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DTSHORTHAND Health improvement conference Friday

Cal State Fullerton is hosting “Nutrition and Wellness: A Novel and Multidisciplinary Approach,” a health conference addressing the relationship between nutrition, obesity and disease on Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. Nutritional scientist Cheryl Rock, professor of family and preventive medicine at UC San Diego, will deliver the keynote address. Rock’s areas of research include cancer, diet nutrition, obesity, vitamins C and D, weight loss and women’s health. The Department of Health Science and the College of Health and Human Development are sponsoring the event in Room 199 of the Kinesiology and Health Science Building.

Greek week at CSUF

Greek week schedule

Thursday 3:00 p.m.: Women’s volleyball and men’s basketball in Titan Gym 3:30 p.m.: “Obstacle Course Spirit” event in Titan Gym Friday 10:00 a.m.: Women’s and men’s football on the athletic fields north of Titan Gym 7:00 p.m.: Associated Students Spring Concert featuring “New Found Glory” at Titan Stadium Saturday 12:00 p.m.: “Lip Sync” competition at Becker Amphitheatern. For more information regarding the events go to the Web site http://campusapps.fullerton. edu/news/2008/209_greek_ week.html.

Cosby tries hip-hop LOS ANGELES (AP) – Bill Cosby’s path has taken him from pudding pops to hip-hop. The 70-year-old has recorded a hip-hop album set for release next month. “Cosby Narratives Vol. 1: State of Emergency” blends the comedian’s concepts and stories with a hip-hop, pop and jazz soundtrack. Cosby said the hip-hop music he hears is profane and degrading. His album is “the opposite of what I think is the profanity for no particular reason, the misogyny for no particular reason,” he said. The album, assembled by Cosby’s longtime musical collaborator Bill “Spaceman” Patterson, contains rhymes provided by guest rappers. The subject matter? “The value of an education. The value of respecting one’s self and ... giving (listeners) a chance to raise their self-esteem and confidence,” Cosby said. Patterson said he was surprised when Cosby first inquired about making a rap record - until the comedian revealed he wouldn’t be the one doing the rapping. “He’s always been involved in music and he was there for the first generation of spoken word,” Patterson said. “He has always understood rap’s potential, but he was appalled by the foul language and the misogyny - the way people used a medium that could be used to elevate people, to open their eyes and provoke thought.”

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PHOTO By NICOLE PADILLA/For the Daily Titan Jacqueline Emriquez participates in this year’s Greek Week at Cal State Fullerton. Proceeds from Greek Week go to Camp Titan, where children get to go swimming, hiking, canoeing and other activities.

More than 750 students participate in activities to raise $15,000 for Camp Titan By THAO LE

Daily Titan Staff Writer

The annual Greek Week has arrived. From April 15-19, all 12 chapters from fraternities and sororities from interfraternities and Panhellenic councils will participate in activities to help raise money. More than 750 students are participating in Greek Week. “Our theme is ‘One Week, One Goal,’” Rachel Smith, co-chair or Greek Week said. “Greek Week’s

goal is to raise money for kids to attend Camp Titan through many activities, [and] we host competitions to promote Greek unity.” Camp Titan is a Cal State Fullerton philanthropic sponsored by the Students Associated Inc. For one week in June, about 150 underprivileged children from Orange County are taken to the San Bernardino Mountains to experience nature and meet new friends. Children from Camp Titan get to experience activities such as swimming, hiking, canoeing and rope courses. The goal is to raise about

$15,000. The event is taking place in quad and Pavilions on Tuesday, on the sports field on Wednesday and Friday, in the Gym on Thursday and at the Becker Amphitheatre and Pavilions on Saturday. Nick Katz, coordinator of Greek Life, said there are many different activities now compared to past years. “We are doing a can food drive which we [hope] to raise roughly 1,200 non-perishable food cans for the Second Harvest Bank Food of Orange County,” he said.

The kick-off on Tuesday had students collecting food cans to be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Around 4,000 cans were collected. Before Greek Week, many activities took place to help raise money for Camp Titan. On April 9, there was a baseball game fundraiser, in which about 150 students went an Angels game and raised about $700, Katz said. Smith said all chapters participated in “Recycle Wars,” where recycled items were turned in and exchanged for money. They raised about $2,600.

They also partnered with the Volunteer and Service Center on campus for a blood drive with the Red Cross. Over 70 students sign up and donated, Katz said. Other events include a clothing drive, sporting events such as relay races and three-legged races, change wars and a lip sync show– all going on during Greek Week. On Saturday at 7p.m., an award ceremony will be held in the Pavilions. The chapters will be awarded in many areas including competition, fundraising, best sportsmanSee GREEKS, Page 2

Recycling rates falling at CSUF may be a cause of concern Awareness A percentage of trash generated is supposed to be recycled under law By JEssica Terrell

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Recycling rates dropped 11 percent at Cal State Fullerton in 2007, hitting a five-year low of 53 percent after switching trash haulers last year. A decrease in construction on campus, new trash haulers, the lack of a full-time recycling coordinator and convoluted state measuring systems are all factors in the frequently fluctuating recycling rate. Under California law, all CSUs are required to recycle, or “divert”

at least 50 percent of their generated waste. Recyclables are thrown in with trash on campus and hauled to a recycling center where reusable materials are pulled from rubbage on an automatic conveyor belt. Jay Ware, general manager of Ware Disposal, the company that won CSUF’s trash and recycling contract in a hotly contested bidding process at the end of 2006, said the drop in recycling rates might be due in part to an increase in rainfall. “There was a lot more rain this year than last year,” Ware said. “Trash gets wet and it gets heavier.” CSUF landscape manager and recycling coordinator, Steve Dugas said that tremendous rainfall can affect trash weight but that 2007 was

actually a very dry year. In fact, rainfall in Fullerton dropped from 8.63 inches in 2006 to 5.26 inches of rain in 2007, according to the National Weather Service. Contrary to Ware’s hypothesis, Dugas said the drop in rates was due to a drop in construction and demolition materials, which usually make up a significant amount of diverted waste. Another unique element of the fluctuating recycling numbers is that the total tonnage of trash generated at CSUF increased from 10,083.9 tons in 2006 to 13,549.640 tons in 2007, despite a relatively minor increase in student population from 35,921 students enrolled in the fall of 2006 to 37,130 students enrolled in fall 2007. The differences in opinions about

the cause of the 11 percent drop are representative of the complicated business of recycling. “Everybody wants to count recycling,” said Christine Knapp, the manager of recycling programs for O.C. Integrated Waste Management, the organization in charge of Orange County’s three major landfills. “But nobody knows how that is counted.” Ware Disposal, which hauls the trash from the main campus, and MG Disposal, which services the separate College Park building, both provide their own diversion figures to Dugas with little university oversight. Dugas said it is standard practice for trash companies to report on their own rates. See RECYCLING, Page 4

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CSUF hosts the fourth annual Justice Summit event with 25 workshops By ERIC BARTOLOME

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Twenty-one-year-old Pomona resident Carlos Amador looked awestruck at the sea of Mexican and American flags. Over 750,000 protesters had gathered at near Downtown Los Angeles in early 2006 to march towards City Hall.


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Britain’s Brown calls for global economy action NEW YORK (AP) – British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called Wednesday for international action to stabilize the global economy and predicted closer relations between the United States and Europe as divisions over the Iraq war come to an end. On a whirlwind day in New York, before heading to Washington, Brown addressed the U.N. Security Council, urging Zimbabwe to ensure that the presidential election isn’t “stolen.” He then met Mayor Michael Bloomberg and had lunch with leading U.S. bankers and financial executives. Over breakfast with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, he discussed Afghanistan, rising food prices, U.N. reforms and a high-level meeting in September on fighting global poverty, U.N. spokeswoman Michele Montas said. Despite uncertainty in the global economy and domestic complaints over his response to the global credit crunch, Brown said he believes Britain and America can enjoy a new decade of growth. He called for coordinated international action “so that the economy is more stable and, of course, (that) we continue to see growth.”


Second mistrial in Miami terrorism case

MIAMI (AP) – The second trial of six men accused of plotting attacks on Chicago’s Sears Tower and FBI offices ended with a second hung jury Wednesday, an embarrassing blow to a case the Bush administration had cited as an example of nipping a devastating terrorist attack in the bud. U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard declared a mistrial when jurors reported they were deadlocked after 13 days of deliberations in the case of the socalled “Liberty City Seven.” The first trial ended in December in a hung jury for the same six defendants and the acquittal of a seventh. Lenard set an April 23 hearing where federal prosecutors say they will announce whether they will pursue another trial. “There’s no way to spin this other than to say this is another stunning defeat for the government,” said Matthew Orwig, a former U.S. attorney in Texas who served on a Justice Department terrorism and national security panel. The defendants were arrested in a June 2006 operation hailed by the Bush administration as a prime example of the post-Sept. 11 strategy of preventing terrorism plots in the earliest possible stages. Yet there was no evidence the group ever acquired explosives or took concrete steps toward staging the attacks; they did have a handgun and a few machetes.


Fresno student shot and killed by police officer FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – A police officer shot and killed a 17-year-old high school student Wednesday after authorities said the teenager clubbed the officer with a baseball bat on the packed, urban campus. The officer fired at the student shortly before noon, after the Roosevelt High School sophomore allegedly came from behind and struck the officer in the head with a crude wooden baseball bat, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said. The officer fell down dazed, and reached for the gun in his hip holster, but the clip fell out. As the student came at him a second time, the officer grabbed a secondary weapon, a semiautomatic handgun he carried as backup, from his ankle holster and fired one or two rounds, Dyer said. The student reportedly died within a few minutes.

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GREEKS: HAVING FUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE From Page 1 ship, spirit and overall. They will also determine how much money was raised during Greek Week. Entertainment Studies major, Chris Encell, 22, who is participating in Greek Week, said he enjoys it. “Bringing the Greek community together is fun – bringing unity,” Encell said. Smith said many parents show their support, all students are welcome to come out and watch the games. “Greek Week is an amazing event for the Greeks to strive for one goal: to help the kids. It is also another way to promote unity within the Greek system and show the school what we are made of,” Smith said. “The week is intense with pride and excitement among all chapters.”

Briana Wellman and Jessica Hensley of Alpha Chi cheer with Ruben Garcia on Wednesday at Greek Week. “The week is intense with pride and excitement among all chapters,” Greek Week Co-Chair Rachel Smith said.

DNA to be taken from feds’ arrests Associated Press

The government plans to begin collecting DNA samples from anyone arrested by a federal law enforcement agency – a move intended to prevent violent crime, but also which is raising concerns about the privacy of innocent people. Using authority granted by Congress, the government also plans to collect DNA samples from foreigners who are detained, whether they have been charged or not. The DNA would be collected through a cheek swab, Justice Department spokesman Erik Ablin said Wednesday. That would be a departure from current practice, which limits DNA collection to convicted felons. Expanding the DNA database, known as CODIS, raises civil liberties questions about the potential for misuse of such personal information, such as family ties and genetic conditions. Ablin said the DNA collection would be subject to the same privacy laws applied to current DNA sampling. That means none of it would be used for identifying genetic traits, diseases or disorders. Congress gave the Justice Department the authority to expand DNA collection in two different laws passed in 2005 and 2006. There are dozens of federal law enforcement agencies, ranging from the FBI to the Library of Congress Police. The federal government estimates it makes about 140,000 arrests each year. Those who support the expanded collection believe that DNA sampling could get violent criminals off the streets and prevent them from committing more crimes. A Chicago study in 2005 found that 53 murders and rapes could have been prevented if a DNA sample had been collected upon arrest.



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He still remembers that morning in late March when he was inspired by seeing hundreds of thousands of people united and dedicated toward a single cause. This coalition of Latino, Korean, Caucasian and other ethnicities were dressed together in white t-shirts, holding up signs in bold print that said “STOP HR4334.” Amador had joined the protesters who were amassed to stop a proposition that, if passed, would criminalize all undocumented residents. “Si se puede! Si se puede!” The crowd shouted. Two years later Amador, a Mexican American, can still hear the cheers exclaiming “Yes we can!” Today he has become a leading activist and is president of two organizations that advocate for immigrant rights. Weeks after the protest, Amador attended the Social Justice Summit at Cal State Fullerton. At the event, he became empowered by the various speakers and workshops. At the summit, he found a way to further engage his community for social change. He is now a planning member for Students ACT (Advocating Civic Transformation), the campus organization that sponsors the annual event. Students ACT will host the fourth annual Social Justice Summit at CSUF on Saturday. The event will provide workshops on dozens of social issues ranging from homelessness, the AIDS crisis, health care to environmental responsibility and much more. With the event, Amy Mattern, program coordinator for the Student Volunteer and Service Center, hopes to offer students and members of the community a way to not only become educated on social is-

PHOTO COURTESY OF AMY MATTERN/Cal State Fullerton Volunteer and Service Center The Social Justice Summit in 2007 featured social justice-related workshops, including one entitled “Higher Education and Challenges for Immigrant (AB 540) Students.”

sues but to take action. “There are so many injustices that are happening right in front of us,” Mattern said. “Either we ignore [them] or we pay attention, but think there is nothing we can do about it. The Social Justice Summit [says], ‘Let me tell you about the topic but [also] let me show you how you can make a differences.’” With such a broad range of topics, Mattern said that anyone who comes out Saturday should be able

to find a topic that they can relate to. From animal rights to human trafficking, the summit is designed to touch a diversity of issues that threaten today’s society. The event will offer three sessions and 25 workshops. Each workshop is designed to be informational, interactive and focused toward taking action. Committee members from Student ACT hope the event will provide a gateway for students who

may know little about social justice issues. “I think students are so busy,” coordinator Michelle Santizo said. “Especially since this is a commuter campus. It’s really hard for students to get involved and know about social issues that are happening around the world.” Santizo views the summit as a way to educate students and citizens to help them take the first steps toward making a difference in issues

that affect the world. Participating in the summit, a person could become influenced to become a volunteer, activist or at the least, a socially conscious citizen, Mattern said. The Summit will feature Suheir Hammad and Staceyann Chin as keynote speakers. Both are authors, poets and political activists. Hammad, a Brooklyn native, is renowned for her two years spent as a performer on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. A hip

hop enthusiast, Hammad is also the daughter of Palestinian immigrants. Staceyann Chin has traveled internationally as a writer and spoken–word poet. A full-time artist, Chin is a Jamaican national who hails from New York City. She has performed in Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. Students ACT is one of eight organizations sponsored by the Volunteer and Service Center, located in the basement of the Titan Student Union. The group is dedicated to promoting civic engagement, social responsibility and increase support and leadership development for student-activists. The group of 20 students spend an entire year planning the Summit, meeting twice a week to market the event, choose topics and organize speakers. The group sponsors two annual events – The Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week each fall and the Social Justice Summit each spring. With every year, the summit has grown in attendance. Four years ago, the first event brought in 170 attendees, Mattern said. This year, Students ACT projects an attendance of over 500 people. For those who want to attend, Students ACT requests that participants pre-register online at www. The event will take place in the Titan Student Union and will begin at 9 a.m. Attendance is free and lunch will be provided. At–the–door entrees will also be allowed. “There’s a lot to do in regards to social justice,“ Amador said. “I wish that people can come to the Social Justice Summit to get empowered to come together to make a change.”

After 30 years, Comm Week remains a big deal for students at CSUF Students take the time to invite guest speakers and organize the CSUF event By ALYSSA DIKITANAN

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Come mid-April, students typically begin to feel the grind of projects and finals and a bit of anxiety. But this time of year also marks the excitement and anticipation of Communications Week. Monday will mark the start of the 30th Anniversary of the first Comm Week, hosted by the College of Communications. Next week, long conferences offer lectures for students from many guest speakers, events and networking opportunities with professionals within the fields of all three communications departments.

“The premise of Comm Week is to bridge academia and the classroom with profession and the work place,” said Dennis John Gaschen, a communications professor and adviser to the Comm Week Task Force for the 10th consecutive year. “[It] started 30 years ago with Norman Nager, the first faculty advisor, and is now one of the cornerstones of the college.” This conference originally started out as a four-day seminar of events, workshops and speakers, but its growth in popularity has extended the seminar to six days. The most intriguing part about this annual program is that it is entirely put on by students from all three departments. The Task Force creates, organizes and implements every last detail of the event, from parking to catering to name tags. “No one realizes that it’s the

blood, sweat and tears of the students who work all semester on this event and without them, it wouldn’t happen,” Gaschen said. This year’s Task Force is comprised of 23 students and three advisors: Gaschen, Faculty Internship Coordinator for the College of Communications Pam Caldwell and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the College of Communications Peggy Bockman. “Being in this class, Comm 497T Event Planning, was a lot of hard work and has changed the way I look at event planning, but I’m glad I got the experience before going into the real world,” said Jenny Tsay, the co-director of the Communications Committee for the Comm Week Task Force. “It’s like an oncampus internship. We received a lot of hands-on experience, which will be beneficial after I graduate.” The class is only offered in the

spring semester and each student’s grade is based on what they have done for their Comm Week committee up to and during the event, Tsay said. “I am amazed by the enthusiasm of the Task Force and all the hard work they have put in so far,” said Anne McNulty, the Comm Week

Task Force CEO. “I mean, this was the first year in which we had two co-chairs running for each of the three committee chair positions available.” Since it is the 30th anniversary for Comm Week and also the 50th anniversary for the university, there are many exciting events taking

place during the week of festivities. There will be a week-long display in the Titan Student Union atrium display cases highlighting milestones from both anniversaries. There will also be a week-long exhibit featuring photography taken by CSUF students in the TSU CenSee COMM WEEK, Page 4



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An American nightmare for those less fortunate COMM WEEK: events By DANIEL MONZON

Daily Titan Staff Writer

The ideal of democracy was discussed in depth at Cal State Fullerton on Monday night in a presentation from keynote speaker Michael Parenti. Speaking to a packed room, Parenti elaborated on his views in “Democracy Education,” a lecture organized by the Alliance of Students for an Equal Education. Parenti emphasized the typical ideal of democracy – People who work hard enough and dedicate themselves to the notion of success can and will achieve the American dream. It is a dream that is said to be possible for everyone, regardless of class or economic status. But the American political scientist and historian is not one of those people who completely believes in that ideal. Parenti said he believes that

working diligently and earning a fair wage are part of an elaborate myth, perpetrated and kept alive by the wealthy. The ultimate goal is to maximize profits at the expense of the worker, he said. “Wealth creates poverty and poverty is a way of creating wealth,” Parenti said. “The way to become rich is by getting lots of people to work very hard, very long and consume relatively little themselves.” The goal is to create more value than people can consume and more product that can be sold, which, combined with the low-paid workers, adds to a surplus of profits for the corporate bosses, he said. One example of an exploiter he gave was James Madison who, Parenti said, was a slave owner. An exploiter could be anyone in the business of making money off other people’s labor, “off their blood, sweat and tears,” Parenti said. The system of wealth and poverty is maintained by people’s gratefulness for having a job – A job that allows the worker to earn a living regardless of the relatively low pay. “The number of people living in poverty is growing at a faster rate

than the world’s population. Poverty is spreading, while the number of billionaires is also growing at a dramatic rate,” Parenti said. “More for the owner means less for the worker. Conversely, more for the worker means less for the owner.” The economic situation is just as bad in other countries, if not worse, Parenti said. Countries like El Salvador or Venezuela are some of the places jobs are outsourced to because it is more profitable for businesses to outsource than it is for them to keep jobs here. There are also less government restrictions in those countries than in the U.S., he said. “The Third World is not underdeveloped, it is over-exploited. It’s not allowed to develop,” Parenti said. Democracy in the economic sector thrives in countries where labor is strong and citizens have rights and human services. Countries without these rights display a lack of social liberties and quality human services. “The class struggle is a key component for democracy itself,” Parenti said. Parenti attributed the declining

standard of living for the average American to the arrival of Ronald Reagan in 1980. Over time, there were work and benefit cutbacks, longer workdays and inadequate health care. An increasing tax burden also shifted onto the backs of the lower- and middle-class, Parenti said “The gap between the superrich and the rest of us continues to grow,” Parenti said. Among those in attendance were Matt Cidillo, who works as a department manager. “Michael Parenti is the best leftist intellectual out there, unlike [Noam] Chomsky, who will go on to make references to nonsense,” Cidillo said. “Parenti is always to the point, he never tied down with verbiage or jargon.” Also in attendance was Anthony Cidillo, a restitution specialist, who had a slightly different view. “I actually agree more with Noam Chomsky on the whole socialist point of view, but I came to see what Parenti had to offer,” Anthony said. “I agree on how we should spend more on globalization than [on] the Pentagon and military spending.”

RECYCLING: SCRUTINIZING New Found Glory to play at THE NUMBERS on campus Cal State Fullerton on Friday From Page 1 “I am not going to go down there and sift through the garbage,” Dugas said. Dugas, who works to increase sustainability in other areas of the campus, such as landscape water use, said there is definitely room for improvement in campus recycling. Acting as the recycling coordinator for the university was not a part

of Dugas’ job description when he was initially hired. Dugas said he hopes CSUF can eventually afford to hire a full-time recycling coordinator. “It’s not that I am not concerned, but quite frankly, I don’t have enough time with a full–time job already,” Dugas said. “I would definitely like to see some improvements.”

Women convicted in murders Associated Press

Two elderly women accused of killing two homeless men to collect millions of dollars in insurance payouts were convicted Wednesday of conspiracy to murder, and one of

them was convicted of the murders themselves. In an unusual step, the jury was to hear more arguments Thursday before deciding remaining counts in the case against Helen Golay, 77, and Olga Rutterschmidt, 75.


Daily Titan Staff Writer

Pop-punk band New Found Glory will headline the second annual Cal State Fullerton Spring Concert taking place this Friday at Titan Stadium. The band The Academy Is will open for New Found Glory. The concert, free to students, is sponsored by ASI productions, an ASI affiliate dedicated to providing students ways to enjoy their college experience. Spring Concert Coordinator Lauren Seipel said she hopes the concert will help alleviate some student stress. “It’s kind of our way of giving back [to the students] and giving them an outlet where they can enjoy student life other than the academic aspect,” Siepel said. Sepel said students who come out

can expect a concert “bigger and better” than the previous year. Last year over 1,100 students came out for the event. This year, marketing through T-shirts, posters and Internet networking sites, Siepel projects that over 3,000 students will come out to see the poppunk bands perform. To put on the concert, over $100,000 is spent from student ASI fees. Students wanting to attend can pick up their ticket at the Info Services desk at the first floor of the Titan Student Union. All guest tickets have been sold out. Tickets will be available at the door for students with a student ID. Also, free parking will be available in Lot G. The doors will open at 6 pm and The Academy Is will open the concert at 7 p.m.


From Page 3 KCET Partnership will host the OC ter Gallery titled, “I AM Exhibit.” Insight Campus Premiere of the Both displays will be open Monday CSUF’s news-oriented TV Series in through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 the Titan Theatre. p.m. A reception will be held at 6:30 On Monday, from 3:30 to 9 p.m., p.m. followed by the airing of two the Radio-TV-Film Society will be episodes: first, “Waging a Living” at hosting a student film screening at 7 p.m and second, “Made in L.A.” the Titan Theatre, showcasing films at 8 p.m. submitted by students to the RTVF The RTVF Faculty Showcase Student Film Awards. sponsored by the Department of This event is open to all students Radio-TV-Film will take place at 7 and they will have the opportunity p.m. that night as well, showcasing to vote for the best film in each cat- the many accomplishments of the egory, Gaschen said. RTVF faculty, Gaschen said. The Department of Human ComOn Thursday, the Society of Promunications Studies will be hosting fessional Journalists chapter will the Forensics Showcase in Ontive- host “Get an Edge: What Journalros ABC in the TSU on Tuesday at ism Groups Can Do for You” a pro4 p.m. fessional journalists network lunch “This is an exciting event because from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in our award-winOntiveros ABC. ning national The Asian debate team Women Entrewill be showpreneurs and the cased,” Gaschen This an exciting College of Comsaid. “And they event because our munications are were recently award-winning national sponsoring the Eplaced fourth Biz Conference in in the nation,” debate team will be the Titan Theatre Gaschen said. showcased. on Friday from The Enter8 a.m. to 3 p.m., tainment and – Dennis Gaschen which is free to Tourism Club CSUF students. CSUF Professor will also host an There is also the Entertainment American AdverIndustry Mixer tising Federation in Pavilion B Regional Student from 6:30 to 9 Competition in p.m. in which students can network Pavilions ABC from 8 a.m. to 7 with people from the industry. p.m. in which ad teams from differTuesday will end with the Poetry ent universities compete to be the Slam in the Campus Pub from 8 to best ad team, Gaschen said. 10 p.m. sponsored by Student OrThe OC Register is hosting a Naganizing Accessing Resources/Inter- tional Writers Workshop on SaturClub Council (SOAR-ICC) and the day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in PavilOrange County Poetry Festival. ions BC. The event gives students the The final event of Comm Week, chance to share their own writing which is off-campus at Dave and with others and compete for first, Buster’s in the Block of Orange, second and third place prizes of is the RTVF Student Film Awards $100, $75 and $50 gift cards, Tsay from 7 to 10 p.m. said. “Although some of the events are The student chapter of the Public invitation only, almost all the events Relations Student Society of Ameri- are free and open to all students,” ca will be hosting the Casino Royale Gaschen said. Industry Mixer on Wednesday, from For the entire listing of events 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Pavilion A. during Comm Week check out From 7 to 9 p.m. the College of http://communications.fullerton. Communications and the CSUF/ edu/commweek/2008.

Key note speaker Michael Parenti claims poverty begets wealth in the U.S.


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16th century Britain comes to Southern California Wenches, wizards and swordsmen gather for the Renaissance Pleasure Fair BY Ericka Santos

Daily Titan Staff Writer

A pebbly road rustled beneath a caravan of cars as they made their way through a dusty lot. Piling out of the minivans and compact cars were not merely just parents and children lathering on the sun screen. Wenches, wizards and swordsman also stepped out into the midday heat. Adjusting their belts and securing beer steins to their hips, 16th century characters made their way toward the front gates of the 46th annual Renaissance Pleasure Faire and Artisans Market. On Saturdays and Sundays until May 18, the city of Irwindale has transformed its 20-acre Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area into the “Port of Deptford.” Here, visitors partake in the experience of re-creating an old English country faire and marketplace. With over 2,000 costumed performers and equally enthusiastic costumed guests, the Pleasure Faire provides a surreal lapse back in time to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. “At the different workshops we offer, we like to say the [Pleasure Faire] is a chance to forget about the current world and its problems,” public relations contact, DanWill McCann, said. While McCann’s position in the public relations department is quite fresh, he said he has been attending the Pleasure Faire for 21 years. As a performer for the event for 15 years McCann has played William Shakespeare, acted in the “Belles of Bedlam,” “The Feast” and still roams the streets of Deptford as Peter Pennywise, an ambitious London actor determined to make a name for himself. As visitors enter through the wooden gates of Port Deptford, they are greeted by merchants inviting them to buy their goods. Floral crowns, colored glass and leather bound journals are just a few of the items sold by artisans at the Pleasure Faire. Throughout the port, guests encounter traveling gypsies, town criers, village mongers and even lay

eyes on the Queen’s Court in the Noble Glades of the village. Forty-one-year-old Ron Drake of Northern California has been attending the Pleasure Faire for 12 years. Introduced to the experience through his mother-in-law, Drake said he enjoys the food, drink and embellishment of the costumes he wears to the event. “It’s a good place to get things personalized,” Drake said. “I got my engagement ring crafted here because the artisans are really willing to work with you.” For his wife Aliece, the Pleasure Faire has been part of her family’s history for over 30 years. She remembers always wanting to dress up as the princess or the queen as a child and not much has changed, she said as she smiled. “I like the time period because it’s romantic and [the Pleasure Faire] is so playful and interactive. It’s just a day to get away from reality,” Aliece said. Sitting beside her was her mother, Charlene McHugh of Long Beach, in an elegant, velvet, green gown. Her regal and joyful demeanor was fit for any royal family member. She recalls the changes she has seen in the Pleasure Faire since 1975. “The costumes now are much more historically correct and it’s probably from being more aware of the time period,” McHugh said. “Before, it used to be very hippie.” While the family happily shared their experiences, a colorful parade of peasants and drummers danced their way through the village streets. Flags and vibrant colored ribbons fluttered against the warm breeze as the music faintly lingered in the dust that settled behind the crowd’s footsteps. On its mission to re-creating “living history” since 1963, the Renaissance Pleasure Faire has traveled from its original host city of Agoura to Devore and this year was unanimously given a 5-year contract by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to call Santa Fe Dam its home. A press release for the Pleasure Faire boasts of receiving more than 5 million visitors from around the world since its inception. The admiration and respect from the Pleasure Faire’s followers is even more apparent when McCann men-

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photos By Ericka santos/Daily Titan Staff Writer The Pleasure Faire attracts all types of people, many of who wear 16th century attire. Above: Men and women wear Elizibethan-era garments, dance, sing and drink from goblets. Below: An artisan shop offers faire paitrons hand-crafted goods.

tioned that some people still visit the Agoura faire site to hold picnics in remembrance of where the event was held for 21 years. Reconstructing the old English theme in the gourmet foods, craftsman and entertainment provided by the Pleasure Faire takes a huge amount of dedication from various members of its staff. The extravagance that goes into creating the yearly event is propelled largely by the love its staff harbors for the project and their desire to make each year better than the last, McCann said. The hard work invested into the Renaissance Pleasure Faire has not gone unappreciated. The dynamic 16th century experience brought over 12,000 guests in its second opening weekend, McCann said. For faire goers like McHugh the Pleasure Faire’s peaceful atmosphere and joyful festivities will continue generating lifelong memories. “I love that this can be a multigenerational event because now my daughter is bringing her children and it’s something we can all be a part of,” McHugh said.



April 17, 2008

Over 150 prints shown in visual arts center CSUF’s collection of original prints shown in visual arts department BY Sarah Mendoza

Daily Titan Staff Writer

In celebrating Cal State Fullerton’s 50th anniversary, a collection of prints acquired over the past 30 years by G. Ray Kerciu, a retired faculty member of the Visual Arts Department, are now on display in the Main Art Gallery in the Visual Arts Center. The prints were only shown once before, in 2001. The collection includes over 150 prints from the 16th century, ‘60s and ‘70s and well-known artists like Andy Warhol, Alexis Smith, Lita Albuquerque and Sam Francis. Thirty prints were donated from the New York collection for Stockholm, Mike McGee Director of the Main Gallery and Exhibition Design Program at CSUF, said. The Stockholm collection is a portfolio of prints produced in 1973 and published by experiments in art and technology at Syria Studio in New York. After 37 years of collecting prints, Kerciu said “This is an important show because it bridges a gap from hundreds of years to the most contemporary artists.” Also included in the show are four prints, which are the product of a collaboration between master print makers and artists, made in 1979. Dextra Frankel, former CSUF gallery director, put together a show

By Damon casarez/Daily Titan Staff Photographer The collection of original prints will be in the Visual Arts Center until May 8. Former faculty member G. Ray Kerciu collected the prints over a 30-year period. The collection is made up of over 150 original prints, including some work by Andy Warhol.

where an audience was able to sit in on the lithography process and watch as artists and master printers made their magic. The show was called “Gallery as Studio: Lithography and Society.” The prints only occupied storage space prior to the show. Now on display together, they have the chance to document history. Initially, the collection started out as a historical collection. Then, after so many years and

prints, it was decided to display them all together, lifting them from the dust, McGee said. “It is a sad thing that these prints have been in storage all these years,” McGee said. “Now we have a chance to show them off.” The university is applauded for making use of the donated work. “It’s because our prints are facilitated that the Andy Warhols were donated,” Kerciu said. Although many of the prints Kerciu collected were donated, many

were bought. Several that were bought for around $10 are now worth thousands, Kerciu said. Kerciu may have done half the work by collecting so many prints, but Martin Lorigan, curator of the collection, created the space to display the prints. Lorigan and students from the exhibition design program constructed the setting for the collection. “The show looks great because of the student participation we had involved in it,” Lorigan said.

Typically, students put on shows displaying their work, which is later placed into a catalog for potential employers. For Elizabeth Little, who is a graduate student in the exhibition design program, creating the space to display over 150 works from CSUF’s collection of prints was only half the job. The display took about a month to create. Not only is this collection a display of historical prints, it is also a display of the programs fostered on campus.

Little previously completed an internship at Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Arts. Many of the curators there were impressed that an exhibition design program was offered at CSUF. “There should be more programs out there like this,” Little says. “It gives students an idea of what the environment is like.” The print collection will be on display in the Visual Arts Center Main Gallery until May 8. Admission is free.

Tennessee Williams’ classic play comes to CSUF Joe Calarco (Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon) and Meredith Hinckley (Maxine Faulk) in Cal State Fullerton’s production of Tennessee Williams’ “Night of the Iguana.”

People discover their identity in ‘Night of the Iguana’ at CSUF BY Keturah Miller

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“Night of the Iguana” takes place during World War II at a beachside cabana in Mexico. According to Cal State Fullerton director Kevin Slay, the plot of the play is about the complicated Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon, who is played by 30-year-old acting graduate student Joe Calarco. Reverend Shannon has been working as a tour guide for a group of Baptist school teachers giving tours for approximately 10 years. Shannon would love to get back into ministry but is hesitant due to his large drinking problem and a bit of a sexual problem. He was banished from the church due to fornication and heresy. Shannon quickly found himself in a lot of trouble for sleeping with a young woman in the tour group, according to Slay. The Reverend decides to try and collect himself and tries to find refuge at the Costa Verde Hotel. Costa Verde is owned by a very lusty and seductive widow, Maxine Faulk, who is played by 27-year-old drama graduate student, Meredith Hinckley. Faulk's mission is to have the reverend stay with her and help him, according to Slay. Another party that arrives at the hotel is a spinster painter, Hannah Jelkes, played by Leelee Lawler. Jelkes and her grandfather Nono, "the world's oldest living practicing

poet," scam tourists. Shannon convinces Faulk to let the scammers stay one night. Over the course of the night, Faulk and Shannon develop a very strong connection and an unlikely friendship, according to Slay. Slay said the play does not have a big plot and is more of a characterdriven play. “Night of the Iguana” is a metaphor in that over one night, each of the characters in the hotel are forced with issues concerning identity. The characters are challenged with how they want people to see them versus how they are actually seen by everyone. "It's like the iguana is tied by the rope, and how is the iguana going to break free from the rope .... how are Maxine, Shannon, Hannah and Nono going to break the rope, which essentially unleashes all of the problems associated of the past, fear, guilt and how to move forward," Slay said. People are fighting to come to terms with how they want others to see them, which may not be exactly the way they want to be portrayed, Slay said. "Yes, we have growth and change, but how and why ... are we fighting to be status quo or can we be comfortable and happy with who we are now?" Slay said about the underlining story in “Night of the Iguana.” Hinckley said that her character, Faulk, is just awesome, fun, outgoing, honest and totally “out there.” "I love the first scene where Shannon and Maxine get introduced at the very top of the play," Hinckley said. Calarco's favorite scene is the very end of the first act. "Shannon is going through an emotional crisis, meets Hannah and they battle the storm together ... it's

a very beautiful moment," Calarco said. One of the other themes in the “Night of the Iguana” is spirituality, Calarco said. "These days religious tolerance is such an issue in the world that everyone deals with .... the play is beautiful and showcases that," Calarco said. Originally from Santa Maria, Calif., Slay has experience in religion, receiving his Bachelors of Arts in Biblical studies and Christian Theology from Life Pacific College in San Dimas. He has directed several plays, the most recent being “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” in fall 2007. "Quite frankly, the ‘Night of the Iguana’ is my favorite play that I have directed," Slay said. Slay lives, eats and sleeps the arts. "I have always wanted to be in the arts and theater since I was little," Slay said. According to Calarco, “Night of the Iguana” is extremely complex and interesting. "It's a great reason to see it," he said. Tennessee Williams is a classic playwright, according to Hinckley. "This is American theater at it's best ... you have to see it," Hinckley said. The cast also includes Victoria Marcello as Judith Fellows, Brynne McManimie as Charlotte Goodall, Collin Hurst as Hank, and John Klopping as Jake Latta. Advance sales tickets cost $9 ($8 with advance Titan student discount and seniors). At the door, tickets are $9. Tickets are available at the Performing Arts Box Office (714) 2783371. The box office is open from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mondays through Friday and one hour prior to performances.

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Voters reach for stars Bruce Springstein has officially endorsed Barack Obama for president and thousands of blue-collar Americans everywhere will throw their support behind the Illinois senator. Or at least that’s the idea. In reality, do celebrity endorsements really get a political hopeful into office? As scary as it may seem, many of today’s youths are more interested in the pathetic MTV hit, “The Hills” than the next democratic presidential debate. So when “Hills” star Heidi Montag declared herself a proud Republican who is voting for John McCain, the Republican Party ate it up. According to Time Magazine’s blog site, McCain called the endorsement an “honor,” and proclaimed that he never misses an episode of the reality show. Media juggernaut Oprah Winfrey has publicized her endorsement of Obama – and who wouldn’t want that? If Oprah tells Americans to read a book, it becomes a best-seller. If Oprah mentions her favorite cupcake flavor, it flies off the shelves. So wouldn’t the same apply to our nation’s president? That was the hope of the Obama campaign. In fact, many Hillary Clinton supporters worried the power of

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Oprah would pull away the female vote they had been counting on. Even Chuck Norris announced his official support for former presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee Unfortunately, many Americans take these endorsements as a cheatsheet on who is the most worthy candadate. Instead of researching the platforms and opinions of politicians, many just look to their favorite star to decide for them. The strong influence of celebrity in today’s society is undeniable, and stars seem to have no intentions of politely keeping their political opinions to themselves. But when a man famous for sidekicks and uppercuts is publicly voicing his political opinion, maybe it’s time to question these now prolific celebrity endorsements. Celebrities should let their fans make up their own minds on who to vote for, and simply encourage the public to vote in the first place. All the time and energy many celebrities put into campaigning for one candidate would likely prove much more beneficial if it was spent convincing young people to let their political voices be heard. That way, though it may still be awhile before Americans are more interested in politics than pop culture, at least Heidi Montag won’t help them decide who to vote for.

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Taxing us into piracy Digital downloads may soon carry an additional sales tax

By Joshua Burton

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Assemblyman Charles Calderon wants to open debate about what a taxable good is in our new technological age. He is initiating this by proposing a bill that would render movies, MP3s and other non-physical entertainment to be subject to sales tax in California. This subject has come up right around the time that the California legislature needs to find more efficient ways to compensate for the $16 billion deficit. This is all in light of the fact that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger promised the state no tax hikes. Fearing deep fiscal cuts – and the anger sure to be shot at them from all sides – the legislators are, no doubt, scrambling for ways to avoid being crucified by their constituents. Putting a sales tax on downloadable media feels just like one of those ways. The fancy part of this plan is the fact that, on its face, this proposition looks fairly clever. Unscrupulous thinkers would assume that people under 25 comprise the majority of those who regularly

download music, movies and other entertainment. The youth of our nation is also the quietest of the social classes in the political arena. They don't show up to vote and they don't organize the biggest rallies. Attacking them is like slaughtering a mute pig in the dark. No one is the wiser. Of course, this is assuming that only young people make use of the Internet. You know the Internet, that thing that has revolutionized the world economy and continues to make our planet smaller. I think it is safe to say, given the popularity of the iPod, that young people aren't the only ones utilizing online entertainment, especially given the price of an iPod these days ($349.99 at Best Buy for an iPod Classic). Besides, kids aren't the ones with liquid cash to be spending on legitimate downloads – adults are. The same adults who make money, vote and write angry e-mails. This is supposed to be a solution to the budget crisis. However, even a slight increase in the price of a download could drive even more


consumers to the gigantic black market of illegal downloads, and that won't bring in the dollars like Calderon wants. A ety of

sources lay at kids' fingertips for obtaining illegal copies of albums and movies, so it wouldn't take much to get kids to stop sticking with legitimate copies of their favorite artists. Calderon says he wants to open debate about what a taxable good is. With so many things going digital – books, calendars, recording equipment, etc. – the marketplace for creative goods that can be bought online has grown into a huge industry. Sales tax would indeed increase the amount of money a government could make off of its people. However, the notion that doing business is a privilege like driving a car is somewhat silly. No government in a capitalist

society could run without a robust economy, so the mere notion that we have to pay a tax just to do business is unfair to begin with. Calderon, and many democrats, would disagree. This issue is only on the table because of the budget crisis. Calderon probably believes that this increase in money will help the state's economy out of its problems. Unfortunately, the huge public deficit isn't about a lack of money, it is about the mismanagement of money we have. Giving lawmakers more money may partially fill the hole they have dug, but unless we take away their shovels, it won't do much good in the long run. Perhaps, instead of bipartisan fights about how to solve the problem, legislators should just combine the practices of raising taxes with cutting public spending. Expanding the definition of a "taxable good" to cover beloved escapist venues such as music, movies and, heaven forbid, pornography, would only limit the public's ability to get away from the economic problems they face outside of cyberspace.



Letter to the Editor The article titled “DONKEYS AND ELEPHANTS: School shootings reinforce the reason to bear arms” is one of the worst articles I’ve ever read in the Daily Titan, which makes me wonder if the last four paragraphs were sarcastic. Assuming they weren’t sarcastic and I’m not an idiot for seeing the obvious signs of sarcasm I sincerely write the following. You use the following point as your main argument for the Second Amendment to stand: “If people lost the rights to defend themselves, the military would assume absolute power and this country would be no different than some fascist, totalitarian state,” and then go on to link communists with “terrorists”. I’m not going to lie; when I was on the bus riding home from school, I laughed out loud. Do you really think if (or when) there is some sort of revolution or our government becomes oppressive enough to the point where we have to fight against them, that bullets will decide the war? Last time I went to the supermarket, a revolutionary meeting, or Newport Beach for that matter, I didn’t see an Abrams M1 tank parked in the parking lot. Last time I tried buying a F-22, they told me that I couldn’t have one. I, of course, pouted off in a fit of rage. Point being that our government has much greater killing

force than the people. The “revolutionaries” in a theoretical revolution would fight by influence, numbers and guerrilla tactics. We’re not lemmings. Guns aren’t great. They do come in handy to defend yourself against a pissed off gas station worker who has a dangerous pot of scalding hot coffee and doesn’t understand your money situation. Or when the rival crew on the other side of town is coming for you because you’ve shorted them a pound of crack and raped one of their moms. They are also very helpful when flesh-eating pheasants fly toward you with their talons yearning for blood, or when a plane is flying into a building. If you have a sniper rifle in your briefcase, you could pick off the radical in the cockpit. So maybe you’re right, guns should be able to be carried around in everyone’s suitcases. Hell, they should be handed out in high schools when the children are old enough to handle the recoil of them. Maybe I’ll send that to the president as a Homeland Security proposal. I could go on, but I think you have at least gotten a taste of my point. Eric McDonnell CSUF student Biology major

Frying the end of a friendship At what point do you write off your friends? When do you finally stop paying patron to some of your friends like those take-out places that have had less-than-stellar food or service the last couple of times you’ve gone? When do you play mad scientist in the car by making up mental timetables and graphs for those in your life? When do you go Nixon and cackle as you mark up a hate list you’ve been sweatily carrying around for months? You’ve known some since your mother dressed you and some since your father taught you how to drive. But would you be friends if you met some of them now, when your mother asks you how work is going and your father wants to know if he’s claiming you as a dependent next tax season? How many times do you have to bite your tongue so your mouth fills up with blood before you finally start sewing up the scars? How many times does the distance swell up the room? And it’s only a few of them that you evaluate, but you wonder about your relationship with them every time they infuriate you. The first two Christmases of

April 17, 2008

Jake’s Take college were challenges, especially. You brought new people into your life as a college student, but stayed in touch with those who kept you busy during high school weekends. If you went away for school, remember how weird it was to come home to your old friends? If you stayed local for school, remember how weird it was for your old friends to come home? You always showed up to these reunions with prepared dialogue in your head and an uneasy feeling that you brought the wrong item to the pot luck. And now, a first-person narrative revisit: You park the car and stare at the house, saying something cliche that you think you heard in a movie, like “Here we go again” or “Christmas is finally here.” “I feel so stupid for bringing chips. Everybody brings chips,” you mumble as you make your way across the lawn, groceries in hand. But then, nobody ever brings seven-layer dip. Your past is strewn about the living room and kitchen, all with lips that you missed, hugs that feel awkward and handshakes that blast pseudo-confidence. An old friend that you’ve lost a good amount of contact with approaches you and asks you what you’ve been up to. You throw out your introductory sentence, leading into an explana-

tion of school, work and travel. But you’re cut off. And by the time you realize that you’ve been blindsided, the initial inquirer is already a few sentences into their wonderful significant other that you’ve never heard of or met. You realize that they have bamboozled you. Bored within minutes, you begin to replay your favorite scenes from “Star Wars” in your head and see if any of the lines match up to whatever the person is saying about their great job or delightful vacations. There is now a slight sense of resentment illuminating your insides. You break your stare momentarily, listen for 10 seconds and gleefully remark, “Oh, you studied abroad? How was that?” In another 10 seconds, you will silently observe that it almost looked like the person said, “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” “Oh, that Darth Vader,” you think, giggling slightly to yourself. You wish he was at this party. By the time the person says something about his slick new car, you’ve already moved onto more philosophical questions. You ask yourself, “Why didn’t Wedge get more screen time?” Growing wildly bitter and edgy, you excuse yourself from the conversation to use the bathroom. You slide between two acquaintances talking about a celebrity

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you’ve never heard of in a movie you remembered hating. You find yourself sighing in relief once you close the bathroom door. You don’t have to struggle in faking enthusiasm for a solid few minutes. You catch your reflection in the mirror as you take a piss. “Why do I still come to these parties?” you ask yourself aloud in the mirror. There’s a long, awkward staring contest between the two of you. “The good salsa. Remember? They always have that really awesome salsa you love at these holiday parties,” your reflection replies aloud in the mirror. And with these friends, when tallying up the pros and cons, you may start to stretch what you consider redeeming. Maybe it’s the good salsa this time and it’ll be that they used to give you rides to school the next. Finally, it might just be that you don’t know how to break up with some of your friends. I mean, when do you write them off at long last?

Dr. Phil tries to ‘help’ people, and we rightfully bash him Someone must step in when the good ‘doctor’ gets into people’s affairs By Sarah Cruz

Daily Titan Staff Writer

We need Dr. Phil McGraw. Clearly, he is America's savior. In a time of rampant reality show debauchery, teen violence and an altered definition of reality, Dr. Phil sits majestically atop the hill of our society's television excrement as its

moderator and guide. With his crown of brown hair clinging desperately to the dome of his shining cranium, he doles out snippets of wisdom in a pleasant southern drawl. Crack addicts, adulterers, liars, cheaters and unmotivated housewives all gain from his prodigious knowledge of life skills and conflict resolution. Without Dr. Phil to publicly rake people across the coals of their failures on national television, viewers would not know how to get along with their spouses, stop their gam-

bling addictions or give up their secret pot dealing businesses. But recently, Dr. Phil and his staff were criticized for bailing Mercades Nichols out of jail. You may know her as one of the teenage girls shown beating the daylights out of a fellow high school student in a popular new video on YouTube. In the video, Nichols and her friends are shown repeatedly punching the victim, Victoria Lindsay, who apparently spread gossip about the assailants. Nichols and the other culprits

were remorseless and laughed at the authorities while in custody. Dr. Phil's staffers went to Florida and paid for at least part of the bail for Nichols, reportedly waiting outside the entrance to the jail to shield her from other TV crews by saying they had an 'exclusive' with her. This, of course, has the critics up in arms about Dr. Phil's presumption and lack of tact. But what the critics fail to realize is that Dr. Phil's show footed the bill for bail because he alone can save her. We can count on Dr. Phil to speak

to the young, misdirected woman and coax her on to the path of healing. Just look at his successful scenario with Britney Spears. He burst like gangbusters into her hospital room to stage an intervention. Was he being nosy and pompous? Did he do it just for TV ratings? Was he capitalizing on a starlet's obvious mental instability to further his career? Outrageous, to say the least. He knew he was the only one who could part the sea of paparazzi and stop Spears from providing fodder for further coverage of her foibles.

No one could be more qualified to step in the middle of a deeply personal situation, uninvited and unannounced, and bring clarity to the chaos. I call it the Dr. Phil Divebomb. He ambushes these unwitting souls with the intention of ridding them of the demons and bring them to the light of psychological wellness. And he does it all in front of a live studio audience. We are lucky and blessed to have him among us mere mortals as he works his magic and changes people’s lives.

April 17, 2008


Imagine Fullerton basketball without Coach Bob Burton March Madness was a good time. I followed four No. 1 seeds that advanced to the Final Four, ruining my brackets and losing out in my office pool along the way. The highlight for me was watching the Titans men’s basketball team give Wisconsin a run for their money. But if rumors are correct and coaching changes are looming over the horizon, the Titans may have to do without the coach who has done so much for this program. Sound familiar? I sure dismissed those rumors about former baseball Coach George Horton at the time when he was supposedly reluctant to revive the Oregon Ducks baseball program, but now I have learned to pay some attention to them, so pardon my paranoia. The University of San Francisco hired one of the leading executive search firms in the country, DHR International, to hire a head coach for their basketball program. So it was no surprise that Titans Head Coach Bob Burton was reported to be a leading candidate for the job.

For two months, warriors will take the ice playing with broken bones, torn ligaments, missing teeth and growing beards that would make the Vikings proud. The best athletes in the world are on display and they are playing in the National Hockey League. Fortunately for the league, the best players are in the playoffs this year and just maybe this time people will take notice. Not since the late 1980s and early 1990s has the NHL seen players who can be the face of the franchise and even the sport. Gone are Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Mark Messier, but in their place, three new stars have emerged. The play of Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin have made every game they’re involved in seem like a work of art. Each member of the trio is under 22 years old and they are already seen as


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People forget that Burton graduated from Fresno State and coached in Northern California, leaving his mark at every school he was affiliated with. So it was no surprise that he has interviewed for the job in Northern California. His resume speaks for itself: In 21 seasons at West Valley Community College he earned eight conference championships, nine conference Coach of the Year awards and four California Community College Coach of the Year awards. From there, Burton helped clean up the Fresno State program by guiding the program to a surprising 20-8 record and winning the Western Athletic Conference championship. Burton is as distinguished as he is respected. Burton was the pinnacle of a hard-working coach in the junior colleges, finally earning his way to a mid-major school. Like the students he would later coach, he essentially transferred to Cal State Fullerton and thrived. Under his watch, he has seen transfer players such as Josh Akagnon and Mid-Major All-

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American Honorable Mention Scott Cutley lead the team to the NCAA Tournament. Burton has been the embodiment of the CSUF spirit in his time here. Like the rest of us, he worked hard for years and will be leaving CSUF a better place than when he found it. Many of us graduating this May will remember the friends we made, random hook-ups, parties and occasional class sessions. For me, it was the countless baseball games at Goodwin Field, and more recently, watching the Titans square-off against those big home-bred boys from Wisconsin in the TSU Underground with my classmates covered in blue and orange, eating free cake. This is the legacy Burton will leave if he does choose to take another job – he, along with his players and coaching staff, made us proud to be Titans. Recently, Burton expressed his desire to stay in Fullerton to the Orange County Register. Good news, but let’s cross our fingers. And while it may be hard to hear rumors of him leaving, we can sleep

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soundly knowing how far our school has come and how bright our future is. The foundations have been set and the example has been shown. While a part of us will dread the prospects of Titans basketball without Coach Burton, there is a point where we all must move on. For many of us it will be this May. But I will continue to hope that future students will be able to follow March Madness in the Underground, rooting for the Titans again. It was one hell of a game, one hell of a run and one hell of a season. Let’s hope there will be many more to come.

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the three best players in the league. The Pittsburgh Penguins duo of Crosby and Malkin play with the precision of surgeons. They dissect every facet of the game that makes one wonder how a team with these two stars could ever lose. And so far in the playoffs, they haven’t. If the Penguins can keep both players locked up for the long-term, they will one day make the combination of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen seem second-rate by comparison. Last season Crosby became the youngest player ever to win the Hart Trophy for the league’s Most Valuable Player and this year’s vote will come down to Malkin and Ovechkin. With Crosby out for 29 games this season, Malkin stepped in and took over for Sid the Kid. He finished second in the league in scoring and guided the Penguins to the second seed in the Eastern Conference.

On the other side, Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals went on a tear at the end of the season to qualify for their first playoff appearance in five years. The Capitals won 12 of their last 13 games to take the third seed in the east and the Russian sniper won the Art Ross Trophy for most points and the Rocket Richard Award for most goals. Ovechkin plays the game the way it should be, with enthusiasm that makes everyone remember why they fell in love with the game in the first place. His play in the first round against the Philadelphia Flyers has the teams locked up 1-1. However, in the first game, Ovechkin showed why he will likely win his first MVP award. Alexander the Great set up the tying goal and scored the game-winner singlehandily to set the Capital faithful into a frenzy. That’s why these three players

Fullerton, Calif. - Perhaps indicative of the balanced attack the team possessed this season, the individual awards presented at the annual Cal State Fullerton men’s basketball banquet were spread throughout the roster. Voting by teammates ended in a three-way tie for Most Valuable Player among Josh Akognon, Scott Cutley and Frank Robinson. The Captains award was also shared among three players – Cutley, Robinson and Marcus Morgan. Morgan grabbed the Drew Awad Courage Award, which is named for

the former Titan who succumbed to leukemia in 2005. The most improved award went to Marcio Lassiter. The Titans enjoyed their best Division I record in school history at 24-9, sharing the regular season Big West Conference championship and winning the post-season tournament to earn the school’s first berth in the NCAA Tournament in 30 years. Six players will graduate – five in spring and one in Summer – including Cutley, Robinson, Morgan, Ray Reed, Andrew Green and Kenneth Alexander.


Jeff Kaplan named Pitcher of the Week

Irvine, Calif. - Senior Jeff Kaplan earned his second career Easton Big West Pitcher of the Week award with a complete-game shutout over Cal State Northridge, as announced by the league office. The Titans’ Friday night starter tallied his third career completegame shutout and matched his career high in strikeouts with 11.

Kaplan retired 13 of 14 Matadors between the first and fifth innings. The Dana Point native improves to 16-4 in his Titan career and lowered his season ERA to 4.80. This is the fourth week in a row that at least one Titan has won a Big West Player/Pitcher of the Week honor and the sixth time this season.

Women’s Basketball

Two Titans earn winter academic honors

by Michal Olszewski

Daily Titan Staff Writer

are so special and that’s why they will save the league. They may not all play the same way, but they enjoy themselves in every minute of every game. Hockey fans can only hope the trio can stay in the playoffs as long as possible to get the sport more exposure. One can only hope that if the current seeds hold, we’ll see a match-up between all three in the next round of the playoffs. The only thing for sure is if they do meet, it won’t be the last time.

Irvine, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton women’s basketball players Alison Bennett and Sandra Woloschuk represent the Titans on the 2007-08 Big West Academic All-Conference teams for Winter Sports, which consist of men’s and women’s basketball, swimming and diving. To make the teams, student-ath-

letes must maintain at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average, have at least sophomore standing academically and compete in at least 50 percent of his or her team’s contests. Bennett is a senior from Ojai majoring in kinesiology and Woloschuk is a junior from Walnut majoring in philosophy.

Team announces end of the season banquet Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton will stage its annual post-season women’s basketball banquet on Sunday with a 10 a.m. brunch at the Fullerton Marriott.

The cost is $25 per person. For more information about the banquet or to sponsor a student-athlete, contact the Women’s Basketball Office at 714-278-7655. Stories courtesy Titan Media Relations



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CSUF pitching lit up against USC Titans start off slow and lose to Trojans for the second time this year

Down From Heaven Angel bats have been hot, but their pitching needs to improve by Jonathan Kroncke

Daily Titan Opinion Editor

by tom sheridan

So, clearly, the Angels were reading my last column. I called for more hitting and that’s what we got. As of Tuesday, the Angels were leading the league in every offensive category, including batting average, on-base percentage, home runs and runs scored. As a team, they have jacked 19 home runs and put 79 runs on the board, exactly what they needed to tie the Oakland A’s for first place. Now, all we need is pitching. As of Tuesday, the Angels were also the not-so-proud owners of the worst bullpen ERA in the league – above six runs per nine innings. Some of this failure is excusable. The absence of staff co-aces John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar has created a domino effect, leaving holes to be filled in both the starting staff and the bullpen. Long-reliever Dustin Moseley was moved out of the pen after he won the vacant starting role during spring training. Chris Bootcheck, another middle reliever, and set-up man, Scot Shields, both started the season on the disabled list. This meant that minor-leaguers Rich Thompson and Jason Bulger, who weren’t quite ready for the big time, had to be called up to fill the void – with disastrous effects. Both Thompson and Bulger made their season debuts during the Angels’ home opener, yielding a combined six runs and giving the Texas Rangers a comfortable 11-0 lead. Of course, this only happened after Moseley gave up the first five runs of the game, including a booming grand slam to Ben Broussard. I was at that game – I wasn’t too happy. If there was ever any doubt before, it has become painfully clear now that Moseley simply doesn’t have the stuff to be a starting

Daily Titan Staff Writer

It was a tough night for Cal State Fullerton (20-13) at the plate and on the mound. The University of Southern California (19-16) trounced the Titans 14-4 in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday at Goodwin Field. Right from the start, things didn’t look good for the Titans. Nick Buss, the first Trojans’ batter, led off the game with a home run over the leftcenter field wall. The next hitter, Grant Green, smacked a double down the left field line, but CSUF starter Michael Morrison (1-2) worked his way out of the inning with only the one run allowed. “USC is swinging the bat well,” CSUF Head Coach Dave Serrano said. “They showed it this past weekend against Cal [Berkeley] and they came out still swinging the bat.” The Titans tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first when Josh Fellhauer hit a single down the right field line to lead off the game for CSUF. Fellhauer advanced to second on a Christian Colon sacrifice bunt and scored on an RBI single by Erik Komatsu. USC jumped back out in front in the top of the second with two more runs. Singles by Taylor Grigsby and Joe De Pinto set up Nick Buss for a bases clearing double, making the score 3-1. The Trojans tacked on another run in the top of the third to make the lead 4-1, but the Titans would bounce back in the bottom of the fourth. “It always starts with the pitching and it’s always going to be about the pitching,” Serrano said. “We didn’t establish strike one tonight and we didn’t establish getting ahead in the count and putting guys away.” Komatsu kick-started the Titans’ rally with a double, then scored on a triple by Corey Jones. Jared Clark’s

By Daniel Suzuki/Daily Titan Staff Photographer Cal State Fullerton first baseman Jared Clark attempthing to tag out a USC baserunner Tuesday night at Goodwin Field.

sacrifice fly to right field brought Jones home and trimmed the lead to 4-3. The Trojans continued to help out their starting pitcher, Kevin Couture (3-2), by putting three runs on the board in the top of the fifth and four more in the top of the sixth. Couture finished with seven innings pitched and allowed four runs, three earned. “His pitching wasn’t anything special,” Jones said. “I don’t think he was good enough to beat us, but they had a good offensive night, and when you have a lot of run support, it helps.” CSUF would score once more when Colon struck out swinging, but reached base safely when Trojans’ catcher Robert Stock couldn’t throw him out at first. Komatsu delivered his third hit of the night and advanced Colon to third. A sacrifice fly to center by

Jones allowed Colon to tag up and score the Titans’ last run of the game, making the score 11-4. “I thought we stung the ball pretty well as a team,” Komatsu said. “It was just falling right at guys.” USC made it 12-4 when Green blasted a solo home run to dead center that just cleared the wall. “You never expect a game to be like that, but that’s the way baseball goes,” Jones said. With the game out of reach, Serrano sent in Greg Gelber to pitch the ninth inning. USC tagged Gelber for two more runs to close out the scoring at 14-4. “The game’s kicking our butt right now,” Komatsu said. “You always want to win, but conference is the most important thing, so you gotta kind of let this one go.” The Titans play again at the University of the Pacific in Big West Conference action Friday at 6 p.m.

BY THE NUMBERS Some interesting facts and figures from Tuesday’s game against USC.

20 Number of hits given up by the Titan pitching staff


Distance in feet Buss’ lead-off home run traveled


Number of fans in attendance at Goodwin Field SOURCE: Titan Media Relations

pitcher in the big leagues. He can give you two to three good innings, but after that, his breaking ball flattens out and batters start to pick up his pitches, raking them for doubles into the gap. It’s not that Moseley is bad, per se. He just belongs in the middle relief role, coming in to eat up a couple of innings in the middle of the game when the starter can’t go any longer. The same can’t be said about Thompson and Bulger. This dynamic duo couldn’t get opposing batters out 1-2-3 if they both pitched in the inning. And to anyone who questions my judgment, I submit to you the actions of the Angels organization. As soon as Shields was available to come off the D.L., they bounced Thompson back to the minors before he could even get his jersey off. He and Bulger were just bodies to fill out the 25-man roster. The only reason we are even talking about Bulger today is because Bootcheck won’t be ready to come back until mid-May – fingers crossed. In fact, what the organization really needs to do is send Bulger packing now, put Moseley in his vacated slot in the bullpen and bring minor league stud Nick Adenhart up to round out the starting rotation. With the exception of one slip up, Adenhart pitched lights-out in spring training but lost the No. 5 spot on the Angels pitching staff to the equally impressive and more experienced Moseley. But while that decision may have made sense back in March, it’s a new month. It’s time to see what Adenhart can do against the big boys. The team clearly heeded last week’s advice. Let’s see if I can go two for two.

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