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Tuesday February 20, 2007
The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton
Titans Ignore ROTC
Friends of Jazz Have A Ball
Center Earns Award By Colleen Barrett
By Jenny Houser
Daily Titan Staff Writer
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Cal State Fullerton’s Army ROTC program held a recruiting event Thursday on the west side of the Engineering Center. Even with a flat screen TV, an Xbox system and music blaring out from the back of an H2 Hummer, many students ignored the invitation to talk to the ROTC recruiters. “A lot of people just walk by,” said Sgt. 1st Class Darrell Olson, a U.S. Army exhibit specialist. “Students are thinking this is like the Army. This is an opportunity to get a scholarship.” Olson, who travels to many universities with the Hummer, said it is common for students to avoid the display. Olson said he saw the same reaction from students at USC when he visited the campus Wednesday. “There is a misconception that you have to enlist,” said Sgt. 1st Class Arthur Garcia, an on-campus ROTC recruiter. “We approach a lot of students, but a lot of them are intimidated. Maybe it’s the uniform or maybe it’s the program itself.” Olson said it is common for universities to move the recruiting display to areas of the campus where there is a low-traffic of students. Olson said his recruitment team tried to move to the Quad, where there is more student traffic, but Titan Student Union workers would not give them permission to do so because another event was scheduled. Only two students approached the ROTC table within the first two hours. CSUF’s ROTC program has 82 cadets this semester, including 10 new cadets this year. Cadet Cameron Larsueo, 20, a political science major, joined the program his freshman year. After being part of the program for a yearand-a-half, Larsueo said it has taught him invaluable leadership skills. “When I signed the contract I was really nervous, but looking back it was worth it,” Larsueo said. After he graduates, Larsueo said he wants to go active duty and become a special forces officer in the Army. “You should follow your own path,” Larsueo said. “We want students to come to us so we can help them achieve their goals,” said Sgt. 1st Class Roberto Ruiz. “We have many options in life. It’s about choosing the right option.” The ROTC program gives cadets the opportunity for a full-tuition scholarship and federal benefits such as medical, dental and counseling services. “The biggest thing is the experience you will get that’s not being offered anywhere else,” Garcia said. “We take the roll of mentors and coaches. We are grooming these soldiers to take our positions so they can have their turn in the spotlight.” Cadets are required to participate for a minimum of two years in the ROTC program. During that time, cadets will take several leadership and teamwork courses, including hands-on training exercises.
live entertainment and dinner, CSUF swing band performer Sean Macaulay said he appreciates the mission of the Friends of Jazz. “[Friends of Jazz] is great, they’re the best,” said Macaulay, 23. “They promote an art form that’s hard to find these days, and they’re giving money to poor musicians like us.” Key said she agrees that jazz music is hard to come by, but he attributes its unpopularity to
The Center for Children Who Stutter, a program in partnership with Cal State Fullerton, recently won the statewide “Program of the Year” award from the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a speech-language pathology organization. The center, which began 12 years ago, will be honored March 9 at the association’s annual awards ceremony in Long Beach. “It’s kind of like the academy awards of the speech pathology field,” said Anne Delfosse, a representative of the association. The center, which is located on the first floor of College Park, was chosen for its innovative and highquality clinical service, along with its research activities and cutting-edge techniques. “Stuttering is a field that has a lot of ongoing research and we are always learning and utilizing the latest treatment methods,” Clinical Director Sherri Wolff said. In 1995, Glyndon and Jeanna Riley, along with human communication studies Professor Robert Emry and community leader Ira Zimmerman, opened the center with huge support from CSUF President Milton Gordon. “I’ve known a lot of people in my life who stutter. We wanted to help
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Just Playing - Members of the CSUF Swing Band perform during the 6th Annual Mardi Gras event, Sunday night, sponsored by Friends of Jazz. Proceeds of the event go to jazz education programs and scholarships.
The Annual Mardi Gras Ball brings fun and money to CSUF By April Valencia
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A dragon burst through the doors of the banquet hall, its mouth open, showing off rows of pointed teeth. Then came a team of jazz musicians followed by a dozen dancing women dressed in glittered gowns and feathered masks.
“Welcome to Mardi Gras!” they shouted. The sixth annual Mardi Gras Ball, sponsored by the Friends of Jazz, was held Sunday evening in Brea to help raise scholarship money for jazz students and jazz education programs at Cal State Fullerton and Fullerton College. Over 150 patrons came to participate in the Mardi Gras activities, which included a parade led by the Mardi Gras dragon, a New Orleansstyle dinner, a silent auction and live music performed by a CSUF swing band and the Dixieland Band. “We only have one major fund-
raiser, and this is it,” said Friends of Jazz President William Klinghoffer. The Friends of Jazz organization began in 2000 to preserve and promote jazz music and teach the facets of jazz to grade-school children and college students, Klinghoffer said. In past years, the Friends of Jazz has raised up to $25,000 in scholarships with each scholarship ranging between $250 and $5,000. “There are a lot of struggling students, and we like to give them a helping hand,” said Anne Key, chairwoman of the ball. “We’re very proud to be able to help them.” While some attended for the
CFA Still Might Strike By Yvonne Villarreal
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What was supposed to be a meeting to rally support for the California Faculty Association turned into a venue for professors to voice their frustrations over conditions they say the union is not addressing. The CFA held a meeting on Feb. 12 to update faculty on contract negotiations with the Cal State University association and to discuss the possibility of a strike vote. Over 50 faculty members attended the gathering held in the Student Academic Chambers where CFA Southern Associate Vice President David Bradfield and CFA Treasurer Kim Geron discussed the current state of negotiations. “Our goal is to get the best contract we possibly can for faculty,” Bradfield said. “Unity is key.” One attendee voiced anger over “grossly unfair” pay differences between colleges; something he felt the CFA wasn’t addressing in their negotiations. A CSUF lecturer of over 20 years voiced her outrage regarding
CFA’s supposed lack of representation for “temporary” faculty. Bradfield attempted to mediate the attendees. “We are doing everything we can because we represent all faculty. We are in this together. If they (CSU) divide us, it will be bad.” Others were unsure whether a two-day rolling strike—a job action CFA is proposing if their requests aren’t met—will be severe enough to get their point across. Instead, some attendees suggested an option for a permanent strike, that could affect student finals and influence whether students graduate in May. Bradfield and Geron also used the meeting to provide members and non-members with cards in which they could vote on whether to permit CFA Board of Directors to call a series of rolling two-day strikes throughout the 23 CSU campuses before the spring semester is over. A vote of “no” would indicate support of the latest offer from the Chancellor; a vote of “yes” would denote a willingness to fight for a contract more inclusive of the demands by the faculty union. The CSU remains hopeful that it won’t reach such extreme measures. “We’re not in patrol of how the CFA strike,” said Paul Browning, a CSU spokesman. “We’re hoping for
a positive outcome. We just entered the fact-finding stage; it’s premature to think of a strike.” Contract negotiations began over a year ago, with CFA wanting fair salaries, better benefits and an improved workload. Less than a month after both parties failed to agree upon a settlement, the fact-finding process—the final stage in contract negotiations—began Feb. 9. The 30-day phase requires a stateappointed third, neutral party to review evidence and issue a report with non-binding suggestions to a representative of the CSU and CFA on ways to settle the contract. If a resolution cannot be reached, the CSU can impose terms and conditions of employment similar to its “last, best offer.” At that point, faculty can legally engage in job actions, including a strike. The phase comes after a settlement could not be reached following the mediation stage in December. Among the issues being negotiated are parking fees. The CSU is proposing that by the end of the fouryear contract, faculty pay the same parking fee as students—a proposal not well received by faculty. Instead, they argue that student-parking fees should be lowered to what faculty currently pays.
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NATIONAL NEWS After Travel Delays JetBlue to Restore to Full Operation NEW YORK (AP) - JetBlue canceled almost a quarter of its flights on Monday but said it planned to restore full operations Tuesday, nearly a week after a snowstorm created a travel meltdown for the low-fare airline. The six-day siege of angry and disgruntled travelers at JetBlue’s terminal at Kennedy International Airport, its New York hub, appeared to ease Monday as service desks functioned more smoothly and customer calm prevailed despite the cancellation of 139 of 600 scheduled flights at 11 other airports. Last week’s snow and bitter cold froze equipment and grounded the company’s planes at Kennedy, stranding passengers inside for up to 10 1/2 hours. JetBlue, which prides itself on low fares and great customer service, said it waited too long to call for help in getting the passengers off the planes because it hoped the weather would let up and the flights would be able to proceed.
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Duration: 2:25 How we found it: Sent to us by Judith Kandel, Professor of Biological Science Summary: This video pokes fun of modern day computer newbie by illustrating how ridiculous first time users can be by using an ancient situation. The video is a skit from a Norwegian Broadcasting television show entitled Øystein & Meg. This video uses all subtitles because the dialogue is Norwegian. Although it takes a little effort to read the subtitles it is well worth the two minutes it takes to watch life at a medieval help-desk. -Jackie Kimmel
Deep Sea Fishing May Threaten Certain Species SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With declining catches close to shore, commercial fishing is turning to deeper waters, threatening species that live in the cold and gloom of the deep oceans, according to researchers. A panel at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science said Sunday that overfishing in deep waters is putting at risk the least sustainable of all fish stocks. “We’re not really fishing there. We’re mining there. We’re taking what appears to be a renewable resource and turning it into a nonrenewable one,” said Elliott Norse of the Marine Conservation Biology Institute in Bellevue, Wash.
Title: Nunchucks TitleDueling of Todays Video 2 Duration: 1:38 How we found it: On the YouTube Homepage Summary: As the title suggests this video is about a male and a female showing off their nunchuck skills to the “dueling banjos” song. The tempo rises and falls with the music and has a somewhat humorous ending. This video also has its own 20-second blooper reel. The bloopers are the funniest part due to the performer’s self-induced physical harm. -Jackie Kimmel
LOCAL NEWS Recent Storm Leaves Two Stranded in L.A. River LOS ANGELES (AP) - A storm that swept through Southern California on Monday stranded two people in the Los Angeles River while drenching roads and causing dozens of accidents. The heaviest downpour occurred in San Diego County, leading the National Weather Service to issue a small stream flood advisory for several hours. “The center of the storm made a beeline for San Diego,” said Steve Vanderburg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Diego County. “We haven’t seen anything this heavy this season.” By midday, many areas in San Diego County had received up to 1 1/2 inches, said Vanderburg.
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CAMPUS CALENDAR TUESDAY Moving Forward with Breast Cancer: Early Detection 12 to 1 p.m.: St. Jude presents a lecture on breast cancer awareness and early detection. The lecture will be held in College Park. Pub Tuesday Open Mic 12 to 1 p.m. at the Titan Student Union Pub. WEDNESDAY Women and Philanthropy Luncheon Speakers’ Series. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: The cost is $25 at the Alta Vista Country Club in Placentia. ASI Productions Concert 12 to 1 p.m. at the Becker Amphitheatre. Softball vs. Tennessee 6 to 8 p.m. at the Anderson Family Field. CSUF students with current identification receive free admission. Adult general admission is $7. Dollar Wednesday Bowling
Nights 6 to 10 p.m. at the Titan Student Union Underground. THURSDAY VITA Tax Workshop 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: The VITA Program offers free tax help for low-tomoderate income people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Learn how the VITA Program works at College Park. Men’s Basketball vs. UC Santa Barbara. 7 to 9 p.m. at the Titan Gymnasium. Free “Glow” Bowling Thursday 3 to 7 p.m. at the Titan Student Union Underground. FRIDAY Baseball vs. UCLA 7 to 10 p.m. at Goodwin Field. CSUF students with current identification receive free admission. Adult general admission is $7.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) The idea of a nap club at Indiana University South Bend started out as a joke. Then some people slept on it. Students Michael Duttlinger and Joe Spencer, president and vice president, respectively, point to studies that say napping can heighten creativity, boost memory and increase alertness. The Nap Club consists of a quiet room with the shades drawn, a few desks and chairs, and six mattresses, purchased through a small sum allotted to campus clubs.
LONDON (AP) Webbed feet run in Stumpy’s family, but he’s the first to have four of them. A rare mutation has left the eight-day-old duckling with two nearly full-sized legs behind the two he runs on. Nicky Janaway, a duck farmer in New Forest, Hampshire, 95 miles southwest of London, showed the duckling to reporters Saturday. “It was absolutely bizarre. I was thinking ‘he’s got too many legs’ and I kept counting ‘one, two, three, four,’” Janaway said.
February 20, 2007
Career Rush To center: Helping kids Be Held At TSU From page 1
By shaelan bowers For the Daily Titan
By Jazmine Graza/Staff Photographer
Saturday morning Timothy Kolacz watches as his 7-year-old son Nikolai works on the craft of the day: dying a handkerchief by extracting natural color dyes from plants and bugs.
Jazz: Raising Money From page 1 those who never give it a listen. “I know a lot of people say they don’t like jazz, but many of those people don’t even know what it is,” she said. “Many just don’t realize that jazz is a part of a lot of the music we listen to today.” Despite what others say, Klinghoffer said he still hopes to encourage others to continue spreading the message of the “original American music.” “We believe jazz is the fundamental music of our country,” said Klinghoffer, who said he feels the way jazz is played contributes to a sense of American togetherness. “It involves playing in a group, listening to each other and cooperation,” he said. “It’s a little different than just reading notes on a cardboard.”
CSUF Orchestra Director Kimo Furumoto said togetherness contributes to the American message of jazz, but also said the music takes individual talent as well. “Jazz is completely our American music,” said Furumoto, who attended the ball with his 8-year-old daughter. “Sure, it takes cooperation, but it also takes individual talent when a performer stands up to perform [a solo]. The cooperation and individualism, that’s very American,” Furumoto said. With each successive Mardi Gras event, Klinghoffer said he hopes the Friends of Jazz will expand to other communities. But for now, it remains an event exclusive to Fullerton, the organization’s home.
On Wednesday, starting at 10 a.m. in the Titan Student Union, Cal State Fullerton students will have the opportunity to jumpstart their career search by attending this year’s Career Rush. Over 40 industry professionals will be present as a resource for students and will conduct speed resume reviews and mock interviews to help students prepare for a career search. “There are three basic tools this event is organized around: resume writing; getting interviewing skills to where they can shine; and becoming more comfortable with networking,” said Jim Case, director of the career center and Career Rush organizer. There will be a wide variety of industries present at this event, including 20th Century Fox, The Al Punto Advertising Agency, Mercury Insurance and Wells Fargo. The entire list is available on the Career Rush Web site http://campusapps.fullerton.edu/career/student/careerrush. aspx. Students can also RSVP for the
event online. The first part of the event will offer resume techniques at 10 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., the first 200 students who pre-registered for the event will receive a ticket for a networking lunch where they can meet and greet with all of the professionals who will be in attendance. Lastly, at 12:30 p.m., the industry professionals will be conducting five to seven minute interview sessions. Resume writing and interviewing skills “are really critical … it can be a make-or-break kind of thing,” Case said. Over 300 students have already pre-registered for the event. Students who are interested in attending Career Rush should register as soon as possible. “We should be able to have 100 more students take advantage,” Case said. Students who will be attending are urged to bring 10 or more copies of their resumes, both for critiquing and for distributing. “There’s no fool-proof activity to substitute for an interview,” Case said.
children who stutter so they need not become adults who stutter,” Gordon said. The partnership allows the center to be housed in College Park free-of-charge. In return, the clinical director provides training and internships to communicative disorder graduate students. “I know that President Gordon thought this is exactly what a university should be doing – making partnerships between the university and the community,” Emry said. Full or partial scholarships are offered to over 80 percent of the children that visit the center. A sliding pay scale is used to ensure every child receives treatment regardless of the family’s financial situations. Along with fees for services, the non-profit center is funded by personal and corporate contributions and fundraising. The Riley’s, who helped establish the center with research grants, will also be honored at the award ceremony for their more than 60 years of stuttering research, training and clinical experience.
“It is just so hard for children whose parents can’t afford private therapy to get the specialized treatment they need for a stuttering disorder. It may seem like a simple disorder to treat, but it is really difficult,” Glyndon Riley said. The center offers personalized, one-on-one treatment to each child and involves the child’s families and teachers in the treatment process. The clinicians take into consideration every aspect of a child’s life and communication because every fluency disorder is different, Wolff said. The “Program of the Year” award is the highest honor in the state for a speech pathology program. Out of 10 of the association’s districts in California, the center was chosen as number one in its district. It was then sent to the state nominations committee and chosen above all other districts for the award. “We are so honored because we know the competition was stiff,” Jeanna Riley said. “It’s a dream for us because it means our message is getting out there.” Gordon said he is proud of the center’s work and remains close to all those involved with its conception and progress.
Mobile Medic Visits Brea Clinic stops by to serve Orange County residents without insurance By Raquel stratton
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A mobile clinic stops in Brea and Fullerton every other month to provide free medical care to those without health insurance.
“We are here to serve the least, the last, and the lost here in Orange County,” said Gladys Amavizca, director for the Orange County Rescue Mission’s New Life Mobile Medical Clinic, in an e-mail interview. The free mobile clinic will be at the Brea Community Center this Tuesday from 2 to 7 p.m. at 695 Madison Ave. On Feb. 27, the clinic will be at the Fullerton Armory from 6 to 8 p.m. at 400 S. Brookhurst St. According to the Orange County Rescue Mission’s Web site, the mis-
sion is a faith-based organization that provides services to help the homeless star a self-sufficient life. “I think that’s really great because some people are less fortunate and don’t have enough money to afford health insurance,” said Jasmine Scott, 18, business entrepreneurship major. According to Amavizca, The Orange County Rescue Mission mobile medical clinics became licensed in 2000. Amavizca said the homeless popu-
lation needs a wide range of medical services. According to the organization’s Web site, the clinic also provides consultation and assistance for future medical care and health education opportunities for preventive care and nutrition. Criminal justice and psychology major Salote Tupou, 18, said it is a great service for those who need help or cannot afford it. “It’s a less worry for people who are struggling,” Tupou said.
February 20, 2007
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Lately my mind has been running wild with the recent death of Anna Nicole Smith. As to whether or not she committed suicide, or died of “natural causes,” I am still wondering why? Why do the rich and famous commit suicide? Memories of the people who catapulted to fame, just to end it as quickly as they gained it have been circling around me for days. Is it a trend, being a celebrity and killing yourself ? It looks like it. I have struggled my whole life to earn money, feel accepted and find my place in this world, hoping that maybe one day someone might remember my name for more than a day. Then I see these celebrities kill themselves with all the things they have, and for what? Nothing. They end their lives hoping to bring themselves peace, but in death they are more sought after than in life. I wouldn’t want to be remembered for the controversy surrounding my death, or even the way I died. Most of them have the money that many of us struggle for, the respect that we try to gain and the possessions that we can only dream about, but they throw it away. Yes, they too have problems like the rest of us, but with their money and power I would think they could get the best care.
Yet, it’s like they take it all for granted by committing suicide, and at a relatively young age. Take journalist Anderson Cooper’s little brother, Carter, of the famously wealthy Vanderbilt family. He had the world at the tips of his fingers, but what did he do? He jumped off the 14th floor of the Vanderbilt’s New York penthouse at age 23 splattering himself on the ground for all to see. I don’t see why being rich and famous must mean that one must be doomed, and die the tragic celebrity death. I would love to have half the lives that some of these celebrities have, and they act like it’s nothing. Celebrities seems to be killing themselves at record pace. Kurt Cobain was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at age 27. Then Chris Farley died at age 33, by a drug overdose. Sid Viscous of the Sex Pistols was 21 when he died of a drug overdose. I can’t forget Marlon Brando’s daughter, Cheyenne either. She hung herself in her mother’s house at the age of 25. From ex NFL player to game show, they all prove to me that death and money are common in the world of “celebrity.” It has gone on year after year. It seems to be a trend that won’t end anytime soon. They were on top of the world and it was gone in a matter of hours and even seconds. I guess money can’t buy happiness after all, but why does it have to buy a ticket to an early death?
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BY Harmony Trevino
Rethinking Identity In a country where culture outsider. To my Anglo friends, I comes to die, it is hard to find was considered Mexican because one’s identity, let alone a com- I knew more words in Spanish munity to belong to. than they did and obviously, I No matter how much our was a much darker shade than culture emphasizes the individ- they were. ual and identity, there is still an I was stuck in the middle. essential human need to be conI longed to belong to a comnected to other people; to seek munity and to people I could identity within feel a conneca community. tion to, a comI am a third munity that generation MexI longed to find my would embrace ican-American. me regardI sometimes identity in a country less of my last hesitate to call whose values and cul- name and skin myself Ameri- ture I did not want to color. I longed can, but for to find my clarity purpos- make my own. identity in a es, I was born country whose in the United values and culStates and speak ture I did not no Spanish. want to make my own. I tried When my father was a child, to figure out why I couldn’t just living in Texas, he was ridiculed belong to the human race. and considered uneducated beThe idea of identity separates cause he did not speak English. us, eventually regrouping us, Determined to not let language creating some sort of conflict be a barrier for future opportu- with others who are different nities, my father quickly learned from us. But identity should be English. And to prevent any beyond the music, clothes or retype of harm toward my sister ligion. and I, he didn’t teach us SpanI am not saying to give up ish. At the time, he thought it those qualities that make you was best for us. unique, I am proud to be MexiI resented him for it for a can, and it’s what fuels the while. I didn’t understand why revolutionary in me. But we he was so ashamed of our cul- shouldn’t let identities become ture. But after hearing his story, building blocks for barriers. If I understood he was just protect- we could all push aside all that ing us from the prejudice that polarizes us and understand that still exists. Although speaking we are all humans, then a comEnglish did help me fit in with mon community could be crethe Anglo community, it left me ated. We could all identify with exiled from my own roots. each other not because we speak I was the “white girl” (used the same language and have as a derogatory phrase) to other similar pasts, but because we all Mexicans and considered an breathe the same air.
Rich and Famous Killing Themselves Despite Success Harmony in Conflict
February 20, 2007
All Bets Are Off in the Lot: Does Polite Parking Etiquette Matter? By Sarah Gammill
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I know how to act in front of my parents and at dinner, but who laid down the rules for parking? I maintain a level of civility while driving, but when entering Cal State Fullerton, I let it all go to hell. Any rules I ever learned about parking, along with road manners, are thrown out. As I roam down the aisle’s searching for a spot, I become an enemy to the other cars, as I am met with the meanest stares imaginable. Why? I am just looking to park like everyone else, no rude stares necessary. Yet, my mind runs wild as a search for a spot; looking at the ones
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I could fit in but are taken up by a car that thinks they own two spots. What nerve! I wish they gave tickets for that, because it seems like a crime; and I won’t even get started on the tiny cars and smirking carpool drivers. Doesn’t anyone know how to park, or care that someone else could have parked next to him or her? They must not have gone through parking etiquette, that says: Be considerate to other drivers. When I do find a spot and begin to signal, which feels like I won an award, I become invisible. My blinker means I found a spot, me. Yet, as the car pulls out, the person passing me thinks I put my blinker on to let them know where to go. I wave my arms, but it does no good. The worst is when I find a spot, and the person in front of me begins
to reverse into me to take it, forcing me to move or get hit. Rude! Even when I am waiting to turn an aisle, not one car can let me through, because they want to get in front of me even though I was there first. When I finally get down the aisle I stalk my prey in the parking lot, and every so often after waiting on the student till they reach their spot, it shows itself. You know what I am talking about, the dreaded hand wave. The hand wave along with the smile that says: I’m not leaving. Don’t smile at me, is all I can think, and that is usually my last straw. Why couldn’t they have let me know before I started following them and lost out on other spots! No thoughtfulness is shown by anyone. Why can’t there magically be a parking spot waiting for me when I get to school?
But I can’t only be upset with the parking lots because the streets have problems too. The problem arises when there are either no spots – surprise – or when the spots available are taken up by the car that could have just scooted up an inch or two! Who says just because there’s room to park, you can take up all the room so no one else can fit? It never fails, I drive out to the street hoping for salvation and find it, a spot I can fit into, or at least I think. After I begin to position myself in for the dreaded park, I get halfway in and realize, close but no cigar. The other car is too close with one foot they could have spared. There is no decorum in CSUF’s lots, or even in the streets. If no one is considerate, why should I be?
By April Valencia
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It seems there are unwritten rules when it comes to parking on campus—“courtesy rules,” so to speak. 1. Don’t park in the middle of an aisle while waiting for a spot to open. Pull over enough to let others pass. 2. If you notice a driver following you as you walk to your car – but you have no intention of leaving – let the driver know so that he may move on to find another spot instead of waiting. 3. Be quick when exiting a spot. Taking your time may cause cars to line up and affect traffic. While it seems rude, I admit I have broken all of these rules and plan on doing so again and again. This is because I do not sympathize with students who drive in circles around the lots waiting for that perfect spot closest to the quad. Nothing bothers me more than a driver creeping along side me in his car while I’m walking to mine. When this happens, I’ll zig-zag between parked cars to “lose” the driver following me. If the driver is smart, he’ll move on to find another spot; if not, he’ll follow me into the next row of cars until I zig-zag into some other row. I generally find that most drivers are not very smart. When I get to my car I like taking up extra time before I leave, maybe I’ll chat on my cell phone or clean my backseat clutter. If I take long enough the driver eventually passes, and
only then will I proceed to exit. On one occasion a driver yelled , “So you think you’re funny?” then sped off after calling me a bitch, too. While it seems rude, bad parking etiquette has its perks: I always get a good laugh. Yet despite the laughter and follow-me-around games, I see no reason why any student should be waiting for my spot. If students drive a little further to Lot A, rows and rows of empty spaces are available waiting to be filled. Even the sky level of the Nutwood parking structure is empty at times. So why does everyone complain about parking when there actually are spaces are available? I think it has something to do with the extra walking. Parking in Lot A does require a little more exercise, but it sure as hell beats waiting over an hour for a ground-level spot in the Nutwood structure. Sometimes I hear students complain that they need to leave their homes two hours in advance to have time to find parking. But walking from Lot A to the quad only takes about 10 minutes. Students could be using that extra time to sleep. It seems those who constantly complain about parking “problems” are the same people who only aim for the spaces closest to the quad: the drivers who creep next to me as I walk to my sixth-row parking spot in Lot E. Students who waste over an hour on parking should at least waste it productively by walking to class from Lot A. And since Lot A provides dozens of empty spaces for students, I don’t see any reason I should give mine up so quickly.
Artists at Play
February 20, 2007
Playing With Your Money
By Reza Allah-Bakhshi
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Splattered paint. A body that is soft as satin but hard as plastic. Is it a cloud or a bunny? Neither. It’s a Dunny! There is a new craze besieging Americans young and old. It’s called “urban vinyl” and people are going crazy over its toys. When some college students think of toys they think back to the days of their youth, when they pitted Cobra forces against GI Joe in an all-encompassing struggle between the forces of good and evil, or Luke Skywalker against Darth Vader, commanding the power of the force to defeat the dark side. The point was to live vicariously through those figures and escape reality for a second to gain control of our own destiny. Urban vinyl is of a completely different genre. These are designer toys people spend big bucks on. People are known for spending upwards of $1,000 to get their hands on a limited-edition figure. But that doesn’t mean everyone can’t enjoy them. “We have figures that start around $5 … I’ve even seen a person buy a $5 figure and be offered a few hundred for it, because it was so limited,” said Ace Carritero, an employee of Kidrobot in Los Angeles. These toys have mass appeal because of their highly stylized form and their limited availability. As little as 50 or as many as 2,000 of these figures can be produced. Usually the less available, the more they cost. All toys become collectibles at one point – the older they are the more valuable they become. However, these designer toys are collectibles right from the start, Carritero said.
are a lot more popular, especially ‘G.I. Joe’ and ‘Transformers’ because they were great cartoons. I get a lot firstname.lastname@example.org of calls for all sorts of stuff, but ‘Star Yesterday’s toys are today’s nostal- Wars’ is still the biggest seller,” said gia. Jason Davis of Phat Collectibles, a Last week, an eBay auction for shop in Anaheim that deals in colan unpackaged 1979 Italian Hot lectible toys. Wheels car – a green top EliminaDavis recently sold an original tor Mongoose Mopar Funny Car Optimus Prime Transformer toy in – ended with 18 bids for $602. In package for $600. He recalled one the same week, a 1958 silver hair reason it sold so well – its fantastic All American Barbie doll sold for high-grade condition. $1,511.99 with 27 bids, also not in Condition is important. The package. better the condition, the greater Playsets, vehicles, and especially the value. Many people take their action figures from the ’70s and bubble-packaged toys to a profes’80s are the new antiques. These sional grading service to have their toys include characters from mov- condition certified. A well-known ies and TV shows like “Star Wars,” service is the Action Figure Author“He Man and the Masters of the ity, which uses a 100-point grading Universe,” “G.I. Joe,” “Transform- scale for carded figures. The owner ers,” “My Little Pony” and “Rain- sends the packaged item for grading bow Brite.” Their nostalgic value is and has it returned later, sealed into noticed online, at a new package with collector shops and a certified grade. at pop culture conProfessionally I get customers of ventions like the graded toys can then San Diego Comic all ages. ’80s are a be sold for a much Convention. larger amount than lot more popular, “I think toy col- especially “G.I. Joe” the original value. lecting depends on Recently on eBay, how old they were, and “Transformers.” a 90-point graded – Jason Davis 1975 Mego Planet because they loved Phat Collectibles of the Apes Generthis stuff as a kid. Every couple of al Urko figure sold years, something for $1475, while a comes along. I nongraded one in can’t explain it, Power Rangers had near mint shape sold for $189.94. a surge again, then Ninja Turtles A vintage Star Wars vinyl-cape Jawa and then He-man. They just come graded at 85 points sold on eBay for and go,” said Mike Herron of Bijou $6826.43. That’s over the twice the Collector’s in Fullerton, a shop that value according to toyarchive.com, sells old toys and pop culture mer- which lists the same rare figure at chandise. $3000. At Bijou Collectibles a playset of Collecting toys may not be always Pee Wee Herman’s Playhouse sits on about monetary value. Many colthe shelf in its original box, priced lectors credit their favorite cartoons at $125. for playing a valuable role in their One explanation for the inter- upbringing. Caesar Morrissey, 34, est in collectible toys is linked to a collector of G.I. Joe action figures the revival of nostalgia pop culture. and accessories, said his childhood “Transformers,” “Teenage Mutant wouldn’t have been the same withNinja Turtles” and various superhe- out the ’80s cartoon. His favorite roes assure their iconic status in fu- character is Leatherneck. ture big budget films. Past cartoons “The reason I collect G.I. Joe is such as “She-Ra,” “Thundercats” and because it was great fun as a child. “Jem and the Holograms” are avail- Now I get to pass that on to my son, able on DVD where many find the that way when he gets older he will shows’ shelf presence a reminder of be playing G.I. Joes and its a good their past childhood. way for him to build his imagina“I get customers of all ages. ’80s tion,” he said. By Orion Tippens
Daily Titan Staff Writer
By reza allah-bakhshi/Daily Titan Staff Writer Limited edition - Gary Baseman, pop artist and creator of Disney’s “Teacher’s Pet,” created these figures on sale at Kidrobot in Los Angeles. Numerous other artists have created figures for the chain, including Ed Templeton, Shepard Fairey and Tim Biskup.
The idea was formed in Japan. Artists of Japanese comics and cartoons produced a toy culture that was not based on the act of playing, but trading – similar to how Americans trade baseball cards. Toys would be sold in gumball machines, and the toy that one would get would be totally dependent on chance. That idea was brought to the Americas in the late ’90s. It is known as “blind assortment.” Blind assortment is when a collection of figures comes out and each is boxed and packaged in a way so that buyers have no idea what figures they are getting. Some figures in a collection are purposely under produced to create a market that makes collectors buy more and more from the same collection for a chance to get that specific figure. It also allows the collector to trade with other collectors to obtain the perfect collection. “I have two expensive figures, I paid around $700 for them. I got them at Kidrobot, they’re really good,” said Max Barrera, a professional skater who works on Melrose.
When the idea of designer toys traversed to the U.S. it became an instant hit with the hip-hop and graffiti culture that gave rise to the urban-vinyl toy collector. Urbanvinyl figures are primarily designed by musicians, illustrators and graffiti artists from countries around the world, most notably from Japan, America and Europe. This also gave rise to Kidrobot, a producer and retail store of designer toys, founded in 2002 by Paul Bunditz. As a producer, Kidrobot is known for their “Dunny” toys. They are soft-vinyl figurines that resemble anthropomorphized rabbits. Kidrobot commissions artists and designers to create Dunnys as well as other figurines. Artists such as Ed Templeton, Shepard Fairey, Gary Baseman and Tim Biskup have done work for Kidrobot. A toy may be designed by a single artist or can be a collaborative effort, with many artists contributing to the final design. Kidrobot even sells a form of the Dunny, called the Munny, which
can be drawn or painted on. This completely involves the collector into the art of design and the culture of urban vinyl. “People collect for all different reasons. We appeal to everyone because we have no target audience,” Carritero said. Kids as well as adults want to collect these urban-vinyl figurines, and for all different reasons, Carritero said. Kids might think the figures look cool, but adults might collect them because their favorite artist has created a limited-edition collection. Many collectors see it as a chance to own an original piece of artwork without paying the heavy prices that come with other art mediums. The trend is only getting stronger. With Kidrobot opening up a number of stores internationally, and other follow up stores such as Munkyking opening up multiple stores nationally, the culture is spilling over into other walks of life. Other styles of urban vinyl, such as plush dolls, clothes, shoes and even computer hard drives are being produced. Mike Toe, the owner of Beatnic, uses his collectibles as decorations for his store in downtown Fullerton. Futura Unkle, a set of Gorillaz figures and mini-model shoes sit on top of shelves, blending the culture of urban art, clothing and lifestyle into one. “I don’t know, it’s kind of an addiction, sometimes it’s toys sometimes it’s shoes … I only collect from Japan because they are harder to get,” Toe said.
Barbie With Adult Appeal The limited-edition dolls use grown-up brands to attract collector interest By Florance Chung
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She’s less than a foot tall and cannot even move on her own. Yet, she still inspires many people to wait long lines for her. She is the Barbie Loves MAC doll. At MAC cosmetics stores all over the U.S., this unassuming doll, retailing at $35, sold out within minutes. Shoppers were encouraged to get to the stores before opening to garner a spot. With only a limited number available in the world, this Gold Label Barbie is the prize for MAC fans
and Barbie collectors alike. The MAC Barbie marks the first time that Mattel has teamed up with an adult prestige cosmetics company. Also launched Feb. 12 and 13 in the U.S. were the limited-edition cosmetics, shirts and bags. The collection will be unveiled to the rest of the world in March. The Web site had its debut on Feb. 12 and by the next morning, everything except the makeup was completely sold out. The Gold Label associated with the MAC doll, according to Mattel, means that no more than 25,000 of that doll will be produced. Other Gold Label dolls include Versace Barbie and Juicy Couture Barbie. The packaging is also different, utilizing a “cake box” type packaging and acetate to protect the doll.
Each doll is also numbered. These special-edition dolls are available only with select retailers. People collect the MAC Barbie doll for different reasons. While some are true Barbie collectors, with doll collections in the hundreds, some are simply getting her for nostalgia. “I loved Barbies when I was growing up,” said Christina Pina of Placentia. “I wanted it as a memento to show to my daughter.” She was one of the ones waiting to purchase the doll outside the MAC store in Brea, where she stood in line for over two hours. Like many others, she was not able to get one. Another reason that this Barbie is so coveted is because many MAC employees and fans wanted one, not just Barbie collectors. “I was getting one because of the prestige of the [MAC] company,” said Elizabeth Nguyen, a theater major and a MAC makeup artist at Macy’s in South Coast Plaza. “I am happy and proud to own one.” Many online message boards devoted to cosmetics have been inundated with people who share information on release dates, plans of acquiring the doll and records of hours waited to get the doll. Fears that the Web site may have oversold plagued many posters. Some of these people turned to online auctions to try to get one. Many looking to make a quick profit on the dolls they purchased have already been auctioning them off on eBay, despite speculations that the doll will escalate in value through the years. There are multiple bids on each available doll, and some are going for hundreds of dollars. However, some collectors of this Barbie will hang onto it forever. “I will never sell mine,” said Nguyen.
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Titans Declaw Wildcats By Jason Kornfeld
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Cal State Fullerton beat Arizona 9-2, taking the weekend series two games to one in front of 2,938 at Goodwin Field on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Starting freshman right-hander Sean Urena had his best outing of his career, pitching 7 1/3 innings while giving up only five hits and two runs in 97 pitches. Urena earned his first victory of the season. The Titans had 13 hits to Arizona’s six. Titan center fielder Clark Hardman stole the show going 4-5 with two doubles, a triple, and a homerun - just a single short of hitting for the cycle. In the bottom of the second, Fullerton first baseman Jake Vazquez ripped a single to right field. Left fielder Nick Mahin then drew a walk. Third baseman Bryan Harris reached base on an error committed by Arizona second baseman Kevin Rodland, enabling Vazquez to score. Urena started the third inning with two strikeouts but then surrendered a homerun to Arizona’s right fielder Jon Gaston. Urena also ran into some trouble in the fourth inning giving up two hits including a double off the wall, but then managed to retire the side. Harris got the Titans going in the fourth inning with a leadoff homerun. Two batters later, Hardman would not be outdone as he blasted a homerun. Titan Coach George Horton talked about Hardman’s power surge. “I don’t know where all that power came from,” Horton said. “He was frustrated with the ball he dropped in the first inning; he doesn’t do that, so to come right back. It was a big bounceback for him - it shows his maturity and his toughness.” Arizona Coach Andy Lopez then pulled Mike Colla and replaced him with David Coulon. The Titans added one more run off of the John Curtis single, totaling three runs in the fourth inning. Fullerton loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth, but were unable to capitalize. Hardman was thrown out at home, Vazquez struck out, and Mahin grounded out to end the inning. Building on his young career, Urena retired seven batters at one point. Urena talked about what went well for him: “Just pounding the strikezone and just getting ahead in the count,” Urena said. “When you’re ahead in the count, you do whatever you want.” Urena started the eighth inning with a strikeout, but then gave up a double prompting Horton to give him the hook. Urena received a handshake from Horton and a standing ovation from the crowd. “Oh it was amazing,” Urena said speaking about the ovation. “You’re heart starts pumping and you get chills.” Coach Horton lent insights into’s Urena’s strongest performance in his three starts: “It was big for him because Jorgenson has been pitching well in the bullpen and guys might be feeling pressure that we might make a change,” Horton said. “I think Sean made it look real easy with the tough conditions today.” Relief pitcher Adam Jorgenson struck out a batter in the eighth but then gave up a hit and walked the bases loaded. He walked one run in and then struck out the last batter to end the Wildcats attack in the eighth. Baseball America had predicted that the Titans were going to get upset by Arizona. This proved to be motivation for Horton and his ballclub. “Part of that article [the Baseball America article] was about the pitching getting off to a slow start,” Horton said. The pitching staff is way better then what they showed in the first six games.” The Titans are 7-2 overall now and Vazquez shed light on the teams impressive chemistry. “When the pitchers are doing badly the hitters help them out and when the hitters are having a tough time the pitchers help,” Vazquez said. “We have good balance.”
February 20, 2007
Scott Pays His Baseball Dues As a Titan Sophomore from Corona earns his way onto the CSUF starting lineup BY STEVEN WALTERS
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Cal State Fullerton baseball player Joe Scott has never been the biggest player on his team. He has never been the fastest, or the strongest. He has always been the guy who had defensive talent, but did not seem to have the offensive tools needed to succeed in Division I baseball. Scott has heard it all, ever since he was a freshman in high school, when he weighed only 135 pounds. None of it mattered. Scott had a dream, he knew what he wanted, and what he wanted to become. Playing for the CSUF Titans was his dream, and now he is fulfilling it. The 20-year-old sophomore shortstop out of Corona, Calif. is enjoying every minute of his time as a Titan. Scott didn’t always believe he would one day be playing for one of the top college baseball programs in the country. It wasn’t until his sophomore season in high school that he thought his dream would come true. Chad Baum, who at the time was a coach at Fullerton, noticed Scott who was on the summer team he coached. Eventually Baum invited Scott to hit batting practice at Goodwin Field, where CSUF Head Coach George Horton began to take notice. It was then that Scott got his big break. “I was able to get my foot in the door,” Scott said.
Scott also had benefited from watching players who came before him at his alma mater, Centennial High School in Corona and learn from their experiences. He was able to watch Mike Stodolka, who was taken by the Kansas City Royals with the fourth overall pick in the 2000 amateur draft. He was also able to play with Jose Torres, who was drafted by the New York Mets. It was players like these that dropped knowledge of the game to Scott at an early age to help him prepare for life in baseball after high school. After an impressive senior year at Centennial, where he hit .370, Scott signed his letter of intent to play for the Titans. It was his knowledge and his desire to learn that made him accepted by his teammates during his freshman year in college. Scott is a student of the game, something not seen too often on the baseball field. The question that troubled Horton was Scott’s offensive ability. He knew that Scott’s defensive talent was ready for Division I baseball “We always thought he was a good athlete,” Horton said. “The question was about his offense. He has what I call a workman’s like batting style. He hacks at the ball, but you have to watch him hit to appreciate it.” In six games so far into the 2007 season, Scott has collected 11 hits in 22 at-bats. Scott knows there is pressure on him to succeed and help lead a young Titans team that has only three returning starters from last year’s team. However, he looks forward to becoming a leader and helping the Titans’ quest for another national title. “I don’t let fear of failure get in the way,” Scott said. “Having the
name Titans on my chest gives me a lot of pride. I work hard everyday to make the guys who played before me proud.” What impressed Horton the most about Scott was his intensity and his work ethic. “He (Scott) is a competitive young man,” Horton said. “He wants to be the best at everything.” While some players have trouble adjusting to going from the star of their team to a ball boy, Scott didn’t. “I knew my role,” Scott said. “That made it easier for me to start at the bottom of the food chain.” What may be more important than his ability to play the game is his leadership ability. Many of his fellow teammates and his coach notice how he leads by example. His energy on the field creates a loose environment for the rest of his teammates. His knowledge of the game also gives the Titans a coaching presence on the field. “It’s fun to have Joe on the field,” Titan first baseman Jake Vasquez said. “It’s almost like having an extra coach out there.” While Scott did not play too often during his sophomore season, he was able to be a part of the College World Series in 2006. “I’ll never forget that,” Scott said. “It was an unbelievable feeling, being a part of the team is quite amazing.” If it weren’t for a stockpile at the middle infield positions the past two years Coach Horton believes that Scott would have seen much more playing time before this season. “He’s waited his turn,” Horton said. While Scott did not see any playing time during the tournament, he looks forward to the challenge of helping his team reach the College World Series; this time as a starter.
By karl thunman/daily titan photo editor ALWAYS CONFIDENT – Cal State Fullerton’s Joe Scott has taken over at shortstop for the Titans in 2007 and looks to be a team leader on a young CSUF team. “I don’t let fear of failure get in the way,” the sophomore said.