Vol. 89 Issue 14
February 28, 2011
Honoring Black Women
Riley & the Roxies
APAC hosts “Why I Love Black Women” event
The local band talks about the release of their EP
Lacrosse Defeats Long Beach State After losing three straight, the Titans maintain their winning streak against the 49ers with their fourth win, 16-9
The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton
Gordon has a ‘Super Sunday’
Living and coping with Fibromyalgia SHCC hosts three-part seminar KATHLEEN ROSELL Daily Titan
The Fibromyalgia Research and Education Center hosted a conference on campus Saturday to teach about healthy aging and give instruction on living with and treating Fibromyalgia. The three-part seminar helped those in attendance better understand the unknown causes and potential treatments for the newly diagnosable disease. “There were things that we wanted to make sure that we addressed in the community,” said Brianne Levine, a graduate student in psychology. “We worked with the support group leader to see what the community needed and what would best serve our participants. So, we really tried to incorporate things that are new and helpful such as the treatment lecture by Dr. Jones. Then we try to offer things that are helpful for all kinds of people dealing with FM.” The all-day event focused on different aspects of the condition. “This event had a dual purpose,” said Jordan Aquino, a graduate student in public health. “The first part was a feedback conference. We had 115 participants that came through a research study this last semester and the beginning of this semester. For the first hour we talked about the results of what they went through, gave them individual numbers on some of the results and explain to them what some of those numbers mean and tell them how they can improve.” See SEMINAR, page 3
WHAT’S INSIDE NEWS Career Fair attracts science and engineering students ........................................3 OPINION CSUF should have a white club on campus ........................................4 DETOUR Disney stars spiral downward from being innocent ........................................5 SPORTS Cal Poly sweeps men’s basketball in home finale ........................................8
The president speaks at a church as part of a national campaign KIRAN KAZALBASH Daily Titan
Photographs By ALVIN KIM / For the Daily Titan One event attendee observes the different photographs displayed on the art installation. Viewers were encouraged to express their thoughts on a Post-it after looking at the exhibition.
Showcasing Kashmiri struggles The Kashmir Interactive Art Installation event tells the story of the people in the volatile region FLOR EDWARDS Daily Titan
Members from all walks of the Pakistan and Kashmir communities were in attendance at the Titan Student Union on Saturday for the unveiling of the Kashmir Interactive Art Installation event. Muzzamil Ayaz, founder of the event, said the journey to launch the art installation project started last summer when he, along with his friend and co-founder Junayd Banday, were planning a protest and things didn’t go quite as planned. “We were trying to get people to go to the Federal Building,” said Ayaz. “Unfortunately for us we were not as successful as we had liked.” Ayaz and Banday wanted to figure out why people didn’t want to come to the protest. “We wanted to know why they didn’t care,” Ayaz said. Three months later after much thought, Ayaz said they came across the website of Altaf Qadri and saw pictures that were “riveting,” pictures that showed the beauty, the struggle, the travesty and the humanity of Kashmir. They knew they had to bring those photos to an exhibition to show everyone what they had just seen.
Cal State San Bernardino student Hebah Khan posts on the “reflection wall,” where guests can express feelings and feedback about the exhibit.
“It wasn’t an easy task,” Ayaz said, “because it’s hard, as you can see, to get people together in one place.” Instead of having people come to them, Ayaz said they decided to go to the people. Many people were involved in the creation of the photo-maze display that takes the viewer on a journey through Kashmir, including the general consulate of Pakistan, Riffat Masood.
“Very little is known about Kashmir,” said Masood. “People turn a blind eye to it.” She gave an opening speech urging people to acknowledge the reality that is Kashmir. “(Tonight we will) leave politics aside and look at the human side of Kashmir. Everyone has the right to freedom and human rights,” Masood said. “This is the struggle for the right of the people to choose
their future, to choose their destiny.” Ayaz said Masood played an essential role in the creation of the exhibition. “She allowed us to do what we were doing and take our artistic perspective,” Ayaz said. “So it wasn’t just a dream, it was a reality.” See KASHMIR, page 2
President of Cal State Fullerton Milton Gordon spoke to a congregation at the New Covenant Baptist Church in Norwalk Sunday, Feb. 27, as part of the CSU’s Super Sunday Campaign. For six years administrators across the CSUs have taken part in the month-long campaign. Super Sunday speakers will visit more than 100 churches throughout California in an effort to encourage black students to attend college and obtain professional degrees. “(President Gordon is) part of the informational ambassadorial group. Presidents and other administrators are fanning out to get the word out about how college is possible,” said Paula Selleck with the Office of Public Affairs for CSUF. “Churches are a long-recognized community gathering place for this particular ethnic group, and this program is something that worked out really well and has been growing over the years.” Gordon spoke to the diverse congregation about the dismal statistics pertaining to black students and graduation rates. Gordon said of the black students who graduate from high school, only 19 percent are qualified to attend college. He also mentioned to the church the high affordability of the CSU despite the recent economic downturn. “I’m here to tell you that the California State Universities’ commitment to motivate African-American students to prepare for college and obtain a university degree is stronger than ever,” said Gordon. “Economic recovery in California will be driven, in a large part, by education. To take the jobs that emerge after this economic crisis, the up-and-coming generation needs to be college educated.” Gordon said he is proud of CSUF’s diverse student body. Of the incoming freshman class, 41 percent is Latino, 22 percent is Asian and 3 to 5 percent is black, which is a great change from when he started his presidency over 20 years ago. He encouraged students of all ages to start thinking about college now and take advantage of all of the educational opportunities the CSUs have to offer. See SUNDAY, page 2
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Frigid weather didn’t stop fans from coming out to cheer for their favorite performer Thursday night at the Orange County Music Awards “Best Live Acoustic” finals. The event kicked off at 6 p.m. with Wahoo’s providing tacos and Bud Light providing refreshment specials. The artists performed in the large courtyard outside the Fullerton Museum in downtown Fullerton. Besides seeing performers, guests were also treated to the second annual
listening wall. The wall, located inside the museum, hosted a song from each artist in the competition from the beginning for fans to listen to. Fans kept warm in the courtyard by dancing and standing next to strategically placed heaters. First to take the stage was Danny Maika. He kicked off the night right with a bluesy rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” Maika used self-made effects and even showcased a little more than just his musical talent by moon-walking across the stage. See OCMA, page 6
WILLIAM CAMARGO / Daily Titan With great performance and stage presence, Micah Brown wins over the crowd and takes home “Best Live Acoustic” at the Orange County Music Awards.
SUNDAY: Gordon talks about college ...Continued from page 1 “I don’t think you can start planning for college at (too) young an age,” Gordon said. Outside the church an information booth was set up to bring the congregants vital information about planning for and attending a college in the CSUs. Everything from financial aid information to advice about which classes to take in high school was dispersed to interested students of all ages and their family members in the form of posters. “The atmosphere is always upbeat and energetic (at the churches),” said Larry Chapa, transfer center coordinator with University Outreach. “We usually get a crowd of people who
come up to our table after the service, and we give them all kinds of important information about college.” Some people do come before the service, but the majority of people come afterward, Chapa said. Churchgoers were very receptive to Gordon’s message and applauded his enthusiasm and dedication to the community. The Super Sunday campaign is part of the CSU African American Initiative that began with only 24 churches and has grown ever since. “Today and throughout February we’ve celebrated CSU’s Super Sunday,” Gordon said. “We started this program six years ago, and I know how much it has improved graduation (rates) from African-American students.”
WILLIAM CAMARGO / Daily Titan President Milton A. Gordon spoke to the New Covenant Baptist Church in Norwalk Sunday morning about the importance of a college education.
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February 28, 2011
Women celebrated “Why I Love Black Women” event recognizes female students at CSUF ANDERS HOWMANN Daily Titan
The Alliance for the Preservation of African Consciousness and the Brothers’ Movement at Cal Poly Pomona hosted the fourth annual “Why I Love Black Women” ceremony Thursday night in the TSU. Members of both clubs invited women from their respective campuses in order to honor them for their achievements and thank them for their support in their lives. “I was invited by a friend in the African-American Resource Center,” said Jackie Warren, a junior communicative disorders major at CSUF. She had never been to an event like this before and had no idea what to expect. Spoken-word artists and comedians performed onstage and men from the clubs served their guests. “It’s a chance for us as men to cater to the women. It’s basically to show them a good time and show that we appreciate what they do,” said Brandon Harris, a senior biology major at Cal Poly and member of the Brothers’ Movement. A Powerpoint played on repeat, showcasing influential black women such as Ida B. Wells, Rosa Parks and Michelle Obama. Speakers likened the achievements of these women to the future achievements of the women present. Derrick Bines, president of APAC and a junior sociology major at CSUF, felt like the event was an improvement over last year, where he volunteered as a server. “Once we got started things went a lot smoother than last year. It wasn’t as chaotic during the event. But overall I would say it was a step up from last year,” said Bines. As the ceremonies commenced, members of the APAC honored Ellen Shaw, who passed away in early February. She assisted the APAC in planning the event. The crowd was somber and reflective, as the master of ceremonies thanked her for her help and said she would be missed by the members of APAC and CSUF.
LUCIO VILLA / Daily Titan Students from Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly Pomona were invited to the ceremony. Male organizers served them and spoken-word artists and comedians performed.
Poetry was read by performers in between awards, and a comedian brought laughter from the crowd. The tone of the event was of respect and appreciation for women of the black community. “This is my fourth year coming. I’ve come every year since I was a freshman. It’s a great event,” said Akilah Kimble, a senior communications and public relations major at Cal Poly. “The point is to bring honor to black women in our community, on our campus, and all of the black women that hold themselves to a higher standard who want to get an education and break (racial and sexist) stereotypes,” Kimble said. Awards were given based on the impact of the individual on campus. Chauntel Riser, 22, a communications and psycholoy major and AARC coordinator, won the Collegiate Achievement Award. She was a winner of an award last year and was surprised and excited that she had won an award two years in a row. Other awards were given based on leadership and involvement on campus, such as the Future Leader Award. A recipient from both CSUF and Cal Poly were selected for each award. The APAC and the Brothers’ Movement both play a large role on
CSUF and Cal Poly Pomona campuses. “At Cal Poly there aren’t a lot of African-American males, so what the Brother’s Movement does is seek out those males and mentor and guide them,” Harris said. APAC plays a similar role at CSUF. “We’re basically like a mentor group within ourselves trying to uplift everyone and get people prepared through college,” Bines said. The group empowers its members with confidence through friendships, mentoring and community service. The event also attracted a notable television and movie actress, Kyla Pratt, from the show “One on One” and movies such as the recent “Dr. Dolittle” series. “I came because my cousin goes to this school and he has been trying to get me to come for the past two years and last year I couldn’t make it. I had a free day today so I was like, ‘I gotta come out and support,’” said Pratt. “I loved it,” she said. “I love events like this where anybody can come together and appreciate women, any kind of woman.” “Hang in there. I know school is tough,” she said to CSUF students. “I hear what a great campus it is, and I love that it has events like this and as long as it does, I’ll keep coming back.”
KASHMIR: Art installation brings awareness to CSUF ...Continued from page 1 Masood said when Ayaz and Banday came to the consulate with their idea, she thought it was “a little far-fetched.” Some other things she had to consider were that “the budget was hitting the roof, so we really had to think about this,” she said. “As
it started to come together and we the lens of some of the photos. had our endless meetings and disThe photos included one of two cussions, I found there was a great women grieving after discovering deal of perspective in projecting one of their sons was the victim of Kashmir.” a “fake encounter,” and they staged “Kashmir is in turmoil,” said killings where police plan gun batHina Saiyad, an organizer of the tles to shoot down suspected terrorevent. “But Kashmir is also beau- ists. tiful with beautiful land and waAyaz said the project took terfalls. It’s known as ‘Paradise on 10,000 man hours and they had to Earth.’ We want to travel and spread deal with “several hurdles that came awareness our way.” about the They plan to “Kashmir is in turmoil. people of display the event But Kashmir is also Kashmir.” at multiple cambeautiful with beautiful For that puses throughout reason, they Southern Califorland and waterfalls.” chose to nia starting in Cal - Hina Saiyad Poly Pomona and mount the Event Organizer coming back to photos digitally. Cal State Fullerton The result is on March 7. an interactive experience for the The event will be held in the viewer that starts with a white can- Quad and free to the public. USC, vas and the words, “If there is Para- UCLA and UCSD are also on the dise on Earth, it is here.” itinerary. The pictures on the white canvas After walking through the instaldepict the landscape of Kashmir, lation, viewers were encouraged to including snow-capped mountains, share their thoughts on the “reaclush gardens and lakes calmed by tion board.” On a yellow Post-it the backdrop of a brilliant sunset. note in hand-written letters were From there, the viewer is led the words, “Very eye-opening. Deto walls of red canvas with black- spite being Pakastani, I knew very and-white photos illustrating the little about it. So a display like this violence, turmoil and casualties of is very much needed. -CSUF stuKashmir. dent.” Talal Ansari, a journalist and Someone else wrote, “What afphotographer, was the eyes behind fects one, affects us.”
DTSHORTHAND FAFSA Deadline Fast Approaching The priority deadline for all 2011-12 financial aid applications is March 2. The Cal State Universities encourage students to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form before the deadline, because financial aid may be limited for those who submit applications after March 2. “Despite the budgetary challenges of the past few years, the CSU continues to provide aid to students needing financial assistance in obtaining their goal of a college education,” said Ephraim P. Smith, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer, in a press release. “With over half of the system’s students receiving financial aid, these programs are a critical component in developing the workforce that will drive the state’s economy.” In the 2009-10 school year, more than 260,000 CSU students received nearly $3 million in financial aid, according to the CSU. For more information about about federal student aid and how to fill out your FAFSA visit Fullerton.edu/financialaid or visit the financial aid office. Brief by Maritza Velazquez
SCTA Holds Science Event The Student California Teachers Association will host an event for credential students to develop skills to interest school children in science on March 1 in TSU Alvarado. The hour-long affair, called Hands on Science - Have no Fear!, is scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m. Christine Mayfield will conduct the meeting. The goal of Hands on Science is to spark curiosity in the subject of science for young children. Credential students will explore several ways to achieve their goal, including hands-on science activities that support standards-based instruction. The SCTA, the organization putting on the event, is a pre-professional affiliation for California college students pursuing a career in the field of education. Brief by Maritza Velazquez
Dean Honored with Merit Award The acting dean of Cal State Fullerton’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Robert Koch, was honored Feb. 21 with the Orange County Engineering Council’s 2011 Distinguished Engineering Merit Award. The presentation was made in Huntington Beach during the organization’s Engineers Week awards banquet. Koch is a professor of biological science and has been the department chair for six years. He has partnered with other faculty members to bring in more than $4.5 million in research grants. Koch received his doctorate in biological science from Florida State University. Brief by Flor Edwards
February 28, 2011
SEMINAR: Understanding FM
Prof. R. L’Heureux Lewis speaks to students about the African-American achievement gap ASHLEY LOERA Daily Titan
In honor of Black History Month, R. L’Heureux Lewis, an assistant professor of sociology and black studies at the City College of New York, spoke to students Friday about the achievement gap for young black students that still exists in schools today. “About 50 percent of black boys graduate on time from high school... while there are more black boys in prison than in college,” said Lewis, a black activist. The lecture was held in the Gabriellino Room of the Titan Student Union at 11 a.m. to a house of about 30 students, faculty and staff, and was entitled “Closing the African-American Achievement Gap: It’s More Than a Black and White Issue.” Lewis, who has a Ph.D. in public policy and sociology, spoke of the dangers of this gap and how little effort the recent educational reforms in government have made toward solving this problem. “A gap is transitive. It can be changed; it can be moved... but we need the right tools and we need
ministration at Cal State Fullerton, was impressed by the speech and said, “I felt that it helped me deal with a lot of issues I’ve been dealing with even now. I’ve been putting accountability on the administration when it should come from the role of the family as well.” Banks also commented on the lack of publicity for the event and said, “I didn’t like that there wasn’t a lot of advertising on it. The only thing I saw was a little poster on the secondary education board.” Lewis was a featured speaker as part of the President’s Scholars and Council of Honors speaker series, hosted by Deanna MerinoContino, the director of President’s Scholars, and Mark Kamimura-Jimenez, the director of Educational Partnerships. “Our main initiative was to have a really good recruitment for underrepresented students in the Honors and Scholars program. The speech really helped everyone from students to faculty to get them to persevere and persist through the current education system,” said Director of President’s Scholars Deanna Merino-Contino. Lewis ended the lecture by
netics may be a factor in causing the condition to occur. There are so many different Fibromyalgia is a medical con- symptoms of Fibromyalgia that a dition characterized by wide- person may try to treat pain and spread pain throughout the entire make it worse; because the chemibody. It has only been recognized cal balance in their body is already as a diagnosis since 2010. off, medication to help one part of In the history of the disease the problem only accentuates anit was usually misdiagnosed as other part of the problem. something else, or chalked up to “This syndrome is so much “women’s problems” by the pre- more than pain,” Levine said. dominantly male medical com- “There are so many things that munity. make life a little harder for those Since nearly 90 percent of all who suffer from Fibromyalgia.” people diagnosed with the condiIt is thought the syndrome could tion are wombe brought on en, it finally by something took women messing up entering the the body’s hormedical field mone level. It to get the conwas stressed to dition taken the audience to more seriously eat a balanced The syndrome is so and properly diet and to try much more than treated. de-stressing “It is sometheir lives. pain. There are so one who has The audipain all over ence was given many things that their body, information make life harder for which can be so they could accompanied educate their those who suffer by fatigue, doctors about with Fibromyalgia. morning stiffthe condition -Brianne Levine ness and sleep and try to get Graduate student in disturbances,” the proper psychology Aquino said. treatment and “There are diagnosis for a studies that syndrome that have measured is not yet fully brain waves understood. of some “This semipeople with nar is imporFi b r o m y a l g i a tant because that have shown brain waves that people with Fibromyalgia are would be similar to those they prescribed too many medicawould have if they were running tions by doctors,” said Professor a marathon. So, you can imagine Jessie Jones, Ph.D., director of if your body and brain acting as if the research center. “This semithey were sprinting for 26 miles, nar means getting out the hope waking up and feeling that ex- for finding the underlying causes hausted after sleeping for eight and the hope for finding the cure which will be found eventually.” hours.” Employees at the Fibromyalgia The second part of the seminar series was dedicated to helping the Research and Education Center attendees understand the poten- will document and then publish tial causes and going toward the all of the data they collected from this study. On May 7, the center first steps to proper treatment. Fibromyalgia is difficult to di- will be hosting a free awareness agnose because it is not yet under- day on campus to celebrate life and bring awareness of the condistood what exactly causes it. It is thought that a person’s ge- tion to the community. ...Continued from page 1
to know how to use them,” Lewis said. He reviewed five distinct reforms in education and discussed why they helped and hurt the system, including charter schools, teacher evaluations, performance incentive, standardized tests and Race to the Top. “Contemporary schools in 2011 are more separated than those of the Brown v. Board days,” Lewis said about the many programs, such as standardized tests that used to put students in categories of education level. He also addressed the notion that black children simply aren’t trying enough because they think it’s not cool in relation to performance incentive. Lewis highly disagreed with this idea, saying the problem isn’t that they’re not trying, but that they don’t have the right tools to push them forward. “Too often black males don’t feel valued in schools... we have to listen to the voices of the youth and help them define the issues. The parents must be their supreme advocate,” Lewis said on working toward a solution. Antonio Banks, a graduate student of higher education and ad-
stressing the amount of parent advocacy necessary to merge the gap of achievement and to focus on an educational revolution as a whole. Related articles and forums on these topics and others can be found on Lewis’ blog, UptownNotes.com.
Engineers meet with their futures The College of Engineering and Computer Science hosts career fair “I want to get experience first and then move into a job,” said Sabagquit, who is graduating this May. “I MARITZA VELAZQUEZ think it’s going to be very competitive. I know if I do Daily Titan get selected for a job (in the future), I’ll be really lucky.” However, many students were interested in finding Sharply dressed and armed with resumes, students a permanent position with one of the companies. Amit sought to make their best impressions Thursday as they Gaikwad, 27, a graduate engineering student, is one of met with potential employers during the College of En- them. He moved to the United States from India with gineering and Computer Science Career Fair. his girlfriend (now his wife) and is trying to land a job In a joint venture between the College and the Cal in his career field. He held a sheet in his hand with a State Fullerton Career Center, list of companies there, making his way to hundreds of students met with each one he had circled beforehand. representatives from 26 different “Our goal is to make “I was an international student, so it companies to discuss internships was hard to get an internship or a job,” sure students have and permanent positions. he said, adding that companies may have these opportunities.” “It’s something that we hope thought he would have a difficult time to continue to expand,” said - Dara Crowder Thomas adjusting, or couldn’t keep up with the Darra Crowder Thomas, indusnew technology. Industry Specialist try specialist for engineering, sciNow here permanently, he’s Career Center ence and technology at the Cahopeful that his efforts will pay off, reer Center. “Our goal is to make he said. sure students have these opportunities.” Danny Chen, a principal engineer with DIRECTV, Tied in with National Engineers Week, the fair was told several interested students looking to land a job one among a week-long series of events, including sev- that they were there to recruit interns. eral workshops and recognition ceremonies. For some less well-known companies, the career fair “This tends to be the highlight of the week,” said was a means in which to get their name out there for Victor Delgado, assistant dean of the College of Engi- students who may not have known they were around. neering and Computer Science, adding that many stuFor those who weren’t too far along in their degrees dents have been looking forward to the event. “They’re at CSUF, the nonprofit INROADS leadership program ready.” offered opportunities for freshmen and sophomore The white tent in front of the College of Engineer- students in a variety of majors to be mentored and ing and Computer Science was packed with students groomed for positions in large corporations. hoping to nab a job or internship after meeting with “Our program is for people who just have maybe a representatives at their respective booths. This includes little direction,” said Diane Pacheco, client manager. Bryan Sabagquit, 24, an electrical engineering major. “We’re here to help them get their foot in the door.” dailytitan.com/news
February 28, 2011
Where’s our white club?
Black culture has an entire month dedicated to celebrating its history, why don’t we celebrate White culture? “I’m half white, half Asian. I’d only be half offended.” -Bobby Yamanaka Business
“To celebrate aspects of white culture is not offensive” -Will Pu Biology
ARIANNE CUSTER Daily Titan
February is Black History Month and it got me wondering about my own history. I know little about my heritage because my family “came over on the boat” decades ago and stopped talking about the cultures I derived from years ago. In addition, there wasn’t a club environment in my community or at school for whites of multiple European descent to help me deal with this dilemma. I myself am a mix of Norwegian, German and Scottish blood and have never identified with one race over the other. So should there be a White-European Club available for Cal State Fullerton students who also have contemplated or dealt with this situation? For those who would say, “There is already an International Student Association. Why don’t they join that one?” consider those who are not multi-racial as today’s standards view it. The student does not come from one parent who is white and another who is black, Asian or American Indian for example. Rather, their ancestors originate from a variety of European countries such as Ireland, Spain or Poland, and they would
like to learn about those particular cultures as others learned about their own. So who would the White-European Club most likely comprise of? Well, the U.S. Census Quick Facts defines the white race as follows: “A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East or North Africa … who indicate their race as ‘white’ or report entries such as Irish, German, Italian, Lebanese, Near Easterner, Arab or Polish.” This group of countries tallies to just over 70 of the 194 countries recognized by the U.S. State Department. According to the Student Organization Resource Center’s online directory, there are about 30 cultural clubs on campus. Don’t white-European descendants have the right to feel they can gather with a group of people who can relate to their circumstance? People whom they can bond with and learn about their race’s history and traditions with, like other organizations do? Esiquio Uballe, the associate dean of students, had this to say: “I would think that if a group like that formed that it would be done in a way to be a support for students who might be feeling that way, and that’s what we would hope - that it serves a purpose and that it’s for a positive outcome.” Keep in mind the school does not
tolerate discrimination from any club on campus. Students with Vietnamese parents may be more inclined to join the Vietnamese Student Association, for example, but anyone can join. Clubs that have received official CSUF recognition agreed on their application not to deny any student membership “on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, color, age, sex, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation or disability.” So now that this possibly controversial question has been proposed, what do you think students on campus had to say? Thirty-five people were randomly surveyed in front of the Titan Shops book store and were given the chance to comment on whether they would be offended by the formation of a White-European Club. They were also asked, “If the club was available at CSUF, would you join it?” The general consensus from these students of varying races, sexes and majors was, “No, I wouldn’t be offended.“ In regard to whether they would join, there tended to be either a, “Yes, I’d be interested,” because they too come from varying European backgrounds; or “No, not likely,” because they were already involved in other student clubs, had prior time-consuming commitments, such as sports, or simply felt they
wouldn’t identify with that group. Don’t just take my word for it. Check out the survey results, which include what the student would check mark in the race identification box of an application. Also, read the quotes from several students interviewed on campus Feb. 8. Kevin Tran expressed that he is part of Generation Y, and he wouldn’t automatically assume it’s a racist thing because, “There are so many multi-cultural clubs … and So Cal and Cal State Fullerton is such a diverse area.” Tran’s line of thinking translates into truth. According to the 2009 U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts online, Orange County is comprised of 45.9 percent white persons with the remaining percentage being of black, American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, and other persons of Hispanic or Latino origin. With all that said, the next question is, “Does anyone on campus want to start the White-European Club?” If so, you only need five currently enrolled students, with one person acting as the president and another as the treasurer, according to Uballe. After that it is just a matter of following the eight-step application process as described at MyWeb.Fullerton.edu/studentclubs.
I would take no offense whatsoever, as long as other races are allowed to join. -Nick Leon Civil Engineering
“I’m already in a club. It would be cool though because I’ve never heard of a club like that. No one represents for the CaucasianEuropean.” -Alex Ephrom Communicative Disorders
students offended by idea of a “white club”
Student Response: Would you be offended if there was a ‘White Club’ on campus? “I’d join. I would like to explore my white heritage as a white male.” -Daniel Croonquist
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I read the Daily Titan on a daily basis and, most likely due to the new residence halls opening in fall 2011, I have been noticing a few articles relating to both the current and future “dorms.” As a student leader living on campus, I am more familiar with residential life than others would be despite their interviews with residents. I feel much of the information in the articles may have given the wrong impression to those unfamiliar with residential life, and so I would like the opportunity to give an insider’s opinion on the subject. To give you some information about me, spring 2011 marks the near end of my second year living in the oncampus apartments. (To clarify, the official name for the current living spaces on campus is apartments, though many refer to them as the “dorms.” The additional living spaces opening next year are referred to as the residence halls.) I hold the executive board position of Campus Liaison in the Resident Student Association (RSA) as well as several other leadership positions within the residential community. I stay in the apartments not only out of convenience - I don’t have to get to campus two hours early for parking, for example - but also for the rich social life and leadership opportunities it offers me. If a resident is looking for something to do, RSA works together with the Resident Advisers (RAs) to hold events throughout the week, including some on the weekends. A recent and highly attended weekend event was RSA’s Dormal, a formal dance which took place Friday, Feb. 11 in the apartments’ Multi Purpose Room. Another weekend event is the Relay For Life, and upcoming RA events include a Henna program, a Mardi Gras party and an International Women’s Day program. A current, ongoing RA event is Humans v. Zombies, in which residents attempt to be the last human standing in order to win the end-of-game prize. The time and date of these events are conveniently listed on weekly RSA Newsletters taped to each suite door and are also mentioned in the listserve sent out by the Housing Director. This week’s newsletter informs me that there is an ASI Sponsored Karaoke Night on March 11 at 6 p.m. in the MPR (and the best thing about ASI sponsored events is that any CSUF student can attend these, not just residents). If a resident wants to get even more involved in the community they can choose to join RSA as a delegate and participate in planning events and voicing resident concerns. RSA also holds philanthropic events and fundraisers, sponsors RA events and helps run the Food Pantry (a program which collects food for distribution to financially unstable residents). Residents who have high academic and leadership goals can apply to the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), and for those who want to give their input to the director of Housing and Residence Life in regard to decisions affecting the community at large, the Director’s Cabinet would be the place for them. If residents are looking for paid work, they might apply to work in the Housing Office as a desk assistant or in the RA Office as an assistant RA. More ambitious residents may apply to become a RA if they want to help other residents and hold their own programs - and the free housing is a plus! Participation in any one of these organizations or jobs can help a resident meet new people and make friends within the residential community. Any resident who still finds themselves without a thing to do can take advantage of the RA’s open house hours. Many RAs are kind enough to prepare freshly baked cookies for any visitors, others may offer a movie or Mario Kart on Wii, and of course they’re always willing to simply hang out and chat. RAs hold their open house hours at different times throughout The Daily Titan welcomes the week so chances are residents will find one they can visit whenever they letters to the editor. All have some downtime. letters must include the There are so many more opportunities to get out of your room and sender’s first and last name. into the social scene, but it would take me pages and pages to cover everyStudents must include their thing. Take it from someone who has lived here and is still here. Living on campus is fun if you take the initiative to actually step out of your suite majors, and other writers and take advantage of all the programs and events we offer. You will never must include their affiliation know who stays on the weekend if you spend the entirety of it in your to the university, if appliroom after all. Next year, living on campus will probably be even better cable. The Daily Titan - with the Gastronome (that’s our word for the new dining hall) opening reserves the right to edit letnext year, residents won’t even have to make their own food anymore.
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February 28, 2011
Riley & the Roxies talk music and the release of their EP Local band Riley & the Roxies use the influences of some of their favorite bands to help create their EP Courtesy of Riley & the Roxies
I write after some things happened. If I feel frustrated, I just pick up my guitar and I’ll write the song. Usually, I try to find the most honest lyrics.” -Spencer Riley Alfonso
The band members have been friends since high school; they first started as two separate groups, but after several shows together they formed one group as Riley & the Roxies.
from his family, which encourages him to continue doing what he loves. He describes the genre of music as Retro/Garage/Dance/Pop. Alfonso first discovered he could sing his sophomore year of high school after continuously being frustrated for not being able to find a singer for his bands. He also plays the drums, guitar and bass. “I’m really excited to be working with Spencer, who is an up-andcoming songwriter and artist, and I’m looking forward to the work that I’m going to see in the next few years,” said Doyle. The band has performed at several benefit concerts and sponsored events with well-known artists, namely Cold War Kids, Soul Puppet, Cursive Memory and Pawn Shop Kings. The EP, The Lovers in Spain, is composed of five songs: “Shawna,” “Stay With You,” “You Got the Best of Me,” “Lovers in Spain” and “She’s So Electric (Cold Soul).” “He’s been working really hard. I’ve seen him progress in the last year as a musician and the EP that he’s written over the past couple months is insane,” said producer Wes Smith. “If you’re a fan of any-
thing from dance-rock to old-school Motown soul, this is the band for you, straight up. If you’re a music fan in general, you’d really like this EP.” Alfonso and Smith met while opening for Cursive Memory at Chain Reaction. Soon after, the two performers decided to work together in order to produce a new EP. Alfonso’s musical influences include the Cold War Kids (a band also based out of Whittier), Carney, Kings of Leon and The Strokes. Alfonso said he gets inspired to write songs in different ways, but mostly, “I write after some things happened. If I feel frustrated, I just pick up my guitar and I’ll write the song. Usually, I try to find the most honest lyrics,” Alfonso said. Some songs he will write in 30 minutes to an hour, or over a period of three months. He also explains that during songwriting, being literal is not typically encouraged. “I write a lot of love songs because that’s usually when I feel inspired to write. It’s like therapy,” Alfonso said. Alfonso is a 19-year-old freshman at Biola University where he is a film major.
“I’d love to do music—it’s my passion. I was getting involved with film and now it switched. Now I do both but I’m leaning back toward music,” Alfonso said about pursuing a career in music as well as in another field. Alfonso also has higher aspirations for his music. “I’d really want to get the EP on MTV on some type of show. I definitely want my friends here [at Biola] to use the music in their movies,” Alfonso said. “Right now I’m focusing on recording music and getting it heard.” As far as immediate goals, Alfonso said he wants to give every girl in the dorms a free CD and have them burn two CDs for two girls in their hometowns. Riley & the Roxies will be performing live with Goldenwest, their producer Wes Smith’s band with two members from Cursive Memory, on April 9 for the release of The Lovers in Spain EP. Alfonso says the show will probably be more local to the Fullerton or Los Angeles areas. To stay updated on Riley & the Roxies, visit their Twitter at Twitter. com/rileyandtherox or their official website at TheLoversInSpain.com.
Are Disney child stars cursed? Several ex-Disney stars seem to be doomed ASHLEY LOERA Daily Titan
It’s a well-known fact that child stardom can lead to disaster, as it has in so many cases in pop-culture. Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears: What do they all have in common? Too much fame and pressure at such a young age. Oh and the famous Mickey Mouse. These child prodigies will do whatever it takes to break into the industry and end up working themselves to the bone to become the next big thing. But with fame comes great responsibility, responsibility that no teenager could possibly be expected to handle. And yet in cases such as Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, we watch as this responsibility tears them apart and drives them insane, and wonder where they went wrong. But the curiosity lies within the Disney company and why their image of “squeaky clean values” spits out such shambled celebrities. “Being part of the Disney machine can be a dream and a nightmare,” Jeffrey Rabhan, a longtime artist manager, told the New York Post. “Between the network, touring, theme parks and film, it’s like graduating fifth grade and jumping to an 80-hour-a-week job.” Take child superstar Miley Cyrus, who jumped into acting at age 11 to pursue a career on the hit Disney show Hannah Montana. The show about a teenager with a double life as a pop star led to concerts, movies and nonstop promoting that, of course, led to her stardom.
Soon after, everyone began to debate whether Miley was growing up too fast, with everything from her outfits to her boyfriends put on the spot. In December, a video plastered across YouTube showed the teenager hallucinating from a legal drug called Salvia that cast the starlet in a very harsh light. And in the past, Cyrus has received public outlash for having racy “sexts” leaked onto the Internet and performing live shows on a pole. Most recently her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, has gone to the press saying he wished Hannah Montana had never happened because it ruined his family. More extreme cases, such as the tragedy of Britney Spears, started in a place that birthed many of the controversial stars of today, The Mickey Mouse Club. Spears spent a few years on the popular Disney show until she broke off into pop stardom and quickly after fell down the spiral that is known as child stardom. Though it’s easy to point the finger at these young stars and their families for losing control, it’s easy to forget the pressure Disney adds to be perfectly polished in every instance. They are created to be a Disney product, a child of The Mouse, whose angelic expectations rival the realities of life. It’s no wonder so many Disney stars fall off the tight rope with so many expectations on top of the already grueling schedule of a child actor. For the sake of Miley Cyrus and the many others like her growing up working for The Mouse, let’s hope they shift their views before they produce another train wreck known as Lindsay Lohan.
The Dealers dish it out CSUF band The Dealers talk music, hobbies and Beanie Babies CARMEN VARNER Daily Titan
Who are The Dealers? The band is comprised of four guys: Kyle Eckermann, Shawn Fox, Justin Ludwig and Kevin Thews, three of whom currently attend Cal State Fullerton. They formed the band in 2009. About the members: Kyle Eckermann: The senior marketing major at CSUF plays guitar for the band. Eckermann wore a shirt with a black jacket over it, dressing the part of a rock ‘n’ roller. The 22-year-old was the only person to comfortably sprawl out on the couch; the rest of the band sat in chairs around a table. “There is nothing cooler than people singing your own songs back to you,” said Eckermann of his favorite part of being a musician. To him, playing live and performing is a fantastic feeling. Shawn Fox: Fox plays bass and sings backup vocals; he is 22 years old and does not go to school at the moment. Fox, who was the quietest of the group, joked that spelunking and galavanting were his favorite things to do besides play music. “Rock Me” is this rocker’s favorite original song to play. “It’s such a bad-ass song,” said Fox. Justin Ludwig: The 22-year-old is the drummer of The Dealers and a senior psychology major. His favorite song to play is “Woman” because of his drum solo. Ludwig is captivated by his major and hopes to further his education at CSUF by applying for his master’s degree. “Hopefully I get in. That’d be awesome,” said Ludwig. Kevin Thews: The guitarist and singer is 23 years old. Thews features the harmonica in the song “Big Bad Bessie.” He is a senior advertising major, but if he had to choose music over school, he would. Music gives a person the opportunity to do something more than sitting at a desk job. “I’m way too ADD to sit in a chair for eight to nine hours a day. I can’t do it,” said Thews. “That’s the good thing about music: things change, so many fun experiences, crazy things happen.”
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SABRINA PARK Riley & the Roxies frontman, Spencer Riley Alfonso, talks music and the release of his new EP in a square conference room of the Film Production Center at Biola University. Riley & the Roxies is a band of close friends from Whittier, Calif. The band was originally formed out of an already-existing band who called themselves “Riley.” The members—Ryan and Daniel Viramontes, Patrick Hill, Jackson Adams and Spencer Riley Alfonso—came together during their sophomore year of high school, playing alternative rock and performing at every venue they could. “If someone couldn’t be at a show they would ask other friends to play with them,” said Alfonso about playing shows as Riley. “We kind of built a community of musicians to play with us. Basically, whoever could play at a show was your band.” At one time, when Riley & the Roxies was formed, the band consisted of eight members who each contributed their own style and special skill to the music. Both the Viramontes brothers, Hill and Alfonso collaborated with The Roxies—Jenae Loughbourrow, Emiko Woods and Emily Dyer—and thus ended up joining the two band names. Paul Doyle, who plays the drums on the new EP, is also part of the band. While some of the members are not permanent and have gone on to pursue different things, Alfonso remains dedicated to his music and explains the tremendous support
Why the name The Dealers? The Dealers were inspired when they heard the AC/DC song “For Those About to Rock.” The line goes: “We are the dealers, we’ll give you everything you need.” The band went through about 10 names, most of them jokes, but that one line stuck. Do you have any music out now? The band just finished their EP, which is made up of five of their own songs. The easiest place to find it is on Facebook; search The Dealers Band. They are working on getting the EP on iTunes, but it takes a while to clear the copyrights. “We have more that we’d like to record,” Eckermann said. What style of music do they play? There are hints of blues, funk and ‘70s hard rock, but the main factor in the mix is rock ‘n’ roll. The members grew up listening to Blink-182, The Offspring, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin and Social Distortion. Their musical inspiration usually manages to find its way into their songs, which adds a sense of uniqueness. “All of our influences growing up definitely show through regardless of how much we try to write something else,” Thews said. What obstacles have you overcome as a band? The first hurdle in The Dealers’ musical career was when they had to pay to play, one time paying $1,200 for a 30-minute set. Now they are making money. The second issue pertained to when they would play shows and other bands they play with are mismatched and usually play covers. The Dealers said they had to spend half of the set winning over the audience. What was your worst show? They arrived at their set and saw there were 12-year-old kids playing onstage with their dad as their manager. They were told they had to wait an hour for the kids to be done playing. There was no speaker system, so Thews would have to yell onstage. The Dealers called it their nightmare show. They decided to leave in true rock ‘n’ roll fashion, went across the street and got drunk. How do you write a song? They first write the music and then
begin layering more on top of it, trying various musical combinations. They practice, then keep singing and playing through it until they come up with something they like. What do you do for fun? “Music is my fun thing,” Ludwig said, and the rest of The Dealers agreed. Other fun things mentioned include: motocross, being weird, collecting Beanie Babies and going to Disneyland. “Kyle likes to drink martinis - really, really girlie ones. And he wears lots of scarves. Oh, he collects purses, which is really, really cool,” Thews said of Eckermann. Describe The Dealers in four words: Every member chose a word they felt best described their band: rockin’, bluesy, funkadelic and Skittles. Single or taken? Ludwig is the only member of The Dealers with a girlfriend. The rest are single and in a band. “That’s not a bad way to put it,” Eckermann said after a burst of laughter. “Yeah, that’s true. Yep, yep. I would say so,” Thews added with a chuckle.
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OCMA: “Best Live Acoustic” finals at the Fullerton Museum ...Continued from page 1 Maika won the fan vote to continue on to the finals. “It’s a very unique experience that I am aware not a lot of people get to do,” Maika said. “I’m very thankful for that, to have that opportunity.” Fans of Maika cheered and danced as he wowed the crowd with his signature style. The next act to take the stage was acoustic band Canvas. Lead singers Doll Knight and Keila Morris seemed to harmonize effortlessly while their band accompanied their unique sound flawlessly. As the night progressed, more and more fans showed up, wanting to cheer for their favorite artist and hopefully help them take home the grand prize which included a $1,000 Best Buy gift card, recording time and more. The third act to take the stage was Parker Macy Blues. Macy, known for his gruff voice, wowed the crowd with his blend of blues and rock. Macy recently opened for the living legend B.B. King at the House of Blues in Anaheim. “It was amazing. It was a privilege and an honor. Just stupid cool,” said Macy. “We got to meet (King), we got to talk to him, it was the coolest thing ever.” Macy also competed last year in the OCMA showcase but didn’t make it to the finals. He was excited about making it this far and being able to play with all the musicians involved. “They’re awesome, they’re all my friends, I love ‘em all,” Macy said. “It’s so weird to judge music because it’s such an opinion thing. It really doesn’t
WILLIAM CAMARGO / Daily Titan Finalist Stacey Clarke wrapped up the event as the fifth performer of the night.
matter, these are all my friends, and the local music scene around here is so supportive like that.” As the night went on, each artist poured their heart out to the crowd through their music. Next to take the stage was Dana Point native Micah Brown. This was the first year Brown competed in the awards and was happy to be a part of it. “It was an honor just to be part of it,” said Brown. “It was something I had set my sights on before kind of privately, just saw it and wanted to be a part of it.” Brown brought special guest Jennifer Argenti onstage to play the violin for his set. Brown played a number of songs off his recently released EP
WILLIAM CAMARGO / Daily Titan The evening’s big winner Micah Brown performed with special guest and friend, violinist Jennifer Argenti.
March 5. Taking home the honors of the night was none other than Micah Brown. Brown accepted his awards on stage and was immediately rushed by his friends and family, all wanting to congratulate him on his success.
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Markus Schulz is one of the busiest men in trance. His touring schedule takes him all over the world to the biggest night clubs and dance festivals. On Wednesday he made a stop in a more intimate setting, Sutra in Costa Mesa. Tickets for the evening sold out early Wednesday, causing walk-ups to be turned away. Schulz has been ranked in the top 10 of DJ Mag’s annual rankings, the standard for electronic music. He
“It felt incredible! I mean I’ve never won anything like this before,” Brown said. “(Music is) my passion, it’s what I want to do with my career, so it feels great to get that positive reinforcement.” Although only one could walk away
a winner for the night, each artist in the showcase made it further than many others, proving their undeniable talent and drive. The final award show for the 10th Annual OCMA’s will be held at the Grove in Anaheim on March 5.
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Down Like Hail and even included a special, more bluesy rendition of the the Bob Marley classic “Is This Love?” As Brown played, many of his friends in the audience cheered and sang along with his songs, showing their support for the artist. The last act of the night was Stacey Clarke. Clarke thanked the fans for coming out and apologized for the cold weather, joking that her mother, who had come from Buffalo to see her, must have brought it in. After all the finalists finished their sets, KROQ made a few short announcements and thanked the sponsors of the event. A few short minutes later, they were back onstage to announce the winner who would be playing at the OC Music Awards on
has been the top American DJ in the rankings. An energetic buzz filled the club as the opening DJs Daniel Minaya and Kristina Sky spun a mix of progressive and trance tracks. The club was filled to the brim just before midnight as Schulz took the stage. When he dropped a track, “Caress 2 Impress,” from his recent mix compilation Prague ‘11, the crowd went crazy and the tempo was set for the night. From that point, Schulz took the clubbers through an energetic set throughout the night. He dropped a relatively new and unknown mix of the summer hit “Bromance” by Tim Berg that had been reworked into a faster, harder version by electronic duo Tuceando. A dub mix of the mainstream hit “Like a G6” pleased both Schulz fans and regular clubbers.
The crowd sang along with Yuri Kane’s “Right Back” as it was mashed up with “The Great Escape,” a compilation by trance heavy hitters Rank 1 and Jochen Miller. The audience had a similar reaction to an unreleased remix of the trance anthem “Silence” by Delirium. One of the biggest reactions from the crowd came when Schulz dropped his newest track “Sinners,” released under the guise Dakota. The song was released on Monday, Feb. 21, but had been found in recent live mixes and Schulz’s weekly radio show, “Global DJ Broadcast.” Those who had seen Schulz in 2010, when he played in three different Southern California festivals, were familiar with “Opera of Northern Ocean,” which has been a staple of his sets over the past year. The bigroom anthem elicited a roar from the
crowd as confetti rained down. Schulz created enormous anticipation with an extended build-up to one of his biggest tracks, a new rework of “The New World.” The song was released in 2008, but Schulz has found multiple ways to keep it fresh while keeping the essence. Another track from Prague ‘11, Mr. Pit’s “Backstage,” got a huge roar which gave way to a remix of Tiesto’s classic “Lethal Industry.” As the clock approached 2 a.m., Schulz wrapped things up with an outro edit of his track “Perception,” which brought tons of phones in the air for a lastminute recording. Schulz plays in Southern California often for a DJ of his magnitude and once again did not disappoint. He is a must-see for any electronic music fan and anyone who wants to give trance a try.
Album The King of Limbs by Radiohead
Anthony Hopkins stars in the new movie The Rite. Based off a true story, it’s about a priest in the making named Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue) who is struggling with his faith and eventually gets some guidance and definitely some experience when he is sent off to Italy to shadow an exorcist. Struggling with his own calling, Kovak goes through his entire life trying to figure out what it is he’s going to do. His mother died when he was just a boy and it was up to his father to raise him alone. Kovak and his father run a mortuary, preparing the dead bodies for funerals. Many years after his mother passes away, he begins to contemplate going to college. However, the thing is, in the Kovak family you are either a priest or a mortician. Since Kovak does not want to pursue either one of those professions, he reluctantly joins the seminary to please his father and also because he does not know what else to do with his life. After four years of receiving a wonderfully free education, he writes a letter to one of the mentor priests at the school and asks to resign. The mentor warns Kovak that the school has the ability to force Kovak to pay for the last four years of college if he decides not to join the priesthood. Not so excited about the idea, the mentor gives him another option. Kovak is sent off to Italy to shadow an old experienced exorcist, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who
First they posted a short tweet on Twitter about their new album, The King of Limbs, to be released five days down the line. Then they put it up for download a full day earlier than originally scheduled. The biggest surprise, however, is how Radiohead can still pump out a fresh-sounding album after nearly two decades of making music. The five-man English alt-rock group has always been extremely ambitious, breaking new ground with each successive album release. With The King of Limbs, however, they have chosen to stand their ground and craft a terse, spiritual experience. The eight tracks composing this short, 37-minute album are made up of three key ingredients: Phil Selway’s machine-precise drum work, Thom Yorke’s ethereal vocals, and subdued, tip-tappy electronic atmospheres. Occasionally, the sounds of nature are stitched in; chirping birds are found in the transition between “Codex” and “Give Up The Ghost.” When combined, these sounds manage to evoke the haunting, meditative beauty found in churches and temples. “Little by Little” is the darkest song in the album. An Indian-tinged guitar drives the song, while percussion jangles and reversed electronics warble in the background. At the denouement are the lyrics “drug and kill you/kill you,” which are severely disturbing and troubled. “Little by Little” is the lone moment of instability in an album about
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will eventually help Kovak to see what he is not believing. The movie shows very detailed scenes, so it is not recommended for people who are sensitive. But those who are not sensitive to such graphic scenes might really enjoy this movie. Being a borderline atheist, Kovak witnesses quite a few demonic possessions of patients that Father Lucas is trying to help, but nothing convinces Kovak. He watches the patient speak in demonic voices, cough up nails, yet he still does not believe. He assists Father Lucas in one incident involving a pregnant teenage girl. When the girl is going into demonic possession, Kovak insists the girl needs medical treatment and should see a doctor, not an exorcist. It is not until a horrible incident occurs that he begins to see the light. With the help of a friend he meets at the Vatican, he has to gain back his faith he lost many years ago in order to save the last person that gets possessed. The movie is great with a good message as well. It is very graphic and it can be really creepy for some people who do not like seeing this type of horror flick.
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seeking clarity. The folksy number “Give Up The Ghost” brings acoustic guitars to prominence, with electronic trimmings on the side. The mantra, “don’t haunt me/don’t hurt me,” can be heard underneath the strumming and singing, giving this track a persistent ghostly feeling. “Lotus Flower” is the clear standout track on The King of Limbs. It opens quietly with hand-claps and synths, while electronics lilt around in the background. As the volume rises, Selway lends to a strangely danceable groove with his expert drumming, and Yorke sings his little heart out (and dances maniacally in the music video - check it out if you haven’t already). The heartbreak is sold amazingly well; the song jumps erratically between bitterness, happiness and abandonment before ending with an earnest “listen to your heart.” Two lovers can let go and emerge stronger, just as lotus flowers can emerge from mud. Also notable is the tranquil “Codex,” with its muffled piano, ephemeral tip-taps and peaceful singing. “Codex” is an interesting opposite to Amnesiac’s dirge-like “Pyramid Song”- stripped down rather than excessive; cleansing rather than crushing; dragonflies “flying to the side” as you dive into a clear lake, rather than the “black-eyed angels” who watch as you drown in a river. The King of Limbs is a tight, atmospheric experience, rather than one of excess or ambition. It sounds like Thom Yorke’s solo album The Eraser, with cues taken from the space-faring, meditative sounds of Flying Lotus. This is the kind of album a band makes when they are content with who they are; the result may not be as arresting as their past work, but it still demands a listen.
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Stories of prejudice against Muslims have a tendency to be on the borderline of self-pity and a “holierthan-thou” perspective. A lot has been said about the challenges of living in America as a Muslim, especially in the racially charged aftermath of 9/11. But Qasim “Q” Basir’s long-awaited film, Mooz-lum, takes you on a journey of self-discovery of a young man in the midst of family, cultural and socio-political chaos. It’s a story that offers truthful glimpses into the lives of people across America. Based on actual events, Mooz-lum portrays the coming-of-age story of Tariq (Evan Ross) as he leaves for college. He was brought up in a Muslim household under the strict vigilance of his father Hassan (Roger Guenveur Smith). His mother Safiyah (Nia Long) doesn’t agree with Hassan’s tough upbringing method, and this creates a rift between the two, leading Safiyah to divorce her husband. Hassan sends Tariq to an Islamic boarding school where a painful experience leaves him scarred for life. He grows up to be a self-conscious and confused young man, and withdraws himself from his family. He considers college as a way to take on a new persona, while trying to distance himself from his Muslim identity. His Muslim roommate tries to invite him to Muslim Students Association events, but instead he tries to fit in with college life by partying and drinking liquor for the first time. But even with his newly acquired identity, he feels lost. He is not sure of what he stands for anymore because his experience of growing up in a Muslim household had too strong an influence on him to make him oblivious to his faith. The films adds an alternate track to the storyline in the form of the constant disagreement between the college’s dean (Danny Glover) and a young professor of comparative religion (Dorian Missick) due to the professor’s unconventional teaching philosophy. The turn of events after 9/11 changes everything: the college policies, the attitude of the students toward Muslim students, and most importantly, him. It brings him closer to his religion, family and who he is. But the film is not only about what it is to be a Muslim in America. It speaks to a wide range of people because of the variety of issues it addresses: a couple’s constant falling-out over the upbringing of
Mooz-lum is also a great example of the power of a social media campaign. The film has had the Internet buzzing in anticipation since the trailer was first released.
their children, the anxious transition to college and the pressure to fit in, acknowledging and recovering from haunting memories, and the burden of struggling with an identity crisis in the midst of being confronted by two opposite cultures. The film touches beautifully upon these matters and draws the audience in as they shed a tear during heart-wrenching scenes or let out a cheer for the characters’ triumphs. Veteran actress Long and new actor Ross (of CW’s 90210 fame) manage to deliver stellar performances, while Glover’s brief appearance in the film does not shine through. Although the film’s title alludes to a common but incorrect pronunciation of the word “Muslim,” it manages to stay fairly objective by avoiding to stereotype one specific group of people. Mooz-lum is also a great example of the power of a social media campaign. The film has had the Internet buzzing in anticipation since the trailer was first released. It was decided that the top 10 cities that get the most “demands” on Eventful.com would be selected for the film’s limited release. The film’s official Facebook page served as the anchor for all the promotions and information, and kept the people involved at each step. The film finally opened Feb. 11, with AMC 30 at The Block in Orange being one of the venues. The film’s Facebook page announced the film had a successful opening weekend with the “second highest per screen average in the country.” Due to the growing demand from people and positive reviews from critics, the film opened in more cities across the U.S. You know a film has made its impact when it compels total strangers at the theater to share their reactions with one another by engaging in a hearty discussion. If that’s not a strong indication, then the huge applause at the end of a viewing in a crowded theater in Orange should vouch for itself.
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February 28, 2011
Home finale ends in bitter pain, 75-70 Despite the loss, Titans stand tied for seventh place with two games remaining in regular season Playing their last game at home, seniors Jer’Vaughn Johnson, Eric Williams and Devon ELLIOT COOK Peltier left everything on the court. Diving for Daily Titan loose balls, drawing key charges and finishing key baskets almost brought these three Cal State Fullerton men’s basketball teammates the win they wanted on senior night. The Titans came from 17 down in the second half, closing the game to within four points, but lost 75-70 to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Feb. 26. The Titans were able to get off to a great start. They played with a lot of energy and led for most of the first half. Their biggest lead was 19-15 with 8:25 left in the half after a three from freshman Isiah Umipig, but Cal Poly went on a 12-2 run and finished the half with a 33-28 lead. Junior forward David Hanson was huge for Cal Poly and had 19 points in the first frame. The Titans played a zone almost the entire half which enabled Hanson to spot up and knock down threes. The Titans were unable to key on Hanson because little-used sophomore guard Dylan Royer came in and made three three’s of his own. Royer wasn’t even in the Titans’ scouting report because he had only scored a total of six points so far during the season. Coach Bob Burton knew this was the way the Titans’ season has gone. “This has happened to us all year. People hit all types of shots on us; they are usually banks. You could see the guy (Royer) could really shoot it,” said Burton. The start of the second half was more of the same for Cal Poly as they came out and hit their first three three-pointers to give them an 11-point lead with 18 left in the game. After a quick CSUF timeout, the Titans switched into a man defense. Cal Poly was able to stretch its lead even more, 66-49, before the Titans charged back. Peltier came up huge hitting three threes of his own, including being fouled on one for a four-point play. Peltier scored all 19 of his points in the second half and helped bring the Titans back into the game. The key to the 16-3 run had to be the press the Titans implemented. Cal Poly seemed to be flustered by the Titans’ pressure and was forced to call two timeouts one minute apart. With less than a minute left, the Titans were down four with the ball. Junior forward Orane Chin drove the ball through a crowd of Cal Poly defenders and threw the ball away. The Titans were then forced to start fouling and sent Cal Poly to the free-throw line, where they sealed the game. Coach Burton was frustrated with the way the Titans got in a hole. “It’s easy to play from behind, but it’s not easy to win. It’s really frustrating. To get in such a hole and then get excited and almost come back. I’d like to see that intensity from the start,” Burton said. The seniors knew they left it all in Titan Gym. They wanted this win to clinch a Big West tournament berth, but because it was their last time playing in front of their home court fans, Peltier said, “we played our butts off and we really wanted that win, not just for us, but for everyone involved.” “We knew this would be our last chance playing in front of our fans in this gym, so we left it all out there,” said Johnson. The Titans can clinch a Big West tournament berth with a win at UC Davis this weekend.
Men’s basketball swept by Cal Poly
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KELSEY LANEY / Daily Titan Titan senior midfielder Andrew Hauke takes a shot at the Long Beach State goal. Hauke scored one of the Titans’ 16 goals on Saturday, Feb. 26.
Lacrosse routs soggy 49ers, 16-9 The Titans come out with their fourth victory overall against Long Beach State in conference JOSE CHAMU SANTANA For the Daily Titan
The Cal State Fullerton men’s lacrosse club rallied back early to beat division rival Long Beach State in their first conference game at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano on Saturday, Feb. 26 by a score of 16-9. With great play on both the offensive and defensive side of the field and overcoming a sluggish start, the Titans were able to take control of the game from the second quarter until the final whistle. CSUF came in losing its previous three games but have not lost to LBSU at any point in its league history past. They now have a 4-0 overall record against the 49ers in conference play. Freshman goalkeeper Trevor Burns received the game ball for his breakthrough performance with an impressive 22 saves in his first conference start. “Incredible” was the feeling described by Burns. “It’s the first game I’ve had with under 10 goals let in.” Titan senior attacker Mike Ansel led the charge offensively, whizzing a game-high six goals into the opposing net, but praised the defense for not allowing LBSU to score goals in the second half. “We scored but they held them (back), and if they don’t score we’re going to win,” said Ansel. CSUF senior and midfielder Andrew Hauke started things off by winning the initial faceoff, but freshman midfielder Chris Lien of LBSU scored the first goal of the game. The Titans responded quickly with a goal by Ansel. CSUF gave up four more goals and put in another and the 49ers had the lead at the end of the first quarter, 5-2. “I feel like we came out a little flat, we turned it on in the second, started playing our game, fought for all the groundballs and pulled it through,” said Titan Head Coach Kyle Morrision. The Titans came out revitalized in the second quarter and man-
aged to net the first four goals to take a 6-5 lead. They were quicker to the ball and there was more patience and movement in their offensive sets from there on out. Three of those four goals came from senior captain and midfielder JR Grubert who pulled off a “natural hat trick,” scoring three in a row to give the Titans momentum and put them on top. “As long as I have my teammates around me, we can score goals, we can work as a team, we can win these games. It’s that easy,” said Grubert. CSUF was up 10-7 at halftime with more goals from Ansel, midfielder freshman Jeff Lyon and sophomore Chris Cole. During the third quarter numerous penalties prevented the team from pulling away toward a bigger lead, but they were able to instill intimidation into the minds of LBSU players. Titan senior defender Ryne Olson credited the win to their physicality and toughness. “We roughed them up,” said Olson. “They were afraid of us in the second half.” The Titans were able to hold the 49ers to one goal in the third and fourth, and Ansel tossed in a few more goals, along with Cole and freshman midfielder Graham Seigler putting a couple goals in as well. The game was supposed to take place on the Titan Track at CSUF but was moved to St. Margaret’s Episcopal School due to unplayable field conditions caused by the rainy days prior to gameday. When asked about what they’re going to do to prepare for their upcoming game, Morrison said, “We’re just going to play our game and see what happens.” With the win on Saturday, CSUF men’s lacrosse improves to a 2-3 overall record. Up next for the Titans are two more conference rivals: UC Irvine and Marymount College on Wednesday and Friday respectively. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. at Titan Track.
Tennis scraped by LMU Gymnastics’ ‘Faculty Night’ ends in defeat KATHLEEN ROSELL Daily Titan
The two-game winning streak the Cal State Fullerton women’s tennis team has experienced lately ended when they lost to UC Davis on Feb. 19 and Loyola Marymount University in a close non-conference game with a final score of 5-2 on Feb. 24. Titan senior Karina Akhmedova, alongside sophomore Malorie dela Cruz, were the only doubles team to score the much-needed points in the first round. They put up a final score of 8-3 against LMU seniors Shauna Morgan and Melissa Valenzuela. “It felt good. I have never beaten LMU in the singles or the doubles, so for me it was a good win,” said Akhmedova. “We treat every match the same way; no matter who we play, everyone is good competition. We felt like we had a chance against them this year better than any other year.” LMU gained an early lead when they won both the No. 1 and the No. 2 doubles matches. Going into the singles the Titans were behind and needed as many singles points as possible to attempt gaining the victory. “I think that we were more prepared for the singles matches after
the doubles,” Akhmedova said. “I felt like after playing the doubles and after beating them, we could beat them in the singles.” Of the six singles matches that were played, only two Titans, freshmen Morgan McIntosh and Megan Sandford, were able to gain wins for the team. McIntosh defeated Lion junior Elisaveta Pironkova 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 2 singles spot, while Sandford won with a final 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 score. “The team has fairly good chemistry,” said Connie Kuei, student athletic trainer of the team. “Compared to their previous matches, besides the ones that they lost, this has been a pretty good performance. The singles were a lot different because they do not need communication.” There was a chance for a third Titan point when dela Cruz battled Valenzuela. Their first two sets went 5-7 and 6-2. However, Valenzuela was able to pull ahead and gain the victory for the Lions with a 10-8 tiebreaker. “They performed better in the singles,” said Titan Head Coach Bill Reynolds. “I was not really happy with the doubles, especially a couple of the doubles matches, because we needed that doubles point.” The Titans will play UC San Diego on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Titan Courts.
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Golden Gophers sweep bars and beam; the Titans took the loss with their second-highest score JESSICA Mc COY Daily Titan
The Cal State Fullerton gymnastics team lost to the No. 21 ranked Minnesota State Golden Gophers on Friday night in the Titan gym. The final score of the night was 188.725 to 195.300. The highest average score the Titans received was on vault, with everyone scoring over a 9.5. Leading the night with top finishes on all the events, the Golden Gophers had a final score of 46.650 to 48.875 on bars, 46.575 to 49.000, a nearly perfect score by Minnesota on beam, and 47.425 to 48.875 on floor. Minnesota’s Shannon Golich took first place on the beam with a score of 9.900 and first place for all-around went to Golden Gophers’ Kendra Elm, with an overall score of 39.175. On vault, the Titans came close to the Golden Gophers, scoring a 48.075 to 48.550. Senior Alaina Baker took first place on floor for the second time in the last two meets, scoring a 9.875. “I concentrate on making my landings and overall performing well,” said Baker. Baker scored a 9.750 on vault, 9.650 on bars and a 9.350 on beam. With the third straight loss for the Titans, improvement is showing amongst the team. “We are coming a long way, and we are really good at picking each other up,” said Titan freshman Katie Renecker. “We are getting better at our personal goals, and when everything comes together we will be able to achieve our team goals.”
DANIEL ENOS / Daily Titan Titan gymnast Shelly Cooper loops around the top bar in the uneven bars event, scoring a 9.625.
Titan junior Mika Medina showed improvement with her second time competing in the floor lineup, scoring an 8.700. Sophomore Leah Houseman had the highest score of the night on beam for the Titans,
scoring a 9.575. All-arounder Shelly Cooper scored 9.725 on vault, 9.650 on floor, 9.150 on beam and 9.625 on bars, setting a season high all-around score of 38.150. Junior Vanessa Klass also competed in the all-around to tie her season high with a total score of 36.575, averaging 9.60 on vault, 8.625 on bars, 9.30 on beam and 9.050 on floor. “If we do bad on one of our events, we leave it in the past and make the next one as good as we can,” Baker said. “Then next week we can work on it in practice and try to correct the mistakes so we can move forward.” As the Titans hosted their annual Faculty Night meet, the team spirit reached a new fan base and form of support. Some members from the Cal State Fullerton track and field team showed their school spirit by painting “C-S-U-F” individually on their chests. “The team spirit needs to improve,” said Malek Walls, a freshman track and field sprinter. “We are the only ones showing team spirit by painting our chests and supporting the gymnastics team.” After three home meets in a row, the Titans head on the road to take on the Utah State University Aggies on March 4. The Titans return home on March 11 to host their annual Pink Meet for breast cancer awareness against San Jose State at 7 p.m. at Titan Gym.