Due to the challenges brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic, CSUSB has once again offered students the ability to choose the credit/no credit option for their classes. Some students share their thoughts on the subject. "CSUSB bringing back credit/no credit as an option for classes this semester honestly creates a little more wiggle space with grades. Even though I’m unsure of how I’ll approach my own grades this semester, I know this option may relieve some stress for others. When going into semesters, I thought classes would be less hectic compared to how they were during quarters; I was wrong. With the option of credit/no credit being offered, I feel that this may push not only … [Read more...] about Vox pop: What are your thoughts on the credit/no credit option for this semester?
The lack of face-to-face modes of instruction raises concerns about how students will succeed academically. Karen Escalante, an assistant professor for teacher education and foundation at CSUSB, states that the virtual learning environment is different from what she is used to. “There are things that we’re not able to do because we’re not face-to-face, but there are things that we are now able to do in this virtual space that we couldn't if we were face-to-face,” said Escalante. Because of the virtual environment, instructors are now able to invite guest speakers from afar in their classes via Zoom, which wasn’t an opportunity they had before. Maria Medina is an algebra teacher at … [Read more...] about Restrictions of virtual learning during a pandemic
The Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley (HSSBV) continues to provide services for animals and animal lovers alike as it celebrates 50 years as a local non-profit organization. Joyce Martin founded HSSBV on March 16, 1970. According to Jill A. Henderson, Director of Development & Outreach of HSSBV, it started with a group of friends in Martin's garage, which later expanded to its own building. "The HSSBV started as a volunteer-driven dream and in 50 years we have helped over two million animals, annually serving an average of 60,000 pets," stated Teri Seymour, Executive Director of HSSBV. According to Henderson, Martin's vision was to provide programs and services that … [Read more...] about HSSBV practices safer operations for animal care
Staying at home and social distancing does not have to be done alone. As we continue navigating the world in a pandemic, some of us may need some academic assistance or human interaction. The peer mentoring programs at CSUSB are in full swing to help students find their ways through these uncertain times. Barbara Herrera, a Student Mentoring Program Coordinator, gives us a glimpse of how the program has evolved into virtual mentoring. Herrera talks about the four types of mentoring programs that serve the CSUSB students. Herrera says, “This fall has been kind of challenging with incoming freshman and transfer students because they are coming in from a virtual platform, and we are … [Read more...] about CSUSB peer mentoring programs are just a click away
CSUSB students were asked what their initial response to COVID-19 were and how they're handling the virus nowadays. At first, I didn’t know the extent of the virus and how badly it would affect us, so naturally I was more than happy to stay home for the remainder of the school year. Little did I know how lethal the virus actually was and how bad it would actually get. It took me until about June to understand that it’s going to take us years to functionally and officially integrate back into society in a safe manner. My initial thought was “eh science is so advanced, we’ll be fine.” Boy oh boy was I wrong. I am so sad for all the lives lost thanks to the carelessness of the USA. … [Read more...] about Voxpop: Reflections and updates on COVID-19
By Monica Gallegos |Staff Witer| The listeria bacterium has become a recent fear because of reported illnesses attributed to tainted cantaloupe; however doctors in the Student Health Center are not concerned about students being contaminated. Dr. Shan Pai, a physician at the Student Health Center, said that though the listeria outbreak has affected consumers of Jensen cantaloupes, he is not concerned with it affecting California. “The Public Health Policy in California has very aggressive management, so I’m not too concerned about (Listeria) affecting California residents,” said Pai. Though the source of the Jensen cantaloupe contamination is still under investigation, it is … [Read more...] about Cantaloupe poses minimal threat