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October 12, 2006



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


By KArl Thunman/Daily Titan


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-

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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 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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