September 18, 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 Raven Brown.

By Raven Brown, Opinion Editor

Considering the year we have all had, spring break seemed like a lost cause. With almost everything in California being shut down or restricted and businesses only starting to reopen at  25% capacity in the orange tier, going away for the week seemed like my only plausible option.

Yes, I know the coronavirus is still at the forefront of every conversation and worry. I’m well aware of the risks of flying and traveling during the pandemic. Hate me all you want, but I went to Dallas, Texas over spring break to visit my sister and I had the time of my life.

Just a few weeks before my trip, Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the mask mandate and reopened the state of Texas back to 100% capacity across all businesses. I had my reservations and knew that I was walking into an unfamiliar situation. Not only have I become so accustomed to the prolonged lockdown here in California, but I was getting comments from people that what I was doing was unsafe and irresponsible.

I understand the concerns, I do. But I took the flight and came back in one piece and without getting sick. While the mask mandate was lifted, they were still required to go into stores and restaurants, just like they are here. There was not a huge difference in the way Texas functions in comparison to California.

Everyone was using hand sanitizer, wearing their masks as directed and adhering to social distancing rules. I didn’t experience as much culture shock as I had previously anticipated. Maybe it is because I’m originally from Dallas and felt comfortable with my surroundings, or maybe it was because Los Angeles and Dallas are not as different as they are made out to be.

Much to my surprise, numbers for COVID-19 cases and deaths had started to decline in Texas after the mask mandate was lifted. While I was there, I felt a sense of returning to normalcy and had hope about the pandemic fading out into nothingness. Maybe I was dreaming, or maybe the way of life and overall attitude of the Texans was seeping into my brain. Whatever it was, it felt good to have a moment of clarity.

A misconception I hear about Texas is that they don’t care about the coronavirus or they are being reckless with their rules and regulations. From where I was standing, it didn’t seem that way. COVID-19 is still a very real thing, whether you are on the east or west coast, or smack dab in the middle of the country.

Escaping the pandemic is not an option at this point, but Texas has chosen a different approach that I think works for them. Businesses can return to their pre-pandemic hours and capacity. The city felt like it was thriving and the people there seemed to be happier in general. I hadn’t seen that many smiling faces at once in a very long time. I guess I almost forgot what it was like to be surrounded by positive and uplifting energy, free from excessive worry and judgment.

Coming back to California has always been hard for me. My sister and family all live in Texas and I miss it every time I leave, but this time felt more heartbreaking. Once you get a taste of freedom, it’s hard to walk back into restrictions and rules. I’m not complaining, I’m just being honest. This pandemic has taken its toll on my mental health, as it has for most everyone else. But being in Texas gave me hope that the future isn’t as bleak as it seems. There is life beyond the pandemic, you just have to find it for yourself.

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