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<ul><li><p>C A L I F O R N I A S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y, L O S A N G E L E SNov. 10, 2014 Issue 207.7</p><p>UN I V E R S I T YT I M E Swww.csulauniversitytimes.comINSIDE:</p><p>LA ONDA:PERIODISMOEN ESPAOLPG 8</p><p>SOCCER,BASKETBALL,WORKOUTSPG 6&amp;7 </p><p>VETERANS APPRECIATIONPG 2</p><p>GRADUATION VS.FINANCIAL AID</p><p>PG 3</p><p>YIK YAK,YAY OR NAYPG 5</p><p>FASHIONS DO'S AND DONTSPG 10</p><p>A STRING OF ROBBERIES ON CAMPUS PG 3</p><p>BIG HERO'SBIG DEBUTPG 12</p><p>Angeline BernabeStaff Reporter</p><p>LA2015 Is Coming To TownCal State L.A. will be housing Special Olympics athletes</p><p>Its no question that 2014 garnered much attention around the world for the sport-ing events that took place. From the pomp and circum-stance of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia to the roaring crowds that flew to Brazil for the World Cup Games over the summer theres a special something about sports that brings people together. </p><p>With a new year around the corner, Los Angeles will serve as a new grand stage for sports and host the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. Also known as LA2015, the host towns for the games are in Cal State LAs backyard. The city of Alhambra and Monterey Park will join over 100 com-munities as part of the Host Town program to house ath-letes and coaches coming from 177 countries worldwide. The two cities will help collabo-rate in the upcoming months </p><p>to make LA2015 a memorable one. </p><p>On Friday, November 7th, a special announcement was made outside Cal State LAs Housing Commons as a tribute to the 1984 Olympic games in which the campus housed ath-letes when Los Angeles served as the stage for the Olympic games back in the day. In ad-dition to the announcement of the Special Olympic games taking place in Los Angeles next summer from July 25th to August 2nd, it was also revealed that Cal State LA would also hold a special role in the games as well.</p><p> Recognizing President </p><p>Covinos vision of Engage-ment, Service, and the Pub-lic Good, the Cal State LA community has embraced the LA Special Olympics World Games, and will be offering the Housing area to athletes and their coaches during the duration of the games. A key from each host city was given to the games in declaration of the event to take place next </p><p>year. </p><p>Despite the amount of at-tention the games are getting, it wouldnt exist without the athletes themselves. For 50 years, the Special Olympics World Games have been sup-porting those with intellectual disabilities and have been in-spiring them to achieve their goals in sports while helping them find their voice. </p><p> Marco Martinez, a Spe-</p><p>cial Olympics World Games Athlete, is now a global am-bassador for the organiza-tion spoke at Fridays press conference and highlighted how the games have helped him over the years. Drawing the crowds attention, Mar-tinez shared that his journey with Special Olympics began with the creation of a mosaic art piece. After people took note of his talents, someone suggested he participate in Special Olympics. Martinez shared, Special Olympics has been there for me, and was a miracle for me that I ended up becoming a Special Olympics </p><p>athlete. He went on by saying how </p><p>grateful he is for the Olym-pics and how the games arent about winning. Martinezs at-titude toward the games was reflected in the LA2015 flag that was presented to the cit-ies of Alhambra and Monterey Park.</p><p>It featured a logo with an individual with their hands up. Special Olympics Senior Manager, Joanne Maldonado, described, Whether an ath-lete comes in first, or whether an athlete comes in last, they have what we call the cele-bratory pose. With the vision of Engagement, Service, and the Public Good in mind, the Golden Eagle Community is encouraging students to par-ticipate and volunteer their time next year to the summer games. Currently, ideas are in the works to figure out more ways in which Cal State LA can be involved. </p><p>Alhambra and Monterey Park Mayors gift city keys to Special Olympic World Games representatives. |Photo By Timmy Truong</p></li><li><p>2 University Times Nov. 10, 2014</p><p>Pregnant?Free counseling and services.</p><p>We come to you.</p><p>Holy Family Services,</p><p>Adoption &amp; Foster Care</p><p>CALL 1-800-464-2367</p><p>CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENT</p><p>Mission: Save Drop Outs </p><p>Nareis MelkonContributor</p><p>Just as the Cal State LA population grows significantly with starting of Fall, the school also have it together to make sure they walk all the way</p><p>Hardships of our Veterans</p><p>Jose RamosContributor</p><p>Cal State L.A. prodvides services in honor of our Veterans!</p><p>On the day of the orienta-tion at Cal State LA, students are often asked to shake hands with the person sitting next to them and say, See you at graduation. But the harsh re-ality suggests that half of them who start the college, never see the graduation day. </p><p>Compared to every year, Cal State LA has recruited quite a sizeable number of new Gold-en Eagles; but how many of them will be donning the grad-uation robe in coming years? UT approached Edgar Padilla, an academic advisor, to know some of the main reasons why students drop out. He said, Students I have met say that the reason for dropping out is mainly financial. A lot of stu-dents do not qualify for finan-cial aid for several reasons, but the main one is because they are undocumented and do not qualify. </p><p>Padilla also encourages stu-dents to explore every on-cam-pus resource before thinking of calling it quits. I suggest them to use the resources that are on campus, he says, add-ing, For students who do not </p><p>receive financial aid, I encour-age them to speak with mem-bers of the group SURGE, who can assist them with other campus and off campus re-sources. There are a number of scholarships that are granted by private sponsors, which is also worth looking into.</p><p>Another common reason adilla also mentions is family obligations. Students have to take care of their children or a family member. But there is a solution to that as well. I would recommend the student to take a leave of absence to deal with situations at home or save up money for tuition, Padilla shares, which will save their spot here as a stu-dent and they dont have to re-apply whenever they decide to come back. </p><p>The third reason is that some freshman students havent been prepared enough for Uni-versity, as well as some trans-fer students find the fast-paced quarter system too difficult to handle. Daisy Salgado, a for-mer student of Cal State LA from the Mathematics Depart-ment, shares the reason why she chose to leave the univer-sity. Being a transfer student, I found it hard to adjust to the quarter system, but she also admits to not having made her-self aware of the resources that are available to help her plan and get through her classes, which could have changed the course of her academic life.</p><p>Robert Lopez, the spokes-man for the University, ex-plains the initiatives taken to support and keep the students in college. Cal State LA has specific programs in place to ensure that the University re-tains and graduates as many </p><p>admitted students as possible, he says, some of these pro-grams include Summer Bridge, STEP, Early Start, First Year Experience, etc. These pro-grams are designed to ease the transition of new students to Cal State LA. Aside from the programs, our campus has increased the number of aca-demic staff advisors over the past three years, shares Lo-pez, Three years ago, there were 1,637 students for every advisor. Now there are 445 students for every advisor. The University has also increased significantly the availability of classes, frozen tuition and enhanced our bridge and de-velopmental education pro-grams to help students stay in school.</p><p>Lopez states that according to Cal State LAs Institutional Research Data, For the past five years, the University has maintained a one-year reten-tion rate of 80 percent or high-er. As for the graduation rates of our freshman students and transfer students, The Uni-versitys six-year graduation rate for students who start as freshman has improved from 34 percent to 40 percent. The Universitys four-year gradu-ation rate for upper-division transfer students has improved from 49 percent to 69 percent. </p><p>Cal State LA does every-thing in its power so that its eagles can fly on their own to the Jesse Owens Field. Ev-ery student is important to us. The University encourages students who are having diffi-culties to meet with an advisor, find a faculty or peer mentor, meet with department chairs or associate deans or deans and reach out. We are here to help, concludes Lopez.</p><p>The Helping Hands - Summer Bridge: which helps bridge the gap between high school and the University by allowing students to spend the summer on campus taking classes, living in dorms and becoming acclimated to their new university environment</p><p>- STEP: The purpose of STEP is to prepare incoming freshman students for the transition from high school to the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology (ECST)</p><p>- Early Start: The California State University (CSU) system has created Early Start to prepare students in mathematics and English composition before their first term at the CSU - First Year Experience: Offers exciting academic courses and social activities for incoming freshmen and transfer students to enhance educational and personal experiences on the CSULA campus</p><p>- SURGE: is a campus organization that specializes on helping students who arent born in this country and are undocumented </p><p>Red is a primary color and a very simple color. Yet, this very color is constantly shed by our troops through every conflict our nation has dealt with. All deserve our dear-est respect for their service, from the surviving veterans of World War II to the returning vets of Iraq and Afghanistan. Our troops are the first line of defense against those who dare to harm us. Despite their valor and sacrifice many of our troops coming home face unprecedented challenges in the home front. Mental illness and financial constraints are amongst the biggest obstacles they face.</p><p>In a CNN article titled Study: Rate of many men-tal disorders much higher in soldiers than in civilians by Val Willingham, he docu-ments the largest study of its kind of mental health amongst U.S military personnel. Will-ingham reported the rate of extreme depression was fives times greater to military per-sonnel than in civilians. Com-paratively, 30% of soldiers have the thought of suicide with those greater at risk be-ing younger recruits.</p><p>In a piece titled Why sui-cide rate among veterans may be more than 22 a day, Moni Basu reports that a vet-eran commits suicide every 65 minutes. This is a shock-ing aggregating trend that concerns the Department of Veterans Affairs. Take Levi Derbys ill-fated story as an example. Derby was combat engineer in the U.S. military who hanged himself. He was suffering from post-traumat-ic stress disorder (PTSD) af-ter being hunted by the ghost of a young Afghan girl who died when she stepped on an old Russian land mine while reaching for a water bottle he offered to her. If this wasnt enough the predicament of unemployment and homeless-ness add fuel to the fire.</p><p> Joblessness is a problem </p><p>confronted by many Ameri-cans and is not limited to re-turning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. These young men and women who put their </p><p>lives on the line for us come back to discover that there are no jobs available for them. It is disconcerting to know that their one source of assimila-tion to civilian life is out of their reach. Luckily, there are organizations willing to help these young brave capable men and women; including California State University, Los Angeles.</p><p> Cal State L.A.s veterans </p><p>center is dedicated to helping student soldiers adjust. The newly constructed Veterans Resource Center in the Phys-ical Science building offers general inquiry into financial advice, pre-admission advice, tutoring, jobs and use of edu-cational benefits. Additionally, they cater to problems regard-ing veterans reimbursement and disability. To ensure every veterans success on campus they provide counselors and workshops to care for com-mon military concerns such as PTSD, depression, and dis-abilities.</p><p> To show your appreciation </p><p>of the militaries bravery and sacrifice, anyone can attend the Veterans Fair in front of Greene plaza by the Physical Science building on Thursday, November 13th at 10AM. In addition, all Cal Sate L.A. stu-dents and faculty are invited to participate in Operation Gratitudeto fill out a post-card with your best wishes to our troops deployed overseas or to a veteran in hospital re-covering. All activities are un-der the command of the Veter-ans Resource Center.</p><p> For students and veterans </p><p>interested in the Veterans Re-source Center and their activi-ties, it is urged you either seek their assistance in the Physical Science building room 113 or call at (323)-343-5084. On behalf of the University Times staff we would like to humbly thank all military servicemen for their immeasurable work. Thank you. </p></li><li><p>Nov. 10, 2014 University Times 3</p><p>UN I V E R S I T YT I M E S</p><p>All opinions and letters in the University Times represent the opinion of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the UT or the university. </p><p>Letters to the editor should include an address, telephone number and identification. Letters may be edited for grammar and length.</p><p>University Times display and classified advertising should not be construed as the en-dorsement or investigation of commercial enterprises of ventures. 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