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CSUF athletics struggles to maintain Division I status
Titan sports in danger
MIKE WHITE Daily Titan
Budget cuts, tuition increases and insufficient revenues have left Cal State Fullerton athletics barely clinging on to Big West Division I status. The NCAA requires a university to maintain seven priority sports and fund them at 80 percent in scholarships in order to be considered Div. I. The seven sports that are considered priority by the Big West conference out of CSUF’s 15 are men and women’s basketball, men and women’s soccer, baseball, softball and women’s volleyball. CSUF is currently Div. I defending champions in both baseball and women’s volleyball. CSUF is now at the bare minimum seven priority sports and is in jeopardy of being bumped to Div. II if its expenditures continue to exceed the current budget. “We have some issues in terms of whether or not we can meet our minimum funding at the Div. I level,” said Steve DiTolla, associate senior athletics director. “In the NCAA, the Div. I level is defined, outside of men and women’s basketball, you need to have 50 scholarships, full scholarships, and we are dangerously close to not being that far.” See ATHLETICS, page 2
Daily Titan file photo Cal State Fullerton Division I sports, like baseball, may lose their Div. I title if they face any more drastic cuts. Sports such as men’s wrestling and women’s gymnastics were cut in the spring to meet budgetary obligations.
No more tuition hikes this year In the face of $100 million trigger cuts, Chancellor Charles B. Reed of the CSU Board of Trustees says he will not propose increases in student fees CAMYRON LEE Daily Titan
ANIBAL ORTIZ / Daily Titan Stephanie Ramirez, a volunteer at Pio Pico Elementary, assists one of her students. She is part of Think Together, an after-school program.
Future teachers get help CSUF program gets grant and assists students ANIBAL ORTIZ Daily Titan
Her face lit up as a single lace of her shoe dangled to the side and her heels lifted off the ground. As she propped her shoulders slightly upward, her eyes widened as she watched her classmate receive help from their new assistant. “Ms. Ramirez!” called one of the children from the back row. Only three days into her new job as a volunteer at Pio Pico Elementary in Santa Ana, Stephanie Ramirez, 21, from Santiago Canyon College, already seemed to be well known among the children in Nancy Chewy’s afterschool Think Together class in bungalow 8. Think Together and Ramirez are part of the Cal State Fullerton Teacher Pathway Partnership, a program designed to help low-income students living in areas at risk for gang activity. The program specifically targets students interested in pursuing careers in teaching by helping them get into universities, and find internships and employment opportunities. The program is moving forward after CSUF Auxiliary Services and its partners received nearly $500,000 in grant money last March to put toward programs like the Teacher Pathway
Partnership. The money came from the California Gang Reduction and Prevention Initiative, an initiative designed by the Employment Development Department and the Governor’s Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy. They were awarded 10 grants within the state of California, nearly totaling $5 million for 2011, according to Colleen Curtin, chief deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Gang and Youth Violence. “Initially the program was designed for 60 students, but has been successful in attracting between 85 to 100 students, becoming one of the biggest of its kind,” said Daniel Choi, Ph.D., assistant professor of educational leadership and head of the CSUF program. The partnership is expected to last between two and four years and will help students get through classes, said Curtin. Of those students, Ramirez is one of them. She started taking a child development class after deciding her six-year career in the explorer program wasn’t for her. After the class, the program led her to volunteering at Pio Pico Elementary. See GANGS, page 5
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CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed will not propose additional tuition hikes this year, even with a pending state budget cut of up to $100 million. “In the last two or three years, it has been an enormous challenge to figure out how to keep the doors open, how to maintain quality, and how to serve as many students as we possibly can and give them an opportunity,” said Reed in his report to the CSU Board of Trustees in the Wednesday meeting in Long Beach. The board will reconvene in November to dis-
cuss the 2012-13 budget. Projected changes to the new budget will include a 3 percent salary increase for all CSU employees and a 5 percent enrollment increase. The projected revenue increase for 2011-13 has been estimated at $315 million. The updated budget proposal will be an action item at the next board meeting. “I sure hope that the state leadership makes a decision to start reinvesting in higher education, and that’s the community colleges and UC and CSU,” Reed said, looking forward to the 201213 budget. This year the CSUs faced a budget cut of $650 million, which equals a loss of 23 percent of state
funding to higher education in California. According to Reed’s report to the board, the CSUs could be facing an additional cut of $100 million to state funding. Tuition increases, like the 12 percent hike that was implemented this fall semester, are the result of a collaborative effort on behalf of the board and the chancellor. If the chancellor were to propose a tuition increase to compensate for decreased state funding, the board would then vote on the action. In this month’s board meeting, Reed stated that after meeting with many of the campus presidents he would not propose a mid-year hike for the 2011-12 school year.
Selection changes CSU Board of Trustees votes to modify process of picking campus presidents CAMYRON LEE Daily Titan
The CSU Board of Trustees voted to modify the presidential selection policy. These modifications include greater emphasis on internal candidate reviews, the elimination of a secondary selection committee and a higher level of confidentiality for presidential candidates through the elimination of public campus visits. The latter policy change has received backlash from various student and faculty organizations. This is the first time the policy has been changed since it has been put in place in 1997. The board accepted the policy changes that were put forth by the special committee on presidential selection and compensation. These changes will go into effect immediately, as the CSU begins its search for replacements for the four campus presidents who have announced their retirement. Presidents Jolene Koester of Northridge, Albert K. Karnig of San Bernadino, Robert A. Corrigan of San Francisco and Milton
Gordon of Cal State Fullerton will all be retiring as soon as their replacements have been chosen. “In the almost 14 years that I have been here, never have there been this many vacancies for presidents of the CSU. And the other day I took a look, and these vacancies represent the leadership on our campuses of more than 115,000 students and more than 8,000 faculty and staff. So, I would say that it marks the beginning of a major change in leadership in the CSU,” said Chancellor Charles B. Reed, addressing the board at a meeting held in Long Beach Wednesday. The policy modification was met with some resistance and was addressed multiple times in the meeting. Gregory Washington, California State Student Association (CSSA) president and CSUF student, also expressed his concern in his report to the board. “We do want to note that the ability for students to be engaged in these public forums has been stressed by our campuses as something that is very important,” said Washington. Washington went on to say that
WILLIAM CAMARGO / Daily Titan A search is underway for President Milton Gordon’s replacement.
after speaking with the student leadership of San Louis Obispo and San Diego, both of which have recently executed presidential selections, he had heard that the ability for students to ask questions of potential candidates through the campus visits were a vital part of selecting the best candidate, citing that President Elliot Hirshman, SDSU’s new president, was a clear favorite only after the campus visit. “We want to protect the anonymity of our candidates. A lot of other (non-CSU campuses) don’t even have the campus visit as part of their interview process. What
it does is it opens a larger pool to more candidates, because for example if there was a current CSU president who wanted to go for a another CSU campus position, it would basically compromise their current position,” said Stephanie Thara, a spokesperson for the CSU. Before the policy changes were voted on, Herbert C. Carter, chair of the board, offered these words to his fellow board members and colleagues: “I would suggest that See POLICY, page 3
September 26, 2011
Greek community expands Pi Kappa Alpha plans to create chapter on campus to enhance and broaden Greek life and give interested students more options DANIELLE EVANS Daily Titan
With fraternities and sororities doing more philanthropic work, fundraising more and recruiting new members, it is evident that Greek life on campus is growing. Pi Kappa Alpha, founded at the University of Virginia in 1868 and whose nickname is PIKE, is planning to establish a chapter at Cal State Fullerton. There are already PIKE chapters
at UC Irvine, Cal State Long Beach and Chapman University. Matt Buckhalter and Ryan Nguyen, expansion consultants for PIKE, are heading up the project and plan to build a whole new chapter within the span of five weeks. Their main goal is to encourage students who are not currently affiliated with the Greek system, but involved in athletics and other on-campus organizations to join, in hopes of expanding the Greek
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system as a whole on campus, said Buckhalter and Nguyen. Buckhalter and Nguyen, along with a slew of faculty, advisory boards and PIKE alumni in the area are completely behind the expansion project. “This will give students more options. Having more fraternities will motivate different people to join,” said Rohullah Latif, Inter-Fraternity Council president and a thirdyear student. Pi Kappa Alpha is built on four things that allow every man in the fraternity to be well rounded and successful. “SLAG” is what they live by when recruiting men to join their brotherhood, which stands for scholars, leaders, athletes and gentlemen. “(Being a gentleman) is the most important cornerstone. If they hold the other three and they’re not a gentleman, there’s just no place for them,” said Buckhalter, who graduated from Florida State University this past May. Now PIKE alumni, Buckhalter and Nguyen are both athletes who were extremely involved on their college campuses as lacrosse and rugby players. “Being an athlete doesn’t just mean ‘OK, I can shoot a basketball.’ It means you have a competitive edge, that drive, that need to be successful in life, and to win. Healthy competition is always great in any organization,” Buckhalter said. One of the things that Pi Kappa Alpha offers is what they call “PIKE University,” which is the first of the organization’s six leadership summits they offer to fraternity members throughout the year. During this particular summit, the members are taught both personal and professional development, while learning how to interview with recruiters, how to dress for success and learn how to run an organization while getting real-life feedback. “We really want to teach our guys to be the ideal man, to be the best man he can be,” said Nguyen. PIKE also offers a “Gentleman’s Guide,” which includes reminding members how to be chivalrous, how to dress, how to tie four different ties and how to have etiquette. The guide also teaches the members about fraternity history.
WILLIAM CAMARGO / Daily Titan Skateboarding restrictions on campus gain their teeth from Vehicle Code Section 21113, which allows police to cite skateboarders for driving a “vehicle” on state university property. Fines can be as much as $230.
Skating is a crime at CSUF Ban enforced through tickets and disciplinary actions from Judicial Affairs LANCE MORGAN For the Daily Titan
Students speeding their way from class to class on a skateboard may find themselves with a ticket if they are stopped by University Police. While the University Police actively enforces a campus-wide ban on skateboarding, being stopped for skateboarding does not necessarily mean that a student will face a ticket or disciplinary action after the first offense. In order to stop and cite skateboarders on campus, the university’s police force uses “California Vehicle Code Section 21113 and President’s Directive 16,” according to University Police Lt. John Brockie. President Milton Gordon signed Directive 16 in 2008. The directive banned riding skateboards anywhere on campus, including parking structures, according to the university’s website. Students, however, will not be ticketed the first time they are stopped for riding a skateboard. “For students, first offense is a verbal warning, second is being referred to Judicial Affairs, third is a citation to traffic court,” said Brockie. Sandra Rhoten, associate dean of Judicial Affairs, deals with students
who have been stopped by police for the second time. Students who have no prior record in Judicial Affairs will receive a warning for breaking University Policy and be on “warning status” for one academic year, at the end of which their slate would be swept clean, said Rhoten. If students are cited once again, they must meet with Judicial Affairs and may be placed on disciplinary probation and required to write a paper on critical thinking or participate in community service. A student’s third violation for skateboarding will finally result in a citation that goes to traffic court. Yet traffic court does not necessarily mean that a skateboarder will be required to pay for the citation. “There is a process to contest the citation,” Brockie said. “It is the same process if you were to get a citation for speeding.” The decision as to whether students will be fined for their actions is left to a judge. The relevant law is Vehicle Code Section 21113, which prohibits a person from driving a vehicle or having an animal on the grounds of a public school or state university, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles website. The section also grants the Trustees of the California State University the power to restrict bicycles, skateboards or roller skates on public property. The skateboarding ban is not something new to the campus, said John Beisner of Risk Management
at CSUF. “Back in 2005 and 2006, we reworked the university’s policy on skateboards and bicycles,” said Beisner. Beisner works for Risk Management, where the “mission is to reduce losses without unnecessarily limiting activities that advance the University’s Mission & Goals,” according CSUF’s website. Beisner explains the purpose of updating the university’s policy was to change the culture on campus to allow bicycles as a form of transportation. Skateboarding at CSUF is not allowed partially because of an accident at Cal State Monterey Bay, in which a person suffered brain damage, Beisner said. Beisner explained that when the policy on campus was reworked around five years ago, the university “reviewed the policy of other colleges and community colleges in California.” At the time, no other colleges were allowing students to skateboard on their campuses. Today, that is no longer the case. For example, San Diego State University is experimenting with a small stretch of campus where skateboarding is allowed, Beisner said. Despite other universities becoming more open to skateboarding, CSUF still enforces the ban on campus on a daily basis, Brockie said. “Currently, skateboarding is not allowed anywhere on campus,” he said.
ATHLETICS: Decreased enrollment hurts CSUF sports ...Continued from page 1 The full scholarships are split evenly between the men and women’s priority sports, DiTolla explained. The CSUF athletics budget barely covers these fees even after terminating both men’s wrestling and women’s gymnastics during spring in order to meet budgetary obligations. The budgeted athletics scholarship fund for 2011-12 is about $2.1 million and was not increased to accommodate the additional 12 percent tuition fee increase that affected every student on campus. “When we are issuing scholarships, we pay the school for our student athletes,” DiTolla said. “So as each one of you got hit (with tuition fee increases) we got hit to the tune of about $90,000.” The Athletics Department has a baseline budget of nearly $3.7 million, which covers the state salaries of the full-time department staff of about 60 and operational expenses. Brian Quinn, CSUF athletics director, explained that the baseline budget has stayed nearly the same over the past 10 years, while operational expenses continue to climb. The cost for travel, whether by bus or plane, has risen and airlines now charge for each extra piece of luggage and the teams all have a lot of gear. State funding is not permitted to pay for scholarships, which places the financial burden directly on students and relies on revenue from ticket sales and facilities rentals, explained Quinn. “The state can’t pay for scholarships,” said Quinn. “Students pay for that. The ASI, you and all of your peers are paying for all these other kids to go to school here.” Quinn explained that every time the state raises tuition fees, the cost of athletics operations and scholarships required by the NCAA go up. He explained that when the chancellor decided to cut off student enrollment over the past couple years, the department lost thousands of dollars as a result. The way the Athletics Department receives money from student enrollment every semester is through Associated Students Inc. According to ASI’s 2011-12 operating budget, $22 of the $74 AS fee every student pays per semester is allocated to CSUF Athletics scholarships. This AS fee brought nearly $1.5 million to fund athletic scholarships for the fall. The university recently announced it would be accepting new students for the spring semester, which will generate a small boost of extra income that the department needs. In return for this money from ASI, all CSUF students are admitted free to athletic events held on the CSUF campus.
Randy Cho said he is like many students on campus and doesn’t have extra time to come to sporting events on campus, even if they are free. “Being a commuter school, there’s no true campus life. There’s really no other involvement with school outside of class,” said Cho, 22, a liberal studies major. “I don’t think a majority of the students would donate extra money to our Athletics Department. Aside from baseball, our sports teams aren’t top notch and the facilities they have are already adequate enough,” he said. DiTolla, who has worked in CSUF athletics since 1985, said there isn’t an expenditure problem and that the Athletics Department is probably the most frugal department on campus. Student athletes eat on $25 per day when they’re on the road. “Sometimes the way we travel and have traveled over the years is creative to say the least, but I think we have a revenue problem,” DiTolla said. “I don’t think our revenues match up with what we spend and we are at a point right now where our expenditures are so low if we go any different, we will change the dynamics of our department.” DiTolla and Quinn said it’s hard to generate revenue when the students attend the events for free and the venue holds only 4,000 people. This has led to the department trying many creative ways to generate additional revenue and find new ways of producing dollars for the department. Some of these past options have included renting out the facilities for events like the Vans Warped Tour or the Hootenany Festival, but the department would like to find ways of improving the campus and reinvesting into the improvement of Fullerton’s 20-year-old Titan Stadium. “Gate receipts are up, facility rentals are up and fundraising is up,” DiTolla said. “We had a few referendums that failed, but we have gone to the university with our strategic plan and we have not had approval yet, again because of the budgetary situation and what may happen toward the end of the year.” Quinn said the Athletics Department has met with developers who are interested in investing into and renovating the stadium with the intent of bringing it to the level of hosting professional athletic teams. Most recently, Chivas USA hosted the U.S. Open Cup third-round game at Titan Stadium in June and July 20 played their first official Orange County Major League Soccer match versus the New England Revolution. “We’re working with Chivas right now and we’re trying to see if we can’t get some more rental income into this stadium,” Quinn said. “We are trying to find that kind of outside source. Relying on the students is difficult.” Titan Stadium will be hosting the L.A. Galaxy vs. Chivas USA Sunday Oct. 16.
September 26, 2011
Event brings Arab ethnicities together People from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and other Middle Eastern countries enjoy food, music, culture
CANDACE RIVERA Daily Titan
Despite political strife, hundreds of people attended the 16th annual Arab American Festival in Garden Grove this weekend. The three-day event recognized Arab culture through music, food, carnival rides and games. Jewelry, clothing, hookah, all different types of food from various restaurants, skin care products and soap in the shape of fruit were all on display for potential buyers at the festival. Brochures, books and newspapers on culture and religion were free and welcomed to read. Free face painting was also offered to those who wanted their face decorated for the afternoon or evening, young or old. Carnival rides and arcade games made the festival even more familyfriendly. “It’s awesome, just a lot of people here to have fun. The music and food is
good,” said Tony Asaad, a first-timer at the festival as well as one of the exhibitors. Asaad was selling clothing and accessories for belly dancing. Music was playing throughout the event with a DJ in the early afternoon and performers at night to liven the crowd.
ment, patrolled outside the festival and surveyed the grounds. He has patrolled the interior in the past. “They have some entertainment planned and some good food,” said Vargas. “I like multi-cultural events. The city is supportive, I think it’s a good thing … Everybody comes together.”
I’m not an Arab but I love their dancing, music and food. I participated in the dabke dance, had falafel and beef gyros and met some very fun-loving people. Sana Rasheed Festival Attendee
Performers included belly dancers and singers on a large stage with seating in front, as well as enough space for individuals to partake in the festivities if they chose. At night, attendees danced with family, friends and new acquaintances. Dean Vargas, a bicycle patrol officer with the Garden Grove Police Depart-
Picnic tables located in the center of the festival allowed visitors to relax, eat and chat with people of different backgrounds and cultures. Sana Rasheed, 23, has heard about the festival for the past five years but has not been able to attend until Saturday. She attended the festival twice out of the three days it was conducted.
“I loved how everyone was so welcoming. I’m not an Arab but I love their dancing, music and food. I participated in the dabke dance, had falafel and beef gyros and met some very fun-loving people,” said Rasheed. “I would encourage everyone to go and see what the average Arab-American is like. They are nothing like what we see in the media.” This festival was put together by Ahmad Alam, the event founder and president. Alam envisioned the Arab community coming together to celebrate its unique and similar heritage on one particular day. He wanted to promote an image that was positive in the U.S., along with encouraging understanding and tolerance among Americans. Alam is also the founder of the Arab-American council, a nonprofit organization that helps put on the festival. The council and festival do not discriminate against political alliances, religion or race, he said.
JC VERA / Daily Titan Arabic food was one of the biggest attractions at the Arab American Festival in Garden Grove this weekend. Attendees also enjoyed music, dancing and live performances.
Grad week is back Protesters give Assad the shoe Students can learn about the application process for graduate school this week
JESSICA ESCORSIA Daily Titan
Cal State Fullerton’s Career Center and the Office of Graduate Studies will launch the first Grad School Prep Week in over five years starting Monday in hopes of preparing students who are interested in pursuing professional and post-bachelor’s degrees. “This is an opportunity for students to become more aware and to expose an individual to the graduate school process,” said Elizabeth Zavala-Acevez, assistant director for the Career Center. In the past, graduate school workshops and seminars were held throughout the year, but due to the lack of financial resources, an event of this caliber was not possible until this year, Zavala-Acevez said. Grad School Prep Week, which is sponsored in part by the EPOCHS grant, will feature a week-long series of workshops and seminars. Students will learn what skills and experience is needed in order to pursue a master’s degree, the requirements for specific fields at the various graduate schools, and information on graduate studies costs. “These workshops will help give the students who attend the edge in applying to grad school. There are also workshops for those just thinking about grad school,” said Katherine Powers, director for the Office of Graduate Studies. According to UniversityFacts.com, the average salary for someone with a master’s degree is $62,300, which is 25 percent more than someone with a bachelor’s degree. It is very important for students in their first two years of college to begin preparing themselves for graduate school, as the process can take up to a year, Zavala-Acevez said. Although she said the junior year is when students should begin to get serious about graduate school, it’s essential to learn the importance of a competitive GPA early on, as well as build relationships with faculty. “It’s important to know the requirements in the process. You can’t just
decide all of a sudden that you want to go to graduate school,” she added. Job markets have become more competitive and this week-long event can help students learn the tools that will help expand their options after college. “Studies show that having a graduate education will be more important for careers in the years ahead. That’s why our slogan is ‘Grad School. It’s in your future,’” Powers said. The most anticipated event is the Grad School Expo Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Quad. This event will be host to more than 100 professional and graduate schools and give students the opportunity to meet professionals and learn about the various degrees and the competitiveness within that field. “Master’s education means greater job security on the whole, in that fewer people with a master’s are jobless than those with lesser education,” Powers said. Also happening Wednesday, the Titan Student Union will be host to a panel of graduate school students who will discuss how to be successful in graduate school, as well as offer any advice and answer any questions students may have. “I definitely think it’s important to get an insider’s perspective. Students will get an idea of what it’s like to be a graduate student as well as the journey of a graduate student,” Zavala-Acevez said. Career Center Director Jim Case believes more and more students are considering graduate school every year and said CSUF is hoping to make graduate studies a process in its undergraduate studies, rather than an option. “We are trying to create a culture where students consider graduate school applications as part of what they do as undergraduate students,” said Case. Grad School Prep Week will take place at the TSU and Langdsorf Hall Monday and conclude Friday. For more information about scheduled events, students should visit the Career Center website.
POLICY: Changes not taken lightly ...Continued from page 1 you should not condemn the process before it is tried. At least you should be willing to give it a fair trial, and as one member of this board, I can tell you that if it doesn’t work in the best interest of the system, I will be the first person to say.” Thara addressed the concerns that this step in the process would
eliminate a vital part of the studentcandidate relationship; however, she said the new policies actually struck a balance between studentfaculty involvement and the privacy of presidential candidates. The policy would put in place an advisory committee comprised of students and faculty who would interact and aid in presidential selection, which would lend a more interactive experience for students and faculty, Thara said.
While some enjoyed carnival rides and games Saturday, others rallied against the Syrian regime SUSANA COBO Daily Titan
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DAVID MUÑOZ / Daily Titan Top, protesters took off their shoes to show their disapproval of the Syrian regime. Bottom, Mohammad H. Alshami of Los Angeles protested against the regime Saturday.
Protesters against the Syria regime assembled outside the 16th annual Arab American Festival in Garden Grove Saturday evening. About 150 protesters chanted against the Syria regime, while seven raised their voices in support of it. The protests not only attracted Syrians, but the Arab community as well. “Not only are people that are suffering in Syria Muslims, there’s Christians also,” said Mohammed Al-smadi, who is of Jordanian descent and one of the organizers of the protest. “It’s not a matter of religion, it’s a matter of a whole nation suffering under one regime.” Al-smadi said Sunni Muslims are being targeted at protests in Syria. Protesters chanted in Arabic and English, “Free, free Syria, down, down with Assad,” while raising megaphones, flags and shoes. Protesters against the regime took off their shoes toward the Syrian regime and Bashar al-Assad, the president of Syria. “In our culture, when you give someone their shoe, when you say they’re the son of the shoe, that’s like the bottom of the bottom,” said Omar Ayloush, who is of Lebanese, Syrian and Mexican descent and also one of the organizers of the protest. Even so, protesters taking off their shoe and holding it in the air wasn’t the only symbolism there. Protesters against the regime sat down, still on two feet, chanted softly in Arabic and slowly started to raise their voices louder as they made their way up and jumped in the air in unity. “They’ve seen in Syria there’s a lot of protests that have a lot of charisma,” Ayloush said. “For example, a lot of Syrian ‘desenters’ would huddle up together, hug each other and start dancing while they protest, just to add more charisma into the protest,” Ayloush added. There were pre-Assad regime flags, the current Syrian flag, the Palestinian flag and the American
flag being waved in the air. The current Syrian flag was waved to show pride of being Syrian and to show no fear of showing their identity, and the American flag was waved to show their pride as American citizens, Ayloush said. “As Americans we have a duty to show our solidarity, our support for people who want freedom and democracy, the same freedom and democracy we have here,” he said. “We are not Syrian only. We are a diverse group of people here. The majority of people here are American citizens. We are also proud to be Americans,” Ayloush said. However, some people who are against the Syrian regime felt too threatened and intimidated to come. “Some people that clearly work for the other side are taking pictures of people here, so that they can take it, send it back home for some kind
As Americans we have a duty to show our solidarity, our support for people who want freedom and democracy, the same freedom and democracy we have here. Omar Ayloush Protest Organizer
of identification,” Al-smadi said. He called it an intimidation move. “Some of the officials that work together, they try to identify the activist outside of the country so they can punish their families inside,” Al-smadi added. On the other side, seven protesters who are in support of the regime held the Syrian flag with Assad’s face added and a sign that stated “God, Syria and Assad, we love you!” “(I was) told they were going to protest against Assad and I said no. I didn’t know about this until I came (for the festival),” said Philip Bishara, who is in support of the Syrian regime. The nonviolent protest lasted for two hours.
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“America in the 21st century”
Support Israel “We plan to eliminate the state of Israel and establish a purely Palestinian state. We will make life unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion. We Palestinians will take over everything, including all of Jerusalem.”
Yasser Arafat Former President of the Palestinian National Authority
“Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury.” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Like most of you, I’m sick and tired of the incessant “Israeli versus Palestinian” squabbles that poison politics in the Middle East. Petty as the religious and territorial conflict may be, Americans must understand that it has very real consequences, particularly if one side or another can claim victory. Understanding this, and after other considerations, it is clear that the only proper strategic option is for the United States to support Israel. Recently, Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas issued a formal request to the United Nations for Palestine to officially be considered for statehood. In a rambling speech before the General Assembly, Abbas made wild and unsubstantiated accusations against Israeli leaders, accusing them of conducting ethnic cleansing against Palestinians and intentionally killing civilians. Adding further insult to injury, YNetNews.com reports that prior to taking the podium, Abbas gave a speech to senior leaders of the U.S. Palestinian community, saying, “They talk to us about the Jewish state, but I respond to them with a final answer: We shall not recognize a Jewish state.” Revealing words from a man allegedly attempting to foment peace. With the Palestinian bid for statehood, the United States is put in the awkward position of having to decide whether or not to veto the application when it appears before the United Nations Security Council. According to many U.S. policy experts, a veto is assured, since granting Palestine statehood would have negative implications on Israel’s security. It may be thousands of miles away, but the welfare of the state of Israel is vital to America’s national security interests for several reasons. First, Israel is a nuclear state. We’ve all seen videos of the hordes of crazed
1.57 billion Muslims Worldwide
14 million Jews
Islamic extremists chanting “Death to Israel!” Let us explore a hypothetical scenario in which the extremists get their way. What would happen if Israel were overtaken by Islamic fundamentalists? We would have on our hands the ultimate nightmare scenario—vast stockpiles of nuclear weapons and advanced technology falling into the hands of terrorist organizations. With their immediate target eliminated, and also being newly armed with nuclear ballistic missiles, don’t forget (or worse, ignore) what these sadists like to chant along with their tirades about Israel: “Death to America!” Another significant reason is that Israel is a key ally of the United States in the War on Terror, while Palestinian extremist groups, such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, continue to systematically support and carry out terrorism, the murder of civilians and suicide bombings. Given that Palestine and neighboring territories are practically overrun by terrorists, America doing anything other than supporting our ally would be both stupid and unconscionable. Finally, the U.S. should understand the humanitarian issues at stake in the conflict, and cannot ignore them while maintaining legitimate international hegemony. A 2009 comprehensive study by the Pew Research Center found there are 1.57 billion Muslims worldwide – an estimated 23 percent, or one-fifth, of the world’s population. By contrast, a report published by the University of Connecticut suggests a world estimate of less than 14 million Jews – easily more than 100 times as many Muslims as there are Jews. Following a similar trend, there are dozens of Islamic states while Israel remains the only Jewish state. Abandoning an ally in such a vulnerable position would severely damage our country’s credibility, and thus our ability to make and maintain alliances. Though strategy is important, it should not be our only consideration. Keep in mind that all of Israel’s neighbors absolutely hate Jews. You think I’m exaggerating perhaps? A new 2011 Pew study found that less than 4 percent (and sometimes as little as 2 percent) of the people of Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine have a positive opinion of Jews. Naturally, these same populations also have a 91 percent approval rating for Muslims. Should we stand by and twiddle our fingers while the region is on the precipice of genocide? Hell no. Let’s commit to doing everything we can to keep the Holocaust firmly in the “never again” category.
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September 26, 2011
Great movies are even better in the third dimension JAMES BEAN Daily Titan
We spend our lives in the third dimension, yet the trend in cinemas seems to be the thrill of paying an extra $10 or more to gain that all-important dimension while watching a movie. Sometimes it’s worth it. If the film was conceived in the third dimension like James Cameron’s Avatar or Marc Webb’s upcoming Spider-Man adaptation, then an extra thousand pennies might be worth the set of glasses. The key lies in figuring out which films are worth it and which ones are not, a quick bit of research that may very well save your night at the movies. Movies make their way into the third dimension in two ways. They are either filmed in 3-D (a time-consuming process involving two cameras and a mirror) or they are carefully converted in postproduction by a team of skilled graphic artists.
Generally, the films that find the third dimension in post won’t be worth your hard-earned cash. Which of you readers forked out your hard-earned cash for the 3-D version of The Last Airbender? How about Clash of the Titans? Did you find these films to be dark and muddy with a very limited third dimension? These are all the trademarks of badly converted 3-D. Distinguishing the difference between these two types of 3-D films may prove to be pretty important in the coming years. Since Avatar made a fortune with the extra dimension, as did the latest Harry Potter, studios will continue to push 3-D until people simply refuse to pay for it anymore. Look into the future and you’ll find that Disney is already working on a 3-D version of The Lion King, and if that wasn’t enough, the entire Star Wars saga is slated for rerelease in 3-D starting in 2012. Just like anything, the quality of
post-converted 3-D is dependent on who does the conversion and how much time is available for it. If you remember correctly, the first half of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was originally set to premiere in 3-D, but time ran short and the producers decided not to release the 3-D conversion because it wasn’t quite ready. Who knows how many other films ran out of time during the post-production process and simply released a sub-standard product instead? There is such a thing as quality in post-production and films like Avatar and animated films like How To Train Your Dragon are great examples of films that were treated with the time and money to make sure the 3-D aspect would be worth the audience’s money. Don’t forget, 3-D films don’t have to go through a certified quality process. Quality 3-D films will be mixed with the terrible, all with the same “now in 3-D” tag attached to it.
Animated films are obviously easier to convert (since they are conceived and shot inside the same set of computers that will be executing the conversion), so if you are looking for a great 3-D experience, a good Pixar or Dreamworks film should be worth your money. Another great way to distinguish good 3-D from bad 3-D is by examining the length of time from the finished filming date to the release date. A short time between filming and release usually points to a rushed conversion process. Clash of the Titans is an example of one of these films. It was originally supposed to be just a 2-D release, but the success of Avatar convinced the producers to push back the release date by just one week to convert the film into 3-D. This move made for a terrible 3-D viewing experience, and in a world where an extra $10 matters, knowing when the extra dimension is worthwhile and when it is not can be a valuable tool.
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Read more, be more Books are better Reading books will help with cognition, creativity and more TIM WORDEN For the Daily Titan
Call me biased; I work at a public library. But I think books continue to have a tremendous impact in the world. From political memoirs to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, books remain amazingly popular. Amazon’s Kindle e-reader has sold millions of copies and the company is reigning as an online bookseller. Books excel at a variety of functions, including entertaining and educating. Although students can use Wikipedia for most things they learn in class, a book has the capacity to bundle different subjects or ideas together into a concise learning tool. For each dense, multi-volume law textbook, there is an easy-toread explanatory book that gives readers a better understanding of the subject. Fiction books provide entertainment. They can send a reader into a new world. Yes, you can see Captain America or Transformers, but a book can give a reader a better, more descriptive portrait of an imaginative world. Just ask most Harry Potter fans which medium form they prefer. Writers have done their research and aim to awe their audience. Since the setting of a novel is in the audience’s imagination, no low-budget effects or bad acting can take away from the story. Read a Tom Clancy thriller and get caught up in the action! Reading stimulates creativity. Some books have deep themes such as the meaning of life. You can get ideas on how to think and live. You can read nonfiction books about careers that interest you, such as politics and business. It is no stretch to discover that reading helps people emotionally and cognitively. Reading gives you access into how different people think, such as African tribes or
medieval knights. A study by Anne Cunningham, a professor at Cal Berkeley, titled “What Reading Does for the Mind,” found that reading is beneficial to young children. It creates a cyclical effect that helps them learn and retain knowledge. Her message to struggling children is simple: Read! We have, as a culture, very short attention spans. We constantly check Facebook and even change the channel to skip commercials. I know that many people do not like to read because it requires a lot of concentration. But I think reading can be a cure for our busy lives. When you read, you use your brain to improve comprehension and vocabulary. Start with an easy book and work up to longer novels. It may take some effort but I assure you it will be worth it. Reading is relaxing. Television and movies can be great, but they often lack substance due to budget and time constraints (especially TV). Reading books is a great way to dig deeper and continue learning new things. If you do not know much about science, read an introductory book about the subject. I did this summer and learned a lot about time travel and space! Books can be cheap, too. That is because they can be found for free in libraries. Many classic books can be found for free as e-books, such as Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and Sherlock Holmes! Books have held a tremendous impact on the world for many centuries: Homer, Newton, Locke, Darwin, Dickens, the list goes on. It was their books that left their ideas to prosperity. And books will continue to impact the world and history, even with a new era of Google and the Internet. That is because people still like to relax and enjoy a well-crafted, suspenseful novel like 1984 or an informative biography about Abraham Lincoln. And if you start reading, you will see for yourself what all the fuss is about (1984 especially).
E-readers are a bad replacement for paperback books JUSTIN SHANNON Daily Titan
We can add another product to our pile of unnecessary gadgets. It’s e-readers! E-readers are an advanced technology that regresses humanity’s timeless form of communication, education and pleasure—commonly referred to as books. The joy and simplicity of picking up a book and escaping reality has this incomparable competition. E-readers provide people access to virtually every book, but in a digital format. You can purchase the digital version and conveniently begin reading it within minutes. The thing is, convenience can’t replace the experience of buying a physical book and moving through it page by page. We all remember the smell and feel of certain books from our adolescence. The texture of a Goosebumps book on your fingers, thicker than the Bible but thinner than The Hardy Boys, or the smell of old novels from your high school library, reminiscent of your grandparents’ mothball-infested closets: These physical forms of books provide not only education, but memories as well. Here are some logical questions: Are we expected to eventually close all of our libraries and shut down the presses? Are we supposed to lure ourselves out of tradition and robotically get in line for a paperless future? Tradition has history and we learn from that history. The act of searching through card catalogs to find a book on our judicial system teaches patience, perseverance and logic. With this comes rewards and that’s how lessons are learned and life evolves. Can you picture a room full of elementary school children reading from their Kindles, with nothing but outlets to plug their devices in? Convenient? Sure, but it’s
not the path to take. Convenience is our generation’s downfall and makes people lazy. There’s little effort needed for a majority of our day-to-day functions because everything is designed with convenience in mind. Anything you might need most likely has an app or something you can control by the touch of a button or the click of a mouse. In return, nothing takes time, effort or patience to achieve. We can sit back, relax and within seconds it will appear on screen. The cons of e-readers continue. Here are a few more reasons ereaders are an inferior medium to the paperback book: Can you take your e-reader to the beach for a relaxing day under the sun? No, not unless you want a little water or sand to get on your screen, or sneak through the crevices and cost you hundreds of dollars. Just grab a book; it’s durable and it will dry. Are you going to let your friends borrow your e-reader after you finish an amazing book you’ve been reading? Probably not, but you would let them borrow your $10 paperback version, right? Paper books won’t shut down on you when the batteries are low. Most e-readers only have a four to six-hour battery life and a limited lifespan. On the other hand, paperbacks can last a lifetime if treated well and can be passed on from generation to generation. Keeping in mind future generations, many people think that e-readers are eco-friendly. It’s not true. A recent article in The New York Times titled “How Green is My iPad?” reveals the environmental toll of both literary platforms. The article concludes, “With respect to fossil fuels, water use and mineral consumption, the impact of one e-reader payback equals roughly 40 to 50 books. When it comes to global warming, though, it’s 100 books; with human health consequences, it’s somewhere in between. All in all, the most ecologically virtuous way to read a book starts by walking to your local library.”
September 26, 2011
Stress less: Read this
GANGS: Think Together and CSUF get students jobs
Other reactions include anxiety or panic attacks, nervous system disorders, or problems with the digestive system Blink once if you’ve ever felt stressed. All of you blinked. such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. But in the end it really That means everyone has gone through the sensation at depends on the individuals and how they react to stress, some point in their lives, but not many understand its com- MacSween said. plexity. Stress is more than your heart racing like crazy or How to chill out: that unpleasant queasiness in the pit of your stomach. Don’t fret yet! There are ways to relax. What is stress? “Identify if they can change, modify, eliminate, address “Stress does affect everyone; it’s universal. However, it’s that stressor, i.e take less classes, not work as many shifts, how someone interprets an event or a situation. It’s how they not date as many people,” MacSween said. “Something that perceive it,” said MacKenzie MacSween, a professor of stress calms the body and mind.” management at Cal State Fullerton. “If they perceive it as She also suggests diaphragmatic breathing, basic stretcha positive challenge, something they can cope with, some- ing, listening to soft music, yoga, journaling, talking to thing they can handle or get the resources in order to handle, friends or mentors, or any type of movement. it’s considered good stress.” When Haillie Moudy, 20, gets Types of stress: stressed, she said she usually deals with It’s taxing for our Stress is classified two ways: acute it internally and doesn’t like to talk to stress and chronic stress. others about her problems. The kineheart and it puts us Acute stress, according to Mac- at risk for a heart attack and siology major prefers to write down Sween, is a brief, physiological reaction heart disease. It damages a daily to-do list to keep herself orgato a perceived threat, also known as our nized and help subside the strain. the inner lining of our arteries daily hassles. “A better way to help the negative Acute stress can be stimulated by and vessels. effects later on would be to continue a professor reminding the class about with athletics and working out and MacKenzie MacSween a paper due next week that you complaying soccer and having friends outCSUF Professor pletely forgot about. Your heartbeat side of school,” said Moudy. “I recently accelerates dramatically, your hands get clammy, a wave of experienced my first yoga class, and it was awesome.” nausea washes over you. After a couple minutes, though, Jeremy Preston, 20, a criminal justice major, said he gets you are able to recover. Your heart slows down and you feel stressed because he usually procrastinates before an assigna little better. ment is due. When this happens, he becomes agitated, can’t Then there’s chronic stress, said MacSween, which has a think clearly and has trouble sleeping. lower intensity, but a longer duration. It can be triggered To unwind, Preston prefers to watch a television show for by multiple acute stressors or unresolved life issues, such as half an hour or listen to rock music. dealing with a toxic relationship or the illness of a loved one. “Anything that distracts you from thinking about assessPossible long-term effects: ing the stress,” said Preston. Over time, body systems can suffer from stress. The carNo worries: diovascular system may develop high blood pressure or heart Don’t get too freaked out; stress is not all bad. Sometimes disease because the heart is working harder and faster. stress can be a challenge or an experience to learn from. It “It’s taxing for our heart and it puts us at risk for a heart can help us develop and grow as individuals, MacSween attack and heart disease,” MacSween said. Heart disease, in said. the form of atherosclerosis, is when the arteries are clogged. But when in doubt remember the wise words of Timon “It damages the inner lining of our arteries and vessels.” and Pumbaa: hakuna matata. It means no worries! For the Daily Titan
ANIBAL ORTIZ / Daily Titan Students in Stephanie Ramirez’s class at Pio Pico Elementary in Santa Ana are waiting to be directed to their next class. Ramirez is a teacher’s aide at the school, a volunteer job she got through Think Together, a program that assists students in teaching career paths.
...Continued from page 1 She’s currently enrolled in 12 units and will be volunteering for three hours, four times a week, she said. “The hardest thing is time management,” said Ramirez. The goal is to give the students real world experience and help some of those students earn money while attending college. Although Ramirez currently serves as a volunteer, she feels refreshed knowing this is what she wants to do. Ramirez recalled a shooting a few blocks from her Santa Ana home about two years ago. “I try not to be home a lot,” she said. “But it impacts the younger generation more.” The program, which helps children stay off the streets, not only assists Ramirez in her studies and career path, but also allows Ramirez to relate to her students who may need her guidance through her own experiences. But volunteers and interns gain more than just an experience, said
Tom Linnert, director of volunteer development for Think Together, one of the affiliate programs. “A lot of times it’s hard to recognize what the kids in the program give to us,” said Linnert. “They help us reflect on who we are inside.” Although CSUF is the lead agency for the program, it works in a partnership with various schools and organizations, Choi said. Partnerships include the Fullerton Boys and Girls Club, Think Together, Anaheim Achieves and the Fullerton Elementary School District. “The partnerships are intended to put participants on a career path that in turn will help the community,” Choi said. Students participating in the program are eased into community colleges such as Fullerton College, Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College, with a set goal to help them reach the university level. So far, Ramirez said the CSUF program has helped her with books, therapy and support from her counselors and teachers.
Similar to CSUF’s program, the city of Fullerton is working on its own plan as well. In December, the city of Fullerton received a grant for $369,309 from the initiative also known as CalGRIP, an anti-gang program. Instead of focusing on students, however, the city’s program attracted 40 of 50 projected families, involving a family advocate who meets with families before assessing their issues and possible situations, said Aaron Orozco, recreation supervisor for the city. “It’s showing kids that there is more than just their neighborhood and their block and that they are able to reach it if they make a commitment,” said Orozco. The program at CSUF is still in its early stages, but the people involved are optimistic. Ramirez hasn’t made her mind up yet, but says she plans to transfer to either CSUF or UC Riverside. As for the children in the class, they’ll be working on various projects that will be placed in a time capsule for the rest of the school year, said Chewy.
Courtesy of Nicole Wilder, Bravo Stars of the Bravo series The Real Housewives of Orange County have put OC on the map after having their lives filmed for six seasons.
Glamorous stereotypes of OC Orange County has become a destination known to many for its glamorous lifestyle thanks to television, but is this what OC is really like? CAMYRON LEE Daily Titan
In 2003 it brought you The O.C., in 2004 came Laguna Beach: The Real OC, in 2006 came The Real Housewives of Orange County, in 2007 came the spin-off of a spin-off, Newport Beach: The Real OC, in 2009 the same county brought you “Octo-Mom” Nadya Suleman, and in 2011 came that song you just can’t get out of your head, “Friday,” by Orange County-native Rebecca Black. There’s no doubt reality shows and stars have made a big name for Orange County in the last decade. People love watching the lifestyles of those lucky enough to find themselves living in this not so run-of-the mill suburban community. The question is, what’s so fascinating to people about the real OC? No, not the show or the spinoff, the regular old Orange County, California? Mary Dagher, a public relations major at Cal State Fullerton who interned last summer at TMZ’s Thirty Mile Zone, a popular celebrity tracking franchise that now includes a TV show and website, believes people want to see what sort of lifestyle the so-called rich and glamorous people of Orange County are living. “Why would you want to watch regular old people? Their lives aren’t as extravagant,” she said. “All these cool vacations and red carpet events, they’re more fun for people to watch.” After dramatic shows about teenagers living their dramatic lives in Orange County, the town later became known for rich, snobby, beautiful, blond, cosmetically
enhanced, unemployed housewives with expendable incomes to waste on fine dining, nice cars, personal trainers, designer shoes and purses. Inaccurate as it may be, that’s now the public perception of Orange County thanks to all six seasons of the popular one-hour reality series, among the other shows that track the glamorous lives of the OC elite. When thinking of Orange County, Shauna Arbiso, a CSUF alumna, immediately thinks of what television portrays it as. “I think of the real housewives and their crazy lifestyles,” said Arbiso. Like Arbiso, many people revert to the stigmas of outrageous lifestyles and expendable incomes Orange County residents must have. “I feel like it all began with The O.C. Ever since then, people have developed a stereotype of Orange County,” Dagher said. “Oh the rich people, oh they have so much money, oh they drive Mercedes and all that; it branched off Laguna Beach and Newport Beach. I feel like that branched off for shows like Real Housewives.” But what about everyone else here? Elizabeth Wickham, 24, a senior accounting major at CSUF, said these types of shows have misrepresented Orange County. “They think we’re snobs and all we care about are things and we don’t care about people, probably because of TV shows like The O.C,” said Wickham. “That doesn’t even represent OC because they’re rich. Not everyone in OC is rich.” Even Dagher, who now works in Los Angeles, a land that her
friends believe is one step up from the ever-so-great Orange County and puts her in an elite class, has to point out to them that the town’s image is just a stereotype. “One of my friends actually came down here. He’s never been down in Orange County,” she said. “I took him around Fullerton, and he was like ‘Oh, I thought Orange County was a lot nicer than this.’” These shows have gained massive popularity and have projected a stereotype of Orange County that is generally inaccurate. Only a small percentage of residents fit the stereotype of bouncing between the beach and Barneys in their Bentleys. It’s important to realize the power of the media and the exaggerated image that’s often projected of ordinary subjects.
September 26, 2011
Titan women’s soccer draws against UNLV After winning the last four, the team can only record a draw Sunday ALEX APODACA Daily Titan
CAMILLE TARAZON / Daily Titan Sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic takes a free kick for the Titans. Maricic was solid all weekend for the Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer team, which went won and tied.
Women’s soccer keeps streak alive CLARK PAGADUAN Daily Titan
The mood was exuberant at Titan Stadium as the Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer team extended its winning streak to four straight matches as they defeated the University of San Diego Toreros 2-0 Thursday evening. It’s the Titans’ longest streak since winning four straight in 2008. The win improves the Titans’ record to 5-4-1 overall. For the majority of the first half, the Titans controlled the ball but had difficulty finding the back of the net. After several near goals, it seemed the Titans would go into the break without marking the scoreboard. That all changed toward the end of the half. Freshman sensation Rebecca Wilson broke the scoreless game with a strike late in the first half. Wilson cleaned up a blocked shot by junior Ann Marie Tan-
gorra amongst a pool of bodies in the box and punched it in at the left post for the 1-0 lead in the 39th minute. “It was an intense game but we played great,” said Wilson. “Once we get settled down, everything runs smoothly.” The goal was Wilson’s third of the season and ties her with sophomore forward Nikki McCants for second most goals on the team. It also marked her fourth consecutive match with a point. Coming out of the break, the Titans wasted no time in adding another goal. Just 42 seconds in, Tangorra, the reigning Big West Conference Player of the Week, turned a defender in the box on the right side and flipped a shot into the upper left corner, out of the reach of Torero sophomore goalkeeper Annie Heaton. The goal was Tangorra’s fourth of the season, giving her the team lead. It was her third straight match with a point.
She also led all players with five shots on the night. “I’m just really happy I finally scored at home,” said Tangorra. The intensity heightened in the second half as the Toreros came out with a chip on their shoulders. The Toreros took five of the first six shots of the half, but sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic and the Titan defense remained stout and held off the furious charge. One such moment came at the 61st minute when Torero forward Brittany Held broke in off a corner on the left side and shot to the far post, but Maricic was able to get a hand on it and the defense proceeded to clear it out. Maricic recorded three saves for the game and the victory marked her third shutout of the year. The Titans outshot the Toreros, 13-9. Head Coach Demian Brown was impressed with the team’s play and energy level.
“We set out a goal to accomplish something we haven’t done in quite some time, which is winning four games in a row. I thought the energy level from the time we walked out of the field, to warm up, all the way to the 90th minute was appropriate,” said Brown. The Titans were missing two key performers in redshirt junior Stacey Fox, who was out with a broken nose, and junior midfielder Brisa Gonzalez, who has been out since the Pepperdine game. With the loss, San Diego evened its record at 5-5 and has lost three matches in a row. The victory also ended a fourmatch losing streak to the Toreros in the all-time series. It was the Titans’ first win against USD at home since 2004. The game was originally scheduled to be played at Torero Stadium in San Diego but was moved to Titan Stadium due to field availability issues.
After the longest winning streak for women’s soccer in several years, the Titans were held to a draw against the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels, 2-2, Sunday. The Titans entered the game against UNLV with more momentum than they have seen in three years. Going into the game, the Titans were on a four-game winning streak, the longest streak since their four wins at the beginning of the 2008 season. The first half was a defensive battle. Although the Rebels seemed to be playing on their heels for the first 45 minutes, they were still able to get some opportunities on the board. The game was scoreless through the half and the shots on goal were in favor of the Titans, 5-3. The first five minutes of the second half were almost completely in the Titan end. Just when it looked like the Rebels may control the second half, a long clearance by the Titans and a scrum in front of the box led to a dangerous opportunity for Titan freshman forward Rebecca Wilson. Rebel goalie Kylie Wassell was out of position, however Wilson’s shot went just wide of the goal. Minutes later, with 27:30 left, junior forward Ann Marie Tangorra took advantage of a defensive error by the Rebels and was able to put it in past a desperation dive by the Rebel goalie, her fifth goal of the season, to take a 1-0 lead. “It was a flimsy opportunity,” said Tangorra. “I saw (the ball) was going over the defender and was able to get to it first.” Soon after, Titan freshman defender Colleen Ortega failed to increase the Titan lead after a long shot hit off the post. “I was thinking just don’t hit it over, just don’t hit it over,” said Ortega. “If it would have just dropped a little bit it would have gone in.” Just when it seemed like the
Titans were going to take home their fifth victory in a row, Rebel freshman midfielder Erica Meier headed the ball into the Titan goal with only 4:40 remaining in regulation to tie the game 1-1. The goal came off a series of headers and seemed very innocent. Before sophomore goalie Lindsey Maricic could even react, it was in the back of the net. “I didn’t even see it happen,” said Wilson. “The rest of the girls had to explain what happened to me.” After an injury timeout with only 15 seconds left, the Titans had a chance to line up for a corner kick but after the shot went wide, and despite outshooting the Rebels 15-6, the Titans would head to their sixth over-
It was a flimsy opportunity...I saw (the ball) was going over the defender and was able to get to it first. Ann Marie Tangorra Sophomore Forward
time of the season. The first overtime was controlled by the Titans and after Tangorra’s many dangerous chances that were well defended, the game headed into a second overtime period. “I was not very happy,” Tangorra said. “We couldn’t score again.” The second overtime wasn’t much different, as chance after chance went wide of the goal and when it all ended, despite outplaying the Rebels, the Titans had to settle for a tie to make their record 5-4-2 overall. “It was very disappointing,” Wilson said. “We definitely should have killed them.” “It’s disappointing, but you just have to look away from it,” Ortega said. “We’re just going to have a pretty good week of practice and focus on the conference games ahead.” The next game for the Titans will be against rival Cal Poly SLO Friday in San Luis Obispo, followed by more conference games against UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State and UC Irvine.
Men’s soccer beats Denver 4-2 as Gonzalez scores twice Titans dominate on all aspects Friday and defeat a team that was in the NCAA tournament last year RICK GOMEZ Daily Titan
It was as if the University of Denver knew what was going to happen Friday night. It was facing the Cal State Fullerton men’s soccer team who, despite the recent loss, has been on a roll. That’s why just 23 seconds into the match, the Titans were on the board and in addition, added a new name to the list of goal scorers this season. Sophomore midfielder Ritchie Gonzalez scored two goals to lead the CSUF men’s soccer team to a 4-2 win over the University of Denver at Titan Stadium to cap off the preseason. The win improved the Titans’ record to 6-1-1—the best eight-game start by Fullerton since 1999. In that stretch, they have won five of their last six after tying national defending champion Akron in their second
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game of the season. “We’re obviously happy. But we don’t want to be the team with the best start, but the team with the best finish,” said Head Coach Bob Ammann. Senior midfielder Kevin Venegas sees the successful preseason as a big advantage heading into conference play. “It gives us a lot of momentum,” said Venegas. The Titans will now take that momentum into the regular season, when their first game will open up against Cal State Bakersfield Wednesday at Titan Stadium. CSUF opened up the scoring 23 seconds of play after junior midfielder Oscar Aguero received a ball inside the box. Aguero made the score look easy for his second of the season. “It feels good to get that early goal. I cut inside and I wanted to challenge the goalie. Luckily, the ball went in,” said Aguero. In the 36th minute, Gonzalez tallied up another goal to give the Titans a two-point cushion right before heading into halftime. Gonzalez was able to beat two defenders from the top of the box before his left-footed strike past Denver’s goal-
Aguero knew the first goal allowed ignited the team to
play better and preserve its lead. We’re obviously happy. But we “I think we felt we had a comfortable lead. Once they don’t want to be the team with scored, we got right back in it,” Aguero said. the best start, but the team with the best Denver was putting a lot more pressure on the Titans’ finish. back four until junior forward Jason Campbell and Venegas Bob Ammann Head Coach
keeper. Denver came out in the second half playing inspired and left CSUF looking flat. The Pioneers’ Drew Beckie netted a header from a Jarod Stigall cross in the 50th minute and suddenly they were back in the game after being dominated in the first half. In its previous game, Denver was down 2-0 at half and rallied back to tie the game. It eventually lost but Ammann was aware of what the Pioneers were capable of doing. “I thought we responded really well after allowing the first goal but we knew Denver had it in them. We were confident that we can score goals,” Ammann said.
capitalized on a counter attack. Campbell received a clearance from midfield with some room to run. Campbell dribbled against two defenders before Venegas ran down the right with plenty of space. Campbell set Venegas nicely with a forward pass and Denver’s goalkeeper Mate Aguirre had no chance of stopping Venegas’ strike. The goal gave back the Titans their two-goal lead and they seemed back in the driver’s seat. Less than a minute later, Gonzalez extended the lead to 4-1 with a strike from the top of the box. Beckie did score one more off another header in the 72nd minute to cut the deficit to two, but it was too late for any comeback.
September 26, 2011
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Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Discrete discussions behind the scenes make all the difference. A new assignment’s bringing in cash, but beware of a potential spending spree. Only buy it if you love it.
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Taurus (April 20-May 20) Work action heats up, even as an authority blocks a rebellion. A wide view and compromise produce results. Listen to all sides. Limitations ease later.
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September 26, 2011
Volleyball now 2-0 in the Big West
CAMILLE TARAZON / Daily Titan Junior setter Gabrielle Dewberry looks to pass to a teammate in the Titans’ victory over UC Santa Barbara Friday. The Titans are right where they want to be, back atop the Big West standings. The team is looking to repeat as Big West champions and return to the NCAA tournament.
blocker Leah Maurer contributing to the Off to a great start in cause with three kills and a solo block durleague play, the Titans ing the run to give the team some distance. are looking to defend At 20-12 senior setter Andrea Ragan set up Edmond for four straight kills and the Titheir title tans would easily claim the set 25-12. BLAKE FOGG But UCSB played terribly compared to Daily Titan CSUF in the second set, hitting an abysmal -.067, and didn’t record a block as well. The UC Santa Barbara sophomore Leah Sully Titans hit .314 with Neto and sophomore couldn’t find the line as her cross-court kill Bre Moreland contributing eight and five attempt sailed wide and the Cal State Fullerkills, respectively. ton women’s volleyball team defeated UCSB “We served tough and we cleaned up in five sets (15-25, 25-12, 25-13, 24-26, 15our serve-receive passing. I think it was re10). The Titans looked to be asleep in the ally shaky the first set,” said Moreland on first set but arose from their slumber and the adjustments the Titans made. “We came gutted out the win. The victory takes the Tiout the second set and cleaned up serving tans to 2-0 in the Big West and atop and passing and it really helped us of the standings to start the season. out.” “We’re very happy,” said junior In the third set the Titans jetWe served tough and we cleaned up outside hitter Kayla Neto. “We had ted out in front and stayed in front our serve-receive passing. I think it a rough preseason and we couldn’t with more sloppy play from the was really shaky the first set...We came out the Gauchos. The Titans displayed ask for a better outcome.” The Gauchos were coming in second set and cleaned up... good defense getting contact off with a win over No. 21 Long Beach the block, making it easy for the Bre Moreland State Friday and were brimming backline to control their digs to set Sophomore outside hitter with confidence as they dismantled up the attack and take the third the Titans in the first set and as Neto said, “We don’t have to talk about that one.” It wasn’t pretty. UCSB hit .286 in the first set to CSUF’s .049. The Gauchos’ junior Lily Lopez had seven kills on seven swings as the Titans couldn’t register a block in the first set. The Titans had 14 total errors in the set. The Titans appeared to be in for a short night as sloppy play put them in a quick hole to start the second set, down 1-4. But they regrouped and kills from sophomore Leah Best, Neto and a smothering block from senior Jennifer Edmond tied the game at 7-7. The Titans carried the momentum as they went on a 9-3 run with senior middle
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set easily, 25-13. The Gauchos went back to positive numbers in the third set, hitting .024 to the Titans’ .182. The Gauchos would not go gentle and came back to take the fourth set and tied the match. Both teams played tough with the game being tied at 24-24 before UCSB sophomore Stacy Schmidt ended the set with a kill up the middle. Both teams didn’t hit for high percentages, with UCSB and CSUF hitting .186 and .080, respectively. The Gauchos were 3-0 in five set games this season, the last coming against LBSU, while the Titans were 0-2. “Once we lost that fourth game we were like ‘OK, they came back and beat Long Beach,’ so we really need to fight and make sure they don’t win this one,” said junior libero Gabrielle Dewberry. It wasn’t looking good for the Titans, falling 3-6 to start the deciding set. The Titans again showed their resilience and tied the game 6-6 with kills from Edmond and Maurer, and a service ace by Neto. At 9-9, CSUF went on a run and closed the game out. Maurer had a big kill, Neto was set up for three straight kills, and Best and Ragan combined to block a kill attempt to run away with the final set and victory. The Titan backline showed up totaling 111 digs in the match. Ragan, Moreland, Dewberry and sophomore Abbie Miraldi were all in double figures in digs, with Neto getting a career-high 30. Best contributed nine kills and four blocks to the cause, and Neto and Moreland led the two teams with 18 and 17 kills, respectively.
CAMILLE TARAZON / Daily Titan Senior setter Andrea Ragan sets up a Titan teammate in their win over UC Santa Barbara.
Volleyball Beats Cal Poly SLO; Sweeps Weekend The Cal State Fullerton women’s volleyball team opened Big West Conference play with straight set wins over Cal Poly SLO (25-19, 25-22, 25-22) Friday. Junior outside hitter Kayla Neto had a game-high 15 kills and junior libero Gabrielle Dewberry led both teams with 18 digs. Senior Jennifer Edmond contributed to the cause with nine kills and a team-high five blocks. The opening set was close with CSUF holding a 20-19 lead before the Titans opened the game up with kills by sophomore Bre Moreland, Edmond and Neto to take the set. Neto was successful in the attack in the first set with six kills and a .429 percentage. Cal Poly SLO looked to even the match in the second set leading 16-9, but the Titans rallied for seven consecutive points to close the gap and eventually take the set. The final set, lead by Neto and senior Leah Maurer, went back and forth with the Titans coming out on top. The victory marks a five-game winning streak over the Mustangs since 2008, but the Titans’ overall record against is 8-43.
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Angels Virtually Eliminated From Playoffs The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim had their chances to make up ground in the hunt for a “Red October.” With the Boston Red Sox struggling all September, the Angels have been able to make up ground in the Wild Card. With only one series to go, the Angels seem to have run out of gas. Rookie Jordan Walden blew a three-run lead Sunday and lost the game to the lowly Oakland A’s. The Angels are 4-6 in their last 10 and losing games they should be winning. Angels fans were expecting September to be their month. The schedule was immensely in their favor, and many thought the Angels would catch the Texas Rangers. That just didn’t happen, as the Rangers are now seven games ahead of the Angels and clinched the AL West Sunday. With only a 0.5 percent chance of making the playoffs, it seems as if the Angels’ season is all but over. Brief by Elliot Cook