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Scouting out new talent nJOBS: There are 11 entertainment coordinator openings in Associated Students Productions, Inc. By Theresa Salinas
Daily Titan Staff Writer Associated Students, Inc. Productions is hiring 11 employees to coordinate dozens of entertainment events during the next fiscal year. ASIP seeks an administrative director, series coordinator and coordinators for concerts, films, union and special programming, Pub Mondays, Pub Tuesdays and Pub Thursdays. Students can apply by submitting a resume and answers to four application questions to Titan Student Union Room 268. ASIP Administrative Director Gabe Rosales urges students to submit applications as soon as possible. Candidate interviews begin next week. The paid positions are effective July 1. The administrative director establishes goals for each program, reports to the ASI Board of Directors and drafts event
assessment sheets. The series coordinator plans programs, finds program providers and prepares paperwork for ASIP events. Two concert coordinators research, plan and stage 15 concerts per semester. Concerts take place during the Noontime Concert Series at the Becker Amphitheater and should represent country, swing, reggae, jazz, salsa, ranchera, hip-hop, rock and classical genres. Concert coordinators work eight hours per week. The films coordinator researches, plans and hosts seven to 12 movie screenings during the Thursday Night Film Series in the TSU Theatre. The films coordinator works six hours per week. Two union and special programming coordinators research, plan and hold seven events per semester. Past events include blood drives and street performances. Coordinators also book acts to
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play Tuesdays in the Garden Café and coordinate “all night” study programs at the end of the semester. Union and special programming coordinators work eight hours per week. The Pub Mondays coordinator runs the weekly series in the TSU. He or she serves as emcee for Titan Karaoke and books acts for Titan Laughs and Titan Unplugged. The Pub Mondays coordinator works seven hours per week. The Pub Tuesdays coordinator runs the weekly series in the TSU. One week is music, poetry, prose, etc. The next week is deejaying, freestyling, etc. The Pub Tuesdays coordinator works seven hours per week. Two Pub Thursdays coordinators hold 15 shows per semester in the TSU. They schedule acts to represent the following genres: country, swing, reggae, salsa, ranchera, hip-hop, soft rock and classical. Pub Thursdays coordinators work eight hours per week. Student John Moore said he was sur-
prised to hear how much planning goes into ASIP events. “I always see flyers and stuff, but I didn’t know people worked on these events throughout the week,” he said. “It makes me think my fees are being spent well.” ASIP receives more than $100,000 annually to sponsor a barrage of entertainment events. In 2001-02, ASIP received $141,460 in student fees from ASI. About $33,577 went to administrative costs; $17,300 went to the film series; $22,649 went to the concert series; $13,453 went to technical support; $15,366 went to the Pub series; $25,115 went to union and special programming; and $14,000 went to contracts, fee and rentals. ASIP hosted dozens of events during spring 2002. Activities included: concerts by Slowrider, Aja Daashuur and Maroon 5; presentations by Elements
Application Questions Administrative director candidates answer questions 1 through 3. All other applicants answer questions 1 through 4. 1. What do you see as the role and responsibility of ASIP to the students and community of CSUF? What would you do to ensure that you meet the role and responsibility in the previous question? 2. After reading the coordinator descriptions, what specific skills do you have which relate to the area(s) for which you are applying? 3. The composition of the CSUF student body is changing to an older and more ethnically diverse one. Does this change have an affect on ASIP productions? Explain. 4. Typical days for a coordinator may be to first decide what kind of genre you want to book. Second you contact an agent or an agency for process of an artist or event. Third, you check
your budget to make sure it is within your means to book it. And last you make the final contacts to book an artist, event or film. For local bands a typical price is between $150 and $200. Larger scale artists can get $250 or more. A film can be $600; a USP event, $100 or more. With this in mind: For concerts and Pub Thursdays: provide a sample list of local and larger scale artists. (One semester) For Pub Mondays and Pub Tuesdays: discuss how you would attract a crowd and participants. For films: provide a list of older and newer releases. (One semester) For union and special programming: provide a list of student union and non-student union events. (One semester) Candidates should submit the answers, along with a resume, to TSU 268 as soon as possible. For more information, call ASIP
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nRED CROSS: The state is seeking to build its blood storage and try to become a self-sufficient provider By Alma Castillo
Daily Titan Staff Writer The American Red Cross hosted a blood drive yesterday giving students, staff and faculty of Cal State Fullerton an opportunity to help California collect more blood, so it can be a self-sufficient state and not have to ask other states for help. On a daily basis, California imports 40-60 percent of its blood from the Midwest. “I heard that there was a need of blood and that the blood drive was going to be here,” said Elda Moreno, benefits coordinator of “I donathuman resources. The Red Cross is asking for ed blood just a pint of blood from each person. Type O blood is what because my they are happy to collect because it is the most common type hoswill give a blood recipipublic rela- pitals ent when they don’t know the patient’s blood type, said Amy tions teacher Bailey, donor recruitment consultant of the Red Cross. Some people don’t mind told us...we donating — not only their blood, will get five but their time too. “I’m donating blood because my sister needed blood and she points extra was able to receive it, also it is a good way to help out,” said credit.” Violeta Rivera, a liberal studies major. Donating blood is not difficult Kristin and the fear factor is minimal. Wood, Many people don’t mind being first-time donors. Rachel Hsu, a public relations major and first-time donor, said she was donating blood because it is helpful to many lives. Other people donated blood just to get extra credit for one of their classes and pain was not a bother. “Even though it hurt a little bit, I donated blood because my public relations teacher told us that if we donate blood we will get five points for extra credit,” Kristin Wood, a public relations major said. “Besides, five points can raise a
Matt Wilson, a psychology major, spends time at one of MJ’s Xpresso’s outside tables studying for an upcoming class.
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nOBITUARY: Senior Kim Holloway, who died of kidney failure in March, will receive a posthumous degree By Michael Del Muro Special to the Titan
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Lead guitarist of Beautiful Mistake Josh Hagquist strums for students at Becker Ampitheatre.
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HEALTH: As the semester ends, preparing for finals results in anxiety By Heather Hampton
Daily Titan Staff Writer With finals just two weeks away, adrenaline is kicking in and the stress level of students is rising to new peaks for many Cal State Fullerton students. Chiu-Hui Chan, a senior biology major, said finals definitely stress her out and she is extremely concerned about her final grade over anything else. “[If] I study hard enough and I don’t get the grade I expected, I’ll be depressed,” Chan said.
Chan takes a very serious approach toward studying for any test. She said that she studies even harder for classes within her major. “[I study] a week ahead of time,” she said. “[And] for G.E. courses, three days ahead.” But Chan never studies alone. Chocolate is her best friend. “I eat a lot of chocolate when I’m stressed out,” Chan said. Chan loves sugar and it keeps her stress level down while she studies for a test.
She also utilizes other relievers to calm her down when she is knee-deep in stressful waters. Chan said she enjoys working out at the gym when she is stressed out. “I exercise,” she said. “I go to the gym to swim.” Although Chan is weeks away from graduating from college, she is not very excited about pounding down the college doors and racing into the workforce. “I can’t find a job,” she said.
Cal State Fullerton student Kim Holloway once wrote: “Time is... “How I want to be remembered: As an intelligent, kind and giving person; who strove to be the best Too slow for she could be.” Before she died on March 2 those who from kidney failure, family and friends knew Kim as much more than just intelligent, kind and car- wait, to swift ing. They knew her as a loving daughter. A thoughtful sister. A for those sympathetic friend. Her father Dan Holloway said who fear, she did very little wrong and never disappointed him. too long for “She lived a good moral life,” he said. “She had her whole life those who ahead of her and all we can do is ask, ‘Why?’” Despite Kim’s premature death, grieve,...” she experienced much in her life — most importantly, love. Kim Twenty-seven-year-old Kim Holloway, the eldest of Dan and Holloway, Hilda Holloway’s four children, grew up and lived most of her life in La Puente, Calif. In high school, Kim was a passionate and competitive athlete. One of her joys was succeeding and pleasing those around her. At Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, she made sure the audience enjoyed the plays she participated in. At CSUF, she made sure her instructors enjoyed any assignment of hers they read. Kim and her brother Chris were set to graduate together in June. Chris with his bachelor’s degree in psychology and Kim’s in English. Kim wanted to pursue a career in writing. A career, her family said, would suit Kim perfectly. Hilda, Dan and Kim’s boyfriend Brandon Grenert said Kim always had a healing and loving way with words. When Chris Holloway was a senior in high school, he was up for an award. He didn’t get it and was devastated. Kim knew this and went up to him and said, “Chris, in the grand scheme of life, it really doesn’t matter that you didn’t get that award. We all know how wonderful you are and you don’t need a piece of paper to prove it.” Dan and Hilda said that was exactly what kind of sister Kim was to her three younger siblings – 26-year-old Jen, 22-year-old Chris and 20-year-old Shannon. “Kim and I used to talk about everything on the nights we couldn’t sleep,” said Jen, who shared a room with Kim. “She would always listen and talk to me.” After Jen moved out, Kim and her youngest sister Shannon did everything together – they shopped together, hung out and went to the movies.
Shannon said, “Kim was my best friend.”
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A guide to what’s happening
BRIEFS Krazy Days at Brea Day Camp Registration for “Krazy Days of Summer 2002” with the City of Brea’s Day Camp is now underway. The nine-week program, offered to youth ages 5 – 12, will be held from June 24 – Aug. 23. The camp will offer children to participate in sports, games, arts and crafts, dance, music, weekly barbecues, excursions to major amusement parks and special community trips to the movies, the Brea Plunge and more. The Brea Day Camp will consist of a trained staff with a child-toleader ratio of 10 to 1. Regular Day Camp hours will be Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The cost per child will be $90 for those who live, work or attend school in Brea; all others will cost $95. An extended hours program is also available from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. with a cost of $125 per child for those that live, work or attend school in Brea and $130 for all others. Space is limited and registrations is recommended. Day Camp is open to 120 campers per week and is on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information on programs and registration, call (714) 990-7100.
Blast Back to ‘50s Father and Daughter Dance
The Brea Community Center will host its first ever Fathers and Daughters Dance on June 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fathers and daughters will have a chance to relive the ‘50s and dance to hits from the time like “Rock Around the Clock” and “Little
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Darlin.” Attendees may dress in poodle skirts, leather jackets, penny loafers and other clothing from the time, but ‘50s attire is optional. The evening will consist of dinner, dancing, a costume and hula hoop contest, a souvenir photo to remember the night and more. Tickets are now on sale at the Brea Community Center for $10 each. For more information on tickets or the Father and Daughter Dance, call (714) 990-7100.
Adult sports activities offered at Brea Community Center The Brea Community Center is now open to adults for registration in its summer adult sports program. The center will be offering league play in basketball, volleyball and softball. The adult basketball competition will be offered on Thursday and Sunday nights at the center. Thursday night games will begin May 30 and Sunday night games will begin on July 14. The fee per team is $275 plus $40 forfeit fee. Teams will also be responsible for officials’ fees of $20 per team/per game. Co-ed volleyball competition will begin on June 3 at the Brea Olinda High School main gym and the league entry fee will be $240 with each team playing a minimum of 10 games. Co-ed softball competition will begin Aug. 12 at the Brea Olinda fields. Teams will play a total of 11 games, including one practice and 10 league games, and the league entry fee is $490 per team, which includes game officials. For more information about league competition, visit the Brea Community Center or call (714) 990-7734.
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CALENDAR OF C ALEN DAR O F EVENTS EVEN TS Community The Opera Pacific presents “The Barber of Seville” at the Irvine Barclay Theatre May 11 through May 19. Ticket prices range from $45 to $65. For more information, call (949) 854-4646. The Fullerton Civic Light Opera presents the musical “Camelot” May 10 through May 26 at the Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton. Tickets range from $16 to $40. For more information, call (714) 879-1732. Cypress College will host the 13th Annual Juried Student Photography Exhibition, through May 25 at the Anaheim Museum. For more information, call (714) 778-3301. The Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana presents the exhibition “The Nihon Journal,” a collection of images produced by Rachel Rosenthal in Japan, through May 26 in the Grand Central Art Center Project Room. For more information, call (714) 567-7233 or (714) 5677234. The Grand Central Art Gallery in Santa Ana presents internationally recognized artist Charles Krafft in an exhibit that consists of more than 100 works through July 7. For more information, call (714) 567-7233 or (714) 5677234. The Cal State Fullerton Department of Theatre and Dance presents two productions of “The Preeminents,” “America Sings & 100 Years of Broadway,” May 16-19 and “Songs for a New World,” May
23-26. Both productions will be in the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 in advance with Titan discount. For more information, call the Performing Arts Center box office at (714) 278-3371. The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana hosts an exhibition called “Gems! The Art and Nature of Precious Stones” through September. Ticket prices are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. For more information, call (714) 567-3600. The Garden Grove Playhouse presents “The Woman in Black,” the ghost play by Stephen Malatratt, through May 10. Ticket prices are $12 for general admission and $11 for seniors and students. For more information, call (714) 897-5122. The J. Paul Getty Museum has an exhibition focusing on the work of a 17th century Holland painter through July 7. Admission is free. Parking is $5 per car. For more information, call (310) 440-7360. The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach will host the exhibition “Situaciones Humanas/Human Conditions” by Dominican artist Jose Garcia Cordero through July 21. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for seniors and students. Admission is free on Fridays. For more information, call (562) 437-1689. Spring ESL classes will be offered at the Brea Community Center through June 26. Morning sessions will be from
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8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and evening sessions will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, call (714) 990-7150.
the exhibit “Definite Ambiguities: Films and Paintings by R.T. Pece” through May 9. Admission is free. For more information, call (714) 278-3262.
The Homestead Museum will present the “Ticket to the Twenties” from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday May 19 in the City of Industry. It will present jazz music, dancing and historic house tours. Admission is free. For more information call (626) 968-8492 or visit www.homesteadmuseum.org.
The TSU Underground has free bowling every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Shoe rental is $1.50. For more information, call (714) 278-2144.
Campus The TSU will host a Blueprints Scheduling Workshop today in Ontiveros BC from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (7141) 278-2468. The Department of Music presents the Symphonic Band today at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre at the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 with Titan discount. For more information, call (714) 278-3371. The TSU Center Gallery presents art works by Kozue Imamura through May 24. The Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (714) 278-2468. The TSU Underground will host the “Women’s Bowling Singles” through May 9 at 4 p.m. Games are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call (714) 278-2144. The Main Art Gallery hosts
“Family Night” in the Titan Student Union Underground occurs Monday, May 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Families can enjoy bowling discounts and billiards. The Titan Tusk Force meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in TSU 259. For more information, call (714) 278-2468. The Pollak Library will host the exhibit “Kimono: The Wearable Art of Japan” through May 18 in the Atrium Gallery. The TSU presents the Titan Pride Bowling League every Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. This event is open for all faculty, staff and students and the cost per week is $9. For more information, call (714) 278-2144. The University Honors Program presents “Evolution and Creation: The Best of Both Worlds” in the TSU Pavilion C at 7 p.m. today. For more information, call (714) 278-7444. The Department of Music presents student and faculty jazz combos at 8 p.m., May 21, in the Little Theatre. Tickets are $8 and $5 with Titan discount. For more information, call the Performing Arts Center box
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Fullerton police chief gives back to communinSUCCESS: Patrick McKinley uses his expertise to develop a violence-protection program for women By Maria Ragas
Daily Titan Staff Writer As a little boy, Patrick McKinley saw police officers as big, strong men and hoped one day he could be just like them. As police chief for the City of Fullerton, McKinley made his childhood dream come true. After he made his way from Minneapolis to Fullerton, McKinley is now a big promoter of protecting women, families and the community from violence. He received a Man of the Year Award on March 1 from the YMCA
of North Orange County for his “She Bear” program and his support of the YMCA’s annual Week Without Violence. During the week, panel discussions, expert lectures, education and advisement for women are offered. McKinley himself gives lectures on safe travel, safe family and his “She Bear” program, which he began when he arrived in Fullerton. “He is a very strong advocate, I don’t think you could ask for a better advocate,” said Captain Tony Hernandez, who has been in the business for 31 years. “She Bear” is a violence-prevention program designed to teach women how to protect themselves. This program, initiated by McKinley, has taught more than 1,000 women from ages 16-90 in violence prevention and self-defense. “[‘She Bear’] is very informative and I think it teaches women things that we don’t realize that we should know,” said Renee Klohr, secretary
Victim’s rights nGOVERNMENT: Ed Royce, CSUF alumnus and U.S. Statesman, is campaigning for the proposed amendment By Lou Delgado
Special to the Titan Washington, DC – On May 1, standing alongside victim’s rights activists, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA-39), who represents Fullerton, La Mirada, Buena Park, Cerritos, Cypress and other surrounding communities, joined a broad-based and bipartisan coalition headed by House Subcommittee on the Constitution Chair Steve Chabot (R-OH) and others in pressing for the passage of a victims’ rights constitutional amendment. Currently, 32 states, including California and Ohio, have passed victims’ rights amendments to their constitutions, guaranteeing rights for victims. “While the states and the federal government have enacted legal protections for crime victims, those laws have been insufficient in providing all victims their
to the chief. “He cares He presents the about the departprogram to any ment and the group of women people in the that have an interdepartment,” est. Klohr said. “He McKinley said has an open-door he began the “She policy and everyBear” program one is welcome because he has seen to come in and some women viotalk to him.” lently raped and the Hernandez said after effects of the that McKinley crime. creates a positive “I thought is was work environterribly unfair and ment and is very McKinley wanted to do someopen-minded. He thing about it and I said McKinley did,” he said. makes it fun to He hopes his program will teach work in the department. women how to protect themselves “[McKinley] is appreciative of better. new ideas and very supportive of McKinley said he is giving a little your ideas,” Hernandez said. back to the community. McKinley said his goals as police He has been the chief of police for chief are to maintain the excelthe City of Fullerton for more than lent image the Fullerton Police nine years. Department already has and to keep
in public administration and went to the FBI National Academy, which is a college program geared to law enforcement and investigation. McKinley’s large knowledge base comes from experience with a tactical background, debriefing people who were held hostage, barricading suspects, surveillance of dangerous individuals and dignitary protection, which involves protecting individuals. He saw and gained knowledge on the reactions, motivations and psychology of dangerous individuals. Hernandez said if an individual was to sit down and write out all the essential tools for the chief of police job, McKinley has all the right tools. “He is the consummate police leader,” Hernandez said. After many years of being a supporter of violence prevention and giving back to the community, McKinley plans to relax and enjoy his free time. McKinley hopes to retire in a few years, buy a new boat and spend most
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rights within the criminal would empower crime justice system. Everyone victims by allowing “Everyone knows an accused crimithem to confront their nal’s rights — among them assailants in court and at are the right to a speedy sentence or parole hearknows an trial, Miranda rights and ings. The amendment the right to an attorney. But would protect victims accused what about the rights of by requiring that they victims?” Royce said. be notified about the criminal’s Supporters for the conrelease or escape of perstitutional amendment petrators from custody in attendance included rights...but and by requiring that the Mothers Against Drunk victim’s safety be conDrivers (MADD), the what about sidered in determining National Organization a release from custody. for Victim Assistance and The amendment would the rights of also guarantee victims the National Center for Missing and Exploited the right to seek restituvictims?” Children (NCMEC). tion from their attackers. Ernest E. Allen, “There is incredible NCMEC president said, bipartisan support for this Ed Royce, “On behalf of the Center, I amendment not only here am pleased to offer my sup- U.S. Representative in Washington DC, but of Fullerton and port of the Victims Right in the states as well. We Amendment introduced also have received strong surrounding by Congressman Chabot support from President as a Joint Resolution in George W. Bush. After the Congress of the United it passes Congress and States. We are very aware is signed by the presiand concerned about the lack of rights dent, we expect swift approval from the victims of violent crimes experience states,” Chabot said about the length of within the criminal justice system.” time it takes to enact a constitutional The constitutional amendment amendment.
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Fullerton a very safe community. “People can enjoy work and leisure time in a safe environment,” he said. Before coming to Fullerton, he worked for the Los Angeles Police Department for 29 years. During his time at the Los Angeles Police Department, he was a charter member and began the whole concept of the SWAT unit. As part of the SWAT unit, he was involved in the 1974 Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) shootout. He was part of the Metropolitan division that performs tactical work and the 1976 Bicentennial, which protected almost all world leaders that came to Los Angeles. McKinley was part of a special weapons and tactics team that trained him beyond the capability of regular police tactics. He attended East Los Angeles College and Pepperdine University for four years. At USC, he earned his master’s
On the other side of the political fence, both Democratic California Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Jim Barcia (D-MI-5) support the constitutional amendment, with Feinstein co-sponsoring the amendment in the Senate. There will opposition to this constitutional amendment. When asked if he would support this amendment Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY8), member of the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, along with Chabot, said, “We don’t need a radical step such as a constitutional amendment. I support the spirit of what they are trying to accomplish. Yet, we can do the same through statute. Changing the constitution is a step we do not need to take. In the long-run if we do it through statute it will be less problematic.” Royce has long championed tough anti-crime legislation, and led the victim’s rights movement in California. He worked to establish rights for crime victims in California’s state constitution through Proposition 8, the Victim’s Bill of Rights. He also stewarded the nation’s first anti-stalking bill as a California state senator, versions of which have been adopted in all 50 states.
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Israelis plan response to
nWORLD: Palestinians in the West Bank prepared for military retaliation to suicide bombings By Alfonso Chardy, Sudarsan Raghavan and Daniel Rubin Knight Ridder Newspapers
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was denounced suicide bombings.
Rocked by the first suicide bombings in a month, the Israeli Cabinet met into the early morning hours Thursday to debate possible responses including military reprisals and the expulsion of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat from the West Bank. An angry Prime Minister Ariel Sharon cut short a visit to Washington and convened the emergency session upon touch-
ing down in Tel Aviv less than 24 hours after a member of the Islamic group Hamas blew himself up in a Rishon Letzion gaming center, killing 16. Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza were bracing for a possible Israeli military assault. President George W. Bush on Tuesday appeared to give Sharon a free hand to respond when he said he would “never” tell Sharon what to do. The bombing left Sharon with three options - military action in Gaza, where the bomber was believed to have lived; a renewed siege of Palestinian leader
Yasser Arafat’s headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah or exiling the Palestinian leader. In an apparent effort to head off an attack, Arafat on Wednesday went on Palestinian television and denounced the bombing in Arabic, ordering his security forces to fight attacks on Israeli civilians “no matter which Palestinian factions stand behind it.” There is opposition to expelling Arafat. In an interview on CNN, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said deporting Arafat is not helpful and violates the agreement Israel made on April 28 to
end a month-long siege of Ramallah after Palestinians transferred six suspected militants to U.S. and British custody at a prison in Jericho. In the West Bank city of Tulkarem, where Israeli troops have been hunting terrorist cells, troops arrested two senior Hamas commanders, whom Israel blames for a series of attacks in the city of Netanya. And at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where more than 120 Palestinians and clergy remain holed up, there were signs that all but the 13 men Israel intends to send into exile were about to be released.
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nAWARENESS: Circus cruelty of the animals brought two women to the CSUF lecture given by a member of the California Lobby for Animal Welfare By Michael Matter
Daily Titan Staff Writer Two Buena Park women, whose lives could not be more different attended Cal State Fullerton’s second annual “Animals in the Spotlight” event for the same reason – they love animals and adore elephants. Katie Zeoli and Deborah Oden traveled different paths to the same Titan Theatre destination last Friday night. Zeoli is a junior anthropology major, splitting time between upper-division classes at CSUF and general-education courses at Fullerton College. Oden is a customer service representative for a large furniture chain in Anaheim. Her boyfriend attends CSUF.
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Chan admits that adds even more pressure to her already stressful schedule. But Janet Nguyen, a senior psychology major, said she is looking forward to graduating because she wants to go into nursing. Although she said she knows nursing school is very stressful, she has every intention of making the best of it. “It’s more medical, so it’s a lot more stressful,” Nguyen said. “[But] it’s rewarding.”
Zeoli is president of theAnthropology Club at Fullerton College and attended last years’ inaugural event. “I had no idea that the second program would be focusing on elephants,” Zeoli said. “I didn’t know anything, other than they would be talking about animals in general.” Oden did not attend the program last year but knew elephants were the theme this year. She was concerned about their welfare because they have been a part of her life since childhood. When she was six, she won an hourlong ride on the back of an elephant during a parade at El Camino College. She remembers the experience vividly. “One of my biggest joys in life was riding an elephant when I was six years old. I was so little and the elephant so
huge,” Oden said. “I cried when I sat down because the hair on the elephant was like a Brillo pad. The ride was 10 times around the park – I thought it would never end.” Oden did not have another experience with elephants until last year. While driving past the Buena Park Mall, her boyfriend had seen the Circus Vargas elephant inside an open tent. He said the elephant was dancing and swaying while chained by the legs. They returned for a closer look. They would return again and again until the circus left town. A Circus Vargas employee told them the elephant’s name was Lisa. “I had never been to a circus in my life,” Oden said. “We felt badly for Lisa. She was looking into our hearts
with her sad intelligent eyes –dancing alone – first one chained front leg and then the alternate chained back leg. It was obvious – she was so lonely. I tried telling her in a soft, soothing voice how beautiful she was and how much we enjoyed spending time with her. I know she understood every word I said.” According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the rolling and swaying motion observed in Lisa, is a behavioral disturbance or mental illness caused by the stress of captivity. Enforced idleness, loss of control over one’s life, loss of normal social groups and the loss of natural habitat are all contributing factors to mental illnesses in both captive circus and zoo animals. Zeoli was shopping at the Buena Park Mall last December when she
noticed the solitary circus elephant. It was the first time she had noticed the small circus. “She was chained by her back right leg while a trainer talked to her in a very strict tone,” Zeoli said. “Her feet were tattered and not in good shape. She was taken into the tent for a show and seemed to me very disoriented and unhappy. She was not behaving the way I know elephants behave in the wild – her head was hanging low and her trunk had dropped.” Zeoli was upset enough to call the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. They did not return her call. Three weeks ago the same circus was at the mall again. Zeoli observed the same elephant – in the same disoriented condition. This time she con-
tacted PETA, who referred her to the SPCA again, who referred her to the Orange County Animal Care Services. Friday’s program about elephants was just what she needed. Zeoli met guest speaker Alison Stanley of the California Lobby for Animal Welfare and the two will soon be in touch. “When I discovered the talk would be about elephants, I was shocked and excited because I knew then that there are more people out there who think and feel the same way I do,” Zeoli said.
But Nguyen has her own set of worries especially when it comes to studying for finals. “I procrastinate,” she said. “The pressure of the test makes me study.” Nguyen said she stresses about her tests but that she does not get too worried because she knows most of the information on the tests. “I can’t worry about anything else unless I’m done with the test,” she said. And when finals are over, it’s party time for Nguyen who said she feels so much better when it’s complete. She rewards herself with an extra special treat.
“[I] feel like shopping,” Nguyen said. Carol Weinmann, who teaches stress management at CSUF, said that there are two types of stress, distress and eustress. “Bad stress is distress,” Weinmann said. Weinmann said when someone has too many things to do, distress can be quantitative “They feel like they have an overload,” Weinmann said. She said qualitative stress is a little different in that people feel that they are incapable of accomplishing the task set before them. Weinmann said that stress can be good when it is eustress.
“[It’s] something that motivates you to get things done,” she said. “If you have a test to take you might not be efficient with your time. So you study.” Weinmann said that tests can be very good stress for people. “It gets them into the mood for doing things,” she said. “It motivates you to get your life together.” But Weinmann said that there are many things in life that can elicit both distresser and eustressor. She said that marriage, having a baby and going on vacation can all be good stress but they can also be bad
stress. “Vacation can be a distress or a eustress,” Weinmann said. She said it forces you to do things you don’t want to do like pack and wake up and get on a plane the next day.Weinmann said that all people have different stress coping strategies. “Some people use food to cope with their stress,” she said. “Some people gain weight when they are distressed. It’s just coping technique.” Weinmann also said that it doesn’t matter how old people are, people of all ages still experience stress. “You can be a college student. You
can be a child,” she said. “A little sixyear-old can be as stressed as a college student.” Weinmann said no one age group has more stress than another. She said it is all relative to the individual and how they perceive things. “Every situation is unique to people and they have their own lives,” she said. Yet, she said the problem starts when an individual does not realize they are under stress. “You can’t prevent any stress until you become aware of it,” she said. “Most people don’t want to admit they
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Holiday for mom has historical significance By Afni Adnan
Daily Titan Staff Writer May 12 is Mother’s Day, a time to celebrate the woman who gave us life. Florists are swamped with orders and deliveries, department stores have sales and jewelry stores slash their prices, so that people can find the perfect gift for their mother. The ancient Greeks were the first people to celebrate Mother’s Day. They would have spring celebrations in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. In the17th Century, England celebrated “Mothering Sunday,” which was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. But the United States officially began celebrating Mother’s Day when it was made a national holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. The holiday was to be celebrated every year on the second Sunday of May. Emily Jung, an international student from Korea, said that in her native country, they just celebrated Parents Day. She thinks that these types of holidays give people the opportunity to show their loved ones their affection, even if it just means
giving them a card or a bouquet of roses. “I called my parents,” she said. “They sounded so happy, and that makes me happy.” Katherine Johnson, a floral designer from Floral Alley, a floral shop located in Fullerton, said that Mother’s Day is the busiest time of the year for her store, not Valentine’s Day. “Valentine’s Day is usually busy for just a day,” she said. “But for Mother’s Day, the orders are spread out and not compacted to one day. People start calling in to make orders on Friday and even on Saturday.” She also said that prices, specifically those of roses, usually go up, but the price hike is not as extreme as on Valentine’s Day. “The prices for roses usually doubles on Valentine’s Day,” she said. “But on Mother’s Day it isn’t that bad. We just raise the prices a little bit.” Johnson also said that more and more people are opting to buy brighter and colorful arrangements as opposed to the traditional bouquet of roses. According to the Web site www. aboutflowers.com, Mother’s Day accounts for one-fifth of the floral purchases made for holidays, right
behind Christmas. The most typical are cut flowers, but outdoor bedding and garden plants are just as popular. The gifts for mothers are limitless. People can purchase different kinds of gifts, ranging from extravagant floral arrangements to a virtual card. Those who are looking to spend a bit more for their mothers can even buy diamond pendants and lavish jewelry online at Web sites such as Zales and Tiffany & Co. In a country where holidays are a major part of society, college students might not feel the need to part with money to buy gifts for loved ones. However, there are students who believe in the importance of Mother’s Day as being a day of appreciation. “I think [college students] definitely care about Mother’s Day,” said Helen Bui, a business major. “It’s a day to devote ourselves to our mothers and to show them how much they’ve given us.” Bui also pointed out that a mother’s financial contribution is reason alone for college students to celebrate the holiday. “One of the reasons we care is because they [mothers] help pay for school.”
OBITUARY n from page 1 Kim loved writing poetry and fiction whenever she had the chance. She also loved to read, shop – especially for shoes, watches and books – and she loved to make collages. She used to collect pictures of people kissing, anyone kissing, cut them out and paste them on boards. Jen said Kim was an absolute romantic and one of things that puts her, as well as the Holloway family at ease is the fact that Kim found love and romance with Grenert. “She finished on top,” Jen said. Holloway and 20-year-old Grenert met last February while working at Disneyland’s employee scheduling department. When he first met Holloway, Grenert thought he had no chance with her. “She was perfect. She was way too beautiful. And she was too old for me,” he said. However, the work relationship developed into friendship and that developed into attraction. Then at a work party in October they kissed and Grenert knew that Holloway was the one for him. Grenert said, “As soon as we kissed I said, ‘Oh no’ because I knew I was going to fall for her.” Their love and romance culminated a few weeks before her death. Grenert and Holloway went to Big Bear for Valentine’s Day. On the way home, Grenert pulled
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Kim and Shannon Holloway at Shannon’s high school graduation. off the road and played Frank Sinatra’s “Mine and Kim’s relationship was “Fly Me to the Moon.” He put the song three or four years crammed into a couon repeat and on the third time it played ple of months,” Grenert said. he asked her, “Can I have this dance?” Kim’s parents said one of the main They got up in the back of his truck goals their daughter had in her life was to and danced. get her bachelor’s degree. She was nine “There is nothing better than dancing units short when she died. The family under the stars with the girl you love,” petitioned CSUF to give Kim an honorGrenert said. ary degree. On Feb. 28, two weeks after their The university sent a letter to the romantic evening, Kim suffered pains Holloways on April 15, coincidentally on in her back and went to a hospital in Grenert’s birthday, stating that she would Baldwin Park. They sent her home. The receive her degree. And her parents will next day her pain did not subside and she accept the degree on her behalf at the returned. They discovered a kidney stone June 2 graduation in Kim’s honor. and removed it, but she developed an infection, and toxins released caused her death the next morning.
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International business major Mark Ho donates to the Red Cross.
letter grade up.” There are others that are used to donating blood and did not mind going through the process of registering, reading a pamphlet to verify qualifications and filling out a questionnaire. “I’m not nervous, I do this all the time and besides, there is a need for blood,” child development major Angela Shih said. Some people donated to help a good cause. Blood donor Gabby Corvini said she was donating because she wanted to help others. For those people that did not have time to donate blood yesterday, the Red Cross will have another blood drive next month.
n from page 1 of the Outer Realm and Caxcan; and screenings of “Monsters Inc.” and “The Royal Tenenbaums.” “We pretty much try to keep students happy,” said Damian Chow, ASIP publicity assistant. “We give them a break – somewhere where they can get a relief from classes, eat lunch and watch a show for free.” ASIP also has events slated through the end of the semester. “Black Hawk Down,” will be shown today at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the TSU Theatre. Solea will hold a concert on May 15 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Becker Amphitheater. Lexicon will play in the Pub Series May 16 from noon to 1 p.m. Screenings of “A Beautiful Mind” will be May 23 at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in the TSU Theater. Next year, ASIP will receive an estimated $168,449 from ASI. “The program will be expanded,” Chow said. “Basically, we’ll have things going on everyday for students
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lures a reluctant fan into his
Die-hards waited with baited breath for Sam Raimi’s film and newbies walked out with (grudgingly) good reviews. It also set a new record – $114 million in its opening weekend
By Kathleen Gutierrez
Daily Titan Managing Editor
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The movie’s computer graphics may be trying on audience eyes.
Comic books just aren’t my thing. Spider-Man is cool, but then, so was Clark Kent. Perhaps I am partial to journalists with superhuman powers, but hey — everyone has their vice. “Spider-Man,” the blockbuster film directed by Sam Raimi is all about bringing the comic book to life. Every image — from its hyperreal color to its extra-shadowy darkness – makes the film leap off the screen and right into the laps of audience members worldwide. Even for the heavy-handed critics, this movie looks pretty darn good. There is no denying its charm, vibrance and spectacular imagery. It has its hokey moments, too, like the horrible computer graphics used for some of the more actionpacked scenes. Young Tobey Maguire may seem capable of much, but swinging on spider webs from thousands of feet in the air is not exactly something this former indie-leading man can do. Acting, on the other hand, is definitely within Maguire’s realm of possibilities. His goofy grin and
messy little-boy, bowl-cut hairdo only add to his Peter Parker charm. He may be 27 in reality, but on film he is every bit the awkward teen-age photojournalist from Midtown High School in New York. On an off-campus excursion, Peter and his classmates visit Columbia University and tour an exhibition on radiation, which includes several super-spiders of various altered strengths. He uses the opportunity to snap pictures for the school paper. While focusing the camera on his subject Mary Jane “MJ” Watson (also the subject of his romantic fancy), Peter is bitten by a genetically enhanced spider. What ensues is more of a modern-day interpretation of the 1960s comic book transformation than a revisit to a trodden down story path. The Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) appears in this film as Spidey’s arch nemesis and is the campiest part of the film. Unless, of course, you count MJ (Kirsten Dunst) — running through rain, while wearing high heels and no bra, only to be saved by her favorite spandex-wearing superhero — a campy addition to the already contrived situation.
But let’s not. What “Spider-Man” lacks in realism, it makes up for in over-the-top comic book flair. Dafoe’s version of the Goblin had two mismatched sides and came across more like a grotesque version of Jim Carrey’s “The Mask” than a real deep, dark baddie. Raimi made it obvious that Goblin was a whackjob, but did little to explain much more about the character than his genetic metamorphosis. Dunst, who never falters on her ability to develop a character, gave
an admirable performance as the buxom MJ. Her harsh family life was a stretch, as were most of SpiderMan’s serious subjects, but Raimi pulled through brilliantly. Spidey’s central theme is, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Raimi proved himself responsible enough to create such a powerful film, and it looks as though this one also has plenty of box office power. Comic books still aren’t my thing, but “Spider-Man” on the big screen succeeded in ensnaring me in its web.
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Spider-Man (Maguire) exchanges pleasantries with MJ (Dunst).
Rock goddess “Grease” retains its slickness returns, fails to disappoint nTHEATER: The 1950s musical about rivalries and romance in high school comes to CSUF By Mark Migrino
Daily Titan Staff Writer
nCONCERT: After keeping clear of stages, Alanis Morissette proves she can still connect with fans through her unadulterated talent By Afni Adnan
Daily Titan Staff Writer Fans young and old crowded into the Universal Amphitheater last Friday for the return of Alanis Morissette. After taking a hiatus from touring, Morissette came armed with brand new material from her latest album, “Under Rug Swept.” ‑ Warming up the stage for her was Ryan Adams, who delivered a somewhat bizarre set that didn’t include his most notable song, “New York, New York.” Taking a puff off his cigarette in between songs, Adams appeared to be dazed and lacked any kind of stage presence. His performance didn’t generate any interest from the audience, probably because he didn’t make any effort to connect with them.‑ Approximately 45 minutes after Adams finished his set, Morissette finally appeared on stage, breaking out into “21 Things I Want in a Lover,” one of the new songs from her latest album. Greeted by thunderous applause and high-pitched screams, she listed all the qualities she wanted in a man, an empowering anthem to all the single women who were out in the audience. Wearing leather pants and a black top, Morissette looked very much like the rock goddess that she is. With her trademark long locks, she gave the same intense emotion and fire-power to every song as heard on her albums. Her passion and sincerity were not lacking either. Her clear, yet strident voice resonated throughout the venue, capturing the essence of every word to every song. ‑ Backed by an amazing fivepiece band, Morissette sounded better than ever. Her vocals were sultry and gruff, which complimented her very hard-edged songs. The fans became her unofficial backup singers, singing along to almost every single song with gusty enthusiasm that matched hers. ‑ Morissette’s 90-minute set
included a few songs from “Under Rug Swept,” but the most overwhelming response came when she sang her past hits such as “Head Over Feet,” “So Pure” and “Hand in My Pocket.” ‑Not only did she show her strength as a singer-songwriter, Morissette also demonstrated her wide range of musical talent by playing the guitar and the harmonica. She captured everyone’s attention, be it by just standing in front of the microphone or by jumping up and down on stage like a five-year-old child. ‑ Compared to most concerts these days, Morissette’s might have lacked the theatrics and pyrotechnics. But it was her sincerity that shone through. She wasn’t hiding behind any choreography or costumes; she was putting herself out there through her honest lyrics, candid as the may be, which spoke volumes about where she was in life and what she has personally gone through. That was what made her so engaging. Morissette’s rock star appeal was very apparent when she performed her edgier songs such as “You Oughta Know” and “Right Through You.” However, her vulnerability and raw emotions were just as obvious under the dimmed stage lights, singing songs like “Uninvited” with enough heart-breaking intensity it could have made a grown man shed a tear.‑ Pacing from one side of the stage to the other, Morissette tried to connect with as many fans as she could. But the real connection was felt through her songs. The empowering “You Learn”‑was one of the highlights of the show because the song meant something to everyone who was in the audience. Morissette ended the night with an appropriate tribute to her fans by dedicating them the song “Thank U,” the most successful single from “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie.” Not only did she prove she was back, she did it with a bang.
The singing, rebellious and happygo-lucky adolescents from Rydell High were brought back to life when Cal State Fullerton’s Department of Theatre and Dance performed “Grease” last weekend. Those who were at hand to witness this dazzling show were treated to an energetic performance. ‑The
dancing was well choreographed and the toe-tapping beat of some songs made a few of the audience members dance in their seats. ‑ The cast had a short production period and the students had to learn fast. ‑ Despite the brief amount of time they had to prepare, it was not evident with the show they put on. “The most difficult part, I don’t know, was maybe the dancing because I’m not a very good dancer.
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The musical takes a satiric look at the teens of the 1950s.
It’s great just to have people come out and have fun. ‑You just gotta have fun,” said Gilbert Garcia, who played leading man Danny Zuko. When the audience was not jiving to the beat or singing along to the songs, the comical sets kept them in stitches. ‑ “I think that the dancing and singing were all excellent,” said Tony Limcaco, a biology major. “Most parts of the show were real funny, too.” One unique aspect of “Grease” is that it symbolizes classic themes among young people such as freedom, love and friendship. ‑Most people can relate to this show because it captures what the teenage years are all about. ‑People who have been through high school can understand this production, because “Grease” brings to light what high school meant to many people. ‑ The cast gelled really well together and their combined talents brought “Grease” to life. ‑ This production did a good job of taking classic themes from a classic time period and putting on a fun show. The costumes, music and the props actually made you feel like you were in the 1950s. ‑The Burger Palace Boys, led by Danny Zuko were decked out in black leather
jackets, greased up hair-do’s, white T-shirts, cuffed jeans and black Converse All-Stars. There was also an old-school convertible that was driven on stage, which was a nice addition to make the musical come to life. The Pink Ladies looked like they were straight out of that classic decade when they came on stage wearing hot-pink jackets with their group name emblazoned on the back. ‑The hairnets and pony tails that the girls wore were all very reminiscent of that decade. ‑ Kristin Gundrum, one of the assistant hair designers, said that the costume designers did thorough research to match up the hair and makeup by looking in 1950s movies, book and catalogs. But that was not the hardest part of the job. “After doing the research, matching it up isn’t hard, it’s the maintenance – like keeping the wigs up,” Gundrum said. “Grease” even helped one of CSUF’s faculty members take a trip to the past. John Fisher, the sound designer for “Grease” who also teaches an audio class said that this production reminds him a little bit of his high school days. ‑ “‘Grease’ takes place one year after I graduated so it gives me a fun nostalgic trip to the past,” he said.
The sound and the fury of music nCOMPETITION: Orange County musicians duked it out in “Battle of the Bands” in Irvine
By Laura L. Gaghan Daily Titan Staff Writer
Two bands went head to head in the “Battle of the Bands” at Sing, Sing in Irvine last Sunday night. For the past few months, every Sunday around 5 p.m. three bands have been setting up their gear, performing onstage and waiting to hear whether they will be the next semifinalists in Battle of the Bands, which is hosted by Cool Radio 94.3 FM. At this past Sunday’s battle, Level Ground was scratched from participating because a band member’s wife went into labor. Left to battle it out were Greensboro Ln., of Anaheim and Daycare For Dave, from Long Beach. Each band performed several songs to three judges, which were Martin Brown from Live Magazine, Michelle Ermard from Orange County Music Awards and Jason Daniels from Cool Radio. The three characteristics the judges were looking for were overall talent, professionalism and audience response. “They should have originality, professionalism and the ability to communicate through their music,” Brown said. “They should not act like idiots onstage.” Both bands showed their own images. Lead singer of DFD, Chris Cas, sport-
ed flashy vinyl pants and the members of Greensboro Ln. were accompanied onstage with their “good luck dancing Angel doll.” “I am looking for something that distinguishes themselves from all the rest,” Ermard said. The first band to show the judges what they’re all about was DFD. The band members, Chris Simpson, guitarist; Cas, singer; Rick Hubert, drummer; and Mori Shojii, bassist; came together to play a hard rock sound, Cas said. “We’re hoping to get something for free and establish a relationship with 94.3 so we can get into their format,” Cas said. Greensboro Ln. followed DFD. Each member, Nich Takehara, guitar and vocals; Armen Keuilian, guitar and vocals; Mark Douglas, drummer; and Mike Muriano, temporary bassist; all have different music influences from country to classic rock. “We all really like this radio station [Cool 94.3],” Douglas said. “The station is not like KROQ, who has to cater to larger bands, 94.3 stays with Orange County bands.” This really does show in the radio stations programming. Every Sunday night from 8 p.m. to midnight the station caters to the local bands of Orange County. Each band took the spotlight and once
Greensboro Ln. finished its set there were chants from the audience to play, “One more song!” During the deliberations between the judges, the band obliged to audience requests. “The first band seemed as though they were stuck in 1979,” Brown said. “These guys [Greensboro Ln.] sounded really good.” “They [Greensboro Ln.] had great vocals, great presence and they were tight,” Ermand said. “All together they performed well.” Most of the band members from each group didn’t wait for the results. When the results were announced, Douglas, the
member of Greensboro Ln. was on hand to hear that they were the winners for the night and would be moving into the next round of “Battle of the Bands.” “We had a good time, it was a small audience, but everybody got into it and that’s what it is all about,” Douglas said. Greensboro Ln. will compete against other semi finalists on May 19. The finals will be held May 26 at the Huntington Beach pier and three semifinalists will compete to get a recording contract with National Music and Recording. The bands will also possibly get their music played on the radio station.
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Greensboro Ln. drummer Mark Douglas plays during “Battle of the Bands.”
Thursday, May 9, 2002
Can Barry Bonds beat Aaron’s nBASEBALL: With the support of the retired record-holder, and a strong performance that keeps getting better, the Giants’ slugger just might do it By Mac Engel
Knight Ridder Newspapers HOUSTON - On a cool, moonless night at The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas this past winter, the gray-haired teacher took aside his eager pupil. “Do anything you want to try to break it,” the teacher instructed. “If you break it, you have my blessing.” The teacher was Hank Aaron. The pupil was Barry Bonds. “It” is the major-league record of 755 career home runs. “It” currently belongs to Aaron. When Aaron retired in 1976, his record was promptly put on the nobody’s-going-to-come-close mantle alongside Ty Cobb’s 4,191 career hits and Lou Gehrig’s 2,130 consecutive games played. Until Bonds. While others such as Mark McGwire flirted with the concept of reaching 755, Bonds has been getting hot ‘n’ heavy with it. He has 130 home runs in his past two-plus years, including the singleseason record of 73 last season. Everybody thinks Bonds has a shot at 755. Everybody except Bonds. “My time is done,” Bonds said. “I have four or five years left and that’s it. It’s not enough time for me, and that’s just reality.” Despite his own doubts, Bonds’ 575 career home runs at age 38 make him baseball’s best immediate chance to break Aaron’s record. As the daily
pressures and attention grow, Aaron told Bonds to go for it, but at the same time not to imprison himself to the chase. “I think Barry is the most remarkable offensive player that I have ever seen,” Astros general manager Gerry Hunsicker said. “I’ve seen some of the greats like (Willie) Mays, Aaron, (Stan) Musial, but Barry ... he doesn’t seem to have a weakness right now. To me, it’s just how long he can stay mentally focused without the pressure getting to him.” Coming off his rock-star-tour 2001 season, Bonds has displayed no signs of mental fatigue. He is batting .375 with eight home runs and 17 runs batted in so far. He’s on pace to hit a more human 52 home runs. His start included four home runs in his first two games. His seventh this season, career home run No. 574, moved him past Harmon Killebrew for sixth all-time. The ridiculous start immediately had talk-show hosts and ESPN’s “SportsCenter” projecting when, not if, Bonds would break Aaron’s record. After all, Bonds is a 38-year-old who plays like a 28-year-old hitting in a bull market for home runs. He signed a new five-year contract this off-season. If Bonds’ home run pace over the next five years is anything like last season, he could pass the record before the deal expires.
“He really didn’t have a great spring, but as soon as we got to a big-league park, he just turned it on,” Giants shortstop Rich Aurilia said. “I guess he is the epitome of the guy who can turn it on when he wants to.” Bonds can turn it on, but opposing pitchers can also turn it off. During the Giants’ recent 12-game road trip, Bonds drew 12 walks and was hit twice. “You intentionally walk me 100plus times, that’s time I lost,” said Bonds, who is on pace to walk 207 times this year. “I don’t have seven more years to make up those differences.” Even if he did, age is catching up. He admitted to having a slight tear in his left hamstring two weeks ago, yet he still plays. The only visible area the injury affects him is his running, not swinging. “I’m not a doctor, but you talk about a tear in your body and you’re able to play doesn’t make any sense to me,” Astros manager Jimy Williams said. “But maybe he is better on one leg than a lot of people are on two. He’s a tough kid, and it’s pretty phenomenal what he is doing.” What Bonds is doing is redefining what is possible. If he can hit 156 home runs over the past three seasons, why couldn’t he hit 180 in the next five? “He has a heck of a chance, he’s
With his first at bat in the first inning, Barry Bonds hit his 73rd home run of the 2001 season, Oct. 7.
getting closer than a lot of people have in a long time,” Giants manager Dusty Baker said. “But McGwire got close (but retired). So was (Ken Griffey) Junior, but he got hurt. There is a lot of stuff between now and that record. He’s already made history, and among the great. It’s a matter of how far he goes, and to what degrees of greatness. How great is great?” Funny, but it was just two years ago that when people mentioned Bonds, most words used to describe him weren’t great, but arrogant and choke artist. He has always had a reputation of being cocky. And his career .197 batting average in 27 postseason
games remains a large dirty spot on an otherwise spotless r’sum.’ But since he began his assault on history, everywhere he plays, stadiums are filled. Every pitch Bonds sees brings Hitchockian suspense, much the same way it was for McGwire during the ‘98 season. And fans boo not Bonds, but pitchers who have the audacity to pitch around him. “If you have anyone doing something exceptional, I think everyone wants to be a part of that. They should,” Bonds said. “You may see something that may never happen again. It’s part of baseball tradition,
and why not be happy?” Exactly. So why not go for it? Why not do to Aaron what he did to Babe Ruth? Which is what Aaron told Bonds when they filmed a commercial at The Ballpark in Arlington this offseason. In the spot, Aaron’s voice resonates through the stadium trying to convince Bonds not to go for the record. In real life, it’s the opposite. “I was telling Barry to do everything he can, because when that day passes, it’s all over,” Aaron said. “I wished him well and said, ‘Go for everything you can.’”
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