LBSU needs to put its money where its mouth is

When Long Beach State students look back on their time at this school, instead of remembering that our volleyball team received a championship title or that we’re one of the only universities with shark tanks on campus, their memories will be filled with broken escalators and the lack of a mascot. Long Beach State should spend its funds on improving the academic experience, not on escalators and rebranding the university. Last June, former California Governor Jerry Brown increased state funding for the California State University system, allowing room for about 4,000 more students to enroll statewide. While that sounds positive, this means classes will increase in size and courses will fill up faster. To accommodate these changes, LBSU will need to spend more money on new infrastructures and hiring staff. Instead the university is spending on the new mascot campaign and repairing escalators that never seem to work regardless. Incoming students may be unaware of the university’s current financial situation, but upperclassmen know that last year the commencement ceremony was moved from the Central Quad to the Athletic Soccer Field and live music was almost cut in order to save money due to proposed budget cuts. According to President Jane

By | 2019-04-08T11:44:23-07:00 Feb 20, 2019 | 10:25 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Opinions, 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: , , , , |

Gov. Newsom delivers first State of the State Address

California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered his first State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature at the state capitol in Sacramento Wednesday. “It was just over four weeks ago that I stood in front of this capitol and pledged to defend not just the California constitution by the California dream,” Newsom said. “Today, I want to talk about how we can do that together.” One of his announcements was the reversal of the high-speed rail project that began under Gov. Jerry Brown. The California High-Speed Rail has been a project in the making since 1998, when the California High-Speed Rail Authority was established to begin formal planning in preparation of a ballot measure. In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 1A, a measure to construct the initial segment of the network. “Let’s level about high-speed rail,” Newsom said. “I have nothing but respect for Gov. Brown’s and Gov. Schwarzenegger’s ambitious vision. I share it. Right now, there simply isn’t a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to L.A.” Newsom suggested building a bullet train between Merced and Bakersfield to remedy this issue. “Merced, Fresno, Bakersfield and communities in between are

By | 2019-04-08T11:54:29-07:00 Feb 18, 2019 | 8:15 pm|Categories: Events, Long Beach, News, Today|Tags: , , , |
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