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?
With Thanksgiving approaching, some CSUSB students share what they are thankful for during these difficult times. "I am thankful for my parents, family, all of the supportive people in my life, my job as a behavior interventionist, my education, and my faith and determination. With all of these components, I have been able to overcome the many stressors that have been thrown my way this 2020 and, by doing so, I am most thankful to say that I will be graduating in December as a first-generation college student." "At this moment, I am most thankful for my family, friends, and, most importantly, staying healthy and protected throughout this pandemic. I am thankful for these things … [Read more...] about Vox pop: What are you thankful for?
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
With the presidential elections coming up, some students express their opinions about the 2020 candidates. Francisco Baeza Major: Literature, Graduate Student (First year) I believe that both candidates showcase the problems with the broken two-party political system in the United States. Trump is moving the country towards a state of fascism while Biden refuses to embrace any policies that would help him garner the wing of the party that he needs to win. Both candidates signal that their campaigns will return the country to "normal" but life wasn't exactly great before Trump came in anyways. As you can tell, I'm not too fond of either of them and my convictions are … [Read more...] about Vox Pop: Opinion on presidential candidates
Prior to the spike in the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths in the United States, the campus community was baffled by how to conceive the pandemic which eventually led to statewide campus closures, shifting courses that meet in-person to online settings, and postponing commencements. The big question to ask, before the implemented campus closures toward the end of the winter quarter, was: "What does the CSUSB student body think about the recent news regarding Coronavirus?" A Vox Pop was conducted a week before winter quarter finals. Students' responses to the question were in the midst of the campus community's discussions on how to proceed in a pandemic. Cristian … [Read more...] about Vox Pop: What CSUSB students think of the COVID-19
CSUSB has been ranked one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, yet the different races on this campus feel there is room for improvement. “We stick together as a whole since the percentage of African Americans is only 4 or 5 perent...we do a lot of programs to represent our culture and our passion for what we love as African Americans on campus.” - “It is important for race to be represented on campus so that everyone is included and not left out.” “Being black on a college campus and not being able to express yourself or be who you are because of the system that was set not to succeed.” “I’ve always been viewed as not college worthy because of my … [Read more...] about Vox Pop: “What race do you identify with and how do you feel your race is represented on campus?”
Prices are up and so are wait times. Construction, growing student body, increase in parking prices, and the start of the fall quarter are all reasons why parking has become an issue for students. Students share their growing frustrations and suggestions for change. "There was already difficulty parking before they started construction, and now that there’s construction everywhere. There isn’t anywhere to park. Now you have to go all the way to the Visual Arts. It’s just a drag. Just maybe have it be more accessible because I know there is parking all around, but maybe people don’t have the time. Say, if they have a class in Jack Brown, they don’t have the time to … [Read more...] about Vox Pop: Is campus parking getting out of hand?
Recently, CSUSB has announced that, in Fall 2020, the campus will be converting from a quarter system to a semester system, and some of the students who will be affected by the conversion gave us their thoughts. “I think it’ll mess up people who are going to be in the middle of the conversion. I’m from a semester system in community college, and now I’m getting used to the quarter, but then I’ll have to go back to semester. I think it’ll definitely get confusing. I’ll most likely have to stay a little longer, but I’m fine with that, as long as the job gets done.” “I have mixed feelings about the conversion. In a quarter system, you can take 5 classes each quarter. … [Read more...] about Vox Pop: “What are your thoughts on the quarter to semester conversion?”
How do you feel about graduation and what advice would you give to incoming freshmen? Ricardo Vega, 24: "I am excited because I am a first-generation college student who is also pursuing their masters right away. I would tell Freshman that time management is important and that there will always be a time and place for everything." Mayra Sanchez, 21: "I am excited about graduation, but I am also feeling nervous to graduate because now I have to decide what I am going to do after I graduate. I have worked really hard these past years and I am very proud of what I have done. I am excited for what life has set up for me. The advice that I would give to incoming Freshman would … [Read more...] about Vox Pop: Seniors reflect speak about graduation
On Nov. 6, San Bernardino Scottish Rite Rainbolt RiteCare Center held one of the voting polls, where the community shared their thoughts on elections. Donna Martin "I vote every four years, I would like to see a lot of changes in props." Mary Charmy "Everybody has to vote, exercise your right of suffrage to vote. I have worked in the election for 15 years, it's good for first-time voters to read the propositions because they can become confusing." Don Williams "To teach my boys that we need to be apart of our government and American society to change things." Darryl Joseph "The election is very important to me, it helps me to get the right people in … [Read more...] about “What motivated you to vote?”