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CSU won’t question legal status CSUs maintain that immigration policy enforcement is a federal matter. By Michael Garcia Staff Writer

California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White declared in an open letter published Nov. 17 that CSU campuses will not cooperate with local, state or any federal department for the enforcement of federal immigration laws on campuses. “Our duty is to protect our students and enforce what we have coming down from the Chancellor’s office,” Director of the Dream Success Center Rafael Topete said. “Our duty is not to enforce immigration [laws]. This is a federal law and should involve federal officers.” This policy is similar to sanctuary cities, but the university cannot promise to declare itself as a “sanctuary” because the term does not have a solid legal definition and can be misleading. Sanctuary cities have laws or policies that protect undocumented immigrants and most prevent police from asking individuals about their immigration status. Elizabeth Chapin, manager of public affairs at the CSU Office of the Chancellor, said that there have not been any changes to immigration policies within the CSU and the use of the term “sanctuary” could lead to misplaced confidence among the school body. The letter states that CSUs will continue to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all faculty, staff and students and reinforces that diversity and inclusivity are fundamental values of the CSU system. “Our university police departments will not honor immigration hold requests and our university police do not contact, detain, question or arrest individuals solely on the basis of being – or suspected of being – a person [who] lacks

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Forum focuses on future of Philippines By Chrystina Schwartz Staff Writer

About 30 students, faculty and and Long Beach community members gathered Tuesday night to learn about the current political climate in the Philippines. The Let’s Talk Peace forum, which took place in the Cal State Long

Beach Anatol Center, focused on the Philippines’ long term struggle for independence and peace talks. Speaker Eric Tandoc explained that the purpose of the forum was to raise awareness about human rights and independence of the Philippines. He said that ever since the Philippines were sold by Spain in 1898 for $20 million to the United States, the country has undergone a neo-colonization by the U.S.. “For the Philippines to assert independence and finally have its own country that is economically, politically, militarily, socially and cultur-

ally independent, it would have a big impact on U.S. power in the Asian Pacific,” Tandoc said. The forum sought to educate students about the Philippines’ history, from Spanish colonization to current issues which continue to stifle the country, such as widespread poverty and rampant government corruption. It started with a three-minute video on the background of the U.S.’s acquisition of the Philippines, then explained the conflicts between the extremely impoverished working class peasants and the wealthy top

1 percent that have plagued the islands. Tandoc explained that around fourteen families claim most of the wealth in the country. However, many Filipinos became politically active and have mobilized their own rebel militia groups against the funded army of the wealthy families and corrupt government. In 1969, the New People’s Army was founded as an armed rebel group of the Communist Party of the Philippines to protect the working class

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For the Philippines to assert independence and finally have its own country that is economically, politically, militarily, socially and culturally independent, it would have a big impact on U.S. power in the Asian Pacific. -Eric Tandoc, Speaker

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Finding parking at Cal State Long Beach is typically an issue for most students and employees, even with 4,777 general parking spots for students, 1,953 spots for employees and 238 disabled spots on campus. Such a small amount of handicapped spaces for a campus with a student body of 40,000 strong can cause problems for those like Nathan Ortez, who is in a walking boot after foot surgery. Ortez said he was given a handicap parking permit for the semester by CSULB Transportation and Parking Services, as well as an employee pass to enter the employee parking lots in the event that general lots did not have accessible spaces open. Ortez said he was looking for a disabled parking spot in early October and none were available. “All they told me that [my handicap pass] was valid in employee lots and they gave me another employee pass so


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We avoided the largest strike in higher education history. The largest strike that actually didn’t happen. -Jennifer Eagan, California Faculty Association president



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This weekend saw the Long Beach State men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s volleyball and women’s water polo teams all find success. LBSU played 13 total games from Thursday to Sunday and won nearly all of them. Read about the Dirtbags’ opening series win and the women’s basketball team on page 8 and find out how the softball, women’s water polo and men’s volleyball teams picked up their wins on page 7.

The 49ers roll to six wins in a row with their win over the rival Titans. By Will Hernandez Assistant Sports Editor

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CSU-CFA labor deal

What the CFA got: w 5 percent general salary increase as of June 31 w 2 percent general salary increase as of July 1 w 3.5 percent general salary increase as of July 1, 2017 w 2.65 percent service salary increase during the 2017-18 academic year for eligible faculty w Minimum raise upon promotion will go from 7.5 percent to 9 percent for tenure-line faculty

chapter Douglas Domingo-Forasté said the chancellor took a mostly hands-off approach to the bargaining process during the last 11 months, but that he called Eagan to restart negotiations as the result of the fact finder’s report, subsequent pressure from various other sources and the realization that faculty were serious about striking next week. “He called Jennifer Eagan, who had tried to call him [and] get him involved many times before, she said,” Domingo-Forasté said. “So, that’s when things got done — when he decided to be personally involved.” The terms of the agreement include a 5 percent general salary increase June 30, a 2 percent general salary increase one day later on July 1 and a 3.5 percent general salary increase on July 1, 2017. The June and July increases will take place at the end of this fiscal year and the beginning of the next, respectively. Cal State Long Beach Department of Interna-

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California State University faculty would receive a 10.5 percent salary increase over the next three years in a tentative agreement between California Faculty Association labor leaders and CSU management, but whether the raise will really solve the faculty wage crisis, especially among non-tenuretrack professors, remains uncertain. CSU Chancellor Timothy White and CFA President Jennifer Eagan announced the terms of the agreement in a joint press conference in Sacramento Friday morning, averting the five-day strike that would have begun Wednesday. “What the CSU faculty has done is historic,” Eagan said. “We avoided the largest strike in higher

What the CSU got: w Salary increase will not be retroactive to the 2015-16 academic year w Faculty hired after July 1, 2017 receive full retirement health benefits with 10 years of service, as opposed to the current five.

education history. The largest strike that actually didn’t happen.” White said he was delighted that the CSU and CFA had reached a tentative agreement. “The ratification process is next, and I know that I will be commending this agreement to the Board of Trustees, and I know that the CFA leadership will be doing the same to their members,” White

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said. The CFA and CSU management announced a 48-hour blackout period on strike planning, communication efforts and news last Monday to allow negotiations. In that time, the chancellor stepped in to actively participate in the negotiation process for the first time. President of the Cal State Long Beach CFA

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Junior guard Anson Moye (top) pulls up from behind the arc in front of the 49ers’ bench. Senior guard Nick Faust (bottom) keeps the ball out of Titans’ forward Jamar Akoh’s reach in LBSU’s win over Cal State Fullerton on Saturday inside the Walter Pyramid.

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Tobacco-free transformation CSULB will follow more than 400 American colleges and universities that have already banned all forms of tobacco – including e-cigarettes – from their campuses. By Seth Perlstein Contributing Writer

he unmistakable smell of e-cigarette vapor wafted from around the corner of the Vivian Engineering Center at California State University, Long Beach. The invisible, nanoparticle- and carcinogen-infused exhalation flowed freely down the narrow corridor, past the glass-encased Mars rover exhibit, and into the semi-enclosed quad along Deukmejian Way. At the inception point of the gaseous trail sat Hernan Lozada, a CSULB civil engineering major, who prepared his digital nicotine-delivery device for another hit. But Lozada, and other 49ers who smoke, won’t be able to indulge his habit on campus for much longer. This fall, The Beach will transform itself into a tobacco-free university during a three-year process. “I don’t like it, because it takes away my smoking,” Lozada said disapprov-

ingly. “I am addicted.” More than 400 American colleges and universities have already banned all forms of tobacco – including e-cigarettes – from their campuses, according

to the American Lung Association. California State University, Fullerton became the first smoke-free CSU in 2013. Other CSUs such as California State University, Northridge, San Diego

State University and Sonoma State University soon followed suit. CSULB will join its smoke-free Southern California brethren when it rolls out its new tobacco policy in Au-

$118,850 for Breathe campaign The anti-smoking campaign aims to eliminate tobacco and e-cigarette use on campus by the fall semester. By Sara DeLeon Staff Writer

2016 semester, but President Jane Close Conoley has already informed the campus and is raising awareness on the CSULB website and Beachboard. Enforcement of the policy will not take place all at once, according to Mike Uhlenkamp, exec-

gust, which will begin with the removal of all ashtrays and designated smoking areas from campus. But the new program will have a three-year grace period that will allow smokers to continue their on-campus nicotine intake unpunished through 2018. “[Jane Conoley, CSULB president] really wanted it to be a positive experience,” said Scott Apel, CSULB associate vice president of human resources. “She didn’t want to punish smokers. She didn’t want to stigmatize people. She wanted us to help people with education and cessation efforts.” CSULB students voted to ban smoking – which causes more annual deaths than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor-vehicle injuries and firearm-related incidents combined, according to the Center for Disease Control and

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The Long Beach State men’s and women’s basketball teams wrapped their seasons up on Saturday with both teams heading into the Big West Tournament riding winning streaks. The women’s team enters the tourney as the No. 3 seed after its second consecutive 20-win season. The men’s team also enters its tournament as the No. 3 seed after winning nine of its last 10 games.

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A student leader-led forum will be held today to further discuss campus safety.

By Ariana Sawyer News Editor

This forum will be the second attempt at creating an open dialogue between the campus community and Cal State Long Beach administration — but this time around, student leaders will orchestrate the conversation. Black Student Union President Justin Bradley organized the second forum alongside President Jane Close Conoley and Vice President Carmen Taylor as well as several other student organizations such as La Raza Student Association, Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Student Association. Those groups will also speak at the forum.

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The Long Beach State men’s basketball team overcame an 11-point, second-half deficit to defeat Hawai’i 74-72 Saturday to finish the regular season 18-3 and 12-4 in the conference. After knocking off Hawai’i for a second straight time, the 49ers finished the season winning nine of their last 10 games. With that type of momentum, LBSU head coach Dan Monson said he likes the team’s chances going into the tourney.

The Long Beach State women’s basketball team finished its regular season 23-7 after defeating UC Davis 74-64 on Thursday and Cal State Northridge 79-69 on Saturday. The 49ers also finished 12-4 in the Big West, winning their last five games heading into their Big West Tournament opener on Wednesday as the No. 3 seed. LBSU and Hawai’i ended the season tied for second place in the con-

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Vice President of Student Affairs Carmen Taylor invited Cal State Long Beach students in an email Friday to an open forum Thursday to discuss campus safety concerns after a student brandished a knife in class. The forum will be the first in a series, Taylor said. The administration’s effort to reach out came after students took to social media over the last several days to criticize the university’s lack of communication regarding the Feb. 25 incident in which a 20-year-old male student “displayed” a knife to a female student in a sociology class on race, class and gender. Much of the criticism stemmed from the fact that the altercation was not disclosed to the campus community in a timely warning email, and that the incident was perceived to have been racially motivated. “A careful assessment of [perceptions of race in] the reported event bears further scrutiny,” CSULB President Jane Close Conoley said Sunday in an email. The student was asked to leave, and the rest of the class was cancelled, according to Terri Carbaugh, a university spokesperson with the Office of Public Affairs. Whether the student is still on campus remains unclear. According to Conoley, who addressed the incident at last Thursday’s Academic Senate meeting, a timely warning was not issued, but she acknowledged that there should be a system to present the information to students. She refuted claims on social media that there was another incident with the same person last week. “The timely warning was not issued because according to the protocol of the threat assessment, there was no clear and present danger to this campus,” Conoley said at the meeting. “This is based on a protocol we use in every single incident on campus.” Conoley said University Police cleared the student to carry the knife on campus. “That doesn’t take away from the perception the people in the class had,” Conoley said. “This student did go and ask: ‘May I carry this?’ And he was told ‘Yes,’ so, in his experience — that’s what I’ve been told; this will be investigated.” Campus standards of conduct section 41301: b, 13, state that students may not bring knives to campus unless they are approved by the campus president. However, the president said she has delegated this task to CSULB Chief of Police Fernando Solarzano. “I’ve done this so the police can investigate the situation that might be causing a student to feel unsafe,” Conoley said in an email. “I’m not able to do that with any expertise, but our University PD can accomplish this with great skill. When the police chief works with a student about a unique situation, he can better assess whether the student should be allowed to have a weapon. He can also offer advice, protection, and prevention efforts to keep the student safe.” Conoley said she regretted not sending an email out right away and called it a “lesson learned.” “I would say to any student, you don’t need to bring anything that looks like a knife, acts like a knife to a class, alright?” Conoley said at the Academic Senate meeting.

Megan Stevens, a Psychology major at Cal State Long Beach, yells at organizers of the anti-abortion demonstration,the Genocide Awareness Project, Tuesday on the Free Speech Lawn.


LBSU guard Nick Faust goes up against Hawai’i guard Sai Tummala in the 49ers’ two-point win over the Rainbow Warriors on Saturday inside the Walter Pyramid.

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The Cal State Long Beach Free Speech Lawn drew hundreds of students Tuesday. The latest iteration of the antiabortion demonstration, the Genocide Awareness Project, was set up on one side of the lawn, drawing dozens of student protestors. [More on page 4] Across the sidewalk, Safe Space CSU encouraged students to make their own signs countering the message of the demonstration. [More about Safe Space CSU on page 6] On the other end of the lawn, more students gathered, some to watch, some to voice dissent with several street preachers that had set up on campus. In between both groups. the American Indian Student Council played drums and encouraged students to ignore both religious demonstrations.

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“Fight For Five” protestors including members of CFA hold signs outside of a Board of Trustees meeting in the California State University Office of the Chancellor Nov. 17, 2015.

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With point guard Justin Bibbins back in the starting lineup, the Long Beach State men’s basketball team beat Cal State Fullerton 70-57 Saturday inside the Walter Pyramid. The 49ers (15-12, 9-3) led 42-39 with 12:52 remaining in the game, when Bibbins nailed his first three pointer of the game and ignited a 21-9 second-half run for the 49ers. “First half, [Bibbins] was trying to feel his way back,” LBSU head coach Dan Monson said. “But in the second half I thought he took control of that game.” Bibbins agreed with his coach and said he was fighting off nerves in his first start since Jan. 30 against Hawai’i. “First half I was jittery and excited to be back out there but in the second I calmed down,” Bibbins said. “I saw the floor better, lanes opened up and I was able to play my game again.” Bibbins entered the game against Cal State Northridge on Feb. 6 just to shoot free throws after junior guard Bradford Jones went down with an ankle injury. But after missing three of the last four games, Bibbins was the sparkplug for LBSU’s second half run. The 5-foot-8inch guard scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half and dished out three assists. Bibbins also pushed the tempo on a couple fastbreak plays after the 49ers forced several Titan turnovers. LBSU scored 20 points off of seven CSUF miscues. With 7:56 remaining in the game, freshman guard Noah Blackwell’s


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documentation,” White said in the letter. Cal State Long Beach President Jane Close Conoley said that CSULB is a strong supporter of the chancellor’s nationwide principles and General Order 55. President Conoley announced General Order 55, which instructs CSULB police on how to deal with detained undocumented individuals, in May. “Since the summertime, we’ve adopted a policy forbidding police from conducting with ICE,” Conoley said. “We will protect information on DACA students. Students will never be hassled on their citizenship status and we are not welcoming ICE on our campus.” “We’re going to work with all students regardless of documentation,” Topete said. “We are supportive of our students and we are not going to cooperate with ICE in terms of reinforcement.” Conoley said that it was important to have this message sent out because some students were left with anxiety after the election. “Some people are really excited while others are very worried. We want to inform the administration about the benefits of students on DACA status and that our pathway will be to create a safe and secure campus for all of our students.” Conoley said that she will continue to advocate on the federal level to lobby support for a reasonable immigration law. California university leaders sent a letter signed by more than 350 college presidents from across the United States on Tuesday asking President-elect Donald Trump to allow DACA students to continue their education without the risk of deportation. “Our duty is to protect our students and enforce what we have coming down from the chancellor’s office,” Topete said. “Our duty is not to enforce immigration [laws]. This is a federal law and should involve federal officers.” There is also the possibility of federal funding being cut to CSU campuses acting as sanctuaries. According to a CNN Money article, “Sanctuary cities risk billions in defiance of Trump,” sanctuary cities like Chicago, Los Angeles and New York could get their funding cut as part of Trump’s immigration plan. If he would extend this policy to university’s, “It’s always a threat and there are a lot of funds to lose,” Topete said. “Even if half of our students are on Pell Grants that’s 15,000 students and the average Pell Grant is about $5,000 - that’s a lot of money to lose.” Other programs that risk losing federal funding include Student Support Services which help low-income, first generation to college and students with disabilities. The program receives about $1 million a year in federal funding.

wheelchair and not only needs a disabled parking spot, but one with enough room to unload his chair out of his van. “It’s not about being close to something, I’ve parked far away [before], I need the spot because if I park in a regular parking spot, it’s too small or I cannot get out or I block the person on my right side,” he said. “[Then I’m] left with angry notes saying they can’t get into their driver side. He said it can take up almost 30 minutes to find a disabled spot that is suitable. Karadjov admitted that parking has gotten better over the years, but he said there is still a lot of work that can be done. He believes there are different ways to approach this problem and solve it. “The better approach for this situation is to talk, to see how many people need this specific type of parking, have a survey, make contacts to the individual and maybe spend some time individualizing — come up with some ideas with some arrangements that is more to the needs,” Karadjov said. He also believes that following state codes is not going to solve the problem of creating enough handicapped spaces for everyone, paying attention and seeking what is actually needed will.

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I could get into the lots,” he ing. He showed all his evisaid. “The told me [to] park dence and explained why he in the employee lots, display ended up parking in the facyour handicap permit and disulty spot, due to no handicap play your white [placard] that spaces being available that day. they gave me.” “I heard back via email, With no disabled spaces [which said] ‘you’ve been shot available, Ortez decided to down,’ and you’re still being park in a faculty spot as becharged the $50,” Ortez said. cause of the bottom of his However, he noticed that permit it said: “permit valid what they sent him didn’t in only emmatch his ployee or original cigenera l tation. spaces.” “ A l l It’s not about being close When he it said to something, I’ve parked came back [was,]‘well to his car, because far away [before], I need Ortez said since you the spot because if I park he saw a p a r k e d in a regular parking spot, parking ciin faculit’s too small or I cannot tation for ty and not get out or I block the “no permit in handid i s pl aye d .” cap spot, person on my right side. He said he that’s why was conwe wrote -Chris Karadjov, fused and you the Journalism professor went to the ticket. Not office of because of transportation and parking anything of you not having a services to discuss this citapermit [like the original],’” he tion issue and was directed by said. They totally sidestep the parking officials to go online original citation and ended and contest the citation. up emailing something about Ortez said he hoped it completely different.” would be be just a misunderNot only are disabled stustanding and his ticket would dents having parking issues, be cleared. but faculty as well. However, his contest was reJournalism professor Chris jected due to lack of evidence. Karadjov is one of the faculty Ortez decided to clear up this members who struggles with issue with an admission hearthis daily. Karadjov uses a

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Junior forward Madison Montgomery looks to go up and score in LBSU’s win over UC Davis on Thursday inside the Walter Pyramid.

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Student leaders from cultural and political organizations are organizing an open forum between students, faculty and administration regarding campus safety concerns. The forum will take place today at 5 p.m. in the USU ballrooms and will go on until 6:30 p.m.

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Cal State Long Beach students remain a captive audience for soft drink advertisement and limited beverage options. By Kevin Flores Special Issues Editor

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The ‘90s tagline “Always Coca-Cola” takes on a new meaning at Cal State Long Beach, which has been branded a Coke campus through at least 2021 after recent contract negotiations. This designation as a Coke campus means that the university, under the terms of what is colloquially referred to as a “pouring rights agreement,” must exclusively sell Coca-Cola beverages campuswide, notwithstanding some strict and limited exemptions. In return for their commitment to Coca-Cola, Forty Niner Shops receives a yearly sponsorship fee of $195,000 (or about $5.21 per student per year) for the extent of the contract, commissions on all vending machine sales and “incentive funding” for every case of product purchased from the bottler past a certain threshold. The Forty Niner Shops made $76,638 in vending machine commissions last year but did not meet the volume threshold required to receive incentive funding. Proceeds from Coca-Cola are split between the Forty Niner Shops and the Athletics Department and the nonprofit uses its share for operating costs such as utility bills and building maintenance as well as donations to the university, according to Kierstin Stickney, the director of marketing and communications for the Forty Niner Shops. The current contract signed in 2006 was set to expire in August, but was extended this month for an additional five years through an amendment added earlier this year, a move which went mostly unannounced to the student body. The 2006 contract included a clause that would have extended exclusive selling rights to Coca-Cola for

Members of the public gather at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels to leave messages and tributes following the terrorist attacks on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

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“God loves Fedoras” but “hates hoes” says the street preacher on the freedom of speech lawn on upper campus.

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Students and counter protestors from CSU Safe Space challenge Beach Newman and the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform Tuesday during their presentation of the Genocide Awareness Project.

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With yet another international terrorist attack hitting way too close to home, what are we to do? By Micayla Vermeeren Opinions Editor

How many mornings will there be where I wake up, look at my phone’s notifications, check my email, read a headline and think, “Oh, my loving God?”

And I’m an atheist. I really don’t know what there is left to say at this point. Between living in the Netherlands this past summer, having my sorority sister lose her roommate Nohemi in the Paris terrorist attacks this fall and hearing my best friend tell me he’s scared to walk into work at Disneyland today, this sort of headline is familiar, but still painful. I don’t know how I’m supposed to absorb it. And I know I’m not the only one.

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Q&A with student government leaders ASI President and Vice President reflect on the progress made this semester.

to help mobilize and bring students to that meeting. So we are working with the CFA so we can [shuttle] students from the university to the CSU BOT meeting. As well, our Lobby Corps is going to be phone banking.

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With the recent election results, what is ASI doing to calm concerns on campus regarding racism, sexism, xenophobia, etc? Vournas: Something we did following the election, we brought out giant poster boards and white boards. We wrote on these poster boards “how are you doing,” “what are you thinking” and “what are you grateful for” just so students can have that outlook because a lot of times you don’t really know what to say. We saw hundreds of students throughout the day come cry with us, write on their board with us; we had snacks and we had places for people to color. Now we are working on writing a resolution with the ASI Senate to make CSULB a sanctuary campus for undocumented students as well as making a stand regarding everything our president-elect stands for to our student body. It is frightening, our students have been threatened and I have been threatened. It is important for us to stay strong. I do believe we need time to mourn, and after we take our time to mourn it is then time to mobilize.

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As the semester comes to an end, Associated Students, Inc. President Marvin Flores and Vice President Logan Vournas are reflecting back on the accomplishments made this semester. While looking at what they have done, they also look forward to what they still plan to do next semester. Flores and Vournas took time to sit down and discuss what is still left to do for the rest of their term.

How exactly have you connected more with students and organizations? Flores: By going out to talk to them face to face. I think Logan has been a big advocate. We both went out and talked to them and asked them: “What do you need?” I know with previous years, it’s always one of our goals for students to know we’re here for them. When we talk to them, we understand better what their needs and what they want instead of us assuming what is best for them. How has the process been for the Food Bank and Swap Shop to get them up and running? Vournas: It started about year – we built a relationship with Food Finders. We met up with them last summer and we were able to get all the information


continued from page 1 people’s interests. Although the U.S. and European Union have classified them as a terrorist group, the government of the Philippines has now delisted them as a terrorist group in effort to reignite peace talks throughout the region. Tandoc emphasised that the NPA is not a terrorist organization or a rebel group, but can be seen as a second government to the Philippines. It provides schools for children, enforces taxes on all levels of government officials and work to unite the working class people for a better

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ASI President Marvin Flores, left, and Vice President Logan Vournas discuss campus wide issues at a debate during spring 2016. to make our food pantry better. The hardest part was finding a place for it. This previous summer is when a lot of it went into work. It was just a lot of work, it is creating a new entire program from scratch. Right now, the hardest thing is sustaining it for students. We are always trying to expand it so we should have a fridge by next semester, so we can have produce too. What have you not been able to accomplish this semester? Vournas: Something I have been working on that I am hoping to carry over next semester is the Queer Student Success Initiative. On our campus, we have initiatives like Men Success Initiative for Men of Color [and] Asian Pacific Islander, but we don’t really have anything specifically for queer students. Something I was really proud that we accomplished, that I want to further next semester, [was being]able to get a lot of gender-inclusive facilities on campus. For instance, in the Recreation Center we converted two single shower locker room spaces that were originally one male and one female into two gender-inclusive facilities, so that anyone – regardless of gender orientation – would be able to use it. Something I

The biggest thing I want to do is help. I want to make sure when I leave, that we leave the university better than when we started. We want to make sure that the students know that they are supported and that we tried to do everything we could to make this campus better. -Logan Vournas, ASI Vice President

What goals have you achieved so far this semester? Vournas: For me, the biggest thing I was able to accomplish was the opening of the [ASI Beach Pantry] and all the work that went into that. One of Marvin and mine’s goals this year was to rebuild not only the relationship with ASI and the university, but more so ASI and our students. This entire semester, we worked really hard on trying to make ASI more representative for all our students. We’re trying to lead ASI in a more social justice-oriented position and more heavily working in solidarity with all our student organizations.

want to try to work on next semester is opening up a multi stall gender-inclusive bathroom stall on the campus. I have worked really closely with Mary Stevens, the vice president of finance for the university, and the facility management on converting all the single stalls into gender-inclusive facilities. Flores: One of the goals I am continuing next semester is to put a freeze on tuition. To be able to go out and work

country. Foreign businesses have taken advantage of the Philippines’ many resources, which has resulted in destroyed environments and forceful relocation of indigenous people. The U.S. military bases are unpopular among indigenous people because they also damage ocean environment while callously using the country for strategic military purposes because of it’s location in the South China Sea. At the end of the discussion, there was a short Q&A as Tandoc began to wrap up the meeting, which went over time. Six people gathered in the front of the podium to sing a popular Filipino revolutionary song, “When the War is Over.”

with a variety of organization on campus and through the state to make sure we are not alone in this fight because in the end it will affect all of us. We want to make sure everybody understand that this is not something we are okay with. What are your plans for next semester? Vournas: Part of the plans for next semester are fighting potential increase, urging our university to invest responsibly. We want to work on getting parking sensors. So with the new license recognition software, a future step is having sensor on the structure so you know if the structure is full or not. What are you doing in terms of the proposed tuition hike? Vournas: They moved the vote for the tuition increase from January to March. There is a CSU Board of Trustees meeting in January and in March. So, what ASI is doing is trying to work really close with California Faculty Association and Students for Quality Education to help mobilize our student body. The biggest impact we have seen is the power of protest and the power of democracy in the streets and having the ability to raise your own voice. We want

What kind of legacy do you hope to leave? Vournas: The biggest thing I want to do is help. I want to make sure when I leave, that we leave the university better than when we started. We want to make sure that the students know that they are supported and that we tried to do everything we could to make this campus better. Flores: We are in here doing emails, helping students and hearing their concerns. But we are out there trying to meet students to see what they want from us. Last year we saw a lot of students didn’t have a lot of faith in ASI, and we both see that this is a very empowering experience that we get a chance to meet with administrative and being the voice of students. Being able to say that we are here for our students no matter what and support everyone as much as possible. If there are concerns, we can hear them so we can voice them to the university to resolve them.

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Students discuss the Philippines’ long term struggle for independence at The Let’s Talk Peace forum in the Cal State Long Beach Center Anatol Center Nov. 29.



Providing support through awareness CSULB will participate in the worldwide HIV and AIDS educational and remembrance day.

pre-exposure prophylaxis if one is at high risk for HIV.” The Center for Latino Community and the Health Resource Center come together to host the event where there will be free HIV testing and activities that will teach CSULB students facts about the virus, prevention and safer sex practices. By Xochitl Abarca There will be informational pamStaff Writer phlets, free condoms and lubricants provided as well. The Center for Latino CommuniAccording to a Nov. 2016 UNty Health will host World AIDS Day AIDS report, there are 36.7 million Fair 2016 at the Speaker’s Platform people living with HIV, but only 18.2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in conjunction million of those people were accesswith the worlding antiretroviwide educationral therapy as of al health day. June 2016. World AIDS Day is held on states that 78 World AIDS Day is Dec. 1 to unite million people important because it people to fight who have bereminds the public and against HIV and come infected AIDS. The day is with HIV and 35 Government that HIV has an opportunity million people not gone away. to show support have died from for people living AIDS-related -2016 National AIDS with HIV and to illnesses since Trust commemorate the start of the those who have epidemic in the died from AIDS. 80’s. “The goal is to To combat promote awareness and understandprejudice carried from the 80’s the ing HIV and AIDS,” CSULB’s Coormulti-part 2016 World AIDS Day dinator of the Health Resource Cencampaign’s theme is “HIV Stigma: ter Heidi Girling said. “This includes prevention of HIV through safer see AIDS, page 5 sex and other mechanisms, such as

Students filled out personal, inspirational fliers at the 2014 World AIDS Day Fair on campus.

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Don’t break down, breakdance

CSULB club hosts annual breakdance competition. By Jason Enns

Arts & Life Editor

We can all picture the scene: hyped yells and thrilled jumps as dancers go back and forth one-upping each other. It’s been a common trope in movies like “You Got Served,” the “Step Up” franchise and “Stomp the Yard.” It even shows up in comedies like “White Chicks” and “Kickin it Old Skool.” Well, the opportunity has come to witness one of these contests first hand at the Rock the Beach event at Cal State Long Beach. Saturday in the East Gym from 2-9 p.m., numerous dancers of different skill levels and styles will go head-to-head. CSULB Breakers are hosting the event that welcomes dancers from both near and far. They are one of the campus’ many imaginative club sports teams. Their mission is to promote hip hop and its history, connect with the dance community and develop a positive environment for the growth of the next generation of “B-boys” and “B-girls.” The Breakers, founded in 2005, has been a growing club on cam-


continued from page 4 NOT RETRO, JUST WRONG”. First, the National AIDS Trust urges people to challenge HIV stigma on social media by sharing a funny or embarrassing story from the 80’s or 90’s to show that although some retro styles have come back into fashion HIV stigma should be left in the past.

pus that invites both students and non-students to come learn hip hop dance moves with one-on-one instruction. However, first timers who go to Rock the Beach on Dec. 3 will want to just sit back and watch as the competition heats up. There will be a two-on-two new/intermediate

contest for dancers who have a maximum of three years experience, but the main event will be the full crew vs crew (4-10 members) competition where winner will be taking home a $500 prize. It’s basically the final scene of every “Step Up” film ever made. That kind of high-energy drama

doesn’t come for free, though. General admission for Rock the Beach is $10, $5 for CSULB students and $3 for children ages three to nine. The competition is complete with clothing and venue vendors, a judges table and two DJs. A total of 16 crews will battle tournament-style until the best crew of the day is deemed win-

Second, people are urged to take a stand against HIV stigma in their daily life by sharing the #HIVNotRetro campaign at work, school, with friends and family. Lastly, people are urged to wear red and/or a red ribbon on Dec. 1 to show support and solidarity to the people living with HIV and AIDS. According to, people do not know the facts about how to efficiently protect themselves because they rely on the mainstream media’s antiquated view of the vi-

rus. states that the stigma and discrimination that remains from the 80’s outbreak effects both people who have HIV and AIDS, as well as the general public. “World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away — there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education,” the 2016 National AIDS Trust said. According to, being diagnosed with HIV today

means something completely different than it did 20 years ago. Even though HIV is no longer a death sentence, people’s attitudes toward HIV makes the lives of people living with the disease difficult. Free and confidential HIV testing services are offered on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as partner counseling and referral services at the HIV Care and Coordination Clinic in Long Beach. For more information, call 562-570-4315.




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ner of the cash prize. For those who want to be able to compete in next year’s contest, the CSULB Breakers has beginners classes Monday 7-8 p.m. in Kinesiology 93, intermediate classes Friday 6-7 p.m. in the East Gym and open sessions Monday and Wednesday at 8-9:45 p.m. and Friday 7-9 p.m.


WORLD AIDS DAY • The HIV van will be on campus to offer testing on Dec. 1 • Contact the Health Resource Center to make an appointment for free STD testing or for more information at (562) 985-4609 • Students can get free condoms at the following locations: USU, SRWC, SSPA-024 and 25




The Jewish-Muslim allegiance The two religious groups have come together during times of hardship. By Jorge Paniagua Opinions Editor


o global crisis embodies the difficult relations Muslim and Jewish people share more than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Deeming the conflict a non-religious one would be a mistake. With nearly the entire Palestinian population following Islam and Israel continuously being regarded as a “Jewish” state — the two countries are fighting for more than just land, but a right to exist in this holy region. With Israel slowly engulfing the Palestinian territories through obvious occupation and force, it seems as though both Muslims and Jews, although frequently targeted and discriminated against in countries like the U.S., were having difficulty coming to terms with one another as a result of this ardent Middle Eastern conflict. For decades, whenever the two religious groups came together — whether in conversation or protest — it usually involved the Israeli-Arab conflict. Yet, hate crimes committed toward members of both religions motivated by a surge in white nationalism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia following Donald Trump’s ascent to presidency, have united the two religious communities. Yet, Muslim and Jewish allegiance is not exclusive to the U.S. — overseas, unity is becoming widespread as Israel currently deals with over a dozen wildfires officials are having trouble extinguishing. The current fires that spread across Israel’s third-largest city, Haifa along with more than a dozen other fires around the country, have showcased Arab-Israeli solidarity. A great deal of Israeli citizens have received aid from their Palestinian neighbors — whether through the help of extinguishing fires or helping Israeli’s get back on their feet after losing their homes. It’s a curious and inspiring occurrence: American Jews and Muslims have become united by politics while Palestinian Arabs are leaving politics behind to help the Israeli people.

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The al-Asqa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, sits on the holiest site in Judaism, The Temple Mount. Both structures can be found in the Old City of Jerusalem. The site is of religious significance for both Palestinian Arabs and Israeli people. Islamophobia/Anti-Semitism in the U.S. Over the past several days, three California mosques, including the Long Beach Islamic Center, received photocopies of the same handwritten letter deeming Muslims “vile,” “evil” and “the Children of Satan.” Furthermore, the letters threatened that Trump would “cleanse America” of Muslims during his presidency. The Islamophobic letters are merely one example of a plethora of hate crimes committed toward Muslims across the nation since Trump became the country’s president-elect. Since the election, there has been an increase in the number of hate crimes reported against immigrants and people of color — particularly Muslim-Americans, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Following the events of 9/11 and the rise of extremist terrorist attacks across the world, Muslims have been profusely discriminated against. Trump’s hateful rhetoric toward members of the religion merely worsened the situation. However, with Trump’s rise to pow-

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er not only came a rise in Islamophobic sentiment but also white nationalism — the kind influenced by Nazism. A report released Tuesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center found that there have been 100 cases of anti-Semitism in the 10 days following the election of Donald Trump. Many of these incidents involved vandalism incidents of swastikas — some spray-painted on synagogues. A great deal of Muslims and Jews are struggling to feel welcome, or even safe, in a nation whose constitution protects and encourages religious freedom. With that said, these arduous times have brought the two together in a heartening way. According to Israel’s oldest daily newspaper, Haaretz, the “American Jewish Committee and the Islamic Society of North America recently teamed up for a new group leading Jewish and Muslim Americans: The Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council.” The new council was formed less than a week after Trump’s win and according to the AJC press release, the new group “brings together recognized business, political and religious leaders in the Jew-

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ish and Muslim American communities to jointly advocate on issues of common concern.” It seems as though the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is beginning to lose its influence on how American Jews and American Muslims build relationships. The two groups share important concerns about disenfranchisement, discrimination and threats of violence — and are coming together to fight against intolerance. Israeli and Palestinian Cooperation Cooperation between Muslims and Jews has also been evident in the region where tensions between the two major religious groups began — Israel and the Palestinian territories. Israel is currently dealing with rampant fires throughout the nation caused by arson. So far, hundreds of Israeli homes and businesses have succumbed to the flames — leaving many Israeli citizens homeless and struggling financially. Yet, the unfortunate events in Israel have incited acts of compassion and help from their Palestinian neighbors — an unusual yet extremely support-

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ive occurrence. According to a New York Times article titled, “Amid Flames and Suspicions in Israel, Acts of Jewish-Arab Cooperation” by writer Isabel Kershner, “Arab members of the Israeli Parliament offered their homes to Jewish evacuees from fire-affected areas; local Arab community centers and restaurants opened their doors to those fleeing the flames. The gestures exposed the contradictions that run through the fragile patchwork of Israeli-Palestinian coexistence.” Furthermore, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for sending fire trucks and aid to fight the ongoing wildfires. Muslims and Jews are uniting to help one another through difficult situations whether dealing with dangerous political environments like the one Trump has created or unfortunate acts of terrorism which threaten both parties. It’s time to embrace this unity between the two religions — although the road to a peaceful resolution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is long and rather tumultuous, baby steps are key.

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The wreckage of a LaMia airlines charter plane carrying members of the Chapecoense Real football team is seen on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 after it crashed in the mountains of Cerro Gordo, Colombia. At least 75 people on board were killed; officials said six survived.


Plane carrying Brazilian soccer team crashes By Chris Kraul Los Angeles Times

BOGOTA, Colombia — The soccer world Tuesday mourned the deaths of almost all the members of Brazil’s Chapecoense professional team in an airplane crash near Medellin, Colombia, that killed at least 75 people. The Bolivia-based LaMia airline charter flight with 72 passengers and nine crew members on board crashed at about 10 p.m. local time Monday as it was preparing to land at Jose Maria Cordova International Airport in Rionegro, a Medellin suburb. Among the dead were 19 of the 22 Chapecoense team members. Defenders Alan Ruschel and Helio Zampier, known as “Neto,” and goalie Jackson Follmann reportedly were listed in critical condition at local hospitals. “This is a very, very sad day for football,” Gianni Infantino, president of world soccer’s governing body FIFA, said in a statement. “We are so sorry to hear about the airplane crash in Colombia, it is shocking and tragic news. At this difficult time our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends.” The soccer star known as Neymar, of Brazil’s national team, said over social media that he was in a state of disbelief. “Cannot believe this tragedy, impossible to believe it happened, impossible to believe that the plane crashed, impossible to believe that athletes, humans were on that plane, impossible to believe that these people left their families. ... Today the world mourns, but the sky is happy to

receive Champions.” The team, hailing from Chapeco in Santa Caterina state, was scheduled to arrive in Colombia to play this week in the Copa Sudamericana tournament against Medellin’s Atletico Nacional squad. The Brazilian players were a longshot Cinderella team that put together a winning season despite meager resources and facilities. During the all-day travel Monday, several players in ebullient spirits sent videos to fans over social media. There were conflicting media reports about what might have caused the crash of the four-engine British Aerospace 146 jet. On approach, the pilot reportedly informed the Cordova airport control tower of electrical problems. Poor weather conditions may also have been a factor or possibly a fuel shortage, according to an official interviewed on national television. Local press photos of the crash scene indicated that the aircraft plowed through a forested area but that it did not explode or catch fire. Hampered by heavy rain, fog and poor roads, rescuers reported difficulties in reaching the crash site in the La Union township about 10 miles from the Cordova airport. More than 150 rescuers managed to reach the scene and within hours take six survivors to nearby hospitals in La Ceja and Rionegro. Local media reported recovery of the aircraft’s so-called black boxes, which may provide clues to the disaster. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos addressed the nation Tuesday morning to express condolences to the family and friends of those on

the flight that crashed Monday night, promising that a team of the country’s best investigators would work to expeditiously identify the victims and deliver their bodies to loved ones. At a news conference in Bogota, the Colombian National Director of Legal Medicine Carlos Eduardo Valdes said his agency had issued an appeal to family members of the victims in Brazil and Bolivia to provide fingerprint and dental records to help identify the bodies. The Brazilian air force was organizing a flight to bring relatives to Medellin to help with IDs, he said. The team left Sao Paulo on Monday morning and stopped over in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, before continuing toward Medellin. There were conflicting news reports as to whether the team boarded the doomed LaMia aircraft in Brazil or after changing airplanes in Bolivia. Chapecoense player Alejandro Martinuccio stayed home because of an injury. “I feel profound sadness,” he said, according to The Associated Press. “The only thing I can ask is prayers for the companions who were on the flight.” Among the passengers were 22 members of news media. Fox TV reportedly sent a crew of six on the plane to cover the final matches, and the O Globo news organization based in Rio de Janeiro had three staffers on the flight. None survived. Several family members of players were also reported on the flight. Other survivors included flight attendant Ximena Suarez, radio newsman Rafael Henzel and aircraft technician Erwin Tumiri, all in stable condition, AP reported.




No. 4 Kansas routs 49ers, 91-61

Long Beach State men’s basketball team loses eighth consecutive game. By Matthew Simon Sports Editor

Facing another top-ranked opponent, the Long Beach State men’s basketball team lost to No. 4 Kansas 91-61 Tuesday at the Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. The loss is something most teams in the country have faced as Kansas is currently on a 45-game winning streak at home which is the longest active streak in the country. From the opening tip-off, LBSU (1-8) kept the game close, only trailing the Jayhawks (6-1) 18-13 midway through the first half. From there, Kansas’ freshman guard Lagerald Vick put on a show in front of a packed arena. The freshman scored a career-high 23 points while going a perfect 9-of-9 from the floor. It was that kind of night for the 49ers, as they were outrebounded 45-28. Those extra possessions led to the Jayhawks shooting 53.8 percent from behind the three-point line. In the first half, LBSU was outscored in the paint 18-6. LBSU was outmuscled to rebounds and no 49er had more than four rebounds. Kansas started to pull away in the second half and pushed its lead to 30 or more for a majority of the second half.




11 POINTS, 4 REBOUNDS Along with Vick, junior guard Svi Mylailiuk had 14 points and freshman guard Josh Jackson and junior guard Devonte’ Graham had 12 points respectively. LBSU will now look for its first road win of the season when they head to Las Cruces, New Mexico to take on New Mexico Saturday. The team will then have its first home game Pepperdine Nov. 7.

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Long Beach State men’s basketball team lost to No. 5 Kansas, 91-61 Tuesday in Lawrence, Kansas. The loss is the eighth consecutive for LBSU.












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