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Vikings, Celtics invade Hayward campus

Vikings, Celtics invade Hayward campus

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief
June 1
Filed under Arts & Life, Campus, Features, Showcase

Have you ever thrown a spear, shot a bow and arrow or engaged in Celtic combat? If you haven’t, then you missed out on Friday at the Cal State East Bay Student Historical Society Celtic and Viking reenactment. In addition to lectures and presentations of early century lifestyles, two historical reena...

Senatorial campaign unconventional

Senatorial campaign unconventional

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
June 1
Filed under Features, Politics

Classic rock plays in the background as Von and Drake Hougo discuss campaign strategy in the dining room and garage of their home in Santa Clarita, which doubles as a “campaign headquarters.”  The father-son duo works morning and night in between Drake’s school and track practice and Von’s ...

Letter to my little brother, growing up without a father

Letter to my little brother, growing up without a father

Vanessa Pineda,
Contributor
May 25
Filed under Features

To my little brother David aka Dey You have grown up without our mom or your dad. Our mom is a drug addict, and her drug abuse affected our family, especially you. Your dad has been absent since before you were born. What you have gone through and the emotional battles you have faced are unimaginabl...

Oakland skatepark thrives one year later

Oakland skatepark thrives one year later

Marquis Jaramillo,
Contributor
May 25
Filed under Features

Oakland’s Town Park Skate Gallery looks sleek and professional. Shiny metal coping and sharp corner ledges line the top edges of new, smooth concrete transition sections of the park, allowing skaters seemingly endless possibilities for maneuvers, tricks and runs. This park covers 8,300 square feet w...

Navarro driving force for Pioneers

Navarro driving force for Pioneers

Marquis Jamarillo,
Contributor
May 18
Filed under Features, Showcase, Sports

To say you were born to play baseball is one thing. To actually live it is another. Rudy Navarro, Jr., a 21-year-old senior on the Cal State East Bay Pioneer baseball team lives that reality. Navarro, originally from Corcoran, is a utility player: he plays multiple positions on the baseball field, which is...

Hayward celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Hayward celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief
May 11
Filed under Arts & Life, Features, Showcase

La Alianza de Hayward, a Latino based organization, hosted their annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in Downtown Hayward near City Hall on Saturday. The celebration was designed to incorporate the true meaning of the day, which is to celebrate “The Battle of Puebla”, an 1862 victory by the Mexican ...

Phoneless Friday: A day disconnected

Christina Bleakley,
Contributor
May 4
Filed under Features, Videos

A whole day without your cell phone. It’s a scary thought, right? Can you imagine: no Instagram, no Twitter, no emails, no texting and you have to make actual phone calls. Sounds like a living hell to any millennial. But I did it. I chose a Friday, but preparations started the night before. I had ...

Crystal meth: The moral inhibitor

Crystal meth: The moral inhibitor

Vanessa Pineda,
Contributor
May 4
Filed under Features

My mom began using drugs when I was about six or seven years old. At first, I didn’t really know what was going on. By the time I was in fourth grade, I was living with my grandma since my mother could no longer take care of us. We lived in an apartment in downtown San Jose. One day my mom came over; she had u...

Dear Colleagues and Students

Dear Colleagues and Students

Dr. Nicholas L. Baham III,
Professor of Ethnic Studies and CSUEB CFA Chapter President
May 4
Filed under Features, Op-ed, Opinion, Showcase

On behalf of your CSU East Bay chapter of the California Faculty Association (CFA) and Students for Quality Education (SQE), I want to thank you for your support and love in the recent Faculty Fight for Five! As many of you now know, we were able to avert a strike after a last minute agreement with Chance...

Wrestling electrifies Hayward gym

Wrestling electrifies Hayward gym

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief
April 28
Filed under Features, Photo Galleries, Showcase, Sports

For many people, wrestling brings back memories of childhood. Early Saturday mornings waking up to see Hulk Hogan destroy some unnamed opponent or huddling around a cable box to watch pay-per-view events like Wrestlemania, Royal Rumble or Summer Slam. The WWF and later the WWE captivated kids like m...

Sensory deprivation what? Trying floatation tanks for the first time and loving the experience

Sensory deprivation what? Trying floatation tanks for the first time and loving the experience

Jordy Sanchez Diaz,
Contributor
April 27
Filed under Features

As I walked through the doors of the loft where the sensory deprivation floatation tanks were, I began to question, “Wait, what am I doing here?” Initial feelings of apprehension surfaced around trying something completely new — and more importantly about spending extra money so close to rent being...

Homelessness hits close to home

Homelessness hits close to home

Vanessa Pineda,
Contributor
April 21
Filed under Features, Showcase

The last time my younger brother and I visited my mom, she was living in “The Jungle,” a former homeless camp in San Jose. She has been a crystal meth drug addict for 16 years and is currently homeless. My mom hasn’t always lived this lifestyle; she was such a great person and caretaker. Her name is R...

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