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TITANS PAY TRIBUTE TO FALLEN TEAMMATE CSUF hosts semifinal
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The College of Business and Economics hosted the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Los Angeles Cup competition semifinals where 10 teams from Southern California institutions contended in a semifinal match on Thursday. Each team was required to develop a plan for a profitable buyout of a fictional company. Teams were given scenarios and restrictions with regards to funds, debts and sponsors. The students had 20 days to develop a realistic plan for a successful acquisition, or takeover of a company. At the semifinals, the 10 competing teams were randomly split
into three tiers where a panel of three judges acted as a company’s board of directors. Contenders presented their evaluation and conclusion of specific factors to the judges. Teams from UCLA, San Diego State and UC Irvine won the three final spots, allowing them to compete for the regional cup at the Toyota USA Museum on March 12. The nationwide association was founded in 1954. John Ashbrook, managing director of FMV Opinions Inc. and a panel judge, said he has judged the ACG Cup competition for the past four years at different schools. He added that these were some of the best groups he has seen. SEE COMPETITION, 2
Courtesy of Robert Hanashiro Titan baseball player Nick Hurtado died Friday night after a three-year battle with bone cancer. He was 21. Hurtado, a left-handed pitcher, was not on the 2013 roster due to his cancer treatment. He was on the roster in 2012, but sat out the season due to his recovery, according to Cal State Fullerton Athletics. The Titans honored Hurtado with a moment of silence before Saturday night’s game against the University of Oregon. The scoreboard flashed Hurtado’s number, 56, in blue and orange during the Oregon Ducks’ at-bats. In addition, the Titans displayed Hurtado’s jersey in the dugout and first baseman Carlos Lopez wore No. 56 in memory of Hurtado during the game.
“Nick Hurtado is a true #titan and such a great teammate and friend. You will be missed brother. We got your back just like you had ours,” Lopez posted on Twitter on Friday night. The Titans managed to play through the news, defeating the Ducks 5-2 for their 10th straight win on the season. “I’ve been in this game for 31 years and have never had a player pass away during a season, so it was emotional,” said Titan Head Coach Rick Vanderhook. Hurtado, a communications major, signed with the Titans in 2009 as a junior at Santiago High School in Corona. Before his final senior year began, however, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer,
after being hit by a ball in the knee, according to his Titan team profile. He underwent treatments at UCLA Medical Center for a year and a half, which included removing a portion of his femur and inserting titanium into his knee, according to CSUF Athletics. “He touched the lives of so many people with his compassion and unyielding positive attitude. He will be in our hearts every single day,” the team said in a statement. Services for Hurtado have not been announced. Cody Leong contributed to this report. Brief by TIM WORDEN
DETOUR | Art
SPORTS | No. 17-ranked Titans
Baseball takes game two against Oregon to win series
honors 3 years of art
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Visitors of all ages flocked to the heart of the city to celebrate the third anniversary of the Downtown Fullerton Art Walk on Friday evening. A plethora of downtown venues, retailers, local art galleries and artists gathered at the Fullerton Museum Plaza, located on Wilshire Avenue, from 6 to 10 p.m. to promote and share their works to the community. The 1.2-acre space featured a variety of exhibits, art demonstrations, as well as a beer and wine garden. There were plenty of creative and family fun activities such as taking the All Star Photo Booth and arts and crafts with the All the Arts for All the Kids Foundation. Gourmet food trucks such as the Sexy Burger, Crepes Bonaparte, Seabirds and Calbi adorned Wilshire Ave. Burgers and fries, savory crepes, vegan cuisines and a fusion of Mexican and Korean foods were available for hungry attendees.
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Local featured artist Scott Lee paints at the third anniversary of the Downtown Fullerton Art Walk on Friday.
Urban arts and entertainment particularly received attention and support at the Art Walk’s threeyear anniversary celebration. Eduardo Barragan, 31, a local bboy better known as “Lil Rock,” performed breakdancing demonstrations to a crowd of parents and children. Barragan, now his eighth Art Walk appearance, has been dancing since 1996. Barragan is now a part of two dance groups, West Coast Rockers and Killafornia, which he described as a “super crew” of dancers
from throughout California. When Barragan is not performing at shows and performances with his dance crews, he teaches breakdancing to young children at the local CF Dance Academy. “Usually I try not to perform,” said Barragan. “I try to do more like demonstrations to pass people the knowledge about the culture and what dancing is about instead of showing them moves.” Another highlight of the evening was East Side District, a tattoo parlor that opened six months
ago at the Fullerton Train Depot on 140 East Santa Fe Ave. East Side District’s exhibit consisted of Chicano artworks with mediums ranging from watercolor paintings and color pencil drawings to metal sculptures and tinted glass projects. In addition to the gallery was a tattooing station where visitors could try their hands at using a tattoo gun. Not to worry—no human was actually tattooed. SEE WALK, 5
CAMPUS | Inequality
Panel explores immigration reform and restrictions Experts discuss whether or not current policies achieve social justice JULIA GUTIERREZ Daily Titan
Cal State Fullerton hosted a panel of experts to discuss immigration reform, border restrictions and inequality on Thursday. The event, titled “Immigration & Justice With(out) Borders,” explored whether or not current practices and
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Ryan Laiola presents for the CSUF team in the ACG Cup Competition Thursday.
policies live up to the alternative visions of social justice. Shelley Wilcox, Ph.D., a philosophy professor at San Francisco State, presented theories about why injustice and inequality occur within the immigrant population in and outside of the United States. According to Wilcox, many philosophers believe that much of the perceived injustice occurs because of luck egalitarianism, which is the idea that opportunity is derived from “brute luck.”
While she agreed some of the problems with immigration stem from this idea, she criticized the theory and said structural social relationships are the major contributor. Wilcox said the theory of relational egalitarianism places emphasis on moral equality. Unlike luck egalitarianism, the idea states that the relationship between certain groups can be unjust and lead to structural oppression. According to Wilcox, moral equality is shaped by social and eco-
nomic institutions as well as social categories such as gender, class, race and nationality. Robin Kelley, Ph.D., UCLA’s Gary B. Nash professor of American history, presented a historical discussion of immigrant laborers. Kelley said neo-liberalism, a political philosophy that supports a free trade market, promotes inequality and poor working conditions amongst immigrant laborers. SEE PANEL, 2
It was an emotional night for the CSUF baseball team as they learned of the passing of their teammate Nick Hurtado. Hurtado lost in the battle with bone cancer Friday night. Despite the emotion, the team was able to pull out a win against the University of Oregon in the second game of three game series, 5-2. It was a beautiful evening, with fading blue skies sweeping the orange sunset that was being cast on Goodwin Field as the teams were lined up on each base path during a moment of silence Saturday night. First baseman Carlos Lopez dressed up in the No. 56 jersey in honor of his late teammate and Michael Lorenzen went 2-3 with a double, hit by pitch and a threerun homerun. Justin Garza threw eight innings of near perfect ball as he cruised the No. 17 Titans to victory. The team had success in the first inning as Richy Pedroza and Lopez got on base for the hard hitting Lorenzen. Lorenzen then hit a massive home run to left field to make the score 3-0. “I just relaxed at the plate,” said Lorenzen when responding to his performance. “With the situation going on with our teammate Nick (Hurtado) and seeing his mom in the stands allowed me to put everything in perspective and relax.” After the first inning, opposing pitcher Tommy Thorpe was able to get in a groove and keep the Titans from scoring until the sixth inning. Luckily for the Titans, Garza was able to match Thorpe on the mound by throwing five scoreless innings until giving up a two-run triple to Kyle Garlick to make the score 3-2. The Titans were able to respond in the top half of the inning by
scoring two runs themselves to make the score 5-2. It all started with a double off the wall by Lorenzen, which was followed up by a hit by pitch to the next batter. Eventually, Lorenzen was driven in by a sacrifice fly and Chad Wallach strolled to home plate as Austin Diemer hit a clutch two-out triple to center field. From there, Garza was able to hold the Ducks scoreless until he was pulled at the beginning of the ninth inning in favor of the closer, Lorenzen. Garza threw eight innings while striking out four batters. The win now puts Garza at a tie with freshman Thomas Eshelman, who are now both 3-0 to start out their collegiate careers. “My first inning was the best that I felt on the mound, but I went to war with the two bullets that I had and just battled,” said Garza. As the game went on, the pitcher leaned more towards his changeup to help get the outs that he needed. Head Coach Rick Vanderhook was impressed by his team, especially since the win was against a PAC-12 team. He was glad that the team was able to stick with the big school and go toe to toe with them. “We threw the leather around pretty good,” said Vanderhook. The coach was also particularly impressed with the way Lorenzen played. “Michael had a good night. The double to lead off the six ... that took some air out of their tires.” Besides the emotional atmosphere of the game, there was quite the buzz surrounding it as well. The stands were completely full of spectators and children running around tossing baseballs to each other. This week, the Titans will move on to play against San Diego and USC on the road followed by a series against the Texas A&M Aggies at home this weekend.
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Additionally, he said the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), has contributed to the problems immigrants face. The agreement, which was signed by the United States, Mexico and Canada, has fueled the war on drugs. Farmers and unemployed people who have been dislocated because of NAFTA have begun manufacturing drugs, Kelley said. Jorge-Mario Cabrera, director of communications and public relations for the Coalition for the Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), said the political and economic systems need reform. “It is wrong to come here without documentation but the reality is, the system in the U.S. is so broken that it can take 15 to 20 years to have your case even considered (for citizenship),” Cabrera said. Brady T. Heiner, Ph.D., a philosophy professor at CSUF and one of the hosts of the event, said he hoped the lecture helped attendees overcome conventional political views regarding immigration.
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According to Edward Sullivan, Ph.D., assistant vice president of CSUF Institutional Research and Analytical Studies, there are about 34,168 students enrolled during the spring semester. Of that group, there are approximately 1,719 international students, who are not U.S. citizens, on campus.
ELEONOR SEGURA / For the Daily Titan TOP: Shelley Wilcox, associate professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University, presents her research on open borders. BOTTOM: Robin Kelley, professor of American History at UCLA, discusses the war on the working class Thursday.
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COMPETITION: Case study designed to give students real-life experience He added that these were some of the best groups he has seen. “We wanted to see how well do these people think on their feet,” said Ashbrook. “We wanted to ask them some tough questions and see how well they respond.” Bill Webster, CEO of ACG, said there is a demand to bring together certain types of people who excel in the fields of finance, business and law. “ACG responds to bring all those different skill sets together in one place, so people get to meet each other,” said Webster. The CSUF team developed a comparison between their five-year and 10-year plans of their course of action to purchase a company. Ryan Laiola, a CSUF team member, said the five-year plan was more attractive because they could pay off their debt faster.
The unmanned SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule reached the International Space Station on Sunday after a technical glitch which delayed its arrival, according to CNN. The robotic CanadArm arm pulled the capsule to the station where astronauts accessed food and other goods as well as supplies for experiments. The hatch between the Dragon capsule and the Space Station’s Harmony module was opened Sunday afternoon. The capsule contained 1,200 pounds of supplies for the crew. The problem causing the delay was “an issue with a propellant valve,” according to a SpaceX spokeswoman. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the problem had been fixed on Friday afternoon. This was the second SpaceX mission to the space station contracted by NASA. Ten more missions are expected. The capsule is scheduled to splashdown off the coast of Baja California on March 25, according to NASA.
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Doctors reported they have cured a child born with HIV, according to USA Today. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. This finding will help scientists better understand the nature of HIV, doctors said. It could also help HIV-positive babies in developing countries. Doctors who treated the child, a two-and-a-half year-old girl from Mississippi, are hoping the virus doesn’t return in the future. The girl’s story is unusual and will not immediately lead to a cure for the 34 million people living with HIV worldwide, experts said. Previously, the child and her mother disappeared when she was about 18 months old, and were tracked down five months later. She was off drug therapy for 10 months and today remains HIV free. “That’s a miracle,” said Carlos del Rio, co-director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research and a board member the HIV Medicine Association. He said this should not lead patients or parents to think they can stop medication. The authors of the study have yet to determine if the child’s cure was a one-of-a-kind miracle, or something doctors can achieve in other babies.
“Once the debt’s paid off there isn’t a whole lot of point in holding it, other than you get some cash flows from operations,” said Laiola. Team members added that they balanced their financial risk and business risk, which is the key to developing a presentable conclusion of the scenario given. “When there’s low business risk then you can lever it up and you feel comfortable and it’s a safe investment,” Laiola said. According to Chris Hebble, creator of the competition, the Los Angeles chapter developed the case study contest in 2004 where students in local MBA programs could compete for notoriety and cash. Hebble said other benefits of this event include networking and experience. “The case study is designed as an opportunity for the students to be able to have a real-life event,” said Hebble.
He added that the long term benefit of the contest is that it is an opportunity for students to begin their development into the career place. At the first ACG Cup competition, seven schools presented their case studies to a panel of judges. By 2008 the competition spread across the nation and 16 regions followed suit, allowing more than 70 schools to participate. “It grew like wildfire and there are chapters all over the country,” Webster said. “Our idea spawned clones.” With California’s dense collection of business schools, Webster said he favors the spirit of competition. His only disappointment is that it is nearly impossible to form a national competition. “We’re dealing with a large number of schools and so the winner really has to fight their way through a lot of really talented groups,” Webster said.
Released documents show despite complaints from numerous coaches, the Golden West Swim Club continues to keep a coach on their staff who was accused of sexual harassment and abuse, according to the Orange County Register. Bill Jewell, 71, was accused in 2011 by young female swimmers and fellow coaches of engaging in inappropriate behavior at both the Fullerton Aquatics Swim Team (FAST) and the Golden West Swim Club. This actions included improperly touching and making sexual comments. Jewell was fired from FAST in June 2011. Despite the complaints from numerous coaches, Golden West Swim Club head coach Mark Schubert still kept Jewell on staff. Golden West College launched an investigation in September into Jewell’s alleged sexual misconduct and allegations that Schubert failed to report. In November, the college stated that Jewell was cleared of any wrongdoings. According to the documents, investigators hired by the college never interviewed any of the coaches who filed complaints about Jewell.
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O.C. mass honors Pope’s last day
ANIBAL ORTIZ / For the Daily Titan Hundreds of church-goers attended a special mass honoring Pope Benedict XVI of the Roman Catholic Church at Holy Family Cathedral in Orange on Thursday. Benedict served as pope for eight years since his election in April 2005 before resigning on Thursday.
Professor examines hydraulic systems in plants Lanscape services seek technology to make water and plant systems efficient LAUREN DAVIS Daily Titan
Jochen Schenk, Ph.D., a biological science professor at Cal State Fullerton, is researching air bubbles that plants get in their hydraulic system to see how plants survive in dry environments to help farmers irrigate their crops more efficiently. “Plants have hydraulic systems that actually operate under negative pressure, basically under solar energy, that sucks water literally out of the ground,” said Schenk. He said the purpose of plant hydraulic systems is to find out how plants manage to survive when they are running out of water and air is entering their systems. CSUF Landscape Services are trying to improve the efficiency of the campus’ water and plant systems as well. Steven Dugas, Landscape Services manager at CSUF, said updated materials are used when
water systems on campus need replacing. “We tend to use the newer technology as well as utilize plant materials that are more mediterranean-style climate,” said Dugas. Joel Abraham, Ph.D., a biological science professor, said there are many benefits of having plants on campus; the first benefit is that plants release oxygen and the second concerns how plants take in pollutants. “Having a lot of plants near Fullerton’s campus actually increases our air quality,” said Abraham. “They also do a number of things in terms of shading that helps regulate temperatures in buildings and in terms of aesthetic value.” Dugas said landscape services also uses drought-tolerant type plants because they are better adapted to the natural climate and do not depend on supplemental irrigation. However, he said there could be better ways how the campus utilizes its source of water; this could include using reclaimed water instead of domestic water for irrigation. “If we had the opportunity to access reclaimed water for irriga-
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Water flows through the Arboretum on Sunday afternoon. The running water source is a luxury for the Arboretum as water is scarce in Southern California.
tion purposes, I think we would be better served in terms of water conservation as well,” Dugas said. Schenk agreed, adding that the
more practical reasons behind plant-water relations is irrigation. He added that 80 percent of the fresh water used throughout Cali-
fornia is used for irrigation, agriculture and landscaping. “We don’t have enough water in our climate, so there is a very prac-
tical reason for studying plantwater relations and just reduce irrigation and make it much more reasonable,” Schenk said.
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Oscar Pistorius and the disillusioning of modern-day heroes The South African sprinter’s case is far too familiar of a tale in sport’s current age RICARDO GONZALEZ Daily Titan
With chiseled physiques and feats that oftentimes seem superhuman, it’s easy to see why athletes are looked up to as our heroes, our role models, our idols. Like modern-day Greek myths, their likenesses adorn our bedroom walls and we wear their names across our back as a banner of support and admiration. How can a normal human live up to such expectations and remain unscathed? If recent events are indication, the answer is simple: They can’t. I refer specifically to the plummet South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius has taken during the past month. On Feb. 14 Pistorius shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, through the bathroom door of the couple’s apartment, killing her. Pistorius testifies that the killing was an accident and that he believed his girlfriend was an intruder, while prosecutors argue that Steenkamp’s death was a premeditated murder. Pistorius was granted bail on Feb. 19 and now awaits trial. Demolishing barriers for fellow disabled athletes, Oscar Pistorius rose to prominence in the 2012 London Olympics when he was the first double amputee to compete in the Men’s 200 meter dash event at the
games. Dubbed “Blade Runner,” it didn’t seem to matter that Pistorius went home empty-handed; the story of a man who had to walk on prosthetic legs who was somehow able to be competitive in one of the most difficult sports to be competitive in was too good. It was too inspirational. The man called “Blade Runner” was a hero. At least that’s what we as a heroworshipping society want to believe. The fact of the matter is, regardless of how inspirational the South African’s story is and of the strength it took for him to overcome his disability, this does not make him a “hero.” There are hundreds of people each day who struggle with disabilities and tap into superhuman resolve that those with able bodies can hardly imagine. Pistorius is no better or worse than any of these people.
“Over time it became increasingly obvious just how human Pistorius is.” What he was, however, was a champion. He was supposed to represent the pinnacle of what a person’s dogged determination can do given
the most dramatic of circumstances. Because he was so visible and because his feats were measurable, we worshipped him for it. “Blade Runner” became not just a clever moniker, but the alias of a superhero. Of course, there’s no such thing. Over time it became increasingly obvious just how human Pistorius is. Shortly after his run at the Olympics, Pistorius competed in the Paralympic Games where he started a minor controversy after disputing the specifications of his fellow double-amputee sprinter, Alan Oliveira’s, prosthetics. Despite the irony and potentially damaging affectation this could have had on the South African’s reputation, the clout he wielded at the time easily deflected such criticism. Now, that clout is gone and Pistorius faces a potentially life-upending trial ahead. All this while Nike now retracts its advertising campaign centered around Pistorius; its tagline, ironically, was to be “I am the bullet in the chamber.” Of course, one would be remiss not to also mention how this unfortunate saga comes almost immediately on the heels of Lance Armstrong’s “defrocking” in his public doping case. While not as serious an offense as killing someone, Armstrong’s failings also expose the idea of exceptional stories having very unexceptional protagonists. But that is indeed the rub; it was us who idolized these men. Really, they simply did what they set their minds
Courtesy of MCT Once lauded as a crossover athlete, Oscar Pistorius faces murder charges in the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
toward and, although life might have thrown many more hurdles in their way than most, they accomplished their goals in their own time. The result was idolization, heaping pressure and an ever-present spotlight. And like any men might, these
Being stupid isn’t just fun, it’s a patriotic pastime MATT ATKINSON Daily Titan
Newly-confirmed Secretary of State John Kerry isn’t a truly patriotic American. While abroad in some sort of European country called “Berlin,” he told students that Americans have the “right to be stupid” thanks to our First Amendment rights. Needless to say, he completely embarrassed our nation with his words, making us appear foolish on a foreign stage. Maybe in countries like notAmerica they don’t quite understand our way of freedom and governance, but it seems now our country is being misrepresented by our own government officials. It’s completely insulting to imply that we have some sort constitutional provision for stupidity. We don’t just have the right to be stupid; we love being stupid! We absolutely love it, and it’s really a shame for one of our politicians to downplay one of our nation’s great pastimes. We’ve dedicated our lives to it; we love thinking of ways to avoid thinking. We celebrate it—we’re the country that invented the show called Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? after all. Being dumb is important to us. In last year’s Republican primaries, Rick Santorum mocked President Obama for wanting all
Americans to go to college. “What a snob!” he exclaimed at the time, and I couldn’t agree more. Anyone who goes to college really has no place making decisions, as they clearly aren’t relatable to the rest of the country. Some such snobs at the American Psychological Association wrote a lot of words about intelligence in some article. I didn’t read most of (because who has time for reading?), but there was a part about how each culture has their own rules for what they define as “intelligence.” So maybe being dumb is our way of being smart. It makes sense if you don’t think about, which is what I try to do most of the time. For any more evidence of our love of dumb things, just look at some of the things America has invented: Reality television, Hot Pockets, the Internet, Waterworld starring Kevin Costner, the Snuggie, Hanson and tacos. One has to look further than any message board to see miles of dumb, dumb, posts. Just take a glance at the comments of the last satirical article I wrote for reference. OK, OK, what Kerry was really getting at is that our First Amendment protections grant even stupid, argumentative and disagreeable people the chance to speak. And that’s arguably a smart and agreeable concept. But it still doesn’t quite con-
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men crumbled. It isn’t to say we should never look upon others with admiration, nor that we shouldn’t acknowledge the accomplishments of men and women who do the extraordinary. Simply put, we have to realize that
these people are human like any other human and their acts should not be celebrated any more or less than our own day-to-day achievements. After all, we too are unexceptional. Let us live in our own exceptional stories.
Supreme Court sets course for a new age of security KRISTIN WISEMAN Daily Titan
Courtesy of MCT John Kerry defended speech rights as “a right to be stupid if you want to be.”
vey the way in which American’s love the aspects of ignorance. I bet most American’s don’t even know who the president of Berlin is! We really enjoy not informing ourselves about things. We’d rather eat junk food or watch any number of appalling TV shows. There are people who actually think The Big Bang Theory is funny! People may call for educational reform in this country, but where’s the sense in that? I’m perfectly fine with having our history textbooks rewritten by the Texas Board of Education, since no one likes to read these days anyway. Anyway,
by the time those changes are reflected here I’m sure we’ll have finally cut away from our education budget enough to avoid having to worry about it, thank goodness. Basically Kerry’s problem is his lack of American pride. Sure he boasts about the freedom of the First Amendment, but that’s really only brushing aside one our nation’s favorite cultural touchstones. Perhaps Kerry isn’t truly American, or maybe he’s one of those elitists who wants everyone to receive a college education! Like I need one of those! Ignorance surely is bliss.
Ever wonder how many cases could be solved by a simple saliva sample? The answer: Thousands. The taking of DNA samples from suspects who are arrested, currently a hotly contested issue in the Supreme Court, can be a vital source of information for a case. Even though opponents believe it is an intrusion of privacy, this first step will aid the police in their searches and help close cases sooner rather than later; later often amounting to years of trials and hearings. DNA may soon be taken when a person is arrested and will include, but not be limited to, the cheek swab containing saliva along with fingerprints. The advances that such samples would provide is quicker investigations, justice and best of all helping the victims regain their sense of security knowing that the right person is in custody for the right crime The move towards taking samples prior to arrest was born out of the case of Jayann and Dave Sepich, parents of Katie Sepich who was murdered. The investigation to identify her murderer, Gabriel Avila, took three years, pushing police and families of victims to want quicker methods of apprehension. “The impact will be monumental, and I believe there will be a tremendous number of lives saved,” said Jayann Sepich to USA Today. It was only a matter of time before the technological advances were able to utilize DNA as a source of evidence and information to close cases quicker and stop the suspect from striking again. A brief submitted by 49 states supporting the specific Maryland law—which wishes to DNA test all those arrested under a felony charge—states that “behind every number is a human story, a case in which a buccal swab sample collected from a felony arrestee played a crucial role in solving a violent crime.” Still, there is always the possibility of being inaccurate. People worry that innocent people who were arrested over petty crimes will suffer the consequences if their DNA is similar to the actual suspect. They are worried that wrongful convictions and false hits will jeopardize innocent peoples lives.
DNA is a crucial part in an investigation; it leads to justice and without it, there is no hope in solving these unsolvable crimes. Collection of fingerprints when a suspect is booked at the local police department, it is virtually the same thing for taking a saliva sample. On a crime scene if there is a fingerprint that is smeared the likelihood of the investigators finding the correct match is slim. However, if there is also a saliva sample but no way of getting any DNA matches then it will never really be solved.
“It was only a matter of time before ... advances were able to utilize DNA as a source of evidence.” If the police do not start using DNA as a source of evidence, however, who knows how long it will take for them to find the correct person—especially if that suspect has already been arrested in his or her life. The linking of evidence to old crime scenes to newly arrested people has, historically, helped solved more crimes than it has not. Many unsolved cases that leave victims at unease can be put to rest if the Supreme Court approves of the use of DNA in law enforcement. If the Supreme Court does pass the use of DNA in law enforcement, one might project the number of solved crimes would rise instead of staying at the same place or dropping. A simple swab sample can achieve what many have hoped over the years: Justice. With justice comes a peace of mind and a job well done. Parents, friends and family can finally move on with their lives instead of worrying that it may happen again to another victim. It’s only a matter of time before DNA was brought into the picture by law enforcement. Before long there will be even more tests to choose from (including semen and blood) if they are connected to a case by fingerprint or saliva to ensure accuracy.
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FILM: A predictable fairy tale ending CODY LEONG Daily Titan
Jack the Giant Slayer Like previous fairy tale stories turned into motion pictures, Jack the Giant Slayer came to be a disappointment. With a predictable storyline, mediocre acting and decent CGI effects, the movie was just as expected; a film targeted to children and teenagers. Director Bryan Singer (X-Men: First Class) took on a different tone unlike its counterparts Snow White and the Huntsman and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Jack the Giant Slayer had an uplifting, adventurous feel to it unlike past fairy tale adaptations which followed a more dark, mysterious tone. Although the movie was entertaining, it contained many flaws that were underwhelming to an audience looking for a more serious storyline. For those who are looking for a movie with no depth or expectable story twists, this is a movie to watch. Jack the Giant Slayer starts off with Jack, played by upcoming actor Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class and Warm Bodies) receiving beans that create a magical beanstalk to a legendary land. Upon receiving them, the princess is trapped, taken to the land riddled with giants and kept captive. Jack and a company of troops journey to save the princess from the human-eating giants when the primary villain, Roderick, played by Stanley Tucci, betrays the group and becomes king of the giants. Roderick goes on to wage war against the group of saviors and the kingdom that they reign from. Jack manages to make it back to the kingdom with the princess just in time before the giants come to wage war. As the siege against the castle begins Jack manages to to thwart the evil giant Fallon and save the city. Basically, the storyline could be boy meets girl, boy charms girl, boy saves the kingdom and then the boy gets the girl. This underlying character development is a rather predictable, drawn out portion of the movie that is obviously the film’s weak point. Individual performances by Hoult and Elmont (Ewan McGregor) make this film more en-
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gaging as they manage to portray their characters with undeniable charm and witty one-liners. These scenes throughout the film provides a good laugh between drawn out scenes and a washed up narrative.
“The cheesy gimmicks are a failed attempt to make the movie more bearable to watch for the older generation.” The rest of the cast puts on a decent yet sometimes cheesy performance with a few amusing scenes. For instance, Singer was able to portray the giants as vile and evil villains while Jack was saving the princess and her guard Elmont from becoming dinner. Unfortunately the movie resorted to unflattering humor such as nose picking and farting. The cheesy gimmicks are a failed attempt to make the movie more bear-
able to watch for the older generation. The movie is still appealing to its targeted audience as it portrays the typical American dream theme throughout the movie. It tells the story of a common farm boy switches his destined fate and becomes a brave guardian of the kingdom with a princess at his side. Jack the Giant Slayer may still do well in the box office as it is a popular childhood fairy tale. Even with a mediocre storyline and cheeky performances, it will still be a film that people will come out to see as the trailer spills the best parts of the movie. Fairy tale adaptations have unfortunately found a niche in the movie making business, which means there’s more to come. With fairy tale television shows such as Once Upon a Time and Grimm captivating audiences by drawing them to the fantasy genre, it will only be time until another movie will be made. Until then you can look forward to the next fairy tale to become a major motion picture, Oz the Powerful and Great coming to theaters Friday. Hopefully that movie will come to fruition and beat past fairy tale movies. Jack may have saved his princess, but he should have saved us from a wasted trip to the beanstalk.
Henry Ford didn’t invent the car; he improved it. Leo Fender didn’t invent the electric guitar; he perfected it. Through the end of March, the Fullerton Museum features a Leo Fender exhibit with donated pieces by local collectors. The Fender exhibit showcases various artifacts such as the very first Fender standard electric guitar, a pair of Fender’s magnifying glasses he used when he worked on instruments and of course a multitude of electric guitars and basses. Leo Fender spent a majority of his life in Fullerton. He attended both Fullerton Union High School and Fullerton College. Fender, a lifelong tinkerer, was approached by musicians longing for new and better sounds from their instruments. He would ask them what they wanted and find ways to make it a reality. “He looked at himself as the person that was helping musicians. That was the niche he filled,” said Fullerton Museum curator Richard Smith. Fender wasn’t a guitar player. In fact, he was a saxaphone player. Fullerton Museum educator Aimee Aul believes that part of Fender’s genius was the fact that he was aware that he didn’t know everything. Aul said it was Fender’s ability to sustain great dialogue and rapport with musicians that allowed him to find what they needed in their instruments. The fact that Fender didn’t play the guitar made him an outsider, Aul said. This allowed him to remain open-minded to the ideas of the musicians; whereas, someone who played the guitar might not
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Fender worked to help make the bass easier for musicians to learn and play.
have been capable. “Leo felt like he never figured out the rule of the guitar,” Smith said. “Was it like a piano, an instrument you could play chords on, or was it like a trumpet, one you could play melody on? I think that is a telling fact, that he spent almost his whole career trying to answer that question in his designs.” Jazz and swing music was popularized during Fender’s lifetime. This type of music involved a horn section, but ironically enough, his contributions to music put those horn players out of work. His work went beyond the guitar as he revolutionized the bass as well. He took the bass from this primitive large stand up acoustic instrument and transformed it into a solid body instrument that was easy for musicians to play. This made way for B-bop, small jazz combo and proto-rock n’ roll bands. Fender wasn’t even a fan of rock music. He liked Hawaiian music and western swing. However, his instrumental modifications and inventions aided the creation and success of rock music. Aul explained that Fender’s
whole intention for the tremolo bar was to add the shimmer to Hawaiian music. Musicians later transformed the function of the tremolo bar and rock music flourished. “Music changed in response to these inventions, not the other way around,” said Aul. “He made the inventions and put them out there and music just evolved and grew more complex and more interesting. You see what Jimi Hendrix brought to the guitar. What we know today as modern rock ’n’ roll or popular music just never would have happened without Leo Fender.” Professor Ken Walicki, Ph.D., director of composition/theory in the CSUF Theatre Department, said Fender’s contributions to music allowed rock, jazz and fusion to exist. Since Fender guitars were affordable it made them more accessible to kids who wanted to play, Walicki said. Instead of waiting to save substantial amounts of money to purchase an instrument, aspiring guitarists were able to dive right in and get their hands on a guitar. “Rock music wouldn’t exist without Fender,” Walicki said.
FILM: Outplayed demon possesions KRISTIN WISEMAN For the Daily Titan
The Last Exorcism Part II
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Tattoo parlor East Side District in downtown Fullerton invites Art Walk attendees to tattoo on scrap metal.
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Participants used the machine on a scrap of metal instead, drawing and writing whatever they desired. “We’re giving people the opportunity to try out a tattoo gun,” said Albert Castro, owner of East Side District, who has been tattooing since he was 13. “There’s a lot of people that draw but will never touch a tattoo gun and if one of them touches that gun, they might actually pick it up,” Castro said. As the night progressed, the ex-
citement did not die down. Dance performances by the CF Dance Academy as well as live music performances by local bands The Audacity, Brandon Floerke’s Stuffed Animal Baby and Deep Sea Madness, helped keep the night alive. Dan Fortes, or “Dano,” performed his “Juke Joint Freak Show,” a one-man rhythm and blues revue. Fortes, who played in a blues band for more than 20 years, went solo and started his own blues show just three years ago.
“I felt like playing again but didn’t have the time to get people together, so I just started practicing by myself and it turned into this, kind of running with it,” Fortes said. Today he performs throughout Southern California, from San Diego to Los Angeles, three to four times a week. This once-a-month event isn’t just for artists. Food? Check. Music? Check. Arts and crafts? Check. The Fullerton Art Walk has something in store for everyone.
The Last Exorcism Part II starts off where Last Exorcism (2010) left off, at the climax of the exorcism and the decapitation of the camera man. The footage is still hidden in the woods. Part II continues the story of Nell Sweetzer’s life after her time in Ivanwood, even if she may not remember it. Sweetzer has flashbacks as she struggles to forget her past traumas. However, the demon Abalam has other plans in mind for her. Sweetzer starts experiencing different abnormalities such as living statues, radio talk shows and friends who keep repeating, “Abalam wants her back and she is only his.” As she tries to maintain control over her body, the demon spreads itself to the people around her trying to coax her into accepting him again into her body. Sweetzer has no choice but to accept her fate since escaping it is not an option. As the plot progresses, the demon Abalam becomes more of a central character in Sweetzer’s life. Abalam appears in various forms coaxing her into believing she belongs to him and to accept her fate. Sweetzer struggles to fight the demon off, however he consumes her. The movie ends in destruction and chaos. In the final scene Sweetzer sets a house on fire, burning alive everyone inside, then drives off in a truck blaring music. Compared to the past exorcism
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films, it’s become an evident trend that females are constantly possessed by demons through seduction of mind. The exorcism films all relate to one another as failed attempts to exorcise the demon from the body. The demons may vary but the possession of the female body remains the same. For example, in the Paranormal Activity series, a possessed woman tries to fight off a demon within her own house, thus killing anyone she cares about. This trend has become more popular in the past 10 years. Female possession in movies has changed from a physical being into a transparent one that forces its hosts to do its bidding. Movies such as The Exorcist, Amityville Horror, Paranormal Activity and The Demon Inside all float on the same idea of spiritual possession. Although the storyline and movie trailer may draw in a large audience, paranormal movies have pranced around the same predictable, overused plot.
The audience already knows what will happen, but stick around to see if the movie incorporated something they’ve never seen before. No matter how many twists and turns may be put in place, the ending is the same. The possession of the body wins over the exorcism. Exorcism movies incorporate religious aspects, which curtail what many people actually believe. People hear stories of bodily possessions, but until they see it themselves, they won’t believe it. This is partly the reason why plots have been repeated over and over in movies. It’s the fear it instills in the audience because it could happen to them. The fear of being killed by knives or guns have been replaced with the nightmare of being possessed by a demon. Expect to see more possession movies within the next few years as the trend isn’t going away anytime soon. Although exorcism has intrigued many fright seekers, it has become a genre that has become played out and even more predictable.
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Softball falls in both doubleheader games SERGIO GOMEZ Daily Titan
A day after Titan athletics lost a member of its family as Nick Hurtado lost his battle with cancer at the young age of 21, it was a rough day for the Cal State Fullerton softball team in the second day of the Easton Invitational on Saturday. The Titans got roughed up in both games of a doubleheader to the Stanford Cardinal in the first game, 14-1, and the Iowa Hawkeyes, 7-0, in the second. “We were a little depleted energy-wise and everybody emotionally was really raw with the passing of Nick, it really affected our girls,” said Titans Head Coach Kelly Ford. “A lot of them knew him personally and we just couldn’t make the transition.” In the second game of the doubleheader, the visiting Hawkeyes (13-5) went on the attack early in the first inning when they were able to put up five runs against Titan left hander Desiree Ybarra as they batted around. The Titans (8-11) seemed rattled as the Hawkeyes leadoff hitter, Johnnie Dowling, was able to reach base on an error by second
baseman Lauren Mario. It was a sign of things to come as the next hitter, Bradi Wall, hit a line drive double to left field that scored Dowling for the 1-0 lead. After advancing to third on a passed ball, Wall was driven in with a single to center by Megan Blank. After getting the next two batters out, Ybarra hit two consecutive batters to load the bases for Sammi Gyerman who hit a single to left-center field that drove in two runs to extend the Iowa lead to 5-0. After scoring two more runs in the top of the second to extend the lead to 7-0 that drove Ybarra out of the game, it became a pitcher’s duel with Fullerton senior Katey Laban taking over and Iowa’s Kayla Massey mowing down the Titan hitters for the shutout. Massey and Laban were matching each other pitch for pitch as Massey didn’t allow a single hit until the fifth inning when Titan left fielder Leesa Harris was able to drive the ball past the left fielder for a double but that was it for the Fullerton offense. Massey finished the game with four strikeouts on one hit and no runs allowed in seven innings pitched. “(Laban) really stepped up, she
“I was just pitching my game and not letting their hits get to me.” KATEY LABAN Senior Pitcher
was outstanding as she just came in and handled the situation,” Ford said. “I am not surprised as she works her tail off and I couldn’t be happier for her.” Laban was also able to shut down the Hawkeye offense as she pitched five and one third innings of shutout softball, allowing just two hits on three walks. “I was just trying to stick to my routine just breathing and knowing they weren’t overpowering at the plate,” Laban said. “I was just pitching my game and not letting their hits get to me.” In the first game of the doubleheader, the Stanford Cardinal proved to be too much for the Titans as they struck early and often for a 14-1 mercy victory in five innings of play. Stanford (15-5) got things started in the top of the second inning with a bang as Erin Ashby hit a huge bomb over the left field wall with one runner on to give the Cardinal a 2-0 lead. The Titans were able to answer back in the bottom of the second with a leadoff solo shot by third baseman Eliza Crawford just over the left field wall to cut the lead in half, 2-1. “Right now I’m just trying to stay short to the ball and not trying to hit a homerun, trying to get base hits,” Crawford said. “I was just trying to be aggressive.” That was all for the Titan offense as they got shutout the rest of the way by Stanford pitcher Teagan Gerhart, sister of Stanford alumnus and
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Freshman pitcher Jasmine Antunez watches a strike go by during the Titans’ 14-1 loss to the Stanford Cardinal.
Heisman Trophy candidate running back Toby Gerhart. Stanford came right back in the top of third inning and drove Fullerton pitcher Jasmine Antunez out of the game with two straight RBI doubles by left fielder Leah White and first baseman Kayla Bonstrom. Antunez finished the game two strikeouts on four hits while allowing five earned runs on just two and one third innings of play. Fullerton senior right hander Laban came in to relief Antunez and didn’t fare well either, allowing a third straight RBI double by Ashby
followed by an error by second baseman Lauren Mario that allowed the Cardinal to put another run on the board for a 6-1 lead. Fullerton had one last chance to make some noise but left fielder Leesa Harris, who opened up the bottom of the third with a single, was stranded at third. Stanford put three more runs on the board in the top of the fourth inning and then put an exclamation point in the game with a five-run top of the fifth inning to enact the mercy rule as the Titans fail to score in the bottom of the fifth for the 14-1 defeat.
“We didn’t adjust at the plate and pitching obviously today in the first game,” Ford said. “We just can’t let that many runs be put up on the board especially if we only score one run all day.” The Titans look to rebound from minor setback as they hit the road to compete in the Long Beach State Invitational against Weber State and Virginia Tech at the Mayfield Park in Lakewood on Thursday afternoon. For more information on the women’s softball team or their upcoming schedule this semester, visit FullertonTitans.con.
Titans lose first game of season, Oregon offense scores nine AMANDA ZIVE Daily Titan
The Titan winning streak was finally brought to a halt. After 10 straight victories to start off the season, Cal State Fullerton was unable to pull it together for the win in the third game against the University of Oregon. After a short first inning, the Ducks began the attack. A quick lob from shortstop Richy Pedroza to Jake Jefferies on second base ended up on the ground, which resulted in a failed double play. A high ball behind first base had Jeffries and outfielder Clay Williamson sprinting toward the ball, which landed between them and brought in the first run for the Ducks. Oregon player Connor Hofmann hit a low bunt down the first baseline, where Carlos Lopez scooped it up. Lopez made a quick decision to tag the runner in the chest. Quick thinking got the tag, but couldn’t prevent another RBI for the Ducks. Jefferies got on base, dropping the ball behind third. Williamson loaded up a full count before bouncing the ball to the shortstop. The Oregon shortstop threw high, which made the second baseman jump up. Despite the jump, the umpires called Jeffries out. The bad
toss prevented the possible double play, though the inning ended with the next batter. In the third inning, CSUF held off any offensive moves by Oregon, allowing only three batters to come up. The Ducks answered back with the same result. In the fourth inning, after being walked, Ducks’ Kyle Garlick advanced two bases on an error and went home for the third Oregon score making it 3-0. J.D. Davis hoped to set the pace, starting the Titans off with a hit. Michael Lorenzen followed Davis up, making solid contact with a ball that couldn’t stay within the foul post. A double by Jeffries brought an anxious Davis home, for CSUF’s only run. Pitcher Grahamm Wiest kept the fifth inning short again, only seeing three batters. The opportunity for a comeback was at hand, Austin Diemer hit a double and left the door open for Pedroza who bounced the ball right to the second baseman. Diemer got tagged at second while Pedroza had to race the double-play throw. Though the ball beat Pedroza, a high toss had the first baseman remove his foot from the bag. Lopez, Davis and Matt Chapman all made contact, but the Ti-
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tans failed to score. A change in the lineup brought fresh legs into the left outfield in the form of left hander, Austin Kingslover. A big hit started the sixth inning for the Ducks that dropped into the left corner pocket that Kingslover hustled to get to. After he located the ball, Kingslover had a huge throw that accurately got to Jefferies on 2nd who barely missed the tag. Immediately after that play, another ball got hit toward Kingslover, this time a grounder rode the 3rd baseline. He scooped the ball up just in time to see another Oregon player come home to score another run. A second RBI in the 6th brought the score to 1-5. Lorenzen smacked a ball down the third baseline, that refused to cross over into fair territory. Other than Williamson who picked up a single, Titans lost the race to first base every time in the 6th inning. After two outs in the seventh inning, Lopez made contact with a fastball, slicing it back and ripping open his batting glove. Lopez smacked a single, but would be left on the field as the third out got granted at bat. A home run hit by Shaun Chase added momentum for the Ducks, followed shortly after by two more
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Outfielder Michael Lorenzen reacts to striking out against the University of Oregon. The Titans are now 10-1 this season.
RBIs bringing the final score to 1-9 Oregon. Although they lost the game, many Titan players had some hits and nice catches. Carlos Lopez in particular stood out this weekend, making constant plays for short catches. The pitchers have done well to make it to first base as Lopez makes the catch for a short lob tagout. “Honestly, they’ve been hitting
the ball to me all weekend … so, you know, I was pretty much ready,” Lopez said. Chad Wallach and Jake Jefferies made a lot of contact in this game. Both acknowledge hard work in practice as a major component. Wallach’s honed skills are in thanks to what he calls “getting my work in, not during games.” He referred to practice and training adding, as did Jefferies who claimed his play-
ing was “just instinct, we do it everyday at practice and your hard work and practice pays off in the games.” With a final reminder, Carlos Lopez reminds us about winning and losing saying, “it’s just baseball so that’s how it works.” He added “I always have fun, I mean, I’ve wrote it on my hat for five years now, you gotta understand it’s just a game.
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UC Davis outlasts Titans at home on Senior Night PHILLIP LECONG For the Daily Titan
It was a jovial atmosphere inside Titan Gym on Senior Night as the Titans hosted their final home game of the season. Sadly this night would not end up in celebration, but in defeat as men’s basketball lost their second in a row 71-68 and will finish the season on the road at UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The game started with a pregame ceremony for all the seniors and their families. With senior guard D.J. Seeley out with an injured right foot, senior guard Jordan Knox replaced him in the starting lineup. The game started slow offensively for the Titans. They started down 5-0, but the Titans would take the lead with a 7-0 run that ended with a James Douglas layup and free throw. After trading baskets for six minutes, the Titans would take the lead at 22-19. The Titans would then go cold from the field going 0-4 with two turnovers. This led to the Aggies going on a 10-0 run to take a 29-22 lead. Both teams would trade baskets again for about one minute but the Titans would go cold again, going 0-3 with one turnover as the Aggies would end the half on a 9-2 run to lead 40-28 at halftime. It was anticipated to be a special night for senior guard Kwame Vaughn. Entering Saturday’s contest, Vaughn needed 18 points to reach 1,000 career points as a Titan. In the first half, Vaughn had seven points on 2-7 shooting. Needing 11 points in the second half and the team being down 12, hopes were that he would be able to capture the milestone. The Titans started the second half on fire by going on a 15-5 run to start the half. After trading bas-
kets, the Titans finally took the lead on a Deuce Johnson jump shot for a 53-52 lead with 10:39 remaining in the game. Both teams were in a dogfight, trading baskets with the game in the balance. Vaughn caught fire in the second half, finishing the second half with 22 points on 7-10 shooting and 4-5 from beyond the arc. His three-pointer brought the Titans to within 52-51 at the 11:26 mark. This gave him 1,002 in his Titan career and the milestone that he had been shooting for. He gave the Titans a 66-65 lead with two free throws with 3:08 left in the game. That would be the last lead the Titans would see as J.T. Adenrele for the Aggies hit a jump shot giving the Aggies a 67-66 lead that they would not relinquish. On the next Titan possession, Jared Brandon would get inside position and hit the layup but it was subsequently waived off by the officials saying that Brandon pushed off while shooting. The Titans would end up fouling two more times for the final score of 71-68. For the three seniors Vaughn, Seeley and Knox, Senior Night was extra special as they not only played their last home game, but also qualified for the Big West Tournament. “It’s good to give it your all whenever you can cause you do not know what is going to happen. The season meant a lot being a senior,” said Seeley. Vaughn stressed the Titans need to play with more of an attacking focus. “The other team was getting too many second chance opportunities. We need to get more loose balls and just go out with more aggressive mindset on both sides of the floor,” said Vaughn. This game was also a special
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Titans rout Oregon in game 1 AMANDA ZIVE Daily Titan
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Jared Brandon is blocked by UC Davis defender Josh Ritchert in the second half of the Titans 71-68 loss. Brandon racked up six points and three steals.
“The seniors did a really good job. It’s been a really tough year with injuries.” ANDY NEWMAN Head Coach game for Jordan Knox as he started his first game for CSUF with his family in attendance. “This whole season was a highlight just meant a lot of me and my family to wear a Fullerton Titans jersey,” Knox said. “Coach Newman told me the other day that I was going to start. It was my first start in a Division I game and to play in front of my dad, my two sisters so I thank Coach Newman for doing that.” Head Coach Andy Newman praised the toughness his players have
showcased throughout the season. “I think the seniors did a really good job. It’s been a really tough year with injuries. Kwame had a terrific senior year third in the league in scoring and D.J. did the same thing second in the league in scoring. Sammy Yeager finished top five in scoring and they stepped up and had a great senior year.” For scheduling information, the upcoming Big West Tournament, and other information on the men’s basketball team, visit FullertonTitans.com.
The Titan baseball team started the weekend out strong with a big 8-2 victory Friday over the Oregon Ducks. A slow-starting game proved to be quite an opportunity lost by the Ducks, who struck first blood with an RBI in the fourth inning. Cal State Fullerton’s response on their next at-bat was a groundball single by outfielder Anthony Hutting that brought the speedy Richy Pedroza home safely and tied the game 1-1. “It’s something we’ve been really good at all year is (that) people score against us, we answer back,” Hutting said. “And if that’s going to be a statement for our team, moving forward, that’s really good sign.” When the Ducks came up to bat again in the fifth inning, pitcher Thomas Eshelman made a bold statement striking out the first batter, which was followed by two quick outs. In the bottom of the fifth, the Titans scored three runs. After Chad Wallach smacked a single and Clay Williamson walked, Keegan Dale hit a sacrifice bunt down the first base line, which brought the two runners to second and third bases. The bunt paid off as the Oregon pitcher Jake Reed threw the ball into the dirt, causing the catcher to lose control of the ball, which brought both runners home. After the second wild pitch and a mounting score of 3-1, the Ducks had a meeting at the mound, while Fullerton fans began to chant “leave him in.” Oregon coach George Horton left Reed in. A third wild pitch allowed Pedroza to cross home plate again ending the inning 4-1. In the sixth inning, the Ducks made contact a few times, forcing Eshelman to hustle to first base for successful tagouts. The pitcher’s speed was attributed to the speed training that the Titans have endured over the last few months.
“We’ve been doing that since day one of practice,” said Eshelman. “We’ve been doing that a lot so it was like second nature to me.” In the sixth, Oregon succeeded in grabbing two doubles, that resulted in a score. Hutting responded for CSUF again. He hit it deep into right field, which caused some panic in the outfield. The Oregon outfielder ran into the corner, and quickly threw his hands up in confusion. Hutting slid across home plate before the Ducks could get it together. Wallach and Williamson were on base again after they were hit with a pitch and singled, respectively. Dale made solid contact and shot the ball directly at the second baseman who couldn’t get his glove low enough to make the catch, which brought Wallach home easily. With the sixth run, the Ducks changed pitchers to no avail. Pedroza racked up a full count before being walked, followed by a single by Carlos Lopez which opened the gates to bring Williamson and Dale in for two more runs. Neither team scored in the final three innings, despite J.D. Davis and Hutting getting hit by wild pitches. Eshelman proved once again that the Titan freshmen are here to win. He pitched the entire game, allocating quick outs that kept the team in the position to win. “These guys that are on the mound for us, they throw strikes. And when we’re on defense and they’re throwing strikes, it’s setting the tone” said Hutting. “We want to be on defense as short amount a time as possible, you know, the longer they’re on the field ... the better it is for us.” “They didn’t throw enough strikes, they walked four guys or five guys, hit three; that’s a lot of free bases to allow somebody,” said Vanderhook explaining one of the Ducks’ problems in the game. The Titans took full advantage, and walked away with an 8-2 victory.