Staples Center

Last season I had the privilege of attending a Lakers game at the Staples Center. As a lifelong Lakers fan this was an exciting experience for me, and the area around Staples center was incredible. The area, known as LA Live, was filled with expensive cars and beautiful buildings. The walkways leading to the Staples … [Read more…]

The Birthplace of the People

Puvungna means “the gathering place”. Today, students at CSU long beach recognize it as “that old Indian burial ground”.  The story behind it is so much more than either of these two phrases can convey. Puvungna is a large empty lot with an amazing story behind it. Years ago the Tongva people habituated this area … [Read more…]

An intimidating city

I come from a town called Stockton in Northern California. My knowledge of L.A. consists of big buildings, heavy traffic, and pollution. To me it’s just another big, intimidating, and easy to get lost in city. I’ve never thought about visiting or exploring it; it has only ever been somewhere to drive through t get … [Read more…]

The Queen Mary

    During my freshman year at CSULB I took a theater class in which I was required to see several plays. These plays took place at the Royal Theater on the Queen Mary. I always knew what the Queen Mary was, but seeing her there docked and refurbished to work as a tourist attraction … [Read more…]

LAn-235: Native Americans and CSULB

  Living in the Los Cerritos dorm my freshman year at CSULB, I quickly learned of the empty field near the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden and the “story” behind it. According to several third and fourth years, the site was the remains of an Indian burial ground, and was often visited by students for … [Read more…]

Naples Island

Having spent the last six years in Long Beach’s “community of swimmers,” Naples has been a locale that I have frequently visited, whether it was for open water races through the canals, summer swims around the island, or prom pictures at Naples Fountain, but I always had questions about this tiny island located a short … [Read more…]