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Cuban lifestyle makes big impact

Cuban lifestyle makes big impact

Daisy Ortiz,
Spanish Editor
July 26, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Students Abroad

Two weeks ago, I was a travel enthusiast and a student who wanted to accumulate as many credits as possible in order to graduate next spring. The study abroad program in Cuba seemed like the perfect opportunity, especially for my communication major and because the program was journalism specific. I ...

Money conversion causes confusion for tourists in Cuba

Money conversion causes confusion for tourists in Cuba

Daisy Ortiz,
Spanish Editor
July 26, 2017
Filed under Campus, Students Abroad

My parents always demanded that my siblings and I speak only Spanish in our household. We would learn English in school, so for the most part we followed their rule, not realizing how much it would pay back later. When first arriving to Cuba, the language barrier wasn’t under my list of concerns. I kn...

Campus housing tight fit at East Bay

Campus housing tight fit at East Bay

Daniel McGuire,
Contributor
July 26, 2017
Filed under Campus, Metro

In Summer 2017, 12 bedrooms in the freshman buildings are being converted back into study lounges. In the Fall 2016 Quarter, roughly half of the dorm room beds at California State University East Bay were prioritized for first-time freshmen. Although in October 2013, the study lounges wer...

Summer quarter beats all other seasons

Summer quarter beats all other seasons

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief
July 26, 2017
Filed under Campus, Opinion, Showcase

Summer quarter is the best. The halls are empty and the parking spots are plentiful. When I was young, from elementary school to college, I hated summer school. How cruel it was to be locked in a classroom all day, while the sun peered through the window calling my name. I used to be afraid of miss...

A woman’s place in a foreign country

A woman’s place in a foreign country

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
July 26, 2017
Filed under Campus, Showcase, Students Abroad

My favorite monument in Havana lives in the courtyard of the Plaza Vieja. A voluptuous woman wielding a fork rides a giant rooster that stands poised on one leg. There’s no plaque and no explanation of the meaning behind the statue, but it’s intriguing and strangely empowering. The woman is una...

Quotes from the Quad

Quotes from the Quad

Kedar Dutt,
Photo Editor
July 19, 2017
Filed under Campus, Opinion, Showcase

If you could ask Cal State East Bay President Leroy M. Morishita one question, what would it be? ...

Cuban neighborhood has familiar feel for me

Cuban neighborhood has familiar feel for me

Rebecca Esparza,
Contributor
July 19, 2017
Filed under Campus, Opinion, Students Abroad

My tour guide decided to take me to an area that had a bit more “poverty” or more poor houses, also known as “the projects.” The first thing I noticed was the graffiti, which was very similar to back home. I admired the kids from the block playing together. That’s what I used to ...

Cuba opens American eyes

Cuba opens American eyes

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
July 19, 2017
Filed under Campus, Showcase, Students Abroad

The warm water, palm trees and crystal-white sand of the Santa Maria beach were everything I pictured when I used to think of Cuba, a picturesque island in the Caribbean. However, over the past four days, my rosy tourist perspective has disintegrated as my eyes open to the real Cuba, a very different...

Aramark misses the mark with dining choices on campus

Aramark misses the mark with dining choices on campus

Justin Mutch,
Contributor
July 12, 2017
Filed under Campus, Opinion, Showcase

Have you noticed that the food on campus is disgusting? Of course you have. The Panda Express in the University Union seems a bit more bland than the restaurants. The Pizza Hut is greasy and malodorous. Taco Bell is more nauseating than usual, and the Subway sandwiches often look flat and...

Blog from Cuba: Dining overseas has its challenges for tourists

Blog from Cuba: Dining overseas has its challenges for tourists

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
July 12, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Features, Showcase, Students Abroad

You can tell a lot about a culture by observing its mealtime rituals. In America, convenience and efficiency are prioritized over both quality of food and togetherness. In Cuba, the process is much slower and more laborious. Drive-thru’s don’t exist and you’re forced to take a more active role in d...

Has Fidel Castro’s death changed anything in the country?

Has Fidel Castro’s death changed anything in the country?

Daisy Ortiz,
Spanish Editor
July 12, 2017
Filed under Blog, Students Abroad

On Nov. 25, 2016, Cubans celebrated with pots and pans in the streets of Miami, joyful of what they thought would be a turning point for their homeland, Cuba. In the United States, we received the news right away and stopped transmitting other programs to talk about the death of Fidel Cas...

Blog from Cuba: Small business, big surprise

Blog from Cuba: Small business, big surprise

Daisy Ortiz,
Spanish Editor
July 12, 2017
Filed under Blog, Showcase, Students Abroad

Havana is a mix between grey and white. I say grey because, unfortunately for some and a blessing for others, even the best parts of Havana aren’t what you would see in the United States. Many of the hotels are built in the middle of run-down buildings in which people still live. Some b...

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