August 10, 2020
  • 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]
  • 5:18 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 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
  • 2:00 pm A Feeling That Can Be Described With One Word, Finally
  • 9:27 am Dash Wins a Cup, Possible Blueprint for New LA Franchise to Succeed
  • 10:41 am “We Asked for Orange Juice and Got a Glass of Tang:” CSUDH Faculty Sound Off on Alternative Ethnic Studies Requirement
  • 3:00 pm Task Force to Examine Anti-Blackness Primarily, but Not Exclusively
  • 8:00 am Late Pavon PK Eliminates Houston
Story tips, concerns, questions?

Although it has been a most unwelcome guest  for nearly two months, there remains a great deal we do not know about the coronavirus that has altered our lives so fundamentally. But there are some things we do know, including:

Eight out of 10 reported deaths in the U.S. have been people who were 65-years old or older;

Black Americans are dying at twice the rate of any other ethnic group;

About 78 percent of the Americans who have been put into intensive care due to COVID-19 have had an underlying health condition, including compromised immune systems.

On their own, age, ethnicity and underlying health conditions don’t put a target on one’s back, but they are all risk factors, and reasons to not unduly expose one’s self to the virus. But combine all three and it would seem natural to want to lock your door, turn off your phone and basically hide out from the rest of the world until there is a vaccine or herd immunity has been reached

But some of us don’t have that option, particularly if we don’t have the relative privilege of staying at home and working. Those who so many Americans seem to have just realized are essential because they pick our crops, work at our Targets, drive our buses and bag, or deliver, our groceries.

Or run a university.

Now, we’re not comparing our president, Dr. Thomas A. Parham, to someone making just over minimum wage venturing into public daily

just to pay the bills. He’s far more educated, makes more money and does have the relative luxury of working at home.

But he also just turned 65, is Black, and nearly a year to the day that he announced the closure of this campus, he announced he had been diagnosed with cancer.

Again, none of those factors alone constitute a death sentence. Age is just a state of mind, right? And Parham doesn’t look any older to us than 25 (OK, maybe 30). In terms of ethnicity, it seems less that Black Americans are genetically predisposed to dying from the virus than this national crisis has fully exposed the socioeconomic effects of institutionalized racism and the character of racial inequality in this country; that is something a CSU president is in the position to help change rather than suffer from.

As far as the cancer, Parham told the Bulletin this week that his treatments ended last August, he continues to get regular checkups and his scans are clean and his “heath is great.”

Plus, it isn’t like Parham is being asked to do anything different from anyone else: stay at home, hunker down, and just ride this out.

Oh, except for this: be this school’s main information source, psychologist, educator and person responsible for shouldering the questions, anxieties, grievances and confusion of some 20,000 students, faculty, staff and others affiliated with this university

That can’t be easy; we doubt leading a university during a pandemic was part of the job description when he was hired.

But it is now.

So as this university, just as this state and this country, begins taking the, first tentative steps into a future that is certain only in its uncertainty, the Bulletin just wanted to say something that it doesn’t say too often:

Thank you, Mr. President.

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