Campus Connection Fall 2011 #2


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[ MUSIC ]
>> THANKS FOR JOINING US.
WELCOME TO CAMPUS CONNECTION.
I'M EMILY PRAVLIS.
>> AND I'M WIBEKE HAUGLAND.
>> ON THIS EDITION OF CAMPUS CONNECTION,
WE TACKLE THE QUESTION, "WHY DO TEACHERS TAKE ATTENDANCE?"
>> ALSO, FIND OUT THE STORY BEHIND A MAN
ON CAMPUS OFFERING FREE HUGS TO STUDENTS.
>> AND A LOOK AT KBEACH RADIO
AND THEIR TRANSITION TO HIGH DEFINITION.
LET'S BEGIN WITH A LOOK AT THE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES
THAT RECENTLY TOOK PLACE ON CAMPUS.
WITH OUR CURRENT ECONOMIC CONDITION
AND UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS ARE HIGH,
GRADUATION CAN BE A STRESSFUL TIME FOR SOME STUDENTS
WHICH IS WHY ONE DEPARTMENT IS SEEKING CREATIVE MEASURES
TO HELP ITS STUDENTS SUCCEED.
>> THE COMMUNICATIONS STUDIES DEPARTMENT IN COLLABORATION
WITH THE DEPARTMENT
OF PROFESSIONAL EVENT PLANNING COURSE HELD ITS SEMI ANNUAL
DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES
WHICH WAS CREATED DR. KATHERINE BROOKS.
[ BACKGROUND TALKING ]
>> AND THEN YOU MUST REMEMBER,
KATHERINE BROOKS HAS EASED THE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES.
THIS IS HER BABY.
THIS IS HER PROJECT AND SHE IS THOUGHTFUL AND KIND ENOUGH
TO ALLOW PROFESSIONAL EVENT PLANNING TO INTERFACE
IN SUCH AWAY THAT WE CAN ASSIST HER IN HER ENDEAVORS
TO PLAN THE EVENT AND TO HOST THE EVENT.
>> ALTHOUGH THE UNIVERSITY HOSTS DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER EVENTS
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, THIS PARTICULAR EVENT STANDS
OUT BECAUSE OF ITS UNIQUE PURPOSE.
THE MOTIVATION BEHIND THIS EVENT IS TO CREATE A LARGER
AND STRONGER COMMUNITY BETWEEN COMMUNICATION STUDY STUDENTS
AND ALUMNI.
AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, TO HELP STUDENT'S NETWORK ULTIMATELY
INCREASING THEIR CHANCES OF LANDING A JOB.
[ APPLAUSE ]
[ BACKGROUND APPLAUSE ]
>> THE AWARD WINNING SCHOLAR AND THEORIST,
DR. CRAIG SMITH MODERATED THE EVENT.
>> DR. CRAIG SMITH IS PERHAPS THE MOST PROFOUND
AND MOST PROLIFIC RHETORICAL THEORIST THAT'S STILL ALIVE
WITH US.
WE ARE SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE HIM IN OUR DEPARTMENT.
[ BACKGROUND TALKING ]
>> FOUR COMMUNICATIONS STUDIES ALUMNI MADE UP THE PANEL
OF DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS.
THE SPEAKERS SHARED EVERYTHING FROM COLLEGE EXPERIENCES,
DISAPPOINTMENTS AND HARDSHIPS LEADING
UP TO THEIR EVENTUAL CAREER SUCCESS.
THEY ALSO GAVE ADVICE TO THE UNDERGRADUATES
AND ENCOURAGED THEM TO NEVER GIVE UP, REMINDING THEM
THAT EVERY EXPERIENCE GETS YOU A STEP CLOSER
TO WHERE YOU WANT TO BE.
>> I THINK THAT THIS EVENT WILL BENEFIT STUDENTS JUST
BECAUSE THEY CAN SEE THE OUTLOOK AND KNOW THAT THERE IS A LIGHT
AT THE END OF TUNNEL AND THAT, YOU KNOW, THERE IS HOPE AND THAT
IF THEY GRADUATE, THEY CAN BE JUST AS SUCCESSFUL
AS OUR PANELIST TONIGHT.
[ BACKGROUND TALKING ]
>> AFTER THE EVENT, A RECEPTION PROVIDED THOSE IN ATTENDANCE
WITH FOOD AND DRINKS AT THE KARL ANATOL CENTER.
THE STUDENTS WHO TOOK ADVANTAGE
OF THIS NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY HAD THE CHANCE TO SPEAK
WITH RHETORICAL THEORIST, DR. SMITH, MEMBERS OF THE PANEL,
AS WELL AS PROFESSORS.
NETWORKING CAN LAY THE FOUNDATION
FOR A SUCCESSFUL CAREER.
BECAUSE OF DR. BROOKS AND HER DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES,
THE STUDENTS IN THIS FIELD
OF STUDY ARE GIVEN A VALUABLE OPPORTUNITY FOR PERSONAL
AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
WHICH WILL HELP THEM EXCEL IN THEIR FUTURE.
WITH CAMPUS CONNECTION, EMILY PRAVLIS.
>> WHAT A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR LONG BEACH STUDENTS.
NEXT, WE EXAMINE THE MAN BEHIND THE FREE HUGS AND FACE PAINT.
THERE IS A NEW AND DIFFERENT TYPE OF PROTESTING ON CAMPUS.
MARIA CONDARAS HAS MORE.
>> PROTESTING IN PEACE IS WHAT ALUM DAVE WRATHALL DOES HERE
AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY LONG BEACH.
YOU CAN FIND HIM ON WARM AND SUNNY DAYS ON THE GRASSY AREAS
OF CAMPUS SPREADING HIS MESSAGE WITH HUGS
AND FREE FACE PAINTINGS FOR FELLOW STUDENTS.
>> I STARTED DOING FACE PAINTING AND LIKE MAKING ART EVERYDAY,
SO I PROTEST THE WARS.
>> HE HAS BEEN PEACEFULLY PROTESTING THE WAR
IN THE MIDDLE EAST SINCE 2006 HOPING STUDENTS WILL JOIN HIM
AND RAISE AWARENESS.
>> YOU KNOW, THIS IS ABOUT GATHERING,
LIKE THE RIGHT MOMENTUM AND THE RIGHT PEOPLE
AROUND ME FOR THAT TO HAPPEN.
>> UNLIKE TRADITIONAL PROTESTING
WHICH CAN SOMETIMES TURN VIOLENT, DAVIS FOUND A WAY
TO PROTEST ON CAMPUS THROUGH HIS PAINTINGS.
>> COME OUT HERE AND DO SOMETHING.
DO SOMETHING POSITIVE IN REACTION TO IT INSTEAD
OF LIKE SPREADING THAT NEGATIVITY AND, YOU KNOW,
YELLING AT PEOPLE AND LIKE YOU KNOW, BEING REALLY ANGRY.
>> WITH A BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN FILM AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA
FROM CAL STATE LONG BEACH, HE HAS BEEN ON THIS CAMPUS
FOR 10 YEARS NOW AND MANY STUDENTS APPRECIATE HIM
FOR BEING BRAVE AND SPEAKING OUT.
>> I'M LIKE HAPPY FOR DAVE AND I'M PROUD
OF HIM 'CAUSE IT TAKES A LOT OF COURAGE FOR HIM TO DO THAT.
>> STUDENTS PASSING BY TO AND FROM THEIR CLASSES WILL COME
AND SPEAK TO DAVE AND HUG HIM IF THEY'RE HAVING A BAD DAY.
ALTHOUGH HE'S HERE 4 DAYS OF THE WEEK, YOU CAN FIND HIM
AT ART SHOWS AND GALLERIES AND PANTING ON THE WEEKENDS.
DAVE WILL CONTINUE TO PEACEFULLY PROTEST ON CAMPUS
UNTIL HE GETS HIS PLAN ACROSS.
MARIA CONDARAS, CAMPUS CONNECTION.
[ BACKGROUND MUSIC ]
>> STILL TO COME, LEARN
ABOUT KBEACH RADIO SWITCH TO HIGH DEFINITION.
>> THE COLLEGE OF CONTINUING AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
AT CAL STATE LONG BEACH IS CELEBRATING 40 YEARS
OF TRANSFORMING LIVES THROUGH EDUCATION.
AND NOW WE'RE OFFERING MORE OPPORTUNITIES THAN EVER
FOR YOU TO REACH HIGHER.
OUR GLOBAL LOGISTICS SPECIALIST DESIGNATION WILL PREPARE YOU
FOR A CAREER IN THE BURGEONING GOODS MOVEMENT SECTOR.
WHICH FUTURE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
YOU'LL FIND IT AT CCPE.CSULB.EDU OR CALL US AT 800-963-2250.
CCPE@CALSTATELONGBEACH.
>> PUBLIC SAFETY AND PUBLIC SERVICE ARE TWO
OF THE HIGHEST PRIORITIES IN CALIFORNIA.
THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM HAS SUPPLIED THE STATE
WITH PROMINENT PUBLIC LEADERS FOR THE PAST 5 DECADES.
CAL STATE DOMINGUEZ HILLS GRADUATE,
MILLAGE PEAKS IS THE RETIRED CHIEF
OF THE LOS ANGELES CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT.
>> THERE'S NOT A DAY IN MY LIFE THAT I DON'T DRAW ON SOME
OF THAT EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE
THAT I GAINED AT DOMINGUEZ HILLS.
>> THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM HAS BEEN
WORKING FOR CALIFORNIA FOR 50 YEARS.
>> WELCOME BACK, KBEACH RADIO IS GOING HD.
THE SWITCH WILL MAKE THE STATION AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE
FROM LA COUNTY TO ORANGE COUNTY.
HAYLEY CORKIN HAS THE STORY.
>> KBEACH RADIO IS MAKING THE MOVE TO HD COME FEBRUARY 2012.
THE SWITCH WILL EARN THE STATION THEIR OWN FM CHANNEL
TO SHARE MUSIC AND TALK SHOWS WITH THEIR LISTENERS VIA RADIO.
WITH THE POTENTIAL LISTENERSHIP OF 6 MILLION PEOPLE FROM LA
TO THE OC PLUS REGULAR PODCAST AND LIVE INTERNET STREAMING,
KBEACH STAFF, EARL IS VERY EXCITED.
>> DEFINITELY VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT.
I THINK IT LEGITIMIZES US A LITTLE MORE.
NOW, WHEN TO TALK TO OTHER RADIO STATIONS AND STUFF,
WE CAN ACTUALLY SAY, LOOK, WE'RE ALL ON FM.
IT'S NOT JUST, "OH, LOOK IT'S
THAT LITTLE COLLEGE RADIO STATION ON THE INTERNET."
>> K-BEACH IS TO SET SHARE AN FM SIGNAL
WITH KJAZZ RADIO ON CAMPUS.
THE STATION'S MOVE TO HD HAS BEEN IN THE WORK
FOR A WHILE MAKING ITSELF THE MAIN FOCUS OF KBEACH STAFF.
THIS SWITCH WILL NOT BE WITHOUT ITS CHALLENGES.
ROCK THE BEACH TALK SHOW HOST ISABELLE NOACK CAN RELATE.
>> SINCE IT'S A COLLEGE CAMPUS WE WANT TO BE CONTROVERSIAL.
SO I THINK THIS IS GONNA BE ONE
OF THE MAIN CHALLENGES ONCE WE GO HD TO REALLY LIVE
UP TO THE AUDIENCES' EXPECTATIONS
TO REALLY STAY CONSISTENT.
>> THERE IS A DEFINITE BUZZ AROUND CAMPUS
ABOUT THE SWITCH TO FM.
MORE AND MORE STUDENTS ARE BEING CONVINCED TO LISTEN
TO KBEACH ONCE IT AIRS ON THE RADIO.
>> I DEFINITELY DON'T LISTEN TO KBEACH RADIO NOW.
BUT IF IT WERE TO GO ON THE RADIO,
I LISTEN TO IT MORE WHILE I WAS DRIVING MY CAR WHENEVER I
WAS OUT.
>> YOU CAN SUPPORT KBEACH RADIO BY TUNING
INTO CHANNEL 88 POINT 1 HD3 COME FEBRUARY HAYLEY CORKIN,
CAMPUS CONNECTION.
>> THE MIDTERM PERIOD IS UPON US
AND STUDENTS SPEND HOURS IN THE LIBRARY.
THERE IS ANOTHER CAMPUS FACILITY THAT IS POPULAR AT THIS TIME
OF YEAR, WIBEKE HAUGLAND HAS THE STORY.
[ BACKGROUND TALKING ]
>> WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEMESTER
AND STUDENTS HAVE A LOT OF PRESSURE ON THEM.
SOMETIMES IT CAN BE HARD TO FIND MOTIVATION TO STUDY.
>> THIS WEEK IS REALLY STRESSFUL FOR ME.
I HAVE THREE MIDTERMS AND I'M SUPER OVERWHELMED WITH SCHOOL
AND WORK AND THE ONLY THING THAT REALLY GETS ME
THROUGH THE DAY IS WORKING OUT.
>> AN INCREASING NUMBER
OF STUDENTS ARE USING THE STUDENT WELLNESS
AND RECREATION CENTER AS A HEALTH INSPECTION
FROM SCHOOL RELATED STRESS.
>> ACTUALLY THIS SEMESTER WE HAVE MORE STUDENTS COMING
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEMESTER THAN WE DID LAST YEAR SO WE HAVE
ABOUT 4,000 PEOPLE EACH DAY, MONDAY TO THURSDAY ABOUT 2500
ON FRIDAY AND A THOUSAND ON THE WEEKENDS.
>> EVERY DAY THERE ARE STUDENTS SIGNING
UP TO BECOME NEW MEMBERS OF THE REC CENTER.
>> IT'S THE MIDDLE SEMESTER MIDTERM'S TEST,
EVERYTHING IS CRAZY.
AND COMING TO WORK OUT AT THE REC CENTER IS A REALLY GOOD
STRESS RELIEVER AND IT'S A REALLY POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT.
IF YOU GO HANG OUT AT THE LIBRARY
AND YOU'RE GONNA BE SURROUNDED BY PEOPLE THAT ARE STRESSED OUT
AND CRAZY YOU COME HERE AND EVERYONE IS HAPPY AND EXCITED
AND ENERGETIC AND IT'S JUST A REALLY A POSITIVE ATMOSPHERE
AND IT HELPS YOU GET THROUGH YOUR SEMESTER.
>> THE REC CENTER RECENTLY HOSTED A PUSHUP COMPETITION
TO ATTRACT EVEN MORE STUDENTS TO THE GYM AND TO RAISE AWARENESS
AROUND HOW EXERCISE BENEFITS STUDENTS.
[ BACKGROUND MUSIC ]
>> REALLY, IT HELPS, I WOULD SAY JUST KEEP YOU ON TOP
ON YOUR STUDIES ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE MORE ENERGY TO STUDY
AND DOESN'T TAKE UP A CUP OF COFFEE TO DO SO,
YOU KNOW PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CAN HELP JUST AS MUCH
AS CAFFEINE AND THINGS LIKE THAT.
>> SOME STUDENTS SAY EXERCISE HELPS DO BETTER WORK
IN THE CLASSROOM.
>> IT'S NICE TO BE ABLE TO TAKE A BREAK
AND DO SOMETHING PHYSICAL.
YOU KNOW IF YOU'RE SITTING IN A CHAIR ALL DAY STUDYING.
AND I THINK IT HELPS, YOU KNOW, I STUDY BETTER WHEN I WORKOUT.
WEEKS WHERE I CAN'T WORK OUT AT ALL 'CAUSE I'M TOO BUSY,
IT'S JUST I HAVE NO ENERGY.
>> YOU KNOW, I GO IN, LIKE TRY TO STUDY, I HAVE NO FOCUS.
SO I THINK IT HELPS I MEAN JUST BEING ABLE TO COME
IN LIKE BURN SOME ENERGY OFF.
>> VETERANS DAY ROLLS SURROUND EVERY NOVEMBER.
THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO HONOR IT.
HAYLEY CORKIN JOINS US IN THE STUDIO WITH A SPECIAL GUEST.
>> THANKS, WIBEKE AND EMILY I'M HERE WITH DR. MARSHALL THOMAS
FROM THE VETERANS AFFAIR SERVICES HERE ON CAMPUS.
SAY DR. THOMAS, CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT YOU DO
AND WHAT SERVICES VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFICE IS?
>> CERTAINLY, WELL WE HAVE A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT WE DO.
PRIMARILY OUR OFFICE IS IN CHARGE WITH MAKING SURE
THAT VETERANS GET THEIR EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS
THROUGH THE VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFICE
OF THE US VETERANS AFFAIRS AND ALSO THE STATE VETERANS AFFAIRS
FOR SOME OF OUR DEPENDENCE.
THE OTHER THING THAT WE DO IS ADVOCACY AND OUTREACH, REALLY,
BEING AN ADVOCATE FOR ANY VETERANS ON CAMPUS,
AND ALSO REACHING OUT TO THE VETERANS WHO ARE ABOUT TO GET
OUT OF THE SERVICES AND THOSE THAT ARE TRYING TO TRANSFER HERE
FROM THE COMMUNITY COLLEGES.
>> HOW IMPORTANT IS IT
TO ACCOMMODATE VETERANS RETURNING BACK TO THEIR STUDIES?
>> WELL, IT'S REALLY CRITICAL.
YOU KNOW THERE'S A BIG TRANSITION FROM BEING
IN THE MILITARY TO BEING IN A CIVILIAN COMMUNITY,
AND YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT THE CULTURE
OF THE MILITARY IS PRETTY SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT
THAN A CULTURE ON A COLLEGE CAMPUS.
YOU KNOW THEY GO FROM BEING IN A VERY REGIMENTED ENVIRONMENT
TO ONES THAT-- THAT'S QUITE FREE AND LIBERATING AND OPEN.
SO GETTING INTO A CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT IS QUITE DIFFERENT
THAN PERHAPS BEING IN A WAR ZONE.
SO IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE
THAT THEY HAVE A GOOD TRANSITION FROM THE SERVICE TO THE SCHOOL.
>> HOW DO YOU FIND THAT THE VETERANS TYPICALLY COPE
WITH THAT TRANSITION?
>> WELL, FOR THE MOST PART THEY DO A GREAT JOB.
WE DO HAVE SOME STUDENTS THAT NEED ADDITIONAL HELP
AND WE HAVE A LOT OF SERVICES ON CAMPUS
THAT CAN HELP THEM OUT WITH THAT.
BUT AS I SAID A LOT OF THEM ARE TRANSFER STUDENTS
SO BY THE TIME THEY GET
TO CAL STATE LONG BEACH THEY'RE PRETTY WELL ADAPTED
AND ARE QUITE GOOD STUDENTS.
>> HOW CAN STUDENTS CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THEIR VETERANS
AFTER NOVEMBER-- AFTER VETERANS DAY HAS PASSED AND SO
THAT IT'S AN ONGOING THING?
>> WELL, I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO RECOGNIZE
THAT THERE A LOT OF PEOPLE ON OUR CAMPUS,
OVER 300 THAT HAVE SERVED IN THE MILITARY.
AND TO RECOGNIZE THAT THEY BRING A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE WITH THEM
TO THE ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT AND REALIZE THAT THEY CAN ALL LEARN
FROM THE VETERANS AND THE VETERANS CAN LEARN
FROM THEM AS WELL.
>> SO WE HAVE OUR SPECIAL SERVICES HERE ON CAMPUS,
BUT AMERICA AS A WHOLE,
DO YOU THINK THEY DO A GOOD JOB TYPICALLY OF LOOKING
AFTER THEIR VETERANS OR DO YOU THAT THERE'S MORE
THAT THEY COULD BE DOING?
>> WELL, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT'S VERY INTERESTING
THAT WE HAVE HAD A REALLY GOOD HISTORY IN THE LAST 10 YEARS
OF WELCOMING OUR VETERANS BACK HOME FROM OVERSEAS.
LOTS OF PARADES AND "WELCOME HOME" SIGNS
AND THINGS LIKE THAT.
BUT I THINK THAT WE CAN OFTEN FORGET
THAT THE VETERANS ARE MOVING ON WITH THEIR LIVES.
THEY'RE GOING TO SCHOOL, THEY'RE TRYING TO GET JOBS,
TRYING TO RAISE THEIR FAMILIES, AND WE OFTEN FORGET
THAT THEY'RE VETERANS AFTER THE PARADE IS OVER.
SO, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO REALIZE THAT WE WANNA CONTINUE
TO GIVE PEOPLE SUPPORT BOTH EDUCATIONALLY
AND IN THE JOB MARKET SO THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE
TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE.
>> YOU MENTIONED THE JOB MARKET,
UNEMPLOYMENT RATES ARE UNFORTUNATELY NOTHING NEW
IN AMERICA.
>> RIGHT.
>> BUT HOPEFULLY PEOPLE TAKE YOUR ADVICE AND CONTINUE
TO SUPPORT OUR VETERANS, YEAR AROUND NOT JUST
IN NOVEMBER FOR VETERANS DAY.
>> THAT WOULD BE GREAT.
>> THANKS FOR SPEAKING WITH US, DR. THOMAS.
THAT'S ALL WE HAVE TIME FOR TODAY.
WE'RE GONNA HEAD BACK TO EMILY AND WIBEKE IN THE STUDIO.
>> COMING UP NEXT.
[BACKGROUND MUSIC] FIND OUT WHAT STUDENTS THINK
ABOUT MANDATORY CLASSROOM ATTENDANCE.
>> CALIFORNIA'S HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES CREATE THE
CUTTING EDGE.
THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM DEVELOPS THE BRAIN POWER
AND THE HUMAN RESOURCES NECESSARY
TO DRIVE THE INNOVATION OF THE FUTURE.
BLUETOOTH FOUNDER AND INTEL ENGINEER JIM KARDACH IS A FRESNO
STATE GRADUATE.
>> WHEN WE LOOK AT THE CURRENT BATCH
OF PEOPLE COMING OUT, THEY'RE VERY SMART.
I THINK IT WOULD BE INTERESTING
TO SEE WHAT THE CSU SYSTEM HAS PRODUCED 50 YEARS FROM NOW.
>> THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM HAS BEEN
WORKING FOR CALIFORNIA FOR 50 YEARS.
>> CALIFORNIA'S POPULATION DEPENDS
ON HIGH QUALITY HEALTH CARE.
THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY GRADUATES, PROFESSIONALS
IN THE BUSINESS OF MEDICINE KEEP THE SYSTEM OPERATING 24/7.
CAL STATE STANISLAUS GRADUATE PAM KEHALY IS PRESIDENT
OF ANTHEM BLUE CROSS.
>> THE VALUE OF THAT EDUCATION RELATIVE
TO THE CAUSE IS PHENOMENA.
I WOULD-- WOULD MY MONEY ON THE CSU SYSTEM.
>> THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM HAS BEEN
WORKING FOR CALIFORNIA FOR 50 YEARS.
>> MANDATORY ATTENDANCE IS SOMETHING A LOT OF STUDENTS
AT CSULB HAVE TO ACCEPT.
FOR SOME STUDENTS THIS LEADS TO A LOT FUNNY EXCUSES
FOR WHY THEY CAN'T MAKE IT CLASS.
SIRI PALLENSEN REPORTS.
>> MY CAT GOT OUT AND CHASE--
AND I HAD TO CHASE HER ALL OVER THE NEIGHBORHOOD.
THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO ME ONE TIME.
THAT WAS REALLY GOOD.
>> THE LITTLE BOOK OF LIES AND EXCUSES CAN COME IN HANDY
FOR STUDENTS WHO CAN'T MAKE IT TO CLASS.
ELENA GOZEBA [PHONETIC] IS TIRED
OF THE TEACHERS TAKING CLASSROOM ATTENDANCE.
>> I HATE HOW CLASSES TAKE ATTENDANCE
BECAUSE USUALLY I CAN JUST TEACH MYSELF BETTER,
I JUST LIKE READ THE BOOK AND THEN I JUST DO ALL THE TEST.
I HATE GOING TO CLASS BECAUSE USUALLY THE TEACHERS ARE
HORRIBLE, AND THEY DON'T EVEN TEACH YOU ANYTHING.
SO, YEAH, I BASICALLY MISS ALL MY CLASS ALL THE TIME.
>> CAMPUS CONNECTION ASKED A COUPLE OF STUDENTS
TO SHARE THEIR FUNNIEST EXCUSES.
>> I SAY ONE OF THE WEIRDEST EXCUSES I'VE EVER HAD IS GOING
TO MY GRANDMOTHER'S DOG-- FLUFFY'S FUNERAL.
YOU KNOW, HE DIED OF CARDIAC ARREST SO IT'S VERY SAD.
YOU KNOW, HE GOT CREMATED.
WE BLEW UP THE ASHES WITH ALL THE OTHER PUPPIES AROUND.
>> OKAY, WELL, USUALLY I SAY THAT I'M SICK AND I HAVE
TO GO TO HEALTH CENTER.
BUT ONE TIME I TOLD MY TEACHER THAT I GOT MY EYES DILATED
WHICH MEANS THEY LIKE PUT EYEDROPS AND YOUR PUPILS ARE
SO BIG YOU'RE NOT REALLY SUPPOSED TO BE DRIVING.
SO I TOLD THEM THAT I GOT MY EYES DILATED
AND I WORE SUNGLASSES AND HE BELIEVED THAT
AND THEN I DIDN'T HAVE TO TAKE THE TEST.
>> EVEN IF YOU HAVE A GOOD EXCUSE IT'S IMPORTANT
TO BE AWARE THAT ATTENDANCE MAY AFFECT YOUR GRADE.
>> IF IT'S A SMALLER CLASS LIKE A 4-9 CLASS LIKE MINE,
THEN IT WOULD BE VERY IMPORTANT TO ATTEND AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
BUT IF IT'S ONE OF THOSE LARGER LECTURE CLASSES, I DON'T THINK
THAT SHOULD-- THE STUDENT SHOULD BE FORCED TO ATTEND.
WELL, NO ONE REALLY IS FORCED TO ATTEND.
YOU DO HAVE THE CHOICE OF WHETHER NOT TO GO.
BUT WHETHER YOUR GRADE SUFFERS AS A RESULT,
IT JUST VARIES FROM CLASS TO CLASS.
>> ASSOCIATED STUDENTS, INCORPORATED RECENTLY VOTED
IN SUPPORT OF EXTENDING THE LONG BEACH PLASTIC BAG BANNED
TO CAMPUS.
ALTHOUGH THE BAN ON CAMPUS HAS NOT YET TAKEN EFFECT,
THE EVENTUAL AIM WOULD BE TO CEASE DISTRIBUTION
OF PLASTIC BAGS FROM 49ERS SHOPS.
LONG BEACH STUDENTS SEEM TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF ASI'S DECISION.
>> FOR MY COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY CLASS, I VOLUNTEERED
WITH THE SURFRIDER FOUNDATION WHICH ACTUALLY HELPED
TO GET THE BAN IN LONG BEACH.
SO I THINK IT'S-- IT WOULD BE GOOD TO GET IT HERE.
IT HELPS IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE BEACHES AND EVERYTHING,
THEY'RE SO DIRTY AND, YOU KNOW,
ANYTHING TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT.
>> THE CAMPUS BAN IS PART OF THE ONGOING EFFORT
TO FURTHER SUSTAINABILITY.
STUDENTS WOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO BRING REUSABLE BAGS
FROM HOME INSTEAD OF RECEIVING PLASTIC BAGS FROM CAMPUS STORES.
[ BACKGROUND MUSIC ]
>> AFTER THE BREAK, WE'LL KNOW
ABOUT FORMER NPR ANALYST WONG WILLIAMS IN HIS VISIT
TO THE LONG BEACH CAMPUS.
>> WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
>> CALIFORNIA'S ENGINEERING INNOVATIONS CIRCLE THE GLOBE
AND LIGHT THE DARKNESS.
THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM HAS BEEN ENLIGHTENING,
PROMISING ENGINEERS FOR THE PAST 5 DECADES.
CAL STATE LA GRADUATE PERVAIZ LODHIE IS THE FOUNDER
AND PRESIDENT OF LEDTRONICS,
A LEADING LIGHT EMITTING DIODE COMPANY.
>> IF YOU WORK HARD, GET PROPER EDUCATION THE AMERICAN DREAMS
ARE STILL AVAILABLE THERE TO EVERYBODY.
>> THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM HAS BEEN
WORKING FOR CALIFORNIA FOR 50 YEARS.
[ BACKGROUND MUSIC ]
>> CALIFORNIA'S AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS FEED THE WORLD.
THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM HAS BEEN ROOTED
IN THE STATE'S WINE BUSINESS FOR THE PAST 5 DECADES.
SONOMA STATE GRADUATE, JACQUES SCHLUMBERGER OWNS A PREMIER
ESTATE WINERY IN THE LUSH, ROLLING HILLS OF HEALDSBURG.
>> I THINK THE FACT THAT YOU SEE GRADUATES WORKING AND BEING
SO PRODUCTIVE REALLY SPEAKS TO THE VALUES OF THE CSU.
>> THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM HAS BEEN
WORKING FOR CALIFORNIA FOR 50 YEARS.
>> GUEST SPEAKER JUAN WILLIAMS, JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR,
RECENTLY MADE A VISIT TO CAMPUS.
HE SAID, "WE SHOULD HAVE AN HONEST DEBATE
IN OUR POLITICAL DISCOURSE."
SYLVIA MEJIA HAS THE STORY.
>> IT'S ALMOST EXACTLY 1 YEAR AGO THAT WILLIAMS WAS FIRED
FROM HIS RADIO NEWS JOB
AFTER ADMITTING JUST A LITTLE TOO MUCH ON LIVE RADIO.
EXPRESSING HOW UNEASY HE FELT
WHEN MUSLIM SUPPORTED CLAIMS WAS CLEARLY SOMETHING
THAT RAISED THIS CONTROVERSY WORLDWIDE.
THIS YEAR'S DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES ASSOCIATED
AT CSULB'S COMPETENCE CENTER WHERE STUDENTS SIGNED
UP TO HEAR THE FOX NEWS POLITICAL ANALYST EXPLAIN THE
INCIDENT IN DETAIL.
WILLIAMS ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO PRACTICE THEIR FREEDOM
OF SPEECH INTELLIGENTLY AND WHAT BETTER PLACE TO START
THAN ON CAMPUS WHERE HE BELIEVES FREEDOM
OF SPEECH IS MOST WELCOMED.
>> TO BEING IN THAT ARENA AND THEN TO BE FREE
TO SAY WHAT I WANT TO SAY WHEN I'M,
GENUINELY THINKING AGAIN IT'S A PRIVILEGE.
SO THAT'S THE GOAL.
YOU WANNA REACH PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE AND TRY
TO HELP THEM GET TO A HIGHER LEVEL.
>> WILLIAMS, ALSO MENTIONS THAT COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE ESSENTIAL
TO PROGRESSIVE CHANGE.
>> THE ADVANTAGE OF YOUTH SOMETIMES IS YOU'VE NEVER BEEN
DOWN THIS ROAD BEFORE.
YOU DON'T HAVE ANY RIGHT.
YOU'RE MAKING A NEW WAY.
>> AND RADIO STUDENT VOLUNTEER QUAMEL [PHONETIC] AGREES
THAT COLLEGE WELCOMES NEW IDEAS BY ADDING FRESH VOICES.
>> THE COLLEGE IS A PLACE WHERE, YOU KNOW PEOPLE CAN KIND OF OPEN
UP AND START TO BE THEMSELVES AFTER COMING OUT OF PLACES
LIKE HIGH SCHOOL WHERE, YOU KNOW, A PERSON IS KIND
OF PERSECUTED FOR BEING DIFFERENT IF YOU WILL.
>> SO BETWEEN HERE BEING THERE'S NO BETTER PLACE TO KIND OF OPEN
UP AND EITHER LEARN YOUR VALUE SYSTEM
OR DEVICES YOU ALREADY HAVE, KIND OF GET THEM
TO EXPRESS A LITTLE MORE.
>> AND HOPEFULLY OTHER CSULB STUDENTS CAN AGREE.
SYLVIA MEJIA, CAMPUS CONNECTION.
>> THANKS FOR JOINING US
FOR THIS EDITION OF CAMPUS CONNECTION.
>> KEEPING YOU CONNECTED [BACKGROUND MUSIC] AND UP
TO DATE ON CAMPUS NEWS.
THIS IS WIBEKE HAUGLAND.
>> AND EMILY PRAVLIS.
WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME.
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