By Wendy Wheeler and Amy Neault For the last five years, Queeroake has been an annual tradition at CSUSB. On January 23, 2020, CSUSB’s Transgender and Queer Resource Center held an event called Queeroake in SMSU Bay from 6-9 pm. Queeraoke is an annual event that happens every Fall quarter here on campus. However, this year the event was held during the Winter Quarter instead, due collectively to all of the weather based campus closures CSUSB had during the Fall quarter. Thus, the Queeraoke event was rescheduled and held at a later date as the weather allowed. Queeraoke is a night of fun and entertainment featuring not just a collaboration of drag and karaoke, but free food, … [Read more...] about Students sing at Queeraoke!
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In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Women's Resource Center presented the Clothesline Project from April 16 to April 20. The Clothesline Project allows the community to view a clothesline of shirts that are created by sexual assault survivors and their supporters to understand the feelings that they have experienced. The Women's Resource Center (WRC) is located on the second floor of the SMSU in room 221, and during the week of April 9 to April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the WRC was open for anyone to come and create their artwork with provided supplies. The display of the different shirts was open for anyone to view and read in the SMSU lobby on April 16 until April 20 from … [Read more...] about The Clothesline Project Comes to CSUSB
Latin Night is just around the corner, as it will be taking place on Friday, Nov. 17 at the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) Lobby and Events Center, where everyone is invited to dance the night away to Latin music. "It brings the Latino culture and a lot of people get excited about it," said Programming Student Assistant for Program Board Destiny Lara Benzor. Program Board works with different organizations on campus and is dedicated to promote a sense of community at CSUSB through free, exciting, and entertaining events. It is well known for their annually dances they host such Latin Night, sponsered by the Latinx Center and Sigma Lambda Beta. "Latin Night started about five … [Read more...] about Latin Night is Here!
By Monica Rosales |Contributing Writer| The beauty of being Muslim and identifying as queer was celebrated at the event “Coming Out Muslim” held in the Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center on April 26. The Woman’s Resource Center and Pride Center invited special guests Wazina Zondon and Terna who shared countless stories, prayers, dance movements and revelations throughout the entire event. Zondon and Terna’s event is held all over the country and is meant to capture the stories and experiences of being at the intersection of Islam and queerness. The event started off the event with a variety of music, ranging from Muslim to American. Interestingly, the event did not … [Read more...] about Coming Out Muslim
By Robert Klimper |Staff Writer| Pool players gathered in the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) to compete for a chance to claim victory and a $25 gift card on Feb. 1. Every other Wednesday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. this quarter, student gamers compete in the 9-ball tournament held in Gamers Lounge. The tournament sets up its participants in a simple tournament style, where the winner of a best two out of three match moves up. Eventually two are left, and battle to see who is the champion for the week. Each quarter, the type of tournament is swapped. However, for this quarter it will be a 9-ball tournament every other Wednesday, with the last quarter being an 8-ball tournament. … [Read more...] about Racking up a 9-ball victory
By Robert Klimper |Staff Writer| CSUSB gamers competed in a bi-weekly test of skills through a Super Smash Bros. tournament hosted by the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) on Jan. 25. The tournament is set up into a two bracket system. As matches are played the winner of each match are kept in the winners bracket and those who have lost get moved to the loser bracket. “It's kind of surreal for me [winning], I’m pretty happy,” said Ian Hicks, winner of the tournament. Anyone worried about losing in the first round will still have an opportunity to play again, as the winner of the winner bracket and the losers bracket have one final match to decide the winner. A main point of … [Read more...] about Smashing the competition
By Emily Anne Espinosa |Staff Writer| The SMSU expansion project, "Re-invent," plans to re-purpose the existing Student Union and also expand the project north of the current building. "The current SMSU was renovated at a time when the enrollment was 12,000 students and today over 20,000 students are enrolled at CSUSB," stated SMSU Board Chair, Diana Hernandez Aguilar. The main purpose behind the expansion is the need to increase space and facilities for students, as enrollment and amount of daily visitors continues to increase each year. "Last year, our scheduling office turned away 185 event and meeting requests due to lack of space," stated Aguilar. In addition to more … [Read more...] about SMSU potential expansion plans
By Emily Anne Espinosa |Staff Writer| Students and faculty gather together to have a discussion about sex. Let's Talk About Sex! was hosted by the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) Cross Cultural Center, Student Health Center (SHC), and Psychology Counseling Center. Judi Cruz, Health Education Assistant at the SHC, hosted the event. "We're not encouraging people to be sexually active, and were not discouraging them," said Cruz. "This is not a class, this is not a lecture," continued Cruz. The event is intended to inform students about sex and how to protect their health by giving awareness to the resources around them and allowing them to engage in a dialogue in a … [Read more...] about Let’s Talk About Sex
By Michael Isberto |Features Editor| The Pride Center at CSUSB is one of the many resource centers on campus that empower everyone’s singular identity and journey. Their mission statement states, “The Pride Center provides education and advocacy in order to develop a more equitable and inclusive environment by addressing issues of homophobia and heterosexism throughout the campus community.” Many students are aware of the Pride Center as a resource on campus, and believe it’s a great place to build relationships, as well as build up a community. The Pride Center holds many events throughout the year including, Cosmic Queers, Lavender Graduation and Gaymer … [Read more...] about Pride Center provides peace
By Michael Isberto |Features Editor| CSUSB’s plans for renovation this summer have caught the attention of students and faculty alike. Plans to build a new parking lot, renovation of the Pfau Library, and the expansion of the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) are welcomed by many at CSUSB. With these plans they are also looking for specific additional changes that most consider should be standard. Many students and faculty believe that beautification and superficial changes to the campus are dispensable, but the idea of safety and security is essential. “A university should put the safety and security of its students, staff and faculty, first,” … [Read more...] about Campus concerns for staff and students