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Since 1960 Volume 86, Issue 22
Monday March 10, 2008
The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton
DTSHORTHAND On campus events: ‘To write love on her arms’ An educational program organized by ASI Productions will include a concert as well as an informational programming on the causes, dangers and ways of preventing suicide. The show is on March 12th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Becker Amphitheatre.
Women’s History: “Sex, Rap and Rock and Roll: A Public Debate -” Donna J. Nicol, a lecturer in women’s studies and Rebecca E. Dolhinow, an assistant professor of women’s studies at CSUF, will hold a discussion in the Quad at noon on March 11. Women and Eating Disorders - Dani Smith, a director of peer & health education at Chapman University, will hold a noon talk in Room 205 of University Hall on March 11. “The Business of Being Born -” a documentary film on midwifery produced by Rikki Lake will be presented by B.J. Snell, associate professor of nursing at CSUF. The screening will start at 6:15 p.m. in the Gabrielino Room of the TSU on March 11.
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Two track and field athletes set Cal State Fullerton records at Ben Brown Invitational CSUF Athletics Media Relations
Juliane Masciana and Carolyn Ellis set school records Saturday to highlight Cal State Fullerton’s performance in the annual Ben Brown Invitational Track and Field Meet at Mt. San Antonio College. Masciana ran second in the open 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 10:55.6 to easily break the mark of 11:08.27 set by Karina Ortiz in 2006. Ellis ran second in the women’s 5,000 meters in a time of 16:40.16, erasing the record of 16:52.84 set by Heather Killeen-Frisone in 1995. Ellis also qualified for NCAA Regionals with her mark. Other Titan highlights included an NCAA qualifying mark of 157 feet even by Jameena Hunt for victory in the invitational discus and the women’s 4x400 relay team came home with a win in a time of 3:48.65.
By NICOLE PADILLA/For the Daily Titan Cal State Fullerton track and field athlete Laron Brown lands in the long jump pit in the first heat of the Ben Brown Invitational on Saturday at Mt. SAC.
Metro drinking water supplies contain pharmaceuticals (AP) - A vast array of pharmaceuticals - including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows. To be sure, the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe. But the presence of so many prescription drugs - and overthe-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen - in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health. In the course of a five-month inquiry, the AP discovered that drugs have been detected in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas - from Southern California to Northern New Jersey, from Detroit to Louisville, Ky. Water providers rarely disclose results of pharmaceutical screenings, unless pressed, the AP found. People take pills. Their bodies absorb some of the medication, but the rest of it passes through and is flushed down the toilet. The wastewater is treated before it is discharged into reservoirs, rivers or lakes. Then, some of the water is cleansed again at drinking water treatment plants and piped to consumers. But most treatments do not remove all drug residue. Recent studies have found alarming effects on human cells and wildlife.
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By NICOLE PADILLA/For the Daily Titan Cal State Fullerton track and field athlete Jameena Hunt throws the discus at the Ben Brown Invitational on Saturday at Mt. SAC in Walnut.
The Career Center puts on The Internship Event Students are encouraged to meet with over 30 recruiters visiting CSUF By MARISSA WILLMAN
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More than 30 companies and organizations, including 20th Century Fox, MTV/Nickelodeon, Target, Nestle and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will be on campus Tuesday afternoon to recruit different interns from Cal State Fullerton.
“We try to have all majors represented,” Leticia Llamas, an internship and student employment specialist at the Career Center said. The event is scheduled to run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Titan Student Union Pavilions. The Internship Event is an event held once a semester by the Career Center to help students find internships with reputable companies in their area of study. Llamas said the Career Center works year-round to build relationships with the companies and become familiar with their internship programs.
“All of these companies have formal internship programs,” Llamas said. “We invite companies who have established internship programs and multiple internship opportunities for our students.” Other companies and organizations scheduled to attend include the American Heart Association, Direct TV, DreamWorks Animation and Universal Music Group. The registration deadline was Friday, but the Career Center will allow students to register at the door. Students are encouraged to come early if they are not pre-registered,
dress professionally and bring 25 to 30 copies of their resumes. Students with a possible interest in interning this summer are urged to start the application process soon, said Sean Gil, associate director of the Career Center. “The time frame to interview and make summer internship offers is right now,” Gil said. “Many of the best summer internships are being filled at this moment. I wouldn’t wait until the last minute to start looking.” Though the Internship Event will focus on summer internships, some companies may offer year-
round internships. “Most [companies] have internships during summer, fall and spring semesters,” Llamas said. “It’s never too early to start looking for an internship.” Laura Neal, arts, entertainment and communications specialist at the Career Center, also encouraged students to start exploring internships sooner rather than later. “If a student is not prepared to do an internship this summer, I would still recommend attending this event,” Neal said. “[Students should] try to meet recruiters at See EVENT, Page 3
March 10, 2008
IN OTHER NEWS Successful women speak on leadership INTERNATIONAL
Venezuela resumes normal diplomatic relations CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuela said Sunday that it is reopening its embassy in Colombia and will allow back Colombian diplomats expelled last week by President Hugo Chavez in a crisis sparked by a cross-border Colombian attack on rebels in Ecuador. The government cited an easing of tensions at a summit in the Dominican Republic on Friday, where President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa shook hands with Colombia’s U.S.-backed leader, Alvaro Uribe, after a tense debate. Chavez ordered the Venezuelan embassy in Bogota and sent troops to the border with Colombia after Colombia’s March 1 strike in Ecuador killed 25 people including Raul Reyes, a spokesman and top leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. Venezuela also said it was expelling Colombia’s ambassador and all diplomatic personnel.
McCain wins nomination but visibility declines PHOENIX (AP) – John McCain sees one downside to having clinched the Republican presidential nomination: There’s less attention focused on him than on the volatile contest between Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. McCain understands he must compete for the spotlight. “I think it’s going to be very exciting to watch,” he said of the Democrats. “It makes me have to work harder, obviously, to make sure that we maintain the visibility,” McCain told reporters last week. “It’s also, when we think about it, a very long time from March to November. That’s a long trip.” McCain wrapped up the Republican nomination last Tuesday with victories in Ohio and Texas, but the Democratic primaries there put Clinton back into contention after 11 straight losses to Obama. Their contest, and the attention it commands, could last for months. McCain, in the meantime, must transition from smaller, state-by-state primary campaigns to a national campaign that in some ways is less suited to his style of campaigning.
Man dies after illegal soapbox crashes into SUV LOS ANGELES (AP) – A 22-year-old man died Sunday after the homemade soapbox car he was racing down a street spun out of control and crashed into a parked sports utility vehicle, police said. Michael Joseph Garcia, a Sun Valley-area resident, was one of 36 contestants riding in the race when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the back of the Lexus SUV, Los Angeles Police Officer Norma Eisenman said. He sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at Tarzana Medical Center, Eisenman said. The race was held around 7 a.m. on a sloping San Fernando Valley road. Eisenman said soapbox cars could top speeds of 60 mph on the mile-long decline. The street was not closed to traffic, but few cars were on the road at the time. Garcia was racing in an event held by the San Fernando Valley Illegal Soapbox Federation, whose participants build soapbox cars and meet periodically to race, group organizer Paul DeValera said.
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Five CSUF alumnae share the triumph and obstacles in their lives By JUSTINE LOPEZ AND JULIETTE FUNES Daily Titan Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Six successful Cal State Fullerton alumnae spoke about their unique journeys to becoming women leaders in their chosen industries at a panel discussion called “Women Leading the Way.” The panelists spoke at the Titan Student Union Pavillion Wednesday to female students. They discussed how they created successful careers, managed to fulfill their personal lives and the paths they took to get to where they are today. The speakers were chosen because they displayed leadership qualities in their many achievements, associate professor of communications and coordinator Andi Stein said. The panelists included Sandra Bell, Annette Feliciani, Sue Ellen Cooper, Erin McNally and Judith Segura. The discussion was moderated by Michele Ruiz, president of the media company, Saber Hacer. “While the paths that the women have taken are very different, all of the panelists are excellent role models for women who are interested in becoming leaders in their own fields,” Stein said. The event is a “celebration of women and leadership … and of what’s possible,” said Sandra Rhoten, one of the coordinators and associate dean of students for judicial affairs. It gives female students, who make up almost 60 percent of the student population at CSUF, the opportunity to be inspired and exposed to career paths they may not have thought of before, said Barbara McDowell, the director of the Women’s Center. Their experiences and journeys illustrate the possibilities available to students, she said. Segura had to overcome many challenges to become a leader in her field. She graduated in 1994 with a degree in mechanical engineering, which was a field dominated by men. She became the first MexicanAmerican woman to earn a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. “It was certainly a difficult journey to graduate school being one of the only women [in the field],” Segura said. The road to getting her doctorate was full of obstacles and selfdoubt, Segura said.
By JUSTINE LOPEZ/Daily Titan Staff Writer Panelists include (from left): Sandra Bell, Sue Ellen Cooper, Annette Feliciani, Erin McNally and Judith Segura.
Many people told her not to go to Stanford because it would be too difficult and she thought they were right when she failed her qualifying exams to get into the doctorate program. Segura decided not to let her fear get the best of her, however. She took the exams again and passed. Now that she has succeeded, she said she has paved the way for other women and urges them to enter the engineering field. McNally overcame a very different set of challenges in her career. She graduated in 2002 with a musical theater degree and said she currently has a successful performing and teaching career. After graduating, McNally was performing six days a week hoping to make it to Broadway. The most challenging part was figuring out what success meant to her, she said. Others would tell her what she should be doing with her life and what her priorities should be. She realized dreaming about having a career on Broadway was actually a hindrance to her dream. She really wanted to be a mom. The panelists agreed that being a successful woman and leader is
time-consuming, but they emphasized the importance of balancing their personal and professional lives. The working mom scenario is a reality for Feliciani, a 1980 finance graduate. Her biggest challenge is figuring out how to be president of AEF Systems Consulting, Inc. and still be a mom. The women also offered advice to students on leadership skills. Bell emphasized communicating with others, making decisions together and letting others contribute to the glory. “You don’t have to be the directive leader to be a successful leader,” she said. Bell graduated in 1991 and was determined to make it in the communications field as soon after graduation as possible. Despite barriers women face in the business world, Bell never let them get in her way. Currently, she is the vice president and chief marketing officer for the First American Corporation, a Fortune 500 company that provides business information. For Segura, being dedicated to her career and becoming a leader was not an easy task.
“I want to do well, but I also want to do good,” she said. “I think you can do both.” Segura said doing so had to be a part of someone’s lifestyle and being. She also encouraged students to surround themselves with a “network of angels” or people who support their choices. For McNally, being passionate, intuitive and acknowledging those she works with is what makes her a leader. Cooper (B.A., English, CSUF, ‘68) founded the Red Hat Society, a social organization that encourages women to live their lives freely. Cooper said she would rather be a leader by cooperating with others. “You have to be open to growing, open to new things and open to people around you,” Cooper said. Although it was always Feliciani’s goal to be a leader in life, she said she realized the most important thing to being a leader is to listen and reach out to others. In the end, Ruiz urged the audience “not be afraid to ask for help” and emphasized that “people are willing to help.”
The Iraq war costs $12 billion a month in 2008 The Associated Press
The flow of blood may be ebbing, but the flood of money into the Iraq war is steadily increasing, new analyses show. In 2008, its sixth year, the war will cost approximately $12 billion a month, triple the “burn” rate of its earliest years, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and co-author Linda J. Bilmes report in a new book. Beyond 2008, working with “best-case” and “realistic-moderate” scenarios, they project the Iraq and Afghan wars, including long-term U.S. military occupations of those countries, will cost the U.S. budget between $1.7 tril-
lion and $2.7 trillion — or more — by 2017. Interest on money borrowed to pay those costs could alone add $816 billion to that bottom line, they said. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has done its own projections and comes in lower, forecasting a cumulative cost by 2017 of $1.2 trillion to $1.7 trillion for the two wars, with Iraq generally accounting for three-quarters of the costs. Variations in such estimates stem from the sliding scales of assumptions, scenarios and budget items that are counted. But whatever the estimate, the cost will be huge, the auditors of
the Government Accountability Office said. In a Jan. 30 report to Congress, the GAO observed that the U.S. will be committing “significant” future resources to the wars, “requiring decision makers to consider difficult trade-offs as the nation faces an increasing long-range fiscal challenge.” These numbers don’t include the war’s cost to the rest of the world. In Iraq itself, the 2003 U.S.-led invasion – with its devastating air bombardments and the looting and arson that followed – severely damaged electricity and other utilities, the oil industry, countless factories, hospitals, schools and other underpinnings of an economy.
No one has tried to calculate the economic damage done to Iraq, said spokesman Niels Buenemann of the International Monetary Fund, which closely tracks national economies. But millions of Iraqis have been left without jobs, and hundreds of thousands of professionals, managers and other middle-class citizens have fled the country. In their book, “The Three Trillion Dollar War,” Stiglitz, of Columbia University, and Bilmes, of Harvard, report the two wars will have cost the U.S. budget $845 billion in 2007 dollars by next Sept. 30, end of fiscal year 2008, assuming Congress fully funds Bush administration requests.
COP BLOTTER: Woman has possible heart attack On Wednesday at 3:26 p.m. a 47year-old woman did not take her heart medication in the Education Classroom Building and was having heart problems. She was speaking coherently to the police and appeared to be fine but was taken away on a stretcher to an ambulence. Also, on Wednesday at 11:51 p.m., a 6-foot-tall man in a black jacket was seen urinating in parking structure two. SUNDAY 12:43 p.m. - A medical aid call was made to the softball field. A 50-year-old female fainted but was
conscious and breathing. MONDAY 2:50 p.m - A Blue Phone Emergency call was made near Dan Black Hall. Everything checked out OK. 3:21 p.m. - A vehicle crashed into a tree and a state vehicle was invovled. A report was taken and there were no injuries. TUESDAY 6:57 a.m. - Someone tagged on the third table from the library on the Titan Walk with a marker. A report was taken. 7:57 a.m. - Petty theft was report-
ed when someone’s laptop charger was stolen from the library last week. The value is estimated to be $100. 1:35 p.m. - A person who was advertising magazine subscriptions walked up to a blind person and tried to coerce the student to go to an ATM and withdraw money. A report was taken through second hand knowledge and it is unknown if the salesman received any cash. WEDNESDAY 12:51 a.m. - A disturbance broke out near State College Boulevard and Nutwood Avenue. Two people were fighting but the call for assis-
tance was canceled. 12:20 p.m. - Petty theft occurred at University Hall when a brown handbag was stolen. The reporting party said the bag was taken within the last hour. A report was taken. THURSDAY 12:39 p.m. - In the Titan Student Union, a student reported petty theft. A report was taken but police did not reveal what was stolen. FRIDAY 10:27 a.m. - Grand theft was reported at the Visitors Center Museum of the Arboretum. A report was taken.
March 10, 2008
Part of the bigger picture to sustain campus energy usage EVENT: CSUF STUDENTS HOPE TO FIND THE IDEAL internship
New rec center at CSUF campus aims to become most efficient building By SEAN BELK
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When Cal State Fullerton’s new Student Recreation Center opens in the next few weeks, students will be burning more calories and, at the same time, the facility will be burning less energy. After years of planning and designing, the two-story center, which will include a swimming pool and a rock-climbing wall, might be the university’s most energy-efficient building ever constructed. “This was a student-led project,” said Kurt Borsting, Titan Student Union director. “Our student leaders have really come to make this building environmentallyfriendly.” The roof is made of a white solar-reflective material to reduce the load on air conditioning units, showers and irrigation systems use low-flow water methods, a wall of windows cuts back on lighting during the day and the carpet is made of recycled material. These points all add up to what faculty and students hope will be the university’s first building ever to receive a gold certification in Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Design. New standards are part of a widespread call for sustainability on campuses, mandated by CSU Chancellor Charles Reed in 2006 with a policy statement addressing energy conservation. The LEED recognition is certificated by the United States Green Building Council, a federal organization that recognizes buildings for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. The policy states that all universities in California are required to have new buildings at least LEED certified, which is the lowest certification of rankings including certificated silver, gold and platinum. The number of points in energyefficiency determines each rank. However, CSUF student leaders
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CSUF PHYSICAL PLANT The new recreation center at Cal State Fullerton looks to be the first building in the university’s history to receive a gold certification in Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Design
and administration have planned the building to be “green” before such policies ever hit the books. Borsting said students have been working with maintenance and construction officials since 2000 to make the $40 million center the first of its kind in energy-saving capabilities. With the help of such efforts, CSUF has already received accolades for previous projects, such as the Arboretum Visitor Center, which received first place for overall design last year at the CSU/ UC Sustainability Conference. The university also has received an award for restructuring the campus’ heating and cooling systems that increased efficiency by 10 percent. Physical Plant Director Willem van der Pol said he feels such recognition will push university administration to take more of a “campus-wide” approach to sustainability, instead of different de-
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partments taking the lead. Van der Pol is a member of a developing group of students and faculty called the Sustainability Initiative Study Group, which is currently researching projects, methods and strategies to transform the campus into more of a sustainable environment for future projects. The group will be presenting their mission and goals by this summer. The university has used various methods of conservation in the past, such as using “green” cleaning products, conserving water and recycling about 60 percent of waste, including construction material. But he said people need to make more of a “conscious” effort to save energy as well as creating a sustainability curriculum. “We want to encourage faculty and staff to come to the campus using alternative fuels,” Van der Pol said. “It’s smart to be a little
bit ahead.” Van der Pol is as much involved in the effort on campus as he is in his own life. In addition, he has helped to convert a majority of maintenance vehicles into electric cars, some with solar-power capabilities, to be steps ahead of a California law that requires all state agencies to have 75 percent of their vehicles powered by alternative fuels. The benefits of such conservation can also be cost effective as well. The physical plant is currently in the planning stages for a project to install solar panels, or photosynthetic cells, on top of the Nutwood Parking Structure, van der Pol said. “We’ve committed to getting this underway,” van der Pol said “We hope the project will pay for itself.” While the respect as an energyefficient campus is well-received, Mike Smith, CSUF office of de-
sign and construction director, said the evaluation of each building “doesn’t come cheap.” Adding up points for each energy-efficient component can take time and money out of the already costly construction on campus, he said. Each project is paid for through grants, bonds and student fees, and a portion of funds goes toward making sure buildings are evaluated for LEED certification, such as the new Mihaylo Hall College of Business and Economics. However, Smith said the developer, CW Driver, agreed to pay for the recreation center evaluation, and results were sent to the federal council in Washington D.C. He said it looks promising that the building will receive the gold certification soon. “We’re pretty confident we’ll get it,” Smith said. “We’re really proud of that and I think the students will be proud too.”
the companies they [might be interested in] at a later time,” she said. Neal also advised students to think outside the box when looking for an internship. “It’s not the name of the company that tells you what kind of internship they have,” Neal said. “Plan to talk to more than just the companies you think have an internship in your area of interest.” She noted the Orange County Transportation Authority, a company that arts, entertainment and communications students might overlook without knowing about their graphic design department. The Internship Event is also beneficial for developing networking and communication skills, Neal said. “It gives students a chance to practice presenting themselves verbally to prospective employers,” Neal said. Students can use internships as a way to gain insight into a field they might be interested in, Neal said. “Internships provide students with a way to explore a particular industry to help them make more informed career choices,” Neal said. “Most importantly, students are making contacts in their field.” Neal said the Internship Event has been successful in the past, and they expect a few hundred students to attend. “Many students who have attended the event in the past have found internships, so that is our ultimate goal,” Llamas said.
OPINION Titan Editorial Losing your osing religion March 10, 2008
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Ignorant education Homeschooling advocates, headed mainly by Christian zealots, are calling for Gov. Schwarzenegger’s protection of their fundamental right to teach their children to be bigots and idiots. The issue comes from a recent appellate court decision that prevents parents without teaching credentials from teaching their kids in a homeschool environment. Granted, you can’t expect every parent who wants to teach their kids at home to have a teaching credential, but it’s important that the state take a stand to prevent poor education from being forced onto children who don’t know any better. Parents feel they have an absolute right to teach their kids whatever they want, but it’s important that the government start to consider the mental welfare of children who are taught at home. Kids who are homeschooled often miss out on more than just the invaluable social interactions that public school offers – They also miss out on a well-rounded education. Homeschooling booklets that are not closely checked by anyone do little to ensure that children are being taught objectively about the world around them.
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In general, those who homeschool their children are Christians with a narrow view of the world. They shun crazy theories like evolution and seek to protect their kids from the evils of the world – especially gays. Now, it’s no one’s place to tell parents what they can and can’t teach their children to believe. But it is important that kids get the facts and it takes an educated individual to impart knowledge onto a child. And, let’s face it: Not many moms who are homeschooling for religious reasons have a serious education. Take Phillip and Mary Long, the Christian parents at the heart of the appellate case. The Longs have eight kids and have been referred to the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services in part over child abuse allegations. According to court documents cited by the Times, Mary’s education ended at 11th grade. How can she truly be in a position to teach anyone with an education that ended her junior year of high school? Not educating your children with a balanced view of the world is tantamount to child abuse. Teaching ignorance is child abuse and it’s about time the state stops the practice.
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s Americans, we like choices. We want at least 31 flavors of ice cream to choose from and the ability to utilize our freedom of religion to the utmost by choosing what we want to be when we want to be it. Nobody, and by nobody I am not including By Brittany Kunza the vanilla eaters, goes to Baskin-Robbins and orders the same flavor of ice cream every time. For the Daily Titan This philosophy and hunger we have for email@example.com ing the weird alternative flavors of ice cream over our usual rocky road has transferred over into the quest for trying out a new religion later in life. According to a recent Pew Forum survey, 44 percent of Americans have either traded in their old religions for new ones or have given up on religion altogether. The reason we are more likely to change our religious affiliation now is that some parents beat us over the head with their religious doctrine instead of treating it more like going to get an ice cream cone. In the ice cream parlor as kids, we get to choose our ice cream flavor, which is inevitably something disgusting and colorful like blue bubble gum. But by age 10, we realize it tastes like soap and the frozen gum is likely to break our teeth. So we chose a new, coming-of-age flavor that suits us as a person and fulfills our needs for purposeful ice cream consumption. Unfortunately, no sane parent agrees that religion is equivalent to a trip to Cold Stone Creamery. And it is exactly this kind of forceful religious treatment that creates people like Britney Spears. Miss Spears was brought up Baptist, practices Kabbalah occasionally and now has a Christian life coach, according to http://www.religionfacts.com. Spears’ full utilization of her religious freedom clearly went haywire somewhere along the line, along with every other aspect of her life. She must have thrown her Baptist beliefs out the door with her single “Oops! ... I Did it Again,” and the red Kabbalah bracelet probably cut off circulation to her brain. Unable to think clearly due to lack of blood flow, she must have misunderstood her Christian life coach’s advice and, instead, shaved her head and dated a paparazzo. Although Spears’ experience has not been the best, some people embrace the analogy of religion and ice cream and successfully change their religion for legitimate reasons. I was brought up Roman Catholic, but often confused mass with my aerobics class at L.A. Fitness. I realized that I wanted more learning, loving and serving, rather than standing, sitting and kneeling out of my faith. I didn’t get to choose to be Catholic and I am pretty sure that all of the Catholic babies will agree with me when I say that I don’t recall volunteering to be dunked into a tub of water. One of the problems could have also been that my priest was close to 200 years old and spoke an ancient English dialect that only people like my grandpa could understand and appreciate. It was time for me to realize that blue bubble gum ice cream didn’t suit me anymore. I needed to choose a different flavor to fulfill my needs. Now I am a part of a non-denominational, Bible-based Christian church that suits me as a person and fulfills my desire for purposeful religion and so far, I haven’t shaved my head. I chose chocolate chip ice cream, but maybe you are more of a sorbet person. Whatever you need, there is probably a religion out there that facilitates people like you. If you are an extraordinary bike rider, then Jehovah’s Witness might suit you. If you are interested in enlightenment and need some cute statues for your garden, then Buddhism would be something to think about. If you are the ‘I’m too lazy to go to church kind,’ you can watch Joel Osteen on Sunday morning TV. And if you can’t choose between Episcopalian and Baptist, just change your name to John McCain and run for president. The bottom line is that nobody really likes blue bubble gum ice cream – we are just rebelling against the normalcy of our upbringing. If you identify with this then maybe it is time for you to finally try that peanut butter and Christ flavor and see what happens.
Allowing kids to choose their religion may result in strength of beliefs
Heidi Montag doesn’t deserve her fame There’s a new media whore in Tinsel Town and sadly, people are taking notice. However, this “star” will never be as entertaining as recovering druggie Lindsay Lohan or unfit mother Britney Spears. No, reality “celeb” Heidi Montag will never compare. Despite my tremendous distaste toward Montag, I must hand it to her, though, for landing her third “Us Weekly” cover story in the past year. Although, I still cannot grasp what is so newsworthy about her jerk of a boyfriend Spencer Pratt possibly cheating on her. Newsflash, Heidi: Everyone saw it coming. News of Pratt’s supposed betrayal is not the only thing grabbing attention of the celebrityobsessed, such as myself. In fact, Montag has been in the spotlight numerous times recently. With her joke of a music video filmed by none other than Pratt and her rumored duet with pop star Spears, Montag has seen more minutes of fame than she should have ever been allowed to. Come to think of it - I don’t know why Montag is even considered worthy of the celebrity she’s been given. Some people may wonder why Paris Hilton or Nicole Richie is famous.
The Gossip Girl For example, my mom says they’re “famous for nothing.” However, at least they have a small defense: Hilton was a model before “The Simple Life” and is an heiress, and Richie is the adopted daughter of famous singer Lionel Richie. Montag, on the other hand, has her life taped for MTV’s “The Hills.” She’s an ordinary person. Or, at least that’s what she’s portrayed to be. Her arch-nemesis and fellow castmate Lauren Conrad is quite the celebrity herself though. However, at least Conrad has been on multiple reality shows and has now started her own fashion line, which, merits more recognition than Montag has earned. I cannot think of a reason why Montag is as famous as she is other than the publicity ploys she’s set up for herself and the money she’s surely shelled out to “Us Weekly” to score the covers she has. She sure has played things up, and not just to the paparazzi, but the MTV cameras as well. I used to love “The Hills,” but now I cannot get over how fake it is. They set scenes up instead of letting the character’s lives unfold naturally. There have been reports of cast members turning down event invitations because they had to film, which doesn’t make sense because MTV is filming their life so they should be able to do what they want. And then there have been many
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inconsistencies in wardrobe and even hair length from one scene to the next. With the amount of staging that takes place in “The Hills,” Montag and her castmates have proven they are no longer just average people – They are actors, and bad ones at that. The trend of turning ordinary people into celebrities shows just how little it takes to be glorified by the mass media. We place individuals who plead for attention on pedestals, regardless of whether they warrant such admiration. This lowering of celebrity standards is a result of boredom. People are tired of Britney news and we need new, willingand-able train wrecks to gawk at. I just wish it were a train wreck other than Montag. It’s because of this that, although I don’t enjoy MTV these days, I am begging for them to come out with a new hit “reality” show. Maybe then, Montag’s 15 minutes can finally come to an end, and the masses can go on to glorify a new wanna-be celebrity.
March 10, 2008
CSUF cycling club attracts riders of all types The CSUF Cycling Club encounters hecklers, but keeps on peddaling By Joshua Burton
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The Cal State Fullerton Cycling Club doesn’t hold normal hours. Anyone who passes by MJ’s Cafe around 10 p.m. on Thursdays will likely see an assembly of excited students hovering around a variety of bicycles. The blinking red lights on their bikes make them stick out in the night. The easygoing mentality they exude is a key feature of the group; that, combined with a love of cycling, keeps them together as they speed off through the dark streets of Fullerton into the distance. The club popped up quickly. Only in its second semester, it regularly draws about 30 people in to their weekly meetings. John Klewer, now a fourth-year English major, first started the club after he found out about the cycling group at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. That club mainly centered around mountain biking due to the local terrain. The organization intrigued Klewer as an extra-curricular activity that could be brought to CSUF as well. Organizing a club might be difficult for some types of organizations, and reaching like-minded people is usually a challenge, but the club caught on like a powerful virus. Klewer secured Heather Calkins, a staff adviser from the athletic department’s physical therapy office and sports rehabilitation services, and wrote up a constitution for the club. He met fellow founding member Mike Harper at MJ’s Cafe, his job site near the Humanities building, when Harper noticed him wearing cycling gear. “John just came up to me one day
and said ‘I’m starting a cycling club, sign this form,’’’ Harper said. “That was it.” So they tried it out. “We just printed a bunch of small fliers,” Klemmer said. “We would put them on a bunch of sweet-looking bikes that had fairly good gear.” The duo didn’t focus exclusively on high-end street bikes, but they did plan on doing cross-city rides, so they figured street-bikers would be more interested. “We really just expected about five of us to just ride to someone’s house and drink some beer,” Harper said. “Then, like, 15 people showed up.” The presidents had to ride out the shock of the initial interest and get organized. They drew out routes and figured out days to meet, which was no easy task. With most of the other members holding down heavy class schedules, the ideal time to gather was at night, which is when people had fewest classes and the streets were reasonably clear of cars. They were now on track. Unlike other organizations the members of the group had been part of, the Cycling Club didn’t fizzle out. Attendance had never dropped below five people for each meeting, even when they have held three per week. After the first semester, Klewer dropped out due to scheduling concerns. CSUF junior Spencer Yanaga, an advertising major, and David Perez, an economics major, stepped up as co-presidents. Attendance continued to climb in the second semester, as did the solidarity of the group members. “Everyone is really cool. You always meet interesting people. It’s a simple pleasure, but it is really inclusive and welcoming,” Bobby Henry, a cycling club member, said. When they meet for their rides, the friendly mood is obvious. They stand around and talk, patiently waiting for people to show up. Their routes can vary, being anywhere from a jaunt to downtown Fullerton or a distance trek to San Diego. Their weekly routes usually bring
them to an eatery (tacos seem to be a favorite of theirs) and then slowly back toward school, with members breaking off as they get in the area of their homes. During the rides they remain notably courteous to less experienced members. It is common knowledge among them that every meet is a “no-drop ride,” meaning they never get so far ahead of slower people that they lose riders. “You really feel that there is no snobbery. Everyone’s really amiable,” Jesse Quesada said. Quesada, who isn’t even a CSUF student, rides from Lakewood on his bike to show up for the group’s meets. While they usually suffer no problems from within their club, the conditions on the road can be less
courteous. There have been no physical problems with the cars they share the roads with, but they do sustain a decent amount of heckling. Various rude shouts are shot at them, but it doesn’t seem to phase the riders. The good experiences they have seem to outweigh the bad. They have had much better brushes with the noncycling populace, even being invited into a home on a hot day for water by a kindly old woman. “We do try to obey traffic laws. I mean, if we want to share the road with everyone, we share the same rules,” Harper said. “We get more hate than hits, really.” The members of the club don’t concern themselves with how “cool” it has become to be a cyclist. People join the club for various reasons.
Some are more environmentally conscious and have green reasons for using pedal power, others commute to school by bicycle anyway. Many more cited how fulfilling it is to avoid paying three dollars or more for a gallon of fuel to get to school. “I feel people are sick of spending money on gas,” Yanaga said. “Why spend 40 minutes trying to find parking? You can ride right up to your classroom on a bike.” The club’s presidents plan on having about five or six of their members participate in the Tour De Cure, a benefit ride in Long Beach on June 14 that will raise money for the American Diabetes Association, which helps fund research to fight diabetes. “It will help us look more legitimate,” Harper joked. “Planning for
the ride is a lot of work.” It is also expensive. It will cost about $2,000 for the club to send their members to the ride, Harper said. The club will get its money from sponsorships through individual member’s workplaces and from local bicycle shops. MJ’s Cafe, where Harper works, has reportedly offered to help out. Through charity rides like the Tour De Cure and bike races, the club plans on securing notoriety and longevity by promoting the simple and, as they unanimously point out, rewarding activity of bicycling. “If there is someone around riding a bike, you automatically have a friend,” Don Nguyen, a photojournalism major said. “There is always something you have in common.”
By damon casarez/Daily Titan Staff Photographer The CSUF Cycling Club usually rides at night because of scheduling conflicts, but the group met outside of the Humanities building on Saturday morning before their ride to San Diego.
March 10, 2008
‘Evil, Evil Woman’ speaks at CSUF By John Synco
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The Women’s Studies Department kicked off Women’s History Month with a lecture by evolution proponent Barbara Forrest in the Titan Student Union, Pavilion C. The lecture, “Evil, Evil Woman: What it was like to be the only female witness in the Dover Intelligent Design trial,” focused on Forrest’s experiences during the 2005 Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District trial, in which Dover High School board members in Pennsylvania attempted to integrate intelligent design into ninth-grade biology classes. “People are fascinated by the trial and they want to hear about it,” Forrest wrote in an e-mail. “So I get invitations [to speak].” The Liberal Studies Student Association originally picked Forrest, a professor of philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University, to speak during its annual Liberal Studies Week. “During these events, we try to highlight speakers or films that exemplify the interdisciplinary nature of liberal studies,” Jim Hofmann, the Chair of the liberal studies department at Cal State Fullerton said. “[Forrest’s] research on the sources and activities of the intelligent design movement requires knowledge of constitutional law, comparative religion and philosophy as well as various aspects of evolutionary science.” One particular aspect Hofmann wanted students to learn from Forrest’s lecture was the understanding of where the intelligent design movement fits in with promoting anti-evolutionary agendas in the public school system. “[Forrest] will be able to give them a detailed account of how this movement is funded by a Seattle-based think tank called the Discovery Insti-
tute,” Hofmann wrote in an e-mail. “Students will also learn about some of the legal tactics used by advocates of intelligent design and why these tactics failed in the Dover trial.” Starla Gonzales, 26, a Liberal Studies Student Association representative for the Associated Students Inc., presented a proposal to ASI and succeeded in obtaining a $1,700 honorarium to have Forrest visit the campus. “I’m going into the teaching profession and I think she’s a really important figure in the issue of separation of church and state,” Gonzales said. “I think intelligent design, or creationism, shouldn’t be taught in schools. I grew up going to a private school and learned about creationism. I feel private schools is where that should be taught.” Forrest began her lecture with an explanation for why she was chosen as a witness for the trial. She co-authored a book with Paul Gross titled “Creationism’s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design.” They describe the intelligent design movement as a religious movement, or in other words, creationism, and they document the execution of the movement’s strategy. “When Paul and I published our book in January 2004, we knew eventually somewhere there would be a lawsuit,” Forrest said. “So we were very careful in our documentation and in our arguments because we figured that book would be very useful and, as it turned out, it was.” Forrest’s role in the Dover trial almost came to an abrupt end when the attorneys for the school board attempted to have her eliminated from the case because she didn’t have scientific credentials. “I wasn’t called as a scientist, so that didn’t work,” Forrest said. Forrest said the most disturbing aspect of intelligent design comes in the form of religious exclusionism and the attempt to remove the idea of separation of church and state from U.S. government. According to Forrest, the intelligent design movement the government is trying to implement is a system guided by the religious right.
I think Americans are coming to realize that one can live a good life morally and can function in every way without endorsing any theological doctrines.
creationist school board members were voted out of office and had to pay $1 million in court fees, according to Forrest. “The first and most important thing I hope people learn is that intelligent design is merely another variant of creationism, and there is virtually nothing there in any scien-
tific sense,” Forrest said. “Intelligent design has been shown over and over again by competent scientists and other scholars to be scientifically empty.” Forrest said her religious beliefs shouldn’t be an issue, but she no longer hesitates saying she is not a religious person in any sense.
“I was devout for a good deal of my early life, so I certainly understand how important religion is to people,” Forrest said. “However, I think Americans are coming to realize that one can live a good life morally and can function in every way without endorsing any theological doctrines.”
– Barbara Forrest,
Professor Barbara Forrest tells of her testimony in intelligent design trial
Southeastern Lousiana University Professor
“Intelligent design isn’t really about science,” Forrest said. “It’s about using politics to advance a religious movement that they intend to make the foundation of public policy, especially with respect to public education.” The “they” Forrest refers to is the people representing the Center for Science and Culture within the Discovery Institute. Forrest said the Center is promoting a sectarian religious agenda as a scientific program. “They themselves have described what they are doing as a religious program,” Forrest said. Casey Luskin, an attorney and staff member for the Discovery Institute, said the Institute is a secular think tank, or a think tank not connected with religion. “Dr. Forrest has a long history of misrepresenting the Discovery Institute and promoting blatantly false conspiracy theories about intelligent design and ‘theocracy,’” Luskin wrote in an e-mail. “I do not consider her to be an accurate or reliable source when it comes to Discovery Institute or intelligent design.” Judge John Jones ruled in favor of the plaintiff Tammy Kitzmiller, the mother of two daughters attending Dover High School during the trial, on Dec. 20, 2005. Eight of the nine
The “Evil, Evil Woman”, Barbara Forrest, speaks in the Titan Student Union about what she experienced as the only female witness in the Dover Intelligent Design Trial. By John Synco/Daily Titan Staff Writer
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March 10, 2008
Men’s Basketball captures share of Big West conference championship The Titans break UC Irvine’s 11-game home winning streak
They drop a close game to Notre Dame, 1-0, after routing Rutgers 10-1 by jon castillo
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The Cal State Fullerton men’s basketball team won a share of the Big West Conference regular season title, its first in 32 years, by defeating UC Irvine 74-66 at the Bren Center on Saturday night. Josh Akognon led four Titans in double figures with 15 points to hand the Anteaters (15-15, 9-7) their first home loss of the year. Due to a tiebreaker rule, the Titans (21-8, 12-4) will enter the Big West Tournament in the third seed and with a first-round bye, behind Cal State Northridge and UC Santa Barbara. The 21 wins by the Titans also tied a regular season record previously held by the 1982-83 team. The only other conference title in school history was also shared in the 1976 season. Despite sharing the honors three ways, CSUF Head Coach Bob Burton said winning the conference title was still incredible. “I wouldn’t care if we shared it with 10 teams,” Burton said. “I think for us, this is terrific to actually end up in first place. This is one of the [biggest] highlights since I’ve been at Cal State Fullerton.” A major factor in the win was the Titans defense, which set the tone early in the game by forcing UCI to miss 11 of their first 12 shots. “Our kids played great defense the whole game and never took a play off,” Burton said. “The key guy was Scott Cutley because he guards Darren Fells really well and Frank Robinson did a very good job on Patrick Sanders.” The duo was able to hold UCI’s top two scorers to 10-for-25 shoot-
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By John Klewer/For the Daily Titan Seniors Kenneth Alexander (21) and Frank Robinson (5) celebrate their Big West Conference title after Saturdays win against UCI.
ing. Cutley said after the game that he focused his energy on the defensive end of the floor. “[Burton] challenged me today to guard Fells and make it tough for him. I wasn’t worried with scoring, other people were getting it done,” Cutley said. Fells said the Anteaters were too passive on the offensive end and Cutley’s strength on the defensive end forced him to take bad shots. Cutley’s all-around play has garnered him Big West Conference Most Valuable Player consideration all season. The senior averages 16 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game in conference play. “If you ask everyone in the league who they don’t want to play against,
they say Scott [Cutley],” Burton said. Senior Frank Robinson had another solid game, finishing with 14 points and six rebounds. He said the Titans’ defense was responsible for stopping UCI’s home winning streak. “[The key was] stopping Fells and containing Sanders,” Robinson said. “We thought if we held them down defensively, then we should be good.” With a rebound in the first minute of the game, Robinson became the 10th player in CSUF history to reach 1,000 points and 500 rebounds and the first since Pape Sow during the 2002-04 seasons. The guard now has 1,104 points and 505 rebounds
in three seasons with the Titans. “It’s crazy,” Robinson said. “To get in the record books and have the conference championship in the same game – it feels so good – and I’m just so happy for everyone right now.” The Titans now shift their focus to the Big West Tournament next week at the Honda Center. They will face the lowest remaining seed in the tournament on Thursday at 6 p.m. and UCI will play No. 8 seed Long Beach State on Wednesday. “Now it’s time to get that conference tournament title,” Robinson said. “We’re going one game at a time, [we’re going to] play hard and if everyone brings it, we should be OK.”
A pitcher’s duel is fun to watch for those who can appreciate two pitchers throwing their best stuff. The bad part is someone has to take the loss. CSUF freshman pitcher Christine Hiner and Notre Dame freshman Jody Valdivia matched zeros through five innings Saturday before the Fighting Irish scored in the sixth and took the game 1-0. The Titans split their games on the day and ended up with a 1-2 record in the Long Beach Invitational. Hiner (6-5) allowed one run on two hits while striking out eight in the complete-game effort. It was the first earned run she had allowed in 30 innings of work. “Hiner was on her game. They strung a couple (hits) together and I don’t really think either pitcher deserved the L,” senior first baseman Jessica Doucette said. Notre Dame broke up the scoreless game in the sixth inning when freshman catcher Sadie Pitzenberger connected for a double. Shortstop Katie Fleury then sent a groundball through the right side, driving in Pitzenberger to give the Fighting Irish a 1-0 lead. Valdivia struck out nine Titans in her complete-game effort, allowing only a pair of hits on the day. “They got that luck; they got that run in,” Munoz said. “Can’t do anything else about it.” CSUF’s defense kept the game close in the fourth inning. Third baseman Katie Gollhardt made a leaping catch on a high-chop groundball and beat the runner at first on her throw. A batter later, freshman Torrie Anderson made a sliding catch in left field to end the inning. Prior to the game versus Notre Dame, the Titans beat the Rutgers
Scarlet Knights. The Titans broke out for 12 hits against the Scarlet Knights in a 10-1 rout. “We capitalized on the pitcher’s errors. She came out and she started pitching good the first couple of innings,” Munoz said. “I don’t know if she took advantage or anything, but we started to jump on her [and] it got contagious and everyone in the lineup started hitting.” CSUF’s Doucette gave up one run on five hits with five strikeouts in a complete-game effort, improving her record to 6-4. Rutgers pitcher Katye Hamlin went 4.1 innings, giving up six runs on seven hits. “It was nice to get back on the mound, it has been a couple of games,” Doucette said. “It doesn’t matter who we play. We need to come out strong.” Lauren Lupinetti and the Titans turned the tide from the past couple of games, as they were able to capitalize on fielding errors by the Scarlet Knights to get on the scoreboard. In the fourth inning, Lupinetti’s at-bat was kept alive when she popped up to the catcher, who failed to make the out. Lupinetti took advantage of the mistake by hitting a single to left-center and was then driven in on a double by Martinez to tie the score at 1-1. After Martinez moved to third on a passed ball, outfielder Jenna Wheeler drove her in on a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1. The Titans continued tacking on runs in the fifth inning with Gollhardt and Munoz both picking up RBIs. CSUF was not done in the fifth, though. Wheeler got her second RBI with another sacrifice fly, driving in freshman outfielder Sammie Dabbs to take a 6-1 lead. Gollhardt and Lupinetti each drove in a run to make it 8-1 in the sixth inning, and Martinez ended the game with a two RBI single, driving in Lupinetti and freshman infielder K.C. Craddick for the 10-1 final. “It was good to come out and do that after what happened the past couple of games before,” Munoz said of the rout.