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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, Study Abroad: Cuba

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...

Somewhere over this rainbow

Somewhere over this rainbow

Casey Peuser,
Online and Social Media Editor
July 5, 2017
Filed under Arts & Life, Opinion, Showcase

At the risk of fulfilling the stereotype, lately I’ve found myself identifying with the great Judy Garland in wishing that I, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, was somewhere over the rainbow. By ‘rainbow,’ I’m referring to LGBTQ Pride.  And by ‘over,’ I mean discouraged by the lack of...

Experience overshadows bank account

Experience overshadows bank account

Veronica Hall,
Layout Designer
July 5, 2017
Filed under Features, Showcase

There are some things in life you just can't get out of. Coming from a queen of catting off, I'm really good at flaking on people. But when it came to my best friend’s birthday, I couldn't bring myself to do it this time, even though I had a legitimate reason. I'm broke. Her birthday fell on a Friday...

My internship with the Los Angeles Sparks

My internship with the Los Angeles Sparks

Marissa Marshall,
Staff Writer
July 5, 2017
Filed under Features, Showcase

This was an intense weekend. People do not understand the behind-the-scenes work that goes into executing a professional basketball game. It’s much more than just the on-the-court contests. On Sunday, the WNBA team I am interning with, the Los Angeles Sparks, played the Washington Mystics in ...

Off the grid, out of country: Visualizing two weeks in Havana, Cuba

Off the grid, out of country: Visualizing two weeks in Havana, Cuba

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
July 5, 2017
Filed under Campus, Features, Showcase, Students Abroad, Study Abroad: Cuba

Just two months shy of my 24th birthday, I had never traveled outside of the United States. That changed on Friday when Havana, Cuba became my home for the next two weeks. Approximately 25 Cal State East Bay students will experience two weeks with limited phone service, wifi or contact with the...

Donald Trump should unfollow Twitter

Donald Trump should unfollow Twitter

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief
June 28, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Politics, Showcase

Social media is a blessing and a curse. Sure, it’s great to stay in touch with family and friends, but it can also be an overload of information. Personally, I don’t need an update of your life every minute of the day, but it does help people be transparent, somewhat. The President of t...

Golden State Warriors future depends on free agency

Golden State Warriors future depends on free agency

Victoria Groenewold,
Contributor
June 28, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Sports

Last Thursday’s NBA Draft proved once again that owner Joe Lacob wasn’t far off when he declared that the Warriors front office was lightyears ahead of everyone else in the NBA. As arrogant as that may have sounded, the Warriors continue to make very smart, strategic moves. Last year, they bough...

Bay Area residents make move to Pacific Northwest

Bay Area residents make move to Pacific Northwest

Justin Mutch,
Contributor
June 28, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Admit it, you’ve thought about moving out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Chances are if you live here, you have. There’s no shame in that. Many of us even have our minds set on leaving this seemingly forsaken metropolis. In fact, a recent survey by the Bay Area Council revealed that 4...

My summer internship with the Los Angeles Sparks

My summer internship with the Los Angeles Sparks

Marissa Marshall,
Staff Writer
June 28, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Sports

A few weeks ago I received the opportunity to intern with the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks in the game operations and entertainment field. On my first day, I felt grateful and proud to be introduced deeper into the sports world, a field I hope to find a career in someday. Walking into the iconi...

Ramadan challenges, rewards

Ramadan challenges, rewards

Samerah Begzad,
Contributor
June 22, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

As a Muslim American, I was taught from a young age the importance of celebrating the Holy month of Ramadan. In Islam, we are taught to fulfill the five pillars: Faith, Prayer, Charity, Fasting, and pilgrimage to Mecca. Ramadan, during which we are not supposed to eat for the majority of the day, is...

Trump Tracker: Pioneer updates on America’s president

Trump Tracker: Pioneer updates on America’s president

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief
June 22, 2017
Filed under Politics, Showcase

What Happened? On Tuesday CBS News released survey findings that found President Donald Trump’s approval rating declined to a new low over the last few months. The new study found that just 36 percent of the 1,117 adults surveyed approved of the job Trump was doing, a new low during his preside...

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