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Vol. LIX, Issue 614

Thursday, July 11, 2013

$46,000 stolen from Los Alamitos dorms The money belonged to the international educational program, Education First. By Scott Bosco Contributing Writer

A safe and cashbox containing approximately $46,000 in cash were stolen from the Los Alamitos residence halls this weekend, according

to University Police. University Police responded to a call of the theft at 9:05 a.m. Sunday, but no suspects are currently identified in the case. The safe contained $45,000 of housing deposits that belonged to the international educational program Education First, which is contracted to use the Los Cerritos and

Los Alamitos residence halls for about 450 students throughout the summer, according to EF’s Center Manager Faith Marquez. The cashbox contained $1,000 for the program’s operational expenditures. According to Marquez, the safe and cashbox had been secured in a wooden cupboard with a cable lock in EF’s makeshift office in a dorm room on the building’s first f loor Saturday night. Marquez said she last held the safes at 10:30 p.m. Saturday before doing her nightly

rounds and clocking out around midnight. Marquez said she realized the next morning that the safes were missing. “I went to assist other leaders and came back around 9:30 a.m. because I wanted to put some receipts in the safe,” Marquez said. “That’s when I noticed the cable lock was unlocked, and the safes containing the cash were gone.” According to EF Activities Manager Justin Magee, the robbery has

left many members of the EF staff unsettled. Very few people had access to the room where the safes were held, and EF staff was in close proximity to the office late into the night. Magee said he was finishing work in the room adjacent to the makeshift office until 1:30 a.m. and didn’t notice anything strange throughout the night. “I was really just kind of baff led,”

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The annual program saw 15 participants who built funtionaing robots for an

By Daniel Serrano City Editor



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From left: Tracy Chamber, Abigail Ouellette, Andrea Ramos, and Sarah Polizzotto watch as Abigail’s robot goes around the obstacle course during the My Daughter is an Engineer Program at CSULB on Sunday in the ECS building.


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The annual program saw 15 participants who built funtionaing robots for an obstacle course. By Daniel Serrano City Editor


ost 10-year-old girls use Saturday afternoons for television and games with friends, but for 15 girls who spent this weekend at Cal State Long Beach, Saturday centered around control systems, robotics and engineering. The annual “My Daughter is an Engineer” program brought girls from five local elementary schools to CSULB and put them through an intense three-day regimen meant to expose them to the engineering field, according to Lilly Gossage, co-director of the program. “This is something we do over a weekend to facilitate the cultivation of young girls interested in engineering,” she said. “This is an effort that many

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Daena Lopez makes alterations to her robot’s path on Sunday by darkening squares on paper that direct the robot when to turn and when to stop. program.

Two Cal State Long Beach professors were awarded a $100,000 grant to fund and carry out research on Lesson Study, an increasingly popular form of professional development for teachers that uses collaboration to create lesson plans. Lesson Study is a professional development method for teachers, according to CSULB professor and co-author of the research proposal Hiromi Masunaga. Through Lesson Study, teachers discuss and plan a single lesson, then dissect that lesson plan again after using it. 100Kin10 — a national group of funders working together to fund teacher preparation in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields — provided the University of Chicago with funding to support a project that will develop a “gold standard” for Lesson Study research, according to CSULB Dean of the College of Education Marquita Grenot-Scheyer. With 100Kin10’s funding, the University of Chicago received research proposals from universities across the nation to develop this “gold standard,” and the CSULB proposal won a grant. “We won the competition because the University of Chicago thought it was a strong design and wanted to work with us on it,”

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