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Wednesday February 20, 2008

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DTSHORTHAND Broadcast major wins $2,000 scholarship Senior broadcast journalism major Peter Martinez was among three students honored by the Radio Television News Association of Southern California during the organization’s 58th Annual Golden Mike Awards Jan. 26. The awards honored professional broadcasters in the television and radio news industry. Martinez received the 2008 Jim Zaillian Memorial Scholarship, named for the former KNX-AM news director who had a special interest in the education of broadcast journalism students. Martinez currently serves as chair of the College of Communications InterClub Council. He has also produced videos for the new KCET Orange/CSUF initiative, as well as the Web sites of the Daily Titan and Orange County Register under his own company,

A total lunar eclipse

By Beth Stirnaman/Daily Titan Staff Photographer Above - The Learning Commons located on the first floor of the library is a place where students can to use computers and other services free of charge. Below- Seniors Tommy Castle and Nicole Grodesky work last week at the Learning Commons.

Juicing up the library

The moon will begin to enter the Earth’s shadow at 5:43 p.m. today, shortly before it becomes visible from the West Coast. It will be in full eclipse for 50 minutes, starting at 7:51 p.m. It will then be in partial eclipse until 9:09 p.m. A total lunar eclipse was visible from Orange County only six months ago. This will not happen again until 2010.

Information and Learning Commons center is designed for the 21st century By SARAH J. CRUZ

Daily Titan Staff Writer

The good vibes were strong as festival goers of every race, class and culture socialized, danced and enjoyed the food and vendors who packed the arena. – Jeremiah Rivera, Daily Titan Staff Writer

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Segregating the sexes

The Cal State Fullerton Pollak Library has an answer to the needs of 21st century students. The Information and Learning Commons recently opened as a hybrid of in-

formation, technology and experts available to assist students in different ways. Located on the first floor of the library, the Commons offers hightech ways to research and complete projects. This bustling center of study was See NEW RESOURCES, Page 2

Citing sources remains a key for research Student veterans bonded by a group The Pollak Library holds the first of four workshop events during the spring By CRAIG GROSSMAN

Daily Titan Staff Writer

One Georgia school district has voted to separate the boys from the girls starting this fall. Greene County administrators believe it will lift low test scores, reduce teen pregnancy and improve studying habits. During grade school, students will sit in separate classrooms and in high school, they will be in different buildings. Many parents have expressed concerns of segregation and of not being notified before the decsision was made by the district. Source:

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Attracting about 20 Cal State Fullerton students, an hour-long noon drop-in citation workshop in one of Pollak Library’s North Wing first-floor classrooms was split into two 30-minute segments in which instruction was given on how to properly cite material using the main American Psychological Association [APA] and Modern Language Association [MLA] citation formats. With the temporary absence of librarian Cynthia Bruns, who normally presides over the citation workshops, research librarian colleagues John Hickok and Barbie McConnell teamed up to split her usual duties. “[The main purpose of these workshops is] to give students and any library users – faculty, staff, anyone [else] – an opportunity to have a time when they can drop in and learn something about citing their resources to support their activities on campus from a knowledgeable librarian,” said McConnell, who indicated the reception from students has been impressive. “And it gives people an opportunity to come at a certain time and hear that information to get started on that material.” The library has had several requests for these workshops that started in fall 2004, McConnell said. By using Brun’s library Web site, both librarians each devoted about half an hour to teach workshop attendees about using the APA and MLA formats with different literary

A senior human services major starts a club after returning back to school By PAUL ARANDA JR.

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CSUF students gather for the first citation workshop at the Pollak Library.

materials. Hickok, who opened up the day’s workshop, spoke about citing books using the two formats and had the attendees practice citing a sample book, “Developing Study Skill, Taking Notes and Tests, Using Dictionaries and Libraries” in the main formats by using Microsoft Word on their computers. During the second half hour, McConnell gave instruction on not only how to cite journals and articles, but devoted a few minutes near the end to introduce “RefWorks,” a library Web-based management software for citations as well. McConnell gave out APA and MLA handouts during her session last Wednesday, which summarized the steps necessary to cite material

using the two formats discussed by both librarians during that hour. CSUF graduate art student Chris Sanders said she enjoyed the library citation workshop. “I found it semi-informative,” said Sanders, who came to this workshop because she felt she needed some citation tips in anticipation of her masters thesis. “[I would recommend it to] somebody who’s writing a paper and doesn’t know anything about citations.” But another attendee, 22-yearold CSUF international student Yuki Matsuoka, said he had expected more from the workshop, but would still recommend it to others. “It was OK,” said Matsuoka, a human communications major. “I

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was looking for more specific instructions for like APA, MLA, [to] help cite Web sites. Today they just gave me how to cite a book or journal.” McConnell said he thinks knowledge of citation skills is tremendous in the real world. “If you think about the variety of things our students do after they’ve been on campus in their personal lives – whether that’s in their business life or for their academics in their personal life – everybody needs to be able to judge the resources they get and to back up whatever it is they’re arguing for,” McConnell said. The next citation workshop will take place on Mar. 20 in PLN-103.

For the many veterans on campus who quietly walk among us, there is now a place to emerge from the shadows. Led by the efforts of student leader and veteran Joseph Chang, Cal State Fullerton has officially recognized the Student Veterans Association. The first of its kind on any CSU campus, SVA is a service organization designed to meet the unique needs of veterans as they make the adjustment from the military into college. While there is plenty of college money offered in the GI Bill and service college funds, veterans soon discover that once they arrive on a university campus there is little in place designed to meet their specific needs. Chang, 33, a senior human service major, found he had a need that wasn’t being met on campus upon returning from a year-long tour in Iraq. Chang deals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder along with the common issues associated with trying to readjust to college life and family life. “I felt I needed help, so I was looking for an organization on camSee VETERANS, Page 2

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IN OTHER NEWS An earthquake rocks Baja California BAGHDAD (AP) – The Iraqi Interior Ministry ordered police on Tuesday to begin rounding up beggars, homeless and mentally disabled people from the streets of Baghdad and other cities to prevent insurgents from using them as suicide bombers. The decision came three weeks after twin suicide bombings against pet markets. Officials said those blasts were carried out by mentally disabled women who may have been unwitting attackers. The U.S. military and the Iraqi government have claimed that Sunni insurgents led by al-Qaida are increasingly trying to use vulnerable populations as suicide bombers to avoid raising suspicions or being searched at checkpoints. The people detained in the Baghdad sweep will be handed over to social welfare institutions and psychiatric hospitals that can provide shelter and care for them, Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul-Karim Khalaf said.


Heat-seeking missile will target spy satellite WASHINGTON (AP) – An attempt to blast a crippled U.S. spy satellite out of the sky using a Navy heat-seeking missile — possibly tonight — would be the first real-world use of this piece of the Pentagon’s missile defense network. But that is not the mission for which it was intended. The attempted shootdown, already approved by President Bush, is seen by some as blurring the lines between defending against a weapon like a longrange missile and targeting satellites in orbit. The three-stage Navy missile, designated the SM-3, has chalked up a high rate of success in a series of tests since 2002 — in each case targeting a shortor medium-range ballistic missile, never a satellite. A hurry-up program to adapt the missile for this anti-satellite mission was completed in a matter of weeks; Navy officials say the changes will be reversed once this satellite is down. The government issued notices to aviators and mariners to remain clear of a section of the Pacific beginning at 10:30 p.m. EST today, indicating the first window of opportunity to launch an SM-3 missile from a Navy cruiser, the USS Lake Erie, in an effort to hit the wayward satellite.


Gov. cuts state spending but fills his own staff SACRAMENTO (AP) – Yesterday Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger clamped down on state spending, ordering cuts that will cancel nonessential travel for thousands of employees and freeze hiring at most state agencies as California grapples with a $14.5 billion budget deficit. The governor’s executive order comes after he filled several positions in his own administration and appointed dozens of people to state jobs, boards or commissions since Jan. 10, when he announced a fiscal emergency. His appointments during that time — more than 120 — come with a cost of more than $5 million a year. Six of those have been hires to his own staff, with more than half making in excess of $110,000 annually. The governor has given another six current or former staffers jobs elsewhere in state government, including on boards and commissions where they make as much as $128,000 a year. The six hires to Schwarzenegger’s office were more than he had announced in the previous three months combined.

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Associated Press An estimated 5.0-magnitude earthquake centered in northern Baja California shook the U.S.Mexico border region about 100 miles east of San Diego on Tuesday. There were no immediate reports of any injuries or damage,

authorities said. Calexico resident Enrique Alvarado said he leapt away from a plate-glass window in his office as soon as the shaking started. “It was a little scary — you stand in the doorways,” said Alvarado, who runs a vocational school. “I estimate it went on 25 or 30 seconds, but it feels like an eternity

when you’re in it.” The quake struck at 2:41 p.m., the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was centered 21 miles southeast of Calexico, a U.S. border city of more than 37,000 residents. The big temblor was followed within minutes by three aftershocks that ranged in magnitude from 3.1 to 3.7.

“It started off with a little jolt, then a rumble,” said Sgt. Mike Misteriel of the Imperial County Sheriff’s Department. The aftershocks produced a rolling sensation, he said. Southeastern California and Mexican border communities have been jolted for days by a continuing earthquake swarm.

NEW RESOURCES: MAKIng the library dynamic From Page 1

remodeled last fall. It was previously occupied by the Electronic Resources Computer area. The computers were crowded into tight rows behind a walled barrier. The floor plan of the ILC is more open and inviting. Computers are arranged in clusters of four, creating convenient locations for group or individual study. Students use these desktop computers to access library databases, perform online research, type up assignments and check e-mail. “It is designed for the ‘Net Generation,’” said CSUF Chief Technology Officer Amir Dabirian. “It is a place for students to do collaborative work and social networking.” The vision for the ILC is a place that combines the best features of coffee shops, pubs, libraries and the comforts of home. Dabirian, a 1985 CSUF alumnus, said he wants the Commons to have a lively atmosphere similar to a coffee shop. At the entrance of the commons is the help desk. The ILC support desk does more than give directions. The desk is staffed by librarians equipped to help track down hard-to-find data and materials. The desk also features a technical support worker who can help students with desktop computer, laptop computer, software or other technology-related questions. “It is meant to be one-stop-shopping for students,” said librarian Joy Lambert of the Learning Commons. “We offer research assistance, computer support and help on projects. This new setup is more conducive to

group work.” most excited about. Lambert graduated from CSUF “These rooms allow students to in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in do collaborative work, to create and sociology, but did not use the library publish podcasts. They can also give very often as a student. “When I was and record a presentation,” Dabirian a student, we had to pay for access to said. online databases from home,” LamThe rooms have flat screen telebert said, adding that if she were a visions, ‘smart’ whiteboards that student now, she would take advan- digitize anything written upon the tage of the free services. surface, video cameras, desktop comOther amenities offered in the puters with webcams, DVD players Commons and conare laptop ference computer tables. checkouts All of and Smart these regroup study sources rooms. With are availa valid Caliable free fornia driver’s of charge license and a to stuTitan card, d e n t s – Donna Sayed, students can d u r i n g CSUF Writing Center Tutor check out a Learning laptop comC o m puter for use m o n s within the hours. building. AnothThis gives students the ability to take er important resource in the Coma computer with them as they per- mons is the Writing Center. The form their research in the building. center was previously located in the Dabirian said students can check basement of McCarthy Hall, but beout one of the 30 available laptops cause it was moved to the first floor and curl up on one of the library’s of the library, students in it can actucouches as if they were at home. ally see the light of day. Flash drives, CD-Rs, DVD-Rs “We actually have windows,” said and floppy disks are available for Donna Sayed, a tutor for the Writpurchase at the ILC desk. ing Center. “We have over 26 writA license and Titan card will also ing tutors. Sessions are available in allow students to check out a Smart 30-minute time slots. Walk-ins are group study room. welcome, but appointments are betThese are state-of-the-art, high- ter.” tech rooms equipped with everyWriting tutors are mostly graduthing a student could want. ate or undergraduate students. This is the feature Dabirian is The most common classes stu-

We have over 26 writing tutors. Sessions are available in 30-minute time slots. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are better.

dents seek help with are Beginning College Writing and Developmental Writing. The center also provides coaching for general, form and scholarship letters, Sayed said. “We’re not just about grammar and mechanics. We’re here to help people get comfortable with the process of writing, to find the writer within,” Sayed said. “We’re not just here to fix problems, it’s more of a conversational thing.” She said she hopes students will utilize the writing center to develop confidence and ease in writing. In the writing center, coaches and students sit together at round tables near windows that overlook the school grounds. The Commons is not just a physical resource, it is also a virtual one. The ILC Web site is like a cyberlibrarian available on-demand to students, teachers and even the general public. It is a portal to all things informative. The Web site serves as an online support desk, ready to answer any question that might be posed to an on-site librarian, such as copier and printer locations within the library, research information, writing help and databases for research. The center even offers “Live Research Help” on its Web site. A chat session can be created, offering live help to users 24 hours a day. The goal of the Commons center is to give students a technologically relevant resource to aid them in their studies. “We will keep expanding to provide even better services to students,” Dabirian said.


pus, but I didn’t find anything,” Chang said. As part of his internship with the Women’s Center/Adult Reentry Center, Chang decided to start a discussion group that focused on veterans and their issues. With the assistance and support of both the Director of the Women’s Center/ Adult Reentry Center Barbara McDowell, and Associate Director Sue Passalacqua, Chang started the process to turn his veterans discussion group into the new SVA. Using the resources of the Women’s Center/ Adult Reentry Center, Chang spent the winter break contacting all the veterans on campus in order to promote the transformation of his discussion group into SVA. While contacting veterans on campus was one aspect of starting the organization, the second part was finding support. McDowell set up a meeting for Chang with Vice President of Student Affairs Robert Palmer and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Silas H. Abrego. The two vice presidents are also Vietnam veterans and pledged the universities full support of SVA. The university is in the process of initiating its own efforts to meet the unique needs of student veter-

ans with the formation of the CSUF other,” Palmer said. “Beyond that, Military Relation Advisory Board. we [CSUF] need to formalize supThe board includes both Palmer and port of existing programs and serAbrego, CSUF President Dr. Milton vices to meet the unique needs of A. Gordon and various leaders from veterans, we need someone to coorCSUF, University Extended Edu- dinate that position.” cation and military commanders. McDowell said the needs of vetThe formaerans are tion of SVA impeccably shows the clear and board their important. mission is “I have both real huge regards and necesfor vetersary now. ans,” Mc“I was Dowell said. pleased to For Mc– Robert Palmer, D o w e l l , hear we CSUF Vice President of Student there had a [stuare Affairs dent] effort steps the a l r e a d y,” university Palmer said. can do to Palmer meet those said student needs. One organizations are important be- goal of both McDowell and Chang cause they allow students to make is the formation of a Veterans Rethe most of their experiences here at source Center. Along with the CenCSUF. As for SVA, Palmer said he is ter, McDowell would like to see the especially pleased to learn that stu- university do research on all current dent veterans have recognized they programs available. She also said are not alone in their transition into the university needs to be mindful college life. of contemporary service members “There is a real benefit for stu- since veterans from different eras all dents with similar experiences to have unique experiences and needs. come together in order to help each While most of the current fo-

There is a real benefit for students with similar experiences to come together in order to help each other.

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cus is on what CSUF can provide for veterans, McDowell is quick to point out that veterans provide support for CSUF. “Its a role-modeling our veterans provide for students, faculty and staff. Their values and self awareness are invaluable to our campus community,” McDowell said. For Chang, having to drive to a Veteran Affairs hospital in Long Beach to receive treatment for his PTSD was a problem that needed a solution. As a soldier, Chang said he understands that sometimes people have to take responsibility for their needs. Chang’s vision for SVA is to provide a support network allowing veterans to address the various issues they face as they pursue their degrees. Chang said he is confident SVA will succeed in its mission. “We have mature members who are responsible and understand the mission because they live with it every day,” Chang said. In the beginning, Chang was frustrated with what he didn’t find on campus, but he has found support in initiating the solutions to the problems he saw. “I had no other options,” Chang said. “Nothing gets done without someone stepping up. There are issues that need to be addressed.”

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FEATURES Reggae festival a hit in Long Beach February 20, 2008

Expensive food, bad beer prices and long lines are no match for good vibes by Jeremiah Rivera

daily titan staff writer

Alpha Blondy was a no-show at the 27th annual Ragga Muffins Festival – formerly known as “The Bob Marley Festival” Feb. 17, held at the Long Beach Arena in downtown Long Beach.

The reggae icon’s cancellation did not deter the crowds of flag-waving, tie-die shirt-wearing, smoke-producing fans who were anticipating the event for months. The good vibes were strong as festival goers of every race, class and culture socialized, danced and enjoyed the food and the vendors who packed the arena. One thing was for sure, patience was an absolute must when working through the congested corridors of the arena. Lines 60-people long had formed at both of the venue’s ATMs, cutting off walkways and making it very dif-

ficult for people to make it from one end of the event to the other. Some patrons had waited in line for over 30 minutes before making it to the teller machine. For those familiar with these types of events, the delays came as no surprise. There were five to 10 minute waits in line for a beer and 15 to 20 minute waits for some food. It was important to be careful and avoid spilling an ounce of the $12 beer or one grain of rice from the #2 Thai barbeque combo meal that cost $12.99 while weaving through people on the way up to the balcony for a sensible place to sit and eat.

Upon finally making it to a seat, it becomes clear why anyone came in the first place – good vibes, a plethora of food, unregulated seating and great music. It was definitely an “irie” event. The producers of the event did not post a line-up, offer programs with performance times or even offer a map of the venue with a list of vendors. Fans easily became familiar with routes to and from the arena to the food and memorabilia vendors. The venue is not very large, but unless someone had a phone with Internet capabilities to access the festival’s Web site, fans had no idea what time

to expect artists to be on stage. A constant echo that bounced off the wall opposite of the stage conflicted with the tempo of the live music. Considering the arena is home to former International Hockey League team the Ice Dogs, the acoustics were much more appropriate for screaming and cursing than bass and guitar. The echo was much more prevalent in the balcony sections though fans could still hear it in the floor sections. The spotlights struggled to hit their targets through the marijuana smoke that filled the arena.Though the general appeal of the event still

drew crowds, this year’s lineup compared to bands featured in the past came up weak. Gregory Isaacs performed his classics exceptionally,43 but his artistic style lacked energy compared to bands featured in former festivals such as Steel Pulse, Barrington Levy, Ziggy Marley and Lauryn Hill. One thing is for sure–reggae music is powerful and can bring together thousands of diverse fans under the same principle: love and humanity. No amount of poor acoustics, high prices or lack of organization can discourage these loyal fans from a good time.

Above: The crowd at the Long Beach Arena gathered for the 27th annual “Regga Muffins Festival,” or formerly known as the “Bob Marley Festival.” Bottom Right: Queen Ifrica singing on-stage during the festival. Bottom Left: The crowd watches as various reggae bands perform throughout the day.

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The reality of cynicism America is all about catch phrases, the nuanced little sayings that sound just right when they roll off the tongue. One such phrase dominates this country and has caused the recall of millions upon millions of pounds of beef: “You have to see it to believe it.” Americans have to be shown atrocities before they risk believing in them. A recent undercover investigation into slaughterhouses revealed the horrible mistreatment that cattle in the Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. endured. The video showed men using chains and even forklifts to forcibly move the cattle from one place to another. It is a ghastly sight and one that occurs all too often in the meat industry. Of course, this prompted the knee-jerk reaction to recall beef produced at that plant, most of which wasn’t at risk of being contaminated in the first place. But the problem did not lie in the cruel, muck-filled, PETAinciting slaughterhouse shown on the blurry tape, but with America itself. Was it really so surprising to find that animals were treated poorly at an industrial slaughtering plant? Since the days of Upton Sin-

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clair’s “The Jungle,” conditions inside slaughterhouses have been criticized and regulations have since been placed on them by the government. The idea of animals being mistreated prior to being slaughtered is nothing new. It is amazing, then, that in 2008, it takes a video of some poor animal being lifted off the ground by a forklift to make people realize the meat industry has problems that need to be addressed. Cruel animal-treatment practices in slaughterhouses are bemoaned on a daily basis in certain circles, but most of the time the arguments are ignored without a second thought. They’re about to be killed, right? Who cares what happens beforehand? But human beings have a soft spot for the furry and the fuzzy. They don’t mind hearing about cruel treatment, but seeing it actually being done is another story. This problem of mistreatment in slaughterhouses could have easily been prevented had lawmakers and the people they represent bothered to pay attention to the groups who protest that very mistreatment. America has become a cynical place. No longer do people say, “Take my word for it.” Instead, we scoff, “prove it.”

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February 20, 2008

Going postal in a digital world By Juliette Funes

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Most mail – bills, birthday cards and letters – goes out electronically for a majority of people in the United States today. With computers in our offices and in our homes, it’s much easier, more convenient, faster and – best of all – free to send and receive our e-mail. According to an Associated Press article, there has been a 7 percent drop in traditional mail since 2001. That’s about 1.3 billion letters the U.S. post office doesn’t get on a yearly basis. Because of that, we may not need traditional mail services anymore. No more waiting for the mail or complaining to the post office when it gets lost. Since we’re a developed nation, it's assumed that most people in the United States have computers, email and Internet service. But what about those who don’t have access to a computer? What about those who can’t afford to buy a computer or have the ability to use one?

Although more of us are not using traditional mailing methods as much and it’s become a trend to replace those methods with electronic ones, I don’t think we’re at a point where we can just rely on digital options. If conventional mail disappeared, millions of jobs would be lost. Those who can’t afford a computer will most likely be unable to get the mail they need. And these aren't the only reasons e-mail hasn't fully taken over. Many, like me, fear cyber criminals hacking into their accounts and disrupting their lives. A virus could sneak its way into my computer and crash it, deleting my stored mail. A hacker could creep into my system and steal all of my mail, discover my personal information, find out my passwords and sell my identity. The advantages wouldn’t outweigh

the disadvantages. The Universal Postal Agency is trying to create a new “.post” domain to distribute mail and offer services to personal electronic addresses worldwide, serving as a digital mailroom. Its services would provide online billing and payments, electronic postmarks and hybrid mail. Hybrid mail is when the post office would scan a copy of your sent paper mail for you and deliver it to you electronically. Or they can also make a printout of a digital document and mail it to you. That's not really a new phenomenon. We can already get and pay our bills online fairly easily. And if hybrid mail entails other people opening my mail and scanning or printing it, most likely reading it before delivering it to me, I’d

rather not use that service. We can already do most of these things online by ourselves without interference. Why have a third-party agency sift through our private mail when we can communicate directly with the company with whom we are doing our business? I’m guessing using the .post wouldn’t be free. It would likely be an added expense for us without really saving mail carrier jobs – unless the hybrid mail portion is a booming service and we need postal workers to deliver our mail. Seeing how the .post domain would have to be U.N.-approved, it’s most likely that it would be monitored and controlled by the government. Most of us would like to keep our mail private. I don’t think we’ll be able to get rid of traditional mail completely and rely solely on digital capabilities – at least not yet. Maybe in the future when the rest of the world is more developed in terms of technology and literacy and everyone is comfortable with the idea of making every aspect of our lives digital, maybe then it’ll work.

Steroid users deserve to be investigated Players brought Congress down on themselves by cheating to get ahead By Jeremiah Rivera

Daily Titan Staff Writer

It’s the topic of both controversy and casual conversation. Walking through hallways and standing in lines, I hear, “Clemens, blah blah blah … Congress … blah blah blah … steroids …” Suddenly everyone – baseball fan or not – has something to say about the governments’ big brother role in professional sports.

For those fans fed up with what could have prevented all of this negthe government has to say and who ative publicity. can’t stand authority, I recommend Much like a neglectful set of paryou take that mentality back to pre- ents, sports administrators ignored school, where the worst repercussion the tell-tale signs of drug use that for breaking the rules was five min- landed them and their sports in the utes in the corner. middle of this controversy. Unfortunately, this is real-time Now the grandparents – the U.S. America, where young athletes are government - needs to conduct an being influenced by intervention if they whatever the pro’s want to see the digI’d hate to one day nity of the sports are doing. Steroids, HGH go to a ballgame and preserved, not to [Human Growth mention their role see players of WWE Hormone] and perin preventing informance-enhanc- proportions with short creased drug use ing drugs are words tempers and track among aspiring that have worked athletes. their way into the marks. Let’s not fool locker rooms of high ourselves here. I schools across the nation. know the camera is supposed to add Professional athletes can’t get 10 pounds, but holy crap. mad at the situation; they have only These athletes look like they have themselves to blame. some sort of Incredible Hulk comIt’s a simple case of action/reac- plexity. Jason Giambi looks like a tion: If the drug abuse had stayed water balloon confined to the limits subtle, it may have never been an of a Yankees jersey. issue. I’m just waiting for an explosion. But considering the problem has Oh, it’s possible. worked its way into the veins of high Just do a quick Google images school athletes, the government felt search of "the man whose arms exit had no other option but to get in- ploded" – There’s your proof. volved. Professional baseball has, for a Professional sports organizations long time, been the focal point of such as the NFL, MLB and NBA criticism by the House Committee


McCartney and Princess Diana still sell papers Things are heating up over here in London town, except for, maybe, the weather. We had been experiencing a warming trend, but now the skies are foggy and the air is cold – very stereotypical. No, where the real fires are burning is in the courts as two famous, somewhat important (depends on what your view of important is) court cases continue astounding the populace as well as causing a media frenzy. Both cases are dramatic and private, an odd contrast to the often public and well-mannered trials that happen on a daily basis. But what is fun about the tame and average, right? You see, while the people of London are seemingly quiet and reserved, their media is anything but, and it loves to shake things up like a school child in a snow globe shop. Lately, these flurries have been generated by either the investigation into the death of Princess Diana (yes, they are still investigating that), or the current divorce of Sir Paul McCartney from estranged wife Heather Mills. However, the McCartney controversy is mostly due to commentary by Mills, who has repeatedly said that the local press has it in for her, which the press loves to use to make her seem as crazy as possible. Her latest shine in the newspaper spotlight described her as breaking down from constant press torment and contemplating suicide, which the papers and

on Oversight and Government Reform. Recent media coverage, including a 2004 “60 Minute” special that publicized alleged steroid use among members of the Carolina Panthers just weeks prior to their appearance in Super Bowl XXXVIII, has begun to drag other professional sports into the spotlight. It’s obvious this problem is getting way out of hand. Media sources are printing stories of high school athletes of every sport submitting to the pressure of taking steroids or just viewing drug use as a necessity. I’ve been on many sports teams growing up, but never had any professional or even collegiate aspirations. But for those who spend their every day dedicated to a disciplined diet and exercise agenda, I understand that it can be very demoralizing for them to see their efforts surpassed by those who have taken the easier route. The solution is simply harsher penalties and stricter policies. I’d hate to one day go to a ballgame and see players of WWE proportions with short tempers and track marks. I hate sounding cliché but please, think about the children.

The Londoner

news broadcasters played up with very unflattering pictures and large headlines. While it is important to understand that newspapers in London can’t be taken at face value (or rather they can because they are free), I have to admit that it is good fun to get caught up in the sensationalism and it helps break up the monotony of a 45-minute Tube ride. The same can be said about the recent development on the Princess Diana investigation, as Mohamed Al Fayed – the father of Dodi Fayed, her boyfriend – who was killed along with Diana in the 1997 car crash – took the stand on Monday. Al Fayed was splashed all over that evening’s paper, complete with quotes that ousted every member of the current royal family, calling them the “Dracula Royal Family.” Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince Charles' second wife, is referred to as a crocodile here, and the reasons to kill off Diana have ranged from being a racist plot to a Nazi conspiracy. It’s better stuff than anything the recently off-strike script writers could come up with, that’s for sure. Even the cartoonists are jumping on this one. Al Fayed has said he believes his son was killed in a government conspiracy, a theory that I’ve only heard a little about at home but seems to be a way to get a good eye roll if it is mentioned to a regular Londoner. As a result of the attitude toward Al Fayed’s theories, the media seems to be eager to play him up as a crazy old man, emphasizing his colorful comments and crazy gestures. So yeah, the London press loves

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to go overboard whenever it can, but on the matters that hit closer to their readers, they seem to take things a bit more seriously. The case in point is the fact that while Al Fayed dominated the front page Monday night, he was pushed back to the inside of the papers thanks to something that concerns everyone: money. For my merry band of travelers, the important thing is the Northern Rock bank fiasco, which is slowly and surely improving the exchange rate. This means we’re getting more for our United States dollar, which is bad news for the local economy (sorry, England). Somewhere between the important, sensational news of the half-day and the sports scores, forecasts and injury lists that take up the last six pages of the paper, there is crammed the good stuff, like messages sent to the paper by hopefuls trying to reunite with an attractive person they spotted on the Tube. Better than regular personal ads because at least, supposedly, you’ve seen this person before … kinda. I’m not sure if the papers here are accurate or can be trusted or are even worth the paper they are printed on, but they are great fun. And that’s all that has to be said about them.


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Sophomore track star on the Hunt Athleticism, drive, perseverance and dedication. These qualities are all characteristics of a collegiate athlete and these characteristics are found in sophomore track thrower Jameena Hunt. In the season-opening Air Force Academy Open indoor track and field meet in Colorado Springs, Colo., Hunt broke the indoor school records in both shot put and weight throw. Hunt took sixth place in the shot put with 44-2 3/4, breaking the indoor school record of 41-10. Hunt’s preliminary mark of 46-11 in the weight throw did not place her in the finals of the Open but it broke the indoor school record of 44-7. The indoor school records that Hunt broke in this season’s Open were set by Hunt at the end of the last track season. “It felt good to break those records at the beginning of this season compared to last year,” Hunt said. “But I try to set a personal record each meet.” Although CSUF track does not officially compete in the indoor conference, Hunt said she knows she can excel in the outdoor shot put as well. “Right now I am at 44 feet, 3 inches in the shot and the outdoor school record is 44 feet, 11

3/4 inches,” Hunt said. “I know that I can break that school record as well.” Last June Hunt qualified and competed in the Junior Nationals in Indianapolis, Ind. for shot put, discus and hammer. “I am very competitive,” Hunt said. “I didn’t do as well as I wanted to but I was happy to be there. I am just never satisfied.” Hunt said her ultimate goal for this season is to win conference, “not just set school records.” Edmund Pula, a throws coach for the team, said he realizes how much athleticism Hunt has. “Jameena is highly explosive in athleticism,” Pula said. “She has an explosive body type, which allows her to apply what she’s learned into her throws. Jameena is ahead of the game and she shows her progression as she moves through college.” Hunt comes from a long line of athletes in her family. Her father James Hunt played football at San Diego State, while her mother Caroline Hunt played tennis there too. As a child, Hunt and her older siblings, Jay and Jessica Hunt, were active in basketball and swimming. Hunt, however, is the first in her family to throw. “Jameena is a star player and we are just so proud of our pumpkin,” Caroline said. As a student athlete, Hunt

said she stresses that good time management is key. Hunt is not only taking 17 units this semester, but she is also working a part-time job and practicing five days a week for four hours, and that doesn’t even include track meets. “For her age and maturity level I have a high respect for her perseverance, dedication and ability to see where she wants to be and getting what she needs to get it done,” Caroline said. “She has her own estimation for doing things to the best of her abilities and that is why she excels in her studies and in sports.” Of the four throws – shot put, discus, hammer and weight throw – discus is Hunt’s favorite. “Discus is the only one where I can use my quickness and technique, not to mention my long arms, to be able to beat the bigger throwers I compete against,” Hunt said. In this past weekend’s track meet at the University of Washington, Hunt improved her shot put record by a foot, throwing 45-2 3/4, surpassing the record she set within a week’s time, according to Pula. “As long as Jameena continues to work hard and apply her skills she is going to perform well,” Pula said. “We’ll just have to wait and see how far she can go.”

Photos By Ron Fu/For the Daily Titan

For her age and maturity level, level II have have aa high high rerespect for her perseverance, dedication, dedication and and ability ability to to see see where where she she wants wants to be to and be and getting getting whatwhat she needs she needs to to getget it done. it done.

By Alyssa Dikitanan Daily Titan Staff Writer

Sophomore Jameena Hunt showing her skills in the shot put at a Cal State Fullerton track and field practice.

– Caroline Hunt,

Jameena’s Mother

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National Softball: ‘Douce’ a Sports Titan her entire life NBA

Kidd back in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) – Jason Kidd is a member of the Dallas Mavericks. Again. Finally. The long-discussed, once-scuttled and ultimately reconfigured deal to bring Kidd from New Jersey back to the team that drafted him was finalized Tuesday. He was reintroduced in Dallas 14 years after the Mavericks made him the No. 2 pick. “There’s no bigger reward than to have that championship trophy in your hand,” said Kidd. “That’s why I’m here. Because Dallas has its eye on that prize.” The primary piece headed to New Jersey is point guard Devin Harris. The others are center DeSagana Diop, swingman Maurice Ager, forward Trenton Hassell and retired forward Keith Van Horn. The Nets also get two first-round draft picks and $3 million.


Tejada declines comment on allegations

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) – Houston Astros pitcher Woody Williams walked into the clubhouse and saw a swarm of reporters gathered around Miguel Tejada. “Leave the guy alone,” Williams said with a smile. Tejada arrived at spring training with his new team on Tuesday and within minutes faced questions about the Mitchell Report and an FBI investigation looking into his alleged link to performance-enhancing drugs. Tejada refused to answer any of them, preferring to discuss baseball and his fresh start with the Astros. “I can’t really talk about that situation,” he said. “Right now, I just want to talk about baseball because that’s really my focus.” The Astros acquired the four-time All-Star shortstop from Baltimore on Dec. 12, the day before the Mitchell Report was released.

Jessica Doucette follows the footsteps of her mother onto the field by jon castillo

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Like mother, like daughter. Senior pitcher and infielder Jessica Doucette wears a Cal State Fullerton softball jersey, under the guidance of a coach that was taught by her mother’s coach. Jessica’s mother, Teri, played centerfield for the Titans in the inaugural season of the softball program under then Head Coach Judi Garman, while Jessica, better known as “Douce” on the softball field, plays for Head Coach Michelle Gromacki, who also played for Garman and learned the ways of the diamond from her. Douce transferred to CSUF for her junior season after playing for two seasons with the Georgia Bulldogs in the Southeastern Conference, where she was named to the All-SEC second team in her freshman and sophomore seasons. She picked up where she left off by being named to the All-Big West Conference Honorable Mention Team in her first season with the Titans. It was an easy transition for Douce because she knew Gromacki from alumni events she attended with her mother. “I just kept an open relationship with the coaches here,” Doucette said. “And it ended up working out perfectly for me.” Gromacki said Douce is a vocal leader and leads by example, and was excited when she transferred to CSUF. “We recruited her originally … and when she wanted to transfer back [home], believe me, I was waiting with open arms,” Gromacki said. “I couldn’t wait. I think everybody across the country couldn’t believe we got her.” Douce grew up in the Southern California area playing for El Segundo High School and has been around CSUF alumni all her life. Her father Patrick also went to CSUF, as did

her coach for travel ball, Pam Newton, whom she played for on the California Lite team. “I did come to a couple Fullerton games. My mom would just bring me to see what college softball was like,” Doucette said. Teri said Douce is a self-motivated individual, always working hard, telling her what she needed to work on as she learned the game and that she wanted to join a travel ball team. Douce comes from an athletic family and is the second oldest of the four children of Pat and Teri. “We encourage all of our kids to be involved in team sports just because it teaches a lot of life lessons,” Teri said. “We (her parents) started with something about what we knew and she took it from there.” This a special season for Douce’s parents because they can see her play all season long. Her mother recently left her softball coaching job at El Segundo High to allow her to watch her children play sports. Gromacki said Doucette’s parents are very involved with the program. “It is cool to know that both my parents graduated from Fullerton,” Doucette said. “My parents come to everything. They are really supportive.” Although Douce played at El Segundo High School when her mother coached there, her mother was not able to coach her because she coached the junior varsity team while Douce was on the varsity squad. Softball has given Douce many opportunities to see the world and get the ultimate experience: an education. “The places that she has been able to go and the people she has met and the things she [has] done has been tremendous,” Teri said. “She has played in Canada, in China, most of the United States. She has been able to do a lot through the game of softball.” Douce said she admits her mother was faster on the field, but her mother said Douce is better – that sports is in her blood. And as Douce completes her senior season, she can take pride in being part of a family tradition at CSUF.

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