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The countdown to graduation

The countdown to graduation

Jamie DaSilva,
Contributor

April 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion

As the winter quarter came to a close, there were textbook rentals to turn in and final papers to submit. The midnight oil was burning to ensure good grades. It was my last quarter at California State University, East Bay. I will be graduating with a degree in communication with an emphasis in media...

Reggae: Not a synonym for marijuana

Reggae: Not a synonym for marijuana

Eduardo Gonzalez,
Staff Writer

April 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion

I was diagnosed with stage II Hodgkin’s lymphoma (cancer in the lymph nodes) shortly after graduating high school. At a time that seemed that the world was caving in on me, the only thing that helped keep my head above my shoulders were the sweet-sounding positive-vibrations of reggae music. Over...

Teachers should not have guns

Teachers should not have guns

Jessica Avila,
Contributor

April 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion

When our founding fathers included our right to bear arms in the Constitution, the current role that guns play in our country is probably not what they had in mind. Their original intentions were to create a permanent citizen army, but since then guns have become much more complicated. America is still...

Domestic violence in the NFL needs to stop

Domestic violence in the NFL needs to stop

Ryan Duarte,
Contributor

March 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The biggest problem in football right now is not concussions. It’s domestic violence and the lack of accountability within the NFL. It is not only affecting players and teams, but also affecting people who are close to these players. This is not only a national issue, but a problem within our California...

Bittersweet graduation vibes are on the way

Bittersweet graduation vibes are on the way

Sierra Perales,
Contributor

March 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

My journey at Cal State East Bay began back in winter of 2016. I was a transfer student from Ohlone College and had no idea what to expect out of the next chapter in my life. Since I was young I always set both long and short-term goals for myself and have always been prepared for what would be next....

There may be hope for ‘Solo’

There may be hope for ‘Solo’

Kestutis Rushing,
Contributor

March 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Now that the commotion about “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has calmed down, Disney and Lucasfilm dropped a teaser for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” on Super Bowl Sunday and then posted the full trailer the following Monday morning. People criticized “The Last Jedi” for being too different fr...

Dear boomers, Stop shaming Millennials and fix the mess you’ve created

Dear boomers, Stop shaming Millennials and fix the mess you’ve created

Justin Mutch,
Contributor

March 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Older generation blames young people for the failing economy, It’s time for that to change Have you heard? Millennials are bloodthirsty “killers” because we are “slaughtering” countless industries by not spending money on certain products. Our bloodlust knows no bounds and we will continue t...

Bay Area panel unites women in hip-hop

Bay Area panel unites women in hip-hop

Shyra Gums,
Contributor

March 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

On Nov. 2, 2017, I posted a “Throwback Thursday” Instagram post of me and some of my mentors who were panelists in my first Women in Hip Hop Panel in 2015. I  just tried to show my appreciation for having them all as my “Hip-Hop guardians.” One of my mentors shared the post, resulting in her and many mor...

Girls will be allowed in the Boy Scouts — and that’s good

Girls will be allowed in the Boy Scouts — and that’s good

Michael Souza,
Contributor

March 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

For over a century, the gender equality movement has been pushing for changes to allow women to have equal opportunity in the workplace, in education and beyond. That push is now happening in the Boy Scouts. In October 2017, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced that it will allow girls to join...

Another anime remake gets whitewashed

Another anime remake gets whitewashed

Earlene Mary Escobal,
Contributor

March 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

“Alita: Battle Angel” lacks ethnic representation Anime and manga remakes are difficult for me to watch. Japan, where anime and manga are from, does a good job of portraying and casting characters close to the original. The United States is not as successful. The live action  “Death Note...

What Logan Paul can teach us about the internet

What Logan Paul can teach us about the internet

Jessica Avila,
Contributor

February 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion

On Dec. 31,  2017, YouTuber Logan Paul upset the internet when he posted a video titled, “We found the dead body of man in a Japanese suicide forest.” Paul had taken a trip to Japan, where he visited the Aokigahara “Suicide Forest” and filmed the controversial vlog showing the dead body o...

The best boba in the East Bay

The best boba in the East Bay

Kenzi Hilario,
Contributor

February 28, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Sweet chewy tapioca pearls and your choice of milk or fruit-based tea. These ingredients come together to make one of the most popular Asian drinks to hit the Bay Area. Depending on where you are, the drink has several names such as bubble tea or tapioca. Boba, as it’s known locally, is a chilled, te...

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