The 90-million-dollar expansion of the San Manuel Student Union (SMSU) construction promises new activities and student spaces by August of 2021. The amenities and resources included in the plan of the new SMSU are based on student opinions gathered in person and via surveys. The expansion of the SMSU includes a new three-story building directly across from the current student union building. There will be a pub with outdoor seating, game room, eight-lane bowling alley, dining and lounge space, and a new bookstore on the first floor. The second and third floors will have a multi-purpose conference center, offices for the Associated Students Inc., student government, cultural … [Read more...] about SMSU expansion
By Yera Nanan, Avery Robinson, Fatima Gomez, and Graciela Ramirez The lack of representation and weak recruitment of Pan-African/Black students causes the number of Pan-African students to dwindle, said campus community members. CSUSB has two labels: one being a diverse campus, and the other being a Hispanic serving institution (HSI) due to the fact that the campus has a Hispanic population of over 60 percent. Student Engagement Coordinator, Jane Rodriguez, stated that she does not feel that there is enough representation on campus. "I think being a Hispanic serving institution it would be great to see more diversity when it comes to upper administration or individuals that … [Read more...] about Challenges of a Hispanic Serving Institution: Is enough being done to ensure sense of belonging among minority students?
The room, though small, still had a comfortable atmosphere. One female student ate lunch on a long white table, as she worked on an assignment on her laptop. Two female students sat together and quietly chatted, on a comfortable small bright orange couch in the side of the room. The moment someone walked in, they were greeted by the student assistants, whose desks sat near the entrance of the room, who are prepared to answer any questions that individuals may have. This is the Women’s Resource Center. The Women’s Resource Center is located in the Santos Manuel Student Union, upstairs in Room 221. The purpose of the center is to provide support for students by offering … [Read more...] about The comfortable environment of the Women’s Resource Center
When we first came to school, we all saw and heard the same thing with collective confusion. Construction, fences, tractors, and massive piles of dirt that don't make sense. Mallory Bedney, a student confused at the sight, explained that the construction was distracting. "My curiosity gets peeked, and I wish that what was going on was public knowledge," said Bedney. Leatha Elsdon, the Director of Faculties Planning, Design, and Construction helped dissolve this confusion. Those huge piles of dirt will become the water filtration system for the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) expansion. This will collect stormwater that must be captured by California law and the … [Read more...] about What’s being dug on campus?
The annual Dia Latino celebration will be held on Feb. 8 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Santos Manuel Student Union Event Center. With the first event organized ten years ago, Dia Latino is a collaborative effort among the Acto Latino and Los Amigos student clubs and the department of world languages and literatures. The celebration will feature tables representing all of the Latin American countries with information on the native languages and dialects spoken, notable people, traditional cuisine, music, and holidays. There will be sample food items at each table and a variety of Latin music, such as bachata, banda, bossa nova, and flamenco. Interactive activities that attendees … [Read more...] about Preparations underway for Dia Latino
By Saeed Villanueva |Staff Writer| Dr. Edith Eva Eger, a survivor of the Holocaust, spoke about her inspiring experiences living through one of the darkest periods in human history. The event, "Surviving the Holocaust," was hosted by the University Diversity Committee in the Santos Manuel Student Union Theater on May 16. Eger captivated the crowd of over 500 people. Eger, was only a young teen in 1944 when she and her family was captured and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. When she first arrived at the camp, she recalled meeting the infamous Auschwitz medical officer, Dr. Josef Mengele. Mengele decided which Jewish victims would be sent to the gas … [Read more...] about Surviving the Holocaust Event
By Arthur Medrano |Staff Writer| CSUSB hosts a night of sexual health and HIV education aimed to empower students about the issue. The event began with an introduction panel called Sex in the Dark, a time for students to address their concerns to experts while in a glow in the dark room. For students, this made it acceptable to shine their light in interest about reproductive health and safe sex that many might have anxiety to speak out. Topics like hook up culture, reaches out to how it has dehumanized people's sexual encounters and rather than being educated by their culture on this matter, they seek advice from resources the campus provides. Representatives from Planned … [Read more...] about Sex talk ignites the university
By Robert Klimper |Staff Writer| “Star Wars” fans at CSUSB were able to celebrate a day recognizing one of the most well known franchises about good versus evil, “May the Fourth.” Santos Manuel Student Union (Student Union) organizations and ASI, offered opportunities their own ways for students to enjoy the day. For those unfamiliar with the date, one of the reasons for its existence is due a pun on the popular phrase from the franchise, “may the force be with you.” This is a common phrase used by the Jedi. During the middle of the day, the Gamers Lounge was changed from its usual appearance into a “Star Wars” nerd haven with tables, music and free balloon … [Read more...] about Star War’s day
By Arthur Medrano |Staff Writer| "Stand up!" and "Fight back!" student chanted, as the event dedicated to breaking the silence affecting all genders and sexualities. The Women's Resource Center at CSUSB held their annual "Take Back the Night" event on Friday, April 21. A group of survivors came out one by one to speak out about their stories, telling the audience that they persevered and will continue to fight back. Each participant came from a different background and their stories unfolded emotions that struck every corner of the SMSU. Guest Speakers Yesika Salgado and Angela Aguirre, also known as Chingona Fire, shared their spoken word by discussing the social stigma … [Read more...] about Shared Stories combat Sexual and Domestic Violence
By Jordan Ortega & Courtney Wilkins |Staff Writers| Facilities Planning and Management is currently working toward fixing the restroom signs on campus. The estimated completion date is spring 2017, according to csusb.edu. Since 2016, California voted to change the restroom policy for all genders to be able to use the same or a neutral restroom. The restrooms in all businesses such as this university need to be “single user restrooms.” Here on campus, the laws are being followed with the project already underway. “The campus has been on top of it as well as welcoming of the idea,” said Raul Maldonado, Pride Center Graduate Assistant. “The campus is making the effort to … [Read more...] about CSUSB’s gender inclusive bathrooms