Ben Novotny

Ben Novotny is an alumnus of California State University, Long Beach where he majored in Journalism and minored in American Studies. At CSULB Ben was a staff writer for The Union Weekly, the student-run campus newspaper and was actively involved with the school's TV production studio. Ben was a Contributing Writer for The Long Beach Post and the Long Beach Business Journal and has been a Youth Reporter at VoiceWaves for four years.

Posts by Ben Novotny:

Having Asperger’s Does Not Make Me a Killer

Dec. 3, 2015 / By
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Unfortunately, the tragic shootings at schools around the country have helped to draw a deeper link between Asperger’s – and autism more generally – with a propensity for violence.

Should You Be Worried About STIs When Using Dating Apps?

Nov. 10, 2015 / By
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Public health officials are sounding a more cautious note when it comes to dating apps. Some are blaming the technology for a recent increase in STIs.

5 Things You Need to Know About Living With Urban Coyotes in Long Beach

Sep. 25, 2015 / By
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Coexisting with urban wildlife is not a passive process.

For Low-Income Residents, Clinic Offers Free Pet Services

May. 19, 2015 / By
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Nationwide there are an estimated 10,000 more animals than there are homes for them, and every year, approximately 2.7 million animals, mostly cats and dogs, are euthanized in the U.S.

Should You Or Shouldn’t You? The Vaccination Debate

Mar. 16, 2015 / By
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A recent local measles outbreak involved a student from CSULB, who came back from winter break in January with the measles. The student, who has not been identified, has since recovered but exposed at least 20 other students.

For Renters, Landlord Accountability Key to Fixing Substandard Housing

Jan. 30, 2015 / By
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Tenants don’t report problems to the city for fear of retaliation from their landlords, which could come in the form of rent increases or even eviction.

Feeling Depressed? Animal-Assisted Therapy Could Help

Dec. 28, 2014 / By
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According to the National Center for Health Research, 71 million U.S. households have a pet, and studies have shown that people that have a pet are less likely to be depressed than people who don’t.

Is McDonnell’s Record as LB Police Chief an Asset or a Liability in Race for LA Sheriff?

Oct. 2, 2014 / By
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LB Police Chief McDonnell touts his experience driving gangs out of Long Beach, fighting human trafficking, and bringing the Long Beach crime rate down. But what do Long Beach residents say about his record as police chief?

New Grads Step Into A World Of Debt

Jun. 17, 2014 / By
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When film student Chris Reyes talks about the $430 he pays each month toward his student loan, he uses the movie Jaws as a metaphor...

LB Violence Prevention Plan Passes Amidst Criticisms

May. 29, 2014 / By
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By CSULB Senior Seminar Reporter Brittany Ballard and VoiceWaves Reporter Intern Ben Novotny

Trey Gaston, 20, from East Long Beach recalled times in high school when he would have to run, rather than walk, home from school...

How LB Young Men of Color Are Committing to Succeeding in School

Mar. 5, 2014 / By
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[Ed. Note]: Last week, over 400 students in Long Beach convened together at California State University, Long Beach to talk about the issues they face as boys and men of color...

It Can Wait: One Teen’s Attempt To End Texting While Driving

Jan. 21, 2014 / By
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After two car accidents killed seven youth in Long Beach last Memorial Day, young actress, and Wilson High School Junior Karley Cable, created a PSA video, dubbed Almost There, to promote the dangers of texting while driving among teens...