CSULB class of 2018 first to experience graduation at intramural fields

Adorned with sashes, decorated caps and black gowns, the graduating class of 2018 walked a long path to the intramural fields last week. For many, receiving their diploma was the last stage in their college career. Departing from the usual ceremony in the central quad, this year’s graduation featured a new alma mater song and was the first commencement to be held in the intramural fields. According to the Long Beach Press Telegram, over 12,000 students received their degrees this spring, a record for the university. The graduates were divided by yellow flags announcing their majors and walked to the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance. President Jane Close Conoley spoke about the importance of change to the 2018 graduating class spurred by a break in tradition from the usual ceremony, which was held in the central quad. Conoley’s speech to the college of health and human services, Thursday, addressed ways to deal with change, stating that the lives of the graduating class will be different after the turn of the tassels. “First... set out the problem, invite ideas and solutions and finally offer a change that is clearly tied to solving a problem people care about,” Conoley said. “These steps

By | 2018-05-28T14:04:28+00:00 May 28, 2018 | 1:58 pm|Categories: Campus, Events, News, Showcase|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Walk it out

At the dawn of every semester, when everything is overwhelming, and the syllabus looks never ending, I take a deep breath and picture one moment: a cap on my head, sash on my shoulders and diploma in my hand. That image reminds me no matter how difficult the next three months may be, it will all be worth it when I get to walk the line for graduation. That payoff is constantly motivating me throughout every semester. Anytime my schedule gets tight or final exams approach, I force myself to picture that moment. However, not everyone is keen for a pomp and circumstance affair. I’ve recently discovered that not everyone relies on that same thought for motivation. I was genuinely surprised when I discovered that some students don’t care to participate in the commencement ceremony. Thanks to one of my best friends, I learned that this is a real option for some students. She was getting closer to her final semester, and nonchalantly mentioned she wouldn’t be walking when her time at Cal State Long Beach was over.   “It isn’t my thing,” she said. But I was sure she would eventually change her mind. Since when did students not

By | 2018-05-21T13:24:12+00:00 May 21, 2018 | 1:24 pm|Categories: Opinions, Today|Tags: , |

A less than convenient fee

Of all the unnecessary charges I’ve incurred during my time at Cal State Long Beach, none have compared to one I paid last semester during the application process for graduation. It was then that my heart sank, as I realized the university imposes a mandatory fee of $45 just to let them know that I will be completing the necessary 120 units of coursework to bring my college career to an end. As if the anxiety of ending an 18-year relationship with academia wasn’t enough to deter students from commencement ceremonies, our hard work is rewarded with more fees that don’t seem to have any real benefit to our educational advancement. Ask any representative from the Enrollment Services office at Brotman Hall and they will all tell you the same thing: the $45 fee is used to “finalize the graduation process and verify requirements.” Students who work diligently for so long to pay for their college degrees should not be rewarded with even more fees to complete it. It’s like making a home-cooked meal and then paying to eat it.    On top of the initial fee to apply for graduation, students then have to worry about commencement regalia, and

By | 2018-05-02T19:18:48+00:00 May 2, 2018 | 7:18 pm|Categories: Opinions|Tags: , , , , , |

President Conoley addresses budget deficit

An $11 million Cal State Long Beach budget deficit may result in an increased availability of online classes, a delay in new renovation projects and a “strategic chilling” of the number of tenure-track hires, according to President Jane Close Conoley. The university is developing ways to mitigate the shortage for the 2018-2019 school year. Conoley sat down with the Daily 49er Thursday, where she explained that the university had learned the severity of the budget shortfall last week from Provost Brian Jersky and Chief Financial Officer Scott Apel. Originally, the university predicted a worst-case budget shortage of $7 to $8 million for the 2018-2019 school year if Gov. Jerry Brown allocated the $92.1 million to the Cal State University system after the May Revision. According to Conoley, the current deficit is a combined result of Brown’s proposed funds to the Cal State system and a lower amount of revenue from tuition costs over the 2017-2018 school year. While no definite plan for handling the debt is in place, Conoley said the university is in the process of finding solutions to bridge the gap. Due to an excess of graduating students during the 2016-2017 school year, the school is missing $5

It’s time to graduate to the real issues

In response to the rising amount of school shootings across the country, high schoolers have begun to speak out in favor of stricter gun laws. Cal State Long Beach, a left-leaning campus on issues like immigration and police brutality, has done rather little to aid high school’s like Parkland in their efforts. Instead the campus body has allocated its efforts to miniscule issues, including graduation ceremonies, that don’t extend past the school’s borders. From the Occupy Wall Street protests at UC Davis to the Kent State police shooting, organized gatherings on school campuses are nothing new. Protests have long been the instrument of change in the United States and their presence grown with the ever-increasing problems that plague the country. Long Beach has seen its own fair share of demonstrations including a protest last fall over assuring the safety of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students. However, recent campus movements have digressed to small-scale issues that don’t necessarily warrant such public gatherings. Less than a month ago, the Cal State Long Beach administration went over students’ heads with changes to the commencement ceremony for the spring 2018 graduating class. In an attempt to conserve money, the administration opted to remove

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