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Kali Persall

Kali Persall

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

August 27, 2017


Filed under Blogs

The garbage revolution 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 increasingly open t...

Juana Davila

Juana Davila

Juana Davila,
Contributor

August 27, 2017


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Paradise in a dark alley Old Havana is beautiful during the night; it’s like a never ending fiesta. Parents are out with their children, young couples are taking a stroll while street musicians work their magic, and others are huddled together in the wifi hotspot in front of the public library....

Hannah Childress

Hannah Childress

Hannah Childress,
Contributor

August 27, 2017


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Pride for the Malecón; neglect of the water beyond For many years the Malecón, which separates the city of Havana, Cuba from the Caribbean Sea, has been frequently used as a social gathering spot for residents of Havana. In previous years locals would use the water beyond the Malecón as an escape fro...

Donnisha Brown

Donnisha Brown

Donnisha Brown,
Contributor

August 27, 2017


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A Cuban is a Cuban In the United States, there are African Americans, Chinese Americans, Mexican Americans and many more Americans. Although it is not directly defined by race, wealth, livelihood and overall quality of life is differentiated culture to culture, neighborhood to neighborhood. In Hav...

David Corrie Jr.

David Corrie Jr.

David Corrie Jr.,
Contributor

August 25, 2017


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First glimpse of fitness My first few days in Havana Cuba have been quite an experience. When first arriving in the country, we took a van to the hotel and had a nice journey through the city as we explored some of the outskirts. One thing that was very interesting to see was a building that look...

Christina Galanakis

Christina Galanakis

Christina Galanakis,
Contributor

August 25, 2017


Filed under Blogs

The Cuban Mafioso Havana is rich in character from every nook and cranny, so it’s almost impossible to produce images less than perfect. While exploring Havana on this particular day, however, I witnessed a moment in time so picture-perfect that I felt the immediate need to stop and capture it. ...

Daniel Arevalo

Daniel Arevalo

Daniel Arevalo,
Contributor

August 24, 2017


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Expression of love and emotion From fifth grade to junior year of high school, I played the alto saxophone for the symphonic and jazz classes. I never loved it, however. I was always too timid to solo, too scared to risk being vulnerable in front of an audience.  My teachers always pushed me to t...

Danielle Thompson

Danielle Thompson

Danielle Thompson,
Contributor

August 24, 2017


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La Gente The people of Havana, Cuba are exceptionally bright and personable. Everyone I've encountered during these first three days has been helpful, friendly and funny. The people here also seem to love Americans! Whenever someone finds out we're Americans, they want to tell us great places ...

Christine Andersen

Christine Andersen

Christine Andersen,
Contributor

August 24, 2017


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Crazy tropical storm I’ve traveled to a lot of different countries and experienced a lot of different weather, but nothing else quite compares to the storm we experienced last night in Havana. The rain came down so hard, so fast, followed by super loud thunder and bright lightning. It was insane...

Daniel Larios

Daniel Larios

Daniel Larios,
Contributor

August 23, 2017


Filed under Blogs

First impression When you finally get to see that movie that’s been blowing up the box office or somehow manage to get a table at the hottest restaurant in the city, often times the hype gets built up so much that when you finally get to experience it, some of its panache is worn off and you’re...

Pioneers optimistic about upcoming season

Pioneers optimistic about upcoming season

Marissa Marshall,
Staff Writer

August 23, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports

It’s a new season for the California State East Bay women’s soccer team and the team is in the midst of their preseason training with long double days and fitness tests. Last season the Pioneers finished 4-11-3 overall and 3-9 in conference, which put them 10th in the California Collegiate At...

Daisy Ortiz

Daisy Ortiz

Daisy Ortiz,
Spanish Editor

August 23, 2017


Filed under Blogs

Small business, big surprise Havana is a mix between gray and white. I say gray 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...

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