Since 1960 Volume 83, Issue 27
Rating and Dating
Titans looking to turn season around SPORTS, p. 6
Ditch the old 10-point system for ranking hotness STUDENT BODY, p. 3
Wednesday October 18, 2006
The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton
CIA Targeting CSUs to Fill Hiring Quota Representatives speak in Titan Theatre about requirements to join By Joe Simmons
Daily Titan Copy Chief
Representatives of the CIA spoke at the Titan Theatre on Tuesday as part of a recruitment campaign. Michael Mau, the CIA’s West Coast regional recruiter, and agents “Jamal” and “Joe,” who did not give their last names, spoke to about 35 attendees. The three spoke about different positions within the CIA as well as the agency’s hiring process. Jamal and Joe both work for a
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branch of the CIA called the National Clandestine Service as operations officers. These officers, called “OOs” within the CIA, are the agents who collect information in the field. However, the actual job of spying isn’t all the CIA does. In fact, most of the agency’s operatives aren’t in the field, but rather work domestically, Mau said. The Directorate of Science and Technology offers engineers the chance to produce miniature cameras and other gadgets that operatives use. They’re the real-life “Q,” the man who provided James Bond with his devices, Mau said. The branch needs engineers of all kinds, especially electrical, software and com-
puter students, he said. Directorate of Intelligence positions analyze information gathered by the field operatives, evaluating threats and condensing the information. The Directorate of Support covers all angles of CIA work from nursing to representing the CIA or its agents. While each particular branch of the service has its own needs and recruits specific majors, there’s an opening for all kinds of college graduates. The actual field operatives in particular need a diverse array of majors and experiences, Joe said. Because it is so important for agents to be able to make friends
and build relationships with their sources, they need to be able to have things in common with them, whether that’s ballet or nuclear physics, he said. Students looking to become CIA operatives must be in their final year of college when they apply. They generally must also be U.S. citizens, willing to relocate to Washington D.C., have a competitive GPA – an absolute minimum of 2.75, but the number varies depending on the position – and be able to complete the security clearance, Mau said. This program was created in 2005 after the rearrangement of U.S. intelligence agencies. An anonymous CIA official heads it.
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The CIA has “historically come to CSUs,” Mau said, both for their large size and the diversity of majors at the system. However, because of a Nov. 18, 2004, mandate from President Bush, the CIA has to increase its size by 50 percent. The CIA has been increasingly looking to small private colleges, including liberal arts colleges, as a way to fill its ranks, Mau said. No special considerations had to be made for the visiting CIA officials, said Desiree Cabinte. Mau has been CSUF’s contact for several years, so no extra steps had to be taken to host the event. Cabinte works for the caSEE CIA - PAGE 2
Oppressor and the Oppressed Creator of exercise in diversity to speak at Hope International University
Event hosted at Titan Walk offers students a look at overseas programs
By Caitlyn Collins
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The day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, elementary school teacher Jane Elliott separated her third grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups in what would become a famous diversity exercise. Almost 40 years later, Elliott is retired and traveling the world speaking about discrimination. She will make a stop across the street from Cal State Fullerton at Hope International University’s Pacific Auditorium on Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. An optional session with Hope International staff and faculty will follow the lecture from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. “I’m excited,” said Jarrett Napier, a psychology major at Hope International. “This is a lifetime experience. She has done big, break-through research for racism. Even if you don’t agree with it, it’s a good time to learn new things.” “The Anatomy of Prejudice” will tackle issues found in her Peabody Award-winning film “The Eye of the Storm.” The speech will be given in place of Hope University’s chapel time. Elliott will introduce the film and discuss the racism, sexism, ageism,
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The reason to study abroad, said Cal State Fullerton alumnus Valerie Vanderwest, is to show people that they are not the center of the world. “We get this amazing opportunity to travel that opens up our horizons,” said Vanderwest, who studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. Vanderwest was one of dozens of volunteers at the Study Abroad Fair that took place on Tuesday at the Titan Walk from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event allowed students to get a close look at the many options offered by CSUF’s Study Abroad Program. “It is the best opportunity for students to come and talk with program providers and to look at the traditional academic year, short term and summer programs to virtually any place in the world,” said Matthew Walters, Study Abroad adviser. The Titan Walk was lined with tables and balloons. Over 40 organizations including ones such as American Institute of Foreign Study, Semester at Sea and Denmark’s International Study. Volunteers met with students and answered their SEE ABROAD - PAGE 2
By CARLOS DELGADO/For the Daily Titan
Veterans - Frank Van Brussel works on a mural dedicated to Long Beach veterans Saturday, Oct. 14, in Long Beach. The mural is part of a citywide Neigborhood Mural Program aimed at regaining cultural roots.
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CIA - Michael Mau, recruiter for the CIA, talks to students on Tuesday about jobs available in the agency.
homophobia and ethnocentrism that she believes is rampant in our society. Her speech will center on ways people can recognize prejudice and remove it from self and society. “The Eye of the Storm” shows what prejudice looked like in Elliott’s third attempt at the exercise with her third grade class in the allwhite town of Riceville, Iowa. Elliott separated her class into groups of brown-eyed and blue-eyed children and then proceeded to treat one group as inferior to the other. The next day, she switched their roles and watched as the children filled the roles of hateful, discriminatory oppressors and inferior, intimidated oppressed. She then asked the children how they felt and explained why prejudice was wrong and hurtful to others. “Every time I do [the exercise] I end up with a migraine headache. I absolutely hate this exercise,” Elliott said in an interview with Frontline. “The worst of it is that the exercise is as necessary today as it was in 1968.” “The blue eye/brown eye experiment is, to me, a definitely useful teaching tool that clearly illustrates the power of prejudice and discrimination when institutionalized by an authority figure,” said Michael Perez, sociology professor at CSUF, in an email interview. Perez, who shows the film in his classes occasionally, said prejudice isn’t a blatant problem at CSUF or in general. SEE ELLIOTT - PAGE 2
Therapist Shares Four Ways to a Healthy, Happy Relationship By Rachel Douglass
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The Women’s Center conducted a workshop on healthy relationships Tuesday afternoon with marriage and family therapist Sharon Van de Houten taking the podium as the keynote speaker. Van de Houten said that trust, honesty, mutual respect and physical and emotional safety are the four
“musts” for a healthy relationship. Of the four musts, respect is the hardest to maintain. Couples must learn to compromise and find resolutions through their conflicts, Van de Houten said. She said criticism, defensiveness, contempt and stonewalling are the antitheses of the building blocks in a positive relationship. “Instead of criticism we need to learn to complain and not attack,” she said. “Instead of defensiveness
we need to accept part of the blame, replacing contempt should be admiration and appreciation.” In conflict situations Van de Houten said that there is a difference between giving a partner the silent treatment and taking a break from the fight. “It’s healthy to take a break from the conflict and then going back and resolving it later when you’ve calmed down,” she said. Van de Houten said that in many
unhealthy relationships, partners ignore the “red flags” until abusive situations, either physical or emotional, become overwhelming. “Emotional abuse happens more than physical,” she said. “But it’s just as devastating and lasts for a long time.” Child and adolescent major Helen Hoang sat in on the lecture because she said that she wanted to know if her relationship was healthy or not. After the workshop she said that
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she appreciated the outline of the four musts for a healthy relationship. “I think that I need to work on being not so prideful and less controlling,” Hoang said. Van de Houten used John Gottman’s guide to breaking down relationship patterns. She said that Gottman’s theory for healthy relationships is broken down into a 5to-1 ratio. In a positive relationship, there should be five positive interac-
tions to every one negative interaction as a daily minimum. “All of the little positives add up to make a positive relationship,” she said. Vincent Nguyen, a human services major, said that he attended the workshop in hopes of finding helpful insights for future relationships. After the speech he said that he could apply the idea of stonewalling SEE HEALTH - PAGE 2
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Congressman Ed Royce will speak at the Citizen Diplomacy Summit in Portola Pavillion C of the Titan Student Union. The speech will cover the responsibility of individuals in shaping U.S. foreign relations. The event is free and runs from 10 a.m. to noon.
ABROAD: Visit Virtually Any Place In The World
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reer center and organized the meeting – her first with the CIA. Despite recent image problems, CIA recruitment has been very successful. Annual employment quotas have been generally met, Mau said.
Thomas Fujita-Rony will discuss the myths and realities of Asian American and Pacific Islander Men at the Women’s Center in University Hall room 205.
Today is the registration deadline for the Nov. 4 Examination in Writing Proficiency test. The test is $20. Registration instructions can be found at www.fullerton.edu/testing. “Seussical: The Musical” will be performed at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. Tickets cost $16 for full-time students with CSUF identification. Performances are Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and at 8 p.m., as well as Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Titan Cross Country Invitational will be held at the Titan Sports Complex track from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Women’s Volleyball will play Long Beach State at 7 p.m. in the Titan Gymnasium.
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CIA: Recruitment Spiked Since 9/11
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Fair - Tables lined the Titan Walk on Tuesday for the Study Abroad Fair, where students could learn about studying in foreign countries.
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questions and concerns. Semester at Sea volunteers showcased highlights from the program. The program is available to all majors, has no language requirements and students taking it travel around the world. “I sailed as a student and it allowed me to visit countries I wouldn’t normally go to – it’s perfect for a student that’s not sure where he or she wants to go, but wants to get a different taste of cultures around the world,” said Marty Greenham, associate director of the Institute for Shipboard Education. The Student Traveler magazine was also on hand to give students the tools they need to travel, such as airfare and staying accommodations. “The Student Traveler supports any kind of travel. Travel for kicks and working are available for those who just want to get an experience outside of this country,” said Nattida Samanukorn, a representative of Student Traveler. International students studying at CSUF also spoke with students about life in a different country so that students planning to travel are prepared for the culture adjustment they may have to make. “A lot of people sound interested in Study Abroad and actually go through with it. But there are
also those that may sound very interested but never come to research it,” said Eleanor Crawford, a Study Abroad adviser who performs classroom presentations. Brochures and materials were available to students that have information on costs, living arrangements and more on a variety of countries where students can study abroad. Places such as Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, Australia and the Caribbean were covered at the fair. “Studying abroad was the best experience of my life. I met the best people and experienced life in a different culture,” said CSUF student Ashlee Breitman, who recently returned from studying for a year in Germany. “If you’re interested in embracing other cultures, it’s the thing for you.” Although some students worry that the Study Abroad program is too expensive, financial aid and scholarships are available. Scholarship tables were located in various locations to address the biggest concern. “Students need to know that Study Abroad is more affordable than they think. It is for people regardless of their major, and it is never too late,” Walters said. Walters is encouraging students who may have any questions, need special attention or in-depth responses, to visit the Study Abroad office located in University Hall room 244.
“Recruiting has been relatively high,” he said. It has “definitely taken a spike since 9/11.” Today the State Department will be recruiting at the Career Center’s conference room in LH 210G at 11 a.m.
ELLIOTT: Speech Looks At Prejudice, Racism
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“But that’s not to say racial logic and [prejudice] does not exist subtly,” Perez said. Perez has had a generally good experience at CSUF, but did express the desire to see more minority groups represented at CSUF, especially in the faculty and administration. “The best thing to do is [to] educate people, instead of hiding behind closed doors,” said communicative disorders major Juanita Vazquez. “It starts with each individual to see their own hidden prejudice,” said Lisa Igram, director of International Student Programs at Hope Interna-
tional. “To have one person change helps others to change around them. Then we’ll feel like we’ve started what we hope to accomplish.” “Racism is not human nature; it’s a learned response,” Elliott said, contending that if we can learn to respond with racism, we can also learn to recognize and respond without it. The speech is $5 at the door for non-Hope International students, faculty and staff. Seating is limited. For more information or to reserve seats for the speech, contact Lisa Igram at email@example.com or (714) 879-3901, ext.1618.
HEALTH: The Relationship Fixer
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to his own personal life. “It’s something that I see in my family,” he said. “Now I know what it is and how to deal with it.” During the workshop Van de Houten broke the types of love down into three categories: romantic, addictive and nourishing. “There is a difference between ‘I love you because I need you’ and ‘I need you because I love you,’” she said.
Romantic love is something that couples find in the early stages of a relationship. Then the relationship can either grow into addictive love or nurturing love. If people see the red flags early on and follow their instincts, they can avoid falling into addictive love, she said. Van de Houten stressed the importance of being in a relationship built on mutual respect and friendship, and how those are the things that will get you through tough times.
October 18, 2006
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Outer Signs of Inner Pain Cutting and branding are currently some of the most popular self-mutilation trends Daily Titan Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Reynolds is a 23-year-old college student. He has no piercings, no tattoos and no history of self-abuse. Late one night last month he sat in a friend’s room, watching his friend hold a flame to a figure constructed out of metal hanger wire. Reynolds got an idea. He decided to test his own pain threshold. Soon Reynolds held out his forearm and his friend pressed the searing hot metal into his skin. He had branded himself with a triangle design of three sixes, for fun. “I don’t regret it,” Reynolds said of his nowpermanent scar. “It’s not that big of a deal.” In a presentation titled “Cutting and other Self Injurious Behaviors” given at the Women’s Center last Wednesday, Kress identified self-injury as a physical expression of serious emotional or psychological pain. Self-mutilation is nothing new. Since the beginning of human history, individuals have engaged in many forms of self-mutilation, often at society’s demand. Tribal tattoos, piercing and scarring have held significance to individuals and communities alike. While such traditions have survived and flourished in society today, there are other behaviors considered taboo, harmful or self-injurious. The clinical definition of self-mutilation is “the purposeful, intentional destruction of an individual’s own body tissue,” according to Joseph Shannon in the course book “Self-Mutilation Behavior in Youth and Adults: Causes, Treatment and Prevention.” However, many in the medical community exempt tattoos, piercings and other ritual or religious forms of mutilation from the category. Behaviors that are considered self-mutilation are cutting, burning or branding, scratching, bruising skin or breaking bones, according to the National Association of Mental Health. Some of the most extreme cases can involve castration or
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amputation. Self-injury is alarmingly prevalent. An estimated 1 percent of the population has engaged in some form of self-injury. Yet the mainstream medical community has only recently begun to examine these behaviors, according to the association. “I don’t see it as a primary problem. What’s causing it is a primary problem,” said Allison Kress, a specialist in self-injury in Laguna Niguel. Kress said research indicates that 12 percent of college students engage in self-injury. People from all walks of life can engage in this behavior. Even Princess Diana was a “cutter,” Kress said. Those who self-injure are generally seeking an alternative form of pain to subdue the emotional issues they are repressing, she said. “I kind of like the idea of a physical manifestation of one’s pain,” Reynolds said, insisting he doesn’t regularly participate in self-mutilation. Reynolds doesn’t claim to get any sort of high from this type of behavior, nor does he find any sense of relief as some do. But the most dangerous aspect of self-mutilation is the body’s physical response. “Our bodies are wired so when we feel pain endorphins are released to make the body feel soothed and relaxed,” Kress said. “Your body releases naturally occurring opiates.” Combine this biological reaction with dysfunctional behavior and thought patterns and the result is seriously destructive and addicting. It is also extremely dangerous. Some individuals can unwittingly inflict major injury on themselves with such a release. Kress cited one client who totally “zoned out” and stabbed herself in the hip with a kitchen knife. However, individuals can learn to stop these detrimental behaviors, but it takes commitment and willingness.
“In our society everything has to be quick and easy, but it is just [a] Band – Aid,” Kress said. It is important to isolate the underlying motives prompting individuals to self-injure, she said. Initially, Reynolds didn’t feel there was anything that particularly motivated him to brand himself, but on second thought he admitted he is still recovering from a serious breakup. “I’ve just been in such a self-destructive frame of mind lately,” Reynolds said. “The thought of scarring my body meant nothing … I had such an utter disregard for my body’s well-being.” Reynolds’ case is not unusual. Many people dabble in self-injury, but unfortunately many of those cases quickly escalate into addiction. “Occasionally I see a student in counseling that is or has in the past self-mutilated. I have to admit it is difficult, scary and hard for me to understand this choice of behavior. But the training I have received has helped,” said Cindy Martinez, a psychologist at Student Counseling and Psychological Services on campus, in an e-mail interview. It is especially important that individuals are treated by specialists who are properly trained. Specialized techniques can be employed to treat self-injurers, one being aversion therapy. “For example, one strategy is to have the person, when feeling compelled to cut, stick her/his hand in a bucket of ice water. The physical pain is intense but is not harmful and does no permanent damage,” Martinez said. Regardless of one’s condition, Kress insists that individuals get help or that family and friends offer support and understanding. “The one important thing is to know that people can recover,” Kress said.
“I’m lookin’ for a dime/that’s top of the line/Cute face/thin waist/wit a big behind,” is a popular song by the rap group The Ying Yang Twins. The musicians were definitely on to something when they thought up that song lyric, but in my opinion their rating system has drawbacks. As cute as her face might be or as big as her behind might be, nothing is more frustrating for me than to have to be stuck with a girl who is visually stimulating but conversationally inadequate. That’s when I decided to create the “20 System.” The slang term “dime” used by The Ying Yang Twins commonly refers to the tendency of people to give a rating to someone’s looks on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, or most visually appealing. The system can be universally applied to both genders. The problem is that it focuses only on a person’s looks, which leads to major problems. Like I hinted earlier, the “dime” can be a complete idiot, and outside of looks can have nothing else interesting about them. This leaves for unsatisfying
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experiences outside of potential physical situations. This is where my “20 System” comes into play. Leave in place the alreadypopular rating scale for looks. Now add another 10-point scale used solely for the purpose of rating someone’s personality. Take the individual scores you assign to a person based on looks and personality, and add them together. Multiply that number by five, and you now have a percentage that you can compare to your typical grading scale. Now a person whose looks are a seven can compete with someone whose looks are a nine – so long as the seven’s personality ranks at least three more points higher than the nine’s personality. And everyone is familiar with the feeling of someone getting better looking if their personality is amazing, so the newly-added 10-point scale also influences the elder rating system. If The Ying Yang Twins do a remix, I propose a new lyric: “I need two dimes/won’t settle for nines/Cute face/good taste/wit a big behind.”
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The Daily Titan is currently conducting a 14-question sex survey in attempt to explore CSUF students’ sexual endeavors. Survey results will be quantified and will be published in the Student Body as part of a sexual health edition in November. All surveys are completed on an anonymous basis and can be submitted to CP-660. Please see a copy of the survey in today’s issue on page 2.
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Hospital waiting rooms across the nation are filled with families awaiting the birth of their next of kin. It’s true, every seven seconds a newborn is brought into this world, while every 13 seconds a death occurs. But the net gain is one person every 11 seconds. Tuesday, the U.S. reached 300 million people nationwide, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This has been made possible through advanced medical technologies, pharmaceuticals, preventative care, lifestyles, leisure, fitness and access to an abundance of food. The U.S. is growing at a rapid rate. It continues to be one of the largest cultural salad bowls of the world. Our very own campus is a reflection of the diversity. But together American citizens, non-citizens and aliens alike helped reach the milestone of the great 3-0-0. The number is undoubtedly a lot higher because of undocumented residents. While other nations suffer from overpopulation on habitable land, the U.S., despite its growth, has an abundance of habitable land to disperse to its population. Coastal areas have become fa-
vorite habitable areas. No wonder there is never any parking at the beach. But the fact is, no matter how big our population grows, we have space for other future habitants in non-coastal areas. There is an underlying question we ask about the expanding American population – what about the resources? Expert projections have noted over many generations that excessive population growth could lead to many problems for our ecosystem, agriculture, and sanitation. Insufficient food and water supply are the most obvious concerns. Are we aware that our water resources are slowly running out? Are we aware that more people would lead the way to more housing developments and less agricultural land? The demand for gas is already a current issues. There are too many people to meet the demand. While we eagerly embrace the 300-millionth documented person, we have to caution ourselves not get too far ahead to the point of no return and need to re-evaluate how we expand our cities and use our resources.
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Researchers have discovered that chocolate produces some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana. The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two, but can’t remember what they are. Matt Lauer
The Medicinal Alternative Hoax By Benjamin Weiner Daily Titan Copy Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
October 18, 2006
For the past several years proponents of marijuana legalization have evoked a red herring to further their cause. They have used the guise of “medical marijuana” to advocate broader legalization of drug use. These pro-legalization groups have transformed decriminalizing drug use into compassion and care for people with serious diseases. But the fact of the matter is that marijuana is a recreational drug and not a medicine. Marijuana is considered a Schedule I controlled substance, according to the U.S. Department of Justice Web site. Any benefit that marijuana is supposed to have medically is trumped by medicines already on the market. The Institute of Medicine did a comprehensive study in 1999 that assessed the potential benefits of marijuana. The study concluded that marijuana is not recommended for the treatment of any disease and that more effective medications are already available.
For those reasons, the In- chemotherapy and as a treatment stitute of Medicine conclud- for weight loss in patients with ed that there is little future for AIDS. marijuana as a medically approved Marinol also does not produce medication. the harmful health effects associated Advocates promote the use of with marijuana. marijuana as a treatment for mediHealth effects from marijuana cal conditions such as glaucoma include a decrease in muscle strength, and to help cancer and AIDS anxiety and an increased heart patients. But, rate, accordaccording to ing to the Drug the Institute of Enforcement Medicine, there Administration Any benefit are six different Web site. that marijuana is In 1999, more drugs and several supposed to than 200,000 surgeries that are have medically is Americans enavailable to treat tered substance glaucoma. trumped by mediabuse treatment The active incines already on the primarily for gredient in marimarket. marijuana abuse juana, THC, was and dependence, also shown to be according to the less effective than U.S. Drug Enstandard treatments in helping cancer and AIDS forcement Administration. patients regain lost appetites. So, don’t let the pro-legalizaThe Food and Drug Adminis- tion groups fool you. If you tration has determined that the believe marijuana should be legalized, synthetic THC drug, Marinol, is fine. But don’t hide your motives safe, effective and has therapeu- behind false science. Medicinal tic benefits for use as a treat- marijuana does not exist. Marijuament for the nausea and vom- na is, and will always be good for iting associated with cancer only one reason – to get high.
It’s true that some 200,000 Americans entered substance abuse treatment in 1999 for marijuana use. Many were forced to enter those programs as part of their punishment for having illegal drugs. There’s no way to know how many of these individuals were actually addicted to marijuana. Marinol is a synthetic compound that only mimics THC, one of many different cannabinoids present in marijuana. The chemicals present in the plant affects human physiology in some way. There are thousands of possible chemical interactions between the chemicals that may affect people in certain ways. By simply replicating one of the chemicals, the full effect of marijuana is lost. Any commercial medication designed to take the drug’s place must emulate it as faithfully as possible. Even more damning for Marinol is the medicine’s delayed effect, which can take up to an hour to kick in. Nauseated patients – one of the prime symptoms marijuana use may treat – will likely vomit up the drug before it can take effect.
Pot Should be a Medicinal Alternative By Joe Simmons Daily Titan Copy Chief email@example.com
There’s ample evidence that marijuana can be a powerful drug to combat illness. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published a report entitled “Marijuana and Medicine” that explored the drug’s uses and its side effects. Its conclusion was simple: marijuana can be used to help many kinds of patients, and further testing of the drug was warranted. The study specifically mentions the use of marijuana to treat the symptoms of AIDS and chemotherapy treatments. Marijuana lessens nausea, increases appetite and reduces anxiety. These properties perfectly address the kinds of problems that AIDS and chemotherapy patients encounter. Furthermore, many patients find
that the side effects of pain-relief drugs can outweigh the benefits of the medication. The institute found that the side effects of marijuana were well within the limits of other, conventional drugs. The idea that marijuana should be restricted is both antiquated and ridiculous. As long as the federal government continues to restrict its use, there is precedent for other, generally benign drugs with medicinal values to be outlawed. Opponents of medical marijuana often claim that the drug acts as a gateway drug, leading to more dangerous or powerful drugs. There simply is no hard evidence for this claim. Marijuana is often discovered by drug users before other drugs, according to statistical data, but so is tobacco and alcohol. Alcohol has similar effects on the human body, but it is not considered a
gateway drug. Opponents also claim that medical marijuana initiatives are simply smokescreens for the complete legalization of the drug. Marijuana has a number of side effects, including delayed motor reactions. Moreover, there is evidence that marijuana has limited addictive properties as well as withdrawal symptoms. To completely legalize the drug would be irresponsible and unthinkable. Finally, many of the side effects of marijuana, including increased chances of cancer, can be linked to smoking the drug. The chemicals users inhale when they smoke marijuana are similar to those inhaled when smoking tobacco. Marijuana can also be eaten, and pharmaceutical companies are looking for ways to reduce the drug’s active agents to a pill form. Thus, marijuana is a viable and reasonable medical drug.
Weiner’s Counterpoint cont.
JUST THE FACTS
Relating tobacco and alcohol to marijuana works about as well as trying to push legalization through by claiming its medical benefits. We are talking about three substances that all offer health risks. Should marijuana be legal because tobacco and alcohol are? Or should alcohol and tobacco be illegal because marijuana is? Two wrongs don’t make a right. We can’t simply say that marijuana should be legal because two other dangerous substances are. The reason tobacco and alcohol are legal is
for recreational purposes. The same reason some want marijuana legalized. Yes, marijuana is a gateway drug. But, the same can be said for tobacco and alcohol. It is a government contradiction that tobacco and alcohol are legal and not marijuana, but we should be striving to fix that problem, not creating more of a problem. I do, however, agree that a company working in conjunction with the Federal Drug Administration could work on producing a legal pill form of marijuana. This would be closely monitored and make a illegal drug legal. But I have a feeling it won’t be as popular, and pro-legalizers will begin saying the benefits only come from smoking it.
1800s - Marijuana enjoys a heyday in Western medicine. 1860 - The Ohio State Medical Society holds the first clinical conference in the United States on medical marijuana. 1900-1930s - Strict narcotics-control laws are passed, but cannabis is not covered. 1960-1970s - Recreational marijuna use skyrockets among youths. Congress rewrites drug laws. 1980s - Cancer patients begin smoking marijuana for chemotherapy-induced nausea. States petition the federal government for research-grade marijuana for the critically ill. 1990s - As the AIDS epidemic rages, patients use marijuana to treat nausea, pain and appetite loss. Pressure mounts for the government to reschedule the drug. Voters in five states legalize possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana for medicinal use. 2003 - U.S. Supreme Court, by declining to reverse a lower court’s decision in Conant v. McCaffrey, holds that physicians may reccommend, but not prescribe, marijuana to patients. 2005 - Federal authorities may prosecute sick people who smoke pot on doctors’ orders, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, concluding that state medical marijuana laws don’t protect users from a federal ban on the drug. CNN reported on June 6, 2005 SOURCE: CQ Researcher, August 20,1999, and February 11, 2005
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Men’s Soccer Going Up North to Face Big West’s Best Final leg of the schedule for CSUF includes four out of five road matches
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After losing four of their five matches, Cal State Fullerton’s men’s soccer team is hoping to turn things around in the final five games of the season, beginning Saturday night with Big West Conference co-leaders, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. “I think all the remaining games are very important,” Fullerton Head Coach Bob Ammann said. “There are still a lot of things to be decided, and I think for us, we see it as we want to be included, maybe a part of the Big West championship, so we’re seeing it as our second chance.” UCSB (8-6-0, 4-2-0) currently shares the No. 1 spot in the Big West standings with Cal State Northridge with both teams having 12 points. CSUF (5-8-1, 1-4-0 Big West) is at the bottom of the standings with three points. “It’s going to be a really, really big game,” Santa Barbara Head Coach Tim Vom Steeg said in a phone interview. “We’re tied for first place and they’re going to come in really needing to win to keep their season hopes alive.” When the Titans last met the Gauchos on Sept. 21, they battled their way through a 2-1 double-overtime loss in their conference opener. Santa Barbara forward Nick Perera lifted the Gauchos by scoring the golden goal in the 106th minute. Fullerton’s lone goal came from forward Eugene Brooks who kicked in a rebound with less than six minutes left in regulation.
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By Karl Thunman/Daily Titan AN EYEFUL – Titan Amir Shafii (right), goes legs up in a struggle for the ball against UC Davis’ Paul Marcoux for the ball in Saturday’s match. The Titans are looking to close out their season on a positive note, even though they are currently at the bottom of the Big West standings with three points and a 1-4-0 record. “I’m expecting the same kind of game,” Vom Steeg said. “Fullerton is as good offensively as anyone we’ve played all year.” Overtime games have been the team’s Achilles’ heel this season as it is 1-3-1 in matches that go beyond regulation. The Titans’ most recent match was a 2-1 non-conference overtime loss to UC Davis. CSUF won its season opener against San Jose State in overtime on Aug. 27
and came to a 1-1 deadlock with Stanford on Sept. 10. “We need to learn how to win,” Ammann said. “We’re very young and that inexperience unfortunately has cost us the victories.” Titan midfielder Shay Spitz said the team needs “just that edge, just that little bit extra, and just that effort” to come out on top in overtime matches. “It’s just making sure that our
focus is even greater and not being content on the fact that we got them to that point,” Ammann said. “We need to have a little bit more desire and have the ability to not wait for something to happen, but to go out and make it happen.” The Titans have the overall advantage over the Gauchos as they hold a record of 22-19-2 in their meetings as members of both the Big West and the Mountain Pacific Sports
Federation. However, UCSB has the recent advantage by winning the last six meetings by a combined score of 144 with four shutouts. Saturday’s game is the first of four on the road for the Titans. They hold a 2-3-1 overall record away from home. “We’re not looking at it as a road trip,” Ammann said. “We’re looking at is as one game at a time.”
Fired FOX announcer Steve Lyons got backing on two fronts Tuesday: He can keep his part-time broadcasting job with the Los Angeles Dodgers if he completes diversity training and Lou Piniella came to his defense. Lyons was fired over the weekend for making a racially insensitive comment while on the air with Piniella during the AL championship series. “There isn’t a racist bone in his body. Not one,” Piniella said after being introduced as manager of the Chicago Cubs. “I’ve known the guy personally. He was kidding with me, nothing more and nothing less.” Piniella called Lyons’ firing “an unfortunate thing.” The Dodgers said Lyons would remain on the job for FSN Prime Ticket “upon the completion of diversity training and under probationary guidelines.” Piniella made an analogy during Friday’s broadcast involving the luck of finding a wallet, then briefly used a couple of Spanish phrases. Lyons said that Piniella was “hablaing” in “Espanol,” butchering the conjugation for the word “to speak” and added, “I still can’t find my wallet.” “I don’t understand him, and I don’t want to sit too close to him now,” Lyons said. Lyons claimed he was kidding, and Piniella accepted that explanation. “If I offended anybody, I’m truly sorry,” Lyons said. “But my comment about Lou taking my wallet was a joke and in no way racially motivated.”