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Vol. 89 Issue 11

February 22, 2011

Earth, Wind & Fire raises money at CSUF’s annual Front & Center



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Tully’s Coffeehouse opens its doors to CSUF New café next to College Park provides an alternative for students to get their daily caffeine fix with a dash of ambiance


The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton

Culture Fest for a Good Cause Pakistani Student Association raises awareness and funds to help build a children’s hospital in Pakistan

The hazards of love and romance Workshop in SHCC teaches students how to keep relationships FLOR EDWARDS Daily Titan

WILLIAM CAMARGO / Daily Titan A runway model struts down the catwalk at the Pakistani Student Association’s Culture Fest Sunday night. The models showcased traditional Pakistani couture at the fashion show which was put on for charity.


The Pakistani Student Association of Cal State Fullerton held its second annual Culture Fest Sunday night in the Titan Student Union. Tickets to this event included admission to the festivities as well as dinner, provided by Mughal Halal Tandoori Restaurant and Banquet. The program included several cultural dance performances, a fashion show featuring Mireasma Botique clothing and inspirational rap performances by artist Manifest 1. Persian comedian Max Amini was also planned to appear and perform several skits. “I’m really looking forward to the dance performances

and the fashion show,” said Dania Zaidi, 20, a biology major at CSUF. There was also a raffle for prizes such as boxing gloves signed by world champion boxer Amir Khan and a Nintendo DS. Other prizes included a model Toyota collectable car, a Pictionary board game, a day planner and a set of MAC makeup. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to charity in an effort to help raise money to build the second story of Maa-Zulekha Jiwani Welfare Hospital in Pakistan. PSA expected upward of 400 people before the end of the night, with the hopes that each one would be willing to donate to its cause. Its main goal is to raise $30,000 before the end of the night, according to Umair Ashraf, 22, a double major in

marketing and religious studies and co-president of PSA at CSUF. “It’s 100 percent for charity,” said Maira Ahmad, 28, a computer science major at CSUF and member of PSA. “It’s better to give (the money) away. Keeping it to yourself has no benefit.” Music, chattering voices and the aroma of authentic Middle Eastern food filled the air as the night progressed. The PSA wanted to get in touch with its community with this event. They intend to showcase their culture and help reach out to other Pakistanis and Middle Easterners, according to members. See CULTURE, page 2

During a workshop hosted by Amanda di Bartolomeo, Ph.D. and Allison Kozinos in the Student Heath and Counseling Center on Thursday, students were confronted with challenging questions dealing with relationships and love. The discussion was based on a workshop di Bartolomeo developed while teaching at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and posed the universal question, what is love and how do we maintain healthy relationships? Students showed up in the conference room, and all but one were women. Reed Salan, 24, a civil engineering major and the only male in the room, said he attended to find out about the benefits of creating a positive relationship. “I want to be more aware of the social aspects of relationships,” he said when the students were asked to give a brief introduction of why they were there. The workshop started with a showing of Hallmark’s Valentine “I Love Us” commercial. Di Bartolomeo said the workshop was intended to address and apply to a lot of different types of relationships – inter-gender, interracial and interfaith. Students were given multi-colored Post-it notes and asked to write one good quality of a relationship, one quality they were unsure of and one unhealthy quality. The responses overlapped, with some students labeling jealousy as unhealthy, while some were unsure. But all were unanimous that communication and trust were vital components to any relationship. See LOVE, page 2

Titans escape Dirtbags, 2-1

Celebrating the arts in Fullerton

In a soggy doubleheader, baseball wins one over Long Beach State, loses to UNC Tar Heels

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center houses art and history in North Orange County



A young boy sits on his greatgrandfather’s lap, scoping the foyer of the mansion that rests atop a hill on Malvern Lane. A lavish Italian staircase with a brass banister and rusty red carpet spirals upward to a door with a wooden plank that reads, “Employees Only.” The marble floor leads to a gallery with polished wood floors. The shiny white walls are cluttered with a vibrant collection of photographs depicting the lush colors of spring and the fiery colors of fall. Outside, English ivy cascades down a grassy slope that leads to a stone pagoda where lovers often meet to proclaim their vows. Afternoon sunlight streams through the tall glass windows. “Grandpa, you gave up living here to live there?” he says, referring to his great-grandfather’s modest two-bedroom home that he lives in now. Harold Muckenthaler chuckles at his great-grandson’s innocence. “Yes, son. I did,” he says. The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, an Italian Renaissance-style estate, rests atop eight-and-a-half acres of sprawling hillside in Fuller-

DANIEL ENOS / For the Daily Titan A lonely piano sits in an exhibit area inside the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton.

ton. It started as a dream by Muckenthaler, 87, and his mother, Adella, after his father, Walter, died. The 1924 historic building, commissioned originally at $35,000 according the, was once his childhood home. Tall palm trees tower over the boxy palace. There is a theater outside, a gift shop and art galleries inside, and ceramics and pottery workshops amid picnic benches and grassy fields. Ann Milazzo, 65, a senior volunteer coordinator and receptionist at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, recalls the story of Harold and his great-grandson. She has been working at the Muckenthaler, or “The Muck” as employees and members know it, for four and a half years. See MUCK, page 5

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Though Mother Nature at the time looked its worst, the No. 8 Cal State Fullerton baseball team was able to pull through and defeat rival Long Beach State 2-1 in the nightcap of their home opening doubleheader at Goodwin Field. With the victory over the Long Beach State Dirtbags, the Titans improved their record to 1-1 on the season. The Titans lost in the afternoon to the visiting North Carolina Tar Heels in an intense extra-innings affair. The Titans, who trailed LBSU throughout most of the game, 1-0, finally got in the groove when their bats awoke in the bottom half of the seventh inning. After being held to only two hits through six innings of play, junior designated hitter Tyler Pill started off the seventh smashing a double into the right-field corner. On the following at-bat, junior third baseman Joe Terry laced a triple into the same corner to drive Pill home. Terry, who was unproductive in the day game, came in to score the game-winning run four batters later when sophomore shortstop Richy Pedroza drove him in with a sacrifice fly to deep right. “I feel excited just to get that monkey off my back,” said Terry. “I didn’t get any hits in the first game, and it was kind of bothering

MARK SAMALA / Daily Titan Titan senior second baseman, Walker Moore, turns the double play at the second against North Carolina’s Tar Heels at Goodwin Field.

me. So I just went out there and just said it’s a new day, it’s a new game and let’s play.” After a jittery first inning, junior right-hander Noe Ramirez (1-0) quickly took command of the Dirtbags’ hitters in his seveninning performance. Ramirez finished the night allowing six hits, while striking out five and only

one earned run. With the courtesy of his teammates and coaches Ramirez was able to pull out the victory. “I just came out and got out of my technique, what I do best, control myself,” said Ramirez. “But help from Coach (Kirk) Saarloos was huge. He’s a great addition to this coaching staff and came out in

the second inning and started doing (his) thing.” Titan Head Coach Dave Serrano seemed satisfied with the victory, but knows there is still much the Titans can do to get into stride for the season. See TITANS, page 8



February 22, 2011

Mammoth Mountain’s shaky past Popular ski and snowboarding resort prime target for future volcanic eruption

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SARAH SMITH / Daily Titan Brandon Browne, assistant professor of Geology and a vulcanologist, presents his lecture about predicting and preparing for a possible volcanic eruption in the Mammoth area.

Browne’s current graduate students gave a preview, which included maps of possible lava flows and other geographical research. “This is exactly what we do,” said Dave Bowman, chairman of the Geology Department at CSUF. “It’s a great example of how what we do relates to people’s lives.” The history of Mammoth Mountain was explored as Browne gave a recounting of several recent earthquakes in the Mammoth area as well as information about how different volcanoes formed from different magma viscosity. He also showed how geologists can determine the age and origin of

rocks and minerals by their chemical composition and explained to the audience about “long-period earthquakes.” These are earthquakes that seem to stop and go for days. They are caused by fluid or gas movement beneath the surface, which could be a sign of a magma flow or carbon dioxide at depth, according to Browne. Mammoth Mountain lies at the southern tip of the Mono Inyo Volcanic Chain and the southwestern rim of the Long Valley Caldera, Browne said. The mountain is made of roughly 25 to 30 overlapping domes and

flows that erupted between 111,000 and 57,000 years ago, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Despite Mammoth’s long period of inactivity, several smaller volcanoes that surround it have been active for 5,000 years. This, combined with numerous earthquakes in recent years, has made the Mammoth area a place of great interest for geologists. It has also forced residents to come up with an evacuation route should anything happen. “They call it the Scenic Route,” Browne said. “For some reason, Mammoth Mountain’s Volcanic Emergency Evacuation Route didn’t

catch on.” Despite his joking, Browne was serious about the need for an evacuation route. Most of the activity is happening southwest of the mountain, and if certain vents erupt, the lava flow could easily destroy the entire community of Mammoth Lakes and extend well beyond it. It’s not a laughing matter when an entire community is in danger, he said. “The area is very beautiful and special, but it’s very active and dynamic. The more people know, the better off they are,” Browne said. “Know what’s under your feet.”

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Protests Spark Violence in Libya In the wake of Egypt’s uprising, civil unrest has swept its way into the African nation of Libya over the past week. Protesters have been met with deadly force from military and mercenary personnel still supporting totalitarian leader Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi. Reports from the advocacy group Human Rights Watch say it has proof of at least 173 deaths since protests broke out earlier in the week. Unofficially it is believed the death total is closer to 200 with more than 800 wounded as of Saturday. Currently, the Libyan government is imposing a communications blackout. According to The New York Times, the Internet has been almost completely shut down, and foreign journalists have been prevented from entering the country.

SARAH SMITH The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics held a lecture on Predicting and Preparing for the Next Volcanic Eruption in the Mammoth Mountain Region on Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton. Assistant professor of geology Brandon Browne was the speaker of the day as he presented information on the past, present and future volcanic dangers in and around the Mammoth area. The breakfast-time lecture was a part of a lecture series meant to better educate and interact with the Fullerton community and alumni of CSUF. “I was hoping it would be oatmeal for breakfast, so I could fling it against the wall and show you all how the sticky magma lands,” said Browne. The program kicked off with Browne introducing the audience to the volcanic situation that exists at Mammoth Mountain. The popular ski resort rests on top of and within close proximity to several active small volcanoes, or “cinder cones,” which could be the main hazard to the Mammoth Lakes community, according to Browne. Those in attendance were fascinated to hear about the topic. “(Browne) is my thesis adviser,” said Blair Davidson, 24, a geology major at CSUF. “I’m going to be doing work in the Mammoth area so I’m very interested in today’s talk.” The lecture highlighted the work of several undergraduate and graduate students.


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...Continued from page 1 Salan found one of the most helpful aspects of the relationship was the discussion on Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of Love, which differentiates between passion, intimacy and love. Passion was defined as the quickest to develop, but also the quickest to fade. Intimacy, on the other hand, develops slowly, and the base of the triangle - commitment - develops gradually over time. Kelcey Rodriguez, 22, found out about the workshop while receiving counseling at SHCC. “Today when people grow up they have an idea of what love is,” she said. “(Sometimes in a relationship) you don’t always know if it is right or wrong,” Rodriguez said. “In past relationships, I thought that maybe I was the crazy one.” Kozonis defined conflict as “when the behavior of one interferes with the goals of another.” “All couples experience conflict,” said Kozonis. “But conflict can be healthy by addressing certain issues. Avoiding those issues can mean more harm in the long run.” Kozonis laid out a strategy for how to deal with conflict from John Gottman’s theory “Horseman of the Apocolypse.” Di Bartolomeo suggested that couples set aside “gripe hours” when they can engage in healthy problem-solving strategies. Some of those strategies included establishing rules such as using I-statements, focusing anger on the issues rather than the person, being willing to change yourself and being willing to forgive. When di Bartolomeo suggested that “anger is a natural emotion” and one that should be expressed rather than suppressed, Rodriguez raised her hand. “How do you deal with someone who doesn’t understand the rules?” she asked, reflecting back to a recent incident when she and her friend were guests and he insisted to work out a disagreement rather than wait. The students were encouraged to sort through Rodriguez’s dilemma, some realizing that they tend to avoid conflict while others unknowingly egg it on. In the end, Rodriguez said the workshop taught her “things she needs to be more aware of,” and Salan said the information “gives me more knowledge and breadth, and being aware will help me in my quest for love.”

Gov’t Braces for Political Shutdown In Washington, D.C., politicians are bracing for a political deadlock over a budget proposal that was passed by Republicans on Saturday. According to the Los Angeles Times, Republicans in the House of Representatives proposed a package that will eliminate $60 billion in federal spending. The Democratic-led Senate has said they will not pass the bill, and President Obama has guaranteed a veto. With the national budget deadline set at March 4, it’s unlikely that a budget will be passed. Federal agencies are currently bracing for a federal shutdown. Without a budget, funds can’t be allocated to federal agencies such as Social Security, museums, national parks and security agencies such as the Transportation Security Agency. Should a shutdown occur, administrators of government agencies will be forced to decide what personnel is essential. Brief by Anders Howmann

Fibromyalgia Seminar at CSUF

WILLIAM CAMARGO / Daily Titan Comedian Max Amini perfroms at the PSA Culture Fest along with other performers. The event was held at TSU Pavillion A,B,C and drew a large crowd.

CULTURE: PSA helps less fortunate second year of existence here at CSUF, was able to reach many members of the community. “Pakistan is very much into culEveryone from college students ture and we to high want to give school stuback,” said dents at“(The money collected is) Umair Ashraf, tended the 100 percent for charity. 22, a double festival to major in marsupport the It’s better to give (the keting and recause at money) away. Keeping ligious studies hand. it to yourself has no and co-presi“I heard dent of PSA at about this benefit.” CSUF. on Face- Maira Ahmad Adverb o o k , ” Computer Science Major tising for said Huma this event Ashraf, 15, a took many high school routes. student Using social networking sites to from Moreno Valley. upload YouTube videos, Facebook Huma was even a part of the fesposts and event invites, as well as tivities. She was able to be a model using fliers and event signs in the in the fashion show and said she was TSU and Quad, marketing for the extremely excited about the event. evening reached the community, From the multitudes of colorfulthough some believe it could have ly garbed people, it seems she wasn’t been better. alone in her excitement. Many stu“They should have marketed dents enjoyed this years’ event and more,” Zaidi said. “They got the look forward to more culture fests word out as much as they could and at CSUF in the future. tried hard, though.” “I think it’s great,” Ahmad said. Despite any setbacks, this young “Our campus isn’t one-sided. It’s so organization, which is only in its diverse.” ...Continued from page 1

The Fibromyalgia Research and Education Center in collaboration with the Health Promotion Research Institute presents a “Healthy Aging With/Without Fibromyalgia” seminar. It will consist of a lecture on understanding potential causes of fibromyalgia, the first step to treatment and a presentation and recap of recent research and clinical studies. There will be two workshops after the seminar. One will focus on the Rosen method movement, which is a preventative exercise that involves a little bit of physical activity to get blood flowing and increase circulation. The second workshop offers techniques, tips and social support for caregivers and/or friends and family who have loved ones suffering from fibromyalgia. The seminar will be held on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in KHS 199. The workshops will take place directly after the seminar. For more information please visit Brief by Amy Leadbetter

February 22, 2011



Yogurt for cancer MOISES PARDO For the Daily Titan

Rushing to come back from his break, Larry Reyes, an employee of Freight Management, stopped by Pinkberry to buy frozen yogurt, spending $4.95 without noticing that 20 percent of his purchase went to the Relay For Life fundraiser. The fundraiser took place at Pinkberry in Fullerton all day Thursday and Friday. Proceeds go straight to the American Cancer Society. Despite the gloomy weather, students, workers and children gradually went to Pinkberry to show their support for the cause. “Pinkberry always helps out schools, businesses and any kind of community event; we’re always looking to donate for the cause,” said David Warner, Pinkberry manager. “Hopefully one day we can find the cure, but if anybody helps and contributes toward it we are all for it.” People said they heard about the fundraiser through Facebook as well as friends. To make the donations, people needed to print the flier that was available on a Facebook page, or mention to the Pinkberry employee behind the counter that they wanted to contribute to the cause. “I always go to Pinkberry maybe like three or four times a week,” said Larry Reyes, a loyal customer. People were able to spread the word to buy some frozen yogurt to help the cause and have an excuse to enjoy the frozen dessert. “I was actually trying to help out and get people to come out and buy some yogurt,” said Scott Holland, a Fullerton College student. “It isn’t

much, but 20 percent of $6 is great; it feels nice because it’s just another way to fundraise.” With the fundraiser and future events at Cal State Fullerton, the American Cancer Society will try to raise awareness about cancer and the Relay For Life event, which is set to be April 16 through 17 at the Track and Field on the CSUF campus. Fullerton counts with 18 teams (at the moment) that will be participating in this future event. Students, clubs, fraternities, sororities, professors and community members are all welcome to this event, and there is still time to sign up and raise money for the American Cancer Society. Relay For Life is a team that holds one day and night event where all teams come together to walk around a track for 24 hours to show support against cancer. “Relay is an awesome opportunity for students on a commuter campus to get together and form more of a community while working toward a goal that comes close to home for almost everyone. It’s fun and a great cause,” said Danielle Riniolo, Relay for Life co-chair. Others involved in the Relay event hope to have a successful turnout. “We hope to raise as much money as possible to help the American Cancer Society and put an end to cancer,” said Mayra Davalos, a Relay for Life team captain and volunteer. The second annual Relay for Life event at CSUF has already raised over $1,000 and they hope to raise over $35,000. If you would like to create a team, donate or simply learn more about Relay, visit

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BRIAN YAMAMOTO / Daily Titan Tully’s provides students a cozy environment for studying and enjoying their coffee. Customers can also curb their hunger with a variety of pastries, breakfast burritos and sandwiches.

An alternative to Starbucks FLOR EDWARDS Daily Titan

Tully’s Coffee opened across the street from Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, giving students an alternative to the endless lines of Starbucks to buy their cup of joe. Sandwiches between The Flame Broiler and Cantina Lounge, the coffee chain, which originated in the Pacific Northwest in 1992, has seven locations throughout Orange County. Briana Carmen, 21, a CSUF nursing student and barista at Tully’s, said most of the locations are owned by a franchise, but Fullerton’s location is privately owned by one couple who thought that “(across the street from Cal State Fullerton) would be a great place to open.” “People have definitely been an-

ticipating our opening,” said Meg McReynolds, also a Tully’s barista. She said since they opened their doors, people have been coming in and checking it out saying, “We’re so thankful you’re open.” Stephen Stambough, a political science professor at CSUF, finds comfort in knowing that he has somewhere to get coffee on Friday afternoons. “On Friday afternoons everything shuts down on campus,” he said. Usually Stambough goes to Aloha which is conveniently located right outside his department office in University Hall. He spent a rainy Friday afternoon doing research with his colleague and fellow political science professor, Valerie O’ Regan. “It’s rare that we get days off so it’s nice to have somewhere to go on weekends,” Stambough said. It was not his first time at Tully’s,

though. He said he knew about it from the branch in Anaheim. “The prices are competitive,” he said. Tully’s offers the typical drinks you would find at any coffee shop, including cafe lattes, breves and Americanos, as well as brewed drip coffee. Tully’s takes pride in importing their beans from Africa, Indonesia, Central and South America. Jeffrey Cook, a medical student from Colorado, found out about Tully’s new location from a text from a friend. “I’m here to do a fellowship at USC,” said Cook. “Usually I spend the day working, and I got a text from a friend saying, ‘Great new coffee shop in Fullerton. You can take back streets to my house!’” His dad is from Seattle so he is no stranger to Tully’s. “Usually I get drip coffee at Starbucks or Pete’s,” he said. “But today I’m having the cafe au lait.”

Aside from coffee and espresso drinks, Tully’s also offers pastries such as apple turnovers, five-grain scones and cinnamon twists. Students can also order breakfast sandwiches and breakfast burritos. Brandon Buehler owns a physical therapy business and usually goes to the other Tully’s in Fullerton on Rosecrans Avenue. He found a new place to work across the street from CSUF. “It’s a bigger space and good ambiance,” said Buehler. “I live near here. The coffee’s the best. It’s even better than the other Tully’s,” he said. “It has a warm, inviting atmosphere and great customer service. It’s great for working, whether you’re a student or professional.” Students can stay connected with Tully’s on Facebook by adding CSUF Tully’s Coffee as a friend or by crossing the street on Nutwood to find a quality cup of java.

Juggling school with resolutions for a new year Students struggle to maintain a balance between fitness and studies


Lose weight, quit smoking, workout five days a week, get straight A’s, stop drinking and get out of debt: These are New Year’s resolutions heard from many on Jan. 1, but how often do they last the remaining 12 months of the year? Resolutions such as losing weight or working out five days a week seem to slowly diminish a few weeks into the new year for many; just pay attention to the amount of people at your local gym in January compared to March. Alain Bourgault, group exercise and rock wall coordinator at the Student Recreation center at Cal State Fullerton, said he sees some students join his fitness classes at the beginning of the semester looking for something new like yoga. As the spring semester progresses, there is a traditional attendance decrease around week 10 that is a result of a few things. “As we start to get closer to the midterm exams, you generally start to see a decrease,” said Bourgault. “You can always tell when instructors start giving out exams.” Midterms and other things like spring break do play a large role in the attendance drop, but the reality of demanding school work may be what causes students to fail on their New Year’s commitments, such as regularly attending the gym. “Some of them take on a lot more than they are ready for,” Bourgault said. “On one note, I think with the tuition increase and the increase of students wanting to graduate on time, they’re taking a bigger load; sometimes they’re forced into a schedule they don’t

want because of the limitation of classes.” Knowing the fluctuations in student attendance throughout the semester from previous years he has taught, he encourages students to stick with the classes on the first day because fitness will alleviate the stress things like mid-

I made (my resolution) about embracing the fact that I will come in and out of it, I will stumble and fall, but it’s about making different changes and different choices and that’s what makes it better. -Lauren Kidwell

terms will bring on. CSUF alumna and on-campus employee Lauren Kidwell made a resolution this year and has followed through with it but feels some students don’t prepare themselves for the difficulties they may face when making a resolution, which results in them giving up. “I think when people make it

a resolution, that’s what makes it hard,” said Kidwell of the pressure people may feel. “I made it about embracing the fact that I will come in and out of it, I will stumble and fall, but it’s about making different changes and different choices and that’s what makes it better.” Kidwell didn’t call her resolution a resolution this year and found that it worked well for her. “I made it about a new year, a new life, a new start and basically a fresh take on a new year,” Kidwell said. Another reason students may not follow through with a 12-month plan is because the semester schedule grants the feeling of a fresh start as a semester begins or ends. “As students, I think our lives are built around semesters,” said Haley Schwalbe, 22, a CSUF music major. “So once the semester is done—even if you stayed with your New Year’s resolution—and summer comes, it’s almost like a new year.” And as semesters change, so do circumstances pertaining to scheduling and workloads. Bourgault said school can be a rollercoaster for many; one semester may be easy while the next is more difficult, leaving students with less time to juggle study time, social lives, exercise and personal commitments. Along with heavier school work, people often lose hope from not seeing instant results. “You have to make small changes like limiting your smoking or going on a patch rather than making it so huge it becomes an insurmountable feet,” Kidwell said. Michelle Ferrara, 23, a music major at CSUF who made a resolution she kept, encourages students to start small and not get discouraged. “It’s all about making little changes in your life rather than making a huge label,” said Ferrara.



February 22, 2011

Hippie Health by NICOLE FELTON

“How to Live a Greener Life”

Say no to bottled water Over half of the human body consists of water; we cannot survive without it. Notice that I didn’t say what type of water you have to drink, just water, although most Americans will only drink water if it’s bottled and has a label on it. Drinking tap water is thought of as barbaric. Water bottles may be convenient, but is convenience worth destroying our environment? A friend of mine believes she simply cannot live without drinking from a water bottle. In her room I could collect enough water bottles to fill three trash bags. I was brought up differently; in my house we drink straight from the tap. I don’t go to the refrigerator to grab a bottle of water; I open the cupboard, grab a cup, take my cup to the sink and turn on the faucet to fill up my cup. The difference in my approach is that when I want more water, I am not wasting another bottle. In most households, boxes of bottled water are brought home from the grocery store religiously. When I was at Costco I was shocked by the mass amounts of water bottles people were buying. Where do all of those water bottles go? I would like to say each bottle is properly recycled, although that is far from the truth. According to Catherine Clarke Fox of National Geographic, for every six water bottles you use only one will make it to the recycling bin. Clarke also states water bottles that are not recycled will then be sent to a landfill where they will not disintegrate for hundreds of years. This causes overcrowding in landfills and leaves less room for all the other waste dumped into them on a daily basis. Some bottles will be sent out into our environment and pollute the ocean, lakes and rivers. Here is some shocking information: Water bottles are not better for you than regular tap water. Some people have this idea that drinking water bottles is healthier, but they could not be more wrong. Eliza Barclay of National Geo-

A simple change you can make in your daily life such as cutting back on water bottles will benefit the environment immensely.

graphic states that the water that comes from your kitchen sink goes through a thoroughly examined treatment process and is federally regulated. The plastic that water bottles are made of consists of chemicals that can leach in and contaminate the water. The process of making water bottles wastes a lot of energy and uses fossil fuels. A simple change you can make in your daily life such as cutting back on water bottles will benefit the environment immensely. You can purchase reusable containers and cut out using water bottles altogether. Be careful of the hard plastic containers you see in stores; if they state on the bottle “BPA Free,” they are safe to use. According to Barclay, BPA is a harmful chemical which is found in the hard polycarbonate plastic bottles and has been linked to reproductive and heart problems. Look for the containers made of steel; you can find them in stores everywhere. Help make the planet cleaner and less polluted, and say no to bottled water. Always remember there are simple ways to reduce and reuse to create a healthier environment. Peace, love and recycle!

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BRIAN YAMAMOTO / Daily Titan After paying for tuition and textbooks, Cal State Fullerton students often find themselves short on money, unaware of the many student deals and discounts available.

Living on a budget just got easier Students are known to be broke, but there are ways to get what you want for less CORT TAFOYA Daily Titan

“Times are tight” is just too clichéd a term for this generation. It’s more like, “We’re as broke as MC Hammer,” or “We’re getting our third world on.” On top of that, you’d better believe tuition is going up in 2012. Economists are advising we get used to a nine percent unemployment rate, and the revolutions in the Middle East are causing gas prices to rise again. We can’t wait for President Obama to recoup the Wall Street bailout money, or tell China we’re not paying them back and refund every tax dollar we spent on the Iraq War. Your stimulus check has run out, homey, and those tea partiers are gunning for your unemployment benefits like Sarah Palin guns for stray moose on the Alaskan frontier. America is like the plane from “Lost” - destined to crash, but everyone still has to survive 90 days on the island. What can we do? Here’s the game plan: • Get that stuff for free: Are you kidding me? It’s called and instead of paying $60 for a desk at Office Max, I could have gotten it for free. And it’s not just desks

Paid more than the president Students and faculty suffer while administrators rake in six figures PETER CORNETT Daily Titan

While we, the students of Cal State Fullerton, are drowning in the midst of endless fee increases and class cuts, the leaders of our respected organization are receiving enormous salaries for “facilitating” our state education system. According to the system’s own 2010/2011 CSU Executive Compensation Summary, CSU Chancellor Reed (the esteemed captain of the fiscal Hindenburg that are the CSUs) receives a royal salary of over $421,500 per year. Our very own President Milton A. Gordon receives a cushy salary of approximately $295,000. Does it bother any of my fellow taxpayers that Chancellor Reed has a higher salary than the leader of the free world, President Barack Obama? If it makes us Fullerton locals feel any better (which it probably won’t), President Gordon only has a higher salary than Vice President Joseph Biden. To add insult to injury, both Reed and Gordon have their housing provided rent-free courtesy of the taxpayers of the great state of California. I think that’s a wee bit excessive, don’t you? Compare the salary of one of the previously mentioned executives to

the salary of the average full-time faculty member in the CSUs, and the difference in compensation becomes staggering. The 2009 Profile of CSU Employees states that the average CSU full-time faculty salary is only $79,161, which is significantly lower than the compensation for a similarly qualified administrative executive. Considering the high level of skill and education required for university professors, it seems strange that the universities have been able to keep their salaries so low. Keep in mind it is not in our interest to advocate for lowering the salary of our professors to less than market value, because highly motivated and highly skilled job applicants to faculty positions would simply apply at private universities or in other areas where wages would be higher. It makes sense for us to attract and retain the greatest intellectual talent for the CSUs. Moreover, it is clear that the interests of faculty coincide with the interests of the students of the CSUs. The California Faculty Association, for example, fights hard on behalf of CSU faculty against student fee increases and budget cuts and continually holds demonstrations and advocacy events that are effective but get little attention and assistance from the majority of the

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student population. This is unfortunate, since there is no more natural political ally for the students of the CSUs than our own professors. If our faculty friends are kept busy in an endless struggle to retain their jobs and their quality of life, they will probably not be able to effectively meet their goals of keeping fees low and budget cuts from affecting the classroom. As 21st century students in an institute of higher learning, we certainly have the means to create and maintain mass movements using social networking and other tools. As the groups empowered to act on our behalf, it falls to organizations such as Associated Students Inc. to effectively advocate for clear and decisive change when and where it is needed. In this case, we have a lot to gain from the creation of a unified coalition between students and faculty organizations. Student leaders must take the initiative and organize such a coalition while aggressively condemning the absurdly excessive executive salaries and perks bestowed upon administrators within the university system. The underlying question is quite simple: If the administrative executives leading the California State Universities are failing miserably at keeping it accessible and affordable according to its mission, then what, pray tell, are we paying them for?

people are giving away; they’ve got TVs, tables, chairs, love seats, couches and even kittens. Definitely try Craigslist before you go shopping. For every spam posting or potential run-in with a Craigslist killer, you find at least three good deals. And just because they removed the adult section, doesn’t mean the site has become completely useless. • Get free food: I try never going to a restaurant or eatery without checking out I found this website a couple weeks ago and ever since then, I’ve been killing Dominos. Every time I buy a large pizza online they give me a second one for free, thanks to a coupon code I keep using. It’s only unethical if they find out about it. This site

will give you coupons to almost any place you can think of, including Quiznos, Red Lobster, Panda Express, Jamba Juice and McDonald’s. • The 99¢ Only Store: It’s ridiculous. I started going here when I got fed up paying for so many beer pong cups. I knew the 99¢ Only Store had them, but I didn’t know they had 99-cent laundry detergent, 99-cent cereal and even 99-cent condoms. I never bought the condoms—I’m not going to cut corners when it comes to protecting my sperm—but they DO HAVE THEM. (Just remember, condoms are free at Planned Parenthood, so even 99 cents is overpriced. Don’t you just love socialism?) The 99¢ Only Store isn’t selling discount Patron or prime rib,

but close to anything you would buy at a regular store (candles, lighters, groceries, soda) can be found there. I guess other than getting a medicinal marijuana card, downloading music off the Internet and dropping Blockbuster for Red Box, there’s not much more I can tell you. Legally, I can’t advise you to hide your income or capital gains overseas, but I can say that many Americans have found willing tax havens in the Caribbean and Western Europe. Be sure to rent your textbooks, sell your plasma and we’ll all make it through this. In conclusion, it’s time to change the way we think about our limited resources. You can even use this Daily Titan as free toilet paper.


February 22, 2011


For Your Health: Unusual SRC classes by JEANETTE CASTANEDA

DANIEL ENOS / For the Daily Titan A view of the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton overlooks Malvern and North Orange County. The “Muck” is a good place to find music, art, crafts and programs for everyone including multi-ethnic folk genres.

MUCK: Fullerton center offers cultural community programs ...Continued from page 1 “We run the whole Muck,” she says as she fumbles through a box with cotton white T-shirts in various sizes that pose the question in blue block letters, “What the MUCK?” They came up with the new logo this year. “Some of the more conservative members were offended by our new logo,” she said. “But, oh well, people like it and it works.” The family name is as unique as their story. Walter and Adelle Muckenthaler came to the West the old fashioned way—in a horse-drawn covered wagon, said Executive Director Zoot Velasco, 47. Velasco has been working at the Muck for three years. “Walter and Adella’s history is the history of North Orange County,” said Velasco. Adella Kramer Muckenthaler of the famous Kramer family of Orange County inherited 80 acres and an oil well as part of her dowry when she

married Walter Muckenthaler of the famous Yorba family. She and her husband built the 18-room estate with the oil money. Harold Muckenthaler inherited the ranch. After he returned from the Navy in 1965, he turned it into a cultural center for the public to enjoy. Programs include a six-week jazz festival in the summer, poetry and storytelling the first two Thursdays of every month, train tours to Chinatown and classes ranging from quilting to tai chi to acting. “Three years ago we had 12 programs in one year,” Velasco said. “This year we’ll have 78.” Before getting a job as an executive director of the Muck, Velasco was a performer and worked at an art gallery in Los Angeles. “I used to look outside and see drug dealers. Now I look outside and I see people kissing,” Velasco said, referring to the frequent weddings that take place on the velvety front lawn that could easily be mistaken for a backdrop

from Oscar Wilde’s prose. Wendy Kubiak, 30, of Fullerton, chose the Muckenthaler Center for her summer wedding last year. She said she chose the center because it is a historic landmark and “absolutely beautiful.” “The only complaint I had is that they made us pack up promptly,” said Kubiak. “We had to be out of there by 11 p.m., which is pretty early when you’re having a party.” The Muck hosts some 75 weddings every year. Forty percent of the funding for the Muck comes from weddings, 40 percent is raised through fundraisers and memberships and the other 20 percent is part of the city’s budget, Velasco said. Membership fees range from $30 for students and seniors to $1,000, the latter granting members four adult tickets to the annual Gala. Members receive 20 percent discounts on all performances and classes, 10 percent discounts on gift shop purchases and an invitation to all gallery exhibition openings, Milazzo said.

While peering into the glass doors that oversee the Harvey McKee Dance Studio in the afternoon, you can see students perched upward from the ground in an abdomenlocked position with sweat and strength beside them. They look over at their instructor who is positioned exactly like her students. She quickly instructs the class to sideswipe their legs energetically to the left, the right, up and down in swift motion. “It definitely burns more than taking a yoga class. You feel it when you are walking down stairs. This is my third time taking the class so I enjoy it,” said Vanessa Vanwagoner, 19, a business major. A cardio-infused and butt-clenching workout that complements all the target areas for women is available for free at the Student Recreation Center. A drop-in fitness class appropriately titled “Guts, Butts and Thighs” is one of many classes offered at the SRC that maintains a niche and special angle of fitness. The SRC offers courses catering to certain demographics for the fitness savvy or just the atypically curious. The SRC has many quirky classes that will suffice just about any adventurous heart. Brazilian Samba, Tahitian Dance and the aforementioned “Guts, Butts and Thighs” are some of the offbeat, but entertaining fitness classes that can be taken at the SRC. “You feel tired, but it’s a good workout. You feel like you’ve worked out enough for the day,” Vanwagoner said. Though most students may not be aware of such narrow classes like Zumba, a mix of Latin and international music in conjunction with similarly influenced aerobics, many students have taken notice and tried to brave these unorthodox or unusual lessons in exercise.

Some instructors have attempted still to incorporate normal exercise routines like your basic cardio work within these specific classes. “I combine upper-body work in my ‘Guts, Butts and Thighs’ classes,” said Alba Tucker, a personal trainer and group instructor at the SRC. “It’s specific for the abdomen and overall legs. For women, the gut, butt and the thighs are very important.” While the titles of such lessons sound strange, classic aerobics classes such as Pilates are also offered at the SRC at no cost to students. The center provides a well-rounded menu of exercise classes to fulfill the diverse interests of Cal State Fullerton students. Certain students seek out specific exercise regimens simply because that is the only way they can bring themselves to stretch and tone their bodies. “I like the intense workouts. I can’t relax with normal workouts and just ‘feel’ the pain. I like the upbeat and quick exercises,” said Janella Roxas, 20, a health science major. “It’s like muscle confusion with those workouts. Sometimes you don’t even know that you are working it out, but you are.” Roxas is one of many students who like to feel the burn and tingle of an intense workout. The classes offered at the SRC can help achieve this rampant need for movement. “Guts, Butts and Thighs” is one of the popular drop-in classes. The class is a favorite for anyone who enjoys jumping rope, doing jumping jacks and working their bodies to blazing potential. “I thought it was fun. I like cardio-kickboxing too. I tried Pilates, but it was too quiet. I want to be moving around. With classes like ‘Guts, Butts and Thighs,’ you move a lot more,” Roxas said.

JEANETTE CASTANEDA / Daily Titan The Student Recreation Center provides students with many free classes and workout equipment. Some quirky classes include “Guts, Butts and Thighs” and Tahitian Dance.

Conversations across cultures KATHLEEN ROSELL Daily Titan

The faces around the room are all young, but very different. The students all come from many different countries and have many different stories to share. What brings them together is their interest in sharing these stories and hearing those of others on campus. Cross Cultural Conversations is a bi-monthly event put on by the Office of International Education and Exchange. Each Conversation has a different theme and a different goal. All students are welcome to attend and share their experiences in the group. “It is supposed to be a warm environment where we can discuss a topic,” said Amber Nakamura, an international student adviser. “Students can bring their cultures and discuss different issues in a safe group setting.” The Conversations are meant to be where the different cultures can learn about American culture and compare their own cultures. These discussions are also intended to educate the new international students about what is available on campus for them to use. The last Conversation involved a scavenger hunt where the students were given clues that showed them different corners of the campus they might not usually visit. Guest speakers provide different topics and give advice. The Conversations are where the international students may ask questions they might not have been brave enough to ask a random classmate. The topics range from roommates,

local events, stress management, how al students socializing with Americans to apply for jobs and use their skills. and to get involved on campus. These The most recent Conversation was discussions, however, are meant for all about dating in the United States. students to speak about anything they A list of PG dating terms was pulled wanted to know and discuss in depth. from the Internet, from which Naka“Here it feels like we have something mura read out a few choice words. to talk about,” said Ariani Wibawa, an The Conversation went on to dis- international business major. “You see cuss the terms of dating in this coun- the same people at the different Contry and how they compare to other versations and become friends. It feels countries. American students tried to like you can talk about something that explain the difI won’t talk about ference between somewhere else. “seeing somePeople open up one” and “dating and talk.” someone,” while The Converthe group shared sations are a fun, how aspects are relaxed environconsidered in ment where new You learn a lot about their countries, friends are made these students’ stories such as, “does the and questions are girl split the tab?” brought up. by the international stu“I feel that the The only dents and the American Conversations things missing are important,” are non-internastudents. Everyone has said Liza Alvarez, tional students. a story to share. an international At every Congraduate intern. versation, inter“They give opnational students -Liza Alvarez portunities to take part. International graduate ask questions and Howe ve r, intern discuss different only one or two topics that you American stuwould not usudents ever show ally come across. up. You learn a lot Everyone is about these encouraged to students’ stories come, but with by the internaonly a few Amertional students and the American stu- ican students taking part, the internadents. Everyone has a story to share.” tional students only gain knowledge This event is different than the other from a few. events put on by the Office of InternaThe next Conversation will take tional Education and Exchange. Those place on Thursday, March 3, in UH events are meant to get the internation- 242 at 2:30pm.


February 22, 2011


MARK SAMALA / Daily Titan The new Children’s Center on campus provides entertainment for children of students.

Balancing school and motherhood WILL CHEN Daily Titan

A 3-year-old boy stomps his way through the “magic door” of the Children’s Center. The mother rushes in shortly after him, bearing several bags to give as a token of appreciation to the center that has cared for her son and supported her hectic life as a mother and student. Her “thank you” was sincere but short because she needed to speed-walk to her 1 p.m. class. Sharon Avallana is a single mother going to Cal State Fullerton to get her teaching credential. The hard part is that she is a full-time mother and parttime student. Her journey as a mother has driven her to become a better student for the sake of her children. Every morning she wakes up at 6:30 a.m. to take her daughter to elementary school. She returns home after to get her son ready for preschool. She arrives at the Center Mondays and Tuesdays to drop off her son at around 12:45 p.m. and then shoots off for her 1 p.m. class in the Education Building. Through the two years she has worked at the center, Deisy Hernandez, 22, a senior business student and clerical assistant at the Center, has seen several parents similar to Avallana. “[The parents are] very busy just trying to get through the day in and out so that they can get on time to the place they need to be,” said Hernandez. “But they’re also very courteous, and they’re not just machines walking in and out. They try to take a minute or half a minute to smile or say ‘hi’ or something.” For Avallana, the pressure lies in balancing motherhood and maintaining a 3.0 GPA for her credential program. Because of this, she is currently only a part-time student in order to prevent overwhelming herself. “I’m only doing part time because I know if I take on more classes, I’m

going to fail in one of them,” said Avallana. She has a 7-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son to care for on top of school. Avallana acknowledges that being a mother is a heavy responsibility. “Being a mother alone is already a challenge,” Avallana said. “But adding on in being a student, it’s even harder.” She has found that sacrifice is necessary in an emergency for her children. “If something happens like my son is sick, I would contact my professor and see what we did that day,” Avallana said. “If I miss a class I make sure I keep in contact with my professors.” Pam Fiber-Ostrow, an assistant professor of political science, also realized that she needed to cut down teaching hours for her 6-month-old daughter and 3-year-old son. “It’s a lot of juggling, and my schedule is based on my kids’ needs more than it’s on mine,” said Fiber-Ostrow. “At the end of the day I can’t remember when I ate.” Fiber-Ostrow is still a full-time faculty member that pores into her students as much as possible while assuming her motherly responsibilities. Like Fiber-Ostrow, Avallana still focuses on her responsibility as a student in the midst of chaotic motherhood. She tries to study Thursdays and Fridays for her classes while her grandmother takes her children to their father. It has worked well for her, since last semester she had a 4.0 average as a mother and part-time student. She doesn’t deny that it is still difficult to focus on studying with responsibilities like cooking, cleaning and other household activities she needs to assume. But she remains hopeful and gives hope to aspiring “motherstudents.” “It’s hectic but I’d say keep going,” Avellana said. “Right now everything is crazy but hang in there, it’s going to get better. People who are going to give you negative feedback - you don’t need to talk to them.”

Working for a cause The Master of Social Work Association helps enhance lives around the university AMY LEADBETTER Daily Titan

“Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” These words were spoken by Martin Luther King, Jr. and published in big letters on the front page of the Master of Social Work Association’s (MSWA) newsletter. MSWA is a student-run organization on campus that does two things: helps connect future social workers through community service and volunteer advocacy in Orange County and allows them to network while preparing for their future professional endeavors. The association provides opportunities for social work students and members of the university to enhance lives throughout our community, especially to those who face oppression, injustice or misfortune. Amair Jaber, a graduate student at Cal State Fullerton and events coordinator of MSWA, says the main purpose of the association is “to unite those mastering in social work while spreading the values MSWA prides itself on throughout the campus.” MSWA members contribute through community service, social action and education, and providing resources to those in need in a commitment to the pursuit of social welfare. They host fundraisers, toy drives for foster children and youth in need, canned food drives that contribute to the Orange County Food Bank and anything local that allows them the opportunity to give back to the community. In October 2010, MSWA raised $1,200 for the 6th Annual National Alliance on Mental Illness Walk

(NAMI). They walked to honor the life of Mitrice Richardson. Richardson was a CSUF student and an advocate for those with mental illness. Sara Epstein, a graduate student at CSUF and vice president of MSWA, says that the association has a child welfare focus and organizes volunteer opportunities that help generate their “social work minds.” “As a graduate student, I did not feel a part of the school before,” says Epstein. “But being involved in MSWA helps you stay connected to the campus and the community.” MSWA’s members have a strong desire to help others and genuinely enjoy working closely with fundraisers and charity events in Orange County. Their association contributes to the professional development of each of its members through its commitment to the community. They promote social change and help empower and liberate those that are less fortunate. Through their efforts, MSWA helps enhance the wellbeing of our community and the generous, charitable acts listed above are just a few of what the association is comprised of. “Being a part of the club is refreshing, to be surrounded by a group of individuals who have the same goals and values. There’s a lot of ugly in the world and we see shades of it that some people never see,” says Debby Kwok, 24, a social work graduate student at CSUF and MSWA treasurer. “To know that everyone sitting with me is fighting to get rid of the ugly is motivating. It’s comforting to know I’m not the only one committed to making a difference.” For more information on the Master of Social Work Association or to keep up with their latest community service project, you can visit their website:

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Maryland: History and sightseeing A look inside the historical background and culture of Maryland and Washington, D.C. CYNTHIA RODRIGUEZ Daily Titan

I was flying over Ontario, its city lights illuminating the streets and the houses 30,000 feet below me. Six hours later, as the airplane made its way east, the sun was shining and all my eyes could see were lush, green trees covering every inch of the ground. I was definitely not in California anymore. In fact, Maryland was the complete opposite. For one, the air was not as polluted and it may be because there are so many trees providing fresh oxygen. As a self-proclaimed tree hugger, I was in love. My cousin picked me up and drove the 30 miles through rich, green foliage from the Baltimore/ Washington International Airport to her family’s townhouse in Silver Spring. The entire state of Maryland is literally a huge forest. Foxes and deer could be seen roaming the streets at any given time. What helps the state keep its trees so lush is the humidity and let me tell you, the East Coast does not apologize for it. As I stepped out of the airplane and onto the passenger boarding bridge, a blast of hot, humid air engulfed me. You could be sitting in an air conditioned car, but if the car had leather seats (which my aunt’s van did) you can be sure you were going to leave the seat drenched in sweat. Jet lag was the last thing on my mind; I wanted to go out and explore. First thing on the agenda: see the Orioles play in Camden Park. I don’t know much about any kind of sport, but what I do know is that every time I go to a game, the team I root for ends up losing. My brothers and guy friends have learned to leave me at home. So as I watched the Orioles tie with the White Sox at the bottom of the ninth, I debated whether I should tell my cousins I’m bad luck. But as it turns out, the Orioles scored an amazing home run on the bottom of the 10th. Don’t ask who hit the winning home run though, I was too shocked that my jinx was broken. After the game, we went to the beautiful Inner Harbor.

The lights from the surrounding businesses reflected off the water’s surface, looking like stars in the night sky. A Brazilian Navy ship was docked there. My cousins and I tried to ask what they were doing here and to get permission to board the ship, but apparently our translation didn’t carry over so well because they started posing for a picture, so we settled for that. The next day my cousin drove me to a gas station. It was just a couple of blocks from her house, but just behind it there was a hiking trail running alongside a river. It would take me about 40 minutes to drive to a hiking trail this beautiful back home. In Maryland it was, literally, someone’s backyard. The humidity weighed down on us as we hiked over boulders and between trees, but the reward waited for us as we splashed ourselves with freezing water. The next couple of days were devoted to Washington, D.C. On these days we saw the United States Capitol, the Library of Congress, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Smithsonian and of course, the White House. Each one was as grand as the names themselves. On one of these days, there was a tornado warning and endless amounts of rain, but we took shelter at the historical Union Station. It was just like being in a mall except for the occasional travelers rolling their luggage around. On my last day, we enjoyed taking a swim in Beaver Dam. It’s a lake 50 feet deep, and there are several boulders and planks you can jump off into the cool water. Swinging off an anchor attached to a rope several feet above the surface was what I opted for. The world was my audience as every, and I mean every, swimmer there saw me fall straight on my back my first time on the rope. After getting pointers I went back and splashed much more gracefully the second and third time. My trip to Maryland was unforgettable, from the best homecooked crabs courtesy of my cousin to climbing up the stairs from “The Exorcist” in Georgetown. One thing is for sure: Next time, I’m staying for two weeks and not one.

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TITANS: Baseball splits rainy opener ...Continued from page 1 “I thought we responded well, but we still have ways to go,” said Serrano. “We need to find our identity and be able to relax and let our abilities come out.” The day game against visiting North Carolina was a tense situation, which saw a rain delay and 11 innings of play. It didn’t take long for the Tar Heels to get on the board, taking advantage of starting pitcher Tyler Pill’s opening day nervousness. After a groundout to start the game, back-to-back singles in the first got the Tar Heels going. North Carolina’s sophomore second baseman Tommy Coyle capitalized on a wild pitch, giving the Tar Heels the 1-0 lead. The Titans answered back promptly in the bottom half of the inning. Leadoff hitter Pedroza reached on an error and was able to score later when Terry drew a bases-loaded walk. After a semi-shaky first, Pill began to settle down on the mound recording five strikeouts over the next three innings. A leadoff bunt single in the top of the fifth led to the next run of the game for the Tar Heels. After advancing the runner over, Tar Heel freshman designated hitter Tom Zengel’s slow roller up the middle allowed senior center fielder Ben Bunting to score their second run of the game.

The Tar Heels added a third run in the sixth when junior catcher Jacob Stallings roped a line drive just over the top of the left-field fence. Like the first inning, the Titans responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore center fielder Austin Kingsolver got things going by ripping a single past the diving shortstop into left-center. After stealing second, Kingsolver moved to third on a sacrifice and came in to score when Pedroza smacked a shot up the middle. Mother Nature was next to strike, as rain began falling, delaying the start of the ninth inning for 27 minutes. When play resumed, the Titans took advantage of a leadoff walk and tied the game when sophomore designated hitter Carlos Lopez shot a double into the right-center gap, scoring Pedroza. After the Titans gave up two walks in the top of the 11th, the Tar Heels capitalized on the free base runners taking the lead when Bunting drove a single into right, driving in the gamewinning run. “I know today we didn’t play like Titans play, but I have this gut feeling we are going to blossom,” Ramirez said. The Titans head to Long Beach State tonight to end a two-game nonconference set and will hit the road to Fort Worth, Texas for a three-game set against No. 1 Texas Christian University starting Friday.

MARK SAMALA / Daily Titan Sophomore shortstop Richy Pedroza celebrates after scoring the tieing run against the Tar Heels.

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DTSHORTHAND Lacrosse Takes Third Straight Loss

WILLIAM CAMARGO / Daily Titan Titan senior all-around gymnast Alaina Baker took home two titles against Sacramento State on Friday’s meet. Baker placed first on vault and floor with 9.775 and 9.825, respectively. Here she is seen performing her floor exercise routine.

Cal State Fullerton men’s lacrosse club lost both games over the weekend in Henderson, Nev. with a combined score of 32-18. The Titans squared off against Utah Valley Friday, Feb. 18, losing 13-9 and followed it up with a 19-9 loss to Westminster the next day. CSUF started the season by beating USC at home but has now lost three straight games. The Titans start a four-game home stand against divisional opponent and long-time rival Long Beach State on Saturday at 2 p.m. For CSUF, three of their next four games are against teams within their division in the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference. Brief by Brad Salah

Gymnastics conquers vault and floor JESSICA Mc COY Daily Titan

The Cal State Fullerton gymnastics team lost by three points against the Sacramento State Hornets on Friday, Feb. 18 at Titan Gym. The Titans outscored the Hornets on bars with a score of 47.275 to 46.975. The Hornets swept the rest of the events, scoring a 48.025 on vault, 47.900 on bars and 48.475 on beam, while the Titans scored 47.275 on vault, 46.300 on beam and 47.900 on floor. The final score of the night was 191.375 for the Hornets and 188.725 for the Titans. Senior all-arounder Alaina Baker took first place on vault scoring 9.775, first place on floor with a score of 9.825, tied second on bars scoring 9.70 and placed second in all-around scoring, 38.225. Baker felt very confident as an allaround competitor.

“I like it, I competed in all events petitive spot. “I did a watered-down when I was young. It gives more to routine, because I did not know unwork with so I do not have to con- til after (my teammate) Alicia percentrate on just one thing,” said formed that I was up next,” Medina Baker. said. “I was nervous, but I told myBaker took first place on floor, self to stay calm and I had confidence which is her favorite event. “Floor and I told myself that I could do it.” allows me to perform and have the Medina and her teammates were most fun, and it is the most excit- nervous about her knee and if it ing event to me,” she would give her said. any trouble. Another huge sur- “What we need to Medina said, prise for the Titans in work on as a team is “My knee did this competition was consistency. We need give me trouthe return of junior ble, but with Mika Medina after to compete like we all the adrenapractice.” - Vanessa Klass line, I wasn’t having a torn ACL. In her response focused on my Junior all-around gymnast to how she felt knee. Before going into the floor the meet we lineup, “It was exciting because I did warmed up the muscles and did an not know I was going to compete,” ultrasound to make sure that everysaid Medina. thing was okay.” Medina was told by Titan Head Titan junior Vanessa Klass had an Coach Jill Hicks right before the all-around score of 36.525, scoring a fourth event started that she would 9.50 on vault, 8.250 on bars, 9.350 not do the exhibition spot for floor, on the beam and 9.425 on floor. In but would actually perform in a com- order to improve floor scores she re-

flected with, “What we need to work on as a team is consistency. We need to compete like we practice,” said Klass. With different events come different skills and different obstacles. Klass knows how to overcome obstacles in competing on the bars. “I take my time and perform each skill one at time so I don’t rush through,” she said. With two losses in a row, the Titans are still able to motivate themselves. “Each match we try to step it up from our last competition and we try to do our best,” Klass said. Senior all-arounder Shelly Cooper placed third with a final score of 37.875, scoring a 9.075 on vault, 9.650 on bars, 9.450 on the beam and 9.700 on floor. First place for all-around went to the Hornets, with their only allarounder, Amanda Blauvelt, having a final score of 38.350. The Titans will compete against Minnesota for a Faculty Night event on Friday at 7 p.m. at Titan Gym.

Daily Titan February 22, 2011  

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