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NEWS 3 Yahoo purchases Tumblr for $1.1 billion OPINION 5 Those leaving, think of those incoming FEATURES 6 What’s in store for summer vacation? DETOUR 8 Summer fashion essentials unveiled SPORTS 12 Titan athletics event attendance declining

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Volume 93, Issue 54

MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013 CAMPUS | Timothy White

Cal State Chancellor visits CSUF SAMUEL MOUNTJOY & RAYMOND MENDOZA Daily Titan

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Maribel Ramos’ death declared homicide TIM WORDEN Daily Titan

Maribel Ramos, a Cal State Fullerton senior and former Army sergeant, was found dead late Thursday night, concluding a weeks-long search for the student who was soon to graduate.

Friends and co-workers of Maribel Ramos spread their support in honoring the woman who has been described as a leader of students and veterans as police announced this weekend that Ramos’ body has been found and that her roommate has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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Her body was found in brush near Modjeska Canyon on Thursday. Police have reclassified her case as a homicide, and have placed her roommate Kwang Chol Joy under arrest, Orange police Lt. Dave Hill said. Her roommate Kwang Chol Joy was questioned by police and vol-

untarily accompanied them to the police station, Hill said. Joy, 54, was arrested on suspicion of murdering Ramos on Friday. He has a court trial date set for Tuesday, according to county records. In the past weeks, Ramos’ family and co-workers at University

Outreach and Veterans Certification reached out to the university and local community for help in the search efforts. Ramos, 36, was an Army sergeant who served tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and South Korea. SEE RAMOS, 3

SPORTS | Titan sweep

Celebrate summer with these alternative events Various festivals and fairs offer students an alternative experience SIMA SARRAF Daily Titan

It happens year after year. Summer comes as quickly as it left and students are once again planning their concerts, trips and Fourth of July celebrations for the summer. More often than not, the customary summer vacation is planned with an over-hyped trip to Las Vegas, where the young crowd will typically drink in excess, lose money at the blackjack tables or commit a worse offense that isn’t even worth mentioning. But it definitely involves the infamous slogan, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” If a gritty, smoky weekend in Vegas doesn’t appeal to you, or if you are just looking for a new, unique affair to attend this summer then rest easy, here are some alternative summer events to help those who want a little less Vegas, and perhaps a little more art, music and live entertainment.

Ink-n-Iron After the success of the 2003 Long Beach Tattoo Convention on the Queen Mary, the Ink-nIron Kustom Culture Festival was born. Since its launch, the event

has only grown in attractions, attendees and overall excitement. Hot-rods, live music and pin-up contests are among the few things to expect at the convention. With dolled-up rockabilly girls roaming around and burlesque shows, there’s no shortage of people watching. But the most popular item on the menu isn’t the pin-up pageant or the shopping; it’s actually the tattoo convention. Tattoo artists and their booths take up the entirety of the Queen Mary’s inner three floors. Artists from 30 states and 25 countries will be in attendance for this year’s festival. Art and tattoo competitions will also ensue over the three-day event. In addition to the art and hot-rod aspect of the event, attendees can also see live music at any of the five stages placed throughout the grounds. The stages this year will offer Sublime with Rome, Iggy and the Stooges, The Offspring, Wanda Jackson and NOFX among many, many others. Ink-n-Iron will take over the Queen Mary, and Long Beach for that matter, from June 7 to June 9. If you’re interested in attending the 10th annual Ink-n-Iron festival for its various attractions, visit its website for ticket and event information at SEE SUMMER, 8


CSU Chancellor Timothy White’s 12th stop on his tour of 23 Cal State Universities brought him to Cal State Fullerton on Thursday in an effort to see campus achievements and shortcomings. As one of his first actions as chancellor, White vowed to visit 23 campuses within the first year of his term to assess the needs and differences between each CSU campus in person. During his visit to CSUF, the chancellor danced, met with student leaders and professors and even took to the library to hand out cookies and wish students luck on their finals. The chancellor spent the day with CSUF President Mildred García and many members of her cabinet. He quizzed the president as they walked and talked throughout the day. While the Chancellor’s visit mostly centered around ceremonies and cheerful interactions with students and professors, White paid a somber visit to the Veterans Student Services office in University Hall. SEE WHITE, 2

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Titan goes for dreams after college After turning his academic career around a business major prepares to graduate MICHELLE TUYUB Daily Titan

ing the second run of the inning. The Anteaters were able to cut the lead in half in the top of the fourth when leadoff hitter Dominique Taylor hit a deep fly to left-center field that appeared to hit the top of the fence before bouncing back into play. It was ruled a home run by third base umpire Bill Barnes. Vanderhook argued the call, and after the umpires met, the play was ruled a triple. First baseman Connor Spencer then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to cut the lead 2-1, as Taylor scored on a close play at the plate after a throw from Lorenzen’s cannon of an arm.

As graduation approaches, students might be filled with uncertainty of what the next step is in life and they can also be frightened of stepping in to the “real world.” Jimmy Huynh, 20, a business administration and finance major, is one of those students that will be graduating this week. But for Jimmy, walking out to the unexpected world does not seem so challenging and this can be due to the fact that he has a job lined up after college. Jimmy was not studious his first two years in high school and did not receive the best grades. At that point, he did not believe he was someone who could go to college, and his main goal was simply to get a high school diploma. “I was once a failure, I never cared about the school system. I never thought I would be as smart as anyone else in the class,” Jimmy said. Jimmy said although other students would be getting As he would get Fs. Yet, everything changed for Jimmy as he became motivated by his older brother Johnny. Jimmy said he saw his brother Johnny do much better in school, he was getting scholarships, awards and honor degrees.



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Sophomore pitcher Grahamm Wiest brings some heat during the final game of the sweep of the UC Irvine Anteaters.

Lopez with walk-off magic once again SERGIO GOMEZ Daily Titan

Bring out the broomsticks—the Cal State Fullerton baseball team swept a three-game series against visiting UC Irvine, capped off by a come-from-behind 7-5 victory on Sunday at Goodwin Field. The Titans and first baseman Carlos Lopez did it again for the second time in as many days, as Lopez left the Anteaters (31-20, 13-10 in Big West) on the field with his second walk-off home run in less than 24 hours. With Cal State Fullerton (45-8, 20-4 in Big West) trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth with one out

and runners on first and second, Lopez launched a 1-1 pitch high over the right field wall for a monster three-run walk-off home run to win the game and complete the sweep. “We’ve done it all year,” said Titan Head Coach Rick Vanderhook. “This isn’t the first time, but it being against Irvine and two days in a row, I mean we score a lot of runs late in games in the seventh, eighth and ninth combined, so we like when we do that.” The Titans got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first as designated hitter J.D. Davis hit a shot up the middle for an RBI single. Center fielder Michael Lorenzen drove in a second run with a sacrifice fly, plat-





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WHITE: Online courses target of criticism by students, professors CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

Student veterans, friends and families had spent the previous weeks aiding in the search for Maribel Ramos. The CSUF student and Army veteran had been missing since May 2 and was found dead late Thursday night. White offered his thoughts and prayers to everyone involved and shared that his wife had met Ramos a few weeks ago. During a visit to the Pollak Library, White, García and other administrators handed out individually-wrapped cookies and wished students luck on their upcoming finals. The library visit was the first of its kind for White during his state tour, but it was a tradition during his chancellorship of UC Riverside. “It was kind of nerve-racking at first,” said Anna Gomez, a sociology major, after meeting White while studying for her final in research methods. “He came out of nowhere, but it was nice that somebody came up to us and gave us some encouragement about finals.”

The topic of online education came up again and again during the chancellor’s visits with students and professors. While attending a Q&A session with students in the quad, Matthew Hendricks, 23, a graduate student of humanities, questioned White about his views regarding the perceived diminishing effects that online classes have on the accreditation of the CSU and the high rate of adjunct faculty teaching classes once taught by fulltime professors. White agreed that the economic downturn and budget cuts have caused a decrease in full-time and tenured professors. He also said that online classes should never take over the CSU but that it should be seen as “one more arrow in its quiver,” since some students would like to attend a CSU school but face the difficulty of a long commute. “I want to make sure that we view (online classes) as an expansion of technology enhanced education,” White said. “It’s not a silver bullet for

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economic woes or staffing woes or anything like that.” During a meeting with the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate, Jon Bruschke, Ph.D., a human communication studies professor, raised his concerns that the new Cal State Online program is fundamentally flawed. “These poor CSU Online students are paying twice as much as the students that are taking classes from us,” he said. Bruschke said that he felt the structure of Cal State Online essentially privatizes that section of the CSU education by incentivizing it with more pay for professors. Instructors who teach CSU Online courses are paid an additional 25 percent “overload fee” when he or she teaches online courses in addition to a normal load of face-to-face courses, explained Bruschke. He said that the monetary incentive encourages professors to put more time and energy into online courses “at the expense of the rest of the students.” “It just seems like we are solving a budget problem by privatizing part of our curriculum,” Bruschke said. “I believe the mission should be all students get the best education possible, not if you can pay double, you get it special.” White requested that Bruschke write a summary of the issues he had with the program so the chancellor could take it to those who run Cal State Online. “We’re making sausage in public and we’re going to screw things up,” White said. “I don’t want to hurt students, but part of innovation is screwing things up and learning from those mistakes.” He added that he has never viewed online education as a cost-saving measure and views it as a way to increase efficiencies in the education system. White also met with members of the Orange County Register and the Daily Titan, which gave him the chance to speak about the growing changes in regards to tuition, student admittance and salary increases for faculty and staff. Speaking from the perspective of a product of CSU education by receiv-

ing his master’s degree from Cal State East Bay, White said he understood the importance that CSUs have considering low tuition costs and first-generation degree holders. However, White said he would not make empty promises about putting a stop to a rising tuition, but instead stated that without tuition adjustments, CSUs would suffer dire consequences. The chancellor outlined the choices the CSU has when the state’s support falls short of demand. “One choice would be to say that’s the way it is,” White said. “Another choice would be to have a modest, predictable and well articulated way: raise tuition by one, two or three percent to get more resources to pay for the cost of delivering the education.” While on campus, White was also in attendance for the award ceremony of the Carol Barnes Excellence in Teaching Award, the Outstanding Professor Award and Faculty Leadership Collegial Governance Award. Sean Walker, an associate professor of biology and winner of the Carol Barnes Excellence in Teaching Award, said he was glad that White visited CSUF and feels that the chancellor’s priorities belong to the students and faculty. Later in the day, Physical Plant director Willem van der Pol carted White through the campus explaining the history and details of every building during a lengthy tour of the campus. The director explained different steps CSUF has taken to increase sustainability.


TOP: Chancellor Timothy White speaks with students in the Chicano Resource Center in the Pollak Library on Thursday.

BOTTOM: White addresses the outgoing and incoming Associated Students Inc. executive boards in the Titan Student Union on Thursday.

The tour made a brief stop to observe the operations of the 8,000 -square-foot Tri-gen energy plant, a natural gas power plant that generates over 4 million megawatts of electricity to be used on campus. As the tour was winding down and the cart headed back to College Park, the tour of campus facilities was suddenly interrupted when the chancellor halted the cart as he saw graduating students posing for se-

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DTBRIEFS Fullerton officers justified in killing The Orange County District Attorney’s office has determined that the five Fullerton police officers acted reasonably when they shot and killed a man last week. Investigators found that the five officers were justified in the fatal shooting of admitted gangmember Arelio Navarette, 22, after a high-speed chase. One of the officers, Kevin Kirkreit, reported that after the high-speed chase Navarette got out of the vehicle, fled to a drainage pipe and yelled at the officers in a “challenging manner” while holding a handgun. He ignored the officers’ commands to get on the ground and continued screaming at them. He pointed a gun toward the officers and fired one or two rounds in their direction, at which point the five officers each fired at least one round. Navarette was pronounced dead at the scene. A toxicology exam found amphetamine and methamphetamine in his system.


Yahoo purchases blogging service Yahoo Inc.’s board approved a deal on Sunday to acquire 100 million-user microblogging platform Tumblr, according to the Wall Street Journal. Yahoo has agreed to pay $1.1 billion in cash, with Tumblr continuing to operate largely as an independent business. Tumblr has also given the purchase the greenlight, and the deal should be officially announced tomorrow. Yahoo’s board approved the billion dollar deal though a telephone meeting on Friday. Since data is most important in helping Yahoo sell online advertising on its sites, Yahoo believes that it could help Tumblr bring in more money by selling ads. The Wall Street Journal said the acquisition could be risky due to Tumblr’s financial performance thus far. However, Facebook and Google have proved in recent years that a large audience can bring in a large amount of revenue even when the content is free.




RAMOS: Roommate arrested on suspicion of murder CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

She was three weeks away from graduating with a degree in criminal justice at the time of her disappearance and was scheduled to be highlighted at a veterans appreciation dinner. She had been missing for two weeks when police recovered her body in the wilderness of eastern Orange County Thursday night; the body was positively identified as Ramos the next day. “Her light was put out way too soon,” said her co-worker Delia Tijerina, assistant director of University Outreach and Veterans Certification. Active in the campus veterans community, Ramos had been planning on getting a job with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs upon her graduation, Tijerina said. Orange police are now handing the case over to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, which is expected to release more information this week, Hill said. Police have not released any information on a possible motive or other details behind the murder. News of Ramos’ death quickly spread through social media to the campus community over the weekend.

“Since Maribel went missing earlier this month, our community has come together to spread the word about her disappearance and keep her foremost in our hearts and prayers,” CSUF President Mildred García said in a statement. Search fliers had been set up around campus and student help in the search efforts were commemorated by CSU Chancellor Timothy White when he visited campus on Thursday. “She was a wonderful role model for our students, faculty and staff. And we honor her for her past service to our country as an airborne paratrooper in the Army and her commitment to her education,” García said. A co-worker of Ramos, Tijerina, who helped coordinate the civilian search efforts, said Ramos was a leader who demanded excellence of herself and others. “I would want others to remember her passion; she saw a goal and pursued it passionately. She was confident and determined and as a result she accomplished so much in such a short period of time,” Tijerina said. Ramos’ supervisor Brenda Estrada, veterans certification officer for University Outreach and Veterans

Her family reports her missing after Ramos is last she fails to show Ramos fails to show up up to personal seen at her to a veterans house around commitments appreciation 8:30 p.m. dinner, where she was slated to give a speech. Her coworkers become

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Certification, said Ramos was a role model among her peers. “We did not just lose a student assistant, we lost an amazing human being, someone that gave eight years of her life to fight for our freedom,” Estrada said. Estrada had accompanied Ramos to a conference in Chicago about adjusting from military to student life. Ramos went missing about 24 hours after she returned from that trip. Many students via social media requested that Ramos’ degree be given to her family. Megan Lott, a senior communicative disorders major, said that Ramos’ hard work should be recognized since she was only weeks from graduating. “I hope the school does the right thing and acknowledges the unique and very unfortunate circumstances this is under,” Lott said. Tijerina said plans are being made to commemorate Ramos’ memory on campus. “I know that a seat will be saved for Maribel at commencement and her family will be there,” Tijerina said. A representative planning the commencement ceremonies did not answer a request for comment over the weekend.

Police find a body in the brush in Modjeska Canyon.

Police identify the body as Ramos; police question her roommate, who voluntary agrees to get escorted to the Orange police station at 11:15 a.m.; police arrest him on suspicion of her murder

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News of Ramos’ disappearance hits the news and her friends and family start organizing search parties.

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Missing posters for Ramos were printed in multiple languages and distributed throughout the campus and Orange County.

Police announce in a press conference in front of Orange police headquarters that Ramos was the victim of a homicide

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Chapman buys hotel for housing Chapman University plans to convert a hotel into student housing and pay Orange $500,000 annually to help with lost revenue, according to the Orange County Register. Plans to convert the hotel are a part of the Panther Village housing development which will house up to 240 students. The school has volunteered to pay the city for a minimum of 10 years or until the site is no longer used for student housing. About $50,000 of the payment will go toward offsetting the cost of Chapman’s students filming in the city. The purchase price for the hotel at 3101 W. Chapman Ave. has not been disclosed. Chapman students are guaranteed housing for their first two years, but the school currently has just 2,000 beds for 7,100 students. The units should be available beginning fall 2013, officials said. The agreement goes into effect when students begin moving into Panther Village, expected in August.







No matter where you go, tweet yourself right All good things must come to an end. Apparently, all mediocre things must as well. Yes friends, family and five other assorted readers, this is the last #this that shall grace the oversized pages of the Daily Titan. As I write this, with Facebook and Twitter open in adjacent tabs and Pandora blasting the very somber “Die Walküre” by Richard Wagner into my degrading headphones, I’m reminded of why I started this little exercise in self-indulgence. Because that’s what #this has been. I began this column during a time when I first found myself enraptured by the concept of online persona. I had something of a Twitter renaissance, my manic shouting into the echoing ravine of social media finally gaining the attention of triple-digit followers. I had people who (at least I perceived) actually cared a tiny bit about what I had to say. And you know what? I liked that. I liked it so much that I increasingly spent more time on Twitter. I would spend half the day “composing” tweets, many of which would say next to nothing, yet would garner attention nonetheless. Not any kind of significant attention, mind you, not anything that would amount to even a bug on the windshield of a car traveling down this information super highway. Still, the little response I’d garner from doing practically nothing was enough for me to set aside (even waste, if you can imagine) hours upon hours just shooting the proverbial breeze with my new anonymous compatriots. Once the initial zeitgeist of “Internet cool” wore off, that’s truly what I was left with—a new group of friends and yet another distraction in my life. While many of the friends I made

in those early days continue to pervade my life (a fact I’m thankful for), it became increasingly difficult to justify yet another distraction had entered my life. More than that, it was a distraction that seemed to serve no real purpose. Obviously that wasn’t true, right? Well, it was and it wasn’t. Thus I set out on a quest to find that thing, that je ne sais quois of social media that made it so dang appealing to so many dang people. It wasn’t a good quest, more Monty Python and the Holy Grail than Excalibur, but I learned some things nonetheless.

Social media is ... a thing. It is the people who use it and the purposes it is used for. We live in a world that is different and moving much faster than seems conceivable at times. At the center of much of that is social media. Some of these rapid changes have almost forced the face of media to change, to become more pervasive and flexible with how we humans desire to communicate. In an odd “snake eating its own tail” fashion, social media has in turn greatly altered how we as humans communicate in general. So we return to me and the rationale I had for creating this column in the first place. We as humans seem to have grown just as interested with our own voices as we once were with the voices of oth-


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The beginning in every end


RICARDO GONZALEZ ers. It’s not a new development— the existence of personal diaries or journals is evidence to that—but now we’ve created an odd quantification for whose stream of thought is best. It’s something of a game and it is quite fun in its own right. It’s also a horribly narcissistic practice. Please believe the irony is not lost on me that writing a column—a narcissistic endeavor in and of itself—attempting to justify my social media use to myself is utterly ridiculous. Hence, #this has evolved (or mutated, I suppose) into more of a study on the stories, oddities and trends that make social media such a beast. I chose to examine what it is rather than why it’s good, why you should use it and why I myself can’t even finish this article without checking back on my Facebook and Twitter every other minute. Let’s face it, you’re going to use social media or not use social media based on your own merits, not some flimsy projection that it is the future of anything and everything. Social media is ... a thing. It is the people who use it and the purposes it is used for. This means sometimes it is capable of the pinnacle of human kindness and ingenuity. It’s also capable of horrors and wallowing in the doldrums of society’s filth. It really all depends on you. Tweet each other right, and I’ll see you on the other side.

I am replaceable and invaluable. Unique and part of the crowd. The first of my kind and another cog in the machine. Each of you are the same, dealing with the saddening and uplifting implications of numerous contradictions. This is also your life and no one else’s. At some point, whether it’s physically, emotionally or both, you will be alone with only your survival instinct to keep you going. The survival instinct is one I have been thinking about quite a bit recently. It might be due to my recent diagnosis of depression or my ongoing fascination with the differences between each human soul and how everyone reacts differently to the same world. What is in the human spirit that decides who has that instinct? A person with every disadvantage in this life can rise to greatness while another of the highest privilege will slump down that path of darkness and never return. The best way to turn this mystery into a beautiful answer is a dedication to self-betterment while maintaining a self-love. Yes, this is the end for my time not just as a columnist at the Daily Titan, but to the paper altogether and as a student at this school. It has taken me six years to finish college, but here I am, ready for a new beginning. One thing I have never told anyone before is how much I view my life in beginnings and endings, as if they are such different concepts. But the truth is they are synonyms because in every beginning there is an end, and vice versa. When Harvey Milk died, it began a revolution. From an AIDS epidemic rose a legion determined to survive and eventually cure the disease, even though many will never see that cure. With hope and the momentum of millions, the goal of marriage equality in this country comes closer to fruition. What will that begin? I am excited for this answer to play out.

Everyone should be looking to the skies for what dreams are left to achieve, because new ones are born every day. Civil rights activists carry these visions. They are the dreamers, thinkers, hopers and demanders. Sometimes it can even hurt to always want more. That is why we also celebrate. Thankfulness is our respite. Every victory must be counted. This month alone, three states legalized gay marriage through legislation. Jason Collins became the first active male athlete in a major sports league in the United States to come out as gay. Barriers are shattering right before our eyes, and it is creating something beyond hope. It is now a promise to the future generations. This is not their victory, it is ours. If you could not agree with this at any time during my column then I did not do my job. I know I did, and it’s not because of a belief in my skill. It is a truth called freedom that every human soul intrinsically needs in order to thrive. We want it for others, but our own fears can keep us from knowing that. Fear is an emotion as immortal as any other. I hope you know the importance of fighting with love instead of its adversary. Before my final words, I want to thank some of those who helped make this column possible as well as others who truly made my time at the Daily Titan and the journalism program such a superlative experience. First is adjunct professor and mentor Marie Loggia-Kee, who can connect with students such as myself like few can. She assured me during a critical time this past fall that I was doing everything I could during a hectic time at the Daily Titan. As it was such a crucial juncture in my life, I could never forget her influence. Next is current Editor-in-Chief David Hood, who was a news editor last semester when I was on staff.


If I had to pick one up-and-coming reporter to disprove the supposed death of fairness and objectivity in journalism today, it would be him. There is no better compliment for a man with goals like his. May it always stay that way. He also did an admirable job of making my news reporting worth a damn. Ian Wheeler is the managing editor, but was also a news editor in the fall, and he was very encouraging and approachable. I was scared as a lowly staff reporter, but his patience and open-mindedness helped my confidence grow as the semester progressed. His reporting is also top notch, and his work with David always impressed me. This year’s opinion desk heads, Ricardo Gonzalez and Matt Atkinson, gave my voice a new platform. The former, in particular, really took the time to give me feedback that was easy to take into practice. Ricardo took the chance of giving me the column this semester and it has been a life-changing experience. Finally, I want to thank my loving and ever supportive girlfriend—and avid column reader—Rachael Hokenson for her belief in me during my best and worst times this year thus far. This past Saturday, she did the impossible and made time stop. I cannot find any words to describe how much love this makes me feel for her and the human race. It is this adoration that keeps me going not just in life, but civil rights as well. Gay rights is me, through every beginning and end. I promise.



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It may be Game Over, but I will keep playing Over the past two semesters I’ve written about video games, movies, the Internet and a myriad of other nerdy interests and pastimes. And now here I sit typing the final column I shall write for this paper. While there are plenty of thoughtful, introspective articles regarding this subject, this column isn’t really worthy of that same tone. Despite my articulations that video games can be art and that geek culture isn’t so weird as it’s often simplified, the fact of the matter is that I write about entertainment. In the grand scheme of Life, the Universe and Everything there are far more important things than video games and comic books. Like how many roads a man must walk down. That sounds pretty good and deep, right? So rather than contemplate my existence as a writer or debate whether or not it was meaningful to write about what I chose to write, let’s take a step back. I write about entertainment. My work on the subject probably won’t ever win a Pulitzer prize. Nothing here or anything written on this subject will drastically alter the world as we know it. No revolutions will be started or stopped based on how good or bad the new Star Trek movie is (personally I thought it was pretty great despite some pacing issues in the last third, but that’s not important right now). While we can analyze media in all forms, looking for deep meaning, socio-political satire and even insightful understandings of the human condition, the point of media—plain-and-simple—is to entertain. Sure, there are games, comics, books and movies that

contain these things, and I truly believe that there is potential in those mediums beyond simple entertainment, but at the same time each operates as an entertainment business. If a movie doesn’t make a profit, don’t expect to see a sequel. If a game doesn’t receive enough downloads, it will be harder for the creator to make more games in the future. And we should keep this in mind when we react to media too. Nerds are known for their rage when things don’t go their way. In the end we should understand that no matter how much we like the original, it is above neither criticism nor alteration. I’m sure there are many ardent Star Trek fans who disagree with me and are displeased with the recent Into Darkness (though after 2009’s remake I don’t know what they expected). Similarly, even as someone who only just read the book, I am among a group that looks at the upcoming World War Z as a complete butchering of the excellent novel. In the end it doesn’t really matter. The original works are still there to enjoy and the new versions can be ignored if one desires. Why get mad about something you cannot change? So while I shall continue—even after I graduate next week—to


Admit guilt in college admissions RICARDO GONZALEZ Daily Titan

It’s All Geek to Me MATT ATKINSON

write about video games and other entertainment, it’s important to keep in mind that is just that: entertainment. It’s not to say that works in these mediums cannot convey greater messages, but that their starting point is not to be works of art. Therefore, neither is this column. And that’s OK. We seem to look down on entertainment, as if it’s not worthy of appreciation unless it has some other artistic value. There are times and places for schlocky fight scenes, gratuitous explosions and exploding barrels. Sometimes it’s OK to like something, even while understanding its fleeting value. I will continue to search for the deeper, more meaningful aspects of my favorite pastimes, but it’s important to remember that not everything needs that depth. Enjoy what you enjoy, and don’t get so involved that you stop having fun with it. Sometimes you have to call a spade a spade. Otherwise you run the risk of digging so deep you can’t see the light.

We seem to look down on entertainment, as if it’s not worthy of appreciation unless it has some other artistic value.



It’s a big week for Cal State Fullerton. The next several days mark the end of the semester—finals, followed by graduation. For many, this represents the end of their school worries for a while. For others, it is the beginning of brand new worries as they look toward an uncertain future outside of education. Among the stress and festivities (stress-tivities?), it is easy to forget that a new generation is joining the academic landscape. Or are at least attempting to. Something we seem to forget once in college is the idea that getting admitted is difficult. In another time, I found myself waitlisted for CSUF. Already having spent three years in a junior college—time well spent, but an era that was rapidly reaching diminishing academic returns—I had to face the very real possibility of spending another sizable chunk of time outside of a university. Of course, I eventually got in quite easily. However, others have a much more difficult time. There’s indication that most major university admission rates are down. California’s economic and educational worries suggest there’s little relief from such issues on the horizon. Naturally, desperate times can call for desperate measures, but to appear desperate is probably the last thing someone should do. Earlier this month, the New York Times did a feature on students who send exorbitant amounts of gifts and supplementary materials to schools they desire admission into. Videos are made, cookies are baked and myriad letters concerning students’ love of the respective school they’re applying for are sent out.

Courtesy of MCT On this week of so many endings, let’s not forget how we began as students.

And while many schools seemed to admit at least taking some kind of interest in applicants who went the extra mile and a half, there were just as many (likely more) cases of schools either being completely disinterested or put off by this onesided show of affection. But rather than spend time heaping onto these poor, slightly misguided students, instead I will make a singular plea. Let’s take it back to basics. Education, in much of its aspects, has become too “gameified”; it’s become something far more trivial than its original intentions. Much of that does have to do with the concept of supply and demand—the idea of exclusionary value placed on most schools—but acceptance into a university should be more of an acknowledgement of hard work. It shouldn’t be like a nagging partner who doesn’t want you to do the laundry, really wanting you to want to do the laundry. The idea of “Cs get degrees” is kind of missing the point, isn’t it? When the mentality of high school graduates becomes less about

“grades not being enough” anymore, and becomes “grades aren’t as important as playing the game,” then maybe it’s time we readjust the perception of higher education. I’m not saying this is universally practiced, but there are people who seem to be placing a greater emphasis on a perceived song and dance. The courtship comparison is apt. Frankly, I would not be surprised if we’re getting progressively less prepared for real-world employment because we seem more concerned with how to obtain the job rather than how to do it properly. Thus, with the final issue of the Daily Titan this semester, I urge you: if you happen to be returning next semester or if you’re the odd incoming student that has happened to get your hand on this story, take your education seriously. Because when it’s over, you’re not going to be left with the name of the school you went to. What you’re going to be left with is the lessons you learned getting there and the ones you learned while attending. Don’t make one of those lessons how to put together a thoughtful fruit basket.





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No time like the summertime CSUF students share their plans for the sunny season after the semester ends TIFFANY JOHNSTONE Daily Titan

With long, sunny days of summer time fast approaching, students discuss their favorite things to do in the summer and what they plan to do this year. From something as elaborate as traveling outside of the country to simply hitting the beach, there is something to do for everyone, including many activities that won’t burn a hole in your wallet. Jasmen Villagomez said she’s traveling to Germany to visit a friend who was a foreign exchange student at Cal State Fullerton last semester. “We really got to connect and get really close, so I am going to go over there and go and hang out and experience what Germany has to offer,” Villagomez said. Villagomez ideally wants to stay in Germany for a month but said as a student she has to budget well to make sure she has enough money for travel, hotel and in-case-ofemergency money. She wants to make sure she can have fun while also planning smart for the trip. For students who want to stay fairly local, Villagomez suggests a variety of options. “LA always has wonderful things to offer, going to the Grove and heading out to see local museums is always really fun ... or go and take a road trip out to the lake or wherever it is that you want to go. San Francisco’s very close, San Diego is very close to us ... definitely take a roadtrip to every beach in the area and check out everyone’s summer body,” Villagomez said. Villagomez said her girlfriends are notorious for spotting celebrities in Los Angeles and were lucky enough to meet Jesse Metcalfe and Lauren Alaina when they were there and got to do a little singing with her. In San Diego, students can check out the night life of the city, go to concerts, or enjoy a day at the zoo or Sea World. So students may have the opportunity to meet celebrities if they venture out to LA. Christine Schneider is taking two summer school sessions this year and is also making time to visit Hawaii and Laughlin.

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Tri Phan gives students suggestions on ways to spend their summer vacations, such as taking a trip to Six Flags or visiting the beach.

“I love summer school ... I literally recommend it to everyone, because I feel like I do better ... because it’s so fast paced that I remember things,” Schneider said. For students looking to stay within a tight budget this summer, Schneider is an advocate of using Groupon, a website where one can get deal-of-the day discounted coupons on such things as restaurants and stores in your city. “There’s always fun activities like jet ski rentals, there’s always stuff like that going on,” Schneider said. Some students say they don’t have a whole lot planned this summer because of a full-work load and summer school. Some students seemed skeptical about enjoying the break, while others spoke enthusiastically about their wide variety of plans. “Six Flags, Disneyland, play a lot of sports, go out with friends,” Tri Phan said of his summer plans. Phan encourages students to try out many of the fun and cost-effective things he is doing this summer such as venturing to Six Flags and the beach. He’s also an advocate of visiting haunted places. “We’re going to check out this park in West Covina called Galster Park ... it’s an open park and I


heard it’s really scary,” Phan said. For those that are not fond of a good scare, another fun thing to do is take a train ride. Trains provide a great avenue of transportation if one wants to enjoy the view and relax while traveling to such places as San Diego and Santa Barbara. There is also a Pacific Surfliner train in downtown Fullerton that would suffice. Students can use the summertime to try out new activities that they’ve always had an interest in but never got around to doing because of a busy schedule. Ideas for students include taking a pottery class, cooking class or yoga class. One can also unwind from the stressors of finals by taking a long drive with the windows down and good music. Students can enjoy long summer afternoons by having a picnic in the park, reading a good book outdoors or enjoying a nice hike in the hills of Fullerton. Summertime is also the perfect time to catch up, reconnect and spend quality time with friends that may have been neglected during an ever-demanding school schedule. While some may have summer school, work or other commitments this summer, one can still make time for themselves and allow oneself to rejuvenate. Whatever your plans for the season, summer allows for a break from a full semester of classes and what better a time than to try out some of the suggested activities from Cal State Fullerton students or fulfill one’s own own wish list of activities.

Advice for graduates on careers Career Center provides graduates advice on how to find a job after college TIFFANY JOHNSTONE Daily Titan

After years of schooling, students will soon emerge into the real world, degree in hand. While students may be filled with excitement, there might also be feelings of anxiety for the future. Job hunting today can be daunting and while it may not be easy to find a job, with a plan and preparation, jobs are attainable and some students around campus have positive outlooks and tactics they plan to use when snagging their first job. Amy Tabback, a dance major and senior at Cal State Fullerton, said she plans to get a part-time or full-time job to support her more artistic ventures after she graduates. “I’m kind of excited to see what’s out there, (I’m really) proud and confident that I am ready and I have the skills and I have the confidence and the training to get a job and I know that I could do it ... but then that other half of me going, ‘There’s always someone better than you and there’s 10,000 dancers going to every audition and why you,’” Tabback said. Still she feels that finding a job is attainable. Timaeus Le, another dance major and senior at Cal State Fullerton, said with his major the jobs will not just come to him, he needs to be actively seeking them out. “We really have to be hungry and go hunt for a job,” Le said. He added that he thinks the Internet and word of mouth are the best ways to find a job. “Our faculty ... they have great ad-

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TOP: Timaeus Le, a dance major, says word of mouth and the Internet are great ways to find a job after graduation. BOTTOM: Jim Case, director of the Career Center, gives graduates career advise and suggestions for how to approach employers.

“(I’m) confident that ... I have the skills ... and training to get a job.” AMY TABBACK Dance Major vice, most of them danced professionally and now they’re here teaching us, so they have really good insight on what we need to do,” Le said. In regards to attaining a career, students who prepare in advance and have a clear path of what they want to do, should be hopeful, said Jim Case, director of the Career Center. “The first thing they have to do is they have to have some clear sense of what they want to do ... the location they want to work in, the job function they want and the industry that they are interested in,” Case said. He said that employers want a candidate that has a clear course of what they want to do and in what field, because although it’s OK to be flexible, employers don’t want a prospective employee to be without direction, looking for whatever they can get.

He added that it’s critical wherever possible to have a face-to-face connection with an employer. Case said that it is absolutely critical that students begin their job search early. He suggested that students start at least five months before they graduate and dedicate about five hours a week to the process. Electronic tools, such as LinkedIn, should definitely be utilized as well, but not the only option. Case said often times students passively look for jobs through career postings, which limits their opportunities. Students should be networking with people who work in their desired career field and alumnis. When looking for someone to network with, one should establish a rapport by reaching out to that person and expressing interest in the person’s career. He suggested that students do this by first having an online discussion about their career of interest and asking for advice about how to pursue a similar career. Doing this builds a sense of commonality and credibility, which is likely to shift to a face-to-face discussion. In regards to other electronic tools, Case said students shouldn’t put any information on their Facebook page that they wouldn’t want an employer to see, because students may be passed up for jobs if employers don’t like what they see on their Facebook pages. Case advises to also apply privacy settings to Facebook accounts. Case said that he also graduated in a recession, but made a contact when he was in school with a guest speaker who referred him to his first employer. Although he needed to be qualified for the job, the guest speaker was instrumental in connecting him with the job opportunity by giving him a good reference. It is definitely beneficial for students to utilize the Career Center to aid in finding a job. There are a variety of programs and workshops available that teach students how to write resumes, interview and prepare for seeking employment.



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Campus open for summer

FUTURE: Starting the job hunt



“I always looked up to him as being a more of educated person, I was just following … but making it my own still,” Jimmy said. Wanting to compete with his brother, he decided to do better in school. Johnny Huynh, 22, a student at UC Riverside and Jimmy’s older brother said their competitiveness has always existed and fueled good things for them. “Our tough-love and competitive relationship has really driven us to achieve our goals and also learn from each other,” Johnny said. Jimmy took extra steps during his remaining time in high school to qualify for college. “I tried harder, I worked harder and I retook the classes that I failed,” Jimmy said. Jimmy said this different attitude helped him and as he began taking classes at Cal State Fullerton, he decided to change. “This is a new start, this a fresh beginning for me, it’s pretty much my time to shine.” Jimmy remembers telling himself. Jimmy made a 360-degree transformation, since he is now graduating from Cal State Fullerton cum laude and in three years. Johnny also noticed Jimmy’s accomplishments and change. “When he got into college … he took it seriously, to overall accomplish his goals,” he said. When it came to choosing his career, Jimmy always knew he was drawn to a certain career. Ever since he was younger Jimmy admired the job of a banker, he remembered going with his parents to the bank and desiring that career.


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Jimmy Huynh, a business administration major who will be graduating this May, poses in front of Mihaylo Hall.

Yet Jimmy knew he had to start somewhere so he began working at Burger King as a cashier and after three months there he felt comfortable, so he decided to expand and applied at Sears. At Sears, Jimmy became a cashier and once again exceeded all his expected duties. During the holidays when there was a push to sell credit cards Jimmy said he impressed his bosses. Naturally, Jimmy felt that the next step because of his familiarity with credit cards system was working for Disney Visa Reward Cards which was affiliated with J.P. Morgan and Chase. In his time working with Disney, Jimmy would stand in Downtown Disney being the brand ambassador. Jimmy helped promote the Visa credit card and assisted guests while they signed up for it. Jimmy received recognition and awards for his work with Disney and was successful there. Jimmy worked there while he was still attending the university at CSUF. “He’s a very hard worker, going to school and working at the same time, is definitely hard, I couldn’t do that,” said Johnny, who is also graduating this year from UC Riverside with a bachelor’s degree in science.


With his continual achievements in his previous jobs, Jimmy decided to go for his goal and dream job. Jimmy decided to look for the job in the field he had always wanted and began looking in to financial institutions. Jimmy said he saw a lot of positions for teller and since that was one of the jobs that he wanted to be when he was a young child. He applied for a job as a teller. Bank of America was one of the places which Jimmy applied to, and he got the job. He has currently worked at Bank of America for almost two years. “I told my manager, ‘Hey, look, I’m successful at this role I want to expand. I want to be in the actual true job that I always wanted to be was as a personal banker,’” said Jimmy. At that point, Jimmy applied for the job, was interviewed, passed the assessment test. And accepted the job of a personal banker after he graduates CSUF. Amado Perez, 28, one of Jimmy’s co-workers at Bank of America said he is happy for his promotion. “(Jimmy’s) always friendly, always smiling ... there’s no one at the office that has anything bad to say about Jimmy if anything we all look up to

Jimmy just for his friendliness, his character and his overall work ethic,” Perez said. Jimmy credits CSUF in helping him land the job that he has as a teller currently at Bank of America. He encourages others to give back to their community. “I recommend everyone to always contribute back to the community while you’re working, that’s one of the true passions that I’ve had, I think I’ve have and that’s one of the things that really helped me become the person I am,” Jimmy said. With the spirit and passion that landed him his dream job as a personal banker, Jimmy is once again looking ahead to bigger things. As Jimmy works for Bank of America as a personal banker, he will pursue his M.B.A. at UC San Diego. Although he reached his dream goal Jimmy said he now hopes to go further and work for the finance department in corporate for Bank of America. This is the attitude Jimmy wants to have in order to impact others. “Even though I may not tell him often, I really admire Jimmy’s mentality in life,” Johnny said. “When I look at Jimmy, I see a good man with a bright future ahead.”

Summer vacation is coming up fast. Finals are this week and graduation is right around the corner. Many students are breathing a sigh of relief now that homework, exams and quizzes will be finished. Freedom at last, but not for everyone. When everything slows down for students and professors, there are still others on campus who do not have the luxury of having a two-month break during the summer. Many areas of Cal State Fullerton remain open while most Titans are enjoying the extra sleep and the sunlight. The students’ minds may calm, but that does not mean the campus will become a ghost town. According to Associated Students Inc., many campus dining locations and the Titan Student Union will stay open for the summer. Some of these locations include Titan Bowl and Billiards, the food and dining area in the TSU, Starbucks in Mihaylo Hall and Nutwood Cafe. Carol McDoniel, associate director of the TSU, said although many students and professors will have the summer to play and rest, she will continue working on campus. “We work year round because our budget functions year round,” McDoniel said. “There are necessary things that happen in the summer that have to happen in the summer. We can’t just shut down for two months.” McDoniel said these necessary things include the “behind-the-scenes” work around campus like taking inventory and auditing. Since there are two summer school sessions there is not a lot of time to prepare for the fall, McDoniel said. By early August it is already time to get things in order for the new semester. She said many campus facilities also operate in the summer to accommodate summer school students. She added that there are still events on campus like the New Student Ori-

entation, which require certain areas on campus to remain open. The Student Recreation Center is also one of the places that will be open for use during the summer months, said McDoniel. She said even though students can use its services during the school year without paying, in the summer students will have to pay a fee to use the services the SRC offers. This is only if the student is not enrolled in summer classes. The SRC is paid for with student fees. Students who are not attending school in the summer, will have to pay $50 for the season because they are not paying student fees. McDoniel added that the price is the same for students who are enrolled but they pay earlier on after they register for their summer classes. The cost is included in their student fee upon enrollment. Carly Jones, a senior communicative disorders major, said she decided to continue working at the SRC through the summer to make extra cash. She is responsible for the front desk and is often seen folding towels. The summer months at the SRC tend to be slow, Jones said. Jones said she is planning on working until her big move to Oregon for graduate school in the fall. Even though she will be working, she hopes to learn to play the harmonica over the summer. She said she also wants to skateboard and buy a drum. Eric Alcantara, a sophomore kinesiology major, said he is also going to continue working at the SRC during the break. He said his motivation to stay for the summer includes making money, staying close to campus and being closer to his friends. Aside from his responsibilities at work, Alcantara plans to stay involved with his fraternity over the summer. He said that his employers work around his schedule, which makes it possible to still enjoy summer.





Summer fashion essentials

Lazy hot summer days call for one thing: More skin and less clothing

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As students bid a farewell to study guides, pop quizzes and all-nighters, they say hello to road trips, sunsoaked activities and, more importantly, less clothing. Summer invites midriffs, opentoe sandals and of course the iconic short-shorts. For whatever spontaneous summer adventure that may come your way, here are summer fashion essentials to fully prepare you for any occasion.

Crop top

Breezy maxi dress

Save these for those lazy hot summer days when slipping on a pair of jeans and T-shirt requires too much effort. Go for light-colors or floral prints for a laid back ‘70s vibe. Stores such as Free People and Anthropologie are notorious for carrying these styles. It’s all in the details for this trend. Don’t settle for a simple cotton ruched strapless maxi, spice it up. Look for chiffon or rayon material dresses with fringe, belled-sleeves or accented collars.

Wide-brim hat

Like sunglasses, hats are more than just an accessory. They provide your face with shade from harsh sun


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Crop tops have come a long way since their do-it-yourself days. Fashion bloggers and YouTube personalities would take a regular vintage tee, cut off the sleeves and cut across the midriff portion. Although it was a trend that was suppose to stay in the ‘90s, the popularity of high waist bottoms and crop tops are a perfect union. This coupling hints the tiniest amount of skin. Crop tops now come in a variety of styles such as bustiers, turtleneck, sleeveless mock tees, long sleeves and graphic vintage tanks.

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Illustration by BLANCA NAVARRO / Daily Titan rays that can damage your skin. While you may have become attached to beanies to keep you cozy during winter, it’s time to part ways and make room for a warm-weather accessory. Go for a straw floppy hat to achieve a cute, feminine summer look. Wide brimmed fedoras and panama hats will complete an outdoorsy, urban look. Brixton hats are known for taking this timeless style and modernizing it, while staying true to its traditional routes.

Lace bralettes

Sorry mom and dad, but bras are no longer just an undergarment. They’ve become risque accents in women’s summer wardrobes. But you can’t just wear any bra. Wired bras are absolutely off limits and bandeaus are becoming played out. However, delicate pastel-colored lace bralettes are accepted. Wear a sleeveless cut-off band tank that reveals the side. These feminine bralettes will tone down the grungy look with the feminine material and innocent color.

Circular sunnies

Last summer brought us cat-eye


sunglasses. This retro accessory had girls obsessing over Kourtney Kardashian’s Tom Ford “Nikita” eyewear. This summer invites round sunglasses, you can thank John Lennon for this one. If you’re an avid follower of fashion magazines and style blogs, then you already know that this trend has been around for awhile now. If you’re new to the trend, start off with thin metal-framed or thickplastic framed sunnies. You’ll soon find out that these can instantly turn the drabbest outfit chic and fashion-forward. Want to turn it up a notch? Steampunk flip-up shades will make you stand out. This accessory pairs perfectly with vintage baroque style prints, creating the ultimate cyberpunk look.

Summery sandals

Whether you’re chilling poolside, touring a foreign country or taking a brisk walk on the pier, the perfect “go anywhere” sandal is essential. While designer trends may not be the most comfortable things to slip on, keep in mind that summer garments should not restrain you from having a good time. Gladiator sandals, T-straps and

lace-up sandals help keep your feet in place. These sandals come in various heights, from flat, kitten heels to platforms. But don’t just buy any sandal, make sure to consider its uniqueness. Analyze its details, from the style, fabric, heel and its embellishments.

Overall shorts

Put a new spin on the classic summer short-shorts. Rekindle a past flame during your lunch box, swing set and sandbox days. Overalls aren’t just for kids. Celebrities like Rihanna, Mischa Barton and Nicole Richie have sported this kid-friendly trend. Try loose denim overall shorts and pair it with a fitted white tank. Wear floral-printed overalls and balance it out with a black crop top and black leather boots for a rebellious look. However, unlike typical mini shorts that come in many varieties at pretty much every women’s retail store, overalls can be a difficult find. Stores such as Bloomingdales, Gap and TopShop carry a decent selection of overall shorts. Online retailers such as Threadsence, Delia’s and NastyGal also sell a variety of this trend.

The definition of hootenanny is “a social gathering or informal concert featuring folk singing and, sometimes, dancing.” There is no better way to describe the one-day event that takes over Oak Canyon Ranch every early July. Although now it is definitely a little more formal in the way of it’s planning and preparation, the laid back outdoor festival offers live music, pin-up pageants and classic cars. Hootenanny began its run in 1995, and since then has only gained momentum. There are several stages with bands performing all day, a dusty field with hot-rods and classic cars perched across the grass, vendors, food, a pin-up pageant and, of course, beer. “Hoot” will take place Saturday, July 6. The event will feature performances by Dave Hause, Vinnie and the Hooligans, Face to Face, Gambler’s Mark, Old 97’s and Orange County music legend, Social Distortion, among others. Those who wish to attend should be aware of one thing; the remote canyon location does not lend itself to our technological needs. It is likely that there will be absolutely no cell service. So be sure to plan ahead on where and when you want to meet friends. For more information on tickets, bands or the event, visit

Orange International Street Fair If the rock-n-roll type events are not quite up your alley, then the non-profit family friendly event may be the thing for you. The Orange Street Fair is in its 41st year and dedicates itself to arts, entertainment, food and beverages from around the world. There will also be crafts and vendors that may have a stronger appeal to the younger attendees. The three-day fundraising event will be held over Labor Day weekend, beginning Friday, Aug. 30

through Sunday, Sept. 1. Every penny that fair-goers spend will go towards non-profit charities that help the city of Orange and its surrounding communities. For more information on the Orange Street Fair, its international cuisines or entertainment visit

Orange County Fair The Orange County Fair is a staple in summer tradition for Orange County. Although a mainstream attraction for younger crowds, groups and even families, the fair still offers a fun and different way to spend a summer’s day. With rickety thrill rides, deepfried anything you can imagine and amusements that range from hypnotism to live music, the fair literally has something to offer everyone.

Some of the live performances scheduled for this summer include The Go-Go’s, The B-52s, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, ZZ Top, Styx and Weezer. The Fair opens its gates for business on July 12 and closes down for the season on Aug. 11, with blackout days on Monday and Tuesday. For ticket prices, entertainment schedules or other information, visit Whether you’re looking for a fun family atmosphere or something more alternative and rock-nroll in its setting, there’s plenty to do in the local area without having to leave the state for Vegas or other party destinations.



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The time of complete bliss and celebration is almost near. By the end of this week, students at Cal State Fullerton will have finished another semester and be readying themselves to embark on a much highly anticipated season: summer break. Students will unload by selling back textbooks and in return getting some spare cash. The question is fresh in the air with solid freedom standing only one week away. Whether students spent class time studying or developing social skills, everyone has plans lined up for the hot summer days. “I’m looking forward to going home and hopefully getting a job,” said Kaylee Truenow, a freshman theatre major. “I’m trying to get a job as a waitress.” Just like any college student, Truenow is happy to receive hard-earned cash from any places willing to hire her, so she doesn’t have any particular preferences on where to work so long as it’s close to home. The most difficult part of her job was going through her first process of voice jury, a process or critiquing that all theatre majors have to go through. Katie Blashford, a freshman

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business major, also was thrilled to go back to her hometown. “I live in Northern California, so I haven’t seen my family since spring break, and also see my dog,” Blashford said. Blashford admitted that the hardest class this semester was business calculus. “I can’t really explain, it’s just … I’m not good at math, it’s terrible,” Blashford added. Blashford doesn’t have a particular final she’s dreading, but has plenty of studying to do for each class.

“I’m looking forward to going home and hopefully getting a job.” KAYLEE TRUENOW Theatre major

Jasmine Aglugub, a freshman psychology major, is also looking forward to spend time away from school to hang out with friends. “We go up to the mountains and hike,” Aglugub said.


The hardest part of the semester for Aglugub was studying. “I don’t really study,” Aglugub laughed. In truth, she’s not alone on that one. Alex Lao, an undeclared freshman, sounded motivated when he had summer classes to look forward to. “Right now, I’m taking general education,” Lao said. “I’ll probably … maybe try out for accounting.” Lao was fortunate to have already taken his most dreaded biology final last week. David Chavez, a freshman biochemistry major, is looking forward to make new memories over the summer. “Concerts, relaxing, my dog, my really big bed and seeing people again,” Chavez said. Chavez hopes to see posthardcore band Pierce the Veil live during the summer. “There’s a few (bands) my cousin is into, so I don’t know their names, they’re a hipsterindie thing … it’s an all-outdoor,” Chavez said. No matter where students are planning to spend the summer, whether it’s at home or in the city, all students can relate to one thing: it will have been a hard-earned summer break after a full week of final exams.





MAY 20, 2013 MONDAY

Lopez leads Titans to win with walk-off in game two JUSTIN PATUANO For the Daily Titan


Freshman pittcher Thomas Eshelman goes to catch the pop-up against the Anteaters of UC Irvine in game one.

Titans come from behind in game one In a nationally-televised game, CSUF welcomed UC Irvine to Goodwin Field CHRIS KONTE Daily Titan

Through six innings, Cal State Fullerton’s offense was as dead as a doornail. UC Irvine starting pitcher Andrew Thurman carried a 2-0 lead and a no-hitter into the bottom of the seventh, but the Titans rallied for five runs in the inning to come from behind for a dramatic 5-2 victory over their conference and county rivals Friday night at Goodwin Field in front of a national ESPN audience. Thurman (5-4), who last year took a perfect game into the ninth inning against CSUF and also pitched a no-hitter against Long Beach State, ran out of gas after 120 pitches. Titan center fielder Michael Lorenzen led off the seventh by taking advantage of a hanging changeup, smacking it up the middle to break up Thurman’s no-hit bid with a leadoff single. After a fielder’s choice, catcher Chad Wallach put CSUF (45-8, 20-14Big West) on the board with a ringing RBI double to rightcenter field. With two runners on base and two outs, shortstop Richy Pedroza flared a game-tying single into shallow right field. Thurman was then removed for reliever Mitch Merten. First baseman Carlos Lopez came to the plate with an opportunity to give CSUF the lead. With runners on the corners and still two out, Lopez fouled off nine consecutive two-strike pitches before he laced the 14th pitch of the at bat between the first and

“He’s (Eshelman) definitely not a freshman anymore, his feet are plenty wet. ” RICK VANDERHOOK Head Coach second basemen to drive in the go-ahead run. “At a certain point I lost count, I mean, I knew it (the pitch count) was high, but I didn’t know how high it was,” Lopez said. “I just kept trying to battle, I mean, I knew they could throw any pitch—honestly they’re known for that. So pretty much.’ “ I was just trying to see the ball and hit the ball, and I got a fastball inside and stayed inside it,” Lopez said. “That was a real clutch at bat,” said CSUF starting pitcher Thomas Eshelman (10-2). “I was shocked by what he did. I’ve been on the other side of that, and it’s frustrating as a pitcher. I’m glad he was on our side doing that.” Designated hitter J.D. Davis then padded the lead with a bases loaded, two-run single into leftcenter field on a full count, bringing the score to 5-2. “It’s contagious,” said Vanderhook of his team’s seventh inning rally. “Just like their inning was contagious, ours was just a little more contagious.” Eshelman returned for the eighth inning after working the first seven effectively, but was relieved after a leadoff single. Lefthander Tyler Peitzmeier recorded the first out of the frame before Lorenzen pitched 1.2 scoreless innings for a five-out save, his 17th


of the season. Eshelman and Thurman traded zeroes until the top of the sixth when the Anteaters (31-20, 13-11 Big West) broke through for a pair of two-out runs. Irvine first baseman Connor Spencer blooped an RBI double into shallow left field that bounded off tumbling left fielder Anthony Hutting and kicked into foul territory, allowing center fielder Dominique Taylor to score all the way from first base. Third baseman Taylor Sparks followed with a rocket to CSUF third baseman Matt Chapman that took a wicked hop and ended up in left field, scoring Spencer from second. For Eshelman, it was his last regular season home start of his freshman season. If the Titans advance to the super-regional playoffs, he could pitch at Goodwin Field once more. “He’s definitely not a freshman anymore, his feet are plenty wet,” Vanderhook said. “He’s been in the spotlight more than once. Pitching on ESPN tonight, I thought he did what he’s done since the very first time he pitched.” “Every Friday we’re excited to have him out there,” Lopez said. “He’s really quick, fast-paced, and it’s easy to play defense behind him. And all we gotta do is score a few runs because he usually holds the other team to one or two.”

In a tie game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, senior first baseman Carlos Lopez dug into the batter’s box with the game, series and a fourth straight Big West title on the line. The stage was set as Lopez drove a no-doubt home run over the right field wall, his third of the season. His heroics gave the Titans (44-8, 19-4 Big West) a 3-2 victory over UC Irvine (31-19 13-10 Big West) that clinched the conference. The ball soared high above the right field wall and bounced off the netting. The home crowd rose to their feet and cheered as Lopez trotted around the bases. Upon reaching home plate, he was met by his excited teammates. The victory did not come as easy as the Titans would have liked, as the Anteaters battled back to tie the game in the ninth inning. Michael Lorenzen came in from center field to pitch the ninth, hoping to protect a 2-0 lead and close the game out for the Titans for the second day in a row. He retired the first two batters quickly, but three hits and one error later, UC Irvine was trailing by only one run. With two men on base, UC Irvine’s Grant Palmer swung at a pitch in the dirt for strike three, but it got away from catcher Chad Wallach and the runner from third scored, tying the game at two. The last out was finally recorded on a groundout to the second baseman Matt Orloff. Justin Garza, who came into the game with an 11-0 record and a 2.12 ERA, started for the Titans and threw exceptionally. The Titans’ bats came alive in the home half of the third when Michael Lorenzen drove in Matt Chapman and Carlos Lopez. Having some run support, Garza went back out to the mound in the fourth but encountered some trouble. After a walk to designated hitter Jerry McClanahan, the bases were loaded for left fielder Jeff Stephens. Garza got Stephens to ground out to shortstop Richy Pedroza to escape the inning without giving up a run. He was later struck in his leg in the seventh inning by a screaming line drive, but remained in the game. He was relieved of his duties pitching 7.2 innings, giving up five hits and no runs while striking out four. Only a three-game series remains for the 2013 Big West champs, and it will take place this weekend at Cal State Northridge beginning Thursday. For more information, visit

ROBERT HUSKEY / Daily Titan TOP: Titan baseball welcomes Carlos Lopez as he hit his second walkoff home run in less than a day for Cal State Fullerton. MIDDLE: Sophomore infielder Matt Chapman (19) crosses home plate as his teammate Carlos Lopez (17) congratulates him. BOTTOM: Infielder Matt Chapman fields a ground ball against UC Irvine.



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Athletic revenue and attendance on the decline Athletics has experienced both a growths and slumps in the past five years CODY LEONG Daily Titan

Whether on the field, hardwood or ice, there are differences and similarities that are important to each game. Of all the commonalities that these sports have, there is one similarity that they all view as an important advantage—playing at home. Being the home team has tremendous value to each sport. Not only does a team have an advantage during the game, but also the host has the opportunity to expand its revenue. Usually attendance and revenue correlate with how the team is doing, but the recent recession shows that this is not always the case. Since the 2007-2008 season, revenue has decreased for every sport. Cal State Fullerton baseball has seen revenue reduce from $77,300 in 2008-2009 season to $48,270 last season. Even though the team has played superbly in recent years, the recession has kept sales down as fans have been buying less and less. Earnings have decreased, but alumni continue to buy merchandise. Darien Fehn, 18, a business major and saleswoman of merchandising, said that alumni help support the sports programs. Fehn said that alumni usually turn up at baseball games, so they like to sport their baseball jerseys. What helps boost merchandise sales for baseball is the trailer that the book store sends to every home game. Fehn said that baseball jerseys are the biggest seller when it comes to merchandise purchases due to the popularity of the sport

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at this university. While the trailer creates plenty of revenue, it is not at all home games for the other sports, said Fehn. The trailer only appears at sport events such as basketball when it is a big game. As earnings have seen a steady decline for baseball, its attendance has also followed. Though the team continues to play better, their audience continues to dwindle. The average attendance at games in ‘07 was 1,935, while last year it declined to 1,086. Jennifer Rudy, the athletics tickets and marketing manager said the decline in attendance is due to the decrease in home games from past years. While attendance at baseball games has steadily decreased, it is not noticeable to the athletes that play the game. Anthony Hutting, a senior on the baseball team, said that it feels like there is always great fan support at games.

“We’ve always had great fan support since I’ve been here. ” ANTHONY HUTTING Titan Outfielder

“We’ve always had great fan support since I’ve been here,” Hutting said. “I know Goodwin Field has been near the top of the attendance on the West Coast every year. Titan fans have been great since my freshman year.” The senior also said that the team would love to have more fan




The CSUF women’s softball team interacts with fans in-between a doubleheader at Anderon Family Field.

support, but that the support for the team has been there. He also believes that as the team does better, attendance follows. “I think the more games we win and the better season we are having, the more people want to come out and watch us play,” Hutting said. While it’s not only baseball that has seen decreases in attendance and revenue, there are other sports that seem to be keeping steady ticket sales. The men’s basketball team has seen the average game attendance stay around 1,000. As the attendance has stayed the same, their revenue has dropped by $9,000, despite the increase in earnings that were seen last season. It was

a bounce back year for the team in sales as they increased their earnings by $3,000. Basketball is not the only team that has done well the past five years; the softball team’s attendance has also improved. Softball has seen their attendance average continually rise since ‘07, when the average attendance was about 473 patrons. The last season they had seen the crowd rise to 514 people. As the average attendance continues to rise for the softball team, so does their revenue. Trends have shown that merchandise and ticket sales continually stayed in the $50,000 range in the past five years and even peaked at $61,849 in the 2009-2010 season.

Rudy states that these increases are due to the tournaments that the CSUF softball team hosts. They hold the three day Easton Invitational, which consists of 10 teams and the five day Judi Garman Classic, which consists of 15 teams. With numerous teams attending these tournaments, their fans come in droves to support their team, which resulted in increased ticket sales. It goes to show that common perceptions about winning and attendance, do not always go hand in hand. For more information on the entire catalogue of CSUF athletic teams and their upcoming schedules, visit

In the top of the eighth inning with two outs and a runner on second base, Anteater designated hitter Jerry McClanahan hit an RBI double into the left-center field gap. After advancing to third base on a passed ball, McClanahan scored from third base on a single right out of the reach of Wiest for the 5-2 lead. Irvine starting pitcher Andrew Morales had the Titans’ number after allowing two runs in the first, retiring 14 batters in a row, and left the game with the 5-2 lead. Morales pitched seven innings, allowing just two runs on two hits while striking out five and walking four. Wiest finished the game with eight innings pitched and five runs allowed (four earned), surrendering eight hits while striking out one and walking one. The Titans cut the lead to one in the bottom of the eighth when Pedroza led off the inning with a double to left field that Stephens was unable to hold on to after crashing into the wall. After a two-out single by Chapman put runners on first and third, Lorenzen came up huge with a frozen rope into right-center field for a two-run triple to cut the lead to 5-4. With the score 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth, second baseman Jake Jeffries hit a line drive up the middle that just missed pitcher Mitch Merten (4-2) to start the inning. After advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt, Pedroza walked to get to Lopez, who came through once more. “It’s funny because I can’t explain it,” Lopez said about being the hero two days in a row. “It’s just one of those things that you feel you’re going to wake up tomorrow and be like, ‘that had to be a dream.”


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