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Picking for charity Courtesy of Chris Duffy A panel of comedians grill Bob Eccles, a professor of management practices at Harvard Business School, during a past taping of “You’re the Expert” radio show and podcast.
Professors to star on radio “You’re the Expert” show will be hosted in Titan Theater KYLE NAULT Daily Titan
ELEONOR SEGURA / Daily Titan Lydia Wang, 20, a finance major helps harvest oranges from the groves outside Langsdorf Hall for Mihaylo’s Citrus Service Project event on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. The oranges were donated to Casa Teresa and Share Our Selves. SEE PAGE 5
On March 13, Associated Students Inc. Lobby Corps will team up with radio program “You’re the Expert” to host an episode of the comedy program at the Titan Theater in an effort to introduce more enjoyable academic research methods on campus. A time has yet to be determined for the show, but it is planned to take place in the evening sometime after 4 p.m. The show will be recorded on stage in front of a live audience, similar to NPR news trivia show “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!” The show, hosted and produced by Chris Duffy, features three comedians who attempt to guess what specialized area an “expert” studies on a day-to-day basis and why that particular field is important.
The program is intended to attract a comedic audience while providing significant tools on gaining access to information. Duffy explained how his show bridges together the two worlds of comedy and research. “Each of our shows in a lot of ways is like a profile of a scientist or professor,” he said. “By making them human and having you see them laugh and have fun, and describe why they got into their work and how they actually do it, it takes you out of the realm of these people are so different than me.” ASI Chief Governmental Officer Harpreet Bath said the Lobby Corps’ collaboration with the show as a way to foster a relationship with radio giant NPR. “As we know, NPR is a station that a lot of our students listen to,” Bath said. “I think in the future, especially as a university, we need to look at different venues for forming relationships and that’s one of them.” SEE EXPERT SHOW, 3
Obama forms task First Student Success Initiative open forum today force against rape Agencies will research rape on college campuses KALEY WILLIAMS Daily Titan
President Barack Obama has commissioned a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, geared towards protecting college students from sexual assault and rape. He gave the task force 90 days to complete its research and propose an evidence-based plan as to how the prevention of sexual assault and rape can best be approached on college campuses. “The prevalence of rape and sexual assault at our nation’s institutions of higher education is both deeply troubling and a call to action,” read a statement released by the White House. The White House Council on Women and Girls and
the office of Vice President Joe Biden will co-chair the task force, partnering with the attorney general, several cabinet members as well as heads of agencies or offices as designated by co-chairs. “Studies show that about one in five women is a survivor of attempted or completed sexual violence while in college,” read the White House statement. Pamela Fiber-Ostrow, Ph.D., an associate professor of administration and justice at Cal State Fullerton, said this task force is a necessary first step towards educating university students on sexual assault. “A commission calls it out in public and says we need to explore this. It’s a big enough problem that the president is suggesting that we address it,” FiberOstrow said. “Whether that will promote change is a whole other question.” SEE TASK FORCE, 3
Students are invited to give input on proposed $240.50 fee SAMUEL MOUNTJOY Daily Titan
The first open forum to gauge reaction to the proposed $240.50 Student Success Initiative fee will be held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Irvine Campus. It is the first of six open forums that will continue through next week with four to be held next week on the main campus. In January, the Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC) approved presenting the fee before the campus for students to consider. As part of the process, about 50 small group meetings with students will be held and six campus-wide open forums. At these forums, students will hear a presentation on the process and the list of initial proposal for usage of the fee—which was drafted by the committee through consultations with experts last
semester. Following the presentation and Q-and-A session, students will be given a survey similar to a professor evaluation form. The form lists the nine items targeted for improvement in the initial proposals, and students can react to these goals on a spectrum ranging from “strongly against paying for this” to “very willing to pay for this.” Students are also invited to offer their input based on their own needs and observations. The forums are part of an “alternative consultation” process, which invites input directly from the students, as opposed to a yes-or-no vote. Students will not be voting on the fee, but the input gathered during the open forums will be used to determine the final amount of the fee and what the revenue is used for. Cal State Fullerton currently receives the lowest amount of funding per student from the state in the 23-campus California State University and is ranked 21st in mandatory fees
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- Feb. 4 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 121 at the Irvine Campus - Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. in Room 245 at the Irvine Campus - Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. in the Titan Student Union Pavilion - Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. in the TSU Theater - Feb. 12 at 9:30 a.m. in the TSU Pavilions - Feb. 13 at 8:30 a.m. in the TSU Pavilions paid to the university by students, according to the Division of Administration and Finance. The initial proposals call for a new $240.50 mandatory fee per semester to be phased in over the next three academic years, starting in the fall. Once the fee is completely phased in, roughly $9.2 million in revenue would be used for “direct service to students.” The majority of the revenue, about $5 million, would go toward athletics to fund scholarships, increase operating budget for the teams and allow
increased recruiting. About $2 million will go to hiring 40 more academic advisors. Other proposals include expanding library hours, and improving the campus Wi-Fi network and course availability. The SFAC will meet again on Feb. 14 to revise initial proposals based on student input gathered during the consultation process and send them to President Mildred García, who can make adjustments before sending the proposal to CSU Chancellor Timothy White for final approval.
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CSUF funding still a concern Higher contribution from state does not address budget gap MATTHEW MEDINA Daily Titan
Despite additional funding from the state and the California State University chancellor’s office, Cal State Fullerton faculty and administration doubt there is enough money to keep up with student demand. Earlier this month, Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his proposed state budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2014. The amount allocated to the CSU was $8.31 billion, which represents a total increase of $142.2 million over last year’s final budget. That increase is lower than what the CSU Board of Trustees requested from the governor in November, which was $237.6 million. Additionally, when CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White gave his State of the CSU address last Wednesday, he unveiled
his plan to “refocus” the CSU Graduation Initiative, pledging that $50 million will be provided to accomplish key educational goals and reforms. White did not specify how that $50 million would be raised. “(In return) for that investment we will work to improve the graduation rates over the next ten years for all categories of undergraduate students that start with us by 10 percent, and community college transfers by 5 percent,” White said. Several objectives targeted in White’s revised Graduation Initiative are similar to those outlined in the Student Success Initiative, a proposed mandatory fee for CSUF students. The Student Fee Advisory Committee drafted the initial proposal based on student needs they identified, and the university plans to solicit student input through six open forums starting Tuesday on the Irvine Campus at 3:30 p.m. Berenecea Johnson Eanes, Ph.D., the vice president for student
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affairs, acknowledged that the CSUF initiative and White’s planned spending increases overlapped in some instances. However, she said the plan from the chancellor’s office is still tentative. There are still unanswered questions about implementation, so it does not necessarily affect the needs the university hopes to address through the Student Success Initiative. “As it relates to systemwide initiatives, we have to wait,” Eanes said. “We have yet to know what the details are of allocation or process or timing.” Jon Bruschke, Ph.D., a human communication studies professor and a member of the academic senate’s planning resource and budget committee, has been outspoken in the past to call for more funding and increased focus on what he sees as the largest priorities for the university, including hiring more tenure-track faculty and reducing class sizes. Bruschke said the governor’s budget would likely not change the need to advocate for those goals. “I think the governor is trying to be fiscally responsible, but is not really restoring the Cal States to where they were even before the recession hit,” he said in an interview last month. “The amount of money that is being provided by the state is not going to keep up with student demand.” Bruschke said although the university does not always focus on the right goals, getting more funding from the chancellor’s
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office or the state would ultimately be necessary to substantially improve the quality of education at CSUF. “Despite all those burdens that have been getting harder and harder over 20 years, the faculty are deeply committed to the students, want to do their job well, and have managed to keep the quality of education pretty good,” he said. “But that can only happen for so long.” Tonantzin Oseguera, the dean of students, said more stable state funding means the university does not have to endure cuts,
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Abortions lowest in 3 decades The abortion rate in America dropped to the lowest it has been in three decades in 2011, according to the New York Times. In 2011, 1.1 million abortions were reported, down from the 1.21 million that were reported three years before. In that three-year span, pregnancy rates also decreased. The drop in pregnancy is attributed to growing use of highly effective intrauterine contraceptives among younger women. Intrauterine contraceptives are the most effective but have a high upfront cost, which may be a factor in the higher abortion rates among African-American and Hispanic women. ERIC GANDARILLA
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A federal appeals court has upheld a hold on a California law that bans licensed therapists from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation, according to the Los Angeles Times. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has given opponents of the ban 90 days to appeal. The Liberty Counsel, a religious rights group, has asked the court to stop further appeal to higher courts. California was the first to discipline licensed therapists if they attempted to change a minor’s same-sexual attraction. The challenges have prevented the enforcement of the law, when it was to take effect in January 2013.
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A former educator was arrested Monday and has been charged with 16 felony counts of sexual abuse of two former students in Riverside County, according to the Los Angeles Times. Andrea Michelle Cardosa, 40, has been charged with aggravated sexual assault and lewd acts on a child under 14, according to the LA Times. One accuser, Jamie Carillo, now 28, posted a YouTube video of a recorded phone call with Cardosa. Prosecutors are unsure if the call will be used as evidence, because it was recorded without consent. The video reached over 1 million views, but has been taken down. Cardosa’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday. CECILY MEZA
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Federal task force to address rape TASK FORCE Continued from PAGE 1
Courtesy of Cal State Fullerton Sakkara Thomas, Teresa Smith and Taharka Anderson of the Taharka African Drum and Dance Ensemble perform in honor of the beginning of Black History Month.
Kicking off Black History Month
showing them that you don’t have to be black to celebrate,” Alex said. Concluding the ceremony, HinesmonMatthews said she was looking forward to seeing those in attendance recall the experience of acknowledging our past TROI MCADORY and moving forward with that informaDaily Titan tion. She also hopes this helps jumpstart the upcoming lectures to take place in Lezlee Hinesmon-Matthews, Ph.D., the following weeks. an assistant professor of AfricanHinesmon-Matthews is very excited American studies, was honored to pres- for the school to get to know many facent a Libation Ceremony to faculty and ulty members in the African-American students last Thursday to begin Cal Studies Department and meet new facState Fullerton’s Black History Month es like Siobhan King Brooks, Ph.D., as events. well as their research and how it affects A passionate member of several orga- people. nizations in the African-American comHinesmon-Matthews is participatmunity, such as the National Council ing in the Act Now Cal State Fullerton of Negro Women, Hinesmon-Matthews Comprehensive Health Conference takkicked off Black History Month at CSUF ing place Feb. 22 that revolves around with the African tradition. health awareness in the AfricanDuring the libation, cerAmerican communi“The libation emony water, wine or anty. The keynote speaker other liquid is poured out be Eugene Grigsby has some tools will or poured onto something III, Ph.D., the president that you use in order to thank ancesof the National Health tors and for other purposFoundation. to perform es including healing or This year’s event will be purification. the second annual with the libation “The libation has some the attendance of doctors … vegetation tools that you use to pergiving medical insight. form the libation … vegeta- representing life, Hinesmon-Matthews and tion representing life, wacommittee plan to host water and giving her ter and giving energy to the future conferences. life,” Hinesmon-Matthews energy to the life.” She has worked closely said. These tools all go with fellow faculty memhand in hand with one an- LEZLEE HINESMONber and health professor, MATTHEWS other to create a life cycle. Dr. Jasmeet Gill, who is a Once audience members Assistant Professor of Africancer researcher. Gill has are asked to speak of their can-American Studies studied many ethnicities, ancestors, water is poured mostly minorities, over the onto the vegetation. Some were asked to course of her career. speak of historical black figures, while “Last year, my presentation was (to) others spoke of family members. serve an intro to cancer disparities in During the ceremony, Hinesmon- African-Americans,” Gill said. “And this Matthews gave recognition to a special year, it is going to be more general health relative of her own. She wore her favorite disparities in African-Americans.” aunt’s necklace to honor her memory. Gill wants to aid people’s understandAnother facet of the ceremony is to ing of their health and how valuable it is. bring together a community of people Together, she and Hinesmon-Matthews who share the same culture regardless want students to be informed about of their ethnicity because it is part of health risks and preventions while they American history. are young. Danielle Alex, a 23-year-old American BSU is also on board with this ideolstudies major, is part of the Black ogy. The group is working together to Student Union (BSU) on campus. She show students from a younger voice that agreed with Hinesmon-Matthews, and it is imperative to take care of oneself wanted more events on campus to help and be more health conscious. Hinesmon-Matthews sees this month represent all ethnic backgrounds. “(We want to hold) a lot more events as a time of gathering. Through her acon campus but not just for the black tivities, she desires to be an example community, but inviting to all races, and make history as she continues to of all cultures, of all backgrounds and live every day.
Libation ceremony begins a month of cultural celebration
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Not only does Bath expect the show will create a positive relationship, he also predicts the show will help display what Cal State Fullerton has to offer in terms of academia. “The second thing was for us is to highlight sort of the academic research that our professors are doing,” Bath said. “I think this gives us a great opportunity to kind of highlight a professor who’s doing research on our campus and give us more publicity on a national
level.” Duffy and Bath will work together in selecting an expert, but they have yet to decide on what particular faculty member will be showcased in the upcoming show. However, Duffy does have criteria that he looks for when selecting an expert. “I look for a professor who’s passionate about what they do,” he said. “I look for a professor who’s really good at explaining it, and then I look for someone who has data to backup their work.” The “You’re the Expert”
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program is intended to serve as an illustration of the ASI Executive Staff’s platform to create new innovative ways to help students become more educated on campus. “Now we (ASI) want to try a different route which is combining comedy and something that, let’s say engineering or some type of engineering spin, no one would ever see something like that,” said ASI President Rohullah Latif. “So it’s new ideas that are innovative and innovative is part of our plan this year.”
The task force that Obama has assembled will only act as an advisory committee, and will make research-based recommendations to assist campuses in the prevention of sexual assault and rape, and the correct way to respond to such occurrences. CSUF University Police Chief Dennis DeMaio was positive about the task force. “Anything that will combat those types of offenses on campus I’m definitely endorsing, and anything that will make it safer on campus the University Police is definitely in support of,” DeMaio said. Mary Becerra, interim director of the CSUF WoMen’s Center, said she believes many sexual assaults occur due to confusion about what constitutes consent. “If somebody is under the influence, they legally cannot consent, and other people may not know that ... that is technically sexual assault,” Becerra said.
A newly founded CSUF club called “Consent is Key” is already working toward educating students on this issue, as well as on “rape culture,” a term for a set of societal beliefs that blame the issue of rape on victims while shifting it away from perpetrators. “Through education and advocacy Consent Is Key defines the meaning of consent, raises awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault, promotes bystander intervention and challenges rape culture,” said Sydney Tucker-George, 21, student president of Consent is Key. While there are programs in place that are helping teach about rape culture, many still blame sexual assault and rape on the victim. “When we talk about rape and sexual assault, most students are still of a mindset ... that there are measures that could have been taken that the victim needed to be more aware of,” Fiber-Ostrow said. Fiber-Ostrow said education does need to begin
with young people. “It begins as early as us saying things like ‘boys will be boys,’” she said. “The minute you accept that it’s just natural for boys to engage in particular behaviors and it’s natural for girls to behave in other areas, we’ve already forgiven both genders or we’ve already assigned blame on both genders before anything else happened.” While the main focus of the commission is addressing sexual assault and rape on college campuses, the task force will also determine whether this type of education needs to be taught at an elementary and secondary school level. “Without mentioning the words ‘rape’ or ‘sexual assault,’ but just indicating [that] the treatment of other human beings needs to be with absolute dignity, and there’s no natural override that you’re entitled to that allows you to behave in a way that’s aggressive or hostile for any particular reason,” FiberOstrow said.
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Misinterpreting Muslims ANDY LUNDIN Daily Titan
SnoreStop’s use of a controversial ad campaign should be considered shameless A company that is no stranger to controversy recently put up an eyebrow raising ad on a billboard in New York City last week. While the ad has already been erected in locations such as Los Angeles and Chicago, the ad should not have even been created to begin with. The ad depicts a U.S. soldier embracing a woman dressed in Muslim attire, who are also in a real-life relationship, with the hashtag #betogether. It also displays the name of the product, SnoreStop, which almost appears to be an afterthought. It would appear that their product is the last thing the ad is interested in talking about. SnoreStop is an over-the-counter oral spray, but by just glancing at the ad, one would never be able to guess exactly what the ad was trying
to sell—all the viewer would see would be a happily married interracial couple. Unsurprisingly, the ad has generated a plethora of debate from a wide spectrum of people. Debates that range from issues of race, terrorism and other issues regarding whether or not the ad is offensive. But this is what makes the hypocrisy of the ad apparent and where to bigger issue lies: the ad is still offensive. It was created with the intention of promoting equality and understanding between people and yet it ultimately ends up failing to do that, since it doesn’t seem to understand the culture that it is attempting to portray. According to an article by Aseel Machi, a freelance writer for the Guardian, the woman in the ad is wearing a niqab, which is garb Muslim women would in fact never wear. “The niqab something that the majority of Muslim women in the world, let alone in America, do not even wear,” Machi wrote. “It was as if SnoreStop couldn’t think of any other way to identify this woman as Muslim is if she wore a full niqab.” Ellison Barber, a writer for Washington Free Beacon, also commented on the uninformed and ignorant nature of the ad. She pointed
out that the woman depicted in the ad was wearing an outfit that has been historically represented as oppressive against women. In regards to the outfit, Barber said, “that is not something that many people wear because they want to. A lot of people don’t.” The ad is ultimately perpetuating a stereotype to make a profit, which really isn’t any better than some of the negative opinions some people might have about the idea of an American soldier and Muslim woman being together. According to Time, before the ad was erected in New York City last week, the company that makes SnoreStop, Green Pharmaceuticals, made an effort to push for having the ad the city, but were rejected by several companies. Knowing the ad was controversial, the company pushed to have the ad get made. This resulted in the tripling of product sales over the web for the company. Similarly to a Super Bowl ad, the company is trying to stir up controversy and get people talking. This seems to be working for the company. And while the company might like to think it is stirring up a healthy debate, the blatant necessity to perpetuate a stereotype to make a profit is just shameless.
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A cause among the grove Students pick oranges for charities
ELEONOR SEGURA / Daily Titan Alfred Estaca, 24, business and marketing major, helps harvest oranges from the groves outside Langsdorf Hall for Mihaylo’s Citrus Service Project event on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
Twenty three students and members of the Business Inter-Club Council harvest oranges to be transferred to charity food banks in Orange County.
Lydia Wang, 20, a finance major, puts the harvested oranges in bags to be transferred to charity food banks for Mihaylo’s Citrus Service Project event.
The oranges are given to two charities, Casa Teresa and Share Our Selves, as part of the Mihaylo’s Citrus Service Project event on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
The sun was shining bright and the sweet, Southern California oranges were ripe for picking. On Feb. 1, Cal State Fullerton students from the Business Inter-Club Council (BICC) and 23 other business clubs donated their time picking oranges from the trees nestled outside of Steven G. Mihaylo Hall. The BICC donated the fruit to two local charities. The two charities that received the oranges are Casa Teresa in Orange, which houses women and children and providing health and counseling services, and Share Our Selves, a nationally recognized health center located in Newport Beach. The event was organized by Amanda Leon, who works in the Dean’s office at the Steven G. Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. Oranges can only be picked for the purpose of
donating. Students and faculty are otherwise prohibited from picking oranges off the trees. After the event, students
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who volunteered met at Oggi’s bar and restaurant. Oggi’s rewarded the volunteers with pizza for serving their community.
Members of the Business Inter-Club Council travel in cars to two different local charities that receive the picked orange donations.
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Center kicks-off Black History Month with a variety of events CHRISTINA NGUYEN Daily Titan
Students who are looking for a place to learn about Black History Month need look no further than a center located in the Humanities Building in room 222. The African American Resource Center (AARC) is using its theme, “Race and Racism in a Post-Racial America,” to inform people on the historical meaning of this month. The center, along with the Afro-Ethnic Student Association and Black Student Union, are sponsoring a series of events including performances and lectures. AARC led a planning committee to organize this year’s festivities. Faculty and representatives from different campus organizations came together to decide which activities and speakers would be featured in the month-long program. The program will challenge the concept of racial barriers as a thing of the past and explore how racism still exists. David McKenzie, assistant dean for student affairs for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, took part in the planning committee for Black History Month and said having an AfricanAmerican president being elected might seem progressive, but actually allows even more complications about race to have emerged as a result. “We talk about being post racial America now that we have a bi-racial African-American president and have seen that has generated more challenges that we would have anticipated if he hadn’t been elected,” McKenzie said. “We have a lot of work to do still, a long ways to go.” Interim Director of Diversity Education Initiatives, Carmen Curiel, who oversees the different cultural centers on campus, also participated in the committee for planning Black History Month. Curiel said it is important for the center to stay on top of contemporary events, which ties back to its theme. “It’s not post racial, not
Courtesy of Pamela McLaren Students from various majors and CSUs aquire new skills and confidence to pursue political careers in the nation’s capital.
CSUF interns gain capital experiences MARIAH CARRILLO / Daily Titan Whitney Johnson, president of the Black Student Union and part of the African American Resource Center staff, is helping with the center’s month-long activities.
when you have the number of incidents that resulted in deaths, the increased incarceration rates, that limit educational attainment, employment,” he said. A Black History Month program of this scale was held last year and the turnout is expected to be even greater than last year. Whitney Johnson, president of the Black Student Union and part of the staff at the AARC, said she looks forward to the various activities being more enlightening and exciting than in the past. “I think because we started earlier this year with our promoting and getting everything together I think it will be even more that it was last year,” Johnson said. The center opened in 2005 and is the vision of Wacira Gethaiga, Ph.D., co-founder of the ethnic studies department on campus, according to the AARC website.
The cultural center serves students of all backgrounds by planning events and activities throughout the year, such as Black History Month. AARC aims to help the growing black community at CSUF find a place where they can feel comfortable socially and excel academically. The center does this by hosting events and lectures. Last week, a traditional African libation ceremony, which a liquid is poured to remember and communicate with ancestors, was held as the first event in the lineup of activities for this month. A lecture by Alexandro Gradilla, Ph.D., on Monday titled, “The Fact of Decolonial Blackness as a Challenge to Post Racial (Racist) Ideology,” focused on empowering people who are racially silenced in their classrooms and elsewhere, to find new tools to reach their community
and to have the courage to speak. Among the other activities are a gospel showcase hosted by campus ministry Divine Servants, poetry readings, a film screening and a Pan African Fair. The fair, organized by the CSUF Black Student Union, will involve tables where guests can browse informational presentations about historical black figures, sample different foods and make crafts expressing the Pan African culture. Johnson said she hopes in the midst of the festivities, the program can convey a message of family. “I think it is really important to show the campus that we are here and that we do invite anyone to come (to) experience what our culture is about and to learn from one another,” Johnson said. “Also to promote community and family because in here it really is like another family.”
Taking a ride on the Fullerton trail Student explores the 12.5-mile-long Fullerton Bike Loop NICOLE WEAVER Daily Titan
Anyone who knows me, knows I’m all about finding the best trails to run or ride my bike. I have explored many trails, including Peter’s Canyon Regional Park and Irvine Park, along with some farther trails including Runyon Canyon Park and Murphy’s Ranch. If a trail is within a 100mile radius of me, chances are I have frequented the area at least once. You can imagine how pleasantly surprised I was to add one more to my list: the Fullerton Loop Bike Trail. I had heard of the place before through a few people who utilized the trail for mountain biking or a quick jog after class.
I can’t tell you why I never checked it out before going through it this past weekend, but I hadn’t. I’m not much of a mountain biker (I ride a geared road bike), so I hadn’t given the trail much thought, assuming it was probably nothing more than a flat dirt road like the trail behind the Arboretum. I was absolutely wrong. Sunday morning was the day of my expedition. I threw a backpack in my car with a water bottle and made the descent toward the Fullerton courthouse, where the trailhead starts. The lot is empty on the weekend and after business hours, so it’s a perfect place to park your car. I wasn’t expecting the trail to be as busy as it turned out to be, but it was buzzing with bodies by the time I started my trek along the Juanita Cooke trail. The trail is wide so it generously accommodated the mountain bikers whizzing
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by and those running with their dogs while I hiked along, taking it all in. The first leg of the hike dropped me at a fork, giving me the option of continuing forward or making a turn for Hiltscher Park. People passing me continued forward as I made a left and headed for the next trail. Although Orange County is known more for its sunshine than rainfall, the trail was rich in greenery from its plants and trees. A creek runs alongside the Hiltscher Park trail and huge trees and rogue plants create a makeshift wall between the homes I passed and the trail. It was beautiful and extremely quiet. The trail had no other bikes on it so I hiked along in silence for awhile. At one point, the vast greenness ended and was replaced with a lot of dead grass. I circled around and headed back to the original
trail. It didn’t take long to find my way back. I had traveled about 10 minutes from my original start point at the fork, so I was back on the first trail in no time. Some of the Yelp reviews said it’s easy to get lost and to be sure to take a map, but if you have a functioning internal sense of direction and pay attention to the trail markers, you will not have a problem. I finally hiked far enough to find Laguna Lake. A congregation of other people had the same idea so I stopped to rest before finishing the last leg of the trail. I wasn’t able to try all the different connectors, mostly because I was out of water and it started getting hot, but the bike loop trail is truly a hidden gem of Fullerton. It has endless, astounding scenery and a great mix of terrain that keeps challenging you the entire 12.5 miles.
DC internship shapes students’ career paths CYNTHIA WASHICKO Daily Titan
Jacklyn Vasquez, a Cal State Fullerton student, said fielding numerous constituent phone calls is just part of the job as a Senate intern. Yareli Mendoza said tracking down the avenues to guarantee veterans their benefits is all in a day’s interning with the Department of Veterans Affairs. However, neither would have it any other way. Mendoza and Vasquez are in the capital as part of Cal State Fullerton’s Washington D.C. Internship program. This semester, 46 students are spending the semester in the capital and comprise the largest group sent to D.C. since the program’s inception in 2006, said Sarah Hill, the program’s director. “Part of (having the most students to date) is that we’re bringing other campuses on as bigger partners,” Hill said. “Especially Cal State Northridge; more than half of the students are from Cal State Northridge, which is very exciting.” Mendoza, a political science major, and Vasquez, a criminal justice major, make up a fraction of that group, but demonstrate the extreme variety of internship experiences. As an intern with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Mendoza said she acts as a part of the team that bridges the gap between the president and secretary of Veteran’s affairs. Her first day on the job was comprised of many meetings. “Our first day we met a lot of people, a lot of really important people, and it’s kind of hard to … understand (everyone’s) positions because we’re not really familiar with the structure of how the organization is and leadership falls,” Mendoza said. Vasquez, a Senate intern, had a different set of difficulties to navigate at the beginning of her internship, mainly through
the Capitol buildings. “I’m getting better (at finding) my way around, but there was an instance where I was sent to a room for the first time on my own and I thought I was going the right way and I ended up going to the very bottom basement into a corridor where there were no doors,” Vasquez said. Aside from the physical maneuvering to make her way around the legislature, Vasquez also has had to handle the political partisanship prevalent in the Capitol. This means, sometimes answering angry phone calls from constituents with a bone to pick. “When I speak to constituents, if they’re very angry about something, they will go off and explode on me,” Vasquez said. However, in the end, both Mendoza and Vasquez remark the value of their experiences in D.C. “It’s opened an abundance of doors for me, whether it be in the direction towards working on the Hill, or influences from people who (are) doing nonprofits, or even going to law school,” Vasquez said. “I know that after this I’m going to keep going in the direction of most likely working on the Hill, but definitely law school first.” Mendoza, who originally thought to pursue a law degree after graduating from CSUF, said her experience has altered her plans. She said her ultimate goal is to work for the Veteran Affairs policy making department. “(After) speaking to people in those positions, I don’t necessarily need a law degree to do those things,” Mendoza said. “They would recommend that I try to go and do a master’s program and they even recommend schools (in D.C.) that offer those programs that would be most beneficial to me, so now I’m considering that.” Sentiments like this are far from foreign to Hill who said most students come back from Washington somewhat different than when they left. “Students who are kind of, maybe a little more shy or quiet, they come back and you can just see a confidence that they’ve developed and that’s really powerful,” Hill said.
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Hiking, a fun way to stay healthy There are trails for all skill levels in the Orange County area ASHLEN DOMINGUEZ Daily Titan
Study after study comes out each year showing the many benefits of exercise but not everyone wants to spend hours at the gym, especially since some memberships can be costly. A free and fun alternative like hiking can be the perfect solution. Hiking is more than just a walk in the park though. Depending on the intensity of the hike and speed at which you are going, you can expect to burn anywhere from 100-500 calories per hour. For a low-impact exercise, hiking is a great way to get moving, and there are many benefits associated with it. According to the American Hiking Society, hiking is a great activity to improve both mental and physical health. Regular physical activity has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, anxiety, depression and high blood pressure. Cal State Fullerton students living in the area have a number of hiking spots just a short drive away. Whether you’re a beginner or looking for something strenuous, Orange County has trails for everyone. Darren Vinh, a senior business administrations major, and Tracie Mae Umali, a junior radioTV-film major, try to hit the gym on a daily basis but have found hiking to be much more fun than a typical cardio session indoors. “It’s for the view,” Umali said. “Honestly, it’s better than the gym.” Vinh and Umali have hiked at several locations together and both said it’s something they try to do whenever possible. Vinh encourages people of all fitness levels to just pick a dirt trail and start getting some experience. Silenia Reed, a CSUF graduate student, has a similar attitude toward hiking. “Just start off easy, slow with hikes that are not as
difficult or not as long,” Reed said. Reed is athletic and enjoys the challenge of some hikes. “Physically, it’s really good,” Reed said. “It’s a really good workout.” For those looking for an easy to moderate hike, Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea is a good starting trail. The hidden trail has many points of entry. The most popular trailhead is in the park itself. Follow the dirt trails up into the hills where you’ll pass a small forest of trees and eventually end up on the hilltop just along the residential streets. These trails are open to the public. Many locals use them for their daily walks but it isn’t overly crowded on a typical day. For something a bit more intense head over to Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach where hikers can choose from moderate to intense hikes. With three main hiking trails spanning over 17 miles, there are certainly options to choose from. Each scenic trail varies in intensity so hikers can choose whichever route fits them best. The Green Route, a relatively short hike with moderate elevation gain, will actually leave you near a tunnel leading straight onto the beach. Both the Red Route and Blue Route are more difficult and have a more substantial elevation gain but the views of the mountains and ocean below are certainly worth the effort. After a late afternoon hike, hikers can enjoy the sunset from the top of the cliffs before heading home. More experienced hikers should visit Santiago Peak near Trabuco Canyon. This hike will take most of the day so be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks. Between 15-16 miles round trip, hikers have plenty of time to take in the view as they climb to the highest peak in Orange County. This hike has an elevation gain of nearly 4,500 feet and the weather can vary once you get up the mountain so plan accordingly. So instead of using that boring treadmill at the gym, put on a pair of hiking shoes and go explore.
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