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Wednesday November 1, 2006

The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton

Fixing Katrina’s Schools

Students Dress Up and Show Off

By Carol Rojas

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Like millions of Americans, many Cal State Fullerton Reading Department faculty members watched in horror as thousands of people were left homeless and virtually hopeless when Hurricane Katrina destroyed the Gulf Coast last year. As distress and chaos unfolded on their TV screens, they were inspired to do something to help the victims of the tragedy rather than just sit by and watch. The department formed Literacy Project Katrina, a fundraising and book-donating campaign determined to promote literacy and bring hope to the children most affected by the destruction in New Orleans. Faculty members found the task of connecting with a school in the devastated area to be far from simple. Frequent attempts to make phone calls or e-mails to people admist the chaos of a destroyed city proved to be a daunting and complicated task. “After the Hurricane there was no communication,” said JoAnn CarterWells, professor of reading and the project’s coordinator. “Everything was utter chaos. We were naive to think that it would be easy to find a way to help when it was impossible to know what was really going on in New Orleans.” In April, the department found Lake Forest Charter Elementary School. When Katrina hit, the elementary school was completely destroyed. The portable classrooms that made up the school site were unable to withstand the force of the hurricane. All that was left of the school were scraps of classroom buildings drifting in the flooded city. “We lost everything,” said Mardele S. Early, the school’s principal in an interview with the CSUF Office of Public Affairs. “The whole area was devastated. I lost my home and all the teachers lost their homes, but we got together over the summer and opened the school this fall.” Prior to Katrina, Lake Forest had been a charter school and Montessori magnet. Montessori schools follow a method established by Maria Montessori. In that system, children are taught through activity rather than straight lecture. Like many other former public and Montessori schools, Lake Forest faculty members embraced the charter school system after the hurricane in hopes that New Orleans education could be improved. Prior to Katrina, the city had relatively low educational standards in place. Charter schools do not adhere to public school standards and have a different accreditation process. “The emergence of charter schools in post-Katrina is one of the brighter spots in the New Orleans recovery process,” said John Alford, consultant for the New Schools for New Orleans program in an interview for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. “Schools were notoriously neglected in the past and there is a lot of hope that these entrepreneurial organizations will be able to deliver a better education to the students in New Orleans.” SEE KATRINA - PAGE 3

By SONGHA LEE/Daily Titan Photo Editor

Far LEft - In his penis-suit on Halloween, Mathew Hart, junior international business major, hugs Andrew Le, sophomore business major, who has been advertising free hugs around campus for at least a week. Above - Dan Greenwald, a senior biology major, tries to use a cell phone with his gorilla costume hands in the Quad on Tuesday. Left - Enrique Rodriguez, an undeclared sophomore, dresses up as “El Chapulia Colorado” as he saunters into the Quad on Halloween. By DAVID OSBORNE/Daily Titan


Day of the Dead a Lively Celebration at CSUF By Vivian Valadez

For the Daily Titan

MEChA will be celebrating “Dia de los Muertos” on campus Thursday. The holiday, which translates to “The Day of the Dead,” is will be celebrated on the Titan Walk from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Altars and spiritual shrines will be crafted and created by family members or volunteers to honor the deceased. The first altar will be set up today in McCarthy Hall outside the MEChA office. This year the Titan Walk will host altars dedicated to Chicano political and civil rights activist Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales and Anthony Soltero, the 14-year-old who committed suicide on March 30, 2006, after the HR4437 immigration protests, among others. Soltero’s altar will have photographs of the May 1 demonstrations and protests that took place throughout the nation. The altars will contain pictures and things the honored dead liked, said Johnny Aguirre, vice chair of MEChA. “I think it’s a wonderful way to reinforce a culture’s celebration and a way for others to be exposed to our rich culture,” said Latin American studies minor Cecilia Chavez about the celebration on campus. MEChA Chair Armando Urquiza hopes students will take time to visit the altars and read the biographies. “We will be giving out pan dulce and champurrado for people to come and see,” he said. Yoga student Angelica Torres said she will be stopping by the Titan

Walk to enjoy the treats. “Champurrado is good, it is like a thick doughy hot chocolate with cinnamon,” explained Torres. Like Torres, many students around campus expressed interest towards this celebration. English major Jose Coria said he appreciates this holiday. “I will stop to look at the altars because a lot of time and effort is put into them. It shows you a facet of life that we often think is negative and scary. Death is everywhere and this day is here to remind us that we should embrace the inevitable,” he said. “This holiday goes back to our indigenous ancestry, which is a combination of Catholicism and indigenous traditional beliefs,” Aguirre said. The historical roots of this celebration date back to the pre-Hispanic cultures of the indigenous people of Meso-America. The Day of the Dead is a celebration that encompasses the Mexican Culture in Mexico and Latin American countries. Walter Santizo, chair of the History and Culture Tlatoani Committee, described four essential elements to draw the dead back on this day: “earth, wind, fire and copal.” Earth is presented through the crop. Supplying a favorite dish gives nourishment to the souls of the dead. Papier-mache is used to symbolize wind, candles represent fire and copal or incense is burned to commemorate pre-Columbian history. Santizo said this celebration begins Nov. 1 to honor the “angelitos,” or young angels. “It is like two days, on the first day is remembering the kids that

By CARLOS DELGADO/For the Daily Titan

DANCE - Performers in Long Beach take part in the “Baile de los Viejitos,” Dance of the Senior Citizens, during the Day of the Dead Festival Sunday at the Museum of Latin American Art. The Day of the Dead will be celebrated on campus by CSUF’s MEChA and the History and Culture Tlatoani Commitee. An altar will be set up outside McCarthy Hall on Wednesday and the celebration will occur Thursday at Titan Walk from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. died and the second day is for the adults,” he said. This year, the celebrations will take place in the Titan Walk as opposed to the Quad. Santizo said that because ASI elections fall on the same day, MEChA wanted the celebration to be in a place of its own so it was moved from its usual location. Tradition holds that the dead will

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return to these celebrations and feed from their favorite exquisite dishes and enjoy the papeir-mache designs, sugar skulls, music and other important items on their altars. “We might be doing face painting,” said Urquiza. People’s faces might be painted like skulls because the skull is glorified on this day and it is not some-



thing to be afraid of. “El Dia de Los Muertos is not like Halloween, it is a celebration of the dead, it is not a day of mourning and sadness,” Urquizza said. Celebrations will continue on campus on Nov.11 with A Day of the Dead Art Exhibit. The exhibit is scheduled to take place in the Visual Arts Center, room 125.

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Student jazz combos perform in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Shostakovich’s “Piano Trio in E minor� and Brahms’ “A Major Piano Quartet� will be performed during the “Ernest Salem, Violin and Friends� recital in the Meng Concert Hall. The performance begins at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $20, and advance tickets are $12 for senior citizens and full-time students with a valid CSUF ID.


Director Bongshin Ko leads student cellists in a recital beginning at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. General admission tickets are $10, and advance tickets are $5 for senior citizens and full-time students with a valid CSUF ID. Theater students present Tennessee Williams’ “Spring Storm� in the Hallberg Theatre. The performance begins at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $9, and advance tickets are $8 for senior citizens and fulltime students with a valid CSUF ID.


Faculty member David Grimes performs songs in his guitar recital at 8 p.m. in the Meng Concert Hall. General admission is $20. Advance purchase tickets for senior citizens and full-time students with a valid ID are $12.


Titans - Men’s Basketball head coach Bob Burton introduces his team and talks about the upcoming season during the Titans’ Sixth Annual Scrimmage Saturday at the Titan Gym. The Titans have to sideline senior Bobby Brown and juniors Curtis Battles, Scott Cutley and Frank Robinson due to NCAA rule violations during the past spring semester. Burton explains the difficult task of preparing two line-ups for the season, one with the suspended players and one without. Titans open at home on Nov. 10 against California Maritime Academy.


7:02 p.m. A 911 call was made by someone trying to retrieve an item they left in a locked room. The reporting party was told the room couldn’t be opened because the alarm was set.


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11:19 a.m. Campus police assisted with a disturbance call from McCarthy Hall. A woman began cursing and kicking the door when speaking with her professor about the results of an exam.


10:08 a.m. A suspicious person was loitering at the Performing Arts Center. The subject was described as a male in his 20s who was banging on a piano. The suspect appeared unkempt, didn’t have a book bag and was not believed to be a student of the university. A report was taken.


8:49 a.m. A traffic accident occurred by the Parking Structure adjacent to Nutwood and State Col-

lege. A man was hit by a vehicle, but did not require medical attention. A report was taken. 11:47 a.m. Campus police responded to a Langsdorf Hall call from a deaf woman who claimed she was being stalked by an 18-year-old male with a medium build clad in a white shirt and blazer and carrying a laptop. A report was taken. 1:47 p.m. A report was filed from the Arboretum, where vandals removed a door from the restroom, took a light out of its socket, yanked off an irrigation head and sliced a

pumpkin in half. 2:27 p.m. A student caught another student shoplifting a snack product from the food court and contacted authorities, wanting an officer to assist him in confronting him. The accused student was warned verbally and cited.


12:49 a.m. A potential burglary was reported from Lot E off State College. The call was disconnected before campus police could obtain a detailed description of the suspects.

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Inspiration Goes Full Circle for Pla Rape Prevention More Than Just Avoiding the Darkness “ By Michael Garcia

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By Nancy Mora

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BUSY BUSY - Esther Pla, a senior human services major, is president of the Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, vice president of Kappa Omicron Nu, a McNair Scholar, and also a college adviser at Whittier High School. As a McNair’s Scholar, Pla is required to have at least a 3.0 GPA. This program helps underrepresented students. As a part of the program, Pla is required to do an undergraduate research project. Her research project was about Hispanics and higher education. She is trying to find why the high school drop out rate is so high among Hispanics. The 22-year-old participated in the Student Leadership Institute here on campus. The institute consists of several different workshops that enhanced her leadership skills. She earned a certificate for a nonprofit leadership track. Pla is also involved in Human Service Student Association, which is her major’s club. The club helps its members by getting them to do various activities and projects that relate to their major. Christina Medina said that Pla is

a very helpful person, and a friend that she can turn to for help. “She is a sweetheart; Esther is very helpful in different ways. She is very active with our sorority, and she is a person that all of our sisters can go to and ask for help on anything we might need,” Medina said. Pla wants to attend graduate school once she graduates from CSUF in hopes of becoming a high school counselor. The mentorship aspect of the career is what draws her to the profession. Her high school counselor was an integral part of her education, and she encouraged Pla to further her education at a CSU school. Ultimately, her counselor helped her get into CSUF. As a result, Pla is currently helping high school students get into college by working as a college adviser at Whittier High School.

College Sex Isn’t for Everyone By Nancy Mora

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Fifty years ago, parents grew livid and worried as Elvis Presley, the king of rock ‘n’roll, swung his pelvis, sending young girls into frenzies. It didn’t take long for Playboy Magazine to emerge with erotic yet classic shots of the “It” girl Marilyn Monroe and other beauties gracing the covers of its legendary pages. The public has taken this to the next level, with text flirting and random hook-ups from MySpace. According to the 2005 sex survey conducted by Durex Condoms, people worldwide have sex for the first time at 17 years old on average. Of those surveyed, one-third say they were 16 or under when they first lost their virginity. But not everyone is letting loose and carelessly diving into bed for the orgasmic experience. “There are two ways people practice abstinence,” said health science Professor Jennifer Meloni. “By choice or by nature of circumstances.” Some may practice abstinence for spiritual reasons, waiting to find the “right” partner, or to prevent pregnancy, according to But to Okey Mwachie, a 17-yearold computer science major, abstinence is not a pleasing subject – his

face turns sour when approached with the word. “It [abstinence] just doesn’t make any sense,” Mwachie said. Waiting around for “Mr. or Ms. Right” may never come around, Mwachie explained, so all that wait was for nothing. “Sex is an animal drive,” said Enid Soriano, a 22-year-old grad student at CSUF. When Soriano gathers with friends, juicy stories of one-night stands or details of her sex life are never discussed because she has none to start with. Soriano has chosen to stay abstinent until marriage, a decision she made when younger due to religious reasons. “I haven’t been too religious – but it’s an ideal that I’ve still kept to this day,” Soriano said. Soriano, who has been in a relationship with her only boyfriend for 4 1/2 years, made the abstinence pact with him before they were even together. “It was a joke but at the same time, it was serious,” Soriano said. In high school, the two – then friends – promised to wait until marriage to lose their virginity. Neither had any romantic interests in each other and ironically her nowboyfriend was actually in love with someone else, said Soriano. Relationships and sex usually go

hand in hand, and pressure to engage in those activities is now more prevalent. “I don’t think it’s hard to do,” said Carolyn Carlas, 18, health science major. “Some people can’t do it because they think the relationship will die out.” However, if a person decides to practice abstinence while in a relationship, he or she must have support from his or her partner. Couples can engage in other activities that declare some love and affection other than sex such as talking and holding hands. Abstinence forces people to engage with each other on a more mutual level by opening them up and making them vulnerable to each other, Meloni said. Soriano does discuss sex with her boyfriend, stressing that it is not a “no-no” subject. “Developing emotional intimacy is a critical part of a young adult,” Meloni said. “Without having to do it physically is very healthy.” To Soriano, waiting to have sex until she’s married adds a new level to a relationship. “They’ve already gone past having sex, having kids, and building their lives together,” Soriano said. She said that being a virgin has turned more into a “stigma” because sex is such a big thing in today’s values where “obviously sex sells.”

Katrina: Reading Program Helps New Orleans

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Since the emergence of the Lake Forest Elementary Charter School, the goal for school administrators and faculty was to have a fully functioning school for the 2006-2007 school year. Faculty members worked around the clock in hopes that quality education would be available for the children that lived through the Katrina tragedy. “There are now 350 students enrolled at Lake Forest Elementary Charter School,” Early said. “Lake Forest opened in April with about 66 students for the fourth quarter. There are some schools in the New Orleans area still waiting to open. This is a result of building challenges. However, the city is ready to service all of our students. Everyone is working very hard to make sure all students receive a quality education.”

While administrators at the school are optimistic about the new site, which comes equipped with a few tables and chairs, students face a serious disadvantage because of the area’s lack of resources. While the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency work their way to rebuilding homes, hospitals and recovery centers, schools are low on the list of priorities. In essence, the schools in New Orleans are left to rebuild educational programs on their own. Lake Forest, which recently opened its doors to students in August, can only be successful if outside sources donate the funds and school supplies needed to make education a reality. “The city is still bankrupt and doesn’t have enough money to spend

on education,” said Carter-Wells. “That leaves Lake Forest in dire need of books and supplies. We encourage Cal State Fullerton students to make donations. Our goal is that each child at the school is able to take a book home with them to call their own.” So far the project has raised over $3,000, with a large part of the funds coming from Scholastic, a global children’s publishing, education and media company. Yet founders of the project say that amount raised to date is only a start to bringing a sense of normalcy into the lives of young students. “We just can’t forget the people and children of New Orleans,” said Carter-Wells. “These people are great warriors. Their own homes were destroyed yet they are working hard to rebuild a learning environment.”

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, every two minutes a woman is raped somewhere in America. Of those women, only about 10 percent report the crime. Brenda Titus, supervisor of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, CSP Inc., Sexual Assault Victim Services, said in an e-mail interview that women might not report the crime because they are afraid no one will believe them. Other women doubt themselves or are afraid that they will look bad, especially if the person who attacked them is someone known, like a boyfriend or friend. “Many go into shock or denial afterward. So they don’t think to report it to law enforcement right away,” Titus said. Victims think by staying quiet the incident will somehow go away, but according to Titus, it often continues to cause them emotional trauma. Victims experience an array of negative behaviors like doubt, fear, anxiety, trouble with relationships and depression. There are many 24-hour hotline numbers victims can call for help or advice. Sexual assault agencies like the one in Orange County and Project Sister in Pasadena supply numerous services such as crisis intervention in person or on the phone, accompaniment during forensic medical exams, shortterm counseling, support groups, self-defense classes, referrals and sometimes emergency financial assistance depending on the circumstances. Women can protect themselves from sexual assault in several ways.

Rape is about power and control. Women never ask to be raped.

Cal State Fullerton student Esther Pla wears many hats as she participates in different activities on and off campus. She is a sorority president, a McNair Scholar and a mentor. But while the senior human services major acts as an adviser to students at Whittier High School, there was a time when she first started at CSUF when she also needed a little help from a friend. When Pla first came to CSUF, she was not involved with any organizations. But her high school friend Carmen Renteria was involved with several school activities at CSUF, and Pla was inspired by the community service work Renteria was doing. Pla realized she needed to get involved with community service because it would enhance her chances to get accepted into graduate school. Since this realization, she has made a new network of friends from involvement with various CSUF organizations. “I feel a stronger tie to the school,” Pla said. Pla joined Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority and now serves as its president. Pla liked the sisterhood that came along with involvement in the sorority and has met fellow sisters all over the country while she has been a part of the sorority. “It has been a great networking experience,” Pla said. Pla is also the vice president of Kappa Omicron Nu, the honor society for kinesiology, human services and child and adolescent development. The society members are involved in community service as well. In mid-December they are going to collect several Care Bears, a brand of stuffed animals, and take them to the children’s hospital to give to sick children.

– Iris Cortes-Valle CSUF Crime Prevention Cpl.

CSUF Crime Prevention Cpl. Iris Cortes-Valle said having confidence and being prepared are some things women can do to avoid being a victim. Valle explains that having your keys ready and looking around as you’re walking to your car shows that you are alert and confident. “Rape is about power and control,” Cortes-Valle said. Cortes-Valle doesn’t agree with the idea that women are victims because of the certain way they dress or behave. “Women never ask to be raped,” Cortes-Valle said. Having some knowledge of selfdefense or ready tactics can help them decrease their chances of being victimized. Cortes-Valle teaches a class at Cal State Fullerton and also holds a rape prevention workshop every semester designed for women of all ages. She discusses statistics, stories and risk reductions strategies and physical techniques like how to make a fist. Years ago, one student took the course after she had been attacked and raped. Valles said that the student had seen the flyers to the workshop and had intended to go but never got around to it. After she was attacked, she regretted not going. Many students do not take any self-defense classes or even think that they may be victimized.

“During the day, I don’t think about it,” said Allison White, a junior health science major at Cal State Fullerton. “I start to feel tense but I shake the feeling out, like ‘No, I’m ok.’ ” Alyssa Rodd, a freshman math major at CSUF said she tries to stay in lit areas or in populated areas. Rodd also makes sure to let people, like her mom and friends, know where she is. Although avoiding vacant areas is an appropriate precaution, sometimes it doesn’t help. CortesValle said date-rape assaults happen more in public places such as bars, clubs or parties. Women should be aware of their bodies and how they let others treat them. “Touching is part of the coercion,” Cortes-Valle said. When someone puts their arm around you or they hold your waist and you do nothing about it, you are granting that person a liberty, she explained. “The suspect is looking to do that,” Cortes-Valle said. “In his mind, it’s an implied consent.” It is an implied consent that the suspect can take further, such as taking you outside or away from everyone else, which may lead to an unwanted assault. Besides having a pepper mace spray, a personal alarm can deter assaults. It is a small, black box that can be clipped onto the clothes or on a purse. If a person is being assaulted, he or she can pull the pin on the alarm to let out the loud siren noise that can scare the assailant away. “Most people say it’ll never happen to me,” Cortes-Valle said, “But it’s important that we’re aware of the red flags that indicate to us that we’re possible victims.”


November 1, 2006

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Whip Me

Beat Me

Fetishes range from the fairly typical to the truly bizarre, but can be healthy diversions, experts say by paul saiedi

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Please Me


nlookers stood outside the makeshift Pleasure Place tent at the 2006 West Hollywood gay pride celebration, deciding whether to venture inside. After having tickets torn by a tall muscular man blanketed with trundles of curling black hair and clothed only in leather briefs, they found themselves standing in front of a calendar of sexual demonstrations – 1 p.m. single tailing, 2 p.m. caning, 3 p.m. bondage for beginners. As a crowd of 100 sat in a smoldering makeshift tent, their eyes were focused on a juggernaut of a man clad in a pleather police uniform wielding an Indiana-Jones-style whip. The audience members were told to stand, turn around and keep their eyes closed. The sound of the whip could be heard whizzing as it sliced through the air effortlessly. Anticipation seemed to build as participants began to squirm and wiggle. The whip whizzed faster and faster before snapping. CRACK! Screams and yelps filled the hot air and laughter followed as onlookers again took their seats. “It’s the same feeling you get when you ride a roller coaster or sneak up behind someone and say, boo! That’s why we do it,” said Dungeon Master Mark. “Having a fetish is nothing to be scared of. In fact I bet most of you just enjoyed that.” A fetish, as defined by the American Psychological Association, is a sexual psychological disorder in which a person becomes fixated on an inanimate object. Love Line co-host Dr. Drew said that no one really knows why people are drawn to fetishes. “But one version I am convinced happens is when people experience terror as a child, those become intense sources of attraction,” he said. “It’s mostly males that have this. Being around mom’s feet or something and having an intense emotional experience somehow causes them to focus on it to keep them away

from painful experiences and closeness. And so it really takes [them] out of sexuality.” Drew defined a fetish as something you need to focus on in order to have sexual function; some people need a certain kind of person or action. “I think that most people are unfamiliar about what a fetish is, and for that matter what sadomasochism is all about,” said Jack Rinella, a blogger who writes on leather community issues. He is the author of multiple books on erotic practices, including bondage, discipline, domination, submission, sadism and masochism. “I think that what one person enjoys might be what another person finds vanilla,” Rinella said. “Think about a fetish like this. What does a Hot Tamale taste like? Some may find it scorches their tongue, others might think it sweet.” The most popular sexual fetishes today involve bondage, Rinella said. “People don’t think of using handcuffs in bed as participating in a fetish, but it is. People do everything from gentle massage play with wooden paddles to more painful play with needles.” “No one who theorizes about this thinks anything of it,” Drew said. “They don’t really know what exactly what it is. The common thinking is it is neurobiological thing – something about our wiring that is set up during our development.” “Fetishes in most cases are harmless,” said Kim Bailey, professor of sociology. “What students need to keep in perspective is that when we’re talking about fetishes we’re talking about typical and atypical behaviors.” Fetishes that range from the fairly harmless to the extreme; when they are practiced in private and consensually, most of the time they are relatively harmless, Bailey said. “When someone is fixated on an object that is a fetish, think about things like leather, rubber and shoes,” Bailey said. “When someone is fixated on a body part that person is said to have a paraphilia, an example might be foot fetishism.” Two fetishes are ball torture and altophilia. Ball torture involves men who are fixated on devices that can constrict and squeeze their testicles, causing discomfort and pain, while altocalciphilia is a fixation with high heels, often part of fantasies used by professional

dominatrices because of thier weapon-like nature, according to the online Deviants’ Dictionary. The majority of fetishes are practiced by men and commonly include men dressing or becoming aroused by touching or wearing women’s lingerie, Bailey said. “Women sometimes become scared upon hearing that their partner likes to maybe wear their panties, thinking that they are homosexuals,” she said. “That is just not the truth in most cases. Some men just enjoy it.” In many cases a fetish can enhance a relationship, as long as it practiced safely, Bailey said. Two more prevalent fetishes are rubber and leather fetishes, according to the Deviant’s Dictionary. Arousal for someone with a rubber fetish is linked to rubber items including clothing, gasmasks, boots and heavy industrial protective clothing. People with leather fetishes become aroused by leather items, preferably in black, such as the classic motorcycle jacket, trousers, chaps, shirts and various items of bondage wear such as harnesses. The problem with the word fetish is that it is not productive or effective when it comes to discussing sexual practices, said Michael Riskin, a former professor of psychology at Cal State Fullerton and practicing clinical sex therapist. “Fetishes should be thought of as variations, not as deviant practices,” Riskin said. “As long as everything is between two consenting adults, no one is going to the hospital and children are not involved, a variation can be good for a relationship.” In agreement with Riskin’s views on sexual variations, Carol Ellison, a clinical sex therapist in San Francisco, said, “Variations in sexual behavior can do wonders for someone’s sex life. Couples can be open and talk about things they want to try as a means to spice things up a bit.” Students should experiment as long as what they want to try is mutually consensual, Ellison said. “More than worrying about fetishes, if students want to call them that, they should be thinking about porn,” Ellison said. “Porn is an addiction for thousands of people.” “Bottom line, anything that effects your daily life in terms of having negative outcomes and work or in family relationships is something to become concerned about,” she said.

Find Your



Fastening of the genitals to prevent intercourse or even sometimes arousal, as in chastity games, usually achieved by piercing or suturing (sewing).


A specialized kind of bondage in which the whole body, including the head if some form of breathing tube is used, is wrapped tightly using materials like clingfilm (saran wrap) and gaffa tape, cloth or latex bandages until the bottom (the mummee) is completely immobilized. Holes are then sometimes made for access to genitals and other areas.

Water sports

The sexual enjoyment of urine is officially known as urolagnia, and sometimes referred to as golden showers. Fascination with urine is fairly common: it may be enjoyed for its own sake, but it can be part of a humiliation scene.


Is the attraction to a circumcised penis. Uncircumcised, uncut, men often have more sensitivity than those who have been cut, and of course have more foreskin to play with. There are also differences in masturbation techniques.


Is the scientific name for being aroused by excrement, also called scat.


Sexual arousal from seeing tears in the eyes of one’s partner. Source: Deviant’s Dictionary

Body Talk

‘Jamaican’ Me Hot Candlelit dinners, a sensual massage, whispers in the ear and naughty touches can sure build anybody’s libido to the maximum. But for me, Jamaican music does the trick. Whether it’s Sean Paul begging “Give It Up To Me,” Bob Marley singing about a “Soul Shakedown Party” or Tamya Stephens narrating a story on women’s rights, the melody always invokes a feeling in my stomach that goes beyond my belly button, forcing my hips to swivel and my eyes to close. My interest for Jamaica actually began during my elementary school years when the movie “Cool Runnings” made me laugh so hard that I fell off the couch. I even painted a Jamaican flag for a project about places around the world. I was young and naive; I didn’t know about love or sex or sexual desires for that matter. But now I am a grown woman who knows what love is, how sex feels and what sexual desires satisfy my inner cravings. I am Mexican myself, and while my culture has a tender way of declaring their love through smooth instruments and soft voices, Jamaicans add in that extra “umph” to really heighten the ambience. My music preferences change every week, from Spanish rancheras to psychobilly. Some music

BY NANCY MORA Daily Titan Staff Writer

makes me shake my booty and others make me cry but Jamaican music … ooh, Jamaican music. Yesterday as I was driving home from work, I found my Damian Marley CD tucked under a book. My aching back quickly relieved itself as my smile widened, anxious to hear Marley’s voice come out from my stereo. I could not fight the strong feelings rushing through my system. How is it that singing about a movement for the people can urge me to strip off my clothes and light up some candles? Too bad I was by myself but I couldn’t stop imagining how I wanted to be touched and where. At a red light, a car drove up next to me blasting Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack.” I rolled up my window to keep the distracting music from interfering with my moment of sensuality. I wasn’t touching myself, just so you understand, but the music turns me into a possessed soul, unable to bring myself back until the track stops; however, the possession is sparked again when a different song fills my car with drumming beats and Jamaican accents. Anyone can heighten my sexual urges with heart-spilling love letters or kisses on my lower back but put on some Jamaican music and you don’t even have to try.

Body Talk is a weekly column featuring a variety of writers discussing dating and sexual issues

Pink is Not Just For Women by angie el sherif

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Some may find it difficult to overlook the amount of young men that are wearing pink these days. After all, isn’t pink a girl’s color? This new trend, led by young men between the ages 15 and 25, is part of a trend called metrosexuality. According to an article called “It’s about time you met the metrosexual” by Anne Merritt, the term metrosexual was coined by a gay journalist named Mark Simpson in 1994. The prefix “metro” refers to city, which indicates that this man has a purely urban lifestyle. The suffix “sexual” comes from homosexual meaning that this man, although straight, has the aesthetic sense associated with gay men. Metrosexuality can be defined as an act of consumerism or a change in gender roles, among other things. Clothing companies have been manufacturing clothing to fit the needs of metreosexual consumers. The clothing store J. Crew, for example, sells pink dress shirts for men and other trendy attire. So why is it OK all of a sudden for guys to wear pink? “I guess it is because you see more people do it,” said CSUF student Okyung Moon, who was walking through campus sporting a pink polo shirt. Moon gets different reactions from people depending on where he is. On campus he says that he does not get a very positive reaction, but in his

hometown in Long Beach people will randomly stop him in the street and say “I like your shirt,” he said. He considers himself metrosexual and said that he feels it shows a good level of confidence. In Merritt’s article, Sarita Srivastara, a professor of sociology at Queens, asked the following question: Does a man represent a new type of masculinity just because he gets a monthly facial? “One’s gender role is just a performance, and metrosexuality is simply a new way of performing masculinity,” she said. She said she thinks that metrosexuality is not a revolution; it is just encouraging that there are more ways for men to be masculine. She explained the once-rigid gender boundaries are broadening and that our perception of gender roles is becoming less strict with each generation. We should acknowledge the fact that men can express their feminine sides and women can express their masculine sides. “In general, I view any movement away from narrowly defined gender roles as positive, so the notion of males taking on so called feminine characteristics or behaviors is a step toward the relaxing of a rigid societal mindset that makes judgments about what is and is not appropriate behavior for men and for women,” said sociology Professor, Kim Bailey. On the other hand she added that this emergent trend seems to invite even more stereotyping. “Our society is already overly concerned with looking young and attractive, so I view this perspective on metrosexuality as a negative,” she said. Marjorie Jolles, assistant professor for the Women’s Studies Program, said that men paying special attention to their appearance is common throughout history. A man participating in beautification is not anything new, she said. “Men’s beautification practices are determined according to whatever the aesthetic standards for men are at the time,” Jolles said. In the past, men’s fashions have ranged from “powdered wigs and ornate waistcoats to the sober grey flannel suit,” she said. Jolles suggested this new trend depends mostly on socioeconomic class. “Using high-end skincare products and getting regular manicures are part of the latest trend among men of certain socioeconomic class, ethnic-racial identity, sexual identity, regional identity and age,” she said. “The trend of certain men getting more frequent manicures does not weaken male privilege.”

November 1, 2006


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Informed Decision It’s no secret that voting rates are low, and that they are lower still during a non-presidential election season. But while some people may blame voter apathy on a lazy, indifferent and passive voting public, the finger should really be pointed at the structure of California state government itself and our often complicated, jargon-filled ballot measures. The truth is, Californians have a great deal of power when it comes to getting measures on ballots through direct democracy. But looking at the scope of many of these ballots – from allocating money through bond measures to amending our already hefty California constitution – do we really want voters to have that much power? Take Proposition 1C, the Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality and Port Security Bond Act of 2006, for example. According to a brief description on a sample ballot, the act would make safety improvements to state infrastructure. It also includes a provision that would improve anti-terrorism

security at shipping ports. And how much will the hit be on taxpayers’ wallets? $19.25 billion, that’s how much. Now, that may seem like a lot to the average Joe or Jane, but how much is that really in the grand scheme of California government? How does that compare to what we’ve spent on infrastructure before? How will this impact the environment? What studies have shown the environmental and economic impacts of such a bond measure? The fact of the matter is the average voter may not have access to all this information. And the truth of the matter is the average voter will not even seek out this additional information. While having direct democracy is empowering for voters, there are some things that we shouldn’t be making decisions on, and we should leave these things to informed people who we elect to represent us. Don’t get us wrong. Go out and vote. But make sure those votes are based on informed decisions. And if you’re not fully informed on a measure, don’t check the box.

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The Administration should never have walked away from the Kyoto Treaty. Global warming is real and it is here today. The facts aren’t the issue. The policy is the issue. I think the Administration’s policy on global warming is dead wrong. Ted Kulongoski

What About Global Warming?

There’s been a lot of conversation in a lot of arenas about global warming in the last few years. And, like nearly everything else in this country, the issue has become politicized. Global warming is a little like prayer in schools – a hotbutton issue that seems to rest more on a body’s other assumptions than on facts or studies. It’s well established that there’s a general warming trend across the globe. That’s something that has been documented and is difficult to dispute. It’s also well established that human industrial activity has significantly increased the concentration of so-called “greenhouse gases” like carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, these kinds of gases “absorb and emit heat,” and probably have some sort of warming effect in the atmosphere. However, the problem is that we don’t have any hard evidence that these gases are the sole – or even a significant – cause of the warning. First, we only have estimates of the actual amount of greenhouse gases present. Second, we can’t actually perform experiments – we don’t have another Earth and a few thousand years to tinker with the environment there. What scientists have done instead is create computer models to “experiment” in, creating mathe-

matical simulations of real-life weathBy Benjamin Weiner er. The problem with these is that Daily Titan Copy Editor our planet’s weather is so incredibly complex that these models simply On Monday, Britain issued a recan’t approximate it with any accuracy – if these models were ca- port warning that Earth faces an ecopable of doing so, we’d be able to nomic calamity on the scale of the predict weather with pinpoint ac- world wars and the Great Depression unless urgent action is taken towards curacy. A good example of this is the diffi- global warming. The Economics of Climate culty scientists are having in creating Change report says reasonable weather DEVIL’S ADVOCATE that environmental models for the tropand economic acics. tivities can coexist Global warming in the battle against should create more global warming. But rain, because warmer it also says that if no weather will evapoaction is taken, risrate more water. ing sea levels, heavier Generally speaking, floods and more inmodels of northern tense droughts could latitudes have agreed leave 200 million with what our mepeople displaced by teorological data has the middle of the said. century. However, these If you still think same models have Every week Joe Simmons and global warming is failed to make any Benjamin Weiner choose an not a problem then sense out of the data issue and flip a coin to see take notice. Our from the tropics, who is pro aand who is con. government and according to the We call it the “Devil’s Advomedia aren’t reportEPA. cate” ing the seriousness How is it that the of global warming models can be so right in the northern hemisphere, and the immediate need for action. but fail when it comes to the south- People tend to glance over issues that are important to the world and focus ern hemisphere? The only possible explanation on only those things that directly afis that the models are flawed, and fect us. Further anything that is not that until the science becomes more an imminent threat we tend to push precise, it’s irresponsible to say that to the side. This is in large part beglobal warming is a human-caused cause the U.S. government has chosen to look only at the present and issue.

our economy than the future and the environment. The U.S. is one of only two industrial countries, the other is Australia, that didn’t sign the Kyoto Protocol to reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases. The reasoning is that it would harm the U.S. economy and would cut U.S. jobs and harm developing nations. Our country is responsible for most of the emissions that cause global warming. We account for a quarter of all world emissions and yet we are not a member of the Kyoto Protocol. Our actions, or lack thereof, give developing nations such as India and China an excuse to stall getting involved in limiting their own emissions. Many countries are currently going through an industrial revolution and to be up to industrial power are going to create as much or more pollution than we have created. The time to act is now. Things are only going to rapidly get worse. This is our problem and we are not taking it seriously. This is not simply an issue we can leave for our children to figure out. It is our generation’s duty to standup and take action. No longer can we only worry about the almighty dollar. If we stand by and wait for the major effects of global warming to begin taking place, then it will already be too late. So let’s stop being reactive and start being proactive. This is a grave situation and we need to lead the world down the right road, but currently we are a roadblock.

Weiner’s Counterpoint: The main problem with the debate over global warming is simply the debate. These debates we are constantly drawing ourselves into are only delaying action and diverting attention. Let’s end the debate and move forward with a concrete plan. Not a slight reduction plan or a few hybrids here and there, but a radical overhaul of industry and thought. We need a strong movement with strong

leaders or there will be nothing left to debate because it will be too late. Though there may not be sufficient evidence to say that global warming is caused by humans, we don’t have time to figure it out if it is in fact our fault. It is proven that our rivers and lakes are polluted and smog hovers above our cities. So let’s clean up the world now so we don’t say “If only…” later.

Simmons Counterpoint: Industrial output is equal to economic power. The reason that the U.S. has not signed the Kyoto Protocol is because the amount of emissions it would force the country to cut would severely damage U.S. infrastructure and purchasing power. For the same reason, China and India won’t sign the agreement. It’s not fair to ask a country to destroy itself now or risk destruction in the future – especially at the hands of a poorly

understood phenomenon that may be more political hype than reality. Moreover, if we are going to reduce our own carbon dioxide output, then other large developing nations have to reduce theirs. The program won’t work if we just shift the greenhouse production to another country. Is it fair that those countries, long the subject of imperialist powers, should now be denied their chance to come into their own?

By Joe Simmons Daily Titan Copy Chief

Partial-Birth Abortion By Amanda Beckman Daily Titan Staff Writer

Medically known as dilation and extraction or intrauterine cranial decompression, partial-birth abortions are usually performed at five or more months of pregnancy. At this point, the unborn child is referred to as a fetus, which is widely accepted as being a baby rather than an inhuman clump of growing tissue – the common justification for early-term abortions. As you might guess by the term “intrauterine cranial decompression,” the purpose of a partial-birth abortion is to collapse the fetus’ skull so that it can be removed more eas- failed. The doctors and nurses rushed ily from the pregnant woman. Once to safely deliver the baby and then to the fetus is pulled halfway out of the get the mother’s heart working again. womb, a sharp scissor-like object is At one point, the hospital chaplain inserted into the fetus’ head. From was called because they thought she there a vacuum tube is inserted into was dead or very close to it. Shortly the halfway-born fetus’ head and its after, the doctors were able to get brain is removed so that the head her heart working again and she has will collapse and the abortionist can gone on to have another child and is now pregnant for the third time. fully remove the now-dead fetus. My point is, why preemptively Say it with me, yuck. It is important to understand that end your child’s life when yours is these abortions are typically per- at risk but doctors can do so much formed when the mother-to-be is at to save you during the pregnancy serious risk of dying or having a dis- and delivery? Had my friend’s sisability if she carries the baby to term. ter done this, the cutest little boy I know would not exHowever, it is even ist. Regardless of the more important to Once you abort a situation, you don’t understand that if baby, that is it, it’s know how things the procedure took are going to work place outside of the done and there is out and you could womb, the abortionno saving it or be ending a life unist could be charged bringing it back. necessarily. with murder. Once you abort In an abora baby, that is it, tion surveillance program, the National Center for it’s done and there is no saving it or Chronic Disease Prevention and bringing it back. Medical science is Health Promotion’s Division of Re- so advanced these days that I would productive Health found that there prefer to risk my life knowing that were a total of 854,122 legal induced there is a lot that a doctor can do to abortions in 2002. Of those, more save me without killing an innocent than half were performed at or be- child. If you think about it, the maternal fore eight weeks of pregnancy, 4.1 percent between 16 and 20 weeks instinct is probably one of the stronand 1.4 percent after 21 weeks – the gest instincts known to man. Many mothers will tell you that they would five-month mark. My faith may have a lot to do with give their life for their child. Why my stance against this procedure and should this be any different when abortions in general. However, my the child is in the womb? While I empathize with any faith in doctors and their medical ability also influences my decision. mother-to-be that encounters any You see, my best friend’s sister devel- difficulty during pregnancy, my conoped a rare heart condition during science cannot justify a procedure that is just an inch or two shy of her first pregnancy. During childbirth, her heart murder.


JUST THE FACTS Before 1970 - Most states enact laws in 19th century generally prohibiting abortions; movement to reform or repeal statues forms in 1950s, advances slowly through 1960s. 1970s - Abortion-reform movement gains in state legislatures, then wins consitutional ruling from U.S. Supreme Court; decision spawns “right-to-life” movement. 1980s - Presidents Reagan and Bush support anti-abortion initiatives; Supreme Court, in conservative shift, upholds some abortion regulations. 1990s - Supreme Court reaffirms Roe’s “essential holding,” with modification; President Clinton adopts abortion-rights stands on several issues. 2000 - Present - President Bush supports anti-abortion initiatives in Congress, conrolled by Republicans after midterm elections. SOURCE: CQ Researcher, Mar. 21, 2003


November 1, 2006


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By David Osborne/Daily Titan ALWAYS SMILING – With her work ethic Cal State Fullerton cross country runner Andrea Aguilar has the potential to become one of the program’s stars.


see potential to step up and become a big star in the Big West, especially with captains Valdez and Blanca Fernandez. “I definitely feel the need to step it up, especially because we will be losing our captains,” Aguilar said. In the Big West Conference Cross Country Championships, the women finished sixth, with Juliane Masciana leading the way, running the 6K in 23.21. Aguilar finished 29th among the other women runners and third

among the Titan women. “I feel I need to step it up to encourage the other girls to keep up with running,” Aguilar said. “Even if we weren’t losing them I would feel the need to step it up not only for myself but also for my team. I just want to do anything I can to make the most of our team.”

NCAA West Regional Championships – Cal

State Fullerton’s cross country teams will go to Portland, Oregon to compete in the NCAA West Regional Championships on Nov. 11.

By karl thunman/Daily Titan

MIXING IT UP - Cal State Fullerton’s Candice Byler gets tangled up with an opponent during one of their matches earlier in the season. The CSUF women’s soccer team finished with a 9-7-2 overall record and a third place finish with a 4-2-1 record in the Big West. The Titans will travel to play at George Allen Field at Long Beach State this Friday as the No. 3 seed in the Big West Conference tournament. They will face No. 2 seeded UC Santa Barbara at 11 a.m.

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Former ESPN baseball analyst Harold Reynolds sued the network for at least $5 million Tuesday, saying he was wrongly fired after a female intern complained about what he called a “brief and innocuous” hug. Reynolds joined the sports network in 1996 after a dozen seasons as a major leaguer and was fired July 24. According to his lawsuit, filed in New Britain Superior Court, ESPN terminated his new six-year, $6 million contract without specific reasons. “I have tried everything possible to handle this situation quietly behind the scenes,” Reynolds said in a statement released Tuesday. “After numerous conversations and multiple mediation discussions with ESPN executives it is clear that ESPN had no intention of solving this problem amicably.” Reynolds is seeking the money owed to him under the remainder of his contract, including interest and lost earnings. He is also asking the court for damages for lost future opportunities. ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said Tuesday that Reynolds’ allegations are without merit and the network stands by its decision to terminate his contract. “We have no further comment now that litigation has begun,” Krulewitz said. According to the lawsuit, ESPN terminated Reynolds’ contract “for cause,” but gave no further explanation or specific reasons. It also alleges that ESPN has refused to give Reynolds or state labor officials a copy of his personnel file. Reynolds played for the Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles and the California Angels.

The NBA Honors a Pioneer Associated Press Celtics legends Larry Bird and Bob Cousy were among several basketball luminaries who paid their respects Monday night to Red Auerbach, the NBA coach, executive and pioneer. John Thompson and his son, John III, who brought his whole Georgetown University team, also came to the funeral home to honor Auerbach, the Hall of Famer who guided the Celtics to 16 championships first as a coach and later as general manager. He died near his home in Washington at age 89 Saturday night. “The world thought he was tough and mean and gruff and all that and underneath he was really a pussycat, if you knew him well,” said Cousy, a Hall of Fame point guard who played for Auerbach. “He’d be mad at me if he knew I said that.” Auerbach’s nine titles as a coach came in the 1950s and 1960s, including eight in a row from 1959 to 66 and he was the architect of Celtics teams that won seven more championships in the 1970s and 1980s. Those whose lives were touched by Auerbach spoke about not just his success with the Celtics and his forward thinking, but also Auerbach the person. “When you take the Celtic job and you get a relationship with Red, you realize why he won,” current Boston coach Doc Rivers said. “No. 1, he taught family, but he taught it in an intense way, and he had great love and intensity for the game and toughness.” Auerbach was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., but he went to George Washington University, where the court is named in his honor, and lived in Washington. “I know our guys have a feel for his importance to our sport, to the game of basketball, and to this city as well as Boston,” said the younger coach Thompson, whose father played for Auerbach on the Celtics before coaching at Georgetown. There will be a private funeral in Falls Church, Va., on Tuesday.

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Appliances Art/Painting/Collectibles Books Computers/Software Electronics Furniture Garage/Yard Sales Health Products Miscellaneous Musical Instruments Office Equipment Pets Rentals Sports Equipment

Transportation 3600 3700 3800 3900

Auto Accessories/Repair Auto Insurance Miscellaneous Vehicles For sale/Rent

Travel 4000 4100 4200 4300

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Titan Freshman Runner Setting the Standard With a win against UC Davis tonight, CSUF will clinch a winning season BY SEAN MCCORMICK

Daily Titan Staff Writer


t was her senior year in high school when it all came together for Cal State Fullerton freshman cross country runner Andrea Aguilar. The moment was at the CIF track finals. First she eliminated the incumbent champion for the final spot in the finals. Then Aguilar turned on the burners in the last 800 meters of the championship race and pushed well ahead of the competition. She has been an emerging star ever since. The freshman said she has always been a determined person. “Andrea is a coach’s dream,” CSUF cross country head coach John Elders said. In her first season running at the collegiate level Aguilar has already put herself among the top five women on her team. “She is the type of person you want to be around. From an athlete’s standpoint her work ethic is awesome, she loves to run,” Elders said. She even finished first in her team in the team’s second meet this season in San Diego on a course known for its difficult hills. “I try to block out that factor of me being a freshman,” Aguilar said. “My goal is to be up there in the girls and a lot of the top girls in our conference are seniors and I want to challenge them.” Since joining the team out of high school Aguilar has trained hard to do just that. “I showed up to all the unofficial practices this summer,” Aguilar said. “Anytime the team got together I showed up.”

By Carlos Delgado/For the Daily Titan FULL SPEED – Titan freshman cross country runner Andrea Aguilar looks to finish her race for the Titans. “She has done everything right. I wish I had 10 of her,” said CSUF cross country Head Coach John Elders. “She is the model we want to mold everybody after as far as the type of work ethic and everything.” Elders said she is very durable and during the summer she trained at the same volume as top runner Luz Valdez, who is a fifth–year senior, running the same number of miles. “We have trained together and she motivates me,” Valdez said. “She gets off to faster starts and I see her in front of me. Just having someone up there really helps me because I run in

the back and then as the race goes on I pick it up. She is my support.” Aguilar attributes some of her success to training with Valdez and having Elders as her coach. Since high school she has picked up the pace running the 5K nearly a minute faster. For Aguilar, the season never really ends. In the offseason her run-

ning still dictates a lot of what she does. She said it’s the little things that count. The only postseason indulgence she said is eating fast food, but she still runs everyday and gets plenty of rest. Her favorite in-season snacks are peanut butter and banana sandwiches, which contain a lot of protein,

but she has a sweet spot for cookies, she said. The average day for Aguilar begins at 5 a.m. with running on her mind. By 6:45 her legs are in gear, setting a pace for the rest of her day. “She has done everything right. I wish I had 10 of her,” Elders said. “She is the model we want to mold everybody after as far as the type of

Tennis Wraps Up the Fall With Event Current players enjoy day and have fun with both the faculty and alumni BY ROBERT MORAN

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Cal State Fullerton tennis Head Coach Bill Reynolds said the emphasis of their annual faculty staff event was to have fun. Twenty-four people had gathered at the tennis courts last Friday to play doubles tennis with former and current players from CSUF’s women’s tennis team. “The girls enjoy seeing former players,” Reynolds said. The attendees also included some faculty and staff members as well as the CSUF baseball team’s former first baseman, Brett Pill. Pill stood on the sidelines and watched his fiancée and tennis alumni Chip Dunbar play. “I’m just here to support the tennis team,” Pill said. Six courts were used as the games began. Three courts in the upper half of the tennis courts and three in the bottom half. Reynolds said each of the games were not complete games because they only played until 21 points. He said as the players won they would move up the courts to the top court which was adjacent to Titan Field.

By David osborne/Daily Titan UP HIGH – Mai-Ly Tran is one of the leaders on the CSUF tennis team. Reynolds said the winner at the end would be picked because they had spent the most time at the top

courts. “I just pick them at random,” Reynolds said. “It’s not really of-

ficial.” Reynolds described the prizes the players would win, which included a Titan tennis T-shirt. The fun was interrupted momentarily when a fire drill went off at 3:14 p.m., but Reynolds said the alarm was not a distraction. Some of the players took it in stride. “Well it’s a little bit of a distraction, but you just have to learn to deal with it,” assistant coach Janet Le said. The playing continued through the fire alarm despite the fact that they could not control the alarm. “We have no control over what goes on around us,” said assistant coach Ruya Inalpulat. Some of the faculty continued playing even though they never made it to the top courts. English Professor Robert Angus laughed when he said that he was not doing that well. Angus said he was having fun despite not doing very well. He said that he started playing four years ago after recovering from some unspecified injuries. Angus said for him the event was about recreation, keeping in shape, and trying to improve as a player. “The girls are great,” Angus said. “They welcome [the staff and faculty]. It’s a great experience.” When the awards were passed out Angus received a warm-up suit. “I got this for being the star of the court,” Angus said with a smile.

work ethic and everything.” The mantra she said she has lived by is: Determination is the strength you need to succeed. “No matter how bad of a day I was having or how bad I felt I made it my goal each day to show up and be in front of the pack,” Aguilar said. “In high school I felt the pressure of coming in and being the captain. Now I feel like there is nothing expected of me and I feel free to just go out there and show everyone I can do this.” Aguilar said winning is more than just physical, but mental as well. “When we are in practice, coach always says to stay in the moment, and I try to stay focused. I try to feel light, I tell myself that I am light and I try to keep focus on good running form,” Aguilar said. She said she always has a problem in the middle of a race when she would have a mental collapse, slow down and lose focus. Now at the two-mile mark she reminds herself to stay strong and gives all her energy to the last 800 meters of the race. Aguilar has done her best this year to keep herself close to her fellow runners on the course, decreasing the women’s pack time. Four years ago when Aguilar was a freshman in high school at Mater Dei, in Santa Ana, she signed up for cross-country after indifferent dabbles in softball and gymnastics. Her older brothers Arthur and Gabe were successful high school wrestling champions – Gabe a twotime state qualifier and Arthur a CIF champion. “Growing up my brothers were always competitive and I tried to follow in their footsteps,” Aguilar said. “In high school I wanted to make my brothers proud.” Both Elders and Valdez said they SEE AGUILAR - PAGE 6

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