Is America really post-racial?

By Ciara Walker  Staff Writer  “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” Those were the last words spoken by Michael Brown as he was fatally gunned down in Ferguson, MO by a Caucasian police officer. Brown was supposed to start college that following Monday. We have all heard someone complaining and thought, “It is not just because you are black.” …

Cultural appropriation is not fashionable

By Nicole Holman Contributor  Cultural appropriation is the process by which a member of a dominant culture takes or uses aspects of another culture (often a colonized culture) without any understanding of the deeper, cultural meanings behind the appropriated item. It is often disrespectful and racist. Appropriating other cultures is not harmless. It often contributes to negative stereotypes of the culture being parodied. The …

Culture

By Owranoos Suljuki Contributor  You find me delightful as if I am obliged to be a delight for you. That the sole reason for my existence is to be your pleasure. I am not another land that you can discover and expect to own. Just because you have happened upon it does not mean it owes itself to you. All for …

Joining BSU changed my college experience

By Shalyn Reynoso Contributor  Coming to CSUSM, there was definitely a noticeable difference in the diversity of this campus and the one I had come from. I decided to be a part of Black Student Union because they were all incredibly welcoming, and really wanted to help me learn more about my culture. Participating in the BSU meetings has been a …

Creating sense of community at CSUSM

By Daniesha Thornton Contributor  Having diversity on our campus is extremely important to me. The reason I believe this is because diversity, in my opinion, symbolizes a thriving community/campus. Having multiple cultures on our campus allows many individuals to explore cultures, perspectives, topics, beliefs, ideologies and many key factors that make us as students better critical thinkers. I do believe that …

Need for more diversity on campus

By Darniesha Thornton Contributor  The school is diverse, but not as much as it claims to be. When I look around the campus, yes, I do see a variety of individuals,  the number of individuals like me. I am African American. When looking at various clubs and organizations there are very few that have members with people that look like me, …

Globalizing education benefits students

By Alhijaz Althagafi Contributor  It has been said by Kofi Annan that “arguing against globalization is like arguing against the laws of gravity.” Edward Fiske says that if Americans are to continue to prosper and to exercise leadership in this new global context, it is imperative that we understand the new global forces that have both shaped and been thrust upon …

Letter to the Editor: Questioning diversity at CSUSM

By USCC Contributor  Dear CSUSM, As United Students of Color Coalition, we are taking the initiative to communicate the vision we have for CSUSM in hopes of helping our campus live up to its core values, mission and vision statement. Despite reaching the 25 year anniversary, it is both tragic and unacceptable that acts of racial and hatred racism continue to …

Staying afloat in college

By Ciara Walker  Staff Writer  If you watch a television show or movie that portrays a college student, the character is typically 18 to 23 years old, either living at home with parents or frat house party hoppers with no real direction in life. Graduate schools tailor their programs to working professionals. What does that say about the face of …