ASI ELECTION RESULTS

President

Run-off election between Marvin Flores and Robert Espioza

Vice President

Run-off election between Logan Vournas and Novy Savannah Bowman

Treasurer

Run-off election between Gio Smith and Mariam Balogun

Senators College of the Arts

Kelsey Kimmes and Sofia Musman

Senators College of Business Administartion

Monica Waldau and Ka Cin Wong

Senators College of Engineering

Oscar Beltran and Ashutosh Pandey

Senators College of Health and Human Services

Tali Shaddaei and Joseph Nino

Senators College of Liberal Arts

Alexandra Grissell-Gomez and Elvia Cabrera

Senators-at-Large

Yasmin Elasmar, Miguel Garcia, Hilda Hurado, Samuel Kim, Vanessa Coover

Academic Senator

Jordan Jubile

ASI Media Board of Trustees

Nic Olenslager

Isabel Patterson Child Development Center Board of Trustees

Cassandra Goode

USU Board of Trustees

Leslie Garcia and Anna Pavlova

Run-Off Election: 4/4 - 4/6

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CSULB C.A.R.E.S.

Student safety triggers rapid campus changes

By Matthew Gozzip Staff Writer

Tension has been building on the CSULB campus and there has been minimal alleviation of protest. Several incidents of threatening knife possession have brought into question the effectiveness of the school administration’s assessment of campus safety for students and faculty. 

In the wake of the unrest, a special taskforce has assembled in near secrecy to discuss potentially dangerous student behavior. The members are public representatives from the Counseling and Psychological Services, Judicial Affairs, Housing and Residential Life, University Police, Disabled Student Services, Students Office and Student Services and yet there is no official public record of the panel assembly.

A group of some of the most prominent administration on campus, The Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation for Students Team (CARES) 

was made specifically to investigate and evaluate student behavior based on community referrals that can be filed by anybody with due reason. The mission statement of C.A.R.E.S. is “to provide a centralized structure for the campus community for early intervention of at-risk students” and this intended to be fulfilled through a process of reviewing student behavior and their background to determine a unique plan of action. The service can be utilized by calling a reference hotline or submitting a secure report online in order to prevent further escalation of harmful behavior. 

Due to campus student privacy policies, not much else is known about C.A.R.E.S. team meetings, including the details of their assembly. The cases that are often reported aren’t all technically criminal acts so that is why the public does not hear most of them. The distinction between criminal act and minor offense in deciding whether or not to inform the campus of potential harm is the subjective grey area causing concern. A dispute between safety and privacy can be discussed in due time but for now, C.A.R.E.S. and its cryptic actions are a mystery.

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FORUM HAS LARGE TURNOUT AND MANY VOICES

A student run forum draws a crowd

By Abraham Alapisco Staff Writer

A student-organized forum gathered in the University Student Union ballroom to give students a platform to express concerns and grievances in wake of an incident that occurred on Feb. 25, when a white male student brandished a knife in front of Black female student and professor in a sociology class focusing on race, class, and gender. 

On Wednesday, March 23, a coalition of student-led groups such as Black Student Union and La Raza took part in the event. 

Over 200 attended the forum as students, faculty and the public took tzurns voicing their thoughts, which was not limited to campus safety.

 Crowds of students and neighbors rallied together on Wednesday, March 23, to voice their worries over safety concerns on campus following last month’s unreported situation. Student groups called for the resignation of Vice President of Student Affairs, Jeffrey Klaus. (Katie Cortez/Union Weekly)

As each group expressed concerns over the issues regarding weapons on campus, sexual assault, and the allocation of university funds, signs rose amongst the crowd demanding resignations of Vice President of Student Affairs, Jeffrey Klaus. Klaus, who had met with the Sociology Student Association earlier in March, allegedly compared the severity of the Feb. 25 incident to a campus bookstore theft that had occurred around the same time, according to SSA member Fatima Chavez. 

CSULB President Jane Conoley told students that considerations to “make a change to knife policy” will likely result with a weapons ban on campus. When addressing the dilemma of student cultural and ethnic groups being headquartered in buildings that were meant to be temporary spaces, Conoley said funding from the budget would need to be located in order to renovate them.

Long Beach police are still conducting an investigation on the knife incident, with an interview still remaining and five others they are trying to speak with, according to Conoley.

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ASI SENATE APPROVED TWO KEY RESOLUTIONS

Campus equality as well as Greek life receive reinforced assistance

By Richard Mejia Managing Editor

The Senate of the Associated Students Inc. have created resolutions over the past couple of weeks that look to benefit the entire student body. In approaching topics as a united entity, the Senate then proceeds to discuss and dissect the issue(s) to inevitably come to a solution that benefits the students on campus. 

On Feb. 17, then Senator-at-Large Marvin Flores sponsored a resolution to compel the university to assist the office of Student Life and Development in their search of a Greek life advisor. 

According to the proposed resolution— “a Greek advisor serves as the liaison between the Greek community, the administration of the school […] helps organize many of the big events in the Greek community including recruitment during the Fall and Spring semesters.” 

During this absence of the Greek advisor, the SLD’s ability to assist the Greek community had been severely limited as they were unable to supply a full-time staffed position dedicated to the advancement of the Greek community. 

Senate argued that added stresses of these responsibilities would not allow student to perform to their potential both in the classroom as well as addressing their typical Greek duties. 

In a resolution proposed Feb.12, the board of directors approved the notion on Mar.9 to support the 49er Foundation in adopting a socially responsible investing policy. 

The 49er Foundation is a philanthropic entity that has funded many programs on campus as well as relevant research. 

The clarification of socially responsible investing is as follows: “an investment discipline that considers environmental, social and corporate governance criteria to generate long-term competitive returns and positive societal impact.” 

One of the primary functions of this resolution is to avoid the suppression of historically discriminated. Varying from race, sexual orientation and place of origin, the resolution clearly stated their stance from any corporation who discriminates. 

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CONOLEY AIMS TO CONTINUE SAFETY

CSULB president looks to move forward following public outcry

By Alejandro Ramos Athletics Editor

No one was physically hurt by the knife that was flashed in a classroom on February 25; instead, it was the relationship between students and administration that took a serious hit. Students are demanding answers and action against individuals with regards to “the incident”, as many have come to call it.

And so, it was a small knife which sent the school into a frenzy. President Conoley is doing what she can to undo the damage it did.

The cards are stacked against her, though. She is unable to disclose any information on the matter until Long Beach Police concludes its investigation. In addition, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, prevents her from disclosing even the name of the alleged perpetrator. 

All throughout, rumors that the alleged perpetrator was related to a member of University Police fanned the flames of dissent. When it was disclosed that he was actually a member of University Police himself, students cried “cover up!”

“This situation was kind of the perfect storm to say there’s a cover up,” Conoley said. 

The major complaint from students has been the lack of information and action taken against the alleged perpetrator. The inability to share any information has put President Conoley at odds with the students’ demands for action. Even when such information does become available, she will be limited to releasing the alleged perpetrator’s name, his violation, and any action taken against him 

“There will be a level of dissatisfaction that we can’t outline particulars,” Conoley said. 

President Conoley’s previous experience with campus crime involved threats from people that had no relation to her school; the fact that the alleged perpetrator is a student adds a new layer of complexity, due to FERPA and the student

“I have no experience with this at all,” Conoley admitted. 

Still, President Conoley is doing what she can to mend the situation on campus. She has met with several groups, including Black Student Union, to discuss the incident and has spent several hours a day walking around and talking to students. 

“That’s the way you build a community. You can’t do everything people want, but at least make them feel heard,” Conoley said. 

Moving forward, Conoley hopes to improve the administration’s relationship with the students. 

Her plan is to create a student-run committee whose focus would be to help students process and overcome incidents like these. This group would also act like a bridge between students and administration, giving the latter feedback on how to approach these types of situations. The idea for establishing this group came from one of the demands listed on a petition that gained over 1,000 signatures on Change.org.

There is also work being done to increase transparency and communication with students for incidents like these, which don’t present immediate danger to all but may still cause some sort of unrest. Conoley described it as being a step below a timely warning, in which a mass email is sent to students informing them of a situation or event relating to the school. 

“I think everybody has a stake in improving communication,” Conoley said. 

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