DEMS MAKE HISTORY; CRUZ WINS

2016 Iowa caucus fails to forecast presidential race

Two Face

By Richard Mejia   Managing Editor

A clear picture of the upcoming presidential election was still shown to be in flux following Monday, Feb.1, after a historic night for the Democratic party and a power-shift atop of the Republican polls. 

In what is the closest margin of victory in the history of the Iowa caucus, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton edged out former Senator Bernie Sanders with under one percent of the vote. Even though the Democratic party has yet to announce an official winner, the Clinton campaign reached out through social media stating, “After thorough reporting—and analysis —of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates.”

To the right of the political spectrum, Senator Ted Cruz continued to gain momentum as he defeated Donald Trump with a vote of 27.6 percent to Trump’s 24.3 percent. “Iowa has sent notice that the Republican nominee and the next President of the United States will not be chosen by the media, will not be chosen by the Washington establishment,” said Cruz. Trump has been popular amongst the media as his controversial statements as well as his charisma has made him a magnet for attention over the past 10 months. 

If there is any clarity to gain from the results, it is that the presidential will be one of the more unpredictable ones in recent memory. Even in defeat, Sanders’ results were significant granted that Sanders raised his campaign money without the aid of PAC’ or other lobbyists. 

“We lost (the nonwhite vote), but that gap is growing slimmer and slimmer between the secretary and myself,” Sanders said. “I think you’ll find as we get to South Carolina and other states, that when the African-American community, the Latino community, looks at our record, looks at our agenda, we’re going to get more and more support.”

With a week of debates following the Iowa caucus, all eyes will look to the colonial United States as the New Hampshire primaries will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 9. These will be the first of many party elections to decide who will run for president in November and finally give a clear picture of where the candidates stand. 

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SMOKEFREE CAMPUS IN FALL

Breathe Campaign aims for a healthy CSULB

For one of the final times on campus, this student enjoys his cigarette. The 2016 Fall semester will end all forms of smoking on campus (Alejandro Ramos/Union Weekly)

By Alejandro Ramos   Staff Writer

President Jane Close Conoley wants students to breathe easier, but some won’t like the way she plans on doing it. 

President Conoley announced the launch of BREATHE, a comprehensive education campaign about the dangers of smoking, in an email she sent out to students and faculty on Jan. 26. 

In the email, Conoley outlines the goal of having students, faculty, and visitors “better understand the importance of a healthy campus environment”. This reinforces the message Conoley sent out in October 2015, where she stated she wants to make CSULB the healthiest campus.

BREATHE comes just months before CSULB goes 100 percent smoke and tobacco free in Fall 2016, and some students are not ready.

“I guess I should enjoy this while I can,” said Marcus Mendoza, referring to this vape. 

Vapes rose in popularity as an alternative to cigarettes over the past couple of years and were not as strictly regulated as cigarettes. That is until now. The use of vapes will also be restricted as part of the school’s shift to a smoke-free campus. 

The shift to a smoke-free campus is the result of two years of work, starting with a 2013 referendum that was administered to students. The results of the referendum showed that 64 percent of the voters voted in favor of a smoke free campus, which prompted Conoley to move forward and begin work on changing the smoking policy.

Mendoza was unaware of the coming change and finds the move unnecessary. At the very least, he thinks the school should keep a designated smoking area.

James Reynoso and Juan Lozano share the same sentiment. They take their smoke breaks in the area in front of library. They joked about how they’ll have to walk up the block to 7th Street to have a smoke break once the new policy takes effect. 

“It’s an inconvenience,” said Reynoso, business finance major. “This campus is huge.”

Christopher Orozco, psychology major, says the smoke on campus bothers him but that he wouldn’t mind if there were smoking areas away from where students and faculty walk. 

“The person walking through that would be aware and say ‘oh, this is where all the smokers hang out,” said Orozco.

It should be noted that the current smoking policy does not outline any specific areas where students and faculty may smoke. It only states where they may not smoke, which comes down to the main hallway leading up to the library and anywhere within 20 feet of buildings. 

There is much confusion around the policy change, but BREATHE is supposed to clear that—and the air—up. Signage and other educational materials will be posted and distributed in the coming weeks.

There are some that understand why the school would make the change to the smoking policy without much explanation.

“It could be better for people,” said Josh Ahn, communication major, as he held a cigarette in his hand.

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NEW PARKING LOT SET FOR EARLY APRIL

Officials look to ease student troubles

By Sylvana Uribe and Jordan Daniels   Staff Writers

No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke and the California State University, Long Beach community has come to recognize that the search for parking is about to get a lot more hectic.

A five month renovation of Lot 7, South Campus Drive and the South Campus Turnaround will commence April 1. The project’s end date is anticipated for Aug. 19, with possible delays in the event of unfavorable weather. 

When asked about the approaching construction, parking enforcement officers said they were not allowed to release any information until further plans and alternatives are finalized.

One morsel of information many are waiting for includes the Parking Advisory Committee’s alternative parking plan for Commencement. Items that have been made known to the public is the anticipated creation of 161 new parking spaces in Lot 7, a space dedicated to employee parking. Changes to the lot also will include the installation of solar canopies and electric vehicle charging stations.

South Campus Drive will be renovated to alleviate current traffic and safety problems. More parking stalls will be added to the South Campus Turnaround, and its renovation will create a newer campus entrance and drop off area. 

Among those affected are drivers with campus carpool permits. In Lot 17, 141 of the carpool permit spaces will temporarily be assigned as employee only spaces. Guest parking spaces in Lot 17 also will make a temporary disappearance as they will be converted into pay-by-space areas. 

Khunnarith Chea, a third year pre-geology major, commutes daily to the university and owns a carpool permit that has saved him and his classmates time and money. However, he said he was not phased by the potential challenges posed by the upcoming renovations.

“I come to school really early because of my 8 a.m. course so I can get relatively decent parking,” said Chea. “But as for other students who have later classes, parking is an issue and usually you get either lucky catching a student leaving or just deal with the far walk.”

Sam Vazquez, a third year majoring in mechanical engineering, said parking has always been a common struggle for students and staff alike. Previously, Vazquez took advantage of the free Long Beach Transit program and relied on her Tap card to get to the university. She started driving to school last semester when her class hours ended later in the evening. 

“My commute has never been hectic, it’s become routine and only changes if I wake up late,” Vazquez said. “I expect once renovations start more faculty and students will have to settle for walking up the hill as they’re displaced from their usual spots.”

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DO YOU APPROVE OF THE PARKING RENOVATIONS SET TO TAKE PLACE THIS SPRING?

“I wish CSULB was as movitated in addressing the lack of structural inaccessibility all over campus as they were to create parking spaces.  From the lack of elevators in the LA 1  and 2 , inaccessible disabled bathroom stalls in the ET building, to the numerous places throughout campus where the door buttons don’t work, or just are too old to modify & too heavy for a disabled person to open. I understand that more parking benefits more students than addressing accessibility, but I think both issues are connected by how improving both would make it easier to get around campus for students.”

-Joe Eurell

MPA, Public Administration

 

“It’s very inconvenient, there’s not a lot of use for students in that lot unless people take night classes. The biggest inconveninece is the closure as it starts before finals and goes through to when classes start.”

-Amanda Del Cid Lugo

Junior, Journalism/English

 

“If there is room for it, sure, by all means. Both professors and students struggle finding parking. Since CSULB is commuter school,  parking has been worse every year.  But i think the school should definitely advocate for public transportation.”

-Erwin King

Junior, Aerospace Engineering

 

“I do! It’s nice to think we’re gonna have more parking, especially for the price we pay for a permit.”

-Jennifer Montano

Sophomore, Business Marketing

 

“In the short run, it would suck, but if it helps the parking situation in the long run then I say go for it.”

-Oumar Kamara

Junior, International Business

 

“I have requested them in the past. However, I think 161 additional spots will create less change than desired.”

-Bradley Dickinson

Junior, Film

 

“It would be ridiculous if no portions of those are all-day student spots. At least half should be made such.”

-Diego Romero

Super senior, Communications

 

“If it’s opened up for students, it should be worth it, but if it’s for staff, I don’t see 161 spots being filled.”

-Adam Pacheco

Freshman, Pre-Film

 

“I think it would be more useful to students if they build another parking structure. Not necessarily in Lot 7, but certainly by the Pyramid they could put another building.”

-Andrew Linde

Super senior, Journalism

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ASI MEDIA THREE-PEAT

Two Golden Mikes awarded to KBeach Radio

From left to right: Christian Wiseman, MIZ Lowe, Danny Lemos, and Jeff Kaufman hold up their awards at the RTNA awards dinner on Saturday, Jan. 23 (Danny Lemos/ASI)

By Katie Cortez   Editor in Chief

For the third consecutive year, California State University, Long Beach’s fully student-run KBeach Radio was honored with two Golden Mike Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism at this year’s Radio & Television News Association dinner on Saturday, Jan. 23. 

The category of “Best Public Affairs Radio Program—Division B” went to “MIZ Representin’,” hosted by Executive Producer MIZ Lowe and produced by Christian Wiseman for their segment titled “Life Behind the Badge; What You Don’t Know about Being a Cop.” Lowe’s show was “topical and well done with an engaging host,” the judges said. 

In a time when police officers are looked down upon, Lowe and Wiseman wanted to focus on a different side of law than is typically shown in the media or in movies or television shows. “This show is about officers and their life behind the badge, not the person in the blue uniform that you see, not the person enforcing laws, but the human side of our officers,” Lowe states at the beginning of the segment. “This particular show is not to try to change your mind on anything or to actually move you to a certain point of view.” 

The idea for the segment spawned “shortly after a case of police brutality and officers getting killed,” Wiseman said. “The subject was really needed, and I’m glad to have been part of it.” 

“They did a lot of hard work and it was well-deserved,” said Jay Holloway, KBeach’s sports and news director and Interim General Manager. 

“They’ve done some sketchy topics...” but they cover what needs to be covered and bring that to our community, Holloway said.

A second Golden Mike was awarded to Jeff Kaufman of KBeach’s Hi-Definition News in the category of “Best Radio Newscast Less Than 15 Minutes,”—his third Golden Mike for KBeach.

“The Golden Mikes are among the oldest and most prestigious, rivaled only by the LA Area Emmys (TV only), the regional AP awards (open only to news organizations that are AP subscribers) and the big national awards: the Peabodys, DuPonts, and Edward R. Murrows,” Kaufman said in 2013. 

KBeach has won 4 Golden Mike awards in the last 3 years.

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