By Katie Hepler and Tanya Jansen Most couples spend months, if not years, planning their weddings. Because of social distancing practices, many have postponed or cancelled their ceremonies. Alyssa Torres, a wedding coordinator in Riverside, has dealt with over ten couples who have had to postpone their weddings. Torres’s company does not offer refunds but does allow for couples to postpone their weddings with no extra fees. Weddings often take a great deal of time, money, planning and logistics. According to Torres, many couples spend upwards of ten thousand dollars on their venue and with the nonrefundable deposit, it creates a lot of incentive to postpone until next year … [Read more...] about Quarantine throws wedding plans into chaos
By Karla Morales and Tanya Jansen Social distancing has hindered the ways of communication of the deaf, blind, and deaf-blind communities. Touch is critical for these communities which has become a significant risk of contagion due to COVID-19. Deaf-blind Americans use touch in their daily lives: hand over hand signing to communicate, finger scanning used for braille, hugs and handshakes. Kevin Anderson is a hard-of-hearing and blind individual who has noticed some of the challenges that his deaf-blind friends have been facing during the pandemic. “The biggest problem we're having is no interaction and no socialization among each other,” stated Anderson. “We don't have the … [Read more...] about COVID-19 challenges deaf and blind community
By Emma Curtis and Tanya Jansen Both veteran and rookie homeschooling parents are giving advice on how to adjust to monitoring their kids' education under quarantine. Ever since COVID-19 caused school districts to temporarily shut down and turn to online teaching, parents are finding it hard to acclimate to a new school environment in their own homes. For many parents who were already homeschooling their children, quarantine learning is no big change. Lanie Vasquez, a 34-year-old mother of two with one on the way, has been teaching her two sons, Carlos, 6, and Sebastian, 3, at home since they were of the age to attend school. Vasquez is no newbie to homeschooling and … [Read more...] about Homeschool advice during quarantine
By Tanya Jansen and Alexis Ramirez Community members are fighting to maintain their self-care rituals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not implementing tactics for self care, especially during quarantine, can lead to higher levels of anxiety and depression and may cause irritability with people in one’s life, according to licensed mental health counselor Karin Brackebusch. During quarantine, certain levels of self-care can be lost, since going out with friends, getting out of the house, running errands, and exercising freedom to go outside are some of what constitutes self-care. There are many different ways in which a person can implement tactics of self-care, according to … [Read more...] about Mental health counselor urges the practice of self-care
By Zuleima De La Cruz and Tanya Jansen As the impacts of COVID-19 increase, students in Southern California are dropping their classes due to various issues, including financial struggles and lack of effective tutoring and resources. Students are struggling to adapt to virtual classes due to lack of support. Many students rely on different types of resources that schools provide, such as the library, school computers, tutoring, and WiFi. “I had to drop the class because I couldn’t get help from the math lab," said Josh Lockman, a student who previously attended Santa Ana Community college said. "I was supposed to graduate at the end of the semester again. This is the second time … [Read more...] about Students drop out amidst changes to learning environment
As the fall quarter gets busier, the struggle to find parking is at its peak. Campus officials have plans for helping students find parking with the help of new software. Savanna Trombetta, a senior at CSUSB who works two campus jobs, said that finding parking has always been difficult for her, even when she lived in student housing. “I think we can handle the mass number of students here but just not in parking terms because we’re such a heavy commuter campus. I think that the commuter aspect is really negatively impacted the way our parking services work,” said Savanna Trombetta, who is hopeful for the possible parking solution. CSUSB Assistant Professor for Computer Science … [Read more...] about Campus community’s concerns over parking
High wind and fire alerts caused last-minute power outages, leaving residents without hot water or electricity. The university was closed for five days last month, leaving many students with nowhere to go. High winds have always affected CSUSB, but starting this fall, due to the fires last year, Southern California Edison (SCE) power company has been taking more precautions than usual. Campus had little warning and no control when SCE turned off-campus power, according to Jon Merchant, the interim director for The Department of Housing & Residential Education (DHRE). "We're kind of at the mercy of the power company in terms of when these things occur," Merchant said. When … [Read more...] about Campus residents scramble to adapt to power outages
Prices are up and so are wait times. Construction, growing student body, increase in parking prices, and the start of the fall quarter are all reasons why parking has become an issue for students. Students share their growing frustrations and suggestions for change. "There was already difficulty parking before they started construction, and now that there’s construction everywhere. There isn’t anywhere to park. Now you have to go all the way to the Visual Arts. It’s just a drag. Just maybe have it be more accessible because I know there is parking all around, but maybe people don’t have the time. Say, if they have a class in Jack Brown, they don’t have the time to … [Read more...] about Vox Pop: Is campus parking getting out of hand?