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Professor studies Africa’s plant, people relationships Robert Voeks will travel to Mozambique next year to research ethnobotany MAGDALENA GUILLEN For the Daily Titan
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Cal State Fullerton completed a solar panel project on the top of the Eastside Parking Structure in January 2012, making efforts to promote sustainability.
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Cal State Fullerton geography professor Robert A. Voeks, Ph.D., will research ethnobotanical relationships of traditional people in the tropics of Mozambique, Africa, during the 2013-2014 academic year. Voeks will research the relationships between the Ronga and their local plants under the Fulbright Scholars Program fellowship. The Fulbright Scholars Program is the most widely recognized international exchange program, according to their website. The program is designed to increase communication between the people of the United States and other countries. Fulbright aims to find solutions to shared international concerns and is administered under the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participants are chosen based on academic merit and leadership potential.
“We are very supportive of this great opportunity for Dr. Voeks,” said Mark Drayse, Ph.D, geography professor. Voeks started an innovative research program in ethnobotany, according to Drayse. The research in Mozambique will help build upon previous studies found in Borneo and Brazil. Voeks, who is fluent in Portuguese, was previously awarded a Fulbright in 1999 to conduct research in Brazil. He said he is interested in how the Ronga are “subsistence agriculturalists.” The Ronga are the largest group of ethnic people in Mozambique and the most practical for the study, according to Voeks. About 85 percent of the country’s population still farm for themselves. They grow, hunt, collect and fish daily, Voeks said. “We’ll be looking at all different dimensions of ethnobotanical use and management by these people,” he said. Gender roles, culture shifts and an increasing trade demand in Europe for medicinal plants are some of the dimensions. SEE RESEARCH, 2
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Memorandum encourages students to participate in environmental fields TIFFANY JOHNSTONE
The California State University recently partnered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency Pacific Southwest Region to establish a cooperation over the next five years to help protect the environment while mutually benefiting both parties. All 23 CSU campuses signed a Memorandum of Understanding, a three-page manuscript that establishes the cooperation with EPA Region 9. The memorandum encourages students to participate in the environmental fields of study while helping the EPA attract a highly trained and diverse workforce. The agreement states that CSU students will gain experience in environmental fields of study, internships and environmental volunteering,
while the EPA attracts a highly qualified workforce. The agreement also outlines the desire to educate students on the relationship between humans and the environment that includes “global aspects of environmental problems.” Students have many employment opportunities with the EPA Region 9 through the collaboration, including participation in career fairs, on-campus career orientations and gaining awareness with CSU faculty and staff. Students may also receive a letter of recommendation upon request if they complete projects directed by the EPA. Elizabeth Chapin, a public affairs assistant for the CSU, said part of the agreement’s function is to make it easier for students to gain access to environmental internships with EPA Region 9, as well as to provide learning opportunities for faculty curriculum development and environmental
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“The collaboration is in its formative stage and the EPA is eventually going to develop a plan that’s going to include internships ...” ELIZABETH CHAPIN CSU Public Affairs Assistant related fields of study for students. Chapin said there will be one designated person on each CSU campus that will relay information for environmental internships and opportunities. “The collaboration is in its formative stage and the EPA is eventually going to develop a plan that’s going to include internships and outline its
major research issues and the learning opportunities for faculty, staff, students … they are going to correlate with those research issues that are facing the state that the EPA will eventually be outlining as this progresses,” Chapin said. SEE PARTNERSHIP, 2
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Panel of experts counsels family business owners
CSUF students volunteer for the week-long summer program for Orange County
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A group of experts on business banking, health benefits, legal issues and taxes met to offer advice to small business owners at the Family Business Boot Camp in Mihaylo Hall on Tuesday afternoon. Each month, Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Family Business presents a free workshop for business-owners. The theme of Tuesday’s workshop was “Solutions for the Well-Being of Your Family Business.” The panel consisting of a lawyer, tax professional, insurance expert and a banker took turns laying out how to take care of some of the biggest issues a family business can face. Mark Boyes, a benefit consultant with Barney & Barney compensation consulting practice, said a major issue currently being faced by businesses is the transition into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. SEE BUSINESS, 3
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The ‘90s was a unique time for music. With grunge, punk-rock and ska getting mainstream attention for one of the first times in history, many artists within these genres were able to get a piece of the ‘90s music pie. One such band is GOGO13. The
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group started out as a typical garage band in St. Georges, Utah. Originally from Southern California, the band was exposed to many different types of music and even saw shows right here at Cal State Fullerton. Heavily influenced by other various artists and the many do-ityourself records, brothers Tyler and Parker Jacobs formed GOGO13. They began getting attention in
Utah, playing at school assemblies, skate parks and other small shows. The group also had a great deal of touring success thanks to their relationship with new-wave punk band, The Aquabats. Coincidentally, the lead singer of The Aquabats is Parker and Tyler’s older brother, Christian. SEE MUSIC, 6
Every year since 1969, Cal State Fullerton students have been volunteering at Camp Titan, a weeklong summer camp program designed for the underprivileged youth of Orange County. According to the Associated Students Inc. website, a group of concerned CSUF students who were worried about the community’s well-being, decided to take a philanthropic approach to improving community relations issues. The group decided to dedicate their time and develop a program that would impact the lives of Orange County’s disadvantaged youth. Over the years, Camp Titan has grown and is now sponsored and supported by ASI and accredited by the American Camping Association. The camp, which is funded and supported by CSUF, will be staffed by 70 Cal State Fullerton students this year who will donate their time as counselors to the children
who attend the program. Ray Edmundson, Camp Titan director, said that the program is beneficial to a diverse range of students. “It’s a great way to give back, also students get involved if its going to be their career path, like social work,” said Edmundson. He also said that the Camp Titan program helps the students become responsible citizens, which benefits the community. The campers and counselors will head out for one week from from June 16-22 to “Camp Oats” in the San Bernardino mountains. They will participate in activities designed to make the children feel good about themselves. “A lot of these kids come from tough backgrounds ... so we want to leave them feeling good,” said Edmundson. These programs are intended to help the children make new friends, instill confidence and heighten their levels of self-awareness. The activities include a nature program, a craft program, swimming, hiking, canoeing and horseback riding, among others. SEE CAMP, 3
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Robert Voeks, Ph.D., a geography professor, will study the relationships between plants and people in Africa.
While studying gender roles, Voeks will look at how men and women utilize various types of plants and the difference of uses. Another dimension he will be looking at is the cultural shift occurring among the younger generation of the Ronga. “Knowledge of botanical nature is disappearing among younger people,” Voeks said. “It’s a cultural concern just because (their) relationship with nature is a very, very strong part of their culture.” He also said younger people are moving from a subsistence way with nature to commodification. According to Voeks, they are harvesting large amounts of medicinal plants to carry to South Africa and there, they are being exported to Western Europe. “We are looking at this change from subsistence use of medicinal plants, just for what ails people in the community, to what (is now) an export item,” Voeks said. “Instead of just replacing pharmaceuticals for themselves, they are now actually selling them for money.”
The demand from Western Europe in natural medicinal plants raises concerns whether the plants will be driven to extinction, another aspect Voeks will research in Mozambique. His faculty colleagues are looking forward to what Voeks will discover in the tropics and the knowledge he will bring back to CSUF through this fellowship program. “I think it is tremendous that (Voeks) is now going to expand his global research expertise on medicinal plants to Southern Africa,” said Jonathan Taylor, Ph.D., professor and graduate advisor in the geography department. “We’re all extremely proud of Bob’s continued research achievements including this award.” Helping to connect CSUF with the Portuguese-speaking world is Voeks’ goal from this trip. “The world is multicultural and … being international is the only way we are going to survive,” Voeks said. “Everything we can do to expand our tentacles into the rest of the world and getting (students) here and getting us there … that’s the future.”
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An additional $125.1 million in state funding for the California State University continues be proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown’s May 2013-2014 budget revision. According to a statement from the CSU, the proposal will also reinstate the $125 million that was cut from last year’s budget, in part to the passing of Proposition 30. The administration will work with colleges, universities, legislatures and other stakeholders to connect future budget growth to performancerelated measures according to the proposal. “The funding proposed for public higher education in the Governor’s May Revise is a critical investment in the future of California,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy White. The increase in state support would also help fund $2.3 billion for CSU programs and operations. More details about the expenditure plan and the revised budget will be discussed by trustees at the upcoming May board meeting.
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Cal State Fullerton’s College Park building is one location equipped with electric-vehicle charging stations.
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According to Chapin, the partnership was a mutual decision between CSU and EPA Region 9 because EPA is seeking help from students and faculty experts in the CSU, and students are looking for opportunities to get experience in environmental studies and potentially get a job in the field. Melanie Wallace, an outreach and recruitment coordinator for EPA Region 9, said the agreement was established after the idea was discussed between Jerald Blumenfeld, EPA Region 9’s regional administrator, and CSU Vice Chancellor Ephraim P. Smith. EPA discussed partnering with the biggest school system in their region, the CSU. They wanted to collaborate on environmental projects, and discussed what the CSU would like to see out of the agreement, according to Wallace. The agreement does not provide any additional funding for CSU campuses but is more than willing to explain the process for applying for grants to any of the CSUs, said Wallace. “Opportunities to work on volunteer projects that the EPA has decided are interesting and pertinent. The EPA would like information on and what they think will complement the learning that students are doing from year to year,” Wallace said. Cal State Fullerton is also making efforts to promote sustainability through multiple avenues. In January 2012, CSUF completed a solar panel project on the top of the Eastside Parking Structure. According to the CSUF website, the installation was a collaboration with Southern California Edison, AE-
COM Technology Corp. and REC Solar. Charge Harbor and Coulomb Technologies were also involved in the panel project. CSUF has three systems through campus—the Clayes Performing Arts Center, the Kinesiology and Health Science Building and the parking structure. The parking structure has six electric-vehicle charging stations. College Park also has charging stations available for students and faculty. Jay Bond, associate vice president for Facilities Management and campus architect, said the motivation behind the installation of the panels included saving money and energy during a 2012 interview with the Daily Titan. “Our uniqueness was we were able to finance these ourselves,” said Bond. “We took internal money from the Auxiliary Services Corporation, and they loaned money back to campus and the campus is paying them back out of saved power.” According to the CSUF website, the installation is anticipated to produce 1.16 megawatt hours of electricity annually. The produced electricity will eliminate approximately 5,181 vehicles from the road over 25 years. Other sustainability initiatives include the waterless urinal experiment and an xeriscape landscape outdoor planter, according to ASI. The waterless urinal experiment is taking place in the Titan Student Union’s Courtyard men’s restroom, which was equipped with water free urinals. According the website, each urinal is expected to save 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of water annually. The xeriscape landscape outdoor planter is located south of the TSU.
The planter consists of drought tolerant plants and is designed to be more water conscious, according to ASI. This project is a collaboration between the Environmental Advocacy Committee and the TSU Building Engineering. The Student Recreation Center was awarded the “Best Overall Sustainable Design” as part of the the Best Practice Award for the University of California/ California State University Energy Efficiency Partnership Program in 2007. The certification is awarded from the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit organization that focuses on a successful and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. The certification is awarded to buildings or building projects that meet the highest degree in green building and performance measures. This was CSUF’s first certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) project on campus, said Michael Smith, director of design and construction, in a statement by CSUF. According to the council’s website, LEED is voluntary program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. In order to become LEED certified, a commercial building project must earn 40 points on a 110-point rating scale and satisfy all prerequisites. LEED rates five main elements: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality, according to ASI. The center supports sustainability through low-emitting materials and using “green” housekeeping practices in maintenance work.
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The National Transportation Safety Board recommended Tuesday that all 50 states adopt a blood-alcohol content (BAC) cutoff of 0.05, compared to the 0.08 BAC that is in place today, according to CNN. The safety board believes that lowering the rate would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Deborah Hersman, NTSB Chairman, said although progress has been made through the years to reduce drunk driving by implementing federal and state policies, too many people are still dying on America’s roads. The board recommends that states expand laws to allow police to quickly confiscate licenses from drivers who exceed the legal BAC level. The board is also pushing for laws requiring first-time offenders to have ignition locking devices installed in their cars, preventing the car from starting until BAC is analyzed. According to the NTSB, more than 100 countries have already set BAC limits at 0.05 or lower and ask all 50 states to adopt the same cutoff.
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Anaheim considers hotel development The Anaheim City Council will consider a revised $158 million tax incentive for the development of two new luxury hotels at The Shops at Anaheim GardenWalk on Tuesday, according to the Orange County Register. The GardenWalk hotels’ developer will receive 70 percent of the project’s bed taxes from 2016 to 2042 under the new subsidy. Only 10 percent of the occupancy taxes would go toward Anaheim’s general fund, while the remaining 20 percent would pay off bonds used in 1997. City officials predict that the subsidy will be paid off by 2036. Supporters say the tax incentive is needed to compete with surrounding cities that attract high-spending tourists wanting to stay at luxury hotels in Orange County. Opponents say that subsidies are a giveaway of the 15 percent room tax paid by tourists, which generate the most money for Anaheim’s budget. Construction would begin by May 26, 2015 on a conventionalstyle hotel with 466 rooms, and work on a resort hotel with 350 rooms will begin Nov. 26, 2019.
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Stress levels among Americans have decreased, except among young adults whose stress levels are higher than the national norm, according to USA Today. The millennial generation, individuals 18-33 years old, are experiencing increased stress and report being diagnosed with either depression or anxiety disorder by a healthcare provider more than any other age group. An online survey for the American Psychological Association found that top stressors among Americans include money, work and the economy. Top stress factors among Millennials are work, money and relationships. To cope with stress, Millennials report listening to music and exercising. “They showed the highest level (compared with other generations) of spending time with friends and family as a way of coping with stress, which is very good,” clinical psychologist Norman Anderson told USA Today.
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He said he believes health care in the U.S. is important, but the enactment of Obamacare will cost businesses. “Benefits are cumbersome. They can be expensive and getting more expensive, and they can be very personal,” said Boyes. Many employers feel the need, and see a benefit, from providing healthcare to their employees, he said. Boyes explained that good health benefits make a business more competitive and appealing to talented employees, as well as cause them to be better able to retain employees and keep them healthy. Social responsibility, he said, is what should urge these businesses to be willing to provide healthcare to employees. “(Obamacare) encourages us to step back and look at employersponsored health plans in a different light,” he said. “We need to reevaluate what our strategies are.” The recent passage of the DoddFrank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has impacted business banking like Obamacare has impacted healthcare planning. Joe Hernandez is the senior vice president of City National Bank, which provides commercial banking services to businesses. He and his bank work closely with business
owners and help clients through complicated business transactions. The long-time banker walked the room through multiple examples of his experiences interfacing with clients and working for them. When a business does business with banks or other businesses in other countries, it must jump through a variety of hoops while exchanging currency and negotiating payroll. “All those television shows and all those movies that are done overseas, those local employees need to be paid with local currency,” he said. Nancy Ferruzzo is a business tax attorney with Ferruzzo & Ferruzzo, a fullservice law firm in Newport Beach. She explained potential difficulties in what is called “business succession planning,” passing a business from one generation to the next, keeping it in the family. Ferruzzo views succession planning as a type of hybrid area of the law, a combination of estate planning and business transaction. Businesses can run into many issues when transferring power from one family member to another, she said. Family members who do not actively participate in the business are sometimes given excessive power and a large bulk of profits, simply due to their blood, she explained was one problem occasionally faced by her clients.
One solution, Ferruzzo said, was to give more passive members of the family “non-voting” shares in the company. They will still be able to share in the profits, but their inaction will not impede action of the company. She cautioned business owners to avoid giving family members equal ownership. In one example she explained, a 50-50 split in ownership between siblings created headaches when the time comes to make major decisions, such as selling the company. Another compulsion business owners should avoid, Ferruzzo said, is the desire to employ family members simply because they are family. “You’ve got to run this like a business, if you’re going to have family members working in the business, they have to actually be good employees,” Ferruzzo said. Johnathan Chen, 27, attended the event hoping to learn about some of the finer details of running a family business. Chen is a manager at Titan Motors who has been working with his family since he was in high school. His involvement in the family business encouraged him to get a degree in accounting from the University of Southern California. Titan Motors exports cars to clients in countries such as China and Taiwan. It is a subsidiary of Maxline,
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Community business leaders meet in Mihaylo Hall for the monthly Family Business Bootcamp sponsored by CSUF’s Center for Family Business.
his parents’ automotive parts business, where Chen got his start. He explained that while he hopes to one day lead the company, he has a lot of growing to do. “They’ve been doing this for 20 to 30 years so they know exactly what is going on. I just need to figure out how exactly to run it as well as they do,” Chen said. During the summers while he was in high school and college, he started as a salesperson, eventually working his way up to management. Another attendee, John Summerfield, 65, is at the other end of the process. He is slowly weaning himself from involvement in the company as his three sons prepare to take over the business when he retires. Summerfield’s parents started
Cascade Pump Company in the ‘40s, and since 1969 he has run the company with his twin brother. However, his children are showing promise as new leaders of the company, the interest and business talent encouraged him to pass on his business, he said. David Griffin is a CSUF accounting grad and tax director with McGladrey assurance, tax and consulting company. He explained that businesses should maintain good accounting practices, and a high level of cooperation between their advisors on taxes, legal issues and other issues. Planning is key, according to Griffin, and keeping high-level advisors in the loop is worth the fees because it prevents expensive legal fees down the road. One example he explained was a business which rarely sought any advice on tax or financial planning, and as a result was on the hook for a large lump sum of estate tax due when the business patriarch died. Just 30 percent of family businesses survive the transition from one generation to the next, according to Ed Hart, who organized the event, but that number is higher for businesses which maintain good communication between advisors.
Edmundson said they also include topics like anti-bullying and understanding emotions into the program throughout the duration of camp. Joseph Lopez, 25, a former ASI student president and CSUF alumnus, was a volunteer with the Camp Titan program for four years. Lopez said he continued to come back year after year and participate with the organization because it was his absolute favorite program at CSUF. “I will tell you what kept me involved for four summers ... the songs,” Lopez said. “The songs were so great. There really is nothing that compares to seeing a kid’s face light up with pure enjoyment while singing a silly song at the top of their lungs.” CSUF students who choose to get involved have to attend several training classes and counselor workshops to be prepared for the week of camp ahead of them in June. “We had 150 students apply this year, they had to interview, write an essay and attend one training class per month up until camp,” Edmundson said. Lopez said the counselors also walk away feeling good about being involved with the camp and have a sense of pride knowing that they were able to make a differJoin in on the c ence. “In all honesty, by the end of sureknowing to follow y the week you walk away that you made a positive impact info the latest on a child’s life and the campers Twitter Fo walk away with new role models feed. to look up to,” said Lopez.
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Reserve a position for servicemen
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After serving their tours of duty, thousands of National Guard and Reserve servicemen arrive home every year to find they’ve been replaced or demoted in their civilian jobs. Despite their heroic service, these men are penalized by the instability prompted by job loss. A reluctance exists from employers to hire National Guard members and military reservists because they can be called up again to serve. This reluctance breaks federal law. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) was enacted in 1994 to ensure members of the uniformed services are entitled to return to their jobs upon completion of their service. The federal law states that returning servicemen should be reinstated with the seniority, status and rate of pay they would have received had they remained employed. It also seeks to protect individuals from discrimination in hiring and retention on the basis of present and future membership in the armed services. Former National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Craig R. McKinley said in a statement before the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Defense in 2012 that an estimated 20 percent of returning servicemen are jobless. He said the National Guard Bureau has been, and remains, deeply concerned with the employment status of returning veterans. “They are our most important asset and their well-being and retention are essential for the National Guard as an operational force,” he said. Servicemen who encounter a violation of their employment rights have the opportunity to have their
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case undergo a USERRA investigation. These investigations are complaint-driven and since 2001, nearly 16,000 complaints have been filed for alleged discrimination, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Office of Special Counsel. About a third of these complaints have been about government agencies. Other notable companies with complaints against them include Wal-Mart and UPS. President Obama rightly instructed federal agencies last July to intensify the effort of ensuring compliance of the law. It is up to the agencies to make sure veterans’ employment rights are being respected and the right compensation is given to those who are faced with discrimination. Failing to do so will discourage citizens from volunteering their service to the National Guard and Reserves, an essential component of the defense system of the United States. According to the Los Angeles Times, Sam Wright, director of the Service Members Law Center at the Reserve Officers Association, said, “the whole point of the National Guard and reserves, how they save the country money, is they get paid only when they are serving.” As a result, servicemen who come back to find they can no longer rely
on their civilian jobs, find themselves clinging to a thinning savings they have collected from their service. The impending hardships and lack of job stability after service are major issues that could lead civilians to stop volunteering. This could be problematic because even after 11 years at war, the services of the National Guard are still in high demand around the world. It is impossible to find out how many instances of illegal job denial occur each year, and government officials attribute the alleged discrimination to a lack of education from supervisors. The solution is to make sure that supervisors are educated and wellequipped to respect the employment needs of veterans. It starts from the bottom. By ensuring that supervisors abide by federal law, less complaints arise and servicemen are then able to keep their jobs. Some might say that putting jobs on hold limits mobility in the workforce—it might be seen as unfairly closing off jobs in an already tight job market. However, these servicemen leave their jobs to offer protection, put their lives on hold and step up when called into a war zone. The least that can be done to reward them for their efforts is to make sure they come back home to stability so they can resume their lives again.
Gun violence still a threat We should seek to curb all violence PRO: CHELSEA BOYD
The debate over gun control has weighed heavy on American minds in 2013 as the country reeled from the devastating mass shootings that took place in 2012. The debate has been nearly as dominant in news and political discussion as the events that sparked it. A recent Pew Research survey showed that despite a significant decrease in gun violence over the last 20 years, a majority of Americans perceive an increase. It is not difficult to see why that would happen with the way American media culture has evolved over the last two decades. News stories can become pretty consuming when not confined to newspapers and a few minutes during a news broadcast; it’s not as easy to ignore a high-profile story when it is dominating your Twitter feed or fueling an intense debate between your best friend and your co-worker on Facebook. There have been rallies, gun buybacks, pleas from families of victims and legislation has been proposed and rejected. Has it all been in vain? More than that, have people been running with the heat of a moment to turn a rare event into a case for major reform? Maybe, but, is that a bad thing? Here is another statistic: Between February and December of 2012, the U.S. saw seven mass shootings—the most in the last three decades. That means that not only were
mass shooting being covered excessively by news and social media, but they were actually happening more often than Americans had seen over the past 30 years. A year with a mass shooting approximately every 50 days sounds more than rare. It also sounds like more than enough of a reason to start talking about gun control seriously.
Seeking out ... methods of prevention ... is not an overreaction. It is a human reaction. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart recently presented a three-part series on the subject, in which it took a comedic but valid look at the gun control laws in Australia. Sweeping gun legislation came in 1996 after the worst mass shooting in the nation’s history when 35 people were killed and 23 were injured at a Tasmanian resort. The legislation was met with fierce opposition quite similar to the contention seen in the U.S. Since then, the country has not seen one mass shooting. Before the law, Australia had
seen 13 mass shootings over an 18year period. The statistics showed that those types of tragedies were even rarer than in the U.S. Obviously, Australia is a different nation with different politics and a different Constitution. Still, it is an example of change that came out of human emotion. The idea that mass shootings are infrequent, therefore the debate is an unwarranted one only holds up until the next tragedy consumes the news we read and the social media we use. The bottom line is, regardless of numbers, the stories of the past year are what sparked the gun control push. People felt something because of what they saw and a push for change came of it because they never wanted to see it happen again. The horrific tragedies in Aurora and Newtown evoke emotions in nearly everyone, no matter what their stance on gun access may be. Seeking out and calling for methods of prevention after tragic incidents is not an overreaction. It is a human reaction. We are human beings. We are not statistics, and at some point, that fact has to be a more important factor in beginning a gun control debate. At a certain point, seeing the faces of 20 first-graders and their teachers who were shot to death with an assault weapon has to be a bigger call for action than the statistics.
Plunging statistics don’t lie CON: KEVIN BLACKBURN Most Americans are unaware that gun crime is markedly lower than it was two decades ago, when gun violence was at an all-time high. Now, thanks to 24-hour news networks that overexpose Americans to gun tragedies, most people think gun violence has never been worse. A new Pew Research Center Survey, conducted by the U.S Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, found that 56 percent of Americans believe the number of crimes involving a gun is higher than it was 20 years ago: Only 12 percent say it is lower and 26 percent say it stayed the same. “Compared with 1993, the peak of U.S. gun homicides, the firearm homicide was 49 percent lower in 2010, and there were fewer deaths, even though the nations population grew,” according to the Pew study. “The victimization rate for other violent crimes with a firearm—assaults, robberies and sex crimes—was 75 percent lower in 2011, than in 1993.” Almost all the Pew Research Center survey’s results are good news, but 57 percent of the public didn’t know about them and actually thought the opposite. There’s a perception that gun violence is only going up. Even worse, after the study’s results came out, some networks refused to acknowledge that our country is dramatically improving in gun violence statistics, instead pointing out that people are still dying by guns. The only statistic that has consistently worsened over the years is suicide deaths. In 2010, there were CONTACT US AT: OPINION@DAILYTITAN.COM
31,672 gun deaths in the United States; 19,392 of those deaths were from suicide. The rising percentage of suicide deaths tells me something. The men who orchestrated the recent mass shootings are believed to be psychologically ill or mentally insane. These guys were all suicidal, but instead of just taking their own lives they decided they were going to take innocent victims along with them. What drives them to kill innocent people? Is it the attention the media is obviously going to offer after these massacres occur?
The overexposure to gun violence in the media is scaring Americans. We need to focus our efforts on studying what makes people suicidal and then we’ll be able to pinpoint where these people went wrong and made an unfathomable decision like the school massacre in Newtown, Conn. We need to better understand these people; mental health professionals should be encouraged to report patients they suspect shouldn’t own guns. So rather than focusing of guns, we need to be focusing on people
who are shooting the guns. We don’t need to be taking guns away, but instead do a better job enforcing gun laws that are already in effect and expect the government to do its job in enforcing those laws. A gun is just the weapon of choice for these men. If there isn’t a gun available for them, then they’d use something else to commit their crime. That’s why it isn’t wise to believe that banning automatic weapons or limiting people who can purchase firearms. Proliferation of weapons could be an answer to defending another massacre in the future. There are more than 300 million guns in the United States, but most states don’t allow for citizens to carry their weapons on them in public. If we allowed more law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons, combined with other forms of stringent gun regulation, then we could actually reduce gun violence. It’s simple, the overexposure to gun violence in the media is scaring Americans. We’ve watched tragedies unfold on TV and we say we need to do something about it. But the answer isn’t gun control mandated by the federal government. America’s gun violence problem is improving and not the other way around. It’s time to enforce gun laws that are already in place, but poorly administered. It’s time for Congress to focus on mental health issues rather than trying to reduce the American citizen’s Second Amendment rights. Wake up America, you’ve been duped.
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How do students prepare for finals? ANDRES GARCIA For the Daily Titan
Throughout the semester, students stress out on exams they didn’t do well on and papers they could have aced if they just had one more day to work on them. Students keep a watchful eye on the clock and calendar nearing exam dates. This circus number is just the opening act to the routine of fiery loops students have to jump through during finals week. The stress of an entire semester is condensed and put to the test in multiple two-hour blocks. What is a student to do to not succomb to the insufferable weight? How do we patch up those mental cracks? Samantha Arellano, 19, a child development major, plans ahead to get ready for the mindwrenching week. Arellano makes a schedule a week before finals. She makes a set of flashcards for each of class and reviews them. “(I go over them) just a couple times, not too many to where I’ll get really stressed about it,” Arellano said. She revisits the flashcards on finals week. “The test I’m having that day I’ll focus two hours to that and then the next one,” Arellano said.
Arellano added that she works best alone in her room. She prefers studying with no music, no outside stimuli and no one to distract her. “I’ve tried doing it with friends and we just end up talking, and it’s no studying whatsoever,” she said. Skyler Kim, 20, a civil engineering major, tries to stay ahead of the curb and starts preparing three to four weeks before finals. He takes advantage of two resources on campus that students are advised to do. “I try to go to a lot of office hours for all of my classes and ask the professors whatever I had in questions in mind, and I also go to the library to study,” Kim said. Kim said he studies by taking a lot of notes and repeating to write them in notebooks. Repetition helps him grasp onto study material. Troy Sims, 33, a psychology major, studies for finals by going over outlines or readings. In the past year or two, flash cards have been a helpful study tool for Sims. “I felt that I would not retain a lot of memory, a lot of stuff that I learned,” said Sims. “So I started using flashcards and I started like two weeks before my test. I’ve gotten better grades.” His study routine includes examining each set of flashcards for an hour during the week before finals, then brings it up to
two sessions, an hour a day the week of. With all the hard work Sims has put in since attending CSUF, along with the help of small rectangular pieces of paper, he is proud to be graduating in a few weeks. Jessica Perlman, 23, an American studies major, enjoys the last-minute adrenaline rush. Perlman said that a piece of paper does not prove that you’re actually learning in class. “So if you choose the major that is right for you … when it comes down to the last minute and you get the adrenalin rush you can actually be excited about the things you’re studying,” Perlman said. The same goes for general education courses every student is required to take. “I try not to look at it as GE or ‘Oh I have to take this class,’ but as an opportunity, not everybody gets to be here,” Perlman said. She participates in study groups, but still prefers to divein deep into the material solo. Students load up on caffeine to retain as much study material as possible. Whether you’re working on a planned study schedule or waiting for the rush of the last minute sprint, students manage to cross the finish line.
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Corporate anarchy to thrill box office DEANNA TROMBLEY Daily Titan
When a major corporation commits an economic crime, those who are guilty will answer to a swift retaliation from an anarchist activist group led by the idea of direct action. The East, an upcoming thriller written by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, is based on real events and crimes. The movie stars Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård and Ellen Page. Batmanglij also acted as director for the film. In The East, Sarah (Marling), an operative spy for an elite private intelligence firm, questions her beliefs, priorities and devotions when assigned to infiltrate an anarchist group led by a man named Benji (Skarsgård). The activist group called The East follows a strict code of an eye for an eye. If a major corporation spills oil into the ocean, endangering many lives, then those guilty of the crime will have their own homes flooded with the same oil. The planning and writing for this film first came about several years ago when Batmanglij and Marling were throwing ideas back and forth for a film that would tell a true story. Just about six weeks after writing the oil spill jam, the BP oil spill occurred, bringing an energetic urge for the paired writers to press on with their ideas. Almost as if it were fated, three weeks before shooting, Occupy Wall Street occurred. Batmanglij and Marling even lived with real anarchist groups to better grasp the idea of their beliefs. “When we first encountered these groups, our very first interaction with them, we thought they were looking at us with a lot of hostility,” said Batmanglij. “But after a couple of weeks we realized
what we were really seeing was a lack of fear … and we were very drawn to that.” Sarah is first approached, with what she first believes is hostility, by young anarchist member Izzy (Ellen Page). It takes a while for Izzy to warm up to her. However, the more familiar Sarah becomes with the group the more she understands that this group has no fear in the battles they are trying to fight. The East has a goal of three jams before they pack up and disappear to another town. A jam is a retaliation to one corporate crime in which they must develop a flawless plan on how to punish the guilty without revealing their identities. These jams require a type of fearlessness in order for them to work. “I think that often that it (fear) can be misread as superiority or self righteousness,” Batmanglij said. In the film, Sarah brings up the question, “Why must activism always be accompanied by self righteousness?” This allows the audience to fill in their own answers and opinions instead of her own. Throughout The East the audience goes through the same journey as Sarah, learning just as much as she does. “We wanted to show that Sarah was a moral character and that she had a religious framework and by the end of the movie, I feel like she’s not someone who loses her religion, which is what we often see in stories, but she’s the one who finds it,” said Batmanglij. The most impressive element part of this film is that all beliefs by the writers are taken off the table in order to keep from affecting how the story of The East would go. “You can’t actually have the characters do what you want them to do,” said Batmanglij.
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The story told itself so well that during read-throughs of the script, Skarsgård selflessly took out some of his own lines from the script. He insisted that he didn’t have to say certain information in the dialogue because the movie does its job in telling the story. “I think any time we were in danger of miss-stepping there were so many great collaborators that it kept bringing it back in the right direction,” said Marling. Everyone involved in the production was so invested in the story; they cared about the outcome of their hard work. “It’s so inspiring as an actor when you feel that, when you’re all in it together, it doesn’t matter if you’re a runner or an actor or director,” said Skarsgård. “Everyone’s like ‘we’re making something together, we’re creating something together.’” The paired writers sought to create a film that provoked thought on an extremely hot topic that already has many strong opinions. “They’re interested in the question and making people think more about it and hopefully like starting a conversation about it,” said Skarsgård. See both ends of the story and develop what you think on the topic of eco terrorism. The East will come to theaters on May 31.
Serving French cuisines in Anaheim JENNIFER NGUYEN Daily Titan
Food and customer service are often what matters most when dining at a restaurant. Throw in an atmosphere reminiscent of a pleasant, vintage bedand-breakfast, and one’s dining experience can be that much better. That kind of experience can be found at Cafe Casse Croute, a family-owned French Canadian restaurant in Anaheim. Owned by an elderly couple, Cafe Casse Croute’s customers can enjoy a wide number of popular French Canadian dishes while admiring the neat interior. With carpeted blue floors, antique-like tables and chairs, pastel blue curtains and vases filled with fresh, beautiful flowers, this diner can make one feel at home. This hole-in-the-wall can be easy to miss when driving down Brookhurst Street. But as a tip, keep in mind that this diner is located in the same shopping center as Stater Bros. Cafe Casse Croute is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. six days per week, but is closed on Wednesdays. On that note, the restaurant only serves breakfast and lunch. For breakfast, customers can choose from a wide variety of dishes, such as pancakes, french toast, poached eggs benedict and filet mignon. A popular breakfast dish is their stuffed french toast, which consists of two slices of egg-coated bread sandwiched together and filled with cream cheese and strawberry jam. Although it looked very appetizing and was rather filling, this
item was anything but great. Instead of a nice balance of flavors, the eggs were overwhelming, which resulted in having to douse them in syrup for a better taste. If syrup-soaked bread doesn’t sound too appetizing, then the pancakes are the way to go. Cafe Casse Croute serves a variety of pancakes, including chocolate chip, blueberry, black forest and classic buttermilk pancakes. The sweetness of the chocolate chip pancakes is well-balanced, perfect for those lacking a sweet tooth for breakfast. For those with a larger appetite in the morning, the Chef ’s Mixed Grill will satisfy those hungry bellies. It includes the stuffed french toast, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, diced ham, Lyonnaise potatoes and a glass of orange juice. There is also the the Super Grande Breakfast, which comes with two pancakes of your choice, two eggs, two pieces of bacon and a sausage. Lunch time is just as mouthwatering at Cafe Casse Croute. From honey-roasted chicken and baked savory meat loaf to jambalaya and orange roughy, lunch entrees at this restaurant are divine. A popular item off the menu is the French onion soup as well as the croque madame, a crunchy cheese sandwich topped with an egg and Bechamel sauce, and the croque monsieur, a toasted ham and cheese sandwich popular in many French cafes. The grilled lemon chicken is quite delectable as well. The lemon marinade adds a zest to the chicken breast. It is served with garlic toast and white rice, and costs just $6.95. Another chicken dish at Cafe
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Casse Croute is the chicken crepe, which consists of small chunks of chicken, broccoli and onions. The fillings are creamy, which adds a nice touch to the crepes themselves. It is served with Lyonnaise potatoes, a well-known French dish made up of sliced pan-fried potatoes with parsley and seasoning. In addition to many of Cafe Casse Croute’s lunch entrees, customers are given a complimentary piece of baguette with butter as well as a chocolate-covered strawberry. Following a wonderful lunch, it’s hard to say no to dessert. Cafe Casse Croute serves apple crepes and strawberry crepes, which are both sweet and delightful. Other dessert items on the menu include bread pudding with whipped cream, rum cake, pistachio cakes and sugar pies. A more recent dessert item is the cream puff. Customers can choose between a custard or whipped cream filling, or opt for both. Having both types of filling was satisfying, but it’s recommended to simply try a custard-filled cream puff. When it comes to French cuisine, one should never forget to order coffee. Coffee is a staple of French culture. Customers could order cafe du monde, a Vietnamese-style coffee that is brewed with a small metal French drip filter. Expect to pay no more than $10 per dish. These delectable cuisines can be much more expensive at lavish restaurants. French-Canadian cuisine lovers can’t go wrong with the inexpensive quality dishes found served at Cafe Casse Croute. Bon appetit! VISIT US AT: DAILYTITAN.COM/DETOUR
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FILM: All that glitters is not gold Daily Titan
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, published in 1925, is an American literary masterpiece. Unfortunately, Director Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 film adaptation of the novel will not be revered in the same way. The Roaring Twenties sets the scene as the golden age of opportunity and economic prosperity. Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man trilogy) plays mid-western World War I veteran and writer Nicholas “Nick” Carraway. He moves to a wealthy part of Long Island, New York in 1922 where he becomes a bond salesman in the big city and rents a small home that sits next to a large estate. After his arrival to Long Island, Nick meets up with his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, who lives in a mansion across the bay from him. Carey Mulligan (Drive) plays Buchanan, who is superficial and married to “old money,” former polo player Tom Buchanan, played by a thin moustached Joel Edgerton (Warrior). Tom takes Nick to New York City to show him a good time and stops at a gas station to pick up Tom’s mistress Myrtle Wilson, played by Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers). The two go wild at a party. They have lots of sex and consume alcohol, which was banned at the time. Nick’s party days continue as he receives a personal invitation to a neighbor’s lavish weekend event. There, he is introduced to host and title character Jay Gatsby, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Gatsby quickly takes Nick under his wing, affectionately calling him “old sport” and requests a favor to invite his cousin to come over alone for tea. Nick agrees when he
learns Gatsby and Daisy dated five years prior. The two former lovers meet at Nick’s house and instantly rekindle a past flame. They spend the rest of the summer together and Gatsby no longer holds extravagant parties, since their only purpose was to get Daisy’s attention. Newspapers and rumors start to question Gatsby’s fortune and connections. Tom launches his own investigation and Nick becomes trapped in the ensuing drama. Sex, lies, greed, power, corruption, love, murder—they are all revealed in a disastrous end to the American Dream. This personified notion is the substance that the film lacks, instead going for style with bright lights and loud music. Flashy parties steal the scene where personal relationships should have dominated. Luhrmann, who also directed the 2001 musical Moulin Rouge!, is trying, like Gatsby, to relive the past. The first half of the film is like an
advertisement for its soundtrack, filled with songs from Jay-Z and Beyonce. While they may be good songs on their own, they do not fit the time and serve more as a distraction. This becomes even more noticeable when the second half of the film reverts to musical scores, making the film feel disjointed. Adding to the confused feeling is the overuse of special effect backgrounds and the abundance of fading. Everything is either on a stage set or green screen to accommodate the odd choice of shooting the film in 3-D. There is also a lot of fading in and out of characters and memories. For example, as Nick narrates the story from a psychiatrist’s office, his words show on screen in an exaggerated manner. These editing techniques repeatedly used together are meant to enhance the
lively tone of the picture, but end up, once again, distracting, and instead make the film feel artificial. With the movie’s flaws, the movie still has some positives. Cast chemistry problems aside, there is solid individual acting. Praise should also be given to the impressive costumes and makeup departments. When adapting books into movies, it is very important to stay close to the material. It does stay true to the source, even if its eecution is off. Modernizing a classic is extremely difficult, for the gap between the two time periods must seem natural. Luhrmann simply skips over this fact, assuming old clothes and cars would be enough to transport the audience. The film does not exactly ruin the classic novel, but reinforces the belief that books are always better than their film adaptations. It is hard to imagine that when Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby, he had this in mind. If anything, the film proves that all that glitters is not gold.
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LEO’S TOP 5 PERFORMANCES Leonardo DiCaprio started as a heartthrob with great hair and good looks. He made women swoon when he took the lead role in Shakespeare’s most famous play, Romeo + Juliet (1996). The following year he achieved international fame as poor loverboy Jack Dawson in Titanic. The turn of the century also brought about a new DiCaprio, who made a successful transition from young star to serious actor. In 2002 he showcased his acting range with two completely different period films. He later shined among the award-winning cast of The Departed (2006) and headlined in 2010’s mind-bending, box office smash Inception. These are the top five performances so far for the critically and commercially sensational actor.
5. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Playing the lovable, mentally challenged younger brother of Johnny Depp’s main character earned DiCaprio his first Academy Award nomination. The portrayal of a spirited yet fragile minded teen is as believable as the bond between the film’s two rising stars. His young face and acting talents were instantly recognized, sealing his fate of stardom for the rest of the ‘90s.
4. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Two years into the new century proved to be a pivotal time of change for the burgeoning actor, as he had two fantastic but drastically different period pieces. While he did an exceptional job beside the incomparable Daniel Day-Lewis in Martin Scorsese’s gritty historical drama Gangs of New York, it was his other film of the year where he demonstrated his versatility. DiCaprio plays a pilot, doctor and lawyer all in the same film, conning his way across the United States. The biographical crime drama pairs him opposite accomplished actor Tom Hanks, hands him a witty script and is led by acclaimed director Steven Spielberg. The end result is absolute perfection as DiCaprio creates instant chemistry with the cast and convincingly portrays a creative teenager desperately running from the law. 3. The Aviator (2004) The actor has also shown his skill in portraying high profile, historical personas. Teaming with Scorsese for the second time, DiCaprio’s depiction of wealthy entrepreneur Howard Hughes in The Aviator is a grand achievement. Compulsive mannerisms and speech patterns are all incredibly detailed and he limped his way to another Oscar nomination. It was his finest work to date, proving how adept he is in other people’s shoes.
2. Blood Diamond (2006)
Stories based on real events make them that much more heartfelt, none of which is more true than that of African conflict diamonds. As a south African gunrunner, the actor is completely authentic with added applause to his accent. He teams up with Djimon Hounsou to recover a large conflict diamond, putting on full display all the carnage that really happens in the country. The emotional performances greatly help in an otherwise difficult subject to watch.
1. Django Unchained (2012)
DiCaprio had wanted to work with controversial director Quentin Tarantino for some time. If this is the result, then the two should work together more often, for the actor gives his absolute best film performance—in a supporting role no less. The film follows Jamie Foxx’s journey of a slave-turned-bounty hunter and the bounty hunter who frees him, played by Christoph Waltz. In Django’s quest to save his wife from slavery, the pair end up in the despicable company of plantation owner Calvin Candie (DiCaprio). The actor is fantastic from the moment he is introduced. With a Southern accent and sly smile, DiCaprio is as cool as his character is vicious. His back-and-forth banter with Samuel L. Jackson’s inimitable portrayal of head house slave Stephen is also quite entertaining. In one scene, DiCaprio actually slices his hand by accident, but goes on to use the blood in a manner fitting his character. His talent and dedication knows no bounds, for even in a film where he is not the star, DiCaprio simply steals the show.
MUSIC: Ska brings the boogie CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Even with their success, the group did not always get an open door to perform their upbeat, danceable music. After giving a roller rink a demotape, the group was told that their music was not Top 40 material. After a small hiatus, some members left and new ones joined. Along with Parker (lead vocals), today’s version of GOGO13 consists of Johnny Beutler (lead guitar), Ryan Gilmore (bass), Erin Ashley (saxophone) and Paul Kloepfer (drums). The re-grouped ska band once again calls California home. They are making their way back to CSUF for another concert experience, but this time they will be the ones playing. GOGO13 will be the last band to perform for the weekly outdoor concerts at Becker Amphitheater. In addition to reuniting, the band has also been busy in the studio and on the road. GOGO13 released I Like It in 2012. “It’s a collection of over 10 years of music that we did, but didn’t really tour off of it very well,” said Parker. He added that the group never had a proper CD release party, as is customary. Instead, they went to perform at a popular festival, Viva Ska Vegas. CONTACT US AT: DETOUR@DAILYTITAN.COM
Shows and festivals like Viva Ska Vegas give the group what they really want—to give a fun show with good entertainment that the crowd enjoys. “It’s just kind of that feel good music and so that’s really what we’re trying to bring,” said Beutler. “A positive atmosphere and music that makes you feel good and makes you want to dance.” Parker said that some people can misunderstand what ska music really is, especially because of the many different varieties that it was translated in during the ‘90s. He adds that the brass section is especially confusing for some, but giving the music a listen is sure to pull you in. “Once you get past that, and you get the actual rhythm, no matter what, you’re gonna dance to the music,” said Parker. “It’s danceable music and it’s fun.” For students who attend the weekly concerts, be sure to wear your dancing shoes, even if you’re not a fan of ska. The band wishes to reach out to music fans of all ages with their latest album. GOGO13 was also featured on Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is Awesome Volume 3. Thanks to their contributions to the Yo Gabba Gabba album, the
group received recognition and applause, especially lead singer Parker. Parker is also an artist and the creative director for the popular children’s television show. Thanks to his work as creative director on Yo Gabba Gabba, Parker received new attention from the television industry. He was nominated for four Daytime Emmy Awards. Parker was even included in the OC Metro’s Top 40 people under 40, proving that the Utah roller rink was wrong. The band’s year is going just as well as Parkers. The group also performed at the OC Music Awards in March. In addition to performing at Becker Amphitheater, the group plans on spending the rest of the year working on a new record and touring. To catch GOGO13 in the area, fans can visit Club Nokia June 7 where they will play with Five Iron Frenzy, or see them at The Observatory on July 27. More information on the band and their upcoming shows can be found at Facebook.com/ GOGO13BAND. But fans can first catch the ska sensation at Becker Amphitheater. “We just want to entertain people and have fun,” Parker said.
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Aries (March 21-April 19) Communication and learning are central themes for the next several weeks, with Mercury in Gemini. Work with someone who speaks the same artistic language. Get fascinated by your subject. Today and tomorrow get romantic. Taurus (April 20-May 20) You’re entering a home-repair cycle. The next few weeks should be good for making money. Provide incentive to clients and sales partners. Discuss ways to profit. Friends speak well of you.
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Gemini (May 21-June 20) For this next phase with Mercury in your sign, you’re especially brilliant. Study new developments. A solution to an old problem is becoming obvious. Use this opportunity. Devour the material, and have fascinating conversations. Cancer (June 21-July 22) Allow yourself more contemplation time. Finances are worth considering. It’s easier to remember dreams. Listen to your angels. A gift opens blocked communications. Take an opportunity to talk. Write down your thoughts. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Assess the situation confidently. For about two weeks, your team is hot and the heat is rising. You have what you need. Negotiations go well. Imagine a fun and inspiring future. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) vately. Study purposefully, line. Your wisdom is natives. Learn quickly
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Tuesday’s Puzzle Solved
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36 Crooked 38 Yorkshire river 39 Oleo holder 43 Get together (with) 44 Get together (with) 45 Long-legged flier 46 Repeated, like Poe’s raven 47 Forearm bones 48 It’s the pits
49 “You press the button, we do the rest” camera company 52 High hair 53 Slugger Musial 54 Use a whetstone on 55 911 situation: Abbr. 57 Scrooge’s scoff 58 Charlottesville sch. 59 Mo. for opals