University Times

Stigma of mental illness can make matters worse for Black folks

Maryse Bombito looks at papers with notes taped to a wall as she organizes her Healing Through Art project.

Chidera Bosah, Community News Reporter

June 2, 2020

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, Lotanna Onyejekwe was no stranger to social distancing. You see, Onyejekwe has social anxiety disorder. It was easier to be alone than face people. When she was in high school, it morphed into something she didn’t expect: a deep depression. She skipped...

Eagle Rock students draw attention to their community

A sign reading

Marisa Martinez, Community News Digital Editor

June 2, 2020

Eagle Rock high school students are starting to have a reputation for getting things done. In recent months, they not only helped secure what is effectively a $150,000 grant for the student body, but some they’ve also been partially credited for prompting former President Barack Obama to deliver a spee...

Dear dad and Davie, I did It!

Denae Ayala is shown posing with a congratulations balloon and with family members.

Denae Ayala, Community News Editor

May 27, 2020

When I was 9 years old, my mom dropped a bombshell on me. She told me that our family would be moving from Los Angeles County to Bakersfield. I had grown up with nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles in L.A. I was happy there. For the most part, I was a good kid. I played sports, I had lots of ...

Medical supplies shortage hurts children with special needs

Denae Ayala, Community News Social Media Editor

May 27, 2020

From the day Gabriel Posadas was born almost two years ago, his mother, Sabrina Renteria, worried about him. Among other issues, he had been born with dislocations of the knees and was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Larsen’s Syndrome, which affects the development of bones through...

Despite challenges, families find balance during coronavirus

Despite challenges, families find balance during coronavirus

Darwin Lopez, Community News Section Editor

May 20, 2020

Since the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent school closures, it seems almost everyone in the Olvera-Mash family is taking on new roles. Grandmother Maria Olvera is now the primary caregiver during weekdays for her two youngest grandchildren, changing their diapers, feeding them and cleaning up af...

Learning hindered, memories never made

Eagle Rock High School student Sarah Goldstein sits at her work station that she has designated for herself since classes at ERHS have transitioned online. Photo courtesy of Sarah Goldstein.

Kilmer Salinas and Marisa Martinez, Community News Reporters

May 20, 2020

When a fire in Brentwood led her university to close this fall, Jasmin Chavez was bummed but she took solace in knowing she’d soon be back on the university’s idyllic campus in the Santa Monica Mountains. Chavez, who lives near South Los Angeles, figured she would make lasting memories in class...

‘Zooming’ to graduation

Darwin Lopez is pictured with his mother and sister.

Darwin Lopez, Community News Editor

May 18, 2020

If you told me when I was a freshman in 2015 that my graduation might be canceled and classes would be on Zoom, I probably would have said “Oh well.” Graduation, to me, was expensive, and frankly, I thought, “How many of the graduates would I really know, anyway?”  In my mind at the t...

Looking for work during a pandemic

A student at Mt. San Antonio College's welding program is shown cutting pipe. This was taken before the facility was closed.

Marlene Cordova, Community News Reporter

May 15, 2020

For Andrea Margarita Flores, the start of her last semester at Cal State LA held so much promise and excitement. Options for the child development major seemed unlimited — from small details like how to decorate her graduation cap to the bigger ones like which child care center she would work in. ...

Movie theaters eviscerated by the pandemic

Throughout the Los Angeles area, theaters like this one in Pasadena are closed amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Ethan Axtell, Community News Reporter

May 10, 2020

Since the rapid expansion of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent quarantine, the American economy has sustained immense damage, with virtually no sector being spared. The film industry, and specifically, movie theaters, have been essentially decommissioned temporarily in the interest of so...

Students get creative amid financial hardships

Kaitlyn Ayala sews masks in her free time (Courtesy of Kaitlyn Ayala)

Marlene Cordova, Community News Reporter

April 19, 2020

Since early March, students have been dealing with far more than transitioning to online classes. Some don’t have space or technology for their online courses. Some are struggling to survive as they and family members lose work. Still others must care for their children or siblings while trying to c...

Cal State LA researchers join fight against COVID-19

A team of faculty and students in the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology focused their studies to create a predictive model that utilized artificial technology and machine learning to predict possible COVID-19 mortality risks.

Tahiti Salinas, Staff Reporter

April 17, 2020

Researchers at Cal State LA have united in a fight against an insidious enemy. Computer science and statistics are the Golden Eagles’ weapons of choice in the ongoing war against the coronavirus. A faculty-student team in the College of Business and Economics, “created an interactive data visu...

Las tiendas están vacías debido al Coronavirus

Estantes completamente abastecidos.

Catherine Valdez, Staff Reporter

April 15, 2020

La pandemia del coronavirus ha provocado que los compradores se abastezcan de agua y productos desinfectantes—dejando los estantes vacíos. Algunos supermercados y tiendas han tenido que cerrar sus tiendas a mitad del día para volver a llenar sus estantes.  Las tiendas se están quedando sin product...

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