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Titan Shops to cut book costs Increasing textbook rental program could help students save By DIANIKA ABBOTT For the Daily Titan
With the rising costs of tuition, fees and other scholastic expenses, many college students are finding themselves struggling to buy the bare necessities: books. Students spend an average of $843 on textbooks and supplies in an academic year at a four-year institution, according to the College Board Web site. To help students, Cal State Fullertonʼs Titan Shops is considering expanding the number of courses that utilize the textbook rental program, potentially saving students up to 75 percent in textbook costs. The program, which began this semester with two courses: Chemistry 100 and Marketing 351, is one of the bookstoreʼs endeavors designed to help students save money. “[The textbook rental program] came about as a continuation of our goal of providing the most students with the best value for their course materials,” said Michael Dickerson, textbook manager of Titan Shops. Students can rent books included in the program at the beginning of the semester for about 20 percent to 30 percent of the cost of buying a new textbook, Dickerson said. “At the time of the rental, [students] sign a contract and are responsible for returning the rental book during finals week,” Dickerson said. In the two classes that offered book rentals, 60 percent to 65 percent of chemistry students and 45 percent to 50 percent of marketing
students participated in the program. The bookstore needs the solid support of professors to ensure the program will be beneficial. “By helping students save money on their textbooks, professors can feel more comfortable adding other ancillary materials to the curriculum that may have previously been cost-prohibitive due to the initial high cost of the main textbook,” Dickerson said. While the bookstore is very optimistic about the rental program, theresome professors said there are other ways to save students money. “I am greatly concerned about the high prices of textbooks. That is why many of my colleagues and I adopt the [paperback] version of textbooks,” said Scott Greene, a marketing professor. Students may have a hard time forming deeper understandings of the textbookʼs context because they are not able to write, underline or highlight important terms and concepts in a rented textbook, Green said. Although some professors have issues with the program, there are others who said it is beneficial for students. “I support it. The majority of my students rented books instead of purchasing new textbooks,” said Leslie Gillespie, a chemistry professor. With the support of the professors wavering, many students feel the textbook rental program is a necessity. “I think itʼs a great idea. Some people simply canʼt afford to buy books, and with the prices being reduced, students donʼt have to worry about the cost,” said Sarah Abedzadeh, a junior psychology major. Marcina Riley, a communications
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Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month has included a variety of events to honor the cultural accomplishments of people in the community. Two events included the opening of an exhibit celebrating the journey of Vietnamese who have come to America and a short film titled “Suspension.” Professor Richard Jong, a lecturer of Asian American studies at Cal State Fullerton, highlighted the mission of the events. “I believe the primary goal of the heritage month is to educate the campus community. By generating awareness, the events have the potential to expand our collective understanding of what constitutes American history, culture and national identity,” he said. The art exhibit, entitled “A Long Journey of Courage: The Story of the Vietnamese People Coming to America” was unveiled on April 28 in the Atrium Gallery of the Pollak Library. The exhibit commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975 and also celebrates the establishment of the Vietnamese community in the United States, according to a program available in the gallery. The two sections of the gallery
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Gift drive aims to aid women in need on Motherʼs Day, donations still being accepted By DENNIS OLSON Daily Titan Staff
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Titan Baseball players sign baseballs and posters for fans after Saturday’s baseball game at Goodwin Field.
Cal State Fullertonʼs El Toro campus hopes to give local mothers-in-need a reason to feel appreciated this Motherʼs Day with its Motherʼs Day Gift Drive, which begins this week. Students and faculty at El Toro are encouraged to donate feminine cosmetic and hygiene products to be given to women residing in a transitional shelter. The Regina House in Santa Ana is a shelter housing seven homeless single women and their children. The women are given a home and a chance to get their lives in order without being separated from their children. Many of the mothers come to the shelter after recovering from substance abuse or leaving a physically abusive relationship. The goal of the drive at El Toro is to help these women feel better about them this Motherʼs Day, May 8. CSUF student Erin Fisher contacted the Regina House about the drive because she wanted to help mothers in a time of hardship feel better on Motherʼs Day. “I targeted homeless shelters with women who have children and I found the Regina House,” she said. “I wanted to make them feel beautiful on Motherʼs Day.” The seven women living at the Regina House
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have many different pieces from photographs exploring nature, watercolors of experiences in concentration camps to vibrant colored costumes. A glass case at the exhibit displays statues carved out of tree roots. The artist, Dr. Pham Chi Nhan, was a medical doctor in Vietnam who was imprisoned in the Philippines. He used his time in jail to explore his artistic side and the delicately crafted statues were what resulted. What most inspired Gerry Del Rio Cortes, a senior biology major, to come and view the gallery was the musical instruments and jewelry. “It shows that people will continue to be creative even in those conditions,” Cortes said. The exhibit will be showcased until June 30. The short comedic film, “Suspension,” written and directed by CSUF alumna Rhianne Paz Bergado, is a high school tale of outsiders who triumph in the end. The film stars Maria A. Yanez as the main character who goes to a new school and shows the popular clique that it is OK to be different. Also starring in the film is CSUF student Grant Bardsley who is befriended by Yanezʼs character. After the showing, Bergado spoke to students about film making on a small scale and how she was inspired to make the film. “The story came from elements of my own life,” Bergado said. The film will also be shown on CULTURE 3
Adult film aims to dispell stereotype UC Davis professor makes movie to prove Asian sexuality strong By NICHOLE NG For the Daily Titan
When pornography is mentioned, some might think of sexual connotations instantly. Not so for UC Davis Professor Darrell Hamamoto, the maker of “Skin on Skin,” an adult film featuring an all-Asian cast. The film was created with hopes to change the
stereotypes of Asian male sexuality and masculinity. Hamamoto wrote and published an essay titled “The Joy Fuck Club” in 1998, in which he related and discussed the stereotypical portrayal of Asian male sexuality being dominated by “white racial supremacist.” In an article from the California Aggie, Hamamoto said he will interfere greatly in order to save Asian sexuality, and that by making a porno, he blew peoplesʼ minds. In addition to “Skin on Skin,” Hamamoto produced “Yellocaust:
A Patriot Act,” which relates political and historical events that dealt with Asian racism. “Yellocaust” offers a provocative solution to the alienated sexuality of Asian Americans that draws from the rich tradition of erotic arts as found in most Asian cultures,” Hamamoto said in an e-mail. In all its controversy, and in conjunction with Asian-American month, Hamamoto will be coming to Cal State Fullerton on Thursday to make his presentation. The event is part of the series, “Imaginasian,” which the Asian Pacific Student
Association organized. The process of getting Hamamoto to speak on campus was a tedious one. After a monthlong process of discussing the controversy about the issue, the board of APSA had to get funding and permission from the funding committee, which voted 24 to 1 in favor of the event. APSA President Dave Matias said he hoped that inviting Hamamoto to speak on campus would spark a controversy that would make people think and ADULT FILM 3
Annual Pilipino Cultural Night leaves ‘Impressions’
PASA hosts 18th annual event; battles racism, discrimination By JOSEPH SANTOS Daily Titan Staff
Raising awareness of cultural differences was the theme of the 18th Annual Pilipino Cultural Night put on by the Pilipino American Student Association at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts on Sunday night. The show, entitled “Impressions,” contained a plotline that addressed cultural problems that exist today. The story was about a high school student named Randi Pinpinka who came to America from the Philippines in search of a new life. The hopeful student attempted to make friends and fit in with the other students only to find that he gets
treated differently because he is a “F.O.B,” an acronym for “Fresh Off the Boat.” During the school year, Pinpinka meets a popular Filipino-American girl named Kelly who shows him the ways of American culture and why he is looked at differently. The two end up together as they accept each other despite what their peers say. The show also displayed many historical dances that originated from different locations and points of time in Filipino history. The dances mark important events and reflect the Muslim and Spanish religious influences on the Filipino culture. Unlike past cultural nights, this yearʼs theme dealt with less historical subject matter. “We looked for more current issues,” said Nicole Calucag, Pilipino Cultural Night dance coordinator. This yearʼs script had a comedic approach which also consisted of
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Blanche Recasata performed the role of princess in an ancient Filipino dance called Singkil on Sunday, May 1 during the 18th annunal Pilipino Cultural Night 2005 entitled Impressions. The event was presented by CSUF’s Pilipino American Student Association. castʼs own musical renditions of various songs from Disney movies like “Beauty and the Beast,”
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All students interested in being a student leader for the College of Communications can head to CP450 tonight at 5 p.m. The Student Organizations Accessing Resources and the Communications Inter Club Council are holding elections for chair, vice chair and director of administration. The General Council meetings are on Tuesday nights in CP-450 at 5 p.m.
Iraqi leaders seek deal amid bloodshed BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqʼs incoming prime minister struggled to find a Sunni Arab to run the key Defense Ministry in time to join Iraqʼs first democratically elected government when it takes office Tuesday. A torrent of bloodshed – at least 140 killed in five days – followed the approval of a Cabinet that mostly shut out members of the disaffected Sunni minority. Disputes persisted over the Defense Ministry on Monday after Prime Minister-designate Ibrahim al-Jaafari filled six of the seven Cabinet seats left undecided last week, said al-Jaafari aide Laith Kuba. The defense portfolio is destined for a Sunni, part of an attempt to balance the conflicting demands of Iraqʼs competing religious and ethnic factions.
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Italy: Agentʼs shooting not deliberate
ROME – Italian investigators blamed U.S. military authorities for failing to signal there was a checkpoint ahead on the Baghdad road where American soldiers killed an Italian agent, and concluded in a report released Monday that stress, inexperience and fatigue played a role in the shooting. The investigators found no evidence, however, that the March 4 killing of intelligence agent Nicola Calipari was deliberate. The Italians also didnʼt object to many of the findings of fact contained in a separate American report made public Saturday.
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Construction workers pour sand onto the north side of the Performing Arts Building Complex construction site on Monday afternoon. The complex is scheduled to be finished this September.
Nation England confesses to abusing prisoners FORT HOOD, Texas – Pfc. Lynndie England, the young woman pictured grinning and giving a thumbs-up in some of the most notorious photos to come out of the Abu Ghraib scandal, pleaded guilty Monday to mistreating prisoners, saying she let her comrades talk her into going along with the abuse. Wearing her dress green Army uniform and speaking somberly in a soft voice with her arms close by her side, the 22-year-old Army reservist told the judge that she initially resisted taking part in the abuse at the Baghdad prison, but ultimately caved in to peer pressure.
Groom wants to marry runaway bride
DULUTH, Ga. – The jilted groom whose bride-to-be ran away four days before their wedding still wants to marry fiancée Jennifer Wilbanks, saying, “Havenʼt we all made mistakes?” “Just because we havenʼt walked down the aisle, just because we havenʼt stood in front of 500 people and said our ʻI Doʼs,ʼ my commitment before God to her was the day I bought that ring and put it on her finger, and Iʼm not backing down from that,” John Mason said Monday in an interview with Fox Newsʼ Hannity & Colmes show.
Local Bay area brothers shot and killed OAKLAND, Calif. - Two brothers were fatally shot and a third man wounded as they watched an illegal street race Saturday, police said. Salvador Lascon, 27, and his 20-year-old brother, Fernando, were pronounced dead shortly after the shootings early Sunday morning. The brothers were shot about 2:40 a.m., after a man approached them and demanded the keys to their fatherʼs white 2000 Honda Prelude. The man then shot the younger brother with a handgun, Oakland police Sgt. Robert Nolan said. Salvador Lascon asked the gunman why he shot his brother and was then shot as well, police said. A 19-year-old bystander hit by an errant bullet drove himself to a hospital. No arrests had been made by Monday. Reports compiled from The Associated Press
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“I was not thinking when I signed my tax return.” -Dennis Kozlowski, former Tyco CEO, taking the stand in his defense at his retrial on larceny and other charges, when asked why his 1999 tax return omitted a $25 million payment. “Those were the two dumbest words I ever said.” -George Tenet, former CIA director, on his assurance to President George W. Bush in 2002 that the CIA had “slam dunk” evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. “Jennifer had some issues the family was not aware of.” -Mike Satterfield, following a nationwide hunt for his niece Jennifer Wilbanks, whose disappearance four days before her Georgia wedding turned out to be a major case of cold feet. “Theyʼve done a terrific job. And they have cut down the crossing of illegal immigrants by a huge percentage.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger, California Governor, speaking in support of the Minutemen, a controversial group of armed citizens patrolling the Arizona-Mexico border in search of illegal immigrants. Compiled from The Associated Press
Thai women compete, show off full-sized figures NAKHON PATHOM, Thailand In an era of chiseled supermodels and bizarre weight-loss diets a Thai beauty contest celebrated women with a bit of flesh Sunday when heavy-weight contestants battled for the Miss Jumbo Queen crown. The annual contest, which aims to raise awareness and money for Thailandʼs dwindling elephant population, allows full-sized women weighing over 176 pounds to show weight-conscious Thais that big is beautiful. This year, 24 women participated in the contest at the Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo, 38 miles west of the capital Bangkok. “I want to show people that just because Iʼm fat doesnʼt mean Iʼm any less beautiful or talented,” said 18-year-old winner, Tarnrarin Chansawang, who weighed in at 242 pounds. Tarnrarin, a bubbly business student and tuba player from Bangkok, took home several prizes, including a jumbo-sized trophy and $50,000 baht ($1,270). Judges also looked at other talents of the contestants who mesmerized hundreds of spectators with raunchy dance numbers and revealing costumes. In keeping with ʻJumboʼ tradition, a side award for Miss Jumbo
Universe went to university student Thanchanok Mekkeaw for weighing in as the heaviest competitor in the pageant at 400 pounds. New pontiffʼs old Volkswagen up for bid on eBay ROME - A second-hand car once said to be registered in the name of Joseph Kardinal Ratzinger – the new Pope Benedict XVI– is up for sale on eBay and the sky seems to be the limit when it comes to bidding. The vehicle, a metallic gray 1999 Volkswagen Golf, went up for auction on the German site at a minimum price of 9,900 euros ($12,790) Wednesday and, just over 24 hours and more than 300 bids later, the price had temporarily hit one million euros ($1.3 million). German Web site n-tv.de identified the seller as Benjamin Halbe, 21, from the town of Olpe in Germanyʼs Sauerland region, who said he bought the car from a local dealer in January. The Web site of the German newspaper Bild quoted an eBay spokeswoman in Germany as saying the online auctioneer had checked with the vehicle licensing office which had confirmed the name of the original owner was genuine. Ratzinger, who is from Bavaria in southern Germany, has been at the Vatican for more than two decades and is not known to drive. The Vatican was not available for comment on the auction, which closes on May 5 at 7:30 p.m. Compiled from Reuters
Students planning to graduate in May can still get tickets for graduation. After watching the mandatory video at www.fullerton.edu/ commencement, students can go to the Titan Card Office or the TSU Information Desk today from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. to pick up tickets. Today is the ASI Board of Directors meeting. ASI weekly meetings are open to the public. The Board of Directors will meet at 1:15 p.m. in the TSU Legislative Chambers I and II. Students who are interested in overcoming their fear of public speaking or improving their skills can head to the Career Center today from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in LH-210G for a workshop on public speaking. Head out to a Drop-In Fitness class tonight. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. the Cardio Funk class will be going on in KHS 203. All classes are free to CSUF students with a valid ID. Rec Members may purchase a pass at the Rec Office for $60 a semester. All events are free and on campus unless otherwise indicated. If you would like to have a specific entry put in the calendar section, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
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“Itʼs always good to be funny,” Calucag said. “I thought the acting was great and that they did a good job on the script.” The cast and dancers worked hard in preparation for the show, spending most of their free time perfecting each line and dance step. “We started practices about three or four months ago,” said Andrew Wu, PCN coordinator. “This time, people were more ready.” The performance was well received by the large audience, which included students from UC Riverside and Cal Poly Pomona. “I liked it, I laughed, it was my kind of humor,” said Kingston Lai, an audience member and CSUF student. “The girls were hot and the dancing was good.” PASA members collaborate every year to create a show that is not only enjoyable, but informative as well.
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become more aware of the racism that exists in all areas of Americaʼs institutions, and also hopefully that people can regard Asian males as equal to Caucasian males in all aspects. In the multi-billion dollar industry of adult films, Asian males are rarely featured he said. Matias said the majority of the industry is owned and dominated by Caucasian people, and naturally the majority of the actors are Caucasian, and that it resembles racism. Treasurer of the APSA Dominador Pinera said that psychologically,
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are given their own room to share with their children. Currently, there are 10 children living in the house, with ages ranging from 6 months to 10 years old. The families are allowed to stay for six months to one year.
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Randy DeJesus and Kristine Songco (above) performed lead roles and Andrea Deguzman (right) performed a solo dance entitled “Asik” during “Impressions.”
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“We put a lot of time and effort into the production,” said Mike Adeva, PCN videographer and former PASA historian. “I think the crowd really enjoyed it.” The show also helps the club
members to get to know each other while working. “It brings everyone together and makes the club more enjoyable,” Adeva said. PASAʼs goal of addressing cul-
tural discrimination was successful in that PCN showed that people can be united by their diversity. “[The show] makes me want to be in PCN next year,” said PASA member Mike Ong.
because of all the stereotyping that has been going on, it has become a self-fulfilling prophecy for Asian males. Another reason could be culture. Candice Heiden, the publicity director of APSA, said that culturally, Caucasian males are generally more outspoken and open than Asian males. “Itʼs a culture thing, like being humble. Asian guys seem shy generally, and maybe sometimes that shyness is taken for inferiority,” she said. Aware of a backlash that could happen because of this controversial event, Matias said some might think heʼs doing this because adult films are entertaining, and it is for entertainment purposes only.
“Maybe my motives arenʼt clearly expressed, and people may take it the wrong way. But thatʼs ok because we want people to see that a film of this nature with an all Asian cast can still do these type of things just as well as any other members of society, regardless of their ethnicity or background,” he said. Hamamoto will be speaking at the Mackey Auditorium, located at the Ruby Gerontology Center at 1 p.m. His presentation will include screenings of “Yellocaust” and “Skin on Skin.” Banners and flyers of the event are posted around campus and more information can be obtained at the APSAʼs Web site at http://csufapsa.tripod.com/id3. html.
The house assists the women with rehabilitation, admitting only those who have been sober for at least 90 days and are either employable or attending school. The Regina House Program Manager, Carrie Grange, has worked at the Regina House for nearly six months. She said she sees the house as somewhere troubled women can live with their family while working
toward improving their situation. “This is a place where women can go before they move back on their own or their families, she said. “A lot of the women donʼt have the things we take for granted.” Grange said she thinks the mothers will enjoy receiving a gift for Mothers Day. Most of the donations to the Regina House are either used clothes or things for children.
March 12 at the El Centro Cultural De Mexico in Santa Ana. On May 5, a screening of UC Davis Professor Darrell Hamamotoʼs “Yellowcaust: A Patriot Act” will be shown to honor Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. “This film is an experimental, abridged version of a longer adult film that Hamamoto has made called ʻSkin on Skin.ʼ He made these films, in part, to address issues of sexuality and gender representation as they pertain to Asian-Americans. I expect some viewers to be offended by this approach, while others will praise his efforts,” Jong said.
Despite the early uncertainty of the name change, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are continuing to be a hit with baseball fans for the 2005 season as they expand their market beyond Orange County. Already drawing 528,000 fans to Angels Stadium this season, leading the league in total attendance, and having 158 of their games committed to television has helped the Angels compete against the Los Angeles Dodgers, garnering more fans, sponsorships and media exposure in the Southern California area. Adding Los Angeles to the title of the baseball team was an attempt to promote the team and pick-off Dodger fans. However, the success gained from the name change is still in a preliminary stage. This is the fourth time the ball club has changed their name, starting as the Los Angeles Angels in 1960, changing to the California Angels in 1966 and then to the Anaheim Angels in 1997. Having Los Angeles in the title might not be popular with many Orange County residents, but the organization is confident that resi-
“The women will respond really well,” she said. “The moms here donʼt get a lot of brand new stuff.” The drive began April 25, with cardboard boxes being placed in various locations around campus, accompanied by signs encouraging students to donate. The drive will conclude May 5, and the items collected will then be delivered to the Regina House. Students and faculty at CSUF are asked to donate anything that the mothers can make use of. Unused cosmetic products, such as perfume and nail polish, are appreciated, along with hygiene products like toothpaste and deodorant.
Fisher said she hopes enough items will be collected to give each woman in the house their own assortment of gifts. “I want to get a little bit of everything, she said. At least enough to put together care packages for the seven women.” This is the second food drive of the spring semester at El Toro. The first was the Easter Canned Food Drive that distributed food to Orange County families in need. Robert Flores, assistant coordinator of Student Affairs at El Toro, said he hopes students and faculty will continue to donate. “People seem to really respond
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dents will understand the name change is necessary in order to finance a winning ball club, said Garrett Anderson, a media representative for the Angels. “The true fans of baseball and of the Angels will understand, but there are a lot of people who have a lot Orange County pride that arenʼt too pleased with it,” Anderson said. “But once they see a more consistent winning team on the field every year, they wonʼt have a problem with it.” After finishing third last year in total attendance in the Major Leagues, only behind the New York Yankees and the Dodgers; the Angels are looking to have even more productive gate revenue for the season, as fans continue to flock to the stadium, proving the name change really will not have a negative impact, Anderson said. “Season ticket sales are up a lot this year, but I donʼt know if that has anything to do with the name change,” Anderson said. “ It just shows that it really hasnʼt really affected the true fan base.” Although the Angels remain a huge success in Major League Baseball, the name change has stirred mixed emotions among Cal State Fullerton students. Anderson said the name was changed for higher media revenue, appealing to the larger media market of Los Angeles, and it is going to take some time to see the increased success, but it seems the name change ANGELS 4
when they see the boxes around campus, he said. This drive I would like to see both men and women donate.” Fisher asks students to think of their own lives and donate to less fortunate women. “I hope students will think with their own mother in mind, and donate to those in distress on Motherʼs Day.” Grange said the drive will do even more in helping these women during a time of transition. “This will let them know somebody is thinking of them. I hope to see a lot of happy mothers on Motherʼs Day.”
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major, said she believes the textbook rental program will help alleviate some of the stress students have when trying to make their money stretch. “Some majors have books that are extremely expensive,” Riley said. “This program allows students to have the books they need at more affordable prices, which will allow students to focus less on money and more on their studies.” CSUF is not the only university or college interested in saving its students money. “Several other universities, mostly in the Midwest, are renting books in various forms,” Dickerson said. “But Iʼm told that ours is the first of such [an] example at a university as large as ours.”
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run, adding the name change will only help the Angels during the 2005 season. “When youʼre expanding the marketing, youʼre incorporating more people,” Schell said. “I donʼt think itʼs a big deal we have two teams in L.A., I mean we had the L.A. Raiders and the L.A. Rams.” Unlike the Schell, there are some students who think the name change was a bad move for the Angels. There are some that feel the name change was a result of greed and selfishness. “I think the name change is bad because thereʼs another team in our town, I think they should be able to distinguish themselves as Anaheim instead of Los Angeles,” kinesiology major Shaun Inouye said. “If you have both teams named Los Angeles, you can get them mixed up and they lose their sense of identity.”
Inouye, like Schell, said the Angels changed their name to better market themselves. He said this attempt to increase market revenues is a bad one and there are better options for marketing success. “They did this to make people outside of California think thereʼs only one team Los Angeles, so when they think of L.A., they think of the Angels not the Dodgers. Itʼs selfish; theyʼre trying to take over. They think they are better than the Dodgers,” Inouye said. Anderson said the Angels also plan to lure fans by promoting the teamʼs success and style that you canʼt see from other baseball teams. “Youʼre going to get a classy team year-in and year-out; a winning team. Itʼs high-quality baseball,” Anderson said. “Itʼs a group of guys who play baseball hard everyday.”
With head-banging lyrics that may need some decoding, 20-minute and a scene awash with a slew of self-proclaimed “angels of darkness,” metal music can often be overlooked and misunderstood. However, three Titan disc jockeys, Brian Wilson, Francis Szyskowski and Jason Tyler, are exposing Titan Internet Radio listeners to the many wonders and complexities of the underground rock scene. Three years ago, TIR did not have any metal shows so Szyskowski, a radio television and film major, said he saw an opportunity to bring something new into the mix. He didnʼt miss the chance to get his own show. “I saw a lot of pop shows, hiphop shows and I thought, ʻwhy not a metal show?ʼ” he said. Szyskowski said he began by bringing compact discs from his own collection into the station before contacting record labels like Metal Blade and Relapse for some tunes. His efforts not only exposed him to different aspects of the music, but it also heightened the demand for more metal shows at Cal State Fullerton, he said. In the last year, Wilson and Taylor joined the station with two more metal shows to compliment Szyskowski. Though the other two DJs where eager to join the dark dungeon hosted by metal music, they said Taylor had the most experience. Experienced or not, the three DJs said they were eager to explain the
freedom and democracy. This was just one of the many experiences Doan Viet Hoat, a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, shared with students at this yearʼs Black April event last Thursday in the TSU Pavillion C. Black April may be something many students are unfamiliar with, but for the Vietnamese culture, itʼs a very special time to remember the families and soldiers who were lost during the Vietnam War. For the second consecutive year, Cal State Fullertonʼs Vietnamese Catholic Student Association and the Vietnamese Student Association held a “Black April Event” to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. VCSA President Tammara Tran, a third-year child
and adolescent studies major, said Black April is celebrated on April 30 because that was the fall of Saigon. Coincidently, Comm Week falls within the Vietnamese celebration, and Tran thought it would be a great opportunity to tie the event into Comm Week so that more students participate, Tran said. The evening started with students enjoying a Vietnamese dinner followed with an empowering speech by Viet Hoat. “His willing to fight and die for our country was very touching to me,” Tran said. Viet talked to students about his journey to fight communism in Vietnam, his experiences while being imprisoned, where he would like to see Vietnam go and what the younger generation
can do to help. After studying in the United States between 1967 and 1971, Viet Hoat said he returned to Vietnam and worked at a private Buddhist university, and tried to improve the system using the American methods he had learned. Being accused as a “CIA Asian” he was put into jail without trial for 12 years. After being released, and seeing how the Vietnamese people were being treated and how deprived they were of their freedom, Viet Hoat began an underground newsletter called the “Freedom Forum,” Viet Hoat said. Soon after, he said he was taken to a camp and put in isolation for four years for trying to fight democracy. With the help of American interventions, Viet Hoat was released in
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Laura Piper and Dan Scheppler (front left and right) share in mixed reactions as students view the ghost of El Dorado Ranch in President Milton A. Gordon’s living room on Sunday night. Gordon took a few interested students on a brief tour of his residence after the Student Leaders Recognition Reception and explained that only mystic-minded people can see “Charlie.”
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will be a good thing in the long run. “The name change doesnʼt bother me,” speech communications major Tom Schell said. Schell said as long as the owner of the Angels continues to produce a winning team, he doesnʼt care what he does with the name. “The ownerʼs got to earn money somehow, if heʼs got to earn it that way then so be it. Heʼs just expanding the market,” Schell said. “Weʼre only 25 minutes away from L.A. I live in La Verne and it takes me 45 minutes for me to get to L.A. and it takes me only 20 minutes to get to Anaheim from Los Angeles. Schell said the name change will help with the marketing in the long
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highly misunderstood metal genre. Szyskowski said people may be turned away from metal because they may not understand the lyrics. “Sometimes people canʼt understand what the singer is saying, so they get turned off,” he said. He also said metal can also be associated with aggression. “But [itʼs] not aggressive in the violent sense,” Szyskowski said. “Itʼs attitude, it is more real, a lot more real.” Wilson tried to explain the beauty behind the aggression. “Songs can flow from bloodcurling riffs on into acoustic passages that bring me close to tears,” he said. He added that the aggression comes from musicians with actual talent that love the art of metal. Another reason people may not know much about metal, Wilson said, is a lack of exposure. Some of the music canʼt survive mainstream radio, especially with songs that can last up to 20 minutes, said Wilson. He added that this is what makes the music so good. Trying to explain the many facets of these dark harmonies would be almost impossible, the DJs said. “To try and explain something you love and feel is just … difficult,” Wilson said. Yet, regardless of how hard it can be dissect a genre with so many sub-genres within it (such as black, death, doom, progressive, and grind), the three DJs said they approach their radio personality jobs as humble teachers of great art. “I love what I do, I love the music and I love exposing people to different things to listen to,” Taylor said. The DJs take time to do research on other stations, upcoming concerts and current music in order to
showcase not only the best music, but also play different styles of music. Szyskowski said each of their three shows specializes in different types of metal because not all metal fans like every sub-genre. Or, he said, if they have a favorite sublevel of metal, they might not like all the bands in it because there is not a common link between them. “Yet all metal fans will know metal when they hear it,” he said. Wilson added that metal, unlike no other music genre, such as popular songs, is unique because it doesnʼt fade away. “Metal is for life,” Wilson said. Szyskowski and Wilson said they believe that metal is best in its underground stage. “Metal these days is splitting down the middle [between] those who want to get the ʻbig dealʼ and play mainstream crap, and those who are sticking to their guns, keeping their day jobs and only have time to put out one album for every three that the signed big money bands do,ʼ Wilson said. However, Taylor said he believes metal is beginning to take a new direction. “I think that the direction that it has been taking in the past five years has been great. It is making a real good comeback, especially in regards to live production … but people still believe it is better to keep it underground,” he said. Regardless of how audiences may react, Szyskowski said people who love music in general will, at least, have respect for metal. For now, the three said they hope to continue doing what they are doing with the music they love. “I love the radio, there are so many possibilities for Titan Internet Radio,” Taylor said. “I just hope to see it grow and grow.”
1998, and was forced to leave the country. Viet Hoat spoke to students saying that as the second generation here from Vietnam, they had more power being Vietnamese American. “We cannot accept the communist regime in our country ... as Americans you can do a lot to influence the American government,” Viet Hoat said. Laura Lesher, President of VSA and a fifth-year finance major, said she enjoyed how Viet Hoatʼs speech wasnʼt just about what the older generations have done, but what the younger generations can do to help. “As more of us are educated, and more of us are coming into more professional careers, we have the ability to network and have more
power in the community. And as we grow older, weʼll be able to do more, and perhaps surpass where the older generation is now,” Lesher said. After Viet Hoatʼs speech, several students asked about what they could do to help the situation in Vietnam. However, Viet Hoat said he did not believe lobbying would be successful right now because the younger Vietnamese-American generation has not evolved. Lesher said she believes the problem is that there is a generation gap due to miscommunication. “With the help of men like him, who come out to speak to students, we can help bridge the gap and eventually work together and really get policies and real action to happen in Vietnam,” Lesner said.
Prisoner of war visits campus during Comm Week Doan Viet Hoat shares stories of Black April, 12 years in prison By JESSICA ESCORSIA Daily Titan Staff
For four years he was isolated from the world. No one to speak to, no one to keep him company and no way of knowing what was going on with his family or in the world. All he had were four walls surrounding him and one newspaper a month to read. With the help of meditation, he was able to stay sane throughout those lonely years. The cause – his determination to fight for a lifestyle many people take for granted, for