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Lawyer fights for Latino

Jess Araujo

nLECTURE: Jess Araujo shares his life’s struggle as a child in the barrio and how he is giving back By Theresa Salinas

Daily Titan Staff Writer Jess Araujo entered the auditorium with the commanding presence of a seasoned lawyer. Setting a black briefcase on the table, he removed his gray suit jacket, revealing a crisp, white dress shirt and a pair of square cufflinks. “Buenas tardes,” he said, with a smile emerging from beneath his thick, dark mustache. Araujo is the fourth speaker in Cal State Fullerton’s “Fighters for Freedom” series that showcases civil rights advocates.

Araujo lectured Thursday afternoon on American politics. He spoke as if litigating, pacing about the room and glancing often at his yellow legal pad. Araujo, 54, was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. The Mexican-American grew up in the 1960s, when racism was rampant in the border town. Drinking fountain signs read “No dogs, niggers or Mexicans.” It was common for teachers and coaches to make racist remarks. The injustices angered Araujo. While others shrugged off the discrimination, he vowed to combat it. “I’m going to become a lawyer,”

Araujo announced to his family when he was in sixth grade. He realized that he’d have to become part of the legal system to affect change. “My brother laughed at me, and the laughing continued for years,” he said. “In those days, little Chicanos in barrios in Texas didn’t grow up to be lawyers.” Araujo continued with his life. He joined the United States Marine Corps during the height of the Vietnam War. He was stationed at the El Toro base in Irvine, where he worked as a mechanic and attended Vietnamese-

language school. Araujo was ultimately promoted to sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1969, signifying the end of his military career and the start of a successful academic career. After his stint in the service, he decided to remain in Orange County. Araujo graduated from Santa Ana College in the early 1970s, then transferred to the University of California at Irvine. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the university in 1972, leaving him free to pursue his lifelong goal


Education: Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University School of Law, 1976. Bachelors degree from University of California at Irvine, Profession: Partner in Di Marco, Araujo & Montevideo law firm. Handles civil, criminal and administrative cases. Expert on U.S.-Mexico relations, Latino electoral trends, entertainment law, consumer law and personal injury compensation. Past president of the Orange County Bar Association and the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County. Other: Teaches law at Cal State Fullerton. Wrote “The Law and Your Legal Rights.”

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nEDUCATION: John Swapceninski, founded a Web site that offers the ability to judge campus professors By Scott Leeds

Daily Titan Staff Writer College can be extremely stressful at times. Selecting the right class, as well as choosing an enjoyable professor can be a difficult task. One way to relieve the stress of choosing the right instructor may just require surfing the Internet. The web site,, gives students from every college an opportunity to rate their professors. It also allows them a chance to see some evaluations of other professors before choosing which ones to take each semester. John Swapceninski, founder of the Web site got the idea in December 1998 while attending San Jose State University. The site has been online since May of 1999. Web site’s goal is to make it a valuable resource by helping students get through their college careers with minimum pain. The site has had more than 100,000 ratings so far. “Once there are a significant number of ratings for a particular school, the site starts to offer more than just entertainment; it starts to become useful to students in planning their classes,” Swapceninski said. “It would make deciding on a professor more exciting and less tedious,” said Mike Lynch, business major. At the end of a semester, students on campus review their professors either positively or negatively with student evaluation forms. However, students do not get an opportunity to look over these reviews. This Web site gives students the ability to voice their feelings so that others can get a feel for what a certain professor is like. “I have had an awful professor that I would say something about on the Web site,” said Darshelle Lynch, a political science major. Of the nearly 1,900 professors on campus, 46 of them are listed on the Web site. Students have the ability to add a teacher to the site for rating. “I don’t see anything wrong with this free exchange of information,” said Thomas Johnson, associate dean of the College of Business and Economics. “But you do have to consider the source of the information.” Professors are rated on three categories: easiness, helpfulness and clarity.

nDEVELOPMENT: Funded by AS, the center accommodates as many as 190 children each semester By Afni Adnan

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A young boy wanders around looking for someone to help him go “potty.” Colorful hand paintings are pinned to the walls and hallways are filled with various works of art. Children scatter around the playground running and laughing. These are just a few of the images that can be seen at the Children’s Center at Cal State Fullerton. “We have great, quality teachers who work closely with the kids,” said Betsy Gibbs, director of the Children’s Center. The center, founded in 1971 by CSUF students, accommodates about 165 to 190 children per semester. It serves kids from six months to pre-kindergarten and is funded by the Associated Students. The center employs 11 full-time staff members and 50 part-time volunteers and interns, most of whom are students. Students who can’t afford to pay for the service are eligible for state subsidized childcare and some can receive reduced fees or even free services if they meet the income guidelines. Gibbs said many people want to get their children into the program. However, it depends on when the child is enrolled. “It’s possible to have trouble getting in because you want to get in at the hardest time,” Gibbs said. She said priority is given to returning-funded families, but the center tries its best to accommodate every student’s needs. Jessi Beltran, one of the teachers, said that working with the kids can be both stressful and fun, but most of the time she enjoys it. She works with the older children, ages 3-5, and every now and then they engage in small arguments. But the children learn to work together. “We teach them a lot of problem and conflict solving skills,” she said. “We guide them, instead of solving the

Wearing her magic cape, a child enjoys her playtime at the Children’s Center on campus.



Volunteer center promotes Earth nPOLLUTION: Students can spend a day at the beach and contribute to clean-up effort By Laila Derakhshanian Daily Titan Staff Writer

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Pollution has damaged many southland beaches.

Taking a trip to the beach can mean more than just swimming in the ocean and basking in the sun to get a tan. It might mean caring for the environment. To boost this year’s Earth Day, Cal State Fullerton’s Volunteer & Service Center is promoting a “Beach Cleanup at Alamitos Beach” in Long Beach. “We want to make beaches safer for families and kids,” said Victor Lopez, project director. “We’re working with the community and the environment.” The event, which takes place March 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., will span a quarter-mile of shore-

line. “Human hands and a human face lie behind every piece of garbage that ends up in our beaches …” states the American College Personnel Association Services (ACPA). “Ultimately, some individual had to throw that trash overboard, into the street, down the toilet, or into the storm drain.” Pollution in the ocean and the world has damaged the environment for several years now. However, Lopez said people have the power to improve it. “Hey, it’s your world,” Lopez said. “...change it.” With two hours of help from volunteers, staggering amounts of debris can be removed from wildlife that depends on human consideration.

Other organizations in the area are helping the group with the event. According to the ACPA, without consideration, marine animals will die from the ingestion of cigarette butts or plastic that can fill their stomachs and give them a false sense of fullness. Other birds, fish and mammals may find themselves trapped and choked by fishing lines and plastic six-pack rings. Other events will also take place concerning the environment that students can become involved for Earth Day on March 20, but events have yet to be announced. “We have stuff that goes on everyday,” said Sabrina Sanders, coordinator of volunteer services. “This is experience that’s not in

a class. It’s a way to give back and feel good about the skills that you’ve acquired.” Sandersmentionedthereareother ways students could get involved with Volunteer and Services including: American Reads and Counts, a nationally recognized program that increases math skills and literacy of elementary school students; Hunger Coalition, where volunteers work at a soup kitchen and paint and renovate shelters; and Project Earth, where trees are planted, beaches are cleaned and recycling is emphasized. “This program provides a lot of service and helps people that need it. It’s an unused resource,” Kelly Teramoto, a senior, said. “It’s really simple, just a few hours a week.”


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A guide to what’s happening

BRIEFS Fullerton landmark gets facelift Beginning last week, “Flight,” the steel and zinc sculpture located in the park area between Fullerton City Hall and the Fullerton Main Library began its renovation. Funded by the City of Fullerton, the cost of restoring the landmark is expect to amount to approximately $12,000. Having only minimal maintenance for more than 25 years, Joe Felz, Fullerton Museum Center director and city liaison to the Fullerton Bicentennial Committee, said the restoration was designed to return the landmark to its original condition, correct deficiencies in the original installation and install lighting so the sculpture could be visible at night. Created by sculptor Also Casanova, the sculpture was commissioned by the City of Fullerton and the Bicentennial Committee in 1976 to commemorate the U. S. Bicentennial. Casanova said that his intent in creating the sculpture was to celebrate America’s leadership in space exploration. Judith Davies, a sculptor and restoration specialist based in Santa Monica, will perform the restoration on the landmark. Davies has studied with Casanova and has worked on numerous restoration projects including some for the Los Angeles County Museum, the Palm Springs Museum, and Scripps College.

“Rosmersholm” performed at CSUF The Department of Theatre and Dance at Cal State Fullerton will host the performance of “Rosmersholm” at the Arena

Theatre March 15 through 24 at various showtimes. Created by Henrik Ibsen and directed by Todd Kulczyk, “Rosmersholm” is claimed to be a “psychological puzzle and intriguing mystery-drama.” The performance involves the dark secrets in the home of former Pastor Rosmer and the relationships between men and women. General admission is $9 and $7 with advance purchase for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office or online at com. For more information or to find out show times, contact the box office at (714) 278-3371 or visit

Coast Community College celebrates 25 years of women’s athletics The Coast Community College District Board of Trustees celebrated 25 years of improving opportunities for female college athletes this month. The board honored the California Community College Commission on Athletics for providing women athletes with excellent opportunities for higher education. The women’s sports program in the district also has been extremely successful. Orange Coast College has 21 of the last 25 Conference Sports Supremacy Awards for its program and several women’s teams at Orange Coast College and Golden West College have taken home state championships in the last decade. Being the seventh-largest community college district in the nation in credit enrollment, the district serves nearly 60,000 students a

CALENDAR  OF C ALENDA R O F  EVENTS EVEN TS Community The Grand Central Art Gallery in Santa Ana hosts an exhibit on Auction PortraitsPhotography through April 28. For more information, call (714) 567-7233. The Grand Central Art Gallery hosts an exhibit on Charting the Paths of Color through April 14. For more information, call (714) 567-7233. The Santa Monica Playhouse will have a St. Patrick’s Day weekend celebration of Irish music and theater. For more information, call (310) 394-9779. The Santa Monica Playhouse will have acting workshops for young people ages 6-14 during Spring Break. For more information, call (310) 394-9779. Los Angeles independent film maker Emmet Loverde will have a live reading on his latest romantic-comedy “Till You get to Baraboo” in North Hollywood, March 18 at 8 p.m. For reservations and information, call (310) 207-4475. The Grand Central Art Center presents the play “How I Learned to Drive,” March 14 to 24, at the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 with advance Titan discount. For more information, call (714) 278-3371. The Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton offers a class on book making, March 15. For more information, call (714) 738-6595. The Fairplex in Pomona

will have a “Super Chevy Show” March 15 to 17, on the Pomona Raceway. For more information, call (909) 6233111. The Pomona Arts Colony presents “Unwearables,” a ceramics exhibit by Nina Jun, March 9 through April 6, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the SCA Galleries in Pomona. For more information, log on to www. The Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana will host the exhibit “Gentlemen’s Club” by Jean Low through April 28. For more information, call (714) 567-7233. First Friends Church in Whittier invites everyone to attend a free luncheon to hear “Brain Cross-of Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors” in regards to the War on Terrorism. The event will be held in Fellowship Hall in Whittier, March 17, at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call (562) 698-9805. The Garden Grove Playhouse presents the comedy “The Nerd,” March 8-30, with performances on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee March 20 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for general admission and $11 for students and seniors. For more information, call (714) 897-5122. In honor of Black History Month, the Watts Village Theater Company presents “Weights,” a one-man play, at the Los Angeles Theater Center through March 17. Ticket prices are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. For more information, call (213) 485-

1681. The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana is hosting “The World of the Etruscans” through April. For more information, call (714) 567-3600. The Fairplex in Pomona presents a show by the Millard Sheets Gallery Tuesday through Sunday through March 31. This is its second postfair exhibit and will include a sculpture of Carl Milles. For more information, call (909) 865-4262. The Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana will host an exhibition of paintings, automobiles and mixed media images by Kenny Scharf through April 28. For more information, call (714) 5677233 or log on to The 31st Annual Festival of Whales in Dana Point will feature activities, events and music during the weekends of March 9 and 16. The musical series is free. For more information, call (949) 496-1094.

Campus The Department of Music presents guest-violist Minor Wetzel March 19 at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 with advance Titan discount. For more information, call (714) 278-3371. A Faculty Research Conference: “What Women Make: A Celebration of Feminist Inquiry,” will be held March 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in PL-130. The Center for Counseling and Psychological Services will

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have a workshop on “Winning Attitudes” March 18 at 12 p.m. in LH-210 G. For more information, call (714) 278-3040. The Career Planning & Placement Center will have a workshop on resume writing March 19 and 20 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (714) 2783121. The Department of Music presents a piano master class with Eduardo Delgado March 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the Recital Hall. For more information, call (714) 278-2575. The Volunteer and Service Center is looking for volunteers for their beach cleanaup March 16 in Long Beach. For more information, call (714) 2787623. The Arboretum will have a gardening class for children ages 6-9, March 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Fee is $3 per child. For more information, call (714) 278-3579. The Arboretum will have a workshop on “The Art of Bonsai,” March 16 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Fee is $10 per person. For more information, call (714) 278-3579. The Department of Dance presents the Tony Award winning play “Dancing at Lughnasa,” March 8 to 17, in CSUF’s Little Theatre. Tickets are available at the Performing Arts Center box office or by calling (714) 278-3371. The Pollak Library hosts an exhibit of David Scharf’s most recent images through March 15 in the Atrium Gallery. For more information, call (714) 278-2633.


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Health concerns over ephedra stimulates anxiety for athnNUTRITION: Use of the supplement may affect heart rate, increase blood pressure and cause By Heather Hampton

Daily Titan Staff Writer Superman stops speeding bullets in midair. Spiderman scales skyscrapers with his bare hands. Athletes inhale supplements and expect to be supernatural heroes. With the help of sports supplements, athletes are able to compete with intense energy at high speeds for a greater period of time. However, there are concerns that stimulants such as ephedra can be harmful and unhealthy. Ephedra is an herbal supplement that includes “ephedrine alkaloids,” which are natural compounds found in plants. It increases stamina and energy, which can raise heart rate and blood pressure and may even lead to death. The National Football League banned ephedra and the Food and Drug Administration prohibits ephedra when combined with caffeine or guarana, from over-the-counter drugs. Yet ephedra is not banned from sports supplements. John Hathcock, vice president of

Nutritional and Regulatory Science cases were related to cardiovascular in Washington D.C., said that ephedra symptoms. There also were 17 strokes can be safe for specific uses. and seizures, 13 cases of permanent “The issue often impairment and 10 deaths. gets oversimpli“We know that ephe“We know fied,” Hathcock said. dra and ephedrine in par“Anything can be that ephedra ticular can do harm if the safe. Anything can be intake is really excessive,” and ephed- Hathcock said. adverse.” Hathcock said that the Hathcock also said rine in parproblem isn’t whether a that ephedra intake partly ton of ephedra would ticular can depends on whether an kill you. Too much of individual has pre-existdo harm if anything could kill you. ing complications. He said that someone Among these complicathe intake is tions should be able to take are hypertension and 90 mg of ephedra a day really exces- heart disease. for a six-month period Hathcock said that sive. ” and be fine, but they some athletes could take may be at a health risk ephedra if they were able when they exceed this to monitor themselves John amount. properly. Once such case According to a study is the Canadian military. Hathcock, of 140 “adverse events” Hathcock said they took Vice President of from health suppleephedra and were able to Nutritional and ments, conducted by the gain higher physical perRegulatory Science formance. University of California, San Francisco, the FDA But Cal State Fullerton resolved that 87 of the women’s basketball events might have been related with coach, Barbara Ehardt, disagrees with ephedrine products. About half of the young athletes, including college ath-

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letes, who take sport supplements to improve their playing ability. “I also believe that at our level,” Ehardt said, “ the student-athlete has everything he or she needs to be more competitive and successful. Mostly they need to work harder.” Ehardt said there are major health risks of all kinds involved with taking supplements including mental health. Hathcock said there are two viewpoints on ephedra. The first is that ephedra contains ephedrine in large quantities, therefore ephedra is not safe for use in food such as teas and dietary foods. The other viewpoint is that China has used ephedra for thousands of years as a medicine and it is safe there, but it is not considered harmless under U.S. law. Hathcock said he believes in a safety viewpoint, not a benefit viewpoint. Although Hathcock argued that ephedra is safe with the correct use, but said that athletes need to be under the care of a physician. He said they should consult with their doctor on everything they are taking. “An athlete needs a doctor,”

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USC yell leaders uphold tradition

nSPIRIT: All-male cheer squad continues to motivate Trojan crowd with acrobatic stunts By Allison Wells

Daily Titan Staff Writer When a picture is painted of crushing USC athletics, 11 male cheerleaders usually don’t stand out. USC crowd attention-getters, the Trojan yell leaders, perform partner stunts and, after eight decades, make up the only yell squad left in the nation. Scott Johnson, coach of the yell leaders, said cheerleaders used to be only men, and USC wants to keep the tradition alive. “Most people don’t know what a yell leader is…I think that’s the most interesting thing,” Johnson said. “Not only do they yell, motivate the crowd and participate in the game, but they are there to stunt and to get the crowd involved.” The ultimate goal of the yell leaders is to keep Trojan pride, tradition and spirit alive. Prospective leaders go through an intense round of tryouts in December and days of clinics. They must perform the famous calve-pop, a partner stunt involving two yell men in which one stands on the other’s shoulders; a made-up cheer of their own; learning USC’s fight song as well as their “fight-on” hand signal; and a salutetype movement that Trojans know and perform at every game. Each future yell leader also goes through personal interviews and audition in front of a panel of judges that include previous yell leaders, Trojan band directors and song girls. The judges critique each applicant’s personality, athleticism, ability to interact with the crowd and overall sportsmanship. After earning a spot on the squad, a yell leader starts to practice for two hours, twice a week for a year starting Jan. 1. Practices are intense. They practice stunts like calve -

pops to corn holes, elevators to extensions and iron crosses to super crosses. Yell leaders are not only at the basketball games, but also attend every football game – home and away – and every men and women’s volleyball game. Lawrence Chum, a junior and returning yell leader, said the biggest advantages to being a yell leader are the different people he meets, traveling and the fun he experiences. On the other hand, Tripp Charvat, a junior and co-captain of the squad, thinks the biggest advantage to being a yell leader is the front row seat at all USC’s sporting events. He likes being close to the teams. While games take up most of their time, the yell leaders still find time to be involved in campus and community activities. They dominate the microphone at pep rallies. They attend alumni functions, participate in the Catalina Island Fourth of July celebration, fashion shows and help out at the Asian-American Expo. One of their biggest events is the annual blood bowl. It is a competitive blood drive where the school competes with their rival, UCLA. Grades are also important to a yell leader. They must keep at least a 2.5 GPA and practice good time management skills. Yell leaders major in everything from economics to film and education. The squad receives a lot of support for the hard work it does. The crowd and the athletes are the best, Charvat said. “The athletes are great supporters because it helps them during the game. When the crowd is into it, the players are too,” Charvat said. Not only are they a team during the game, but they also build great friendships with each other. “We are like a small fraternity of 10 or 11 guys. We all get along and like each other,” Charvat said.

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resolve legal problems, is the most popular. Plans are in the works for a third n from page 1 book, about Latinos and the law. of becoming a lawyer. The San Clemente resident also He enrolled at Loyola University speaks to students, inmates and School of Law in Los Angeles, citizens about how to deal with the and received his Juris legal system. Doctorate degree from “Every wrong has a “I draw from remedy,” the school in 1976. Araujo said Araujo passed the during his speech in the my past. It Mackey Auditorium. Bar exam and was permitted to practice helps me to “You just have to know law in California, how to work the sysTexas and Washington tem.” relate D.C. Decades have Jeanette Phillips was passed since Araujo economically in attendance for the lecgraduated from law ture and said she was school, but his misimpressed with what and sion remains the same Araujo said. – to help people fight culturally to His speech remindinjustice. ed her of what can be my clients, done when citizens rally He’s a partner of Di Marco, Araujo around a cause. and to bet& Montevideo Law “MADD, for examFirm in Santa Ana. ple, has brought a lot of About 80 percent ter approach change,” Phillips said. of his client base is “Sometimes we forget their cases.” how these things get Latino. Many are recent immigrants. started.” “I draw from my The “Fighters for Jess Araujo, Freedom” past,” he said. “It series runs Lawyer and helps me to relate through April 11. economically and culInspirational “The speakers in turally to my clients, this series have all speaker and to better approach risked something in life their cases.” because of their strong Araujo also has belief in justice,” said written two books. Leonard Leventhal, proThe second, “The Law and Your gram coordinator. “They all strugLegal Rights,” a bilingual manual gled for freedom.” that shows readers how to deal with government agencies and how to


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A teacher at the Children’s Center on campus gives her students a helping hand and ideas on what to do for an art project.


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problem for them.” Beltran also said that the teachers don’t tell the children what to do, rather they facilitate their needs and base their lesson plans on what the youngsters like to do. However, the teachers do provide structured activities they can choose from. “They need to be taught what to do,” Gibbs said. “We teach them how to get their needs met and how to communicate.” The center enforces a strict policy on where a parent can or cannot be when their child is enrolled at the center. Because the students are receiving state funds for their childcare while they complete their education, the policy is devised to make sure students comply with those guidelines. They either have

to be on campus or at work when their child is at the center. Gibbs said that the center has a stimulating and positive atmosphere that promotes the children’s growth and they have an excellent group of people working with the kids. The center has a balanced teacherto-student ratio. There’s one teacher for every eight children in the older age group (ages 3 to 5) and a teacher for every three babies. As for the childcare situation in California, Gibbs said she thinks it’s unfortunate that there are not more subsidies available to provide the proper care. Over the years, the center has received additional funds to provide students with top quality care. In 1990, the center began receiving funds from the CSU and from the Federal Block Grant Funds in 1992. “[California has] a lot of good regu-

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lations and standards, but to meet those standards in a quality way takes a lot more money and education than what is made available,” Gibbs said. “I don’t think you can do this kind of quality childcare unless you had money outside what the family can afford and in our case, it would be the AS and the other grants we receive.” The 1999 California Child Care Portfolio, a biannual report issued by the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, reported that there is one licensed childcare slot for every five children who need care. The 2001 California Child Care Portfolio also reported that good quality childcare is hard to come by because there’s not enough licensed childcare centers. Programs like the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) enables states to assist in subsidizing childcare expenses for low-income families so they can attend school or go to work.

In 2000, the fund gathered $3.45 billion for childcare and a minimum of 4 percent of those funds must be used for the purpose of improving childcare quality. The biggest problem regarding childcare is the cost and how that could compromise the quality childcare a family receives. “People in our field are trying to do everything they can to provide quality service,” Gibbs said. “The development of a child’s brain from ages 0 to 5 is the most crucial period in their life, so quality in their environment is very important.” Raymond Collings, a professor in the child and adolescent studies program and a childcare parent, admits that it is difficult leaving his two-year-old son at day care. However, he has seen positive effects of the experience on his son. “Because my son is in a classroom with a bunch of bright children with


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Students would rate their professors in these categories on a scale from 1(worst) to 5(best). The Web site takes an average of these scores and gives the professor an overall rating of good, average or poor. There also is the option of rating a professor as sexy. Robert Michaels, an instructor that teaches economics on campus, was one of the professors rated on the site. “The Web site is fine with me because I got a good rating,” Michaels said. He said, however, that he was somewhat resentful because he didn’t get a sexy rating. These categories don’t give any information about the instructors

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grading policies or what work is required to get a good grade in the class. “Of course, the ratings are not scientific, but at least students with no knowledge of a teacher get access to some opinions, which is usually a lot better than nothing,” Swapceinski said. Deciding whether to believe the result of an evaluation is up to the individual student. These are people’s opinions and the validity may be difficult to detect. “You’re using it as a crutch, not as a life decision,” Ryan Alvarez, political science major, said. Michaels said this Web site can be a helpful tool for students. “There are plenty of bad professors here, and it would be a disservice if the students did not make this known to each other,” he said.

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Pedestrians risk life and limb

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Green means go. Pedestrian in the crosswalk means STOP! On two different occasions, cars have plowed into students walking in the intersection linking the Marriott hotel and College Park. Must we wait for a third time? Last semester, on September 27, a car struck two women as they were walking on the intersection marked only by white dashes on the road. On Tuesday, a White Ford Tempo hit a woman walking along the same intersection. Is this the university’s answer to overcrowding? Survival of the fittest. Live through the “Frogger” match with oncoming traffic and you might just come back for another day at Cal State Fullerton. Luckily all three women survived the collisions but that doesn’t make the need for change any less of an imperative. With the ultra-high-tech-countdown-beeping intersection just a few feet away from the Marriott pedestrian cross-walk, the city should consider painting over the white lines, thus ending the pedestrian gauntlet of injury. “Thats going to be the best way to handle the whole thing,” CSUF Detective Tom Gehrls said. If the city feels extra-ambitous they

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could post a couple traffic signals so the little green man would guarantee the student gets across to the other side safely. Not too much to ask for. But if the pedestrian walk was removed or replaced with signals – no more watchful motorcycle officer waiting in the Marriot bushes to catch cars who drive through the interesection while a pedestrian is in it. No more police ticket revenue. From Oct.1 until March 13, officers ticketed 30 drivers for interesection violations, said Lt. Will Glen with the CSUF police department. He said this particular interesection has a high incident of violations. “That is an inherently dangerous location,” Glen said. It would be fair that the actual money raised through tickets be put towards improving the cross-walk. What a novel idea. But there isn’t anything officers can do in that capacity. California law sends the ticket revenue to the courts. Tickets given out for cross-walk violations going towards preventing future, more tragic violations. With all the kooky life changing events that can happen in a moment’s notice, walking to and from school shouldn’t be one of those risks.

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FOX hits below By John Paul Gutierrez Daily Titan Staff Writer

Apparently for Fox to consider you a celebrity you have to be one of the following: a) a former child star b) a former drug addict c) touched the private parts of a former President of the United States d) been involved in some sort of assault e) starred in a movie titled “Cool as Ice.” If you meet any of these criteria you are more than qualified to fight in a boxing match on Fox. But since I’ve never been involved in any of these I had to watch. Many believe Fox airs programs that target the lowest denominator. It is trash, the worst kind of television, solely aimed at the residents of Texas. I am totally for this kind of trash. I’m no KCET elitist. I think television should be for all people to enjoy. Besides, if you don’t find jobs for washed-up celebrities, they could turn to crime and steal your car. I don’t think I want Tonya Harding lurking around my driveway at night. The main purpose for television is to entertain. Except something was very wrong with this program. It was not entertaining. After watching Danny “BoomBoom” Bonaduce wallop Greg Brady I was getting a little tired and decided to lie down and watch the following match. In the second card Todd “Mad Dog” Bridges took on Robert Van Winkle aka “Vanilla Ice” aka “Bipolar.” If you are unaware of who

either of these celebrities are – good. After two rounds I fell asleep. I woke up and Tonya “TNT” Harding was giving Paula “the Pounder” Jones’ plastic surgeon something to fix. Jones was a last-minute addition. Fox first tried to get Amy Fisher to fight Harding, but Fisher had problems making it. She couldn’t get time off from jail because she shot someone in the head. Now this could be considered disturbing, Fox trying to get convicted felons to fight. It just gives those crazy people something to look forward to in jail. Knowing that if and when they get out, Fox has a job for them. The system works. It is so distasteful, so unbelievable that it’s hard not to tune in. There is nothing wrong with supporting these kinds of shows. Not everything has to be politically correct or educational. Sometimes after coming home from school or work, watching mindless drivel is relaxing as well as a good laugh. Trust me, there are worse things happening in the world than Fox’s programming. For instance world hunger, war, racism and religious persecution. Here is a list of people I would like to see fight: O.J. Simpson vs. Jayson Williams, M.C. Hammer vs. Bea Arthur, Richard Simmons vs. Bill Clinton, Pac-man vs. Q-bert and in some sort of mass event, Trekkies vs. Star Wars dweebs.

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He Knows He’s RIGHT

Mumia is guilty! Deal with it!

By Kimberly Pierceall

By John Phillips

Lewinsky is back, and in the form of a final report from the White House independent council. Can someone show White House Independent Counsel Robert Ray and the Republican Congressional swat team a calender and point out the year, 2002. Yes, two years after Clinton rode off into the sunset in his final Air Force One ride – four years after Kenneth Starr’s name became synonymous with a ferret – 10 years after Clinton first placed one hand on The Bible to take the Oath of Office. There is an unwritten rule for when to release unflattering (albeit semitruthful) information on a presidential administration. More Nixon tapes were released at the end of February. The recordings were made in 1972, and reveals Nixon’s disgust with Jews. Three things happened before the National Archives let this information come to light: Nixon died. Thirty years passed. The scandal had become Oliver Stone fodder. Unofficial criteria that the archives probably didn’t consider, true, but a solid basis nonetheless. Clinton hasn’t died. Only four years have passed. The Starr Report has yet to be made into an Stone feature (thank gawd). The criteria isn’t there! The Starr Report and anything connected with the Lewinsky scandal should be snuffed out much like the political career of Gary Condit. There are reportedly still 2,000 hours worth of Nixon recordings yet to be released. Will Nixon have any more racist ramblings on the next batch? In a month, there shouldn’t even be anything new to tell about the Clinton White House. We know it all. And if we don’t know it, we don’t care. Clinton pardoned quite a few folks during his last days in office, including Marc Rich, a fugitive financier. Plenty of presidents make debatable pardons (::cough:: like Ford pardoning Nixon) so why the 476-page report on Clinton’s pardons written by a concerned (and conservative) Congressional committee? Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) was on the report committee and said, “There are some mis-statements in it [the report]. It’s not a good quality piece of work.” Why release it now? Why release it at all ? Why distract the American public when we have the war on terror to do so? Avert your eyes from the glaring Enron logo, the drills warming up in Alaska, the nukes we’ve got ready if Russia decides to act up. “I think President Clinton made a serious mistake. But that’s already happened,” Waxman said. “And we’re already a year into a new administration. We’ve got other issues to deal with.” But nostalgia for the Clinton years keeps dragging folks back to the scene of the crime. “President Clinton’s offenses had a significant adverse impact on the community, substantially affecting the public’s view of the integrity of our legal system,” according to the final report on the Lewinsky matter released by Ray. Time to move on.

Since nobody cares what former President Clinton has to say anymore, liberals have been on a frantic search trying to find their next sociopathic liar to immortalize. Congratulations kids, it’s a boy! And he comes from a place with a similar moral climate to the Clinton White House – death row. Intellectual heavyweights such as Susan Sarandon, Ben and Jerry and the Backstreet Boys are mounting a campaign to overturn Mumia Abdu-Jamal’s 1982 conviction of killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. However, just like the old Soviet dictators whose politics they revere, in their effort to inform and educate the public, Mumia’s supporters left out a few minor details –the facts of the case. In reality (a world completely foreign to the delusional disciples of the cop -killing, black-panther) the news doesn’t look good for the left-wing revolutionary. Four eyewitnesses, none of whom knew each other prior to the incident, ALL testified to witnessing the same series of events. They said that just before 4 a.m. on December 9, 1981 Faulkner pulled over a Volkswagen for driving the wrong way down a one-way street with its lights off. William Cook, Mumia’s brother, was driving the car. Cook got out of the car and attacked Faulkner – punching him in the face. The witnesses then saw Mumia run across the street towards the altercation (prior to the stop Mumia was “conveniently” sitting in a cab across the street in an empty parking lot.) Then witnesses saw Mumia shoot Faulkner in the back from less than two feet away. In a fight for his life, the officer was able to pull out his gun, turn around and fire back at his attacker. (This bullet was later found in Mumia’s chest.) Seriously wounded, Faulkner collapsed to the ground. Mumia then stood over him and fired several shots into his upper body. In one last act of pure evil, Mumia bent down over Faulkner’s body, put the barrel of his gun next to his face and pulled the trigger, killing him instantly. Shortly afterwards, Mumia collapsed with his gun at his side, and was taken into custody by authorities. According to witnesses at the hospital, Mumia decided to opine on the evenings events, shouting out: “I shot the mother f----r, and I hope the mother f----r dies.” Mumia was convicted of first-degree murder on July 2, 1982 and later sentenced to death. After hearing his sentence, the convicted murderer had the following sweet good-bye for judge Albert Sabo: “I’m going to tell you one thing – you have just sentenced yourself, just like Judge Malmed, just like Malcolm, just like Merna Marshal and every other judge who dares to sit up there and act like you got some justice. You are wrong. You have just been sentenced to death. You have just been convicted.” If you are wondering why there are so many people committed to the cause of freeing this knuckle-dragging neanderthal, the answer is easy — Mumia is like a really polished telemarketer — he makes his living preying on the stupid. Mumia killed a cop, he didn’t fall in a well. Keep that in mind the next time some beret-wearing hippie tells you about a “political prisoner” named Mumia.

- Pierceall’s column appears every Friday.

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Tom Ridge, director of homeland security, introduced the terrorist “color system” on Tuesday. In order to warn the country of imminent harm from terrorists, Ridge said he hopes the color system will make the threat clear. Green: no worries, blue: slight concern, yellow: worry, orange: feel slightly more worried, red: panic.

Nuke Russia with love nPOLITICS: Nuclear Posture Review was a plan to use nukes against seven nations.

By Erick F. Martinez

Daily Titan Staff Writer In 1945 World War II ended, but the Cold War began. Two nations would struggle for world domination and in the end, the Soviet Union would crumble and the United States would be the leader of the free world – or would they? Much has changed since 9/11 and Russia and the United States were able to establish a remarkably strong relationship. In a November meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, George W. Bush declared the days of the cold war were over, that nuclear deterrence in the future would become defensive, not offensive, making the world a safer place. Four short months ago Bush and his advisers said that anti-missile technology would make nuclear missiles obsolete. By announcing his intentions to unilaterally reduce the nation’s warheads while perfecting missile defense technology, he signaled that the United States harbored no secret plan to gain a nuclear advantage over any potential adversary. The rhetoric has not changed, the talking points are the same, the “evil doers” are still at large and Bush still manages to get caught up in political entanglements whether at home or abroad. The information in the Nuclear Posture Review has the potential to bust the Nonproliferation Treaty right open. Proponents argue that smaller weapons have an important deterrent role because many aggressors might not believe that U.S. forces would avoid using massive weapons resulting in huge devastation. But is the Pentagon blurring the distinction between nuclear weap-

ons and conventional arms? Should the purpose of nuclear weapons in the post-Cold War world be to deter a nuclear attack or should nuclear weapons be developed for fighting war, including conflicts with nonnuclear adversaries? We have once again thrown ourselves onto the international stage at a time when our performance must be precise. The Russian legislature has asked if Americans “have somewhat lost touch with the reality in which they live.” “America thinks that if a military threat looms large over the head of these seven countries (China, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Russia and Syria), they will give up their logical demands,” said former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani. Throughout the Cold War, U.S. military planning relied heavily on nuclear weapons to protect not only the United States but also our European allies. The fundamental goal was to prevent the use of nuclear weapons with theory or deterrence. Now it seems as though this administration will use nuclear weapons as an offensive measure. We as a civilization have been fooled into thinking that Bush’s call for a reduction in strategic arms would minimize the threat of a nuclear attack. The reality is that the president is pushing for more nuclear weapons with less reactionary time. Putin said it best. “We no longer have to intimidate each other to reach agreements. Security is created not by piles of metal or weapons,” he said. “It is created by political will of people, nation-states and their leaders.”

– Phillips is a freelance columnist majoring in political science at Cal State Fullerton. His column appears every

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U.S. wants Israeli and Palestinian peace


By Michael Matter

Daily Titan Staff Writer In a massive show of military power not seen since the 1967 Middle East War, the Israeli army seized control of the Palestinian- controlled West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday. More than 20,000 Israeli troops are digging in. They are searching residences, businesses and refugee camps, taking hundreds of Palestinians prisoner. Earlier in the week, Israeli helicopter missiles all but obliterated Yasser Arafat’s headquarters and last month they destroyed his personal helicopter in a very lethal message surely not lost on Arafat. Picture an Israeli cat tormenting a Palestinian mouse.

Israelis and Palestinians have been brutally killing each other for so long that no one knows exactly when or how the atrocities began. Both sides blame each other. Both sides are extremely religious, believing God to be on their side. Both sides are willing to fight to the death. The United Nations Security Council Tuesday night unanimously approved a resolution drafted by the United States that for the first time endorses a Palestinian state. The measure also calls for an immediate cease-fire and a new round of negotiations. U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan criticized both sides. Annan told the Palestinians they were doing irreparable harm to their own cause by failing to stop the sui-

cide bombings. He called them acts of terror and morally repugnant. Annan reserved his harshest criticism for the Israelis. He told them to end their illegal occupation of Palestinian land, discontinue assassinations and stop the bombings of civilian areas. Israel said they must pursue suspected terrorists into the refugee camps and streets of Ramallah because in the last few weeks they have sustained massive, unprecedented terrorist attacks. Palestinians have vowed to carry out attacks inside Israel in an effort to avenge the deaths to civilians and gunmen in Israeli raids carried out in the West Bank earlier this month. Will this violent religious extremism between the Israelis and Palestinians ever end?

The United States hopes to initiate a cease-fire and start negotiations between the two sides by sending Middle East envoy Anthony C. Zinni to the region this week. It was the United States who, in last minute negotiations, added the sentence “affirming a vision of a region where two states, Israel and Palestine, live side-by-side within secure and recognized borders,” to the U.N. resolution. Up until now the United States has avoided saying “Palestine” out loud. It enrages the Israelis. It is not what they want to hear from a friend. Being a friend is not always easy. A friend does not always tell you what you want to hear. Sometimes a friend must tell you what you need to hear, whether you like it or not.

Friday, March 15, 2002

Red Raiders overwhelm nTENNIS: Texas Tech was too much for the Titans as they were shutout at home By Deborah Germinaro Daily Titan Staff Writer

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Michelle Arndt (above) and Ioana Sisoe came up short on the Titan tennis courts.

Cal State Fullerton women’s tennis learned the hard way Thursday that you don’t mess with Texas. Texas Tech University beat CSUF with a clean sweep, 6-0. With CSUF’s No. 1 player, Ana Iacob, injured and unable to play, the Titans had their work cut out for them, especially Iacob’s doubles partner Carla Rocha who was paired with junior Myra Mariscal. “[Texas Tech’s No. 1 doubles team] was good,” Rocha said. “It was hard playing with someone new. I’m not used to her game at all. I think [Mariscal] was a little nervous playing at No. 1, but that’s understandable.” Even though Rocha and Mariscal have never played doubles together Mariscal said Rocha was very supportive. “I was nervous, really nervous,” she said. “I don’t think I did that well actually. I wasn’t serving that great. [Rocha] was helping me along the way. I usually don’t play doubles at all. In singles I was playing really well. I was running for every ball and I got every ball back.” Titan coach Bill Reynolds felt that Mariscal has earned her chance to play. “Myra has a little more experience,” Reynolds said. “I didn’t want to just throw the two freshmen in the No. 1 position. Myra has been showing a lot of desire to

Seniors prepare to bid CSUF goodbye

play. She works hard every day in practice. Myra played doubles with Carla in practice yesterday and they beat the other two doubles teams. Of course that’s just practice and I think Myra was nervous today.” As if the No. 1 CSUF doubles team didn’t have enough problems, Rocha got stung on her forearm by a bee after Wednesday’s practice. Rocha said it didn’t hurt that much immediately after it happened but at home later that evening it began to swell and became more painful. She took Benadryl and the trainer wrapped her arm for the match. Iacob’s injury has not only affected her double’s partner, Rocha, but it has also affected the whole team. “I believe [Iacob] pulled a nerve in her back,” Reynolds said. [The injury] started a couple of weeks ago and it just hasn’t gotten any better. After playing that long match against Southern Illinois Monday she really put a lot of pressure on it. If you lose a No. 5 or No. 6 player only a couple of players have to move, but if you lose the No. 1 player all the players have to move.” The doubles matches against TTU set the tone for the rest of the afternoon. After CSUF doubles team’s Rocha and Mariscal lost 2-8 and Adriana Hockicko and Jessica Martin lost 1-8 it was up to Michelle Arndt and Ioana Sisoe to keep

the Titans out of a doubles shutout. However, after playing a 17-game match, Arndt and Sisoe ended up losing to TTU in a tiebreaker set with a score of 8-9. After the overwhelming singles match, Sisoe said was more focused than exhausted. “After the doubles I was more ready, more determined.” she said. “I just played my best.” Arndt and Sisoe lost their match because TTU called the match point “out.” That call raised some controversy as Arndt yelled out from the court, “Are you serious?” Later Arndt explained that she doesn’t allow things like pressure or bad calls to affect her game. “I’ve been playing too many college matches to let [the pressure get to me],” she said. “The ball was in, it was a bad call, but there’s nothing we can do about it. The line judge couldn’t oversee the call because she was on the opposite end of the court.” No rest for the weary as Fullerton gets ready to battle Colorado State today at 1 p.m. “It’s going to be the same kind of team, maybe not quite as strong, but they are going to be good,” Reynolds said.

2002 Kia Klassic

nGYMNASTICS: After four years with the Cal State Fullerton gymnastics team, five women prepare to leave their friends, their gym and their sport By Maria Ragas

Daily Titan Staff Writer Friday night’s home game will be an emotional event for the Cal State Fullerton gymnastics team, but for the seniors, it will be their last home meet as Titans. “I feel especially close to this team,” Titan coach Julie Knight said. “We went through some very rough times together during their freshman year. I am very excited for them.” While Megan Berry, Andrea Boggs and Joanna Hughes will compete in the final meet, Katie Antolin and Kellie Francia will not. Antolin has not competed this season due to a shoulder injury and Francia tore her ACL in the beginning of the season. Knight said that although she was disappointed that the pair couldn’t compete this season but she is very grateful for what the two have done over the years. Looking forward to competing Friday is Berry. After graduation, she will be returning to Arizona and plans to marry in November. “Graduation means you have to grow

up and get into the real world,” Berry said. “No more summer vacations.” Berry started jumping on her bed and doing cartwheels at 4 years old. Her parents thought she should put her talent to good use, so she was placed into a gymnastics program. She began training in Colorado at Loveland Gymnastics Center. Then, after a move to Arizona, she joined the Desert Devils and later, Extreme Gymnastics. Berry said that she has always wanted to do gymnastics and has never thought about stopping. “Nothing is as challenging as gymnastics, mentally or physically,” she said. “It is definitely a big time adrenaline high.” But Friday will be difficult. “It’s going to be sad. I am going to be crying the whole night,” she said. Unlike Berry, Boggs had thoughts about quitting gymnastics. During her last two years of high school she felt like she needed a break. “College is much better than club gymnastics,” she said. “It’s being on a team, everyone is behind you.” Boggs has mixed emotions about graduating. Though she is sad, she is

ready to move on. “I think my body is ready to be done,” she said. Also ready for a change, Hughes plans to return home to Australia, after her December graduation. “It’s so sad to think that I won’t be in this gym again with my close friends,” she said. Hughes came to the United States after her first year of college and an attempt at the Olympic games. In 1996, she qualified for the allaround and placed 34th. “It was an experience of a lifetime,” she said. Hughes said that college has been more of a team effort and she focuses on getting a good score for the team. Though Hughes wanted to compete in the all-around, her achilles prevented her from doing so. She experiences a great amount of pain every day and it has been a challenge to compete and finish the season. “She is a wonderful leader and an example for the team,” Knight said. The women will perform their final meet, tonight at 7 p.m. against Utah

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Megan Berry (left) and Joanna Hughes prepare for Friday’s meet.

It keeps getting betnSOFTBALL: After a victory against Rutgers Wednesday, CSUF continued their winning ways Thursday with a shutout against the Oklahoma Sooners By Brian Thatcher

Daily Titan Asst. Sports Editor

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Shortstop Amanda Hockett bats during a recent Titan victory.

The Cal State Fullerton softball team continued down the road to the championship game of the 2002 Kia Klassic with their second dominant win in as many nights. While Wednesday’s win came against an over-matched Rutgers, Thursday’s win came against No. 6 Oklahoma in a blowout, 6-0. “We don’t change our approach for different opponents,” Titan coach Michelle Gromacki said. “The adrenaline was rushing a bit more because they were No. 6, but the girls were focused on every pitch. They’re buying into the fact that this is a process.” The Titans, who lost their first two games in last years’ Kia before rattling off five-straight wins to take the title, started the scoring off with a bang. For the second night in a row, AllAmerican Jenny Topping got the Titans on the board first with a home run, a solo

shot. It was her fourth of the year. Pitcher Gina Oaks (12-2), who got the start for the Titans, was nearly untouchable. She won her eighth-straight decision, giving up three hits while striking out seven and walking two in the complete-game victory. The Sooners (23-7) had the bases loaded in the second and runners on first and second in the third, but failed to push any runners across. “[Oklahoma] came up swinging and had some chances,” Oaks said. “But [Topping] called a great game and she just kept trying to calm me down. I knew my team would back me up with runs.” Her team backed her up with more runs than she would need. After first baseman Monica Lucatero added an RBI double in the bottom of the third to make the score 2-0, Topping came through with an RBI single in the fourth. “I’m starting to get back into the swing of things,” Topping said. “I’m seeing the ball and hitting it well. If it

happens, it happens.” The junior, who sat the first 12 games of the season out due to a separated shoulder, has gone 6-7 in the tournament thus far with three singles, a double and two home runs while knocking in six. The game got away from the Sooners in the bottom of the sixth as the Titans blasted two more home runs, a solo shot by Amanda Hockett and a two-run blast by Oaks, running the score to 6-0. “I don’t think about my at-bats as much when I pitch,” Oaks said. “The home run was gravy, but the shutout meant more. It’s weird because it seems like anytime Amanda, Jodie [Cox] or myself hits a home run, more than one of us will hit a home run. ” Oklahoma will face Rutgers Friday at 9 a.m. at field one of the Titan Softball Complex. Fullerton, who is 2-0 in the tournament, finishes up pool play at 3 p.m. against No. 24 Florida State. “The girls are focused on they have to do,” Gromacki said. “I don’t know what will happen, but I’m happy.”

DePaul sophomore pitcher Sarah Martz allowed one run and five hits in seven innings and sophomore Christina Douglas went 3-for-3 with two RBI as the 14th-ranked overwhelmed New Mexico with 7-1. ––––––––––––––––––– Louisiana-Lafayette (18-4) downed Utah 9-1 in six innings in game one behind the bat of All-American shortstop Alana Addison. Addison belted two home runs, driving in five runs as the Lady Cajuns rolled to their fifth consecutive win. The Gonzales native went 2for-3 improving her season batting average to .477. Her two home runs place her one home run shy of 50. ––––––––––––––––––– An errant throw in the top of the eighth inning pushed across the game-winning run as The University of Texas softball team upset No. 14 DePaul 1-0. The Longhorns, who played their second straight extra inning game in as many days, improves to 21-8 on the season while DePaul falls to 11-3 on the year. ––––––––––––––––––– The No. 2 Arizona softball team opened with a 8-0 win over Texas Tech at the Titan Softball Complex. The Cats have won their last 19 games and improve their record to 26-2. ––––––––––––––––––– The 22nd-ranked Seminole softball team got its first win of the year versus a ranked opponent in seven tries as they downed the sixth-ranked Sooners 1-0. Senior All-American pitcher Leslie Malerich (14-7) struck out eight OU batters and senior Becky Brock knocked her first gamewinning RBI of the year as FSU improved to 22-9-0 on the season. The loss dropped Oklahoma, who is just a year removed from winning the National Championship, to 23-6-0 on the year. ––––––––––––––––––– Fresh off of their biggest win of the season against No. 6 Oklahoma, the 22nd-ranked Seminole softball team continued its undefeated run with a 5-1 win over Rutgers. ––––––––––––––––––– No. 10 Fresno State opened with a 3-0 victory over 18thranked Louisiana-Lafayette (184). Freshman right-hander Jamie Southern notched her 11th shutout for her 16th win on the year. While knocking in two runners at the plate, Southern scattered five hits, walked one and struck out 13 as improved to 16-3 on the season.

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