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Alex Maravillas aspires to be a voice for various identities

Alex Maravillas aspires to be a voice for various identities

Shanice Davis, Features Editor

April 13, 2016


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  As a Filipino man who identifies as both queer and gay, Alex Maravillas strives to make a difference in the LGBTQA+ community using his own personal experiences and identity as a way to build bridges with individuals in need of guidance. Six years ago, Maravillas discovered he was g...

International student shares career goals, leads student organization

International student shares career goals, leads student organization

Cody Cook, Photo Editor

April 13, 2016


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  Born in Ahmedabad City, Gujarat, international student Tilak Joshi came to the States in 2015 to further his education. Joshi has become a familiar face around campus due to his active involvement in the community. His involvements include assisting the Global Education Office, worki...

Blending his culture and faith, Faatauvaa Wong leads students at CSUSM

Blending his culture and faith, Faatauvaa Wong leads students at CSUSM

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor

April 13, 2016


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Leader of the Asian­Pacific Islander (API) Bible Study group at CSUSM and Fundraising Chair for Alpha Psi Rho, Faatauvaa Wong fuses his culture with his leadership on campus. A senior, Wong has co-­led the bible study, a small group under InterVarsity, for two years with three others. The group...

From Japan to the US: Professor Noriko Toyokawa

From Japan to the US: Professor Noriko Toyokawa

Gayana Parsegova, Staff Writer

April 13, 2016


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  Dr. Noriko Toyokawa is a Japanese woman who strives to center her life around education not only for herself, but her students as well. Toyokawa was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and describes herself as a simple Japanese woman living in the U.S. and as a mother to an Asian­American son. ...

The ‘high­ caliber men’ of Alpha Psi Rho aim to unite Asian-Pacific Islander students

The ‘high­ caliber men’ of Alpha Psi Rho aim to unite Asian-Pacific Islander students

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor

April 13, 2016


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  Winner of the Community Development and Lifelong Membership award at the 2014­-2015 CSUSM Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards, Alpha Psi Rho epitomizes the benefits of brotherhood. The Asian-­Pacific Islander (API) fraternity was founded in 2000 at SDSU and continues to establish charters throu...

Dr. Chonwerawong aspires to break the cycle of generalizing the Asian-Pacific Islander community

Dr. Chonwerawong aspires to break the cycle of generalizing the Asian-Pacific  Islander community

Shanice Davis, Features Editor

April 13, 2016


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  Born in Bangkok, Thailand to Chinese immigrants, Dr. Ruttanatip (Dang) Chonwerawong came to the States as an immigrant, reliving the life her parents once led. But the U.S. stripped her of her identity, greeting her with discrimination and false assumptions. Chonwerawong’s paren...

Alpha Kappa Delta Phi encourages growth, cultural diversity

Alpha Kappa Delta Phi encourages growth, cultural diversity

Shanice Davis, Features Editor

April 13, 2016


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  Priding themselves on being the first and only female Asian-interest sorority on campus, Alpha Kappa Delta Phi paves the way for their members, shaping them into tomorrow’s leaders. The CSUSM chapter Alpha Kappa Delta Phi was established May 2, 2015 and was originally an interest group...

Student leader represents his community through fraternity, student organization

Student leader represents his community through fraternity, student organization

Ramon Flores, Sports Reporter

April 13, 2016


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  Every student is made out of a different mold as they all come from different backgrounds. Student leader Joshua Foronda identifies as Asian-­Pacific Islander (API) and aspires to motivate youth with his testimony. Foronda was born in Japan and lived in Guam through his high schoo...

President Haynes advocates for education through leadership

President Haynes advocates for education through leadership

Lex Garcia, Assistant Features Editor

April 3, 2016


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  As a woman who has maintained positions of leadership over the years, CSUSM President Karen Haynes strives to pave the way for other women who aspire to compete in a male-dominated position within higher education institutions. President Karen Haynes received her bachelor’s degree in both sociol...

Dr. Carmen Nava: A Role Model for All Young Women

Dr. Carmen Nava: A Role Model for All Young Women

Gayana Parsegova, Staff Writer

April 3, 2016


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  As a full time mother, and the founder of the Children’s Museum in San Diego, Department Chair of History, Dr. Carmen Nava, serves as a role model for all women to strive to achieve a higher education. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nava attended CSU Northridge for her undergraduat...

Dr. Jay Robertson-Howell advocates for gender equality

Dr. Jay Robertson-Howell advocates for gender equality

Jasmine Demers, Managing Editor

April 3, 2016


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  Dr. Jay Robertson-Howell, Interim Associate Director of Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS), is a dedicated health care professional who spreads positive messages on gender equality throughout his work. Howell was hired at CSUSM in 2012 after working for seven years at Sea...

Veteran encourages women in the Marines to lead by example to empower one another

Veteran encourages women in the Marines to lead by example to empower one another

Shanice Davis, Features Editor

April 3, 2016


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  Chrystal Zinni dedicated 10 years of service to the Marine Corps, her country and to her brothers and sisters, but due to a knee injury, her life took an unexpected turn. Initially, Zinni had her mind set on going to the Air Force Academy, but as a result of being an inch too short t...