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On Oct. 30 and Oct. 31, California Lutheran University closed due to poor air quality and other effects of the Easy Fire...
11/04/2019
Fire season arrives at California Lutheran University

On Oct. 30 and Oct. 31, California Lutheran University closed due to poor air quality and other effects of the Easy Fire in Simi Valley. Read to learn more about the impact on campus and Cal Lutheran's evacuation policy.

On Wednesday, Oct. 30 and Thursday, Oct. 31, California Lutheran University closed its Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Westlake and Woodland Hills campuses because of poor air quality and other impacts from the Easy Fire in Simi Valley. Of the numerous wildfires to affect Ventura County in recent years, the....

A bench in Kingsmen Park was dedicated to Justin Meek on Friday. The bench faces all the parts of campus that he loved.
05/07/2019
Bench Dedicated to Borderline Victim, Alum Justin Meek in Kingsmen Park - The Echo

A bench in Kingsmen Park was dedicated to Justin Meek on Friday. The bench faces all the parts of campus that he loved.

If you sit on the new bench in Kingsmen Park dedicated to late alum Justin Meek, you will be surrounded by all the aspects of California Lutheran University’s campus that he loved. Located next to the tree where Justin used to hang his hammock, you are within shouting distance of the Veteran Resou...

05/04/2019
Humboldt Football Discontinued, Cal Lutheran Football Gains Coach - The Echo

With Humboldt State football being discontinued, Cal Lutheran has gained a new offensive coordinator, Zach Shultis, a Cal Lutheran alum.

When a football program is shut down, coaches and players are left high and dry, wondering what their next move will be. That was the case for Humboldt State University this past year. After struggling to keep their football program alive for multiple decades, it officially shut down after the 2018....

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Leanne Neilson and her husband George Nielson made a donation in the sum...
05/03/2019
Provost Gives $100k For Student Emergency Fund - The Echo

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Leanne Neilson and her husband George Nielson made a donation in the sum of $100,000 on Giving Day to establish an emergency fund for students. Read the article down below to find out why she did it.

In this year’s record-breaking Giving Day April 3, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Leanne Neilson and her husband George Neilson made a donation to California Lutheran University that will establish an emergency fund for students. The $100,000 donation was made to create an endowme...

Do you think the horror genre has changed?
05/02/2019
Spoiler Alert: ‘Us’ Changed Horror Genre - The Echo

Do you think the horror genre has changed?

There’s nothing I enjoy more than a horror movie with an intriguing storyline and an unexpected plot twist. With recent releases of horror movies like Jordan Peele’s “Us,” though, there has been a shift in the horror genre. Before, horror movies used tactics to scare the audience like overdo...

Did you know that Urbane Cafe is owned by a Cal Lutheran alum?
05/01/2019
Cal Lu Alum Shares Unique Flavors at Urbane Cafe - The Echo

Did you know that Urbane Cafe is owned by a Cal Lutheran alum?

Back in 2003, California Lutheran University alum Tom Holt founded Urbane Cafe, a sandwich and salad restaurant with unique flavors. With the Thousand Oaks location just a few minutes’ drive from campus, the spot has become a favorite among students and other community members. “One of my favori...

It looks like Sodexo will be at Cal Lutheran until 2025. Read more about the contract renewal in the article down below.
05/01/2019
Sodexo Contract Renewed Until 2025 - The Echo

It looks like Sodexo will be at Cal Lutheran until 2025. Read more about the contract renewal in the article down below.

Sodexo, California Lutheran University’s food service, has extended their on-campus contract until 2025. “In order to get the Habit [Burger Grill], we actually agreed to an automatic renewal until May 31, 2025,” said Clinton Oie, the director of auxiliaries and liaison between the university a...

Regals water polo earned their second SCIAC title in program history. They'll also be playing against Pacific in their f...
04/30/2019
Regals Waterpolo Earn Second SCIAC Championship Title in Program History - The Echo

Regals water polo earned their second SCIAC title in program history. They'll also be playing against Pacific in their first round of the National Collegiate Women's Water Polo Championship on May 7th at Stanford University.

There is no “I” in the word “team.” The California Lutheran University Regals water polo team proved that during their Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference semifinal and championship victories this past weekend. After beating Whittier College 12-7 in the semifinal on Frida...

Reporter Lindsey Potter believes that Programs Board should have shared the dance location in another manner. What do yo...
04/19/2019
Spring Formal: Venue Choice Too Close to Tragedy - The Echo

Reporter Lindsey Potter believes that Programs Board should have shared the dance location in another manner. What do you think?

Another spring formal has come and gone. This year’s theme was “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and our Associated Students of California University Programs Board decorated the Los Robles Greens to feel magical. But down the street was the location that changed Thousand Oaks forever, and the stu...

What did you think about the dance location? Read reporter Kayomi Kayoshi's opinion regarding the venue location.
04/19/2019
Dance Location Wasn’t Meant to Offend - The Echo

What did you think about the dance location? Read reporter Kayomi Kayoshi's opinion regarding the venue location.

Remember how spring formal wasn’t actually supposed to happen this year? Well it did, and it ruffled some feathers. This year the event was criticized by students because of the location’s proximity to the Borderline Bar & Grill where 12 people were killed in a mass shooting last November. While...

Read about the 21st Annual Chumash Day Powwow and Intertribal Day Gathering.
04/18/2019
Annual Powwow Unites Tribes and Traditions - The Echo

Read about the 21st Annual Chumash Day Powwow and Intertribal Day Gathering.

Hundreds of Native American tribes from around the country gathered at Malibu Bluffs Park on April 13-14 to join in festivities at the 21st Annual Chumash Day Powwow and Intertribal Day Gathering. Tribal members and Malibu locals alike watched traditional dances, participated in arts and crafts, lis...

Do you want to see Southeran California's Super Bloom? Read the article down below to find out about some location.
04/18/2019
Where and How to See So Cal's Super Bloom - The Echo

Do you want to see Southeran California's Super Bloom? Read the article down below to find out about some location.

Although Southern California is known for its lack of rain and frequent droughts, this year’s super bloom flowers have caught the attention of locals. A glance outside reveals hills of yellow and orange as a variety of wildflowers break into bloom, a result of the abundance of rain this winter. .....

04/18/2019
Meet Cal Lutheran's 2019-20 Student Body President - The Echo

Meet John Basmajian, your 2019-2020 Cal Lutheran student body president.

On May 1, California Lutheran University students will have a new student body president when Junior Senator John Basmajian is sworn into office. Basmajian has been part of the Associated Students of California Lutheran University Government since he was a sophomore. He said he has a strong passion....

Meet Sarah Seeman, her journey to Cal Lutheran, as well as some of her passions off the court.
04/17/2019
Senior Sarah Seeman Leads Both On and Off the Court - The Echo

Meet Sarah Seeman, her journey to Cal Lutheran, as well as some of her passions off the court.

Senior Sarah Seeman’s passion for tennis took her from the indoor tennis courts of Port Washington, New York, to Southern California to pursue her goal of playing collegiate tennis. Although the expectation to become what is considered a “great” tennis player was low when she began her career ...

Two candidates were disqualified for not turning in their spending packet on time in last week's Senate elections.
04/17/2019
ASCLUG Elections: 2 Winners Disqualified, 3 Seats Remain Vacant - The Echo

Two candidates were disqualified for not turning in their spending packet on time in last week's Senate elections.

In last week’s student government Senate elections, two individuals were disqualified for not turning in their spending packets that show how much they used of their allotted $200 campaign finances by 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 11. Even though they would have won, both disqualified candidates ultim...

04/16/2019
Permanent Borderline Memorial Coming Soon, City Says - The Echo

A permanent Borderline memorial is coming.

Since the mass shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill on Nov. 7, citizens and officials of Thousand Oaks have been seeking ways to demonstrate support for survivors, the families of the 12 who lost their lives and the surrounding community that has been impacted by the tragedy. An existing memorial outs...

Giving Day broke records this year, with a total of $577,533 donations.
04/16/2019
Annual 'Giving Day' Breaks Cal Lu Record - The Echo

Giving Day broke records this year, with a total of $577,533 donations.

On April 3, California Lutheran University broke its own record for the amount of money received on the annual day of giving. In just a 24-hour window, which began at 12:01 a.m. on April 3 and lasted until 12:01 a.m. on April 4, Giving Day raised a total of $577,533, according to the university webs...

Senate election results will be postponed due to sophomore senator candidate Kelsey Gomez being disqualified for not tur...
04/12/2019

Senate election results will be postponed due to sophomore senator candidate Kelsey Gomez being disqualified for not turning in her spending packet by 5 p.m. yesterday. She will be appealing the decision with the Judicial Board.

Press Release regarding the 2019 Spring Senate Election Results

What do you think about Opinion Editor Carly Aronson's opinion?
04/11/2019
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth is - The Echo

What do you think about Opinion Editor Carly Aronson's opinion?

If you’re going to spend more money on any one thing in your life, it should be the food you put in your body. In many cases the way you eat affects your long-term health and dictates how you feel. As ethical consumers, we need to be more aware of where our food comes from [&hellip

Meet Cortez Espinoza, a Junior excerise science major, McNair Scholar, baseball player and so much more. Get to meet the...
04/11/2019
Cortez Espinoza: McNair Scholar and Future Doctor - The Echo

Meet Cortez Espinoza, a Junior excerise science major, McNair Scholar, baseball player and so much more. Get to meet the busy guy in the following article.

Junior Cortez Espinoza is a busy guy. In between exercise science classes and baseball practices, he also conducts research on campus, is a resident assistant and works as a physical therapy aide at Westlake Physical Therapy. “I would say my biggest challenge I’ve had to face is just the fact of...

Our new edition of El Eco is out now!
04/10/2019
El Eco Archives - The Echo

Our new edition of El Eco is out now!

En California Lutheran University, veintisiete por ciento de estudiantes son de primera generación. Setenta y ocho por ciento de esos estudiantes obtendrán su licenciatura en cuatro años. Los estudiantes de primera generación se enfrentan

The Scandanavian Festival celebrated it's 44th year with an ABBA tribute band and much more. Read the article down below...
04/10/2019
Scandinavian Festival Celebrates 44 Years, Draws Thousands To Celebrate - The Echo

The Scandanavian Festival celebrated it's 44th year with an ABBA tribute band and much more. Read the article down below to find out more about the festival!

With an ABBA tribute band, Vikings and plenty of Nordic food, the 44th annual Scandinavian Festival drew in large crowds to Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University April 6 and 7. Senior Kristin Wannemo, who was born and raised in Sweden, said the festival was very authentic in its representa...

Meet Tammy Whitlow, the Writing Center TESOL Specialist and find out what TESOL stands for in the article down below.
04/05/2019
TESOL Specialist Tammy Whitlow: Called to Make a Difference - The Echo

Meet Tammy Whitlow, the Writing Center TESOL Specialist and find out what TESOL stands for in the article down below.

With California Lutheran University’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages minor growing, newly hired Writing Center TESOL Specialist Tammy Whitlow inspires and helps students schoolwide develop their English skills. “My main passion has been educating kids and students, period,” Wh...

Learn more about Stephanie Allen, the Cal Lutheran senior running across America.
04/04/2019
Senior to Run From San Francisco to Boston to Benefit Cancer Fund - The Echo

Learn more about Stephanie Allen, the Cal Lutheran senior running across America.

After a late night encounter with a Facebook advertisement promoting a 4,000-mile run across America, California Lutheran University senior Stephanie Allen signed up the very next day. The run benefits the Ulman Foundation, a charity dedicated to providing services and support for young adults facin...

What happens when you have to take a medical leave of absence?
04/03/2019
Kept From The Classroom: When Your Health Impacts Your Education - The Echo

What happens when you have to take a medical leave of absence?

When a student has to withdraw from classes because of an emergency or illness, policies on campus require several forms and documents be provided to ensure appropriate arrangements are made at an administrative level. Depending on how far along in the semester a California Lutheran University stude...

On March 16 Cal Lutheran hosted a panel called Bring your Own Brain. Learn more about the panel and what they were advoc...
04/02/2019
Panel Advocates For Autism Awareness, Education - The Echo

On March 16 Cal Lutheran hosted a panel called Bring your Own Brain. Learn more about the panel and what they were advocating for down below.

California Lutheran University hosted a panel called Bring Your Own Brain March 16, in which two panelists on the autism spectrum, and one panelist who is the father of a non-verbal child on the autism spectrum, discussed the everyday challenges facing people in the autistic community. Autism, or au...

Meet Professor Noelle Raffy and the work she does here at Cal Lutheran and around the world.
03/23/2019
Professor Noelle Raffy: Creating Character Through Costume - The Echo

Meet Professor Noelle Raffy and the work she does here at Cal Lutheran and around the world.

When theatre arts assistant professor Noelle Raffy was a senior studying fashion at Otis College of Art and Design, she came to a realization. She didn’t want to design for a consumer, but for a character. “I realized I wanted to develop a story and a character in any time period. So I worked fo...

Get to know how the SEEd Garden is expanding their environmental footprint in the article down below.
03/22/2019
SEEd Garden Expanding Environmental Footprint With Garden Near Library - The Echo

Get to know how the SEEd Garden is expanding their environmental footprint in the article down below.

As part of the Sustainable Edible Education (SEEd) project initiative, California Lutheran University is in the early stages of implementing a native plant ecosystem near the Pearson library. Grounds Operations Supervisor Richard Wagner said the native plant garden will be home to nearly 91 differen...

Are you willing to drop about $500 for a music festival?
03/21/2019
Cash in for Coachella: It's Worth the Money - The Echo

Are you willing to drop about $500 for a music festival?

In 2017, I sold my faulty iPhone in order to have enough money to buy a Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival ticket. It worked. I went to Coachella and it was totally worth it. April is the month of music festivals. Coachella and Stagecoach wrap up the month and have hundreds of thousands of [&h...

Get to know more about the Instagram accounts that are keeping Cal Lutheran students entertained.
03/21/2019
From Memes to Ducks, Instagram Accounts Place Cal Lu Humor in Spotlight - The Echo

Get to know more about the Instagram accounts that are keeping Cal Lutheran students entertained.

In the age of technology, students use social media to publicize events, chat with one another and share their experiences. California Lutheran University students use it to share pictures of animals and memes. Ducks, squirrels, bunnies and memes have taken over campus conversation. These Instagram....

03/20/2019
Swimmers Represent Cal Lu at Nationals - The Echo

Read about the three swimmers representing Cal Lutheran at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships starting today.

California Lutheran University swimming and diving Head Coach Barry Schreifels has been coaching collegiate swimming for 24 years. He knows greatness when he sees it, and he knows that it exists within three Cal Lutheran swimmers in particular. Those three are sophomore mid-distance swimmer AJ Nybo,...

What do you think about the new bill being proposed that decreases the DUI limit?
03/20/2019
California Proposes Decreasing DUI Limit With New Bill - The Echo

What do you think about the new bill being proposed that decreases the DUI limit?

California may have one of the strictest DUI laws in the nation, tied with Utah, after state assemblymembers proposed a new bill that would lower the blood-alcohol content limit from .08 to .05. Assembly Bill 1713 was proposed by Autumn Burke (D-Marina del Rey) and Heath Flora (R-Ripon) in late Febr...

News Editor Olivia Schouten, shared her opinion regarding the college scandal in this opinion piece. What do you think a...
03/19/2019
We Can't All Pay Our Way Into College - The Echo

News Editor Olivia Schouten, shared her opinion regarding the college scandal in this opinion piece. What do you think about it?

Early last week, more than 200 people across the nation were linked to paying a private college coach tens of thousands of dollars to secure their children spots at top universities like Yale, Georgetown and the University of Southern California. Officials say accused ringleader of the scam, William...

First-year Adam Souza took home the title of Mr. Kingsman at Competing for the Crown this year.
03/19/2019
First-year Magician Voted Royalty at Competing for the Crown 2019 - The Echo

First-year Adam Souza took home the title of Mr. Kingsman at Competing for the Crown this year.

The Preus-Brandt Forum had a full crowd March 15 to see California Lutheran University’s 2019 Competing for the Crown. Nine competitors went head-to-head showcasing their talents, hoping to win the titles of Mr. Kingsman or Ms. Regal. After multiple dance numbers, magic tricks and musical performa...

03/13/2019
Read more about Monday night's appeal meeting, where students called for representatives to vote in their constituents' ...
03/12/2019
Former ASCLU president 5 votes short of being reinstated - The Echo

Read more about Monday night's appeal meeting, where students called for representatives to vote in their constituents' interests and some government members pointed out ongoing "drama and pettiness." Former Senate Director Alexis Ghattas will now serve as the student body president until May.
Editor's note: This article was updated at 10 a.m. March 12 to reflect that Steinwender actually needed seven more votes; two in Senate, and five in Programs Board.

Former ASCLU President Nick Steinwender was five total votes short of having the appeal of his removal overturned on Monday night, March 11. Former Senate Director Alexis Ghattas will now serve as president until May 1, and Kimberly Lee, who was elected to 2019-20 Senate Director, will be appointed....

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