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Vol. LXXI, Issue 11

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The Daily Forty-Niner followed Arcelia Rosas, of UPD, to report the day of an officer at Long Beach State.

UPD and me Long Beach State’s University Police Department is responsible for patrolling the campus and it covers areas within a one mile radius from the school. By Ramon Alvarado Staff Writer


t was about 10:30 a.m. when officer Arcelia Rosas walked into the waiting room of the Long Beach State University Police Department and greeted me with a smile and handshake ahead of our ride along. “It’s really cool that you’re doing this,” Rosas said. “Most of the time there’s a ridealong, it’s with applicants. I don’t think a whole lot of students know [the UPD] exists.” I followed her through a hall that has doors to the police captains’ offices, a dispatcher room, a break room, a holding cell and an armory. Almost every door is labeled with a word that UPD officers strive to live by. Among the words are “Integrity” and “Strength,” but the last door, leading to the back of the UPD where the patrol cars are located, has a label that reads “Honor.” Rosas has been an officer for 12 years and has been at CSULB for the last three years, and she said she strives to always serve with honor. “It’s a lot different from working in cities,” Rosas said. “Sure, we’re not chasing robbers or dealing with big-time criminals, but we have our scares. Like the threat made on campus a few weeks back.” After removing some equipment from the passenger seat into the back of the patrol car, Rosas threw on her black sunglasses and we started our ride along.

We exited the back gates of the UPD headquarters and began to loop around campus. “We won’t be getting many calls until the next classes end,” Rosas said as we passed the Go Beach sign. “That’s when things start to get busy and we usually have to help with traffic control.”

“I wouldn’t want to do anything else. I always say, if I were to win the lottery, I wouldn’t even think about quitting my job.” – Arcelia Rosas UPD Officer

Rosas might’ve spoken too soon. Less than 10 minutes later, she’s called back into the UPD office to take a report for a theft incident. When we arrived back at the office, Rosas headed into a room marked “Integrity” to grab a field interview flashcard. She proceeded to meet with a student who reported their laptop stolen. “I’m hoping this was just a misunderstanding and they return [the

laptop],” the victim said to Rosas. “I’m just a college student, you know, I can’t just go and get a new one.” After hearing the student’s story, Rosas kept a calm demeanor and apologized for what happened to him. She said she knows what it’s like to be a college student. Rosas worked two jobs while attending California State University, Northridge in the early 2000s. She earned her bachelor’s in sociology and minored in criminal justice. After taking the report on the stolen laptop, Rosas and I got back into the patrol car and continued our ride through CSULB. We headed north on Warren Drive until we reached Atherton Street. Rosas was ready to take a stroll through CSULB’s offcampus properties. The first site we visited was Beachside College Dormitory, one of the off-campus housing sites for CSULB students. All seemed fine, so we continued on to Blair Field, home of the Long Beach State Dirtbags. UPD officers patrol a one-mile radius around the CSULB campus, so they’re responsible for more than just CSULB students. Rosas has a “Vehicle Registration/Stolen Check” tab open on her patrol car monitor while she patrols the Long Beach streets. All she has to do is enter a car’s license plate number, and the car’s registration information will come up in an instant. “If I see a car with tags that have been expired for about three or more months, I’ll pull them over,” Rosas said. “I don’t stop

vehicles often, though. The campus is my main priority.” We were heading down E. Stearns Street when a white Volkswagen made an illegal U-turn right in front of us. Rosas made her way to the nearest left-turn lane, made a proper U-turn, and pulled over the Volkswagen driver. “I could have given him a ticket,” Rosas said. “I let him go with a warning. I try not to give tickets unless it’s something really serious.” Rosas’ words speak to her laidback, friendly attitude. She made stops to greet parking patrol officers, CSULB maintenance workers and even helped a man find his way around the Walter Pyramid during our ride along. Rosas always dreamed of being a police officer when she was growing up, and her love for her job is clear. “I wouldn’t want to do anything else,” Rosas said. “I always say, if I were to win the lottery, I wouldn’t even think about quitting my job.” Call traffic was rather slow for Rosas during our ride along. She said the officers don’t get many busy days after the first months of a semester, but they’re on campus 24/7, including holidays, if students ever need them. “Be a good witness. Help us help you,” Rosas said. “If you see something suspicious or out of place, give us a call. It’s not about getting someone in trouble, it’s about keeping the campus safe, and that’s ultimately our goal...keeping our campus safe.”



Behind the scenes: Learning in 3D The Gerald M. Kline Innovation Space is a place where students can create a variety of projects.

By Reina Suio and Delaney Tran Staff Writer


any students pick up a Starbucks drink from the library, some people go straight to the fifth- floor, Armand Kizirian, however, chooses to pick up a 3D-printed shoe.

Located on the basement floor of the library is the Gerald M. Kline Innovation Space, a hidden-gem where students can create anything from a hoverboard to a paperclip. The Gerald M. Kline Innovation Space has been used by close to 1,000 students since its opening last year. The I-Space, as it is also called, offers equipment including 3D printers, digital scanners and laser cutters. Professors use the space for teaching material for their classes. “It’s a teaching tool for instructors; they learn at the same time as students do,” said Christiane Beyer, the technical director of Innovation Space and an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. For instance, in Beyer’s Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering course, her students use the equipment to create an innovative product that can be marketable to consumers. Her students collaborate with students from majors including computer science, industrial science and electrical science. Beyer, along with Roman Kochan, the dean of library services, worked together to help make the space possible and they continue to help choose new equipment. Improvements to the rooms and equipment will take place over the next three years and will cost $1.6 million, with donations provided by Gerald M. Kline and the Student Excellence Fee from Associated Students Inc. “Students come in and say, ‘This year, can I do this, can I develop this?’ It’s really feeding to their benefit,” Beyer said. One of the majors that use I-Space is industrial design. Students are able to render objects on their screens before printing out prototypes, objects or devices. Wesley Woelfel, an associate professor of the industrial design program, teaches DESN 150 Design Drafting and his class recently toured the I-Space. The students in his course are mainly freshmen and sophomores, so the class gives them an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the equipment and programs.

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3D print machines at the I-Space Lab, located in the basement of the University Library, allow students to print out their 3D creations.

“For us, it’s a big deal to make stuff and then evaluate once you make it,” Woelfel said, “and then empower the students, provide them with an agency to create their own ideas, to feel like they can do what they need to do.” Students are required to create three to four projects during the semester, including a bookmark or paperclip, bag clip, phone stand and bike mount. To create these projects, they go through a process of sketching out the ideas then 3D rendering, modeling and printing the object or prototype. Armand Kizirian, a third-year industrial design major, used the I-Space for many of his classes. His favorites include making a hovercraft and a prototype of a shoe. Design students receive briefs that challenge them to create products that would fit its description. They then go through a design process by researching who the product should be marketed towards, how it will function and then how it will look aesthetics-wise. While 3D printing is an innovative way to create products and prototypes, Kizirian feels it can also be a limitation to the traditional way of creating art. “Printing is great and all, but it completely disconnects what is something you would mill with general woodshop

equipment, you just push a button,” Kizirian said. “It’s a lot more digital and streamlined, but detracts from the creative process.” Although the design department has its own lab, the I-Space is an environment where students can ask questions to the available technicians to help with their creative process. Students can use these services for a discount after paying a $5 fee. The I-Space is in the middle of transitioning to phase two, which will nearly double the 2,185-square-feet space to 4,085-square-feet, according to Kochan. Phase two will feature new equipment from Igloo, a virtual and augmented reality company. CSULB will be the first in California to have this specific equipment and second in the United States after Michigan State University. Currently, the equipment is being set up and is expected to be available in spring 2020. “It’s hard to ask for more from [the I-Space] since all the equipment in that room cost over a million dollars,” Kizirian said. “You get amazing resolution and lots of materials to print from. It’s pretty dreamy.”



Gov. Newsom hits the snooze button The signing of Senate Bill 328 will require middle and high schools to start later in the morning. By Ammi Ruiz Staff Writer


new law will require middle schools to begin classes no earlier than 8 a.m. and high school classes no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Supporters of Senate Bill 328, which Gov. Gavin Newsom signed earlier this month, say it will benefit students’ health, but not everyone is buying into the hype. The law will go into effect the 2022-23 academic year. Eliza Karpel, a fourth-year fashion merchandising major at Long Beach State, said she remembers having to wake up at 5 a.m. for her “zero period” marching band class in high school. The class was required to be on the field, ready to go by 6:45 a.m. Karpel said she wishes the new law would apply to these types of courses as well, since electives are often needed for college applications. “It only makes sense that schools should encourage these activities and allow reasonable time for them without making students come to school as early as 6 a.m.,” Karpel said. “It won’t be doing [students] any favors if they have to deal with sleep-deprivation in order to participate.” The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends eight to 10 hours of sleep for

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According to the bill, studies show that teenagers perform better academically by waking up later. adolescents aged 13 to 18, but several factors such as puberty, poor sleep habits and academic demands have contributed to sleep-deprivation. Several public health organizations agree that lack of sleep among teenagers is an important public health issue. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association and the U.S. Centers

for Disease and Control Prevention all recommend that middle and high schools begin at 8:30 a.m. or later, in order to better align with the circadian rhythms of adolescents, which keep them up later at night. Critics of SB 328 say that the law doesn’t take into account the needs of individual school districts in California.

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California residents could be fined for not having health care starting in 2020 because of a new state mandate.

Troy Flint, senior director of communications for the California School Boards Association, said his organization doesn’t oppose later start times, but they do object the one-size-fits-all approach of a statewide mandate. “While late school start times may make sense for some districts, other districts…may not be in a position to successfully

By Dawn Perkins Staff Writer Some Long Beach State students could be at risk of being refused medical attention due to California’s new health care mandate that will take effect in Jan. 2020. The goal of the mandate is to reduce the number of uninsured families in the state. Students can be fined $695 if they don’t have health insurance. Students who are under their parents’ health insurance policy can remain covered until they turn 26. “I have health insurance because my family pays for it,” said Jamie Conlon, a criminal justice major at CSULB. “I’ve always had Kaiser Permanente.” Students like Marlena Lausch, a psychology major, have Medi-Cal and may experience some healthcare centers denying treatment or possibly charging extra fees for treatment. Lausch said she last went for a doctors’ visit in the summer and was refused to be seen at multiple medical clinics. Bilal Siraj, a health care administration major, said he has been aware of the mandatory health insurance coverage coming up next year. “The last time I saw a doctor was a year ago,” Siraj said. “I was refused treatment once because my insurance didn’t cover the fees and I had to pay out of my own pocket.” According to Covered California, health insurance coverage is based on an individual’s or family’s income to determine their eligibility. If an individual makes less than $48,000 per year or if a family of four earns wages less than $98,000 per year, they may qualify for health insurance coverage. When a student loses coverage on their 26th birthday, they may qualify for a special

implement these laws, and the unintended consequences may outweigh any potential benefits,” Flint said. The CSBA along with various other education groups across the state sent Newsom a request to veto the bill in September. In the letter, the groups also argued that research on the long-term impacts of later school times is inconclusive. Another concern about SB 328 is whether it will actually increase the amount of sleep for students, or whether students will end up falling asleep later as a result. Karla Gutierrez, a third-year journalism major at CSULB, used to wake up early for a 6:40 a.m. choir class in high school. Guitierrez said she didn’t mind being at school early because her classes would be done earlier, even though she only got about 6.5 hours of sleep each night. Her classes now begin at 9:30 a.m., but she falls asleep at around 2 a.m. “Changing the time or not changing the time, I feel like it won’t make a difference,” she said. Gutierrez also said the decision to change start times should be left up to local communities. “Not a lot of government officials know if students are going to sleep at 9 p.m. and wake up at 8 a.m.,” Gutierrez said. “Maybe some of the students sleep at 2 a.m. and take advantage of the later start times.”

enrollment period. This will help students enroll in a health plan outside open enrollment. According to the State of California Franchise Tax Board, in January 2020, families will be required to sign up for health insurance or face a fine of over $300 per child or 2.5% of their annual income as a tax penalty under the new state mandate. “So people who can’t afford it, they’re making them pay extra for it.” Conlon said. International students may face a fine for a lack of valid health insurance in America. “I have to pay $1,100 a year for health insurance,” said Hamza Mekouar, an international student from Morocco. Mekouar said he plans on staying in the U.S. after college. The state offers insurance to all residents regardless of their immigration status along with Medicaid covering adults. According to the 2017 U.S. Census, there were 2.7 million Californians without health coverage. Next year, the state will release a subsidy program that will help lower the cost of healthcare for low and middle-income Californians. Students who do not have health insurance coverage need to provide documented proof such as pay stubs, bank statements, and/or more to verify their household income. The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services offers enrollment support with multiple health insurance programs such as Medi-Cal and Covered California. The state will help bring financial assistance to qualifying individuals and families, which will be determined by their household size and income -- all through Covered California. To avoid the fine, the deadline to sign up for insurance coverage with Covered California is Jan. 15, 2020.



Suspicious activity, petty theft and vandalism By Ramon Alvarado Staff Writer

Suspicious Activity University Police Department officers responded to a female having a seizure in a car parked in Lot G1 around 12:30 a.m. Oct. 30. A caller reported yelling and grunting coming from the parking lot, so the call was classified as suspicious activity. The UPD notified the Long Beach Fire Department for assistance. There was a suspicious man reported in the Dance Center around 12:40 p.m. Oct. 31. The UPD received a call from a staff member who said the man was acting “creepy” and getting close to the female students inside the building. He was described as a white male with a thin build and blonde hair, wearing an olive sweater and blue jeans. The reporting party did not believe the man was a student, according to UPD Capt. Richard Goodwin. The man was gone by the time officers arrived at the scene. Construction workers near the microbiology area called the UPD to report what they believed to be a drunk student on the morning of Oct. 30. The workers said the suspect continued to bother them after they repeatedly told him to leave. UPD officers arrived at the scene and escorted the male away from the workers, but there were no charges filed.

neutral restroom on the thirdfloor of the University Student Union. A student discovered the graffiti and notified the UPD Oct. 28 around 12:40 p.m. The UPD is looking into the situation. Petty Theft A Long Beach State student’s MacBook Pro was reported stolen after she left it on a desk inside the University Library to go the restroom Oct. 29. The laptop is charcoal colored and has a denim case. The student gave the serial number to the UPD so it can further investigate. A Nishiki bike was reported stolen from a bike rack outside of the Student Health Services Oct. 28. The owner found his cable lock cut and on the ground when he returned to get his bike around 7 p.m. The black hybrid-road bike was last seen around 2:30 p.m that day. Another bike went missing at the Beachside College Dormitory Oct. 30. The student left her black and green beach cruiser on a bike rack around 9:30 p.m. The bike was gone when she returned to the rack the following day at 12 p.m.


Vandalism A red anarchy “A” symbol was painted inside of the gender-


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Lost Vehicle A student reported his vehicle was missing from the Palo Verde parking structure Oct. 28. He said the gray 2001 Toyota 4Runner went missing while he was on campus from 11 a.m. to roughly 4:30 p.m. The UPD later found the vehicle parked in Lot G2. The student said he has no idea how it got there.



The Color Collection: Lillian Babcock BFA ceramics student shares her love of pottery making and the never-ending journey of creation.

By Suzane Jlelati Arts & Life Assistant


early every morning, untouched clay, unfinished goblets and cups line Lillian Babcock’s studio. The ceramics major and art history and English literature minor works meticulously on her pottery late into the night. “I’m a very meticulous person,” Babcock said. “I like to make things that are useful and functional … [like a] teapot that doesn’t drip when you pour it, a cup that’s comfortable to drink out of.” Her process is methodical. She starts with a sketch, then decides how much clay to use. After wedging the clay, she weighs it and begins forming shapes on the wheel. Most of Babcock’s work is pottery, which is the process of making vessels such as tableware on a pottery wheel. Babcock came to Long Beach State to take ceramics and was instantly hooked. Despite having been into ceramics since she was a child, she never imagined this medium would be something she would be working on for the rest of her life. Today, Babcock is one of only a few students in the College of the Arts creating pottery. Babcock showcased a collection of personalized tableware such as bowls and teacups, during her BFA exhibition on Sept. 1. The project was inspired by her passion to create ceramics that people can use to “enrich how they live.” “Eating out of handmade ceramics speaks to this age-old tradition of nourishment and daily rituals of eating with our family,” she said. “This brings us back to family. It brings us back to sitting around the table [and] making food together, and I love that sense of community in my own family.” Having known Babcock for five years as a student and student assistant, ceramics faculty member Tony Marsh has been able to watch her grow into a serious and dedicated artist. “Lillian is a serious focused student who traversed her undergraduate education with a clarity of purpose,” Marsh said. Post BFA ceramics student, Jorge Jiminez describes her as someone who always works hard to produce quality ceramics. “It’s…hard to look at her stuff and not want to take it home,” Jiminez said. Javier Martinez, a BFA ceramics major, enjoys working side by side with her in their shared studio space. “Being around her is actually pretty scary, but just watching her work and how much of a perfectionist she is with her work just rubs off on you and get more motivation,” Martinez said. Babcock currently runs Beeware Ceramics, her line of handmade tableware that she markets. She also showcases her work at exhibitions. Last May, she presented four detailed cups decorated with 22 karat gold at Red Lodge Clay Center, a ceramics workspace in Red Lodge, Montana. Babcock said that one of her favorite aspects of being a ceramics major is building relationships with students and professors. She encourages everyone to give ceramics a chance.


Long Beach State ceramics major Lillian Babcock (top) forges metal shelf brackets for her senior show. Babock (above) works on a ceramic vase.

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By Anna Karkalik Staff Writer


embers of Long Beach State’s Video Game Development Association gain experience developing games by creating their own. VGDA is a combination of students from a variety of majors with different gaming development skills. The group relies on programmers, character artists, game designers and sound designers to create content.

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Members (top) of the Video Game Development Association, Kevin Do and Paul Leelaviwatana test games at club meeting Oct. 31. Paul Leelaviwatana and Kim Marzo (above) test out the virtual reality game “Experience Center” created by the club.

Developing a new reality Members of the Video Game Development Association gain experience by creating video games.

“The biggest key to learning game development is just to keep working on projects,” said club President Alex Pinedo, a fourthyear computer science major. “When you have a project that you are really into and you don’t want to let go, you never quit it and you learn less because you are focused on one type of game.” The cross-disciplinary skills gained from VGDA set up students for the real world gaming development field by ensuring students have worked on a variety of games throughout multiple semesters. In previous years, the entire club of around 100 students would collectively design one game, but it proved difficult to manage the large number of contributors. Vice President Jessica Wei, a third-year computer science major, encouraged students who may have an interest in video games, but are unaware of how they are created, to consider joining the club. “Come in and we’ll help you,” Wei said. To ensure all members gained hands-on experience during the video game production process, members are divided into smaller groups. The quality of work being completed compared to how many people work on a single game is a challenge. “You are contributing much more and this becomes a bigger portfolio piece because

you are able to talk a lot more about your involvement,” Pinedo said. “The quality of work has also improved as well.” These smaller groups of four to six people now allow the club to create more than 10 games a semester, with a variety of creative game concepts ranging in difficulty levels. “We came to find that it’s much easier for a smaller team of five to six people to communicate with each other,” Pinedo said. Sam Arpon, a fourth-year marketing major, has been in the club for five semesters and said she is now inspired to use her marketing skills in the gaming industry. She has also found interest in designing, character creation, narrative stories and coding. “With smaller groups, it’s easier to control and easier to make a product in which everybody gets a say in it and everybody gets their fair share of input,” Arpon said. “It’s hard to get the input of 100 plus people and be able to make something that everybody is happy with.” Arpon’s new group project is a rock dating simulator in which the player attempts to date fictional characters that also happen to be rocks. The game is meant to be lighthearted in nature compared to other games the club has produced. Fourth-year physics major Paul Leelaviwatana and his group have taken roughly around 10 weeks to produce their virtual reality Experience Center, which uses vibration stimulators to and immerse the player into the virtual world. “I want this to be the platform for music videos,” Leelaviwatana said. “Using VR, any artist can design the world and an audio person can put their track in. You won’t be limited to a rectangle.” The VGDA club will be hosting a launch party featuring video game demos made by the groups for all other members to provide feedback Nov. 22.



Service animals: a student’s best friend Offering medical and mental support, these furry friends assist their owners as they attend classes at Long Beach State.

By Alexandra Apatiga Arts & Life Assistant Editor


hether a student is in need of a companion to ease their anxieties, or well-trained senses to alert them of medical issues, service and emotional support animals are there to support them. Although small in number at Long Beach State, some students on campus require the assistance of a service or emotional support animal. But the way these furry companions do their jobs can vary depending on the needs of their humans. “There are different requirements for each type of support animal,” said Mary Nguyen the interim director of the Bob Murphy Access Center. The distinction between service and emotional support animals is the purpose they serve. For service animals, their job is to perform specific tasks or duties for the individual they are supporting. These specific tasks require animals, of which only dogs and miniature horses can be considered, years of training in order for them to perform their job effectively. Guide dogs, for example, are trained to help guide the visually impaired. “According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are only two questions a person can ask a handler regarding their service animals,” Nguyen said. “The first is: ‘is your dog required because of a disability?’ And two: ‘what duty or job does it perform?” If the animal performs a specific task to the handler’s benefit, then that animal has access to wherever their owner goes. The only exceptions being if there is a health or safety hazard, or if the animal is misbehaving. Because of this legal protection, service animals at CSULB aren’t required to register through the Bob Murphy Access Center, but can do so if they choose.


Captain Meow (top) has been a registered emotional support animal for under a year, but has provided comfort for fourth-year animation major Ellen Lucchesi for 14 years. A service dog (above) helps his owner navigate campus.

ability to detect when her blood sugar is too low. “He’s a very loving and sweet boy,” Thornson said. “But then when he has his vest on, it’s like his uniform and he’s on his working time. So he’ll sit up a little bit straighter, he’ll listen a little bit better.” According to Thornson, any form of touching or petting distracts service animals from doing their jobs. Even with a bright red vest with the words “SERVICE” sewed into it, many often assume Hunter is just like any other dog. “I’d rather people ask me [questions] than think, ‘oh it’s just a dog.’” Thornson said. “Walking around I may look like a normal, functioning human but there are layers that people can’t see, hidden illnesses you know?” In regards to emotional support animals, they are required to be evaluated and registered through the Bob Murphy Access Center. This is due to emotional support animals being considered an accommodation. “They don’t have the same access as a service animal,” Nguyen said. “We tell [students] that we need a support letter from either a physician or a therapist. That shows that there is an animal that exists to provide and relieve instances of X, Y and Z. [The documentation] needs to show that without the presence of the emotional support animals, the individual is severely impacted in an aspect in daily living.” Once a student has registered their animal, it is vetted through the university in order to inform faculty and staff, as well as housing if the student is living in one of the campus dormitories. According to Nguyen, there is no official means of registering an emotional support animal. “When any student goes through our office for either a service animal or emotional support animal, we will allow the animals to get a [CSULB] ID card,” Nguyen said. “That is very unique to our campus…It’s essentially a way for students to show that ID card to a staff member and say ‘my dog has been vetted through the university.’”

Fourth-year biology major, Alaine Thronson, is one such student who had her diabetic alert service dog Hunter registered through the Bob Murphy Access Center.

Thornson and Lucchesi expressed the importance of asking questions and encouraged students at CSULB to be mindful of those with support animals.

Despite only having had her service dog for three years, Thronson expressed pride in Hunter’s training and

“Just be understanding about it,” Thornson said. “Asking questions, if there is any way I can rid the ignorance, that’s what I’m happy to do.”

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Spill the Tea is a weekly section for students to share their opinions and make their voices heard. Long Beach State students answer questions that can range from the silly to the political. We at the Daily Forty-Niner value the diverse opinions of the CSULB student body and look forward to you sharing them with us. This week students weigh in on whether or not art that is considered by many to be “offensive” has a place on college campuses. Photos and Reporting by Paris Barazza Q: Would you support an art installation people would think was offensive, highly political, sexual or pornographic?

Name: Amber Hernandez Major: Third-year art history major

Name: Troy Diez Major: First-year mechanical engineering major

“I feel like art in itself can be very powerful. If it’s something that doesn’t really align with the way I view art I’m not going to be supportive of something like that. But it doesn’t mean that I’m going to bash on it or criticize it. I think that anybody has the right to create whatever kind of art they want to create because it’s their own expression. I don’t want to be so black and white about things either but I think that if it invokes some sort of emotional response in me that is negative, that makes me feel uncomfortable then I would consider it something I wouldn’t support.”

“That all just kinda comes down to context. Cal States are in a special situation where they receive government funding and they’re obligated to allow people to express their First Amendment rights. If students are to object to that and it starts causing political issues, then some could argue that by allowing other people to express their freedom of put other students in a position where they feel threatened by that. But when you start voicing out against that, you’re kind of giving the response they’re trying to provoke.”

Name: Evelin Garcia Major: Third-year psychology major

Name: Matthew Hall Major: Third-year mechanical engineering major

“I think because everyone has different perspectives I would support it. Some people might not think it’s offensive while others do believe [it] is offensive. More than anything, as long as it’s nothing stereotypical or affecting someone’s culture or making fun of them, I think that would definitely draw the line there.”

“I think it really depends on the subject matter of the art piece, because it could be open to any kind of interpretation. It could be really nice and without any intention of being controversial but some people might find it controversial anyway. If it has something to do with the beauty of anything, I don’t think I would mind at all.”



It’s time to admit that guns are the problem

By Richard Grant Staff Writer

shoot into crowds of people. Yes, these are, in fact, big problems, and many agree that these people shouldn’t have access to weapons, but that is always the reactionary response.


If there were no legal gun sales in the United States, then the Parkland shooting wouldn’t have happened. The Las Vegas shooting couldn’t have occurred without the legal sale of firearms.

t least three people are dead, and nine others are injured after a yet another shooting in Long Beach Tuesday night.

With all the shootings that happen in this country, we can not wait a second longer to talk about gun control. People are starting to get numb to the aftermath of shootings. Some people react to shootings the way they react to natural disasters: you just have to get through it. We can not allow ourselves to fall into this fallacy of giving out thoughts and prayers and waiting for the next shooting to happen. The only real way to stop gun violence is to get rid of guns, simple as that. I have been around a lot of firearms in my life. As a teenager, my father and I would go out to, probably illegally, shoot cans and tires or random pieces of trash out in the desert. When I got older, I joined the Army, and at the age of 18, I had the opportunity to shoot a wide variety of semi-automatic and fully-automatic “assault” rifles.

We as Americans have proven time and time again that maybe we shouldn’t be trusted with weapons as a fundamental right. The proSecond Amendment people on campus would probably disagree with me, but it’s not like the Constitution hasn’t been changed a few (or 27 to be exact) times in the past. Hell, one of those amendments was made only to undo an earlier one. No solution will be able to stop gun violence overnight. There are still millions of guns, 393.3 million as of 2017, out on the streets, in safes, under pillows, in holsters, and in glove boxes of vehicles in the U.S.

Now, as a 26-year-old-disabled-veteran-journalism student, I despise guns. I, like nearly every other student attending Long Beach State, grew up in a post-Columbine world. We remember active shooter drills and “see something say something” campaigns and now go to a school where we have gone on lockdown because of emails containing “credible threats.”

Making guns illegal will stop the shooters that get them legally right now, and eventually, the ones still out on the black market will get found and destroyed. That is what Australia did after they had the highest casualty mass shooting in history (before the U.S. broke the record a few times over) in 1996. After banning what’s known as “assault-style-rifles,” Australia only had 32 homicides in 2014.

Others would say that the real problem is poor mental health or a lack of self-control among these people that decide they want to

Simply stated, there needs to be fewer guns. If that doesn’t convince you, isn’t saving even just a few lives worth giving it a try?

By Kevin Bollman Contributing Writer


Then there is the argument that “if guns are illegal, then only criminals will have guns.” Well, the thing is, every illegal gun started its life as a legal gun. According to the Department of Justice, in 2019, only about 6% of illicit firearms were stolen from “responsible gun owners” and the vast majority of came from legal sales done in a shady way.

e don’t have a gun-control crisis in this country, what we have is a masculinity crisis.

And until we start to get honest about the importance of a male influence in the lives of boys, nothing is going to change. This isn’t an easy conversation to have in 2019. We live in a time where women proudly champion their independence and single motherhood. Any disagreement is immediately shouted down with terms like “toxic masculinity.” When a young man commits a heinous crime like a mass shooting, the media loves to use sound-bite reasons like assault weapons, Trump rallies and hate groups. Could they all be factors? Sure, but there’s another common denominator that keeps getting overlooked. Dr. Warren Farrell, a behavioral psychologist who pioneered the “boy crisis” terminology spent years researching why boys are steadily falling behind women academically and experiencing a record high incarceration rate. What he found was if a boy grows up in a fatherless environment, he has a higher chance of struggling emotionally when he reaches puberty. Men will always be the main teachers and role models that help boys handle the surge of testosterone that comes during maturation.

How does this tie in with mass shootings? Farrell found that almost every single one of the mass shooters in the last nine years were raised by single mothers with little to no male influence in their lives. Similarly, he found that prisons are essentially warehouses for a dad-deprived population. In 2015, 19-year-old Anthony Sims, better known as the “Oakland killer” fatally shot a mother attempting to rush her children to safety after a nearby argument turned violent. The last Facebook post on Sims’ account read, “I wish I had a father.” How is it that women who are raised in a similar environment don’t go on to commit heinous acts of violence? It’s part of an uncomfortable truth that runs counter to the far left agenda regarding gender equality. It means admitting that boys and girls are biologically different and need different influences in order to grow up to be stable adults. Men will always be the beacons to guide boys in a constructive way toward manhood. Women don’t know what it feels like to have testosterone raging through them in the same way that men don’t know what it feels like to give birth. Coming to terms with the reality that there is a downside to feminism in terms of raising boys is a bitter pill that we all have to swallow if we want to see even the slightest decrease in mass shootings and violence. We can either continue to argue endlessly about whether video games and Trump rallies cause boys to go off the rails, or we can pull up a chair and have some difficult conversations about the importance of masculinity.

Masculinity, not gun control, will solve the mass shooting problem



MARK LINDAHL | Daily Forty-Niner

The NCAA Board of Governors approved steps to allow student-athletes to profit off their names, images and likenesses.

Major changes for mid-majors After a struggle between the NCAA and state legislators, the collegiate sports governing body is making changes to “modernize its rules” to allow student-athletes to profit. By Manuel Valladares & Austin Brumblay Staff Writers


he NCAA Board of Governors unanimously voted Oct. 29 to take steps to allow studentathletes to profit off of their names, images and likenesses.

With legislators in major states taking action to bypass NCAA rules on college players’ ability to profit, the athletic association voted to “modernize its rules” as it pertains to amateurism in collegiate sports. “I think what the Board of the NCAA is trying to communicate is that the current rules must be modernized,” said President Jane Close Conoley, who attended the Division 1 meeting. “I am in favor of moving closer to treating our students-athletes like we treat all our students. What everyone wants to avoid however is a pay for play situation in which a student-athletes become employees.” According to the NCAA, the decision was made to embrace change to provide the best college experience for student-athletes.

The change positively affects Long Beach State as the mid-major program seemed as though it was in limbo without the financial ability to match more prominent divisions such as the PAC-12 and the brief inability to compete in NCAA tournaments after the signing of Senate Bill 206. “This is an important first step to enhancing the studentathlete experience while maintaining our collegiate model,” said Andy Fee, Long Beach State director of athletics. Discourse around the NCAA’s hesitance to align with paying student-athletes came after California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 206 into law. California became the first state to allow student-athletes to profit off of their athletic prowess. The bill is set to take effect Jan. 1 2023. NCAA President Mark Emmert spoke Oct. 4 about Newsom passing SB 206 and stated his displeasure of the outcome. “This is just a new form of professionalism and a different way of converting students into employees,” Emmert said. “[They may be] paid in a fashion different

than a paycheck, but that doesn’t make them not paid.” With California being the first to pass a law pertaining to student-athletes profiting off their name, image and likeness, there was no indication on whether other states would follow suit, leaving the state in a disadvantageous decision with the NCAA. California’s passing of the law did start a movement among other state legislators. Some states are looking to pass legislation as early as next year. “There are several states moving very quickly to enact new legislation but we must be thoughtful and examine how changes will impact student-athletes and college sports,” Fee said. “I am optimistic we can find a path forward to balancing additional opportunities for our student-athletes without harming a system we love.” With the NCAA change in motion, it is now up to each conference to release details on what its new laws will allow in regards to student-athletes receiving profits. “Big changes may be coming,” Conoley said. “We will send Big West feedback before the January deadline.”



Catch me inside, how ’bout dat? Long Beach State Homecoming brings students and alumni together under one roof for food, fanfare and basketball on Saturday. By Manuel Valladares Assistant Sports Editor @ mannyvaiiadares

from local vendors that are catering the event. The activities make the time between the games more fun while also celebrating the Pyramid and its history.


ong Beach State Homecoming is a time where students and alumni alike gather to commemorate the memories and relationships they have built at the university.

“Being a part of it last year was really crazy,” junior guard Drew Cobb said. “Just seeing all the fans here, they’re all really anxious to see what we can do. We’re really excited to get out there and have some fun and get a win.”

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Walter Pyramid, the home court for the day’s main attraction. The Nov. 9 celebration will host a double-header of women’s and men’s basketball games.

Most schools center the event around its football team, but the football-less Long Beach State has chosen a different popular sport to fill its place. “Everyone’s going to be here and it’s going to be exciting,” senior guard Jordan Griffin said. “This is probably going to be the most packed it’s been pretty much all season.”

“They just started it about eight to 10 years ago, and I think it’s been a huge addition because this is known as a commuter school, but it’s the one day people come back and get together with their friends and see people they haven’t all year,” men’s basketball head coach Dan Monson said. “It’s the best crowd of the year and the best atmosphere we have all year.”

The women’s basketball team matches up against Westcliff at 1 p.m., and the men’s team plays the University of San Diego at 3:30 p.m. “It’s actually going to be really competitive,” Griffin said. “It’s going to be an intense game, so we have to be ready for it, ready to battle. We’re playing a pretty good team that we lost to last’s [going to be] a dogfight this time.”

Long Beach State Athletics decided a change in scenery for this year’s festivities, with the all-day event being held inside the Pyramid. The decision puts the Pyramid at the center of the event, making for a dynamic that gives fans plenty of entertainment, while also building support from fans for each team. “Ever since my freshman year here, the environment has been really good on Homecoming,” junior forward Jordan Roberts said. “They give us a little more static in the locker room, seeing that people are actually behind us, supporting us. We’re coming out expecting to go hard for that [game].” Homecoming also gives fans the opportunity to try food and drinks

Long Beach State Athletics struggles with attendance due to the fact that a majority of its students commute from neighboring cities. The move inside the Pyramid is targeted to help gather alumni and students. As a commuter school, athletics is looking to build a growing fanbase.

AUSTIN BRUMBLAY | Daily Forty-Niner

Students cheer for the men’s basketball team in the student section of the Walter Pyramid at Homecoming last year.

“Watching sports on TV is great and all, but seeing it in person in [the] Pyramid is something,” said Jonathan Lee, a sophomore computer science major.



RALSTON DACANAY | Daily Forty-Niner

The men’s basketball team huddles before breaking at the end of practice Oct. 31.

GUARDING THE HOME COURT Key returners Jordan Roberts, Jordan Griffin and Drew Cobb look to help bring an under-the-radar Long Beach team back to Big West men’s hoops contention. By Ralston Dacanay Assistant Sports Editor @RalstonDacanay


RALSTON DACANAY | Daily Forty-Niner

Junior forward Jordan Roberts (top), senior guard Jordan Griffin (middle) and junior guard Drew Cobb (above) pose during Long Beach State men’s basketball’s Media Day.

fter a promising season that saw the Long Beach State men’s basketball team cut short after a six-game winning streak in the semifinals of the Big West tournament, the Beach comes into the year with what feels like a fresh start. The program brought in nine newcomers—six of which are freshmen—while also welcoming three players back from redshirt seasons. The team’s shortlist of definite rotation returners consists of two juniors and one senior. With the roster bidding farewell to six cornerstone seniors before being overhauled with new personnel, it’s hard to project how well this team will stack up against the rest of the Big West Conference and how long into March they will play. Reflecting the uncertainty of outsiders looking in, the Beach was projected to finish the regular season sixth out of nine in the Big West preseason poll. Heading into this season, head coach Dan Monson and the program appear to be all-in turning heads and embracing the underdog role. “People don’t know our team,” Monson said. “People don’t know who we have and that’s a good thing and it’s also a bad thing. We’re inexperienced and those votings tell you on paper, we’re not good enough, but I watched the Washington Nationals get away with that, so hopefully we can pull something like that off.” While the storylines of raw talent and inexperience are things the Beach will try to prove are not problematic this season, there is a buzz around the players and coaching staff that the team’s chemistry developed and displayed inhouse (thanks in part to the Costa Rica-extended training camp) will translate to newfound success on the hardwood. The team will open the season at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion for the second year in a row on Nov. 6. Other standout games on the season schedule include the Homecoming affair against the University of San Diego, a long-awaited return to the Wooden Legacy where the Beach will take on No. 21 Arizona, as well as interconference tests against No. 20 Saint Mary’s and USC, and a lone east coast visit against Florida in December. The Daily Forty-Niner’s player spotlights for the 2019– 20 Long Beach State men’s basketball roster concludes with the program’s three key returners. Jordan Roberts, 6’9”, 200 lbs, Forward, Junior, Ridgeview HS (Bakersfield) Roberts returns for his third season as the lone Long Beach nominee in the Big West preseason all-conference team media poll. After impressive increases in his listed

height and weight, Roberts seems to be primed for what could be a breakout year with the Beach. Roberts showed consistent growth throughout his sophomore campaign, scoring 15 or more points in five of the final eight games en route to establishing his spot in Monson’s starting lineup. “My role has definitely changed,” Roberts said. “Now that I’m looked upon as a captain, I got to keep a better mental aspect of the game. Encourage these younger guys to stay focused, keep going to practice, pay attention to the details and it will all pay off in the end.” After finishing fifth behind four seniors in average minutes and points per game last year, Roberts will likely jump to the top of both spots on the stat sheet as the team leans on him to find its footing on the offensive side early on. Jordan Griffin, 6’3”, 165 lbs, Guard, Senior, Centennial HS (Corona) Returning as the team’s elder statesmen, Griffin embodies what it means to be yourself and play your game. “He’s not a leader, but doesn’t try to be,” Monson said. “He makes open shots, he plays hard, he works hard, so I guess you could say he leads by example, but that’s not what he’s out there doing. He’s out there just doing his job.” For a team that appears thinner on perimeter shooting than in recent years, Griffin will have the green light offensively. “I’m an experienced guy,” Griffin said. “I know the system well, so I feel I can come in the game and just know what I’m supposed to do and affect the game that way.” Drew Cobb, 6’4”, 205 lbs, Guard, Junior, Fresno CC (Sacramento) Climbing up the ranks as a standout worker after initially walking on to the team, Cobb was voted as a captain by his teammates along with Roberts and Colin Slater, and will be a key contributor to this team’s success on the defensive end. “He’s a defensive-first guy,” Monson said. “He’s out there because he can lock down their best player. You can have four offensive-minded guys out there, but you better not have five. You have to have somebody that is setting a tone on that end and Drew Cobb does that for us.” In addition to his do-it-all attitude, Cobb hopes to contend for Big West Defensive Player of the Year, an award last brought back to Long Beach by Larry Anderson in 2012. “I love playing defense,” Cobb said. “That’s something I’ve always been doing in my career. That’s always been a staple of who Drew Cobb is when it comes to basketball, so of course that’s something I’m always striving for. … That will be a big goal of mine to get that defensive player of the year this year.”

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