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Volume 94, Issue 43


First finalist for VP of finance visits campus David Bea, Ph.D., is one of three finalists to be interviewed this week ANDRES GARCIA Daily Titan

The search for a new vice president for administration and finance/chief financial officer began its final stage Monday. The first finalist, Da-

vid Bea, Ph.D., was on campus for a day of meetings with Cal State Fullerton administration and an open forum. The VPAF/CFO directs strategic planning and directly manages business and administrative functions for departments such as administration and finance, parking and transportation services and University Police. Bea was one of three chosen

by the search committee. He was given an hour to present their plans and answer questions from an audience comprised of faculty, students and staff. Various faculty and administration make up the search committee, including Provost José Cruz, Dean of the College of Business and Economics Anil Puri, Ph.D., as well as professors. A representative from

Associated Students Inc. was also present. Bea is chief executive vice chancellor for finance and administration for Pima Community College (PCC) in Tucson, Arizona. PCC is one of the top 10 largest single-college multi-campus community college districts in the country. About 56,000 credit and non-credit students were en-

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rolled in PCC in the 2012-2013 school year with an annual budget of about $300 million, Bea said. He drew parallels between Arizona and California while addressing the issue of decreased state funding for higher education and increased spending for prison support. “Obviously the states are not a reliable source anymore. Tuition is getting taxed out, finan-

cial aid is going to be omitted in the future so you can’t just keep growing tuition because students won’t be able to afford education anymore,” Bea said. Bea applies a customer service approach to higher education. He said a college or university should operate like any other web-based service or business. SEE FINALIST, 2


More than 120 people gathered Monday to remember and celebrate the life of Cal State Fullerton student, Kevin La, who died at the age of 19 last week. Alpha Phi Omega hosted the candlelight vigil. La was a member of the fraternity. “I want him to be remembered as he was a very confident guy, always smiles … takes care of others before himself,” said Janny Yoon, La’s “big sister” in Alpha Phi Omega and a CSUF student. Various candles and a large smiling portrait of the kinesiology major graced a makeshift altar in front of Titan Gym. Close friends of La shared memories of him with the group, many praised his positive attitude and smile. “He always smiled, that was the one thing about him,” Yoon said. La died after jumping from rocks into a pool of water near Hermit Falls during a hike with 12 other students, according to the Los Angeles Times. His official cause of death is still being determined.

Candles and heartfelt messages were displayed at the vigil of Kevin La, 19, outside the Titan Stadium.


Janny Yoon, La’s ‘big sister’ in Alpha Phi Omega, shares her memories of Kevin La to mourners who attended his vigil Monday night.

Student dies in crash with drunk driver Ariana Lee will be awarded a posthumous degree in January HELENA REED Daily Titan

Police are investigating a collision they believe was caused by a drunk driver that killed a Cal State Fullerton student last month. Ariana Lee died at the age of 22 in a car accident on Oct. 5 after a car she was a passenger in was struck by a driver. She will be posthumously awarded her bachelor’s degree in a private ceremony set for January open only to family, her professors and any staff members who were instrumental in her education. She would have graduated next year with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. “She loved Cal State Fullerton, she said it was one of the best schools in the country,” Nicholas Lee, Ariana’s brother, said. Ariana Lee loved school and helping the elderly, as well as comforting people who were in pain, her family said. “My sister always carried Band-Aids, candy and Neosporin, just in case people felt down or they got minor cuts, she was always there like a mini-medic,” Nicholas Lee said. Nicholas Leeleft home when he was 18 to join the Army and returned home at the age of 23.

He said he only had the last year to spend with his sister after returning home, and shortly before her death. “She had a lot to offer her community, and it’s very sad and unfortunate that it all was stolen from her,” Nicholas Lee said. He was at home sleeping when California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers showed up at his door at 7 a.m., hours after the accident, to inform him and his mother, Jessica Lee, that Ariana was in a fatal car accident. He described that particular moment as feeling surreal. “I felt like there was a deep hole in my chest,” Nicholas Lee said. “Being sad can’t explain the pain that our family felt.” Vincent Verduzco, 25, was driving a 2003 MercedesBenz when he collided with a 2000 Mercedes-Benz driven by Ariana Lee’s friend Elaine Wang, according to the CHP. Verduzco, who was under the inf luence of alcohol, hit the car Ariana Lee was in at approximately 2:43 a.m. Ariana Lee was seated on the rear right side of the car, was in the vehicle with two other young women, the driver, 22, Wang and 21, Jennifer Wong, 21, the front seat passenger. Verduzco, was arrested at the scene and has since been released on a $100,000 bail. SEE ARIANA, 3


Kava in tea is touted as stress-relieving, but its sedatives can be dangerous Yogi tea is sold in grocery stores but have warning labels on its packaging ZEILA EDRIAL Daily Titan

Winding down and enjoying a cup of tea sounds alluring after a taxing day. Yogi tea products offer a Kava Stress Relief tea that claims to “ease tension and promote re-


laxation.” The product can be found in any store that sells groceries, such as Target, Ralphs and Walmart. The tea gets its taste from a combination of cinnamon and carob pod. Carob is an ingredient used as an alternative to chocolate. The ingredient responsible for the tea’s ability to ease tension is kava. Kava is a plant that comes from the South Pacific. It is used to help combat anxiety,



stress and restlessness. However, the yellow and purple box may not be all it’s cracked up to be. The Yogi tea’s claim to “calm the body and mind and encourage a good night’s sleep,” has not been verified by the Food and Drug Administration. In addition, several concerns have been raised about kava. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) said the

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FDA found “using kava supplements has been linked to a risk of severe liver damage.” Side effects include having scaly, yellowed skin after longterm or heavy use of kava. Kava has been banned in Switzerland, Germany and Canada. Tsen Huang, 29, tried the Kava Stress Relief tea after his mother bought it for him from an organic health supply store. “It has a mild sedative effect

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that made me feel like I had just gotten out of bed from a good nap, but still feeling a little groggy,” Huang said. He experienced no anxiety while drinking the tea. However, he did not like the groggy feeling it caused. Kava has also been said to cause drowsiness, so it is imperative to avoid driving and operating heavy equipment after drinking the Yogi tea. Eileen Dinh, 23, is a tea en-


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thusiast from Westminster. She often drinks tea at home at least once a week. She also visits different tea shops to taste their selection. Dinh decided to test the Yogi tea after a fellow tea enthusiast suggested it to her to combat her stress. Her stress comes from working night shifts at her job and many scheduling conflicts. SEE TEA, 8


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DEANNA TROMBLEY / Daily Titan David Bea, Ph.D., candidate for vice president for administration and finance, met with CSUF student leadership on Monday to introduce himself to the Titan community.

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“You have to understand who your customer is and understand that you’re there to help them do what they need to do,” Bea said. Secondly, he plans on “valuing the people.” “You’re talking about a large majority of the institutions are people and people are the one’s who make this place work and it’s what makes the power of the university,” Bea said. He stressed the importance of planning and being adaptive to change. “The world is changing extremely quickly now,” Bea said. “We got to be able to have systems and organizations that can adapt to those changes. Bea also stressed transparency is critical. One way to accomplish transparency is to provide information on the internet detailing the reasons behind actions such as increasing fees


or tuition. Bea said he used this approach at PCC. The finalist’s third plan is to foster continuous review of improvement to do better every day. “When an error happens or something doesn’t go correctly, my first question is not ‘why is that unique, why did that only happen there?’ It’s ‘is that representative, is that systematic in some way,’” Bea said. “Is this something that is happening in other cases?” He said he will use technology to create true efficiencies and streamline processes. “Theres always been this promise that if you implement a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, then suddenly you’re going to be more efficient, and that’s totally (the) opposite of what happens,” Bea said. He said new technologies need to be balanced with knowledgeable staff. Bea’s strategic goals include developing and maintaining a curricular environment by examining how well equipment is maintained. He said he wants to ensure

that the university is training students on equipment that is up to date. One of his goals is to teach life skills by helping people develop financial literacy so people understand the burden of financial aid and loans. “We have to find ways to get students to stay in school, to get educated and to improve their lives,” Bea said. He plans to improve student persistence by reviewing payment plans and deadlines to prevent students dropping out of school. In 2010, Bea received the award for “Outstanding Chief Business Officer” and the “Exemplary Practices” award from the Community College Business Officers. PCC received the Award of Excellence from the Association of Physical Plant Administrators during Bea’s term as executive vice chancellor for finance and administration in May 2012. The other two finalists will be speaking at open forums on Tuesday and Wednesday at Steven G. Mihaylo Hall.

Organizing local change Activists offer advice to help mobilize communities toward social change MATTHEW MEDINA Daily Titan

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Activists and advocates for social issues came to Cal State Fullerton’s Pollak Library Monday to explain how organizing communities is crucial to changing society. CSUF’s Asian American Studies Program, Asian Pacific American Resource Center and the departments of African-American and Chicana and Chicano Studies produced the event, titled “Activism in the 21st Century.” Four representatives from local groups emphasized grassroot organizations’ importance in showing people that they do not have to accept the status quo. “I believe that power is the ability to define reality and cause other people to react to your definition as if it was their own,” said the Rev. Everett R. Bell, Jr., executive director of the Community Development Corp. program at Christ Our Redeemer African Methodist Episcopal Church. “Community development is about working within the current constraints of policy to create opportunities for marginalized communities,” Bell said. “Civic engagement and organizing is about changing the policy altogether to create a new paradigm.” Luis Sarmiento, a volunteer with El Centro Cultural de México, expressed his grievances with the “dominant” paradigm in Orange County. He said Proposition 187, which would have denied access to public services like education for undocumented immigrants, and the Minuteman Project, a vigilante group that patrols the Mexican border to stop people from entering the United States illegally, both have roots in the county. “Orange County has seen some of the most racist legislation, and some of the most racist policies have come out of here in Orange County,” Sarmiento said. Sarmiento said he grew up close to his culture and traditional son jarocho music, and that has helped him push to get involved and change the status quo. “We’re taking these experiences that we have and organizing and coming together with other people to create alternatives,” he said. “And that alternative can be almost anything.” Mary Anne Foo, executive director of Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance, Inc. (OCAPICA), explained how she got involved with community organization. She described growing up as an

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Representatives from local groups spoke with students on a range of social issues, including racism, immigration and budget cuts.

Asian-American in a small California farming town as a difficult experience. Ku Klux Klan members were active in the region, and sometimes passing drivers would attempt to run her over as she walked. “All this time, I’m just thinking, God, all I want to do is fit in, I just want to be white,” she said. “I want to be blonde, blue-eyed and fit in. I hate who I am.” Foo said she turned to drugs and alcohol due to her self-hatred. However, she was also proud when her parents told her about local organization efforts and their fight to create a more equal community. After Foo graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and found a job in Oakland, she saw community organization firsthand. Locals in Chinatown staged demonstrations and posted signs in opposition to policies such as Proposition 187. “They were Chinese store owners who didn’t speak English, and they were involved,” she said. Foo felt more proud to be Asian after seeing how passionate her colleagues were in organizing their communities. She said on the first day she was working, her coworkers asked her to join a march to Oakland City Hall to vent their frustration with local issues. “It was the most exciting time of my life,” she said. The panelists cited getting younger individuals involved, leveraging new technologies and making movements more global

as forces that would drive contemporary activism and community movements in the future. “I think that organizing, in general, in the fundamentals of what you need to build power for your community, I think that hasn’t changed so much,” Sarmiento said. “What I do think has changed is the playing field, so to speak.” One example that Sarmiento offered to explain the changed playing field was that groups like his own could now reach across borders and mobilize workers in both the United States and Mexico. “Immigrants working with their hometowns can have a pro-

found impact in both countries,” he said. Felicia Montes is a co-founder and coordinator of Mujeres de Maiz, an “artivist” organization based in East Los Angeles. She said in her experience, grassroots organizations were getting younger members involved. “Budget cuts, things happen so fast and so strongly, so blatantly, a lot of these communities are coming together,” Montes said. Montes also said the use of social media has helped community organizers promote their events. Although new forms of communication do not always successfully get people involved, they are a significant way to reach more people.

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Verduzco was driving eastbound on Colima Road, west of Allenton Avenue was approaching a f lashing red traffic control signal. Wang was driving west on Colima Road, east of Allenton Avenue, when she proceeded to make a left turn at a green light onto Allenton Avenue. Verduzco entered the intersection, failed to stop and collided with Wang. Both Wang and Wong suffered from major and minor injuries, and Ariana Lee was taken to Whittier Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead from injuries caused by the collision. The accident is still under investigation by the Santa Fe Springs CHP area office. Any witnesses are encouraged to contact Officer Al Perez at (562) 868-0503.

Jury being finalized for Thomas trial MIA MCCORMICK The final round of jury selection for the Kelly Thomas trial took place in Fullerton on Monday, the Orange County Register reported. Of the 110 prospective jurors that entered the courtroom Monday, 12 jurors and four alternates will be appointed by prosecuting and defense attorneys. The chosen jurors are to be sworn in this week. During the selection process, the candidates filled out questionnaires with topics ranging from personal attitudes toward the mentally ill to their awareness of the popular case. Opening statements for the case are expected to begin Dec. 2. The trial could last up to six weeks.

NSA spying program will face court ZEILA EDRIAL The American government’s surveillance of citizens’ phones and Internet records was challenged in court on Monday, according to USA Today. Freedom Watch leader, Larry Klayman, brought the case to a Washington federal district court. But Klayman lacked sufficient evidence to prove the National Security Agency looked through his records. The court also did not have jurisdiction to rule over the case. The judge, Richard Leon, predicted that the case may move up to the Supreme Court. However, that same day, the Court rejected a case hearing involving NSA’s collection of Verizon phone records, presented by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Mission to Mars launched HELENA REED A spacecraft by the name of MAVEN was sent to Mars by NASA Monday afternoon at 1:28 p.m. EST, from Cape Canaveral in Florida, according to ABC news. MAVEN, which stands for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN will be 93 miles from Mars’ surface at its closest point. The spacecraft has been sent in hopes to get answers to some 4-billion-year-old questions. “We want to better understand how the atmosphere is escaping from Mars,” Paul Mahaffy, a NASA research scientist told ABC News. MAVEN will start orbiting Mars Sept. 22.

“I felt like there was a deep hole in my chest...”

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Participants in the Pink Sheep event gather to discuss the taboo of sex along with gender representation in the music industry.

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Impact of sex in music Students analyze the consequences of sexual messages in popular music SARA HIATT Daily Titan

Students gathered to talk sex in the music industry as part of a Pink Sheep discussion at Cal State Fullerton Wednesday. Pink Sheep is a sex and gender group open to both women and men that discusses the normally taboo topic of sex. The group is run through the WoMen’s Center on campus and is in its third semester of activity at CSUF. Topics ranged from the representation of gender identity in popular music, the recurring issue of force and power against women within pop music and popular songs that have to do with sex. Pink Sheep aims to use the discussion to promote ideas that pertain to gender equality and to look at how specific things in society affect both men and women, said Matthew Mooers, 20, an English major and facilitator of Pink Sheep. The group meets weekly to discuss various topics relating to sex and gender, including marriage, sexually transmitted diseases and gender stereotyping. Mooers said sex in the music industry influences college-aged students by reinforcing old ideas. An example he used is that the majority of female musician’s albums have songs that express bitterness towards an ex or another woman. “The fact that this makes up for most of the portrayal of women in the music industry reinforces the idea that intimate relationships are the center of women’s lives and that women can’t be friends,” Mooers said. Specific songs and artists were discussed during the hour long conversation, including the song “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. The song has been notoriously controversial in terms of rape culture and consent. “‘Blurred Lines’ has a lot of criticism from its ideas around consent and how it rejects the idea that no means no,” Mooers said. “Add a collaboration with one of the big-


gest names in entertainment, Miley Cyrus, and you have a widely distributed message that wields enormous influence over the population.” Sam LaPera, 21, an English major and co-facilitator of Pink Sheep, agreed the song reproduces rape culture by using lyrics like, “I know you want it,” which is commonly used by rapists. LaPera also discussed the music video for the song in which Thicke pulls a model around by her ponytail. “It’s not extremely violent but it still has this kind of, the whole dominance and power imagery.” Cyrus was also an artist the group discussed, noting that her newfound sexuality has caused controversy and highlighted the issue of double standards in the music industry. “A lot of people are shaming Miley Cyrus for being sexual on TV or in general for a variety of reasons,” Mooers said. “But a lot of that is focused around just the fact that they knew what she looked like as a kid.” Mooers said Justin Bieber has been in the public eye since he was a child, but as a male doesn’t get flack for walking around without a shirt on and some of his recent behavior. Other topics discussed included Bondage, Discipline, Sadism and Masochism (BDSM), how to talk to children about messages in music, and masculinity and femininity among artists. Role models in the music industry were also discussed. The majority of the group agreed that P!nk is an example of an artist who is true to herself, despite refusing to be stereotypically feminine. LaPera suggested critical thinking plays an important role when deciphering messages the music industry sends. “I would encourage people to be better critical thinkers, because that’s what we come to college for,” LaPera said. She also suggested encouraging children to think about the messages that are being portrayed in music and videos and not to just accept the stereotypes. The next Pink Sheep discussion will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at University Hall and will address pornography and the porn industry.

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Courtesy of SBT4NOW / Flickr An amendment for equal rights regardless of gender would empower women and finally give them a level playing field throughout the workplace.

Time for equal rights

The country’s inability to ratify an amendment is harmful to women SARAH GERHARD Daily Titan

Written in 1923 and passed through Congress in 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment failed to receive an adequate number of states to ratify the amendment, resulting in its demise. But why did Congress choose to ignore women’s rights altogether? There seems to be a large gap in the relevancy and importance that Congress places on the equal rights of women. “The factors that lead to these gaps are well documented and complex, but some of this gap is simple sexism,” according to the Huffington Post. Approximately 30 percent of women report facing discrimination in the workplace, oftentimes due to unfair wages between them and their male counterparts. However, because these accusations require “strict scrutiny” by the government, it is

often difficult for employees to support such claims. Women, both present and future generations, need an Equal Rights Amendment to pass to ensure their protection against discrimination by the male population. If an Equal Rights Amendment were to pass, women would have the written support of the Constitution. Instead of women having to prove that they were being discriminated against, violators of the amendment would face a harsher reality, having to prove their innocence. The benefits of ratifying the amendment are fairly simple. By passing the Equal Rights Amendment, the government would not only open doors of opportunity for women in the country, but also open them all around the world. It is not just about empowering women, it is about creating an equal playing field for all genders. It is the first step in creating an equal platform in a nation with an already progressive mindset. Justice Antonin Scalia said the problem is the Constitution does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, but


there are other ways besides an amendment to tackle the issue. “If the current society wants to outlaw discrimination by sex, hey we have things called legislatures, and they enact things called laws,” Scalia said. Scalia’s comments were made after a debate over the definition of the 14th Amendment and whether or not its purpose was to secure women’s rights under the constitution—which it does not. As the years go by, women will continue to face discrimination throughout their lives until someone or something finds an effective resolution to end this issue. However, with a plethora of women’s rights groups, feminists and supporters, there may be a glimmer of hope afterall. The National Organization for Women has proposed their own resolution to make contributions and back any political candidate who chooses to support the Equal Rights Amendment. The incentive will not only boost candidate backing for Equal Rights Amendment,

but may help its cause if the amendment passes through Congress once again. “Today, women make up only 18 percent of Congress, with slim minority representation; we earn less, and we face the effects of sex based discrimination and gender violence in everything from immigration policy and education to healthcare and mass incarceration,” according to The Huffington Post. The bottom line is women always have been and always will be discriminated against , no matter what the Constitution states. The struggle for women to prove themselves in a male dominated society will never come to an end so for now, it is important for society to support and enact the Equal Rights Amendment for women in the future. In today’s society, it would be rather unpatriotic to say we live in a free world when in reality we’re denying equal rights to half of society. With such a low statistic of women working in Congress and such a high rate of discrimination, the road to gender equality may still be years away.

Concussions in the National Football League have left a mark on the sport in recent years, and it seems as if the negative effect has trickled to younger athletes. According to an Outside the Lines report, Pop Warner, the nation’s largest youth football program, saw an estimated 10 percent decrease in participation between 2010-2012. The fear of severe head injuries has deterred parents and children from participating in one of the country’s most popular sports. However, instead of discouraging children from playing, parents need to feel confident that coaches and officials will look after their safety. It is understandable for parents to have concerns about their child’s well being. After all, football is often regarded as the most dangerous sport for high school athletes. Frederick Mueller, director of the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research at the University of North Carolina, studied the effects of the sport. He found that since 1982, there have been 603 catastrophic injuries, with 101 of those being fatal. However, Mueller’s research disregards the popularity of the sport. From 1982 to 2006, over 34 million boys and over 16,000 girls have played high school football, according to ABC News. When examining the amount of participants versus the amount of catastrophic injuries, the resulting number is relatively small, less than 1 percent. In the NFL, the number is vastly different. Outside the Lines and the PBS show Frontline created Concussion Watch, a database compiled of the league’s weekly injury reports used to monitor every concussion and head injury reported. An average of nine players suffer concussions every week, according to the database. The sport is played at a much faster speed in the NFL, with stronger and faster men. At the high school level, many athletes are still learning to play. Therefore, the game is not as dangerous. Besides, not everyone playing high school football will have even a remote chance to make the NFL. The NFL Players Association said that of the 100,000 high school seniors that play football, only 215 will make an NFL roster, a mere 0.2 percent. Parents need not worry because the chance that their precious child will become a professional player to play

football at the toughest level is nearly impossible. My mother was first against the very idea of me playing football. I was a 6-foot freshman, weighing in at a whopping 135 pounds soaking wet. However, it didn’t take much convincing to receive her blessings when tryouts came along. Football taught me so much and shaped me into the person I am today. When I graduated high school, I stood at 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighed 170 pounds, gaining at least over 30 pounds of muscle. I learned the importance of proper technique in the weight room, and on the field, where precision and accuracy are necessary to execute a play. The idea of teamwork, as cliché as it sounds, is invaluable. On the field, every player needs to be on the same page to properly run the game plan. Like many other high school athletes, I lived and breathed football. Football gave me something to do in my spare time. I came from a supportive family who encouraged me to try anything I desired. I knew players, in every sport I played, who lacked that support system and relied solely on their teammates and coaches for guidance. The sport presents individuals with academic opportunities they may have never dreamed possible.

... Of the 100,000 high school seniors that play football, only 215 will make an NFL roster, a mere 0.2 percent. Ryan Mathews, a running back with the San Diego Chargers, spent many of his early years living in a car with his single mother. Mathews, a D-average student, and his mother, working a decent­­-paying job, were in no situation to receive an academic scholarship, let alone pay for a college tuition. Opportunity came knocking after his junior season ,when former Fresno State Head Coach Pat Hill presented him with a scholarship if he was able to improve his grades by his senior season. Mathews, fulfilling a commitment to both his mother and his coach, maintained his eligibility and signed a fiveyear $25.65 million contract in 2010 after being selected with the 12th overall pick. It’s players like Mathews who make this sport as special as it is. The game of football is in an unfortunate situation. Despite the advancements in technology to protect its players, football is still a contact sport that may lead to injury. However, football should not be a victim to injury. The probability of a player getting seriously hurt is slim to none , and the lessons taught on the field are much too valuable to get rid of.






The cancer survivor’s celebration was a symbol of hope for the public SARAH GERHARD Daily Titan

The statewide phenomenon that is “Batkid” took California by storm recently when the Make-A-Wish Foundation fulfilled the five-year-old’s biggest dream of becoming his crime fighting hero, Batman. Miles Scott, dressed in a full Batman costume, swept the streets of San Francisco, shadowing Police Chief Greg Suhr in fighting and solving “crime” around the city. Over 10,000 people showed up to view the Batkid spectacle and encouraged him to save the city. Miles, who was diagnosed with Leukemia when he was only 18 months old, was one of many survivors who were granted a wish by the Make-AWish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation, whose mission is to grant the wishes of children suffering from life threatening illnesses, said “it just cost us our time. Obviously it was necessary to put police resources into it, that happens all over major cities all the time, but this was not publicly funded.” Some of the money acquired to put on a stunt like staging a Batman-inspired crime, comes from the foundation itself when volunteers and other civilians donate money towards a child and his or her wish. According to ABC News, “a clothing company donated $10,000 to Miles’ family, and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee proclaimed Nov. 15 to be ‘Batkid Day Forever.’” For once, this event is not about the money, but the memory. This wish, in particular, went viral and gained the coveted attention of President Barack


Obama who encouraged Miles to “go get ‘em!” The stunt, which lasted almost a full day, truly shook the entire state, since not all of us are faced with battling leukemia at the age of 5. “This wish has meant closure for our family and an end to over three years of putting toxic drugs in our son’s body,” Miles’ mother said. According to USA Today, “Make-A-Wish has fulfilled similar wishes across the country. In Anaheim, a child became Batman’s sidekick, Robin; and in Seattle a child was a secret agent,” said Jen Wilson, a spokeswoman for the local organization. Stories like these restore hope in society and a significant reminder that life really is very short, and to live each day like your last. Miles represents a symbol of hope, not just for the children themselves, but their families and other victims of terminal diseases. No wish is impossible. However, there is a struggle with each one that comes along. The Make-A-Wish Foundation could always use more donations and volunteers, but they do their best with what they have. With all the buzz surrounding Batkid’s big day, it seems as though they are doing a pretty good job. It is important that society acknowledges these feel-good stories and realizes that there are millions of children out there like Miles, dying from life threatening diseases that need the help of citizens and volunteers alike to make sure these wishes come true, even if it is just for a day. The whole purpose behind the Make-A-Wish Foundation is to turn a negative in one’s life and make it a positive; lift spirits, spread awareness, encourage support from civilians and ultimately make a child’s wildest dreams come true.



Game crosses the boundaries ADRIAN GARCIA Daily Titan

A conservative student group from the University of Texas at Austin is facing the threat of expulsion from the university after organizing a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” game via Facebook. The game, meant to expose the effects of illegal immigration in everyday life, has drawn criticism from campus officials and the surrounding community, condemning the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT). The purpose of the game is a good one, exposing the sometimes hidden consequences of illegal immigration. However, the group’s decision to create a stereotypical and fairly insensitive game of cat and mouse is disgusting. Illegal immigration is one of the most controversial and highly debated topics in this country, especially in a state neighboring Mexico. The YCT has made a mockery of the topic, belittling it to a game of hide and seek. Lorenzo Garcia, chairman of the university’s YCT chapter, said the game is meant to debate, not promote any form of prejudice. “The YCT is contributing to an environment of exclusion and disrespect among our students, faculty and staff by sending the message that certain students do not belong on our campus,” said Gregory Vincent, the university’s vice president for diversity. In defense of the group, they are not actually catching illegal immigrants. They were too hard to round up in the first place. Instead, members will be wearing signs that say “illegal immigrant.” Participants who “catch” them receive a $25 gift certificate. The game is rewarding individuals for catching illegal immigrants, discriminating students on campus who are able to enroll with the university because of the DREAM Act.

Garcia was a paid staffer with Republican Greg Abbott’s gubernatorial campaign. Now, Garcia’s ties with the group and Abbott have been highly scrutinized. Gilberto Hinojosa, Texas Democratic Party Chairman, said “one of his staffers is organizing theatrical arrests on campaign. Our young and promising DREAM Act scholars already live in enough fear of Abbott, without his staff also forcing them to watch mock arrests.” However, Abbott’s team was quick to dissociate themselves with their former staffer and his events. “Our campaign has no affiliation with this repugnant effort. Illegal immigration and the failed policies of the Obama administration are not a joking matter,” said Avdiel Huerta, Abbott’s campaign press secretary. This is not the first time the YCT chapter at UT Austin has been under public scrutiny. The group was heavily criticized in October for hosting an “affirmative action bake sale.” To bring to light the issue with affirmative action, the group sold brownies at different prices based on the customer’s race. The group is unafraid to push the boundaries and create a public controversy, however offensive they may be. Garcia said the group is not afraid to be politically incorrect. “We don’t espouse to the belief that politics is immune to offending someone,” he said. The conservative nature of the Republican Party is being put to shame by the efforts of this group. Garcia and the rest of the YCT chapter should realize that their actions cause more harm than good. Despite their attempts to finding creative alternatives to spark discussions for the highly controversial topics, the group is being shunned from the very party they support.

Courtesy of the Young Conservatives of America The affirmative action bake sale is another event that caused controversy.






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Photo courtesy of Cal State Fullerton Shelly Arsneault, Ph.D. is the MPA program coordinator.

MPA students selected for fellowship program The Fellowship Program helps students gain real world work experience IAN O’BRIEN Daily Titan

Four students were chosen to be a part of the Cal State Fullerton City Management Fellowship Program (CMFP), which offers CSUF students who have received a master’s degree in public administration an opportunity to work for the city government. The program is partnered with the Orange County City Manager’s Associate and gives students a year-long experience to learn from professionals in their field, said Shelly Arsneault, Ph.D., CSUF political science professor and MPA Program Coordinator. Jonathan Poole is one of the four MPA students chosen to participate in the program. His college highlights include winning the Irving Stone Prize for producing an award-winning essay. Poole currently works for Orange County and the Lake Forest public works department as an engineering technician. His interest in the field was sparked after seeing city management through the eyes of people who were already in the industry. Poole said the program is a great opportunity for students to learn from practitioners about how city managers do their job and the problems they face. “I was particularly interested in getting that perspective as well as the workshops that are offered as part of the program,” Poole said. Arsneault said most of the MPA students work full time in cities and come to school at night. “Usually, they’re taking two classes a semester, and that’s quite a heavy load to have a full-time job and to be coming to a graduate program in the evening, and we are a rigorous

graduate program,” Arsneault said. Arsneault received her Ph.D. at Michigan State, but recognizes how demanding the program can be. The students in the program now have heavier reading and writing loads, Arsneault said. Poole said having public administration undergraduate degree, along with five years of experience in the public sector, has helped him a lot. Arsneault holds Poole in high esteem and emphasizes the need for networking to succeed. “I think Jonathan is sort of a natural for the program. Jonathan has been in city and county government for a number of years,” Arsneault said. “He’s the type of guy who understands you need to network to move ahead in local government, so I think the CMFP is a perfect fit for him.” For many MPA students, networking has been a key way to get involved with the program, including Rudy Rosas. Rosas works as a senior civil engineer for the city of Santa Ana and runs the sewer and water operation. Rosas was a civil engineering major at CSUF and found a niche where he could put his skills to good use. Initially, Rosas said he wasn’t interested in joining the program. “What caught my attention was the chance to network and get to see the type of challenges in this that the city manager types were facing,” Rosas said. Rosas said students worked on many theory lectures about what public administration is about, which provided firsthand experience in the program. “He (Rosas) was not necessarily someone that was obviously going to be interested in the CMFP from the start, but I think he has done really well in his MPA program,” Arsneault said. “I think it’s good for him. We don’t often get someone with a technical background.”

Photo courtesy of Cal State Fullerton Cal State Fullerton professor Jorge Herrera sings his song Edúcate” for the television network Univision.

Professor Jorge Herrera’s song on education aired nationwide on Univision KAILEY DEMARET Daily Titan

Jorge Herrera, a Cal State Fullerton professor, is trying to promote education across the nation and in South America, with his song “Edúcate,” which is Spanish for “educate yourself.” Herrera and his brother were asked to write the theme song for Univision’s education week and jumped at the opportunity to help. Univision is a national program that encourages Latino students to achieve success in education. When Herrera wrote the song he initially thought it was cheesy, but still hoped it would be a hit. He didn’t realize how popular it would become until people in Mexico enjoyed the song. The piece became so prevalent that it was requested as the theme song for Univision’s education week in February 2014. “I knew it was a hit when my 2-year-old started singing along to it,” Herrera said. The television station, Univision, wanted a song that was catchy, but still sent a message. “I wrote this song just with a guitar and I sent it off to them

and they liked the lyrics,” Herrera said. Univision flew Herrera to Miami to debut the song on the Spanish version of Jay Leno’s nightly show during education week, along with other radio and television performances. “Singing a song about education is not necessarily mainstream,” said Luis Herrera, Jorge’s brother and co-writer of the song. “We enjoyed the challenge of writing something that would truly inspire people while at the same time get them to sing and dance along.” The lyrics in the song call out every country in Latin American to say education is out there, and to go and get it and keep on knocking on the door until a goal is reached. Education is important to Herrera, which is why he wanted to create a song that sent a positive message about education that spoke to children and adults about how important it is to be educated. “Hopefully it becomes an anthem for future generations to come. The message I think will stand the test of time,” Herrera said. “Education is the key to success. If they hear it often enough they will begin to believe it.” The song not only sends a positive message, but also promotes music in school. Herrera comes from a mu-

sical background and is a lecturer in Chicana and Chicano studies at CSUF. He is currently in a band with his five siblings called Hermanos Herrera. Herrera tries to integrate Latin music into his ethnic studies classes and also teaches a few music classes that combine sociology and music. Most of the music he uses in his class is sung in Spanish. “I always translate for the students because I don’t ever want them to feel like they’re disconnected or that they won’t understand the topic,” Herrera said. Herrera’s favorite part of teaching is when students start to understand and make sense of his classes. “I always emphasize the point that changes in music al-

“Education is the key to success. If they hear it often enough they will being to believe it.” Jorge Herrera CSUF Professor

ways parallel changes in culture or in society,” Herrera said. He introduces the history behind social happens before discussing the music and feels students will have a better understanding of the music once they know the history behind it. The music explains itself once students know the history, he said. One of Herrera’s students, Brandy Antonio, 23, said his favorite part about his class are the discussions. “He motivates you to participate in everything he says … he makes you want to know more,” Antonio said. On the weekends Herrera performs Mexican music with different artists. After college, Herrera was apart of a band that would make their income from playing at different venues, but education has always remained a priority for him. Herrera’s mother was a teacher, which is one of the reasons why he wanted to become an educator. He is currently working on his Ph.D. at UCLA. “I kind of teach them how to take the issue that is behind music and analyze it, and realize that’s why music changes or that’s why this music style is born,” Herrera said. For more information on Herrera’s band, visit



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She expected a strong herbal flavor, but she said after the cinnamon, the drink had an aftertaste of medicine. “I don’t think it really does much of a difference to relax me … other than that, it’s a warm drink—and warm drinks usually relax me—but (it’s not) outof-the-ordinary special,” Dinh said. Dinh said the tea was weak and watery. “It might not be what to most people who want to try tea expect, so I don’t think I would

suggest it,” Dinh said. Huang expanded on her meaning by saying kava tea is “exotic and very different.” “It does not taste or feel like what ‘tea’ should be—an acquired taste that leaves very little to desire, unfortunately,” he said. Huang said the kava tea’s effects vary depending on the individual, which may be why Dinh was not affected by it. There is a lot of tedious preparation involved to get the tea “right.” Still, the warnings placed on the tea’s packaging raises red flags and may be enough to


scare potential buyers away. It warns consumers under the age of 18, pregnant women and breastfeeding women to refrain from drinking it. The packaging also suggests consulting a health care professional before drinking the tea if the buyer takes medication or frequently drinks alcohol. With so many warnings on the product’s packaging and concerns over an ingredient causing liver problems, Yogi’s Kava Stress Relief tea does not seem worth trying. When trying any product, be careful to look at labels and make sure what it contains.

Courtesy of CamyWest / Flickr Yogi tea is sold in most grocery stores but is not approved by the FDA and has been linked to liver problems.



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