By Joshua Aguilar |Staff Writer| CSUSB’s Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Students (CIMES) held an event entitled, “The Wind of Peace: Music and Poetry of the Middle East” on Tuesday, May 10. The event was attended by close to 300 students in the Santos Manuel Student Union Theater and lasted from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The event brought a diverse amount of music and poetry from the Middle East for the audience to listen and appreciate. “It exposes different cultures and different mindsets to people and that pretty much clears any ignorance we have,” said student Erika Banuelos. “You’re more open to other people’s views about the world,” added Banuelos. The event’s … [Read more...] about The Wind of Peace: Music and Poetry of the Middle East
By Shirleena Racine Baggett |Staff Writer| Men, women and the other? That tends to be the way our country classifies its population. This division making headline news is in regards to which bathroom we should go into in public. According to Monash University, sex refers to biological differences, internal and external sex organs, while gender describes the characteristics that a society or culture defines as masculine or feminine. In other words, sex is biological and cannot be argued upon, and gender has been cultivated into picking and choosing which traits fit one’s personal identity. North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill which states that a person should go into the … [Read more...] about The bathroom law
By Jorge Campos |Staff Writer| The House of Representatives passed the USA Freedom Act to end the National Security Agency’s (NSA) cellular spying program. The American spying program automatically collects and records people’s phone information and was ruled illegal on Thursday, May 7. Congress will now have to immediately decide whether or not to end or replace the controversial anti-terrorist surveillance system, according to The Telegraph. The bill passed with a vote of 388-88, putting an end to the government’s collection of phone records, according to wired.com. However, the USA Freedom Act, which will stop the NSA from acquiring access to this information, is not in the … [Read more...] about NSA now can’t spy on you
By Pauline Fontanaud |Staff Writer| “All men are created equal” with the right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This statement from the Declaration of Independence created the roots of the American Dream. But this concept was really made popular by James Truslow Adams in his book “Epic of America,” published in 1931. “That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement,” stated Adams. But what is today’s definition of the American Dream according to students? “I define the American Dream as a dream that can be possible only if one applies themselves. It just … [Read more...] about Is the American Dream dead?
By Aimee Villalpando |Staff Writer| Christian groups at some CSU campuses believe they are being stripped of recognition due to their refusal to sign a new policy that requires clubs and organizations to allow any student to become a member or leader. The all-comers policy resulted from a 2010 U.S. Supreme court ruling that upheld the right of a law school in California to deny recognition to a Christian student group that excluded homosexuals. Groups that refused to comply with the new policy, such as InterVarsity, can still meet on campus but are no longer funded by campus associations or allowed to participate in student fairs. The InterVarsity chapter at California State … [Read more...] about Religious clubs fight CSU policy
By Donte Medder |Staff Writer| It’s time for the art of expression through body piercing to make its way into the workplace. Currently, workers must now decide if they want to conform to the professional standard of a clean cut work force or maintain a sense of individualism through self-expression like body piercings. But why? The reasoning behind body piercings vary. Some are religious in nature, spiritual, for self-expression, aesthetic value, for sexual pleasure or to conform or rebel against culture. Contemporary piercing is often done in tattoo shops and most often uses safe body piercing materials. One can just look around and see athletes, rock musicians, movie stars and … [Read more...] about Piercings in the workplace: Can you still get a job?
By Daniel DeMarco |Staff Writer| The coalition of congressmen have introduced anti-government surveillance legislation. This is in response to months of reports on the National Security Agency’s unlawful spying on citizens, according to a press release from the Young Americans For Liberty (YAL). “YAL seeks to identify, educate, train and mobilize students on the ideals of individual liberty and the U.S. Constitution,” as stated on their press release. The purpose of this legislation (USA Freedom Act) would be to reform the USA Patriot Act of 2001. The Patriot Act was constructed and passed in the wake of September 11, 2001. The original intent was to strengthen the … [Read more...] about The government is watching us