By Geraldine Carrillo |Staff writer| As I am arriving at the parking lot I consider myself a fisherman, ready to catch the next student heading to his/her car for a parking spot. Circles and circles, I am waiting for that one fish that will generously catch the bait I have been holding in my fishing rod for such a long time now. I’m 15 minutes late to class, frustrated and annoyed I look at my mirror and after 40 minutes of fishing I finally see a fish that is coming my way! At last! When driving in CSUSB parking lots, do you ever ask yourself, why are we as a student body, paying for something so expensive like parking permits when it takes me so long to park? “The cost for … [Read more...] about Are Parking Permits at CSUSB too expensive?
By Michael Isberto |Features Editor| CSUSB’s plans for renovation this summer have caught the attention of students and faculty alike. Plans to build a new parking lot, renovation of the Pfau Library, and the expansion of the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) are welcomed by many at CSUSB. With these plans they are also looking for specific additional changes that most consider should be standard. Many students and faculty believe that beautification and superficial changes to the campus are dispensable, but the idea of safety and security is essential. “A university should put the safety and security of its students, staff and faculty, first,” … [Read more...] about Campus concerns for staff and students
By Danielle Brooks |Staff Writer| Every school year, the student population on campus grows and unfortunately, this trend will affect students in the future. This being my fourth year at CSUSB, I have noticed that the population on campus seems to be flourishing. “I’ve been on campus for a few years now, but I’ve noticed that it seems to be especially crowded this year,” said student Kimber Veca. “I used to get ‘princess parking’ for my 8 A.M. classes before this year, but now there’s significantly more students taking early morning classes,” added Veca. Not only is parking scarce and class enrollment difficult, but students have also claimed that the Starbucks line has … [Read more...] about This school is crowded.
By Mark Mascetti |Staff Writer| Students often struggle financially with the extra financial burden of books, food, parking permits and gasoline. Students at four-year public universities spend on average $1,200 per year on textbooks, according to collegeboard.org. However, there are small steps students can take to save money. I would recommend switching to online and e-book edition textbooks as they are becoming more popular and cheaper in comparison to the traditional versions. “I like Kindle books because they are a lot more affordable and you can rent them for only a few months at a time and that’s all you have to pay for,” said Sondra Riehart, a CSUSB public … [Read more...] about Pointers for student budgeting
By Adrian Carlos |Staff Writer| Endless Starbucks line, building frustration from waiting for a parking spot that seems will never appear and waking up frantically in the Student Union after over-sleeping. These are just a few of the things that unite us as students and characterize CSUSB pride. What makes CSUSB students different from students from other universities? I asked students around campus to give me their opinion on what embodies the students here. You know you're a CSUSB student when... "You see the sun come and go down on the same day from the library," said Ivanna Carlos. "When your favorite color and all your clothes are now blue," said Quinn … [Read more...] about You know you go to CSUSB when…
By Santiago Castillo |Staff Writer| After seven years of construction, Interstate 215 is finally finished. The project cost $647 million, funded through a combination of half-cent sales tax, state bond money and $128 million in federal stimulus dollars, according to The Press-Enterprise. The widened Interstate 215 affects CSUSB because it makes it easier and faster to travel, but the effect it will have economically depends on the economic growth of the community. “It’s also expected to bring a boost to the bankrupt city of San Bernardino, which hopes the improvements will attract more business to the area,” added The Press-Enterprise. “The level of the positive impact may directly … [Read more...] about I-215 finally complete after seven years of construction
By Ryan Libby |Staff Writer| Parking Services should change their name to Parking Inconveniences. Other than the run of the mill issues we all have with parking, the implementation of buying parking passes strictly online ends up being more of an inconvenience than a service. I went in to their office to discover why this new policy was put in place, but even after two separate visits and questioning, I couldn’t get a clear answer. When asked about his experience with Parking Services, student Mario Orellana said, “They need to step up their game. They have one job, hand out parking passes.” Though their workers are nicer than the ones at the DMV, hardly any student is happy … [Read more...] about Buying parking passes online is an inconvience
By Brenda Servin |Staff Writer| CSUSB students shouldn’t feel limited to the food options on campus when there are many other places to eat nearby. For students who have the option, going off campus for lunch is a nice breather from the stress of school. Davon Meyers said, “I like going outside more than staying on campus eating, it’s more relaxing.” If you’ve got the time, eating off campus will save you money too. Say you’re in the mood to have a sub, most of the foot-longs at Subversions here on campus cost $7.59. Subway offers the same quality sandwiches for as low as $5. Another advantage of Subway is that you get more variety; they offer more toppings, types of … [Read more...] about Off campus more beneficial than you think
By Shanieka Perrier |Staff Writer| Did you know that a parking ticket at CSUSB is $45 and if you do not pay within the first 21 days the cost will be increased with an additional late fee of $40? While I was waiting for my paycheck to come in so I could buy a parking permit, I got slapped with a $45 parking violation. The cost of a parking permit is $102 and the ticket is $45, which comes out to a total of $147. If I am going to pay that much money, I might as well buy the annual pass. The daily parking permits should allow students who live on campus to park inside the gates at University Village and anywhere else they would like. If you have a quarterly or annual permit you are … [Read more...] about Housing should ease up on parking regulations