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Buying holiday outfits to snacking on popcorn: Eastside residents share their memories of Sears ahead of its closing

Martha Nerio, Community News Reporter April 8, 2021

Arline Hernandez, 73, said the Sears store at Olympic Boulevard and Soto Street long been a symbol of home, its green neon rooftop sign visible for miles around. “As little kids we would always say,...

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Women’s History Month: Highlighting life-long activist Melina Abdullah

Zoe Little and Mia Alva March 31, 2021

Melina Abdullah, a Cal State LA professor, activist and one of the founding members of the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated Black Lives Matter movement, is credited for helping spark the recent racial reckoning....

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From radio to the screen: How Atwater Village resident Alex Cohen became a TV news anchor

“What I try to keep in mind is that I am grateful to have a job where I can set an example for my children about what's important in the world”
By Mia Alva, Community News Reporter March 26, 2021

Twenty-year public radio veteran Alex Cohen is known for her interviewing skills and political knowledge. She never expected those skills to catch the attention of a local television outlet and launch...

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A glimpse at an ‘Evening with LA Cultural Toons’

Briana Munoz, Reporter March 23, 2021

Updated March 23: Robert Weide’s department has been corrected. At an event this month, some Cal State LA students had the opportunity to virtually sit down with the ambassadors of LA urban culture,...

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2020 trends offer students more than entertainment

Mia Alva, Intern Reporter December 30, 2020

After a year loaded with downfalls, students reflected on the 2020 trends that helped them get through quarantine and a full semester of virtual learning.   Among many trends the year brought on,...

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Art and healing during a pandemic

Rucker Schantz, Community News Reporter December 29, 2020

If Leimert Park is considered an artistic and cultural hub, at least part of the credit goes to Ben Caldwell, who started the Leimert Park Art Walk 10 years ago and has worked on various projects in the...

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Christmastime is tamale season but a strange one this year

A personal essay about tamales and a family tradition I’ll miss during the pandemic
Meghan Bravo, Community News Editor December 7, 2020

Every year, my family crowds around the kitchen island creating a big mess and getting masa stuck underneath our fingernails and I get the chance to ask my aunt questions about my roots. My family’s...

Rogelio Avila (left) did not miss the opportunity to take part in the festivities himself. Here he is gazing upon 15-year-old Shadow of the Colossus, a beloved game from his youth.

El Monte native joins gaming business — weeks before pandemic strikes in the US

Matthew Salcido, Community News Copy Editor December 7, 2020

As a kid growing up in El Monte, Rogelio Avila, said he grew up at the local arcades. He spent so much time at one game store in particular, even in his 20s, that a manager he befriended there taught...

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Keeping ourselves healthy during the pandemic

A review of Kumix, a juice bar in La Puente
Briana Muñoz, Community News Reporter December 4, 2020

This year came with many uncertainties. That’s why taking care of my well-being — including being considerate about the food I consume — has been so important. It really has made a difference...

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‘Cared straight’ out of gangs

‘One campus, one book’ highlights author and former gang member Luis J. Rodriguez
Joshua Letona, Editor-in-Chief November 30, 2020

“My story is that I wasn’t scared straight out of gangs. I was cared straight,” said Luis J. Rodriguez, book author of the memoir: “Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.”  As part...

The theater department rehearses and practices using Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) to create backgrounds for the first upcoming play. Photo Meredith Greenburg.

The show must go on: Cal State LA’s Department of Theatre and Dance moves plays to virtual

Lurdes Villalpando, Intern Reporter October 15, 2020

The pandemic led events to be canceled, but that was not enough to keep the Department of Theatre and Dance down.  Department chair Meredith Greenburg has been working with the cast and staff members...

UT Editors' Picks. Illustration by Lauren Dahncke

UT editors’ picks: Video games

Tahiti Salinas, Managing Editor August 4, 2020

Our first “safe-at-home” summer is coming to end. While we haven’t been able to see people in-person, video games have brought together many friends and families. In the continuation of this series,...

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