As a Cal State, not many political and social events or organizations are offered on campus, as compared to UCs. However, on Friday, February 7, students were given the opportunity to learn more about social justice at the Social Justice Summit, hosted by the Office of Student Engagement. The event started off with a light breakfast for all of the attendees. Attendees had muffins and coffee as they conversed with friends and networked with others before the event. Once it hit 10:00 a.m., attendees were invited to make their way to the Event Centers B and C for the opening speeches. The first to speak was Jacob Chacko, the Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Chacko set … [Read more...] about Learning about impostor syndrome from the summit for Social Justice
By Jacob Strangis |Staff Writer| Will students in college be swayed to settle for a job that is practical or pursue the dream career they feel connected to? Will income, increasing societal pressures and an unpredictable job market make them change their career paths completely? “If you go living life by security, you’re not going to be happy,” said Chloe Coto, a student at Loma Linda University. “More than likely you’re not going to be impacting people, and accept fear as a motivator,” continued Coto. These are powerful words that will likely resonate with most students who truly do have a dream, but may possibly be torn between practicality and genuine desire. Some … [Read more...] about Dream Job or Stability?
By Erendy Torres |Staff Writer| "We buy things we don't need, with money we don't have, to impress people we don't like," is a famous quote from the movie Fight Club. We live in a generation in which we spend more money than what we make. On Feb. 13, rapper Kanye West tweeted that he is $53 million in personal debt. "I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt... Please pray we overcome... This is my true heart..." tweeted West. West is facing a multi-million-dollar debt, yet he is still not humbling down his expenses. West and his wife Kim Kardashian, are installing a lake-sized pool in their $20 million mansion's backyard in Bel-Air, … [Read more...] about The cost of keeping up
By Erendy Torres |Staff Writer| Have you ever been asked, "What are you?" Have you ever wondered about someone's mysterious ethnic background? There are times we cannot pinpoint someone's race by their physical appearance. We call this "racial ambiguity." "Someone that is racially ambiguous does not possess the stereotypical physical attributes of his or her supposed racial category. It is the physical features that one notices first about another individual when trying to determine that person’s racial identity," as defined by Cindy Veronica Vargas in the study, "What Are You? A Study Of Racial Ambiguity." "Skin color, hair texture, facial features are racial markers that … [Read more...] about Racial Ambiguity
By Taylor Vermillion |Staff Writer| “My work presents viewers with an unapologetic depiction of lives on the edge, lives in transition (bodily, emotionally, and circumstantially) and attempts to capture the strength, beauty and resilience of my chosen kin and our shattered yet shared experiences,” said Matthew McMilon. The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) recently showcased the work of McMilon in a solo exhibition entitled “Re-Presentations.” The exhibition was held in The Dutton Gallery at the RAFFMA and premiered on April 3 and lasted through April 10. McMilon’s exhibit featured several collections of photographs, sculptures, poems, and paintings all centered … [Read more...] about Living on the edge
By Devin Ramos |Staff Writer| People should use cash instead of credit or debit cards to prevent another breach from occurring in bank accounts across the U.S. The recent data breach at Target has left banks scrambling to add additional security features to debit cards and aid in the prevention of further damage. As 2013 came to an end thousands of Target’s customers were effected by a breach in their credit and debit machines. Hackers gained access to the account information of Target customers setting banks on immediate alert. Consumers should take increased precautions with their finances until new methods are adopted. Now we have to question how safe our credit and debit … [Read more...] about Protect your account think twice before you swipe
By Salt and Pepper [Staff Writer] After talking with my doctor, like Michael Jackson, I was presented with a choice of receiving medical treatments that could lighten my skin. The thought of choosing to turn my skin white, caused me to question my blackness. Was being black just based on me having the blood of African Americans in my veins, or does it also have something to do with how other people perceive me? Maybe, it’s based on how I perceive myself. Therefore, it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks? I found myself empathizing with Michael Jackson for deciding to lighten his skin. Is it really that big of a deal? Whenever I feel like it, I’ll change my hair style from … [Read more...] about My Journey Into Darkness