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Cal State Fullerton’s 50th Anniversary International Conference will be held on Thursday and Friday in the Titan Student Union. The event is scheduled to bring the perspective of international leaders to campus in an attempt to provide global esposure to campus. Topics such as health, aging, global education and world hunger will be discussed by the various speakers and panels. Attendees will also be able to sample international music and food. For more information go to www.fullerton. edu/50thconference.

A Celebration of a middle-eastern culture at CSUF

Literacy Festival at Irvine Campus

The Community Literacy Festival will be held Saturday, April 19, at Cal State Fullerton’s Irvine campus. “For the Love of Language and the Joy of Learning” is the theme of the 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. festival, which is part of the university’s year long 50th anniversary celebration. The festival will feature authors, a mime, magician and balloon artist, storytelling, book signings and entertainment. CSUF’s President Milton A. Gordon and Claire Cavallaro, dean of the College of Education, are the opening speakers at 9:30 a.m. Presenters include Wave Vidmar, the North Pole solo explorer who broke two world records and wrote a book about his adventure, Elaine Wonsavage, former editor of the “Weekly Reader” for 25 years and Quang X. Pham, a Marine pilot in the Persian Gulf War. Also presenting are Gloria DeLaTorre-Wycoff, author of “Scarred by Scandal – Redeemed by Love: The Triumph of an Unmarried Mother,” Ryan Lederer, the 11-year-old author of “The Adventures of Captain Candy” and Sylvia Lieberman, who wrote “Archibald’s Swiss Cheese Mountain.”

Drivers ambush gas station for 35 cent gas WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Traffic was backed up and police were called to control the crowd after a Wilmington gas station accidentally set the pump price at 35 cents a gallon. The Wilmington Star-News reported Friday that hundreds of drivers flooded a BP station for the cheap gas after the price dropped around 9 a.m. Thursday. Station employee Shane Weller said the price for premium gasoline was supposed to be $3.35 a gallon. He complained that customers paid the cheaper price all day without saying a word. It was all the extra traffic that led station employees to the mistake around 6 p.m. They found it after calling their district manager, looking for permission to changing the price as a way of stemming the flow of customers.

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Travis Sayerook, 20, from Twilight Hookah Lounge, surveys the tools of his trade during the fourth annual Hookah Titan-Up event at Cal State Fullerton.

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Fourth annual Hookah Titan-Up draws a crowd in the quad with traditional entertainment By Steven Martinez

Daily Titan Staff Writer

On another scorching hot April day, the quad was surrounded by crowds of people positioning themselves for a glimpse of the Fourth annual Hookah Titan-Up. The Middle Eastern Student Society [MESS] hosted the Monday afternoon event, which included traditional Middle Eastern music, food, entertainment and hookah. The event was designed to show Cal State Fullerton students the different facets of many Middle Eastern cultures. “The event is to express Middle Eastern culture to CSUF students and deviate stereotypes that people may get from the mainstream media,” senior health science major and event organizer Randa Wahid said. It was also a way for students to get to know the fun side of Middle Eastern culture. “It’s to show them [CSUF students] that we can have a good time,” Wahid said. Among the cultural aspects of the Hookah Titan-Up event

PHOTO By JITESH BHAKTA/For the Daily Titan Senior Randa Wahid, a health science major (left) gives a Henna tattoo to junior Amanda Nashawaty.

was a table with free food featuring many traditional Middle Eastern dishes such as hummus, wara’ ‘anab, rice or meat stuffed in grape leaves, and fatoush, a salad of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and fried pita.

There was also live, traditional Middle Eastern music from the Dandana Band and a sultry belly dancer nicknamed “Daisy” who worked her magic on a crowd of dropped jaws and blushing faces.

A small booth for henna tattoos was set up as well, which attracted many to line up to get their own temporary souvenir drawn on their body. By far, the most popular part of

the event were the free hookahs lining the edges of the quad. Hookah is a traditional Middle Eastern water pipe through which tobacco, often flavored, is smoked and it also functions as a common bond between all Middle Eastern cultures, Yari Maghaddam, a sophomore computer science major, said. “It’s something different, something that shows the cultural bonds between us,” he said. Three to four students gathered at a time around each pipe taking puffs of the sweet-smelling tobacco, engaging in light conversations and enjoying the laid-back atmosphere offered to everyone. “I’m Middle Eastern myself, so why not have fun?” Ahlam Ibrahim, a freshman biology major, said of the event. There were positive reactions from most students attending. “I honestly think it’s absolutely lovely,” Karina Akhmedova, an undeclared freshman said. Still, not everyone was as happy about the nature of the gathering. See HOOKAH, Page 2

Students and professors discuss global warming It is all A symposium features various guests, including one Nobel Prize winner By JUSTINE LOPEZ

Daily Titan Staff Writer

The effects of global warming are becoming an increasing concern worldwide. Among scientists researching the broad and complex issue are Cal State Fullerton professors. The professors will be discussing the issue at this year’s Natural Sciences and Mathematics-Inter-Club Council Symposium titled “Global Warming and Technology,” which is hosted by the ICC of the College of NSM. The two-day event will feature

keynote speaker Michael Prather, co-author of the 2007 Nobel Prizewinning Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change. The symposium will give CSUF students “a better appreciation of the climate system and their role as citizen-scientists in Earth’s unfolding climate change drama,” Matthew Kirby, professor of geological sciences, said. Kirby is one of three professors set to speak during the first day of the symposium. He will discuss the past, present and future of climate change in Southern California by discussing his research on the sediment from the bottom of the region’s lakes. The sediment serves as “an archive of past climate in the area over the past 100,000 years,” Kirby said. “It is critical to have context for present and future climate change.”

The panelist’s diverse areas of study will give students the opportunity to learn about the various ways scientists are exploring the issue, Michael Horn, professor of biology, said. “This is an enormously large and complex topic … and no one person is the expert on climate change,” Horn said. Horn will be speaking about his work as a marine biologist and his research of the effects of global warming on marine populations. His work focuses primarily on the North Pacific, allowing him to examine past climate changes in order to help predict future changes. Horn said he has seen the negative effects that climate change and exploitation have had on the fish industry, especially concerning salmon. He also predicts that much of the West Coast will become more

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dry, causing streams to dehydrate and making spawning difficult. “We’ve had a huge salmon dieoff with competition for water with farmers,” Horn said. Salmon fisheries in Central California and Oregon are feeling increasing pressure to shut down, threatening commercial and recreational fishing, Horn said. He said he hopes the symposium teaches students about how climate change is affecting the Earth, ocean and atmosphere and encourages them to help solve these problems by choosing a career in science. “You can approach climate change from any area of science and find areas where you can be involved,” Horn said. On the second day of the symposium, CSUF students will pres-

Last Saturday in the Ruby Gerontology Center, professor Pamela Fiber-Ostrow’s political science class held an event that revealed to many that most students at Cal State Fullerton are liberal. “I think they’re going to find that


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CSUF students create questions and try to find meaning in data found By HEATHER PERRY

Daily Titan Staff Writer

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Red Cross criticizes Bush over Kabul prison KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – The Red Cross criticized the way the U.S. handles prisoners at the highly secretive Bagram military base, urging reforms Monday that would allow detainees to introduce testimony in their defense. The criticism of the prison goes to the heart of the system the Bush administration uses to justify holding detainees outside the U.S. Jakob Kellenberger, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said many of the 600-plus detainees at Bagram complain they do not even know why they are being held. Kellenberger spent a half day at the prison during a one-week visit to Afghanistan that ended Monday. “They do not know what the future brings, how long will they be there and under which conditions will they be released,” Kellenberger told a news conference. While Kellenberger’s comments were aimed specifically at Bagram, Red Cross Chief Spokesman Florian Westphal said there was “a strong parallel” with the U.S. military detention centers in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


Legalities confuse Texas judge and fate of 416

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) – The judge and lawyers involved in one of the biggest child-custody cases in U.S. history struggled Monday with the legal and logistical morass of deciding the fate of 416 children seized by Texas authorities in a raid at a polygamist sect. “Quite frankly, I’m not sure what we’re going to do,” Texas District Judge Barbara Walther said after a conference that included three to four dozen attorneys either representing or hoping to represent youngsters taken two weeks ago from the Eldorado ranch of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a renegade Mormon sect. The turmoil and confusion deepened Monday when the children were taken by bus under heavy security out of the historic Fort Concho, where they had been staying, to the San Angelo Coliseum. Authorities ordered the move after some of the youngsters’ mothers complained to Gov. Rick Perry that the children were getting sick in the crowded fort. The state is accusing the sect of physically and sexually abusing the youngsters and wants to strip their parents of custody and place the children in foster care or put them up for adoption.


19 indicted in Calif. mortgage fraud scheme

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A defense attorney told jurors Monday that an insurance killings case against two elderly women was a “classic whodunnit” but his client was only involved in insurance fraud and not the murders of two homeless men. “You don’t have a case frequently where two little old ladies are charged with such an atrocious crime,” said attorney Roger Jon Diamond, representing 77-year-old defendant Helen Golay. Countering claims by the lawyer for 75-year-old co-defendant Olga Rutterschmidt, which placed blame on Golay, Diamond suggested that Rutterschmidt had her own plan to kill homeless men, which was unknown to Golay. But he said that when Rutterschmidt, who was to recruit old homeless people, began recruiting younger homeless men for insurance policies.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF RANDA WAHID/CAL STATE FULLERTON MIDDLE EASTERN STUDENT SOCIETY Cal State Fullerton students at the center quad participate in the Fourth Annual Hookah Titan-Up the Cal State Fullerton Middle Eastern Student Society presented.

HOOKAH: A BONDING time on campus From Page 1

“This event isn’t the best way to represent Middle Eastern culture,” Murad Sharif, a senior business management major, said. “Overall,

it’s a stereotypical thing.” Sharif referred to some Middle Eastern people who would not want this party-like atmosphere to be the only representation of their society. “If you’re representing Islam, you

don’t want people to think all you do is smoke and dance,” he said. But MESS is a mixed group of students of different backgrounds and religions, Wahid said. As the Hookah Titan-Up event

came to an end around 2 o’clock and with many of the exiting patrons filled with hummus and tobacco smoke, Wahid hoped the students gained a better understanding of Middle Eastern heritage.

NUMBERS: SURVEYS ARE TAKEN AND STUDIED From Page 1 the student population is more liberal than the population as a whole,” said Rick Criger, a student in FiberOstrow’s OC Political Survey class. Students formed groups and discussed two key questions about health care and immigration, then debated among themselves. A 50-question survey was then distributed to gain individual perspectives in addition to the group results. The group discussions and the surveys were part of a follow-up on a survey that was taken by the Social Science Research Center on behalf of Fiber-Ostrow’s class in March. Sixteen other schools nationwide are also asking questions about is-

sues they have chosen. The survey results will be used in research as “an academic resource as well as a tool for bringing student symposiums back in style,” the Daily Titan reported on March 24. “We will be compiling data for a couple weeks, so it will be some time before we have any preliminary data to share,” said Lindsay Miller, the acting leader while Fiber-Ostrow is away on maternity leave. A panel of experts was available after the discussion to advance toward a solution, but some students realize there might not be a solution. “Students asked the experts, ‘Do other countries have better systems?’ ‘How can we change the rising costs

in health care?’ and ‘How can everyone be insured?’” Carol Caputo, 41, a CSUF student, said. “There aren’t a lot of answers.” Last month, Fiber-Ostrow’s class conjured up questions for a telephone poll that asked students’ opinions about immigration and health care. Once the telephone survey was completed, students were invited to Saturday’s event with the lure of raffle prizes. “There’s all kinds of goodies, like iPod Nanos, desktop computers and parking permits,” Criger said. Aside from the monetary motivation of a $50 gift card to the Titan Shops, students were willingly engaged in the discussion.

“People are pretty into the discussion. People are not divisively opinionated, they’re agreeing that the health care system needs to be improved and it costs too much,” Caputo said. The diversity among all participants did not divide the group. “We all come from different walks of life, but we all agree that we all need health care,” Caputo said. There was also a general consensus among students about the country’s state of affairs. “What we have now is broken and needs to be fixed,” Caputo said. For the full version of this story, go to the Daily Titan Web site at: www.


ent their research projects. Every year, the ASI funds NSM students to attend conferences throughout the U.S. to present their research and it also grants funding to bring

events onto campus, said Samira Qamar, director of administration for NSM-ICC. “The symposium serves to celebrate all their hard work and accomplishments,” Qamar said. Discussions will be held Tuesday

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CSUF professor Scott Hewitt follows passion Scott Hewitt pursues his lab work and running with devotion every day BY Brittany Kunza

For the Daily Titan

As a freshman sitting in a general chemistry class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, chemistry professor Scott Hewitt’s interest was lit up by a laser demonstration. “I thought the laser was so cool and I just wanted to play with the lasers,” Hewitt said. “I didn’t necessarily want to do research; I don’t think I really knew what research was.” In high school Hewitt participated in cross country, but because of recurring injuries, he did not think he could continue to pursue running. “I never thought I could run a marathon because I thought I would get injured first, but I can do it,” Hewitt said. “So long as it is not on concrete.” Despite his own doubts, Hewitt not only continued running, but became an ultramarathon runner. “Running on trails versus cement has one main difference, which is that dirt is able to absorb forces from the stride of a runner whereas concrete or cement, instead of absorbing the force, causes the force to be absorbed by the bodies’ lower extremity joints, which may result in stress fractures, shin splints and increased chances of having arthritic changes to, specifically, the knee,” said Matt Danneker, doctor of physical therapy, athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist at the Athletic Rehabilitation Center in West Covina. Running with this same determination to work with lasers and not willing to take “no” for an answer, Hewitt said, “I just kept on bugging [the professor],” which finally paid off, allowing him a chance to get his hands on the high-tech laser equipment.

By Nathan wheadon/Daily Titan Features Editor Dr. Scott Hewitt’s lab in Dan Black hall is filled with equipment. The laser produced is one-million times stronger than the light needed to blind a person.

“When I was an undergrad, every day I went in the lab was like [it was] Christmas,” Hewitt said. “I felt like a five-year-old kid because you get all these toys to play with.” Initially, Hewitt did not think he would be able to stick with chemistry. “If I hadn’t done [research] as an undergrad, then I wouldn’t be here today. No, no way. I told my parents I was quitting chemistry after my first semester,” laughed Hewitt. Now, with a postdoctoral degree from Cornell University, 27 years of research completed, several articles of published research, a 50-mile ultramarathon under his belt and an educational background that neither he nor his parents expected, Hewitt continues to push. Hewitt runs on Saturdays in the mountains training for a 100-milerun in the Angeles Crest National Forest that will take place in September. Hewitt said a 100-mile-run will require the consumption of about 10,000 calories to sustain himself during the race. This is more difficult for Hewitt due to his hereditary fructose in-

tolerance, which means he cannot break down sucrose or fructose molecules, requiring him to carry snacks with him in a pouch for the duration of the run. At Cal State Fullerton, Hewitt is situated in a nook in Dan Black Hall with a laser lab worth nearly $1 million. It is, “the essence of a mad scientist lab,” Eric Hargis, a CSUF student and one of Hewitt’s research assistants said. Although there are lasers that are a million times more powerful than what is required to blind a person and toxic gases that will eat away skin and possibly be deadly if inhaled, Hewitt said there has only been one minor liquid nitrogen burn in his lab in the 17 years he has been at CSUF. He is currently focused on studying the oxidation of hydrocarbons, such as the reactions that occur in the atmosphere in what he refers to as, “The Laser Project.” “This is exactly what happens in a combustion system, like in your car,” Hewitt said. “Your fuel is being oxidized. It is thought that, possibly, one of the reasons we age is because

the molecules in our body are being oxidized.” Hewitt said the laser project that Hargis is working on involves an Excimer laser, a dye laser, a YAG laser, a mass spectrometer and a high pressure reaction cell valued at a total of approximately $700,000. It was assembled by him and his lab assistants to conduct experiments, which happen on a microsecond timescale. Hewitt’s “scrapping and begging” funded the equipment with several small grants. Hewitt said he even put some of his own money into it. This project’s goal is to use lasers to isolate and look at a reactive intermediate – a short-lived highly energized and reactive molecule, according to www.123-expchemistry. com – present in smog chemistry reactions that has never been seen before. “Everybody thinks it exists, but nobody has actually detected it yet,” Hewitt said. “It is not easy to do.” Hewitt said the California Institute of Technology is using his lab’s previous results that have not yet been published. The two labs are in a race to find the same intermediate

species that Hewitt’s laser project is seeking to isolate. “There is also the thrill of the hunt because we are trying to be the first ones to detect this radical,” Hewitt said. “It pushes us to work harder because we want to be the first to do this.” The long-term benefit is that other people can use the research to figure out ways to improve air quality, engine performance, how to incinerate trash without toxic species as well as look into causes of aging. For unpaid lab assistants like Hargis, the payoff is in the experience. “One of my students had an interview with Intel to work on a mass spectrometer system with semiconductors and out of 300 applicants, they chose him because other undergrads didn’t have this kind of experience,” Hewitt said. Hargis puts about 10-20 hours of work in at the lab each week and although he does not get paid, he said he gets enriched personally. Chris Fernandez, a CSUF graduate and research assistant for Hewitt, spoke about his experience. “I think Dr. Hewitt would even

agree that he is a pretty hands-off person to work for as far as his lab goes. He doesn’t give you much direction if you don’t ask for any advice,” Fernandez said. Interested in atmospheric chemistry and head of CSUF’s Sustainability Task Force, Hewitt fights against pollution both on and off campus. “I don’t drive, normally,” Hewitt said. “Often, I only drive twice a week. I drive to get my groceries and I drive to go up into the mountains on Saturday mornings to go for a run.” Hewitt walks to work nearly every day, even in inclement weather. He lives less than a mile from campus. “I have a really big umbrella,” he said. “It would have to be hurricanetype conditions for me to drive.” Hewitt is dedicated to his career and fighting global warming. His concern is that people today are choosing careers only for the money, not because they have found their passion, like Hewitt, who against the odds, lives his every day working in his laser lab and running on mountain trails.



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Iraqis cutting, running Iraqi security forces said they recently fired 1,300 members, including soldiers and police officers, for refusing to fight opposing Shiite militias. Well done. Because the last thing we want in Iraq is more security. It is not surprising that the dismissal of Iraqi troops comes at the very same time that Gen. Petraeus advocated halting troop reduction. What is even more disturbing is that the move was made due in large part to having police officers work in the same cities that they live in, which causes a conflict of interest for the security forces. Carrying out the orders of superiors is complicated because the soldiers and officers could face backlash from local political and military leaders for doing things unfavorable to their causes. An easy solution would be to have police officers work in provinces different from the ones they lived in, although not as easy as firing them. Of course, the whole mess may just be a case of the U.S.

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enabling Iraq to blunder its way through this civil war. As long as we occupy the region, the safety of the country and its people rests squarely in our bloodied hands. America is in charge of combating opposing forces and because of that, Iraq is free to eliminate as many security positions as they would like. It’s an issue of responsibility and is no different from a teenager coming into adulthood. While mommy and daddy are still footing the bills, little Johnny doesn’t have to worry about his cell phone minutes, gasoline purchases and credit card charges. But as soon as that financial umbilical chord is cut, it is up to John to budget his time and money. Without the presence of hundreds of thousands of American troops, Iraqi security forces would not have the ability to lay waste to so many security jobs. They would be forced to make responsible decisions for themselves instead of relying on George Bush and David Petraeus.

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

Correction Due to a reporting error, actress Michelle Williams’ relationship with Heath Ledger was misrepresented in a column in the April 14 issue of the Daily Titan Titled “THE GOSSIP GIRL: Let Heath Ledger rest in peace.” Williams was Ledger’s ex-girlfriend, not wife. The Daily Titan regrets this error.

April 15, 2008

Going global, ignoring U.S. By Paul Aranda Jr.

Daily Titan Staff Writer

As the Olympic torch makes its trip around the world, the democratic presidential nominees wasted little time in shifting the debate to the upcoming summer Olympics in China to counter the heat both candidates have been under. Both Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama did not hesitate to jump in on the debate over China’s handling of Tibet. Foreign policy is a skill all presidents need, but to win the democratic nomination, Clinton and Obama need to stay focused on domestic issues. The democratic nomination will be won by the candidate who proposes the best solutions to domestic issues, not foreign policy ideas. There will be plenty of time to ad-

dress foreign policy during the general election. Clinton’s campaign has been hit with a couple of miscues that have left her seeking anything to change the topic. She spent weeks salvaging her candidacy after her ill-fated attempt to build foreign policy credentials with her bloated accounts of oversees trips as first lady. To add to her problems, her chief campaign strategist, Mark Penn, was forced to resign over his association with the Colombian government involving free trade legislation that Clinton publicly denounced. Obama has suffered similar damages to his campaign. A few months back, it was reported that an Obama campaign aide allegedly told members of the Canadian Parliament that Obama’s opposition to the NAFTA was only an elections strategy. Soon after, Obama’s long-time

pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., had several controversial statements blasted all over mainstream media outlets. It was no surprise, then, that when the torch relay reached San Francisco last week, both candidates were eager to voice their views on the upcoming Olympic opening ceremonies. Clinton has called on President Bush to boycott the opening ceremonies unless China changes its foreign policy strategies. Obama also favors the threat of a boycott as leverage to work with the Chinese to pursue policy changes. Not to be left out, Sen. John McCain has also expressed the possibility of a boycott. What the candidates need to be careful of, however, is to not let this issue distract them from the real task of addressing domestic issues often overshadowed by foreign policy. To win in Pennsylvania, Clinton

Donkeys and Elephants By Edward Peters

The month of April marks four of the deadliest mass killings in U.S. history – Waco (April 19, 1993), Oklahoma City (April 19, 1995), Columbine (April 20, 1999) and Virginia Tech (April 16, 2007). No place is immune from attacks such as these, not even Cal State Fullerton. On July 12, 1976, custodian Edward Allaway killed seven people in the Pollak Library. Society reacts to these incidents by creating tighter gun control laws and, more importantly, giving up liberties for the sake of false security. But no matter how many armed officers roam cam-

puses to uphold order, there will always be neurotic killers doped up on psychoactive drugs who only wish to inflict pain on others. These killers are a direct response to a depraved culture created, in part, by the media and societal alienation. They serve as the systematic result of a rotting American climate. Now more than ever, there are elaborate security systems being placed on school campuses – including armed police, metal detectors, high-tech surveillance and biometric recognition – and they believe it will deter the next mass killing. But turning schools into prisons will only breed more hatred, creating an ever-flowing trend of psycho killers. It’s time these campuses look at the establishment that spawns such evil, rather than focusing on some stupid, fancy door. Virginia Tech gunmen Seung-Hui

and Obama need to stay focused on domestic topics, not the Chinese governtment. According to an article on, Larry Sabato, a political science professor at the University of Virgina said attacking China is a political winner among democrats because of blue-collar workers’ and unions’ opposition of NAFTA. As a result, many working class people view China as an adversary. Look for the candidates to be more aggressive in addressing the concerns of working class people. Perhaps Obama will give a speech on poverty to go along with his already infamous speech on race. Either way, both Obama and Clinton are going to have to continue to address trade and economic concerns of working class voters, not dip into foreign affairs to divert attention away from the heat they are receiving at home.

School shootings reinforce the reason to bear arms

Cho fits the model of mass killer. A medicated reject who indulged in violence, Cho’s distrust of society turned him to murder. What he did was inevitable and some day soon, another will take up residence in the pantheon of homicidal adolescent angst. As bad as these events were though, we shouldn’t be shocked. On YouTube, hundreds of videos commemorating the Columbine and Virginia Tech killers are viewed every day. These viewers, like all others, are simply a reaction to their surroundings, a byproduct of corporate ideals. The media’s constant bombardment of selfishness, vanity and competition leads to contempt and, in some cases, suicide or homicide. As long as American culture emphasizes immoral values, there will be the occasional Columbine -- and we’re lucky it’s only occasional.

History has shown that a violent, vengeful culture will surely produce our Dylan Klebolds and Eric Harris’s. It’s a sad fact that fearful people must accept, but this does not mean they should give up their Second Amendment right. If people lost the right to defend themselves, the military would assume absolute power and this country would be no different than some fascist, totalitarian state. To give up the only defense against a superior military – or even scarier, an invasion of terrorists and communists – would go against our supposed liberties. Quit ignoring the obvious reality of things and face the consequences, America. Take the blame for what has happened because, after all, you are the reason such madness exists.


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April 15, 2008

Baseball overcomes blown lead Jorgensen leaves Matador tying runs on base as Titans win wild one

Team leadership gives Bryant the edge in the NBA MVP race by simon liang

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by tom sheridan

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After watching a 12-run lead disappear, Cal State Fullerton held on to win a 17-15 slugfest over Big West Conference rival Cal State Northridge on Sunday at Goodwin Field. The Titans (20-12, 6-3) took two-out-of-three from the Matadors (14-16, 4-5) with a 12-0 win on Friday and a 4-2 loss Saturday. “Even though we won the series, we felt like we should have swept them,” CSUF’s Christian Colon said. “Friday night was way too easy and we came out Saturday thinking it was going to be the same, but we just didn’t have the same mentality.” Sunday’s series clincher began slowly with a scoreless first inning for both teams. That did not last long as the Matadors jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Ryan Pineda led off the top of the second with a double down the left field line, then scored on a double to left-center off the bat of Chris Hannick. The Titans answered right back in the second with five of their own. Joel Weeks and Dustin Garneau got things going with singles up the middle. Gary Brown loaded up the bases after getting hit in the head with a pitch from the Matador’s starting pitcher Drew Muren (1-3). That was it for Muren, who pitched 1 1-3 innings and allowed three runs. CSUN’s next pitcher, Peter Mendez, did not fair much better. Mendez hit the first batter he faced, Josh Fellhauer, to force in Weeks from third. A wild pitch by Mendez allowed Garneau to score and the other runners to move up. Colon gave the Titans a 3-1 lead with a line drive single to left center that scored Brown. Erik Komatsu drove home Fellhauer with a hard hit single down the right-field line. “It’s pretty evident that when those two guys [Colon and Komat-

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By Ian Hamilton/Daily Titan Executive Editor Cal State Fullerton junior starting pitcher Cory Arbiso on his way to picking up his sixth win of the season.

su] are rolling, it’s pretty easy to run an offense and score runs,” CSUF Head Coach Dave Serrano said. Komatsu’s hit forced Matadors’ skipper Steve Rousey to call down to the bullpen for the second time in the inning. Paul Tremlin, CSUN’s new pitcher, gave up a single to Corey Jones, making it 5-1. The Matadors put up another run in the top of the third, but the Titans were at it again in the bottom of the inning. CSUF showed great patience at the plate and scored seven runs on four walks, two hit batters and a grand slam by Jared Clark to stretch the lead to 12-2. The Titans tacked on two more in the fourth to make the score 14-2. For a minute the game looked like it would be a blowout, but the Matadors battled back with five runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth

to cut the lead to 14-9. “I was keeping positive thoughts that we were going to get out of it, but then in the back of my mind I was kind of thinking, ‘I don’t think I’ve ever been part of a team that’s given up a 14-2 lead, ever,’” Serrano said. “I’m glad that I still have never been involved in that.” With the game getting a little tighter, CSUF answered back with three insurance runs in the sixth. Colon led the inning off with an infield single, then stole second. Komatsu followed with a single up the middle that scored Colon. Komatsu came home on a single by Corey Jones, and a stolen base by Jones gave the Titans their 76th of the season and a 17-9 lead. “They were getting back into the game and they obviously weren’t going away,” CSUF Assistant Coach

Greg Bergeron said. “We went back to our offense because the score became closer and it was evident they just weren’t going to roll over.” Hannick almost single-handedly brought the Matadors back with home runs in the seventh and eighth innings to trim the lead to 17-14. Hannick finished the game with three home runs and nine RBIs. “I was really impressed as the weekend went on,” Serrano said. “He’s a freshman and he’s pretty hard-nosed and a tough player.” The Titans gave up one more run in the top of the ninth, but Titans’ closer Adam Jorgenson came out of the bullpen to slam the door on the Matadors with the tying runs on second and third. The Titans play again Tuesday at 6 p.m. when they host USC in a nonconference game at Goodwin Field.

With only a couple of games left in the season, the race for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award looks like it’s going to have a Kentucky Derby-type finish. Throughout the season there were four names that got some consideration for the award, but only two have separated themselves from the pack. Sorry, Kevin Garnett. Although you transformed the face of the Boston Celtics and led them to the best record in the NBA, it is not quite enough. Your impact cannot be ignored – anchoring one of the best defenses this season – but you are playing with two All-Stars in Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. Sorry, Lebron James. Your numbers are staggering, but in order to win the MVP you not only have to have the statistics, your team has to win. Even Charles Barkley won the MVP over Michael Jordan in the ‘93 season, despite “His Airness” averaging 33 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals on a team that accumulated 57 wins. So it comes down to the little point guard that could, Chris Paul, and the best player in basketball, Kobe Bryant. Paul is becoming the best point guard in the game and leads the league in steals and assists. When the ball is in his hands, you can’t sleep or he will zoom past you or set up a teammate at the blink of an eye. In the very near future he will definitely compete with Lebron James for the MVP every year and is capable of breaking John Stockton’s alltime steals and assist record. Yes, he is that damn good. But as good as a season that Paul has had, he can’t top the Aston Martin-jumping Kobe Bryant. If you haven’t seen the video, please go YouTube that right now. The decision to choose Kobe

over CP3 is by the slimmest of margins. I would put Bryant at 1a and Paul at 1b. That’s how close it is. But here are my reasons for why KB24 is the MVP this year: 1. He is a leader on and off the court. OK, he demanded a trade, but he also rallied the Lakers and carried them on his back. When you watch Lakers games you see him on the court giving his teammates tips on what to do better. That is what an MVP does. Pretty Jordanesque if you ask me. 2. He is all-NBA on both sides of the ball. Teams double and triple team him, but he still gets it done. If teams defend CP3 like they defend Kobe, he would not be putting up 21 points and 11 assists a game. 3. He has been the best player for a couple years now, but he hasn’t finished better than third in the MVP voting because the Lakers have not won. They sure are winning now. 4. Even with all the injuries on the team, he has kept them in every game. I’ve heard discussions that if the Hornets end up with the number one seed, then Paul should be MVP. But the Lakers haven’t had Andrew Bynum for half the season. If they did, they would not only have the best record in the NBA, but we wouldn’t even have this discussion about who should be MVP. 5. Kobe’s desire and passion to win is so contagious. Even with a broken pinkie, he has kept the ship afloat. He is a warrior and his talent knows no limit. His whole team feeds off his energy and his drive. Everywhere you go – at home or away – you hear the chants of “MVP” for Bryant. You can just feel that this is Kobe’s year. Not only has he made the Lakers relevant again, but he deserves the award. People always have to find something wrong with him, but this season there is no blemish. His resume is as impressive as ever. Voters will also give him the nod because they think Paul will have plenty of time to win this prestigious award. Sorry CP3, this is the year of KB24.

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