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DTSHORTHAND AIDS EXPERIENCE Week – Cal State Fullerton is partnering with New Song Church North Orange County to promote AIDS awareness in anticipation of World AIDS Day, Saturday.
Women’s soccer left out in the cold
BY THE NUMBERS AIDS SYMPOSIUM – CSUF faculty member Davina Ling, director of the Center for Economics of Aging and Health, will be a panelist and discuss her research on HIV/AIDS during an AIDS symposium Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon outside the Humanities Social Science Building. A traveling tent exhibit will be set up in the campus Quad from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Monday.
Thanksgiving dinner nets 72-pound turkey MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Minnesota man basted a 72pound turkey to trounce his sister in their annual sibling rivalry over who can prepare the biggest Thanksgiving bird. Rich Portnoy roasted his tubby turkey in his 36-inch-wide, chefcaliber oven on Thursday to top the biggest bird his sister had ever cooked by 25 pounds. Andra Portnoy conceded defeat from her Reston, Va., home, but noted that her brother’s large oven gave him an edge. Last year, Andra Portnoy cooked a 47-pounder to take the lead after her brother could only find a 37-pounder. This year, Rich Portnoy approached the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, which helped him find an 85-pound breeding tom that, at 59 weeks old, was near the end of its useful life. He bought the turkey for $30, loaded the live bird into the back of the family’s car and drove it to a processor, where it was made oven-ready at 72 pounds. Portnoy and his wife, Charlene, invited 26 people to Thursday’s feast.
Due to a reporting error, Robert Palmer was misidentified as dean of student affairs instead of vice president of student affairs in the Nov. 15 article “Lieutenant Governor concerned.” The Daily Titan regrets this error. Due to an editing error, the school Cal State Fullerton defeated was misidentified in a headline on Page 12. The headline should have read “CSUF wins with 20point lead over Cal State L.A.”
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Top seeded UCLA puts an end to the Titans’ season with a 3-1 victory The Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer team lost 31 against the UCLA Bruins in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The team, coming from three straight Big West Conference wins, could not overpower the UCLA Bruins in their Nov. 16 matchup. Titan Head Coach Demian Brown said having the Bruins take the first goal did not weaken his team. “We got caught in a two-minute span where we were not ready, and UCLA is not a team that you want to chase after,” Brown said. “But we kept our heads up. We gained composure and got to play our game.” – For more on the women’s soccer team, see Page 8.
Titan Head Coach Demian Brown shouts directions from the bench.
Photos By Karl Thunman/Daily Titan Photo Editor Top - During the Nov. 16 game, UCLA’s Lauren Wilmoth, No. 10, unsuccessfully tries to block the shot from Titan Christina Murillo. Murillo’s shot finalized the 3-1 score. Above - UCLA’s Catherine Calvert reaches for an incoming pass in front of Titan Sam Stillion.
UCLA’s Kylie Wright and Titan Casey Schostag fight for the ball.
UCLA goalkeeper Valerie Henderson attacks the ball from Titan Christina Murillo.
Titans goalkeeper Shayla Sabin prepares for the shot from UCLA’s Kara Lang.
President Gordon holds State of the University address He addressed purchasing more land, sabbaticals for professors and diversity By John Sakata
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Cal State Fullerton President Milton Gordon raised the possibility of purchasing additional land for the university to accommodate the largest university of the CSUs. Gordon, in his State of the University address on Nov. 16, laid out an agenda for 2007-08, a plan he said he hoped would ensure a qualiGORDON ty of education to cater to an increasingly diversified student body that continuously sets new records in enrollment and surpassed the 37,000 student mark this year. Land acquisition was raised, with the property at Hope University on Nutwood Avenue a possibility. The Irvine Campus in El Toro currently serves 3,000 students who would not have been able to enroll into CSUF, Gordon said. Gordon
said the off-site campus has assisted in the graduation of 12,000 to 14,000 students since being incorporated to the university about a half-decade ago. “We’re looking [into] at least three to four possibilities for new land, and I feel that some of that new land is going to come into existence,” Gordon said. Gordon said there was no timeline set for when the land might be acquired. During his address, Gordon implied recent developments have put Hope University among the frontrunners in preliminary talks for land acquisition. “We might not get [any] land,” Gordon said. “But if we don’t try, we definitely won’t. I can’t tell you we are going to get this land tomorrow, or next year, or the year after, but we are trying to pursue it.” A need to broaden curriculum to incorporate more social issues to fulfill a growing desire from students was also discussed. The importance of international studies programs in a world where the impositions of geographical boundaries mean less than they did 50 years ago was pressed by the president. Gordon also addressed the issue of sabbaticals available for professors. The university will provide 35 sabbaticals for professors this year, up from 32 last year. Between 60
and 70 sabbaticals are requested each year, Gordon said. Professors on campus are expected to teach, do research and community service, said Mougo Nyaggah, CSUF’s CFA president. The traditional workload for professors in the CSUs are four teaching courses per semester. The 1960 Master Plan designated the UCs as research institutions, and the CSU campuses’ main re– sponsibility was teaching four decades ago, Nyaggah said. Since then, the philosophy has shifted where CSU professors are also now expected to do research and publish their work; but CSU professors are not receiving the same accommodations their UC counterparts receive. Nyaggah said he was concerned a lack of sabbaticals could impair the College of Business Economics from becoming the great program the university aspires it to become. “How is the business school going
to train the best and the brightest when the professor has so many students and the professors are also required to publish?” Nyaggah asked. Gordon said budget constraints limit the ability of the university from offering more sabbaticals. CSUF, Gordon insisted, does better than other CSUs in accommodating p r o f e s s o r s’ needs. “It’s a concern – always … There can be a rationale for the reduction of that teaching load Milton A. Gordon, to the extent CSUF President that we can,” Gordon said. W h i l e Nyaggah said he had concerns – primarily faculty salaries, faculty workload and high tuition rates – the issues were beyond the president’s control. Nyaggah said he was satisfied with the president’s address, including a continuing search by the university to acquire affordable housing for professors. “I think the speech was good,” Nyaggah said. “I think he had good ideas, but I wish he had the power to close the salary gap [between CSUF faculty to professors at other compa-
We’re looking [into] at least three or four possibilities for new land, and I feel that some of the new land is going to come into existence.
million people were estimated to be living with AIDS by the end of 2006, according to avert.org
rable institutions] and the power to stop the increase in tuition for students.” Academic Senate member Scott Spitzer said the biggest issue facing the university was the high number of students who have enrolled into the institution. “I don’t think the quality of education right now is in jeopardy,” said Spitzer, political science professor. “I think if we don’t [continue to add faculty and create more office space], the stress on the system as a whole is going to be a problem. I think we are moving forward and addressing these things.” Despite the challenges dealing with the high enrollment, the growth is also providing opportunities for the university, Spitzer said. The changes have allowed the university to acquire money to expand on its existing services, and Spitzer said he believes the university is going in a positive direction. “We see a brand new beautiful business hall going up, which is going to free up a lot of space,” he said. “We have hundreds of new faculty coming on board bringing a lot of energy to the university. We are seeing better and better students come here. We are keeping with our mission of making a high-quality of education to all Californians …” See GORDON, Page 2
INTERNATIONAL NEWS Low expectations for Mideast Peace Conference Monday
WASHINGTON (AP) – Arab holdout Syria agreed Sunday to attend a Mideast peace conference called by President Bush to restart talks to resolve the six-decade conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, yet expectations for the summit remained low. The two sides came to Washington without agreeing on basic terms for their negotiations. Bush invited the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to separate meetings at the White House on Monday to prepare for the centerpiece of his Mideast gathering – an all-day session Tuesday in Annapolis, Md. It is to be the only time that Bush, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meet together, and their three-way handshake is expected to be the conference’s symbolic high point. Bush closes the U.S. effort at the White House on Wednesday. The Bush administration, which has largely taken a hands-off approach to the nitty-gritty of Mideast peacemaking until now, says the goal is to set up an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. As 16 Arab nations and the Arab League prepared to sit down with Israel for the first time in more than a decade, Israel’s ambassador to Washington said what Arab leaders say and do after the conference can change the bitter atmosphere in the Middle East that has ransacked the region over the past several years.
NATIONAL NEWS Criticism renewed on Saudi-sponsored school ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) – Its most virulent critics have dubbed it “Terror High,” and 12 U.S. senators and a federal commission want to shut it down. The teachers, administrators and some 900 students at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Fairfax County have heard the allegations for years — after the Sept. 11 attacks and then a few years later when a class valedictorian admitted he had joined al-Qaida. Now the school is on the defensive again, with a report issued last month by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom saying the academy should be closed, pending a review of its curriculum and textbooks. The school, serving grades K-12 on campuses in Fairfax and Alexandria, receives financial support from the Saudi government and its textbooks are based on Saudi curriculum. Critics say the Saudis propagate a severe version of Islam in their schools. The academy stayed out of the spotlight until the Sept. 11 attacks. Criticisms were revived in 2005, when a former class valedictorian, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, was charged with joining al-Qaida while attending college in Saudi Arabia.
STATE NEWS Malibu fire 40 percent contained, 4,720 acres destroyed MALIBU, (AP) – Fire crews hoped mild temperatures and gentle winds Sunday would help them solidify gains against the sprawling wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes in this upscale coastal community. Hot, powerful winds that fanned the blaze across 4,720 acres starting early Saturday were not expected Sunday, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Ron Haralson said. The fire was about 40 percent contained, with few flames visible to the three water-dropping helicopters deployed over the fire zone, Haralson said. Fifty homes and two outbuildings were destroyed Saturday by the fast-moving wildfire pushed by Santa Ana winds. Twenty-seven other homes were damaged and 10,000 to 14,000 people were evacuated. Investigators had determined that the fire, which broke out along a dirt road off a paved highway, was caused by humans, but had not determined if it was started intentionally, said county fire Inspector Rick Dominguez. In a 1993 blaze, 388 structures were destroyed and three people killed.
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November 26, 2007
Malibu fires destroy homes, buildings and lives The Associated Press
Residents began making their way back along winding canyon roads Sunday to see whether their homes survived a wind-driven wildfire a day earlier that scorched thousands of acres of hillside and 53 houses. Several homes along a road near the source of the blaze had been reduced to blackened wrecks, while many others were virtually unscathed. “There’s no rhyme or reason to it,” said Frank Churchill, who returned home with his wife and four children to find his white stucco home largely undamaged, while three neighboring homes were leveled. “It doesn’t make sense.” In all, Saturday’s fast-moving wildfire destroyed 53 homes and 27 outbuildings, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said. Thirty-four other homes were damaged, and as many as 14,000 people fled the blaze, which was whipped up by hot, dry Santa Ana winds. Throughout the day Sunday, the weather worked in firefighters’ favor. A cool breeze in from the Pacific Ocean kept temperatures low and moisture levels high. “The weather is perfect for us,” said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Glen Goulet.
Even controlled fires, ignited late street, where blackened beer bottles Sunday to clear remaining scrub, littered the ground. burned lazily. When the winds began whipThe fire, which scorched 4,720 ping up again overnight Saturday, acres — more than 7 square miles — the seaside enclave was still recoversince early Saturing from a fire last day, was about 70 month that depercent contained, stroyed six homes, with full containtwo businesses and ment expected a church. Monday, said Ron “This time I Haralson, Los Anlost,” said a sootgeles County fire covered Glen Sunyinspector. ich, who watched – David Swain, the stucco-and tileInvestigators deElectrical engineer house he built in termined that the fire, which broke 1990 burn to the out along a dirt ground. “It means road off a paved that I didn’t build it highway, was caused by humans, but well enough.” had not determined whether it was Another resident who lost his started intentionally, said county Fire home was Flea, the bassist for the Red Inspector Rick Dominguez. Hot Chili Peppers, property records Sheriff’s deputies and bloodhounds showed. The musician, whose real headed into the area, which residents name is Michael Balzary, had bought said is a popular spot for outdoor par- another home in Malibu last year, tying by young people. Several locals but the one destroyed was for sale for were convinced the fire was started $4.8 million, the Los Angeles Times by late-night revelers who may have reported. lighted a campfire. David Swain, 77, an electrical en“I’ve been up there and seen howl- gineer, went through the remnants ing groups of teenagers drinking,” of his home of 31 years, which had Ricardo Means, 57, said of the rug- stood on a hillside with sweeping ged spot near the top of his winding views of the Pacific. The only posses-
You can focus on what you lost, or you can focus on what you are going to do.
sions that survived were the clothes he was wearing and his pets — two dogs and a ferret — that he took with him when he evacuated early Saturday. While other residents appeared shell-shocked as they picked through their charred homes, Swain remained upbeat. “You can focus on what you lost, or you can focus on what you are going to do,” said Swain, who already was making plans to rebuild. “It’s a beginning.” Hundreds of firefighters and equipment from throughout the state had been positioned in Southern California for most of the week because of the predicted Santa Ana winds. Malibu, with homes tucked into deep and narrow canyons along 27 miles of coast at the southern foot of the Santa Monica Mountains, is prone to Santa Ana-driven wildfires. Among them was a 1993 blaze that destroyed 388 structures, including 268 homes, and killed three people. Saturday’s fire was west of the areas of Malibu that burned in October. Despite the constant threat of wildfires and other natural hazards, residents love living here. Locals cite a sense of community, quiet compared with Los Angeles, and proximity to nature.
COP BLOTTER: POSSIBLE SUICIDE ATTEMPT BY OVERDOSE On Monday, Nov. 12, an e-mail from the residents of the Cal State Fullerton dorms was received by the police department regarding a possible suicide attempt by overdosing on Benadryl. A report was taken. In other University Police news: WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14 1:28 p.m. Medical Aid Call at Langsdorf Hall: A female student passed out but was found conscious. Police assisted in the call. 2:52 p.m. Property vandalism at Irvine Campus: A vending machine was possibly burglarized. A report was taken.
GORDON: ADDRESSES A NUMBER OF ISSUES From Page 1
Students in 2006-07 graduated a year earlier than their counterparts from 1997-98, despite 12,000 more students incorporated into the system. Freshmen graduated in 5.1 years, compared to 6.1 years nine years ago. In the third year of a fiveyear plan to fill 100 tenure-tracked faculty positions, a growing number of minority faculty members are being recruited to assist a student– based 55 percent minority. “You have a student body so much more diverse,” Gordon said. “Students need models for them to look up to and see already succeeding in these fields.” The Hispanic population is 28 percent, up 1 percent from last year. Gordon expects the Hispanic population to increase as Hispanic children living in surrounding cities graduate from high school. California’s current economic woes could change the university’s plans. Two weeks ago, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered 10 percent cuts on all state departments to deal with a mounting budget deficit that could approach $10 billion next year. Nonetheless, Gordon said he felt comfortable with the plans he has issued for the upcoming year. “California has always had budget problems. I’ve been in the system for 21 years. Every year they’ve had budget challenges,” Gordon said. “If you don’t have any goals, you won’t get anything done … If you’re going to sit on the sidelines and stop, especially because of budget challenges, you’re not going to do anything.” Changes are coming for the university after an influx of cash was approved. Gordon highlighted a Nov. 11 CSU Trustee board meeting that brought forth the approval of a new 1,000-room dormitory, an expansion for the Children’s Center and a new police station to replace the current one, which is more than 50 years old.
8:51 p.m. Suspicous person at PS1: Officers were unable to locate a group of male suspects reportedly urinating on the wall at the top of the structure. FRIDAY, Nov. 16 10:35 a.m. Suspicious person at McCarthy Hall: Three calls were received regarding the same subject. A female subject was reportedly staring at the ground, not blinking for 30 minutes. At 12:07 p.m., calls were received again regarding the female. Officers were told the subject was passed out but everything checked out OK. SATURDAY, Nov. 17 10:04 p.m. PS2: A report was taken
regarding an elderly woman who fell and was bleeding from a cut above her left eyebrow. MONDAY, Nov. 19 1:59 a.m. Agency assist at West La Jolla St: A Spanish-speaking officer was requested to assist in a reported stabbing. 7:56 a.m. Property vandalism in the Humanities Building: Graffiti was discovered in the men’s restroom. TUESDAY, Nov. 20 10:33 a.m. Property vandalism in the Dorms Parking Structure: A report was taken regarding paint being thrown onto a vehicle. THURSDAY, Nov. 22
10:25 a.m. Blue Emergency Phone Calls in Lot A: A possible scream was heard and the phone was disconnected. Police were unable to locate the caller. FRIDAY, Nov. 23 9:04 p.m. Disturbance at the Titan Stadium: Officer-initiated activity resulted in an arrest being made. SATURDAY, Nov. 24 10:10 p.m. Disturbance at the Golleher Alumni House: A third call was made regarding loud music at the Alumni House. The first two calls resulted in warnings but the woman said the music had not stopped and the subjects were not complying.
November 26, 2007
Country rocker’s widespread impact shapes Orange County play “Hank Williams: The Lost Highway” runs at the Laguna Playhouse By SARAH MOSQUEDA
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You need to have Hank Williams in your music library or else you can’t understand rock and roll.
Despite country music legend Hank Williams’ catalog of 20 hit songs, “Hank Williams: The Lost Highway,” a play running through this Friday at the Laguna Playhouse takes its name from a song he did not write. Leon Payne penned the moving song, “Lost Highway,” which did not become a hit for the blind Texas musician, but became more associated with Williams, who brought to it his signature raw emotion. “If you listen to Hank Williams lyrics, they are very direct and extremely sad,” said Christopher Trela, director of communications for the playhouse. Musicians ranging from Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan to David Allen Coe and Social Distortion have recorded Hank Williams’ music. The play, directed by Randal Myler with music directed by Dan Wheetman, features many of Williams’ hit songs including “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “Hey Good Lookin’.” Williams’ music may impact a new generation of musicians and fans. Musically, the play also hopes to remain faithful to style as Trela said the musicians are working to remain true
to Williams. Playgoers will be able to experience Williams’ music just as it was intended. “I hope that the generations keep discovering him,” said Jeanette Louis Kantzalis, a member of the Inland
Empire rockabilly band A Brokeheart Pro. “We need teachers like him.” Trela feels discovering Williams’ music is necessary. “You need to have Hank Williams in your music library or else you can’t understand rock and roll,” Trela said.
Cal State Fullerton senior Sally Asmaie, a communications major, is working with the Laguna Playhouse on the Williams play as part of her Capstone project. “The reason that I chose to work with this organization is because
Holiday sales start off with a bang for retailers Associated Press The nation’s shoppers set aside worries about higher gas prices and a slumping housing market and proved their resilience over the Thanksgiving weekend, giving what the nation’s merchants wished for — a strong start to the holiday shopping season. Stores and malls opened the season as early as midnight, drawing bigger-than-expected crowds Friday for discounted flat-panel TVs, digital cameras and toys such as all things related to Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana.”
music is very important to me and Social Distortion playing it, it’s the I believe that many students would same song and it’s still powerful,” agree,” Asmaie said. “What we have Trela said. come to learn is that many students Kantzalis said Williams’ music is as are extremely interested, but they are relevant as ever. just not aware that it is taking place “I think his honesty still lingers,” and they are not aware of the Laguna Kantzalis said. “Not so much in Playhouse.” country as it is in the outlaw stuff– Asmaie said Williams represents a rockabilly and punk. His influence small part of the does cross the American culgenres.” ture. Kantzalis “Hank Wilidentified with liams: The Lost the melancholy Highway” traces in Williams’ Williams’ life songs. from the bayou “There was a of Alabama to tenderness in his – Christopher Trela, grittiness that I country rock Director of Communications, always admired,” star. Laguna Playhouse “Hank WilKantzalis said. liams died in In the Johnny 1953, but he Cash biopic, left behind a “Walk the Line,” body of work that is responsible for the filmmakers stressed that Joaquin the birth of rockabilly music,” Trela Phoenix was not a Johnny Cash imsaid. “Original songs can sound personator, but rather represented an dated, but, put into context, he was interpretation of Cash. groundbreaking for country music With “Hank Williams: The Lost and music in general.” Highway,” the Laguna Playhouse is Williams’ music has a longevity making a strong effort to get as close and strong presence that can be felt to the real Hank Williams as posin many local rockabilly outfits. sible. “Mike Ness [of Social Distortion] “We didn’t scour the country looktold me that his three main influences ing for a look-a-like,” Trela said. “But are The Rolling Stones, The Ramones our lead actor embodies Hank.” and Hank Williams,” Trela said. On Thursday, the playhouse is preTrela said Ness recorded Williams’ senting the play at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. ditties and added a Williams’ song to Tickets from $30 to $53 are availthe set of his upcoming tour. able online at: http://www.laguna“Whether it’s Hank Williams or playhouse.com.
Strong sales continued through Saturday, according to one research group that tracks total sales at retail outlets across the country. Clearly, the biggest draw was electronics, benefiting consumer electronics chains like Best Buy Co. and discounters such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp. Popular-priced department stores including J.C. Penney Co. and Kohl’s Corp. drew in crowds with good deals. ShopperTrak RCT Corp., which tracks total sales at more than 50,000 retail outlets reported late Sunday that sales on Friday and Saturday combined rose 7.2 percent to
$16.4 billion from the same two-day period a year ago. Total sales on Friday, the day after
Thanksgiving, rose to $10.3 billion, up 8.3 percent from the same day a year ago.
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Black Friday ate Thanksgiving Black Friday came and went, and if you were one of those who survived the tough shopping conditions, you came away with, hopefully, some good deals. But were they really worth the hype? Most people who were interviewed on many of the news stations attest to the mad chaos as a family tradition or quality family time. But what happened to Thanksgiving itself? Is it slowly becoming a precursor to Black Friday? The Associated Press reported that ShopperTrak RCT Corp. – a group which tracks sales throughout the country, – there was an 8.3 percent increase on Friday alone compared to last year’s totals and 7.2 percent over the two-day period. According to the group, electronics were the most popular items bought, followed by toys and apparel. If one needs proof for the commercialization of an American holiday, look no further than Thanksgiving. If Valentine’s Day was made by card companies, and Mother’s Day and Father’s Day were heavily sponsored by florists and golf companies, then Thanksgiving is an example of American’s financial might in full force.
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Given more days off, no doubt more companies will exploit more days to shop till you drop. Great deals were found all around, from $200 laptops to insane bargains on iPods and toys. But were they worth missing Thanksgiving all-together? It was appalling to see many who camped the sidewalks of Best Buys, Circuit Citys and Wal-Marts all across the country to miss Thanksgiving for sales. Although Thanksgiving has no religious ties to it, it is a holiday in which families can embrace each other. Bargain hunters who overlook Thanksgiving might be buying into the wrong ideals as they trample one another to enter stores at four in the morning. Thanksgiving is about the gathering of family (not strangers in a parking lot), partaking and sharing in a sumptuous feast (not tripping others to get what we want) and acknowledging things that we are blessed with (not things we don’t have). Some may argue that Christmas has completely morphed into a holiday of shopping (which attributes to the mayhem of Black Friday). Thanksgiving may be next in line.
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and the double-talk
November 26, 2007
Daily Titan Staff Writer
So much has been said about how wonderful it is that a woman, a black man and a Mormon are all viable primary presidential candidates for next year’s election. Barack Obama is the strongest black candidate since Jesse Jackson ran in 1988; Hillary Clinton is charting unprecedented waters for a woman seeking the highest office; and Mitt Romney is making believers out of some who never thought it possible to see a follower of Mormonism lead the United States. Despite those superficial diversities, whoever wins the nod from the Democratic and Republican parties will not be that drastically different from George Bush, Al Gore, John Kerry or any of the most recent candidates for president. This is because the two-party system in American politics appeals to the lowest common denominator. Aaron McGruder, a wiley political satirist and creator of the cartoon series Boondocks, once said “the twoparty system is a sham,” and that its only purpose is to give the American public the satisfaction of “throwing the bums out” every eight years or so. I couldn’t agree more. With voters choosing a loyalty to one of the two parties, our choice of candidates is often a very slim choice, and the issues those candidates choose to confront may not jive with the issues we personally care most about. Candidates say what they think will get them elected, or in some cases, what will be the least likely to polarize their voter base. As the election approaches, watch as the messages of Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton start sounding evermore similar as both candidates attempt to reach across their party lines and find voters in the middle ground. Hillary Clinton, who supported the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan at their outset, has taken a pub-
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These candidates are veterans of the political game of the double-speak, which disenfranchises a lot of voters.
lic stance of being anti-war in order to draw contrast between herself and President Bush. On the other hand, Rudy Giuliani has flip-flopped (you thought John Kerry was bad) on many of the social issues that socalled valued voters see as the most important issues, namely a woman’s right to choose. Both of these candidates are veterans of the political game of double-speak, which disenfranchises a lot of voters. Analysts have said the election is the Democrats’ to lose, but the funny thing is, they are close to nominating just the most polarizing figure they have in store – Hillary Clinton. Much like the faint “anyone but Bush” murmur declared among satirical middle-left leaners during the 2004 presidential race, there is a much stronger sentiment of Americans who openly declared they would never, under any circumstances, vote for Hillary Clinton. And let’s face it, the Religious Right actually shows up to vote on that Tuesday in November. The sad thing is that in both parties’ primary elections, the front-runners in early polls are the two shadiest characters: Clinton and Giuliani. Both candidates have a laundry list of flip-flops and double speak that make it impossible to tell what their real intentions are, beyond gaining power for themselves. This just proves that winning the presidency is about raising the most money and how politically-savvy a candidate is, not where they stand on issues.
The Democratic candidates for next year’s presidential election remind me of a certain Will & Grace episode – season four, disc two, first episode. It opens with Will trying to convince Grace to donate money to a specific candidate for the city council. “Well what do we know about him?” Grace asks. “He’s gay.” “And?” “And – he’s gay.” Then Grace proceeds to write a check for $100. Apparently, sexual orientation is an acceptable qualification for a city council member, or at least it is for Grace. Well, it is until a fellow tenant informs her a Jewish woman is running for the same position. Upon learning this, she immediately stops payment on her check and tells Will he needs to donate money to “her” candidate. “So who is she? What do we know about her?” Will asks. “She’s a woman.” “And?” “She’s Jewish.” “And?” “She’s a woman.” They argue about statistics, percentages and who has the better candidate. “What makes you think you have the better candidate?” “Grace, he’s gay.” “Well mine is a woman and Jewish. That makes two victims to your one!” That sounds fair enough to me. Clearly that is the best way to elect public officials. So how do we decide who is to be the next president? Clinton may be the way to go. She is a woman. Women have been oppressed for years. But Obama is black, and what better way for America to say I’m sorry for the whole slavery thing? This is a tough one. I might vote for Clinton, but it won’t be because she is a woman. It will be because she is fairly liberal
when it comes to civil rights issues like abortion and same sex marriage. She is pro-education and pro-environment. Wait a minute. I could say the same for Obama. Obama and Clinton have the same stance on most issues, and their voting records are close to identical. In fact, the biggest difference I can find between them, race and gender aside, is their background and experience level. Clinton’s political journey began as a working advocate for children and Obama started out as a community organizer in inner-city Chicago. Both started with noble causes, but compared to Clinton, Obama has the experience of a pampered kitten thrown to alley cats. Some say his passion outweighs Clinton’s experience. This may be true, but I think passion can go in a lot of different directions. Let’s not forget the fact that Obama actually admits to smoking pot in college. I guess he’s got all the stoners’ votes. That’s if they can muster up the energy to pick their lazy butts up off the couch and go vote. Maybe Clinton should have left her husband after the whole Monica incident. Then maybe she would have the votes of every woman who has ever been cheated on – even the Republican ones. There is one more thing we can take from Will & Grace. In the end, neither one of them voted for “their” candidate. They each had a fundraising party at their apartment, and Grace’s candidate started her speech by saying how nice it was to see so many white faces in the room. Will’s candidate wanted to ship the homeless out of the city, keep women in the home and said “If God didn’t want some people to be poor, he would give them money.” So before you vote, make sure you know a little more about your candidate other than whether they pee sitting down or standing up. If you still can’t decide, let’s throw them both out. Forget killing two birds with one stone, let’s kill three. Where are all the politic-driven black lesbians? Who am I kidding? That would be way too much baggage.
Turning rivers into fences are a waste of time By David Carrillo
By Amy Robertson
Laziness leads to stupidity
convenient alternative for news, what it has really done is added to the convenience of not having to think. Instead, the news is basically spoon-fed to its readers. Due to the quick, simplified nature of the OC Post and outlets like it, people are missing out on information and writing found in longer stories. At the same time, they are losing the patience to take time to seek out and think about information. Instead, people pick up the belief that things are just handed to them – including information – and they should be short and sweet. In the end, it all leads back to the idea of instant gratification, which is part of why the Clapper was invented. We want the lights turned off right away with the mere clapping of hands and without having to get up and take the time to walk to the switch. If things continue to be handed to us, we will eventually stop seeking out our own information and we’ll stop creating new, original thought; thus, adding to the notion that society will someday run out of original thoughts. However, the issue at hand is not originality, but stupidity. Stupidity, like I mentioned, is an effect of laziness and laziness is an effect of convenience. Why walk or even think, for that matter, when you can have machines do it all for you? They’ll open your car door and start the engine with the push of a button, tell you where to go and answer the phone when you call the company you’re driving to. With so many conveniences, it’s becoming easier for people to give in to the ease of the technology and harder to stand up for our IQ and ourselves. Although things may look gloomy for any brainiac-wannabes, D-Day can be avoided. To keep intellect sharp in elderly people, doctors recommend participating in word puzzles such as crosswords or Sudoku. And so, while I blame the death of intelligent thinking on the Clapper, it is Sudoku that could possibly salvage society’s IQ.
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It is said that the line between sanity and insanity is a thin one. Well, after many years of teetering on the balance of both, it looks like Texas has completely lost its mind. Being a gun-toting bastion of conservative “Christian” values is one thing, but their latest plan to deter immigrants from crossing the border is unjustifiably absurd. For those who don’t know, last year President George W. Bush signed into law the Secure Fence Act. It was designed to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the United States by fortifying a large fence along the U.S./Mexico border. In parts of Texas, however, a fence would cut off ranchers from access to water and affect trade. As a result, the mayors of several Texas communities have proposed taxpayers pay an estimated $40 million to widen and deepen the Rio Grande as an alternative to erecting a fence. Constructing a fence along the border was crazy enough – think of putting a band-aid on a bullet wound – but to physically alter the geography of a state is idiotic at best, racially and socially irresponsible at least. The Statue of Liberty may need an addendum if the alteration of the Rio Grande is completed: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, so long as they are not hardworking Chicanos looking to earn an honest wage. The “logic” behind the proposed plan is that by widening the river, it will make it more difficult for immigrants to cross, which will hopefully lessen the number of people who try.
For those who do still attempt [to cross the river], it will take an extra few minutes to complete the crossing, giving border patrol the necessary time to make arrests. This is a time when the people of America could band together and unite – stand together and fight for people’s rights – but, as usual, we will sit back and do nothing. Our president and other elected government officials will continue to misinform the public under the guise of democracy and freedom. They will tell us to be afraid of the rest of the world, further dissuading international harmony while continuing to foster a culture afraid to accept what they do not understand. You might read this and think that it’s just a river, just a fence. But it is so much more than a river. It is so much more than a fence. This is people’s lives. It’s our ethics and sense of morality being further sacrificed in the name of national security. It’s 42 miles of river representing a lot of the problems that plague our country. We spend billions of dollars on wars – not to mention the of sacrifice the lives of young men and women – that aren’t necessary. This coming election, politicians will spend millions of dollars in advertising, hoping their ad campaign will swing votes into their direction. Think of what all that money could be going to? Every day people die because of inadequate health care. Every day people starve because they can’t afford anything to eat. Every day a child will sleep in the streets because he or she doesn’t have a home. Do we really need to spend $40 million to widen a river? I could give you the answer, but if you sit down and think about it for yourself, you’ll see that you already know.
I can understand people simply fleeing the mountainous effort Christmas has become ... but there are always a few saving graces and finally they make up for all the bother and distress. -May Sarton
The Social-Light I despise the Clapper. It is the antichrist of all inventions and is responsible for more than just transforming people into creatures incapable of walking to light switches. In fact, I blame the demise of intelligent thought on the clap-on, clap-off light. The Clapper is one of many technologies that have ultimately led to the growing laziness of society. The Clapper makes it so that people no longer have to get up and walk themselves to the on/off switch. The same thinking applies to the remote control and the television. Cars now have buttons that, when pushed, automatically open doors. Granted the escalator and elevator have been around for quite some time, but now’s there’s the moving sidewalk so that people can remain stationary, yet continue to move closer toward their destination. Though I am a fan of the moving sidewalk, it is this creation, along with the others listed and hundreds like them, that I point my finger at for making people lazier by the day. However, now I believe they are doing more damage than just immobilizing people. The laziness that results from these supposed pleasantries of life is not only physical, but mental as well. By not having to think about doing mere physical activities of life, our minds begin slowing down in general, and soon it becomes easier to not think about things altogether. Ultimately, by having a lazier mind, our intellect begins to suffer. Our intellect decreases not only because things are being made easier for people, it does so also because society is too busy to think things out anymore. For example, the newspaper the OC Post, which was an offspring of the Orange County Register. The idea behind the OC Post is to condense major news stories into short snippets suitable for a person on the go with no time to read regular-length stories. Though it may seem the OC Post has shown genius by making such a
November 26, 2007
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November 26, 2007
Wildlife sanctuary rises from the ashes Fire-threatened site reopens after clean-up efforts By Kevin Manahan
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Ash still covers parts of the ground where abundant plant life once grew, while the surrounding hillsides have lost much of their greenery to charred shades of gray and black. Yet the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary has now reopened to the public after the Santiago Wildfire, thanks to ongoing clean-up work and generous support from volunteers. Marcella Gilchrist, the sanctuary’s site manager, was told to leave around 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 22. She brought along Animal Ambassadors, animal residents that have become favorite symbols of the sanctuary for many visiting students, including the sanctuary’s desert tortoise, snakes and a baby possum named Cracker. While the fires never reached the main sanctuary grounds, Field Biologist Mark Mendez said they burned about four of the 12 acres owned by the sanctuary. A chaparral trail and much of the surrounding hillsides were burned, but firefighters were able to save Gilchrist’s cabin from flames that came down the hillside behind it. Whatever did not burn was cut back to form a firebreak, a gap between the brush to keep the fire from spreading further. Mendez said a fire like this has not been seen in the area for over 60 years. The combination of brush, high Santa Ana winds and effects of the current drought created ideal conditions for fires to burn through the area.
PHotos By Calliope Petrizzo/For the Daily Titan Left – Robbie Olivera (left) a 15-year-old doing community service for school, and Bill Hewson (right), a CSUF student, form an assembly line to move debris. Above – Stephanie Hiser, a CSUF alumna, carries debris down the hill.
“It was like the perfect scenario,” Mendez said. “There couldn’t have been a worse time to light a fire.” A naturalist, Mary Anderson, said despite seeing the significant impact the fires had on the area, the wildfires are also just a part of nature that has to be accepted. “When I came back it was quite an impressive drive seeing the charred landscape,” Anderson said. “But [I] was also appreciating that nature is definitely more of a force than we are. And just realizing that this is a fire habitat, we have to respect that and realize that fire will break out.” Field Biologist Kirk Pickler added
that certain burn areas may even be used as a learning opportunity for students and visitors. “It’s almost perfect, the area that was burned,” Pickler said. “Now we can bring folks back up, and as it progresses and starts growing back, we can teach people about it.” Mendez said their focus now is mostly on clean-up and restoration of parts of the sanctuary that were affected by the fires. Damaged hillsides need to be reinforced against erosion and mudslides, which Mendez said is a big concern for them. The county is providing materials, including sandbags and straw bales,
to the sanctuary and the surrounding canyon community to keep the hillsides from eroding. However, Mendez said they still need lots of additional help to implement the erosion prevention projects. The bags need to be filled, which will be difficult for the small staff to do by themselves. They are also asking for native plant donations from the public to help replant the burned areas. Mendez said a list of plants they need will be posted on the Web site soon. So far, Mendez said the public has been helpful in donating supplies they need, particularly a large amount of birdseed to the sanctuary. As a result, Mendez said the number of birds at the sanctuary has nearly tripled. “The public’s been pretty generous in donating a lot of seed to us,” Mendez said. “People will come by and drop off 25 to 50 pounds of seed. Every little bit helps when
you’re nonprofit.” Before the fire, the sanctuary had several plans to improve its services as a learning and research center. Among the larger projects were significant renovations of the museum and gift store facility, as well as a new vegetation plan that would span several years. While work on these projects will slow down because of the current focus on the sanctuary’s restoration, Gilchrist said the staff will still push forward with the plans. The landscaping needs to be completed within certain deadlines, as do several Eagle Scout projects that have been taking place at the sanctuary. The museum renovation is still underway, with new walls already in place. Gilchrist said they are working with the campus to get a contractor to help with the clean-up. Meanwhile, Gilchrist said the volunteer work from the public has been very helpful. Members of the Cal
State Fullerton community were at the sanctuary Nov. 10 for a cleanup day, and they have been getting help from churches and other local groups as well. “Every day, people are calling, stopping by or volunteering their children,” Gilchrist said. “We’re working on getting a couple of volunteers to help with the sandbags, but a lot of the general public is coming together to help.” Pickler said seeing everyone come together to help has been one of the most remarkable things about the recovery process. “The amount of community, sort of, ‘glue’ that’s up here is quite extraordinary,” Pickler said. “The recovery process itself has been a very interesting experience just through [seeing] people in general coming together and helping one another. For information about how to help at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, visit www.tuckerwildlife.org for contact and donation information.
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Sweat till you smile
For love of the practice An intramural league is an easy way for the soccer buff extraordinaire to get a taste for the skill and competition of a real soccer match. Joining a team and being assigned a jersey number are only the beginnings of the unity and the excitement that there is to come. Every other Monday night at Cal State Fullerton, I play in a soccer match that represents so much more than exercise and sport. The game to me and my teammates represents passion – a passion for exhaustion. My team does not come to the field with an expectation for a fun time, but rather with the expectation to make beauty happen through teamwork. What are the prerequisites for joining the team? People may evaluate the skill level of each player in an intramural league based on this question. The only prerequisites for CSUF’s intramural soccer league are availability and love of the game. But the question remains, with these minimal prerequisites, can these matches really be considered games? My response is that, if nothing else, these Monday night soccer matches are an opportunity for practice in passion. In each game, I practice my skill and my ability to adhere to a strong and united structure, which makes up our team. We, together, are all practicing our strength and our collective ability to become a force to be reckoned with. What better thing is there to practice in life than the ability to unite as a group of individuals who share one true love – soccer?
Soccer is so much more than a sport because it relies on a unity, precision and skill that I see lacking in other forms of organized activity outside of sports. Participating in a recreational league is a privilege granted by CSUF, and what a privilege it is to sweat out drops of passion on the green fields of competition. The kickoff begins and each member is sent to his or her tip toes as we get the chance to start a real play, one which is abrasive and complicated to understand at first observation, similar to a work of art by Pablo Picasso or a live performance by Britney Spears. I would argue that anyone who could play soccer beautifully is one who could play any sport, based on the hours demanded in order to perfect your craft in soccer. If you can balance yourself enough to juke and fake-out your opponent, sometimes on one leg, you have earned the respect of any competitive athlete. Who are these players of recreational soccer then? They are a group of sports enthusiasts and skillful players combined to make a smorgasbord of craziness and talent. On the field it is everyone together kicking butt and taking names in the spirit of competition! You should know that anytime you go see an intramural game you are in for a spectacle of not just players and gamers, but individuals with a passion for soccer. As we near the end of the season, good luck to all of the participating teams. Viva futbol!
PHOTO By Karl Thunman/Daily Titan Photo Editor
Titan Christina Murillo comes short in intercepting a pass during the Nov. 16 game against UCLA.
Women’s soccer ends season after NCAA loss By Laura Burrows
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The Nov. 16, 3-1 loss to the UCLA Bruins in the first round of NCAA play ended the season for Cal State Fullerton’s women’s soccer. The team was fresh from its third -straight Big West Conference tournament crown win, but could not overpower the No. 1 seeded Bruins. Bruins forward Kristina Larsen scored a quick goal in the fourth minute of play with a flick from the 6-yard line into the near post. McCall Zerboni followed with a second goal in the same corner of the net in the seventh minute. The Titans battled on throughout the first half, but Head Referee Brian Beyzaee’s call for a foul against the Titans in the box in the 38th minute led to the Bruins’ third and final goal. The Titans made it to half time with seven total fouls, zero corner kicks and only five shots. The Bruins led with nine shots at halftime and ended up doubling the total number of shots taken by the Titans at the close of the game. Titan Head Coach Demian Brown said he had hoped to enter the game strong and score in the first few minutes, but having the Bruins take the first goal did not weaken his team. “We got caught in a two-minute span where we were not ready, and UCLA is not a team that you want to
chase after,” Brown said. “But we kept our heads up. We gained composure and got to play our game.” A week earlier, Brown was named “Coach of the Year” for the Big West conference. He was the first-ever first-year coach to be given the title. Three individual awards were given to his players as well: the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year, Shayla Sabin; the Defensive Player of the Year, Jenae Gibbens; and the Midfielder of the Year, Stacey Thompson. Thompson, a captain and senior at CSUF, played her final game for CSUF at the Bruins’ Drake Stadium. The team graduates eight players this year. Coach Brown said replacing players like Nicole Scheid and Thompson will be a tough task, but he looks forward to the “incoming class of ‘08.” “Losing those early goals was like a punch in the stomach, but we kept on fighting,” Thompson said. “We made a couple changes at halftime, nothing drastic, but we were able to come together and get a fresh start. We don’t give up.” The second half opened with multiple fouls called on both teams. The Titans had a near-goal after forward Tanya Slusser took a hard hit right outside the 18-yard line in the 70th minute, but the hard shot from forward Lauren Cram went wide. Forward Christina Murillo scored the Titan goal with only seven minutes
left. The pass-and-go shot between her and Thompson was swatted away by Bruins keeper Valerie Henderson, but an ill-direction deflection by a Bruin defender forced the ball across the goal line. The Titans had one last close-call shot made from the 18-yard line with only two minutes left in the game, but they were unable to match the Bruins’ early attacks.
Titan sophomore Candice Byler substituted in the match and said she regreted nothing of the season. “We have come back from behind three goals before, and although we didn’t do that in this game, we are all still proud of ourselves,” Byler said. “We have a great program and great coach, and we are only going to get better and better. That is saying a lot for a Big West Champion team.”