Former LBSU employee charged with two counts of murder, VP of Student Affairs is placed on paid leave

Former Associated Students Inc. employee Jamie Williams was formally charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder Tuesday. On the same day, Vice President of Student Affairs Carmen Taylor, who made $210,478 in 2017 according to Transparent California, was placed on paid administrative leave, with Mary Ann Takemoto, associate vice president of Health and Wellness in Student Affairs, taking her place. However, university spokeswoman Terri Carbaugh said she could not comment as to why Taylor was placed on leave, as it is a personnel matter.   “At this time, Mr. Williams’ connection to the campus is under review,” Carbaugh said. It remains unconfirmed whether the two university employees knew each other. CSULBCarmen Taylor is currently on paid administrative leave from her position as Vice President of Student Affairs. “We’re looking into it,” Carbaugh said, when asked about the connection between the two. “...[W]e look into allegations such as these with a sense of objectivity, for we don’t want to cast judgement one way or the other.” Williams, who left his position at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center in March 2018, was arrested Friday in connection to a shooting which killed his father and

By | 2018-10-03T16:14:41-07:00 Oct 2, 2018 | 7:19 pm|Categories: Campus, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , , |

CSULB’s ‘condition for tuition’ pays off

Josh Arizmendi was stunned to learn Wednesday that his fall semester tuition would be covered, thanks to the annual Owen’s Condition for Tuition hosted by the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. “I feel awesome, I feel like crying,” said Arizmendi, a third year undeclared student. “I just showed up today expecting to have some fun and maybe win one small prize. I can’t believe it.” Hunter Lee | Daily 49er Arizmendi poses with the Owen family after winning a tuition scholarship thanks to the Owen’s Condition for Tuition. Arizmendi was one of 998 students to attend the Student Recreation and Wellness Center over 50 times throughout the 2017-2018 school year 4/25. Hundreds of fitness junkies gathered in front of the student rec center, awash with anticipation and lactic acid, hoping to win the coveted raffle prize that would pay their tuition for next semester. The center awarded several prizes to students who have partaken in Owen’s Condition for Tuition in the 2017-2018 academic year. The challenge encouraged students to “attain new fitness goals and achieve a healthy lifestyle,” and required students to go to the rec center 50 times during the academic year, Associated Students Inc. said in

By | 2018-04-25T20:55:44-07:00 Apr 25, 2018 | 8:55 pm|Categories: Events, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , |

CSULB preps Spring 2018 graduates

Most students have turned procrastination into an art — preparing for the upcoming 2018 commencement ceremony is no exception. Fortunately, Grad Fair has got graduating seniors covered. Seniors at Cal State Long Beach swarmed the University Bookstore on Tuesday at the Graduation Information Fair to purchase caps, gowns and other necessities for walking the commencement stage. The Grad Fair will be held from March 13 to March 15 10 a.m. to 7 p.m each day. To avoid being unprepared, students are advised to come to the fair. “We get a lot of students coming in with tears,” Kierstin Stickney, director of marketing for the 49er Shops spoke about students who purchase their gowns late. “We encourage people to come early so they don’t get the wrong size [gown] and are prepared for graduation.” Stickney advised students to arrive at the bookstore before noon or after 5 p.m. to avoid the crowd. The bookstore will be answering questions for students in need of class rings, diploma frames, graduation announcements, educationally discounted computer hardware and software and senior portraits. “I wasn’t planning on walking, but my parents forced me to do it,” said Nikki Lowe, a senior majoring in sociology. “But now

By | 2018-03-13T22:33:48-07:00 Mar 13, 2018 | 10:33 pm|Categories: Campus, Events, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , |

ASI and Beach Balance introduce new educational health program

While balancing academics, a job and other various stress factors, it can be easy for college students to lose track of their health. Associated Students Inc. and the Student Recreation and Wellness Center hope to change that with their new educational outreach, “Drop into wellness.” The program is put on by Beach Balance, a branch of the Wellness Center that focuses on healthy choices and mental well-being. “Drop into wellness” consists of two 30-minute seminars with activities a month, which aim to educate students on a variety of healthy issues ranging from illnesses and sexual health to eating healthy on a college budget. “Living a healthy and balanced lifestyle is extremely important for quality of life,” said Christopher Huebner, ASI outdoor adventure & wellness coordinator. “College students develop habits that stick with them for the rest of their lives and it’s important for those habits to be healthy ones.” The programs chosen were based off an Education Benchmarking Institute survey given to students in 2016. The survey asked what topics they would like to see hosted by the recreational center and featured options consisting of stress management, pre and post-workout nutrition and mindful eating. Programs such as Beach Balance and

CSULB students gain easy access to condoms on campus

As soon as condom dispensers were installed in Cal State Long Beach’s bathrooms, they needed to be restocked. In a recent study conducted by the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada, it was reported that almost 50 percent of college students were not practicing safe sex. In an attempt to combat this statistic, the “¡Salud a la Vida! | Cheers to Life!” project staff of the CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training dispensed over 100,000 condoms on campus before Sept. 30. The project staff set up seven dispensary locations in restrooms on campus, with five located in the University Student Union and two in the Student Recreation Wellness Center. The initiative started in 2014 after 12 focus groups were conducted by the project staff on campus to assess student needs. Aimed at Latino students aged 18 to 24 but open to everyone, findings from the group revealed that students were not receiving proper access to condoms on campus. “We took it upon ourselves to work together with the Student Health Center, [Associated Student, Inc.] and the governing board to see how we could bring the condom dispensers to campus,” said Erika Bonilla, manager of the

By | 2017-10-31T21:51:52-07:00 Oct 31, 2017 | 9:51 pm|Categories: Campus, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

CSULB weeklong event promotes health and safety to staff and students

As the first half of a busy semester comes to an end, students will be able to find resources and relief at Cal State Long Beach’s annual health and safety week. The events are hosted by Living Well at the Beach, a group focused on physical and mental health on campus. It features a variety of workshops and demonstrations to raise awareness of the various health, wellness and safety services available at the university. The remaining events will be organized throughout campus to showcase student resources such as free flu shots, support groups and health-related workshops. Monday The first event of the week was the information fair, with groups such as counseling and psychological services, student health services and the campus crime prevention group providing information to attendees. Beach Balance, the group that runs the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, also offered free back massages to students and faculty passing by. During the information fair, more than 30 college campus groups came together to display how they incorporate health and fitness throughout their university lives, including the surfing, triathlon and social dance clubs from sports and recreation. In preparation for the fair, Rita Hayes, Director of Club Sports and Recreation

By | 2017-10-16T22:01:48-07:00 Oct 16, 2017 | 10:01 pm|Categories: Events, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

CSULB creates an obstacle course in the SRWC for students to try

The Student Recreation and Wellness Center gave students a chance to experience a workout in a wheelchair on Wednesday by hosting the Wheelchair Obstacle course. The event strapped able-bodied students into one of two sport wheelchairs to race through an obstacle course while competing for the best time. The underlying purpose was to give students without disabilities a chance to experience the difficulties that come with operating a wheelchair, Michael Freeman, the event coordinator, said. “The obstacle course gives students a different perspective,” Freeman said. “It allows students who might feel discouraged a chance to participate.” He said that he believed the SRWC is better at meeting the needs of disabled students than facilities at other CSU campuses. “The [recreation] center is ahead of the curve at meeting all student needs,” Freeman said. Obstacles included navigating through cones, shooting basketballs, moving backwards and spinning around a tether pole on the basketball court. The sport wheelchairs feature angled side wheels that allow the user to make quicker turns and a small wheel under the seats for added balance. Phillip Contreras, who is a senior kinesiology major and an employee at the assistant inclusive recreation coordinator at the SRWC, said he designed

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