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Nov. 12, 2013

C A L I F O R N I A S T A T E U N I V E R S I T Y, L O S A N G E L E S

Issue 204.7



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University Times

Nov. 12, 2013

The UT Apologizes For Publishing Mistake NEWS

UT Staff Newspaper

Last week in issue 204.6, page 2, we ran an article about the lack of 24 hour study labs that are available for all CSULA students, mainly the study lab located in Engineering and Technology. We received this article from a new contributor, someone who isn’t part of the Journalism 391 class, our main base of collecting articles. Right away, this new contributor had been welcomed because we encourage new volunteers to join. However, our editors have only met this writer only a few times before the article was published, as he was not a part of the consistent group of volunteers we work with weekly. We were unaware before publication, this article contained inaccurate information along with improper use of reporting etiquette from the writer. The writer didn’t follow through with asking for permission from the A.S.I. member and staff member to be used in the article, these two sources were alarmed due to their privacy

being violated. Thus, the UT quickly realized after publication that the information that the writer provided was more as a one-sided Opinion piece than an informative News article. Following this, we spoke through email to Dean Lipton of Engineering and Technology about the study lab. Lipton said, “The ECST study center has never been opened to all students. It has only been for ECST students,” along with the fact that the named staff member never discussed reasons for students unable to use the ECST study center and should not be contacted for concerns about the lab.

individuals were placed in a position they thoroughly didn’t deserve. We would like to send out our deepest apologies to the readers and the CSULA community as well for bringing up false information as true. Through our mistake, the writer has exploited these two individuals and it shows from our neglect. However, we want to own up to our mistakes quickly and accordingly to everyone.

you readers only the best. We are following this issue until the very end and would like to announce our mistake openly. Our staff has used this week to reflect on the issue in hand and learn from the mistake made. We want to show the CSULA community and readers know that we have published isn’t acceptable for a reputable newspaper and will not be tolerated in the future. Because of this incident, our Copy Editor will be fact checking with a finetoothed comb. New contributors will be notified about any vague information if they desire their articles to be published in print or online.

It was our mistake for trusting the writer so easily and not following through with the information that had been provided. This incident has hurt those involved involuntarily and this could have been avoided if time was invested to notice On behalf of the staff the red flags. However, We also encourage for of the University Times, we don’t want this new contributors (and we sincerely apologize incident to go unheard. regular contributors) to to the A.S.I member and go to the meetings we staff member, Karina As you may well hold on every Monday Velasco, who had been know, our managing from 3:30 to 4:00 PM used in the writer’s editors are new to the as a way of meeting article improperly. UT and have been with the editors. This tackling their job way we hold a good with We didn’t mean any together earnestly. So relationship harm or disturbance as a team of only four any reporter who has to any person’s safety student staff members, comments, concerns, on campus. We have we have been pushing and suggestions to felt through this through each issue and keep our newspaper bad publicity, these trying our best to give authentic and factual.

University Times

Nov. 12, 2013

Violation of Penal Code NEWS

UT Staff Newspaper

On November 5, 2013 the University Times staff noticed that a few of the yellow newspaper boxes were completely empty of papers. At first, we saw this as a success because the student body is responding in a positive way. However, we started noticing that a lot of the newspaper boxes were completely empty. This is unusual and although we have complete faith in Golden Eagles picking up newspapers, this seemed unusual. The UT monitors the rate of papers picked up each week closely, and for more than one to be empty so early in the week is more than alarming. This raised the suspicion of the staff and led to checking all the boxes on campus to discover all but two boxes and some wire racks were completely empty. After noticing this, the UT notified the campus police. We have requested an investigation on the disappearance of the newspapers, under Penal Code Section 490.7 section B. We have also requested footage from the school’s surveillance cameras from the campus police as well.

The investigation is currently ongoing and we were notified via telephone that a detective is currently working on our case. Even though we felt disheartened from this incident, we didn’t give up. The next day, the UT refilled some of the boxes with extra newspapers. Removing all issues of the University Times newspaper is illegal and a punishable crime. According to Penal Code Section 490.7 (b), “no person shall take more than twenty-five (25) copies of the current issue of a free or complimentary newspaper if done with the intent to do one or more of the following: (1) recycle the newspaper for cash or other payment (2) Sell or barter the newspaper (3) Deprive others of the opportunity to read or enjoy the newspaper (4) Harm a business competitor.”

imprisonment of up to 10 days in a county jail. The University Times may be a free publication, but there is value to each issue. There are costs for printing the paper, getting it delivered and distributed to each box and payroll for staff involved. There are also a number of advertisers who pay to get their ads seen by students on campus. To take more than twenty-five and keep it for oneself or take away the opportunity to read the newspaper from the general public is illegal, according to the law.

Even though some people don’t know about this law, the UT is still baffled and curious as to who could do such an act. The UT still doesn’t know who took the newspapers or why this incident has occurred, but the UT has acted quickly to this matter in order to find out who is behind Unless you are the this. owner or operator of the newsrack, From the UT, the or a publisher with advertisers and permission to take all the readers on more than twenty- campus, regardless of five free copies, doing whatever motivation so is a violation of the one may have, we law. If you are caught, will not tolerate this the first infraction course of action and is a fine of $250 and do as much as we can the second infraction to solve this alleged is a $500 fine and/or crime.


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Nov. 12, 2013

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Dining Around CSULA FOOD

Paige Miller Contributer Food and dinning around CSULA campus can be very confusing. With so many choices to choose from, it can be frustrating to figure out just a single meal. To take full advantage of the food opportunities around Alhambra, I encourage you to try everything. Although there is variety of food on campus, many people venture off to look for a new adventure new. Have a taste for Mexican? King Torta on Valley Blvd. offers great Mexican food for a pocket friendly price. Voted one of the best sandwiches in L.A., King Torta offers several great dishes, from Carne Asada Tortas to delicious guacamole fries, just about everything offered is delicious and authentic. Being one of the best Mexican spots around Alhambra, King Torta lines

can get long during lunch time, yet the food is well worth the wait! With almost all of their menu items being a hit, it’s hard to go wrong with King Torta. “King Torta was one of two places I would stop by whenever I decided that it was too beautiful a day to be in school at CSULA…. the selection here will leave anyone satisfied” says CSULA student, Haik Pink. Wanting seafood? Fortunately, some of the best seafood is just around the corner. Very popular for locals, this restaurant offers dishes that will satisfy any appetite, no matter the occasion. The excellent service, outstanding food, and friendly staff at this establishment are part of the reason it has become so popular. The Boiling Crab is known for their various seafood dishes that are known to knock your socks off! No matter the

Super Fries (Left) Torta (Right) From King Torta| Photo by Timmy Truong weather, this place is good for any occasion! “Hands Down the BEST Cajun seafood restaurant.” says San Gabriel local, Tanya Nia. Although the wait can get long, once seated, the food is delivered extremely fast. With many mouth-watering dishes, you can’t help but to eat with your hands. This place is perfect for brunch with close friends or a big party, it’s not only is delicious but it’s fun! How about Japanese? With

many Asian inspired cuisines around the area of CSULA, it’s hard to choose the “good from the bad.” Not knowing the area could be even worse. Just minutes away from CSULA, sits a fine Japanese restaurant that offers a variety of Asian inspired dishes. Dining at Tokyo Wako will venture you off into a piece of Asia, with its grand style of Japanese table cooking. Be amazed with its exciting Teppan-yaki style of cooking while maintaining quality service. Watch your

food meet greatness as cooks prepare your meal right in front of you with exciting tricks and audience interactions. “Tokyo Wako is truly one of the best Asian cuisine’s around,” says L.A. local, Alexis Storms. With great lunch specials and a fantastic happy hour, this first class dinning experience is great for college students. Tokyo Wako provides a great dinning experience for dates, birthdays or just a casual outing.

University Times

Nov. 12, 2013

3D Printing Comes To CSULA CAMPUS

Jessica Lopez Contributer CSULA has upped their technology game by purchasing a 3D printer and offering a course to go along with it. The Makerbot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer is a new brand of consumer grade 3D printers, which retail for $2,199. CSULA Professor of Theatre Arts, Anne McMills not only teaches the course that instructs students on how to use this printer, she also played a significant role in obtaining the Makerbot for the school. McMills states that she had interest in 3D printing, however most of the industrial


grade printers available came with a hefty price. “At some point I heard about Makerbot,” she said. “I feel that CSULA doesn’t have some of the new technology as some of the other schools and by having this printer we could be sort of ground breaking.” McMills along with the Chair of Music, Dr. John Kennedy, fought to get the printer. The Dean of Arts and Letters, Dr. Peter MaCallister funded the purchase. “He’s into making Cal State L.A. on the forefront of technology and it was really kind of him to organize that,” said McMills. “We could create things that we couldn’t create before.” The printer can be used

CSULA Professor of Theatre Arts, Anne McMills |Photo by Jessica Lopez in engineering to make prototypes, architecture for building models, animation and “in theater the uses are endless.” Users can make scenic furniture for stage purposes, scenic

models and puppetry. “There’s not a business out there that this printer could not touch,” said McMills. “Providing Cal State L.A. students with the opportunity to learn about new

technology, which ultimately makes are students more employable.” The Makerbot works by first obtaining a design. One can make your own design or download a design from Thingiverse 3D Design Community. Users post their digital designs for physical objects. McMills compares the site to “a Facebook for 3D printing.” The printer can use any software that creates an STL file. CSULA is currently using free software, Google Sketch. The printer then spits out layers of plastic. Using polylactic acid; known as PLA, a biodegradable plastic made from cornstarch. It comes in a spool called plastic filament, which attaches to the rear of the Makerbot. The filament feeds through a tube, which goes through an extruder that heats up the PLA “like a hot glue gun” and layer by layer create the design. The spools of filament come in a variety of colors and the printer can only print one color at a time. CSULA got the printer just before summer. Our college currently offers a bachelors of arts in Theatre Arts with an option in dance but no option in design. McMills states, “We really want to build the design program.” She currently teaches a special topics course, Introduction to 3D Printing and hopes to teach the course once per year. Also, the department is seeing more and more interest from students. “We’re hoping to get cross campus interest,” she said. “More people need to be exposed to it and I want students to use it. We want the world to know we have good stuff and where a good school. If feel very fortunate we can share this with our students. I really thought it was something our students should have experience with, it opens their minds.”


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A.S.I.’s Plans For Sustainablity On Campus CAMPUS

Angeline Bernabe Contributer A.S.I.’s Fall Farmer’s Market was cancelled this quarter due to the insufficient amount of vendors that wanted to participate. In addition, part of the problem was receiving permits in time from those prospective vendors. Marcus Rodriguez, A.S.I.’s Director of Programs and Leadership who is assisting with producing a Farmer’s Market on Campus, commented that hosting a

Farmer’s Market is “already a bit of a challenge and a long process because of permits.” Rodriguez explained that part of the reason why it’s so hard for Cal State LA to obtain permits is because many of the vendors are not from the area surrounding campus and want to know if there’s a large market of opportunity to sell their products on campus. The Farmer’s Market, which was supposed to be occur last Wednesday, October 6th, had a great turnout last Spring. A.S.I.’s Environmental Policy Committee only hopes

What Is Forensics?


Holland Smith Contributer Every quarter, students file into King Hall, room C3102A for their first class of COMM 277/377. Every quarter, CSULA professor and director of forensics Geof BrodakSilva asks the same question. BrodakSilva begins the lecture by asking the students to raise their hand if they registered thinking the course was about dissecting bodies. Without fail, four of five students raise their hands and embarrassingly head for the door. So, what could be so confusing? Over the years, countless students have gone into this classroom and expected a scene straight out of CSI. Come to their disappointment, they will only to be met with public speaking and debate jargon. What could these two seemingly opposite studies have in common? Forensics. Many know the word as ‘forensics science.’ However, the speech and debate team is known formally as the forensics team. This word has caused so much confusion that many in the speech community have stopped using ‘forensics’ in their title. Instead they opt for ‘speech and debate.’ So what does forensics actually mean? The definition of the word forensics is to accuse. The forensics speech and debate students accuse through different literature pieces such as drama, prose, poetry, informative, and persuasion. They are highlighting social issues, informing us on the latest breakthroughs,

and presenting the problems and solutions humans are facing every day. Ashley Givens, grad student and second year coach of the forensics team states, “one problem that leads to the confusion of the word [forensics] is that this activity does not get the recognition it deserves. Many do not know that this event even exists.” David Hale, former communications grad student and forensics coach at CSULA, continues by stating, “We opt to say ‘speech and debate’ to avoid confusion, but I think instead we should continue to use the word forensics, in doing so, educating people on what it means. Starting dialogue, that is what this activity is all about.” According to the Golden Eagle Forensics course workbook, forensics is broken up into two categories. These two categories are debate and individual events. First, debate has many different forms and structures. CSULA competes in two forms, the Lincoln-Douglas and Parliamentary debate. The Lincoln-Douglas debate, named after Abraham Lincoln and Steven Douglas, is an individual debate where students argue other schools oneon-one with the same topic all year. This year, the topic is ‘The US Federal Government should substantially reform elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.” Students spend the entire year researching and gathering data to support their side. The Parliamentary debate is the same in terms that students are arguing against other schools, but students have a partner and the topic of debate changes every tournament. Students do not get to choose what side they take, but instead are

Nov. 12, 2013 that a future Farmer’s Market on campus will be as successful as other CSU-Campuses with Farmer’s Markets such as Cal State Long Beach. Rodriguez, who works closely with A.S.I.’s Environmental Policy Commissioner Christine Hovhannessian, says while it was a disappointment that a Farmer’s Market was unable to happen this quarter, Christine and the rest of the Environmental Policy Committee “will keep working on it” in the hopes of Cal State LA hosting regular Farmers Markets each quarter. As students, we can help bring a Farmer’s Market told their position and then must prep their case in under thirty minutes. On the individual events, there is limited preparation, platform and oral interpretation speeches. The Limited preparation speeches consist of impromptu and extemporaneous speaking. Both are non-memorized speeches where students do not learn the topic of their speech until moments before they speak. In impromptu speaking, students are usually given a quote in which they have two minutes to analyze and write a speech. Then competitors are given five minutes to perform. Extemporaneous speeches are slightly different. Students are given a topic, and have thirty minutes to research, structure, and write a seven-minute speech. However, students cannot use the Internet. All research must be done before the student arrives at the tournament and saved in an outside file. Platform speeches are made up of persuasion, informative, communication analysis, and after-dinner speaking. Often these are the speeches that most people are familiar with. This is the type of speaking that one would see a president or a valedictorian engage in. While many already know what a persuasion or informative speech is, they are usually less familiar with the latter two. Communication Analysis analyzes the different ways that we communicate with one another. For example, a student may analyze a new public service announcement or magazine ad to determine the implications of the communication strategy. After Dinner speaking is a speech that requires a sense of humor. It is a comedic speech

back on campus by e-mailing Christine with ideas about possible vendors or by continuously talking about the interest of having one. The Environmental Policy Committee is working on bringing healthy, organic food choices to students. Re-articulating some of Christine’s plans, Rodriguez said, “Since monthly grocery runs take place for students living in housing on campus, we thought about monthly trips to a local Farmer’s Market to provide students with healthier food choices.” Another way the Environmental Policy Committee is bringing that talks about an important or serious topic, but uses humor in order to argue a side. Oral interpretation speeches are similar to acting, where one has characters, and blocking. These speeches are ten minutes long and consist of prose, drama, poetry, duo, and POI. While these speeches may not be as commonly known, they too are accusing the world through published literature. Oral interpretation speeches also require competitors to perform while holding a black binder. This small black book contains the literature that is being performed. While the speeches themselves are memorized, the black book acts as a way to give credit to the authors who wrote the pieces. There are many different elements to forensics speech and debate. However, Givens argues that it is important to break down its different components. It helps others to see why it is

healthier food choices to the CSULA community is with Garden Talks next quarter, winter 2014, to help teach students how to grow their own fruits and vegetables. By far, the biggest project the committee is working on currently, is obtaining the California State Student Association Greenovation Fund. This will help supply the committee with funds to create more sustainability projects on campus. 0 If you’d like to contribute event ideas or ways to bring sustainability on campus through greener efforts, feel free to e-mail Christine. called “the forensics team.” She continues by stating, ”Everything we do fits under the umbrella of forensics.” This has not been a new problem for the forensics community. In some ways it has become a running joke among coaches and students, but it also raises some serious concerns. In fact, many competitors have written speeches urging the forensics speech and debate community to ‘take back’ the meaning of the term ‘forensics’. To many, ‘forensics’ is not just a word. Givens sums it up by stating, “Using the phrase speech and debate separates and divides the two different activities. It makes it sound like speech is one group of people and debate is another. I like the word forensics because it joins us together as a community. We may be engaging in different types of public speaking, but under forensics we are one family.”

Nov. 12, 2013

University Times

Exercise Your Learning HEALTH

David McMillan Volunteer Columnist Most of us just finished midterms, and now it seems as though finals are just around the corner; so it goes in a quarter systems, which is all the more reason for us to employ those little tricks that help lessen the load. It seems as though I’m constantly balancing work and play… Or for others: school, volunteering and work, then play. Because of our busy schedules, it seems that we’re constantly looking for leisure time activities that don’t take away from the other parts of our lives. What if there was a hobby that increased academic performance but was unrelated to school? And what if it helped reduce stress but also made me feel good about myself? Well it turns out that a straightforward, albeit paradoxical, task helps maximize our brainpower while lowering our stress.Exercise optimizes rest. Seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? But strangely enough it’s true, and for a number of reasons which relate both to our bodies (physiology) and our

minds (psychology).

On Energy Levels Ever notice how people who exercise regularly seem to have more energy? It turns out that physical activity raises our short- and long-term metabolic rate, giving our bodies greater access to energy when it’s needed. Physical activity similarly increases blood flow which allows greater delivery of oxygen and nutrients so that our bodies have the fuel they need to perform. However, it’s not like you’re doing push-ups for your final (unless you’re a Kinesiology major), so what does this mean for your studying?In 2007, a group of researchers showed that adults who exercise more frequently report experiencing higher quality night-time sleep and less daytime sleepiness (Chasens). Sounds pretty good right? Furthermore, a study conducted in 1976 by our military examined “forced rest” versus exercise and showed that performance on mental challenges (like a final exam) following sleep deprivation

(like an all-night study session) can be improved if you replace short naps with some exercise (Lubin). It might seem strange but it turns out that physical activity, which makes us feel “tired” while we’re doing it, results in us feeling more awake after we recover. On Brain Power (Cognitive Function) In a recent review of scientific literature, Dr. Patrick Smith and colleagues from Duke University gathered the findings of over 160 original research articles related to physical activity and cognitive function. They came to the following conclusion. 1) More physically fit and more physically active individuals tend to exhibit greater cognitive function compared to their sedentary counterparts. 2) Higher levels of physical activity are associated with greater cognitive function, especially in areas related to attention. 3) Increasing physical activity results in an increase in cognitive function. 4) Regular physical activity protects against risk of cognitive impairment. Smith et al.’s 2013 review

is available for free online ( mhpa.2013.06.008) under the title “Impact of Aerobic Exercise on Neurobehavioral Outcomes,” and is but one of five large scientific-reviews all of which support the association between physical activity and cognitive function. So it turns out that if you’re physically active during your “rest” time, you’re training your brain, as well as your body, to meet the demands of life. Also, the benefits don’t stop at your body. On Stress and (Psychological State)


Remember those “regular exercisers” from earlier, the ones with the high energy levels? Ever notice that those people usually have pretty good attitudes concomitant to their energy? Just as exercise increase energy levels so too can it improve your mood. Since before the 1940s researchers have associated participation in regular physical activity with a “euphoric attitude” (Bousfield, 1938). It makes sense, as the physiological adaptations to exercise result in better vascular and endocrine health apparent in reduction in blood pressure, inflammation, and hormones


(e.g. Cortisol) related to stress. Not only have we given our body what it needs with physical activity (increased oxygen and nutrients, sensory stimulus, changes in biochemistry), we have also met the needs of our psyche. Every time we workout, we prove to ourselves that we can overcome an obstacle, rise to meet a challenge, accomplish goals. You do well at what you practice, and thus the benefits of completing exercise propagate from the physical to the mental. Academics might seem like the point of college, but what we learn here reaches far beyond the classroom. Don’t you wonder why some jobs require a Bachelor’s Degree, even if the degree is seemingly unrelated to the occupation? It’s because college teaches us about time management. It teaches us about setting and reaching goals. It teaches us about a bunch of stuff that our courses don’t cover… And in the end it results in us adopting a belief system and lifestyle that would otherwise not have been. So counter the stress of the remainder of this semester with exercise and you’ll have started a habit that, as argued above, has the potential to benefit nearly every aspect of your life.


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week seven

November 11-1


13Wednesday 12PM Sweet Escape


American Red Cross Blood Drive Bloodmobile in Lot 4


Golden Eagles Volleyball CSULA vs Cal State Dominguez Hills Eagles Nest Gym


U-SU Plaza

Internships 101 Career Center


General Education Workshop Library Palmer Wing 1040A

4:20PM Daring Uses of Language: Writing Workshop with

5PM Volleyball Tailgate


U-SU Plaza

12PM The Prize is Right with CSI! Josew Kozer San Gabriel Room, U-SU

ALL DAY Farm Box Pick Up

P.E. Walkway


Midnight Madness Eagles Nest Gym



Internships 101 Career Center

Golden Eagle Ballroom

Big Bear Lake, Ca

U-SU Theatre

11:30AM Professional Etiquette Lunch 3:15PM

A Rising Community: Educational Escape from the Hood Los Angeles Room AB, U-SU

3PM Student Health advisory Committee

SHC Room 210

3:30PM Probation Workshop Library Palmer Wing 1040A

5PM CSI Night @ The Movies: “Thor: The Dark

World” Santa Anita Mall

8AM Adventure Zipline Tour


6:30PM Mrs. & The Mistress

9AM The Asian Pacific Islander & Middle 7PM Golden Eagles Volleyball Eastern Identity Retreat Los ANgeles Room A, U-SU


10AM American Sabor: Latinos

in U.S. Polular Music Exhibition Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts Building

Zoey and Annabelle

CSULA vs. Cal State Stanislaus Eagles Nest Gym

9AM 5th Annual Womyn of Color Conference



Golden Eagles Volleyball CSULA vs. Chico State Eages Nest Gym

Tammy Nguyen Fun & Games Cartoonist

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