Rediscovering Spain

Professor discovers he’s actually passionate about his country of origin despite growing up with different feelings.
Tania Torres
Benito Gomez not only teaches Spanish, he also makes sure every student knows Spain’s history.
Staff Writer

Benito Gómez has been intrigued by different cultures ever since he can remember.

Yet growing up in Madrid he was never passionate about his own. He couldn’t understand why people were so patriotic about his county or devoted to soccer teams.

He was interested in other cultures: What they spoke, what they ate and how they lived.

When Gómez graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education, he left Spain. He knew he wanted to travel and experience culture shock for himself. The degree was his ticket to getting a job.

Staff member supports soldiers

Parking Office’s Javier Diaz collecting donations as part of Adopt A US Soldier.
James Bell
Javier Diaz is collecting donations to be sent to U.S. troops stationed overseas.
Staff Writer

When it comes to U.S. military personnel, Javier Diaz has a special place in his heart for them.

His good friend served in the Navy during World War II on the USS Indianapolis. He’s shared with Diaz the story of when the naval ship was attacked by a Japanese submarine. The U.S. ship sank in 12 minutes. Most of the crew survived the attack, but sharks later ate more than half of the survivors while they were stranded at sea for several days.

Diaz was surprised he had never heard about this tragic loss in history.

Resident Tree Hugger

CSUDH Professor Judy King is making the campus more sustainable one project at a time.
By Whitney Crosby
Judy King says she has always believed in “treading lightly” on the planet.
Staff Writer

With about 10,000 CSUDH students commuting to campus every day comes a large carbon footprint.
But there is one person on campus who is trying her best to reduce it for all of us. And that person is Judy King.

“My kids used to make fun of me for recycling everything, before it was popular or easy,” said King, a Redondo Beach native and former CSUDH alumna-turned-professor. “Our compost pile was legendary for producing huge bug larvae.”

The Marathon of Recovery

Pete Van Hamersveld vows to remain cancer free—and maintain an active lifestyle—while supporting a cure for the disease.
By Chad Arias
Pete Van Hamersveld was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2009.
Staff Writer

During a routine colonoscopy, Pete Van Hamersveld awoke to the diagnosis of colon cancer.

Van Hamersveld, an alumnus and associate director of Institutional Research and Planning on campus, remembers sitting in his hospital bed hooked up to an IV and machines.

“I was always very aware that a lot people out there were sick,” says Van Hamersveld. “People always assume that it’s going to happen to someone else, but that wasn’t me. I always knew that it could be my turn.”

Dream Job

Former Toro intern offered marketing coordinator job at LA Galaxy/StubHub Center day after graduation.
Brittany Roderick
Kishore Ramlagan is now working full time in the StubHub Center marketing department.
Staff Writer

When it came time for Kishore Ramlagan to transfer to a four-year university, his decision was easy. Ramlagan has a passion for the LA Galaxy soccer team. He has had season tickets for four years. He knew the area but didn’t really know the campus. But he applied to California State University Dominguez Hills anyway and was accepted.

YouTube Entrepreneur

Communications student Wayne Madere has cracked the secret to making a living off the video-sharing website.
By Jonathan Ramirez
Wayne Madere’s idea to help others figure out technology has led to a solid relationship with the website giant.
Staff Writer

Wayne Madere attends classes by day, and makes thousands of dollars by night.

Madere is a senior majoring in communications at California State University Dominguez Hills. He’s also a YouTube partner.

Medere was only 13 when he started his first business: a car wash. Every weekend he would set up signs outside his house letting drivers know he was open for business. Although he wasn’t pulling that many drivers in, he had caught the entrepreneur bug.

Fighting for a better future

CSUDH student Christina Diaz gets her second chance at a bachelor’s degree.
By Necole Jones
Christina Diaz is studying criminal justice.
Staff Writer

With clear vision and a new drive, Christina Diaz is on her way to getting a bachelor’s degree.

Diaz began her college career at California State University Dominguez Hills in fall 2009, with not much direction about what she wanted out of a college experience. Originally majoring in psychology, she soon found herself losing interest, which led to academic probation.

“That was one of the reasons why I got discouraged and left,” says Diaz, 22.
Another reason for her departure was that she found out she was pregnant.

A Future Priest Among Us

Gabriel Choi is your typical student. He attends classes, participates in study groups, goes to the bar periodically and wears Ray Bans.
By Jonathan Ramirez
Gabriel Choi is working on his bachelor’s degree philosophy.
Staff Writer

Gabriel Choi is your typical student. He attends classes, participates in study groups, goes to the bar periodically and wears Ray Bans.

What sets Choi apart from other students is that he is one of eight men studying at California State University Dominguez Hills while living at the Juan Diego House, a college-aged seminary that currently houses 19 men. The other 11 are studying at El Camino College in Torrance, completing their general education to later transfer to CSUDH.

Choi grew up in a close-knit Korean Catholic community in Tujunga.

‘I am the Community I Serve’

New campus advisor Tyree Vance wants students to know a degree is not a guarantee when it comes to getting a job.
Samuel Ewing
Staff Writer

Despite earning two degrees, Tyree Vance was starting to think school had been a waste of time.
He had received baccalaureate degrees in psychology and human development from California State University San Bernardino, yet he found himself struggling to get a job. And he didn’t know the next step to take.

In summer 2009 he met with his college mentor, Tyrone Bledsoe for some guidance. Bledsoe, asked him to clarify his goals, which he had never done. After extensive questioning, his passion to guide others became clear.

He’s Got PersonalityHe’s Got Personality

DJ Coop DeVille, a featured host at KDHR, has high hopes for a future in radio.
Anacani Macias
Communications major Brian Cooper makes his radio show informative yet entertaining.
Staff Writer

It’s a typical Thursday for DJ Coop DeVille, who can be found in the KDHR radio station on campus. He is finalizing his script before he hits the airwaves at 1:30 p.m.

DeVille starts his weekly show “MY TIME RADIO” with a hyped-up intro then goes right into a few of the latest rap hits. After that is when his talk show really takes off. He discusses recent news around the world in addition to what is happening in the music and sports industries. He touches on topics such as Two Chains’ arrest, the recent iPhone 5 update and the newest video games.

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