University Times

ASI President Speaks Out Against New Requirement

ASI President Speaks Out Against New Requirement

Kayla Misa, Contributing Writer

October 22, 2019

A new proposal for CSU admission requirements ignited controversy, drawing opposition from multiple parties including ASI President Aaron Castaneda. Castaneda proposed a letter of opposition in late September against the additional quantitative reasoning (QR) requirement for prospective CSU students a...

Unavailable Elevators Cause Issues for Cal State LA Students

Unavailable Elevators Cause Issues for Cal State LA Students

Joshua Letona and Meghan Bravo

October 16, 2019

More than 10 percent of elevators found on campus by the UT were down as of last week, causing problems for Cal State LA students, not just when getting around, but also when getting to classes. The UT found 50 elevators, including six that did not work during a survey conducted late September. The â€...

Cal State LA Students and Professors Join ICE Protest

Cal State LA Students and Professors Join ICE Protest

Jorge Cruz, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2019

Cal State LA students and professors joined more than 40 local organizations in Downtown Los Angeles for the National Day of Action to demand the closure of the immigration detention centers.  Protestors marched from Grand Park to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station in downtown on Saturday morning...

Out with the Old, In with the New

Out with the Old, In with the New

Darwin Lopez, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2019

Students who walk up the stairs or exit the elevator doors in the north side of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library can see some spaces closed off. The library has white sheets and yellow caution tape blocking certain paths with a pile of chairs nearby. Furniture and bookshelves have been moved. St...

Campus Reflects for National Coming Out Day

Campus Reflects for National Coming Out Day

Richard Tzul, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2019

“The time has come for us to walk in the sunshine. We don’t have to ask permission to do it. Here we are!” Those words of empowerment by LGBTQ+ activist Martha Shelley were displayed via projection at Cal State LA’s National Coming Out Day event presented by the school’s Gender & Sexualit...

North Campus Construction Reportedly Caused Student Housing Disturbance

North Campus Construction Reportedly Caused Student Housing Disturbance

Richard Tzul and Rosio FLores

October 8, 2019

College students have a reputation for being sleep deprived due to work, school and the maintenance of an active social life. Construction-related noise isn’t typically the culprit––unless, apparently, you live in a part of campus housing. Seven dorm residents interviewed by the UT said they were bothere...

Virtual Reality: A New Way to Exercise

Virtual Reality: A New Way to Exercise

Christopher Lazaro, Staff Reporter

October 8, 2019

For over a year, Dr. Stefan Keslacy and graduate student Hai Tran of the Kinesiology department have been developing research that questions if stimulating the brain using a Playstation 4 and a VR headset can benefit the human body while aging. “With age, brain fitness decreases and it can lead to cognitiv...

Faculty Union Begins Organizing for Pay and Benefits

Faculty Union Begins Organizing for Pay and Benefits

Richard Tzul, Staff Reporter

October 8, 2019

“Faculty working conditions are student learning conditions.” That’s one of the slogans of the California Faculty Association (CFA), the official union of CSU faculty. It’s also how contract negotiations between CFA and administrators affect students, according to Darel Engen, a CFA statew...

Rodent Droppings Fall From Biology Ceiling

Rodent Droppings Fall From Biology Ceiling

Richard Tzul, Staff Reporter

October 8, 2019

Rodent feces that fell from a loose ceiling tile was discovered in the basement of the Biological Sciences building early last week. Richard Billick, a lab technician, said he opened up Biological Sciences (BS) room 39 and discovered a fallen ceiling tile. As he was cleaning, Billick noticed dry rodent ...

The Success of the Spot

The Success of the Spot

Kayla Misa, Contributing Writer

October 6, 2019

The Spot, a new restaurant in the food court, is a successful venture set by the University Auxiliary Services (UAS), shown by recent business statistics provided by the UAS director Tariq Marji, continues to meet and raise student expectations.  Marj stated that the Spot is there for the students and caters e...

Rest Your Bod in a Pod

Rest Your Bod in a Pod

Erick Brigham, Multimedia Journalist

October 1, 2019

Cal State LA has a new way of combating exhaustion on campus: relaxation pods.  The three pods are over four-feet in length and feature a Cal State LA logo on the side. The pods retail at $13,000 each, though the university did not disclose how much they paid through “student-union fees.” T...

The LA Phil Reaches Underrepresented Communities

The LA Phil Reaches Underrepresented Communities

Joshua Letona, Copy Editor

October 1, 2019

The Los Angeles Philharmonic typically performs with tickets north of $70, but for Cal State LA, the orchestra performed for free. The neighborhood concert, which was performed at The Luckman Fine Arts Complex last Thursday, is part of the organization’s mission to bring the orchestra to “neig...