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Mayor plans for new shelter

Doubling down on a college education

Doug Chaffee hopes to build homeless shelter in Anaheim



increase statutory and/or judicial restrictions on the war powers authority of the president. Traditionally, debaters don’t sway much from the resolution. They explain the advantages and disadvantages and give their own plans about to resolve the topic. Policy debaters, such as Brooks and her partner, Dan Stanfield, break away from these norms. Brooks, who has been a social justice advocate for over a decade, grew up in a family that valued engagement in advocacy and the political sphere.

When he’s not in classes or doing homework to complete two degrees, Andreas Schauer can be seen zipping around on his motorcycle. The way he chooses to get around is much like the way he likes to live his life: fast paced and with a clear destination. While the rigorous load of completing a degree with a single major is often enough to overwhelm most students, Schauer handles two majors and much more with determination and resilience. Schauer, a third-year student, juggles a double major in mechanical engineering and business at Cal State Fullerton. He is also the president of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) club on campus. Schauer manages his studies, club activities and intramural sports, yet still finds time to take his motorcycle for a leisurely spin. Born and raised in the city of Vallejo in Northern California, Schauer said being a double major pushes him to succeed. Out of all the people he knows from his hometown, it has only produced well-known success stories for athletes, but never academics or businessmen. “I will be the first person that is not an athlete, if I make it to come back and call Vallejo my hometown,” Schauer said. “It is kind of a pushing factor to know I’m from here, anybody can do it. As a former high school varsity athlete, Schauer knows what it is like to face fierce competition and perseverance to be the best. He said he hopes to start an automobile company combining his expertise in engineering and business after graduation to design and market exotic cars in the vein of the Fast and Furious films. “Just being able to walk around and be my own person and know I have this company’s legacy and no one knows except people in this industry, that’s gratifying to me,” Schauer said. However, the path Schauer has chosen for his academic career is not one he would recommend to everyone. The only reason he is able to manage his schedule is because he knows what he wants in life. Schauer said if someone is taking on another major to just try something new, then the stress and workload are not worth it.



Fullerton Mayor Doug Chaffee laid out his goals for the city in the coming year in his first meeting Tuesday during his first town-hall style meeting as mayor. During his “Dialogue with Doug” community talk, Chaffee touched on infrastructure maintenance and other goals, but the issues surrounding Fullerton’s homeless population were addressed repeatedly throughout the meeting. There are an estimated 200 to 300 homeless people in Fullerton, said City Manager Joe Felz. Chaffee plans to work with the city of Anaheim and Orange County to build a 200-bed homeless shelter there to serve the homeless population in both cities. He said he hopes to have the shelter plans finalized by the end of this year, with construction beginning in 2015. Chaffee was one of three councilmembers who, in June, rejected an agreement between Orange County and Fullerton to build a similarly-sized shelter in town. Janice Blair, a retiree who works with the homeless through the Fullerton Seventh Adventist Church, was worried the mayor’s timeline may not be fast enough. “It sounds like if you’re waiting until the end of the year just to get a plan in place to give the homeless shelter, it’s not really very helpful to do what we’re going to do now,” Blair said. Chaffee reached out to the Anaheim City Council to start the planning for the 200-bed homeless shelter. That collaboration is important, he said, to keep up with the constant movement of homeless individuals between cities. “One day … they may be in Anaheim, the next day they may be here,” Chaffee said. “It’s a common problem and we must solve it together.” Fullerton Armory Shelter is open during cold weather months to provide services to the homeless, and the shelter was recently approved to continue past its original seasonal closure date, Chaffee said. In addition, the Armory is under the control of the state and the National Guard, leaving the city of Fullerton little leeway in running it. SEE CHAFFEE, 3

Andreas Schauer hopes to start an automobile company

MARIAH CARRILLO / Daily Titan Kristen Broughton, a radio-TV-film major, lights a candle during the “Take Back the Night” vigil Wednesday.

Taking back the night Students, faculty and survivors speak out against sexual assault

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Candles lit up the night around the Cal State Fullerton housing plaza Wednesday as students and faculty helped spread awareness for victims of sexual assault. “Take Back the Night,” featured three keynote speakers, including a sexual assault survivor, to further educate students on the issue. Roughly one in five college women are victims of attempted or

completed sexual assault during their academic careers, according to a 2012 report from the Center for Disease Control. “The problem is that nobody wants to think that this happens,” said Dawn Foor, the supervisor for sexual assault prevention at Community Service Programs (CSP), a nonprofit organization that helps victims of crime and at-risk youth. The WoMen’s Center and CSP offer services for victims of sexual assault. The WoMen’s Center provides service from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through

Friday, while CSP provides a 24-hour hotline throughout the weekend. “Cal State Fullerton has wonderful … services for any of our sexual assault survivors,” said Susan Leavy, who works in the Student Health and Counseling Center. The event was hosted by student organization Consent is Key and the WoMen’s and Adult Reentry Centers. For further help or information about the programs available on campus, contact the WoMen’s Center at (657) 278-3928.

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Debating in a new way CSUF Speech and Debate team is among the top 25 schools NICOLE WEAVER Daily Titan

The days where students, wearing formal attire, stand at a podium and allow each other to calmly discuss a particular issue are numbered. A new form of debating, known as performance debating, is becoming more popular. It’s a guerrilla style of debate that uses poetry readings, rap, foreign languages and stripping down to one’s underwear in order to

garner a victory against top dog schools, such as USC and Harvard University. “The Fullerton program played a large part in sort of shifting the debate community from very traditional norms of debate, and toward performative debate,” said Sara Beth Brooks, a human communications major and member of the Cal State Fullerton debate team. The debate team has a long history of success in the world of debate, ranking consistently among the top 25 schools in the country out of hundreds of competing schools. While there is not a proper or correct way to debate, performance

debate is taking an activity long-rooted in tradition and turning it on its head. Policy debate has a few specific technical aspects that are unique to that particular form of debating. For example, many debaters argue at extremely high speeds, usually speaking 300-350 words a minute. A debate round consists of eight speeches, two to each person in the room. Each competitor gets nine minutes for a constructive speech, and six minutes to rebut. Both teams are given different sides of an issue to argue. For example, this year the topic is whether or not the U.S. government should substantially

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Students research topics that span multiple disciplines KYLE NAULT Daily Titan

Members of the campus community gathered in University Hall to launch American Papers, a journal composed of articles written and edited by American studies students and alumni. “The papers really reflect the classes that American studies faculty teach and, often, many of our classes have a historical component,” said faculty editorial advisor Terri L. Snyder, Ph.D. “But we want to teach students to understand the past as well as the present, and how the past relates to the present.” Established in 1980, the publication is now in its 34th year of production.

This year, the journal highlights several different topics ranging from research on women in the Cold War to covenants of the Ku Klux Klan in Brea. To be selected, students in American studies courses submitted their papers in June to the American Papers editorial board and faculty advisor. Together, they decided what would be published in the journal. “(American studies are like) history and sociology combined,” editorial board member Tatiana Pedroza said. “It is really interdisciplinary … and it combined all my interests together.” The 2013-14 version of the papers include over 14 articles that cover a wide array of these interdisciplinary topics. In his work titled “Puttin’ ‘Em Back in the Kitchen: The Creation,

Containment, Escape, and Recapture of the Nuclear Mom,” John Ciulik, a graduate student, examined the position of women in the Cold War and how the popular culture of the 1950s tied into it. Ciulik cites his mother as the inspiration for his work. “My mother was born in 1939 and this is the period of time where she grew up and kind of created her identity,” he said. “My mom had a pretty classic migration story and I grew up as a product of the extension of that migration story.” Other authors focused on the history of different subjects, including racial relations in local communities. C.J. Adams, an alumnus who majored in history and American studies, wrote “The City of Oil, Oranges, and Racism.” His article sought to answer the question of how Brea became dominated by white residents, and examined the racist past that he believes still contributes to the hindrance of the racial and cultural diversity of the city. “I was trying to find something about the city that I grew up in,” Adams said. “I think it’s significant because a lot of people that live in Brea or surrounding communities

don’t know the history of where they live.” He said he was shocked to learn about the “sundown ordinance” that was in effect in the city during the 1920s and 1930s, which meant that no black people or people of color could be in town past 6 p.m. He also retold the tale of Neff Cox, who he said was the only black person in town for almost 50 years. In addition to Ciulik’s and Adams’ findings, the publication offers topics that embody the vast range of subjects that American studies scholars research. The papers include pieces on War on Terror films and even how Disneyland functions as a disciplinary environment. Journal editors hope to expand the publication and bring it into the digital age in the coming years. “We hope to move in the future to an online journal, and we’ve been talking about making it not just a journal of papers from American studies classes, but inviting undergraduates from across the country to submit,” Snyder said. The journal is available online and a print copy can be picked up in the American studies department office.

ELEONOR SEGURA / Daily Titan The latest edition of American Papers includes over 14 articles from American studies students and alumni.

Event will celebrate black leaders “Thrones of Black Kings” aims to reach black males MICHAEL CHEN Daily Titan

CSUF Sistertalk, a student organization at Cal State Fullerton, will host “Thrones of Black Kings” Thursday in the Titan Student Union to celebrate male leaders and role models in the black community. Roxana Rivera, a broadcast journalism major and the president of CSUF Sistertalk, invites everyone, regardless of race or nationality, to join the “Thrones of Black Kings” event on campus to learn more about black history during Black History Month. “It can be a learning process for (people outside the black community) because we do have facts about African-Americans that people may not know,” Rivera said. “Thrones of Black Kings”

will help spread this message of unity and support and will be an event geared towards black students to show appreciation and love to those who may have been victims of racism and discrimination. Gary Jones, a black 21-year-old business major at Pasadena City College, said racism is something he has experienced firsthand. “Still to this day, people lock their doors when I walk by their cars and I don’t understand why, you know?” Jones said. “When I was walking in Glendale, some lady grabbed her purse like I was going to take it.” CSUF Sistertalk group is founded on preventing this type of racial profiling. The group works on campus to provide support for students dealing with racism or negative stereotyping. Its “Thrones of Black Kings” event reflects their stance that many of the black male students on campus are underappreciated. “This event is specifically

for the men on campus and in the surrounding areas,” said 21-year-old sociology major Alysa Monet, who is a public relations representative for CSUF Sistertalk. “Since we are an organization that is targeted to women of color, we reached out primarily to the men of color on campus.” Monet said the main objective of the group is to inform the men in attendance that they are not only appreciated, but also have a support group in CSUF Sistertalk. “We also hope for our men to feel empowered when they leave; empowered to make a difference in the lives of others, empowered to improve themselves,” she said. Monet said she also believes there is a huge identity crisis among black students at Cal State Fullerton.

“The black or AfricanAmerican population is around 2 percent,” she said. “There’s a huge desire to figure out what our identity is. And though I don’t want to generalize or speak for the entire black or African-American population, I believe it’s because we don’t tend to see much of ourself in our classmates; our experiences aren’t generally the same as our peers and that can make it hard to find relatable situations.” This struggle to find an identity in the classroom allows CSUF Sistertalk to build a close-knit group in which black students can come together and feel a part of something meaningful, she said. The event has reached its maximum capacity, but potential attendees may email sistertalk12@gmail. com to see if any additional spots are open.

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DTBRIEFS Controversial AZ bill vetoed by governor Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a state bill that would have given businesses the right to deny service to gay and lesbian customers due to religious reasons Wednesday, according to CNN. Senate Bill 1062 was subject to a slew of protests after it passed the state legislature last Thursday. Major corporations such as Apple, AT&T and American Airlines, as well as the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, opposed the statute. “Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value, so is non-discrimination,” Brewer said in a statement. Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake and former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney supported the veto. - SASHA BELANI

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The issue is further complicated by the fact that, while Fullerton has an anti-camping law, there are few alternatives for homeless individuals, making it difficult for police to enforce that particular ordinance, Chaffee said. “That’s one of the benefits of when we do get a shelter, we’ll have a place to have them go to, and if they don’t do it then we’ll start enforcing the anti-camping law more seriously,” he said. Chaffee said the Fullerton Police Department has been equipped with more training on how to interact with the homeless. “The police department is totally different than it was two years ago,” he said. “We now have homeless liaison officers. In fact, every sworn officer must go through homeless training on how to deal with homeless people.” Fullerton’s police department has started training other cities in homeless liaison programs, Chaffee said, including 19 cities that took advantage of the training in recent weeks. Homeless individuals with drug abuse or mental health issues require other services than simply a roof and a bed to sleep in, Chaffee said. He said interfaith organizations like Pathways of Hope can also be relied upon to aid the homeless, even when the city lacks



the facilities or funding. “There are all kinds of different things that you need to address the homeless situation,” Chaffee said. “That’s a transitional phase … once (the homeless) go through the six months at Pathways about … three quarters don’t have to return.” Pathways is also planning to expand, Chaffee said, adding on eight additional units specifically to help homeless families. The program also provides budget training and help with other issues within the family, he said. Chaffee said the planning for Fullerton’s homeless shelter will take time to be finalized, but the goal is a long-term solution to the issues raised by the residents at the meeting. “That’s why creating a shelter is very important,” he said. “It won’t happen overnight, but if we can finally come together on the site and a design with the right services in there, then there’s hope for the future.” Chaffee said he hopes to have the planning portion of the shelter done by the end of this year, and to have construction begin in 2015. Dialogue with Doug meetings continue a tradition began by his predecessors, who gave their events different names. The town-hall meetings are currently scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of each month at locations across the city.

MARIAH CARRILLO / Daily Titan Audience members listen to Fullerton Mayor Doug Chaffee explain his proposed homeless shelter during his first “Dialogue with Doug” community talk in the Fullerton Community Center Tuesday.

MARIAH CARRILLO / Daily Titan Fullerton Mayor Doug Chaffee (center) speaks to city residents concerning homeless shelters and other concerns. He is joined by his wife, Paulette (right), and City Manager Joe Felz (left).

CSUF journal gives opportunities to student writers Publication aims to accept only the finest submissions KALEY WILLIAMS Daily Titan

DASH Literary Journal, a student-run publication based in the English Department, is now accepting submissions for its 2014 issue. The journal includes many different types of literary works, including poetry, fiction and nonfiction stories and literary criticism. The co-editor of DASH, Stephanie Flint, a 22-yearold English graduate student, has been working on DASH for the past three years. She said the process has helped her gain knowledge of the career she hopes to enter. “As a creative writer myself, this experience has really helped me gain valuable perspective on how the publishing world works, and how to best present myself and my work to the public,” Flint said.

Courtesy of Cal State Fullerton DASH Literary Journal publishes only about 1 to 3 percent of submissions it receives, according to Steve Westbrook, Ph.D.

The DASH staff works in all areas of the publishing world, Flint said. “The students are broken up into editorial committees and business committees,” she said. “We split the time between the two reviewing submissions and also tending to the business side of journal production.” Sierra Tavasolian, 26, a graduate student studying English, is a member of the CSUF Creative Writing Club and said her

involvement with DASH is helping her make relationships with people who are already working in writing careers. “There are bi-monthly creative writing workshops, and there are bigger events during the semester. In the fall, we have an industry night, where people from a bunch of different writing-based jobs come and talk. We’ve had published novelists, bigname comedians and even

TV writers,” Tavasolian said. “It’s a great chance to hear about writing as a career, and to ask questions.” Getting involved with DASH and the CSUF Creative Writing Club will give aspiring writers access to a great community of students with similar goals, Tavasolian said. After receiving submissions, all names are covered and the submissions are blindly reviewed by the DASH staff. Steve Westbrook, Ph.D., an associate professor of English and faculty advisor of DASH, said only 1 to 3 percent of submissions received actually make it into the journal. It may be difficult to get published in the journal, but students involved are confident that working on DASH is a rewarding opportunity. For those hoping to be published in DASH, they must follow strict submission guidelines. Students may send in up to five poems, and they must be 33 lines or fewer in length. Aside from poetry, you may only submit one

submission per category. Fiction, nonfiction and works of criticism must be 2,014 words or fewer; art must be sent in as a TIF or JPEG file, and hybrid works are welcome. Submissions must not have been previously published elsewhere. The deadline for all submissions is March 1. For those who hope to be published in DASH but miss the deadline, there will be a “Dash-off,” which is a flash fiction contest, held on March 2. There will also be a DASH fundraiser held in the Titan Student Union Underground on April 8 that will feature a superhero-themed competition, and the winner will be published in DASH. DASH is run through a graduate-level course, English 515, and the first issue was published in 2008. Since then, a new issue has been released annually. The 2014 issue of DASH will be released on May 16. For more information, visit DashLiteraryJournal. com.








Arizona bill rightfully vetoed KALEY WILLIAMS Daily Titan

Photo illustration by AMANDA SHARP & ELEONOR SEGURA/ Daily Titan People who sign up on the website sign away a percentage of their wages for the next five or ten years.

Upstart not a good choice ERIC GANDARILLA Daily Titan

Losing up to 7 percent of wages for 10 years is not a good investment The main goal of attending college is graduating and landing a well-paying job. During their time in college, students sometimes complain about their classwork and just how terrible having to get up early is. But during the last semester of college, all of a sudden none of that sounds as terrible as it once did. Rose colored glasses will tint the last four, or for some five, years in a pink hue. College is over, degree is in hand, now it is real. It is time to find a job. Unfortunately, accomplishing that is not an easy task. With mixed opportunities after graduation, students may begin to gravitate toward alternative post graduation options. One of these possible options is the website Upstart. com. Upstart allows anyone to post a profile of themselves which lists a person’s education, area of study, goals and how much money is needed to accomplish those goals. From there, investors can choose who looks the most promising and invest in them. In return for the money received upfront, the Upstart user will need to agree to give back a certain percentage of his or her earnings for the next five to 10 years. This percentage can range from as little as 1 percent all the way up to 7 percent. While this website is not exclusive to college students, it is an attractive choice for students wanting to escape the monthly payment cycle of their student loans. But there are too many uncertainties and risks involved in doing something like this. This is especially true considering the last couple years have shared the common theme of low unemployment rates. In 2008, the unemployment rate began to rise, and in October 2009, the unemployment rate peaked at 10.1 percent, according to Fortunately, unemployment rates have dropped since then, but the job market is still a tough place to enter. Certain majors yield better employment opportunities than others. People who majored in subjects such as elementary education have a low 5 percent unemployment rate, while those who majored in architecture have an unemployment rate of 12.8 percent. In 2013, the overall unemployment rate of college graduates was 7.9 percent, according to the Huffington Post. Students who graduate with less sought after degrees end up having to take up jobs that don’t actually require college degrees. They are indeed finding a job after college but at a job that pays them the same amount a non-graduate would get. This makes it easier to understand why a student would consider Upstart. com. But again, that decision would be ill advised. Most Upstart profiles have some sort of business proposal they use to entice possible investors. The business proposal might seem sound, but whether or not it will actually succeed is unknown. Regardless of that, Upstart users are agreeing to give investors a percentage of their earnings for up to a decade; that sounds like a problem waiting to happen. If the business funded by Upstart failed then how would the person be able to afford giving back a percentage of their meager earnings? The answer is simple: they wouldn’t. The principles behind Upstart and taking out a normal loan are relatively the same: receive money from a source and agree to pay it back. It’s the method of paying it back that begins to differ. In the case of Upstart, if a person fails then giving a percentage of little to no earnings will put the person in financial problems. If the person is successful then they will have to give away more money to investors. This 1 to 7 percent will be extra money on top of the taxes and other expenses they will be paying. However difficult it may be for a college graduates with bachelor’s degree to find a job, there are better options available to them than signing 10 years of their paychecks away.

Gov. Jan Brewer has made the right decision in vetoing anti gay bill One of the founding notions of this nation is that all men are created equal. There has been a lot of progress to lessen discrimination against others but it seems there is still a long way to go. An Arizona bill has been vetoed that would have allowed shop owners to deny service to gay and lesbian customers as long as they denied them strictly based on religious beliefs. Supporters of the bill, SB 1062, said the law would make it so that shop owners do not have to serve customers if they should offend their religious beliefs. How can serving customers who have different beliefs be against someone’s religion? Many religions have a saying similar to “love the sinner, hate the sin.” Where was that compassion when the bill was being passed? If this bill had been passed, how far would the discrimination go? If shop owners could deny gay and lesbian customers based on their religious beliefs, could they also turn away unwed mothers? Could they deny transsexuals or people of other religions? Where is the line drawn? Many businesses already harbor signs that say, “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.” This law would have simply allowed shop owners to turn away customers whose beliefs they didn’t agree with, without fear of lawsuit or retaliation. This law would have been completely discriminating. Allowing shop owners to deny customers based on their sexual orientations is completely ridiculous, and trying to claim this would allow more religious freedom is extremely

MIKE TRUJILLO / Daily Titan If SB 1062 had passed, Arizona businesses would have been able to discriminate against gay customers.

far-fetched. The First Amendment gives everyone the right to freedom of religion. Individuals should be able to have their own beliefs without shunning others. Serving gay and lesbian customers does not belittle a shop owner’s beliefs. It also does not express that the shop owner agrees with the customer’s beliefs or lifestyle. The only thing it expresses is that the shop owner is a decent human being. This bill being vetoed is a huge step forward in the

fight for equality. People are entitled to their own beliefs and lifestyles. There are already so many cases of hate and self-harm when looking at kids and teens who are afraid to come out as gay or lesbian. This law would have just confirmed the perception that there is something wrong with homosexuality. Everyone is entitled to love and happiness, and people should not be discriminated against just because others don’t agree with the sex of the person they love.


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Gov. Jan Brewer made the correct choice in vetoing the bill. This bill may have intended to protect freedom of religion, but instead it would have simply allowed discrimination and hate. It would begin with gay and lesbians and it would only grow from there. Gays and lesbians are people just like anyone else, and they deserve the same rights and respects. The long adopted belief of all men being created equal is a belief that needs to be honored.


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CSUF program encourages aspiring graduate students EPOCHS offers workshops, tutoring and guidance NICOLE WEAVER Daily Titan

Courtesy of Arm the Animals Arm the Animals is a clothing brand that sells T-shirts and sweaters featuring animals fully armed with weapons, including machine guns and grenades. These items can be bought on the company’s website.

Clothing line aims to help rescue animals The company partners with over 30 animal shelters ASHLEN DOMINGUEZ Daily Titan

When Matt Heinmeyer’s older sister suddenly died from a heart condition in 2008, he knew he had to do something to honor her memory. Knowing his sister’s love for animals, Heinmeyer began to create a memorial in her name that would continue the work she did for them. Unexpectedly, the phrase “Arm the Animals” came to him. With encouragement from friends, Heinmeyer drew up shirts with the phrase and a few designs. Eventually, Arm the Animals (ATA) became a clothing line. Most of the shirts were created in a tongue-incheek fashion, showing images of cuddly creatures fully armed with weapons, including grenades and machine guns. The shirts were a hit and quickly began to sell. Heinmeyer started the company with his friend and roommate, Danian Rios. The clothing brand project began in the pair’s apartment. Much like their logo of a gorilla carrying an AK-47, the two were armed and ready for the tasks ahead. The company used its growing online presence and social media to create a buzz for the cause. They built a reputation and business from this. Three years later, the company is still growing. Heinmeyer and Rios have stayed true to their business model and charitable foundation by donating a portion of the proceeds to animal shelters. ATA has a long-standing partnership with animal rescue organizations, including the Fullerton-based Barks of Love and Strangest Angels, and makes steady donations to them. As a small business, the owners of the company felt connected to the mom-and-pop style rescues and has since partnered with more than 30 rescues on a separate monthly basis. The clothing items from ATA are inspired by other animal lovers. The pair reached out to one of their followers on Instagram who lost her beloved rabbit. ATA created a “Rambo Rabbit” T-shirt with her pet in mind, and a portion of the proceeds from that shirt went to These interactions are what the company looks

for, and Heinmeyer is glad to have the Internet as their main platform. “People engage with us mostly through Instagram, Facebook and our website so that’s kind of a model that’s worked for us really well,” Heinmeyer said. ATA has caught the attention of multiple celebrities, including Ashley Greene, John Travolta and Shannon Elizabeth. Cal State Fullerton alumnus Aaron Lanahan, an ATA intern, said he has been inspired by the small company. “I love the fact that they’re a charitable clothing company and they’re not doing something for just themselves,” Lanahan said. “They’re actually reaching out to other people.” The idea behind ATA is something people seem to be receiving well. Its website has had positive feedback, and people are asking for more original designs. Alison Nullmeyer, an Orange County resident and frequent shopper, was not put off by the idea of animals with weapons. “I think that’s awesome.


I think it’s a really great moniker,” Nullmeyer said. “If I’m going to spend money frivolously, at least it’s going towards someone who needs it.” The company has some new changes planned in the upcoming year. Heinmeyer said he is expecting to launch a new project, Arm the Animals University Affiliate Program (ATA-U), in the next few weeks on his company’s website. ATA-U will reach out to university students who are interested in being brand ambassadors for the company. “We’re basically trying to find university students who are down with the cause that they think what we’re doing is cool,” Heinmeyer said. Students will have the opportunity to earn free gear while they help promote the business around campuses everywhere. ATA is also planning appearances at a number of big Southern California events, including Comic-Con, WonderCon, Unique LA and Fiesta Hermosa. For more information, visit

Getting into graduate school can be a tiresome struggle for anyone. There are SATs to take, applications to fill out and essays to write. Some Hispanic students face many challenges while attempting to get into a graduate school due to financial and cultural circumstances. However, the Enhancing Postbaccalaureate Opportunities at Cal State Fullerton for Hispanic Students (EPOCHS) program aims to lessen the fear of possibly not being accepted into graduate school. Although the program helps many Hispanic students, every ethnicity is allowed to benefit from its resources. The EPOCHS program began in 2010 and provides academic support, tutoring, faculty-staff mentoring and making a positive change in the lives of Hispanic graduate students. Students involved in EPOCHS benefit from orientation programs, a student newsletter, workshops and research funding. Funding has been awarded to many students since EPOCHS started. EPOCHS received a fiveyear federal grant that Hispanic-serving institutions and postbaccalaureate

programs can apply for. The money the program receives is earmarked for “improving Hispanic achievement in graduate school,” said Katherine Powers, the graduate studies director and one of the creators of EPOCHS. In order to help the Hispanic community, the idea was to fashion the framework of the services, such as orientation, mentors and tutors to specifically meet their needs, Powers said. However, the services offered through EPOCHS are available for any graduate student that wishes to take advantage of them. Powers said the services provided by EPOCHS are available to students because of the grant. When EPOCHS applied for the grant in fall 2010, 15 percent of graduate students were Hispanic, and now 21 percent are hispanic, she said. “That’s a huge disparity, and there’s no reason for that, except that Hispanic students weren’t going to graduate school here,” Powers said. “When you look back at all the data I could look at, like historical enrollment patterns, I can only think that the grant had the strongest effect on that number. We’re very proud of that.” Graduate school can be a culture shock for many students. However, the mentors at EPOCHS are there for students to help them through the transition and orient

the students with graduate coursework. “From undergrad to graduate, it’s a different life. Different responsibilities, different expectations,” said Cristy Sotomayor, a graduate assistant in the program who is also working on her master’s degree in psychology. Sotomayor works in the Graduate Studies Office as a researcher, which means her work serves the grant’s targets. She said the program has a graduate panel and mentoring program with workshops and a writing bootcamp, as well as support groups for those involved. The program contains all faculty-staff who are assigned graduate students to mentor. In addition to the enriching services offered by EPOCHS, the grant also funds an admissions coordinator who works specifically with graduate students. Up until three years ago, that position was non-existent. “That was part of the idea to get somebody, because all of the admissions personnel just worked for all students, undergrad … there just seemed to be some weaknesses in the admissions processing for graduate students, that I had noticed,” Powers said. The grant has allowed EPOCHS to build the proper program needed to enrich the lives of graduate students at Cal State Fullerton and to encourage them to reach out for help.

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As an adult, she found that advocating for social justice was an intuitive way to effectuate real change in the world around her. “The types of arguments that Dan and I debate about have to do with issues of social justice. We approach the topic from a lens of social justice. What do war powers look like through a social justice lens? How do we engage with war powers and also talk about issues of structural violence or issues of systemic oppression?” Brooks said. When Brooks and her partner debate the resolution for presidential war powers, they present their arguments in poetry as a form of revolutionary politics. Their nine minute slam poem, titled “The Wars at Home,” is their critique of the topic, which is that the topic only asks to shift who

does war, not actually asking to do less war. “It’s interesting to see how everybody has their own literature base that they’re pulling from,” said Jeanette Rodriguez, a policy debate coach who is getting her master’s degree in communications. The team also engages in public forum debate, which deals with hot button issues and current events. The topics for those debates change each tournament and give debaters more versatility by thinking critically about a wide range of issues. For Elena Caceres, public forum debate has allowed their education to flourish in a way that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. “Becoming more aware of the world around you … permeates into your everyday life,” Caceres said. The debate team has completed several tournaments in the past few months and is finishing its season in March with a trip to nationals in Indiana.


NSBE club adviser, Elizabeth Gomez, said Schauer’s journey from his first year until now has been a long one. The once-shy freshman came out of his shell over the years, and developed a desire to be more involved in his school as he got to know his club advisors and fellow classmates. “His attitude changed in terms of wanting to get involved and to have a better connection with the university and with the College of Engineering,” Gomez said.

Schauer said he has a survival mentality, where failure is not an option. “Whenever I put my name on something, it is going to be a success,” he said. “I’m not going to let anything with my name on it fail. I kind of take that into everything I am doing.” Sergio Guerra, the coordinator for the Center for Academic Support in Engineering and Computer Science and also a NSBE club adviser, said he has encountered several double majors within the last year in the Engineering Department. However, Schauer is somewhat unique in that he is particularly

active in juggling extracurriculars as well. Guerra said Schauer is involved in so many activities because he has the heart to help others and is helping himself in the process. At the end of the day, Schauer combines hard work with determination to make sure he does not just dream about his goals, he achieves them. “When people ask me what my dreams are, I say ‘I don’t have dreams, I have goals,’” Schauer said. “Dreams are something that are unattainable and goals are something you can always reach.”

MARIAH CARRILLO / Daily Titan Andreas Schauer is majoring in mechanical engineering and business at Cal State Fullerton and wants to design exotic cars after graduation.


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Titans to face ex-coach CSUF baseball set to clash with the Ducks, led by George Horton JOSEPH ANDERSON Daily Titan

The Cal State Fullerton baseball team will look to right the ship this weekend when it visits the No. 9 team in the nation, the Oregon Ducks. The Titans will face Oregon Head Coach George Horton. CSUF Head Coach Rick Vanderhook is looking to prevail over his mentor again. Horton led Fullerton to a College World Series title in 2004. He is currently in his sixth season with the Ducks. CSUF has stumbled out of the gate this season with a mediocre 4-3 record after being ranked No. 1 nationally in multiple preseason polls. Having faced no nationally ranked programs so far this season, the trip to Eugene will serve as a pivotal measuring point for the underachieving Titans. Defense will be a main point of emphasis for the Titans, as they have recorded errors in each of their games since the season opener against Washington State. The Titans have made multiple errors in four games already this season, after having the 28th ranked defense in the country last season, finishing 2013 with a .975 fielding percentage as a team. Fullerton’s offense has also been inconsistent so far in 2014, with a measly

AMANDA SHARP / Daily Titan Sophomore left fielder Tyler Stieb takes a hack at a pitch from a San Francisco Dons pitcher. Stieb has a .182 batting average this season and has been hit by four pitches and has stolen three bases.

.394 team slugging percentage. CSUF has shown flashes of brilliance at the plate this year, headlined by junior outfielder Clay Williamson and senior outfielder Greg Velazquez. They have each turned in a game with four runs batted in. As impressive as those performances were, the Titans have struck out 59 times in their seven games, which adds up to more than eight punchouts per nine innings. The Oregon Ducks’

pitching staff has posted an impressive 2.34 earned run average in the early going of the 2014 season, which has contributed to their undefeated 8-0 record so far. Inability to make contact could hurt the Titan hitters against an Oregon staff that averages almost nine strikeouts per game. As impressive as Oregon’s pitching has been so far, that might be one area where CSUF can best its opponents from the Pac-12. The Titans will send out

two experienced sophomores in Thomas Eshelman and Justin Garza, both named freshman AllAmericans in 2013, to start the series. Game three against the Ducks will feature junior Grahamm Wiest, who has been the most consistent of the CSUF staff so far. In his last outing, Wiest pitched a complete game, allowing just one unearned run to the San Francisco Dons while striking out 10 batters. This earned him his

first win of the year. As tough as the Titans’ pitching staff is, Oregon’s offense is equally as impressive. With their .281 team batting average, the Ducks are excellent at putting the ball in play, which doesn’t bode well for the reeling Titans defense. Two hitters have impressed in particular, as junior Kyle Garlick and freshman A.J. Balta are both hitting at least .400 in the early going. In last season’s series at Goodwin Field, CSUF bested Oregon, winning the series two games to one. Both Eshelman and Garza were able to stifle their guests from Eugene last year, and the Titans will hope for more of the same this weekend. However, 2014 is a new season, and the Ducks’ home-field advantage could make for a difficult weekend trip for Fullerton. This is also an interesting test for the Titans because they are looking to re-establish themselves as one of the premier teams in the country after a disappointing start. Defeating a top-10 team on the road would go a long way toward building up the respect CSUF had originally garnered in the preseason. The season is still young for Cal State Fullerton, but it has many facets of its game that must be shored up before Big West play begins if they hope to bring another conference title back to Fullerton. For more information on the CSUF baseball team and all Titan Athletics, go to

DTBRIEFS CSUF tennis earns sweep over Tritons The Cal State Fullerton women’s tennis team swept the UC San Diego Tritons 7-0 on Wednesday, improving its record to 3-7. Freshman Camille De Leon and senior Morgan McIntosh started out the doubles competition by winning 8-3. Junior Kalika Slevcove and freshman Alexis Valenzuela sealed the doubles point by winning 8-2. Valenzuela (7-3) set the tone in singles matches by winning her sixth consecutive match 6-4, 6-2. McIntosh (4-6) won 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 2 spot. De Leon (8-2) won her fifth consecutive match 6-4, 6-0 in the No. 3 spot. Slevcove, junior Jessica Pepa and junior Megan Sandford won the remaining singles matches for CSUF. - IAN O’BRIEN

Men’s golf place fifth at Jones Invite After finishing in fourth place on Monday, the Cal State Fullerton men’s golf team finished in fifth place at the Jones Invitational on Tuesday. CSUF shot +15 (600) on the first day, and they finished the tournament with a +42 (906). Junior Ryan Terrault led the Titans in the two-day invitational, shooting a +6 (222) and finished sixth in the tournament. San Diego State, who is ranked No. 50 in the country by, finished the tournament in first place with a score of +17 (881). USC, University of San Diego and Brigham Young University rounded out the top four, respectively. - IAN O’BRIEN

Pachyderm Challenge, a new tradition During halftime of the men’s basketball game Thursday, Titan fans will be treated to the inaugural Pachyderm Challenge. The Pachyderm Challenge will be an eight minute basketball match between Cal State Fullerton students and faculty. Associated Students Inc. President Rohullah Latif will captain the student team. Vice President for Information Technology Amir Dabirian will lead the faculty team. If the game ends in a tie, the teams will have a shootout to determine the winner of the inaugural trophy. The athletic department hopes to make the Pachyderm Challenge a long-standing CSUF tradition for many years to come. - TAMEEM SERAJ



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