The Parkside College Dorm was placed on lockdown around 4 a.m. Saturday after two armed adult males dressed in black and wearing ski masks were spotted by a University Police officer on the Parkside property near Earl Warren Drive. The two men, armed with a sawed-off shotgun and a knife, and a female getaway driver crashed near the dorms after robbing the 7-Eleven on Palos Verdes and Atherton at 2:22 a.m. Officers pursued the men onto campus until they slammed their car into a newsstand. The suspects ran on foot onto the Parkside dorm property. https://twitter.com/Samanthadiaz98/status/1094244310017425409 “Woke up to one of the worst emails possible,” a Long Beach State Student tweeted at 4:45 a.m. “Really hoping everyone at Parkside is fine and those two guys leave ASAP.” Both a campus-wide email and a tweet from UPD notified residents in Parkside to remain inside in a “shelter-in-place,” until officers confirmed that the suspects were no longer on campus. According to Capt. Richard Goodwin of UPD, there would be increased law enforcement throughout the day until they finished their investigation. Officers searched the Parkside buildings. “As time would allow it, one of our officers just happened to be at 7-Eleven,” Goodwin said.
Netflix has recently acquired the rights to “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” a film about the life and crimes of Ted Bundy. The film was acquired by the streaming service for $9 million, following the close-out of the Sundance Film Festival Feb. 3. The role of Bundy in the film is played by Zac Efron, leading many to be skeptical of how his story will be told. The move by Netflix is no surprise following the wildly successful premiere of its latest docu-series “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes,” which coincidentally is helmed by the same director as “Extremely Wicked…” Joe Berlinger. Despite the social media frenzy that ensued following the premiere of the docu-series, many fear that recent public interest in the life of Bundy will lead to an overt romanticization of the gruesome crimes he committed. While this is a valid concern, the docu-series and the feature film serve different purposes. “The Ted Bundy Tapes” lays out all of the facts on Bundy’s life in a very plain, matter-of-fact way. At no point does the series skip over the fact that Bundy’s father was absent in his youth and took an interest in graphic pornography
Over 50 attendees gathered at the Long Beach State University Art Museum Sunday for the latest exhibit, “Call and Response, When We Say...You Say,” a multi-phase project that combines “pop culture and high art” to create interactions between the audience, the art and artists. After a brief call and response discussion, art curated by California State University, Los Angeles alumna Karla Diaz and University of California Irvine alumnus Mario Ybarra Jr. was released to the public. Diaz and Ybarra Jr. are co-founders of Slanguage, a group of artists based in Wilmington that “emphasizes community building, education and interactive art exhibitions,” according to the group's website. The name, “Slanguage,” came from the idea of a new street language inspired by street inventions and performances. What started out as a former storefront to a bakery shop slowly grew into a studio and eventually, a place of public engagement. The artist-run space has helped pave a way for not only upcoming artists, but for youth and the community, as stated in the museum. “It was important, and at the heart of what we do at ‘Slanguage,’ to be able to understand and bring about conversations and redefine art in education,” Diaz said.
Jeff Janisheski, Chair of the Theater Arts Department and Artistic Director of CalRep, was flipping through the March 2017 issue of Dig Magazine. An article, “Choosing Education Over Incarceration,” caught his eye. As someone whose job is to bring diverse communities together through storytelling, the article struck a chord with Janisheski. The story was about Project Rebound, a “rehabilitation center for formerly incarcerated individuals entering higher education” and more specifically, about one man and his journey from prison to university. “I told myself, ‘We have to do something with [Project Rebound],” he said. The result of this collaboration is “In the Penal Colony,” a play, experimental opera and living story based on real experiences weaving together different mediums of storytelling to tackle the American prison industrial complex. The performance is the latest to join the “Devising Democracy” series, a four-year plan from the California Repertory Company of “being committed to California — addressing issues that are urgent to our local and regional communities,” according to a CalRep press release. The monthslong process has included interviewing Rising Scholars and Project Rebound members, working with the Long Beach Opera House and meeting with students from the community in order to bring a
The Greater Los Angeles Master of Fine Arts exhibition has returned to the School of Art galleries at Long Beach State for a 14th time with “Open Relationships,” a theme dedicated to fostering collaboration between artists. GLAMFA will run from Jan. 22 to Jan. 30 with participating MFA student artists from nine schools, including California State University Northridge, California Institute of the Arts and University of California Los Angeles. This exhibit differs from its predecessors because it encourages communication between the MFA artists. To accomplish this, GLAMFA opened a “Shared Resources Room,” which provides the artists with an on-site space in the Merlino Gallery to read books and essays, watch videos, mingle and drink coffee. William Camargo, a first year MFA student at Claremont Graduate University, was one of the 29 students participating in the show and said he enjoyed working with other artists throughout the creative process of the show. “I really like the collaboration and kind of bouncing off each other’s ideas,” Camargo said. “This is the kind of stuff that I want to see more often.” Camargo features two six-piece photography panels in the exhibition: ”Mexican, American Paisa Nation #1” and “Mexican, American Paisa Nation #2.” In
Size inside was the clear advantage for the Matadors of Cal State Northridge (10-10) Saturday as Long Beach State was unable to get shots to fall in the paint, ultimately falling 51-37 in the Walter Pyramid. The 49ers started the game off shooting well, with two big catch-and-shoot three pointers from grad transfer guard Sydney Bordonaro along with sophomore forward Naomi Hunt getting in on the action from deep as well. Unfortunately for Long Beach (5-13, 2-3 Big West), it was unable to keep the rhythm Northridge (10-10, 4-2 Big West) set throughout the game. “One thing we’ve been struggling with is momentum in games,” head coach Jeff Cammon said. “We hit a little rough patch. We don’t compete as hard, we’re not as focused, so it takes a maturity to play through adversity.” In the second and third quarters, the 49ers only connected on 4-of-29 shots, due to the stifling defense from the Matadors’ twin-tower centers: junior Lauren Shymkewicz and senior Channon Fluker. “Northridge does a good job with their big line up of forcing you to take perimeter shots and we have to be more comfortable and aggressive attacking the basket,” Cammon said. “You can’t take … three