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Journalism 311 – Fall 2011 Dr. Raul Reis

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24 Hours in the Life of CSULB

The California State University, Long Beach campus is a lively, vibrant community of more than 40,000 students, faculty and staff who, on a daily basis, call its main campus home. Armed with voice recorders and cameras, 19 students from a JOUR 311 Information Gathering & Reporting class roamed the campus during a 24-hour period from 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, to 12 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10. The stories below register some of the interesting things they saw.

occupy csulb crowdWednesday, 2 p.m., Upper Quad Plaza. Occupy CSULB.

The Occupy movement stopped by Cal State Long Beach’s Upper Quad, in collaboration with the California Faculty Association, to host the National Solidarity Teach-in and Operation Defend Education.

“We need to inform students that they have the power to change this,” said Timothy Maurer, an Occupy CSULB organizer and senior communications major. “It’s our future, we’re inheriting this country.”

One of the speakers during the teach-in fiercely told the students that they are the one who chooses their future.

“You have the power. Don’t be afraid to use them,” he said. “The strongest word in any language is no, say no if you think it’s not right.” (by Kyusung Gong)

occupyWednesday, 2 p.m., Upper Quad. Occupy CSULB

The occupy movement, which began on Wall Street and spread across the nation, made its way to the CSULB campus on Wednesday. The “National Solidarity Teach-In” and “Operation Defend Education” hosted a campus protest. The protest was held at the upper quad from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The National Solidarity Teach-In was created by “Occupy Colleges” to provide students with expert insight to the occupy movement as well as the defend education movement. Experts and activists attended the protest to teach students of the fundamental ideas of general assemblies, how the occupy Wall Street protest began, where it is going, and what is next.

“Operation Defend Education,” which is sponsored by the California Faculty Association, supplied students with cardboard and paint to express themselves creatively. Students painted shields with their own occupy slogans and the California Faculty Association offered a prize to the person with the most creative shield. (by Erika Johnson)

mixer

Wednesday, 2 p.m., Hall of Science. College of Natural Sciences Mixer

The Student Council of the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics held their annual spring mixer right outside the Hall of Science building on Wednesday, November 9.

“We hold these for the students and the faculty members so they can talk to each other and meet with new professors as well as their old ones”, said Tina, a biology major who is part of the council that held the event.
“We hold these every year for people to socialize and network with other teachers”, said Venetta, 19, another biology major who is also part of the council that held the event.

The council will also hold other major annual events during the academic year such as the Mayfield balloting and the Noble Laureate.
“The Mayfield balloting is an event where students get to vote for their favorite professors and then those professors are acknowledged at graduation”, Venetta said.

“The Noble Laureate is held in the ballroom of the Student Union, where noble prize winners give a big lecture and talk to the students and the students get to ask questions at the end”, Tina said. “It’s a really big thing, a lot of people come”. The Noble Laureate has featured many prominent speakers, such as Dr. Alan Heeger, who won he Noble Prize for Chemistry in 2000; Eric F. Wieschaus, who won the Noble Prize in the category of Physiology or Medicine in 1995; and F. Sherwood Rowland, a professor at UC Irvine who won the Noble Prize for Chemistry in 1995. (by Ben Novotny)

occupy leader

Wednesday, 3 p.m., Upper Quad. Occupy CSULB

Occupy Long Beach came to Cal State Long Beach to inform students about what the occupy movement was. They called it the National Solidarity Teach-in, an operation to defend education. Political Science 100 students came up to upper campus to have a discussion about what the occupy movement was as well as the rising education costs.

Tim Maurer, a representative from Occupy Long Beach, said that he came to CSULB to show that the occupy movement is not a superfluous, liberal, hippie movement, but a movement where people who have a general distrust of businesses interfering in government.

“These are shields intended to defend education,” Maurer said. “We are creating these to show the importance that educators and education have on the 99 percent. We’re showing that student issues and student concerns are tied directly to the occupy movement.”

The Political Science 100 students had a discussion with Donnie Bessom about Arab Spring and how it relates to the occupy movement. However, most students were disinterested in the discussion and simply came out to the event because it was a class field trip for them. Some students participated in the discussion and brought up other occupy movements around the globe.

One student brought up a question about the homeless joining the movement and how it has affected the movement’s cause. Occupy Long Beach’s answer was that they accepted them and thought they were not detrimental to movement’s cause. The students however countered that it hurt movement’s cause because it proved that movement is just a homeless movement with no cause. (by Julian Cabrera)

clothesline

Wednesday, 4 p.m., Upper Quad. Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is a visual presentation to raise awareness about domestic violence. The project enlists people to donate T-shirts, women can then write messages about their experiences and thoughts. The shirts are displayed in their honor.

Here at CSULB there was a collection of over 900 T-shirts that were decorated by survivors of some type of sexual violence. Friends and family of women who were victims of domestic violence decorated other shirts. A survivor is defined as a woman who has survived intimate personal violence, such as rape, battery and incest. A victim is someone who has died at the hands of her abuser.

The project gives women and their families a voice, and echoes a message of hurt, anger and betrayal, but personifies a message of hope.
Some shirts have messages such as “I survived rape,” and others say things such as “I didn’t think I could move on…but I did.” Some list a person’s name others are anonymous. Some shirts are colorful others are plain.

The purpose of this project is to get people talking and get them to take action. Some students stopped and read the shirts. Other students stopped to speak with the YWCA representative at the booth present.
Cal State Long Beach is not the only university display the Clothesline project, many universities have orchestrated for the exhibit to be displayed on their campus. The project has been around for over 20 years and continues to grow. For more information on the Clothesline Project visit www.clotheslineproject.org. (by Naudia Guerrero)

art gallery

Wednesday, 5 p.m., Gatov Art Gallery. Threshold Sculpture Show.

As you enter Connie DK Lane’s MFA exhibition, Threshold, you may find yourself bewildered and amazed at the same time.
As soon as viewers enter the exhibit, they will see one sculptural form after another and might be confused. Lane’s art challenges the viewers’ perception emotionally and physically by confronting them with the ambiguities of her work. Lane’s art was never meant to be appealing but instead it expresses her feelings from within. Her memories as a child in Hong Kong and her transition to American life are expressed through her art in physical representations.

When Lane started her sculptures, she had no idea what she was going to do. She plays with her hands and different materials (paper mache, wax, mixed medium, found objects and recycled objects) not aiming at a particular outcome. The art she begins to form evolve into instinctive experiences she had forgotten about or put aside. She turns these experiences that arise from her subconscious into concrete three-dimensional forms. Lane is never aware of what will emerge from her subconscious but feels inspired and excited to handle the materials to see what forms she will produce from it.

Threshold had its opening reception on October 30, 2011 and ran until November 3, 2011 in the Gatov Gallery located in the student galleries courtyard of the Fine Arts building. “I really want viewers to look at the surface and feel (something) about it… I hope I can share this with everybody,” Lane said. (by Clea Kim)

education

Wednesday, 6 p.m., Upper Quad. Occupy CSULB

Fed up with what they consider an unfair system, members of the Occupy CSULB movement met throughout the day Thursday to show their unity and get their message out. During the general assembly session, students were given the opportunity to speak and offer suggestions as to how to advance the movement.

“It’s important for us to change the dialogue from who gets cut to who pays,” said the director of Refund California. “Is it going to be the bottom 99 percent, or is it going to be the people who have caused the problem?”
A group of approximately 60 people gathered for the general assembly, which took place on the lawn in the upper campus.

Homemade posters were scattered across the CSULB lawn, declaring “There is no curfew on our 1st Amendment: We will not move” and “Long Beach loves Oakland.” One student urged protesters to blame the real culprit, which he cited as the government, instead of big business and the banks, as many people were doing.

“Focus your anger at changing the government,” he said. “A lot of the people here protesting against the corporations will one day work for one and climb up the corporate ladder, become a CEO and be able to influence policy.” (by Raul Cabral)

brass

Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., Music Theater. Brass Ensemble Performance.

The California State University Long Beach Brass Ensemble held its first concert of the year Wednesday night, playing a modern set full of unexpected phrases and dissonating chords.

Director Robert Frear picked music composed by writers who are still living. According to the musical timeline, that automatically makes it modern. “To me, it’s just the best brass music ever written,” Frear said.

Frear plans on taking his trumpet players to the National Trumpet Competition in Washington D.C., where it will be held at George Mason University.
“Eight years ago UCLA won it, the last three years Julliard has won it, and this year, Cal State Long Beach will win it,” Frear said of the competition. “If I am going to the National Trumpet Competition, I am going to win the National Trumpet Competition. And these guys have known that.”

While the Cal State Long Beach trumpet section is very good, principal trumpet Tony Belletti knows they still have a long way to go.
“We just have to keep practicing and practicing well,” Belletti said. “If we can do that, I think we have a shot.”

Belletti was the Bob Cole Scholarship winner of his graduating class, so he knows what it takes to be great. The scholarship is awarded to one incoming music major each year. At a place with a history of great music programs, it is an honor that few could accomplish. But just like all of his fellow trumpets, he wants to have one more great accomplishment.

“Winning the National Trumpet Competition…that would be a dream come true,” Belletti said. With musicians like him in the ensemble, anything is possible. Even a first-place finish in the National Trumpet Competition. (by Jason Clark)

horn center

Wednesday, late night, Horn Center, Library, Student Union. Studying.

During the late hours of California State University Long Beach’s operation, lights come off, buildings close, and the remaining students on campus weigh in on their favorite places to study after hours.

Chrisselle Espiritu is an accounting major, sitting in the far corner of the Horn Center. Her main draw of the location is its atmosphere. “It motivates me to study more. It’s really relaxing. The chairs are great.” She believes that the casual nature of the horn center gives students an edge that most places on campus after hours don’t offer. “At the library, I have to sit. I can’t even put my legs up. I have to sit down, and that’s the only way I can relax there. I study for three or four hours, I need a place to eat, drink and talk.” She believes these types of habits are common to the center. “I actually witnessed a person knocked out, his alarm went off, and he woke up and went to class. It’s a good place to sleep, and to rest, while some of us had a long day at work, and just need to get that edge.”

The center proves popular for accounting students who are tired of making the trek into the library. Two accounting majors, sitting in the crossroads of the center, however, are split. “It just takes a long time to get to the library, and to park, so we try to find a table, and we waste forty five minutes getting to the library, and all of our classes are in the CVA, which is a five minute walk. People are freaked out by the basement of the library, or they don’t go there. It smells a little bit like feet.” The other student feels she doesn’t have much of a choice. “It’s very echo-y. I don’t like it.” (by Ivan Adame)

parking

Thursday, 7:30 a.m. Parking Structure #  . Parking Struggles.

Cal State Long Beach has 11 general parking lots for students, yet it is still a hassle to find parking on a daily basis. CSULB is overcrowded, so many students rather take early morning classes than deal with the stress of searching for parking spaces.

Parking is a breeze between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Even though parking spaces at this time are guaranteed, there is still a chance that the your parking spot may be towards the end of the parking lot because the spaces fill up quickly.

Some students arrive to school an hour earlier than they need to just so they can get a better parking space. They sit in their cars and do extra studying or eat while they wait for their classes to start.

The parking structures on campus tend to fill up quicker than the outdoor parking. Surprisingly, the rooftop of the parking structures were the first to fill up then it was the lower parts of the parking structures. (by Monique Carnes)

music

Thursday, 8 a.m., Music Department. Students Practice

Two of Cal State Long Beach’s sophomore music students are dedicating themselves to their art, with the hopes of one day creating a career using their knowledge and talent.
James LaPiana, a sophomore music composition major, plays the euphonium. He said one of the common questions people ask him when he tells them he plays the euphonium is, “What’s the difference between the euphonium and the baritone?” He responds with a simple, “Let’s not get into that.”
LaPiana began playing the euphonium at a young age, in an attempt to pursue a romantic interest. Though his romance was short-lived, he said he’s glad he started playing the euphonium, since he’s stuck with it for so many years.
Sophomore music major Emmanuel Rojas also plays a brass instrument at CSULB. He plays the bass trombone and has been playing since he was a child. As a southern California native, Rojas said he hoped to attend college out-of-state, but was unable to do so due to financial restraints. His dreams of traveling are still brewing in his mind, so he hopes to attend graduate school somewhere out-of-state, hopefully in New York.
LaPiana and Rojas are just two of the members of the many dedicated music students at CSULB. They practice frequently in the practice rooms located near the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in order to perfect their skill. (by Brianne Schaer)

shuttle

Thursday, 10 a.m., Riding the West Campus Shuttle.

Between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., about 110 CSULB students took a ride on one of the two West Campus Shuttles. Charles Delgado, 47, shuttle driver, said that Parkside gets the most students for pick up and the most for drop off is the library. He added that although he drives for ten hours on his shifts, he’s only encountered a few drunk students late at night. Other than that, he claims that there usually mishaps do not occur.

Although sitting behind the wheel for hours does take a toll on oneself, Delgado says that the only stressful times are sometimes when he drives the Residential Learning College shuttle because of traffic and the size of the bus.

During heavy student traffic hours, the West Campus Shuttle can hold about a little over forty people but the actual capacity is roughly twenty-five people. “They [the shuttles] get around once every ten minutes,” Delgado said. This means that students take full advantage of the campus shuttle system. By the looks of the high usage, it seems like the shuttles will be driving around campus for a while. (By Jennifer San Jose)

PAC

Thursday, 4:50 p.m., Robeks/Coffee Bean Plaza. Pilipino-American Coalition

With the outdoor seating and sun beaming on their skin, most students find the front of Robeks peaceful and relaxing during their downtime. However, do not expect the same tranquility on Thursdays from four to five pm. Every Thursday the Pilipino American Coalition, also known as PAC, holds their weekly meetings in the front quad of Robeks. As I was walking pass the usually emptied space, around 4:50 pm I noticed a large group of students gathered together chanting and cheering. At first I thought it was another protest in session but as I came closer I found otherwise.

The meeting was running a little late that day and had just started with their icebreaker. PAC is a Filipino-American based organization, but not limited to, that prides itself on family and unity through the practice of academics, culture, and philanthropy. PAC starts off every meeting with breaking the ice by choosing random students to participate in games that help students associate with each other. After students relieve the tension, they go through an agenda that is lead by a different student on PAC’s cabinet. The agenda includes cultural lessons, academic news or deadlines with the university, and any current upcoming fundraisers or events they are hosting or affiliated with.

From talking to the different members, I found that most students really enjoy the club as a whole. PAC is one of the biggest organizations on campus that is not part of the Greek community. Most students enjoy the fact they have found a sense of unity on campus, which is what propels their return to the organization. (by Rachel Nisperos)

girl laughing

Vincent Camfield