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Publisher’s Statement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........ p age 07 Editor’s Letter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......... p age 08 Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........ p age 09 The Beginning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......... p age 10 1960-1969 Protest and Progress. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........ 1970-1979

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Investigation and Discovery. . . . . . . . . . ........ p age 34 1980-1989 Expansion and the Rise of Technology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......... p age 53 1990-1999 The Dawn of a New Era. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........ p age 64 2000-2010 The Daily Titan’s Advisers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........ p age 76 The Daily Titan’s Editors in Chief. . .......

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The Daily Titan’s 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Staff List. . . . . . . . . . ........ p age 78

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Publisher’s Statement

By Anthony R. Fellow, Ph.D.



ithin these pages are recorded the first drafts of the history of California State University, Fullerton. It’s a rich history that began with the establishment of Orange County State College in 1957. There have been countless milestones during this time, and many of these have made Titans jump for joy. For example, the College of Business Administration and Economics and the Department of Music in 1965 and 1966, respectively, became the youngest in the nation to win accreditation. Ten years later, the university awarded its 25,000 degree. By 1989 a satellite campus at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo opened, and attracted some 2,300 students. What a joyous time it was when CSUF’s women’s basketball team won its first national championship in 1970; the men’s gymnastics team won the NCAA division championship in 1971, 1972 and 1974; the women’s fencing team won a national championship in 1973; the men’s baseball and women’s gymnastics teams won the national championships in 1979. The mighty Titan baseball team would go on to win its third

NCAA championship in 1995. All of these exuberant occasions are recorded for posterity in the pages of the Daily Titan. The Titan also recorded visits by the rich and famous. Ronald Reagan, for example, made his final Orange County public appearance as president, when he spoke in the Titan Gym in 1988. CSUF alumnus Kevin Costner threw out the first pitch when the sports complex opened in 1992. Other celebrities reported about in the Titan included: General Colin Powell, Academy Award-winning director James Cameron, Nicolas Cage, Carol Channing, Natalie Cole, Bill Cosby, Walter Cronkite, Whoopi Goldberg and Fred Friendly. The Daily Titan, one of the nation’s outstanding student newspapers, also recorded some of the sadder moments. Included among these was the 1976 shooting spree, which killed seven in the library. Chronicled here are the triumphs and tragedies of a remarkable university, now one of the finest and largest, with a student population surpassing 37,000. We are lucky to have these pages, which open a precious window into the contours of the past.

{50} Dr. Anthony R. Fellow is the Chair of the Department of Communications and the publisher of the Daily Titan.

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Editor’s Letter By Monzerrath Gonzalez



hen I arrived at Cal State Fullerton four years ago, I never imagined the impact that the Daily Titan would have on my life. Today, as managing editor of the publication, I am proud to present to you the 50th Anniversary edition. In this publication we have brought together a front-page story from each of the 50 years that the Titan has been the leading news source for CSUF. The stories of five past advisers and one editor in chief, all whom led the Titan during different decades, precede the covers. In these pages you will see headlines that changed lives on this campus and the world. You will meet people who have fought for what they believe in, lost their lives in tragic events and created controversy. You will also witness moments of great triumph and consequence that have marked the history of the school forever. As I researched the hundreds of past issues I realized that all of the editors, reporters and photographers who have passed through the newsroom faced the same struggles we face today. As CSUF students we must separate ourselves from our peers, and become public critics, columnists, writers, reviewers, detectives and more. The Daily Titan has given me, and the hundreds before me, an opportunity to taste the reality of

the journalistic world and for this we will all be indebted. The stress-filled nights, lost sleep, long hours of hard work and time sacrificed without family and friends, are all worth it when we arrive on campus the next morning and see the paper in the hands of our fellow students. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing your byline in the Titan and knowing that you have worked hard and have left your imprimatur, hopefully for the betterment of the university. Today, more than ever, the Daily Titan faces the challenge of evolving into something more than a paper that is printed four times a week. We must take what we have, build upon it and make the Titan the best multimedia publication it can be. This is a challenge that the current editorial and advertising staffs have taken on and are proud to fight for. I would like to give special thanks to Professor Robert Sage, who started collecting information for this project several years ago. This would not have been possible without his great advice and patience. I would also like to thank the contributors – Jay Berman, Jeffrey Brody, Tom Clanin, Jim Drummond, Anthony R. Fellow, Wayne Overbeck, Rick Pullen and Jason Shepard, who took time out of their schedules to help us complete this task. I hope you enjoy this small anthology of Daily Titan history.

{50} Monzerrath Gonzalez is the current managing editor of the Daily Titan.

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Introduction By Jason Shepard, Ph.D.



or a half century, the Daily Titan has been a center of journalism training for students at Cal State Fullerton and a launching pad for careers at all levels of newspapers. The pages that follow chronicle a remarkable history, as written by the staffs of the Daily Titan over the years. We see the campus transform from Orange County State College, as it was called at its inception in 1957, to CSUF today – and the growing pains, academic programs, protests, achievements and tragedy are dominant themes of the reporting. We also see national and world events through the lens of our journalism students, from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, to the anti-war and counter-culture protest movements of the 1970s, to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and most recently the election of President Barack Obama. We also find peculiar omissions. For example, the front page on Nov. 5, 1980, fails to note that former Calif. Governor Ronald Reagan won the presidential election the night before. So it goes with newspapers: the successes and failures are set in ink forever. College newspapers have long been the incubators for the passion and energy that drives

professional journalists. Journalism professors like to think their classrooms are the training grounds for professionals. But the college newsroom, frenetic and imperfect as it often is, has always been the crucible of journalism training. Journalism is changing quickly, and the Daily Titan strives to be at the forefront of change. Our student journalists will need to tell stories and report news using the latest techniques and technologies. They will need to gather primary documents to publish online, shoot video and audio to supplement print stories, reach new audiences through social networking technologies and interact with sources and readers in new ways. They need to do all of this while learning and nurturing the basic journalistic skills of digging for information, persistently dogging sources and remaining fair and objective conveyors of facts. It is a rewarding time for the Daily Titan as we look back at our accomplishments over the past 50 years. But it is also an exciting time of looking forward, striving to be on the cutting edge of collegiate journalism in a new era. As the Daily Titan forges ahead and charts new territories of journalism in the next half century, we will inevitably make some mistakes along the way. But if history is any lesson, the Daily Titan will remain important and relevant to campus life for the next 50 years and beyond.

{50} Dr. Jason Shepard is the current adviser of the Daily Titan.

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1960-1969 The Beginning

By Jim Drummond



arly issues of the student newspaper, named the Titan Times and the Titan during the nine years before the Daily Titan, mirrored the physical and academic growth of the campus. As the college morphed through the names Orange County State College, Orange State College, California State College at Fullerton (first with and then without at) and finally California State University, Fullerton. These first Titan Times issues reported on the Intercollegiate Athletic Program, classes conducted by the first five faculty members, the selection of royal blue and white as school colors, social activities, as well as the hopes and dreams of the first five graduates. During the next year the newspaper began weekly publication under Assistant Professor James Alexander. Department Chair J. William Maxwell completed a Fulbright Scholar Program and assumed the

position of the newspaper adviser for the remainder of the Titan Times eight-year run. The move to a professional journalism program matched the college’s move to its current site, although classes were held in temporary buildings. Through news stories and photographs during these early years, the paper chronicled the rapid addition of nationally accredited academic programs and the equally quick physical growth of the campus. The newspaper began biweekly publication in fall 1965 and triweekly in fall 1968, it covered student clubs and organizations, as well as activities at the early residence halls. It also promoted the first of several years of elephant racing on May 11, 1962. Newspaper stories continued to follow athletic success in several men’s sports and the first women’s basketball team. The student protests of the mid- and late1960s were also a staple of campus activity and press coverage. The first recorded protest occurred in 1963, when students gathered to voice opposition to the name

change of the school from Orange State College to California State College at Fullerton. As controversy over the Vietnam War heated up, so did the newspaper’s lively Letters to the Editor column. A march to support United States troops in Southeast Asia was chronicled, along with teach-ins, anti-draft rallies and a host of noontime speakers in the quad area, which supported and opposed the country’s foreign policy. A controversy surrounding the one-act play, “The Beard,” embroiled local politicians, outside media, campus administrators, faculty and students in a dispute over the meaning of academic freedom in a college setting. During the first decade, the campus grew from 452 to 12,835 students, from five to 564 faculty members and from five graduates to the awarding of 1,726 bachelor’s and 420 master’s degrees. In that time student and academic life reflected the same forces at work on the larger national and worldwide stages, and all of it was presented to readers on the hundreds of pages of the student-run newspaper.

{50} Jim Drummond was the editor in chief of the Daily Titan between 1965 and 1966.

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Protest and Progress By Wayne Overbeck Ph.D. and Rick D. Pullen Ph.D.


hen the Daily Titan was launched in 1969, there was unprecedented turmoil in hundreds of colleges and universities across the nation. Students protested against the Vietnam War and the military draft, campaigned for justice at home and challenged authority as never before. The event that led to some of the worst confrontations at Cal State Fullerton was an appearance at an academic convocation by Governor Ronald Reagan on Feb. 9, 1970. Hecklers, including a child in the bleachers who made a famous gesture of contempt, disrupted his speech repeatedly. At least 40 students and two faculty members were arrested on campus during the unrest in 1970. Many other students and faculty members received what appeared to be unduly rough handling by police. The chant “pigs off campus” was heard often. The campus calmed somewhat after a tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. Yet, students continued their political involvement in 1973 with various actions amidst criticism of President Richard Nixon, who had won a second term with a landslide victory over Senator George McGovern. The team of Nixon and Spiro Agnew caught students’ attention when allegations were made that Vice President Agnew had accepted kickbacks in his home state and that Nixon had known and approved of the Watergate burglary.

In a campus poll, students supported the impeachment of President Nixon for the firing of Archibald Cox, special Watergate prosecutor. Other news on campus involved a decision to change the name of Fullerton State College to California State University, Fullerton. All colleges in the California State University system that met qualifications established by the Board of Trustees became universities. The mid-1970s also featured the tragic campus shootings of nine people. Edward Allaway, a former campus custodian, opened fire with a .22-caliber rifle in the library entrance, basement and halls killing seven and injuring two. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and was mandatorily admitted to Patton State Hospital. This shooting took place while the Summer Titan was being published on a weekly basis. However, given the international media attention, the students published a special edition that covered all aspects of the tragedy. This was the first special edition produced in the history of the campus newspaper. The edition went on to win numerous awards at the annual California Intercollegiate Press Association’s competition. On the sports front, the 1970s were good to CSUF. The basketball team, under the direction of Coach Bobby Dye, shocked the nation in 1978 with two wins in the NCAA playoffs. CSUF became one of 16 teams to compete for a spot in the final eight. The accomplishments were covered thoroughly by staff reporters. The underdog Titans went up against fourth ranked New Mexico and accom-


plished the impossible: a five-point win. As a result, the nickname “Cal State Who” or “Cal State Disneyland” became buzzwords on sports pages across the nation. The shock was intensified in the next game when the Titans upset heavily favored University of San Francisco by three points. The Titans gained respect as a result of the wins and then went up against one of the national favorites, University of Arkansas. But the dream crumbled in a close game with the Razorbacks, when two final shots went astray and the Titans lost by three points. The 1970s were marked by disagreements and conflicts between the Daily Titan and student government. Reporting focused on alleged misconduct by student body presidents and members of their staff. Also, a commission that was part of the student government conducted an audit of Daily Titan books amidst charges that funds were being used inappropriately. This era also marked the change in the selection process of Daily Titan editors, taking away power from the associated students and other non-communications programs on campus. During the 1970s, the Daily Titan housed four different advisers. Wayne Overbeck yielded to Rick Pullen in 1973. Pullen served three years and stepped down. In 1977, James Fields began the academic year as adviser, but fell ill in the spring. Rick Pullen returned to the helm in the spring of 1978. The late John Kaufman followed Pullen in the fall of 1978.

{50} Dr. Wayne Overbeck was the adviser of the Titan from the fall of 1968 to the spring of 1969 and of the Daily Titan from fall 1969 to spring 1973. Dr. Rick D. Pullen is Dean of Communications and was the adviser of the Daily Titan from the fall of 1973 to the spring of 1976 and the spring of 1978.

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Investigation and Discovery By Jay Berman



s the 1980s began, if Cal State Fullerton was known for anything outside Orange County, it was most likely either  for the library shootings of 1976, or for the unexpected success of the 1977-78 basketball team. Bobby Dye was in his fifth year as Titan coach when he took his team to the Western Regional Finals in 1978. Two years later, Dye was about to move on. On February 13, 1980, a Daily Titan story reported that Dye, who had won 109 games and lost 78 in seven years, was going to resign, saying it “was time for someone else to be head coach.” Surprisingly, Dye’s resignation was not the main story that day. Across the top of Page One was the account of a dispute between student government officials over rules and procedures. Perhaps the most significant story of 1981 dealt with something that did not occur on campus, but about 16 miles south. On Feb. 17, an Air California Boeing 737 was en route from San Jose to John Wayne Airport in Orange County. As the plane was about to land, its pilot swerved to avoid another plane on the runway. A feature on the recruiting of members by the Church of Scientology may have been the highlight of the 1982 Daily Titan. The parents of two CSUF students had claimed that members of the organization had misled their children into purchasing Scientology “tests” under the guise of filling out surveys. In an article that appeared on Nov. 16,

1982, a reporter, went to a Scientology office and took a similar survey. He was told he would need to purchase additional materials as well. Once the Scientology representatives were told their visitor was a reporter, they declined to speak to him further and telephone calls were no longer returned. Football made the news in 1983. The Titans needed only to defeat Fresno State to earn a spot in the California Bowl. On Oct. 22, 1983, the Titans beat the Bulldogs, 18-17. The Oct. 25 Daily Titan featured a front-page article, detailing how the Titans had taken the lead on a touchdown pass by Damon Allen, but did not wrap up the win until Fresno State fumbled deep in Fullerton territory with less than a minute to play. On Oct. 13, 1984, a student named Minh Van Lam was arrested and charged with shooting Physics Professor Edward Cooperman to death in his office. Because the incident took place over a weekend, a story was not published until Oct. 16. The March 29, 1985, front-page article reported that Lam had been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Cooperman’s death. The story, reported how Lam, after shooting the professor, had placed the gun in the dead man’s hand, in an attempt to make the crime look like a suicide. Later, during police questioning, he said the gun had discharged during “playful wrestling” over it. The spring of 1986 brought another volatile subject to Page One. A university employee received a telephone call, asking why a television show with white supremacist leanings was being taped on campus.

Apparently, no one on campus had known about the show until the caller brought the show’s credits to the attention the employee. The program showed it was taped at the Instructional Media Center under the library. The Daily Titan, investigated and on April 2, 1986, revealed that the show, “Race and Reason,” had been taped at CSUF for nearly two years. The host and producer was former Ku Klux Klan member, Tom Metzger. The article quoted sources that both criticized and defended the taping. Metzger was eventually pressured to take the show off campus. The top headline from 1988 was the appearance of President Ronald Reagan in the Titan Gym. A week before the election, Reagan was the first incumbent president ever to appear on campus. In his 35-minute speech, Reagan praised George H.W. Bush – his vice president – as a man “of leadership and vision.” Bush defeated Democratic candidate Michael S. Dukakis a week later, capturing the presidency. The front-page story of spring 1989 was a four-part series which ran May 9-12, detailing the problems of the School of Business Administration and Economics. The Titan reported about the school nearly losing accreditation, being split by rivalries from within, and by being run by a small group of instructors who did not value faculty output at CSUF. Headlined “School of Discontent,” the series seemingly explored every angle of the school, coolly and without any hint of favoritism for one side or another.

{50} Jay Berman was the adviser of the Daily Titan from the fall of 1981 to the fall of 1992.

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Expansion and the Rise of Technology By Jeffrey Brody



he 1990s marked the start of the Milton Gordon era at Cal State Fullerton. In the spring of 1990, the Daily Titan featured a front-page story that the California State University board had selected Gordon, the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Sonoma State University, to succeed President Jewel Plummer Cobb. The campus reaction about the incoming president, a mathematician who received his doctorate at the Illinois Institute of Technology and promised to address issues of diversity, was positive. Gordon assumed duties in the fall, arriving during a time of state budget cuts. The fate of the football program at CSUF dominated headlines during the early 1990s. In 1991, both the University Athletic Council and the Academic Senate voted to abolish football, but Gordon threw the program a lifeline with the understanding that alumni and community members would help raise funds for the declining program.

The dire state of the budget dominated headlines for the rest of the year. In the fall, CSUF announced that it would layoff faculty and cut classes at every campus. The university cut 200 classes and did not renew contracts for many professors. The Titan highlighted the opening of the Titan Student Union on March 24, 1992. The success of the baseball team overshadowed the poor performance of the football program. At the end of the fall semester, Gordon suspended next year’s football season, marking the death of the program. As the Titan noted, football never came back. In April 1993, student reporters covered a meeting with former President Richard Nixon. The aging president, who rose to political power in Southern California, was nearing the end of his life. In the fall, when fires raged throughout the county, reporters covered the fate of students, faculty and staff who lived in the Laguna Beach area by producing a special issue on the devastation. The information revolution caught the eye of the Titan staff, which produced a spe-

cial issue on May 20, 1994, devoted to the technological changes occurring across campus. The staff predicted that “by fall, computer users across the globe can thumb through the pagesof the Daily Titan via the Internet.” In a May 21, 1996 special report, the Titan highlighted the technical advancements that were being made on campus. By the end of the summer, Internet access would be available in the library and most university buildings. Walter Cronkite spoke at Front & Center during the 1998 school year. The veteran newsman visited the campus at a time when the Titan reported that gas cost 98 cents per gallon. The fear was that gas would tip over the $1 per gallon mark, a concern for students at a commuter school. Among the most complicated issues the Titan staff covered through the 1990s were budget cuts, faculty contract disputes, university audits and campus growth. The next century brought a tidal wave of students to boost enrollment to a record high.

{50} Jeffrey Brody was the adviser of the Daily Titan from the fall of 1993 to the spring of 2002.

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The Dawn of a New Era

By Tom Clanin



onflicts, campus growth and escalating financial problems have been consistent topics in the Daily Titan during this decade. As the paper reported on President George W. Bush’s slow march toward war with Iraq, the paper’s editors contemplated on how they would cover the invasion and occupation. Ronald Paul Larson, an Army veteran on campus who had worked on the newspaper staff, talked to the editor in chief in early 2003 about covering the war. She contacted the Pentagon, and Larson was embedded with an engineering command. He entered Iraq in the first days of the March 19 invasion. Larson continued sending dispatches from Iraq until late May when he returned to Fullerton. The paper’s March 20 front page was filled with news about the air attacks on Iraq. The editorial that day called the invasion “unforgiving and unfair” and warned that the U.S. must “be ready to deal its repercussions.” It turned out that the paper had to deal with its own repercussions. Campus reaction was swift and harsh. The paper printed two full pages of Letters to the Editor attacking the Daily Titan for not supporting the president. One Titan editor resigned in protest. The Daily Titan reported on the murder of 32 people at Virginia Tech in April 2007; an

accompanying story described Fullerton’s security measures. The paper also covered the memorial held on campus two days later. The paper also covered Bush’s re-election four years later and Barak Obama’s historic victory as the first African American president. The Titan published an extra edition after CSUF student Courtney Stewart was killed along with Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and Henry Pearson by an alleged drunken driver in April 2009. The Titan also covered conflicts with happy endings. Summer Titan reporters traveled to Omaha, Neb., in the summers of 2004, ’06 and ’07 to cover the NCAA baseball national championships. The Titans won the title in 2004, but were eliminated in the other two attempts at the national title. University enrollment continued to grow during these years, and administrators took steps to address the burgeoning student population. Construction was completed on a performing arts center, a 95,000-squarefoot Student Recreation Center and new headquarters for the College of Business and Economics. The Daily Titan reported that a $30 per semester student fee, approved in a referendum in 2001, was paying off the Rec Center’s construction bills. The decade also saw the completion of two parking structures, with a third currently under construction on the east side of the campus. The Daily Titan published a story

about the first two structures in the spring of 2002, reporting that the work was to be completed by 2005. The two structures, which added more than 3,000 parking spaces on campus, came with a price, however. Parking fees paid for the structures, and the Titan article reported that parking fees would increase from $54 per semester to $99 that fall and would climb to $144 in fall 2004. The campus issued fewer parking permits during the construction, causing additional headaches for students commuting to campus. The increased parking fees were not the only financial hardships the campus community had to deal with. The state budget crisis in early 2003 forced a $72 tuition increase for undergrads. A $345 million California State University budget cut forced an additional 30 percent fee increase later that spring. Dwindling state resources prompted the university system to continue to raise fees. Limited state resources also caused friction between the faculty and the CSU Board of Trustees. The Daily Titan reported in February 2002 that faculty held a strike authorization vote that had been scheduled after contract talks had dragged on since spring. Faculty eventually received a salary increase. The scene was repeated in spring 2007, when faculty approved two-day rolling strikes after contract talks stalled. A few weeks later the chancellor’s office agreed to a 20.7 percent pay increase spread out over four years. {50} Tom Clanin was the adviser of the Daily Titan from the fall of 2002 to the spring of 2008.

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Advisers Ernie Becker Fall ’59 - Spring ’60 Jim Alexander Fall ’60 and Summer ’65 J. William Maxwell Spring ’61 - Spring ’68 Wayne Overbeck Fall ’68 - Spring ’69 (Titan) and Fall ’69 - Spring ’73 Carolyn Johnson Summer ’73 Rick Pullen Fall ’73 - Spring ’76 and Spring ’78 Jim Fields Fall ’76 - Fall ’77 John Kaufman Fall ’78 - Spring ’79 Gary Granville Fall ’79 - Spring ’81 Jay Berman Fall ’81 - Fall ’92 Sue Schenkel Fall ’92 - Spring ’93 Jeff Brody Fall ’93 - Spring ’02 Tom Clanin Fall ’02 - Spring ’08 Ricardo Chavira Fall ’08 - Spring ’09 Jason Shepard Fall ’09 - Present

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Editors in Chief Here is a listing of editors from 1960 through 2009. The newspaper was named the Titan Times from 1960 to 1968, when it published biweekly (1960), weekly (1960-1965) and twice weekly (1965-1968); the Titan from 1968-1969, when it published three times a week; and the Daily Titan since 1969, when it began publishing four times a week. The chief editors used different titles during their individual tenures, as listed below. 1959-1960 – Fall and Spring, Chuck Loyd (managing editor). 1960-1961 – Fall, Carolyn Bridge; Spring, Don Andersen (editors). 1961-1962 – Fall, Gail McKay; Spring, Clyde Morris (editors). 1962-1963 – Fall, Warren Deacon; Spring, Ernest Lopez (editors-in-chief). 1963-1964 – Fall, Marjorie Clark (editor); Spring, W. P. Fogard (editor-in-chief). 1964-1965 – Fall, Richard Tarquinio; Spring, John Hardy (editors-in-chief). 1965-1966 – Fall, Jim Drummond (editor); Spring, Don Lorenzi (editor-in-chief). 1966-1967 – Fall, Gary Lycan; Spring, Robert Feldman (editors-in-chief). 1967-1968 – Fall, Ann Shiners; Spring, Tim Vollman (editors-in-chief). 1968-1969 – Fall and Spring, Paul Attner (editor). 1969-1970 – Fall, Bill Schreiber (editor-in-chief); Spring, Sylvia Onalfo (editor). 1970-1971 – Fall, Sylvia Onalfo (editor); Spring, Mike Gibb (executive editor). 1971-1972 – Fall, Richard Staley; Spring, Ken Trust (executive editors). 1972-1973 – Fall, Tom Belton; Spring, Jim Benson (executive editors). 1973-1974 – Fall, Ray Estrada; Spring, Susan Sawtelle (executive editors). 1974-1975 – Fall, Ed Zintel; Spring, Robert Rohwer (executive editors). 1975-1976 – Fall, Sherry Angel; Spring, Geno Effler (executive editors). 1976-1977 – Fall, Carolyn Howerton; Spring, Peter Hecht (executive editors). 1977-1978 – Fall, Dennis Peck; Spring, Stephen Nill (executive editors). 1978-1979 – Fall, Jean Meyer (executive editor); Spring, Rick Ruiz (managing editor). 1979-1980 – Fall, Al Benton; Spring, Keith Thursby (executive editors). 1980-1981 – Fall, Dawn Bonker; Spring, Sheila Giddings (executive editors). 1981-1982 – Fall, Scott Gullett (editor); Spring, Michael Albin (executive editor). 1982-1983 – Fall, Michael Mahi; Spring, Stuart Durando (executive editors). 1983-1984 – Fall, Ken Daley; Spring, Scott French (executive editors). 1984-1985 – Fall, Patrick Dunne (editor); Spring, Marie Montgomery (executive editor). 1985-1986 – Fall, Jonathan Volzke; Spring, Dan Trotta (editors). 1986-1987 – Fall, Joyce Garcia; Spring, Stuart Dedic (editors). 1987-1988 – Fall, Deborah Blankenberg; Spring, Shauna Snow (editors). 1988-1989 – Fall, Larry Nista; Spring, Andre Meunier (executive editors). 1989-1990 – Fall, Dan Whitcomb; Spring, Phil Metzger (executive editors).

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Continued from page 77 1990-1991 – Fall, Anne Peterson; Spring, Jennifer Moulton (executive editors). 1991-1992 – Fall, MarleneMcLean; Spring, Brady McDonald (executive editors). 1992-1993 – Fall, Antonio A. Prado; Spring, John Sinclair (executive editors). 1993-1994 – Fall, Marie Loggia; Spring, Phillip Brown (executive editors). 1994-1995 – Fall, Annette Chavez; Spring, Geoffrey Bilau (executive editors). 1995-1996 – Fall, Jennifer Leuer; Spring, Leigh Logan (executive editors). 1996-1997 – Fall, Adam Eventov and Becky Besbris; Spring, Christine Castro (executive editors). 1997-1998 – Fall, Jack McIntyre; Spring, Nathan Orme (executive editors). 1998-1999 – Fall, Denise Carson and Maryanne Wardlow (editors-in-chief); Spring, Kerry Murray (executive editor). 1999-2000 – Fall, Chris Whyte; Spring, Joe Florkowski (editors-in-chief). 2000-2001 – Fall, Fermin Leal; Spring, Denise Smaldino (editors-in-chief). 2001-2002 – Fall, Darlene Barrientos; Spring, Amy Rottier (editors-in-chief). 2002-2003 – Fall and Spring, Kimberly Pierceall (editor-in-chief). 2003-2004 – Fall, Benjamin Becker; Spring, Melissa Chavez (editors-in-chief). 2004-2005 – Fall and Spring, Marti Longworth (executive editor). 2005-2006 – Fall and Spring, Nicole M. Smith (executive editor). 2006-2007 – Fall, Julie Anne Ines; Spring, Adam Levy (executive editors). 2007-2008 – Fall and Spring, Ian Hamilton (executive editor). 2008-2009 – Fall, David Carrillo; Spring, Jessica Terrell (executive editors). 2009 – Fall, Skyler Blair (executive editor). Summer newspapers were named Summer Titan Times, Summer Titan and The Summer Titan. Even though a newspaper was not published each summer, this list is incomplete. Send additional information to 1965 – Jim Drummond and Mike Warnken, co-editors. 1968 – Ralph Donald, editor. 1971 – Steve McCloud, editor-in-chief. 1972 – Janice Rodger, executive editor. 1973 – Ray Estrada, executive editor. 1974 – Robert Rohwer, executive editor. 1975 – Margaret Storll, executive editor. 1976 – Stephen Nill, executive editor. 1977 – Deborah Mackey, executive editor. 1978 – Patricia Kurtz, executive editor. 2004 – Matri Longworth, executive editor. 2005 – Kim Orr, news editor. 2006 – Julie Ann Ines, news editor. 2007 – Joe Simmons, news editor.

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Executive Editor of the 50th Anniversary Edition Monzerrath Gonzalez

Contributing Editor of the 50th Anniversary Edition Adrian Gaitan

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Movie Reviews by Jonathan Montgomery

Zombieland Remember mad cow disease? What if it had actually escalated into a global epidemic, spreading infected zombies into your surrounding cities? (Yeah, zombies! Not those wimpy vampires that have been running around lately.) Well, apparently, deceitful, young attractive girls, a Michael Cera clone, Jesse Eisenberg, a Twinkie-obesessed Woody Harrelson and Bill Murray would be among the survivors. Directed by Ruben Fleisher, “Zombieland” takes viewers on a roller coaster ride while hitting a large spectrum of emotions and film styles. The movie is driven by protagonist and narrator Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), a timid, awkward teenager with self-declared loner tendencies. After surviving plagues of zombies by himself, he meets up with the eccentric Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), his love interest Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin.) The group agrees to not get too close. Their pasts reveal hardships of loved ones literally being eaten alive. As expected, there are a lot of bullet rounds ripping through zombie flesh, but

the movie really focuses on the character development of lone survivors. It is everyone’s selfishness and adherence to selfinterest that kept them alive thus far. But as their time spent together lengthens, an imminent family bond grows between them. With that said, this isn’t just a sappy story. It is still a zombie movie, and it follows most of the zombie film rules. Similar to “Shaun of the Dead,” the movie is hilarious at times (Bill Murray, you god), even frightening. It’s kind of like “Superbad” but with the walking dead, and depending on the person, that may or may not be a good thing. “Zombieland” aims to be fun, which it definitely accomplished. Some scenes, specifically the ones in slow motion, were beautifully executed. It’s evident this movie had some good vision and direction, however, such moments almost felt too short-lived. As any zombie movie typically alludes to, we may be living more zombie-like lives than we are aware of. As this movie goes to show, when the possibility of death is around the corner, it’s really about enjoying the small things in life, perhaps a rule we should already be trying to live by.

Jennifer’s Body Typically, “scary” is the last word that comes to my mind when I think of Megan Fox (“Transformers,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”). However, “Jennifer’s Body” really presents her in a way I’m not accustomed to: a blood-sucking, flesh-eating, boy-killing kind of gal. Directed by Karyn Kusama (“Aeon Flux”) and written by Diablo Cody (“Juno”), “Jennifer’s Body” is a campy look at high school life turned horror story. At first, characters are walking stereotypes, pumped full of hormones and uncontrollable sexual urges. Jennifer Check is the “hot” girl, wtih her skimpy outfits and lusting habits for the opposite sex. She and her “BFF” Needy Lesnicky (Amanda Seyfriend, “Mamma Mia!”), live their typical lives at a high school in a small town. Of course, all of this changes once the growing number of mutilated bodies of boys start popping up. Apparently, a group of “indie” rockers performed a satanic ritual only on Jennifer because a real virgin wasn’t used (Jen-

nifer is openly, well, open); she turns into some sort of boy-hating vampire, and her quest for blood begins. Between the gruesome killings and brief moments of comedic relief, the movie itself never really commits to either genre. That is not to say the movie doesn’t shine in either respects. Diablo Cody delivers some expected clever one-liners and memorable quirky quotes; however, the appeal to teenagers’ lingo left me frustrated at times, perhaps because it hit too close to home in regards to how some people my age talk nowadays (It’s the first movie I’ve ever seen that uses the word “Hella”). If you’re looking for something truly scary, then this isn’t your movie. If you want a horror-film version of “Juno,” this is far from it. But there may be enough entertaining and blood-filled moments for “Jennifer’s Body” to sneak by as a decent movie, for some. Oh yeah, sorry fellas, the movie may be called “Jennifer’s Body,” but you don’t actually get to see Megan Fox nude (I’m sure I just saved some people $13).

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Top 10 Scary Movies 1) Psycho (1960) Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh Villain: “Mother”

2) Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Starring: Mia Farrow, Ruth Gordon Villain: Rosemary’s neighbors/ Satan 3) The Exorcist (1973) Starring: Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn Villain: Evil entity (Satan) that possess Regan 4) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Starring: Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns Villain: Leatherface 5) Carrie (1976) Starring: Sissy Spacek, John Travolta Villain: Carrie White 6) Halloween (1978) Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J. Soles Villain: Michael Myers 7) Night of the Living Dead (1968) Starring: Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea Villain: The Zombies 8) Friday the 13th (1980) Starring: Kevin Bacon, Betsy Palmer Villain: Jason 9) Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Starring: Johnny Depp, Heather Langenkamp. Villain: Freddy Krueger 10) Child’s Play (1988) Starring: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon Villain: Chucky

Costumes for guys

A few costume ideas, which are available at the Little Professor bookstore during their seasonal Halloween sale, for those struggling to make their own costume. Photos by Jeff Lambert:

Left: Robert Duran dons a “police pig” costume which includes full body suit, mask, aviator sunglasses and baton. Officer Swine also comes with a baton perfect for enforcing the peace. Right: Duran mimics “Bruno” in a costume which is perfect for guys not shy when it comes to showing a little extra skin.

Costumes for girls Photos by Jeff Lambert: Left: Bre Miles dressed up as a “gypsy princess,” includes dress and head scarf Right: A well-practiced pirate voice goes well with this “sea-captains” costume which comes with dress, hat and shoes. Sword and scurvy not included.

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Top 10 Halloween Candies 1) Candy Corn (1880s) – The symbolic candy of Halloween was created by George Renninger. The original colors are similar to an ear of corn: white tip, orange middle and yellow bottom. 2) Hershey’s Milk Chocolate (1899) – The Hershey’s chocolate bar was the first chocolate sold by Milton Hershey. 3) Milky Way (1923) – The Milky Way was the first filled chocolate bar, and is made of a chocolate-malt nougat center, topped with caramel and covered in chocolate. 4) Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (1928) – Created by H.B. Reese and produced by the Hershey Company, Reese’s are circular chocolate cups with peanut butter on the inside. 5) 3 Musketeers (1932) – Produced by Mars, Incorporated, this candy bar is filled with nougat, whipped chocolate and is covered by chocolate. The bar was the third product from M&M/Mars. 6) Kit Kat (1935) – The Kit Kat was created in the United Kingdom by Rowntree. In 1988, Nestlé acquired Rowntree, and since then, Kit Kats have been produced in the U.S. 7) Nestlé Crunch (1938) – The candy is made of milk chocolate mixed with crisped rice. When it first came out, the crunch bar sold for five cents. 8) M&M’s (1941) – The original M&M colors were brown, yellow, red, green and violet. The originals were also made without the famous ‘M’ printed on them. 9) Whoppers (1949) – Hershey Foods Incorporated purchased the original makers of Whoppers, Leaf North America confectionery operations, in 1996. 10) Reese’s Pieces (1978) – In 1982, the candy made an appearance in Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” boosting sales by 65 percent.

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Arboretum transforms for Haunted Garden event By Kymberly Snew

Daily Titan Asst. News Editor

Cal State Fullerton’s beautiful garden will turn into a dark and scary haunted garden on the evenings of Oct. 23 and 24. It will be the sixth year the Fullerton Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum boost Halloween spirit for children and adults in the Fullerton area. “We have a unique situation here with the gardens; it’s a perfect setting for Halloween, with the trees and the bushes. It’s a natural setting for Halloween,” said Mary Haller, a volunteer-coordinator for the Haunted Garden. The Haunted Garden started in 2004, and this year will hold more characters than before. Favorite characters that will return include the “tomb stone tapper” and the “snake lady,” with her bats and night-time creatures, which will be on display. Witches, ghosts, ghouls and goblins will be lurking along hidden trails while Dracula’s vampires will guide visitors down the garden paths into the forest where cemeteries come alive and witches come out to play. The path will lead to a bat cave that will have new mysteries

and various Halloween items to look at. This event is geared mainly toward children ages 6 – 12. “After the kids go through the tour, I’ll ask the little boys if they were scared, and they say no, then (they) point to their mothers and say, ‘but she was’,” Haller said. “It’s fun to see how brave the children are after the tour.” After the spooky trip through the haunted gardens, visitors are greeted at the Haunter’s Ball with a “treat” and Halloween fun. “We hope to raise $5,000 for the Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum through this event,” said Mary Dalessi, president of the Friends of Fullerton Arboretum. The goal as a group is to raise money for different events the Arboretum houses. The money raised at the Haunted Garden every year allows free admission to the garden during regular business hours. Students and faculty will be able to continue to enjoy the peaceful features of the garden without having to pay. Students, faculty and their families are encouraged to attend the Haunted Garden. “It’s not scary in the sense of Knott’s Scary Farm; it’s not aimed to scare teenagers,” Dalessi said. “We don’t have people

photos By Mark castillo/For the Daily Titan Pictures taken from last year’s Haunted Garden in the Arboretum where visitors are guided through spooky forests and cemeteries.

come out and poke the children to scare them on purpose.” CSUF, Fullerton College and many high school students have shown up to volunteer for the event and celebrate a fun and spirited Halloween. “We expect to have a good year this year; last year, the attendance lacked due to the fires,” said Mark Castillo, manager of Friends of the

Fullerton Arboretum. “We try and change it up every year; there is usually always a lot of interest.” As volunteers show up in their scary costumes to prepare for the night, there will be a “number of makeup artists who will be doing character makeup, rather than wearing masks,” Haller said. For the younger Halloween

fans, the Haunted Garden will feature a Children’s Party on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 1 – 3 p.m. for children 3 – 5 years of age. The afternoon will include a costume parade, pumpkin patch tours, crafts, games and refreshments. “It is a colorful event; music and spooky sounds will be playing wherever they go during the tour through the garden,” Haller said.

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Take a walk on the spooky side of Fullerton By Jonathan montgomery Daily Titan Staff Writer

Most of the time, the seemingly unexplainable has a simple and rational explanation. However, according to Aimee Aul, museum educator of the Fullerton Museum Center, there is always a small portion, perhaps “6 percent,” which defies all reasoning. The Fullerton Museum Center launched its ninth annual “Haunted Fullerton Walking Tours” last month, which runs from Sept. 16

– Nov. 6. “Ghost hunters” are taken on a two-and-a-half hour tour through Downtown Fullerton where they are shown different locations and buildings infamously known for their spooky occurrences. Even more, this is a tour rich in Fullerton history. “The tours are a celebration of local legend,” Aul stated in a press release. “We’re not making any supernatural claims; we’re just sharing stories of another facet of Fullerton’s history, particularly that of the downtown.” The group met inside the muse-

um and started their adventure at 6 p.m. while the sun was still glaring. It was light out, momentarily, but soon the sun would drop, the moon and stars would come out, and the ghosts and ghouls would be free to roam the streets. “Every stop on this tour has reported activity,” said Sam Neill, 43, co-founder and lead investigator for North Orange County Paranormal Society. Neill carried a camera and a sense of knowledge only obtained through years of haunted exploration; although, being a real-life “Ghost-

By jonathan montgomery/Daily Titan Staff Writer Aimee Aul explains the history and haunted past of the mural painted on Fullerton High School’s Plummer Auditorium.

buster” is harder than it looks. “People look at you like you’re crazy,” said Neill. The first stop on the tour was Fullerton High School, home of the Plummer Auditorium. The auditorium’s wall exposed a large mural – a Fullerton treasure painted in 1934. The auditorium is said to house the spirits of Louis E. Plummer and a ghost known only as the “angry woman.” Despite the circulating stories acting as explanations for paranormal incidences, Plummer and his wife are not buried under the school, and “No one jumped from the tower,” Aul said, debunking the urban legend. The haunting continued across the street to the Fullerton Fox Theatre. Standing alone, the Fox Theatre can appear frightening; it is nearly run-down and closed off to the public by a locked gate. Here, along with stories, a photo was also shared among the group. A blur present in the left-hand corner of the photo is just a blur to some, but a ghost haunting the frame to others. Victoria Gross, 54, a psychic consultant and author of “Ghosts of Orange County,” said people experience ghosts all the time; they just may not be aware of it.

It could be that gentle breeze felt blowing past your neck or shoulder, said Gross. Or perhaps, “Seeing that thing out of the corner of your eye,” is actually a spirit reaching out to say hello. The evening was dark by the time they reached Le Potager, the former home of Fullerton’s first woman auto dealer. “Put your psychic feelers out and see if you can feel the ‘spot,’” said Aul, referring to the spot where the owner had died long ago. Inside the house, footsteps are said to be heard late at night when no one is around; a stubborn light switches on and off upstairs, only no one’s finger is there to flip it. “There’s gotta be an explanation; doesn’t mean that there are (ghosts); doesn’t mean that there aren’t,” said Gayle More, 51. She came with her friend Alison Deferrante, 47, hoping for a fun night after seeing an ad

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Halloween Event Details Sinister Pointe What: Two terrifying walk- through mazes in Brea. When: Oct. 2 – 31. Thu, Fri, 7 – 10 p.m., 7 p.m. – midnight, Sat and Sun Where: 453 S. Associated Road, Brea Price: $13 single maze; $20 both mazes Online:

Dearly Departed Tragical History Tour What: A three hour tour that will explore close to 100 scenes of celebrity scan- dal, death and Hollywood fun. When: Oct. 5 – 31, Wed – Sun Sun 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Where: Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon pur-

chase of tickets online. Price: $42.95 Online: DearlyDepartedTours. com/DDT/tours.htm

Night of the Living Dead What: Stage-show of Night of the Living Dead at the Maverick Theater in Ful- lerton. When: Oct. 2 – Nov. 1, added Halloween shows Oct. 27, 28, 30 at 8:30 p.m. Where: 110 E. Walnut, Fuller- ton How much: $19. Students with current ID: $10 Online: The Rocky Horror Show What: Not to be confused with The Rocky Horror Pic- ture Show movie, this is a stage-show version of the film at the Maverick

Theater in Fullerton. When: Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, check online for times Where: 110 E. Walnut, Fullerton Price: $25. Students with current ID: $15 Online: Pumpkin Launch 2009 What: CSUF engineering stu- dents launch pumpkins at Titan Stadium. When: Oct. 31, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Where: CSUF Titan Stadium Price: Free Online: The Empty Grave What: New haunted attraction at the Anaheim Garden Walk. When: Oct. 2 – 4, 9 - 11, 16 – 18, 23 – 25, 28 – 31 and

Nov. 1., 6:30 p.m. – mid- night on Fri and Sat. On weeknights, 6:30 – 10 p.m. Where: 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim Price: $13. Front of the line pass: $20 Online:

Boot Hill What: A spooky haunted house made to look like the old west town that once stood on that land. When: Oct. 23 – 25 and 28 – 31, 7 – 10 p.m.; Hall- oween 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. Where: 16 Goldenrod, Irvine Price: Free. Donations are wel- comed. Online: The Password is ... ‘‘Murder’’

What: A comedy murder-mys- tery dinner-show. When: Public shows Jan. – Nov., selected Sat evenings. Bar opens at 6:30 p.m., show is from 7 – 10 p.m. Where: Wyndham Hotel 3350 Ave. of the Arts, Costa Mesa Price: $58.95 Online:KillerEntertainment. com The Nightmare Before Christmas 3-D What: Tim Burton’s classic film is screened in Disney 3-D for a limited time. When: Oct. 22 – Nov. 1 Where: 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood Price: VIP tickets: $22. General Admission: $13 neyPictures/El_Capitan

Theme parks bring thrills Six Flags Fright Fest

What: Six Flags Magic Mountain is trans- formed into a ‘scream park.’ When: Oct. 3 – 31 Where: 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia Price: $27.50 Online: New Mazes: Bite – The sexy and sinister are out for a “bite” in this recently uncov- ered nest of the undead. Lector’s Slaughterhouse – Step on these deadly docks and enter the world of the celebrity butcher, taking wretched re- venge on the bowels of society. New Shows: Mr. Six Spooktacular Street Party - Dust off your “Thriller” moves and join the authority of fun Mr. Six, as he trav- els the park in the Fright Fest hearse.

Universal Studios: Halloween Horror Nights What: The most horrifying movies come to life at Universal Studios, Hollywood. When: Various dates beginning Oct. 2 – 31 Where: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City Price: Ticket prices vary; see Web site for details Online: Shows: Bill and Ted Party On! The Rocky Horror Picture Show – A Tribute Terror Tram: Live or Die – A game based on the “Saw” film that takes place at the famous Universal backlot.

Knott’s Scary Farm Haunt What: All you fear is here, at Knott’s Scary Farm. When: Oct. 1 – 4, 7 – 11, 14 – 18, 21 – 25 and 28 – 31. Sun, Wed, Thu. 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. Fri and Sat 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. Where: 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park Price: Pre-sale: $31.99–$49.99. Walk-up pre-sale: $49.99. Day of event: $53.99 Online: New Mazes: Lockdown – The Asylum Terror of London – set in the Mystery Lodge, which once housed 13 Axe Murder Manor Dia De Los Muertos in 3-D – Journey into Mexican folkore to face the Chupacabra and La Llorona.

Halloween Time at Disneyland What: The Disney villains have taken over Disneyland. When: Sept. 25 – Nov. 1. Times vary; see Web site for details Where: 1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim Price: 1-Day 1-Park adult ticket: $62 Online: Halloween shows and rides: Space Mountain Ghost Galexy Halloween Screams Fireworks Main Street Pumpkin Festival Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror Haunted Mansion Holiday Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Roundup Fantasmic


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