Ashley Ramos, social media assistant for The Daily 49er
Until a formal code of ethics contract is written and signed, how can anyone be in control of what I post on my own social media accounts? Long Beach State’s student newspaper, The Daily Forty-Niner, also does not require staff to sign a formal agreement stating students are to refrain from posting explicit photos of themselves on social media. Yet, student reporters of the college feel anxiety when wanting to post revealing pictures of themselves. “It is dehumanizing to journalists,” Ashley Ramos said, social media assistant for The Daily 49er. “I was interested in modeling lingerie, but I had to ask myself, ‘Would I be allowed to post that?’” The Daily 49er staff adheres to the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics. The contract states that there are four main guidelines all journalists must follow: Seek truth and report it, minimize harm, act independently, and be accountable and transparent. The SPJ requests that I act independently and be transparent. Yet, how can I uphold such guidelines when I am not allowed to post content that makes me feel powerful? How can I be expected to be independent when who I am is not who they want me to be? In order to achieve happiness, we must be allowed to do what makes us truly happy. And, loving myself enough to share my photos with the world, makes me happy. While Ashley Ramos says her team is in the process of rewriting their policies and adopting a social media code of ethics, the anxiety still remains. Until a formal code of conduct is written, college journalists should be able to practice their independent right to publish their opinions, and bodies freely; with the knowledge of possibly affecting their public image. Be who you are when no one is looking, live unapologetically, and love yourself deeply.
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COPY EDITOR Iracema Navarro A&E EDITOR Destiny Jackson PHOTO EDITOR Nova Blanco-Rico SPORTS CO-EDITORS Matt Barrero, Jeremy Gonzalez LIFESTYLE EDITOR Carina Noyola
SENIOR EDITORS Yeymy Garcia Jasmine Nguyen Destiny Torres REPORTERS Skyler Belmonte Daniel Diaz Andrea Espinoza Lafie Bradford Chaz Kawamura
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WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021
Esports, Where Were You When I Needed You?
By Benny Morales | Staff Reporter If there is one thing I am doing 90% of my free time, it is playing video games. Throughout my college career, video games have been my stress reliever. So you can only imagine how excited yet bummed I am to hear that there is a new esports lab that is coming to campus this year. During my time at CSUDH, my biggest problem was being bored while on campus during my free time or in between classes. One club that I wish I would have utilized more was the esports club. The esports club is an organization that brings students, faculty, as well as alumni together to participate in activities that involve academic research,
community engagement, competition, and entertainment through video games. I am excited because just like any other renovation that CSUDH has undergone, it should look breathtaking. Ruben Caputo, the esports general manager, is excited about the upcoming developments with the lab and the multidimensionality it will possess. “This allows us to be more unique than most collegiate esports spaces,” Caputo said. “The lab will hold an incubation space, competition and broadcasting station, and a classroom.” I’m not even a part of the club, and the excitement I
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The esports lab will be filled with innovation and new technology like lightweight mouses and high-performance keyboards.--that the writer of this story will never use.
feel thinking about the lab is undeniable, but I can only imagine how the actual club members feel. To be honest, I am bummed since I will be graduating this year and will not be here to experience the final product of the new esports lab. Video games have played an enormous part in my life whether through competition, enjoyment, bonding with friends, or just passing the time. I would have used the esports club and lab as an opportunity to enhance my gaming skills as well as gain some peers in the process. The esports lab would have been remarkably beneficial for me in ways that I could have been more involved with the school, such as being a part of the streaming events, passing the time by being productive with others, and just being in an environment that I feel I belonged in. Not only that but honing in on streaming skills and even broadcasting. It irritates me that CSUDH is barely going under immense construction. The forever gaps between classes could have been filled with me playing video games in an awesome new esports lab rather than me sitting in my car playing “Clash Royale” for three hours. Driving home was not an option either
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Two- monitor set-up, gamer’s dream. And ever playing on one at CSUDH will remain just that for the writer: a dream. because living in deep Orange County made it not worth it. I feel as though I missed a great opportunity to connect with like-minded peers who were as into gaming as I’ve always been. Instead of spending countless hours at the Ikea down the street to pass the time, I could have been forming relationships with a variety of new people who were also honing their gaming skills at the esports club. I know that it’s no one else’s fault but my own, but not knowing about the esports club until the beginning of this semester makes me feel even worse. Why wasn’t I in the loop? How did I not see this club during the rush week in my earlier years at CSUDH?
Questions like these upset me to this day because if I’m barely finding out about this club this semester, who knows what other clubs I’ve missed out on. Even if I were to join the club during my last few months at CSUDH, it would not feel the same due to everything being fully remote because of COVID-19. Since graduation for me is just right around the corner, this missed opportunity will be another “L” that I will have to just live with. Despite not joining the club or being able to experience the esports lab, there is one positive outcome that I did learn: be more engaged with your surroundings, you never know what you’re missing out on.
Dying To Be Thin, Living To Tell the Tale By Raven Brown | Opinion Editor As I looked at myself in the mirror after another failed attempt to keep my food down, tears streamed down my face and I hated the reflection staring back at me. No matter how many times I said I wasn’t going to purge again, I had lost control. The promises I made to myself were flushed down the toilet along with my lunch. The secret I had kept for over six years was beginning to ravage my insides. My kidneys were starting to throb, I was throwing up blood and every so often, my heart would skip a beat as if it was begging me to stop shoving my fingers down my throat. I ignored the signals my body was sending me, telling myself I could stop anytime I wanted to. But eventually, I had to accept that I needed to get help for my eating disorder. I never wanted to admit that I was bulimic. The stigma surrounding eating disorders and body dysmorphia had deterred me from confessing my secret and instead, I struggled in silence. From the outside, bulimia is difficult to recognize. It’s not like a drug
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For some, sitting down for a meal is second nature. For others, it can bring on destructive thoughts that control their lives. addiction that is noticed when someone’s behavior changes or alcoholism that can be smelled from a mile away. I went undetected for years and I knew no one suspected anything from my frequent trips
to the bathroom. Nobody ever questioned me or even batted an eye when I would excuse myself after a big meal. From a young age, I was praised for how little I was, my friends would joke about
how lucky I was for being so thin. Back then, I wasn’t concerned because I had a fast metabolism and was incredibly active. I never once thought that my body would eventually change or that I
would end up hating it for its natural progression. I was 19 when I first started taking inventory of my body. I always had a thin and athletic build from years of playing sports, so I never thought of how I looked or how much I weighed. When I started to fill out and become a woman after high school, I would stare in the mirror for hours, obsessing over every ounce of fat or curve that seemed to have shown up overnight. Always hovering around 100 pounds on my 5-foot2 inch frame, I assumed I would always stay the same. I convinced myself that 100 pounds was the magic number. The media and my peers had made a size zero synonymous with being beautiful. As soon as I went up a size and gained 15 pounds after graduation, I panicked. What the hell was happening to me? Why was my body growing outwards and morphing into a shell I didn’t recognize? I would make comments about it to my friends but they thought I was being dramat[See STIGMA, page 10]
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almost four years ago. Since then, the Queer Culture Resource Center was established and the LCRC is the latest to join and will serve the approximate 60% of Latinx students at CSUDH. An Asian, Pacific Islander, and South Asian center is currently in the works. Due to delays caused by COVID-19, Castellanos was hired in November. Castellanos grew up in South Los Angeles. He was a first-generation student and began his college journey at California State University, Northridge. But because he didn’t find support for undocumented students and his father was paying for his tuition out of pocket, he had to reverse transfer to West
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employees to take the test. “Although CSUDH cannot mandate that university employees get the vaccine, I strongly encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity,” Parham said in the email. The CSUDH Toros Together Information Hub, which provides information on campus policies and protocols for the CSUDH community, has also created a new vaccine information section. The website offers information on frequently asked questions about topics like eligibility and registrations. Currently, according to an article by the Los Angeles Times, over 8 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in California, but the vaccination centers and appointments in Los Angeles County have been limited and heavily impacted in the last couple of weeks. According to an article by the Los Angeles Times, the previous vaccine roll out was a chaotic one, filled with packed lines and people unable to get the vac-
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vestment in that area.” If approved, according to the Health Services Fee website, the proposed increase would expand Student Psychological Services’ capacity to meet the growing mental health needs of students. The last time the service fee was increased was in 2006. The website also states that the CSUDH health fee is the low-
CSUDH BULLETIN by the collaborative effort by El Comité, the Division of Student Affairs, the Chicano/a studies department, and other campus organizations. One of the main topics of discussion is the name of the center, and how it should be one that promotes inclusivity to all Central American, South American, and Caribbean and African diaspora cultures. Castellanos said they are “working on pushing the boundaries with the term Latinx to create awareness that Afro-Latinx, Afro-Indigenous, and members of the African Diaspora exist, and are present in CSUDH, even as they have been historically erased from being Latinx.” With virtual learning still in place, the LCRC still doesn’t have a permanent physical home on campus, but Castellanos and his team
Los Angeles College, where he earned an associate of arts degree in psychology. At the time, he said he was too focused on his studies and working full-time that he felt like he didn’t have enough time to engage in after-school activities. However, he remembers seeking out the undocumented student group at WLAC now known as the Dream Resource Center, where he first began to see the importance of a strong Latinx community on a campus. But it wasn’t until he transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and LGBTQ studies, that he was hit with a sense of belonging, thanks to the Chicanx/Latinx Cultural Resource Center & El Centro. “I was shocked to see how amazing it is to have a
center that is dedicated to support students holistically, culturally, and the amazing community they built across with other affinity centers,” Castellanos said. “Resource centers are a key in building community and a sense of belonging for students.” He continued with his education by getting his master’s of education degree in student affairs at UCLA. Through his own college journey, Castellanos realized how valuable having a place for students with similar experiences to have mentors and a community. “When I was in college, I was a transfer student, a non-traditional student, and undocumented,” Castellanos said. “It is because of all the community that supported me that I have the ability to lead the center.” The importance of community at CSUDH is shown
wanted to provide assistance to CSUDH students as soon as possible by having Zoom meetings and events concentrating on self-wellness, campus resources, and social justice. “My hope is that we will be able to start the center virtually in some capacity and then engage in moving that community to the physical campus and surrounding communities,” Castellanos said. “I want students to know that I am here to support their CSUDH college journey in any capacity,” he continued. “This is a community effort and together we can find the answers, resources, and support their dreams and aspirations.” To get involved with the LCRC, join its virtual lobby hours on Torolink. @csudhlatinx on Instagram and Facebook.
cine because of shortages. But in the email, Parham encouraged those eligible not to be discouraged by this reality. “As the federal vaccine roll out continues to gather steam and as the availability of vaccines improves, the long waits for appointments are expected to be significantly reduced,” Parham said. Ken O’Donnell, vice provost at CSUDH, said the actual process of getting those vaccinations to eligible educators is not in the university’s hands. “It will be up to city, county, and state health agencies to tell us how the vaccine will be administered,” O’Donnell said. But for those interested in pursuing vaccination, a site might be closer than expected. In an open forum held on Feb. 19 which was part of CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro’s virtual visit to CSUDH, Parham said he is hopeful the campus will be approved as a vaccination site. Castro clarified that the CSU system would not be able to require employees and students to receive a vaccine as a condition of maintaining employment enrollment. According to Castro, the
main reason behind this is because COVID-19 vaccines are not fully licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This means that the vaccine is available outside of a research study which is the usual first step for a new vaccine. The vaccine can and will continue to be used as long as people benefit from it under an “Emergency Use Authorization”. Although the vaccine is not a requirement, Castro looks to “inspire” those eligible to get the vaccine for everyone’s safety. “We are excited about the possibilities of perhaps being designated as a vaccination site that will not only serve this campus but it will also serve the region,” Parham said. “We want to be a resource that is not simply in this community but of this community.” But even as CSUDH is being considered a vaccination center location, Parham does not advise educators to wait for news of a center at the university as there is no timetable for when this might occur. Parham said even after receiving the vaccine, everyone should still follow health guidelines. “Wear a mask, continue
social distancing, and avoid large gatherings to reduce incidents of exposure, minimize transmission, and ultimately lower COVID-19 case counts,” said Parham. If approved, the campus will join 11 CSU campuses that already have vaccination centers on their cam-
puses, including Cal State Long Beach. To register for a vaccination appointment, educators can go to the California Department of Public Health’s My Turn website or contact the department at (833) 422-4255.
est fee in the CSU system. The new fee would still be below the system average. “The fee is important because it will allow the ability to not only maintain the quality service that we provide but to expand the ways in which we are able to support students,” Tiffany Herbert, interim administrator of the Student Health Center, said. “We can add additional psychologists, provide mental health technology resources, and add student internship opportunities. “Herbert also
mentioned that with more workers on campus, they would be able to reduce the wait time for students for an appointment. One of the reasons the school is implementing the fee is due to the 3.8 million deficit that was collected as of June 30, 2020. The university found the situation was “insurmountable.” Without the funds to get rid of the cost, the health service deficit would grow by approximately $800,000 annually. It was presented in the
forum that the “university determined that eliminating the rolling deficit would be a necessary step.” “Student Health and Student Psychological Services remain the primary physical and mental providers of choice, even if students have health insurance coverage,” Herbert said. “We firmly believe that a student’s access to convenient and affordable health services on campus is great value and benefit to all members of our campus community.”
The additional fee is expected to assist Student Psychological Services by hiring four additional psychologists, expand its education and outreach efforts, and provide educational and internship experiences for students. The decision to accept the proposal will be made by CSUDH President Thomas A Parham. If CSUDH students wish to solicit feedback about the fee email HSFIncrease@csudh. edu.
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On Jan. 27, CSUDH began mandatory testing for all students returning for in-person classes this semester.
WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021
This Nomination’s One For the Books
By Andrea Espinoza | Staff Reporter
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on CSUDH’s nominees for the Wang Family Excellence Awards. In two weeks: Dr. Ximena Cid, who was a nominee for outstanding faculty innovator. Stephanie Sterling Brasley had always been encouraged to be a life-long learner, to strive for excellence and not perfection. One of her great aunts had become the first Black certified public accountant in the state of Oklahoma. She also had other family members who became educators and taught at one level or another. Brasley in no way doubted that she would follow their path and become an educator herself. But she never considered it. “It seemed like they just went to meetings. But I said, ‘ok this looks like something that I might really enjoy doing’ because it still allowed me to pursue my passion for teaching and connecting with students,” Brasley said. But one fateful conversation with a sorority sister after she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Spanish literature at University
of California, Los Angeles. Brasley soon discovered that there were other career opportunities than the ones she was considering. This decision led her to apply to graduate school to receive her master’s in library science. In 2014, she became Dean of the California State University, Dominguez Hills Library. Her committment to hard work resulted in being named a finalist for the 2021 Wang Family Excellence Award in outstanding staff performance. The awards were established by a former CSU Trustee Stanley Wang. Each year nominations are given in four faculty categories and one staff category across the CSU. Although she did not claim the $20,000 check given to the winner this year, Sterling-Brasley said that the nomination was a win in and of itself. “It was almost surreal,” she said. “I knew about the Wang because Dr. Franklin and Dr. Hamden had received the award. So, really, I felt like I was already in
rarified air just being nominated. Reflecting [on] this nomination has given me the opportunity to look at the accomplishments the library team has made and where we need to go to ensure that we are helping our students to succeed.” Brasley wasted no time once she was appointed Dean. She secured the professional development for library faculty and staff. She gradually restored funds lost during the economic recession and channeled resources towards acquiring new library materials, as well as mentoring library faculty, staff and students among her other accomplishments. “I’ve just been doing what I was hired to do,” Brasley said. To work with and collaborate with the library staff and faculty to make sure we have a good vision and an action plan. And to be an advocate for the resources we need to be an excellent academic support unit for our students,” Brasley said. Since receiving the nomination, Brasley said she is more determined now to continue to gain more
Stephanie Sterling Brasley became library dean in 2014. resources for the library collections and gaining work with the advancement division. She would also like to continue to work on the Student Advisory Committee in the future (meetings had
to be postponed with the pandemic and students not being able to be on campus). “The recognition was an honor and was humbling but the fire to do more remains,” Brasley said.
The Birth of ToroWellness By Anthony Vasquez | Assistant Section Editor Since its split from the Health Center in July, California State University, Dominguez Hills Student Psychological Services, and its peer-to-peer program “ToroWellness” have been rebranding and expanding its services by implementing a new social media outlet, an increase in diversified staff, and reducing mental health stigma. The goal is to educate the CSUDH community as well as to provide direct services through individual and group therapy. Student Affairs President, William Franklin, announced the split last summer via email. According to Franklin's email, the decision to move the unit in a new direction was made in consultation with Dr. Janie MacHarg, former director of the CSUDH Health Center, and CSUDH President Thomas A. Parham. What also contributed to the split was MacHarg’s last year's retirement. For five decades, MacHarg was the director for both Psychological Services, and the Health Center. According to the newly appointed Director, Tiffany Herbert, who is also a psychologist, the split has allowed Psychological Services to explore an independent vision and to examine the best practice of mental wellness for the students.
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Josephine Lara, Student Health Educator posing in her office In his email, Franklin said the divide was made in hopes of building and improving student mental services considering the recent events that students were witnesses of. “In all candor, most of our campus conversations took place before the COVID-19 health crisis hit and before the Black Lives Matter movement forced the nation to, once and for all, deal with the plague of historical and systemic racism,” Franklin said. “As we prepare for an academic year unlike any other, we must brace for a larger wave of student mental health challenges.” Herbert agrees that the pandemic has increased the stressors students faced beforehand. “We have had an influx of
students experiencing great distress, much of which has been brought upon by the pandemic, racial injustice, and political climate,” Herbert said in an email to the Bulletin. Alongside Herbert who is in charge of SPS, Josephine Lara, Mental Health Education Assistant, and student psychologists, Dr. Nathan Edwards and Dr. Katie Johnson assisted in relaunching the SPS website, adding ToroWellness, and expanding the social media platforms. One of the many social media platforms they have been working on is expanding their Instagram, which features informative graphics in relation to mental health and often hosts live streams featuring
clinical psychologists, along with promoting future events such as guided meditations. Lara’s contributions to this page consist of segments such as, health topics of the day, “Mindful Mondays,” and mental health wellness tips, which are now only available on the ToroWellness page. After a testing phase, SPS has launched “YOU,” a free application meant to assist students by providing tips and exercises in relation to both mental and physical health. The app is currently accessible through both phone and computer. Herbert believes that medical services are different from psychological services and the best way to work with students who are looking for psychological services is to reach out to them. “Becoming separate departments has allowed Psychological Services to explore an independent vision and to examine our best practices of mental wellness for our students,” Herbert said. Another recent effort to increase engagement is the relaunch of the Pure Mental Health Education Program, which helps students become ToroWellness Educators. According to the site, ToroWellness Educators consists of student leaders who
help raise mental health awareness through presentations, discussions, and group workshops that cover topics around reducing the stigma of mental health and collectively building safe spaces. On top of offering these new services, SPS is currently pushing for an increase in staff, an extension of service hours, and more digital tools like a YouTube channel to communicate and accommodate student needs. In order to attain these goals, there has been a proposal to increase the current Health Services Fee, which would rise from $75 to $130. The last time a fee increase happened was in 2006. “I am proud to say that we have one of the most diverse counseling centers in the CSU system,” Herbert said. Currently, SPS is still located in the Student Health Center located next to Welch Hall. If you are in need of assistance or help you can also contact SPS here: Phone: (310) 243-3818 Email: email@example.com For more information and updates on CSUDH Student Psychological Services, follow its social media platforms here: Twitter: @torowellness Instagram: @torowellness Facebook: CSUDH Psychological Services
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A Surge of Power, a Story of Injustice By Andrea Espinoza | Staff Reporter
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Kendall Bryant (left) Alex Serrano (right) during a rehearsal for the virtual performance of “A Surge of Power,” a new play inspired by the BLM protests of last summer. It opens March 11.
Although “Surge of Power” is a new play inspired by, and set within, The Black Lives Matter protest of last summer and their tremendous aftershocks, director Shaunte’ Caraballo emphasizes that this play is not just about race. “It’s not a black story,” Caraballo, an assistant professor of theatre arts, said. “ It’s an injustice story. And about how everyone needs to fight against injustice period. I would like everyone to approach it with an open mind and just come willing to observe, to hear, and to learn.” Though the play isn’t solely about race, the
reason it exists definitely connects to race. It is one result of the pledge from the Department of Theatre and Dance, to support the Black Lives Matter movement. One way a department with theater in its title can fulfill that pledge is to tell stories that denounce racism and bigotry, and foster empathy for all people. “[Theater] is a much more powerful tool often, than just someone speaking out. Because theatre makes us empathetic. It forces us to listen to and be a part of someone else’s story,” Caraballo said.
Written and directed by Caraballo, the play dives into the theme of social equality and how it can affect everyone. It also shows the importance of standing up and lending your voice when social injustice occurs. Other topics addressed include the relevance of BLM reaching a level where it cannot be ignored, and that silence is complicit. Set in contemporary America, the play doesn’t have a specific location other than an unnamed urban boulevard where four characters of mixed races meet during a BLM protest. Over the course of
the play, they share with each other who they are and why they are there. The cast includes current California State University, Dominguez Hills students who also had a hand in developing the play. The script is a mix of spoken words, poetry, and audio from Black Lives Matter movement interviews. The play is being held in the University Theatre under COVID-19 protocols, meaning social distancing on stage and no live audience. Instead, the play will be livestreamed, and the camera crew will be wearing masks as well. Reducing the cast down to four members to create social distance and making masks a part of the characters costumes were some things she planned ahead for. Since the COVID-19 case numbers were so high, for the first two weeks of the semester, rehearsals took place on Zoom. But though this has not been a traditional theater process in terms of rehearsal and the actors will be playing before a virtual house, Caraballo says it’s still live theater and a new play. And the cast, even socially distant and wearing masks, has bonded.
“From its conception, A Surge of Power was a labor of love,” she said. “We learned many things through this journey, but mostly, we learned to listen to each other. And I think, more than anything, we, as a country, as a people, need to listen. Listening is the beginning of empathy, and compassion, and these things are necessary for us to make real change.” Caraballo also said that there is something specific she and the cast hope audience members take from this play. “Our hope is that you listen to this show with more than just your ears,” she said. “ Listen with the entirety of who you are. “We hope that you will be moved to act, to do your part to make change in your families, your communities, your country, and the world. It starts with you. Your voice matters. Your voice is needed. We are the surge of power the world needs.” University Theatre via livestream. Opens Thurs., March, 11. Fri. -Sat., 7 p.m.; Closes March 16. $5 For information, click here.
Small Businesses Make Big Impacts By Gabriela Medina | Staff Reporter For an expanded version of this story see “Business” on our website.
Like so many college students Jennifer Cordova and Isabel Flores’ lives turned upside down last March when the pandemic cratered the economy, But after losing their jobs and forced to contemplate going further into debt , the two CSUDH students decided to open their eyes and take life, or at least making money, into their own hands. Literally. Cordova, a child development major, parlayed a small collection of eyelashes into her own cosmetics company. Flores, a studio arts major, turned what had up to that point been a hobby into a business where she crochets backpacks. Both are examples of the often overlooked flip side of a business downturn: the combination of pent-up
demand, new opportunities and the fact that so many businesses with high overhead are forced to close, create opportunities for those with a little ingenuity and creativity to start their own businesses. Cordova and Flores aren’t alone. Six months into the pandemic, Americans were starting new businesses at the highest rate in a decade. But neither of them had much of a plan when they started. For Cordova, who lost her job, qualified for only $60 a week in unemployment benefits and who didn’t like the idea of looking for a new job in the midst of a pandemic, she was just showing off some of her small eyelash collection. She thought it’d be fun to spend some of her new free time by creating an Instagram account to showcase some of her wares to family,
friends and neighbors. But TikTok had other plans. She joined the site and much to her surprise her first video went viral with more than 264,000 views. Then it snowballed. Her followers increased, as did her orders and now her business, Jenny’s Eyelash Boutique, has gone from one order every couple of weeks to a minimum of 30 a day. “It was so unexpected,” she said. “It started in that small bubble and then after I joined TikTok I started posting videos that went worldwide. I have already shipped all over the United States and am now expanding my business into Canada. “ Flores faced a similar financial predicament as Cordova. She lost her job and was thinking of piling on more debt, but then decided to use her passion and creativity to start her own
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Small business owner Jennifer Cordova, expands her small lash collection to a whole beauty boutique.
business crocheting backpacks and famous characters like the iconic Baby Yoda, Chucky, and Mickey Mouse. Business has been so good, in fact, that the naturally shy Cordova is slowly coming out of her shell. “I want to stop being anonymous and I know I
will eventually have to show myself which makes me feel frightened because I’m very antisocial. But my business is slowly showing me how to be open to more people. I have gotten a network of loyal customers and it’s encouraged me to start a platform on social media,” said Flores.
WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021
In Memoriam By Destiny Torres | Senior Editor Editor’s note: For expanded versions of these stories, see In Memoriam on our website.
Together, they contributed more than 125 years of service to this university, teaching in humanities and sciences departments or working to make sure that all faculty were able
to utilize technology. But their impact was felt on far more than just the countless students they worked with, and their legacies remain entwined in the continued growth of the Africana Studies and Chicano/a departments, as well as contem-
porary Latinx writers, and the university as a whole. Over the winter break, all five of these long-time Toros, scholars and technical wizards whose cumulative careers stretched nearly the entire 52-year history of this university and spanned at least three
Dr. Juana Arancibia Taught in Modern Languages Department (formerly Foreign Languages Department), 1979-2010 Born in Jujuy, Argentina, upon arriving in the U.S., Arancibia earned her doctorate and began teaching at CSUDH right away. On Oct. 15, 1979, she founded the Instituto Literario y Cultural Hispánico (ILCH), or the Hispanic Literary and Cultural Institute. She organized symposiums throughout America and Europe. This is also around the time when she birthed the Alba de América, América, an academic literary journal. journal. “Juana was a passionate and incredibly dedicated feminist. Her commitment to promote Latin American’s female authors was incommensurable and she was extremely well-known in our profession. In 2013, thanks to her, Elena Poniatowska, Poniatowska, probably the greatest Mexican writer alive today came, for free, to Dominguez Hills. The Loker Union ballroom was packed and filled with reporters. When I told the news to Elena Poniatowska, she replied. “I deeply lament Juana’s loss. She was a dear friend. Her journal was exemplary. She brought together writers from Latin America. I have met very few people with her ability to give. Without her it is not worth going to any congress.”” gress. --Dr. Benito Gomez Madrid
“She organized forty-two International Symposia of Literature, in the United States, Latin America, and Spain, nine of which took place at Dominguez Hills, which brought international recognition to the MLG and our university.” --Dr.Ivonne -Dr.Ivonne Heinze Balcazar, Balcaz ar, Modern Languages
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In his 14 years at this campus, Dr. Munashe Furusa’s impact was
extraordinary.. For his remembrance, as well as expanded versions of each story on this page, please see In Memoriam on our website.
William Peter Blankenship The old saying is those who can’t do teach; that is rarely true but for absolute proof, look no further than Peter Blankenship (William was his dad). Though he taught a variety of classes in computer science for more than 25 years at CSUDH, it was his hands-on experience with TRW/Northrup that allowed him to apply what he learned as an undergraduate at USC. And what he learned working on computers helped save lives. Blankenship helped develop the software for FBCB2, the Linux-based computer
with a bachelor’s from USC in 1984 and continued to work for TRW/Northrup since he was hired in 1986. Blankenship was remembered by Computer Science chair Mohsen Beheshti as one of the department’s favorite instructors among students. “Peter was always smiling and ready and able to teach a wide range of courses, “Beheshti wrote on the DH email server list. “He was a great educator and a great sponsor to our program and our students.” Because his death was so sudden, friends of he and his wife have established an online fundraiser. Those interested in offering financial or emotional support can visit here for the information..
continents, passed. But based on the outpouring of remembrances from their colleagues most from the DH Email list, which includes all faculty, staff and administrators, they leave more than memories behind. For the work they did, and the
personal connections they made, live in the minds of those they taught and worked with, and in the pulse of this university’s heart. Below are brief bios of all five, followed by remembrances from colleagues.
American Studies Program in the early 1980s. In 1997, he was awarded the Lyle E. Gibson Dominguez Hills Distinguished Teacher Award. He received his master’s degree from Stanford in 1973 and his doctorate degree from the University of Southern California in Hispanic languages and literature. Upon graduating, Romero brought his passion for literature and the arts to CSUDH, teaching about the Spanish language and its cultures.
improved. He was one of the staff members who early on advocated for the team and his colleagues. He is well remembered by his colleagues and will be greatly missed. And here is this compilation of remembrances submitted by Jacqueline Kuenz, executive assistant to the vice president of I.T. “It was because of Dennis and his persistence to management at the time that the classroom support positions were created. He mentored and trained his colleagues on how to image computers, map network drives and how to use a remote desktop! Dennis was a very technical and competent staff member who kept the classes up and running during the evenings and weekends.” That is about the most the Bulletin could find in regard to Mr. Roper, who like so many of the indispensable staff and employees at this university who do so much of the work that allows it to function on a daily basis, rarely walked near the spotlight. But we do know he was a computer guy. So here are some quotes from some other computer guys that Mr. Roper might have approved of.
“He constantly showed great concern for his students, his colleagues, the campus community, his family and his friends. He provided me with encouragement regarding my career on many occasions as well as advice regarding various matters.” --Dr. Michael Galant, Modern Languages
“He loved to talk about his travels, food, history, his passion for teaching teachers, and above all, his beloved Tucson. He was a wonderful conversationalist and a warm and caring person who made you feel like what you said was important and interesting. Descansa en paz, Raúl.” Dr. Benito Gómez Madrid, Modern Languages
“It’s not a faith in technology. It’s faith in people. --Steve Jobs
“I’ll never hear Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez without thinking of him. Raúl was completely devoted to his students, always thinking about how best to serve them. He was a good friend. I will miss him dearly.
“The advance of technology is based on making it fit in so that you don’t really even notice it, so it’s part of everyday life.” --Bill Gates, “Technology is best when it brings people together.”
Dr. Rod Hernandez, English
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Natalie and William Blankenship
platform designed to give U.S. military commanders real-time situational battlefield awareness, which can help reduce the so-called “fog of war” and friendly fire. For his efforts, Blankenship was part of the team that won the 2003 Federal Computer Week Monticello Award, given in recognition of an information system that has a direct, meaningful impact on human lives. Blankenship graduated
Dr. Raúl Vega Romero When students eventually return to campus, the hallways LaCorte will be missing something: the voice and spirit of Dr. Raúl Vega Romero Romero began teaching at CSUDH in the early 1970s. In 1975, he was part of the creation of a Chicano art exhibition. He became the Coordinator of the Mexican
“We would talk for hours about linguistics, language acquisition, and pedagogy. It was ALWAYS great to talk with him because he was so passionate about teaching and LOVED his students”!
Dr. Miguel Gutiérrez, Chicano/a Studies
Worked in information technology for 17 years, retiring in August, 2017. From Chris A. Manriquez, vice president for information technology: “Dennis worked had and regularly contributed to discussions about what could be
--Matt Mullenweg, Social Media Entrepreneur
“When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again. “ --Steve Jobs
WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021
Why Not Us: California Athletics’ Uphill Climb
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The Torodome has been empty since the California Collegiate Athletic Association axed the 2020-21 season in December. By Anthony Garza | Staff Reporter & Daniel Tom | Contributing Reporter It’s been almost a year since student-athletes donned the cardinal and gold Dominguez Hills wordmark across their chest. Throughout this time, we’ve seen both professional leagues and Division I programs enter bubble environments that follow strict protocols when it comes to testing and mask requirements. At the Division II level, primarily with the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), all has been quiet. After surges of COVID-19 and strict stayat-home orders plagued the state, the CCAA elected to utilize the wait-and-see approach when it came to the start of athletics this school year. In May, following the announcement from former Chancellor Timothy White that CSUs would
remain online for instruction during the fall semester, the conference elected to suspend fall sports until further notice. In September, a similar verdict was made regarding the spring semester, but no further guidance was established from the conference in terms of sports being played in the spring. After months of contingency plans and meetings amongst university presidents and the conference, the tough decision was made in December to forgo plans to compete this academic year and look forward to a return in fall 2021. This decision, while expected, was disappointing to both student-athletes and fans who longed to return to action. Instead, they’re forced to watch schools around them
compete. But, what was the dialogue like between the conference and school officials among the CSU system? According to conference commissioner Mitch Cox, “many discussions were had between the CCAA, university presidents, and officials from other conferences jumpstarting their athletics restart, in the end the numbers were evident on what would be happening after [major] holidays that university presidents felt it wasn’t worth trying.” While disappointed with the outcome, Cox believes that this was the right decision to move forward. “It’s frustrating for everyone in athletics, but the alternative of having someone getting really sick or die from this [disease], it had to be health and safety be the number one
priority.” On the other hand, other Southern California conferences such as the PacWest announced in November that a phased-in return of sports would begin. The conference’s athletic competition included in-region (pod) games divided into Northern California, Southern California and Hawaii. Commissioner Bob Hogue was pleased his conference could make the jump and align things to where athletes could have a chance to compete this school year. “This is a big step forward for the PacWest in our continuing efforts to safely return to competition during these challenging times,” Hogue said. Hogue believes the guidelines and contingencies in place provide the
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GOCCA 2020 COVID-19 Updates best possible opportunities to give student-athletes a sense of normalcy in unprecedented times. “We’ve been working hard to create the right conditions for student-athletes to have meaningful seasons in a way that minimizes risk and is in accordance with local, state and federal guidelines. We are looking forward to seeing student-athletes back to playing the sports they love.” Commissioner Cox and the CCAA hope with the distribution of vaccines and a drop in case numbers allows students to return to campuses for instruction in the fall as well as competition. Until then, we continue to watch both collegiate and professional sports have seasons and wait in the shadows for our opportunity to return to play.
Athletic Director Final Four Interviewed By Jonathan Ghattas | Staff Reporter The final four candidates for CSUDH athletic director, vacant since early last semester, were interviewed over Feb. 22-25, and a decision is expected to be announced later this month. The finalists for the position are current associate athletics director of California State University, Fullerton, Greg Paules, current associate director of athletics at Hampton University in Virginia, Dr. Paula Jackson, deputy director of athletics at the University of New Orleans, Dena Freeman-Patton, and Colin
Preston, the current director of athletics at nearby El Camino College. The first candidate to be interviewed was Paules, followed by Jackson, Freeman-Patton, and Preston. Paules, a graduate of the University of California, Irvine has been at his position at Fullerton for over seven years as part of the school’s athletics department. During his tenure with the department as associate athletic director, Paules has raised large sums of money for the Titans while overseeing
multiple athletic teams. Jackson, who earned her doctorate from Northcentral University in Phoenix, Arizona, has been the senior woman administrator for Hampton University the past six years and continues to oversee the day-to-day activities of the department. Her career in the sports administration field spans over 15 years, including positions with the Atlanta Falcons as part of the public relations team. Freeman-Patton is a graduate from Liberty University, and received
her master’s in sports administration from Georgia State University. Fresh into her current position at the University of New Orleans, Freeman-Patton previously held the same position at California State University, Bakersfield for four years before moving back to The Big Easy. Lastly, local athletic director Preston graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara and earned his master’s in sports management from the University of San Francisco. The athletic director
of El Camino College for the last four years, Preston previously served as the director of sports for the Academy of Art in San Francisco. A decision on the hiring is expected to be announced in a few weeks. The athletics program has been without an athletic director s ince Jeff Falkner, who was hired in 2015, was released early in the fall semester 2020. Before Falkner’s hiring,the athletics program had been without a permanent director for two years.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2021
Despite Pandemic, Athletics Thriving
By Jeremy Gonzalez | Sports Co-Editor & Chaz Kawamura | Staff Reporter Despite collegiate athletics being halted due to the pandemic, the California State University, Dominguez Hills’ athletics program found a way to rewrite the history books last semester. A grand total of 153 Toro student-athletes from multiple programs excelled during the virtual fall semester to make the Cardinal & Gold Academic Honors Roll, shattering the previous record of 107 that was set back in fall 2019. After making the transition from a traditional in-classroom experience to everything being online and digital midway through last spring, the entire CSU system entered the fall semester knowing that the virtual learning environment would continue after former CSU Chancellor Timothy White made the announcement over the summer. Toros athletics saw a record 13 student-athletes earn a perfect 4.0 grade-point average, a whopping 90 student-athletes received Gold honors for owning a GPA between 3.5 to 4.0, and the Cardinal honors, which is for student-athletes who received a 3.0 to 3.49 GPA, saw a new record set with 63 recipients. Vincent Temesvary, an outfielder for the CSUDH
baseball team, was one of the 13 Toro athletes to receive Gold honors with a perfect 4.0 GPA. The freshman explained how his mother was the person who helped him stay motivated in the classroom. Her recent breast cancer diagnosis was one of the key factors in his drive for achieving academic success. It allowed him to find a new level of self-motivation that kept him going throughout the pandemic. “When you reflect after about a year, I did not think [the pandemic] was going to be this long,” Temesvary said. “It’s the best mindset to let it go out on its own and keep grinding on your own. Prepare and keep preparing.” According to a GoToros article, the baseball team had the most student-athletes to make either list with 25. Temesvary also had the opportunity to meet some of those players and was welcomed with open arms. “I am in a group with other freshmen,” he said. “It was cool to get to know some of the upperclassmen. We build little relationships. It’s nice to stay in contact with people you are going to be playing with in the future, which is very important.” Temesvary was not the only one to receive Gold honors for achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA.
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Kekoa Nelson (left), sophomore, and Vincent Temesvary (right) freshman, two of the 153 student-athletes to make the academic honors lists in the fall. Kekoa Nelson, a sophomore defender for the women’s soccer team, joined Temesvary as another one of the 13 student-athletes to achieve that feat. The women’s soccer team had the most student-athletes to make Gold standards with 14. Much like the Toros baseball team, the women’s soccer team still had chances to meet and interact through organized workouts. “It went through the organization of our coach and it wasn’t until later in the semester where our coach organized workouts and practices,” Nelson said.
“I worked out with the people who lived nearby me because not everyone lives close to school.” Nelson and Temesvary both expressed that the cancellation of CCAA athletics allowed the student-athletes to focus primarily on their schoolwork since they no longer had to juggle practices and games with their academics. Both athletes also said they did not think the pandemic would extend into this year as they thought there may have been a chance to still play their respective sport. Some NCAA
programs at local universities still followed through and had a fall season during the pandemic, but the CCAA elected not to play any sports until it was safer to do so. The next possible opportunity for Toro athletics to return could be this upcoming fall. “Within a year, I thought we would have returned to normal,” Nelson said. “The fact that we haven’t made it back in a year and haven’t made much progress is pretty frustrating. I’m just playing it by ear but I’m mostly hoping we play in the fall.”
Women Trending Up in NBA
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Gabrielle Leos (center) works hard to be a role model on and off the court. By Daniel Diaz | Staff Reporter One conversation that can spark heated debates is women and professional sports. The male perspective of women’s sports often gets taken incorrectly by one side or the other. The truth is, at least for professional basketball, the National Basketball Association and the Women’s National Basketball Association are two different organizations. Although they are the same sport with many similarities, they consist of different rules and regulations. The WNBA is the
professional basketball league for women, which includes differences such as a smaller basketball and fewer minutes per quarter. The NBA is known for its highlight dunks and athletic playstyle, while the WNBA relies more on teamwork and strategy. When thinking of women and basketball, the mind instinctually thinks of the WNBA, and rightfully so. However, the presence of female professionals in the NBA has slowly increased over the years and has become a
welcomed trend. Women like Becky Hammon, assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs, who became the first woman in NBA history to head coach an official NBA basketball game due to the ejection of head coach Gregg Popovich. The Spurs culture has made it so Hammon’s contribution to the team and milestones obtained in the game are normal to them. Players respect and listen to Hammon just as much as anyone else on their coaching staff and it shows in-game.
NBA official Natalie Sago and ESPN reporters Rachel Nichols and Doris Burke have exceeded expectations and beaten the odds to get to where they are now. These women are shining examples of job equality and excellence. While some have come before them, it should be recognized that every day they help trailblaze a path for whoever chooses to follow. They are some of the biggest and most recognizable names in their sport. This realization is motivating for former Bulletin sports editor, Jessica Olvera. “It’s one thing to hear about it, but to actually see it on screen and become a reality, that I can do that if I want to,” Olvera said. “That it isn’t just an idea floating around in your head.” Olvera spent last year writing and editing for the Bulletin and is spoken highly about among her former peers and professors. The examples that are set for girls around the world by women like Malika Andrews, Allie LaForce, Rachel Nichols, and so many more, is inspiring. Any little girl or boy can watch Nichols rant about the latest basketball headline and think to themselves, “I can do that too”. Across the world, many young girls look up to all women
in sports, hoping to follow in their footsteps. CSUDH women’s basketball player Gabrielle Leos knows what it means to be a role model for young girls. “It’s not impossible,” Leos said. “It may be tougher to get to that point, but it lets them know anything is possible.” Leos’ teammate, Janelle Sumilong called this, “a good-dangerous” mindset. “They can do anything,” said Sumilong. “I have proof, it’s on the TV. It’s something you can always use more of.” One of the points these two college athletes shared was the impact Kobe Bryant had on women’s basketball, and how great a loss he was for them. The idea that women carry such weight and influence in a male league is beautiful and impactful on the lives of girls and women around the world. Women in professional sports have a responsibility to be role models as well as an example for people around the world, and it is often underappreciated. In this changing landscape, the NBA product and all it entails should be a beacon for equality with a simple message that extends beyond a ball and a net into daily life: If you are good enough for the job and have earned it, the job should be yours.
WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021
There’s No Vaccine for Racism By Jasmine Nguyen | Senior Editor
I miss the days where I could be writing about the overly done nerd stereotypes of the Asian American community, but unfortunately, I’m worried about my grandfather getting assaulted while grabbing milk from the local grocery store. As President Thomas A. Parham’s email yesterday to California State University Dominguez Hills, us, there has been a plague of Anti-Asian crimes. In the last year alone, in a rather terrifying trend, there has been an increased amount of violence and bigotry towards the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Last year I wrote about the first instances of anti-Asian sentiment that occurred because of COVID-19, and as the pandemic continued, the racism towards my community increased as well. What may have started with unfunny tweets about how Asians were to blame for the start of COVID has now escalated into multiple Asian Americas becoming victims of violent hate crimes across the country, with the elders of the community targeted the most. The Stop AAPI Hate, an online resource created last March by The Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, has recorded nearly 3,000 incidents of anti-Asian violence across the U.S. In Ladera Ranch, an
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ic. “You’ve always been so tiny, why does it matter?” they would ask. They would compare their bodies to mine and tell me how easy I had it because I hadn’t struggled with my weight like some of them had. Being shot down when I would try to voice my frustrations was so isolating. I felt like I was screaming in a crowd and nobody heard me. I quickly learned that I could never disclose how I really felt about my body. I started weighing myself every day and crying myself to sleep every night, thinking I was humongous. When I saw myself in pictures, I felt sick to my stomach. I would reach under my shirt and pinch my belly rolls, affirming what I thought to be true: I was obese and needed to lose weight. The binging and purging
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An anti-racism protest in San Francisco shows the frustration and fear of the Asian American community
Asian American family was harassed constantly with racist remarks and had rocks thrown at their home. Last month in San Francisco, an 84-year old Thai man named Vicha Rantanpakdee died as a result of being pushed into the ground on one of his daily walks. Another example is when a Buddist temple in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles was set on fire and vandalized. On Tuesday, Parham wrote in an email to campus against the hate towards the AAPI commu-
nity. “Whether this anti-Asian sentiment is expressed via racial slurs shouted from a passing car, dehumanizing words painted on a wall, or actual physical assaults and violence, it is unacceptable and reprehensible,” Parham said. For me, these anti-Asian sentiments are not just headlines or sections of the news. As an Asian American, I’ve become exhausted by the bigotry and racism my family has experienced in this year alone. My father was told to “go back to his country” while on the way to work in
Huntington Beach. My dad has never stepped foot out of the United States in his life, so how exactly was he supposed to leave here? My mother, who owns a restaurant in Louisiana, received a call from someone saying that setting a glass barrier and enforcing social distancing was useless since Asian people were the ones who brought the pandemic to the U.S in the first place. In the last year, I’ve had a sinking fear that what if my grandparents are the next victim of a hate crime. What if they’re the next viral headline on Twitter?
cycles started slowly, but eventually took over my entire life. Once a month turned into once a week, then once a day, then several times a day. I would scarf down food until it felt like my stomach would burst and found relief in throwing it all up. I became addicted to the process and loved that I could eat thousands of calories without having to see it on the scale. I even came up with a list of foods that were “safe” to digest and became addicted to binging and purging junk foods that didn’t make the cut. Unbeknownst to me, and no thanks to toxic diet culture, I was also struggling with orthorexia, another eating disorder defined by the need to only consume “perfect” foods. My life had become dominated by rules with absolutely no room for error. On one of my worst days, I was driving around town, going from one fast
food place to the next, binging in one parking lot and purging at the next stop’s restroom. I must’ve spent $100 and the whole time I was sobbing as I shoveled food into my mouth. I wanted to stop so bad, but I was trapped in the cycle. I was obsessed with filling the void in my bottomless pit of a stomach, and then the guilt would creep in and the compulsion to throw up would take over. After a few years, I got back down to my “magical” weight, but I still believed I was overweight. My vision was so distorted; my disorder had total control over my thoughts and no amount of reasoning or willingness to give it up could have freed me. I was dying to be thin so badly, unaware that I was dying in the process. Until one day, I binged a whole box of donuts and wasn’t able to purge it all out. I panicked and my protruding stomach started to mock me. The
cycle that I became a slave to was malfunctioning and I knew if I didn’t ask for help now, I was going to continue sticking my fingers down my throat until my esophagus ruptured. Completely defeated and coming up with every reason not to, I finally told my mom about the eating disorder I had kept hidden from her. I know she wasn’t angry with me for lying, but I could see the pain in her eyes as she told me she would do everything in her power to get me the treatment I needed. The next week, I sat down with a therapist who specialized in eating disorders. Her presence felt like a warm hug instantly, allowing me to talk about my bulimia and body dysmorphia in a way I never had before. Her approach was nonjudgmental and for the first time I felt the shackles slip away. Together, we identified my triggers and negative thought patterns and beliefs surrounding my body. It wasn’t easy
Unfortunately, the rise of racism and bigotry towards the AAPI community is nothing new. Yellow Peril has been a part of the U.S since the first Asian immigrants stepped on the land of the free. We’re seen as foreigners who carry disease and filth and while it may come and go, this fear never goes away. Look at the Chinese Exclusion Act or the Japanese Internment camps of WWII. The Asian community has been used as scapegoats again and again, but we can’t let this happen again. In his email, President Parham wrote for the campus to “confront those who would denigrate our Asian brothers and sisters, and let them know that ignorance, intolerance, and incivility have no place in a civil society, and will not be tolerated.” We must learn from our mistakes. Call out to the bigotry you see, stand with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. You can help by speaking about these issues or donating to these various organizations that help fight against AAPI hate crimes. Support the AAPI Community Fund, Stop AAPI Hate, They Can’t Burn Us All
and I struggled with the process, but days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months, and months turned into years of significant recovery. I didn’t just slip and fall into this disorder, so recovery wasn’t going to happen overnight either. While I continue to struggle with my body image and negative thoughts from time to time, I can proudly say that my eating disorder no longer enslaves me. I don’t obsess over food and I have found solace in going to the gym regularly. Not because I hate my body, but because I love and appreciate it for holding me together, even when all I wanted to do was tear it apart. If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, know that you are not alone. Please contact the National Eating Disorder Association at 1-800-931-2237 for information about treatment options and recovery.
third issue of spring 2021 semester of the award-winning CSUDH Bulletin