Vol. 88 Issue 17
September 30, 2010
Portland-based band performs at Becker Amphitheater
OPINION Devil’s Advocate: Global warming a threat? ........................................5
rule at Becker See MONARQUES, page 6
DETOUR RATATAT wows fans with highly-charged stage show ........................................7
New bill ensures community college students admission to CSUs See BILL, page 2
SPORTS Men’s rugby club at full tilt in a new division ......................................10
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something we have committed to.” Haiti experienced a 7.0 earthquake Jan. 12, 2010. The Haitian government reported that over 1 million people were left homeless and another 230,000 were estimated to have been killed. There was an estimated $7.8 billion in losses reported for the country. “Honestly, the most I can say (about Haiti) is that I haven’t heard much of anything after the first month after the earthquake,” said Erich Finkle, a 21-year-old English major. “Occasionally, someone important will come on TV in a commercial asking for donations. There’s a general lack of information on what the current status it.” According to the United Nations, over 130 countries have pledged a total of $10 billion to the immediate and long-term aid of Haiti. The largest pledges come from Europe, United States, Spain, Canada, World Bank, France and Brazil.
Dennis Gaschen is one of three faculty members from the College of Communications to ever be selected into the College of Fellows by the Public Relations Society of America. New inductees are inducted into the College of Fellows during the PRSA International Conference held Oct. 16 to 19 in Washington D.C. and receive a gold medallion. “I owe the PRSA a lot. It helped advance my career and lead to an opportunity in teaching,” said Gaschen, who began lecturing at Cal State Fullerton in 1994. Being inducted into the College of Fellows is a rare accomplishment; only 14 people across the United States were selected this year. In order to be considered as a Fellow, one must either be nominated or apply for themselves. “The recognition Dennis is receiving is a great honor,” said Rick Pullen, dean of the College of Communications. “His professionalism shows through in whatever he does.” Applicants for the College of Fellows have criteria they are expected to meet and surpass. They must be a member of the PRSA and be Accredited in Public Relations (APR) with at least 20 years of experience. Gaschen began his career at CSUF teaching an introduction to public relations class. He has been actively involved in public relations field for 30 years and written at least 85 articles about the public relations profession. Those who apply must exhibit superb professional capability in the practice and teaching of public relations, advance and contribute to the profession and community through service, and leadership and serve as a role model in the profession and the community.
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Vampires take fans for a ride MIMI CASTELLANOS Staff Writer
New York natives Vampire Weekend can produce lovable genre-bending albums, beyond a doubt that they can put on what is defined as a show. With expectations high, the quartet of Columbia graduates delivered at the Hollywood Bowl Sept. 26. Over 1,000 fans, many clad in brightly colored polo T-shirts, cut-off skinny pants and TOMS Shoes, composed a sea of vibrant colors filling up the outdoor stadium. Openers, The Very Best, started at 7:30 p.m. with a fluid mix of African harmonies and indie-dance beats, cranking up a party-like atmosphere. See REVIEW, page 7
Courtesy of Brittany McCall A woman passes out equal handful amounts of beans and rice to the people of the Bamachan Village in Haiti. The shipment of rice and beans were picked up from a hanger in the Dominican Republic.
Commitment to Haiti in question BROOKE MCCALL For the Daily Titan
“Manje, manje (Food, food)!” voices cried. The sounds of propellers roared as a small privately owned airplane flew into the Les Cayes Airport in Haiti. Hungry and desperate spectators shoved and pushed outside the wired fence as they watched rice and beans being unloaded off the airplanes. This load of food would not be nearly enough to feed the people of this town. The small private planes were the main form of supply transport to the cities surrounding Port-au-Prince, because many roads that leave the main port city had been destroyed.
Ten miles away, in the Bamachan village, a line formed. About 1,700 people, both young and old, gathered to receive the supplies of rice and beans from the recent shipment. A woman from the village stood in a pick-up truck bed as she carefully measured the portion sizes, one small handful of rice and one small handful of beans. This would only temporarily satisfy their hunger. In response to the Haiti earthquake, billions in fundraising money has been pledged and collected, but very little has actually made its way to people. There is speculation on where the money has gone and why so little progress has been made in Haiti. Alexander Murphy, an 18-year-old freshman majoring in biology at Cal State Fullerton, thinks that a good job has been done with the Haiti relief efforts, but feels promises have not been kept. “We need to commit to certain promises we’ve made to Haiti,” Murphy said. “It’s not right to forget about
Student population to increase ALLY BORDAS Staff Writer
ALAYNA DURAN / Staff Photographer Men’s soccer team storms the field after a stunning victory in overtime against UC Santa Barbara.
Titans defeat Gauchos in overtime ELLIOT COOK Staff Writer
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the attack most of the half and had 11 shots total in the first period, five of which were on goal. Forty minutes in, UCSB had their best chance of the match. A ball in mid-air found the foot of junior defender Tim Pontius who put the ball off the left post, inches from giving UCSB the lead. The Titans had a solid chance of their own when redshirt sophomore defender Jesse Escalante headed a ball that fell into the hands of UCSB senior goalkeeper Sam Hayden. Whiddon also had another incredible stop to end the first half. Whiddon was very complimentary of his teammates. Even though the Titans could have lost the game if it weren’t for him, Whiddon said it was a total team effort. See MEN’S SOCCER, page 10
While the effects of the statewide budget cuts have been felt by the California community, the Cal State University is about to admit 30,000 more students for the winter and spring 2011 terms throughout the 23 Cal State University campuses. “The mission of the CSU is to educate California’s students and despite the uncertainty surrounding the budget, we need to provide services as best as we can,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed.” We remain optimistic that the legislature is committed to higher education and that the final budget will restore the necessary funding to the CSU. The restoration of funding is vital to allow us to serve these students.” In 2009 Cal State Fullerton was ranked amongst seven other CSUs as suffering the worst from lack of funding and resources. “We are doing the best we can to provide classes and sustain a good learning experience for all students, despite the suffering budget,” said Erik Fallis, media relations specialist for the CSU. The CSU Public Affairs office was quoted alongside Chancellor Reed saying “The CSU has seen massive cuts in state support over the last two years and was forced to address the reduction in
MARK SAMALA / Photo Editor With over 30,000 students being accepted into the CSU system this spring, the Admissions and Records Office could see a spike in traffic.
funding through the use of employee furloughs and workforce reductions, enrollment cuts and increased student fees.” Subsequently, spring enrollment was put to an abrupt halt, and because of that there was a “a record number of applications and unprecedented demand for admission for fall 2010.” Fallis said that with the increase in students comes a little monetary relief. “We received a one-time stimulus of federal funds equaling $106 million that will go towards faculty payroll. Then we can use the CSU dollars to support new enrollment and adding spaces to classes as well as open up new
classes for students.” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed $306 million of state support and an additional $60.6 million to go towards enrollment funding. Student Reaction: How do you think this increase in students will affect our already large school? “I think it is going to be hard for students who are trying to graduate next semester. It is already hard enough to get classes,” said Dora Armenta, a 20-year-old sociology student. See ADMISSIONS, page 2
IN OTHER NEWS
Cuba to drill for oil in water deeper than failed well CUBA – Cuba is expected to begin drilling off shore for oil and gas as soon as next year in waters deeper than those the Deepwater Horizon rig was drilling in when it exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April. The Spanish energy company Repsol, which drilled an exploratory well in 2004 off the coast near Havana, has contracted to drill the first of several exploratory wells with a semi-submersible rig that is expected to arrive in Cuba at the end of the year, said Jorge Pinon, an energy expert and visiting research fellow at the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University.
Jihadist websites should be shut down, experts say WASHINGTON – Experts told members of Congress on Wednesday that jihadist websites are becoming more accessible and appealing to Americans and said the sites must be monitored and some should be shut down. During a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, experts and lawmakers discussed strategies to combat websites that attempt to recruit members by using familiar venues such as Facebook and YouTube. Subcommittee Chairman Brad Sherman, D-Calif., and a law professor at Pepperdine University said there is a tension between law enforcement agencies that want to shut down these websites and intelligence agencies who believe they provide valuable information about terrorist organizations, including al-Qaida.
Prop. 8 Federal judge plans to step down SAN FRANCISCO – Vaughn R. Walker, the federal judge who ruled that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional, will leave the bench at the end of the year for the private sector, the U.S. District Court in San Francisco announced Wednesday. A media liaison for the court said Walker’s decision was unrelated to his August ruling that found a ban on same-sex marriage violated the U.S. Constitution. Walker presided over an unprecedented federal trial earlier this year that examined a wide array of questions about gays and lesbians, including whether sexual orientation can be changed and whether same-sex unions differ much from opposite-sex unions. Walker, 66, a Republican appointee considered a conservative with a libertarian bent, has served as a federal district judge for nearly 21 years and as chief judge of the San Francisco-based court since 2004.
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Bill paves a transfer path State bill eases the transfer process in community colleges KEITH COUSINS Asst. News Editor
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed two bills Wednesday that will make it easier for community college students to transfer to schools in the Cal State University system. “Guaranteeing admission into a CSU for any community college student who completes the newly established transfer degree under SB 1440 is a monumental step forward for California’s higher education system,” Schwarzenegger said in a press release. The bills, SB 1440 and AB 2302, help to streamline the transfer process for community college students. Senate Bill 1440, authored by
Sen. Alex Padilla, makes admission Espinoza added that the bill into a CSU guaranteed if students would help a student with their obtain an associate degree in the associate degree that wasn’t origiemphasis of the bachelor’s degree nally planning on transferring. they plan on completing. “With this bill, more students “Prior to the bill being passed will successfully transfer and earn the incentive for getting the as- bachelor’s degrees in less time,” sociate’s degree was really for that Padilla said in a Los Angeles Times student article. that wasn’t “SB 1440 going to will bett r a n s f e r,” ter align We do want our politicians Lily Espiour higher to continue to give attention to noza, dieducation that area because community rector of system, transfer saving stucolleges are often ignored... center, Fuldents time, lerton Colmoney and - Lily Espinoza, lege said. freeing up Fullerton College director of Transfer Center “ F o r state rethem to sources to have a colserve more lege degree already completed so students.” that when they entered the workPadilla added that inconsistent place, on their resume and job course requirements for transfers application they could indicate often frustrate students. that they have completed college However, adding a required 18 courses and have earned their as- units in a community college stusociate degree,” Espinoza said. dents desired major could create
further frustrations for students. “A good example of where that would be a problem is criminal justice,” Espinoza said. “Technically there are no classes we offer in that major. For this bill to help that student, the student is going to be taking 18 units in some sort of major that aren’t actually necessary for them to transfer.” According to the Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy, 73 percent of California college students attend community colleges. But only 22.7 percent of those who intend to transfer to four-year universities actually achieve that goal. Assembly Bill 2302 calls for the University of California system to explore creating a similar system to make transferring easy for community college students. “Any legislation that increases the transfer pathway is helpful, and we do want our politicians to continue to give attention to that area because community colleges are often ignored,” Espinoza said.
ADMISSIONS: SPRING/WINTER TERMS WILL OPEN SOON ... Continued from page 1 “I think we are screwed pretty much. There are already a lot of students here, with more students being added there will be less space to accomplish anything,” said Anna Coria, a 22-year-old biology student. “Obviously it is going to create more of a problem in regards to the budget cuts,” said Shelley Villalobos, 22, senior sociology senior. “It is ridiculous. We should focus on the problems we have occurring locally on our campus first.” In Dec. 2009, CSUF was ranked in the top 7 as some of the CSU’s suffering the worst from the cuts. What do you think about adding a couple more thousand students to this campus? “I am stuck taking just GE classes as a junior. I don’t like the idea of adding more and more students. But I am happy for the incoming students to receive a better higher education,” said Shu-yu Lin, an exchange student from Taiwan. “A horrible idea. It is self-destructive to the system. It makes you question whether or not our education is even the goal now. Is it just about trying to make a
MARK SAMALA / Photo Editor SB 1440 establishes a transfer Associate of Arts degree for community college students who complete 60 transferable units. They are then admitted to the CSU with junior standing. This process will eliminate excess units that students accumulate in their student careers.
profit?” Armenta said. What kind of stress does this put on the faculty and staff that are already having to deal with lack of resources, large amounts of students and pay-cuts?
“I think it puts a lot of stress on the teachers. They cannot possibly handle much more stress here at work, I am sure the stress carries over majorly into different aspects of their life,” Coria said.
“There are two ways to look at it, whether the professors will care even more about their students or they won’t give a shit, quit and decrease the attention they give their students,” Villalobos said.
GASCHEN: NATIONAL HONOR ... Continued from page 1 Gaschen has served on the National Board of the PRSA, headed PR for UniHealth, United Way of Orange County and St. Joseph Hospital of Orange. Staying involved on campus and service to others are Gaschen’s two biggest helpful hints to students who want success in life and in their careers. “Involvement is the key to success for any student. There are so many clubs, so many ways to get involved. No one has enough time, but if you do, you will become a more well-rounded person,” Gaschen said. Gaschen also said that being involved on campus can “jump-start” one’s career and help students with a wide range of opportunities and experiences. “Good things happen to good people,” said Gaschen, who stressed the importance of service-learning, a method of student service to the community available on campus. In the big picture, the value of helping others is just as significant as being a part of the College of Fellows, Gaschen said.
Courtesy of Inside CSUF Dennis Gaschen is one of 14 honored.
Associated Students Inc. President Joseph Lopez, 22, a public relations major had Gaschen as his professor and credits him to making him a better writer. “What I admire most about professor Gaschen is that he expects nothing but the best from me and my classmates every week,” Lopez said. Gaschen looks forward to the next step and the next challenge that the College of Fellows will bring him. Plus, he can’t wait for that gold medallion.
September 30, 2010
VALERIE SANTANA For the Daily Titan
@Jack: “One could change the world with one hundred and forty characters.” And with that simple tweet, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey changed the way people communicate with each other and the world. One hundred and forty characters or less is all it takes to spawn a news buzz. Twitter has evolved and matured into a newsworthy outlet for generation Y. People who normally wouldn’t know about breaking world news or keep in tune with political news now have the opportunity to learn and be aware of important events. With news outlets such as CNN,
The Washington Post and ABC News all using twitter to inform the public of instant breaking news, people now have access at their finger tips. They use the 140 character limit to tweet the story then add a link to their websites so the public can retrieve the full story. This gives these news outlets the ability to interact with their viewers a little more. As soon as the story is tweeted, the millions of people following such news outlets go ahead and re-tweet the story, making their followers aware of the news as well. Twitter makes it possible for news stories to circulate faster. Paul Lester, a communications professor, said that there is a connection with the information that people don’t have with traditional media. “When I learn of a website that I think my students will find interesting, I display the URL on my Twitter page,” Lester said. “Doing this is just as easy as putting up an announcement in Blackboard or sending an
email to every student, but with Twitter I can display the link to a wider audience—former and current students as well as the general public.” Lester also said it’s important for students to see that technology can be used for purposes other than entertainment. It is also important for professors to use social media because the programs are so important in everyday life. Twitter was first made so that people could update their friends of what they’re doing, but it seems that now people use it to follow up on news. Statistics from a digital buzz blog show that 41 percent of users have not tweeted since they created an account. Crystal Cranston, a sociology student, is one of the many that are included in that statistic of users who never tweet. Cranston signed up for twitter in 2009 and mainly goes on there to follow up on her daily news. She follows a wide range of people on Twitter whether they are famous ce-
lebrities or news reporters. “Twitter is where everything converges. I can get updates about what my favorite celebrity is up to and also updates on breaking news stories happening nationally and locally all on one page, in a matter of seconds,” Cranston said. Like Cranston, business major Monique Gardea also goes on twitter to receive the latest news that she doesn’t have time to watch in the evening or night. Gardea said that twitter gives her the instant gratification that her local nightly news doesn’t. “Instead of waiting and watching the news for certain stories or reports to come up, I can get an instant update by following twitter that way I don’t miss any important news stories,” Gardea said. With many people living such hectic and busy lifestyles, twitter makes it possible for them to be caught up on what’s going on in the world by reading 140 characters.
Originally, the law automatically disqualified students from receiving any federal aid if they had ever been convicted of a drug offense. The law was reinstated in 2006 and currently still stands. The student now has to be receiving aid at the time of conviction to be ineligible of receiving federal aid. The e-mail was sent by Dean of Students Kandy Mink Salas, who said that the message was encouraged by the CSU Chancellor’s Office to serve as a reminder to all students about the consequences for these types of offenses. This e-mail wasn’t based upon student behavior, Salas said. “We don’t want anybody to be surprised if something were to happen and they were to lose their financial aid,” Salas said. In 2002, the American Civil Liberties Union under the provisions of the “Aid Elimination Penalty,” denied aid
to approximately 200,000 students. Christie Gardiner, criminal justice professor, said that many students have lost their financial aid without even knowing about the law. Now students can make a more informed choice about the offense and ask themselves if they are willing to risk their financial aid; the law can’t change behavior if people have never even heard about it, said Gardiner. “The idea that (Salas) is even letting students know about this, I think is fantastic,” Gardiner said. “You’re less likely to do the act if you know you will be punished.” According to the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Organization, over 325 organizations have called for the penalty to be repealed, including: the National Education Association, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the As-
sociation for Addiction Professionals, the NAACP, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Presbyterian Church, the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, and the United States Student Association. The main arguments against the “Aid Elimination Penalty” according to the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Organization are: the government is forcing students convicted of the charges to potentially drop out of school if they can’t earn enough money for tuition, drug convictions are the only offenses for which students are denied financial aid (murderers, rapists, burglars, arsonists, and other criminals are all eligible to receive aid), the penalty punishes individuals twice for the same infraction and it keeps minorities out of school due to racial profiling and the discriminatory enforcement of drug laws. Thomas Cormons, 19, said he thought the law was recently being instated as a new rule on campus. “I don’t think the law should be changed,” Cormons said. “I think that it’s pretty cool that they are trying to raise awareness about the law, because I had no idea about it before the email.”
Financial aid denied to drug abusers Students convicted of a drug offense will lose their financial aid SAMANTHA DABBS Staff Writer
Cal State Fullerton students received an e-mail this week regarding the penalties that can result in the loss of financial aid if convicted of drug-related offenses. This “Aid Elimination Penalty” is not new to the 2010-11 school year; the law has been intact, but not revised since 1998. Students for Sensible Drug Policy Organization said the law is an amendment to the Higher Education Acts in 1998.
High fructose revamps name linked to adverse health risks such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. High fructose corn Samra said to keep the stuff out syrup now given the of your diet, whether or not it’s called “corn sugar.” name corn sugar “It’s the same ingredient...the name change just makes it harder ALVAN UNG for people to catch on,” Samra For the Daily Titan said. The name change is meaningless The Corn Refiners Association to Janet Gutierrez, a criminal jusrecently petitioned the Food and tice major. Gutierrez related this case to a Drug Administration to allow the use of the phrase “corn sugar” in similar recent renaming of cigarette place of “high fructose corn syrup”, products; for example, ‘light’ cigaaccording to PRNewswire.com. rettes are now ‘gold’ or ‘blue’. “They can always change the The name change would take effect within one to two years, affecting name,” Guitierrez said. “But in the common products such as cereal, end, (the product) is still the same exact thing.” soda and candy. Gutierrez rejected the notion that Though scientific research on the it would make effects of longa difference term HFCS due to the fact consumption High fructose corn syrup that the prodhave been indoesn’t sound like something uct is, and conclusive, will always be, Americans are grandma cooked with... sugar. still largely The move against the - Emily Erickson could prove to sweetener, acCommunications professor be a wise marcording to an keting deciNPD Group study cited by The New York Times. sion for the CRA, said Emily ErickThis study states that 58 percent of son, a communications professor. “High fructose corn syrup Americans are concerned about the potential health risks associated doesn’t sound like something grandma cooked with,” Erickson with HFCS. The name change is meant to said. “Whereas corn sugar sounds make it obvious to the public that organic and healthy.” It’s a smart public relations move, HFCS is a natural product derived from corn, CRA President Audrae Erickson said, noting its similarities to Kentucky Fried Chicken’s deciErickson said. “Consumers need to know what sion to change its name to KFC, is in their foods and where their which helped the chain disassociate itself from the unhealthy sounding foods come from,” Erickson said. Erickson said that a name change “fried” moniker. The CRA’s own website, Cornwas most succinct and accurate way Sugar.com, aims to further dispel to do so. However, Tanya Samra, an envi- negative perceptions about HFCS. ronmental engineering major, was It features subsections with quotes from expert sources stating that not swayed by HFCS’s new name. “I’ve heard nothing good about HFCS and table sugar are fundahigh fructose corn syrup,” Samra mentally the same in many key areas. Those areas include caloric said. Samra noted that the name value and health effects. “[HFCS] is sugar. It’s just sugar,” change was deceptive and does nothing to change the fact that HFCS is a CBS evening newscast said.
Students go to Twitter for news feeds, not to socialize
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September 30, 2010
HAITI: A CONTINUAL STRUGGLE
... Continued from page 1 Former President Bill Clinton, in charge of coordinating the distribution of the aid, spoke on the progress earlier this week at the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting. “There is a lot of money that has been promised to Haiti, but not much has been given. Almost all that has been given has been for the emergency phase. Now we’re into rebuilding ... but we need the donors to come up with the money,” Clinton said. Only 10 percent of the money pledged by the 130 countries has been collected. In addition to these billions, fundraisers such as celebrity benefit concerts like “Hope for Haiti Now,” have collected over $61 Million. The Red Cross collected more than $465 million specifically for earthquake relief, but only $150 million of this money has been spent on food, kitchen items and shelters. “I heard a lot about the Haiti efforts at home in Sweden when the earthquake first happened. There was lots of fundraising, T.V. spotlights, shows, people knocking on doors for donations and Swedish celebrities sent to Haiti to help,” said Sara Andersson, a Swedish exchange student. “At first lots of support was sent, but
BROOKE MCCALL / For the Daily Titan Top: Feet of children in an orphanage in Les Cayes, Haiti. Middle: Woman who cared for the children at Andre orphanage. Bottom: A uniformed United Nations worker assists volunteers with supplies.
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now I don’t ever hear about Haiti.” There are billions of dollars which have been raised and not all of the money has been spent, but Haitians are still going hungry and living in rubble. This is because the money which has been pledged is for the long-term projects to rebuild the infrastructure of Haiti in the years to come in a three-part plan. Joseph Weber, a professor in the Department of Sociology, has not heard much after the initial reports on Haiti. “I was devastated when the earthquake first happened and as time went by we’ve forgotten about the victims and I am left to wonder if they have been taken care of,” Weber said. “Initially when it happened the U.S., a great country, moved in to offer support, but now I am not quite sure.” Haiti will elect a new president in the upcoming November 2010 elections. The new president will oversee the reconstruction of the country’s infrastructure. The first step involves rebuilding the infrastructure, including government buildings, hospitals and schools. Next, they plan to rebuild in the areas away from cities, those vulnerable to natural disaster. Finally, there are hopes to develop a plan of agriculture to make Haiti selfsufficient.
BROOKE MCCALL / For the Daily Titan Top: While sitting in the back of a truck, Brooke took pictures of locals in Les Cayes. Bottom: A hospital in Les Cayes which was owned by an American doctor, who performs a lot of high risk surgeries daily. During the week, thousands form lines outside the hospital waiting to be treated.
BROOKE MCCALL / For the Daily Titan Top: A village man in Les Cayes stands in front of a makeshift shelter. Middle: Andre Ophanage children slept outdoors due to fear of an after shock. Bottom: Natives flee Les Cayes in search of more supplies.
September 30, 2010
Is global warming a real threat?
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Yes. Hell yes, we should be worried about our world’s ever-changing climate. My argument: we are all just parasites leeching off of this world, which has been graciously providing for us for hundreds and thousands of years. And this is how we choose to thank our earth: by destroying it faster with the shadows of naiveté. Glaciers are melting, ocean levels are rising, water temperatures are becoming extreme, carbon dioxide is being released like mad and we are all just running around the world continuing to be these vessels of consumption. We are lushes! This has got to stop. The definition of global warming from the Environmental Protection Agency is: “Global warming is an average increase in temperatures near the Earth’s surface and in the lowest layer of the atmosphere.” According to the Environmental Protection Agency, or the E.P.A., this increase in temperatures in our Earth’s atmosphere “can contribute to changes in global climate patterns.” So where is proof that global warming actually exists? “The surface temperature of the earth has increased 0.45 - 0.6 degrees Celsius in the past century,” according to WeatherEye (a global warming document). The Environmental Defense Fund states that, “between
1961 and 1997 the world’s glaciers lost 890 cubic miles of ice.” Unfortunately, “the massive ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are losing ice,” which is not so natural if you think about how quickly that can cause global changes. Over the 20th Century sea level rose by 6.7 inches worldwide, and the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report concludes it is now rising faster. What most people are not aware of is how this rising sea level, rapidly melting glaciers and constant exertion of fossil fuels and carbon dioxide affect the Conveyor Belt, or thermohaline circulation, in our ocean. This conveyor belt is circulating in our ocean, right now, keeping us alive. The Greenpeace website states that this constant circulation is responsible for “keeping Europe warm, providing an upwelling of bottom ocean nutrients and it also increases the oceanic absorption of carbon dioxide.” If this conveyor belt was to stop, or even reverse, the affects could be apocalyptic. Greenpeace stated that there is already scientific evidence that the conveyor belt is slowing over the ScotlandGreenland deep ocean ridge. So what are these apocalyptic consequences? Greenpeace provides us with the answer: “this dramatic cooling would mean a massive disruption to European agriculture and climate, and impact other sea currents and temperatures around the globe.” Skeptics argue, “the earth should be heating naturally and slowly over time, this is not something to be worried about.” However, the undeniable truth is that we, as a global community, have increased consumption by a sick amount. We have become a lazy world with lazy habits. It is disgusting and quite frankly aiding our earth’s destruction.
CHARLOTTE KNIGHT Staff Writer
A glass is filled to the brim with water, it won’t matter how many ice cubes are tightly packed inside—the cup won’t overflow. The difference between an ice cube and an ice cap? Size. We don’t have to worry much about global warming. At least, we don’t have to worry as much as people would like us to. We cannot deny that we are partially to blame for global warming; burning fossil fuels for energy and other gases being released into our atmosphere over time are contributing to the earth’s temperature rise. But we are not dooming Mother Earth to a climatic apocalypse. According to “Friends of Science,” an online organization dedicated to “(engaging) in public debates on the scientific merits of the hypothesis of human-induced global warming,” it is believed that the increase of carbon dioxide speeds up the “greenhouse effect,” which traps heat in our atmosphere. However, while it is proven that carbon dioxide is expelled from the ocean’s warming surface layers with temperature changes, there is no legitimate scientific proof that carbon dioxide actu-
ally causes the temperate increase itself. It’s only a theory. Some “inconvenient truth.” Our climate has fluctuated a great number of times in the past 4.5 billion years. Even as early as the mid 1970s there was cause for alarm that the earth’s temperature may have been decreasing too much; a theory that has since then been debunked. Now less than a lifetime later, we’re panicking over the possibility of what could happen if the earth gets too warm? Some animal species may go extinct. Sadly, extinction is actually quite common. But as the circle of life will have it, other species will adapt to their environment, and new species may potentially evolve. It would certainly be unfortunate if we were to lose the cute, cuddly, man-eating polar bears, but did anyone make a fuss over the loss of the harmless Kauai O’o bird? Sea levels may rise. But if they do, it won’t happen overnight. This would happen over centuries—not decades—of rapidly increasing temperatures. We will be given plenty of time to improvise and replant lost crops, move to higher ground and learn how to adapt to the changing ecosystem. We’re a thriving, intelligent species. It may be horrifying for us to imagine adapting to geological changes over hundreds of years, but we’ve done it before without technology or a better understanding of our world. If it comes right down to it, we can do it again.
Infidelity isn’t natural, but the urge to cheat is Experts on evolutionary behavior say their studies prove monogomy is rare, but does that justify the act of cheating? KAREN DICKINSON Staff Writer
To say infidelity is natural is like saying lying is natural. The urge to cheat may be natural not the act of cheating itself. People use scientific studies as an excuse for cheating. Although experts like Stephen Emlen, an expert on evolutionary behavior at Cornell Univer-
sity, have done studies that prove “true monogamy is rare” among humans, that does not make infidelity natural or justify it by any means. Truth is, Americans feel the need to have a scientific reason for everything in order to be in control of everything. So if you are cheating on your spouse and justify it with biology, then you have no one to blame but nature. If you are an alcoholic, blame it solely on your genes because then it is your grandfather’s fault, not yours. It is a matter of taking responsibility for your actions and some people have a big problem with this. When infidelity is diagnosed as a medical condition as a result of
biology, people then want to treat it as such. Instead of tackling their own problems they seek expert help in times of crisis. In psychiatrist Judith Lipton’s book, “The Myth of Monogamy,” she says, “The most frequent calls psychiatrists get in the middle of the night are from people who have discovered adultery.” With such data available people wonder whether or not humans are really predisposed to infidelity. I don’t think this is the case. Being unfaithful is just easier than being faithful. To succumb to natural urges is a weakness just as gambling in Vegas is. “The urge can be natural but you have to think about it before doing it. It is not like nature just calls for you to cheat. Thinking about it might be natural but actually doing it is another thing,” said 19-year-old psychology major Jamile Urquilla. That is not to say thinking about cheating is okay or considered pure monogamy. As mammals, we have strong sexual urges. When we are in strict monogamous relationships we sometimes can’t help but wonder or fantasize about outside liaisons.
Of course this is not true for every individual, but it is common. Personally, I have been in both kinds of relationships. I have been in one I constantly thought about cheating in, good thing that’s over. I am now in one I never consider it a possibility in. In the former I wondered if I could blame biology for my thoughts but now I see it was all within me. The relationship was obviously weak and being unfaithful would not have been natural, or anyone else’s fault, but mine. Impulses are natural, while acting on these impulses is not. To consider someone attractive is natural and a result of your learned idea of beauty. To go up to someone and seek out extramarital relationships has nothing to do with nature. Although some animals practice polygamy doesn’t mean humans are meant to practice infidelity. We are conscious of our actions and mentally more advanced than mammals. Just because the impulse to cheat is natural and proven by biology does not mean the act of infidelity is natural or should be used as any sort of excuse for cheating.
DOWN Unruly Tennis Fans
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Over the last couple of years, the National Football League, has dealt with a string of run-ins with the law. It seems that every month or so there is a new player in trouble. However, the players have been thinking twice about their actions ever since NFL commissioner Roger Goodell began allocating harsher punishments to anyone who misbehaved. Since taking over as Commissioner in September 2006, Goodell has cleaned up many of the problematic players with a deserving punishment system and without hesitation. He has had to deal with players such as Pacman Jones, Plaxico Burress, Michael Vick, Chad Ochocinco, Ben Roethlisberger and Brian Cushing to name a few. He came in to the Commissioner position in hopes of cleaning up the NFL. So far, he has done a great job in changing how players present themselves and helping them become positive role models for their communities. According to Duane Quale, citizen of Whittier and NFL enthusiast, “I think he has done a great job. NFL players always think they’re above the law and can get out of trouble. Since Goodell has come around, the NFL is turning into a respectable league with great players. I hope he keeps up the good work.” Goodell has made gigantic strides in cleaning up the NFL and for this, he gets a “Big Thumbs Up.”
Who says that tennis is not a contact sport? At least in the stands it is. During a second-round match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, there was an argument between fans in the upper deck of a stadium that eventually led to a scuffle and ended with all three fans being tossed from the stadium. The United States Tennis Association later suspended all three fans from the tournament for two years. What could the argument have been that could not have been talked about? These are not football fans we are talking about. They are tennis fans. You know, those people who sit quietly while the match is going on and who instead of yelling obscenities at an umpire protest by whistling? According to CbsLocal.com, a middle-aged woman and her elderly father were upset at a young man in his 20s for swearing during the match and wanted him to stop. This resulted in a shouting match between the three. After minutes of yelling at each other, the elderly father walked over to the young man and tried to grasp his throat. The two men then went tumbling down a few rows of seats and were separated by other spectators until security arrived at the scene. Footage of the skirmish can be seen on YouTube. It does not matter who is at fault, all three of the fans acted very unsportsman-like and deserve a big “Thumbs Down.” Sit down, watch the match quietly and keep your hands to yourself!
Courtesy of Flickr user Denharsh “Monogamy is definitely under siege, not by government, declining morals, or some vast homosexual conspiracy – but by our own evolutionary biology. Infants have their infancy. And adults? Adultery,” says University of psychology professor, David Barsh, in his article, “Deflating the Myth of Monogamy.” He goes on to quote poet Ogden Nash. “Smallpox is natural,” he said. “Vaccine ain’t.” Animals,
most likely, can’t help “doing what comes naturally.” Humans can help doing what comes naturally. We are conscious of our actions and the consequences that follow. This is what sets us apart from simple and even more complex minded animals. We are humans, and although some of us would like to blame nature for our poor mistakes, we can only blame our poor judgement.
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KEITH FIERRO For the Daily Titan
The plot sounds like the setup to a good sadistic joke: five strangers are stuck in an elevator and one of them is the devil. Dig down a little deeper and you’ll discover this joke’s mastermind is none other than The Sixth Sense director, M. Night Shyamalan and he’s constructed it (with director John Erick Dowdle) into a film fittingly called Devil. The film starts with a voice telling us an old wive’s tale about the devil infiltrating the lives of humans throughout history, tormenting and killing them. We’re brought to the lobby of a Philadelphia highrise. Examining a suspected suicide that happened there is Detective Bowden (Chris Messina), a cop
with unenthusiastic ideas about God ever since his wife and son were killed in an automobile hitand-run accident. It doesn’t take long for the story to take off. Five strangers enter an express elevator. The group is fantastic: a claustrophobic security guard, a snotty older woman, an ex-marine, an appealing younger woman with just enough back talk and a jokester in a suit. After the elevator inevitably breaks down, the teeth of the story begin to show. The group begins to bicker, only to be interrupted by a voice on the loudspeaker telling them to remain calm. The maintenance and security crew try to fix the elevator, but only in vain. A chilling pattern transpires: every time the lights go off, someone is gruesomely killed. Together, with building security and other local
authorities, Detective Bowden has to find a way to keep the passengers from killing each other, while also discovering which of them is the culprit, all through a walkie-talkie and an elevator security camera. It’s nice to see that not all theological horror flicks need to be about exorcisms. Devil was smart, but it spared you the confrontational demon scenes for moments of complete darkness and lingering screams from the characters. So much involvement from the audience is required in viewing. The five strangers suspicious – every word they say is noteworthy. Don’t bother to make bets about which of them is “It,” because you’ll just change your mind every 10 minutes. Be dubious about those who say the ending was “so obvious.” Call me unconstructive, but I just don’t think we’re that smart.
Monarques fly free at Becker OLIVIA BOUNVONGXAY Staff Writer
Students huddled under patches of shade to watch Monarques play at the Becker Amphitheater Wednesday afternoon. After the last two scorching days, students slowly came out of the air conditioned rooms after hearing the banging on tambourines from a distance. “Josh had a dream one night that he was a French ruler. ” said one of the band members. Josh Spacek, lead vocalist of Monarques, started to laugh. “This is not true, I just like the word monarch and then decided to add the ‘q-u-e’,” said Spacek. “And the ‘S’ at the end just sounds so nice; it’s a cool word.” This seven man band from Portland, Oregon sounds like a beach party with your first crush. Spacek said he’s influenced by bands like the Kinks and the Rolling Stones.
By incorporating old rock ‘n’ roll from the ‘50s and bubblegum pop, the Monarques would pretty much sum up the sounds of the West Coast, if it made noise. The Monarques are relatively new, but are quickly gaining a reputation with the indie crowd. Even though they started playing shows just weeks ago, they seem like a family. Spacek said it started with him just wanting to start a band. “And they all showed up,” he said. All seven of them. Art major Jason Le said this band goes perfectly with the weather right at the moment. There was a constant breeze that swept the stage, leaving students relaxed and at ease. Le was sitting under the tree with friend enjoying their breaks. “We were walking by here, and I heard their music and I just really liked the way they sound,” said Le who stayed for the entire show. Jared Mees and the Grown Children, another band from Portland,
opened for the Monarques. Their album, Caffeine Alcohol Sunshine and Money, was released two years ago, but playing constant live shows in Northwest California kept their genre of messy folk still sounding new. “I like the incorporation of the trumpet,” said theatre major Benjamin Benne. “I thought it gave them something unique from this kind of genre.” Both of these bands have the same theme of just having fun. The style of music reminds you of being a child again, where you just want to clap and sing along. It’s about having a good time. “They’re a really fun and upbeat band,” said Le. “It’s a nice change from a lot of the music that’s being played today that are popular.” This group of musicians will be continuing their stops in California on their west coast tour. For more showings at the Becker Amphitheater, go to asi.fullerton.edu.
Courtesy of Longway Longway, named after vocalist and lead guitarist Brian Longway, performs music that throws back to classic rock and punk. The band was created in 2008 and was asked to play Warped Tour the same year. Longway uses social networking to help promote themselves.
Orange County group comes a very long way CYNTHIA RODRIQUEZ For the Daily Titan
Huntington Beach-based indie band, Longway has emerged from Orange County’s punk rock scene. From their first show in 2002 at a vintage clothing store in Downtown Whittier to touring with Bad Religion and performing with Vans Warped Tour for three consecutive years, Longway has come a long way. The punk rock band consists of Brian Longway (vocals and lead guitar), 29, Mikey Pettengill (drums), 31, Trevor Jackson (guitar), 29 and Tim Abramson (bass), 27. Longway fuses rock and punk in a way that will keep you thrashing all night. Their music is old school punk rock music in its finest; it’s not a product of the pop punk that mainstream music labels have produced. In 2001, Brian Longway left the band he was part of and founded. Seven years later, Longway signed with Old Shoe Records. That same year, while Longway was on tour in Alaska, the creator of the Vans Warped Tour, Kevin Lyman, was impressed with the band and offered them a spot on the 2008 tour. “We got the call Wednesday, quit our jobs Thursday, and were in Salt Lake City by Friday,” Jackson said. The band has been part of the tour ever since. “I remember going to the tour when I was younger and it’s awe-
some playing there (now),” Jackson said. According to Jackson, the tour gives the band the opportunity to play for a lot of fans and create new ones by touring the country. Longway is currently on tour promoting the release of their second album, Junkie, featuring Patricia Day from Danish punk band HorrorPops on “Honey.” While on tour, the band reaches out to fans through multiple forms of social networking, like by using their own website, Myspace, Facebook and Twitter accounts. “It’s a direct link to the people listening to your music. The first thing you hear (from fans) is, ‘Do you have Facebook?’ It’s been huge,” Jackson said. Longway frequently performs at Juke Joint, House of Blues in Anaheim, and Slidebar located in Fullerton. “They are really fun to watch. When I saw them for the first time, I was amazed...my jaw dropped,” said Brandy Marquez, Longway’s publicist. Steve Weatherill, 25, a Cal State Fullerton junior majoring in history, bartends at Slidebar and has seen Longway perform. “Longway always has a good turnout. They have very high energy,” Weatherill said. The band’s touring, networking and recent signing with Libertalia Entertainment, has helped boost their fan base. “Anytime you bring a record la-
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bel in, you get more freedom. You reach more people by playing at different venues...you get out and meet different fans,” Jackson said. Longway has had a humble start in Orange County and are looking forward to the future, which Jackson hopes includes touring the rest of the world and “playing as much as humanly possible.”
OLIVIA BOUNVONGXAY / Staff Writer Becker Amphitheater boomed with the sound of Portland band Monarques. The seven member ensemble has only been playing together for a few weeks but have started to gain attention from fans in the indie music community..
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Courtesy of Flickr user jeanineanderson The Brooklyn-based band RATATAT performs, playing their songs while projecting corresponding music videos behind them. The duo, made up of multi-instrumentalist/producer Evan Mast and guitarist Mike Stroud, mixes a number of genres for a unique sound.
RATATAT ramps up listeners ALEXANDRA ANDERSEN Asst. Multimedia Editor
For a band whose music is almost entirely instrumental, RATATAT puts on a show that makes it immediately apparent to adoring fans that this band must be seen live to truly appreciate its genius. RATATAT played last Friday at the Fox Theatre in Pomona. With a large projection screen behind the duo playing their corresponding music videos, two smaller holographic projection screens on either sides of the stage, impressive light installments and laser beams (all of which are synced perfectly to the rhythm of each beat) concert-goers were able to see their beloved songs come to life. Multi-instrumentalist/producer Evan Mast and guitarist Mike Stroud play a set with such intense psychedelic images, it rivals the legendary Pink Floyd Laser Spectaculars and trippy acid rock projections of the ‘60s and ‘70s.
The Brooklyn-based ensemble, who refuse to describe their sound, layer explosive guitar rifts, synthesized beats and audio clips for a resulting mix of electronic indiedance rock with an instrumental twist that is uniquely their own. From the moment RATATAT stepped on stage, the dance floor below the balcony did not stop moving. Mast and Stroud played several songs off their June released album, Lp4, and closed with their first single from 2002, “Seventeen Years.” Though the band said little to nothing throughout the entire performance, the stunning visuals told the story behind RATATAT’s melodies. With each changing song, the holographic projection screens boasted rotating images of birds, floating statue heads, baroquestyle men playing instruments in white powdered wigs, funky dancers shaking their hips and bouncing gold chains. The music was so loud it reverberated through the entire venue
and a trip to the bathroom or bar meant standing in line while your feet vibrated. The mood completely changed when RATATAT played “Drugs,” while the music video displayed on the projector above them. What started out as an oddly hilarious depiction of wholesome people standing before a backdrop as if they’re about to have their picture taken shifts to a creepy array of faces that seem to be looking right through you. For the attendees whose sobriety was compromised, this segment of the concert probably left them reaching for their friends’ comforting hands, but by the roars of laughter throughout the venue, it seemed to be just another crowdpleasing moment. In our current musical age where lip-syncing, auto-toned vocals and performances that are more about the artist’s dance moves seem to have become the norm, RATATAT blows fans away with a performance that is better than their recorded albums. How many bands can say that?
“I’ve been to a lot of indie concerts and most of them, performancewise, weren’t that great,” said David Montes, 19, of West Hollywood, “but I think Vampire Weekend is going to go all-out and give us our money’s worth, whether you bought box or nosebleed seats.” At 9:30 p.m., every light that illuminated the Bowl shut off, creating an uproar of excitement amongst the audience, as they anticipated for the lights to come back on with the headliners positioned onstage. After five minutes of the audience sitting on the edge of their seats with nothing but a sea of camera flashes and phone screens to provide sight, vibrant lights shot on simultaneously as singer Ezra Koenig strummed the first chord to the eccentric “White Sky” off of their latest album Contra. “I love how (Koenig’s) voice sounds good no matter what he does and the band as a whole incorporates so many different styles – it just
comes together to make this awesome music,” said Raisa Sahagun, 22, of Los Angeles. The entire set was based off their sophomore album Contra, released in January. The album itself pulls off a series of amazing feats, including a multicultural array of genres, from American synth-pop to reggae, ska, calypso and Afro-pop, with tracks like “Horchata” and “Run.” Although it may seem like a little too much in one package, as compared to their first album, Vampire Weekend, this album shouts, “This is who we are – Vampire Weekend!” They slowed the show down for a quick second, performing their lighter track, “I Think You’re a Contra,” which Koenig announced was the first time they performed it live. With the tender knotty lyrics, “Never pick sides / Never choose between two / But I just wanted you / I just wanted you,” the audience was hushed for a moment, enjoying the warm winds under the stars. Older hits from their freshman album were sprinkled into the show
like “ A-Punk” and “Oxford Comma,” making the audience jump out of their seats and gyrate their hips. Vampire Weekend couldn’t help let their music embody them too, as they swaggered, hopped and strutted from one side of the stage to the other. The stage’s lights reinforced the exuberant performance, programmed intricately to imitate the drum rolls and hits, chromatic piano trills and staggering guitar chords. The audience chanted for an encore that echoed into the streets of Hollywood. The band couldn’t resist – they rushed back onstage to perform “Horchata.” Not one person was nestled in their seat. With the heavily layered sound palette and dazzling light show, Vampire Weekend gave every fiber of their musician being, giving their avid fans a performance to remember. “It was like a ride you just didn’t want to get off of,” said Kelly Christiansen, 25, of Pasadena. “I just want to push the rewind button and experience it all over again.”
MARGARITA CASTELLANOS / Staff Photographer New York band Vampire Weekend rocks concert-goers with an unusual mix of genres. Pulling inspiration from reggae, ska, calypso and other genres, the band creates a new sound that is all their own. Their second album, Contra, showcases the bands versatility.
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Uncharted rules not to be left out
Laced up and on a hunt for vengeance
continue playing competitively the same support as some of the keeps these guys motivated to stay a more popular CSUF sports do. Jobpart of this club,” Jobbitt said. bitt said most people on campus are The squad is stacked this year with not even aware of the fact that the a lot of fresh meat to bring in new hockey team has a huge fan-base. “A talent to the team and a renewed lot of people come out and support energy. us. There is a great intense energy. There are a total of 24 players on The tickets are cheap and we have a the team. A lot of the boys are ju- snack bar and everything.” niors at CSUF but three freshman With at least 29 more games to managed to grab a spot on the roster go, stamina is definitely an importhis season. tant asset to this sport. The team has Junior goalkeeper Alex Miller, 21, to be able to stay focused and enerbusiness administration major, com- gized in order to make it through the mented on the freshmen the team season. has this season, “We got lucky this Miller is ready to take on USC year with some smart and speedy Friday. “Our team is always ready to players that take on whatfit right in on ever school is our top lines awaiting us, Our team is always ready and have reon the upto take on whatever school ally helped and-coming out with our weekend. is awaiting us, on the up and depth chart.” The fact that coming weekend... Miller has we got our been playing feet wet in - Alex Miller hockey for San Jose will Junior goalkeeper 12 years and definitely one of the allow us to three goalwork on our tenders. flaws in practice this week and turn Braniff feels the same way as Mill- it into positive accomplishments er does, “They’re way better than I against the Trojans.” was expecting. I have as much conThe Titan ice hockey team plays fidence in them as the rest of the their fourth game this Friday at Anateam.” heim Ice against their rival USC at This year the team is hopeful they 7:15 p.m. Miller and the rest of the will prove to themselves and to the team want as many fans as they can rest of the campus that they deserve get to pack into the arena.
They’re a secret kept deep within the archives of baseball lore. So protected are these gems that some don’t even know that they’re a rule until one is broken. Why not? They’re unwritten rules. This year, many a rule has been broken with assorted outcomes, and leave fans scratching their heads asking, “Who made that up?” Let’s examine the recent violations and the reactions that ensued. “Get off my mound!” Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden screamed at New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez as he jogged across the pitcher’s mound on his way back to the third base dugout. A-Rod had unwittingly run through an unwritten rule in Bradenland: Don’t cross the pitcher’s mound. Braden might have needed to bust out the rules again if a Tampa Bay Rays player had tried to bunt to break up his perfect game on Mother’s Day. Then, Chicago Cubs pitcher, Ted Lilly was working a no-hitter the eighth inning of an interleague game against the Chicago White Sox when Gordon Beckham came to the dish and squared up. A chorus of boos showered the second-year player. Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had no problem with Beckham’s bunt, so long as it wasn’t the ninth inning.
BRIAN EVANS / For the Daily Titan Titan junior defenseman Kyle Levindofske delivers a big hit on an NAU forward.
Bruises, scars and brawls for yet another season in the tundra ALLY BORDAS Staff Writer
The Cal State Fullerton Titan ice hockey club has just started another season of intense play. The team had their third game Sept. 26 against Stanford, in a losing effort, 6-5. Assistant Head Coach Steve Jobbitt is a history professor and a hockey enthusiast from Canada. Jobbitt has been the faculty advisor to the ice hockey team for three years. He is optimistic and said that even though the team has lost their first three exhibition games so far, the team has a strong base to build on. “In their first full season last year, the team
did well. We just need to capitalize on the potential this team has as one and as individuals.” This week the Titans are preparing to face-off against one of their biggest rivals in the league, USC. Titan junior center Dalton Braniff, 20-year-old advertising major said, “This is the most prepared we have been as a team ever. I have been on the team for two years and I have never seen our team this prepared for a game.” The funding for the team has improved over the years, especially since last season was the first time they played in Div. II. They receive funding from small sponsors and Associated Students Inc. but they also have to participate in small fundraisers and pay some fees out of their own pockets. “This is a huge time commitment. But I think the passion, the love of the game and the opportunity to
Lilly didn’t get the no-no, but did get Beckham out. The latest spot of rule-breaking (or rule-keeping), came again from the Yankees. The Bronx is not far from Broadway, so is it any surprise the team is full of top-notch players who sideline as Oscar-worthy actors? What drew the greatest jitters was a hit-by-pitch taken by Derek Jeter. He appeared to get plunked on the elbow by Rays pitcher Chad Qualls. Jeter jumped away, clutching his arm in pain before heading to first, where manager Joe Girardi tended and head trainer Gene Monahan tended to him. Rays manager Joe Maddon ran out to argue but was ejected. During the postgame, when YES Network’s Kim Jones asked Jeter where he got hit, he admitted the ball hit his bat. Less than a week later, Jorge Posada showed he was a stellar student and took a page out of the captain’s book. When an inside offering by Rays pitcher James Shields appeared to hit Posada’s left leg, he shook his leg, grimaced in faux pain, and hobbled to first. Sometimes the bound of the unwritten rules are hard to determine, and some may have yet to be discovered. Still have an appetite for the unknown? I’ll let you in on the most prized unwritten rule I have come across, courtesy of former major league player, Morgan Ensberg: “____________________.”
Attendance decreases as viewership increases
Con‘Vick’ted felon takes reins for Philadelphia
MATTHEW PETROPULOS the commentators, and save money.
The National Football League has strived to be the top tier, most entertaining sport in the United States over the years. Mission accomplished. The NFL has landed multiple billion-dollar network contracts with DirectTV, Fox, CBS and ESPN. However, the advancements of the television programming at home for fans has hurt the NFL attendance at live games. The NFL is in a war for profits within itself with decreasing game attendance causing almost 20 percent of its games to be blacked out when a home team does not sell out the stadium 72 hours prior. “I think it is pretty lame and not fair. I would hate my team to be blacked out and I bet any other fan would too,” said Ceasar Valdez, a CSUF freshman majoring in psychology. High-definition television and the RedZone channel, which allows a viewer to see all the attempts of NFL teams in the red zone trying to score, are prime examples of why people are staying at home for private enjoyment. “I would rather be at home unless I had really good seats, which is unlikely. I like to see everything, hear
The Eagles quarterback controversy is clearly over. Michael Vick has gone above and beyond with his play on the football field resulting in two straight wins over the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars. Kolb came into the season with the head coach, management and the team supporting him as the No. 1 quarterback. However, he suffered a concussion in the first half of the Eagles week one game against the Green Bay Packers. Kolb was scrambling to make a play when Clay Matthews chased him down from behind and slammed his head into the grass causing a concussion ending his day. Kolb was only five of 10 for 24 yards in the whole first half, much to the displeasure of the Eagle fans. Enter Michael Vick. Trailing 20-3 going into the second half, it was Vick’s game to try and salvage. Vick played extremely well for his first good amount of playing time. Vick finished the game going 16 of 24 for 175 yards and a touchdown. He also was the leading rusher of the game running for 103 yards on only 11 carries. More importantly, the team rallied around Vick. But there still are some Kolb supporters.
With the economy so bad right now, who really has the money to spend on NFL games,” said Ross Waters, a CSUF junior. Television ratings for the NFL have steadily been increasing over the last couple of years furthering the evidence of the great experiences fans are having at home. The opening kickoff game between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings drew 27.5 million viewers, the most since the league started playing on Thursday nights. The Sunday afternoon games of week one drew 28 million viewers, which was the most for a week one audience in history. Furthermore, the Sunday night game of week one between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys on NBC drew 25.3 million viewers, which was also a record for Sunday football. The NFL league wide attendance dropped from a record 17.3 million in 2007 to 17.1 million in 2008 to 16.7 million last season, according to the NFL from the Washington Post. “I would rather stay home in the comfort of my own home to save money, gas and on food prices. It is just too expensive,” said Derek Holtz, a CSUF freshman majoring in business.
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Courtesy of MCT Quarterback Phillip Rivers making a pass in a game last Sunday that was blacked out.
The NFL has tried to counter these decreases by improving stadium experiences marketing them towards family-orientated enjoyment. The fan conduct policy in 2008 limits the freedom of the fans to make them act in an orderly manner. It tries to limit foul language, obscene gestures, alcohol levels and other forms of rude behavior. Another modification of the policy is restrictions of noise level and the encouragement of the stadiums to increase fan noise levels. Fantasy football has become a huge sensation for the NFL and the NFL stadiums have noticed. They
also have equipment to run off the Fantasy “Studs” and Duds” of the day to inform fans of their teams while their enjoying the game in person. However, the NFL has had to deal with the decreasing economy all over the United States. Fans simply are not spending the same kinds of money and coming to the games to pay for tickets, parking and souvenirs. This made the television experience thrive. The NFL will continue to work on bringing fans into the stadiums as the league works on their blackout policies.
“Kolb should still start because they drafted him to be the quarterback of the future. They got rid of Donovan McNabb for him and he has not had a fair opportunity yet,” said Nick Collins, a Cal State Fullerton history major. However, fans are behind Vick now after his three strong weeks. “Vick should start because he has already made a name for himself. He came in and proved himself again through his play,” said Aaron Neal, a CSUF business major. In week two against the Detroit Lions, he went 21 of 34 for 284 yards and two touchdowns while adding 37 yards rushing. “I like how Vick shows he has become more of a pocket passer than a run first quarterback. The two years in jail made him realize, and mature to be more of an elite quarterback and not an elite athlete,” said Davin Clymore, a CSUF business finance major. Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid publicly ended the controversy when he came out Sept. 20 announcing Vick as the starter a day after announcing Kolb. Vick fever has officially ran wild in Philadelphia resulting in two straight wins for the Eagle’s faithful. Kolb will eventually get his chance, just not when Vick is proving to people that he once again, is the real deal.
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September 30, 2010
Titans set to scrum A band of brothers set to fight for a try at a higher level MICHELLEE COOPER Staff Writer
Team unity, positive attitudes and hard work were the major factors that led the Cal State Fullerton men’s rugby team to an undefeated Div. III 2009-10 season. With only a handful of returners last season, the Titans were able to build from the new talent they obtained from incoming freshmen. According to the CSUF men’s rugby website, the Titans played their regulation match against Pepperdine but were unable to come out with the victory. Team Captain Jonathan Arroyave, 23, said they did not win their game against Pepperdine, but the coaches and members of the committee came to an agreement that the Titan rugby team more than deserved to move up a division anyway, making this year’s competition a bit more challenging.
This year, as the Titans move up to Div. II, they have high hopes and aspirations they wish to achieve with three years of experience under their belts. Arroyave is excited to see what the season has in store for his team. Within the Div. III program last year he said, “The key to success was team bonding.” By going undefeated in their season, Arroyave said, “We proved to ourselves we could do it.” This new season for the rugby team brings forth many new changes. Not only are they moving up in a division level where they have the opportunity to compete nationally, but also the team has more returners who have experienced the struggles it took to get them where they are today. “This year our team will be reloading, not rebuilding,” Arroyave said. “I don’t expect more of the team, but the same potential.” This new division brings on different and better competition, including UC Santa Barbara, Pepperdine, Cal Lutheran, UC San Diego and Long Beach State.
“We have to raise the bar (and) play better,” Arroyave said. Rugby Head Coach Phil Grieve said the team has improved every year. Last year the team went undefeated and he commends that due to the attitude of the team. Grieve said it is the “team” aspect that helps the men achieve their goals. Quang Ho, 20-year-old kinesiology major, said he wants the team to make it to nationals this year. In order to make this happen, he said he would do his part to strive to be a better player. “We all have the same mind set, and with that, who knows what’s possible,” Ho said. Arroyave said his goal is for the team to stay focused on having a winning record, taking each game and competition step by step and keeping up the intensity. If they can achieve these three things, he believes his team will be successful. “If we can go undefeated again, that’s it,” Arroyave said. Watch the Titan rugby team in their second preseason game of the season this Sunday as they take on USC at Titan Stadium at 1 p.m.
PAUL RUDMAN / For the Daily Titan New addition to the squad John Hayden avoids getting tackled and works his way upfield during a match at Pepperdine last Sunday.
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“We finally played our full 90-minute match. We knew this was what we were capable of, and we finally pulled it off. We had a full mentality, all 11 of us. We really had faith in ourselves, and that’s why we won. Everyone played a great game tonight,” Whiddon said. The second half was more of the same from UCSB. Whiddon had to make another save within the first minute of the half, and UCSB had another shot that went just wide of the net. Ten minutes later, Whiddon made another spectacular save that was shot from 25 yards out. The shot had to surprise Whiddon, but he managed to punch the ball over the crossbar. Redshirt sophomore defender Jonathan Birt seemed to be a spark plug in the second half, with mul-
tiple attacks down the right sideline. the Titans who started to play much Eighteen minutes in, Birt had a more aggressive, knowing this was beautiful cross their chance to to junior deupset the Gaufender Lucas chos. This was the first game Clardy who Although we have won versus a ranked the Titans were barely missed a goal. unable to score team in so many years, Clardy was in regulation, biggest win since I have been the Titans were able to get a foot on the the team pushhere... ball, but the ing the attack - Kevin Venegas ball barely in overtime. Junior midfielder went over the The Titans atcrossbar. tempted three With 13 shots in five minutes remaining in regulation, the minutes and earned their first corner Titans caught a huge break. UCSB’s of the match with close to 30 secbest player, sophomore forward Sam onds left in the first overtime. Garza, was given his second yellow Off the corner there was a swarm card of the match, meaning he was of players, and all you could see was ejected and UCSB was forced to play the ball go in the back of the net. a man down. This gave new life to Senior midfielder Antonio Vernaschi
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nudged the goalie and put the ball in the net with his left foot for the game-winner. “The ball came in from the corner. I gave the keeper a little push, but I don’t think he felt it. The ball bounced down on the ground, and I hit it with my left foot into the top left corner to win it,” Vernaschi said. Junior midfielder, Kevin Venegas knew that it was a huge win for the club. “This was the first game we have won versus a ranked team in so many years, biggest win since I have been here. This lets us know we can play against anyone in the country,” Venegas said. The Titans are now 2-4-2 on the season and will host Cal State Northridge Saturday at 7 p.m. in another exciting Big West challenge.