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Stephanie Presz plays at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Alan Snodgrass.

Notes of sexism in the music industry

My journey as a female drummer
Stephanie Presz, Community News Reporter April 19, 2021

“Sweetheart, could you transfer me over to a guy? I’d like to speak to someone who knows what they’re talking about.” I had heard versions of that a number of times before working at the Guitar...

The last birthday party I shared with my sister. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Medina

My ‘forever best friend’: Love lives on after death

A personal essay about losing my sister
Stephanie Medina, Community News Reporter April 17, 2021

In some ways, Oct. 29, 2017, was a typical morning. I woke up early, showered and got ready for work. But something gnawed at me all morning and my anxiety only grew worse when my mom, Susan Raya, called...

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How I ended up living with my best friend for six months during the coronavirus pandemic

Mia Alva, Community News Reporter April 1, 2021

I will never forget the night my dad returned from work to our home in Highland Park. It was March 18, 2020. COVID-19 had done little damage on the United States at that point, so I didn’t expect...

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Editorial: Black History Month

Editorial Board February 28, 2021

The University Times editors would like to acknowledge Black community members, activists, and professors from campus for their achievements and the impact they’ve had on the Cal State LA community....

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School, work, babysitting, COVID-19: How I learned my limits

A personal essay on conquering the toughest months of my life
Kenya Romero, Community News Reporter January 6, 2021

The past several months have been the most challenging of my entire life, by far. They have been the most rewarding for my work and school career, yet the worst for my mental well-being. The COVID-19...

Photo of Leeward Coastline, Oahu by Krysta Pae

In a small room, an ocean away from family

An out-of-state student’s personal essay about being isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic
Krysta Pae, Community News Reporter December 29, 2020

I grew up in a small town in Hawaii in a household of seven: myself, my three older brothers, my parents, and my grandmother. Grandma was always home, and when she wasn’t, one of my parents was. And...

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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...

How I hit rock bottom and recovered

How I hit rock bottom and recovered

Jericho Caleb Dancel, Community News Reporter December 7, 2020

My best childhood memories include spending time with my parents and brother: playing in the snow and going on weekend hiking trips. That is why I took the news so hard. It was in the middle of winter...

Two clear cups, one with a green smoothie and another with fruit.

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...

Marisa Martinez (left) and Daniel Martinez (right) walking up the aisle after saying their

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the COVID-19 global pandemic

A personal essay about my first year of marriage
Marisa Martinez, Community News Digital Editor November 30, 2020

My husband and I are planners. He’s an engineer and I’m a journalist. We analyze situations far before making a definitive decision. We decided that we wouldn't get married until we were sustainable....

Full dinner from Big Catch Seafood.

Dinner for one: A review of Big Catch Seafood in Alhambra

Vanessa Wyatt, Community News Reporter October 12, 2020

During the pandemic, it has been challenging to adjust to life. Even the little things I used to enjoy seem like a distant dream now. For instance, dining out at different restaurants has always been a...

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Editorial: The UT supports the Black Lives Matter movement

The editorial board of the University Times would first like to give our condolences to George Floyd’s family. We stand against any type of inequalities, racism and oppression. Though Floyd’s death...

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