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Wednesday April 18, 2007
The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton
Services ‘Level Playing Field’ bY SEAN bELk
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Clutching two wheels, he rotates back and forth next to his friend as they talk about their coursework. “I’ll meet you upstairs,” Joseph Gabbedon says. But the 21-year-old Cal State Fullerton student won’t take the stairs. Instead, Gabbedon, who was born with cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, rides in the elevator after opening the automatic door near University Hall. At first, Gabbedon said he was reluctant to take advantage of the Disabled Student Services on campus. “As a disabled person there’s this stigma that you can’t do things yourself,” he said. “So I was kind of afraid to use the ser-
vices, because then I would be admitting I couldn’t do anything on my own.” Using a wheelchair to get around since about 10 years old, with his last surgery leaving him weaker than before, he said he has learned how to cope. The disease, which can result in serious cases of mental retardation, left Gabbedon with symptoms of muscle weakness in his legs, a spastic left hand and minor scoliosis, but he said he tries not to let anything keep him down. If it weren’t for the services, Gabbedon said he wouldn’t be where he is today. The service has provided him with extra time on his exams and priority housing at the campus dorms, where he has lived since SEE SErVICES - PAGE 5
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GoinG up - Joseph Gabbedon, a Cal State Fullerton Japanese major, has cerebral palsy and has used a wheelchair since about age 10.
Arboretum Hosts Southern California’s Largest Plant Sale bY SArAh GAmmILL
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The 34th annual Greenscene event, largest plant sale in the Southern California region, is heading back to the grounds of Cal State Fullerton at The Arboretum. The event will run April 21 to 22, and will stretch from the north to the south side of The Arboretum, said Christie Twentier, special events coordinator of the Friends of the Arboretum. The Heritage House will also be open for tours and will be selling Victorian items.
Friends of the Arboretum will be hosting the event with 100 vendors, some coming from as far as San Francisco to showcase their goods. It is expected to draw around 8,000 people throughout the weekend. “The shopping experience is outdoors, it’s a fun day for the family,” said Mark Costello, manager of the Friends of the Arboretum. A section devoted to children will include a bug safari. Children will also be able to receive a pot, and to plant either a flower or seed in it and take it home. The vendors will carry everything, said Greg Dyment, director of The Arboretum. There will be a variety of
Annual Symposium Talks About Words
hear CSUF graduate student WenChi Chang speak on the influence email@example.com Southern Min, a Chinese dialect, has on the Mandarin spoken in Taiwan. Chang presented how socioecoTucked away in the Titan Theatre, a group of linguistics enthusiasts pre- nomic factors and the implication of sented research that could provide only speaking standard Mandarin in material for an assortment of new schools contributed to the creation of Taiwanese Mandarin. “nowadays, “Schoolhouse Rock!” tunes. The 16th annual Cal State Ful- people will speak standard Mandarin to show they are lerton Linguishighly educated,” tics Symposium Chang said. started quiStudents and etly at 9 a.m. as Anything you can professors drifted Thomas Klamdo at a univerin and out of the mer, the dean sity 16 times in a theater as the day of the College wore on. Some row is exceptional. of Humanities were interested and Social SciUniversities are inherin the topics ences, expressed ently unorganized. and others came pride in having simply to get a recurring an– Thomas Klammer extra credit for nual event for so Dean of College of Humanities their linguistics many years. classes. “Anything you “ Pr o m o t i o n can do at a uniis the toughest versity 16 times thing,” said Ryan in a row is exceptional. Universities are inherently Jackson, the vice president of the unorganized,” Klammer said in his CSUF Linguistics Students Association, the group that hosted the event. opening remarks. At the beginning, a small group “People e-mail me afterwards saying of 15 spectators had gathered to they didn’t know it was happening.
pottery and sculptures for gardens, flowers, soils, fertilizers, and many more plants and plant-related products, which he believes brings people to Greenscene. “The vendors come mainly because even if they have a retail store most of these people aren’t going to get 5,000 people through their retail store in two days,” said Twentier. The vendors, which pay a flat fee to setup, get to keep all the proceeds they earn. The flat fees all go toward supporting The Arboretum, which can gross upwards of $50,000. The Friends of the Arboretum has never had to turn anyone away because of space issues, but “has had
many times when it has been shoulder-to-shoulder,” Dyment said. A consumer can expect to see reasonable prices with high quality at Greenscene, said Costello. “It’s just a place to come for one stop shopping. They [plant buyers] don’t have to spend a whole day driving to 15 different nursery’s getting a different thing,” Twentier said. Food booths will also be available during the weekend. Knowlwoods will be selling hamburgers and the Brown Stone Cafe will also be selling food and beverages. Dyment also advises consumers to come prepared to carry everything.
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day. The Arboretum will be closed on April 20 to prepare for the event. As for the consumers, they begin to line up early Saturday morning. A big line of people waiting outside the gate to get in for first dibs usually starts early Saturday, Dyment said. “As soon as we open the gate, the madness starts,” Dyment said The gates will open at 9 a.m. for members of the Friends of Arboretum, and will open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission is $5 presale and $6 at the gate. Parking is free. Volunteers for both days are needed and urged to contact the Arboretum before hand at 714-278-3579.
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within the Santa Ana Unified School District that provides academic and college preparation, director Roberto Gonzalez said. The students must have a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average, have graduated from eight grade, and come from low-income or first-generation parents who did not graduate from high school or college. “We have a lot of students who are coming from single family homes,” Gonzalez said. “And many of them are extremely low-income and use this program to focus on school rather than their economic problems.” Along with the director, Upward Bound employs two academic councilors and five CSUF student tutors. Four high schools participate in the program with 88 students combined. The tutors and academic councilors provide two tutoring sessions a week per high school. The schools within Santa Ana’s district are largely overpopulated and the student-to-counselor ratio is really high, so having a smaller group of students gives them the
Education Program Helps Students ‘Up’ For the Daily Titan
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Read on - Ashlee Shinn, a speaker at the Linguistics Symposium on Monday at the Titan Theatre, examines the program. They said if they had known, they would have gone.” The symposium is made up of seven CSUF graduate students, a CSUF alumnus and three featured guest speakers. Most of the presentations highlighted unique phonetic characteristics of languages that the majority of American college students had never heard. Graduate student Tom Beeman broke from this mold by presenting his findings regarding native Spanish speakers and education of formal use of accents in that language. Beeman, who has been assisting
to teach high school Spanish classes, helped develop an experiment to find a more successful way to help students understand which part of a word gets stressed. “Even the most proficient of Spanish speaker has difficulty identifying the stress of a word unless the word is overly exaggerated and emphasized,” Beeman said. “Our experiment proved that teaching via patterns and memorization is superior to the old teaching method focusing
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“The radio flyer red wagon seems to be the most popular, but for me that would be a little small,” Dyment said. He said he would go to the store and buy a larger one with blow up rubber wheels. Plan on spending at least several hours at Greenscene too, Dyment said. “It takes a long time to go down there and see what everybody has, and then when you find that plant that you want, you have to haggle with the person selling it, and the agree on a price. It takes a long time to get through here,” Dyment said. Vendors usually begin setup Thurs-
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On an average day Lisett Llerenas, a high school senior, goes to dance practice or anchors announcements before going to her classes. After school she is tutored for about an hour and a half and changes to go to work for four hours, then she returns home to study before going to bed. “If I get lucky I would get seven hours [of sleep] on a day that I don’t have much to do, which is never because I’m always doing something,” Llerenas said. Llerenas has a cumulative grade point average of 3.8, she applied to 11 universities just to be safe, she said, and was accepted to eight including her first and second choices, UC Davis and Cal State San Luis Obispo. Without the guidance of the Upward Bound program Llerenas said she would not have been as motivated to work hard for college. Upward Bound is a federally funded program that Cal State Fullerton offers to high school students
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Evidence Shows Forced Sexual Slavery TOKYO (AP) - evidence submitted to the post-world war II trials of Japanese war criminals shows Japan’s military forced asian women into sexual slavery during the war, historians said tuesday, citing newly unearthed documents. The findings from the mass of evidence submitted at the 1946-48 tokyo war crimes tribunal contradict Prime Minister Shinzo abe’s recent denial that the military coerced women to be prostitutes for its troops – remarks that triggered outrage in South Korea and China. The main verdict at the tokyo tribunal – accepted as valid by Japan’s government in the 1952 peace treaty between Japan and the allied Powers – also says the Japanese military forced women to have sex with its troops. The new evidence comes as a committee of the U.S. House considers a nonbinding resolution calling on Japan to fully acknowledge wrongdoing and make an unambiguous apology. Japan has objected to the resolution, arguing it is not based on historical fact.
Bush Sympathizes with Virgina Tech BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - President Bush, the nation’s consoler in times of tragedy, paused at a makeshift memorial on tuesday across the street from the scene of the Virginia tech shootings, then left behind a few words in sympathy. The president scrawled “god Bless” and signed his name to a giant “Vt” propped up on the trunk of a tree. The first lady, who laid a bouquet of roses at the memorial, wrote “with love, Laura Bush.” Bush spent a moment of silence at the memorial after speaking at a memorial service on the campus where students, professors and administrators are anguishing over the nation’s deadliest shooting spree. “It’s impossible to make sense of such violence and suffering,” Bush said a day after the rampage in which 33 people, including the suspected gunman, died.
State NewS Family Sues College for Wrongful Death FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The family of a student who died at a fraternity house after a weekend of drinking sued California State University, Fresno, and the fraternity for wrongful death. Danny Ray Daniels, 19, was found dead in his bed at the Phi gamma Delta house last year. He had a blood-alcohol level four times the legal limit at the time of his death, according to a coroner’s report. Parents Cassandra Daniels and Danny Daniels filed the wrongful death lawsuit in Fresno County Superior Court on Friday. They seek unspecified compensation.
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Student organization Spotlight Colleges against Cancer
By RichaRd tinoco
For the Daily Titan
Between finding parking, rushing to class and taking notes, Cal State Fullerton students are having trouble finding a club that suits them. Colleges against Cancer is a new university-wide organization headed by CSUF Junior albert Bach. The organization has chapters all across the country at campuses such as Stanford, Columbia and Brown. with over 36,000 students enrolled at CSUF, the university has a difficult time getting students, faculty and staff involved. Bach’s father, a cancer survivor, is just one of the reasons why he brought the organization to CSUF. “There should be no excuse as to why [colleges] are not putting cancer prevention, cancer screening programs, events or education to the public,” Bach said. “My goal is to have Colleges against Cancer fulfill those
duties.” at CSUF and around the neighborBach said he hopes student partic- ing communities. He aims to proipation will increase as the club gains vide funds for cancer research for more recognition around campus students at school and the commuand as “the notion of CSUF being a nity at large. ‘commuter school” decreases. “our main goals and purpose is “It appeals to evto prevent cancer, eryone because cansave lives and dicer can affect anyone minish suffering at anytime,” said 20- our main goals and from cancer,” Bach year-old Bach. purpose is to prevent said. The organization flock cancer, save lives and mayThebeclub’s serves as an outlet small, but for cancer survi- diminish suffering its outreach is vors and caretak- from cancer. looking promisers to promote and – albert Bach ing, according to educate students on CAC Member 20-year-old alison cancer awareness. white. Bach said he prom“There aren’t ises to have “current that many people information on nayet,” white said. tionwide advocacy initiatives” and “But once word gets around, I’m wants “to develop plans and projects sure people will come out of here related to cancer.” more informed and aware of cancer as the summer season flashes for- and how to stay protected.” ward and the final exams approach, Bach said, “[So far], I have met Bach said he plans to recruit new many young CSUF cancer survimembers and begin raising funds for vors,” Bach said, “who mentioned the organization. that there are really few propagatIn the long run, Bach said he ed and known resources, support wants the club to be a real presence groups and cancer information for
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CaMPUS CaLeNDaR TODAY Spring talent Show auditions 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: talent show auditions are being held in the Student Diversity office UH-183. For more info call (714) 278-4575 event Planning at the Fullerton arboretum 12 to 1 p.m.: a presentation on the arboretum for those looking for a location to plan the next party or wedding. titan toastmasters 12 to 1 p.m.: a workshop to help people become effective communicators without becoming nervous before a crowd. Hosted at the Pollak Library. Dollar wednesday Bowling Nights 6 to 10 p.m. at the tSU Underground. THURSDAY Spring talent Show auditions 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: talent show auditions are being held in the Student Diversity office UH-183. For more info call (714) 278-4575 women’s tennis vs. UC San Diego 2 to 4 p.m. at the tennis Sports Complex. admission is free. Free glow Bowling Thursday 3 to 7 p.m. at the tSU Underground. FRIDAY Baseball vs. Pacific 7 to 10 p.m. at goodwin Field. Students with current CSUF ID receive free admission. adult general
admission is $7. StePINg oUt by Richard Harris 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Performing arts Center Young Theatre. admission is $8 in advance for students with current CSUF ID. adult general admission is $9. The play will run until May 5. SATURDAY Baseball vs. Pacific 6 to 9 p.m. at goodwin Field.
students on campuses.” In the coming weeks, Bach said he wants to establish what the club is all about: “research, education, advocacy and service.” He added, “Basically, [it is] having fun while making a difference in the fight against cancer.” one of the first events will be held on June 23 and 24 when the american Cancer Society and the city of Fullerton come together for a fundraiser honoring cancer survivors called, “Relay For Life.” Bach explained, “It is a 24hour relay event that raises money toward cancer research, early detection and prevention, treatment and patient support.” Colleges against Cancer meets biweekly on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. in McCarthy Hall285. Bach encourages “anyone and everyone” to come in and speak up. For more information e-mail CaC at CSUFagainstcancer@ gmail.com.
BARABOO, Wis. (AP) - a peeping tom seen peering into a second-floor window of a man’s apartment fled before the could catch him, but he left a key piece of evidence behind – his ladder. Matt edgerton, 24, said he was at home when he noticed a shadow move across his bedroom
window and went to investigate. when he pulled back the curtain, he was face-to-face with a middle-aged man peering in. “My nose was actually touching the window and it was like, boom! His face was right there,” edgerton said. “It was like a horror movie.”
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injections, microdermabrasions and chemical peels have become a popular commodity for older cosmetic surgery patients. These procedures are called minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. Their use has gone up 13 percent increase since 2004, according to the statistics for 2005 from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. our bodies are viewed as the best per“Plas- sonification of our culture, Susan Bordo tic surgery wrote in her book “unbearable Weight: is great,” said Feminism, Western Culture, and the diana Rigueur, Body.” a biology and art Her book includes ideas from anthrohistory major. “It can fix facial features pologists Pierre Bourdieu and philosowhen a person is involved in an accident pher Michael Fouchalt that the body is a because people don’t accept anything direct locus of social control. that may seem out of the social norm.” She also detailed how the body has our culture creates social values that become a machine with configurations make us aim to be what we think we that we can alter at our will. should be, Jolles said. “In place of God “Physical beauty the watchmaker, we carries a great deal of now have ourselves, the weight in our culture, In place of God the master sculptors of that because it is a vehicle watchmaker, we now plastic,” she wrote. for social power. The have ourselves, the Jolles said, “The body beautiful tend to have is thought to be a thing master sculptors of more power than the to tame and control, as nonbeautiful, often be- that plastic. inferior to the mind. – Susan Bordo This thinking, by the cause the beautiful can Author of “Unbearable Weight” way, has been used to attract the powerful,” she added. justify the oppression An obsession with of people historically youth can also contribconsidered more body ute to our desire to resist showing signs than mind, like women, children, the of age, Jolles said. nonwhite, the non-Western, the nonto undo the presence of time, botox Christian, and so forth.”
American obssession with cosmetic surgery has gone through the roof in the last few years, but are we any happier for it?
he idea of changing what we don’t like about ourselves is often encouraged in our society. dead-end jobs, futureless relationships, bad diets and grey hair can all be altered at our discretion. Similarly, less-than-perfect bodies can also be fixed with a nose job, tummy tuck or breast augmentation from plastic surgeons. We are enthralled to the idea of being able to overcome any limits because American ideology preaches that a person can do anything if he or she works hard enough for it, said Majorie Jolles, assistant professor of women’s studies. “With that ideological basis, we are less likely to just accept our looks if we feel that we can improve them – in fact, our culture nearly demands that we constantly improve our-
selves, that to be happy with what we have is to settle for less,” she said. This may explain why many Americans are running to plastic surgeons for an answer to their physical dilemmas. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 10.2 million cosmetic surgery procedures were performed in 2005, an 11 percent increase from 2004. But there is a distinction between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery. “Plastic surgery is a much broader category, and includes things like repairing someone’s skin after a fire, rebuilding someone’s facial structure and so forth for noncosmetic reasons, and cosmetic surgery is associated more with vanity than plastic surgery is,” Jolles said. When used for its intended reconstructive purpose, the concept and role of plastic surgery in the medical field can be vital and often times miraculous.
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Daily Titan Staff Writer
Many cultural critics say that cosmetic surgery is driven by desperation to hold onto power, she added. Mainstream American aesthetic tastes from fashion magazines, tV and film favor a white, Western european look conformed to the ideals of what may attract male gaze, Jolles said. “With the increasing globalization in which American tastes are more visible all over, they may be exerting more social power than they once did,” she added. It can be noted that plastic and cosmetic surgery serves many purposes, but Jolles said that it is not the path to empowerment for everyone – or maybe anyone. “It serves to strengthen the very ideologies that cause our suffering and desperation in the first place,” Jolles said. “It promises a sort of magical transformation, and women especially long for that transformation because they think it’s the key to greater power. And when power is scarce, we’ll spare no expense to keep it.” Cassandra Stringer from the Cal State Fullerton Counseling and Psychological Services said that she feels the media’s promotions for things like plastic surgery encourage women of all ages to focus on measuring themselves against an ideal that doesn’t exist – the retouched photo of a model on the front of a popular magazine. “does it make sense that people spend thousands of dollars to increase their breast size when children all over the world are going to bed hungry?” she asked. “I believe there’s more potential for our mental health and happiness in feeding the children,” she added.
The American Association of Plastic Surgeons Web site is www. plasticsurgery.org
April 18, 2007
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We Like To Think We Can Prevent Tragedy, But We Canâ€™t
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Help Getting Help
BY Jenn BRown
We all have problems. We all have moments where we feel the world is crashing down upon us. We all have days where the overcast morning sky summates our stay in bed to avoid dealing with the daily challenges life tosses our way. College is onerous on all of us as we are challenged with hard work while making major decisions that will affect us for the rest of our lives. Some people are able to deal with them better than others. itâ€™s clear that Cho SeungHui had his problems â€“ problems that manifested into demons. A day removed from the carnage, we know that Seung-Hui was unabashed in expressing his problems through his writing. A play he had written for a class included horrific details of stalking, murder, molestation and other dark elements. no one knew for sure whether the college student was destined to be the next Stephen King or a name destined to live on in infamy â€“ but the smoke signals were there for sure. That said, we know now
that his writings were, at least to some extent, a cry for help. The student, described as an introvert, was willing to part the curtains of his personality and let this dark side shine onto others. And whatever actions were taken in light of his revelations were clearly not enough. The moral of the story? if you feel like this, or know of someone that might, a proactive approach is the only solution. God only knows whether or not some sort of intervention might have been able to avert this tragedy, but it should at least prompt us to take action so that the quiet ones have somewhere a caring ear tohear their voice as well. Cal State Fullerton has amenities for those in need of help, available at the Student Health and Counseling Center. There is counseling available for groups, couples and individuals in need of someone to talk to. if you or someone you know might benefit from these services, donâ€™t hesitate to take action. The Student Health Center can be contacted at (714) 278-2821.
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How can you tell when someone is going to crack? Cho Seung-Hui, the 23-year-old Virginia Tech senior who is allegedly responsible for the shootings that occurred Monday, was described as â€œa loner,â€? â€œtroubledâ€? and â€œquietâ€? by sources in an article by the Associated press. There are loners in every community, but most people donâ€™t expect them to pick up a gun and try to massacre as many people as possible for no apparent reason. So why did this guy? Weâ€™ve all seen someone who is a little off. A little creepy, a little too quiet, into weird things. Maybe he sits in the back of your class, or maybe she always sits in your favorite coffee shop, alone. What does it take to make him or her buy a Glock and turn your classroom or coffee shop into the next big news event? The Ap reports that Seung-Hui was taking antidepressants, but so are millions of Americans. They also reported that â€œtroublingâ€? behavior had escalated recently to include stalking women and setting fire to a dorm room. The warning bells were sounded, but they were ignored. Did nobody care? Did nobody notice? or were all the clues that are so easy to put together after the fact not shared with the people who are supposed to protect us?
When Sueng-Huiâ€™s writing alarmed a creative writing teacher, no action was taken. The chairwoman of Virginia Techâ€™s English Department was quoted by the Ap as saying: â€œWeâ€™re all alert not to ignore things like this.â€? But it seems that is exactly what happened. Sueng-Huiâ€™s writing and violent behavior was largely ignored. Did the creative writing teacher think of informing the campus police that there was a potentially violent student on campus? no, she sent him to the counseling office, according to the Ap. itâ€™s natural to have faith in people. Most want to believe that people are inherently good. But enough campus shootings have occurred in recent years to tell us that this is not always the case. itâ€™s difficult to assume that people are capable of violence. nobody wants to think every person who doesnâ€™t paste on a smile and act like everything is fine is going to go on a rampage. But it happens. Caution is what students, faculty and staff at any campus must employ to prevent events like this from happening. Red-flagging dangerous behavior and informing the appropriate authorities is a necessity. Unfortunately thereâ€™s no manual on how to find the next crazed gunman. Thereâ€™s no clear way to differentiate eccentric from dangerous. And when warning signs arenâ€™t shared with the people who need to know that there is a potential for dangerous behavior, the worst possible outcome can occur. Unfortunately for the students and faculty of Virginia Tech, it did.
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The Advocate BY Robert
Normal Disorder normal is a disorder like no other. in my never-ending quest to discover what normal really is, i began searching for the word normal on Google. Although i was under the impression that no such thing as â€œnormalâ€? existed, i came across a Web site created by Jared Blackburn who wrote the diagnostic criteria for normal Disorder. Here is Blackburnâ€™s criteria for normal Disorder, which may include any combination of the following symptoms: Egocentrism: - The failure to realize that people have different perspectives. - Acts as if more important than others. - Greed or a domineering and bossy attitude. Lack of Originality: - Rigidly follows traditions or social rituals. - Faddish, often follows the latest fashion craze. - Thoughtlessly follows a social reference or a local group of friends (i.e. peer pressure). Lack of Sympathy: - Cruel or callous towards the feelings of others (i.e. ridiculing and teasing). - often uses others to meet own goals. Treats others as objects. Uses dishonesty as a means for social advancement. At this point i could not hold back my laughter. i realized that it was a parody of the DSM-iVâ€™s diagnostic criteria for Aspergerâ€™s i described in my first column. i continued reading Blackburnâ€™s description, â€œnormal disorder is frighteningly common.â€?
normal disorder starts at a young age. â€œAs children they are often aggressive and cruel â€Ś believe they must have the latest toy from a commercial, or wear the latest fashion.â€? Blackburn said normal children also have trouble with the use of pronouns and will call everything â€œmine.â€? Staring at a TV was a common behavior. He wrote that it may be necessary to avoid contradicting the normal behavior, as normal people are likely to show aggression to those who refuse to follow their â€œnorms.â€? Blackburn also suggests that people with normal Disorder may also be highly successful politicians being quite common among the population. Finally Blackburn ends with a note of warning: â€œ ... the egocentrism, poor insight and narrow standards of acceptability may make the person with normal personality dangerous to others in the community, being particularly threatening to those who are not themselves normal.â€? After reading Blackburnâ€™s parody i could not help but laugh at the irony. normal people call people with Aspergerâ€™s odd and eccentric. To any normal person i might seem strange or eccentric, but in reality Aspies are unique and individualistic. We are different, yet we are very much the same. Too bad thereâ€™s nothing unique about being normal. i choose to be different and accept my differences and the differences of others. Some of you might want to ridicule me, but you have a disorder too.
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his freshman year. “I don’t think I would have been able to attend here if I wouldn’t have gotten housing,” he said. “[The services] are not out to do things for you, but to put you on a level playing field so you’re able to succeed with your own abilities.” He said the services do not provide funding for housing but rather give disabled students a higher priority than regular students, based on each case, at the already impacted dorm facilities. “It’s not for free,” he said. “I pay for it like everyone else.” In his case, Gabbedon had to take a three-hour bus ride from Inglewood to make it to campus while receiving funding for books and tuition through the State Department of Rehabilitation. Gabbedon is now studying towards a bachelor’s degree in Japanese with hopes of someday moving to Japan to work as an interpreter. Paul Miller, director of Disable Student Services, said there are about 700 disabled students like Gabbedon enrolled each year at CSUF with cases ranging from limited mobility to deafness, and neurological disabilities. Miller said he considers the campus the most geographically accessible of the CSUs with its relatively small size. Each year, Miller said he intends to take it a step further. “This campus is attractive to a lot of students,” he said. “We have one of the best funded programs and we are a leader in adopting new technology.” To accommodate the growing disabled population, Miller said he has helped move along the installation of automatic doors and multiple handicapped accessible bathrooms in each building, as well as handicapped parking services. Although all of the new structures will be equipped with the accommodations, Miller said some of the older buildings, such as the Humanities Building, had to recently install accessible bathrooms in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. There are currently three fully handicapped accessible bathrooms in the Humanities Building – two on the first floor and a new one on the second floor. One bathroom is currently under construction on the seventh floor, Miller said. Although the Fullerton and Irvine campuses are physically functional for the disabled, Miller said there are certain services that are still needed for every individual case. With 2,500 students in line for a dorm room, Miller said disabled students like Gabbedon get special consideration because they wouldn’t be able to attend school otherwise. Other considerations to take into account are in-class accommodations, such as allowing extra time on exams, or allowing students with special needs to take the exam in a more comfortable setting. About $1.5 million is allocated to Disabled Student Services each year from the university’s general fund to go toward new technology, providing instruction for staff, and additional part time counselors, according to Miller. He said every student registered as disabled must meet with a counselor at least once at the beginning of each semester to determine the services needed on a yearly basis. “We try to tailor the support services to each individual student,” Miller said. “We find out what accommodations may be affective for them.” Amelia Diaz, a 19-year-old student who has been blind since birth, finds the service as a prompt and helpful way to get her books and tests converted into Braille so she can read them in French, which is her major. “I think the services here are extremely adequate,” said the fourthsemester student who takes a bus from Anaheim. For Gabbedon, every day is a learning experience while living in a campus dorm. He said he doesn’t expect everyone to hold his hand, but also realizes there is a hand to reach out to if he needs it. “Part of the thing about being disabled is you have to learn about the boundaries you have,” he said. “There aren’t going to be handicapaccessible bathrooms all the time.”
SYmPoSIUm: LINGUISTS UPwArD: PrEPPING for CoLLEGE primarily on rules.” Klammer said he thought it was wonderful to have an event with such a variety of speakers. “Many of the linguistics students are presenting,” Klammer said. “That’s distinctive, that’s something we as very proud of: students presenting their research.” Jackson said that, for the students, the highlight is the guest speakers. “People hear subjects at the symposiums that they end up getting a doctorate in,” Jackson said. The audience was at its largest at the end of the symposium when Jerold Edmondson from the University of Texas spoke
about the use of language to track the early migration of humans out of Africa. Edmondson said his research was influenced by the National Geographic Genographic project. While the Linguistics Student Association would like to bring in more speakers like Edmondson, Jackson said a big deterrent is cost. “Our speakers are wonderful, but we don’t have the money to pay them,” Jackson said. The speakers the group does get are a result of a hands-on process. “We sort of stalk them,” Jackson said. “Someone will read their research and then we will go online and find ways of contacting them. Most people are very open to helping us.”
one-on-one attention they may not receive in high school, Gonzalez said. The tutoring sessions are crucial to the program, academic councilor Margarita Muniz said. It gives the tutors and the councilors a chance to talk to the students directly about their academic progress and help them with homework issues. During their spring break, Gonzalez and the two academic counselors took some students to northern California to visit four campuses – San Jose State, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Cal State San Louis Obispo, and Stanford – which exposes the students to
universities they may want to apply to and shows the seniors their future schools. Upward Bound further submerges the students into college life through a six-week summer residential program where they live in the Hope International University dorms while attending four courses at CSUF. “It’s like a preview where kids can actually expand not only their personality but also their educational needs because they’re offered different types of programs like different classes – math classes, English classes – it’s fun, at the same time it takes away from the pressure of school,” CSUF tutor Diana Rigueur said. Once a month, there is a Saturday
session where the students undergo SAT preparation while parents get financial aid and admission information. During these sessions, the tutors and counselors also talk to the students to expand their analytical skills, Rigueur said. As a result of all the college preparation 100 percent of the senior participants graduated high school and went to college last year, Gonzalez said. “We don’t allow them to be limited,” Rigueur said. “We show them that there are opportunities and possibilities and that those possibilities are actually reachable regardless of where you are.”
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Virginia Tech athletics affected By Tragedy Hokies’ spring football game is cancelled as head coach vows to move on
“The most amazing thing is you know what this place is like,” he said in his spacious football office. “And all of a sudden you have a massacre.” He said he imagines the school’s reputation will take a beating in the Associated Press coming days as the nation remains gripped by the details of the murFrank Beamer grew up about an ders, but that he expects the best hour from Blacksburg, played foot- of Virginia Tech will come forth, as ball for Virginia Tech and has be- well. come the very familiar face of the “If I know anything about Hokuniversity as the man who built the ies, and I think I do, I think what’s Hokies into one of the nation’s elite going to happen is we’re going to befootball programs. come closer, show even more respect But on Monday, Beamer was like for each other,” he said. “We’re going so many others glued to the televi- to be even more proud and it’s going sion and watching as the details of to draw us closer together.” mass murder on Men’s basketthe campus he ball coach Seth loves slowly dribGreenberg has a bled out. We’re going to be daughter, Paige, On Tuesday, who’s a fresheven more proud and he canceled his man at Virginia it’s going to draw us team’s last three Tech and was spring practices closer together. unharmed. and Saturday’s “I’m numb spring game, right now think– Frank Beamer which is always a ing about the Virginia Tech Head Coach big draw at Lane parents comStadium. ing to camNone of his pus to identify players were hurt their children,” in the shooting Greenberg told spree that left 32 victims and the ESPN.com on Monday. “It’s hard to gunman dead. put into words. What would drive “There’s things more important someone to do this? than football right now,” he said “This is the most peaceful, tranafter attending a somber convoca- quil and safe environment. But this tion. “There’s a lot of grieving fami- shows that there is nowhere that lies here and there’s going to be a lot you’re safe from tragedy or this type of grieving families here Saturday. I of senseless violence. It’s devastatjust thought it was the right thing to ing.” do.” The convocation Tuesday packed The school Tuesday also postponed Cassell Coliseum, and more than a baseball game against William & 20,000 people who didn’t fit in the Mary that was to have been played basketball arena watched on a huge Wednesday. Five spring sports teams video screen inside Lane Stadium. will participate in ACC championAs the service was winding down, ships as scheduled, the school said. English professor Nikki Giovanni Beamer was in his office when led the crowd in a chant of “Let’s go news of the shootings broke, and Hokies,” the crowd’s volume increaswhen he was cleared to leave at ing with each verse. about noon, there was no way to “I think what took place at the avoid watching. end of the ceremony, people wanted He said he tried to work out when to let it out and say, `Hey, this one he got home, but the phone kept guy’s not going to beat us,’” Beamer ringing, so finally he just watched. said.
The Los Angeles Dodgers placed right-hander Jason Schmidt on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with shoulder inflammation. The move was retroactive to Sunday. Schmidt had an MRI Monday in Phoenix and there is no timeframe for his return. The team is going to give him a few days off to see if the irritation subsides. “We are going to give it a few days to let it calm down. Hopefully it’s just a short term thing,” Dodgers manager Grady Little said. The Dodgers have not made a corresponding roster move and Little did not name a starter for Thursday at Colorado. Schmidt, who signed a $47-million, three-year contract last winter, is 1-2 with a 7.36 ERA, and his velocity had dropped in his early-season outings. Head athletic trainer Stan Conte said that Schmidt reported discomfort after his start against San Diego Saturday. “It was just a lot more effort for me to get the ball to the plate,” Schmidt said. “It wasn’t free and easy.” Conte said Schmidt had elbow surgery in 2003 and shoulder surgery in 2000. But Conte said the latest inflammation does not appear to be related to Schmidt’s past arm troubles. “I don’t want to be flippant about this, but I think we’ll handle it,” Conte said. “Pitchers’ shoulders are not an easy situation to predict.” Schmidt said he was a little surprised when the team placed him on the disabled list. Asked if he agreed with the move, Schmidt said, “That’s a tricky question. I guess in a strange sort of way I would have to be in agreement with it, because if there is light at the end of the tunnel when we come out on the other side of this thing, I can get back to doing what I do best.”
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SETTLING IN- Cal State Fullerton’s Lauren Lupinetti, a sophomore transfer from St. John’s University, gets a hit for the Titans’ softball team. This season, the infielder has emerged as a contributor to a CSUF team with a record of 25-17 overall and 7-2 in the Big West Conference. Lupinetti is among the Titan leaders in several offensive categories. She has collected 36 hits in 121 at-bats for a .298 batting average, third on the team behind Kiki Munoz (.302) and Ashley Van Boxmeer (.333). Lupinetti is tied for second on the team with six home runs and has also driven in 19 runs. In 29 at-bats in Big West competition, Lupinetti has collected nine hits in 29 at-bats for a .310 batting average and has a home run and four RBIs. The Titans softball team will come out and host the Pacific Tigers at Anderson Family Field beginning with a doubleheader Saturday at noon. The series will conclude with a game at noon on Sunday.
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By Carlos delgado/daily Titan staff Photographer JUST MADE IT – Cal State Fullerton’s Corey Jones [#1] is late on the tag on UC Irvine’s Tyler Vaughn. The Titans look to improve on their Big West record as they host Pacific for a three-game set at Goodwin Field beginning Friday. hits in the Titans 9-8 win. The game some mental letdowns that you was stopped in the eighth inning due wouldn’t normally have in a league to travel series,” Horarrangeton said. ments. The TiEven tans will get We didn’t have a huge letwith the a chance to down [against UC Davis], but sweep, stop those we had some mental letdowns Horton mistakes as still does they will rethat you wouldn’t normally feel his turn to Big have in a league series. team is West play playing and host a – George Horton like they Pacific team Titans Baseball Head Coach can, and that has believes struggled all that it is year. the menThe Tital errors gers (9-28, in non-conference games that are 0-6) have lost 17 or their last 21 doing the most damage. games, including all six of their Big “We didn’t have a huge letdown West match-ups. [against UC Davis], but we had The Titans have dominated the
Tigers under Horton as he boasts a record of 30-4 against Pacific and the all-time record is 66-8 in favor of the Titans. Horton fully expects the Titans to have a good weekend, but knows that it can be a series like this one that can change a season. “My job is to ensure we don’t have a letdown,” Horton said. “This is one of those league series you want to sweep. We aren’t at 100 percent with Vasquez and Weeks out and anytime you can play a lower echelon team when you’re down is a good thing.” Last year the Titans swept the Tigers by a combined score of 27-6 in their three game series. Game 1 will be on Friday at 7 p.m. and Game 2 will be on Saturday at 6 p.m. The series will conclude on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Tennis Gets Fourth Win CSUF Athletics Media Relations The Cal State Fullerton women’s tennis team extended its winning streak to four consecutive matches on Tuesday afternoon, handing Cal State Bakersfield a 7-0 loss at the Titan Courts. With the victory, the Titans improved to 5-15 overall while the loss dropped the Roadrunners to 1-10
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After an impressive sweep against UC Davis last weekend, the No. 17 ranked Cal State Fullerton Titans baseball team will look to continue their push for first place in the Big West when they host Pacific this weekend at Goodwin Field. The Titans (23-12, 4-2) took the first game of their three game series behind the strong pitching of Wes Roemer. Roemer retired 16 of the first 18 batters he faced until giving up two runs to Davis in the sixth inning. Roemer went eight innings in all, getting his fifth win of the year and his second in the past three games he has pitched. The Titans offense also provided Roemer with a large lead, scoring eight runs before the fifth inning enroute to a 9-2 victory. The second game of the series was highlighted by the Titans’ offense. Evan McArthur went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Joe Scott capitalized on a bases loaded squeeze bunt to give the Titans a 6-3 victory. With the injuries to Jake Vasquez and Joe Weeks, the Titans have struggled offensively, but the recent play of Scott, Matt Wallach and others have given the offense a spark. “They have worked awfully hard with coach [Jason] Gill,” Titans Head Coach George Horton said. “Matt has been taking advantage of the time he has had and we have also worked hard on changing some mechanical things.” Because of rain on Saturday, the Titans were forced to play a doubleheader on Sunday. Both offenses came out to play as they combined for 17 runs and 23
overall this season. Fullerton began the match with a sweep of doubles to take a 1-0 lead in the match, winning at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. Singles play was dominated by the Titans as they swept all six matches in straight sets to clinch the shutout. Cal State Fullerton closes out its regular season on Thursday with a home match against UC San Diego.
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Today marks the end of an NBA season that has been more than entertaining. And if the regular season is any indication of the level of play we can expect in the postseason, it’s safe to say the fans are in for a treat. The most compelling story going into the playoffs is anything involving the Dallas Mavericks. Clearly the best team in the league, anything short of championship run will be considered a failure. But the road for the defending Western Conference Champions will not be easy, as they will have to face either the Los Angeles Clippers or the Golden State Warriors. While I don’t think the Mavericks will have trouble with the Clippers, the Warriors high-powered offense may prove to be a problem for the Mavericks. The road doesn’t get any easier if they get through the first round, with the winner of the offensiveminded Utah Jazz or the defensive-minded Houston Rockets awaiting them in the next round. Lucky for the Mavericks that they have so much depth, because they will need it to get through the Phoenix Suns or the San Antonio Spurs – the teams likely to await them – to get to the Finals. If the Mavericks do get through the Western Conference, they have to avoid a letdown against whatever squad comes out of the East. The Western Conference is likely to produce this year’s NBA
Champion, with the top five teams – six if you include the streaking Denver Nuggets – capable of handling any team that comes out of the East. If there is to be an NBA Champion that comes from the Eastern Conference, it will be due to the bruising playoff schedule the Western Conference Champion had to face prior to he Finals. As far as the defending champions, the Miami Heat will be a non-factor in this year’s playoffs, despite the return of Dwyane Wade. The end of the season has also allowed for teams like Denver, Toronto, Chicago, Golden State and Phoenix to build the right kind of momentum needed right before the playoffs. My pick? It’s hard to go against the Mavericks in the West, and if the Bulls can avoid entering one of those cold streaks that they’ve become notorious for, they have enough talent to make their first post-Jordan Finals appearance. The Mavericks will likely make up for last year’s disappointment and win it all. Dirk Nowitzki will sweep the MVP awards this year (regular season and Finals) and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will probably do something outrageous like kiss David Stern on the lips.
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