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Cal State LA students show up to protest, despite threats of police violence and coronavirus

Protestors march in Downtown Los Angeles in support of the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality. The recent protests were sparked from George Floyd's death in Minneapolis, Minnesota where we died due to a police officer pinning him down to the ground with his knee on his neck for close to nine minuets. Photo courtesy of Corinne Baptiste.

Joshua Letona and Marisa Martinez

June 9, 2020

Some of Cal State LA’s very own have joined in on the protests against police brutality in LA County. In the weeks since George Floyd’s death, worldwide outrage has sparked protests to end social injustice and systemic racism in their respective communities.  Cal State LA alumna Destiny Moore has been a...

CSU temporarily suspends SAT/ACT requirement amid COVID-19

A group of new students get a tour of the Cal State LA campus for orientation.

Catherine Valdez, Staff Reporter

April 28, 2020

Incoming freshmen will not have to submit their SAT or ACT scores when applying to California State University campuses for the 2020-2021 academic year. The CSU has suspended the consideration of standardized test scores in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s yet another adaptation to an ev...

Social distancing lowers pollution in Los Angeles

The San Gabriel Mountains shown clearly in the background on the 10 freeway near Cal State LA.

Meghan Bravo, Staff Reporter

April 25, 2020

In the midst of a pandemic, the environment is the only thing that has gotten healthier. A brown layer of smog normally sits above Los Angeles, but since the “stay at home” order was placed, it has noticeably begun to dissipate. With a culmination of windy, rainy days these past two months and peopl...

Communities of color disproportionately affected by COVID-19

Communities of color disproportionately affected by COVID-19

Denae Ayala, Staff Reporter

April 22, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, communities of color are experiencing a harder hit compared to their white counterparts. Incomplete surveillance data collected throughout the month of March by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), revealed a partial picture of the different races of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. O...

Teachers and students struggle to ‘stay afloat’ during school closure

A group of kids begin homeschool in Roseville, Minnesota, as a result of schools shutting down amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.

Meghan Bravo, Staff Reporter

April 9, 2020

Gabrielle Flores, a teacher’s assistant at Ford Blvd Elementary School and Cal State LA student, said life feels “unbalanced” having to transition from going to work to having to work from home.  She said that the challenge students face transitioning from school to home is not having access t...

Cal State LA hits highs and lows in its graduation rates

This chart visualizes the trends described in the story.

Richard Tzul, News Managing Editor

April 8, 2020

Cal State LA is at the very bottom in four-year graduation rates in 2019 for freshmen out of all the CSU universities. On the upside, it saw significant improvement in its two-year graduation rate among transfer students that same year.  The UT analyzed data of graduation rates at the 23...

Coronavirus and racism: A dangerous mix for Asian Americans

Coronavirus and racism: A dangerous mix for Asian Americans

Richard Tzul and Christopher Lazaro

April 1, 2020

As a child, Simon Tam said he was the victim of several racially motivated attacks. He said his school officials neglected to act and now he’s worried leadership, at a much higher level, is failing to thwart anti-Asian sentiment. The contagious coronavirus may not discriminate but Chinese Americans and ...

BREAKING: Second reported COVID-19 case at Cal State LA

BREAKING: Second reported COVID-19 case at Cal State LA

Richard Tzul, News Managing Editor

March 30, 2020

A second reported case of a Cal State LA student with COVID-19 was announced via a school wide email on Monday. “The student has not been on campus for nearly three weeks, days before starting to experience symptoms, and has not physically been in contact with anyone in our community since that tim...

BREAKING: Cal State LA student tested positive for COVID-19

BREAKING: Cal State LA student tested positive for COVID-19

Richard Tzul, News Managing Editor

March 27, 2020

A school-wide email announced that a Cal State LA student has tested positive for COVID-19. The email, sent by Nancy Wada-McKee, the vice president for student life, said “the student is recovering at home in self-isolation and feeling better.” As determined by the school’s medical director, there is no he...

BREAKING: Cal State LA gets a new provost: José Luis Alvarado

BREAKING: Cal State LA gets a new provost: José Luis Alvarado

Joshua Letona, Entertainment Managing Editor

March 27, 2020

 Four months after former Cal State LA provost Lynn Mahoney left, the university will see its next provost and vice president for academic affairs in José Luis Alvarado.  In a university wide email, President William A. Covino introduced Alvarado to the community. He credited the hire to his experience as the ...

BREAKING: One crisis on top of another: Student loan debt amid the coronavirus pandemic

BREAKING: One crisis on top of another: Student loan debt amid the coronavirus pandemic

Richard Tzul, News Managing Editor

March 27, 2020

UPDATED: March 27, 2020 @ 1:45 p.m. Students and graduates across America are in the same boat struggling with mounting student loan debt. Now, they have one more crisis to unite them: the coronavirus pandemic. In response to the ever-growing health and economic crisis, President Trump on Friday...

Los Angeles pushes to protect renters and homeowners during COVID-19

Los Angeles mayor, Eric Garcetti, takes questions on Covid-19 guidelines.

Denae Ayala and Christopher Lazaro

March 23, 2020

UPDATE: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:59pm While “several measures” were approved to shield LA residents from evictions and foreclosures, they’ve yet to be made officially law “and may not be soon,” reported the L.A. Times. This is because LA City Council meetings are cancelled for the remainder ...

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