Condition for Tuition grants a free semester to motivated student

Susan Jung found out that fitness and good health really do pay off, in the form of a check that pays off her Cal State Long Beach tuition for the Fall 2013 semester. Jung, a freshman business major, won the semester-long fitness competition, Owen's Condition for Tuition, at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center at the event's finale on Wednesday. Jung said she was ecstatic to hear her name announced. "It's amazing, I get to go to school for free next semester," Jung said. "I don't get any financial aid so I have to pay everything myself, so this is really big." Jung said she incorporated cardio with leg workouts and squats daily to get her through the program. The competition has been going on four two years now, according to Associated Students Inc. Communications Coordinator Cristina Esparza. Josh Owen, CEO of Owen's Trimodal Long Beach, has sponsored the program since its inception in fall 2011. Students are required to participate in various ASI recreation activities to fulfill the thirty-points necessary to be drawn into the raffle for free tuition. Activities include, spinning, boxing, inner tube water polo, volleyball, cardio, swimming and more. This semester, the finale had a tropical

By | 2013-05-31T20:40:39-07:00 May 2, 2013 | 12:00 am|Categories: News|

PAC brings annual culture show to campus

For the past few weeks, long bamboo poles clacked together in front of the University Student Union Robeks as some students practiced Tinikling, a well-known dance from the Philippines that involves rhythmically stepping in between the poles. Cal State Long Beach's Pilipino American Coalition (PAC) is preparing to host the upcoming 27th annual Pilipino Cultural Night show on May 11 at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center. The show has been a year in the making according to the Pilipino cultural night coordinators, senior human development major, Ashley Cruz and senior journalism major, Jessica Rosales. Each year, PAC puts on a Pilipino cultural night that is written, directed and performed by students. This is the biggest event hosted by the club. "It's a way for the Filipino community to come together, work together and put on a show that not only showcases the contemporary struggles the community is going through, but also things the community takes pride in such as cultural dances and a family storyline," said senior graphic design major and script director Paul Zappia. This year, the show is titled "Lakas: The Power of Our People." The skit focuses on encompassing the idea of strength. It

By | 2013-06-06T16:25:02-07:00 May 1, 2013 | 12:00 am|Categories: Arts & Life|

Legislature rejects unit cap proposal for CSU, UC

To the relief of some groups, the California State Legislature rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to implement a unit cap for Cal State University and University of California students. However, the cap could be included in the May revise, according to Meredith Vivian, director of government relations at the California State Student Association. According to Brown's budget proposal released in January California's higher education system needs improvement in funding as well as its transfer and completion rates. Brown's budget proposal allocates increased funding to the CSU system with one of his goals being to increase graduation rates. The unit cap policy proposes that for the first two years of its implementation, students in CSUs may take up to a total of 180 units, equivalent to about 150 percent of the units required to complete most degrees. The years following, the cap would drop to 150 units, the equivalent to five years of being a full-time student, Vivian said. According to Brown's proposal, only 16 percent of CSU students are completing their degree within four years. Should the proposed policy go into effect, a student who surpasses the unit cap would be responsible for covering the full cost of tuition. "We

By | 2013-06-05T12:13:36-07:00 May 1, 2013 | 12:00 am|Categories: News|

Blotter: Honda Civic stolen from Parking Structure 1

A white 1994 Honda Civic was stolen from the second level of Parking Structure 1 while the owner was in class around noon on Monday, according University Police Captain Scott Brown. The vehicle was recovered in Compton the following day at 2 a.m., Brown said. The car was then released to the owner, Brown said. Boyfriend grabs girlfriend by the throat Cameron Baily, 18, was arrested by University Police at noon on Thursday for allegedly choking his girlfriend by the Disabled Student Services area near Brotman Hall, Brown said. A staff member interrupted the male, who then ran off, Brown said. University Police spotted the suspect on campus and arrested him for domestic violence, Brown said. Disoriented elderly woman gets lost on campus A 63-year-old woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease was spotted in the Starbucks in the University Library at noon on Saturday, Brown said. The woman was found disoriented and didn't know where she was, Brown said. University Police were able to contact family members who picked up the woman, Brown said. Student's Mac laptop stolen from the University Library A female student's Mac laptop and case were stolen from the University Library Tuesday night, Brown said. According to

By | 2013-06-05T12:13:59-07:00 May 1, 2013 | 12:00 am|Categories: News|

Long Beach State beats Lions to get back to .500

The Dirtbags returned to .500 for the first time in nearly two months thanks to contributions from a couple of the more overlooked players on the Long Beach State roster. Ryan Millison threw four solid innings and backup catcher Zach Miller came through with the key hit in a 3-1 home victory over Loyola Marymount, leading LBSU (21-21) to its first .500 overall record since March 3. "It's been an interesting road to get here," head coach Troy Buckley said. "I think [conference record] is our main emphasis, but it just means that we're playing better baseball, and it maybe has dug us out of a little hole as far as the overall [record goes]." The Dirtbags got on the board first with a two-run single by Miller in the second inning. Miller, who usually plays backup to freshman Eric Hutting, got the start and had hits in each of his two at-bats. "It felt great to get in there and help the team out," Miller said. "My role is just to be ready to play. I also have a freshman catcher that I kind of take care of and try to help along and make sure he's ready to

By | 2013-06-05T17:08:00-07:00 May 1, 2013 | 12:00 am|Categories: Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports, Women's Track & Field|

Dirtbags to take on Cal State Fullerton in crucial series

The Dirtbags will head to Fullerton this weekend for a series that will play a large part in determining their chances to win a Big West Conference title. Long Beach State (21-21, 9-6 Big West) will play first-place Cal State Fullerton in three games this weekend. By the end of it, the Dirtbags will either be in prime position to take control of the conference or be buried behind several teams looking to claim the Big West title. The Titans (36-7, 12-3 Big West) are not easy to beat, though, as they are currently the No. 4 team in the country. Difficulty set aside, head coach Troy Buckley said the series at CSUF and last weekend's series against Cal Poly would have a big hand in the fate of the Dirtbags' season. "I think that when you look at the next two weekends, this one and then the next one [against CSUF] certainly define [the chances of winning the Big West]," Buckley said after Sunday's 9-5 win over Cal Poly. Adding to the drama is the excitement of the Dirtbags-Titans rivalry. CSUF swept The Beach during a nonconference series at Blair Field toward the end of March in the teams'

By | 2013-06-05T17:08:12-07:00 May 1, 2013 | 12:00 am|Categories: Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports|
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