State Superintendent candidate requests student input for a college affordability bill

Tony Thurmond, candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, called on students to come forth with ideas on making post-secondary education more affordable during a town hall meeting at University of California, San Diego Oct. 4. During the meeting, student leaders from various universities addressed the concerns of their student populations, and called for a comprehensive and holistic review of what campuses could do to ease the burdens of college students. Thurmond has been hosting various education town halls across California on his campaign trail. “[Tony’s] entire career, he has worked directly with youth and has really valued their perspective of students and really empowers students to take their education and their civic duty in their own hands.” said Madeline Franklin, campaign manager for Thurmond’s campaign. Thurmond, who will serve on the California State University Board of Trustees if elected, plans to introduce a bill to the State Legislature in January written by college students that focuses on the issues of tuition hikes, homelessness, food insecurity and mental health. Tony Thurmond's FacebookFor his campaign as State Superintendent, Tony Thurmond has been hosting town halls about education at different college campuses. “As a student, it is it really hard

By | 2018-10-28T20:14:06+00:00 Oct 28, 2018 | 8:14 pm|Categories: Long Beach, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , |

Unsolved murder of Humboldt State student inspires university protest

Over a year has passed since 19-year-old student David Josiah Lawson was murdered, and yet no suspects have been identified. Lawson was a criminal justice major at Humboldt State University and was stabbed to death April 15, 2017 in the city of Arcata in Humboldt County according to the North Coast Journal. Since his passing, the Justice for Josiah Lawson Committee has been established to call attention to a lack of action taken in investigating the murder. The committee now asks that all 23 California State Universities take action on this tragedy, and to also shine light on injustices to students of color, by participating in a “Diversity is not Inclusion” rally from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Chancellor’s office in downtown Long Beach. In a press release, the committee also encouraged campuses across the CSU to hold their own rallies at their quads or outdoor areas. This rally was created to address the overall treatment of minority students at CSUs and demand that the universities be held accountable for “failing to protect and support students of color,” according to the press release. Charmaine Lawson, mother of David Josiah, will be present at Wednesday’s Board of Trustees

Student employee union bargains for new, stronger contract

The union that represents 9,000 teaching assistants, graduate assistants and instructional student assistants is bargaining for a stronger contract for better wages, more benefits, job security and protection against harassment for all academic student employees. According to UAW 4123 President Sandip Roy, the union is bargaining to help California State University students and employees who are struggling with poverty and homelessness while they are working and going to school. “Basically for students, it’s about the quality of their education,” Roy said. “The [GAs] and ISAs cannot do their work if they are starving and sleeping in their car. If you’re sleeping in your car one night, how awake are you going to be at 6:30 in the morning when you’re teaching a lab? As for the faculty members, we look up to them and they all went through the same struggle.” Contract negotiations are ongoing, according to Toni Molle, director of public affairs at the California State University Office of the Chancellor. She stated that the union’s current collective bargaining agreement will expire at the end of the month. The specific protections and wage increases they demand are changes to Article 2 of the Bargaining Agreement Unit 11. These include

By | 2018-09-11T01:25:55+00:00 Sep 9, 2018 | 5:56 pm|Categories: Features, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , |

CSULB takes on the Real Food Challenge

In an effort to promote a more sustainable style of food, Cal State Long Beach is currently in the process of achieving a new food policy to increase spending on locally grown, ecologically friendly produce. After California’s struggle to combat record droughts and wildfires in 2014, the California State University Board of Trustees approved the Sustainable Practices Policy, granting more than $100 million to the 23 campuses. Consisting of over seven restaurants and three residential dining halls, the 49er Shops has been in charge of attaining the university’s sustainable food goal. “The outcome is to provide a really diverse offering of food for our students that they can also be assured that they’re sustainable and that we’re supporting the local community,” said Kierstin Stickley, director of marketing and communications. Partnering with the Real Food Challenge, a national student group aimed at providing campuses with humane food, the university plans to meet the food guidelines within the Sustainable Practices Policy. The plan will focus on nine practices aimed at decreasing the use of resources including green building, clean energy, transportation, climate protection, sustainable operations, waste reduction and recycling, environmentally preferable purchasing, sustainable foodservice and sustainable water systems. Through Real Food Challenge,

Students, you down with O.P.P.?

Associated Students, Inc.’s new Senate Resolution 2017-17 tries to put pressure on the California State University Board of Trustees to “freeze initiatives and the tuition increase for three to five years.” ASI Senator-at-large Daniel Gomez introduced the resolution, dubbed Opposing Payment Peaks, on Wednesday. “A portion of the resolution is for the ASI board of directors to urge the CSU BOT to stop the graduate initiative for 2025,” said ASI Senator-at-large Hilda Jurado. “The Board of Trustees should reevaluate the priorities of where they’re spending their money.” One of the initiatives the BOT is pushing is the Graduation Initiative 2025, a plan to “improve six-year completion rates and halve achievement gaps” by establishing “new campus and system targets for 2025.” Gomez cites Proposition 13 as one of the main reasons the university is stuck in the tuition-increase conflict. In the late 1970s, Californians passed the proposition in favor of low property tax rates. As a result, higher education lost funding as the state relied previously on property tax for funding. The resolution began with frustrations with the CSU Board of Trustees. ASI officials spoke with Assemblyperson Anthony Rendon to “put pressure on the CSU BOT to freeze the tuition increase,”