Health Resource Center takes an informative approach to cannabis on campus

    As pot smokers seek the ideal spot to sneak in a less-than-legal toke on campus, they cautiously rubberneck for signs of authority. While recreational marijuana legalization was likely the highlight of 2018 for California stoners, the herb is still not permitted on campus. The Student Health Resource Center plans to address lingering questions students may have about policies surrounding the drug. As a component of the Wellness Wednesday workshops, “What’s the 4-1-1 on 4/20?” will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Room 303 of the University Student Union April 18. Wellness Wednesday is a series that consists of a weekly session hosted by staff at Student Health Services. Geared toward providing knowledge on a variety of health and lifestyle trends, the workshop centered on marijuana use will aim to talk cannabis with students. According to Heidi Ortiz, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs coordinator at the resource center, marijuana education has been a component of the program offered at Cal State Long Beach. Despite previous counseling programs that addressed cannabis abuse, this is the first time that the topic is scheduled to dominate the discussion of a Wellness Wednesday. “We’re always thinking of new things to talk

The fading vape culture

Even though Cal State Long Beach forbids the use of tobacco and vaporizers on campus, students and faculty are still trying to find places to sate their craving. Isabella Lanza, assistant professor of human development, attempts to find why they do it. Lanza created the Risky Health Among Adolescents and Young Adults lab in 2015 to study co-occurring health risks such as obesity and substance use in adolescence and young adults. Researchers at the lab tackle these topics through studying health risks among populations. Last year, the lab conducted a yearlong study on campus which focused on behaviors that increased health-risks including the act of “vaping.” They set up a table and surveyed 500 undergraduate students. Although vaporizers contain less chemicals and don’t involve inhaling smoke, the devices still use nicotine, a highly addictive chemical. Lanza found that, in 2016, 40 percent of undergraduates had tried using a vaporizer. According to Lanza, the study was one of the first that included an ethnically diverse college population. Her results suggested that vaping was normative by that time. "We found that there were no ethnic differences across students on vaping use, so that was really interesting," she said. "There was also no

By | 2017-11-14T00:31:35-07:00 Nov 14, 2017 | 12:31 am|Categories: Features, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Long Beach Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce will not be charged for domestic violence and DUI charges

A decision made Oct. 20 by the district attorney not to charge a Long Beach councilmember for driving under the influence on June has raised questions and concern within the community, including a recall effort. Last week the Los Angeles District Attorney, Jackie Lacey, decided not to charge District 2 Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce in a domestic violence allegation or a driving under the influence investigation in a public integrity case. Many Long Beach residents have called for her resignation as they believe the councilmember has exhibited “unethical” behavior, and has not been transparent about what happened that night. A committee supporting the recall was created shortly after information on that night was made public. “While Pearce has escaped charges stemming from her behavior during the hours after midnight on June 3, 2017, we now know more than enough to justify a collective call by the civic leaders of Long Beach for Pearce’s resignation,” said Ian Patton, a consultant for the committee to recall Jeannine Pearce. “We're in a fundraising mode right now, we need approximately 6,500 signatures on the recall petition. Our group feels there's enough evidence at this point for people to call on her to resign, there's nothing

By | 2017-11-01T23:30:26-07:00 Nov 1, 2017 | 10:49 pm|Categories: Long Beach, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , , |

Theft and underage drinking occurs in CSULB dorms

Underage drinking - University Police Department responded to a call for assistance at 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 20. A minor was found in possession of alcohol at Los Alamitos Hall. The minor was a guest inside a dorm room and was transported to the University Police station where she was turned over to her parents. Petty theft - A bicycle was reported stolen at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 22. The bicycle had been locked up by its owner prior to the incident. The lock was cut and the bike stolen in front of Hillside Hall. It is described as a dark blue Giant Butte men’s bike, 18 speed and its value unknown. Burglary - Personnel from the Microbiology building called for assistance at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 23 to report a possible burglary to a department office. The burglary was believed to have occurred between 6 p.m. on Oct. 18 and 9 a.m. the following day. The attempted access was made by use of key, but no signs of forced entry were found and no personal loss was discovered. Vandalism - Vandalism of the men’s first floor restroom adjacent to the Liberal Arts 2 building was reported at midnight on

By | 2017-10-29T19:06:57-07:00 Oct 29, 2017 | 7:06 pm|Categories: Crime, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

New alcohol policy permits students to buy beer and wine at sporting events

When women’s volleyball hosts UC Davis Oct. 27, students will be able to enjoy a beer or glass of wine while watching the game in the Walter Pyramid. It’s been 12 years since Cal State Long Beach has sold beer and wine inside the Walter Pyramid during athletic events. Executive Order 1109 allows the sale and service of alcoholic beverages and advertising of alcoholic beverages on campus and at athletic facilities. This order supersedes order 996, which prevented the sale of alcoholic beverages at the pyramid for sporting events. Regulation X of the new policy is an updated alcohol guideline on campus that allows the distribution of beer and wine at athletic events. The price and brand of alcoholic beverages has not yet been announced by 49er Shops. “I think they should do it, most large universities offer beer and wine at their sporting events,” Bryce Marshall said, business administration major at CSULB. “It’s a good source of revenue, and will attract a larger student body to the events.” CSULB President Jane Close Conoley told the Daily 49er last week that before this policy update, alcohol at university sponsored events was prohibited. The new policy also allows students to drink

By | 2017-10-10T22:14:27-07:00 Oct 10, 2017 | 10:14 pm|Categories: Campus, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Art and Soul Fair promotes student wellness

Offering colorful beads, painting and button making, the Art and Soul Fair is an event catered to students who want to de-stress from their classes.   The Student Health Services hosted the event Wednesday on the Speaker’s Platform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in an effort to promote student wellness through art. While the event was originally meant to promote and raise awareness about the program, Beach Recovery, which was created by Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs program, it has become a valued tradition for students in need of some creative downtime. Among the various arts and crafts stations, there was a booth providing information about the different recovery resources for any students struggling with addiction. The fair marks the fourth semester Student Health Services has put on the event. It has gained popularity among students trying to find a way to forget about the stressors that come with school, work and home and instead focus on art. As the fifth week of classes began, the fair came at a perfect time for students who are already stressed about their workload. “I have a chemistry exam this Friday,” second year biology major Jasmine Nevarez said. “I just got out

Peer support for recovering addicts provides positive outcomes

A program through the Student Health Services center is attempting to deconstruct the stigma behind addiction amongst students. California State University, Long Beach’s Alcohol, Tobacco, & Other Drugs program will be screening “Anonymous People,” a 90-minute film that documents stories about U.S. students and other Americans from drug or alcohol addictions. The screening will be in the Beach Auditorium on March 25 from 4 - 6p.m. There will be a discussion panel after the screening of Anonymous People. Jennifer Layno, an ATOD health education assistant encourages students to ask questions and have them answered by those in the Beach Recovery program. According to the Beach Recovery website, recovery from substance dependence is a voluntarily maintained lifestyle characterized by sobriety, personal heath and community. “Most people don’t seek help because they feel like they don’t have a problem,” Jackie Provencher, a counselor at New Found Life, said. “It’s a disease and a perception that they don’t think they have a problem. It is important for people to seek help because they will not be able to take care of their addictions on their own and it will continue and progress.” New Found Life is a residential addiction treatment center in Long

By | 2015-03-24T12:51:08-07:00 Mar 24, 2015 | 10:38 am|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Drug counseling programs at CSULB fight campus drug addiction

Despite being a dry campus, including a zero tolerance policy for alcohol in campus residency, a Parkside resident wound up in Long Beach Community Hospital early this semester for alcohol poisoning. According to the university housing rules and regulations, all residents are banned from possession and consumption of alcohol in the dorms. First-time offenders must attend a mandatory Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs education workshop. ATOD, in support of Beach Recovery, intends to inform students about the hazards of drug use, while guiding students to a life of sobriety. “Zanax would be one of the ones that we see more, where students would be using that in combination and sometimes in combination with alcohol,” Health Education Counselor Linda Peña said. “More of the students that we see will be those that [live on campus] because they’re here 24 hours.” According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in 2013, 15 percent of the American population aged 12 and older had drug dependence. People aged 18 through 25, the age range of most college students, comprised seven percent of those dependent on drugs. Peña said one of the main factors she identifies for drug use among students on campus

By | 2015-02-09T15:12:15-07:00 Feb 8, 2015 | 9:00 pm|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |