October 20, 2020
  • 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]
  • 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
  • 8:00 am Voter Registration Drives Changed to Social Media Posts
  • 7:42 pm GET ON THE HORN: Rams Week 6 Preview vs San Francisco 49ers
  • 2:31 pm CSUs helping students get hired in their pandemically challenged job hunt
  • 8:00 am Latinx Heritage is every day in LA
  • 8:00 am 31 Movies to get into the Spooky Spirits
Story tips, concerns, questions?

By Jackson Cascio, Assistant Sports Editor

Like most people at CSUDH, the past two weeks have been incredibly stressful for me. But rather than living in a state of steady, general  anxiety over the spread of the coronavirus, my trajectory has been more of a roller coaster.

I’m graduating in two months. It’s a great accomplishment I worked hard for. I just wish earlier this month I didn’t have to say goodbye to my first love: competitive basketball.

That ended March 3, when your CSUDH men’s basketball team, of which I am a co-captain, lost a heartbreaking overtime game to Cal Poly Pomona in the first round of our conference playoffs. I’ll be processing that loss and my personal ending for months if not years.

But then, just a  couple of days later, I received my first ever coaching job at a high profile youth program in Southern California. I was back on top.

Except I was stressing about the virus the whole time. I live in the dorms, along with many of my teammates, where you can’t help but hear every rumor. But I also couldn’t shake the uncertainty of what might happen here, not after watching how so many universities around the country had closed their dorms and given their occupants an early and forced, summer vacation.

When the news finally came down around 3 p.m. Wednesday, it was more of a relief, though.  My roommates and teammates were excited to say the least. We came to CSUDH from New Mexico and Las Vegas, from Bakersfield to Ventura. We couldn’t wait to go home for a while.

“I mean, why not do my school work from my house,” said Isaiah Morris, a sophomore business administration major, “I can have a home-cooked meal, spend time with my dog and have my own room back.”

I was planning on staying with my girlfriend until the situation settled down. But I still felt anxious about what might come next. And it did.

The NBA suspended its season and the NCAA canceled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. Then my new coaching job was also put on hold for fears of the spreading virus.

In seven days, my basketball career ended, professional and college hoops were put on hold, my new job ended before it began and it like my school (and my life) was shutting down.

I couldn’t even take pleasure in online classes. Finishing my degree in my pajamas is a dream. Under the current circumstances however, this makes it more of a nightmare.

I think most of the other 712 inhabitants of on-campus housing feel like I do. Happy to go home for a few weeks or a couple of months; but bummed it’s happening this way. And then there are those for whom going home isn’t an option. One of my roommates has to stay in the dorms because of his job.

How depressing it is going to be hanging around an empty residence hall on an empty campus in the middle of a public health crisis?

But that’s not my only question. Eight weeks from walking in commencement holding that well-deserved diploma, I’m not asking the normal questions of a graduating senior like am I going to get a good job; are my career plans going to work out. I’m asking questions I never imagined.

What if the campus doesn’t reopen this semester? How will these online classes go, anyway? What about graduation? What about summer session? What if a student in the dorms tests positive? What if the virus situation somehow stabilizes and we can come back in mid-April? Will we still feel uneasy about returning to a dense university campus? What if we have gotten a bit too comfortable with online-only classes?

Will we even want to come back?

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