When Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state was facing a $53.4 billion budget deficit last week, it painted a bleak picture for the city of Long Beach, where public education is far and away the largest employment sector.
President Jane Close Conoley said in a message to the campus community that the university wants to avoid abrupt pivot to remote learning should a second wave of COVID-19 hit the community in the fall, as some health officials predict.
President Jane Close Conoley joined the Long Beach Post and the Daily Forty-Niner in a live discussion Thursday to share what it’s been like managing one of the largest campuses in the Cal State University system during the coronavirus pandemic.
Adversity does call forth the character of people and our leadership, staff, faculty, students, alumni and friends have shown remarkable problem solving skills, and compassion, and resilience.
At Cal State Long Beach specifically, campus officials have stopped authorizing any travel to China, Italy, or South Korea, according to the campus, and only essential travel will be allowed to Singapore, Taiwan or Japan.
In his own statement to the family, he apologized and asked them to forgive him, saying “nothing justifies what I did,” according to a prosecutor, although he said he was experiencing a mental breakdown that day.
The suspect, an 18-year-old student, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor sexual battery and taking lost property.
“The suspect then spun the victim around and held a handgun to the victim’s neck, took the victim’s keys, took the victim’s vehicle, and left campus,” UPD said.
Pictures of tables and chairs piled against classroom doors at CSULB proliferated on social media. Officials say retrofitting doors to lock from the inside is a top priority.
The student, Prateek Devulpally, confessed to sending the threatening email from a female student’s email account after officers took him into custody today, CSULB said in a statement.