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Thursday February 8, 2007

The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton

Birth Control Change By Jennifer Church

Daily Titan Staff Writer news@dailytitan.com

By KARL THUNMAN/Daily Titan Photo Editor SATURDAY IN the pond - Chicago’s Jason Scheff and James Pankow party like it’s 1971 at Honda Center Saturday night. The Rock ledgends drew over 8,000 people to Front and Center, a CSUF sponsored event to raise money for the Presidential scholarship.

Chicago Headlines ‘Front and Center’ By Marina zarate

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Cal State Fullerton hosted the annual concert event, “Front and Center,” on Saturday to a crowd of 8,000 at the Honda Center. The concert is a scholarshipgenerating event for the President’s Scholars and for other stu-

dents at CSUF. Stefanie Light, University Advancement director of stewardship and events, said a preliminary estimate of total funds raised was just over $120,000. Musical group Chicago headlined the event. CSUF theatre and dance performers along with alumna Melanie Taylor, class of ’82, opened for the

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Grammy Award-winning band. According to Carrie Stewart, associate vice president for university advancement, “Front and Center” is a great way for CSUF to reach out to

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There were many layers to Michael Scott Cyran, the 43-year-old Fullerton man who fell to his death off of the Nutwood parking structure Jan. 26. A pair of Cyran’s longtime family friends said the man was a gentle soul whose medical conditions precipitated the man’s fatal fall. Cyran’s death was ruled a suicide by the Orange County Sheriff’s Coroner. “We don’t know if he jumped or if he fell,” said Tracy Gamache, a 25year-old Cal State Fullerton liberal studies graduate. Gamache, who knew Cyran for over five years, said she “felt it was pertinent for people to know that he had an illness; he was clinically diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.” Gamache’s sister Lisa Nelson, 47, said, “It’s not necessarily a suicide.” The woman said Cyran had a ten-

tickets at the club, plaza or terrace levels to watch the concert. Fewer than 1,000 attendees were seated on the floor in front of the stage and received dinner prior to the concert in a black tie affair. Gold or silver tables ranged in SEE CHICAGO - PAGE 2

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the Orange County community. “This event is important to the university perspective,” Stewart said. “We outreach to the local community and region to showcase what a great university CSUF is and what our school and students have to offer.” Attendees of the event had the option of purchasing a gold or silver table on the floor of the arena or

By Kilmeny Duchardt For the Daily Titan

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Photo Courtesy of tracy gamache happier times - Michael Scott Cyran, the Fullerton man who comitted suicide Jan. 26., had a love for the ocean, as he enjoyed surfing and fishing

dency to withdraw socially and pace around at times. CSUF police reports from Jan. 26 confirmed a man was pacing and shouting atop the structure. Nelson said Cyran was able to cope and function with his state of mind relatively well, as “he hadn’t suffered for three years – he wasn’t just some crazy guy.” Nelson said Cyran was an Army veteran who had served in Operation Desert Storm. She said he was on disability from Veterans Affairs at the time of his death. Gamache said he had previously worked as a surgeon’s assistant. The women said Cyran had a passion for the sea and his main hobbies were fishing and surfing. “He said he was close to God at the ocean,” Gamache said. “He was a man of God.” Gamache said more than 100 of

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Cyran’s friends and relatives congregated for his funeral on Feb. 3. The song “In the Arms of an Angel” was played in his honor. They recanted memories of their departed friend, most notably Cyran’s competitive playfulness when playing the “White Elephant” game at Christmas. Nelson said Cyran was a good man who never said an unkind word about anyone. “He’s a great guy – and he’ll be missed,” she said. “Mike was probably one of the most kind-hearted and genuine people,” Gamache said. “He had an infectious smile that could light up a room.” Due to an erroneous source, The Daily Titan reported Cyran’s name as Michael Scott Zyram in its Jan. 29 issue.

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In the recent past the Nutwood parking structure has played host to a number of security issues, including a suicide, auto theft, vandalism and an attempted kidnapping in November 2006. Some have suggested that installing security cameras in the parking structure could help reduce such crimes. Because of high costs and the size of the Nutwood parking structure, the idea does not seem feasible, according to Cal State Fullerton Police Chief Judi King. Cameras at the entrances and exits of the structure would allow police to catch license plates, according to Edward Lemoine, Fullerton police officer. “I don’t think you are going to prevent, but catch,” said Lemoine. The Nutwood parking structure design has the necessary wiring in place to permit the installation of cameras. The new campus police headquarters, due to open in fall 2008, will be complete with a video monitoring room to provide surveil-

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lance for future cameras within the campus and parking structures, according to King. “We are going to go that way eventually,” King said. “It is our hope that we can expand the system.” King said she anticipates these changes to occur incrementally within the next couple of years and believes this new system will assist in response and investigation. “The system is just going to be able to help us do our job better in apprehending crimes,” King said. King said she anticipates additional safety issues, even with the cameras. “By putting in cameras, there is an expectation of safety,” King said. Institutions, she said, have been held liable for this reason in the past when there has been failure to detect crime. The whole idea of cameras watching students seems weird for business major Payam Shahfari. “I would oppose it for speeding and fender benders, but for criminal reasons … yeah,” Shahfari said. SEE CAMERAS - PAGE 3

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Cal State Fullerton students may have fewer choices in birth control methods if the Food and Drug Administration decides to raise the standards on future guidelines for birth control pills. The FDA is currently working on improving standards for the pill, according to an Associated Press report, but is having trouble deciding on an acceptable failure rate. The report said that in the 1960s, the FDA only approved birth control pills that failed once per 100 women in a year. More recently, the FDA has approved pills that have twice the acceptable failure rate, with up to two pregnancies per 100 women in a year of use. Today’s birth control pills, referred to as “next generation” pills, contain lower doses of the hormones estrogen and progestin, which can cause side effects such as nausea, weight gain and spotting in high doses, said Faith Felix-Colburn, pharmacist of the Health Center. Felix-Colburn also said the new pills reduce the risks of suffering from blood clots and strokes. A concern with the newer versions of the pill is that the clinical studies involved women who do not represent the average American woman. The report said the women who were tested were “younger, skinnier and healthier” than most. That leaves out smokers, obese and older women. Felix-Colburn said that the most popular birth control prescriptions at the Health Center are “low dose” pills. Birth control methods such as the Nuva Ring, a plastic ring insert, as well as birth control pills Desogen and Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, are some of the low dose options. “The Nuva Ring is most popular because of its convenience,” FelixColburn said. It is a flexible ring worn in the vagina for three weeks. Desogen and Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo are called low dose pills because they contain 35 micrograms or less of estrogen, Felix-Colburn said. The Nuva Ring contains 15 micrograms of estrogen, which falls under the “very low dose” category. Felix-Colburn said that the dosage is enough for contraception, but the chances of spotting are higher. Cathy Baker, the center’s assistant director, said students see a clinician when they come into the center for birth control and decide on the best method after going through a questionnaire. Felix-Colburn said women are better off taking birth control pills, regardless of the failure rate. “Everything is only 99 percent effective against pregnancy. You are safer using birth control pills than not at all,” Felix-Colburn said. The center offers affordable birth control methods to students ranging from $3 to $17, Felix-Colburn said, but not for long. She said that state budget cuts will result in higher medication costs as early as next month.

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price from $5,000 to $10,000 for group seats. Individual tickets for the concert were priced from $20 to $90. The individual colleges and the Alumni Association hosted receptions for former CSUF students, where dessert was served and alumni mingled prior to the concert. Current students acted as ambassadors for the respective college receptions. At least 20 students volunterred for the endeavor. Erick Romero, student ambassador for the College of Engineering and Computer Science, volunteered for the event as a way to give back to CSUF for scholarships he has received. “I think this event is great because I obtain scholarships,” Romero said. “Getting scholarships helps me because I have to work less and I can spend more time studying.” Jack O’Connell, California state superintendent of public instruction, acted as master of ceremonies for the event. As an alumnus of CSUF, O’Connell joked about his time at the university and the pride his parents felt the first time he made the dean’s list. “I was the first in my family to at-

tend a university,” said O’Connell, in his speech. “I called my dad to tell him the first time I made the dean’s list and he told me to apologize and never do anything wrong again.” CSUF President Milton Gordon made a short speech about the success of the 12-year event and the advancements CSUF has made and will continue to make in the future as the fastest growing CSU. O’Connell and Gordon presented Rick Muth, president of ORCO Block Company, the honorary Orange County Titan Award for his contributions to education and his role as an advocate for the arts. Dance and theatre students parodied songs from the ‘50s through the ‘80s to honor O’Connell, Muth and CSUF. The event ran four-and-a-half hours and included two hours of Chicago’s performance. Chicago performed their most famous songs, including “If You Leave Me Now,” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” and “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” “I’ve worked on this event for 11 years and I am just thrilled with the success of “Front and Center,” Light said. “This year’s event had the highest turnout and as an alumna of CSUF, I have great Titan pride. Personally, I am very pleased.”

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CASPER, Wyo. - An owl electrocuted itself in an electrical substation, briefly knocking out power to almost 23,000 customers in south Casper. Margaret Oler, spokeswoman for Rocky Mountain Power, said the bird tripped the high-voltage line at 10:20 p.m. Sunday, shutting down that and three other substations. She called it the largest outage she’s seen in 25 years. “Our equipment operated exactly as it should have and did not allow the damage to go further,” Oler said.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Joan Martinek Barnes never imagined she would see her wallet again after she lost it at McKinley High School 60 years ago. But the red alligator grain wallet turned up Monday when a building engineer tracked down a broken hot water pipe. It was found on top of an air duct in a basement storage room that once housed girls’ lockers. Barnes, now 75 and living in San Antonio, said her wallet was lost when her coat was stolen during the winter of 1947-48.

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Summary: Apparently, those who work in offices have poor eating habits – wait, really? What surprised me is that while my Circadian rhythm is mid-dip, usually around 3 p.m., Robert Goulet could potentially come in and mess up my desk. The only thing that will keep him away, according to Emerald Nuts, is their product. Almonds are Goulet’s kryptonite. Who would have thought it? Why you should watch it: It’s just great to see Robert Goulet back in the general population again – his appearances on Mr. Belvedere seemed so long ago. Duration: :30 -Maggie Hauser

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NEWS

Super Bowl Ads: Bust Worse Than Bears

A profile in academia

Highest-ever pricetag for football commercials didn’t guarantee quality

time.” Beitdashtoo said, “I thought it was a bold move for Coke to use so much [computer graphics].” This prompted Billy Freid, president of the OC Ad Club to ask, “Should the spirit of ads be within By Shaelan Bowers reality or an escape from reality?” Daily Titan Staff Writer news@dailytitan.com Most of the panelists agreed that ads should be an escape but should Advertisers paid $2.5 million for also be sensitive to the current so30 seconds of airtime during Super cial issues. Bowl XLI. The next group of advertiseA panel of advertising experts ments was automotive. A General got together Tuesday night at Ga- Motors ad with a sad robot seemed tor’s sports bar in Irvine to discuss to draw the most attention. the advertisements that aired and “I was disappointed with the to determine whether the advertis- Chevy spots, [however] the GM ers really got their point across. spot had heart,” Lion said. There The panel consisted of four indi- were a lot of other commercials viduals each with a specific adver- that drew the attention of both tising knowledge. the panelists and attendees of the Henry Loevent, but the pez, a Westwood most controversial College student; was Snickers’ manMike Mittels- I didn’t like the kiss commercial. taedt, the art di- Snickers ad, but “I didn’t like the rector for Young Snickers ad, but I appreciated the Company; Kurt I appreciated the Lion, an account fact that it got my fact that it got my executive with an attention, attention,” Lion – Kurt Lion said. ad firm and Fiona Advertising Account Executive Beitdashtoo, an“It’s making other advertising people talk … I executive. think their money The panel diswas well spent,” cussed seven different categories Beitdashtoo said. of commercials: beverages, food, The most anticipated and by far automotive, financial, dot com, most popular advertisement was technology and miscellaneous. the Kevin Federline Nationwide First on the list were beverages. Insurance commercial. Some of the panelists felt the Bud“They were building up that Kweiser commercials were smart and Fed spot … I definitely wanted to inspired. “I definitely admired the watch it because I heard about it,” Budweiser and Bud Light cam- Beitdashtoo said. paigns,” Lopez said. “I liked the K-Fed spot,” Lion “I particularly liked the Bud said. Light wedding,” Mittelstaedt said. The general opinion was that the Others were not as impressed commercials this year were not as with Budweiser’s spots this year. good as in previous years. They also “The Bud spots were typical and agreed that there was little inspiraexpected,” Lion said. “ I thought tion during this year’s Super Bowl the Bud crab spot was a waste of advertisements.

Cameras: keeping an eye on the parking lot Heather Williams, the Associated Students Inc. student body president, said she believes cameras in the structure may reduce the amount of reckless driving. “If students want it and it makes them feel safer, then I’m all for it,” Williams said. “But there are a lot of other things I think students might rather have; like nicer seats.” Advertising major Jane Oh thinks surveillance cameras would benefit women who take evening classes. “You can go to the blue police pole, but by that time it’s too late,” Oh said. “I think it’s a great idea for

security. You never know what’s going to happen.” Psychology major Nina Hamer said she believes other campus issues, such as updating buildings, elevators and air conditioning, should take priority over surveillance camera installation. Lemoine said downtown Fullerton will begin installing security cameras because of bar fights and other crimes in the future. “If there were live feed cameras, that would certainly help,” Lemoine said. “Especially in today’s day and time.”

By KARL THUNMAN/Daily Titan Photo Editor Shadow studies - While waiting for her class to begin a Female studies in the Hall Tuesday morning. McCarthy Hall houses classes for math, physical science, humanities and English.

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opinion Titan Editorial

Providing insight, analysis and perspective since 1960

Scanning The Headlines

Black History Month Not a Solution By Carol Rojas

Daily Titan Staff opinion@dailytitan.com

In the midst of listening to speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and hearing stories about Rosa Parks, I find myself feeling a little torn. It’s February, a month we are urged to reflect on the history of blacks. While the concept of a month dedicated to the history of a group of marginalized people sounds like a good idea in theory, it is ultimately another way to guarantee that issues concerning those communities get left out of the other 11 months of the year. Don’t get me wrong, I think that it was a revolutionary concept when it was first introduced in 1926 as “Negro History Week” by Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Woodson, a Harvard scholar, fought to push black history into mainstream recognition. He chose February so that the

event would coincide with the Today, can we honestly say that birthdays of Frederick Douglas and we are at a point where the black Abraham Lincoln, two men he felt community is seen as an equal parmade a huge impact on the black ticipant in society? Are minoritiy population. issues at the forefront of mainBut then again, Woodson’s stream concern? I wish I could say struggle to introduce the month- they were. long commemoration of black Wake up people. It’s 2007 and history was prior to the civil rights in the 80 years since Black History movement. Month was first introIt was a duced we’ve failed to extime when tend the legacy that past Today, can we honracism was generations fought so at its most estly say that we are hard to integrate in the visible stage at a point where the first place. and segreMillions of civil rights black community is activists gation was fought long and the norm. seen as an equal par- hard to push for the It was a ticipant in society? equal treatment of blacks time when and we can’t even manblacks were age to make Afro-ethnic constantly studies classes a general dehumaneducation requirement. ized and oppressed by the domiWe are at a standstill, foolishly nant class to rationalize an assumed confident that prejudicial treatstatus of second-rate citizenry. ment of minorities no longer exAccording to History.com, ists. We assume that racism and Woodson “devoted his life to mak- discrimination are a thing of the ing the world see the Negro as a past. It’s something that we fleetparticipant rather than a lay figure ingly think about on the way to in history.” the beach when we get a day off of

Dad accused of using stun police discovered the hand durgun on baby ing an unrelated search of the Ryan Whittman, a 23-year- stripper’s apartment. old Oregon man, zapped his 18Our take: We haven’t seen a guy month-old son with a 100,000- try that hard to impress a girl since volt stun gun on at least 10 John Hinckley. We hope Rashed has occasions over the past three learned the common lesson – you weeks, according to police. The know, the one about not giving child has been some strange lap placed in prodancer stolen sevtective custody ered body parts The incident could so she can rat by the states. Our take: It’s have been worse... Jer- you out five years redundant to and you ry Springer-types like later vilify a guy who hit the AP wire takes a stun gun Whittman tradition- looking like a to his toddler – ally toss their young sick and twisted we think the in- into a dumpster. deviant who will cident could have probably lose his been worse, seeing medical license as trailer trash, as a result. Try Jerry Springerhundred dollar types like Whittman traditionally bills next time, doc. toss their young into a dumpster. Gambler Gives Birth on N.J. We can only hope they place the Casino Floor child somewhere far, far away from Nyree Thompson, a 32-yeardear old dad. old New Jersey woman gave birth Doctor gives stripper a hand to a 5-pound boy Saturday morn– literally ing while playing the penny slots Doctor Ahmed Rashed could at the Resorts Atlantic City careceive up to five years of proba- sino. Four casino security guards tion after he plead guilty to steal- assisted Thompson’s birthing of ing a human hand from a New baby Qualeem. Jersey medical school. Rashed Our take: Talk about hitting the gave the hand to a stripper in jackpot! Aside from the novelty, it 2002, who subsequently dis- is rather disconcerting that mom played it in a jar of formaldehyde would be hanging out in a smokein her apartment. New Jersey filled casino eight months in.

work or school because it was some civil rights leader’s birthday. We choose to ignore the struggles of the past and fail to see that the fight continues even today. The truth is that racism, however subtle or blatant, economic or social, still exists. If you disagree with me, why don’t you look up some Hurricane Katrina footage or for that matter tell me why only a year after the tragedy of the hurricane’s aftermath, it seems to be all but forgotten. Or maybe visit an inner-city school whose population is predominantly students of color and tell me that the school receives the same funding that a predominantly white suburban school does. The fact of the matter is that the struggle continues today. It’s alive in our communities, in our schools and in the economic condition of communities of color. We owe it to a movement that fought for us to continue to fight for ourselves. A month to reflect on the history of blacks is a good start, but we should be continuing the fight for equality the whole year long.


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opinion

Losing My Religion BY Dave

Bruemmer

God Doesn’t Care

n 1997, seven-year-old Sher- we don’t understand for not preisse Iverson was raped and venting the strangulation of a strangled in a casino restroom by child. Maybe God was respecteighteen-year-old Jeremy Stroh- ing the killer’s free will. Maybe meyer. It is sickening to imagine Satan did it, though in truth such a horrfic crime. Suppose the Bible credits God with a lot that YOU were there when this more killings than Satan. These happened. Suppose you had the are some of the explanations that power and opportunity to step people weakly offer when makin and save her— would you do ing excuses for God. It seems it? Most of us that God cares would have if more about they could have. His reason or We would make Maybe God has a Strohmeyer’s a moral decision. reason that we don’t free will than Actually there he does human was one witness, understand for not pain and sufDavid Cash. He preventing the stran- fering. God was Strohmeyer’s knew what gulation of a child. friend, observed would happen, what was taking and could have place, and left, stopped Strohtaking no acmeyer and Sation. Cash was reviled as being tan, or better yet He could chose evil and immoral. Since he had to never create them in the first the opportunity to help Sherrise, place. Why did God create evil yet did nothing, this made him (Is 45:7)? A world without evil something of an accomplice, would have been a great place to right? Speaking of accomplices, live. by some accounts there was anWe all know Cash was wrong other witness that evening that to look the other way, so why is also failed to help—God. it okay with you when God does Supposedly there is a God so? I think the attitude is, “I don’t whose nature includes being all understand why God does some good, so He would be opposed of the things he does, but as long to such an act, He knows ev- as I have my ticket to Heaven I erything, and had the power to guess I’ll just go along with the reach out and help. Yet He stood program.” You can’t let these by silently while this occurred? things be all right with you. You and I would have helped. Open your eyes and look Did she not pray hard enough around; it is clear that there is the night before? Was she not NOT a good God out there. If worthy of God’s protection? God did exist then He is cruel or After all, God does intervene! he doesn’t care. But since ChrisChristians give Him credit for tianity requires benevolence as everything from curing cancer to His characteristic by definition, helping their favorite team win. then the Christian God cannot Maybe God has a reason that and does not exist.

TITANS TALK BACK: Dave Bruemmer’s “Losing My Religion”

Online Responses: You say that “the fundamentalists who are intolerant to others who do not share their worldview, move me to action. There is a huge difference between a belief and a fact, and these people often confuse their beliefs with facts.” Is your definition of “intolerant” that I think I am right and the other person is wrong? You seem to hold firmly to your atheistic worldview, probably beyond a reasonable doubt, based on your interpretation of the scientific evidence, etc. I hold firmly to my Christian worldview, beyond a reasonable doubt, based on my understanding of the scientific evidence and historical evidence of the life and claims of Jesus. Why is it when I think I am right, I may be labeled intolerant, but that the very person who calls me intolerant thinks he’s correct in his worldview and that he’s right. Or, is your definition of “tolerant” that I should “respect everyone’s right to believe or not believe what they want, so long as they are not causing anyone harm?” By respect do you mean to treat everyone’s claims as objectively true, or just behave nicely toward them? The minimalist ethic of doing or believing what you want as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone assumes much. How do you know you are not hurting anyone by your atheistic belief? Perhaps you are doing great emotional and resultant physical harm to a relative or friend who fears for you and your eternal state if you don’t convert to Christianity, violating your own minimalist ethic. Tom Magnuson posted 1/29/07 What sin caused you to turn your heart from God and killed your faith? Was it the lust of the eyes? The lust of the flesh? Or was it the pride of life? Fred posted 1/29/07

A very reasonable op-ed, well thought out and articulated! More atheists need to come out and find the courage to be heard and to point out the hypocrisies they see in religion. Bjorn Echman posted 1/29/07 @ 8:27 PM EST Bravo, Bravo, Bravo! Perfectly and succinctly said. FVTHinker posted 1/29/07 Regarding “Losing My Religion 1/29.” I am member of Campus Crusade for Christ. I have read your opinion regarding Campus Crusade for Christ. I must say I very much respect your opinion on religion. I believe people should not impose their beliefs on others. I believe everyone should respect each others’ beliefs. However, I must disagree with your take on Campus Crusade for Christ. It seems to me you have a lack of research on our fellowship and instread wrote your article based on observation. Should that be true, it’s incredibly unfair of you to accuse us of threatening people to accept our beliefs. We are not about imposing our beliefs on others. We do not “prowl” around the campus telling people to join or they’ll “go to hell.” That’s not what we are about. We merely open the door and allow others to walk through of free choice. Should they choose not to walk through, we still accept them regardless of their beliefs. It’s their choice to convert or not. I would like to invite you to one of our meetings. Ontiveros at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Come see what we’re all about. Derek Opina As an atheist, I was excited to see the debut of the “Losing My Religion” column this semester. My enthusiasm turned to disappointment,

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however, as I read the work. The most grievous fault is the flood of contradictions, undermining any arguments present. In your introductory paragraph, you state that you care about religion because of “many fascinating elements, and it is...human history.” After this paragraph, however, your scholarly interest in theology has disappeared, to be replaced with “an obligation to take an...evangelistic approach to debunking...God.” I find it a tad crass to claim that you wish to proselytize, but that “fundamentalists who are intolerant to others...move me to action” and that you want “everyone respect each other’s right to believe...what they want.” There’s nothing morally abject about the desire to convert others; true belief almost demands it. However, it is cowardly to say that you’re going to try to debunk the most popular religion in America, but sugar-coat it by saying that you think they should be able to believe what they want IN THE SAME PARAGRAPH! Either be a crusader and an educator, or an observer—not both. The writing is also plagued with rampant irrelevance. The third paragraph, which outlines the dangers of a nonsecular society, ends with a random assault on the irony of a benevolent deity serving up eternal damnation. How does that follow? “Losing My Religion” could be a good column. It is a good idea. I just don’t want to see it disregarded because of the problems with its

execution. Dave, we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard in our claims, because logic and reason are the manna and faith of atheism. Why not use your voice to explain to people what we believe, and what’s beautiful about seeing the world this way? Brenton Haerr English major Regarding “Losing My Religion: 1/29.” After reading your article, I would like to commend you on your beliefs and standing up for your cause. As a six-year veteran of the Armed Forces, I am proud that people like yourself exercises their rights and adhere to the true practice of the Constitution. Lastly, I whole-heartedly agree in your passage, “Take religion out of history and you really miss its essence.” As a history major, you are absolutely right! Keep up the good work and if you ever need support, just know that I got your back! Keep in touch and stay strong. Victor M Velasco I read your article and I must say I was impressed. I’m not a devout anything, nor am I an atheist. I like to believe that there’s a higher power but like you said, there’s no fact and that’s something that’s stopped me from becoming part of any religion. Anyway, in your article, you were able to put a lot of my frusterated thoughts into an eloquent argument. Thank you. :D Shannon Higgins 1/31/07


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Make the Choice to Make a Change Area Codes: Not Just a Number Perhaps turning away makes it easier for us to continue on with our lives Daily Titan Staff Writer or perhaps it makes us feel less guilty. opinion@dailytitan.com The truth is, we live in a self-centered While thousands of children are and individualistic society—everybeing sold as sex slaves in Southeast thing is essentially, about ourselves. Asia and millions die from AIDS in Our high-tech gadgets and expenAfric—America is silent. As men, sive vacations overseas prove this to women and children in North Korea be true. Our compassion leaves us feeling die from starvation and malnutrition everyday; America is yet again—si- sorry for those less fortunate than us, lent. We have grown accustomed to but we rarely do something about it. doing absolutely nothing when bad We choose not to acknowledge realthings happen to others around the ity when reality screams out that our world. We ignore that our world is world needs help. Students may argue that we don’t messed up. There is no action, just acceptance. It’s as if we are incapable have enough resources to help ourselves much less other nations. But of making change. Our response to injustice and we spend billions on our military evil has become apathy and igno- and only a small percentage on aidrance. As long as suffering people ing countries with desperate needs. do not affect our personal lives, we Our resources may be limited, but are okay with the status quo. In- we can give so much more than we stead of taking action upon seeing think we can. Maybe our lack of acinjustice on humanity, we simply tion stems from wanting to be at the turn our eyes away from the truth. top: in society, in the world. Maybe Why do so many of us ignore some- we fear that helping other nations thing so real, happening right now?  too much will hurt us. But, being Grace J. Lee

a country with values that are supposed to enrich the lives of people, aren’t we being a little hypocritical? Minimum wage paying jobs and comfortable homes give us security, but so many live in fear of losing everything they have to people with power. Can we really stay so silent when people continue to live in poverty, be treated inhumanely or have no choice but to become prostitutes? We need to step away from our satisfactory, comfortable lives and take a good, hard look at reality. We may only care enough to briefly think about it during a class discussion, but if you care at all look beyond the bubble we have made for ourselves. The fact is, we can change the course of at least one person’s life. Anyone can make a change, a difference, as long as they care enough to take action. Whether it’s simply writing a letter to the government, voicing concerns about suffering children or sponsoring a family from a third world nation, just do something.

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Anyone who has lived in Southern California for more than a few months is most likely not only fully aware of the different area codes that surround them, but the stereotypes that go along with those area codes. As a northern Californian, who has been a card carrying member of the 949 for eight years, I have a unique perspective on these stereotypes and why they exist. It’s not because people make them up, I mean, what reason do I or anyone else have for simply stereotyping someone just because of where they live? It’s because, for the most part, they are true. Believe me, I don’t mean to pick on the 909ers but it’s just so damn easy. And let me first say that I also include the 951 because it takes more than just changing your area code to disassociate yourselves from the 909. Let’s start with appearance. I’m sure all of you are sitting here reading this in your flat-billed hats, white sunglasses, puka shell necklaces and black socks. You guys love to wear black, XXL t-shirts, and sag your Dickies shorts down to the ground. Your favorite brands to wear are Famous Stars and Straps, Fox, Skin, Alpine Stars, Metal Mulisha and anything dirt-bike related. And every outfit you pick out for yourselves on a daily basis is completely calculated. I mean, you wouldn’t want to wear the wrong shirt with the wrong pair of shorts, or risk forgetting your bandana. Moving on, anytime I meet someone from Riverside who says that they surf, I laugh at them. This is because a) you don’t surf and b) if you do, it’s twice a year and let’s be honest … you suck. But hey, you

have to love the way that board looks sitting in your room. Believe me I’ve seen you guys at the beach skimming and surfing in areas that you aren’t supposed to, wearing clothes over your wetsuit, more times than I can count. You might as well have a big neon sign over you flashing “909.” I have an idea, quit coming to our beaches and trying to fit in and we will stop coming to your area and trying to fit in. Oh wait, we have no reason to come out there. It’s in the middle of nowhere, hot and dirty. But I guess if you like to see mattresses lying next to the freeway, homemade basketball hoops and smell cow crap it’s the place to be.

But I’m going off on a tangent; let’s get back to the “Bro” lifestyle. The next most popular thing in the 909 is having a huge lifted truck, and usually in the back of that truck is a dirt bike. I guess this is to qualify the wannabe badass image you are all trying to portray. I mean, the clothing is almost forgivable but why the hell would you drive a huge truck that gets 8 miles per gallon when you are making minimum wage at Arby’s? It just doesn’t add up for me, and it’s stupid. I know, you all love picking up trends that were acceptable in the 949 five years ago, but I think it’s high time to ditch the monster trucks. You might get respect in the “Inland Empire” but anywhere else you are going to get laughed at. And while we are on the topic of trucks,

please take off the Famous Stars and Straps and Flesh Gear stickers you have on your back windows. It’s just another 909 calling card. Next are the tattoos. The great thing about 909ers and their tattoos is that they are all exactly the same. I guess someone forgot to tell them that the whole idea of getting a tattoo is to be unique. But they all seem to have either nautical stars or spider webs tattooed on each elbow. You can’t even walk into a bar without seeing 10 guys that got the same thing from the same artist. And get over the old English font tatted across the neckline. It’s just another ingredient in the recipe for the 909 badass kid who doesn’t take crap from anybody. So now that the image is complete, what’s the next step? It’s to get into a fight with anyone who looks at you the wrong way. You’re determined to live up to the reputation, and so insecure to begin with that it really doesn’t take a lot to set you guys off, like writing this little opinion piece. I have to admit my favorite thing about 909ers is that whenever they get confronted about being from the 909 they flatout deny it. I have friends there who do this on a daily basis; they are actually ashamed of being from the 909. My conclusion is that all of you have created your own shame spiral. If you would just quit denying where you are from, and trying to pretend you are something that you aren’t, you really wouldn’t get made fun of as much. Obviously not every single person that lives in the 909 fits the mold but can’t we all admit that these stereotypes aren’t just created out of nothing? There is truth in them, and I do have to give you guys credit for one thing … you’ve convinced all the kids in Arizona and Colorado that dressing like you and driving lifted trucks is cool. Congratulations.


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Making Molten Masterpieces Students work outdoors to create one-of-a kind art pieces introspect@dailytitan.com

Photos By Cameron Pemstein/Daily Titan Staff Photographer

Caution: hot - To achieve great glass pieces a good partnership is a must. Glass blowers tend to have an odd number of assistants – three, five and even seven people help make a piece. Solange Ledwith, left, chooses Kat Cahill, right, because they communicate well. In addition to glassblowing, CSUF offers a variety of art courses, some of which include papermaking, printing and etching, beginning crafts, animation, life drawing, sculpture, ceramics, computer animation and photography. Check out the new multimedia section of dailytitan.com for a video of CSUF glassblowing classes.

A list of emergency numbers, a line of roaring furnaces and signs which read “Caution: Hot” replace the usual student desks, dry erase boards and lecterns in Cal State Fullerton glassblowing classes. The warm, outdoor setting for the glassblowing class in the Visual Arts Department provides students with an artistic inspiration. “It’s the source of my creativity,” said Solange Ledwith, ateaching assistant to Professor John Leighton. Leighton, head of the glass program at CSUF, reminded his students that his beginner class has three primary goals: introduction to the equipment and safety precautions of using large machinery, the history of glassblowing, and an appreciation for the process of glassblowing. “It’s physically demanding and difficult,” Leighton said. The process of blowing glass can be set into a few steps, which include melting raw ingredients like sand and adding fluxes, which are components that will determine the kind of glass produced; reheating materi-

als when needed to shape the glass in what is known as the “Glory Hole;” and letting the glass cool to room temperature in the annealing oven. Although students can expect to blow objects such as cups, bowls and plates, glassblowing cannot be mastered in one semester. “It’s the subject of life-long study and there are thousands and thousands of techniques for taking mol-

Glass is one of the most prevalent materials in the world. Most of all modern buildings are made out of glass.

– John Leighton Visual Arts Professor

By Misa Nguyen

Daily Titan Staff Writer

ten glass and sculpting it or blowing it or casting it or in some way forming it into a useful or an artistic object,” Leighton said. Although many view glassblowing as an art form, Leighton said glass is used in modern day technology. “Glass is one of the most prevalent architectural materials in the world. Most of all modern buildings are made out of glass,” Leighton said. Although Leighton’s current students are just beginning to learn about the use glass may have in our lives, past students have pursued professions in glassblowing. “I have former students that are designers in factories, managers of other artist studios, teachers in uni-

versities. I even have former students who are making a good living selling their own work, now,” Leighton said. As part of the course, Leighton continues to gather numerous guest speakers for his students from the niche world of glassblowing. “It’s really important for students to hear some of the other opinions,” Leighton said. The most-remembered guest was Hiroshi Yamano, the most renowned glassblower in Japan who is the head of the glass program at Osaka University of Art. As a former student of Leighton, Yamano gave a great lecture and slideshow to students that were in the class years ago. Southern California has a range of glass artists. Part-time teacher and colleague of Leighton Joe Cariati is a well-respected local artist. With 30 years of glassblowing experience, Leighton said he aspires to make CSUF a nationally recognized glass program, reaching out to students beyond the closed surrounding of southern California. “We have wonderful weather here. We have a beautiful facility. I have the support of the administration and I don’t see why we can’t begin to attract students from all over the country, if not, other countries,” Leighton said. So as students are placed their hands in protective gloves and ladled molten glass to start their creative juices for the very first time, Leighton assured, “you’ll get your hands warm, not burnt!” “It’s a fun class, different from anything else I’ve ever done,” said Jeffrey Kociencki, geography major.


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Learning To Make Wearable Art Pieces

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From metal animals to fashionable rings, students make jewelry By Reza Allah-Bakhshi

Daily Titan Staff Writer introspect@dailytitan.com

Sawing away at square pieces of copper, the student becomes a machine and slowly a shape starts to form. Snout. Legs. A tail. By the end of the first lesson, there will be more than 20 copper dogs turned into the teacher. This is the art of jewelry making and Christina Smith, an assistant professor of art, has been collecting brass and copper dogs since 1980. Students who enroll in jewelry making can expect a hands-on experience right from the start. The class incorporates all the tools needed to learn the beginner skills of jewelry fabrication. Students learn how to saw, file, solder and drill through metal as well as set a stone and make a band ring. They use drill presses, sand blasters, hammers and work with torches to mold different kinds of metal. “This class offers the student a real tangible ability to use tools and express their own ideas through the utilization of materials,” said Matt Chase, an art major. “Whether it be brass, copper, silver or gold.” Students have to complete three projects that demonstrate the techniques they learned in class as well as show how creatively they execute those techniques. The first project is a self-portrait

Tiny Details - Thin, fragile blades are used to cut copper for jewelry pieces. Matt Chase uses precision cuts to make a dog for his jewelry class. aluminum broach, which will demonstrate the student’s knowledge of pin setting. For their second project they will create a silver sweat solder broach that mimics an animal or plant. The final project will be to make a ring set with a cabochon stone. “The students learn everything to do the basics,” said Smith. Smith’s goal for her students is for

them to demonstrate knowledge of the foundation of jewelry techniques and apply these techniques along with design fundamentals to create works of personal expression. She wants students to experiment with nontraditional materials and create pieces that can be worn as jewelry. “Usually, all of my students do very well with jewelry,” Smith said. “I haven’t really had any students

who haven’t done well because it’s a fun class.” For the most part, students who take the class are interested in just learning how to make jewelry, although a student can take it to fulfill a course requirement for their major. Smith also said that a lot of 3-D art students take jewelry to hone their skills. “I am a film major but I have al-

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ways been interested in jewelry and I want to learn how to use my creativity in other ways,” said Candace Miller, an RTVF major. Smith came to CSUF in 2001 to teach fulltime. She is completely involved with everything her students do, and demonstrates, in-person, every technique they will learn. She also teaches craft classes and, for the first time this year, began offering a

combo class of special studies jewelry making and metalsmithing – the technique of working with metal. So now students can learn the art of advanced jewelry making after completing the beginner’s course. “Through the dean, the chair and myself we are building a jewelry and metalsmithing program that is more inline with what is going on around the country,” Smith said.


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GAY PROS: AMAECHI OUT Amaechi also writes that while playing in Utah, coach Jerry Sloan used anti-gay innuendo to describe him. Sloan said Wednesday that although his relationship with Amaechi was “shaky” because of the player’s attitude, he didn’t know Amaechi was gay. Sloan had no comment about Amaechi’s contention that Sloan used anti-gay innuendo when referring to him. Amaechi said he found out about it in e-mails from friends in the Jazz front office. Asked if knowing Amaechi was gay would have mattered, Sloan said: “Oh yeah, it would have probably mattered. I don’t know exactly,

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but I always have peoples’ feelings at heart. People do what they want to do. I don’t have a problem with that.” Former NFL running back David Kopay came out in 1977; offensive lineman Roy Simmons and defensive lineman Esera Tuaolo came out more recently. Glenn Burke, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland A’s in the 1970s, and Billy Bean, a utility player in the 1980s and 1990s, also have come out. Each did so after retiring. Burke died of complications due to AIDS in 1995. He competed for Penn State, then played in 301 NBA games over five seasons. The 6-foot-10 center averaged 6.2 points and 2.6 rebounds.

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Wes Roemer is on two missions. One is to take the Titans back to the College World Series the other is to F.A.H. To remind himself of one of the missions, Roemer on the inside lid of his baseball cap wrote two words in big, bold letters: “FAH” and “DO WORK.” “I really can’t repeat what it says because the first word is kind of vulgar, but something all hitters,” Roemer, showing the words on his cap, said. “‘Do Work’ just kind of states it, go out and do your best.” Roemer, last year’s Collegiate Baseball’s Co-National Player of the year and Big West Conference pitcher of the year, uses the inscription to motivate himself – in return the Titans use Roemer to motivate themselves. It’s a formula CSUF could use all the way to Omaha. Titans Head Coach George Horton had been prepping fans for the worst in the month leading up to the season opener. But what Horton neglected to point out was that their team still had Roemer. And that could be enough to get

back to Omaha – it was enough, at least, last Friday to convincingly beat Stanford 11-5 in the season opener at Goodwin Field. Roemer, showing no effect of a broken pinky finger that sidelined him during the fall, displaying his trademark fastball, slider and fiery personality. “The guy is on the mound doing good, making our job a lot easier on the infield. We’re just sitting there and it just pumps us up,” said Titans second baseman Joel Weeks. “There is no holding back, there is no hesitation. He just goes right at them and takes charge of the mound.” Roemer wasn’t perfect but gave up five hits (four in the fifth) and only walked one on his way to eight strikeouts in six innings pitched. As he goes so do the Titans. It’s a lot of pressure to put on one player, let alone a pitcher, but if anyone has the make up to handle it’s the junior from Glendora.

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Off-Road Coming Out is Hard to Do In Most of Professional Sports Event is a Big Deal Even in the 21st century professional sports have few openly gay athletes

A 425-mile race in Parker Arizona is a prime meet for hungry enthusiasts BY SHAELAN BOWERS

Daily Titan Staff Writer sports@dailytitan.com

Each year hundreds of racers pile into their souped up Jeep Cherokees, Hummers, Baja Trucks and other off-road vehicles and head to Parker, Az. They competed in the Blue Water Hotel & Casino Parker 425, which took place in January. The 425-mile race both begins and ends at the Blue Water Casino in Parker but between the beginning and end points there is endless desert waiting to be conquered by all of the hungry racers. The terrain is hardly forgiving as the racers must fight through all of the rocks, sand and silt beads in order to get to the finish line, not to mention the intense head they must endure throughout. The well-known race always brings big name racers like Robby Gordon and the Terrible Herbst racing team, but there are always a large number of young racers eager to compete and show what they are made of. One of the racers Keith Marion and his Marion Racing Team plan to leave all the other racers in the dust this year. “Racing is a four-hour … adrenaline rush,” Keith Marion said. “You are driving as hard and as fast as you can [so] as to not crash or break your car, or let your competition beat you. Just finishing a race is hard enough, let alone winning it.” And winning will be quite a challenge this year if the amount of racers show up that have in previous years. “This is the first big race of the 2007 [season] … so there is usually a good turn out of all the top teams and drivers … there will be everything from trophy trucks, class one cars, to Jeep speed cars and so on,” Michael Marion, owner of Marion Racing said. There will be an incredible amount of competition for the Marion Racing Team this year but they plan to keep their eyes on the prize. “Our biggest competition out there will probably be the LaFortune team. They won the class championship last season … but we are going into the race with a good car so I’m excited to see what happens,” co-driver and navigator Toby Brooks said. “If we can get through the race without any major problems I think we can win.” Because of the rough terrain and the long distance even finishing the race is a challenge. Preparation is important and those who do not spend enough time getting their vehicles ready will undoubtedly find themselves broken down before the finish line. “The course is rough and it can beat up the cars pretty good,” Keith Marion said. There are many classes to compete in with many different types of vehicles, but the Marion Racing Team is keeping it relatively modest. “Our vehicle is a fully modified Jeep Cherokee [and] we race in the Jeep speed class,” Michael Marion said. “It’s a limited class which means [we] are limited on what [we] can do to improve the car … We aren’t one of the trophy truck teams with a multi-million dollar budget.” No matter what challenges they might face the Marion Racing Team is ready to face them head on and they hope to come away with a win. “Every race is always competitive. Whether you have two or twenty entries in your class, you always want to do better than whomever you are up against,” Michael Marion said. “That’s the nature of racing or any competition, to win!” For more information about the yearly event, spectators can visit the Best in the Desert racing association’s official Web Site at http://www.bitd. com/main/.

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Associated Press The small, exclusive club of openly gay professional male athletes has a new member. Former NBA center John Amaechi, who spent five seasons with four teams, on Wednesday became the first NBA player to publicly come out. His admission comes three years after his playing career ended, making him the sixth professional male athlete from one of the four major U.S. sports basketball, baseball, football, hockey to openly discuss his homosexuality. Amaechi details his life in his autobiography “Man in the Middle,”

which will be released Feb. 14. “He is coming out of the closet as a gay man,” Amaechi’s publicist Howard Bragman said. Martina Navratilova, perhaps the most famous openly gay athlete in the world, praised Amaechi’s decision and said it’s imperative for athletes to come out because of what she called an epidemic of suicides among young lesbians and gays. “It’s hugely important for the kids so they don’t feel alone in the world. We’re role models,” she said. “He will definitely help a lot of kids growing up to feel better about themselves.” Orlando’s Grant Hill, who said he didn’t know Amaechi when he was with the Magic, also applauded the decision to go public. “The fact that John has done this, maybe it will give others the comfort or confidence to come out as well, whether they are playing or retiring,” Hill said. NBA commissioner David Stern

said a player’s sexuality wasn’t important. “We have a very diverse league. The question at the NBA is always ‘Have you got game?’ That’s it, end of inquiry,” he said. LeBron James, however, said he didn’t think an openly gay person could survive in the league. “With teammates you have to be trustworthy, and if you’re gay and you’re not admitting that you are, then you are not trustworthy,” James said. “So that’s like the No. 1 thing as teammates we all trust each other. You’ve heard of the in-room, locker room code. What happens in the locker room stays in there. It’s a trust factor, honestly. A big trust factor.” Injured Philadelphia Sixers forward Shavlik Randolph acknowledged it’s a new situation. “As long as you don’t bring your gayness on me I’m fine,” Randolph said. “As far as business-wise, I’m sure I could play with him. But I think it

would create a little awkwardness in the locker room.” News that Amaechi had come out surprised some players. “For real? He’s gay for real?” said Philadelphia center Steven Hunter. “Nowadays it’s proven that people can live double lives. I watch a lot of TV, so I see a lot of sick perverted stuff about married men running around with gay guys and all types of foolishness.” Even so, Hunter said he would be fine with an openly gay teammate. “As long as he don’t make any advances toward me I’m fine with it,” he said. “As long as he came to play basketball like a man and conducted himself like a good person, I’d be fine with it.” Orlando’s Pat Garrity acknowledged reaction was bound to vary throughout the league. “They would have teammates that would accept them for being a good person and a good teammate, and

there would be people who would give him a hard time about it,” he said. “I think that’s true if you’re playing basketball or in an office job. That’s just how the world is right now.” In his book, Amaechi describes the challenge of being gay in a league where it’s assumed all players are heterosexual. He describes the blatant anti-gay language and attitudes he experienced in NBA locker rooms. “We’re all insensitive at times. There’s no taboo subject in the locker room,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who coached Amaechi in Orlando, where he said he had one of his strongest locker rooms. “I think if he would have come out they would have got on him jokingly. ... And I actually think that when guys do come out, when that day happens, it will make it easier.” SEE GAY PROS - PAGE 9


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Former Titan Closer Thrives on Jekyll and Hyde Demeanor Chad Cordero remains low key despite developing into an all-star talent BY ADAM LEVY

Daily Titan Executive Editor alevy@dailytitan.com

Washington Nationals relief ace Chad Cordero can be an all-around good guy. On a balmy Saturday morning two weekends ago, the former Titan resonated with charisma while socializing with fans and teammates at the annual Cal State Fullerton baseball alumni game. He signed autographs for the kids in the stands, joked with teammates and recounted stories with fans, all while sporting a wide smile shining out from under the shade of his trademark flat-brimmed cap But when the bullpen gate opens, it’s a different story. “Then he’s a different person – I don’t even know if he is a person!” CSUF assistant coach Jason Gill said. His dual personalities jokingly earned Cordero the nickname of “The Chief ” by former teammate Jon Smith, after the character in 1975’s “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Chief Bromden, played by Will Sampson, was a schizophrenic Native American who turned out to be silent but deadly – much like Cordero coming in for the final three outs. CSUF Head Coach George Horton characterized Cordero’s transition from calm and stoic on the bench to intense and nasty on the mound. “He’s a consummate team guy. Modest and unassuming, until you give him the ball and tell him to close out the ninth, ” he said. Horton said Cordero is humbly confident in the pressure cooker of protecting a late-inning lead.

By Lawrence Jackson/Associated Press JACKED UP – Former Cal State Fullerton pitcher and current Washington National closer Chad Cordero celebrates after closing out a game against Toronto. “He doesn’t do it with arrogance, but his personality changes,” Horton said. “As a coach, you want that balance of mild-mannered off the field and competitive on the field.” Cordero acknowledges that he can get emotional when he is on the mound, but that he tries not show it. “I keep it within myself. I try to stay as calm as I can out there, ” he

said. Whatever he is doing is working. Within a year of being drafted, the 25-year-old took over ninth-inning duties for the then-Montréal Expos in June of 2004 and hasn’t looked back since. Since inheriting the job, he has emerged as one of baseball’s best closers, as his 89 saves trump the totals of fellow all-star relievers Billy

Wagner, Brad Lidge and Fransisco Rodriguez. The well-traveled Titan has finished games on major league stages everywhere from South Florida to French Canada, and back to the OC – Cordero put away the Angels on consecutive nights during a 2005 Interleague series in Anaheim. Up the 57 Freeway at Goodwin Field, his 34 saves are still a CSUF

record. During Cordero’s 111 games as a Titan from 2001-2003, the team played in the College World Series two times. We knew he was going to be something special,” said former Titan teammate and current Cincinnati Reds minor leaguer Justin Turner. Former Titan Danny Dorn, also drafted by the Reds this past June, said: “It was awesome playing along-

side Cordero. Late in the game, he’s lights out in the majors just like he was here.” Cordero likes to stay connected locally. He still calls Southern California home in the off-season and said Heroes and the Slide Bar rank among his favorite local hotspots to frequent with his former Titan teammates. A kinesiology major, Cordero said that Professor Michelle Barr was his favorite instructor at the university. He added that one his off-field highlight from his CSUF days was attending the soccer games with his baseball teammates. “We don’t have a football team, so that was like our football,” he said. Horton praised the stopper for living up to his major league status both on and off the field. Cordero has focused his attention towards positive causes both here and abroad, lending his time and efforts to hurricane relief, blood drives and visiting with wounded veterans at Washington D.C.’s Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is also a regular supporter of his respective alma maters, Don Lugo High School and CSUF, locally. “The stardom he’s received hasn’t changed his status,” Horton said. “He still makes an effort to come out to the alumni games and make significant financial contributions to the program.” Cordero will soon be heading to Melbourne, Fla., for spring training to commence his fifth year of professional baseball. He will sign autographs, joke with teammates and talk to fans there much like he was doing at the alumni game here. And that’s because Chad Cordero is an all-around good guy – as long as he’s not pitching.

Chad Cordero

2006 MLB Stats: 3.19 ERA, 7-4 W-L, 29 saves and 69 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings pitched.


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