Students at CSUSB were asked to reflect on how the pandemic has affected their friendships. Alex Hernandez, Biology major, Junior “So for me personally, I definitely 'ghosted' or lacked in communicating with friends mainly because of all the mental stress I went through trying to handle work, school, and other obstacles all during a pandemic. I don’t really think people understand the idea that keeping up with your friends during all of this honestly takes a lot of work and, I guess in a sense, drains you a bit. It’s not that your friends personally drain you, but more of the fact that it’s mentally draining having to juggle so many responsibilities on top of trying to handle your … [Read more...] about Vox pop: How has social distancing affected your friendships?
They say patience is a virtue and it could also be a life-saver when it comes to bringing kids back to the classroom. As fall turns to winter with no COVID-19 vaccine available, many local K-12 schools move closer to reopening in-person classes. School officials and teachers are working on plans to do it safely, but the safest and smartest thing to do would be to wait. We can all agree that kids need to be together so they can socialize and be around other kids. It is also common knowledge that most kids do better with in-person learning rather than online classes. The two major problems right now are that we are currently in a COVID-19 surge and we cannot yet guarantee the safety of kids … [Read more...] about Opinion: Coronavirus risks outweigh the gains with bringing kids back into the classroom
As COVID-19 progresses in California, local medical practices continue to be impacted by the lack of resources available to local businesses in Riverside. Local owners of these establishments reflect on how, even though they received financial assistance through the CARES Act, they continue to struggle to obtain personal protective equipment and industrial cleaning supplies. United Small Business Administration announced that Governor Newsom signed the CARES Act which is a loan that small businesses can apply for financial assistance. Mohammad Salman, a local pharmacy owner in Riverside, said that COVID-19 has made it difficult for him to obtain personal protective equipment, … [Read more...] about COVID-19 continues to cause a shortage of supplies for local medical practices in Riverside
When she’s not hiking or spending time with her family, attorney Elda S. Rosales, located in San Bernardino, aims to bring immigration-related assistance to the community. Graduating from University of La Verne College of Law, she joined the CARECEN team in August of 2019 and has since guided students from CSUSB and Cal Poly Pomona. Q: What is CARECEN? A: CARECEN is a nonprofit organization established in 1983 by a group of refugees seeking to change an unjust immigration system. CARECEN empowers Central Americans and all immigrants by defending human and civil rights, working for social and economic justice and promoting cultural diversity. Q: When and where on campus can the … [Read more...] about Q & A with Elda Rosales on immigration services from CARECEN
The Faculty Senate passed a temporary grading option that allows students to decide to opt into a credit or no credit grade for the Spring 2020 quarter during the Faculty Senate Meeting on April 21. Discussions related to an alternative grading system were provoked due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The motion was mentioned but not confirmed from the previous meeting on April 7. The primary author in drafting the changes to the grading policy, Senator Beth Steffel, said, “my goal in bringing this to you is to come up with the best possible options for students in the unprecedented times we're at.” The meeting took place through Zoom where the credit/ no credit grading alternative was … [Read more...] about Faculty Senate passes alternate grading options