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Step into March with the La Quinta Art Celebration

As the cold of February comes to a close, early spring emerges with a season of new possibilities. Start the month off in the most artful way with the La Quinta Art Celebration from March 3-6 at the La Quinta Civic Center. As a community steeped in pride for the arts, the La Quinta Art Celebration features a trifecta of visual, performing, and culinary arts all at one event, sponsored by the City of La Quinta.

Derek Jordan Gregg Launches New Website with the Release of Debut Album

Those familiar with the Coachella Valley music scene would be well-acquainted with the name Derek Jordan Gregg. He is a tour de force of a singer/songwriter known for his involvement in The Hive Minds band as well as his solo work, performing his soulful guitar-looper show across various desert venues. Derek has now branched out into a more personalized solo debut with his new double album called “GEMINI” Home & Abroad.

Taste of Jalisco Festival comes to Cathedral City

From February 11 to 13, the 6th Annual Taste of Jalisco Festival will take place in downtown Cathedral City to celebrate the sights, sounds, and tastes of the state of Jalisco, Mexico. This annual celebration honors the 25-year sister city relationship between Cathedral City and Tequila, Jalisco (Mexico) through culture, cuisine, music, and fashion. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.

KESQ’s Patrick Evans Shines at New Radio Station

The Coachella Valley has come to know Patrick Evans as a familiar face with a diverse presence in the desert—ranging from television personality to the owner of an Italian food company. Evans has also made his mark in radio, having been named Coachella Valley Best Of’s Radio Personality of the Year for 2020-2021 and hosting a show block on CV 104.3 for five years before the station changed formats.

2nd Annual Palm Springs Pinot Noir Festival to Return in January

The second annual Palm Springs Pinot Noir Festival, “A Passion 4 Pinot,” will return to the Coachella Valley on Saturday, January 8, at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert. There will be over 60 top-tier Pinot Noir producing wineries, offering a unique opportunity to engage with winery owners and winemakers while learning about winemaking practices and philosophies.

Lindi Biggi Brings New Life to Shadow Mountain Golf Club

Recognized as the first golf course in the City of Palm Desert, Shadow Mountain Golf Club is a landmark of the Coachella Valley with decades of history. It was incorporated in 1958, and by the end of the year 1960, the Club had over 270 members. In recent times, Shadow Mountain Golf Club has found itself in financial distress with endless looming deferred maintenance issues that caused it to be facing bankruptcy.

How to Give Back for Thanksgiving

November festivities have reached the Coachella Valley, and while food and family might be on the forefront of everyone’s minds right now as they scramble to get that perfect Thanksgiving turkey, it is also important to help those in need this approaching holiday season. There are many wonderful organizations here in the desert that strive to make a difference this Thanksgiving, with the community encouraged to participate for a great cause.
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Yucca Valley resident harbors historic NASA legacy

“Live life to the fullest” is a sentiment often echoed to promote a lifestyle of freedom and adventure. Yucca Valley resident Stephen Rackleff took that idea to heart. He has participated in landmark events through the decades. The retired aerospace engineer was involved with testing rocket engines on all of the Apollos. He finished his career testing new medical technology, and has partaken in many thrilling pastimes throughout his life.
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Here are some tips for hiking in Greater Palm Springs

There is an abundance of natural beauty found in the desert landscapes of Greater Palm Springs. It is a picturesque oasis filled with scenic vistas and breathtaking wildlife, which makes hiking a popular pastime. Although our destination is home to more than 1,000 miles of gorgeous hiking trails with varied terrain, it is important to keep in mind the temperature. June to October daytime temperatures can reach 100 °F (37.78 °C) and beyond.

Chill Out in Greater Palm Springs

Check in and chill out, literally, on your getaway to this Southern California oasis. Relaxing in refreshing chilled pools and ice rooms is the perfect way to spend summer in Greater Palm Springs. With an assortment or resorts and spas that not only offer top-notch service but also beautiful ambience and luxurious amenities, you are bound to have the coolest summer yet. Here is a roundup of chilled pools and ice rooms that you won’t want to miss this season.

Palm Springs International Film Festival Returns to the Oasis

Movie magic is never in short supply in Greater Palm Springs, and this year is no exception as the 31st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival begins on Thursday, January 2, 2020. The festival will run through January 13 across various theaters and venues, celebrating the artistic achievements in cinema within the past year. Here is your guide to this globally famous festival, including need-to-know dates, events, and what to expect.

Best Sports Bars in the Oasis

It’s the end of a busy week, and what better way to wind down over the weekend than with some good friends, refreshing drinks, and surround sound screens playing as you cheer on your favorite sports team. Greater Palm Springs is home to sports bars that offer delicious dining options, craft beers and brews sure to impress the whole night through. Whether you come for the game or the food, these sports bars are a surefire way to enjoy the entertainment nightlife of the oasis.

25th Annual ShortFest Arrives in Palm Springs

In addition to its natural beauty and luxurious vistas, Greater Palm Springs is also home to the movie magic of Hollywood. The world-famous Palm Springs International Film Festival takes place every January and boasts a large selection of films from all over the globe, but to guarantee that visitors can experience the cinematic culture of the desert in the summer as well, the 25th annual ShortFest will take place on June 18-24, 2019.

Mother's Day the Greater Palm Springs Way

The bond between a mother and child is something that cannot be outmatched, providing years of support and unconditional love to create memories that will last a lifetime. This Mother’s Day, treat your mom to a day of pampering and indulgence with these Greater Palm Springs spa packages and restaurant deals. Here is a round-up of local hotspots to celebrate the leading lady in your life.

Dig into Restaurant Week 2019

Just as the summer draws near, Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week will bring the best lunch and dinner deals of the year. From May 31 through June 9, over 100 restaurants across Greater Palm Springs will participate in a 10-day restaurant extravaganza featuring can’t-miss discounts and special menus. From delectably savory Mexican cuisine to refreshingly fruity beverages that bring the tropics to the desert, there is a vast array of dining selections to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

Concert Season Arrives with Garden Jam Music Festival

April is music month in Greater Palm Springs! With Coachella Music Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival hosting a slew of headlining artists, there's little wonder why thousands of visitors flock to Greater Palm Springs every April to enjoy their favorite bands. To kick off this concert season, the Wedbush Garden Jam Music Festival comes to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on April 5 and 6, showcasing several talents from the world of jazz, blues, rock, and country.

Things to Do with Kids in Greater Palm Springs

There are many attractions that the Greater Palm Springs area has to offer, from its fabulous golf courses to the plentiful resorts and spas that make for a relaxing day. Although the oasis can be a playground for adults, there are numerous places and activities perfect for youngsters to enjoy as well. Whether they love sports, art, animals, or music, there’s fun for all ages to be had in Greater Palm Springs.

What to Know about the 2019 Palm Springs International Film Festival

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for movie buffs and lovers of cinema as the Palm Springs International Film Festival returns for its 30th year. The world-famous festival offers 12 days of events and screenings of over 180 films from around the world. Whether this is your first time at the star-studded event or you’re a festival expert, it’s time for a refresher course on the ins and outs of the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Your Guide to Props & Hops

The month of November is all about being thankful, and there’s even more reason to be with the return of the Props & Hops Craft Beer Festival on November 17 at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Now in its seventh year, the festival will last from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and feature over 25 new and returning California breweries for the public to enjoy. Props & Hops prides itself on being the only craft beer festival with flying vintage aircraft in Southern California.

Events to Attend During Palm Desert First Weekends

November marks the beginning of First Weekend events in Palm Desert, where you can experience the city like a local with an assortment cultural festivities, fabulous food, and one-of-a-kind entertainment, taking place the first weekend of every month until May. While the city of Palm Desert may host a variety of noteworthy events year-round, First Weekends allow visitors to enjoy unique activities catered to the season at little to no cost.

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5 Tips for Thriving During Festival Season—#1 Will Keep You Hydrated

Thousands of visitors flock to the desert during its peak music festival season to see world-class artists and make unforgettable memories. Coachella and Stagecoach are two famous festivals that guarantee a good time, but while you plan your perfect outfit and pack all of your party essentials, it’s important to remember some basic necessities that will help you navigate these action-packed weekends safely.

Visit the City of Rancho Mirage for a Family Weekend of Fun in the Sun

The beautiful desert city of Rancho Mirage offers scenic mountain views, world-class resorts, fine-dining and shopping experiences for an unforgettable family weekend away. There’s no shortage of recreation or relaxation in this sun-soaked enclave of Greater Palm Springs. Combine leisure with luxury as you hit the green for a round of championship golf, then indulge in a serene spa treatment at Spa Las Palmas.

4 New Tenants Coming to The Shops on El Paseo in Palm Desert (#3 Will Be Your New Go-To)

Greater Palm Springs hosts a variety of shopping and dining options unique to the region—with the most famous of them all being The Shops on El Paseo in Palm Desert. The Shops on El Paseo will tantalize your senses with first-to-market retailers like Ralph Lauren, Athleta, White House Black Market, Soft Surroundings and Chico’s, along with a variety of top-notch restaurants like Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and Kitchen 86, to name a couple. But as the saying goes, “the more, the merrier!”

5 Must-Go Places in Your Audi E-Tron—None Are Gas Stations

Hit the Highway in Style, and Have Yourself a Day in Greater Palm Springs The all-new Audi e-tron has a bold vision for the future. More than just an automobile, the Audi e-tron is an advanced technology platform with features designed to make your next trip anything but ordinary. When you buy from indiGO Auto’s Audi dealership in Rancho Mirage, you can expect white-glove service and a relaxing buying experience.

How to Make the Most of a Weekend Spent on El Paseo in Palm Desert

This story is from the pages of a previous LOCALE print magazine. As state and county regulations are in a constant state of flux due to Covid-19, some of the businesses mentioned may be temporarily closed. Please visit their individual websites to ensure they are currently open, and please follow all safety procedures in place. It’s the end of a busy week, and the best way to recuperate is to treat yourself to some retail therapy and delicious bites at The Shops on El Paseo.

14 Places to Get Some Bangin’ Breakfast in Greater Palm Springs

Breakfast is considered to be the most important meal of the day, and in Greater Palm Springs, there’s no shortage of choices when it comes to selecting which morning dish you’re in the mood to enjoy. From homestyle, tried-and-true classics like eggs and a hearty stack of pancakes to more avant-garde selections like candy-coated bacon or French toast topped with Swiss cheese, there’s a little something for everyone to dig into at the breakfast table.

It’s Finally Fall. Enjoy Al Fresco Dining at These Three Greater Palm Springs Restaurants

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants across Greater Palm Springs have taken every recommended precaution to keep their staff and guests safe—this includes Andie Hubka, owner of Tu Madres Cantina & Grill, Heirloom Craft Kitchen and Cork & Fork. Hubka has reduced capacity, increased outdoor dining and implemented scheduled hand washing and mandatory mask policies at all three of her eating establishments.

Forget the Milk Bones—Treat Your Pup to These 16 Pet-Friendly Hotels in Greater Palm Springs

Friendship can take many forms, and for some, the bond shared between a pet and owner is a relationship that makes it difficult to part ways with your furry companion. When it comes to vacationing, trying to plan arrangements for your pet can be a challenge. Thankfully, in Greater Palm Springs, multiple pet-friendly hotels will eliminate the fear of being separated from your four-legged friend.

Relax and Re-Center: Find Your Personal Peace at One of These Spas in Indian Wells

As the fall season brings more temperate desert weather, you deserve a cool-down period, too. With that in mind, what better way to pamper yourself than with some zen vibes at a luxurious spa in the Greater Palm Springs city of Indian Wells? The City of Indian Wells offers the best spa treatments at its finest resorts—perfect for spending some quality downtime away from the stress of everyday life.

Every Foodie Should Attend These 8 Food and Drink Festivals in Greater Palm Springs—#7 is the World’s Largest Tamale Festival

Greater Palm Springs is known for its festivals, from Coachella to the Palm Springs International Film Festival, but this desert paradise has even more food festivals to offer that will make your stomach growl and your mouth water. These delectable events offer one-of-a-kind cuisine and beverages to attendees every year—some of which are so famous, they have earned national recognition.

Dinner, Dancing and Drinks—These Are the 8 Places to Party in Greater Palm Springs on New Year’s Eve

This year passed in the blink of an eye, but the new year brings many chances to reminisce on good memories and hope for more cherished moments in the near future. Why not celebrate the end of the year with a bang and usher in 2019 with style by attending some of the exciting events taking place in Palm Springs? From grand parties with delicious food to music-filled soirées that will get you dancing until the clock strikes midnight.
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Spend Spring on the Stage with These Theater Programs for Kids

“All the world’s a stage” is how the old saying goes, and whether your child has a tendency for dramatics or is simply looking for a creative outlet to express themselves as an after school activity, the Coachella Valley offers several different theater programs to inspire budding actors. According to research conducted by Dr. James Catterall of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education, students who take part in theater as an extracurricular are more likely to get involved in community service.

Olive Crest is Dedicated to Preventing Child Abuse

According to, more than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies involving more than 6.6 million children every year. Olive Crest is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse, treating and educating at-risk children, and preserving the family. The organization has a branch in Palm Desert to serve families in the Coachella Valley. Most children arrive via County Departments of Children and Family Services.

School to School Water Project

Adults are most often the ones coming to the aid of children, but this is an instance of kids advocating for kids with James Monroe Elementary’s School to School Water Project. Three years ago, Nathan Manderfeld’s fifth grade class started a movement called the School to School Water Project with the intention of getting students involved in service learning through building clean water wells at schools in the developing world.

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Exploring the Hyper-Violence and Societal Manipulation of Gamer

It is often said that those who view the world in black-and-white have trouble seeing the whole picture, and this goes to show for the streaks of red covering our television screens. Consumer culture runs rampant with the notion that to have is to hoard and to collect is to control. But what does the pursuit of satisfying these desires say about the primal urge for power, and to what degree do humans’ violent tendencies have to show for it? These ideas are explored in Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor’s 2009 science fiction film Gamer. While glazed over with gratuitous amounts of gore, brutality, and overt sexuality, Gamer’s surface-level thrills house a time capsule—a message from the past that is even more relevant now than it was over ten years ago when the movie was released. In this evolving age of technology, government oppression, and civil uprisings, the video game-inspired action flick is a reflection of the fear that currently plagues society today.

Dani - 5 Questions for Short Film Director Lizzy Hogenson

The short film, Dani, focuses on a woman who gives her mother a call to tell her about her breast cancer prognosis. This film was included in the Through Thick and Thin and Closing Night film programs at this year’s Palm Springs International ShortFest, where it received a warm reception and won the award for Best Animated Short. Director Lizzy Hogenson discussed more about her film, Dani, for Borrowing Tape.

Best in Show at the 2019 Palm Springs Short Film Festival

The 25th Annual Palm Springs International Short Film Festival showcased over 300 films from around the world during its run from June 18 to June 24. “Best of the Fest” awards were given on the last day of the festival, including “The Christmas Gift” directed by Bogdan Muresanu taking the highest honor for Best of the Festival, “Guaxuma” directed by Nara Normande for Best International Short, and “Dani” directed by Lizzy Hogenson for Best Animated Short. From comedy to drama, and even horror, here are some short films that deserve recognition for their standout stories.

The Guilty (2018) Film Review [Spoiler Free]

Serving as the Danish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 91st Academy Awards, The Guilty [2018] is a thrilling drama that takes place entirely inside an emergency call center. The plot follows phone operator, Asger Holmes (Jakob Cedergren), who receives a distress call from a woman named Iben (Jessica Dinnage) who appears to have been kidnapped by her ex-husband, leaving her two young children alone at home.

Buck Run - Interview with Film Director Nick Frangione

Director Nick Frangione's new drama, Buck Run starring James Le Gros and Nolan Lyons, had its world premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 6. The film follows 15-year-old Shaw Templeton as he goes to live with his estranged father after the sudden death of his mother. Borrowing Tape got the chance to speak with Frangione about his experience making Buck Run and the personal connection he shares with the project.

Shirkers (2018) Film Review [Spoiler Free]

Being the second Singapore-born filmmaker to win the World Cinema Directing Award at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, Sandi Tan is making waves in the world of contemporary cinema with her documentary, Shirkers [2018]. The film tells the true story of how Tan and a group of friends attempted to make the first Singapore road movie as teenagers in the summer of 1992. After completing it, her mentor took the 16 mm film with him, never to be seen again, until now.

Hidden Man (2018) Film Review [Spoiler Free]

Premeditated revenge drives the plot of Director Jiang Wen’s action comedy Hidden Man [2018], acting as the Chinese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 91st Academy Awards. This is the third installment in his action-packed film trilogy and based on the novel Xia Yin by author Zhang Beihai. Hidden Man chronicles the elaborate scheme that Li Tianran (Eddie Peng) has concocted to exact deadly revenge on the people who were responsible for the death of his family 15 years ago.

The Man Who Feels No Pain (2018) Film Review [Spoiler Free]

The old adage goes, “no pain, no gain,” but that can be a problem when it’s impossible for you to feel any sort of pain even after getting hurt. Vasan Bala’s Hindi action comedy Mard Ko Dar Nahi Hota, or The Man Who Feels No Pain, is blatant in its title, as it follows Surya (Abhimanyu Dasani) who has a rare condition called congenital insensitivity to pain, which prohibits him from feeling physical pain.

Cake (2018) Film Review [Spoiler Free]

Director Asim Abbasi’s Pakistani dramedy, Cake (2018), highlights the personal developments and discoveries of one family as three grown siblings unite after their parents become ill. With this bittersweet reunion, old flames are reignited and a long-hidden secret threatens to tear their bond apart. Chosen as the Pakistani entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 91st Academy Awards, Cake presents polished chaos in its subject matter and delivery.

The Great Gatsby (2013) Film Review [Spoiler Free]

The Great Gatsby [2013]: Baz Luhrmann’s movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby, was held in much anticipation among the likes of literature junkies, DiCaprio fanatics, and box office skeptics. With a film that proceeds a handful of remakes decades apart, this 2013 version had critics doubting Luhrmann’s rendition measurable to the 1974 Gatsby movie starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow–which there might, in perspective, have been a good reason to do so.

Palm Springs International Animation Festival & Expo 2018 Top Picks

Adding to the collection of film festivals hosted in the desert hideaway of the stars, The Palm Springs International Animation Festival & Expo boasted a large selection of animated films from around the world. A total of 103 countries were represented in the programming, consisting of 250+ short films and five full-length feature films. Different styles of animation were showcased throughout the festival such as hand-drawn, watercolor, stop-motion, VFX, and 3-D. Hand-picked from the catalogue of cinematic offerings is Borrowing Tape’s top picks from the 2018 Festival.

Skyfall [2012] Spoiler Free Movie Review

Skyfall [2012]: In the twenty-third installment of the James Bond series, Skyfall, tension surfaces between Agent 007 (Daniel Craig) and M (Judi Dench) after a questionable decision out in the field. When MI6 is targeted by a mysterious figure from the past looking to settle a score, Bond’s loyalties are put to the test as he comes to terms with his role in the agency and the technological advancements changing the old game of espionage.

Eighth Grade (2018) Film Review [Spoiler Free]

Middle school is a time filled with awkward growing pains and moments of self-discovery, though many may try to repress those memories. Comedian-turned-director Bo Burnham encapsulates the essence of early adolescence in his debut feature film, Eighth Grade. The comedic drama centers on the everyday life of 13-year-old Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher) as she encounters the trials and triumphs of her eighth-grade year, such as making new friends, figuring out love, and finding herself.

Palm Springs International ShortFest Delivers “Desperate Measures”

The conflicts depicted in film come in many forms—whether they be products of nature or purely circumstantial by just being in the right place at the right time. The Palm Springs International ShortFest presented a program of short films appropriately titled “Desperate Measures,” showcasing different scenarios that are unified in theme about how the decisions we make can ultimately affect the outcome of future events. Shining the spotlight on fate, this collection of films poses the question of, “what would you do?”

“Something Completely Different” Comes to Palm Springs ShortFest

Living up to its reputation as being the largest and most diverse short film festival in the nation, the 2018 Palm Springs International ShortFest brought a program with a unique selection of films. “And Now For Something Completely Different…” attracted guests who were interested in seeing shorts that were offbeat, bizarre, and far from the typical Hollywood blockbuster formula. Borrowing Tape has got you covered in rating these cinematic oddities and introducing you to the more artsy side of the big screen.

Elements of Universal Unity in Cloud Atlas

To conclude, the interconnected plot lines in Cloud Atlas weave a universal fabric of collective experience. Although most of the ensemble of characters in the film are not related by blood or exist in the same time-frame as each other, they are related in a sense, as evidenced by a comet-shaped birthmark that they all possess in various locations on their bodies. The narrative also rekindles the missed opportunities of former characters and redeems them during their second lives.
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Finding your way at a post-graduation crossroads

Since the very start of freshman year, every college student anticipates the moment they will walk across the stage at graduation with a degree to show for their efforts in pursuing a higher education. It’s a Hallmark moment filled with smiling farewells, inspirational speeches, and group pictures to capture that feeling of accomplishment forever. What often gets overlooked in the afterglow of alumnal bliss, however, is the question that lurks in the back of a recent graduate’s mind: what’s next?

2018 Emerging Leaders class graduates in Palm Desert

The 2018 graduating class of Emerging Leaders held their completion ceremony at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa on May 11. Consisting of 14 students from College of the Desert and the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, the eight-month Emerging Leaders program allowed them to tour local Coachella Valley businesses and practice professional skills necessary to assume leadership roles in the community.

Behind the screen: CSUSB communication studies video production lab

A valuable resource that some communication majors at the CSUSB campus may not be aware of is the video lab located in the basement of University Hall. The video production lab gives students the resources needed to produce multimedia projects using a variety of equipment and software. Some of the features of the lab are a multi-camera studio and control room, five self-contained editing bays and an assortment of field production equipment, such as DSLR cameras, lights, microphones and tripods.

CSUSB Women’s Resource Center starts feminist book club

As the spring quarter reaches its midway point, students can unwind from the stress of heavy coursework with a good book. The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) at the CSUSB Santos Manuel Student Union has been hosting its first book club since April 24 and invites readers of all majors and genders to attend. The book club, organized by English major Lizette Casillas Rodriguez, has been reading cultural critic Roxane Gay’s 2014 collection “Bad Feminist: Essays.”

CSUSB campuses celebrate Cinco de Mayo

For the first week of May, California State University, San Bernandino held an assortment of activities to celebrate Cinco de Mayo across both of its campuses. Cinco de Mayo is a Latino holiday that commemorates the victory of the Mexican army during the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In San Bernardino, the Cross Cultural Center hosted four days of events to showcase the national heritage and importance of the holiday. A program called “The history that was banned” took place on May 1.

CSUSB Palm Desert Campus plants community garden

The arrival of spring allows for eager gardeners to put their green thumbs to work and grow an assortment of flowering plants. CSUSB’s Palm Desert Campus (PDC) took advantage of the season’s temperate weather with the creation of a community garden. As a partnership between the campus and the city of Palm Desert, PDC has access to a plot of land near the campus at University Park to grow organic vegetables and produce.

CSUSB observes Sexual Assault Awareness Month

This month, the CSUSB Title IX and Gender Equity is presenting a series of events to promote Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Whether it is wearing the official SAAM color teal, or sporting the symbolic ribbons, students can show support through the activities planned for April. The occasion began April 2-5 when CSUSB VOICE peers displayed a resource table near the west entrance of the Santos Manuel Student Union.

CSUSB ASI launches digital campaign to combat tuition hike

California State University System’s proposed tuition increase is scheduled to take place in the 2018-2019 academic year, and with that date drawing near, the CSUSB Associated Students Incorporated (ASI) has launched “Scan Me Before It Costs You” to help students fight the hike. This digital campaign involves the placement of various signs on campus that say “Scan Me Before It Costs You” with a QR code.

A look behind the Office of Undergraduate Studies at CSUSB

Located in room 352 of University Hall, the Office of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) provides important services that CSUSB undergraduate students can use to assist in their academic journey. According to the department webpage, the main goal of UGS is to “help prepare students to become critical thinkers, effective communicators, collaborative employees, scholars, and colleagues who will be the future leaders in a rapidly evolving world.”

“Step into Awareness” promotes suicide prevention at CSUSB

On Feb. 8, the CSUSB Student Health Center-Health Promotion Program organized a “Step into Awareness” event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the John M. Pfau Library Lawn. Step into Awareness featured a display of 1,100 flip-flop sandals to represent the 1,100 college students nationwide that die by suicide each year and their stories. Dispersed among the flip-flops were written accounts by the loved ones of those who died of suicide, expressing how much they miss them.

Coachella Valley Olive Crest helps at-risk youth

Olive Crest has made it their priority to prevent child abuse while treating and educating at-risk youth. This non-profit organization provides a variety of services to protect neglected children, and has been doing so for over forty years, including adoption placement and support, educational support and services, independent life skills training, counseling, mental health treatment, and family crisis intervention.

Q&A with CSUSB Palm Desert Campus associate dean Michael Salvador

The Cal State San Bernardino Palm Desert campus welcomed its new associate dean Michael Salvador at the beginning of this fall quarter. Salvador was previously the chair of the communication studies department at the San Bernardino campus, but relocated to the Coachella Valley and continues to show his Coyote pride at Palm Desert’s only four-year university. The Coyote Chronicle caught up with Salvador to discuss his new position, his transition to the desert and what he sees for the future.

Behind the SOTE: A free voice for students

CSUSB students are all too familiar with the forms they receive every quarter asking them to rate their experience in the classroom and the quality of teaching from their professors, but just how helpful are these surveys? For Fall 2017, SOTE (Student Opinion of Teaching Effectiveness) evaluation forms were distributed to the different CSUSB colleges and departments on Nov. 1. The SOTEs will be administered to students between Nov. 9 and Dec. 4.
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Leonard Knight – Coachella Magazine

Salvation Mountain: A Beacon of Love in the Desert. The barren slopes of Imperial County’s desert plains can leave very little to the imagination. The typical frame of reference for the land east of the Salton Sea is a seemingly endless stretch of sand, rock, and expired plant life suffocating underneath a blanket of sweltering heat. Miles of arduous territory seldom explored by human feet can leave a lone traveler thirsting for more than just water — some form of gratification or surprise.

The Battle Against Myself - Desert Health®

Desert Health is pleased to feature this follow-up to Crystal’s 2016 story on her struggle with Pemphigus Vulgaris as requested by a reader. Original editorial is available at It’s been three years since the day I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called Pemphigus Vulgaris. Being on the cusp of young adulthood while in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in communication, I took that diagnosis as a sign that life as I knew it was coming to a complete halt.

Shutter Island: A Review

The human mind holds the power to be the most life-saving and fantastical tool at our disposal, but it can also serve as a deceiving weapon that threatens to tear apart the seams of our reality. Dennis Lehane’s 2003 thriller Shutter Island follows this train of thought in a psychologically-charged plot that leaves readers in a suspended state of disbelief as each revelation comes to light. The plot follows U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his recently-assigned partner Chuck Aule as they are sent

Battle Against Myself

Last year was shaping up to be a very important year. I had just gotten an associate degree in journalism and was all set to transfer to a four-year university in the fall to pursue my B.A. On top of that, I turned 21 in February and was looking forward to savoring all the exciting things young adulthood had to offer. It was during this very same month that everything changed. I noticed a few innocent-looking blisters on my nose that were fragile to the touch.