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$7,500 AWARDED FOR WEBSITE DESIGN Students take home big cash prizes at the Crexendo University Programs Contest awards ceremony in Mihaylo Hall

Staggered elections eliminated ASI Board of Directors changes bylaws to remove board voting in the fall STEPHANIE GOMEZ Daily Titan

WILLIAM CAMARGO / Daily Titan Katie Nguyen and Kevin Mann congratulate each other after they were announced as the grand-prize winners of the Crexendo business website competition. The awards were held in Steven G. Mihaylo Hall.


“You can win if you have an extraordinary idea and do well. Or you can take an ordinary idea and do it extraordinarily well.” These were the words of Steven G. Mihaylo at a website competition Tuesday, sponsored by Crexendo University Programs (UP) where over $18,000 worth of prize money was awarded to hopeful Internet entrepreneurs. According to their website, Crexendo UP is a college pro-

Campus saddened by death CSUF mourns the death of an executive administrative assistant, Ellen Shaw JESSICA Mc COY Daily Titan

Ellen Shaw, executive administrative assistant to the vice president for Student Affairs and office manager, died from a heart attack last week. Cal State Fullerton discovered this incident when she did not show up to work, which according to coworkers was unlike her. Shaw had the kind of personality where if you would go to her about any problem or situation, she would automatically make you smile and forget your problem. Her positive spirit was extremely viral and her coworkers fed off of her positive energy. Shaw had been working at CSUF since 1995. Outside of CSUF Shaw was the president of the Black Chamber of Commerce of Orange County. Shaw received the Titan Excellence Award in 2001 and obtained her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from CSUF in 2009. See OBIT, page 2

gram sponsored by Crexendo Business Optimization Services, a company dedicated to providing solutions to small businesses and entrepreneurs. The competition was open to all students from any major. However, the majority of finalists were business majors, said John Ayers, a public relations student assistant for the event. “We’d like to communicate to more majors next year,” said Ayers. “It’s an event everyone could benefit from.” Mihaylo, Cal State Fullerton alumnus, CEO of Crexendo Business Solutions, Inc., and founder of Inter-Tel, attended the event and gave an inspiring keynote address, urging students that “you will be a winner in life if you just finish the race.” He began the address by making everyone get off their chairs and declared, “We are all winners because we’re here.”

The criteria for judging the competition, according to Clint Sanderson, president of Crexendo, emphasized execution and customer service, “not just about who can make the prettiest site,” he said. Fourteen finalists competed for the grand prize out of 296 registrants. Nine of them received award money. Scoring was based on 35 percent mechanics, 25 percent overall idea, 25 percent marketing and 15 percent appearance. A 10 percent bonus was added to websites based on real web traffic from unique visitors and revenue generated. See WEBSITE, page 2

OC Music Awards Showcase Danny Maika faces off with Micah Brown at the “Best Live Acoustic” Showcase at Gypsy Den


Usually inhabited by beatniks and hipsters talking Jack Kerouac by day and music by night, the Gypsy Den in Santa Ana was awkwardly packed with fans, family members, journalists and photographers to witness one of the “Best Live Acoustic” showcases for the Orange County Music Awards on Tuesday. As the lights dimmed, the first contestant, Justin Soileau, failed to capture the audience’s attention. As a young man before a tough audience, one might wonder what a little fish was doing in a pond of local veteran performers. Perhaps nerves drenched the thoughts of young Soileau, but nothing could stop Micah Brown from stealing his thunder with a persuasive sense of self and a beard that even ZZ Top would applaud. Unable to contain their excitement, fans of Brown often cheered louder than the performance itself. As Brown finished his set, the vibe in the room was elevated with musical orgasms when half of the crowd sang the lyrics, “I’m going fishin’, won’t be missin’ any of your bitchin’” and clapped along with Brown as he ripped through the strings on his guitar like a beast. “Micah has an extremely pow-

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Say goodbye as ASI Board of Director fall elections are brought to a halt. At the weekly Tuesday meeting of the ASI Board of Directors, a change to the bylaws put an end to fall elections, putting the focus and resources to spring. A vote was passed to have all the board positions begin and end consecutively, instead of having them staggered. This would eliminate the need for fall elections since all terms would end in spring. Aissa Canchola, 21, board chair, spoke with the Elections Commissioner who said they have a lower fall turnout for elections than they do in spring. “The thinking was, lets get more excitement to go around in the spring, everyone is voting for their president, vice president, they should vote for the Board of Directors as well,” said Canchola. “I’m in favor for it. It will definitely provide a consistency of leadership in our student government. Before, we were always kind of training students every semester. This will allow students to have a year position and be able to utilize the full potential of the student government so we can best serve the students,” said Lorenzo Frausto, 23, ASI representative for Humanities and Social Science. Among the positive changes from this decision, Canchola said one election will generate more excitement and have more funding. As the budget stands now, the funds are split in half between fall and spring elections. With one election, the number of candidates is expected to grow, providing the quality and competition Canchola thinks students deserve. “Have one election, have four or five opponents, step your game up and show people you want to represent them,” Canchola said. “ASI provides a lot of services for them and I think that they should have a board that’s trained and that’s knowledgeable and that’s educated and experienced.” Canchola stressed that having educated and experienced students will pay off during the ASI budget season. “The California budget is so crappy that we need to make sure that we’re providing as many services that we’re legally able to, to kind of compensate for where the state’s kind of cutting off.” See ASI, page 3

WHAT’S INSIDE NEWS New Children Center opens on campus ........................................3

WILLIAM CAMARGO / Daily Titan Micah Brown performs a lively acoustic set at the Gypsy Den showcase. The winner of the showcase will receive an OC Music Award.

erful voice and sends a strong message,” said Kelly Baker, an audience member. “His lyrics are so whimsical and his voice is like none other in our county.” However, with an even more unique approach to live music was the ever-powerful singer Parker Macy Blues and his band composed of a drummer and a bass

player. Macy’s raw, scratchy voice grew deeper as the night carried on; his distinguished blonde locks and demeanor proved Macy to be a somewhat acquired taste to some audience members. However, despite some negative feedback, Macy captured the audience and tickled the crowd’s humor with the raw dislike of his ex-

girlfriend when he sang “...(she) had no soul.” While Macy might be in a niche market, so are artists like Bob Dylan. Bottom line: Not everyone is going to like all the musicians who perform in the OCMAs. See MUSIC, page 6

OPINION The EWP is not that hard to pass ........................................4 DETOUR Didn’t catch the Super Bowl? Find out the ads you missed ........................................5 SPORTS Track speed demons hurdle over records ........................................8



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OBIT: Cal State Fullerton community remembers beloved faculty member it is because of you,” said Stan Breckenridge, professor of Afro-Ethnic studies, about Shaw’s passion in overcoming obstacles. Breckenridge knew Shaw for over “She was one of the most dedicated and committed staff members that I’ve ten years and remembers her as a perever worked with,” said President Mil- son who loved life. “Ellen would say do what your paston Gordon. Over the course of her career at sion is and do not place limitations on CSUF, Shaw touched the lives of many yourself,” Breckenridge said. In Shaw’s last moments of life she students and faculty members. “Ellen was such a special person. was extremely happy. She was preparing to release a CD She was committed and dedicated to encouraging young people to pursue which encompassed vocal standards of the ‘30s, ‘40s and their educational ‘50s. The first sindreams,” said Silas “She would say if you gle is titled “Misty.” H. Abrego, actIn Shaw’s leisure ing vice president want it, go and get it; the only way you don’t get it time she also liked of Student Affairs. to travel. “One of her own is because of you...” “She would say proudest moments - Stan Breckenridge see the world was that she comProfessor of Afro-Ethnic studies not just pleted her own through books, college education; she took her own words to heart and but also through your own personal achieved one of her lifetime goals, and experience,” Breckenridge said. Breckenridge is preparing to have she will really be missed.” “In Ellen’s day-to-day duties in the a Gala in honor of her name so the office of the vice president (of) Student CSUF community can come to pay Affairs, she had the desire to strive for their respect. “Ellen was my dear friend. She was and achieve excellence in everything she did for staff and students. That a rare individual that had the ability is what I remember the most and to really bring out the best in people. loved about Ms. Shaw,” said Jeremiah She was excellent with working with Moore, assistant to vice president of students and held high expectations for them and herself,” said Robert L. Student Affairs. “She would say if you want it, go Palmer, recently retired vice president and get it; the only way you don’t get of Student Affairs.

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JC VERA / Daily Titan Craig Park, located off State College Blvd. in Fullerton, was the site of a violent attack. Fullerton Police urge residents to be cautious and alert as they enjoy the park.

Fullerton jogger attacked CSUF students warned by Fullerton P.D. about potential sexual offender JEANETTE CASTANEDA Daily Titan

A woman jogging near a popular Fullerton park suffered a terrible attack at the hands of what could have been a potential sexual predator. Fullerton police urge nearby residents to be cautious and alert while they investigate last week’s attack near the Cal State Fullerton campus. On Jan. 31st, a woman in her late 30s was jogging alongside the northeastern side of Craig Park near State College Boulevard and Associated Road when she was suddenly shoved from behind and was attacked with punches to her chest, according to a press release by the Fullerton Police Department. After hitting the woman several times, the attacker cursed at the woman before he ran away, and possibly having taken the woman’s iPod along with him. Though it is not certain whether sexual assault was intended, the woman feared that it could have been possible, she said in the press release. “In the end, what we can confirm is that the victim’s iPod was

missing after the assault so because of this, we can investigate into a robbery,” Goodrich said. A similar incident occurred at Craig Park early last month also. Another woman was jogging alone when an attacker grabbed her aggressively. He then proceeded to thrust his pelvis into her behind several times before fleeing after the women yelled for help, according to the same press release. The news regarding this recent attack has left some students surprised. Mainly because some feel that Fullerton is a safe place to live. “I think we have very good security and the campus police right here. I feel pretty safe for the most part,” says Eunice Kuo, 18, musical theatre major. The common thread linkingboth attacks near Craig Park is that they involve women being alone. While running at a local park or exercising at a gym is usually something done alone for selfreflection and to prevent distraction, some students feel that they would not want to risk being without a partner or friend at any time. “I would not be by myself because I’m a woman so just for that purpose, I wouldn’t be alone,” Di-

ana Becerra, 22, criminal justice major. While the recent attack at Craig Park is currently under investigation by authorites, Sergeant Goodrich relayed the message of Fullerton police to be vigilant when out at night or in the early morning. “We ask that people practice common sense and caution. Try to have a partner with you. Having a cell phone in your hand could also be a good idea as people might not approach you with a phone in hand,” Becerra said. Overall, police believe that it is best to have a group or friend with you while walking around the neighborhood no matter what time of day it is. Any potential assailants are less likely to come near if there a large group in sight. Kuo, who lives on campus, says that she tries to walk back to the dorms in a group but that it is difficult since not many students live on campus. “From the Performing Arts building back to the dorms it’s so deserted on campus, but I try to become more aware of my surroundings when I leave late,” said Kuo. “Usually I walk with someone else, but sometimes it’s hard to find someone who walks back to the dorms.”

WEBSITE: Mihaylo design contest winner announced ...Continued from page 1 Katie Nino found out about the competition in her management, funding and creation class (465A). She sat on the third-floor balcony of Mihaylo Hall, enjoying food from Koji’s food truck, waiting for the results to be announced in a bundle of nerves. She saw the competition as “an opportunity to create and launch her business.” She spent most of her winter break working on her website. She said the hardest part of creating her website,, was “trying to optimize it organically without any advertising.” For example, where to place key words so the website is a top contender for a Google search. She would finish in sixth place and walk home with a check for $500. Katie Nguyen, 21, a business

The Hunger Coalition is collecting personal hygiene items for those in need now through March 7. Conducted through the Volunteer & Service Center, the Hygiene Drive will benefit Fullerton Interfaith Emergency Services’ Food Distribution Center, which serves families and individuals in Fullerton, Anaheim, Yorba Linda, Placentia, Buena Park, La Habra and Brea. In the past, donations from the Hunger Coalition’s Hygiene drives have helped between 200 and 300 families. Needed items include shampoo and conditioner, face and body soap, deodorant, lotion, floss, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrushes and tissue paper Donation bins are located in the Volunteer & Service Center (TSU-2), the Women’s Center (UH-205), Disabled Student Services (UH-101) and the Student Organizations Resource Center (TSU-247). For more information, contact the Volunteer & Service Center at 657-278-7623 or send an email to Volunteer@Fullerton. edu. Brief by Maritza Velazquez

Rebel Admits to Russian Bombing A well-known Islamic leader in Russia has claimed responsibility for last month’s suicide bombing in Moscow. The bomb was set off at Moscow’s busiest airport where 36 people died. Chechen warlord Doku Umarov said in a video appearing online Monday that the “special operation” at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport on Jan. 24 was done on his command. Umarov has long been considered a high-profile enemy of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and a powerful symbol of the failures in Russia’s security policy. Umarov has called Russian leaders “racist” and promised followers he would create an independent Islamic state in the southern region of Russia. He also expressed his cooperation with Islamic militants in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Umarov has claimed responsibility for additional terrorist attacks, including a double suicide bombing that occurred last year in the Moscow subway system. The bombing killed 40 people. Over the weekend, another video was released in which Umarov threatened more attacks. In the video he claims 2011 would be “the year of blood and tears,” and he has 50 to 60 suicide bombers ready if necessary. The Obama administration has placed Umarov on a list of terrorist leaders after he claimed responsibility for the Moscow subway bombings and a 2009 train bombing, according to NPR. Brief by Margarita Castellanos

WILLIAM CAMARGO / Daily Titan Katie Nguyen and her business partner Kevin Mann accept the grand prize award for their website at the Crexendo University Programs competition.

and marketing major, finished the race with the grand prize of $7,500. A self-proclaimed perfectionist, Nguyen’s website, PrintPressInc. com, a redistribution site of commercial printing press assemblies, was inspired by her dad’s company in Vietnam. She plans to invest the money back into her business to help her launch her business internationally. “This money makes my dreams come true,” she said when she accepted the award. She designed the website during a trip to Vietnam along with her business partner, Kevin Mann, 22, a business and marketing major. Many of the contestants worked hundreds of hours designing their websites. A second place prize of $5,000 went to Lee Baker, 32, a double major in economics and political science whose website was also inspired by his father’s family business. Some of the antique clocks featured sell for upwards of $20,000. Third place went to Richard Tsu, 22, an accounting major whose

website had the added risk of offering a service rather than a product. It was inspired by his friend’s dream of being a wedding photographer. Six more contestants were each awarded $500. Sanderson said the competition gives Crexendo the opportunity to “tap into smart people like yourself ” by “putting products in the hands of the brightest minds in the country-you.” The competition was organized in part by the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. There was no cost to enter the competition. Celeste Manwaring, university program manager of Crexendo Business Solutions, said contestants get six months of free web hosting and will pay $9.95 per month thereafter to keep their website running. This is Crexendo UP’s first event at CSUF, but they hope to make it an annual event. Mihaylo said he expects the number of finalists to triple next year.

Local Bus Groper Charged in OC According to the Los Angeles Times, Orange County prosecutors are looking for additional victims of a man charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl on the bus. 55-year-old Herath Premarathne, a Sri Lankan immigrant from Costa Mesa, was taken into custody as he exited a bus at the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Wilson Street. He pled guilty on Monday to one misdemeanor count of child annoyance. Premarathne followed the 16-year-old girl from the bus stop to her seat. He began groping her thigh and attempted to unzip her jeans. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, three years probation and mandatory registration as a sex offender. Three teenage girls claim to have been victims of Premarathne. A potential victim caught on a bus surveillance camera in Los Angeles County has yet to come forward. For additional information call 714-347-8794. Brief by Amy Leadbetter

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Children’s center opens with smiles The new 16,300-square-foot building balances outdoor and indoor areas with a focus on both learning and activity





What used to be located off campus at a nearby church is now a beautifully designed 16,300-square-foot building with inviting and creative classrooms and large outdoor play areas at Cal State Fullerton. The CSUF Children’s Center opened its new doors on Jan. 26 to many smiling faces that were eager to see what was inside. The new $8.7 million Children’s Center, located across from the Titan Stadium on West Campus Drive, was built with student fees that have been collected since 1997 and with borrowed money from Associated Students Inc. The center, which began reconstruction in 2009, was built to complement learning with activity. The facility has 10 classrooms, a nursery and a kitchen in each room; a playground with sandboxes, swings and a bike yard; outdoor pets, which include a turtle, two rabbits and birds; and an orchard growing apples, peaches, lemons and apricots. “Kids are loving this place,” said Betsy Gibbs, director for the Children’s Center. “It’s a little bigger classroomwise and bigger yard-wise and just very peaceful.” Gibbs stresses that the facility isn’t just watching children, it’s giving them a great experience while also taking the parents’—faculty and students—needs into consideration. “We do this in a way that tries to really support them as a student,” Gibbs said. “We really want to give them not only peace of mind that their child is having a great time, is being well cared for, is safe and is close by, but we also want them to understand the educational program their child is getting.” The center is licensed for 122 chil-

WILLIAM CAMARGO / Daily Titan ASI Board of Directors meet to discuss election policies and other business.

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MARK SAMALA / Daily Titan The brand new home of CSUF’s Children’s Center is run by Director Betsy Gibbs. The center, which cost $8.7 million, staffs 60 employees and is licensed to care for 122 children.

dren aged four months to five years and currently tends to about 100 per day with room for more. The facility employs 60 student assistants—some as interns—who aide classrooms, the kitchen or the office. Krystina Jimenaz, a recent graduate of the Child and Adolescent Development program at CSUF, works as a classroom assistant in the Children’s Center. “It’s very nice, big and clean,” said Jimenaz. “There’s so many things for the kids that are for the kids.” The structure was built with chil-

dren in mind, with lofts to play on, large windows and skylights to look out of and connected outdoor play areas that make for fun learning environments. “The aesthetics of it are the most noticeable throughout,” Gibbs said. “There’s a seamless connection between the indoors and the outdoors. Beautiful materials were used and the architect did a great job designing the building.” The physical attributes of the building aren’t the only things that have parents amazed.

Monica Chavez, a parent who has been using the center’s services since 2009 and now has three children there, appreciates the care the employees provide. “This place is state-of-the-art, it’s amazing for the kids,” said Chavez. “The classrooms are more separated so there’s more one-on-one, which is really good for them, and overall the teachers are amazing, the staff is amazing; they’ve done wonderfully with my children.” The center is having an open house on March 24 beginning at 10 a.m. to

celebrate the new establishment with tours for families. “We adopted the old center building to meet our needs as best we could,” Gibbs said of the past arrangements the center has worked in. “But now we have something that’s appropriate for what we’re doing.” The Children’s Center is open Monday through Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. To find out more information, visit the Children’s Center website at: Asi.

For students who are concerned that the end of a fall election will limit their opportunities to get involved with ASI, Canchola said, “You can join into so many other things.” Among them she lists the ASIP Street Team and elections committees, and Canchola believes this will encourage students to get involved in other aspects of ASI. However, Marisela Contreras, 23, a senior psychology major, said, “I think people should be able to join each semester. Just with my experience involved with clubs, I feel like you really missed out if you don’t get the opportunity each semester.” Now spring elections would only take place due to a referendum, which is a general vote on a single political question, or a special election. The meeting ended with more changes tabled for next week’s meeting. The meetings are held Tuesdays at 1:15 p.m. in the TSU Legislative Chambers.

THIS WEEK IN PHOTOS: Views From Around Campus

WILLIAM CHEN / Daily Titan Andy Nguyen, a junior biology major, leans over to rack up all nine balls. The billiards tournament had 14 students competing for a prize.

Billiards tournament The TSU hosts a 9-ball competition with a $20 Titan Bookstore gift card on the line WILLIAM CHEN Daily Titan

Beneath the Titan Student Union, 14 students gathered around the pool tables to crack the opening break in an attempt to win the $20 gift card for the Titan Bookstore at the 9-ball tournament. The evening ignited with hardhitting players from all types of backgrounds, warming up with their friends. Each contestant had different reasons for their love for the game. All were serious, but the evening was filled with conversation and laughter. The tournament final was the best three out of five games. Andy Nguyen, a junior biology major, won the tournament last night 3-0 in the final round. Nguyen’s relaxed attitude carried him through the night. “I didn’t really think about anything, but I just played for the fun of it,” said Nguyen. He agrees there is some pressure in certain crucial parts of the tournament, but he coped with it immediately. “Whenever I start feeling nervous I just think ‘I’m just doing this for fun,’ and it’s nice playing other people,” Nguyen said. Nguyen enjoys the game for the diversity of skills required for each type of billiard game. “I enjoy the variety of games and how there is a certain skill set for each game,” Nguyen said. “It takes a long time to master every game.” There are several types of billiard games, but the most popular is the 8-ball or 9-ball. Nguyen’s most confident game is the 9-ball. Nguyen’s love for the game is only two and a half years old, but during

that time he has developed a strong set of skills on the table. He also has his own foldable pool stick that he carries in a long black canister. Others also played in the tournament for love of the sport and for the social aspect. “You can completely meet someone for the first time and play one game of pool with them and you know exactly how that person is,” said Andy Szczepanik, a junior fine arts major (who came in second place at the tournament). Even though he didn’t win the tournament, Szczepanik simply loves being able to meet people while playing. He has played long enough where he can usually make out whether the individual is respectable or not by observing them play. Through interacting, Szczepanik has made friends simply by playing a game of pool with them. And above all, he just loves the game. “It’s not really about winning, but it’s about the love of the game,” Szczepanik said. “[Pool] was the one thing in my life that was true. I was surrounded by people who were willing to teach me.” Julie Tu, a senior marketing major, is the Titan Bowl and Billiards recreation games coordinator and oversees the 9-ball tournaments. The attendance over the years has varied depending on the schedule of the students. “During the finals not a lot of people come, but during the beginning of the school year a lot more people come,” said Tu. Tu has also monitored the Association of College Union International (ACUI) billiards tournament this past weekend. She would like to compete again after the intense scheduling of these tournaments subsides.

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WILLIAM CAMARGO / Daily Titan An unidentified skateboarder successfully ollies the Langsdorf Hall stairs with disregard of the campus no skateboarding policy.

JOHNNY LE / Daily Titan Cassidy Thomas, 19, kisses Donald Russell, 20, at Homecoming with painted faces.

LUCIO VILLA / Daily Titan A lone daffodil is backlit by the sun on a sunny afternoon in front of Mihaylo Hall.

MARK SAMALA / Daily Titan Dwayne Mason gets his face painted during the CSUF Homecoming event.



What’s in a name?

Pope takes frivolous position on not baptizing babies without traditional Christian names AMY LEADBETTER Daily Titan

With all the problems that our generation faces and in light of the problems that exist today, in a world of ever-worsening conditions that continue to decline, does a person’s given name really hold substance? There has been a recent outbreak of reports that have quoted the Pope requesting Roman Catholic parents name their children traditional Christian names, asking them to steer clear from the unique naming trends that are on the rise. This recent notion has made headlines worldwide. According to in an article titled “Pope Makes a Plea to Parents to Give Their Children Traditional Names,” author Nick Pisa states, “A priest can refuse to baptize a child if the name given is not recognized.” Countries have already begun to publish lists of acceptable names from which parents must choose from. Has Benedict XVI become oblivious to the practical concerns that hold

much higher importance? The generation succeeding ours will inevitably be faced with immense trials and tribulations just as we have faced conditions that were considerably worse than the generations prior to ours. When faced with staggering unemployment, rising crime, broken homes and fractured dreams, who cares what name is given to a child? This will not amend his character and it will certainly not encode a holier existence. A child’s name will not predetermine what type of person he will become, what opportunities he may have, nor will it promise him a more righteous reality. Shortly after the appearance of publications quoting the Pope’s “mandate,” reporters backpedaled and, in some cases, issued corrections stating that the Pope had not uttered such words. Although in all likelihood he was not misquoted, making an issue as to whether or not the Pope spoke these words is not of concern. According to the Code of Canon Law, C.855, the following can be found on “Parents, spon-

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sors and the pastor are to take care that a name foreign to Christian sensibility is not given.” It’s flat-out bizarre that in times like these, the “names” given to children are something the Roman Catholic Church feels compelled to regulate. Since the baby boomers, younger generations have experienced the worsening effects of our economy, and it is no secret that the next generation is going to be faced with the same. Rather than a “label” that has no sentimental value, we should be focusing on improving the preconditioned world these children are coming into. In light of the horrid things that exist today that need to be addressed, this appears to be an uncanny demand – borderline pitiful. When a man’s behavior toward another man is anything but holy, when the chaos of the world is making headlines daily, and when the hate and violence reduce city streets to war zones, on what grounds does the effort to give your child a recognized name have validity to create a “holier” existence? It certainly does not prevent the dwindling spiral that our generation and future ones face. These are the circumstances that should be the Pope’s and any other leaders’ primary concern. The fact that this subject of names

Cous I Said So It’s flat-out bizarre that in times like these, the ‘names’ given to children are something the Roman Catholic Church feels compelled to regulate.

is even an issue is unfathomable. Does the child lying in the ruins of Haiti really care what his or her name is? Does the unemployed father who can’t feed and support his family believe his problem lies in his name? Prestigious characters in our society, those that hold both power and authority, should concentrate on utilizing that power to create a better world and stay out of the name game.

Gaining positivity post break-up MELISSA HOON Daily Titan

I’m a light-hearted gal who thinks deeply, so forgive me if my analytical tendencies prevail over my sense of humor. Dating is fun and relationships should also be, but as we all know, the more serious we get with our significant other, the more serious relationship issues can become. After a broken relationship, it’s important to grasp what you’ve learned through hindsight. Focus on both the good and bad that came from the relationship, but particularly hone in on the bad so you can improve yourself and future relationships.

Don’t be distraught by the past. On the contrary, you’ve learned a lesson when your unfortunate past haunts you with a recollection of mistakes that you once thought were cherished memories. However, keep in mind not to torture yourself with past mistakes. Most mistakes take more than one person to make, so learn from your ex as well; don’t dwell on solely your own faults. Stop blaming yourself altogether. Your ex should have been part of the equation of your path to bliss; it shouldn’t have been your job to get both of you there. One of the most significant concepts to accept post break-up is the idea that you may have been settling. Most people are in denial of hav-

ing settled during relationships because of the comfort factor. You were comfortable with your ex, so of course you didn’t want to let yourself think you were settling. But once you set yourself free of this settlement, it’s more liberating than you could have ever imagined. Oh, the power of hindsight. Success doesn’t grow from the cushions of the sofa where ideas were harbored; it lies in the bay where actions were taken. In other words, actions speak louder than words. It’s easy to see yourself and your significant other with a bright future ahead when the two of you discuss it. But you might notice post break-up that you were the action-taker while your ex was the talker.

It’s easy to be blinded by relationship dynamics like this because you loved your ex, so his or her ideas sounded magical. But since your ex never took actions, these ideas became purely fantasy when you wanted reality. Post break-up, you’ll realize your ex’s stagnancy now fuels your desire to succeed beyond your wildest premonitions. It might break your heart at first, because you wanted to succeed with your now-ex. But you’ll see he or she should have driven you toward success even during the relationship, not solely after it was over. Never settle for love. Continue down the path toward love until you collide with someone who drives your desire to pursue and conquer more than you’ve ever imagined to accomplish. This is when you know you’re in love and have succeeded in life. Focusing on the bad post break-up has its ups and downs. Make sure to only learn from what was bad; don’t let it haunt you to the point where you develop hatred or foul feelings toward your ex. Don’t let your happiest past become your greatest nightmare. Never allow yourself to feel like time was wasted. Instead, cherish the moments you had and focus your energy on creating a learning experience for yourself and a possible friendship or mutual respect between you and your ex. Whether or not you can remain friends with your ex, however, is for an article another time.


“The Funny Side of Politics”

Reviewing Reviews I had a lot of time to contemplate this column while walking from Lot A to College Park. No, this isn’t about the parking crisis at Cal State Fullerton - in fact, I applaud the school for doing its part to combat the obesity epidemic in such a creative way. President Milton Gordon will be receiving his required review through the CSU Board of Trustees shortly. Hearing about this slightly excited me. To find out that there is an actual process where presidents of all the CSUs are given feedback as to their performance was refreshing. But then the balloon of joy deflated like all balloons eventually do. See, as I began to look at Gordon’s past review and the actual process of compiling the review, I was perplexed, confused and, to be blunt, a bit disappointed. For starters, let’s take a look at a letter written by CSU Chancellor Charles Reed after Gordon’s last review in May 2006: “The review concluded that Milton A. Gordon is a highly respected president of CSUF. He is admired and trusted by all constituent groups.” If that doesn’t raise any warning flags in your brain, stop reading this right now. “All constituent groups.” Every single cog in the machine that is CSUF admires and trusts President Gordon. Not a single member of the student body, faculty, staff or community has anything negative to say. Is this the “Twilight Zone” or is this review process slightly skewed? Reading another letter from Chancellor Reed, where he announces it’s review time once again, gives some insight into the process. According to the letter, the policy for the reviews is to contact “a number of officers of the university and the chairs of its major constituencies, the Academic Senate, the Alumni Association, the Associated Students and the University Advisory Board” for their comments on the criteria Gordon will be reviewed under. Read that list again. Do any of those groups seem like they would have a dissenting or alternative view of the president? “A sampling of faculty, administrators/managers, staff and community is also being invited to submit individual comments.” Well yours truly certainly didn’t get an invite. It’s like the high

school party scene all over again, and I am not one of the cool kids, as usual. But wait! There is hope. See, students and any others who want to submit comments on these “criteria” (the criteria can be found at can get out a pad of paper and write a letter. After looking into the process of actually writing and mailing a letter, I can see why the results may seem to be so skewed. Not only did the student body not receive any email notification of the review, if students do somehow find out about the review, they have to go over the “what makes a good president criteria.” Then they can proceed to mail a letter to the Chancellor’s Office that will only be accepted if it is signed and addresses only said criteria. Now, I am not saying that President Gordon is doing a terrible job. I am not asking for him to resign. I am simply asking for a more open review process, one where the voice of the student body is represented. After all, we are the ones that fill the classrooms and pay the tuition. But don’t be disheartened by this. There is still action to be taken to ensure that your voice is heard in the review process. Call the Chancellor’s Office at 562-951-4210 and let someone know what you think about President Gordon. Or take the time to write a letter and send it to Dr. Charles B. Reed, chancellor, The California State University, 402 Golden Shore, Suite 641, Long Beach, CA 90802. This is a golden chance to have our voices heard. Make a phone call or pay the 45 cents for a stamp and get your voice out there. Why? Cous I said so…

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The EWP test: An insult to intelligence? A student’s experience with the mandatory exam was a waste of time FLOR EDWARDS Daily Titan

I stood in line on the third floor of Langsdorf Hall and I was fuming. It was Saturday. I had a million other places I could be than here to take the English Writing Proficiency test with 200 other peeved students. The California State University Chancellor’s Office has mandated that all CSU campuses certify that their graduating students are proficient in written English. While other universities have different ways to certify proficiency, Cal State Fullerton requires both the EWP and an upper division writing course specified by the student’s major to be eligible for graduation. The only problem is that many students don’t even know they have to take it until the last minute. If it weren’t for the girl sitting next to me in my media law class I would have never known. I reluctantly paid the $20 fee online and signed up via my student portal. There are only a few chances a semester to take it, so if you miss it, it will whoosh by you like a college deadline. You have to print your EWP confirmation ticket and bring it with you or else you have to sign up all over again, and the worst part is that no one tells you when it’s time to take it. No email. No item on my “to do” list. Nothing. It’s like a college Contact Us at

Easter egg hunt. You have to find it on your own. It took nearly an hour to seat everyone in the hot, stuffy room, so by the time I sat down I was elbow-toelbow with students nearly an hour after our scheduled appointment of 11 a.m. “What are we doing here?” I asked the guy sitting next to me. “I have no idea,” he said, his breath reeking of coffee. Is this some kind of joke? I thought. Don’t they know we know how to write? A girl in the back raised her hand. “If we don’t pass today can we take the test again today?” she asked with an accent. You could hear the whole room gasp. It was obvious that English wasn’t her first language. The room director shushed us. She made sure we knew what a pencil was, where to write our names, how to sharpen our pencils, fill in the bubbles, read the questions, and if we didn’t be quiet this was only going to take longer. The time came to start writing. I’m gonna be the first one out of here, I told myself triumphantly. I opened my blue book. The space between the lines was about a mile. An orange-yellow paper read, “Most Cal State Fullerton students are happy about the services they receive on campus. What are two ways you would like to see Cal State Fullerton improve?”

The answer was staring right at me. CSUF’s campus would be greatly improved if they provided better coffee on campus--I was getting sick of Starbucks and it makes the breath stink--and eliminate the damn EWP test because it’s an insult to students’ intelligence: the room director treats us like 1st graders and no one even knows why we’re here. In 15 minutes and three pages later, I finished my essay (first!) with the following conclusion: “Cal State Fullerton’s campus would be greatly improved if they provided better coffee on campus to make students more jittery and eliminated the EWP writing test because it would make students feel less stupid by not making them take a test that makes them feel stupider.” Two weeks later a blue bubble popped up in my student portal telling me that I had passed (surprise!). Approximately 80 percent of other test-takers would get the same result. The essays are evaluated on organization, development, logic, punctuation, grammar, spelling and appropriate word choice, so I spent the rest of the day wondering if “stupider” was really a word. When I Googled “stupider” I came across a slew of links posing the same question: “Is stupider really a word?” “How to use stupider in a sentence.” “Is it stupider or more stupid?” The conundrum left me feeling baffled, stupider and ready to file for graduation.


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Disney takes on Shakespeare WESLEY RUSCHER Daily Titan

Most of us by now are quite familiar with William Shakespeare’s tragic love story Romeo and Juliet. It’s a timeless romance that has been told over and over and one Walt Disney is finally taking a crack at with the latest animated feature film Gnomeo and Juliet. In updating Shakespeare’s over 400-year-old classic, Disney has taken some clever liberties in adapting the tragedy for a more youthful generation. Like the title suggests, Gnomeo and Juliet isn’t your typical retelling of the classic.


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Gnomeo and Juliet

Starring garden gnomes, the feud of the Montagues and Capulets takes us into the backyards of two feuding neighbors whose last names coincidentally are Montague and Capulet, and who also reside on Verona Drive. Like Disney’s computer-animated classic Toy Story, when the humans are gone the gnomes spring to life and go about their day perfecting their gardens and continuing the bickering of their respected houses. Holding loosely to the framework of Shakespeare’s classic, the story of Gnomeo and Juliet relies heavy on comedy and some action to keep the tragedy a family fun event. Witty puns pertaining to the fragility of the ceramic protagonists fill the early part of the film. And in typical Disney fashion, much of the dialog carries innuendos that will go over many kids’ heads.

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There are jokes about the size of a gnome’s hat and, my personal favorite, a reference to Brokeback Mountain mentioning two gnomes who are stuck together, connected by a base. All jokes aside though, if you are familiar with the actual writing of the classic, it’s easy to notice how much of the original lines have been modified for today’s English, which is a very welcome touch. In bringing this classic to the animated world, Disney has pulled in an admirable voice ensemble that matches the characters quite well. Lead by James McAvoy (Wanted) as Gnomeo and Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) as Juliet, in typical Disney fashion the voice acting is top notch. Others notable voices include Jason Statham, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith and Ozzy Osbourne. Stealing the show, though, is a veteran to animated

films, Jim Cummings as Featherstone the flamingo, whose heavy Cuban accent compliments the overly British cast perfectly with his comedic shtick. The music was also quite a surprise with Sir Elton John contributing some of his classics as well as a few new tunes. From “Crocodile Rock” to “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” I was amazed how well his music fit each scene, leaving me humming them all throughout the day after leaving the theater. It was especially interesting hearing his songs redone to the different action scenes. In the end, Disney’s Gnomeo and Juliet is as faithful to the original source as it can be; remember this is a movie aimed at kids. But if you are looking for a decent flick for a Valentine’s Day date or just a few laughs with a story that’s easily predictable, one could do a lot worse.

When your former band dealt with feminism, transgender, gay and lesbian issues with growls and grunts galore, you might decide to veer away and instead dance to energetic beats as a form of protest. Talk About Body, the debut album by Brooklyn-based electro band MEN, made a similar move with their first full-length album in hopes that bringing synth-beats layered underneath political lyrics would bring social change to the masses. MEN was created by JD Samson, who gained popularity with the riot girl band Le Tigre in the late 90s. Along with two other friends, Samson decided to put her musical efforts into the formation of a remix band. MEN focuses on the production of radical dance music and elaborate live shows to showcase the potential this type of music can have on influencing change. With a show featuring a live band, electronic mixers and backup dancers who sprint around with protest signs, Samson sings about wartime struggles amidst loud bass hooks and bouncy beats. One of the album’s single “Off Our Backs,” sings merrily about sexual compromise and the dangerous expectations women can face in these types of situations. Samson sings throughout the album about transgender awareness and being part of a sexual minority. Samson, who is known for her androgynous look,

brings lovable irony to the album’s songs as she chants sweetly on each track. This new side project is not too distant from Samson’s efforts with Le Tigre. Both bands deal with the same social issues in their music, but present them through different musical stylings. Some may be partial to former Le Tigre lead singer Kathleen Hanna’s wailing vocals and the band’s quirky use of samples in their music. With acrobatic beats and keyboard driven hooks, Talk About Body invites you to sway your hips to the awareness of social injustice. The album is energetic and incites its listeners to pay attention to its message at the same time. The album does feel flat toward the end due to repetitive looping, and the second half of the album does not seem to measure up to the force of the first half. While this is not an album that can be listened to for hours, it could serve as a good album for starting one’s morning. Singing aloud to the cries of gender liberation could be an empowering way to start your day. Though, should you grab this album or Le Tigre’s self-titled album for that type of fix? Probably the second choice. While Samson’s effort with MEN is commendable and highlights dance music’s ability to garner activism, this venture does not bring the same brash and magnetic attention Samson had gained with Le Tigre’s first album. Overall, Talk About Body lacks the physical energy needed to prompt action. That type of energy is usually found among the thunderous bellowing of a crowd who yell out lyrics with fists in the air first before dancing around.

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After playing Dead Space 2 in single-player mode, the player cannot help but play it again. Visceral Games, the game’s developer, has created a masterpiece of tension, terror and explosive action sequences that set the bar for the survival-horror genre. Dead Space 2 is set three years after the events of the original and follows the same protagonist, Isaac Clark. Clark wakes up on a space station orbiting Saturn, called “the Sprawl,” without any memory of the last three years. Clark soon finds that the crew has become zombie-like creatures called “Necromorphs.” Chaos ensues and Clark is forced to cooperate with other survivors to destroy an alien artifact called “the Marker.” This artifact is the epicenter of the infection, and its destruction is key to Clark’s survival. Clark, who was infected after coming into contact with the alien virus in the previous game, suffers from severe dementia. As he battles Necromorphs and runs from the Sprawl’s government forces, he is haunted by hallucinations of his dead girlfriend. This internal conflict gives Clark a sense of depth and humanity that was not present in the silent protagonist of the first game. The hallways and vents of the Sprawl are beautifully rendered and lit. Visceral Games has done an excellent job of creating an atmosphere of tension and horror. As the player moves through the station, scratching and distant screaming can be heard from be-

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hind locked doors. The hallways are covered with the blood of dead crew members, and lights occasionally flicker and go out. Enemies burst from the vents and sneak up on the player from behind. This tension keeps the player on the edge of their seat, fearful of moving forward. The breathtaking action sequences and excellent cut-scenes are what keep the player progressing. A ride on an out-of-control subway and an explosive free-fall through space are standout moments. These set pieces are what really set Dead Space 2 apart from the original. Visceral Games has also added a decent multi-player mode that’s similar to Left 4 Dead’s zombies vs. humans mode. Left 4 Dead is a cooperative online game that tasks players with surviving a zombie apocalypse. Dead Space’s multi-player pits humans against Necromorphs in four-on-four objective game modes. There are plenty of levels and unlockables to keep players interested for months. Dead Space 2 is a game that should not be missed. The single-player campaign is almost flawless and the multiplayer is a nice addition.

Screenshots Courtesy of Doritos (upper left), Bridgestone Tires (upper right), Snickers (lower left) and Volkswagen (lower right) showcased their newest advertisements at the 2011 Super Bowl.


For some, the Super Bowl isn’t about the game, the fierce rivalries or the team spirit. It’s about everything around it: The copious amounts of food, the company present and the commercials. These coveted ad slots, where companies spend millions to secure minutes of airtime to advertise to tens and millions of Americans, tend to be filled with some of the slickest and funniest commercials every year. There were a fair share of great ones this year and if you managed somehow not to watch the Super Bowl, here are a few you have to see: “Bridgestone – Reply All” – Office life. It’s filled with tedium and an overwhelming sense of monot-

ony. So you make friends and you send funny e-mails to your office pals. Except, this one day, you sent that crass, could-totally-get-youfired joke to everybody. Cue the quick cuts of the panicked sender taking out every and all electronic devices he runs into. It’s ultimately an ad that remarks on the quality of Bridgestone’s tires, but like most of the funny Super Bowl ads, their actual advertising barely even registers. You just know you were entertained for half a minute. “Volkswagen – The Force” – A little boy aspiring to be the master of the dark side of the Force attempts to move things with all the knowledge of the Force he attained through all things Star Wars. It’s a cute commercial that, again, ultimately is an advertisement for something else. But when that little guy thinks he’s got a handle on the Force by the end of

the commercial, there’s that pivotal moment where the audience says, “Awww.” “Snickers Super Bowl Ad” – It’s the same type of ad Snickers has been running for awhile, except now it’s a lanky and whiny Richard Lewis complaining about work and Rosanne Barr getting run over by a log. It’s about as surreal and funny as it sounds and hey, a Snickers bar sounds kind of awesome any time. So this commercial is both funny and effective in making us want the product it’s advertising. “Doritos – House Sitting” – These days, commercials go for surreal, because that’s what sticks. For instance, Skittles commercials make absolutely no sense, but they’re just so flatout weird that they’re impossible to forget. This Doritos commercial has the idea down pat, as it implies that Doritos has life-restorative prop-

erties. It takes the idea and runs it to its limit in a span of 30 seconds, with hilarious results. “CarMax – Kid In A Candy Store” – Similes. If you get them confused with metaphors, this commercial should clear up the confusion quite well. It starts with a customer impressed with the wide selection of vehicles available at CarMax, which prompts the customer to make the comparison, “like a kid in a candy store.” The commercial starts off a chain of similes, cutting to a kid in a candy store, who makes another comparison and so on and so forth. It’s another great Super Bowl commercial. With the distinct possibility of there being no Super Bowl at all next year, revel in these. These might be the last in this great lineage of absurd Super Bowl ads.


February 9, 2011


MUSIC: Local artists performed at the “Best Live Acoustic” showcase at the Gypsy Den in Santa Ana for the OCMA

WILLIAM CAMARGO / Daily Titan The crowd at the Gypsy Den comes alive to support their favorite performers.

...Continued from page 1 “Parker Macy is a throwback and captivates the soul of all music lovers,” said Brittany Bontempo in defense, who is a longtime fan and friend of Macy. Immediately following Macy was go-to restaurant performer and wedding singer-extraordinaire Danny Maika. As a man who has been involved in the local music scene for a very long time, this year is the first time Maika has performed in an OCMA showcase. “The whole experience is surreal… it’s such an honor to be recognized and put on the same level as such great musicians,” said Maika. “… makes me reflect on all the small gigs that I played that no one showed up to.” Maika, who has been battling a cold for the past month, hasn’t had a chance to recover between his many shows. As a full-time musician, Maika is one of the few honest, humble and sincere singer-songwriters in Orange County, and his demeanor alone wins over audience members every time he plays. “I have a motto for tonight,” Maika said. “I have nothing to prove, nothing to lose and only good things to gain.” As the night came to an end, the crowd favorites were clear—Micah Brown and Danny Maika. However, at all OCMA showcases no winners are announced until the votes from wellchosen judges from various publications and music companies are counted. As fans marched out the doors and the lights turned back on at the Gypsy Den, the room suddenly felt back to normal. Such a group of great artists won’t be back for another year.

Costa Mesa resident Justin Soileau performed his indie-folk signature sound for fans. Soileau will find out if he was the one to beat at the OC Music Awards March 5.

Dana Point native Micah Brown was a crowd favorite for “Best Live Acoustic.” Brown recently released his debut EP Down Like Hail.

Parker Macy Blues brought his gritty and soulful voice to the showcase. The artist has been described as a throwback to famous blues artist Robert Johnson with more growl.

Supercross goes pink To help raise breast cancer awareness, riders showed pink pride AMY LEADBETTER Daily Titan

The pits at Anaheim’s Angel Stadium looked like they were hosting anything but a dirt bike race this weekend. On Saturday, Feb. 5, Monster Energy AMA Supercross teamed up with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation to host Supercross Goes Pink on Feb. 5. The event was the second annual breast cancer awareness race. Contributions were made to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure 60-mile walk. Pink consumed a sold-out crowd in an effort to raise awareness and funds. An overwhelming support of fans and riders was evident everywhere. Hundreds of pink balloons were floating, and ribbons replaced standard brand logos. Aside from the riders sporting pink helmets, bikes and gear, there

were also pink flags, a pink podium backdrop, pink fireworks, a pink finish line and even some of the tuff blocks that lined the track were pink. Opening ceremonies began with a large group of men and women who walked onto the field and lined the track – all of whom were breast cancer survivors. Videos of the survivors’ testimonies played on the big screens. It was truly an amazing sight to see such a masculine, extreme sport dedicate a whole day to represent such a feminine cause. Before the main races, both the Premier class and Lites class ran two heat races with the top nine racers transferring to the main event. Each class then ran a last chance qualifier (LCQ) and the top two finishers also transferred to the main event. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joshua Hansen, 26, from Colorado, went down during practice; he was diagnosed with a con-

cussion and fractures in his hand. To many of the audience members’ surprise, that was not enough to stop him. He showed up at the start line and was fastest in his heat and ultimately wound up winning the Lites main event. This was Hansen’s third win this season and he is leading the West Coast Lites points. Team San Manuel/Yamaha’s James Stewart, 23, from Florida, won the Premier Class, also making his third win this season and resulting in him continuing to lead the points in the Premier class. In addition to the pink-themed pits and track, a special auction is being held to continue raising money for breast cancer awareness. More details about the auction are available at The next West Coast Supercross will be round seven. It will take place on Feb. 19 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

AMY LEADBETTER / Daily Titan Monster Energy AMA Supercross teams up with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation Saturday, Feb. 5, to help raise breast cancer awareness. Riders sported pink gear, helmets and bikes to help support the foundation and its cause. Contact Us at


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Women of the track sprinting for Big West CSUF speed demons continue hurdling over records in two straight competitions MICHELLEE COOPER Daily Titan

Highlighting the first meet of the indoor track season on the weekend of Jan. 28, seniors Ciara Short and Lauren Williams left the University of New Mexico Invitational exceeding their expectations and setting the bar high for a much anticipated start to their final season as Cal State Fullerton athletes. Starting off on a high note, Williams took a second place finish in the women’s 60-meter hurdles while Short set the new school record in the 400-meter dash. Short started the meet with the 200-meter dash where she took sixth place overall with a time of 24.26, just shy of the school record, which she set just last year at 24.10. Although she did not set the record in the 200, Short set the new school record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.66 to land a fourth place finish. She held the previous record at 55. “Going to the meet I was expecting some great competition,” said Short. “I was a little nervous, but no matter the circumstances I wanted to compete and get a good time while doing so.” Going into the start of her race, Williams said she had high expectations for herself, but above all wanted to start off doing well and excel from that point. “I held high expectations of myself to succeed,” said Williams. “I also felt more excited than nervous and wanted to compete against others that were of my caliber.”

In the preliminaries, Williams ran a qualifying time of 8.68 to advance her to the finals where she finished in second place with a time of 8.59. “After the first round of the preliminaries I felt more relaxed,” Williams said. “It was my first race of the season, and I felt nervous.” But Williams did not let her nerves show, and if it weren’t for track Assistant Coach Brandit Copper instilling mental and technical preparation, the outcome may not have been the same as expected. “Coach Copper helped prepare me for this meet by working on my hurdle form and technique and especially drilling on my start to the first hurdle,” Williams said. “She has helped me mentally by helping me prepare my knowledge of my competition and knowing what my strengths and weaknesses are to compete better.” Short also attributes her success to the mental preparation and physical training that they endure at practice. “Coach Copper prepared me physically and mentally (for the race),” Short said. “We train extremely hard because we train to win, but what she does great is mentally prepare us as well.” As an important tool and aspect of her coaching style, Copper said mental and physical preparation are key aspects that, along with determination, work ethic and commitment, will allow her team to continue to succeed. “As a coach, my goal for this season is for all my athletes to compete and perform well, injury-free and represent the school in a positive way on and off the track, and mental preparation plays a big part with my training,” said Coach Copper. “With physical preparation, I made sure the last two weeks were geared toward the races.” Both Williams and Short will use this meet as motivation to continue down the road of a successful sea-

DTSHORTHAND Men’s Golf Places 11th at Newport The Cal State Fullerton men’s golf team finished 11th of the schools that competed at the 31st Anteater Invitational Golf Tournament at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach on Monday. Sophomore Dakota Duerr shot 220, four over par, over three rounds to lead the Titans. Duerr was four under par the final round and finished tied for 10th among individuals. Arizona won overall in team play with an 8-over, 272. Jonathan Khan finished tied for fourth while Tarquin Macmanus finished seventh for the Wildcats. The Southern Utah Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational is the next event for the Titan golf team. It will be held Feb. 14 and 15 at Sunbrook Golf Club in St. George, Utah. Brief by Patrick Corbet

Men’s Soccer Recruits Four LUCIO VILLA / Daily Titan Senior sprinter Ciara Short has broken two of her own records in the past two meets. Short broke her records on Feb. 5 and now her record for the 400 meter is 53.89 and the 200-meter dash is 24.06 seconds.

son. By setting high expectations for themselves and keeping their goals in mind, along with the continued support and preparation from their coach, both girls said they look forward to what the rest of the season has in store. “Knowing I was able to accomplish so much at the first meet tells me that I am beyond ready to outrun my own expectations that I have of myself and prove that I can reach goals that I never thought possible,” Williams said. “This will help me prepare for future meets by giving me more motivation to compete in the race.” Short said she has seen her own progress from year-to-year and is excited for a great year. “My goals this year are to bring a national title back to Cal State Fullerton,” Short said. “And to exceed all

Feb. 5 Women’s Track Results 1st place 200 meter - Ciara Short - 24.06 seconds 1st place 400 meter - Ciara Short - 53.89 seconds 1st place 60-meter hurdles - Lauren Willams - 8.73 seconds 2nd place 3000 meter - Lauren McIntyre - 10:50.55 3rd place 60 meter - Carol Chang - 7.93 seconds 3rd place 400 meter- Katie Wilson - 56.63 seconds 3rd place pole vault - Ginny Wilson - 10 feet 6 inches NAU Open February 12 at Flagstaff, Ariz. Ben Brown Invitational March 5 at Titan Track

After losing in the Big West Conference championship game, the Cal State Fullerton men’s soccer team has added on to its roster. Signing four players for the fall, the Titans look as if they will be a favorite for a Big West crown. Adam Zepeda of Kennedy High School in La Palma leads the group. The goalkeeper is nationally recognized as one of the top five keepers in the nation and is a huge signing for the Titans. Ian Ramos from Highland High School in Utah is a midfielder and forward who has great instincts, according to Titan Head Coach Bob Ammann. Dyllan Stevens from Troy High School in Fullerton is a forward that is considered very athletic and a great scorer. Lastly, Mark Vasquez from Whittier Christan High School will give the Titans depth on the left side.

Brief by Elliot Cook

Dance team wins 10th national title ASHLEY LOERA

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The Cal State Fullerton Dance Team have more championship titles (10) than Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers (five). So why aren’t there any parades or monuments dedicated in their honor? These dancing elite are a force to be reckoned with on the east coast, where the annual Universal Dance Association Dance Team National Championships are held in Orlando, Fla. Last month the girls nabbed their 10th title, going into the competition as reigning champs. But not many CSUF basketball game attendees know that their halftime entertainment is dance royalty. “I don’t think that they get the full effect. Our basketball routines are second nature to us, but it’s nothing like we portray ourselves through competition. People in Florida are intimidated by us, people here don’t even know we exist,” said Marisa Struzik, a junior dance team member . The dance team is part of the CSUF Spirit Squad that performs at all men’s and women’s home basketball games, as well as campus events such as student orientation and pep rallies. The Spirit Squad is comprised of the Titan cheerleaders, Tuffy the Titan and the dancers. Though the girls love performing for their school and fellow classmates, their passion lies in competing. Preparation begins in summer and does not end until minutes before the performance. Practice starts in late August with technique classes every Sunday and, beginning in October, with circa training every Tuesday and Thursday, according to coadviser dance team alumna Jennie Volkert. Two weeks prior to competition, grueling practice begins four hours a day every day. “It’s pretty tough because these girls are full-time students and some of them hold jobs and to maintain time management is key. Also the girls combined GPA is well over a 3.0, and that’s tough,” said Volkert. Contact Us at

JOHNNY LE / Daily Titan Senior dancer Nare Sahakyan stretches out before performing at a Titan basketball game.

With eight returning veterans and six rookies on the team, these women felt it was important to build a friendship before the real practice occurred, which is why they created a big sister and little sister connection between the experts and new faces. “Getting along and having a really good bond, it makes such a big difference because we all want to win and we all want to have fun and we’re all really good friends. We trust each other, we respect each other and you can really see it when we dance,” said Sarah Ellman, senior and two-year reigning captain. The friendship, combined with the hard work and dedication the girls put in for months on end, helped them reach the final rounds of competition last month. And though these girls are practically dance queens at the UDA Championships, they still get nervous before the big moment. “We’re seriously about to throw up before each performance. We have to stop ourselves from crying. But everyone has their own emotions, some people will be by themselves, some like to cry, some people like to watch the competition,” said Struzik, a third-time competing dancer. Preparation runs all the way to the night before the competition with late night practices in the parking lot. “During practice we wear all black and we’re fierce. We practice getting in the zone to

prepare for competition,” Ellman said. This victory was a personal triumph for Ellman, who said, “It’s really awesome for me personally because it’s my last year on the team and it just really hit me, everyone was crying because we worked so hard for it and it really paid off at that moment when we won... especially since 10 is such a huge number.” Co-advisers Sam Shen and Jennie Volkert, both alumnae to the CSUF dance team, are extremely proud of what their girls were able to accomplish with so much new blood. “I think that it’s a combination of the materials that we have: the girls, the talent, our alumni support and the experience that Jennie and I have that make our team so successful,” said Shen. “We have an amazing choreographer. This is her second year choreographing and we’ve been blessed with amazing choreographers, but most importantly we have talented girls,” Volkert said. The award-winning CSUF dance team will be performing this month at the United Spirit Association College Spirit and Dance competition where they again will enter as the reigning champs and hope to take down their rivals, Long Beach State. It will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center Feb. 26 and 27. These women look forward to competing for another title.

Daily Titan February 9, 2011  
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