March 3, 2021
  • 8:00 am Testing the Teachers (and All the Educators)
  • 9:30 am CSUDH Educators and School Employees, Vaccinated Next
  • 10:30 am For White People Only: Anti-Racism Workshop Addresses Racial Bias and Unity
  • 2:43 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 10:02 am Straight Down the Chimney and Into Your (Digital) Hands: Special Holiday Edition of The Bulletin!
  • 2:44 pm Did You Wake up Looking this Beautiful?
  • 11:43 am A Long History for University’s Newest Major
  • 5:15 pm Issue 5 of Bulletin Live! Collector’s Item! Worth its Weight in Digital Paper!
  • 4:06 pm Special Election Issue
  • 4:03 pm Three best Latinx Halloween & Horror Short Films available now on HBO Max
  • 9:49 am Issue 3 of CSUDH Bulletin Live if You Want It
  • 3:24 pm Hispanic Heritage Month Update
  • 2:00 pm South Bay Economic Forecast Goes Virtual
  • 3:52 pm BREAKING NEWS: Classes for Spring to be Online, CSU Chancellor Announces
  • 9:39 am “Strikes” and Solidarity
  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
  • 8:30 am Will the Bulletin Make Today Tomorrow?
  • 9:04 am Different Neighborhoods Warrant Rubber Bullets or Traffic Control For Protesters
  • 5:07 pm STAFF EDITORIAL: Even Socially Distant, We All Have to Work Together
  • 5:47 pm Transcript of CSUDH President Parham’s Coronavirus Announcement
  • 10:46 am Cal State Long Beach Suspends Face-to-Face Classes; CSUDH Discussing Contingency Plans
  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
  • 10:25 am Latinx Students Need a Place to Call Home
  • 2:35 pm Will Time Run Out Before Funds for PEGS? [UPDATED]
  • 8:41 am Year of the Rat? What’s That?
  • 6:20 am Artist Who Gave Life to Death and Inspired Countless Others Gets His Due at Dominguez Hills
  • 5:16 pm Why I’m Rooting for Dr. Cornel West
  • 5:00 pm Under Fire from the Feds, Vaping’s Future is Cloudy
  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
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  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
  • 3:36 pm Career Center Holds Major/Minor Fair
  • 5:34 pm After Unexpected Delay, Undocumented Becomes More Intimate Theatrical Production
  • 1:30 pm What to Expect When You’re Expecting New Buildings
  • 8:26 pm New Interim Director Centered on Latinx Success
  • 3:18 pm In Memoriam
  • 11:48 am Black Panther 1.0: Bobby Seale, Co-Founder of Revolutionary Party, to Speak in CSUDH Webinar Thursday
  • 5:21 am Seven Takeaways from Chancellor’s Long Day at One of His 24 Offices
Story tips, concerns, questions?

The 2020 election brings a new form of anxiety. Illustration by Pau Barbaro on Blush.

By Jasmine Nguyen, Editor-in-Chief

In 2016, I was 18 years old, attending my first year at California State University, Dominguez Hills, I was way too into Honey Milk Tea and I was very excited to be voting for a woman in my first presidential election.

I didn’t pay much attention to the election, I had more important things to worry about like prom dates, k-pop concerts and my first year at college. I had been in AP Government in my last year of high school, but I couldn’t name most of the intricate details of the candidates’ plans for sure.

All I knew was that Hillary Clinton was going to be elected by a landslide.

I was practically vibrating with excitement, I remember telling my father it was a done deal there was no way that Donald Trump could become president.

I was naive, just happy that my first election was going to be when the first female president of the United States was sworn into office. 

The country was going to move towards a progressive path with the first female democrat president, and continue to improve in the next four years. 

That obviously didn’t happen. Instead, I felt horrified by the results, somehow, Donald Trump had been elected as president. The man who stereotyped and insulted a whole nationality of people his first days on the election trail, a man who admitted on tape that he cared little for women’s autonomy and only cared for their bodies. 

I didn’t sleep that night, anxiety crawling from the pit of my stomach to my throat. That anxiety had stayed within me these past four years, only growing as this administration continued to jeopardize those most at risk in this nation like refugees, the LGBTQ+, the lower class, and so many more. 

That anxiety turned into fuel, urging me to pay more attention to politics, to care about my local and state elections, to donate to causes I cared deeply about, and overall not let the mistakes of 2016 to be done again.

Currently, in 2020, I’m 22 years old, I’m attending my last year at CSUDH. I’m Editor-in-Chief of my school paper, and I’m way too into Matcha Milk Tea. But I am terrified about the election. 

Compared to four years ago, I’m prepared, I’ve followed the election since the start, I voted in the midterm and the primaries, I’ve done my research for our state’s propositions (by the way read our special issue about this election). 

Honestly, I should be feeling pretty confident about now. Especially when there are reports of record-breaking numbers of voters, and Joe Biden is leading most in polls against Donald Trump (though I remember Clinton was also leading in the polls back in 2016).

But I can’t put myself at ease. Even if this woman on TikTok reads Joe Biden’s birth chart and swears the signs say that he’ll be elected. I can’t find myself hoping for a good outcome. The optimism I had back in 2016 has been dried up after four years.

Maybe I should be more positive, in 2018 the midterms saw a wave of progressive candidates being elected. Young people, Gen Z especially seem to be heading to the polls, according to the Harvard Youth Poll, found that 63% of respondents indicated they will “definitely be voting,” which is a 20% increase from the 47% in 2016.

So maybe we have a chance, maybe the past four years have been a wake-up call to many people in this country, maybe the younger generation has had their formative years in such a turmoil time, have had enough and are ready to vote for the more progressive candidate.

But I can’t give in to the optimism yet. I can’t have a repeat of 2016, I’m older, maybe not wiser, but the same mistake cannot be made. 



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