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Campus Cycling Clarifications CAMPUS

Gerardo Amerqutia Contributer Many CSULA students have trouble decoding the reasoning behind the prohibition of bicycles and skateboards on school campus. In fact, some people may assume that the school has an unavailing dislike towards such vehicles, but that is not the case. The CSU system had collectively adopted California law into their procedures and policies that demand the injunction of the use of bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates or roller skates on campus walkways under California Vehicle Code, Section 21113(f). Even though we are all aware of the college stereotype that depicts college environments as free flowing with young adults riding on their longboards to get to classes, it may be a cultural mold that does not apply to our campus which that would differ with other campuses like CSU Long Beach. Kevin Brady, Director of the

Photo from Risk Management and Environmental division for Health and Safety for CSULA, commits himself to creating the most “pedestrian-friendly” surroundings as possible. CSULA has a main walkway that is already tightly packed with rushing students hurrying to class or home, as well as distracted individuals looking at their phone’s screens. Brady even described their commitment to riders by adding new bike racks in the exterior of the school as he added, “There is no excuse for students to have bicycles inside the public walkways.” If you do happen to get caught riding either listed vehicles on campus walkways

you will not get cited immediately, contrary to school myth. In most cases, the first offense would be a simple verbal warning. The second offense would leave you to answer to Judicial Student Affairs, and third offense would result in a hefty fine. Regardless, the school is not trying to defy its mission to be green because there are still many alternatives CSULA endorses. Case in point, the campus has recently improved the bus transit center for students dependent on the Metro and other local bus lines. So don’t forget to always ride safe and don’t ride on the inner campus walkways.

Final Guide to Success CAMPUS

Angeline Bernabe Contributer It’s that time of the quarter again as panic rises; students scramble for free scantrons and become even more sleep deprived than before. This, Golden Eagles, is the exact (if not similar) scenario of Finals Week. Before pandemonium strikes, spend this tenth week strategizing short and long term goals to reach your fullest potential! For those who aren’t aware, or are new to CSULA, our campus will be holding several study events during Finals Week for whoever needs the extra study time and a quiet place to turn to. Here’s a guide to all the facilities available during finals week! On Monday, December 2nd – 5th, the University-Student Union will be having Finals Sanctuary Stations in the Alhambra and Pasadena Rooms (on the third floor) from 11AM to 7PM.

At these Sanctuary Stations, A.S.I. will be providing a place for students to snooze if they need to catch up on sleep. Not sleepy? Come by and grab a cup of hot cocoa to go and stock up on free scantrons. In addition to the Finals Sanctuary Stations, the University-Student Union will also be hosting a De-Stress Study Fest on Tuesday, December 3rd-5th in the Los Angeles Rooms 308 B and C from 7-11:30PM. Put together by all of the A.S.I. college representatives, these De-Stress Study Fests are here to keep you motivated by providing you with a place to study as well as snacks and coffee. Taking a break from studying? No problem! Take this opportunity to meet your A.S.I. representatives and pick some information up. In addition to

snacks, A.S.I. will be handing out free goodies such as blue books and scantrons. For those of you living on campus, Housing will be holding “Crackin’ the books in PJs,” an Alt Study Space on Thursday, December 8th -12th in the Housing Phase II Lounge from 7-10PM. Just like the Finals Sanctuary Stations and the De-Stress Study Fests, A.S.I. is transforming the Phase II Housing Lounge into a space other than a dorm room setting to study. Brenda Cruz, a Residence Advisor working in Housing says that this study space in the Phase II Lounge will be “convenient for students to study.” Furthermore, good luck, stay confident, and don’t forget to take advantage of these resources during finals week, Golden Eagles! If all else fails, twerk it out (true story, my roommate did it).



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Dec. 2, 2013

Spanish Journalism Offered in Winter CAMPUS

Alicia Soto Contributer Cal State L.A counts with the presence of many students who are bilingual. In some cases, Spanish is their first language before learning to speak or write in English. However how does a student build confidence and practice if they want to pursue an education in a competitive field, where they want to emphasize their language of origin into a professional career? Also, how does a student deliver a quality work in a different language when their education and skills are mostly thought in the English language? Even though the questions and concerns are many, the department of Modern Languages of Cal State L.A is honored to offer a course like this. In Winter Quarter, 2014, it will give many journalism option students, the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of journalism in Spanish. This course titled SPAN 445 (Journalism in Spanish) is only offered every two years. Therefore, not many students are aware of the existence of this course, it continues to be open for students to register. Among the prerequisites for SPAN 445 is SPAN 300A/B (Advanced Composition and Grammar in


Spanish). Under certain circumstances, Professor Baler, who is the instructor of this course, is dismissing SPAN 300 A/B as a prerequisite.

In other words, Professor Baler made it clear that if the student level of Spanish is equivalent or superior to SPAN 300A/B, he is willing to exempt SPAN 300A/B as a student’s prerequisite into registering for SPAN 445. He mentioned, in order to excuse this prerequisite he encourages students to meet with him on a one on one meeting where he personally sees the students level of Spanish. Furthermore, Professor Baler affirmed his course SPAN 445 is in the process of having an agreement made among departments where SPAN 445 serves to satisfy a major requirement. The current number of students enrolled at the moment in SPAN 445 is seven, and eighteen seats are still available for students to register. Among some the objectives of Span 445 comes the theory and fundamentals of journalism in Spanish for students interested in achieving a career in TV, radio, newspaper, etc.. The continuation of SPAN 445 will be offered in spring of 2014 which will be titled SPAN 450. According to course description, SPAN 450 will challenge students in an academic

Professor Pablo Baler | Photo by Yzzy Gonzalez and professional level when assigned special projects, giving them hands-on training. Professor Baler has written several publications in Argentina. He’s also worked with Univision San Francisco, as a news writer and has done a number of projects, which have taken him to travel all around the world as a journal keeper. His experiences help those interested in journalism in Spanish and already has students feeling determined for both of his courses.

Reyna Hernandez, TVF major, stated, “I’m really excited, I can’t wait for the day I write an article in Spanish and see it printed or published in a website, I really hope all TV and Film students interested in one day been news reporters for prestigious networks in Spanish really take into consideration Balers courses as he has a lot of experience which is what we need.”

Masterpieces Made with Leftovers FOOD

Paige Miller Contributer Holidays seem like they fly by every year and before we know it, what’s left are leftovers and empty pockets. Thanksgiving is a day that allows us to give thanks to people that you normally don’t on a daily basis. Thanksgiving is a day to stop focusing on yourself, and be thankful for the things and people that are present in your life. Not only is Thanksgiving a day to give thanks, it’s also a day to eat.

“Freeze it, Fry it, Eat it” says culinary student, Paul Walsh. On Thanksgiving and after Thanksgiving, it is socially ok to splurge on fatty foods and dressing. However, what happens after turkey day? Being that a lot of college students are on a budget and known to eat Thanksgiving leftovers for days, sometimes weeks after. Yet, we fail to realize there is more we can do with turkey. It’s all about getting creative and thinking outside the box. Take your Thanksgiving leftovers and turn into

easy simple tasty masterpieces.

Turkey Soup is a famous dish that is often made after thanksgiving. It takes little, to no, preparation. Turkey Soup is easy and taste extraordinary with the right ingredients. If using turkey broth from your turkey, you can easy take turkey pieces and vegetables straight from your refrigerator to the soup. “Spark up your taste buds by adding mash potatoes to turkey soup, it will be the best soup ever” says Michael Chirello, a Food Network personality. This dish is easy for on-the-go college students because it provides a fast easy meal, for little to no cost. Not only does it cost nothing, you can splurge on this soup for days to come. Turkey




quick and easy meal that can be made straight from thanksgiving leftovers. By cutting up turkey pieces, adding cheese, maybe a side of guacamole and BOOM, there’s lunch in an instant. Instead of wasting time and money going to El Polo Loco to get a thrown together mediocre quesadilla, why not make your own? Wanting a sandwich? Take that thanksgiving turkey, get a bun and there you will have sandwiches for days. Switch it up by changing the bread and contents. Want something breakfast? Have a turkey and egg sandwich. Lunch? A Turkey avocado melt. For dinner, indulge in a turkey and bacon Panini. There are many things you can do with leftovers, so be creative!

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The “New” First Year Experience CAMPUS

Timmy Truong Contributer The Program started in 2008 under the name of “students learning in communities” and this year they have changed their name to The First Year Experience Program and broadened the ways in which they can help students. The First Year Experience Program is undergoing a refresh. Melvin Donalson the Faculty Director of First Year Experience explains that the program originally was, “established as a way of assisting freshman that are coming in to get through some of their developmental classes.” This year, Donalson says they have made some changes and states, in “order to enlarge the number of students of whom we work, we changed the name.” The New name of the program is First Year Experience (FYE).

Other than changing their name, the program modified what it offers. Not only are they helping students who are in need of remedial classes, they have started helping students who are at college level this year. According to Donalson, they supply “a variety of choices for them, through learning communities … but also various projects we set up to help with both the academic and social experience here at Cal State.” Although this program was focused on freshman that needed remedial classes before, it now opens the doors for many more students who need help this academic year. This year, the program has started assisting transfer students as well during the Fall Quarter of 2013.

They have been able to work with the departments of Liberal Studies and Business and Economics to put together paired courses in order to get students classes connected to their major. For freshmen, First Year Experience is working with 7 departments over four colleges. Donalson explained that for example, an English class could be paired with classes in Pan African Studies, Chicano studies, Liberal Studies, or Communications. This way of pairing classes allows students to be able to get more credits and be a part of a learning community. This community of FYE students will be sharing professors, tutors, advisors and will have a positive and encouraging environment through their

First Year Experience | Photo by Timmy Truong transition to college life at a CSULA. Imani Spears, third year bio chem student who works at FYE shared her experiences by saying, “It was very beneficial even after my first year, I kept coming back.” Spears said that even after her freshman year, FYE was able to advise her with other courses. Although FYE’s focus is to help students by placing them in learning communities, it is

also a resource for students with basic questions about college or the campus. To join the program, visit First Year Experience in The Center for Engaged Learning at Library North 1034 and ask to apply. Once you have applied, you can view their list of classes and they will help you get those classes or save a spot for you. They also provide mentoring and community engagement programs.

A Rising Community: Educational Escape from the Hood CAMPUS

Oliver Ordonez Contributer According to the National Center for Education Statistics, “African Americans and Latinos are more likely to attend high-poverty schools than Asian Americans and Caucasians.” On November 14th, The Chicana/o Latina/o Student Resource Center Program Coordinator for the Cross Cultural Center, Elba Pineda, facilitated a four person panel discussion that addressed the consequences of poor education: gangs and drugs. These individuals spoke at an open event that allowed students to ask questions that dealt with their decisions to further their education. The panelists were chosen to speak about their experiences growing up in poorly educated, gang infested communities. The panelists included Jorge Castillo, Maria Xochicale, Gus Dominguez, Hector Flores. All were able to share their stories to the students.

Although the panelists were able to answer any questions the students had about their experiences, they were instructed to respect their speakers, not asking any questions that dealt with what gang they were affiliated with, what illegal activity they were involved in, etc. Miss Pineda asked the four panelists multiple questions: where they grew up, what struggles they faced, when the turn around happened, etc. All of panelist replied to the question “where they grew up” with responses that were predominately minority, poorly educated, gang infested communities: Pico Rivera, South Central Los Angeles and San Gabriel. In most of these cities, high gang and drug related activity is the norm. The entire panel described these norms of drive by’s, drug trafficking, the constant gang tension, as well as gang affiliation. Three of the four panelist said they were in gangs, two of them experienced close friends dying due to gangs,

while one said she was the leader of a gang. Shockingly, one of the panelists told the students that he was at school parting from his friends to attend class when they jumped him into their gang. Another panelist said that gang life was the only way he could protect himself from bullies that were in gangs themselves. Although all four panelists went through trials and tribulations, they transcended themselves with the influences of older individuals. Maria Xochicale said that it was her vice principal who was always concerned about her schoolwork as well as her attendance. Xochicale’s vice principal’s caring personality allowed her to be more involved in school and think about a future in higher education. Jorge Castillo was influenced by a program at his high school campus that helped with filling out college applications, filling out FASFA, etc.

A lady who worked for his high school’s college center influenced Hector Flores. That lady helped Flores realize that he needed a contingency plan to his dream of becoming a professional baseball player. Ever since high school he has been very grateful for all her help. Flores was also influenced to go to college when questioned by his girlfriend at the time, “What college were you thinking of attending?” Most of the panelists are first generation Hispanic Americans to attend college in their families. Gus Dominguez who was undocumented at the time pushed himself to achieve his bachelors degree while dealing with financial struggles. Dominguez told the students that he hustled to help student immigrants alike by selling mangos on the street. “I was very good at selling mangos,” Dominguez said. With the combination of his peers and teachers who sympathized his situation,

Dominguez was able to graduate last year at CSULA and now he has a program that helps minorities who struggle with attending college. All of the panelists have their BA’s and exemplify transcendence. They continue to help their communities with their stories and involvement in organizations that assist minorities from the consequences of poor education. Without their dedication as well as others, who would tackle the issues of poor education? Flores said an influential Filipino man told him in Taglog “tayo ay magsama– sama at magkaisa sa ating madangal na layunin” which means, “as a people we raise together, as a people we fall together.” If you want to know when the next discussion on ethnic education takes place, contact the Cross Cultural Center.

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First Time Solo with Josh Hernandez CAMPUS

Oliver Ordonez Contributer It’s just a young man and his guitar on a chilly Tuesday night at the Forest Lounge Balcony. He starts to tune his guitar and ask the audience “How’s the hot chocolate?” Josh Hernandez, 20, was invited by an old friend to perform for CSI’s Unplugged edition at CSULA and attends Los Angeles Community College. He runs his thumb down the strings of his guitar. The audience was concerned with the cold night until the combination of Josh’s voice and guitar sounds filled their ears. Josh does not let the chilly night interrupt his performance as he begins to play an original song from his band, Sincerely, Dear Vienna’s debut album “City Lights.” He played his guitar for every song he sung. Most

of the songs he sung were original pieces from his album: “Lost in Your Presence,” “Into My Heart,” “City Lights,” “Dreams,” “Life Into a Scene,” etc. The audience seemed to like him enough to be out in the cold to listen to his mellow and soothing style. He interacted with the audience by flirting with the ladies and having everyone sing along to a cover song from Blink 182. From the crowd his parents and friends cheered him on. “I was extremely nervous during the performance, it was the good kind of nervous,” he said to me. Before the show started one of his friends said, “Close your eyes and pretend your singing to yourself in the mirror.” Hernandez did not come with a song list nor did he come with his band mates. “It was my first time performing without my band this year,


we had played shows together ending of September and all through October.” Hernandez wanted to try something new by going solo that night, and that’s exactly what he did. What the audience did not realize with the exception of his mother and friend was that his last song was improvised. “I forgot the lyrics to the song and started making up stuff.” There was something about Hernandez that glistened that night; whether it was his sharp haircut, his spiffy outfit or his easygoing persona. Hernandez started playing the guitar at the age of nine, while continuing his talent through his church. Josh said to me saying, “A family friend taught [him] once a week for about three months basic chords on the guitar. After that [he] pretty much started learning on [his] own. [He] started writing cheesy love songs and trying to sing at the

CSI Unplugged | Photo by Oliver Ordonez age of thirteen.” Although Hernandez has obvious talent, he is in pursuit to become a deputy sheriff. He wants to pursue law enforcement like his uncle who is a sheriff. No matter what career path he chooses to partake, he will express himself through music and believes that “God is the DJ,

life is the dance floor, love is the rhythm, and you are the music.” This was CSI’s last Unplugged performance of the quarter, but do not miss next quarter’s performers. If you are interested or know someone interested in performing original or cover music, contact the CSI.

Gift Giving Solutions ENTERTAINMENT Aaron Wilson Contributer

Christmas is coming fast and that means it’s just about time to start thinking about what you’re going to get for your significant other, family, and friends. This time of the year can be hard when considering what are you going to get your friends and family and how are you going to afford the gifts that you get for your friends and family. The day after thanksgiving known as “Black Friday” has

always been known as a good day to find deals on items that could be purchased for Christmas, but there are still some issues that you might run into while trying to take advantage of the black Friday sale. One issue could be that all the items that you wished to purchase on sale during black Friday could already be bought because someone else beat you to the item first. Another issue could be that even though the item is on sale, you can’t afford it. If finding out what to buy

and if it is actually in stock is bothering you, there are always alternatives to finding a good gift. One alternative is to buy gift cards. With gift cards, your options for presents to give are nearly unlimited. With gift cards, you can choose between wide varieties of gift cards for your loved ones. You could choose gift cards that cater specifically to that one person. Gift cards can also be used to take care of more than one person’s gift; for example, you could buy a restaurant gift card and use it as a gift for

a whole family. The convenience of using a gift card as a gift can also save you money and time by giving you the ability to use a credit card such as a target card, best buy card, or Macys card to buy gift cards as presents. Another idea for choosing a gift that would be cheap and easy to get is shopping in retail stores that offer winter accessories. Choosing winter accessories is a gift that is universal to all people when considering that the winter season is here and that everybody needs to put on more

clothes in order to stay warm for the upcoming season. Winter accessories would include gloves, beanies, hats, scarfs, boots, thick socks, and ear muffs. If you already have found your gift and you’re looking bags, boxes, wrapping paper, and gift wrapping accessories; you can always visit a 99cents and purchase all of things. With that, good luck with your holiday season finding the right gift and have a happy holiday!

Cyber Monday Tips and Tricks ENTERTAINMENT Timmy Truong Contributer

ey and grief.

Black Friday is over and done with, but you have not gotten your holiday shopping done yet? Cyber Monday is here to help! The Internet will be full of discounts and deals on anything from clothing to appliances.

Plan out what you need and have a budget. Looking through online ads and finding cool things for cheap is fun but you can easily get carried away buying unnecessary things. Think about what you really need and focus on those items.

With all these great things on sale for a cheaper price, you might just forget about how dangerous Internet shopping can be. Here are some tips and ticks to save you mon-

Shop only with reputable retailers. Before purchasing from a retailer find the address and phone number and call just to make sure if the retailer is real. If the prices sounds too

good to be true, it probably is. Do not risk buying from retailers who do not look legitimate, especially if they are selling an iPad 3 for five bucks. Research your products. Know about the product and the brand. Check out reviews from multiple sources like the review section of the website, or Yelp! Or Google. See what other people think about it. Use Social media. Use your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram to save you money. Follow and like your favorite brand

and retailers to find special deals and discounts. Also look through their social media pages to find deals they previously posted that might still be available. Return Policy. Just like when you move it into new building and you should find the emergency exits, you should also find out how to get out of a purchase. Find out the return or exchange policy of the retailers you are thinking about purchasing from. Check Coupon Sites. Web-

sites like can inform you on deals and you might also be able to find coupon codes to get discounts and free shipping. Don’t be too cheap Just because a laptop is 200 dollars does not mean you should buy it. Just like the saying goes “you get what you pay for” Don’t assume just because it is cheap it is because they are giving you a huge discount. You should research the products you are going to buy find out if the product is good for what you want to do with it.


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S.A.D. Holidays? HEALTH

David McMillan Volunteer Columnist There goes Thanksgiving (hope you’re enjoying the leftovers) and here comes Christmas. Did you get all your presents on Black Friday? Did you remember Grandma? Did you forget about New Years? A lot is about to happen in the next six weeks. Most of it will be fun, but all the festivities can come with a side of stress. Most of us view this stress as just another part of the holidays, but have you ever noticed that some people seem a little down when winter rolls around? It might just be one of those years, but if their drop in mood occurs every year around the same time, then they might qualify as having what is known as “seasonal affective disorder.” Seasonal affective disorder, known as SAD, is a psychological condition characterized by a relative short depressive episode that repeats itself annually around a certain time of the

year. Simply stated, SAD is an association between a season and a change in well-being, and it’s most commonly experience by women in the winter season (Roecklein 2005). Each person with SAD has a different experience, but someone with this condition will typically start feeling down around the end of fall or beginning of winter. This change in mood will continue until sometime around the beginning of spring, and then life will return back to normal and continue on. John Mayer alludes to this cycle in his song “St. Patrick’s Day” when he speaks about the importance of finding love between November and St. Patrick’s Day least the winter holidays stay “powder blue.” Research shows that between 1.4 to 9.7% of Americans suffer from SAD (Friedman 2007). Good news for us is that rates of SAD are well correlated to geographic location, with areas in sunnier climates exhibiting lower prevalence (e.g. Friedman shows that rate of SAD is lowest in

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Florida and highest in Alaska). Weather isn’t the only thing that can bring us down around the holidays. What’s actually happening with someone who has SAD? Danilenko and colleagues (2008) point out that the primary features associated with SAD include a lack of energy, hypersomnia (too much sleeping), overeating, and weight gain. There are a number of bodily changes that occur during the SAD season which are said to cause these symptoms. Most notably, these include changes in hormones associated with your “biological clock” (circadian rhythm) and chemicals in your brain (i.e. Serotonin and Melatonin) that are related to mood and sleep (Thorn 2011). Interestingly, the two number one risk factors for SAD are, like before, being female (ladies comprise 60-90% of all SAD cases) and living far from the equator (Roecklein 2005). Like most psychological conditions, it’s likely that many of us experience some degree of “subclinical” SAD

that goes unreported due to subjective and ambiguous diagnosis criterion. So what can we all do to combat that twinge of holiday doubt that can sometime invade the “happiest time of the year?” To combat the sleepiness, put down the cup of coffee and get outside. This is the time of year when the rest of the world is looking jealously at Southern California and wishing they weren’t scrapping the ice off their windshield…let’s take advantage of it. The sunlight can help to stabilize your circadian rhythms and melatonin levels (Murray 2005). While you’re outside, go ahead and do something physically active. SAD is associated with a lack of energy, so let physical activity increase your energy. Exercise has been shown to make us feel less fatigued (Ament 2009), and can even benefits the hormones that SAD negatively impacts (Atkinson 2007). But it’s not just your biochemistry that’s bettered by physical activity; it’s also your mood (that thing that SAD brings down). Re-

search suggests that 30 min of low to moderate intensity aerobic exercise is great at improving your mood (Reed 2006). Let physical activity and that good mood carry over into healthier eating. It’s been shown that participating in more physical activity leads to healthier food choices (Kelder 1994). Since SAD is associated with over-eating and weight gain, then the positive combination of physical activity and healthy food choices could go further than your waistline. Don’t get too caught up in the numbers though, chocolate too has also been scientifically proven to improve our mood (Parker 2006). So this holiday season I urge you to simply do something a little different, a little unusual, or a little adventurous, and include your friends and family. We’re social animals and I can think of nothing more cherished than memories of unexpected holiday cheer serendipitously brought forth by loved ones.

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CSGS Call for Proposals Student Research Stipend & Faculty Fellowship Contest

The Student Research Stipend Awards are available to students doing research in the area of genders and sexualities. CSULA students who would like to research issues concerning gender and sexuality—in the humanities, arts, performing arts, sciences, and social sciences— are invited to apply by submitting a small abstract of your work. Your submission can also be a previous paper you’ve written for a class, or that are currently working on.  A few selected student fellows will each receive a $500 stipend. Graduate students and upper-division undergraduates are eligible to apply. Application deadline is Friday December 6th by 5pm. Send abstracts of 250 words or less (and please inclue a title) to Dr. Benjamin Bateman, Director, at rbatema@ Please include at the top of your abstract your name, your contact information (email address), and your program of study. When you email your porposal, please place in the subject line your first and last name followed by “Paper Proposal.” Furthermore, there is also an open competition for two CSGS Faculty Research Fellowships and all CSULA faculty are eligible to apply. Although all topics concerning genders and sexualities are welcome, we are especially interested in research that explicitly takes up the study of genders and/or sexualities at the intersections of race, class, nation, belief, or other dimensions. Engaged scholarship that involves collaboration with community-based agencies and/or that yields community-relevant results is also especially welcome, as is scholarship that would lead to grant funding or that involves and/or impacts CSU students. Application deadline is Friday December 6th by 5pm. Please submit a hard copy of the applicaiton including a sighned cover sheet plus an electronic attatchment to: Dr. Benjamin Bateman Director, Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities Mailbox: College of Arts and Letters, MUS 228 Mailcode 8100-03   For more questions about both of these proposals, please contact the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities.

$750 Funding Opportunity for Undergraduate Students

The Office of Undergraduate Studies is pleased to announce the availability of funding awards for undergraduate students to support undergraduate research. The Undergraduate Student Engagement in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award is designed to encourage and assist CSULA undergraduate students who wish to incorporate research and other original work into their education. The award provides up to $750 of supplemental support for these activities, including the costs of RSCA and travel required for participation in RSCA activities. This project will target undergraduate students in disciplines other than science and engineering, although students from all disciplines will be eligible. Students are encouraged to secure the support of a faculty mentor to assist them in designing and overseeing the completion of the RSCA project. Eligibility Criteria 1.      Applicant must be enrolled in at least one quarter of the 2013-14 academic year. 2.      Applicant must submit an application with projected costs and outcomes, including a mechanism for verifying successful completion of the          project (i.e., what will be the end product and who will evaluate it?). 3.      Applications without the necessary attachments (listed below) will not be considered (i.e., Personal Information, Abstract, Statement of Purpose,          Faculty Sponsor, and Budget Request). 4.      A Letter of Recommendation specific to topic from the faculty sponsor is optional.   The application is available at  Applications must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Studies, either electronically to or in printed form.




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December 2-6



2PM Finals Frenzy

U-SU Plaza

3:30PM University Times Meeting King Hall C3098

7:30PM Jazz Combos Music Hall


week ten 4Thursday 3PM

Santa Claus Bingo The Pit, U-SU



Commercial Music Ensemble Moonlight Fitness Jazz OrchesState Playhouse Xtreme Fitness Basement, U-SU tra State Playhouse Happy Hour in The Pit Moonlight The Pit, U-SU Breakfast Disqualification Workshop Golden Eagle Ballroom Library Palmer Wing 1040A





3:15PM Choose to be Healthy

Student Health Center Room 210

7:30PM University Choir

U-SU Plaza StageState Playhouse


Places to study ! ! !



Application Deadline: The Eagle Men’s Experience Cross Cultural Centers, U-SU


Millennial Rock! U-SU Theater


-The Library will have extended hours Monday-Thursday: 8am-12midnight, Friday: 8am-10pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10am-10pm -Finals Sanctuary Station: Monday- Thursday come to the Alhambra and Pasadena Rooms for refreshments, scantrons, and some shuteye. -The De-Stress Study Fest: Come to the Los Angeles Rooms 308 BC from Tuesday- Thursday from 7pm-1:30pm for a quiet place to study, along with some refreshments, bluebooks, scantrons, pencils and highlighters. -”Crackin’ the Books in PJs” An Alternative Study Space: Thursday come to Housing Phase II Lounge and get away from studying in your dorm room, you can also get some refreshments, scantrons, and bluebooks .

Bio Goes Online CAMPUS

Cynthia De Leon Contributer This year CSULA decided to try something different with the G.E requirement of Biology. Before, students had to register for lecture and lab since they were two separate classes for a full course. This upsets students because the lab would interfere with other courses that students wanted to take and couldn’t. This year lecture are being offered seperatey from labs, with labs being online. It’s convenient for those students who are taking their upper division courses and have busy schedules. However, it became more complicated for some students. Erica Marie Rodriguez, 25, had mixed feelings about the labs being online. “I like the fact that the labs are online because it gives me extra time throughout my day to get other things done. However, I dislike it because I have no clue what I’m doing and whether or not I’m doing it right or wrong until it gets graded.”

The biology labs today do offer instructions, however having an instructor guiding you step-by-step is extremely helpful, especially when science is not your major or your strongest subject. Rodriguez adds, “If it were in an actual lab class, I would be able to ask questions and get a better understanding as to what the instructor is expecting and requiring me to do. Biology is not my major but I still don’t want to jeopardize my grade and with this new online system that may happen due to the fact that there will always be internet and software problems.” Rodriquez will be walking in the Spring Quarter and getting her degree in Science in Rehabilitation Services. Although the lab online has become convenient to students and professors who have a busy schedule outside of school, some student science requirements continue to be a challenging subject that requires extra time.

Fall week 10 - Issue 204.10  
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