Chemical reaction causes explosion in CSULB engineering lab

    Two engineering buildings were evacuated at Cal State Long Beach Tuesday after a chemical explosion sparked a fire, injuring a professor. The Long Beach Fire Department was dispatched at approximately 1:23 p.m. in response to the fire, which started in the Engineering and Computer Sciences Building in room 114. According to Reza Toosi, professor of mechanical engineering, the cause of the fire involved a chemical reaction to lithium. He was teaching in the classroom directly above the lab when the explosion occurred. “We thought it was an explosion, a bomb or something,” Toosi said. “Immediately we saw some kind of vapor coming from the air conditioner shaft. My students started coughing. Some said they felt like vomiting, so we left the building. An alarm went off soon after the fire started, prompting students to evacuate the building. Ted Yu, assistant professor of chemical engineering, was carried out of the building on a gurney after sustaining injuries from the incident. Nicolas Amyx, a senior chemical engineering major, said Yu appeared to have gotten chemicals on his face. “It was almost like the movies when there is an explosion, but there was white powder instead of the black powder [on

By | 2018-04-10T13:24:50-07:00 Feb 27, 2018 | 5:07 pm|Categories: Campus, Long Beach, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , , |

Santa Ana winds rip through Cal State Long Beach

Hopes of a wet and cloudy December were crushed Tuesday as a dry wind whipped through campus, picking up dust and knocking down anything in its path.. At 2:26 a.m. Tuesday morning, a wind advisory notified residents in Los Angeles County of high Santa Ana winds that aren’t expected to die down until Thursday. The National Weather Service warned freeway commuters to be aware of gusty crosswinds, power outages, falling trees and power lines. Due to turbulent weather, professor of international studies Yousef Baker said he had trouble setting up bulletin boards outside Liberal Arts 4 for his students to present their research papers. According to Baker, the class posters were left flying around. “We had to up our push pin game, so we have a lot more push pins,” Baker said. Junior child development major Alexandria Rafferty said that the weather was confusing. “I wore my Uggs, sweater, and thought ‘OK. I’m going to be nice and cozy,’ but it’s hot,” Rafferty said. Besides his papers that flew around in the wind, junior environmental science and policy major Jason Martinez said he is enjoying the weather. “I like this sudden change in temperature,” Martinez said. “From hot a few

By | 2017-12-05T22:28:11-07:00 Dec 5, 2017 | 10:24 pm|Categories: Campus, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , , |

Campus vandalism continues while multiple violations ensue across campus

Criminal threats - At 2:30 p.m., a call for University Police Department was made by an employee at University Bookstore on Nov. 1 after an irate customer called into the store and began relentlessly yelling at an employee. The customer said they were not pleased by the service they received. Officers met with the shop worker and settled the issue, declaring no crime had occurred. Hit and run - A report was taken by officers at 12:45 p.m. on Nov. 2 in regard to a hit and run misdemeanor. The call involved a report of vehicle damage to a 2017 Dodge Charger. The car was parked in Parking Structure 3 when it was hit. There were no witnesses to this crime and a report was taken by UPD. Vandalism - UPD responded to a call at 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 3 at the Health and Human Services 2 building. A window on the west side facing Deukmejian Way was reported destroyed and the area boarded up. It is reported that the cause of the damage remains unknown and there were no witnesses to this incident. Fire - Dispatch received a call at 12:15 a.m. on Nov. 4 regarding a field

By | 2017-11-12T22:22:23-07:00 Nov 12, 2017 | 10:22 pm|Categories: Crime, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Cancellation of NWC lands CSULB as a ‘worst college for free speech’

On a campus that sees peaceful student protests spark overnight, has vocal student associations and multiple student press organizations, it seems unlikely that Cal State Long Beach would have a problem with free speech – but according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, we do. FIRE announced its 2017 list of “America’s 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech” last week, with CSULB ranked among the likes of Harvard University and the University of Oregon. The biggest complaint was the cancellation of the satirical play “N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK” last fall. According to its mission statement, FIRE works “to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities,” with those rights including freedom of speech. Director Emeritus of the Center for 1st Amendment Studies at CSULB Craig Smith says he’s familiar with the organization. “I think that they have bit of a misunderstanding about the difference between the freedom of expression, which is guaranteed in public places, and academic freedom, which is guaranteed in the classroom,” Smith said. He also said that he thinks CSULB doesn’t deserve a spot on the list because of the NWC incident. “I think it’s unwarranted … it’s much more complicated than people were