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Daily Titan

Monday March 17, 2008

The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton

Their turn in Omaha CSUF makes NCAA tournament for first time in 30 years

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By Michal Olszewski

Daily Titan Staff Writer

A few interesting parallels between the 1978 and 2008 Titans, our last two teams to go to the NCAA tournament.

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he Cal State Fullerton men’s basketball team ended its 30-year NCAA tournament drought in dominating fashion, winning all three of their tournament games while playing from behind only once in the opening minutes of the championship game against UC Irvine. The Titans advance to the field of 65 where the team will play No. 3-seed Wisconsin Thursday in Omaha, Neb. “If we can hang with them on the front line, then who knows?” Titan Head Coach Bob Burton said.

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The seeding of both teams in the conference tournament

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The number of losses both teams entered the tournament with

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The winning streak of both teams going into the tournament

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Number of seasons under the belt for Coach Bobby Dye and Coach Bob Burton

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Number of seasons between playing Cal State Los Angeles during regular season

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Road to the NCAA

The Titans defeated UCI 81-66 in Saturday’s champioship game at the Anaheim Convention Center. After the game, Titan forward Kenneth Alexander didn’t waste any time to spread the news. “I’m calling my mom and my pops tell them how happy I am. We’re going to the dance, baby!” Alexander said. Josh Akognon was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after scoring 23 points in another runaway game, following games against UC Riverside and Cal State Northridge. The team shot 53 percent from the floor against the Anteaters and shot over 51 percent in the tournament. Akognon averaged 22.3 points in the Titans’ three games and seemingly made a big shot every time the Anteaters went on a run. Robinson and Big West Regular

Photos By Ian Hamilton/Daily Titan Executive Editor Above: Titans Marcus Morgan, left, and Frank Robinson, center, embrace with former Cal State Fullerton center Justin Burns after the game against UC Irvine on Saturday. Top: Bob Burton cuts down the net for the 2008 Big West Conference championship. It’s been 30 years since CSUF has won the Big West and made it to the NCAA tournament.

Season Co-MVP Scott Cutley were also named to the All-Tournament Team. “They called PAGE 4 AND 5: it the 30-year More photos curse,” Robinson from Titan said, who was referring to the basketball’s lapse between historic 2008 NCAA TournaBig West Tourment appearances. “All year nament run. we talked about championships and we got both of them now.” The Titans fell behind for the first time in the tournament early in the game when they trailed 6-5. Just as they had done in the previous two

games, however, the Titans went on a run their opponent couldn’t counter. Fullerton scored the next nine points and rode the momentum the rest of the half, taking a 37-27 lead into the locker room. Cutley stepped up big in the second, scoring seven straight points to extend the lead to 17 points and seal the victory with three minutes remaining. “I feel lucky my family got to see this. I’m just overwhelmed and glad to give Fullerton a championship,” Cutley said. “I can’t even put it into words right now.” Burton said Cutley’s frontcourt mate Marcus Morgan was the key to the game. The senior recorded a double-double with 11 rebounds

and 10 points on 4 of 4 shooting. “It’s the best feeling in the world,” Morgan said about the win. “Now we’re just going to go to the NCAA Tournament and get our dance on.” The Anteaters were able to stay close at times because of the play of All-Tournament Team forward Darren Fells. The senior had 21 points and 10 rebounds and said his team gave its best effort, but the fatigue of four games in four nights may have been too much. “I’m just very proud of my team,” Fells said. “Everybody showed a lot of heart. I’m disappointed we couldn’t get the win, but overall I’m just proud of my teammates.” UCR guard Larry Cunningham

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and Cal State Northridge forward Tremaine Townsend round out the All-Tournament Team. The Titans enter the NCAA Tournament having won six games in a row and 10 of their last 11 games. “People that haven’t played us outside of the Big West [let us] get our shots a little bit easier. The plays that we run are a little more effective,” Akognon said. “When we play these other teams, I feel they’re going to come off and not really respect us as much. They’re going to feel like this is an easy first round win and that’s when we’re going to come out and really step it up.” Daily Titan Sports Editor David Carrillo contributed to this report.

Both teams revolved around a six-man rotation SOURCE: Titan Media Relations

Titan Women

The No. 3 seed UC Riverside women’s basketball team ended any Cinderella hopes for No. 6 Cal State Fullerton in the quarterfinals of the Big West Tournament with a 59-47 win on Thursday at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Highlanders defense proved to be too tough for the Titans, forcing CSUF to shoot a meager 27 percent from the floor. Check out tomorrow’s paper for in-depth coverage of the game.


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IN OTHER NEWS A movement to bring the troops home INTERNATIONAL China’s cultural genocide and protests continue The fifth anniversary of TONGREN, China (AP) – Protests spread from Tibet into three neighboring provinces Sunday as Tibetans defied a Chinese government crackdown, while the Dalai Lama decried what he called the “cultural genocide” taking place in his homeland. Demonstrations widened to Tibetan communities in Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu provinces, forcing authorities to mobilize security forces across a broad expanse of western China. In Tongren, riot police sent to prevent protests set off tensions when they took up positions outside a monastery. Dozens of monks, defying a directive not to gather in groups, marched to a hill where they set off fireworks and burned incense in what one monk said was a protest, according to an Associated Press reporter at the scene. Speaking from India, the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetans, called for an international investigation into China’s crackdown on demonstrators in Lhasa, which his exiled government claims left 80 people dead. China’s state media has said 10 civilians were killed.

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Bush tries to prevent first recession since 2001 WASHINGTON (AP) – The Bush administration will “do what its takes” to stabilize chaotic markets and minimize the economic damage, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Sunday after a tumultuous week capped by the government rescue of a teetering investment bank. All eyes now are on Wall Street as leading financial advisers prepared for a Monday meeting with President Bush and the Federal Reserve weighs another deep interest rate cut Tuesday to stem even more deterioration. Paulson defended the Federal Reserve’s extraordinary step Friday to provide emergency financing to one of Wall Street’s most venerable firms, Bear Stearns Cos. The central bank’s intervention was “the right decision,” he said. Bush planned to meet on Monday with his advisory panel on financial markets, whose members include Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. The panel on Thursday recommended stricter regulation of mortgage lenders as part of a broad effort to prevent a repeat of a credit crisis threatening to drive the country into the first recession since 2001.

STATE

‘Horton Hears a Who!’ is best opening this year

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Horton hears a hit. Family audiences boosted 20th Century Fox’s animated tale “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” to a $45.1 million debut, the best opening so far this year, according to studio estimates Sunday. Featuring the voices of Jim Carrey and Steve Carell in an adaptation of the beloved storybook about an elephant defending a microscopic community from destruction, “Horton Hears a Who” is the latest computer-animated film from Blue Sky Studios, the outfit behind the “Ice Age” flicks. The previous weekend’s No. 1 movie, the Warner Bros. action yarn “10,000 B.C.,” slipped to second place with $16.4 million, raising its 10-day total to $61.2 million. Summit Entertainment’s “Never Back Down,” about a troubled youth who finds purpose in the sport of mixed martial arts fighting, opened in third place with $8.6 million. “Horton Hears a Who” topped the $40.1 million opening in January for “Cloverfield,” which previously was the year’s No. 1 debut.

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the Iraq war is important for antiwar organizers By Melissa Caster

For the Daily Titan news@dailytitan.com

Caskets draped with the American flag were carried down Hollywood Boulevard Saturday as part of an antiwar protest. Organized by nonprofit organization Act Now to Stop War and Racism, the event marked the fifth anniversary of what the group called the “criminal invasion” of Iraq. They have held protests since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The event began at noon at Hollywood and Vine. Protesters then marched to Sunset and Cahuenga for a rally at 1:30 p.m as police lined the streets. The crowd of thousands carried banners that read “Impeach Bush, “’9/11 was an inside job” and “War is not the answer.” People expressed concern about the length of time the nation has been in Iraq. Students Rachael Ferry, 18, Anne-Marie Sanguigni, 17, and Lynn Nhan, 18, took a bus provided by ANSWER from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. “I did not recommend going into the war to begin with,” Nhan said. “But we’ve been there too long. How much longer is it going to take if we don’t put our voice out and say that we want it to stop?” As the numbers of the dead and wounded soldiers increase, ANSWER hopes to bring the rest home. “As people, we don’t get to vote on war so this is our way. Protesting is a way of having your voice heard,”

Many young people made their stance clearly visible, attending the war protest.

Sanguigni said. Many nationalities were represented at the protest. Salvadoran groups asked for their troops to come home from Iraq. Japanese protesters, dressed in traditional clothing, wore white head bands with ‘peace’ written in red. They stood in a circle chanting to the beat of drums, encouraging their children to participate. Other groups displayed their diversity by their clothing. A colorful group of clowns marched in front. A group dressed in black wore handkerchiefs over their mouths and marched in silence. The disappointment over Bush’s

actions was apparent everywhere, including protest signs that made references to the president as a liar and others that claimed America is in Iraq for oil. Alvia Miller of East Los Angeles wore a black veil as a sign of mourning. “I mourn America’s foreign policy that all of our funding is going toward occupation in the most brutal and inhumane manner,” Miller said. “Any nation they think that has oil, we’re there to take their resources.” Many of the protesters displayed support for Barack Obama. T-shirts with his image were passed out. “He’s just really inspirational

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and I like that he’s trying to bring people together,” Ferry said. “He doesn’t want to have separation between the parties.” People at the march believed in Obama’s promise to make a change. “Hilary doesn’t think we can engage in civil discourse with our ‘enemies’ unless they come groveling on their knees,” protester April Adamson said. The march ended in front of the CNN building. Organizers led the group in saying, “CNN, can’t you see? Show the protest on TV.” ANSWER has 30 offices across the nation with over 100 volunteers based in Los Angeles.

COP BLOTTER: Fire breaks out in Titan Student Union On Sunday, March 9, a fire broke out at the Titan Student Union. A report was taken.

of her boyfriend. He was circling the dorm parking lot in her car and appeared to have left the area after that.

SATURDAY 4:47 p.m. - Among many traffic stops on Saturday, one was cited on Yorba Linda Boulevard and Oxford Avenue

12:06 p.m. - A 20-year-old woman fainted near the Humanities building. It is possible she had a seizure. Police assisted and a report was taken.

SUNDAY 4:11 p.m. - A fire broke out at the Titan Student Union. A report was taken.

5:11 p.m. - A Nissan Sentra and a Chevy Malibu crashed into each other in parking structure one, but the call was canceled.

MONDAY 12:20 a.m. - A disturbance occurred at the Birch Dorms. A girl said she left the residence because

7:01 p.m. - Someone stole a keyboard and a mouse out of a Smart Cabinet in Langsdorf Hall. The reporting party wanted a report

taken. TUESDAY 5:57 p.m. - In Lot E a silver Scion and a black BMW got into an accident. The call was assisted. 10:31 p.m. - In the Birch Dorm four underage persons were caught drinking alcohol. A report was taken. WEDNESDAY 1:16 p.m. - Grand theft was reported at the Kinesiology building. A report was taken. 1:53 p.m. - A traffic accident occurred in Lot E involving a black Mustang and a Toyota Camry.

Everything checked out OK and there were no injuries. 2:54 p.m. - In the men’s restroom in the Titan Student Union near the bowling alley, someone damaged property with graffiti. A report was taken. THURSDAY 9:43 a.m. - Someone called in a report of grand theft at the College Park building. However, there was no call for service. FRIDAY 2:40 p.m. - A vehicle collided with a bicyclist in parking structure one. A report was taken, and someone was injured.

Pope appeals for peace in Iraq after fatal kidnapping Associated Press

Pope Benedict XVI issued one of his strongest appeals for peace in Iraq on Sunday, days after the body of the kidnapped Chaldean Catholic archbishop was found near the northern city of Mosul. The pope also denounced the five-year-long war, saying it had provoked the complete breakup of Iraqi civilian life. “Enough with the slaughters. Enough with the violence. Enough with the hatred in Iraq!” Benedict said to applause at the end of his Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square.

On Thursday, the body of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho was found near Mosul. He had been abducted on Feb. 29. Benedict has called Rahho’s death an “inhuman act of violence” that offended human dignity. On Sunday, Benedict praised Rahho for his refusal to abandon his flock despite many threats and difficulties. Benedict said Rahho’s dedication to the Catholic Church and his death compelled him to “raise a strong and sorrowful cry” to denounce the violence in Iraq spawned by the war that began five years ago this week.


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March 17, 2008

Huntington Beach becomes a somber reminder of the war About 350 people got together in order to speak in support of the soldiers By Juliette funes

Daily Titan Staff Writer news@dailytitan.com

The sands of Huntington Beach became the home of the Arlington West Memorial, an installation of 3,987 crosses. Each cross represented an American fatality in the Iraq war that started five years ago. About 350 people gathered on the beach Saturday to protest and mark the anniversary of the war. Themed as “How many more? Resist, resist the war!,” the Orange County Peace Coalition brought together various groups committed to ending the war, including Students for Peace and Social Justice, a student organization at Cal State Fullerton. The protest was staged to support the soldiers while voicing concerns, make people aware and get the soldiers home, Nicole Rhoton, a representative for SPSJ, said. Thousands of Americans have died but people do not think about the ramifications the war has on the soldiers, Rhoton, an American history graduate student, said. “It’s really up to the people to get us out of the war. We can’t be apathetic about it just because we don’t think [protesting] will make a difference,” she said. Today, however, people do not have to have a personal connection to those involved in the war and can be indifferent, Rhoton added. “We [Americans] are supporting the war and unnecessary deaths of soldiers and Iraqi civilians,” she said of the lack of action among Americans as tax dollars fund the war. Carrying signs that read “Impeach Bush” and “Bring our troops home,” about 300 of the protesters lined up and marched in silence through Main Street Promenade to commemorate those lost in the war and to remind people that war affects everyone. Many wore green shirts that read “How many more?” in the front and had a fallen soldier’s name on the back.

By Juliette Funes/Daily Titan Staff Writer As a tribute to those who died, Huntington Beach was made to resmemble Arlington West Memorial last Saturday, as part of a protest against the Iraq War.

Alejandra Taboada, a student from Orange Coast College, wore the name “Sergeant Shawn Adams,” who died on July 22, 2007. Many coalitions gathered for a resource fair, including the American Friends Service Committee, a humanitarian organization dedicated to nonviolence. The committee wanted people to know what the war is costing daily in lives and money, Steven Gibson, the Los Angeles area program director, said. One day of the Iraq war costs $720 million, which can instead fund 34,904 four-year university scholarships and give 163,525 people healthcare, signs read. Most of the problems in Iraq, including the displacement of four million Iraqis, are a direct result of the military occupation, Gibson said. It began unjustly and troops should leave Iraq immediately, he added. Martha Carbajael was sitting on the steps holding a sign that read “Bring Daddy Home” as she watched her grandson playing. Her son, Daniel Moreno, 26, left on

his fourth tour of Iraq on Dec. 26, 2007. “We’ve always been against the war and now he [Moreno] is, too. He tells us ‘there’s no point anymore. Nothing changes,’ ” Carbajael said. Attendees had the chance to hear testimonials from Iraq war veterans who are now against the war. Sean McAllister, a member of Veterans Against the War, spoke on behalf of his fellow soldiers who he wants to see come home soon. He asked the rest of America to “please wake up.” “You have no idea what is going on there. There is a war going on. It’s going on right now,” McAllister said. He asked others to support the troops regardless of the crimes in Iraq. “Many signed up believing the war was a good thing, but they’re being betrayed,” Pat Alviso of Military Families Speak Out, said. The organization provides support for military families. “They have sworn to hold up the Constitution, not do whatever the

president says,” she said. “Our families did not sign up for this occupation and invasion to kill women and

children.” The families of the soldiers are especially prone to heartache and

being “scared to death that [they] might get that phone call,” Alviso said. Helga Aguayo, a military wife, attested to the distress she and her family endured. Her daughters were left in tears as her husband was taken abruptly in the middle of the night by military officials, she said. Her husband Agustin, an army medic, also spoke at the event and commended the audience for being there. “You are not sleepwalking like the rest of America,” he said. The military always told him to do the right thing. As time went on, however that meaning became blurred. “Everything was started on premises that weren’t ethical, that weren’t moral, that weren’t right,” he said. He refused to deploy to Iraq and chose peace and jail time over combat. “I hope they walked away angry enough to stop this war,” Alviso said of the protesters. According to the Associated Presss, as of Sunday, at least 3,988 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003 - one more cross needing to be put up, not accounted for.


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Titan basketball heads to the NCAA Tournament in Omaha after a 81- 66 win against the Anteaters

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Size matters most Despite dangers of a looming economic recession among the middle class, the first since 2001, billionaire entrepreneurs and industrialists have engaged in a new size-does-matter competition. The ‘megayacht universe,’ in which the wealth of an individual is measured by the size of his or her yacht, might be virtually unknown to the average American citizen. But for the rich, it has become a favored pastime. Measuring at a whopping 525 feet, the Dubai, owned by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, currently holds the record of the world’s largest yacht. But it doesn’t matter. Al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, will not hold that record for long. There is more than one big spender out there waiting to snatch his title away with some new ostentatious cruiser liner. For those of us who remain yachtless and under fears of an economic breakdown, it seems there is no better way to waste money. In the U.S., 10 percent of the population controls 70 percent of the wealth, according to the Cal State Fullerton’s Sociology Department. This little game of “my yacht’s bigger than your yacht” illustrates exactly just how out of touch those 10 percent are with the other 90 percent of us. It is because of this shocking

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and disturbing detachment that we are now celebrating, or perhaps mourning, the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. When G. W. and his cronies, particularly then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, made their plans to topple Saddam Hussein public, they told us they were going to send a minimum number of troops into Iraq and back home in time for summer vacation. What happened? Did the government have a sudden dramatic change of heart? Perhaps, but the real issue lies with those billionaires playing with their boats. G.W. and Rumsfeld may not be engaged in a yacht-measuring contest, but they do come from a privileged background where the consequences of their actions seemed too tiny and insignificant to have any affect on them. Your oil-drilling company isn’t striking black gold? Cut your loses, fire your employees and start again somewhere else. If you get stuck in a prolonged military strife, just leave your troops there until someone else comes to clean up the mess. With the lack of a clear plan, the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war leaves us at a loss. And while Americans are finally questioning the size of the yachts, the only thing G.W. admitted on Friday is that times are tough.

Any feedback, positive or negative, is encouraged, as we strive to keep an open dialogue with our readership. The Daily Titan reserves the right to edit letters for length, grammar and spelling. Direct all comments, questions or concerns along with your full name and major to Opinion Editor Johnathan Kroncke at jkroncke@dailytitan.com

March 17. 2008

Gays: America’s No. 1 enemy By Tanya Obermeyer

Daily Titan Staff Writer opinion@dailytitan.com

Oklahoma House Representative, Sally Kern recently made a shocking statement against the gay lifestyle. Her argument isn't anything America hasn't heard before. When we discuss equal rights don't we always leave out the gays? They are threatening people. Some might say the most threatening. "I honestly think it is the biggest threat our nation has, even more than terrorists or Islam," Kern said in the secretly recorded speech to a group of Republicans who invited her to discuss her views on the gay lifestyle. I have to believe that the many supporters she has found in the fabulous state of Oklahoma get their information about gays from only legitimate sources: "Project Runway," "Will and Grace" or "Sex and

the City." Wait a second; all of the depictions of gays from those shows seem to display gays in a positive light. And while pondering the greatest threats to America I thought of natural disaster. I thought of terrorism and war. I zeroed in on racism and social issues that can break a country apart and then it hit me of course gays pose the largest threat this country has ever seen. "Because what they are doing now is they are going after, in schools … 2-year-olds," Kern said. I can think of a handful of 2-yearolds in schools that are going to be incredibly threatened by the gay community. Luckily we have Kern. Rest easy, kids, she's watching out for your nation. More than 20,000 people have viewed the video on YouTube that features Kern’s speech with people holding signs in the background saying "I’m listening."

‘Pop Fiction’ just a bunch of immature pranksters Last weekend may have marked a new beginning for celebrity gossips. My mouth agape and eyes open wide in shock, I watched as E! Entertainment Television premiered its new reality show “Pop Fiction.” The show, Ashton Kutcher’s latest creation, remained tightly under wraps until its first episode aired March 9. It was revealed that celebrities were turning the tables on the paparazzi and other media outlets by setting up fake stories. The practical jokes in the first episode turned out to be two stories that had managed to grab a lot of attention among gossips – Paris Hilton allegedly converting to Buddhism after being photographed with a shaman, and Avril Lavigne rumored to be pregnant after buying a multitude of baby items and showing off a somewhat-protruding belly. With its closing slogan, which each celebrity says to the camera

Don’t worry Sally, everyone is listening. My other concern is this: All this time we have been fighting the "war on terrorism," but all for nothing when we have gays running amok on the home front. After all, they are going after the 2-year-olds. "What I’m saying, I believe in," Kern said in an interview with CNN. "There are indisputable facts that show that it is a deadly lifestyle and has some really negative consequences." Kern makes a valid point. Afterall, terrorists seem to lead a fairly healthy lifestyle, strapping bombs to themselves and crashing planes into buildings. How lucky we are to have a woman in Congress that can take time out of her bill-writing, problem-solving days to remind us not to be gay. Not because it isn't okay to be gay. It's just not healthy. Neither is smoking, so watch out smokers,

she's coming after you next. Gay support groups are asking for an apology or that Kern be censured by Congress for her statement. It looks to me that Kern is going to ride out the First Amendment as long as she can on this one. It may be the only thing that does save her from the attack of the gay community. It's that or apologize. Although, she seems a bit high on her sassy horse to be issuing any quick apologies. Rightfully so, I think. After all, she only named a sexual orientation as the nation’s greatest problem. How could that possibly be wrong? I'm sure that Kern is equally concerned about education or health care, even if she has never been heard discussing those issues. I'm sure she just figures that everyone else is discussing the really intense issues, so why not lighten things up with a little bigotry? I say: Ride Sally, ride!

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after their stint, “Next time you hear a story, you’ll have to wonder - is it real or is it pop fiction?” the show may become a possible threat to the credibility of celebrity journalism. The reality series is not only destroying headlines by disproving them – it’s making them up. In fact, the show has become the center of a possible court battle between E! Networks and Howard K. Stern. According to reports, Stern and the late Anna Nicole Smith had allegedly pitched an idea for a reality show identical to that of “Pop Fiction." Stern pitched the idea again only three months ago. Though the network has released a statement defending Kutcher’s show and its originality, I still predict there will be a lawsuit in the near future. Court battle aside, if “Pop Fiction” stays on the air, the future of celebrity journalism will become as uncertain as the stories themselves. Sure, our credibility could be questioned and we’ll have to rethink the authenticity of stories. On the other hand, this joke

could actually give gossips even more to talk and write about, bringing in more profit to the apparent enemies. Aside from threatening the reputation of celebrity journalism, “Pop Fiction” has also made me think differently about the reputations of some stars. Being in the spotlight comes with being a celebrity. Entertainers should know that when they decide to do what they do. Some stars, though, have actually managed to stay under the radar. However, the stars that do flood the pages of the rag mags bring it upon themselves for the most part. Partying, getting DUIs and going to rehab is of course going to raise eyebrows and stir the attention of the paparazzi. Playing games like the ones in “Pop Fiction” is childish. Celebrities should be able to handle their fame with a little more integrity than stooping to a junior high practical jokes. Whoever signs on to do “Pop Fic-

By Amy Robertson opinion@dailytitan.com

tion” may be proud of themselves and think they’re pulling a fast one on the press, but paparazzi are going to continue following the likes of Hilton and Nicole Ritchie, and will continue taking pictures regardless of whether or not the stories are true. All those stars are doing is giving themselves more attention by appearing on a television show and giving people like Perez Hilton even more to write about every Monday morning when thousands of fans log on to his site to find out what gossip stories ended up being fiction. My advice for those "Pop Fiction"- bound stars (because they read this, you know) is to grow up because crying wolf is only making yourself look worse.


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Aries (March 21 - April 19) People around you are starting to look a bit complacent. Good day to adopt a haunted expression and carry a large ball of alumi num foil.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Today you will suddenly and quite unexpect edly become fascinated by fishing. You’ll spend all your spare time looking through lures, and will videotape all the fishing shows. Don’t lose hope, though -- while there is no known cure for your condition, there’s a team working on it at MIT.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) As Buckaroo Banzai said, “No matter where you go, there you are.” Oddly, this will not be entirely the case for you, today.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Be nice to your coworkers today. Cow orkers have a darned tough job, so it’s good to make them feel special once in a while.

Leo (July 23 - August 22) In an unfortunate turn of events, someone sitting across from you will have a peculiar variant of a bad hair day...a bad nosehair day.

Virgo (August 23 - September 22) Your children will return, but they’ll be unnaturally quiet and good-natured. Eventually, you’ll discover how the switch was made.

Libra (September 22 - October 22) Good day to burst into song. Nothing too fancy, mind you -- no arias. The theme song from “The Beverly Hillbillies” will do nicely. Why not see how many people you can get to sing along?

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21) You will be “on the move”, soon. Especially movements of a gastrointestinal nature, as it turns out. Good day to stay close to home.

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Pisces (February 19 - March 20) While cracking your knuckles today, you will be a bit startled to hear a “ping” sound rather than a “pop.” That’s a bad habit, anyway.

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Friday is quiz night at Mikey’s Sports Bar Pizza, French dips, beer, “fishbowls” and more at Mikey’s Sports Bar BY Austen Montero

Daily Titan Staff Writer news@dailytitan.com

“According to the Kama Sutra, how many sexual positions are there?” It is possible that many people out there can accurately answer this question, but how many of those people know how long rattlesnakes mate? According to Lucas, the Trivia Guru, the answers are 84 and 22 hours, respectively. These are just two of the many questions that were asked Friday during general trivia at Mikey’s Sports Bar in Placentia. General trivia starts every Friday at 7 p.m., attracting a widely varying age group to test their smarts against “The Guru.” He has been making a living at trivia all over Southern California since 1996 and has been at Mikey’s

almost every week for over two years. The questions above are prize questions; the team with the closest guess win one of the prizes that the “Guru” brings out each week. Prizes can be T-shirts, hats, or an occasional gift certificate. Carey Almand, 23, and her brother Cory, 26, have been coming to trivia for about a year after finding out about it while picking up pizzas. “Oh, the Hawaiian pizzas are the best! We always get it,” Carey said, although her brother goes for the hot wings, another popular item at Mikey’s. It is hard to determine which item Mikey’s is really known for, considering how often each one is ordered. As with most pizza joints, they have a range of sizes, from an 8 - inch mini to a 24-inch party pizza, with almost any topping imaginable. Their dips range from the usual French Dips, with beef, cheese and au jus sauce, to the Mikey’s original “Knucklehead Sandwich,” a monster of a dip with roast beef, turkey, pastrami, onions, mushrooms, sauerkraut, pickles and mustard.

Kiel Canterbury is a 22-year-old Cal State Fullerton student who has worked in the kitchen at Mikey’s for almost a year. “The knuckleheads are the hardest to make because there’s so much in it, but they’re awesome,” Canterbury said. “As easy as the food is to make, it’s all really good.” Before Mikey‘s opened at 3159 Yorba Linda Blvd. the location was home to Homer’s, a sports bar that was slowly losing business. Seeing an opportunity, Mike Winters called his childhood friend Paul Bodet to discuss opening their own bar. “Homer’s was a nice neighborhood bar, and I wanted to bring it back to life,” Winters said. Bodet and Winters grew up in Wyckoff, New Jersey and had always wanted to own their own bar or restaurant. Winters moved to California over 10 years ago and Bodet moved here about two months before Mikey’s opened in December of 2004. Since their opening, Mikey’s has nearly doubled the items on its menu, adding appetizers, salads and cold sandwiches. With the success of Mikey’s, Win-

ters hopes to open a chain of Mikey’s French Dips across Southern California. Another benefit to the success that Mikey’s has seen is their recent 1,200 sq. ft. expansion. Just a few weeks ago Mikey’s opened the “new side” of the bar. It has six TVs and boasts five additions to the beers on tap, including Belgian-style beers Blue Moon and

Fat Tire. In addition to Friday night trivia, Mikey’s will be alternating Monday nights between karaoke and Guitar Hero tournaments starting at the end of March. Their expanded room can be rented out for team or private parties upon request. Their full bar is staffed by knowledgeable and talented bartenders,

who can make almost any drink or “Fishbowl” upon request. The fishbowls are 72 ounces of rum and citrus vodka based drinks and are available for parties of three or more. Mikey’s has a different special for food and drinks each day. To find out more go to www.mikeyssportsbar.com, or stop in for a dip and a drink.

By Daniel Suzuki/Daily Titan Staff Photographer

Kiel Canterbury tosses pizza dough towards Jimmy Rodriguez in the kitchen of Mikey’s Sports Bar.

St. Patrick’s Day festivities start at Irish Fair St. Patrick’s Day starts early in Pomona with the L.A. County Irish Fair BY Melissa Pollard

Daily Titan Staff Writer news@dailytitan.com

St. Patrick’s Day is here and the party has already begun. The sixth annual Los Angeles County Irish Fair and Music Festival was held last Saturday and Sunday at the Pomona Fairplex. The Fairplex was decorated from top to bottom with clovers, shamrocks and the color green. Green water flowed from the

ground’s water fountains. Men, women and children were dressed in green and kilts. MacKinnon’s Kilts, a traveling kilt vendor, was located in the center of the festival and had lines of people waiting to buy kilts. The kilts cost $125 and came in sizes from toddlers to adults. Breanna Wilson, 21, a student at Citrus College studying Forestry, travels with Mackinnon’s to different festivals every weekend selling kilts. “This is my first year at the L.A County Irish Fair, and I am having a great time. The crowd seems to be having a lot of fun,” Wilson said. The kilt sellers’ motto is, “Drop Yer Drawers.” A bell rang every time someone who came to the festival wearing

shorts or pants walked away wearing a kilt. The festival and music fair offered a variety of entertainment. There were eight stages placed throughout the venue that offered Irish cultural music from bands such as Gaelic Storm, the Mulligans and many others. The festival also offered other traditional cultural aspects. The 42nd Highlanders Regimental Pipes and Drums performed on the Irish Bazaar Stage late Saturday afternoon. Composed of 11 pipers and drummers, the band silenced the audience at the indoor stage when its pipers flawlessly performed “Amazing Grace.” They performed six times at the festival. The festival also offered an array

of different dancers. The Royal Scottish Dancers had the crowds clapping and stomping their feet to the beat of the music. It is believed that this Scottish country dancing is a forerunner of American square-dancing, according to http:// www.dancin-fool.com, a Web site about ethnic dancing in the Los Angeles area. Eva Anderson, 78, who attended the festival with her children and grandchildren, loved the performance. “Their precision is just something else. How they came remember all

the techniques while switching partners, and still end with their original partners, is amazing,” Anderson said. Following the Royal Scottish Dancers on the Failte Stage were the Cripple Creek Cloggers. The cloggers included both children and senior citizens. Megan Rogers, 16, part of the National Championship team Extreme Dance FX, was a standout performer for the Cripple Creek Cloggers. “I kind of got tricked into clogging,” Rogers said. “I wanted to take a hip-hop class and clogging was

cheaper and on the same night. I fell in love with it right away and love performing.” Rogers has been clogging for over five years. Adult admission for the festival was $18. Children age 11 and younger were admitted free. Student admission with a valid college ID was $14. The Irish Fair and Music Festival will be back again next year at the Pomona Fairplex on March 7 and 8. For more information on the event or the performers check out www.la-irishfair.com.


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