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LONG BEACH STATE | VOL. LXX, ISSUE 23 | DECEMBER 10-18, 2018

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NIGHTMARE before Christmas

Don’t get caught up in the whirlwind of finals. Look inside for a study playlist and brain food recipes.


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Sustainable course evaluation proposal approved for third reading Associated Students Inc. Senate approved a resolution to create online teacher evaluations Wednesday. Author Sen. Robert Martinez elaborated on the updates made for resolution #2019-7, stressing again that the purpose of the resolution is not to change the evaluations themselves but to change the way they are administered. The two major additions made to the resolution strictly pertained to keeping physical copies available for students with accessibility issues and making the evaluations a requirement for all faculty, regardless of tenure. Sen. Aaron Jordan provided the senate with updates on how online evaluations will work. “For online classes, they actually have online course evaluations through email,” Jordan said. “However, it is not required. As a student, you can easily miss the email or the link, so I wouldn’t say it’s as effective as the ones that are passed out during class.” He went on to say that the evaluations would have to be made mandatory for students to complete them. Multiple senators voiced concerns over students who might be without electronic devices on the day of the evaluations, forcing them to leave the classroom to utilize campus resources. Potential solutions were tossed around the senate floor, such as requiring instructors to bring in computer carts on the day of evaluations. “That’s not our decision to make,” Martinez responded. “It’s up to the university to make these decisions.” ASI Executive Director Richard Haller cited the collective bargaining agreement dictated in articles 15.15 and 15.17 of the California Faculty Association, citing that it is not re-

quired for professors to prepare and administer the course evaluations during class sessions. “If you were to do an electronic version, then the student could do it at their convenience rather than do it during that particular class session, which would make a lot more sense,” Haller said. Members of the senate continued to cite past personal conversations with faculty and professors, and said that most were either indifferent or mostly supportive of the change. However, Sen. Imani McDonald cited a specific conversation between herself and a professor, who feared online course evaluations would not accurately reflect the class or instructor. “[The professor] would rather the students that are actually in class do it because he fears [evaluations] becoming another Rate My Professor,” McDonald said. “It’s a very slippery slope.” Sen. Melissa Mejia added that no one can ultimately enforce the student evaluations, regardless of what form they come in. She also cited that the collective bargaining agreement obsoleted two of the resolution’s resolve clauses regarding students without personal electronic devices. A motion was made to approve resolution #2019-07 with amendments regarding the fifth and sixth resolve clauses. It was approved by the senate for a third reading.A motion approved a resolution to make teacher evaluations digital, given two amendments are made.

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George H.W. Bush remembered as ‘forever young’ Professor Emeritus Craig Smith shares his memories working with the late president. By Paula Kiley and Hannah Getahun

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Craig Smith, former speech writer for George H.W. Bush, poses in front of plaques he received as a Long Beach State professor at his home Thursday.

raig Smith, a former professor of communication studies at Long Beach State, has had a long, illustrious career crafting and teaching the art of speech. From writing for the late President George H. W. Bush to founding the Center for Free Speech at LBSU and teaching classes in subjects such as argumentation and campaign persuasion, Smith has shown that speech writing is powerful enough to leave lasting messages in the minds of millions. The Daily 49er sat down with Smith to talk about his

experiences with Bush and his work teaching speech writing. What are some lessons you’ve learned while working with Mr. Bush that you carried on with you and even applied while teaching at Long Beach State?

How did you feel when you learned about his passing?

I think one of the things I learned is that if you’re a speechwriter, you need to find out the authentic character of the client. Who are they really? When they’re authentic, particularly when you’re on television, people know that. When you’re artificial, people can tell. And so one of the things I tried to do was to help them build a persona that they felt comfortable with and that really represented them. One of the reasons why I was hired into the White House for President [Gerald] Ford was because these writers kept trying to make him sound like some kind of eloquent intellectual. And that wasn’t who he was and he didn’t like it. And so they kept getting

fired and then I came along and I just sat him down and said, “What do you want me to do? Who are you?” And he talked and he said, “I want to use the language of the common man. That’s who I am. I’m a common man. I’m plain spoken.” And I used the same approach with George Bush, who did not want to sound too eloquent. He wanted people to know [who] he was, you know? He’s served in the military. He’s served his country. But wasn’t some type of philosophical mogul. I think the important thing for speech writers to do is to determine what is the authentic character of the person and then go with that.

I was very sad in one sense, but in another sense I thought, ‘What a glorious run he’d had!’ I mean 94 years is a long time. And he was forever young. I mean he was jumping out of airplanes, he [had] a boat that the secret service [couldn’t] keep up with that he’s speeding around off the coast in. So he had a wonderful life … his son Neil said on the news the other day that he would want us to celebrate his life, not mourn it. That’s the right spirit. That’s how I feel about it.

so that was where my time was occupied. But we were both in Washington and we saw one another in functions and remained friends. Then, he brought me back to do a little writing for him in 1988 at the Republican Convention in New Orleans, where he accepted the nomination with a very famous speech. And then ... with the ‘92 convention in Houston, I also came back. We were close friends over that time.

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Did you keep in contact with Bush? Yeah. Ronald Reagan won the 1980 campaign, but luckily George Bush gave a very good speech Wednesday night at that convention in 1980 and Ronald Reagan liked it so he put Bush on the ticket and so Bush became vice president...and so we kept in touch during that time. In the meantime, I moved on and became deputy director of the National Republican Senatorial committee and in that capacity I was coordinating 33 senate races across the country,


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How do you feel you’ve been celebrating his life?

Well talking about it with people like you. I did CNN yesterday, I was on Sky News in England. Just letting people know about these personal anecdotes and how we interacted and what a great person he was and how sincere he was and how he wanted to make the country a better place, I think that’s a great way to celebrate him.

When you were a professor, did your students know you as the Bush speechwriter?

When I came … to Cal State Long Beach in 1988, I was a well known speech writer. [My students] knew that I had worked for Ford and I’d worked for Bush and I’d worked for Lee Iacocca. I was known for that and also I’d worked at CBS as consultant earlier starting in 1968 as a graduate intern in the research department for convention coverage, election nights and inagurals … I think that gave me a credibility with students that many other professors don’t have [who] spent their whole life in the academic world but haven’t gone out into the real world and done it and seen how it’s done and how it really works.

Is there any last thoughts that you would like to leave people with, either about Bush or your work as a speech writer?

I think I like to celebrate George H.W. Bush because the civility when he was president is not there now. The bipartisan effort to take care of America and pass legislation isn’t there now … I think if people would just go back and study the time when [Bush] was president, they’d see that we did have a “kinder, gentler nation” and we did have bipartisan support. When we went to war to rescue Kuwait against Saddam Hussein, the vote in favor of that war was 92-8. You couldn’t get that today. That is what I would celebrate with George Bush. We need to restore the sense of values that we had. We need to be kinder and gentler to one another.

Photo courtesy of Craig Smith Craig Smith (right) and George H. W. Bush (left), Vice President at the time, sitting in his office discussing politics and future plans in 1981.


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By Bryan Aparicio Staff Writer

The Long Beach City Council opted to move forward with a legal defense fund that will establish an agreement between the Safety and Fairness for Everyone Cities Network and the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit corporation that will provide legal representation for low-income immigrants facing deportation in the City of Long Beach. The city council approved the establishment of a $250,000 legal defense fund as part of the 2018 Long Beach Values Act March 13. The staff determined Vera was most qualified on July 20. The city council adopted the fiscal year budget for 2019 and approved the $250,000 for the establishment of the Long Beach Justice Fund Sept. 4. According to the staff report, some of the services the legal defense fund include: removal defense for individuals in detention and non-detained individuals as well as legal support for asylum-seekers and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applicants and recipients, visa holders and lawful permanent residents. To qualify for legal representation services, a person must reside in Long Beach and have a household income below 200 percent of the federal poverty guideline. According to The Balance, a household of four would classify below poverty level if the annual income was $24,600 and an additional $4,320 per extra person after that. Stephanie Medina, a student at Long Beach State and president of For Undocumented Empowered Leaders, expressed the importance of these funds in helping undocumented members of the community. “I fall under those who will benefit from this fund and I believe that the Vera Institute is the most qualified sponsor to handle the Long Beach Justice Fund,” she said. “I trust that this partnership with Long Beach will help assist undocumented folks if they ever find themselves in a situation of needing legal representation.” To fund the program, the staff identified $100,000 in savings of the 2018 fiscal year budget that will be set aside for the legal defense fund and can be used as matching funds. According to the staff report, the remaining $150,000 could be identified through council deliberation of the fiscal

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Long Beach approves $250,000 fund to provide legal support to low-income immigrants with the help of Vera Institute of Justice.

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Long Beach moves forward on legal defense fund with Vera Institute of Justice Vera Institute would provide legal representation to low-income immigrants facing deportation in the city of Long Beach.

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year budget of 2019. The staff anticipates applying for a $100,000 grant from Vera using the $100,000 of savings from the 2018 fiscal year as a matching source to help build the fund. Citlalli Ortiz, LBSU student and the commissioner for undocumented students of Associated Students Inc., said the impact of deportation is immensely negative for her and her family. “I aspire to finish my bachelor’s degree and continue school …and ultimately obtain my career with a dream of giving back to my community,” she said. “Everyone should have an equal right to representation regardless if they have history with the criminal justice system.” Vera will provide legal services free of charge and will work with the city, finding organizations to help provide legal representation such as the Long Beach Bar Association. The nonprofit will be managing the fund for the first two years before transitioning it to local control in Long Beach. Paul Carter, president of the LBBA, expressed how important the legal defense fund is and offered his support. “We as attorneys know that the Trump administration has created a lot of hostility toward undocumented people and those people need our help,” Carter said. “We’ll use our local expert immigration attorneys with more than 100 years of combined experience ... and we’ll only spend what we use and return the rest. We won’t take it and we won’t spend it.” Another organization willing to help is Centro CHA, said Executive Director Jessica Quintana. She said Centro CHA has a long history of providing immigrant integration services that include citizenship and legal services for people that are getting ready to apply for their green card status, renewing their green card status and helping people who are low income. Quintana said she was grateful for Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez for pushing this forward. “Under this administration, there is no one that’s safe,” Quintana said. After the motion passed 6-3, a chant broke out inside the chambers of city hall with dozens of people chanting “sanctuary, not deportation” repeatedly. The legal defense fund is expected to begin in the first months of 2019.

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By Faith Petrie

“Nobody” - Mitski Mitski offers a more upbeat sound to this playlist, but it doesn’t get you too distractracted from the task at hand. Her single, “Nobody” was created by Mitski during a breakdown after isolating herself in Malaysia. Although it’s definitely a dancey-tune, it’s just the right amount of hype to give your brain a break from the monotony of studying.

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usic is an integral part of my life. So much so, I can barely go more than an hour without putting my mangled headphones in my ears — yes, I’m sadly Airpod-less. Music motivates me to get through anything, whether it’s cleaning, exercising or studying. With finals season quickly approaching, I always like to be well equipped in my musical arms, ready for the proverbial hell week. While some people can only stand to listen to music that either has no words or strictly comes from the lofi Youtube station featuring the girl eternally bored while scribbling in her notebook, I find comfort in music that I would normally listen to on a daily basis. Although the music isn’t my usual, upbeat music I have in my line-up — and it’s a long one. Instead of sitting in silence with your eyes glued to your computer, staring at an essay you definitely didn’t procrastinate on, listen to these top six tunes from my go-to study playlist. The complete playlist can be found on Apple Music at @faithpetrie and on Spotify using the scannable code.

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“Chewing Gum” - Blood Orange featuring A$AP Rocky There hasn’t been a day in the past month where I haven’t listened to “Chewing Gum.” It’s one of the most uniquely composed songs I’ve listened to in a while, which is expected from British singer-songwriter, Blood Orange. His almost angelic voice combined with the concise rapping of A$AP Rocky is a match made in heaven.

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“Yosemite” - Travis Scott Although I normally try to stray away from rap music due to my inability to control myself from rapping along with whoever is on, I have a soft spot for “Yosemite.” The beat is a lot tamer than most of Scott’s songs that reduce headbanging to a soft sway. Its dreamlike instrumental and Scott’s monotone voice allows for you to work while still turning up — the best of both worlds.

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“Focus” - H.E.R. As a longtime fan of H.E.R. it’s an understatement to say she continuously delivers smooth R&B hits. Her self-titled album, “H.E.R” is nominated for Album of the Year by the Recording Academy. Her song “Focus” from the same album is a serene lullaby that screams what our brain is thinking during study sessions: focus.

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“20 Something” - SZA SZA has become a household name in the past two years after several years of being a lesser known artist in the music industry. While I’ve cried to “20 Something” on numerous occasions, it’s also a great song to study to. The repetitive guitar strums paired with SZA’s raw voice is easy to drown out while simultaneously getting in your feelings.

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“Surrounded By Heads And Bodies” - The 1975 Although I haven’t fully listened to The 1975’s latest album just yet, “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships,” caught my attention. Frontman Matt Healy’s voice is soft and calming and with the folky guitar and synth voices in the background, it’s the perfect song to bob your head to while rewriting notes for the second, pain-staking time.

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“Objects in the Mirror” - Mac Miller From the late singer and rapper’s album “Watching Movies with the Sound Off,” “Objects in the Mirror” is the perfect song for canceling out any unnecessary noise while studying. The jazz-inspired song is mellow throughout and accompanied by Miller’s cool, gravelly voice.

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“Wait a Minute!” - Willow The days of Willow whipping her hair are long gone and have been replaced by a more grown-up, R&B sound. “Wait a Minute!” is a song I would listen to in a half-crazed state as I try to regain moral to continue studying with Willow wailing over the high-kick of a snare drum. Remember to sleep, stay hydrated, go outside and eat. Grades are important, but don’t forget to take care of yourself. Even if you can’t depend on your night of procrastination to get you that A, you can at least depend on this playlist to give you that final boost to try your best.


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Brain food recipies offer healthy options to keep your body as healthy as possible durring finals week, but if you dont have time, the 49er shops also offer brain foods like fruit and protien bars. RYAN GUITARE Daily 49er

RECIPES

Food for your thoughts Five easy snacks to make during finals week.

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efore we can go home and celebrate the holidays with our loved ones, we must finish our last task of the semester: finals. With the dreaded week comes the inevitable scramble to find a spot to study and asking professors last minute questions. One thing the majority of college students forget to do during this busy week — which I am guilty of as well — is eating. Although it is mentioned every time finals come around, it’s important remind yourself of the simple task. Here are quick, college-budget friendly snacks for any student on the go. Each recipe that is given has multiple ingredients in common — and no, love is not on that list, this isn’t your momma’s kitchen. It’s fruits, vegetables, nuts and oats. Chocolate blueberry smoothie To make the chocolate blueberry smoothie you’ll need to blend 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 teaspoon cocoa powder, ¼ cup of dark chocolate, 1 cup milk of choice, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, dash cinnamon, dash nutmeg, 2 teaspoons maple syrup (or agave) and fresh blueberries, for garnish (optional). According to the book, “Women’s Health” by East Los Angeles College blueberries reduce stress and

anxiety, improve learning capacity, balance and memory. The benefits of eating dark chocolate include improving learning ability, reduce stress, increase blood flow to the brain, boosts mood and improves problem-solving skills. Brain-boosting smoothie The brain-boosting smoothie requires 1 cup of Blueberries, ½ cup of steamed or frozen(thawed) broccoli, 1 cup of 100 percent cranberry or blueberry juice and ½ cup of whole fat plain yogurt. Blend all ingredients together and enjoy. Strawberry pops The next recipe is essentially a smoothie on a stick, but is still quick and easy to make. In order to make strawberry pops you will need 1 cup hulled strawberries, 1 medium very ripe banana, ½ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons low-fat milk (1 percent), ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon honey, or more as needed, ¾ to 1 cup slivered almonds and 2 teaspoons boiling water. Eating strawberries may improve memory and are high in antioxidants. Almonds, on the other hand, have various nutrients such as vitamin E, protein, fiber and antioxidants. Place the strawberries, banana, milk, almonds, yogurt and vanilla extract into a blender and mix until all chunks are completely gone. Add honey accordingly to the amount of sweetness you desire. If you want to create the popsicle version of this you will need a popsicle container. Make

sure to leave the popsicles in the freezer for at least five hours. Peanut butter honey yogurt dip If you aren’t a big fan of smoothies then here’s a recipe that might be to your liking. Peanut butter honey yogurt dip can boost your energy, is rich in fiber and boosts immunity. To make the dip, use 1 (6 oz) container of plain Greek yogurt — feel free to substitute the yogurt with 3 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter and 3 tablespoons of honey. You will need to put all ingredients in a bowl and mix until everything is combined. You can eat the yogurt mix with apples, crackers, celery sticks or carrots. Bionico My grandmother used to make bionico for me when I was younger, a fruit and cream snack eaten by most Hispanic families. This family recipe is made with a variety of fruits of your choice. It is usually made with papaya, strawberries, melon, bananas and apples. In order to make the cream for this, you will need a can of condensed milk, a can of evaporated milk, 1 spoon of vanilla and 4 cups of sour cream. Mix the liquids together until they have combined completely, then chop the fruit and place it all in a bowl. Put the cream on top and mix with the fruit. You can add raisins, coconut flakes, dark chocolate chips or granola to the top for more flavor.


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A glimpse of the first semester Students look back on their academic journey so far at Long Beach State.

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very semester, new students walk through the halls of Long Beach State that many of us have walked for several years. It can be difficult for some students to transition to a four-year institution because it’s a completely different environment from what they’re used to. The Daily 49er sat down with students who have recently finished their first semester at LBSU.

Andrea Flores First-year criminal justice major

Allison Perez Third-year journalism major and transfer student

Ronal Alvarado Third-year political science major and transfer student

How do you like LBSU so far?

I love it all, the different people and the community as a whole is great, it’s different.

I really like the campus and the teachers. The teachers create a really nice learning environment and I appreciate it.

I’m really enjoying being a part the Long Beach State University community, it’s a different and fun atmosphere.

How did your first semester go?

It went really good at the beginning. There were a few things that set me back but after that it was great.

My first semester went pretty well I would say, it was hard taking five classes and working part-time on top of that but I’m pretty disciplined with myself so I did everything with the best of my abilities.

My semester went a little difficult … because LBSU is different from a community college but at the end of the day, I still enjoyed it.

How many classes did you take?

I am taking five class which in total were 15 units. I’ve lived in Long Beach my whole life and going from my high school to LBSU was a big change.

I am currently taking five classes: three on-campus and two online. In [community college] I only took one or two classes and it was a lot easier but the main difference is that I’m finally learning what I want to learn so I can focus on my actual educational or career goals.

I am taking five class which in total were 15 units. I’ve lived in Long Beach my whole life and going from my high school to LBSU was a big change.

How different was it from community college/high school?

The teachers, the students and the whole atmosphere in general feels different. The teachers go around cussing and let you call them by their first name. Little things like that surprised me.

I didn’t find it too difficult to adjust, it was a lot of work but it’s something I’m passionate about so you can’t struggle if you love what you’re doing.

LBSU is completely different from my community college. I feel here they push you to improve yourself and become something greater, at my community college I didn’t really feel that.

Did you join any clubs?

I did I join a few clubs but I quit a few and ended up dropping some because of my busy schedule. I joined archery, salsa, Criminal Justice Student Association and Lambda Sigma Gamma Sorority Incorporated. I sadly dropped archery.

I didn’t join any clubs. I wanted to, but I work if I’m not in school and I don’t have the time to join one but I’d love to try next semester.

I haven’t joined any clubs yet because I was spreading myself a little thin [because] I work and go to school, but my next semester I will when my schedule clears up a little.

Did you find difficult to adjust to college life or find friends?

Honestly, I thought it would be difficult but I felt right at home as if I belonged. I adjusted easily to college and I like it so much better than high school. Making friends was easy especially with my sorority. I made many amazing friends there.

As for finding friends, I made some but not many. I just come here and then go home to do my thing, I can make friends but it’s not a goal if that makes sense.

I found it very difficult adjusting to LBSU mainly because school and work take up my whole schedule. I study from Monday to Thursday and at night I work so it was difficult.

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Colossus construction Long Beach’s tallest building breaks ground, but will it address affordable housing concerns?

By Jason Enns Staff Writer

One thing that’s nice about Long Beach is it’s full of job opportunities for those who work in construction, as I’m sure you’ve noticed the many development projects that pop up frequently. Part of this is due to Measure A, a historic Long Beach initiative approved in 2016, which created a 10-year sales tax increase to fund public infrastructure. This is why so many streets in my neighborhood are being repaved and why Broadway has had orange tape streaming from Redondo to Alamitos for months now. The other reason is the many developments going up as part of a larger revitalization of downtown. I’d like to say that the city’s population is growing, and the many building projects you see are the city’s response to that growth, but in the last two years the population has actually decreased. In the past 20 years the population has only increased by 1.9 percent. Now I know what you must be thinking: “Well of course the population is going down, don’t you know It’s impossible to find affordable living in Long Beach?” And

you wouldn’t be wrong, it is very difficult to find somewhere to live. You would, however, probably be wrong to assume that most of these new structures are going to change that. Do yourself a favor and look up a map of all the planned development projects in Long Beach; it’s quite expansive, and frankly, impressive. There are new plans for the Queen Mary, the aquarium and several apartment buildings, all concentrated in the 90802 downtown area. Now, the median price of homes currently listed in 90802 is $454,500, and the median rent price is $1,995, which might surprise you to find out is actually lower than the Long Beach median of $2,200. As a student who would love to continue living in Long Beach after graduation, these numbers are scary, but with the amount of money being thrown into revitalizing downtown, these numbers can only get higher. While not wanting to sound like some curmudgeon protesting progress for cheaper rent, I love Long Beach for what it is, a city that, despite being the seventh largest in the state, still somehow feels like a small town with community-oriented attitudes. Looking at some of these projects like the Civic Center, which is undergoing a $900

million dollar renovation (the largest public-private development of its kind on the West Coast according to an LA Times article published earlier this year) and the 35-story Shoreline Gateway Tower which broke ground just last week, intended to be Long Beach’s tallest structure. I look at these plans going forward and fear we’re one step closer to becoming Los Angeles, and I am one step closer to getting pushed out of Long Beach. Speaking of moving, many who have just recently moved into The Current, the 17-story luxury apartment building finished last year, now have all this pretty construction to look at. The Shoreline Tower was planned by the same developers as the Current, and includes a plaza connecting the structures. Poki Cat, a small SoCal poke restaurant chain opened its second location in the Current. Investor Jennifer Gao said of course she is worried about construction hurting her business. It’s only been a week and she’s already seen signs of slowing. And how could she not? This huge project has taken over any available parking there was, obscured the view of the restaurant from the street and reduced foot traffic. Of course, once the building is done she’s excited about the business it will yield, but that is assuming it survives three years of construc-

tion. It’s hard to know what changes three years will bring, but one constant Long Beach can count on is construction on one of the biggest intersections in the city. The building isn’t scheduled to be complete until late 2021, the first year of which will just be spent below ground on the five-level subterranean parking structure. So if you were hoping for lanes on Ocean Ave. to start opening back up soon, you can just forget about it. You might be asking, “If we’re in a housing crisis isn’t the solution to create more housing?” But this building is going to be condos for sale, perched up on one of the last little parcels of undeveloped land in Long Beach with an ocean view. To break down Long Beach real estate, having an ocean view is like having the only water bottle in a vast desert and you never ever give it up to anybody except maybe a loved one once you die. The purpose of this building is to appease all those Richie Rich’s that never got theirs. I love Long Beach, and I don’t want to be the person who discourages growth. But other than years of traffic cones and construction zones, there are deeper implications to boosting our metropolitan status and further gentrification of this city.


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WEEKEND RECAP

Long Beach basketball suffers losing weekend By Kevin Colindres Sports Editor sportswriterkev

Long Beach had a rough weekend with both basketball team’s dropping games to Fresno State and Arizona, respectively. The tough schedules have led to multiple losing streaks for both teams at the halfway point of the preseason.

Men’s basketball

Long Beach (3-8) finished the back end of “redemption week” with a 92-71 loss to Fresno State Saturday. The Bulldogs were missing their second leading scorer Deshon Taylor, who averages 18

points, five assists and 3.6 rebounds a game. Head coach Dan Monson referred to the week of games as a redeeming moment for the 49ers, because the team failed to beat Southern Utah and Fresno State last season. The 49ers did come out with a win against the Thunderbirds at home, but failed to make a statement on the road against the Bulldogs. Seniors Temidayo Yussuf and Deishuan Booker were in double-figures Saturday with Yussuf scoring 17 points and adding six rebounds, while Booker had 13 points with three assists.

Women’s basketball

Long Beach (1-9) hasn’t been able to catch a break early on in the preseason,

losing its last four in a row. This weekend saw the 49ers get blown out 70-43 by Arizona Sunday after coming off a close 60-56 loss to San Diego Thursday. A lot of the team’s struggles have been on the defensive end and lack of experience on the floor. Head coach Jeff Cammon continues to experiment with the starting lineup, consistently taking out 49ers leading scorer sophomore Shanaijah Davison. The inconsistency hasn’t helped the 49ers who ended conference play strong last year. Freshman guard Justina King has been a silver lining for a team that hasn’t had much success. She is currently averaging 10.6 points and has played the most minutes on the team this season.

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Sloppy play by LBSU leads to fourth straight loss The 49ers struggles to get shots to fall against University of Arizona. By Mark Lindahl Staff Writer

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ize was a clear advantage for the University of Arizona against Long Beach State as it lost its fourth in a row, falling to 1-9 on the season. The Wildcats won the rebounding battle 52-to-29, often limiting the 49ers to one opportunity to finish shots in the paint, which led to a constant stream of easy buckets for Arizona in transition the other way. “[We] competed ... give their effort every night, obviously there’s a lot of room for improvement, you know, and we’ll go back to the drawing board in practice and prepare for the next game,” head coach Jeff Cammon said. With excellent ball movement from Arizona, three pointers were raining from open drive-and-kick opportunities, while the 49ers defense was being kept on their heels. Looking for energy from the bench, Cammon inserted sophomore guard Bria Rice into the action after battling injuries in the beginning of the season. “She definitely brings energy and tough-

ness at the defensive end of the floor, so we expect her to continue to improve, get better, and I’m excited that she’s able to get out on the basketball floor,” Cammon said. With the team struggling as a whole to get their rhythm going, freshman forward Jasmine Hardy was the lone player to put her stamp on the game, finishing with 15 points and seven rebounds. “Even though I’m scoring, I feel like it’s a team game, so my team helped me score 15 and I feel like if I didn’t have my team I wouldn’t have been able to do that,” Hardy said. The motto for the team is “We, not me,” and Cammon is implementing that concept with all of his players during this rough patch. “Right now we’re trying to throw kids out there to see what they can do and get some experience and as that’s going on I think they’re ... finding out who they are, what we do at both ends of the floor so, just stay confident, get the experience, get the minutes, and you know, we’ll continue to get better,” Cammon said. The 49ers’ next game will be a 7 p.m. Friday match at Loyola Marymount University.

Sophomore guard Shanaijah Davison (left) gets blocked by an Arizona defender. Freshman guard Justina King (right) attacks the basket through two Arizona defenders. AUSTIN BRUMBLAY Daily 49er

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