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Vol. 88 Issue 35

November 2, 2010

Sufjan Stevens Opens musical floodgates New album Age of Adz blends acoustic and electronic sounds See ALBUM, page 5

Free or discounted food for student voters

To entice student voters local eateries will be offering specials to voters See COMMUNITY, page 3

WHAT’S INSIDE OPINION Sex and violence in video games goes to vote ........................................4 DETOUR Shiny Toy Guns and Seven Year War Halloween bash ........................................6 SPORTS Bee in the Know: Postseason expansion ........................................8

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stared creepily at the tour party, while a screeching young girl ran to the bride and groom to murder them. Throughout the house, spooky creatures shook rattling cans and scared guests when they least expected it. “By far more entertaining than anything at Knott’s Scary Farm. At Knott’s you can pinpoint where people are, but here you can’t see people ahead of time,” said Daniel Selnick, a senior computer science major. From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. children were invited to a less scary version of the story along with trick-or -treating throughout the house. Guests at the end of both tours were treated to cookies, candy and drinks on the patio.

Community members, educators, family and friends gathered Saturday afternoon to celebrate the life of Southern California artist and renowned print-maker Patrick Merrill. The day consisted of a memorial service, an artist panel discussion and an exhibition opening at Begovich Gallery; Patrick Merrill: revelation, which will run through Nov. 9. “He’s got a really diverse background as an artist and as an educator. So we have a lot of people from all over here today,” said Dana Lamb, Visual Arts Department chair. “His prime medium was print making. The work is based strongly on his social and political perspective and observations in his life; he had a very interesting life.” Merrill died Aug. 31, 2010 after a battle with cancer. At the service, Merrill’s close friends played the electric guitar blues as over 300 people congregated in the courtyard of Cal State Fullerton’s Visual Arts department. His wife Debra R. Winters, an art writer and historian, described him as a “blues man,” she reminisced about his rough edges, his passion for politics and his belief in the human spirit. Merrill’s impact on the art community was vast. He graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a bachelor of fine arts degree and from CSUF with his master’s in fine arts. He was the curator of the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery at Cal Poly Pomona from 1997-2009. He was instrumental in thrusting the Ink and Clay competition to a national level, an annual contest that lets print, ceramic and sculpture makers compete for bragging rights and prize money.

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Shekell pleads guilty to charges KEITH COUSINS Daily Titan

Former Cal State Fullerton student Jessica Shekell pled guilty Thursday to two counts of vehicular manslaughter as well as to felony drunk driving causing injuries. Shekell, 23, was driving her car while drunk on the wrong side of the 91 Freeway, when she crashed head-on into an oncoming vehicle Oct. 26, 2009. The collision left Sally Miguel, 49, and her sister Patricia Miguel, 30, dead. If convicted, Shekell faces up to 19 years and eight months in state prison. After going to two Placentia bars with friends, Shekell drove eastbound on the westbound lane of the 91 Freeway. See SHEKELL, page 2

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Haunted house scares up funds KRYSTLE UY Daily Titan

The Student Ambassador’s Association held its first annual haunted house event at George C. Golleher Alumni House, Thursday. A long line of costumed guests wrapped around the house as they eagerly awaited the thrill of a good scare. Heidi Ignacio, a junior nursing major, clutched her friends tightly while waiting in the long line. “I was a bit scared just (because) we had to sign a release waiver, (in case of an accident on the property)” Ignacio said. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. guests were led through a foggy graveyard and into the haunted house, which was covered by yellow “do not enter” tape.

Tour guides recanted a scary story of betrayal, murder and a wedding written by student ambassador, Katelynn Monday, 21. The story told of a doctor who fell in love with a farmer’s wife and killed the farmer after an advantageous accident in order to marry the widow. At the wedding, the widow and farmer’s daughter killed her mother and the doctor. Upon entering the house, guests were led through a dark hallway where eerie banging and groans were heard. Afterward, tour guides led them with flashlights to the kitchen where the doctor was mutilating the farmer’s body with various tools. The next scene featured ominous figures staring blankly at the tour party while framed photos of people with moving eyes followed visitors. The end of the tour was the wedding where guests

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KRYSTLE UY / Staff Writer The band well known for its theatrical stage shows came out dressed as pigs along with other flamboyant outfits, and some attendees were left unimpressed.

Glitz and glamor is not enough for Of Montreal KRYSTLE UY Daily Titan

Indie pop band, Of Montreal brought the glitter, glitz and glam to the Hollywood Palladium Oct. 30. Of Montreal, a band led by flamboyant and rambunctious Kevin Barnes, are no strangers to what it means to put on an extravagant live show. Their set featured the usual wild animal-masked actors, each playfully and sexually interacting with a bemused Barnes. Confetti

and streamers were strewn toward an energetic crowd, clearly feeding off of Barnes’ crazy show antics. The band opened up with “Coquette Coquette,” the lead single off of their latest album False Priest. While False Priest showcases Of Montreal’s efforts in evolving while capturing the low end of dance rhythm and blues and ‘70s soul and funk, the album does not mirror the high energy of Skeletal Lamping, an album so frenetic and sexual, but addictive.

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Ray Anderson, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, said Monday that harsher fines and possibly suspensions for helmet-to-helmet hits could be coming immediately, even for first-time offenders, according to NFL.com. The National Football League took action after the week six games where there were many “flagrant” and shocking hits. “I think it is cool for player safety. However, I do not think it is consistent because it only protects the offensive players. The defensive players will have to change the way they play the game while the offense can keep playing their styles of football,” said Nahum Berham, a Cal State Fullerton business finance major. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather, Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson and New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul were all guilty of illegal hits. The NFL has become more aware of these hits because of the amount of concussions. A player that suffers a concussion has to go through multiple tests relating to the brain and head to be cleared for action. The NFL has also started to think of suspending players that lead with their helmets. However, Commis-

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sioner Roger Goodell will have the final say on the matter. “I do not think it appears fair for the players to be suspended. It is the NFL, players are supposed to hit hard. I think it might be detrimental to the sport of football if we have

players easing up on the plays,” said Dorado Quick, a CSUF business major. Also, suspensions are being brought up because players are not getting the message from the fines, however big they are.

Former New England Patriots safety and now analyst for NBC’s Sunday Night Football, Rodney Harrison, has been vocal on the matter that fines are not working. See HEAD-ON, page 8


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Britain, Germany increase flight security after bomb scare LONDON — Britain and Germany stepped up their aviation security measures Monday to try to close gaps exposed by last week’s airplane bomb scare. Both countries were layover points for one of the two U.S.-bound aircraft from Yemen found to be carrying powerful explosives in booby-trapped computer printers. One of the bombs was intercepted in central England after the plane first stopped in Cologne, Germany. The federal German aviation authority announced that it was immediately suspending all passenger flights to Germany on Yemenia Airways, the Yemeni national airline.

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Fed to take an unusual stab at boosting the economy WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve begins a two-day meeting Tuesday that is expected to conclude with announcement of a plan to spark life into the moribund U.S. economy. The Federal Reserve has signaled since August that it will begin purchasing government bonds in an attempt to drive down the bonds’ yield or their return to investors. It hopes that by flattening the return that investors can get from the safest investments, they’ll take more risks and lift the economy out of its doldrums. The dollar is expected to weaken as a result of the Fed’s purchase of two-year and 10-year Treasury bonds. It is expected to boost the U.S. economy by making U.S. exports cheaper abroad.

STATE Appeals court supports parts of Arizona’s immigration law SACRAMENTO — A federal appeals court, reviewing Arizona’s tough new immigration law while protestors outside shouted and waved signs, suggested during a hearing, Monday, that the state may be permitted to require police to investigate the immigration status of suspected criminals and yet be powerless to do anything about a person’s illegal residency. During an hourlong hearing, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals examined four provisions of the new Arizona law that a federal judge in Phoenix blocked as unconstitutional. The three-judge appeals panel appeared largely inclined to agree with the lower court’s July ruling, which said the law usurped the federal government’s sole authority to regulate immigration.

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ALYSSA WEJEBE / Daily Titan Alpine Green, was one of the top five games, where four members from each club raced on skis on the grass from point A to point B.

Games return to home turf Friendship Games unites California campuses with activities and competition ALYSSA WEJEBE Daily Titan

The 25th Annual Friendship Games were held Saturday at Cal State Fullerton and were hosted by the university’s Pilipino American Student Association Kaibigan. The games were established in 1985 at CSUF. Kimberly Alonso, CSUF PASA board member, said kaibigan means “friend” in Tagalog, the predominant language in the Philippines. The PASA Friendship Games is the largest student-run FilipinoAmerican event in the country, and highly anticipated. Over 30 colleges and universities from across the nation come together to compete in a series of picnic games. “It’s more of a friendly competi-

tion,” Alonso said. It was her second time at the games. The games, free to the public (18 and older with proper I.D.), were held on the Engineering and Computer Science Lawn. Christine Reyes, CSUF PASA Kaibigan club member, said schools such as Cal State Northridge, San Francisco State, University of Las Vegas, Arizona State, UC Irvine, and other CSUs and UCs participated in the games. Participating schools arrived with their teams decked out with various themes in mind. CSU San Bernardino LUBOS (“absolute” in Tagalog) Pilipino American Student Organization dressed in Lakers’ purple and gold. The Reunited Organization of Pilipino Americans at Pasadena City College had a tribal theme, with one person with war paint and a feather in a band around her forehead. Sampuso (“one heart” in Tagalog) at Los Angeles Pierce Community College wore costumes themed around the animated series Avatar

the Last Airbender—red, blue, green, yellow, with symbols and banners for fire, water, earth and air. Micah Borlaza, president of Sampuso, said it was her club’s first time at the games. “We were told that it was going to be really energetic, and yeah, everyone’s real friendly,” Borlaza said. Kapatirang Pilipino at UC Santa Barbara had a Stars Wars theme, with shirts saying ���May the S.P.U.F. Be With You” and some dressed in spaceship costumes. S.P.U.F. stands for Spirit, Pride, Unity and Friendship. Last year San Jose State students were the S.P.U.F. champions, while San Francisco State students were the Friendship Games Champions. The schools themselves performed before the games started, dancing to such songs as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “I Like to Move It,” “Chop Suey” and “I Will Survive.” There were also vendors selling food such as the Filipino dish pancit noodles, and others selling PASA merchandise.

Two California Highway Patrol officers witnessed and initiated a traffic break to try to stop Shekell’s car. However, as they re-entered the freeway heading westbound the officers witnessed Shekell crashing head-on into a pickup truck driven by Sally Miguel. Miguel was driving her sister, Patricia, and their two nieces’ home after spending the evening at Knott’s Berry Farm. Sally Miguel was pronounced dead on the scene. Patricia, who was riding in the passenger seat of the pickup, was pronounced dead shortly after being transported to Western Medical Center. According to an Orange County District Attorney press release, Shekell had a blood-alcohol level of 0.26 percent - more than three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent. Students at Cal State Fullerton are divided on whether or not the possible 19-year sentence is enough punishment, given her crime. “Since she was under the influence, 19 years is not enough,” said Sue Lagardy, 21, undeclared. “She deserves a real consequence. This is just like sending a kid to their room.” Others, however, expressed that the sentence fits the crime. “She drank, she ‘knowingly’ got into her car and made her car a deadly weapon,” said Lan Bui, 26, history major. “She got off on the right amount (of punishment); people have gotten away with more.”

MEMORIAL: ARTWORK DISPLAYED Merrill was described as a man of nature; he loved the outdoors and everything natural. His family portrayed him as a generous man, as a prankster and a man who loved to talk. Winters said Merrill was known for walking around barefoot, and as a tribute many of his close friends attended the ceremony in their bare feet. Jade Jewett, CSUF drawing and painting professor, met Merrill in the graduate program over 18 years ago. She saw first hand his works’ impact as a political message and as an act of peace. Jewett is currently finishing coediting an extensive book about Merrill’s life as an artist and community member. It is co-written by Merrill’s wife and three other art historians and additional artist writers, as well as Merrill himself. “The complexity of the political images, he was really a man of peace, but not as an abstract concept, he had been in the war and became an advocate related to his experiences in the war,” Jewett said. The exhibition that is currently on display consists of four 6-foot-by-12foot prints titled “Four Horseman of the Apocalypse” created in response to the events of Sept. 11. Included is a piece titled “Alpha and Omega,” which was completed a week before his death. The show also includes 30 small prints Merrill created during the Christmas seasons from 1977-2009. “Pat gave so much to so many of us through the years, the print shop, teaching us print making, his work as a master printer, curating shows,” Jewett said. “And just being part of the informal network of the art community.”

HOUSE: HAUNTING TALES “The cobwebs creeped me out. It turned out to be the best wedding of my life and I’ve never been to a wedding,” said Abby Fisher 8 years old. Guests were admitted to the event for a $1 donation with proceeds supporting the Alumni Association’s scholarships. Up to two scholarships worth $3,000 each will be open to all continuing full-time CSUF undergraduate and graduate students next spring. Another scholarship will be awarded to a student from each college worth $1,000, according to Katrina Eberly, the event’s coordinator and alumnia representative. More scholarship information can be obtained at CSUFAlumni.com


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Community eateries encourage voting Local food joints around Cal State Fullerton give incentives to voters KILEY BUSCHHAUSEN For the Daily Titan

N. State College and Chapman. FREE (2) cream cheese wontons with the purchase of a drink with your “I Voted” sticker. “With our efforts, we are trying to encourage the Fullerton community to vote. After you vote, head over to Pick up Stix on State College and receive (2) free cream cheese wontons with the purchase of a drink”- Alfred Rubio, Manager

Nutwood Ave. FREE drink with any purchase with your “I Voted” sticker.

N. State College and Chapman. Free drink with any purchase with your “I Voted” sticker.

Located on Nutwood Avenue FREE non-alcoholic drink with any entrée OR buy one Baja Taco Plate and receive one Baja Taco Plate FREE when you show your “I Voted” sticker. “Cantina Lounge would like to encourage our local neighborhood to vote during California’s 2010 election. We would like people to understand that our voice is important and our votes affect us all. To express this, as a little incentive Cantina Lounge is offering some discounts for those that do take the time to vote and make our opinions matter!” -Tamara Cruz, Director of Marketing

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Professor Miguel Zavala shared his passion for teaching and his goals JENNA WEST Daily Titan

Photos of students with picket signs that echo the voice of social activism align his office wall. He is a new face to the Cal State Fullerton community but his passion for teaching has evolved over the past eight years and goes beyond what is inside of the classroom. He is Professor Miguel Zavala, a new professor at CSUF in Secondary Education of the College of Education with the emphasis of curriculum theory and multicultural education. Zavala’s interests are in the diversity of education and teaching future educators who seek to work in urban communities. Zavala completed his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and his doctorate in curriculum and instruction at UCLA as well as attended Cornell University to earn a master’s degree in sociological education. However, Zavala did not always want to go into education, let alone a field that required any degree. His dream was to race mountain bikes. He started at age 12 and has continued to ride ever since. “I try to mountain bike on my free time,” Zavala said. “One of my goals is actually to ride all the way to campus which is about 18 miles from where I live.” Ironically, his passion of mountain biking led to his career as a teacher. As a way to negotiate with his family, Zavala focused on his studies and looked for a job while racing on the side. As a result he found a teaching position and a week later was in the classroom at Emmett Junior High School, the second largest middle school in the state. His desire to teach developed over time as he worked with his students in the city of Bell. These students came from the same Mexican-American background as himself. “I became very passionate about the situation at school. The issues of social inequality that these students were facing is what drove me more to continue teaching,” Zavala said. As his passion increased, so did his involvement in social activism to change equality education in urban cities and better these communities. For example, he campaigned with teachers and students to remove a principal who was not only racist but abused teachers’ and students’ rights. Other campaigns involved opening a school similar to the freedom schools in the south. He hopes to bring this perseverance of social justice to CSUF. “I would like to connect with the student groups out here on campus. I think it would be important to instill that fervor where there is student

JONATHAN GIBBY / Daily Titan At the grand opening of the Shop24 convenience store vending machine, the manufacturer demonstrated the ease with which the machine could be operated.

First automated West Coast convenience store Shop24, a new high tech convenience store opens for the benefit of students KIRAN KAZALBASH Daily Titan

MARK SAMALA / Daily Titan Professor Miguel Zavala originally wanted to be a professional mountain bike rider but is now a professor at Cal State Fullerton.

activism and a student voice,” Zavala said. Apart from his drive to focus on grass roots activism, he prefers to teach in a more dialectical way, instead of just lecturing, as way of bringing his students into the learning experience. Zavala loves that his career involves working with other people of all ages and he explains it as a developmental process. “There’s something beautiful about the experience of working with students and connecting with them,” Zavala said. “Students see the possibility of what learning could be through the way that I teach.” CSUF’s Nick Henning may have the strongest relationship with Zavala out of the faculty because of their time spent together as doctoral students in the Urban Schooling division of UCLA. Henning sees Zavala’s teaching as an asset and is glad to have him at CSUF. “He has taken on what are some of the most challenging, but interesting, courses in our department and

has really made them his own,” Henning said. “He challenges his students to push themselves in their thinking about the world, and about education.” His passion is something that many people are drawn to, even to the ones who are closet to him. Zavala’s wife, Desiree Zavala, is a successful staff attorney who adores her husband’s accomplishments. “I’m so proud that he had the vision and tenacity to complete the goals he had set for himself and I can’t wait to see what he will accomplish now that he is a professor. I admire his determination, dedication and intensity,” Desiree said. Zavala sees his education and the position of being a professor as an achievement. He said that only 0.02 percent of Mexican Americans complete a doctorate degree. However, he does not take all the credit for himself. “This achievement would not have happened if it weren’t for prior things that were done.” Zavala said. “I’m here

because of my parents and the Chicano Movement in 1969.” If it was not for his parents who immigrated to America from Mexico he would not be in the position he is in today. Zavala’s strive was modeled through the hard work of his parents. His mother worked in the garment industry and his father was a mattress assembler. They overcame many hardships to keep the family together. He honors the 1969 Chicano student movements in East Los Angeles as a moment in history that allowed him to get his foot through the door before it was closed. Although Zavala has fulfilled his endeavor of where he is today, he realizes that the hard work must continue. Through working to better himself as a professor, preparing his students as educators, helping to create a louder student voice on campus, and publishing his own work, Zavala’s determination continues to strive. “There’s a lot of struggle but within that there’s a lot of strength,” Zavala said.

The Shop24 automated convenience store held its grand opening at Cal State Fullerton Monday amidst much excitement and intrigue. The convenience store vending machine, located between the Humanities Building and Education Classrooms, is the first one of its kind in California and all of the West Coast. The over 8-foot-tall machine, which can hold up to 175 different products ranging from 1 ounce to 8 pounds, has been installed at CSUF to meet the needs of students. “It’s going to give (students) a wider variety of products in different package sizes, which gives them a better value,” said Charles Treister, Shop24 chief operating officer. “For students who live in the dorms it will give them access to products so they don’t have to leave campus.” Originally operated in Europe and in the East Coast of the United States, Shop24 brings an innovative idea to retail, dispensing a variety of items such as snacks, cleaning supplies, medicine and even full meals. There are also multipack drinks and 2-liter bottles of soda all kept to a cool 36 degrees. Shop24 accepts different methods of payment including cash, credit card, debit card and even CSUF’s TitanCard and operates 24 hours a day.

“It never closes, hence the name Shop24– it is always open for a convenience to our campus community,” said Tony Lynch, director of Campus Dining Services. Morrisville State College in New York has had the Shop24 machines installed on its campus near the parking lot and dorm area and have experienced a great deal of success. “From a financial standpoint, the Morrisville State College has exceeded their expectations with regard to the financial performance,” Treister said. “While still providing students with a great value, and a wider variety of products and a good return for the university at the same time.” Shop24 at CSUF will be operated by Titan Shops, who will be responsible for selecting items and the different price points. The machine also features an integrated video security system so that it can be monitored remotely to ensure safety for customers. During the opening ceremony Bill Dickerson, CSUF auxiliary service executive director, spoke about first being introduced to the idea of an automated shop for CSUF and how he was pleased with the outcome of the decision to implement it here. “When I visited the operation in (Morrisville) and found out how successful their operation was I was convinced that this is the wave of the future,” Dickerson said. Many students have already taken a liking to the new convenience shop finding it to be easily accessible and perfect for anyone who spends long hours on campus. “This is the future, this is crazy,” said James Hetfield biology graduate student. “It’s like a 7-Eleven without the cashier.” dailytitan.com/news


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November 2, 2010

Attack of the ads Whitman and Brown’s ads for election don’t tell us what we really need to know GRECIA RIVAS For the Daily Titan

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Treating video games like pornography The Supreme Court votes today on regulating violence in video games WESLEY RUSCHER For the Daily Titan

Freedom of speech is just one of the few undeniable rights that the First Amendment to the Constitution grants every American citizen. As technology has evolved over the years, the U.S. Supreme Court has had to re-interpret its very meaning that was unimagined by our country’s forefathers. From radios to televisions, the possibilities in which Americans can communicate have tested its fundamentals. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin to listen to the first oral arguments in a case of technology that is very dear to many of this generation: video games. The case, Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association and Entertainment Software Association, relates to a 2005 California law which aims to regulate the sale and rental of “violent” computer and video games to minors. So how does a law restricting the sale or rental of video games to minors infringe on the rights the First Amendment grants to everyone? Like books, music and movies which are all protected under the First Amendment, video games contain the same type of artistic expression that these media contain. Furthermore establishing laws that place content-based bans on protected expressions directly violates this amendment. The basis of California’s argument is on the grounds that violent video games lead to violence in minors. California also compares video games to pornography. In the U.S.

Supreme Court case Ginsberg v. New York it was ruled that material such as pornography is harmful to children and gives the states the power to protect minors from such harms. The fact is violence – let alone video game violence – has never been scientifically proven as harmful to minors. That is the main reason two lower courts of this case and 12 other courts in similar cases have already found age-based, content-restriction laws unconstitutional. As it stands right now, computer and video games are rated through the use of a self-regulatory body, The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), similar to what the Motion Picture Association (MPAA) does for the movie industry. The ESRB, which the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has called the “most comprehensive” of all media-rating systems, provides an already detailed, widely-used means in which violent games can be identified. The FTC has further disclosed in reports that of all media-based (e.g., movies and music) rating system, the ESRB guidelines are upheld the most by retailers across the country.

T h e fact that California lawmakers are trying to pass a law restricting sales to minors should be very scary to anyone that values their freedom of expression. The vagueness of the law about what is and isn’t appropriate violence for minors and the singling out of these games, could have a significant effect on the creativity of game makers and make retailers reluctant to carry such games. If this law is upheld by the U.S.

Courtesy of Flickr user Pasukaru76 Supreme Court, what is to stop lawmakers from regulating other forms of media – movies, television, music, books,

the news – that contain acts of violence? If California wants to protect minors from obtaining violent video games, constructing a law that potentially limits the freedom of expression for Americans is not the answer. The proper tools are already in

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place for parents to prevent minors from purchasing or playing violent video games. California, as well as any other state government that wishes to protect minors, needs to educate and not enforce such restrictions that eliminate the responsibilities of parenting. Education of the ESRB ratings through joint collaborations between the government and the ESRB is a start. Furthermore each major video game system currently has controls implemented that can limit the play of video games based on ratings. The ignorance of parents doesn’t mean a law should be put in place. Hopefully the Supreme Court will come to the same conclusion that two lower courts have already agreed upon regarding this case. Video games are interactive stories and they should be treated exactly the same as all forms of expressive communication.

Republican candidate Meg Whitman and Democratic candidate Jerry Brown are two completely different people with the same agenda – to become governor of California. How are they planning to accomplish that? By putting different campaign ads on television about how the other person is a liar and unfit for the position. You have Whitman and her campaign ads on how Brown “can’t deliver the results California needs now.” All Whitman’s ads attack Brown, telling the viewers how he was as Mayor of Oakland and how he was governor in the past. Then you have Brown, whose campaign ads are no different than Whitman’s. His ads have said “Meg Whitman’s nose keeps growing by the millions.” He has also used the recent scandal about Whitman’s housekeeper to his benefit. There is nothing wrong with attacking the other candidate – that is part of being a politician. What’s wrong is that politicians seem to have forgotten that people don’t enjoy watching the candidates attack each other. What is more important to them is how these candidates will make a difference for them. If Whitman and Brown think their campaign ads help make things easier for voters, especially young voters, I have news for them. They don’t. How can anyone make a decision based on something that can or cannot be true? Politicians are known to be liars. Yes, we could look up to see if the information they are giving us is true or if it is simply some propaganda to win our votes, but we are students. We don’t have time to sit on our computers and look up the information when we have more important things to worry about, like midterms. The best way to know more about the candidates may be when

they have debates because you get to see where the candidate stands on certain issues. But as students we may not have time to sit and watch the debate because of school or work. With everything going on in our lives, who has time to worry about a debate of two people who most likely will not make an ounce of a difference that benefits college students? The easiest way for us to get to know a candidate is really through their ads. But the problem with their ads is they don’t tell me anything I want to know. I do not care if Whitman did not vote 28 years ago, it was the ‘80s. Maybe she was too busy enjoying the music to remember to register. I don’t care if Brown was Mayor of Oakland and the number of dropout students increased by 50 percent – I am sure the reason was not because of the school system. What I do care about as a student here at Cal State Fullerton, is how they are going change things for us, the CSU schools. I want to know that when I graduate, I am not going to be in debt. I also want to know that I will not be one of millions of Americans without a job. Instead of basing their entire campaign on putting their opponent in a negative light, they should focus on California’s debt. The California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission (CDIAC) website that “provides information, education and technical assistance on debt issuance and public fund investments to local public agencies and other public finance professionals,” says that as of Sept. 30, California is in a total debt of $48.5 billion. We don’t hear about this from the candidates. We don’t hear how they can make that number smaller. They spend so much money trying to bring the other candidate down, they forget they need to bring themselves up. Together Whitman and Brown have spent $187.5 million on their campaigns. Whitman has spent 162 million, 141 million of her own money,. Brown has spent 25.5 million, this according to campaign reports that were filed on Thursday, Oct. 21. With all the money they are spending on their campaign, what they should do is donate some of that money to California schools. Tell us what we need to know, make the voting process easier.


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Fans party with Seven Year War ASHLEY McGEE For the Daily Titan

This weekend, Orange County native punk-pop band, Shiny Toy Guns performed at the official Halloween party for Long Beach Comic Con. Seven Year War was the opening band. Others in attendance at this sizable Halloween party were Too Short, T. Mills and a few others. Their beat up old Dodge van, filled with their instruments and cop uniforms, started up with a rattle and rev from the engine. “You have to leave it running for a minute or so before actually going anywhere... gotta warm her up,” said Johannes Sandoval, 24, frontman of Seven Year War. The group commented on their opportunity to open for Shiny Toy Guns. “It’s honestly an honor and we hope to have other opportunities like this,” said Josh Barrow, 20, the

group’s new bassist. The party featured a wide variety of bands ranging from punk-pop to hip-hop and dub-step, with an audience of all ages. Many were dressed up in usual college Halloween garb, while others got more creative. Seven Year War dressed as cops, with Sandoval as a robber. As the band arrived at the venue, many attendees were startled as they walked into the hotel lobby, “Whoa man, why are the cops here?” one member of another band asked. The atmosphere of the venue was musty and grungy. The venue was in an older hotel, Sea Port Marina at Ultra Shore Lounge. The band’s set seemed to go by almost too quickly with their high energy, which appealed to many who are fans of Blink 182. “We can’t really pinpoint to one genre… maybe (we are considered) modern traditionalism punk,” Sandoval said jokingly. The group had a new take on an

old punk flavor. They were upbeat, with garage-grunge style, like The Clash or Ramones. Seven Year War formed a year ago, with lead guitarist Levi Sandoval, 21, and one of three former bassists. Johannes, Levi’s older brother started singing for the group soon after, and drummer Matt Zavala, 22, joined after answering the three-piece band’s Craigslist ad. The current bassist showed himself as a devoted fan, showing up to a few shows, and winning a pair of tickets to the group’s show on the David & Rush Show on Titan Radio. He was later asked to join the band as their third bassist. The group seemed to have some bitterness for one of their former bassists. “You should never join a band and flake,” the Levi explained before one of their songs. “There’s gonna be a song about you.” Throughout the group’s set, the audience could see some “bromance” and passion in their music. The two

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Courtesy of David Woo Seven Year War formed a year ago and have been featured on Titan Radio’s The David & Rush Show.

brothers echoed each other in the bitter bassist song. With a following of about 100 fans, the group had a more connected audience. Some audience members danced to the pop beat, while others sang along with the chorus as Sandoval ran around on stage.

“We made a business decision that we want to do this as a career. We’re really giving it our all, and prepping our first LP,” Zavala explained at their practice space in an old run down building in the industrial area of Anaheim. Currently the group is working

with Erich Talaba, a recording engineer who has helped groups like Fall Out Boy and Yellowcard, to press their first LP. This band is noteworthy, so keep an eye out to catch one of their shows. They are set to play Nov. 12 at diPiazza’s Lounge in Long Beach.

Album: Age of Adz by Sufjan Stevens JUSTN SHANNON For the Daily Titan

Courtesy of David Woo Seven Year War opened for Shiny Toy Guns at the official Halloween party for Long Beach Comic Con Oct. 29.

Sufjan Stevens has aspirations that an average person might find pretentious. From his state-inspired songwriting in Illinois to his cinematic sounds of The BQE, his pursuit of experimentation and unconventional approach to songwriting has made him stick out in a scene of saturation. Stevens runs his own label, Asthmatic Kitty Records, alongside his stepfather and has managed to become a well-respected artist with his nine albums. Being on his own label has allowed him to operate on his own terms and has allowed him to experiment in ways a major label wouldn’t have allowed. His musical abilities open a floodgate of possibilities and the Age Of Adz, released Oct. 12, is a perfect example of what he’s capable of. From the start of the opening track, “Futile Devices,” Stevens lightly sings, “It’s been a long, long time since I’ve memorized your face.” By the end of the record, it seems to reflect Stevens’ constant musical makeovers throughout his career. Every release provides a new look in a new musical direction. There’s an electronic sound on Age Of Adz that hasn’t been heard in his

previous releases. The use of samples sends Stevens into uncharted territory and gives a complex feel throughout the record. Think Bright Eyes’ Digital Ash In A Digital Urn blended with Radiohead’s Kid A. The record consists of layers of sound mixed with social commentary in an autobiographical style. At times the record sounds like the apocalypse is near. Other moments are surrounded with echoing choirs chanting Stevens’s vocals with supportive enthusiasm. “Now That I’m Older,” offers a detour from the main sound of the record. It allows the listener to sit back and reflect on what the hell has happened in previous songs. Stevens sings over layered vocal tracks with swooping vibrato and puts the listener at ease with what’s been heard. The standout track “VesuVius” is a combination of past and present. The electronic sound is cleverly molded into stripped-down sincer-

ity. “I’d rather burn than be living in debt,” Stevens sings aloud. On “Get Real Get Right” Stevens insists, “Do yourself a favor and get real / Get right with the Lord.” These lyrical contradictions are present throughout the entire record and keep you guessing and wondering, where does Stevens stand? The lyrics are simple but ask seriously difficult questions and offer even more appeal to the record. The only real criticism comes on the final song, “Impossible Soul.” It clocks in over 25 minutes and does very little besides provide noise and a few one-liners. The song could have been broken into thirds or been gutted out. There’s something new to be heard with every listen. The album is combined with instrument after instrument and harmony after harmony and by the end everything makes sense and you’re ready to start all over again.

Album: Shining Stars by Paulie Pesh

KACIE YOSHIDA For the Daily Titan

The most inspiring musicians are those who embrace mediocre instances and compress them into memorable experiences with words that can be seen and sounds that can be tasted. Painting landscapes with vibrant melodies is exactly what Paulie Pesh does best. With a cardigan, overgrown beard and skinny jeans, Paulie Pesh stands just an inch over his lovely new bride. With wandering eyes and fiddling fingers, his attention strays toward anything music, like a child tempted with candy. Pesh is a type of prodigy; he’s a commander of musical composition in the age of auto-tune. On first

Courtesy of Paulie Pesh Paulie Pesh brings a breathe of fresh air to an age of auto-tuning in music.

listen, Pesh’s sophomore attempt at furthering his musicianship, Shining Stars reflects the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird and Brian Wilson. However, his music is earnest and revels his deepest emotions not solely with words, but with powerful string and horn sections and a wellchosen drummer. The first track, appropriately titled “Shining Stars,” Pesh begins by delivering a catchy hook that leads smoothly to the rest of the album. While Pesh is clever at choosing lyrics, he is even savvier at arranging instruments. Violins wail in the background, while horns triumph over the bass line. The drums drive the ballads and guitars accent the melody, all the while vocals float over zealous arrangements. “Despite sporadic and absentminded conversations with Paulie, his music is well-organized and arranged… the CD comes together as well thought out…” said Joshua Tulcan, a friend of Pesh’s. To the observer, his music is well produced and ready for all the glamour that a great artist deserves. Still, Pesh has yet to be signed and exposed to the Hollywood elite. Perhaps we should all be grateful, for organic music has been untouched by corporate fingers. “Paulie Pesh is one of the most prolific and dynamic songwriters to emerge from the Orange County music scene,” said John Carrillo, host of The Gypsy Den Open Mic. “He takes the Brian Wilson approach by… arranging, singing, and performing — he does everything.” The climax of Shining Stars can be noted not once, but multiple times throughout the album. When all areas of orchestration come together with clashing symbols and rolling

Courtesy of Flickr user Danmachold Age of Adz, Sufjan Stevens’ new album, released Oct. 12, boasts social commentary.

of the drum, the giant that is Paulie Pesh can be sensed. But at the tail end of the musical arousal comes the brilliant ending to a promising album. While “Trite and Overused” repeats the lyrics “I believe in the power of love” a few too many times, it’s alarming that lyrics are only a piece of the large landscape of Pesh’s musicianship. The overpowering use of strings and harmonies deliver the song as an ode to Pesh’s earlier work, yet still leaves a route for future endeavors. “Paulie Pesh’s music has evolved. Whether acoustically or playing with a full band, hisnew music has a fresh sound,” said artist Jessica Flores. Still, at the heart of Pesh’s music lies a singer-songwriter whose humble roots are far from where he stands today. As a worship leader at church and a newly wed young adult, Pesh is still discovering his sound.

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DTSHORTHAND THE PIRACY ERA COMES TO AN END Online music piracy-software company LimeWire is shutting down after five months of legal battles with the music industry. According to Los Angeles Times writer Jon Healey, LimeWire is being sued by the Recording Industry Association of America. The software company has been issued an injunction because it “intentionally encouraged direct infringement” and because there is no way LimeWire could ever pay the music companies back. By existing, it causes irreparable damage to the floundering industry, the injunction said. Other peer-to-peer sites like FrostWire are still readily available on sites like CNET.com. FrostWire described the software as “a fork of the very popular LimeWire PRO Gnutella/Bittorrent client. The purpose of FrostWire is to keep and maintain the freedoms that LimeWire LLC may be forced to withdraw. Brief by Luke Cherney dailytitan.com/detour


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CONCERT: OF MONTREAL ... Continued from page 1 Barnes strutted about the stage wearing bright cobalt-blue boots, purple leggings, a patterned red skirt, a white blouse and a scarf wrapped around his forehead. His falsetto voice, sometimes a screech and sometimes a whisper, had fans’ eyes glued to the set to see what he would do next. Barnes jumped about, making sure to give attention to all sides of the venue, including the glowing blue corridors of the balcony. While some fans in the audience knew words to songs off False Priest, others were more delighted by old favorites. “She’s a Rejector” had fans dancing feverishly without a care as to whom they were bumping into. Barnes sang sweetly, “There’s a girl that left me bitter / Wanna pay some other girl to just walk up to her and hit her,” ending in a blaring, “...but I can’t! I can’t! I can’t! I can’t!” As Of Montreal’s set drew to a close, people were either less enthused or still alive with Barnes who was still trying to get the crowd

hyped. Barnes calmed down during the encore of “The Past is a Grotesque Animal,” a hazy 12-minute synth-based tune about the laments of Barnes’s longing for a past relationship. The Skeletal Lamping tour seemed a more lavish affair, grandious in its costumes, unpredictable with stage actors plastering audience members with red paint, an encore of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and Barnes playing every instrument on stage. While Of Montreal succeeded in their familiar theatrics, their performance at the Palladium did not measure up to past shows. Indie pop-soul artist Janelle Monae was the opener and enraptured the audience with songs that bent musical genres in support of her critically acclaimed concept album, The Arch Android. Monae’s pipes soared beautifully, especially during her nightingale rendition of Nat King Cole’s “Smile.” Monae kept it funky during “Cold War,” engaging the crowd in sweat as she swaggered onstage singing, “They love it or they hate it /

You dance up on them haters / Keep getting funky on the scene.” The Gnarls Barkley-sounding “Cold War” had fans explode with energy, as Monae led them through a futuristic journey with a rhythmic convergence of beats. Barnes joined Monae on stage for the dance punk track, “Make the Bus” as the two bounced around in matching black and white get-ups singing about Peter Pan and whimsical fantasies. Droves of fans, dressed up in party numbers or most creative costumes, clamored into the spacious venue, begging a bevy of attendees to scope out the best dressed. Hordes of Native-American-looking costumes, Dia de los Muertos masks, colorful wigs and a few Freda Kahlo look-a-likes were spotted. Others looked like they were celebrating New Year’s Eve, wearing sky-high heels, sequined jackets, feathers and face paint. The costumes and Monae’s performance seemed to steal Of Montreal’s thunder, as “the party was crashing them down.”

KRYSTAL UY / Daily Titan Of Montreal performed with opening act Janelle Monae on the song “Cold War,” at their concert at the Palladium. Attending fans dressed up in a variety of different outfits for the show, trying to scope out which fans were the best dressed in the audience.

Classic poem: Howl by Allen Ginsberg CAROLINA VELAZQUEZ Daily Titan

A sense of despair is achieved when reading Allen Ginsberg’s well-crafted 1955 poem, Howl. The poem gives readers a raw look of disillusionment through the eyes of Ginsberg. Howl is dedicated to writer Carl Soloman, whom Ginsberg befriended in a New York mental institution. Their friendship resulted in Ginsberg writing one of the most prominent and relevant poems, which became the anthem for the Beat Generation. Written in three parts, Howl was first introduced during a poetry reading in San Francisco. Just like Ginsberg’s mental friend, the poem heavily references insanity, which opens the poem as well as setting the mood. Ginsberg writes, for example, “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked...” Many other 1960s counter-cultural dogmas such as drug use, the

abandonment of sexual repression and the idea to embrace the behavior of nonconformity are also profoundly referenced. The first section of the poem, which is the longest, opens with Ginsberg’s anguish for himself and his generation. Filled with run-on sentences, the first half of the poem seems autobiographical and expresses the desperation that his friends and acquaintances face from the harsh demands of American society. There is a sense of military and industrial rejection as Ginsberg remarks on the longing that his contemporaries have to be free from the alienation that resulted from the mechanical postwar era. The second part of Howl is believed to have been written while Ginsberg was under the influence of peyote. As the first section of the poem focuses on who is under this disparity Ginsberg is talking about, the second section questions the cause of his generation’s misery. This part of Howl has a central character, Moloch, who Ginsberg appears to

personify as the answer to all of the misery his generation suffers from. Finally, the third and last part of Howl is perceived as the most personal portion. This section repeats: “I’m with you in Rockland,” which serves as a vow of loyalty that Ginsberg has for Soloman during their time in the institution Ginsberg calls “Rockland.” In this portion tribute to Soloman, Ginsberg notes their intimate relationship. Howl heavily references graphic, sexual language and addresses the sexual practices of homosexuality, which resulted in a 1957 obscenity trial. This trial would later become the basis for the film adaptation Howl, starring James Franco as Ginsberg, released Sept. 24. Howl established Ginsberg as a saint and major voice for the Beat Generation. Every person who reads Ginsberg’s most famous poem should end with a different interpretation, which makes Howl a worthwhile read.

Album: Come Around Sundown by Kings of Leon MICHELLE WIEBACH Daily Titan

Kings of Leon’s fifth album, Come Around Sundown, keeps up the arena-rock feel of 2008’s Only by the Night. The Kings take a different turn and flirt with a variety of musical styles, making their new album different from the past hit-seller. The opening song, “The End,” takes you on a ride with a steady driving bass line and U2-like guitar riffs. The band sparked interest with a dark tone to this track with haunting guitars and moaning lyrics repeating the main chorus line, “This could be the end.” The album’s first single, “Radioactive,” transitions loyal fans to the slower and more mature feel of the album, with lyrics that tackle serious issues about being yourself. The Kings still keep their radio-friendly feel with a melodic and catchy cho-

rus. This song is sure to grow on old fans and grab new ones. “Pyro” proves to be a hit ballad with sultry vocals and repetitive lyrics, with lead singer Caleb Followill howling with raw emotion, “I won’t ever be your cornerstone.” The track “Mary” reminisces doowop, with lengthy, simple back vocals and poppy melodies. A stadium power ballad-worthy song is “The Face,” which is mellow with hints of driving guitar and howling chorus. It’s easy to picture an audience with hands in the air, swaying from sideto-side. Arena-friendly song, “The Immortals,” has a chorus that can make even the shyest concert-goer pull out their lighter and wave it in the air. The Kings hit home with “Back Down South,” with a country twang and sluggish vocals. The song’s lighthearted fiddle perks up the song and gives it a Southern feel, giving listeners a taste of where these Tennessee

boys came from. “Beach Side” is a tune with a surf-side guitar riff and and a laidback feel. The drums are light and up-beat, driving the song right to its end. The following track, “No Money,” is energetic with a faster tempo compared to other tracks on Come Around Sundown. “Pony Up” is a funky tune with a popping bass line and bouncy drum beats. Followill’s bluesy voice makes “Birthday” a song that sets the scene for a late-night party at the house of a rocker (perhaps Followill’s), where it’s cold outside and the girls are a drunken mess. “Mi Amigo” is a track perfect for anyone’s best friend, with tales of having good times and fun nights. The song describes the relationship between best friends and is sure to be relatable to friends who listen to the song.

Courtesy of MCT The Kings of Leon recently released their fifth album, Come Around Sundown. The band switches the tone with their new album, experimenting with different genres and tones to create an album unlike their previous four best-sellers. Contact Us at dtdetourdesk@gmail.com

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Bee in the Know... Postseason expands

STEPHANI BEE Daily Titan

MLB, let’s say this together: Just say no to playoff expansion! Already leagues like the NHL and NBA deal with complaints that too many teams make the playoffs. Can we not learn from other leagues’ mistakes? Can we not preserve the integrity of October baseball and keep it at just one wild card per league? Can we not preserve the honor of battling for the World Series title? Commissioner Bud Selig is hot on the prospect of adding a second wild card to each league, which would make 10 playoff teams—33.3 percent of teams would be playing in the postseason. Adding two more teams to the fray would seriously undermine the clubs who played well throughout the regular season or got hot at the right time to overtake a team that sputtered out. “Is eight out of 30 enough?” Selig asks of his current situation. “Is that fair?” Of course it is fair. In the NHL and NBA, 16 out of 30 teams make the playoffs. What glory is there in making the postseason if over half of the teams make it? In the NFL, 12 of 32 teams make it. But in baseball, it is truly a matchup of the best teams—or the luckiest ones. The original wild card was a nice addition, because there are times when two phenomenal teams play in the same division and deserve to play in October, like the New York Yankees this season, who had the second-best record in the AL but would not have made the postseason without the wild card. There are also times when a division winner wouldn’t even make the playoffs, as they barely cling to a .500 record (see the San

Diego Padres, circa 2005). The wild card works as a system of checks and balances. Before Selig can slug away with his plan to add playoff teams, he must get through the iron-tight MLB Players Association. No surprise, but players are open to the idea. Playing in the postseason means higher paychecks for each round they advance in, and it means a shot at a championship, even if their team isn’t one of the best. When the MLBPA negotiates with MLB over the new collectivebargaining agreement in 2011, expanded playoffs will doubtlessly be one of the many items on the agenda, outside of draft-pick compensation, revenue sharing and changes to the arbitration process. Despite early reports of the regular season being reduced from its current 162-game schedule, Selig denies that the number of games wouldn’t be reduced to make up for the expanded playoffs. Already the regular season starts late, especially when the World Baseball Classic is played. Teams that do not make the playoffs rely on the gate money from the 81 home games to finance their

team for the coming years, so it is unlikely owners would agree to a reduction in the first place. Selig does not seem to like the idea of expanding the Division Series from five games to seven, which would be a better idea than adding an additional playoff team to each league. Let the teams who have earned the right to play have a seven-game series in each round; teams would get more gate and broadcast revenue, which would make ownership and players happy—some of that money is going into their paycheck for playing in a postseason series. The NCAA has already screwed up with March Madness expansion; the number of teams used to be fun, but now it is ridiculous. College bowl games are getting out of hand as well. Everywhere you turn, a sport is falling victim to, pardon the pun, moneyball; selling out to bring in revenue but cheapening the victory for the eventual victor. A championship should be fought for among the best teams in the league. If the MLB proceeds with playoff expansion, it will only be doing the same.

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He was fined over $200,000 in his career and has said that the fines did not get his attention, and would not have had it done any other way. Jeff Saturday of the Indianapolis Colts and player representative of the NFL Player’s Association, would be in favor of suspensions as well because it would be the only way to wake up player’s to not lead with their heads. However, some players are worried that the NFL is taking this problem too seriously. Yeremiah Bell, safety for the Miami Dolphins, believes that it is unfair to defensive players because now they would have to think how to hit players. He told the NFL that this would cause a major disadvantage

to the defenders of the NFL. “Football is football. That is the risk that players are going to have to take. The NFL should not implement this rule because hard hits are part of the game,” said Nick O’Laughlin, a CSUF kinesiology major. Whether fans are in favor of suspending players or not, the NFL is taking serious steps to protect their players. “If it is not getting the message out, I don’t know how to do it,” Dr. Hunt Batjer, co-chairman for the NFL’s Brain, Head and Neck Medical Committee, told The Associated Press about the league’s emphasis on eliminating helmet hits. “It has been broadcast at every level not to lead with your head. In the heat of battle, things are going to happen. But they just have to be at a minimum.”

Two Cal State Fullerton wrestlers won championships at the Cal Baptist Open Oct. 25. Defending Pac-10 champion, Titan senior Adin Duenas, took home the 149-pound title, beating competitors from Bakersfield College, Rio Hondo and Embry Riddle. Opening with a pin, freshman Chaste Harrell of Lake Elsinore, also took home a first-place title for CSUF in the 184-pound bracket, going 4-0 in the open. Among the rest of the team there were seven Titan wrestlers who took home titles. Charles Chavez at 149 pounds, Ryan Zumwalt at 157 pounds and Mark Savalle at 174 pounds took second-place in their brackets; Clayton Schuelke at 165 pounds and Kyle Bergstedt at 197 pounds took third and Gabe Brown at 133 pounds along with Henry Yorba at 141 pounds took fourth. Brief by Samantha Dabbs

Moss released from Vikings Randy Moss was released from the Minnesota Vikings just weeks after they gave the New England Patriots a third-round draft choice for him. On Sunday, after the Vikings’ loss to his former team the Patriots, Moss had some discouraging words to the media for how the coaches have been handling getting him the ball. He also was frustrated on why the coaching staff did not listen to him during the week for key tendencies and plays that the Patriots’ run. Moss will go through the waiver wire process where teams with the worst record will have a chance to claim him first. If none of the other 31 teams claim him, he will become a free agent. Brief by Matthew Petropulos


Daily Titan November 2, 2010