The Pioneer

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, Study Abroad: Cuba

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...

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, Study Abroad: Cuba

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, Study Abroad: Cuba

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...

Dining overseas has its challenges for tourists

Dining overseas has its challenges for tourists

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

July 12, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Features, Showcase, Students Abroad, Study Abroad: Cuba

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, Study Abroad: Cuba

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, 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...

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...

Cal State Cuba: Students make trek from Hayward to Havana this summer

Cal State Cuba: Students make trek from Hayward to Havana this summer

Stephen Freitas,
Contributor

May 24, 2017


Filed under Campus, Features, Students Abroad

On June 30, approximately 25 Cal State East Bay students — including myself — will fly from Los Angeles to Havana, Cuba, where we will take classes in documentary film and photojournalism, and produce our own films, long-form articles and photo essays as part of a new study abroad program create...

‘Ghost Town to Havana’ film inspires, connects

‘Ghost Town to Havana’ film inspires, connects

Cristian Medina,
Contributor

March 15, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Features, Showcase, Sports

For many people, baseball is just a game. Some even find it boring. For others, it’s a way of life. It’s something that you’re born into and something that fills you with an indescribable sense of pride. For members of an Oakland youth baseball team, it was a way out of a less-than-desirable lif...

Limited financial aid offered for summer

Limited financial aid offered for summer

Daisy Ortiz,
Contributor

March 15, 2017


Filed under Campus, Features

For many Cal State East Bay students, summer quarter provides an opportunity to get ahead on coursework or simply catch up on classes they need for the next academic year. For those students, financial aid typically plays a significant role. Of the 7,000 students that enrolled in summer courses last year,...

Ex líder Fidel Castro muere en Cuba

Ex líder Fidel Castro muere en Cuba

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

November 30, 2016


Filed under Spanish

El ex líder de Cuba, Fidel Castro, murió el 25 de noviembre por razones no reveladas, según su hermano Raúl Castro, actual presidente del país. Fidel lideró una revolución en Cuba que culminó en él residiendo como primer ministro y presidente por más de 49 años bajo un régimen comunista....

Fidel Castro dies in Cuba

Fidel Castro dies in Cuba

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

November 30, 2016


Filed under Metro, Showcase

The former leader of Cuba, Fidel Castro, died from undisclosed reasons on Nov. 25, according to his brother Raul Castro, the current president of the country. Fidel led a revolution in Cuba that culminated in him residing as prime minister and president for more than 49 years under a communist regi...

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