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Poison Oak

A Touchy Issue, Poison Oak Season is Here It was taught to most at a young age; if encountering poison oak, it is best to have no interaction at all. Poison oak has invaded much of the land around Cal State Monterey Bay. Recently, an e-mail was sent by campus health and safety specialist Arianne…
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So you want to learn how be an adult

and Maddi LeKander We spend almost two decades in school to learn how to be productive citizens once we leave. We memorize the quadratic formula, learn about Joan of Arc, and practice the Scientific Method. We choose a field of study to focus on and take a wide range of general education classes. We try to…
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Interview with Chief Information Officer

The Man Behind I.T. Have you ever wondered how secure our campus IT department is, and how at risk we are while using CSUMB online systems? We talked with Dr. Chip Lenno Chief Information Officer for the IT department, and he gave us some updates on what’s to come regarding campus IT security and tips…
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From Pavarotti to Pop, Trio plays the hits

The World Theater hosts an evening of exploring the Italian-American music experience with O Sole Trio O Sole Trio astonished a nearly full house at the World Theater on Saturday April 15th. The Trio is comprised of soprano Erin Shields, baritone Giuseppe Spoletini, and pianist, violist, and tenor David Shenton. They started and ended the…
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Badass Artists Showcase their attitude

Otter Cross Cultural Center hosts Artist with Attitude to create an artistic safe space for student work “Artists with Attitude” (AWA) is a safe and brave space for all levels of artists dedicated to social justice and self-expression. The multicultural event includes visuals such as drawings, paintings, poems, dance or song. It is the first…
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PGCC Hosts third Mindful Madness

Heading into the final weeks of school, work that has piled up has to get done, and plans for the summer have to be finalized. Mindfulness is one coping tool that may be able to help students cope with these stresses. Jessica Flores, a Personal Growth and Counseling Center Counselor, brought an event to the…
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Grad initiative aims to raise efficiency

and Andrea Morales Striving for graduation can be a handful. Students need to meet certain major requirements, make time for work and class assignments, pay for books, etc. Many students tend to drop out for personal and financial reasons, but few leave for academic reasons. According to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cal…
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Prom held for international Students

Cal State Monterey Bay’s International club knew that most international students that study here have seen the American high school prom in some form or at the least had some basic idea of the event. Through the media, few young people worldwide are strangers to American cultures. Movies, TV shows, even music boasts about the…
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Exchange Otters are California Dreaming

Being surrounded by warm weather, beaches, and sprawling landscape is all part of the typical life of a CSUMB student. To an international student, it can be a once in a lifetime opportunity. I sat down to interview two of CSUMB’s internationals students Sophie Schneider, Environmental Science major from Dortmund, Germany, and Lars Jorde, Theater…
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Associated Students Candidates

Meet the students running for a spot in CSUMB’s student government! To hear more about the candidates and their positions, watch the full speeches on The OtterRealm’s YouTube account. Vote between these candidates April 17-19, online. “When you vote for me, you will be voting for progress.” Jared Reyes, an Associated Students (AS) officer running…
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CSUMB Hosts 21st Colloquium

Pulitzer Prize Winner Viet Thanh Nguyen on publishing in Vietnam and lack of Asians playing roles in Hollywood films. Amongst the many events at this year’s Social Justice Colloquium, notably, we had a keynote speaker and book signing with Pulitzer Prize winner, Viet Thanh Nguyen. He has gained popularity writing about his experience as an…
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Play Races Through Black History

A Race Through Time was a performance play that focused on the social commentary of what people of color go through, specifically African Americans. The performance was written for the audience to witness a time machine-like race through history. It was sponsored by Black Students United (BSU) and the Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB) chapter of…
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What Was Fort Ord?

9 historical facts Cal State Monterey students may not know about the base that stood long before the University was created. Every student knows that there was a Military base here in the past, but that is where it stops. Students are not aware of the rich history that literally provided the foundations for Cal…
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Every Vote Counts

Getting Ready for the AS Election If there is one takeaway from the recent presidential election, it is that every vote matters. Well, except for the 3 million more votes cast for Clinton over Trump that were null and void due to the electoral college. But that is a different story. Here at Cal State…
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A.S. Stands Up

Preventing Tuition Increase Hello Otters! It’s midterm season and with it, comes spring break. I hope you all are working hard and studying but I also hope you are finding time to enjoy the beautiful area where we live, especially now with all the flowers blooming! I am currently in Sacramento with 16 other students…
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Keeping up with AS

Get ready for Zumba, SJ Sharks, and Slutwalk Hello Otters! We made it through the stormy weather of the past few weeks! I hope all of you and your families came out safe and are looking forward to the blue skies ahead. Your Associated Students were working hard last semester to be sure that we…
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#ottercliffhanger: Campus Frat to Walk the Extra Mile for Women’s Rights

and Kelly Galten Go to Twitter and Instagram (@otterrealm), and tell us what you think. Use the hashtag #ottercliffhanger, and we will include your voice in the follow-up stories. Fraternities come with a bad stigma of bad reputations, But the brothers of Kappa Sigma are trying to change that with there Walk a Mile March. They…
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Love Your Melon!

Love your Melon is now at CSUMB!Love Your Melon is an organization that was started in October 22nd, 2012 in a class at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota by two colleagues, Zach and Brian. Their mission was to improve the lives of children battling cancer with simply putting a hat on…
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Leadership of the future

College teaches many skills for the future, but something not always learned are leadership skills. On this campus there are so many different opportunities to be able to gain these leadership skills. Students can apply for upcoming leadership conferences online. There three major leadership conferences coming up. The biggest one is Leader Shape, where twelve…
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Tuition freeze goes to Sacramento

State Assembly puts forth a Bill to freeze tuition until 2020 A strategic move to freeze tuition for public universities in California until 2020 gives hope to students of the CSU system who are concerned about the increase of tuition and particularly, the 5 percent pending approval by the Board of Trustees of the CSU….
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