Daily 49er clips

The Daily 49er is the independent student newspaper of California State University, Long Beach, since the school’s inception in 1949. The newspaper is published Monday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters, and once a week during the summer sessions. It has a daily circulation of 10,000 and a continously updated website. It serves a campus community of 35,000 students, plus faculty, staff and portions of the Long Beach community.

During my time at the Daily 49er (also sometimes spelled Daily Forty-Niner) from Jan. 2005 to May 2008 – I served first as the calendar editor, then opinion editor, online editor and managing editor. In my last year I served as editor in chief. During my time as editor in chief, I helped expand the size of the editorial staff and institue print- and online-version redesigns.  I also was instrumental in the creation of Daily49er.com while serving as managing editor.

Select Listing of Clips

Protests in Sacramento:  An unprecedented coalition of representatives and supporters from all three tiers of California’s public higher education system rallied around the State Capitol to protest against the proposed budget cuts to California’s higher education system. Sacramento’s demonstration – which included a small contingent of 17 students from Cal State Long Beach and CSULB President F. King Alexander – had an estimated attendance of 2,000 to 2,500 people, and was just one of six statewide rallies organized by the student-led coalition, Students for California’s Future.

October 2007 wildfire coverage: For the Daily 49er’s coverage of the fires that were burning much of Southern California (see Wikipedia entry), I wrote two spot reports at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium and Del Mar Racetrack. I also put together a news blog and wrote a retrospective column on past fires in San Diego.

Campus security breach:Several nights of the newsroom staffers on the weekend seeing which doors were left open led to the creation of this piece. Turns out, almost all of the campus was left unlocked. Many pieces of expensive equipment were unsecured.

The final climb: A feature on a trip to Joshua Tree National Park for a rock climbing class. The class was taught by legendary wilderness studies instructor Bill Webb, who soon after retired after teaching classes for 32 years at CSULB.

Meningitis in the dorms: A case of meningitis – a highly contagious and potentially deadly disease – appeared in the CSULB dormitories. A second case was reported a month later in an adjacent building.

LBSU’s NCAA nationally televised loss: A column I wrote after the LBSU men’s basketball team lost in the first round of the Big Dance, 121-86, to the Tennessee Volunteers in Columbus, Ohio.

Aboard the haunted boat: Entertainment piece on some tours aboard the Queen Mary, a reputedly haunted cruise liner permanently docked in the Long Beach Harbor. I also wrote a second piece on another Queen Mary tour that I took with a psychic that began at midnight. It went into the deep bowels of the ship looking for ghosts.

I was ‘mad as hell’: A college dean wanted to take away the print version of the Daily 49er and turn it into an online-only product. Needless to say, we as a staff did not want that to happen. Fortunately, it didn’t. I wrote this column about it. The controversial sequence of events made local headlines and was even written about by the Student Press Law Center.

‘Star Wars’ creator crashes his car: I wrote this short piece on George Lucas crashing his car in a local celebrity race. Apparently I was the only one who made the connection of him crashing his car to him nearly dying in a car crash before he became a filmmaker. The picture I took that went with the story was taken just before he hit – I barely missed it!

Land conservation columns: Columns on the need to preserve Tejon Ranch, why the Anaheim city sign is fraudulent, and California’s urbanization woes.

Cleaning up Disneyland: A column I wrote about my summer as a Disneyland day custodian. It was a lot of fun and memorable.

Lastly, a going-away piece written about me by some of the Daily 49er staff (thank you!)

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