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California State University, Dominguez Hills
NOVEMBER 6, 2019 • VOL. 23, NO. 5
Is Student Hub a Success? Opinion divided over new set up By ROBERT RIOS and DAYZSHA LINO Staff Reporters Student confidentiality breached. No doors for privacy. Items stolen. Shoddy furniture. Greater networking. Shared resources. Potential for more collaboration and partnerships. Ten weeks into its first full semester, the new Student Success Hub on the third and fourth floors of the north library, certainly elicits strong opinions. The hub, described by one worker as a hybrid between the no-wall or low-wall open office concept that theoretically spurs collaboration, and a “cubicle farm,” houses about 15 organizations serving mainly students. Most were relocated to the library beginning last May after the demolition of the Small Business Complex. So many student organizations in such close proximity has positives and negatives. “I think it is successful in the ways of being able to collaborate and partner with different departments on this floor,” said Morgan Kirk, Basic Needs Coordinator. “Based off of what we do in the Basic Needs Program... [See Hub, page 3]
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Ceremonial dancers, ofrendas, or altars, food and other festivities were part of Tuesday’s annual Dia de los Muertos event.
Will record enrollment translate into higher graduation totals? By DESTINY TORRES Staff Writer The official numbers are in and the number of students enrolled this semester tops 17,000 for the first time in California State University, Dominguez Hills history. Actually, the numbers
have been in since Sept. 23, the day of the official student census at CSUDH. But that doesn’t change the number: 17,027, 1,286 more than last fall. The short-term impact of that enrollment spike is easy to gauge: less parking; more bodies on campus. The long-
term impact is more difficult, particularly in arguably the most important aspect of these students’ collegiate lives: graduation Whether greater enrollment means those students will graduate is what the university is grappling with and why it’s identifying
those courses with high failure rates and attempting to focus on how to engage with students to help them succeed in those classes. During a presentation at the Academic Senate meeting on Oct 23, [See Enrollment, page 3]
Left on the Dock Veteran’s Day links generations in this family By JORDAN DARLING Editor-in-Chief
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Michael Darling holds his two year old son Joseph.
The breeze that came off of the water carried a slight chill, that swept over the small group meandering in the parking lot of the McDonald’s next to the naval pier. Street lights let off a glow
that illuminated the teary faces of the family preparing to say ‘see you later’ one last time before the start of another deployment. Michael Darling, a compact man with graying hair and black wire bifocals, hugged his son, a tall muscular young man at 6 feet 2 inches clad in
the cami’s that marked him as a United States Marine. Darling’s Adams apple bobbed as he choked back tears and gave his son a forced smile. His oldest child was ready to leave on his first deployment and march into a [See Dock, page 3]
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How I learned to Love (well, tolerate) the Bus By ROBERT RIOS News Editor I ride the bus to school every day. I am a 23-year-old grown-ass man three semesters away from earning my bachelor’s degree. And I ride the bus to school every day And before you chime in, let me just say: I’ve heard it all before. “What, you mean the short bus?” “You get a DUI?” “Wow, your life really sucks.” Sure, I’d rather not spend two hours in a mobile orange box riding through nine cities just to get to campus. But my living arrangement—six grown people with two cars between them—makes getting to work to pay rent more important than me getting to school to learn the skills so I’ll never have to ride the bus again. Yes, riding the bus can be overwhelming at first, since the only thing predictable about Los Angeles-area buses is their unpredictability. Buses run late. They break down. And you never quite know who your fellow bus riders will be, or what planet they think they’re on. But there are perks. I’m a whiz at navigating the freeways, well, the ones between El Monte and Carson, at any rate. And every one of those unpredictable things I mentioned? They’ve also forced me to think on my feet, to trust my instincts, to go with the flow, and to keep calm and carry on. But my favorite thing about taking the bus is not having to deal with parking. Not just the aggravation of waiting for a miracle parking spot to open but the expense.
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This is what our reporter’s view is four times a day on Metro Bus Route 130.
Instead of paying $155 this semester (hey freshmen: in two years it’s going to be $200!) I can buy a monthly student Metro pass for $22 if I buy it at school. Add the money for the pass and the gas, and I can afford a couple more textbooks that probably aren’t necessary. It’s also forced me to plan. As a fellow bus commuter, Mahed Hassdn, a transfer student studying microbiology, says “You need to be efficient on how to pay for the bus and I feel the school and transportation could be better. Another thing is untimeliness; you have to plan ahead of time to catch the bus. For me, I have class at 12 so I get on at 10.”
Add up the time I spend either waiting or on the bus and it comes to about 16 hours a week. That’s a lot of time, but I’m also able to read, study and observe an endless variety of people. I have seen so many different incidents that I do not know where to begin. I have seen people pass out due to the heat, an old man swing his cane at a baby, and some guy took out a knife because a homeless dude was staring at him. But I’ve also seen people help out those who don’t have the exact fare or give up their seat to someone who obviously needs it more than they do and other little acts of kindness that I would never have seen on the freeway. And I think I’ve learned
something about myself and other students who have to ride the bus: we want an education so badly that we persist to the best of our ability and charge on. And that’s what I’d like to tell anyone who thinks that the time riding the bus and the aggravation works against getting an education. I’d argue that it has taught me many things, like patience, dedication and humility. It’s also taught me that the bus waits for no one. Even at 8 p.m, when the driver slams the door in your face for no reason and drives away leaving you on some random street in Bellflower. Yes, I did have a mental break down that night. Did I mention it was Bellflower?
Will Gina Rodriguez Ever Shut the Hell Up? By ROBIN RENAY BOLTON Co-Opinion Editor Every single time I’ve seen Gina Rodriguez trending on social media, my first thought is, “Oh God. What did she say now?” I let out a literal moan and groan because she’s never trending for anything good, which is unfortunate because I loved her role on the CW’s “Jane the Virgin.” Rodriguez has a history of putting her foot in her mouth and completely missing the point when it comes to conversations about race. For this
reason, I wasn’t completely shocked to find out she was trending because she recorded herself saying the n-word as she sang along to a rap song. There’s been a long-standing debate about who can and cannot use the n-word. If you’re white, don’t think about it. If you’re Black, it’s up to you. Other people of color… that’s debatable. It’s a debate that I’m not going to get into because I’ll be here all day but I will admit I feel some type of way when I hear people who are not Black, use the n-word. Simply put, I think the n-word
was something extremely negative and Black people flipped it into slang within our community and I don’t like when others use it because I don’t think they truly understand the evolution of the n-word. Rodriguez singing the n-word probably would not have been as bad as it was if she didn’t have a history of minimizing black people in Hollywood in the name of equality. When “Black Panther”, the first superhero film to feature a black leading cast was announced, Rodriguez tweeted, “Marvel and DC are killing it
in inclusion and women but where are the Latinos?! Asking for a friend...” Instead of praising “Black Panther” for its historic casting, she chose to make this moment about the perceived lack of Latinos in superhero movies, which isn’t completely true. Anthony Peña, Tessa Thompson, and Zoe Saldana are Latinos who have roles in Marvel movies. Rodriguez is correct about there not being a predominantly Latino-casted superhero movie, but let’s
People Behind the Veterans Monday is Veteran’s day, a day that began as a celebration of the end of World War I but over the years morphed into a national holiday that honors all those men and women, past and present, who have served in the U.S. Military. That includes the approximately 150 CSUDH students who identify as military veterans and utilize services at the CSUDH Veteran’s Resource Center, one of 22 CSU campuses in the system that have such a center. But at CSUDH, the term military-connected is preferred to a veteran, as the center is utilized by not only those veterans but 200 dependents, usually a spouse or child of a veteran. And that is what we’d like to point out in this editorial: that regardless of one’s subjective opinion about war, or an “America-right-or-wrong, love-it-or-leave it” mentality, or if you have serious concerns about American hegemony, the military-industrial complex and the glorification of violence, that on Veteran’s Day it is the people who served and sacrificed--and who serve and sacrifice--and their families who should be the focus, not the “rightness” or “wrongness” of the conflict. The reasons why people volunteer for the military are varied: some may feel a duty to their country; some may be looking for a direction in life; others for adventure or glory or to learn a skill or want structure and discipline. But regardless of why they enlisted, every one of them benefits from the government programs offered to all enlisted men and women. The first such program was the 1944 Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, also known as [See Editorial, page 8]
CLARIFICATION Due to an editing error in the Oct. 10 issue of the Bulletin, the impression was given that obscenity is protected expression under the First Amendment. It is not. Obscenity was included in the piece as an example of the kind of expression that is not protected. The Bulletin regrets the error.
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STAFF BOX EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jordan Darling MANAGING EDITOR Yeymy Garcia NEWS EDITOR Robert Rios SPORTS EDITOR Jeremy Gonzalez
ASST. SPORTS EDITOR Jessica Olvera CO-OPINION EDITORS Robin Renay Bolton Destiny Jackson CO-LIFESTYLE EDITORS Monique Davis Jasmine Nguyen
PHOTO EDITOR Nova Blanco-Rico COPY EDITOR Andrew Baumgartner LAYOUT MANAGER Lindsey Ball WEBMASTER William Odom
REPORTERS Matthew Alford Yesenia Flores Elicia Gallardo Lavielle Hibbert Dayzsha Lino Malena Lopez Angelica Mozol
Iracema Navarro Jaclyn Okwumabua Violeta Rocha Destiny Torres AD MANAGER Andrew Baumgarnter ADVISER Joel Beers
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ENROLLMENT From page 1 Dr. Maruth Figueroa, interim associate VP for Retention, Academic Advising, and Learning, discussed how the university is trying to ensure the success of these students. “With a larger class, we have more students that are potentially at-risk,” Figueroa said. CSUDH was next to last in four-year graduation rates in the last figures released by the CSU that listed graduation data by campus. That 2018 data showed CSUDH’s four-year rate of 11.6 percent was higher than only Cal State Los Angeles’ 9.6 percent, and its six-year rate of 45 percent was higher than only Cal State Bakersfield’s 42.1 percent. To meet its goal of improving its four-year graduation rate to 30 percent by 2035, first and second-year retainment is a critical component. Although CSUDH is above the national average when it comes to the number of students returning after their first year, here is still work to be done to ensure all students receive equal opportunities and reach completion. “These students are here ... and it is our responsibility to support them,” Figueroa said. “Not only ensuring that they have a positive [experience[ and are progressing in their educational journey here while they’re with us, but also success beyond Dominguez Hills.” Alana Olschwang, the Associate VP of University Effectiveness, Planning, and Analytics, discussed how Dominguez Hills can increase student completion. “The number one most significant factor in helping us to increase student completion really sits on our [D, F, Withdraw] rates,” Olschwang said. A DFW rate is the number of students who finished with a D grade, F grade, or Withdrawal from a course. According to Olschwang, if a student gets two or more D’s, F’s or W’s in their first year, they are much less likely to complete college. In Fall 2017, 69 percent of Dominguez Hills students had at least one DFW in their first year. In Fall 2018, that number went up to 76 percent. To improve on this, directors of the advisement center will conduct assessments to reflect on current practices and what is working. “The campus is re-implementing the Toro Success Collaborative to bring more advanced communication tools to advisors, early alert systems, as well as predictive analytics to reach out to students who may need additional support,” Olschwang said.
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Saving One Tooth at a Time By VIOLETA ROCHA Staff Reporter Is dental care considered a luxury in the United States? The prices are outrageous and to make it more agonizing, dental care is not covered by health insurance, while other countries like Canada, Austria, and Mexico have determined to make dental care affordable and accessible. Thankfully, CSUDH is providing dental care to students by launching dentistry on campus. The CSUDH Student Health and Psychological Services partnered up with Smile Community Clinic, a nonprof-
it organization, to be able to provide students with dental services on campus. The services include primary dental care: Diagnostic X-Rays, Examinations, General Cleaning, and Fluoride, known as the cavity fighter, which is a mineral that prevents the teeth from decaying. Prices range from $10 to $25, all of which are affordable, accessible, and convenient for students. Program Director of Smile Community Clinic Francisco Velez, enjoys working with Dr. Veta, who started the Smile Community Clinic nonprofit organization. Her children inspired her to give back to her community and got her
to start at preschools, middle schools, and now partnering up with CSUDH in providing students with accessible and affordable dental care. “Working with CSUDH to make it easier for the students so they won’t leave campus to get the basics procedures, x-rays will be [coming soon], examinations, general cleaning, and fluoride. We have grants available for students who don’t have dental insurance and have reduced prices,” Francisco Velez said. Oral health is not just about having nice polished teeth. Dental and oral care is just as critical to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Taking
an active role and practicing good oral hygiene plays a crucial component in overall health. “It’s important to help students with the prevention, not using their insurance, regular checkups, and regular cleanings can lead to other diseases in the body, such as heart disease resulting in plaque ending up in their gums can affect their heart,” Lissete Chavez, a psychology major said. “It’s a prevention for their dental and overall health.” For more information to schedule an appointment, you can contact 310.293.2009 or you can visit CSUDH Student Health Center on Mondays.
HUB From page 1 if I’m working with those students or connecting them with different departments on this floor, it makes it so much easier to refer them.” However, Megan Adams, the director of the Women’s Resource Center, said the hub’s layout, specifically no doors and low walls, works against organizations that deal with students having “sensitive issues,” or “marginalized populations,” because getting the privacy needed to have open, frank discussions to “provide them the kind of services and support that they need is incredibly difficult.” Difficult and maybe even a violation of their student rights. “I feel like we are jeopardizing students’ privacy. We are not protecting student’s confidentiality,” said Jorge Padilla, an academic adviser for the Educational Opportunity Program. “In order for us to do our jobs appropriately, we need walls and doors [for private interactions with students] and that’s not being met which is unfair to the students. I have several students hold their tears in until the end of the session and leave
DOCK From page 1 war zone. Cpl. Joseph Darling straightened up and gave his dad a weak smile then hugged his mom and sisters and took his wife’s hand and walked to the gate leading to the U.S.S. Anchorage for a private goodbye-- the ship carried the same name as the aircraft carrier that his father boarded 30 years to the day on his first deployment at the age of 19. Collectively this was the 12th deployment experienced by the Darling family in the past 30 years--the first that I have personally experienced, being Cpl. Darling’s younger
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The short walls and no doors on the cubicles do not make privacy a premium in the Student Success Hub.
in tears. It’s heartbreaking.” Representatives of organizations that work with marginalized students, such as the homeless or food insecure, are also uncomfortable with having conversations possibly overheard, as it might mean students are reticent to share or even reach out in the first place. “I do a lot of advocacy work with my students, so if I have to call the county, meaning a social worker, I don’t want to loudly say some information,” said Carolyn Tinoco, CalFresh Food Coor-
dinator. For example, providing a case number or a student social security number over the phone that was overhead could also jeopardize student privacy. Other workers mentioned missing items from desks, such as stuffed animals and Comic-Con figurines, drawers that either have no keys or keys that are so cheap they routinely bend when locking, and underutilized space such as a student lounge on the fourth floor that has outlets in the ground but nothing
else. The Women’s Resource Center Director Megan Adams cautions people to remember that nothing is set in stone. “It’s been a difficult transition moving over to the Student Success Hub, and there have been a lot of challenges including lost space and privacy,” she said. “But I’m excited that the administration is taking it seriously and working with consultants and stakeholders to identify short term and long term solutions.”
sister. In a family that is born and bred military, the words “Duty First” are as common as “I love you..” Darling remembered standing on the deck choking back his own tears as he smiled at his family standing down on the pier waving their goodbyes. “Darling it is okay to cry, we all do,” Chief Solomuli, his commanding officer said in a thick accent. Darling joined the United States Navy in 1989 and followed through with a 20-year career before leaving the military in 2007 shortly before the birth of his youngest child. Darling’s son decided to join the military at the age of
5. The family thought it sweet that he wanted to be like his dad. But it wasn’t until he saw the recruiter for the first time at 16 that his parents knew it was a concrete decision. “There are no other words to describe it other than proud. There is a lot of pride there.” Darling said. At 22 the younger Darling left to join up with the United States Marines emulating a pull to duty that stretched generations on both sides of his family. On the maternal side of the family, military service can be traced back to the War of 1812 and on the paternal side, it can be traced back to WW2. “I would have rather been
on the boat than Joey, there is a different feeling scared for your kid but another proud dad moment.” said Darling. In 1996, Michael Darling and his wife, Kristen, told their two small children that if they looked up at the moon daddy would be looking at the same moon and be thinking of them no matter where he was in the world. At eighteen-months-old and eight-months-old it would be the first time that Joey and I would experience a deployment. Two decades later Michael Darling whispered the same thing to his eightmonth-old granddaughter as her daddy walked away to the boat.
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LGBTQ+ Fight for Their Rights By ANGELICA MOZOL Staff Reporter With so much happening in the world and history in the making, we tend to glaze over some of the under-represented communities that make up a big part of our culture in modern society. This includes the CSUDH Queer Culture and Resource Center who is sponsoring the History of LGBTQ+ Civil Rights Movement Gallery happening at the Cultural Art Gallery on campus. The exhibit opened in the University Library Cultural Art Gallery on March 20 to highlight the importance of the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement’s history from its beginning to present day featuring literature, publications and movements. It opened as a means to inform and teach more about Queer history and the fight for civil rights. “The purpose of the gallery is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the opening of the QCRC and to get the campus awake and aware of civil rights histories of LGBTQ+ lives,” Karama K. Blackhorn, Queer Culture & Resource Center Coordinator said. The exhibit features different posters that provide insight on when the first community was documented back in the 1940s to different points in time with issues that LGBTQ+ people still face today. There are different queer publications, books and magazines from the 1980s and 1990s on display from Vivian Price who is a Professor of Interdisci-
MORE INFORMATION The exhibition is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This exhibit is set to run through Dec. 13 and classes and individuals are welcome for self-guided tours. Curated tours are available through the Gerth Archives and Special Collections. Any questions can be made via the archives at 310.243.3895 or the library administration 310.243.3700. plinary Studies on campus. Price provided a collection of magazines and literature along with an old issue of The Bulletin that shows a progression throughout the years. There is a significant importance as to why this exhibit should exist and the importance behind it. Blackhorn explained how “there are few places to learn and explore queer history in the world” as it’s not very much discussed or even mentioned. The exhibit highlights significant movements such as the Stonewall Riots, which began in the 1960s and marked the turning point where the LGBTQ+ community began to fight back. This informational walk through the exhibit features many posters that explain what homosexuality really entails and different movements that remind us of some rights that have been brought into court recently, such as the case with LGBTQ+ workers
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The LGBTQ+ history exhibit is running in the Library’s Cultural Arts Gallery through Dec. 13.
and Title VII. The posters detail information that covers different mediums such as the revolt in print, why homosexuality was considered a mental illness at one point and how the AIDS pandemic brought about Proposition 64. “Having it at CSUDH, a campus born from activism and anti-oppression movements is powerful,” Blackhorn said. “All students, staff and faculty should know more about queer histories and stories that have built this community, this nation, and many of the movements we care about.”
Minds Matter: Four Walls of Support and Knowledge By YESENIA FLORES Staff Writer Minds Matter At CSUDH is not just another student-led mental health advocacy and support group on campus. It aims to raise mental health awareness on campus and in surrounding communities, one person at a time, by reaching out to anyone who has interest in being a mental health advocate, or is currently dealing with a mental illness. “The difference with our group is that we wanted to have a peer-to-peer approach and create a safe space for people to come and share about their day, talk about what’s stressing them out and not feel judged,” Jonisha Garcia, a psychology major and founder of the group said. “We’re opening up the floor for anyone and everyone.” The group’s meetings are designed in two parts. The first centers on a presentation about a specific topic relating to mental illness and the second consists of a conversation about the topic and a safe space to
Board Members of the Minds Matter Club at CSUDH.
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share personal problems and experiences. Although participation is welcomed, there is no pressure to talk as one can simply sit, listen, or participate whenever they feel comfortable. The need for education in the mental illness realm is abundant, not only amongst our peers but also our own families, said Jessica Maximo, a psychology major and board member. “In my family, we’re Mexican, we’re not supposed to see mental illness,” she said. “We’re not supposed to accept it.”
In some cultures, mental illness is not acknowledged and some view those dealing with it as lazy. In others, the prevailing sentiment is that it is easily surmountable simply by thinking happy thoughts. Some people are taught to put on a happy face and ignore any and all signs of mental illness. The necessity of spreading education about mental illness exists, which is why Minds Matter At CSUDH decided to initiate their group. Those who work in mental health fields see first hand the
ONLINE Instagram: @Minds MatterAtCSUDH Email: mindsmatter atCSUDH.com lack of knowledge and empathy surrounding mental health. “I’m in the field for mental health recovery and being there I realized a lot of people have the wrong information,” Wendy Garduno, a human services major and board member said. “With a simple, ‘Oh no, it’s actually this and not that,’ simply educating people can really change a person’s perspective on mental illness disorders.” Elvia Zapata, a psychology major and. Oard member, agrees. “Evidently, education goes a long way and having someone to talk to that understands what it’s like to have a mental illness or is simply informed about the subject and is not judgemental is always comforting,” Zapata said.
Although Minds Matter At CSUDH is not an official club on campus as of now, it is supported by the Student Health and Psychological Services and the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI). The organization has professional expertise in two members of NAMI South Bay: its president, Paul Stansbury and education coordinator Rick Pulid. They assist the group by sharing their experience and knowledge, give suggestions on how to improve outreach, and help arrange speakers to come in during meetings and engage members in conversation around specific topics. “Once it becomes an official club next semester, they will change their title and partner with NAMI to bring a NAMI On Campus chapter to CSUDH,” Carolina Gomez Herrera, a psychology major, and board member said. Minds Matter At CSUDH will meet Nov. 13 & 25 and Dec. 9 in LSU Meeting Room 323 between 1- 2 pm.
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Friendly Competition Pilipinix Style Ambassadors By JASMINE NGUYEN Co-Lifestyle Editor To celebrate the end of Filipino History Month, Pagsikapan, CSUDH’s own Pilipinx-American Student Community joined over 40 other student-run organizations from campuses in California, Nevada and Arizona in the 34th annual Friendship Games. The event, which encourages friendly competition between the organizations, celebrated Filipino culture and Spirit, Pride, Unity, and Friendship ( S.P.U.F ). Held at Cal State Fullerton since its founding in 1985, various
colleges came to play five different games, perform dances and skits, and even watch up-and-coming Filipino entertainers. Every organization attends in hopes of winning an eightfoot trophy to bring back to their school Picnic Games such as “The Nasty”, where teams had to transfer a baton among their teammates by only using their legs, and “Big Groundhog”, where participants had move on their knees underneath their teammates to the opposite end of the field, take up most of the day. But even if not interested in physical sports, there
were other ways to enjoy the event. There was a skit portion, where each school performed and showed off their S.P.U.F. and many of the organizations use a theme to streamline their performances. For example, Pagsikapan’s theme was based off of Travis Scott’s “Astroworld.” Joshua Manarang, an advisory member for Pagsikapan, had attended the Friendship Games for two years and finds the event a great way to meet with other Pilipnix-American organization, as there are groups from Northern California, Nevada, and Arizona.
This was officially Pagsikapan’s second year participating in the Friendship Games. While Pagsikapan has been around since 2016, it wasn’t until 2018 it began to actively participate. Of course, the fact that it’s only their second year, didn’t stop the club from having fun and giving it their all at the event. “You kinda go into the environment of [like] excitement, and pride not only Filipino pride but with your school pride. “ Rebecca Ramirez said, “Like us, we’re a smaller school but we didn’t let that stop us, we were being as loud as everybody else.”
Conversation Corner with Queen Koli’s Podcast By JACLYN OKWUMABUA Staff Writer Everyone’s voice deserves to be heard. Whether it’s print or verbal. Freedom of speech is free so why not take advantage of it? Nicole Madu, Sr., a community health major, is a prime example of utilizing free resources on campus. She has created a podcast called, “Conversation Corner with Queen Koli.” The podcast captures organic conversation among her peers centered around a weekly topic she facilitates. Madu encourages in-person interaction regarding trending topics rather than talking behind a keyboard and internet connection. “Something I noticed is that people currently have Twitter fingers,” said Madu. “These Twitter fingers tend to start disputes and arguments and at the end of the day people end up hurt. But since people don’t know how to master a calm conversation by solely using their words, I wanted to create a platform where people come together and practice this technique.” Madu started her podcast in 2018 and the train has been rolling since. She plans to continue developing hot topics for students to come together and relay their opinions. However, Madu wouldn’t have this platform if it
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weren’t for the ASI sponsorship and special grant of KDHR, a student-run radio station. Launched in 2004, KDHR is responsible for assisting students in both producing and hosting their own radio show. ASI Program Coordinator and KDHR Station Manager, Stephen Janes said this is a unique amenity in that all shows are operated by CSUDH students. At other campuses, extra steps would need to take place to be where Madu is now. “Other college stations are a traditional radio sta-
tion,” Janes said. “The radio host needs to go through a particular type of licensing, training and need to be certified amongst other steps.” But at KDHR, Madu said, all aspiring radio hosts must do is apply. “After training them on the spot, we then turn them into a free form radio...It is an old-style radio-broadcasting where the host has full control over the content they produce or the music they play.” What sets KDHR apart, Madi said, is that students have the freedom to do or
say what they want whereas other college campus stick to a specific genre or a political stance. Students in the long-run receive job opportunities that reflects their skills. Janes said there are many students who find work at AM/FM stations,such as K-Rock, and Power-106, or in a related field such as video production and digital graphics. If interested in becoming a radio host, visit KDHR. net to fill out an application or visit the ASI for more information.
Theater Gets Fuddy with Second Play of Season By DAYZSHA LINO Staff Writer Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for drama for his play Rabbit Hole, which made him one of the biggest names in American theater. But the play that kick-started his career, Fuddy Meers,
was written nine years before while he was still attending Julliard. The second play of the CSUDH Theatre and Dance Department’s 2019-20 season, it is a comedy with a twisted edge, about a woman who wakes up every morning with amnesia. It is up to her husband
and son to fill each day with reminders of the life she can’t remember. But when she is kidnapped, realities converge and the audience realizes nothing is what it seems. Director Brian Steven calls “an irreverent comedy, and its assortment of character personalities is
a delightful assault on the senses. It’s funny, touching, and provocative, ... makes for some winning theatre.” The play opens Friday and runs through Nov. 18. Tickets are $13 for students, $18 for general admission. For more information, visit www.csudh.edu/theatre/ tickets.
of Graduation By DAYZSHA LINO Staff Writer
Between cramming for finals and lounging in the student union, students can often find themselves worrying about whether they’ve met all of the requirements necessary for them to graduate on time. Luckilyfor them, CSUDH has a program that is not only geared towards helping students graduate but can also help build a worthwhile college experience. The Toro Ambassadors Program is an organization designed to help students create their own personalized plans to help them graduate in four years or less. Students who join the Toro Ambassadors Program have access to advisers who are qualified to help them fulfill certain requirements that will eventually lead them on a consistent path towards graduation. Since the program also strives to help students make the most of their college experience, they are encouraged to utilize the Toro Learning Center, get connected with the Career Center, and attend job and internship fairs on campus. Students in the Toro Ambassadors Program are also encouraged to do community service on and off campus, including Earth Day activities with another CSUDH organization, SLICE ( Center For Service Learning, Internships & Civic Engagement). Those who are interested in becoming a Toro Ambassador can sign up online through the Toro Ambassadors California Promise website. The site requires students to apply for one of the following programs: “Finish in Four” for incoming freshmen, and “Two and Thru” for incoming transfer students. Both programs require a 2.5 G.P. A to be admitted. There are currently 200 students enrolled in the Toro Ambassadors Program. While it seems like a reasonably steady number, it’s not even close to the number of students we have here at CSUDH. This semester alone, we’ve had a 25% increase in undergraduate students, leaving us with a total of 17,000 currently enrolled in the university. Stephanie Gonsalves, the Director of the Toro Ambassadors Program, believes that many students on campus could benefit from being a Toro Ambassador, especially those who have just been enrolled. “I think that a lot of students can benefit from the program and I feel that a lot more students should take advantage of the program and what it has to offer,” Gonsalves said. While Gonsalves and the rest of the Toro Ambassadors have tried several methods – including phone calls, orientations, and emails – to promote this program, she believes that the university could be doing more to help them reach out to students. “I definitely think that we can do more to reach out to students.” Gonsalves said, “I feel like students know about [The Toro Ambassadors Program] but maybe they have a lot of things going on with classes and they’re just not getting to it.” “Bottom line, the main goal of the program is to help assist students finish within four years, and we really hope that we help students get the tools and the skill that they need to be successful after graduation.”
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Men’s Basketball Prepare for 2019-20 Season By JEREMY GONZALEZ Sports Editor For the past three seasons, the Toros men’s basketball team has qualified for the CCAA postseason but has been unable to get past the first round woes that haunt them, losing to Chico State in 2017, Cal Poly Pomona in 2018 and Cal State East Bay last season. But with seven players returning from last season and new blood coming in, the Toros will be looking good not just this season, but in the foreseeable future. Steve Becker became the head coach of the Toros at the start of the 2015-16 season, after serving as interim coach for parts of two seasons after the program had fallen into disarray. The Toros finished last in the conference in Becker’s first year but also posted 10 wins for the first time in three seasons. Each year since the team has made the playoffs. The Toros will look different after the departures of David Howard, the team’s leading rebounder last season, and Mikey Hatfield, the team’s leading blocker last season, but are bringing back three key returners: sophomore Alex Garcia, junior Colten Kresl, and senior Wonder Smith. Garcia, a 6’4” guard out of Rolling Hills Prep, made a huge impact last season, averaging nearly 50 percent from the field and 48 from 3-point range, starting in 20 of 28
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Sophomore guard Isaiah Morris (with ball) appeared in all 28 games for the Toros last season, starting in 13.
games and became the first Toro to win CCAA Freshman of the Year honors. Kresl achieved All-CCAA First Team honors last season while posting the second best 3-point shooting season in the program’s history, draining
69 three-pointers. Only John Nijoma (1986-87) made more three-point field goals in a season (74). Smith received All-CCAA Honorable Mention Honors in his junior year and led all Toros in assists with 69 last
season, and tied the team lead in steals with 25. In the offseason, Becker looked to add size and length to his roster through transfers and the incoming freshman class. He got the size in juniors Kaden Bradley and Nick
Kornieck, who stands at 6’7” and 6’8” respectively. Junior center Armstrong Ojunkwu, who stands at 6’10”, also joined the Toros this offseason. The crop of freshmen joining the Toros this season includes guard Jordan Hilstock, who was first-team all-league twice at Vista High School; and forward Will Crawford, who won the 2016 CIF and State Open Division Championships with Bishop Montgomery High School. “In this recruiting class we wanted to add more size and athleticism; all while recruiting hard-working winners and academically driven people into our program,” Becker said in an interview with Toros Athletics. “We believe this group of newcomers fill those needs very well.” With the current roster, the Toros are predicted to finish seventh in the conference according to the CCAA Coaches’ Preseason Poll. Toros basketball begins its season on the road in Washington against Western Washington Nov. 8 and Simon Fraser Nov. 9 before coming back to Carson for their home opener against Fresno Pacific on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m in the Torodome. The Toros played two exhibition games to start the season, both against Divison I schools. They lost 81-70 to Cal State Northridge Oct. 28, but then traveled to Fullerton, Oct 31 and knocked off the Titans 83-76.
Women’s Basketball Gearing up for New Season By JESSICA OLVERA Assistant Sports Editor
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Senior Ahlisha Henderson led the CCAA in offensive boards last season.
Heading into his fourth year as CSUDH women’s basketball coach, John Bonner believes that continuing to emphasize defense and a winning mentality both on and off the court could elevate the team to a level it hasn’t reached since the Toros glory days of 2013-14 to 2015-16. While the Toros have reached the playoffs the past two seasons, they haven’t advanced past the first round. Bonner wants the team to not just get there, but emulate what the Toros did in the last three seasons in former coach Molly Goodenbour’s run: three 20-plus win seasons and three NCAA tournament appearances. Named interim coach in 2016, this marks Bonner’s third year as the official coach. Wins have increased each year (seven, 13, 14) and
their success in the ToroDome the past two seasons (17-11) gave them seventh and fifth-place finishes, good for the California Collegiate Athletic Association Playoffs. To get over that first round hump, the team will have to do so without Nautica Morrow, a two-time All-CCAA first team selection and CSUDH’s female athlete of the year in her two seasons at CSUDH. The team returns sophomore guard Lea Anderson who was an All-CCAA Honorable Mention last season, and senior Alisha Henderson. Henderson, a 6 foot 3 inch” center from Van Nuys and a two-time All-CCAA Second Team selection, led the CCAA in offensive boards last year, and had the most rebounds in a single game, 23, and tied for third highest, 20, last season. “All of our players have been really good than where they were before and they
can really make an impact,” Bonner said. “Resiliency describes our group the best. In practice, when we challenge them, the players continue to bounce back and they always try to figure out a way to excel beyond an obstacle.” The Toros are predicted to finish sixth in the CCAA annual coaches preseason poll. “We always want to get better in all categories,” Bonner said. “I think last year we were last in defense and we need to make some improvements in that area. I think we’ll continue to score the ball at a high rate. It’s just something that we do and get a lot of players in that can fill it up.” The Toros open up their season against Concordia Irvine on Friday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. and Biola on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m., with their home opener on Nov. 15 against Bethesda at 11 a.m.
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Wild Times Ahead with XFL Debut Looming In case you haven’t heard, or you have some semblance of a life, a new professional American football league, the XFL, debuts in 2020 and Los Angeles is one of eight cities with a team in the league’s inaugural season. If you are counting, that will make three professional football teams in Los Angeles, not to mention USC and UCLA. Obviously the XFL knows Los Angeles better than those of us who live here, because considering the Chargers can’t sell out a 30,000seat stadium, who’d think the area could support yet another professional team? And speaking of the Chargers, the XFL Los Angeles franchise will move into Dignity Health Sports Park right as the Chargers move to their new digs in Inglewood. So save the appointment to the grief counselor: the LA Wildcats are coming to fill the football void in your heart. With the season set to kick off the weekend after the Super Bowl, every XFL team has established its name, colors, stadium and coaching staff. A few weeks ago, the Los Angeles Wildcats participated in the inaugural XFL draft, consisting of four 10-round phases and one 30-round phase. Many of the players that make up the XFL rosters played in college, some played in the NFL or Canadian Football League and, if you can believe it, \some even competed in the Alliance of American Football. Here are some names on the Wildcats roster that may sound familiar. Especially to those of you who know what the hell the Alliance of Ameri-
Welcome to the Bulletin’s new sports column, where sports editor Jeremy Gonzalez and assistant sports editor Jessica Olvera will write about pretty much anything they please — as long as it has to do with sports and is somehow related to this campus. can Football is... QB Luis Perez Perez was one of eight “tier 1” quarterbacks assigned to each team before the draft in hopes that an equal distribution of talent among the signal callers would help the league’s competitive balance. He is familiar with the city of Los Angeles, as he was on the Rams roster at some point during his short-lived NFL career and received some snaps during the 2018 preseason. While the undrafted free agent was released by the Rams, he continued to play football in the Alliance of American Football with the Birmingham Iron. Perez will likely be under center as the starting quarterback for the Wildcats. RB Elijah Hood Hood was the first player the Wildcats selected in the first round of the XFL draft. He was originally selected in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders, then he ventured to the Carolina Panthers in 2018 and Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019. With a flurry of NFL experience under his belt, the former UNC Tar Heel will look to lead the rushing attack for the Wildcats and
Toro Playoff Update: Two Teams Still In It By JEREMY GONZALEZ Sports Editor Two Toros teams still have a shot at postseason play, with women’ soccer holding its fate in their own hands and volleyball praying. With five wins in their past eight games, and on a two-game winning streak the women’s soccer team is in the mix for one of the final two playoff spots in the California Collegiate Athletic Association conference tournaments. The top six teams qualify and only three points separate fifth and ninth place in the standings. The Toros currently have 13 points, and are tied for sixth place with Cal State East Bay. The remaining two games favor the Toros, as they are
against the two teams at the bottom of the standings: Humboldt State and San Franciso State. However,the Toros have to travel to Northern California to play the Thursday and Saturday. Cal State East Bay also holds the tiebreaker, as it beat the Toros 1-o earlier this season. If women’s soccer makes the postseason, it would mark the first time since 2009 that the squad qualified for postseason action. The women’s volleyball still clings to life but it might be time to call in the respirator. The Toros trail the final playoff spot by three games and need to sweep the final four games to have a shot at the postseason. They also need Cal State San Marcos to lose all of its games.
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Eight teams will battle it out in the XFL’s inaugural season. But only one is located in Carson: The LA Wildcats.
relieve some of the pressure off Perez. DE Shawn Oakman Many might remember Oakman for the intimidating picture of him on the sidelines during a Baylor University game where his body frame was not able to fit in the pads properly and gave him the appearance of a giant. Oakman became the talk of the internet and was a popular meme because of that picture. With his 6-foot-9-inch mass and incredible length, he could be a force in the Wildcats defensive front. A total of 71 players will be on the Wildcats roster, and
it will be up to head coach Winston Moss to whip them into a formidable armada in hopes of bringing Los Angeles its first football professional championship since, well, ever. The Wildcats open their season Feb. 8 on the road against the Houston Roughnecks and, yes, I wanted to type Rednecks, but I am better than that. The home opener at Dignity Health Sports Park will be played against the Dallas Renegades. The other Wildcats opponents at home include the D.C. Defenders, Tampa Bay Vipers, Roughnecks, and Seattle Dragons.
Ticket prices for the 2020 XFL season are comparable to an LA Galaxy game at DHSP. Single game tickets begin at $24, while season tickets for all five home games begin as low as $100 or $20 per game. DHSP will only be using the lower level of the seats inside the stadium. The second level of seats will not be open during XFL games. With the coaching staff established, roster set, and game tickets already on sale, the only thing left to do is get x-cited for XFL and the Wildcats in Los Angeles. Or at least to get aggravated by the parking situation on game days.
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Get the Scoop on Writing for TV By MONIQUE DAVIS Staff Writer CSUDH got a taste of what’s it like to be taken over by Hollywood a couple of weeks ago when a film crew working on new Netflix show Space Force starring Steve Carrell and John Malkovich set to premiere in 2020 occupied parts of the campus.
RODRIGUEZ From page 2 be real. Complaining about that on the heels of the “Black Panther” announcement made her look like a hater. There are ways to advocate for the Latino community without bringing Black people down. In 2018, during an interview alongside African American actress Yara Shahidi, Rodriguez reminded us again she just can’t stay in her lane and leave well enough alone. When the interviewer asked Shahidi how she felt about being a role model to Black women, Rodriguez interjected before Shahidi could answer and corrected the interviewer by saying, “so many women,” her emphasis of women completely erased Black women from the question, something she has a history of doing. I’m all for diversity and inclusion
But since 2014, Hollywood by the Horns, a program launched by Toddy Eames, an assistant professor in the communications department, has brought the entertainment industry to the campus in a less intrusive way: through offering programs and courses that both spur student’s creativity and get them in contact with media
professionals with the hope that increased access will translate into increased opportunities. A good example of that access is the television writers panel Tuesday, Nov. 12. Writers from shows like Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” will be part of a panel discussing TV writing
from their perspective. The panel will also field questions so whether you’re interested in Hollywood from a writing, directing, technical or acting side, this is your chance to ask those who know it the best. The event is free and begins at 7 p.m. in LSU Ballroom A. For information, contact email@example.com.
but I also believe a Black woman should be praised for her efforts without another woman of color trying to lump her in with all women of color. Rodriguez’s actions are bizarre to me because she’s such a proud Latina but the moment Black people, Black women specifically, receive praise from something she chooses to diminish their accomplishments in the name of inclusion. It’s utter bullshit. So that takes us back to Rodriguez singing the n-word. You would think someone who has been called out time and time again about her perceived anti-Black moments, would understand why she should avoid recording herself singing the n-word. But no, she posted the video, left it up for hours and then gave us the most unapologetic apology. In her apology video, Rodriguez says, “I’m sorry if I offended anyone by singing
along to The Fugees song,” again completely missing the point of why people are upset with her. People aren’t upset or offended because she sang a song, we’re offended because she sang a word she has no right to use. Since Ms. Rodriguez can’t seem to understand why her “singing” the n-word is a problem, I’m more than happy to help her out. When Marvel announced a black leading cast, instead of praising the doors this opportunity could lead to, she decided to make it about the lack of Latino representation superhero films. When a Black woman was praised by a Black man for being a role model to the Black community, Rodriguez lumped her in with all women because she is incapable of letting a Black woman have her moment. Surpassingly, Rodriguez
has continued to inadvertently erase the accomplishments of Black folks in the name of fake inclusion. She has incorrectly claimed Latinas are the lowest earners in Hollywood despite Sofia Vergara, a Colombian woman, being one of TV’s highest earners. She did this to falsely prove a point and to make it seem like Latinos have it the worst in the industry. Her actions work against her image of inclusion for all and causes races to be pitted against one another. All in all, it’s tired and I just wish Gina Rodriguez would sit down somewhere and better herself instead of constantly trying to be a victim. If she was really all about diversity and inclusion, she would take a deep look at her actions and let other women of color have their moments. Most importantly, I just wish she would shut the hell up.
From page 2 the G.I. bill, provides financial support to veterans pursuing higher education. The most current version of the bill is the Post 9/11 G.I. bill created in 2009. And through the years, the government has continued that support. On Aug. 21, 2019, Donald Trump enacted an automatic loan forgiveness program for disabled veterans affecting approximately 25,000 disabled veterans. CSUDH provides military-connected students with the tools that they need to succeed at CSUDH by providing services such as financial support, one-on-one tutoring, workshops, and academic support. “We have the Veteran’s Resource Center, we try to be a one-stop-shop for military needs, really our job is to help them navigate the complex enrollment process and helping them with any issues they have here…Our job is to support them and guide them,” said Director of the Veteran’s Resource Center, DaWayne Denmark. The Veteran’s Resource Center is located in room 3941 of the Leo F. Cain Library and is open Monday-Thurs. from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.