Mary Ann Takemoto discusses becoming the Interim Vice President of Long Beach State Student Affairs

Long Beach State President Jane Close Conoley officially announced Oct. 8 that Mary Ann Takemoto has been promoted to Interim Vice President of Student Affairs. The decision came after the university placed Vice President Carmen Taylor on leave on Tuesday, Oct. 2, the same day that former Associated Students Inc. employee Jamie Williams was officially charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. University Police Detective Christopher Brown said an investigation about Williams and Taylor is currently underway. Takemoto could not elaborate on why Taylor was placed on leave because it is a “personnel matter.” However, Takemoto has already hit the ground running in the position with a plan. “My plan is to continue to move our Division of Student Affairs forward with all of the initiatives we already have going and in place,” Takemoto said. “I think we have a great team of professionals in our division and they’re all working on a number of initiatives and programs.” One of Takemoto’s major goals is to keep the partnerships going between students, Associated Students Inc. and her division, as she believes the only way to reach success is to continue the “collaborative work” that has kept

By | 2018-10-16T21:21:27-07:00 Oct 16, 2018 | 9:21 pm|Categories: News, Today|Tags: , , , , , , |

President Conoley confirms Carmen Taylor’s separation from campus

President Jane Close Conoley sent out an email 4:40 p.m. Monday confirming Mary Ann Takemoto as the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs. CSULBMary Ann Takemoto is serving as the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs. Prior to this decision, she was the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. “This decision comes in the wake of Vice President Carmen Taylor’s separation from her position with the campus today,” Conoley said in the email. It is unclear at this time as to why Taylor was officially placed on leave; however, her employment status was linked to an investigation of former Associated Students Inc. employee Jamie Williams, according to University Police Detective Christopher Brown at a press briefing, Oct. 5. University officials told the Daily 49er that they were looking into whether the two were connected. This story will be updated. This story was updated on Oct. 9.

Compton resident says former ASI employee was on drugs at time of murders

A former Associated Students Inc. employee, Jamie Williams, who is facing capital murder charges, may have been high on PVP, or “bath salts,” when he was arrested, according to longtime family friend and Compton resident, Brandy Riley Fletcher. According to Fletcher, Williams was seen running out of his stepfather’s house naked Sept. 28 with blood on his face and told Fletcher’s brother to call the police. She added that Williams told her brother, who was standing outside, that he just shot everyone in the house. Williams, 43, was formally charged with two counts of murder with a special circumstances allegation of multiple murders and one count of attempted murder, Tuesday. Facebook Jamie Williams is currently being held after being charged with the murder of his stepfather and stepsister. Fletcher’s mother lives two doors down from Eddie Talley Jr., 65, who was shot and killed alongside his 13-year-old stepdaughter Brittany Malone, and Talley’s wife who is still in critical condition, she said. Fletcher gave her account of what happened that night. Fletcher, who works with campus security at Compton High School said that the 600 block of West Palmer Street, where the shooting occurred, is a tight-knit community. “I’ve

By | 2018-10-06T13:59:32-07:00 Oct 6, 2018 | 1:52 pm|Categories: Crime, Long Beach, News, Showcase|Tags: , , , , , , |

Former LBSU employee visited President’s Suite, UPD and Office of Student Affairs on day he allegedly committed double homicide

This story was updated 5:40 p.m. Oct. 5. See timeline below of Jamie Williams' movements on campus Sept. 28 Hours before former Associated Students Inc. employee Jamie Williams was arrested in connection to a double homicide in Compton Sept 28, he visited several Long Beach State offices including the President’s Suite and the Office of Student Affairs. This was after he showed up late for a morning meeting with Facilities Management and began sharing his frustrations. By 8:30 p.m., Vice President of Student Affairs Carmen Taylor told a University Police Officer that Williams, 43, had been arrested in connection to a double homicide, just hours after he had left campus.    Taylor and the officer were attending an off campus event together when she received the information, according to a timeline presented at a news briefing held by officials from the Office of Public Affairs and University Police, Friday. It was reported to University Police that Williams was “anxious” and visited several offices on campus to air his grievances. According to UDP Detective Christopher Brown, Williams wanted to “tell his story.” Several sources who were on campus that day said that Williams was disclosing information about an intimate relationship with

Former LBSU employee charged with two counts of murder, VP of Student Affairs is placed on paid leave

Former Associated Students Inc. employee Jamie Williams was formally charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder Tuesday. On the same day, Vice President of Student Affairs Carmen Taylor, who made $210,478 in 2017 according to Transparent California, was placed on paid administrative leave, with Mary Ann Takemoto, associate vice president of Health and Wellness in Student Affairs, taking her place. However, university spokeswoman Terri Carbaugh said she could not comment as to why Taylor was placed on leave, as it is a personnel matter.   “At this time, Mr. Williams’ connection to the campus is under review,” Carbaugh said. It remains unconfirmed whether the two university employees knew each other. CSULBCarmen Taylor is currently on paid administrative leave from her position as Vice President of Student Affairs. “We’re looking into it,” Carbaugh said, when asked about the connection between the two. “...[W]e look into allegations such as these with a sense of objectivity, for we don’t want to cast judgement one way or the other.” Williams, who left his position at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center in March 2018, was arrested Friday in connection to a shooting which killed his father and

By | 2018-10-03T16:14:41-07:00 Oct 2, 2018 | 7:19 pm|Categories: Campus, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , , |

Health center services halted for the day at CSULB

Student Health Services closed unexpectedly after a water main was found leaking Thursday. Carmen Taylor, vice president of student affairs, sent an email en masse to all campus members at 1:07 p.m. According to Taylor, the health center is expected to reopen tomorrow. “We greatly apologize for any inconvenience,” Taylor said in the email. “But please know we are working diligently to reopen tomorrow.” Paul Wingco, director of Physical Planning Facilities Management, was alerted of water coming from underground and dispatched a plumbing crew to investigate and after some exploratory digging, confirmed that the pipe did break. “We found out that there was a physical crack in the pipe. The repair was efficient and we had the water back on by 2 p.m.” Wingco said. He also confirmed that the Health Services building will be open again at 8 a.m. on Friday.  Some students expressed their concerns for the early closure of the facility. “It’s flu season, how can I do my best as a student when I can’t perform well because I’m under the weather?” asked Keyshon Taylor, a senior business major.”It’s a serious health issue going on.”   Students are encouraged to take any medical emergencies to a

By | 2018-02-16T09:38:26-07:00 Feb 15, 2018 | 5:07 pm|Categories: Campus, News, Today|Tags: , , , |

CSULB Vice President Carmen Taylor and Dean Forouzan Golshani honored at NAACP awards

Each year, 19 awards are given out to recognize individuals who fight for equality and diversity within their communities. The Long Beach chapter of the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chose two people from Cal State Long Beach for this recognition. Carmen Taylor, Cal State Long Beach Vice President of Student Affairs, and Forouzan Golshani, Dean of the College of Engineering, were honored during the 38th Founders Celebration Dinner Nov. 2 at the Long Beach Hilton. First-time awardees, Taylor and Golshani were presented with the Zelma Lipscomb Award and the Higher Education Award, respectively. Lipscomb was one of the three founders of the NAACP who created a group to address issues that relate to discrimination and disparities in areas such as health, incarceration, immigration, unemployment and education. According to organization president Naomi Rainey-Pierson, awards are given based on individual's service, collaboration, expertise, background and effectiveness in their communities. “To receive an award of a person that was a civil rights pioneer, humanitarian and activist made me feel really nice,” Taylor said. “[This] particular one really spoke to me.” As VP of Student Affairs, Taylor has gone out of her way to help students succeed by giving

By | 2017-11-07T23:45:01-07:00 Nov 7, 2017 | 11:43 pm|Categories: Events, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , |
Load More Posts