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Volume 95, Issue 9

Students demand more state funding

Low turnout at open forums

Valentine-themed campaign lobbies governor’s office KYLE NAULT Daily Titan

Carie Rael, a history graduate student and member of the statewide advocacy group Students for Quality Education (SQE), believes it is important for students to express their love for education but has shown no love for the Student Success Initiative. In an effort to continue the ongoing protest of the proposed $240.50 fee increase, Rael and other students gathered Wednesday to participate in a Valentine’s Daythemed letter writing campaign. The campaign is intended to show Gov. Jerry Brown that the student body loves education, and to show why the statewide California State University budget should be increased instead of implementing more mandatory fees for students. “I know there’s been a statewide pressure against this student success fee because it kind of completely goes around (Brown’s) four-year moratorium on tuition increases and campuses have just implemented this fee as a loophole to get around that,” Rael said. Funding to CSU schools will be increased to $5.7 billion by 2015 under Brown’s budget plan, as the four-year moratorium calls for “steady and predictable state funding increases” all the way through 2017. However, the steady fund increase has not exactly come to fruition, as the CSU only received a 5 percent increase in funding, instead of the 10 percent increase the institutions had requested from the state. SEE LETTERS, 2

WINNIE HUANG / Daily Titan Lea Jarnagin, associate vice president for student affairs at Cal State Fullerton, speaks at the first open forum on the Student Success Initiative at the Fullerton campus.

University seeks Fee would be third-highest feedback on SSI Student Success Initiative elicits mixed opinions CYNTHIA WASHICKO Daily Titan

Despite lackluster turnout at the first two Student Success Initiative forums on Cal State Fullerton’s main campus Monday and Tuesday, students still managed to express their opinions and concerns on the proposed fee. Lea Jarnagin, associate vice president for student affairs, said the forums are meant to be an opportunity for students to voice their opinions and concerns about the proposed $240.50 fee increase, a vital component of the fee approval process. “An alternative consultation process is nothing if the students are not engaged and involved in it,” Jarnagin said Tuesday. Students will not be voting directly on the fee, but input gathered during

these open forums and via feedback forms available on TITANium will be presented and considered by the Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC) in coming months, to tailor the fee to needs students have expressed. A vocal portion of the crowd at the forum Tuesday represented Students for Quality Education, a group with the purpose of protesting unfair increases in student fees, according to member Ryan Quinn, a history graduate student. The group has started a petition and instituted a letter-writing campaign to Gov. Jerry Brown to stop the fee from being implemented in any form. The petition has over 200 signatures of students and staff members, Quinn said. “Student success sounds like a great idea, but this is really not the mechanism to do it,” he said.

MIKE TRUJILLO / Daily Titan Nine other California State University schools have implemented similar fees thus far, and several more are considering them. Fees are shown as they currently stand. Cal State Fullerton’s fee would be phased in over three years and would take effect in fall 2016.



Banksy artwork inspires lecture by art critic Art department hosts talk on wellknown graffiti artist NICOLE WEAVER Daily Titan

You don’t know his face, but you may be familiar with his graffiti. Banksy, the invisible man of street art, has tagged England, New York, Vienna, San Francisco, Los Angeles and countless other cities internationally with his work. In 2010, he made it on Time magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People. In her first ever lecture on Banksy’s artwork, which takes place at Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, Feb.

Courtesy of Banksy This classic piece of Banksy graffiti was done on canvas, as opposed to the usual wall or building.

13, Diehl will discuss the overarching philosophies that propel the world’s most famous street artist. To further add to his list

of accolades, the documentary he was featured in was nominated for an Academy Award. And now he has caught

the attention of artist and art critic Carol Diehl. “The only critical attention has been in the negative and not in depth. It

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hasn’t gone into his philosophy, why he’s doing what he’s doing, what he believes,” Diehl said. In addition to speaking at CSUF, Diehl has been a visiting artist and lecturer at an impressive list of colleges and universities throughout the United States. She has worked as a senior critic at the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Diehl was the Forkosh-Hirschman lecturer at Arizona State University in 2006. Diehl’s lecture on Banksy will delve into uncovering his motivations for the legacy he has created. “I’ve been aware of his

work for many years, and one of the things that motivated me was that the New York art world, when he did his residency there, seemed to be unfamiliar with him, and yet had opinions even though they weren’t familiar with his work,” Diehl said. Diehl’s interest in street art dates back to the ‘80s, when she wrote about it for East Village magazines. Back then, artists were making graphic art on the subways in New York, intriguing tourists as far as France to travel overseas just to see their work. SEE BANKSY, 5

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Guinness confirms teen’s record Troy High student plans more record attempts this March MATTHEW MEDINA Daily Titan

Guinness World Records has confirmed that Jacob Teepen, a junior at Troy High School, did in fact break the world record for most consecutive back handsprings. Teepen made the attempt in October but was awaiting official confirmation from the world record authority until January. Teepen accomplished the feat amid foggy, wet conditions at the Fullerton Golf Course despite running the Long Beach Marathon two weeks prior. His 45 handsprings surpassed the previous official record of 42 among male competitors, and also bested the overall official record of 44. With eight years of experience in gymnastics under his belt, Teepen

started a YouTube channel, Tutorial Tribe, to provide tutorials on acrobatic tricks, including somersaults and handsprings. As he viewed similar videos from other performers, he decided to take aim at world records, starting with back handsprings. Teepen said he hopes to break two more world records in March. He will try to record the fastest time running a mile with another person riding piggyback, and running a mile while holding another person in a fireman’s carry. Ashrita Furman set the official piggyback run record in New York in July 2010, finishing in 12 minutes and 47 seconds. The current fastest time for the fireman’s carry run is 11 minutes and 29.14 seconds, set by Belgian athlete Steven Jacobs in April 2012. Teepen has not yet finalized a time and place to attempt surpassing these records, but he is considering holding the event at Cal State Fullerton.


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Fees are in place at 9 CSUs CSU Continued from PAGE 1

As currently proposed, the additional $240.50-per-semester Student Success Initiative would be the third most expensive fee of its kind in the California State University. Nine CSU schools currently have similar fees, usually called student success or student excellence fees, but three more, including Cal State Fullerton, are currently going through consultation processes. Approved in March 2012, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Student Success fee is currently $630, the second-most expensive in the state, but will increase to $780 per year this fall. It brings about $14 million in revenue to the 19,000-student campus annually. Cal Poly SLO used an alternative consultation process similar to what CSUF is employing, but unlike CSUF, it gave students an opportunity to submit a yes-or-no vote on the fee before it moved forward. About 41 percent of

students voted on the fee using an online non-binding vote, an “advisory vote.” Fifty-seven percent of voting students were in favor of the fee. Cal Poly SLO is ranked the highest in the system in the amount of mandatory fees. In addition to standard CSU tuition, it charges students $3,252 per year. CSUF students currently pay $714 per year in mandatory fees. San Jose State University’s $670-per-year Student Success, Excellence and Technology fee, currently the state’s highest, is used to fund high-demand classes, increase high-impact practices and improve academic technology, among other needs. It will increase to $830 per year next spring. However, San Jose State’s fee differs from other similar fees because it was not a completely new fee, it combined four previously existing optional fees. Former CSU Chancellor Charles Reed signed an order mandating all students to pay classroom and instructor fees that would otherwise only be paid if a student was

in a class that required it. CSUF is currently ranked last in how much money it receives from the state and 21st in mandatory fees it charges, according to the university’s Division of Administration and Finance. Cal State Dominguez Hills, the university ranked just below CSUF in mandatory fees, is also considering a student success fee of their own. Their proposed $560-peryear fee would bring about $7.5 million annually to the campus of more than 14,000 students. “Which way to go?” is a question posed in a presentation on the proposed CSU Dominguez Hills fee. “Stay at the bottom or take action?” In determining the proper cost of CSUF’s fee, the Student Fee Advisory Committee used a variety of metrics, including population size and anticipated need, said Berenecea Eanes, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs. If approved as proposed, the $240 would put CSUF at about the middle of the pack among the campuses with the highest populations.


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State gets reprieve for prison limits A panel of federal judges gave California two more years to cut its prison population to a level originally ordered in 2009, according to the Fresno Bee. The two-year delay is expected to give the state more leeway, but also establishes a strict deadline for Feb. 28, 2016. Under this order given Monday, the state must reduce the number of inmates by at least 5,000 in their 34 prisons from their estimated 112,000. Additionally, the judges’ decision essentially accepts a proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown that promises the state would not take further legal action against the federal government regarding prisons.

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Two women will stand trial for the murder of Annie Kim Pham, 23, who was beaten to death outside a Santa Ana nightclub, according to the Orange County Register. Superior Court Judge Thomas Borris ruled during a preliminary hearing Tuesday that the trial of suspects Vanessa Zavala, 25, and Candace Brito, 27, will proceed. Both pleaded not guilty to murder charges. Zavala and Brito were arrested in connection with the death of Pham outside The Crosby, a nightclub in Santa Ana, on Jan. 18. They are currently being held at the Orange County Jail. If convicted, they could face charges of 15 years to life.



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AMANDA SHARP / Daily Titan Students for Quality Education provided supplies for students to write letters to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Campaign targets state, governor LETTERS Continued from PAGE 1

“He came into office and he’s spending the reverse of what he was spending in the ‘80s comparatively for education and prisons so I would hope that this staunch solidarity from all of the students here on campus signing up for this will send some kind of a message,” Frank Perez, a graduate student, said. Perez also said the fee is more of a burden as a lot of the student body is organized around getting money into the CSU campuses,

especially after voters passed Proposition 30 in November 2012 to help prevent school budget cuts. To get Brown to take notice of the campuses’ new fees, the letters from SQE and other students ask the governor to “not break hearts,” and even include a personal touch with a picture of Brown’s dog, Sutter. The organization plans to mail the letters to the governor’s office. SQE member Artun Ereren said he is hopeful that the organization can obtain over 20,000 signatures. He said the sky’s the limit in how many students

they can get to join the advocacy cause. “Because we are a commuter campus, we face the challenge every day to keep students engaged,” he said. “This is something that is directly affecting their lives outside of school. That’s why we feel we need to make the extra effort to get people involved.” SQE intends to continue demonstrations at future CSUF public meetings, and other advocacy events on campus, in regards to the Student Success Initiative before plans for the new fee increase are finalized.

The United States House of Representatives voted to increase the federal debt ceiling without attaching extra provisions to the proposal Tuesday in Washington D.C., according to CNN. The proposal, passed by a 221-201 vote, will allow the government to borrow the money it needs to pay its bills. In addition to this proposal, the House also voted to pass a measure to repeal military pension cuts with no problems. The bill will proceed to the Senate. If the Senate does not vote by Wednesday, it is likely that a decision on the bill will not come before Feb. 25 because of a possible snowstorm and Presidents Day. - SASHA BELANI


NEWS Art professor receives honor FEBRUARY 12, 2014



Elizabeth Holster earns award after 30 years of teaching DENA HAMEDANI Daily Titan

Elizabeth Holster, an associate professor of art at Cal State Fullerton, was recently honored by the California Art Education Association (CAEA) as the Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator of the Year. Although she is extremely grateful for the honor and proud to have received such a prestigious award, Holster doesn’t feel the award will change her. She said she will continue doing what she’s always done in her career of 30 years: focus on her students, provide them with a quality education and teach with passion. “Awards like this, they’re more like an affirmation that you’re on the right track,” Holster said. Formed in 1965, CAEA is the state professional organization for art educators at all levels and an advocate for programs in the arts. CAEA advocates for students to have equal access to quality instruction in visual arts. “When I was really young, I guess from hearing it from other people that art is frivolous, it’s extra, it’s not necessary,” Holster said. “And it took me a long time to understand that art is the place where all the other areas cross through. Everything else converges in art.”

The art world is in many ways a reflection of life and has always been impacted or inspired by historical events. “It’s a way for people to process all of the things in their life, on lots of levels, on the very basic visual levels,” Holster said. “But also on the expressive levels, ways that people express themselves and how all of that is all interconnected.” “It’s not a separate thing. It took me a long time to realize that art wasn’t just about painting and drawing,” Holster said. Holster is also a member of the CAEA, serving as the organization’s liaison for professional development. She offers art educators newly entering the workforce advice for a balanced and growing career. “One of the things that keeps you growing and alive is to meet with other people from around the state who have different strengths, different weaknesses, where you can share information. And being a part of your professional organization, it’s huge,” Holster said. “First thing I would tell them is don’t wait until later. Do it now. Become a member of your professional organization. And get active now.” Shortly after earning her art degree and teaching credential, Holster spent nearly 15 years as a studio artist. She was asked to fill in as substitute art educator and took on substituting jobs as a way to try something new


MARIAH CARRILLO / Daily Titan Elizabeth Holster, an associate professor of art, is a strong advocate of visual arts and art education. The California Art Education Association, which recently named her the Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator of the Year, shares that belief.

and approach her passion for art differently. From there, Holster said she fell in love with teaching. “And that’s one of the reasons I love being here (at CSUF) so much, because the things that I didn’t get to prepare me, that I would feel I would be a good educator, I can make sure that my students get that.”

Holster described art with a saying passed down to her from a close friend. “Art is where you live,” Holster said. “And what she meant by that is art is not just a thing that you do. It’s everything. It’s a part of how you think, how you are affected by what you see, where you are. It’s both internal and

external.” Holster also said CSUF art education programs are really interested in providing art students with the appropriate avenue to receive an art degree with both breadth and depth, enabling students to succeed in multiple art field concentrations. The art discipline at CSUF provides training

for every aspect of the field. “My students, they have portfolios. When they go out to teach, they show their work to the students. That gives them credibility on a different sort of level,” Holster said. “They know what they’re doing. They know what they’re doing in the studio, in art, and they also have the background in teaching.”

Forums begin at Fullerton campus FORUMS Continued from PAGE 1

Carie Rael, a history graduate student and member of SQE, expressed concern with the process to implement the Student Success Initiative. She said the fee was being used to circumvent the stay on tuition hikes put into place by the governor. “We’re asking (the administration) to look for this money elsewhere, and not in the pockets of the students,” Rael said. “We’re here trying to show you that students do not want this fee. We are already pushed beyond our limits ... and another $240 fee at a time when there is a fouryear moratorium on tuition increases is ridiculous.” The students who attended the forums expressed a variety of concerns, from complaints regarding the student representation on the Student Fee Advisory Committee to issues with the amount of funds allocated to athletic programs. Jason Tupper, a fifth-year computer science major, said he was concerned with the transparency of the fee approval process as a whole. “Currently there’s a proposal overview, which is more like a detailed wish list, but if we can’t actually see what the proposal itself is going to be, this isn’t really transparent,” Tupper said. Despite the vocal opposition, a segment of students came out to show their in support of the possible fee hike, saying the increased funds would benefit the school as a whole. Shane Stillwagon, a sophomore business major and

WINNIE HUANG / Daily Titan Shane Stillwagon, a Titan baseball pitcher, speaks at the open forum event Monday on the Student Success Initiative.

pitcher on the baseball team, expressed support for the increased athletic funding, which he said would go a long way toward increasing students’ school pride. “(Athletics are) a big deal at the university, because ... it gets the name out there for the university,” Stillwagon said. He went on to say that the athletics funding, portions of which would go to improving the intramural fields, would benefit more students than those competing on the intercollegiate campus teams. Jarnagin responded to student concerns about athletic funding by saying that the money allocated to athletes will aid students on intramural and club teams, as well as those who use athletic facilities on campus for events. “It’s not just student athletes,” Jarnagin said. “But we have a lot of students on this campus who are involved in athletic-type activities, that are not student athletes.” Jarnagin cited the athletic clubs on campus who currently travel to competitions across the country on their own dime. Harpreet Bath, the chief governmental officer of Associated Students Inc. and a member of the SFAC, ended the forum Monday by stressing to students the importance of vocalizing their opinions to shape the


fee increase into what they think it should be. “This has the potential to increase our campus fees, and we’re doing all of these forums to get student feedback on it,” Bath said. “The only way the Student Fee Advisory Committee can make a decision on behalf of our student body is if our student body comes out and gives us their feedback.” In the weeks since the initiative has been presented to students, over 450 students have completed surveys in person. Many of the responses were gatheed during a series of 50 smaller meetings between university representatives and student organizations. Students have also submitted surveys online. A current count of the total surveys completed online was unavailable as of Tuesday because they have not yet been tallied, Jarnagin said. The final two open forums are scheduled to take place in the Titan Student Union Pavilions at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. The SFAC will next convene on Feb. 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Langsdorf Hall room 802 to go over what was found during the consultation process. Students can now fill out the survey regarding the proposed fee through the TITANium section of their student portal.







Insuring religious rights AMAL ROCKN Daily Titan

Science of the Impossible Salt beds welcome nuclear waste GUSTAVO VARGAS Daily Titan

Since the inception of the Manhattan Project, nuclear energy has been a prominent topic when it comes to its usefulness and potential repercussions. Most people are familiar with the capabilities of radioactive activity and are aware of the danger behind it. As useful as nuclear power is, it is also incredibly dangerous. The waste that comes out of a nuclear reactor is so toxic that standing within a few meters unshielded would result in a lethal radioactive dose within a few seconds. Death would follow from acute radiation sickness in a few days. This issue of how to get rid of nuclear waste is a pressing concern in a country that uses nuclear energy. Science, too, leaves its share of garbage from time to time. The final disposal method for decaying waste is tricky. This is the subject of much debate and one of the reasons people are against the use of nuclear power in the first place. Although I feel there may be alternative forms of energy, nuclear power is the one being currently used, so more suitable procedures for safe handling need to be established. So what actually happens to the large amounts of nuclear waste that is created? The Department of Energy (DOE) has been disposing of plutonium waste by burying it underground in the New Mexico desert. The waste is placed inside salt beds that are altered to accommodate their new purpose. Fortunately, plutonium is on the lower side of the radioactive scale. However, the DOE wants

to begin burying more potent nuclear waste in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M. It’s currently used to dispose of transuranic radioactive waste from producing nuclear weapons. It is considered a safe way to get rid of the waste. The site lies about half a mile beneath the desert where thick salt beds act as natural containers. The DOE is creating rooms from these areas the size of football fields and they are filling them up with stored waste. The salt from the beds will enclose the waste material at a rate of six inches a year. Over time, this will pretty much keep the material out of our concerns for virtually an eternity. Rep. Cathrynn N. Brown (R-N.M.) is in favor of placing waste at the WIPP. She has said about the location, “We have a low earthquake incidence, a dry climate, and land that’s really not being used for much else.” She clearly feels it’s a good opportunity for the state and I would agree, considering it’s about 26 miles away from the closest city. Allison M. Macfarlane of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the key to this issue being resolved is a location that is acceptable to both scientists and the local community. I would agree, the location for a site handling such radioactive material is integral considering the difficulty in disposing of nuclear waste. Although the topic of nuclear energy is complicated, it is something that affects us, considering our country uses nuclear energy. Because of this, it is important to take a good look at the possibilities that can come from sites like the WIPP.

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Hobby Lobby should not need to sacrifice its beliefs Religious freedom is one of the biggest benefits of living in the United States and under that, many forms lie under the First Amendment. But a new mandate under the Affordable Care Act will require all employers to provide health care plans that include free contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs. The mandate also requires coverage for counseling and education to promote these services. Private companies like Hobby Lobby have filed suit against this mandate, saying this goes against their religious rights. David Green, CEO and founder of Hobby Lobby, challenged the health care law, saying it goes against his religious beliefs. “By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow,” Green said. “We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.” Failure to comply with the mandate will result in fines up to $1.3 million a day, the company said. Health care plans that provide contraceptives, sterilization and the morning-after pill or week-after pill help to prevent many unwanted pregnancies and diseases, but forcing companies to pay for them and facilitate them is unconstitutional. Contraceptives and abortion-inducing pills are easily accessible, but private religious companies should not have to succumb to providing them to their employees if it goes against their religious beliefs and values.

illustration by MIKE TRUJILLO/ Daily Titan Companies like Hobby Lobby should not be forced to provide products that jeopardize their faith.

The issue goes beyond money, fines and new mandates; it is a threat to religious freedom. Under the Health and Human Services Mandate, President Barack Obama offered an “accommodation” to these private religious groups, wherein the insurance providers themselves would be the ones to pay for the services. That doesn’t solve the issue. First, the companies would need to make a deal with the insurance providers to cover the added services, which wouldn’t be easily negotiable. Many insurers are not religious companies or may not rely heavily on their religious beliefs when doing business. Also, the problem for these religious companies is the accessibility of contraception

to their employees regardless of who is paying for it. Their employees might attain these services, but they should not go through their employers if the companies are unwilling to provide them. According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the mandate not only affects the owners of religious companies, but also the employees. “Under the mandate, the government forces religious insurers to write policies that violate their beliefs, forces religious organizations such as schools to facilitate coverage that violates their beliefs, and forces conscientiously objecting employees and students to purchase coverage that violates their beliefs.” According to Fox News, “A Supreme Court brief filed

by the federal government last month argues that the Greens’ individual religious beliefs cannot be transferred to the business entity it owns and controls.” The brief was filed Monday by Hobby Lobby and will be discussed at the Supreme Court on March 25, and the decision will be issued by the high court by the end of June 2014. The overall issue concerns the general public who wish to retain their rights. If the mandate remains, it should exempt private companies and require them to provide and facilitate their own health care plans. For those who want birth control services, there are plenty of other ways to acquire them and there are other companies that will provide just that.

Prevention is the best cure REBECCA HARDMAN Daily Titan

There’s more than just one culprit behind the growth of cancer Both consumers and producers have an impact on the cancer epidemic spreading throughout the world. Cancer development can be caused by several factors, such as genetics or the environment. Although we have made many medical discoveries and treatments to combat cancer, it is still one of the leading causes of death in the United States. According to the World Health Organization scientists, “the globe is facing a ‘tidal wave’ of cancer, and restrictions on alcohol and sugar need to be considered.” They predict that by 2035, 24 million cancer cases will be diagnosed. However, half could be easily prevented with simple lifestyle changes and developing healthy habits. Some major factors that contribute to cancer development include: smoking, infections, alcohol, poor eating habits, obesity, living a sedentary lifestyle, genetics, unprotected sex, lack of exercise, radiation and environmental factors such as air pollution. So who is to blame for

this disease? The consumers? Alcohol, tobacco or fast-food companies? Although it is easy to point the finger at the tobacco, fast food and alcohol industries for the cancer epidemic, consumers should become more aware of what they are putting into their bodies. They need to be more mindful of the harmful substances they are consuming; which can significantly contribute to cancer and illness in the long run. Unfortunately, cancer prevention has been somewhat ignored. Instead of focusing on prevention, the focus has been on new treatment and medicine to kill cancer. Although these have been extremely beneficial to cancer patients and cancer research, prevention is key so that cancer does not develop in the first place. Thanks to years of research, the link between tobacco and cancer is more significant than ever. Smoking is by far the most important preventable cause of cancer in the world. Smoking has been linked to several cancers; such as lung, cervical and kidney cancer. Avoiding tobacco altogether is a key component to preventing cancer. Alcohol is another contributor to many cancers; such as mouth, throat and liver. However, it is still an acceptable legalized drug in today’s society. The American Cancer

Society recommends people who consume alcohol limit their intake to no more than two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women. Realistically, consuming two drinks is just the beginning for some college students on a Friday night. Nights like this are fun, but over time, can significantly contribute to cancer and other serious health risks. Limiting sugar intake also plays a pivotal role in cancer prevention. Sugary drinks and processed foods contribute to cancer development exponentially. Not only do these foods contribute to weight gain, but cancer cells thrive off of sugar and fatty foods. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is also a major contributor to cervical cancer. Condom use is one of the best ways to reduce your risk for getting HPV, STDs and protecting your body. Fortunately, two vaccines are available to protect against certain strains of HPV that are linked to cervical cancer, Gardasil and Cervarix. Although it seems unrealistic to start regulating products like alcohol, sugar, tobacco and fast food, people should at least become more aware of what we are putting into our bodies. Incorporating exercise into your daily tasks is also a key element to cancer prevention. Thirty minutes a day can significantly lower chances of developing cancer.

People can significantly reduce their risk of getting cancer just by making easy, healthy, lifestyle changes for themselves and their body. As a consumer, it is especially important to pay attention to all the harmful chemicals and unhealthy foods that are consumed. It’s all about making small lifestyle changes, such as substituting fruit in place of a candy bar or ordering a salad instead of french fries. These simple life changes can significantly decrease the risk of cancer.

TIPS Cancer Prevention: - Eating well-balanced meals - Exercising - Drinking plenty of water - Eating foods rich in vitamins - Eating foods rich in minerals and antioxi dants - Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables - Limiting alcohol intake (drinking in moderation) - Drinking green tea - Not smoking or using tobacco - Using condoms.


DETOUR Wizard of Oz comes to OC FEBRUARY 12, 2014



Play presents unique interpretation of an American classic ELIZABETH MUÑOZ Daily Titan

The yellow brick road has finally spiraled its way into Orange County with the new staging of The Wizard of Oz at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The musical, which opened Feb. 11 and will run through Feb. 23, provides audiences with the opportunity for locals to enjoy Andrew Lloyd Webber’s enchanting adaptation of the timeless classic. Inf luenced by the captivating MGM screenplay and everlasting novel by L. Frank Baum, this reconceived production offers elements from past eras as well as exciting new twists on the stage. The two hour and 16 minute spectacle will feature all the treasured musical numbers from Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg’s Oscar-winning movie score as well as fresh songs by award-winning Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, with titles such as “Red Shoes Blues” and “Already

Home.” Starring as the unforgettable Dorothy is Danielle Wade who charmed the Canadian public on the reality television show Over the Rainbow and scored the lead role. The talent contest allowed the public to vote and gave the 21-year-old the chance to play one of the most coveted roles for the big stage.

“It’s sure to be a spellbinding experience that will transport the audience and make them feel like they’re traveling to the Emerald City.” In an interview with Toronto’s CBC News, Wade said she recognizes her luck. “It is a very unorthodox way of going about getting a role like this, but it’s happened so I have to take it and I have to do everything I can with it,” she said. Playing at the opposite side of the spectrum


as the fearsome Wicked Witch of the West is Jacquelyn Piro Donovan. In this role, she strives to embody aspects of the 1939 film character while simultaneously modernizing it. Elements of Margaret Hamilton’s performance in the MGM film version resonate with Donovan’s interpretation. “It’s an homage of sorts,” Donovan said in an interview with the Orange County Register. “But it’s also something that works for this production. I’m trying to really walk an incredibly fine line between being menacing and being funny … My witch really f lips on a dime from scary to hilarious, which is really fun to do.” Lloyd Webber’s reimagination will include effortlessly recognizable moments, as well as the beloved characters played by Mike Jackon (Tin Man), Lee MacDougall (Cowardly Lion) and Jamie McKnight (Scarecrow). The Segerstrom Center will offer pre-show activities one hour before entering the magical world of Oz. Audience members have an array of delightful activities to partake in.

Courtesy of The Wizard of Oz Citizens of the Emerald City dazzle audiences at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

They include: - A Yellow Brick Road replica where guests can write down what they would ask the powerful Oz if they had the chance on paper bricks. - An interactive exhibit about tornados. - A photo opportunity for audience members

to pose on the iconic sun-colored road. - A fun facts display containing trivia about all things Oz—from the novels to the various film and stage adaptations. Kids’ Night on Broadway, which will include additional activities for children on Feb. 12

and 13. It’s sure to be a spellbinding experience that will transport the audience and make them feel like they’re traveling to the Emerald City with Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion to obtain their hearts’ desires.

UPCOMING CONCERTS Wednesday Concerts at the Becker Location: Becker Amphitheater Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. -Feb. 19 - Fourth and Coast -Feb. 26 - Kyle Reynolds -Mar. 5 - The Shade Concerts at the Observatory Location: 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, CA

Courtesy of Banksy Banksy caught the attention of artist and art critic Carol Diehl with his risky practice of creating graffiti and his anonymity.

Artist talks Banksy at CSUF BANKSY Continued from PAGE 1

“I was really interested in people who would risk their lives for their art. It’s huge. Not many gallery artists are willing to endanger themselves for their art, and Banksy is actually part visual artist, part parkour. How he does what he does, where he does is pretty amazing,” Diehl said. Diehl’s writing has not been limited solely to Banksy. Diehl has written

cover stories about Robert Irwin, Olafur Eliasson, Christian Marclay and Wolfgang Laib. Additionally, she works as a contributing editor for Art in America. She has been published in, among others, ARTnews, Art & Auction and New York magazine. As an artist, her one-person exhibitions were viewed at Gary Snyder Fine Art in 2002 and Hirschl & Adler Modern in 1996 and 1998. The New York Foundation

for the Arts, the PollockKrasner Foundation, the MacDowell Colony for the Arts and the Millay Colony for the Arts have all awarded Diehl with artists’ fellowships. Another aspect that makes Banksy’s persona and his work particularly fascinating to Diehl is his complete rejection of embracing the “celebrity.” “If he isn’t interested in the celebrity that comes with being who Banksy is, then it’s completely meaningless. Because he’s still


a blank to us, unless he embraces the celebrity, it doesn’t mean anything,” Diehl said. While staying in Los Angeles, Diehl finished up her work on Banksy and while the lecture Thursday will be the first since she’s completed her research, there’s a good chance this topic can take flight into something much more long term. The lecture will be held in the Visual Arts Building in room 113 and will start at 7 p.m.

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Romeo and Juliet, from stage to screen Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet will be screening in OC ZACK JOHNSTON Daily Titan

For the first time in 36 years, Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet returns to Broadway to dazzle a whole new generation of audiences. The classic romance, which opened Sep. 19 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City, brings a contemporary twist and a powerful cast while keeping the original text. Although the staged production is all the way in New York City, West Coast theatre-goers are in luck. In honor of Valentine’s Day, which is this Friday, a film version of Romeo and Juliet will be in Southern California movie theaters this week and next week only. Two star-crossed lovers engage in a forbidden romance that sparks even greater hostility between their two feuding families. As their love grows stronger and tensions between the families rise, the lovers go to any length to make sure their love will always remain. Hollywood star Orlando Bloom takes the lead in this passion-filled production in the role of Romeo. He has had a career on stage before, however, in

this show he makes his Broadway debut. “I am in love with this city now and that community of Broadway is a wonderful thing and I hadn’t been prepared for it until I became a part of it,” Bloom said of his introduction into the world of Broadway in an interview with CNN. Co-starring with Bloom is Tony-nominated actress Condola Rashad in the role

The contemporary setting allowed the actors to play with the language and it’s meaning and develop a unique character. of Juliet. Rashad made her Broadway debut in the original Broadway production of Stickfly in 2011, for which she received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. She received a nomination for the same award again in 2013 for her work in the revival of The Trip to Bountiful. She is the daughter of Tony Award-winner Phylicia Rashad known for her role as Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show. Five-time Tonynominated director David Leveaux lead the cast with his artist decisions, which included bringing the setting to a modern time

period. Leveaux’s version of the classic tragedy features modern-day clothing and scenery, and even Romeo entering the stage on a motorcycle. The contemporary setting allowed the actors to play with the language and it’s meaning and develop a unique character. “The contemporary setting allows me to play with the physicality as well as some meaning within the lines. I’m able to give some words a contemporary slang like interpretation. I say Shakespeare’s lines but the meaning isn’t necessarily Elizabethan,” said Christian Camargo, who plays Mercutio, in an interview with Huffington Post. All of the text remains the same, except for certain lines being cut to bring the show’s run time to approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. Southern California residents are not the only Romeo and Juliet fans who can enjoy this Broadway production in theaters this Valentine’s Day weekend. Movie theaters nationwide will show the classic romance starting this Thursday for all to enjoy, and will remain in theaters until Wednesday, Feb. 19. To find participating theaters, show times and to purchase tickets visit RomeoAndJulietBroadway .com. Information on the cast, promotional videos and news coverage can also be found on the site.

Courtesy of NPR Orlando Bloom stars as Romeo in the Broadway production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet alongside Tony-nominated actress Condola Rashad who stars as Juliet.

DTBRIEF ‘America’s darling’ dies in home at 85 Shirley Temple Black, famous for her bouncing curls, prominent dimples and sassy demeanor, died Monday night, according to the New York Times. Better known as Shirley Temple during her Hollywood stardom and international fame that peaked in the 1930s, Black died at her Woodside, Calif. home at the age of 85. Black was the most famous American movie star in the country from 1935 to 1939. She starred in 23 motion pictures during her childhood career, which made her famous and labeled her as America’s little darling. She left the Hollywood spotlight in late 1950 after marrying Charles Alden Black. In the 1960s, she took on the role of diplomat and in 1969 was appointed as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly by Richard Nixon. Black continued her career in diplomacy, becoming U.S. ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976 and then served as President Gerald Ford’s chief of protocol in 1976 and 1977. She was also President George H.W. Bush’s ambassador to Czechoslovakia in 1989. Her death was confirmed by her publicist, Cheryl Kagan. No cause of death was given. - MIA MCCORMICK



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CSUF looks to stay unbeaten during SDSU tournament JOHNNY NAVARRETTE Daily Titan

The Cal State Fullerton softball team will look to continue their hot start as they travel to San Diego for the 24th annual Campbell/Cartier Classic. The four-day tournament will start Thursday and conclude Sunday. CSUF will kick off the tournament as they take on host San Diego State Thursday at 6 p.m. at the SDSU Softball Stadium. San Diego State (4-1) is coming off a successful start to their season after winning four of five games in the Arizona State Kajikawa Classic. Senior Patrice Jackson and junior Hayley Miles lead the Aztecs offensively. Through the first five games, Jackson is batting .417 with three home runs and 15 runs batted in, while Miles is batting .313 with two home runs and six runs batted in. Sophomore pitcher Danielle O’Toole comes in with a 4-0 record and 1.35 earned run average. The 2013 Mountain West Freshman of the Year has 19 strikeouts to start the season. On Friday, the Titans will face Saint Mary’s (23) at 11:30 a.m. and will quickly return to the field against Texas State (31) at 2 p.m. Both games will be played at the USD Softball Complex.

MIMI HUNG / For the Daily Titan Senior infielder Lauren Mario looks to contriubute to the Titans offense, which has mercy-ruled three of their first five opponents.

CSUF will finish the tournament on Saturday with two games back at the SDSU Softball Stadium. The first game will begin at 11:30 a.m. as the Titans face South Dakota and the last game will be later that evening at 7 p.m. as CSUF faces UC Berkeley. The Golden Bears (3-1) are also coming off a successful opening weekend in the Kajikawa Classic, defeating New Mexico, Bradley and Portland State. Senior Victoria Jones, who is batting .444 with two home runs and six runs batted in, leads Berkeley on offense. In the circle, Nisa

Ontiveros will look to improve her 2-0 record and 1.50 earned run average. In 14 innings, the sophomore has recorded 12 strikeouts. CSUF is coming off an impressive sweep in the Easton Tournament, where they went 5-0 over three days at Anderson Family Field. No victory was greater than the one against the defending national champion Oklahoma Sooners, whom the Titans defeated by a score of 3-1. Jasmine Antunez picked up her second victory on the day by striking out eight Sooners in five innings of work. It was the first time in five years that the Titans

had defeated the No. 2 team in the nation. The victory was special for Head Coach Kelly Ford, who graduated from Oklahoma in 1992. CSUF also recorded victories over Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara, Pittsburgh and George Washington. Sophomore third baseman Missy Taukeiaho will look to continue her incredible start to the season. In her first five games as a Titan, the transfer from University of Washington is batting .615 with two home runs and eight runs batted in. Helping Taukeiaho carry the load on the offensive end will be senior

shortstop Gabby Aragon, who is batting .357 with five runs batted in. Antunez and Taukeiaho took home Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week and Big West Softball Field Player of the Week honors, respectively, this past week. Before the Titans hit the road for the weekend, they will host San Diego (2-3) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Senior pitcher Jenny Lahitte, who won the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week, leads the Toreros with a 2-1 record and 3.86 earned run average. For more information on the CSUF softball team and all Titan Athletics, go to


DTBRIEFS NCAA ban ends baseball live streams Due to the recent NCAA ban on scouting opponents in person, Cal State Fullerton will no longer offer live video streaming for home baseball games. An NCAA committee proposed the ban because of improvements in video technology and the belief that live scouting impacts fair competition, since some coaches say they don’t have the same access to quality video. The legislation fell short of being overridden by NCAA members after originally being passed in January. The CSUF baseball program will still have the opportunity to have games streamed on ESPN3 due to the Big West Conference’s partnership with ESPN, which allows the league to produce up to 60 athletic events throughout the year. The CSUF baseball team opens the season ranked No. 1 in three of the nation’s five preseason polls. They will open the season by playing host to the Washington State Cougars on Friday at 7 p.m. at Goodwin Field. - JOSEPH ANDERSON

Basketball looks to rebound at home Streaking Alex Harris hopes to lead struggling Titans TAMEEM SERAJ Daily Titan

The Cal State Fullerton men’s basketball team will look to claw their way back into a Big West Conference Tournament spot with two home games this weekend against UC Davis and Hawai’i. The Titans (7-15, 2-6 Big West) are currently looking up at the rest of the Big West field as they sit at bottom of the pack in the standings. CSUF can leapfrog UC Davis (8-16, 3-6 Big West) with a win on Thursday. The Titans are coming off a heartbreaking defeat at the Matadome to Cal State Northridge. CSUF looked like they were going to end their road struggles and get a win but Matador Josh Greene nailed a well-defended three-pointer with two seconds remaining to force overtime. CSUN

outscored Fullerton 2415 in the overtime period to win 92-83 and send the Titans’ road record to 2-10 with six straight losses away from Titan Gym. UC Davis is coming off of a nailbiter against conference leader UC Irvine, which they lost at home 61-59. In their previous matchup this season, the Titans were defeated 6961 by the Aggies at the Pavilion but hope homecourt advantage swings in their favor. UC Davis junior guard Corey Hawkins shoulders most of the scoring burden for the Aggies. The Arizona native also pulls down 4.5 rebounds and dishes out 2.91 assists per game. Hawkins is a shifty guard that gets to the line often with his speed. He is averaging 6.4 free throw attempts per game. Senior guard Ryan Sypkens is also a big contributor to the Aggie offense. Sypkens puts up 12.1 points per game and is a deadly weapon from behind the arc, shooting 42.5 percent from three-point land.

Third year Head Coach Jim Les and the Aggies will bring their own road struggles to Titan Gym when they play on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Aggies have won only one of their 10 away games this season while the Titans sport a 5-4 record at Titan Gym. Fans in attendance will get a mini CSUF basketball while supplies last. The Homecoming match with Hawai’i (16-7, 5-4 Big West) on Saturday is sure to pack Titan Gym and will be featured on ESPN3. Homecoming festivities will begin at 3 p.m. with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m. This is the first matchup of the season for the Big West foes. The Titans were bested in both meetings last season, which were both two point defeats. Hawai’i currently holds the fourth seed in the conference standings and are lead by fourth year Head Coach Gib Arnold. Hawai’i will look to pound the ball into senior forward Christian Standhardinger. The 6’8” German is

leading a balanced Rainbow Warriors attack with 17.2 points a game. He is also the leading rebounder for Hawai’i with 7.9 per contest. The other Rainbow Warriors who average double digit scoring are Isaac Fotu (15.8), Garrett Nevels (14) and Brandon Spearman (11.5). Guard Keith Shamburger runs the Hawai’i offense, with 5.04 assists per game. The Titans will counter with their duo, Michael Williams and Alex Harris. Williams is the leading scorer, averaging 16.8 points to go along with 2.5 assists per contest. Harris, who battled an injury at the beginning of the season, is averaging 14.4 points and is a threat from distance. The junior guard is shooting 42.1 percent from behind the arc since conference play started. Harris is hoping his hot shooting from the Northrdige loss rolls over into this weekend. He drained seven of his 11 three-point attempts, totaling 27 points.

MARIAH CARRILLO / Daily Titan Junior guard Alex Harris (23) and freshman guard Sheldon Blackwell (22) hope to lead the Titans to victory this week.

If Harris’ torrid shooting continues, the Titans will have a chance to move up in the tight Big West standings by the end of the weekend.

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New crop of talent for Big West champs Women’s soccer sign 10 players for the 2014 season JOSEPH ANDERSON Daily Titan

The Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer team announced the signing of 10 student-athletes to national letters of intent on Sunday. After making their fifth-ever NCAA tournament appearance and earning their fourth Big West Tournament title, the Titans brought in a

well-rounded class that includes one goalkeeper, four defenders and five forwards. The 2014 signing class will join the 15 returners from a 2013 team that finished 8-7-7. Morgan Bertsch of Simi Valley High School signed as the lone goalkeeper amongst the Titan recruits, and was named the Marmonte League Goalkeeper MVP following her impressive junior campaign. Royal High School teammates Kim Braddock and Lindsay Stasinis will look to bring some much


needed versatility to the CSUF squad. Both were multi-sport athletes, with Braddock running track and field in high school along with her duties as the soccer team’s forward and Stasinis serving as the football team’s kicker in addition to her defender responsibilities on the soccer field. Alyssa Cabral will join the talented Titans defense after being named a twotime NSCAA second team All-American at Cerritos College in both 2012 and 2013. San Diego native Dominique DeCoy will join

CSUF to bring her three years of varsity experience as both a forward and defender. Local talent Sarah Fajnor appears to be one of the top all-around athletes in the new recruiting class, as she was a CIF qualifier in the 4x400 relay to go along with her four years of varsity soccer at the perennial power Sunny Hills High School. Nicholle Frei will bring her talents in the midfield to Fullerton after four years of varsity soccer at Woodbridge High School where she also starred on the softball diamond and

in track and field. Tala Haddad of Stockdale High School in Bakersfield joins the Titans as a midfielder after leading her team to the CIF Central Section Division I championship match during her junior season. The versatility of Kaycee Hoover’s game will also be much anticipated by the Titans, as she played both midfielder and forward in high school while earning a first team all-league pick following her junior campaign. Defender Serena SmithBanas joins Fullerton after

transferring from Texas Christian University where she appeared in 12 games as a freshman. She will have three years of eligibility remaining. The 2014 class will enroll officially for the 2014-2015 academic calendar. Fullerton’s returning squad will begin spring practice on Feb. 24, and they will take on Cal Baptist on Friday, March 7 in Titan Stadium to start off their 2014 spring game schedule. For more information on women’s soccer and all Titan athletics, visit


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