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Issue 206.6

President Covino Reflects Before Investiture


President William A. Covino speaks to the University Times|Timmy Truong


Angeline Bernabe Staff Reporter With events happening this week for President Covino’s Investiture, the University Times sat down with the former Cal State Fresno Provost to reflect on the past couple months since being appointed as Cal State LA’s President. From the inception of his position as Cal State LA President, William Covino has been working on a number of new projects such as working on the quarter to semester conversion and putting together a course schedule that will help students work on completing their degrees on time. President Covino discovered and stated, “We’re finding that students this year are taking more courses than they did in previous years because they’re available and for that reason, they should get to degree completion sooner than they would

otherwise.” So with the assistance of a course schedule system, work on degree completion and the conversion to semester system are just some of the plans set in store for the future during Covino Presidency. The theme of Investiture week is Engagement, Service, and the Public Good. When joined together, it represents the golden eagle community and what President Covino emphasizes daily. When asked what each of the elements meant to him, President Covino began by explaining that engagement means an interaction with others including people, ideas, and possibilities. In regards to service, President Covino illustrated the term going hand in hand with engagement. While engagement relates to interaction, President Covino explained that service is an act of giving,

which refers to actions done in the community or even on campus, in a classroom. President Covino indicated in an example , “There is a difference between the student who is engaged with the subject and the one who sits in the back of the room and doesn’t say anything,” meaning that if students are engaged in the subject matter being taught, then they are performing acts of service which will ultimately be a benefit for them. Finally, Covino defined the public good as a result of citizens who are engaged in performing acts of service. He presented, “If we have engaged citizens who are giving of themselves and who are open to each other and other points of view or open to diversity, then we are creating a climate that favors good decisions, good ideas, good feelings, and good results.” With his time at Cal State LA so far, President Covino

has become fond of his new golden eagle home. He commented, “I love it here! You know what’s great? It’s how many people love it here.” The President went on by saying, “When I’m out in the community, I am so surprised to have run into so many alumni of Cal State LA, I’ll just mention who I am, and they’ll say, that they’ve graduated from there…and it’s terrific to see the alumni out there are very excited.” President Covino will be present at all of the Investiture Week events and will be speaking at his investiture ceremony happening on Friday, May 9th, at 11AM in the Luckman Fine Arts Complex. Former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, is expected to present the Keynote address. As far as what Covino will be saying, he revealed, “You’ll just have to be there!”


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Presidential Investiture Congratulations to

William A. Covino

The Charter College of Education is delighted to join the campus community in investing Cal State LA’s seventh president on May 9th. We admire and respect President Covino’s dedication to ensuring the growth and success of CSULA. May he continue to be an inspiration to the entire community.

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas FEATURES

Yolanda Giron Contributor

Mothers Day is right around the corner and finding the ideal gift is not always easy. For those

of you struggling with what to get your mom, these next ideas might come in handy!

A few CSULA students shared some of their mother’s day gift ideas, along with a few reasons why expressing their love and appreciation is so important. Cynthia Palencia, a soon to be graduating Sociology major, said that this year she decided to get a little creative. Palencia explained that she usually has a hard time deciding on a gift because her mom, like many other mom’s, doesn’t provide her with much of an option. Palencia said, “It’s a very hard time because she’s the type of person that likes only one certain store and she has everything from that store, so you don’t know what to get from there.” That is why for this Mother’s Day Palencia decided to go for something more personal; a personalized picture frame including a special message of appreciation for her mom. Palencia explained that she finds these types of gifts to be more special, she said, “Usually we go with a gift card, but the thing with the gift card is that I don’t think it’s as creative.” Gift cards aren’t exactly the most creative gifts, but that doesn’t necessarily make them a bad gift. Getting your mom a gift card can be a great gift especially when you know what her favorite store is, plus this gives your mom an excuse to go shopping, if she likes doing that. Nicte Lara, a graduate student focusing in early childhood, said that this year she got her mother a Kitchen Aid, which she explained was a type of cake mixer. Lara said that she rarely has a hard time


deciding what to get her mom because she usually has a pretty good idea as about what she wants. Kitchen essentials can be expensive; pots, pans, kitchen electrics, all things mothers tend to use on a daily basis, so these kinds of gifts are a great option as well. If her pots and pans look a little burned or overused, chances are this gift will be very much appreciated. So what about the fellas? Any gift ideas? Taylor Stearly, a graduating Television and Film major, says that he usually decides to go for something a little more sweet, like chocolate! However, Stearly explained that this year he was thinking that an edible arrangement would be a better gift. Edible Arrangements are a great idea. There are an assortment of fruits that can include chocolate, along with other delicious sweets, and are shaped in the form of a flower bouquet. These are great especially for that mother with a sweet tooth. Another gentlemen, Leonel Martinez, a third year majoring in Social Work, finds that taking his mom out on a mother and son date is always a great bonding moment. Martinez explained that it is a lot easier than picking out a gift for her. He said, “Especially as a guy, I usually don’t have an idea, so I like to go pick her up, and take her out to wherever she wants to go.” Martinez also explained that Mother’s Day is special not just for his mom, but for him as well. He stated, “She cared for me, she raised me and I see it as a great way to give back, and its important because I love her and I care for her, I want to show her that I haven’t forgotten about her, because its not like I see her on a daily basis.” Taking your mom out, whether a restaurant, shopping, a spa day, or simply bonding with her is one of the best gifts (that and clean the house for her). Previously mentioned Cynthia Palencia also explained why she takes so much time and effort in picking out her mom’s perfect gift. She explained, “She’s my hero, the person I look up to, she deserves it, she works hard so I think its the perfect day to show her a little bit of my appreciation for her.” So when deciding what to get your mother this year, make sure to remember that it truly is the thought that counts.


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Cal State LA Speech and Debate Team Headed to the Cool-Off NEWS

Holland Smith Contributor The Cal State LA speech and debate team headed to Orange County on April 26th and 27th for the Cool-Off tournament at Saddleback Community College in Orange County. The competition is hosted as an introductory tournament that is only open for students who have never before competed. Ashley Givens, the coach at the tournament stated, “It’s a great way to get new people involved. They have never been to a tournament before, but they are only competing against other students who are also completely new to forensics.” Cal State LA had five students compete. Aubrey Magalang competed in prose.

Desiree Charles competed in poetry. Adrienne Lopez competed in a poetry piece about college students developing anxiety disorders, while Hannah Jacobsen competed in impromptu and had a poetry piece about younger generations reliance on technology, and Shanya Johnson competed in a prose. Out of the five students Lopez, Jacobson, and Johnson broke into finals. Adrienne received third place in poetry, Hannah was a finalist in impromptu and received fourth in poetry, and Shanya was a finalist in prose. Lopez, a senior at CSULA, reflected on her first tournament as she said, “I’ve never been to a tournament before. It was a learning experience. I loved seeing how supportive teams are. I also bonded with other people, it was great.”

When asked about breaking her piece to finals Lopez said, “I love poetry in general, it felt pretty good to break on my first try. I was super excited, surprised, and overwhelmed.” Tracy Ng and Pablo De La Hoya are two speech and debate students who competed at the tournament last year. This year they went back to the tournament as judges. Ng stated, “Our team did extremely well. It was their first time speaking and our school took third place overall.” De La Hoya added, “Going from competing to judging was fun, I realized how far I’ve come and the level I am now at. Going back was a surreal experience. It’s always nice seeing new people join the forensics activity. Every year more students join forensics and it is exciting because you know they are at the start of an amazing adventure.”



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Undressing The N-Word CAMPUS

Curtis Lopez Contributor On April 24, 2014, The Cross Cultural Center held a discussion called “Black Talk Presents: The Unification of Black Identity: What’s Up My N*!@%?” The discussion was about the use of the N-word, a word that is heavily used to insult people of Black and African-American culture, but is now being exploited on many forms of media, such as music, movies, and TV shows. Furthermore, many urban blacks are using to identify one another as a playful joke or to refer to a “friend.” Flyn Wilson, Communications Major, program coordinator at the Cross Cultural Center, and moderator of the event, felt the need to hold this discussion because her friends feel the need to use the word all the time. Wilson wanted to research the origins and awaken the awareness of the word.

The students who attended the discussion learned that the origin of the word comes from the term “negro,” to identify slaves as property. Slaves were even identified as “N-word, their first name.” They would be identified by the term first, rather than by their own first names. The students were then showed a montage of clips from comedians like Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, music videos by various rap artists including Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z and Kanye West, and shows like The Boondocks, that have all used the N-word and are accused of exploiting as well as encouraging others, especially urban black youths, to use it in their daily language. Of course the students laughed at this montage, but they had to understand what the word means to them personally. What feelings come their mind when they hear it? What does the term refer to? Some students, mainly blacks and African-Americans, stated that they are prone

to use the word around their other black friends and some of them have grown up listening to the word their whole life. They say, though, they do not allow people of other races to say the word, as that would be an insult to them. H. Lewis, author of the book, “Undressing the N-Word,” attended the discussion, having heard about the event on Twitter. He made an argument that this word would be used during the times of slavery to belittle those of black skin color. Many events including lynchings, burnings, and boiling blacks in hot oil would have spectators shout the N-word repeatedly. Lewis’ daughter also attended and she argued that if the African-American students who do use the N-word paid a visit to the Deep South of the United States, they would indeed be constantly heckled and called the N-word constantly by prejudiced white citizens. Then they would

think twice before saying the word ever again. “My community uses the word in abundance,” said Wilson. “Knowing the black culture, I wanted to know why


they use it if it came from a derogatory place. I hope what students get out of this is an awakening consciousness of the meaning of the word.”


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Students Assemble on May Day NEWS

Angeline Bernabe Staff Reporter Last Thursday on May 1st, students from several Cal State LA organizations arranged for students to assemble in front of the Bookstore in honor of May Day, or International Workers Day to advocate for seven demands. Those seven demands include making Ethnic Studies a requirement, establishing a Womyn’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Major and Department, establishing a Dream Center for Undocumented Students, repealing the Student Success Fee, saving Dolcini’s Cafe, ending the Criminalization of Students and Student Protests, and democratizing education. Organizations that were involved included the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA), Students For Quality Education, the California Student Union, and Surge. At 3:15PM, students involved began marching in a circle around the Golden Eagle Statue located in front of the bookstore and chanted, “Don’t just

watch us, come and join us!” to those who chose not to join. Among those who participated in the rally included Ex-A.S.I. President Hector Jacinto and Ex-Vice President of Administration Steven Urrutia, who helped get the students energized. In the midst of ASI elections, several individuals who are running for positions also joined in the rally. Shane Vera who is running for ASI President, Dean Truong, who is a candidate running for the position of Vice President of Administration, and Alina Carmona who is a candidate for the College of Natural and Social Science Representative position were all in attendance. The first destination the protestors marched to was the University Student Union. They targeted the Board of Directors meeting held on the third floor but had been turned away as the door closed on them. The crowd then exited the USU through the side of the building and made their way across the bridge connecting the USU and Golden Eagle

Building to the area in front of the Ballroom to assemble. Afterwards they made their way into the Auxiliary Services Office where they caught the attention of the employees in efforts to keep Dolcini’s on campus. The Dolcini’s Café, whose contract ends on May 31st, has become a favorite place to eat among students since opening 17 years ago. At the Auxiliary Services Office, Steven Urrutia said, “As students, we’re making a public statement as of today that we’re not in support of the contract expiring in Dolcini’s without our approval.” A student who was using a megaphone was almost arrested when the crowd made their way through the walkway between the bookstore and food court, but hid among the crowd who chanted, “Stop criminalizing students!” when officers approached him. The situation was resolved when the Professor of Latin American Studies, Beth Baker Cristales, was able to speak with campus police who said that the students took

a defensive stand when the police asked who was in charge of the rally. The crowd then trailed to Dolcini’s where former student employers made testimonies about how the café greatly left an impact on their college experience, and how there was no good explanation as to why Dolcini’s was closing. Dolcini’s closed for an hour that afternoon just for the event of the rally. The final endpoints of the march were the Financial Aid Office and President Covino’s office. Once at the Financial Aid Office, the crowd filled the small space of the office and chanted, “Si se puede!” in the efforts of establishing a dream center and repealing student success fees. Students coerced the Director of the Financial Aid Office, Tammy Nguyen, to come out of her office and address their demands. In a conversation that Urrutia moderated, he explained to Nguyen, “Tammy, we mobilize for a reason, we came as a group and use our voices for a reason. We knew


that if we came to you individually, you’d shut us down the way you always do.” Before Nguyen could respond to Urrutia’s remarks, the crowd began to disassemble out of the office and made their way to the eighth floor of the Admin building—President Covino’s Office. When they discovered that Covino was not there, they began hanging fliers with blue tape of the day’s event on his door and posters on the walls surrounding his office. Nancy Aragon, a member of FMLA, spoke once the posters were taped and said, “Students do have a voice, and we are noticing all the injustices on this campus.” She continued on by addressing the demands, “One demand shouldn’t mean that we’re segregated, but it means that we should come together more and be a bigger unity, intersect, because racism, classism, ableism, sexism, all these things intersect our lives.” When



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Eagle Con 2014: Back Again!


Alexandra Del Salto Contributor Ladies and gentlemen, dust off your capes, dig up your masks, and get

May 5, 2014 ready to dish out those super powers of yours. Eagle-Con is back, bringing together Indie comics, reuniting all you comic book connoisseurs and bringing out the superhero in you. The two-day event, participating in the celebration of Investiture week, will be all about the comics, superheroes, critical thinking, self-expression, collaboration, and getting an eagle eye view of this highly creative industry. Eagle-Con focuses on exploring issues of race, gender, orientation, identity, and representation in comic books while also celebrating the boundless imagination of artists and writers that turns “ordinary humans” into life-long devotees of the superhero/ine. The event will include panels from a plethora of awesome presenters, premiere screenings, a marketplace, and exhibit halls. Eagle-Con vendors attending the event include Art Directors Guild, Aspen Comics, Boom! Studios, Brandon Easton, Cinefex, Comic City, Geoffrey Thorne, Hannibal Tabu, MYTHKEEPER Nation, Robert Roach, and Top Cow Productions. The College of Arts and Letters and our Cal State LA student life are coming together to provide a place for all of us superheroes of different shapes, sizes, and hues to come together to explore, learn and grow. Guests of honor attending Eagle-Con include Michael and Denise Okuda, the power couple who are known for their extensive work with the Star Trek franchise, and CSULA Alumnus Rashidi

Harper, a highly regarded director and producer. Michael Okuda has been an award-winning designer, writer, and producer. Okuda designed the look of animated computer displays for the Enterprise-A bridge in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, worked as a scenic artist for Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1987, and famously known for his creation of the GUI used in the fictional LCARS computer system throughout the Enterprise-D and other Starfleet starships, known as “okudagrams”. His wife, Denise Okuda is an artist, writer, and producer as well. Mrs. Okuda has been famous for her work on Star Trek series “Voyager” and “Deep Space Nine” and feature film “Insurrection.” Together, they co-authored “The Star Trek Encyclopedia” and produced the remastered versions of Star Trek (1966) and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987). Rashidi Harper, whose versatility has deeply impacted music, film, and television, is known for capturing the essence of any character, fiction or non-fiction, through his raw aesthetic and subtle nuances that reflect the distinctive art of storytelling. Harper has worked with stars such as Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Timberlake, Earth, Wind, And Fire, and many more. Rashidi shot the documentary “Venus & Serena” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and is currently

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The College of Natural and Social Sciences congratulates

President William A. Covino, seventh president of Cal State LA on his investiture.

Anthropology  Asian and Asian-American Studies Biological Sciences  Chemistry & Biochemistry Chicano Studies  Geosciences and Environment History  Latin American Studies Mathematics  Natural Science Pan African Studies  Physics & Astronomy Political Science  Psychology  Sociology


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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Center for Engagement, Service, & the Public Good Sponsored by Grifols

10:00AM - Noon Career Center Lower Level

President Covino will launch a week-long celebration with the official opening of the Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good, reaffirming his commitment to creating a “university of place” that works in partnership with the Los Angeles region.

Student Festival Sponsored by Wells Fargo

1:40PM – 4:30PM

Live entertainment, games and food trucks from across the city! This event is open to everyone: students, faculty, staff and alumni. Students should bring campus IDs to receive free meal tickets and all other guests will pay a nominal fee for food. Everyone is encouraged to wear Cal State L.A. gear to show off school pride.

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Rosie Casals/Pancho Gonzalez Tennis Center Groundbreaking with Billie Jean King

10:00AM - Noon

The groundbreaking of the highly-anticipated Rosie Casals/Pancho Gonzalez Tennis Center marks the first major construction project for the Billie Jean King Sports Complex. Speakers will include President Covino, alumna Billie Jean King, tennis Hall-of-Famer Rosie Casals and Greg Gonzales, founder of the Pancho Gonzalez Youth Foundation. Join us for a special announcement about community youth programs.

The Academic Senate Distinguished Lecture on Engagement, Service, and the Public Good

Cal State L.A. Tennis Courts

1:30PM – 3:30PM

The Academic Senate is pleased to host Maria Elena Durazo for its inaugural Distinguished Lecture on Engagement, Service, and the Public Good. Durazo is the executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. A reception will follow the lecture.

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May 5, 2014 WEDNESDAY



Grand Opening of the Hydrogen Research Facility

10:00AM - 1:00PM

Part of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology (ECST), the new Hydrogen Facility at Cal State L.A. will be utilized for research, teaching and advancing clean transportation technologies, as well as dispensing fuel to hydrogen fuel cell vehicle users. Several exciting projects being developed by ECST faculty, staff and students will be on display at the grand opening.

Cal State L.A. Hydrogen Fueling Station

Naming of the Charon D’Aiello Sandoval and David Sandoval Student Services Center

4:00PM – 6:00PM

Charon and David are both Cal State L.A. alumni and retired employees. This event recognizes their service to Cal State L.A. and celebrates their generous support of Student Affairs, the Educational Opportunity Program and the Summer Bridge Program. The unveiling of new signage will be followed by music and light refreshments.

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Eagle-Con 2014 Sponsored by Art Directors Guild Eagle-Con is a two-day event that brings together indie comics, superheroes, critical thinking, and an insider’s view of this highly creative industry. Eagle-Con will explore issues of race, gender, orientation, identity and representation in comic books while also celebrating the boundless imagination of artists and writers that turns "ordinary" humans into lifelong devotees of the superhero/ine. Admittance for students is $5 for one day and $8 for both days. Guests are $10 for one day, $15 for both days. Purchase tickets online at

Day of the Educator The Day of the Educator recognizes Cal State L.A. Charter College of Education students, scholarship recipients, and outstanding local school district partners.

Thursday 1-6PM Friday 2–8 PM University-Student Union, 3rd Floor

Reception: 4:30PM – 5:00 PM Program: 5:00PM – 7:00 PM Golden Eagle Ballroom

Presidential Investiture FRIDAY


Keynote Address: Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

Reception Sponsored by Barnes & Noble

Ceremony: 11:00 AM The Luckman Fine Arts Complex Reception: 1:00 PM University-Student Union Plaza


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Eagle Con Cont. from pg 10 in pot production of his documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stillâ&#x20AC;? that chronicles music industry heavy-weights, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, preparing for their now legendary performance at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival where the much talked about Tupac Hologram made global news. Eagle-Con, sponsored by the Art

Directors Guild, is Thursday, May 8th from 1PM to 6PM, and Friday May 9th form 1PM to 8:15PM on the first and third stories of the Student Union. Admittance for students is $5 for one day and $8 for both days. Guests are $10 for one day, $15 for both days. Purchase tickets online at www.calstatela. edu/usu/eaglecon. For more information on the event, visit http://www.

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De trimestres a semestres Educación

Por Nataly García Contribuyente Ya es un hecho que para el otoño del 2016 la Universidad Estatal de los Ángeles entrará al sistema de los semestres, lo que significa que habrá muchos cambios. Esta conversión indica que el año solo tendrá dos semestres, los cuales consistirán de 15 semanas. Los beneficios que tendrá el estudiante en los semestres son los siguientes: el estudiante que quiera transferir sus créditos obtenidos en un colegio comunitario le será más fácil; los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de profundizar más en la materia; solo tendrán que inscribirse en los cursos, pagar las cuotas, y completar las tareas

Drinko De Mayo Historia Destacada

Por Israel Enrique Curiel Contribuyente ¿Por qué se celebra el 5 de mayo? Esa es la pregunta que muchos se hacen año tras año y claro, este año no es diferente. Mucha gente cree saber la razón. Mucha gente responde casi por instinto que es “para celebrar la batalla de Puebla”, refiriéndose a la victoria de México contra las fuerzas francesas en la famosa batalla de 1862. Aunque esa respuesta no esta alejada de la verdad, lo cierto es que la respuesta es un poco más complicada. En una entrevista hecha por el Huffington Post, el Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, profesor de la Universidad de California Los Ángeles, explica el origen de esta tradición. HayesBautista dice que mientras la Guerra Civil de los Estados Unidos estaba en pleno auge, y luego de un número de derrotas sufridas por la Unión del Norte, los latinos que vivían en estados cedidos por el Tratado de Guadalupe Hidalgo de 1848 (como California), temían tener un gobierno controlado por la Confederación del Sur, ya que la comunidad latina apoyaba la filosofía de Abraham Lincoln, la cual hablaba de libertad, democracia, e igualdad en oposición a la esclavitud, la supremacía blanca y la exclusión gubernamental. Mientras tanto, el 5 de Mayo de 1862, en la entrada de la ciudad de Puebla, la República mexicana, comandada por Ignacio Zaragoza, derrotaba

Exhumación de Cervantes

Crédito: a tropas expedicionarias francesas, las cuales se decía apoyarían a la Confederación tan pronto derrotaran al ejército mexicano para imponer su dictadura. Hay que tener en cuenta que el ejercito francés en ese entonces era considerado el mejor del mundo desde la batalla de Waterloo en 1815, reconocido también por conquistar Indochina y Argelia, e invicto por décadas—hasta enfrentar al ejército mexicano en Puebla. Bautista añade: “Ante la situación agobiante de la guerra civil y el estado desalentador de la Unión, la comunidad latina en este país vio esa victoria como un rayo de esperanza”, y desde ese entonces el Cinco de Mayo es celebrado en este país con un fervor que ni se compara con las conmemoraciones solemnes o los desfiles

Crédito: Por Linda Romero y Nataly García

administrativas dos veces al año, en vez de tres veces como en la actualidad. El estudiante pagará la misma cantidad para la inscripción anual y el año escolar ya no comenzará en setiembre sino en agosto y terminará en mayo. Sin embargo, las clases ya no contarán con cuatro unidades sino que ahora serán de tres unidades. La mayoría de los estudiantes tomarán cinco clases por semestre y se agregarán nuevos cursos para las clases de educación general. Así que, aquellos que todavía esten aquí en el 2016, prepárense porque estos son solo algunos de los muchos cambios que vendrán. Si quieren obtener información más completa visiten www.

informales celebrados en México. Hoy en día, el entusiasmo patriótico ha disminuido. De acuerdo a Bautista: “Con la ayuda y patrocinio de la industria del alcohol la cual ha promovido lo que ahora se conoce como ‘Drinko de Mayo’ el significado histórico se va perdiendo de generación en generación.” Celebremos este Cinco de Mayo, pero celebrémoslo en el contexto adecuado. No es una fiesta meramente mexicana, pero tampoco es una fiesta meramente estadounidense; es una fiesta que celebra el espíritu de esperanza dada por un evento que desafió toda lógica, resonó alrededor del mundo y fue incorporado naturalmente por un pueblo que se ha encontrado entre dos culturas.



Por Martha Orellana Contribuyente Un equipo de arqueólogos, forenses y operarios están listos para las excavaciones que iniciarán la búsqueda de los restos del escritor Miguel de Cervantes. Cervantes nos dejó una de las obras más estudiadas de la literatura universal. La novela El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha. Se cree que el escritor, que murió pobre en abril de 1616, fue enterrado en la iglesia del Convento de las Trinitarias Descalzas de San Idelfonso en Madrid. El antropólogo forense Francisco Etxeberría, dijo que el área de excavación fue marcada justo bajo el piso de la iglesia de este convento. Luis Avial, líder de la excavación, dijo en una conferencia que el geo-radar sólo puede indicar el área donde fue enterrado el escritor más no dónde están sus restos. Por lo tanto, indicó que el

trabajo será muy delicado tanto para los arqueólogos como para los forenses que tienen esta misión. Otro experto en el caso es el historiador Fernando de Pardo que estima los costos del proyecto en 100,000 euros; aproximadamente $138,000 dólares, también agregó que si los restos del escritor son identificados en este lugar, seguirán ahí, pero con una placa que lo identifique. El trabajo de la excavación es una misión complicada que durará meses porque parte del convento sigue habitado por monjas, mientras que otra parte, ha sido asignada como patrimonio cultural de Madrid desde 1921, afirmó Etxeberria. Miguel de Cervantes nació el 29 de septiembre de 1547 en Alcalá de Henares (Madrid). El escritor es considerado el padre de la novela moderna con su obra El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha que fue publicada en dos partes: la primera en 1605, y la segunda en 1615.


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A.S.I.'s Presidential and Executive Debate for 2014-2015 NEWS

Taylor Preza Contributor The Associated Students, Inc.’s final round of debates for the 2014-15 general election was held on Tuesday April 29th at 3PM in the Los Angeles Room C of the University Student Union. Debates were held between candidates running for President, Vice President for Administration, Vice President for Finance, Vice President for Academic Governance, and Secretary/Treasurer-Representative-At-Large. Each position was given around twenty to thirty minutes for discussion with a minute-long opening and closing statement for each candidate. CSULA student and former President Hector Jacinto posed a question to candidate Nicholas Carrillo, who is running for the Vice President for

Academic Governance. Jacinto posed, “I feel that you are working closely in doubling your stipend, the money are going to get paid, as a part of legislative affairs you are get paid 400 dollars, so this year you are going to double that amount by 800 dollars, and I feel that is a disservice for the students, …how can you work to increase your own paycheck in the same year?” Carrillo replied with how that was an incorrect statement and they are trying to restructure A.S.I. Carrillo stated, “What we are doing is we are converting the Legislative Affairs position into a Vice President position, and it is not even going to be taken in affect this year, so before you make incorrect statements, I would like for you to get all the facts, second of all, I’m not double dipping, in fact I’m doing my entire term unlike some people in this audience.” After the tension subsided, the

debate continued. A lively but friendly debate took place between presidential candidates Shane Vera, leading the “We are for the Students” slate and Luis Antezana, leading the “Golden Eagles for Progress” slate. Each received the chance to speak to the students answering any questions they had. Both candidates were asked to give a minute long opening statement. Antezana explained how he wants to recruit students to vote and get involved to make CSULA a student-centered campus. He also explained how his roles in A.S.I. as an Academic Senator and as Vice President for Academic Governance have allowed him to flourish the growth of student involvement on campus. Antezana stated, “I have recruited and fulfilled 120 committee positions, positions

where students were sharing the students’ voice…as President, I want to continue that.”

to fix that…this whole campus needs a customer service training.”

Opposing candidate Shane Vera explained how he wants to develop CSULA’s overall image by improving its first impression to future students. He works as an ambassador for the university where he goes around local high schools helping students to apply to CSULA. He explained how the application process for students is complicated and would like to change that.

Both candidates were asked about their stance on the need for a Womyn and Gender Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Major and the Ethnic Studies requirement. They were also asked to explain how they would ensure that our student/faculty academic senators and school board officials would hear the student’s voices in favor.

He also mentioned how CSULA’s customer service is also in need of attention in order to create a better impression for students. Vera stated, “I’m consistently doing damage control because the first image these students have of Cal State LA when they call any office on this campus is usually someone who’s rude and I’m trying

Antezana shared that he supports the WGSS Major. He spoke about how he is in favor due to seeing the struggles that his mother had went through. Antezana stated “when I look at my mom, she is the most hard working person in my life and she does not get paid what she deserves.” Antezana went on to say he has met with the academic senate chair and A.S.I. Debate Cont. on pg 21

May 5, 2014 A.S.I. Debate Cont. from pg 20 has been advocating for Women Studies and he has been fighting for the ethnic studies against some of the faculty who did not want it. “It is going to happen,” said Antezana Vera shared he supports the idea for a WGSS Major. He stated, “Cal State LA is very unique, we are one of the most diverse campuses in the nation. We are the future of this university and diversity is the future of this country.” He explained having WGSS is a necessity to this campus. He also shared how A.S.I. should have reached out to every student at CSULA surveying them of how they felt about the requirement for ethnic studies. Vera claimed, “We need to be the ones making the decisions, we need to be the ones relaying that to the academic senators, and we need to have the academic senators reaching out to the students.” When asked about what each would do with the space of Dolcini’s if it were removed, both had something in

University Times mind. Antezana said he sees it as an opportunity to create a student-centered café for the students and run by the students. He mentioned the café could be called “The Golden Eagle Café” and some profit can even go to organizations that support our campus.

fit from participating in clubs since the money will go back to help them. Buena stateed, “I am for it because clubs such as Golden Eagle TV and Golden Eagle Radio are clubs and they are there to have a great experience and they work with all the other clubs on campus.”

While Luis envisions a café, Vera suggested transforming the space into a student-centered store where food and CSULA gear can be sold or given away to students. He also suggested the space could even be turned into an office for A.S.I. where students can receive the information they need to help them.

Blas-Pedral said he supports the referendum because CSULA is a school that has one of the lowest fees out of the CSUs and the money will go back to the students. Finances can especially help to improve the spirit on campus. Blas-Pedral states, “It is just a couple more dollars that will be geared to motivating the students on campus which will be beneficial to the student community at Cal State LA.”

Besides the Presidential debate, students were highly engaged in the debate between the candidates running for Vice President for Finance. Candidates include Roger Buena, Saul Blas-Pedral, and Ernesto Covarrubias. All were asked whether or not they support the referendum for increasing the student fees that will go towards the student government. Buena shared how he supports the referendum. He mentioned how students can bene-

Covarrubias shared how he would only support the referendum, which is to increase the students’ fees, only if majority of the students at CSULA agree to. He states, “I do not believe in increasing student fees. My slate wants to make sure the students know what they are paying for, what are the services being offered, and what we can offer if we increase the funds to a different


Roger Buena & Saul Blas- Pedral | Taylor Preza amount.” Covarrubias argues he would rather focus on getting funding from sponsors and the connections we have on campus before looking at increasing the students’ fees. The debate continued with the other candidates for about three hours. Refreshments were served and students were engaged in the debates. This was the ASI final debate and voting will take place from

May 5th through the 7th online on your GET account. Election results will be announced on Thursday, May 8th at 4PM in the main walkway, adjacent to the bookstore, along with a mixer. Students can meet and mingle with the newly elected 2014-15 A.S.I. administration as well as enjoy some dessert and refreshments. Do not forget to vote to decide who should represent you!


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Follow Through #4: Go to a Dodger Game COLUMN

of two things: proud of being from LA, and loving Clayton Kershaw.

There are many things a multitude of people have in common listed on their bucket list: go bunjee jumping, watch a sunset, skydive, kiss under the rain.

Those two interests of mine brought my roommate Leslie Garibay to surprise me with a very early birthday gift—Dodger game tickets on Kershaw Bobblehead Night (Dodgers vs Phillies). The minute she told me I jumped up and down of excitement, and quickly I went on to check my calendar. Yes! I was free.

Roxana Hernandez Contributor

Angelinos have a set of their own as well: visit LACMA, walk down the Hollywood walk of fame, hike to Hollywood sign, learn how to surf, GO TO A DODGER GAME. By now, I’m sure you know which one I crossed off my list. I finally went to my first Dodger game EVER! It’s actually a little embarrassing. As an LA resident I feel like I should have done this a long time ago, and it was a wonderful experience. It was everything I was hoping for. I’m not a huge fan of major league baseball, in fact soccer is my preferred sport to watch, enjoy, and live through, but baseball doesn’t fall behind. I may not know all the rules, all the scores, and all the players in the MLB, but I am sure

When the day finally came, April 24th, my friends Leslie Garibay and Amy Gonzalez came along to enjoy the game. Unfortunately, Leslie’s car had broken down weeks ago, and Amy had no car…and I didn’t either. I took action and called a Taxi Cab to pick us up at 5:15pm—but the Taxi never showed up. We resorted to our last card. My other roommate Esther gladly took us near the stadium. I say near, because we had to walk up a dirt hill (in sandals), to get to the Stadium. After blisters and a round with the heat, we arrived at the stadium. I couldn’t believe I was finally there. We

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found our seats and the view was amazing. We didn’t get box seats, but I seemed to find beauty in every little thing— even the seats. It was a nice cool day after the sun started to set, and to my surprise, the hosts presented Schmit (the character, not the actor) from the show New Girl as the first pitch. I acted like a total girl, and attentively watched his perfect pitch. When “Schmit” sat down, a contestant from American Idol sang the National Anthem beautifully. I’m not going to give you a recap on all the plays of the game, but the first half was quite exciting after Uribe and Gonzalez hit homeruns. I think the best part of the experience was definitely being a part of

something so proud and so enthusiastic. The stadium was of course filled with Dodger fans, and only a very rare few Phillies fans around. The blue all round, the passion of the fans, I could smell the excitement. In the end, Philadelphia won the game 7-3 against Los Angeles Dodgers. It was a bummer knowing that my first game the Dodgers lost, but the feeling of being a part of something so huge made that feeling go away very quickly. You leave the stadium wanting to come back soon. I plan to return back to the stadium soon, and for now, I have crossed one more item off my bucket list.

May Cont from Pg 9 hoped was accomplished that afternoon, Aragon responded, “Kind of just the stir of peoples lives, hopefully. Students come here everyday and don’t really think about the social injustices on campus.” After the rally, members encouraged others to go downtown and participate more in the May Day events taking place. Once the small space of the eighth floor of the Admin Building was cleared, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Anthony Ross, took down posters that were hung in blue tape, explained that they were posted illegally. Although CSULA Police and CSULA’s Eagle Patrol showed up, no arrests were made. Students hope that they moved forward with the efforts of the rally to have their demands heard.

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