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Local La Puente artist pays homage to his city

Briana Munoz, Community News reporter June 14, 2021

La Puente resident Emmanuel Salgado used the city as his canvas in the making of his latest music video “27 Dream”. Salgado, also known by his artistic name “Manny Maverik,” released the video...

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An accident that could have ended his life gave him a new one

The Alhambra’s “Wheels Up” exhibit showcases Martin Vogel’s artwork and others'
Stephanie Presz June 10, 2021

At the age of 21, Martin Vogel was dispatched from rehabilitation after a life-threatening motorcycle racing accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. He knew that newly paralyzed adults...

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A battle with myself

My journey to overcoming an eating disorder
Genesis Gonzalez, Community News Reporter May 11, 2021

It started when I was 10 years old. “You need to start eating less,” my friend told me. That’s when it hit me: My classmates are almost all thin. Over the next few days and weeks, self-doubt...

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Drive-in and virtual events are providing an ‘escape’ from the pandemic

Cal State LA students and faculty share their drive-in and virtual event experiences.
Tahiti Salinas, Editor-in-Chief May 4, 2021

Companies have adapted to the changes brought on by the pandemic by creating events that can be experienced from the safety of a car. Events like Electric Mile, Stranger Things: The Drive-Into Experience...

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Hollywood producer wrote the roles she once wanted to play

Luisa Leschin has worked on 'Everybody Hates Chris,' 'George Lopez,' 'Mr. Iglesias' and now, 'Gentefied'
Krysta Pae, Community News Reporter April 29, 2021

Growing up, Luisa Leschin was surrounded by the arts and culture. Her mother was a concert pianist and her dad, a former president of El Salvador. As a child, she traveled around the world dancing...

Dreaming of Our Future/ Soñando de Nuestro Futuro ensemble rehearsing for their virtual performance.

A call to action: The Soñando project reimagined

Cast and crew share what’s new
Rosio Flores, Managing Editor April 20, 2021

Virtually executing the production for “Dreaming of our Future/Soñando de Nuestro Futuro,” an ensemble-based theater project that sheds light on the struggles and challenges of immigrants and Deferred...

Stephanie Presz plays at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Alan Snodgrass.

Notes of sexism in the music industry

My journey as a female drummer
Stephanie Presz, Community News Reporter April 19, 2021

“Sweetheart, could you transfer me over to a guy? I’d like to speak to someone who knows what they’re talking about.” I had heard versions of that a number of times before working at the Guitar...

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Cal State LA music department eager for the return of in-person learning

Zoe Little, Social Media editor April 13, 2021

Technological difficulties and the necessity to practice in groups have left students and staff from the music department feeling like they are missing out on the full learning experience they would otherwise...

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Digital diaries to be displayed in a virtual exhibit

Zoe Little, Social Media editor March 6, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the University Library’s Special Collections and Archives team, alongside student archivists, are ensuring that the experiences of the Cal State LA campus community...

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Mariachi Plaza development planning gets extension

Metro needs more time to analyze the project, ensure it will work
Jathniel Coronado, Community News Reporter January 15, 2021

At a virtual meeting on Dec. 3, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority unanimously approved a 6-month extension on its agreement with the East LA Community Corporation, which is planning...

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Eastside Los Angeles landmarks: 12 of the community’s favorite places

A virtual tour of East Los Angeles and neighboring communities
Jathniel Coronado, Community News Reporter January 8, 2021

Many of us are stuck indoors during the COVID-19 but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the places and landmarks that make the Eastside so special. The UT’s Community News section asked Eastsiders...

Photo of 5605-5607 N. Figueroa St., where the nomination for the Historic-Cultural Monument for the Centro de Arte Publico is located. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Department of City Planning in a recommendation report for the Cultural Heritage Commission.

The fight to preserve two former Chicano art centers in Highland Park

Zoe Little, Community News Reporter January 6, 2021

Highland Park and Northeast Los Angeles was once a massive hub for Chicano art and activism.  Many of the most influential Chicano artists of the 1970s came together and created the two most influential...

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