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Vol. 88 Issue 32

October 27, 2010

Old Town Haunt

brings horror to locals

Pasadena’s historical haunted house mixes actual and costumed terrors for Halloween

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Voting begins

for ASI Board of Directors

Thirteen student candidates, two from each Cal State Fullerton college, will be elected to represent classmates See ELECTIONS, page 3

WHAT’S INSIDE OPINION A look at the unnecessary facts of politics ........................................4 FEATURES Previews for some of this Halloween’s local festivities ........................................5 SPORTS Bee in the Know: Chase for the World Series ........................................6

Elevator negligence

The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton

Who: Cal State Fullerton

Mexico’s death toll continues to rise along with cartel power

What: Expired permits


When: The past months Where: Campus elevators Why: Negligence of staff So: Up to $1,000 fine

JOHNNY LE / Daily Titan

display yesterday -- brought to his attention by the Daily Titan -- Michael Anthony, assistant University fails to post updated director of the Physical Plant on campus, schedelevator permits as stated by uled to have the current permits posted as early California law as this morning. Despite the expired permits in elevators located FRANCINE RIOS around campus, all 97 elevators were inspected Staff Writer in April 2010, said Debra Tudor, the chief engineer for the State of California Elevator Unit. When asked why the outdated permits had For several months, Cal State Fullerton has been in violation of state law by not displaying gone unnoticed for so long, Anthony said that proper elevator inspection permits, according to the elevator representative of ThyssenKrupp, the private elevator company which handles the records reviewed by the Daily Titan. Upon realization of the outdated permits on daily maintenance of CSUF campus elevators,

Deaths in drug war increase

must have gotten behind on its work. He also acknowledged that the ThyssenKrupp representative is overseen by both the plant and ThyssenKrupp. “Ultimately, the elevators are my responsibility,” Anthony said. Initially, the plant was under the impression that the state of California was simply behind on inspections. “This is an annual ritual we go through,” said Physical Plant Director Willem van der Pol in a Sept. 30 phone interview. See ELEVATOR, page 2

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In January of 2007, President of Mexico Felipe Calderon declared a war on drugs. There have been an estimated 28,228 drug-war related deaths since 2007, which the Los Angeles Times has stated was “more than the U.S. fatalities in the Iraq War.” The death toll continues to rise as multiple incidents spread throughout Mexico in the last week. In Ciudad Juarez, 14 people were killed in a massacre at a party on Oct. 22. The victims were all under the age of 25, including a 9-year-old boy. In a city miles away in the state of Coahuila, another three people, including two women and a teenage boy, were killed Sunday in drug-war related crossfire. Unrelated to either of these incidents, another three gunmen died Sunday in Torreon, Coahuila in another drug-war shooting. “Mexico’s violent drug cartels increasingly resemble an insurgency with the power to challenge the government’s control of wide swaths of its own soil,” said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. See DEATHS, page 2

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From the first step on the frigid ice to the last second of the buzzer, there are no words to describe the feeling of adrenaline and pure thrill when playing the game of hockey. The arctic air is always too cold for the lungs. The arena glass makes every minuscule sound echo across the ice. The freezing feeling wears off after warm-ups begin, only to turn to excruciating heat by the end of the game. Cal State Fullerton junior Dalton Braniff has been playing hockey longer than he could swim or ride a bike. The 20-year-old began playing roller hockey when he was 5 years old and switched to ice when he was 12. During high school he played for

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two different clubs, Inland Valley Wild and Anaheim Wildcats. Braniff, jersey No. 96, plays left wing, his favorite position because it gives him the chance to facilitate plays, and the ability to take the puck to the opponent’s side. “Hockey is the most versatile sport. It has the prettiness of soccer, the toughness of football, the tactics of basketball, and it’s played at a speed unmatched in team sports,” Braniff said. Braniff did not play hockey his freshman year, because he didn’t know the campus had a team. His sophomore year, Braniff was persuaded to attend practice and try out for the team by an old teammate on the Titans. Last season when Braniff first joined, it was the first season CSUF had a team in the West Coast Hockey Conference, Division II team of the

American Collegiate Hockey Association. Being a new team, it was challenging to get campus acknowledgment and be able to draw enough attention to recruit players. The premier season was especially rocky because the Titans didn’t know the mentality of their opponents. They weren’t able to understand their habits or conquer how their rivals played. Braniff said it was inspiring to see if the players ambitions would amount to any wins in the end. See WINGER, page 6

That time of the year has come around once more. Halloween, the one day of the year you can become whoever you want to be without being judged. You want to be a unicorn? Fine. Sparkly vampire? Go for it. Sexy kitten? You got it! However, it seems every year costumes keep getting more expensive. Try going to a Halloween superstore and you’re looking at at least $50 for a good costume. So how can the average broke college student get the look they want for less? Easy. Go for the next best thing: make it yourself. For those of you already savvy to this idea of the “self-made” costume, you already know there is an endless possibility of trendy costumes you can throw together for under $15. Want to make fun of pop culture? Twilight has the easiest costumes to duplicate. For Edward Cullen, grab your dark jeans, white

shirt and jacket, dust your face with some white powder, gel your hair until it’s as tall as the Eiffel Tower and sprinkle some of your little sister’s glitter on your face and chest and viola! You are now a sparkly teen heartthrob! And for those female students interested in dressing up like the vampire Scoobysnack, Bella Swan, any pair of dark blue denim jeans, a plaid buttonup shirt and earth toned jacket will complete her wardrobe. See CHEAP, page 5



October 27, 2010

IN OTHER NEWS Faculty discusses state challenges


At least 113 dead after tsunami hits Indonesia INDONESIA — At least 113 people were killed after a tsunami triggered by a powerful earthquake slammed into villages on Indonesia’s Mentawai Islands, officials and aid workers said Tuesday. The Disaster Management Agency in West Sumatra province said 10 villages on the island chain were swept away by waves as high as three meters caused by Monday’s 7.2-magnitude quake. Mujiarto, head of the Health Ministry’s Crisis Centre, said the latest information from Mentawai showed “113 people were dead and at least 150 others were missing.”But the Indonesian Red Cross put the number of missing at 502.


Ford reports $1.69 billion profit for third quarter DETROIT — Ford, Tuesday, said it earned $1.69 billion, or 43 cents per share, for the July-September period - its largest third-quarter profit since 1990. The Dearborn, Mich., automaker also said it used $2 billion in cash to pay off debt in September and will reduce its debt by a total of $5.6 billion by this Friday when it makes a cash payment to the UAW’s retiree health care trust fund, known as a voluntary employee beneficiary association. With that payment, Ford will have met all of obligations to the fund, which the company and the UAW agreed to create in 2007. “We are clearly ahead of where we thought we could be on improving our balance sheet,” said Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally Tuesday during a conference call with analysts and reporters.

STATE $715m could launch Valley high-speed rail FRESNO — A big federal grant could mean that California’s high-speed passenger rail system will begin construction in the central San Joaquin Valley. Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, announced Monday that the Federal Rail Administration had allocated $715 million specifically for building the first portion of the system in the Central Valley. But California’s High-Speed Rail Authority is still weeks from officially choosing which segment will be built first, and state officials appeared to be taken off-guard by Costa’s announcement. Critics questioned the timing of the announcement -- barely a week before Costa faces voters in a tough re-election bid. The money is part of more than $902 million in the latest round of federal funds for futuristic bullet trains to speed passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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Panel and students talk about the issues facing the next governor CHRIS POTRYKUS Staff Writer

Cal State Fullerton faculty members gathered in Titan Student Union Pavilions to answer students’ questions in a panel discussion on the state of California, Tuesday night. The event, moderated by Greg Washington, chief governmental officer and chair of Lobby Corp., focused on subjects pertaining to the upcoming midterm elections Nov. 2. The panelists first discussed the largest challenge the new governor of California will face in office. “The biggest challenge… is essentially the budget,” said Matthew Jarvis, a political science professor. “The budget has been made up simply by smoke and mirrors.” Jarvis alluded to Californians

JANELLE CONNER / Daily Titan Professor Shelly Arsneault and other faculty answered student questions regarding various propositions on the California ballot and the possible consquences and benefits of each.

“getting services that we are not paying for.” Among the panelists, there was a similar consensus. Shelly Arsneault, a political science professor, said the blame of the budget crisis falls on students’ parents and grandparents for “wanting a lot of great stuff but not wanting to pay for it.”

“I hope you will not fall into that same trap,” Arsneault said, speaking directly to the students in the audience. “The good people of California have to become realistic about their priorities. And if they want to keep these amenities they have, they’re going to have to open their wallets.”

John Bock, coordinator of the environmental studies program and director of the senate for sustainability, said some of the blame goes back to Proposition 13, an amendment enacted in 1978 that limits the amount of property tax levied by the state government. “Proposition 13 is preventing a lot of ways to raise revenue and provide services,” said Bock, an anthropology professor. “How are we going to have a civil society in California that moves forward when education has become such a low priority and when such a large part of the population doesn’t have the education to advance economically or socially?” The panelists answered questions from the students on the different propositions and about making higher education a top priority in the governor’s office. “It was good hearing the professor’s talk about current issues in an uncomplicated manner,” said Uting Hsu, 19, business major. “I personally didn’t know the details of all the topics so it was useful information from the professors. It provided a lot of clarity.”

ELEVATOR: EXPIRED PERMITS DUE TO WORK REDUCTION ... Continued from page 1 “Students typically take note in the elevator cars that the permits are expired, and they want to know why,” van der Pol said. “We aren’t happy about this either, and we would like to have much more recent dates for our permits.” The expired permits, however, may not be common knowledge to students as van der Pol suggested. The permits that were posted as of yesterday in McCarthy Hall and the Humanities Building dated as far back as 2008. “The permits have been issued,” Tudor said. “Now it’s just a matter of getting them up.” Subchapter 6, Article 2 of the California Code of Regulations, Title 8 Section 3,000 states that, “No elevator shall be operated without a valid, current permit issued by the Division... The permit, or a copy thereof, to operate a passenger elevator, freight elevator or incline elevator shall be posted conspicuously and securely in the elevator car.” Violation of this code results in fines of up to $1,000, according to California Code of Regulations as established by California Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (CAL/OSHA). Tudor cited the budget crisis as a typical issue for buildings not up to code with their permits. “Sometimes people can’t pay the inspection fees,” Tudor said. “This is usually due to the budgeting crisis.”

JOHNNY LE / Daily Titan A permit posted on an elevator in the Humanities Building was recently updated by assistant director of the Physical Plant Michael Anthony after it was brought to his attention by a Daily Titan reporter that the permit had expired in 2009.

Tudor confirmed the school’s violation, saying that “the budget wasn’t an issue, the permits are supposed to be displayed.” Lack of funding has also affected the Industrial Relations Department of California, which is responsible for overseeing building codes in California, Tudor said. The State of California Elevator

Unit is a division of the Industrial Relations Department of California. “We are backlogged about six to nine months due to a 15-percent work reduction and furloughs,” Tudor said. “But to have permits displayed from 2008 is highly unusual.” “I didn’t realize the elevator permits were expired,” said Juli Hinz, a 26-year-old American studies major. “But to know that the school is being irresponsible with the permits only adds to the other frustrations students have. If we are paying as much as we pay, you think the school could do something as simple as getting a maintenance guy to display current elevator permits.” This is not the first occurrence of permit negligence at CSUF. As printed on page 46 of the 2008 Quality Improvement Program Satisfaction Survey for Cal State

Fullerton, which was released July 17, 2008, one survey-taker noted, “Many of the elevators on campus have expired permits. It’s in many of the buildings including the TSU, Kines, and LH. I understand a month old or two, but there are still expired permits from 2007.” The report can be viewed on the Daily Titan website. Other college campuses in the state have had similar issues with expired elevator permits. The Daily Californian at UC Berkeley reported two instances in 2000 and again in 2009 of expired permits on its campus. The California Aggie at UC Davis began looking into expired permits in 2006 after students became trapped in a campus elevator. UC Irvine’s New University ran a story in 2004 about campus elevators with expired permits and The Pioneer at Cal State East Bay also shared reports of expired elevator permits this year.

DEATHS: MEXICO’S DRUG WAR ... Continued from page 1 There has been no update on whether or not the gunmen responsible for these unrelated shootings have been found. Mexico City, Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana, Coahuila and Altar (to name a few) have all experienced similar deadly violence in this war on drugs. “I do not condone the people of the drug cartel and their actions because everyone needs to be held responsible for good moral,” said Anthony Ortega, 26-year-old Cal State Fullerton graduate student. “At the same time, people need to put food in their stomach, clothes on their back and shelter over their head.” Some of the most fierce drug leaders, those who belong to the “Zetas” drug gang, received military training in the U.S. and learned their techniques at Fort Bragg. Al Jazeera newspaper reported that the Zetas were trained in the early 1990s by “America’s 7th Special Forces Group or ‘snake eaters.’” “Sometimes I feel the news exaggerates the situation, the news makes things worse than they

seem,” said Greg Perez, an 18-yearold CSUF civil engineering major. “The news over-exaggerated the drug cartel to kill the tourism.” At Fort Bragg, the Zetas were taught “counter-insurgency” and “counter-narcotics operations” as part of their training. The Zetas are thought to be the most dangerous of the drug cartel gunmen because of their special optics. “I think it’s corrupt what is currently going on,” said Neil Mohan, a 23-year-old operation management major. “The cartels are so strong so they can do whatever they want and the government doesn’t have the power to control them.” The Los Angeles Times reported that the Calderon deployed to 18 Mexican states, 45,000 troops and 5,000 federal police to help manage the crossfire taking place in the drug war. “United, Mexicans can and will overcome a common enemy that today threatens to destroy not only our tranquility but our democratic institutions,” Calderon said in a message. “It’s in the divisions between Mexicans where criminals find spaces and vulnerabilities to harm Mexico.”

October 27, 2010


Campus elections bring out candidates



College of the Arts

College of Communications

College of Business and Economics

Candidate: Katie Holland - Photo communications major Previous Experience: Member of the Titan Tusk Force and ASI Wednesday Concert coordinator Goals: To listen to issues presented by students and to represent their interest when formulating the budget.

Candidate: Jose Arteaga Business major Previous Experience: Served on the executive board of the Inter-Fraternity Council as vice president of public relations and community service. Served on the executive board for the Delta Chi fraternity Goals: Encourage students to get involved in ASI elections, school events, clubs and organizations.


College of Education

Candidates answered questions from students in the main Quad, the day before elections.

ANDERS HOWMANN For the Daily Titan

Candidates running for seats on the Associated Students Inc. Board of Directors spoke to a small audience of students in the Becker Amphitheater Tuesday. They answered questions posed by students and discussed their previous experiences with leadership, what character values and skills they would bring to ASI,

how they would represent students of their respective colleges and the ways that they would help increase student involvement on campus. On Wednesday and Thursday students will have the opportunity to elect two board members for each college. According to the ASI website, the board is responsible for approving funding as well as advocating student interests on committees and boards.

Candidate: Vivian Oh Double major in drawing and painting and photo communications Previous Experience: Served on the ASI Board of Directors in the fall 2010 semester Goals: To create a positive environment between the three art departments, clubs and students

Candidate: Christopher Labrot - Double major in technical theatre, with an emphasis on costume design, and history Previous Experience: Member of the Bianchini Foundation as a high school representative and vice president of his high school drama club Goals: To increase involvement on campus and to represent students of the College of the Arts

Candidate: Kristy Mar Seeking teaching credential in biology Previous Experience: Publicity manager and pharmacy manager for the Flying Samaritans and served on the Board of Directors for Education in the fall 2010 semester. Goals: To research and communicate information and knowledge of campus affairs with college officials and peers.

Natural Science and Mathematics Candidate: Dominick Prieto - Communications major with an emphasis in public relations Previous Experience: Vice president of programming on the Inter-Fraternity Council and philanthropy chair of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Goals: To represent the College of Communications, to build friendships with students on campus and to voice their problems and concerns.

Candidate: Reba Andrews Business marketing major Previous Experience: No prior leadership in ASI Goals: To increase student awareness of ASI, to represent business students, to get to know students of the College of Business and to voice their problems and concerns.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Candidate: Matthew Badal - Biochemistry major

Previous Experience: Served on the Board of Directors for the fall 2010 semester. Goals: To continue supporting students in his college and to support the equal funding for all clubs on campus through the IRA referendum.

Health and Human Development Candidate: Aissa Canchola - Double major in American studies and political science with a minor in sociology

Candidate: Jasmine Hooper - Human services major Previous Experience: Experiences with finances while working with Enterprise Corporation and was also a mentor for Freshman Programs. Goals: To promote awareness of clubs and associations related to students’ majors, to promote student camaraderie through club involvement and to increase awareness of ASI and its power to create change on campus.

Candidate: Hanna Yeo Human services major

Previous Experience: Was a representative for the Association for Intercultural Awareness and president for the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. Goals: To represent students of her college, to listen to student concerns and problems and to make decisions based on the students’ needs.

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Previous Experience: Served on the ASI Board of Directors as board chair in the fall 2010 semester and represents CSUF on the California State Student Association Board. Goals: To continue lobbying on behalf of students in Sacramento for increased funding for clubs and organizations within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and to lobby for equal access for students regardless of race, ethnicity and gender.

Candidate: Jonathan Bethel - Double major in psychology and human services

Previous Experience: Officer for the Psi Chi National Honors Society for psychology and held a position on the executive board of the Delta Chi fraternity and was also a delegate on the Inter-Fraternity Council. Goals: To represent the students of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and to encourage campus-wide involvement.

Candidate: Kristy Haffner - Double major in mathematics and child development

Previous Experience: ASI senator at Fullerton College and vice president for Club Teach at Fullerton College. She was also involved in ASI Lobby Corps, ASI Productions and Titan Tusk Force. Goals: To increase student participation in clubs related to their major, to create new campus events and activities and to represent and support students in her college.

Candidate: Jorly Chatouphonexay - Mathematics major

Previous Experience: Involved in Cal State Fullerton Circle K and was a co-representative in the natural sciences and mathematics Inter-Club Council. She also holds a position in the S.M.A.R.T. Girls Club. Goals: To get more students involved on campus and within the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.



October 27, 2010

Political skepticism has gone too far Asst. Opinion Editor

We have a problem in the United States. A gigantic problem, really; we don’t listen to the facts. Recently, many Americans have doubted facts about the U.S. government, specifically the president. Some people think President Obama is Muslim, he was born in Africa and the big bailout of banks and insurance companies under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) were enacted under his administration. Before I dive into our problems, I’d like to point out the difference between fact and opinion. Facts should be simple: Two plus two equals four, the sky is blue, the Yankees lost to the Rangers. Facts are irrefutable, indisputable and written down in the historical record; however you want to say it, they are the truth. Opinion is how someone views the facts: Four is a stupid number, I love blue skies, the Yankees suck. Opinion can be argued, can be disputed and does have different sides.

President Obama’s religion and can claim to be saved by Jesus but birthplace shouldn’t be a topic of our president has to constantly dediscussion. fend his beliefs. These shouldn’t be open ques“I am a devout Christian,” tions. Obama told Christianity Today Yet, his birthday or whether he in 2008. “I believe in the redempwas in the White House the day tive death and resurrection of Jesus TARP passed are apparently plau- Christ.” sible questions. But apparently that’s not enough It’s unbelievable that a large for pundits like Rush Limbaugh. part of the L i m Republican b a u g h Party is usconstantly According to, ing this dequestions 46 percent of Americans believe nial to gain O b a m a’s seats in religion, that Obama is a practicing Congress. calling him Muslim. How could people be The even “ I m a m more unO b a m a” questioning facts? believable and claim thing is the that “peolevel of the willingly ignorant who ple are questioning things.” believe this ridiculous piece of gosBut how could people be quessip. tioning facts? Obama is quoted as According to, 46 saying he’s a Christian, has released percent of Americans believe that his birth certificate to numerous President Obama is a practicing news sources (and blacking out Muslim. The same article says that his social security for protection) 27 percent of Americans think he and has constantly answered these isn’t a U.S. citizen. questions. Let’s discuss Obama’s religion Shouldn’t we focus on his first. achievements – or lack thereof? It’s incredible that former drug These tea partiers and Republiaddicts, prostitutes and murderers cans have a lot of legitimate con-


cerns, that there’s no need to focus on incorrect facts. These lies are created out of fear. The Republican Party is scared of having a well-spoken, black man in office who has a strange name. Fox News – who donated over $1 million to the Republican Party, according to the New York Times – is a prime example of using the fear-mongering techniques we all know Fox still claims to be a legitimate source of news but spread propaganda against the Democrats (and Obama) daily. Politifact, a nonpartisan website that fact checks pundits and politicians alike, reported that two of the five most searched items on its truth-o-meter are corrections of Glenn Beck, a Fox News pundit. Beck spreads enough lies to overload the site’s database, but one of his most recent involves first lady Michelle Obama. He said that she and her daughters went to Spain with “just her and about 40 of her friends” and went on the taxpayers’ dime. When, in fact, the White House said the first lady and her daughters were only accompanied by a few friends and paid their own cost.

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Letter to the Editor Pros and Cons: New IRA Fee Referendum “This referendum will give the Athletic Department, depending on enrollment, about $150,000,” said Brian Quinn, director of Athletics. $150,000 will be going to athletics.” One very important factor about this statement is the fact that if the referendum passes, then IRA Athletic programs will be awarded an additional $150,000 from what they are currently receiving. “Titan wrestling Head Coach Dan Hicks said that the IRA referendum will only help a little with athletics. The referendum is really more for Associated Students Inc. (ASI) to raise more money for their projects, he said.” False – the IRA fee referendum is strictly for Instructionally Related Activities and IRA funds are not used by ASI in its operating budget for any program, activity or event. ASI maintains its own operating budget which is completely separate from the IRA, and ASI funds and IRA funds are not interchangeable. ASI financially supports extra-curricular out-of-the-classroom activities, whereas IRA supports curriculum-related classroom activities. “They shut down the last athletic referendum and it would have basically done the same things as this one, said Amber Scott, sophomore track and field sprinter.” False – the last fee referendum held on campus was to benefit ONLY athletics, and was voted down by the student body. The current referendum up for a vote is to increase funding for IRA athletic programs and also for curriculum-related classroom activities. “As the IRA states a portion of the money will go to athletics, but a lot of it goes to the students and to reserves, Scott said.” All of the IRA funds will go to the students, as students are the ones who benefit through their involvement in IRA-funded classroom activities. Per IRA Budget Policy, only 2 percent of the entire IRA Operating Budget needs to be held in reserves, and for the past couple of years this amount has been maintained. Thomas Kocina, ASI Chief Communications Officer Henoc Preciado, ASI Vice President of Finance

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But, oh well, the damage is done. Obama is a Muslim foreigner. The first lady is vacationing with your tax dollars. Fox News is the No. 1 reliable news source. The sad thing is that some Republicans aren’t listening to their fellow party members. Even President Obama’s 2008 opponent Sen. John McCain acknowledged him as a Christian, American citizen. He was even quoted as saying that Obama is a “decent family man” and “a citizen,” according to the New York Times. And Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham recognizes that Obama is

what he says he is as well. To clear a few things up: Obama was born in Hawaii, was raised a non-believer and became a Christian later in his life, and wasn’t there when TARP was enacted – President Bush was still in office. People need to take the time to get to know their politicians, even if they don’t agree with him or her. Obama should only have to defend his decisions, not his birthplace. If 46 percent of Americans can recognize the facts, maybe Obama will have time to listen to their opinions.


October 27, 2010


HALLOWEEN Zombies will walk

A spook for all ages



Staff Writer

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If you are looking for an all-age friendly version of Oktoberfest, take a trip to Downtown Fullerton. The Fullerton Market is putting on its “OktoBOO-fest” Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. at the Downtown Plaza on Wilshire Avenue. The farmers market is transformed into a spooky event to attend and is a great way to launch the Halloween weekend. There will be 500 trick-ortreat bags handed to the first 500 participants, a children’s costume parade, a pumpkin carving and decorating contest, harvest-themed games and free arts and crafts put on by the Fullerton Museum Center. The event is not limited to children. Adults that attend may enjoy the beer and wine garden that will offer German beer and peanuts. There will also be entertainment for all. The local band, Bubba and the Big Bad Blues will be performing from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The new show at the Fullerton Museum, “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats,” will be reduced to $2 admission. Thursday is the day to start celebrating Halloween with friends and family at Fullerton’s “Okto-boo-fest” as it marks the last day of this year’s Downtown farmers market. It will be the last day to enjoy the market’s flowers, fresh produce, arts and crafts, bounce house, pony rides and the trackless train. “Okto-boo-fest” parking is free at the downtown lots, Wilshire parking structures and in the Transportation Center on Pomona and Santa Fe Avenue. For more information, contact the Fullerton Museum Center at (714) 738-6545.


Local ‘old Town Haunt’ delivers real life terror

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When looking for a good scare many people swarm to Halloweenthemed parks such as Knott’s Scary Farm and Universal Studios’ Horror Nights for frightening mazes and ghoulish monsters. For about half the price and half the wait, “Old Town Haunt” in Pasadena brings thrills and suspense with real history behind its haunted location. Located in the historical Union Saving Bank building in Old Town Pasadena, the underground haunted house is going on its sixth year and has distinguished itself as one that instills fear by retelling the atrocities that have happened in the basement. “It’s never the same haunt and we keep it fresh with new mazes and props,” said Chris Hannan, scare crew member. Disguised as a mutilated zombie waiting atop the staircase where he gives guests a parting scare, Hannan sees first-hand how the maze gets underneath the skin of many people and even has them returning for more. The haunted story behind the building plays out in different times and scenarios dating back to the 1890s. As chronicled in detail on the attraction’s website, the then-mission was first used to house prisoners in the catacombs as a jail during war. The prisoners disappeared and some were

eventually found crazed and frightened into insanity. “The building is actually haunted which makes it creepy. People are scared shitless when they walk out,” Hannan said. Rather than send a large group of people in at once, organizers send three to five people to fully experience what the maze offers, which in turn always keeps fright seekers in anticipation of who or what will jump before them. Infusing certain areas with a nauseating, putrid stench and getting people to crawl through small tunnels or squeeze through a compact, blackened pathway is what you won’t find at your traditional Halloween mazes. Lurking at the entrance and end of the maze is a skeleton-masked, suit-

clad man in stilts towering over awaiting guests without saying a word but purely staring in hopes of stirring up the sense of fright in the atmosphere. The man behind the mask is the coowner of the haunted attraction though little people ever find out, only solidifying the suspense of his presence. “We’re creepy and people are guaranteed to have a good time,” said Mark Williams. “No one’s ever walked out and said they didn’t have fun.” “It’s different (than) all the other mazes I’ve (gone) to,” Estrada said. “And I think way scarier.” Running until midnight leading up to Oct. 31 and with a walk-through time around 20 to 30 minutes, thrillseekers will definitely get their fix in the basement of this Halloween attraction.

Wear a mood ring and keep your long locks over your eye with a depressed look on your face and any vampire roaming the streets on Halloween will surely notice you. If your taste leans toward the scary side, try being a zombie. Of all the costumes you can make on a budget, this one is probably the most fun and best for the spookiest day of the year, unless the thought of going as Edward from Twilight scares you. Start by taking any old pair of jeans, preferably ones that you don’t

PHILLIP CABRERA For the Daily Titan

Courtesy of Flickr user sammydavisvintage Lady Gaga, with her many outrageous outfits, is a popular costume among young adults this Halloween season, particularly her meat dress. Other common popular-culture costumes this year include Snooki, Justin Bieber and Antoine Dodson.

Alice, Snooki among dress-up trends FRANCINE RIOS

Courtesy of Old Town Haunt Covered in blood, horrific characters jump from dark corners to frighten ‘Haunt’ visitors.


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care about and are planning on ditching soon. Take them outside, and go roll around in the dirt for a bit. Make sure to get some grass stains on them, or anything that looks like it would transfer onto you after being six-feetunder for an extended period of time. After you’ve taken your short dirt nap, rip some holes in your jeans if they don’t already have any, and tatter the bottoms. Next, grab a white T-shirt, any one will do (Target sells packs of three for under $10) and shred it up. Putting dirt and grass stains on this will help add to the effect.

To complete the outfit, buy some fake costume blood (trust me, it’s better to buy it than to mutilate your own body in pursuit of a cheap costume) and some cheap zombie makeup (they usually sell these kits at CVS). Put on your makeup, smear some blo od on your face, neck and clothes and you are ready to go eat some brains! Halloween is meant to be fun! Don’t stress over your costume just because you don’t have the funds. These costumes are simple and cheap, so use your imagination and have fun this Halloween.

many Halloween costume cues are being taken from pop culture bigStaff Writer whigs like the cast of Jersey Shore and Lady Gaga. The recent Twilight craze Expect Alice and her Wonderland could also be responsible for the surge crew to be out in full force this Hal- of vampire vestments this year. loween. According to local costume “Jersey Shore is pretty big right shops, including the Little Professor now,” said Michelle Rodriguez, 17, Halloween Shop and Stray Cat Vin- criminal justice major who plans tage and Costumes in Downtown on dressing up as a pirate. “I can see Fullerton, the season’s most popular why that’s popular. People want to Halloween gear for both college men do what’s cool and what is out right and women have been Lewis Car- now.” roll’s beloved Alice character for the English major Jason Galit, has ladies, along with the Mad Hatter for created a World War II-style Capguys. tain America “Some of the costume and I think Halloween is a more sillier cosa Wildcat costumes seem to time to dress up as whoever tume for himbe popular with has a difyou want to be. self guys, and defiferent take on nitely anything Halloween. - Jason Galit sexy is popular “I think HalEnglish major for women,” said loween is a time Noelle Aguirre, a to dress up as Little Professor sales associate and a whoever you want to be,” Galit said. double-major in history and Ameri- “But if you can dress up as anybody, can studies at Cal State Fullerton. why dress up as somebody real?” Other trendy get-ups for this year This time last year, costumes such include cowboys and pirates for guys as Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Katy Perry and The Wizard of Kate Gosselin and vampires were the Oz’s Dorothy for girls. top picks for the ghoulish holiday On a grander scale, the Los An- season, according to an Oct. 2, 2009 geles Times indicated Oct. 25 that report on


Flesh-eating corpses will rise from their graves and walk the streets of Long Beach Oct. 30 for the annual “Zombie Walk” event presented by local organization Mondo Celluloid. Every year, fans of the walking dead dress up in their best ragged clothing, slap on the white makeup, douse themselves with blood and channel their inner zombie. They then head down to meet up with fellow zombie impersonators. The event will start at 5 p.m. with local businesses on 4th Street participating in the festivities. Stores like The Lil’ Devils Boutique will host a free kiddie zombie makeup clinic for toddlers who want to become mini-zombies for the night. Vintage furniture store Elan Collection will have a special-effects makeup artist in the store to provide zombie makeovers for the makeup challenged and wine bar Art Du Vin will serve up zombie-themed alcoholic drinks for those wishing to relax before the late-night excursion. At 8 p.m. “Zombie Walk” participants will meet at Portfolio Coffee House and start invading the Long Beach streets at 8:30 p.m. where they will terrorize any unlucky victims that get in their way. After the walk, there will be a special screening of the British cult classic zombie film, Shaun of the Dead at the Art Theatre to end the night on a perfect note. More information for the event can be found at:

‘Tis the season to be naughty. With less than a week until Halloween, it’s time to stress about costume ideas. For those tired of being a ghost for the third year in a row, shops in Fullerton promise to have what students seek whether price is an issue or not. Proximity is crucial as many do not wish to drive for hours to different towns to find costumes or accessories. Three stores less than 10 minutes from Cal State Fullerton offer adequate selection and affordable prices. Little Professor suits up in preparation for Halloween annually. Rows of textbooks are replaced with packaged costumes along with makeup, accessories and a clearance section to make Halloween shopping convenient. Fairly priced and with a favorable selection for women, Little Professor is a useful stop for upcoming festivities. Naughty nurses, Alice in Wonderland and Little Red Riding Hood are just a few choices for women, prices ranging from $40 to $70. Men had one straight row of costumes that ranged in choices from the Jolly Green Giant, Bruno and a tea bag from $40 to $60. On 210 N. Harbor Blvd., another useful stop for authentic Halloween apparel is American Vintage. The boutique atmosphere makes for a tranquil visit while searching through the wide selection of quality-dated clothing. American Vintage mixes costume hunting and clothes shopping into one easy stop. Most articles of clothing are not over $25 and can be worn more than once versus the plastic packaged “one-time” wear other costumes offer. Before heading on the 91 Freeway in search of that special Halloween outfit it would be helpful to stop at the Costco-like super store at 1304 S. Harbor Blvd. Discount Halloween has everything imaginable, offering an endless amount of accessories, decorations for parties, makeup and costume size selection at fair prices, around $40. Discount Halloween is the place to go for need anything Halloween related. The store is organized but with Halloween creeping just around the corner, the selection may go south and traffic in-store may pick up.



October 27, 2010

Bee in the Know... A World Series quest

STEPHANI BEE Sports Columnist

The championship series in both the National and American League proved to be upsets. The Philadelphia Phillies and their stellar three— Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt—succumbed to the Giants and their relentless pitching staff. San Francisco’s offense grinded through at-bats to get to the soft underbelly of the Philly pen to win in six games. In the American League, the Texas Rangers beat down on the Yankees’ rotation to win their series in six games as well, setting up a World Series that will highlight

pitching, pitching and maybe a few sluggers in between. Cliff Lee will toe the rubber in the first game for the Rangers opposite Tim Lincecum, the reigning NL Cy Young winner, for the Giants. This matchup should prove to be just as enticing as the thought of Halladay vs. Lincecum was. Both Lee and Lincecum have been at the top of their games in October, so this is anyone’s game. Game two will feature Matt Cain and C.J. Wilson. Cain is a man who defies his peripheral stats and always plays above his projections. Wilson, in his first season as a full-time starter, was proven both unhittable and mortal during the championship series. Look to Cain to step up again, though. Paired with Lincecum, Cain has provided the Giants with one of the best 1-2 punches in the game. Jonathan Sanchez and Colby Lewis are set to tango in game three. Lewis has had a renaissance season after taking a two-year sabbatical in Japan, and he’ll face the righty-leaning Giants lineup. He has been able to perform beyond the baseline expectations, and he should match up

well against San Francisco. Sanchez was bounced early in his game-six start against the Phillies as manager Bruce Bochy wanted to go for the win, using several starters to close out the final game. If Wilson can establish the strike zone early, he should come out ahead. In the fourth game, Madison Bumgarner should get the ball for the Giants opposite Tommy Hunter. Bumgarner, only 21 years old, is already a better starter than Hunter and should be able to keep San Francisco ahead if his offense can provide some support. When it comes to the battle fought at the dish, Texas definitely has the edge. Though any hitter can hit like Babe Ruth in a short series or come out an unlikely hero, and though the Rangers do have a couple of holes in their lineup, they still do pack a punch with the likes of Nelson Cruz, Vladimir Guerrero and ALCS MVP Josh Hamilton. However, when the Rangers are on the road, they will lose the benefit of the designated hitter and will have to move Guerrero to right field, weakening their defense significantly in

the corner and removing an offensive weapon from their lineup (granted, the Giants will also be without the DH). The Giants, on the other hand, have rookie phenom Buster Posey to lead the charge surrounded with the likes of Aubrey Huff, another man having a comeback year, Pat Burrell, who was plucked from the dumpster from Tampa Bay, and waiver-baitturned-hero Cody Ross. Texas has the bats to blast the Giants, but the Giants also have the pitching to stymie the toughest of sultans. If this series had to be decided on pitching alone, it’d be difficult to make a choice because the rotations are so evenly matched. San Francisco is hankering for their first World Series since moving to the Bay area, while Texas is looking for their first-ever championship. When it comes to this matchup, it’s going to be the winner taking home the glory by a hair, and though Giants General Manager Brian Sabean did a superb job patching his roster midseason, the edge is in Arlington. Prediction: Rangers in seven.

Courtesy of MCT San Francisco Giants Tim Lincecum has gone 2-1 in the playoffs with a 1.93 ERA.


BRIAN EVANS / For the Daily Titan Junior left wing Dalton Braniff skates through two USC defenders to drive toward the net. In this game, the Titans beat USC 5-1.

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It took plenty of advertising efforts to rally enough of an audience to come watch the games. Once the team was able to get students to attend, they slowly developed a growing fan base. “The team has come a long way from their start in ‘08. They’re scoring more goals, and winning games and (No. 96) has been a key component of their offense,” said Tristan Gonzalez, 20, a loyal Titan hockey fan. “After our crowds had grown and we had started to learn how to win, it was all worth it. Our hard work really paid off coming into the second season because we got a lot more talent to come to our try-outs,” Braniff said. Being able to balance hockey with the rest of his activities is a laborious task. In addition to hockey, Braniff is an active member of a campus fra-

ternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon; he is on His fellow teammates had only the philanthropy committee and the praises to say about their colleague. standards board. “On the ice he’s the kind of guy The fraternities weekly meetings who goes out and works till he’s are sometimes at the same time as about to throw up; then he does, hockey pracand gets back tice, so he ofout on the ice Dalton plays with a ten must miss and does it all his meeting. over again,” dedication and intensity “His grades said Patrick rarely seen. He has a true are excellent; McDevitt, se passion for hockey... he works very nior defender. hard as a stu“Dalton - Kallan Smith dent-athlete. plays with a Senior forward He is an exdedication and tremely valuintensity rarely able member seen. He has a for our chapter,” said Nick O’Dell, true passion for hockey and won’t 22, Sigma Phi Epsilon president. quit unless it’s physically imposBalancing everything involves a sible to continue. I would play on a lot of late nights. line with him any day,” said Kallan “After getting home from prac- Smith, senior forward. tice, I just want to pass out, but Braniff believes this season will be there’s always something more im- an outstanding one. He has confiportant than sleeping that I have to dence that the Titans will rise against do,” Braniff said. anyone in their division.

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