ASI PRESIDENTIAL RACE UPDATE

By Lauren Hunter  Staff Writer

The ASI Judiciary Board met on April 19 and discussed the outcome of Oscar Acevedo’s future in ASI. This meeting was conducted because of the alleged misconducts during election time committed by Acevedo. According to sources Acevedo was showing people how to vote via mobile devices. But supposedly he was only showing students how to vote for him. They viewed what he had done as a type of coercion and students felt the need to vote for him because of it.

This all came to a head during the run off election. There were three ties between president, vice president and treasurer. The vice president and treasurer seats were filled. However, issues arose with the presidential seat between Marvin Flores and Acevedo.

This past week the ASI Judiciary Board made their decision to drop Acevedo from the running. Instead the second runner up, Robert Espinoza, is now in the running against Flores in becoming the ASI president for the 2016-2017 school year. 

According the Acevedo he feels the ruling was unfair. He claimed, “their evidence was Marvin’s other ASI co-workers making ridiculous claims against me.” 

He went on to share his feelings. “It is outrageous that student government will engage in dishonest politics with backroom deals, attempt to silence my supporters. What they did was voter disenfranchisement and the ASI Judiciary chose to side with their fellow co-workers to rig the election in Marvin’s favor. They don’t care about student voices,” Acevedo said that he is “not going out without a fight.”

Espinoza, the new candidate for ASI president in place of Acevedo, is running on the platform of transparency. He also wants to help raise the number of African American and Latino graduating. Another issue he wishes to tackle is how ASI uses the money that comes out of our student fees. He wants to make more scholarships available for students. 

Flores’s platform is for students’ voices to be heard. And he is also for the transparency with the school and its students. He wants to help the students achieve more than just graduating and receiving his or her diploma, but get more out of their entire school experience here at CSULB. 

Since again there was no overall winner in voting numbers another election will take place. Flores originally received 1,636 votes compared to Espinoza’s 743 votes in the original vote. The new election according to the Board of Elections will be held April 25-27. Students can continue to go to the ASI homepage for updates regarding the new election.

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THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE

New structure of ASI Town Hall Meeting

By Matthew Gozzip Staff Writer

After a tumultuous year of administration transparency concerns, questionable safety policy and increasing social advocacy on campus, the last ASI town hall meeting will be a little different than usual.

Instead of discussion about set agenda from the executives of ASI, students will be able to voice their concerns more clearly and efficiently in a new submission format, effectively putting student voices at the helm for the day.

The new structure was an idea implemented by Anthony Abando, a programming board member for ASI. “Students wanted to know more about what ASI does and why they take certain actions”, explains Abando. “The students and executives will be in such a clear line of contact that there is nothing but transparency”. 

Comments that will be asked by the moderators are gathered through electronic submission via social media and by physical note if the person asking the question is attending the event. The new configuration of the event would put the president, vice president, treasurer and chief program officer in a fluid forum.

To further ensure the new narrative of town hall meetings to be a success, Abando and the programming board team have enlisted the help of KBeach to not only moderate the questions but also broadcast the town meeting live online. Many of the quips about town hall meetings are due to their inconvenient meeting times for students but having the broadcast and submissions online allows for the concerned to better understand the ASI executives, even when they cannot physically attend meetings.

Anthony admits that the new format is a little unconventional and untested but that shouldn’t deter students from engaging in dialogue with the ASI board that represents them. 

KBeach will be broadcasting through their website and radio station. Online question submissions are handled through the CSULB ASI Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

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BREAK THE SILENCE

Fair brings awareness, and shirts to campus

Shirts with messages of sexual abuse awareness surrounded the event. (Amanda Del Cid/Union Weekly)

By Elizabeth Campos Staff Writer

As a part of Sexual Assault Awareness month, the Women and Gender Equity Center put together Break the Silence fair. 

On Wednesday April 20, Student Health Services, Project OCEAN, YWCA and other groups gathered at the Speaker’s Platform to promote awareness of sexual assault in its various forms. 

Break the Silence fair was called Clothesline Project in previous years. The name was changed to incorporate more components other than the hands-on experience of the event. 

On both extremes of the Speaker’s Platform, the Clothesline Project is displayed. This project consists of several shirts hanging from a rope, with the purpose of making these unique shirts visible to the public. The shirts are printed with messages of sexual assault survivors, as well as incest, domestic violence or child abuse.

Some of the messages written on these shirts include “This has to stop!,” “Stop Sexual Abuse,” and some other shirts have messages written in Spanish as well.

The shirts were donated to the project by the YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association), a group that has a partnership with the Women and Gender Equity Center on campus. The YWCA is known for fighting sexual violence and racism.

Break the Silence hosted many organizations and clubs such as Not Alone @The Beach. (Amanda Del Cid/Union Weekly)

“A lot of the women that work for it are women of color, and they look at it from a more cultural lens,” said Desire Campusano, the graduate student assistant of the Women and Gender Equity Center.

Campusano also expressed that collaborating with the YWCA has been a great asset for the center on campus, as different perspectives from different people are brought to the table. 

Across one of the clotheslines hung in front of the book store, a table was set up for the public to create their own shirt which would be hung along with the others that are part of the project. 

The table displayed a variety of colored shirts donated by the YWCA as well as a list that explains what each color meant. Red, pink and orange were for sexual assault and rape survivors, and purple or lavender were for LGBTQ survivors and/or women attacked because of their sexual orientation. 

Marlene Aguilar, a communication major, said that “it’s important to draw attention to these issues.” 

Following the Break the Silence Fair, was Take Back the Night, which was held later that night. It was also put together by the Women and Gender Equity Center.

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THE MIND ON DISPLAY

Film faculty and director Grace Lee speak with the audience following the screening (Abraham Alapisco/Union Weekly)

Psych day seeks to educate the campus

By Abraham Alapisco Staff Writer

The psychology building was the locale of the 44th annual Psych Day. It was put together by members of the Psychology Student Association and PSI CHI on April 21, 2016. The event combines workshops, food, research presentations and info stations all in one place. 

“We had almost each of everything- photobooth, grad fair, research competition, potluck, research competition, and workshops,” said Kassie Butterworth, Vice President of PSI CHI. Moreover, Butterworth noted that it was a fun day that was worth planning. 

One way the event helps those already involved with the major were the various booths set up that provide information about employment opportunities, graduate school, and stress management. The popular major has many facets to explore, and Psych day attempts to cover many bases in order to capture an accurate image of what the major is all about. 

Volunteers and board members of PSA and PSI CHI Honor Society preparing early in the morning before the event (Jennie Kim/Contributor)

The day is meant to showcase the field of Psychology to anyone who wants to learn more about the field. Presentation boards of current and former students were on display. Researchers were nearby to answer any questions about the area of the field they were studying. 

For Alex Iacovitti, an alumni of the university presenting research, it is a great way to meet and speak with others about trending topics in the field. Iacovitti’s research involved cyberbullying on Facebook.

“It’s important to be conservative about what you post,” said Iacovitti. Unwanted sexual and hurtful messages on social media is a concerning issue on social media according to Iacovitti, who hopes to shed light on the issue as a second time presenter. 

When the event up around 2pm, attendees headed over to the Annatoll Center to listen to the keynote speak Dr. Andrea Hopmeyer, whose research involves social and emotional development of children and adolescents. wrapped up around 2pm, attendees headed over to the Annatoll Center to listen to the keynote speak Dr. Andrea Hopmeyer, whose research involves social and emotional development of children and adolescents. 

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FINDING SUCCESS IN THE PRESENT

Tanner Brown was named Big West Pitcher of the week in April. (Jim Cayer/Gazzetes Sports)

Dirtbags pitcher Tanner Brown opens up on his life.

By Matt Gozzip Staff Writer 

One of the most fluid motions in all of sports is a baseball pitch. A combination of statuesque poise and momentum mechanics, a perfect pitch can transform a seemingly harmless ball of yarn into a 90mph comet in mere seconds. Pitch poses vary but the cadence is all the same: think, thrust and throw. 

Much like the motion of a pitch, senior pitcher Tanner Brown has learned to embrace the fluidity of life, on and off the mound. 

“I have no clue what is going to happen in the future”, Brown notes. “I don’t have a dream job. I just continue to keep moving.” 

Think 

In an age of meticulous coordination and careful planning for the future, Brown is indeed an outlier. After playing baseball for Fountain Valley High School, he had no offers. Following an extended stint at Golden West College, no coaches came calling yet again. For some this may have felt like the end of their baseball career but to Brown it was not debilitating. If anything, it was just more of the same treatment that he was used to. 

“I wasn’t going to play after Golden West,” said Brown, “but my coach, Bert Villarreal, knew some of the coaches at Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State. I was offered a walk on spot to both, expecting to be on the team and only go through the motions. I didn’t expect all of this.” 

Thrust 

The “this” that Brown is referring to is a starting pitcher spot in the rotation, numerous Big West accolades and lately, early flashes of dominance in the new season. Brown is 4-2 with a 3.00ERA that was recently capped off by a dominant outing in a shutout over a nationally ranked UCSB squad. 

Much of Brown’s success on the field is well documented but it is what he has kept in his life during his ascension to stardom that has better defined him. The college culture of sociability networking is quite alluring but Brown has a different set of values. 

“I live five minutes from the beach so that is an escape when I’m hanging out with friends helps to calm me off the field, no matter what we do,” explains Brown. “To me, it is important to be with my friends and especially with family. Family is huge to me.” 

Brown’s cites frequent barbecues with his sisters and their children as something that helps him play so level headed when he pitches. His family values also have attributed to his near seamless assimilation and comfort with his new team surroundings, which are pseudo kin to him after only a couple years. 

“Being part of a team is one of my favorite things about baseball and getting the set the tempo as a pitcher and put my team in a position to win is what I enjoy to do, even if I haven’t been pitching for too long.” 

Sporting events consistently have unpredictable outcomes. Players prepare for countless hours only for their training to be thrown out the window when something unexpected happens. For now, pitching for The Beach is all on Brown’s mind at the moment, even when the MLB seems uncertain. 

This situation should scare batters. Brown has thrived on unpredictability in his life because it is all he has ever known. Broken plans and dreams are aplenty for collegiate athletes but to Tanner Brown it’s just a matter of following the rhythm of his pitch motion to fight the future. 

Throw 

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