USC opens $175 Million Film School—Can’t Find 100k To Save Student Lives?

Two USC students walking Saturday night were hit by a speeding maniac.

Adrianna Bachan, 19, and Marcus Garfinkle, also 19, were in a crosswalk on Jefferson Boulevard at Hoover Street about 3 a.m. Sunday when a car heading east on Jefferson ran a red light and struck them, according to police.

Adrianna was dead instantly, and Marcus his holding on to life be a thread.

A USC Vice-President, Michael Jackson, was quoted in today’s LA Times as saying it’s difficult to stop someone from running a red light.

The man should be checked for a pulse. Is he alive or is he made of stone.

Meanwhile the LA Times just ran an article about the $175,000,000 that USC spent on a new Film School.

And USC doesn’t have $100,000 for a pedestrian bridge?

As seen in this article excerpt below – they think that 10,000 students making a pilgrimage daily across a busy street is just the way it goes.

Michael Jackson, USC’s vice president of student affairs, said university officials have been proactive in trying to cope with the heavy amount of pedestrian and vehicle traffic around campus and will install a light within the next few months at 28th and Hoover streets, where another student was struck and injured earlier this year.

Jackson said the Jefferson-Hoover intersection sees an enormous amount of pedestrian traffic because some 1

0,000 students live north of Jefferson Boulevard.

“Just imagine,” he said. “That’s a lot of people going back and forth.”

Jackson said university officials have worked with the city to improve the intersection and that a new system was implemented within the last couple of years that allows pedestrians to cross at several points while all traffic is stopped.

He said officials are planning to reexamine the spot after Sunday’s fatality, but that it’s difficult to stop someone from running a red light.

Purity and Holiness from Reb Shlomo

Wisdom of the Week

Reprinted from Holy Beggars’ Gazette 5737/1977 Copyright (c) 1977 by the Judaic Book Service   Reprinted with permission of the Members of the House of Love and Prayer and all the Holy Beggars  Not for commercial redistribution


Rabbeinu speaking

What is purity, and what is holiness? First you have to know that purity is in the heart. Simplicity. We don’t say “a holy heart”, we say “a pure heart”. Holiness is in the mind,’a holy mind’.

Which comes first? Purity. First you have to purify your heart, then you reach holiness in your mind. What does “purity in your heart” mean? A pure heart means there is not one billionth of an ounce in my heart which is angry at G-d. Do you know how angry we are at G-d? Basically we are very angry. Most of the time we think, “You know, G-d, if I were You, I would do things differently.” Then we think, “Listen, You created the world. Couldn’t You take just a little bit better care of it?” Whatever I do wrong. whatever happens to me, I just blame on G-d, right? I very rarely blame it on myself. So “pure” means I am absolutely not angry at G-d.

Do you know what holy means? Not only am I not angry at G-d, holy means that something happens to me which makes me know that G-d is right. Something happens to my mind which is not a one-plus-one kind of knowing. It is a holy kind of knowing when I really know, “This is the way it should be.” Even if I don’t understand why, it really doesn’t matter. Suddenly my mind becomes a vessel to know that things are really the way they are supposed to be.

When we are pure, and G-d should please bless us to be pure, then the light of G-d is really shining into us in all its clarity, on an infinite level. The light of Holiness is not really part of this world. The utmost one can reach on a worldly level is purity. Meaning to say, all I can work for is being pure. Holiness is a gift from G-d, because it is not of this world. Holiness means that I am completely clear that there is one G-d, that I am not angry at Him, and that I know on the deepest levels that the world is the way it is supposed to be. How could it be otherwise?

According to Jewish law, the utmost of purity is life, and the utmost of impurity is, G-d forbid, death. According to Jewish law, when I touch a dead body, I become impure. On a spiritual level I am sad. Sadness is Gehinom, the utmost of spiritual death. It makes me impure. Being impure means I give up. The less I give up, the more strength I have for purity.


Boycott Resolution at Long Beach State Fails

Dear Friends,

Thanks to an outstanding showing by Jewish students at CSULB organized by Rachel Bookstein, Beach Hillel’s Director, community support, letters, and lobbying, we have successfully defeated the boycott Israel resolution submitted by Zo Farooqui.

Zero votes in favor, 4 against, and 8 abstentions.

This was a huge change from the last vote on the issue that had passed.


There are still Senators that are looking to bring back a “revised” resolution after Spring Break. Read Below.

Thank you for your support.

Rabbi Yonah

Boycott resolution fails to pass at ASI meeting

Amy Paradise & Benjamin Zitney

Published: Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Associated Students Inc. senate failed to pass the SR No. 25 resolution in support of the call for the immediate end to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza on Wednesday.

The current resolution was a revision from the previous week and called for a future boycott by ASI and 49er Shops Inc. of companies that maintain a business relationship with Israel, including Caterpillar and Motorola.

ASI Treasurer Brian Troutner reported to the Senate that Cal State Long Beach currently has a working relationship with Caterpillar, as they are sub-contracted to build the new Student Recreation and Wellness Center. According to Troutner, ending their current relationship with Caterpillar would bring about legal ramifications, as it would constitute a breach of contract.

CSULB would also have difficulty boycotting Motorola products, as they are the manufacturers of the University Police walkie-talkies. There are currently 100 of these walkie-talkies in police circulation, and replacement of them, at $300 a piece, would cost CSULB $30,000.

Senator Everett Bryan of the college of engineering encouraged the students in the gallery to draft a new resolution for future consideration.


Long Beach State: Student Resolution to boycott Israel

Title: Resolution in Support of the Call for the Immediate End to the Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza and a Boycott of Goods and Services that Maintain Business Relations with Israel

Sponsored by: Senator Zo Farooqui

Date Submitted: March 18, 2009

WHERAS from December 27, 2008 to January 22, 2009 attacks launched by the Israeli government on Gaza have resulted in over 1,300 deaths and 5,300 injuries, with more than 60 percent of the victims consisting of women and children;1

WHEREAS schools, mosques, hospitals, ambulances, civilian infrastructure, and UN compounds have been targeted;

WHEREAS this recent act of blatant violence contributes to the 18-month blockade enforced by the Israeli government on the Gaza strip through strict patrol of its borders. The aforementioned act has resulted in the devastation of Gaza’s infrastructure up to and including the collapse of its economy, causing 80 percent of the population to rely on international aid for the basic means of survival;2

WHEREAS Israeli occupation forces have demolished electricity, gas, and water resources of the region, leaving half of the Gaza population consisting of children in an open-air prison with no option of becoming refugees;3

WHEREAS Israel’s continuous denial of medical supplies in the region constitutes a violation of their signatory obligation to the First Geneva Convention, and causes an inability to treat the wounded, resulting in otherwise preventable deaths;4

WHEREAS Human Rights Watch has found that the Israeli government has used the controversial chemical weapon white phosphorus which “sticks to human skin and will burn right through to the bone” in areas of high civilian density;5

WHEREAS the Fourth Geneva convention renders Israel’s actions a war crime based on its intent and grotesque disproportionate use of military action;6

WHEREAS arbitrary damage of property, denial of rest areas (shelters), and discrimination based on political ideology and other actions put the Israeli Government in direct violation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Articles 5, 12, 13, 15, 17, 21 and 24; be it

RESOLVED that the Associated Students of California State University, Long Beach stand in solidarity to condemn all violence against civilians in the region and demand the removal of the blockade on Gaza, including the opening of its borders, while condemning Israel’s disproportionate aggression toward the Palestinian people; be it further

RESOLVED that ASI participates in a boycott of companies that have any economic ties to the Israeli state, be it finally

RESOLVED that ASI urges California State University, Long Beach, its foundation and its auxiliary to end all business action, including investments, and procurement with companies that maintain business with the state of Israel.