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Students showcase work at Kennedy Center, learn from seasoned professionals By Nicole M. Smith Daily Titan Staff
The spotlight will shine on four Cal State Fullerton Theatre and Dance Department students as they head to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival. Three design students, Devon Johnson, Mai Sakai and Matt Schleicher, who were recognized at the Region VIII festival for their design work on the fall production of William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale,” will join Stephen Wagner, who was awarded top directing honors. The festival, running from April 18 to 24, will allow students across the nation to participate in workshops, interact with theater professionals and receive feedback on their work. “It’s wonderful. It’s great for everyone involved,” said Debra Lockwood, a design and lighting professor. “It shows Cal State theater
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April is National Kite Month, Stress Awareness Month and National Humor Month. However, some may not find time to fly kites, monitor stress or even spare a moment to laugh when April is also the deadline month for filing federal tax returns. Only one week remains to file taxes. For those who have yet to file, last-minute options are available for quick and easy filing. Copies of various tax forms are available for downloading at the IRS Web site, such as Form 4868 – used to request a filing extension. The site offers a wealth of information about tax filing with helpful features and directions for form completion, calculations, deadlines, publications and more. Pen and paper filers can drop off their completed returns at area IRS locations, or can mail them in. As long as the returns are postmarked by April 15, they are not considered late. Cheryl Hamilton has worked on taxes for 20 years and offers accounting help through the IRS customer service line. “The last day is busy with people constantly calling for extensions,” Hamilton said. “Though more people are filing online now, the phones are still open extra hours on April 14 and 15 from 7 a.m. to midnight.” Software proves helpful to many filers
who use the tax preparation programs to walk them through the e-filing process. Some tax preparation programs can be purchased and accessed online at company Web sites, with online advice frequently available. Online tax returns are typically registered with the IRS within 24 to 48 hours, Hamilton said. Liberal studies senior Katie Caiozzo said she has utilized tax software for the past two years and prefers it over other methods. “It’s a lot easier than doing it by yourself,” said Caiozzo, who used TurboTax for filing this year. “And it’s a lot cheaper than going to an agent.” Tax preparation offices are another option. Companies like Jackson-Hewitt and H & R Block provide tax preparation services by certified accountants. Many post offices, and IRS branches, are open late on April 15 for last minute filers. For especially time-conscious filers, tax returns can be dropped off with certain tax preparation offices, and in some cases, submitted online. Companies will sort, itemize, complete and file them for a fee, if drop-off services are available. If all else fails, those requiring extra time can file Form 4868, an application for automatic extension of time to file. According to the IRS, the form will automatically provide filers with extra time to complete their paperwork, but does not allow for additional payment time. People utilizing this option will need to estimate an accurate tax fee figure and pay at least 90 percent of the cost by April 15 to avoid a payment penalty fee, and interest will be charged on any remaining unpaid cost.
Summit organizers combat apathy Community awareness key part of all-day event, student activism By Nadine Hernandez Daily Titan Staff
Congresswoman Hilda Solis will be the first keynote speaker at the Social Justice Student Summit at Cal State Fullerton in the Titan Student Union on Friday. Solis’ main objective is to increase students’ awareness of the role they play in the community and as future leaders, said Benita Duran, deputy director for Solis. Solis would like to see more students take an active role in the community and create relationships with other individuals in making decisions for the future, Duran said. Solis will also encourage students to become mentors and positive role
models for others, and let them know that they too can make a difference in the community’s development, Duran said. The summit is an all-day event that will start at 9 a.m. and will run until 4 p.m., said Francisco Serna, assistant coordinator for CSUF’s Resources to Engage in Advocating Civic Transformation program. The main push behind the summit is to get students involved with the community by informing them about the tools to become involved, Serna said. “The summit intends to educate, empower and encourage students to act,” he said. Students will have a chance to hear about issues affecting students and the surrounding community and obtain information on how to get involved, Serna said. One way to get involved is to visit the Volunteer and Service Center at
CSUF. Serna added that when students get involved, they can establish a presence for themselves by becoming “civically engaged.” “One of the topics the summit will cover is human trafficking,” said Raquel S-Saboor, outreach coordinator for the event sub-committee in the Orange County Human Trafficking Taskforce. The Human Trafficking Workshop will teach students and the community about its presence on a global and local level in the first session. “We want to let people know that human trafficking is a modern day form of slavery,” S-Saboor said. Students, social service providers and government agencies can join in a collaborative effort to combat the issue, and encourage students to play a key role in influencing others, S-Saboor said. Organizers said the summit is not
intended to stir people up in a negative way. “We are not encouraging students to voice anger but allow both sides of the issue to present themselves,” he said. Another issue springing up at the summit is gay marriage, Serna said. On the topic of gay marriage, students need to know what is going on and become educated on the issue in order to make educated decisions when voting, for example, he said. By voting in general, students can become empowered, Serna said. Students can walk up to the registration table on Friday and register for free if they bring their own lunch. The $15 fee is for students who want to have lunch provided by the summit. “The point is to get as many students to the summit as possible,” Serna said. “I don’t want to bog them down with the cost.”
Fulbright Fellow shares Vietnamese research CSUF alumna strives to bring out voices of ethnic communities By Noura Al Anbar Daily Titan Staff
Trangdai Tranguyen, a Cal State Fullerton graduate and Fulbright Fellow, re-united with students and faculty on Tuesday afternoon in the Pollak library, where she presented her research on the Diaspora of people with Vietnamese ancestry around the world, and more specifically in Sweden. “With my experience as a Vietnamese-American, I try to bring out the voices and experiences of my ethnic community, however, at the same time I wanted to enlighten others about our communities and our experiences, so we can come together and build bridges of understanding and harmony.”
Tranguyen was recently awarded a five-year fellowship by Stanford University to complete her doctorate in social anthropology. This year, Tranguyen is spending a year at Stockholm University while concluding her research. Tranguyen is a great, active student with outstanding accomplishments at a young age, said Arthur A. Hansen, a former professor of Tranguyen’s and director of the Center for Oral and Public History at CSUF. “She was a very strong outreach person for us, and I think she finally found the field that’s best for her. She’s accomplished a lot since she’s been here: She logged thousands of volunteer hours in a lot of communities, most of it having to do with language and beyond.” Tranguyen has a bachelor’s degree in child & adolescent studies and three others in English, liberal studies and Asian-American studies. As an oral historian and director of many projects such as
the Vietnamese-American project, she said she hopes to uncover the history and interactions of people with Vietnamese ancestry with panEuropean cultures. “It’s very interesting to see the Vietnamese experience abroad, especially in Europe, because Europe is very different from America. In America, it is easier for one to feel a sense of belonging – even if we’re foreigners. In Europe, it’s more difficult,” said Imelda Lolowang, CSUF student and Fulbright fellow. “We need to develop our sense of consciousness and awareness about everything.” Tranguyen’s research presented on Tuesday focused on her methodology in gathering information and explored the subjects and countries she traveled to – as well as her experiences abroad as a Vietnamese-American. “The research Tranguyen is doing is interesting and very useful and valuable for the next generation,” said Brian Doan, a Vietnamese pho-
tographer. “It’s interesting to see the second-generation Vietnamese people who are born outside Vietnam who grew into a foreign and language and culture.” Tranguyen said her motivation to do her research emerged after her experiences during post-war Vietnam, and the loss of the Vietnamese history and records. In hope to collect her ancestors’ history, she continues to search for more answers and widen her research on the Diaspora of Vietnamese-ancestry people globally. “There is a certain level of freedom that I have here in America that I didn’t have in Vietnam and I want to celebrate that, even though democracy is an ongoing process, civil liberty should not be taken for granted. Also now that I have experience with the American democracy, I want to share that with the rest of the world, and of course my ethnic fellows in Vietnam,” Tranguyen said.
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Technicians chase E-problems away Unsung heroes help students, professors use campus computers By Mahsa Khalilifar Daily Titan Staff
When a Cal State Fullerton student struggles with computer problems in the College Park basement and loses a file, they don’t call “Ghostbusters,” they call the department technicians. “They help out tremendously,” said Ed Fink, the radio-TV-film chairperson. “Students can benefit directly from their assistance.” Receiving his master’s degree in communications from Stephen F. Austin State University, Mike Bedford, one of CSUF’s information technology consultants, has been with the university for about seven years. “When looking for work related to my experience and interests, my present position’s description was a perfect match,” Bedford said. “I enjoy working with students and
keeping up with the latest in computing hardware and software.” Bedford has many tasks at CSUF, which include maintaining the Communications Mac Labs and helping students with questions, and even instructing the instructors about the computer labs. Claudia Acosta, a CSUF graduate, is the informational support technician II for the RTVF Department. She provides and distributes equipment to the production students. Acosta, who has been at CSUF for five years, said that although she gets frustrated when instructors fail to teach their students about the basics of the equipment, she is always willing to help students – especially those in the Radio-TV-Film Department. “What I like the best is the fresh environment and positive energy [of CSUF],” Acosta said. “I am blessed to be able to see the talent of my students and witness their professional growth.” Others agree that the techs are helpful. Fink said the techs offer a constant technicians 3
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The Public Relations Student Society of America for Cal State Fullerton will present “Backstage Pass to Entertainment PR: The O.C. Meets Hollywood” on campus April 22 and April 23. Experience the opportunity to meet, mingle and learn from industry professionals in the entertainment world. Registration is $50 for CSUF students and $20 for PRSSA members. Space is limited and registration must be completed by April 15. All who are interested can register at http://commstudents.fullerton. edu/prssa.
Police turn back crowds from pope VATICAN CITY – After electronic highway signs and cell phone text messages failed to stanch the flow of pilgrims, police stepped in Wednesday to turn back mourners hoping to join the 24-hour line to view the body of Pope John Paul II, on a day that brought almost 1 million people to the Vatican. The crowd control problems developed hours after the College of Cardinals set April 18 as the start of its conclave in the Sistine Chapel to choose a successor to John Paul, a papal election with new rules and new technological challenges.
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Alliance proudly presents “Bootilicious – Breaking Through Gender Barriers” fashion and drag show from 7 p.m to 10 p.m. in the Titan Student Union Pavilions.
Saddam sees Kurd elected as president
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Two months after elections, Iraq’s new government finally began to take shape Wednesday as lawmakers elected as president a Kurdish leader who promised to represent all ethnic and religious groups. Ousted dictator Saddam Hussein watched the session, broadcast across the country, from his prison cell. A prominent Shiite Arab was expected to be named on Thursday as prime minister, the most powerful post in what will be Iraq’s first democratically elected government in 50 years.
Graduating students: Don’t forget to watch the “Graduate with Titan Pride” video on the Titan Online Web site, www.fullerton.edu/commencement. Watching the video and taking the test after is the only way that you will be able to pick up commencment tickets in April.
Helicopter crash kills 16 in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan – A U.S. military helicopter returning from a mission smashed into the southern Afghan desert Wednesday, killing at least 16 people in the deadliest military crash since the fall of the Taliban in late 2001. An Afghan official said most of the dead appeared to be Americans. The CH-47 Chinook was returning to the U.S. base at Bagram from a mission in the militant-plagued south when it went down near Ghazni city, 80 miles southwest of the capital, Kabul.
Officials ask why Iraq details surface now WASHINGTON – The CIA and members of Congress said they want to know how a presidential commission unearthed details on intelligence failures about Iraq’s prewar weapons programs that previous investigations missed. Of particular interest is information that emerged in last week’s report about how doubts were handled regarding a leading source on Saddam Hussein’s alleged mobile biological weapons labs _ an Iraqi scientist who defected to Germany, code named “Curveball.”
Nuclear plants in 31 states said prone WASHINGTON – Fuel storage pools at nuclear power plants in 31 states may be vulnerable to terrorist attacks that could unleash raging fires and deadly radiation, scientists advised the government on Wednesday. The group of nuclear experts said neither the government nor the nuclear industry “adequately understands the vulnerabilities and consequences of such an event.”
Shoplifter stabs Wal-Mart security guard RANCHO CUCAMONGA – A Wal-Mart security officer who confronted a suspected shoplifter outside the store was stabbed in the stomach and arms. The officer, whose name was withheld, was taken for treatment to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center after Tuesday’s attack. The officer confronted the shoplifter outside the Foothill Boulevard store at about 3 p.m. and the man pulled the knife, investigators said. After stabbing the officer, the attacker jumped into a car and showed a handgun to another Wal-Mart security officer who tried to stop him, officers said. A woman behind the wheel drove the attacker away. There were no arrests. Reports compiled from The Associated Press
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Top: Communists march in support of the old regime after a rally. Protesting the newest way of government that has led to more corruption and poverty. The march and rally were held Sunday, April 3 at Red Square in Moscow, Russia Above: Freshly fallen snow on a barbed-wire fence at the Novokuznetsk Airport in Syberia, Russia, last Saturday. Right: Hundreds of dolls are lined up for the tourists that pass by at Red Square in Moscow, Russia.
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Duncan Angus received his bachelor’s degrees in English and linguistics at the University of Michigan. After spending most of his life in Long Beach, Calif., Angus came to Cal State Fullerton to receive his master’s degree and to practice his teaching career. He has been teaching writing and linguistics classes at CSUF since 1996 and continues to expand his interests in languages and cultures. Q: What countries have you traveled to? A: I lived in Mexico for half a year. I lived in China for one year
and visited several times for one to three months, so my Chinese is pretty good and it’s getting better. I use it on a daily basis. The more I worked with students, especially with writing and the use of language, the more I enjoyed it. I feel that my skill combinations are well suited for working with writers. Q: Why did you decide to teach and why writing and linguistics? Why at CSUF? A: Linguistics, knowledge about language, has been a keen interest since I was quite young. It just seemed natural to work in an environment where I could talk about it. I liked the atmosphere here at Fullerton. I feel the quality of instruction here is quite high and our emphasis on smaller classes and learning create an atmosphere that I like to work in. Q: What’s your single biggest accomplishment?
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A : Becoming fluent in Chinese is quite an accomplishment. Of course that signifies a lot of other knowledge, culture experience and life experience so it’s not just Noura Al Anbar/ Daily Titan an academic activity. Being as fluent as I’ve gotten signifies being equally fluent in the culture and familiar with it. Q: What do you value in life and why? A: I value the quality of relationships. I suppose I could make more money and all that that entails, but relationships and understanding are what make me happier and more content. So, I suppose that is the value.
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For interested filers, a deadline extension can be processed online, by mail or by phone. The IRS provides information about processing extensions with either option, including worksheets and the contact number for phone requests. Tax preparation software and offices can also file extension requests. Form 2688 is a manually approved request for two additional months to file taxes if the automatic four-month extension, Form 4868, does not provide sufficient
filing time. According to the site, interested people may opt to write a letter to the IRS to formally request the two-month extension, which requires a reason for the request. Fullerton resident Marie Cunningham filed for an extension six years ago and aims never to do it again. “I had some other things going on in my life and just forgot,” she said. “I ended up racing from Stanton to Fullerton to get to a post office that was open until midnight to sit in line with all the other lastminute filers, just to get the extension request in.” If a filer is prepared to submit his or her returns, but is unable to
pay the fee, the IRS offers payment plans. According to the IRS, those submitting returns should file their taxes on time if returns are ready, pay as much of the cost as possible and can sign up for installment payments upon receiving a bill for the remaining amount due. Interest and potential penalties apply to any portion of the total fee not paid by April 15, regardless of payment plans. Payments can also be deducted from filers’ bank accounts automatically as a convenience. “I always warn people not to do what I did,” Cunningham said of her last-minute experience. “Don’t wait until the very end – it was awful!”
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Fullerton in a great light.” CSUF is no stranger to the festival, earning a reputation for high quality work that has inspired students and faculty alike. “Fullerton is one of our flagship schools. They set high standards,” said Gregg Henry, artistic director for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Henry said it is important for CSUF to maintain its “gold standard” and “keep the bar high,” because smaller programs can learn by modeling themselves after successful programs. Insisting that the festival is not a competition, Henry said the Kennedy Center looks for work that can be showcased at the nation’s performing arts center, and that each year, students’ work changes completely. “We hope to see steadily better work,” Henry said. “We keep setting the bar slightly higher and schools keep jumping higher.” Recognized for his lighting design, Matt Schleicher said he was motivated by photographic research of the North and South poles to illuminate the world of “The Winter’s Tale.” “For me it was a really great design experience because of the collaboration with the director and other designers,” said Schleicher, a graduate student. “It opened avenues that let my imagination create a fairy tale play.” Schleicher, who is completing his final semester and also works on campus as a master electrician, said
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stream of assistance and that classes could not function without them. “We wouldn’t be able to offer some of the production classes and the graphics classes without Acosta and Bedford,” he said. Acosta and Bedford are not the only support technicians in the Communications Department. Jason Lorge, a information technology technician, Eraj Shadaram, production and facility manager of Titan Communications, and Don McLaren of the Radio-TV-Film
the festival is like the College World Series of theater and that he is looking forward to sharing ideas with fellow students and professionals. “It’s exciting, a nice reward for me. It’s my last show, a good way to go out,” Schleicher said. Undergraduate Devon Johnson will showcase his audio design, a new category being recognized for the first time in the festival’s history, while graduate student Mai Sakai will present her scene design. Schleicher credited his recent success to the strong support of Theatre and Dance Department faculty, saying some schools may not have the manpower to have a teacher available to instruct specific areas of design. He also said having several live productions throughout the semester provides students the opportunity to see their “theoretical designs become a reality” and also allows students to make mistakes while still in a learning environment. The Theatre and Dance Department has had some good fortune over recent years, and even had a lighting design winner at last year’s national festival. “We don’t do this work to be recognized, but it’s wonderful when we [are],” said Lockwood, who was nominated for her own summer fellowship in lighting design in Washington, D.C. Theatre and Dance Department Chair and Professor Susan Hallman said she is very proud of the students’ recognition, and in the past, CSUF has been represented at the Kennedy Center in lighting, set and make-up design and acting.
The department has been participating in the festival since 1975 and has won accolades for six original plays written by theater students, said Hallman, who came to CSUF in 1977. In previous years, CSUF has been recognized for make-up and lighting design as well as acting, and is one of few schools to showcase two plays at the same festival, Hallman said. Founded in 1969, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival has grown to involve over 18,000 students from a network of 600 colleges across the nation, according to the Kennedy Center’s Web site. The festival is not a competition, but rather an opportunity for students and universities nationwide to showcase and celebrate their talents and labors. In order to receive recognition, schools submit work to a production panel from the Kennedy Center that travels to each campus and decides whether or not a piece of work is strong enough to compete at the regional level, Lockwood said. This year’s regional competition was held last month in Phoenix, Ariz., where CSUF competed against colleges from Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam. Winners in each of the categories from each of the eight regions then go to the Kennedy Center where their work is showcased and critiqued. The festival, according to the Kennedy Center’s Web site, seeks to “encourage, recognize and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university theater programs.”
Department also help students, . Although not many students know the faces that go with the names, the assistance that the techs offer is appreciated by students and especially by faculty. “[They] are there even if it’s not class time,” said Fink. “They are there for all the follow-up questions after instructors leave.” The technicians all have various tasks. “Starting in the fall, [CSUF] will have a beefed up audio thanks to [McLaren],” Fink said. He added that they all help in their individual ways. In their spare time, the technicians
said they enjoy working on their own hobbies and interests – aside from the CSUF world – but still technologically related. Bedford publishes his own graphics e-zine, and said he likes taking digital photos, while Acosta said she likes to make movies on the side. She even has her own production company with a student and has taken part in Film Festivals. With his humorous demeanor and on-the-clock assistance, Bedford said he is appreciative of his job. “I’m enjoying my time here and have watched the Communications Department grow dramatically over these several years,” Bedford said.
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