Opinion & Columns

Learn about student opinions on a variety of hot topics and social issues.

Class schedule issues

“So basically what it comes down to—If I don’t get into this class I will have to stay another semester at California State University,...

Struggles of being vegan at CSUMB

Going vegan has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has opened my eyes to the cruelty that goes on...

Dating and hook-ups

It’s kind of hard to concentrate on anything when all you can think about is BOYS. Yes, this is college. Yes, we are all...

Testing stress

This is it, we’re wrapping up the Spring 2018 semester! Congratulate yourself for making it this far! This is a difficult time during the...

National Park Week is better than Shark Week

The parks service is celebrating National Park Week next week between April 21-29, which made me think of another week we celebrate every year,...

Antidepressant effects on neurogenesis

Recent studies have shown that neurogenesis continues into adulthood and that the central nervous system (CNS) has the capability for self repair. The function...

Letter from the AS President (April 26)

Hey Otters, I am glad that everyone is keeping on with the good work and pulling through their classes. In the office lately, it has...

Brain Cells

Given the increasing life expectancy, the elderly population is growing. This makes understanding how the brain reacts to aging all the more important. A...

Letter from the AS President (April 19)

Hey Otters, it’s time to spring into action because deadlines are coming up! At the time that this was being written, we had our Associated...

We all have a kink

We all have a kink. Okay, maybe not—but it doesn’t hurt to try out one or two. Now I am not afraid to say I...

The value of skepticism

In a world that is increasingly digital we come across a great deal of information within a short span of time. It is important...

A Japanese student’s perspective on studying abroad

Question: What has your experience been like at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB)? Answer: As for my first impression after coming all the way...

Letter from the AS President (April 12)

Hey Otters! We are finally on the home stretch to summer! Over the weekend our Associated Students attended the Cal State Student Association (CSSA) monthly...

Letter from the Editor

Hello Otters, I hope everyone is enjoying their spring semester at California State University, Monterey Bay! I just want to remind everyone that elections are...

Arrests in Tunisia

Recent protests in Tunisia, resulting from tax increases and other government policies, have led to a clash between protesters and police. Mass arrests have...

Letter to the Editor

Politics in this country has reached the point where I would be shocked if any candidate for the US House or Senate showed the...

How I pissed off my professor

As college students, we are have very strange relationships with our professors. There are some professors that we love and consider our best friends,...

Letter from the AS President (March 29)

What’s up Otters? It’s crazy to think that we are half-way through the semester! I hope that everyone was successful in their midterms. On March 5th...

I’m here and I’m queer!

I am not straight. Woah, that is forthcoming—but the only thing straight about me is my hair. I am Queer. To be more precise,...

How to make long-distance relationships suck less

One of the hardest parts about moving away to a university is leaving your friends and family behind. This might be your parents or your best...