MAKING A STRONG FIRST IMPRESSION

Words by Katie Cortez   Editor-in-Chief

The Student Life and Development Center held a job and internship fair on the second floor of the University Student Union, Thursday, Feb. 25. Several recruiters admitted that the chances of hiring students at job fairs was very low and gave us some tips on snagging that next-level internship or job. 

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BEATING THE ODDS

Speakers highlight the difficulties of being a sexual minority

By Sylvana Uribe   Staff Writer

Speakers came together from the LGBT commuinty to discuss the multiple facets of diversity and the struggles that come with it (Jordan Daniels/Union Weekly)

The Multicultural Affairs Office selected community members to share their experiences in navigating through the intersections of being black and queer in a discussion panel in the Beach Auditorium on Feb. 22.

“Same Love? Same Meaning?: The State of Same Gender Love in the Black Community” delved into the struggles of coming to terms with one’s sexuality. The panel’s speakers included CSULB Black Student Union executive board member Paris Tate, CSULB alum Jasmyne Culpepper and California Association of School Psychologists President Troy X. Leonard. 

The speakers shared stories about their coming out experiences in the black community and how people can contribute to building a safe space for LGBTQ individuals. The speakers discussed generational differences that made it difficult to come out, the uncertainties of being out in school and work settings, as well as instances of being physically attacked and targeted because of their sexuality.

Culpepper recalled measuring the reactions of others when coming out, in particular those in her church who met her with judgement instead of an open conversation.

“Different people have different perspectives,” Culpepper said. “I took everybody’s views at face value for what they were and that ultimately allowed me to be able to dissect and navigate who it is I could talk to and who I could not.”

As the assistant director of Multicultural Affairs, Dr. Jonathan Higgins explained that one of his roles is to build programs for the LGBT community on campus that enables students to contribute their voices. 

“I think it’s imperative that we share these experiences because we don’t get the opportunities to do it regularly, and on top of that it’s necessary in order for those to grow and understand who they are,” Dr. Higgins said. 

In closing out the event, all speakers echoed the need for genuine allies to let people live in their own truths and as their most genuine selves.

“Please be a full ally, nobody needs a half friend,” Tate said. “Nobody needs someone who is only going to be there part-time.”

Students interested in accessing LGBT resources on campus may visit the Multicultural Affairs Office in the University Student Union 301. What’s the Tea? is also a weekly meeting for queer people of color that meets every Tuesday in the LGBT Resource Center FO4-165 from 3 - 4 p.m.

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CREATING A MORE PERFECT BEACH

Campus event celebrates peace and unity

By Lauren Hunter   Staff Writer

California State University, Long Beach held its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Tuesday Feb 22 . With a ballroom full of students, faculty, and friends of various races everyone came together to celebrate MLK. Who was a brilliant and inspiring individual that helped change to world. These people came together with his message of peace. Everyone at CSULB got to hear keynote speaker, Pastor William D. Smart Jr.

Professor Craig Stone, Chair and Professor of American Indian Studies, opened the ceremony with a Native American song and drum performance in the spiritual nature of the ceremony.

It was a huge honor for Dr. Maulana Karenga, Professor and Chair of African Studies, to perform a libation. A libation is a drink poured as an offering; normally it is to a deity. But Karenga performed it more as a symbol of respect and reverence to the late MLK. He spoke a chant in other languages that the audience recited back in the name of unity.

CSULB student, Candace Rice, performed the Black National Anthem during the last part of the opening ceremony. Rice’s voice was moving and inspiring as she sang the words about liberty and harmony. 

President Jane Close Conoley then addressed the mass of students and faculty and encouraged everyone to be well informed. She used MLK’s celebration to emphasize that the, “personal model of ‘The Beach’ is to give every community member a chance to achieve excellence. Must be a just campus.”

She later went on to rally that in the spirit of MLK, “Let’s do this with the intent to learn and to create a more perfect beach” with knowledge there will be more acceptance and less hatred. Less hatred was a key component in MLK’s message. 

CSULB’s director of the Multicultural Center, Dr. James Sauceda then took to the microphone and delivered a compassionate speech about the justice and injustice that our world faces today, as well as the injustices that MLK had to deal with during his lifetime. “Racial understanding isn’t something we just find it is something we must create,” Sauceda said. He was trying to motivate the students in a way that drives them towards understanding, peace, and love. 

This year’s winner of the 17th annual MLK essay contest was CSULB student John Broadway. He received an award and then recited a section from his winning piece. His friend  was there to support him, Everett Lomax Jr., Tau Kappa Epsilon, like others in the audience he, “came to offer support and then I noticed very notable people.” Lennox said, “it was great and I didn’t know you guys have had this for 17 years straight and its really impressive.”

One of the highlights of the event was the dance team from Renaissance High School for the Arts. It was an all girls dancing group who performed a special routine for this event.

The keynote speaker Pastor William D. Smart Jr. rallied the audience and preached love not hate in order to emphasize how important the Black Lives Matter Movement is. To Smart the issues of today’s world mirror those that King had to fight against. 

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SEPARATING DRUGS FROM MEDICINE

Long Beach anticipates medical marijuana initiatives

By Joel Martinez   News Editor

Earlier in February, Long Beach City Council ceased consideration of a proposed ordinance related to medicinal cannabis programs. The ordinance would have allowed up to four cannabis delivery providers to operate within city limits by 2017 and considered allowing dispensaries as early as October that same year.

In the face of this, some have looked for other legal methods than a City Council ordinance. For one organization, the focus has turned to the general election upcoming. The Long Beach Patients Access PAC supports a measure described in the Press-Telegram that “would allow an unlimited number of dispensaries to operate in Long Beach and would not require permits for residential cultivation,” with proponents looking to gather voter signatures as soon as March.

Additionally, another anonymous document from “LongBeachReport.com” outlines the intention by an organization to petition a measure meant to “reduce the dangers presented by illegal drug dealing and potentially unsafe medicinal products” through effective regulation of cannabis and related medicinal products. Invoking the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, the proposed initiative claims to acknowledge the safety of its citizens and ensure the medicinal rights of “individuals suffering from debilitating conditions.”

Proposition 215, also called the California Compassionate Use Act, institutes the legal right for seriously ill Californians to have access to marijuana for medicinal purposes. While the rights related to medical marijuana are not severable, however, conflicts where state programs provide allowances for programs banned by national legislature have littered courtrooms across the state.

One such skirmish was Pack v. City of Long Beach, where in October 2011 an appellate court gave the controversial ruling that Long Beach’s collective permit process failed to meet dispensary regulations preempted by federal law. This ruling, among other reasons, motivated the Long Beach City Council to ban medical marijuana collectives in February 2012 to crack down on over 30 unlicensed dispensaries.

Within six months, however, the California Supreme Court threw out the ruling as moot, invalidating Long Beach’s ban and fanning the flames of collectives’ supporters. In the past four years, various proposals and lawsuits supporting medical marijuana policies have occupied Long Beach officials, including a failed 2013 petition in support of putting a medical marijuana initiative on a special elections ballot.

By city ordinance or by ballot, Long Beach residents are sure to hear this year of proposals and petitions by those who wish to see medical marijuana facilities return within city limits. Whether something will finally be done after four years, however, is still left to speculation.

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'RED ARMY' INVADES STUDENT UNION

Russian Club hosts film screening

By Matt Brown   Contributor

On Thursday, Feb.18, the Cal State, Long Beach Russian Club hosted a viewing of the acclaimed documentary “Red Army” in the Beach Auditorium.  This event marks the first time in recent memory that the Russian Club was able to use USU facilities, due to finally being successfully registered with ASI.

The event drew a crowd of about 35 people, representing professors, community members, as well as graduate and undergraduate students.  “It’s great to see a cross section of students and faculty at the event,” said Professor Harold Schefski of the Russian Department.  Film-goers were greeted with free snacks, including candy, vegetables, cookies, and the Russian beverage kvas while Russian Club members were also on site with information about the Russian minor program and various language learning opportunities.

“Red Army,” a film by director Gabe Polsky and produced by Werner Herzog, follows the careers of several hockey players from the Soviet national team.  The documentary focuses primarily on the life and career of Viacheslav Fetisov, star of the Soviet team who later went on to become an NHL player, Stanley Cup winner, and Russia’s current Minister of Sport. The hockey elements were accompanied with political examinations between the Soviet KGB, the national hockey program, and the Cold War politics, which the event organizers said contributed to the appeal of selecting “Red Army” to start this semester’s film series.

“The importance of the film is that it illustrates a perspective that we never see in this country; how individuals in the [Soviet] system reacted to the system in different ways…It’s a microcosm of a much bigger story and the meaning of the story is much larger than the individuals,” commented Dr. Andrew Jenks of the History department.

 

Editor’s note: This film viewing was first of a three part series that takes place every semester.  For more information about the Russian Club or future events, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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