TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2014
Volume 95, Issue 15
Judge shares his hardships Halim Dhanidina is the only Muslim judge in California
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MARIAH CARRILLO / Daily Titan President Mildred García, with support of Rev. Mark E. Whitlock, talked to the church congregation about college as an option even for low-income households at the Christ Our Redeemer African Methodist Episcopal church as part of “Super Sunday.”
García preaches for higher ed CSU Super Sunday event hopes to reach low-income students CECILY MEZA Daily Titan
Cal State Fullerton President Mildred García celebrated “Super Sunday” at an Irvine church, joining California State University presidents statewide to encourage the black community to attend college. García stressed to the congregation in Christ Our Redeemer African Methodist Episcopal church that college is not out of reach to those who come from low-income households. “Anybody that makes less than $70,000 a year could be approved for financial aid and go almost for free, so it’s not about the dollars,” she said. “There is financial aid dollars out there, so the children can reach their dreams.” She articulated the importance of preparing children for college courses by urging a partnership
MARIAH CARRILLO / Daily Titan President Mildred García enjoys the gospel music from the choir at the Christ Our Redeemer African Methodist Episcopal church during “Super Sunday” festivities.
between the black community and K-12 educators to ensure that children are reading at or above their grade level and taking higher math courses, like algebra, in high school. “We really want to strengthen our partnership to ensure that all children have the opportunity to come to the California State University system and reach their dreams of pursuing their college education,” she said. Curtis Silvers Jr., area
development director of United Negro College Fund of Los Angeles, also took the stage Sunday to explain that future students have the opportunity to gain financial aid to pay for college, and higher education is not out of reach for those who think they cannot afford it. “United Negro College Fund helps all kids of color to get an education,” Silvers said. Last year, the organization helped over 10,000
students at 900 universities receive financial aid to attend college, Silvers said. Silvers thanked attendees and supporters, encouraging them to never give up on the potential of childrens’ minds. “Always remember, thank you for supporting us in believing that a mind is a terrible thing to waste,” Silvers said. SEE SUPER SUNDAY, 3
JUDGE HALIM DHANIDINA
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Halim Dhanidina shared his hardships and experiences in his journey to become the first MuslimAmerican judge in the state of California as part of a presentation hosted by Associated Students Inc. Lobby Corps Monday. In an hour-long speech, Dhanidina chronicled the barriers he faced before he was elected to the superior court by Gov. Jerry Brown in May 2012 and provided advice to students. “If you’re a member of a minority group or an unpopular minority group, you have to put yourself out there,” he said. “Let people know you, even if they’re people you don’t want to know.” Not only did Dhanidina provide advice to the students in attendance, he also addressed the development of racial interactions in America. “At the heart of human interaction is the ability to empathize and to see yourself in other people, and when there’s bigotry, and there’s racism, and there’s discrimination, more often than not it’s fueled by a lack of empathy or understanding of someone else and an inability to identify with someone else based off a perceived difference,” Dhanidina said. Dhanidina graduated from Pomona College in 1994, earning a bachelor’s degree in international relations and ultimately obtained his law degree from UCLA’s School of Law. His achievements in the field include hearing over 52 jury trials, 25 murder cases and seven death penalty prosecutions. “It’s very important to get engaged in public life,”
-Earned undergraduate degree from Pomona College (B.A. International Relations) -Earned Juris Doctorate degree from UCLA School of Law -Deputy district attorney in Los Angeles County for 14 years -Became judge in Los Angeles Superior Court in May 2012 he said. “There’s something different about being involved in public institutions.” Dhanidina was appointed during a period of gradual shift in political culture nationally, which is encouraging more minority judges in order to create a more diverse judiciary. In California, 61.2 percent of judges and justices are white, 11.7 percent are Hispanic, 9 percent are black, 7.7 percent are Asian, 4.1 percent are unidentified and 3.8 percent are multiracial, according to 2012 demographic data provided by the state. Dhanidina said it is important for individuals who are pioneers in their desired fields to tackle the responsibility for their community. “Everyone wants to make the world more accepting and it’s kind of part of responsibility for those people who do it first, and this is repeated throughout history,” he said. SEE JUDGE, 2
Student gives firsthand account of chaos in Cairo, Egypt Freedom of speech leads to protests and changes in Egypt AMAL ROCKN Daily Titan
This past winter break was unlike any other. I spent my time roaming through the streets of Cairo, Egypt, where I spoke to young adults and saw the hostility between some of the people there. During my trip, I noticed how bad the traffic was. Cairo, an extremely busy city, has always been congested, but this year it has gotten much worse. However, traffic was not the only concern among people in Egypt. Freedom of speech has been the primary objective. Since the Arab Spring, the revolution that took place in 2011, Egyptians have
Courtesy of Shutterstock Thousands of people from an opposition group organize a massive anti-government protest.
fought to accomplish this goal. But matters have gotten worse. At least before, protestors were united. It is a war that is not
only between the people and their government, but among the people themselves. With the temporary military coup put in place this
past summer, the minimum amount of jail time for a student protester to serve, who has either participated in a demonstration or written graffiti against the military
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on any wall or street, is five years with a $50,000 fine. After talking to several student protesters and watching local news, I found that college students are the main targets, since they are the most involved. Many participate, or create protests–but at a great cost. Two students from Cairo University and more than 100 from El-Azhar University have died as a result of the Arab Spring. On Nov. 28, 2013, the murder of the No. 1 ranked student from Cairo University, Mohamed Reda, stirred students from both universities. Reda was killed on campus grounds, an assumed haven for students to speak their voice. A turning point for anger among students was the delaying of school without knowing when or if it would start. Classes were supposed
to start during the first week of February, but were postponed until Feb. 22, 2013. This was intended to prolong students’ time in college and deter protesting until they find a way to better deal with students who do. El-Azhar University didn’t notify anyone, even students, of its first day of classes. Pro-military universities have hidden police officers. They spy on students, waiting for any spark of action to occur that will put them to jail. This is happening everywhere, even Tahrir Square, a place that is supposed to be free for the people. It is the birthplace of the revolution, where Egyptians first went to refuse dictatorship during the Mubarak era. SEE EGYPT, 6
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CSSA paper assesses online courses Student leaders declare need to address technology CHRISTINA NGUYEN Daily Titan
In response to debate among state legislators within the last year about expanding online learning in public universities, the California State Student Association (CSSA), a CSU student leadership coalition, published a document to give students a voice in the matter. CSSA Executive Director Miles Nevin, a Cal State Long Beach alumnus, said the CSSA is not pushing for specific changes in policy, but is urging policy makers to consider the group they say is most affected by state decisions on online education, students, in future legislation. “Our goal is to ensure that any implementation of online learning methods
are implemented with thought for what students want,” Nevin said. Due to increased interest in online learning, representatives from 23 different CSU campuses have published a document called “Online Learning White Paper,” drafted by Anthony Gibson, a representative of Cal State Sacramento and an officer of the CSSA. Feedback was sought from the campuses as well as groups like the CSU Academic Senate and staff from the chancellor’s office. The “white paper” is a compilation of general student opinion on the topic, including concerns and suggestions for plans for the future. Nevin said, in general, students have a positive view of online learning. “One of the themes is that students want online education,” he said. “But they want it to enhance their education and not fully replace it, that is, they don’t want to be required
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Photo illustration by MARIAH CARRILLO / Daily Titan With legislation like Senate Bill 520, which requires public universities to offer accredited massive open online courses (MOOCs) to students who are obstructed by “bottleneck” courses, online classes are expected to become more important in the future.
to complete a degree fully online.” Last year, California’s state legislature passed Senate Bill 520, a statute that requires public universities to implement massive open online courses (MOOCs) so students held back by “bottleneck” courses can obtain course credit. At the time, lawmakers noted that only 16 percent of CSU students were able to obtain a degree within four years due to overcrowding in required classes. Some things to consider with the expansion of online education is potential changes in the quality of instruction. Students are also concerned with not having the resources needed to complete assignments or access emails in a timely manner. However, students have different needs, and one such advantage to online learning is that working students with a busy schedule are able to learn when
they are available. This allows for more flexibility and accessibility. A combination of classes that are attended in person and online classes, called “hybrid” classes, allow students to familiarize themselves with course materials before they meet in person to maximize the quality of the time spent in the classroom with the instructor present. Associated Students Inc. President Rohullah Latif, who is a member of the CSSA, said the online class he has taken at Cal State Fullerton has also helped him maintain his studies in the midst of a busy schedule. He said he was initially skeptical about online courses, but changed his mind after he got experience in those courses for himself. Latif said online and hybrid classes add flexibility, but some students do not feel comfortable with online learning in
comparison to traditional classrooms. “Some other concerns for students as well are, ‘well, what about the environment? I go to class, I go to meet new people, network. I want to be able to do that,’” Latif said. “Other concerns about online learning were, ‘am I going to learn the same as being in a regular class?’ You have to take all that into consideration, and also the person.” CSUF communications professor Jason Shepard, Ph.D., teaches courses in both an online format and in person. He said both types of teaching have their advantages. “For students who have lots of demands on their time, I think online classes can be really beneficial. For students who are commuting long distances or who have physical disabilities, I think online classes can be a great thing,” Shepard said. “But in an ideal world,
students would be getting both online and face to face interactions.” Shepard teaches the same curriculum in his communications law class both online and in a classroom, but he said the way the students engage the material is different. While the traditional class demands weekly attendance, the online class allows students to access material on their own time but requires students to post weekly online forum comments at certain deadlines. Still, the range of scores is relatively similar for both formats, indicating that advantages for each method outweigh the respective limitations. Nevin is optimistic about the white paper and online education. He said that Gibson got input from groups like the chancellor’s office and the CSU Board of Trustees to inform how he wrote the white paper.
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As February marks Black History Month, students hear about several historical figures who paved the way for others. Those include Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in baseball, and President Barack Obama, who is the first African-American to become president. “It’s really important for us to understand how law, society and race all intersect because it is such an important social aspect of our world,” ASI Lobby Corps Advocacy Coordinator Kelsey Brewer said.
“Everyone wants to make the world more accepting, and it’s part of the responsibility for those people who do it first.” HALIM DHANIDINA Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court
ASI Lobby Corps Director Harpreet Bath said witnessing Dhanidina’s presentation provided a lot to students. “Being a first pretty much in any category is a big deal,” he said. “What we are trying to do is empower our student body to think beyond the capabilities of what they thought they could do or not do to achieve their dreams.” Dhanidina’s presentation is part of ASI’s plan to host more innovative events during this semester. “They all face challenges that are very different, and for someone to come talk about how they overcame those challenges and went on and did something is very inspirational for our student body,” Bath said.
WINNIE HUANG / Daily Titan Judge Halim Dhanidina, with the Los Angeles Superior Court, is the first Muslim judge in the state of California and one of only three in the United States.
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DTBRIEFS Bomb scare is defused in Fullerton Several Fullerton homes were evacuated Monday afternoon as a bomb squad searched a vehicle with a suspicious device inside, according to the Orange County Register. Police responded after a family member of the truck’s owner reported seeing an unfamiliar “circuit device” inside the truck. The caller said the truck had a broken window, and did not recognize the device found inside. Fullerton police officers said four homes in the surrounding area were evacuated as a precaution. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad searched the truck and determined the device was not explosive. - CECILY MEZA
Law increases penalties for Ugandan gays Yoweri Museveni, the president of Uganda, has approved a statute Monday imposing harsher punishments, including life in prison, for homosexual activity, according to CNN. The bill, originally introduced in 2009, was put on hold when the United Kingdom and other European powers threatened to cut off foreign aid, but was later reintroduced with a maximum sentence of life in prison as opposed to the death penalty. The new law also criminalizes providing aid and counseling to LGBTQ individuals, which would be punishable by several years in prison. In January, Museveni said he would veto the bill, but ultimately signed it, declaring his country would not bow to Western pressure. - MATTHEW MEDINA
UCSB student reports rape near campus A female UC Santa Barbara student was gang raped by three men in the middle of the night over the weekend in Isla Vista, an apartment community near the campus, according to the Los Angeles Times. This has been the second gang rape involving UCSB students in two months. The first incident involved a 18-yearold female student who was raped by two males and one juvenile near the college campus. Three people involved in the first rape case have been arrested. Aut hor it ies searched the area, but have not made any arrests in connection with the second gang rape case thus far.
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A CSUF booth provided attendees with information regarding the university and the path to getting into college. Parents and children had the opportunity to speak with CSUF representatives about getting on the right track. Yvonne Cuaresma, a 19-year-old communications major and Titan delegate for University Outreach, handed out information at the CSUF booth to the youth that had interest in attending college, and information about the application process. Cuaresma said the CSUF booth had more of an impact on the youth than they are aware of for their future college endeavors. “It’s something that’s helping them towards their future without them even knowing it right on the spot,” she said. Cuaresma also said when the youth is repeatedly given information on colleges and the opportunities, they are willing to directly and indirectly help other potential college-bound students in the process. “When you inform them
MARIAH CARRILLO / Daily Titan Curtis R. Silvers Jr., the area development director of the United Negro College Fund, speaks to the congregation about the importance of college for all people of color at the Christ Our Redeemer African Methodist Episcopal church during “Super Sunday.”
with as much information as you can, they are also willing to spread the information to their friends,” she said. The CSU Super Sunday has been an annual event coordinated with the CSU African-American Initiative since 2005 to
give information on financial aid and the pathway to achieve academic success at the university. Super Sunday events throughout the state have introduced CSU campuses and delivered financial aid information to almost 500,000 churchgoers since
the program began. “We are committed to bolstering the number of pathways to a university education for traditionally underrepresented students and producing highly-skilled graduates that will help meet the nation’s changing workforce
needs,” CSU Chancellor Timothy White said in a statement. Super Sunday events were held throughout California to answer President Barack Obama’s call to increase college opportunities to disadvantaged students.
understand the psychopathology of your characters,” George said. She created characters she felt would be fun to write about, but said she had no idea it would lead to her publishing her first book, George uses aspects of people that she knows and, in the past, has put an entire personality into a book. “In the creation of character, you do have to make a leap into fiction,” she said. “The writer has to understand why this character behaves the way he or she behaves and it’s impossible to know that about another human being because you’re not inside their brain or inside their psyche.” Like many other mystery authors, in order to make a “leap into fiction,” George had to maintain a balance of the stories of real-life characters and the personalities she wanted them to have. George said she was drawn to the story of a British student, Meredith Kercher, who was allegedly murdered in Italy by her roommate, Amanda Knox. It inspired her latest book, Just One Evil Act, released in 2013, which was a focal point of the event Sunday. “I’ve read everything that she’s written,” said Lynn Sandweiss, a Long Beach resident who attended the event. “I get it on the
day it comes out and read it immediately; that’s how much I like her.” Because George travels extensively and almost all of her stories were set in Europe, a question arose about how she keeps track of and remembers everything she’s seen, felt, smelled, heard and experienced upon her return to create such vivid description. She said she is fortunate to be able to write whenever and wherever she goes. When travelling, she takes notes, speaks to her voice recorder and takes pictures of everything, every sense, throughout her visit. George is on a “Lynley tour” that started in January at the Key West Literary Seminar in Florida. The tour will continue until June. “Any drive is worth it to hear Elizabeth George speak,” Sandweiss said, referring to her trip from Long Beach. Alonzo C. Whitson, 43, said he attended this event because he is also a CSUF alumnus and heard George speak at the 2004 CSUF commencement. He was fascinated by her speaking and said it was better than her books. The event was followed by a Q-and-A session and book signing for guests who purchased one of George’s books there. George’s next appearance in California is in Carmel on April 24.
Alumna pens mysteries for thinkers Elizabeth George has had her novels adapted to BBC TV AMAL ROCKN Daily Titan
Elizabeth George, a Cal State Fullerton alumna most famous for penning the Inspector Lynley miniseries about a murder mystery-solving Scotland Yard detective, shared how important psychology is to her fictional stories as she spoke at the Fullerton Public Library Sunday. George’s novels have been adapted by the BBC and broadcast on PBS as The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, and is one of two Americans who have had their novels adapted for PBS, according to the City of Fullerton. Featured in Fullerton Library’s Distinguished Speaker Series, George said she thought the adaptation of the series on TV was okay, but said she enjoyed the way the actors brought the characters to life. “I was not emotionally wedded to the television so my belief has always been that, if you’re going to sell your books to somebody to make a film out of them, unless you have the money to produce it yourself, which very few writers do, then the best thing to do is to take a step back and allow them to have their way with it, and not worry about it,” George said.
WINNIE HUANG / Daily Titan Author Elizabeth George, a Cal State Fullerton alumna, tells audience members at the Fullerton Public Library about her experiences and incorporating psychology into her novels.
George’s novels have topped international bestseller lists, including the New York Times bestseller list, and have earned prestigious accolades such as the Agatha Award and the Anthony Award. Professionally, George started out as a teacher at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, but “she gave in to her bent for organized labor and was summarily fired along with 10 other teachers for union activity,” according to her official website.
George attended CSUF and received her master’s degree in counseling/psychology in 1979 and was granted an honorary doctorate of humane studies in 2005. She said her experiences in the psychology and counseling program at CSUF sparked her interest, not in becoming a high school counselor, but in becoming a writer who uses psychology to form the characters and plot of her novels. “It’s important to
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The Olympics: A tradition worth supporting ASHLEN DOMINGUEZ Daily Titan
The Winter Olympics should receive more appreciation from Americans The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are officially over. As the Winter Olympic Games wrapped up with an elaborate closing ceremony, many people looked to the final scores. The United States placed fourth, bringing home 28 medals including nine gold medals in skiing,
figure skating and snowboarding. This is a huge accomplishment for American athletes coming home and it’s certainly something America can be proud of. But how many Americans can say they actually care about the final scores? How many Americans even watched the games? Not nearly enough. The ratings for the Winter Olympics were down 12 percent from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, according to Forbes. To put it in perspective, The Walking Dead pulled in more viewers than the Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday. Many have seen the flags waving strong in times of crisis or during those summer holidays, but where is that pride when America’s team
is competing against athletes from all over the world? That alone is something to be celebrated. Many of these competitors train for years just to be considered to be on team USA and the least people can do is support their efforts. It used to be an event where Americans could cheer on their fellow man and be proud of the country they called home. Now the Olympic Games seems to have lost their shine. As a tradition, this year’s Winter Olympics is one Americans should be proud of. As a country, the United States has competed in every edition of the Winter games, and has hosted the event on four separate occasions. Since 1924, the United States has been sending its best
to compete and Team USA has proved itself by bringing home gold on a number of occasions. The United States has had athletes as young as 16 earning gold medals for America. The fact that this country produces athletes that are able to compete at such a high level is something to be proud of. It’s symbolic of what a great country America is and what the citizens are capable of. Still, how many people recognize the faces of most Olympic athletes? How many interviews or stories are publicized when the games have ended? Again, not nearly enough. It shouldn’t take a war, a free Monday or an act of terror to make people think of America with pride. It should be something
citizens do in appreciation for the country they live in. At the very least people should participate out of team spirit. In just 2010, Team USA brought home the most overall medals in their history of competing. Thirtyseven medals total, nine of which were gold. It’s no secret that the United States fell short this year in comparison to previous years, but that is all the more reason a cheering audience is needed. The athletes in this year’s Olympic Games should come home knowing people are celebrating their efforts— whether they won or not. They should come home knowing what they did still means something to Americans and that it’s not a dying tradition.
Editor Stacked Parking Co. provides unintended benefits JACK LOCKER Parking Company of America
Hired to meet the parking needs of university commuter students and guests, Parking Company of America was brought in to stack parking vehicles in Lot A and G located near the stadium. When lot parking spaces were filled up, commuters were directed into a single-file row and were issued a parking receipt; Upon returning from class or wherever. The driver would retrieve the keys to the auto now parked in a parking space or possibly still in the same place. While this system worked well last year, a decline in enrollment this winter/spring semester has opened up parking spaces in both lots, no longer requiring this service available Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. So what does this friendly knowledgeable crew dressed in their recognizable black shirt and beige pants (that also includes
CSUF students) do now under their blue canvas tent? They provide a positive presence and help create a safe environment for students, be it deterring predatory violence against women or crimes related to vehicles and personal property. This unintended value of their presence must not be overlooked in times where other local universities have documented instances of crimes such as kidnapping that occurred in school parking lots even in broad daylight. Parking Company of America also answers questions related to campus directions and purchasing parking passes or helping out to jump start a student’s dead battery. While the parking service is entirely free to CSUF commuters, students have often expressed their appreciation verbally and showered the valet attendants with such things as pizza, Christmas cookies and Starbucks gift cards. Their tenure is due to end on Thursday, Feb. 27.
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Problems with the Student Success Initiative
he university is attempting to implement a new fee. That fee has rules that need to be followed in order to be established, and during the first round of forums, the university was doing a poor job of implementing them. The Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC) has now decided to extend the evaluation time two more weeks, but that does not change the lack of transparency during the first six weeks. In order to establish the Student Success Initiative (SSI), the fee is required to be both transparent and implement a meaningful and appropriate consultation of the student body. The problem with the fee, during the first six forums, began with its name. The SSI is a fee. It needed to be called what it was, a fee. Slapping a nice name on it only made it harder for students to realize what the initiative actually meant: paying
more every semester. In 2012 students started hunger strikes in order to protest a tuition increase. They knew that a tuition increase meant they had to pay more, and they opposed it. Yet the last round of forums, where students had the ability to shape how the fee would look, saw low student participation. Because of the name Student Success Initiative, students weren’t interpreting the SSI as a fee. Students are less likely to protest something that has the word “success” in the name. Calling it the SSI fee is a good start in increasing transparency. By adding the word “fee” students will know the initiative means they will be paying more. Reaction to the SSI is likely to grow now that the word fee is attached to the name. Not only was the lack of transparency a problem, but the methods the university employed to gauge student interest were
poor. Most events on this campus have low student turnout, university officials should have known these forums would not be any different. As of Feb. 19 the SFAC has received 1,058 students surveys, in a school of more than 38,000 students. That is around 2.7 percent of the student population voicing their opinion. This in no way can be an accurate representation of what the student body actually wants. Some blame can be put on the students for not participating in the process, but it’s also difficult to attend an event that has not been properly advertised or marketed. The marketing amounted to launching a new website, emailing students, advertising through the Daily Titan and using pamphlets and flyers. But the link on the web portal did not look like it was alerting
students of a fee. The words “Student Success Initiative” were the most visible. The words actually explaining that this initiative is a fee was in a noticeably smaller font. The emails sent to students could have been missed by students who don’t check their university accounts often. The SFAC plans to do more to inform students of the fee. One of things they will do is talk to the 30 largest classes in the university to discuss the initiative. Talking to students during their classes is definitely the better alternative. Students are required to be in their classes and talking to them about the fee in their classes will result in more students being informed and possibly more surveys being filled out. A higher percentage of the student body being informed and filling out surveys will result in a fee that will more accurately
represent what the students actually want. But professors talking to their students about the fee does not have to be limited to those 30 classes, professors that can afford the time out of their class could take some time to talk to their students about the fee. University representatives have said that during the next two weeks they will find more methods of advertising and hold another six forums. They have already begun their new advertising by adding a big sliding graphic to the front of the Fullerton.edu website with the words “Student Success Initiative Fee Proposal.” Although whether or not the university will continue these efforts or if they will be successful remains to be seen. It is now up to the students to make sure this next round of forums sees different results than the first six.
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A new way to connect Amuse Me is a new social media platform that connects CSUF students DENA HAMEDANI Daily Titan
tudents have a new way to feel more connected with Cal State Fullerton. Corey Fradin, a 21-year-old CSUF business marketing major, is the creator of the free app called Amuse Me. The goal of Amuse Me is to connect CSUF students across a wide variety of events and activities. “(Amuse Me) is a social media platform that allows for students, organizations and businesses the ability to post and share all of their events,” Fradin said. “The main goal of it is to just further connect Cal State Fullerton.” Fradin said the idea for Amuse Me came to him one evening when he had some downtime in between classes and couldn’t find anything to do. Eventually, he pitched the idea to classmates as part of a class project. From there he continued to pursue the idea and Amuse Me was born. “I was thinking about it a lot at that point,” Fradin said. “I’m like hey, this is actually a pretty cool idea. I think the students will like it a lot and so I decided to do it on my own.” He said his app is the only one to capture the college spirit and shows students what’s happening throughout the campus. Amuse Me is a social platform that not only talks to the students at
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“Whether you are bored in between classes or looking for something to do on a Wednesday night, Amuse Me answers the question, ‘what could I be doing right now?’” COREY FRADIN Creator of Amuse Me
CSUF, but also helps them share campus events and discounts from local businesses. “It’s all about connecting Cal State Fullerton together,” Fradin said. “Right now, we have such an amazing school, new dorms, new restaurants, there’s all this new stuff going on. Hopefully this app is kind of like that missing link that brings all the students and the whole campus together and makes it a whole unit.” Gerald Estares, 29, a business marketing major, said he spends a lot of time on campus and also considers himself to be a frequent app user, using them on a daily basis. Estares said he has a lot of downtime at school and is tired of the food provided at CSUF. He would use an app like Amuse Me, which would help him find new places to eat. “If (Amuse Me) shows me events and restaurants nearby, that would be great,” Estares said. “I’m bad at directions, so that would be (a) great
MARIAH CARRILLO / Daily Titan Corey Fradin, 21, a business marketing major, is the creator of the free Amuse Me app.
help too because it would tell me where (something) is.” In addition to spending a lot of time on campus, Estares also said he has friends who live close to campus who would benefit from Amuse Me and he would recommend the app to them. Like Estares and many other students, Adriana Mendoza, 20, a child and adolescent development major, also uses apps on a daily basis. Mendoza said she does not spend much time at the main campus and instead finds herself spending more time at the Irvine Campus this semester. Fradin’s idea may not appeal to all students since so many have busy work and school schedules, but his goal is to ultimately help students as much as possible through his app.
Fradin also has an Amuse Me website to go along with the app. The website is mainly used to manage its profile as well as create and edit any events that students, organizations or businesses choose to create. In addition to visiting the website, Fradin encourages students to follow Amuse Me on the app’s Facebook page. “Amuse Me is all about giving you the college experience you deserve,” Fradin said. “Whether you are bored in between classes or looking for something to do on a Wednesday night, Amuse Me answers the question, ‘what could I be doing right now?’” Amuse Me officially launched on Feb. 24 and is available on iOS and Android devices.
Center helps single parents get ahead Children’s Center provides affordable care for students REBECCA HARDMAN Daily Titan
It is early Monday morning and a tired mother has just awoken. She is reviewing notes for an exam she has later that afternoon, while preparing breakfast for her young child who is reluctant to get out of bed. As she reviews her school notes, she wishes she had more time to study, but realizes she has to take her son to day care. This is an example of a day in the life of a single parent attending college. Single parent students face several challenges, such as finding day care, completing assignments and taking care of a child by themselves. Some students have no assistance. However, most want to benefit themselves by pursuing a higher education.
Single parent Michelle Maldonado said she used the CSUF Children’s Center last year for her 4-year-old daughter while she attended CSUF. She graduated from CSUF in spring 2013 with a degree in criminal justice. The Children’s Center is funded by Associated Students Inc. (ASI) and offers assistance to students, non-students, professors and faculty members. The center is located on campus. The Children’s Center not only helps students by caring for their children, but also keeps child care at a low cost. The center receives funds from the California Department of Education, the Cal State University system, CSUF, volunteers and student fees. Financial aid is also available for parents who qualify. At one point, Maldonado said she had to adjust her finances in order to pay for day care since the Children’s Center had a grant taken away due to state cuts. However, she did not have to pay too much.
“I did have to pay a little bit, but it was very very little, compared to what I would have paid to a private preschool or even family member to take care of her,” she said. Jenny Taylor, director of the Children’s Center, said the center “provides a safe and healthy environment where children can f lourish.” The center assists all types of parents, but single parents do not always use the program. “The trend is not really single mothers,” Taylor said. “The trend is more older families returning back to school.” Although more families are using the Children’s Center, most share the same goals as single parents. Maldonado said the center helped her during crucial times throughout the semester, such as finals week. “If I told (the Children’s Center) I had finals and need more time to study, (it) works with you the last few weeks of the semester for finals week,” she said. Maldonado said she
Courtesy of Michelle Maldonado Michelle Maldonado, a criminal justice graduate, takes advantage of the center’s low-cost services at CSUF.
appreciated the Children’s Center for one pivotal purpose; to allow her to finish college. The center “was probably the No. 1 reason I was able to graduate on time,” Maldonado said. At the Children’s Center, children engage in stimulating programs and activities that contribute
to their intellectual, emotional, social and physical well-being. The center aims to assist children with growing and students with learning. The Children’s Center also has an area designed for parents who might need to finish work or study.
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FOR THE RECORD The article printed on Feb. 19, 2014 incorrectly stated that the center name is The Volunteer and Service Center. It is now called Volunteer Service Programs. Also, the article incorrectly stated the names of the projects Deira Sanchez participates in. The projects are Community Connection and Students Advocating Civic Transformation (Students A.C.T.).
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Experts recommend researching products before buying them DENA HAMEDANI Daily Titan
For many athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike, choosing the right supplement to complement an exercise routine can be a bit overwhelming at times. Every month, a wide array of supplements continue to make their way onto the shelves of health food stores, vitamin shops and grocery stores. Considering the supplement industry is a multi-billion dollar business, dietary supplements inarguably play a huge part in the success rate for consumers looking to either bulk up or become leaner. More than half of adults in the United States take dietary supplements., according to CNN. Expert nutritionists and personal trainers, however, advise that consumers research products in depth prior to making any purchases. Shannon Lee Eggleston, a certified holistic health practitioner for a Natural Healing Center of Orange County, extensively analyzed the daily diet and personal performance triathletes for five years. This study led to her awareness of the profound impact of nutrition on health and physical performance. “We use whole foods supplements. Raw, organic, whole foods,” Eggleston said. “They are made on a farm, they’re standard process of organic foods.” Eggleston also promotes testing the body to see what it’s missing and from there suggests homeopathic, herbal remedies and supplements like Myo-Plus, Myotrophin PMG, calcium and standard process Protofood (a pile of amino acids) for those looking to build muscle. “When it comes to bulking, the right fats, the right minerals, the right supplementation, that’s what I use,” Eggleston said. “I always do the Protofood before I work
MARIAH CARRILLO / Daily Titan Lean meats such as chicken and turkey are ideal for those seeking a healthy lifestyle. Fatty red meat is not recommended.
Picking the right proteins to live a healthy lifestyle depending on weight, age and sex. The American Dietetic Association and the American College of Sports Medicine recommends athREBECCA HARDMAN letes consume 0.5 to 0.8 Daily Titan grams of protein per pound of body weight. Incorporating protein For children ages 2 to 6 into your daily diet is an and for most women, the important component recommended daily serving to maintaining a healthy for protein is five ounces. body. The recommended Protein is vital for every amount of protein for oldsingle cell in the human er children, teen girls, acbody to function. Whether tive women and most men, you want to gain weight, is two daily servings that shed a few pounds or main- amount to six ounces. tain a healthy weight, proThe minimum amount tein is an essential ingre- of protein that you should dient to living a healthy take in for building muscle lifestyle. It is also import- is one gram of protein per ant to be mindful about pound of body weight, acthe right amount and right cording to BodyBuilding. kind of protein to incorpo- com. rate into your diet. Taylor Hubbard, a 20 You can get protein from year-old kinesiology major several sourcand employee “I always try to at the Student es: lean meats such as chick- eat eggs. They are R e c r e a t i o n en, fish, eggs, Center, said dairy prod- simple, easy, they she believes ucts, protein are a good source breakfast is bars, protein the most imof protein, and portant meal shakes, beans and nuts. they are overall of “Ithe day. Protein always benefits the healthy for you.” try to eat body in sevbreakfast. eral ways. It I have earbuilds and re- TAYLOR HUBBARD ly classes pairs tissues, Kinesiology major/Student but I notice produces en- Recreation Center employee it makes a zymes and difference.” hormones, replenishes lost When it comes to inblood and is the building corporating protein into block for bones, muscles, her diet, Hubbard cooks cartilage, hair and skin. It her own breakfast in the also provides energy for the morning. human body. “I always try to eat eggs. Another benefit of pro- They are simple, easy, they tein is that it protects the are a good source of protein, body against illness, pro- and they are overall healthy motes a healthy metabo- for you,” Hubbard said. lism and supports the imStaying away from fast mune system. food and meats high in fat Chris Felix, a freelance are crucial when limiting personal trainer, said pro- protein consumption. tein plays a significant The proteins you should role in dieting and staying avoid include processed healthy and fit. meats, dairy products and Anything that is a lean fried foods. These types of meat, such as chicken or proteins are high in cholesturkey, are all healthy kinds terol and can cause chronof protein for the human ic illnesses, heart disease body to function normally, and excess weight gain, acFelix said. cording to ChooseMyPlate. Staying away from high gov. Instead, healthy altersaturated fats is also a key natives include turkey, lean element to maintaining a chicken, beans and nuts. healthy weight. Jeff Atkinson, a 21-yearWhen it comes to avoid- old sociology major, said ing certain foods, Felix he tries to stay away from avoids saturated fats fast food even though it and “anything that is is “so tempting, easy and processed.” unhealthy.” Studies have shown proProtein is an essential intein can help whether you gredient in everyone’s diet. are looking to lose weight, It improves muscle mass, bulk up, improve heart muscle tone and can assist health or boost your energy, with weight loss. Limiting according to SFGate.com fast food, dairy products The recommended and processed meats are amount of protein var- key components to living a ies from person to person, longer, healthier life.
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MARIAH CARRILLO / Daily Titan Using the proper supplements can contribute to a more successful fitness plan overall. Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle or just be healthier, using supplements can help get you there.
out and 21 grams of protein after (this varies based on your weight).” In addition to protein powder, Eggleston said people should avoid cow dairy, caffeine, corn starch, sugar and artificial sweeteners. Sean Wood, a National Physical Training Institute certified personal trainer and Wholesale Nutrition Center supplementation expert, suggested consuming healthy carbohydrates like brown rice and quinoa. “A lot of people are afraid of carbs or carb shy,” Wood said. “Carb count is going to
help with recovery, it’s going to help with amino acid absorption, it’s going to help with cycling all these nutrients throughout your body and creating an insulin spike.” Wood suggested creatine with sufficient amounts of water and an adequate diet including a sufficient amount of protein for muscle gain. For those looking to become leaner, Wood suggested CLA and L-Carnitine. “CLA is an antioxidant that pulls fat out of your cells; allows you to burn up your energy a little bit more efficiently,” Wood said. “There’s L-Carnitine which is natural amino acid as well, which mobilizes fat cells a little bit faster than your body does.” Wood advised staying away from higher caffeine fat burners. Eggleston said she is a huge advocate of the direct correlation between detoxification and the body’s overall wellness. She said she believes all symptoms can be cleared through proper nutrition. Chia seeds mixed in water is a non-expensive form of obtaining Omega-3-6-9 essential fatty acids through food and offers a great source of nutrition. Linda Calkins, a registered dietetic technician who regularly provides nutritional counseling for patients, recommended whey protein for muscle gain; in
a whey protein concentrate; not isolate. “The Amino acids in (whey protein) actually help with either maintaining or helping with gain muscle in the body,” Calkins said. “It’s a really good source for that.” Calkins also suggested taking protein after a workout, typically within a couple of hours after working out, because it helps with muscle repair. Keep in mind, appropriate protein amounts vary based on each individual’s weight. For those interested in supplementing with their workout, Calkins said it is important to pay close attention to the ingredients and label claims. In addition to using supplements to become leaner or gain muscle, Calkins highly recommended closely monitoring one’s food intake. She also said a fair amount of people who experience muscle soreness don’t get enough magnesium in their diet. “You can actually take Epsom salt baths which have magnesium in them and it actually does go into your tissue. Or you may find that possibly a magnesium supplement could be helpful too,” Calkins said. Consumers should not view supplements as form of substitution for a poor nutritional diet, but instead eat well-balanced meals to help obtain the most effectiveness from an ideal supplementation routine.
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