January 27, 2023
  • 12:08 pm Fall Convocation 2022: “The State of this University is Strong”
  • 9:37 pm Ogrin Brings the Thunder in Toros 12-3 rout; team plays for playoff championship tomorrow
  • 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
  • 10:09 am Harry’s House: The Home We All Deserve
  • 11:14 am Once a Toro, Always a Toro Program Seeks to Break Barriers in Reenrollment 
  • 11:10 am How A Toro Studied 6,000 Miles From Home 
  • 11:01 am What Prop 31 Means for Tobacco and Vape Businesses
  • 10:57 am One-on-One with President Parham

Twenty-eight days.  Sounded like a lot at first. But subtract weekends and spring break and it was only 12. Sure, we were halfway through the spring semester, but the campus wasn’t closing and we’d be back April 13. Plenty of time for finals and graduation and how hard can this Zoom thing be anyway?

Five days later, wondering what alternative instruction would look like was the least of our worries.  National and local emergencies had been called, March Madness axed, travel bans instituted, the Bay Area was under a shelter-at-home order, images of a reeling New York City on our TV looked like one huge open air morgue; and at California State University, Dominguez Hills, all staff were now working remotely and president Thomas A. Parham amended his announcement˛of five days earlier, telling the now-remote campus that the rest of the spring semester would be virtual.

In less than a week, 28 days turned into two months; but the multiplier we were concerned with was the exponential growth of COVID-19 cases. It was dark and it would get darker but at any point did any one of us imagine that it would be more than two years before students would be on campus at the beginning of a semester?

That’s what happened on August 29, the first time in 899 days that CSUDH students walked onto this campus and began a semester with classes open. No, it it still doesn’t feel like whatever normal will eventually look and feel like; not with an indoor mask mandate still in place.

But considering classes weren’t delayed for two weeks, as they were in Spring 2022, the parking lots are full and the Greeks are assembled on the west walkway, this feels like a real college campus for the first time since March 12, 2020.

The original idea for the first issue of the Bulletin this semester was to try to tell the story of that campus over those 899 days, but through numbers.  Sort of similar to what Harper’s does with its index every month. We did some research and reached out to campus organizations and we got numbers. Lots  of numbers. Some dealing directly with the impact of the coronavirus:

55: number of housing insecure and homeless students provided case management and emergency funding for hotel and dorms stays through basic needs in 2021-22

50,000:  dollars raised in November and December 2021 for holiday food distribution events.

We had big numbers about good things and big numbers about not so good things

8 million: dollars donated to the university the past two years.

7.5 million. Dollars in the budget deficit faced by CSUDH in 2021 after state cutbacks.

We had small numbers that told big stories

4: number of first class of graduates with bachelor degrees in Women’s studies

5: number of battery collection bins installed on campus by the Office of Sustainability

6: elimination games won by the CSUDH softball team in its incredible postseason run in 2022, which ended with them making the finals of the NCAA Division II World

series.

We had numbers that told sobering stories:

28: percentage increase of student mental health appointments from student psychological services February 2020-April 2021

1: number of additional mental health counselors, February 2020-April 2021.

We had numbers that made absolutely no sense being next to each other

But we quickly realized  that we had too many numbers and not enough time to arrange them into some kind of coherent narrative. So we scrapped that idea. Besides, the only real number that has mattered these past 899 days is the number one. As in every student who has graduated or continued or began their higher education. Every one of us who endured the fear and the uncertainty, the isolation and boredom, the spotty internet connection, faces frozen in mid-sentence and that kid who could never figure out how to turn off that mic. Every one of us who endured getting sick, or worrying about getting sick or  losing friends and family, of being part of that demographic that couldn’t afford to stay home and not work.

And because we endured, Toro Nation endures.

And it is the hope of the fall 2022 Bulletin staff , though bloodied, that Toro is unbowed and will once again stride boldly toward realizing president Parham’s oft-stated and laudatory goal: of this university being a model urban university.

No, check that. We’re not hoping for that. All the hope in the world and $3.66 will buy you an LA Times these days. We are going to help achieve that goal through our work as student journalists. By accurate reporting on the stories that matter; of asking questions, especially the tough ones; of documenting and chronicling and writing stories that in some way big or small capture something about what it means to be at this university in this place and at this time. Of using our voice. One that regardless of whether it is speaking truth to power, or giving voice to the voiceless, or whether it is lavishing praise or raising just a little bit of hell, is the voice of the student body at this university. 

For although journalists, even student ones, aren’t supposed to be cheerleaders, we are all Toros.

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