Vol. 89 Issue 21
March 10, 2011
Greeks Come Out
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CSUF fraternities and sororities begin their festivities
Nick Simotas utilizes radio-TVfilm degree in television industry
Men’s lacrosse The Titans cruise past another opponent for their third straight victory, 15-4
The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton
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Fraternities and sororities come together for Greek Week, a series of events dedicated to raising awareness about Greek life and its importance at Cal State Fullerton
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Greek initiation without the hazards Members tout positive induction into the sisterhoods and brotherhoods SARAH FERNANDEZ Daily Titan
The history of fraternities and sororities has been a time-honored tradition on the American college campus, and Cal State Fullerton is no exception. But while these organizations have many beneficial outcomes, there is often a negative undercurrent that rears its ugly head from time to time: hazing. Louis Rizzacasa, president of Phi Kappa Tau, explained how every fraternity has a different program the new members have to go through, but said hazing is against the law. “Hazing has been a federal crime since 2005,” said Rizzacasa. “The new members are required to learn about the history of the fraternity and its members, and then we quiz them at the end of each week to make sure they know the material. We want to find people that are able to contribute to the organization and the organization can contribute back to the person as well.” At CSUF the Greek community consists of over 30 national and local Greek letter organizations that all came together this week for Greek Week. When Greek life was established in the 1700s, these organizations served as secret clubs that met to discuss and debate subject matter not often approved of by the college administration or faculty. Today these organizations are revered as campus clubs that promote social, leadership, academic and philanthropic opportunities to its members. The negative aspect sometimes associated with Greek life is defined as hazing, the harassment of new members as a rite of passage by giving them meaningless, difficult and dangerous or humiliating tasks to perform. Activities known as hazing are secretive and ritualistic in nature which make them difficult to expose. These rituals of initiation are conducted during secret ceremonies which are meant to be traditions that represent lasting memories for the new “brother” or “sister” entering into Greek life. Some of these activities can become extremely dangerous and are only revealed when someone is injured - sometimes fatally. See HAZING, page 3
Greek Week: Food, fun and philanthropy Hundreds of students gather to kick off week-long celebration of Greek unity and awareness CARMEN VARNER Daily Titan
Greek Week, an event involving sports, philanthropy and competition, has deep roots at Cal State Fullerton. The festivities raise money for Camp Titan, a summer camp for Orange County’s underprivileged youth. Tuesday marked the start of the Olympic-style games where more than 800 students of the Greek community gather to participate. Greek Week is designed to establish camaraderie between students of the 11 chapters of Cal State Fullerton’s sororities and fraternities: five fraternities and six sororities. Last year’s games raised $58,000 for Camp Titan. “I am most excited to hang out with the Greeks and have a chance to be competitive,” said Jonathon Fuller, 19, of Phi Kappa Tau. “I Contact Us at email@example.com
am playing center in football.” Phi Kappa Tau’s Greek partners are Alpha Delta Pi and Delta Zeta sororities. “I personally am excited to get dressed up and, for a week, just go back to being a kid, doing various activities and cheering,” said Boris Alvarado, 19, a member of Sigma Nu. Alvarado will play both football and basketball. His fraternity is partnered with Alpha Chi Omega. Each sorority and fraternity pair up to compete in various sports. Delta Chi fraternity will not partake in Greek Week this year because they are on suspension due to disciplinary reasons, according to Inter-Fraternity Council President Jerry Stutz. Jessica Aguirre, 20, a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, said she looks forward to Greek Week each year because she has the opportunity to bond with her sisters and raise money for a beneficial cause. Gamma Phi Beta
is partnered with Sigma Phi Epsilon. The week of Greek rivalry started off with a coin collection on the Titan Walk both Tuesday and Wednesday to raise money for Camp Titan. “Greek Week is a time when the true brotherhood of a house is exemplified and put on display for the entire Greek system,” said Matt McCleary, 20, football quarterback for Pi Kappa Phi. The fraternity is matched up with Zeta Tau Alpha. The Can Castle Contest, where competitors build castles out of food cans and are judged based on quality and creativity, occurred Wednesday at noon on the Titan Walk, followed by the Chalk Mural Drawing Competition. See WEEK, page 2
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Cal State Fullerton’s sororities and fraternities hold the first Greek Week events CYNTHIA RODRIGUEZ Daily Titan
Cheers and shouts could be heard across campus as Greek Week kicked off its first series of festivities. Greek Week will continue through next Tuesday. The events are held in an effort to bring the houses together and act as a fundraiser for Camp Titan, Cal State Fullerton’s summer camp for underprivileged kids. Lauren Thornlow, Panhellenic Council president, said the Panhellenic Council and the Inter-Fraternity Council partnered each sorority with a fraternity to compete together for Wednesday’s Can Castle and Chalk Murals Competition. “Teams of one sorority and one fraternity compete in friendly competition,” said Thornlow. There was one mismatched group of two sororities and one fraternity, she said. Greek Week is more than just bringing the different houses together. Thornlow said the Greek community is “really involved with Camp Titan.” “Some Greek members are even camp counselors,” Thornlow said.
The events for Greek Week are intended to raise funds for Camp Titan, which help underprivileged kids attend a summer camp free of charge. “Every chapter does its own fundraising individually as well as fundraisers with their council,” Thornlow said. Matthew Sanchez, 22, a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and a business finance major, said Greek Week is a great mixer to meet new people. “I have friends in different houses,” said Sanchez. “These competitions bring everyone closer.” Every year a theme is decided and this year’s theme is decades. Each house got to choose what decade they wanted to represent throughout the competitions. The first thing the partnered sororities and fraternities had to do was create a castle that incorporated their theme out of cans of fruits and vegetables they brought for the event. The makeshift castle, built by the participating sororities and fraternities, was meant to epitomize their decade. The next activity was creating chalk murals next to cans on the concrete walkway adjacent to the Titan Shops bookstore. Once the cans were judged they were collected to be do-
ELIZABETH SWIONTEK / Daily Titan Participants of Greek Week brought their own soup cans in order to build a can castle that represented their specific decade. The sororities and fraternities donated these cans after the event to a local charity.
nated to shelters. The decades chosen were the ‘40s and ‘60s through the ‘90s. The ‘70s mural gave Tuffy the Titan an Afro and a white disco suit while the ‘40s mural had the map of Hawaii with a magnifying glass over fighter planes attacking Pearl Harbor. Brittany Napier, 21, a Panhellenic member and American studies major, said three judges, two deans and one faculty adviser were selected to take a good look at the murals to decide on a winner.
“The judges are not Greek related so the decisions made will be fair,” said Napier. Maricela Alvarado, the Greek life coordinator, said Greek Week is a student-run event. A list with the names of all the houses are rotated each year so a different sorority gets paired up with a different fraternity. “This is a great way to meet together and work together,” said Alvarado. “This is a healthy competition, but it’s intended to get (the houses) excited and work hard to raise funds and
get a banner.” Alvarado said the houses get a lot of pride out of the banner. Banners and plaques are awarded to the winning houses on the Greek award ceremony that will take place Monday. During this ceremony the houses will find out which mural and can castle was the winner. Winners of the Thursday and Saturday sporting events, the Friday “Olympic-style” relay races and the Sunday lip-syncing events will also be awarded that day.
WEEK: Greeks promote camaraderie and philanthropy
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University Affairs Meeting a No-Go Today’s University Affairs Committee meeting has been canceled due to a failure to meet quorum, the minimum attendance required to pass resolutions. In order to meet quorum, more than half of the available members must be present. There are 11 members on the committee. Many members of the committee are involved in Greek organizations. Greek Week began Wednesday. According to the Associated Students Inc. website, the University Affairs Committee is responsible for reviewing, formulating and recommending policies to the ASI Board of Directors. They also implement new programs for the board and monitor vital issues pertaining to CSUF. The next University Affairs meeting will be held March 17 in the Titan Student Union Legislative Chamber. Brief by Anders Howmann
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ELIZABETH SWIONTEK / Daily Titan Members of various fraternities and sororities gathered in front of the Titan Shops bookstore where a number of different activities were held in honor of Greek Week. The events are held to help bring together Greeks at CSUF.
...Continued from page 1 Friday’s events will consist of relay races on the athletic fields, and Saturday marks the first flag football game with Sigma Nu versus Phi Sigma Kappa. The Lip-Synch Competition will take place Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Becker Amphitheatre. Monday will complete Greek Week with an awards ceremony in the Titan Student Union’s Portola Pavilion. Greek Week has various signifi-
cance depending on the person; the ambitious ones want to win it all. “Competition is the only thing judged in Greek Week that is completely explicit in its results and not up for any judgement, so people tend to base the real Greek Week ‘winner’ based on who wins competition. It’s an honest test to who is ‘the best,’” said McCleary. Others love the week of sports to have fun with friends. “Greek Week means uniting Greeks across the campus for one
unified goal of raising money for underprivileged kids. It truly is a rewarding experience to see how much we raise overall in the end, but a little competition doesn’t hurt with Coin Wars, Recycling Wars and Can Castles to urge us to raise more,” said Chelsea Blasco, 20, a member of Sigma Kappa paired with Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. Watch the basketball games in the Titan Gym or volleyball in the Student Recreation Center today from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
CSUF students will be doing more than drinking all night March 17. The Middle Eastern Student Society will be hosting its “Seventh Annual Hookah Titan Up” where smoking hookah, live dance performances and Middle Eastern food will be provided free of charge to students from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Quad. Tables will be set up so students can learn more about the culture and history of Middle Eastern countries. Members of MESS will provide artifacts and their countries’ flags to represent the different countries the students of the club embody. The hookah will be provided by Twilight Hookah Lounge. Yasmeen Ali will have a booth providing henna tattoos and DJ Nara will provide music throughout the event. Drumming will also be performed by Fares Bustami, a Golden Nights performer, and Angelika Nemeth and her Dance Ensemble will perform a live dance. Brief by Cynthia Rodriguez
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SARAH FERNANDEZ / Daily Titan Business students listen in as Anil Puri, dean of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, forecasts the future economic condition.
Gloom to clear over economy Dean of business and economics anticipates a decrease in unemployment over the next year SARAH FERNANDEZ Daily Titan
ARIANNE CUSTER / Daily Titan Greek organizations have been notorious for hazing in recent history. Most states have passed legislation prohibiting these dangerous activities across college campuses.
HAZING: CSUF’s Greek communities induct members without illegal measures ...Continued from page 1 The website Ranker.com lists the 14 most brutal college hazing rituals. The following are some of the least offensive activities listed. They include swallowing raw pieces of liver soaked in oil; drinking a concoction known as “death,” thought to consist of Tabasco sauce and ketchup; exercising in a urine-soaked garage; and having sorority sisters circle the fat on your body with a pen to indicate where you need to improve. Those listed on the website were hazing rituals that were from other universities in the United States and none from CSUF.
Legislation exists on the books in California, as well as the majority of states in the U.S., that prohibits dangerous hazing activities. In addition, councils have been established to oversee campus Greek life and ensure the safety and positive outcome of the groups. This includes the Panhellenic Council, which is an umbrella organization that helps to develop and maintain sorority life, and the Inter-Fraternity Council, which performs the same duties for the fraternities on campus. In addition, the Multicultural Greek Council and the National Pan-Hellenic Council aim to promote diversity and community in the world of Greek life. Greek life can be exciting, fun and a world
where lifelong friendships and associations are made and maintained in the future. Maddie Stocks, 20, a health science major, enjoyed the Greek Week festivities. “I think it is very entertaining; they really pump up the energy,” said Stocks. Hazing can leave an ugly and regretful mark on a member’s memory that can also last a lifetime. Keeping it positive is the key in any campus club or association. Luke Enkosky, a former fraternity member, has seen the hazards of hazing, but said it doesn’t have to be that way. “Hazing is dangerous but if done right can really bring those involved closer together,” said Enkosky.
Multicultural Greeks absent from festivities MCGC and NPHC organizations do not participate because they cannot enter as individual houses MARGARITA CASTELLANOS
Greek Week is one of the largest student-run events at Cal State Fullerton, but not all the councils are getting in on the fun. The Inter-Fraternity Council, members from each fraternity and the Pan-Hellenic sorority work together for six days to create an atmosphere of pure Greek spirit and pride through exciting events, but the Multicultural Greek Council (MCGC) and the National PanHellenic Council (NPHC) have been skipping out on the festivities. The MCGC represents diverse cultural interests, such as Asian, Latino and multicultural fraternities and sororities, while the NPHC serves as the umbrella organization and governing body for
seven historically black fraternities and sororities. Representatives from the NPHC could not immediately be reached. One reason the MCGC has not participated is because instead of 10 MCGC organizations each participating as their own team like the IFC, the entire MCGC has been considered as one team. “Our council doesn’t participate in Greek Week because when we participated in it, we would participate as a council instead of individual chapters. Some chapters in our council didn’t like this because they wanted to represent their own fraternity/sorority,” said Jose Mendoza of MCGC public relations. “Chapters in our council have a great sense of pride for their letters, so they wanted to represent themselves and compete with the MCGC chapter,” Mendoza said. Low numbers also prevent the
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MCGC from participating, said Jayda Shuavarrasri, MCGC president. “Greek Week is in fact about fostering unity through healthy competition and events, but because of the fact that MCGC has lower numbers, it was too challenging for MCGC to give full contribution,” Shuavarrasri said. Shuavarrasri said the council focuses more on developing organizations based on brotherhood, sisterhood, culture, leadership, philanthropy, academics and character. “We do not place an emphasis on how many members we have within our organizations as long as our mission and values are upheld,” Shuavarrasri said. The MCGC was established in 2002 at CSUF, making them new kids on the block in terms of Greek life. “Although some cultural Greeks in the U.S. were founded in the earlier decades of the 1900s, cultural fraternities and sororities in general didn’t really begin to emerge until the 1960s to 1970s. Other councils or national Greek organizations have been around much longer and have had a strong reputation that dates to as early as the 1700s,” Shuavarrasri said. Although MCGC and NPHC
chapters don’t participate during Greek Week, the councils conduct recruitment independently and at different times throughout the academic year. During recruitment, chapters will set up information tables on the Titan Walk. In addition, because the MCGC does not participate in Greek Week, it maintains Greek unity within its own council with its own event called Battle of the Greeks. During Battle of the Greeks, organizations come together for a week to support a campus-related program through fundraising efforts, volunteer services and community involvement, promoting a positive image through teamwork, philanthropy and community awareness. “We built off the idea of Greek Week and we host a series of events such as kickoff, philanthropy, musical skits and indoor and outdoor sports,” said Cynthia Alvarez, MCGC vice president. The event is held in the spring, which will be from April 18 to 23. This year will be the council’s fourth annual Battle of the Greeks. “Our organizations are very excited to engage in friendly competition with other Greeks in our council,” Alvarez said.
The forecast was gloomy but mildly optimistic when economic and business majors came to hear the dean of business and economics, Anil Puri, Ph.D., lecture on the future of the economy. The Economic Forecast presentation, held in the TSU Wednesday, was based on a project that Puri started when he was a faculty member in the late ‘80s. He conducts lectures annually in Irvine in late October, which attract hundreds of listeners. “The idea is to bring some understanding of current economic issues to practitioners, to individuals, to business people, so they can make more intelligent decisions about their own economic affairs,” said Puri. Jonathan Matson, 23, a business and economics major, wanted to know which sectors of the economy were experiencing the highest unemployment and which industries had an optimistic outlook. Puri said the housing sector is suffering the greatest right now, but the technology industry has the most potential to grow. Puri said the recession that started in 2007 and lasted into 2009 was one of the most severe recessions in United States history. “It has gone on longer than most recessions,” he said. He also noted that recovery has been a very slow process. “The current recovery in terms of employment growth has been the worst ever,” Puri said. GDP has started to pick up recently, he said, but at a much slower rate. The normal rate of growth that a mature economy like the U.S. can produce is about 3 to 3.5 percent. “We are still well below the normal rate,” Puri said. Even though 192,000 jobs were added in February, the unemployment rate is still hovering at around 10 percent and growth will be slow, Puri predicted, since 8 to 9 million jobs were lost dur-
ing the recession. Victor Lopez, 27, a business and entrepreneurship major, raised his hand during the Q-and-A and asked, “Given that companies are having profits at pre-recession levels, is there a new normal unemployment rate?” Puri said that over time the unemployment rate will be expected to drop and there have been some positive signs over the past few months like higher sales, corporate profits and stock market reports. Foreclosure still seems to be the biggest drag on the economy, Puri said. He also warned that inflation is normal and prices will fluctuate, but what economists watch out for is wage inflation. “Price inflation is normal,” Puri said, “but if wages start to inflate then we have a problem.” “The cost of the recession is much more severe than the potential cost of inflation.” In terms of forecast, Puri said the unemployment rate can be expected to drop to 8.6 percent this year and down to 7 percent by 2012. It will still take a few years for it to drop to a normal rate of under 5 percent though. “Interests rates have been at a historically low rate for a long time to encourage borrowing, but as the economy starts to recover you will start to see interest rates go up slowly,” Puri said. “But it has to be a very carefully balanced act by the Fed. You don’t want to inflate the economy too much too fast.” “It’s going to be a slow recovery,” Puri said. “The government has basically exhausted all the options that it has. We need to figure out ourselves how we’re going to make cuts. It’s going to be painful, but it’s not the end of the world.” After the presentation, Matson said he would describe the economy in two words: slow growth. He said he expects not many people will be hiring right now. “Unemployment is high, but this is just a cycle. We are in a recovery phase,” he said.
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ARIANNE CUSTER / Daily Titan Gamma Phi Beta sisters were pumping themselves up outside Becker Amphitheatre for Greek Week activities Tuesday night.
Thought cliques were out? Greeks promote a familiar safety net that the real world doesn’t have NIKITA ARSENYEV For the Daily Titan
I remember dreading the coming of Spirit Week every year of high school. The inane skits, the dance routines set to flavor-of-the-month pop music, the boundless energy over nothing… It all made my blood boil. I won’t deny that I played the role of a moody rebellious teenager in my earlier years, but I don’t think that invalidated my criticisms of the laughable charade that is school spirit. In an institution designed to prepare kids for the real world, I felt that Spirit Week promoted a false sense of unity and diminished individualistic thought among the student body. Perhaps what disturbed me most was how baseless and arbitrary that unity was. People bonded not over a worthy cause or a shared interest, but rather over something as trivial as being in the same class—and it wasn’t all fun and games, either. My senior year, our class came up with the clever and thought-provoking chant of “FJ,” short for “F*** Juniors.” Normally, the obscenity would not phase me, but the mere fact that these people were so
invested in an activity so trivial in the grand scheme of things depressed me greatly. One of the reasons I was looking forward to attending a university is I believed I had finally escaped that pathetic microcosm which plagued my high school experience. Call me stuck up all you like, but so far I’ve appreciated that respect is earned, not handed out at Cal State Fullerton. Being around people with purpose and a sense of identity is invigorating. And yet there exists an all too prevalent aspect of college that is altogether inescapable: Greek life. The silly charades which plagued my high school experience exist in a more developed version in fraternities and sororities. Some consider Greek life to be the epitome of the college experience. I beg to differ. Many seem to be forgetting the latter word in the term “higher education.” College is a place for growing up and moving forward, not sticking to the same formula which coddled you as a teenager. At the start of freshman year, I noticed a post one of my former high school classmates made on Facebook: “I love my sorority family!” I was a little sur-
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prised. What was troubling about this statement was that school hadn’t been in session longer than a week. Was this girl really that eager to embrace a situation she had just become a part of? Just as ‘09ers rallied against the class of ‘10 solely because of an age difference, this peer of mine threw herself into a club for the sake of being a part of something with a familiar structure. I’m willing to acknowledge that not all Greek life is meaningless. I’m aware of major or career- specific fraternities/sororities, and I’m sure it’s not all about belligerent orgies rife with date rapes and alcohol-related deaths. But if your college tuition is going toward keg stands and an artificial sense of community, you might want to consider engaging in the juvenile hijinks sans the expensive fee. Remember: You didn’t have to pay for that in high school. I’m all for having a good time and forming lasting relationships with people, but sometimes a little soul searching wouldn’t be a bad idea before reverting to the structures of grade school in the process. Think about it. After all, the real world isn’t as far into the future as you might like to think.
I’m only taking six units and I still don’t have Internet at my apartment because AT&T is secretly a company from hell, so I’ve got free time. I recently decided to download the campus club directory off Cal State Fullerton’s website (while I was at Starbucks) and I came up with a list of clubs that would be awesome to join… or just make fun of. 5. CSUF College Republicans: While I consider myself a moderate anarchist, joining this group will come with incredible perks. The last chairman of the Republican National Committee went to a Hollywood voyeur club that had sex cages just to raise money. Also I heard the last Republican president vacationed for 1/3 of his presidency. While part of me wants to make my first Republican friend under the age of 75, another part of me wants to show up in an Obama T-shirt and talk about gays and the environment. 4. Stoked Surfers Club: I am ready to get totally pitted! Here’s the articulate mission statement from the Stoked Surfers Club: “This club is all about surfing and everything great about it. We want to bring people together to learn and be aware of the ocean. We will do anything from fundraisers for charities to beach cleanups. We will have world surf trips. We want to share, teach and learn surfing. We want the whole hang-loose mentality. And most importantly of all… JUST HAVE A FUN TIME! Be happy and super chill… Just kill the motor and let things flow man… SWEEEEET!!!!” Good luck saying no to these guys. They probably kill it with the ladies too. 3. CSUF Young Democrats: Only so I can spy on them and report back to the campus Republicans. By the way, whatever happened to grassroots liberalism? These guys make the old white dudes in the Tea Party seem edgy. I can’t even imagine what this club’s workshops are like. And they probably share everything… freaking communists. 2. Delta Chi Fraternity: According to their constitution, they’re all about “developing character, advancing justice and assisting in the acquisition of a sound education.” I know it’s not in there, but there’s also a mandate to get babes. Are you all out of those plastic sperm catcher thingys? Well, that’s what bros are for. Sign me up. 1. Calvary Campus Bible Study: I know I’m just going to read about how the universe was created, but the group’s name alone makes me think I’m going into battle with General Custer. I was confirmed Episcopalian when I was 16. I was unconfirmed at 18. Baptized at 19. Dabbled in atheism and agnosticism in my early 20s, even some Scientology. But I think I’m ready to get back on Team Jesus. After all, finals are just two months away. So there it is. If you have any ideas on a cool club to join, let me know. There are over 300 CSUF clubs… People really should study more.
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“Read ‘em and Weep”
I Remember ∑∏ A battle fought Reclaim the spot And was all to no avail
House was repaired Progress impaired As such they were done away
Here today then Gone as they’ve been Grecian brothers to impale
All of their might Continued fight Until the day they will die
A false repute Here comes a suit Vendettas will find their way
When to return? That’s my concern I remember Sigma Pi
Do we allow the spread of hate? The best way to discourage religious protestors from coming to CSUF is to ignore them KATHLEEN ROSELL Daily Titan
Walking across campus in early March my ears were accosted with the words of hate. A group of people had once again descended upon the campus to “spread the word of God” to us unholy students. Having not heard one of these speakers in a long time and finding their shouts of nonsense highly entertaining, I sat down to listen. As I sat there and watched a man berate strangers that he had never met—students that were trying to enlighten themselves through higher education—I began to wonder:“Why am I listening to this man?” I had sat down to listen, more because listening to these people is more of a guilty pleasure than anything else. I do not agree at all with these people, I just find what they have to say very comical. It seems the people around me found the same hilarity with the situation, especially when this man’s daughter got up and did a skit about how all sorority girls are going to hell. However, while I was sitting there, I realized something. Just by listening to him, I was giving him strength and permission to verbally attack my classmates. Everyone who gave him a second of their time was only making this guy more willing to stay on campus and yell at us. His message was nothing new; basically we are all going to hell for one reason or another. Before now I was never bothered by what was shouted, but as I watched a girl be told she will go to hell for being homosexual, I began to wonder: “Why do we allow these people on our campus?” The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees us our rights for freedom of speech, the right to assemble and free exercise
of religion. Basically, because the campus is public property this guy was completely within his right to verbally attack students for being themselves. Cal State Fullerton is a place where we come to learn and expand our minds so we can have a good future. If we wanted to have religious zealots yell at us we could go to Los Angeles or San Francisco. Students are supposed to feel safe on campus and not persecuted. According to the CSUF Student Handbook and Planner 20102011 edition (pg. 39), “Every aspect of the educational process should promote the free expression of ideas. Students are free to pass resolutions, distribute leaflets, picket, circulate petitions, discuss and take other lawful action respecting any matter which directly or indirectly concerns or affects them, subject only to reasonable time, place and manner considerations.” The Handbook and Planner only states what students have the right to do. It also lists the responsibilities of the students, who “are expected to exercise free expression in a context of common sense and good judgment,” and “Students’ actions should not interfere with the rights of others or the function of the University.” (pg. 44) If students are meant to live up to these rights and responsibilities, they should not have to be given examples like religious fanatics to help them decide what to listen to and what not to listen to. These people have every right to spread their view on the world. However, there should be some sort of guidelines about these people on campus. It may be the students’ own choice to sit and listen, but this only inspires the speakers to come again. There is no purpose to letting these kinds of protesters on campus. They are nothing like the protests for rights and school reform. What they say benefits no one, not even them. And quite frankly, for myself and my fellow students, I wish they would let us find religion in our own way. Let us study in peace.
March 10, 2011
English class teaches magic Harry Potter class on campus delves deeper into the real meaning behind the books KATHLEEN ROSELL Daily Titan
Courtesy of Nick Simotas Nick Simotas, 29, a Cal State Fullerton radio-TV-film alumnus, made his own Super Bowl commercial, created a satirical website and worked on television shows such as “Futurama” and “Dinosaur Train.”
Alumnus makes break in television industry Nick Simotas, a radio-TV-film alumnus, aired Super Bowl commercial
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Two acquaintances sit across from each other on a first date. The woman, smiling and admiring her date, wonders in her head whether he’s “The One,” how much money he makes, if he loves his mother, whether or not he wants kids and if he will lose his hair one day. The man, fixated on his food while nervously looking at the woman, eagerly recites his desire to sleep with her over and over and over to himself. His desire for sex is suddenly interrupted when a Pepsi Max is presented in front of him, immediately rerouting his attention to the soft drink. Three years ago the creator of the commercial, Nick Simotas, 29, a San Francisco native and former radio-TV-film student at Cal State Fullerton, began entering Doritos Super Bowl competitions in the hope that one of his commercials would be aired during a football game. After two failed attempts of entering, his friend and colleague Kyle Stafford, the male in the commercial, urged Nick to try it one more time, but this time with Pepsi. “We had two hours to shoot it and set it up,” said Simotas of filming the commercial at Cantina Lounge in Fullerton. “It blows my mind that we did it; we had no time for outtakes and I edited it that night, submitted it the next morning and the week before Christmas we got a call we were finalists.” Pepsi flew Simotas and a guest, Stafford, to Super Bowl 2011 and put them up in a suite. Ten seconds before their commercial aired, an executive broke the great news to them. “It was a weird thing, it was a relief but at the same time it was kind of a feeling like I knew it,” Simotas said. “It wasn’t as big a surprise that it was aired; it might have been because the Pepsi CMO told me the night before it was her favorite.” At home Nick’s family and friends exploded in joy when the commercial aired as they watched at Nick’s father’s house during a Super Bowl party. “We didn’t take our eyes off the TV,” said Quynn Nguyen, Simota’s girlfriend of five years. “It was intense enjoyment and the room very quickly erupted in cheering, so I don’t think anybody really heard the commercial after that.” Nick and Kyle won $25,000 for placing in the top five for Pepsi Max, which Nick describes with a smile on his face as a nice Christmas bonus. This dollar amount, however, is nowhere near the world he was already catapulted into while still studying at CSUF. In 2001, he moved from the Bay Area to Los Angeles where he studied at Santa Monica City College for a year. Simotas prides himself on a lot of experience he got from a professor who had a background at Universal, which landed him his first internship with Adelphia, and was soon directing live shows after about a month.
He began studying production at CSUF in 2003 and jokingly admits it was only because USC, UCLA and Chapman University all turned him down. “Fullerton was the runner-up,” he said. “I guess the fourth runner-up.” The very first class he signed up for, Film Production I with Jacqueline Frost, was his most memorable at CSUF. “I just learned so much and that was actually the class that solidified it for me,” he said. “That was the first time the real focus was on visual storytelling, which was exactly what I wanted to do.” Breaking away from his original desire to work in video game development, he worked on a newfound joy, production, where he began writing, shooting and doing a lot of editing.
I honestly had no idea how long it would take me to get to this point. I knew I wanted to be directing before I was 30, and fortunately I hit that. -Nick Simotas Radio-TV-Film Alumnus
Shelley Jenkins, a radio-TVfilm professor at CSUF, had Nick as a student and left a lasting impression on him. Whether it was for calling him out on his mistakes, like the one time she told him to “not f--- with her” after he turned in a duplicate assignment for two different classes, or getting him an internship that changed the rest of his career, Jenkins noted how precise he was as a student. “He was more of a perfectionist,” said Jenkins. “He stopped at things that other people would just plow through.” Jenkins saw Simotas through on many projects but was most proud when he went to work for O Entertainment in San Juan Capistrano. The internship didn’t last long as an internship. Within a month, it turned into a full-time, paid po-
sition. Soon after O Entertainment, he began working with the Anaheim Ducks through a friend he met in production classes at CSUF until he ended up at Nickelodeon. There he began production on a children’s show, “Back at the Barnyard,” doing editing, directing and voice-overs. The show won Nick a directing Emmy in the three years he was with them, which he claims is one of the moments that made him realize he made a name for himself. He later moved on to a spot with “Futurama” and is now editing a children’s show at PBS called “Dinosaur Train.” All the while Nick worked, he and Stafford, along with another friend they worked with, began a website in May 2010 called GoodLookingLiars.com, which focuses on a satirical look at pop culture. “We spent weekends shooting skits here and there and wanted to put together a sketch comedy show,” Simotas said. “We put up a website to showcase our stuff and we figured we should just name our site what we were going to call our show.” “Good Looking Liars” and a guy who has sex and Pepsi on his mind aren’t the only places you can find Nick’s growing humor. It’s in his underlying and personable tones when he speaks and also an endearing quality that may have led him to do voice-overs for animated farm animals. “He has a lot of other projects and ideas and I think they’re great,” Nguyen said. “If you ask me, I think he is an upcoming comedic voice that the world hasn’t seen or has yet to see and no doubt he will go pretty far with this.” Like any young student, he had goals but was unsure when and how long it would be before he met them. “I honestly had no idea how long it would take me to get to this point,” he said. “I knew I wanted to be directing before I was 30, and fortunately I hit that.” Whether he’s doing stuff on his own or working hard behind the camera, Nick has never been one to boast. “Nick was one of those guys that didn’t talk about himself or his abilities much, so the first time you saw what he did, you were sort of shocked because there wasn’t any hot air that preceded it,” Jenkins said. And that is Nick: A 29-year-old guy who makes sure you know he doesn’t have an Emmy trophy, but a placard, and points to his jacket reading Pepsi Max on the front and jokingly calls himself a sellout. But in all honesty, he loves what he does. “Do what you love, enjoy doing it and success kind of comes with it,” Simotas said.
The meaning of magic is under debate in the English course centered around the seven-book Harry Potter series. The class has been around since spring of 2009 when English professor Erin Hollis instructed the first class in the deeper meaning of the magical arts. “Teaching popular culture in English departments is nothing new,” said Hollis. “It is important to be able to read popular texts from a scholarly point of view in order to understand the underlying ideas within those texts. The Harry Potter phenomenon can be analyzed from a number of perspectives and provides a lot of material for discussion.” The class is very analytical but for anyone who is a fan of the books, the class is also a lot of fun. On the first day of each semester, the students are sorted into their respective houses. They end up in the four houses named in the Harry Potter series: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw. Each house is assigned an English graduate student as their head of house. “I love it,” said Michelle Greer, head of Gryffindor house. “I practically hunted (Hollis) down for the position. I wanted to be head of Gryffindor, but I would have done any house. The different heads joke in a competitive way with each other. We try to get the students into it.”
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Each class starts off with a roll call of the different houses and then a trivia contest. The houses are competing for the coveted house cup that will be awarded to the house with the most points at the end of the semester. Now, this class is not just a bunch of fans getting together to discuss fan fiction and debate which broom is the best. The class in actuality is a very challenging course that just happens to be centered around a popular series. Each book is scrutinized to find the deeper lessons that J.K. Rowling hid between the lines. One of the most recent lectures was “What is a monster?” The books show the reader many different creatures that could be considered monsters. The students were asked what exactly they thought monsters were. From the definitions put forth and the heated debate afterward, the class came to the conclusion that the author’s intent of making a good werewolf in the series was an attempt to break down stereotypes in a subtle message about not judging a book by its cover. “I really like the class,” said Hufflepuff sophomore Tracy Goins. “(Hollis) does a good job of bringing the class down to a level that
those of us who are not English majors can understand. The class is very interesting and it gives you something to discuss.” Although most of the students have already read the series, the class acts as if it has not read the remaining books. This is so that the class can build upon the foundation of what they have already learned from the previous books. “It is relatively easy to understand the texts,” Hollis said. “But I ask students to push themselves further and look at events, characters and themes in the texts in new and more critical ways. I want students to learn that it is important to approach everything they daily encounter with a critical lens. Students need to be active readers of their world, not passive viewers.” The competition and discussion will continue until the end of the semester. The anticipation for who will win the house cup will build up until the final point tallies are in. Will Slytherin once again be the victor? Or will the house that is favored in the books finally win the prize? No matter who wins the house cup, the students will leave the class looking at this phenomenal series in a completely different way than they did when they read these books for the first time.
March 10, 2011
Keeping music education alive
The American Choral Directors Association advocates music programs while networking SARAH SMITH Daily Titan
Can you hear the music playing? The sound does echo through the halls. Can you hear the voices singing, the joyful tune, the rise and fall? Soon the sound will fade away, soon it will be gone; if we let it slip away, the music will be done. Members of the American Choral Directors Association have a continued goal of advocating that music education programs remain in schools. Their first meeting got off to a rough start; the room reserved for the meeting had apparently been double-booked. However, the club managed to pull things together and secure a classroom to meet in fairly quickly. “I’ll reconfirm the meeting space for the third time,” said Brandon Elliott, 21, a music education major and president of the Cal State Fullerton chapter of the ACDA. After a round of laughter, things started to get serious. There was a lot of talk about different fundraisers the club is involved in. One of the main fundraisers is the selling of bracelets that say “Keep Music in Schools.” All the proceeds go to the National Association for Music Education (MENC), a program that works to keep music education in schools. The club is attempting to raise $2,000 to donate to MENC. Thus far they have raised nearly $1,700 through different fundraising events. The members went on to discuss
past and future events, including water bottle sales during choir and a plan to start selling pencils as well as a possible “Glee” night on campus, where they will be showing episodes of the popular show. “We should do that sometime before midterms,” said Kyrstin Ohta, 20, a music education major and secretary of the CSUF chapter of the ACDA. The goal of the current members is both “selfish and selfless,” said Katie Scavone, 21, a music education major and vice president of the ACDA. “We need to network. We want to get that established for members coming in and for ourselves.” This has been a year of transition for the club. Though they only have 12 current members, it is apparently the largest the club has been in years, according to Scavone. This is also the first year the club has ever done fundraisers and the first year the club has been really involved in advocating music education and philanthropy for MENC. “This used to be more of a social meeting place; now we’re proactive,” Elliott said. The ACDA meets every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and is always looking to recruit new members. This is a small group right now, but they are hoping to expand their numbers considerably over the next semester and next few years. “There is no other subject where you can express yourself and get in touch with your emotions like you can with music,” Elliott said. “Music is for everyone.”
KATHLEEN ROSELL / Daily Titan Joe Lopez, president of ASI, hands out songbooks to children at last year’s Camp Titan while dressed as a pirate. Camp leaders often wear costumes as part of skits and dances.
Greeks raise funds for Camp Titan Camp Titan, a week-long camp for underprivileged children, is paid for by Greek Week fundraising KATHLEEN ROSELL Daily Titan
In 1969 a tradition began when student members of sororities, fraternities and Associated Students Inc. decided to put together a camp for children. For the last four decades the camp has been going strong, and the generous spirit that was the foundation upon which the camp was built has not fal-
tered. However, the cost of running the camp has risen since its foundation.Each year the camp is faced with raising the money to fund the weeklong adventure that has made the camp’s legacy such a unique case. “The ASI funds Camp Titan,” said Anthony Ragazzo, Camp Titan director, ASI leader and program developer. “So after that funding about $30,000 of the budget is left that I have to raise. We do that in a number of different ways and one of the biggest ways is the
Life as a Cal State Fullerton groundskeeper Phillip Padilla, 63, part of the school’s landscaping team, keeps campus clean and green ROSS WATTERS For the Daily Titan
The dirt rises off the back tire like a dust bowl in the desert. The creaky, forest-green golf cart pulls in between the faded white lines. Cal State Fullerton groundskeeper Phillip Padilla rises out from his seat and wipes the sweat from his brow. It is the end to another long and fulfilling day keeping the campus clean and green. Padilla, a 63-year-old groundskeeper, is part of the landscaping team here on campus. Padilla, who was formerly a custodian, is new to the team and loves every minute of it. Working hard is one of Padilla’s strongest traits. “I love working hard. Before I joined the landscape team, I was a custodian. A lot of people see us as just the guys picking up trash and keeping things clean, but there is a lot more to it,” said Padilla. Padilla has been working at CSUF for five years. Before coming to Fullerton, Padilla worked as a custodian in the Magnolia School District and before that he was in the food industry. “I worked in the food industry for 27 years. I started at Alpha-Beta, which became Lucky’s,
which then became Albertson’s. I survived them all,” Padilla said. Since coming to CSUF, Padilla’s everyday positive outlook and upbeat attitude have been infectious. Fellow groundskeeper Tony Vecerra spoke highly of Padilla. “He is a real good guy and a very hard worker. I have known him for four years now and we always try to work together. He always has a smile on his face,” said Vecerra. Padilla is excited about his new opportunities on the landscape team. Trimming the hedges, keeping the sports complex neat and clean and making sure the drains are working are all part of the daily routine. Lead groundskeeper Aurelio Flores knows it is tough work for people on the team, but is excited to help Padilla along and show him the ropes. “He is brand new to the landscape team. We are showing him different techniques and how to use the right tools. It is a lot different than custodian work. From here, people can move up and move on to building trades like becoming an electrician, which many have done,” said Flores. Padilla wants to stay active and keep work-
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ing. Working outdoors is physically demanding but at 63, Padilla is in great shape. Having a big family is also another reason Padilla wants to keep active. “I have three grown children and eight grandchildren. I am also proud to say I have been married almost 40 years. With all that going, I have to stay on my toes and stay active,” Padilla said. In these tough economic times, Padilla considers himself lucky to be working. Padilla was able to retire from a lifelong job, which many cannot do these days, and is still able to work in another field. “I receive my retirement check every month from the food industry. I also should be rich by now with all the coins I find cleaning up the campus. There are always pennies and dimes on the ground. Never quarters though,” Padilla said. Padilla has no plans of slowing down. Working is what keeps him going. Working in the sun and building up a sweat is something he has done all his life. “I think I will work for at least another two years. I really enjoy what I do and it keeps me involved. Plus, I would drive my family nuts,” Padilla said.
money that comes from Greek Week.” “Without the competition, why are Throughout the year the Greek people trying to raise money? What it houses raise funds for the camp, but comes down to is people raise money the biggest lump of money comes to compete. We are changing that from the week-long competition that around this year. It is a unity effort, the 12 houses participate in. so we have changed the point system “The goal of the week is to win the where the competition isn’t a big asbanners, and that motivates us to raise pect of it.” the money,” said Jordan Zeldin, a poFrom the funds that are raised litical science mabetween ASI, jor and co-chair Greek Week and of Greek Week. other forms of “Fundraising is fundraising, the worth the most camp is able to points, so if you run smoothly get the banner for for a week every fundraising, then year. A group of that means that CSUF students It is great knowing that your fraternity or volunteer to eswhat we do helps the sorority raised the cort up to 140 most money and campers up to kids. It makes coming to raise the most Big Bear where out here all worth while, money you can they help prodo regular donavide a fun-filled and it makes it seem like tions, you can do week away from we are doing more than coin collections, home. recycling, fund“It is great just going to school and raisers through knowing that getting our work done. restaurants. We what we do find ways to raise helps the kids,” money through said Briana Ma-Briana Masotto different kinds of sotto, a history Sister of Delta Zeta stuff. Once they major and sister win that banner, of Delta Zeta. it is like bragging “It makes comrights.” ing out here all To outsiders worth while, it may seem and it makes it like the fundseem like we are raising would not doing more than take place if there was no incentive for just going to school and getting our the houses. The competition between work done. We are doing something them could get in the way of the bigger to help the community.” picture. However, the bigger picture is As the camp moves into its 42nd seen and the houses come together to year, it is as prepared as it has ever raise money for the camp every spring. been. Although the Greeks are not “We want every house to compete the only nor the biggest part of makagainst each other so that way they can ing the camp possible, they do have an make the most money,” Zeldin said. impact.
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DTSHORTHAND Women’s squad falls in a prayer The Cal State Fullerton women’s basketball team fought hard but lost 73-70 to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo after a last-chance missed three-point attempt at the buzzer Tuesday. The Titans struggled in the first half, scoring only 28 points and shooting 34 percent from the field. The Mustangs out-shot the Titans in the first half with 43 points, shooting a whopping 53 percent from the field and 60 percent from behind the arc. The Titans fell behind by as many as 13 points, giving the Mustangs a leading advantage throughout the night. When a layup was converted, the Mustangs steadily increased their lead with their highest deficit, leaving the Titans trailing 47-30 just two minutes into the last period. After a slow start to the second half, the Titans slowly chipped away at the lead. They were down by nine, 58-49, at the 12-minute media timeout and eventually went on a 9-2 run. Leading up to the final seconds of the game, a layup by senior guard Lyndsey Grove cut the lead to two, 69-67, with 26 seconds remaining. Big West Player of the Year senior Rachel Clancy was sent to the line and made both free throws under pressure to put the Mustang lead to 71-67. Grove answered with a three to cut the lead to one with nine seconds remaining. Clancy was fouled and sent to the line to make two more free throws for a three-point lead. Then all eyes were on Titan junior Lauren Chow with a chance to tie. Chow fired a three at the buzzer but it fell just short, ending the Titans’ season with a 9-21 record overall. Senior Ashely Richie and junior Megan Richardson contributed with 14 and 10 points respectively. Grove finished with 15 points, including three from beyond the arc. Brief by William Chen
March 10, 2011
Titans pluck away Skyhawks
Sophomore middie Chris Cole towers over another victim at the end of a vicious check.
For their last three victories, men’s lacrosse has outscored their opponents, 55-14 BRAD SALAH Daily Titan
After an upsetting last season the Cal State Fullerton men’s lacrosse club came out seeking a measure of revenge against the visiting Fort Lewis Skyhawks. When the dust settled, the Titans got their vengeance, beating Fort Lewis 15-4. “We had to make a statement,” said sophomore attacker Chris Cole. The offense played a key role in CSUF’s dominating win, with senior middie Andrew Hauke controlling the faceoffs while senior Mike Ansel and Cole led the attack on Fort Lewis’ senior goalie, Sean Claussen. Ansel and Cole seemed to score at will against the Skyhawks’ defense but did it while working through the team’s offensive schemes, something the Titans failed to do in losses earlier this season. “We played our game plan,” said Titan Head Coach Kyle Morrison following the game. When Ansel and Cole increased the CSUF lead 4-1 after the opening frame in the first quarter, the Titans were able to fend off the Skyhawks.
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Even though the offense was the lead story of the game, the Titan defense, led by freshman goalie Trevor Burns, helped keep the Skyhawks from closing the gap, especially early in the game. “Trevor has been working hard, getting better. He’s a great help to the team the whole way through,” Morrison said. Toward the end of the first quarter, Burns took a line-drive shot off the left shoulder, a key save that would have cut the lead in half had the ball gone in. “I took one off in warm-ups to that hit in the exact same spot,” said Burns. The Titans continued to dominate in the second quarter with the offense adding three more goals: one by Cole on an assist from Hauke, a fastbreak from sophomore middie Michael Ballantyne, making it 6-1, and another when freshman attacker Gabe Alamillo got in on the scoring blitz, adding to the Titan lead. With a commanding lead at the half the Titans were able to keep their focus and build on the lead. “These guys like to play for the home-field advantage and the more games we win the more games we get to play at home in the playoffs, and I think that is kind of a driving force for them to win,” Morrison
Photographs By CAMILLE TARAZON / Daily Titan Freshman middie Jeff Lyon forces his way past his opponent helping the Titans capture a win over Fort Lewis for their third straight victory.
said. At the start of the third quarter, two quick goals from Ansel added to a total of nine unanswered goals overall. The Titans and Skyhawks traded goals for the rest of the quarter, bringing the score to 12-3 with one quarter left to play. “Mike Ansel came up to me and he said ‘Just me and you, we have
to control the game,’” Cole said, and they were able to do just that. In the fourth quarter an early goal by Fort Lewis’ junior middie Kevin Harkey brought the Skyhawks within eight, but that was as close as they would get. Cole added two more goals and Ansel finished it off, giving the Titans the 15-4 victory. This weekend the Titans will be
on the road facing a struggling UC Santa Cruz team Saturday before they play Saint Mary’s Sunday. “We are predicted to lose to Saint Mary’s,” said Hauke. “It should be a good trip, a good test for us.” Morrison called the Saint Mary’s game a “must win,” adding, “We’ve yet to really prove ourselves as a top-15 team.”
Basketball aims for revival The Titans pushing for a lengthy postseason, first obstacle, Matadors ELLIOT COOK Daily Titan
Every college basketball fan’s favorite season is finally here. When the calendar turns to March 1 all of America realizes March Madness is upon us. But before the NCAA Tournament begins next week, each conference in America has to crown a champion and an automatic bid to the big dance. This weekend the Big West Conference, home of our Cal State Fullerton Titans, will host its tournament at the Honda Center in Anaheim. After an up-and-down season, the CSUF men’s basketball team has to be looking forward to the conference tournament. The tournament is practically a home game for the Titans and they expect their fans to come support them. The Titans open tonight against the No. 3 seed Cal State Northridge Matadors at 8:30 p.m. The No. 6 CSUF squad lost twice to CSUN this year. There has to be hope though for Titan Head Coach Bob Burton’s team, because they lost by two points to the Matadors last month after leading much of the way. CSUN is led by senior forward Lenny Daniel who had doubledoubles in both games this season against the Titans. He was a Big West Conference first-team selection.
The Titans are led by senior forward Jer’ Vaughn Johnson, who along with senior guard Devon Peltier was passed up for the conference first and second-team selections. Johnson was an honorable mention while Peltier, who has been up and down this year, didn’t even receive any recognition other than Player of the Week. Junior forward Andre Hardy was the Newcomer of the Year, and if these three can get going this week, the Titans could surprise some teams. If the Titans can get past CSUN, they look to play the regular season champions, Long Beach State. LBSU is led by Big West Player of the Year Casper Ware who has to be the best point guard in the West Coast thus far. The Titans know they can beat the 49ers if they play a full 40 minutes, as they beat them at home in January. Although the season series was split, the Titans match up very well with LBSU, as Hardy and Johnson can control the paint. The question in this contest would be slowing down Ware. With a win against LBSU the Titans would be in the finals, and we all know anything can happen there. CSUF’s probable opponent in round two would be No. 2 seed Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The Titans don’t match up too well with Cal Poly SLO but can beat them as they almost did last month at home. The keys to the Titans’ run in this tournament will be defense and turnovers. CSUF does a solid job of controlling the boards and can score with the best of them. The last time the Titans played CSUN they couldn’t stop the three.
WILLIAM CAMARGO / Daily Titan Freshman guard Isiah Umipig averaged 7.4 points per game and earned 17 steals. He looks to put up some big numbers in playoffs.
Junior point guard Perry Webster’s production has been down since the beginning of the year, but if he can take care of the ball and get it to his big men down low and Peltier curling off screens, the Titans could very well do the improbable and win the Big West Conference Tournament.
Published on Mar 9, 2011