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            [post_content] => With the 2015 spring semester coming to an end on May 22, it is time for Fall 2015 enrollment to begin.

The class schedule for the upcoming semester is currently available on the university’s website. Emails have been sent out to students with registration dates and times.

If students are unaware of their registration date and time, they can check their myCSUStan email for this information.

“Registration Notices are emailed to your University email account if you are eligible for Priority Registration,” California State University, Stanislaus’ website says. “The notice will indicate your priority registration appointment start time, which is the earliest time you may access your myCSUSTAN account for registration purposes. The notice also includes any Service Indicators (or holds) that must be cleared before you will be allowed to register for any classes.”

Most students will have an advising hold on their account prior to their registration date. To rid this, students will need to make an appointment with their major advisor. Their advisor will then release the hold and they can register at their scheduled time.

Keep in mind, CSU Stanislaus utilizes a two-pass registration where registration for classes is split into two separate phases. For the fall 2015 semester, first pass registration (up to 12 units) will begin on an April 30 and end on May 8 depending on your assigned registration date. Students cannot waitlist for classes during the first pass of registration.

Second pass registration, which is up to 18 units, will then begin on May 11, concluding on May 15 depending upon your second pass registration date. During this pass, students may waitlist for classes.

Open registration will run from May 18 to Aug. 23, ending at 10:00 p.m. Students may also add classes by permission number only starting on August 23 after 10:00 p.m.

“After you have registered, you may verify your complete course schedule,” Enrollment Services said on the university website. “Including Waitlisted courses, via myCSUSTAN by selecting the "My Class Schedule" option.”

The Fall 2015 semester runs from Aug. 24 to Dec. 10. To view a list of current classes for Fall 2015, visit csustan.edu/class-schedule. Students may then select “Fall 2015” and their major to view a list of courses.
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            [post_content] => According to The Student Right to Know Daily Incident Log, the University Police Department (UPD) had approximately 316 foot and extra patrols during March and saw more theft reported than in previous months.

A larceny-theft of over $400 of bicycles was reported near the drama building on March 2. Another bicycle theft ranging from $200 to $400 was reported by the music building and another smaller theft ranging from $50 to $200 happened near the Science Building on March 14.

UPD has also been assisting the Turlock Police Department with approximately 60 assists including expired registration vehicle violations, a warrant arrest and an alcohol related incident off campus.

UPD responded to 16 Emergency Blue Light Phone hang-ups, accompanied by one false alarm in the Village.

During March, there were six cases of suspicious circumstances reported, along with 12 other suspicious persons cases reported.

UPD also responded to multiple incidents of vehicle violations. These violations included expired or revoked licenses, failure to stop at a stop sign, parking violations and texting while operating a vehicle totaling about 38 traffic stops and enforcements.

For more information about UPD you can contact them via phone at 209-667-3114 or at Public_Safety@csustan.edu. To report a crime call 209-667-3911. UPD is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

 
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            [post_content] => On April 1 California State University, Stanislaus dedicated the day to having three events to show the importance of Cesar E. Chavez.

The event started off with a display in the quad, then a documentary titled “Cesar’s Last Fast” with a Q&A with Cesar Chavez's son, Paul Chavez and it ended the day with a memorial celebration at Main Dining Hall.

[caption id="attachment_4982" align="alignnone" width="1024"]IMG_1983 Display in the Quad for Cesar Chavez Day. (Giselle Monotya/Signal)[/caption]

The main event in Main Dining Hall brought the community on campus to showcase the art and essay contest top winners. The Cesar E. Chavez Committee (CEC) celebrated the 20th Annual Memorial Celebration the life of Chavez by including many pieces of the Hispanic culture.

[caption id="attachment_4983" align="alignnone" width="1024"]IMG_2001 Art and essay projects were placed around main dining for families and students to see. (Giselle Montoya/Signal)[/caption]

Paul Chavez gave quick background information and how important the grape strike was for both the Filipino and Mexican farm workers that were involved in the Huelga [strike].

[caption id="attachment_4984" align="alignnone" width="1024"]IMG_2019 Paul Chavez speaks about his father Cesar E. Chavez and the legacy he left. (Giselle Montoya/Signal)[/caption]

“Under my father’s leadership things were done differently," Paul Chavez said. “He challenged conventional wisdom on how work should be done.”

Paul Chavez talked a lot about the movement and how it changed in rural California. The movement was taking civil rights and placing them in a labor work setting. He mentioned the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation and how it continues to grow to support Chavez legacy about succeeding in education.

[caption id="attachment_4985" align="alignnone" width="1024"]IMG_2022 Paul Chavez poses with the winners of the art and essay contests. (Giselle Montoya/Signal)[/caption]

“When you think about what is success now a days? I was thinking about my dad [. . .] And I kept coming back that I should have paid more attention to his consejos [advice] but the one thing I do want to share is that you only lose when you give up,” Paul Chavez said.

He continued to discuss the legacy that his father left and that for a humble man, he left a lasting impression that hard working men can be just as wealthy.

[caption id="attachment_4986" align="alignnone" width="1024"]IMG_2030 This painting was given to the University Library as a gift from the Cesar E. Chavez Committee. (Giselle Montoya/Signal)[/caption]

The event continued with a presentation of the Chavez Sculpture and recognition of the poster and essay contests. The members of the CEC presented the University Library with a gift that depicted Cesar Chavez.

Throughout the event there were dances by Balet Folklorico, Los Falcones and Balet Folklorico-Los Luceros de Osborn to entertain the audience.

[caption id="attachment_4988" align="alignnone" width="1024"]IMG_2043 Everyone holds hands as CSU Student Lily Hernandez sings De Colores song. (Giselle Montoya/Signal)[/caption]

The 20th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Celebration brought the Turlock community and the campus community together.

“I liked the event a lot because I saw unity with the students coming together and seeing the younger generations learn more about our heritage,” Reynaldo Alfaro (junior, Business) said. “The huelga took ten years before it started to make a move. There was a lot of sacrifice that went into making these rights for our people. It’s a beautiful thing to see younger kids get awards for their posters and essays.
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            [post_content] => University president Joseph F. Sheley released a statement to the members of the CSU Stanislaus faculty and staff regarding California State University's decision not to recognize the Stanislaus Christian Fellowship, Chi Alpha.

Sheley explained what a recognized organization is and how Stanislaus Christian Fellowship will be effected by the decision.

"In order to be 'recognized,' student organizations on a CSU campus (by law, "any fraternity, sorority, living group, honor society or other student organization") must comply with campus regulations," Sheley said in his statement. "Recognition (a status defined by state law) affords use of campus facilities and other benefits and services- effectively, the use of state resources. Removal of recognition does not disband the organization nor affect its individual members' enrollment as students. It dictates niether personal belief nor action. It simply limits access to the use of facilities and benefits, resources and priviledges provided to recognized organizations."

Sheley explained why the university came to their decision.

"State law governs the CSU's position regarding student organizations on CSU campuses through the state's very specific prohibition of recognition to student organizations that discriminate 'on the basis of race, religion, natural origin, color, age , gender, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation or disability,'" Sheley said in his statement. "The law and attendant CSU policy mandate yearly examination of the organization's constitution to ascertain compliance. In 2013, CSU campuses reached out to all student organizations and provided a year's notice to any and all that the law in question would be strictly enforced in 2014 and beyond."

"The organization in question is one of three that are religious-based; the constitutions of the other two are in compliance. We stand ready to work with the group's membership to resolve the matter. However, at present, they view themselves as opposed in principle to the legal requirement we cite. Informed by legal counsel, we view ourselves as unable to ignore the law."

In his closing remarks, Sheley assured the university isn't trying to discriminate against any student.

"The University never would discriminate against any group because it is religious in nature," Sheley said in his statement. "However, we must comply with state law. We are hopeful that the present situation will be resolved soon. These are our students. We want them to have access to all that we legally can provide to enhance their experience while in college."
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            [post_content] => This year marks the 30th Annual Induction Ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and on April 18, Green Day will join the class of 2015 along with Joan Jett, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Withers and Paul Butterfield.

Artists including The Beatles, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, Ramones, The Who, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones are not only among the most influential acts of their respective musical genres, they are also among the first ticket hall of famers, which means they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility – an impressive feat accomplished by less than 17 percent of inductees.

Deservingly, the newest addition of first-rounders is Green Day.

To put into perspective the significance of Green Day’s first ballot entry, Butterfield has been eligible since 1989 but is just now getting in (the most-recently eligible being Vaughan six years ago).

Located in Cleveland, the foundation of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 1983 as a way to “recognize the contributions of those who have had significant impact on the evolution, development and perpetuation of rock and roll.”

In order to be qualified for induction, an artist must have released a record ("in the generally accepted sense of that phrase") at least 25 years prior to nomination, as well as "demonstrated unquestionable musical excellence."

[caption id="attachment_5079" align="alignnone" width="667"]Green Day in 1991 (courtesy of Andrew Hutchison) Green Day in 1991 (courtesy of Andrew Hutchison)[/caption]

Green Day’s induction to the Hall of Fame was a no-brainer. They are undeniably the most successful punk band of all time. 

With over 75 million albums sold worldwide, the trio is included as one of the “best-selling music artists.” They have had 20 singles crack the top 10 on the US Alternative Billboard charts, nine of which reached the No. 1 spot. Listed as having the fourth most-cumulative weeks spent at No. 1, Green Day is documented with at least 50.  

Throughout their career, Green Day has become a five-time Grammy Award-winning band that has attained 19 total nominations. Furthermore, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences aired a television special on CBS for their 50th anniversary celebration where Green Day’s 2005 performance of “American Idiot” was voted the greatest Grammy performance of all time.

Additionally, Rolling Stone Magazine readers voted Green Day the top artist of the 2000 decade, as well as having the top single for “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and the top album for American Idiot.

[caption id="attachment_5082" align="alignnone" width="630"]Billie Joe Armstrong circa 1994 and 2004, respectively (courtesy of Luisdaniel Reyna and Lloyd Morgan) Billie Joe Armstrong circa 1994 and 2004, respectively (courtesy of Luisdaniel Reyna and Lloyd Morgan)[/caption]

Green Day is no stranger when it comes to the Hall of Fame:

They first made an appearance in 2002 when singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool unrelentingly blitzed out a few Ramones songs in honor of their idolized inductees.

Ten years later, Armstrong and co. was on the Cleveland stage again to perform a live favorite off their multi-Grammy Award-winning, No. 1-debuting album (adapted into their multi-Tony Award-winning Broadway hit musical), American Idiot.

The trio returned in 2010 when they gave the introductory speech for The Stooges, and again in 2012 when a few artists joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ induction performance for an epic musical revelry.  Green Day was also chosen to present the introductory speech for Guns N’ Roses that year.

[caption id="attachment_5083" align="alignnone" width="751"]Billie Joe Armstrong circa 2009 and 2012, respectively (courtesy of Sven-Sebastian Sajak and Gilly Berlin) Billie Joe Armstrong circa 2009 and 2012, respectively (courtesy of Sven-Sebastian Sajak and Gilly Berlin)[/caption]

Formed in 1987, Green Day's longevity has nothing to do with coincidence; they have earned every bit of their acclaim.  

In 1992, before widespread internet usage, Green Day's sophomore indie label album Kerplunk ended up selling over 50,000 copies. Without any radio play, this remarkable achievement was attained by word-of-mouth alone.  Green Day was outselling their record company's resources, so they ultimately signed to a major label.  

Punk elitists turned their backs on Green Day, hypocritically deeming their move as "selling out," despite the fact that punk pioneers such as Ramones, The Clash and Sex Pistols were all signed to a major label.

By 1994, grunge had become stale and the masses were waiting for a fresh face to worship.  Filling the void of Nirvana's absence, Green Day introduced punk rock to the mainstream.  What used to only be expressed among a niche, underground community was now being broadcasted all over the radio, TV, magazines and department stores across the country.  

Mixed with their signature pop sound, Green Day's major label debut Dookie went on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide, easily making it the most successful punk album of all time.

The powerhouse trio responded to the backlash of the elite in 1995 by immediately releasing their mainstream follow-up, Insomniac - an energetic combination of aggression and fury.

Green Day released Nimrod in 1997, which sustained the spotlight primarily due to their immensely-successful single "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)."

By the late '90s/early 2000s, the San Francisco Bay Area rockers were getting replaced with pop-punk posers who rode their success on the coattails of Dookie.  No longer identified with the underground, no longer wanting the association of the mainstream, Green Day was beginning to fade into obscurity.

Releasing a greatest hits album in 2001 (a year after their least-commercially-successful album, Warning, was released) seemed to foreshadow Green Day wrapping up their career.  That is, until Green Day presented American Idiot in 2004. The first concept album to ever coin the term "punk rock opera" went on to sell over 15 million copies worldwide - a resurrection previously unheard-of.

Green Day released their second No. 1 album 21st Century Breakdown in 2009 and brought their American Idiot musical to Broadway a year later.

In 2012, they released a trilogy of albums entitled ¡UNO! ¡DOS! ¡TRÉ! before Armstrong had to undergo treatment for alcohol abuse.  Adding insult to injury, their longtime friend and touring guitarist Jason White was diagnosed with tonsil cancer in 2014.

However, Green Day looks forward to their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction as well as the future of their band.

"Everyone's healthy and we're gearing up to kick ass again," Dirnt said to Billboard earlier this year.


[caption id="attachment_5092" align="alignnone" width="611"]Walking in New York, 1994 (courtesy of Lauren "2846mn") Walking in New York, 1994 (courtesy of Lauren "2846mn")[/caption]

From underground clubs to sold-out arenas, punk aggression to Broadway ballads, heroic icons to legendary rock gods… 

Green Day has notably impacted the evolution, development and perpetuation of rock and roll throughout the '90s and 2000s more than any other band – second in significance only to the necessity of Nirvana.

As if there was any doubt before, Green Day’s induction to the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has forever cemented their legacy in music history.

[caption id="attachment_5087" align="alignnone" width="620"]England's annual Reading Festival, 2004 (courtesy of  Live 105) England's annual Reading Festival, 2004 (courtesy of  Live 105)[/caption]
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            [post_content] => Whether you identify as gay, lesbian, straight, transgender, bisexual, we all deserve equality. Pride week is an annual event that celebrates and promotes just that. The University Student Union (USU) Social Awareness Program and Code Red Entertainment presented their annual Pride Week during March 23 through March 27.

On the first day of pride week, Ashton Lee spoke in the Event Center encouraging others to feel okay in their own skin and that “twenty seconds of bravery is all you need to do something."

Lee shared his story about finding his true self and his struggle when fighting for Manteca High School to let him use the facility that he felt the most comfortable using. In his case, he had always used the girls’ restroom, as he had previously identified himself as Kimberly Marie Lee, but when he realized that he felt more comfortable being a boy, it got awkward for not only girls to see him in the bathroom but he also felt like he was in the wrong place.

Lee acknowledged this issue with his high school, which then only led to him being in a more awkward position- using the staff restroom.

“It was really really really really weird seeing your principal using the urinal,” Lee said.

With the right determination, a couple meetings at the capitol and enough people on Lee’s side, Assembly Bill No. 1266 was passed. The bill reads “This bill would require that a pupil be permitted to (…) use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.” It passed in 2013.

“I didn’t have to be scared anymore," Lee said. "Teachers would get in trouble if they didn’t respect me. I didn’t have to be scared anymore. I didn’t have to worry. I didn’t have to keep my pee in for six hours."

For more information, Lee can be contacted at thisisashton@yahoo.com

On Wednesday a pride parade was held in the quad, which included a couple of small floats from clubs supporting Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Week. This abbreviation has been updated through the years and is also known as "LGBTQIA," which stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and Ally. Many cities like San Francisco and Las Vegas host their own pride parade, as it is a time to celebrate the LGBT culture and pride.

[caption id="attachment_4711" align="alignnone" width="4496"]Anthony Johnson/Signal Anthony Johnson/Signal[/caption]

As a California flag with an LGBT rainbow beneath it waved above the festivities, students participated in making bracelets, tie dye shirts, and playing a game of true or false in regards to stereotypes within the LGBT community.

“I’m openly gay so this hits close to home, like I didn’t get along with my father and most people don’t know the daily struggles of the LGBT community,"  Daniel Garcia (freshman, Psychology) said. "I really wanted to spread awareness and it’s why I joined the Social Awareness Program.”

Garcia is a volunteer for Code Red Entertainment but he got the opportunity to plan and coordinate this year’s Pride Parade.

Pride Week then closed with a night full of laughter and dancing as the annual drag show was held in the Event Center with Andrew Merrill, also known as Jaymelah Vanity Moore, hosting the show throughout the night.

Men from organizations such as Kappa Sigma, the Sociology Club and the Veterans Club turned into drag queens for the night while Stephanie Landeros presented as a Drag King. Landeros, representing Love Evolution Club, amazed the crowd with a performance to Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk” dressed as a man. Other performances that entertained the audience were Caleb Wittstruck, from Kappa Sigma, who dressed in a blue dress imitating Disney’s Elsa from Frozen.

Closing the show, Moore went on stage to show everyone how a professional does it by amazing the crowd with numerous splits in the air and impressive sassy dance moves.

“This year I really wanted to involve students so I contacted as many orgs as I could and I had ten people apply and six who actually went through with it,” Caitlin Moses (junior, Child Development) USU’s Social Awareness Program Coordinator said.

For more information, Moore can be contacted at his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/msjaymelah.vanity
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            [post_content] => Allergies have taken the Central Valley by storm this season and people all over are suffering from debilitating allergy symptoms. The dry air and dust have settled in early this year, and as the agricultural area we live in begins to harvest, we will have to find alternative ways to deal with these allergy symptoms.

Sneezing, wheezing and the constant itching from allergies is something that is seen all over campus this time of year and can make your life uncomfortable. Many people suffering from seasonal allergies look to different forms of relief to help them overcome allergies and get through their days of work and school.

The Student Health Center is available Monday through Friday to assist current students with any health care needs. Those looking to soothe their allergy symptoms with an anti-histamine or decongestant can visit the Health Center Pharmacy. Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claritin and Mucinex offer great relief for the everyday allergy symptoms. The Student Health Center can be reached at 209-667-3396.

In a campus announcement sent to faculty and staff of CSU Stanislaus, Dr. Sergio Mazon, chief of medical staff at the Student Health Center, gave some helpful tips to help with seasonal allergies.

“Springtime allergies or allergic rhinitis are definitely irritating," Mazon said. "If you are not sure whether you have a cold or an allergy, it’s always OK to seek medical evaluation. We can treat you appropriately and refer you to an allergy specialist if needed."

The Student Health Center also recommends vacuuming frequently and avoiding trees pollinating and freshly cut grass.

The most common fix for allergy symptoms are medications and even though these can help with allergies, they also can have many negative side affects and leave you drowsy. Many people look for alternative remedies for allergies and a popular form of allergy relief has been seen in the NetiPot and the use of local honey.

Nursing student Maggie Fabry suffers from severe allergies and has looked to natural remedies to give her some relief.

Fabry explained that honey local to where you live is a great way to help prevent allergies because it exposes you to the allergens you may be susceptible to during the allergy season. Though honey is a great way to prepare you for the allergy season, this method should not be used with children.

"I get terrible allergies," Fabry said. "I have a tablespoon of honey twice a day in my tea, but I also use Claritin."

Fabry also explained the benefits of using the NetiPot, "It treats congestion and clears your sinuses which are results of allergies."

The NetiPot is a product that can be purchased at most drugstores and comes with a plastic or ceramic teapot-styled device and small packages of saline solution. NetiPot users are instructed to use only distilled water to protect their sinuses and provide the best experience. Once the saline solution has been mixed in the NetiPot, the user rotates it back and forth between nostrils, irrigating the nasal passages while breathing in and out through the mouth. While the first few uses can make users uncomfortable, the lasting affect of a sinus rinse will leave allergy sufferers feeling refreshed.

As a student of CSU Stanislaus, if you are suffering from the Valley killer this allergy season, utilize the Student Health Center to get the relief you need. Use their helpful tips and learn to cope with your symptoms and take control of your health.

[caption id="attachment_4801" align="aligncenter" width="581"]CSU Stanislaus Health Center Pharmacy List CSU Stanislaus Health Center Pharmacy List[/caption]

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            [post_content] => Easter is coming up and the Ladies of Phi Sigma Sigma are hosting their 16th Annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Quad on March 28. 

The event provides a free entry and invites the campus community to participate. Children of all ages are welcome and each age group will complete the hunt at different times. The first hunt, the ages 0 to 3 group, will begin at 11:30 a.m. They'll be followed by the 4 to 6 age group at 11:45 a.m. The 7 to 9 age group hunts at 12 p.m. and the event finishes with the 10 to 14 age group at 12:15 p.m.

The day will feature games, activities, raffles, face painting, food and pictures with the Easter bunny. Attendees should make sure to bring their own basket and be prepared to win a special prize if the golden egg is found.

All proceeds will go to the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation that benefits School and College Readiness. Don't miss out on this annual event promising family and friends a day full of fun.
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            [post_content] => The Signal staff was concerned with a video posted on the Stanislaus Sophi Facebook page on March 23 in association with the sorority's Women's Symposium, which focuses on women empowerment. The video included fraternity members describing their "ideal woman." We found the video to be counterproductive to the message that the sorority's annual symposium has traditionally delivered quite successfully. Many members of the campus community shared our opinion. Watch our alternative video to find who we think ranks as an ideal person.

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            [post_content] => 

This is a letter written by the "Not Your Girls" columnists in response to a Letter to the Editor written by a concerned reader questioning the choice of the women to pose in lingerie.

Hello Carrie!

Thank you for the positive reinforcement on our article Not Your Girls. While reading your comments and concerns I couldn’t help but to agree.

As we went through the process of coming up with a photo idea and choosing just one, we were both struggling with what to do. We were both aware that peers, professors, family, and members of the surrounding community would view this image.

We both took into account the positive and negative comments we would receive with such a controversial topic. And this is exactly why we chose the photo with us both in our undergarments. We feel as though this society puts too much pressure on women to “cover up” but we view women and men both on the beach or at a pool with a revealing or modest bathing suit. We posed the question “What is the difference between us being in our bathing suits or us being in our bra and underwear?”

Our answer was simply nothing.

Whether we were in a bra and underwear or our two piece bathing suits, we would be showing the same amount of skin. We chose the undergarment photo to represent the fact that no matter what we wear, no matter how much we show OR how little we show, the human body, specifically the woman’s body, will be mocked, judged, devalued, sexualized, or praised.

We believe that the messages we have and are continuing to convey in our article will show our intelligence.

As women, we deserve to be taken seriously by what we bring to the table, not by what we wear. We should be treated like ladies, because we are ladies.

We should be respected because we are human beings. We, as intelligent, strong-willed young women, hope that this article is a stepping stone to realizing that barriers, such as how we dress or look, need to be taken down before they take us down.  If someone is focussed on how amazing we look in our skivvies and take what we have to say for granted, then they have missed the message in the article.

We are not defined by our outfits.

We are not defined by our weight.

We are not defined by the societal views that have brought so many women down.

We are defined by our own definitions of who we are.

I hope you continue to read our articles and enjoy the boundaries that we break!

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Not Your Girls

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Reading the issue dated 2/19/2015, I am impressed with the wide variety and professionalism of the articles.

I've worked on campus for 27 years, and the Signal has never looked better.  I do have a question about the article on Body Positivity.  Absolutely, I agree with everything written in the article and appreciate their honest and genuine thoughts.

However, I wonder if the women realize by posing only in their lingerie, understand that some men, and perhaps women, reading the article might get the wrong idea?

Especially since on the same page there is an article against sexual assault.  Their point could have been clearly made had they dressed in a modest bathing suit, workout clothing, or simply a t-shirt and shorts.

When they interact with faculty, staff and peers, will they be met with someone remembering what they look like in their lingerie, or taken seriously like the intelligent, striking women they are?

As women, if we want to be treated like a lady and be respected, we need to convey that with our dress, words and actions.  The young women have some great things to say, and I admire them for bringing to light and discussing these sensitive topics.

Carrie Dugovic

Database/PeopleSoft

Administrator, OIT

Read the columnists respond to the letter here.

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            [post_content] => Before the late 1940s all Major League Baseball teams had one thing in common; all of their athletes were white. That all changed on April 15, 1947 when a young, 28-year-old African-American by the name of Jackie Robinson suited up for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Robinson was an athlete that changed the way that not only other athletes lived- but how other human beings treated one another of different races.

The 2013 movie, 42, based on Robinson's life shows the Dodgers' owner, Branch Rickey, prove that you can make an impact on baseball regardless of the color of your skin. He gave Robinson a chance, and since then athletes of all nationalities play the game that is known as "America's Pastime."

One key quote in the movie 42 came from Robinson's teammate "Pee Wee Reese," played by actor, Lucas Black. He puts his arm around Robinson, (played by Chadwick Boseman) and says, "Maybe tomorrow we'll all wear 42, that way they won't tell us apart."

In 1997 all of MLB universally retired Robinson's number, 42, of all Major League teams- becoming the first and only number so far that is retired throughout a particular sport. Since April 15, 2004, everyone lives up to Pee Wee Reese's statement in the movie and they all wear forty two across the league on Jackie Robinson day.
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            [post_content] => The 42 Annual Hanny Stanislaus Invitational hosted by the Turlock Golf and Country Club was held April 13 in Turlock, Calif.

California State University, Stanislaus came into the invitational looking to build some needed momentum as they prepare for the CCAA Championships just one week away.

A tough task to accomplish as high winds played a major role during the final round of the tournament. Gusts reported as high as 25 miles per hour tossed the players drives and chip shots through the air erratically.

The Warriors were led by Chad Kubes (freshman, Computer Science) who shot a 228 over three rounds to put him at 12 over par for the invitational. Kubes managed to score an eagle on hole two in the first round, the only one recorded by the Warriors during the invitational.

Anthony Manguray (senior, Business Administration) also played well for the Warriors. Manguray was able to shoot a 232 total which placed him tied for 38 out of a possible 94. He also did what few others could on the course in round three and managed to stay under par.

The story of the invitational, however, was that of the top 10 finishing teams. Nine of those teams were from the CCAA with CSU Stanislaus finishing 10th.

The Warriors will look to improve against their tough division opponents as they prepare for the CCAA Championships starting Monday, April 20 at Brookside Country Club in Stockton.
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The Warrior tennis team gave the UC Davis Aggies great competition as they were just shy of beating the Division I squad Saturday, April 11.

During singles play, Jessica Laurie was the definition of a warrior. She fought back to weigh the score of her own win 6-3. Unfortunately Aggies' Kristy Jorgensen proved more powerful to win the set 10-4.

J'Ana Diamond challenged Tiffany Pham during the second singles play. In set one, Pham just stole the win away from Diamond with the score of 7-6. Diamond battled back to win the second set 6-2 to take the game to the third set. Pham scored another tough win from Diamond with the score of 10-5 to end the singles play.

The Warriors moved on to play UC Santa Cruz on Sunday, April 12. UCSC thought they had the Warriors, but with dedication and heart that the Warriors have- they bounced back to win 6-3 after five singles matches.

Trailing 2-1 after doubles play, the Warriors were determined to win. Analyssa Talls and J'Ana Diamond struck a 8-2 win over Sylvia Brummitt and Islay Fossett.

The Warriors were able to keep control over UCSC in singles play to record the 6-3 match win for the day. Sarah Cardenas was presented the opportunity to play the No. 6 match. She prevailed and won the first set 7-6, then a 7-5 tiebreaker win-but was unable to pull out all three wins. She lost the third set to Stephanie Graziano with the final score ending 6-3. Cardenas crushed Graziano in the last set and won 10-5.

Coming off of a good win Sunday against UCSC, the Warriors took advantage of the momentum and brought it home to play Norte Dame de Namur.

The Warriors were able to blow their opponents away winning 9-0. Doing so, the Warriors moved to 6-11 on the season. Jessica Laurie had taken the day off, and none other than J'Ana Diamond was there to step in the No. 1 singles spot with impressive scores of 6-1 and 6-2 over Olivia Laws.

Later playing with Analyssa Talls the two took yet another victory in doubles play with the final score of 8-1.

During singles play, Ebone Qualls and Tallas were able to shut out their opponents consecutively. Taking the losses were Argonaut's Maggie Toval and Gabby Reyes.

The CSU Stanislaus Warriors end their season against the same NDNU team on April 18.

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The Warriors took a road trip to Cal State San Bernardino and came up short in the first games of the series through tough losses 3-2 and 5-3.

These long ball battles were game changers between Coyote seniors Nicole Nobbe and Victoria Lievanos and Cal State Stanislaus' two seniors Hali Mooring and Jessica Varady, sophomore Cassidy Duke and freshmen spark Natalie Dorsey.

In game one on Friday, Nobbe homered twice, both being solo shots. The Warriors were able to come back with the help from Varady in the first game having an opposite field solo shot and having a seventh inning double bringing in Duke after being hit by a pitch. The Warriors tied the game 2-2. Nobbe scored in the bottom of the eighth inning on a Warrior error for a Coyote win, 3-2.

The second game started off well for the Warriors.

Hali Mooring went deep to bring the score to 1-0 in the first inning. Duke scored on a double steal to make the score 2-0. The Warriors were not able to take the win this game as the Coyotes brought the fight back to win it 5-3.

SATURDAY

Game one on Saturday, April 11 was a hard one to walk away from.

Freshman Natalie Dorsey hit her first collegiate home run in the sixth inning and Deenah San Luis went 2-for-4 with five hits on the day.

With so many positives in game one, the game ended with a plot twist of Duke scoring from second on a trapped ball to tie the game. The umpires ruled the ball as a catch and the Coyotes threw the ball to second base as the umpires called it a double play to end the game 5-4.

The Warriors were out for revenge as Duke went 3-for-4, with a go ahead home run to left center field to take the score 4-3. San Luis and Mooring had three hits in game two to take the win from the Coyotes.

Natalie Rendon unfortunately took the loss of the first game but was a strong pitching presence in game two pitching 5 2/3 innings to grab the win. Jessica Varady came in for relief in the seventh inning of the second game.

The Warriors have moved their record to 14-18 overall and 6-22 for the season. They travel to CSU Monterey Bay on April 17 to take on the Otters.

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            [post_content] => With the determination of the Library of the Future (LotF) Steering Committee, big plans are finally set in motion for California State University, Stanislaus’ campus library.

The LotF task force is holding an open forum on March 19 at noon in the South Dining Hall on campus.

Ron Rodriguez, Dean of Library Services, encourages all students to attend and voice their opinions about how the library should improve.

“What can be done better?” Rodriguez said. “What can we do in terms of what the students want?”

The committee wants to focus on re-imagining the library’s entire experience, as well as the shape of the layout of what goes where.

Rodriguez said he wants the library to be more than just a place for students to walk in, get things done and leave.
  
He (and the rest of the LotF unit) wants to provide for the future a place that people will genuinely enjoy.

To help give feedback on the library, students have taken surveys around campus and online over the past few months.

“I heard that they are going to put a cafe in the library that serves probably just coffee and sandwiches,” Danibel Pourbabaei (senior, Communication Studies) said. “There might be a Starbucks but I’m not sure.”

When addressed about this rumor, Rodriguez could not help but chortle a little bit because while the idea remains true, the specifics are premature.

“I’m sure the students would like a mini-Starbucks in the library tomorrow,” Rodriguez said and then chuckled. “We’re just not there yet.”

The construction details for the university’s library have yet to be determined; however, Rodriguez has already been envisioning.

“The ideal scenario would be to have funding similar to the Science Building, where the outside stays the same and the inside is completely redone.”

Make sure to attend the open forum in order to be involved in the process.
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Imagine a cold, delicious scoop of vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two warm, cinnamon and sugar coated donuts, drizzled with a thick maple syrup.

Is your mouth watering yet? This is not a dream. It is called an ice cream donut sandwich, and yes, it is a real thing.

The miraculous creation is just one of the many fair foods offered at Mariah’s Fair Treats, a mobile food trailer owned and operated by Mariah Vitoria of Hilmar.

Vitoria, 22, has always known that she had a passion for cooking sweets. As a high school student, she spent her summers baking breads, pastries and cookies. Her creative mind experimented with new dessert ideas and soon her dreams of opening up her own restaurant blossomed.

While attending California State University, Stanislaus as a Business major, Vitoria realized that she was ready to start making treats professionally. She took time away from school to focus on her business.

After getting the thumbs up from her mom, she purchased a mini donut maker off Craigslist and got cooking.

“I thought, ‘I’m just gonna buy this, see what happens. I’m just gonna go for it,’” Vitoria said.

Originally called “Soooo Yummy Mini Donuts”, Vitoria started out selling her donuts underneath a little red tent.

She traveled to local farmers markets, festivals and events offering delectable mini donuts by the bucket. She soon realized that she would need to expand if she wanted her hobby to turn into a successful business.

Rather than take out a loan, Vitoria was able to fully fund her business through her self-proclaimed profession of “sweepstaker.”

Through online sweepstakes and contests, Vitoria has won $400,000 to $500,000 in various trips and prizes over the years, including five cars. She was even featured on the reality television show “Sweepstakers” in 2013.

“That’s how I was able to buy my trailer and start my business with, luckily, zero debt,” Vitoria said.

Today, that trailer is known as Mariah’s Fair Treats and offers food 365 days a year - traveling to private parties, corporate events, county fairs, festivals and farmers markets.

The menu includes staple fair food items such as corn dogs, French fries and funnel cakes.

Vitoria offers an array of deep fried snacks (including Oreos, Twinkies and Snickers), but also enjoys creating treats that set her truck apart from others at events.

Her ice cream donut sandwich was such a hit that Food Network’s show “Carnival Eats” featured it on an episode.

Of all the food vendors at the fair, Vitoria and two others were chosen to be filmed for the television show when Food Network came to the 2014 Stanislaus County Fair.

Hoping to recreate the success of the tasty ice cream treat, Vitoria went back to the drawing board and came up with another invention which is sure to take fair food where no one has gone before.

“Another thing I created is the funnel cake bacon cheeseburger,” Vitoria said. “People are hesitant to try it, but once they do they really like it.”

The funnel cake bacon cheeseburger is exactly what it sounds like: a bacon cheeseburger with funnel cakes instead of buns. To add to the explosion of flavor, Vitoria also drizzles maple syrup over the top of the burger.

She hopes that this new menu item can be as successful as the ice cream donut sandwich has been and plans to advertise it heavily on both Facebook and Instagram before the upcoming fair season.

At the 2015 Stanislaus County Fair, the Mariah’s Fair Treats trailer will also be accompanied by two Dippin’ Dots stands, courtesy of Vitoria’s business partner, Ron Whiting.

The food truck life is not an easy one. The inside of the trailer can reach extremely high temperatures during the summer months.

Despite the hardships, she makes each and every fair treat she sells with passion and truly enjoys serving fair-goers wherever she travels.

“The most rewarding part is seeing the smile on someone’s face when you hand them a funnel cake,” Vitoria said. “People get so incredibly excited. They’ve been waiting for that funnel cake all year long.”

In the future, Vitoria hopes that Mariah’s Fair Treats can attend even more fairs and establish a consistent, year-round schedule. Based off her success so far, that should not be difficult to accomplish.

If your stomach rumbled while reading this article, do not worry. You can catch Vitoria’s treats at numerous upcoming events: April 11 and 12 at the Manteca Street Fair; May 14 through 17 at the Chowchilla Madera Fair; and May 29 through 31 at the Patterson Apricot Festival. They will also be at all 10 days of the Stanislaus County Fair.

If you would like Mariah’s Fair Treats to cater your party or event, you can email Vitoria at fairtreats@yahoo.com or call  209-623-5622.

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Starting this summer, the Stockton Center of California State University, Stanislaus will offer evening classes for the Multiple Subject Credential Program (MSCP).

The center has not been able to offer these classes for the past five years.

CSU Stanislaus students persuing a career in teaching can now take classes at either the Turlock campus or Stockton Center – or both.

“I am really happy because I commute everyday to Turlock,” said Natalie Ungson (junior, Liberal Studies).

In an effort to increase the Stockton Center production level, CSU Stanislaus reached an agreement with Aspire Langston Hughes Academy in Stockton to allow the student teachers the opportunityto put their knowledge into practice.

The fields that have the most openings are Science and Math, though the Special Education sector is another area in need of teachers.

“There are a lot of jobs,” Elmano Costa, Professor of Teacher Education, said. “Better grapes make better wine. I believe we have really good students.”

The CSU Stanislaus Stockton Center is located at 612 E. Magnolia Street in Stockton.

For more information regarding the MSCP, email Dr. Anne Weisenberg, Multiple Subject Coordinator, at aweisenberg@csustan.edu or call 209-667-3474.

You can also stop by the Credential Services Office in Demergasso Bava Hall 303 on the Turlock campus.

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Two road improvements have been set in motion, expecting to improve the area on Geer Road between Monte Vista Avenue and Taylor Road as well as on Hawkeye Avenue between Dels Lane and Olive Avenue.

These projects are partially due to a $105,550 grant received on behalf of the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, CalRecycle.

It is expected that the grant money will alleviate a portion of the expenses needed to ensure the safety of sidewalks in the Hawkeye Avenue area.

In addition to the road projects taking place on Geer and Monte Vista, there are already visible improvements underway at the intersection of Christofferson Parkway and Fosberg Road in the form of new stoplights.

Although the new stoplights have already been installed, it is unclear as to when they will be fully functioning.

Turlock resident Elyzabeth Baron has mixed feelings about these road improvements. 

“I believe that not every area in Turlock gets the privilege to be able to benefit from these projects,” Baron said. “You don’t see lower income parts of town getting funded for their roads to be fixed.”

According to the CalRecycle website, the Rubberized Pavement Grant Program allows used tires to be put to use once more rather than being retired in a manner that could be potentially harmful to the environment.

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            [post_content] => California State University, Stanislaus will be hosting an on-campus garden market, selling produce from its own garden.  The exact time and date have yet to be established, but Dr. Rebekah Shrader, Assistant Professor of Economics, says the event is intended to be held sometime in the first week of May.

"This produce sale is intended as a long-term development through the Agricultural Studies department," Dr. Shrader said. "The sale will be developed and headed by one or two agricultural classes a semester, and this semester my Agricultural Markets and Pricing courses is leading the logistics and planning phase."

This market project also aims to give agriculture students direct exposure to the world of produce marketing and selling fruits and vegetables they have helped grow themselves. The produce will come from CSU Stanislaus' very own sustainable garden with the possibility of including guest partners from Turlock or the surrounding areas.

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            [post_content] => A 4 a.m. wakeup call sounds like the least appealing thing to anyone- unless you are farmer Mike Staack, who often sees the sunrise during harvest season.

Staack is an almond farmer out of Denair, Calif., who lives his everyday life doing something he never thought he would.

[caption width="300" id="attachment_4625" align="alignnone"]Mike Staack/Grizzly Nut  Mike Staack/Grizzly Nut[/caption]

Staack moved from Iowa to California after being in the Air Force. His original plan was to be an air traffic controller, but that all changed after he met his wife-to-be in 1986.

“I ended up going to work for [my wife’s dad]. I didn’t know anything about almonds…,” Staack said. “So I ended up going to work for him and I worked for him for 18 years and helped build his business. I was a student of the industry, of the almond industry, and bought some land myself with my wife.”

Now, Staack’s life revolves around his almond business. It involves early mornings and lots of hours. As the owner, his responsibilities extend far beyond simply monitoring what his crews are doing.

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“Most of the crews usually work 10 hour days, six days a week,” Staack said. “Me, as an owner, I work more than that. So we may have repairs to take care of and other things that force us into more hours…”

“Additionally we have a processing plant too, it’s Grizzly Nut,” Staack said. “So that starts earlier in the morning with marketing overseas with brokers. Sometimes I’m up at four o’clock in the morning talking to different countries, people who we’re selling to and marketing to…”

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Staack not only has Grizzly Nut, but he also sends his harvested almonds to the company "Madi K" based out of Los Angeles, Calif. The company sells chocolate covered almond clusters, in milk or dark chocolate, with caramel, among others.

“We raise the almonds, we harvest them, we process them and then we ship them to L.A.,” Staack said. “And then he [his partner in the nut business] takes them, roasts them and then he sells them all over the world. They’re even on airlines.”

For more information, you can visit Madi K’s website at madiks.com. You can also like Grizzly Nut’s Facebook page.

“A lot of people think that we go on vacation… we go when the time’s right to go. We put a lot of hours in.”
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            [post_content] => The Biology Student Association held a meeting on March 17 in the Science building at California State University, Stanislaus.

Dr. Michael Fleming was a guest speaker this week from the CSU Stanislaus department of Biological Sciences. He gave a presentation on his research he conducted from 2002 to 2005 on plants, specifically "Spartina."

Dr. Fleming taught at a high school in Oregon, and started his research on Spartina in Portland.  He began his Ph.D program there as well, where he worked on a live volcano.

“Spartina falls under a 'dangerous species' category,” Dr. Fleming said. "Invasive species pose threats to native ecosystems and costs billions of dollars each year. In the USA alone, damage is $38 billion. Additional cost produce loss in agriculture and forestry and reduced recreation and tourism.”

Dr. Fleming then showed biology students what a healthy marsh looks like compared to an unhealthy marsh. A healthy salt marsh has gentle slopes, navy peds, many plant species, healthy shellfish and populations.

He also had a study site where he and associates sprayed the plant species to see if it was effective. He showed students a time period of spraying results and had a control group. Dr. Fleming concluded after July that the treatment is not effective.

Today, Spartina is still a problem- especially to coastal regions like Washington, Oregon and California. California has many outbreaks of Spartina in the Bay Area.
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