February 26, 2021
  • 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!
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
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  • 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
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  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
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  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
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  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
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By Jordan Darling, former editor-in-chief

Dear Virginia,

 I don’t know if there is a Santa Claus, but I really hope there is. Because I think we could all use a little bit of magic right now.

Even in the best of times, it’s hard to believe there is a magical man in the North Pole who remembers each and every child and pays attention to whether they have been naughty and nice.  But it is especially hard in times like these.

 We are separated from our friends and our families, so many are out of work, and it feels like we are all scraping by with whatever mental stamina we can scrounge up. 

When you take into account the loss that the world has experienced–and is experiencing– the death, the sickness, the forced poverty and  isolation, it becomes difficult to believe in anything positive. Let alone to believe in the magic of Santa.

How can anyone believe in Santa, or the holiday season, when the magic seems to have left the most magical of seasons?

But what if the magic isn’t in the season at all? What if we have held it inside us the entire time? What if we are the magic?

Maybe believing in Santa and the holiday season he represents is a window into the human psyche, something we can look through  as adults that reminds  us to keep believing in something else. Not some supernatural, other power that is going to make everything better. But believing, and summoning, the greatest power humans possess: the power of imagination, the power to create our own magic, one based on generosity, good will, and caring about each other. 

   Don’t stop believing because Saint Nick seems improbable. Be Saint Nick for someone else. Be Saint Nick for yourself.

That doesn’t mean spending copious amounts of money. It can be a kind word or gesture. Spending time with your family, even virtually. Or calling up that friend who you haven’t talked to in a while. Maybe that’s the kind of magic they need right now. 

Maybe it’s the kind of magic we all need right now, the kind of magi  that comes from the heart.

Because as dark as it seems, as hopeless and tiring as it can all feel, there is a magic in this season. 

Yes, it’s that sense of wonder children feel when imagining that jolly, generous bringer of gifts. But it’s also a reminder of something that seems so simple, but is so easy for adults to  forget: the power of kindness

   One day, Virginia, like all of us, you will find that you can no longer hold onto the magic of Santa. But that doesn’t mean you have to lose the magic of kindness.  In fact, the moment we stop believing in that  is when we need to believe in it the most. 

So, Virginia, to answer your original question: I don’t know if there is a Santa Claus.

But I do know we need him, or what he represents, as much now as ever.

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