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            [post_content] => California State University, Stanislaus students awarded the 2014-2015 Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) were officially notified by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office on Oct. 15.

“We just received the list from the California Student Aid Commission,” Noelia Gonzalez, Admissions and Financial Aid Director, said. “This program may help up to 1,400 students at CSU Stanislaus, however, we have to manually review each one to determine if they are eligible.” 

The MCS is in its first year and is said to increase over a four-year span. By the 2017-2018 school year, the award shall reach it’s maximum award amount totaling up to 40 percent of statewide mandatory fees and tuition.

“The Middle Class Scholarship is a new program in the 2014-2015 academic year that provides undergraduate students with family incomes up to $150,000 a scholarship to attend University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) campuses,” Gonzalez said. “Students must file the FAFSA or the Dream Act application in order for campuses to determine eligibility.” 

MCS recipients will see the funds in their student accounts and those who are eligible for a refund will receive a check. Students who have signed up for direct deposit will see the refund deposited directly into their bank accounts along with a confirmation email from Student Account Receivable and Collections.

“The funds will first go to pay for fees,” Gonzalez said. “If a student has already paid their fees, we will issue the funds to the students and they can use the money to pay for living expenses.  For the Spring semester, students will be have their grant disbursed prior to the beginning of the term along with their other financial aid.”

In order to become a recipient of the MCS for the 2015-2016 school year, students can apply in one of two ways.

“Students can begin applying for the scholarship after January 1, 2015 for the 2015-2016 academic year,” Gonzalez said. “It’s important that students file their FAFSA or Dream Act application by March 2 of every year.”

For more information on the MCS scholarship or the application process, students can visit www.CSAC.ed.gov or www.studentaid.gov.
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            [post_content] => Associated Students Incorporated (ASI) hosted an open forum titled #2014CANDIDATES at California State University, Stanislaus on Oct. 21.

The panel consisted of Turlock mayoral candidates Mike Brem and Gary Soiseth, as well as Harinder Grewal, State Assembly Candidate, and Michael Eggman, Congressional Candidate.
 
During the open forum, the candidates were asked a series of questions constructed by ASI that covered a series of topics related to CSU students. 
 
Eggman was asked what role the federal government has in higher education funding on the state level.
 
“Tuition has doubled in the last ten years; student loan debt is second only to mortgage,” Eggman said. “Majority of research funds go to Ivy league schools, but state schools do a lot of great research; we need to change the way we distribute the federal grant money.”
 
When asked to explain the impact of funding in the CSU system, Grewal discussed where he stands on the issue.
 
“Funding is shrinking, and when funding is shrinking you see the impact,” Grewal said. “It’s the role of your leader to make sure CSU is getting sustainable funding.”
 
Brem and Soiseth were both asked about how CSU Stanislaus can have a better relationship with the community.
 
“It’s a shame there hasn’t been a better relationship with the city and the university,” Brem said. “But today is a new day and President Sheley wants a better relationship with the city.”

In addition, Soiseth discussed a change in representation of the university throughout the community.

“We should see bumper stickers on cars, we should see t-shirts being worn,” Soiseth said. “When you talk to students from Fresno or Los Angeles they choose to come to CSU Stanislaus, but that welcoming environment isn’t always there, and I want them to feel like  they’re drawn to downtown, they want to stay here.”

As the forum continued, the candidates responded to questions from the audience regarding a series of topics.
 
“We need to have comprehensive immigration reform that will lead to a path of citizen, while strengthening our borders at the same time,” Eggman said when asked how he would handle immigration reform on a national level. “It’s a shame because the votes are there right now.”
 
Grewal was asked to discuss his stance on the high-speed rail project is.
 
“I am a strong supporter of the high-speed rail,” Grewal said. “It’s going to create a lot of good paying jobs, and a lot of families are going to get employment.”
 
Each of the candidates were asked how they plan to address the issue of sexual assault increases on college campuses from a community, state or federal perspective.

Eggman wanted assistance from federal organization and federal funds to help find a solution.
 
“From a federal level we need to work on corporation programs,” Eggman said. “We need to get the ATF, FBI and drug task force involved. Federal funds can easily be used to extenuate and support the security here on campus.”

Grewal felt that the best thing that can be done is to bring awareness and encourage victims to come forward.

“We need to make everyone aware of this. Once we make people aware of this we can solve the problem,” Grewal said. “We need to make sure these crimes are reported. We need to make sure proper action is taken, we need to make sure whoever did that is brought to justice.”

Soiseth said recreation programs can provide a safe environment for victims.
 
“The city can offer recreation programs,” Soiseth said. “That’s when the victim comes forward, that’s when they acknowledge what happened. As mayor I want to create a city the targets these susceptible populations to make sure we have resources to make sure they feel comfortable to come forward and seek help.”

Brem said educating the youth at a young age is key.
 
“Sexual harassment is absolutely inexcusable,” Brem said. “It starts at a younger age. We need to start at the grammar school, junior high and high school level and let people know that it is unacceptable and if you are being harassed you need to be able to come forward. By the time people get to college that behavior is already ingrained and we need to start at a younger age.”

The students in attendance said the event was beneficial and left with opinions about certain candidates.
 
“I think it is a good thing to bring the candidates together, and bring awareness.” Alfred Moran (junior, Political Science) said.
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            [post_content] => An incident involving the Ceres Public Safety Department was brought to light during a Sept. 8 Ceres City Council meeting according to multiple reports from Ceres Courier, Merced Sun Star, Modesto Bee and CBS Sacramento.

According to the reports, Ceres Public Safety Department employees allegedly placed hidden cameras under at least one female worker’s desk and in changing rooms.

Accusations began on Sept. 8 during a City Council meeting when members of the Modesto-Stanislaus branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People took the podium.

“In three days it went from ‘rumor’ to ‘this has been happening since last year,’” Monica Ventura, NAACP representative, said to the Ceres City Council last month, according to the Ceres Courier. “What’s with the cover-up?”

However, Ceres issued a press release in September stating, “Ceres Police Department recently conducted, or is in the process of conducting, two separate internal affairs investigations.”

The first investigation began in Oct. 2013 when the city supposedly took corrective action. The second began in May and is still ongoing, according to the Ceres Courier.

“What was indicated at that meeting was there were rumors, and we don’t respond to rumors,” Toby Wells, Ceres City Manager, said in the Merced Sun Star last month when asked about the allegations.

In the middle of this close-knit investigation, Ceres Police Chief Art de Werk was the subject of two closed-session meetings concerning his “discipline, dismissal or release.”

De Werk took a two-month medical leave earlier this year and within days of returning, he was dismissed from his position in June 2014, according to the Modesto Bee.

Overseeing police and fire since 1999, de Werk was the city’s police chief and public safety director, which is the accused department mentioned above.

Despite the Brown Act, which specifically gives the public the opportunity to directly address the legislative body concerning any item described in notices for special meetings, Ceres would not disclose to the Modesto Bee information discussed in the closed-session meetings concerning de Werk.

City Attorney Mike Lyions stated that since the only item on agenda was a closed-session item, the public did not need the opportunity to address it.

According to The Signal, the city of Ceres has been keeping quiet throughout this entire investigation, leaving citizens in question of the suspicious activity.

Since our campus community includes many Ceres residents, students can expect a thorough follow-up when further information is obtained.
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            [post_content] => The pride parade and drag show, which was scheduled to take place at the Quad and Event Center this past Thursday, have been postponed until the spring semester.

“I have recently come up with some amazing ideas that will extend the event to more than one day,” said Caitlin Moses, University Student Union Social Awareness Coordinator.

Moses is hoping to ally with Love Evolution and oSTEM for these events. The collaborated efforts will allow for students to become more educated on the LGBTQIA community.  Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy fun and educational activities.

The drag show and parade are free of charge and aim to educate attendees on the LGBTQIA community. These events have established welcoming and friendly environments amongst all students, faculty and staff.

The drag show consists of professional drag queens conducting a show and interacting with attendees. The pride parade is a showcase of distinct floats and featured music.

Stay tuned for more information regarding the annual Drag Show and Pride Parade during the spring semester.

 
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            [post_content] => The Hunger Network and the Sociology club collaborated on a blanket and clothing drive for the homeless this past Saturday.

Over 70 homeless people came to Broadway Park in Turlock to receive blankets, sweats and sweaters to prepare for winter. The Sociology club distributed 30 blankets and more than 100 pieces of clothing. Those that were in need lined up to select one item and continued rotating to receive resources. Extra items were donated to the United Samaritans and Homeless Assistance Missionary.

While the Sociology club was distributing clothes and blankets, the Hunger Network fed pancakes, eggs and sausage to the homeless.

“We’re all about helping the community and giving back,” Stephanie Landeros, President of the Sociology club, said. “I felt good that I was able to help, but it wasn’t enough.”

The Sociology club and Hunger Network are passionate about giving back to the community. The Sociology club plans to give shoeboxes filled with gifts to people in need for Christmas. You can also expect a Christmas fundraiser this December. The club plans to sell Mexican hot chocolate and tamales to raise money. The proceeds will go towards their shoebox gifts or Relay for Life, a fundraiser for breast cancer.

The Hunger Network often holds canned food drives on campus and in local neighborhoods. Soon the Network plans to trick or treat to fundraise for the homeless. 

“We dress up in costumes and go around campus asking for change,” Edgar Orozco, President of the Hunger Network, said. All the proceeds go towards supplies to feed the homeless breakfast.

The Network also grows various fruits and vegetables in their garden in front of Naraghi Hall to assure that the homeless that frequent the United Samaritans are well-nourished. The Network also has a food pantry to help CSU Stanislaus students who cannot afford food.

Landeros and Orozco fear not enough is being done to help those in serious need in the Turlock community. 

“It was heartbreaking seeing all the children at the drive,” Landeros said.

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            [post_content] => The Office of International Education (OIE) hosted their first International Coffee Hour, allowing OIE staff and California State University, Stanislaus international students to intermingle two weeks ago at the Student Services Building.

The coffee hour allowed international students to share their culture with each other. This is the first social meeting held to encourage international students to interact with one another and become involved in campus activities.

“The people here are very friendly and open-minded,” Meshari Alobadi (senior, Business Administration) said. “I feel really happy with this meeting. It is a good meeting to get all of the international students together and to get to know each other.”

Students were welcomed by the Director of International Education, Mahmoud Lamadanie. Along with friendly OIE staff, Lamadanie addressed attendees about the rigorous accomplishments the department is establishing on campus. Many students are transfer students from out-of-state universities. They transferred to Stanislaus with the goal of continuing their higher education in a smaller, more welcoming campus.

“I like this campus,” Kim Pham (senior, Chemistry) said.  “It is small, and you get to know your professors very well.”

Lamadanie and the dedicated OIE Staff are focusing on ensuring that the 74 degree-seeking international students receive the full college experience. The department has set activities and classes that prepare international students to be a part of the university’s community. There is a total of 85 international students on campus from 20 countries. 

The total enrollment of international students has increased 71 percent since Spring 2014. The new goal is to have 500 international students integrate into CSU Stanislaus within the next three years. 
 
“The whole world is interconnected,” Lamadanie said. “In order to prepare our students for this global economy, they have to become familiar with the global system. Students must also relate with people from different cultures in equal footing.”

Activities and community resources designed to promote an understanding of other cultures and a cross-cultural diversity on campus are provided and recommended to create a united institution.

Lamadanie and the OIE staff continue to strive to help international students contribute to this community by sharing their culture. They also raise awareness of the importance in supporting world peace, mutual respect and understanding of other cultures.
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            [post_content] => Halloween, or All Hallows Eve, comes every year on Oct. 31 and is one of the most celebrated holidays of the season. Most Halloween costumes tend to be monsters, vampires, ghosts and witches, but as time went on costumes started to change from folklore characters to more modern figures. People began to dress up as celebrities, fictional characters and princes or princesses.
 
With Halloween quickly approaching, many people are still trying to figure out what they are going to wear for their costume. There are always so many things people can wear or dress up as, so here are some ideas for those last-minute costumes. 

This year’s new, top-selling costume ideas for men are: Uncle Si, The Joker, Austin Powers, Mr. Incredible, The Kool-Aid Man, “The Avengers” Thor and the Top Gun flight suit.
 
If you’re trying to save some money on the other hand, homemade costumes are simple and cheap. For men, some DIY costume ideas are: fisherman, corner store bum and mobster. Dressing up as rappers or actors are also great homemade costume ideas.
 
Some of the top selling women’s costumes for this year are: “The Avengers” Black Widow, Dark Sorceress, Spider Girl, Despicable Me lady minion, Supergirl, Batman Classic 1966 Heritage Catwoman, Star Wars Storm Trooper, Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen”,  Mary Poppins and Maleficent’s Christening Black Gown.
 
For women trying to save some extra money there are also many choices. Making some cat ears out of cardboard, coloring them black, and wearing all black is a simple way to have a cat costume. 

Another good idea would be to get all green or purple balloons, fill them with air and tape them to your body and become a cluster of grapes. Two more last minute costumes for tight budgets: you can paint your face with a Day of the Dead sugar skull or shaping cardboard into a ball around your body, painting it white with a clay-colored happy-face-hand and you have a Wilson volleyball costume.
 
When looking for these last-minute costumes, a great resource for ideas would be to search websites like Pinterest or YouTube. There you can get all the direction and instruction you may need for purchasing or creating your costume ideas. 
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            [post_content] => Phi Mu Alpha is a unique fraternity known for their amazing voices on the California State University, Stanislaus campus. These boys not only sing—they read, play and write music as well.

Phi Mu Alpha is a national fraternity that was founded in 1898. They currently have 247 chapters and were founded on the CSU Stanislaus campus for 30 years.

The fraternity’s goal is the “development of the best and truest internal spirit, mutual welfare, brotherhood of musical students, the advancement of music in America and a loyalty to the alma mater,” President Justin DeFreitas (senior, Music) said.

Their philanthropy is the Mills Music Mission because their founder, Ossian Everett Mills, believed that “music was the uplift of mankind,” DeFreitas said. They go to various retirement homes, hospice centers and children's hospitals to sing and interact with the patients. They do not collect money. Their sole purpose is to uplift people with their voices. 

“We sing for the people to try to make them feel better because a lot of times those people don’t get attention anymore,” DeFreitas said. “They get left in these homes and forgotten about, and we don’t think that’s right.”

“It’s really nice going to the hospice centers because most of the time when we show up they look kind of sad, but by the end everyone’s in a good mood,” Historian and Social Chair Jacob Cortez (sophomore, Music) said.

Look forward to Phi Mu Alpha joining Sigma Alpha Iota in a winter musical where they sing Christmas songs in the Bernell & Flora Snider Music Recital Hall this December.

Phi Mu Alpha love to share their talents with the community. Not only do they enjoy singing for others, but they also teach others how to read music and to sing. 

“Everyone is a musician; you just don’t know it,” DeFreitas said. “Music is its own language, and we want to teach everyone that language.”

Currently these brothers are looking to expand their membership, but you must meet the standards the organization has set for their members. 

“You can look on paper and see somebody’s resume, but you don’t know them as a person… it’s all about who you are as a person,” DeFreitas said. “[If] they harmonize with you as a person, then they’ll resonate with the group as well.”
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            [post_content] => There has been a long-established relationship between radio and baseball—and now in a different way than before.  With the San Francisco Giants competing in this year’s World Series, two of the city’s radio stations have banned artist Lorde’s song “Royals” to avoid any promotion of the opposing team, the Kansas City...well...we know.

In an article by USA Today, KOIT program director Brian Figula said, “Our listeners told us to do it, so we did it.” How democratically darling of San Francisco to serve the community.

For the Royals, the radio has served as a microphone to remind the world of their name.  What’s not to love about using a Grammy-winning song to cheer on your team just in time for the biggest baseball games of the year?

Perhaps the fact that the context in which “royals” is used has little relevance to America’s favorite pastime. Imagine team fans chanting, “We’ll never be Royals!” Not particularly well-suited for the purpose—unless they’re simultaneously suffering an identity crisis.

We can, however, crown Kansas City for creativity. The news may not be buzzing about Royal successes in California, but according to the Kansas City Star several parodies have been released with more fitting lyrics, the most popular saying. “‘Cause you'll never beat the Royals . . .That kind of loss just ain't for us.”

Not surprisingly, much of the West Coast media is exposing a similar idea devout to the San Francisco Giants with lyrics more like, “And we’re gonna beat the Royals; there’s no way to stop us.”

So after banning Lorde’s hit from the radio for the mention of the word “royals” (though contextually incorrect), Giants fans reassemble the song to repeat Roy-- they who must not be named, just as many times? Sure, the context has been modified, but why do we devote so much time to our opponents? Fans of both sides are exhausting their breath faming the “Royals” name, without mention of the Giants at all.

Come on, San Francisco. Reach for that creativeness and eccentricity that is your city. Let’s not forget we have “San Francisco Anthem” and E-40’s “Yay Area” that we can twist to fit our team rather than wasting our breath on whomever is up against us.

Yes, it is a song, but our tendency to confuse others’ business with our own empowerment is sort of a cultural glitch. Trying too hard to impose negativity on our competition is a waste of time and energy that could otherwise be invested as motivation to drive the Giants home.
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            [post_content] => A place once known for having great pizza and wings took on a new reputation on Oct. 21.

“Jura Aghassi, 59, of Turlock, was booked into Stanislaus County Jail by Oakdale Police investigators on Monday after a month-long investigation into allegations by an adult female employee of a forced sexual assault at Jura’s Pizza on North Yosemite Ave., in Oakdale,” according to the Turlock Journal.

A former employee of the Turlock Jura’s Pizza Parlor anonymously came forward to discuss her experiences working with Jura. Although Jura’s sister runs the Turlock location she still had many encounters working with Jura.

“He worked there too; he made pizzas on certain days,” the anonymous source said.

After hearing of Jura’s arrest, my source expressed that she was not surprised. 

“He wasn’t really a professional person,” she said. “He kind of just did whatever he wanted to do.”

Her initial observation of Jura was that he was “really confident for an older man.” She observed that he had no fear of talking to younger women.

When asked how he treated female employees, she had much to say, “I would see him with other waitresses and he was inappropriate sometimes,” she said. “He often made rude comments but they were subtle.”

Although he was suggestive towards the female employees, she believes he did not show biases towards them. “He was just really friendly with women. He had a really young girlfriend at the time.”

There were moments when Jura made my source feel uncomfortable. 

“I remember he got a little too close, and he invaded my bubble,” she said. “Once he paid for my drinks…he invited me to a bar once.”

After the sexual assault claims were made, Jura’s Pizza Parlor in Oakdale closed for business.

The business’s Facebook site has a post dated Sept. 22, 2014 which states, “Thank you to our loyal Oakdale customers for supporting us the past few months. Unfortunately business was just too slow and we had to shut down. We will let everyone know if we will have another location opening but for now make sure to get your pizza and hot wing fix at Jura's Pizza in Turlock,” according to the Turlock Journal.

“He was nice, but he would be inappropriate sometimes,” she said. Throughout the interview my source continued to tell me how nice he was. Although I admire her politeness, she reflects the common ideology that we should be polite to all, even those who makes us feel a sense of danger.

People who make inappropriate comments jump rope on the line between a “come-on” and sexual harassment. The victim’s skin crawls as they hear someone objectifies their body. It’s a power struggle, and we can’t let them win.

If you ever feel like someone is sexually harassing you, subtly ask them for clarification. If they are bold enough to subtly make a comment, then they should be bold enough to say it bluntly, right? Tell them their comments are inappropriate, and you will not tolerate it. Regain your power by taking theirs. 
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            [post_content] => In Issue 4 of The Signal, we printed a letter  written by Associated Students, Inc. President Mariam Salameh and Vice President Marvin Hooker. The student representatives’ purpose was to share their “frustration about the lack of campus unity, lack of collaboration, lack of effective communication necessary to move the university forward and most importantly, the failure to acknowledge that students are the most important stakeholders to this university.”

Firstly, we would like to applaud Salameh and Hooker for speaking up as student leaders and addressing issues they have encountered to the entire campus community. However, it is now The Signal’s job as the voice of the student body to respond.

When using written communication to express to a campus community about any issue, there needs to be evidence behind the arguments. 

Where is the lack of unity, collaboration and effective communication that Salameh and Hooker speak of? This is a serious claim that goes unsupported. 

Salameh and Hooker write, “We have come to the conclusion that our university has forgotten what it means to serve students.” 

The administration, faculty and staff constantly work with the best interest of the students through outlets such as the faculty-mentor program, the One Purpose scholarship campaign, President Sheley’s recurring challenge for faculty to “adopt” a student and low-income, first-generation support programs to name a few.

Yes, we can always strive to do more, but to say that the service of students has been forgotten is only hyperbolical. We have a dedicated campus community all promoting success for all students.

We found eight instances in the letter in which Salameh and Hooker refer to “the university” through a big brother-like mentality. 

For example, Salameh and Hooker write, “We understand the importance of the university making decisions from a business standpoint; however, the key factor missing from the equation is actually listening to students when seeking their input.”

The use of “university” here seems like a muted way of calling out those who the frustration is meant towards. 

If it is recognition, credibility and respect that you are in search for from the administration, this letter does not reflect that. 
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            [post_content] => Nowadays, getting into college is easier than getting out. We scramble to meet deadlines, make endless advising appointments and fill out stacks of paperwork in our attempt to one day hold a single piece of paper: a college diploma. We all face problems when applying for graduation and no one escapes the cyclone of paperwork without a scratch. So what can we do?
  1. Beat the Deadlines
“Apply early,” said Dr. Nancy Burroughs, the Chair of the Communication Studies Department. Her advice was for students to apply when they have completed 90 units or when they have only two semesters left. We’re college students that wait for deadlines, so we can do it the night before it is due. We often wait to apply for graduation until we hear the word deadline. In a familiar state of panic, students run to Enrollment Services and are told the deadline only applies to priority applicants (whatever that means). There is not actually a posted deadline for non-priority graduation applications, but applying early eliminates the risk of missing deadlines. After applying for graduation, I found out that it would take eight to 10 weeks for me to receive another packet of paperwork to fill out. With that being said, those applying for graduation should probably consider giving Enrollment Services at least 10 weeks to figure it out.
  1. Know the Requirements
A list of exactly what classes are recommended, prerequisites and requirements for the degree can be found on department websites. This saves a lot of stress when advisors cannot remember my name, let alone what classes I need to take. But, there is another option. Signing into the MyCSUSTAN Portal, I discovered that there is an “Academic Requirements” option in the drop down menu next to my schedule. That magical little option gives you a breakdown of General Education requirements and major requirements; it even shows the classes I have taken, with the number of units I have completed, the grade I earned and a beautiful green check mark to show that I completed a section of requirements. The thing students should always remember is that it is not the responsibility of your advisor to determine your college career for you. I always go into advising with a plan, which is usually a printed Excel sheet of classes I have taken and what I have left to take (overachiever, I know).
  1. Love the Advisors
We might forget that faculty are human too. Here, like the doctor’s office, a second opinion never hurts. Faculty are never wrong— possibly misinformed, but never wrong. So, when in doubt, check with another faculty member. In my own department, there was a Pangea, continent-shifting type of change of staff. Multiple faculty members left the department and were replaced, leaving me to play catch up with a new advisor. It is an occurrence that college students have to deal with because let’s face it, we cannot lock our favorite teachers inside their offices and keep them forever. But, I gave my new advisor a chance and what did I learn? My advisor is actually pretty awesome! The number one thing that I learned when going through the struggle known as applying for graduation is that I am not alone. Talking to my classmates, we all had our own problems with the process. But we have to respect the process. After all the paperwork, nothing will feel better than walking across that stage, pseudo-diploma in hand. [post_title] => Pomp and unfortunate circumstance: Reality of applying for graduation [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => reality-of-applying-for-graduation [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-10-22 15:19:40 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-10-22 22:19:40 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.csusignal.com/?p=2823 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) )
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            [post_content] => Two long-standing National Football League records were broken on Sunday, Oct. 19. The highly publicized record was broken by football veteran Peyton Manning while the other was broken by the young and upcoming DeMarco Murray.

Peyton Manning passed Brett Favre as the all-time leader for career touchdown passes. The previous record was 508 passes, but the Broncos quarterback threw four touchdown passes against the San Francisco 49ers. While Manning brought his total passes to 510 for his career, the weak performance from San Francisco’s quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, made Manning’s night shine even brighter. 

After setting a new record (and beating the 49ers 42 -17), Peyton Manning earned his 27th offensive player of the week for the American Football Conference. Both records are part of Manning’s 17th season in the NFL.

Overshadowed by Peyton Manning’s career, another NFL record was broken on Sunday. In what has been a shocking season for all football fans, the Dallas Cowboys are 6-1 and at the top of the NFC East. During the fourth quarter of their sixth straight win, the Dallas Cowboy’s running back, DeMarco Murray broke a 56 year-old record. 

The previous record, set by Jim Brown from the Cleveland Browns, was six straight 100-rushing-yard games, but Murray beat it with his seventh straight 100-yard game. Murray is currently playing his fourth year of professional football.

While Murray is likely to continue his hot streak and further extend the new record, Manning has been dubbed one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, and his record might never be broken.
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            [post_content] => The Kansas City Royals and The San Francisco Giants match up in the 2014 World Series.
 
If you were going to pick one team to count out of the playoffs from each league, it would be these two. Kansas City is a bunch of no-names who have no business sitting at the big kid’s table, and after getting off to a hot start, San Francisco limped into the playoffs.
 
As the old saying goes, “all you have to do is get in.” These two teams got hot at the right time and are both in the race for a World Series ring.
 
The Kansas City Royals have instantly become America’s Team. The last time the Royals were in the World Series was 1985 when they beat the Cardinals 4-3.
 
The Royals are led by a lights-out bullpen.
 
Kansas City has gone undefeated on their way to the World Series. They came back in the wild-card game and won in extra innings. They swept the first place Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ALDS and swept Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS.
 
The Royals have become the first team to win three straight extra-inning playoff games.
 
The Giants are making believers of the even-year trend. This will be the Giants’s third World Series in five years.
 
The Giants are led by their ace, Madison Bumgarner, and star catcher, Buster Posey.
 
San Francisco has been a dominant team all throughout the playoffs. They shutout the pirates in the wild-card game, beat the Washington Nationals 3-1 in the NLDS, which includes an 18-inning thriller, and took care of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS 4-1, where Travis Ishikawa hit a walk-off three-run homerun.
 
To win in the World Series a team has to have that magic, that little something that makes a pitch miss just inside or makes a ball unconventionally bounce into the outfield. Both these teams have it; therefore this should be one of the more memorable World Series in some time.
 
Although Kansas City seems like the team from destiny, the Giants have a wildcard, Bruce Bochy, as their manager.
 
It feels like a World Series that won’t be decided by stats or history, but decided by making a pitching change at the right time or bringing in a pinch-hitter. I would take Bochy over any manager to make that decision.
 
Prediction: Giants win 4-2.

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            [post_content] => With football nearly halfway through the regular season and baseball wrapping up the World Series, we shift our attention on to the National Basketball Association. Oct. 28 marks the opening day of the 2014-2015 NBA season tip-off with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs facing the Dallas Mavericks.
 
There are many different stories to keep an eye on this season from each of the 30 NBA teams.
 
Starting with the new guys, here are a few rookies to keep an eye on while watching your favorite teams play. The No. 1 pick in the draft, Andrew Wiggins, impressed nearly every pro scout during his time at the University of Kansas. He now headlines a young and building contender with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
 
Another rookie to look out for is now playing alongside the ever-dangerous “Black Mamba,” Kobe Bryant. Julius Randle, first-year forward out of the University of Kentucky, was a double-double machine in college and hopes to bring his unique skill set to the Los Angeles Lakers, who is looking to replace their star power forward, Pau Gasol, who they lost to free agency following the previous season.
 
Speaking of offseason acquisitions, here are a few transactions and signings that shook up the basketball world over the past few months. Without a doubt, anyone who turned on ESPN recently has heard the biggest news to hit the NBA this year: LeBron James returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers. James returned to his home state of Cleveland this offseason, and this time he’s there to play and he’s there to stay. After the Cavaliers secured LeBron’s return, the team acquired highly sought after power forward Kevin Love by trading the previously mentioned Andrew Wiggins along with other players and draft picks.
 
There were a few other moves that took place this offseason outside the city of Cleveland. The Dallas Mavericks signed star forward Chandler Parsons who was most recently with the Mavericks inner-state rival, the Houston Rockets. Lance Stephenson, who is most famously known for blowing in the ear of LeBron James during the Eastern Conference Finals last year, has left his former team, the Indiana Pacers, for the Charlotte Hornets, the same team owned by NBA legend Michael Jordan. Finally, while the LeBron decided to leave the “big three” from Miami, the other two have decided to stick around. Both Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh re-signed with the Heat and appear to be in it for the long haul.
 
Early rankings from around the sports world predict another big year from the Spurs, with many sources saying they could repeat as champions. However with so many moves in the offseason, teams like the Cavaliers, Bulls and Mavericks have a serious shot at knocking off the champs. If the regular season is half as exciting as this year’s offseason, NBA fans are in for a treat come late October. 

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            [post_content] => Fall is a curious time of year. The weather turns from hot to cold, sports seasons end while others begin and the leaves on the trees begin to change colors. These changing colors include vibrant oranges and yellows along with shades of red and brown. However, there is one color that also makes its debut come October: the color pink.

October marks the beginning of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month across the country. The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s signature color is, you guessed it, pink. For people around the world, wearing pink has become a symbol of strength and support for the foundation and their efforts to prevent and hopefully someday cure breast cancer.

One of the many ways of support that make headlines recently has been in the form of athletic apparel. From the NFL to the NCAA and everything in between, athletes from across the sporting world adorn pink apparel to do their part in supporting breast cancer awareness.

We most famously see this expression in the form of pink shoes, cleats, towels, flags, socks, gloves, etc. in various sports, such as football, basketball and baseball. We will now be seeing it on our very own field from our Warrior Athletics.

Our Warriors will be dressing out with far more pink in their uniforms than their standard red and gold. From the volleyball courts to the soccer pitch, the outpouring of support will be present in play and hopefully in the stands.
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