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Wednesday October 8, 2008

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DTSHORTHAND Campus Life The Titan men’s soccer team will take on the UC Davis Aggies in a Big West Conference matchup at Titan Stadium today at 7 p.m. Cal State Fullerton students are admitted for free with their student identification card. Adult tickets are $7, seniors and children will be admitted for $5. Without a parking permit, parking will cost $5. For more information contact the Titan athletic ticket office at 714-278-CSUF, or send an e-mail to

Obama’s lead widens to 7 points in latest poll NASHVILLE, Tenn. (MCT) – Barack Obama has opened his biggest lead over John McCain of the fall campaign, according to a new Ipsos/McClatchy poll that puts him ahead nationwide by 7 percentage points. Obama’s gain appears to come from two key factors. First, voters are ever more anxious about the faltering economy and trust Obama by a 15-point margin over McCain to steer it. Second, their confidence that McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, is qualified to step into the presidency if necessary has fallen sharply. The net effect is seen in the nationwide support for all the major candidates: Obama, the Democratic nominee, had the support of 47 percent of registered voters. McCain, the Republican candidate, had the support of 40 percent. Independent candidate Ralph Nader had 3 percent. Libertarian candidate Bob Barr had 1 percent. With less than a month before Election Day, 9 percent remained undecided or uncommitted, and nearly one in 10 supporters of the two top candidates said they still could change their minds. The poll of 858 registered voters was taken Oct. 2-6 and had an error margin of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

Face-off number 2 A panel discussion that was held after the debate gave Cal State Fullerton students, staff and faculty the opportunity to discuss the issues

Students will be able to choose between sessions, online classes also offered

By Allison Griggs and Christiana Matyasik Daily Titan Staff Writers

The Titan Student Pavilion was crowded with enthusiastic members of the Cal State Fullerton community who gathered to view the second presidential




The pictures of Tuffy the Titan dressed up as Uncle Sam in the pavilion were

posted by the Lobby Corps to add to the patriotic theme.

Following the free pizza and a 90-minute debate, students stayed to

engage in a round table discussion that allowed them to question a

panel of five experts.

This was the third debate panel discussion that CSUF’s Associated

Students, Inc. and the Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations

sponsored this election season. The panel of experts consisted of three CSUF professors,

Stephen Stambough and Scott Spitzer of Political Science and Chuck Moore, director of En

-rollment Services at CSUF’s Irvine Campus. The remainder of the panel was made up of a dem

-ocrat representative and Obama supporter, Steve Young, and republican McCain advocate Kevin Muldoon.

“I thought McCain won because he was direct with the people and he spoke to the audience,” Mul

-doon said following the debate.

Young felt that there was no winner. He pointed out that Obama supporters will still favor Obama and McCain supporters will ultimately vote for McCain.

“We each bring with us our own political bias,” he said. “It has to do with where you’re

coming from.”

Radio-TV-Film major, Francis Szyskowski, said that the economy, health care and

education are his primary national concerns. He felt that Obama presented himself well in the

debate, while McCain came off overly aggressive.

“To me, that’s not a good sign of what a president needs to do,” Szyskowski said. “A pres

-ident needs to stay calm.”

First time voter and accounting major, Joy Chan, enjoyed hearing both sides of the debate.

“They show good perspective from both sides,” Chan said. Energy, health care and

retirement are her top concerns going into the election.

CSUF students cheered as Obama listed energy, health care and education as his main priorities to tackle as a president. Students also applauded McCain as he discussed making the US more energy efficient by increasing offshore drilling.

The Lobby Corps and ASI will be sponsoring another viewing and panel discussion of the third presidential debate aired from Hofstra University in New York. The event here will be

held Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. in the TSU Pub.

By JOEL ROSARIO (Left) Will tee yang (right)/Daily Titan Staff Photographer Students, staff and faculty join together in the Titan Student Union to watch the second presidential debate Tuesday. A panel discussion was held after the event.

Oh my gourd, pumpkins go airborne On Nov. 1, teams will compete to see who can launch theirs furthest By Ashley Landsman

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Pumpkins will be launched into the air, splat, squish and paint Titan Stadium orange, on Nov. 1, thanks to the Discovery Science Center, in partnership with the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Future Scientists and Engineers of America. Teams are encouraged to create launching devices that can hurl pumpkins into the air to see who can shoot their pumpkin the farthest. The day-after-Halloween event is

free to attend and a great way to get rid of leftover gourds, Julie Smith, public relations manager of the Discovery Science Center, said. She said two members of the winning team will be awarded internships with an undetermined engineering company. The two team members who receive the internships must be decided amongst the winning team, she added. There will also be some silly surprises and pumpkin pies awarded to runners-up. “The whole point of Future Scientists and Engineers of America is to encourage trial and error and that’s what we’re doing,” Smith said. “We’re currently looking for students to participate; they don’t have to be engineering students.” The gourds will be launched at

up to five vertical targets placed across the field. According to the rules, any device that can sling, throw or launch a pumpkin into the air is permitted as long as it is deemed safe by a safety committee. Anyone can enter the competition, but high school and college students in particular are advised to enter. The Discovery Science Center encourages teams of students, club members, and even friends to enter the pumpkin-flinging tournament. The catapult challenge, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is designed to invigorate the next generation of scientists and engineers, as well as create a new use for leftover pumpkins. The five-hour-long festivities will also include music, a carved-pumpkin contest and lots of other amuse-

ments for the whole family. Robin Rawal, assistant to the dean of engineering and computer science, hopes this will be the start of an annual pumpkin launching event at CSUF. “We have several students who have already submitted their paperwork to us,” said Rawal. Students in the Department of Engineering and Computer Science are excited for the festivities. Luis Lobato, 21, civil engineering major, said he is considering entering the competition. “You can put all your theory and learning from class and apply it,” Lobato said. “It would be a really good competition for anyone that enters it.” The deadline for entering the inaugural pumpkin throwing contest is Oct. 20.

Cal State Fullerton is kicking off its second year of double sessions on campus for students during winter intersession. Session A, running Dec. 22 to Jan. 23, features over 120 classes available for students that are mostly offered as online classes. Session B, made up primarily of on-campus classes with some online classes offered, will be from Jan. 5-23. “This is the second year we’re starting after fall (semester) final exams,” Karen McKinley, director of intersession, said. “The reason why we started doing that last year is that in Spring 2008, the university changed the calendar so that commencement in the spring would end Memorial Day weekend, which made spring session start a week earlier, taking away from intersession.” For Session A, online classes offered will include anthropology, geology, kinesiology and sociology, to name a few. Not every class available during the regular fall and spring semesters are available during winter intersession. Class availability is determined by the popularity of a class, along with the cooperation of faculty who will teach during their short break in between semesters. The task of choosing classes for intersession is in the hands of the University of Extended Education along with department heads and faculty. “Extended Education would love the whole campus to schedule intersession classes and we work really hard with department chairs to do so,” McKinley said, “but we understand that there are other colleges that don’t feel that strongly about it because they want the time off just like students.” Unlike regular fall and spring session, winter intersession is selfsupported and does not receive any help from the state whatsoever. For that reason, winter intersession is available to start right after fall semester final examinations instead of having to wait for semester grades to be submitted. “I’ve taken classes during the summer, not winter intersession,” Mario Jimenez, a fifth-year senior majoring in electrical engineer, said. “I think it’s good because you can get classes out of the way in a matter of weeks instead of it taking the whole summer.” Though it can be very convenient for students to take classes during intersession, it also costs the students much more than a regular semester. Student fees for regular semester may cost up to $1,829 for seven or more units. For intersession, the price per unit is $225. “The classes students take in intersession would have the same amount of hours and same amount of classes you would have in regular semester,” Jane Payne, director of Student Services, said. “You pay a bit more but you can take the class through us and it’s also a great way for students to bring up their grades.” Students who would like to take classes during intersession are limited to a 3-unit maximum in terms of their workload. If a student would require a workload of over 3 units, he or she must submit a special request to the Board of Directors. Course information for winter intersession will be available online in mid-October. Course information along with general information on dates and deadlines for winter intersession are available on

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Socialists say Bush is now ‘a fellow traveler’

CARACAS, Venezuela (MCT) – They don’t call him President Bush in Venezuela anymore. Now he’s known as “Comrade.” With the Bush administration’s Treasury Department resorting to government bailout after government bailout to keep the U.S. economy afloat, leftist governments and their political allies in Latin America are having a field day, gloating one day and taunting Bush the next for adopting the types of interventionist government policies that he’s long condemned. “We were just talking about that this morning on the floor,” said Congressman Edwin Castro, who heads the leftist Sandinista congressional bloc in Nicaragua. “We think the Bush administration should follow the same policies that they and the International Monetary Fund have always told us to follow when we have economic problems _ a structural adjustment that requires cutting government spending and reducing the role of government. “One of our economists was telling us that Bush has just implemented communism for the rich,” Castro said. No one in Latin America has been making more hay of Bush’s turnabout than Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, a self-proclaimed socialist who is the U.S.’s biggest headache in the region.


Judge orders release of Chinese-born detainees

WASHINGTON (MCT) – In a dramatic setback for the Bush administration, a federal judge ordered the U.S. government Tuesday to immediately release and transfer to the United States 17 Chinese-born Muslims detained for almost seven years at Guantanamo. The decision marked the first time a court has ordered the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. and could prompt the release of dozens of other Guantanamo detainees who have been cleared for release by the military but who can’t leave because the government hasn’t found a country to send them to. Judge Ricardo Urbina declared the continued detention of the group from the ethnic Uighur minority to be “unlawful” and ordered the government to bring the detainees to the U.S. by Friday. Reading his decision from the bench, Urbina said the government could no longer detain the Uighurs after conceding they weren’t enemy combatants. The judge also agreed with the Uighurs’ lawyers, who have argued the group can’t be returned to China because they could be tortured.


Stem cell research center gets $75 million donation

SAN JOSE (MCT) – Stanford University will construct a new stem cell research center, thanks to a $75 million gift from Atherton-based alum and philanthropist Lorry I. Lokey, founder of the Business Wire. Lokey’s gift to the school of medicine, announced Monday, will help build a 200,000-square-foot facility that will be known as the Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building. The modern, four-story building along Campus Drive will house 350 scientists working together to capture the power of these cells in treating diseases as diverse as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. The school plans to break ground on the laboratories at ceremonies on Oct. 27 and complete the building by the summer of 2010. “Stem cells are going to be as significant as the silicon chip that created Silicon Valley,” said Lokey, who made an initial commitment to the building in February 2007. “Stem cells are going to introduce an entirely new field of medicine for extending lives and improving the quality of life.”

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October 8, 2008

Cop Blotter: Medical aid needed MONDAY, Sept. 29

8:00 a.m. - In the Nutwood parking structure, a hit and run occurred. Property damage was visible on the car in question with police unable to locate the other car.

8:52 p.m. - Police responded to a blue phone emergency call at the State College parking structure. Everything checked out OK upon arrival.

4:42 p.m. – Police assisted in a medical aid call at University Plaza.

9:14 p.m. – Police responded to a fire alarm call at the Birch student housing. Upon arrival no fire could be seen.

8:39 p.m. – In McCarthy Hall, a grand theft was reported. The property that was stolen was worth over $400.

9:22 p.m. – Police responded to a blue phone emergency call at the Library South Building. Everything checked out okay upon arrival.

TUESDAY, Sept. 30 1:37 a.m. – Police responded to a blue emergency phone call at the Acacia student housing. A warning was given.

9:48 p.m. – A petty theft was reported at the Humanities Building. It was reported that a bicycle was stolen. WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1

sponded to a traffic accident involving a blue Toyota Tacoma and a red Toyota Tacoma. No injuries were reported. 3:55 p.m. – A traffic accident was reported in the Nutwood parking structure. No injuries were reported however. 8:12 p.m. – In McCarthy Hall, police responded to a suspicious person call. A male subject was reportedly going through trash cans. Police were unable to locate the individual upon arrival. THURSDAY, Oct. 2 12:57 a.m. – At the Acacia student housing, police responded to a fire alarm. Upon arrival no fire could be seen.

10:44 a.m. – In Lot E, a traffic accident occurred between a black Acura and a white Honda. No injuries were reported.

8:41 a.m. – In the Titan Student Union, police responded to a medical aid call. A male collapsed and was having difficulty breathing.

5:15 a.m. – Police responded to a suspicious person call on North State College Boulevard.

11:06 a.m. – At the Performing Arts Building, police responded to a medical aid call. It was reported that a 27-year-old female had a seizure but was half conscious and breathing.

10:41 a.m. – Police responded to a traffic accident involving a silver Toyota Corolla in the Nutwood parking structure. No injuries were reported.

10:12 a.m. – Police responded to a blue phone emergency call on South Campus Drive. There was no voice contact on the call. Everything checked out okay.

11:22 a.m. – Police responded to the State College parking structure were it was reported that the driver of a black Mustang was keying cars. Upon arrival police were unable to locate the suspect.

12:36 p.m. – A suspicious person was reported a Langsdorf Hall. It was reported that a male scam artist dressed in business casual was taking people’s credit and personal information.

11:56 a.m. – A traffic accident was reported at the University Police Building. No injuries were reported.

12:51 p.m. – Police responded to a traffic accident at Nutwood Avenue and North Commonwealth Avenue. Injuries were reported to have occurred.

2:42 p.m. – At the Kinesiology Building, a suspicious person was reported. It was reported that an adult male had been staying in the men’s locker room for the past two days. Upon arrival police were unable to locate the individual. 3:22 p.m. – A petty theft was reported at the SRC.

McCain, Obama clash on taxes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (MCT) – Reaching out to an anxious nation, John McCain and Barack Obama vied in a spirited debate Tuesday over who would be the better steward of an economy in crisis. “Americans are angry, they’re upset, and they’re a little fearful,” McCain said at the outset of a pressurepacked debate. “”It’s our job to fix the problem. Now, I have a plan to fix this problem.” “You need somebody in Washington working for you,” Obama told voters huddled in a town hall meeting and millions more watching at home. With stock markets plummeting, the economy dominated questions posed by voters both inside the town hall style session and over the Internet. Participants in the 90-minute meeting were 80 undecided voters from the Nashville area selected by the Gallup polling organization. The debate, held at Belmont University, was moderated by NBC’s Tom Brokaw. Right from the start, the two men worked to show that they understand voters’ worries, to stress that they know how to fix problems on Wall Street and in the federal budget, and to blame the other for contributing to the economic problems or proposing changes that would make problems worse. McCain said he’d shore up the economy by keeping taxes low, pushing energy independence and ordering the Treasury Department to buy up bad mortgages to stabilize home values. “It’s my proposal,” he said. “It’s not Sen. Obama’s proposal, it’s not President Bush’s proposal.” Obama called for tax cuts for the middle class, help for homeowners to stay in their homes, and help for local governments to build bridges and other infrastructure improvements to create jobs.

1:05 p.m. – At the Student Recreation Center, police responded to a threatening crime call. It was reported that a student was threatening and terrorizing another student. 2:03 p.m. – In Lot E, police re-

10:26 a.m. – In the Nutwood parking structure, a suspicious person was reported. Police were unable to locate upon arrival. 11:24 a.m. – Police responded to a medical aid call in McCarthy Hall. 12:38 p.m. – At the Library North Building, police responded to a petty theft call. 1:45 p.m. – In the Humanities Building, a suspicious person was reported. Police responded and everything checked out OK. 2:50 p.m. – At the Student Recreation Center, a petty theft was reported. A male student had his wallet and graphic calculator stolen.

4:04 p.m. – At the Library, police responded to a medical aid call. 5:37 p.m. – At the Student Recreation Center, a petty theft was reported. A student reported that their iPod had been stolen. FRIDAY, Oct. 3 2:16 a.m. – Police responded to a disturbance call at College Park. 8:51 a.m. – In the Quad, police responded to a suspicious person call. The subject was given a warning. 1:11 p.m. – In Mihaylo Hall, police responded to a blue phone emergency call. 1:49 p.m. – A petty theft was reported at the student housing area. It was reported that a bicycle had been stolen. 3:40 p.m. – In Lot A, police responded to a blue phone emergency call. 4:44 p.m. – At the Health Center, police responded to a medical aid call. 10:22 p.m. – Police responded to a suspicious persons’ call at an Education Classroom. A male in a blue hooded sweater was sleeping on a bench on the second floor patio. The suspect was warned. SATURDAY, Oct. 4 3:34 p.m. – A petty theft was reported at the University Police Building. It was reported that bicycle had been stolen. 4:04 p.m. – Police responded to a blue phone emergency call at the Student Recreation Center. 4:53 p.m. – A petty theft was reported at the Library. It was reported that a bicycle had been stolen.

October 8, 2008



Blisters, boots mark end of ROTC training event Cadets’ weekend training boost camaraderie and teamwork as future leaders tackle obstacles By Rae Nguyen

Daily Titan Staff Writer

First-year Cadet Alicia Rollins knew weeks of physical training would pay off when the annual Cal State Fullerton Reserve Officers’ Training Corp. Field Training Exercise (FTX) began Oct. 3-5. The nursing major, who had officially signed with ROTC a week ago, headed to Camp Pendleton with more than 100 other cadets to work on their agility, endurance and leadership skills. The demanding three-day event is complete with obstacle courses, target shooting and a land navigation course where cadets are responsible for plotting points on a military map and locating those points on hilly and barren terrain covered with tall weeds and dry brush. “It’s pretty intense,” Public Relations Officer Aaron Valencia said of the FTX. “We train the cadets so that they are prepared for LDAC come summer.” Leaders Developmental Assessment Course is a 33-day intense training exercise located at Fort Lewis, Washington, where qualified cadets finish ROTC in the summer. “I know it’ll be hard but I’m ready for the challenge,” Rollins said. Cadets left at 4 a.m. Oct. 3 from campus to start with Primary Marksmanship Instruction. Cadre (teaching personnel) lecture on how to breathe, line the target in the weapon’s sights and squeeze the trigger of an M-16A2 rifle. Later, cadets headed to a rappelling tower where they scaled a platform approximately 70 ft. high and plunged to the bottom with ropes. Cadets had the option of rappelling themselves down the face of the tower wall or down through the obstacle’s “Hell Hole,” a hole in the

By Rae Nguyen/Daily Titan Staff Photographer Cadets fire with M-16A2 rifles during Basic Rifle Marksmanship during weekend trip to Camp Pendelton.

By Rae Nguyen/Daily Titan Staff Photographer Zachary Hartley guides fellow Cadet Alicia Rollins through the land navigation course.

center of the tower without the use of a wall. “It’s a scary drop but I got over my fear of heights,” Valencia admitted. “The courses involved usually have the cadets getting over phobias.” On day two of the FTX the two groups of cadets, who are organized into companies, participated in two other challenging events. When Company A was assigned to land navigation, Company B practiced Basic Rifle Marksmanship in a remote part of Camp Pendleton. Only five hours were given for each training session before switching, afterwards both companies reconvened for dinner. During her portion of the land navigation course, Rollins teamed with Military Science year two, Cadet Zachary Hartley in Company B. Hartley is proficient in land navigation but Rollins was required to plot

Extreme safety measures were taken to ensure nothing went wrong during the target practice, Valencia said. In a controlled environment supervised by military science year four safety officers, no accidents have occurred except one common problem reported by the cadets. “Only blisters,” Valencia said. “But those come with the boots.” The cadets, some of them firsttime shooters, practice using the M16A2s without ammunition by clicking off the safety mechanism, aiming, then pulling the trigger. Breathing can dictate how the bullet will fly, Valencia said. “The cadets are taught to handle, maintain and safely fire an M-16 weapon,” Valencia said. Points are given by accuracy and at least 26 out of 40 is a “go” while a score of 38 to 40 is considered ex-

pert. Rollins scored 27 out of 40, which Valencia boasts was not bad for a first-timer. “She shot better than I did as a junior” Valencia said. Lt. Col. Jonathan Nepute watched each passing cadet, praising them and shaking hands to let them know he was very impressed with their land navigation and BRM scores. “They are incredible. I’m proud to lead the battalion with these fine cadets,” Nepute said. Nepute later issued small golden coins engraved “Titan ROTC” to several cadets for outstanding performances. Toward the end of the second day, each year level of cadets performed impromptu skits aimed to tease other cadets and cadre. Nepute said it was all in good humor and silly fun, though he trusted that he was not going to be teased.

“If they do, I hope they’ll be easy with me as I’m a bit new to this,” he said, smiling. Laughter, whistles and occasional heckling from the audience made it an easy night before the cadets returned to the barracks to clean the rifles. Only then would they be able to turn in for bed. The final day of training found cadets from year one and two trekking a 6.2 mile Ruck March course through Camp Pendleton. The completion of a final obstacle course signaled the end of the event and the beginning of their trip home at noon. Rollins said she regrets nothing and smiled, rubbing her achy muscles. “It’s worth it. This is what I feel is right for me,” she said.

Los Angeles based artist, MC Rai, showcases unique edge with ‘Western style’ infused Rai music

sicology at CSUF, Laura Lohman, explained that Rai music originated around the 1920s in Algeria and was initially performed by female singers in urban areas as a means to make money. They adopted many of the songs from rural folk traditions and used it as a way to address social problems common in North Africa, she said. Rai got its real recognition in the U.S. during the ‘80s with the song “Desert Rose” by Sting when the genre first began to incorporate rock and pop characteristics. MC Rai received a lot of influence from the “King of Rai,” Cheb Khaled, who really brought international recognition to the genre of music in the ‘80s and ‘90s by utilizing some of the popular styles and sounds of the time like Afrofunk, slap bass and synthesizer. “It’s really the only style of music coming out of the Middle Eastern world that has reached out to Western music,” MC Rai said. MC Rai has continued to evolve the genre of Rai music along with some of his other contemporaries by introducing electronica and reggae to the style as well as bringing back some of the more traditional instruments that were used during Rai’s inception. MC Rai’s debut album, “Raivolution,” released in 2006 under the independent label Embarka reflects the bold and dynamic changes in the genre that MC Rai has visualized using hip-hop beats and rock guitar. “When you live in America you have to bring in the rock flavor,” MC Rai said. “The rock element is a big step from the traditional sense of Rai music. We also use the club attitude as far as low-ends to balance that and make it poppy.”

MC Rai brings in the modern influences while still maintaining the traditional roots of Rai style vocals as well as Middle Eastern and North African harmonic and rhythmic forms. The album was created with the help of producer Omar Fadel. Fadel composed more of the orchestral sections of “Hen’Alina” as well as other songs on the album. According to Fadel, MC Rai’s version of Rai has more of an American perspective, as opposed to the more European perspective of his other contemporaries in the genre. “The defining characteristic of his (MC Rai’s) music is that what he works on has to have an edge,” Fadel said. As a result of the album’s success, Fadel said MC Rai went on to sing in the score and the soundtrack of the movie “Rendition” as well as the score to “You don’t mess with the Zohan.” “We showed to them that when you make a true product and bring something fresh you don’t need those people,” said MC Rai of his success without major label support. “So pretty much we are indie and we love it.” Since first performing at festivals and concerts in San Francisco, MC Rai has played throughout the states and even toured internationally. He has played all across Europe as well is in Canada, Lebanon, and Morocco. MC Rai will be releasing his newest album by the end of this year. In the meantime the group will be busy touring and presenting their new politically driven single “Downman” featuring hip hop artists from Blackalicious. It’s all part of the next step in the ever evolving genre of Rai music.

her eight points alone within the 15 minutes given before starting time. Her first point – a bright orange flag hidden by tall weeds and brush – proved to be easier to find than she originally thought. Rollins scored seven out of eight in the five-hour course. Loud gunshots echoed as cadets fired at paper targets 28 meters away. Through the loudspeaker at the weapons range, commands to “cease fire” boomed through the speakers. A rifle jammed when two bullets were simultaneously loaded into the weapon of one female cadet. Military Science year four cadets working as safeties for the marksmanship event and donning neon straps across their chests signaled the observation tower with red paddles to request time needed to fix the malfunctioned weapon.

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MC Rai brings Middle Eastern Pop to CSUF By Skyler Blair

Daily Titan Staff Writer

The lively performance of North African music fused with hip-hop filled the atmosphere of the Joseph A.W. Clayes III Performing Arts Center on Friday in a concert by MC Rai. The five-piece ensemble provided a taste of Rai (pronounced rye) music and contemporary Western styles in a combination that has become the newest generation of Arabic music that is spreading across the world. MC Rai got his name from his initials, Mohamed Chaoua, and the type of music popular in his homeland of Tunisia. The 30-year-old singer and songwriter has been performing since his talents were first discovered at the age of 8. He said that after that he felt like music was meant for him and he has devoted himself to Rai ever since, traveling from Tunisia to the U.S. to break into the American market. MC Rai arrived in San Francisco in 2000 and has continued to be a blossoming success. MC Rai’s version of Rai music uses modern instruments such as bass, guitar and keyboards as well as ancient instruments like the African harp, North African lute, oud, djembes and other types of Arabian percussion instruments in a blend of cross-cultural music. The vocals are a blend of French and Arabic as a result of MC Rai’s multiethnic heritage in Tunisia. MC Rai explained that Rai, which literally means “opinion,” is a popular genre in North Africa and Europe and especially lends itself to the belly-dancing scene. Assistant professor of ethnomu-

For the record 10/7/2008: Due to an unfortunate error, the Daily Titan referred to Wyland as Andrew Wyland in the article “OC feels impact of Earth celebration.” We apologize for any inaccuracy.



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Making informed votes While working toward degrees, working to pay for school, and dealing with becoming adults students face on a daily basis, many may not fully understand the implications of the struggling economy. The government’s $700 billion bailout was created to correct American financial mistakes from the past decade, but the problems will not end there. With the Dow Jones closing below 10,000 on Monday for the first time since 1994 and dropping another 500 points Tuesday, the importance of the younger generation to step up and help America is even higher. The daily grind of college life may make students feel displaced from the ongoing economic crisis, and the ramifications may make them feel displaced, but the effects will be felt as soon as one graduates. That is why the November election should mean more to young voters than ever. It is every students responsibility to vote in the election and to understand what they will be voting for – not simply checking a box for Sen. John McCain or Sen. Barack Obama. The election of one candidate

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will have huge implications in the perception of the country and what direction the United States will head, but many other important propositions will be on the ballot as well and it is the duty of each person to understand what the issues are. Every proposition on the ballot is there for a reason. If people do not make an informed vote, the problem may continue to grow until it becomes an issue that will be felt on a much larger scale; like the current state of the American economy. The downfall may be another stain on the Bush administration’s record, but the Republican and Democratic parties allowed the country to reach this point. Blaming one party or the other for past mistakes will not help the current situation. Everyone has made mistakes and the only thing this country can do now is move forward and do what is best for everyone and help regain America’s rank as an elite nation. The bailout may help in the end, but it is just a Band-Aid. The larger problems of the country’s debt will be back and it is the new generation of Americans’ time to help correct the problems that have risen.

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

reader response: a Letter to the Editor No need to ban skateboarding It is a shame that the mistakes of a few have ruined the transportation of many. Skateboarding has always had a negative connotation. For the masses, skateboarders are hoodlums and bad kids. Surely this is true of some skateboarders, but let’s not throw all skateboarders into the same pot. Skateboarders like myself engage in the act for the transportation benefits as well as the freedom to surf on concrete. This is an experience that you cannot know unless you have experienced it. It has been stated that “Skateboarders pose a unique threat to pedestrians.” I will not say that we don’t, however there have been several accounts of people having to dodge bikes and almost being run over by them. I would like to work in conjunction with (administration) and develope a plan where we can both benefit. My propostion is that, like buying a parking pass every semester we could buy a skateboarding pass. This pass should not be given to anyone however; recipients must complete a skateboarding safety course and demonstrate that they have a grasp of safe skateboarding techniques. To ensure that people paid for their pass, they must display it in a visible place on their body and present it whenever asked to do so by a parking assistant. Both parties will benefit from this agreement, Skateboarders will gain what they treasure most, their freedom, and Cal State Fullerton will have a cash flow that will be constant as long as skateboards are around.

– Adam J. Shaw

Cal State Fullerton Student

October 8, 2008

Paul Newman’s philanthropic legacy will live on By Eui-Jo Marquez

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Paul Newman died of cancer Sept. 26, but he left behind a legacy of great films and charitable work. He epitomized humility, generosity, vitality and charm. His death marks the end of an era. These days supermarket checkout newsstands are plagued by pictures of naughty celebrities who seem to truly believe there is no such thing as bad publicity, but Newman was never part of this debased Hollywood culture. “His death was as private and discreet as the way he had lived his life, a humble artist who never thought of himself as ‘big,’’’ his obituary written by his public relations company said. Newman is known to our generation mostly for his all-natural salad dressings and spaghetti sauces. Over a period of 25 years, Newman’s Own, the company he founded with friend and author A.E. Hotchner, donated over $250 million to charity. Newman came up with the company’s motto – “Shameless exploitation in pursuit of the Common Good” – and used his name to help the world become a better place. The company promises to honor Newman’s intention of donating all profits to charity. But before he was the face on your bottle of “Light Italian con Limone,” he lived a long, full, adventurous life. Newman was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1925, and showed an interest in acting from a young age. He was always physically active (which is

apparent in any movies in which he takes off his shirt), and on his 18th birthday he enlisted in the Navy. He served during WWII in the Pacific theater as a radioman and gunner in torpedo bombers. He wanted to be a pilot, but ironically, his brilliant blues eyes were color blind. In 1946 Newman returned home to Ohio where he played football and studied economics at Kenyon College while acting in plays. He also studied at Yale Drama School and the Actors Studio before finally moving to Hollywood. Acting in Hollywood for over 50 years, Newman starred in over 50 films. His first movie was “The Silver Chalice,” and for years afterwards, whenever it played on TV Newman would take out an ad apologizing for it. Some of his most famous movies are “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “The Hustler” and “The Sting.” Before Jack Nicholson flew over the cuckoo’s nest, Newman was the dynamic “Cool Hand Luke.” Not many old movies translate into a language that we can understand and appreciate today, but these do. “Paul Newman was the ultimate cool guy who men wanted to be like and women adored,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said. The roles an actor picks says something about him, and it has been easy to fall in love with Newman over the years based on the disarming characters he plays. A favorite is “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Newman is the easy-going, hopelessly optimistic, train-robbing Butch to Robert Redford’s gun-slinging Sundance Kid.

In the movie Butch said, “Boy I’ve got vision, and the rest of the world wears bifocals.” This was also true of Newman. In “Hud” Newman showed his versatility as an actor by playing the detestable jerk. It’s forgivable, though, because of his wicked charm and the message he delivers. In “Absence of Malice” Newman teaches the importance of ethics in journalism, and even though he was 56, he was still hot. He was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and finally won the Best Actor Oscar in 1987 for his role in “The Color of Money.” Newman met his second wife, Joanne Woodward, while working

on Broadway. “I love this woman forever. I think she puts something in my food,” he said. She must be one of the luckiest women alive, for being a part of his life and basking in the radiance of his heart-stopping smile. One can only imagine the intensity of their relationship. According to his official obituary, a week before his death while sitting in the garden with his daughter, Newman quietly said, “It’s been a privilege to be here.” It’s obvious that he lived his life everyday like it was a privilege. But the true privilege is for us, to get to be a part of his life through his movies.

Health in a Handbasket By Brittany Kunza

Daily Titan Columnist

Cancer’s prevalence in American society As college students we often think we are invincible because we have survived things such as registration and figuring out how to find the parking tab on Blackboard. We may have conquered all that is Cal State Fullerton, but cancer is something that even doctors have not conquered, and it has a higher chance of paying you a visit than you think. “Cancer” is a word that we see a lot, if not once a day. We are all familiar with the word, but how much do you know about the disease and your likelihood of contracting it? According to the National Cancer Institute, in California the average instance of cancer per year is 138,933 cases, including 53,848 deaths. If this is not close enough to home for you, according to the American Cancer Society men have slightly less than a 1 in 2 chance and women have slightly more than a 1 in 3 chance of developing some form of cancer in their lifetime. Just the other day I was reading an e-mail from a family friend who has only a limited time left before she is killed by her growing cancer. Despite her high spirits, this devastating disease continues to ravage her body.

It is hard to believe that one day we can be perfectly healthy and the next there can be news of cancer and possibly death. So, what is cancer? According to the American Cancer Society, cancer is caused by abnormal cells growing uncontrollably. This is also characteristic of tumors which can develop into cancer. Key words that you may be curious about include metastasize, benign cancer and malignant cancer. According to Medline Plus medical dictionary, malignant means something that promotes death and benign is not life threatening. Metastasis describes the movement and spreading of the abnormal cancer cells from their initial location. Therefore, tumor cells that have metastasized (spread) are considered to be malignant cancer. We may feel fine now, but potential cancer causers are everywhere and may have a delayed effect. The American Cancer Society names external factors such as; tobacco, chemicals, radiation and infectious organisms, as well as internal factors; mutations, hormones and immune conditions as potential cancer causers.

It is also said that these threats may not initiate cancer formation for as many as 10 years after exposure. When I dutifully inform my smoking friends that they are increasing their chance at getting cancer, the overwhelming response is “my grandfather smoked until he was ninety and died of old age.” While genetics do play some part, the American Cancer Society states that only about five percent of cancer cases are strongly due to heredity while most cases are due to damage or mutations (somatic mutations) to cells during one’s own lifetime. If you are that smoker or know of someone who is, let them know that you are happy for Grandpa but that it is no excuse to ignore the potential dangers of smoking. So is there anything you can do now to help prevent cancer later? To the right are some suggestions from the Mayo Clinic Web site. According to the Mayo Clinic regular screenings and self exams can help to catch cancer early, increasing success of the treatment. Don’t let this devastating illness have a chance, stay informed! For more information check out;,, and

Eight hints that may prevent cancer Avoid tobacco products Eat healthy: Five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day and grains Limit high fat intake Alcohol in moderation Stay active for 30 minutes or more per day Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher and stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m Keep up with Hepatitis B and HPV immunizations Avoid risky behavior, such as unprotected sex, that could lead to infectious diseases


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National champ joins Titan staff WOMEN’S SOCCER


Two-time All-American Mark Munoz joins Cal State Fullerton as assistant coach for the wrestling team helps is that he’s just a great person; high morals, integrity, he’s all about getting your degree and being a good teammate.” Coming off its most successful Munoz said the experience he’s season in team history, the Cal State gained through the ranks will help Fullerton wrestling team’s coaching coaching at CSUF. staff has added legendary California “Being from Oklahoma State, I wrestler Mark Munoz, bringing ex- was able to learn a lot about coachpectations higher than ever. ing (and) being an athlete as well,” Munoz – a two-time All-American Munoz said. “It can be so demandfrom the legendary Oklahoma State ing on our bodies and so demanding wrestling program, former national on time that we have to prioritize, champion, and two-time Califor- so having experience with that, it’s nia state champion – will join Head priceless” Coach Dan Hicks this season to Munoz is also starting up a mixed continue the Titans’ potential climb martial arts career and currently to the top of the Pac-10. holds a perfect 4-0 record in World “He’s just a tremendous coach. A Extreme Cagefighting. Now as a great personality,” Hicks said. “It’s part-time assistant coach with the nice to have another guy in the room Titans, Munoz will be able to sharpwho the kids can look at and say ‘oh en both his grappling and coaching that’s what a national champ looks skills by working with some of Calilike.’” fornia’s toughest wrestlers on a reguHicks is a former two-time na- lar basis. tional champion himself. “He’s probably one of the best Along with fellow assistant coach- upper-weight coaches in the nation, es Risto Martinen and George Por- so for us upper-weights it’s just aweter, Munoz is excited to bring his ex- some,” said Tim Hawkins, a redshirt perience and technique to an already junior who transferred to CSUF last powerful Fullerton lineup. season. “When you watch the guys “We have a tough team, a lot of in the room wrestling live, you can tough guys, (and) a lot of them are see moves he just showed us last just on the brink of being really, re- week already being incorporated ally successful,” Munoz said. “I can into everyone’s game plan, and it’s a show them that little bit of technique big step for the team.” that they’ve been looking for. I love The Titans are coming off their coaching and I love to develop any- most successful season ever, accordone that I can put my hands on.” ing to Hicks, who saw them claim In addition to being their first-ever Pac an extremely successful 10-dual championwrestler, Munoz, who ship. had spent the previous The team looks to five seasons coaching continue their climb with UC Davis, also through the ranks of has a great deal of unDiv. I wrestling and derstanding of what it are eying their first takes to be a success, ever Pac-10 champiboth in and out of the onship. wrestling room. Despite the unfor“The experience helps tunate loss of heavybecause they know weight Wade Sauer, (Munoz) made it, so who had to retire they listen to him,” due to a neck injury, Hicks said. “What also Hicks has high exMark Munoz By Ryan castle

Former Titan selected in WPS general draft Former Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer standout Kandace Wilson was selected by the Women’s Professional Soccer’s (WPS) Bay Area franchise on Monday following the completion of the league’s draft. Wilson, a Titan letter winner from 2002-05, was selected in the second round by the yet-to-be-named franchise with the 13th overall selection. Wilson was an NSCAA All-West Region selection and a three-time All-Big West Conference First-Team honoree during her career at CSUF, winning Big West Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2005 while helping the Titans to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. She finished her collegiate career second all-time in points (82), goals (35), shots (206), and game-winners (12), while also ranking among the top 10 in assists (12). Wilson was the only player from the Big West selected in the draft that featured players from 19 universities and 11 collegiate conferences.

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Virginia and Arizona State each had three players selected to lead the way while five other schools had two players selected. The Atlantic Coast Conference had five schools with players selected. WPS is the highest level women’s professional soccer league in North America. Formed in September 2007 as the result of the efforts of the Women’s Soccer Initiative, Inc., WPS, which will begin play in April 2009, consists of seven teams across the country. The markets for the 2009 season are Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Jersey/New York, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. WPS will expand to Atlanta and Philadelphia in 2010 and continues to explore additional potential franchises. The WPS team planned for Dallas is now slated to begin play in 2010 as the League continues to work on securing a facility, with the intention that the Team will start play in the League’s second season.

CROSS COUNTRY Titan women hold their own at Oregon Meet

Photo courtesy of Oklahoma State Media Relations Former Oklahoma State University wrestler Mark Munoz celebrates a win. Munoz, a former national champion, was hired as an assistant coach for the Cal State Fullerton wrestling team for the upcoming season.

pectations from his stacked line-up, particularly in his five returning seniors; T.J. Dillashaw, Teddy Astorga, Devin Velasquez, Ryan Budd and Nick Blackshaw. “As long as everyone’s going hard we’re just going to get better, and that’s our philosophy. We go in there, we give it 100 percent, get in and get out,” Blackshaw said.

With a strong crew of wrestlers who share a common goal of winning the Pac-10 championship, and a strong new presence in the room with Munoz, the Titans are ready for what should be one exciting season. “A lot of stuff’s got to come together,” Hicks said. “We need to have a great showing, but we can do that.”

Eugene, Ore. – Carolyn Ellis finished tenth in her season’s debut and Grace Gonzales ran 15th as Cal State Fullerton’s women’s team finished seventh in the Bill Dellinger Invitational Cross Country Meet in Eugene, Ore. Host Oregon won the nationally prominent competition ahead of Arkansas. The Titans finished ahead of 17thranked Colorado State and UTEP. Ellis, who was bothered by a stomach cramp, was clocked in 21:10.01 for the 6K course in cool, rainy weather. She had been held out of competition due to a hip injury. Gonzales was timed in 21:19.16. Completing the Titan scoring

were Yomaira Hernandez in 50th at 22:10.02, Erin Griffith in 63rd at 22:41.88 and Andrea Aguilar in 64th at 22:42.01. “I thought we ran really well,” said CSF Head Coach John Elders. “Our goal coming up here was to expose our team to a higher level of competition and try to step up to that level. It was a great experience. “We were the only women’s team from California so the weather was pretty cold for us. We didn’t run close to our best so I am optimistically looking forward to that.” Three women who did not make the Oregon trip ran in the Pepperdine Invitational with Kristen Hernandez placing 18th in the Div. I race at 22:19.45 for the 6K course. Stories courtesy of Titan Media Relations

First trip to Nebraska feels like home I’ve got chills, bad. Because I’m standing on the crimson “N” at the 50-yard-line of Memorial Stadium at the University of Nebraska campus. And I’m not supposed to be here. Thousands of people have stepped foot here, but I’m not a 300-lb. lineman or star quarterback. I’m a civilian, a fan, an out-of-towner. So I took advantage of it. I ran towards the end zone as a friend of mine pseudo-announced my pseudo-touchdown run. All the while, I never stopped smiling, fighting back the lump in my throat. The history here – of my family, the fans and the players – is tangible, though the stadium was empty except for me and four friends. It runs through the turf and the concrete. This was last Thursday afternoon during my first trip to my grandparent’s hometown. I was born and raised a Nebraska Cornhusker fan and Saturday marked the attendance of my first official Husker football game where they suffered a brutal 52-17 loss to the fourth-ranked Missouri Tigers during their homecoming game. It hurt for a lot of Big Red fans, but I can’t say I was completely disappointed. To finally experience a game and a mutual love for a team is humbling. You become part of something bigger. I always knew of, but never fully comprehended, the adoration Nebraska fans have for their Husker football team. Early on game day, in true Big

Red fashion, fans surround the stadium making tailgate preparations. As the day progresses fans spill into the streets, clad in red; the Husker lifeline pumping towards the heart of the city – Memorial Stadium. The rest of the city slows down. Fewer cars venture to the road as people lock themselves in their living rooms and root for the most important thing in the state. But not everyone is a Nebraska native. This year, 8,020 season tickets, almost 13 percent of the tickets available to the public, are owned by residents in other states, according to the Omaha World-Herald. The only state in America without a season ticket holder is Rhode Island. Then there’s the one ticket holder in Ireland. These are the stats that speak of true devotion. Memorial Stadium is also part of an ongoing NCAA record for most consecutive sellouts, according to, the NU athletics Web site. Saturday’s sellout made it 294, the last non-sellout being October 20, 1962. Even more impressive is that on game day the stadium holds more people than the third largest city in the state, Bellevue. Husker fans are dedicated, though most are wishing they were rooting for a team reminiscent of the one coached by Tom Osborne, who led them to national championships in ‘94, ‘95 and ‘97. I’ve loved this team since I can remember, but being there, living it, breathing it, seeing it – there’s so much more to love that goes into supporting the Huskers. I fell in love with the food – specifically runzas. I’ve eaten them my

whole life, but to get it right from the source during a game was heaven in my mouth. Most people outside the Midwest haven’t heard of runzas and squirm with naivety upon hearing the ingredients. Simply put, they are a homemade hot pocket but taste far better, even though cabbage is a required ingredient. I fell in love with the people – specifically, Tara, my cousin’s roommate. She became my impromptu chauffeur, tour guide and entertainment when my cousin couldn’t skip class. She’s pretty, sweet and she laughed at my jokes – the type of girl I’d like to bring home to Mom. I fell in love with the city – specifically, everything. It all plays its own part in becoming an entity of The Huskers. The painted walls, colored lights and oversized banners promote one common understanding. But the fans, they’re the glue that hold it together. The fans that create a roar that can be heard hundreds of yards from the stadium. The fans that stay true through rough losing seasons. The fans that live and die Husker football. For one game, I was a part of all of this, screaming my lungs out, surrounded by complete strangers. We come from different backgrounds, states and families but we all bled the same color – Cornhusker Red.

IRVINE – Commissioner Dennis Farrell announced today that the Big West Conference and ESPN have signed a new, expanded five-year agreement that includes a minimum of 12 annual national telecasts of men’s basketball games and other Big West events primarily on ESPNU and ESPN2. The agreement includes: •A minimum of five annual men’s regular season conference basketball games, including four on ESPNU and one on ESPN2;

•The men’s basketball tournament semifinals at the Anaheim Convention Center annually on ESPNU; •The men’s basketball tournament championship game at the Anaheim Convention Center annually on ESPN2; •At least four additional Olympic sport events on ESPNU. The Big West will earn additional exposure on ESPN through its involvement with the 76 CLASSIC, the annual eight-team Thanksgiving men’s basketball tournament hosted

by the conference at the Anaheim Convention Center in 2008. The 12-game, three-day event includes three appearances for the Big West representative on either ESPN2 or ESPNU. Additional ESPN exposures are potentially available on ESPNU Bracket Busters, a two-day men’s basketball extravaganza pitting NCAA Tournament hopefuls from 17 NCAA Division I conferences against one another. –Big West Information Director

By Austen Montero

Daily Titan Opinion Editor

Big West signs broadcast deal with ESPN

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