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A permanent souvenir from Cuba

A permanent souvenir from Cuba

Allison Weseman,
Contributor
August 22, 2017
Filed under Photos

Getting a tattoo while on vacation is not a new concept, as most tourists want to remember their time abroad. However, in a country that was only opened up to Americans two years ago, it might as well be an outlandish idea.

La libreta

La libreta

Alexandra Archuleta,
Contributor
August 21, 2017
Filed under Photos

Cuban, government-owned supermarkets, otherwise known as bodegas, have been controlled by the Cuban government since Fidel Castro implemented a rations system in 1962. From Castro’s regime to present day, families are required to bring their state-issued ration book, known as la libreta, each time...

Fitness culture in Cuba

Fitness culture in Cuba

Adam Murphy,
Contributor
August 21, 2017
Filed under Photos

As Cuba’s communist government increasingly opens up to the world and embraces a more free market economy, it will be interesting to see how the island and its fitness culture changes. Only time will tell, but the passion and desire for this culture are already vibrant on the island and will only gro...

Perspective is always half of the battle

Perspective is always half of the battle

Alexandra Archuleta,
Contributor
August 17, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Study Abroad: Cuba

As I spend increasingly more time walking the streets and conversing with the people of Havana, I slowly begin to discover that the overall impression someone develops on a topic is almost entirely reliant on perspective, and only a very small part relies on the actual circumstance itself.  The concept...

A crazy tropical storm experience

A crazy tropical storm experience

Christina Andersen,
Contributor
August 17, 2017
Filed under Study Abroad: Cuba

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 how quickly the weather...

Baseball culture in Cuba alive and thriving

Baseball culture in Cuba alive and thriving

Daniel Larios,
Contributor
August 17, 2017
Filed under Features, Showcase, Sports, Study Abroad: Cuba

We got word there was a recreational baseball field where locals go to play pick-up games a couple of kilometers away from our hotel. In the hopes of recording a casual interview, we decided to pack a few things and head out that way. We figured the worst-case scenario is we’d get some b-roll or pictures...

The library scene is not as dead as you think

The library scene is not as dead as you think

Kestutis Rushing,
Contributor
August 17, 2017
Filed under Campus, Showcase

In the age of digital downloads, updates, and ‘like’ buttons, libraries can seem irrelevant, outdated, and like ancient institutions. However, that is not the case at Cal State East Bay, where students frequent their university library. According to CSUEB Library’s statistics, almost 1.16 million...

CSUEB Athletics sign deal with Under Armour

CSUEB Athletics sign deal with Under Armour

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief
August 17, 2017
Filed under Campus, Showcase, Sports

After five years of purchasing apparel through clothing and equipment company Eastbay, the Pioneers will make the switch to Under Armour beginning in fall. On July 20, Cal State East Bay announced a five-year deal with distributor BSN Sports and Under Armour to provide all athletics teams with uniforms,...

Paradise in a dark alley

Paradise in a dark alley

Juana Davila,
Contributor
August 10, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Study Abroad: Cuba

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. As a foreigner, the restaura...

Friendliness of Cuban people

Friendliness of Cuban people

Stephen Freitas,
Contributor
August 10, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Study Abroad: Cuba

Since coming to Cuba, I have noticed the difference in how the Cuban people interact with others. In particular, in the way that they interact with strangers on the streets. My observations have brought me to the conclusion that Cuba is what we would call a “high context’ society. This is a definition f...

The human spirit in a neglected Havana

The human spirit in a neglected Havana

Hannah Childress,
Contributor
August 10, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Study Abroad: Cuba

Some might look at the city of Havana, Cuba and think that the conditions of the neglected buildings would affect the demeanor of the local residents however this is far from the truth. Cuba’s deprived economy has lead to the neglect of maintaining the iconic buildings of Havana and over many de...

Parking is bad, but it could be worse

Parking is bad, but it could be worse

Janice Sobrepena Domingo,
Contributor
August 10, 2017
Filed under Campus, Opinion, Showcase

With fall quarter coming up and a new batch of freshmen coming in, the hunt for parking spots may resemble a scene out of “Game of Thrones;’” Cutthroat, suspenseful, and full of drama. Most students who drive to campus have been guilty of one of these two things at some point: attempting to sh...

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