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Wednesday February 28, 2007

The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton

The Dangers Titans Outslug Aztecs Wall Street of Diamonds Blues By raquel stratton

Daily Titan Staff Writer

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents recovered more than 11,000 carats of rough diamonds earlier this month in Tucson, Ariz., according to an ICE report. The two men arrested for smuggling the diamonds were from Guinea and Sierra Leon. Last week, Global Witness, an organization working to end the use of natural resources to fund corruption, reported that the arrests in Arizona highlight the loopholes in the diamond regulation system, indicating that conflict diamonds are still entering the international market. Conflict diamonds, according to a U.N. definition, originate from areas controlled by forces opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments. Corinna Gilfillan of Global Witness said the problem is some governments don’t have a strong control which allows loopholes. However, the World Diamond Council said the arrests are evidence that diamond regulations are having an impact on stopping the illegal smuggling of diamonds. In response to the injustices and violence over diamonds occurring in war-torn African countries, the council was created in 2000. The council then created the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, which regulates the diamond industry by preventing the trade of conflict diamonds while protecting the legitimate trade of diamonds. “Just because the diamonds are certified doesn’t mean they are conflict free,” said Gilfillan. Gilfillan said Global Witness supports the Kimberly Process and they are trying to strengthen it. She said the Kimberly Process is not perfect and it is not stopping the traffic of

conflict diamonds. There has to be more government insight and enforcement to be more effective, she said The U.N. reported in October that $23 million in conflict diamonds from the Ivory Coast are entering the diamond trade via Ghana, where they are certified conflict-free. In response the Minister of Lands, Forestry and Mines of Ghana said to the press in October that Ghana is fully committed to the Kimberly Process and that they are applying all procedures and processes to assure its territory won’t be used as a conduit for the export of rough diamonds from rebel-held areas. Wacira Gethaiga, department chair and professor of Afro-Ethnic studies, said diamonds have funded most African wars. “The diamond has fermented civil war,” he said. According to Gethaiga the selling of diamonds in the international underground market does not bring wealth for the countries they come from. Instead he said the money made from selling the diamonds is used to buy weapons that are used by rebels to overturn governments. He said it’s not an easy situation, but he said he believes the locals and producers should get their fair share in return for their work. “Until you remove the inequalities of producer and seller you’ll always have a problem,” Gethaiga said. Dasha Sheyeya, 21, psychology and English major, said most people probably don’t think about where diamonds come from. “People should take an extra step to be aware where the diamonds are coming from, otherwise they may be indirectly support exploitation of humans,” Sheyeya said. According to, in 2004, 99.8 percent of the world’s rough diamonds are certified conflict-free. However, nongovernment organizations say conflict diamonds are still being smuggled and getting certified.

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Curve Ball - Cal State Fullerton’s Adam Jorgenson got the save during the Titan’s 9-8 win over San

Diego State at Goodwin Field. The junior righthander allowed two hits and one earned run while striking out a batter in his inning of work. See more of this story on Sports, p. 6

NEW YORK (AP) - The numbers look terrible: The Dow Jones industrials down more than 400 points. The Nasdaq composite index off nearly 100. Traders and investors who gave the stock market its worst day since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on Tuesday decided it was time to bail amid signs that the U.S. economy might be headed for recession and that the Chinese government will clamp down on its runaway growth. But market analysts say Tuesday’s retreat, after a huge rally that stretched back to October, was a long time coming. “It’s my belief that the economy is going to be fine,” said Ed Keon, chief investment strategist with Prudential Equity Group in New York. “We’ve just fallen back to where we were in the latter part of 2006. Markets go through these corrective processes time to time, and you can’t say exactly when they’re going to occur. Today was our day.” Some investors were equally unfazed. Edwin Dean, a retired economist for the federal government, agreed that one bad day for the market is no reason for the average investor to panic. “Do I think it’s going to stay down this low for a long time? No, I don’t,” said 73-year-old Dean. “I won’t be calling my mutual fund company tomorrow and saying, ‘Sell half of what we have in equities.’” The decline was nonetheless explosive, sending the Dow briefly down more than 546 points during afternoon trading. It was sparked by a sudden 9 percent slide in Chinese stocks, a report that a warning by SEE STOCKS - PAGE 2

Titan Munchies Fulbright Recipients to Teach Abroad By Jenn brown

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yummy eats - Students waiting in line to get food at the Busy Bee at the Titan Student Union on Feb. 22. By ashley johnson sandwiches, Mexican food, Asian For the Daily Titan food and pizza – sandwiches were overwhelmingly preferred. Togo’s was the most popular with Carl’s Jr. Between classes students make not too far behind. their phones calls, try to cram for What is the special ingredient that their next class, or choose a place to Togo’s has over the others? fill their empty stomachs. A student “Togo’s is healthy and good. on campus can choose from a variety They’re quick at making it, and the of eateries. servers are nice,” said Cobi Brandel, The Daily Titan conducted a sur- 22, a communications major. vey of 100 students around the Cal The Togo’s location on campus is State Fullerton campus to figure out which place on campus is preferred. SEE FOOD - PAGE 2 Of the five main categories of food that the campus provides – burgers,

Cal State Fullerton is home to some of the most distinguished scholars in the U.S. This year, CSUF is sending four professors and one student abroad to teach through the Fulbright Program. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and sends students, scholars and professionals to various countries for study, instruction or research. CSUF’s award recipients this year are Tony Fellow, chair of the Department of Communications Department, Denise Stanley, assistant professor of economics, Dr. Kazi Islam, a visiting fellow from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh, and Andrea Cano, graduate student of TESOL, Teaching English To Speakers of Other Languages. Political science professor Yuan Ting also received an award but

had to cancel his planned trip to China due to a family emergency. He could not be reached for comment. Fellow received the award of Vercelli Chair, which is a title that is only given to one scholar each year and is the highest award in Italy, Fellow said. “Europe is the most competitive area. To teach there is a great honor,” he said. While in Italy, Fellow will be teaching Italian students at the University of Piemonte for four weeks, and then he will continue to CSUF’s summer abroad program in Florence. “I’m anxious to see how students differ,” Fellow said. “I think they’re very serious students.” Fellow said he plans to research the relationship between Catholics and Muslims while abroad. “It’s important to have students and teachers go abroad and expand international consciousness,” Fellow said. “We sometimes don’t understand other cultures and that’s why

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we have problems.” Stanley is currently in Honduras, studying its economy and teaching a class on social economic indicators at the National Autonomous University of Honduras. “[I applied to Fulbright] to build up my links with Honduran scholars working on similar research and to provide funding for travel to the country,” Stanley said in an e-mail interview. The focus of her research is the effect of worker remittances, or money earned by migrant workers that is sent back home to family. Stanley is excited to gain insight from local Hondurans and work closely with other researchers interested in this research topic. “I will be able to share the results of my research in my classes [at CSUF], and I will share some of the participative training exercises that I find successful here in Honduras.” Cano, a recent graduate from CSUF’s TESOL program, received a student fellowship to Chile, where she will teach English to students at



the university level. “I have wanted to apply for the Fulbright my whole life,” Cano said. She was inspired by her parents, who were both Fulbright fellows, and her godparents, who went on Fulbright commissions as well. While in Chile, Cano must choose a topic of research. She hopes to find a women’s group or program for underprivileged students that she can devote time to. Cano is no stranger to travel; she has spent time in Brazil, Argentina and Spain through various exchange programs. “You learn about yourself when you travel,” she said. “I’m looking for a new environment traveling to Chile.” In addition to her research, Cano is teaching three classes and tutoring about 20 hours each week. “It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be really interesting,” she said. Islam is visiting from Bangladesh as a guest lecturer in the Department SEE SCHOLARS - PAGE 2

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NATIONAL NEWS FDA Tobacco Regulation Legislation Proposed WASHINGTON (AP) - It is time to rein in the addiction and harm caused by tobacco products, lawmakers were told Tuesday as they reviewed legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products. The FDA couldn’t ban nicotine outright, but the legislation before a Senate committee on Tuesday would give the agency power to reduce nicotine levels, as well as require larger and more informative health warnings. The Senate passed similar legislation twice in 2004, but the legislation died in the House. Now, with Democrats in charge of both chambers, the bill’s prospects have improved considerably. Republicans on the committee also voiced concerns that regulating tobacco could hurt the FDA’s ability to continue to ensure the safety of other products, especially if the agency does not get a large funding increase. But Democratic lawmakers were unanimous in support of the bill.

STATE NEWS Landslide Leaves 150 Bay Area Residents on the Streets SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A landslide of rocks and boulders tumbled down onto an apartment building early Tuesday, sending 150 residents of San Francisco’s North Beach district into the streets. No injuries were reported, but at least four buildings were evacuated after the 3 a.m. slide, and officials shut off water and electricity to the structures. City engineers were assessing possible damage as boulders and mud piled several stories high against an apartment building and the club. “Fortunately, everyone had just left,” said Gary Marlin, whose management company oversees the Broadway Showgirls Cabaret at the bottom of the hill. The slide appeared to have caused a water main to break in or near the club, causing serious water damage, he said.

LOCAL NEWS Journeyman Drummer, Ian Wallace, Dies at 60 LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ian Wallace, a journeyman drummer who toured with Bob Dylan, Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt and recorded with Stevie Nicks, Ry Cooder and other music stars, has died. He was 60. Wallace died last Thursday at UCLA Medical Center of complications from esophageal cancer, his wife Marjorie Pomeroy said Monday. Born in Bury, England, Wallace began playing in rock bands in the 1960s and earned a reputation for his eclectic range. He also played with several jazz bands and founded the Crimson Jazz Trio. Besides his wife, Wallace is survived by his mother, his father and two daughters. Private memorial services were scheduled for March 11 in Los Angeles and on the weekend of March 17-18 in London.

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Student Organization Spotlight By Johnathan kroncke

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It’s not who you know, but who knows you. That is the motto of Cal State Fullerton’s TV-Film Society. “Our goal is basically to network,” said Gerald Mascardo, president of the society. “Networking is critical because it is one of the main ways you stay working [in the entertainment industry].” The society is actively involved in helping its members establish relationships with each other as well as with professionals in the television and film industries. Members get involved through different events such as attending local film festivals, like the Newport Beach Film Festival, and by inviting guest speakers. Celebrities like Pauley Shore and producers from the E! network have come to speak to members of the society about their professions.

“We have speakers come all the Awards where winners win a statue time,” said Mascardo. “We also have and recognition.” a film festival during Comm Week.” This year’s awards ceremony will Short films be held May 6 created by the at the Dave and members of the Buster’s in the society are shown Block at Orange, Our goal is basically at the festival and Hotcheil said. student audience Mascardo to network. members vote on said he sees the their favorites. event as pivotal, – Gerald Mascardo The films can run especially to the President of the TV Film Society anywhere from aspiring film-

30 seconds to 30 minutes and winners are announced at an annual banquet. “It is a dinner awards banquet announcing the winners of different categories in film and video,” said Jeremy Hotcheil, activities officer for the society, in an e-mail interview. “The event is like the Academy


makers in the society. “If there were no society and no banquet there would be nowhere for these films to go,” Mascardo said. The society is able to hold these festivals and banquets, in part, because of the fundraisers it puts on. Valentine’s Day was the center of the

FOOD: CAMPUS TREATS From page 1 eighth in its chain ranking, according to Tony Lynch, director of food services on campus. Togo’s is located in the most popular place to dine on campus, The Titan Student Union. The TSU also includes food choices like The Garden Café and Round Table Pizza. With all these restaurants in one location, students still make their way across the campus to Carl’s Jr. “Carl’s Jr. has a fast hot meal and better tastes. I love the CrissCut fries with ranch and the spicy chicken sandwich is only 99 cents,” said psychology major Dominique Lawson, 20. The least popular places on campus were the café in Langsdorf Hall and the Titan Grill, which were not mentioned once by students. Some think there should be some changes to the restaurants on campus. “There are not enough food places

on campus that promote good health and Carl’s Jr. further limits good health,” said Archana McEligot, a professor on campus who specializes in nutrition. Lynch said he feels that there are plenty of healthy food places to choose from on campus and that the campus has recently implemented organic foods into the menus at the the Nutwood Cafe and the Langsdorf Hall cafe. Lynch said the new business building, Steven G. Mihaylo Hall, will include an upscale cafe, set to open in fall 2008. There are also plans to have a new restaurant by the Engineering Center. While these healthier innovations are to come, over 50 percent of students will continue to choose the healthy alternatives now. “Togo’s is the best because it gives me stamina and it’s not junk food. I will pay any amount for a great sandwich,” said Melissa Coyle, 21, a psychology major.

STOCKS: FLUCTUATE From Page 1 former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan that a recession isn’t out of the question in the United States. The Dow closed down 416.02, or 3.29 percent, at 12,216.24, after falling as much as 546.20, or 4.3 percent, to 12,086.06. The swiftness of the decline was attributed to computer glitches that kept some trades from being immediately reflected in the index of 30 blue chip stocks. It was the Dow’s largest point decline since Sept. 17, 2001, the first trading day after the terror attacks, when the blue chips fell 684.81, or 7.13 percent. In percentage terms, it was the biggest decline since March 24, 2003, when the index fell 3.6 percent as investors started getting rattled as U.S. casualties mounted in the early days after the invasion of Iraq. The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 50.33, or 3.47 percent, Tuesday to 1,399.04, and the tech-dominated Nasdaq composite index was off 96.66, or 3.86 percent, at 2,407.86. With the drop, all three indexes have turned negative for the year. The decline in U.S. stocks was part of a sweeping worldwide drop that began with the Shanghai market’s 8.8 percent plunge from recent record highs.

Chinese investors rushed to take profits when concerns arose that the Chinese government may take measures to cool down its rapidly expanding economy. Stock markets in Malaysia, Great Britain, Germany and France all fell more than 2 percent. “Corrections usually happen because of a catalyst, and this may be it,” said Ed Peters, chief investment officer at PanAgora Asset Management. Even as U.S. markets rallied in late 2006 and early 2007, investors have been walking a narrow line, worried about an economic slowdown but also hoping that the Federal Reserve would begin cutting rates. But as they sold stocks lower Tuesday, the prospect of lower rates didn’t seem to alleviate their concerns. That might support the idea that the market was due for a consolidation, and that investors found their motivation in China and the day’s economic data. The anxiety isn’t expected to dissipate soon. On Wednesday, investors will be closely watching the government’s gross domestic product report; analysts predict the Commerce Department will revise the GDP annual growth rate down to 2.3 percent for the fourth quarter from a previous estimate of 3.5 percent, but investors were bracing Tuesday for an even sharper decline.

society’s most recent fundraiser. “Our last fundraiser we sold Valentines Day treats,” said Martina Jones, secretary treasurer for the society, in an e-mail interview. Members sold Hershey’s Kiss roses and strawberries dipped in chocolate to raise funds for the society’s activities. The society also organizes meetings at places like Pick Up Stix and Jojo’s Pizza as a way to raise funds by posting flyers around campus. The businesses offer a portion of their profits for attracting customers with the flyers. Occasionally, the society will also attend tapings of television shows as a way to raise money. They do this through companies that seek out and pay people to be audience members for certain shows. Recently, members attended tapings of FOX’s “War at Home” and ABC’s “The George Lopez Show.” For more information go to



Toddler Finds $1,300

Dog Barking Limitation

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) - Rhiannon Barnes may be the luckiest 15-month-old ever. Or maybe her baby sitter is the fortunate one. While playing with a thrift store book bought earlier in the day for 25 cents, Rhiannon uncovered $1,300 in cash stuck between the pages. Her baby sitter Sheila Laughridge said she only bought the book at Rhiannon’s insistence and was surprised when the toddler found a brown paper bag full of $100s, $50s, $20s and $10s. Rhiannon’s mother, Shirley Barnes, joked that she’s considering using her daughter’s newfound talent more.

CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) - The city of Clifton is not going to the dogs. At least not if the City Council has anything to do about it. Later this month, the council is expected to introduce an ordinance setting a limit on how long dogs can bark. Noisy canines will be defined as those that bark for more than 30 minutes on two consecutive days. The city already has nuisance and “noise laws that can be used to address annoying and disturbing noises such as constant barking.” But officials said those laws are difficult to enforce. Ordinance fines start at $250.

SCHOLARS: TEACHING From Page 1 of Comparative Religions and is visiting the U.S. to research the inner significance of Jewish festivals. As the chair of the Department of World Religions at the University of Dhaka, which he founded in 1981, Islam said he wanted to bring faiths of all kinds to his students in Bangladesh. “It has inspired me tremendously how people of different faiths live together [in the U.S.],” Islam said. After traveling to England, Ja-

pan and Korea and learning eight languages, Islam said he was able to successfully establish the Center for Advanced Research in Humanities at the University of Dhaka. Islam said he hopes his time at CSUF will enable him to broaden the understanding of his students in Bangladesh and bring him one step closer to his dream of establishing a Jewish and Muslim center of understanding. “We are going to make enlightened citizens of the world,” Islam said.

CAMPUS CALENDAR TODAY I Know That’s What I Said, But That’s Not What I Meant 12 to 1 p.m.: Some interpersonal problems encountered can be attributed to a mismatch between “saying” and “hearing.” This workshop will help reduce the number of miscommunications commonly experienced in relationships. Presented by Susan Leavy of the Women’s Center in UH-205. Softball vs. Maryland 6 to 8 p.m. at the Anderson Family Field. CSUF students with current identification receive free admission, general adult admission is $7. Dollar Wednesday Bowling Nights 6 to 10 p.m. at the Titan Student Union Underground.

THURSDAY Free Glow Bowling Thursdays 3 to 7 p.m. at the Titan Student Union Underground. Women’s Basketball vs. UC Davis 7 to 9 p.m. at the Titan Gymnasium. CSUF students with current identification receive free admission, general adult admission is $7. FRIDAY Women’s Tennis vs. UC Davis 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Tennis Sports Complex. Admission is free. Baseball vs. Rice 7 to 10 p.m. at Goodwin Field. CSUF students with current identification receive free admission, general adult admission is $7.

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Relax With a Workout Yoga exercises work more than just the body, but also act to relax the mind

while Patrick might teach something more physical.” Whatever the style, several students seem to have found something that works for them when it comes to the yoga classes. The university currently offers seven sections of By Erin Tobin basic, or beginner, Hatha yoga and Daily Titan Staff Writer one section at an intermediate level. All levels are full, and people being Most professors would frown turned away is commonplace. “There was a point where we have upon students sitting in class with their eyes closed and lost in their own turned down 30 to 50 people for one thoughts, but in the case of kinesiol- class,” Hattingh said. Those turned away could pick up ogy room 109, it is something that happens often. In fact, it is encour- a class through the Rec Sports Dropin Fitness program on Wednesday aged by the professors themselves. The students there aren’t submit- evenings from 5:30 to 6:30. The “Your Opportunity to Grow ting to drowsiness, they are meditating under the supervision of instruc- and Awaken” club that helped meet the demand in the past is currently tor Patrick Freeman. In short, everything is going to on hiatus. Hattingh said that, unfortunately, plan in another yoga class at Cal the students who have lead the club State Fullerton. Freeman is one of two yoga faculty in the past have since graduated and a few attempts to members who teach resurrect the club yoga at CSUF. The have fallen through other is Erika Hatdue to constraints tingh, who said she on the students’ has been doing yoga Different teachers bring different styles. time. her entire life. She said she “My mom did You have to find what hoped the club will yoga while she was be able to make a pregnant with me,” works for you. Hattingh said. – Erika Hattingh return in the near Both Freeman CSUF Yoga Teacher future with some strong student and Hattingh teach guidance. Hatha yoga, which “We need a leadcontains the charer for yoga club,” acteristics most of the Western world normally associ- she said. Yoga has grown in popularity not ates with yoga. The style combines meditation, only at CSUF. Yoga mats have also exercises and thought processes to become a commonplace fashion attempt to achieve a physical and statement outside of the university. The experience of taking a yoga class spiritual workout. “Erika’s really into natural healing. at a gym or studio isn’t the same as She’s a very positive, charismatic per- taking one as a class at college, at son,” said Erin Olson, 24, a biology least according to 23-year-old Renee major. “She opens with a thought of Perches, a public relations major. “Here, [Freeman] focuses on the the day.” Hattingh, who has been teaching mind-body connection, while at yoga at CSUF since spring of 2001, a gym it’s more of just a workout. said she likes to start each class with a Here I’m learning a different side of word or idea to focus on. The poses, it,” she said. Hattingh also said the experience called asanas, focused on during that of teaching yoga at the university is class often reflect the concept. For the week of Feb. 12, in honor preferable to teaching at a studio. “I have the beauty of teaching a of Valentine’s Day, Hattingh said the group of students that have to come word for class was “love.” “Different teachers bring different to class,” Hattingh said. “Elsewhere styles. You have to find what works when something comes up, the first for you,” Hattingh said. “I might thing that gets dropped is taking bring in a more spiritual aspect, care of yourself.”

Wushu Flies High at Cal State Fullerton Adherents of the Chinese martial art meet weekly and hold classes for credit By Erin Tobin

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Phillip Chen, an alumnus of Cal State Fullerton, said he has a firm understanding of the way an average person thinks of Wushu. “Most people see or hear ‘Wushu’ and they think it’s a Chinese dish,” Chen said. Instead, Wushu is a form of Chinese martial arts that has been gaining popularity in America due to its exposure on several movies. “I could tell people what Wushu is, but in the end you just have to see it,” said Douglas Kim, 30, a kinesiology major and current president of the Wushu Team. Most people have, in fact, seen Wushu even if they don’t know it. Martial artist Jet Li started practicing Wushu as a young child and was a member of the Beijing National team before starring in the movies he’s famous in America for. The style was used in the combat scenes of the “Matrix” trilogy, along with countless other modern martial arts movies, Kim said. At CSUF, however, Wushu has had a home for almost 10 years, thanks to Chen. Chen started prac-

ticing Wushu at a young age and over the years has had many opportunities to study in China. When he came to CSUF he attempted to gather together other Wushu enthusiasts on campus to create a club for the martial art. The end result was the Wushu Team, which formed in 1997, but Chen didn’t end there. In 2000 he approached the Kinesiology department about holding a one-credit Wushu class. “Phillip was an undergraduate when he started teaching the class,” Kim said. “We were the first school in California to have a Wushu class for a grade. We’re still the only one that I know of.” The class became very popular with kinesiology majors looking to satisfy their major requirements as well as with people just looking for a different way to stay in shape. Such is the case for 19-year-old kinesiology major Sarah Chisam. “It seemed a little more out there than yoga or gymnastics. I can take those anywhere,” Chisam said. “Plus I have a dance background and it’s a lot like dance in some ways.” Chen said most student come to class with an open mind and an eagerness to give things a go. Amie Vu, a 20-year-old child development major, has 11 years of experience in Wushu and helps teach the classes. She said she enjoys the atmosphere of the classes. “It’s more flexible. It’s more of a

happy environment,” Vu said. This year an additional class was added to meet demand. Both Chen and Kim said they are thrilled with the decision and Kim said he hopes an intermediate class will be added in the future. “I want to not only create something innovative, but also create a system to keep it going,” Chen said. For now the Wushu Team offers an outlet for both beginning and more advanced students. Many of the club’s members are students from the classes. Kim said being enrolled in the class or having any prior knowledge of Wushu is a requirement for membership. On Tuesday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., the club meets in kinesi-

ology room 201. Kim said the skill level at each meeting determines its pace, but ultimately everyone, from beginners to those with years of experience, is given the opportunity to have something challenging to work on. The meetings often start by going over the basics for the beginners, then turn to covering more advanced forms later in the night for those with more experience, Kim said. Though dates have yet to be finalized, Kim said there are plans to have a demonstration for the university sometime in late March. The event would feature members of the classes and the club and would give students of all levels a chance to perform for their peers.

By Cameron pemstein/Daily Titan Photo Editor flying - Douglas Kim, 30, is the president of Cal State Fullerton’s Wushu Team. The martial art is gaining popularity in the U.S., partly because it has been seen in many movies.


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The Assasination That Isn’t Vice President Dick Cheney is by trying to sneak a man was apparently the target of strapped with explosives into an assassination attempt – at U.S. a military base? A suicide least, according to the most bomber that, had the event reliable of sources: a Taliban been so meticulously planned spokesman. out, would have had to been The facts are as follows: there at least 15 hours earlier Cheney, downed by bad to know that he or she actually weather conditions, spent had a chance at our VP? an unscheduled overnight in Of course, that hasn’t Bagram Air stopped news Force Base in outlets from Bagram, Afexploiting ghanistan. the whole Not to make light A suicide situation. bomber went of the situation, but One asked on to at- a resurgent Taliban if this was a tack the base that the would have been using sign the day after Taliban was Cheney was snipers. resurgent. delayed for a Not to night. make light of To put it the situation, simply: the but a resurfacts don’t add up to assassina- gent Taliban would have been tion, attempted or otherwise. It using snipers. Only the desperseems more likely that Cheney ate would send an assassin into happened to be in the wrong a nest of armed soldiers. Only place at the wrong time. the hopelessly incompetent To hear Qari Yousef Ahmadi would sent that assassin on the say it – a man who calls himself wrong day. a spokesman for the Taliban What we need to ask of our – the Taliban had knowledge media is to critically analyze of Cheney’s secret visit days in whom they listen to and whom advance and was specifically they give airtime to. trying to target him. This kind of baseless specuDoesn’t it strike anyone else lation may titillate readers and as odd that the best way to kill viewers, but it doesn’t inform our government’s No. 2 man them.

by Grace J. Lee

Daily Titan Staff Writer

It was Napster that first ushered in a new era of Internet downloading. Napster changed the way people used the internet, making it possible for people to download and listen to their favorite songs without having to buy the album at the record store. File sharing became the ultimate way for people to get free music, especially when only a couple songs were desired off an album. Napster opened a gateway to success for file sharing programs like Limewire, Kazaa and BearShare. While file sharing programs provide ample Internet services to its consumers, many people would argue that file sharing is stealing. So, where do you draw the line between sharing and stealing? Well let’s say this: sharing benefits others and stealing benefits those who steal. Webster’s Dictionary defines piracy as “the unauthorzed use of another’s production, invention, or conception especially in infringement of a copyright.” Society sugarcoats the notion of “piracy” substituting the word “file sharing”– perhaps to justify our stealing. When people download free music, saving money for themselves is the first thing on their minds. They’re usually not thinking about the millions of dollars artists and record labels are losing. While this is the politically correct way to look at things,

much of the public still downloads music for free – being fully aware that it’s “wrong.” But is downloading free music online the same thing as stealing a luxury car? I’d say – no. No, because file sharing essentially benefits both the consumer and the artist. While downloading an entire album off the Internet may be wrong, downloading a couple songs off an album can benefit both the consumer and the artist. When a good song is discovered on the radio, downloading the song online is beneficial for the artist because from that one song, one more person may buy the actual album. While mainstream artists may suffer a little from file sharing, for smaller bands file sharing is a good thing. Not all bands or singers get to be on MTV overnight or moonwalk to the Grammys. Smaller bands want to be recognized by the public and what better way to get publicity than online? With so much competition in the music industry nowadays, it is important for artists to utilize any available advantage. The Internet has transformed our world completely, and file sharing is a yet another aspect of that transition. It has allowed people to gain knowledge previously inaccessible. Who would have thought, even 10 years ago, that we would have access to an unlimited amount of information via technology? Piracy may be a crime on paper, but most people disregard the fact for the satisfaction of saving money on a couple songs. As long as our immediate desires are fulfilled, crime or no crime – no one seems to feel guilty about file sharing or the more accurate term, piracy.

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The Advocate BY Robert


Milk and the Autism Gene Got milk? I sure do. Lots and tastes and habits have become lots of it. I drink nearly two gal- ingrained. Here I am, nearly lons every day. And research has 30 years old. To make matters shown that milk can actually be worse, glutamates are also found one of the causes of Asperger’s. in most types of processed foods Well, not just milk, but the en- and vaccines. So now, it seems zyme produced by it. the science that is meant to proI guess I am in a precarious vide sustenance and prevent dispredicament, but what can I do? ease is actually the cause of an I love milk. increase in autism, which has What is the so-called source of reached almost epidemic proall my angst? Well, a team of re- portions. searchers from UCLA have idenThe situation has become so tified 17 chrobad that the Los mosomes that Angeles County are the cause of Department of ... I love milk. Now Health Services autism. While this would be I have to deal with the has declared augood news, fact that the drink I tism one of the which it is, I do top five health have some reser- love the most is aggra- risk now faced vations. The 17 vating or accentuating by the county. chromosomes my Asperger’s. The diet belong to gene might have also band 17Q21. contributed to Scientists say the national these genes deal with gluta- average. According to a 2006 mates used as a neurotransmit- study by the Centers for Disease ter. Glutamate is the body’s most Control and Prevention, one widely used neurotransmitter. out of every 150 children in this Neurotransmitter just means country has an autistic disorder. chemical messenger. Glutamate Still, knowing all of this, I canis found in things like grain, soy, not seem to give up my milk. It’s wheat, corn, rice and milk. like asking a pyromaniac to give And I love milk. Now I have up his dynamite. And just like to deal with the fact that the the pyromaniac and his dynadrink I love the most is aggravat- mite, I know that drinking milk ing or accentuating my Asperg- might be detrimental to myself, er’s. Milk may have also caused but I won’t give it up. it as well. As far as my addiction is conFor several years experts have cerned, I will continue to indulge been suggesting that autistic chil- in that ice-cold glass of smooth, dren be put on a glutamine free rich whole milk until the cows diet. The diet alteration is rec- come home ... or until they proommended for children whose duce glutamate free milk.

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The Month of the Important Games Two weeks ago, I said that For those who might not know, February was the worst month the Big Dance is the 65-team, sinfor sports fans, but I encouraged gle-elimination tournament that everyone to wait patiently for causes all that “March Madness.” March, which is just around the And just how exciting is the corner. Big Dance? Tune in to CBS when Well, ladies and gentleman, it’s the tournament is in progress and the last day of the worst sports hope that you’re lucky to catch month ever, but there is a reason one of those history highlights March is so often associated with they so often show. the word “madness.” Full of buzzer-beaters, last-secIf nothond gameing else, winners, and the sports teams elated events that to be advancAnd the best thing about took place ing to the next the tournament? There in Februround, those is only one way to win a ary helped highlight vidset the eos should national championship, stage for be enough to and that’s to beat the rest the drama hook even the of the competition. to unfold casual sports in March. fan. F o r And the starters, best thing take a look about the at the sport tournament? that puts the madness in March: There is only one way to win a nacollege basketball. On Sunday, the tional championship, and that’s to top two teams in the nation, Ohio beat the rest of the competition. State and Wisconsin, battled in a The single-elimination format Big 10 Conference game. makes every game important, The Buckeyes prevailed, aveng- with no dispute over the winner ing an earlier loss suffered to the when it’s all said and done. Badgers. And while college basketball It likely isn’t the last time the will be in search of a national two teams will meet, as both will champion, football prospects are enter the Big 10 tournament as the currently going through the NFL top two seeds, and could poten- combines. tially meet again in the championSad to see you go February, but ship game to decide the season. March is just too good to be held But that still may not be the last off for any longer. time the two Big 10 rivals might see each other because they could Alvin Anol’s columns appear still meet in the NCAA tournaevery Wednesday. ment, or as it’s commonly called, the Big Dance.

Titans Outlasts Aztecs’ Comeback in 9-8 Win BY LAURENS ONG

Daily Titan Sports Editor

The Cal State Fullerton baseball team defeated San Diego State 9-8 in a nonconference game Tuesday night. CSUF junior pitcher Adam Jorgenson came in the ninth inning to close the door and save the game for the Titans, despite allowing a run to close the gap for San Diego State, which had beaten the Titans the Tuesday before in a similar match up. It was an up-and-down battle

throughout. The Titans began the scoring with four runs in the second inning and tacked on two more runs in the third. The Aztecs came back with runs in the third and fourth inning. The Titans added three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, while San Diego scored four runs in the sixth inning, a run in the seventh inning and one more in the ninth. San Diego State outhit the Titans 13-12. Michael Morrison got the start for the Titans and got the win, pitching the first three innings of the game. In those three innings, the freshman

CSUF Tennis Left Out in the Cold Titans fall to 1-12 as they are blanked by Fresno Pacific University 7-0 BY PATRICK CHAVIS

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The Cal State Fullerton women’s tennis team displayed a valiant effort on a windy day but ultimately lost 7-0 to nonconference Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds on Tuesday afternoon at the Titan Courts. The match started with doubles matches as Fresno Pacific swept the Titans, giving the Sunbirds a onepoint lead going into singles matches. The singles lineup was in this order: Gina Le vs. Jelena Pandzic, MaiLy Tran vs. Angie Minova, Katrina Domela vs. Anna Karavayeva, Shelly Injejikian vs. Audrey Laib, Jerusha Cruz vs. Amandine Fenot, and Brandy Andrews vs. Megan Hammer. “This is their first time playing Fresno Pacific University,” Titan assistant coach Ruya Inalpulat said. “A school that is not even in the [Big West] conference.” Le played against Jelena Pandzic and lost 6-1, 6-2, but not until holding the semi-professional Pandzic for at least few rounds. According to

The team played hard but could not clinch a victory in any game. “We played strategically against the weaker player,” Titan Kristina Aronstam said. The air outside was cold and windy and you could see how it affected play. “It was hard to play because of the wind,” Aronstam said. Fresno Pacific’s Brittany Salley said the wind may have played a “huge factor in these games.” Though the Titans record is now 1-12 the team is still hopeful they can win their next conference game, which will be in April against the UC Riverside Highlanders. The team will also play in a NCAA conference tournament on April 26. “They have really close matches, but it doesn’t end in their favor. It’s disappointing,” business major Heather Heidle said. Despite their season, the Titans continue to receive support. “You can see it on the court, their drive and dedication,” co-president of Student Athletes Christine Kuark said.

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The Titans play UC Santa Barbara Thursday at the Titan Fresno State’s newspaper, The Col- Gym beginning at 7:00 p.m. legian, Pandzic had played in pro- As part of senior night activifessional German-league games and ties, Charlee Underwood, Auwas deemed ineligible to play in the drey Taylor, Andrea Adams, NCAA. “I tried to hang in as much as India McDaniel and Ariel Adpossible trying different things,” Le ams will be honored prior to the game. said.

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from Cypress allowed two hits and one earned run. He walked three and struck out four. On the night, he threw 50 pitches. CSUF freshman pitcher Ryan Ackland struggled in relief for Morrison. He pitched 2 1/3 innings allowing five hits, five earned runs while walking one and striking out three. Other pitchers who came in for CSUF included Paul Canedo and Nolan Bruyninckx. Canedo pitched one inning, allowing three hits and one run while striking out one, while Bruyninckx pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball.


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On the offensive side, Titan Billy Pinkerton was 3-for-3 with three RBIs, a stolen base and a run scored in his first start at third base. Titan catcher Dustin Garneau, filling in for John Curtis was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Curtis ended his 16-game hitting streak when he went hitless in a pinch-hitting appearance. For San Diego State, catcher Frank Lonigro, who played against the Titans with Fresno State in 2006 was 4-for-5 with three RBIs. With the win, the Titans improved to 10-4 on the year with a 6-2 record at home.

By CARLOS DELGADO/Daily Titan Staff Photographer THROWING PAINS – Cal State Fullerton’s Michael Morrsion throws a pitch in the first inning during the Titans’ 9-8 win over San Diego State.

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