LBSU’s construction management department places third in competition

Long Beach State’s construction management department placed third in the Concrete Solutions category at  the 2019 Associate Schools of Construction Student Competition in Sparks, Nevada Feb. 6-9. LBSU’s concrete team was one of 12 teams that participated in the category. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, University of Washington and Virginia Tech were some of the other contenders. “This was an opportunity to put our school on the map and to show other schools that CSULB is here to win,” team member Denis Anguillet said. The concrete solutions track consisted of providing a budget, safety plan, logistics and a 3D model to create an efficient way to resolve a construction problem. The team of seven, most of which have little or no industry experience, practiced similar problems in preparation for the event. Faculty coach Tariq Shehab called the award “a great achievement.” The civil engineering and construction management professor said he believed the success would not have been possible without “great preparation efforts and dedicated team members.” Although LBSU’s construction management team has won awards in the past, this is the highest they have placed in the Concrete Solutions category. “We all believed we had a good run but

By | 2019-04-08T11:47:11-07:00 Feb 19, 2019 | 10:44 pm|Categories: Campus, CSU, 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 | 2019-04-08T11:53:52-07:00 Feb 18, 2019 | 8:21 pm|Categories: Campus, CSU, Long Beach, News, Today|Tags: , , , , |

Abortion issues raised at ASI senate meeting

Associated Students Inc. senators fiercely debated a resolution during Wednesday’s meeting that would support a bill to fund abortions on campus. The resolution would be the first step in allowing Lobby Corps to promote bills related to student well-being, ranging from mental health services to student loan forgiveness. The bill that drew controversy, however, was Senate Bill 24. The bill would require every California State University and University of California’s health centers to provide medically induced abortions on or after Jan. 1, 2023. Sen. Alejandra Aguilar took issue with SB 24’s inclusion and spoke against it. “I agree with a majority of these because it acts on student basic needs, the only one I have problems with is… SB 24,” Aguilar said. Aguilar continued to question if the bill was necessary. “To me a basic need is shelter, food, water, medically that is what we need to survive,” she said. “This is not something that we need every day.” She pointed out that the bills are meant to represent all students and accused SB 24 of not representing any pro-life students on campus. “We are representing a whole body, and not necessarily one portion of a body of students,” she

By | 2019-04-09T14:36:35-07:00 Feb 13, 2019 | 11:48 pm|Categories: ASI, Campus, CSU, News, Today|

LBSU School of Nursing ranks ninth in state

The Long Beach State nursing program ranks ninth out of 126 registered nursing programs in the state based on its collective success in passing the National Council Licensure Examination. The ranking was compiled by Registered Nursing, a nursing school statistic site. The university ranks ahead of programs such as San Diego State and University of California, Los Angeles, and placed second among California State Universities, one spot behind CSU Channel Islands. Melissa Dyo, assistant director for the School of Nursing, said she wasn’t surprised by the ranking, as she knows the program has a strong reputation in the state and consistently does well in testing. The ranking process relied on the results of the National Council Licensure Examination, which is a standardized test issued by the California  Board of Registered Nursing to ensure the graduate of the program is prepared for an entry-level position. “That’s the exam when you pass, you’re ready to be a nurse,” said Cameron Yerzyk, a senior nursing major. “So that’s what it’s all about, passing the NCLEX at the end of the day.” Registered Nursing analyzed and weighed the pass rates of all California programs over the last five years, giving more weight to more

By | 2019-04-09T14:39:14-07:00 Feb 13, 2019 | 11:36 pm|Categories: Campus, CSU, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , |

Daytime parking permits are now available at Beachside College

The option to purchase a day permit for parking at Beachside College is now available. The Long Beach State housing office announced the new permits via email last Tuesday in an effort to provide more convenient parking options for the off-site residence hall. Previously, guests at Beachside could spend $7 to park for 90 minutes. The new daytime pass costs $9 and is good for a full day. “We understand that people could have guests over to study or watch a movie that would exceed 90 minutes,” said Corry Colonna, executive director of housing and residential life. “This is a test to see how successful this may be.” Some Beachside residents have struggled in the past with parking, particularly when they have visitors. John Paul Delao, a first year business major, said he had trouble last semester when some friends came to visit his dorm. “They came down and they didn’t really know what to do in the parking lot,” Delao said. “I didn’t know either because I’m still new here. If they can implement something new to help outside residents, I think it would be great.” The three spots set aside for use with the new daytime permits are

By | 2019-04-09T14:50:34-07:00 Feb 12, 2019 | 8:21 pm|Categories: Campus, CSU, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , |

Proposed bill may waive CSU tuition fees

Waived tuition fees may be on the horizon for California State University students. The catch? Students must promise a percentage of their post-graduation salary to the institution.   Assembly Bill 154 has proposed a loan free alternative payment method for students looking to pursue higher education. AB 154 was brought forward by Assemblyman Randy Voepel, who modeled the bill after a similar system used by Purdue University. “I came back to college at 40 because I couldn’t afford it at 20,” said Julie Haltom, a fifth year history major. “I still had to take some loans, and I don’t know how I’m gonna pay them. It doesn’t sound like a bad idea to me.” According to the legislation, universities interested in the program will be chosen no earlier than the 2021-22 academic year and will be open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students would be required to pay a portion of their income six months after graduation for a maximum of 10 years. The payments will be income percentage based, so students earning more will pay more monthly. Graduates who end up making substantial salaries may end up paying more than loan alternatives. Students earning less than $20,000 a year

By | 2019-04-09T14:53:07-07:00 Feb 11, 2019 | 8:53 pm|Categories: Campus, CSU, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , |
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