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Students rally for justice and tell their stories… By Carolyn Hinman & Kelly Finlay Dozens of students gathered on Nov. 7 at the Main Quad to protest disproportionate police brutality and racial profiling towards African Americans. “No justice, no peace, no racist police!” protesters chanted at the top of their lungs as they marched the… View Article

The light at the end of the Rainbow Tunnel

October events commemorate LGBTQ+ history and identity By Alex Jensen On Tuesday, Oct. 25, California State University, Monterey Bay’s (CSUMB) Pride and LGBT and Allied Advocates clubs hosted their annual “Rainbow Tunnel” event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Student Center’s East Lounge. Students flocked around the crafted displays to understand more about… View Article

Dance, Honor, and Celebrate: Native American Heritage Month

By Kimberly Haley Hundreds of participants from Native American communities in California gathered for a celebration that included a powwow dancing contest in full traditional regalia, music, educational presentations, film, arts and crafts, vendors, and “native tacos,” at the University Center of Cal State Monterey Bay on Nov. 5th. The Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation (OCEN)… View Article

Overnight Election Results

By Otter Realm Staff It is official. After possibly on of the most controversial presidential elections to date, Donald Trump has been elected as the President of the United States. Donald Trump won the position after winning 272 electoral votes and after democratic nominee Hillary Clinton conceded from the race on the evening of Nov.… View Article

The Bittersweet Celebration

VPA’s Día de los Muertos event honors the famous Mexican holiday with cultural traditions, remembrance, and festivities By Dylan Avnet Tuesday, November 1, is Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, and Cal State Monterey Bay’s (CSUMB) Visual and Public Art (VPA) department is hosting an event to celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday.… View Article

Becoming Aware

Bree Newsome on activism, racial injustice, and her famous Confederate Flag removal By Rebecca Caladiao With a strong voice and shining presence Bree Newsome addressed the half empty ballroom, “Some of what I’m about to say has been said to be jarring and you may feel a certain level of discomfort but I ask that you… View Article

You should go and Love Yourself

Targeting the worldwide dilemma of negative body image and the role social media plays By Lydia Martin If you or someone you know is struggling with body image and dangerous behavior linked to mental illness, please visit CSUMB’s Personal Growth and Counseling Center, or visit for further support. Walking down the magazine aisle in any… View Article

The Sextion: I love you, I love you not

By Kaitlyn Faris Being in love with someone can leave you with a lot of uncertainty. How do you truly know you are in love? How do you know this person is who you are supposed to spend the rest of your life with? The unknown of what is and what can be is a frightening… View Article

Prop it like it’s Hot

A quick proposition rundown for student voters By HCOM 385 and Kelly Finlay There are 18 statewide ballot propositions up for the vote in November 2016, covering a range of topics from gun control to marijuana legalization, tax increases, and even condoms in porn, but how will they affect students at CSUMB, and what should… View Article

The Sextion: Great Sexpectations

Dating in the turbulent tides of the digital age By Rebecca Caladiao You feel a hand on your inner thigh and a wetness on your neck. “This is what I got myself into…” you think, as you buck up and let everything drift away. Dazed with haze you fade away as expectations flood and your… View Article

Faith and Worship without Boundaries

This is a story in a series exploring religious and/or spiritual identities in the CSUMB campus community. Stories are based on interviews with students and faculty about their respective religion, spirituality, and/or belief system. The beliefs represented do not necessarily reflect the beliefs of the broader faith communities, the university, the Otter Realm, or its… View Article

Local leaders vie for votes

Marina: A college town or “Marina-juanaville” By Rebecca Caladiao & Alex Jensen Marina Mayor Bruce Delgado and challenger Kevin Saunders met at the MPC Education Center for what should have been a forum but turned slightly into a debate. Saunders, while paying homage to the incumbent and his stances, trash talked many of his decisions… View Article

The race is on for Mayors

Salinas: Decides on homeless, violence and fracking By Rebecca Caladiao & Alex Jensen The City of Salinas held its election forum Oct. 3. Incumbent Joe Gunter and challenger Amit Pandya met face-to-face with the public to discuss approaches to solving city issues. Candidates debated concerns brought up by the community of Salinas, including homelessness, youth… View Article

The Wonders of Pebble Beach

World-famous sights right in our backyard By Kaitlyn Faris There is always something to do in Pebble Beach, whether it’s a hike in the forest or a day at the beach. People come from all over the world to visit the Central Coast, and it just so happens that Pebble Beach is in CSUMB’s backyard.… View Article

Monterey loses hard battle against San Marcos

Soccer team falls during defense of home field By Noah Owens The CSU Monterey Bay men’s soccer team returned home hoping to end a four-game losing streak as they played CSU San Marcos at the Otter Sports Complex. However, the Otters have been battling a plague of injuries that have caused the loss of many… View Article

Otters come up short against Cougars

Women’s Soccer team loses to CSU San Marcos, 3-1 By Noah Owens The CSU Monterey Bay women’s soccer team returned home on Oct. 7, after two weeks on the road, to play against CSU San Marcos. The Otters hoped to end a losing streak that began when they went on the road to Southern California.… View Article

Otter Open House

New students and new developments By Carolyn Hinman Thousands of people visited Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB) to learn about the campus offerings and atmosphere during the 2016 Open House on Oct. 8. An estimated 2,700 prospective students and supporters confirmed registration for the event, where they had the opportunity to meet professors and heads… View Article

Otters of the Bay: What does Thanksgiving mean to you?

Rukiyah Walker Freshman, Mathematics “Coming together and celebrating everything you are thankful for with your family.”   Danny Denicola  Senior, Human Communication “To me thanksgiving means having gratitude for things that you take for granted, you know. Like giving thanks to everythings; your friends, the music you listen to, being able to go to the… View Article

Students Oppose Possible Tuition Hike

#DearBOT: Please don’t take more money By Lydia Martin As the California State University’s budget falls short to cover operations and goals for the next academic year, students at the 23 campuses, including Monterey Bay, may face a tuition increase starting Fall 2017. However, students are getting ready to prevent this measure. Raising student tuition… View Article

Safety First

Safety Commitee, meets, recognizes UPD’s response to gas leak By Kelly Galten While there have been a few mi – nor incidents this semester, the campus of Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is reasonably safe, under the watchful eye of Chief Earl Lawson and the University Police Department. The Safety Commit – tee’s Oct. 28 meeting… View Article

Death of professional journalism?

International journalist Richard Wolffe discusses the evolution of print media By Dylan Avnet “I think there will be fewer newspapers,” says renowned journalist Richard Wolffe after being asked what will become of journalism in 5 years. “More newspapers will [become] websites.” With the rapidly changing climate of mainstream journalism, the way people receive information is also… View Article

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