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THE DAILY TITAN The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton

Volume 92, Issue 53



ROBERT HUSKEY / Daily Titan More than 20 SWAT officers and about 60 other police officers, from seven different law enforcement agencies, were deployed Wednesday in a multi-city effort to arraign two pawn shop thieves.

CSUF LOCKED DOWN Two suspects still at large after high-speed chase ends on CSUF’s doorstep



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Students were told they could go home at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday after a complete lockdown and evacuation of Cal State Fullerton paralyzed the campus for hours. Dozens of SWAT members and other officers from seven agencies flooded the campus in search of one of the men suspected of shooting a pawn shop employee during a robbery in Moreno Valley. Police originally pursued five suspects to Fullerton before they fled on foot after crashing into a student’s car at Nutwood Avenue and Folino Drive at about 3:50 p.m. Helicopters circled overhead as one suspect was arrested near the on-campus Carl’s Jr. while another was caught outside College Park. The third suspect carjacked a vehicle and led police on a second pursuit that ended in a baseball field in Watts. Two suspects remained at-large Wednesday night. The other missing suspect is believed to have fled south of CSUF on foot. Fullerton Police Sgt. Jeff Stuart said most police resources went toward the search for the suspect on campus. At 11 p.m., Stuart said attention had shifted to getting students off campus. “Some of these kids have been in the buildings for more than six hours,” said Stuart. “We’re concerned about their needs at this point, so we’re trying to get them out to their cars and off campus.” Stuart was unsure how long the campus-wide sweep would take, but predicted it would continue well into the night. “It’s a slow, methodical process when we search

rooms,” Stuart said. “That one corner that you miss could be the corner where the suspect might be hiding.” Riverside County Sheriff’s Cpl. Angel Ramos said the incident began with a shooting during a robbery at a Moreno Valley pawn shop just after 3 p.m. “Moreno Valley officers responded to a robbery in progress at the 24500 block of Sunnymead Boulevard,” said Ramos. “The preliminary information is that at least one male entered the business, displayed a handgun, shot a victim inside the business and fled the scene.” Sgt. Lisa McConnell, public information officer for Riverside County, said the wounded individual was in stable but critical condition when he was transported to a local hospital. Dakota Durrego, 19, undeclared, was working her job as barista at the Steven G. Mihaylo Hall Starbucks when she was told to evacuate the building. “I was ringing everyone up and making customer orders, then I look up and see someone run through the building,” said Durrego. “It didn’t look serious because it just looked like a student running late to class.” Durrego described the suspect as having braided hair and wearing a large white T-shirt and jeans. She said she did not understand the gravity of the situation at the time. “I was not thinking of how severe this could really be,” Durrego said. “He could have easily pulled a gun on someone or taken someone. That’s just scary even thinking about.”


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Students wait out lockdown DAVID HOOD & GABY MARTINEZ Daily Titan

Alyssa Bormann stumbled into Room 565 in McCarthy Hall only to be greeted by darkness and panic from students and a professor barricading the door to keep an armed suspect from entering. “There was this table, barricading the front door, and then (the professor) peeks from behind the table,” said Bormann. “He was like ‘You guys are supposed to be in shelter, and you’re wandering around the halls.’” Students were locked out of their classrooms as they attempted to take tests or to simply make it to class after a five-person car chase ended in a “modified lockdown,” which prevented students from exiting or entering any university building. The ordeal started with a shooting during a burglary at a Moreno Valley pawn shop shortly after 3

p.m., according to police. The pursuit ended in a traffic collision outside Mihaylo Hall when the suspects were spotted dodging authorities. Three of the five suspects were apprehended while the other two managed to evade police–one traveled south and the other north onto campus which resulted in the campus-wide lockdown. “We assume that they stole that car because the police had already been following them,” said Katie Egan, 22, a human services major. “They got in a fender bender and they were stuck in traffic, so they opened up the doors and booked it.” Campus authorities sent emails, tweets, calls and texts to alert students, faculty and staff updates on the event. “Please shelter in place until further notice. There is a possible dangerous suspect on campus in the Langsdorf Hall area. We will update you asap,” said an official university text sent around 4:17 p.m.

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ROBERT HUSKEY / Daily Titan A Fullerton police detective escorts students during the campus-wide lockdown.

Although evening classes and events were cancelled via an executive order from President Mildred Garcia’s office, some students and faculty remained in their classrooms, trying to stay calm as people and to remain diligent as students. In Room 201 in Dan Black Hall, two students were seen by reporters working on their geology project and examining rock samples with a microscope while helicopters circled overhead and SWAT teams searched buildings. “There were a bunch of cops everywhere. It was kinda crazy,” said Nick DeGlymes, 20, a civil engineering major. “I didn’t think this would be happening during finals weeks. It’s kind of bad timing.”

DeGlymes said his class was supposed to be reviewing for finals, but it was cancelled. Some staff expressed concern when they were ushered out of their buildings as precautionary measures because they believed they were exposed out in the open. Grace Glazer, administrative coordinator in the Information Systems Department in Mihaylo Hall, said she was nervous that the suspect might open fire on the bystanding students, faculty and staff outside Langsdorf Hall. “I’m a little nervous being out here in the open,” said Glazer. “If the guy comes out here shooting, what are we going to do?” But Glazer said the university is

well-prepared for emergencies because all the staff are briefed on a regular basis to promote communication and safety. “There are plenty of safety meetings,” she said. “We’ve gone through about four safety meetings this semester. We get safety information about once a week. There is adequate planning.” Diane Hernandez, 24, a geology major, was impressed with the speedy response by the school. “The warnings they sent out, the text messages, that helps a lot,” she said, pointing out that some faculty members donned orange jackets to help direct students away from danger. Alvan Ung contributed to this report.

Political issues ‘round the table

The American Democracy Project hosts peaceful discussion at CSUF NICHOLAS RUIZ

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This week has brought a series of town hall meetings to CSUF that involve political issues and cover a wide spectrum of topics to entice students and teachers alike. The events are hosted by the American Democracy Project (ADP). The national initiative is hosted at universities across the country and seeks to foster peaceful discussion between students, teachers and guest speakers. Scott Spitzer, Ph.D. is also producing the meetings along with his Introduction to American Government student body. Fresh off a fiery election season full of the usual punch-drunk rhetoric, the town halls bring politics back to their peaceful, informed roots. Pamela Fiber-Ostrow, Ph.D. is the campus representative from the ADP who hopes the attendees can learn how to participate in a successful dialogue, free of hostility. “We can discuss contentious policy issues in a civil manner and in ways that can lead to solutions rather than just screaming about the problems,” said Fiber-Ostrow. She also sees the timing of these meetings as fitting after a bruising year for American politics. “I think that politics has led to some very uncivil discourse and it has translated to the citizens. I think our role models in the politicians have become very weak in terms of their civil engagement and that breeds hostility in the citizenry and we need to set a better example,” Fiber-Ostrow said. The first example of the series was about social policy, which included Social Security, welfare, federal spending on California education, arts funding in Los Angeles, nutrition and childhood obesity, nutrition in public schools and unemployment insurance. There was a high turnout of over 250 attendees for the first day, according to Fiber-Ostrow, among them pupils of Spitzer’s class. His students have been working all semester exploring public affairs of their choosing to prepare presentations for this week, and the timing could not have been more fitting. As worries such as the “fiscal cliff” haunt the nation, entitlements have gone under the microscope for possible cuts and reforms, which reiterates the need for proper dialogue. Fiber-Ostrow said that students were very amicable with each other in both agreement and opposition. “They were enthusiastic when they

ELEONOR SEGURA / Daily Titan Students gather at a table in the TSU Pavilion to share viewpoints.

found commonalities. I think they were happy to hear that other people have opinions for these things. It’s not so isolating to have interest in these events,” Fiber-Ostrow said. Chris Corliss, the program coordinator from Health, Sports & Physical Education Center for Healthy Kids & Schools of the Orange County Department of Education, was also there during the first town hall. Corliss was with a group of students who were addressing issues having to do with school health and fitness. He listened more than spoke, giving feedback when necessary. “I was impressed with their enthusiasm and the work they had done to investigate a couple of these issues and how seriously they took the idea of working that particular area of public policy,” Corliss said. Corliss has been to CSUF many times before, referring to the work he and his department have done with the school’s health sciences and kinesiology departments. He considers the campus a major community partner in education. As such, Corliss praises the town hall meetings as another way to connect the campus with the outside world by bringing in community leaders from different agencies to keep in touch with the people they impact. “You know that whole ‘ivory tower syndrome’ that they talk about that certain universities have, that they’re disconnected with their communities? I’ve never felt that way with Cal State Fullerton,” Corliss said. Wednesday’s union of students and leaders shined a light on subjects such as government spending on education, CSU tuition fee hikes and budget cuts, health care spending, state income taxes and unemployment among veterans. American government students were assigned to different tables and community leaders depending on the subjects they were tackling. Each group had a moderator and a speaker to lead discussions. One of those speakers was Kyle

Miller, 19, a journalism major, and he helped lead a talk about CSU tuition hikes and budget cuts. He started by asking others what cuts would be considered ethical to deal with decreased funding to the college system. “What would you like the cuts to be on? What should the money be spent on. Would we cut from the teachers salary, would we cut from the number of students coming here. Extracurricular activities. It’s really an opinion related question,” Miller said. Andre Bidar, 20, a computer science major, was the moderator and reminded them of the dilemma that any cuts would bring. “It’s very difficult to find a solution that won’t hurt anyone. But in the end there is going to be people who get hurt to benefit others,” Bidar said. With the first two days done, all that remains is the final discussion entitled “Civil Rights and Liberties.” On the agenda is same-sex marriage, women’s rights, immigration rights and marijuana legalization. President Mildred García is scheduled to make the introduction speech and guests Kate Jeffrey, executive director of The Center OC, and Mindy Farmer, education director of the Richard Nixon Library are slated to appear. This comes a little after a month ago when gay marriage was legalized in Maine, Maryland and Washington. Marijuana also gained free reign in Colorado and Washington. Both sweeps call into question the conflicts between federal and state jurisdictions. Therefore, Fiber-Ostrow foresees the largest turnout of the week for Friday. She believes that the recent decision by the federal supreme court to take on gay marriage will also add a layer of excitement to the proceedings. “The stakes are even higher because there is an answer coming. We don’t know how it will fall, we don’t know in which way, but really this isn’t just talking about issues, this is actually talking about issues that matter and that are relevant,” Fiber-Ostrow said.

A top Florida lawmaker is demanding that the federal government help “get to the bottom” of dozens of deaths at a now defunct boys’ reform school, according to CNN. State forensic investigators said they have discovered evidence of 19 more grave sites than previously thought at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in the town of Marianna. “For the sake of those who died and the family members still living, we’ve got to find out what happened at the school,” Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, said in a letter dated Wednesday to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. This comes after years of stories of beatings, tortures and murder at the academy. Investigators say there’s evidence that 98 boys died at the school, and some of them may be buried in the 50 graves found on school grounds. “The reform school may yield some ugly reminders about our past, but we absolutely must get to the bottom of this,” Nelson said in a news release Wednesday. Brief by NICHOLAS RUIZ

OC Register makes a deal Orange County Register owners, Freedom Communications Inc., has announced the purchase of Newport Beachbased publication Churm Media, which publishes monthly magazines OC Metro, OC Family and two other publications. The deal between the two publications closed Tuesday, according to the Register. Freedom’s chief executive Aaron Kushner said in a statement that the new addition to their company will continue to be lead by Steve Churm, the previous owner of Churm Media. Churm will become a vice president of the Register and his employees will remain with positions under the new ownership. The newly purchased magazines are distributed free in Orange and surrounding counties. Reportedly, the publications have a current monthly circulation of 400,000. According to Freedom Communications this expansion will give them the chance to increase their readership and advertising opportunities. Brief by IRMA WONG

Brown diagnosed with cancer Gov. Jerry Brown has been diagnosed, and is now undergoing treatment for, localized prostate cancer according to the Orange County Register. The governor’s office announced the news late Wednesday afternoon. Brown, who has served three terms as governor of California, will continue to work a full schedule while receiving treatment. His treatment is expected to be completed by early January. In 2011, the governor also had health issues regarding a cancerous growth removed from this nose. “Fortunately, this is early stage localized prostate cancer, which is being treated with a short course of conventional radiotherapy. The prognosis is excellent, and there are not expected to be any significant side effects,” said Brown’s oncologist, Dr. Eric Small. Brief by IRMA WONG





MANHUNT: Tri-county effort continues



TOP: A California Highway Patrol officer leads one of the suspects to the back of a squad car after his arrest outside Mihaylo Hall. LEFT TOP: A SWAT officer relays instructions to his squad outside the Humanities Building. FAR RIGHT: SWAT officers sweep through Mihaylo Hall in search of one of the suspects. BOTTOM: One suspect is led away in cuffs after being arrested just outside College Park.



Chelsie Sanchez, 24, an advertising major, said she was finally released from her classroom at around 7 p.m. “We were watching the news on the projector in our classroom,” said Sanchez. “We went through McCarthy Hall to get out. I thought it was going to be an easy review for finals—it’s been a nightmare.” Other students were trapped inside classrooms for up to six hours before being released. Following the “all-clear” announcement of Mihaylo Hall, SWAT teams were sent in to sweep University Hall, Langsdorf Hall and

the Education Classroom Building room-byroom in search of the suspect. Students were contacted about the incident and lockdown through an array of text messages, emails, automated phone calls and loudspeaker announcements from CSUF. The warnings urged students to stay inside secure locations while police searched the campus. But even with a campus-wide evacuation and lockdown, some students were still unaware of the lockdown instructions. Witnesses said they heard shots fired at various times, but the reports were not confirmed with police. Amanda Ward, 26, a philosophy major, said she heard speculation about the suspects

and their whereabouts, but was still unsure of the details. “It’s crazy, I don’t think it’s that big a deal, though … they got people off campus pretty quickly,” said Ward. CSUF associate Vice President Jeffrey Cook announced a statement from President Mildred García, detailing the concerns of the CSUF administration for the safety of students and faculty. Cook would not discuss evacuation specifics. “This is a law enforcement issue, not a Cal State Fullerton issue,” said Cook. Ian Wheeler, Brian Day, Gaby Martinez, Tim Worden, David Hood, Alvan Ung and Justin Enriquez contributed to this report. VISIT US AT DAILYTITAN.COM/NEWS



Lockdown at #CSUF: Twitter’s role in crises The events on campus last night ostensibly forced me to take a closer look at just what I’m trying to accomplish with the crap I write here. Last night, on a night which had nothing particularly special about it other than having an identical number for day, month and year, something extraordinary happened. Though I do believe in it, the entirety of the “social media experience bringing us together” message I’ve touted isn’t something you can touch; it isn’t something you can physically see. To many, that means it is not real, so any power that the goofy “TweetFace” machine has is largely imagined; and you know what, I really can’t argue with that. Because if you haven’t made a connection online or you don’t use it for the purpose of connecting with new people—something that’s a very real possibility—then it all remains immaterial. But if you are reading this paper, then you more than likely are aware of what happened on campus last night. In fact, at the time of writing this, I am currently sitting in a darkened newsroom with nothing but the glow of multiple laptops, cell phones and Mac computers; they light the faces of people working their veritable tails off to bring you the issue you hold in your hands. This is just one story among many. For what seemed to be an eternity, despite being just a few short hours, these stories dotted the landscapes of social media; flames that created a constellation of a situation that upended the Wednesday evening of Cal State Fullerton. This wasn’t some easily-ignored idea, it was a blazing signal that seemed to suggest that maybe this whole social media thing really is good for something. As tweets went out, people found people, news found sources and details were relayed as the situation continued on into the night. NBC Los Angeles, utilizing the tweet aggregator, Storify, churned out a continuing stream of pictures and updates. At some point in the night, people even believed they had identified one of the suspects on Twitter. Though the news created a digestible narrative, this was a story told by those who experienced it; the rawest form of story-telling. It was more than just telling the tale, too. In the past, situations like this would have been filled with doubt and uncertainty. In




RICARDO GONZALEZ the current age, family members and friends found each other and were reassured within mere seconds. A quick search of the Twitter hashtag #CSUF unleashed a flurry of activity—students let the world know just what was going on, tweets spilling out in bunches as the hours passed. This isn’t meant to be my big, “I was right” moment. This isn’t me patting myself on the back for backing something that, for an excruciatingly long night, became the most useful tools to both citizens and journalists (their lines being blurred thoroughly). It is simply me saying that social media isn’t always a frivolous thing. Of course that statement in and of itself suggests that there’s something positive that can be taken from Wednesday night’s events. It was a scary experience that, if I may be frank, really shook my confidence in being a journalist; to be regularly placed in situations where I or those who I genuinely care about regularly get put in the line of fire (or just outside of it, as the case was yesterday).

“It is simply me saying that social media isn’t always a frivolous thing.” But again, as I sat among the faces of myriad journalists working furiously to give this situation the best coverage they can, as I sat on my Twitter and Facebook timelines watching as the updates and well wishes flooded in, I couldn’t help but feel good about what was being accomplished. Maybe, just maybe, this column I wrote wasn’t so crazy after all.

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South Korean pop sensation PSY’s hit single, “Gangnam Style,” recently surpassed Justin Bieber’s “Baby” as the most watched video on YouTube. The singer recently came under an attack for an anti-American song he sung in 2004 during a protest.

Lost in (mis)translation PSY’s “Dear American” needs context, rather than contempt

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The time, emotional. The streets, chaotic. The place, South Korea. It was in 2002 when the “Yangju highway incident” occurred. An armored vehicle owned by the Second Infantry Division (2ID), the United States military’s premier combat unit in Korea, ran over two children along the narrow road of Highway 56. It was driver Sgt. Mark Walker and the vehicle’s commander, Sgt. Fernando Nino, who were tried under United States law, and found to be “not guilty.” In 2004, anti-war sentiment was high among South Koreans, a feeling that was further escalated when a South Korean hostage was viciously slain by Iraqi insurgents, sparking riots and protests across the nation. It was then that a voice, unknown to the Western world at the time, viciously spoke his mind in a song titled “Dear American.” Slathered in gold paint and backed by a full rock band, he smashed a model of an American M2 Bradley tank with his feet. The figure then strutted across stage with symbolic intimidation and emotionally charged political fervor, rapping about “Yankees who tortured Iraqis and the death we should bestow upon such morally inept people.” No intent of bringing joy, no shades to hide his gleaming eyes and no ridiculous dance to go with his message. The rapper was poised and stern in his message. This figure was PSY, whose recent rise to fame in America may be unfortunately brought to an end due to lack of context. The fact that many have failed to see in this recently surfaced performance from 2004 is this: PSY not only disparaged Americans, but condemned South Korea’s former president, Roh Moo-hyun, as well as Iraqi extremists. Some have rejected the original interpreta-

an exploitation of emotion centered around a highly profitable celebrity. Americans need to put their prideful sentiments behind, and if Jone’s translation and other translations are to be taken into consideration, we don’t need to exaggerate and believe PSY was trying to single us each out individually. Considering the timing of “Dear American,” we need to remind ourselves of not only how PSY has changed personally since then, but how our country and the rest of the world’s views have changed since the war began in Iraq; we are only making ourselves look bad by limiting the free speech of others around the world and condemning a simple entertainer because he spoke poorly of Americans eight years ago. Either way, this is still not a matter of historical facts and fiction. This is about an individual who said the “wrong” thing at a time that felt right, amongst a country that was there to support and reinforce what he felt. Even if Yangju was truly an accident, it does not take back the emotional and political implications. This collective sense of nationality can be seen through any country during emotional times and we should understand that. We can be angry with PSY, but retaliation will not resolve what he has said, nor will it make up for past actions in South Korea. Hopefully we can assess our initial reactions and take a step back to look at the situation as a whole. U.N. Secretary General Ban Kimoon once spoke of PSY’s unlimited global reach and his self-addressed belief in the power of music to overcome tolerance. PSY may have said things in the past, but we can only look forward, to the future, now. We should embrace the positivity of “Gangnam Style,” forget about “Dear American,” and keep on dancing.

Taking advantage of tragedy Cities need to stop using funds established following 9/11 for wasteful frivolities RICARDO GONZALEZ Daily Titan

Following the tragic and shocking events of Sept. 11, 2001, there was a natural, completely rational reaction to desire a safer America. The establishment of safeguards— under the umbrella of Homeland Security—was a gesture that our government realized its people needed to feel protected; its measures bordered on necessity for a country that now had much more palpable fears than in the years prior. Among these measures was a grant titled the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI). Established in 2003, the grant was created under the very reasonable assumption that individual cities would require more specialized protection in the event of a terrorist attack. However, now almost a decade removed from the grant’s implementation, the initiative that once covered CONTACT US AT DTOPINION@GMAIL.COM

tion by CNN’s iReport site, which has been improperly used as the basis for a majority of news sites referencing the story and for those who have protested PSY. CNN’s translation went as follows: “Kill those — Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives, Kill those — Yankees who ordered them to torture, Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-inlaw, and fathers, Kill them all slowly and painfully.” However, Ben O. Jone, a native Korean speaker and U.S.-based graduate student, made his own translation for the Washington Post. An anonymous professional interpreter noted the translation to be “actually pretty literal and accurate.” “The—despicable Western women and men who tortured Iraqi war prisoners and, Dog—despicable Western women and men who gave orders to torture, Their daughter, mother, daughter-in-law, father the big-nose, kill all Very slowly kill, painfully kill.” Although PSY could have formulated his words more eloquently, they still possess a sense of generality when thought of in context, especially in the translation that Jone provided. It’s important to keep in mind that when translating back and forth between languages, a disruption of the original meaning can occur, and some things may be more literal or symbolic than they sound. PSY may not be so guilty. This may still be deemed “shock value” either way, but such an approach is commonplace for someone who is trying to send out an international message. But few paid attention to such efforts back in 2004, as Korean Pop held little significance for the American market at the time. PSY’s “antiAmerican” past is really not news; it is simply

12 major metropolitan areas has ballooned to include 31 separate jurisdictions. According to the Los Angeles Times, a new report released on Dec. 5 has concluded the UASI has cost a total of $7 billion. The U.S. has spent $46 billion on Homeland Security this year alone. This may not seem unreasonable at first glance. After all, one cannot really put a price on safety and some degree of waste is to be expected when using the “better to be safe than sorry” approach. Realistically, if $7 billion is what it requires to keep the whole of America’s metropolitan areas moderately safe, then so be it. It is when you get into the minutia of the spending that the UASI comes into question. The report states that several cities have obtained sizable grants utilizing the most implausible of attack scenarios. For example, Columbus, Ohio was given $98,000 for the construction of an underwater robot. San Diego received funds in September to hold a conference at a spa and resort (complete with a “zombie apocalypse” demonstration) with a $1,000

fee. In Clovis, Calif., $200,000 was spent on an armored personnel carrier which has seen little use outside of town events. These are only a few of the expenditures outlined by Oklahoma senator Tom Coburn. Known for his “Wastebook” which he releases yearly—outlining wasteful government spending—Coburn naturally thinks cuts are in order for the seemingly wasteful grant program which received $490,376,000 in funding this year. Indeed that may be the case, but I see something far more troubling than dollar signs in the reports: the nature by which cities are receiving these funds. Again, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was established in the wake of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Grant programs like UASI were created at a time when the concept of invasion, attack or what have you seemed all too real—regardless of how implausible they seemed in hindsight. It is the individual city representatives who now see this money and,

instead of thinking how it could best be used to fulfill its intended purpose, think of ways in which they can exploit current systems in order to get a government check for a new toy. Perhaps it’s naive of me to think this is not how it should be. Perhaps I am not fiscally-minded enough to propose a better solution. However, it simply makes me lose some semblance of faith when programs born out of tragedy are taken advantage of. It would be like if a fund set up for Hurricane Sandy relief was suddenly being used for government officials’ vacations a few years down the road; it just doesn’t feel right. While I don’t think the relative government waste is the issue, if the only solution to stopping these actions is to take away the money available then I’m with Coburn’s push for cuts. Because although “Remember 9/11” may be a redundant adage— the event rocked the bedrock of the country so much it can hardly be forgotten—those using UASI funds for superfluous purposes give the sentiment a rather shady implication.





Inspector retires after three decades Fire Department official spent his career teaching kids about the dangers of playing with fire VICTORIA TRUONG Daily Titan

With more than three decades of service to the department, Senior Fire Prevention Inspector Tom Thompson of the Fullerton Fire Department knows a thing or two about dealing with kids. He not only conducts a fire prevention and safety program to all fifth-graders in Fullerton, called the Junior Firefighter Program, but he also created the Juvenile Firesetter program where he counseled young people who had been playing with fire or setting fires. “Being in the fire services is an advantage,” Thompson said. “It’s one of the few public employees kids still respect, even if they’ve done something wrong. They still look at you in a positive manner.” During his years of one-on-one counseling in the Juvenile Firesetter program, only one or two people had serious psychological problems that would require continuous medical help. But Thompson said that the majority of the young people he interviewed were misguided and lacked common sense. “I’d spend five minutes telling them about fire. The rest of the time we’d meet, I’d spend time teaching them about traits and value systems,” Thompson said. “And how important it is that (they) learn about decisionmaking and responsibility.” Life is about taking one’s positive experiences and sharing them with others, Thomp-

son said. “My father said, ‘You are a very fortunate young man. Share what you’ve got.’” It’s one of the reasons he finds mentoring a rewarding, but yet humbling experience. “Give these people the tools and teach them how to use the tools, and when they teach it to me, the most rewarding thing is to see them take off,” Thompson said. “Seeing them is like lighting a fuse on a rocket. And when it goes, that is more exciting to me than watching a space shuttle take off.” One such mentorship story is about a young man by the name of Balthazar. Thompson recalls driving home late from work one evening, when he saw a huddled figure walking his bike along the sidewalk on Harbor Boulevard. He offered Balthazar a ride home and refuge from the rain. Thompson noticed the young man’s hands looked like skin had peeled off. Balthazar explained his job required him to use an acid-based cleaner. “I asked him if he wore gloves or a mask, and he said ‘no.’ Anyone that would treat somebody like that,” Thompson’s voice trailed off and he shook his head in disbelief at the memory. Thompson enrolled Balthazar into English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at the School of Continuing Education located in Fullerton, where he earned his high school diploma. When Balthazar wanted to start his own window-washing business, Thompson bought him a truck and ladders. The business thrives, and has since expanded to include putting up holiday lights for the homeowners as well. Personality and attitude are 90 percent of

New year means new aspirations for most students Titans formulate various resolutions before getting ready to start a new year LAUREN TORRES Daily Titan

As the year comes to an end, it is a time to reminisce on all the wonderful, and not so wonderful, things that have happened in 2012. It is also a time for a universal ritual among many: to set a New Year’s resolution. “I want to lose weight!” and “I’m going to find a job!” are among the most common and sought after resolutions that people make for themselves. Sean Lissner, 20, a kinesiology major, is one of many individuals who seek a job opportunity in the New Year. “My New Year’s resolution is to get a part-time job to become more independent and not rely on my parents’ money so much,” said Lissner. The question is not whether you have a New Year’s resolution, but whether or not you can follow through with it. Lissner believes it depends on the person and the resolution they set for themselves. “It depends on the importance of the resolution. Some of them are just quick goals that aren’t really meaningful to them so they really won’t follow through with them,” Lissner said. “But if it’s something important that you’re really passionate about then you’ll actually do it.” Lissner added that losing weight is a very common New Year’s resolution. “People are self-conscious due to society’s standards,” Lissner said. For Brandon Pham, 20, a kinesiology major, his New Year’s resolution differs from the popular weight loss and job hunt. His resolution is to excel in his field of study. “My new year’s resolution is to get more experience in my field of study, which is physical therapy, with more hands-on experience,” said Pham. Pham also believes weight loss is the most popular resolution. However, he feels that most people do not actually follow through with their resolution due to pressure

from cravings, a student budget and other outside factors. His previous resolution was to eat healthier, but felt the pressure to maintain that goal was hard because of the food options he was surrounded with. “It’s difficult, especially with all the cheap food,” said Pham. Kaitlyn April, 23, a human services and child development major, unlike most people who are obsessed and determined to set a New Year’s resolution for themselves, is one of the few who has yet to think of one. “In the past I have tried the ‘lose weight and eat healthier’ resolution, or try to be kinder to people but, as of right now I don’t have one,” April said. April, much like Lissner and Pham, also believe weight loss is the most popular resolution. “In the society we live in now, where obesity is very predominant, it’s always a thing where January 1 through December 31 that’s what I’m going to do,” April said. “I’ve also heard where people want to be nicer to others and help people in need, or ‘I just want to graduate.’” But like most people, April feels people will always set goals, but the end product is what counts. “Now are you going to stick with it, is really the next question,” April said.

the job, Thompson said. With his encouragement and guidance, the young people realize they can take charge of their life by following rules, becoming responsible and choosing the right people to be with. “When you’re working with me, don’t say ‘we.’ Always say ‘I.’ The second rule you’re gonna learn is you never thank me for what we’re doing here,” Thompson said. “Never say thank you to me.” And part of this philosophy goes back to his statement about the fundamental skills of decision-making and responsibility. “How many decisions have you made? How many good grades have you made? How many good things have you done? Did you ever thank yourself for that?” Thompson asks his mentees. “How would you like to work for a boss that never thanked you?” After more than 35 years of service to the fire department, Thompson will miss the camaraderie among his colleagues. And they will miss him equally. Nick Lopez, plan check specialist for the Fullerton Fire Department, recalls that when he first started training at the department, Thompson took the time to explain complex concepts. “At one point, I thought I was in over my head, but he [Thompson] made it easy to learn,” Lopez said. “I’m very appreciative.” “He is an outstanding employee and has an institutional knowledge,” said Julie Kunze, Division Chief of Fullerton Fire Department. “If we are getting ready to build something, he will remember there is a water line from 25 years ago. We will never be able to replace him or his knowledge.”

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Tom Thompson created the Juvenile Firesetter program to counsel young peope who play with fire. The program aims to make a difference in their lives.


Quit Smoking

Get Married

Most students want to drop a few pounds

Students seeking a healthier lifestyle often try to kick the habit

People wish to find love in the new year and get married

Save Money


Make Babies

Most students wish to keep a tighter budget

Many students wish to travel to different regions of the world

People hope to settle down and start a family

Courtesy of MCT TOP: Many people use the new year as an opportunity to live a healthier lifestyle. People begin to visit gyms more frequently while eating a heathier diet. RIGHT: New Year’s Day is a time where people reevaluate their lives and plan for the upcoming year.

“Some of them are just quick goals that aren’t really meaningful...” SEAN LISSNER Kinesiology major Whether you want to lose weight, find a new hobby, join a class of some sort or simply be a nicer person to all, resolutions come and go just as the year does and it is what you make of it that counts. A New Year’s resolution is about whether or not you actually follow through with them, because in the end why else would you have one if you can’t keep it? VISIT US AT DAILYTITAN.COM/FEATURES





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‘Tis the season to be frugal Purchasing multiple gifts for family and friends can be a difficult task to complete on a student budget.

Students follow a budget to avoid overspending during the holidays LAUREN TORRES Daily Titan

A new iPhone, a bike, a snowboard, clothes and anything and everything that will make their significant other, family and friends happy. These are just a few of the kinds of things that students on campus are willing to give or receive as a holiday gift this holiday season. For college students, funds are often low throughout the year. Tuition, books, parking, shopping defaults or simply too many bills or loans to pay, are often the culprit of diminished bank funds. This holiday season, students seem to have mixed feelings among those who have a set budget and those who do not. Paige Norris, 21, a business marketing major, said her immediate family members and boyfriend are the important ones she makes a list for when it comes to holiday shopping. Norris said she is fortunate enough to maintain a full-time job at a surf shop in Huntington Beach as a student, so money doesn’t tend to be an issue, However, Norris said she does like to keep to a budget. “I try to set a budget, and I try to put money aside, too. I try to save up, it just depends on what they ask for. This holiday I think I’m going to spend about $600 or $700,” Norris said. Norris shops at clothing stores for gifts and said her work discount helps as well. “My sister wants a lot from Urban (Out-

fitters). My parents are different, I haven’t gotten anything for them yet,” Norris said. Christina Quezada, 18, a political science major, said she is definitely planning her holiday shopping according to a budget. This year is the first year she has a job so she plans on buying her own gifts. However, she has other priorities about how to spend her first paycheck. She said balancing out a budget is a necessary thing to do. “I get a paycheck this week, but I already have what I am already going to spend it on, so next week I’m getting my paycheck and I have to be on that budget,” Quezada said. The list of people she is getting presents for this year also includes immediate family and friends. “Since this year I’m on a tight budget, it’s probably just going to be my parents, my sisters, my two best friends and my godson,” Quezada said. Quezada is spending the holidays with her family who celebrate on Christmas Eve with a family dinner and presents at midnight. Natalie Takavorian, 18, an English major, is one of the few students who are fortunate enough not to have to budget around bills or payments this holiday season. This makes it easier for her to keep or reject a holiday budget. “I don’t have many limits because I don’t really have anything to save for, other than Christmas for now,” Takavorian said.“With my family, I don’t really limit myself because my family is my family and I’ll spend


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anything I need to with them. With my best friends I’m the same way.” Takavorian plans on spending her holidays with her family at an intimate gathering. Alora Egan, 18, undeclared, is one of many students that are feeling the pressure of the holiday season to really limit herself with a budget. “I pretty much pay for everything myself, so holiday shopping is hard for me. I have a job, but I’m sticking to small stuff for my friends,” said Egan. “I set a budget for everyone, because I can’t spend however much I want on everybody.” “This Christmas I’ll probably spend about $300 because I’m not buying big gifts. It’s definitely the thought that counts,” Egan added.

With late-night studying, long hours at clinicals and weekends spent cramming for tests, nursing students at Cal State Fullerton seem to have a lot on their plate. While there is no escaping the amount of work required of a nursing student, there are resources readily available to help future nurses begin successful careers. Specialty nursing organizations provide support and lifelong memberships to nurses within their specific fields. Associations like the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) provide resources to more than 100,000 nurses who care for critically ill patients and help nurses succeed in their fields. “Lifelong education and personal development are very important for anyone, especially nurses,” said Marty Trujillo, AACN’s communication messaging specialist. While AACN represents critical care nurses, the organization stresses the importance of student participation in any specialty nursing organization for those who are graduating or are close to graduating. Trujillo also stresses the importance of nursing certification. “The value of certification cannot be overestimated or overemphasized. Certification allows you to fulfill many career goals, while providing a pathway for professional development,” Trujilo said. Nursing students on campus recognize the benefits of joining a specialty nursing organization. CSUF nursing student Courtney Ulrich said, “We basically learned that when we graduate, it’s important to join one, so that I can better myself as a nurse. Personally with Pediatric Oncology, I think that knowing other nurses in that same field will help better my practice.” Brittany Barber, also a fourth year nursing student said she would be interested in joining one of these organizations for the camaraderie. “I definitely think it can keep you involved. There are a lot of learning opportunities in a specialty organization. There are a lot of health and nursing journals that are provided through these organizations. All of

the nurses have something in common; it’s a good community and a good support to have,” said Barber. Aside from the information and services AACN offers members yearround, the organization’s annual National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition is a way for nurses to network with colleagues as they gain knowledge and skills in their profession. CSUF alumni and AACN member for seventeen years Angela Benefield said the first time she attended the expo was inspirational. “This conference was not like any other educational forum that I have known. It was inspirational, educational, rejuvenating, and collaborative. It also exposed me to the best practices and evidence based medicine and really opened my eyes to changes that needed to happen in my unit and an organization whose goal is to improve patient care. From then, I was immediately hooked,” said Benefield. The NTI Expo is held in a different city every year in the month of May. This year, the event is taking place in Boston, from May 21 to May 23. The expo offers 12 hours of exhibit time each of the three days and provides tools and resources not only to critical care nurses, but also to advanced practice nurses, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners. Membership to the AACN is $78 a year; this includes reliable clinical information from a number of journals and subscriptions such as, American Journal of Critical Care, Critical Care Nurse, AACN Bold Voices and AACN’s weekly e-newsletter. “Without a doubt, AACN offers so many valuable services and resources dedicated to acute and critical care nurses, which allow clinicians to provide their maximum contributions to the care of the critically ill patients,” Benefield said. “Such resources allow nurses to adopt sound practice standards and health care systems driven by the needs of patients and families.” Each of these publications provide information to keep your practice as a nurse up-to-date. Nurses and nursing students can sign up for membership on the AACN website at or by calling (800)-899-AACN (2226).


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Titans welcome Bengals Men’s basketball looks to end three-game losing skid against Idaho St. tonight at Titan Gym ANGEL MENDOZA Daily Titan

After a heartbreaking 74-72 loss to Cal State Bakersfield on Dec. 6, the Cal State Fullerton men’s basketball team (3-5) looks to get back to its winning ways tonight against a struggling Idaho St. squad (1-6) at Titan Gym. The Titans haven’t been playing well as of late either. During their current three-game losing streak, the team has gone down by a combined total of eight points. Against CSUB, the Titans could not handle the second half surge of the Roadrunners. Senior guard Stephon Carter finished with 20 points, while senior forward Adam Young contributed with a doubledouble of 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Roadrunners. Titan senior guard Kwame Vaughn finished with 22 points to lead all scorers. Sophomore guard Alex Harris and senior guard D.J. Seeley each scored 14 points, including four three-pointers by way of Harris. Senior forward Sammy Yeager added in 12 points for CSUF which led by 14 points at the break, 43-29, but shot under 35 percent in the second half compared to 47 percent by CSUB during its comeback. A Yeager three-pointer gave the Titans their biggest lead at 50-35 just minutes into the second half, but the Roadrunners battled back and went on an 8-0 run in just two minutes. After a three-pointer by Harris and free throw by Seeley put CSUF up 10 points, the Roadrunners went on a 7-0 run and an 11-3 run later in the half. Young played remarkably well for CSUB, scoring six points and adding in a steal that led to another basket. The Roadrunners had their first lead since 11 minutes into the first half, 68-66, with just 3:25 left in the game. Vaughn hit a layup to bring Fullerton to within two points, but a pair of free throws in the final 14 seconds sealed the game for CSUB. The Roadrunners had five players score in double-figures and outrebounded the Titans 47-31, including a 19-7 offensive

glass advantage. The Idaho St. Bengals come into Fullerton reeling, having lost six of their last seven games. They are being outscored by more than 10 points by their opponents and are shooting a pedestrian 37.5 percent from the field, including 28.6 percent from the threepoint line. Senior guard Melvin Morgan has been the workhorse of the Bengals this season, leading the team in scoring (12.9), rebounds (5.3) and assists (3.3) per game. Sophomore guard and forward Chris Hansen has also played well for Idaho St., putting up 10.3 ppg and leading the squad in three point field goals made with 14. Junior guard Tomas Sanchez is second on the team in assists per game (4.4) and is shooting 95 percent from the free throw line and 46 percent from beyond the arc. During their three-game losing streak, CSUF has held a double digit lead in two

During their current three-game losing streak, the team has gone down by a total of eight points a team of the games but collapsed late. This season, they are scoring 84.1 ppg with a 48.2 field goal percentage. The Titans are also shooting 41.5 percent from the three point line. A pair of seniors has led the Titans thus far this year. Vaughn and Seeley both have identical marks of 18.8. ppg. Vaughn is distributing 3.4 assists per game while Seeley is at 3.9 and leads the team with three steals a game. Senior forward Sammy Yeager has also contributed with 13.8 ppg and leads the team with 5.6 rebounds a game. Sophomore guard Alex Harris is also scoring in doublefigures this season (10.8 ppg). CSUF plays Idaho St. on Friday at 7:05 p.m.


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Redshirt senior forward Sammy Yeager looks to pass to an open teammate while by the sideline in a game against Cal State Bakersfield on Thursday, Dec. 6.

Men’s basketball’s last four games San Diego Christian

Eastern Washington


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Nov. 23 at home W, 106-60 Dec. 2 away L, 74-72

Nov. 30 away L, 79-75

Dec. 6 at home L, 72-70


DTSPORTS BRIEFS Titan women try to break streak The Cal State Fullerton women’s basketball team (2-7) takes on the Oregon State Beavers (5-3) in their season-high three game winning streak Thursday at 7 p.m. at Gill Coliseum. The two schools have not played each other in 20 years. CSUF is winless against Oregon State, but four of the five games have been decided by single digits. CSUF’s sophomore guard Chante Miles leads the team in points per game with 13.3 and minutes per game with 34.2. She has 105 points total on the season. Sophomore forward and center Natalie Williams leads the team in field goal percentage with 56.2. In its last game, which came Sunday afternoon, CSUF lost to the Gonzaga Bulldogs 83-44. The 39 point loss was the Titans’ biggest margin of defeat since they lost to the Bulldogs in December 2010. Chante Miles led the team in scoring with 18 points. This will be Oregon State’s last home game. In their last game on Sunday, the Beavers defeated Saint Martin University by a score of 84-36. En route to the win, five players scored in double figures. Ruth Hamblin led the team with 16 points. The freshman center averaged 8.5 points per game. For more information on this game and the women’s basketball team’s upcoiming schedule, visit Brief by GABY MARTINEZ

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