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JULY 3, 2007

VOLUME 4, No. 11

Saving lives, in practice By Sanam Leidelmeijer Summer Titan Staff Writer

CSUF’s new Nursing Simulation Center will be up and running come Fall 2007. Barb Doyer, CSUF’s nursing education coordinator, said she is excited about the new center and that it will help nursing students integrate what they are learning into real-life situations. “I wanted to create a place for students where they can learn and be safe,” Doyer said. Being built where the old men’s locker room in the Kinesiology building were, the center will have several rooms that nursing students will use to progress their learning experience, Doyer said. There will be an exam room, a conference room, a 30-seat classroom, a labor and delivery room and a room for all the mannequins, she said. The university ordered 10 mannequins: eight adults, one child and one baby. These mannequins are designed for nursing students to practice on, she said. Nursing students will be able to give them shots, hook them up to IVs, hear their heartbeats and give them the overall patient care that a real human being would need, Doyer said. Doyer said she can stand behind the one-way mirror they are building in the center and manually control one of the mannequins. “I can make the mannequin react to the treatment the student gives it,” she said.

The center is the nursing center’s newest development since the reintegration of the nursing program for students with no prior nursing experience. Doyer said this program will allow students to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 4 years, or a Master of Science in Nursing in 3 years. Former CSUF student Christine Taylor, 24, is excited about the new program. “I came to Fullerton wanting to be a nursing student,” Taylor said. “But the program was too difficult for me to get into. All the prerequisites that I needed to take were booked up for two years.” Taylor said she left CSUF to attend a community college for a couple of years. And although she is no longer pursuing a nursing degree, she is excited about the new opportunities that CSUF is offering its nursing students. “I have a lot of friends who want to get their Bachelors in Nursing,” she said. “Now that Fullerton has a new and improved program, hopefully they will be able to get accepted into it.” Registered Nurse Joanne Macapinlac completed her nursing degree at Linfield College in Oregon. “This new center that CSUF is building sounds awesome,” Macapinlac said. “I wish our college had something similar. It would have made learning so much more fun.” Doyer said the center will have a showcase on Sept. 15, for the university’s 50th anniversary. “I want everyone to come and see it,” she said. “Not just nursing students.”

To wed in summer By daniel suzuki/For the Summer Titan

Fire near school damages home Orange County Fire Authority firefighters worked to extinguish a blaze Monday. The fire broke out on the 2500 block of Hansen Avenue, about two blocks south of Cal State Fullerton, damaging a home and parts of another home’s yard were damaged. Also, a transformer exploded after the flames leaped onto an electricity pole. A paramedic and five fire engines

responded to the fire call. “We heard popping come out and saw a big plume of black smoke and flames,” said Joey Vargas, who lives across Commonwealth Avenue from the fire. “It sounded like fireworks.” Other neighbors also guessed the cause was fireworks. “There were probably seven explosions,” said Linda Chang, an electrician for Cal State Fullerton.

Her rear fence was partially damaged by the fire. Fire crews entered several homes after embers from the transformer fire ignited a small blaze on the roof of the home. There were no injuries. For safety tips on preventing and reacting to fires, see story on page 5.

By aline lessner/For the Summer Titan

June Union - John and Holly Peterson tied the knot Saturday at the Fullerton Arboretum. The Arboretum hosts several weddings every year, sometimes even holding two in one day. For more, see the back page.


Welcome to college

‘pirates’ promotion

New student orientation helps give some A CSUF graduate student wins an award direction to new Titans Page 5 for his version of a movie poster Page 4


an american imprisonment

A student shares his experiences moving to this country – including his detainment




July 3. 2007


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Britain arrests five men in connection with attacks GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) – British officials intensified the hunt Sunday for what they called an al-Qaida-linked network behind three attempted terrorist attacks, announcing a fifth arrest and conducting pinpoint raids across a country on its highest level of alert. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said “it is clear that we are dealing, in general terms, with people who are associated with al-Qaida.” Brown warned Britons that the threat would be “long-term and sustained” but said the country would not cowed by

the plot targeting central London and Glasgow’s airport.

June Iraqi civilian deaths are the lowest for 2007 BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraqi civilian deaths dropped to their lowest level since the start of the Baghdad security operation, government figures showed Sunday, suggesting signs of progress in tamping down violence in the capital. But American casualties are running high as U.S. forces step up pressure on Sunni and Shiite extremists in and around Baghdad. At least 1,227 Iraqi civilians were

killed in June along with 190 policemen and 31 soldiers, an officer at the Iraqi Interior Ministry’s operations room said. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the figures.

Obama’s main Democratic rival, has said she would raise for the reporting period that ended Saturday.

Barack Obama raises record Democratic funding totals


WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen. Barack Obama reported Sunday raising at least $32.5 million for his presidential campaign from April through June, a record for a Democratic candidate. That is about $5 million more than what Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton,

Stephen Ramirez did not graduate from Fullerton Junior College in 2006, he received a certificate of communication in 2006. He attended Fullerton Junior College from 1994 to 1999.



July 3, 2007

A controversial weight loss pill

Photo Illustration by Safiya Jackson/For the Summer Titan

Alli is a brand new way to lose pounds, but it has some odd side effects Courtesy of

Video games not addictive ­– yet By Asa Barnla Summer Titan Staff Writter

The American Medical Association recently backed off from calling video games a formal psychiatric addiction, according to the Associated Press. The association prepared a report that encouraged video game addiction to be included as a psychiatric illness, but then backtracked and said there isn’t enough scientific evaluation to support those claims. “I never wanted to get into that ‘Starcraft’ game because I saw how my friend would sit there like a zombie all day,” said 23-year-old Anthony Belonza. Belonza said he could have easily gotten into the game with his friends, but

the amount of hours they spent sitting in learn to play the real guitar,” said Christal front of the computer helped him decide Aquino, 27-year-old musician. not to start. Belonza said his friend’s exAquino said the game Guitar Hero cessive game playing introduces the gamer eventually led to the to a simplified version separation from his of the guitar. Video girlfriend of 10 years. It’s funny how the gamers can play songs He said he sees many with very few buttons more productive ways unproductive things on a controller that to spend his time. are so much more easy resembles a real size “It’s funny how the to do for a long time guitar. unproductive things Aquino said playare so much more compared to producers might as well learn easy to do for a long tive things. to play the real guitar time compared to because the benefits – Richard Ramos are far more useful productive things,” Student than being able to desaid 27-year-old film major Richard Rafeat a video game. mos. Some, however, Ramos said he was have found good curious why it was so easy to sit there in qualities in gaming. front of the computer for hours at a time “Video games let me stay home and and why it was so hard to practice the save my money without getting bored, piano or study for his homework for any even though they cost like $60 they extended period of time. end up paying for themselves,” said Eric “Why play ‘Guitar Hero,’ why not just Wang, a 26-year-old media promoter.

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For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration approved selling a prescription-only diet aid over the counter. Although Alli has been selling quickly, its “treatment effects” are controversial. Alli, which went on sale June 15, is half as strong as its prescribed version, Xenical, said Brian Jones, the vice president of communications for GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of Alli, in an e-mail interview. According to an Alli brochure, the active ingredient, orlistat, prevents digestion of approximately 25 percent of fat consumed. Instead, it is released as “treatment effects,” including gas, frequent bowel movements and oily discharge. Effects are reduced if the fat intake for each meal is around 15 grams and calories remain low. If Alli is used with diet and exercise, a person can “lose about 50 percent more weight than dieting alone,” the brochure says. Sheida Guilak, Cal State Fuller-

ton graduate and pharmacy manager of Target in Fullerton, said Alli just “might give some people a jump start” in their diet. Jones defended Alli when asked about its possible abuse and said GlaxoSmithKline has been candid about treatment effects. “Post-marketing surveillance recorded shows no signal of people with eating disorders finding any appeal in Alli … If you are not eating, there is no benefit; if you are binge eating, the treatment effects would be undesirable,” Jones said. But what about nasty treatment effects? Senior Dustin Martinez, a kinesiology major at CSUF said peers in one of his classes take diet pills similar to Alli with warnings about “anal leakage,” but they say these side effects do not happen to them. When asked if he would recommend Alli to someone trying to lose weight Martinez said he would. “Yeah, because if they’re serious about a diet and they eat a lot of fast food, they’ll learn the hard way. I think it will help them regulate their diet.”



July 3, 2007

The art of Piracy An ominous take on the ‘Pirates’ franchise wins an award for a student By Yui Kashiwagi Summer Titan Staff Writer

There’s one Cal State Fullerton student that’s zeroing in on Johnny Depp. Douglas Sirois, a graduate art student, won third place in the sixth annual Key Art Awards Student Competition June 15 with his “Pirates of Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest” movie poster. The compe-

tition is part of the Hollywood Reporter’s 36th annual Key Art Awards. “I was very excited to win the award but even more excited to just be at the Key Awards,” Sirois said. It was a great experience for him to meet with many professionals and artists, he said. Sirois started his career in art when he discovered comic books while in elementary school. He fell in love with those comics and drew every day and every night, he said. The poster which won the award was a picture of a skull and tentacles. Sirois said he chose those images because the skull represented the death of Capt. Jack

Sparrow while the tentacles represent the kraken that drags him to limbo at the end of the movie. Sirois said one person who influenced his artwork was Cheryl Savala, an entertainment graphic professor at CSUF. Savala said she realized Serois’s talent and dedication “when he arrived to one of the first critiques with 100 index cards with full-color sketches for a theatrical poster.” She said, “The class was quite overwhelmed at both his concepting and representational drawing skills.” Savala also said Sirois is very open to giving and receiving suggestions. “Being open to other ways of think-

ing is a sign of a good student, but it also makes for a great instructor who doesn’t let ego get in the way of finding great ideas,” she said. Another person who inspired Sirois was Larry Johnson, chair and professor of art at CSUF. Johnson said he remembered Sirois’ artwork from his portfolio. The drawings and paintings stood out, and were strong drawing and paintings that told a story with the image. Johnson said Sirois has great abilities to select subject matter to “catch the story” and exceptional drawing techniques which make it possible to paint his ideas on a canvas.

Johnson said that since Sirois won the award, many illustration companies will pay more attention to him. Sirois’ work expressed to those companies, “Here is a serious illustrator.” Sirois said both professors helped him “push ideas,” be resourceful and original. “I was lucky enough to have their creative energy rub off me,” he said. Johnson and Savala said they would like to see Sirois’ series of illustrations in books, movies, or animations. He said that he will show artwork that combines fantasy and entertainment in Comic-Con at San Diego, which will be open from July 26 to 29.

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Starting with a plan is the way to be fire safe



July 3, 2007

Race-crime victim dies

David Ritcheson leaped to his death from a ship Sunday, authorities said By JOE STINEBAKER and LIZ AUSTIN PETERSON Associated Press Writers

Having multiple escape routes and practicing them is key to escaping

the home is ABC, Kunze said. Extinguishers of types A, B and C are dry chemical extinguishers. They are full of a foam powder pressurized by nitrogen. Type ABC is a multipurpose extinBy Nikki Clark guisher filled with a sticky yellow subSummer Titan Staff Writer stance. The general rule for using a fire extinguisher is made easy to remember While there’s no real way to prepare with the acronym, PASS – pull, aim, for a fire, everyone can be “fire safe.” squeeze and sweep, said Christoper Fullerton Fire Department’s Division Byars, a firefighter in training. Chief, Julie Kunze, said when talking Pull the pin, aim the nozzle at the about fire season and fire safety. fire, squeeze the trigger and sweep back Having an alterand forth across the nate escape plan in base of the fire. case of fire is one The best way to way to practice fire One of the first things prevent fires is to be safety. fire safe and fire conPlanning at least I remember learning scious, Kunze said. two routes gives an is to stay calm.Once “Don’t leave canalternative in case dles burning or a you’re calm you can one exit is blocked stove on if you’re gobecause of smoke or see what it is you need ing to leave,” Kunze fire. said. The three most im- to do. Many fires are – Christopher Byars portant ways to stay started by people safe in a fire are to a firefighter in training who leave a lit canhave a preset escape dle unattended. plan; have a workOccasionally a fire ing smoke detecwill break out in the tor, making sure to Fullerton area. change the batteries every six months; On Mother’s Day, an abandoned and have a fire extinguisher. warehouse, Morehouse, caught on fire. The best type of fire extinguisher for It was located at Basque and Com-

Courtesy of monwealth avenues and was a relatively large fire. On Monday, a minor blaze broke out about two blocks south of the CSUF campus. No one was injured, but at least one house and some other property was damaged. “Fullerton has small brush areas” that can easily catch fire, Kunze said. “We have a fairly defensive stance and have people cut back the brush.” The Fire Prevention Division makes inspections to check for brush overgrowth and to make sure that it is cut back to avoid large brush fires that spread quickly. The fire department believes awareness is the first step in fire safety. Educators make sure early on that children are taught the basics of fire safety, beginning in elementary school. The most common rules are “stop, drop and roll” and “don’t play with fire.” “If we’re on fire we have to stop what

New finance system is in place CSU information will be stored in Salt Lake City, but access will be faster BY Yui Kashiwagi Summer Titan Staff Writer

California State University changed its finance system from the Finance Record System to the Common Management System Sunday. All departments use the systems that to maintain their financial information. Cal State Fullerton prepared for this change with training sessions for faculty and staff. “CMS training delivers a ‘just-intime’ approach, meaning that users are trained just prior to the release of CMS functionality,” said Kimberly Kee, lead documentation and training specialist at Cal State Fullerton. She said that her training team offered several types of training, including small group classes, one-on-one sessions, customized department classes and Web-based tutorials with a training guide, reference guide and information tools. The team also offered Refresher classes and open-lab sessions for users that would like additional support, she said. One of a departments influenced by this system change is Accounts Payable, which maintains campus finance like tax, invoices, vender data and almost everything that school buys or pay. Ellison Cho, administrative analyst at Account Payable, said that it became much easier to get reports for her work. She said that the old system was harder to use because she had to know each screen number to research invoices or purchase requisitions or anything else she needed. She said that the new system is very helpful for her work she is glad to have new system.

Since it is difficult for many people because it is a whole new system, she and staff in her department went to training class sessions several times in April and May to learn how to use the new system. Cho said the training class teachers were very helpful because computer experts told them step by step with many examples.   Allyson Bates, CMS lead business analyst at Cal State Fullerton, explained the differences between the new and old systems. “FRS is a mainframe-based system. CMS is Web based,” she said. The mainframe computer is on campus. However, the hardware for CMS is housed in Salt Lake City at the Unisys data center. Therefore, all CSU campuses data is stored in Salt Lake City. Not only can the new system be ac-

cessed remotely, but transaction processing time will be reduced and managers will be able to post transactions in real time. “In fact, most data will be available real time, compared to the 95 percent batch data situation we now have. There will be improved status tracking in all areas of CMS Finance,” she said. “We will have more reporting options, better ways to communicate with the campus, and a means to provide managers with more accurate data to better run their divisions.” Also the reporting capabilities will be enhanced so that users will be able to create standardized reports to allow staff who work for finance to analyze budgets and expenditures. The new   Chart Field structure will allow for more flexible financial reporting which would include both summary and detail reporting, she said.

we’re doing, drop to the floor and roll to put the fire out,” said Talyn Hooyen, a fourth-grade student. “A fireman told us that when he came to our class.” Firefighters also have to learn the basics themselves. “One of the first things I remember learning is to stay calm. Once you’re calm you can see what it is you need to do,” Byars said. “If you’re inside a building that’s on fire, get down below the smoke and crawl to the nearest, safest exit.” For people who are worried about how to get their pets out in case of a fire, Kunze said. If it’s safe, the owners can grab their pets themselves. If it’s not safe, or if the pet owner isn’t at home at the time of the fire, they need to think of possible places their pets would hide. “We would do everything in our power to save their pets, short of risking a human life,” Kunze said.

HOUSTON - David Ritcheson hated being known as “that kid” – the teenager who was beaten unconscious and sodomized with a plastic pole during a party where one of his assailants shouted “White Power!” Ritcheson didn’t want to stand out from his classmates because of the assault, but he acknowledged in an interview that “it was just really hard to hold your head up, even to walk outside with everyone almost in the world knowing what happened.” That anguish may have contributed to his decision to leap Sunday from a cruise ship to his death in the Gulf of Mexico. A man at Ritcheson’s home who identified himself as the teen’s father confirmed the death Monday to The Associated Press. He declined to give his name or comment further, saying the family would issue a statement later. Ritcheson, 18, rarely discussed his feelings and declined to get counseling after being attacked at the drug-fueled teen party in April 2006. A year later, he testified before Congress in support of a hate-crimes bill. In an interview with the Houston Chronicle this past April, he said: “I shouldn’t care what people think or say. It’s just the fact that everyone knows I’m the kid.”



July 3, 2007

Orientation helps to prepare new students By Nathaniel Zablan For the Summer Titan

into orientation feeling just as nervous as their children, they’re usually very appreciative by the time orientation is over, Swift said. By the end of summer, all 4,000 inVeronica Lee, 19, a public relations coming freshmen will have attended major and a coordinator of the proNew Student Orientation, which is “the gram, said that she enjoys making an first kick-off” for their college experi- impact on the new students and giving ence, said Katie Swift, a New Student their first semester of college an enerPrograms coordinator. getic start. The purpose of New Student OrienOrientation isn’t just about learning tation is to get the new students excited about how college works, but it’s also a and prepared for college, said Holly chance for the freshmen to make new Tripp, 20, a radio-TV-film major and friends, as graphic design major Gregory one of three New Anderson, 17, said he Student Programs did at orientation. coordinators. “More people, more Throughout ori- There’s so much we ladies” are among the entation, freshmen get out of it, like team things that Anderson recieve general edusaid he looks forward cation and major building and manageto in his college expeadvisement, they ment experience. rience. watch various prePlanning for the – Holly Tripp sentations about orientation takes alStudent Programs Coordinator their respective colmost a year. leges and school Throughout the safety and at the school year the New end of the day they register Student Programs coordinators work for classes and receive their Titan with Cal State Fullerton staff to plan the Cards. orientation presentations. Aelna Jarrurattanakua, 18, biology The coordinators recruit orientation major, said she felt nervous about regis- student leaders until October and select tering, like many of the other freshmen them by November and December. at orientation. Once the orientation leaders are choJarrurattanakua said that the orienta- sen, they take a three-unit class in spring tion experience was really helpful and to learn various leadership skills. explained everything that she needed to “There’s so much that we get out of know for college. it, like team building and management Although some students are nervous experience,” Tripp said about the New in the beginning, many feel relieved by Student Orientation. the end of the day, said Swift, 20, busiAlex Grieve, 17, music education maness major. jor, said that orientation was a good exThe parents of new students have the perience, and is thinking about joining option of attending the orientation as the orientation student leadership team well. While some of the parents come next year.

Welcome SessionAbove, Cal State Fullerton students gather Monday at a new student orientation in the TSU. Headphones were provided, relaying Spanish translation of the information given for those who speak Spanish.

Right, parents of potential new students were also present at the orientation. Photos By Daniel Suzuki /For the Summer Titan

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Judge allows Jack in the Box Angus commercials to run Judge requests additional evidence of harm from two TV commercials By GARY GENTILE AP Business Writer

LOS ANGELES – Fast food chain Jack in the Box Inc. can continue to air TV ads that make a rival restaurant the butt of its jokes, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Andrew Guilford said he wanted to see more evidence of actual harm before barring the cheeky ads that suggest rival company CKE Restaurants Inc., which operates Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, uses cow anuses to make its Angus beef hamburgers. CKE sued Jack In The Box in May

over two TV ads, including one in which executives laugh hysterically at the word “Angus” and another where the chain’s mascot, Jack – a man with the round clown head and pointy nose – is asked to point to a diagram of a cow and show where Angus meat comes from. “I’d rather not,” Jack replies. The employee asking the question traces a circle in the air with his pen while pronouncing the word Angus. The lawsuit claims the TV spots confuse consumers by comparing sirloin, a cut of meat found on all cattle, with Angus, which is a breed of cattle. The judge rejected a CKE survey of 404 people that found 36 percent thought Angus beef comes from the rump of a cow.

The company on Monday said it might try again for an injunction before a trial. “If we do another survey and come up with quantifiable evidence, we’d probably go back in,” CKE chief executive Andrew F. Puzder said. “And if not, then we’ll argue it out in trial.” A call to Jack in the Box for comment was not immediately returned Monday. CKE is known for running oftencontroversial ads for its chains, including one featuring a scantily clad Paris Hilton washing a car while eating a hamburger. Jack In The Box also runs humorous ads featuring the pingpong-headed Jack. But CKE claims the “Angus” ads have gone too far. A hearing has been set for Aug. 20. No trial date has been set.



July 3, 2007

Following the desire for an education By Bram Makonda Summer Titan Staff Writer


he phrases “college student” and “illegal immigrant” are rarely used together. But students who are illegal exist, and the number continues to grow. They are often forgotten because stereotypes of illegal immigrants are usually of older and single individuals who left their families behind. Contrary to these beliefs, many migrated to the United States with their kids for the sole reason of providing their children with better opportunities in education. Prior to current legislation, illegal immigrants not only faced expensive tuition fees, but could not qualify for financial aid or loans that many college students rely on. The Assembly Bill 540 allowed anyone who attended high school in California for three years to pay the in-state tuition rate. Illegal immigrant and Cal State Fullerton senior Carlos A., said that obtaining a college degree was what he was taught to pursue as an American. Carlos’ story begins with a decision he was too young to make. “My parents, my sister and I moved here eight years ago when I was 14 for economic reasons,” Carlos said. “My parents received tourist visas and we entered the country legally. I was in denial at the time about moving but I ended up making the transition to the United States when I was a sophomore in high school,” he said. Somehow along the way Carlos and his family became illegal permanent residents. Maybe it was because of the better job opportunities or quality education. Or maybe it meant that following the correct procedures would take them back to Mexico to wait in long lines just

to receive the visas and never come back again. For many families, arriving in the United States was the goal but correct residency protocol has become too complicated to follow. Carlos attended Montclair high school where he earned a 3.5 GPA and became involved in school activities during his senior year. Public schools have emphasized the need to go to college and Carlos paid attention. “I knew I wanted to go to college I didn’t know how to do it,” Carlos said. “I had no mentors and my parents didn’t go to school here.” Applying to colleges without a social security number was frustrating, Carlos said he did not think he could attend college. “They told me I had to apply for a student visa,” Carlos said. A student visa would mean that he would have to leave the country and could only re-enter if he was approved. This procedure is not a guarantee and visa students have to pay the out-ofstate tuition rate which is about three times as much as the in-state tuition price. Carlos also did not want to be separated from his family. Carlos knew he wanted to attend a four-year university but saw that his only option was to attend community college first because of costs. Mount San Antonio College in Pomona became his destination due to proximity. An office administrator who witnessed Carlos’ dilemma contacted Mt. SAC and spoke highly of Carlos. Mt. SAC representatives then advised the high school administrator that he would be eligible as an AB 540 student. “He was an office clerk. I just knew him and I’m thankful that he reached out to me,” Carlos said. Because of the office administrator, Carlos was able to attend Mt. SAC and went on to transfer to CSUF. A psych

professor from Mt. SAC advised Carlos to attend CSUF due to the school’s outstanding human services program. Carlos will graduate with his bachelor’s degree in the spring of 2008 and he plans to attend graduate school where he is hoping to apply skills he learned in the classroom in his community. Carlos has made it his goal to help others who are illegal residents and have the desire to attend college. Leticia Serrato, CSUF student, said that she met Carlos through a Social Justice presentation in which Carlos talked about his situation. “I just met Carlos and he is passionate about helping others. A lot has to do with his own struggles,” Serrato said. “As a friend he is down for just about anything, being involved in organizations and even being an extra with me in the upcoming film about illegal immigrants titled ‘You Never Know if You’re Gonna Die Tomorrow, An American Dream,’” Serrato said. To say that Carlos is involved in CSUF activities is an understatement. He is a member of the Students for Peace and Social Justice and is also a member of the former AB 540 Coalition which will be working towards becoming an independent organization named the Alliance of Students for an Equal Education. In the Alliance, students will inform staff, faculty and students both on and off campus, about the struggles and resources that undocumented students have when pursuing higher education. “We want to advocate for these students,” Carlos said. “We also want to reach high school students and direct them to college. And to also teach them the application process.” He said the organization is also rais-


By Bram Makonda/Daily Titan Photo Editor

True Dedication - Illegal immigrant and CSUF student, Carlos A., struggles to pay for tuition without any form of financial aid. Carlos is dedicated, through school organizations, to let others know about Assembly Bill 540 and the DREAM act still pending approval in the Senate. Both will give a pathway to citizenship for illegal residents pursuing higher education.



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From the Titan to the Times By Rachel Cannon Summer Titan Staff Writer

Many people have said that the probability that the subject students get their degree in will most likely not be related to the career field they choose. For some Cal State Fullerton communication students, this didn’t turn out to be the case. Brady MacDonald, assistant graphics editor for the Los Angeles Times Web site, was a former executive editor for the Daily Titan. He “ate, slept and breathed the Daily Titan,” MacDonald said. “Nothing, professionally, has compared to it.” MacDonald said he worked his way to the Los Angeles Times through a copy clerk job at the OC Register while working with the Daily Titan. In his present job, which he’s had for the past 10 years, he now covers general assignments “everything from Paris Hilton to the Iraq War.” Aside from the obvious work he had to put in to reach his current career he said another thing was important for his success – and the success of future journalists. “Focus on the Web and become expert at computer-assisted and/or multimedia reporting,” MacDonald said. It wasn’t all work in the Daily Titan newsroom. MacDonald said that along the way he made lifetime friends whom he still

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meets monthly for poker matches. The school paper is also the place where he met his wife, Nancy Luna. “My favorite memory from the Titan is meeting my wife,” MacDonald said. Luna received her bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in journalism in 1992 and is now a business writer for the Marketplace Section at the OC Register. “I started out answering phones in customer service to get my foot in the door,” Luna said. “I eventually got a job as a news assistant compiling data for the weather page. That led to a job as an obit clerk, and eventually a fulltime writing gig in the Register’s community section.” The story was national headline news Since getting her job, Luna said she has written about almost everything, and she was the one who had to follow including courts, cops, the environ- up on Burt’s widow, Kristin Burt. “She and I remain in contact, and ment, medicine, transportation, health I’ve written several care, science, retail stories about her life, stores and restauincluding a ‘10 years rants. later’ piece that ran She’s had two last July,” Luna said. columns, one called My favorite memory Her fondest mem“What’s Your Problem” for the busi- from the [Daily] Titan ory from CSUF is when MacDonald, ness section and the is meeting my wife. her executive editor other named“Honk” at the time, decided for the transporta– Brady MacDonald to run a Wall Street tion section. Luna said she has CSUF alumni Journal version of the Daily Titan. too many memories “Dr. Fellow [the to recount them all current chair of the from her career at journalism departthe Register, but the one that sticks out for her the most is a ment] stepped in to observe the makstory she wrote about CHP officer Don ings of the Wall Street Titan. He pursed his lips and said, ‘Do it now, while you Burt. He was gunned down in 1996 in can,’” Luna said. Her advice for those CSUF students Fullerton near CSUF.

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By Cindy cafferty/Summer Titan Photo Editor who wish to make it in the journalism field is brief. “Learn video and flash and be realistic about the newspaper industry, which is in a tailspin due to declining readership and revenue,” Luna said. “In other words have a plan B.” Dennis Foley, the internship recruiter and reader innovation editor for the OC Register, said he also feels that a vast knowledge in multimedia can be exremely beneficial for a career in journalism. “The best candidates look at the paper, the Web site and know something about the community,” Foley said. In addition to having something to offer to the paper, having a broad and experienced background with journalism can show that students not only have a sense of loyalty toward the profession, but that they enjoy it as well. Foley said that there are many CSUF students who currently occupy the desks at the OC Register.

Japanese defense minister resigns in the wake of atomic-bomb comments By KANA INAGAKI Associated Press Writer

TOKYO (AP) - Japan’s embattled defense minister resigned Tuesday over his comments suggesting the 1945 atomic bombings Hiroshima and Nagasaki were inevitable. Fumio Kyuma had come under intense criticism from survivors of the bombings, opposition lawmakers and fellow members of the Cabinet following the comments over the weekend. “I told Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe, ‘I’m sorry but I must take responsibility and resign.’ The prime minister said, ‘That’s very unfortunate ... but I accept your decision,’” Kyuma told reporters. Kyuma ignited a political furor less than a month before parliamentary elections when he said on Saturday that the

atomic bombings of Hiroshima and his native Nagasaki were an inevitable way of ending World War II. The statement contradicted the Japanese stance, fiercely guarded by survivors and their supporters, that the use of nuclear weapons is never justified. A ban on possession of such weapons is a pillar Japan’s postwar pacifist regime. Earlier Tuesday, Nagasaki’s mayor made an official protest in Tokyo. “That comment tramples on the feelings of the A-bomb victims, and as a target of the bomb, Nagasaki certainly cannot let this go by,” Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue wrote in a letter handed over to Kyuma on Tuesday. “I truly apologize for having troubled and caused worry to the people of Nagasaki,” Kyuma said. The bomb comment from the gaffe-

prone Kyuma has hit Abe’s increasingly unpopular government at a sensitive time, coming just a few weeks before July 29 elections for the upper house of parliament. Kyuma’s repeated apologies and Abe’s reprimand of his defense chief have failed to quell the furor, which on Tuesday sparked further public criticism among Abe’s own ministers, several of whom called the comment inexcusable. The opposition had been preparing to submit a formal request for Kyuma’s resignation later on Tuesday, and opposition leaders claimed that Abe shared the blame for the gaffe. At a speech in Chiba outside of Tokyo on Saturday, Kyuma triggered the scandal by suggesting the bombs were an inevitable way of ending World War II. “I understand that the bombings ended the war, and I think that it couldn’t be helped,” he said. Kyuma – who represents Nagasaki in the lower house – said the U.S. atomic bombings caused great suffering in the city, but otherwise Japan would

have kept fighting and ended up losing a greater part of its northern territory to the Soviet Union, which invaded Manchuria on the day Nagasaki was bombed. Abe has struggled to control the political damage. He reprimanded Kyuma on Monday and asked him to refrain from making similar remarks in the future, but did not publicly call for Kyuma to resign. On Aug. 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped a bomb nicknamed “Little Boy” on Hiroshima, killing at least 140,000 people in the world’s first atomic bomb attack. Three days later it dropped another atomic bomb, “Fat Man,” on Nagasaki where about 74,000 are estimated to have been killed. Japan, which attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor in 1941, surrendered on Aug. 15, 1945. In January, Kyuma raised eyebrows in Washington by calling the U.S. decision to invade Iraq a “mistake” because it was based on the false premise that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.

LYON, France (AP) - Doctors have removed eggs from young female cancer patients and – for the first time – brought the eggs to maturity before freezing them, giving the girls a better chance to one day have children. Previously, scientists had thought viable eggs could be obtained only from girls who had undergone puberty. “We didn’t expect young girls to have eggs that could withstand the process of maturation,” which involves adding hormones, said Dr. Ariel Revel, who led the research at the Hadassah University Hospital in Israel. The research will be presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Lyon, France. Revel’s technique involved surgically removing the eggs and artificially maturing them in a laboratory with the idea of re-implanting them one day should the patient wish to have children. To obtain the eggs, Revel and his colleagues performed surgery on 18 patients ages 5 to 20. Of 167 eggs, 41 were successfully matured, including some from prepubescent donors. They were then indistinguishable from those of older women, Revel said Monday. “Any advance that enables young women to have children one day after having cancer is positive,” said Simon Davies, head of Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity based in Britain. Davies was not linked to the research. But as the extraction of eggs is an invasive operation, Davies said more information was needed about potential risks to young women fighting cancer. There might also be ethical concerns, as the decision to remove eggs from very young girls would likely be made by the parents, not the patient. Experts think cancer treatments can affect female fertility. Chemotherapy usually affects all body cells, attacking not only the cancer, but other areas including the ovaries – for which it is often deadly. Unlike men, who produce sperm throughout their lifetime, women only have a set number of eggs from their birth, which decreases as they age. Young girls who undergo aggressive chemotherapy treatments often experience a sharp drop in the number of their eggs. Some become completely infertile. The cure rate for childhood cancer can be as high as 90 percent, and doctors are investigating options for preserving patients’ fertility. Another experimental method involves removing a thin layer of ovarian tissue for re-implantation later, but trials so far have resulted in only a few pregnancies worldwide. “The research by Dr. Revel is an important option for prepubescent girls who may otherwise lose the ability to have children,” said Dr. Hananel Holzer, an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at McGill University in Montreal. Holzer, who was not connected to Revel’s study, said immature eggs from adult women have previously been matured in the laboratory, but until now, no one had ever tried it with eggs from young girls. The real test will come when the girls on whom the treatment was performed might be ready to have children. “We will only know the final chapter of this story in about 10 years, when we hope to close the circle of this research,” Revel said. None of the eggs has been thawed, and experts are unsure if the process of artificial insemination could result in other problems such as chromosomal abnormalities. Additional surveillance, such as amniocentesis screenings to check the baby’s development, would probably be necessary.


Some teams keep dropping the ball in basketball draft By Bram Makonda Summer Titan Staff Writer

The NBA draft came and went, and the Boston Celtics wondered “what if ” once again. What if they received the top pick, would they then have selected Oden over Durant? But through failed moves and unstrategic selections, the draft continues to transform the Celtics into the lowly Clippers of the ’90s. Other teams who were lucky enough to be selected in the top three, they landed players considered to be building blocks for a franchise. The boldest move of the night came when Seattle Supersonics dealt aging superstar Ray Allen to the Boston Celtics in exchange for the No. 5 pick overall in Jeff Green. Along with future superstar Kevin Durant selected No. 2 overall, Seattle will be formidable as the two

players were dominant in the college game. For the Portland Trail Blazers, receiving the No. 1 selection was reminiscent of the San Antonio Spurs’ pick of Tim Duncan. Both ball clubs were seen as long shots landing the top pick, but the ping pong ball landed in their favor. In both scenarios the Celtics were snuffed out of two coveted big men. Both situations have made perennial losers out of Boston. Dare I say it, a curse? In Boston? Boston could have 4-time champion Duncan to build their franchise around Oden or Durant. Instead, they are left with a disaster trade that should have never been made to appease outgoing superstar Paul Pierce, if he ever was one. The Bambino was ridded of with a historic comeback against the Yankees, right? Wrong. Boston fans meet your new doom, Danny Ainge. Ainge gave up way too much for Allen. Delonte West, Wally

Szczerbiak and the fifth pick (Green) for Allen. Allen came off surgery and is not the all-star he was once. His lowly Supersonics had a disastrous season that had talks of relocation. In one trade, Ainge has made another franchise become an instant playoff contender. Teams are lucky to deal with Ainge. He will give you what you want. West was the player that Boston should have built their team around. A tough, point guard from St. Joseph, West was the bright spot for the Celtic’s year. The failed deal to bring in Kevin Garnett has failed too. If the Lakers are paying attention and want to keep Kobe Bryant from leaving, they should pay attention to this organization spiraling down into the gutter. The Lakers should pursue Pierce from the Celtics like there is no tomorrow. Don’t despair Laker fans, we may have a disgruntled player in Bryant, but at least we don’t have a curse.

Campus makes graduating difficult for working students By Sanam Leidelmeijer Summer Titan Staff Writer

Many high school graduates transition into colleges and universities expecting to experience the “college life” – that is, attending classes; participating in school activities; joining clubs; fraternities; or sororities; partying hard and building lasting relationships. Unfortunately, not every student is able to experience this seemingly fun, laid-back lifestyle. Many students begin working full time directly after graduating high school, with the intentions of supporting themselves or their families. Because working full time generally requires working for the better part of the day, the majority of these students strive to get ahead by attending night classes. As a proud member of the “working” group of students, I can relate first-hand to the school-related obstacles that other students like me have to deal with. Unfortunately, I have found that our campus does not always accommodate for the needs of its working students, making it very difficult for us to meet deadlines, to become involved with schoolrelated activities and even to graduate. For example, the Admissions and Records Department is only open until 5 p.m. on Monday, Thursday and Friday and open until 6:30 p.m. on Tues-

day and Wednesday. This schedule has proven to be extremely frustrating for me, especially since I work and live in the Irvine area. It is, at times, impossible to get to the admissions and records building in time to turn in forms for whatever reason, especially in the midst of rush-hour traffic. I can’t begin to explain how many times I have raced to campus, hoping to turn in my completed grad check or change of address form, and finding the door to the building locked. Admissions and Records is not the only department that is not accommodating to working students. What about the availability of night classes? Since transferring to CSUF in the fall 2005 semester, I have only taken night classes – and they were not easy to come by. As a communications major, I had to take the basic required courses: Comm 101, Comm 201, Comm 202, etc. The ironic thing is that out of several available daytime classes, there are usually only one or two night classes – and they fill up fast. I’m still not finished. My biggest challenge came this semester. With only a few more units to go before I officially graduate (I already walked in May), I was disappointed to find that one of my required courses is only offered in the day, three days a week. I thought I was done – no diploma for me, and I worked so hard. But I got lucky. My employers

are allowing me to take the time off for the class, provided that I come back and work extra hours so I can bring in my usual forty. I know that I am not the only CSUF student to experience these frustrations. There are many other instances that I have not discussed: missed extra credit opportunities because they are only offered during the day, professors’ holding office hours only during normal business hours, daily parking passes costing $5 regardless of what time a student arrives on campus, and practically all clubs and organizations requiring daytime involvement. I am proud to say that I am a financially independent woman. Since the age of 18, I have been supporting myself by working hard. I pay for my rent, my car, my utilities, my miscellaneous expenses, my school tuition and every other bill that lands in my mailbox. And while it seems as though many students rely on their parents to help them while they attend CSUF, I know that there are hundreds – if not thousands – of students who share my pain. Why do I feel as though I am being punished for working full time? Being a night student can be very frustrating for students who work full time. Is it worth it? I’ll say this: I never thought my school would make it so difficult to earn my degree.


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Money talks In a recent decision, the Supreme Court decided that the government must prove that any given advertisement violates the issue-candidate clause. That’s a lot of legalese that essentially boils down to saying that there’s no effective limit to how much any monied interest can put into campaign advertisements. It’s a neat little way of avoiding soft money limits, which only cover contributions made directly to parties and candidates. While the government could retroactively prosecute the interest groups, corporations, unions and other groups that will use money to influence the elections the sheer volume of these ads will make such an endeavor impossible. While the Court has secured our First Amendment rights, something that we journalists can hardly argue

with, they have also opened up an entirely different can of worms – the one where people with money have better freedom of speech than those without. After all, if my money can get my message to reach millions of Americans, while yours can only get you small-market advertising, I’m going to be able to set the agenda. Our Founding Fathers believed in the marketplace of ideas, where all ideas can have their day, be reviewed, examined and then adopted or discarded according to the informed will of the people. If we allow that marketplace to be co-opted, where does that leave us? If the only ideas that we’re allowed to examine are rubber stamped by the self-serving hands of unfeeling corporations, unethical political groups or ruthless politicians, how does that serve democracy?


Two of a kind: Poker goes online and on TV BY AMY ROBERTSON Daily Titan Staff Writer

With over 250,000 daily users, online poker has become one of the fastest-growing industries in the Internet gaming virtual world. The trend of playing poker online has been spreading quickly thanks to a man named Chris Moneymaker. And make money is what he did. Moneymaker earned a slot in the World Series of Poker in 2003 by winning an online satellite tournament. He took home the series title that year, along with $2.5 million – a large profit compared with the $39 he originally spent to buy into the first tournament. “A lot of people look at Moneymaker as being an average guy off the street,” said John Friedberg, 2006 series event champion and online poker professional. Friedberg said Moneymaker sparked the public’s interest in online poker. However, increased ratings for poker coverage on television was due to the


addition of a camera under the table. This helped turn poker into a spectator sport, said Michael Smyth, founder and owner of, a Web site offering news and information about Internet gambling, in an e-mail interview. “Online [poker] is another way to learn strategies from other people when it comes to playing live poker,” said Zachary Marty, third year Cal State Fullerton Communications major and poker player. Online poker is not just a marketplace of skills to learn and acquire. “The best benefit is that it keeps it fresh and you don’t have to leave your home,” said Tim Stampher, professional poker player and co-author of upcoming book “Fast Tournaments” about online poker tournaments. However, accessibility can lead people to abuse the game. With online poker, users are “able to play so many more hands and multiple tables,” Stampher said. Friedberg said the majority of online poker players is males ages 18 to 25. “They have more time, more dispos-

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Courtesy of able funds, not as much financial responsibility at that point, and they tend to be more risky,” Friedberg said. Poker Web sites created marketing methods for that group, Smyth said. “The industry offers scholarships and tuition for prizes, does lots of tournaments in bars, associates themselves with various groups on campus like frats, creates college virtual rooms with tournaments and it builds on the community aspects and rivalries between colleges,” Smyth said. Many online poker Web sites competing for business offer incentives like free rolls – basically free cash to play the game with.

However, the SAFE Port Act, passed in November of 2006, prohibits transfering funds from a financial institute, such as a bank, to an Internet gambling Web site. Friedberg said the government should regulate online play to reap a profit. “The poker players tend to be crafty, calculating individuals with a substantial amount of pride and they don’t believe they are doing anything wrong playing poker online – so they will not go down without a fight,” Smyth said.

Education: Mexican immigrant Achieving his goals From page seven ing money for a scholarship fund which will ease the steep price of college for undocumented students. Carlos said he is thankful for the opportunity to stumble upon a way to attend college through a relatively unknown law. “In my experience, I wouldn’t have made it to college if not for that staff member. No one told me about the bill,” Carlos said. “Through my work I want to reach to high school students and tell them that there is a way.” As valuable to undocumented students as it is, AB 540 only allows students to pay the in-state rate. For the Cal State campuses that rate is roughly $3,000 a year. For the UC campuses it is around $10,000. The bill does not provide financial aid. Undocumented students are unable to apply even if they come from a low-income household. Such students, like Carlos, must juggle various jobs to pay for college at the maximum price without any assistance. “My parents can’t give us everything, only rent. I pay for tuition, gas, money and books,” Carlos said. According to Carlos, this situation frustrates his parents because they are not able to assist him in his expenses. “I have to take on jobs that are very demanding and that no one else wants,” Carlos said. “I work in a restaurant now, it’s a lot better there than where I used to work at a warehouse as a janitor. It was very degrading.” Carlos said he feels safe at the restaurant because there are other undocumented workers with him, whereas he said paranoia surrounded him during his previous employments. “I work with a lot of people my age now,” Carlos said. Another obstacle facing Carlos after he graduates is the inability to use his degree in a legal job. He will obtain a bachelor’s degree but will not be able to use it in the U.S. if his status does not change. “I feel like I can do a lot more. It feels OK now, but it frustrates me that I probably can’t apply my knowledge towards something I’m passionate about,” Carlos said. Currently sitting on the Senate floor as part of the immigration reform bills is the DREAM act. The DREAM act which stands for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors will provide a path for undocumented students for citizenship upon earning their bachelor’s degree. Carlos said that he is hoping for passage of the bill. But, until then, he along with many others will just have to be patient. Upon passage of the bill Carlos said he would continue to pursue higher education as he was told time and time again by the public school system. “My family motivates me a lot. I see how they struggle and I want to reward them and give back,” Carlos said. “I want to be a good role model for my sister.” “I’m proud of him,” Eloisa A., Carlos’ sister said. “So many students live in the dark and the lack of information makes them afraid. I want to tell people that it’s hard but it’s possible,” Carlos said.




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Weddings at the By Amy Robertson Daily Titan Staff Writer

Arboretum CSUF’s gardens host up to 65 marriages each year As college students get deeper into their university careers, attending weddings becomes a not-so-rare occurrence, especially once summer rolls around. June and July are the two mostpopular months for weddings to be scheduled, according to several wedding coordinators. “The beginning of summer is what most brides have envisioned for their wedding day. There’s no worry about weather,” said Courtney Toney, wedding coordinator and owner of Joyful Weddings and Events, an event planning company. Planning a wedding for the summer gives the bride and groom an ideal choice for location – somewhere outdoors. “Being in Southern California, people like the idea of an outdoor wedding. They correlate the atmosphere with the lifestyle,” said Tara Ferell, wedding coordinator and owner of The More the Merrier, an event planning company. “With the outdoors, there’s more natural beauty. You don’t have to add decor. It’s more festive.” Picking a date is only one of many decisions that go into planning a wedding. The venue for a wedding, which can be chosen up to a year before the big day, is important for setting the mood. Katie McGill, associate director of marketing and communications of the Alumni House, said the Spanish-colonial style building hosts approximately four weddings a year, most of which the wedding party has “some sort of affiliation with Cal State Fullerton that draws them back and make its special.” The alumni house on campus is a small but versatile location for a wedding. McGill illustrated all the different ways of laying out the event, from placing a band on a small stage to having the vows take place there. There’s room for small tables and chairs on the upper level to sit and have a drink or the floor could be used for dancing after having a few drinks.

“It has an intimate setting. It’s beautiful and historic. It has character,” McGill said. The enclosed courtyard sitting directly across from the newest parking structure by the police department, where most of the festivities take place, allows for 250 people while the arboretum at CSUF can accommodate up to 350 people for an event. The arboretum, unlike the alumni house, sees up to 65 weddings each year with weddings almost every weekend. Approximately 10 percent of those weddings share some sort of tie with CSUF. “Most people pick a school because there’s a nice venue on campus. It’s more for the sake of what’s on campus, not because of the school itself,” Toney said. The arboretum has proven itself to be a venue that, like Cal State Long Beach’s Japanese gardens, draws people in. With the arboretum being such a popular request for weddings, Liz Gilson, facility rentals manager of the arboretum, said sometimes there will be two weddings in one day – one in the morning and one in the evening, but she never plans two for the same time. The only situation in which two events will be taking place simultaneously is if one is a reception and one is a wedding and they are taking place at two locations on opposite ends of the park. What helps allow for double booking to happen at times is that the “trees and bushes help sound from going out,” Gibson said. The scenery is not the only favorable aspect of the arboretum. “People like the outdoors and it’s reasonable price wise in the grand scheme of things,” Gilson said. Both the arboretum and the alumni house said their prices are competitive with other popular wedding venues. However, the alumni house allows for the bride and groom to bring in any vendor of their choice, while the arboretum offers only an approved venue list. Gilson said she has good ties with the vendors on the list and it’s because the vendors are so efficient that wedding planning at the arboretum is so easy. “All a bride really has to do if she wants is buy a dress and show up. They’ll do everything else,” she said. However, with dates already being booked for August of 2008, such spontaneity might not be so realistic. “Weather the prior season determines bookings for the next,” Gilson said. With the reputation for beautiful weather Southern California holds, finding a date and outdoor location for a wedding should prove to be easier than expected.

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