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Face of VR makes visit to LBSU

The former face of the virtual world has come back to his old reality as Palmer Luckey, co-founder of Oculus, paid a short visit back to Long Beach State. Luckey spoke to a journalism class about his widely publicized career, gave his thoughts on current technological trends and provided students with insight into the world of Silicon Valley startups. The LBSU alumnus grew up in Long Beach and attended Golden West College and Long Beach City College. He enrolled at the university in 2010 as a journalism student and worked at the Daily 49er as online editor. Luckey took a break from school to focus on his virtual reality headset. Soon after making a significant breakthrough, Luckey began a Kickstarter campaign for his Virtual Reality headset Oculus Rift. Luckey’s headset gained the endorsement of prominent video game companies and Silicon Valley tech companies. Luckey set a goal of $250,000 to fund Oculus. Within 24 hours, Oculus raised $670,000. After three days, they raised over a million dollars. Eighteen months later, Facebook had purchased his VR company Oculus for $3 billion dollars. Things didn't go as well as he hoped, when two years ago Luckey was fired from Facebook after controversy

By | 2019-04-08T11:38:29+00:00 Feb 20, 2019 | 11:11 pm|Categories: Campus, Features, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , |

LBSU named an ‘economic powerhouse’

A new report found that Long Beach State University has a $1.53 billion impact on local economies. Beacon Economics, an independent research and consulting firm, conducted the study as a way to measure the economic and fiscal impacts of LBSU on the greater Long Beach community. “California State University, Long Beach is a sizeable institution with a significant impact on the local economy,” the report stated. “This analysis quantifies the university’s impact in terms of increased economic output, employment, employee compensation and tax revenue. Together, the economic, fiscal and social impacts illustrate just how important CSU Long Beach is to the city and counties surrounding it.” The analysis concluded that LBSU had a $1.14 billion impact on Los Angeles County, supported 10,600 jobs and contributed $546 million in tax revenues. Additionally, 76 percent of employers hired interns from LBSU and 245 Long Beach establishments are owned by LBSU alumni. Campus president Jane Close Conoley praised the report and its findings in a press release. “Students who graduate from Long Beach State, their median income a few years after graduation is nearly $100,000. So, think of that in terms of contributions to the economy,” Conoley said. “I am really proud to

By | 2019-04-08T11:53:52+00:00 Feb 18, 2019 | 8:21 pm|Categories: Campus, CSU, Long Beach, News, Today|Tags: , , , , |

Gov. Newsom delivers first State of the State Address

California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered his first State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature at the state capitol in Sacramento Wednesday. “It was just over four weeks ago that I stood in front of this capitol and pledged to defend not just the California constitution by the California dream,” Newsom said. “Today, I want to talk about how we can do that together.” One of his announcements was the reversal of the high-speed rail project that began under Gov. Jerry Brown. The California High-Speed Rail has been a project in the making since 1998, when the California High-Speed Rail Authority was established to begin formal planning in preparation of a ballot measure. In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 1A, a measure to construct the initial segment of the network. “Let’s level about high-speed rail,” Newsom said. “I have nothing but respect for Gov. Brown’s and Gov. Schwarzenegger’s ambitious vision. I share it. Right now, there simply isn’t a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to L.A.” Newsom suggested building a bullet train between Merced and Bakersfield to remedy this issue. “Merced, Fresno, Bakersfield and communities in between are

By | 2019-04-08T11:54:29+00:00 Feb 18, 2019 | 8:15 pm|Categories: Events, Long Beach, News, Today|Tags: , , , |

Residents plead for animal adoption changes

The Long Beach City Council was marred by a group of impassioned residents who pleaded to the board to make changes to the Long Beach animal adoption policy during Tuesday’s meeting. Advocates for the Long Beach Animal Care Services lined up one-by-one to vent their frustrations with the council, holding signs that read, “No Kill.” Alex Armstrong, 40-year resident and an animal advocate for LBACS, pressed the officials on the lack of animal adoptions in Long Beach. “Long Beach did 632 adoptions last year,” Armstrong said. “We are in the hundreds when other cities are in the thousands, how are we so behind?” Armstrong said  LBACS brought in 5,000 animals, killed 1,000 and adopted only 632 animals. Armstrong added that he believes adoptions are low due to the business relationship with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles. “spcaLA doesn’t want us to do the adoptions, because they want to do the adoptions,” Armstrong said. “I don’t understand why no one will stand up to Madeline Bernstein.” Madeline Bernstein is the President of spcaLA. Armstrong and others have been speaking out on this issue to the City Council since September of last year. Mayor Robert Garcia

By | 2019-04-09T14:36:52+00:00 Feb 13, 2019 | 11:40 pm|Categories: Long Beach, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , |