September 19, 2021
  • 7:00 am Outstanding Professor Award Recipient’s Mic Drop Moment at Last Month’s Virtual Ceremony
  • 9:10 am Bookworms of the World Unite!
  • 7:46 pm Breaking News: All Students Living in Campus Housing Required to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
  • 9:00 am CSUDH Esports Creates International Competition
  • 9:35 am Spring Commencement Ceremonies Get Brighter
  • 3:46 pm Breaking News: Spring Commencement Ceremonies Recieve Stadium Upgrade
  • 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
  • 1:22 pm THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE BULLETIN IS HERE
  • 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
  • 8:42 pm Carson Mayor Blasts Media, Landmark Libel Case in Keynote Address
  • 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
  • 7:06 pm Part Two of the Bulletin’s Epic Five-Part Series on Diversity in Superhero Comic Books: Focus on LGBTQ Representation
  • 5:46 pm To Celebrate Pride Month Here’s Part 2 of the Bulletin’s Series on Diversity in Comic Books–No, Make That Friday
  • 9:00 am Letter From The Editors
Photo By Robert Rios

By Robert Rios, Senior Editor

More than a year ago, I wrote a story called “These Hills Will Be Roamed Again.” In that piece, I predicted what the campus would be like after what I was sure would be only a short, temporary campus closure. I imagined our mascot, a toro, with its head raised high, unscathed and ready for all challenges.

But I was wrong. It’s now nearly 15 months later and the campus remains mostly closed. And that toro is feeling beaten up, its horns chipped and wondering if it will ever have the courage to charge again.

No one knew in those early days what was going to happen. When the stay-at-home orders kicked in, I thought it would all be OK. Everything would go back to normal in no time, and I would be back on my daily grind to graduating in December 2020.

Unfortunately, I would spend that final semester in online classes and with no social life like so many. And rather than feeling excited that I was only a few months from getting that degree, I found myself not wanting to do any school work and avoiding responsibilities. Even the one thing that kept me connected to the campus, working for the Bulletin and covering the Academic Senate felt more like a chore.

Those same feelings are hard to detach from now that I’m so close to commencement. I can’t help but feel that when I finally see that diploma I spent so much time, and overcame so much trying to attain, that it will have an asterisk on it, signifying that it was achieved under less than real circumstances.

But what if that asterisk shows not what we didn’t do because of the pandemic, but what we did in spite of it?

Look at it this way: we finished our college experience without actually “going” to college. That’s kind of insane to think about. No one in the foreseeable future will be able to say they graduated college during a pandemic and did 100% of their work at home. Years from now, we will have our versions of the stories we may have heard from grandparents about walking 20 miles to school in 100-degree weather.

But we will have more than nostalgic stories. We will have the knowledge that we didn’t give up, and that as unmotivated as we were and as inauthentic as a virtual college experience might have felt, we stuck through it. 

Sure, some of us may not be sure just how we did it, or even cared that much while doing it, but we did it.

And doesn’t that make this class of graduates, which wasn’t heard or seen on campus, but who still got their degrees, the strongest and bravest of any Toro class? We won’t have photos of us walking and receiving our diplomas, or smiling with our families who were there to support us. 

But any graduating class gets those. What we will have is an experience that, yes, was

tainted, one that we never signed up for, one that didn’t feel as full and realized as others. And we lost out. But by our loss, the classes of 2020 and 2021 gave something to this university that no other class can claim: we helped it survive the greatest crisis it has ever faced.

In a weird way, the most invisible classes in this university’s history may leave the most indelible mark. Because while each of us will eventually get a piece of paper saying we graduated, we’re also leaving a piece of ourselves behind. We should not be seen as the poor souls that had to stay away from campus but as the ones who kept the fighting spirit of that toro alive for future generations.

That Toro I wrote about more than a year ago will eventually roam these hills again. And when it does, every person whose name is called during a commencement exercise this week will be running right alongside it.

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