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Year of the Pig Starts With a Bang

Service Honors Teacher Award-winning Richard Wiseman died last year after a 10-year illness By Jennifer church

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By karl thunman/Daily Titan Photo Editor bang a gong - Performers from the Southern L.A. Korean Dancing School are showcased in a percussion exhibit on Saturday, The event celebrated the Chinese New Year, which begins Sunday, and drew over 100,000 people to the Pomona Fairplex.

By Sarah Gammill

Daily Titan Staff Writer news@dailytitan.com

Even though signs of rain loomed around the corner all weekend, more than 100,000 attendees began their Chinese New Year festivities a week early at the Pomona Fairplex. Also referred to as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, the 26th annual Asian-American expo kicked off its celebrations and festivities Saturday and Sunday. Although Feb. 18 is the official start of the Chinese New Year, it didn’t stop people from coming out and enjoying the attractions at one of the West Coast’s largest celebrations. “Oh, it’s always fun. We come here every year,” said Jane Ortenberg of Los Angeles. Falling on a new day each year,

this Chinese New Year will represent the year of the pig. Individuals born in this year are said to be honest and happy, but it seemed as though everyone at the expo was in high spirits. With over 800 different booths with products ranging from food to bonsai plants, supreme technology, and even to puppies, the expo offered attractions for all ethnicities. But some feel that not enough people outside of the Chinese culture are informed about the event. “I’d say that the people with Asian backgrounds probably have a reasonable understanding, but aside from that there doesn’t seem to be much awareness of the event,” said Jonathon Markley, a Chinese history professor at Cal Sate Fullerton. Ortenberg said she noticed the lack of ethnicities other than Chinese attending the expo. She said she wished more people would show their support for the culture.

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The expo comes together to try to help promote a better understanding of the different Asian cultures to people who may be unfamiliar with its traditions and festivities. There are more than 80 groups performing throughout the weekend, including musical guests, puppeteers, dances, and even martial arts. With the vast range of entertainment such as music, the gala also came with activities for attendants to participate in. Elephant rides seemed to be the popular attraction of the day, along with a game in which individuals see how many goldfish they can scoopup within a minute or so for a dollar.

By karl thunman/Daily Titan Photo Editor GRACEful - A performer from the Southern L.A. Korean Dancing School.

The expo, which encompassed four buildings, as well as much of the outdoors, was full of events and full of people from the very old to the young. There was one more big attraction at the expo – food. “Food, the food is always good,”

said Renata Ortenberg, also of Los Angeles. The event dedicated an entire building to food. ‘The Chinese New Year is a great time for family gatherings and eating lots ... especially fish,” Markley said.

CSUF Competes for MBA Cup By aleksandra Wojtalewicz Daily Titan Staff Writer news@dailytitan.com

Her throat tightened as she stood on stage in front of the judges. Being the only representative from Cal State Fullerton, Roudi Chen, a finance graduate student, presented her assigned real estate case confidently at the second annual Master’s Business Administration L.A. Cup held on Feb. 7 at USC. “I did a good job but I could have done better,” said Chen. “I will be more experienced next year so next time I will feel more confident.” Originally, Chen was supposed to present with her partner Rebecca Sou, but due to a family issue Sou had to go to China. “Roudi was remarkably strong and courageous as an individual

[competitor],” said MBA President Numair Pirzada. “The judges have high praise for her coming alone.” UC Irvine received the first place prize of $10,000 cash. Chen received a $1,000 prize and came in last place. The other colleges participating were Chapman University, USC and Pepperdine. Each team was allowed 20 minutes to present their recommendations to the judges, composed of industry leaders. Teams were chosen by each university from their own intra-collegiate competitions. The case presentation dealt with a real estate issue. Each team had to evaluate the company in question, outline alternatives for the company and recommend a strategy that the company could pursue.

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where’s simon? - Judges from the Master’s Business Administration assess the student participant’s presentations throughout the competition. “I think that Cal State Fullerton’s greatest lack was that it was Roudi’s first time and that the PowerPoint presentation had too many bullet points per slide,” said Pirzada. “Even the judges pointed [that we had too

many bullet points] out.” This was the first time CSUF participated in the event. The CSUF team was picked from the Master’s Business Administration Association on campus.

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For next years competition, Pirzada said he plans on having the teams work with professionals on mock interviews “to really train and prepare [the teams].” The MBA Association is in its third year of existence at CSUF. It is open to graduate students and membership is renewed every semester. Aside from participating in events such as the L.A. Cup, the club organizes activities such as tours of organizations like Pacific Insurance, invites guest speakers like Dr. Steven D’Arcy, professor at the University of Illinois, and Jeffrey Vernor, global risk assessment manager for Russell Investments, according to Pirzada. “MBA provides better access to the [business] market in terms of job opportunities,” said Pirzada. “We provide guidance and an opportunity for networking.”

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Cal State Fullerton faculty members and students said goodbye to Richard Wiseman, human communication studies professor, at a memorial service held Friday in the Titan Student Union. Wiseman died of complications from a liver ailment on Nov. 23 at Salem Hospital in Salem, Ore. “His enthusiasm and energy made other people feel good about themselves,” said Robert Gass, a professor of human communication studies and the service’s master of ceremonies. “We are all better people for knowing him.” The panel of speakers included Academic Affairs Vice President Ephraim Smith, Dean Rick Pullen of the college of communications and Kurt Kitselman, dean of human communication studies. “It was such a treat to hear him teach and interact with students,” Pullen said. “It was more than classroom learning. He was caring, sensitive and interested in his students.” Wiseman’s wife, Judi Sanders, son, Michael, 20, and twin daughters, Michele and Nicole, 17, also attended the service. Wiseman was genuinely interested in people, and not just because they were his students, Pullen said. Some of Wiseman’s former students said they spoke to honor their favorite professor. “The reason we valued him so much was because he valued us so much,” said alumna Ana-Marie Olaerts. Olaerts and her older sister both took classes with Wiseman. Irene Matz, assistant professor of human communication studies, said she used to tell her students not to leave CSUF without taking one of Wiseman’s classes. Wiseman received the university’s Outstanding Professor Award in 2004, an honor given to distinguished faculty members. He also received the CSU Wang Family Excellence Award in 2005. He earned more than 25 grants to support various research projects and also helped design the freeway sign of a silhouetted family running across a freeway. Wiseman had nine books published and wrote 58 journal articles or book chapters. As Sanders closed the ceremony, she used a metaphor that one of Wiseman’s students used to compare marriages in India and the U.S. The student said U.S. marriages are like big fires that die right away, while Indian marriages are small fires that stay alive forever. “Rich was a big fire kind of guy,” Sanders said during her speech, in which she read Robert Frost’s “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” Wiseman was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1997 and was told by doctors that he had five years to live. Wiseman waited eight years for a liver transplant. He was 54 years old.

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A Menu To Die For Inmate settles case for $120,000 Michael Walsh, a former inmate at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Providence, R.I. has dropped his abuse lawsuit against the state in exchange for a $120,000 settlement. According to Walsh’s attorney Kenneth A. Schreiber, the ex-convict was “forced to take [his own] fecal matter and put it in his mouth” on Valentine’s Day 2006 by prison guards. Our take: And you thought some of your co-workers had bad breath! Abuse dished out at the hands of prison guards has been an ongoing problem since the nightstick was invented. It’s a realistic conclusion that corrections officers must adapt to a brute level to effectively command respect from the inmates – we believe it takes a certain type of stern hard-ass to command order and obedience from convicts. Granted, there will always be bad apples that create controversy. This type of Joe Rogan-esque sadism is uncalled for, but not significant enough to use as a microcosm for all things prison abuse. Slap ‘em on the wrist.

Dad poisons kid’s soup in hopes of lawsuit William Allen Cunningham faces up to a five-year federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to communicating false claims; the 41-year-old Atlanta man laced the soup of his 18month-old daughter and 3-year-old son with substances such as hot peppers, lighter fluid, Prozac and Amitriptyline. He fed the children the soup in hopes of a lawsuit against the Campbell Soup Co. The children were hospitalized twice in January 2006. Our take: We’d like to see Norman Rockwell try and paint that one. It’s difficult to articulate just what kind of lowlife it takes to do a thing like this. The charge and potential sentence seems too lax to us – one could argue attempted murder considering the evidence. Who knows what long-term effects the kids will sustain as the result of dad’s special recipe. And if he is incarcerated, we wonder how the other inmates will welcome a guy that tried to poison his kin to get over on an American institution like Campbell’s.

Melissa Fitzgerald

Daily Titan Staff Writer opinion@dailytitan.com

Like many of my fellow classmates, I usually miss breakfast because of either poor time-management skills or sheer laziness. By the time noon rolls around, my blood sugar has dipped to a dangerously low level and signs of crankiness begin to emerge. As I rush to find something to take the edge off, I see a small crowd of people beginning to form outside of the Nutwood Cafe. I think of the delectable fried foods the cafe serves and visions of some poor professor having a coronary spring to mind. When I come closer, I realize that the crowd has formed, not because of a professor putting misguided trust into the nutritional value of a burger, but because free food is being given away. More surprising still, the food is not coming from an outreach program for starving students but from the Nutwood Cafe, promoting the organic fare they now serve. There is a veggie-loving man handing out sandwiches and he is saying something about how good organic food tastes. I’ll be the judge of that once I have my selection in hand. My organic turkey sandwich is bursting with fresh vegetables, meat and cheese. Mmmm, I grudgingly agree with the organic food pusher. My sandwich hit all the right tastebuds and the price was right. Students need more options on campus and adding organic to the menu seems like a step in the right direction. In the myriad of fast food and unhealthy snacks, it’s nice to easily pinpoint healthy food our bodies need and may actually appreciate. But before students forsake all

other food for organic selections at the Nutwood Cafe remember that not all organic food is good for the body. Just because something is organic does not mean that the item is completely free of the pitfalls of nonorganic food. Organic food can have high sugar, sodium, and fat content, as much as non-organic food. Organic foods can still be very fatty, especially where cheese is concerned. Just step into your favorite organic grocery store such as Henry’s or Trader Joe’s and you’re bound to find a variety of food that is good for you, but some that is not. I fondly remember the carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting from Trader Joe’s, all organic of course. The perfect midnight snack that melts in your mouth and gives you probably twice the recommended intake of sugar per day, but also the rush your sweet tooth craves. Organic food does tote some pretty nifty benefits. There is a restriction of hormones used on animals and also of pesticides used on produce. The Nutwood Cafe has taken notice of the emerging organic trend. Supermarkets such as Vons have launched their own organic products to keep nature freaks happy Vons’ cheese enchiladas are especially good, but I wouldn’t say they’re healthy – just look at the fat content. I’m advocating for CSUF to go green but also for awareness. Most students could probably use a veggie intervention to help wean them off their high-fat, calorie-leaden diets. But do not confuse organic products with low-calorie foods. No matter how much I wish organic ingredients would somehow magically change the calorie and fat count of my favorite foods, they can only do so much.

BY Jeff

Klima

A Creative Exit This probably isn’t the best Claus and offing yourself in the place to tell you this, but if you middle of an orphanage? want a sensible column tellBut remember, even the best ing you there are alternatives to laid plans may go terribly wrong. suicide, you shouldn’t read this. Take the case of Lupe Velez, the Recent events have me thinking Mexican actress of the 1920s. a lot about suicide lately. Not She wanted her death to be as so much about other people’s beautiful and poetic as she felt exodus from life, but rather my she deserved. So she decorated own. If I were going to com- her bedroom with roses and lace mit suicide, how would I do and candles and all those things it? I have a .44 that melodramagnum, so it matic actor wouldn’t be all Recent events have types find to be that hard for me thinking a lot about beautiful and me to decorate poetic. She then the wall of my suicide lately. Not so sat down to a fraternity house much about other peo- large, delicious with my innertraditional ple’s exodus from life, Mexican most thoughts, meal but somehow I but rather my own. – which she know I couldn’t washed down bring myself to with a bottle of do it. Not besleeping pills. cause I find some ideological or Climbing into bed to slip into moral issue with it, but because a beautifully poetic slumber she it’s boring. suddenly experienced a violent I can see how some people case of diarrhea, brought on by could say, “My life wasn’t in- the Mexican food. Running to teresting or meaningful, why use the restroom, she slipped should my death be any differ- and broke her neck on the edge ent?” What a crummy stance of the toilet bowl. A very memoto take when you so clearly are rable exit, but for all the wrong seeking the attention you weren’t (and messy) reasons. Sorry Lupe, paid in life. A snazzy suicide is but may overdramatic children exactly the remedy for any rea- and the unhappy elderly learn son you might have to pursue from your mistakes. suicide in the first place. Hangings, overdoses, poison“What is a snazzy suicide,” ings, slashed wrists, all seem like you ask? terrible ways to exit life when Why not drink a gallon of you have a choice about it. sulfuric acid while lying on an Think about it, this is your last attic trapdoor? That way, when choice on the planet, your last, grandpa goes to get his boring “Goodbye and fuck you.” antique coin collection out in Suicide is your last chance a couple of weeks, splash! Why to express yourself to the world not add a seasonal twist? How around you; hell, maybe your about dressing up like Santa only chance. Don’t screw it up.

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Gaming

The First Choice for Online Reality is ‘Second Life’ The virtual world plays host to real-time concerts and classroom lectures Josh Kurtz

The Triangle Drexel University

(U-WIRE) PHILADELPHIA - Imagine a technology that would allow people to market a product through a virtual world or to earn a living by accumulating virtual money. It’s not science fiction. Thanks to the emergence of new online worlds like Second Life, people are able to sell their ideas for real-world cash. In the program’s virtual world, referred to as the grid, a user chooses a character and name and then traverses through the world using the game’s interface. People can interact with one another as well with items in the world.

A Second Life workshop was held on the Drexel University campus Feb. 5 by Tim Siftar and Josh Roberts, reference librarians at the W. W. Hagerty Library, along with Jean-Claude Bradley, a professor of chemistry at Drexel. The tutorial dealt with the basics of Second Life and how it can be used in a variety of fields such as marketing, research and education. Siftar led the presentation during the workshop, which was held in order to bring attention to the concept of Second Life. Linden Lab, a company based in San Francisco, developed Second Life. The program currently has about 3.3 million accounts registered worldwide. At the time Siftar accessed Second Life during the interview, there were approximately 25,000 users logged onto the expansive program. In addition to social interactions, Roberts and Siftar mentioned that some people are making a living

through this virtual world. In some cases, Linden dollars, as Second Life’s money is called, can be exchanged for actual dollars. Additionally, intellectual property rights exist in Second Life, so an idea

can be marketed through the game. This is one feature that separates Second Life from similar online persistent-world programs. Of course, a virtual environment lends itself to other venues.

Social Games Promote Interaction Multiplayer games with innovative controls help bring games to everyone

games no longer rely on the traditional configuration of buttons and joysticks, they are remarkably accessible to new players. “My first time playing Wii Sports: Tennis, I beat one of the boys,” boasted Dreyfuss. “He was pissed.” By Bryan Sayler & Alex Warr Even veteran gamers like sophoThe Chronicle more Carmen Strather appreciate Duke University the dynamic multiplayer aspects of(U-WIRE) DURHAM, N.C. - fered by the Wii. “I like all of the Wii’s games beTypically the word “gamer” conjures images of some 20-year-old guy sit- cause they make gaming into a much ting in a dark basement, drinking more social event and attract more Mountain Dew, with his eyes fo- people,” Strather said. During the recent rush season, cused on the silhouette of a Japanese Strather’s selective living group even anime character. And although some gamers fill featured an event centered around this stereotype, recent trends seem to “Wii Sports: Bowling.” After decoratindicate that video ing the commons games are taking on room as a bowling a slightly different alley, the group tone and becoming It’s not like we just sit hosted over 40 increasingly social alone in our rooms ... people who bowled as they bring people on four TVs. together like they We’ll generally play The event was never had before. a few games, a crowd considered a huge “We kinda began gathers, and then we success by gamour friendship with ers and nongamers video games,” said all go to a party. Jill Kahane of her – Jessie Dreyfuss alike. “A lot of the relationship with Video Game Player people there who Jessie Dreyfuss, both otherwise wouldn’t Duke sophomores. have liked playThey met and bonded through their mutual inter- ing video games loved ‘Wii Sports: est in Super Nintendo games such as Bowling,’” Strather said. However, the Wii isn’t the only “Mortal Kombat.” The two cite the social aspects of system to offer new ways to play. RedOctane’s “Guitar Hero” series gaming as the reason for their shared for the PlayStation 2 comes comenthusiasm. “It’s not like we just sit alone in plete with life-size guitars used in our rooms,” Dreyfuss said. “We’ll lieu of controllers to simulate the exgenerally play a few games, a crowd perience of playing popular rock balgathers, and then we all go to a par- lads such as “Free Bird” and “Sweet Child of Mine.” ty.” A second guitar can be plugged Dreyfuss and Kahane aren’t alone. Everywhere, people are playing games together in increasingly social atmospheres – a trend that companies such as Nintendo are looking to build upon. In past years, Nintendo, long famous for multiplayer titles such as “Mario Party” and “Mario Kart,” seemed to be in serious financial trouble. Its profit margins were down and its market share was threatened by more graphically powerful systems like Microsoft’s XBox and Sony’s Playstation 2. But rather than taking these systems head on with a better graphics card or a faster processor, Nintendo decided to stake everything on a quirky little system with motion-sensitive controls and a strange name: the Wii. Now, a year later, it appears Nintendo’s gamble has paid off. The company recently posted record profits and beat its projections for the fiscal year’s income by the end of its third quarter. According to Enterbrain, an independent research firm, North American sales figures for the Wii exceeded those for the concurrently launched Sony PlayStation 3; 3.2 million Wiis sold compared to Sony’s 2 million units moved. A major reason for this success is the broad appeal of the Wii’s innovative control system. Titles such as “Wii Sports,” a collection of five sports minigames, allow players to stand up and swing the controller about as if they were actually holding a tennis racket, golf club or bowling ball. Since the

in to allow friends to team up. One player will play lead while the other accompanies on bass. As junior Andrew Tunnard put it, “As I’m sitting there shredding face-melting jams with my friends, it feels, for just that one fleeting in-

stant, like we’re real-life rock gods.” Regardless of what is being played, one thing is being made abundantly clear – The face of video gaming is changing. Gamers are coming out of their basements and playing in a new way – together.

A Harvard Law School class is held in an online recreation of a Harvard classroom. Roberts explained that aspects of Second Life could, among other things, be used as a product similar to WebCT, an online learning tool used by many Drexel professors. In this scenario, a virtual three-dimensional classroom equipped with handouts, readings and other assignments would replace the WebCT’s list of icons and links. There’s even entertainment options – musicians can stream performances into the world for a virtual, real-time concert. According to Siftar and Roberts, Drexel, as well as other colleges, is looking into how it can use Second Life. Prospective students could one day visit a virtual recreation of the Drexel campus. In this scenario, instead of traveling to Drexel, students could meet in Second Life to tour the school. Research experiments in fields

such as social science, communication and physics could also be conducted in the virtual world. Siftar explained that electricity was once considered a luxury, but is now commonplace. The Internet is increasingly going through a similar conversion into an entity that many people take for granted. One day soon, Siftar said he believes, Second Life or a similar program will begin to undergo the same transformation. “This doesn’t seem like a technology that’s going away,” Roberts said. Siftar, or Jack LaPointe, as his Second Life character is called, first got interested in the game through reading about it in education technology literature. Siftar admitted that there are alternatives to Second Life, but argued that this particular game has separated itself from the pack. “It’s all user-generated,” he said. “I don’t know of any game that gives that type of control.”


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CAMPUS CALENDAR COP BLOTTER: Middle Fingers, Small Trashcan Fire and 40 Gatorades TODAY Pub Monday Karaoke 12 to 1 p.m.: Free admission at the TSU Pub. TUESDAY Pub Tuesday Open MIC 12 to 1 p.m.: Free admission at the TSU Pub. Free Billiards Tuesday. 3 to 7 p.m. in TSU Underground. WEDNESDAY ASI Productions Concert 12 to 1 p.m.: Watch a band perform for free at the Becker Amphitheatre. Dollar Wednesday Bowling Nights. 6 to 10 p.m. at the TSU Underground. Men’s Basketball vs. Long Beach State. 7 to 9 p.m.: Students with current ID get in free at the Titan Gymnasium. THURSDAY ASI Productions Thursday Concert. 12 to 1 p.m. at the TSU Pub. Free “Glow” Bowling Thursdays 3 to 7 p.m. in TSU

FRIDAY EWP Orientation 1 to 2 p.m.: The University Testing Center and the University Board in Writing Proficiency invite students to attend a free workshop designed to help in preparation for the EWP. Last names beginning with the letters A through L, meet in MH-238. Last names beginning with the letters M through Z, meet in MH-264. No pre-registration necessary. Baseball vs. Arizona 7 to 10 p.m.: Students with current ID get in free at Goodwin Field. General admission is $7. SATURDAY Baseball vs. Arizona 6 to 9 p.m.: Students with current Identification get in free at Goodwin Field. Adult general admission is $7. SUNDAY Baseball vs. Arizona 1 to 3 p.m.: Students with current identification cards get in free at Goodwin Field. Adult general admission is $7.

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HEBRON, Ky. (AP) A warehouse worker has been accused of pilfering high-end lingerie worth nearly $15,000 after his ex-girlfriend snitched on him, a newspaper reported. Christopher L. Perry, 24, of Villa Hills, Ky., has not been seen since he was charged with one count of receiving stolen property, authorities said. He did not return to work and his phone has been disconnected. His estranged girlfriend, Elizabeth Gibbs, called police Jan. 31 to report that Perry was lifting lingerie from Advanced Distributions Services in Hebron, court records show.

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) About 40 tons of cow intestines and bones spilled onto a major highway after a truck driver became distracted by his digital music player and his semitrailer tipped over, officials said. Authorities closed parts of Interstate 43 for about two hours Thursday while the beef byproduct was cleaned up, said sheriff’s Sgt. Blaine Spicer. The accident happened in the town of Mosel when 25-year-old Ryan Engle’s truck veered off the road as he adjusted his MP3 player, Spicer said. The truck had to be towed from the scene.

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To report on-campus crimes please call 714-278-2515. For immediate emergencies call 911. Feb. 2 7:10 a.m. Suspicious Vehicle A suspicious vehicle was seen parked on campus in Lot A. The door was left open and it was unclear if the car had been burglarized. Feb. 3 3:51 a.m. Accident An injury resulting from a traffic accident occurred at North Campus Drive and Yorba Linda Boulevard. The driver is unknown. Feb. 4 4:18 a.m. Vehicle Break In A male broke into a white truck at the Spectrum parking structure on Deerpark Place. He left in a smaller unidentified truck. A woman was spotted in the male’s truck during the incident.

Feb. 5 1:10 a.m. Suspicious Person Yelling and glass breaking could be heard from the area of the Nutwood Parking Structure. No one was sighted. 2:07 a.m. Suspicious Person A six-foot-tall Hispanic male with tattoos and bleached blond hair was spotted driving around campus threatening to commit suicide by jumping off a tall building. 4:01 am Graffiti Graffiti was reported in the second stall wall in the Visual Arts’ men’s restroom. 10:35 p.m. Vandalism The Gatorade machine at McCarthy Hall was reported as if it had appeared to have been kicked. The front was damaged and about 30 to 40 drinks were piled on the floor.

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Feb. 7 9:46 a.m. Suspicious Person A female student parked in a space in Lot E someone else claimed was his. The other person kept driving around and flipping the female student off. The student stayed in her car thinking it might be vandalized if she went to class. 9:52 a.m. Suspicious Person A man driving a black Honda around Lot E threatened to scratch the vehicle of another student because he did not get a parking space. 7:25 p.m. Agency Assist Four males walked into the second floor of the weightroom located in the Kinesiology building and were allegedly rude to attendant and did not sign in or have proper identification.

Feb. 8 12:09 a.m. Suspicious Person A female driving in Lot S threatened to damage the vehicle of another woman after she had parked. 1:59 a.m. Fire A small fire was seen in a trash can in front of the Humanities Building. 4:38 a.m. Medical Aid Call A woman had an allergic reaction in Dan Black Hall 5:03 a.m. Suspicious Person A woman was smoking on the second floor patio of McCarthy Hall. She was asked to move, but refused because she had been smoking there for twenty years. 5:43 a.m. Suspicious Person A male was seen kicking in the bus stop on Dorothy Lane and State College Boulevard.


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SPORTS

Veteran Sports Writer Shares Insights at Speaking Event in Newport Beach BY JASON KORNFELD

Daily Titan Staff Writer sports@dailytitan.com

Two things Frank Deford hears a lot about the United States is we have the most beautiful women in the world and we have the best sports fans. While Con Brio players provided musical bliss, a crowd of around 150 gathered to gain wisdom and insight from Deford at the Newport Beach Public Library on Friday night. Deford is considered to be among the most versatile of American writers. Deford works as a senior contributing writer at Sports Illustrated, commentating every Wednesday on Morning Edition on National Public Radio, contributing as a regular correspondent on the HBO show Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, or writing one of his 15 books. Defords accolades also include: being elected to the Hall of Fame for the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters, six-time U.S. Sportswriter of the Year, twotime Magazine Writer of the Year by the Washington Journalism Review, and among others, an Emmy and a George Foster Peabody Award. Before his lecture, guests were provided with wine as Deford welcomed conversations about being a sportswriter, talking on NPR, or just about life. Many were in awe and pleasantly surprised by Deford’s warm heart and embracing personality. Deford’s quips kept the mood lively and there

was no shortcoming of smiles. the opportunity to reach people that As Deford started his lecture on aren’t necessarily sports fans. “Sports: The Hoopla and the Hy“Most sports journalists don’t get pocrisy,” he said: a chance to talk to America,” Deford “Sports is even more important said. “Sometimes people tell me then sex, certainly this is true of golf- they hear me naked because I’m on ers … I never liked golf.” so early.” Deford’s charismatic demeanor Deford recalled how he felt lucky had the crowd appeased as he told to get involved in sports at a time stories ranging from Elgin Baylor of where he said athletes and writthe Lakers cracking jokes at him to ers got along, a time where athletes how America perceives sports. weren’t all ego-driven. Deford spoke of the importance Deford also mentioned how the of athletes as they are heroes to many perception of women in sports is people, especially children. Deford changing. also talk“[The ed about term] h o w ‘Athletic academwomen’ I think I would drive my wife ics often w h e n crazy if I quit. As long as I’ve take a I was backseat growing got the talent and as long as to athletup was people want to hear me, I’ll ics. almost keep on writing. “We’re an oxystill the moron,” – Frank Deford o n l y Deford counsaid. Sports Illustrated Senior Contributing Writer try that One mixes up of the athletics m o r e and acatouchdemics,” ing moDeford said. “I’ve never found an ments for Deford came during the athletic director that can justify why World Cup in 1990. a tennis player can get a scholarship, He was in Cameroon where the but a piano player can’t … but that’s people were impoverished. sports.” Deford was watching the game in Deford feels that many parents a bar as Cameroon faced off against force their kids into sports, often too England. early in their childhood. As soon as Cameroon scored a Deford recalled how his daugh- goal, an overjoyed woman grabbed ter surprisingly told him at the age Deford and started dancing with of eight that he didn’t have to worry him. about paying for college because she Cameroon ended up losing the would get a scholarship for swim- game. ming. “You think Boston adores its Red Working for NPR, Deford spoke Sox? Sports can never matter to us as of how fortunate he has been to have much as it did to those people,” De-

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ford said. “I never understood the power of sport until that moment.” Deford has met many different athletes, and he grew close to NBA legend Bill Russell and tennis legend Arthur Ashe. One of his proudest moments was seeing Arthur Ashe break the color line while playing in South Africa. In reflecting on all the athletes he has met, Deford said: “The trouble with being a sportswriter is you get older and athletes stay the same age. Lebron James does not want to hang out with me.” After his lecture, Deford received an ovation as he departed to a table to autograph books for fans. Instead of merely signing the book quickly, Deford shook each persons hand and had a brief conversation with him. When reflecting on writing, Deford said that he enjoyed it. “It’s what I do well,” he said. “If you find something that you like and you do well … God it’s hard to give it up” Deford doesn’t know how long he will continue to write. His future plans include the release of another novel, possibly turning a previous novel into a motion picture, and writing a play. “Look at athletes when it’s time to retire, [and they] struggle. They don’t want to quit,” Deford said. “If someone would have made me quit writing at the age of 35 or 40, I would have been heartbroken.” For a man that has transcended sports writing, it is amazing that there are no plans of retirement in sight. “I think I would drive my wife crazy if I quit,” Deford said. “As long as I’ve got the talent and as long as people want to hear me, I’ll keep on writing.”

... And One! BY Jonathan Saavedra

A Sensitive Subject in Pro Sports This column began with me staring at a blinking cursor on a blank Microsoft Word screen for nearly an hour’s worth of contemplation. Should I write about John Amaechi, the former NBA player who recently opened up to the world and declared that he is gay? Homosexuality remains a sensitive, almost taboo topic for a lot of people today. So after nudging my mouse a few times to prevent my screensaver from interrupting my staring contest, I decided to climb out of my writing shell to go ahead and write about Amaechi. Was it a risk on his part? Yeah, of course it was. But would it have been more of a risk had he done it while he was still an active NBA player?

I think if an active athlete comes out publicly, it might allow other gay professional athletes to lift the daily mask they put on before stepping into the locker room. While one’s sexual preference really is no big deal, it is a part in the identity of a person. Having to hide part of who you are just to avoid potential whispers and glares isn’t how one should walk into work every day. Easier said than done, I’m sure. Professional suicide? It remains to be seen. Until that first guy takes that risk, gay athletes will just continue to play it safe.

Jonathan Saavedra’s columns appear every Monday. sports@dailytitan.com

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Underdog

Over/Under

at Detroit

-8.5

Clippers

188

at Utah

-8

Atlanta

194

at Denver

-10

Golden State

215


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