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College Town construction underway Project to unify CSUF, Hope International and other universities
Complaints to city lead to petition
IAN WHEELER & DAVID HOOD
The first phase of construction has begun on College Town, a small district of Fullerton dedicated to improving the local economy and the quality of life for local college students. Rebar sticks up out of the foundation of what will be a seven-story parking structure on the northwest corner of Chapman and Commonwealth Avenues. The parking structure will be surrounded by a 350unit apartment complex. Shops and restaurants will line the street. “The retail space will benefit from the 24/7 influx of students living in the community,” said Douglas Leeds, leasing director for Inland American Retail Management LLC, in an interview with Business Wire. “There will also be approximately 125 parking spaces specifically allocated to customers wanting easy access to the restaurants and shops.” “Along Commonwealth is going to be the leasing office center, and retail space will be on the first floor on Commonwealth and partially down Chapman,” said Dale Long, superintendent from Western National Contractors, the company in charge of construction. Sections of Nutwood and Commonwealth Avenues are planned to
DAVID HOOD / Daily Titan The College Town development on the corner of Chapman and Commonwealth Avenues in east Fullerton is on schedule to finish construction by the 2013 fall semester.
be closed down and converted to walking paths. The main entrance to facilities will be located on the southwest corner on Chapman Avenue. “Right now you’re seeing the parking structure going up in the middle of the project,” Long said.
Construction started in June and is on schedule to be completed by fall 2013. The project is an attempt to unify colleges in the area, including CSUF, Hope International University, Western State University of Law and
Southern California College of Optometry. HIU, CSUF’s closest neighbor, sold property to the city of Fullerton for the development of College Town. HIU is a small school, serving 713 undergraduate students.
HIU students said they hope the College Town plan will not change the character of their small-campus community. See C-TOWN, page 4
“Let Freedom Ring” spotlights the past Civil rights exhibit shows California history BROOKE MCCALL Daily Titan
As the train pulled into the station, the passengers could see hundreds of white people crowding in, “screaming and hollering and screaming and hollering … It was like we were rock stars, but they hated us … They knew we were coming. They were waiting for us,” said Edward Johnson, a civil rights activist. The walls of the Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum come to life as you listen to oral testimonies of civil rights leaders of California’s historical past. Civil rights activists like Johnson share their personal testimony of what it was like during this era. The Arboretum is currently hosting the New Birth of Freedom: Civil War to Civil Rights in California exhibit free to the public. Michelle Antenesse and Bethany Girod, associate curators who are both history alumnae, began devel-
opment on the exhibit over a year and a half ago. The exhibit received grants from the California Council of Humanities and Associated Students Inc. Other oral histories on display include Supreme Court Justice Loren Miller, firefighter Arnett Hartsfield and Rev. James D. Carrington. The exhibition highlights important California historical events, including California’s connection to the Civil War, slavery, the right to marry and housing discrimination, in order to reveal the causes and magnitude of discrimination in California as well as California’s role as a whole in the nation’s movement toward civil rights. “I want people to come away having a better understanding of the issues in California and the 19th century surrounding race, not just African Americans. California has been very diverse See FREEDOM, page 6
Students sweat it out for ASI hot dogs
WILLIAM CAMARGO / Daily Titan Crowds gathered outside Nixon Library in Yorba Linda Wednesday in protest and support of former Vice President Dick Cheney’s book, In My Time. A book signing was hosted in the Nixon Library.
Tensions rise at book signing SUSANA COBO Daily Titan
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Protesters gathered in front of the Nixon Library Wednesday to voice their opinions regarding the administration involving former Vice President Dick Cheney. Cheney appeared at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda to sign his book In My Time and protesters were ready to chant before his scheduled arrival. In the book, Cheney revealed he has “no regrets” about waterboarding detainees to get answers after the terror attacks of 9/11. About 50 protesters against Cheney assembled alongside the corner of Eureka Avenue and Yorba Linda Boulevard holding signs up high and chant-
ing. The group of parents, adolescents, students and veterans chanted out loud through their megaphones and hands, “Cheney, you can’t hide. We charge you with genocide,” following
“And that these people are going to be held to a higher court and that they can’t get away with this.” Marcus Gourley Air Force veteran
the voice of Mike Prysner, a former U.S. army soldier. “(That’s why we’re here) to show that there (are) checks and balance,”
said Marcus RunningDeer Gourley, an air force veteran. “And that these people are going to be held to a higher court and that they can’t get away with this.” Across the way, in support of the administration, congregated a group of about six protesters all holding signs up high and chanting, “We love Dick” and “Dick Cheney is our Mother Theresa.” “U.S. uses waterboarding. We protect America,” said Rez Saidi, a Cal State Fullerton student who was there supporting Cheney. “Other countries don’t; they’re the ones getting attacked.” Protesters attracted honks and hand waves from drivers.
With twice as many permits as available parking spaces, finding a spot can be a frustrating and timeconsuming task. Students who use residential neighborhoods for parking may have to look elsewhere if residents get their way. Residents have been complaining to city officials about students who park in the residential neighborhoods. These complaints come in all the time, said Dave Langstaff, Fullerton traffic engineering analyst. Students leave trash, play loud music, park in front of mail boxes and move residents’ trash cans. “It puts hardships on the residents,” he said. Complaints increase at the beginning of every semester. “(Residents) call in fourfold,” Langstaff said. Claudia Wasser, a Fullerton home owner in the Broadmoor neighborhood, feels as though student parking is a huge problem. “This is a very hot issue with all the neighbors,” she said. “We totally sympathize with the students and the economic situation, but we shouldn’t be affected by losing property values so that you guys don’t have to pay for parking.” Before requests for permit parking can be reviewed, a petition must be filled. A petition has already been started by residents, but Fullerton officials said the petition must have support from 65 percent of residents in Broadmoor. Students who park in front of mail boxes can cause residents to not get their mail. Mail carriers aren’t obligated to stop, get out of their truck and deliver mail if a car is blocking the mail box, Langstaff said. The same goes for blocked trash cans. According to Langstaff, if a garbage truck is unable to pick up a trash can, workers are not obligated to get out and move the trash cans. Langstaff understands that some students are more courteous and respectful of property than others. Safety is also an issue for Wasser. “I have seen it be a dangerous situation. As girls put on their makeup and it’s too hot and their door is wide open – almost got it,” she said. “They go too fast, they make illegal U-turns. These are blind corners.” Residents also have the option of petitioning for timed parking in lieu of permit parking. It follows the same procedure as petitioning for permit parking, Langstaff said. Other residents would not prefer having permits. “Some neighbors up the street were opposed because they didn’t want to give permits to their guests,” Wasser said. Fernando Andrade, a kinesiology major, thinks having parking in Broadmoor is amazing. “I’m surprised it’s not permit parking already,” said Andrade, a transfer student. “At my old city college, there was a one-mile radius around the school that was resident parking only.” If Broadmoor were to become permit-only parking, students will have a hard time finding somewhere else to park. “That means I would have to buy a permit because this is the only place I know of. I’m really not from around the Fullerton area,” said Carla Arce, an English major who has been parking in Broadmoor for two years. Parking is a hassle and students don’t want to have to look for a spot for 20 minutes if an alternative would be a 10-minute walk. “There’s got to be a solution that works for everybody,” Wasser said.
September 8, 2011
Cookout draws crowd
ASI provides hungry students with drinks, hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches Wednesday
NURAN ALTEIR Daily Titan
Despite 100 degree temperatures, more than 100 students lined up Wednesday afternoon for free food and drinks at the first Associated Student Inc. Cookout. Attendees couldn’t say “no” to free food. “They’re amazing. They’re free and they’re amazing, so everything’s good,” said Kevin Tran about the hot dogs. Tran, 21, a bio-chem major, said he heard about the event through Facebook.
Others said they came because they saw the long line. Students were served drinks, chips and their choice of a hot dog, veggie dog or grilled cheese sandwich. Some junior and senior attendees said the cookout was the first ASI event they have ever gone to. The first 50 people in line got ASI mesh laundry bags. “This is my first ASI Cookout and it is amazing so far,” said Drake Burdich, 20, a business major. “I haven’t been out to many of the events. I haven’t gone out much, but I just got a laundry
bag and now I can start washing my clothes and stuff. ASI has improved my life that much already.” The event was put on to “promote ASI’s presence” at Cal State Fullerton and educate students about the state budget and what role ASI plays. “While students are enjoying their free food, they’re also learning about why the Cal State system is in the current state it’s in because you hear a lot of different things, and you often ask, ‘Why isn’t ASI funding more classes?’” said Christopher Labrot, vice chair for ASI Board of Directors.
SUSANA COBO / Daily Titan Regardless of triple-digit temperatures, more than 100 students lined up to enjoy the free food and drinks provided by ASI. The event was held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday.
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He continued by explaining that funding for classes comes from the state and ASI cannot directly affect it. ASI Chief Governmental Officer Jessie Frietze hosted a Q-andA session while students ate their hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches. The questions dealt with the state budget. Those who answered questions correctly got ASI T-shirts. dailytitan.com/asicookout2011fall
NURAN ALTEIR / Daily Titan Hot dogs, veggie dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches were served. The first 50 people in line received a free laundry bag.
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Journalism students get involved The Society of Professional Journalists provides opportunities and workshops to students JESSICA RUBIO Daily Titan
The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) held its first mixer of the fall semester Wednesday in the Titan Student Union. Approximately 25 to 30 people attended, including members, non-members, potential new members and board members, to eat pizza and chips, sip on soda and learn what SPJ is all about. “I’m just hoping that everyone kind of feels welcome,” said Lina Norena, SPJ president. Andres Rueda, SPJ vice president, started the event by organizing an icebreaker to help everyone get to know one another while the board members set up the drinks, balloons and pizza. All attendees were asked to pair up and find three common characteristics or like qualities between each other and share them with the crowd. After a few laughs, slices of pizza and introductions from the board members, Norena formally welcomed everyone to the mixer. She then made a presentation outlining what the society is, what the Fullerton organization does and how it directly benefits its members. “What we do at the college level is that we have workshops,” Norena said. “Every Wednesday we have Final Cut Pro, which if you are a broadcast or print major you are going to want to learn how to use that.” Aside from Final Cut Pro, SPJ also offers resume workshops, campus organization work-
shops, professional speakers and is working on implementing a panel of speakers seminar to its weekly workshop days. Norena also stressed how important it is for students to get involved with other organizations on campus. “When you are active on campus and you are a member of an organization, you do have access to all those resources that a student who is not involved wouldn’t,” Norena said. She hopes the potential new members will be encouraged to get involved and join after attending the mixer. “I think that everyone has a good time; I think we showed some interesting things.” Janelle Arballo, 21, a broadcast journalism major and soon-to-be SPJ member, is excited to get involved and attend her first SPJ conference. “I am looking forward to professional mixers and having professionals come from the industry,” said Arballo. “I’m looking forward to networking with them as well.” Like Arballo, Kellie Knezovich, a broadcast journalism major, and Maggie Guillen, a print journalism major, were also interested in getting involved on the CSUF campus, meeting new people and learning the benefits of SPJ. “I wanted to get information on what this was about,” said Knezovich. “They help us learn opportunities and what is available as a journalist after college. I would love to know what opportunities are available (to me).” Both Knezovich and Guillen are planning on becoming members of SPJ this semester
and are looking forward to the connections that SPJ will introduce them to. The last activity of the mixer was a raffle. Everyone who picked up a ticket at the SPJ Discoverfest booth had an opportunity to win three SPJ T-shirts and two tickets to Hurricane Harbor. Norena also wrapped up the festivities by explaining that SPJ membership is $40 for two semesters and is an excellent source for
I am looking forward to professional mixers and having professionals come from the industry. I’m looking forward to networking with them as well. Janelle Arballo Broadcast Journalism
networking and making connections with professionals in print, broadcast, online and freelance. SPJ has 250 chapters nationwide. According to its website, the goal of SPJ is to support all journalism majors in their efforts to earn their degree through “advice, guidance and advocacy.” SPJ holds its meetings every Wednesday at noon in the TSU. For more information, please visit CommStudents.Fullerton.edu/spj/.
Preventing tragic ends CSUF Irvine campus opens discussions and educates on suicide
ROSS WATTERS Daily Titan
In conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Week, the Cal State Fullerton Irvine campus will have counselors available all week to coordinate discussions about suicide and suicide prevention. Students can show up and receive
fliers, information and participate in open discussions about suicide, its signs and what can be done to prevent it. The World Health Organization (WHO) has partnered with the World Federation of Mental Health to bring awareness to the issue. The theme is “Changing the Legacy of Suicide.” The Irvine campus is following suit by working with outside organizations to bring awareness of suicide prevention to students. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Association of Suicidology. On average, someone dies by committing suicide every 15 minutes. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 24. There are also four million survivors of relatives who have died by suicide. “We are hoping that we can change the perception of suicide. Suicide is preventable and we need to recognize the signs and encourage those to find help. People who have suicidal thoughts or die by suicide don’t really want to die. They just want to end whatever pain they’re going through,” said Amy Manfrini, a counselor for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) on campus. “I hope students and the communi-
ty will utilize organizations and the national suicide hotline to seek help and know that they can talk to someone at all times,” Manfrini said. There are many support groups and organizations out there that are working to spread the message of suicide prevention. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is one of the leading organizations. It has a program called “Out of the Darkness,” which coordinates walks for suicide prevention throughout the United States. “Organizations like the (AFSP) are
People who have suicidal thoughts or die by suicide dont really want to die. They just want to end whatever pain they’re going through. Amy Manfrini Counselor
great because they put together support groups for those who need help and for those who are survivors of people who have died by suicide,” Manfrini said. Robert Flores, coordinator of Student Affairs at the Irvine campus, coor-
dinated Suicide Prevention Week and hopes the event will get students to be more active and aware of what suicide really is. “I hope students take it to heart and are aware of what is going on. Anyone can have suicidal thoughts. We need to support and be at the forefront of prevention,” said Flores. Veronica Scarpelli of AFSP is spearheading the next walk for suicide prevention Oct. 8, 2011. “It is so much deeper than just changing the legacy of suicide. We are in a national health crisis when it comes to suicide,” said Scarpelli. “The suicide rate is high in young people and the elderly. We need to do more to help and prevent these statistics from rising,” she said. CSUF students and the community can participate in the Walk for Suicide Prevention, which will be a free event held at Bell Barber Memorial Park Saturday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m in Irvine. “I hope students and the community will come out to show support and learn about depression and the signs of suicide and erase the stigmas,” Scarpelli said. Registration for the event can be done by contacting Veronica Scarpelli at firstname.lastname@example.org or registration can be done the day of the walk.
For assistance and intervention Contact the National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK
September 8, 2011
C-TOWN: First phase of construction to finish in 2013 ...Continued from page 1 “My main concern would be that we’d be integrated so much that each school would lose a lot of its private culture, its personal identity,” said Trevor Williams, 19, a biblical studies major at HIU. However, HIU students still expressed interest in being integrated more with CSUF and its culture. “I would love for them to hang out here (at HIU),” said Liam McCarthy, 20, an intercultural studies major at HIU.
The development of the 388,000-square-foot project is being managed by Inland American Communities Group Inc., an urban development and management organization headquartered in Dallas, Texas. John Allums, executive vice president of Inland American Communities, told Business Wire, “We are thrilled to create a one-of-a-kind housing community one block south of CSUF. This project is ideally located, bringing much-needed offcampus residential housing and 30,000 square feet of main street retail space to serve the university’s
35,000 students.” The extra retail space is also expected to create jobs for the local community. “I guess it’s good for some jobs for local students so they can go from school and then go to their job,” said Miguel Aleman, 20, a business major at CSUF. He said he thinks the project might improve traffic by reducing the number of people driving to campus. The College Town project is a student-oriented community planned to be built just south of the campus over the next decade.
Symposium to focus on black families Speakers will share with parents how to prepare their children for college CLARK PAGADUAN Daily Titan
The Council of African American Parents (CAAP) and Cal State Fullerton will be hosting the 15th Annual Parent and Student Educational Symposium titled We Can’t Wait. The symposium’s goal is to present parents and students with a comprehensive view of all the information needed to get into college and graduate. They will have a choice of attending a number of different workshops on subjects such as college admissions, financial aid and other educational programs. More than 10 educational institutions will be represented at the symposium, including different UCs, CSUs and community colleges around California. Some colleges will make presentations and others will set up informational booths for prospective students. Dawn Valencia, CSUF director of University Outreach, views the symposium as a
great opportunity for college-bound students. “It’s an opportunity for students to be motivated, to learn about different campuses directly from the campuses, to create a positive peersupport infrastructure,” said Valencia. “It’s a lovely outreach event where it’s a nice community-university partnership all the way around.” Guest speakers at the symposium include Pedro Noguera, the Peter L. Agnew Foundation Professor of Education at New York University. Noguera will be discussing how black parents can prepare their children for a college education. Chuck Moore, director of enrollment management at the CSUF Irvine campus and member of the CAAP board, invites all those seeking information for higher education. “Everyone is welcome. Any parent who is looking at getting information to make sure that their sons or daughters are very well qualified for this competitive admissions environment are encouraged to attend,” said Moore. CSUF President Milton A. Gordon will provide opening remarks
and welcome participants to campus. Gordon hopes the students are encouraged to become active participants. “I hope to convey a message of encouragement. I would encourage the African American students to be engaged, to be active, to be in all of the clubs on our campus,” said Gordon. CAAP is a nonprofit parent and community-driven organization committed to enhancing educational opportunities through academics, social activities and cultural awareness. CAAP provides support for students and families in the cities of Chino Hills, Diamond Bar, Pomona and Walnut. CSUF hosts a number of programs and activities throughout the year for CAAP. The symposium serves as the kickoff for a series of collaborative events to come. The free event will be held Saturday at the Titan Student Union from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is mandatory. For more information about the symposium, including registration, visit Fullerton.edu.
Parking a survival test for all
PATRICK SCHWARZ / Daily Titan Above, a map showing where the construction of College Town is currently taking place. Officials hope it will unify CSUF, Hope International University, Western State University of Law and Southern California College of Optometry.
BROOKE McCALL / Daily Titan It’s not only students who are feeling the pain of parking. Faculty and staff also say they have to circle lots multiple times to find space.
Faculty and staff face some of the same parking problems as students this semester BROOKE McCALL Daily Titan
As the fall semester begins at Cal State Fullerton, parking becomes one of the biggest issues students have to face. Even professors and staff struggle to find a spot. Timing is everything when it comes to finding parking. Professor Lenny Wiersma, Ph.D., in the Kinesiology Department, said you have to get to campus early in order to get a parking spot. Wiersma said he would not leave campus after finding a parking spot, “because if you leave and come back, there are no spaces available … I will walk places that I would normally drive to just to save my parking spot.” As a professor on campus for the last 11 years, Wiersma has witnessed the evolving parking situation. “I remember when students had to valet park,” said Wiersma. The bigger issue on campus is the high-volume traffic hours, he said. Wiersma has heard students and faculty members agree that parking has gotten tremendously better since he first started working at the university in 2000. Joe Ferrer, director of CSUF Parking & Transportation Services, said parking is directly influenced by class schedule. “Parking demand is greatest Monday through Thursday, from approximately 9 a.m. to 2 p.m,” said Ferrer. Elaine Rutkowski, Ph.D., assistant professor at the School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Development, believes there isn’t a problem with parking and that in her 11 years as a professor at CSUF, she has discovered the secret. “It’s survival. You have to get to school early and be on time,” said
Rutkowski. Students are also contributing to the parking issue. Just last week Rutkowski saw a parking attendant issue three tickets to students’ vehicles parked in the faculty parking lot. Between Aug. 22 and Sept. 2, 204 tickets were issued for “no valid permit displayed” in faculty parking lots, Ferrer said. Kristen Holtz, 21, a kinesiology major, admitted she has parked in a faculty parking lot before but didn’t know it was a staff parking lot until she got a ticket. Holtz had a printout of a black-and-white campus map and overlooked the parking areas which were identified in different colors.
It’s survival. You have to get to school early and be on time. Elaine Rutkowski Assistant Professor
“I was late for class and I didn’t think it mattered during intersession where I parked,” said Holtz. Holtz suggested that if students or faculty have a later class, they need to plan ahead. “If you know the time the previous class gets out you should wait around that time for the parking spaces to free up,” Holtz said. Amanda Carey, administrative assistant for the Psychology Department, attributes the demand for parking spaces to the high traffic hours and CSUF’s 43 newly hired assistant and associate professors this year. “I get here at 8 a.m. so I don’t have a problem parking, but coming back from lunch I have to park further away from campus in the faculty and staff ‘E’ lot,” said Carey.
“Small changes in the number of parking spaces can be attributed to spaces lost or gained to correct traffic circulation patterns in parking lots, the temporary use of parking spaces for staging construction projects and the permanent loss of spaces to construction projects,” Ferrer said. According to the CSUF website for Transportation and Parking, as of July 8, 2011, there are 1,554 staff parking spots, which is approximately the same amount as last spring semester. Joel Abraham, a newly hired assistant professor in biological sciences, has had some difficulty finding a parking spot but is usually able to locate a space. One of the most difficult lots for Abraham is the faculty lot “C” on Nutwood Avenue. “It is challenging to leave this lot because of high student traffic levels near the Nutwood Parking Structure. This has been the most challenging lot for me and I have been avoiding that parking lot ever since,” said Abraham. The Campus Parking & Transportation Services said the lots that are closest to the campus are the most impacted. The faculty/staff lots that are least impacted include lot “A,” South Faculty Staff, and the section in lot “E” that is designated for faculty and staff. “I drove by this area at about 2 p.m. during the second week of class and there were (faculty and staff) parking spaces still available,” Ferrer said. As a newly added feature, the Campus Parking & Transportation Services has implemented a link on its website to show the number of CSUF structure parking spaces available at any given point in time. Faculty and staff can park in student parking lots as well as lots designated for them, but not all employees take advantage of this. dailytitan.com/news
September 8, 2011
Has our nation changed for the better since Sept. 11, 2001? YES: Maribel Castaneda Our nation has been through a lot since 9/11: 10 years of war, two presidential elections and two economic crises. But despite it all, there has been progress. Since 9/11, public awareness of terrorism has risen, security has increased, safer building codes have been established, and Americans have united toward one goal. There have been no sizable, successful attacks on the U.S. since that tragic morning and that has been because of our constant vigilance and progressive movements toward bettering this nation. The Department of Homeland Security’s nation-wide campaign, “If you see something, say something,” aimed at raising public awareness toward suspicious behavior, has proven to be beneficial through its uses in transit systems, federal buildings and entertainment arenas. Now that America is no longer naïve to think we are indestructible, we’ve opened our eyes to the real dangers that can occur. We’re no longer on the defensive but on the offensive, combating terrorism and being aware of our surroundings.
The twin towers crumbling brought back harsh realizations of our buildings’ flaws. In the wake of 9/11, the International Code Council approved major building and fire codes for future buildings—especially tall structures. The Safer Buildings Are Goal of New Code Changes Based on Recommendations from NIST World Trade Center Investigation press release stated, “The new codes address areas such as: increasing structural resistance to building collapse from fire and other incidents; requiring a third exit stairway for tall buildings; increasing the width of all stairways by 50 percent in new high-rises; and strengthening criteria for the bonding.” The new building codes also include fireproofing and an emergency responder radio communication throughout buildings. These improvements are good, but not because “just in case” it happens again. It is proof that our nation is ensuring the safety of its people. Over the past decade, nothing has been more evident than the large strides this nation has taken in security measures, ranging from new laws being enacted to creating new
administrations. The Transportation Security Administration is one of the new safety measures approved in response to the attacks. It has since improved in-flight security (better protecting the flight deck against an act of criminal violence or air privacy), airport screening (100 percent of passengers flying to, from and within the U.S. are being diligently screened) and technology (through Advanced Imaging Technology and Automated Target Recognition, metallic and non-metallic threats can be detected). Among the laws that have been passed, the most commonly debated is the Patriot Act, reducing government restrictions to install wires taps and search emails and telephone calls, all in the name of catching possible terrorists. Privacy violations pale in comparison to the security of our nation and to life itself. There are people out there who wish us harm. If in the process of catching those people we lose a bit of our privacy, then so be it. Our nation is better equipped to defend against an attack. The attacks of 9/11 were tragic, but it helped us grow stronger.
NO: Sean Viele Ten years after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, we’ve seen two foreign wars, trillions of dollars spent on the military, some controversial stripping of civil liberties from U.S. citizens and an American public living in fear of another possible homeland terrorist attack. Is this country better off since those horrifying attacks a decade ago? I think not. That day has cast a dark cloud in the minds of nearly every American who lived through it, leaving uncertainty and doubt about any lasting peace in this world. Immediately following 9/11, the country was filled with a sense of short-lived patriotism. Many Americans were focused on making someone pay for what had been done to this country. Fear and outrage ran deep and before we knew it, Operation Enduring Freedom was launched; America was officially at war fighting the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan.
Two years later in March 2003, American troops were invading Iraq in what was dubbed Operation Iraqi Freedom. At least one thing can be said for certain: both of these wars have cost a great deal in money and blood. According to a March 2011 report conducted by the Congressional Research Service, an estimated total of $1.2 trillion has been spent on military operations, base security, foreign aid, reconstruction, embassy costs and veterans’ health care since the 9/11 attacks. When broken down by operation, $806 billion has been spent on the war in Iraq, $444 billion for Afghanistan, $29 billion for enhanced security and another $6 billion in unallocated funds, according to the report. Meanwhile, the U.S. Treasury accounts the national debt at about $14 trillion. Whether or not going into Iraq or Afghanistan was the right thing to do, it definitely has not been a cheap ordeal, and with the country already in one hell of an economic mess, it doesn’t look like it will get better any time soon.
As for the military casualties inflicted since 9/11, according to iCasualties.org, the number of U.S. fatalities in Afghanistan currently sits at 1,759; the total coalition military fatalities since 2001 in Afghanistan is 2,701. Since 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom has claimed the lives of 4,474 American troops and 4,792 total coalition forces. Most of us have been affected by a friend or loved one who has served in one of these conflicts. Death and tragedy were not nonexistent before 9/11, but now these aspects of life seem far more prevalent. So many things have clearly changed since 9/11. We went from being a nation at peace to being a nation at war, an extremely expensive war that appears to have no real end in sight. Whether the decisions made were right or wrong, I’ll leave it to you to decide. But the way I see it, America will never be the same as it was before the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and the country is in no way better off as we approach the 10-year anniversary of that terrible day.
Today’s music: Not as good as before ROSS WATTERS Daily Titan
Music is an argument I hear debated almost on a daily basis. Everywhere from on campus to the bar, it can be heard, argued and debated. The main argument is always the same: Is the music of the past better than the music of today? My answer? Yes, it is. To me, there is no doubt the music being produced, recorded and released today is no match against the music of yesteryear, and I have a few different reasons why I believe this. Technology: Technology has gotten better over the years and is a million times better today than what it was in say, the ‘60s. But technology has also made up for talent that isn’t quite up to par. Singers can use a little tool called auto-tune that can correct the pitch and tone of a voice. Basically, it gives the ability for a singer to stay in tune without actually being in tune. Many artists sound much better in studio than they do live. The Beatles on auto-tune would be orgasmic to the ears. Originality: Many artists today, not all of them but a lot of them, aren’t that original. The use of the aforementioned auto-tune, synthesizers and computers are all original tools. But songwriting, lyrics and the overall quality of music have deteriorated. Songwriters still sing about love and social issues. Today’s musicians speak on issues, but no one really cares. The ‘60s revolutionized opinions of the day and the music. Sure, some types of songs such as “diss songs” in rap have become popular, but even that type of songwriting was first done in the ‘70s when one Beatle “dissed” another. Artists of today have the ability to look back on the past and can garner an idea of what worked and what didn’t. Musicians today can sample old music, study it and even work with musicians who are still around, musicians who were and still are successful. A great example of this is John
Mayer working with Eric Clapton. Critic’s Opinion: Not many albums these days will make any “greatest albums” list. The greatest albums of all time like Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, London Calling and What’s Going On are all huge albums that have sold millions of units worldwide. But that isn’t the important part. They all defined a genre of music and have transcended time. They were albums that were completely different than anything that had been done before. I don’t believe any album will be looked upon as transcending time like these albums and many others. Only a select few albums released today in any genre will. Work Ethic: Singers and bands coming up back in the day had to hone their craft. They didn’t have shows such as American Idol, X-Factor and America’s Got Talent. They had to play small venues, go to other countries and tighten their sound. Those were the hardest times for these musicians, but the most important. It made them better. Today, singers who come up through some of those shows go through pressure for four months at the most. The winner gets an automatic contract. They didn’t earn their stripes by shedding blood, sweat and tears. Maybe this is a reason most contestants who win those shows don’t become what the show portrays they will. The most talented musicians usually shine through and most of them didn’t have a contract handed to them on a silver platter. Iconic Status: The music of the past has set the standard and the bar on what quality music should be. They have proved it. The Beatles, Elvis, Marvin Gaye, like them or not, are all examples of artists who have stayed relevant today. Will artists such as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry be talked about of how they changed music 30 years from now? Only time will tell, but probably not.
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Great debate: iPad vs. laptop GILBERT GONZALEZ
Apple’s iPad tablet has been on a path to the technology hall of fame since its debut. When students start cooking up their wish lists for back-toschool supplies, many are now putting much thought into which device, laptop or iPad, will best suit their Facebooking, ahem, studying needs. Each device has its own merits and its own drawbacks, so the choice really depends on the computing habits of the student. For starters, compatibility issues with the various software Cal State Fullerton uses can be a problem. PowerPoints have missing content, Google Docs is handicapped on the iPad and apparently, links don’t download anything when clicked in the new TITANium virtual classroom. The Blackboard successor uses “blocks” to provide content like PDFs and slideshows, none of which display properly on the tablet or can be saved for
offline viewing. Also, the inability to view flash videos online is getting in the way of me and my stories on Hulu, and I am not about to start paying for Hulu Plus or Netflix. Another factor to consider is how likely a student is to require peripherals. An iPad has no support for USB or disk drives. This means no jump-drive for easy file sharing amongst study groups (because everybody knows to form those, right?), no burning CDs, and no way to print other than wirelessly. Needless to say, laptops can hook up to just about anything. If there’s a plug for it, a laptop has a hole for it. Speaking of things that get around, the iPad makes up for what it lacks in compatibility with portability, convenience and discretion. Thinner than a standard TI-83, lighter than any laptop and designed to rest quietly atop an open notebook, this tablet blends into the fray of study materials scattered across desks dur-
ing finals week without wasting much space. Very feng shui. The iPad can also be a more personal device than a laptop. Both allow for customization, like wallpaper and covers, but people interact with iPads in a more intimate way than laptops. Imagine finding a way to make lounging in bed on a lazy day, browsing the web or catching up on The Office, comfortable with a laptop. The iPad can be useful in more orientations than just overheating across the lap. Also, good luck keeping from getting caught by technophobic professors if using a laptop on the downlow. The iPad can hide inside an open textbook and create the illusion a student is actually reading the overpriced paperweight. In comparison to other tablets on the market, the iPad is still the incumbent to beat. HP recently boarded up its tablet operation, declaring it will no longer make the TouchPad. The Blackberry brand is taking a
beating from both iOS and Androidpowered devices. Even Google is facing challenges to spread the growth of its operating systems. In Europe, court rulings have halted the sale of the Samsung Galaxy tablet (Apple claims the product is too similar to the iPad, which could be true considering Samsung manufactures a significant number of parts for the iPad). So far, Apple has placed itself ahead of the pack and could stay in the lead for some time. Virus-safe surfing, a built-in iPod, touchscreen interface and thousands of dollar-priced apps round out why the iPad is a good buy for students with access to a computer capable of heavyweight functions. Otherwise, stick to a laptop if home is not a trip down the freeway or using the computers on campus is too proletarian. Sent from my iPad.
September 8, 2011
Merely sweet nothings at new cupcake store JOEY BECERRA Daily Titan
The Birch Street Promenade in downtown Brea has finally jumped on board with the cupcake craze following the Thursday opening of its latest store, Merely Sweets. The bakery, which is owned by brother and sister team Diane and Robert Yoon, had a successful opening day. “It’s pretty busy,” said Sarah Jung, who works at the store and is also cousins with the owners. “We had a steady stream.” Merely Sweets is one of the latest trendy bakery boutiques to open in Southern California since the cupcake craze started with the introduction of now world-famous Sprinkles Cupcakes in Santa Monica and cupcake-themed TV shows like Cupcake Wars airing on Food Network. Amidst all of the cupcake hype, Merely Sweets’ head pastry chef and co-owner Diane Yoon felt that it was the right time to open her first bakery and said, “We had to do what we wanted to do. To me, cakes and cupcakes are timeless.” Merely Sweets isn’t just another cupcake store. The store is expertly decorated with a modern but cozy aesthetic: pale blue walls, clean glass counters and iPads used as cash registers. The overall feeling that one gets when walking into the store is one of hospitality. Yoon said the quality of her ingredients and the labor that goes into them set her store apart. Everything in the store is baked in-house from scratch in small quantities. The bakery also offers much more than just cupcakes.
FREEDOM ...Continued from page 1 even before statehood, and the state’s issues span across centuries,” said Antenesse. April 2011 marked the beginning of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, something that sparked an interest in Antenesse and Girod. The war fought on eastern and southern U.S. soil was a war Californians played a large role in, with many important figures contributing to the movement. Girod explained how the Civil War raised all sorts of issues about freedom and equality, and how a century later we are still working on resolving those issues. Different nationalities, organizations and genders all fought for civil rights here in Orange County and Los Angeles, which is something “so vital to our history,” said Girod. Benjamin Cawthra, associate director of CSUF’s Center for Oral and Public History, an assistant professor of history at CSUF and project director of the New Birth of Freedom exhibit, said, “A lot of students went above and beyond because they cared about the content of the exhibit and they thought the stories really needed to be told. This is another example of how the History Department is working with the Fullerton Arboretum to create these kinds of historic events for the public, but also it was a way to connect with the community and help us all understand a little part of the world a little better.” The exhibit will run until Nov. 13 and is open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. In correlation with the New Birth of Freedom exhibit, there will be two events happening at the Arboretum. Sept. 7, Abraham Lincoln and Civil War expert Ronald D. Rietveldand will be speaking from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 19, Historian Arthur A. Hansen will speak on The World War II Experience of Orange County.
According to the menu, the store offers layer cakes, colorful French macaroons in 10 flavors, tarts, cookies and assorted cake truffle pops. The store’s bread and butter, however, is its selection of personalized cakes. Past the store’s blue walls and tempting treats, behind a gleaming glass wall, sits the pride and joy of the bakery: a gallery of custom-made fondant cakes. The custom cakes hold a special sentiment for Yoon because personalization is what started her passion for baking. Her dream began with making a personalized welcome-home cupcake for her cousin and snowballed into a small at-home business making custom cakes. “We call them Merely Cakes by Design,” Jung said, referring to the 10 or so small, differently themed cakes behind the glass display. Yoon said the best time to order a personalized cake is any time there is a celebration. Her personalized cakes are set apart from more traditional cakes because they are modern-looking and shy away from being overwhelming. The store’s close proximity to Cal State Fullerton is already bringing in students. Kendall Albin, a sophomore Spanish major, got hired at the store before it even opened. For students that like to visit the area, she said, “Now there’s a place where they can see a movie, get a cupcake and shop here on Birch Street.” In regards to the future, Yoon is planning on finishing construction on the bakery’s website. She also already has plans for a second location and said, “I know we just opened and I’m already thinking that, but it would be nice.”
ALVIN KIM / Daily Titan Brea welcomes a new cupcake store, Merely Sweets, which offers other confectionery delights like cookies, French macaroons, cake truffle pops, tarts and other goodies.
Now playing... Wait what was that song? The remix and its original version face the music over which version is better ALVAN UNG Daily Titan
Some songs get a dance remix to pad a single. Other songs get reworked in such a way that, in some cases, eclipses the original. And why not? Songs that utilize elements from older songs aren’t automatically inferior. Counting them as non-music spits in the face of music itself. A bad remix uses a song; a good one adds new layers to both songs. Tyler Sweet, 22, an advertising major, said some covers are good, while others can “kill a song.” “If it’s a pretty nostalgic song and someone does a mediocre job, it kind of pisses me off,” said Sweet. He also expressed distaste for radio DJ remixes, such as those who simply add their name and blast airhorns over songs. “I hate that stuff,” said Sweet. Remember, musicians who “use” old songs are still musicians: always judge them by the merit rather than the method behind their product. Do not judge the airhorn-loving DJ on the same level as, say, The Fugees. In the ‘90s, The Fugees rose to fame with their cover of Roberta Flack’s cover of “Killing Me Softly With His Song.” Flack’s cover was a showcase of her talented vocals over light soul instrumentation. The Fugees added driving percussive elements, supporting vocals and harmonies, strong hip-hop influences and a memorable sitar sample from Rotary Connection’s “Memory Band.”
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By fusing these elements together, the Fugees morphed the song from somber and subtle to big, cathartic and at times ethereal (owing to Lauryn Hill’s chanting and the sitar). Then there’s “You Are Beautiful,” sung by Christina Aguilera and covered by Elvis Costello. Aguilera’s original is an inspirational message about inner beauty. Elvis Costello’s version, however, is creepy, slow and meandering, turning the song into an eerie, desperate mantra of a person justifying a despicable action. Both songs have the same lyrics, but the delivery and context of Costello’s version perverts the uplifting message of the original. Of course, not all covers are as successful. Richard Perez, 19, a fine art major, is a fan of oldies, underground hip-hop and love songs, which he said most people no longer appreciate. He recounted his listening experience with Wayne Cochran’s “Last Kiss.” The most prominent cover, by Pearl Jam, turned the sweet, melancholic R&B ballad into a rock tune popular enough to catapult them to fame in 1998. “I wasn’t feeling it,” said Perez. Cochran’s voice was unique, he said, adding that “Last Kiss” lost its meaning when other people, such as Pearl Jam, covered it. “Killer Queen” lost all its meaning, too, when the ignoble Panic! at the Disco covered it. Their lifeless cover of Queen’s quirky, upbeat tune is lazy, refusing to work with the thematic elements or spice up the sound. In fact, it sounds straight-up terrible; the guitar solo is ineffective, and the Victorian-esque sound, notably in the piano, is gone. What a major
ALVIN KIM/ Daily Titan Many songs get the remix treatment, whether the song is turned into a new dance mix or invented into an entirely new tune. DJs use turntables and other equipment to manipulate the pitch, tempo, playing time, equalization or other aspects of the song’s structure.
thematic and musical absence for a song about a freaking queen – not to mention vocalist Brendon Urie fails to channel Freddie Mercury. No effort was put into that cover. It’s just straight-up bad. Look at The Fugees and Elvis Costello, then look at Panic! at the Disco. See? The gulf between their skill levels is as vast as Death Valley. Of course, other artists may opt to remix a song rather than cover it. Ane Tran, 18, a business administration major, enjoys remixes of slow, “girly” songs. When slow songs are remixed, they become more upbeat and dance-able, she said, adding that these elements make ordinarily “girly” songs more unisex. “Girls and guys can enjoy it, not just girls with their emotions and stuff,” she said, laughing. Remixes are able to alter the
mood of songs and enhance them. Justice’s awesome remix of MGMT’s “Electric Feel” made a superb song even better. Especially striking is how Justice’s signature sound, a dance-y mix of crunchy strings and slap bass, gels so well with MGMT’s disco-falsetto synth-pop. The resulting remix feels organic and unforced, bringing together two artists with little in common besides their musicianship. Sometimes, though, artists simply want a cool sound. The Black Eyed Peas sampled Dick Dale’s awesome surf-rock instrumental “Misirlou” for their sub-standard, paltry party piece, “Pump It.” Nothing is gained from using the sample other than a totally cool sound. Using “Misirlou” is freaking cool as heck, but it is in no way critical to the song’s central themes
about debauchery and partying. The sound is almost buried under the tidal wave of hand claps and repetitive vocals. The Black Eyed Peas could have easily found another super-awesome riff to throw some will.i.am verses and Fergie choruses over. It would have no sweat, and the end result would have been the same. Justice’s remix of MGMT, however, is natural; it’s clear that Justice chose a cool song that also fit with their musical aesthetic. So remember, whether it’s a cover, remix or a song with samples in it, give it a listen and judge it by its own merits. Don’t let a fantastic cover of “You Are Beautiful” pass you by because you were burnt by a terrible version of “Killer Queen.” Always keep in mind that past material can be utilized in many different ways, with both good or bad results.
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SEC dominates first weekend of football
Here are the predictions for the upcoming NFL season from the Daily Titan sports desk.
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There will always be upsets, big plays, comebacks and amazing performances, but a seasoned fan can see college football changing at a rapid pace. The spread offense has become a staple among programs. Goodbye power football. Rivalry games and conference traditions, take them or leave them, said Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops. Among these changes there is still a buzz on the field, a much-needed buzz when campuses across the country finally took the field in week one. Friday night dazzled and puzzled spectators as the Baylor Bears dropped more than 50 points on TCU, the best defensive team in the country the last three years. Spread the defenses out and watch them miss tackles. The spread offense is making off-season preparations harder for coaches to prepare for open-field tackling. A lot of tackling drills have led to injuries, and coaches worry about depth enough as it is. The spread does not equal an automatic win. Oregon struggled to move the ball downfield, a large reason due to its losses at offensive line. LSU gave Oregon and the rest of the Pac12 conference a lesson that is hard to swallow for West Coast brethren; they still can’t hang with SEC speed. The Pac-12 does not only look against the SEC. Across the board the Pac-12 had a weak showing the first week. UCLA lost a close one to an underrated Houston team, but Oregon State lost to sub-division opponent Sacramento State, and Colorado
The Big 12 is dissolving before our eyes. Oklahoma and Texas are rumored to take an offer to join the Pac12 ... setting the standard for massive change in conference realignment.
was blown out by Hawaii. USC did not score in the second half against Minnesota, a team picked last place in the Big 10 by its own media reps. The Pac-12 still has hope to turn things around quickly. Stanford is now the National Title front-runner. Oregon can still get things improved for a match-up against the Big 10 in the Rose Bowl. UCLA did improve on offense from last year and USC has a future All-American wide receiver in Robert Woods, who caught a Trojan-record 17 passes against Minnesota. Thursday and Friday night, both Arizona schools will be playing on national audience games with Arizona at Oklahoma State, and Arizona State hosting Missouri. Both Big 12 teams are ranked opponents. Finally, the biggest boost for the conference will not be on a scoreboard. The Big 12 is dissolving before our eyes. Oklahoma and Texas are rumored to take an offer to join the Pac-12. Ultimately the conference would bring in two more schools, setting the standard for massive change in conference realignment. Conferences of 16 teams are a way of the future. Doubters remain, and so does Boise State winning big week-one games. The Broncos have now beaten Oregon, Virginia Tech and Georgia last week in the Georgia Dome. All wins came under senior quarterback Kellen Moore. Moore is now moving into the Heisman picture and Boise sits at No. 4 in the AP Poll. A couple of highly possible scenarios will get the Broncos back to a BCS bowl. There is a possible rematch in the title game with Oklahoma, a team the Broncos humbled in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. The SEC (including probable future conference-mate Texas A&M) enjoyed week-one success. Last year’s National Title winner Auburn came back against Utah State, down 10 points with just over two minutes to play. Alabama needs to resolve its interception problem from last week; it has its biggest out-of-conference test at Penn State this weekend. Notre Dame got demoralized against South Florida and now has to play a new-look Michigan at the firstever night game in the “Big House.”
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Offensive ROY Julio Jones Courtesy of MCT Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks to lead his team to another championship title. The Packers are coming back healthy and look to be the favorites in the NFC.
NFL is back ALEX APODACA Daily Titan
The 2011 National Football League season will not be a season of surprises. The normal months of preparing for the season were cut to six weeks due to a lockout that, frankly, took way too long to settle. The short preseason only made the good teams better and the bad teams grow worse. Teams like the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers were able to focus on the small holes in their powerhouse teams while teams like the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks were not able to make the major changes they needed in order to stay competitive. Meanwhile, there are a group of teams in the middle that have the chance to be playoff contenders, but still need to solidify their team. These teams include the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings and the San Francisco 49ers. Kevin Kolb is a decent franchise quarterback for the Cardinals, but the offensive line is terrible. Kolb has Larry Fitzgerald to throw to, but without time to find an open
man he will be trapped in the backfield frequently. The Dolphins are a great defensive team but their offense is very shaky. Their young quarterback, Chad Henne, could have used a long preseason to improve his skill and confidence, but his lack of practice will be a major disadvantage. However, you can still look for Reggie Bush to be a threat once again. The Giants have a good defensive line. Their quarterback, Eli Manning, has definitely stepped out from his brother’s shadow, but they have been constantly battling injury. The Eagles will most likely take their division, but the Giants will be a wild-card contender. The Cowboys look good on paper, although Tony Romo has been hot and cold. He is a good quarterback and has the ability to make a playoff appearance, but the Cowboys have a history of losing games they need to win. The Vikings are good defensively, but they have yet to choose a quarterback to trust. Brett Favre didn’t put up the numbers they expected and Donovan McNabb was never trusted to lead the team. McNabb has car-
ried teams on his back before and with running back Adrian Peterson in the backfield, McNabb can turn this team around. The 49ers are probably the worst team on this list. Quarterback Alex Smith still needs a lot of work and would have benefited from a long preseason. The offensive line doesn’t give him enough time to throw and the defense is less than cohesive. The NFC West is an unimpressive division, though, so they still have the opportunity to be competitive. Do not expect the 2011 NFL season to be filled with underdog victories and hero collapses. The standings will most likely look very similar to what we saw at the end of the 2010 season. The lockout will make things interesting with the last four or so slots in the playoffs, but the same teams will fill the other spots. The AFC championship game will most likely be the New England Patriots vs. the Indianapolis Colts and the NFC championship game will most likely be the Green Bay Packers vs. the New Orleans Saints. This, of course, will be determined by the final season standings, but look for these four teams to clinch a playoff spot first.
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