Preschool teacher arrested near College of Business

A preschool teacher for the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center was apprehended by University Police Saturday after a faculty member called 911 following a complaint of suspicious behavior near the College of Business. Ernesto Higuera, who has since resigned from his position, was processed by the Long Beach Police Department under allegations of filming or photographing at least one person in a bathroom on campus, the Long Beach Post reported. Higuera was released Saturday on a $25,000 bail. Terri Carbaugh, spokesperson for Long Beach State, confirmed that the 38-year-old suspect had been working at the center since August. “Prior to his hire, he underwent the mandatory… Department of Justice background check and FBI background check that requires fingerprinting,” Carbaugh said. “At that time he was cleared to work at that position.” According to Carbaugh, a court hearing for Higuera is scheduled for Jan. 3. Parents of children at the center were notified about the arrest through an email sent by AlecSandria Colchico, the director of the development center. A meeting was held Monday night at the Patterson Center. Representatives from the University Police Department, the Human Resources division and the daycare center were there to answer questions parents had regarding

By | 2018-12-11T11:11:49-07:00 Dec 11, 2018 | 11:09 am|Categories: Crime, Long Beach, News, Showcase|Tags: , , , , |

A conversation with George H.W. Bush’s former speech writer

Craig Smith, a former professor of communication studies at Long Beach State, has had a long, illustrious career crafting and teaching the art of speech. From writing for the late President George H. W. Bush to founding the Center for Free Speech at LBSU and teaching classes in subjects such as argumentation and campaign persuasion, Smith has shown that speech writing is powerful enough to leave lasting messages in the minds of millions. The Daily 49er sat down with Smith to talk about his experiences with Bush and his work teaching speech writing. What are some lessons you’ve learned while working with Mr. Bush that you carried on with you and even applied while teaching at Long Beach State? I think one of the things I learned is that if you’re a speechwriter, you need to find out the authentic character of the client. Who are they really? When they’re authentic, particularly when you’re on television, people know that. When you’re artificial, people can tell. And so one of the things I tried to do was to help them build a persona that they felt comfortable with and that really represented them. One of the reasons why I was hired

By | 2018-12-09T14:18:58-07:00 Dec 9, 2018 | 2:18 pm|Categories: Campus, Long Beach, News, Showcase|Tags: , |

Long Beach to move forward with legal defense fund with Vera Institute of Justice

The Long Beach City Council opted to move forward with a legal defense fund that will establish an agreement between the Safety and Fairness for Everyone Cities Network and the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit corporation that will provide legal representation for low-income immigrants facing deportation in the City of Long Beach. The city council approved the establishment of a $250,000 legal defense fund as part of the 2018 Long Beach Values Act March 13. The staff determined Vera was most qualified on July 20. The city council adopted the fiscal year budget for 2019 and approved the $250,000 for the establishment of the Long Beach Justice Fund Sept. 4. According to the staff report, some of the services the legal defense fund include: removal defense for individuals in detention and non-detained individuals as well as legal support for asylum-seekers and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applicants and recipients, visa holders and lawful permanent residents. To qualify for legal representation services, a person must reside in Long Beach and have a household income below 200 percent of the federal poverty guideline. According to The Balance, a household of four would classify below poverty level if the annual income was

LBSU mourns the death of mathematics professor

This story was updated Nov. 28 at 10:05 p.m. The Nugget Grill and Pub closed early Tuesday after mathematics professor Kent Merryfield lost consciousness and died of cardiac arrest around 2:30 p.m. He was 65. “From the start, I could tell he was a good-hearted man,” said third year Lynn Le, an applied math major. “He was always knowledgeable about the material as well as other topics, so he would usually go on a tangent a bit, excitingly discussing something math related.” Le took Merryfield’s Calculus III course when she was a freshman and said that he was quiet natured, but friendly. “[Merryfield] had very kind eyes and wanted his students to succeed,” Le said. The late professor was called a renaissance man. He was known for his contributions to the campus, his distinctive laugh and his sunny disposition. He is survived by his wife Margaret Merryfield and their two children. Photo by Robert Casillas / Press TelegramLong Beach State professor of mathematics Kent Merryfield lectures his students in 2015. Students mourned his death Wednesday, leaving bouquets of flowers at his door and sharing their memories and condolences on Twitter and “He was one of those teachers

By | 2018-11-28T22:41:14-07:00 Nov 28, 2018 | 2:06 pm|Categories: Campus, Long Beach, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , |

Professor dies in the Nugget Grill and Pub

Updated: 10:17 p.m. The Nugget Grill and Pub was evacuated and closed after a professor lost consciousness and died in the dining area Tuesday afternoon. Jeff Bliss, executive director of media and digital news for Long Beach State, confirmed that the professor died on the scene. Reporters from the Daily 49er visited the restaurant to investigate and saw a body covered with a sheet around 5:30 p.m. Employees and University Police officers at the Nugget would not comment. “A traumatic incident happened today, we cannot confirm or deny the actual event [but] we’ll provide further detail as we are able to release more,” said Kierstin Stickney, Director of Marketing & Communications for the 49er Shops. A student who was in the pub during the incident tweeted that the man fell out of his chair while eating. “He started choking on his food and then his whole body was just convulsing … ” A student eyewitness tweeted. “But it literally all happened in like 30 seconds it was so scary. They’re trying to revive him but it’s not working.” According to Bliss, Counseling and Psychological Services will offer services to students and employees who were there when the professor died. This

By | 2018-11-27T22:54:44-07:00 Nov 27, 2018 | 6:19 pm|Categories: Campus, Crime, Long Beach, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , |

Freshman physics student dies at hospital late Wednesday night

Freshman physics major Eve Khatami died at a hospital 2 a.m. Wednesday night, according to an email sent from the Housing Office at 3:19 p.m. Thursday. Khatami was found in her Los Alamitos Hall dorm room around 12:30 a.m. and transported to Long Beach Memorial Hospital around 1 a.m. She died at the hospital around 2 a.m., according to Jeff Bliss, executive director of media and digital news. Bliss was unable to comment on the nature of the medical emergency. The cause of death is unclear and has not yet been released by officials. Khatami's case has been deferred pending additional investigation according to the Los Angeles County Medical-Examiner Coroner's website.  “We recognize that many of you have been close to Eve and deeply affected by this loss,” said Corry Colonna, executive director of Housing and Residential Life, in an email . “We share in your grief as we mourn the tragic loss of a member of the Beach family.” CAPS representatives are available for students to meet at their office on the second floor of Brotman Hall or via telephone after hours at 562-985-4001. This story was updated Nov. 25 at 5:44 p.m.

By | 2018-11-25T17:45:51-07:00 Nov 16, 2018 | 12:59 pm|Categories: Campus, Long Beach, News, Showcase|Tags: , , , , |

The university launches two-day Imagine Beach 2030 online event

Posts varying from discourse over the introduction of an e-sports association to the appointment of a giraffe as the new mascot with the hashtag #LongBeachLongNecks filled the feed of users engaged with the Imagine Beach 2030 online event Wednesday. Through Imagine Beach 2030, students, faculty and community members all over campus sat at computers, sharing and exploring different ideas for what they want Long Beach State to look like in 2030. Partnering with Institute for the Future, a company that helps organizations plan for the future, LBSU launched Imagine Beach 2030, a two-day online event that garnered input from the city and campus community. Over 12,480 posts and responses had been made by 2,344 people as of 9 p.m. Wednesday night. The two-day event is the first phase in a two-year “futures thinking” project called Beach 2030 Vision Map and Strategic Plan. Participants receive “points” for responding and posting on the dashboard. They can also “add a signal” to posts, which are links to articles or videos that relate to the content of the post. Popular posts appear on the dashboard in categories like “Everyone’s Talking About…,” “Super-Interesting Cards,” “Most Wanted Futures” and “Most Uncertain Futures,” among others. Students contribute

By | 2019-04-19T23:59:36-07:00 Nov 14, 2018 | 10:18 pm|Categories: Campus, CSU, Events, Long Beach, News, Showcase|Tags: , |

Results are in from this year’s midterm elections

All day, results poured in from all over the state for ballots cast in Tuesday’s midterm election. Items on the ballots included 11 statewide propositions and five measures in Long Beach. Only six of the proposed 11 ballots passed statewide, and all of the Long Beach measures passed. Statewide Propositions Prop 1 Prop 1’s purpose is to address the housing crisis by investing in existing affordable housing for low-income residents, veterans and farmworkers, among others. The investments will be paid for using obligation bonds which are seen as public debt. California already has $72.8 billion obligation bonds to repay, however, the state still has $33.5 billion not yet borrowed or issued in obligation bonds, as of Oct. 1. $4 billion in bonds will be borrowed, which would cost $170 million a year over 35 years. The total cost is close to $6 billion including interest. The law lays out eight different structures which will tackle housing in different avenues, including loans for veterans buying homes and encouraging more housing programs and methods. Prop 2 Prop 2 takes funds from a preexisting tax revenue, the one percent millionaire’s tax, meant for the Mental Health Service Fund, in order to fund housing

By | 2018-11-07T23:03:20-07:00 Nov 7, 2018 | 11:03 pm|Categories: Long Beach, News|Tags: , , , , , , |
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