Volume 94, Issue 37
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2013
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Council delays vote on faculty housing deal Professors decry tactics of CSUF housing authority MATTHEW MEDINA Daily Titan
Several Cal State Fullerton professors who reside in University Heights townhouses urged the Fullerton City Council to give more time to a debate on the University Heights Specific Plan during the council’s meeting Tuesday. If the council approves the proposed resolution to amend the plan, CSUF Housing Authority would be authorized to sell its interest in University Heights to a new owner. In a 3-0 vote with two abstentions, the council voted to continue the debate to their Dec. 3 meeting. The University Heights Specific Plan was approved in April 2005, allowing townhouse properties to be built for CSUF staff and faculty. CSUF Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC), which officially owns the property, sent a request to the council to amend the plan earlier this year. Professors cited issues with how the housing authority handled negotia-
tions with them and other homeowners. Mayor Pro Tem Doug Chaffee said, from his understanding, the city council’s approval would be a moot point without the current 15 homeowners and the housing authority agreeing to new terms. All 15 existing homeowners signed an agreement on Sunday, said CSUF Housing Authority and ASC Executive Director Frank Mumford. However, he said those documents made an error regarding the conditions that would allow the current residents to create a homeowners association. As a result, the authority notified the homeowners and sent a revised final offer Tuesday afternoon. “We will provide them additional time to respond, but our offer will not change,” Mumford said. “For that reason, we would ask that you go ahead and make a decision on our proposed amendment tonight. We really don’t have any additional concessions to offer, so further continuance of this item will really not enhance negotiations.” SEE CITY COUNCIL, 3
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Mayor Bruce Whitaker abstained from voting to continue the University Heights public hearing session.
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Men’s basketball Head Coach Dedrique Taylor gives instruction to junior guard Alex Harris during Tuesday’s team practice.
Taylor’s ‘Titan City’ Dedrique Taylor hopes to build a defensive brand of basketball at CSUF ABRAHAM JAUREGUI Daily Titan
Born and raised in the city of Pomona, Cal State Fullerton’s new men’s basketball Head Coach Dedrique Taylor is building a resilient, tough and hardworking program through what he calls ‘Titan City.’ “People can really expect us to come every single game with our hard helmet and our lunch pail, and go to work,” Taylor said. He is the 11th basketball head coach in the program’s 54 seasons. Taylor brings with him a pedigree of success and experience from the Pac-12 Conference where he spent the past seven seasons as an assistant for Arizona State, his last three seasons as associate head coach. The Sun Devils won over 20 games in four of the seven seasons with Taylor on the sidelines. During CSUF’s basketball introductory press conference, Athletic Director Jim Donovan said Taylor gave the selection committee goose bumps during his interview and that Taylor feels a connection to CSUF. “It’s home for me. I grew up 30 minutes from campus. My sister went
to school here, she’s an alumna. My friends and family are alumni from here,” said Taylor, who played pickup basketball in Titan Gym during his past summers trying to improve on his skills. Coming off a disappointing season where the Titans posted an overall record of 14-18 and 6-12 in conference, Taylor brings a fresh, energetic and competitive attitude to a men’s basketball program that lost its final five games last season, including a first round exit against rival Long Beach State in the Big West Conference Tournament. With only two returning starters, six overall from last year, eight new players, including five freshmen and an entirely new coaching staff, Taylor said defense will be the Titans’ unifying glue to success. “We’ve got to be able to defend people in order to have a chance in winning anything this year,” Taylor said. Taylor grew up watching the “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s, who played their up-tempo offense off their lock-down defense. It’s those same characteristics that Taylor will look to implement as he tries to frame together this team. “Our make and mold is hard helmet
and lunch pail mentality, and we’ll build whatever we can, with whatever we got,” said Taylor, who credits his father as influential towards his basketball mantra of toughness and determination. Taylor said he wants to create this identity, not only for his basketball team, but also for CSUF and the supporting community. “I love it. It’s a brand that would fit very well for the Titans,” Donovan said about ‘Titan City,’ and called Taylor an outstanding educator for the Titans. Earning his bachelor’s degree from UC Davis in 1997 and master’s degree in sports administration from the United States Sports Academy in 2000, Taylor stresses education, on and off the court, for a successful basketball program. Both his parents were educators. His mother, an English teacher and his father was a former high school basketball coach. Taylor feels the lessons of basketball transcend beyond the court. “Character is something that is extremely important to me. I’ll never sacrifice character for anything else,” Taylor said at the introductory press conference. SEE NEW COACH, 8
Photogenic vintage corpses displayed under the ‘dark veil’ The Begovich Gallery’s latest art installment depicts tragedy and death in the Victorian era HELENA REED Daily Titan
Step into the haunting, bonechilling experience housed in the Begovich Gallery.
The haunting photographs of the art exhibit titled, Beyond the Dark Veil: Post Mortem and Mourning Photography from The Thanatos Archive, casts a ghostly environment set in the Victorian and early 20th century era. The exhibit displays a compilation of 180 photographs from The Thanatos Archive that document death and mourning.
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The photos are contained in dimly lit glass cases that resemble a coffin. Photos of the dead offer an unusual, eerie feel that is evident throughout the exhibit. The arrangement of photos are accompanied by vintage newspaper articles, clippings, funeral notices, memorial ephemera and more. Curator of Beyond the Dark Veil, Jacqueline Ann Bunge Barg-
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er, described the tone of the exhibit as haunting, beautiful and deeply moving. According to the CSUF arts website, the collection will take viewers on a journey through a fascinating, moving and melancholically beautiful part of human existence. The images in Beyond the Dark Veil speak of love, loss, lives cut short, brave final hours, shattered families
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and the depths of the human spirit. Before entering the exhibition, visitors are given a flashlight and a magnifying glass to view the photos as they walk through the dark, shadowy exhibit. While moving from one group of photos to another, each section is labeled. SEE PHOTOGRAPHY, 5
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Cal State Northridge professor fills vacant faculty trustee seat KAILEY DEMARET Daily Titan
A Cal State Northridge professor attended his first Cal State Board of Trustees meeting as the newly appointed faculty trustee on Tuesday. Steven Stepanek, Ph.D., 62, was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown two weeks ago. The long-time professor currently teaches computer science at CSUN and has served on the school’s faculty senate for almost 20 years. The Board of Trustees in the California State University is made up of 25 members from different universities, some of whom are elected officials. Five of the 25 trustees are what is called ex-officio members, which includes Brown. The year-long nomination process includes multiple levels that prospective candidates participate in. The
chancellor’s office sends out an invite for all of the CSU schools to nominate professors for the faculty trustee position, said Diana Guerin, Cal State Fullerton professor and chair of the Cal State Academic Senate. Diana Guerin was one of the 53 members that voted on which nominee the senate will choose. “He has vast experience with all academic aspects of the university and its functioning, so he will be able to help the trustees understand how their decisions might impact the students and faculty on the campuses,” Guerin said of Stepanek. The Board of Trustees holds six public meetings each year and decide which direction all of the 23 CSU campuses will go. Gaining a spot on the faculty trustee nominating committee is competitive but important, because the committee is tasked with choosing the person who will represent the interest of the faculty, Guerin said.
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the CFA should have the other, instead of the senate having both. “We would like to have a more active role,” Hassan said. Brown’s choice of Stepanek may have been because he is a computer science professor and the governor has pushed for more online classes. The governor did not specifically mention why he appointed Stepanek. Stepanek said the role of technology was a major issue in his conversations with the governor, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Board of Trustees are in charge of campus funds, curricular development, administrative policy and other important operations that the CSU campuses have. The CSU alumni, faculty trustees and student trustees serve two-year terms. Three CSUF professors are currently serving as CSU academic senate members: Diana Guerin, Stephen Stambough and Barry Pasternack.
Faculty making progress with hands-on learning CSUF professors discuss the importance of high-impact learning BRIAN CHESTER Daily Titan
Professors from four different Cal State Fullerton colleges gathered Tuesday to share progress they have made on a plan to entice student engagement in hands-on learning experiences, called high-impact practices. A high-impact practice is an investment in time and energy over an extended period that has positive effects on student engagement in educational behavior, said Anthony Fellow, Ph.D., chair and professor of the College of Communications. The panel delivered their experience and expertise in the investment of highimpact practices, which includes research, town hall forums, studying abroad and field camps. This type of practice is specifically mentioned in CSUF’s five-year strategic plan, a list of four goals that seeks to improve academic and professional success. Goal two of the strategic plan aims to improve student persistence, increase graduation rates university-wide and narrow the achievement gap for underrepresented
“This is the greatest thing I’ve ever done as a professor.” Anthony Fellow
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The nomination committee reviewed applications for the position in January and after going through the applications they invited four finalists to their March meeting. The candidate needs at least a majority vote in the academic senate in order to be recommended to the faculty trustee board. The previous faculty trustee was Bernadett Cheyne, whose term ended in spring of 2013. Cheyne was a candidate for reappointment as the faculty trustee. This year, the Board of Trustees met twice with the faculty trustee seat empty. When the faculty trustee seat is empty it makes it more difficult for the faculty to feel like they have a voice, said Mahamood Hassan, Ph.D., chapter president of the California Faculty Association. The CFA does not have a part in picking the Board of Trustee candidates, but Hassan said that they should. He said the senate should have one candidate to forward and
students. As part of this goal, the university is working to identify, track and integrate curricular and co-curricular high-impact practices to ensure participation in one high-impact practice in the
first year and one subsequent high-impact practice in a student’s major field. Amir Dabirian, vice president of Information Technology, said high-impact practices improve student success. “We want to increase the participation in high-impact practices,” Dabirian said. “And ensure 75 percent of our students at least participate in two high-impact practices.” Dabirian also serves as leader of the president’s task force on high-impact practices. Pamela Fiber-Ostrow, associate professor of political science, is working on practices that focus on civic and student engagement. In her POSC 100 class of about 220 students, FiberOstrow has developed town hall forums. She divides students into smaller groups, giving them the opportunity to research the subject and participate in the making of a town hall event. “When you engage students in one part of the curriculum, they’re likely to be engaged in the rest of the curriculum,” Fiber-Ostrow said. Fiber-Ostrow said she has noticed a high repeat rate for students who are not passing the course. Highimpact practices are aimed to better engage students and ensure they will be able to pass the course. When using high-impact practices, “there was a significant increase in the number of students passing,” Fiber-Ostrow said. Phillip Armstrong, professor and chair of the Department of Geological Sciences, is focusing on geological field camp and undergraduate thesis experience. The geological field camp allows students to spend five weeks of summer in Montana, completing written assignments both individually and in groups. “They get all sort of interactions they need to get for high-impact practice,” Armstrong said. The Department of Geological Science also instructs students in the research and preparation of an under-
graduate thesis, which they use to assess their program. Armstrong said employers want students to have learning experience, to think on their feet in constantly changing environments and the ability to start and finish big projects. “We keep track of our students,” Armstrong said. “When we poll them, they say the most important things they did in their undergraduate career were their thesis … and their field experiences.” Fellow cited his time with the Florence Summer Abroad Program, in which he has been taking CSUF students to Italy for 13 years. In order for Summer Abroad to be successful, Fellow said it is important to plan, prepare and then operationalize. “It takes work,” he said. “You just don’t plan the program and go. I have to talk to maybe 400 students a year.” Fellow said cost is a problem, considering the program costs about $5,000 per student for six weeks. Fortunately, Associated Students Inc. contributes about $30,000 a year to the Summer Abroad Program. Students in these programs learn to get close, and they stay in touch after the program. He said students also learn some of the technology taught in radio-TV-film that they did not know when they started, Fellow said. “This is the greatest thing I’ve ever done as a professor,” he said. In the future, Fellow wants more universities to be part of this program, and to one day make it the state’s No. 1 Florence program. The focus on high-impact practices is grounded in theory and research about how to advance and strengthen liberal arts education for all college students, regardless of their intended careers. In February, a second panel with faculty from four other colleges will meet to discuss additional ideas and strategies on high-impact practices and their application both in and out of the classroom.
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DTBRIEFS Illinois state senate OKs gay marriage SARA HIATT Illinois state senators approved changes to a bill legalizing gay marriage, according to the Washington Post. The state house voted Tuesday in a 61-54 decision. The ruling makes Illinois the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Marriages can start as early as next summer. President Barack Obama applauded the decision and said he is “overjoyed for all the committed couples in Illinois,” in a statement issued by the White House. The bill will go to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who said he plans to sign it.
Chemical weapons still in Syria ZEILA EDRIAL U.S. intelligence hints Syria may still be harboring chemical weapons, despite making official declarations to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), according to CNN. Equipment to make chemical weapons were destroyed at all known production sites. However, the Syrian government may not have accurately declared its chemical weapons stockpile. The suspicions have not yet been confirmed. U.S. intelligence agencies, the Defense Department, the State Department and White House are still investigating the possibility.
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Jessie Peissig, a homeowner at University Heights and professor of psychology, said the housing authority has not negotiated in good faith. “These are not negotiating techniques that you use with people that you are trying to come to a resolution with,” she said. “I really would urge the council to help us be able to come to a good resolution by giving us time to actually read what they give us.” University Heights residents asked the council to continue the public hearing on the resolution, and said they preferred the council would consider the issue even
NEWS later than Dec. 3. “The language there is rife with inconsistencies and differences,” said Marcia Clark, a psychology professor and University Heights resident. “We cannot move forward with documentation which is inaccurate and sloppy, and that’s what we’ve been faced with all this time with those very short deadlines as we’ve described.” Bruce Peotter, an attorney representing University Heights residents, said creating a homeowners association is necessary for his clients to have adequate legal protection if the housing authority sells the property to a new owner. “In the CC&Rs (covenants, conditions and restrictions) themselves, there’s nothing set up to
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cause a homeowners association, when certain events occur, to come into play,” Peotter said. A homeowners association is “there to protect the existing homeowners that are there.” Peissig expressed concern over the possibility that the housing authority may have made other changes to its revised offers. “I don’t know if they snuck anything new in here,” she said. “We just don’t feel like we’re having the opportunity to research things, to carefully weigh the options, to really understand what we’re agreeing to.” Chaffee made a motion to continue the public hearing session about University Heights to Dec. 17.
“I would entertain a longer continuance, if that’s appropriate,” Chaffee said. “The next meeting after the third would be the 17th; maybe we can all have a Christmas present and get this done.” Chaffee’s motion died without a second. The council ultimately chose to continue the hearing on Dec. 3. “Well, it’s not that I do not support your sentiment, Mr. Chaffee,” Councilmember Jan Flory said. “It’s just that I think we need to keep this on the front burner.” After the vote, Mayor Bruce Whitaker wished good luck to all parties involved in their future negotiations and said the council would look forward to seeing them at their next meeting.
Disability becomes ability “The Art of HOPE” exhibit features art made by students with disabilities ROBERT REYES Daily Titan
The Hibbleton Gallery in Fullerton hosted an art exhibit and silent auction on Friday made up entirely of works contributed from students of Hope University, a fine arts program for adults with intellectual disabilities. The exhibit, called The Art of HOPE, was a collaboration between Hope University, the Hibbleton Gallery and Fullerton College’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter. Hope University hosts classes for people with intellectual disabilities ranging from Down to Williams syndrome. The program started in 1979 with “Hi Hopes.” The band, despite their intellectual disabilities, have over 400 songs committed to memory and have performed on television shows like Good Morning America and Inside Edition. Today, the nonprofit organization’s programs include different art forms including instrumental and vocal music, dance, drama and visual arts. “For every disability, there’s an ability, and at our program that’s
what we focus on, is people’s abilities and in particular their artistic talent or leanings,” said Shelley RuggThorp, artistic director at Hope University. As an art instructor and exhibition coordinator at Hope University, Lisa Lo Russo said she tried to show that her students are viable artists, regardless if they have a disability or not. Binders filled with artist biographies were on display at the exhibit. Lo Russo said it helps people realize that there is more to each artwork than what’s on the wall. “For people to understand this work, they need to understand the person that made it and that the disability is just one facet of their personality,” Lo Russo said. The collaboration started out as Phi Theta Kappa chapter’s first “Honors in Action” project, where students research a topic and use what they have learned to serve the community, said Janna Anderson, one of the chapter’s faculty advisors. At the start of the nine month planning process, Phi Theta Kappa was aiming for a smaller project like a campus cleanup campaign. However, honor society member Deja Camacho, whose brother attends Hope University, suggested they work with Hope University. The more Phi Theta Kappa learned about Hope University,
the more enthusiastic they became about getting involved, Anderson said. Some responsibilities students took on involved helping to raise funds for the show, setting up artwork, working the gallery during it’s opening reception and promoting the event. Anderson said the artwork showed that Hope University students were “truly artists,” and that it wasn’t just something for them to do. “They are showcasing a talent here, not the fact that the artists are from (Hope University),” Anderson said.
“For people to understand this work, they need to understand the person that made it and that the disability is just one facet of their personality.” Lisa Lo Russo
Art exhibits and outside performances exposes the student’s artwork to a new audience that isn’t their usual circle of family and friends, RuggThorp said. Hope University receives government funding but also receives money from private donations and grants. “It’s a lot to wish for that maybe someday selling art could help build our program financially, but it is possible,” RuggThorp said. Brandon Floerke, an advisor for Phi Theta Kappa and a fellow English professor approached Hibbleton Gallery founder Jesse La Tour with the idea to host a show. After hearing their pitch, La Tour let them use the gallery for free. “I have a venue and I like allowing these nonprofits to use art as a way to engage people in what they do,” La Tour said. The Magoski Art Colony has hosted a number of shows raising funds and awareness for different social issues and next year is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This is Hope University’s first year doing art exhibitions and this is their second art show this year. Eventually they would like to be able to have quarterly shows. The show’s closing reception will be on Nov. 23.
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Helicopter passenger jumps, dies ZEILA EDRIAL A 60-year-old man died Tuesday in an apparent suicide when he jumped out of a helicopter as it flew over the ocean off Newport Beach, according to the Orange County Register. The helicopter was privately rented and the man who jumped was the only passenger. The pilot alerted authorities after the unidentified man fell from about 500 feet into the ocean. Newport Beach lifeguards and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department harbor patrol pulled the man out of the water and performed CPR. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
India sends spacecraft to Mars SAMUEL MOUNTJOY The Indian space agency launched a mission to Mars on Tuesday that will reach the red planet in 2014, according to the BBC. India joins the ranks of the U.S., Russia and Europe to become one of the only nations to launch a mission to Mars. The Mars Orbiter Mission will travel for 300 days on a 485 million-mile journey to the fourth planet from the sun to, among other things, search for methane. Relatively cheap, the cost of the mission was around $72 million, yet it still drew criticism that a developing country spent such a high amount on a space mission.
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SARA HIATT An Irvine man was charged Tuesday after f leeing the scene of an accident that led to the death of his girlfriend, according to the Orange County District Attorney. Francisco Javier Montano, 21, is charged with felony counts of hit and run with permanent injury or death, child abuse and endangerment, and one misdemeanor count of driving without a valid license. Montano was driving in Santa Ana on Halloween night when his girlfriend, Gloria Sanchez, 21, fell out of the car with her 13-month-old daughter, who is in stable condition. Montano is being held on $200,000 bail.
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A Fullerton man led police on a chase from Hawaiian Gardens to Fullerton on Tuesday, according to the Orange County Register. David Morales, 25, was spotted driving a 2000 Nissan Altima on the wrong side of the road a with a f lat tire around 1:50 a.m. Morales started a 10-minute car chase after a deputy tried to pull him over. The pursuit ended when his car broke down. He is being held in the Los Angeles County Jail on suspicion of felony evading and driving under the inf luence.
The Hibbleston Gallery presents The Art of Hope, offering artwork for silent auctions to support students with intellectual disabilities.
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California should enact campaign finance reform Candidates and ballot initiatives should receive equal funding MATTHEW HADDIX Daily Titan
Corporate power and inf luence has blossomed over the past 20 years, due largely in part to their ability to persuade the government to see things their way. This allows corporations to circumvent what is best for the American people and in many cases, exploit Americans. The primary tool corporations use to levy support from the government is through extensive lobbying, and there have been studies to show the benefits companies can receive for investing in lobbyists. In a study by Raquel Alexander and Susan Scholz, researchers compared the money corporations spent on lobbying to achieve the passage of The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 with the money corporations saved in taxes after the law was passed. The law reduced the tax on profits made by U.S. companies overseas from 35 percent
to slightly above 5 percent. Of the money spent on lobbying the government, corporations saw a 22,000 percent return. The corporate lobbying arena is no stranger to absurdities such as these, but there lacks a surprising body of evidence as to the influence of campaign contributions. There has been little prosecution or even will to investigate if donors are abusing the already flaccid laws regarding campaign finance. That is why it came as a surprise to many when California leveled fines at several political committees who siphoned money into initiative campaigns in 2012. The investigation prior to the fines show a partial list of donors who funneled money into political action committees (PAC) in Virginia, which transferred the money to an Arizona PAC, who then funneled the money to a PAC in California, in order to keep the identity of the donors safe, fearing union retribution. This allowed business leaders to spend a significant amount of money to combat the power of unions without explicitly picking a fight with them, essentially giving
unions no avenue of recompense. The last time corporations had such freedom to exercise their will upon their employees was during the Gilded Age, an era rife with corporate maleficence and grueling work hours. Studies that compared an elected official’s voting record with the goals of major campaign donors found little correlation between the two, as most elected officials voted along party lines. A new study by Lynda Powell looked at other legislative actions at the state level, such as earmarking bills or keeping bills off the f loor. Powell found corporate campaign donations to be more influential on elected officials who were higher paid, worked in larger legislatures, and had more incentive to move upward in the government. It is time for Americans to regain the ears of the officials they elect. It is not corporations who elect our representatives, it is the American people. Elected officials are more concerned about getting reelected than truly doing the
right thing for their constituents, and when corporations make up the vast majority of their campaign contributions, they have little reason to give heed to their constituent’s needs. Campaign finance reform is the first step Americans can take in order ensure politicians prioritize citizens over corporations. Imagine if politicians received all their funding from public funding rather than through private sources. In order to lessen the burden upon the taxpayer, the campaign cycle could be reduced to a twomonth period, with radio, TV and print companies capable of writing off political media with taxes over the course of the two months. Furthermore, anyone, including corporations, could donate to a state general election fund, which would be split evenly amongst candidates running for office at the state level. By giving candidates even representation in their campaigns, we hold them to their words and not the number of times we see their face appear on television.
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Saudi women put the pedal to the metal Women should be allowed to drive, vote and run for office IAN O’BRIEN
In Saudi Arabia, it is illegal for women to receive a driver’s license, but there is no specific law restricting women from driving. This makes it impossible for women to drive legally since they have frequently been arrested or fired from their jobs for driving without a license. Some people may say differences in religious beliefs should be respected, but using cultural differences to justify mistreatment is a cop out. The argument holds even less weight when considering that women are driving and voting in other conservative Muslim and Arab countries. While Saudi Arabia has recently made an effort to end abuse against women, their inability to drive underscores the oppression they continue to live in. Saudi Arabia’s blanket ban on giving driver’s licenses to women does not take into account the challenges it may pose to maintaining the health and safety of its more highly revered citizens. According to the Washington Times, a Kuwaiti woman was arrested in Saudi Arabia for driving her sick father to the hospital. Though some may view her actions as admirable for responding promptly to her father’s urgent need for medical attention, the state vilified her for violating an outdated and discriminatory
“It was, at best, an attempt to expose an unequal distribution of privileges that are not given to an individual at birth.”
ordinance. Recently, women in Saudi Arabia challenged these laws by filming themselves driving, ignoring the warnings. The bravery and strength of these women is even more evident when considering that protesting is illegal in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia views protests as a challenge to its authority, but these women claimed that this was not a political protest since there were no gatherings or rallies. It was, at best, an attempt to expose an unequal distribution of privileges that are not given to an individual at birth. Though the picture may appear bleak, progress is gradually being made on advancing women’s issues. In August, the Council of Ministers approved legislation outlawing domestic abuse, according to the British Foreign Office. However, it remains to be seen whether this will advance the cause of gender equality. Not allowing women to drive may seem outright offensive, but the law is just one of many measures that are oppressing women in Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah announced in 2011 that women would be allowed to vote and run for office in municipal elections, but that decision has not yet materialized, and no explanation has been given for its delay. With such an abysmal record on human rights, one has to wonder why the United States maintains such cordial relations with Saudi Arabia. Capitalism and strategery are compelling reasons, but there are only so many times we can come down on the wrong side of history. Aaron Sorkin made good use of this point when he compared United States arms sales to the fictional nation, Qumar, with selling arms to South Africa during apartheid in an episode of the West Wing. Apartheid was universally recognized as wrong, and sanctions were passed against the South African government, but the oppression of women remains oddly subjective in the 21st century.
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The sections include crime/murder/ tragedy, pets, ephemera and mourning and children and family. Many of the pieces show corpses photographed in different ways, some with eyes shut and others with eyes wide open. Visitors can also look through stereo viewers, which add a 3-D effect while viewing the photographs. Midway through the exhibit, a free DVD slideshow is available that consists of photographs with a selection of daguerreotypes, old types of photos that were made from a piece of silver or copper, from different sections of the exhibition. The rest of the sections include photos of dead pets, adults, children and people in mourning. The objects in the exhibition are property of the The Thanatos Archive, which
is owned and operated by Jack Mord, a collector of rare vintage photography. The Thanatos Archive, located in Woodinville, Wash., contains an extensive collection of early post-mortem, me-
“I think it’s an interesting window into a part of American and international history ... ” Martha Rocha Museum Student
morial and mourning photographs dating as far back as the 1840s. “I actually went up to pick up the collection,” said Martha Rocha, who is in the
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graduate program for museum students. “I went to the collector’s house in Seattle and put in the collection and packaged it away.” Rocha, along with a couple of other graduate students, were able to assist visitors as they walked through the gallery. “I think it’s an interesting window into a part of American and international history as far as photography and how people use to remember their loved ones,” Rocha said. “I think that when walking in, there isn’t a real understanding of what post-mortem photography really is and the quality, interest and care that people would take into their deceased loved ones. I think it’s really beautiful and mysterious in a way.” Barger said her biggest desire was for people to be aware that these photos and objects exist. Beyond the Dark Veil: Post Mortem and Mourning Photography runs from Nov. 2 to Dec. 12.
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Marie, a psychic, traveled to Louisiana to write non-fiction stories.
Future told in New Orleans CSUF student receives tarot card reading that surprises her expectations ADREANA YOUNG Daily Titan
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Left: At only $2.75, the quarter-pound cheeseburger is a quality burger. Right: The chili cheese fries taste better than they look.
Move over Bob, George is in town ETHAN HAWKES Daily Titan
There is a saying that’s thrown around a lot in the culinary world: You eat with your eyes first. Deep dish pizza is the exception. It’s not only one of the best tasting meals known to man, but also the least visually appealing. George’s Hamburgers is not a pretty sight. In fact, the chili cheese fries looked like food served in those horrible school cafeterias you see in movies. But the tasty and low-cost stop still draws an appeal to local foodies. I first heard about George’s Hamburgers from a young man who may have been stumbling with hallucinogenics in his system. He would simply not stop talking about this place located past downtown Fullerton on Commonwealth Avenue. Of course, as a fan of stoner-friendly Del Taco, I had to check this place out. What can I say? I’m a fan of rockbottom prices and palatable food. George’s Hamburgers resembled the shack where
Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad performed nefarious drug deals. It was a hole in the wall, but I remained hopeful as some of the best food comes from the smallest restaurants. The menu is built around breakfast and lunch, offering a wide and odd menu selection. After ordering, the food was immediately made on the spot in plain view. I could understand my long, tangled-haired classmate’s recommendation after seeing the prices. After ordering four different items, the total came out to be $12, which isn’t bad for the quantity of food, regardless of how it tastes. Fortunately, low prices doesn’t always mean skimping on taste. After waiting about 10 minutes, I was treated to a juicy and hearty quarterpound burger complete with all the fixings. What made this burger stand out was the warm, foamy bun and the gracious amount of toppings. The rest of the components was a standard affair with a dab of thousand island dress-
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ing, all of which creates a solid burger at the affordable price of $2.75. An odd item on the menu that I had to try was the fried burrito. I pictured in my mind a huge chipotle-sized burrito just deep fried in fattening glory. Instead, it turned out to be nothing more than a slightly large taquito. The crispy wrap was tasty, but the inside filling left much to be desired. It felt more like a high quality Jack in the Box taco, if you can picture such a thing. But I shouldn’t have expected too much, it was only $1.45. As expected, the fried chicken sandwich was satisfactory after tasting the burger. The chicken patty was nice and moist, unlike the dehydrated brick many fast food chains serve. While hamburgers are in the name, the crème de la crème according to the restaurant’s Yelp page, were the chili fries. Although I am not a huge fan of chili fries, I had to try the “best” food on the menu
What I had: 1/4 pound burger Fried burrito
many customers were raving about. While it was arguably one of the ugliest foods I had ever eaten, it wasn’t particularly bad, but it didn’t change my mind as a non-chili eater either. I grabbed an opinion from a chili eater, who said it needed more onions. I agreed. It was filling though. They don’t skimp out on portions here as the take out box was filled solid with chili and fries underneath. My only disappointment with the visit was that I never had a chance to try the breakfast food, which is apparently one of the high points of this burger joint. Maybe next time I’m in the area. The biggest hurdle from me recommending this burger place to others is that it’s probably not worth the drive. It’s about a three mile drive from campus for above average food at a great price. Still, if you’re in the area it’s worth a stop by the little mom and pop shop. George cranks out a genuinely good burger.
A row of fortune tellers, palm and tarot card readers, voodoo priestesses and artists lined the front of a pristine white cathedral in New Orleans, La. The juxtaposing cultures glared at one another as people exchanged money for a glimpse into their future. “It’s Halloween in New Orleans,” a stranger called out to me. “Why not?” I sat across a small table from Marie who appeared to be hung over, or had at least few drinks that morning. Crystals holding down decks of cards and a purple cloth laid atop the small table. Marie handed me a deck of ornate cards and told me to focus my energy and shuffle them. Marie sat, legs crossed, underneath a big pink umbrella to block the sun. Her belongings rested in a cart beside her. As I shuffled the cards that would soon enlighten me, Marie lit a cigarette, took one drag, dropped it on the ground and let it burn. For my reading, Marie followed the Celtic Cross spread, the most common spread for a tarot card reading. One by one Marie flipped over a card and placed it in its precise position on the little table. The first represented my center. I pulled the star. A naked woman sitting in front of a river. The star is meant to represent happiness and contentment. As Marie told me what the card meant, I began to doubt it. It didn’t represent me accurately, this must be a hoax. But as
Marie kept pulling more cards, and placing them in their positions on the table, my doubt began to fade. She pulled another card, set it down and without me even mentioning it to her she asked me about my little sister. She told me the card represented my sister longing to connect with me and wanting to become closer. Of course, anyone could guess that I had a younger sister, but the fascinating part was that my mother, just days before, had told me my sister had mentioned that to her. I tried to remain straight faced. Maybe it was a good guess. As the reading went on and Marie’s cigarette continued to burn, I couldn’t help but think “that can’t be a guess.” Marie continued on with my reading and as she pulled the last card in the 10 card spread her cigarette went out. She wrapped up my reading answering a question I asked. She couldn’t answer it directly, but I appreciated the honesty. As she began to read my friend’s tarot cards, I asked her how long she’d been doing this. “Sixteen years,” she said, almost proud of it, but as though there was a story behind it all. She said she came back to New Orleans because she wanted to write near the Mississippi River. She liked to write nonfiction stories about her life, although she admitted to adding in elements of pure fiction. She told me she wasn’t going to live much longer and wanted to spend the rest of her days writing. I believed her. As silly as many may think psychics, tarot cards or palm readings are, there is something about them that, regardless of truth, gives you an insight into yourself.
Chili cheese fries Fried chicken sandwich
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12 Years a Slave Director: Steve McQueen Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor Michael Fassbender
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The raw and horrific conditions of slavery in the preCivil War United States are tremendously portrayed in the latest historical drama 12 Years a Slave. Lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (American Gangster) and supporting actor Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) deliver an Oscar-worthy performance for director and producer Steve McQueen. 12 Years a Slave takes audiences through the tribulations of Solomon Northup (Ejiofor), a free black man who is forced into slavery, while showing the numerous layers of how intricate and immoral the slavery business was in American history. The film is based on true accounts from Northup’s memoir, published under the same name in 1853, in which he struggles to survive after being captured, illegally abducted and enslaved to work in Southern plantations. Northup, a family man from Saratoga, New York, was born free and enjoyed American privileges and liberties. He was able to make a comfortable living as a gifted and educated violinist in upstate New York during the mid1800s. The film takes a terrible twist for Northup, as he encounters many painful ordeals that many free black people combated during a slave divided United States. The audience is captured in Northup’s emotional rollercoaster, as he has to make life-and-death decisions throughout the film. After the sad realization that meekness rather than fighting will help him survive, the strong and confident Northup is broken down to submission and accepts the lies bestowed upon him. “I will despair, I will survive,” Northup said at one point of the film. 12 Years a Slave chronicled the different aspects of slavery in the South, with various social and cultural dynamics. Through the film, viewers will experience first hand Northup’s encounter with the characteristics of slavery, as they
are foreign and new to him. Northup quickly understands that he is considered a highpriced animal that needs to hide any sense of aptitude and accede to his role under his master’s orders. The film also magnified the different relationships present on a plantation between the slaves and their masters, ranging from the understanding and lenient, to the cruel and punishing plantation owners. The film holds nothing back as it portrays the gruesomeness and harsh realities of slavery. It made several people walk out of the theater. Lupita Nyong’o, portraying Patsey, is on the harshest end of that inhumane cruelty and audience members feel her despair and agony of the life she was born into. The antagonist is Patsey and Northup’s slave owner, Master Epps (Fassbender), who throughout the movie has an irrational love-hate relationship with his slaves, as he calls them, his property. Epps’ wife, Mistress Epps (Sarah Paulson), also captures the relationship between a plantation owner’s wife and the slaves, fueled by a mistress’ jealousy and entitlement. Character development is tremendous in this film; each actor truly encapsulated their role. You can feel the ups and downs of each person through their circumstances and relationships with one another. The film has a strong and established cast of actors. Aside from Ejiofor, Nyong’o, and Fassbander, the cast rounds up with Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness), Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine), Paul Giamatti (Saving Private Ryan), Sarah Paulson (Serenity), Alfre Woodard (Cross Creek) and Brad Pitt (Fight Club). With a production budget just over $20 million, the film was on limited release since Oct. 18, but has expanded into more theaters since Nov. 1. 12 Years a Slave is a mustsee experience and will be one of the most highly regarded films of 2013.
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Marigold flowers adorn a fountain display accompanied by clothed skeletons commemorating the deceased as a part of Dia de los Muertos.
LA artists celebrate the dead at El Velorio event Mexican history is honored during the three-day holiday, Dia de los Muertos DANIEL ZAMILPA For the Daily Titan
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From Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, family members set up altars decorated with marigold f lowers and special trinkets commemorating friends and relatives no longer living. Throughout the years, many people have taken the cultural roots of Dia de los Muertos and brought them to the United States. With Southern California being a hub for Hispanics, it’s no wonder that the celebration has grown into its own in the southland. The third annual El Velorio event combined the traditional celebration with a variety of vendors, performances, food and a gallery art show benefiting youth art programs at the Plaza de la Raza. Antonio Pelayo, a lead artist at the Walt Disney Animation Studios, curated the event
in 2010 as a way to merge the talents of Hispanic artists and benefit talented youth. “The first one was just an exhibit … from that point, it just started growing,” Pelayo said. “Every year, I choose a non-profit to convert El Velorio as a fundraiser. Plaza de la Raza is an iconic cultural center. They teach arts, music, dance and mariachi, so the funds (raised) will benefit (it).” Pelayo has garnered the support of over 100 Los Angelesbased artists, performers and vendors that comprise the El Velorio event. Artists from movie studios also participated in the event, such as DreamWorks Animation SKG character artist Zoro Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who started his own culturally inspired cloth-
ing line with his brother, has a heavy Hispanic inspiration that is conveyed through his personal and professional work. “Growing up, I became more aware of my heritage,” Rodriguez said. “Now that I’m in a place that I can show it to more people, that’s what I want to do.” Cultural events like El Velorio and Dia de los Muertos bring together people of the same background to not only celebrate the successes that they have achieved, but also to honor their roots, which some say is something that has been dying in mainstream America. “It’s so important to not forget where you come from,” Rodriguez said. “I think it’s fine to celebrate multiculturalism, but just don’t forget about where you come from.”
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Along with recently signing a new five-year deal with Nike for basketball equipment, Taylor also said he intends to use CSUF’s prime location within Southern California as a drastic advantage in successful recruitment of players. His insightful knowledge of recruiting and established relationships with high school
“Our make and mold is hard helmet and lunch pail mentality, and we’ll build whatever we can.” Dedrique Taylor Head Coach
and A AU (Amateur Athletic Union) coaches will help build the CSUF men’s basketball program. For Taylor, his ultimate goal is to take the men’s basketball team, and their ‘Titan City’ identity, back to prominence, not only competing for a Big West title every year, but also reaching the NCA A Tournament. For more information on the CSUF men’s basketball team and all Titan Athletics, go to FullertonTitans.com.
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Titans head to Bobcat country
Men’s basketball kick off their season on the road facing Montana State TAMEEM SERAJ & TUCKER TASHJIAN Daily Titan
The Cal State Fullerton men’s basketball team will travel to Bozeman, Mont. on Saturday to face the Montana State Bobcats in their first regular season game of the 2013-14 season. The Titans played one exhibition game on Saturday beating University of Redlands with a 108-77 win. Returning starting guard Alex Harris filled up the stat box with a game-high 22 points and 13 rebounds. The junior only missed twice from the field; both misses came from behind the three point arc. Last season, Harris averaged 9.9 points per game last season and 3.9 rebounds per game. Jared Brandon, another returner from last season, scored 20 points, four assists and the sophomore guard topped off his performance with three steals. Brandon averaged 6.1 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game last season. The Titans shot a remarkable 56.6 field goal percentage for the game and hope the hot shooting rolls over into their match with the Bobcats. Montana State returns two of their four players who averaged double digit scoring last season. Senior forward Flavien Davis averaged 11.4 points per game and 4.7 rebounds for the Bobcats last season. Senior guard Antonio Biglow averaged 11 points points per game and 2.1 rebounds per
game and had a team high 76 assists last season. The exhibition win was Dedrique Taylor’s first as the head coach of the CSUF men’s basketball team. The team is looking for a fresh start after a disappointing season where they went 14-18 overall and 6-12 in conference and a first round exit in the Big West Conference Tournament. Taylor has shown his recruiting expertise by bringing in transfer players Moses Morgan from DePaul University and Corey Walker from Hampton University. He has also signed international players Floris Versteeg and Hidde Vos. Both are originally from the Netherlands and also played together at the Canarias Basketball Academy. While the two transfer athletes will be expected to contribute this season, the Dutchmen will be considered more of project players until they can adapt their game to the American collegiate level. The fresh new season provides opportunity for not only the new coach, but also for the new transfers, incoming freshmen and returning players to show the school that this is a new team hungry for a Big West title. The Bobcats held an overall record of 13-16 last season and were an even 10-10 in conference play. Montana State did well to defend their home court last season, going 7-3 at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. The Titans struggled away from Titan Gym last season, posting a dissapointing 6-10 away record. The Bobcats played Pepperdine and Sacramento State last season, both scheduled to play
the Titans later this season. The Bobcats lost to the Pepperdine Waves 76-66, and beat Sacramento State 71-55. The Bobcats have also played an exhibition match this season. They hosted Dickinson State University on Sunday. Like the Titans, the Bobcats won their preseason match by a large margin, ending the game 88-63. Montana State recorded a high field goal percentage in their win with 55 percent shooting from the field. For the Titans to win Saturday’s game they will have to keep up their high scoring from the Redlands game or concentrate on locking up the Bobcats on defense while limiting their points per possession. Taylor and the Titans look to start their season off on the right foot against the Bobcats and then they will travel to Seattle on Nov. 13 to face the Redhawks of Seattle University. The Titans wrap up their early season road trip on the Nov. 16, hosting Santa Clara University at Titan Gym. For more information on the CSUF men’s basketball team and all Titan Athletics, go to FullertonTitans.com.
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CSUF women’s basketball begins its new campaign against South Dakota TAMEEM SERAJ & ABRAHAM JAUREGUI Daily Titan
Coming off an undefeated preseason, the Cal State Fullerton’s women’s basketball team is taking on South Dakota University at Titan Gym Friday at 7 p.m. for the season opener. The Titans are looking to start the 2013-14 season with a win for first year Head Coach Daron Park as they take on the Wolves, who have four of their top five scorers and rebounders returning. The Wolves, led by second year Head Coach Amy Williams, are back from a 19-16 season, 10-6 in the Summit League Conference. South Dakota won seven of their final nine games, including a deep run in the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) Tournament before eventually losing to McNeese State University in the semifinals. Leading the Wolves are preseason All-Summit League picks junior Nicole Seekamp (first team) and senior Polly Harrington (second team). Seekamp led the Wolves last season in scoring with 14.9 per game and caused havoc on de-
fense with 1.6 steals per game. In the Summit League Tournament, Seekamp was named MVP averaging 21 points in six postseason games. Harrington was third on the Wolves in scoring last season with 11.1 points per game and pulled down 5.8 rebounds per game, second most on the team last season. Building off last season’s disappointing 11-22 overall record and 5-13 Big West Conference record, the Titans are vying for a fresh start under their new head coach, who also brought in a whole new coaching staff to lead the team this season. Despite their poor record last season, the Titans showed promise at the end of the season by barely squeaking into the Big West Conference Tournament as the eighth and final seed. The Titans won their first two games to reach the semifinals where they were downed by the top-seeded University of the Pacific Tigers. The returning players will look to build off of that tournament run going into the season. For the Titans, five returning starters, including last season’s leading scorers, junior Chante Miles (10.5), senior guard Alex Thomas (8.4), and senior forward/center Mya Olivier (7.2). Fortifying the Titans’ interior defense and rebounding is re-
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turning starter, junior forward Kathleen Iwuoha, who led the Titans with 6.9 rebounds per game last season. The Titans are looking to continue their winning ways from preseason basketball where they blew away California Baptist, 70-38, and narrowly defeated Cal State Dominguez Hills in late game drama, 45-43. The win last Friday against the Toros showed a tough and resilient team that came back from 10 points down with over six minutes left in the game. CSUF will look for their defense to anchor them through the season and keep them in games where they aren’t shooting well. The unified Titans came up with some key stops and pulled away the win after Thomas drove cross-court and laid in the winning basket. For the Titans, they start the season with two home openers before hitting the road with four of the next six games away from Titan Stadium, including the Hilton Classic Tournament hosted by Saint Mary’s College on Thanksgiving. CSUF will face Toledo University and Alabama the following day. For more information on the CSUF women’s basketball team and all Titan Athletics, go to FullertonTitans.com.
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