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Hermanos Unidos Hosts "Men Can Stop Rape" Workshop



Angeline Bernabe Staff Reporter In honor of Sexual Awareness Month, CSULA’s student organization Hermanos Unidos is hosting a workshop titled, “Men Can Stop Rape” to educate the public about Sexual Assault, and how it can be prevented. Organized by Luis Dominguez, the workshop is designed to address that the responsibility doesn’t pertain only in the hands of females, but males as well. Dominguez, who began working on the project during the Summer of 2013, mentioned that he started to think about making the community aware of the issue after an act of assault affected someone close to him, which according to Dominguez “turned my world upside down.” Afterwards, Dominguez began doing research about what he could do to raise awareness. Through his research, Dominguez noticed that many of the

services and programs being offered were directed toward female protection, which heavily placed a responsibility on females to prevent sexual assault. With over 90 percent of sexual assault cases, males are the perpetrator; Dominguez found it baffling how there weren’t many programs that were being geared toward addressing how men are also responsible for failing to prevent sexual assault. Among the research he conducted, Dominguez came across a non-profit organization titled, “Men Can Stop Rape.” He contacted the Washington D.C. based group, shared his vision and goals to raise awareness of the responsibility that men have in regards to preventing sexual assault. Because the workshop will be presented at Cal State L.A., the organization has tailored the workshop to tackle how rape can be prevented in a

hook up culture. Dominguez mentioned, “Many college students are all about hooking up, we wanted to address alcohol as well.” Once an official “OK” was sent by the non-profit and administrators, Dominguez and the rest of the Hermanos Unidos organization fundraised and began reaching out. They reached to different programs on campus, departments, and event the surrounding community such as government officials for support. In January, Dominguez became in contact with Fred Smith, the director of the Cross Cultural Center, and began collaborating how the workshop could be benefit Sexual Awareness Month. With Smith’s help, the workshop will now coincide with the Cross Cultural Center’s “Take Back the Night” event and will raise awareness about sexual assault and how individuals could potentially “take back the night” in regards to

Photo by Yzzy Gonzalez individuals in society not being able to freely walk around at night due to the worrisome idea that harm can occur. Dominguez was touched by Smith’s involvement in helping make his vision come to life and stated, “Fred helped out tremendously. His level of support and involvement was more than expected.” In addition to the support from the Cross Cultural Centers, other programs and departments on board with the event include Public Safety, the Health Center, and more. In regards to the main purpose of the workshop, Dominguez stated, “I want to say this is a devastating crime. It’s not always obvious, but it’s there. I want people to be exposed to information, take initiative, and make a difference.” The workshop will occur after the “Take Back the Night Event” on April 10th, at 7PM at the University Student Union in the Los Angeles Room.

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Timmy Truong Managing Editor The “Early Start” program itself is in the early stages, but it’s making large strides to prepare students for college level courses in order to graduate on time. Early Start began in the year 2012 with the goal of assisting students who are not yet at college level math or English start the remediation process before their freshman year in college. According to a presentation given on March 26th by the CSU Board of Trustees, only 32% of college freshmen entering the CSU system in 1994 were ready for college level courses. In response to the low numbers, the CSU Board of Trustees set a goal to reach 90% proficiency by 2007. By 2007, the proficiency rate rose to 44%, a 12% increase within 11 years. With the help of the Early Start program, the percentage of students proficient in Math and English rose from 44% to 57% from 2007 to 2014, a 13 percent increase in 7 years. Although the percentage of students ready for college level courses has almost dou-

bled since 1994, it is still much lower than the CSU goal of 90% proficiency. With the addition of Early Start proving to be beneficial, plans are on the way for improvements to the Early Start program as well as new strategies to implement aid in increasing student proficiency. The next step for improvement is to identify which variation offered by Early Start is most beneficial to certain students, such as the one-day course, a 15-hour program, 3 to 5 unit developmental course, online version, or faceto-face courses. After learning which course caters better to different students, research will track the progress and success of students after their first year. Research will also analyze how many students complete their GEs (General Education courses) by the end of their first or second year, the median annual baccalaureate units earned, and the percentage of students who meet the 24 semester units or 36 quarter units that is required to be a full time student. After attaining this information and understanding how the Early Start program affects students, the Board of Trustees can de-

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cide on what steps need to be taken to improve the program.

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Trustee Steven M. Glazer praised the work and progress that is being done to support students in attaining proficiency but stated, “These are kids have been admitted into our system because they are in the top third of their class and they have completed course requirements that evidently has not prepared them in some very basic ways.” He expressed how he was confused how students are passing classes meant to prepare them for college but when tested, students are still below proficiency when entering as a freshman.

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In response to Glazer, Marsha Hirano-Nakanishi, Assistant Vice Chancellor mentioned that there are changes currently being made in middle schools to solidify students learning the basics in Math and English as well as more tests being implemented to verify students’ knowledge of the basics. The last step is meant to provide high school teachers with the right skills to help their students get ready for college level courses.

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Don't Get Shaken NEWS

Gerardo Amezquita Contributor In the last few weeks, a string of startling moderate-scaled earthquakes hit the greater Los Angeles area. When you live in California, it is no secret that we all expect “The Big One” to strike us at any moment’s notice. Therefore, it’s important to outline the proper steps on how to conduct yourself once an earthquake occurs. Under the protocols of Ready, a government organization that implements vital information for the survival and insurance of natural disasters, it is possible to decrease minimal risk just by being prepared with the proper information and materials. The levels of preparedness are divided into three sets: before, during, and after. Before any natural disaster has struck, there are elemental practices you can do to insure the safety of your family, friends, and yourself.

First, you should have a family plan of where to meet once an eco-tragedy happens because depending on the degree of the disaster, landlines may be down or other serious environmental damages may have occurred that would handicap your manner of connecting with your family. It is important to have an emergency kit at your home or trunk of your car supplied with nonperishable food, water, a flashlight, extra batteries, maps, medical goods, and more. During an earthquake the first response should be to drop, cover under a secure table and hold until the trembling has stopped. Once it has stopped, minimize your movements as much as possible and be wary of doorways, which are not the most stable part of the house, according to the Earthquake Country Alliance. You should stay inside and only go outside if it seems safe. If you are outside when the shaking starts, stop moving and wait until it is over. As it stops, you should avoid being

near any buildings, light posts, or anything that can fall onto you. The federal organization Ready has determined that most earthquake injuries occur from falling debris so be careful where you walk. After the earthquake has passed, be sure to not be alarmed by following aftershocks. You must act vigilantly throughout your movements. Be sure to help any individuals who were hurt during the disaster and extinguish any small fires you encounter. If possible, try to listen to the radio or news for any emergency updates. Since Los Angeles is in a coastal area we are at risk of a possible tsunami, so stay away from the beach. It is important to conduct yourself in a safe fashion, so safety first. Being prepared takes a small amount of effort that could benefit your survival. If you wish to take further information regarding natural disasters and how to better prepare, visit or

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B&E College Introduces "Fast Pitch" NEWS

Angeline Bernabe Staff Reporter The College of Business and Economics is hosting the third “Fast Pitch Competition” at CSULA on April 23rd, from 4 to 6PM in La Kretz Hall. The Dean of the College, James Goodrich, and visiting Professor and Director of the Entrepreneurship Center, Rob Carpenter, both presented and introduced the Fast Pitch Competition. This is a contest for all students at Cal State L.A. to participate and pitch one idea with the hopes of winning prize money to help launch their product or business. What the Fast Pitch Competition will provide students to do is to pitch their idea for two minutes in front of a panel of judges that consist of local investors and small business owners. Other universities have similar competitions but what makes Cal State L.A.’s Com-

petition unique is how quick the pitch is. For example, other competitions allow students to have powerpoint presentations along with their pitch, but Fast Pitch is about how well a pitch can be expressed in a short amount of time. Carpenter explained, “This is based on the articulation of vision. Can you make your audience see it (the product), feel it, taste it, touch it… all in the span of two minutes?” The stakes are high and prior to competition night, students will be able to work on their pitch ideas. The students work to present their single ideas to judges with a series of workshops that are available before the competition. Workshop speakers will include individuals who do have a business or product out, and past students. With this competition, Goodrich hopes it will “create a generation of entrepreneurial thinkers, not just businesses or small business owners.” Also in regards to the purpose of the competition, Goodrich

also mentioned, “Innovation and entrepreneurship is really a part of our society, but in our case, it’s an important part of our education,” and that entrepreneurship hopes to be relevant for all students to utilize across the university. The misconception that Goodrich and Carpenter focused on breaking away from was how the idea of technology has always been heavily attached to the entrepreneurship term. Carpenter and Goodrich explained that entrepreneurship isn’t just about technology; it’s only a small part of it. The Dean added, “Good ideas can come from anywhere which is why we’re encouraging students from everywhere [to join].” By placing an emphasis on how entrepreneurship is relevant and important for everyone to be aware of, the Business and Economics Dean also explained that as a department, they would also like to provide and connect students to educational offers and help their

Courtesy of College of Business and Economics pitch become successful. Going off of what Goodrich explained to be entrepreneurship as universal among all career disciplines, Carpenter added that because entrepreneurship “really teaches communication, critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving, and collaboration,” they hope to expand their college’s offerings as well based on student interest and how entrepreneurship can be applied to other disciplines besides Business and Economics.

Last year, the college had about sixty entrants who competed for a chance at first prize, and this year and expect to have more. This year, first prize is set at $1000, and second and third prizewinners will receive $500. If you have an idea for a product or business pitch or interested in joining the competition, the College of Business and Economics encourages you to sign up before the deadline, April 15th at www.

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Follow Through #2: Try Dim Sum COLUMN

Carol Venegas Copy Editor Like our previous column entry for Follow Through, this column entry is about my turn to complete my endless Bucket List. This column entry also features Downtown Los Angeles with a little more history. Being a lover of food, I am always trying to find out new things to try and eat around the greater Los Angeles. Since I live in a diverse city, there are many places that host a variety of dishes. Before, I had been in a strict diet because my stomach could not digest oily, greasy food and meat-based dishes. However, I have tried my best to wean myself onto meat and other tasty things like hamburgers and steak. I know this might sound extreme, but this comes from a person who once couldn’t eat bacon. Traveling around LA for food’s sake was a must on my Bucketlist and for my Spring Break. One day I can crave Mediterranean food in the morning and at night, I would want Italian gourmet dishes. Dim Sum had been one of the things I thought my taste buds would enjoy.

For Spring Break, I was done with cafes and sweet snacking, I wanted to taste something unique. It was worth going out and trying Dim Sum early Monday morning, LA has many small mom-and-pop shops that are underappreciated as well as renowned places that are on top of everyone’s list. I don’t know a lot about Dim Sum and my friend Kathy had tried it in a lovely restaurant in Chinatown with her folks. Though I attend CSULA, Kathy goes to CSULB. However, we don’t keep our distance to heart and since she caught wind about my Spring Break coming up and how I’ve never tried Dim Sum, she took me right away. Just to clarify, Dim Sum is actually small portion dishes, not tiny dumplings of meat or something similar like most people think. The restaurant we went to is located on Broadway Street in Chinatown and called the Golden Dragon. It was on Monday, March 24th when she took me to the Golden Dragon at 9 in the morning. The ride to Downtown LA was really calming, and as we entered the restaurant, the scene was anything but. The crowd of people and

bustling waiters and waitresses with carts all came mushed together. The building is wide and had a tall ceiling, but even with the large space the people filled up the area. The inside of the restaurant held an ancient Chinese décor and the dark wood etched with dragons felt mysterious. I expected Dim Sum to be a little more formal, like a sort of tradition like the Japanese tea ceremony. I was very surprised to see that Dim Sum was more familiar and family-oriented. This made me feel more at home and open to the food options waiting for me. As we sat down, many waitresses came up to us and asked us if we liked some food. Unlike a typical restaurant, you are not given a menu but the food is delivered in small portions in metal plates, all placed in carts pushed by waitresses. I was overwhelmed and didn’t know what to do, but not even five minutes passed by and my friend had taken metal plate after metal plate onto our round table. Mind you, the plates are about four inches in circumference. Before I realized, we had about fifteen or more plates on our table. Fortunately, most of the small dishes were shrimpbased and I was in shrimp

Courtesy of Noodle Chu Dim Sum Seafood House heaven. With my hot green tea on one side, my plate was soon filled with meatballs, veggies, buns, dumplings, and rolls. There were some that I didn’t even know the name, but it was bite size and tasted wonderful. I normally don’t venture out eating out of my comfort zone, but there was a duck dish that I thought tasted quite tasty. All in all, two college girls ate almost the entire table before we had a round of tasty pineapple egg buns, and I am not ashamed to say that I ate three. The ambiance of the hustle and bustle paved way for my friend and I to talk

amongst one another and feel cozy, despite feeling lost in a sea of food. When it came down to splitting the bill, I anticipated it to be $20 dollars or more. It turns out that my bill was about $12, including tip. On top of the food tasting great and the waiters very attentive, it was cheap! For me, it was a perfect way to start my Spring Break with money to spare. This Dim Sum at the Golden Dragon is only in the mornings to lunch time, so be prepared to head over as early as possible for the great food and less waiting time.


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BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) OPINION

Carol Venegas Copy Editor As everyone might have noticed, the LA area has been getting some pretty unusual weather lately. With all the sun, rain, winds, and earthquakes, it’s no wonder people are a little high strung. It’s only the beginning of the quarter but hopefully CSULA’s Golden Eagles aren’t too stressed. If you know someone who is or are yourself, however, what would relieve stress while on campus? The CSULA commuter campus is not widely seen as a relaxing place, unless you come prepared. Once in a blue moon, I see people sit on the grass on a lovely sunny day, with their lunch or relaxing with their headphones on. However, they sit on their sweaters or on their feet, which can hurt over time. Then I thought, why wouldn’t the campus have blankets ready for campus goers? Students, faculty and staff

alike, blankets for everyone sounds like a utopian’s perk. Sure, besides hygiene issues, sanitation bills and responsibilities aside, wouldn’t that be great? Anyone who goes to CSULA can go pick up a blanket free of charge and rent it for a certain amount of time. Depending on your break, you can sit and relax in front of the Confucius statue, or come play near the Music Hall. I think the grass in the quad area of the King Hall is the best and has the right amount of people, sun, and shade. If we had more blankets to spare, more people would share their time with one another instead of sitting on metal chairs that appear to disconnect students. Of course, over time people would take the blankets and never return them. Or might get food or drinks on them and possibly ruin the texture for further use. Who would buy the blankets and who

Home Sweet Dorm FEATURES

Yzzy Gonzalez Managing Editor When sophomore, Music major Joshua Perez started school at CSULA, he commuted from Montebello. This involved waking up early to beat the traffic and drive “on a good day, 15 to 20 minutes, and on a bad day, 45 to 50 minutes.â€? Now, Perez’s commute only takes a quick bound up a flight of stairs, one of the many perks when dorming in CSULA’s Housing Complex. Out of the approximately 20,000 students attending CSULA, around 900 students live on campus. It’s easy to spot the dorm students, the ones that climb the zigzag stairs to campus daily and carry metal cards as room keys. When asked where the current residents come from, Associate Director of Operations Betty Kennedy stated, “That depends on admissions‌ but there are a balance of out of state and local students.â€? Sophomore Television, Film and Media Major, Paul Eriksen understands the meaning of having the dorms as a home away from home, saying it “makes a community with other people.â€? Coming from Houston, Texas, Eriksen stated dorming helped acclimate him to the different types of people that lived in California, compared to the people in his home state. Eriksen is a resident of Phase II, the side of the Housing Complex with 8 person dorms. While he only has 6 other people living in his dorm currently, Eriksen said it’s hard because “everyone operates with a different rhythm.â€? On the other hand, Perez is a perfect example of a local student that chose to dorm. While many CSULA commuters commute from his hometown of Montebello, Perez decided to dorm, wanting independence as one of his

main reasons for moving out. He made only positive remarks about dorming, especially about the close proximity to campus. “Just knowing that resources are up a couple of stairs helps a lot. If I need to go to the library, instead of needing to drive, find parking, beat traffic, I can just go straight to the library or the computer lab.� CSULA Housing offers many amenities within its living facilities, such as taking care of water, electricity and cable. There are community-building programs offered by Residence Life Coordinators, a computer lab, and a Game Room for meetings and hangouts. To join those amenities, is a soon to be opened Dining Hall. Kennedy gave some information about the upcoming Dining Hall, which has been in progress for about a year and replaces the quad space that used to be in Phase II. Able to accommodate 250 people going in and out, the Dining Hall will be buffet style, with an ongoing menu cycle containing foods using local and fresh ingredients. The Dining Hall contains a state of the art kitchen where all the food will be prepped and made. Students will be able to eat at the Dining Hall with the purchase of the Housing’s Meal Plan, and once inside, are able to communicate with the chefs regarding what they want to eat. While it may only cater to a small amount of the CSULA population, Housing Services offers many resources for students to make the dorms feel like home, along with giving residents the freedom and responsibility they desire. If you are interested in dorming for the first time, the Housing Application is currently available online on the Housing website, univ/housing. For returning students, the Room Selection will happen in the coming weeks

Carol and her blanket| Photo by Yzzy Gonzalez would be responsible for taking care of the blanket-renting program? Although this would be an admirable act, there are a plethora of issues to tackle before even thinking about promoting this kind of program on campus. Who’s to say the campus should be responsible for trash loitering around the grass or if the blankets give people an allergic reaction? Perhaps, if everyone brought a blanket on certain days of the week, more time would be placed on talking and greeting one another. There would be more eye contact and less time staring

at the cell phone or ground. Here in the UT, we have our very own blanket we use for our indoor couch and had taken outside on a few occasions. Yzzy Gonzalez, one of our managing editors made it with love and green dinosaurs; therefore, it’s one of the best blankets in the world. What do the UT readers think? Would blankets benefit CSULA or make it worse? Who would help this program? Should we take this matter into the individual student’s hand and not the campus? Please tell us your opinion at!

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What are you looking forward to this Spring Quarter? “Spring Madness! I’m actually help plan it. What I know so far, it’s an event for the dorming residents, it’s at the end of the quarter and it’s just a big whole carnival.” -Shondrea Davis, freshman, Criminal Justice major “I’m looking forward to finishing my Bio and Physics series and getting into more Kin classes that I couldn’t get into.”

“This quarter I’m looking forward to the experience of working with students at the reading clinic, I’m a tutor there.”

-Darren Ly, junior, Kinesiology major

-Esmeralda Carranza, Masters Student in Education

“I’m looking forward to the career fair to see how many career opportunities await for me after graduation.” -Alex Resendez, transfer, Industrial Technology major

“To get as much classes out of the way as possible to go on vacation to Eritrea!” -Hermon Hagos, senior, Political Science

“I’m looking forward to getting my BA and enlisting in the Air Force.” -Fernando Trejo, 5th year, Political Science


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Por César Banderas Contribuyente Estudiantes de todo el mundo se enfrentan a diario con el estrés, y esto puede ser una pesadilla para muchos; pero ¿cuáles son los factores que ocasionan esto? El estrés suele presentarse ante la dificultad de lidiar con las presiones impuestas; en el caso de los estudiantes se trata de las fechas para entregar tareas o el trabajo que requiere preparar presentaciones para las clases.

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El estrés entre los estudiantes universitarios Quizás, sin algún nivel de estrés los estudiantes no tendrían la suficiente presión para terminar sus trabajos pendientes, pero también es cierto que, dependiendo de la persona, el estrés puede tener que ver con una tensión psicológica a corto plazo. Según estudios realizados por la Universidad de Georgia, algunas de las consecuencias del estrés suelen ser físicas, como por ejemplo, el dolor de cabeza. El estrés también pueden provocar problemas emocionales al causar miedo o tristeza; o problemas mentales

que pueden conducir a la ansiedad. El estrés se vuelve negativo cuando alguien no puede estar en un nivel de relajación y esto provoca consecuencias más severas. Los estudiantes pueden encontrarse en un estado que afecta su salud, su productividad e incluso sus relaciones. Cuando no podemos controlar el estrés, podemos sufrir de tensiones musculares, alta presión y cambios en el ritmo del corazón. Así que… a respirar profundo y relajarse!

Celebración Cultural para los estudiantes de español Noticias

Por Xanni ValentÍn Chavira Contribuyente

El próximo martes 15 de abril, se llevará a cabo una celebración para los estudiantes pertenecientes al departamento de español y para todos los interesados en esta materia. La reunión contará con música, poesía, entretenimiento e información del regreso de la AEE, es decir: la Asociación de Estudiantes de Español. Este evento se llevará a cabo en el edificio de la Unión Estudiantil (Student Union) en el salón “Los Angeles” (308A). Las puertas se mantendrán abiertas para el público de 4:00pm a 6:00pm. La celebración contará también con ligeros aperitivos y bebidas. Si desean participar o recibir más información, favor de contactarse con la Profesora Paola Marín del departamento de Lenguas y Literaturas Modernas.

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Three Spots to Enjoy FEATURES

Nurya Fuentes Contributor Do you want to live in a different era, like the 1950s? Ever wanted to go to a drivein movie theater? Good news for you because this still exists today. The Vineland Drive-in is open seven days a week and the gates are open at 6:30PM during the week and 6PM on the weekends. The prices at the Drive-in are not your typical movie theater pricing. General admission is nine dollars, five to eight year olds come in for three dollars and children under 5 years old are free of charge. The Vineland Drive-in’s general information is 443 N. Vineland Ave, City of Industry. What better way to sneak in snacks and a large box of pizza to enjoy the movies? For show times go to Do you want to relive your childhood? Stop by at Frank & Son’s, a place where vendors sell all kinds of collectibles. What kind of collectibles? You can find new and old


comic books, sports memorabilia, anime merchandise, movies, video games, board games, and trading cards. Do you have a family member that treasures collectibles? As soon as you enter those doors, you will begin to see why. Wait! There’s more! Frank & Son’s also offer celebrity signings. Frank & Son’s is free admission and free parking. They are open on Wednesdays at 3PM to 9PM and Saturdays at 9AM to 5PM. The general information is 19649 E. San Jose Ave, City of Industry. For more information, go to Are you in the mood for some soda pop? Why don’t you try Galco’s! Galco’s is a small business that features 500 flavors of soda. Not only does Galco’s sell soda pop, they also sell wine, deli sandwiches, mineral/sparkling water, candy, chips and beer. Are you curious what they have in store? Check out to see what they have in their stockpile. Gal-

Courtesy of co’s Old World Grocery is located at 5702 York Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90042, but they are open on Monday through Saturday from 9AM to 6:30PM and on Sunday

Sexual assault and domestic violence do not discriminate. These poisons find residence in any community and family, on the streets, and in homes. Join the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center at the annual Take Back the Night event, which encourages, empowers, and supports victims and survivors. The evening features arts and crafts, performances, and a solidarity march. Presented by the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, Cross Cultural Centers, University-Student Union, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) and student fees. For more information, or to request accommodations for a disability, please contact the Cross Cultural Centers at (323)343-5001. *Nominal parking fee for off-campus guests.

from 9AM to 4PM. Hopefully, these places are enjoyable as they sound. If you haven’t been to these places, why not give it a try? If you

have been, why not take your friends and family so they can enjoy it as well. Until next time, stay golden!w


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The Good Nature EP by Faulty Rotation -- Night Owls' New Favorite OPINION

Marrian Zhou Contributor If you are sitting in front of a laptop at 11PM with the company of a cup of hot tea, trying to brainstorm for some refreshing ideas but keep falling asleep like myself, chances are you must be craving for some good music to help. Lucky for me, my friend gave me a CD of Faulty Rotation’s newest EP, The Good Nature. To be honest with you, I’m usually not a Rock fan, but I decided to give Faulty Rotation a try anyways. The first song Planes starts off with an independent melody on the electronic guitar, then the bass, drums, and lastly vocals that are added gradually. The climax of the song is quite strong but it does not disturb your calmness. It then goes back to the vivid melody where the electronic guitar

plays repetitively. Nice and strong, yet never overwhelming, perfect for this kind of night. It’s like the feeling when your hot coffee runs down your throat smoothly, very warm and comfortable, but you can still feel the energy of caffeine spreading through your veins. As the second song Irrational starts, the beats and melody grow stronger and stronger, waking up your brain just enough to start thinking, but not enough to get you hyper and unable to fall asleep afterwards. I let the album keep streaming, and thoughts start to show up in my head eventually.Have you guys ever had zone-out images randomly appearing in your head while listening to music? My images are always scenarios. While The Good Nature keeps playing, I see myself standing on the rooftop of the highest building in a busy city, which

reminds me of the last scene in the movie, Warm Bodies. The sun rises and I could feel the sun beams shooting through my skin even though it’s midnight in reality. Close my eyes, I am now spiritually free. All three members of Faulty Rotation are music students at CSULA and they have performed at the Student Union Plaza before. Here is their short biography:Faulty Rotation is a core three piece band based in Alhambra, California. Making use of a wide range musical elements and influences, Faulty Rotation (formally known as Good Nature) creates a world of cutting edge, hard hitting, alternative rock music meant to stretch the imagination and emotions of all listeners. For two years as Good Nature, the band has done gigs around the greater Los Angeles area including headlining

Courtesy of Marrian Zhou gigs at the Terrace (Pasadena) The Guitar Merchant (Canoga Park) and on their home campus of CSULA. I’m very impressed by the uniqueness and originality of Faulty Rotation’s work. Anyone who is in the same scenario as I was that night in should try this album. I’m a night owl kind of person and I constantly need good music to keep me going. They surprisingly got me into the genre Atmospheric Rock and I highly recommend this EP to all of you. Wheth-

er you are commuting on the freeway or sipping your favorite latte and watching sunset with your friends, The Good Nature is always a good choice to get you in a comfy mood. Support our musicians and own the album so you can check out the rest of the songs. You can either get their album The Good Nature EP on or you can contact Faulty Rotation on Facebook to get a physical copy for only $5.

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The One and Only One-Piece Swim Suit FASHION

Roxana Hernandez Columnist After years of having the bikini take a stand as the hottest swim wear option, the onepiece swimsuit currently took back the title. Yes, showing skin can be sexy and it helps you tan fully, but if you think about it, bikinis can become pretty boring. When you pick up a one-piece suit, you have more fabric to work with like the freedom in design, and chances of having something different from another. Let’s face it ladies, staying in shape is harder than it looks and sometimes wearing shorts and a shirt at the pool party or at the beach can make us feel insecure as wearing a bikini. A wonderful option to feel confident, sexy, and trendy is wearing a one-piece swimsuit. It looks great on anyone and there are different styles to flatter each body. Here are a few tips to consider when picking out your one-piece swim suit.

If you are heavy on the top, it is always best to go with a halter neckline. It creates an illusion when having thicker straps on your top half, and helps with better support as well. For the pear shaped ladies it is best to try color blocking, adjustable straps, and fun patterns. If you have an hourglass figure, you have more options to work with when picking out a suit. You can play with the neckline and plain color look best on this figure. Flat-Chested Friends, if you want the illusion of a heavier top, fill out your frame by having ruffles at the top, embellishments that are larger, or more detail in the top half instead of the bottom half. Long torsos can be shaped curvier when using prints and motif’s, ruffles or embellishments in the bottom half. For my narrow hipped girl friends, the same goes to you. Focus on your bottom by looking for embellishment, ruffles, fullness, or prints on your lower half.

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University Times

Apr. 7, 2014


APRIL 7-13

week Two




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10AM Pop Up Coffee Shop 3:30M Coaching Corps PE 202

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Distinguished Lecture Trip; An Evening with Ron Howard Pasadena Civic Center

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