With the new Imagine Beach 2030 initiative commencing in less than a month, university officials are looking at ways to increase sustainable usage on campus, one way being the creation of the Presidential Commission on Sustainability on Sept. 28. The commission’s role will be to help evaluate new technology or approaches that might enhance climate resilience, work with faculty to integrate issues of sustainability into classes, mount public information campaigns and sponsor events that showcase current and future sustainability measures, according to President Jane Close Conoley. Wetlands plant ecology professor Christine Whitcraft said this commission will serve as an opportunity to elevate the profile of sustainability on campus. It will provide leadership for other programs on campus and will not replace the organizations that promote sustainability, such as Environmental Science & Policy club, Sustain U among others. The first interim meeting was on Oct. 24 to figure out the details and logistics of the commission. Before the Sustainability Commission was created, there was the Sustainability Task Force which had its first meeting in April 2011 and its final meeting in March 2017. They were dedicated to helping the university identify and adopt sustainable practices in university and auxiliary operations,
Students will soon be seeing a lot less of Prospector Pete in the 49er Shops Bookstore after President Jane Close Conoley announced that the 51-year-old statue is officially retired, Sept. 20. According to Kierstin Stickney, director of marketing and communications at 49er Shops, the merchandise for the mascot has never been one of the university’s biggest sellers. Stickney said she has not seen any change in sales for Prospector Pete merchandise after the announcement that he was officially ousted. She noted that a sweatshirt with the mascot was on clearance for its poor sales rather than the retirement. “Our intention for the future is to continue to carry a limited amount of Pete merchandise, along with brown and gold items, for our customers looking for nostalgic Long Beach gear,” Stickney said in an email. In Conoley’s email blast, she cited the desire to move away from the California Gold Rush era as a reason for the mascot’s retirement. The statue will be moved to an alumni center, which is still in development. Susie Jones, a fourth year communication studies major and American Indian Cultures minor, facilitated a discussion about the controversy surrounding Prospector Pete in her Social Movements and Protest
Long Beach State President Jane Close Conoley officially announced Oct. 8 that Mary Ann Takemoto has been promoted to Interim Vice President of Student Affairs. The decision came after the university placed Vice President Carmen Taylor on leave on Tuesday, Oct. 2, the same day that former Associated Students Inc. employee Jamie Williams was officially charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. University Police Detective Christopher Brown said an investigation about Williams and Taylor is currently underway. Takemoto could not elaborate on why Taylor was placed on leave because it is a “personnel matter.” However, Takemoto has already hit the ground running in the position with a plan. “My plan is to continue to move our Division of Student Affairs forward with all of the initiatives we already have going and in place,” Takemoto said. “I think we have a great team of professionals in our division and they’re all working on a number of initiatives and programs.” One of Takemoto’s major goals is to keep the partnerships going between students, Associated Students Inc. and her division, as she believes the only way to reach success is to continue the “collaborative work” that has kept
President Jane Close Conoley sent out an email 4:40 p.m. Monday confirming Mary Ann Takemoto as the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs. CSULBMary Ann Takemoto is serving as the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs. Prior to this decision, she was the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. “This decision comes in the wake of Vice President Carmen Taylor’s separation from her position with the campus today,” Conoley said in the email. It is unclear at this time as to why Taylor was officially placed on leave; however, her employment status was linked to an investigation of former Associated Students Inc. employee Jamie Williams, according to University Police Detective Christopher Brown at a press briefing, Oct. 5. University officials told the Daily 49er that they were looking into whether the two were connected. This story will be updated. This story was updated on Oct. 9.
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
The Academic Senate gathered Thursday for the first time in over a month to hear President Jane Close Conoley announce her new initiative “Beach 2030: Building our future on changing tides,” which is set to begin fall of 2018. The initiative aims to gather community input to plan for the future of the campus. The university plans to do this through conducting a series of workshops and by using an online platform called Foresight Engine for community residents. The end result is to create a framework focusing on mental health and poverty challenges for students, ways to combat dwindling funding in the Cal State University system, and work on increasing affordable housing options for Long Beach. According to the Beach 2030 FAQ, “unrelenting advances in technologies — from machine learning to virtual and augmented reality and even bio-programming — require us to rethink not only what skills everyone will need...but also how they can best acquire them.” During the announcement, Conoley stressed the importance of involving the Long Beach community in order for the program to be successful. “It will be a very broad, inclusive process — faculty, staff, students, alums [and] other stakeholders, Conoley said. “My top goal is
Students logging onto Beachboard may have noticed a small change in the website’s interface last week. Academic technology services replaced the “LB” with “CSULB” logo in the top left corner of the website March 5, bolding the last two letters of the acronym, CSULB. The Long Beach State modified old-English “LB” that was replaced has typically represented the athletics department, while the other personifies the university’s academia. While this is a subtle change, it remains as the newest chapter in the conversation about Cal State Long Beach’s dual identity — and the perceived tendency to seesaw between the two. Andy Hoang, associate vice president of marketing and communications, told the Daily 49er through email that he wasn’t aware of the logo change at the time of the switch. The university’s recent rehash of branding and name discrepancies stemmed from a special order discussed in Sept. 7 of last year at an academic senate meeting that allowed for the interchangeability of CSULB and LBSU, though the latter is primarily used for marketing campaigns. The LBSU logo, though its usage aligns primarily with athletics, works better with the university’s #NoBarriers campaign, according to President Jane Close Conoley. Nevertheless, CSULB is still used
While the average student may be bombarded with issues of crowded parking and rising tuition on a daily basis, there seems to be a silver lining in attending school at the Beach. Cal State Long Beach was ranked 70th nationally on Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges Feb. 21. The university’s place among the top 100 public colleges was based on objective measurements of academic quality and affordability. “We are always proud to be included in Kiplinger’s rankings,” President Jane Close Conoley said in a press release. “This listing further underscores the fact that our graduates receive a world-class education, and that they do so without shouldering many of the financial burdens that other college students face today. I am pleased that the results of focusing on opportunity and access are recognized.” A notable feature that helped the university place on the list is a low average student debt after graduation. According to Kiplinger’s list, the university’s best value is its average debt after college, $15,165, a number lower than most of the ranked public college. Overall, the university ranked among other public schools, private schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges. “Our rankings, which weigh affordability alongside academic