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LOCAL | CSU protests reviewed
November student protests examined Report recommends 15 new policies for contentious situations RICARDO GONZALEZ Daily Titan
The California State University’s Public Affairs office released an independent review of the incidents that occurred Nov. 16, 2011, resulting from protests at the CSU Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach. The review — released April 24 — critiques the planning, procedure and actions taken by CSU police and associates. “The purpose of the report was to have an external review of the student protests and CSU response and to make recommendations,” said Claudia Keith, assistant vice chancellor of public affairs in an email. Recent tuition increases for CSU students prompted a large number of protesters — identified in the review as being from the Occupy movement, the ReFund California Coalition and the California State University Employees Union (CSUEU), among others — to take their grievances directly to the CSU Board of Trustees meeting last November. Following heated speeches and outbursts from the crowd, CSU officers escorted the audience out of the room and the location of
the meeting was changed without notice. Outside, protesters clashed with police as the protesters tried to reenter the building. The incident resulted in several arrests and the breaking of a glass door. The meeting ended and the board announced an additional 9 percent increase in tuition. These events, alongside the infamous pepper spray incident at the University of California, Davis Nov. 18, 2011, led the California Legislature to hold a joint hearing between UC and CSU representatives, according to the review. Both systems were requested to conduct a review by an external party. The CSU’s 35-page report was conducted by Ronald M. McCarthy, a retired law enforcement officer who served with the Los Angeles Police Department. “The reviewer attempted to contact the students who were arrested, as well as those who were present at the protest,” Keith said. In total, two individuals from the Long Beach Police Department, three CSU police officers and seven individuals identified as “Citizens” gave input to the report. One of those “Citizens” was current CSUEU president, Pat Gantt. See REVIEW, page 2
FEATURES | Graduation speakers
At commencement, getting others into college is key topic Cal State Fullerton names two guest graduation speakers RICHARD ANDERSON Daily Titan
In a message of hope to graduating students, two speakers will persuade the audience to appreciate the value of higher education. U.S. Undersecretary of Education Dr. Martha J. Kanter and Director of the Office of Personnel Management John Berry were selected as guest speakers at Cal State Fullerton’s 2012 Commencement Ceremony. The Academic Affairs office helped select the speakers. “In general, the vice president for Academic Affairs office takes leadership in identifying commencement speakers,” said Keith Boyum, emeritus professor of political science. Kanter was nominated for her position by President Barack Obama in 2009, and confirmed by the Senate two months later. She works under U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. According to her Ed.gov biography, Kanter oversees policies, programs, activities related to postsecondary education, adult and career technical education, federal student aid and five White House Initiatives on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
In order to help education, Kanter’s job is to plan and implement Obama’s goal to have “the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world by 2020” in the U.S. In fact, that is what Kanter’s speech will be about. “In her remarks, Dr. Kanter will discuss President Obama’s 2020 goal for the United States to once again have the world’s highest proportion of college graduates by the end of the decade,” said Alex David Sanchez, who works in Kanter’s office, in an email. Kanter will also talk about her life at the ceremony. “Dr. Kanter will share her own story and celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class,” Sanchez said. Kanter wants graduating students to inspire family members to follow in their footsteps and pursue higher education. “She will call on graduates to inspire others in their family to also complete higher education in order to help move the country forward,” Sanchez said. Kanter is the first community college leader to be appointed as the undersecretary. She served as the chancellor of the FoothillDe Anza Community College District, which is one of the largest college districts in the country and has 45,000 students and a budget of more than $400 million. Kanter began her career as a teacher at alternative high schools in Massachusetts and New York. See SPEECH, page 6
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VIDEO OF KELLY THOMAS BRAWL SHOWS NEW ANGLE
ANIBAL ORTIZ / Daily Titan Kelly Thomas’ father, Ron Thomas, waits outside the Santa Ana Federal Courthouse Monday for the start of a preliminary hearing for two Fullerton Police officers involved in Kelly’s death.
New evidence made public Audience stunned by morbid evidence presented at hearing ANDERS HOWMANN Daily Titan
The preliminary hearing for Cpl. Jay Cicinelli and Officer Manuel Ramos, the two Fullerton police officers charged with killing Kelly Thomas last July, began Monday. Evidence such as gruesome photos, the batons that were used by officers and a Taser were presented to a large crowd at the Santa Ana Federal Courthouse. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas led
the prosecution against the two officers, calling witnesses, such as a Fullerton Police forensic investigator and a first-responding paramedic. The district attorney said the hearing could take one to two days to complete. The killing of Thomas, 37, a homeless man who resided in Fullerton and was reportedly schizophrenic, has sparked national uproar. Thomas supporters were inside and outside the courthouse Monday morning. Evidence consisted primarily of photographs of the crime scene, police officers and Thomas taken by Dawn Scruggs, a Fullerton Police forensic investigator. These
photos showed the scene of the crime, injuries to both Thomas and the officers and the weapons used. A video of the event with a transcript and nearby surveillance footage were also included in the presented evidence. The audience gasped as the gruesome photos of Thomas’ beaten face flashed up on the projector. Ron Thomas, Kelly Thomas’ father, did not look at the screen while Scruggs identified the observed injuries on the victim’s body. Thomas’ face was unrecognizable and he had scrapes and lacerations across his body. The injuries that Cicinelli and Ramos received looked minimal,
consisting of scrapes on their forearms, elbows and knees. Officer Joe Wolfe, another officer involved in the altercation who was not charged, received minor scrapes to the head. Scruggs also took photos of a large pool of blood on the ground where the altercation between Thomas and the police officers occurred. A blood sample was also taken into forensic evidence. The X26 model Taser that Cicinelli allegedly used to shock Thomas and beat him had blood stains on the yellow plastic barrel. See HEARING, page 2
LOCAL | Cars in the neighborhood
City ordinance makes street parking difficult Regulatory signs in blocks surrounding Cal State Fullerton force students to keep looking RICHARD ANDERSON Daily Titan
Fullerton has a strict parking policy compared to other cities. An ordinance made in 1924 made it illegal for residents to park their vehicles on the street from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. outside their houses without a neighborhood exemption. “This local law has been reviewed regularly and reflects the policy decision by the City Council. There are many neighborhoods where exemptions exist, and residents have an option to petition the City Council for an exemption,” said City Manager Joe Felz. He said City Hall is currently working on examining parking needs. “We are currently in the first stages of a comprehensive parking plan to best address parking needs in the future, on a citywide basis,” Felz said. The ordinance has been reviewed many times by the city council over the years. It continues to be supported as a City Council policy, Felz said. With parking being a hot button issue on campus and parking permit prices rising, students
ELEONOR SEGURA / Daily Titan City Manager Joe Felz said residents petition for stricter parking rules in the neighborhoods near Cal State Fullerton.
often search to find parking in other places that allow public street parking. “It is our understanding that students have adequate parking on campus facilities,” Felz said. “Off campus, students can park anywhere parking is allowed and are not distinguished from any other person in regards to parking.” But recently one-hour-parking signs appeared on streets near Cal State Fullerton. Felz said the reason for the signs is because residents think their neighborhoods are negatively impacted by
the influx of student parking in residential streets. Some residents voted against putting the parking signs. Gilbert Diaz, a Fullerton resident, said he wouldn’t sign the petition when his fellow residents were petitioning the city to put up the signs. “As long as you guys don’t mess up my property, you guys can park out here,” said Diaz. See PARKING, page 2
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HEARING: Officers face charges ...Continued from page 1 Michael Chocek, a Fullerton police officer who testified as a witness, said officers are trained to use improvised tactics such as beating a suspect with a Taser if they deem it necessary. Scruggs said when she approached the scene, Ramos, Cicinelli and Wolfe looked as though they were tired and in “shock.” “(Ramos) looked like he was in disbelief,” said Scruggs. She went on to confirm that Ramos made the statement that the conflict was the “fight of his life.” She said when she reached the scene on July 5, 2011, both Cicinelli and Ramos said Thomas would not stop fighting. While officers called in medical assistance, Scruggs said officers did not ask about the welfare of Thomas after the incident. Fullerton Fire Department Capt. Ron Stanczyk, who was one of the first paramedics on the scene, testified Monday. Stanczyk said when he arrived at the scene, the first officer he talked to directed him to assist the lacerations of the officers involved in the altercation, not Thomas’. When he was testifying to Cicinelli’s defense attorney, Michael Schwartz, he confirmed that he began giving
aid to Thomas after he saw him lying on the ground. He said that there were seven to eight officers around him and they were not administering first aid. After observing that Thomas was unconscious and had suffered injuries to the head, Stanczyk immobilized Thomas’ neck with a “C-spine” brace and put him on a stretcher. He described Thomas’ breathing as slow and irregular. A bag value mask a device used to assist with breathing, was used on Thomas as he was transported to St. Jude Medical Center. Once Thomas reached the hospital, a physician was able to successfully insert a tube into the victim’s throat in order to assist in breathing. When Thomas reached the UC Irvine Medical Center, his heart stopped. “When his heart stopped beating, we began CPR,” said Stanczyk. Both Ramos and Cicinelli have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. Ramos has been charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, and Cicinelli has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force. All six of the officers involved in the altercation have been put on administrative leave and face an internal investigation.
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REVIEW: Protesters found responsible for damages ...Continued from page 1 “The trustees recessed, (and) There was confusion when no public announcement to clear the room was made, and uniformed officers seemed to start pushing students out of the room,” said Gantt in an email, recalling the events of the day. “There should have been officers outside the building to deal with the crowd rather than playing tug-ofwar with a glass door.” Accounts like this helped McCarthy develop a list of 15 separate recommendations for law enforcement and CSU personnel to help mediate and improve reactionary actions during future contentious situations. Teven Laxer, senior labor relations representative of CSUEU, was actually present at the November 15-16 CSU Board of Trustees meeting and also provided input to the CSU review. Of the 15 recommendations, the four that Laxer felt were
“most significant and could prevent future problems” included the Board of Trustees chair adjusting time constraints on public speakers, meetings with CSU and demonstrators prior to demonstrations to facilitate a better understanding of “each party’s responsibility and goals,” increased contact between police and CSU unions and more clear instructions given by the CSU chair or police (preferably over loudspeaker) to demonstrators. According to the report, the damage done at the demonstration cost an estimated $35,000 and several people suffered injuries, including a Cal Poly Pomona officer. This led to a response by police who used pepper spray. Ultimately, the incident resulted in four arrests and prompted the McCarthy report to include an entire section on establishing safety zones during demonstrations and, more specifically, the failure to do so. “There were two squads of Long
Beach police less than a block away,” Gantt said. “They only came after the glass door was broken.” There is some contention as to whose actions led to the, with Laxer suggesting in a statement at the legislative hearing that — from footage of the event — an officer was responsible, while McCarthy’s report states there was no doubt that the protesters were directly responsible. Despite some disagreements on the events that transpired, and what Gantt called events that “seem to be sanitized some,” both he and Laxer were in relative agreeance with the McCarthy report’s assessment; particularly the recommendations made to CSU law enforcement. “I am in general agreement with many of the recommendations suggested by McCarthy,” said Laxer in an email. A full version of the McCarthy report can be read at CalState.edu/ risk_management. “The final recommendations make sense,” Gantt said. “Let’s see if they use them.”
PARKING: Some residents understand rising prices ...Continued from page 1 He said he doesn’t have a problem with students parking in front of his house because he understands that parking, and even tuition, at CSUF is too expensive. “How much are parking permits for a semester — $300?” Diaz said. His niece graduated from CSUF a couple years ago, while his nephew graduates this semester. “I had a niece who graduated here like two years ago, and she went to Cal State (Fullerton). She always parked here and took her bicycle,” Diaz said. There are many areas that don’t have these restrictions, and residents can also set their own restrictions, said Sgt. Jeff Stuart, the community services and public information officer at the Fullerton Police Department. “CSUF students are generally encouraged to park on campus,
however, during daytime hours, they do park all around the general vicinity of the campus,” said Stuart. “Unless the street is posted otherwise, there is no restriction to parking. Some of the residential areas do have time limits or require a special permit to be displayed, and private property owners may set their own restrictions.” Felz said drivers with disabilities, who want handicap placards, need to pay $172 for a handicap sign. “Fullerton is one of a very few cities that allows residents possessing a disabled placard (blue or red), issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, to request a disabled person’s parking (blue curb) in front of their home following approval by the Transportation and Circulation Commission,” Felz said. However, Stuart said that not even a handicap sign can exempt
drivers from the ordinance. “The presence of a handicap placard does not automatically exempt an individual from the other parking ordinances,” Stuart said. “However, residents may contact and petition the traffic engineering department to gain an exemption or variance allowing them to specify areas in front of their residence as handicap parking.” If residents don’t like the ordinance, then they can petition the city to have it removed from the neighborhood. According to ABC News, an entire block can receive an exemption if the majority of residents sign a petition and submit it to the city, for a fee of about $450. There are other California cities that have this kind of ordinance. Those cities include Cerritos, Arcadia and San Dimas. All the cities with the early-morning restrictions allow for exemptions.
DTBRIEFS Drug Cartel Takes a Hit Colombian authorities reported the surrender of the Rastrojos leader. The Rastrojos are a criminal organization that allegedly transports Colombian cocaine into Mexico to the kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, reported the Los Angeles Times. Javier Antonio Calle Serna surrendered himself to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration after weeks of negotiations. There was a $5 million reward for information regarding his whereabouts that would help in his arrest. Calle Serna alleges that he and his men transported approximately 30 tons of cocaine into Mexico. He and his family were a part of a North Valley drug cartel until a falling out resulted in a devastating struggle for power. The State Department said that the Rastrojos were also involved in the extortion business, kidnappings, tortures and assassinations in the regions of Colombia, Venezuela and Panama. In Bogota, Colombia, Colombian National Police Gen. Roberto Leon Riano said that the conditions that lead to Calle Serna’s eventual surrender was the result of Colombian authorities’ “relentless pursuit” of him. The operation itself involved 3,000 wiretaps and even the confiscation of about 15 tons of cocaine. In the same operation that resulted in Calle Serna’s arrest, his brother Juan Carlos was apprehended in Quito, Ecuador by police. Brief by John Sollitto
Traffic Deaths at Lowest Traffic-related deaths were at their lowest in more than 60 years during 2011, according to an estimate posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reported the Los Angeles Times. The NHTSA projects that the number of fatalities for 2011 will fall to 1.09 in every 100 million miles traveled. This would be the lowest fatality rate since the record keeping began in 1949. Although the nationwide average fell, the region that included California rose by about 3.3 percent. Arizona and Hawaii were included in that region. Last year there were 32,310 traffic fatalities, compared to 43,510 in 2005. The highest recorded year was 1972, with 54,589 fatalities. Drivers spent fewer miles on the road in 2011, possibly due to higher gas prices forcing Americans to be thrifty at the pump. California officials said they would further examine the stateby-state results when they were released, in order to determine the amount of highway deaths for the state, according to the Los Angeles Times. Brief by Matt Atkinson
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Alleged insider trading involves Santa Ana firm EZEKIEL HERNANDEZ Daily Titan
ALLAN XU / Daily Titan The new system is an attempt by the Department of Education to encourage families to use the IRS Data Retrieval process to fill out their FASFA forms.
New financial aid guidelines in place
New requirements for applications asks for official IRS transcript MATT ATKINSON Daily Titan
Previously, if a student wanted to apply for financial aid, they only needed to submit a copy of their tax return or their parent’s tax return. Due to new Department of Education (DOE) guidelines, students may be required instead to submit an official Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax transcript. Cecilia Schouwe, director of financial aid, explained the new system as an attempt by the DOE to encourage families to use the IRS Data Retrieval process to fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information more often. The process links the FAFSA form to the applicant’s tax form, which will then automatically fill the FAFSA with the appropriate required information. “Students who may have filed the FAFSA prior to completing the federal income tax return are encouraged to submit FAFSA corrections after filing the 1040,” said Schouwe. According to the FAFSA website, the process requires the student to link their IRS info through a five-step process. Schouwe said if the student is selected for income verification and the match with IRS is successful, no extra verification is required. However, if the two are not matched up, the student is required to submit an official tax transcript instead of paper income tax documents, which used to be accepted. “The Department of Education has issued regulations outlining that the submission of the paper tax return will no longer meet the documentation requirements for the verification process,” Schouwe said. She explained that some exceptions may be made for those having a hard time acquiring a transcript from the IRS, but this provision is only for a limited time. “They can submit a signed copy of the tax return,” Schouwe said. “But we
can only accept that until early July.” For students like David Kester, 26, this new process may not change much, as he has already linked his FAFSA and IRS information. “Once you apply to the FAFSA, it takes care of everything,” said Kester, an international business major. “It immediately puts you in to accept loans, if you qualify for grants, and also for the California state fee waiver.” Kester said when he last applied for financial aid through FAFSA, part of the process included linking his IRS information to the record. “There was something I filled out that was about my taxes and they’d send the FAFSA and the copy of my tax report automatically,” Kester said. Because the system is automatic, it can make the financial aid applications easier to process. However, for the students that do not automatically connect their information, it could take a little time to get used to the new system, Schouwe said. “Since it is a new requirement, there will be a learning curve as we get used to reviewing that instead of the tax return,” Schouwe said. Sara Fagan, 25, a Japanese major, has not yet linked her information and may have to submit an official transcript if her application is selected for verification. “I don’t think it would be a problem,” said Fagan. “It kind of seems like a breach of privacy just a little bit. But I can understand why they would do it because they probably want to make sure we’re not lying.” The Office of Financial Aid has a page on their website explaining the various methods of requesting a transcript from the IRS, including methods by phone, mail and online. Kester said the process is not too difficult, and the new changes shouldn’t cause too many problems for most people. “FAFSA is pretty good at taking care of everything,” Kester said. “If you fill out the FAFSA website carefully, everything kind of happens on its own. The first time is a little more difficult … but for me, and after the very first time you do, it’s very easy.”
Federal investigators in California are looking into a Goldman Sachs banker who allegedly passed along privileged information regarding the buyout of a Santa Ana company. The new investigation ties directly into a much larger case involving Galleon Group, a multibilliondollar hedge fund. Raj Rajaratnam, the fund manager, received 11 years in federal prison for insider trading, the harshest penalty to date for that kind of crime. The day he was arrested, there was a massive sell-off of the hedge fund, and the firm folded within a month. Recently, the investigation implicates that a senior Goldman Sachs banker leaked information on a merger between Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) in Santa Ana and Abbott Laboratories, an international medical equipment and drug company. As a standalone company, AMO held a majority of the market share for LASIK eye surgery technology. When Abbott bought AMO in early 2009, it changed its name to Abbott Medical Optics and became a subsidiary division of Abbott. Last month, Abbott announced that it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for a laser eye procedure to treat cataracts. The new technology was developed Abbott’s division in Santa Ana. Although the Goldman inquiry stems from only one banker within the firm, the information that was swapped could have been directly acquired by access to Goldman and their clients. Goldman, who advises many large companies on mergers, had a top member from their San Francisco office advising Advanced Medical Optics in its Santa Ana office in regards to their merger with Abbott, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report. In January 2009, according to the report, The Galleon Bankers allegedly using Goldman’s leaked information, bought 226,000 shares of Advanced Medical Optics three days ahead of the merger, then sold those shares for 143 percent profit the day it was announced. Advanced Medical Optics ceased public trading later in the month after all the shares became Abbott’s. According to data from TheStreet.com, AMO’s final posted 52-week price range was between $2.88 and $24.90, and their stock had jumped over 230 percent in its final month of existence. The investigation has far-reaching implications for Goldman Sachs, one of the world’s largest investment banks. AMO is the latest company mentioned in the insider trading ring in which several convictions have already been dealt.
A spokesman for Goldman Sachs declined to comment on the matter. Investigators are looking into whether forward information on the AMO deal reached Rajaratnam. Rajaratnam pleaded guilty after prosecutors presented tapes of wiretaps showing him yielding tips from insiders at Google, Intel, Hilton and Goldman Sachs, among others. Rajat Gupta, a former board member at Goldman Sachs, is scheduled to start a criminal trial next month for his alleged involvement in the case. He faces federal charges of securities fraud and conspiracy. In a publicized report, the Securities and Exchange Commission postulates “more than $25 million in illicit profits and/or loss avoidance” in regards to this case. This does not take into account, however, new names of bankers or companies that have emerged in the investigation. Kevin Callahan, an SEC spokesman, said the Galleon case is not over. He said the SEC pursued a civil fraud case and won, and the U.S. attorney’s office tackled the criminal case for Rajaratnam. “It’s still ongoing — we still have cases open, the Gupta case is still in litigation,” he said. Callahan said the SEC can’t confirm or deny the existence of any current investigation. He said that in the Rajaratnam case, the SEC worked with the U.S. Attorney in securing the conviction. “We brought the civil case, and (Rajaratnam) had to pay $91 million in the end,” Callahan said. “The total amount of monetary sanctions for both the civil and criminal cases are more than $156.6 million.” According to several publications, the name of the Goldman banker involved with the AMO deal is Michael Korenberg, a managing partner in the San Francisco office. According to the Wall Street Journal, he is the highest-ranking Goldman name to be mentioned in the case. John Hueston is Korenberg’s personal lawyer from Irell and Manella LP in California. He said the allegations are baseless. “There is no case against Michael Korenberg, and he has nothing to do with the case. It’s a red herring,” he said. Hueston was a lead prosecutor for the Department of Justice in the Enron criminal trial, one of the biggest insider trading cases in history. He successfully won convictions against executives Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling. According to a report by Reuters, Korenberg’s name first came up in the investigation during a hearing in the Gupta case. Hueston says he thinks the Gupta defense team was leaking the names of other bankers in order to pass blame away from Gupta. Hueston declined to comment on the Galleon
AMO transaction. Days after the buyout, the original AMO shareholders sued the company over the merger. A lawsuit was filed against the AMO board by shareholders on behalf of all others, claiming that Abbott had bought off all the shares of the company at a “discount,” and that investors were played. “As far as I know, it’s not resolved … It isn’t dismissed and it’s not settled, so it’s still an ongoing case against the board,” said Trevor Allen, general manager of the Shareholders Foundation. “They said, ‘Look, this is an unfair price and you should have never accepted it,’ so they still have to resolve the case against the (AMO) board.” Allen said the case was filed in Orange County Superior Court. O.C. Court filings show two open civil cases regarding stocks that were filed by two separate plaintiffs in January 2009 against Advanced Medical Optics. The court lists Abbott and Advanced Medical as defendants. This is not the only large profile case involving Goldman Sachs executives. Jon Corzine, the former CEO of Goldman and former governor and senator of New Jersey, was called upon Congress to testify several months ago about the implosion of MF Global, a financial company he headed. A few billion in customer funds simply went “missing” and the firm went bankrupt within a matter of days. Corzine said at a hearing in December that he did not know where the money was. Nomi Prins is a former managing director at Goldman Sachs. She is now authoring a book on the 1929 stock crash, and has been interviewed by PBS, Fox News and Democracy Now! about the 2008 financial crisis. She said in an email that she’s not fully aware of the current Galleon case, but that these things happen on Wall Street. “It does not surprise me that these allegations have arisen. There’s such intense pressure in the banking world to both make money and ‘get ahead’ — individually and from a corporate standpoint — that people in positions of possessing pertinent information could succumb to the lure of providing it to their most important relationships,” she said. “Goldman, meanwhile, has the highest ratio of notional derivatives to assets, by far, of any bank holding company. That kind of inherent systemic risk should not be tolerated in a sensible regulatory framework,” Prins added. Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman, told a hearing in Washington regarding the 2008 financial crisis that the derivatives ended up working better than he expected. Blankfein is expected to be a star witness in the Gupta trial next month.
May 8, 2012
Are hunger strikes effective? Out-of-the-ordinary actions from SQE may prove to be successful
WILLIAM CAMARGO / Daily Titan Raiza Arias, 18, from Cal State Northridge is one of the 11 CSU students participating in the hunger strike in Long Beach.
SQE will not have all of its demands met solely by refusing to eat
PRO: MEC VALLE
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As Cal State University students become even hunger strike, more meetings are to be expected. And more familiar with tuition hikes and continue to see the determination of the strikers will prove effective president privileges increase (such as pay raises, parking in the end. perks and a $300,000 donation to presidential housing You do not get change by being ordinary or staying renovations) the time has come for students to resort to inside the box. Look at all the examples history gives extreme measures. us — the protests against the Vietnam War, the Yes, the 12 participants in the Students for Quality Civil Rights movement and even the Declaration of Education hunger strike adopted an unusual method. Independence. Completely fasting from food until SQE’s four demands These people did not play it safe; instead, they did are met is not something we hear what was not normal or part of about everyday. standard procedure to make a People … were doing But this is exactly what difference. People did not agree what was unusual at the with what they were doing, and administrators in public higher education need to see. at that time participating in these time, and the results speak for They need to see something themselves — change did, in events was considered a death extreme like this in order for wish. They were doing what was fact, come. I commend these students to be taken seriously. unusual at the time, and the This type of protest will have students for suffering in order results speak for themselves — to result in some kind of shift to achieve what they change did, in fact, come. because, if in fact those students believe in. I commend these students are absolutely dedicated to this for suffering in order to achieve hunger strike, there is no way what they believe in. they can be ignored. They are not only fighting for what they want. It will be very unlikely for those in higher positions, They are willing to endure pain too. I believe it is like CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed of the CSU Board this kind of passion that truly reigns. Just like how of Trustees, the Board of Directors and even Sacramento passionate Martin Luther King Jr. and the rest of the to continue to disregard the lives of these 12. They are Civil Rights advocates were, or those in battle for forced to pay attention and change something because America’s independence, these students will see their incredibly hard work pay off. if they do not these students will get sick. The hunger strike has been going on now for six days. The first meeting with Reed on Friday did not end very happily. Reed denied the students’ demands of a These dozen students have been putting their bodies in five-year tuition freeze and taking back the perks given danger for almost a week. There are only so many days that someone can go without eating any food. And yes, to CSU campus presidents. Although the first meeting with Reed was not what this is dangerous — some may even say idiotic — but I the students wanted, I doubt that this was the meeting guarantee that as the hunger strike progresses it is only to end all meetings. With the continuation of this a matter of time before they will be taken seriously.
The hunger strike isn’t working. It was never going to change any minds. to work. Those who actually believed that the old, Then there’s the demands the strikers have. I hope disconnected and uncooperative group of suits and they didn’t think any of these would be accepted by the bureaucrats who make up the Cal State University Board board. Freezing tuition for five years, rolling back salaries of Trustees would actually be swayed by 12 hungry and eliminating the bonuses of the presidents? That’s a students were naive at best. great ideal, but how does that actually work? I will applaud the students involved for their Don’t get me wrong, I want change for students as commitment and dedication. At least the board well. I hate the excuses just as much as you, but it is a acknowledged them enough to talk to them, even if it fact that the state has cut funding for higher education was nothing but deflections and by drastic amounts over the past denials. decade. That missing money has Go higher. Tell the But that’s the problem. to come from somewhere. What was the strike supposed Out of salaries and extravagant state Legislature that to accomplish? If it was to get we won’t stand for such bonuses? The funny thing the Board of Trustees to listen misappropriation … Good job about people is once they have and give into the demands of a luxury they’re used to, they Students for Quality Education, for making the attempt, but aren’t likely to give it up. Look then it was a lost battle before it a few students going hungry at the way Greece is handling isn’t going to change even started. its economic problems; even They won’t listen; they made any minds. though the government has no that clear at the meeting they had money the employees still want Friday. In fact, they offered some all the benefits they’ve become advice: go higher. It’s good advice, though perhaps not in accustomed to. As a result, violent protests have broken the way they intended when giving it. out in Athens. When the floor managers mess up you complain to I’m not justifying the existence of these things. In fact, the store manager. Enough complaints and you might if anything, I’m on the side of the strikers. I want to see just see some new management in town. changes. I don’t want the Cal State Fullerton president The problem lies at the beginning. The Board of earning ridiculous amounts of money and having cars Trustees has shown it really doesn’t care how it appears and housing paid for her at our expense. to students. Raising tuition and salaries simultaneously, But there are other ways of getting this message across ignoring and deflecting student criticism, pushing and getting it to the people who actually care. The CSU teachers to strike — it’s clear they’re not going to listen. Board of Trustees has made it clear they don’t, so it’s time Go higher. Tell the state Legislature that we won’t to move on. stand for such misappropriation of management Going hungry for a few days won’t make the board of our higher education. Good job for making the agree. I can’t say for sure what will actually get their attempt, but a few students going hungry aren’t going attention, but it certainly isn’t this.
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Sometimes it’s the clothes that land the job Working Wardrobes sets up needy job-seekers with outfits for job interviews SHEILA DEL CID Daily Titan
A link on Working Wardrobes’ website reads, “From Skid Row to Suit & Tie.” That is essentially what the company does. Working Wardrobes has lent a helping hand to more than 5,000 clients with varied backgrounds: welfare-to-work, alcohol and substance abuse, domestic violence, transitional homelessness, catastrophic illness and other life crises. In 1991, Jerri Rosen, current CEO of Working Wardrobes, and five friends found themselves bothered by an increase in statistics of domestic violence. Because of their ongoing concern, the group set out on a mission to help. “I think to overcome a crisis such as homelessness, you have to gain self-sufficiency and independence,” said Kelly Pergis, a junior human services major. “This organization doesn’t simply provide handouts, they help empower individuals.” The Costa Mesa-based organization was constructed around the need to empower men, women and young adults overcoming challenges to be readily available to go into the workforce and attain self-sufficiency.
The common denominator with all those clients is that they are able to work, but they have a lot of barriers ... we are here to help them get over those barriers. Megan Harless
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Megan Harless, vice president of business development of Working Wardrobes, said the organization works with single mothers on welfare programs and older adults who were unexpectedly laid off and need to get back to work. They also work with teens who are on probation, survivors of domestic violence and people who are recovering from substance abuse. “The common denominator with all those clients is that they are able to work, but they have a lot of barriers,” said Harless.
“Based on the circumstances they are facing, whether it is being homeless, a felony on their record or they have not worked in quite some time, we are here to help them get over those barriers.” Working Wardrobes doesn’t only provide professional attire, they provide career training and job placement assistance. “From practicing interviewing, doing assessments, providing job leads, linking people to available positions through our contacts, helping them get placed and financial literacy,” Harless said, “we do a lot of life skills.” With employees in their company who collect clothes to give to Working Wardrobes, Sedgwick’s Colleague Resources Generalist Uriah K. De Leon said an organization that provides a diverse amount of services for those in a crisis is excellent. “Many people need guidance on how to build a resume or how to answer interview questions, especially in our current economy, where unemployment is still on the rise,” said De Leon. For the most part, Working Wardrobes’ clients come from the organization’s partnerships with other agencies. They are not a direct services organization. Working Wardrobes is in partnership with about 60 different associates throughout Orange County. “When a client is ready for our services, whether that is a job training class, or whether that is a new professional wardrobe, they are referred to us for that piece,” Harless said. “We really are a supportive service, all around employment, to help people as they emerge from their crises. So, we are not typically helping people who are, for example, college students, because you do have access to a career center on your campus. Not that we wouldn’t do that, but it doesn’t tend to be the profile of our typical client.” Working Wardrobes said their greatest accomplishment is helping people get over their barriers. “Often times, when somebody has been through so many traumas, that is how they see themselves and define who they are,” Harless said. “They really don’t feel like employment is possible.” Harless said seeing someone put on a suit for the first time and seeing themselves as a professional is rewarding. Individuals taking an assessment test and realizing they are talented is also rewarding to the Working Wardrobes staff.
Photos courtesy of Working Wardrobes Working Wardrobes takes people who are potential candidates for employment in the workplace and helps them with mock interviews, completing assessments, providing job leads and networking to get placed in jobs. The ogzanization is currently celebrating 21 years of service to the community.
“Whatever it may be, with all the different services we provide, we are really there to help people,” Harless said. The biggest hurdle for Working Wardrobes is having an economy that has been down for several years without a lot of job opportunities. “Just like all of us, (the downfall in the economy) affected everybody,” Harless said. “We saw our resources get smaller — they were shrinking and our demands for our services grew, and it was really a struggle for us … We were able to do it and able to meet those needs with our excellent topquality services … with a lot less resources that we had in the past with getting creative and thinking on our feet. That has, and will continue to be, a challenge.” Working Wardrobes is currently celebrating 21 years of service, and is looking forward to success in the future.
With the downturn of the economy, Working Wardrobes has found that it has less resources to set people up with careers. This occurence has been met with an increasing demand for jobs.
May 8, 2012
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ANDREA AYALA / Daily Titan Even though it isn’t celebrated in Mexico, members of Ballet Folklorico de CSUF dance in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Each dance comes from a different region of the country.
Culture and heritage grace campus Ballet Folklorico de CSUF performs for Cinco de Mayo ANDREA AYALA Daily Titan
Everyone knows the Cinco de Mayo routine — grab a sombrero, go to a Mexican restaurant and say something in Spanish. “Arriba señor” is usually the most popular phrase. The classic holiday is celebrated throughout the country every year and is a favorite for many people. While Cinco de Mayo is not a holiday regularly celebrated in Mexico, for students of Mexican descent at CSUF, the day plays a special role for expression of their heritage. Several events were held at CSUF Saturday in honor of Cinco de Mayo, including a special menu at the Gastronome and Mexican food sales on campus. Ballet Folklorico de CSUF, a Mexican dance group, celebrated Cinco de Mayo with traditional Mexican dancing at their semesterly “Pachanga.”
The warm Saturday air and the swirling of the colors on the skirts, coupled with rich, traditional music, took spectators, many of whom were of Mexican descent, to a place far away. They were reminded of warm times at home. Kenya Garay, 20, a Chicano studies student who attended the event, said it was special to her because of its message. “It’s important for my heritage to keep celebrating, to keep traditions alive,” said Garay. “I like being able to celebrate my culture in this way.” Ballet Folklorico de CSUF, which is also known as BFdeCSUF, started the show with traditional dances from the region of Guerrero. The dances were lively with very little skirt work and formfitting dresses with simple patterns. The show continued with dances from regions all over Mexico including Jalisco, Tamaulipas and Veracruz. While Cinco de Mayo is not celebrated in Mexico, Christopher Sandoval, a graduate student at CSUF and founder of BFdeCSUF, said the intention of the show is to celebrate Mexican heritage. Cinco de
Mayo is a great day to do that. “Our primary reason was to make sure that we were targeting as much of the public as possible to attend our event,” said Sandoval. “Cinco de Mayo really brings a lot of people together.” Maria Ruiz, 20, a psychology major who was part of the performances in the event, said she enjoys being part of a group that celebrates Mexican culture regularly. BFdeCSUF has become a family of sorts for her, she said. The opportunity to perform on Cinco de Mayo was a great one, Ruiz said. “It’s the perfect day to perform Ballet Folklorico,” Ruiz said. Sandoval said the group takes pride in having a variety of music for their repertoire. “We like to stay open-minded with all kinds of contemporary Latin music,” said Sandoval. The reason is that they like to stay true to the authenticity of all aspects of Mexican culture. “We feel we’re being proactive in expressing our ... (heritage) through dance expression,” he said.
SPEECH: Guests are new to grads ...Continued from page 1 Later, she started the first program for students with learning disabilities at San Jose City College. She then served as the director, dean and vice chancellor for policy and research at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office in Sacramento. She was vice president of instruction and student services at SJCC. Last year, Kanter was appointed to the U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which is a federal advisory committee to the State Department. UNESCO helps with the “worldwide humanitarian development and values by coordinating efforts and delivering expert advice on issues of education, science, communications and culture,” according to the commencement ceremony’s press release. Kanter graduated from Brandeis University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She received her master’s degree in education, concentrating in clinical psychology and public practice, from Harvard University. Finally, Kanter has a doctorate in organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco. Berry, the other guest speaker, has been the director of OPM since 2009. He is “responsible for recruiting, hiring and setting benefits policies for 1.9 million federal civilian
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employees,” according to his bio. Berry served under former President Bill Clinton as deputy assistant secretary and acting assistant secretary for law enforcement at the Department of the Treasury, where he was in direct authority for more than 40 percent of the Federal law enforcement community. This includes the Secret Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives (ATF). Berry was later assistant secretary for policy, management and budget at the Department of the Interior. He also served director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, as well as the director of the National Zoo. Berry graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland, earning a bachelor’s degree in government and politics. He received his master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University in 1981. However, there are people who have never heard of the speakers. “I’d rather ... know who’s speaking. If I don’t know who they are, then what’s the point of them coming, and they’re supposed to be guest people,” said Chris Koshak, who works at the Nutwood Cafe. “I don’t really care.” Berry will be speaking May 19, while Kanter will be speaking May 20. Both speeches will begin at 8 a.m. on the sports fields north of Titan Gym.
Illustration by JOEY BECERRA / Daily Titan Denim jackets and biker jeans are the best way for men to stay stylish this season.
Guys, get out your grease, the ‘50s are back in style Short-sleeve plaids, leather jackets and tough boots are chic JOEY BECERRA Daily Titan
It’s not often that fashion people look up to Justin Bieber for sartorial inspiration. The last couple of months, however, he has had his finger on the pulse of what is happening in men’s fashion. What is it, you may ask, that suddenly makes him relevant to how grown men dress? As usual, it’s Bieber’s hair that is gaining him points. His ‘50s style haircut, mixed with the latest appearances with short-sleeve button ups and varsity jackets ties him into the current fashion spectrum. Bieber, like many other men out there, has captured the idea of the ‘50s biker trend. The trend is something that has been around for the last few years. It started with Christopher Bailey’s Spring/Summer 2011 menswear show that featured leather biker jackets and tight leather moto pants. The look continued with Christophe Decarnin’s Spring/ Summer 2011 presentation for Balmain which offered short sleeve plaid button ups, biker pants with panels on the knees and black and metallic silver leather varsity jackets. The whole notion of ‘50s style draws back to James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and Marlon Brando in The Wild One. The idea of being bad while still remaining within the rules of style is popular at the moment. The ‘50s look is something that works for most guys because it is cool and stylish without looking too
“fashionable” or effeminate. The good news is that you can participate in the latest fashion movement without spending the thousands of dollars that runway samples cost. H&M offers some pretty affordable replicas of the Balmain biker jeans with the same rips and tears and panels sewn into the knees without the hefty price tag. Wayfarer sunglasses are another great way to add a little bit of ‘50s cool to your look without having to invest in a whole new wardrobe. Ray Ban offers plenty of frames for under $200.
The ‘50s look is something that works for most guys because it is cool and stylish without looking too “fashionable” of effeminate.
Denim jackets are another great way to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe. Levi’s, the quintessential Americana brand, offers a few options that usually retail for under $100. If you really want to splurge on a great investment piece, Tomas Maier’s Spring/Summer 2012 menswear show offered a great denim jacket. The denim is specially dyed to give it a dark look and a certain stiffness to help it retain its shape. It also features triangular seams on the back and front in order to give the garment a tailored look. The jacket is priced just under $900.
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CSUF student pedals Cycling Team’s growth Cycling team membership reaches 18 members after being revived last fall ANDREA AYALA Daily Titan
For Kevin Buechler, 22, a Cal State Fullerton kinesiology major, bicycling is not just a sport, it’s a way of life. It’s been that way, he recalls, since he was 6 years old when he would go mountain biking with his dad. Now, as he prepares for graduation, Buechler prepares to leave an organization that he helped bring back and pushed to success on many levels – the CSUF Cycling Team. If anyone has a passion for cycling, it’s Buechler. Not only does he work at a cycling store in addition to being president of the cycling team, but he also advises on bicycle policies on campus and regularly cycles to and from school. Buechler said his passion for cycling comes from the feeling it gives him. “You’re kind of in a little cocoon in your car, and when you’re on a bicycle you get the fresh air, the scenery that you don’t get in a car; especially if you race. It’s really exciting to race,” said Buechler. Growing up, Buechler was involved in many sports, including soccer, baseball and football but he admits cycling always held a special place in his heart. The idea for restarting the cycling team came to Buechler after a bad motorcycling accident left him with a broken collarbone. While the injury took a year to recover, Buechler said it helped him in unexpected ways. “I may not be physically as strong,” he said, “but mentally (I am).” When he recovered, Buechler began competing in bicycle races and decided that he wanted to compete for his school. Previously, a cycling team had existed at CSUF, but as Buechler found out, it was more for recreation than competition. So he decided to start from scratch. Bryan Humburg, 24, met Buechler at the beginning of the year. Humburg had some experience in cycling and was also looking to start a cycling team on campus, until he found out Buechler had already started one. “He surely did a lot of legwork,” said Humburg.
Buechler spent the summer preparing for the team’s recommencement in the fall, according to Humburg. He did the paperwork, began making contacts and took care of many of the specifics. “I think he’s a really good leader, he really has that drive to do well … he sets really high goals, he does a really good job of trying to get there,” said Humburg. One goal was to get the membership for the cycling team to 25 consistent members by the end of the year. The team made it to 18, which Humburg admitted was excellent for the first year. The Facebook group that Buechler began in the summer also shot up in likes from a couple dozen to 200 by the end of the year. “He does a really good job of keeping in touch with all the people we need to keep in touch with,” Humburg said. Buechler best represented his team when he took first place at a competition in Fresno, Calif. James Goonewardena, 22, a political science major and treasurer of the cycling team, competed alongside Buechler until the end of his win. “He wanted (this win) for a long time,” said Goonewardena. Goonewardena admitted that he helped Buechler get to his goal since he had come so close to first in previous races. “I went to the front and then rode till I couldn’t ride anymore,” Goonewardena said. “He took it to first place.” After that race, Goonewardena said Buechler gained a reputation among other teams since he had won by a large margin. “People would say, ‘Watch out for him,’” joked Goonewardena. Buechler’s work ethic is something that his peers have grown to admire. “He’s really dedicated (as an athlete),” Humburg said, who spent time before winter break training for the next season. When both students came back from winter vacation, Humburg said he noticed a significant improvement in Buechler. “He did a lot of work, it was really impressive,” Humburg said. Buechler’s dedication and leadership has become an inspiration for other athletes on his team. “As a cyclist he’s one of the faster people
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Courtesy of Kevin Buechler Kevin Buechler, 22, CSUF Cycling Team president, rides past the competition at an event earlier this semester. Buechler began the revival of the CSUF Cycling Team last summer. A CSUF Cycling Facebook group he began in the summer went from a couple dozen likes to 200 by the end of last year.
in the club,” Humburg said. “He’s really dedicated to the club … he’s always there trying to get people motivated … he’s all over the place and he does a really good job of it.” Goonewardena said Buechler’s effect on people is something that isn’t seen every day. “I think it’s great, we have meetings weekly, no one says anything unless he’s
there ... he’s really busy with school (and) work … the fact that he’s still able to win the men’s C category is impressive ... definitely an overachiever,” Goonewardena said. As graduation approaches, Buechler reflects on everything he’s learned as a leader for the cycling team, including organizing meetings, races, training, rides and events.
Seeing the excitement in his team when any of the members placed in a race was something particularly wonderful for him as well. Buechler said he hopes the cycling team can give back to high school teams in the future since he wished his high school offered had a cycling team at the time. Buechler hopes to help cyclists through his work in biomechanics in the future.