INSPIRING CHANGE BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

CSULB’s Dr. Alfredo Carlos spreads message of encouragement to students

By Abraham Alapisco Staff Writer

On March 18, the Chicano Latino Studies Association welcomed Dr. Alfredo Carlos, a faculty member in the departments of Political Science and Chicano/Latino Studies at CSULB, to El Centro in order to have a discussion surrounding research, fieldwork, community involvement, and experiences. 

Dr. Carlos’ research is in a diverse range of fields such as Urban Politics, Inequality, Labor Politics, and Social Movements. 

The point of the conversation was to allow Dr. Carlos to lend his expertise and experience to assist students with various concerns ranging from graduate school to community involvement and change. 

For Dr. Carlos, conversation is the starting point when addressing social issues but it’s also important to remember that it’s not always about fighting against something or someone, rather asking the right question can be just as powerful.. 

“It’s important to ask what we want? What are we building towards? Creating a better community, not just individual,” said Carlos.

Part of the reason the club has events such as these is to bring people together with similar backgrounds and aspirations.Dr. Carlos provides a perspective for students based on his humble beginnings and his return investments into the type of communities he originated from. 

Dr. Carlos is the founder and director of Foundation for Economic Democracy, an organization that supports community based businesses and projects that prioritize people not profits.

“I got involved not because I’m political but because of my family. They would invite me to places where there were activists and discussions pertaining to issues in my community,” says Carlos. 

Trying to change attitudes and beliefs in order to foster change is a slippery slope according to Carlos, who believes that is better to ask questions that make people assess and reconsider the reasons they think the way they do, rather than telling them directly what they should think. 

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POTENTIAL LEADERS PREACH TRANSPARENCY

From left to right: Dylan Tom, Marvin Flores,Logan Vournas, Isidro Morales, and Giovanni Smith (Katie Cortez/Union Weekly) 

ASI executive candidates give final thoughts ahead of election

By Amanda Del Cid Social Media Manager

Students came in waves between classes on March 17 to watch the Associated Students Inc. Executive Candidates forum, which took place at the Speaker’s Platform. Candidates for president, vice president, and treasurer sat in one panel from 12:15-2 p.m. to discuss issues on campus. 

Co-hosted by CollegeBeatTV, Kbeach Radio, DIG Magazine, the Daily 49er and Union Weekly, the questions raised at the Executive Candidates Forum came from students live-tweeting questions to the Daily 49er and filling out note-cards for the moderators to read. 

The most common topic was campus safety and administration transparency. Many of the candidates called for more transparency concerning events and safety issues on campus.

Vice presidential candidate Logan Vournas, presidential candidate Dylan Tom and candidate for treasurer Giovanni Smith support the idea of a student oversight committee. “Our students are not being heard,” Vournas said.“And we’re being pushed around by administration in different places. I want to make sure everyone feels safe and that will would lead to having something like a student oversight committee.” 

This agreement stemmed from the same idea that “students feel [that] they are safe significant and supported,” Tom said.

Vournas stated that though the university should strive for transparency when there are on-campus safety issues, victims of assault, such as herself, may not want to be put out there while they are trying to deal with what has happened to them. 

College Beat TV, KBeach Radio, and the Daily 49er live-broadcast the election forum. (Katie Cortez/Union Weekly)

On the topic of budgets and fees many of the candidates argued that, though the budgets are transparent and accessible to students online, there is still more to be done to make information available to students. 

“The only people that find it [the budget] are those people in ASI and I think those are the only people who know what’s going [...] we’re not doing a good enough job to inform the students who might not necessarily look for it but they should know,” presidential candidate Isidro Morales said. 

“I feel like we should have both opposing messages on campus as well…so that there can be a true debate…and there can be a positive discussion going on on these opposing issues,” Tom said in reference to a student question about limiting promotional messages sent to CSULB students by certain organizations. 

“There is a difference between freedom of conducive speech, and freedom of hate speech,” Vournas said in reference to the Genocide awareness project and the street preachers on campus. 

“Unfortunately, the things that I think we seen in this university in the past couple of days is…not conducive speech. This is speech directly aimed to put students in fear. We have to do more to protect our students and our campus.” 

Candidate for treasurer Giovanni Smith expressed concerns about campus safety. (Katie Cortez/Union Weekly)

By the closing statements, it was clear that all the candidates want transparency and to unite ASI and the rest of CSULB’s students. 

Whether that be through open door policy or making themselves more visible, these candidates have big plans for the student body.

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SANDERS WINS MICHIGAN, HINDERS CLINTON'S MOMENTUM

Debate and voting results blur democratic nominee outcome

By Richard Mejia Managing Editor, Illustration by John Mueller Graphics Illustrator

Coming off the heels of heavy GOP debates and primaries, this past week revolved around former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Senator of Vermont Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party. 

After a week where two debates and a gross amount of delegates were had, the Democratic nominee race has intensified as though for the first time this election season; Sanders and Clinton were able to solely square off on national television. 

Sunday’s Democratic Debate on CNN was one of the first times many people saw Sanders in that type of setting. Due to Clinton’s political history, the potential constituents had gained familiarity with her over the past two decades. 

Sunday’s debate proved to be a pivotal moment, as Clinton could have furthered her support from the super delegates and in turn score a big win in Michigan, while Sanders had the opportunity to drive his popularity into the Midwest.

The latter prevailed. 

Sanders and Clinton heavily debated the automotive industry’s bailout crisis a few years ago, where Clinton consistently referred to Sanders as a “one-issue candidate” after the former Vermont senator repeatedly brought up Clinton’s Wall Street affiliation. 

“My one issue is trying to rebuild a disappearing middle class,” said Sanders. 

Sanders’ momentum following the debate carried over into Tuesday, as he shocked the political world by winning Michigan over Clinton. Clinton had long been projected to claim Michigan, and with 127 delegates at stake, it would have furthered her standing. 

With Sanders’ victory in Michigan, he stands at 562, with 25 superdelegates, and Clinton still firmly in the lead 740 delegates and 461 superdelegates. Having to reach a total of 2,383 delegates to win the nomination, Sanders’ continuance of major victories has the potential to sway the minds of the superdelegates and wind down the election down to the Democratic National Convention. 

After an eventful string of days early in the week, Univision hosted another debate Wednesday night in Miami, where immigration was the highly debated topic of the evening. 

“Of the undocumented people living in our country, I do not want to see them deported, I want to see them on a path to citizenship,” said Clinton. Moderator Alex Ramos was pressing both candidates to clearly indicate what they would do with the current immigration policy. 

“I agree with President Obama on many issues— I think he’s done an excellent job as president of the United States, he is wrong on this issue of deportation,” said Sanders.

With still many questions to be answered, the Dems will move forward to Tuesday, March 15, where a large sum of delegates will be up for grabs with Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Illinois being the featured primaries. 

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WHO WILL YOU VOTE FOR?

A look at the ASI Presidential candidates before the polls open March 21-23

Robert Espinoza

By Lauren Hunter Staff Writer

Robert Espinoza is a history major with a communications minor working to get his credential here and aspires to be a teacher, as well as ASI President.

He says that his background gives him the strength to get through this election. Transparency is his campaign platform. 

“Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, I never thought I’d be in the situation I’m at,” Espinoza said. “I’ve been shot before, I’ve been incarcerated, my brother was a former gang member.” 

One of the bigger issues he hopes to tackle as the next ASI president is The Male Success Initiative. 

“I found out there’s a 10 percent gradational rate between black and Latino males,” Espinoza said. “It’s unacceptable, especially since our campus motto is ‘Graduation starts first.’” 

He hopes to establish resources, like tutoring and mentorships, for all nationalities to provide more opportunities for the successful futures for all students. 

He plans to change how the current ASI government gives back to the students. “I truly believe ASI should allocate more money towards scholarships,” Espinoza said. “When I checked the ASI scholarships we are only offering 20 to our students for $1,000 each. Especially since our students are paying $100 in ASI fees that money should be going back to them. That’s one of the biggest things I want to make sure.”

Espinoza also wants to give the students more information about ASI government. “They have no idea who the president is, they have no idea who the vice president is, they have no idea who represents them,” he said. 

“I think the greatest thing in this world is to give to others, to make a difference,” Espinoza said.

Oscar Acevedo

By Abraham Alapisco Staff Writer

Transparency and awareness are aspects surrounding Oscar Acevedo and Corey Jordan’s Campaign for ASI President and Vice President. They want students to be aware that ASI is meant to serve student interests as a whole.

“The whole point of ASI is to keep students first,” Acevedo said. “In my opinion, it’s all about advocating for the students. It’s just something that’s been lacking at least the last three years I’ve been here.”

Acevedo sees ASI like a lawyer-client relationship. He says he would advocate for students and values the potential opportunities the position would allow as a representative of the student body.

The student-funded multi-million dollar budget of ASI is a responsibility that Acevedo and Jordan aim to focus on. 

Jordan would like to see a more balanced appropriation of funds from the budget, while Acevedo believes in fair distribution of funds. “I don’t want spending that’s only going to go towards a specific interest group,” Acevedo said. 

Besides budgeting and awareness, sexual assault is a focal point of their campaign, as there have been issues during the academic school year ranging from how it is been handled, communicated, and addressed.

Acevedo is disturbed by the rise in sexual assults related to campus, and believes creating an open, safe environment to propose solutions is key to tackling the issue. He believes that there is a lot of attention on sexual assault right now, so it’s important to acknowledge it and not sweep it under the rug.

Past campaigns have been full of empty promises such as proposals to alleviate the pain of finding parking and improving WiFi in order to have stronger connections, but Acevedo wants to find practical solutions for realistic issues based on the reach of ASI’s breadth. 

“I feel like I’m the only candidate trying to take on the real issues. I feel like students are smart enough to not fall for that.”

Marvin Flores

By Emily Ayers Staff Writer

For ASI Presidential candidate Marvin Flores and his running mate for ASI Vice President Logan Vournas, making students feel that their voices are heard is at the center of their platform. 

“This year student voices have often been shut down and we want to raise them up and make sure that everyone knows they have support from ASI, and that they can come to us with any questions,” Flores said. 

One of the team’s goals to support student voices is to hold bi-weekly town-hall meetings to increase transparency between students, faculty, and administration. 

“We are at a critical time at our university with the conversations being had with administration, but most students still walk around campus feeling like they don’t matter,” Vournas said. “I want every student to know that this is their university. By being vice president I would lead and advocate for every student so they feel like they can create change within their campus. 

The two believe that an education is more than being handed a diploma, it is an experience, and they intend to lead the way for students to reclaim their voices, and with it their power. 

“We have both worked form the ground up going from Senate and so forth. We moved up the latter and learned where to go, and what methods to do. We aren’t jumping into this blind” Flores said. “We have actually worked hard and want to continue that pattern.” 

Isidro Morales

By Matthew Gozzip Staff Writer

 

ASI presidential candidate Isidro Morales knows what it is like to be in the shadows of society. 

Growing up in the border city of San Diego, Isidro saw a lot of his friends go to college but was distraught that he could not apply. “I used to hide the fact that I was undocumented in the past,” he said. “I was in fear of deportation but I overcame the struggle by surrounding myself with passionate friends who never let me give up.”

Being undocumented was part of his past but Isidro does not want it to define him in the long run. He understands incumbent ASI president Jose Salazar struggles with his own immigration status. Isidro sees this as an opportunity rather than a negative quality. “I understand the issues students face on a daily basis; I know what it is like to have job outside of school, balance a hectic schedule and resolve more personal problems”, Isidro explains. “I will be transparent as president and I will be out fighting for equal rights for all students. I want to let them know that I am open minded to all students point of views”. 

On top of transparency and open acceptance of all views, the junior transfer student senses community at CSULB and aims to nurture it. “I am running because I believe I can change the culture around the school,” Isidro elaborated. “I believe I can bring back dormant school pride and I want to reach out to everyone in the CSULB family who feels excluded. ” Isidro outlines his pride plan as a way to connect sports teams, arts and music programs and student organizations to move towards a common goal: make their time at Long Beach a memorable one. 

Dylan Tom

By Elizabeth Campos Staff Writer

A random idea where a dynamic duo would follow each other’s path resulted in working towards “a new beach vibe.”ASI presidential candidate Dylan Tom is running for ASI president along with his long time friend and vice presidential candidate, Novy Bowman. 

“She’s just as passionate as me, if not more, about the election,” said Tom about his partner.Tom, a 22-year-old journalism major decided to take on to a presidential position in the student government to change the campus environment. 

Tom explains that throughout his stay at the CSULB, technical changes have been made, but that the atmosphere on campus has yet to be revamped. 

“I want to change the atmosphere on campus,” he said referring to the school spirit and voice that its given to the students. Tom’s idea of “a new beach vibe” rose from seeing the events, school spirit and opportunities that other schools have. 

“I feel like we have the resources so all it takes is to have the right person to do it,” Tom said. Tom explained that he truly cares about the campus community and has ideas that can better improve the students’ experience at the beach. 

Tom emphasized on the importance of cultural diversity on campus and recognizes that the school needs to be more socially conscious as a lot of people feel underrepresented. Tom emphasized on the importance of cultural diversity on campus and recognizes tenvironment on campus to a better and more transparent one. 

Jose Salazar

By Alejandro Ramos Athletics Editor

Although his busy schedule as president has kept him from campaigning, Jose Salazar, the current ASI president he believes his previous work from his first term will prove he is worthy enough to be president again. 

“If you want a president who is accountable to themselves, you have a perfect example,” Salazar said. 

Salazar’s main focus throughout first term has been the improvement of the experience students have at Cal State Long Beach. He worked with the City of Long Beach and the university to get the process of installing a shared bike rack on campus. This would allow students to rent bikes they can ride and return to other bike racks throughout the city. 

Salazar has also been pushing for a designated nap room, where students can rest during their down time. This started with a proposal for nap pods, which some universities have offered to students. The proposal was denied by the university, but Salazar refuses to give up on it. He wants to give students better 

But these are ambitious goals, and Salazar needs more time to accomplish them. He has been aware of this since the beginning of his first term.

“I always thought I wanted to run twice,” Salazar said. 

His first term was not without controversy, though. Salazar drew attention to his undocumented status and the fact that he would not be paid. What followed was a turbulent couple of weeks while we and the school figured things out. 

The result: Salazar is still not being paid under ASI but he went on to propose a change in the way ASI government officials are paid. 

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TALK POLITICS TO ME

Primary debates screened at USU

By Augustus Krider Contributor

The day is March 10 and Americans gather around their TVs, just one night after watching former Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton duke it out, to watch former Senator Ted Cruz repeatedly use the term liberal Democrat. As if there existed some other kind of Democrat. 

Yes it was a big two days for debates, but luckily CSULB has made them available to us the voters. All thanks to the efforts of two people, Hillside President Judah Peralta and Elizabeth Wolf. The event was located in the USU: an almost excellent venue. For parts of the Democrat’s debate there was not enough seating, many people had to sit on the ground or stand. There was also a heated game of Ping-Pong going on behind the TV at all times. The winner of that game will go unreported as I did not get his name, he does deserve credit for valor though. But it was his indifference to our hearing the debate that really won it for him. 

I may critique, but the event was a success. Peralta prior to the event said, “I intend to bring politics to the students of Long Beach State and to promote political awareness around campus.” I think it is fair to say he did. 

Furthermore I had wondered if the seating issue would be resolved on the second night, and at the beginning of the Republican debate I was still on the floor. However it was not an issue for long. Trump had decided not to yell at anyone, making the debate rather boring. So by the halfway mark, most people left, but it did free up a seat for me. As for the Democrat’s debate, Sanders and Clinton seemed to hold the audience together much longer. Event attendee Shannon Dow said that, “It was nice to hear the candidates discuss immigration, personally I feel it is a tricky issue. It is very helpful to hear it debated, and I’m glad that I could watch the debate here with other students on campus.” 

The name Let’s Talk Politics was slightly misleading; I was asked to be quiet several times by other students during the debate, and there was no discussion after the debates ended. Many other amenities were provided though, for example, lots of diet coke. The ASI was also advertising their upcoming elections, and people were present to aid in voter registration, you know like for voting in the real world. 

Buffalo Wild Wings catered and I was likely the only liberal democrat to notice there was no strong vegetarian option save some delicious potatoes. The radical bleeding heart liberal vegan Democrats obviously had to pack their own lunch. 

The most exciting thing to happen over both nights was a life sized Jenga set falling behind the spectators; causing a crash that startled a crowd already on edge after hearing that Marco Rubio would like our generation to retire at seventy. Boring as it may have been, it is important that people see these debates. And though the event is as imperfect as our presidential candidates, I do hope that it is done again with more seating and salad come the next election cycle. 

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