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DT SHORTHAND Campus Life Free demonstration and training of human sport machine at the Student Recreation Center today between 7-8 p.m. This free event will occur today until Sept. 10. Eight Visions: An Alumni Painting Exhibition. The exhibition runs at the Main Art Gallery Tuesday through Saturday until Oct. 3. Featuring works by Karen Brown, Deborah Davidson, Jeff Gillette, David Michael Lee, Jim Lorigan, Ann Phong, Max Presneill and Emigdio Vasquez.

Prison guards threaten Schwarzenegger recall SACRAMENTO (AP) – The union representing California’s prison guards said Monday it was starting a recall attempt against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who took office after the previous governor was recalled in 2003. Mike Jimenez, president of the 30,000-member California Correctional Peace Officers Association, said Schwarzenegger has been a failure since replacing recalled Gov. Gray Davis. He said the union was seeking a recall vote because its members have gone two years without a new labor contract and because Schwarzenegger didn’t exempt its members from an executive order intended to reduce pay for tens of thousands of state employees to deal with the state’s budget crisis. If the issue makes a special election ballot, a simple majority vote is needed for the recall to succeed.

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ASI Productions offers entertainment Movies, concerts, karaoke and comedy are included in this fall’s schedule by joel rosario

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ASI Productions, a student-coordinated program sponsored by the Associated Students Inc., plans a whole semester’s worth of entertainment that will make the campus experience more enjoyable with movies, karaoke and other events. “ASI Productions offers all kinds of entertainment,” Enyat Omidi, ASI Productions street team coordinator said, “It caters to all kinds of students.” According to the ASI productions Web site, free weekly events are held Monday through Thursday, at noon. On Mondays in the Titan Student Union Underground Pub, anyone can sing to their heart’s content with karaoke. On Tuesdays, anyone can express themselves at the open microphone session also in the Pub. Free outdoor concerts cover the campus with sound on Wednesdays at the Becker Amphitheater located between the TSU and the Performing Arts building, according to Francis Szyskowski, coordinator for the concerts. Artists who perform at the amphitheater range from younger groups to more established musical acts. The music covers a spectrum of genres from hip-hop to country. “We like to keep it diverse,” Szyskowski said. Upcoming acts include indie

By joel rosario/Daily Titan Staff Photographer Lauren Baird of the group Electric Valentine performs at the Becker Amphitheater on Wednesday, Sept. 3. The concert was part of ASI Productions’ Wednesday Concerts at the Becker, which features a different musician every week at noon in the Becker Amphitheater.

group Intercept on Sept. 10, hiphop group Supa Lowery Bros on Oct. 1, and even a Polynesian Dance Revue on Sept. 24. Thursdays bring more music with hour-long sets at the TSU Underground Pub. “It’s a cool way to spend a lunch break,” Thursday concert coordina-

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ation and retention rates (25 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (15 percent), financial resources (10 percent) and alumni giving (5 percent). “For a school as large as Cal State Fullerton the ranking doesn’t change by jesica eastman dramatically from year to year,” Bob Daily Titan Staff Writer Morris, ranking expert at U.S. News news@daiytitan.com and World Report, said. “It just so Cal State Fullerton began a lot happens that the new data collected like last fall semester: hot weather, every year varies only a little when crowded parking lots and being na- compared to other universities. That tionally ranked among the top 10 is why CSUF can be ranked a certain ranking for many years.” public universities in the West. “This is an accurate assessment of U.S. News and World Report recently ranked CSUF for the sev- our school considering how many enth consecutive year on the list of schools are in the West,” Kiesha “Top Public Universities – Master’s,” Martinez, a human communications which highlight public institutions graduate student, said. “It is obvithat award master’s and bachelor’s ous the curriculum at this school is extremely strong and the wealth of degrees, but few, if any, doctorates. The ranking is listed in U.S. News knowledge the professors have is im& World Report’s publication, pressive.” CSUF is also included on the “America’s Best Colleges, 2008 Edimagazine’s online list of the nation’s tion.” “For CSUF to rank consistently “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs” and gives it (the unileast expensive versity) academpublic schools. ic credentials. Among masChances are eiter’s degreether young people granting unior their parents versities in the will look at the West, CSUF ranks as a reason is cited among for choosing a those with the school,” President – Bob Morris, highest graduaMilton Gordon US News & World Report tion rates, lowsaid. “This high est acceptance ranking could be a reason we had over 50,000 appli- rates, plus ethnic and economic dicants for the 2007-2008 academic versity. In addition, Fullerton is ranked year. This year, we have the largest freshman class in CSUF history, among the top 100 campuses with the most international students with 10,000 students.” The rankings are based on “several and among the top 100 universities key measures of quality,” as reported whose freshmen are the most likely to return. in the magazine. Other California State UniverisThe characteristics measured and their respective percentages as part of ties ranked in the top 10 are Long the overall score in this category are: Beach State, Chico State and Cal peer assessment (25 percent), gradu- Poly Pomona.

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Citizen, an indie band from Irvine, will play Nov. 13. The CSUF Jazz Band is also set to perform in the Quad, Sept. 18 as part of the Thursday concerts. Both concert coordinators said they are open to suggestions for acts to perform in the Spring semester. Aside from live music ASI pro-

ductions also presents movies every other Thursday in the Titan Theater, with showings at 4, 7 and 10 p.m, according to Scott Taylor, ASI Productons film coordinator. Many recent films will be shown in the fall such as “Kung Fu Panda” See PRODUCTION, Page 2

Cal State Fullerton CSUF Police commended stays in the top 10 U.S. News and World Report ranks CSUF high among public universities in the West

Some police departments throughout the state are utilizing Segways for “foot” patrol. Officially called the Segway HT [Human Transporter], the vehicle is powered by an electric motor, and with the use of computer processors it mimics the human body’s sense equilibrium. It is said to use the same space as a pedestrian and can travel up to 17 miles per hour virtually anywhere a person can walk. Although skateboards are banned on campus, Segways are just another option for personal transport - if you have the money.

tor, Nat Higgins said. When compared to the outdoor Wednesday concerts, the Thursday pub concerts are “a little more intimate,” Higgins said. Acts on the Thursday concert schedule are equally eclectic. House-electro group El Manifesto performs Sept. 25 and Brave

Students and faculty can feel safer on campus knowing Cal State Fullerton’s University Police Department is receiving accreditation from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), the highest accreditation possible in campus law enforcement. “What it (the accreditation) says is our police department and standards are very high,” President Milton Gordon said. “I feel very good about that.” Since 2001, University Police have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Last year, CALEA named the CSUF University Police a “Flagship Agency,” characterizing it as an “extraordinary example of excellence in an accredited law enforcement agency.” During its last CALEA accreditation, University Police Chief Judi King was commended on implementation of an active shooter and evacuation plan, the department’s relationship with other agencies,

use of communication technology, emergency notification efforts and overall vision for the department. “I commend you and the California State University, Fullerton Police Department for demonstrating a commitment to the highest professional practices in campus public safety management, administration, operations and support services,” wrote Raymond H. Thrower, IACLEA president in a letter to Chief King. “Your example serves as an inspiration to all of us seeking to reach for the gold standard.” The IACLEA accreditation runs concurrently with the CALEA accreditation. “The accreditation did not come without a lot of hard work and dedication,” Lt. Donald Landers of University Police said. “It is a laborious process with a lot of requirements and a lot of team work needed.” IACLEA noted in its review that CSUF is in compliance with 93 percent of mandatory standards and cited the agency’s directives on dealing with recovered and evidentiary property, procedures for timely warnings about reported crimes and maintenance of a daily crime log. Landers, the new University Po-

lice Lieutenant, explained that the accreditation is one of the reasons he took the job offer because “it holds us to the highest standard as a campus law enforcement agency.” Earlier this year, the University Police were awarded a $20,000 California State University trustees grant for the purchase of satellite equipment to bolster communications with other CSU campuses during an emergency. “I feel safer knowing our school’s police are accredited,” Tiana Primrose, a communications major said. “But I think there are other safety measures that the school should focus on too, like the lighting in the parking lots and more campus security at night.” Of University Police’s 33 full-time employees, 22 are sworn police officers who have received training through accredited police academies. They operate with the same responsibilities as officers in municipal and county law enforcement agencies. “It is a collegial team effort to give a high level of service to taxpayers, faculty, and staff,” Landers said. “CSUF is one of the largest student populations in the state, and we want it to be an enjoyable, safe environment.”

New dean at Irvine campus By Jennifer Tat

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Susan Cooper is the newly appointed dean of Cal State Fullerton’s Irvine Campus. As dean, Cooper said she is responsible for working with faculty on projects, leading the direction for enrollment growth, managing the facility, grounds and parking lots. She also supervises the staff and student assistants, making sure the technology, utilities, and all processes are working correctly for students and faculty. “We will also partner with com-

munity colleges and high schools and businesses to make them aware of our program,” Cooper said. “Make sure we have a warm, friendly, and personal environment so that students will come back and pursue additional degrees.” Prior to her new position, Cooper was a professor of instructional technology at Cal State San Bernardino. She also became the Director of Academic Computing and Media and later the Director of Distributed Learning. In 2001 she became the Dean of Advanced Technology at Irvine Valley College. From 2001-2008 she served as dean for a

number of departments, including library sciences, math, sciences, engineering, career technical education and workforce development. “I had worked in the CSU system before at San Bernardino and at their branch campus in Palm Desert. I knew that branch campuses were special places and I was impressed with how dedicated and friendly the staff at Irvine is,” Cooper said. “I thought that my experience would lend itself well to my new position.” “I am thrilled to hear of Susan’s new position and wish her the best,” See NEW DEAN, page 2


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IN OTHER NEWS PRODUCTIONS: ENTERTAINING CAMPUS MOSUL, Iraq (AP) – Lt. Christopher Hanes knew something was wrong as soon as he stepped into the Friends bakery. The oven was unused, the water tank was empty and a large concrete bin was full of dirt that the two employees claimed was used to cool cakes. Hanes and his soldiers moved the water tank and found the entrance to a 50-foot tunnel heading straight for the nearby provincial government headquarters. The U.S. military believes insurgents planned to tunnel underneath the compound’s blast walls and blow up the headquarters building. With 250300 Iraqis working in the governor’s office and perhaps hundreds more there for business, casualties from such a blast could have been catastrophic. Discovery of the tunnel Sept. 1, the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, drove home a message: Sunni militants have been battered but not defeated despite a monthslong operation by U.S. and Iraqi forces.

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on September 18th, “Sex and the City” on Sept. 25 and “The Dark Knight” on Oct. 23. All of the fall showings are for movies that have yet to be released on DVD, he said. ASI Productions attempts to complete the movie-watching experience with free refreshments and free giveaways including DVD’s and posters, Taylor said. While all the films showing this semester are recent, Taylor has retro

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KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) – Residents in the Florida Keys breathed a sigh of relief Monday as a fierce Hurricane Ike turned west on a path away from the low-lying island chain. But Gulf Coast states watched anxiously to see if the storm was gunning for them instead. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center warned that, after passing into the Gulf of Mexico sometime Tuesday night, Ike could make landfall in the U.S. over the weekend near the Texas-Louisiana border, possibly not far from Houston. In Louisiana, where thousands remain without power after Hurricane Gustav hit last week, Gov. Bobby Jindal urged residents to start stockpiling food, water, batteries and other supplies. The state also was readying shelters and making plans for trains, buses and planes in case a coastal evacuation is called later in the week. “It is still too early to be evacuating certainly, but it is not too early to be making sure you’ve got food and water and batteries. It’s not too early to be checking your car,” the governor said.

Patricia Arlin, dean of the College of Education at Cal State San Bernardino, said. Cooper was raised in suburban Chicago. She was a high school history teacher in Iowa and Illinois. During that time she received her Master’s degree and doctorate at Northern Illinois University and

Trees gone, but Berkeley protesters remain BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) – A tree-sitting protest at the University of California, Berkeley, was whittled down to one tree after arborists chopped down most of the disputed grove to clear the way for a new sports center. The cutting began last week after the campus got a court order clearing the way for construction. By Monday only one redwood — containing the final four protesters — remained of the trees marked for the ax. Tree-sitters, communicating by walkie-talkie, said they still hoped for a “productive and positive” outcome. But campus officials said an attempt at reaching some sort of settlement ended without success Sunday. “We’re now weighing options for the next steps,” said university spokesman Dan Mogulof. Officials are urging protesters to come down voluntarily but are “making preparations to quickly bring this situation to a safe but certain end,” said Mogulof. Tree-sitters have been occupying the grove, which is next to the university’s Memorial Stadium, since December 2006.

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It’s a cool way to spend a lunch break.

Snow will fall on the Quad on Nov. 13 as ASI Productions hosts Snow Day, Barron and Kocina said. ASI Productions also helps students cope with the stress of finals week at the end of the semester with free food, treat bags and massages as part of ASI’s All Night Study, Kocina and Barron said. ASI Productions is located in the Titan Student Union in Room 269. For more information about all of ASI Productions events check out www.asi.fullerton.edu

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nights planned for the spring and is tions will be hosting a comedy show, open to suggestions from the pub- including comedians such as Evan lic. Wecksell. Outside of the Video game weekly events, rock stars ASI Productions will be able has several special to strut their events planned stuff in groups – Nate Higgin, this year, accordof four with a ing to Thomas Thursday Concert Coordinator competition Kocina and Ashfeaturing the ley Barron, union and special pro- popular video game Rock Band on gramming coordinators. Oct. 28 in the TSU Underground On October 14th, ASI Produc- Pub.

then became an instructor and supervisor of student teachers there. After a few years, she moved with her family to Southeastern Louisiana University, where as an assistant professor of education she taught educational technology courses and supervised student teachers. “This position differs from some of my positions in that I am responsible for the entire campus, not just

one operation. Some days you are working on recruiting. Some days you are handling student problems. Some days you are answering a help desk call for a computer in a classroom. It is always different,” Cooper said.“Susan is an excellent administrator, and she has a great sense of humor,” Marilyn Conklin, an assistant to the dean, said. Cooper succeeds George Giacu-

makis, the founding director of the branch campus.“I am excited about taking the great work that Dr. George started and maintained, and moving forward to increase our student numbers, reach out for new programs, and bring more cultural and special interest events to the campus. We have great people working here and I am excited to be working with them,” Cooper said.

Expectations go with the perks for President’s Scholars this semester A B-plus average and engaging in university activities go with the free laptop, parking passes by Caroline Duffy

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Coming to a school of Cal State Fullerton’s size can be daunting for incoming freshmen. There’s pressure to succeed the first year out of the gate, to make connections with other students, to get involved without burning out. For this year’s group of President’s Scholars, doing well isn’t just expected, it’s required. The President’s Scholar Program was established in 1979, and is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a freshman. President’s Scholars are awarded a full four-year scholarship, as well as the use of a personal laptop, an annual allowance of $750 to cover books and supplies, admission to the University Honors Program, priority registration, free parking permits and the opportunity to meet with and receive letters of recommenda-

tion from the university president. “In high school I had a lot of difThe program is helmed by James ferent leadership opportunities, like Mettler, the director, and Catherine being the captain of the basketball Halliday, the program assistant. team,” Meussner said. “A friend on Many of this year’s incoming 24 the team and I also started a comscholars feel that having their sup- munity service group. We started port is the biggest perk of all. out by collecting socks for the home“Having James and Catherine less, and then we were collecting all help me get into some of my nursing kinds of clothes, like jackets, pants, classes has been a great help, because shirts and we called the group Socks those classes are really hard to get from Jocks.” into,” said President’s The President’s Scholar and nursing Scholars are remajor Melissa Woolquired to maindridge. tain a minimum “The best part is 3.5 GPA and having James and full-time enrollment status, and Catherine here,” Harry Meussner, a – Jeanette Chadwick, are also expected to participate in pre-business maPresident’s Scholar university and jor and president’s community acscholar, said. “James and Catherine are the greatest, nicest tivities. “I went to DiscoverFest and people and they’re always in a good I really liked the Earth Day program mood. The other thing is having the because they do things like cleaning other scholars. A few of them are in parks, which I like because it focuses some of my classes, so it’s nice to see on helping local areas,” said Woolsomeone I know.” dridge. “I also want to get involved President’s Scholars are chosen with programs here that work with based on demonstrated academic ex- kids.” cellence, as well as exemplary leaderReceiving such a distinguished acship ability and community service. colade is flattering, but also intimi-

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dating. Many of the President’s Scholars feel an additional pressure to not only do well for themselves, but for the school that has invested so much faith in them. “I would definitely be ashamed of myself if I didn’t represent the school and President Gordon correctly after all they’ve done for me,” Jeanette Chadwick, a theatre arts major and president’s scholar, said. All pressures aside, the elite 24 freshmen are still finding plenty of things to enjoy on campus. “The campus is beautiful, the programs, especially theater, are superb and everyone I’ve met is so nice,” Chadwick said. “The people here and the environment created by (the) people here are my favorite things about Cal State Fullerton.” Most of the President’s Scholars are average freshmen. They’re excited to start a new chapter of their lives, to explore their options and live on their own. “I just like how much stuff there is to do,” Meussner said. “I’ve been busy every night this week, bowling, hanging out in the dorms, whatever. So far, there’s nothing I don’t like.”

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music hall Alumni artists show diversity in showcase Downtown plan partially unveiled The only commonality in this exhibit is the CSUF connection.

Planners assert ‘Valley of Bones’ will be unlike any other Fullerton venue

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By Todd Barnes/Daily Titan Staff Photographer Artists and director, second from left, of the CSUF Main Art Gallery gather for a picture in front of artwork from the exhibit. (from left to right) David Michael Lee, Mike McGee, Emigdio Vasquez, Bradford Sullivan (not in the exhibit) and Jeff Gillette.

panels no bigger than the size of a ly received the honor of being one of large postcard. She also had a piece CSUF’s most successful graduates as that was done on a copper panel. A a part of the university’s “Querer es self-portrait in the show depicted Poder: 50 Examples” photo exhibit. two jars, one with The most recent linseed oil (an art graduate, David Misupply) and anchael Lee displayed other jar with hair four brightly colored in it to symbolpieces on six-foot ize her long hair square panels. He which extended has shown in seven past her waist. group exhibits this “It’s another year. way to do a selfKaren Brown – Mike McGee, showed her work portrait,” DaDirector of CSUF Art on eight-foot-high vidson said. The Gallery piece is one of strips of paper. She many that will is currently working be displayed in a at Northern Illinois November exhibit at the Sue Green- University. Her artwork was popular wood Gallery in Laguna Beach. with senior and public relations maThe other artists in the showcase jor Brittany Galvan. also had equally diverse pieces. “I loved the giant pieces by Karen Emigdio Vasquez, a graduate in Brown and the whole show had a 1979, found lots of inspiration in good environment,” Galvan said. Orange County. He painted 22 muJeff Gillette, who earned his derals, including one for CSUF’s 50th gree in 2001, showed his range as an anniversary. Vasquez has also recent- artist with four paintings on canvas,

I chose artists that had good exhibition records. They all have sophisticated visual vocabularies.

The Department of Visual Arts came together Saturday for the opening of “From Similar Origins to Remarkable Visions: An Exhibition of Eight Alumni.” Eight artists had their paintings and drawings on display in the Main Art Gallery showing their unique individual styles. Cal State Fullerton alumni artists Karen Brown, Deborah Davidson, Jeff Gillette, David Michael Lee, James Lorigan, Ann Phong, Max Presneill and Emigdio Vasquez have gone on to teaching, successful solo and group shows and have even become directors of art galleries. Mike McGee, the director of the CSUF Main Art Gallery and a founder of the CSUF Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, said that the show “represented eight distinct visions.” “All of the graduates have been out of school for awhile. They are all different but have a common theme,” McGee said. “I chose artists that had good exhibition records. They all have sophisticated visual vocabularies.” Most of the artists spend a lot of time in their studios practicing their art. The artists were not just “weekend painters,” Marty Lorigan, preparator for the Main Art Gallery, said. Artist Ann Phong was born in Vietnam and came to California in 1982. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from CSUF in 1995. She described her artwork as a mixed media on canvas. “My paintings are very bulky and dramatic,” she said. “I use them as my identity.” Phong is currently teaching art at Cal Poly Pomona. Artist Deborah Davidson, who earned her degree in 1979, was also featured at the showcase. She displayed work that was done on

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including one that depicted a shantytown. Painting and printmaking graduate James Lorigan expressed a dark side with artwork depicting hellish scenes that were emphasized by dark colors. Lorigan owns his own printmaking shop in Santa Ana. Max Presneill showed his bright, bold, and colorful work on many large canvases. Presneill has exhibited work all over the world, including Japan and Australia. Marilyn Moore, assistant to the director of the CSUF Main Art Gallery, said when the school was first built “there was a road separating here,” she said, pointing to the area between McCarthy Hall and the Performing Arts Center. “We used to say it was like the Berlin Wall. We want more people to come to this side of the campus.” The exhibition is in the Main Art Gallery. Admission is free. The gallery’s hours are 12-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 3.

Preliminary plans from entrepreneurs in Fullerton may make traveling long distances to see big names in the music industry a thing of the past. With the work of three local business owners and some choice names in music, a venue unlike any other may be constructed in downtown Fullerton. Valley of Bones, the working name of the proposed $80 million 2,200 capacity music venue, will be an intimate spot for audiences to see bands as well as a home away from home for musicians. “The idea came from Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers). The ultimate business platform, the concept, is to build a place designed by the players for the players,” said Nathan Fawley, owner of DuesenbergUSA guitars in Fullerton. He, along with Mike Ritto, president of the Fullerton Downtown Business Association and Jack Franklyn, owner of the popular downtown spots Heroes and Roscoe’s, have worked together on the idea for two years. “We’re taking the best concepts of different places. Things are done right when you do them from the heart and not from the pocketbook,” Fawley said. “The players, the industry, doesn’t have anything like this, and you have a whole lot of artists that would want to come here: Mike Campbell, Ronnie Wood (of The Rolling Stones), Vince Gill being involved is brilliant.” Fawley said the caliber of the project tells you what type of venue it will be. Fawley said the project is based solely with major acts in mind and simple things like stage height and dressing rooms, among other things, will receive much consideration.

“You, the fan benefits when an artist is enjoying themselves, you get a 10-times better concert when the artist is in the zone.” Fawley also said that local, smaller bands will probably not be featured. With this new plan in the works some may also wonder how the Fox Theatre may be impacted. However Todd Huffman, director of the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation, is not concerned. “We were a little surprised to hear about it but genuinely it’s completely different (than the Fox). The Fox will be doing different things; live music is only a third of what the Fox will be doing,” said Huffman. “At the end of the day the two will complement each other. It will show that Fullerton is the place to be for entertainment,” he said. And Fawley echoed that sentiment, “We’re not here to be a threat to the city, we thought Fullerton would be a cool place to do it.” Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk is also for the idea. “I’m excited by the prospect and think it could complement Fullerton. I’m for it becoming a vision that can be realized,” Mayor Quirk said, “with the history of Fullerton and Leo Fender, the city has many things to offer, I can see why they (Nathan Fawley, Mike Ritto and Jack Franklyn) would be interested in Fullerton.” Conceptual plans have been sketched out but the project planners have not publicly announced a specific location in Fullerton. Mayor Quirk said that there is a proposed site for Valley of Bones and that the city would be involved with choosing an actual location. With Valley of Bones in place, Fullerton may become a hub for entertainment, and that is what Fawley said will happen. “The project is going to succeed no matter what. People who go to a major concert don’t go there to get hammered,” Fawley said. “People equate (downtown) Fullerton with alcohol and it’s not about that, this (Valley of Bones) isn’t a bar or club it’s an actual venue,” Fawley said.


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Let the students decide So now the powers that be will enforce the skateboarding ban and distribute a $112.50 fine to dissenters. Necessary? We think not. We have consistently been told to love and fight for democracy and then when we learn we’re actually living in a republic, we’re too confused to care. But now we’re hip to politics. Obama is running for president and the Republicans are shaking things up by throwing a woman in as a vice-presidential candidate. We get it now. It’s all just a game. Wouldn’t the present be a spectacular time to re-stab us with the democratic dagger and force us to remember that democracy is the lesser evil of all governments? Let the students vote. The students are sitting in classes and gearing up to clutch the country’s reins when you, the higher-ups in charge of rolling laws down from the mountaintops, will be pooping your pants and playing Wii bowling in order to “keep your mind young.” The lesson communicated to us helpless students seems to be that banishing simple freedoms is right. Fine. When we begin creating the laws, Wii games will be offlimits because we’re scared you will hurt somebody when you accidentally throw your arm from your old and tired body. Ridiculous, huh?

Letters to the Editor:

Skateboarding keeps us young. It’s also a mode of transportation. We don't have access to golf carts like some people do. There must be other reasons. Maybe the tickets are a quick source of income or maybe there is a fear of lawsuits. But if lawsuits are the case, there’s usually more than one direction to travel on an issue. What about the problems University Police will have enforcing this ban? If people begin to get hurt as a result of skateboarders, is it too far-fetched to think that CSUF will be sued by students who feel the university is not doing enough to enforce a skateboard ban? Why not waste money on signs stating, “Walk at your own risk”? Additionally, why not have skateboarders use the same paths designated for bicyclists? Seems like everyone wins that way. Skateboarders add character to our campus. Don’t force them to conform. If you think about it, students are the only ones who truly matter here; everyone else is working for us. With the exception of teachers, the rest of you are paid quite handsomely. We think you can afford to let the students' voices count. Why don’t we meet somewhere and discuss your salary? We think it’s time to make some changes, but it might take us a while to arrive – we have to walk.

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 Daily Titan Opinion Editor Austen Montero at opinion@dailytitan.com.

The text epidemic

Question: Do you ever find yourself engaged in a dramatic text conversation with a friend or family member? Do you use text messaging to communicate with that new fling you’re enthralled with? Do you find yourself re-telling an intense conversation you had through text while mimicking texting with your thumbs? Or worst of all, have you ever used the text message device in your phone to verbally abuse a friend or enemy, and thus involve yourself in a "text war"? Don’t be alarmed; although each of the previous examples are rather petty and frivolous, you are simply just another victim of the text epidemic. It’s a revolution that is vastly taking over communication as we know it. What began as a casual form of lazy banter has become, for many people, the primary source of contact with friends, family and co-workers alike.

No longer is texting simply a way for friends to find out what their social colleague’s plans for the evening are with the use of cute text slang such as "OMG", "TTYL", and "NIMBY" - slang for "Not In My Back Yard." Today, the text option in cell phones has become an advertisement tool, a business commodity, a breakup platform, a flirting device and a great way to kill boredom. The normalcy of text conversation is going way too far, and it frightens me to think of how much worse it's going to get as the current generation of youth grows into adulthood. How much longer before the call feature becomes completely obsolete? Before we know it we may be limited to human contact and text interaction, with nothing in between. Now with the new law requiring a hands-free device while driving it’s getting worse than ever. I now must

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Castle’s Corner plan ahead when making the archaic phone call just to be sure I won’t end up in my car at any time during the conversation, and thus avoid becoming what would undoubtedly be an uncontrollable hazard to all other motorists on the road. Texting does have its benefits; it is much easier to get a text message sent in areas of poor reception than trying to piece together a broken conversation. This is important if you have a phone like mine which is unable to receive more than a single bar 85 percent of the time. However, texting is spinning out of control; the use of it has reached a popularity that is nothing short of ridiculous. It has gotten to the point where newscasters refer to important conversations that were held through text. I recall hearing a few months ago that Brett Favre had contacted Green Bay Packer General Manager Ted Thompson through text, in hopes of returning to the football team he’d retired from a few months earlier. I can only imagine the con-

By Ryan Castle Daily Titan Columnist

text of that message. “Yo T-Slice, whatup? So I’m dWn 2 come play 4 U dis season, 4get the retirement thing, I was bein WhACk. Lemme noe whatchu think about dat. Hit me back, we should get 2gether & kick it sumtime. 1ove. -B*F4vre" We as a society need to grab a hold of this epidemic and control it before it gets completely out of hand. As convenient as it may be, texting is completely impersonal and lifeless. It doesn’t have the personality and character your voice does. How many times have you found an angry recipient on the other end of your previous text because your witty sarcasm was undetectable and flew over their head like a 747? Only we can stop this from taking over communication as we know it. So the next time your going to holler at your peeps, or your significant other or even the parentals, put away the Sidekick and dial their digits. I bet they’ll be thrilled to hear your voice again.

Palin’s family issues could spell trouble for McCain By Christian Brown

Daily Titan Staff Writer opinion@dailytitan.com

The 2008 Republican National Convention became the mostwatched political convention in American history with an average of 34.5 million viewers per evening. Many attribute the increase in viewers to vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s speech, which introduced the Alaskan governor to the nation. McCain’s pick of Gov. Sarah Palin has electrified the GOP base, which could draw more Republicans to the polls on Nov. 4, but the selection of Palin has also electrified another base – the press. The announcement that Palin’s 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, is five months pregnant has only raised more concerns about the governor. Since the news of Bristol’s pregnancy, tabloid magazines and blogs have raced to disclose more information

about the Palin family. Two weeks after the vice-presidential announcement, the media still has many questions about Gov. Palin, who is relatively new to the public stage. The McCain campaign has billed Palin as a conservative reformer who could shake up Washington, D.C., as well as an everyday hockey mom who empathizes with middle America. Could the news of Bristol’s pregnancy tarnish Gov. Palin’s image? Though Bristol is not a candidate in this election, her pregnancy does accentuate two things about Gov. Palin’s candidacy that might hinder the McCain-Palin ticket. First, McCain might have made a hasty decision when he chose Palin. Second, Palin’s family drama could raise more questions about her leadership abilities. In an attempt to create a campaign of change, McCain might have picked Palin unaware of the

potential fallout that Palin’s family issues could bring. According to the McCain campaign, Palin was not vetted until the week of the Democratic National Convention. During the brief selection process, Gov. Palin revealed her daughter’s pregnancy to the campaign the day before McCain was set to announce his running mate. Would McCain have still chosen Palin had he known earlier? Many already see the choice of Palin as a political ploy to attract discouraged Hillary Clinton supporters, but Palin may not the best choice for McCain, as Bristol’s pregnancy could undercut the “family values” image of the campaign. Ironically, the GOP has questioned Sen. Barack Obama’s readiness to lead, but with Palin’s relatively small amount of leadership experience and her family issues, the selection of Palin could benefit

Obama. Starting off as a city councilwoman, Palin eventually became mayor of the small town of Wasilla, Alaska. In 2006, she was elected governor, advocating extreme restrictions on abortion rights and sex education in public schools. Though Palin’s stance on these issues is in line with most social conservatives, Christian evangelicals may be turned off by the campaign’s attempt to welcome an unexpected pregnancy. During the RNC, the McCain campaign presented the Palins as a typical middle-class American family with five children. But will average Americans accept a family with a teenage pregnancy as normal? As Election Day draws near, American voters must decide if Palin’s inability to keep her home in order is a reflection of possible woes to come if she were to assume the office of President of the United States.


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Women win home opener 3-1, WOMEN’S SOCCER match best start in team history

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Santa Clara hands Titans first loss of the season

With the victory, the Titans equaled their best start set by 1995 club By James Haynie IV

Daily Titan Staff Writer sports@dailytitan.com

By Don Nguyen/Daily Titan Staff Photographer The Titans celebrate Jenae Gibbens’ goal in the second half in 3-1 win over Alabama on Friday, September 5 in the team’s home opener. The win improved the Titan’s record to 4-0, tying the best start to a season in the school’s history.

Redshirt senior Jenae Gibbens and freshman Casey Volk scored second-half goals to propel the Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Alabama in the women’s home opener on Friday. With the win the Titans improved to 4-0 on the season, tying the 1995 club for the best start in school history. “I was very impressed with our team tonight and we’ve had really good results in our first three games,” Head Coach Demian Brown said. “I think we made a lot of improvements in the second half and our freshman Janae Deas and Stacey Fox really stepped up big.” Deas helped the Titans get out of the gate early with a goal at the 29:58 mark of the first period. After being assisted on the play by Stacey Fox, Deas got to the front of the net and deposited the ball past Alabama’s goalkeeper Kara Gudmens. The goal by Deas was the first of her career at CSUF. “The goalie and defense kind of turned their heads for second and I got inside for a near post shot,” Deas said. “There are always things we can work on, but other than being all over the field and getting caught hiding a few times I think we played pretty well.” Gibbens, who was named the Most Valuable Player at the 14th annual California Invitational in Berkeley, Calif., scored the second goal of the night on a beautiful header off a cross pass from sophomore midfielder Christina Murillo. That marked the second goal of the

year for Gibbens. “Our fifth-year senior (Jenae Gibbens) played really well for us tonight, as did our freshman, who are playing like seniors,” goalkeeper Shannon Simpson said. “We have a saying that we never want to lose at home and we definitely showed that tonight.” Simpson posted another solid game in the net, snatching two saves in the second half and giving up only her second goal of the season. Rounding out the scoring for CSUF was Casey Volk, who made the play of the game with a breakaway crossover dribble, faking right, then going left and showcasing a left-footed laser to extend the Titans lead to 3-1, giving the team some insurance down the stretch. The goal also sent the eighthlargest crowd for a women’s soccer game of 839 at Titan Stadium into a frenzy. “We are trusting each other and playing great team ball,” junior defender Jackie Hovda said. Another noticeable stat was on Fullerton’s offensive side of the ball, where they out-shot Alabama 16 to 13 and eight to three on shots on goal. The lone goal for Alabama came from Veronika Wolfkeil, who headed in a deflection off the hands of Simpson. Soccer America’s national poll ranks the Titans No. 21 in the nation. Their non-conference opponent, Alabama, was unranked. This is the first time since September of 2006 that Cal State Fullerton’s women’s team has been ranked in the top 25. The Titans, who are looking to make the playoffs for just the fifth time in school history, lost to No.12 Santa Clara 2-1 on Sunday at Titan Stadium, which dropped the team’s record to 4-1.

Margueritte Aozasa’s goal with about 16 minutes to play broke a 1-1 tie and gave No. 12-ranked Santa Clara a 2-1 women’s soccer non-conference victory Sunday afternoon at No. 21-ranked Cal State Fullerton. Fullerton suffered its first loss of the season to fall to 4-1 while the Broncos improved to 3-2. Katherine Reynolds took a short corner kick and sent a cross into the goal mouth and Aozasa beat her defender by a step to the ball and made a sliding shot past Titans’ goalkeeper Shannon Simpson. Fullerton had an excellent opportunity to tie with about 4 minutes to go but Tamara Dewey’s short shot

went right into Santa Clara keeper Bianca Henninger, who made a juggling save. Dewey had earlier tied the match at 1-1 with a penalty kick in the game’s 27th minute. Fullerton’s Casey Volk had been knocked down from behind by Reynolds, who also assisted on the first Broncos’ goal. She dribbled deep down the right sideline and sent a pass parallel to the end line. Just shy of the near post, teammate Aozasa sent the ball back out and Alyssa Chun knocked in her first goal of the season. Fullerton travels next weekend to Winston-Salem, NC, for a tournament at Wake Forest where they will face Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

MEN’S SOCCER Overtime goal gives Bakersfield 3-2 victory Manny Guzman’s diving header on a long free kick by Sean Jarvis sailed into the net and gave Cal State Bakersfield a 3-2 overtime men’s soccer victory Sunday night over the host Titans in the Cal State Fullerton Tournament. The goal 6:10 into the first extra period capped a comeback from a 2-0 deficit for the Roadrunners, who won for the first time in four matches. Fullerton fell to an unlucky 1-3 after hitting a post and the cross-bar with shots in the final 16 minutes of regulation. Wayne Lampart assisted on both CSUB goals, its first after three shutout losses. The first came in the 33rd minute of the first half as Lampart’s cross was volleyed past Titan goalkeeper Trevor Whiddon from about 25 yards out by Towa Manda. Lampart then looped a pass to Oscar Coppieters who re-directed it past Whiddon in the 68th minute. Celso Alvarez had given the Ti-

tans a 2-0 lead. His first goal came in the fourth minute when he headed a shot into an empty net after goalkeeper Steve Trojanoski misplayed the ball. Alvarez’ second score of the match and season came from the goal mouth on a cross from Ryan Kaylor, who had taken a long through ball from Omar Tena. CSF’s Mario Alvarez hit the far post with a shot with about 15 minutes to play in regulation and Celso Alvarez hit the middle of the cross bar with less than 4 minutes remaining. The Titans also thought they should have gotten a penalty kick in the late going when Kaylor was taken down from behind but he was ruled to be just outside the penalty box. Fullerton goes on the road for its next six matches beginning with a weekend tournament in WinstonSalem, North Carolina, when the Titans will face Virginia Tech and host Wake Forest. Stories courtesy of Titan Media Relations

Think Different. Think Simon. By Simon Liang

Sports Columnist

sports@dailytitan.com

It has been fifty years of Dodger blue in Los Angeles. The mainstay of this organization has been broadcaster Vin Scully, the definition of consistency, having been in the broadcast booth for more than half a century. The managers for the Dodgers have also added stability to the team, which has had only eight managers since moving to Los Angeles. However, since Tommy Lasorda retired, the bench boss position has constantly been open as Dodger managers have failed to bring the

Dodgers to the postseason. This is where first-year Dodger manager Joe Torre comes in. We all know his long list of accomplishments, but his four World Series rings are why he is given the utmost respect around the league. The transition from Grady Little to Torre has had mixed results so far, with the record being worse at this point of the year than last year. As the Dodgers have chased, caught and passed the Arizona Diamondbacks, they are still struggling in the National League West for yet another year. If they do not clinch the West, they will miss the postseason again because they are too far back in the NL wild-card race. I’m sure

all of you Dodger crazies are sick of seeing the Angels in the playoffs every year. While the players have had to adjust to Torre, they have definitely welcomed Manny Ramirez with open arms. Since arriving in the Southland, Manny has just been Manny, hitting .410 while driving in 34 runs in only 35 games through August 7. Two other new faces brought over in a mid-season trade were future Hall-of-Famer Greg Maddux and third baseman Casey Blake. The duo has not done anything drastic to bolster this team in need of something magnificent. Russell Martin has had a subpar season compared to his breakout one last year. Andre Ethier, James Loney, and Matt Kemp need to step it up if the Dodgers are going to make a serious move to make it to October. The pitching staff has been atrocious, and I’m being kind, seriously. They will be extremely lucky if they can ride into the Fall Classic with this starting rotation. Of course, injuries always play a big part in the success of a team. Rafael Furcal and newcomer Andruw Jones have been hampered by nagging injuries. It is just bad luck that a guy like Jones, who in ten years in Atlanta has never missed any significant time, has failed to play in a good chunk of games this season. I had hope for this year’s team but again they disappointed me, even with the big signing of Torre. With all these changes the question arises: did they ruin the chemistry? General Manager Ned Colletti needs to sit down this offseason and take a long, hard look at his roster. On paper, it looks like a possible 90-win team, but in reality the team screams out mediocrity. If you bleed Dodger blue, be patient and hope that Torre and company turns it around. Kirk Gibson is not hitting walk-off home runs anymore. Fernando Valenzuela is not winding up anymore. Let’s just wait and see if what next year’s Dodgers will do because I think it is unlikely they will pass the New York Mets or Chicago Cubs.


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