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Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle dies at age 34 SPORTS, p. 16

Automobiles excite, from the classics to drifting INTROSPECT, p. 8

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Thursday October 12, 2006

The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton

NY Pitcher Killed in Crash

Cory Lidle, California native, dies after his plane hits a skyscraper By Adam S. Levy

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New York Yankees pitcher and Southern California native Cory Lidle was killed Wednesday afternoon along with at least one other when his small plane crashed into a 50story Manhattan skyscraper. The crash cast a rainstorm of burnt

debris onto the New York sidewalk, fueling early speculation of terrorism until it was revealed that the Cirrus SR20 aircraft was registered to Lidle. “It was very scary,” said Diane Tarantini, a neighbor who witnessed the crash from across the street, according to AP. “It brings back all these memories about planes hitting buildings, the terror of that day in September.” An anonymous federal official told the AP that Lidle’s passport was subsequently found at the scene of the accident.

The plane had departed from New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport at around 11:30 a.m. PST, navigating through overcast weather until the collision occurred at 11:42 a.m. At press time, there was no sure indication as to who was flying the craft or what had caused it to crash. Fullerton Airport Manager Rod Propst detailed the prevalent causes of crashes involving smaller, private aircrafts. “I can’t speculate on this case, but statistically, 98 percent are caused by pilot error – not mechanical,” Propst said in a phone interview.

The 34-year-old Lidle, who lived in Glendora, had earned his pilot’s license eight months ago after training with Pomona flight instructor Tyler Stranger. He stated his desire to fly stemmed from his passion for off-season travel. At press time, Stranger is believed to have been the other passenger in the craft. “It’s basically to bring things a little closer to reach,” Lidle said in a New York Times interview last month. “Now I can go to Pebble Beach if I want, and instead of driving there SEE CRASH - PAGE 3

By Dax Gardner/AP

PLANE - A small plane crashed into a 50-story residential apartment building in New York Wednesday. New York Fire Department officials reported two deaths in the crash.

Awareness of Body a Key to Fight Cancer “There’s always a possibility,” said Jackie Gogan, health educator assistant at Cal State Fullerton. Gogan advises students to give themselves breast exams every month and to get their yearly check-ups. By Nancy Mora “It’s a good habit to get into it, Daily Titan Staff Writer just to be familiar with your breasts,” news@dailytitan.com Gogan said. Pink ribbons decorated Titan Men were no strangers to the Walk Wednesday as the Health Cen- booth, whether they were accompater promoted Breast Cancer Aware- nying female friends or just amazed ness month. to see a fake “booby,” as one onVolunteers and looker said. department facStudents were enulty stocked their It’s good to know how couraged by Gogan booth with goody you are, how your and volunteers to bags, pens and brofeel the fake breasts body is. chures. – Jackie Gogan and locate the lumps At the booth, Health Educator Assistant in them. two fake breasts “It’s not weird. rested on plastic Look I’m doing it,” paper, brought weird looks and curi- Gogan said after a student refused to ous hands to touch them. touch the fake breast. But the seriousness of breast canSome women freak out when they cer could not be ignored. According feel any abnormality, but the presto the American Cancer Society, be- ence of a lump doesn’t necessarily hind lung cancer, breast cancer is the mean you have breast cancer, Gogan second-leading cause of cancer death said. in women. Volunteers at the booth demSome risk factors for breast cancer onstrated how to perform a breast include age and family history of the exam by using three fingers and feeldisease. Women become more at risk ing the breast. the older they become, according to “You should go all the way up to breastcancerprevention.com. the arm pit,” said Carrie Boone, a However, woman in their early or health science major and president late 20s have been diagnosed with breast cancer. SEE CANCER - PAGE 6

Students informed about methods to help prevent cancer

Whos Abound in ‘Seussical’ Cal State Fullerton theater and dance students present “Seussical: The Musical” in the Little Theatre. Beginning Friday, the Cat in the Hat will guide audiences through the planet of Who and the Jungle of Nool, meeting famous Dr. Seuss characters along the way. Students not only per-

form in the play, they produced it as well. With the guidance of their professors, students directed costumes, scenery, choreography and music. Graduate student Patrick Pearson directs. Check out The Buzz for more coverage on “Seussical: The Musical.”

When: o 8 p.m. Oct. 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 o 2 p.m. Oct. 15, 21, 22, 29

Tickets: o $18 general admission o $16 for seniors and students with CSUF ID

Photos By Ian Hamilton/Daily Titan

SeUSS - Above: Louis Pardo, who plays Horton the Elephant in “Seussical: The Musical” discovers the tiny Whos of Whoville on a speck of dust. Left: Jungle animals, Kevin Long and Carly Wielstein, dance across the stage during a dress rehearsal for the production.

Some Students Switching To Online-based Classes Digital classes allow courses to be taken from around the world By Joey T. English

Daily Titan Staff Writer news@dailytitan.com

Online education is a growing trend in the area of teaching and learning. With the click of a mouse, students can attend a lecture, submit homework and take a test from the comfort of their bedroom. Cal State Fullerton is one of many universities across the nation increasingly embracing this online trend. “We’re responding to the consumer demands,” said Dennis Berg, professor of sociology at CSUF. Af-

ter five weeks, he already had 435 e-mails from students taking his online course. According to a 2005 survey funded by the Sloan Foundation, a nonprofit institution emphasizing science and technology in education, 2.35 million American students took one or more online courses in 2004, up from 1.98 million in 2003. The Sloan study also found that 74.8 percent of U.S. schools expect their online enrollments to increase. Berg anticipates the same for the sociology department. He said about 22 percent of sociology’s enrollment is currently offered online, which he expects will rise to 25 percent next semester. Berg said he has taught online classes for five years and has seen a

variety of ways online instruction meets the demands of a certain population of students. “Many students are commuting from long distances and holding jobs at the same time. I get examples of people who are raising children, having babies, taking care of their parents and disabled people,” he said. For the students moving to online education either for a graduate degree or to blend with on campus classes, “It became apparent that they wanted the flexibility,” Berg said. Kara Shine, 36, a mother working toward a sociology degree at CSUF, is a case in point. “I am a full time worker during the day, a mom and a full time stu-

dent,” Shine said. “Online classes give me the ability to continue my education, yet, [be] at home with my child in the evenings.” Further, online learning has shown potential to attract students to programs struggling from declining enrollment, such as software engineering. “The timing is great to use [online education] technology for the software engineering department,” said Bin Cong, professor of computer science and coordinator for CSUF’s online master’s degree program in software engineering, which began in 2003. Since 2000, Cong said the outsourcing of software industry jobs SEE WEB - PAGE 6

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Teaching classes in Vietnam from CSUF By Joey T. English

Daily Titan Staff Writer news@dailytitan.com

Sociology Professor Dennis Berg has not only taught Cal State Fullerton students through online education, he has taken his virtual classroom across the Pacific Ocean to students at Vietnam National University in Hanoi. “I am trying to improve the caliber and the access to higher education in [Vietnam],” Berg said. Through Blackboard educational software, Berg said he taught an instructional technolo-

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gy class to about 50 Vietnam students in 2005 and again this past year. His class was for students earning a master’s degree in TESOL, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. “Not only am I teaching them about in- BERG structional technology, but it also is giving them access to a western teacher and to western ideas that they otherwise would never have SEE BERG - PAGE 6

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In Brief

CAMPUS CALENDAR Today

“The Sea Gull,” a play based on a Russian production detailing dreams of fame and glory, will play at the Young Theatre in the Performing Arts center. Tickets are $9 to the general public, and $8 for advance purchases only for senior citizens and full-time students with a valid CSUF Identification.

Friday

Sketching the Campus

“Seussical: The Musical” a Broadway-based musical showcasing some of the most revered works from Dr. Seuss, will play at the Little Theatre in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $18 to the general public and $16 for advance purchases only for senior citizens and full-time students with a valid CSUF Identification.

PHOTO BY DAVID OSBORNE Atilla Szenczi (front), freshman fine art major, and Megan West, freshman undeclared, recreate the west side of the library in pencil and charcoal on Monday afternoon.

Big West Women’s Volleyball: The Titans take on Cal State Northridge in the gymnasium at 7:00 p.m. Big West Conference Women’s soccer: The Titans take on UC Santa Barbara on the field of the Sports Complex at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday

The Arboretum’s Native Plant Sale will feature seasonal autumn plants available for purchase from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Men’s Soccer: The Titans host UC Davis at the sports complex starting at 2:00 p.m. “Seussical: The Musical” begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. SUBMISSIONS: To have your event in The Daily Titan’s Calendar, please submit event information to news@dailytitan.com one week prior to the date of event.

Bush Approval Lowest Ever, Survey Says Donald Rumsfeld and the Republican party also get poor reviews By PAoLo ANDRES

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Public opinion toward President Bush continues to plummet as the President, his administration and the Republican party receive poor reviews from the American public, according to a recent Newsweek poll. The weekly magazine reported that as Bush presides over the second half of his final term, his approval ratings dropped 3 percentage points to an all-time low of 33 percent this month. The poll, taken late last week, also showed that the majority of Americans are not satisfied with the direction of the country, with 67 percent disapproving of the President’s performance. Stephen Stambough, Cal State Fullerton assistant professor of political science, said the Bush admin-

istration’s political base is starting to erode as the religious institutions that supported the president fail to see any legislative movement in the matters that are important to them, such as anti-gay amendments and anti-abortion bills. “The evangelicals and the Christian coalition types are upset with the administration because Bush has not delivered on the issues that they really care about,” Stambough said. The poll also found the growing discontent of Americans with the administration’s war on terror. “When you take a democracy to war and the war doesn’t go well, the leadership of the country is held responsible,” said Donald Matthewson, CSUF lecturer in political science. “That accounts for more than anything for Bush’s job approval.” For the first time, the majority of Americans believe that the Bush administration purposely misled the American public with its case for the war in Iraq, according to the News-

week poll. The poll revealed the majority of the American public believes the United States is losing ground despite the military’s efforts, the war has not made the United States safer from terrorism and it was a mistake to go to war at all. Over half the people polled believe the U.S. won’t be able to establish a stable democracy in Iraq. “The main thing is that Iraq is not going the way people had anticipated and it doesn’t seem that there is necessarily a strategy that makes a lot of sense to most Americans,” Stambough said. And the recent opinion poll also holds bad news for the President’s administration and the Republican Party. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld also received poor reviews with 30 percent approval rating. The majority of Americans were found to favor a change in the current American government, with 53 percent declaring that they would like to see the Democrats take control of Congress in this year’s elec-

tion. That’s compared to the 35 percent that still favored Republican control. Also 51 percent of registered voters said that they would vote for the Democratic candidate if the elections were held today in their district, versus the 38 percent who would vote Republican. “The public responds to policy successes and failures,” said Phillip L. Gianos, division chair and professor of political science. “The smart way to [improve public opinion] is to begin to craft policies that will gain more public support. The other way to do it is through PR with smoke and mirrors,” he said. “But after a while that doesn’t work,” Gianos said. “They can get away with it once or twice, but they can’t get away with it again and again.” The Newsweek poll was conducted by the Princeton Survey Research Associates International, with 1,004 adults aged 18 and older being interviewed on Oct. 5 and 6. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.


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Plans Being Made For CSUF’s 50th Anniversary Remembering and reliving the past is the goal of golden anniversary events Circa 1970

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Planning is currently underway for Cal State Fullerton’s 50th anniversary celebration. “This is a campus that has grown from a small state school to one with influences that reach throughout the state,” said Vikki Vargas, KNBC’s Orange County Bureau Chief and chair of the 50th anniversary planning committee, in an e-mail interview. “You can expect to see each school on campus highlight its achievements.” According to a written statement by University President Milton Gordon, the objectives of the anniversary celebration include bringing recognition and support to the university and its programs; strengthening bonds between the college and

the community; and increasing unity among the students, faculty, staff and alumni. “We want the entire community to know California State University, Fullerton is innovative, has solutions for the future and supplies a great education to its students,” said Beverly Cartwright, project manager. This will be CSUF’s golden anniversary. Gold is commonly used to commemorate a milestone of 50 years. Potential events include elephant races, carnival games and open houses. Cartwright said there are discussions about the university and its individual colleges holding open houses in an effort to invite the community and alumni to get involved with events occurring on campus. “One idea is to host a kick-off weekend that may include Con-

vocation, Concert under the Stars possibly in the Titan Stadium, a university open house and donor recognition event,” said Cartwright. “These events are currently in the proposal state and are waiting for approval from the president’s office.” Activities will take place yearround, with individual colleges having a chance to open their doors to past, current and prospective students in order to show their strengths and gain interest. “There will be a year-long list of activities including alumni functions and historic events allowing people to relive CSUF’s last 50 years,” said Olan Farnall, vice chair of the Department of Communications and member of the 50th anniversary planning committee. “Events such as Front and Center and Concert Under the Starts will still take place but they will be bigger and better

with a 50th anniversary theme.” Students, faculty, staff and the community are encouraged to share ideas and get involved with the planning process. “This anniversary can only be visible if students are involved,” Vargas said. “President Gordon allocated $400,000 towards what we’re calling our Golden Initiatives campaign. This is money set aside for ideas that will come from students, faculty and staff.” The proposal of the Golden Initiatives campaign would allow students to restore their ideas of what they would like to see during the celebration. There is currently a link on the CSUF Web site and student portal for the proposal students can use to send ideas to campus administrators. People can also e-mail their ideas and include a summary of their pro-

CRASH: Lidle Received pilot’s license recently (From Page One)

for five hours, I can fly there in an hour and forty-five minutes.” The right-hander was headed back to California after the Yankees had been eliminated from the playoffs this past weekend. After beginning the season with the Philadelphia Phillies, Lidle was shipped to the Yanks on July 31 along with star right fielder Bobby Abreu in a blockbuster trade deadline deal. Over his nine-year career, Lidle amassed an 82-72 record with seven different teams. He enjoyed his finest campaign in 2001, going 13-6 for the Oakland Athletics with a

3.59 ERA. His only career home run came in a 10-0 shutout of the Milwaukee Brewers in August of 2004. “I knew I hit it good, but I didn’t know if it was going to get out of here,” Lidle said, according to AP. The impact of the crash was felt from coast to coast, as many Southern Californians were affected by it. Born in Hollywood, Lidle grew up in Southern California and graduated from West Covina’s South Hills High School, where he received honors as an All-State pitcher in 1990. South Hills Principal Judi North issued a written statement. “We know that this tragedy has

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been difficult for many staff members as you were connected with Cory as a student, coach, teammate and friend,” North wrote. A South Hills teammate of AllStar Jason Giambi, Lidle would later play alongside the slugger in the major leagues on both the Oakland Athletics and Yankees. “Right now I am really in a state of shock,” Giambi said Wednesday, according to AP. “I have known Cory and his wife Melanie for over 18 years and watched his son grow up. We played high school ball together and have remained close throughout our careers. We were ex-

cited to be reunited in New York this year and I am just devastated to hear this news.” Brad Simpson, a 34-year-old industrial manager from Murrieta, had been a teammate of Lidle’s on the semi-pro So Cal Rangers in West Covina. He knew Lidle as a “cool, down-to-earth guy” who never let his success go to his head. “Even when he was playing in the minor leagues, he would come sit in the stands and watch our games, then go hang out with the guys,” she said. Lidle is survived by his wife Melanie and 6-year-old son Christopher.

posal and an estimate of how much it would cost to CSUFgolden@fullerton.edu. Many students such as advertising major Linda Isra have ideas about what they would like to see during the 50th anniversary celebrations. “I would like to see more campus involvement. A lot of the students will go to class and go home when we should be getting a higher level of involvement,” Isra said in an e-mail. “A live band of some high level of popularity would rally a lot of students and a free concert in the open Quad, where students walk-up and can be a part of it. We could possibly bring in some top-ranking alumni that could speak and be a part of the celebrations, like Kevin Costner,” said Dave Pherrin, a senior Public Relations major. Students can expect to see more about upcoming arrangements for

This is a campus that has grown from a small state school to one with influences that reach throughout the state. You can expect to see each school on campus highlight its achievements.

– Vikki Vargas Chair of 50th Annivesary Planning Committee

By Lindsay Aimar

For the Daily Titan

the 50th anniversary celebration. The calendar of events is currently being organized by the planning committee and, when complete, will be available on CSUF’s Web site.


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October 12, 2006

BY PAUL SAIEDI/Daily Titan Staff Writer

Proposition 84 New bond would provide money to local water precincts

A $5.4 billion bond funding a project to ensure water quality, safety and supply is being proposed as an initiative statute for the November ballot.

Proposition 84 addresses multiple water-related issues including safe drinking water; flood control; waterway protection; natural resource protection; water pollution; contamination control; state and local park improvements; and emergency drinking water issues, according to the proposition’s full text available on the California government’s Web

site. The state of California has already delegated $11 billion in funding for such programs since 1996 through general fund revenues, federal funds and general obligation bonds. The measure would provide flood control in the form of levee repairs to the central valley flood control system and the Sacramento San Joa-

quin River Delta. The allocation of $1.5 billion of bond funds will go toward protecting ground water supplies from contamination, such as the recent E. coli spinach outbreak in California’s central valley linked to fecal material in ground water. All property purchased by nonprofit organizations and govern-

ment agencies using Proposition 84 bond funds would be exempt from property taxes on those lands resulting in reduced state tax revenues of several millions of dollars, said the financial summary prepared by the California state legislative analyst. If Proposition 84 passes, the state would be required to pay $10.5 bil-

lion in combined bond interest and principle over the next 30 years, according to the financial summary prepared by the California state legislative analyst. The summary also reported that the state could incur unknown costs that could reach tens of millions of dollars per year to fund newly developed parks, properties and projects.

NO on 84

Yes on 84

$5.4 billion is a necessary insurance plan to ensure water for all Californians

There are several other ways to maintain the levee system without wasting $5.4 billion

Proponents of Proposition 84 River Delta are in need of major reargue that we need to protect our pair and retrofitting to avoid somewater resources now because of thing similar to what happened in growing stresses that population New Orleans, Muir said. growth is placing on the state, said “The majority of the water we Bill Muir, Metrouse comes from politan Water Disthis delta,” Muir If there was a major trict officer. said. “If there “This bond is a earthquake or set of was a major necessary measure storms, the levees could earthquake or to save our water set of storms the be breached. We could levies could be supply,” Muir said. “We need to pro- see almost 23 million breached. We tect our drinking people without water. could see almost – Bill Muir 23 million people water from dangerMetropolitan Water without water.” ous nitrates and salt District Officer levels. Proposition One of the 84 can do that.” more important The $5.4 billion in funding cre- allocations of funding from Propoated by Proposition 84 would build sition 84 would be almost $1 billion off prior propositions. 204, 13 and to foster an integrated regional wa50, which were ratified in past elec- ter management system, Muir said. tions, and the current proposition “Opponents of Proposition 84 1E on the November ballot would are wrong when they say that ‘unallot $4 billion in levee repairs, due bureaucracies will be created.’ Muir said. In reality the opposite is true,” “We need funding from proposi- Muir said. “Individual regions will tions 1E and 84 to secure not only gain power, not lose it.” our levees but our future,” Muir Cal State Fullerton students need said. “This money would build off to know that water is an important huge successes the state has had issue “demanding and begging for with creating broad-based water attention,” Muir said. “Protecting protection programs.” these costal lands, levees and drinkThe levees in the San-Joaquin ing water secures our future.”

The California Taxpayer Com- said The California Taxpayer Committee is the main group lobbying mittee in its refutation of Proposiagainst Proposition 84. tion 84. They did not respond to e-mail “Local projects should be funded and phone messages. at the local level,” Leonard continThe followued in his writing arguments are ten rebuttal. posted on their Authors have set aside “This stateWeb site and in the billions of dollars for wide bond is text of the measure designed to force bureaucratic studies, provided by the people on one California state unnecessary protection side of the state for rats and weeds and to pay for local government. Opponents ar- other frivolous projects. projects on the gue that the bond other side of the – Bill Leonard state.” would create higher Member, California State taxes over the next ChallengBoard of Equalization ers of Proposithree years calling it the, “Specialtion 84 point Interest-Hidden out that propAgenda Bond,” according to the osition 1E, another proposicommittee’s Web site. tion on the ballot providing In a rebuttal to Proposition 84 $4 billion for levy repairs, may on the California government web- supply enough funds to hansite, Bill Leonard a member of the dle upkeep on the levies withCalifornia State Board of Equaliza- out an additional $800 million tion said, “… authors have set aside in bond funds from Proposition billions of dollars for bureaucratic 84. studies, unnecessary protection for Voters need to understand that rats and weeds and other frivolous once these bonds are issued there projects.” is no way for them to be cancelled, The state is already in a $7 bil- repudiated or discharged in banklion deficit and adding $5.4 billion ruptcy, Leonard said in his written to that number makes no sense, rebuttal.

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Faculty PerspectiveS Department of communications chair and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California board member says ‘water means everything here’ The $5.4 billion bond that proposition 84 creates is part of a larger set of California federal initiatives that Senator Diane Feinstein is behind, said Anthony Fellow, Department of Communications chair and board member of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. “We need to consider both the quality and quantity of the water we have in our state and finding the best

way to protect it,” Fellow said. “We were only given so much water on our planet to use and reuse. Securing resources should be a major concern to anyone living in Northern or Southern California.” Through extensive education and conservation programs in use today, the state uses the same amount of water that it used in 1980, despite significant increases in population, Fellow said.

“What Proposition 84 will do is give money to programs and preservation groups that will allow us through technology to continue to lead and thrive in conserving the resources we have,” Fellow said. Funds going to the Bay Delta and existing canals will also provide for the protection of surrounding habitats and fish life, Fellow said. “Fixing the system we have, including the

canals source we utilize from Arizona, Nevada and Colorado, is a top priority for residents in the southland who get their water almost exclusively from northern California and these states.” Students should know that the best way to fund infrastructure improvements is by bond initiatives like Proposition 84, said Anil Puri, Dean of the College of Business and

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Economics and co-director for the Institute for Economic and Environmental Studies. “We will have to pay back the bond and all the interest that comes with it, but it still makes the most sense when it comes to finding funding,” Puri said. “Students should think about what exactly they are voting to protect and how important it is.” The levees were constructed years

ago and are in need of a major redevelopment, Puri said. “When they were built the population and technology were not as good as they are today,” Puri said. “Students need to understand that we need to save our water,” Fellow said. “Water is the future. We live in a desert for God sakes. Water means everything here. Voting yes on Proposition 84 just makes sense.”

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October 12, 2006

BY HARMONY TREVINO/Daily Titan Staff Writer

Proposition 87 Measure would create program to reduce petroleum consumption

Proposition 87 would establish a $4 billion program which would reduce California’s petroleum consumption by 25 percent. The measure states that research and production incentives would be given for

alternative energy, alternative energy vehicles, energy efficient technologies and for education and training. The new program would be funded through an imposed 1.5 percent to 6 percent severance tax on oil production in California. “Producers” are defined by the measure as anyone who extracts oil from the ground or water, owns or manages and oil well, or owns an in-

terest in oil. The law would not allow oil producers to pass the cost of the severance tax to consumers through increased costs for oil, gasoline or diesel fuel. The California State Board of Equalization would enforce this prohibition. The measure says that economic factors may limit the extent to which to the tax is passed to consumers because of the difficul-

ty of administratively enforcing this prohibition. The new program, California Energy Alternatives Program Authority, would replace the existing California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority in the state government. The program would spend the $4 billion within ten years of creating plans to implement the measure.

The severance tax would expire once the program has spent the $4 billion and any bonds issued by the new program are paid off. Currently oil producers pay state corporate income tax on profits earned in California and pay a steady fee to the Department of Conservation. The fee is currently used to fund a program which oversees drilling, operation, and maintenance of

oil wells in California. California property owners now pay a local property tax to help pay for equipment to extract oil. The measure excludes the severance tax from federal offshore production and from oil wells that produce less than 10 barrels of oil a day. The new tax would take effect January 2007.

No on 87

Yes on 87

The proposition would lower gas prices while funding schools and creating jobs

The proposition would actually increase gas prices and create more government

Beth Willon, spokeswoman for profit as they are getting now. Yes on 87, says that higher taxes on She also said that no new buoil does not equate to higher gas reaucracy will be created because prices. the program will use an existing “That is oil company fiction. All body of government. you have to do is look at this logically. She said within the regulated It is going to decrease our dependence program there are going to be nine on foreign oil,” she said. volunteering If the oil is extracted members on from places “like Stock- California oil compathe board who ton instead of Saudi allowed nies have been getting are Arabia, it’s going to advisory combring down the price. a free ride because the mittees. Not increase it,” she oil drilling fee has never Willon said said. and will never pass the that the opShe added that the California legislature. position is lyU.S. Supreme Court ing when they – Beth Willon said that none and Attorney General Spokeswoman for Yes on 87 Bill Lockyer have said of the money that the oil producers from the tax cannot use any “backwill go to edudoor approach” to try to increase cation. gas prices. “They are protecting their profThe same tax that will be applied its, they are making these things in California has been implement- up,” Willon said. “I don’t see how ed in states like Texas and Alaska these guys sleep at night. The lies and none have seen their gas prices that they are spitting out are unbeincrease, Willon said. lievable.” “California oil companies have Willon mentioned that a study been getting a free ride because the done by an economist who works oil drilling fee has never and will for Gov. Schwarzenegger, said that never pass the California legisla- the proposition is going to create ture,” Willon said. 20,000 jobs and put $2.2 billion She said oil producers will still into the economy. get 60 percent profit per barrel of She said that with a $4 billion oil that is extracted from California, fund, the money will be invested but they just won’t get as high of a back into the economy.

Bill George, spokesman for No ated with the tax would definitely on 87, said that if this severance be passed along,” he said. tax is imposed on oil produced in George said that the initiative is California, the state would be the the “wrong vehicle” to create alterhighest taxed state for oil in the native energy. country. He said there is no guarantee “There’s a comfrom the probination of taxes, posed initiative like the corporathat any alternation tax. There’s a tive energy would corporate tax here You just can’t be produced. but there is no magically come up “The idea of corporate tax in with $4 billion and getting to an other states,” he say there is no impact energy indepensaid, focusing on dency is fine, to any other existing the opposition’s there’s nothing claim that other state programs. wrong with that,” states have the George said. – Bill George same tax. “But farming Spokesman for No on 87 out $4 billion, The other consequence, George creating a state said, is that there agency that is will be a “bump at not accountable the pump.” to anyone, is not a good idea for “The difficulty of the issue is, the people of California.” if the tax goes through, there will George wanted voters to know be less oil produced in California,” that the initiative, if passed, would George said. have an impact on education and That means that gasoline would local government. have to be imported from other He said that less money will go states and nations so the cost to schools and local services at the of importing, refining and county level. distributing would be higher, he “You just can’t magically come up said. with $4 billion and say that there “The tax may not be passed on is no impact to any other existing [to consumers] but the cost associ- state programs,” George said.

Faculty PerspectiveS Economics professor says measure would make California more dependent on imported petroleum Professor of economics Jane Hall believes that Proposition 87 is “ill considered and badly structured.” “The oil market in California is a bit peculiar because we are somewhat isolated physically. If you tax only

oil produced in California which is usually more expensive to produce anyway, you encourage California producers to shut down production, and force us to import more,” Hall said. “We become more dependent on imports, and we shift from a state

source to a more expensive out-ofstate source.” Hall said that there would be no issue for California taxpayers but an issue for people who consume gasoline and diesel. “Those people are likely to see

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Texas and Louisiana, you have to consider that other states have severance taxes but they don’t have the other taxes we do have,” Hall said. Hall said cleaner air and alternative energy is ideal but that there

needs to be a better way to achieve it. “We’re creating a new agency that’s going to take the severance tax money and spend it in ways that we hope will develop alternatives faster,” she said.


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CANCEr: Monthly Exam Necessary for Detection (From Page One)

of the Peer Health University Network. Breast cancer is not only limited to women. Men can also get breast cancer, Gogan said. Students should perform the exams lying down to feel for any abnormalities or lumps, which are usually the size of a pea. Also look for any changes in the shape, size or appearance of the breast. Breast exams should be performed at the end of a menstrual cycle or at the same time each month if you do not have periods, according to a brochure from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, which also helped supply materials to the Health Center. Other organizations that supplied free materials were Planned Parenthood and Positive Promotions. “A lot of people are willing to give their time and resources to help us,” Gogan said. Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino promote the “Love Above” campaign, advising women to become aware of breast cancer symptoms and to schedule monthly breast exams. According to their brochure, a patient can go into any Planned Parenthood and ask for a breast exam without an appointment. The Health Center also offers free screenings and nurses are available to teach students how to give themselves an exam. To lower the risk of breast cancer, Planned Parenthood advises women to exercise, quit smoking and lower their intake of alcohol. CSUF sorority Zeta Tau Alpha also participated in the awareness campaign, setting up their own

October 12, 2006

WEB: Discussions Richer Online (From Page One)

has caused about a 50 percent national decline in the number of students majoring in software engineering. However, Cong said enrollment began to rise again after introducing the online software engineering program. Software engineering “enrollment is still down, but it did not drop as badly as other Cal State departments,” Cong said. “Obviously, this online thing helps out.” Cong sees a promising future for online education. His outlook is based partly on a “little experiment” he tried when he simultaneously taught a class online and live. Using Blackboard, a software program that facilitates online learning, Cong said he posted his in-class lectures audibly and visually for his online students and used the same course materials and tests. He found that his “online students actually did better.” Berg found the performance between in-class and online students to be relatively similar. However, he said that the written online discussions are much “richer” than those in a three-hour class. “The discussion goes for the whole week in my online courses,” he said.

Laurie Haack, who graduated from the online software engineer program in 2006, called her experience “very intense – it took lots of time and lots of self discipline.” But like many online students, the “flexibility” made it worthwhile, she said. Haack works full-time for Raytheon in Fullerton, a major U.S. military contractor, is married and has a 12-year-old daughter. The online flexibility allowed her to work toward her degree from wherever she happened to be, even from “a cruise ship off the coast of Alaska.” She was also named the “Best Master of Science in Software Engineering Graduate Student” for the 2006 graduating class. “It’s the way of the future,” Haack said of the Internet. “It’s not just a university thing, it’s an industry phenomenon that more things are virtual. I see the same phenomenon in ‘MySpace’: everybody’s sitting in their own house and yet they’re still socializing.” Dennis Robinson, director of distance education at CSUF, is writing his dissertation to earn his doctorate in instructional technology. He said the dissertation focuses on determining what kind of leaning characteristics affect student success in an

online curriculum. “From the research it seems that things like self-directedness, being motivated and computer self-efficacy have a positive affect on taking online courses,” Robinson said. Because there is no teacher “hanging over you,” Robinson said that selfdiscipline is of primary importance in online education. Based off Robinson’s research, he said the largest users of online education are typically females in their 30s. “They usually work full time and have a child,” Robinson said. Robinson sees online classes as only the start of how technology may change the way students learn. He said that online learning could gain further momentum through “experiential learning,” in which the emotional state of the human is engaged in learning through role-playing and environmental simulations. “Gaming too is on the forefront as a big learning tool because it is just another form of experiential learning,” Robinson said. Berg said the most important thing is that students are learning. He said one thing holds true whether done through the Internet or an in-class lecture – “Learning is something students do.”

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Awareness- Carrie Boone, senior health science major, takes time on Wednesday to show women how to feel for lumps in their breasts. The Student Health and Counseling Center and Zeta Tau Alpha setup tables in an effort to help promote breast cancer awarness. booth on the Titan Walk, giving away pink ribbons and bubblegum. “We also have pamphlets on how to check ourselves and it has little stickers for calendars,” said Kristi Blaha, a junior business management major and soroity

member. Gogan and volunteers will also be giving out more goody bags and information packets today at the Titan Walk from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “It’s good to know how you are, how your body is,” Gogan said.

access to,” Berg said. Hoanh Hoang, a vietnamese student who took Berg’s TESOL class in 2005, wrote in a e-mail that Berg’s class improved his online knowledge. “Before [the class], I do not know anything about the Internet,” Hoang said. “Now, I know something about how to use the computer and Internet in my learning.” For Hoang, though, the Internet reaches beyond just higher education. He said the best thing about the Internet for him is that he can communicate with his daughter in Colorado without paying for expensive long-distance calls. Hoanh said he would like Vietnamese universities to include on-

line technologies in their curriculum, but that it is not yet commonly practiced. Another of Berg’s former Vietnamese students, Vo Duy Minh, 50, who is a teacher, wrote in an email that many Vietnamese people have not openly embraced online teaching because of their emphasis on “teacher-centeredness.” “It seems that online teaching doesn’t improve the relationship between a teacher and his students,” Minh said. Berg said online education is “a possible key to some of the challenges faced by the system of higher education in Vietnam,” such as a lack of funds. Besides having taught Vietnamese students from the U.S. through the Internet, Berg also taught CSUF

students while living in Vietnam. The Ford Foundation, a nonprofit grant-making organization, sent Berg to Vietnam as a foreign expert professor in a national training program in 2004. “But it wasn’t a full-time job and I needed my health insurance,” Berg said. To keep his insurance, Berg said CSUF allowed him to teach two sociology classes online from Hanoi. During that semester, Berg said he visited CSUF three times to meet with students and hand out tests. Since 1991, Berg has worked toward building and strengthening the educational system in Vietnam. In 2000, Berg worked in Vietnam as an exchange professor and a year later as a Senior Fulbright Scholar.


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INTROSPECT Movie and car makers are getting in on the slippery world of Drifting

Drift racers Clockwise from top right: A Pontiac GTO drift car slides around the track, a Chevrolet Cobalt drift car gets looks from admirers, another Pontiac Drift car skids in a turn leaving a trail of smoke

tween the front and rear tires of a car, which makes the car over-steer, making it seem as though the rear end of the car chases the front end. Simply put, the goal is to make the wheels point in the opposite direction of the way the car is turning while the driver maintains control. “The car needs to be able to get free of its traction as you push it through the drift,” Cal State Fullphoto courtesy of xerotalent, inc. erton art major Robbie Robertson and motor sport fan said. “The way it works is you got so much moby karl thunman mentum the wheels just keep going DAily Titan Staff Phtographer the opposite way.” Unlike other car photo@dailytitan.com competitions drifting is not judged on the amount of time it takes the driver to complete the course, but he movie the “Fast and the on line, angle and speed. Furious” brought a racing Starting out in Japan in the 1970s, style unknown to most into drifting made its t h e first official appearmedia and the ance in the United minds of the States in 1996 with general public Whatever you are pasan event on the – drifting. For sionate about, whatWikolo Springs those involved ever you love, you can racetrack in Caliit’s more than actually develop it into fornia. Long bejust a sport it fore that, drifting something is a lifesty,le. was popular with Today, drifting the street and drag events attract – Andy Williamson racing crowds. visitors in the General Motors Former drifter tens of thouAndy Williamson sands and, has done everyaccording to thing from buildGeneral Moing cars to pubtors marketers, lishing magazines. He is currently constitutes a huge new market for working with General Motors to carmakers. help them penetrate the drifting Drifitng is a driving technique that utilizes a slip in the angle be-

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market. During a tour of an outdoor Hot Imports event, the former drifter reminisced about his past. “This market was built on street racing, drag racing,” Williamson said. “It has progressed over time. I started

online and plays computer games. Robertson said the beauty of drifting is “seeing how much control the person has over the car. Seeing how well they can maneuver. It’s just a test of skill like

new cutting-edge style. “Drifting isn’t something they do on the side, they love it. This is what they live, breathe, this reflects the clothing that they wear, this reflects on the Web sites they go to,” Williamson said. out just like Drawing on the new everyone else, fanbase, events started just drag racto pop up all over the ing, racing for country. One of the money on the biggest is Hot Import side. It was an Nights. It has an averunderground age crowd of 25,000 lifestyle for us, to 30,000 people per and I never event, with DJs, go-go knew I could dancers and competiactually make tions. money of it. It Like all motor sports shows you that ,drifting is expensive. whatever you “They basically work are passionate full time to feed their about, whatdesire of [drifting]. All ever you love, money goes to this,” you can actuWilliamson said. ally develop it “These cars here have to something.” a minimum of $10,000 Drifting has into them. That doesn’t since started include actually buying to develop a car. Just the wheels into one of the alone probably cost most popular By karl thunman/Daily Titan 7000 a set. The tires motor sports probably run 12 to inside parts - A modified Pontiac Solstice has(top left, top in the world. right and bottom right) sport tuned engine components, (bottom left) the 1,500 for the set. That According to Solstice includes specialized racing seats doesn’t include the cost a study done of having them special by Formula made and shipped in D, the biggest from Japan,” Williamprofessional drifting championship, anything else you would watch.” son said. a typical drifting fan is male between A new generation of youths have “A drifting tire isn’t going to the ages of 16 to 29, a collage gradudedicated their lives to a new way of give you the same grip as a regular ate, and spends 8 to30 hours a week life, living to improve their car to the tire. You want to slip around as

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much as you can. You would normally put on a H rated tire, the lowest rating on the ZR performance rating scale,” said Dean Kilgore of America’s Tire in Fullerton. Traditional car makers are scrambling to get into this new and potentially huge market, hiring experienced drifters to customize their cars and develop aftermarket parts so aspiring drifters can do the same. The body kits developed are not only aimed at the drifting crowds. General Motors is starting to offer body kits as addons to their leasing contracts. “So every time you guys go and buy a car, you can walk out with [a] header, exhaust, intake, body kit and stuff and you can finance that in your payment for 25 bucks a month .” Williamson said. “It’s 25-30 bucks a month and now my car looks good.”

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October 12, 2006

The need for speed The need for speed

On long stretches of city streets and empty industrial roads, racers risk it all for a quick shot of thrill, glory and money

by noraly hernandez

Daily Titan Staff Writer news@dailytitan.com

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n any given Thursday, he will drive for more than 30 minutes and then he will wait another 30 to 60 minutes for an expected average of 7 1/2 seconds to run an 1/8 mile drag race in his 2004 Mustang Cobra at the Irwindale Speedway Despite the time and money invested, Esteban, whose asked that his last name be withheld for the illegal nature of his racing activities, does not mind as long as he is able to work on his racing abilities. Esteban, a racer from Orange County who also enjoys street and downhill racing, said he visits the Irwindale Speedway to improve his take-off time during street racing. “I street race for money, but when it comes to downhill [and drag strip] racing I do it to improve my skill,” said Esteban, who has invested more than $25,000 in modifying his cars. In general, the competitive nature of racing is what may attract some people to this fast-speed hobby, the 24-year-old racer said. ““Competitive spirit is to be better than someone else at something. Just like an athlete who strives to be the best at his or her sport,” Esteban said. “Racing is a sport, so is street racing and everyone wants to be faster than everyone else.” Esteban, who has been racing since his early teens, said it was his brother who introduced him to cars and racing. “As a boy I would watch my

brother and his friends street race and work on their cars,” Esteban said. “I’ve been around it my whole life so it was just a matter of time before I got involved in it personally.” Esteban, who bets anywhere from $50 to $1,000 a race, said the street racing he practices is more organized than what is portrayed in movies. In actual street races, a group of people will gather their money and bet on a certain car. And contrary to movies like “The Fast and the Furious,” more than one race may take place in a night and most spectators are

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street racers who are there for their the investigation, the car that struck own races taking place that night. her made no attempt to brake since Although he practices street rac- skid marks were not visible on the ing, Esteban, who witnessed his cous- street. in and friend flip over in a car while “I say leave [racing] to the profesdownhill racing against them, does sionals, just because you have a fast not believe it should be legalized. car and you drive fast doesn’t nec“Unfortunately, street racing does essarily mean that is the best thing expose others to danger and statistics because you will just end up either hurting yourshow it,” Esteban self or someone said. “However, else,” AungI, and those who Mulqueen said. I race against, go Racing is a sport, so C u r r e n t l y, out of our way is street racing and Aung-Mulqueen to make sure we everyone wants to be continues to don’t endanger deal with probothers during our faster than everyone lems from the races. It is norelse. injuries she sufmally the idiots – Esteban fered during the street racing in Street Racer collision. broad daylight “The accident through busy reshappened in idential or com’97 and it’s not mercial areas who end up hurting or killing someone.” something that actually went away. Nandar Aung-Mulqueen, a Cal I still have issues to deal with, with State Fullerton graduate, is one per- my bone fractures,” Aung-Mulqueen son who was a victim of a car acci- said. “Something that [the street driver who hit her car] can forget dent caused by illegal street racing. In 1997, as a high school senior, about isn’t something that necessarAung-Mulqueen was getting a ride ily would be easy for me to forget from school when the car she rode about.” Although street racing is not a big in was hit at approximately 85 mph by one of two cars driven by high problem in Fullerton, Sgt. Fred Caschool seniors who were racing in sas of the Fullerton Police Department recalls a couple of incidents the residential area. “The car [Aung-Mulqueen rode within the last three years that may in] pretty much got pushed across have been provoked by street races. “We have had a few incidents in the side of the street and I was the only who was really injured in it,” the past where we have had clubs said Aung-Mulqueen, one of four that come into town for meetings passengers in the car. “I broke two and occasionally some of their memparts of my pelvic bone and my col- bers will go off and conduct illegal street races in some of our industrial lar bone.” Aung-Mulqueen said according to areas,” Casas said.

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Although Esteban and Aung-Mulquen agree that racing in industrial areas may be safer, Casas disagrees. “It is foolish to attempt to race on any place but a closed circuit,” Casas said. “There are too many variables involved: traffic, pedestrians and pets. There is no place in a city that is safe to race.” If a person is caught engaging in street races, he or she may be cited for the infraction. “There is a number of consequences” for being caught street racing, Casas said. “Anything as low as a

citation up to arrest, impound of the vehicle for 30 days, a lot of that depends on what the court decides to fix as a penalty for the street racing.” In order to avoid the dangers and legal consequences of illegal street racing, John, who lives in San Dimas and who also asked last name be withheld, limits racing his Chevy Corvette at local tracks. “Safety first, no excitement is worth dying for,” said John, who sees racing as a stress-releasing hobby and has invested about $10,000 on modifications for his car. Other than racing at public track events such as the “Thursday Night Thunder” that takes place weekly at the Irwindale Speedway, Esteban suggests law enforcement cooperates with local drag strips to legalize “real street racing” as it has been done in other states. As Esteban explained, “real street racing” replaces starting lights and timers with flaggers who start the races and a track-appointed spotter at the finish line calls the winner. The timers are turned off so none of the racers’ times are displayed and no one can tell how fast or slow a car goes. By omitting the times, racers are able to bet against each other without t as they would on the streets. “If that were to happen I would personally be involved in getting everyone off the streets and to the track,” Esteban said. “I think racing is something that will continue untill the end of time as it has always been part of our past,” John said. “If we can control when, where and how we race there would


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October 12, 2006

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From the heart or from memory lane, car restorers and collectors are keeping it classic by Sean McCorkick

Daily Titan Staff Writer news@dailytitan.com

From cobwebs and rust to horsepower and dust – rebuilding classic cars has transcended generations to bring back the good ole days and to build new memories. The heart of the car is usually portrayed in the engine but for hobbyists, the heart of their car is only a reflection of its owner. A classic car can take its owner to their youth and the reminiscent folk give back thanks to their car through love, care and rebirth. Old cars are not just for the middle-aged. Countless car shows, also known as cruises, attract audiences young and old by the masses every week, month and year in almost any city across the U.S. “With me it goes back to when I was younger,” 30-year Ford-pensioned car-cruising veteran John Briggs said. “It brings back good times. It brings back our youth.” Fresh from the Twilight Cruise at the Fairplex in Pomona, Briggs ex-

presses the romantic simplicity of just “shooting the breeze” with other car-nuts and “gearheads.” Briggs, 64, grew up in Detroit and loved the big engines and smooth lines of classic cars specifically from the ’60s. In February Briggs sold his ’65 Chevy for a ’68 Mercury Comet. Unlike some classic car hobbyists, Briggs takes special interest in returning his cars back to their original stock condition. “That’s the good thing about cars,” Briggs said. “You can do it your way and everybody has an idea of what they should be like. Back then there were so many options so going stock still has originality.” For Cal State Fullerton senior Brad Spalding the car of his dreams is a classic Volkswagen Bus. “I’ve always wanted a bus and I always wanted orange for some reason,” Spalding said. “I never really looked for them but when I went to my favorite sushi place it was sitting out there and there were four other people looking at it and I just called the dude and I ended up buying it.”

He has been fixing it up since. Spalding plans on hanging “funky” curtains and LED lights to create the ultimate camper. “You can turn it into your own dream,” Spalding said. “People who fix up older cars have a lot more pride because they realize how special it is. You can’t just go down to the dealership to have work done.” Spalding also takes pride in the work he puts into his car, recently installing sound-deadening material to keep the interior quiet, even though he said he still likes the sound of his engine. “It’s not fast because I am not a fast guy. It’s not flashy because I am not a flashy guy,” Spalding said. Most hobbyists keep their clubs and cruises local, but for some enthusiasts all roads lead to the world. The man called Stu at Kustom 1 Warehouse in Orange raised the money for his shop by traveling the world for five years, buying old Volkswagen parts and selling them in the U.S. Starting with $700 Stu built the

foundation for his massive warehouse that serves the Southern California community, as well as the world, with online shoppers having parts shipped to them internationally. “A lot of people see the old cars,” Stu said. “And you see everyone has a Honda, and you don’t want to have a Honda. It’s OK to have a Honda but everybody has a Honda and they are all the same.” Younger generations, according to Briggs, have made a trend out of what he calls “lead sleads”— cars from the ’50s decked out in original interiors, gray or black primer coats and dropped bodies. Dropping the frame is nothing new, insists Briggs, who said he had lowered some of his cars in the ’60s. Together the aged and yet-to-age hobbyists have combined forces for a good cause doing what they do best: cruise. “3,600 cars showed up at the Orange County fairgrounds about a month ago for an event raising money for colon cancer.” Briggs said.

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classic car - A ’54 Buick Skylark is one of radio mogul Art Astor’s

gems in a collection valued over 20 million. To Michael Keener, the musclemad car craze is business. Keener directs the Astor Classics Event Center in Anaheim. The private museum is a full-time party rental facility that houses more than 260 classic cars from Model Ts to Mustangs. The collection belongs to media mogul Art Astor who made his

fortune in radio stations in Orange County and San Diego. “We have events 365 days a year,” Keener said. “Some start at $25 a head for auto clubs and sometimes corporations will spend up to $100,000 on a company event.” Keener said the attraction is the gate they offer to memory lane.

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When shining up up the car burns a hole in the pocket, it’s the love that keeps it going

by harmony trevino

Daily Titan Staff Writer news@dailytitan.com

From classic hotrods to soupedup racers, customizing cars is an expensive hobby. On MTV’s car customizing show “Pimp My Ride,” rapper Xzibit, with the help of West Coast Customs, turns old cars into extravagant rides worth anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000. The price may be heavy, but to those who enjoy modifying

cars, it may be worth it. Philip Emchick, a 22 year-old Cal State Fullerton accounting major, has been fixing up his ’68 Oldsmobile Cutlass since he was 16 and has already spent $23,000 renovating it. He said he never imagined that it would cost so much money. To top it off, it’s not even complete. Emchick said he has always been into classic cars since he was a little kid. “They just looked so different than anything else on the road and I really liked that,” Emchick said. he did the manual labor on the car was done with help from his own mechanic, which helped with the cost.

“The work with the mechanic cost less because I would do all of the ground work and stuff like that and anything like designing custom, or engine routes, he would do,” he said. He said that he could’t have bought the same car in pristine condition but it wouldn’t have been his own. “It has to be my car,” Emchick said. Dustin Chen, a 19-year-old electric engineering student at CSUF, has been working on his custom Mazda RX7 for only a year and has already spent over $10,000. The Mazda RX7 is the fourth car he has worked on and is by far his favorite. He feels that he has spent “too much” on all of his cars, but still has

plans to continue investing. Although Chen has paid for some parts with his own money, he did add that a lot of the parts that have gone into his cars have been sponsored by companies who manufacture specialty car parts, which has reduced the cost. Many elements go into fixing up a car. From detailing to custom parts, it all depends on how good the owners want their car to look. Brian Barden, owner of custom detailing shop Kaos Kustoms in Whittier, said that detailing cars doesn’t have to be expensive and that it all depends on the car and the work. “The cost depends on the type of car and how much detailing needs to be done to it. On the average it’s be-

tween $160 and $200. Everybody is different,” Barden said, whose company also details classic and exotic cars as well as motorcycles, boats,and some aircraft. Most of his business comes from car shows, where his company goes out to prepare cars for events. Detailing is only the tip of the iceberg. The car parts get more expensive the more elaborate they get. Sean Davis, a sales representative for Discounted Wheel Warehouse, said that the company makes on average $14 million a year and that the manufacturer cost average for a set of the most expensive rims is $4,000. Separately, each custom may seem inexpensive, but from modifying the engine, to placing in a new transmission, as Emchick and Chen can tes-

tify, the price adds up. “I knew I could use the money for a lot of other things that would be more beneficial than just a car. I’m never going to get the money out of it, but I love this car,” Emchick said. Chen said that it’s not worth his time or money but it is addicting. “Some people look at cars for just transportation, but other people fix them as a hobby,” Chen said. Emchick has considered fixing up a newer car like a Honda because it is cheaper to fix up but wants to finish his Oldsmobile before he even starts thinking about another project. “I’m still not finished. It will never be finished. There will always be something I’ll want to do to it.” he said


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October 12, 2006

OPINION Titan Editorial

Providing insight, analysis and perspective since 1960

Butterfly Effect

A butterfly effect is a term that year career that would see him describes how every small ripple pitch for seven teams while earnin something ultimately affects ing $18 million along the way. A baseball journeyman who things on a grand scale. The literary reference comes from the played for seven teams, Lidle theory that the slight wind breez- really wasn’t supposed to be a es produced by a butterfly’s flap- Yankee. He was having his usuping wings cause subtle changes al serviceable season with the that could eventually lead to a Philadelphia Phillies and only full-on twister tornado. landed on the pitching-depleted The tragic plane crash involv- Bronx Bombers figured to take ing baseball a flyer on him player Cory Liwhile acquiring dle yesterday is a a much more Lidle wasn’t supclassic example heralded player posed to make his of the butterfly Bobby Abreu big league debut effects when in a midseason you consider seven years later with deal. the New York Mets, the pivot points Being in the in the story that the start of a nine- big leagues and ultimately led on the Yanks, year career to Lidle’s plane Lidle wasn’t barreling into supposed to be the side of a flying home Manhattan building. the second week in October, For one, Lidle really wasn’t as the Yankees were clear-cut supposed to be a big-league favorites to win the World pitcher in the first place. He Series after amassing an unearthwas not drafted in 1990s profes- ly collection of superstar players sional baseball draft, signing as making up their roster. The a free agent only to be released sports world was “stunned” less than three years later. With to see the Bronx Bombers marginal pitching talent, or fall in defeat to a much less “stuff,” Lidle wasn’t supposed heralded Detroit Tiger team to make his big-league debut last week, causing Lidle to seven years later with the New pack up and head on home in York Mets, the start of a nine- his small aircraft Wednesday.

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WORD on the Street

COMPILED BY SHEENA DESAI/Daily Titan Staff Writer

How do your grades affect your privileges while living at home?

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“Privileges at home change as you get older. My parents have adjusted to my age and so have my privileges.”

“If I don’t get good grades, I get my credit card taken away.”

“I never hide my grades because they are always good, and that means I don’t have any other responsibilities but school.”

“My mom screams at me if I get bad grades.”

“My parents trust my judgement and the amount of effort I put into my studies. So, they rarely ask to see my grades.”

Good Grades Come With Benefits By Sheena Desai Daily Titan Staff Writer opinion@dailytitan.com

Remember elementary school and those dreaded parent-teacher conferences? Children tried to do anything they could to stop their parents from going. Then in high school, there was open house where parents would actually meet teachers face to face and receive a verbal report on the progress of their children’s grades. Sometimes those grades were sinking the way the children sank in their chair every class period. After high school graduation, many decide to stay in the abode and shelter of their parents because they’re not quite ready to stand up on their own two feet. Many parents continue to support their children through their college years emotionally and financially. Many college students mature into adults, but some of them still try and conceal their bad grades

from our parents just to avoid the money for granted. However, the sheer letdown they would be causing most they can give their parents is them – especially at this time of year hard work and effort in return. when midterms have come to a close When I decided not to attend an and test grades start rolling in. out-of-state university and applied After parents have helped their at CSUF, I knew my parents would children this much, it would be be happy and willing to support me wrong for students not to show their financially. This provided me with parents how they’re progressing in a sense of security that allowed me school. to focus on my studies without any Monetarily, going to a university stress. has always been an Of course they expensive thing. have certain expecSure, education is tations from me, one of the most Hiding grades from just as all parents important things parents really won’t get have from their for a flourishing Howevanyone anywhere. It children. future; however, er, they have nevwill only create a rift er pressured me it does not come in the relationship. cheap. about my grades. In the last four All they expect years, California from me is to put State Universities my best into all have raised their that I do. tuition by 58 percent, according to Living at home comes with parPetitiononline.com. ent-provided privileges. For examIn the future, the tuition and ple, rent, car insurance and Internet housing cost of California State access are some costly living expenses Universities will fluctuate at an even that may be paid for while living at higher rate than what it has recently, home. according to Highereducation.org. However, some students have Some students may brush this off the fear that if they don’t get a good and continue to take their parents’ grade in a certain class, these privi-

leges will be taken away. If a parent has control of the bare necessities of a student and has financially taken charge of their child’s education, then they have every right to expect good grades in return. Although threatening that certain luxuries will be taken away if expectations are not met seems a little unfair, it is also unfair that students sometimes do not put in as much effort as they should. Especially after being given the opportunity to attend such a renowned institute. Hiding grades from parents really won’t get anyone anywhere. It will only create a rift in the relationship and the faith that parents put in their children by supporting their education. Instead, students should update them on midterm and final grades and how they are doing in their classes. They should make their parents proud if they’re are doing well. If they’re not doing well, then students should tell their parents. Chances are parents will have already been in that place when they didn’t do too well back in the day, and they worried about showing their own parents their bad grades, too.


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OPINION

October 12, 2006

Latinas express their opinion on their struggles with ethnicity as Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close

Indefinable

Crosscultural Ethnicity By Christina Martinez Daily Titan Staff Writer opinion@dailytitan.com

As a Mexican-American and German-American, I find it difficult sometimes to identify myself with one or the other. I’m reminded when trying to fill in one of those bubbles on a standardized test. I was always frustrated with having to choose either White (Not of Hispanic origin) or Latino/Hispanic for the ethnicity portion of the test. Historywise, my German background is mapped out to a “T” thanks to my grandfather who is very apt about documenting our family history. I can easily look up my heritage and see exactly where I came from. I can also look at a massive family tree that has been created for each relative to see which branch I reside on. Culturewise, my Mexican background has been with me since I was a small child. I can easily remember my grandmother in her tiny kitchen making homemade tortillas from scratch, without a recipe, just like her mom taught her. I can also remember family birthday gatherings when I was younger that always included a piñata. I tend to have more Caucasian friends because I grew up in a predominately white area. However, my boyfriend is Hispanic and to me he sort of reminds me of home. Hispanic Heritage Month makes me sit down and think

By Carol Rojas Daily Titan Staff Writer

“pastel de choclo,” instead of pot roast. Our home was filled with aunts, opinion@dailytitan.com uncles, and cousins that were strictly Spanish speakers. It was comfortWhat are you? It’s the age-old ing to me since my first language question that somehow becomes a was Spanish and all. key identifying factor from the first As I grew older the struggle only time you step into class on the first got worse. When my parents started day of kindergarten. doing well at work we moved to an It’s a question I have struggled affluent and predominantly white with my entire life growing up in neighborhood. Southern California. In grammar Gone were all the Mexican kids school and even now, the answer that I had shared a special bond has been “I’m from Venezuela and with. Now I was in a sea of blonde Chile.” hair, but I wasn’t targeted for racism, “Oh, like the jalapeno?” people like my darker-skinned older sister ask. Well, not exactly. was, because frankly, I didn’t look The truth was that my parents did like anything. I wasn’t threatening not agree with my statement. “You’re to anyone, because I was simply not American Caritol,” they said. I didn’t that different. believe it. After all, my parents were In the homogenization process born in Chile and my sister was that followed I made an effort to born in Venezuela. Didn’t that some- lose anything that might distinguish how mean that I was a little bit of me culturally, pushing myself to be everything? Apparently not to them. as American as apple pie. In my family, being born in I bought Vans tennis shoes, beEast Los Angeles cause that’s what meant you were the American kids American, and that had. I hid my parThe spectrum of was the end of it. ents every chance race, ethnicity and I got, since I was What followed was a powerful in- culture has become so certain that their ner struggle to de- fluid that most people heavy accents and termine what I was. over-the-top Childon’t just fit in I desperately wanted would divisive categories. ean-ness to fit into someone’s cause incessant box but my categoteasing for the rest ry didn’t exist. of my life. My prideful parents began drilling My stomach would turn anytime into me that whenever people asked anyone wanted to come to my house the question I dreaded so much, in the fear that they would discover I was to answer plain and simple. I wasn’t like them at all. I was an im“I’m American.” poster. The trouble was I didn’t feel As I grew older my need to American or fit the mold. I didn’t hide my heritage suddenly subsided. have the blonde hair and blue In a drastic turn I started rejecting eyes that my Barbie Doll had. I ate anything American and for awhile

about my Mexican heritage. It makes me wonder about my family history on that side. Unfortunately, I also don’t feel like I can relate because I think I have lost some of that Mexican identity that so many others have. For example, I don’t speak Spanish. In fact I took four years of French in high school instead of Spanish. My dad didn’t speak Spanish either, just my grandparents. It wasn’t a tradition that was carried down in my family like it has been for many other families in Southern California. But by the same token, I don’t speak German either. I also don’t ever remember eating a German meal. I can specifically remember my first year of college and trying to identify with both of my heritages. I had one friend who was German-American and one friend who was half Mexican like me. I would always relate my Mexican side to my half Mexican friend. We would talk about the cultural foods we ate when we were younger. When I was around my German-American friend, I found myself not talking about my Mexican side, mainly because he wouldn’t have related to it at all. So I am caught in this tug of war between my two heritages, which is a good thing. This way I can proudly say that I am German-American and MexicanAmerican.

Learning to Embrace Me By Erika Dresser Daily Titan Staff Writer opinion@dailytitan.com

TITANS TALK BACK

“A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.” - Arthur Miller

  EDITOR: Re: the statement by the Women’s Islamic Network and the Muslim Student Association (Daily Titan, Oct. 5, 2006). At last! Not one but two official Muslim groups that actually condemn hate-filled violence! And in print, no less! It’s about time! One can only wonder, of course, whether WIN and MSA will continue to boldly proclaim their newfound revulsion towards violence the next time an Islamic terrorist tries to blow up a plane over the ocean or fly one into a building. After all, those acts were also committed in the name of hate. Phil Lollar Philosophy/RTVF Major EDITOR: In the Oct. 3 issue of the Daily Titan, I read an article in your Opinion section titled “Education Excellence Initiative.” It was written by staff writer Harmony Trevino. The article started out explaining a program designed to bolster “minorities” and their participation in education. However, after a few short paragraphs it turned into a completely different article. Before I realized I was reading pure, unadulterated hate and disdain for Caucasians or “white males” as the author so distastefully referred to them as. Never mind the original purpose of the article, for by the end, I had lost sight of it myself. Now, I realize that this is an “opinion” section of a college newspaper and yet I was still shocked to read it. There were two main reasons as to why I was so shocked: The first reason was for the fact that the Ms. Trevino obviously did no preliminary research before writing the article. She makes reference to blacks being enslaved, Japanese being interned and Mexicans being used by corporate America and all of this being the fault of, again, “white

I simply didn’t claim a culture at all. Today, I realize, that like most people out there, I was searching for the figurative and literal box I could check that would declare to the world what I was that just didn’t exist. What I have learned is that there really is no need for the box. The spectrum of race, ethnicity and culture has become so fluid that most people don’t just fit in divisive categories. Today, I am proud of my Chilean and Venezuelan background, and I don’t try to hide it. However, I embrace people’s inability to categorize me, because I don’t just fit in some magical box. Like so many of us out there I am indefinable, and that in itself is a beautiful thing.

males.” Conveniently, for her argument, she left out half of the story! What about the fact that blacks in Africa forcefully captured, beat, raped, and sold fellow Africans to slave traders? What about the fact that there were numerous Japanese organizations in California during the beginning of WWII whose sole purpose was to raise money for the Japanese War effort? This is not to mention that not all Japanese were interned, which is something that the author would not want her audience to know. What are the alternatives for the Mexicans that corporate America employs? I bet that they are not nearly as competitive as what we provide them with. The second thing that shocked me about this article is the fact that right next to it, on the same page, was an article titled “Stop the Hate.” Apparently, Ms. Trevino was too busy figuring out how she was going to mislead her readers and create hate for “white males” to read the article to the left of hers, for hers was clearly motivated by hate. How about practicing what we preach? Now, Mr. or Ms. editor, I hope that you truly take some notice of this paragraph. For the second week in a row I have read two articles in your paper written for the purpose of bashing white people, both of which I found offensive. I found them offensive not only because I am white myself, but also because I have not oppressed anyone, nor do I intend to. I am not going to apologize for anything which I did not take part in. It is offensive to be grouped in with past times, and even worse is being grouped in with issues only associated with negativity. If it is your intent as a newspaper to alienate your readers, then I suggest that you continue to allow these types of articles. If not, then I suggest that you inform your writers that they need to present the full facts of each case and be careful as to how they present those facts. Keith Tapscott Business Major at CSUF

Oftentimes when I meet people they ask me, “What’s your ethnicity?” Some think I’m Syrian or Spanish, and others think I’m Italian. I have yet to meet someone who could actually guess correctly. My mother is Puerto Rican, my father is Colombian and I was born in California. It’s a weird thing growing up behind the “Orange curtain” as a Latina. I found it difficult growing up in predominantly white suburbia. I never really felt like I fit in, because I didn’t look like other girls in my class. For a young girl trying to steer through the treacherous waters of adolescence, different equals ugly. I didn’t know exactly where I fit in. When I was in Puerto Rico with my family, I was lovingly teased for having an English accent when I spoke Spanish. However, when I spoke Spanish in the United States

people said that I spoke with a Puerto Rican accent. My parents have worked very hard to provide a better life for my brother and me. Part of that better life included private school from kindergarten all the way through high school. I was always the pen in a box of pencils. All the girls I went to school with had sparkling blue eyes and straight flowing blonde hair. I had black, very frizzy hair, braces, and coke bottle glasses. I would eat lunch in the library surrounded by the fairy tale books I read of magic and adventure. I didn’t want to be different; I just wanted to be like everyone else. No one else I knew spoke Spanish in their home. No one else had to have family time every week. My parents were determined to instill strong Latin values in their children which meant that family always came first. While I was at church on Sundays, my peers were at home sleeping in. While I sat down at the dinner table every night eating “arroz

con pollo” – rice with chicken – my friends were eating McDonalds in front of the TV. I thought it was a curse to be raised by a crazy Puerto Rican. It was embarrassing that my family was loud and overinvolved. I hated feeling like I didn’t quite belong anywhere, whether amongst my white friends or my friends from Puerto Rico. Now I have learned to embrace my unique ethnicity. I will always feel at home in Puerto Rico, because I know my roots lie there. I love having a history and great pride in my Latina roots. In contrast, I also appreciate the freedom and opportunity I have found because I was born in California. Different can be beautiful if you embrace it. Once I learned to love both sides of my culture, I learned to love myself. Now I am able to fit in wherever I go, because I cannot be labeled by anyone except myself. I am a LatinAmerican and my pride comes from my family, my roots, and my country.


SPORTS

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Local Fans Weigh in On Championship Series

VOLLEYBALL: STRUGGLES (From Page 16)

Despite dropping three games in a row and two straight conference matches, Zimmerman remains positive and hopes the team can get back on track by playing tough and staying focused. Zimmerman said that conference play is always tough and the teams that fight and battle will ultimately end up winning. She said she has no concerns about the Titans recent play. “It’s our responsibility to go out and execute,” Zimmerman said. “We would definitely like a win, but I can be pleased if we’re competitive. We looked good in practice … the girls are ready.” Zimmerman also explained that winning is a great feeling, but one learns a lot when one loses. Their next three games will be Big West Conference matches (Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State and UC Irvine) and can determine whether or not the Titans will be eligible for post season play. The Titans are 6-17 all-time against Cal State Northridge. “If we take care of the teams we’re supposed to beat and have some upsets along the way [making a conference tournament] can still happen,” Zimmerman said. Zimmerman said she wants to create a home court atmosphere for Friday’s game against Northridge and is asking for all fans to come support the Titans. “Their fans gave it to us pretty good last time we were up there,” Zimmerman said. “I want to return the favor.”

LIDLE: STRONG WILL (From Page 16)

Lidle questioned the lack of fire and winning spirit in the Phillies’ clubhouse. According to a St. Petersburg Times story published on Aug 6, Rhodes fired back and told the New York Post that, “the only thing that Cory Lidle wants to do is fly around in his airplane and gamble. He doesn’t have a work ethic. After every start, he doesn’t run or lift weights. He would sit in the clubhouse and

Four teams advance to decide which two get to the 2006 World Series BY MICHAEL GARCIA

Daily Titan Staff Writer sports@dailytitan.com

By CARLOS DELGADO/For the Daily Titan PUMPED UP – Freshman Alex Wolnisty celebrates alongside freshman teammate Kellyanne Kirby after a kill. eat ice cream.” Rhodes also took particular offense to Lidle’s comments, because in 1995, Lidle took part in spring training as a replacement player, when he was looking to move up the minor league ladder. “He shouldn’t say anything like that because he is a scab. He crossed the picket line. ... He is a replacement player,” Rhodes told the New York Post. Despite recording double-digit wins in five of his last six seasons in the Major Leagues, what Lidle did as

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a 23-year old Class-A player in 1995 had always hounded him. According to a St. Petersburg Times column, published on July 17, 2002, the most difficult incident in Lidle’s career was when he nearly got into a fight with a drunk teammate he challenged on a bus after Lidle was taunted as a scab. “Just about the whole team turned standoffish,” Lidle said in the St. Petersburg Times column. “Even the younger guys who weren’t even around in 1995 were treating me like that. I thought, ‘Are you serious?

OK, go ahead, do what you want.’ Nobody ever asked me why I did it, they just followed the crowd.” Lidle, who was signed by the Minnesota Twins in 1990 as a free agent, made his Major League debut with the Mets in 1997, going 7-2 with a 3.53 ERA. Lidle then bounced around in the Tampa Bay system and not until a trade with the Oakland Athletics, would he enjoy his first full season as a starting pitcher in 2001, when he went 13-6 with a 3.59 ERA for the Oakland Athletics.

The League Championship series is underway to determine which two teams will make it to the World Series. Only the Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets remain. Among these teams, who are the favorites to win their respective championship series, advance and win it all this year? “The Mets have destiny on their side since they won it in 1986,” Cal State Fullerton alumnus Umaru Lamin said. “They are due for another world title.” The Mets will turn to their 15game winner Tom Glavine, Carlos Beltran, who led the team with 41 home runs, former Dodger Paul Lo Duca and slugger Carlos Delgado to lead them to the World Series. The Mets, who were the best team in the National League this year, look for their first World Series appearance since 1986. The Cardinals, the NL Central Champions, will turn to their 15game winner, pitcher Chris Carpenter and slugger Albert Pujols. According to espn.com’s SportsNation Web site, most of the country picked the Detroit Tigers to win it all. 57% of the people voted for the Tigers, 23% voted for Mets, 11% voted for the Cardinals and 9% voted for the Athletics. The Athletics will rely on pitching, defense and just enough offense. The Tigers will rely on pitchers that include 17-game winner Kenny Rogers, Jeremy Bonderman, Justin Verlander, along with Joel Zumaya and Todd Jones in the bullpen. “Their pitching and their bullpen will carry them through,” CSUF Hu-

man Communications major Robert Wharton said. Lamin believes the Mets and the Athletics will meet in the World Series and thinks the Mets will take it all. “The Mets have a powerful offense, and they destroyed the Dodgers,” Lamin said. Wharton said Detroit’s offense will give them enough support to beat the Athletics in the ALCS. He believes the Mets will advance in the National League Championship Series, but they will not win it because they have lost Pedro Martinez and Orlando Hernandez to injuries. CSUF student Blake Batterson believes that the Tigers will win the World Series. He said he thinks the World Series will be a match up between the Cardinals and Tigers. “The Cardinals have more experience, but the Tigers have the better team overall,” Batterton said. Quelle said that the World Series will be a matchup between the Athletics and the Mets. “They have been solid this season, and they have been to the playoffs several times in recent years,” Quelle said. CSUF assistant baseball coach Jason Gill said that he would like the Athletics to win. One reason is because centerfielder Mark Kotsay, pitcher Kirk Saarloos and pitcher Jason Windsor are from CSUF. On the other hand, Gill said that Detroit is the better team, and they will win it all. “Detroit has the best pitching out of all the teams,” Gill said. Also, he believes that Detroit’s defense and offense are solid. “Good pitching is going to beat good hitting,” Gill said. Gill said that the Tigers and Mets will meet in the World Series, but Detroit will prevail because of their pitching, timely defense and hitting. “They know how to manufacture runs,” Gill said.


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Lidle Fought to the End

October 12, 2006

SPORTS

Volleyball Facing a Challenge

The former replacement player was never afraid to speak his mind on issues

Titans looking to work things out during their three-game losing streak

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Cory Lidle, who died in a plane crash Wednesday, managed to make the most of his nine Major League seasons, with a 82-72 career record and a 4.57 lifetime ERA. Despite his modest success in the Major Leagues, Lidle was unlike his peers who were more likely to utter clichés and make bland remarks. Lidle, a 17-year professional, preferred to speak his mind wherever he landed in his journeyman baseball career. Along with teammate Gary Sheffield, Lidle criticized the Yankees’ efforts just this past Monday after the Yankees were unceremoniously bounced out of the first round of the playoffs. “We got matched up with a team that was a little bit more ready than we were,” Lidle said in a New York Daily News story that was quoted in an Oct. 10 article in the Delaware News Journal. “We were all pretty surprised how not ready we were for that series.” This wasn’t the first time time Lidle has been so candid with his words. After he was traded from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Yankees over this past summer, he made some unflattering comments that drew some fire from former teammate Arthur Rhodes.

If you hear a loud screeching noise emanating from the Titan gym, don’t worry it’s only the Cal State Fullerton’s volleyball team on a three – game skid. All this after the Titans got off to their best start in the program’s history. The Titans start a three-game homestand this Friday when they host Cal State Northridge (10-5, 31) in another Big West Conference match. The Titans (13-5, 2-3) were upset by UC Davis (2-16) on Sept. 28 and have just dropped back-to-back conference matches, in which they were swept, to UC Santa Barbara Gauchos and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Mustangs. At UCSB, the Titans were swept 30-25, 30-20, 30-27. The Gauchos have been bullying the Titans for their lunch money since 1982. The Titans and Gauchos have played each other 52 times, and the Gauchos have won all 52 matches. “We were not competitive against [Santa Barbara],” Titan Head Coach Carolyn Zimmerman said. “Defensively, we didn’t get the touches, which cut down our opportunity to score.” The Titans then faced 20th ranked Cal Poly SLO and were swept again 30-22, 30-20, 30-26.

SEE LIDLE - PAGE 14

SEE VOLLEYBALL - PAGE 14

By Carlos Delgado/For the Daily Titan KICK BALL – CSUF junior Brianna Buffington keeps the ball away from Arizona’s Savanah Levake during the Titans’ 2-1 loss to the Wildcats on Sept. 28.

Titan Women Coming Together as a Unit BY ALVIN ANOL

Daily Titan Staff Writer sports@dailytitan.com

Off to a fantastic start in Big West Conference play, the Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer team will look to continue its current three-match winning streak in front of the home crowd this weekend. The Titans (3-0 conference, 7-51 overall) will play Friday night at 7 p.m. against UC Santa Barbara (1-1 conference, 3-6-4 overall). On Sunday afternoon they will go against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (1-0-1 conference, 7-5-1 overall) at 1 p.m. The Titans will be led by senior defender Erica Janke, whose performance last week earned her co-Big West player of the week honors. Janke, known more for her skills on the defensive side of the ball, scored the first goal of her career in the Titans’ 2-1 victory against Pacific. “We were out at Pacific, so after I

scored I wasn’t sure if I really scored now she’s got to fill the shoes as far as because there wasn’t anybody cheer- leadership goes.” Junior Brianna Buffington scored ing for us,” Janke said. In the game against Cal State her fourth goal of the season against Northridge, Janke’s lone goal was Pacific. Senior goalkeeper Karen the difference in a 1-0 Titan victory. Bardsley notched her fifth shutout “Anytime you of the season go away from against Cal home and come State Northback with two ridge. Anytime you go away wins, it’s a good The Tifrom home and come weekend, CSUF tans’ success Head Coach Ali back with two wins, it’s a could not Khosroshahin have come at good weekend. said. “I think a better time the way we kept for the team. possession of the Having lost – Ali Khosroshahin ball this weekfour in a row Titan Head Coach end was very prior to the good.” start of conJanke also ference play, was recognized the Titans are at the national now primed level. Her performance earned her to make another run at the Big West a spot on the national teams of the Conference championship. week for “Soccer Buzz” and “Soccer Janke said that part of their sucAmerica.” cess has a lot to do with the difficulty “She’s just doing what a senior is of their preseason. supposed to be doing,” Khosrosha“We can feel high pressure, and hin said. “She’s picking up the slack stay relaxed with it,” Janke said. “We where she needs to pick it up. Right just need to keep playing and not get

CSUF women’s soccer aims to stay perfect in the Big West Conference

caught up with anything else that’s going on.” Khosroshahin said that the team still needs to pick things up on the offensive end, using a football analogy to describe his team’s struggles. “When we get into the red zone, we’re just not getting in,” Khosroshahin said. UC Santa Barbara is also looking to change their current luck. The Gauchos have only won once in their last seven games, with their most recent match a 4-0 victory over conference foe UC Irvine. Cal Poly SLO has had the unfortunate luck of playing matches longer than their usual 90 minutes. Their last three games all went to double overtime and they had a win, a loss, and a tie over those three games. Cal Poly SLO’s tie did come against preseason conference favorite Long Beach State. Titan junior captain Stacey Thompson said they have not seen what they are fully capable of yet. “We’re really just starting to get into our stride,” Thompson said. “There’s just going to be better things to come.”


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