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April 5, 2011
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Organic gardening in the Arboretum.....................................5 dailytitan.com The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton
City is ‘Open for Business’
Cal State Fullerton hosts the 11th annual State of the City, addressing Fullerton’s future
KEITH COUSINS Daily Titan
JONATHAN GIBBY / Daily Titan The Students for Justice in Palestine organizations from colleges throughout Southern California created a replica Apartheid Wall to display the recent occurrences in the Middle East.
Wall of injustice displayed Cal State Fullerton’s Students for Justice in Palestine holds event in Quad to raise awareness
KIRAN KAZALBASH Daily Titan
Cal State Fullerton’s Students for Justice in Palestine erected a replica of the Israeli Apartheid Wall Monday to raise awareness for the recent events taking place
WHAT’S INSIDE NEWS The life of an international student at CSUF ........................................3 OPINION Older and wiser returning students have the advantage ........................................4 FEATURES Fullerton’s Naughty Teddy store under fire ........................................6 SPORTS Men’s lacrosse tops Central Washington, 16-10 ........................................8
in the Middle East they feel many Americans are unaware of. Starting in 2004, the state of Israel constructed a wall double the height of the Berlin Wall, separating Israel and the West Bank. Tamara Khoury, the vice president of SJP at CSUF, said the wall has cut off the Palestinian people from vital resources, completely disrupt-
colonized, and it has been since before the creation of Israel. We (hope) that the facts and images encourage them to get involved in SJP so that they can help educate others.” See WALL, page 2
Softball’s hard-nosed, tough cornerstone JEFF PRENOVOST Daily Titan
It’s been a familiar sight the past four years to see senior K.C. Craddick at Anderson Family Field in her trademark eyeblack and the No. 11 on her jersey. She has been a starter and an important part of the Cal State Fullerton softball program ever since her freshman year in 2008. She’s delivered game-winning hits, a home run and an eight-game hitting streak all while only com-
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mitting one error at first base in over 200 chances for the Titans this season. Craddick has put together an impressive 2011 season so far, which has seen the Titans go 13-16 as a team, 2-1 in Big West Conference. After 26 games she stands second in hits with 23 in 83 at-bats, with a batting average of .277. “It’s been a good year,” said Craddick. “I have not hit this well ever. This is my best year out of all four years.” Titan Head Coach Michelle Gromacki was catcher for the 1986 NCAA national champion Titans and has been Craddick’s coach for the past four years. “K.C. is absolutely stepping up to the challenge. She has always wanted to be a leader since she got here, and she has developed into one,” said Gromacki. Craddick and her teammate, sophomore catcher Ariel Tsuchiyama, have put together excellent defensive performances, which have surpassed Gromacki’s records and rank all-time in CSUF’s 31 years of softball. Tsuchiyama is No. 1 in all-time career fielding percentage, while Craddick is No. 4 and Gromacki is No. 8. Craddick has only committed 12 errors in over 1,100 chances for her career at CSUF and credits her coaches who have been crucial to the improvements over the four years of collegiate softball. See CRADDICK, page 8
JONATHAN GIBBY / Daily Titan Fullerton Mayor Pro Tem Don Bankhead leads attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.
omy that will help maintain a healthy community in the future,” said Graves. One such cooperative program is Leadership Fullerton. The program explores what it means to be a leader in the city, and Graves encouraged members of the audience to nominate employees to be a part of the first group through the program this summer. Graves then introduced Jones, who began his State of the City presentation by discussing his previous career as a surgeon before he entered politics. As a surgeon, he was required to take the Hippocratic Oath, which states, “Do no harm, and do what you believe is best for your patients.” Dr. Jones then applied that oath to councilmembers. See STATE, page 3
Microsoft technology comes to CSUF
So far this season, Craddick has 23 hits, 7 RBIs and is nearly perfect from the field
CSUF students explore the Arboretum
ing their daily lives. “We hope that students who stopped to look at the wall and read the facts see the truth about the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine,” said Khoury. “Mainstream media projects the occupation as a religious conflict and only shows the Zionist prospective. Essentially, Palestine is being
The 11th annual Fullerton State of the City was held Monday at Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Student Union. Fullerton Mayor Dick Jones and other members of the community addressed the filled Portola Pavilion on the city’s year in 2010, as well as future plans for growth in the local economy. The theme of the event was “Fullerton: Open for Business” and was echoed throughout the day. “It’s a pleasure for CSUF to cosponsor and host this event,” said Steven Murray, vice president of Academic Affairs. After welcoming attendees to the campus, Murray discussed the proposed College Town project, a joint endeavor between city and university planning groups. It would create a special district of neighborhoods and commercial zones in the areas surrounding CSUF. “College Town is truly an exciting project,” Murray said. “One that will be a difference-maker for the university and residents of the city of Fullerton.” Murray added that the theme of the event also echoed in the university and said that in spite of the recession and budget cuts, CSUF is “focused on keeping the campus open to residents of the community and accessible to as many students as our fiscal resources will allow.” Fullerton Chamber of Commerce President Gary Graves stressed that cooperation was essential to tackling the issues of the economic recession. “By working together we can continue to create a vibrant global econ-
Students get the opportunity to play with latest games, laptops and gadgets JESSICA DRUCK / Daily Titan Nick Starr stands in front of his gallery exhibited in the TSU entitled, “The Best-Kept Secret,” featuring paintings reflecting his feelings about California.
Defining California in art Nick Starr’s gallery in the Titan Student Union expresses his feelings for his home state JESSICA DRUCK Daily Titan
At a high school art show, Nick Starr priced one of his paintings that reflected an emotional tribulation in his life at a high price, secretly hoping no one would buy it so he could keep it. To his surprise, when he walked up to check on the painting, he saw that it had sold. The painting was bought by someone who was going through a similar experience and felt the piece reflected her emotionally. Starr was the only student to sell something that day, sparking something in him, making him realize he wanted to pursue art more than ever to inspire and make people think. The Cal State Fullerton art stu-
dent, who now has an exhibit in the Titan Student Union, has come a long way since he picked up his first art utensil in kindergarten. With no outside influence other than pure creative passion, he began drawing on everything, which later catapulted him into picking up paint and using a canvas during his teen years, arousing the eye by doing contemporary street art and depicting pressing images. “He progressed through a lot of ways, through multiple layers of details,” said Jamison Rieger, his high school art teacher at Temescal Canyon High School in Lake Elsinore. “He was kind of playing around with imagery, and by the end of the year he was trying to dig into issues and images.” See STARR, page 6
CYNTHIA RODRIGUEZ Daily Titan
Microsoft made its way to Cal State Fullerton, where representatives set up an interactive tent in which students were able to play with the phones, laptops and gaming consoles. Set up just outside the Becker Amphitheatre Monday, the tent featured several booths showcasing Windows’ HTC phones, laptops with Windows 7 and the Microsoft Xbox 360’s Kinect. A printer that had been set up allowed students to print photos from a USB drive or from any of their active laptops. Michael Bruno, senior producer of mobile marketing, said Microsoft will tour 15 campuses throughout the U.S. starting here on the West Coast. It will make its way to the East Coast in early May. They visit two campuses a week, and CSUF is the fifth campus they have visited. “We like to visit schools where Microsoft can make a presence,” said Bruno. “The products are up and active, so students can do anything they want (like) play games, take pictures or text their friends with the phones.” See WINDOW, page 3
April 5, 2011
STATE: Fullerton mayor speaks out the economic future of Fullerton and ...Continued from page 1 stressed a team approach to how the city does business, including daily in“Do no harm, and do your best for teraction with the local business comthe city and its citizens,” said Jones. munity. Transportation issues were “If that is their belief, you will have a of key concern to Zelinka, who mengood, caring city council. This is what tioned findings of a recent Fullerton your council census in order members intend to show just how to do.” crucial effective The format means of travel for the mayor’s are. address was dif“Ninety perferent this year. cent of our emLet me remind you that In place of a traployed residents although 2010 wasn’t ditional speech, work outside of two videos and a Fullerton and a the best of times, it was panel discussion total of 75 pera proving ground for the occurred. cent of CSUF “Let me restudents comcity, its businesses and mind you that mute over 14 its residents to show although 2010 miles just to wasn’t the best come here to what they are made of. of times, it was a school,” said Zeproving ground linka. “One of -Dick Jones for the city, its the most imporFullerton Mayor businesses and its tant steps we can residents to show take as a city is to what they are improve the conmade of,” Jones nection between said in his video. key assets within “Fullerton is our city.” indeed open All the panelfor business.” ists agreed it is City Manager important for Joe Felz and Community Develop- Fullerton to continue capitalizing on ment Director Al Zelinka joined Jones its unique assets in order to continue for a panel discussion on the future on a path toward economic success. of Fullerton. Felz described the Col“Business, business, business,” Jones lege Town project as being “vital” to said in closing. “Let’s go to work.”
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DTSHORTHAND Clown Rapist Strikes Fullerton
JONATHAN GIBBY / Daily Titan Monday, speaker Mazen Al Moukda, drew a crowd of listeners as he spoke about the current condition of Palestine after the construction of the Apartheid Wall and the ways in which many of the indigenous people are suffering.
WALL: Students for Justice in Palestine display injustices ...Continued from page 1 Mazen Al Moukda, one of the speakers at the event Monday, addressed the current situation in Palestine and encouraged students and others in attendance to become aware of the facts and question the events that are occurring under the United States’ watch. “Why are they doing this? It’s the colonial implication in order to justify an occupation,” said Al Moukda. “There has to be some kind of justification because according to the Geneva Convention, the occupiers have to protect the residents, not kill the residents, not starve the residents and not commit genocides on a daily basis ... This wall has to come down.” Another speaker, Mike Prysner, an organizer with the ANSWER Coalition who had the opportunity to visit the Gaza Strip, offered firsthand experience of the events that have been occurring. Prysner spoke to attendees about what he called the “illegal occupation” in Palestine. Prysner said the United States funds the state of Israel to the tune of $4 billion a year, which riled up the crowd. “We’re the ones paying for this occupation; it’s being funded by our tax dollars,” said Prysner. “I know your tuition is going up because of a deficit in state educa-
An Anaheim man was arrested, based on DNA evidence taken from a 2010 arrest, on suspicion of raping a 12-year-old girl in 2002 while dressed as a clown. The suspect abducted the girl from the corner of Lemon Street and Commonwealth Avenue, drove her to a school parking lot and raped her. He then took her to a motel off Harbor Boulevard and molested her again. The girl escaped and gave the physical description of the suspect as being a male Latino in a clown mask and make-up. DNA was collected from the victim and entered into local and national DNA banks. Jose Guadalupe Jimenez, 41, was charged with two felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, one felony count of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one felony count of forcible lewd act on a child under 14. He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted on all counts. Jimenez, known as “El Tin Larin,” was arrested Friday, March 25 in Newport Beach and was held on $1 million bail. Detectives confirmed that he had been working as a professional clown, possibly for the past nine years. Detectives suspect there may have been more victims. DNA was collected from Jimenez from an open case for corporal injury on a child from November 2010. The Orange County Sheriff Forensic Science Services linked Jimenez to the 2002 rape. Brief by Andrew Kwok
Fullerton PD Seeks Witness in Crime
JONATHAN GIBBY / Daily Titan Attendees of the Israel’s Apartheid Wall event put on by the Students for Justice in Palestine gathered in the Quad to listen to the speakers and view the replica wall displayed.
tion, but one day of funding the state of Israel or the (wars) in Iraq and Afghanistan will more than cover the budget deficit in education.” Prysner also spoke about his personal visit to the Gaza Strip where he witnessed massive devastation, destruction and suffering. He talked about the living condition of the people there after the siege in Gaza and the Apartheid Wall. “The siege in Gaza showed the
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world the reality that the terrorists were not the people having white phosphorus fall on them. They weren’t the children in the schools or the people who were doing whatever they could to be resist being slaughtered,” Prysner said. “The terrorists were the ones launching billions of dollars in missiles and bombs on those people who are locked in a concentration camp.” Prysner called to listeners to share what they had learned about the occupation in Palestine and stay informed about the situation. “The most important thing we can be doing is continuing to fight here in the heart of the beast, here in the heart of world imperialism,” Prysner said. SPJ members thought the event and the Wall were a success, causing numerous students to take time to stop and learn about an ongoing event that is not usually in the headlines. “We met a lot of people who were interested in learning more, and the speakers were effective in drawing in a big crowd,” Khoury said. “I hope that students will attend more of our events.”
Two men and a woman were arrested on suspicion of shooting a man to death in the alley on 1100 W. Williamson Ave. in Fullerton. Police and firefighters responded to a call of a man down and found Fullerton resident Larry Ruiz, 19, dead at the scene at 9:30 p.m. March 17. Fullerton residents Charles Thomas Ramirez Jr., 33, Marc Thomas Luna, 24, and Melissa Nichole Ramirez, 23, were arrested March 18. Investigators impounded a vehicle and recovered a handgun believed to be used in the killing of Ruiz. Melissa Ramirez was charged with being an accessory to the homicide. Ruiz and his friend were working on a car when they were approached by two men on foot described as male Latinos in their late teens or early 20s. Ruiz began to run after words were exchanged, and he was shot once by one of the suspects with an unknown-caliber handgun. No vehicle was seen. Although the investigation is still ongoing, Sgt. Andrew Goodrich of the Fullerton Police Department said police are considering the possible gang affiliation of both the suspects and the victim. “We still believe there are some witnesses to this crime, and we’re hoping they come forward and contact us,” said Goodrich. Brief by Andrew Kwok
April 5, 2011
Business in her blood International student Nupur Bhandari pursues her dreams at CSUF SABRINA PARK Daily Titan
Nupur Bhandari makes being an international student look easy. As she gets involved as a peer mentor and actively volunteers in different organizations, she generates friendships with those she comes in contact with along the way. Bhandari, 21, a business major with a concentration in finance, is from Jaipur, India. Her hometown is called the “Pink City” because the walls in every store are painted pink. “Jaipur is a city of fun-loving and colorful people. My city inspires me to make a change in the business world and launch myself as a successful entrepreneur in the growing trends of globalization. Jaipur is famous for its kite-flying festival and jewelry business shows at the end and beginning of any year,” said Bhandari. Bhandari is fluent in Hindi and English, which she learned at 12 years old while away at boarding school. She decided to move to the U.S. in 2008 after learning that Cal State Fullerton was one of the top 300 business schools. Bhandari wanted to attend a smaller campus that had diversity and found CSUF to be a perfect fit. Since her father makes trips from Jaipur, India to Torrance, Calif. once a month to run his business, which exports and imports metals like steel, aluminum and transformers, Bhandari’s family is familiar with the area and decided to send her to CSUF to receive her business education—an absolute must in her family. “I come from a business family,” Bhandari said. “Business is in my blood.” For the past three years, she has actively participated in PROJECT PATHE (People Against Trafficking and Human Exploitation) and Freshman Programs as a peer mentor. “I like helping others. That is my goal,” Bhandari said. Bhandari first got involved with the Peer Mentor program when she met Karina Gutierrez, a CSUF alumna who tutored for the Freshman Programs and founded PROJECT PATHE. Bhandari recalls being lost on the first day of school when she met Gutierrez on the lawn in front of the Titan Shops bookstore. “She was a freshman and at the time, I was a junior. We met kind of randomly; we were both sitting in the Quad and we started talking and I started talking about PROJECT PATHE. She was interested in knowing more, so then she joined my club and became a secretary in the club for a year. It was the very first year that the club was founded so it was a rocky start,” said Gutierrez. During that time, under her secretary and treasury positions, Bhandari helped organize benefit concerts and awareness nights for PROJECT PATHE. “Indian females and children need help. I thought this would be the best way to get myself into social work,” Bhandari said. Gutierrez said Bhandari did more than just her secretarial job, and she found her very supportive throughout the entire process. “She helped me organize events,
keep track of money coming into the club, as well as contacting more people to join. She was technically a founder in a way because she was starting everything with us. She was definitely a big part of helping me bring it up. She did her duties and beyond,” Gutierrez said. Bhandari realized that she wasn’t getting the immediate satisfaction of helping people through PROJECT PATHE. Following a discussion with Gutierrez, Bhandari decided to volunteer as a peer mentor. Bhandari applied, landed an interview and was hired shortly after. She remembers being unaware that a class like UNIV 100 existed on campus. Bhandari recognized an immediate connection with the students she worked with through the Peer Mentor program. “They said I wasn’t a peer mentor, I was a friend,” Bhandari said. Bhandari said she felt proud of working with the Freshman Programs. “A few of my students told me that they wanted to be just like me and
dropping out of school because she was so stressed and overwhelmed. Bhandari told her to work less, obtain student loans and asked Gutierrez to tutor her so that she could pass her math class. The student did not end up dropping out of school. “She’s a really good friend and she’s really outgoing. I know she’s really hard working, does good in her classes and she’s very helpful when people need help from her,” said friend Vihar Dave, a business major with an emphasis in economics and finance. “Help unconditionally, don’t make any judgements, be courageous, always have a helping hand, be educated in campus events and inspire others to be like you,” said Bhandari about her main duties as a peer mentor. Bhandari said she owes most of her desire to help others to her grandmother. “I always saw her helping people. She’s a great social worker. That’s also why I got involved with peer mentorship,” Bhandari said. “She brought me up, she raised me. I’m like her daughter and she’s my role model in life.” When Bhandari is not buried in school and volunteer work, she enjoys talking to people and making friends. “She’s a very hard-working girl, very loyal. We had most of our classes together and I want to do well to set an any of those classes wouldn’t example for my sister. have been much fun without her. I’m an international stuI want my grandmother to dent and she is from India as feel proud. And at the end of well, and we have a great time together,” said Fareeha Ali, a the day, I want people to business finance major. Bhandari’s roommate Dhremember who I was wani Shah, who is also an and what I did. international student, knows how committed she is to help-Nupur Bhandari ing others, as she feels positiveBusiness major ly affected by her every day. “She’s very nice and helpful to others. She always likes to help other people. She’s very humble to others also,” said Shah, an electrical engineering major. Fellow roommate Kavita Laddha expresses the same high opinion of Bhandari. “Nupur is my roommate and friend, and we’ve been that they had not met a more won- friends for a long time now—like derful person on campus in their first two years. I’m an international stusemester,” Bhandari said. dent so she’s been helping me in Maruth Figueroa, Freshman Pro- many ways,” said Laddha, a computgrams coordinator, recognized Bhan- er science graduate student. “We’ve dari’s ability to positively influence been living together so there’s been the students she worked with. so many instances (where she has “Nupur has been an inspirational helped me). She’s helped me do a lot peer mentor. Her self-awareness and of shopping.” ability to look beyond her immediate This is Bhandari’s third and final surroundings has made her an out- year at CSUF, and she is set to gradustanding mentor. Her goal-oriented ate in May. Although she plans on going back mentality benefited the first-year students she worked with by help- home to India in June, she is still uning them develop their own personal sure of whether or not she will return and educational goals. Throughout to the U.S. later in life. “It’s all destiny,” Bhandari said the semester she continued to motivate and encourage her students to with a chuckle, expressing her uncertainty about the future. “You never achieve their goals,” said Figueroa. Bhandari encountered certain ob- know.” Still, she maintains a positive outstacles while working as a mentor for freshman students. She looks back look on life and hopes to get a job on several instances when students in India. Bhandari said she eventuwould fail to show up for their one- ally wants to start a charity for abused on-one appointments. She also re- women as well as a nonprofit organicalls getting too emotional when her zation in which she can educate unstudents were faced with hardships derprivileged children. “I want to do well to set an examand knew that she had to understand the student’s problems without get- ple for my sister. I want my grandting personal or involved. mother to feel proud. And at the end She recalls a particular situation in of the day, I want people to rememwhich a student cried to her about ber who I was and what I did.”
ANDREW KWOK / Daily Titan Students try out the latest Microsoft products in a tent set up just outside of Becker Amphitheatre. Representatives of the company were on hand to show students how to use phones, computers and video games.
WINDOW: Microsoft showcases products at CSUF ...Continued from page 1 Every HTC phone, laptop and Xbox provided were activated so students could “physically try all aspects” of the products. Rocio Almaraz, 22, a human sevices major, waited by one of the laptops for a graphic to be printed. Almaraz liked the snap tool Windows 7 offered, which allowed two screens to be displayed side-by-side, so users can work on two projects simultaneously. “It’s great for research papers because when you click on one page the other disappears, and this feature allows you to have both windows open,” said Almaraz. Almaraz is a Mac user and thought Windows 7 was easy to navigate.
“Macs are really complicated,” Almaraz said. “This is so easy.” Sirene Helwani, 19, a biology major, was employed by Microsoft to help Bruno show curious students the perks of Windows products. “A lot of people have Windows 7, but not everyone knows about the cool features their computer has,” said Helwani. For the artistic or radio-TV-film students, Windows Live Movie Maker is a feature in which students can import photos or video clips to create a movie and has tabs on the top screen to load the video onto Facebook or YouTube. Marin Jensen, 20, a health science major, was also employed by Microsoft and didn’t know anything about the Windows programs. The students had two weeks of training
and Jensen said, “Everything was really easy (to learn).” “It’s pretty straightforward,” Jensen said. “The movie maker prompts you to do what you have to do.” Bruno said Microsoft has a constant representative in 300 campuses who works throughout the semester and helps recruit students through Facebook posts. “It’s better to have peers showing how it works who are excited about the products,” Bruno said. Bruno said Microsoft likes California schools and chose CSUF because of the big campus and the ability “to reach more faces.” The interactive tent was set up from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be set up again tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
April 5, 2011
Hippie Health by NICOLE FELTON
“How to Live a Greener Life”
Grow your own food Seeds cost much less and are healthier than produce from the grocery store Within the past few years, I have steered away from eating out and cook almost every meal from my own kitchen. Recently I have read many articles which state the benefits of growing your own garden. I always want to practice what I preach, so I am going to start growing vegetables and fruit in the comfort of my own home. What are the benefits of actually growing your own produce? Well first off, you only have to buy seeds, which are little to no cost (usually below a couple dollars). Once you purchase the seeds, growing your own produce becomes little to no price. All it takes is a little more time and care to grow. I realized that when I go to the supermarket, produce can start to add up on the bill. With growing your own produce, I believe the benefit will outweigh the cost immensely. Second, when you buy produce from the grocery store, you might be getting food that has been driven from thousands of miles away. The reason you do not want produce that has been brought in from such a far distance is because it will lose some nutritional value throughout the journey. Also, some produce has to be frozen in order to keep the nutrients intact, which then lessens the freshness of the produce. When you grow your own produce, the farthest distance it
travels will be from the plant to the sink. You can also grow more organic produce when you practice this do-it-yourself method of gardening. I always like to know where the food I am eating has come from, and what better place than from your own home? Some of you might be saying there’s no way you want to take the time out to become a gardener. However, it takes less time than a lot of you would imagine. As I stated before, the first step would be to get seeds from a local store such as Armstrong, Lowe’s, etc. After you purchase the seeds, you can get simple pots and enriched soil, plant the seeds and water them according to the package’s directions. An even better way to ensure the produce you are eating is of the utmost freshness would be to purchase seeds that are currently in their normal growing season. When you take a vegetable or fruit that is normally grown in the spring, that produce will grow much better. I hope that you all will take the time to bring your green thumb and at least try to grow one type of fruit or vegetable. I truly believe this is the new wave of growing produce, rather than having to spend more money purchasing it at a supermarket. Freshness is always of the utmost importance when you are cooking food, and this is simply the absolute freshest way to eat fruits and vegetables. Don’t be afraid to always try something new; it can’t hurt you to try. Peace, love and recycle!
ARIANNE CUSTER / Daily Titan A student throws away a water bottle despite CSUF’s efforts to create a greener campus. Students suggest placing recycle bins next to trash cans to promote student recylicng.
Students should be environmentally aware Our school needs to make a bigger effort on making students go green on campus ARIANNE CUSTER Daily Titan
If someone were to ask you whether or not Cal State Fullerton was environmentally aware, what would you say? I would have to say that the school is making an effort to be environmentally friendly, but the majority of the student population has no idea of their endeavors. For example, have you even noticed there are no colored re-
cycling bins on campus for paper, aluminum cans or plastic bottles? Do you know why? When asked if he thought CSUF recycled, Cesar Gonzalez, a senior criminal justice major, replied, “I’d assume yes, because don’t they have recyclables bins outside?” As a matter of fact, they don’t. The reason for this is that there is no need. Don’t get me wrong, there is a need to recycle. However, CSUF utilizes an offsite material recovery facility to sort recyclables from all the trash collected, according to Steven Dugas, the manager of landscaping services at CSUF. Dugas says they began utilizing this recovery method because CSUF was having problems with the recycling bins. Too much trash was being thrown into the bins designated for recyclables and the campus did not have the manpower to sort through them. As a result, the school had to contract the work out. According to Dugas, at least two to three students a semester do come to him concerned. “They usually ask the same obvious question, ‘How come we don’t have recycling bins on campus?’ or, ‘I didn’t know we recycled on campus. How do we recycle on
campus?’” What Dugas would say to that was, “Just make sure you put it in the closest trash container and know that it is being recycled. It’s just not here on site where you can see it. It’s pretty much invisible but it is taking place.” He would also want the students to know the trash is being collected in bio-degradable bags since those are not recycled. In addition to the expected paper, aluminum, plastic and cardboard, CSUF also recovers green waste, construction debris, and metal. Dugas said CSUF not only meets state mandated goals but he also said, “Typically we are doing better than 50 percent of the waste stream being recycled.” The school, however, does not receive monetary compensation for their efforts, according to Dugas. “I’ve gotten some good feedback from our person at the state level on some possibilities that might help the campus with some payback or buy-down on the waste hauling contracts by the value of the recyclables,” Dugas said. Dugas hopes when they sign new contracts later this fall, that will be the case so CSUF can afford to have a recycling coordinator on campus to educate and engage the student body.
Dugas himself inherited the job of keeping track of the school’s records on meeting state mandates but doesn’t claim to be a recycling expert. As for now, Dugas says the schools only compensation is “... the fact that we stay in the good graces with the state, which is probably the number one item of importance because if we are not, the campus gets fined quite heavily.” Dugas admits that without a recycling coordinator, there has been no real method of getting the word out to students. His hope is that with a new waste management contract, there will be funding for a full-time coordinator who can, for example, assure incoming freshmen and transfer students receive education on environmental efforts during orientation. Until then, Dugas points out that, “It’s not just the campus’ responsibility. It’s (the responsibility of ) everybody who comes here ... to try to be good stewards with the environment that is out there, and respect it.” CSUF students need to step it up and make the effort to at least recycle. Throwing away water bottles in bio-degradable trash bags is just not going to cut it. I would tend to agree.
Returning to school is not always easy Being an older student can be difficult but does have its advantages
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According to Cal State Fullerton’s Adult Reentry Center (ARC), “the number of re-entry students at our university is rapidly growing … (and) returning to school after an absence is a significant issue for adult learners.” It’s never too late to go back to school, but being a full-time student who’s significantly older than the rest of the population does have its challenges. First of all, you have to deal with all the other 20-somethings, and it’s not always easy. As a returning student who’s turning 30 this year (yes, 30!), sometimes it seems that college is
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nothing more than a social playground for recent high school graduates. When you’re a returning student, you’ve already had a taste of the real world—the bitterness of love, the daunting reality of being in the workforce, the sting of being fired and the anxiety of finding a job. Let’s face it, college is nothing like the real world. All you have to do is show up for class, do your homework and stay on top of deadlines. In the workplace you have to deal with wicked bosses, complaining clients and merciless customers. With the state of the current economy, I’m sure a majority of CSU students work full time—in fact, they probably juggle multiple jobs along with relationships and a social life, plus Facebook status updating and Twitter posting. You can always pinpoint returning students because they don’t mess around. They’ve experienced the real world, and they mean business. Dating can also be hard when you’re significantly older than most of the population in college. It would just be awkward to date someone who’s fresh out of high school. This creates another dilemma. As a more mature student, it’s not uncommon to develop a powerful crush on the unassuming, intellectual professor who rambles on about the sexual environment of ancient Greece and who’s probably married even though he doesn’t wear his wedding ring. Fantasies aside, being an older student can just be plain awkward. It’s humbling to sit in a classroom with students younger than some of my siblings. Most of the students don’t know my age (thanks to Swedish genes and yoga), but when they do find out I feel like I have to defend myself or explain why I’m in school, why I took a break, and yes, I do have a plan for my future,
thank you very much! Being an older student does have its advantages though. Catherine VanRiette, M.S., ARC coordinator, said returning students are some of the best students and among the highest scorers. “(Adult re-entry students) are here because they feel a want and need for further education,” said VanRiette. “They are very focused. They see a need for more education and want to achieve it.” She said returning students have to juggle more responsibilities than traditional students, like jobs and families, but they also come to class with more life experiences. I came back to school at 27 with more ambition. When I was an undergraduate the first time, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I switched majors. I disrupted class. I thought I was smarter than my professors. I thought I was invincible. Hey, sometimes it takes a few years to figure it out, and I’m not embarrassed about that. When you come back to school you also have more life experiences on which to draw. You have more perspective for your essays. You have material for your writing assignments. You have respect. You’ve realized that no matter what you do you’re gonna have to deal with authority, and college isn’t a bad place to start (hey, the professors aren’t that bad). I watched my dad go back to school when he was in his 40s. Now he is a professor. He taught me that it’s never too late to enhance your education and pursue a degree. Even though I’m due to graduate in spring, I’m determined to continue my studies in graduate school. Maybe one day I’ll be a professor, and then I won’t have to worry about being significantly older than the rest of the population.
April 5, 2011
Professor teaches of passion Kristi Kanel, a human services teacher, enjoys an array of activities while remaining upbeat AMY LEADBETTER Daily Titan
She sits comfortably, looking as though she doesn’t have a care in the world, with an enthusiastic smile and fluffy brown hair, wearing a black vest with beads hanging from it, black corduroys and black studded pumps that sport a peace sign on each side. Dr. Kristi Kanel looks nothing like your average teacher. Those who know her best describe her as “colorful.” She is upbeat and an overachiever; she does more in one day than most people accomplish in a week. She is one of those teachers that promises to illuminate the classroom even through challenging material. She is fun, caring and brings both happiness and optimism to all those she encounters. Her secret to looking and acting young? Surrounding herself with young people. The hour-long spin classes she teaches multiple times a week also help. “I work out at the gym everyday,” says Kanel. “I have been teaching spin classes for 10 years. Love them! They are so upbeat and high energy. I used to do it all the time anyway, so I figured, hey, why not get certified and paid for it? I consider it my mid-life crisis.” Kanel began working as a part-time human services professor at Cal State Fullerton in 1983. In conjunction with teaching part time, she was a full-time therapist and going through a Ph.D. program at USC. Her private practice as a therapist lasted 25 years. She gave it up in 2005 to become a full-time teacher and start writing books.
AMY LEADBETTER / Daily Titan Kristi Kanel works at her desk on a variety of projects in her plethora of activities, such as working on the Academic Senate and teaching four classes.
Working at CSUF for 28 years, Kanel has been a big advocate for the Human Services Department. In the 1990s, when the program was still growing, she started the “InreachOutreach” project, in which she volunteered to visit different high schools and community colleges to inform incoming students about the major and recruit future students. Although she was raised in Buena Park, Kanel spent most of her youth playing in the sand at Huntington Beach. She was a part of the babyboom generation and was raised in the typical “Leave it to Beaver” family. “I was a flower child, a peace-knick, a rock ‘n’ roller,” Kanel says. “I loved the Beatles, loved to dance, I was a straight-A student and a bit of a tomboy.” Kanel took drama classes in high school. She thought she wanted to be an actress but admits that she found a happy medium in teaching. She says
she can still be an actress as a teacher. A few of her many accomplishments include majoring in human services and minoring in Spanish, becoming bilingual, getting a master’s degree in counseling, becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist, receiving her Ph.D. from USC’s counseling psychology program, having three published books (with numerous editions), creating her trademark model “ABC Model of Crisis Intervention” and having many published studies. She is happily single and adds her divorce to her list of successes. Her 18-year-old son is a senior in high school and has applied to 12 different universities, proving to be as excessively dedicated as his mother. Kanel is always on campus and likes to be here. On top of teaching four classes, she is currently secretary of the Academic Senate and an active member on several university committees. “Dr. Kanel is very committed to
Organic gardening in the Fullerton Arboretum Arboretum holds gardening lessons called “Edible Landscapes” ARIANNE CUSTER Daily Titan
Growing your own foods organically in your front or backyard, a small garden plot or even in pots along the patio isn’t as hard as it sounds. You can enjoy creating and sculpting a landscape that is not only attractive but useful no matter what size you choose to commit to. Locals recently learned more about how to do just that at the Arboretum while attending the “Edible Landscapes” class sponsored by the Yorba Linda Water District. Emily Lavender attended the class with Dan White, a Cal State Fullerton graduate, and said, “He’s the one with the green thumb. He’s turned our limited space into an area where we can grow our own vegetables, and I was looking forward to learning more on how I could help.” The couple lives in Fullerton and found out about the class from a free local newspaper. According to White, “I was interested in growing organically in my garden and learned the difference between what is natural versus organic. I also didn’t realize that ammonium nitrate was so bad.” At the lecture given by Steve Gerischer, who has been designing gardens for 26 years and growing organically himself for 20, White learned that ammonium nitrate is commonly used in plant foods but is derived from nonorganic compounds. According to Gerischer, one of the main things to understand when starting and maintaining an organic garden is the difference between natural, organic and chemically based fertilizers and pesticides. “There are non-toxic ways to do everything in your garden,” said Gerischer. “Remember, whatever you use in the garden, you will be eating later.” According to Gerischer, organic means that the product came from a organism that was once living, such as peat, whereas all natural means that it may be organic but not from a living organism, such as in the case of gypsum. “If it is really organic, that will be the biggest word on the bag. If it says ‘contains organic products,’ avoid it,” said Gerischer. One product that Gerischer prefers that gardeners avoid is bio-organic solids. He says it is not the fact that it is created from human sewage, it is the fact that even after the filtration process, there is a small amount of heavy metals and toxins left over. According to Gerischer, “We’re already growing in Californian soil, air and water, so we’re already getting toxins and don’t want to increase the levels.” In addition, non-organic products
serving on behalf of the university,” says Diana Guerin, Ph.D., chair of Academic Senate and a child and adolescent studies professor. “One thing that really impresses me is her commitment to providing a quality existence for both students and faculty on campus and her willingness to speak. She is a very strong advocate for students.” Kanel has been awarded Outstanding Professor nine times in the last 13 years. She believes she has been nominated because she is always available to students. She is a very hands-on teacher and her love with her interaction between her students is abundant. Mikel Hogan, Ph.D., the chair of the Human Services Department, has worked with Kanel for 28 years and has known her the longest on campus. “She is highly published,” says Hogan. “She is upbeat and has received so many awards for being an outstanding faculty member. She has been outstanding in every dimension. What can I say? She’s just got it going on!” Teaching for over a quarter of a century, Kanel smiles when reminiscing on the past and her days of using chalkboards and reel-to-reel films. Although she sheepishly points out that she is old school and will never teach an online class, she does admit that through Blackboard, her laptop, Blackberry and iPad, even when she leaves campus, her work never ends. Passionate about dancing, every Thursday, before her class about human service delivery to Latinos begins, Kanel plays Latin music and teaches her students a new dance move. At the end of the semester, during their Cinco de Mayo party, she awards extra credit to those who dance and show off what they learned. “I want to get them into the culture,” Kanel says. “The class is not easy, but I try to make it fun.” Kanel says she does take her job and the material very seriously but is determined to have fun while doing it. “I don’t give a lot of A’s. You have to earn your grade, and I am a very objective grader,” Kanel says very seriously. “Being a good dancer does not guarantee you pass the class.” After realizing the seriousness in assurance of her last quote, Kanel smiles, as if to lighten the mood and says, ”But dancing will get you three extra credit points at the end of the semester.”
CAMILLE TARAZON / Daily Titan A student shows his cards in the middle of a Magic: The Gathering card game.
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In the Titan Student Union, thousands of students go about their business, unaware of the battles waged beneath their feet. The TSU Underground becomes a combat zone for dozens of students who gather to engage in battles of wit, strategy and often, blind luck. Their weapons may be made of cardstock, but the players maintain nerves of steel. Whether they’re playing Magic: The Gathering or Yu-Gi-Oh!, the two biggest factions of card-playing that take place, these students have created an atmosphere in which they feel free to share their passions, develop friendships and compete openly. Trading-card games have been around for decades, but Magic: The Gathering was groundbreaking when it started in 1993. The Yu-Gi-Oh! game, on the other hand, is the equivalent of what started as a fictional game in the Yu-Gi-Oh! comic and animated series. “There’s always at least one or two people here,” said Aria Omidwar, an anthropology major. “There are mainly three types of people that come. There’s the laptop people, there are the YuGi-Oh! players and then there are the Magic players.” “If you come down here in the Underground to just hang out, to watch TV or to play pool, you may see a table full of cards in play,” said Anh Vu, a senior liberal arts major. “We’re really open. If you want to play, just come on down. We’re pretty casual and we’re pretty friendly.” The group of students that form the core of regular players all met through different means, but many of them hail from campus groups. “There are a few different clubs that everything is connected to,” said Ryan Hamilton, a
geography major. “A lot of the Anime Club’s people either play Magic or YuGi-Oh!. A lot of the people from the Archery Club, not all of them play, but they come down. This has grown to almost become its own little club.” Vu hopes to start up a Magic: The Gathering club in the future so they can compete in tournaments. “We’re still in our planning stages right now, but currently we are looking to see how many people want to join our club.” If the club can become sanctioned by a local card store, they can compete in official tournaments. “Our main goal is to get all the students here in Fullerton to play and enjoy the game while getting them to a higher standard of play. It’s a good introduction to the game, and the tournaments are there to help you play better.” Yu-Gi-Oh! players also have tournaments they can compete in, and the players in the Underground are no strangers to them. “There’s national tournaments for all these card games,” said Anthony Ortega, a history major. “Sometimes I even go to the national (Yu-Gi-Oh!) tournaments and try to compete. The highest I ever got to was right before getting into the top 32.” “Games are a little intense because there’s so much that can possibly go on, so you have to forethink what the other player’s doing,” said Peter Gordon, a computer science and math double major. “You really need to know how the cards synergize. You need to know not just how to play the game, but really how the cards in your deck interact with one another and how they interact on the field. It really is like chess and poker at the same time.” The challenging nature is what brings the players together in the Underground to battle day after day. This group of card-playing warriors will continue to battle in the arena of the Underground as the busy world of student life marches relentlessly onward.
ARIANNE CUSTER / Daily Titan Local residents learned the facts about garden upkeep and more for plants, vegetables and herbs alike, such as the dangers of using pesticides.
are made from petro-chemicals, according to Gerischer. He says, “It gets you great results but it is force-feeding the plant nitrogen, and that is how the bugs find it and attack it.” Gerischer says that a few bugs won’t hurt anybody. However, if you are having troubles with insects damaging or consuming your plants, there are safe and organic ways to get rid of them. Gerischer suggests, “Mix up a little bit of organic dish soap in a spray bottle with water if you really can’t get the bugs to stay away. It creates a lipid bubble that covers and smothers the bug.” After the class, Lavender said, “What I was glad about was that I’m more optimistic about what I can do with raised boxes because we don’t have a huge yard.” Gerischer also suggests growing in pots of all sizes or vertically if you have limited space, such as up a trellis. Attendees also learned that they have plenty of plants to choose from that are not only edible, but produce beautiful foliage before or during their productive season, such as red chard. “It looks beautiful and tastes wonderful. People will stop to look and ask what it is,” Gerischer says.
To Peter Romeo, who has been attending the whole series on water conservation gardening with his wife, the knowledge and expertise that Gerischer shared has been invaluable. “If it’s a program that’s offered to the community, it’s something we should take advantage of,” said Romeo. Anyone interested in learning more about organic edible gardening can attend the “Eyes on the Harvest” class, which is the second of three classes being taught by Arboretum gardener Jonathan Davis. The Saturday class will cover how to keep your garden continually producing through the seasons. Gardeners or aspiring gardeners can attend either the 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. session. Pre-registration by Wednesday is recommended and will cost Arboretum members $20 and non-members $25 to participate. The next class in the water conservation gardening six-part series will be May 7 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The class is free to Yorba Linda Water District customers who present their water bill. Members of the Arboretum must pay $30 to attend and nonmembers $35.
April 5, 2011
STARR: Cal State Fullerton’s best-kept artistic secret
Career Center speaker looks to CSUF teaching Sociology alum Ken Christenson considers returning to CSUF to teach RYAN LASKODI Daily Titan
JESSICA DRUCK / Daily Titan Nick Starr stands in front of his mixed media piece, a black wooden slab in the shape of California with the word “Welcome” written across it with bullets, juxtaposing the word and the materials used to spell it out.
...Continued from page 1 Starr graduated and attended Mt. San Jacinto College where he felt a bit of a setback with assignments that were more traditional, like landscapes. “It was hard there because everyone was on a different page,” said Starr. “I was the only one doing a different genre of art there.” It wasn’t until he transferred to CSUF that he immediately felt at home by being able to express his ideas once again, but this time using mixed media like wood, cement and copper. “It was interesting when I came here,” he said. “I liked the environment here because people were doing so many different things.” Professor Maneli Jodat had Starr for ART 207 in spring 2010 and said she lets her students pick the subject matter on which they wish to paint, which led Nick to the beginning stages of “The Best-
Kept Secret,” his current exhibit in the TSU. “I knew from the early stages that Nick is a very serious artist and is not painting just for doing an assignment,” said Jodat. “Letting him free to pursue his passion led him to find his root, life in California – his experience and memory and others’ perception.” His love for California and the fact that he was born and raised here gave Starr his material for the pieces in his exhibit he created in about two months. However, he wanted to translate what California meant to him and steer away from a dreamy depiction of the typical, glamorous lifestyle that television seems to portray. A black wooden slab in the shape of California with the word “Welcome” written across seems harmless until you stand close and see welcome is spelled out in bullets, making the piece intelligibly irreverent.
“It says welcome, but it’s definitely not welcoming,” Starr said of the piece and how he perceives California. “A lot of my art is themed to ‘it’s not always what you think.’ It’s what you perceive them to be.” Other pieces include a reiteration of the state of California flag, turning the formerly peaceful and friendly bear into a hostile and aggressive emblem. “I’m not trying to shock anybody, I’m just trying to make them think,” Starr said. “I’m trying to slow the viewer down.” His exhibit, “The Best-Kept Secret,” includes seven contemporary pieces that peel away layers of the typical idea many people have of California and will be on display in the TSU until Friday. Starr works as a designer as well, doing trademarks, clothing, logos and even murals for school districts and will soon be selling prints of his work online at StarrVisual.com.
The Naughty Teddy faces closure Fullerton’s specialty lingerie shop is up for termination by city council ROSS WATTERS For the Daily Titan
As I walked into an establishment in downtown Fullerton that the city has deemed too “adult,” I was expecting all kinds of shocking scenes and behavior. I was expecting fire-breathing women on poles, porno magazines and erect teddy bears, sort of like a miniature Red Light District. What I got was completely the opposite. A friendly worker greeted me. I asked for Dawn. “Excuse me?” the nice lady replied. “I am looking for Dawn…?” I asked. “Oh! I thought you said you were looking for a dong! She is right in here.” That was my first experience in the Naughty Teddy. The Naughty Teddy is a small shop that specializes in lingerie, a small number of sex toys and other
adult-themed merchandise. No one under the age of 18 is allowed inside. Fullerton officials are trying to shut it down because they deem it an “adult” business. According to a recent inspection by city officials, more than 25 percent of the store is adult related. “Two people came in one day and said, ‘We are shutting you down.’ They didn’t even identify themselves,” said Dawn Aquino, the store owner. “They said the whole store is adult related.” According to city officials, an adult shop, save for bookstores, can have up to 25 percent of adult merchandise if not located in the correct zoning area. Sex toys, pornographic material and revealing outfits and costumes are all deemed inappropriate by city officials. The shop is about 5,000 square feet and less than 1,000 square feet is adult material, according to Aquino.
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“They didn’t even come in and recommend anything or tell us to move or change anything, they just want to shut us down,” Aquino said. According to the Orange County Register, the city doesn’t want to shut it down; they just want the shop rezoned with other similar businesses. Aquino has started a petition to keep the Naughty Teddy open, and over 1,500 signatures have been collected. “We have received a lot of emails from people showing their support. Most are from women, who are 90 percent of our clientele. They feel real comfortable coming in here,” Aquino said. In Aquino’s opinion, the Naughty Teddy is not an adult business and is no different than Victoria’s Secret. “We carry the same things that Victoria’s Secret does. Why aren’t they being shut down?” Aquino said. “We are a novelty clothing store with accessories.” The Naughty Teddy helps the city and charities any way it can. It has worked with organizations and people on raising money for causes such as cancer, diabetes and feeding the poor. Every Friday night, they show the Rocky Horror Picture Show and donate the proceeds to local charities. “We bring in revenue and cause no trouble. We pay our taxes,” Aquino said. “Not once have we had the police here for anything. We have security here at night because we have female workers and want everyone to be kept safe.” To employee Krista Van Dyke, the city’s priorities are not in the right place. “I love working here. Our customers love it here. We don’t cause any trouble. We are brightly lit at night. The police are called to the bars all night but never to us,” said Van Dyke. Customers of the Naughty Teddy agree with Van Dyke’s sentiments. “I love it here. It is a great environment, and I don’t believe it is an offensive place at all. The most risque items are toward the back and out of view. The city needs to work on other things and stop wasting the taxpayers’ money on closing a good establishment,” said Heather Murphy, a shopper. Aquino and other workers of the Naughty Teddy will be at Fullerton City Hall at 303 W. Commonwealth Ave. tonight at 6:30 p.m. “I hope everyone comes out to support us and keep us open. We would really appreciate the community’s support,” Aquino said. Anyone who brings this article in will get a 10 percent discount on any merchandise.
As students, we hope to graduate from college and find a job that will make a good amount of money. But as the old saying goes, “money isn’t everything.” Cal State Fullerton graduate Ken Christenson knows this saying very well. For years he had great success in the world of business, but recently he decided to follow his heart and pursue a career in teaching. Christenson grew up in the Pasadena area. He described himself as a very positive, happy, mature and active child. “My mom had to yell at me multiple times for me to get inside from playing football, basketball or something like that,” said Christenson. Friend of the family Alicia Handlon, who has known Christenson since he was a young adult, remembers him being a very mature young man, saying that you could give him some kind of responsibility, and at the age of 13 or 14 you would be able to trust him with that responsibility. She also remembered him being very interested in other people, adding that whenever you would discuss things with him you never got the feeling he was simply waiting for you to stop talking, that he would seem generally interested and ask questions. “Even as a youngster, he was an adult,” said Handlon. She also said that she thought he should become a diplomat, because she remembers him being very good at bringing people together. Christenson grew up in a family of teachers. Family members involved in teaching included his mom, grandparents on both sides and aunts and uncles. He also said that both his parents emphasized education a lot. He attended Pasadena High School, and during his time in high school he would begin his career in the restaurant industry, starting as a cook. After graduating from high school in 1985, he had the opportunity to play basketball in Fresno, so he went to Fresno City College and Fresno State. However, during his time at Fresno he injured his knee and had to have surgery on it. He took a year off and tried to come back, but he said it was just too hard. He stayed in Fresno for about four years before coming back home to Southern California. However, it was during his time at Fresno that he would get his first taste in management. During this time he was working in a restaurant as a waiter. He would later become a supervisor for the restaurant. However, a big moment came when the company gave him the opportunity to open up a restaurant in the city of Visilla. He said at the time he was 21, he was probably the youngest general manager for that company and they gave him free reign of design of the menu, the building and the employees. Although he wasn’t able to finish up his senior year, he said it was a great opportunity and he was glad he did it and it gave him a lot of experience. With a smile on his face, Christenson said another good perk of working in the restaurant industry was being able to have access to food. “I remember paying for my Top Ramen and noodles, but when you work in a restaurant and you can eat for free, it’s kind of nice to eat well instead of looking in a bare cupboard and going, ‘Man, another Cup of Noodles,’” he said. After working in the restaurant industry, Christenson began his career in retail. He worked at Sport Chalet, before they became a big-name company. He worked as a department manager, an assistant manager and a general manager and was there for about five years. He said it was a great job because he could do all the sports and athletic things he liked. But it was also where he met his wife. He got married in 1993. In the fall of ‘93, Christenson decided to go back to school, and he chose CSUF because he liked the area, it was close to where he worked and at the time he heard good things about the liberal studies program. While at Fullerton, he changed majors three times. When he went in, he originally thought he was going to be a teacher so he started as a math major. But not wanting to be limited solely to the math field, he changed to liberal studies. However, he said that at the time he already had a good-paying job and just wanted to finish up his degree in something he really enjoyed, and he found that sociology had his favorite classes. Also during his time at CSUF, he started working at Target, and there he would be for about 10 years. He worked as a store team leader, a trainer and a college recruiter. It was during this time at Target when Christenson would become first acquainted with Jim Case, director of the CSUF Career Center. Case, who first joined Fullerton in the spring of ‘99, said the first recollection he had of him was during a resume writing workshop the Career Center had where he was invited to come in as a speaker. He remembered that he not only had good insight and suggestions for students about preparing their resumes, but he stayed well over an hour and gave personal critiques to the dozen or so students who stayed after the workshop. “I remember making a mental note as I thanked him and said goodbye for the day that we would have to take advantage of his energy and passion for student success in the future,” said Case. Christenson said as a student he liked watching the baseball and basketball games. He was also involved in a sociology club and Latino Business Students, as well as a business-networking group. As far as being a student, he said once he realized he wanted to get his degree, he really enjoyed school and became a straight-A student, whereas before he was a B student. However, he wishes he would have enjoyed school a bit more, saying it would have been nice to be a full-time student. He graduated from CSUF in 2000 and for him, getting his degree was very important as it allowed him to think about things differently. “Once I had my diploma, it allowed me to think outside the box a little bit more and be open to change, because then I had the experience plus the education to fall back on,” Christenson said. He also said that in getting his degree, it made him
open to accepting more opportunities, saying that originally his thinking was very traditional in the sense that you had to stay at one company for a long amount of time. The year 2000 was also very special because that was the year he and his wife adopted two boys. After graduating, Christenson became strongly involved in the Career Center in CSUF. He was invited to participate in a number of workshops, such as resume writing and making your best impression at the job fair, among others. Case said the reasons they continued to invite Christenson back included his passion for helping out all students, as well as having very good content and being able to express that content in a way that was accessible for students. After working at Target, Christenson had the opportunity to work at Kohl’s, a job he turned down quite a few times. He said it was a time he saw his degree really help him, as Kohl’s was willing to give him a position based on his experience in social science. During his time at Kohl’s, he worked as a general manager and a college recruiter. This was when Kohl’s was first opening on the West Coast, so he helped open the first 18 stores. A couple of years later he worked for Disneyland. He was a retail operations manager and was in charge of all the retail shops on Main Street. He remembers it being full of CSUF graduates, saying he “felt at home with so many Titans.” Christenson said that he has always had a love for teaching. Although he initially had doubts about becoming a teacher because of the pay, helping out people was something he always enjoyed and that some of the best parts of his jobs were training other employees. He noticed that as he got farther along in his career, the presentations he would give to the Career Center would evolve. “I used to be very business first, quoted a lot of Michael Eisner and Jack Welsh … But as I got older and did presentations to Jim Case and the Career Center, I found myself talking about the importance of not getting the best job with the most money and benefits but following your heart,” Christenson said. His children were a big influence on his desire to become a teacher. He was told by a specialist that his boys had autism and that they would never be able to function above a certain level. Inspired to prove the doctor wrong, he attended Azusa Pacific University and in 2006 received his Master of Education. Now, Christenson is working at Ganesha High School in Pomona, where he is also the head of the Special Education Department as well as the softball coach. He wanted to get his master’s at CSUF, but they did not have the program that he needed. He also said that now his two boys are very highfunctioning. Another reason for his wish to get into teaching was that it would allow him to spend more time with his family, saying after he had kids he knew he had to prioritize. He remembers two days in a row when he woke up before the kids were awake and he would get home when the kids were already asleep. “When my kids were little it was more to me to be at home for dinner than it was to be on a conference call or an airplane or something like that,” Christenson said. Handlon, who is herself a formally retired teacher, said that there was no doubt in her mind that Christenson would become successful as a teacher. “I thought it was a pretty big move. There was no question he would be successful, but was he willing to give up big-time salary? But he seems to have absorbed and loved it,” Handlon said. Christenson said that it is a sacrifice, saying in his first year of teaching he made less than the bonus of his last year involved in retail. But he also said the rewards of being a teacher are beneficial. While he said that the money he made during his time in business varied, at one time he was making six figures. Now, as a teacher, he said he makes $60,000. During the interview, a former student of Christenson’s whom he hadn’t seen in two or three years stopped by his room. They chatted for a moment, and the student asked if he could help him get into college. Christenson was more than willing to explain what would need to be done. Case said there are three things people can learn from Christenson’s story. One, good career development takes an investment of time and energy. Two, one should not rule out careers simply based on whatever your major may be. And three, career development is a lifelong process. He also said he is a good case study on the value of listening to your heart, but also combining that internal message with a whole lot of reasoning and acting with your head. “I think he enjoyed what he did, but you could tell there was more he wanted and he was willing to do the hard work to get there, and I think it’s a great example of the doors that are open to somebody if they are really serious about putting their education to work,” Case said. When Christenson is not teaching or spending time with his family, he is also an advocate for those with special needs, saying it’s his No. 1 drive outside his immediate family. He is also involved in a nonprofit called Casa Colina that helps rehabilitate mentally and physically handicapped people. One of the things he has done was use his boat to give paraplegics and quadriplegics the chance to water ski. “The rewards of helping somebody else and seeing it pays more dividends than that bonus check at the end of the week,” Christenson said. According to Christenson, his administration has asked him to be a principal, but he has politely declined twice because he loves what he does. However, not all future plans are ruled out. He said a couple of years ago, CSUF mentioned they might be interested in having him as a part-time sociology instructor and that APU talked to him about possibly being an adjunct professor. He said maybe that would be the next thing he would enjoy doing. “…He’s able to get people to move wherever they want to go, and his job is to help them along to get there. It’s great to see, whether it’s through sports or whatever … Whatever it takes, he’s right there … His success is measured in people and kids and their success,” Handlon said.
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Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Group effort accomplishes far more than you expect. Get everyone together early, and promise goodies when the work is done. Manage someone’s feelings privately.
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KELSEY LANEY / Daily Titan Titan freshman midfielder Jeff Lyon gets a check to the back. Lyon went for the hat trick along with one assist against Central Washington March 24 for the 16-10 win.
Men’s lacrosse bullies Wildcats The Titans trek over Central Washington University for their sixth straight victory this season JEFF PRENOVOST Daily Titan
With a divisional game coming up versus the Concordia Eagles, who are 10-2 and 3-0 in the division, the Cal State Fullerton men’s lacrosse club first had to get through a tough and physical game against Central Washington University Wildcats Thursday, March 24. On a wet field at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, the Titans (7-3, 2-0) were able to defeat the Wildcats 16-10. Sophomore midfielder Chris Cole had a game-high six goals, and four other Titans scored multiple times in the victory, which extends their winning streak to six games. “They’re a much better team than they are on paper, and they came out hitting hard early too. I was on
the ground in the first two minutes like three times. They came out hitting and woke us up,” said Cole, who also lost one of his front teeth in the game. The Titans put together a great all-around team performance with solid defense that forced a lot of turnovers, and they got a clutch performance from freshman goalie Trevor Burns who had three big saves to seal the victory in the fourth quarter. “I didn’t feel like I played that great of a game, but turning it on at the end made me feel a little bit better about my performance,” said Burns. The Titans were up at halftime, 8-7, and managed to get eight more goals past the keeper while only allowing three in the second half. The Titans kept the Wildcats on the defensive end most of the night with their patient offensive attack, which
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led to a time of possession advantage. The Wildcats scored first in the fourth quarter to make the score 1310, but the Titans got three goals past the goalie to secure the 16-10 win. Senior attacker Mike Ansel, senior middie Andrew Hauke, junior middie Adam Noel and freshman middie Jeff Lyon each finished with at least two goals. Ansel had the most spectacular goal of the night when he took a hard check from a Wildcat defender just after he got a shot off, which ended up in the back of the net. Senior midfielder JR Grubert also came up with a goal and an assist in the victory. “We were a bit rusty because of all the rain this week, which meant we didn’t get to practice much, but we pulled away in the third quarter. I think we could have done better but Chris Cole had four goals in
the first half which kept us in the game,” said Grubert. Central Washington put together a mighty challenge against the Titans as they get set to begin their remaining four games. The Wildcats came out checking hard in the game, which led to a lot of players on the ground and really made the Titans earn the victory. The CSUF men’s lacrosse team went undefeated in the month of March, and their next game will be against the Eagles of Concordia University, who are in second place in the Division II Southwestern Lacrosse Conference. “We’re going to have to play at peak performance during that game to pull it off. We’ll probably see them again in the playoffs,” Grubert said about their game against Concordia. The game starts Friday at 7 p.m. at Titan Track.
“I think my coaches this year improved my game 110 percent,” Craddick said. “I think I’ve always had the potential to be a really good hitter and a really good player. The coaches have really allowed me to play up to my potential.” A criminal justice major at CSUF, Craddick anticipates her graduation date sometime next year. She also has plans to play for the CSUF basketball team next year with her year of extra eligibility left in a different sport. “I think after sports I’ll be ready to get a career. I kind of want to go into law enforcement, and I really want to be a coroner,” Craddick said. For now she will be concentrating on softball’s Big West Conference coming up against the division leaders Pacific and UC Davis. Growing up in Yorba Linda, Craddick played softball and basketball as a child. She played all four years in high school for the El Dorado High School Golden Hawks’ softball and basketball programs. In softball she was a three-time all-county first-team selection, Conference Player of the Year and she won the Most Valuable Player award as a freshman. El Dorado also honored Craddick with their Female Athlete of the Year award for her senior year performances in softball and basketball. “My high school career went pretty good, and I enjoyed playing a lot,” Craddick said. CSUF is known for having a great softball program. They won it all in 1986, won the Big West Conference eight times and made 20 appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Craddick chose CSUF because of its reputation, and it also allowed her family to be close by, which was an important factor for Craddick. Craddick has an identical twin sister named Sara who also goes to CSUF and cheers her sister on at the games. Sara Craddick plans to graduate from the three-year nursing program in 2013.
JOHNNY LE / Daily Titan Titan senior first baseman K.C. Craddick is currently hitting .277 in 29 games, including an eight-game hitting streak.
“It’s been solid; it’s been really good. She’s been relaxed, and I know a lot of the new coaches have been working with her on hitting, and she’s been more consistent this year,” said Sara about her sister’s final year in Titan softball. Craddick has put together an impressive season against tough, highly ranked opponents such as UCLA, Michigan and Texas. The softball team continues its terror through the Big West this Saturday for a three-game set at UC Riverside, and she hopes of playing in June at the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.