We have so many sports, so much space with grass fields, but no stadium. I sat down with Brian Gaul, the Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing and Athletic Communications to discuss the reasons why CSUSB does not have a football team. There are many reasons why there is not a team, and all of those reasons need to be attended to before we even think about starting a football team. One of the biggest issues is funding. There are no Division 2 football teams in Southern California, so the team would have to travel to the Midwest to compete and that’s a huge expense. There would need to be a big push from all of the CSU’s to have football teams to have people to … [Read more...] about Why Doesn’t CSUSB Have a Football Team?
Within days of one another, both Hulu and Netflix released documentaries that covered the 2017 infamous Fyre Festival disaster that scammed thousands of attendees, staff members and investors. Eventually, it resulted in a $100 million dollar lawsuit against festival founder and con artist, Billy McFarland. Long story short: self-proclaimed entrepreneur, Billy McFarland—with the help of confused Fyre Media employees, Jerry Media strategists, event planners, numerous supermodels, perplexed Bahamian staff members, and a questionably sober Ja Rule—announced the debut of an extremely luxurious festival that was to be located on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma. Customers who purchased … [Read more...] about Double the Fyre, Double the Fraud
NFL and NBA sports leagues are very few employers in the nation to pay African-Americans multi-million-dolor salaries, yet this opportunity is rare after their playing days. While most of the employees of the NFL and the NBA are black, the coaches and management are rarely represented by minorities. In the NFL, there are currently four minority head coaches: Brian Flores of the Miami Dolphins, Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers, Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers. The NBA is a little more diverse with 10 minority coaches currently employed. These numbers are troubling. While most of the world has shifted toward progressive thinking, … [Read more...] about Opinion: Why is there a lack of minority coaches in professional sports?
“Miralo, ella tiene un nopal en la frente…” This statement has followed me everywhere from supermarkets when I’m purchasing a copious amount of masa to my own place of employment when a customer asks where the nearest dressing room is. It translates to, “Look, she has a cactus on her forehead…” This statement essentially aims to describe Mexicans who waltz around with the intent of pretending that they aren’t Mexican. As a cactus on a forehead is obvious, the physical appearance of some Mexicans—such as skin tone or facial features—may be obvious at times too. Therefore, denying your ethnicity when it’s so apparent is as equivalent as strolling around with a cactus on one’s … [Read more...] about I Promise I’m Mexican
“You are going to miss out on the best experience of your life.” “Isn’t that a really selfish choice?” “You will change your mind one day.” These are just a few examples of the warnings and questions I have received regarding my decision to be childfree. The decision to be childfree by choice is still a widely taboo subject. Most people get married, own a home, have children and live the American dream. That just isn’t my American dream. As a young girl and throughout my teenage years, the thought of being a mother never clicked with me. I was more preoccupied with school, friends and financial independence. When I was 17, I met the man I would marry eight years … [Read more...] about Childfree By Choice: My Experience
Holidays empower people to celebrate religious events, cultural traditions or significant events. They bring the participants together. Nowadays, with every holiday, marketers align sales or events with them. Are festive celebrations becoming heavily commercialized? Everyone understands the best time to do shopping is during holidays. There are always sales or special promotions during holidays and celebrations like Valentine's day, Easter or Labor Day. This month's big celebration is the Lunar New Year. Lunar New Year, the year of the pig, is the longest Chinese holiday. There is no set date but it runs from January 28th to February 19th this year. It is the one celebration that … [Read more...] about Celebrating Lunar New Year
"We can't hide from it. It's been going on for far too long. We can't laugh it off, making the same old excuses, 'boys will be boys'." – Gillette The first time I was ever catcalled was in seventh grade. I was a 13-year-old girl being harassed by a grown man. To say I was terrified is an understatement. Seeing a man at least 20 years older than me trying to hit on me was a shock to my system. From then on I have been catcalled more times than I can count and even followed home by men before. The problem is that this behavior is so normalized that I started to not even think twice when someone would whistle or yell at me. As I got into college, I have met multiple women who have … [Read more...] about Gillette Commercial Proves Toxic Masculinity is Still Alive
Bright and early on Jan.19, I joined 200,000 people in Los Angeles to participate in the third annual Women's March. Crowds of people took over the streets to chant, sing and show their solidarity with one another. As a self-proclaimed feminist, when the Women’s March was first introduced, I was ecstatic to attend. Now, it is something my friends and I anticipate going to every January. As someone who’s been to the march for all three years, I can definitely say this year was very different. The first two marches had a theme. In 2017, fresh off of Trump’s inauguration, most signs, chants, and speeches given were in reaction to the new presidency, while the 2018 march was heavily … [Read more...] about Women’s March Through My Eyes
Black nail polish, red lipstick, gold hoop earrings, a pantsuit and a skirt. These items have more in common aside from their relevance at department stores or fashion magazines. They are mediums of communication that aim to make bold statements and challenge status quos. They are eye-catching, they are scrutinized, and they are used by women to alter the narrative of what “should be.” In the new wave of feminism where women aim to redefine themselves, fashion is used as a tool of voice in political and social issues leaving followers with the question: is … [Read more...] about Fashion Reporting Isn’t Sexist
In his novel, Prisoners of Technocracy, David Poland offers a chance to experience a future of technology that could be our reality in as little as 20 years. The legacy of 20th-century technology is expanding rapidly and includes the creation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robots. It is almost guaranteed that AI will be optimized enough in the future to be placed in robots that assist in our everyday lives. Based on his engineering background and previous work with AI, Poland believes, if we get it right, we may create wonderfully helpful and “autonomous” machines that will change our world forever. The reader directly experiences the future by following the protagonist, Tommy, … [Read more...] about A glimpse into the future: Prisoners of Technocracy