President Jane Close Conoley said in an interview with the Daily 49er Wednesday, the spring 2019 commencement ceremony would be moved yet again.
Each semester, The Daily 49er tries to fit into President Jane Close Conoley’s busy schedule to catch up with her
A new report found that Long Beach State University has a $1.53 billion impact on local economies. Beacon Economics, an independent research and consulting firm, conducted the study as a way to measure the economic and fiscal impacts of LBSU on the greater Long Beach community. “California State University, Long Beach is a sizeable institution with a significant impact on the local economy,” the report stated. “This analysis quantifies the university’s impact in terms of increased economic output, employment, employee compensation and tax revenue. Together, the economic, fiscal and social impacts illustrate just how important CSU Long Beach is to the city and counties surrounding it.” The analysis concluded that LBSU had a $1.14 billion impact on Los Angeles County, supported 10,600 jobs and contributed $546 million in tax revenues. Additionally, 76 percent of employers hired interns from LBSU and 245 Long Beach establishments are owned by LBSU alumni. Campus president Jane Close Conoley praised the report and its findings in a press release. “Students who graduate from Long Beach State, their median income a few years after graduation is nearly $100,000. So, think of that in terms of contributions to the economy,” Conoley said. “I am really proud to
The City Council discussed a new initiative to tackle homelessness and housing in Long Beach. During the motion, Kelly Colopy, the Long Beach Director of Health and Human Services, presented the Everyone Home Long Beach Task Force. According to the staff report, EHLB was designed to build on the city’s homeless services, affordable housing efforts, new pathways into housing and to prevent residents from falling into homelessness. According to Colopy, at least 4,000 people become homeless in Long Beach each year. “This is the biggest issue and challenge that faces us as a city,” Mayor Robert Garcia said. “There is no bigger issue than the issue of homelessness and is not an issue [that is just] affecting us but is affecting every major city in the state of California.” Colopy laid out seven goals the task force wants to accomplish, including increasing housing access, reducing homelessness, employing more people, strengthening governance and increased funding. Other goals include allocating $25 million in ongoing funding for prevention and services for homelessness and $220 million in capital funding. The chair of EHLB, Long Beach State President Jane Close Conoley, shared her thoughts on the work that can be done with this initiative, but
President Jane Close Conoley sent out an email to the campus announcing the official “retirement” of the 51-year-old Prospector Pete mascot Thursday afternoon. “Inclusive excellence is a core value of the Long Beach State University community,” Conoley said in a statement. “Our work in this arena is never done. We want to ensure that we hear from as many people as possible who have a stake not only in the issue at hand, but also in the life and history of our campus.” The statue will be moved from the front of Liberal Arts 5 to an alumni center, which is still in development, as previously reported by the Daily 49er. An Associated Students Inc. March resolution helped initiate the move to retire Prospector Pete and argued prospectors' role in the colonization of Indigenous American communities as a reason for the move. Long Beach State was established in 1949, more than 100 years after the California gold rush. The university was constructed on top of Puvungna village, a burial site of the Los Angeles-based Indigenous Tongva Tribe. The statue, formally called the Forty-Niner Prospector, was built by Ben Baker in March 1967, and has since received criticism from American Indigenous
Only 18 percent of American college students voted in the 2014 midterm election, according to statistics compiled by Institute for Democracy & Higher Education. To bolster voter turnout, California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla partnered with Long Beach State and other campuses Friday to prioritize voter education and registration on campuses through a competition. All Cal State Universities, Universities of California, state community colleges and private institutions in the state were invited to join the cause, known as the “Ballot Bowl.” The competition will be divided into three categories: the largest number of students registered, the largest percentage of its student body registered and the most creative approach to registering students. The contest will formally begin on Aug. 20 and end Oct. 20. The winners will be announced Oct. 30, shortly before the California general election day on Nov. 6. The election will determine the holders of multiple statewide and county-specific offices, such as state governor and state Senate and Assembly representatives. Numerous ballot initiatives will also be voted on. The prizes, which were not disclosed, are tentatively scheduled to be given out on Nov. 14. “The goals for the challenge are to increase student voter registration and to create
The Daily 49er sat down with President Jane Close Conoley Wednesday, Sept. 5 to ask her about her ambitions for the new semester and her hopes for the future of the campus. Conoley touched on new housing developments, parking, more classes, the fate of Prospector Pete and the new Beach 2030 — an initiative that looks to community input to improve Long Beach State. Beach 2030 Initiative What's been on my mind is the launch of Beach 2030 — our big vision and strategic planning process. We're putting a lot of time into that, hoping to involve a lot of people. I feel the big challenge is to make sure that it's meaningful, and we won't know that for while. We have various milestones; you have to get engagement and want to get people talking. I want to make sure we do it in a way that at the end of the process – two years from now – people say "not only are we moving in positive some directions but my voice was heard.” So, that's really on my mind because it would be a very terrible waste of time and money and people's brain power if we ended