Vertical planting systems make debut on campus

Students walking by The Nugget Pub and Grill this semester may have noticed leafy greens and vegetables sprouting from white, towering pillars. This new installment isn't just for looks, the 20 new hydroponic systems will soon provide fresh produce to students and staff at Long Beach State. Produce grown from the hydroponic systems will include lettuce, spinach, cucumbers and peppers— all of which will soon be available at The Chartroom restaurant’s salad bar and possibly the residence halls. The first of the crops will go to The Chartroom salad bar and will not be ready for three to four more weeks, but students and faculty can expect to see the greens and herbs go from tower to table throughout the year. These hydroponic systems on campus currently harbor a variety of “dirty dozen” plants, which are produce particularly bad because they absorb pesticides. Donald Penrod, general manager and chief executive of the nonprofit Forty-Niner Shops, was looking for a way to incorporate local produce into on-campus dining when Lettuce Grow approached him. As a Playa-Vista based startup company, Lettuce Grow specializes in sustainable food growing, and made Pendrod's wish come to fruition with the installment of the systems. These systems

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Feed a Need aids food insecure students at CSULB

Four months ago, homeless graduate student Imani Moses slept in her small sedan off-campus — she is one of the many students who knows what it’s like to go to sleep on an empty stomach. “It is hard,” Moses said. “Food is expensive, not easily accessible and nothing is cheap.” To combat this, Cal State Long Beach residents living on campus can donate one of their meals to go toward a student in need. Feed a Need is an aid program that offers students with meal plans the chance to donate one meal to food insecure students. According to the Student Emergency Intervention and Wellness Program, the group provides several healthy and well-balanced meals for them in Parkside, Hillside and Beachside dining halls. Additionally, the Forty-Niner Shops matches the first 300 meals donated to the effort. “Feed a Need has helped me out a lot,” Moses said. “I am so happy I have the option to wake up in the morning and go eat an omelet.” Moses said she encourages students facing difficult times to not give up hope. “They have to be strong,” Moses said. “There is a lot of light [at the end of] the tunnel, just take

Advertisement and sponsorship fill CSULB

The United States spent around $176 billion dollars on advertisements in 2014, and consumers are estimated to view an average of 247 advertisements daily, according to statistica.com. Budweiser cutouts can be seen in the Nugget Pub and Grill Toyota frequents Week of Welcome each semester and athletic fields on campus are surrounded by billboards. The University Student Union, the Forty-Niner Shops and the Long Beach State Department of Athletics on campus are the three main entities in charge of deciding which companies advertise on campus. Kierstin Stickney, the director of marketing and communications at the Forty-Niner Shops, said when choosing which brands will be sold in the university bookstore, buyers attend tradeshows and decide from there to whom they will permit advertisement and sale space. “Many of the brands we sell in the store are companies that we have had relationships with for a long time and do well with our customer base,” Stickney said. Forty-Niner Shops runs other locations such as the Nugget Pub and Grill, the Beachwalk Café in the University Dining Plaza, Starbucks in the University library and concessions in the Walter Pyramid. Headed by Associated Student Inc., the University Student Union delegates which companies are represented

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