The Pioneer California State University East Bay Fri, 30 Aug 2019 19:54:43 -0700 en-US hourly 1 Welcome back, Pioneers! Thu, 29 Aug 2019 16:23:04 +0000 FALL 2019

Enrolling in classes at a university is one of the first big steps students take toward their future career. Whether students are interested in business or art, making the decision to pursue a degree is an important and valuable form of self-investment. CSUEB welcomes all new students who have a desire to improve themselves and provides resources and services to best assist in the process of earning your degree. I have been going to CSUEB for five years, and it was the best decision I ever made.
I moved to the Bay Area in the Fall of 2014 from a small town in southern California with little knowledge of my surroundings. I packed all of my stuff into my 2005 Mitsubishi and waved goodbye to Palm Springs with a very detailed plan for my college career. Little did I know that my well-outlined plan would actually result in three major changes and a couple of withdrawals on my transcript. I think I was just naive to think that I wouldn’t change that much when I moved to college, specifically CSUEB. For the first time, I was on my own in an unknown place where I knew I could begin to learn who I actually was.
As much as going to college gave me the opportunity to learn, it also gave me the opportunity to be taught life lessons. My professors taught me a lot, and I absolutely commend them, but my peers taught me the most about myself and my new life. I didn’t know one single thing about living in the Bay Area until the people around me introduced me to all the beautiful, exciting things that are available here. La Victoria’s orange sauce, bacon-wrapped hot dogs outside of concerts, and CREAM sandwiches, just to name a few.
More importantly, people in the Bay Area taught me what community is and how powerful it can be. The people I met at this University taught me that there is power in unity, and having people around you who understand you is a very welcoming feeling. Whether you are from the Bay Area or from any other place around the world, you can expect there to be a place for you at CSUEB. Whether it is your first year in school or your third, you will still find a space on campus that accepts you.
Your experience at CSUEB will be one to remember. The friends I have made will be around for the rest of my life, and the connections I have made will propel me into the workforce. Going to college can be stressful and anxiety-inducing, but attending a university like CSUEB can make it easier.
Jessica Irerra
The Pioneer Newspaper

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Splatoon 2 still a great option for online gaming Thu, 29 Aug 2019 16:21:06 +0000 Dylan Lazaga, CONTRIBUTOR]]> Online multiplayer games have been popular for years, with many of them having their own fan bases. One multiplayer franchise that continues to be overshadowed by several video game fans and media is a simple, yet great “inkling” of a game known as Splatoon.
Developed and published by Nintendo, this online-shooter franchise first made its debut in 2015. While it was well-received for its gameplay, it was often overshadowed by the failure of Nintendo’s Wii U console.
“Splatoon 2,” which was released on July 21, 2017 on the more successful Nintendo Switch console, not only made improvements from its predecessor, but it also increased the community of Nintendo’s multiplayer franchise rapidly.
In contrast to other games like “Call of Duty” or “Apex Legends,” the first impression that may come to mind with “Splatoon” is that it looks too childish. The variety in this inkling of a sequel says otherwise.
The main game mode, Turf War, requires two teams of four to ink as much of the in-game map as possible. Most people play this mode, but competitive players who compete in tournaments or players wanting a challenge go after Splatoon’s ranked and league battle modes.
Ranked and league modes include Tower Control, which requires players to escort and defend a tower toward the enemy base. Also included is Splat Zones, which require teams to fully defend a central area of a map by reaching zero points to win or having the most points over the opposition. Teamwork, communication, and strategy all have heavy emphasis in these modes, making ranked and league battles popular among competitive Splatoon players.
The small details in battle also matter. Players deciding on a strategy must determine which weapons, abilities, and specials all best suit them. There is a variety of them, both from the original Splatoon as well as the sequel, to choose from with different combinations.
Players looking for cooperative play can look toward the Salmon Run mode. In a team of four, the players must survive three waves of enemies and collect salmon eggs, which can be turned into rewards used for the main multiplayer modes. However, the downside is that it is only available at certain times of the day.
“Splatoon 2” also offers a single-player campaign, called Hero Mode. Here, the player is tasked to find the Great Zapfish, which is the power source of the game’s main hub area, Inkopolis Square. The story also follows the search for the missing cousin and band partner of key Splatoon character Marie. While the story will keep you intrigued, Hero Mode is nothing more than a tutorial.
Nintendo also offers a paid single-player expansion called the “Octo Expansion.” The player, as an Octoling, must complete some of the most difficult missions in order to get to Inkopolis and be accepted into society. While more challenging than Hero Mode, it offers more in terms of gameplay and will get to even the best of Splatoon players.
The Splatoon community continues to grow, thanks to Nintendo’s frequent marketing support of eSports tournaments. Local tournaments are held worldwide, including one in Oakland’s eSports Arena called “Ink the Bay.”
Bigger tournaments also pit the best Splatoon teams against each other, including a World Championship tournament at the yearly E3 event in Los Angeles. A United States team, “FTWin,” made it into the semifinals. While a Japanese team, “GGBoyz,” would go on to win the finals. Even though the United States team did not advance to the finals, Team USA’s involvement in Nintendo’s flagship multiplayer game is very telling of the game’s growth.
What brings the franchise’s community together most is its “SplatFest” events, which ran from “Splatoon 2’s” launch until July 21, 2019. It allowed for both casual and hardcore video game players to come together and compete in Turf War based on an in-game poll. The poll ranged from a variety of topics, such as fork versus spoon, pulp or no pulp, hero or villain, and chaos or order.
The SplatFest events not only drew in many players, but also generated many Twitch and YouTube live streams. SplatFests should continue to be an inspiration for the community, as players can currently use all the SplatFest stages in private battles.
However, the game does have its flaws. A common complaint I share with many Splatoon players is the unskippable opening cutscene, which consists of the game’s hosts explaining the current rotation of multiplayer maps available through each game mode.
Another issue I have with this game is voice chat, which is only available through Nintendo’s Online smartphone app. I understand there are other alternatives, such as Discord. But it is already troublesome when PlayStation and Xbox allow you to plug in a headset through their controllers; yet Nintendo requires players to use a smartphone to voice chat.
Despite its flaws, Splatoon 2 continues to make an impact not just in the gaming community, but also on the lives of many, including myself. The game appeals to adults and especially children, who have been prone to the trends of “Fortnite” and “Apex Legends,” with its simplicity and lack of overreliance on violence. Splatoon 2 is a game that can be enjoyed by everyone, and it continues to be everywhere for years to come.

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Funabashi students arrive at East Bay Thu, 29 Aug 2019 16:20:33 +0000 Madeline Ramirez, CONTRIBUTOR]]> What is it that draws foreign students to come to Hayward, California specifically? For the new Funabashi Group, it is the opportunity of receiving a scholarship to come here and see what life is like at California State University, East Bay.
The Funabashi group are young students from Funabashi City, Japan. Student Services Coordinator, Cheryl Tan, explained that the Funabashi City is the sister city of Hayward, California. Along with two other cities, Odense, Denmark, and Xi’an, China, these students are allowed to receive a scholarship in visiting Funabashi’s sister cities and get the chance to stay with host families.
“Here in that East Bay, it’s very fast pace and similar to the city life in Japan, ” Funabashi group student Hana Torimitsu said.
Students Hana Torimitsu and Ayane Arita are two students that got paired to live with the same host family.
“The Hurst family is very kind. We go to the park and music festivals, it makes us feel better because we are nervous to be here but they make it better for us,” Torimitsu said.
It was not until last year that Funabashi City had reached out to Hayward to orchestrate such a tremendous opportunity hosted by CSUEB.
“For the longest time, Funabashi had reached out the city of Hayward to plan sending their students — one day for two hours was not enough,” Tan said. “With funds handled in Funabashi City, CSUEB was more than happy to host scholar students to let them see what they can enjoy here.”
Tan said that the students come in the morning with a structured agenda that they follow from 9 am to 5 pm that ranges from a classroom setting to site-seeing in the Bay Area.
“Going through next summer, there will be more students in attendance,” Tan said.
She also hopes that there will soon be a program where locals and foreign students can come together and guide one another in their own cultures.

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Teaching history one kick at a time Thu, 29 Aug 2019 16:19:53 +0000 Ethan Alonzo, COPY EDITOR]]> As one of the newest additions to Netflix’s roster of Originals, Wu Assassins starring Iko Uwais, who previously starred in The Raid: Redemption, and Lewis Tan, of Iron Fist, Wu Assassins had a huge amount of potential. Sadly, most of that potential was wasted.
Wu Assassins is like a love letter to the martial arts films of old that takes itself too seriously. But with its faults, Wu Assassins finds room to shine in the other aspects of the show.
The premise of the show is very simple. Taking place in the underbelly of San Francisco’s Chinatown, the world is in danger as five individuals with powers from ancient warlords converge onto the Bay Area. It is up to Uwais’ character Kai to combat these individuals with his own set of skills bestowed onto him by one of the previous Wu Assassins.
One of the biggest flaws in the show is that it does not take advantage of its greatest strength. As the Wu Assassin, Kai is protected by the faces of 1,000 different monks, each a master of their own martial art respectively. While that alone sounds like the makings of an incredible show, we really only see one of the monks, played by Mark Dacascos, best known for his work as the chairman from Iron Chef America.
Since we know that realistically having 1,000 different martial artists showcased on a ten-episode series is impossible, it is not surprising that we only got a handful. However, since we were only able to see one “master,” it felt underwhelming. If Wu Assassins gets cleared for a season two, then hopefully they explore more fighting styles, as Uwais has proven in his past work that he knows how to carry himself in a fight.
The dialogue also feels lackluster when compared to the fight choreography. At times the dialogue feels forced and is used in a way to push exposition and ignores the overall flow of the episode. For example, Kai’s mentor Ying Ying, who is responsible for teaching Kai how to use his powers, only talks about his responsibilities as the savior of the world. Normally, that wouldn’t be a problem, however, Ying Ying uses the same lines repeatedly to a point where it feels redundant and dry.
Akin to Netflix’s other Original with a mostly Asian cast, Always Be My Maybe, Wu Assassins also takes place in the Bay Area, mostly San Francisco and some parts of Oakland. While it is possibly a coincidence, hopefully, the Bay Area doesn’t become the go-to location for an Asian focused Netflix Original.
Through its faults, Wu Assassins is far from being a bad show. Being focused on martial arts, one can expect the fighting choreography and camera work to be on point, but the way Wu Assassins does it is almost artistic. It’s not overly gory or cheesy. Each fight is shot with virtually no shaky camera work. There is a balance within the scenes so no fight seems one-sided. Each combatant has a moment to shine, which is rare to see within a martial arts show that involves supernatural elements.
However, the best part of these fight scenes is in the editing. In one of the first fights where Kai gets taken over by a monk, there is an over the shoulder shot where on one side it is Uwais, but once it shifts to the other shoulder, there stands Dacascos. The switch between the two actors as the scene goes on is seamless. Where Dacascos starts the kick, Uwais finishes it. The synergy of the two actors is unparalleled to a point where you’re not sure if it’s Kai speaking or the monk.
Wu Assassins does an amazing job of showing parts of Chinese culture that we rarely see in films and television shows. While films like “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Always Be My Maybe” provided an outlook on Asian culture in a contemporary sense, Wu Assassins tells the story of Chinese immigrants, and their struggles when coming to America.
Later in the series, Byron Mann’s character, triad leader Uncle Six, educates a rather ignorant waitress of the history of early Chinese Americans and their lives while living with the Chinese Exclusion Act as well as the Geary Act. The scene is so relatable as anyone who has been asked the question of where were they really from, can understand the frustration of feeling like they didn’t belong.
At first, giving an entire history lesson about struggle after a question about breakfast may seem out of place. But when you take a step back and examine the whole show, it makes perfect sense. Each character has their own struggles in order to make their lives better. Kai with his food truck dream, Uncle Six and the triads, and Lawrence Kao’s character and his battle with drug addiction.
Ali Wong, Constance Wu, and Randall Park have been the main names for this increasing popularity of Asian inspired media. But Wu Assassins decided that instead, they created the cast with “lesser-known” Asian actors and actresses. The cast did not disappoint, as while they were held back by the less desirable dialogue, that didn’t stop them from showing their craft. Wong, Wu, and Park are all amazing actors and actresses in their own right, it’s refreshing to see some new blood on the screen.
Wu Assassins is a show that needs multiple viewings to fully understand the show’s point. At first glance, it feels like the creators were trying to create a modern show while paying homage to Hong Kong cinema. However, once you shift through the unnecessary cosmetics, there is a sense of beauty to it. The show is unapologetic about its message. Wu Assassins knows what type of show it is and is not afraid to show it.

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Benevue at Cornerstone Berkeley Thu, 29 Aug 2019 16:18:34 +0000 PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALLI WESEMAN | THE PIONEER
Berkeley based rock band Benvenue headlined a hometown show at Cornerstone Berkeley on August 16, 2019. Lead singer Francis Blay, guitarist Sid Slate and bassist Erik Robertson met while attending UC Berkeley and playing football for Cal. “We would stay in Bowles Hall, right by the stadium and they would have us in these locker rooms and you could hear bands. You would be coming from football practice and lying in bed and I remember saying I would want to play at The Greek,” said Benvenue lead singer Francis Blay.

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Community colleges fail to provide beneficial resources to students Thu, 29 Aug 2019 16:18:12 +0000 Allison Pelland, CONTRIBUTOR]]> Community colleges provide equitable opportunities for college degree attainment. They are a stepping stone to a Bachelor’s degree, which is increasingly necessary to attain a middle-class lifestyle.
Although community colleges have their perks, such as being cheaper and close to home, the institutions place hurdles in front of their students, slowing them down on their path to success.
Counselors are entrusted to help students overcome the barriers to their success. Counseling is essential in college. However, at the community college level, there are not enough counselors to meet student demand. This results in students choosing the earliest appointments because they are always weeks out, especially at the beginning of a term.
Community college counseling is unique in a sense, because there is absolutely no structure in terms of which students meet with which counselors. Students can visit two counselors who will tell them two different things.
Communication goes beyond counselor and student interaction. Students are often told to use websites, such as, to tell them what courses they need to take, despite it not being completely accurate and up to date. Also, students are directed toward online resources, such as catalogs, that describe certain majors and degrees, but the information fails to be accurate and up to date.
As someone who did not know what to do after high school, I found myself switching my major around. Those extra major classes, incorrect classes from, and random general education classes I took just for the requirement put me behind. Now I am a fifth-year college student, going back to my community college, and taking twenty-one units this fall, just to graduate this coming year.
Many people attending community college have a lot going on in their lives, whether it be a job or family. Figuring out how to navigate the college system, such as applications and requirements can be difficult and time-consuming, all the more reason to have programs to help out students. However, community colleges lack outreach programs. The extent of outreach is typically a job fair, but there needs to be programs that make students comfortable, rather than put themselves out there.
Community college is excellent in many ways, but it is time for the system to be structured to help those of all backgrounds. It is time to take action, to create a school environment that helps the incoming freshmen, the mom who decided she was ready to go back to school, and everyone in between. It is time to improve transfer rates and decrease dropout rates. It all begins with outreach and productive structure within schools.

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Q&A with the Chief of Police Thu, 29 Aug 2019 16:17:30 +0000 In January of 2019, California State University, East Bay gained a new Chief of Police for the University Police Department. In the seven-plus months that he has been here, Chief Mark Flores has made an impact on the Department by relaying a message and serving a community that deserves nothing but safety.
Chief of Police Flores joined the Pioneer family with a goal of wanting to bring strong, important changes to the campus. He wants to create “a heightened level of awareness and safety, and maintaining a good sense of communication.”
Prior to receiving the position of Chief of Police for the University Police Department, Chief Flores had a background in law enforcement; He started at the Alameda County Sheriff’s office in a non-sworn position and worked his way to currently being Chief of Police.
In between, Flores joined the Police Academy in 1995 and later graduated in the Spring of 1996. Once graduated, Flores had made his way back to the Alameda Sheriff’s Department, working there for 26 years and retiring as a Captain.
One of Chief Flores’ goals, among many, is to improve the perception of police in the eyes of the public. Chief Flores makes it very clear that even saying “Hello” is a step in the right direction toward building a good relationship with the CSUEB student body.
“What I want to do is help remove that perception that we are bad people, that we have bad practices in law enforcement. I need to try and build trust with the campus community, that we are not that type of department. We are here in the interest of promoting public safety,” Flores said.
With his straight-forward answers and career experience, Chief Flores has good plans for the 2019-20 school year.

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CSU East Bay Fall sports preview Thu, 29 Aug 2019 16:17:23 +0000 TJ Porreca, MANAGING EDITOR]]> As school reconvenes at California State University, East Bay for the fall semester, so too will Pioneer sports.
The fall slate of sports at CSUEB will feature men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, golf, and women’s swimming.
The first official game of the fall semester will feature the women’s soccer team, in their season opener against Notre Dame de Namur on Sept. 5 at Pioneer stadium.
The Pioneers will be led by senior midfielder Chace Miguel and junior midfielder Abby Buitrago. Sophomore goalkeeper Briana Vasquez-Ortiz will also return after making 73 saves during the 2018 season.
Women’s volleyball, coming off of its stellar 2018 season in which the team made the NCAA Division II championship tournament, will make their 2019 debut on Sept. 6. In a double header, the Pioneers will take on Seattle Pacific and Point Loma on the first day of the Point Loma Nazarene University Seaside Challenge, which will take place in San Diego.
The women’s volleyball team will make their home debut on Sept. 20, which will also be their California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) opener, against University of California, San Diego.
Men’s soccer will have a short trip in Salt Lake City, UT from Sept. 6 to Sept. 8 to take on Fort Lewis and Westminster, respectively. The team’s home debut will come on Sept. 15, at Pioneer stadium against the University of Texas-Permian Basin.
Both men’s and women’s cross country will debut on Sept. 14, with the men’s team appearing in the Kim Duyst invitational and the women’s team also at Stanislaus State.
The women’s golf team will begin play in the RJGA Shootout at Estrella from Sept. 22 to Sept. 24, at the golf club of Estrella, in Goodyear, Arizona. The team will also compete in the Sonoma State Fall Invitational at the Foxtail golf club in Rohnert Park from Oct. 20 to Oct. 22.
On August 26, the Division II Athletics Directors Association announced the recipients of the Division II ADA Academic Achievement Awards for the 2018-19 season. To earn this award, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, attended four semesters of college-level work and have been an active member of their team during their last academic year, according to
CSUEB saw 52 student-athletes earn awards, the second-highest total in the CCAA, behind only California State University, Monterey Bay.

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Homeless people over the Central Valley Thu, 01 Aug 2019 14:56:39 +0000 PHOTOGRAPHS BY URIEL TORRES | THE PIONEER

Lack of income and support is more apparent than ever
The rate of homeless people in the Central Valley has grown exponentially over the past two decades. Nowhere has this become more apparent than in Modesto, CA. The reasons for people finding themselves without a home range from domestic abuse, medical incapacity, drug use, and divorce to name only a few. Every subject photographed had declared being homeless at the time of shooting.

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Ashia Wahab suspends campaign Thu, 01 Aug 2019 14:56:19 +0000 Alli Weseman, PHOTO EDITOR]]> Hayward City Council Member Aisha Wahab announced on Monday that she was suspending her congressional run in the 15th district.
In an Instagram post, Wahab said she has decided to focus her attention in Hayward.
“I am so humbled by the incredible support that I have received from this community for my campaign for Congress,” Wahab said in her official statement on her website.
She made history as the first Afghan-American woman to be elected to the Hayward City Council and has been seen as a more progressive council member.
“I may be suspending this campaign, but I will continue to be a vigilant voice for every member of my community through my work on the Hayward City Council,” Wahab said.
This leaves Rep. Eric Swalwell as the only person left in the race as no Republicans have announced their intentions to run in the 15th district race against him.
In April, Wahab announced that she was running for Swalwell’s seat after he announced that he was running for President of the United States. After disappointing poll and fundraising numbers, Swalwell dropped out of the Presidential Race on June 8 and decided to refocus on his congressional campaign.
Swalwell hosted his first town hall meeting at Castro Valley High School on July 20 where he called on Congress to raise the minimum wage to $15.
“It has been ten years since the minimum wage was increased,” said Swalwell.
Swalwell ended his town hall by answering questions from the crowd on a range of issues from student debt to abortion rights. He used his own experiences of using loans to pay for college and law school.
“My student loan is around five percent. The government shouldn’t be in the business of making money off student loans,” said Swalwell.
In addition, he called on Congress to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars the government from using federal funds to pay for abortion.
“What we are seeing a Supreme Court changing, states like Georgia and Louisiana see an opportunity. We need to invest more into sex education,” said Swalwell.
California State Senator Bob Wieckowski announced on May 22 that he was running for Swalwell’s open seat but if Swalwell was to drop out of the presidential race, Wieckowski said he would not challenge the representative, according to the Mercury News.
Wieckowski dropped out of the race less than a month later only to declare his candidacy for the Alameda County Board of Supervisor District 1 race.
Swalwell won the 15th district in 2013 when we beat incumbent Pete Stark, who held the seat for 40 years, longer than Swalwell or Wahab have been alive.

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