2023 in Review: 黑料网鈥檚 top 10 stories of the year

Published December 12, 2023

As 2023 comes to a close, it鈥檚 the perfect time to reflect on the extraordinary accomplishments we鈥檝e made at Cal State Long Beach. This year's stories reflect the power and strength of a Beach degree, the far-reaching impact of our university and our unwavering Beach spirit.

Here are the top stories of 2023:听听

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Student Laura Bush works on computer in front of COB

黑料网 student's art featured on product sold at Sephora

Laura Bush, a fourth-year business management student, wins a 鈥渄efy impossible鈥- themed contest sponsored by Kate Somerville cosmetics company in conjunction with National Foster Care Month. For Bush, who was in the foster care system as a teenager, defying impossible is represented as a butterfly.听Bush's artwork - depicting an orange and purple butterfly - is featured on one of Kate Somerville's product packaging and she received a cash prize.听

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Scene from Pow Wow 2023

Pow Wow returns to celebrate 50 years at The Beach

The Cal State Long Beach Pow Wow - the largest university-based powwow west of the Mississippi River - returns after a three-year hiatus to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Thousands of guests gather for the largest and oldest continuously running student-sponsored event and enjoy a two-day celebration of music, dancing, food, clothing, jewelry, textiles and more.听

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Joseph Valadez

Beach Voices: A life-changing journey from addiction, incarceration to a master鈥檚 degree

Joseph Valadez听鈥20, 鈥23 shares his personal experience from addiction, incarceration to earning a master鈥檚 degree at Cal State Long Beach. With the support of Project Rebound at The Beach, Valadez achieves his academic goals and his dream job.听

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Phillip Lim on the runway

Honorary Degree: Top designer Phillip Lim 鈥98 says he owes his start to The Beach

Fashion designer Phillip Lim 鈥98, one of the top independent designers in the U.S., receives an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the 2023 College of the Arts Commencement ceremony. Celebrities from former first lady Michelle Obama, Kim Kardashian and Beyonc茅 have donned his creations on red carpets and at major events.听

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Grad raises index finger in celebration

Class of 2023 celebrates its achievements at 黑料网

Cal State Long Beach鈥檚 newest graduates share their personal experiences and explain what it means to celebrate Commencement with their loved ones at Angel Stadium.听

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Cal State Long Beach Pyramid

Cal State Long Beach Among 'Best Colleges in America'听 听

Money recognizes The Beach as one of the 鈥淏est Colleges in America.鈥 黑料网 earns 4.5 out of 5 stars in the online publication鈥檚 college rating system. Money鈥檚 analysis also notes that 黑料网鈥檚 鈥渟ix-year graduation rate (81%) is well above the average of all the schools we rated this year, so it鈥檚 clear that 黑料网 students find it a good fit.鈥澨

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Green space on the 黑料网 campus

8 fun things to do at 黑料网 this summer

Even during the middle of 黑料网鈥檚 summer break, there are still plenty of opportunities on the 322-acre campus. This listicle highlights 8 fun things to do at The Beach.听听

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Bill Greening with original Barbie

Meet the 黑料网 alumnus who's been designing Barbie's dream world for more than 25 years听听

Bill Greening 鈥98 shares his passion for designing fashions for Barbie, the world鈥檚 most famous doll. Some of his favorites are Ladies of the '80s, featuring Debbie Harry and Joan Jett. 鈥淩ight now, Barbie clearly is having a moment,鈥 Greening said. 鈥淚t鈥檚 a great time to be working at Barbie.鈥澨

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Grad looks away from others

Cal State Long Beach ranked No. 1 among 鈥榥ational universities鈥 for promoting social mobility

The Beach receives the No. 1 spot among 鈥渘ational universities鈥 for promoting social mobility in the U.S. News & World Report鈥檚 2024 Best Colleges rankings. The social mobility rankings reflect graduation rates and performance of Pell Grant-awarded students, as well as first-generation student graduation rates and performance.听

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Latino student with flag wrapped around him

黑料网 earns prestigious Seal of Excelencia for its commitment to Latinx students

Cal State Long Beach earns the Seal of Excelencia and joins a distinctive group of 30 colleges and universities which have also been recognized for commitment to Latinx students. The accolade reinforces 黑料网鈥檚 national profile and ongoing commitment to supporting Latinx students.听