Letter to the Editor: Voting is the most crucial part of November

For decades, Long Beach State has set an example for local activism, community engagement, civic purpose and a commitment to voter participation and election involvement. With this crucial, fast-approaching election, keep in mind that your vote is the one that counts! The direction of California’s future is on every ballot in every election. The election on Nov. 6 determines who represents us at the federal, state and local levels. Because these representatives decide our policies and priorities, it is important that we elect officials who have the public’s best interests in mind. It is indisputable that voter apathy this year will result in a more crippled democracy next year. The foundation of our system lies with engaged voters who exhibit a passionate interest for preserving a healthy republic. This year, we note a new option under California Election Law called Conditional Voter Registration. The new law allows each eligible person to register and vote conditionally in person at their County Registrar’s Office up until election day and on election day. Even if you or someone you know has missed the regular registration deadline, you still have the ability to participate. There are unprecedented efforts this year all across the country

By | 2018-11-06T13:52:06-07:00 Nov 6, 2018 | 1:52 pm|Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Today|Tags: , , , , , |

Letter to the Editor: response to the Long Beach State School of Art Concerned Students of Color and Allies

I write this in response to questions directed to me by the [Long Beach State] School of Art Concerned Students of Color and Allies. University Art Museum staff are precluded from comment due to the ongoing appeal process. I want to be clear, I speak only in my capacity as President of California State University Employees Union Chapter 315. I do not in any way represent the university herein. CSUEU is not privy to the specific factors the university used in reaching its decision to separate Kimberli Meyer; however, as has previously been stated, CSUEU is directly aware of serious concerns regarding her management of the UAM, which far predate “American MONUMENT.” While CSUEU believes the termination was necessary, we do not believe the university met its responsibilities to the UAM staff and campus community by choosing such a time to execute its decision. We fully acknowledge the loss you [the students] feel at Kimberli’s removal and the pause of “American MONUMENT.” The timing of this dismissal, decided by senior university administrators, increased the severity of the harm and undoubtedly impeded programs designed to push social progress across campus. We recognize the pause as part of the collateral damage of

Letter to the Editor: A response to the firing of Kimberli Meyer

A Response to the College of the Arts Dean Cyrus Parker-Jeannette, Long Beach State Spokesperson Terri Carbaugh, California State University Employees Union Chapter 315 President Jennifer Moran, and whom else it may concern:   Since the firing of the University Art Museum director Kimberli Meyer on Sept. 11, there have been growing concerns among Long Beach State students regarding the handling of race-relations and inclusivity within the UAM, the College of the Arts and the School of Art. The following is our response and reaction to the communication from leadership. It is our hope that all those in positions of leadership listen, internalize our questions and concerns and act accordingly. College of the Arts’ Dean Cyrus Parker-Jeannette released a statement September 17 saying that “[American MONUMENT] is designed to provoke open and free discussion” and that “our campus is a place for civil discourse and artistic expression.” Response: The installation is designed to enable change. Free discussion means nothing to the people in the line of fire if there is no direct action taken by people like you in positions of leadership and power. Are we meant to civically (politely) discuss the mass murdering of black people by police and

Letter to the Editor: Why a CSULB building should be named in Dr. Joe White’s memory

  On April 16, the ASI Senate passed a resolution 21-0-1, commemorating the career of Dr. Joseph L. White and to support the Dr. Joseph L. White’s Legacy Memorial Project. The project proposes that CSULB President Jane Close Conoley name a building on campus to recognize Dr. White’s role as the founder of the Educational Opportunities Program and the field of Black psychology. I introduced this resolution along with Senator-at-Large Thulani Ngazimbi to support honoring Dr. White’s unique contributions and service to higher education during his 56-year academic career. We ask our fellow Senators to embrace this project because there is nothing more important than the voice of Long Beach students, many who are here because of EOP. I also proposed this initiative because White impacted me personally. My first and only encounter with White was two months into my college career at CSULB, in October 2014. To fulfill a University Honors Program requirement, I attended an event commemorating the 60-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which included a panel featuring White. As I listened to him speak, I was both moved by his insights on our nation’s perpetual search for identity

Letter to the Editor: ASI ‘Big Event’ fun for the few who get to attend

On Monday, tickets for the ASI Big Event for 2018 went on sale. The line of students attempting to receive the Disneyland tickets was ridiculous, stretching from the USU almost to the Library. In my four years at Long Beach State I have never seen so many students line up to attend the Big Event and from where I was standing it looked like a massive success. If ASI was trying to rally students, they killed it, but after the limited $10 tickets sold out students were left in the cold after hours of waiting. Those students naturally were not impressed and felt that the event was exclusive, poorly planned, deceitful, and ultimately (from as far as I could tell) an inappropriate use of ASI dollars. After these left out students went to the internet to vent, and rightfully so, ASI defenders popped up all over the place to reason with their disgruntled peers (too soon). Of course, people bantered and had great points on both sides, but neither could get the other to concede to their points. The ASI defenders were quick to point out that ASI could do nothing for the students or that ASI can’t make everyone

Letters to the Editor: Dreams of action

Dreamers The self-evident themes of movement, stagnation, and uncertainty are creatively brought to the fore in “Dreamers: Aqui y Alla.” Under the directorial supervision of Andrea Caban and Julie Granarat-Huicutt, our own CSULB actors and Dreamers make perpetual, determined crossings and recrossings of the sparsely designed set, conveying the purposeful trajectory of a people always in motion, yet never fully “arrived.” “Dreamers” will move you: move you to think; move you to tears; move you to action as it plucks a generation out of the shadows, out of the bureaucratic boxes marked “illegal,” and onto the stage of humanity.   “Dreamers” reminds us not only of the courage to dream, but the courage to endure. It highlights a complex past, and of the double consciousness of a Dreamer “homeland.” K.T. Shaver

By | 2018-02-26T22:58:11-07:00 Feb 26, 2018 | 10:58 pm|Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinions|Tags: , , , , |

Letter to the Editor: Academic Senate and Commencement

Dear Daily 49er Editorial Board, Thank you for your excellent coverage of the ongoing controversy regarding the changes to  our CSULB commencement ceremonies. As chair of the Academic Senate, I am writing to let you know something you probably already realize: As you felt “a lack of communication between the administration and student body” in this instance, we felt a parallel lack of communication between administration and faculty. We hope that the administration, most of whom are actually quite communication-oriented, will take this opportunity to reexamine the processes that led to a poor decision such as the change in commencement. We all understand the need for safety and the need to save money, but if we talk to each other we might find better ways to achieve those goals together. Also, I just wanted to point out that it is incorrect that the Academic Senate is “a body with no student representation.” The Senate is actually the only body on campus that has elected representatives from all four major constituencies of our university: students (the ASI president, the ASI chief academic officer, and three elected student Senators), faculty, staff, and administrators. As such, the Academic Senate is the perfect place

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