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Teacher Reviews Take to the Web

The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton

Retired Persons Receive Education By Orion tippens

Online professor evaluations may do away with scantron version

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By Jennifer brown

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Cal State Fullerton’s Academic Senate is considering a technological upgrade for teacher evaluations. The senate must decide whether or not to allow departments to offer their end-of-semester teacher evaluations online. The issue was brought to the senate for several reasons. The equipment used to process evaluations needs to be replaced, more online classes have developed and there are concerns about the security of the evaluations, according to Diana Guerin, president of the senate. “There are many possible negative ramifications of [online voting],” said Lynda Randall, secretary of the senate, echoing worries of many other senators and faculty members. “One concern I would have is that having evaluations open for a long period of time makes it easier for students to conduct a campaign either for or against a faculty member,” said Mark Shapiro, a senator and physics professor. “There’s basically no time for collusion with the current system.” Many of the concerns stem from the fact that no process has been determined for how the evaluations will be performed. “It’s not clear, the language is very vague. It just gives departments the option [to use online evaluations],” Shapiro said. Participation may also be optional with an online format, which raises concerns for faculty. “There’s also the issue of whether or not students will bother to fill out the evaluations,” Shapiro said. “Students may just forget about it.” Some professors at the meeting told the senate that their departments have issues with the paper format of evaluations. “Some departments don’t have the time and faculty to have one person administer the evaluations,” said senator Kristi Kanel. Currently, teacher evaluations are done on paper for all classes that take place in a classroom, and online for all classes that take place online, according to Guerin. “It’s an important process and has implications for people’s careers,” she said. “The idea is to improve the institution.” Some departments are eager to use an online format for the evaluations. “Paper evaluations are a nightmare for our department,” said Prasada Rao, assistant professor and acting chair of the Civil Engineering Department. “The entire process would be identical with confidentiality and other aspects.” As for the concerns of a campaign, Rao said all students know that evaluations are taken in the fourteenth or fifteenth week and SEE EVALUATIONS - PAGE 3

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By REBECCA HARTNESS/Daily Titan Photo Editor

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - A man walks alongside the tracks of the Fullerton Train Station. The Metrolink serves as transportation for

many Cal State Fullerton commuter students every day.

Metro Offers Alternative Transportation

CSUF provides students Metro passes at discount prices By Kristle Snyder

For the Daily Titan

It’s 5:30 in the morning and Heather Myers wakes up to get ready for school. It’s hard to wake up but she has to, knowing that if she doesn’t get up now she

will probably miss the train. Myers, a resident of Riverside and a freshman at Cal State Fullerton, is one of approximately 104 CSUF students who use the Metrolink to commute to and from school, according to Armando Gonzalez from the Parking and Transportation office. “It saves me money and lots of time,” Myers said. “Instead of spending money on gas or paying $144 for a parking pass each semester, the train seems to be the best alternative.”

Each month, the Parking and Transportation Office on campus offers train tickets at a discounted price. According to the Parking and Transportation Web site, each student enrolled in twelve units or more is eligible for a discounted Metrolink 10-trip or monthly pass. Students get a 25 percent discount on ticket prices and those with a CSUF permit get 50 percent. To purchase a ticket, students are only required to bring a copy of their current course schedule and purchase their passes a month in

advance. “Not only are gas and parking permits expensive, but the fast track prices are outrageous,” said junior Randi Currie, a Metrolink rider who also commutes from Riverside. “There have been numerous times where I have had to pay over nine dollars one way.” Upon arriving at the Anaheim Canyon train station or the Ful SEE METRO - PAGE 3

Nixon Legacy Lives on in Library Birthplace of 37th president is home to museum that represents his life By LEYLA ALAHMAD

For the Daily Titan

Located in Yorba Linda, Calif., the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum not only offers an insider’s look into the world and life of the 37th President of the United States, but is also the actual birthplace and burial site of this Orange County native. According to the Nixon Library fact sheet, the museum is set on nine acres of land, and since its opening on July 20, 1990 has been visited by close to 2.6 million people. The museum can be booked for special events such as receptions, lectures, parties and weddings and therefore attracts a variety of visitors. Museum employee Christina Wilkinson said the museum is visited by students who come on school tours, tourists, and even celebrities such as Martin Sheen, who visited the museum last week for a foundation dinner in recognition of him. However, the busiest day of the year is Mrs. Nixon’s birthday. Wilkinson said it is a free day with free admission for everyone. “Everyone works that day. Pat

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honor of her birthday,” Wilkinson said. The museum contains 22 galleries that are exhibitions of Nixon’s life and political career. These galleries include: “Road to the Presidency,” “The Vice Presidency,” “The 1960 Presidential Campaign,” and “Watergate” which is currently under construction until June. Other galleries such as, “Legacy,” focus on his post-presidency accomplishments, and “The Birthplace” where visitors can tour the actual home Nixon was born in. Docents who are volunteer workers offer their time to work at the museum such as volunteer docent Nancy Bertocchini, a former teacher who says her “love of history” and “a great regard for Richard Nixon” is why she volunteers her time at the museum. These docent volunteers stand throughout the various galleries to guide visitors and answer questions. The museum also contains a 293 seat theater that plays a 28 minute movie called “Never Give Up: Richard Nixon in the Arena” about every 30 minutes which Bertocchini said, is the first thing recommended for visitors to do, “It gives you a kind of nice overview of President Nixon’s political life,” she said. Another one of the galleries

While many academic-driven students spend their extra time on campus playing text message tag or coddling their portable game-stations, there are other students on campus who gather together on Mondays to play bridge, and they carry a lifetime of experience with them. They are part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a large community of retired senior citizens that are at Cal State Fullerton to learn more and have fun in the process. OLLI is a membership-based program where retired and semi-retired senior citizens partake in educational programs and recreational activities. It defines itself on its Web site as “a continuing learning experience,” with classes including music, computer programs, language and art. “I have a good time. I met my peers and I have a lot of laughs,” said Jerri Brillhart, 90, a member of the program for 27 years. She said the initial count for members back in 1979 was 40 members. Even as the program’s spring semester ends earlier than the academic semester, many members return to campus to simply have fun and socialize for a friendly game of bridge. “Bridge was very popular for students when I was in college,” said Kay Forrester, 68 who attended CSUF during the 1970s. In a quiet, yet friendly, atmosphere, around 50 members gather for each session. They play a special version of bridge called “duplicate” bridge, a multiplayer variation of the game. The social atmosphere of the bridge meetings adds to the overall quality, as many classes are available for pleasure and discussion. “Sexy Shakespeare,” “Wisdom Exchange” and “Butterflies and Butterfly Gardens” were a few of the many diverse classes encouraging social activity and discussion during the spring semester. OLLI began 28 years ago as CLE, the Continued Learning Experience, started by Lee Shapiro. Eventually through private funding, the growing program led to the creation of the Ruby Gerontology Center building on campus, where current OLLI classes are held. The CLE program has since changed its name to credit the Bernard Osher Foundation, which has funded OLLI since 2001, along with 90 similar programs nationwide. Now the program has over 780 members according to Barbara Talento, the current president. “All through college we didn’t have time for ‘soul food,’ classes that I didn’t have to take or risk screwing up my GPA. Now we take time for exploratory classes like philosophy and poetry and really enjoy what school is about: learning,” Talento said about today’s college experience and what today’s students may miss. Talento is quite proud of OLLI’s recent accomplishments. Various members have contributed literature and poetry in two published anthologies. The office in the gerontology building is adorned with many watercolor paintings done by various members. “Learning is lifelong, and it’s never really too late,” Talento said.




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INTERNATIONAL NEWS Pope Speaks Out on His Visit to Latin America SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) - As if Pope Benedict XVI did not face enough challenges on his first papal visit to Latin America, his comments on abortion during an in-flight news conference Wednesday had Vatican officials scrambling to clarify what he meant to say before his plane even set down in Brazil. Benedict’s trip to the region where half the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics live comes at a critical time. The church is losing members to a booming evangelical Protestant movement, and the pontiff plans to speak forcefully against crime, poverty and moral relativism during his five-day visit. But it was his response to a reporter’s question about the politicians who legalized abortion in Mexico City that had Catholic scholars and Vatican officials scrambling to sort out the fine points of church doctrine before his Alitalia jet touched down in Sao Paulo.

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STATE NEWS Oregon Creates “Domestic Partnership” Legislation SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed state legislation creating “domestic partnerships” for gays and lesbians beginning Jan. 1, 2008. He also signed a bill that outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation that will go into effect the same date. The domestic partner law will allow same-sex couples to have many of the benefits offered to married couples when they enter a contractual relationship. The other law will ban discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people in employment and housing. The measure will “transform our state from one of exclusion to one of complete inclusion,” Kulongoski said. At the present, only Massachusetts allows same sex marriage, according to the AP. Vermont, Connecticut, California, New Jersey, Maine and Washington either allow civil unions or domestic partnerships.

LOCAL NEWS DA to Press the Death Penalty for Wildfire Arson RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A prosecutor said he will press for the death penalty for the man accused of setting last fall’s wildfire that killed five firefighters. Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco said he came to his decision after reviewing the evidence and consulting with the firefighters’ family members. Pacheco also reviewed Raymond Lee Oyler’s criminal record. Oyler is charged with five counts of first-degree murder, 17 counts of using an incendiary device and 23 counts of arson. He was arrested Oct. 31 near Banning. Oyler was also convicted in 2001 on a drug possession charge and has had run-ins with California and Missouri law in the past, according to the Associated Press. “I considered what I personally considered to be an incredible and callous disregard to the safety of the firefighters who would respond to the fires over a period of time,” Pacheco said. “He expressed on numerous occasions that he wanted to burn the mountain down.”

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Duration: 9:36 How we found it: Looking for the finest in Turkish Pop Cinema Summary: Made in the early ’80s, this is a true gem for bad movie lovers. This is the last 10-minute climax of the most infamous Turkish pop film ever made, “The Man Who Saved the World,” starring Cuneyt Arkin, legendary Turkish action hero. On a distant planet, a lone hero must save the cave-dwelling masses from an army of guys in bad costumes armed only with a pair of humongous gloves and a trampoline. See our hero chop large furry monsters in half, punch robots till they explode, and hop thirty feet in the air. All of this while footage from the first Star Wars film is added in a bizarre Oliver Stone-like style. Sadly the audio is in Turkish, but the stolen Indiana Jones theme added is hilarious. The movie itself can be found in pieces on YouTube, or unofficial copies usually can be bought at conventions. As for the star, Cuneyt Arkin, he has appeared in hundreds of Turkish movies that defined the Turkish pop cinema era. He is Turkeywood’s version of Jackie Chan, Charles Bronson and Errol Flynn all rolled into one. -Orion Tippens

Title: 1973 - 3 Dev Adam – 3 Mighty Men

Duration: 4:08 How we found it: Looking for more interesting classic Turkish pop cinema clips Summary: More insane classic Turkish pop cinema madness, just in time for the theatrical release of Spider-Man 3! Imagine Spider-Man as a violent psycho serial killer, a lover of women and a sinister mobster. Now add huge bushy eyebrows, a terrible costume and Vincent Price- style laughter. Talk about lost in translation! This is only a trailer for the film, “3 Dev Adam,” an obscurity usually found at conventions. See your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man murder his victims in truly unique ways. Keep in mind; many Hollywood films and icons were remade into Turkish films including E.T., Star Trek, Wizard of Oz, Exorcist, Rambo, Robin Hood and Star Wars. . Also look out for Mexican wrestling sensation, Santos, and the U.S. Marvel Comics superhero, Captain America, to save the day. This trailer is also not in English, and has very grainy quality, but still amusing. -Orion Tippens SEND US YOUR FAVORITE YOUTUBE VIDEOS; SEND TO NEWS@DAILYTITAN.COM

CAMPUS CALENDAR ALL WEEL All Night Study in the TSU TODAY 11:30 a.m. International Coffee Break at MJ’s Espresso 3 to 7 p.m. Free “Glow” Bowling Thursday in the TSU Underground. Jazz Singers 8 to 10:30 p.m. Jazz tunes from the ages resound with this group at the Performing Arts Center Meng Concert Hall. Tickets are $10. Spring Dance Theatre 8 to 10 p.m. Students with current CSUF ID can purchase tickets for $8 in advance. Admission is $9 at the door. FRIDAY 12 to 4 p.m. Richard Marquis: The Way of the Artist Exhibit. Sixty-

four pieces of work on display in the Visual Arts Main Art gallery. 7 p.m. Casino Night Fundraiser. The department of Health Science, in conjunction with cosponsor National Fibromyalgia Association, is celebrating the Grand Opening of the Fibromyalgia Research and Educational Center with a two day event hosted in the Titan Gym. 8 to 10 p.m. Spring Dance Theater. There’s poetry in these dancing feel and there are ideas, memories, adventures and experiences reflected in the songs and souls of these creative artists. Spend an afternoon or evening at one of the best “date nights” that Southern California has to offer! Taking place in the Performing Arts Center - Little Theater.




NEW YORK (AP) - The latest odd statue by artist Daniel Edwards features a naked, provocatively posed, and seemingly dead, Paris Hilton undergoing an autopsy. For a show warning teens about underage drinking, the sprawled-out “Hilton” clutches a cocktail glass in one hand and a cell phone in the other as her distressed dog, Tinkerbell, jumps across her bare chest. It’s one of several works that have gotten attention for Edwards. Last August, he flaunted a busty Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton sculpture at Manhat-

tan’s Museum of Sex. His earlier works - of Ted Williams’ severed head and a naked Britney Spears giving birth - stirred up artistic storms. In the Hilton exhibit, which opens Friday at a gallery run by Capla Kesting Fine Art in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, removable “innards” are exhibited on a display stand placed in a sexually suggestive manner near the “body.” “Around this time of year, I think of a couple of friends I lost in high school because of drinking and driving,” said the artist.

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A Chance to do it a Second Time—Over the Internet Second Life Web site provides multiple educational opportunities By shaelan bowers

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Ever dreamed of owning your own private island, along with an enormous mansion, luxury car collection, and all the nicest clothing that money can buy? In this life not everyone can live like a movie star, but in Second Life almost anything is possible. The Web site,

which had a virtual map of only 64 acres when it opened to the public in 2003, now has over 65,000 acres and almost 6 million residents. In this world, people can create an avatar that resembles their looks and can roam around performing tasks, and getting involved in fun activities just as they could in the “real” world. With a continuing goal of trying to truly make this a second life for its residents, the Web site has many businesses, fast food chains and schools such as USC, Harvard and Cal State Fullerton scooping up land at a rapid pace. CSUF is not only buying property, it also plans on teaching classes in its state of the art virtual classroom,

Copyright Issues Bleed into Classes By John sakata

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Music, movies, images and college students may not be the only components involved in the burgeoning maelstrom of copyright debate being hotly pressed by media giants. Unsuspecting college professors might need a seat not too far from their own students on the matter. “I think copyright is a real issue because it is so convenient to put things online,” said Susan Gaitan, technology consultant for the Faculty Development Center at Cal State Fullerton. “Especially, because we are educators, we want to share and it is so easy to put material online with Blackboard. The other issue – whether it is OK to do it or not – is often gray.” In 1991, a group of New York publishers rallied together to sue Kinko’s after Columbia University professors were found violating copyright law by reproducing large portions of school-required material from textbooks at the facilities. Anthony Davis, electronic resource librarian, said he doesn’t believe publishers would ever target CSUF because of its lack of national repute and because it’s a public institution. But lack of understanding over copyright law could carry

other repercussions, he said. “I see people that have a sense of it but they are not necessarily confident and that worries me more than anything,” Davis said, who handles copyright for the Pollak Library. “Faculty may find themselves in position where they want to do things to teach their students, but they feel like they can’t because of copyright. It’s going to get in the way of the institutional mission which is supposed to be ‘Learning is Preeminent.’” The Fair Use Doctrine and Teach Act are the primary means for justifying the use of copyrighted material according to Davis. Under the Fair Use Doctrine, the republishing of material largely depends on four categories: purpose, nature, amount and substantiality, and effect. Gaitan said she has heard professors raise questions over copyright law when she holds Blackboard workshops. They asked questions over what material could be posted online. The FDC last month hosted a copyright workshop as part of the Teaching and Learning Academy workshop series. Davis and a professor from the business college at Western State University College of Law covered copyright for about 15 professors. The FDC plans on holding another session in August. “I think that the increase in online learning both as an adjunct

and the chosen professor is Paul Lester of the Communications Department. “I’ve been teaching online classes on Blackboard for about seven years now where we ‘meet’ at a specific day and time in a virtual classroom to discuss issues just as with face-toface classes,” Lester said. “Switching to Second Life seemed like an interesting experiment with its avatarbased graphics.” A classroom setting within Second Life could also be the future of teaching online courses as students can get the feeling of actually being at school, rather than feeling isolated in front of a computer screen. “It will be much more visual, with

students feeling as if they are more a part of a classroom experience,” Lester said. Teaching classes within Second Life is only an extension of the enormous landscape that already exists and is growing by the day. “I think it’s awesome that actual schools are getting involved in Second Life,” said Second Life resident Elliott Roberts. “It seems like a natural progression, more and more people are getting involved every day. It’s really catching on.” The new class will also be one of the largest as the school plans on allowing an enrollment of up to 225 students. As far as how Lester plans on teaching such a large online class-

room he said he’d handle it with a tried and true method. “It is the same as with a class at the RGC auditorium,” Lester said. “During any given class, only about 10 to 20 people say anything anyway, I would expect the same online.” Lester also confirmed that if the experimental class is a success, future online classes could also be taught within the realm of Second Life. Cynthia Gautreau, CSUF academic technology consultant, said the success of this class is almost eminent. “There have been other classes in Second Life through other Universities like Harvard and it was just wildly successful,” Gautreau said. “There

are hundreds of other Universities that are using Second Life to teach, it’s becoming an educational tool.” Cal Poly Pomona, and San Jose State University currently have islands in Second Life. San Jose State even has a faculty member whose job it is to monitor second life as the assistant director, Gautreau said. “I think it’s a great idea, it seems that more and more things are going online nowadays so it makes sense that this would be next,” said Dawn Hintzman, a student at Saddleback College. “An actual online classroom I think would make taking online classes much more interesting.” These classes also lend a helping hand to Second Life.

Metro: titan discounts From Page 1 lerton station, the Orange County Transportation Authority provides buses that come approximately every half hour to take students to and from campus. “Not only is the financial aspect from taking the Metrolink a positive, it has other benefits,” Myers said. “For starters, there is no added stress in your life from driving.” According to Myers riding on the Metro is one of the safest ways to travel, especially if the weather has made driving conditions dangerous. “There is also the benefit of making it home around the same time

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to face-to-face teaching as well as courses which are completely online has increased the urgency to educate instructors,” Gaitan said in an e-mail interview. History professor Lynn Sargeant affiliated herself with Fair Use after working on a project that delved deeply in international copyright law. She said the best place to research copyright law is the Library of Congress Web site. Overall, she said the university does a respectable job of reminding professors about copyright. “I actually think this university does a pretty good job of making professors aware or attempting to make people aware,” Sargeant said.

“If you put things on reserve, you have to sign that you are complying with Fair Use. There has been some information circulating from the administration about copyright law and how it is shifting.” But from his office in Pollak Library, Sargeant’s knowledge of copyright falls in the minority, according to Davis. On average, Davis said he receives a phone call a week and he doesn’t hear the assertiveness he would like from professors. “You have to develop, to think about copyright enough, to know enough about what’s going on in the environment, to develop a certain type of confidence,” Davis said. “I don’t see that confidence.”

everyday,” Myers said. “Aside from a few stops, the Metrolink is a smooth ride which usually gets to its destinations on time.” During the train ride, students have time to do their homework, read the paper, sleep or be social. “You meet a lot of new people on the train that you wouldn’t meet from driving,” Myers said. “You see and ride with these people all the time, you can’t help but connect.” Even with a decrease in the price of parking passes or a decrease in the price gas, Myers said she believes she will continue to take the Metrolink. The benefits, in her opinion, of taking the Metro outweigh the

evaluations: online

From Page 1 can decide as a group how to evaluate a teacher beforehand. “Our department is willing to try to see how it goes, and then we’ll have better data to see if it’s appropriate or not,” Rao said. If the senate does vote to allow online evaluations, it will be up to each department to decide if they would utilize the paper or electronic format, said Guerin. She believes that some of the benefits of online voting, such as getting results more quickly, will sway

some departments toward the electronic format. “This is a more organized system; it is confidential and nothing will be compromised,” Rao said. A process for the online version of the evaluations will most likely be developed by the IT department, Rao said. “Whenever new technology is implemented there are always fears,” Rao said. “We need to keep constantly changing, and I think this is one change that needs to be implemented.




Students Alerted to Scholarship Scams By ORION TIPPENS

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Scholarship scams may be an oldfashioned way to cheat college hopefuls out of their cash, but these cons still reach their victims online and on campus. These scams are a ruse from distant “companies” that promise financial aid in return for money and personal information. In return the applicants are left with questionable results, often with no grants or aid for their response. According to reports by the Federal Trade Commission, these scams appear online in e-mails, search engine results and ads. The FTC also reports that scholarship scams can lurk on college campuses on fliers and handouts, most likely posted without the consent of campus administration. While this type of fraud targets college students and those seeking higher education,

these same scams also lure the parents in as well. “I do look on campus for fliers that might help pay for college,” said Adrienne Roel, 26, a nursing major who keeps an eye out for fliers that have the campus approval stamps and organization sponsors. According to a congressional report by the FTC in a joint effort with other organizations, complaints of scholarship scams continue. Scholarship-related complaints were last reported online at the FTC Web site in 2005 at 694, a small .19 percent of the total number of fraud cases. Due to its recent awareness campaigns, the number of complaints has risen in prior years, but the FTC still cannot determine the number of scholarship scams. “The numbers of complaints are anecdotal … but they remain constant,” said Jackie Dizdul, a spokesperson for the FTC. According to a report by Project $cholar$cam, an ongoing program

by the FTC working to prevent scholarship fraud, an estimated 125,000 people were victims of these financial aid-based scams. This report was based on the top eight companies accused of such fraud throughout the late ’90s. Over 22 million dollars were reported in monetary injuries. In 2000, the U.S. Congress passed the College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act, allowing government organizations to take action against organizations and individuals who engage in financial aid fraud. Both the FTC and Better Business Bureau Web sites offer advice to financial aid seekers on what to watch for in recognizing a possible scholarship scam. Both sources say that a grant should never ask for money to cover charges like applications fees. According to the BBB, unless the grant is a loan, money should be taken out of the disimbursment check received. “Take your time, watch out for warning signs like ‘act fast’ or ‘buy

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now’,” said Dizdul. Dizdul encourages readers to be skeptical about sudden financial aid offers. Additional warning signs include money back guarantees, including anything that says the potential recipient is “selected” when the person did nothing to apply and requests for credit card or bank account information to “hold” the scholarship. The FTC and BBB encourage readers to report such activity. “I never received an actual complaint,” said Esiquio Uballe, Cal State Fullerton associate dean of student life. Possibilities of scholarship scams are likely to appear on fliers and handouts not approved by CSUF campus administration, said Uballe. Uballe’s staff is trained to look out for questionable fliers before approving their posting on campus with a stamp and date. However, Uballe added that students should be cautious of financial aid promises on stamped fliers as well.

CSUF Students Host Benefit Concert By MICHELLE ASCENCIO

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Students from Cal State Fullerton’s Public Relations Department hosted a benefit concert that raised over $500 for a local non-profit organization. For a $10 cover charge, 58 people came out to enjoy sets by local solo artists John Ryan, Barrett Johnson and Yellow Red Sparks, also known as Josh Hanson, at The Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa. The $580 raised that night benefited Families Forward, an organization aimed at providing assistance to families in times of financial need. According to their Web site, the organization meets the needs of low-income and homeless families by offering a number of services, including counseling, food, education, life-skills training and rent or utility assistance.

“We wanted to target an age group we don’t normally reach,” said Nikki Nilchian from Families Forward. “So hosting a concert that would attract a younger crowd was a perfect fit.” As part of a class project for Communications 464, Public Relations Management, students work in groups to find a non-profit organization and pitch ideas for fundraisers to help them raise money for their cause. Once an idea is agreed upon, group members are then in charge of organizing and running the event. Public relations major Kari McCullough, a member of the team that organized the event for the organization, said her group wanted to support a non-profit that in some way helped people in need. “We did a lot of research online and when we came across Families Forward, we knew this was an organization we wanted to support,” McCullough said. Once everyone, including the

organization, agreed to a benefit concert, McCullough said booking the acts fell in place. Crista Lee, a fellow group member, told one of the performers about the event and signed him on. He then told other musicians who agreed and the acts were set. McCullough said between performances at the concert, representatives from the organization spoke about what the organization offers to the community. “We learned from Families Forward that homelessness is a big problem, especially in South Orange County,” McCullough said. “I never would have known that.” Team member Stephen Gregg said that this project showed him what it is like for a real public relations agent. “We basically learned everything that is needed to run an event: starting it, planning it, working with the media and booking venues,” Gregg

said. Nilchian said she was impressed with the work that the students produced. “The students are really responsible and worked hard,” Nilchian said. “They kept us updated throughout the entire process and took care of everything.” She also gauged the success of the benefit concert by those who were interested in the organization itself. “During the concert, I was approached by people interested in becoming involved with our organization,” Nilchian said. McCullough said that sometimes when people are thrown together for a group project, personalities can clash and people can end up not pulling their weight. She said that her experience was the exact opposite and is happy with the results of the project. “Everyone contributed their time and effort,” McCullough said. “That’s

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OUTSIDE VIEW - Students walk through the halls of the

performing arts building in the music department.


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Cal State Fullerton welcomed Los Angeles DJ, PJ Butta, to speak at Radio-TV-Film Professor Robert Van Riel’s class. Butta offered advice to students hoping to break into the radio industry. “For me to start out on L.A., radio was unheard of,” Butta said. Butta owes his achievements to what he refers to as NILE: networking, internship, luck and experience. “Networking is very important, you never know who might get you that job,” Butta said.

“The number one thing is who you know; meet people, talk to them.” The radio industry may seem like a big business but it’s actually really small, Butta said. “Everyone knows everyone,” Butta said, which is why networking is crucial. Originally from San Diego, Butta attended the University of La Verne to pursue a degree in broadcast radio. There he met Dandee Piera, who later would hire him as an intern at 100.3 FM, The Beat. As a promotions intern for the popular Los Angeles radio station, SEE BUTTA - PAGE 5

May 10, 2007


From Page 1 called “World Leaders” includes life-size statues of 10 world leaders which Judith Gibbs, docent volunteer said, weigh about 80 pounds each and are all leaders that President Nixon interacted with. The 10 include leaders from China, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Great Britain, West Germany, Japan and France. Gibbs also said in regards to the 10 world leaders that, “President Nixon interacted with all of the leaders because he thought they made a real difference,” she said. Reading across the top of the wall in this gallery is a quote by Richard Nixon himself stating, “They are leaders who have made a difference.



In the world, women only represent 1 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. This means men hold 99 percent of the leadership positions in corporate America. “Research shows that effective leadership depends on the context and relationship between leaders and followers; although there are thousands of books on leadership, there is no real consensus on what accounts for effective leadership,” said Sue Passalacqua, associate director of the Women’s Center. She presented the workshop of “‘Faking’ Leadership: The Role of the Imposter Syndrome,” sponsored by the Women’s Center. Passalacqua spoke about the different challenges women face in leadership on a daily basis. “Women have a tendency to undermine their abilities, accomplishments and successes,” Passalacqua said.

From Nam to Iraq: New War Scars Part two of two: Details about modern-day “Vietnam Syndrome” By jenny houser

Daily Titan Staff Writer

By ALINE LESSNER/Daily Titan Staff Photographer

NIXON BIRTHPLACE - Photo collages line the walls of the Nixon Presidential Library. Not because they wished it, but because they willed it.” The “Structure of Peace” gallery

that displays a three ton 12-foot high piece of the Berlin Wall is also on display.

Men Account for 99% of Forbes List Daily Titan Staff Writer



A study done by Pauline Clance showed that many women have the imposter syndrome – “a psychological condition that affects people’s beliefs about themselves,” according to the study. In Clance’s study, the traits of the imposter syndrome include women feeling as though they have fooled others into overestimating their abilities and accomplishments; or attributing their success in professional accomplishment and leadership to something other than intelligence or skill; or the fear of being exposed as a fraud or fake, Passalacqua said. “Most people don’t walk around saying they are imposters,” Passalacqua said. She also said that many women feel fake because they feel as if they are playing the role of the position they are in and do not believe the role reflects their true and private image. “They see themselves as performers, not who they really are,” Passalacqua said. Women constantly undermine

themselves and doubt their skill and talent when it comes to their work, said Passalacqua. “When we devalue women’s work, we devalue women,” she said Women leaders are not the only ones being affected by the imposter syndrome – men are affected too. “Research shows that men feel the imposter syndrome just as much as women do,” said Passalacqua. Boys and girls alike are affected by mixed messages given to them by society. Societies tell young girls to be sexy, but not sexual; to be honest, but not to hurt people’s feelings; or to be independent, but not to step on people’s toes, Passalacqua said. The seminar addressed many important issues related to women and leadership. “This topic is not really discussed and I think we need to be more aware of this, so we can contribute to companies and associations,” said Tania Durango, 24, business major. One student said the hour-long session helped her to apply the principles to her own lives.

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Many feel the hoary “Vietnam Syndrome” is back. With the bitter divide of public opinion on the war in Iraq, many fear troops from Iraq and Afghanistan will be treated similarly to Vietnam vets. “I think culturally and socially people would make these comments about military people [during the Vietnam era] not because they disliked military people so much, but because the war was just so unpopular by ‘68 and ‘69,” said Don Matthewson, a CSUF political science professor who served as an officer in the Airforce during the Vietnam War. “It’s never the soldier to blame. It’s always the leaders and politicians who are to blame.” “I think it’s going to be more subtle this time. It still will happen,” said Kenn Miller, a Vietnam War veteran. “Now, you can’t say ‘F--- them, those bunch of GIs. They’re baby killers.’ You can’t say that now because everyone is aware of Vietnam.” “The country was an entirely different place then,” Matthewson said. “The war had been dragging on in Vietnam for six or seven years, and all you saw on television every night

was casualty reports. We don’t see what actual combat action is like [today]. We don’t see the caskets coming home.” While the news may be more sanitized, the belittling of troops has already begun—and was quickly retracted—by Senator John Kerry. In October 2006, Kerry appeared at a political rally in Pasadena, declaring that if students didn’t get a good education they would get “stuck in Iraq.” “I don’t care how he tries to say it,” Miller said. “He’s talking about the troops. That’s about as far off base as you can get.” Public opinion on the war in Iraq has shifted dramatically since 2003. The withdrawing of American forces has become the fiercest debate between republicans and democrats. While President Bush has rejected the idea of a quick withdrawal from Iraq, both parties have voiced their concerns about when the troops can come home. “The democrats aren’t going to pull them out,” said retired Green Beret Col. Paul Longgrear. “They don’t have an option. It’s all political rhetoric. John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi know the heartbeat of American right now is we shamed America the way we treated Vietnam troops. It will never happen again, not until this generation is gone.” Both Miller and Longgrear are familiar with the risk involved. They know first-hand the repercussions of war.

While Miller and Longgrear harbor some disagreements on the war, they both agree that if it continues for too long, the troops will become the “bad guys.” “The war is over,” said Longgrear. “There is no war that we can consider our ‘military against their military.’ That’s what war is. When President Bush stood on that ship with the banner ‘Mission Accomplished,’ the mission was accomplished.” But while the mission is accomplished, the conflict isn’t finished. “Here’s the problem,” Longgrear continued. “Any time you achieve the objective, if you don’t have a plan to secure the objective, the enemy is going to come back and retake that objective.” “I see these parallels between Vietnam and Iraq,” Matthewson said. “I think policy needs to be changed, and I am not one who thinks we ought to unilaterally pull out of Iraq. But I am one who says we can’t pull out without a significant policy shift. I think we should be leaving the military there until things are stabilized.” While the U.S. Senate recently approved a deadline for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq by March 2008, President Bush has already said he plans to veto any measure that puts a timetable on the removal of armed forces from Iraq. Any proposed timeline to withdrawal American forces from the controversial war in Iraq will require a delicate procedure. As Miller

pect to graduate and then search for a job, Butta’s plan of action was a bit different. “My whole plan was I wanted a job before I graduated,” Butta said. Three months into his internship at The Beat, Butta, still in school, was hired as a board operator. Butta admits luck was on his side, which is where the letter “L” comes into play.

“All luck is is being prepared for when that certain situation comes,” Butta said. Luck doesn’t come easy, however. You expect to make sacrifices, Butta said at the Comm Week event last week. From intern, to “board-oping,” to being an on-air personality at Hot 92 FM Jamz, Butta has worked his way up just as he had originally planned.

BUTTA: aN INSTRUCTOR with rhythm Butta was part of the street team. While he had no real interest in promotions, he gladly took the internship knowing it would soon open doors. “Once you got the internship, it’s one-fourth of the battle,” Butta said. “You have to make yourself invaluable, let them know your intentions.” While most college students ex-



May 10, 2007

Student’s reveal their favorite hangouts in San Francisco and San Diego By Melissa Fitzgerald

Daily Titan Staff Writer

The anticipation of a weekend away from studies and work is enough to keep students from such dire measures as skipping school or work to relax. But where to go? Tatiana Delcena, a 23-year-old music major, used to live in San Francisco and after recently visiting, she recalled some of the best places to go. She said one of the top places to check out is the legendary hippie spot, Haight-Ashbury, the section of San Francisco that is named for the intersection on Haight Street and Ashbury Street If hippie history is not for you, Delcena suggests the Mission District on Valencia Street to hear music and eat good food. “A lot of good clubs are on Valencia Street,” she said. One of Delcena’s favorite spots to eat is La Santaneca, on Mission Street. The El Salvadorian restaurant serves delicious pupusas as a tortilla filled with cheese, fried then topped with cabbage dressing, she said. Delcena not only misses the food but also the environment. She shared some of the differences she has noted between living in Orange County compared to San Francisco. “People are really laid back maybe in part because San Francisco has only seven miles in the entire city,”

San Francisco

According to the city of San Francisco Web site, ‘San Fran’ is a unique and breathtaking metropolis known for the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the superb art galleries at San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art, but the city has more to offer. The Web site also ensures that the city takes pride in its unequaled attractions, celebrated museums, and its unique neighborhoods which are treasures of its own. To learn more about the history and what San Francisco has to offer type in the Web Site she said. “It’s so small and diverse that everyone is a lot more accepting. It’s more of a community.” Delcena said homeless people that reside in San Francisco are prominent, but surprisingly friendly. “There’s a community of homeless people in San Francisco. They’re friendly. You can tell them your story and they will tell you theirs,” Delcena said. There is a well-known homeless man that can usually be found around Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39.

According to the Only in San Francisco Web site, San Francisco may be the world’s most culturally diverse and exciting city. The site invites you to discover San Francisco with inspiring one-day itineraries which include such trips as: an African American Excursion, the Asian Immersion, a gay and lesbian tour and Latino Love affair and also offered is a winery tour. There are several other tours to experience the city with and for more tours and information log on to www.onlyinsanfrancisco. com. “The Bush Man is famous in San Francisco,” she said. The “Bush Man” is famous for hiding behind bushes then jumping out to scare people. He can be seen on YouTube frightening individuals who happen to walk by. Just blocks away from the “Bush Man” and Fisherman’s Wharf, is the Buena Vista which is another stop to make especially if Irish coffee is your thing. According to the Buena Vista Web site, in 1952 the coffee shop’s

Photos By Melissa Fitzgerald/Daily Titan Drink Up - Ask for an Irish coffe at the Buena Vista and watch the bartender make several of them at once by lining them up.

owner, Jack Koeppler, requested the help of the international travel writer, Stanton Delaplane, to perfect the Irish coffee in America. It took a many tries and a trip to Ireland, but the drink was made to its final consistency that is still served today. Katherine Dawson, a 48-year-old waitress, has worked at the Buena Vista for 12 years and she can attest to the popularity of the Irish coffee. She said that the Buena Vista serves 1,500 to 2,000 coffees a day. “I call it candy with a kick,” she said and added that the clientele ranges from tourists to celebrities. “A lot of stars come here,” she said while dropping names of stars such as Don Johnson, whom she served a month ago, Hilary Swank and the casts of the Sopranos, Just Shoot Me and Baywatch, minus Pamela AnSEE TRIP - PAGE 7

Hillside View - The view from the Hilton hotel in the financial district showcases the hilly expanse of San Francisco. Little Italy and Chinatown are but steps away. 

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TRIPS: ‘Sunscreen Is A Must’ (From Page Six)

derson. Dawson said that although it is fun to waitress at a San Francisco landmark but there’s more to it than that. “You have to love it to work here,” she said. If flying is a nerve-wracking experience, then there are plenty of other weekend getaways to be discovered that are but a short driving distance away. Cameron Nicholson, a 24-yearold entertainment studies major, said that she usually goes to San Diego to the Gaslamp District to celebrate her birthday and so far she has never been disappointed. Just the environment, the vibe, the scene, everything makes San Diego a great place to visit she said. Nicholson also said that she liked the close proximity of everything, which means no driving. “I don’t want a DUI!” she said. According to Nicholson, the easy access to clubs and restaurants such as the Hard Rock Café make the Gaslamp District a favorite party destination. “I like to dress up and go out to dinner. And you need substance before drinking,” she said of how her night begins. Her time spent in San Diego is a way to get away from her daily life. “When I go down to San Diego I have a good time. It’s a way to get away from the stresses and the every day hustle,” Nicholson said. But the nightlife is not the only thing she likes to take part in when she has the weekend to soak up the sights. Nicholson also likes to watch Shamu and friends perform their acrobatic tricks for the onlookers when she has a spare day. “Sea World is just so much fun. It makes you feel like you’re a kid again,” she said. Josh Boisoneau, a 23-year-old management major, also has fond memories of his trip to San Diego

San Diego

According to the Web site, San Diego is California’s second largest city and includes 70 miles of beaches and a gentle climate. The city is bordered by Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, the AnzaBorrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains. San Diego county’s 4,200 square miles offer immense options for business and pleasure. Another Web site that which included Sea World years ago. “I basically wanted to go somewhere for the weekend,” he said. Boisoneau said that he and his girlfriend went away together and planned their trip around Sea World and the San Diego Zoo. He stayed a good distance away from the attractions in order to conserve money. To save money, he purchased his ticket for Sea World and the zoo at the Titan Student Union. “I think it’s a good place to check out,” Boisoneau said. As for what to bring, the California sun can get pretty hot according to Boisoneau. “Sunscreen is a must. You can get pretty sunburned if you walk around in it for a couple days,” he said. Jeraldin Montoya, a 19-year-old biology major, needs the sunscreen since she spends most of her time in San Diego stretched out under the rays. Oceanside beach is where Montoya usually lays back and sunbathes. After the beach, she and her family go out to eat to finish off her leisurely day. She also suggested sightseeing

sheds light on the expanse that is San Diego, is www. The site discloses that when the sun sets, the party begins in the Gaslamp Quarter where the streets are a nighttime playground and the scene is pumping. Log onto the site to learn more about special events and the many clubs, bars, and restaurants that are in the Gaslamp Quarter. the Old Town section of San Diego because of the history and — the food. “They make hand made tortillas,” she said and acknowledged that the food is the main reason to visit Old Town. Montoya occasionally makes the trip from San Diego to Tijuana with family if they have not spent their entire day at the beach. “Every time we go people ask us to bring them back stuff. Mostly tequila, like Jose Cuervo, and junk food because it’s cheaper down there,” she said. Montoya said her family often requests that she buys prescription medications while there because of the better prices. If the reason for your trip down to Tijuana is the bars and clubs that line the streets, Montoya suggests going in a group. “If you do go with friends go in groups. At least one person in the group should know Spanish,” she said. Montoya frequents San Diego two to three times a year with her family not only for the beach and the closeness of T.J. but also the atmosphere.

Photos By Melissa Fitzgerald/Daily Titan Play at the Pier - The Aqaurium of the Bay is yet another attraction at Pier 39 just beware of the “Bush Man” when walking around the pier.


May 10, 2007


Supreme Court’s Partial Birth Abortion Ban is Misleading

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Last month’s abortion ruling threatens women’s reproductive rights By Carol Rojas

Daily Titan Staff Writer

“Partial birth abortion” is not a medical term. This past April, however, the term did not stop the U.S. Supreme Court from upholding a federal ban on a wide range of medical procedures that fall under the vague text used in the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. Dr. Douglas Laube, the president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says the term is meant to provoke people. “The term ‘partial-birth abortion’ was purposely contrived to be inflammatory,” said Dr. Laube, on the ACOG Web site. “While proponents of this law say that it addresses a particular procedure, it has been specifically written to describe and encompass elements of other procedures used in obstetrics and gynecology.”

That’s probably why so many medical organizations including the ACOG, the American Medical Student Association and the California Medical Association among others oppose the ban. Contrary to what proponents of the measure might have you believe, the ban is not about abortions that occur in the third trimester. According to the Planned Parenthood Web site, 40 states and the District of Columbia already ban third-trimester abortions except when the life or health of the woman is at stake. Instead, the law’s broad language bans safe abortions that take place as early as 12 to 15 weeks without any exception to protect the health of the woman. Furthermore, the ban would have you believe that pregnant women sit around lazily, and irresponsibly, putting off their decision to have an abortion to the very last minute. That is simply not the case. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control, 58 percent of abortions occur within the first eight weeks of conception, and 88 per-

cent are performed within the first 12 weeks. Less than one half of one percent occur after 24 weeks. The bigger question here is not whether partial birth abortion should be legal because as we all understand by now, there is no such thing. The question is, should women have the right to decide when, how and if they will start a family? I say yes. Nobody would ever accept the notion of a woman forced to have an unwanted abortion. So why would we insist on forcing a woman to have an unwanted pregnancy? This federal abortion ban is an infringement of our constitutional rights as human beings. So much so that the Supreme Court struck similar legislation down in two previous cases on the grounds that it was unconstitutional. The decision to uphold the ban won out by just one vote in a five to four decision. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke out as one of the dissenting voices of the legislation. “The decision is alarming,” Ginsberg said. “It tolerates, indeed ap-

plauds, federal intervention to ban nationwide a procedure found necessary and proper in certain cases by the ACOG. It blurs the line between previability and postviability abortions. And, for the first time since Roe, the Court blesses a prohibition with no exception safeguarding a woman’s health.” If it’s not apparent by now, I am pro-choice. Unfortunately, somewhere in the midst of the polarization of politics, pro-choice became pro-abortion. This came as a news flash to me because I am not, nor have I ever met anyone in my life that is pro-abortion. The decision to have an abortion is an extremely difficult one, that’s why I believe in the right for a woman who knows her body more than anyone else, who knows her life situation more than anyone else, to choose the decision that’s best for herself and for her family. It is not now, nor should it ever be my place, nor the place of the U.S. Supreme Court to mandate what a woman chooses to do with her own body. I prefer to leave that decision up to her.

35,000 More Troops in Iraq, When Will it End? Four years later and thw war is getting no where, not much left to say by Jake Kilroy

Daily Titan Staff Writer

What can I say about the Iraq war that hasn’t already been spouted off by narcissistic pundits and sell-out journalists? Oh yeah, “I told you so.” I told you so, world. Didn’t you hear me, America? Where were you when I was shouting at you creditcard touting, tax-paying citizens? What was so important that you didn’t listen to me? Taco Bell? Barnes & Noble? Reality television? Wait… it wasn’t The Hills, was it? So help me, suburbanites, if it was that pile of cinematic waste.

My high school, for whatever reason, let me have my own column, and I used those inches to write “selfrighteous rants” (a fellow student’s words, not mine) regarding the “impending disaster” that was Iraq (my words, not theirs). That was 2002 and 2003, before journalists turned themselves inside out for martyrdom, writing the truth about the Middle East for the first time since we started picking regular fights in that neighborhood (we’ll see you at the flag pole, Iran). Well, now it’s 2007, and where are my critics who said I should just trust the president, move to Cuba, hated America and was a communist? It’s four years after “Mission: Accomplished” and we’re ready to drop 35,000 more hard workers into a desert to end the idea of terrorism. But just so you know, Bush, ending terrorism is like ending crime. Your political ideology of making all men good forever is cute, like a naïve 9-year-old girl. Except she can’t kill our sons and fathers. Good luck

with that one, Superman. You can’t humanize the death toll until you’re the lead horse-rider, sword in one hand, grenade in the other (Andrew Jackson did it, sans the grenade). You should be sweating the nerves out of your frail body under a terrorist’s sun, not in an airconditioned oval office, dearest patriot. Pushing one-time college students barely allowed to drink in the states out of helicopters doesn’t count as “supporting the troops,” Mr. President. And listen now, patron saints of the ultimatum, wearing ribbons and slapping patriotic stickers onto your gas-guzzlers, doesn’t make your halo the shiniest or your heart the purist. Red and blue states don’t exist, soccer moms and Nascar dads. They lied to you, just so we’re as clear as the water you were self-righteously baptized in. I don’t want to be a revolutionary. I’d prefer being the gentleman with a pen in flames, suggesting the courtmartial.

I don’t know or care what church you consider your spiritual playhouse, but this is a sacrilege written in haste. We’ve buried our heads in the sand and let the tide come in. And now we’ve come to consider our day at the beach to be helping the movement of troops across the ocean. I don’t know what’s right, but I know what’s wrong. My parents taught me early on that ignoring a problem doesn’t fix it, just as ignoring a toilet doesn’t flush it. The biggest problem with both scenarios is that they’re full of s--t. I have qualms, but nothing even close to resembling a solution. I’m not in the revolutionary business. I’m no communist or anarchist. This is merely a college student educating himself with something other than textbooks.They don’t let us poets or philosophers write history. Why? Because we’d tell the truth. Five years ago I said, “Don’t go to Iraq.” Now, I’m still writing with the same angry pen. Get the f--- out of Iraq.

May 10, 2007



Losing My Religion BY Dave


An Open Challenge As the semester is coming to a of encroaching on other people’s merciful halt, I have to give credit freedom and right to believe or where credit is due. I’m a com- not believe whatever the hell puter science and religion double they want to. I have nothing but major, not a journalist like some respect for some believers that I people thought, and I just hap- know, including the religion propen to have a passion for the sub- fessors on campus such as Rabbi ject. When I first agreed to write Krause and Dr. Nelson. I just the column, I figured that people happen to think that for the most would want me dead by week part, those who don’t take their four. Maybe they still do. In any religion too seriously, and thankevent, I think Christians should fully this is the majority, are the be commended and proud for better-adjusted people among letting free press the believing rule the day. ranks, whereas I have enjoyed who are I had to laugh every those writing these overzealous columns, and time somebody wrote and really bejudging by the in to say that they had lieve they are online responses only ones once again wasted their the and the reads, who are right so have many of time reading me, only are more likely you. Even if you to see them reading to be unhappy hated everything and responding the and pernicious. I said, the fact But hey guy, is: you want me very next week! that’s just my on my soapbox! opinnion. You need me on I would be my soapbox! I had to laugh every remiss if I didn’t mention that time somebody wrote in to say there have been a few readers, that they had once again wasted including one just two weeks their time reading me, only to see ago, who got themselves worked them reading and responding the up to the point that they threw very next week! down the gauntlet and chalThe difference in what I do lenged me to a debate. I thought and say, from the other hated it might be fun and fruitful to do columnist in this paper, is that something like that, so I emailed I have criticized and sometimes them and answered the call, so ridiculed religious beliefs. There to speak. As you might expect, is a distinction to be made be- they disappeared faster than Bin tween this and me attacking Laden and I’m not holding my Christians on, say, a personal breath waiting to hear back from level. On a personal level I them. don’t think Christians are idiots However I am still open to the for their beliefs, nor do I have a idea if a competent student wants problem with people of any reli- to step forward. If it isn’t a Fulgious inclination, save for those lerton student like me, then I rewho take their beliefs to the point ally don’t see the point in it.

If We are Global Leaders, We Should Be Proactive About Global Warming We pretend to be progressive, but we are a big part of the problem by Jenn Brown

Daily Titan Staff Writer

It’s been hot this week. Too hot, some say. And thanks to some greedy politicians, it’s only going to get worse. The U.N. released a strategy report to avoid the effects of global warming last Friday, which was largely ignored by two of the world’s biggest polluters: the U.S. and China. If nothing is done about the current state of carbon dioxide emissions, temperatures will rise six degrees by 2060, leading to coastal flooding, species extinction and starvation, the Los Angeles Times reports. The U.S. and China oppose mandatory sanctions on carbon dioxide

emissions because the cost of fines will put a dent in their respective economies, and experts say it may cause a global recession. What’s funny is that refusal to adhere to these sanctions will eventually result in a non-existent economy, because humanity will have managed to drive themselves into extinction as well. It’s easy for government leaders to say that this idea isn’t plausible with the state of the world’s economy and that they’ll deal with it at a later date, but it’s pretty clear that the time to reverse the damage we’ve done is now. Global temperatures have gone up 1.5 degrees since the Industrial Revolution began spitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and the rate is only going to increase. The U.S. wants to rely on voluntary emissions reductions, which means that a lot more people are going to have to buy their hybrids in order for things to get even slightly

better. But Americans are lazy – and cheap. We’ll take the easy road, regardless of what it does for the global environment. China would prefer other countries bear the financial brunt of mandatory emissions reductions because they are still classified as a developing country, and feel that restrictions would “derail its economic growth,” the LA Times reports. But when is enough, enough? China is on pace to beat the U.S. to the No. 1 spot on the list of countries who are destroying the world, opening a new coal-fired power plant every week. There doesn’t seem to be any attempt to find different methods of producing energy, just reliance on the triedand-true method. This kind of greed is characteristic of every political system. It’s all about the race to the top and to hell with the consequences. But focusing too much on money, a typical American trait, will lead to the loss

of land, animals and people, and it won’t only affect Americans. The leading supporters of these sanctions are European nations, who seem to understand the global community as a whole, and are also lower on the emissions list. Perhaps they agree because they won’t be as financially affected by sanctions (they are still government leaders), but they feel confident that the strategy is economically manageable. The U.S. needs to step up and lead by example. We are the worst polluters in the world and the most resistant to any type of regulation. If the government would do its part and lead the charge, there’s no doubt other nations would follow. So it’s been a hot week. It’s hard to walk around campus in anything but a bikini and not sweat. But if our nation keeps up its money-hungry mantra, the entire world can look forward to even hotter days in the future.

Silly Parents, Meth is For Kids: Drug Dealers Try Their Hand at Marketing Drug dealers target kids, but that is not a new concept in marketing by Johnathan Kroncke

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Candy drugs. Drugs that taste like candy. Anyone else see a problem? Recently, producers of methamphetamines released a brand new version of their already popular product. They are going after a decidedly younger audience with new and improved flavors such as peanut butter, strawberry and chocolate. And why shouldn’t they? It’s no different than marketing to adults, except that now the drugs taste better. There is no moral argument that can be made against marketing already illegal drugs to kids. For one thing, they’re already illegal! There

is no risk involved, no mental block about meth being taken off the market by the FDA, no second thought about some company getting sued. No worries there. Drug dealers are also fully aware of the probable negative ramifications of their actions. They know what they are doing will undoubtedly cause harm in one form or another to their customers, yet they continue doing what they do to turn a profit. So obviously, hurting people is not an issue. And as far as bringing this harm to the kids, why worry? Children are just another set of potential clients. The most important set, in fact, because they have the potential to continue the habit for much longer than, say, some 45-year-old looking for an escape from a short, meaningless life. What kills me is that people act as if this is just the worst crime ever per-

petrated on American soil. At least these drug dealers are being honest about their campaign. Because if you think this is the first time a potentially dangerous substance was marketed to young people, think again. It’s not like these tactics haven’t been used before, and I’m not talking about the drug world. Producers of legal substances like alcohol and nicotine have been trying, and succeeding, for years to capture the attention of those too young to legally purchase their products. The infamous cartoon character Joe Camel was banned from the marketing of Camel Cigarettes because of his strong visual appeal to minors. Does anyone out there actually believe he was meant for adults? Of course not, because this is a college campus and we are all reasonably intelligent. Camel’s quest for the underage crowd still continues though. Since

the ban of their icon, Camel has created a whole new marketing blitz designed to shovel their cancer sticks down kids’ throats, including lacing them with a chocolate-mint flavor during the holidays. Alcohol producers have also done their part to sucker kids in. Chocolaty alcoholic beverages reminiscent of Yoohoo bottles were removed from grocery store shelves within the last decade for their obvious appeal to the younger generation. The only difference between those products and meth is that alcohol and tobacco are still legal and thus subject to FDA regulation and public scrutiny. But meth has already overcome both of those barriers in a single bound. The drug world is just another industry clambering for a stake in that all-important demographic. Drug dealers aren’t the first to try this and they certainly won’t be the last.


May 10, 2007


Media Gone Wild: The State of Health Care in Our Country is Deplorable Not Reporting News By Jon Gold

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or the Iraq troop surge. Apparently, By Jackie Kimmel knowing Dannielynn’s paternity reDaily Titan Staff Writer sults was life-altering information. As a current member of the meWhen the Virginia Tech shooting dia it makes me want to vomit when occurred a little more than two weeks I have to postpone a well-reported, ago it was a media frenzy. Reporters well-written piece to make room for and editors across the county scram- a story about an heiress who is going bled to get the scoop on this tragic to jail or a Hollywood starlet shaving story. Yet as expected, the story lost her head. That is not news. The meits buzz and has been out shadowed dia has become so outrageous that it truly thinks these fluff and puff by America Idol results. The media has sadly become more pieces are news. Many newsworthy stories includfocused on getting the story than on issues that matter. Some of the blame ing: the election of the first female may be attributed to America’s lack speaker of the house, the war in Iraq, of interest in stories that don’t in- continuous economic changes and volve rehab-ditching celebrities, but school and NASA shootings have it amazes me that the biggest shoot- taken place but most people have no ing in college history didn’t outlast clue about those issues because they are force fed inforDon Imus’ radical mation about Lindcomments. say Lohan’s alleged Historically It amazes me that coke binges and speaking, the meWilliam’s dia has a notorious most of our society can’t Prince habit of making name their congressio- new single life. When will the certain stories bigger than they are nal representative, but madness stop? The media has while other, more can list the names all of an uncanny way of important stories Brangelina’s children. sucking the life out are drown in a sea of a story and then of competition. spitting it out once A great reflecthe flesh is gone. tion of how the media is changing was the massive We are coming up on the second ancoverage of Anna Nicole Smith’s un- niversary of Hurricane Katrina and timely death. America loves a juicy New Orleans is still in ruins. The celebrity story, but the media world media covered that natural disaster would have covered her death (and for weeks and then simply stopped. It amazes me that most of our sochild custody issues) as extensively as they did had she not died during ciety can’t name their congressional representative, but can list the names sweeps week. For weeks we listened to the end- all of Brangelina’s children. It is no surprise that the new show less new developments regarding the Smith estate, not focusing on more “Are you smarter than a 5th grader?” important events such as the Alberto has taken off, society is having to Gonzales hearings, the global warm- revert back to grade school for basic ing report that was released that week knowledge and information.

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There are rights that we, as members of civilization, have a duty to uphold. We do our best to make sure that when you’re hungry, you can get something to eat, even if it’s brussel sprouts. When you are young and stupid, we try to make you less so by sending you to school, even if it doesn’t make a dent. Most importantly, when you’re sick, we try to make you well. This is really the fundamental difference between liberalism and conservatism: Conservatives believe that an unrestricted free market is the best and only way to fully provide those rights to the people. Liberals agree that the free market is a fine idea, but certain things are much too important to be left in the hands of profit-seeking entities. Enter health care. Everyone needs full access to physicians and medicine. But, the market being what it is, nobody can afford to pay for those things out-of-pocket. So we need insurance. The current American health care

system has essentially created a barnacle of an industry that makes money from sickness and injury. I have no problem with doctors, nurses and other hard-working health care providers earning big bucks for doing their jobs. I encourage it. There’s no better way to entice the best and brightest into a profession than by paying them lots of money. My problem is the institutionalization of private enterprise into something as critically important as health care. One of the uglier blemishes in this system came into sharp relief on Monday, with the publication of a lengthy story in the New York Times about abusive and corrupt practices among insurance agents. It’s an infuriating look at insurers hawking expensive “fee-for-service” health plans to seniors without explaining their numerous downfalls and costs. The Times story quotes one woman who was visited by a salesman and declined to sign up. The salesman then forged her signature and signed her up anyway. Other highlights include a doctor who saw some of her patients’ premiums rise more than $1,000 for life-preserving chemotherapy and

a lawyer for a nonprofit health advocacy group who says that insurers visited a subsidized housing complex in San Francisco and sold policies to a number of elderly Chinese-Americans, many of whom didn’t speak much English. Now, I know all private insurers aren’t this rapacious and vile, but even one company willing to commit such foul deeds is too many. People’s lives are at stake. Insurance companies aren’t required to cover anyone, even if this coverage could keep people out of the emergency room. And they often don’t, simply because they behave like businesses and don’t cover people who will cost them more money than those people would bring in. What if doctors were allowed to be as inhumane? Could they require you to slip your ATM card through a reader before they set your broken leg? Could they refuse you an appendectomy and let you die of sepsis? As it stands, though, doctors are required to give emergency care to people who need it. Unfortunately, many uninsured folks wouldn’t be in the emergency room at all if they’d received basic primary care. Regular

checkups – which most uninsured people do not get – can catch scrofulous infections and lurking pathogens long before they cause strokes or gangrene. The price of emergency room care guarantees that the uninsured will remain in debt for a very long time if they avail themselves of those services more than once. There is simply no excuse for the richest country with the best doctors and the smartest researchers on Earth to deny any of its citizens the benefit of that greatness. And yet, nothing seems likely to change. Though encouraging noises are sometimes heard – such as John Edwards saying bluntly that “we need universal health care” – most of the 2008 presidential contenders are discouragingly milquetoast on the subject. The insurance industry has already contributed almost $1.3 million to the top candidates, with untold millions more to follow. Edwards received $51,000 of that. Real reform is needed, and fast, but it doesn’t look likely. As politics is too important to be left to the politicians, health insurance is too important to be left to the insurance industry.

Vegan Couple Fails to Properly Feed Child, Deserves Sentence Couple carelessly neglected child and are just using beliefs as an excuse By Ellice Soliven

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A Vegan couple was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison after their malnourished 6-week-old baby boy died at 3 and a half pounds. Their excuse: Jane Sanders, 27, and Lamont Thomas, 31, “did the best they could while adhering to the lifestyle of vegans,” their defense lawyers said, according to an Associated Press article. Did their vegan lifestyle kill their baby? Veganism encourages a cruelty-free lifestyle, but apparently that’s only supposed to extend to animals. The baby’s diet consisted mostly of soymilk and apple juice. His body wasted away while his parents

“intentionally neglected their child and refused to take him to the doctor.” Their defense lawyers also used the excuse that Sanders and Thomas were first-time parents. Sanders said she loved her son, so it’s not as though these were the kinds of parents who had an unwanted child and just happened to not care for him or feed him. They were bad parents, obviously. A couple has nine months to prepare for a child to come into the world. In those nine months, they had plenty of time to buy vegan alternatives for baby food, so the poor kid wouldn’t have to live off of pure liquid. So that means they weren’t just bad parents, they were bad vegans too. I tend to think of vegans and vegetarians as responsible people. They choose a disciplined life of eating, something my carnivorous self could never do. Vegans don’t eat or use anything that contains animal byproducts, and that includes anything

and everything that you can think of that could come from an animal. People make conscious choices to become vegans. They do their homework and find alternatives to all the food they used to eat. That includes dairy products, eggs, cheese – you name it. Not to mention there are still plenty of fruits and vegetables they can eat — healthy options not only for adults but especially babies too. So why couldn’t this couple do the same for their child? Because they were neglectful. That’s the bottom line. They neglected to stock up on vegan baby food (hell, regular fruit or veggie baby food even) during the pregnancy. They neglected to properly feed their baby once he was born. They neglected to take him to the doctor, knowing his tiny body was wasting away. Ultimately, they

neglected to pay attention to him, from the moment he was born to the moments before he died — when they finally realized he was in danger. Sanders and Lamont were found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, involuntary manslaughter and cruelty to children, according to the article. And even though their life sentences were automatic, the couple still had the gall to beg the judge to be lenient with them. Leniency for knowingly killing your baby? Give me a break. You can say all you want that you’re vegan, that you couldn’t mesh your vegan lifestyle with your newfound parenthood, but that’s no excuse for feeding your baby a liquid diet of purely soy milk and apple juice. If you couldn’t survive like that, don’t expect your baby to do the same.

May 10, 2007

Angels Not Banning Alcohol in Clubhouse





BY Jaime

Hi, My Name is Baseball. I Like Beer Hi, my name is baseball. I like beer. Ever since I was invented, alcohol has always been a part of the game. Maybe I don’t drink alcohol during the game, but afterwards, boy, nothing beats a cold one. Whether my team has won or lost, a frosty cold one hits the spot. I’m sure you can understand this. A lot of you pay $7 at the stadium while you watch me. Players, however, get beer for free after the game in the clubhouse. Most baseball players drink, not all, but most do. And the majority hang out in the clubhouse afterwards and talk baseball while they drink beer. They would probably still talk anyway, but for some reason it just happens more often when beer is involve. If I were a baseball player, I would much rather have one or two beers after the game in the stadium and then go home. It’s far more dangerous to go out into a bar, where I could be the target of a rowdy fan. I know that is looks bad. I know that it may not seem safe, but people drink and drive a lot. If a player wants to have a beer, he’s going to have a beer. Banning beer from the clubhouses is only going to force people to get their beer somewhere else. But I assure you, there’s nothing wrong with having a drink after a game. Are baseball players the only people that like to blow off some steam after work by drinking a beer? I doubt it.

Local team sees Josh Hancock’s fatal accident as one isolated incident BY JAIME CARDENAS

Daily Titan Columnist

Following the death of Cardinals relief pitcher Josh Hancock, six major league baseball teams have come out and banned alcohol from their stadiums’ clubhouse. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are not one of them, however. Angels spokesperson Tim Mead said on Wednesday that the team is not looking to change its policy anytime soon. “We’ve reviewed it. (And) it’s not something we’ve had an issue with,” Mead said of the Angels’ policy that makes beer available to players after games. “At the present time” the Angels are not looking to change (the team’s) policy, Mead added. On Wednesday the Nationals joined the Cardinals, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates in banning alcohol in both visitor and home clubhouses. There are several other teams that are considering similar moves, but Mead said the Angels at this point are not going to change. “What happened, happened in St. Louis,” Mead said. “It was unfortunate, but it’s not something we’ve had an issue with.” Mead said that Angels offer beer to both clubhouses after the game, some clubs offer beer and wine. The Oakland Athletics banned alcohol in their clubhouses last year after starting pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested on suspicion of DUI. The Angels have not had an incident similar to that of Loaiza or Hancock. Mead said most Angels players only stick around for about 10 or 15 minutes after the game, anyway. “If we felt like we had an issue, we would change the policy,” he said.



MAKING MOVES - Cal State Fullerton’s Clark Hardman hustles to advance to third base. The junior outfielder was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in CSUF’s 13-5 win against Loyola Marymount Tuesday night. Hardman is currently hitting .365 overall with two home runs and 35 RBIs for the year. In the win against Loyola Marymount, CSUF junior outfielder Nick Mahin had a career night at the plate and has emerged as the Titans’ main power threat, leading the team with a .591 slugging percentage. He was 4-for-4 with two home runs, three RBIs, three runs scored and a walk. He now leads the Titans with seven home runs and 37 RBIs. He is also hitting .331, collecting 42 hits in 127 at-bats. The Titans look to get back into the Big West Conference race, but this weekend, the Titans [29-18, 8-7 Big West Conference] will travel to play No. 9 ranked Wichita State [41-14, 17-4 Missouri Valley Conference] for a three-game nonconference series.

So why the backlash? Why the uproar? The death of Josh Hancock. We are in mourning right now. Nobody wants to see that, but there is no way of saying that taking away beer from the Cardinals clubhouse would have stopped Josh from crashing his SUV into a parked tow truck. Josh had issues, other than drinking in the clubhouse. After he left the clubhouse the day he died, he went to another bar. And afterwards, was on his way to yet another place to drink some more when he died. His blood-alcohol level was 0.157 percent, nearly double the legal limit in that area. And the police also found 8.5 grams of marijuana in his car and told reporters that he was on his cell phone when he died. Banning alcohol from the clubhouse would have done little to prevent the tragic events of April 29. Plus, it just sounds funny that a place named Busch stadium (the makers of Budwesier) has banned alcohol. Or that a team called the Brewers are thinking of not allowing beer in their clubhouses. Does that mean that if the Cardinals repeat as World Series champions, that they won’t have champagne in clubhouse? From Babe Ruth to Ty Cobb, to Mickey Mantle and David Wells, beer and baseball have formed a partnership. Why end it now?

Jaime Cardenas’ columns appear every Thursday

Track and Field Looks Toward Big West Championships CSUF Athletics Media Relations The Cal State Fullerton men’s and women’s track and field teams will try to match or improve upon their best performances ever in last year’s Big West Conference Cham-

pionships when they compete in the 2007 edition Friday and Saturday at Cal State Northridge.Last year, both the men and women had their best finishes ever. The men were third with 116.5 points and the women were fourth with 107 points.



May 10, 2007



Backs Off on Bonds Criticism

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The experience that you have at The Frog House can leave a lasting impression, encouraging you to come back. The feeling inside the shop and the vibe that is exerted is one of playfulness and fun. “[We] have the attitude of surf guys that enjoy surfing,” Brimer said. “It’s that college boy attitude joking, playing, having a good time together.” The impression that their shop leaves you with is one that they hope you will remember. The fun and free atmosphere of including customers in jokes and conversation is part of why The Frog House stands out among the rest. Brimer said if a customer comes in and leaves with a good experience, that customer may or may not tell someone. But if a customer leaves with a bad experience, then he is definitely going to tell someone, if not everyone. “You either love us or you hate us,” Brimer said. But it seems that the customers of The Frog House keep coming back because of the service they receive. Mikey Beho has been working at The Frog House for 27 years and feels that he has the best job in the world. He gets to surf with friends, have fun and joke around, and help customers that he has been helping for the past 20 years. “I’ve been here for 27 years and to this day, I’ll get a guy coming in here that I helped 20 years ago,” Beho said. “A guy came in the middle of summer and said ‘Mikey, you sold me my first wetsuit and now you’re going to sell my son his first wetsuit.’ And you know what, that’s a good feeling.”

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Curt Schilling apologized Wednesday for criticizing Barry Bonds and was advised by his manager to keep some of his opinions to himself. The Red Sox pitcher leveled the criticism Tuesday on a radio show then backed off his remarks Wednesday in an entry entitled “Public Apology,” on his blog. “Everyone has days and events in life they’d love to push the rewind button on, yesterday was one of those days,” Schilling wrote on the blog, “Regardless of my opinions, thoughts and beliefs on anything Barry Bonds it was absolutely irresponsible and wrong to say what I did. I don’t think it’s within anyone’s right to say the things I said yesterday and affect other peoples lives in that way. “As someone who’s made it very clear I have major issues with members of the media that take little or no pride in their work it’s the height of hypocrisy for me to say what I did, in any forum.” On Tuesday morning on WEEI radio, Schilling criticized the San Francisco Giants slugger, who is 10 homers short of matching Hank Aaron’s home run record of 755. “I mean, he admitted that he used steroids,” Schilling said on the show. “I mean, there’s no gray area. He admitted to cheating on his wife, cheating on his taxes and cheating on the game, so I think the reaction around the league, the game, being what it is, in the case of what people think. Hank Aaron not being there. The commissioner (Bud Selig) trying to figure out where to be. It’s sad. “And I don’t care that he’s black, or green, or purple, or yellow, or whatever. It’s unfortunate,” he said. “There’s good people and bad people. It’s unfortunate that it’s happening the way it’s happening,”

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The Frog House: More Than Just a Surfshop for Casual Enthusiasts A place where surfers stop by for something other than just clothing BY ANDREW SNYDER

Daily Titan Staff Writer


hen you think of surfing, images that come to mind are the beach and ocean, the clothes that associate with the sport (Billabong and Quiksilver being arguably the largest) and then the lifestyle: the laid back attitude, the houses that surfers live in and the parties that everyone hears about. Although these are the images that people have been fed to believe, many times, these ideas about the surfing lifestyle are wrong. Surf shops also tend to perpetuate a wrong image of the surfer lifestyle. Places like Hollister and Pac Sun that sell the surfer-style clothing often help feed this slightly skewed image of what a surf shop is. The Frog House doesn’t. The Frog House is a “real” surf shop in Newport Beach that is known for the product they sell, the atmosphere that they surround you with and the knowledge of their craft. Yes, the term “real” surf shop was used. Basically because they who work there believe it. To them, they are the ideal of what a surf shop is known as to the people who grew up in those “glory days” of surfing. T.K. Brimer is the 59-year-old owner and manager of The Frog House and loves the fact that he works full-time at a surf shop. The fact that they sell products that support the sport of surfing more so than the image that it casts is something that Brimer is passionate about. “We’ve bucked that trend of go-

By CAMERON PEMSTEIN/Daily Titan Staff Photographer A PERSONAL TOUCH – T.K. Brimer, the owner and manager of The Frog House, has taken steps to make sure the focus on his store remains on the sport of surfing, offering equipment and advice, instead of selling just the chic clothing that has made the culture of the sport popular in the mainstream. “We’ve bucked that trend of going with clothing primarily because of my love for the sport,” Brimer said. ing with the clothing primarily because of my love for the sport,” Brimer said. Southern California and Orange County have been given a stereotype that almost everyone recognizes: blond-haired, beach-going surfers that live a very privileged life down by the beach or in a neighborhood that is known for its expensive houses. Retail companies such as Ron Jon’s Surf Shop and Huntington Surf

and Sport, who are looked upon by the general public as legitimate surf shops, feed into this image. They take the sport of surfing and make it more accessible to everyone else by means of selling clothes. So what exactly makes them a surf shop and not just a surf clothing store? The majority of The Frog House’s sales are from wetsuits and surfboards (both new and used) and they are proud of that tradition.

A real surf shop is a place where you go for the sport. A place where you can go for the hard goods (the surf wax and the leashes, etc.) and not necessarily for the clothing. 22-year-old Cal State Fullerton student Mike Whitmark surfs in Newport on a regular basis and considers The Frog House his shop of choice. He feels that it depends on the person but to him, a surf shop is a

place to get your equipment, to get it fixed and where you can ask questions. “I consider a real surf shop any shop that will fix your board, no questions asked, and give you a reasonable price,” Whitmark said. “[The Frog House] does phenomenal work with anything you need whether it be a new fin, ding repair, nose repair, fin plug or just some wax. I highly recommend The Frog House.” Brimer said he estimated that

about 75 percent of their stock was the hard goods and 25 percent clothing, whereas other places were more 75 percent clothing and 25 percent hard goods. But it isn’t just the product that they sell. It changes from person to person, but a good surf shop is a place where you can talk to someone about surfing. A place where that person can tell you from personal experience whether a surfboard is right for you. A place where the staff uses the products they sell. A place like The Frog House. Mike Bogunovic is a 23-year-old Cal State Fullerton student and OC resident and feels that having someone with experience and knowledge of a product is better than someone who doesn’t. The trust factor in talking to someone who surfs is at a greater level. “I think it’s better if they surf because they know what is good and what isn’t from first-hand experience,” Bogunovic said. “They can tell you what [wet]suits you need instead of ripping you off.” But it isn’t just the customers who enjoy the knowledge of the employees. Other employees at The Froghouse respect the fact that they get to surf with their co-workers everyday. At this surf shop, every member of the staff gets a surf break. They go and surf, and then come back and use their out-door shower to rinse off and return to work. There is a camaraderie at this shop that Brimer says you won’t find at those other places. “We all surf together and go on surfing trips together and we even go out at night together sometimes,” Brimer said. “We look out for each other and care for each other.” SEE SURF SHOP - PAGE 12

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