Wednesday, Feb. 14
Correction : In last week's edition we said that Lobby Corps would not be holding phone banking for the Dream Act on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Phone banking will actually be taking place Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the USU Room 304. 
SPOTLIGHT
"The Beach Against the Increase" Senate Resolution

 
Hello, Long Beach State!
 
We hope you are all having a great spring semester!

Last week, our ASI Senate passed a resolution against the potential tuition increase, and we hope to get more of our students involved in this fight! The CSU Board of Trustees has a proposition to raise CSU system wide tuition for a second time. This increase is expected to be approximately 4% (or $228 per student for undergraduate instate tuition).

The reason behind this potential increase is a lack of funding for higher education in the Governor's budget. Governor Brown anticipates to only give $102 million for the entire CSU system, which is $170 million less than requested to run the system. Student leaders across the CSU are joining efforts to lobby the at the State Capitol this March. Leaders have also been working on an awareness campaigns to bring students into the fight. This is an issue that impacts all of us. 

If you are interested in learning more about how you can help, please visit asicsulb.org/gov or send us an email


Senators working on the Beach Against the Increase resolution

Contributors to the resolution (above, from left to right):  Senator for the College of Liberal Arts Melissa Mejia,  Senator for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Ian Macdonald,  Senator for the College of 
Health and Human Services Courtney Yamagiwa, Senators At-Large Danielle Carancho  and Stephanie Argent, and Senator for the College of Education Emely Lopez (not pictured). 


Go Beach!
IN THE SENATE
Wednesdays - 3:30 p.m. (USU-234)

Last   Wednesday, the board approved the  third   and final reading  for "The Beach Against the Increase" resolution . They included a request that the CSU Board of Trustees make last year's tuition  increase report available to the public prior to the vote in May. The report will disclose where the additional funds from tuition were used. 
 
ASI Chief Academic Officer Jordan Doering came to speak to the Senate and reported that there will be a revamping of the general education policy over the next year. He also reported on the commencement changes, town halls and road shows in the event of a tuition increase, and the possibility of implementing a mental health rapid response team on campus. 
 
President Jane Conoley addressed the Senate and assured that she is against the  tuition   increase . She encouraged the board to focus their efforts in preventing a tuition increase on the State Legislature and Governor Brown, as  those  are the most likely avenues to make a long-lasting impact. 
   
Check out Senate agendas and minutes here

#MAKEYOURMARKLB
 
Deadline to run for office has extended for many positions.

The 2018 ASI elections application deadline has been extended to Friday, Feb. 16, 
at 4 p.m. for the below positions. 
  • Senator, College of the Arts
  • Senator, College of Business
  • Senator, College of Education
  • Senator, College of HHS
  • Senator, College of Liberal Arts
  • Senator, At-Large
  • Trustee-at-Large, USU Board of Directors
  • Academic Senator
Apply on BeachSync or visit www.asiculb.org/gov for job descriptions.
 
For more information, visit asicsulb.org/gov.

LOBBY CORPS
Thursdays - 12:30 p.m. (USU-234)
  
Carlos Valenzuela, Associate Justice of ASI's Judicial Branch, addressed t he Lobby Corps (LC)  on the possibility of visiting other CSU campuses to promote LBSU's efforts in fighting the tuition increase and to gain more support. He  also  discussed  working with LC on classroom visits to spread awareness of the potential increase .    
 
LC will be collaborating with 22 West Magazine on a Beach Against the Increase column to share students' thoughts and objections to the tuition  increase . These stories will then be shared with state legislators.  
 
If you would like to help fight the increase, please send the following to LC Vice Chair Danielle Gabriella at daniellegabriella@yahoo.com    
  • Your name and a photo of yourself  
  • Your year and major  
  • 2-3 sentences about why you are against the increase or how it will affect you  
  Check out LC agendas and minutes  here
EVENT SPOTLIGHT
It's Valentine's Day!
 
Celebrate today with a self-love discussion at Self Care for the Queer Soul or check out friend trivia at Oh LaLa Love!
 
Self care for the Queer Soul Valentine's Day event


Oh La La Love Promotion - Valentine's Day

Farber Senate Chambers
PRESIDENT'S CABINET
Mondays - 10 a.m. (USU-234)
 
On Monday this week, the President's cabinet discussed events for Earth Week and Black History Month. They also discussed planning for  the Black  Graduation ceremony, as well as the  Lavender Graduation ceremony for the LGBTIQ+ community. 
 
Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Affairs Sean Aquino held the first LGBTIQ+ Coalition Meeting last Friday,  in which they established their goals and mission statement.   
  
The president's cabinet is still in need of a commissioner for veterans affairs. This position will stay open until filled. Apply on BeachSync or visit asicsulb.org/gov for job descriptions and other open positions.

Check out cabinet agendas and minutes  here .
BOARD OF CONTROL
Thursdays - 2 p.m. (USU-234)
 
Last Thursday, the Board of Control (BOC) approved 11 student  grants  for the following events and research projects: 
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology 2018 Annual Convention
  •  American Physical Society March Meeting
  • Western States Communication Association 2018 Conference
  • For research of structural opportunity gaps of men of color at four-year universities and resilience among Syrian refugees in Germany
  • Future Underrepresented Educated Leaders (FUEL) UndocuSTEM event
  • CSU Folklorico Showcase for Grupo Folklorico Mexica de CSULB
Remaining  Funds to be Distributed:     
  • Current Year Unallocated Fund (CYUF) .................................... $ 23,724  
  • Student Travel Fund (STF) .......................................................... $ 9,210    
  • Student Research Grant (SRG) .................................................... $ 4,297  
  • University Student Union (USU) Waiver ................................... $5,167   
  • Carpenter Performing Arts Center (CPAC) Waivers ................ 1   
  • Athletic Facility Fee Waiver ....................................................... $5,000   
  • Post Season Sports Fund .............................................................. $25,000
Check out BOC agendas and minutes here
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TODAY'S SENATE MEETING  
Wednesdays - 3:30 p.m. (USU 234 )
 
  • Invocation by Administration and Finance Vice President Scott Apel 
  • Reports by the following:
    • President Nino
    • ASI Chief Diversity Officer Yasmin Elasmar
    • LBSU Peace Corps Recruiter Jessica Wilson
    • Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Mary Ann Takemoto
    • ASI Executive Director Richard Haller
  • Discussion: 2018 Commencement Ceremony
  • Election of Human Resources Management Committee (HRMC) Senate Representative 

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