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Vehicle catches fire after crashing into Langsdorf Hall late Friday night SAMUEL MOUNTJOY Daily Titan

A 21-year-old male from Garden Grove intentionally crashed his car into Langsdorf Hall and fled the scene at around 11:30 p.m. on Friday night. Eyewitnesses estimated that the car was traveling between 60 and 80 miles per hour when it struck the curb at the Nutwood Avenue intersection, said University Police Capt. John Brockie. The car went over the curb and ran through citrus trees and two light poles before colliding with the building and catching fire. The small fire was extinguished by University Police officers and firefighters from the Fullerton Fire Department. The driver, who is not a Cal State Fullerton student, fled the scene and was followed by witnesses. He was apprehended by University Police at Dan Black Hall and taken to UC Irvine Medical Center for psychological evaluation and to treat lacerations that required stitches. University Police Sgt. John Bedell could not verify whether or not alcohol was a factor. It is not yet clear if he will be charged with a crime. No passengers were present in the vehicle. The vehicle had heavy damage on its front end, all airbags were deployed and every window appeared to be shattered. Oil and gas spilled onto the sidewalk where Langsdorf Hall and Steven G. Mihaylo Hall meet. There appeared to be no structural damage to the pillar that was struck, Bedell said. Workers from the Environmental Health and Instructional Safety department were on the scene to deal with live electrical wires exposed by the downed light poles.

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At the end of the competition, the Society of Women Engineers and Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers took home first and second place respectively.

Cal State Fullerton students win top spots at Pumpkin Launch JULIA GUTIERREZ Daily Titan

Pumpkins soared across the field north of the Titan Gym Saturday as 17 teams shot for first place at the sixth annual Pumpkin Launch. Two Cal State Fullerton teams used slingshot-style launchers to accurately lob their pumpkins at small wooden castles that served as targets. They took first and second place. The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) clutched victory for the first time since they began competing. They chalked their victory up to the quick wit and improvisation it takes to be an engineer. After the first round of launches, a strut broke in the seat that holds the pumpkin in their slingshot. Unable to repair it, the team had to rethink their aim in order to hit the target. Competitors spent several weeks building slingshots and trebuchets for the competition. During the event, each team had five rounds to hit targets and score points. The Discovery Science Center presented the competition in partnership with CSUF, drawing around 8,000 people to the field. SWE received first place, while the Institute of Electrical and Elec-


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tronic Engineers (IEEE) came in second. Victor Delgado, assistant dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, said SWE has placed every year since they began competing in 2011. Lexi Schaffer, a senior mechanical engineering major, has been a part of the team since SWE’s first competition. In 2011, SWE placed in second and in 2012 SWE finished in third, Schaffer said. “We decided to go with the slingshot because we knew it was more accurate the first time,” Schaffer said of the team’s launcher. “The first year we said we just want to enter, we just want to launch pumpkins. We don’t want to place or anything. We just want to go out there and have fun.” She said the team has continued to use the slingshot mechanism and has made small changes to the design each year to improve its accuracy. The team changed the seat, which holds the pumpkin, and the tubing. The IEEE, the second-place winners, switched out tubing, replaced old rope and added pulleys on the sides of their slingshot. Former IEEE president Bill Craig said IEEE altered their launcher to make it possible to change the angle,

placing for the first time after years of competing. “Originally it was just kind of rigging (the launcher) in a not-so-veryengineered fashion, but (this time) they actually had it down more to a science and less to an approximation,” Craig said. SWE President Alexandra Dominguez said she hoped children at the event would become more interested in engineering. “I’ve seen a lot of students get excited about STEM, but the problem

is that a lot of them see science and math, not engineering,” she said. “So this is a good way for them to see the engineering aspect; seeing us all work together.” Pumpkins are launched every November to encourage children to participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities. The event also encouraged children to seek future careers in STEM related fields. SEE PUMPKINS, 2

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The American Society of Civil Engineers cheered after the announcer called their name. They tied for third with other participants who also did not hit a target.

Women’s soccer qualify for Big West Tournament Losses by UCSB and Long Beach ensure playoffs for Titans despite UCI loss JOSEPH ANDERSON Daily Titan

The Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer team dropped an intense defensive match against UC Irvine yesterday at Anteater Stadium by a score of 1-0. This continued a streak of close, low-scoring games for the


Titans, whose offense continued to struggle against an aggressive Irvine defense. The Anteaters’ lone score came in the 36th minute of play, when senior forward Natalia Ledezma was the recipient of a well-placed corner kick by Mady Solow. She was able to head the ball into the back of the net for her sixth goal of the 2013 regular season. After that play, neither team was able to muster much offense on the afternoon, leading to a relatively uneventful second half



of play for the team’s goalkeepers. CSUF continued its offensive struggles, as they have not surpassed one goal scored in any game since their Oct. 4 victory over the University of Hawai’i, which ended 2-1. They have relied heavily on solid defensive play to hold opponents to one goal or fewer in 18 straight matches on the season. Irvine goalie Corey Tobin only had to make two saves on the day, as the Titans struggled to move the ball and get their offense roll-

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ing throughout the game. CSUF goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic also played well between the pipes for Fullerton, recording five saves during the game and only allowing Ledezma’s first-half goal. Unfortunately, the offense was not able to make up for the early score and her record dropped to 5-6-5 on the season. UCI outshot the Titans 9-7 overall and held the advantage in corner kicks 5-2, although neither team was able to take advantage of most of those opportunities.

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The scrappiness and intensity of the match is evidenced by the Anteaters’ 15 fouls, compared to 12 for the Titans. Despite the tough loss, CSUF was still able to qualify for the Big West Women’s Soccer Tournament due to timely losses by Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara. Irvine remained the second seed in the conference heading into tournament play. Fullerton fell to 8-6-5 on the year, and 3-3-2 in conference play. Even with their average re-


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cord against Big West opponents, the Titans’ 11 points are good for fourth in the conference, just ahead of UC Davis who finished fifth with 10. CSUF will open their postseason play with a match against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Thursday at Titan Stadium. In their only previous matchup this season, the Titans fell 1-0 in a tightly contested road game against a stingy Mustang defense. SEE WOMEN’S SOCCER, 6


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Dan Nasitka, the Discovery Science Center’s manager of public relations, said unlike other pumpkin launch events, this competition is about accuracy instead of distance. Although many of the competitors were school-related clubs and organizations, some teams were made up of Orange County residents. Trevor O’Neil, an Anaheim Hills resident, had his own entry for the launch, and assisted his two sons, 13 and 15, with their trebuchets on either side of his.

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Cal State Fullerton’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers pulls down on the trebuchet, priming it for launch.

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Society of Women Engineers “They’ve always liked to build K’Nex and Legos and that sort of thing,” O’Neil said of his children, who now enjoy playing the popular building video game Minecraft. One of O’Neil’s sons said for about six weeks, his team worked twice a week for three hours per day on their launcher.


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Jonathan Markley, Ph.D., takes part in new Big History series on H2 BRITTANY CURRIE Daily Titan

Jonathan Markley, Ph.D., an associate professor of history, will offer his insight and expertise as a historian on Big History, a show on History Channel’s sister network, H2. In the show’s first episode, which premiered Saturday, Markley described the importance of salt in human history and how life requires it. Markley will be explaining the different concepts the Big History movement uses, such as how miscellaneous things like salt, horses and tin buttons connect to historic events. According to the series’ website, the show asks questions like “Did New York become America’s biggest city because of salt?” or “How does the sinking of the Titanic power your cell phones?” Big History uses science to link history with human stories. It looks at history as a timeline, a series of events stretching over thousands of years from the past. Those events make a web of connections that interact from the begin-

ning of time, linking together to create everything we have ever known. The show uses different subjects and connects them to astronomy, biology, chemistry and geology. Big History was a movement started by David Christian, a Russian historian and president of the International Big History Association, who also appears on the show. “He’s the one who coined the term ‘Big History,’” Markley said. Markley describes Christian’s idea of Big History as a modern creation story. Christian began teaching a Big History course at Macquarie University in Australia in 1989, looking at history all the way from the big bang to the present. Markley worked as a teacher’s assistant in Christian’s class while he was working on his Ph.D. He came to CSUF in 2006 and uses Big History teaching methods in his own history classes, starting at the big bang and going through 13.7 billion years. Markley was asked by the History Channel in 2011 to appear on another History Channel show, History of the World in Two Hours. The History Channel liked the show and asked the production company, Flight 33

Productions, to pitch another series. Flight 33 has been interviewing Markley on a wide range of subjects that will appear on several of the 16 episodes. Markley said he is most excited that the show will popularize the idea and the concept of Big History. The goal of the show is to introduce and make people aware about the “Big History Project” and the learning approach it takes. The movement was funded by Bill Gates, who liked the idea of teaching history in a big way, taking a subject and connecting it all the way back to when it originated. Gates has been developing Big History classes for high schools at no cost and so far 70 schools teach Big History classes. Gates plans to keep expanding to more schools. The project also provides a free online course to understand the story of our universe and humanity. Markley got his master’s degree in ancient history in his native New Zealand. He then traveled to Hong Kong and taught high school Chinese and Japanese history for four years. He received his Ph.D. in ancient Chinese history at Macquarie University. The Big History series will air multiple times throughout the week on H2.

Companies recruit CSUF’s best and brightest Sales and Leadership Center hosts first Sales Symposium and Career Fair ALLY FITZGERALD Daily Titan

PepsiCo Inc., UPS Inc., Penske Motor Group and Nationwide Financial Corp. were among the firms actively recruiting students Friday at the first Sales Symposium and Career Fair in Steven G. Mihaylo Hall. The Cal State Fullerton Sales Leadership Center, in conjunction with the Center for Entrepreneurship, hosted the event, which included an hour-long resume and application letter workshop, followed by an industry information session. Following a “speed-dating” roundtable structure, students during the industry information session were seated at tables with a representative from one of the participating companies for a question-and-answer session. The representatives spoke to students about their industry, the organization they represented, and the positions that they were looking to have filled. After several minutes with an employer, the event organizer, Mark Mantey, co-director of the Sales Leadership Center, instructed the company representatives to move to the next table of students.

“Our whole concept within the center is to build familiarization with great sales careers for the students,” Mantey said. He added that many students are often misinformed about the nature of sales jobs, and the center is trying to change commonly held misconceptions about the field. “(Students) often think it’s only telemarketing, or only cold calling, or only commission based,” Mantey said. “So what we are doing is creating awareness and giving them the opportunity to talk to companies with great sales jobs.” Mantey also said that despite the current economic downturn, CSUF graduates have reason to be optimistic about the job market. “The companies that are here today, oftentimes they think of Cal State Fullerton as a tier one employer,” Mantey said. Michele Chapman, who attended the event as a representative for Automatic Data Processing, Inc., said that her company thinks highly of CSUF graduates. “We do really well at Fullerton,” Chapman said. “We think the students are impressive and well prepared.” Matthew Nelson, 23, will graduate in December with a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. He is hopeful that

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An event organized by Mark Mantey that consisted of meeting employers, a resume workshop, and networking for business students.

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Students got a chance to talk to a Nestle representative, among other employers and companies interested in hiring.

the university’s high regard will lead to employment opportunities. Nelson, who currently works as an intern for a commercial finance company in a position he secured through the CSUF Career Center, said the event Friday was rewarding. “It’s been a very eye-opening experience to just experience and see what all these companies have to do,” Nelson said. One company representative, Gerardo Ayala of Penske Motor Group, said the event was also rewarding for those looking to hire students. “We’re here because we are actually looking for tomorrow’s new leaders,” Ayala said to a group of students during one of the discussion sessions. “We’re looking for innovative people who will bring what they have learned here and bring it to the dealership and help us advance with the times.” At the conclusion of the informational portion of the event, students were given an

opportunity to further network with the potential employers over a complimentary dinner. Mantey and Chapman described networking experiences as something that would be key to future successes in any industry. Though the Sales Leadership Center does not plan to host another event this semester, similar events are hosted by various departments within the College of Business regularly. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities, as they are likely to make great returns in future career options. “The key point is that students should start early looking for internships and fulltime employment,” Mantey said. “They shouldn’t be waiting until their second semester of their senior year.” More information about Friday’s event and Sales Leadership Center can be found at






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DTBRIEFS Gunman in critical condition SARA HIATT

The suspected gunman behind a rampage at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday is in critical condition, according to the Los Angeles Times. Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, was shot in the head and leg by an LAX police officer and sergeant after making his way through Terminal 3, allegedly targeting Transportation Security Administration agents. Authorities found a note in Ciancia’s bag at the scene stating he was aiming to kill several TSA agents. One TSA agent was killed and two were wounded, along with one civilian, who is in fair condition.

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A gray Volkswagen driven by a 21-year-old Garden Grove man was intentionally crashed into Langsdorf Hall late Friday night, said University Police Captain John Brockie. The car was on fire for a short time before being extinguished. The driver fled the scene and was treated at UC Irvine Medical Center for medical treatment and psychological evaluation.

Kenyan wins NYC Marathon MIA MCCORMICK For the third time in history, Kenyans swept both men’s and women’s titles of the New York City Marathon on Sunday, according to USA Today. Kenya’s Priscah Jeptoo won the women’s title with a time of 2:25:07. Jeptoo also received $500,000 for securing the World Marathon Majors women’s title. Geoffrey Mutai, 32, took first place in the men’s race, finishing in 2:08:24. The United States is the only other country to win both races in the marathon; that feat occurred in 1977. This was the first New York City Marathon since 2011; last year’s event was cancelled due to Superstorm Sandy.

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Feds to rate nation’s colleges Department of Education to implement a rating system for higher education BRIAN CHESTER Daily Titan

In August, President Barack Obama announced a plan to address the nation’s crisis of college affordability and value. Obama has has been working in conjunction with the United States Department of Education to decrease college costs and lower student debt. Last week, United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the department is working to make higher education more affordable by creating a college rating system. Magazines like Forbes and Time already have a system on rating colleges, but this plan would have the federal government giving their own ratings to the nation’s schools. The system is designed to better inform students and encourage institutions to improve. It also in-

tends to hold schools accountable for their performance in order to bring down rising tuition. To best develop this rating system, the Department of Education is reaching out to the country. Department officials are gathering public ideas that will help to creatively address three key issues: college access, college affordability and outcome. “Within the framework of these three principles, we’re interested in ideas and suggestions from all stakeholders,” Duncan said. The department plans to engage as many stakeholders and individuals as possible. They are looking for ideas to help them better understand how to promote college affordability and value, while ensuring access and success for disadvantaged students. Duncan said the United States spends $150 billion a year in student grants and loans. The college rating system seeks to spend the nation’s tax dollars differently. “Every single penny is based upon income,” Duncan said. “None of it is based upon outcome … That’s just part of the problem.”

Early next year, the Department of Education will host a technical symposium, gathering external experts to deliberate on these issues in greater depth. The department plans to publish a survey and use its feedback to create proposed college ranking metrics that will be shared in the spring for public comment. “We absolutely know that there are no silver bullets or easy solutions to increasing college value and affordability,” Duncan said. “But we also know that we can’t let the challenges facing higher education become a discussion and an excuse for inaction.” In September, the department released a financial aid shopping sheet, which aims to simplify the information prospective students receive about college costs and financial aid. The shopping sheet strives to make it easier to compare institutions and make more informed decisions about where to attend school. The department also issued a college scorecard. It compares tuition costs, graduation rates, loan rates and other important

factors that can help prospective students decide on an institution. “The new college rating system will take these initiatives further by providing useful data that will allow American students and their families to compare and choose colleges and make better, more rational choices,” Duncan said. Over time, Duncan said he will begin to move funding towards universities that are increasing their assets and keeping their costs down. “The sad reality is that attending college today has actually never been more expensive,” Duncan said. Duncan said he knows how important it is to get an education today, and that it is also vital to get good value for your money. He said the new rating system will give students access to more information, and help them to make better choices. “I’m absolutely convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that we have the best system of higher education in the world,” Duncan said. “But we have a broken sys-

tem, a very inefficient system, and a tremendous lack of transparency.” Duncan and other department officials are traveling across the country to participate in events on the proposed college rating system. Moving forward, the department hopes to generate discussion by participating in town hall discussions and round table meetings. They will also visit community colleges, high schools and four-year universities to gather compelling input and ideas. In addition, the department will host four public forums in California, Iowa, Louisiana and Washington D.C. For those unable to attend, their ideas may also be submitted to Transcripts from the forums, as well as the president’s plan to improve college value and affordability, will remain open to the public on the department’s website. Duncan said the department’s target date for the proposed college rating system would be fall of 2014.

CHU-LING YEE A 21-year-old man was arrested Friday after turning himself in for a hit-and-run that resulted in the death of his girlfriend and injury of her daughter, according to the Orange County Register. Law enforcement believes Francisco Montano either pushed Gloria Sanchez and her 13-monthold daughter out, or they jumped out of the moving vehicle. Police found them on West Edinger Avenue in Santa Ana around 8 p.m. Thursday. Both were transported to a hospital, where Sanchez died. Her daughter suffered cuts and bruises. Montano is currently being held on $200,000 bail. FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @DAILY_TITAN






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Reinterpretation needed for a modern 2nd Amendment ADRIAN GARCIA Daily Titan

The cries for support of gun control are growing even louder after last week’s events at the Los Angeles International Airport. Speaking on CBS’s Face the Nation yesterday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport underscored the importance of an assault weapon ban, in addition to other restrictive measures. Feinstein was referring, of course, to 23-year-old Paul Ciancia, who is being charged with murder and commission of violence at an international airport after killing one and wounding three on Friday. Ciancia could face the death penalty after killing a federal officer, TSA officer Gerardo Hernandez. With the shooting at the Washington Naval Yard occurring just two months ago, this incident could and should force Congress to make a renewed effort towards strengthening the country’s gun control laws. My colleague, Elliot Lam, argued for the need to improve the background check system in place to ensure the buyers of deadly weapons have nothing in their record that would raise any red flags. I, however, call for something else. One of the biggest controversies surrounding gun rights lies in the Bill of Rights, more specifically the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment reads, “a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Though the amendment explicitly references the right to bear arms, it does so within the context of a well regulated militia. This compound interpretation was echoed by the courts for most of the 20th century after the Supreme Court ruled in the United States v. Miller that the Second Amendment only protected the use of weapons when used in an organized militia. Still, the word ‘militia’ as it is writ-


Flat tax raises inequality A progressive tax asks people to pay what they are capable of paying MATTHEW HADDIX Daily Titan

Courtesy of MCT A flower memorial was laid for slain TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez at LAX.

ten in the Second Amendment gets tricky when we look at it in modern times. Richard Beeman, professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, explained that may seem a strange concept to us today, but that was the way American armies were organized in the 18th century. Beeman said that the Bill of Rights never listed the right to carry AK-47s. Many also forget the historical context in which the Second Amendment was written. Gloria Browne-Marshall, professor of constitutional law at

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John Jay College, said the gun rights amendment was written as a way for American colonists to empower themselves in an attempt to defeat the preeminent superpower of the time. Barry Friedman, professor of law at NYU, believes the Second Amendment’s existence after the American Revolution was a way for states to be able to protect themselves against the federal government. Akhil Reed Amar, professor of political science and law at Yale University, said that the Second Amendment was reconceptualized after the Civil War from a state right to an individual right. Amar questioned whether the Civil War construction makes sense today. Evidence thus far suggests that the rights enshrined in the Second Amendment have changed over time. In the same way that it made sense to interpret the Second Amendment as a mechanism to protect states’ rights after the revolutionary war, it would be equally befitting to reexamine the way we interpret the Second Amendment to protect innocent bystanders in the aftermath of mass shootings today. In each generation that the Second Amendment was reinterpreted, it was done in a manner that consistently empowered citizens to meet the challenges of the time. If we continue to use a 19th century interpretation of the Second Amendment in a 21st century world, the very amendment that had empowered us two centuries earlier will have the opposite effect of incapacitating us.

If you factored in the actual amount of taxes paid by the top bracket of wage earners, the effective tax rate would be 19.9 percent. That is the same rate someone making $110,000 would be taxed at. Reuters notes that the top 400 made five times as much every day. The issue of whether the top wage earners in this country are paying too much in taxes has now become an issue of whether top wage earners are actually paying taxes at their designated rate at all. The income of the top 10 percent of Americans will only continue to grow if current economic policies continue. Sadly, uproar against this growth has had little effect. Two years ago, protesters gathered in Zuccotti Park in New York City to protest income inequality. The movement, which later became known as Occupy Wall Street,

The disparity of personal wealth and income amongst the richest and poorest Americans has become more visible than ever in the last decade, causing many to ask if the pathway to a middle class life is still as feasible as it once was. Organizations such as the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) suggest emulating many other countries worldwide by adopting a flat tax rate for all individuals, but this will only exasperate the gap between the richest and poorest Americans. As of 2013, the tax rate for the lowest bracket of wage earners stands at 10 percent. For top wage earners making over $400,000, the tax rate is 39.6. For organizations like the NTU, adopting a flat tax rate to even out tax rates would increase American competitiveness in the world marketplace. While this may seem fair, it is important to understand the reality of wealth distribution in the U.S. To be part of the top 1 percent, Americans must make over $394,000; Americans making over $114,000 fall into John F. Kennedy the top 10 percent of the total 35th President of the United population. States Of the wealthiest Americans in 2012, the top 1 percent took in close to one-fifth of total household income, while the was quietly suppressed after top 10 percent took in close to the owner of Zuccotti Park half. deemed the conditions at the Though growth in the top 10 demonstrators’ camp too unpercent has stagnated, the rich- sanitary. est 1 percent reported a 95 perOccupy may have died, but cent income gain since 2009. the inequality that the Occupy While anti-tax advocates like protesters sought to bring atGrover Norquist claim Ameri- tention to still remains. New cans are paying too much in strategies must be devised to taxes, a report released by Re- combat the ever-growing powuters showed that some of the er of the top 10 percent. highest wage earners are not The forces that are perpetupaying their fair share. ating this cycle of inequality In 2009, six families making may not respond to reason beover $200 million did not pay cause they are distracted by any income tax, while another dollar signs, but perhaps they 110 families from the top brack- will take a lesson from history. et paid a tax rate of 15 percent At John F. Kennedy’s inauguor less. Reuters points out that ration, he said “if a free society the 15 percent tax rate is what cannot help the many who are someone making $61,000 poor, it cannot save the few who would pay. are rich.”

“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”


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Chicano band moves to the rhythm

Courtesy of Las Cafeteras The seven-piece group pays tribute to their cultural history through music that blends genres such as Latin, folk, caribbean, hip-hop and ska. The band will perform on campus Thursday in celebration of Dia de los Muertos.

Las Cafeteras brings character storytelling to life through their music ANDRES GARCIA Daily Titan

The stories of seven Angelenos, along with the stories of countless others, are currently being told on stages across the country. On Thursday, the East Los Angeles-based Chicano band Las Cafeteras will perform in the Quad as part of CSUF’s Dia de los Muertos celebration. The stories are told through lively performances using beats with rhythms and rhymes. The band’s buoyant sound is complemented by members dancing off and on the stage. On stage they dance zapateado, a type of indigenous folk dance that consists of rhythmically stamping one’s feet. The stamps punctuate every hit of the cajon, a percussive instrument whose name translates to “crate” or “drawer.” The song is familiar to those in the audience, even to those who have never seen the band before.

It’s a rendition of the popular “son jarocho” song, “La Bamba,” with a rebellious touch of their own. The band and audience sing: “Yo no creo en fronteras/Yo no crea en fronteras/Yo cruzaré/Yo cruzaré” (“I don’t believe in borders/I don’t believe in borders/I will cross them/I will cross them”) The performance is a melding of past, present and words of hope for the future. Every performance by Las Cafeteras is a cultural manifestation—an interplay between art and activism. They reshape tradition to fit modern needs; they embrace the past while looking forward. Each of the seven members contribute differently to their unique sound, playing an instrument one time, and another when the occassion calls. Hector Flores, Denise Carlos and Daniel French play one of the signature instruments in son jarocho, the jarana, which looks like a ukulele but has a fuller sound. The three also share vocal duties. Jose Cano, a percussionist, maintains the beat by banging on the cajon.

Annette Torres plays the marimbol, a wooden box resembling a piano that is used in some Caribbean music, and dances on stage. Leah Rose Gallegos and Denise Carlos sing and dance in the zapateado style. Las Cafeteras, named 2013’s “Best Latin-Alternative Band” by LA Weekly, met during son jarocho lessons at the Eastside Cafe in El Sereno. The cafe is a community space that offers workshops on subjects such as folklorico and yoga, as well as English classes. Son jarocho is a centuries old percussive style of folk music out of Veracruz, Mexico that draws from the relationship of indigenous, African and Spanish cultures during the time of European colonization in Mexico. “The way we were taught in son jarocho, it’s like the music is a ceremony and the music is to be shared, with friends and families to be celebrated and through that you can build community, you can build love, you can build ‘confianza’ (familiarity and trust),” said Flores, who sings and plays the jarana.

An integral part of son jarocho is the impromptu jam sessions known as “fandangos.” They exemplify the participatory nature of son jarocho, where anyone can join in to sing, dance and play. “Music has a powerful place to play in that kind of movement building,” Flores said. Las Cafeteras embody the participatory and communal nature of son jarocho interacting with the audience. “What’s really special is when there is that connection,” Cano said. “Everybody who is a vocalist in the band are really good at addressing and connecting with the crowd. It’s a really, really beautiful thing.” Las Cafeteras fuse son jarocho with other genres such as hiphop, ska and other Latin beats. With instruments such as the jarana and the marimbol, it is no surprise that some are stuck on the aesthetic element of their performance. “They are not sure what to make of us,” Cano said. But soon after, upon hearing the messages delivered through the infectious beats, it’s obvious Las Cafeteras are more than just their music.

“We think that music is medicine, and if music is medicine it can heal then it needs to go to people who need to be healed. A lot of the times that’s communities of color, workingclass communities, immigrant communities,” Flores said. The band gets their message across any way they can—English, Spanish, even Spanglish. The merging and f luidity of language is a natural way of communication for Chicanos, Flores said. “For us, that’s how we are, that’s how we talk, that’s how we think, that’s how we dream, and that’s also how we sing and write our music,” Flores said. The title track off their album It’s Time asks the listener “When is it time for you?” Flores said. “It’s also a call to people to do whatever they have to do ... It’s time for people to do what they need to do to feel free.” The lyrics cast accounts of rich settings and characters, ref lective of those on stage and in the crowd. “Ya me voy” tells the struggles of families when faced with the decision of leaving home and taking the excursion

to the United States for a better life. The spoken-word hip-hop hybrid “It’s Movement Time” recalls inf luential people and events in the history of people of color. The song incorporates the stories of Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata fighting in Mexico for independence and the Mendez family in Westminster, who fought to end racial segregation in public schools in 1946. A sense of celebration permeates through every song, whether it is the ballad “Luna Love,” “El Chuchumbe” or the crowd favorite “La Bamba Rebelde.” “After a Las Cafeteras show, I want people to leave with more questions than answers coming in,” Flores said. ”We want people to leave feeling proud about who they are. We want people to leave wanting to tell their story.” Las Cafeteras’ music is moving. It is forceful without being forced. It compels the audience to move along with it not because the band is asking them to, but because they simply cannot help it.

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Los Angeles-based indiepop band Bad Suns will be performing at the Becker Amphitheater Wednesday at noon. The band consists of Christo Bowman (vocals and guitar), Miles Morris (drums), Ray Libby (guitar) and Gavin Bennett (bass). “Our music is a thoughtful blend of everything that we love, with varying f lavors coming and going when appropriate,” Bowman said. “We love so many different kinds of music and too many different bands to compare ourselves to just one.” The members of Bad Suns share a long history of performing together. Bowman and Bennett have known each other since middle school, while Bowman

met Morris during high school when they played in a different band together. Bowman, Bennett and Morris formed a band in summer 2009 and played local shows on weekends. Libby was in a few of the bands that performed with them. “After a few years, as our tastes shifted, we decided to experiment with different sounds, and Ray caught wind of what we were doing and really dug it,” Bowman said. Thus, Bad Suns was born in 2012. The band quickly garnered attention. Miles submitted the band’s demo, “Transpose,” to KROQ. The song hooks its audience in from the start with ooh ooh’s and head-bobbing instrumentals. The band had forgotten about the submission until they received an email several months later telling them it would be played. KROQ started to play “Transpose” on its Locals Only segment.


“It was pretty surreal for such a new band … I think that feeling definitely sparked some initiative into us,” Bowman said. Bad Suns spent most of 2012 struggling to find their sound, but the band was not easily deterred. “You’re constantly asking yourself, ‘Is this as good as it could be? Is this right?’” Bowman said. The band finally debuted their first single “Cardiac Arrest” earlier this year and received positive feedback. “Cardiac Arrest” was also released with a music video. Their first single cemented the band’s sound, which Bowman described as “energetic, rhythmic and led by melody.” Bad Suns has played in several venues, including the Constellation Room in Santa Ana, the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles and most recently the Mercury Lounge in New York. Bowman said that the band’s favorite venue is the intimate, acoustic-friendly Troubadour

in West Hollywood. Bad Suns will be performing at The Glass House in Pomona this Saturday. They will be playing alongside Kiev, FMLYBND and AJ Davila. Bowman said if he were given the freedom to pick which musicians or bands to play alongside with, his perfect concert lineup would include Vampire Weekend and Haim. Bowman said that he has a blast playing every song live. “‘Salt’ is definitely one that gets people dancing, and that sets a good vibe on stage. ‘We Move Like the Ocean’ always feels very triumphant at a good show,” he said. Morris, the band’s drummer, enjoys playing “Twenty Years” and “Sleep Paralysis” on stage. As for upcoming plans, Bad Suns will be releasing their EP in mid-February. “It will be our first time ever officially releasing a body of work, and we can’t wait for people to hear it,” Bowman said. As musicians who have been working hard for years, it was

Courtesy of Bad Suns The band anticipates their performance at CSUF on Wednesday, as well as their show at The Glass House in Pomona this Saturday, where they will play amongst bands including Kiev, FMLYBND and AJ Davilia.

a big accomplishment for Bad Suns to sign a record deal. The band is scheduled for shows up and down the coast throughout the rest of 2013. Next year, Bad Suns will be hit-

ting the road for more touring. If you want to learn more about Bad Suns, follow their Twitter handle @thebadsuns and check out their website,






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The Titans have home field advantage throughout this year’s tournament as a result of the Big West rotating stadiums each year for tournament play. This should be advantageous for Fullerton; the team has an impressive 7-1-3 record at home, compared to just a 1-5-2 mark away from Titan Stadium. This year’s tournament will present a redemption opportunity for the Titans, who won the regular season Big West title last year, but dropped the championship game of the conference tournament to Cal State Northridge. While CSUF might be viewed as more of an underdog this time around, they look to embrace that role en route to potentially gaining an NCAA Tournament berth. It is clear that the Titans will have to improve their offensive output if they are going to have any type of postseason success. Their defense seems up to the task of keeping them in the game, but timely scores can separate CSUF from the rest of the Big West Conference and elevate them into the NCAA Tournament. “Obviously defensively we’re doing a very good job, but we have to be better in front of the goal,” Head Coach Demian Brown said.


Sophomore defender Morgan Batchellar traps the ball between two Anteater defenders in the UCI half. The Titans dropped the game 1-0 but still qualified for the Big West Tournament.

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A second-half rally and lastminute drama propelled the Cal State Fullerton’s women’s basketball team to a two-point win over Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday night, as the Titans won 45-43 and finished undefeated in exhibition play before they begin the 2013-14 regular season. “I’m really proud of our kids, I’m proud of our fight, this early in the season to have the resiliency when you’re such a new team,” said Daron Park, the team’s head coach in his first year. “To be down 10 with six minutes to go and to get the stops you need on one end and get the scores on the other end, that’s definitely a positive take from this.” The go-ahead basket for the Titans came after junior forward Kathleen Iwuoha picked up one of her nine rebounds on the night and sent an outlet pass to senior guard Alex Thomas, who drove the distance cross-court and laid the ball in with 48 seconds remaining. “Really, no one stopped me, no one came to pick me up so I just had the open layup. We practiced that a lot in practice and coach always gets at me about going until they stop me, so I had a perfect opportunity,” Thomas said about the deciding play of the game. With the Toros looking to send the game into overtime, CSUF played smothering defense and denied ball entry to the game’s leading scorer Tayler Champion (15) as she looked to get the ball inside, where she had been terrorizing the Ti-




Senior guard Brianna Barfield drives to the basket for a layup. The Titans finished exhibition play undefeated.

tans most of the game. Holding strong, the Titans caused the Toros to miss three consecutive shots and won the game by relying on their defense. The Titans outworked Cal State Dominguez Hills and their zone defense in the second half by hurting them inside and outscoring them in the paint 22-14. Returning from the team that went to the Big West Conference Tournament semifinals last season, senior forward Mya Oliver led the Titans in scoring with 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds. CSUF continually found the gaps in the Toros’ zone defense and fed the ball inside to Oliver as she punished them near the basket, scoring 10 of her 12 points in the second half. “The guards basically found me and made perfect passes, and I just finished it,” Oliver said about her dominant per-


formance in the second half. “And it’s what we practiced in practice, so it was easy for me to get it going.” Park said they were not really expecting the Toros to use zone defense on them, but his team was ready for it. “They went to the zone to try to make us make outside shots and we got layups on them. That’s a credit to our kids and I thought we executed really well,” he said. Junior guard Chante Miles gave the Titans a first-half scoring spark off the bench as she dropped in all of her seven points in the half. The Titans needed her as they struggled in the first half as a team in scoring, shooting a lowly 25.9 field goal percentage (7-27), 18.2 percent from beyond the arc (211) and 28.6 percent from the free throw line (2-7). Sophomore guard Hailey

King scored seven points, five rebounds and two steals, but her most crucial contribution came when she knocked down her only three-pointer of the night to tie the game at 43. The assist to King came from Thomas, who led the game in assists with five. Sophomore forward Brianna Barfield scored five points, while sophomore guard Annie Park sank two free throws for her two points. To go along with her great rebounding and interior defensive effort, Iwuoha scored three points off the bench and led the game in steals, collecting four. After trailing by one at the half, the Titans cleaned up their shooting a bit and finished the game with a 34.6 total field goal percentage. Next for the Titans is their home opener against South Dakota on Friday at 7 p.m.

A late goal from junior midfielder Mark Vasquez was not enough for the Cal State Fullerton men’s soccer team as they fell 2-1 to UC Irvine Saturday. Since playing to a 2-2 draw two weeks prior, the Titans and the Anteaters have been headed in opposite directions in the Big West. Riding high with three consecutive wins before the first match against UCI, the Titans went on to lose three straight matches. In that span, CSUF fell from second in the Big West South Division to third with 10 points. In the same span, the Anteaters have won three straight, including a win over the south division’s top team and the No. 5 nationally ranked Cal State Northridge Matadors. Ahead of their match Saturday, the Anteaters were ranked No. 16 in light of their current form. In the first half, the two sides appeared to be as evenly matched as the result in their previous match. With shots even at 6-6, the Titans held a slight advantage in shots on target at 3-2 despite the Anteaters’ 3-1 advantage in corner kicks. A lively half aside, neither team was able to breach the other’s goal. Both teams would enter the interval even at 0-0. But following the scoreless 45 minutes, UCI would not wait long to break the deadlock. Anteaters sophomore Mats Bjurman would open the scoring for his team in the 51st minute. Latching on to a pass from junior forward Cameron Iwasa, Bjurman was able to deftly f lick his shot over rushing Titan senior goalkeeper Bryan Escalante for his second goal of the season. Down a goal, CSUF did their best to push forward for an equalizer, but was only able to manage a couple of corners

before their opponents struck again. Following an infraction for a back pass, the Anteaters won a free kick inside the CSUF penalty area. Having already scored, this time Bjurman laid off for senior forward Christopher Santana, who beat the Titan wall for his third goal of the season. The strike in the 73rd minute put the UCI men up 2-0. Down two goals to nil in the 85th minute, CSUF was able to pull one goal back through Vasquez’s strike. Following a foul from UCI, Vasquez deposited a free kick into the upper left corner of Anteater goalkeeper Michael Breslin’s net. The late tally aside, the Titans were unable to muster much in response to the Anteaters as they failed to register a shot following Vasquez’s goal. Escalante and Breslin both finished with four saves in the match. The match’s final score would remain 2-1 and UCI finished with an advantage in shots at 16-9. With the loss, the Titans have fallen in three straight matches despite being undefeated in the four matches prior. Following UC Riverside’s win over first-place CSUN, the Titans have now fallen to fourth place in the south division, below UCR. Two matches remain for the Titans to fend off the Highlanders for the south division’s third and final spot in the Big West Tournament. First up for CSUF is a midweek match with CSUN at Titan Stadium Wednesday. The Titans dropped a tough match with the Matadors 2-1 in overtime on Oct. 23. Following their match with CSUN, the Titans will face the Highlanders on the road in what will likely be the match to decide the final team to qualify for the conference tournament. In their previous match against UCR, the Titans fell 2-1. For more information on the CSUF men’s soccer team and all Titan Athletics, go to


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In their first and only exhibition game of the 2013-14 season, the Cal State Fullerton men’s basketball team blew out Redlands University 108-77. The victory at Titan Gym Saturday was also Head Coach Dedrique Taylor’s first game at the helm. From the start, the NCAA Division III Bulldogs were no match for the Titans, who were quicker, bigger and more physical in the game. “We had some guys step up, make great plays for us with their energy and their effort and I thought we did some good things,” Taylor said. “I thought for the most part we came out with a purpose and played with a purpose.” The Titans shot an efficient 56.6 percent from the field, while holding the Bulldogs to only 39 percent. Much of the Titans’ scoring and efficiency came from inside; they pushed around the Bulldogs with 62 points in the paint. Rebounding was another advantage for the Titans, as they almost doubled the Bulldogs 5830 in the category. Sixteen of 58 rebounds came on the offensive glass for the Titans, leading to a total of 15 second-chance points.

Leading the Titans in points, rebounds and field goal efficiency was returning starter and junior guard Alex Harris, who dropped in 22 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and shot an impressive 83 percent from the field on the game. “My coach put me in the right spots, and in positions to do good things, and I just tried to make plays,” Harris said, emphasizing the team effort over individual performances. One of Harris’ plays brought the CSUF crowd to their feet in the second half when he put back a miss and slammed it home for an emphatic dunk. Unfortunately for the Titans and Harris, it warranted a technical foul from the referee for unsportsmanlike conduct, but by then the Titans were up by 30 points. Sophomore guard Jared Brandon had a well-rounded performance for the Titans. He scored 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting, grabbed six rebounds, had four assists and led the game with three steals. “I felt good. I thought I started off slow, but my teammates stayed with me,” Brandon said. “They kept my confidence up, they kept moving the ball, and all the praise goes to my teammates.” Junior guard Josh Gentry came off the bench to ignite the Titans; he added to 45 total points from the CSUF bench with 19 points of his own to go along with five rebounds. Gentry shot seven of 10 from the field, including a perfect twofor-two from beyond the arc.

Other sparks off the bench included junior guard Chris Collins, who put in nine points and two rebounds in 10 minutes of action. Freshman guard Sheldon Blackwell scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds. Starting junior guard Michael Williams, who spearheaded the offense at times, left the game in the second half and did not return. Afterwards, Taylor said Williams left the game as a precautionary measure due to cramps. Even with the win, Taylor did not like the fact the Titans gave up 77 points, but that will come with a good perimeter shooting team who is trying to keep pace in a blowout. “We’ve got to tighten up a lot defensively,” Taylor said. “Obviously we gave up 77 points and that’s way too much for us and for us to have any chance at winning any games here.” Even though the win was a positive, CSUF recognizes that it has a long way to go if the team wants to compete for the Big West Conference crown. “We wanted to get this win, but we know we’re not done. We know we have to get better at certain areas and (it’s) just a starting point,” Harris said. For the Titans, they start off the season on the road, beginning with a game on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Montana State, followed by a trip on Nov. 13 to take on the University of Seattle. The Titans’ home opener is Saturday, Nov. 16 against Santa Clara University at 3 p.m.



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The Cal State Fullerton women’s volleyball team traveled to The Pavilion on Saturday afternoon to face UC Davis for a Big West Conference match, where they fell short in five sets. This match was another nail-biter for the Titans as they came back from a 2-0 deficit before losing in a suspenseful fifth set. After winning 25-20 in both the third and fourth sets, the Titans lost 16-14 in the fifth set. This match evens the season series between the Titans and the Aggies, who last met at Titan Gym on Oct. 4. The disappointing loss marks the Titans’ sixth consecutive defeat and dips their record to 9-13 overall and 2-8 in Big West action. The win improves the Aggies’ record to 14-9 overall and 6-4 in conference play. CSUF remains next to last in the conference standings. The Titans took the loss despite outhitting the Aggies by a small margin. CSUF’s hitting percentage ended at .225 while UC Davis hit .222. The first set of the night turned into a blowout as the Aggies jumped out to a 12-4 lead and never looked back. They won the set 25-14 after freshman right-side hitter Mallory Waggoner committed an attack error. The second set changed the tone of the match as the Aggies and Titans kept it close the entire time. Although the Aggies jumped out to a 22-14 lead, the Titans fought back with three consecutive points.

After the Aggies scored a point, the Titans registered another three consecutive points to trim the lead to 23-20. Senior right-side hitter Alyse Hensley recorded two kills as senior outside hitter Bre Moreland added another kill. Senior outside hitter Abbie Miraldi committed a service error to put CSUF on the brink of losing the second set before Hensley kept it alive with another kill. Senior opposite hitter Devon Damelio sealed the set with the final kill. The third set changed the course of the game. Although it was close like the second set, CSUF clawed their way back into the game by winning 25-20. The set was tied at 15 before the Titans scored two consecutive points off a kill by freshman middle blocker Faith Rockmore and an attack error by junior outside hitter Valerie Brain. Brain redeemed herself with a kill to cut the Titans’ lead to 17-16. CSUF went on a 3-0 run after that with two kills by sophomore middle blocker Holland Crenshaw and an attack error by freshman outside hitter Allie Wegener. CSUF eventually pulled away to a 24-19 lead. Moreland registered a kill before junior opposite hitter Mary Schroeder committed two consecutive attack errors. Moreland also delivered the final kill of the set. The fourth set was relatively close as well. After CSUF held a 17-12 lead, the Aggies fought back to trim the lead to 18-16. The set went back and forth before the score became 20-18. Hensley registered a kill as Schroeder committed two more attack errors, extending the Titans’ lead to 23-18. Damelio recorded a kill before Hensley responded with one of her own.


Schroeder registered a kill to keep the set alive for the Aggies before senior right-side hitter Leah Stevens recorded the final kill of the set, helping the Titans come roaring back. The fifth set proved to be the most exciting of them all. The Titans jumped out to a 12-7 lead before both teams battled back and forth, making the score 1410. Although the Titans were one point away from sealing the win, the Aggies were not ready to give up, as they went on a 6-0 run to stun the Titans with a 1614 win. Demalio sparked the run with two consecutive kills. Schroeder put her attack errors behind her by recording three consecutive kills. Demalio registered the gamewinning kill. Demalio starred for the Aggies in a career night that included 28 kills and 24 digs. Moreland and Hensley each starred for the Titans with 16 kills. Moreland recorded 21 digs as Hensley added 15. Crenshaw added 15 kills of her own. Freshman libero McKenna Painton and freshman outside hitter Paige Reed each led the Titans in digs with 22. Junior setter Julie Consani recorded 59 assists and 11 digs. CSUF will look to snap out of their funk when they return to Fullerton to face UC Riverside. REMAINING GAMES 11/9 VS. UCR 11/15 VS. UCI



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