CSULA students Elliot Russell and C.J. Tuttle went to old town Pasadena to ask people’s thoughts on the up coming election. Kimberly Gonzalez feels it is an important election and that a lot is riding on the future. John Rocha was also out on a cool Tuesday night one week before the elections. He agreed with Ms. Gonzalez, and is waiting anxiously for the results. Nonetheless, politics are nothing to stand in the way of a nice night out.
Admin @ January 3, 2013
(PASADENA -10Valley) In mid-October of 2012, the first ever off-leash dog park in Los Angeles county opened it’s gates to the public, both two and four legged. A designated area in Crescenta Valley Park is gated for the dogs of the community. The park is equipped with two gated sections, one for big dogs and the other for smaller ones, and includes water fountains, benches, and shaded areas for the non-dogs. One ‘human companion’ at the park on an early Fall morning was Elsa Waters, who has a dark chocolate brown Greyhound named Elk. She has been bringing him to this park for a couple of weeks and says she likes it because it’s the only place for him to be unleashed. However, the first time she brought him to the park was not too enjoyable. An aggressive dog was causing fights with the other dogs. Waters said, “I have a Greyhound and they’re non-aggressive and they have really thin coats so if another dog gets aggressive he doesn’t have a chance.My dog is big and other dogs have an alpha instinct and will try to dominate him and I didn’t want to take the chance.” That was the only time Waters and Elk had to deal with an aggressive dog. Overall, Waters is glad that the park is finally open because it provides a place for dogs like Elk to be social and it is an asset to the community. Elk was not available for comment as he was chasing a ball in another part of the park.
mildredf @ December 4, 2012
Texas Southern University expelled ten students from the marching band and suspended them from the university for hazing on early October of 2012. The students may also lose their music scholarships which could be as much as $10,000 a year per student. The school’s award-winning band, Ocean of Soul, has performed in the Super Bowl among other places but due to this event, a trip to Atlanta was cancelled for a band competition and Thanksgiving parade performance. The school did not give any details on the specific activities that took place. Hazing is the practice of initiating a new person or a new group of people into an established group through rituals and activities sometimes involving harassment, humiliation, and abuse. Many different groups participate in such activities including gangs, fraternities, workplaces, military units, and schools. A high school soccer team in La Puente is currently being investigated for sexual hazing allegations. In addition, five years ago two CSULA students drowned at Dockweiler State Beach during a hazing ritual for the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Another hazing death occurred at Chico State in 2006. Matthew Carrington was forced to drink approximately 25 gallons of water while standing on one leg followed by doing pushups on a span of a couple of hours. Since hazing has lead to many deaths, it has become illegal in 44 states and it is banned on virtually every major campus in the United States, however, because of its secretive nature, it frequently goes unnoticed. Hazing has a broad definition and can include rites of passage under its umbrella, even though rites of passage, in general, are often considered to be normal. Bar Mitzvah’s, graduating high school, sweet sixteen, and marriages, to name a few are common rites of passage that do not involve an aspect of danger, pain, or torture such as these hazing activities that have been associated with campus life.
mildredf @ December 4, 2012
We are always trying to find new ways to use info graphics on our site. Here is a sample of using Google maps ‘mashup’ features to place a map showing the three or four closest gas stations . The possible applications for these ‘Mash Ups’ is practically unlimited. We could develop a map of all restaurants in this area, or just Pho restaurants. We could post night spots, movie theatres, even the homes where our team members live. Then, the coolest part is that it can be then posted right inside the blog entry itself.
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Click on the map to find gas stations close to campus.
It is really worth the effort to learn this technology and use it in your blog entries. All students in the TVF454 class should try their hands at embedding a mashed-up map of their liking in their blog.
Admin @ November 9, 2012
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(CSULA- 10Valley) Cal State LA students Keon Semsarha and Kevin Zhou rooted around campus to find out what CSULA students think about the election. Contrary to popular opinion, students really do care about what will happen in one week’s time. At least Cal State LA students do. Kristin would like to see more third parties, because she thinks the existing two aren’t doing that great a job. Ron thought that third parties could be good, but often they are just confusing for the voter. Finally, Eduardo Moran thought the more options, the better. That gives voters something to look forward to rather than being stuck with the two who are offered every four years.
Admin @ October 30, 2012
This is a pretty good example of using SoundSlides to rapidly produce striking audio and images for online production. This particular project took some time as we were figuring out the software. Once we figured out the bugs, things went pretty well.
The hallmark of online reporting is the ability to embed multiple types of media in a website, especially media which does not duplicate other, older usage types. In this sense, contemporary web reporters are always looking for new and interesting ways to incorporate media into their stories. This novelty must be undertaken not simply because it is new, but rather because it reveals new and interesting ways to pass along information. We’ll keep trying this, but it’s a pretty good start.
Admin @ October 30, 2012
I had the opportunity to ask a few students here at Cal State Los Angeles about the issues in the following elections that are important to them. I got different answers from each student, because each student is affected differently. These are their comments.
A college student, who is her second year at Cal State Los Angeles, believes that now on days is harder to get a degree in college. Her major is pre-nurse. She is Japanese.
Then, I ask Cal State student Albert Hernandez, a transfer student and Business major, about what issue for the following elections is important to him, and he said that immigration concerns him the most. I asked him, “why?” and he said, “…Because people are being separate from their families and they can’t be together”. I also ask him if he or anyone he knew was affected in some way, but he reply, “…not indirectly.”
When I ask freshman Melissa Hua, who is an Exercise Science mayor, what is the election issues affecting her, she said, “Jobs are important… but because the economy is getting lower… if you succeed in your studies you will succeed.” Melissa believes that with an education, you will succeed and get a job in your career. “Studying is hard” she said, because she believes that education is the key to success. Melissa is currently a full time student and she has is unemployed.
“Getting your degree is more important…” stated Natallie DJansenzian,”… it is hard to buy books and pay for gas.” Currently she is not getting a lot of money from FAFSA. She is currently a freshman and a Biology major here at Cal State Los Angeles.
“The most difficult issue is getting a job, even if we get a degree, is worthless, if we don’t have any jobs that can provide for us and to help support ourselves.” said Moses Georgian. Georgian is Biology major and a freshman student at CSULA. Currently he is working at sizzler on Saturdays only, and he only works five hours. “My boss cut me hours and he is firing workers, I am not sure if I am going to survive one more year here.”
Out of five students and three issues, these results I got. Three students are concern with Education; one is concern with jobs and one with Immigration.
egutie23 @ October 16, 2012
mildredf @ October 14, 2012
By Princess Manasseh
In September Mills School and Technology Academy in Whittier becomes the second school in the SGV to implement a laptop program for its third grade students. The initiative, called ‘1 on 1,’ requires that parents of each third grader buy a brand new Apple Macbook for their child. Use of the computer will be integrated into the students’s daily curriculum, with an emphasis on teaching each child how to use their computer effectively.
Much to the dismay of administrators at Mills School, there were not nearly enough funds for the school to provide computers to all 79 of its third graders, so they looked to support from the parents. Because the cost was to fall on the parents, the program needed at least a ninety percent participation among them. When the initiative was explained and the votes were collected, ninety-two percent of parents were found to be in favor of getting the laptops.
Each laptop costs $1256, a hefty expense for many of the parents. To help lighten the load Mills School has forged a deal with Apple to offer parents payment plans stretching up to three years. Parents have some options: they can pay for the computer in full with a lump some or they can take advantage of various plans. The most affordable plan requires parents to pay $38.06 a month. The school is also looking for community sponsors to help cover the cost for students who cannot afford a computer.
The program is designed so that each year, incoming third graders receive a new laptop. They will use this computer in the classroom for the next three years, carrying them from the start of third grade, to the end of fifth. During that time the children are expected to learn computer essentials that have become vital in society a large.
“I am extremely pleased that my son will begin working with computers so early on,” said Mills parent Mindy Morales, mother of third grader Lester Morales. “In this fast moving society we live in, it will be those who get a head start on mastering technology that lead the way for the rest of us. I’m just glad my son will be one of the leaders.”
Admin @ October 4, 2010
By: Starr Session and Princess Manasseh
There are just days left of the L.A. County Fair but it seems the fun is far from over. True to tradition the fair is offering a variety of delights including: elephant rides, thrilling roller coasters, live bands, and just about anything you can think of deep fried (from pickles to ice cream)!
The fair also publicizes taking pride in the surrounding communities, many of which are in the SGV. On the website lacountyfair.com presenters of the fair express a concern for the community, “our sense of social responsibility guides our decisions on growth and development…We are dedicated to investing in our collective future.”
Year after year to prove their interest in community discounted admission is offered to residents of a particular city on a rolling schedule in what are called “community days.” On your community day, if you arrive to the grounds before 5 pm you can get in for a whooping $5 bucks with a coupon. Today’s community day is for residents of Walnut/Rancho Cucamonga. Tomorrow, which is the last Friday of the fair is community day for Covina/Fontana.
Each cities designated day features a festive Community Day parade and prestigious high school marching band competition. There is an Adult and Junior Community Hero Presentation and a host of other special events. Do you have hometown spirit? Well if so, you can also support your civic officials, business leaders, volunteers, unsung heroes, local talent and outstanding young people on this very special day.
This past weekend Nicole Gutteriez a law student over at Loyola Law School enjoyed her community day for a low price of $5 dollars and raved about the fair exclaiming it was her, “Best night!” she teased that the, ”LA Fair equals a fat persons delight! All the food I’ve ever imagined & I’m gonna try it all! Especially the fried butter recommended by Oprah!,” If Oprah gives her stamp of approval then you know it must be some good food paired with some good fun over at the L.A. County Fair.
We know the SGV has hometown spirit, and with only a couple of cities left to show their enthusiasm we encourage you take friends and family to the fair.
Log onto the website for more information: www.lacountyfair.com/2010
[Source: L.A. County Fair]
Admin @ September 30, 2010