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Young ROTC cadet commits suicide at home TIM WORDEN Daily Titan
An ROTC cadet and student at Cal State Fullerton committed suicide Tuesday night at his house in Huntington Beach. Roy Lopez, 21, who was on the ROTC’s color guard team and a class leader in his military science class, was known for his “beautiful big, bright smile” and his joking personality. Lopez shot himself in his bedroom of his family’s Huntington Beach home Tuesday around 5:30 p.m., said Lopez’s mother, Adriana Mraz. The official cause of death was still being investigated by the Orange County Coroner’s Office Wednesday night. “I can’t say anything until the autopsy is complete. We have to do our full investigation and examination,” said Allison O’Neil, supervising deputy coroner for the Coroner’s Office. Lopez was a sophomore psychol-
ogy major in his third semester in the ROTC program but was not in the Army yet. ROTC cadets have two years to contract with the Army, meaning they pledge to join the Army upon graduating from the program. Lopez was enrolled in ROTC classes, but he was not yet contracted, said Lt. Col. Kelley Donham, a military science professor and ROTC instructor at CSUF. Lopez was planning on contracting in January. ROTC members were notified about Lopez’s suicide in a meeting before physical training at 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to Alexandra Montiel, a public affairs officer for CSUF ROTC. “All I can speak for Roy is that he was always positive and happy and joking around so everyone basically was in shock that he would have done such a thing because he never gave a sign for anything,” said Montiel. Lopez was following his older brother’s footsteps in wanting to join the Army, Mraz said. SEE DEATH, 2
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Photographer arrested for luring underage girls BRIAN DAY Daily Titan
A self-described photographer who showed up at a Fullerton McDonald’s restaurant expecting to meet two teenage girls for a risque photo shoot over the weekend instead met with police officers, authorities said. Coopy Boyer, 42, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of contacting minors with intent to commit a sexual offense, but was released from custody Wednesday without charges pending further investigation, according to Fullerton police officials and county booking records. He was listed as a resident of San Jose, but was believed to have been staying in Huntington Beach. In the meantime, detectives reached out to the public in an effort to contact any other potential victims who have had suspicious encounters with Boyer, Fullerton police officials said in a written statement. The two alleged victims, ages 15 and 16, met Boyer after he approached them Nov. 21 in the area of Goldenwest Street and Warner Avenue, Fullerton police Sgt. Jeff Stuart said. One of the girls lives in Fullerton part-time. “He stated his name as James Keong,” said Stuart. The man claimed to represent a photography company called Zoom Exposure Photography.
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‘Beautiful big, bright smile’ will be missed by family, friends and ROTC cadets
The man told the underage girls they had a look he was seeking for his photographs and asked them if they would be interested in modeling, Stuart said. The girls gave the man—later identified as Boyer—their phone numbers, he added. “Over the next three days, they exchanged text messages back and forth,” the sergeant said, but the communications from Boyer grew more dubious. Boyer requested to come to the home of one of the girls, where he would take “sexy photographs” of the girls “playing dress up,” Stuart said. He further told the girls he would bring alcohol with him. “He was adamant about not having any parents around when they did the photo shoots,” Stuart said. Alarmed by the suspicious behavior, the girls reported their encounters with the man claiming to be a photographer to Fullerton police, he said. Police arranged for Boyer to go to a McDonald’s restaurant at Orangethorpe Avenue and Brookhurst Road, believing he would be meeting the teenage girls, Stuart said. Boyer arrived in a black Toyota 4-Runner and attempted to flee when he saw police, according to the police statement. SEE RISQUE, 2
TWILIGHT HOOKAH LOUNGE GOES UP IN SMOKE
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Hookah hot spot cools
Owners Hishan and Nadia Abdullah mourn the 4-3 decision by the Fullerton Planning Commission to relocate their family business.
Smoking lounge has six months to ease local policymakers’ concerns or relocate RAYMOND MENDOZA Daily Titan
Fullerton Planning Commission brought down the gavel Wednesday on a final decision to revoke the conditional use permit for the Twilight Hookah Lounge on Chapman Avenue in Fullerton. The decision was made during a committee meeting where the sole subject of the night was the Twilight Hookah Lounge and the businesses’ violation of its conditional use permit. The Planning Commission voted 4-3 in favor of revocation, with a stay in motion to allow the current owners to have time to look for a new location for Twilight Hookah. The stay will allow the hookah hot spot to remain at its current location until May 31, 2013. During the past few months, the lounge’s lease has been in jeopardy due to constant neighborhood complaints of noise, litter and smell. Yet the business was not without its support with employees and loyal customers taking their concerns to City Hall to keep the hookah lounge open, declaring it an institution for friendly gatherings. During the discussion between committee members, Commissioner David Musante compared the Twilight Hookah Lounge problems akin to the problems that Fullerton had in the past with local bars serving alcohol. Musante was in favor of giving Twilight Hookah three months to fix the problems at hand, citing the need for a good business in Fullerton, yet he also cried foul on how long Twilight Hoo-
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Council Chairman Scott Lansburg presided over the hearings that lasted over seven hours and two meetings to come to a definitive ruling.
kah violated the conditional use permit. “The most sensible thing to do would be continue this for three months and at the end of that three months if things have not improved I would vote to revoke,” said Musante. Musante even tried reasoning a motion to keep the Twilight Hookah Lounge for “three months,” he said. “Besides, it’s the
Christmas season,” he added. Commissioner Peter Gambino was in favor of the revocation of Twilight Hookah’s permit on the grounds that the business has had opportunities in the past to adhere to the city’s conditions and they have not been met. SEE HOOKAH, 3
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As students step onto campus, it is likely that vendors of some sort will already have their spaces situated and anticipating profit. Vendors on campus range from selling clothing, shoes, accessories and food items as well. Food trucks have become the new dining experience for many students and faculty on campus. It is more of the idea of a quick pick up that is generating a buzz. The most popular and longest-running “food” truck, widely known on campus as Juice it Up!, has been selling at Cal State Fullerton since 1995.
Alexander Arlow, a CSUF alumnus and manager of the corporate store/ truck, said the benefit of working a food truck versus a store is that they operate as an assembly line, which creates a more fast pace working environment. “It’s quick and efficient and customers are satisfied,” said Arlow. “The down part about working in a food truck is the storage space—that becomes a problem.” According to Arlow, the way the school benefits monetarily from businesses is that a percent of their earnings goes to paying rent monthly to maintain a regular spot on campus. “I want to say about 8 percent or so of the earnings go to the school monthly,” Arlow said.
According to Arlow, he said he is also encouraged by the corporate office to hire students as employees. Juice it Up!’s truck is located between the Humanities Building and the Education Classroom Building and is open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Another popular food truck on campus, Barcelona, specializes in Spanish bistro and tapas. Barcelona food truck made its debut three semesters ago and has gathered a large and loyal following. Santiago Jose Nocito, co-owner and manager of the truck, started the business with his brother. SEE VENDORS, 2
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“He was very proud of following his brother’s footsteps in trying to achieve a name for himself and a career … he was extremely thrilled to join Cal State Fullerton and … participate in the ROTC,” said Mraz. Mraz said one of Lopez’s biggest assets was that he was always respectful to people and had a gentle heart. She said she will remember his kindness. According to Mraz, Lopez had become distraught after a breakup with his ex-girlfriend a week before the suicide. “I think he was just in despair because she kept text messaging him and calling him and telling him that he didn’t do enough—he didn’t give her enough stuff,” Mraz said. The family of Lopez’s ex-girlfriend declined to comment. Lopez will be remembered by his friends and family. A Roy Lopez remembrance Facebook page created Wednesday night already had 86 likes. “He had a smile that people can notice,” the page’s bio states. “He was an outstanding cadet, and he was really passionate about what he did,” Montiel said. Mraz said Lopez had “the most gentle
heart.” He would have someone’s back without thinking twice, she said. “He’ll be greatly missed by everyone. He’s left a big imprint in our lives and he leaves a void,” Mraz said.
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Boyer could not be reached for comment Wednesday. He threw his cell phone out the window of his SUV as he led officers on a brief chase. A police car blocked his path before his escape route was ultimately blocked by police cars at Roberta Avenue and Pacific Drive, Stuart said. He was then taken into custody. Inside Boyer’s SUV, Stuart said, police recovered items including cameras, a computer, condoms and other “sexual items.” “Police believe there may be other victims of Mr. Boyer and are asking anyone who may have been approached by Mr. Boyer under the guise of being photographed to contact the Fullerton Police Department,” according to the police statement. Detective Ron Bair can be reached at (714) 738-6762.
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The Powerball jackpot, estimated at $550 million before taxes, closed Wednesday for the drawing Thursday. The lucky winner (if there is one), will have the option to take the money in 30 annual one-time payments or one lump sum at $360.2 million, according to USA Today. The difference is an annuity payment based on the actual pot in addition to interest accrued from U.S. government securities. USA Today reported that the 30-year Treasury note currently yields at 2.8 percent, which will probably earn better returns in the next 30 years. Federal taxes on the lottery are said to be withheld at 25 percent and if Congress delays the tax deal until after Jan. 1, the ability to deduct charitable contributions could be axed up to 80 percent. Brief by DAVID HOOD
Former rivals set to share lunch Newly re-elected President Barack Obama will convene with former rival candidate Mitt Romney for the first post election meeting Thursday, according the Washington Post. The private lunch will take place in the White House’s private dining room, free of press coverage. Romney’s bitter comments that Obama won presidency because of the “gifts” the president provided to blacks, Hispanics and young voters has decreased Romney supporters. Although there is no formal agenda for the sit-down, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama was looking forward to having a “useful discussion” with Romney. The private lunch is expected to be their “most extensive private meeting ever,” according to the Washington Post. During Romney’s stay in Washington, he will also meet with his former running mate Paul Ryan. Since his loss in the Nov. 6 election, Romney has “virtually disappeared” from politics, made no public appearances and spent much time with his family instead.
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According to Nocito, the way he discovered the space on campus to sell food was through a source, Bob Brown. He knew the owners of Spudrunners, and they had a contract here at Cal State Fullerton. By word of mouth, he heard they wanted to bring more options to campus, so they did. “About two to three years ago food
trucks were starting out and becoming more popular so my brother and I went into business. We were one of the first of five food trucks in Orange County,” said Nocito. Food prices range from about $5 to about $8, a little pricier than a lunch on campus from Carls’ Jr. or Panda Express. Unlike Arlow of Juice it Up!, Nocitio is not obliged to hire students on
campus as employees. He supplies his own workers on duty. The Barcelona truck is usually parked next to Juice it Up! It operates Monday through Thursday with its peak hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “I like the Juice it Up! truck—I go at least two to three times a month, but if I could have any choice, I’d like a burger joint like In-N-Out,” said Michael Simon, 19, a business major.
Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens were among the 24 players announced as firsttime candidates for the National Baseball Hall of Fame Wednesday. According to the Associated Press, the current ballot of potential inductees lists a total of 37 eligible players. More than 600 members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWA) will choose a total of ten players to induct with results being announced on Jan. 9. Players require 75 percent of the vote to be inducted. Other first time eligibles include Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio and Curt Schilling. Bonds, Sosa and Clemens remain eligible despite allegations of performance enhancing drug use over the last decade. Most recently in June, Clemens was acquitted before the Supreme Court on all charges of steroid use and obstruction of justice. Despite, early indications by several BBWA members suggest they will not vote for any of the three players due to their association with baseball’s “Steroid Era.” Brief by RICARDO GONZALEZ
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Hondas pretty in pink Japanese car maker Honda has released a new model of the Honda Fit targeted towards female drivers, according to CNN. The new car, named “She’s,” is furnished with pink features, such as seats with pink stitching. “She’s” also highlights a windshield and air conditioning system that caters to a woman’s delicate skin. This marketing strategy was last tried in the 1950s when Dodge launched the “La Femme” vehicle, which was also painted pink and had a compartments for lipstick and a purse. Honda’s “She’s” air conditioning claims to help prevent dry skin. The company also says that the windshield blocks more ultraviolet rays compared to other makes, and that the body’s color is meant to match a woman’s eyeshadow. Although a precise number has not been disclosed, Honda makers note that “She’s” is exceeding sales expectations.
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Patrons of the Twilight Hookah Lounge react negatively to Wednesday night’s Fullerton Planning Commission’s decision.
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“I spent a lot of time thinking about this and I think the big concern that I have as Commissioner (Kathleen) Shanfield had pointed out, that this has been going on for quite some time,” said Gambino. “Here we are, I guess, four years later and it seems as though the complaints are the same.” Gambino also noted that Twilight Hookah had outgrown the neighborhood and the result of their success is what pushes them to look for a new location for business. His decision was based on the need for more space away from a residential area so that the business could not be considered a nuisance.
Commissioner Kathleen Shanfield also agreed with Gambino to vote in favor of revocation since not only has the lounge been in violation of their permit, but the business has become a nuisance to the neighbors of the business. “It has gone on so long and I know the burden of proof is with the city and we’re looking at two conditions and I do feel that operating the business has been a nuisance in terms of smoke and the parking,” said Shanfield. “And looking at the evidence that we were given there were certainly more than three complaints in a twelve month period. So I’m going to have to side with the city on this one.” Chairman Scott Lansburg was concerned about losing a business that was
catered to the youth that was also alcohol free. However, Lansburg also mentioned that the employees of Twilight Hookah and the public comments made on their behalf were only comments made toward the friendliness of the business, not future plans on fixing problems with parking and odor. “The evidence from your clientele was mostly about how great of a people you are and you treat them like family,” said Lansburg. “But they didn’t give me any evidence that once they leave that there isn’t problems happening in the neighborhood.” Even though the decision would mean that Twilight Hookah Lounge must leave its current location by May 31, 2013, coowner Nadia Abdullah was optimistic since
she and her husband Hishan have been looking into relocating the hookah lounge. “Actually we’re very happy because we have found a new location,” said Abdullah. “The six months that they gave us is a good time to get everything in order with the city.” Abdullah mentioned that the lounge would continue its business elsewhere, since she felt the neighborhood behind the lounge would continue to complain if Twilight Hookah stayed at its current location. “It’s better for everyone if we leave the old location so we don’t go through this again,” Abdullah said. “We have neighbors that are just going to keep on complaining.”
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Muslim group seeks to break stereotype
Participating students will wear veils for the day in support of Islamic Awareness Week BEVI EDLUND Daily Titan
In honor of Islamic Awareness Week, the Muslim Student Association (MSA) Thursday will present the Hijab Day Challenge to give students the experience of what it feels like to dress like a Muslim for a day. “Hijab” is the Arabic word for “veil;” students will be able to pick up a hijab on the Titan Walk and wear it for the rest of the day. Mona Bennani, president of MSA, said the main goal of the event is to defy stereotypes of Muslims. “(Being Arab) is not the definition of Islam,” said Bennani. The headscarf is supposed to make one more conscious of God by taking attention away from physical attributes like hair. Bennani said people can have honest and healthy relationships with other people like this and that so much of relationships are based on physicality.
“...We’re here to understand... and find commonalities amongst our experiences.” SARAH SALAMA Vice President of MSA According to Bennani, the experience will help people learn a lot about themselves and she would like to see a lot of girls try it, just so people can relate. This is the most real “walk in my shoes” one can ever do, she said. “As soon as you put on the headscarf it should be assumed that you are Muslim,” Bennani said. “It’s something you can do
Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar died Wednesday in a hospital in Dallas after suffering a battle with pneumonia, according to CNN. He was 86. Ziglar was known for his seminars, which attracted crowds that would fill large-scale arenas. The self-proclaimed “Undisputed King of Motivation” was the author of more than two dozen books which preached salesmanship and motivation. Ziglar’s famous positive messages such as “failure is a detour, not a dead-end street,” or “success is the maximum utilization of the ability you have,” encouraged fans as well as his popularity. The motivational speaker began his career in the 1950s as a salesman and later started his professional speaking career in the 1970s. Ziglar is trending on sites such as Twitter, Yahoo and Google with social media users sharing his most memorable, uplifting quotes. Brief by KYMBERLIE ESTRADA
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to actively be in their shoes, and actively feel what we feel, wearing the Hijab, and being stared at. But also to feel that it’s not oppression, it’s rather a liberation.” Although she said it is a commandment from God, they choose to wear the head veil. “Because once you wear it you can’t say we’re oppressed anymore … There is no compulsion in religion, so it’s something we have actively made a choice to wear, and it’s a hard one,” Bennani said. She said just having someone experience wearing the headscarf for one day “would make the world to us, hopefully open their eyes as well.” However, students like Nijah Crenshaw, 22, a health science major, said some may not think the event is for everybody. She said it would be good for those who have an opinion about it or think negatively about it “just so they can know,” she said. “But for me it doesn’t really make a difference. I wouldn’t want to do it, personally.”
According to Sarah Salama, vice president of MSA, when people participate in the event they will gain an understanding of someone else’s life experience. “It’s important for anyone, regardless of which religion you come from,” Salama said. She used an an example of someone from the Hindu faith desiring to understand the point of view from a Christian or a Muslim’s point of view from a Buddhist. “That’s why we’re here to understand, and feel each other and find commonalities amongst our experiences. That’s a huge part of being a human,” Salama said. She said society has a negative view on Islam in the West, and they don’t see it for what it really is. “I hope that anyone participating in this event is going to realize the beauty of this, and the beauty of the concept of the Hijab,” Salama said. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States and worldwide. VISIT US AT DAILYTITAN.COM/NEWS
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Science and religion; they are separate, but they are not opposed Evolution in the historical Darwinian sense is defined as the process in which organisms tend to adapt to their environment for survival to reproduce themselves for the perpetuation of their own species. This concept revolutionized scientific models and provided, at the time, the desperately missing link to the possible source or “origin” of species in the biological sciences. Unfortunately, as Kenneth Miller in his book, Finding Darwin’s God, argues, philosophers and others have taken Darwin’s fundamental theory and blown it out into other academic disciplines where it does not belong, such as theology. In the same way, religion— namely Christianity—should not try to delve into science as Christian theology exclusively aims to explain purpose and existence through God and Jesus. Any perceived attempt at an overlap is bad hermeneutics. Proper exegetical principles have shown that Scripture is not in fact a science textbook that aims to explain any scientific concept from creation to death. To do so is an explicitly erroneous and fallacious reading of the text that should never be considered. Miller, a devout Catholic, argues when science and other disciplines attempt to blend together, major discontinuities surface that should not. Science only attempts to explain empirical phenomena (as it should) and other disciplines, namely theology, only should attempt to explain the immaterial that is too abstract for science to touch. Miller says that theology and science are two different spheres that deal with completely different issues. The overlaps, he says, are not only minimal but are not present in each’s purest forms. The National Academy of Sciences addressed the rift between science and religion in a statement in 1998 to clear the air of any misconceptions that had arisen. “At the root of the apparent conflict between some religions and evolution is a misunderstanding of the critical difference between religious and scientific ways of knowing. Religions and science answer different questions about the world... Religious and scientific ways of knowing have played, and will continue to play, significant roles in human history.” Miller’s thesis in his book is that evolution and Christianity are both equally relevant and valuable because of each other. He sees them as complementary to each other by virtue of difference as the National Academy of Science attested to. Miller sifts through arguments of the world’s leading atheists and other secular thinkers with exten-
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sive scientific backgrounds. His critiques are that the world simply does not understand the divide that should exist between science and religion. In the same work, he refutes the work of the infamous Michael Behe’s, Darwin’s Black Box, where he comes to the definition of an irreducible complexity, the idea that some concepts cannot be reduced any further down to proteins because of their complex makeup. Because of irreducible complexities that exist in nature, argued Behe, must mean that there is a “designer.” But that in itself is a fantasy. The truth, as Miller points out, is that irreducible complexity in Behe’s example organisms are deeply flawed and therefore falsified. Miller’s work, published in 1999, even predates the 2005 Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case where Behe admitted on the witness stand in Dover, Pennsylvania, that the textbook Of Pandas and People was repackaged creationism as “intelligent design” and the court ruled to have the book removed from schools. Evolution, Miller says, has contributed more to his faith in Jesus Christ and God than anything else because through his perspective, science and God validate each other through a pseudo-necessitative way. “What if the very foundations that seem to lock evolution and religion into conflict were built upon suspect ground?” asked Miller. Christianity or other faith groups should stay out of Darwinian evolution altogether because meaning and existence are not found in science. To do so would violate the purpose of religion altogether. Miller says there should be no social implications to Darwinian evolution because Charles Darwin didn’t intend it that way. He was no expert in theology and did not attempt to be. In the same way, theologians should not attempt to explain science because theology was never meant to.
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Accuse Elmo, get rich
Puppeteer, Kevin Clash, has officially resigned from his role as Elmo at Sesame Workshop following multiple accusations of abuse.
Kevin Clash’s accusers may be victims, but they hurt their cause by seeking money, not justice JAZMIN SANCHEZ Daily Titan
The man behind the voice of America’s favorite little red monster is being made out to be an even bigger monster in disguise, apparently one that preys on young boys. Or at least those trying to break into fame and fortune. Kevin Clash, who has been the voice of Elmo for 28 years, is accused of having sexual relationships with three underage boys during his long-running career as a puppeteer on the show Sesame Street. The accusers who have come forth so far are Sheldon Stephens, Cecil Singleton and “John Doe.” Sesame Workshop originally kept the allegations hush-hush in early November when Stephens, the first accuser, came forward claiming that he and Clash had sexual relations while he was underage. But just one day after Stephens’ lawyers released a statement to TMZ saying Sesame Workshop was discrediting the victim “in order to protect its employee and the image of one of its most valuable characters,” Stephens recanted his underage sex allegations and released a new statement saying that his relationship with Clash had been between two consenting adults.
Stephens has reportedly received $125,000 as settlement. If Stephens is willing to recant statements over settlements, then it seems bank accounts are more important than justice. If monetary settlements are used to keep “victims” satisfied then this is really just a lash out at Clash’s fame in an effort to get rich off Elmo’s success. Sexual abuse against children is a very wrong and serious crime. It’s not appropriate to make claims against an individual only to recant them after being offered money. If Clash is a sexual predator then he should be charged as one—there should be no amount of money that erases those facts. Singleton, Clash’s second accuser, says he met Clash nine years ago on a gay chat line when he was just 15 years old. Attorney Jeff Herman, who represents both Singleton and “John Doe”, said, “According to our lawsuit, Kevin Clash preyed on vulnerable teenage boys, like Cecil Singleton, to satisfy his depraved sexual interests. By coming forward now, Cecil hopes to spare the lives of others like him and to begin his own healing process.” Apparently, it will cost Singleton approximately $5 million to heal from the traumatic relationship he and the Elmo puppeteer shared, according to TMZ.com. Again the issue here should be about justice and not money: $5 million is a ridiculous amount of money that Singleton is seeking in emotional damages, but this number would
likely be much lower if Clash wasn’t a “celebrity.” It’s unfair that because he’s in the public eye that he is held to such a different standard. Clash’s third accuser claims he has come forward in the midst of these spiraling allegations to prove that the other two victims are not liars. “I too at first thought it was a money thing and wanted to stay silent, but Cecil’s story reflects mine and deserves validation,” said “Doe” in a statement. “Just say sorry so we can all move on with our lives. I pray that Kevin seeks help, because under these sexual demons is an incredible man.” For the record, Doe has started writing a book about his relationship with Clash which Herman read excerpts of at a recent press conference. These allegations are scandalous for numerous reasons. Not only are the victims very publicly expressing in detail the sexual relationships they had with Clash, but they appear to also be attempting to gain fame from tragedy. Are these press conferences really necessary? The point of them seems to be to tarnish Clash’s character which, in turn, threatens to tarnish an iconic children’s character, Elmo. The most appropriate thing Clash has done in this uncomforting situation has been his resignation from Sesame Workshop, which has so-far been a successful attempt at saving Sesame Street’s most lovable character from ruin.
Solar power’s slippery slope Pursuing clean energy is a noble cause, we must take care against more damage LOREN MANNING Daily Titan
Fossil fuels take millions of years to form, but only a few hundred or so to diminish. With the current rate of fossil fuel usage, it’s been estimated that the world’s supply of oil will be depleted by the year 2055, natural gas by the year 2072, and coal by the year 2128. Unfortunately, the world does not have the opportu-
nity to create more of these fuels, but it does have the opportunity to prepare for when they will inevitably run out. More unfortunate, California’s ways of “preparing” don’t shine so brightly. California has more than twice the acreage for solar zones than any other state in the country, and solar power plants have been appearing throughout its southern deserts; most recently plans for a solar zone have emerged in Inyo County. However, the cost of these solar power plants may be more than their supposed benefits to the com-
munity. Not only do they cost a fortune to construct, but they also take a huge toll on the environment they are claiming to save in the long run. BrightSource Energy, the developer of the $2.6 billion plant being proposed for Inyo, promised the plant would create at least 1,000 jobs during construction and another 120 jobs regarding maintenance and operations. Well great, but what happens after construction on the project has concluded? Once built and operating, only 10 permanent jobs out of the thousand would be up for grabs, and only 5 percent of the construction jobs would be filled by local workers. Other costs regarding the plant can easily go unforeseen, such as the needed construction of roads. A two-lane historic road going to and from the plant is estimated to cost $12 million to upgrade. Once the power plant is up and running, taxpayers can expect to take on the additional $2 million a year the plant will cost for public safety and other services. Besides the fair-sized chunk of cash the project will require, what else can California communities stress about? The environment? Certainly not, because solar power plants are installed in order to improve the atmosphere and save the polar bears. At least that’s the idea. Building massive solar power plants in sensitive areas filled with threatened species, such as gila
monsters and tortoises, reverses the concept of saving the environment. Not only does the size of these plants create concern for natural habitats of desert wildlife, but the way they function in general can harm any species living nearby. Certain power plants use technology that incorporates mirrors in order to generate heat levels that boil water into 1,000-degree Fahrenheit steam that drives turbines. Not only does it boil water, but it also naturally raises temperatures around the plant, causing unnatural change to the environment. The idea of solar power in general is a nice sentiment, but should it have to wreck natural habitats in order to be considered sufficient? “Of course we need to do solar, but it should go on rooftops or in appropriate places, not the pristine desert,” said April Sall, director of the Wildlands Conservancy in Oak Glen in a Bloomberg.com interview. Solar roof panels are making their presence in neighborhoods and showing better benefits to those who implement them, such as one Orange County family that went above and beyond regarding solar energy in their house and now only pays about 91 cents a month for the electric bill according to OC Register. With the end of the oil era fast approaching, the world needs to consider and play out other options. Southern California is soon to become the home of solar energy, but at numerous costs to its communities and environment.
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Running the best coast in the U.S.
A runner’s tale of exploring the Hawaiian coast and various island peaks ANDERS HOWMANN Daily Titan
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Holocaust survivor Jack Pariser spoke to members of the Genocide Preclusion Association Wednesday.
Course inspires students The Genocide Preclusion Association was formed to advocate social issues ALEX GROVES For the Daily Titan
Students are frequently inspired by the lessons they learn in the courses they take. Often they are influenced to pursue certain career paths, other times they are inspired to advocate for social issues. Six Cal State Fullerton students came together to form the Genocide Preclusion Association with the purpose of educating the public on genocide and ethnic cleansing, after several of them took History of Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing with professor Steven Jobbit. The club had its first general meeting Wednesday. Prospective members gathered in Humanities 414 at 4 p.m. to listen to Orange County holocaust survivor Jack Pariser recount his story. Jobbit, who currently serves as the club’s co-adviser, provided students with the option of doing a project that would enable them to get a better and more in-depth understanding of genocide. In the past, the assignment focused on the historical implications of genocide and ethnic cleansing, but Jobbit said that in the last two years he has allowed students to focus on current problems. Students like founding member and graduate student Nicole Miller were interested in modern practices of discrimination and prejudice and their implications within our society. “Nicole (Miller) wanted to look more closely at things like antiimmigrationism, anti-Muslim discourse and the banning of MexicanAmerican studies in Arizona,” said
Jobbit. “(She and other students) were concerned about the patterns they were seeing develop, and wanted to know what this might mean, and if it is dangerous or not.” Miller said this class project served as a catalyst for what would eventually become the Genocide Preclusion Association. She said by the end of the semester she took the class, Jobbit and Pariser were discussing ways they could enable students to learn even more about the subjects they wrote about. “The ideas that I explained in that term paper aren’t new in that I’m not the only one who has that opinion,” said Miller. “The Holocaust survivor, Jack (Pariser), and I had the same ideas about language. I hadn’t met him yet, but I knew we had the same idea.” “Jack has a burning desire to educate people and spread the word about this harmful kind of language and rhetoric, believing that if we could live in a world with tolerant and upstanding people, we could live in a world free from mass-killings,” she added. When the idea of an internship or research project came to fruition, Miller and others were on board to do it. Some students based their internship project on different issues than those Miller was examining. These issues included politics in genocide-stricken areas, or hate crimes and why they occur. The students’ experience with the internship increased their interest in the subject and, ultimately, brought them together to plan for the club. Now that things are in full swing for the student organization, Miller said she hopes to paint a clearer picture of what genocide looks like and how it occurs. The Genocide Preclusion As-
sociation plans to do this through a variety of different methods, but most specifically wants to use protests, petitions and other forms of verbal and written communication to drum up support for their cause. But these are merely short term goals for a club that’s all about preclusion. In the long run, Miller said she would like to see genocide stopped before it can even begin. Fellow club member and graduate student Joe Eggleston agrees. He said although genocide preclusion may be a lofty goal, there are various means by which it can be achieved, and that the club wants to do so by recognizing two major points. “(The first point) is to point out where hate is happening,” said Eggleston. “The second point is to really celebrate and encourage the acceptance of otherness that doesn’t really get noticed.” Eggleston said he was looking forward to the meeting and hearing people’s ideas on what the club should first address, since there are so many topics worth shedding light on. The club will begin forming campaigns based on ideas brought up during the meeting. “We laid out the various ideas that we had, listened to the ideas that others had, and from there will begin forming the appropriate campaigns,” Eggleston said. In the years to come, the club has a lot in store for members. One of their plans is to have an annual symposium in which similar organizations at schools in the area could conference and discuss particular forms of ethnic cleansing. At this time, no such event exists. Miller and Jobbit both said they would like to have the writings students have prepared in the class to be published as part of a Social and Global Justice Project.
Everywhere I go, I run. I’ve ran through Central Park, the many gardens and cemeteries of London, the hills of San Francisco, the humidity of Atlanta and the rain of Seattle. Nothing, however, compared to the coastline of Honolulu. It’s likely that Hawaii has some of the best places to run in the world. While my lists of places to hit the road still has no entries on the continents of Asia, Africa, South America or Australia, I am confident in my claim that the island of Oahu is one of the most scenic places to run. While on a family vacation over Thanksgiving break, I ran a total of 55 miles, all stemming from the tourist hub of Waikiki, Honolulu.
“I am confident in my claim that the island of Oahu is one of the most scenic places to run.” Between dodging other pedestrians and anxious cars on the main street, I ran through some of the most beautiful coastline and beaches. I climbed two peaks that stretched over 1,000 feet above the coast.
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Hawaii has a wide variety of scenic places that make for a great run.
Whenever I travel to a new place, my first run is exploratory. I usually run around the hotel or friend’s apartment that I am staying at in order to get a lay of the land. It’s usually a light run, simply to rid my body of jet lag and stiff joints. Of the seven runs I completed, standouts were my runs up two coastline peaks: Diamond Head, a point that protects Waikiki’s bay from heavy surf to the east, and Kokohead, a small mountain with an old WWII battery situated at the peak. Kokohead was one of the most challenging climbs of the trip. After parking at a baseball field at the base of the hill, I completed a mile climb up 45 to 55 degree grade. The trail was heavily eroded around old railroad tracks. At points, my “run” was more like a four-legged crawl. The view at the top spanned all of Honolulu and the
eastern coast, making the climb well worth it. My run to the peak of Diamond Head was probably the most spectacular run I have ever completed. Diamond Head is an inactive volcano whose peak is a popular hike for tourists staying- in Honolulu. After running from my hotel to the center of the crater, the climb was short but challenging. I climbed out of an inactive military bunker and was greeted with another awesome view of Honolulu. After spending ten minutes catching my breath, I ran five miles back to my hotel before the flight home. While many will go to Hawaii for the beaches, the weather and its beauty, avid runners who travel there should bring their shoes. Few places will rival its coastline, its mountains and its inland greenery.
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As a territory of the United States, Puerto Rico embraces various aspects of American practices.
An island full of culture A look into a land caught between its Latin roots and Americanized customs ANDIE AYALA Daily Titan
It’s hard to fathom stress while looking out at the beach from the “Morro,” the famous Puerto Rican icon, feet hanging above crashing waves on a warm summer evening, the sound of children laughing as they fly kites on the field next to it. But underneath the facade of a paradise without problems, behind the image of a tropical safe-haven filled with good times and laughs, when the tourists have all gone, one begins to notice a different side to Puerto Rico. It’s a crazy situation. Street names are in Spanish, but highways are named in English. The English system is used, but gasoline is measured in liters. Schools are taught mostly in English, but the spoken language is Spanish so students frequently find themselves absorbing lesson plans for an entire day in English and then joking to each other in Spanish. Passing through a highway one spots advertisements for Burger King (which are everywhere!) in Spanish, only to find an advertisement for a clothing company next to it in English. “What is this?” was my first thought, arriving into the fashionable, modern and beautiful city of San Juan, the capital. I’d venture to say that labelling Puerto Rico as a culturally diverse place is wholly accurate. As the daughter of Mexican parents, who spent the better part of her youth switching back and forth between Mexico and the U.S., I thought I was substantially bicultural. I found my ethnic background confusing as a child and struggled to find my identity as an adolescent, grateful to have yet another useless
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Puerto Rico’s “Morro,” a historic fort, is a famous icon of the island.
excuse to complain about being “misunderstood.” I have since grown comfortable with my ethnic identity, relishing in the benefits of being part of two cultures, such as eating amazing street tacos in Mexico and homemade apple pie, to say the least. However, I learned this past summer that bicultural takes on a whole new meaning in Puerto Rico. You ask your average American a single question: “What is Puerto Rico?” And the inevitable answer is bound to be: “Oh, it’s a territory.” However, most Americans can tell you little beyond that. This can most likely be blamed on the well-known lack of emphasis on geography lessons in the U.S. Somehow, this island, whose politics are based heavily on the decision of becoming a state or not and relies so much culturally on the United States, gets forgotten by the average American. Even I was surprised to find the island be surrounded by so many American aspects. I didn’t know for example, that Puerto Ricans use American passports. They get American television channels in English (I was relieved, I hated watching dubbed versions of my fa-
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vorite shows in Mexico), and they compete separately in the Olympics. It seemed there was always something to learn about Puerto Rican culture, another rule to remember about which aspect of Latin American culture had been retained or absorbed, and which aspect of American culture had been adopted. To my Puerto Rican friends, my questions about which stores were available, what services were available in Spanish and which system was used for measurement seemed so obvious. Being a mix of Latin and American culture is an inescapable fact in Puerto Rico. Unlike myself, who while growing up was able to focus on one of my cultures at a time depending on the country I was in, Puerto Rico is both cultures combined in one relatively small island. It becomes a way of life, a pattern, and to the average Puerto Rican, the mix between cultures (“spanglish” is much more intense) is just common sense. With Puerto Rico’s recent decision to move a step towards statehood it makes sense that Americans start to take a closer look at this seemingly quiet island.
Typical college students have a difficult time juggling school and work, but between late night study sessions and overloads of coffee, they manage to get through the day. William Rowley, a musicology Ph.D. student at USC, has accomplished what many may see as nearly impossible. Rowley has learned to juggle both a professional career as a philosophy professor at Cal State Fullerton and Chapman College, as well as being a student at USC. “I get up, get the kids ready and take them to school, teach a class at CSUF, drive over to USC and then teach an evening class at Chapman,” said Rowley. Between writing his own papers, jogging from class to class, driving the kids to school, taking courses at USC and much more, Rowley said the most difficult challenge he faces is time management. Despite the management between work, school and family
“He is a terrific colleague. He is enthusiastic and he cares about his students.” HEATHER BATTALY Philosophy department chair being “grueling” and his lack of sleep, Rowley said he has never lost motivation or enthusiasm. He has always kept a positive attitude by recognizing he is working hard and will soon reap the benefits once he finishes schooling at USC. For the past 12 years, Rowley has taught a variety of philosophy courses at both CSUF and Chapman College. At one point, Rowley was teaching eight philosophy courses at five different colleges, which is the most classes he’s taught simultaneously. Rowley said he was able to teach so many classes because at the time he did not have as many family responsibilities. “It was easy, no kids,” Rowley said. Rowley’s enjoyment of philosophy isn’t anything new. “I have always found philosophy interesting, I wanted to have a
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Professor William Rowley teaches philosophy courses at CSUF.
career in which I would have flexible hours and could still have time to raise a family,” Rowley said. Rowley wanted a profession in which he could make a difference in individuals’ lives while doing what he loved. That was when he decided to take up teaching. Although he said he is very dedicated to teaching philosophy, Rowley’s number one passion has always been music. He decided to focus on this passion and said he hopes to achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a USC musicology graduate. Rowley is also a professional musician who loves to sing and play classical music at local events. “Whenever I have the chance, I like to go down to local events to sing and play music,” Rowley said. When the opportunity comes around, he said he makes sure to enjoy every second of it. Rowley also enjoys playing cards, poker specifically, or goes out for a game of golf. “I’m a fanatic, pre-avid golfer,” Rowley said. “It’s one of my favorite past-times.” Although his free time is lim-
ited, Rowley said he enjoys his job. The most enjoyable part of his job, he said, is seeing students get excited about philosophy. Rowley said he encourages his students to major in something they love to do, something which they will wake up every morning and be happy to go to work, just like him. “Hobbies become jobs,” Rowley said. “I want students to choose a major which they love and not because of the money or the easiness of finding a job.” Rowley said the biggest satisfaction he gets out of teaching is being able to help students find out what their true passion is. Many of his students admire Rowley’s passion for philosophy. “His class was awesome, I really enjoyed it. Professor Rowley is a really funny guy,” said Stephanie Rojas, a former student of Rowley’s. His colleagues also recognize how dedicated Rowley is to his students. “He is a terrific colleague. He is enthusiastic and he cares about his students,” said Heather Battaly, a philosophy department chair.
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Women’s basketball to welcome NAU Friday
Men’s basketball set to play the Huskies and the Eagles on the road The Titans hope to extend streak against Washington and Eastern Washington ANGEL MENDOZA Daily Titan
Titans hope to put an end to a three game losing streak with a victory against the winless Lumberjacks GABY MARTINEZ Daily Titan
The Cal State Fullerton women’s basketball team (2-4) looks to get back to its winning ways at home Friday in a game against the Northern Arizona University (NAU) Lumberjacks (0-6). CSUF is coming off two tough losses in the Cal Classic Friday and Saturday against Georgetown University and Eastern Washington University. CSUF played well in the hard-fought games. Against Georgetown, CSUF played excellently in the second half scoring 35 points, but fell just short in the loss, 53-51. In the game against Eastern Washington, the team also went on a few scoring runs in the second half, but lost the game 50-45. Although the team lost both games, it did come back in the second half. This is indicative of the Titans’ work ethic. Head Coach Marcia Foster assessed her team’s performance. “It’s twofold. First, we need to execute better so we don’t put ourselves in holes early. So instead of catching up, we’d be extending a lead. Second, the good part is that we are competitive and don’t ever quit,” said Foster. In both games, the team struggled offensively, especially in shooting from the field. Foster addressed the Titans’ poor field goal shooting percentage. “We’ve been spending a lot more time in practice on getting more shots up,” Foster said. “Again, it comes down to execution. I think we can get better shots. That should help our shooting percentage.” Although the Titans have not been making all of their shots, it’s a good sign that they have been shooting often. “I like the fact that we have a lot of opportunities to shoot the ball. We had more opportunities to score
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Sophomore guard/forward, Kathleen Iwuoha, looks for a jump shot while surrounded by three Sacramento State defenders. Iwuoha had 12 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal.
than they (Georgetown) did. Our shooting will improve,” Foster said. It is still early into the season. The team has plenty of time for improvement. Coach Foster is optimistic about the team’s ability to improve and grow. “We are still learning how to play together. This is a team that didn’t spend a lot of time working together last year,” Foster said. “We are young so you should see continued improvement throughout the year with everything with execution with shooting. We should continue to get better defensively as well.” The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks’ 0-6 record is a bit deceiving. They are better than their record indicates. Their winless season will also make the Lumberjacks desperate for a win. Coach Foster commented on what she expects from NAU. “NAU is going to be tough. NAU has a couple of really solid offensive performers. We have our work cut out for us as far as defending them,” Foster said. “They are a team that is hungry for a win so expect them to come in and compete.
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They are a good team.” NAU has quite a few offensive weapons. Senior center Aubrey Davis leads the team in shooting percentage with 51.2 percent. Senior guard Amy Patton leads the team in points with 150 and points per game with 25. The Titans not only want to defend these players, but also hope to establish their game, especially trying to build a lead early in the game. “We are a team that needs to establish who we are. It’s about us improving,” Foster said. For the Titans, senior point guard Chante Miles leads the team in average points per game with 14.5 and free throw percentage with 80 percent. Bench player, Natalie Williams, who averages 15.2 minutes per game, leads the team in field goal percentage at 60 percent. The team hopes to extend its two game home winning streak and snap its three game losing streak. Cal State Fullerton plays Northern Arizona University Friday at Titan Gym at 7 p.m. For more information, visit FullertonTitans.com.
The Cal State Fullerton men’s basketball team (3-2) will look to continue its winning streak this weekend as they go up north and take on the Eastern Washington University Eagles (1-5) and the Washington Huskies (2-3). After losing their first two games of the regular season to Stanford and Nevada, the Titans have reeled off three straight wins, their latest victory coming at the expense of San Diego Christian College. CSUF dominated from start to finish against the Hawks, shooting 57 percent from the field and 41 percent from the three-point line, en route to a 106-60 win. San Diego Christian fell to 0-4 in exhibition contests against Division 1 schools this season, as this game didn’t count toward its record. Freshman guard Jared Brandon scored a career-high 16 points to lead six other Titans in double figures in the 2012-13 home opener at Titan Gym. Brandon finished six of nine from the field and added four rebounds in his 25 minutes of play. The CSUF starting five all scored in double figures. Junior forward Marquis Horne became the first player to record a double-double this year, contributing 15 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Senior forward Sammy Yeager and senior guard D.J. Seeley contributed to the Titan scoring effort with 15 points apiece. Junior forward Andy Saharan and junior guard Derrick Dickerson led San
Diego Christian with nine points to lead the Hawks. The game was tied early at 2-2 but the Hawks were never able to get closer than a point at 5-4, two minutes into the game. Both teams combined for eight consecutive three-point makes at one point but a 15-0 run by the Titans made the score 51-29 with 3:45 left in the first half. CSUF led 56-32 at halftime, due in large part to its 64 percent shooting from the field. The Titans didn’t let up at all in the second half, going on an early 12-0 run that put them up 35 points and the game solely in the hands of the Titans. CSUF is led by the three seniors leading the squad this season. Kwame Vaughn is shooting 54.9 percent from the field, has 18.4 points per game and is second on the team with five rebounds a game. D.J. Seeley has also been playing well, putting in 18.2 ppg and leading the team in assists per game. Sammy Yeager also has 17 ppg and is grabbing 5.8 rebounds per game. Junior guard Justin Crosgile is Eastern Washington’s biggest threat. He leads the team with 14.2 ppg and 6.5 assists per game. Freshman forward Venky Jois leads the team at 8.2 rebounds per game and is second on the team with 12.2 ppg. Washington is led by junior guard C.J. Wilcox who leads the team with 18.0 ppg and is third on the team with 4.0 rebounds per game. Senior center Aziz N’Diaye is averaging a double-double this season with 10.8 ppg and 11 rebounds per game. The Titans take on Eastern Washington Friday at 6:05 p.m. and Washington Sunday at 4:00 p.m.