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The Road Less Traveled
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Tuesday October 24, 2006
The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton
General, Blackhawk Helicopter to Visit CSUF Three-star Army officer will observe campus ROTC on Thursday By Robert Moran
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A three-star general will be visiting Cal State Fullerton on Thursday. Maj Robert Medina said Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp will arrive on campus at 1:30 p.m. in room 301 of the Engineering and Com-
puter Science Building for a sensing session. Medina described the session as an opportunity for the general to discuss the state of the Army and answer questions from students, members of the faculty and the administration. Medina said after the session Van Antwerp will be observing the ROTC’s flight operations. Medina said that beginning at 2:30 pm, a Blackhawk helicopter will be taking off from Titan Field to take small groups of ROTC cadets on aerial tours of the surrounding areas.
Medina said the helicopter will be flown by Capt. William Fitzgerald, who graduated from CSUF’s ROTC program in 1994. After the flights have finished, ROTC will sponsor a reception for the general in room E-301. According to the Web site for the U.S. Army Accessions Command, Van Antwerp assumed command in 2004. The group controls the training and recruitment for the Army and Army ROTC programs throughout the country.Cadet Victor Ting said
he has not met Van Antwerp, but it was always a big thing when a general comes to visit. “It will be a good experience for some cadets that have never met or seen a general,” Ting said. Lt. Col. William Howard said Van Antwerp is coming to recognize the success of CSUF’s ROTC program. “I think that an opportunity for the school and not just for the cadets. Three-star generals just don’t come to universities,’’ he said. Howard explained that the Cadet Command, the branch of the Army
Severe Weather Carves Into Pumpkin Supply Even local farmers feel the squeeze in national pumpkin shortage By Benjamin Weiner
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Severe weather in the Eastern and Southern United States has led to a shortage of pumpkins this year. Many weather factors combined to create a limited number of autumn’s most popular icon. Spring brought severe rains, summer had extreme heat, August introduced frost and September brought more heavy rains. This led to poor planting conditions, limited pollination from bees, cessation of pumpkin growth and a fungus that turned pumpkins to mush, according to Time magazine. These factors together have devastated the 2006 pumpkin crop. The result is smaller and fewer pumpkins this year. Glenn Tanaka owns and operates Tanaka Farms in Irvine. He’s
been farming his whole life. He said his farm is completely organic and is “one of only a few pickyour-own pumpkin patches in Orange County.” Tanaka said the shortage is mainly a result of humidity on the East Coast, which led to mildew and ultimately a fungus that ruined the pumpkins. Because he runs an organic farm, Tanaka has run into several problems of his own. He has harder yields because of soil-related problems from planting in the same spot year after year because of limited land, he said. Tanaka Farms has to ship some of their pumpkins in because they can’t produce the volume necessary to meet the demand. Tanaka said he buys from a supplier just outside of Oxnard who experienced problems of his own. Water problems and heat over the summer crushed his supplier’s pumpkin crop. Tanaka’s supplier was short on crop this year so he SEE PUMPKINS - PAGE 2
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Pumpkin Patch - Above: Dane Radigan (top) and brother Ashton play atop a pumpkin mound at Tanaka Farms in Irvine. Pumpkins are plentiful, but cost a premium. Right: A scarecrow watches over the pumpkin patch at Tanaka Farms in Irvine. The acre field is one of the only pick-your-own pumpkin patches in Orange County.
Accessions Command in charge of ROTC and based in Ft. Monroe, Virginia, is run by two-star generals. “So this is a grand opportunity that maybe won’t happen for another 10 to 20 years,” he said. Master Sgt. Dan Sturgell said the success is in part due to the large number of scholarships the ROTC offers and the targeting of a wide variety of groups for recruitment. Ting said the members of the ROTC came from diverse backSEE ARMY - PAGE 2
Gambling Athletes Wager to Lose at the College Level CSUF athletes receive harsh punishments if caught gambling By Alvin Anol
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If you watch a championship final of any sport with friends, there is almost always the one person among the crowd who just has to say it. Possibly irate because their pick to win just lost, one person will always try to claim that an athlete – or even the whole team, for that matter – “took the money.” And while their inane comment is a complete assumption based on no factual evidence, the possibility that an athlete would take a bribe to affect the outcome of a game still exists. The 2003 National Study on Collegiate Sports Wagering and Associated Health Risks found that out of 388 men’s college basketball players, 17 admitted to having been involved in a serious form of gambling. “You ask me do I think it’s going on. Yes it’s going on,” said former Arizona State point guard Stevin Smith during a 2002 interview on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.” “I’m not even going to use a race but you take a young person out of a low-income area and you present, you know, a stack of hundreds to him and it’s not like you’re killing nobody or nothing,” he said. Smith is known in infamy as the
college basketball star that collaborated with a sports bookie to shave points during his own games. Point shaving is when a player tries to ensure his own team will not cover the amount of points that they are favored to win by for betting purposes, which encourages a bookie to bet against that player’s team. The bookie usually then takes the winnings and splits them with the player who helped to shave points. Investigations followed the pointshaving scandal and it led to the arrest of Smith in December of 1999. Two members of the CSUF men’s basketball team didn’t know the school’s exact punishment for being caught gambling on sports, but knew it is harsh. “I don’t know anybody personally that’s done it,” said forward Justin Burns. “I know the consequences for it are severe. I know it’s suspensions, maybe even an entire season.” The Titans are also subjected to watching a seminar aimed to inform the athletes about the consequences of gambling. “They show us a little video telling us that we can’t bet on games or anything outside of basketball,” said senior guard Bobby Brown. “If you bet, you get penalized, and sit out games. The seminar happens every year.” Brown said that the gambling seminar runs about an hour. “The scope of sports wagering among intercollegiate student-athSEE GAMBLING - PAGE 3
San Jose Federal Ruling May Mean the End for Lethal Injection in California Opponents concerned with the pain those convicted may suffer By Nancy Mora
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Lethal injection, California’s execution method of choice, may change if a San Jose federal judge rules it a form of cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel
has taken issue with the amount of pain and suffering convicts undergo with this form of capital punishment. Fogel has taken the constitutionality of the issue into question. “It is not just a California issue,” said Stacey Mallicoat, assistant professor of criminal justice at Cal State Fullerton. “It’s now an issue that many states are considering.” The issue was brought up after lawyers representing convicted rapist and murderer Michael Morales said that inmates were suffering ago-
nizing deaths in San Quentin State Prison’s death chamber. Just hours before Morales’ scheduled execution, Fogel put his sentence on halt. Fogel’s reticence to proceed with Morales’ execution also sprouted from lethal injection-based concerns, such as inmates conscious throughout the execution and the lack of experienced personnel to administer the final shots. Before an inmate is injected with the poisons, anesthetic and paralyzing drugs are administered, according to deathpenaltyinfo.com.
The anesthetic drug used for inmates is sodium thiopental. It puts people to sleep in a matter of seconds, said John Nagelhout, assistant director of the nurse anesthesiology program at CSUF. The injection results in the decrease of blood pressure that makes a person lose consciousness. A saline solution, made up of just water and salt, is administered after to lead the drug through the body faster. Next, a paralyzing agent is injected to make an inmate lose all muscle
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control. With this drug, a person cannot breathe, Nagelhout said. The final drug that puts an end to an inmate’s life is a normal element found in the body, potassium. “High concentrations makes your heart stop,” Nagelhout said. An inmate should not be aware of what’s going on, but if they are still breathing, the IV is out, it’s not in the vein, explained Nagelhout. San Quentin Public Information Lt. Eric Meffick declined to comment on the vocational prerequisites qualified to administer the execu-
tions. Mallicoat said it is usually given by prison workers. “Doctors can’t administer the drugs because it goes against the Hippocratic oath to do no harm,” Mallicoat said. Many medical experts were called to the hearing to explain if inmates feel pain or not, based on the amount of drugs given beforehand. Their testimony did little to clarify the issue. SEE EXECUTION- PAGE 3
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October 24, 2006
Pumpkins: Prices jump due to Shortage
Art to Art
A workshop titled “Human Trafficking, Global Problems: Local Response” will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Women’s Center UH205.
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The Center for Careers in Teaching hosts the Third Annual CSUF/Community Colleges Teacher Educators: Partners and Collaborators Conference in the Titan Student Union Portola Pavilion C from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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only took care of his local long-term patrons, like Tanaka, instead of shipping to the out-of-state markets in need of pumpkins. So exactly how does a pumpkin shortage in the Eastern and Southern U.S. affect Orange County? It’s the simple laws of supply in demand. Supply is low and demand is high – this raises the prices of the pumpkins. Tanaka’s pumpkins sell for 85 cents a pound this year, which is over 20 percent higher than the 70 cents a pound he sold them for last year. He said in general the pumpkin market is up about 40 percent this
Romance Found Through MySpace By Rachel Douglass
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Before she met her boyfriend in person, Cal State Fullerton student Gwen Tran met her boyfriend virtually – on MySpace. In a coincidence that Tran calls fate, she and her boyfriend Colin, connected through CSUF’s Myspace group forum. “We had seen each other’s comments in the groups forum – I think he messaged me first,” she said. “But it was nothing like ‘hey girl I like your page, you’re fine, let’s chill sometime.’” Tran and Colin didn’t make plans to meet even though they wrote each other frequently. One day on campus, however, she passed by a familiar-looking boy. In what she called a slow-motion movie-like sequence, he called out her name. She turned back and looked at him. “That was it,” she said. “We started hanging out as friends before realizing there was something more. I don’t consider myself to be one of those people who found love on MySpace, but I did form a friendship that turned out to be one of
the best things that ever happened to me.” Tran, who has had a MySpace account for three years, said in an e-mail interview she considers herself to be in the first generation of MySpacers. The cliche that MySpace is great for keeping in touch with old friends is true,” she said. “It’s easy access to a huge social network, nonmainstream music and it’s fun to update your friends with new pictures and events going on in your life.” Her MySpace is packed with pictures of her friends and boyfriend. Tran said that she logs in daily, but that during a busy week of papers and exams her MySpace account can be an easy distraction. “While I’m on the computer I think that it would be better if I didn’t have one [an account] but then I’ll get a new comment on my blog from an old friend and forget the thought of canceling my account.” Tran said she likes MySpace because it has the ability to upload pictures and leave picture comments for friends. “If it wasn’t for that I wouldn’t know which high school friends got married, knocked up, incarcerated
or fat,” she said. Tran’s bright MySpace profile is packed with pictures of friends as well as the things likes and dislikes. She likes the sky at sunset, her wonderful boyfriend that brings her cheesecake, Target and Ikea, but doesn’t like fake blondes, fake boobs and fake nails.
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year across the board. With pumpkin prices up this year, it is important to make sure you get what you pay for. Growers suggest that consumers avoid pumpkins with dried-out stems or a light yellow color, according to MSNBC. COM. Depressions on the pumpkins or a bull’s-eye ring are signs of rotting. Tanaka said most people pick their pumpkin based on the looks and everyone’s idea of perfect is different. “In general pick a pumpkin that has no bruising, with a thick skin or shell,” Tanaka said. “If you pick a good pumpkin it can last over a year.
Army: Session on Campus (From Page One)
grounds and reflected the ethnic diversity of CSUF. “If you look at the name tapes [on the uniforms] it’s going to say Ting, Wong, Marashan, Chen, Payne or Mercado. Our recruiter is out there recruiting basically anybody,” Ting said.” Medina said the two largest groups in the ROTC are Asian and whites. The group is 36 percent Asian and 35.8 percent white. Medina attributed the success of the ROTC to the support of the university. “We are very lucky that we are hosted by Cal State Fullerton,” he said.
October 24, 2006
U.S. Cited as Reason to Legalize Prison Torture By NICK WADHAMS Associated Press UNITED NATIONS - Several governments around the world have tried to rebut criticism of how they handle detainees by claiming they are only following the U.S. example in the war on terror, the U.N. antitorture chief said Monday. Manfred Nowak, the U.N. special investigator on torture, said that when he criticizes governments for their questionable treatment of detainees, they respond by telling him that if the U.S. does something, it must be all right. He would not name any countries except for Jordan.
“The United States has been the pioneer, if you wish, of human rights and is a country that has a high reputation in the world,” Nowak told a news conference. “Today, many other governments are kind of saying, ‘But why are you criticizing us, we are not doing something different than what the United States is doing?’” Nowak said that because of its prominence, the U.S. has a greater responsibility to uphold international standards for its prisoners so other nations do not use it as an excuse to justify their own behavior. The remarks were the latest in a tense back-and-forth between Nowak and the U.S.
He has been an outspoken critic of U.S. detainee policy, chastising the U.S. for maintaining secret prisons. He has also been skeptical about new legislation that would protect detainees from blatant abuse, such as rape and torture, but does not require automatic legal counsel and specifically bars detainees from protesting their detentions in federal courts. Nowak reiterated his opposition to that prohibition, saying “we should have enough trust in them that they should be the ones to deal with” the detainees. He has said the U.S. must close its Guantanamo Bay detention facil-
ity and refused an invitation to visit because he would not be allowed to interview detainees. Nowak has reported that reliable accounts indicate suspected terror detainees being held there have been tortured. Nonetheless, Nowak said the U.S. had improved its handling of detainees, particularly in Iraq after the Abu Ghraib scandal. The big problem in Iraq, now was allegations of detainee torture by militias and the Interior Ministry. He said detainees were now afraid of being transferred from the control of multinational forces to Iraqi prisons. “They would prefer if they are in
detention now to be in the international detention facilities rather than the Iraqi detention facilities,” Nowak said. Nowak also recently canceled a trip to Russia after he was told Russian law prohibited him from visiting detainees. He had planned to go there from Oct. 9 - Oct. 20. He said countries need to make sure his terms of reference, which give him the right to meet with detainees, are obeyed. “I would appeal to governments before inviting to really make sure that their domestic laws and policies fully comply with my terms of reference,” he said. “Otherwise, it doesn’t make much sense to invite me.”
Body Found Confirmed as Missing Fullerton Woman The remains of missing Fullerton woman Donna Marie Dutton were discovered in the San Bernardino Mountains Monday afternoon. Dutton, last seen in the early morning hours of Oct. 16. Sergeant Linda King,in a press release issued by the Fullerton Police Department, said that Dutton’s death is now under investigation. The San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner said Dutton’s remains were discovered by hunters at 3:41 p.m. yesterday on Highway 138 near mile marker 16 in rural Devore.The press release stated that an autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death. The late Dutton was stricken with Multiple Sclerosis.
Gambling: Wagering may harm athletes
Soldier Goes Missing in Iraq, Third Unsolved Case
letes is startling and disturbing,” said NCAA President Myles Brand in a news release following the results of the survey. “Sports wagering is a double threat because it harms the well-being of the student-athletes and the integrity of college sports.” On the other hand, CSUF men’s basketball Head Coach Bob Burton said in an e-mail he has never encountered any issues of gambling at any Division 1 school he’s been at, which includes Utah and Fresno State. Extreme cases of gambling included either taking money to play poorly in a game or knowing a teammate who took money to play poorly in a game. For making any wagers on their own school, a convicted athlete would lose all remaining eligibility on top of whatever punishment the
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A U.S. soldier in Baghdad was reported missing late Monday, and residents said American forces sealed the central Karadah district and were conducting door-to-door searches. Other reports claimed he was an Army translator of Iraqi descent and was abducted. A military official in Washington said the missing service member was a translator and that the initial report was he may have been abducted. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the information was not cleared for release. An employee at Baghdad’s al-Furat TV, which was raided by American forces earlier Monday, said the U.S. forces conducting the search told him they were looking for an abducted American officer of Iraqi descent.
school itself would issue. Any athlete found making a wager on any college or professional sport, but not directly on their school, would lose eligibility for a minimum of a year. And the gambling charges are an ugly blemish that would surely downgrade, if not blackball, the player’s chances of getting drafted into the pros. The list of banned gambling activity also includes the popular bracket contests that can be found anywhere during any type of tournament play – but most prevalently during March Madness, the postseason of college basketball. Former University of Washington Head Coach Rick Neuheisel was fired in the summer of 2003 as a result of being involved with a common office bracket contest. Later investigations helped to clear Neuheisel’s name after discrepancies regarding the clarity of the NCAA rules during the time. A problem the NCAA faces in trying to control gambling is the easy access provided by the online sports books today. Anyone can sign on and create and account and, as long as they have the money to gamble, they can place a bet. That type of access is enough to worry one coach. “I don’t know enough about it, and I don’t do a lot of research on it, but I do know that online gambling is dangerous,” said UC Santa Barbara Head Coach Bob Williams in a phone interview. “Everyone in Division 1 knows about it. It’s a topic that is brought before [the coaches] every year – you don’t want your athletes gambling at all.” The allure of quick and big money is the most striking aphrodisiac to college athletes, who traditionally don’t have time to take on jobs and must rely on the stipends they are paid by the school to cover their expenses. The money is usually only just enough to get by, with not much left after expenses to spend a little “me money.” According to the Nevada Control Gaming Board, nearly $80 million was bet on college basketball during March 2005. College athletes won’t see that type of money unless they make it to the professional levels, which would only be a small percentage of them. And while the rewards are high, the risks are even higher, as the NCAA has done their best to ensure a no-nonsense antigambling policy.
The employee said U.S. soldiers and Mouwafak al-Rubaie, the government’s national security adviser who went to the station during the raid, told him the missing officer had left to join family members in Baghdad’s Karadah district. It wasn’t immediately possible to clarify the reports. The officer’s wife, also an IraqiAmerican, was reportedly in the capital visiting family, according to the reports passed on by the al-Furat employee. He refused to allow use of his name fearing retribution. Haitham al-Husseini, a close aide of Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, or SCIRI, said he arrived at al-Furat station to negotiate the departure of the American troops and was told by a U.S. Army colonel that they were looking for an American soldier who was kidnapped.
SCIRI, the dominant Shiite group in the Iraqi government, owns the television station. Residents in Karadah told The Associated Press that U.S. forces sealed the central Baghdad district shortly after 7:30 p.m. The military was going door-to-door and had brought in at least two tanks and two armored vehicles. “Coalition and Iraqi Security forces immediately responded to attempt to locate the soldier. The search is ongoing,” the military said in a statement that gave no other details. The last time any U.S. soldiers were reported missing was in June, when one was killed in an insurgent attack at a checkpoint by a Euphrates River canal, 12 miles south of Baghdad. The two soldiers listed as missing had been abducted during the attack and later found dead, their bodies brutalized, the military said. One of the soldiers had been
Execution: Drugs May Not Work (From Page One)
Pharmacist Brent Elkin said at the hearing that the amount of sedatives given to the inmates was enough to knock them out, ensuring they feel no pain. However, Columbia University anesthesiologist Mark Heath said that execution medical logs were unclear on whether inmates got enough sedatives, and that the drugs may not have worked at all. And while they may not be medical professionals or fundamental preachers, students at CSUF have strong opinions on the death penalty and the rights of inmates. “They shouldn’t feel the pain because it’s their last moment in life,” said business major Michael Hong. But not all students have the same stance as Hong. Two years ago, CSUF political science and criminal justice students were surveyed on their opinions about the death penalty. Compared to 65.2 percent who support the death penalty for murderers, 34.8 percent opposed it. Males are more likely to support the death penalty than women. Of those who support the death penalty, 60.2 percent do so for religious or attributive reasons while only 7.6 percent do so for reasons of deterrence. For those who oppose, 43.3 percent cite ethical reasons, 21.3 percent cite incapacitation and 16.3 percent cite religious or retributive
reasons. “They’re already serving punishment,” said Sara Chaidez, criminal justice minor student. “It doesn’t have to be torturous.” Although Chaidez doesn’t agree with the death penalty methods, she still thinks that it sets as an example to criminals. “It’s like when you have to follow through with a threat,” Chaidez said. Fogel’s decision is based on many things besides just the execution. Issues that contributed to his decision include the rights of victims, their families and how people feel
They shouldn’t feel the pain because it’s their last moment in life.
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By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press
– Michael Hong Business Major
about the death penalty in general, he said. However, some families of dead victims are outraged at the delay of the executions. Barbara Christian, the mother of a woman who was beat with a hammer and run over by Morales, said the hearings are unnecessary. “I am very angry that they are
concerned that for five to seven minutes he might be aware,” Christian told reporters after the hearing. “I personally don’t care about the pain he feels.” While the death penalty is a touchy and political subject, it is still a form of punishment and a possible consequence for malicious acts. “They’re caught, they’re being punished and they’re going to be executed sooner or later,” Hong said. According to Amnesty International’s Web site, the lethal injection method was introduced in 1888 in New York, but the electrocution method was used instead. Questioning execution methods is not a first for the U.S. In 1972, all executions were halted until the ruling was overturned for the Gregg v. Georgia case four years later. The lethal injection method was considered to be one of the “more humane” processes to execute the death penalty. In 1982, Texas was the first state to use the lethal injection method for an execution. According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California first used the method in 1996. “People are claiming it is a violation of the Eighth Amendment: crime and unusual punishment,” said criminal justice Professor Kevin Meehan. “That’s what the whole issue is about.”
beheaded. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for killing the soldiers, and said the successor to terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had “slaughtered” them, according to a Web statement that could not be authenticated. In another case, Sgt. Keith M. Maupin, 20, of Batavia, Ohio, is still missing in action. He disappeared in April 2004 in an insurgent attack on a fuel convoy west of Baghdad. One private contractor also remains missing. Separately, Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, an Arabic translator, faces two desertion charges after Navy investigators concluded he fled Camp Fallujah in Iraq in June 2004 and then failed to arrive at his base in Camp Lejeune, N.C., in January 2005. Hassoun is still missing. AP writer Lolita Baldor in Washington contributed to this report.
October 24, 2006
An International Affair–The freedom one encounters after leaving home to venture into the unknown is among the most liberating experiences one can have. Although I am still an American citizen, I am now bound by the laws and restrictions of a foreign rule. My first amendment rights are applicable, to a point, but the Queen’s law has superimposed itself into my newfound restricted freedom. I am tied down by the laws in America, and yet I can legally carry marijuana on my person while in Wales. There is a discrepancy between the borders of my home town and my new life, and my freedom is more or less dependant upon how far I want to push the laws of both nations.
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Taking it Off the Road
Despite the stereotypes off-roading enthusiasts continue to ride on by sean mccormick
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The famous poet Robert Frost did it, but today taking the road less traveled changed from a philosophical dilemma to a playground for dirt bikes, trucks and young thrill seekers. The extreme hobby of off-roading has transformed into a lifestyle – a lifestyle that, in its infancy, has yet to find total definition. Its enthusiasts’ influence has deposited it in the Southern California scene. “Off-roading is growing out in Southern California but it hasn’t shown yet that it is at the point it is in the Midwest, but hopefully it will be,” said Terry Severson, coordinator for Championship Off Road Racing. “You’re racing driver against driver and driver against Mother Nature, which adds another aspect sometimes.” As members of a subculture, offroad enthusiasts are laying tracks and laying claim to a huge market targeting their hobby. They have their own clothing companies like Famous Stars and Straps, Skin, No Fear and Spy. They even have their own heroes, like the Metal Mulisha. Among each other, off-roaders are just a bunch of good friends, said dirt bike rider Eric Armstrong, but outsiders have deemed off-roaders “bros.” “I typically think of bros as beer-drinking, cocky guys who go looking for fights and have so much pride that they come off as arrogant,” said senor public rela-
tions major Taylor Peat. Sophomore engineering major and off roader Paul Nordeen said he disagrees with the negative connotations associated with the name “bro.” “My friends back in San Diego and I are just like any other group of friends,” Nordeen said. “We like to get together and be in each other’s company. Just like a group of skaters would go to a skate park, my friends and I like to go to the desert and ride our toys.” The style defined by Nordeen is usually a hat with shorts or jeans and an off-roading shirt and etnies shoes. No Fear, Skin, Famous Stars and Straps and DC make the jeans, shirts and hats he and his friends usually wear, he said. “These are the brands that cater to our style, just like Calvin Klein caters to high fashion,” Nordeen said. As the group stands trial against public perception, they remain together and strong, said senior photo communications major Evan McCann. “Why should I be stopped?” McCann said. “I am just being who I am, you can’t tell me not to hang out with my friends or party or go riding.” Nordeen added that this mindset is purely defensive. “If someone is trying to hurt my friend in any way I am going to be there behind him, because my friends are my family,” Nordeen said. “Wouldn’t you protect your family?” If the ill-perceived attitude wasn’t costly enough, the trucks and “toys” are. On average, a Fabtech suspension kit used to lift trucks could run from $1,400 to $1,900, depending on the make and model
of your vehicle, according to online store Offroadunlimited.com. Rims can run up to $300 each and tires can each tear $110 to $200 from your bank account. For McCann, the cost does not outweigh the thrill. “This is what I do for fun,” McCann said. “It happens to be pretty pricey.” Nordeen said his truck is down in San Diego and that it never seems to be complete. He is always putting little things in when he comes home from school. “They are pretty much all hand made, nothing is manufactured in huge quantities,” Severson said. “ There aren’t very many manufacturers, and with new tracks being built they are really busy.” The off-road community is diverse and is not limited to trucks. A group of dirt bike riders who call themselves the Metal Mulisha exude the ideal of off-road culture said McCann. “If anything represents us most it’s the Metal Mulisha,” he said. “ They are the gods of our civilization, they are what Hulk Hogan is to wrestling fans.” Many Metal Mulisha-sponsored pros say they all like to ride, party and be with friends on their profiles at metalmulisha.com. McCann has no optimism for the future of off-road society, but for a different reason. “I know we are out of favor, and that is because of a few people who mess it up for everyone,” McCann said. “The truth is that my friends and I just don’t care what people think, and that’s why we haven’t changed. If people want to jump on a bandwagon and say things about me, who has stayed the same, then that is their problem.”
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While attending college in Spain, Sheena Brown enjoyed shopping, sipping on a cappuccino, talking on the esplanade, dancing at the barrio and taking weekend excursions. Brown, who attended The University of Alicante in Alicante, Spain, was enrolled in a foreign language study program that covered many areas such as Spanish life, culture, politics and history as well as business, culture and civilization, art, cinema, conversation and literature. The university taught in the American System. “We started and ended classes during the same time frame that American students do, and had midterms and finals along the American schedule,” Brown said. Cal State Fullerton student Cody Jensen attended Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona during the spring 2006 semester. He “took the metro everyday to class and loved every minute of it, especially being from Cali where you have to freaking drive everywhere. From the metro I only had to walk a few streets down,” he said. Major differences Brown noticed between college life here and college life in Spain included less on-campus student life, a lack of dorm life and no college sports programs like those in the United States. University of Alicante provided sports like futbol – the Spanish name for soccer – indoor spinning, kungfu and badminton, according to the university’s Web site. She also noticed a difference in the emphasis on college facilities. “The gym, library, school store and lunch areas, which are given a lot of precedence at American universities, were much smaller and less fancy in Spain,” she said. Spanish was spoken in the classroom, but during breaks students often spoke English. “Most students were fluent [in English] to the point of being able to joke,” she said. Schoolwork took up one to three hours per night, she said, depend-
ing on whether she had a paper or an exam. Jensen noticed a difference between the academic system here and in Spain. “I truly believe our [U.S.] education system is built largely on how well you are at test taking and also taking classes that you are going to never use in your career. The education system in Spain was more handson towards everyday practices and applications.” “I think Spaniards are more diligent in their studies, but know how to have a good time,” Jensen said. CSUF student Jenilyn Pentecostes, who attended University of Barcelona, said that college stress is much less in Spain compared to the United States. “There doesn’t seem to be much stress or pressure over homework, you just get it done. Their education system is excellent. After school you meet with friends at a cafe or just do things at your leisure. Here in the United States, there is too much pressure to get things done,“ she said. While schoolwork was important for Brown, social activities gave her a greater taste of Spain. “I would have to say that social activities were most important to me. They allowed me to apply my learning and to learn things important to everyday life in the Spanish culture like phrases, slang, codes of conduct, manners, traditions [and] opinions,” she said. “While becoming involved in Spanish society, the social realm was what really enriched my study abroad experience and made it so worthwhile and fulfilling.” Brown finished classes at about 3 p.m. and had a lot of time to socialize. She found that there are a lot of differences between the social life of an American college student and Spanish students. For example, coffee. “There really wasn’t coffee like we know it here in the U.S. … only small espressos and cappuccinos ... and nothing to go,” she said. “To all the Americans who are addicted to the Starbucks nation of venti to-go cups, this was hard to get used to ... sometimes we’d ask for our cafes to go anyway in Coca Cola fountain cups.” Shopping was one of Brown’s fa-
vorite activities. There are boutiques and “more unique stuff that wasn’t available in the American mall atmosphere.” El Mercado is a weekend market where people could bargain and get “amazing deals on just about anything you can imagine,” she said. Going to the beach, visiting museums, sightseeing, traveling to other major cities and watching movies were other activities Brown noticed were popular among college students in Spain. Social life also included working out at the gym, although she said it is harder to find gyms and more expensive to join them compared to the United States. As an alternative to using gym machines, Brown and one of her friends would run at a castle that sat on a high hill overlooking the city. They would also run along the beach. Pentecostes said that Spaniard college students had two passions: “politics and futbol, especially their worldfamous team Barca.” Finally what is college life without bars, clubs and dating? “Going out at night was our favorite because we met so many people from different countries, learned so many words and so much about the culture, and got salsa lessons and tickets to euro-pro basketball games,” Brown said. “Nightlife starts around 1 a.m. and goes until 4 a.m,” said Pentecostes. She also said that some stores close for a couple hours during the afternoon for lunch, which is not something seen here in the United States. As for drinking, “Spaniards don’t get belligerently drunk, they seem to have control over their alcohol consumption,” she said. Jensen said he was depressed when he got back from Spain because of the traffic, wealth, greed and “lack of love for life and human interaction,” he said. “The people in Barcelona were not in a hurry to go nowhere, as in Orange County. People actually sat down and had conversations for hours.” “My goal is to get back to Barcelona as soon as I can,” Jensen said. Brown is also “constantly dreaming up ways to get back to Spain.”
October 24, 2006
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Ah, Autumn, that time of year is upon us once again. The leaves turn orange, noses start running and, of course, the annual popularity contest that bases it tenets on looks and charm as opposed to personality and merit is held. You know, the one where the tall, dark and handsome quarterback with the pretty blonde cheerleader on his arm takes center stage, flashes his pearly white smile and waves to the throng of admirers who crowned him king. No, I’m not talking about the homecoming dance, silly. I’m talking about Election Day! Sorry to break the news to y’all Titans, but political elections have denigrated into nothing more than a glorified high school popularity contest complete with red, white and blue ticker tape and balloons. Often it’s not the best man that wins – it’s the best looking man. We tend to associate good looks and presence with knowledge and credibility. Need examples? We’ll be happy to oblige. John F. Kennedy was a bootlegger, a philanderer, and a drunk, but a good-looking one. And while our lefty staff con-
cedes that Kennedy was a prolific leader we also realize that much of his mystique comes from his smooth appearance. When he wasn’t drafting genius economic policy or introducing the military to tolerance, he was driving up the carpet cleaning costs in the oval office with cellulite-ridden interns. He was handsome, charming and even played the saxophone – two-term president with a nice legacy to boot. Let’s get a little more up-todate, like say two years ago. Despite a laundry list of rational reason to get Bush out of office, the man won, and convincingly at that. Could it have been the looks edge perhaps? Bush is the rugged Texas rich boy, with that cute little gleam in his eye – needless to say, John Kerry had to be slipping some old school roofies to the girls up at Yale to get any play with that Halloween mask of a mug. Like in high school, the big prize goes to the guy with the brightest smile, which we’ll probably see in November’s gubernatorial election. – I’ll have a cigar to that.
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Even if gas prices fall, consumers will continue to be gouged at the pump. The only thing that we can be sure rises faster that the price of gasoline is the skyrocketing profits of oil companies. R. Owens
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It is time that the government force big oil companies to cough up some spare change to help clean California’s dirty air. They can afford it. That’s what Proposition 87 aims to achieve. If passed, it would tax California oil producers and use the generated revenues to fund $4 billion in alternative energy programs with the goal of cutting petroleum consumption by 25 percent in 10 years. Yet, oil companies are spending record amounts in opposition dollars to spread the argument that this proposition isn’t in California’s best interest. They admit in their campaign that California needs to advance alternative energies. But contributing to the proposed program, for them, sounds like a waste. Meanwhile, those oil companies are rolling in record profits. Exxon
Mobil is a case in point. They reported $36.13 billion in profit last year alone. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, California is the only major oil-producing state without an oil production tax. The top two oil-producing states, Texas and Alaska, both tax private companies for the production of oil. Voting to impose such taxes in California is the appropriate and fair thing to do. Oil is a nonrenewable and natural resource of California; thus, it’s a privilege worthy of taxation for any private corporation to extract and profit from it. One of the opposition’s main arguments against Proposition 87 is that it will raise the price of gasoline at the pump. However, the measure clearly states that the new oil tax would fall on the producer and would prohibit them from passing the tax to consumers. But, even if California oil producers did attempt to pass some of their losses onto consumers, which
wouldn’t be out of character, the revenue generated from the imposed taxes would still strengthen a cause worth funding. The proposition promotes the sustainability concept of meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their prospective needs. Unfortunately, the current approach of stimulating the economy by consuming more and more fossil fuels fails to look beyond this year’s quarterly earnings. It fails to consider a future affected by pollution, climate change or the possibility of coming energy wars. It fails to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, much of which comes from the world’s most crooked governments – such as Iran. Proposition 87 offers Californians a chance to pioneer a sustainable future by playing smart with their state’s natural resources, rather than allowing a wealthy few to exploit them.
Prop.87 Financed With Debt By Owen Cupp For the Daily Titan
Proposition 87 brings welcome political attention to the issue of alternative energy to Californians. Unfortunately, while Proposition 87’s promised goals of less reliance on gasoline and cleaner air are of great merit, it would punish Californians with more political waste, doubtful achievability and higher gas prices. Proposition 87 would allow the creation of a new political authority in Sacramento with a requirement to spend $4 billion within 10 years with a goal to reduce transportation petroleum consumption in Califor-
nia by 10 billion gallons over 10 years. Financed up front by debt, the authority could have an unlimited staff and must exist for 20 years with no genuine supervision of its progress. In fact, the only guaranteed oversight mentioned in the proposition’s accountability section is that an annual financial audit will be conducted to ensure funds are not embezzled. Advisory subcommittee members do not have to be qualified energy or technology experts and can write their own rules regarding competitive bidding processes to give their favorites unfair advantages. Proposition 87 vaguely details that the authority will try to accomplish its main goal of gasoline reduction by appropriating vast monies to University of California research interests, limited energy loan programs and vocational job training programs. The politically appointed authority determines which programs are justified. As valiant these research and education efforts may appear, if zero reduction of petroleum consumption is seen after 10 years, there is no accountability to alter or stop the failed continuance of the Proposition 87 authority. An assessment to repay the $4 billion in bonds and interest would be placed only on California’s oil producing wells. Proposition 87 prohibits the assessment from being directly passed onto Californians by oil companies. However, shrewd oil companies could counter the proposition’s intentions by reducing total production in California wells and import non-Californian oil to feed our re-
fineries to get around the new assessment. A decrease in California’s total oil production, as a reaction to Proposition 87, could prompt world oil price increases, as recent price volatility suggests, and thus effectively contribute to considerable future price hikes at the pump for national consumers. Also, if the expected assessments from California oil production to fund the proposition do not materialize, Californians will remain responsible to repay the bonds and interest, possibly impacting important state-funded programs such as higher education and law enforcement. To some, the proposition may seem better than no attempt. However, Californians should demand better-outlined alternative energy strategies than this obvious political facade backed by bureaucrats to advance their budget empires. Examples of real political energy leadership would outline sizeable tax credits for required installation of solar-celled roofs in all new construction; offering tremendous tax breaks to all gas station operators that convert or add alternative energy in existing pumps; or appreciable coupons to all Californians that buy and operate alternative-energy vehicles. We can only begin to break our oil addiction by offering significant monetary incentives directly to all suppliers and consumers. Proposition 87 is simply a misdirected and inadequate approach to begin solving our urgent energy needs. Owen Cupp is a senior and an electrical engineer major at CSUF.
Oil companies hate this proposition for one clear reason: it will cut their humongous earnings. Prepare for an onslaught of advertisements funded by oil company money that intend to scare Californians into a “No” vote on 87. They will contend that gasoline prices will increase along with California’s dependence on foreign oil. Regardless of the campaign battle that will ensue, voters should adhere to the bigger picture this November. Global warming, unhealthy air and dependence on oil will not disappear without the guidance of forward-thinking policies. Next time you’re at the gas pump watching that meter spin, think about where all that cash is headed. Some of it could fund a cleaner future, or keep funneling into Exxon pockets.
Bardsley Picks Up Big West Honors
October 24, 2006
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Titan Media Relations Cal State Fullerton senior goalkeeper Karen Bardsley was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week on Monday afternoon after posting her second straight shutout on the road at UC Davis this past weekend. It is the second weekly conference honor for Bardsley, who also earned the honor back on Sept. 4. Mondayâ€™s award was also the seniorâ€™s fourth career Big West Player of the Week honor. The Titansâ€™ senior netminder stopped all eight of the Aggiesâ€™ shots directed at the net for her seventh shutout of the year in Fullertonâ€™s 1-0 victory. She has made five or more saves in 10 of her 16 starts this season, including matching a career-high with 12 saves at Texas A&M on Sept. 15 in College Station, Texas. The eight saves give her a careerhigh and Big West Conference-leading 96 for the season, needing four more to become only the second Fullerton goalkeeper to record 100 saves in a season (Heidi Clauss, 129 in 1993). Her 280 saves are sixth on the Big West career charts. Fullerton returns to Titan Stadium for the final time this regular season on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. in a nationally televised contest against rival Long Beach State on the Fox Soccer Channel.
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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL - Cal State Fullertonâ€™s Jenae Gibbons manuevers to get Cal Poly San Luis Obispoâ€™s Kelsey Carroll to lose control of the ball during a match on Oct. 15. They traveled to UC Davis this past Sunday for a nonconference match and defeated the Aggies, 1-0. The Titan womenâ€™s soccer team returns to conference play this Wednesday, hosting rival Long Beach State at 7 p.m. Prior to the start of the match, the Titans will honor their senior players.
Rogersâ€™ Gunky Left Hand Still an Issue for Cards Associated Press Tony La Russa kept talking about Kenny Rogers, his words from the interview room booming all around Busch Stadium, courtesy of the PA system. One by one, the Detroit Tigers stopped their workout to listen. â€œI donâ€™t believe it was dirt,â€? they heard the St. Louis manager say. â€œDidnâ€™t look like dirt.â€? A lot of baseball fans werenâ€™t buying Rogersâ€™ explanation, either. So instead of looking to Game 3 of
the World Series, the focus Monday stayed squarely on Game 2. Specifically, it focused on what Rogers had at the base of his left thumb and whether it was there before. Some photographs from Rogersâ€™ start in the AL championship series against Oakland showed what appeared to be the same kind of smudge on his pitching hand that caught everyoneâ€™s attention Sunday night. Prompted by La Russa, the umpires asked him to clean off his left hand, and Rogers pitched eight
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Usually, when I get done, thereâ€™s not much on my hand, but I guess a little bit more than normal. I wiped it off and proceeded to pitch seven pretty good innings,â€? he said. â€œMud, resin, sweat. Itâ€™s always there. I try not to go crazy with it, but itâ€™s not making my pitches do anything crazy.â€? Later, it was La Russaâ€™s turn to have his say. His off-day news conference was piped over the Busch Stadium public-address system, so his thoughts echoed from every corner of the empty ballpark.
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The finish line is fast approaching for the Cal State Fullerton crosscountry team. The mantra all season long has been â€œclosing the gap,â€? and with some recent spurts of success and the late additions of strong runners, freshman Sergio Tapia and Gail Munoz, the team hopes to hit their peak this Saturday in San Luis Obispo at the Fairbanks Memorial cross-country course. After a season of ups and downs and issues with the NCAA, the Titan runners are hoping to keep it together. Titan Head Coach John Elders still believes this team can beat teams and maintains full optimism of his squadâ€™s ability to be challengers. â€œI donâ€™t think we have peaked yet. I feel like looking at some other teams I can sense that maybe they have already peaked and they are on the down slope now,â€? Elders said. At the Titansâ€™ last meet in Sunnyvale, both the menâ€™s and the womenâ€™s teams finished fourth. â€œI feel like we are still peaking and we havenâ€™t run at our full potential yet,â€? Elders said. After clearing problems with the NCAA and their former high school the last meet was the first official meet for Tapia and Munoz. â€œI am pretty excited, I barely got cleared. Itâ€™s been tough,â€? Tapia said. â€œI got to wear the uniform for the first time after waiting for a long time.â€? After a season of waiting, Tapiaâ€™s services were finally available to a menâ€™s team in need of another strong runner to tighten up the packtime. â€œIt was great to see him out there. Itâ€™s always good to see someone new and as talented as he is contributing to the team,â€? CSUF senior runner Jordan Horn said. With the addition of Tapia, the men shaved 30 seconds off their old 2:30 pack time
â€œHe cut our pack down a lot,â€? Horn said. The men are also 30 seconds within their goal of a 1:30 pack time. â€œIf we can run that pack time and Jordan and Damien continue to run well up front then we are going to be successful,â€? Elders said. â€œThat is our goal, to beat teams nobody thinks we are supposed to.â€? At their last meet, Horn was looking to break school record for the menâ€™s 8k. Last year Horn ran unattached with a finish of 24:00. If he had run attached the record would have been his. This year he ran 20 seconds slower and missed his shot at the record. â€œI was really hoping to break the record,â€? Horn said. â€œThe older guys like Steve and Mike [trainers] hold all the old records and talk smack.â€? In Sunnyvale, Luz Valdez, who could be called the top woman runner, slid back, finishing seventh on the team. She called the meet her worst this season. â€œI expected a lot of myself,â€? Valdez said. â€œI put too much pressure on myself.â€? The men have strong running up front while the women have strength in overall pack time. Runners Horn and Damien Nieves have clearly been the quickest finishers for the men. Improving the pack time would mean runners like junior Cory Vaselenko, freshman David Soto and Tapia would need to keep up. Elders said he will be going to conference looking on the bright side because he feels the men are starting to realize their potential. The women, on the other hand, do not have a sure No. 1 finisher, but their strength is their ability to retain a tight pack Elders said. For Horn and senior runners this yearâ€™s conference meet will be their last chance to prove themselves as top collegiate runners. â€œThis is what I have been thinking about since my freshman year,â€? Horn said. â€œI just want to go out there and win.â€? In cross-country and in track the order of the finish comes down to one meet. â€œI think that is good for us, because I feel like we are peaking,â€? Elders said.
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