After a student referendum and over 10,000 votes from the campus and Long Beach community, the 49ers and Prospector Pete have officially been replaced.
The final round of votes in early May will determine the university’s new identity.
For a special 10th edition in the news roundup, this podcast delves into all things related to the Long Beach State mascot, or lack thereof. Beach Weekly host James Chow interviews reporters Perry Continente, Rachel Barnes and Paula Kiley, who helped cover and contribute to the new mascot conversation. While Continente and Kiley go over their own stories, Barnes discusses an opinion piece written by reporter Josh Sepetjian about the consequent changes for the campus moving away from the 49er brand. 0:42: ASI resolution brings new mascot discussion to the student body 3:30: Opinion piece on mascot discussion impacting 49er promotional material 6:45: The creators behind the "Giraffe 4 Mascot" campaign https://soundcloud.com/daily49er/beach-weekly-episode-10 Music used: Bensound - Funky Suspense
The on-campus Shark Lab has been recognized worldwide for its research on "the physiological and behavioral ecology of marine animals." Directed by Christopher Lowe, professor of marine biology, the lab depends on the contributions of student researchers such as research technician Arthur Barraza and biology graduate students Echelle Burns and Jack May.
A bill intended to create a White Shark Population Monitoring and Beach Safety Program in California passed the state assembly floor Thursday. Formally called Assembly Bill 2191, the program would grant funding to organizations involved in research on white sharks and the promotion of public safety in the state's beaches. The bill states that the types of organizations it would fund consist of public agencies, nonprofit corporations and academic institutions. “AB 2191 is about getting educated and staying safe in our local waters,” Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell said in a press release. “I believe it is important that we understand why we are seeing more sharks along our coast so that we can be prepared and safe at the beach.” The bill will now enter the legislative process of the state senate floor. The deadline for the senate is Aug. 31. If passed, the bill will reach the governor’s desk to be signed, not signed or vetoed by Sept. 30. According to Chris Lowe, professor and director of the Cal State Long Beach shark lab, Southern California has seen an increase of great white shark sightings over the past two decades. Currently, his lab needs for funding for resources to keep
Professor and shark guru Chris Lowe was on the edge of his seat Tuesday when the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee unanimously approved his shark funding bill. Assembly Bill 2191 would allocate funding to the development of a White Shark Population Monitoring and Beach Safety Program. The bill would also award grants to schools, public agencies and nonprofits to further research regarding white sharks. Lowe explained to the committee that Southern California has seen an increase in the number of great white sharks over the past 10 to 15 years. He credited that to the environmental protections that were put into place a few decades ago, but said the lab lacks the tools to monitor them. AB 2191 was written by Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell and cleared its first committee in a 15-0 vote. The bill is now headed for the Appropriations Committee. Cal State Long Beach’s Shark Lab Director, Lowe, was called by O’Donnell to give his “scientific rationale” for the $4 million funding proposal, which will cover five years of great white shark research. “We’re one step closer to getting funding, which is exciting,” Lowe said. “They agreed unanimously to move it forward, so hopefully that’s an
Members of the Cal State Long Beach Shark Lab are eager to test the waters in the newest addition to their collection of aquatic vessels. The Shark Lab, headed by Director of the CSULB Shark Lab Chris Lowe, recently received donations from two local shark enthusiasts which were used to purchase a new surveying vessel. The vessel was dubbed “Mustelus,” the genus name for the grey smooth-hound shark. “We like to name our boats after species that we’re interested in studying,” Lowe said. “This boat is mainly going to be studying baby white sharks and that the genus of that name was already taken, so we had to come up with a new name.” One of the donations was used to purchase a Yamaha outboard motor, while the other covered the cost of the boat, a Boston Whaler. “Mustelus” is the fourth boat that has been offered as a donation to the Shark Lab, with its predecessors being sold once they no longer meet the needs of the lab. The Boston Whaler, due to being designed completely out of foam, is unsinkable and cost efficient. However, it is not very fast. “Most universities don’t have these kinds of resources,”
For beachgoers concerned about predators in the deep blue sea, new buoys and ocean floor censors will be placed at Corona del Mar State Beach and Newport Harbor to alert lifeguards when a great white shark is nearby. According to Chris Lowe, director of Cal State Long Beach’s Shark Lab, the reason they lurk closer to the coastline is because of shallow, warm waters with plenty of prey to feed upon. “We think our beach habitats are a nursery for these young white sharks, so one possibility why the babies come is because it’s safe,” Lowe said. “The juveniles feed on stingrays and [the beach has] become a place where there is a lot of easy to capture [stingrays] for them.” According to USA Today, at least 11 juvenile great white shark sightings had been reporting along the Long Beach peninsula by July. Long Beach lifeguards also posted 24-hour advisory notifications along the beach several times this past summer. During a news conference on Friday, Newport Beach Mayor Kevin Muldoon and U.S. Costa Mesa Representative Dana Rohrabacher called the sharks an “expanding threat,” and discussed installing a Shark Mitigation System that was created and tested in Australia called clever buoys