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Family mourns student’s death nDeath: Quincy Brown’s body was found in Newport Beach waters
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Shawna Carson, a 14-year-old transfer student, shops for school supplies with her mother on her first at a university.
Student Prodigy Attends CSUF The youngest junior to ever attend the university is only 14-years-old By Sarah Emerson
Daily Titan Asst. News Editor She follows the political elections and knows how she would vote if she could. But it won’t be until the next presidential election that 14-year-old Shawna Carson will be able to vote in an election. “I don’t like Gore; I think Bush is a daddy’s boy — I don’t want either of them to win,” said Carson. “But if I had a choice, I’d go for Bush.” The 14-year-old political science major began this semester at Cal State Fullerton as the youngest junior
ever to attend the university. Carson lives with her parents in Idyllwild, a small town with only two crosswalks and no stop lights. But twice a week her parents will make the one-way 2 1/2-hour drive to take her to and pick her up from CSUF. During the week she will stay with her grandmother, who also attends CSUF. “The only fears I had before coming here were going to a bigger campus and not knowing how the students were going to react,” Carson said. “So far everything has been OK, so my fears have all dissipated.”
For her mother, Cheryl, having her 14-year-old daughter 2 1/2-hours away is not easy. Distance is the reason Carson is coming to CSUF in the first place, rather than an out-of-state school like Harvard or Yale. “It’s very scary for me, but I know that we have got some good contacts here,” Cheryl said. Carson’s first day of school was unlike most students’ experience. Television news crews followed her around campus throughout the day. KTLA went with her to her first class. OCN taped her in her second class. KCBS and KCOP followed her into her
him afterward. A harbor patrol fireboat was requested to aid the lifeguards in approaching Brown. As lifeguards continued the search for Brown, one body-boarder said he saw a white object in the water, said Newport Beach Fire Department By Raul Mora Spokesperson John Blauer. Daily Titan Managing Editor Marine Safety Lt. Mitch White later spotted Brown under 15 feet Before his death Quincy Brown of water. left a note. Brown’s body was later recovThe 20-year-old high ered at 8:33 a.m. — three school track-and-field hours after his last sightathlete said he wanted a ing. change in lifestyle. “We don’t know Brown’s uncle, who what really happened,” found the note, became Brown’s grandmother, worried. According to Luree Tobin, said. Fullerton police officials, A week after the inciBrown had mentioned to dent friends and relatives his relatives that he had met in the Community been dealing with a bout United Presbyterian of depression and had not Church in Los Angeles. Quincy eaten in days. Brown, who was According to police, Brown raised by Tobin after his Brown, a Fullerton resiparents died when he dent, had said that he was was 16-months-old, was going to spend some time at the deeply religious. He often spent his beach to meditate after he dropped weekends with his family at their off a friend at work. local church. On the morning of Aug. 17, “You think God would like what Newport Beach police tried to make you said?” Tobin said Brown asked contact with Brown, after his uncle her after hearing her use profanity. called in a missing persons report, After she said “no,” Brown asked, as Brown stood at the waters edge “Then why did you say it?” wearing a white choir robe. More than 400 people attended According to Newport Beach Brown’s funeral on Friday. Police Spokesperson Sgt. Mike Even though much of what Brown McDermott, Brown began wading was feeling at the time remains a his way into the water with his arms mystery, many of his relatives feel out, as police approached him. that the suicide ruling is unfair. Once he entered the water he They cannot understand why began swimming and floating Brown would have felt the way he toward the entrance channel at the did. wedge where a series of six to tenTo them, Brown drowned. foot waves began to crash on him. “I don’t like this suicide because “They saw him go into the water, they don’t know the story behind his head came up once, and waves it,” Brown’s aunt, Ezerlene Tobin, crashed on him,” McDermott said. said. Police and lifeguards lost sight of
Debate surrounds summer school nCAMPUS: Surveyed students want summer school fees to equal regular semester tuition By Raul Mora
Daily Titan Managing Editor Students say that enrollment fees are a major factor in deciding whether to attend summer school, a survey conducted by the university said. Nearly half of all students attending
Cal State Fullerton would enroll in summer school if fees would stay the same as they are during the semester, according to a survey conducted by the university in June. The survey, which polled 703 randomly-selected students, asked them to rate their interest in participating in programs that could reduce the university’s high enrollment. Of those polled, 75 percent said they would be either somewhat or much more likely to attend during the summer if fees remained the same as during the regular semester. “One of the things that looks like could happen is that students could take part of their classes in the sum-
mer,” said the Associate Vice President of Academic Programs Keith Boyum. Due to CSUF’s rising enrollment, the university along with the rest of the CSUs, has looked at strategies that would alleviate the concentration of students during the semester. One such option available is to have students take some of their classes during the summer. While the university has offered summer school for years, many students have hesitated to enroll because of the price of tuition. “Traditionally, in the summer, all costs of instruction are paid by students,” said Director of Admissions and Records James Blackburn.
During the semester the state funds about 80 percent of the cost of instruction, while students pay these costs during the summer. The survey also noted that of those that never attended summer school, 45 percent said that the cost deterred them from enrolling. During the semester students often pay $604.50 for up to six units, while the cost of many three-unit summer classes is $429. “There is interest in summer school if the fees were the same,” said Communications Professor Ed Trotter, who conducted the study.
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University handles parking scarci- Titan extras ty during first week of new semes- o n l i n e nPARKING: Red zones, carpool and handicapped spots used for overflow parking
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The increase of new students causes parking lot overflow
With an enrollment of 25,000-plus students, and a mere 9,100 parking spaces, Cal State Fullerton has implemented a six-week experimental stack parking system, in hopes of easing the ongoing problem. At a cost of $50,000 to the university parking service, American Maintenance Parking Company Systems is providing uniformed parking attendants to direct students to temporary parking in the aisles in Lots A and B, where an inventory control tag is attached to the stu-
dents keys and then issued a corresponding claim check. The attendants move cars from the aisles into designated parking spaces, as they become available. When leaving campus, students present the claim check to an attendant and are advised of where the car is parked; in most cases, very close to where they left it Thang Nguyen, a freshman hoping to major in civil engineering, said he liked the stack parking and hadn’t had any problems. Stack parking is available from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendants are available in the parking lots until 10 p.m. to relinquish car keys. According to Paulette Blumberg, CSUF Associate Director of Parking and Transportation, feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and if the trial is successful, as it has been at UCLA, it will be expanded to other lots as well. “Most students have been very nice,” Lucio Aguilar, attendant for AMPCO
said. “Maybe three or four students got a little impatient, but that is normal.” “The first week of school, we waived the student parking fee and the daily permits at a loss of revenue of approximately $25,000,” Blumberg said. “Traffic is so heavy that the staff is assisting students with parking to help the traffic flow. Our interest right now is aiding the students.” “But these are only short-term solutions,” she added. “Our long-term plan is to build a parking structure for approximately 2,000 cars in 1 1/2 to two years.” Further exacerbating the parking problem, 500 more parking spaces will be lost in March 2001 resulting from construction of the next phase of the Residential Hall Expansion Program. Last spring, 72 student and 30minute parking spaces were given to faculty and staff to alleviate parking
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BRIEFS CSUF holds summer institute on Africa
Pakistani Club Celebrates Independence Day
Teachers from different elementary and high schools in Orange County learned about Africa at the Fullerton International Resources for Teachers (FIRST) on campus from Aug. 18 to 25. The teachers were welcomed by Academic Vice President Ephraim Smith. Sessions ran from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for several different teachers. Coordinator Connie DeCapite said FIRST is designed to help teachers and students relate to people of different cultures and backgrounds. This year’s event included Ancient Egypt and the spread of Islam in Africa, precolonial African civilizations and Africa’s contribution to the world. Past summer institutes have focused on other parts of the world such as Japan.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Pakistani Student Association celebrated 53 years of Pakistani independence. With hundreds of green-andwhite balloons, depicting the national colors, 12,000 people commemorated the event. The festivities included Southeast Asian tattooing called Henna, embroidered clothing and music played by Pakistani-American bands. The night ended with people dancing to the Bhangra, a Southeast Asian beat, and some with tears in their eyes. As one spectator said, “It feels like we’re in Pakistan for a day.”
Professor named Academic Advisement Director Professor and former head of the Child and Adolescent Studies Department Sylvia Alva was appointed as director of Academic Advisement recently. Alva, who served as the director for Fullerton First Year for three years, is now responsible for overseeing the operation and programs of Academic Advisement, coordinating advisement for undergraduate students and coordinating re-admission appeals. A faculty member since 1989, Alva has also served as chair of the Ad Hoc General Education Committee from 1994-96 and the GE Committee from 1996-97.
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CAL E NDAR OF E VE NTS C ALE OF EVE Community “Domestic Priorities” opened Sunday at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center Foundation. The exhibit brings together three California artists whose work draws parallels between the process of making art and the routine of domestic life. The artists use paintings, sculptures, mixed media, collages and drawings to communicate this theme. The exhibit runs through Oct. 22. The Muckenthaler Cultural Center Foundation is located at 1201 W. Malvern Ave., in Fullerton. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and
Aug. 21 Possible shoplifting reported at Commons Bookstore at 8:24 a.m.
A student fainted in class in McCarthy Hall at 8:38 a.m.
Competition for Fulbright and related grants for postbaccalaureate and graduate study abroad is now open to Cal State Fullerton students. Minimum requirements to apply are U.S. citizenship, current enrollment at CSUF and a baccalaureate degree in hand by the start of the grant (generally by August 2001). Students must show evidence of maturity and self-reliance. For most countries, proficiency in the language is required and a detailed study project is to be carried out (whether one is part of the program or not). Deadlines for completed applications is Wednesday, Oct. 11. For more information, please call Ronald Harmon, the Fulbright programs adviser at (714) 2783583 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Irvine Fine Arts Center is exhibiting “Ceramics Exhibition,” which features contemporary ceramics. The exhibit runs through Sunday, Sept. 3. The Irvine Fine Arts Center is located at 14321 Yale Ave. in Irvine. Monday through Thursday the center is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For information call (949) 724-
The Pollak Library is offering “Library Survival Skills 2000,” today through Friday, Sept. 1. Introductory workshops introduce students to the library and its computers and databases. Advanced workshops will be offered, along with the introductory workshops, in September, October and November. Workshops are today and Friday from 12 to 1 p.m., and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. The workshops are in room 103 in the Library North. Associated Student
Productions presents Longfellow, an Orange County punk band, playing the first concert in the semester’s concert series at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Cal State Fullerton Becker Amphitheater. ASP presents two free showings of “Road Trip” this Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. in the TSU Theatre. A speaker from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA is presenting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31. The seminar, “Plastic Lasers: Controlling Interchain Interactions in Semiconducting Polymers,” is in MH 468.
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Rabbit locked inside car in 30-minute parking zone at Faculty Terrace So. Rabbit released back to owner.
Aug. 23 Noninjury accident reported at 12:15 p.m. in Lot E. Larceny theft reported from motor vehicle in Lot E at 3:56. Driver’s side window smashed. Student with breathing prob-
lems reported at 9:27 p.m. at Titan Stadium. Victim transferred to St. Jude Hospital.
Aug. 24 Toilet paper dispenser broken into and latches taken on first floor, women’s restroom, University Hall, reported at 6:46 p.m. Malicious mischief, vandalism reported at 10:54 p.m., Lot E.
Aug. 25 Forgery to obtain goods
by misuse of access card at Public Safety, reported at 1:44 p.m.
Aug. 26 Larceny theft, unattended wallet at Library North, reported 5:13 p.m.
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This year CSUF and 12 other CSU campuses began offering students the option of summer courses that would be funded by the state. The fees for these courses, which cost $105 per unit, were offered for teacher education, nursing and computer science classes. All three of these courses were chosen because of the community’s need for graduates in these fields. This year the university hit its target number for the amount of students the state had funded for the summer. “Enrollment in nonstate funded or fee-based courses this summer was 95 percent of last summer’s enrollment,” said Dean of Extended Education Harry Norman. “All of the reduction could be explained by the enrollment in the state-funded or YRO classes offered this summer.”
According to Norman, Extended Education worked closely with Academic Affairs in coordinating both summer programs, thus there was no negative impact on fee-supported classes. Next year, however, the university plans to expand their year-round operations to almost seven times of what it was this summer. According to Boyum, because of this increase state-supported summer classes will be offered for other majors, but as of this moment, the CSUs are waiting for clear directional policy from the Chancellor’s Office. Currently the university offers either summer school program as an option for students, but as the enrollment increases CSUF may end up requiring students to take a summer course. “Over time it may be less and less a matter of student choice,” Boyum said.
Religious demonstrations spark controversy during the first nRELIGION: Christian demonstrators spout biblical perspectives to students at the quad
the person of Jesus by consuming him in one’s life.” Other things Worneki spoke of was how the Bible teaches everyone to hate themselves and deny themselves in order to seek salvation when entering the kingdom of God. “I think this guy is full of crap,” said David Rodriguez, a criminal justice Rita Freeman major. “What he’s saying is like he’s Daily Titan Asst. News Editor higher than everyone else and that Jesus is the church and then he talks Judgment Day is near. trash on everything else.” Those who choose salvation with Worneki’s 15-year-old daughter, Jesus Christ will fly to the gates of Elizabeth, joined her father on camheaven. pus. Those who fol“I am at an age low the path of the of free will where devil will forever be I can declare banished to suffer in the ways of the the flames of hell. world,” Elizabeth Imagine walking said. “There is through the Quad nothing in the on the first day of world, it’s empty class and reading and corrupted. these words on 10There’s sin in foot signs. men’s hearts. But Imagine seeing a I have found the family of eight caranswer to this rying the signs as the world and it is father walks around Jesus, nothing holding a wooden else matters.” cross and expressFew people ing “the truth of seemed to lisJesus Christ.” —Elizabeth Worneki, ten, while others Many students saw the Worneki debated with the family. family as they paraded in the Quad, Worneki said that he expected this handing them pamphlets about “seek- from the students. ing Jesus not American Christianity.” “I know very few will listen to me, “This actually angers me. It is very like few listened to Christ,” Worneki insulting because I am one for religious said. “Even if one person listens then, I tolerance,” said Crystal Webb, a fresh- know I reached someone.” man and art major. “Jesus was one Different Christian organizations about spreading love not hate, and they said they thought the approach to the are sending the very kind of hateful and students was hateful. intolerant message.” “Jesus was all about family and The Worneki family visited the cam- love. They were condemning everypus asking students to think about the one., they didn’t seem very loving or word of Jesus. Yet many said they full of grace,” said Will Schulz, a camthought that what the family said was pus minister for the Campus Crusade. either wrong or just crazy. “They even came to our table and But for Michael Worneki and the rest called us false Christians, stating that of his family, they said they believed we were just pretending.” they were speaking the truth. One staff member from the Christian With several passages from the Challenge said that one approach she Bible, Worneki wrote a pamphlet stat- uses is just talking to people. ing such things as how Satan com“We try to help students walk with forts people with a false sense of hope God for a lifetime through relationships and prosperity, churches today are “fat with a community of believers and cat preachers in three-piece suits who training,” said Amy Walther, Christian speak false gospel,” and how to “live Challenge staff member.
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Michael Worneki and his son Joshua promote their gospel. “I do think, though, that they did choose to reflect if they want to.” get people thinking,” Walther said. “I Donna Funk, a liberal arts major think they chose the college atmo- who spent much time debating with the sphere because it is an intellectual envi- family, said that they lost more people ronment and it is a critical time for to the message. students. “I was lost until 1985 and I found However, Worneki said that there God,” Funk said. “I still get emotional was no approach, he just spoke the and I think I will win more people with truth. my story about how I sought righ“Define approach, what is content, teousness than having people harping I stand and preach the truth,” Worneki at me.” said. “I’m just telling the people the clear-cut truth about Jesus and they can
Enrollment continues to nCAMPUS: This semester the university beat the first-day record enrollment set in 1991 By Seth Keichline Sports Editor
It’s going to be a record-breaking semester for Cal State Fullerton. According to the university, 25,556 students were expected to be enrolled the first day of classes - a 5 percent increase over last fall. The expected numbers would break the previous record for first day enrollment of 25,179 recorded in 1991. Jim Blackburn, director of Admissions and Records, estimates another 2,800 students will be added before the official census date on Sept. 18, pushing the number of students at CSUF to over 28,000. “[The growth] has been adequately managed,” Blackburn said. “A lot of the growth is off campus, during the evenings and electronically.” In addition to the Fullerton campus and the satellite campus in Mission
Viejo, classes are also offered at the Irvine Spectrum (for M.B.A candidates), the CSUF Garden Grove Center and the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana. Blackburn attributed the enrollment increase to: the area’s growth in population; the reputation of CSUF, which continues to grow and prosper; and a buoyant economy. He said the school has attracted at least one student from 49 states in one semester. While a stable economy contributes to a high enrollment now, Blackburn said it may eventually hurt it. “Because the economy is so good right now, employers are offering more work for students, causing some students to drop out of school.” Freshmen account for most of the incoming students. Following second are graduate students, most of which are earning their teaching credentials, and third are transfer students. One student, Virginia Trujillo, a transfer from Coastline Community College, registered for classes online on Friday and attended her first class on Monday. “In my first class there were no seats left,” Trujillo, a sophomore education major, said.
Besides a packed class, Trujillo said she didn’t have any problems. “I registered and bought my books online, so I haven’t had to wait in any lines.” Conversely, Regan Drysol, a senior liberal studies major, has noticed the increase in students. “My classes are all really crowded now,” said Drysol, who transferred from Saddleback Community College last spring. “There were 10 to 15 students petitioning each of my classes.” In addition, Drysol said she thinks changes should be made to control the enrollment increase. “Community colleges shouldn’t be so frowned upon,” she said. “There should be more of an emphasis on going to a JC and you shouldn’t have to take units outside your major.” Freshman Mark Mitchinson, a psychology major from Chino Hills Ayala High School, said the campus and students haven’t been overwhelming. “It’s not as big as I thought it’d be,” Mitchinson said. All three students said that parking is their major concern. Drysol added: “I thought parking was bad last semester, but it’s much worse now.”
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nFOOD: Togo’s scores better numbers in comparison to other on-campus eateries
conditions in the western section of Lot E and north of the Student Health and Counseling Center. However, graduate assistants, student assistants and vendors will no longer be allowed to park in faculty lots. In November, approximately 1,200 permanent parking permits will be reissued to CSUF employees at a cost of $144 via payroll deduction each year.
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It’s 4 p.m. in the Titan Student Union Food Court. There’s just enough time for an early dinner before class, he thinks. Brad Rodriguez, a business major, thinks about what to get to eat. He’s never eaten at the Busy Bee, so he decides to order a basic teriyaki chicken bowl. “I’ve had the sandwiches at Togo’s and eaten at the other places, so I decided to try something different,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve never eaten here so I just thought I would try it.” Like Rodriguez, many students spend lunch time on campus eating at the different venues. In the spring 2000 semester, a survey was conducted by Associated Students and the TSU about the different eateries offered to students. Two hundred fifty students were asked to rate the different eateries in the TSU and then asked to rate their favorite places to eat outside of campus. “This survey was really to try to assess whether or not the students were interested in a change of the current food concepts,” said Director of the TSU Kurt Borsting. “We asked them if they would keep or consider changing the concepts that we had in place.” With Togo’s scoring the highest and Busy Bee scoring the lowest, a followup survey was conducted more recently to compare the value of the two. Students were asked this time to rate the following on a scale of one to four in the areas of value, product quality, customer service, speed and overall satisfaction. In the area of value, Togo’s scored a 2.70, while Busy Bee scored a 2.30. In product quality, Togo’s scored higher with a 2.97, while Busy Bee scored a 2.11. In speed and customer service, both scored almost equal to one another. “Everyone has different preferences and from looking at the survey, the preference looks at Togo’s being the favorite,” Borsting said. “But from looking at the survey, Busy Bee fared well.” The concept [Busy Bee] didn’t
Source: Kurt Borsting, TSU Director
receive any poor scores, and clearly this is an area that our food service operators have identified that they would like to see improvement in and they have been working toward improvement, and they continue to do so.” Most students have said they prefer to eat at Togo’s because it is healthier and there is a better variety of food than Busy Bee. “You can never go wrong with a sandwich,” said Tina Aguilar, an art major. “At Busy Bee the food can be real chewy.” Some students said that the value is good at Busy Bee, but more items need to be added to the menu. “If you want something small and basic like chicken and rice, then you get a good deal,” said Robert Smey, a philosophy major. “But they need more items. How many ways can you cook chicken?” Director of Foods and Services Anthony Lynch said that looking at the sales component, Togo’s, Busy Bee and Roundtable Pizza are the top three. “In the first two weeks of school, we have had the record-breaking numbers,” Lynch said. “Year after year the numbers keep getting higher.” Lynch said, though, because of the survey and other quality issues, improvements are underway to increase the value of Busy Bee. For more than a year, the Food Court has been working with the franchise of Busy Bee to improve the quality of
food. Within the next few weeks, Lynch said that more items will be incorporated into the menu at Busy Bee to get more of a variety. Buzy Bee also will serve combo meals. “Part of the menu will change and we are going to start including drinks with meals to increase the savings,” Lynch said. Lynch added that some students prefer Togo’s because they can see the food prepared, while the food for Busy Bee is cooked in the back . In the future, display cooking might allow students to see what is being prepared. Lynch said that through the survey, the results were not clear about what people thought of the food or the experience. “The survey does not address what people thought of their food,” Lynch said. “What it does tell me is what they are thinking.” Lynch said he would like a follow-up survey to ask students what they thought of their food and maybe more students should be asked from each venue. However, for Rodriguez, as he finishes his chicken bowl, he said the quality of food is not too good. “The food was OK, I wasn’t expecting it to be great,” he said. “Maybe the chicken could be better or the vegetables could be steamed instead of soaking them in oil, but I’ll eat here again ... if I get tired of the other choices.”
With approximately 400 outstanding permits currently reported as lost or stolen, the goal is to limit access in faculty/staff and student parking lots to only those possessing legitimate parking permits. Parking and Transportation Services is continually working to modify existing parking policies and seeking out new alternative transportation programs. One such program recently instituted is the student car pool zone, designated in the east section of Lot C from the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. In order
to qualify, there must be a minimum of two registered CSUF students per vehicle arriving to campus. Applicants must own a current student parking permit and commute along the same route. But Parking and Transportation planned to issue only 400 such permits and that limit has already been reached. However, they are still accepting applications and students will be placed on a waiting list. For more information call (714) 278-3082.
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Car shows evolve from nCULTURE: Import automobile circuit now includes DJs, models, and live stage performances By Darleene Barrientos Daily Titan Copy Editor
What was once a hobby for groups of people in sporadic areas has now become an industry that the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association once called the “fastest growing segment of the automotive industry.” The import car show circuit has become a sort of fever among many students, including those at Cal State Fullerton. How did this whole trend start? Ken Miyoshi, show director of Import Showoff, a well-known import industry show, knows much about the history and the beginning of the import car show circuit. “The whole scene began with Datsun 5-10s (the original Nissans) in the very late 1970s at the Gardena and Compton races,” Miyoshi said. “The V-8s, the muscle cars, and the import cars would go up against each other.” Miyoshi credits Frank Choi of Battle of the Imports, an event pitting cars in different categories against each other in races on a legitimate track, with innovating the whole industry with this obvious solution to the problem of illegal drag racing.
“Kids used to hang out and cruise around outside festivals like the Nisei Week Carnival,” Miyoshi said. “When a pregnant woman was hit by one of the cars at one of these events, the police cracked down hard and the Nisei Week Carnival was no longer allowed. Battle of the Imports gave kids a place to gather and race.” Although he is quick to credit Choi for creating an event like Battle of the Imports, there are many in the industry who regard Miyoshi as the true innovator. Once a student at Cypress College, Miyoshi originally intended Import Showoff as a school project. “Mainstream Productions (the company that hosts Import Showoff) is actually an events company,” Miyoshi said. “We used to do stuff like the Cal State Fullerton Nisei Student Union dances and the Nisei Student Union fund-raisers.” “The first Import Showoff was in 1995, and it was so small!” Miyoshi laughed. “It was at the Pomona Fairplex, and it was really underground — people knew only through fliers and through word-of-mouth. But 4,000 people came that day.” This first event for Miyoshi was small in comparison to what it has become in recent years. Import Showoff slowly evolved from focusing on cars, vendors and some disc jockey music to including DJ competitions, dance and model crew showoffs, fashion shows, X-games events, and live performances by well-known artists like Ice-T, Warren G, and the
Black Eyed Peas. The success of a show like Import Showoff didn’t go unnoticed by other events companies. Richard Goodwin of Vision Entertainment, the company that hosts Hot Import Nights and Hot Import Daze, two well-known import car shows, remembered attending one Import Showoff event. “We walked in there and after 10 minutes, we said, ‘OK. We know what to do,’” Goodwin said. “When we walked into Import Showoff, we saw that they were trying to create this club atmosphere with all the loud music,” Goodwin said. “We saw a real lack of vibe there. They were trying to do something they should have obviously done at night. We just ran with that idea.” Vision was originally a company owned solely by Goodwin. Hosting one show called “No Sympathy” in 1995, Goodwin felt that the industry was not yet ready for car shows. However, Goodwin knew that the industry was growing, and teamed up with events production company Fresh Tracks owner Todd Wallin to create Vision Entertainment, along with another partner John Russell. “We pitched the idea of combining a car show and a club, and advertisers became absolutely nuts about it. Toyo Tires and Super Street Magazine became title sponsors,” Goodwin said. “They became so convinced about this idea, they even started selling other potential sponsors on this idea for us.”
Goodwin considered his first attempt with Hot Import Nights a success. The first Hot Import Nights was held on July 11, 1998 and became such a huge event that it shut down the downtown promenade in Long Beach. Police even shut down all access to the downtown Long Beach area. “There were so many people that we peeked out one door and saw people lining the street. We walked down that street, and turned the corner and saw still more people lining the block for three full blocks, we found out later,” Goodwin said. Hot Import Nights, which has appeared at venues like Del Mar, San Mateo, San Jose, New Jersey, Chicago, Irvine, Long Beach three times, and San Bernardino most recently, has even produced a spinoff called Hot Import Daze. Goodwin said they plan to hold 12 or 13 shows nationwide for 2001, focusing more on the East Coast. “Even with all the success we’ve had with Hot Import Nights and Hot Import Daze, we’re still mainly an events company,” Goodwin said. “We do the Houseboat Expo in Kentucky, the Southern California Golf Expo in Long Beach, Beachfest and the World’s Largest Chili Cookoff and music festival in Long Beach. We don’t only do car shows.” Miyoshi of Import Showoff said he doesn’t consider Hot Import Nights or Hot Import Daze as competition. “It’s like trying to compare Coke and Mountain Dew,” Miyoshi said. “I don’t see them as a competitor
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Ken Miyoshi, event coordinator, directs Import Showoff. because they’re trying to attract a dif- creative ideas,” Fata said. “But as each ferent crowd. Import Showoff is an show progressed, you could see the industry show, geared to attract serious creativity revealing itself.” enthusiasts like myself. Hot Import Fata, once a member of the Los Nights is trying to attract Y-genera- Angeles-based Kosoku car racing tion kids, with their rave combined crew, has been friends with Miyoshi, with the car shows and the car show Choi, Ron Bergenholtz (an industrymodels. To me, it’s a completely dif- known engineer and former racer) ferent genre.” and Stephen Papadakis, owner of the Marc Fata, a CSUF fourth-year record-breaking 8.92 second Honda, marketing major, remembers his first for years. Import Showoff as being so small that “The car shows were a way for us it could be a current Import Showoff to meet new people, meet old friends “miniaturized 20 times.” and hang out,” Fata said. “Back then, you didn’t see so many
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Weekly Horoscope: Aug. 29 to Sept. 4 Virgo Aug. 22 - Sept. 22 Virgos, a.k.a. the analysts, will be having a particularly difficult time letting go of old wounds. You will pout, dwell, and blame others for events that happened years ago. You will be especially critical and hypersensitive. Try staying in for the next week or so. You won’t be in the mood to party anyway. Libra Sept. 23 - Oct. 22 For the next several days you will be characterized by confusion. While your social life is as bright as ever, you will have a hard time in planning your future. Although you had firmly cemented goals in the past, you have now lost sight of them. Spend some time re-evaluating your life, and prioritize. Scorpio Oct. 23 - Nov. 22 You are beginning a period of happiness and success in the workplace, but there will be trouble at home. Don’t neglect family and close friends for fleeting relationships. Value what you have and appreciate the strength that loved ones bring to you. Don’t be afraid to express your true feelings or you might regret it later. Sagittarius Nov. 23 - Dec. 20 By far the most athletic of the 12 signs, Sagittarians will find themselves indoors due to a stress-related illness. Do not overstrain yourself during this time or it can turn into something serious. Although you may not feel up to it, travel is in the horizon. Don’t pass up any opportunities, but be wary of potential legal issues at your travel destination. Capricorn Dec. 21 - Jan. 19 Normally the sign most caught up in materialistic values, you now are experiencing an intense urge to explore your spirituality. But the people you surround yourself with are still caught up in their ambitions, monetary success, and materialistic gains. You question where your true loyalties lie. Follow your instincts and broaden your interests. Aquarius Jan. 20 - Feb. 18 Your great abilities of invention and creation show through in the upcoming days. Go forward with special projects and assignments, they will end in success. Despite these other successes, you will find yourself wondering about the inner you. You will begin a period of introspection and self-defining that may never really end. Pisces
Daily Titan Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1. π 2. Matt Lauer’s co-host on the Today Show 5. When a boxer is unable to continue after a knockdown 7. Former Portuguese colony of Indonesia 11. 1912 and 1920 Olympic 100-meter freestyle champion 14. Associated Students is known by this acronym 16. National Basketball Association 17. The clear layer on the surface of the eye 19. Living, existing, etc. for a very long time 22. Cargo ship of 1872 that mysteriously lost its crew at sea 23. The Daily Titan was formerly known as this
Feb. 19 - March 20 Your optimism will get you through the tough times that lie ahead. People calling themselves your friends do not have your best interest at heart. They are plagued by jealousy and resentment over your popularity and kindness. Do not let them change you. Stick to who you are and your true friends will stick with you. Aries March 21 - April 20 Your constant search to explore the new and the modern is especially notable in these days. Don’t suppress this search, for it will lead to your true calling. If you follow your heart in your explorations, only good things will come. But be sure to follow the path that suits you in all your skills and talents.
DOWN 1. A hole in the ground 3. Noah’s Ark supposedly rested at the top of this mountain 4. Michael Eisner’s position at Disney 6. Last name of Sergei Fedorov and Pavel Bure’s affection 8. Uniform number of Gary Sheffield 9. Gold in Espanol 10. The Petronas Towers are located in this city 12. All-Terrain Vehicle 13. Rowan Atkinson 15. Dennis Rodman’s nickname 18. Vermillion, crimson, and scarlet 20. Persia 21. Midnight, navy and baby are shades of this color
Taurus April 21 - May 20 Money troubles characterize the days to come for Taureans. Don’t despair too much since you have saved up for an event such as this. Keep a low profile in the financial market and concentrate on your home and family. Take some time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor with those nearest and dearest to you. Gemini May 21 - June 20 You are beginning a new phase in your life. One in which you will have to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to achieve a sense of accomplishment in your work. Tasks will increase in difficulty level, not because your intelligence is decreasing, but because you have reached a point where you need to be challenged, and seek this in your work. Cancer June 21 - July 21 Don’t overemphasize the importance of material possessions, they may soon disappear. Your strong points are your intuitiveness, your tolerance, and your protective nature over those you care about. Focus on these, for they will not desert you in your time of need. Focus also on getting your emotions under control. Although they can serve as a vehicle for communication, they can become a hindrance. Leo July 22 - Aug. 21 You feel you need a change, but you don’t know which segment of your life you should change. Something is missing, but you’re not sure what. Keep a quiet mind and listen to your heart, then go with your gut. You will make the right decision as long as you keep the best interests of those around you in perspective.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2000
Swimming with dolphins triggers peace of mind Orange County woman attributes her inner happiness and personal growth to her numerous experiences of swimming with wild, spinner dolphins Daily Titan News Editor
heryl Campbell-Lane believes dolphins helped her through a stressful time when her marriage was breaking up. Campbell-Lane is not referring to the dolphins at Sea World. She has been up-close with wild spinner dolphins during her swims with them in Kona, Hawaii. “I had the courage within me, but they [the dolphins] triggered it,” she said from her Fashion Island office, where she practices rolfing, a type of body work. Campbell-Lane says her first dolphin swim took place in 1994 or 1995. Since then she’s done it so
many times that Campbell-Lane has lost track of all her swims. She said her first group dolphin swims occurred through Joan Ocean Seminars in Hawaii. Campbell-Lane went looking for love, personal awareness, and spiritual growth. “That’s where I thought I could find it, was through swimming with the dolphins,” she said. Whether for spiritual, emotional, recreational, or any of a number of other reasons, humans have experienced a need to interact with dolphins. Humans are fascinated by dolphins at marine mammal conservatories and amusement parks like Sea World. They study dolphins to see if they can be used as therapy for the
disabled. They swim with dolphins to try to imitate and learn from their seeming gentleness and unity with one another. The importance of emulating the dolphins became clear to Alyssa Swanson, a staff writer in UC Irvine’s communications office, after overcoming the awe she experienced while first swimming with them. “As I got more used to the experience, I started to just really feel in sync with them and appreciate the kind of lifestyle that they lead, and it gave me the desire to emulate the way that they relate to each other,“ Swanson, who is a friend of Campbell-Lane’s, said. “They’re very gentle and loving,
and they kind of work together in unison in every aspect of their life. And I think that’s a good model, for people, for anybody to follow.” According to Swanson, the positive state-of-mind that the dolphins inspire during the swims opens people up to experiences which are interpreted by the individual. “You can attribute anything you want to it,” Swanson said. “You can say, ‘Well I want a spiritual experience, the dolphin’s gonna give me that,’ so maybe you’ll have one. “I don’t know if it’s the dolphin or if it’s you simply opening yourself up,” she said, “and seeing it’s such a joyful and happy state-of-mind, of course you know, wonderful things can happen to you.” While those who swim with dol-
Dolphins fly through the waters outside of Cancun, Mexico while humans swim with the peaceful mammals.
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phins agree on the joy they experience, some observers worry about the potential disruption inflicted upon the wild dolphins’ environment. One such observer is Professor of Marine Science at Orange Coast College Dennis Kelly, who is also the director of the Coastal Dolphin Survey Project, a project studying local bottle-nosed dolphins. “My overall objective is to know enough of dolphins to inform people and to educate people on what disrupts dolphin activity,” Kelly said. He said dolphins serve several functions in their environment. They are considered an apex predator, meaning they are at the top of the food chain. They pick off smaller, weaker fish, and feed on them. Dolphins, according to Kelly, take care of their young and socially interact with one another. They provide recreational viewing for humans, and on occasion, gang up on sharks and chase them away. Kelly said that although he is not against dolphin swim programs and he doesn’t want to see them stopped, he worries that swimming with wild dolphins can distract dolphins from the important functions they serve. “My fear about people that swim with dolphins is that they don’t know what is going on with these dolphins,” he said. “These people’s experiences are completely subjective and they might think the dolphins enjoy it. A person jumping in with wild dolphins can disrupt special things going on at the time.” For instance, he said, dolphin swimmers could distract dolphins trying to care for a sick dolphin. “I know people who have swam with dolphins have enjoyed it, but
I would like to speak with the dolphins to see what they thought,” Kelly said. “You’re only hearing it from one side.” Despite such arguments regarding the disruption of the dolphin environment, Campbell-Lane said there is no question in her mind when dolphins want to socialize with humans. “Sometimes it’s like they have a purpose in the bay and they don’t have anything to do with you,” she said. “If they want to have the encounter, they will come up right next to you, and they will eyeball you. Eyeballto-eyeball. And they will be right under you, they’ll swim all around you, they’ll slow down so they can swim with you.” W h i l e Campbell-Lane said she knows when dolphins want to be around her, Cal State Fullerton Associate Professor of Kinesiology Eric Hanauer, who has swum with dolphins dozens of times, said it is rare for wild dolphins to bond with humans. “First of all, wild dolphins want no part of people,” said Hanauer, who has been a scuba instructor for 40 years and who first swam with dolphins 30 years ago. “That’s normal dolphin behavior.” Hanauer said, “ I think if people expect something magical will help them and are very receptive, they will experience what they seek. But it’s within them, not the dolphins.” Despite the controversies surrounding swimming with dolphins, Campbell-Lane never forgets the joy she experiences during the swims. “Probably it’s pretty common that all of us would have an experience of joy,” she said. “Just joy. Their message is freedom, being free, and just having a good time.”
They’re very gentle and loving, and they kind of work together in unison in every aspect of their
By Jessica Peralta
Tuesday, August 29, 2000
CSUF welcomes international stu-
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nCAMPUS: Students from various Asian, South American and European countries gather at the new student orientation. By Craig Hashimoto
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Group leader Teresa Chiang gives advice to new student Yusuke Sakai at the Titan Student Union crisis, we are beginning to see more applications from students in Korea, Indonesia, etc.” One aspect that American students don’t have to worry about is dealing with INS regulations. Lay Tuan Tan, associate director of the IEE, said that understanding INS rules may be one of the most difficult and important issues an international student will face. “Sometimes these rules are very confusing,” Tan said. “There are a lot of ways of interpreting [the INS regulations].” Along with dealing with INS issues, students were introduced to many representatives of the services offered by CSUF to assist international students with their questions and concerns.
These services include: theAmerican Family and Friends Program, the Intercultural Development Center and even the Study Abroad program for American students who wish to study outside the United States. Even with all the available resources, international students will still have problems, much of them culturallybased. “Probably one of the biggest challenges I will face is getting used to the new lifestyle here,” said computer science major Joshua Xu Wang who comes from China. “I also have to learn the new language better and learn to write better.
Probably one of the biggest challenges I face will be getting used to a new lifestyle.
It didn’t look that different from a typical Cal State Fullerton new student orientation — the uneasiness of attending a new school, not knowing the people who are sitting next to you. But in a way, it was different at the International Students Orientation held Aug. 17 and 18. While many American students go through orientation with fellow students from around the country, they don’t experience sitting with people who speak an entirely different language and lived in a place so far away. Bob Ericksen, director of the International Education and Exchange program, said that there are over 1,200 international students that have come from over 70 countries enrolled at CSUF. While a large percentage of that number come from Asian countries, such as Taiwan, Japan, China and Indonesia, there were a few present at the orientation who have come from as far as Lebanon, Iran and Lithuania. The enrollment of international students has risen steadily over the last few years. As early as 1998, there were just over 1,100. Now the enrollment has reached nearly 1,300. This steady increase hasn’t increased the international student’s presence in the rest of the university population, which Ericksen said has increased to over 27,000. “We anticipate a very small increase in international student enrollment though for the fall of 2000,” Ericksen said, “based on the admissions we have processed through our office so far. “The profile for students is similar, a majority of the students are from Asian countries. With some signs of recovery from the Asian economic
Residents begin to settle in their new homes away from nCAMPUS: Students prepare for a new semester as they move into dorms By Barbara Lake
Daily Titan Production Manager Anxious, excited, and sweaty students, along with family and friends, carried loads of boxes, clothes and a favorite stuffed animal, as they moved in the dormitories on a hot Wednesday. According to Darlene Stevenson, director of housing, the move-in date was scheduled on Wednesday and Saturday for students to move into the dorms for the first time. She said during the move-in time, students were encouraged to stay until 7 p.m. to participate in “getting to know you” exercises and activities as well as meet the resident advisers and eat a meal together. Throughout the day free refreshments helped cool down sweating students and their families, and a row of booths representing different clubs and organizations was set up to recruit new members. Tuffy the Titan was also there to greet newcomers. “This is a great opportunity to market dean of students and SLI, the best program of CSUF,” said Nick Brownlee, Student Leadership Institute staff member. He also added that according to studies, students who get involved with school clubs and organizations have a higher retention rate and gradepoint average. Stevenson said the activities for the move-in days were important for students to get connected, recognize a face on the first day of class and to simply learn names, the direction to walk into campus and release the anxiety that first-time students usually get. Stevenson added, that the students this semester seemed energetic and she was pleased that an important construction project for 400 more added spaces is underway to be completed for March 2001. According to Stevenson, prior to 1988, when the dorms opened, there was no student housing on campus. She said the construction project is a turning point for the housing because
it is to expand south into parking Lot E and will accommodate about 800 more students. Stevenson said the majority of the students staying in the dorms are freshmen and new to campus, yet 25 percent are returning from last year. Judy Rim, housing office manager, said it is very competitive to stay at the dorms. Students qualify if they are admitted to CSUF by May 1 and apply for housing as soon as possible. She said housing contracts were sent out to students on May 3 and the dorms were full by May 9. Ebony Maye, 18, liberal studies student, said she applied to live in the dorms but did not get in because they were already full. “I wanted to experience the whole college thing by living in the dorms,” she said. Susana Jones, 21, criminal justice
student, said she’s been living in the dorms for four years and enjoys it because it is convenient, a fun atmosphere, and promotes higher education. “Living in the dorms has opened me up to new cultures and a new world you don’t get at home,” Jones said. Jones was helping new students orientate to their dorms. Some parents were happy while others were sad to see their children moving in. One parent said it was going to be hard to get used to her oldest daughter being out of the house. Jami Bersbach, 18, first-time dorm resident, said she wasn’t nervous about moving in and was excited to be on her own. She said she hopes to meet a lot of boys and moved to the dorms because it is closer to campus.
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Writing is difficult, [but I need to be able to do it proficiently] if I want to succeed here.” Judging by the success of other international students who have come to help as orientation leads after sitting through the same new student orientation a few years earlier, Ericksen said that the program generally has been quite successful. “From my view, I can only say that we work tirelessly to provide top quality services to students, provide programs for campus and community involvement, and opportunities for development of leadership skills,” Ericksen said. The uneasiness international students feel has always intrigued Ericksen. Many have told him how awkward they feel walking around campus as if the whole world is watching them and labeling them as “foreign,” when in actuality, they don’t look that much different from any other student strolling through campus. As the semester progresses, they
third class. Even with all the attention she said her classes went well. “I have never been in a class as large as the lecture halls,” Carson said. “I like the big classes though because I don’t stand out as much.” Carson skipped four grades in the public school system. She took independent study, which allowed her to work at her own pace. Once a week she met with a teacher who went over her work. College is nothing new for Carson, she began her first college class at age 11 at San Jacinto College, a 45-minute drive from her home. “We didn’t really realize what was going on, I think because she was into computers. So she was having a good time,” Cheryl said. The family scrimped to pay for Carson’s schooling at junior college. They moved to a smaller residence to save money to pay for Carson’s education at CSUF. But a sponsor volunteered to pay for the next two years of her college education. “We couldn’t just stop her education, we had to let her keep going,” Cheryl said. Carson took an average of 16 units a semester at the junior college, where she could relate to people intellectually. Bill Marchese, director of public information at San Jacinto College, said, “A lot of people took an interest in her because she is so bright and personable.” Last May Carson spoke at her junior college’s graduation. In her speech she talked about Willie Hamilton, who she took for a political science class. Carson also credits Hamilton and his class for leading her to her major. “My political science teacher [Hamilton] helped me figure it out. He didn’t tell me you have to major in political science, it’s just I enjoyed his class so much that it made me want to go further in the subject.” Carson has followed the elec-
tions. She watched several days of the Republican Convention. During the Democratic Convention, Carson wanted to go to Los Angeles to join the environmental protest. “It sounds so crooked to me when I say I like politics, but I do. I like learning about it,” Carson said. “It’s intriguing to me, how our country is operated.” Carson is planning on graduating from CSUF in two years. After graduation she hopes to go to Harvard Law School and eventually become a prosecutor. “When we found out that she was going to go into law, we thought she will probably be able to pass the bar exam before she can take it,” Marchese said. Hamilton enjoyed having Carson in his class. “She always came to class prepared and had something to say,” Hamilton said. “She is very articulate and mature for her age.” Outside of school, Carson is like any other 14-year-old. She goes to the movies, slumber parties, Bible study and the mall. She plays soccer and goes to campfires with her 14-year-old boyfriend at the nearby Boy Scouts camp, Camp Emerson. Carson was saving money for a laptop. She had $200 saved for it last week. But now there are two laptops on their way. The Dell Company is letting her lease a laptop for free while attending CSUF. Themeworks, a new company, is sending her a customized laptop. “We don’t have a computer at home right now and we don’t have the Internet,” Cheryl said.
arts & entertainment AUGUST 29, 2000
Director Spike Lee works with the cast of his new concert film.
The comedy troupe is good but don’t call them ‘Kings’ New spike Lee joint has people laughing in their seats. Bernie Mac is scathing while the rest of the crew work their own magic. By Vu Nguyen
Daily Titan Detour Editor It’s very difficult to take the grossly arrogant title “The Original Kings of Comedy” very seriously. To make such a bold statement in contemporary comedy borders on the ridiculous. But it’s been over 13 years since Eddie Murphy’s concert film, “Raw”, had audiences doubling over with laughter. Director Spike Lee has refound the genre and documents four of the hottest black comedians today in a packed coliseum. The film chronicles individual performances by Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric “The Entertainer”, and Bernie Mac at the comedy troupe’s two-night stop in North Carolina. But the burning question remains: Can this new breed of comic even hold a candle to the great burlesque minds of Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, and
Richard Pryor? The surprising answer is yes. Steve Harvey splits time as emcee and opening act flawlessly. Harvey drops the clean TV act to flex his uncanny expertise in timing and morbid monologues. Who else would have the audacity to reprimand former Carolina wide receiver Rae Carruth, who stands accused of hiring a hit man to kill his wife, about his hiding selection before his capture? Another comedian turned television sitcom actor, D.L. Hughley, had the audience rolling his switchblade witticisms, but was a bit more homogenized and mainstream. He ponders aloud that Jesus must have been black, because when he turned water into wine, he wanted to, as Hughley says, “to keep the party goin’”. But the highlight of the show would have to be Bernie Mac. To say that Bernie Mac is brutally honest is an
understatement. Let’s be frank. Mac is rude, crude, offensive and sometimes downright filthy. We are talking just plain wrong at times. “I am just saying what you all think, but are afraid to say,” he repeatedly reminds us with a hard-edged zeal. His act feels mostly improvisational, like a jazz musician flowing with the vibe of the raucous crowd. His digression about how he has to take care of his drugged out sister’s three defective children (I’m gonna kill me a kid!) is sinfully funny. Spike Lee pushes the envelope of the standard stand-up routine/ audience reaction shots by incorporating unconventional camera angles and splices two different concerts seamlessly. Lee lets us catch a glimpse of his genius when Cedric recreates his version of the “Matrix”. Another interesting component of the film was the documentary-style
The “Original Kings of Comedy” are (Left to Right) Bernie Mac, Cedric “The Entertainer”, D.L. Hughley and Steve Harvey. scenes of the guys playing hoop, sitting at a poker table and getting ready for the show backstage. The only criticism of Lee is that he gives the audience very little insight on the comedians themselves. Making people laugh at themselves in the face of oppression and rac-
ism is a difficult task. To do that in an era of political correctness gone awry is nearly impossible, but these four comedians manage to pull it off. Though this is one of the best comedies of the year, it is too much of a stretch to consider any of these comedians as the kings. Pryor, Carlin and Murphy
would regularly spend a two-hour set by themselves and kill with their own brand of wit, raunch and humor. Long live the kings.
CD Review DJ Micro’s flair for unorthodox By Matt Capuano Daily Titan Staff Writer
Elastica has gone through innumerable changes since its initial success with “Connection” in 1995.
five turbulent years cd review
No one said being a forerunner in the ‘90s Britpop scene was going to be easy. But Justine Frischmann survives.
CD: “The Menace” ARTIST: Elastica By Vu Nguyen
Daily Titan Detour Editor In 1995, Justine Frischmann splashed onto the American music scene with nothing more than a snarled lip, black leather pants, and a
sardonicly sweet disposition. Her band, Elastica, was riding a tsunami from England to the States with their simple brand of straight-forward new wave punk fused with powerful pop sensibility. The single, “Connection,” hit big with constant radio and television airplay and spurred the “Britpop invasion” of the early ‘90s, introducing bands like Blur, Oasis and Suede to the former colonies. It hasn’t been a smooth ride since. Elastica’s lineup has changed more often than your mother’s mind at a department store. Bassist Annie Holland left in1995, then was replaced by Abby. But Abby was just playing temp until Sheila and Dave came into the mix. Then Justine dumped Sheila to bring back Annie. But then Donna left. So the band got Paul and Mew to replace them. It’s like a rock star version of “All My Children.” There’s been a soured relationship, a reconstructed sound and five long years since Elastica has recorded an album. Surprisingly, the band has abandoned its refined power pop roots with a more eclectic and synthetic feel in the sophomore release, “The Menace.” It takes a few listens to understand the band’s new sound. The album has more of an acquired
taste like a first pint of Newcastle. Elastica has ditched the brazen guitars and snotty attitude with Grandma’s Casio keyboard synths that border on the aloof. Tracks like “How He Wrote Elastica Man” sounds eerily like the B-52’s “Rock Lobster,” while “Mad Dog” begins like an old Run DMC hit with old ‘70s moog processors and Roland 808 drum machines. With these exceptions, the rest of “Menace” bleeds of intricately sonic textures and powerfully dramatic lyricism. “My Sex” is the highlight of this album by far. Frischmann’s erotic and hypnotic flow is searingly cathartic. She exposes her vulnerable side and speaks softly but you get a real sense of her pain and longing. “What I want/Morning for the winter and afternoons for the summer/What I want is for you to be waiting round the other side of every door/ What I want is to walk through the wardrobe of bodies we have known/What I want is 15 minutes with you/What I want is a lover when others have loved me not,” she whispers as the ambient organ cries in the background. Once you get passed the sometimes tense and convoluted musicianship and indecipherable hullabaloo, Frischmann’s brutally honest prose makes this album sweet enough to swallow. Let’s hope it doesn’t take another five years before Elastica reinvents itself.
Techno has been heralded as an underground movement, where fans are forced to go to warehouses and forests in order to enjoy the music. But electronic music has now hit the mainstream with the recent success of Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, and Prodigy as well as other bands. And with the emergence of DJ Micro on the scene, things are only going to get better. Honing his skills in the dark clubs of New York for the past 12 years, Micro’s latest effort, djmixed.com/ micro offers an emotionally and textually rich music making it one of the best pure electronic albums this year. The most impressive facet of Micro’s sound is his up front brand of electronica making the music simple to enjoy. Infusing the heavy noise of the Aphex Twins and the smooth loops ala Moby, his distinct tone work together to create a multi-faceted outing. One of the highlights of this album is the beautifully put together Yimini, with its sweet mesmerizing vocals. Reminiscent of Eminem’s latest single, Stan, DJ micro builds his beats around the sweet sound of a sullen
woman’s cries. The song Dreaming feels like a combination of all the techniques he utilizes on the album. But the most inspiring track on djmixed.com/micro is Emotions, featuring a wonderful use of fading to keep the listener on the edge of their seat. Emotions tells the whole story of this album and Micro’s career, with the line, “Giving it all I got” being repeated over and over. Yes, Micro is giving it all he has, with his fans loving every minute of it.
Tuesday, August 29, 2000
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Organization will donate tickets to gay and lesbian groups
Having covered plenty of Proposition 22 last semester, a proposition that basically took every right away from gays and lesbians, I learned a lot about how hard it is to be gay in America. Danielle Goldey and Meredith Kott were attending a game at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 8 against the Chicago Cubs, when fans began to complain about the couple kissing. Stadium security responded by ejecting them from the stadium. Being a huge Dodger fan, I was greatly disappointed by the organization’s actions. Although Bob Graziano, Dodgers president and CEO, apologized and will donate 5,000 tickets over the next three years to gay-and-lesbian organizations, I was still very troubled with the incident. I do like the fact that the Dodger Stadium employees are now going to have to attend sensitivity classes, which will be monitored by gay-and -lesbian organizations. The couple hired a lawyer, but matters were settled when the couple accepted the organization’s apology. Sometimes, I just don’t understand the way
people think. We obviously live in a society that has homosexuals, and people have not learned to accept it. I could understand why some of the fans may have been offended, but there could have been many other options in handling this situation. One could have been to move the couple or simply explain the situation to them and perhaps then arrive to a decision. Or simply tell the fans that they have a right to do what they were doing and if anybody felt offended by it, then they could move, leave the stadium or simply ignore them. I’m sure if it was a heterosexual couple doing the same thing, no complaints would be heard. Let’s just put it this way for a second, what is normal for a heterosexual couple will not be to a homosexual couple. So, would a gay couple have the right to complain having to watch a man and woman being affectionate with one another? They probably could, but would most likely result in a good laugh. If the right was taken away from them, then why not from all? All I’m trying to say is this: People need to be more open-minded and accepting. Lighten up people. —Gus Garcia is the Daily Titan Opinion
Media glorified at PGA but get a beating at Reporters dodge attacks during Democratic National Convention but get treated like royalty at PGA tour The Democratic National Convention had its share of problems earlier this month, with one resulting in the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of the media by the American Civil Liberties Union. While protesters and journalists alike converged upon the Staples Center in Los Angeles, another event miles away drew the eyes and ears of the public and media, but with more agreeable results. The treatment of the press at the 82nd PGA Championship in Louisville, Ky., was a far cry from the lines of police faced by reporters and photographers at the national convention. Despite the obvious differences between the two events, members of the media deserve respect in any news situation. As a lucky attendant at the golf tournament, I witnessed firsthand the perks
of covering a major sports event. I could only watch in horror from my hotel room the reports from back home regarding the treatment of protesters and in some cases members of the press by police. Why were problems encountered at the convention and not on the greens? The issue boils down to freedom of information, and of course, money. Members of the media reported that outside the convention, police singled them out for attack with batons, pepper spray and nonlethal bullets such as bean bags and rubber bullets. This silencing of the press was a futile attempt to keep images that might tarnish the veneer of political harmony out of the public eye, ensuring votes at the polls. Potential loss of votes will inevitably lead to loss of revenue and political con-
tributions, a staple for the success of any campaign. While the media dodged attacks along the lines outside the national convention, reporters were treated like kings at the site of Tiger Woods’ latest victory at the Valhalla Golf Club. The conditions for reporting couldn’t have been better — a huge center equipped with air conditioning, Internet access, and a room to develop photo-
graphs. Security and police presence were both minimally visible. The inviting climate created by the PGA fostered the positive aspects of objective journalism in a nonthreatening environment. The free flow of information was evident as reporters mulled about comparing notes and waiting for the next golfer interview. Sporting events and political conventions are big businesses that need the necessary funds to stay afloat. Coverage in the news draws public interest, which can help funnel in massive amounts of money. Regardless of the situation at hand, all parties involved in a news event can benefit from allowing the media to objectively execute their tasks. Journalists covering breaking news, sports, politics or otherwise, should be treated with the respect necessary to carry out their duties. —Cindy Bertea is a Daily Titan Staff Writer
Being a believer is not a Roughly three-fourths of Americans polled in 1998 believed life exists on other planets. If you accept the results then, like many people, you are open to the prospect of aliens living in the universe. So why is it that every time the topic of extraterrestrials comes up, eyes start rolling and chuckles are suppressed like I have not a shred of reason or logic in my entire body? When I encounter such reactions, I actually question the logic of those who cannot fathom the possibility that in this entire universe, composed of billions of galaxies, that there would not be life on any other planet besides Earth. To think that humans are the only intelligent life form in the entire universe is not only ludicrous, but a perfect example of illogic, self-centeredness, and naiveté, ultimately rooted in fear. Fear at the possibility that there is something more intelligent out there and that we are not unique. Fear that the otherworldly intelligence will somehow hurt us or make us submit to it. Fear of the unknown. Those who deny the possibility of extraterrestrials are so afraid that they search frantically for answers to the unexplainable in the safe, limited realm of science — even when science, at least at the present moment, does not have the answers. One example of forcing science to answer the unanswerable is the Great Pyramid of Gizeh in Egypt. The pyramid is made up of more than two million limestone blocks, some of these blocks weighing more than 15 tons. How did the Egyptians manage to move these blocks without the assistance of the heavy-moving equipment we have today? According to the “Miracle of the Ages, the Great Pyramid of Gizeh,” by Worth Smith, the pyramid is geometrically a “true pyramid.” The base forms a perfect square. Each of the pyramid’s “four sides are perfect equilateral triangles which slant evenly inward and upward from the base ... “ Again, how was this accomplished?
And how did they arrange them to form such beautiful, symmetrical works of art? Many researchers have tried to answer these questions. They’ve experimented with ramps, levers, one woman even attempted moving pyramid-sized stones with kites, all in an attempt to explain these incredible architectural creations using science. “Miracle of the Ages,” written in the 1930s, takes a step further by stating that the pyramid walls hold predictions, from the then-recent world war to the Great Depression. Although I am not saying a scientific explanation is out of the question, the overdependence on this type of explanation obscures less-explored possibilities, such as extraterrestrial assistance. Upon mention of aliens in the same sentence as pyramids, scientists and skeptics never fail to jump on the chance to play on fear and call whoever speaks these words unstable. It’s much easier to name-call than to seriously consider the possibility that aliens have helped humanity throughout its history. What is so wrong about believing that advanced civilizations with corresponding technology have assisted our own civilization? If they are advanced, then they obviously have the technology to reach our planet. They may be so advanced that their physical form is nothing like ours. They may communicate differently than us too, perhaps telepathically. As I write these words, I can imagine many readers throwing down their paper in disbelief, pity or anger, thinking I’m unstable or downright crazy. I’m not asking you skeptics to believe these things, but at least to open your minds and ask the question, why not? Don’t jump to conclusions and judge anyone who mentions aliens, alien encounters and UFOs as lunatics. Some may be wrong, but think of the possibilities if others are right. Lose the fear and open up to an expanded view of the world. Yes, we feel safe and comfortable deluding ourselves that our present science can give us the answers we need. I’m not saying that science will not one day be able to explain the unexplainable, but it may take less skepticism and more courage to confront the fact that we don’t yet have all the answers.
I’m not saying that science will not one day be able to explain the unexplaina b l e . . .
Parking at Cal State Fullerton has never been easy. But it seems that this semester it is even worse than before. To make it more frustrating, it’s not going to get better any time soon. CSUF has a dilemma. The student population is slowly out-growing the size of the campus. School officials estimate more than 28,000 students will attend this semester. Those students must then find a way to stuff their cars into the campus’ 9,100 spaces. Coupled with the several thousand faculty and staff members, there are just not enough parking spaces for everyone. The university is, however, attempting to alleviate the problem. Last week it introduced stack parking on campus where students drop off their keys to attendants, who in turn cram as many cars as possible into a designated area. Another program recently instituted is student car pooling. But only 400 permits would be issued and that limit has been reached. These steps have done little more than put a dent into the school’s parking problem. The only viable solution is to increase the number of parking spaces. But instead of creating more, CSUF will eliminate 500 spots in March 2001 for the construction of a residential hall. Most other universities of similar size have at least one large parking structure that can accommodate hundreds of cars. CSUF’s lone structure only fits a mere few dozen cars. The university does have plans to expand it facilities. However, most of the plans are in the preliminary stages and will not get going for at least a couple of years. Nothing is planned in the short term as far as physically adding a substantial amount of spaces on campus. So what is CSUF to do if there will not be any big parking additions in the near future? Maybe it can limit the number of students accepted to the university. CSUF currently accepts all applicants who meet the minimum admissions requirements. If the university puts a cap on the number of students admitted for a certain amount of time, then it will give itself time to “catch-up” as far as its physical size to the student population. Other CSUs limit the number of students accepted to their campuses. CSUF’s current size simply cannot hold any more students. For now, students are left with few options.They need to get to school early and have the patience to scope out that coveted empty space or be prepared to park on public streets and take a long walk under the hot sun to their classes. And it’s not going to get better any time soon.
—Jessica Peralta is the Daily Titan News Editor
Tuesday, August 29, 2000
Surfing the net for love:
The first impression just got easi-
Because of the internet, the way we do things is changing. Many people find online dating convinient. Large websites, Match.com and LOVE@AOL cash in on online dating to guide people toward successful relationships. Dating has turned binary. Lisa Berghouse Kristina Huffman
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Carol is a success story. She met her current partner, *Brian, a year ago through Match.com. She corresponded with him for a month before cautiously meeting him. It appears that one to four months is a good amount of time to e-mail before meeting in person. She doesn’t consider the first time she met Brian a date, rather a warm up. She went on a “date-date” the following week after meeting him in person. Ebony and datesafely.com both strongly advise to first e-mail a number of times before meeting, and then meet, as Carol and Brian did, for the first time in a public setting. If no red flags flash, proceed with a more formal date later. Both Carol and Brian found out pertinent information about each other. Brian, 46, took the initiative in online dating and skimmed approximately 2000 profiles. Before meeting Carol, he answered about 60 profiles, corresponded with 20 and met six for lunch or a drink. He explains: “There is a lot of apprehension in any dating situation! In computer dating it is apprehension about whether the person is ‘as advertised’,” Brian said. “You have already sorted out by e-mail whether they ‘fit the profile.’ I think overall there is much less apprehension, because the process presents you with so many choices. “You don’t feel as much pressure to make something work with someone who has only one positive attribute like ‘looks good’ and ignore a fatal flaw like ‘is psychotic’, and from the profile and e-mail correspondence you already know a lot about them, as much or more than if you had been out on several dates,” he continued. “So it is not like going on a blind date.” Carol and Brian may have met through a mainstream site but, there are many special interest sites that range from Aryan singles to Jewish singles to Russian buy-a-bride. Many of the smaller singles sites only post personal ads, much like newspapers. Unlike the controlled sites, with non-personal e-mail addresses and code names, keeping one’s identity secret is solely up to the individual. Courting begins in these sites by answering the personals by e-mail. While some personals can be vague, others are long and descriptive, but all express loneliness. The Aryan site, http://stormfront.org posts personals of white Americans from all over the country. The personals often look for companionship, but with a hateful message added on. “ARE THERE ANY AVAILABLE BROTHERS IN NORTH CALIFORNIA?” one woman wrote. “I haven’t met any for awhile and I’m wondering where have all the white boys gone?” She later mentions her age and location before venting her frustrations about the neighborhood. “In the last few months I’ve had three new neighbors move in. Now I have mexicans (stet) on both sides and a nig*** with his dirty white bitch and nappy-headed half-breeds across the street,” she added. “I need a Brother baddddd!!!!! Help!!! THEY HAVE ME SURROUNDED!!!!!! Dating begins here with the initial post, similar to the mainstream sites. However, the personals are posted on bulletin pages as well as the responses. Many of the responses were notes saying things like “I would love to be your neighbor, but I live across the country” or “I don’t
live near you but I would love to write to you.” Little love interests seems to blossom on this site. However, there is the possibility that people respond to each other privately through the e-mail addresses on the bulletin board. Most special interest dating sites are more similar to Match.com and LOVE@ AOL than stormfront.org. One example, jewishchicago.com, schedules online chat rooms and features the profiles of those who filled out questionnaires similar to those in mainstream sites. Both by testimonials and interviews of people who run the online singles sites, agree that meeting people through the Internet is the safest way to socialize because it is anonymous, there is little emotional attachment early on and correspondences can easily be terminated. This opinion now even creeps into pop culture. In “Bosonova,” a film about cross-cultural relationships, one woman tries to persuade her friend to date again, but most importantly — date online. “A man who spends his nights in front of his computer is a good man — he doesn’t have a wife and he has money,” the friend says. Like the woman in this film, others believe that classier people date online. Classier meaning, having enough money to pay for the dating services, own a computer and pay the monthly internet fee. While money doesn’t buy class, it does put people in specific economic groups, which may be advantage to those who value affluence — Carol an in compatibility. There are sites on the Internet that post horror stories of scams and cases of fraud from relationships that began online. There are also sites that give out prescriptive steps to take when dating online. Many testimonials warn people to be keen to possible liars and scam artists by paying close attention to language. Deception can usually be avoided if close attention is paid to the tone and content of the letters. For example, at wildangle.com there are numerous accounts of people who allowed someone they met online to take advantage of them. All of the stories involved lying. One example, a woman, unknowingly, married a paranoid schizophrenic. She never questioned his odd behavior or stories because he told her he worked for the FBI. He ended up taking most of her money. Even though, this woman is not typical of most people, her story gives online dating a stigma. These sorts of accounts are often told more often than success stories. Everyone seems to know a friend of a friend that left her/his family to live with an online lover in another state. While some of these stories may be true, some tend to sound like urban legends. The validity of these negative stories should be questioned more often. This is not to say though, that people should trust everyone they meet online. People are advised by every major singles web site to be cautious, similar to the caution levels taken when meeting people in person for the first time. The mainstream sites mediate the correspondences and provide much more information than a two-line personal in a newspaper, so in many ways can be much safer than meeting someone for the first time in public. Since the Internet allows people to first meet on an intellectual level, dating appears to be easier than meeting someone face-to-face. Most people date on the Internet in order to find compatibility, so the search is quicker and narrower from the start. The profiles off the mainstream sites and the narrowness of the smaller sites give people the advantage of judging compatibility before meeting in person. Depending on the length of the e-mail correspondence, people can really get to know each other. Past cases of deception should be utilized as a model of what not to do while using this medium, however, they should not deter people from looking to the Internet for love. It appears that with common sense and a keen eye for odd language, bad matches can be terminated from correspondence quickly. Internet dating is easy and relatively cheap if you take into consideration the time and money spent on multiple first dates that don’t amount to anything. With the advent of the Internet it seems perfectly feasible to shop for credit card companies, buy plane tickets and find true love all in one log on.
The benefits far outweigh the limitations , because through consistent email it is possible to find out a lot about a person. The fear is that the other person will lie, but I think that, with a lengthy email relationship [the] weirdness will probably become apparent.
successful lawyer just turned 30. She is intelligent, relatively wealthy, pretty and available. There is no reason, other than not having met the right man, to why she is single. Out of her desperation to flee from singlehood she tries Internet dating. Lo and behold she meets a 35-year-old professional who shares her beliefs. She likes him, so she chats with him online for four months. On the fifth month of their relationship they have cyber sex where they arouse each other through erotic messages. She then asks to meet her dream lover, but he hesitates. Her roommate, another lawyer, warns her of the dangers of meeting the online lover. Her friend says that if he won’t meet her he is either married or a priest and if he does he may have two heads or a criminal past. When the man decides it is OK to meet, the successful lawyer finds out her dreamy 35-year-old professional is really 19. However, things went from deceitful to worse when the boy’s mother has the police arrest her since her Internet lover is really only 16. She is then charged with statutory rape. Although, her charges are dropped because she never knew he was underage, the judge does not hesitate from commentating on Internet dating. “Meeting up in person with someone you met only through e-mail — well that’s just insane!” Fortunately the story is fictitious. It’s an episode of “Ally McBeal.” Sadly though, this story perpetuates a negative stereotype about a rather safe, new way of finding love. Courting on the Internet allows people to meet on an intellectual level. It changes the courting process by eliminating the physically-based first impression. However, after some time Internet dating does step away from the PC realm to begin standard dating practices; which involve spending time together to build a bond worth making the relationship exclusive. In the last few years the Internet has become an important element to modern life. As predicted by scholars, journalists, and business people, the Internet helps create a new metaphorical community. For example, while e-mail borrows from the older tradition of letter writing, the technology that allows for such communication is relatively new. In the past seven years alone e-mail has grown exponentially. This new technology has changed modes of lifestyles because it offers alternatives. In e-community shopping, mail, cable, radio, telephone, credit cards and even dry cleaning services take a new shape. It is not surprising that the ritual of courtship has also changed in the birth of the intangible community. Today, people no longer need to leave their homes to do their dry cleaning or to socialize. There are many types of dating web sites. Like tangible dating services, these web sites often charge fees however, many keep their fees below $30 a month. Large dating sites like Match.com and Love@AOL claim to have served hundreds and thousands of people find love. The dating process begins at these sites by filling out a questionnaire. Match.com asks many questions to systematically sort people into compatibility groups. Its questionnaire asks people to rate the importance of topics such as religion, ethnicity, economic level, education level, and presence of children. Customers do not have to rate these, but the site encourages people to fill out everything in order for others to judge compatibility. Customers are also encouraged to describe themselves and the activities they enjoy. Mix&Match, the Match.com online magazine, offers tips to writing attractive profiles that best describe people, while at the same time omitting snide comments and pessimism about online dating. The magazine advises people to be descriptive of themselves and clear of what they want, in order to find a compatible partner. At Match.com and LOVE@AOL, e-mails do not go directly between people and users do not use their real names. Each user is given a mailbox at the site. No personal information like address, real name, or phone number can be relayed to interested people. Match.com and LOVE@AOL only release information in the customers’ questionnaire profiles. Using a dating service like Match.com seems to be the safest way to date online because identities are hidden, while much information is given by the questionnaires. Compatibility is the key word to dating online. It is easier to weed out potential bad matches when one is able to view a list of values, traits, and habits. There is always the possibility that people lie on their profiles, but often those people over time are easy to spot out. *Carol, a 46-year-old woman, decided to date online when she ran across a Match.com advertisement. Like many people, she was apprehensive at first, but quickly became comfortable with the anonymity. Her story is representative of many online dating stories. She filled out the questionnaire and received 40 to 50 responses from men. She didn’t initiate any of the first contacts. She responded to five or six of the men and met one, before meeting her current partner. She decided to meet the first man because, ironically she went to elementary school with him. Unfortunately, she said her first attempt at online dating fell through since he hadn’t matured much since the fourth grade. Carol encourages people to use Match.com, but like meeting people traditionally face-to-face, she says to proceed slowly. “The benefits far outweigh the limitations [of online dating], because through consistent email, it is possible to find out a lot about a person,” Carol said. “The fear is that the other person will lie, but I think that with a lengthy email relationship, weirdness will probably become apparent. “It’s not foolproof, but then, what form of meeting people is? I liked that I had control over how fast things progressed, and that it was easy to terminate an e-mail,” she added.
*Brian and Carol requested their last names be withheld for privacy reasons.
Tuesday, August 29, 2000
Men’s Soccer Preview 2000
Several returning starters are back and a killer schedule await the 2000 CSUF men’s soccer team, but hopes are high for a division title and a possible berth in the NCAA Playoffs By Caesar Contreras Daily Titan Sports Editor Hopes of possible playoff success were expected of the 1999 Cal State Fullerton men’s soccer team. But some unexpected losses and ill-timed injuries spoiled a season of hope into a season of disappointment as the Titans were denied a berth into the 32-team NCAA Playoffs despite a 14-5 record. So as we enter the 2000 season, the Titans have lost some major pieces but if you ask the men, a postseason run looks definitely possible in 2000. “In 1999, I feel we were taken away of an opportunity of showing that we were definitely a national championship caliber team, it’s unfortunate but that’s the way things are,” Titan H e a d Coach A l
Mistri said. Despite the setback the 2000 men’s team looks strong as seven starters return from a squad that lead CSUF to only its third 14-win season in the school’s Division I history. “We have some guys that have been around,” Mistri said. ”A good nucleus of experienced people.” Several seniors are returning,.leading the group is All-American candidate forward Duncan Oughton. Last season Oughton was having a standout year until a fatal fall against Cal State Northridge fractured Oughton’s radius bone in his right hand and caused the native from New Zealand to miss several games. Despite the setback,
Oughton still led the Titans in goals with nine and points with 22. “We have a good bunch of guys if we get it right we’re going to do quite well as a team,” Oughton said. Also returning are seniors Shaun Higgins and Art Ramirez. Together the duo combined for 14 total goals, with Ramirez battling health problems throughout the season. With plenty of offensive power returning, the Titans defensive backfield also boasts the return of firstteam All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation defensemen Ray Ramirez and returning starters Kris Hulgreen and Brad Dunaway. Another factor that benefits CSUF is the top-notch schedule, while some may argue that may be a negative. Last season, soccer critics, more specifically, members of the NCAA Playoff Selection Committee, argued the Titans weak strength of schedule and lack of quality opponents hurt the Titans chances for the postseason. “This year if we play decently, they can’t ignore us for the playoffs,” Oughton said. This year the Titans and Mistri made sure no such argument would even be thought of. Included in the schedule are six teams that made the 1999 NCAA Playoffs and five teams that are nationally ranked in the NSCAA/ Adidas NCAA Div I Top 25. “I don’t know where a tougher Division I schedule is,” Mistri says. Coming to CSUF this upcoming weekend for the FILA Classic are Rutgers and Southern Methodist University, two teams ranked in the NSCAA Top 20. Other killer matches for the Titans include a mid-September trip to Washington for a tournament including Washington and Portland. A trip to Clemson for matches
Volleyball Preview 2000
Experience and team depth lead the Titans as they hope for a successful season in one of the nation’s top conferences By Damian Calhoun Daily Titan Staff Writer As the curtain is raised on the 2000 Cal State Fullerton women’s volleyball season, there is something anew in the air. With the season opener this weekend, the Titans return an experienced and deep team that has its sights set on improving a past that hasn’t been too productive. Nine players and all six starters returning from last season’s team, the Titans appear to have the foundation in place for a successful season. “In the past, we have always had a lack of depth, but this year, we have a deep bench that will make us better,” senior right side/ outside hitter Leilani Williamsen said. Ninth year Head Coach Mary Ellen Murchison knows that with the starters returning, combined with the freshmen newcomers, things could turn around this year. “For the first time in several years, we have an experienced crew returning and with the newcomers coming in, we have the depth in most of the positions,” Murchison said. After last season’s disappointing 7-22 record [3-13, 5th in Big West], the returning players are aware of a different attitude that is around the team as the countdown continues toward the season opening matches in the Four Points Titan Classic, Sept.1-2.
“We have much better team chemistry this year, everyone is willing to work harder and pulling together,” senior outside hitter Jaime Ivers said. “It is important for us to get off to a good start and get some wins under our belt.” In the opening tournament, CSUF will be joined by Idaho State, Fordham and San Francisco, who beat the Titans in five games last year in the San Francisco Tournament. “We don’t know much about the other teams, but we have payback on our minds for San Francisco because we were so close to beating them last year,” junior outside hitter Megan Sabo said. For the Titans, success begins with the left side combination of Ivers and Sabo, who were both in the Top 10 in the conference in kills per game, followed by the versatile Williamsen, who was the only Titan to finish in the top four in kills, assists, service aces, digs and blocks. “Ivers, Sabo and Williamsen are the three that we look to lead the team,” Murchison said. “For the first time we have in these three a strong internal leadership that wasn’t there in the past.” One area that needs to be solidified before the season begins is the setter position, the candidates being two sophomores: Krista Bebernes and Kim Levey. “As in any other sport, you have
to be strong in the middle in volleyball as well,” Murchison said. “With Kim [Levey] and Krista [Bebernes] they both give the team a different look at setting and it’s going to be hard to keep either one of them off of the court.” Whomever is on the court, Murchison knows that they must withstand the pressure of playing in a traditionally tough conference like the Big West. Long Beach State, ranked No. 2 and 4 by Volleyball Magazine and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), respectively, is favored to win the Big West according to conference preseason polls. Pacific, ranked No. 8 by Volleyball Magazine and No. 12 by the AVCA, is favored to finish second and UC Santa Barbara, No. 18 in the nation, rounds out the top three. Although the schedule and the conference are both stocked with games against nationally ranked teams, Murchison welcomes the challenge that this poses to her team. “We have always been competitive against the top teams, but this year our goal is not only to play and win games, but to win matches,” Murchison said. “This is good for recruiting because playing in this conference allows you to play against the best and showcase your talent.”
with Furman and Clemson University and a showdown with fellow West Coast power UCLA also loom on the schedule. The Bruins, who very likely put the dagger that ended CSUF’s 1999 playoff chances with a 2-1 overtime victory in the 1999 season finale, have now left the MPSF division that the Titans compete in. CSUF should be among the favorites to win the MPSF division in 2000 with UC Santa Barbara and New Mexico among other teams that should contend with the Titans. While many positives benefit CSUF, there’s some negatives that will have to be dealt with. The loss of forwards Colby Jackson and Antonio Martinez take away two of CSUF’s best goal scorers and playmakers. Jackson, in two seasons at CSUF scored 59 points, good for sixth in career point leaders. He was also an honarable AllAmerican mention and two-time AllMPSF first-team selection as a Titan. Martinez enjoyed a breakout season last year with the Titans by scoring 18 points including four-game winning goals. Both players were Major League Soccer draft picks, with Martinez getting some playing time as a member of the Dallas Burn. Among the players Mistri expects to step up in their place include Higgins and sophomore David Dischner, who at times last season showed flashes of brilliance. Although Mistri expects none of his new incoming players to start for the Titans, he does expect freshmen Keith Buckley [Servite High School], Sean Giudice [Jesuit High School] and Hector Orallana [Roosevelt High School] to make an impact. “The addition of Buckley will
Duncan Oughton (pictured right) is among several returning seniors that are expected to make major contributions to the 2000 men’s soccer team while David Dischner (pictured left) is expected to have a breakthrough season for CSUF Photos by David Rivera/ Staff Photographer
strengthen are backfield.” Another issue Mistri and his staff will have to deal with is the goalkeeper problem. The Titans have four goalkeepers on the roster with three of them vying for playing time. First there’s Scott Alexander who started 17 games last season and finished with a 12-5 record. Second is Josh Saunders, a sophomore who started two games last season and won both of them. Saunders showed plenty of promise in the net and is ultimately the Titans goalie of the future. Last in line is Sean Rockwell, who started most of the games in 1998 for CSUF but was lost in 1999 for the year with a knee injury. Currently, Rockwell has a minor injury but Mistri is certain he will be ready. Mistri acknowledges that the team will go with the hottest keeper at the moment and says that Saunders will more than likely get the start for the first game of the season, pointing to his excellent play in the preseason and exhibition games. “Were going to pick the best we have, Rockwell is hurt and Saunders has been the best so far,” Mistri says. Perhaps the biggest problems facing the Titans of 2000 is one beyond
their control and the one problem that haunted the Titans all through 1999. Injuries. “Injuries are what really messed us up last season,” adds Mistri. During the 1999 season almost every weekend the Titans added another casualty to the injury list, as players that returned to the lineup from injuries had to replace newly injured players. It seemed to last all season and if the same problem happens in 2000, CSUF’s chances for success could be short-lived. But right now, the Titans and Mistri, in his 20th season as coach, have a clean slate. But the Titans will be tested early and often, if they hope to maintain their reputation as a top notch soccer program. A successful 2000 season will certainly be expected. Ramirez [Art] sums up his and the team’s expectations. “We’re expecting to do well, definitely playoffs and possibly the final four.” The quest begins this Friday as the Titans face Rutgers University at 7:00 p.m. at Titan Stadium. It will be CSUF’s second meeting with the school as they dropped a 30 decision to the Scarlet Knights in
Women’s Soccer Preview 2000
A mixture of old and new faces hope to lead CSUF to a new beginning and a winning season
By Seth Keichline Daily Titan Sports Editor The 2000 Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer season has come. The Titans have learned drills, plays, and most importantly, each other’s names. “The first order of our first practice was to pass out name tags,” CSUF Head Coach Al Mistri said. Of a roster of 28 players, only eight return from last season’s team. Thirteen of the 20 new players are freshmen. “Clearly we lack experience,” Mistri said, listing his top weakness of the squad. “But we’ll look to [the freshmen’s] youthful exuberance to overcome that.” Mistri spoke excitedly of the “bubbly” freshmen. He said the group has more of a “soccer junkie” mentality rather than the attitude that soccer is a chore. Two freshmen standouts are goalkeeper Laura Janke and 6’1” Angela Simpson. Both are expected to contribute heavily to CSUF’s season. The Titans return four starters from last year’s 6-12-2 season, the worst losing percentage in the program’s seven-year history.
Ten of those 12 losses were by one goal, a statistic that suggests the team was on the brink of winning. “Honestly, last year’s team played about as well as they could,” Mistri said. CSUF will need to fill the offensive void left by the loss of Amy Barnes[(9 goals, 2 assists], Kim Gallo [7 goals] and Kassie Rypel [5 assists]. Of the 37 goals scored in 1999, only 16 are from returning players. Sophomore Leah Sims leads the returnees with six goals in 1999. Mistri said Sims has “improved to the point where I really expect she’ll make a significant contribution.” Another returning player expected to lead the team is junior Tennli Ulicny. Ulicny started 19 of the Titan’s 20 games, scoring three goals while adding two assists. “She’s made remarkable progress to become a top league player, if not the best player in our league,” Mistri said. Also returning for CSUF are senior Taryn Kupper [2 goals, 1 assist] and sophomores Kim Houg [3 goals, 3
assists] and Lindsey Glick [2 goals]. The captains are junior defender Rachel Ferrari and senior goalkeeper Marla Nelson. “It is clear from preliminary practices that we are physically and athletically a much better team than in the past,” Mistri said Mistri’s goals for the 2000 campaign are simple: Reach the team’s potential and contend and make an impact in the Big West Conference. “I want to make certain everytime we step onto the field we have a chance to win,” Mistri said. “I can honestly say that it wasn’t that way last year.” With the current squad also lays Mistri’s long term goal for the program. “We’re planting our seeds right now,” he said. Mistri is looking to this crop of freshmen and sophomores to begin a tradition in CSUF women’s soccer. “Little girls that kick the ball around right now don’t dream to be Lady Titans...yet,” Mistri said. “That will change.”
By Michael Sandoval
the lead at 30:23 of the first half. Janae Sims scored the goal after three attempts at the back of the net. The first half would end with a scuttle between the Titans and UNLV due to an illegal pulling of hair. The second half would begin the same as the first with great defense being played by both sides. Tensions began to rise between the two teams when Kim Houg was given a red card and ejected from the game after fighting with one of the UNLV players after a conflict during play. Anita Pedford would score one more goal to close the game and give the Titans their first loss of the season. “We could have done better with the stuff we were working on, “We
had a couple new players like myself and we are still getting to know each other,” Titan forward Denna Miller said. Titan Head Coach Al Mistri was pleased with the effort put out on the field by his team. He was very pleased with the play of goalie Marla Nelson. She ended the game with four saves at goal. “She kept us in the game. She made a bunch of brilliant saves and while in the first two goals she could have come up a little stronger. I believe she really kept us in the game.” CSUF will play tonight at 7:00 PM against Azusa Pacific at Titan Stadium.
Rebels run over Titans 3-1 in season openDaily Titan Staff Writer Friday night the Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer team played a hard defensive game, but came up short losing the match to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas 3-1. Most of the scoring occurred in the first half with UNLV’s Cossette Joffs putting in the first goal, 12 minutes into the first half. After that goal the Titans played some impressive defense to tie the game at one. The goal was scored by Tennli Ulicny at 24:32 into the first half. But, the Runnin’ Rebels would not quit. They attacked again and regained