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SCI-FI Film: The Circle

The Issue of Full Transparency With technology evolving, society tries to improve by sharing every moment of their personal lives. Is knowing everything better or worse? The Circle portrays being under constant surveillance can help citizens connect, provide universal healthcare, catch fugitives, and prevent child kidnappings. But wait, there is a catch. This means every…
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FX Series: The People V.S. OJ Simpson

An American Crime story. When the name OJ Simpson arises in conversation, key things come to mind immediately. Whether it is white Bronco, a beautiful model murdered, a glove, or a super star discredited, we all have some sort of knowledge of the story. The People Vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime story is an original…
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Netflix Series: 13 Reasons Why

On the Delicate Subject of Suicide The Netflix original adaptation of Jay Asher’s popular novel, 13 Reasons Why, has been available for streaming since March 31st. From the initial release, the show has been a hot topic of discussion in regards to how it handles suicide on screen. 13 Reasons Why tells the story of…
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Secret life of an RA

It was only nine but I was exhausted. In the hour that I had the phone, I had called the police twice and received five additional calls. Luckily everyone was okay. I was not. Near tears, I walked back to my room, emotionally drained, just wanting to sleep. I had a few minutes before I…
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Unhooding the Truth about the Hood

CSUMB Students Should Not Fear Salinas Stop saying you’re scared of Salinas. I’m tired of hearing, “I don’t want to get shot.” when students mention Salinas. As someone born and raised in the most “ghetto” part of Salinas, the East side, I can tell you that there is no reason for you to be afraid….
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Chief Eats: Bookworms In Pacific Grove

The wonders of a Nutella croissant! As the semester comes to a close, your loyal reviewer decided to reveal the favorite cafe of the semester. Nearly a year ago, a person who was to become a dear friend extended an invitation to coffee, and the selected spot was Bookworks. The suite housing Bookworks appears almost…
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The Travels of a Residential Advisor

Resident advisors (RAs) are a crucial part of making the experience of students who live on campus a positive one. RAs are employed by the Student Housing and Residential Life office and live in the residence hall where they work. Their job is to make their community positive, safe, and home for their residents. They…
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Dealing with a Loss

Cancer and the Dark Cloud that Comes With It Life is like a never ending rollercoaster, Everything seems smooth. Then it decides to hit you in the face, whether it’s a lesson, a blessing, or just another life experience. Losing someone is the one dreadful thing we never want to deal with yet it’s part…
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Chief Eats: Carmel Bakery

Carmel Bakery certainly delivered; the brownie and pretzel that ended up at our table were both utterly magnificent Carmel, in the minds of many students, is the land of things we cannot afford, but this is not so. Ocean Street, home of Tiffany & Co, also houses Carmel Bakery at the west end of the…
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What does an RA really do?

In the two years I’ve been an RA, I’ve struggled to fully understand what it is that I do, exactly. I mean, I have duties and responsibilities that I’m expected to carry out: plan programs, make a monthly bulletin board, help residents with any problems that they have. But what is the end goal? What…
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A Letter from the University President and the A.S. President

The CSU Tuition Increase Dear Campus Community, On Wednesday, March 22nd, the CSU Board of Trustees voted to increase tuition for resident undergraduate students by $270 for the 2017-18 academic year, the first such increase since 2011. It was not an easy decision for the trustees; many students attended the meeting and spoke to the…
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An Otter’s Opinion: Fake hair. Fake me?

The false correlation between personality and beauty enhancements Let’s get one thing straight; I have “fake” hair, and I absolutely love it! My hair extensions are like my children. The sixteen-inch golden-blonde locks make my hair long and voluminous. The fountain of fake hair matches mine perfectly in color, making it very hard to differentiate…
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Chief Eats: Marina Donuts & Bagels

There are hidden gems in every town; places that only locals know of, establishments that are tucked so far away you never find them, and destinations whose shabby and unassuming exterior conceal a beauty. Marina Donuts and Bagels is falls in this last category. The exterior, matching the look of the strip mall that houses…
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Faith & What it Means to You.

This interview is part of a series that explores the religious/spiritual identities of different CSUMB students. The beliefs represented do not necessarily reflect the beliefs of the broader faith communities, the university, the Otter Realm, or its reporters. If you would like to be featured and answer questions about your religious identity, contact Daniel Ramirez…
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An Otter’s Response to Why I left the left

This article was sumbited as a response to a previous article. Click here to check it out! I don’t consider myself a politically active person. I do the bare minimum: voting, reading up on current issues, listening to public radio. Admittedly, most of my news comes from predominantly democratic sources. I am in full support…
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An Otter’s Opinion: Baseball, Time for a Fix

Are you a baseball fan that is tired of time consuming games and innings, the high price to see the game in person, the rules changing, or the seemingly never-ending seasons? Even if you are not a sports fan at all, what crawls under your skin about professional sports, and why? Broaden the audience and…
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An Otter’s Opinion: 25 Wins Grammy, Lemonade Wins Hearts

As award season comes to a close, there has been much conversation over who truly deserved the coveted Grammy Award for Album of the Year. With Adele’s record-breaking album sales for her album 25 (eight million copies sold in the US), it was seemingly no surprise that she took home the prize. As Adele approached…
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An Otter’s Opinion: Why I left the Left

I grew up Democrat, then shifted to Independent later in life, and always considered myself a leftist, a liberal, a progressive. It was sitting in CSUMB classrooms that I saw first-hand how corrupt the left was. Professors and students were openly hostile to any difference in views, proactively shaming all dissent. My values were no…
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An Otter’s Opinion: Why Tom Brady is amazing, period.

Merriam-Webster defines ‘great’ as, “having or showing exceptional knowledge, experience, or skill in a field of endeavor.” There is no denying that if that field of endeavor is a football field, than he who has demonstrated the most knowledge, experience, and skill, is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. With the Patriots overcoming a 25-point…
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Halt the Hike: Huddle and Holler or Hollow Howl?

Student groups prepare to protest increased tuition, but is there student outrage? By Sean Roney, Online Editor Protest preparations are underway by students in the California State University system as they face a proposed 5 percent tuition increase for all 23 campuses, set to take effect in the upcoming Fall semester. The protests need to…
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