Influenza claims two lives in Long Beach

There have been two influenza related deaths in the 2018-19 flu season, according a press release from the city of Long Beach Monday. The individuals both had underlying health conditions, but the City’s Health and Human Services Department continues to urge the public to get vaccinated. While the flu vaccine is developed to cover a wide range of mutations, it is possible to still get the flu even after being vaccinated. According to the CDC website, “Flu vaccination has been shown in several studies to reduce severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick.” “These deaths are a tragic reminder that flu can cause serious illness,” Long Beach City Health Officer Anissa Davis said in a press release. “It’s not too late in the season to get the flu shot. Getting vaccinated is the safest and most effective way to prevent flu.” The rise of the "anti-vax" movement has led to an increased prominence of measles in the U.S. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 372 reported cases of measles in 2018 and during the first two months of 2019, there have been over 100 reported cases. “We have vaccines that

By | 2019-04-08T11:57:23-07:00 Feb 17, 2019 | 9:19 pm|Categories: Campus, Long Beach, News, Today|Tags: , , , |

ASI senators discuss Beach Pantry partnerships, child safety and a new escalator

Whether students worry about feeding family members at home, maintaining the safety of their children on campus or something as simple as retaining their ability to use an escalator, all topics were fair game at Wednesday’s meeting of the Associated Students Inc. Senate. Students who hate stairs are in for a treat this coming September The 20-year-old escalator in the University Student Union, with a downward stairway that has been out of order since the first day of school, is set for a multi-part replacement and upgrade in late September. Last year’s ASI set aside roughly half a million dollars to replace all of the steps, chains and pulleys within the escalator, according to ASI Executive Director, Richard Haller. After its last breakdown, it was decided that the escalator posed a safety hazard, which is why only the up escalator is working. “We decided to shut down the down escalator,” Haller said. “We communicated that to the university and to Disabled Student Services.” Graduate enrollment falls short This year, local graduate student enrollment dropped for the first time in 10 to 15 years across many disciplines, according to Associate Vice President of Student Life and Development, Jeff Klaus. “It was

By | 2018-09-05T23:36:32-07:00 Sep 5, 2018 | 11:36 pm|Categories: ASI, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Current strain of influenza is sweeping the nation

Empty desks and a symphony of sniffles throughout classrooms at Cal State Long Beach have signaled the severity of this year’s influenza epidemic.   Students may want to think twice before sharing eating utensils or skipping out on washing their hands as this year’s flu season has already claimed the lives of 63 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   Numbers this high have not been recorded since the outbreak of swine flu back in 2010, but soon it looks to be top competitor for the worst flu season in a century.   This illness isn’t just striking adolescents and senior citizens; it’s largely affecting college students as well. “It started with a little cough and then the next day I had no voice,” said Sophia Lepore, Journalism major at CSULB. “[It felt like] my throat was on fire and I couldn’t hold anything down food-wise. My body felt like it got hit by a train and then the 104 degree temperature made me realize it was the flu.” According to the Centers for Disease Control’s FAQ section, seasonal flu activity, while unpredictable, the virus usually runs from October through May. This dominant strain of influenza,

By | 2018-02-20T22:15:35-07:00 Feb 20, 2018 | 8:42 pm|Categories: News, Today|Tags: , , , , , , |

Career Development Center’s job fair returns

This week, Cal State Long Beach students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of career options — and maybe even get a job. CSULB’s Job and Internship Fair will be making its return this week for two days in the University Student Union ballrooms. Sponsored by the Career Development Center, the fall fair will include around 120 employers looking to offer students full-time and part-time jobs, as well as internship opportunities. Beginning on Wednesday, students can expect to see about 75 businesses the first day and 55 on Thursday. “This is the first time in many years that we have had the event as a two-day affair,” said Peggy Murphy Hayden, a program coordinator for the employer engagement team at the development center. The Boeing Company, New York Life, Epson America, Inc., Child Development Centers Inc. and Terranea Resort will be among the companies offering jobs to students at the event. At the event, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in short interviews with potential supervisors. Students will be expected to wear business casual clothing and bring multiple copies of resumes and any portfolio material that may relate to the desired job location. “Employers pay attention to

Taking another look at our country’s work culture

Eight-hour work days were implemented to create a balance between work and enjoying life; now, employees are forced to face the consequences. After graduating from college, many students will end up back at another desk, racking up 40 hours on a weekly time card that will become one of the major indicators of their diminishing health. Visibly, people can see the physical health concerns that this creates, such as obesity and lethargy. Sitting through these long periods of time increases these risks and other physical detriments that are growing throughout the nation. There’s little to no attention to this facet of our work culture. Instead, business owners are more concerned with having their employees available for the majority of the week. They believe that the more hours that are clocked in, the more revenue they will rake in. It’s important to understand the flaws behind this mindset. We’ve accepted a culture that is more focused on the output that employees can create than aiding employees’ productivity. The results are damaging. The amount of people getting heart disease and obesity is skyrocketing — and the long workweek is to blame. One might suggest that the obvious solution would be to implement

By | 2017-09-19T19:23:12-07:00 Sep 19, 2017 | 7:15 pm|Categories: Opinions|Tags: , , , |

Student Health Services promotes National Condom Day

Love it, hate it or love it too much, Valentine’s Day is coming and with it, the sex drive of many students will be in overdrive. Vanessa Flores, a 23-year-old liberal studies major, sold condom-roses this week at a small booth by the Liberal Arts buildings on upper campus. The condoms sell for $2 for five roses, and each flower is composed of a bundle of condoms that are arranged in colorful rose shapes. Flores said that making people feel comfortable about safe sex might make them more likely to use condoms. “Some people still feel like this is taboo,” Flores said. “We are here to have people feel more comfortable.” In anticipation of the day of love, California State University, Long Beach celebrated National Condom Day on Thursday to promote responsible sexual behavior and STI awareness. Christina Goldpaint, a health educator working for the SHS, said that the department’s goal for National Condom Day is to pass out condoms and teach students about “effective sexual health.” “The most common STIs on campus are HPV, herpes and chlamydia,” Goldpaint said. Goldpaint said that SHS is handing out as many as 400 condoms to students for free on Thursday in an

By | 2015-02-12T14:34:56-07:00 Feb 11, 2015 | 11:17 pm|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

La Bestia carries immigrant refugees, not criminals, to the United States

People flee from countries where their lives are in mortal peril and where they and their families are starving; in the U.S., people have pounds to spare. Half a million Central Americans cross Mexico aboard “La Bestia,” or The Beast, a network of cargo freight trains en route to the United States every year, according to the Migration Policy Institute in a September 2014 report. There are no passenger trains heading north, and it costs the equivalent of $10,000 to pay a smuggler and risk taking a bus. Yet the Mexican and American governments urge the train companies to speed up their cars, making it more dangerous for people to get on. “Migrants travel on top of the train with nothing to hold on to,” the MPI report said. “Accidents caused by train derailments and falls because of changes in speed, or migrants falling asleep are common and have resulted in countless injuries, amputations, and sometimes death.” Additionally, more checkpoints have been established in areas popular among immigrants as jump on points. Border control has been raiding nearby hotels and makeshift refugee camps that often provide the temporarily homeless migrants with food, shelter and medical care. On top of that,

By | 2015-02-11T15:59:43-07:00 Feb 10, 2015 | 6:07 pm|Categories: Opinions|Tags: , , , , , , |