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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013
KELLY THOMAS - DAY 6 NEREIDA MORENO Daily Titan
The doctor who treated homeless man Kelly Thomas said Tuesday he was “comatose upon arrival” the night of the violent confrontation with six Fullerton police officers, according to KPCC. Michael Lekawa, Ph.D., director of trauma at UC Irvine Medical Center, said there was “fluid in (Thomas’) lungs, bruises on
his lungs and three fractured ribs.” Thomas died after he was taken off life support five days after his arrival at UCI. Lekawa said Thomas’ “heart stopped in the field and a lack of oxygen to the brain caused irreversible brain injury and brain death.” Former officer Manuel Ramos and Cpl. Jay Cicinelli are charged with manslaughter in the death of Thomas. The trial is expected to last six weeks.
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UH’s first term beset by parties Since University House opened in June, it has has received many complaints ETHAN HAWKES / Daily Titan
The CSUF dance team performs at Titan Gym during halftime of a women’s basketball game to get the crowd pumped up and excited.
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The CSUF dance team has won 12 national titles since 2000 and are expecting to win No. 13 in January BRITTANY CURRIE Daily Titan
Passionately dancing to the rhythm of the music, the Cal State Fullerton dance team strives for perfection year after year. The dance team consists of 15 girls who have all been dancing since they were young, taking their dancing careers with them to college. All of the girls came to CSUF for one reason: to join the 12-time championship dance team. The girls all have the same goal: to win. The team said they all love dance and have the same passion that other people don’t understand. Since 2000, when first starting the Universal Dance Association national competition, the team has won 12 championships, winning the first year they went. It’s their biggest dance competition of the season held in Orlando, Fla., and schools from all over the United States come to nationals to compete. This season the girls have been preparing for nationals coming up in January, and they plan to win and bring home championship No. 13. “I think with these girls, you know,
they’re older, they get it; they know what they’re coming in to do and what we need to get done and they work toward that goal every practice,” Kenndra Alvarez, the dance team’s coach, said. Alvarez choreographs all of her own material for the girls and gets her main inspiration from the girls themselves and their love for dance. “This is the fifth year I’ll be choreographing for them, because prior to that we had different choreographers that came in and
then I kind of took over and it was a challenge you know, I knew I could do it ... it’s so much pressure because they’re coming in as the reigning champions, so you have to, you’re the team that everyone looks at like ‘oh, what are they going to do this year,’” Alvarez said. The girls are under a lot of pressure to win their 13th championship at the competition and have been preparing this whole season. SEE CHAMPIONS, 8
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The CSUF dance team practice their routine in preparation for nationals in January.
The Fullerton Police Department has made more than 80 visits to University House Fullerton since it opened in June. The apartment complex, in its first semester of operation, has been beset by citations for minors with alcohol and 40 reports of disturbing the peace. Sgt. Jeff Stuart of the Fullerton Police Department said the police have gone to UH Fullerton a total of 81 times between June 15 and Dec. 8. The visits resulted in 20 police reports, 14 of which were alcohol citations for minors in possession of alcohol. There have also been two vandalism reports. In the first case of vandalism, someone knocked over a large expensive pottery planter and broke it. In the second incident, several of the windows on one of the business locations downstairs were shattered. UH Fullerton is located on Commonwealth Avenue and Chapman Avenue, one block south of Cal State Fullerton. It consists of 350 apartment units and first opened during the summer of this year. The apartments include balconies, and the complex has amenities such as a 24-hour media lounge, a swimming pool and cardio and weight
training centers. In September, all residents received an email from the UH Fullerton staff that said there had been “an extreme amount of vandalism, littering, and inappropriate conduct that (had) occurred within (the) community.” Since the residential housing is not on state property or affiliated with CSUF, the Fullerton Police Department has had to deal with these issues. CSUF University Police does not have jurisdiction over UH Fullerton. UH Fullerton has since hired a private security firm. Residents have noticed the disturbances that have occurred within the community since moving into the apartments in August. Brian Tom, 21, an entertainment and tourism management major, is one of them. “In the first two months or so of living in University House, I did experience a lot of people running around loudly in the late hours of the night and randomly banging on the door to my apartment,” Tom said. He said after people party at night, it is common to find dried vomit and empty alcohol bottles in various places in the morning. Aprille Hwang, 19, said she sees missing exit signs in every other hallway. “We get them replaced, and within a couple of days, they go missing again,” the business administration student said. SEE PARTIES, 3
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Part-timers endure adversity
Some part-time lecturers teach at multiple schools daily to make ends meet MATTHEW HADDIX Daily Titan
Across the nation, the growing trend across institutions both public and private is to hire part-time lecturers to teach courses. At Cal State Fullerton, the number of parttime faculty is 11 percent higher than the national average, making them the majority of educators on campus. Since there are too many lecturers for all of them to
have a full-time schedule, approximately 40 percent of lecturers at CSUF teach less than 6 units, meaning they can teach no more than one 3-unit course. This trend continues in public institutions across the state, often forcing part-time lecturers to teach classes on a myriad campuses around Orange County in order to accrue a living wage. “We don’t feel like a part of the university. We come in, do our job and go home,” said Kay Devine, a lecturer in the art department at CSUF. “We don’t participate and we don’t get involved.”
Former part-time lecturer Jay Seidel is sympathetic to what he calls “freeway f lyers,” or faculty who work at multiple schools, driving from campus to campus in the same day in order to make a living. “I call it triple time,” said Leleua Loupe, the lecturer representative for the California Faculty Association (CFA) at CSUF. “If you figure full-time professors teach three to six classes per year, eight on the high range—lecturers work a minimum of five classes and up to 12 classes per semester at multiple locations in order to make enough to survive.” Due to the amount of time
Titans on Ice more expensive than traditional Snow Day winter event
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needed to attend these classes, a number of lecturers have delayed starting families, Loupe said. For those who do have families, like Loupe, finding spare time can be difficult. “It’s really about quality time, not quantity,” Loupe said. The blame falls largely on the state of California, which has scaled back appropriations for higher education by 30.4 percent since 2008. The CSUs, in turn, tighten up their finances, and the lecturers are the ones who bear the brunt of the hit.
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This apartment at University House Fullerton frequently hosts parties and has received a citation from management for party-related littering.
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DECEMBER 11, 2013
From sliding on snow to skating on ice Titans on Ice a slight cost increase over previous ASIP winter event HELENA REED Daily Titan
At CSUF, winter comes with a price tag. Every year as Christmas nears, Associated Students Inc. Productions (ASIP) works hard to put on an event that will bring students on campus, a more festive element. ASIP had hosted Snow Day every year since 2004 at a cost of $6,745 until this year. Titans on Ice, a still-chilly change to the traditional winter festivities, brought artificial ice skating to the Quad for a slight increase in cost compared to Snow Day. Snow Day involved transporting a large block of ice out to the central Quad and grinding it down to a hill for sleigh
rides. Students, as well as kids from the Children’s Center, were able to come down and enjoy riding sleds down the hill and playing in the snow provided. Snow Day itself continued as its popularity grew throughout the years. To measure how successful these events were, ASI employed multiple strategies. Members would look at waivers signed by attendees, which helped measure how many people were participating in the event. Also, surveys were taken at random to see how students felt about the event taking place. Many students who grew accustomed to Snow Day share fond memories of it, but ASI felt that they could do more. This year ASIP members needed an increase in the amount normally given in order to be able to afford to do
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a more revamped event named Titans on Ice. For the first time, students were able to enjoy the very first ice rink at the campus. The extra money was needed in order to cover the cost of the ice rink in the Quad, although initially it appeared that much more money would have been required. “Traditionally snow day is allocated $6,745,” said Jonathan Leggett, ASI executive vice president. “We had to ask for $1,645. The money accounts for the entire event, marketing, promos, and anything else.” They worked with leadership and programming development advisor Nicole Moya to gather their notes and make the proper presentation to finalize Titans on Ice. Members then went before ASI’s finance committee, who approved the request to finance the event and pass it to the board of directors for approval. As Snow Day did, Titans on Ice seemed to bring out the inner child in many students on campus. The surface the students skated on was an artificial compound that simulated the slick nature of ice. Though there were mixed reactions to the changed event, students seemed more than pleased with ASIP’s drive to make things more interesting. “It’s a unique event because we’re in Southern California and we often don’t see too much ice, especially in Fullerton area or in the Orange County area,” Leggett said. Many students were happy with the fact that there were no lines, and impressed by how organized the event itself was. The ice rink company provided an ample amount of ice skates for visitors who desired to try their hand at skating. “They’re both great events,” said Christina Quezada, a 19-year-old political science major. “The snow is a lot of fun but so is the ice skating because it’s different, it’s not something you normally see on a school campus.” Though a number of students struggled on the artificial ice, many were determined to con-
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According to the 2011 American Association of University Professors’ annual economic status report, the average salary for all lecturers in public universities nationwide (including full-time and parttime) was $51,348. The average salary for all CSU lecturers in 2011 stood at $49,843. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently created a living wage calculator to help individuals identify the living wage of various states and regions. The average living wage for a single adult in Orange County stands at $13.12, but if this single adult has a child, the living wage jumps to $24.81. Average lecturer salary would be equivalent to $24.97
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Top: Students slid down the block of ice recreated as a snowy hill during Snow Day. Above: Students laced up to skate on the ice rink brought to campus.
quer it. Others did not get on the rink, but enjoyed the event from a distance. Destiny Wells, a 19-yearold kinesiology major, said although she was a little sur-
prised to see that the ice was not real, she was still happy with the event. ”It looked like people were still having fun,” Wells said. “I liked how they had the DJ out
there and how they had free hot chocolate.” Although the event was a success, maybe the allure of change will spark new ideas next December.
an hour. If this lecturer has one child, their hourly wage equates to a scant 16 cents above the living wage. During the 2011 academic school year, the average salary for a full-time lecturer in the CSU was $58,052. However, full-time lecturers are only 16 percent of the total lecturer population. The remaining part-time lecturers made $10,000 less on average. “A lot of (lecturers) believe or start to think, ‘Wow, what am I doing wrong?’” Loupe said. “Maybe I’m not smart enough, maybe I need another degree, maybe I’m not skilled enough to demand a decent living.” This financial instability can cause difficulties for many lecturers. The vast majority of lecturers, both part-time and full-time, are hired under “contingent employment”
plans. Under these contingent plans lecturers can be released at will, and they are subject to the availability of courses held by the respective departments. Contingent employees are often subject to “just-in-time” assignments, meaning in bestcase scenarios they receive three weeks’ advance notice
dering textbooks, stalling the beginning of the course by a factor of weeks in some cases. If there are not enough students in the class, or a tenured educator needs another class to fill in his class schedule, the lecturers can be dropped. If a lecturer is reappointed to a new class, they may only get a few days notice of the new class. If they are not reappointed, it is highly unlikely the lecturer will be able to find an open class at another school to replace the income lost by the cancellation of their class. Part-time lecturers are not given paid time for research, and with the workload many of them experience, they have few ways to expand and improve the courses they provide. “There are a lot of ways I would like to redo my classes, there are a lot of skills I would like to hone myself, so that I can do a better job, especially reaching the larger proportion of students we have each semester,” Loupe said. “I want to pick up 100 pounds, I just simply can’t.” Even though many lecturers are forced to take on a staggering workload to make a living, survive under constant threat of “non-reappointment,” and remain largely out of the loop when it comes to university happenings, lecturers like Loupe strive to provide the best education they are capable of with limited resources and little spare time.
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of the class they are going to teach. According to a 2012 Policy Report by Center for the Future of Higher Education (CeFHE), worst-case scenarios found 38 percent of faculty surveyed to have less than two weeks to prepare for class. In these cases, lecturers can suffer a “double contingency.” Should they attempt to plan ahead by creating lesson plans on their own free time or simply wait until they hear back from administration? With such little preparation time, this can lead to incomplete syllabi or delays when or-
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TITANS TALK Facebook responds to Gastronome ‘D’ rating
WBLESTHER ESPINOZA Makes me feel better that we never ate there
KATELYNN DAVENPORT I got food poisoning multiple times while I lived on campus and had to eat at the Gastronome. Really what I wanted, after long days at work and school.
ANDY MENDOZA Seems the only problem was not hot enough water to disinfect, this could be a big problem actually, but people eat there all the time... I’ll eat at the TSU if everyone thinks we should.
ALANA HODGE I had food poisoning almost 6 times a few years ago when I lived in the dorms. The gastronome sucks.
AJ WHITAKER I feel sick and I don’t even go there anymore
PRESTON SAM This explains all the stomach aches lol
STEVE CONTOS Some of the worst campus food I have ever had.
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Police awarded accreditation For the third consecutive year, University Police is recognized with honor JAMES SMITH
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Cal State Fullerton’s University Police were recently recognized as an “extraordinary example of excellence” for the third consecutive year. University Police was awarded the Accreditation with Excellence Award by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The award honors agencies that CALEA believes are deserving of further recognition for the effective use of accreditation as a model for the delivery of enhanced public safety services and management professionalism. CALEA is a nationally recognized organization established in 1979 as a credentialing authority. The organization is governed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs’ Association and the Police Executive Research Forum. Natalie Jameson, 19, a criminal justice major who works closely with many University Police officers in her position as a community service officer, said she was not surprised the department received recognition for its accomplishments. Their accreditation process measures the ability of agencies to improve the delivery of public safety services, including crime prevention and control capabili-
Courtesy of Cal State Fullerton The University Police is awarded the Accreditation with Excellence Award by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement.
ties, establishing fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices, improving service delivery and increasing community and staff confidence in the agency. As part of the accreditation process, an assessment team visited the University Police in August. They conducted a public hearing and judged all aspects of the department’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services to ensure that the University Police are in compliance with CALEA standards. Of over the 900 agencies that CALEA currently reviews, 50
were awarded the Accreditation with Excellence Award in 2013. Only certain agencies qualify for consideration for the award. To be eligible to receive the Accreditation with Excellence award, agencies must have earned CALEA Accreditation awards for three consecutive years. University Police have been accredited twice in addition to the last two calendar years, earning their first of five accreditations in 2001. The CALEA also named University Police a flagship agency for the third consecutive year. That award honors agencies that
are an “extraordinary example of excellence in an accredited law enforcement agency.” University Police Chief Dennis DeMaio is encouraged the agency received the award. He is confident it will continue to serve as an example to other agencies. “We are honored to have received the Accreditation with Excellence Award, which recognizes the highest achievement the agency gives to a police department,” said DeMaio in a CSUF news release. “This recognizes the drive, hard work and accomplishments of the en-
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She also spotted beer cans and glass bottles in the stairwells and black stains in the halls. “As for inappropriate conduct, it is super annoying when people rev their engines at 3 a.m. It’s not cool when you set off all the car alarms,” Hwang said. Terence Yee, a 19-year-old business major, said there has been an instance where holes were punched into the drywall. It was so rowdy during September and October that there was an increase in law enforcement patrolling the grounds. “This occurred because apparently there were about a hundred college kids down at the swimming pool, throwing a giant party,” Yee said. UH Fullerton is particularly “very loud” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. In November, an argument occurred outside Yee’s door that resulted in a fight between about 30 people, he said. “The reality is that we are college kids and like to have fun ... but I do not support the rowdiness and environment that the UH has created, being ‘party central,’” Yee said. In order to minimize the problems at UH Fullerton, the housing staff reminded residents in an email that groups are not allowed to gather in courtyard areas between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The staff enlisted the help of California Safety Agency courtesy patrol officers and Fullerton police officers to monitor the grounds during the evening. The officers were instructed to issue police citations to any individuals who “exhibit behavior that warrants such measures.” The UH Fullerton staff also warned residents that it will be issuing penalties, including fines. In some cases, they said they would evict problematic residents. The email also told residents not to prop doors or hold open gates for any strangers. Yee said
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In this University House apartment, which has received a citation related to partying, alcohol bottles that have accumulated during the course of the semester line the top of a refrigerator.
he frequently sees students who were not residents waiting at the gate entrance for someone to let them in. Stuart said the Fullerton Police Department had begun to see a problem over time. The police department met with the management company and explained its concerns, and the management was “very accomodating.” “I think they were just overwhelmed, they didn’t expect those problems to begin with,” Stuart said. Since UH Fullerton is not actually set up as dormitory housing, it does not have any resident assistants to help maintain peace. “As far as party calls and things that we have dealt with in there, we’ve had individuals throwing things off the balco-
“As far as party calls and things that we have dealt with in there, we’ve had individuals throwing things off the balconies.” Sgt. Jeff Stuart
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nies,” Stuart said. Most of the party calls involved loud music complaints and people being loud in the apartments. In some instances, residents were throwing a party
and refused to open the door when the police came by to investigate. That was something the police department had to work with the management company. The police’s first priority is to get the cooperation of the person to turn the music down and quiet the party. If that does not work, then they look at alternatives. Normally, when the Fullerton police receives a call to investigate, their typical response would be to go and contact the tenants of the apartment. The police issue a warning and a “first response,” which means the police write down the tenants’ information. The police then inform the tenants that they could potentially be cited or arrested for disturbing the peace if the po-
tire department from our sworn officers and our professional staff members to our community service officers.” “It’s cool to know that they got the award,” Sabrina Marquez, a biology major, said. “It makes people notice that things that we don’t really think about.” There are currently 27 police officers employed by University Police, all of whom have received training through accredited police academies and operate with similar responsibilities and authority as officers in municipal and county law enforcement agencies. lice have to come out a second time. However, this only happens if there is an individual willing to sign a complaint. Doing so would lead to a private person’s arrest. There have been no second response calls nor any citations issued specifically for the disturbance of peace at UH Fullerton. “In a process where it’s a disturbance of the peace, the police officer’s peace can’t be disturbed, it has to be somebody who is a citizen or a civilian whose peace is disturbed,” Stuart said. No one has signed for a private person’s arrest, which means the police could not take any actions. If a person had signed a private person’s arrest, then he or she would have to go to court at a later point and explain to the court how his or her peace was disturbed. In a situation where minors are drinking, the Fullerton police can issue a citation or something along the lines to resolve the issue without it getting to a point where a citizen may have to go and testify in court. Stuart said there have been no drug citations at UH Fullerton, which is not uncommon anymore. “Typically, when it comes to party calls, it would be marijuana type of issues. And now with the medical marijuana prescriptions or the recommendations, it’s virtually impossible to do anything on those anymore,” Stuart said. After the UH Fullerton management began working with the police department, there has been a decrease in vandalism and inappropriate conduct. The staff has also hired their own security. The management was accommodating what needed to be done to try to make UH Fullerton a safe, enjoyable place for all tenants. Although things have quieted down a bit since the beginning of the semester, Stuart said his department will have to wait again and see if UH Fullerton starts having problems again as it gets into the summer of next year.
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DECEMBER 11, 2013
Coverage for abortion can lead to user abuse Abortions will increase if insurance policies are extended to cover them
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As controversial as they have become, abortions can soon be viewed as an acceptable form of contraception, beginning with extended coverage in health insurance plans across the country. On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court made abortion legal in all 50 states. This radical decision, known as Roe v. Wade, gave women the right to have an abortion up until viability, or the point at which a human being could live outside the womb without artificial support. Since then, abortion has been a part of a long-standing debate throughout the country. Thirty percent of women in the United States have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old, according to Planned Parenthood. Two of the most common ways to abort a pregnancy are through abortion pills or medical procedures, both of which can cost between $300 and $950 through Planned Parenthood. In August 2012, President Barack Obama issued a mandate in the Affordable Care Act that requires health insurers to include contraception in their health insurance plans. This plan gives women the opportunity to receive contraceptive counseling and services without out-of-pocket expenses. However, applying the same rule to abortion would be causing more harm than good. In California and New York, for example, employees of the federal government cannot get an insurance plan that covers abortion. Postal workers, members of the military or an employee from a federal agency are all denied coverage for abortion because of their career choice. Some members of the military are able to obtain coverage for abortions if the pregnancy is life-threatening. In other states, including Idaho and North Dakota, there are currently no insurance plans that cover abortion. Still, almost two-thirds of insurance companies cover elective abortion to some degree. Some state and federal programs follow suit with military insurance and only
provide coverage in cases of life endangerment. However, private insurance policies offer different abortion coverage than those for public employees, according to the National Abortion Federation. Four thousand abortions were performed in the state of Utah in 2008. As astounding as that may sound, it is miniscule in comparison to the 214,190 abortions executed in California that same year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Even though women have the right to an abortion in every state, those that offer enhanced insurance coverage see a greater number of abortions each year. If the majority of insurance plans across the country covered abortions, women would have the capability to abuse abortions as their primary form of birth control. Instead of focusing on providing insurance coverage for abortions, it is more logical to offer quality insurance for contraception. There are handfuls of contraceptive precautions that can be taken to avoid unwanted pregnancy. Condoms, birth control pills and the NuvaRing are all safe alternatives for individuals hoping to prevent pregnancy before it happens. Although birth control methods are not always 100 percent effective, these products can provide a much safer and practical alternative to contraception than abortion. If these precautionary measures are taken, women should not have to use abortion, barring an emergency. The price for condoms and other forms of contraceptives are a fraction of the price needed to finance abortions. The high price tag on abortions should be enough to steer women into planning their form of birth control before partaking in coitus. Arguments can be made on both sides of the spectrum. Some can argue that not giving insurance coverage for abortions could be considered sex discrimination, while others can expose the humanitarian opposition to essentially depriving a fertilized egg of life. The debate over abortion simply comes down to responsibility and whether or not people want to face the consequences of their actions. By providing extended coverage for abortions, insurance agencies across the country are effectively allowing the frequency of abortions to grow.
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A fence worth $100,000 Campus funds are being used to renovate the C. Stanley Chapman house NICOLE WEAVER Daily Titan
The effects of the global financial crisis and ensuing state budget defecit will vary depending on who you ask. Student enrollment for spring 2013 was limited to transfer students who completed designated associate degrees, according to the Orange County Register. Some students still remember
the time when then-president Milton A. Gordon issued six furlough days, due to the economic difficulties of the state. Students were given alternative assignments to supplement the class time they missed. Despite this, the Cal State University Board of Trustees has approved the use of $153,000 from campus funds to build a fence around President Mildred García’s official residence and other security upgrades. These funds have been acquired through “campus interest earnings,” also known as interest from CSU operating funds, ac-
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cording to Michael Uhlenkamp from the Office of the Chancellor. Just last year, Cal State Fullerton spent $300,000 on repairs for the C. Stanley Chapman house (the house García currently resides in), a decision that brought quite a bit of heat to the university. The house was overdue for repairs, according to university officials. Apart from minor maintenance, major renovations had not been done since 1951. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on the house, García also received a 10 percent pay raise, free housing at the residence, and a $12,000-per-year car allowance. Outrage naturally ensued among students who felt all of that money being spent sent the wrong message during a time when tuition was skyrocketing and classes were being cut. With the approval of building a fence around García’s residence, the Board of Trustees has yet again shown where their true priorities lie. In a time when the state’s economic climate has made it increasingly difficult for students to graduate and find livable wages, García’s privacy is much more important. It may be true that houses need maintenance, and it’s nice to have a new kitchen, or a bathroom remodel, but this remodel comes at the worst possible time. The failure of senior administrators to object to this extravagance raises the question of what administrators really care about. As unfortunate as it is, this seems to be a recurring theme within our university: Priorities are always directed towards the top executives and not toward the students. During the Board of Trustees meeting, Trustee Steven M. Glazer questioned whether al-
ternative means of funding for the maintenance related to the presidential residence could be explored. This was an attempt to retain the greatest amount possible of public monies to allocate to campuses, according to a transcript taken of the meeting. Apparently, fundraising had been discussed as an alternative method but it wouldn’t be possible. CSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Benjamin F. Quillian, Ph.D., said the board needed to “move quickly” because of the “immediate nature of the repairs.” Not only will there be a fence built, but an intercom, camera, keypad and remote opener will also be included, funded by the campus’ interest earnings. Though the state is no longer in a deficit, students are continuing to feel the effects of budget cuts. It seems tone deaf, then, that the Board of Trustees would approve funds to build a fence around the president’s property. If CSUF had instead decided to allocate the $300,000 it spent on the initial renovation to scholarships for students, it could pay for 49 full scholarships. The university claims it needs a residence such as the C. Stanley Chapman house, also known as El Dorado Ranch, to not only house its current president, but also to host annual receptions for international visitors, donors, alumni and community and campus members. What is not being explained is why the facilities on campus are not suitable for those uses. They, too, are in need of renovation. If García does not feel safe living in the university’s mansion, perhaps she should find somewhere else to live. She is making $324,000 a year; she can buy her own home.
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Courtesy of Jessie Vega Escalante has brought artists such as Bad Suns and Eric Bellinger to campus.
The backstage booking brain ASI’s concert coordinator, Bryan Escalante, looks to build musical diversity HELENA REED Daily Titan
Every Wednesday, he wakes up with a large task ahead of him: Get to school and start setting up for whichever band or musical talent he has booked for the day. Bryan Escalante, 21, is the Cal State Fullerton Associated Students Inc. Productions (ASIP) Wednesday concert series coordinator and deals with many responsibilities that come with having that title. The photos lined above Escalante’s desk remind him of his success. The pictures are of numerous bands and performers who he has successfully booked throughout the semester. “My job entails booking talent, promoting the show and the artists throughout the weeks leading up to the event, coordinating the event the day of, as well as hosting the show,” Escalante said. Escalante, who started his job as a coordinator for ASIP at the beginning of the fall semester, when he first came into the position, his desire was to give CSUF students shows that they would always remember. Escalante described this as being one of his primary challenges. “I wanted to make these shows bigger and better than they had ever been,” Escalante said. “I’ve been working hard at building a concept of my own, which is to offer top-quality artists the spotlight, to cater to the young college audience and offer that audience a show that works on building diversity and appreciation for music. I mesh all that with the Wednesday concert platform and I’ve received awesome feedback from everyone this semester.” As a concert coordinator, Escalante has been there for the good times and the bad. Escalante and his team of sound technicians, coordinators and assistants work together to ensure that all aspects of the show run smoothly on show days. Many shows have issues and setbacks that occur, but Escalante understands that fixing those problems is part of the job. During those times, Escalante and his team work that much harder, and they usually manage to get things up and running. Escalante said that it is always his goal to make the show run as smoothly as possible, such as reminding performers of agreements made in their contracts, like set times. Vincent Cisneros, 21, business administration major and Pub
Thursday coordinator for ASIP, said he completely understands the difficulties a job such as Escalante’s can present. “It is difficult,” Cisneros said. “I hold a mirror image of his position on Thursday’s in the pub, so I know exactly what he does and the needed obstacles he overcame.” Cisneros, like many of Escalante’s cohorts, believes that it is his energy and enthusiasm that has helped Escalante to have had such a successful run as a coordinator this semester. The performers he was able to book include R&B singer/ songwriter Eric Bellinger, Devin K. and pop-rock band Bad Suns. Cisneros said that during the booking process, many performers contact him through email and they usually have the address from previous years and bookings.
“I’ve been working hard at building a concept of my own, which is to offer topquality artists the spotlight ...” Bryan Escalante ASI Wednesday Concert Coordinator
Escalante said he tries to bring in artists who are good fit on campus. He is open to taking suggestions from students and enjoys finding out what the majority of individuals like to listen to in order to help him come up with ideas for performers. He also likes to bring a variety of genres to campus and wants to cater to all CSUF students’ musical tastes. Some of the genres include hip-hop, reggae, pop, pop-rock, jazz, soul, R&B and country. He has also brought in disc jockeys who are on the radio, prominent on radio stations in Los Angeles and local in Southern California. “Bryan is a really hard worker and is very passionate about what he does. I think he’s one of the hardest workers on the entire team,” said Adrian Hernandez, 21, a business major and the union and special programming coordinator for ASIP. “He’s done a great job as a concert coordinator so far. The next coordinator has a lot to live up to in order to achieve what Bryan has.” Escalante said his term has been renewed through the end of the spring semester. He graduates in the spring and would eventually like to be a radio personality and coordinate events.
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Left: The pulled pork sandwich with the side of jalapeño mac and cheese. Right: The loaded pork fries complete with three different cuts of pig.
A stroll to BBQ excellence ETHAN HAWKES Daily Titan
Barbecue is hard to come by in Fullerton. Besides the famous chain restaurant, Lucille’s, near Brea mall, it’s hard to come by an excellent American barbecue eatery. Leadbelly’s Barbecue, which opened just two months ago, delivers on all fronts. Located in the same strip mall as Little Professor Book Center, Leadbelly’s will educate you on the finer parts of smoked meat, specifically the pork variety. Of course, for those who want beef, they definitely have it, but I only tried their pork offerings. It’s quaint and mostly hidden in the shopping center. It’s wonderfully decorated despite not being able to hold more than probably 30 or so patrons at a time. The service is hard to comment on as I was there for a take-out order. But the food came out at reasonable rate and I was on my way back to campus in no time. The most distinct feature of the barbecue stop is its smell. It’s gloriously smoky and distinctly American. The delectable smell even traveled in the vehicle I brought it home in, making the three-minute drive back to campus extra long. The first part of the graciously portioned meal I ordered was the loaded
pork fries, which are described on the menu as being french fries tossed with garlic and topped with pulled pork, bacon, pork belly, parmesan cheese, pepper jack cheese and chives with white gravy to pour over. It’s certainly as loaded as the description sounds, and the size of the $8 plate is nothing to scoff at. As hoped, the meat topping tasted as great as barbecue should when eaten alone, but the fries were simply an adequate meat and garlic delivery device. The pork itself was a little on the salty side, which I enjoyed, but I can imagine others not being so keen on the high sodium content. But if you’re looking for healthy menu options, Leadbelly’s is not for you. The main course ordered was a pulled pork sandwich and a side of fries, which was substituted, for free, to try out the jalapeño mac and cheese. I always try the mac and cheese at any restaurant. It started out for me as a joke, but I quickly realized that it’s a good meter for measuring the overall quality and care a restaurant puts into its least significant food. Even crammed into the little to-go box, the jalapeño mac and cheese was delicious and bold.
Leadbelly’s Barbecue 711 N. Placentia Ave. American Barbecue 2 minutes, 0.4 miles from campus
Usually eateries that advertise jalapeño as part of a food just means that it’s spicy, but an actual hint of jalapeño f lavor can be tasted in the side dish. The sauce was creamy, but not watery, and the pasta was cooked to a perfect consistency. The mac and cheese is a highly recommended cheesier substitute to the ho-hum fries. These are both just sides to the main course, which is the pulled pork sandwich. Placed on a brioche bun, which is a type of french roll, the smoked meat was lathered in a side slaw that was exceptional. The sandwich is appropriately priced at $10 and is sufficiently filling for its cost. The bun was moist yet crisp on the outside, which formed a nice dichotomy with the salted pulled pork. On top of that, the pork itself was extremely tender and juicy, without having the acidic harshness that is usually found in pulled pork. It can’t be stressed enough how happy I am there is a excellent and reasonably priced American barbecue take out restaurant within walking distance of campus. Next time you find yourself visiting Little Professor and getting a whiff of smoky and meaty deliciousness, do yourself a favor and stop in.
What I had: Pulled pork sandwich Jalapeño mac and cheese Loaded pork fries
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Homefront Director: Gary Fleder Starring: Jason Statham James Franco
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Starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth, Homefront delivers more than just an action packed script with an A-list cast. The action/crime thriller, directed by Gary Fleder, incorporates just the right amount of blood, punches and classic all-American feel good scenes. The opening sequence is a fast-paced scene with a collection of explosions and blood, which quickly engages the audience. The book-to-film adaptation, originally written by author Chuck Logan, stars Statham as Phil Broker, a widowed father and ex-DEA agent who moves to a small town after one of his missions takes an unexpected turn for the worse. After Broker’s daughter becomes involved in a playground scuff le, the quaint, small town they settled into begins to change its rural countryside scenery into a pulverized collection of knockout scenes. Statham portrays the hardened single-father whose only mission is to protect his little girl Maddy from drug lord Morgan “Gator” Bodine (Franco) and his sidekick Sheryl Marie Mott (Ryder). Broker’s relationship with his daughter is compassionate and warm. She brings out a sensitive side in him, which serves as a sharp contrast to his tough-guy attitude all the men in town despise. As an ex-DEA agent, druglord Gator has his eyes set on preventing Broker from interfering with his work. Although Gator knows Broker is searching for a retired country lifestyle, he is taking no chances. However, Franco’s portrayal of a drug lord and villain is not convincing, which is surprising for an actor known for his role as a lazy, no-life drug dealer in Pineapple Express.
Ryder plays a disheveled and drugged-out temptress, who uses her sexuality to work as a middleman to take out Broker. She has a limited script, which is probably in the best interest of the film. Statham is a man of few words in this film. He does most of his talking with his fists and serious glares into the eyes of those out to get him. The actor brings to mind other classic action actors like Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone: hard-nosed and packing a powerful punch. Gator, not fearing Broker, continues with very immediate and calculated measures of elimination. With the attempted hits on Broker growing more calculated and aggressive, time is running out for him to take care of them, once and for all. Other characters in the film bring a multifaceted approach to the typical action f lick. Bosworth’s mother displays the ex-drunkard stereotype, but finds redemption in the film. The final showdown brings the pursuit of vengeance to a crushing halt and leaves the viewer ref lecting more on the lives of the other characters while accepting fate. Broker remains frigid and expressionless throughout the film, yet he is still likable; his compassion for his daughter makes him relatable. Casting Statham as the leading male is this movie’s best fit. For those seeking to watch an action-packed thriller with an unusually blended cast of actors, Homefront is their film. There are no dramatic plot twists or confusing details to keep up with. The plot twists are believable and familiar. Instead, you can count on a predictable, yet enjoyable film that might not keep you on the edge of your seat, but will leave you satisfied.
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Located on 1604 N. Mountain View, the free spectacle started in 1986 in Richmond, Va., also known as “the tacky lights capital of the world.”
Tacky Lights Tour illuminates Fullerton More than 40,000 lights are used for decorating the over-the-top, impressive local Christmas display KAYLI CRAIG
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Twinkling Christmas lights f licker on and off to the beat of festive tunes as passersby ring in their holiday spirit. The “Tacky Lights Tours,” a countrywide elaborate light display, has made its way back to Fullerton. The free spectacle is located at 1601 N. Mountain View. The corner house is decorated with Christmas spirit as snowf lakes adorn the roof, evergreen trees of all sizes cover the grass, ornaments garnish the street’s landscape and candy canes align walkways. The lights dance in sync to the music. The impressive display shows off the tour’s expertise as it delivers an overthe-top, “not your everyday” Christmas presentation. The Mountain View home has outdoor speakers for passersby. However, if the weather becomes too cold to handle, you can simply enjoy the warmth in your car and tune your radio to 88.9 where
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the show will be broadcasted. The glimmering lights perform to a variety of music including traditional Christmas carols, classical rock and even electro-dance. “It was nice to see something different,” said Brett Carrico, 24, a reserve firefighter at Station 41 in Fullerton. Carrico said he usually goes to the light show in La Mirada, but wanted to check out other light shows this year as well. The Christmas Light Show runs every 15 minutes, replaying one to three songs at a time. After the 15-minute time segment, the song playlist changes. The show starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 10:30 p.m. each night. Ryan Elhers, 25, and his girlfriend, Brooke Roy, 24, both experienced their first Tacky Lights Tour. “For the amount of room they are working with, they did a lot with it. Overall, it was good.” Elhers said. Brooke said she although she was expecting more, she still thought it was fun and would definitely return next year. The Tacky Lights Tour dates back to 1882 when Edward H. Johnson, Thomas Edison’s assistant, decorated his Christmas tree with 80 walnut-sized, hand-
Red Bull Play and Destroy is a one-on-one, iPod vs. iPod battle where anyone can play, but only one will win. The event is set to take place this Thursday at Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen in downtown Fullerton, an independently owned and operated establishment located on 122 E. Commonwealth Ave. Play and Destroy will showcase 16 disc jockeys competing to win over the crowd. Local DJs and music buffs alike will be loading up their iPods with a variety of music selections for the extravaganza. An iPod, creativity and impressive playlist are all that are necessary to participate in this student vs. student face off. The “battlegories” is set to take place from 10 p.m. to midnight. Slidebar patrons are encouraged to fill up on Red Bull Vodka drink specials all night as the festivities rage on. Keep in mind this event is for those 21 and older. The one-on-one single elimination competition is broken
up into 16 teams challenged to face rounds of musicallyinclined battle. Each division varies in music genres. The rules of the battle are simple. The competition is laid out on a bracket-style format. Each round features a different battle category where two songs are set to be played. DJs alternate back and forth, playing a total of two songs each. Songs have a maximum time slot of 30 seconds each. The categories of the clash include: East vs. West Coast, stripper anthems, one-hit wonders, cruising songs and singing in the shower. Segments of the competition are comprised of music headlining songs of the ‘80s, workout jams, boy band hits and makeout music. High school dance anthems, movie soundtracks and love-making melodies are also genres that will be featured in the mixes. DJs from Fullerton and Biola University will be competing head-to-head with a variety of music stemming from a collection of creative categories. Twelve of the 16 players chosen are Cal State Fullerton students. Jon McCarthy, kinesiology major, and Oliver Colmar-Jones, geography major, are both New Zealand transfer
students who will be participating in Play and Destroy. “We are pretty outgoing people and love to make new friends,” McCarthy said. “A few of the boys we have met suggested this would be a fun night and a good way to meet people, therefore, we insisted.”
“The event is promoting a positive place to bring CSUF students together and rage.” Anette Londmark Competing DJ
The DJs representing Biola University and CSUF include individuals from a variety of organizations on each campus such as fraternities, sororities and sports teams. “The event is promoting a positive place to bring CSUF students together and rage,” said theatre major Anette Londmark, who will be competing in Play and Destroy. Londmark, 21, said she is looking forward to an awesome atmosphere with a crazy crowd.
“Just as much as I want to play my personal favorite music,” Londmark said, “I am going to let my personality shine through and use lots of humor.” She said her music selection might catch the audience by surprise, as she intends to stimulate attendees with her Swedish musical f lare. The Red Bull Play and Destroy mirrors the same college oriented, fun energy that was shown in the Red Bull Chariot Race. The chariot races, which originated in Athens, have been reintroduced to college campuses across the nation. Besides utilizing wheels and a strut, participants are applauded for their use of creativity and charisma. To enter for a chance to compete in Play and Destroy, participants had to go through an online process in which they were asked questions related to the individual’s identity, characteristics and favorite songs. Submitted profiles are then evaluated on whether or not they meet the following criteria: originality, creativity, depth of music selection, showmanship, entertainment value and social clout. “The crowd decides who moves on and who will destroy,” said Scott Casciotta, who will compete in the DJ battle Thursday.
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Mixed martial artist fights for family Anaheim resident Curtis Millender finished 2013 with a perfect 4-0 record MARIAH CARRILLO Daily Titan
Mixed martial arts fighter Curtis Millender stood tall above everyone in the arena. At the center of Orange County, what appeared to be a typical Friday night was nothing short of magical to the onlookers in the Hanger that night. The Hanger, a 23,000-squarefoot arena, serves as the platform for Ultimate Fighting Championship bouts in the Orange County area. Millender trained for this moment all year. The Anaheim resident went into the fight with a 3-0 record and was looking to finish out the year undefeated. The crowd’s chants rumbled through the air of the Orange County fairground boxing ring. The roars filled the ceiling with the muffled sound of cheers, all shouting “Curtis!” It was down to the final seconds of the match and Millender seemed more at ease than ever. He started the fight off strong. In the first round, he didn’t even seem to break a sweat. The clock had seconds left to go. Millender powered through his punches and each kick hit harder than the one preceding it. The bell rang and the match was over. He looked confident in his performance. Millender took to the center of the ring, his head held high with a smile on his face. The referee raised his hand; he was crowned victorious. Millender stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 170 pounds, placing him in the welterweight division. Mil-
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“Every year is a challenge for us only because we walk in with a big target on our back. We are the team to beat, we are 12time national champs, so these girls have a lot of pressure on them,” said Jennie Volkert, who coaches both the spirit squad and dance and cheer team. Volkert makes sure the girls have everything they need from uniforms to camp setups. She is a CSUF alumna and was on the dance team, but in 1997 took over as the team’s coach and advisor. The girls practice three days a week for three to four hours, going over routines and cheers to perfect their form. After Christmas break, they practice every day before heading to nationals on Jan. 17. They work on technique, form and try to get every move down for a better performance. Alvarez takes a softer and positive approach when coaching and gives them all they need to know in order to win the title. Over the summer, the girls attend camps to get prepared for the fall season. Pro Action Dance, a professional sports dance studio, is one of the camps the girls attend. Volkert said it’s such a privi-
lender trains at the UFC gym in the center of Fullerton. On most days, he is the first to arrive and last to leave, and the 26-year-old has now made a name for himself in OC combat sports. “It’s not a sport where you can do anything halfway; you have to be fully committed to it, you have to sacrifice time with family, kids, whatever it is … it’s a big sacrifice,” Millender said. The now 4-0 undefeated champion grew up in San Bernardino County. From the time that Curtis was 5 years old up until adulthood, he was raised by his father in a single-parent home. He described his childhood as a very positive experience despite his father going through many financial hardships. “We struggled but he never made it feel like we were struggling,” Millender said. “He was always working hard, always there providing; we never went without anything.” Growing up, Millender’s father, Curtis Sr., played a key role in shaping his life. His dad inspired him; he described his dad’s personality as a fighter. Millender’s father did everything to provide a great environment that was supportive of him. When Millender was 8 years old, he began to start training as a wrestler and instantly fell in love with the sport. As a child he knew early on he wanted fighting to be a part of his life. Millender continued his training into high school at Arroyo Valley High in San Bernardino. After graduating in 2005, he discovered mixed martial arts. He began fighting as a part-time amateur while still pursuing education and a career in door-todoor sales. It wasn’t until 2010 lege to be invited to this camp since it’s usually reserved for professional sports dancers. The camp is intense, learning four routines in two days, waking up from the crack of dawn and working throughout the day and night until they get every move down.
“Every year is a challenge for us only because we walk in with a big target on our back.” Jennie Volkert Dance Coach
In the beginning of the season––during the months of September and October—the team prepares for basketball season by learning band dances and halftime dances. However, the main goal is nationals. Senior dance team captain Mindee Macahilig has been working and motivating her team for the No. 1 spot. This will be Macahilig’s second year on the team and her first year as captain. “To be on the stage with 14
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Anaheim resident Curtis Millender, 26, jabs Alex Suhonosov in the face during their Dec. 5 fight at the Hanger during the Fight Club OC boxing event.
when Millender decided to move to Orange County step up his status as a part-timer to a professional fighting career. “There is nothing else I’ve ever put 100 percent in, other than being a father and fighting and wrestling,” Millender said. A big part of Millender’s motivation is all the people in his life looking up to him. Prior to the birth of Curtis Millender Jr., Millender described his life as being at a crossroads. The birth of his son put his life other girls that love the stage and love that two minutes of our life, like we work all the way up until there for that two minutes and they just feel like we leave everything on the floor because its all you have. That’s what I look forward to and hopefully a championship title comes with it,” Macahilig said. All of the girls said they are like one big family. They spend all their time together because the time commitment is so demanding. “We are a team of girls, girls have fights all the time, but we leave that drama outside that door. We are here for one purpose, and that’s to win and not to have a fight,” Holly Stephens, a member of the dance team, said. “Family is the most important thing, so that is definitely the environment I bring here for the spirit squad,” Volkert said. Since the girls have to be enrolled full time to be on the dance team, time management is crucial. To balance school, work, a social life and the dance team, the girls said they use planners all the time to keep on track and stay organized. Together with team and friendship, the girls motivate each other for the same passion they all have: the stage presence and to dance for the No. 1 spot.
into perspective. “I was working, so I was only training like twice a week … But I was actually in Vegas working and his mom called me and told me she was pregnant and I was overjoyed,” Millender said. “I was scared a little bit, but then I just went back to thinking, ‘oh, my dad is the best man I know,’ so I can’t fail because I have a good example.” Curtis Jr.’s birth pushed Millender back to fighting. Millender wants his son to have some-
one he could look up to. After the birth of his son, Millender had the opportunity to stay with his day job, but he decided to move to Fullerton to further his career in MMA. The person who gives Millender the strength to keep going is also his biggest fan, 3-year-old Curtis Jr. “I would hope I am my son’s hero … I am pretty sure when he gets older and starts to understand what a hero really is, daddy is what he looks up to,”
Millender said. Millender will look to keep his undefeated record going in 2014 and he is more than ready to tackle anything life throws at him. He sees himself growing in the future and ultimately wants to be the best fighter in the world. “I want this to take me other places … Japan, Brazil, Australia, Philippines,” Millender said. With the support of his son and his strong work ethic, the sky is the limit for Millender.
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