Starting March of 1937 up until 1939 Hitler began his conquest to take back land that was taken from Germany during the Paris Peace Conference at the end of World War I. The Allies response to these recent invasions of neutral countries was to implement a policy known as appeasement to avoid war. Essentially appeasement is a negotiation tactic to try to avoid escalation of tensions and war. This policy ultimately failed and was one of the leading causes as to why Hitler was able to gain so much ground in Europe and inevitably cause World War II. This key cause of World War II is very important to remember especially today because as the saying goes “history repeats itself.” That … [Read more...] about Same Old Tools for the New Problem: How Appeasement is not a Solution to the Russian-Ukraine War
There are now designated safe places for those that are a part of the LGBTQ+ community at Coachella. However, is this a step forward considering the owner of Coachella has previously donated to anti-LGBTQ+ organizations? The Coachella music festival is very well known amongst a wide variety of people. It is so popular that many celebrities and influencers arrive and participate in it. Since the festival is given so much attention, it has an opportunity to spread a positive message for the LGBTQ+ community. The owner of Coachella is known for donating to many anti-LGBTQ+ organizations and is seen as the “enemy of equality.'' Many concertgoers were planning to boycott the festival as a … [Read more...] about Is Coachella really all that inclusive?
It seems that Johnny Depp’s case against Amber Heard has made some major waves in the world of Hollywood drama, and in the world of domestic abuse survivors. After the rise of the ‘Me Too’ movement, there has been a change in the fair treatment of male abuse victims. The topic of abuse of men has been coming to light more than ever recently. I believe that there needs to be a much larger focus on making sure abuse allegations are both true and legitimate, but also making sure abusers, no matter their sex, are brought to justice. The results of a study done by the domestic violence research organization show that “Men are more likely than women to be convicted and to be given harsher … [Read more...] about Abuse on men: A deadly struggle
By Dahyun Lee Suppose you have a day without a smartphone. From checking the class schedule to finding out the arrival time of the bus, all the information that could be found with just a few touches every day is alienated. In this case, most people will feel uncomfortable or anxious about not being able to use their cell phones all day. As such, we rely more on smartphones than we think, from trivial to big. According to a study by the ICT Statistics and Information Research Office of the Information and Communication Policy Institute, the smartphone ownership rate in their 20s is 99.8%. For college students, smartphones are a necessity that has melted deep into their … [Read more...] about Mobile phone syndrome, if you can’t avoid it, prevent it
Social media is often seen as the villain in today’s society, but could it actually be the secret hero of the Pandemic? Whether it be posting their thoughts on Twitter, scrolling through memes on Reddit, liking a friend’s photos on Instagram, or watching videos on Tiktok, most people consume social media on a regular basis. With so many people using these sites, it is no wonder that the effects of social media have been so thoroughly studies. The results of this research have often not been kind to the prospect of social media being beneficial. Many of these studies have shown how social media can become addictive, how seeing edited and perfected photos can lead to self esteem issues, … [Read more...] about How social media made a positive impact during the pandemic
By Alexis Corine McGowan From time to time people have grown up thinking the norm of having a big cat perform in a circus or kept as some pet for personal use or entertainment. There are known public records of the dangerous consequences when keeping big cats. As shared in an article written in the Animal Welfare Institute stating, “Since 1990, there have been at least 400 dangerous incidents involving captive big cats in 46 states and the District of Columbia.” The numbers are alarming, but this can all be solved by not allowing people to own big cats as a pet or some sort of “act” in a circus or any sort of performance done by these WILD animals. Which can all be stopped by having the … [Read more...] about Big cat policy: Safe or misguided?
The impact of social media on students can be excessive, especially when most of them are busy trying to get their degrees. Many students have a variety of social media platforms. Although it may seem beneficial to see other people's lives, students struggle by spending their time looking to see what the newest trends are. Nataly Rees, a communications major, says, “I think that social media has a lot of pros and cons and removing it altogether wouldn’t necessarily get rid of the cons because those things are still present in entertainment and all around us. I think that social media offers a lot of evils, but it also provides people with platforms to reach out to others with similar … [Read more...] about Students share their thoughts on social media
A common notion of the video gaming community is that it’s mainly unproductive and destructive for college students. Multiple students share their stories on how gaming has impacted their priorities, skill development, friendships, and their overall lifestyle. Video gaming is a case by case topic, but some similarities can be found. CSUSB third year history major, Nathan Arguello, expressed that he averages around four to six hours of playing video games a day. He said his daily amount usually “revolves around his schedule for the day” depending on his shift at work, activities with his church, and wanting to hang out with friends. For most gamers, playing video games is an outlet … [Read more...] about Video games help students unwind and connect
By Joseph Bedard Electronic media manipulation is impacting our current epistemology and has left our democracy flawed. Charles Metts, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at CSUSB. He has been a researcher in the areas of contemporary critical theory, visual culture, media criticism and aesthetics. His paper, “Reclaiming the Typographic Mind in an Age of Authoritarian Aesthetics and Bliss” was presented at the Union for Democratic Communication Conference, Media, Resistance, and Justice: The Fight for Humanity. Being a concerned professor for our democratic future, Dr. Metts provides his outlook on the promotion of pro-authoritarian ideologies through social media platforms. Q: During … [Read more...] about Dr. Metts supports the idea that electronic media is propagating anti-democratic, pro-authoritarian impulses
By Kristen Gonzalez Dr. Jessica Nerren shares her expertise on how students can navigate through the post-pandemic job market with a communication degree. Dr. Nerren is both CSUSB faculty and an alumna having completed her doctoral degree in educational leadership studying public relations for the purposes of inclusion in 2021. Q: Do you feel students need to prepare differently entering the workforce because of COVID-19? A: The hiring economy is so good right now for new employees. If you go to a retail environment there are now hiring signs everywhere. We talk about COVID as a hardship because it is, and people have experienced loss and trauma and that rightfully … [Read more...] about Dr. Nerren: “With hardship comes opportunity too”