First day jittersStudent Scapes — November 15, 2011
A slide show of the opening day of classes at CSUSB.
Photography by Robert Whitehead and Corinne Jamieson
But for the freakish flit of mid-afternoon rain that hit the pavement with a slap and 40 M.P.H. gusts, the first day of classes — Sept. 22 – was a nice day to get back to the business of thinking. The 17,300 CSUSB students invading classrooms, campus cafes and the commons this year will get a better look at the university’s new water conservation garden next to the student fitness center, meet three new deans for the colleges of business, education and natural sciences and see the opening of the long-awaited Murillo Family Observatory perched on Badger Hill. Still the same, however, are the long hours in the library, the routine peal of the clock tower chimes and the wistful groan non-Southern Californians let go whenever they see CSUSB students clothed in blue sky and sun – even on a winter’s day.