Friday, September 26, 2014

LAGS and Cultural Night

This month's first LAGS lecture was presented by some Roosevelt High School students.  These students have been learning how to use GIS to map social inequalities, such as obesity, community gardens, PTSD and alcoholism in their local community, which is mostly minority and low income.

The first group showed maps concerning the obesity epidemic found in Boyle Heights.  The question the students asked was whether one’s economic status affected their likelihood of developing obesity.  They compared Boyle Heights with Pacific Palisades, a higher income neighborhood.

Obesity/Income Map for Boyle Heights. Image from Boyle Heights Beat (online).
The next group focused on community gardens.  They explored community gardens in their local area ad found quite a few, but they were usually small and rarely open.  The students commented on the abundance of vacant lots, which they suggested could be used for community gardens.

The third group examined PTSD in young adolescents.  They said a lot of young people suffer from PTSD in low income communities where gang violence and shootings occur daily.  The students presenting this topic said they experience such events in their own lives.

The last group addressed the issue of alcoholism among both adults and young people.  These students walked around Boyle Heights, taking note of every alcohol advertisement and liquor store they found.

For more information on this topic visit Boyle Heights Beat and GeoMaster.  Next month's LAGS lecture is titled "Bahrain - Between Two Seas" by Dr. Zia Salim, Assistant Professor of Geography, CSU Fullerton.  It will begin at 8pm on October 3rd.  Visit the LAGS page for more info.  Email us at csulbgsa@gmail for carpool info.

The first cultural night was a huge success!  We had so many people show up that we couldn't fit them all at one table!  We ate at Magic Lamp, a Lebanese Mediterranean grill restaurant on East Second Street in Long Beach and it was delicious.  There was not only good food but live music and good service.

Afterward we got dessert at Sweet Jill's Bakery across the street from Magic Lamp.  All the cakes there looked amazing and the ones our group tried tasted amazing too.  If you missed this past cultural night, don't worry.  We're having another one in October, place and day TBA.  Here are some photos from this month's cultural night.   

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Week of Welcome: Day Two

Here is a photo gallery of the second day of Week of Welcome.  You can see some of the people who put pins in our map!  Plus the complete map is at the end.  Enjoy!

A New Semester, A New GSA

The GSA is back!!!!!  We're kicking off this new semester with new (and old) GSA officers and a more enthusiastic, energetic and activity-filled year.  (Including hikes and a map exhibit during Geography Awareness Week in Nov.).

Want to know more? The GSA will be tabling at Week of Welcome in the quad Thurs. from 11 - 2 pm.  We'll be located near the orange balloons near the library side of the quad.  You can stop by for more info or just to say hi.

Wednesday's tabling was quite the success.  We had information about upcoming events as well as a map that you can place a pin in of where you would like to go in the world plus quizzes to test your geographical knowledge.  Don't worry, you get candy regardless of the answer.  

As for upcoming events, our first one is the free LA Geographical Society lecture this Friday at 8 pm at LA City College.  This month's lecture is on Geo-visualizing Community Issues and will be presented by Roosevelt High School students.  If you want to carpool send us an email.  For more information on LAGS lectures, check out their website:

After that is the Mesa Mania restoration project at Bolsa Chica Wetlands where you can get your hands dirty and help nature.  This will be on Sunday, Sep. 7 from 9 am to noon.  There will be an optional lunch afterwards.

We will have meetings Sep. 10 and 11, Wed. 2:30-3:30 and Thurs. 4-5 pm in PH1-230.  This is a great way to meet fellow geographers, learn about events and even contribute ideas for future events.

September 12th (Friday) is Cultural Night, where we go out to eat at different ethnic/cultural restaurants, learn a bit about the cuisine's history and importance to the culture and just have a good time.  The restaurant hasn't been decided yet, so suggestions are welcome.  Just email us. 


We plan to have more events later this month so keep checking us out here and on our other social media site for updates.  We hope your semester is off to a good start and that the GSA can help make it even better.  We hope to see you around.  Spread the good word of geography!