University Times

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...

Cal State LA Finances Reveal $92 Million in Reserves

Cal State LA Finances Reveal $92 Million in Reserves

Darwin Lopez, Staff Reporter

October 1, 2019

Two recent budget presentations show different results on Cal State LA’s finances. Lisa Chavez, the vice president for Administration and Finance, presented Cal State LA’s general budgeting and reserves during the Academic Senate meeting last Tuesday at the Golden Eagle Ballroom.  She rev...

Brown Issues Visit Sparked by Social Media Poll

Brown Issues Visit Sparked by Social Media Poll

Rosio Flores, Staff Reporter

October 1, 2019

The sound of a Huehuetl drum, an instrument originating from Mesoamerica, filled the air near the Golden Eagle statue on campus. Cal State LA students participated in a pop-up ceremony led by Brown Issues members and students from Anahuacalmecac International Preparatory High School to bring the brown community tog...

A Wind-sical Pop-Up

A Wind-sical Pop-Up

Lauren Diana, Contributing Writer

October 1, 2019

Between the trees of the Music Building courtyard, the Cal State LA Wind Ensemble performed an impromptu performance known as a pop-up show. Taken by surprise, students and staff stopped to enjoy the live music. The 40-minute production, directed by music professor Emily Moss, touched the audience as t...

Braille Signs On Campus Vandalized

Braille Signs On Campus Vandalized

Richard Tzul, Staff Reporter

September 30, 2019

“If I was to blindfold you and put you in King Hall and say ‘Get up to Room 218’ how would you find it?” That's how Roy Payan, a visually impaired student and disability rights advocate, reacted when asked about Braille signs on campus that were vandalized. In a school-wide email sent earlier...

ASI Event Pushes to Inform Students About Voter Registration

ASI Event Pushes to Inform Students About Voter Registration

Oliver Yen, Contributing Writer

September 29, 2019

Cal State LA students were given the opportunity to test a new electronic polling system as part of a National Voter Registration Day event held by Associated Students, Inc. (ASI).   National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) is a nationwide initiative to urge everyone, especially those who general...

BD Wong at the Luckman

BD Wong at the Luckman

Richard Tzul, Staff Writer

September 24, 2019

Award-winning actor BD Wong discussed his life and career as a gay Asian-American artist at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex. Wong has been in films and shows such as “Jurassic Park,” “Mulan,” “Law and Order: SVU” and “Mr. Robot.” His lecture and Q&A on Saturday was free to attend for t...