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Spring Concert lineup revealed Rapper Waka Flocka Flame to headline in May MIA MCCORMICK Daily Titan

The above word cloud is a distillation of the most frequently occurring words in the verbal feedback sections of 1,387 surveys. The surveys were filled out by students during the month-long consultation process on the Student Success Initiative. MIKE TRUJILLO & SAMUEL MOUNTJOY / Daily Titan


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Analyzing responses on the student success fee surveys SAMUEL MOUNTJOY Daily Titan

An analysis of the input given by students on the Student Success Initiative paints a picture of what was on the minds of students as they gave their input on the fee, which was approved late last month. As part of the month-long alternative consultation process for the fee during February and March, students were invited to provide verbal response to the fee in addition to the scale response questions, which measured agreeance with different aspects of the fee. Ultimately, 3,809 surveys were collected. Through a California Public Records Act request, the Daily Titan obtained more than 200 pages of responses from students, the same responses that were reviewed by members of the Student Fee Advisory Committee as they considered the fee. After common words like “the” and “that” were removed, an analysis using frequency statistics software shows that the most frequently appearing word in responses was “students,” with 772 uses. Close behind were “we” (547 uses), “more” (533 uses), “student” (454 uses), “pay” (444 uses) and “money” (373 uses). Tuition was mentioned 192 times and parking was mentioned 97 times. After spending a few days reviewing the data, the fee committee lowered the $240.50 fee from the initial proposal to $181 per semester. The portions of the fee that received the most significant reductions were related to athletics. Ultimately, the fee trimmed $49.50 from the fee. Students will pay a fee of $181 to be phased in over the next three years. The fee committee felt that the volume of data gleaned from students validated its decision to reach out through a consultative process. In some cases in the word cloud above, plural forms of the same words have been combined with singular forms, such as “student” and “students.”


STUDENT RESPONSES “I would be willing to pay for slightly higher tuition (not over $500) if it results in higher education learning services, better professors, career development, expanding campus, building additional parking lots, etc. Tuition has been increasing tremendously over the years and I strongly believe that is not reasonable unless there are good reasons for such action.” “We should not be the ones suffering with fee increases just because we receive the lowest funding, the state needs to step up and provide more money due to our large student population.” “I’ll make it short. The most important function of college is provide good education and what CSUF is failing to do is providing enough number of classes so that students can graduate ASAP. If you’d like to get more money from us, that money should be used for making more classes rather than other stuff, which doesn’t directly affect students.” Visit to view the documented responses in their entirety.

COSTUME AFFAIR Student shares her experience at the annual International Costume Convention

Courtesy of CSUF Fashion Club Facebook page Members of the Cal State Fullerton Fashion Club are able to express their personal style and discuss clothing trends.

A passion for fashion inspires new club Students create outfits that go from ‘drab’ to ‘fab’ TROI MCADORY Daily Titan

On an eclectic campus, workshops, shopping sprees and DIYs inspire the Fashion Club to connect fashion lovers all over campus. The club circulates around several perspectives of the fashion world, such as business and modeling. This gives members a chance to experience which parts of the industry they would like to be involved in. President Natalynne Tran started the club last September. She first gained the attention of prospective members when she sent out a mass Facebook message

letting students know about the new organization. She eventually caught the eye of public relations major Amber Kazalbash, who also had an affinity for fashion. “I wanted to start a club too but I didn’t have any resources,” Kazalbash said. “So, when I saw she started one I knew I had to be part of the board.” Kazalbash is in charge of the social media department of the club. She sends out updates through email and Facebook to inform current members and those who are interested about the club’s activities. One day, Kazalbash would like to take on the fashion industry from a corporate position because she is a strong writer. SEE FASHION, 6



After months of preparation and build up, this year’s Spring Concert is rapidly nearing its showtime on May 2. ASI Productions revealed the full lineup Sunday night, unveiling a show with Waka Flocka Flame and Dirty South sharing the main stage. Up-and-coming indie rock band Basic Vacation will be opening the show. The band has been gradually gaining fame with its single “I Believe,” which was featured during the telecast of the Sochi Winter Olympics in February. In fact, all of the acts set to perform at Spring Concert are currently building up their names within the mainstream music scene, said Danielle Manifold, the Fall Festival/ Spring Concert coordinator for ASIP. “I discovered (Basic Vacation) last August when I went to just some random show in LA and they were opening. I had no idea who they were. They were really, really awesome, had a lot of stage presence and energy,” Manifold said. “I immediately knew

that I wanted them for this slot and I knew that they would be a great way to start off the show.” Dirty South is an electronic dance music (EDM) DJ who has been nominated for several Grammy Awards, Manifold said. He is a regular performer at the Ultra Festival in Miami and Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas and is a household name among EDM fans. Waka Flocka Flame was a big name in hip-hop in 2009 and 2010, with a few songs on the Billboard Hot 100 charts during that time. He is making a comeback, and is fresh off a January tour with Steve Aoki and Gor-Gor. He also has a newly released song and plans to drop his new album later this year. The final lineup decision was influenced by a number of factors, including the allotted budget ASIP has to work with for Spring Concert. The organization has $60,000 to spend for talent alone. About $2,000 more contributes to production and promotion for the event, Manifold said. This budget limits the artists ASIP is able to book, but the team worked to book the artists that best fit the musical climate of the Cal State Fullerton student body.

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From rappers to DJs CONCERT Continued from PAGE 1

“Since we’re working with a limited budget, we can’t bring the Kanye Wests of the world, we can’t bring the Kendrick Lamars of the world, so we did our best to bring big things that represent hip-hop, EDM, indie rock as best as we can and we’re really excited for the lineup we have,” Manifold said. The committee also considers the musical tastes of students at large through a survey they conducted late in the fall semester to see what types of artists students wanted to see at Spring Concert. Manifold said it was difficult to choose artists based

on the differing opinions ASIP received from students, but there are students who are pleased with the artists to perform at Spring Concert. “I’m really happy about Waka Flocka Flame, unfortunately I don’t know many others in this list,” said Joseph Ghabour, a 21-yearold biochemistry major. Ghabour said he has never been to Spring Concert in the past, but is hoping this year will be his first. Aside from the musical talent, students can expect vendors, free food and drinks, giveaways, body painting, body jewels and activity booths for students and guests to enjoy before the artists take the stage. The theme of this year’s

concert is “Good Vibes in Modern Times,” and Manifold said she hopes this theme will be fully encompassed with these new additions to the pre-show activities and be a celebration for students. Spring Concert tickets will be available starting April 16 at 7 a.m. at the Titan Student Union Information and Services desk. There will be 3,500 free student tickets available and 500 guest tickets for $10 each. Each student is allowed to purchase one guest ticket, and guests must be 18 or older and bring a valid state-issued identification card to the concert. The setlist for the concert will be released one to two weeks prior to the event.


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DTBRIEFS Cyclist dies in hit-and-run car accident Genevieve Hall, a 34-year-old Huntington Beach resident who was struck by a car Sunday night, has died from her injuries, according to the Orange County Register. Huntington Beach police officers found Hall lying on the curb on Beach Boulevard near Utica Avenue Sunday night. Hall suffered major injuries and was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead. Witnesses on the scene reported that the driver of the vehicle made no attempt to stop after hitting Hall. They also said the car was a white Chevrolet Impala. No arrests or citations have been issued, and the incident is under investigation. - CECILY MEZA

Protesters demand split from Ukraine Hundreds of pro-Russian protesters in Donetsk, Ukraine declared Monday that they intend to form an independent republic, according to the New York Times. The protesters urged Russian president Vladimir Putin to send troops to Donetsk as a peacekeeping force. The activists are mimicking the events that occurred before Russia moved troops into the region of Crimea in Ukraine, which ultimately led to Crimea’s annexation. The Obama administration has warned Russia that they are ready to impose sanctions if Russia takes further military intervention measures in Ukraine or attempts to subvert the new Ukrainian government.

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Courtesy of Waka Flocka Flame Waka Flocka Flame, a hip-hop artist from Atlanta, is known for singles such as “Hard in da Paint” and “No Hands.” He will headline this year’s Spring Concert alongside Dirty South, an EDM DJ.


An 18-year-old man was shot early Monday morning while walking with a female companion in a Santa Ana neighborhood, according to the Orange County Register. The teenager was walking with a female near South Baker Street and West Hemlock Way when a dark-colored sedan attempted to hit them. The woman hid behind a parked vehicle, and an unknown gunman opened fire on the male, and sped away. He suffered four gunshot wounds in his lower body. The teenager was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive his injuries. The crime is believed to be gang-related and is currently under investigation. - CECILY MEZA


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Student, alumna enjoy historic moment

at Brenau University, Ortiz said. He spoke to Ouattara while taking part in a student presentation in March 2013 as part of the Southwestern Social SciMATTHEW MEDINA ence Association conferDaily Titan ence in New Orleans. Ortiz said by maintainA Cal State Fullerton ing communication with student and an alumna Ouattara, he had an opporrecently received an invi- tunity to share his experitation to speak at the Phi ence as the editor-in-chief Theta Alpha regional con- of the Welebaethan as part ference at Brenau Univer- of the conference. sity in Gainesville, Ga. “I’ve always tried to The two shared their make the best of it all, to experiences editing and take as much as I can and contributing to the Wele- to really go out there and baethan Jourenjoy the ride nal of Histothe “If I hadn’t, if I along ry, an annual way,” Ortiz journal by said ‘no’ (to the said. “That’s history stuwhy I seized opportunity dents, many this opporof whom are tunity with to speak), that involved in presenting at would have been the Georgia organizations like the CSUF a huge ‘what if’ conference.” chapter of the Ouattara, Phi Theta Al- that would always the faculty pha honor sobe at the back of advisor for ciety, which is the Phi Themy mind.” the Theta Pi ta Alpha, Tau chapter. Eta chapter, R a y m o n d RAYMOND ORTIZ invited Ortiz Ortiz, a his- Graduate Student to speak at tory graduhis chapter’s ate student and the pres- conference at Brenau Uniident of the Cultural and versity on March 29. Public History AssociaOrtiz was inspired by tion (CPHA), made the the work he did while trip to Gainesville along working on the Welewith Kimberly Haysom. baethan, which led him to Haysom, who recently help create the CPHA with graduated with a master’s the intent to provide avedegree in history, served nues for similar work to be as an editor, administra- established. All of CPHA’s tive assistant and author founding members are for the 2013 edition of the or were involved with the Welebaethan. journal. The opportunity came “We wanted to mainabout after he met Gnim- tain that momentum of bin Ouattara, Ph.D., an as- working together,” he sistant professor of history said. “(We wanted to) creand international studies ate one more opportunity

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Courtesy of Phi Alpha Theta, Tau Eta chapter Raymond Ortiz and Kimberly Haysom were invited to Brenau University in Georgia as part of a regional conference for the Phi Alpha Theta Tau Eta chapter. They spoke on March 29 to explain their experience with Cal State Fullerton’s student history journal.

for students on campus to showcase their work, their passion, their research, their projects.” Ortiz said he did not realize it at first, but the Welebaethan commanded respect from students with history programs from prestigious universities, partly due to winning the Gerald D. Nash History Journal Prize for the past

27 years consecutively. Conferences frequently present networking opportunities for students and ways for them to get more deeply involved with their work. For Ortiz, the experience he had as a result of reaching out to Ouattara was a strong reminder of that. “(As an undergraduate history student) I never

got involved, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and I regret that,” he said. “This time around, for graduate school, my approach has always been say ‘yes’ to everything.” The experience, Ortiz said, will be useful for him as he pursues a doctorate degree and finds a career. “It was the very first time I went out there

representing myself and who I am as a professional,” he said. “If I hadn’t, if I said ‘no,’ that would have been a huge ‘what if ’ that would always be at the back of my mind.” Submissions for the Welebaethan are accepted year-round. For more information on the journal, contact faculty advisor Vanessa Gunther, Ph.D.






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Pay college football players JOHNNY NAVARRETTE Daily Titan

College players bring in too much money to not receive compensation One of the many arguments heard against collegiate athletes being paid is that compensation is currently fair enough as those athletes have their tuition paid for in addition to housing, food or books. Sports at the college level are quickly being propelled to the level of professional sports. The old deal between the NCAA and Bowl Championship Series for football was worth $500 million, according to an article from Simply put, it is a business and form of entertainment worth millions, and sometimes billions, of dollars for these “student athletes” to be broadcasted on national television. That alone transforms athletes into celebrities. College jerseys with a player’s number on the back are found in stores on and off colleges campuses. While names are not displayed on the back, it is not difficult to identify these players paraded through the media. The fact remains that those players that are associated with the jersey do not receive any compensation as universities participate in a cash grab off the likeness of individual athletes. There are coaches who are currently against college athletes forming a union, and truth be told, there isn’t a more hypocritical situation than coaches being against player compensation. Northwestern University is at the heart of the union debate as its players are the ones trying to achieve the

goal of forming a union. Pat Fitzgerald, the head coach for the Wildcats football team, has recently voiced his opposition to the union and urged his players to vote against the idea when it’s taken to a vote in late April. “I believe it’s in their best interests to vote no. With the research that I’ve done, I’m going to stick to the facts and I’m going to do everything in my power to educate our guys,” Fitzgerald said. “Our university is going to do that. We’ll give them all the resources they need to get the facts.” So while coaches are against unions and compensation for its athletes, it should be noted that these coaches are the same ones getting paid handsomely for their own services. In 2011, Fitzgerald was paid more than $2.2 million, a $1 million increase from the previous year, and was given a 10-year contract extension that runs through 2020. If that wasn’t enough, his compensation package included a $2.5 million loan from the school. It was the first time since 2005 that Northwestern’s tax return showed the coach to be the highest paid employee at the university, according to USA Today Sports. At the end of the day, athletes realistically are not going to be offered that type of money. But why should they not receive a piece of the pie after the long hours they put in the training room and on the field, all while fulfilling their responsibilities as a student? College athletes deserve balance and as great as the perks of free education are, they could be and should be given a little bit more. The athletes are the ones selling out stadiums, selling merchandise and generating millions of dollars for their respective universities. To say athletes do not deserve a little more compensation is unfair.

College players don’t need pay NICOLE WEAVER Daily Titan

Their full ride through university is enough compensation Later in April, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will decide if Northwestern University’s scholarship football players will be granted employee status, giving them the right to unionize. Allowing them to unionize as employees is a somewhat odd move considering these students are already being paid in the form of scholarships covering their very pricy tuition. Northwestern’s graduating quarterback, Kain Colter, spearheaded the movement to organize players at the school, after his experience with life as both a college student and athlete. Huma has provided support for athletes dealing with similar efforts in recent years and has led the National College Players Association since graduating from UCLA. Now he’s advocating for more coverage for injured players, concussion reform, as well as other basic protections. However, Northwestern’s football coach Pat Fitzgerald believes the idea to unionize is not the answer. “I just do not believe we need a third party between our players and our coaches, staff and administrators,” Fitzgerald said. “ … Whatever they need, we will get them.” Fitzgerald stands with the university, who intends to send representatives to meet with members of Congress in an effort to stop the union effort. Opinions are split on the idea of unionizing, with about half on each side of the issue from a recent poll by USA Today. However, about 64 percent of those

polled are opposed to the idea of student pay. NLRB regional director, Peter Sung Ohr, firmly stands by the decision to grant students union rights, citing the players’ time and commitment to their sport, and the fact that their scholarships were tied directly to their performance, according to ESPN. If time and commitment are grounds for union rights and student pay, then shouldn’t grad assistants and interns receive more sufficient pay and the right to unionize? Surely they do more for the university than student athletes. And aren’t athletes technically already being paid for what they do because of scholarships? The move to give college athletes the right to unionize and to be considered “employees” has agitated critics. The critics say that this idea could hurt college sports in many ways, most notably by the possibility of strikes from unhappy players or lockouts by athletic departments, according to ESPN. Although only Colter spoke publicly about his support during the hearings, he stated that nearly all 85 Northwestern scholarship players backed the union bid, although Fitzgerald’s recent urgings to vote no may have currently swayed some of the votes. Northwestern is not a football factory, and it should be noted that it has one of the highest graduation rates for college football players in the nation. Sports injury coverage and other basic protections should be handled first and foremost by universities and the NCAA. Those two entities should be responsible for taking care of players’ needs and improving benefits without the outside help from a union. It just doesn’t seem logical to pay athletes who receive an education that is worth more per year than many people’s salaries.

Last week, Microsoft announced Cortana, its competition to Apple’s voice command assistant Siri. The new ‘digital assistant’ is named after the video game Halo’s now famous companion and will be debuting in Windows mobile 8.1 as an attempt to compete with Google and Apple’s voice recognition equipped smartphones. Virtual assistants are the next step to a future in science fiction movies like Her and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Besides competing with two well established smartphone giants, Microsoft has a bigger problem: convincing consumers to use voice commands. As of now, voice commands are more of a novelty than of any actual use. I rarely see anyone use them in public or even seriously in a small group of friends. This could just be a social stigma, but it seems more like a problem with technology itself. Two big changes need to happen with voice commands before consumers fully embrace controlling anything with their voice. Reliability: Trying to get my Xbox One to turn on frequently turns into a session of me yelling in my room “Xbox turn on” over and over until I get mad enough to just walk up and press the “on” button. Of course this will become better and better over time, but for now it’s just not optimal. Google used to have terrible voice recognition on its Android phones, but over

time and with consistent improvement it has positioned itself as the most reliable of all current voice recognition software. This is only possible because of the massive amount of data Google pulls from its users to give a more accurate representation of how users speak. But even now, it messes up frequently enough to the point where I am forced to manually enter text, which makes me not want to trifle with it in the first place. It’s certainly not reliable with the engine noise in the background. Sadly, the inside of a car is where voice commands would be most important. Naturality: The furthest thing from being a reality is being able to talk to any device naturally. Being able to have a conversational tone with a computer or phone is the future. I don’t believe it will reach human realism levels of Her where Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with his operating system, but I hope I can talk to my phone without addressing it like I am talking to a person who is hard of hearing. Listen to yourself the next time you dust off Siri. Think about how different you sound compared to communicating with a friend or family member. It just feels funny and awkward. In part, this is due to reliability but I know I can’t ask my phone “Can you look up where I can find a great place to eat grilled cheese?” Phones and other devices require specific keywords to work and a natural conversation would just throw it off. Siri and Cortana need to be my pal, not a picky grammar nazi.




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A clean form of travel Bike Nation’s success will allow it to stay operational EVELYN CHANG for the Daily Titan

Bike Nation USA recently installed its stations on Cal State Fullerton’s campus, the station additions will simplify transportation for students and faculty alike. Multiple bike stations have also been placed around downtown Fullerton. A contract between the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and Bike Nation was signed in 2012. A total of 165 bicycles located at 15 different stations throughout the city were installed in January 2014. The installation of the bike stations around the city comes at a time when bicycles are gaining recognition as a dependable method of transportation around urban areas, while simultaneously decreasing car usage. The bike-sharing program located in Fullerton is currently a two-year pilot program.

In addition to avoiding the stress of having to search for parking in an area so dependent on cars, using the rental bicycles will also allow students to skip the stress of sitting in traffic behind a long line of cars. The Federal Transit Administration supported the efforts to cut down air pollution by giving the program a $768,000 federal grant. In the past, Bike Nation has faced some obstacles in more populated cities, such as New York and Los Angeles, where there have been bicycle shortages at stations. It also failed to deliver the promised number of stations in the city of Anaheim, installing only three stations, instead of the original 10 that had been promised. During this two-year pilot term, Wes Parsel, a marketing coordinator of the Orange County Transportation Authority, said officials will be monitoring the real-time data showing how often the bicycles are being used and what kind of customers are using them. This will allow them to

The Bike Nation program allows people in Fullerton the ability to rent bikes out for 30 minutes at a time.

gauge the success rate of Bike Nation’s program in the city of Fullerton. The program’s low-cost membership fees, as well as discount day passes, are meant to attract students and faculty members in hopes that the Fullerton program will be successful enough to continue after its two-year pilot term ends. Another reason why OCTA approved the contract with Bike Nation, despite the former mayor Bruce Whitaker’s inclination to not spend money, was the Fullerton train station. The train station brings in a number of people each morning and the distance between the train station

and the passengers’ destination constantly presents a problem, as most places require a bit of a walk and most passengers do not have cars waiting for them once they leave the train station. The bike-sharing program targeted these specific people by installing stations at the Fullerton train station that would allow commuters to rent bicycles to reach their destinations faster. Bike Nation has been most successful on the Cal State Fullerton campus, according to Parsel. He credits this to the fact that many students find it very convenient to simply

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rent a bicycle on campus and dock it at another station downtown. Not only is the bike-sharing program convenient, it also promotes health and environmental awareness. By using Bike Nation bicycles, students are guaranteed to find parking, thus eliminating stress when they arrive at the next station to dock their rented bicycle. Bike Nation officials ensure there will be enough bikes for rental as well as space for bicycles to be returned at any docking station with the real-time data they receive from the stations. In addition to avoiding the stress of having to

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search for parking in an area so dependent on cars, using the rental bicycles will also allow students to skip the stress of sitting in traffic behind a long line of cars. The program also promotes environmental awareness by attempting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by cutting down on the number of cars driven every day by people only looking to travel short distances. Should the two-year pilot program be a success, Cal State Fullerton faculty and students can look forward to having a dependable and beneficial method of transportation in the future.



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Fashion club is on-trend FASHION Continued from PAGE 1

“I am studying (public relations) so ideally it would be management or representation within the fashion industry,” she said. Kazalbash said she admires many of high-end fashion stores and designers even if they do not correlate with her own personal taste because she would someday like to work with them. She said she likes BCBGMAXAZRIA, Alexander McQueen and Philip Lim. Tran wanted to draw attention to fashion on campus because Cal State Fullerton does not offer a fashion program for students. She would like to have a career fueling her passion for fashion and she has already started by working for a fashion company called Ruche. Tran finds a lot of her inspirations from shows, such as Project Runway, and admires the way the contestants are able to take ordinary items and turn them into fashionable clothing. She has found a way to incorporate that creativity into the club. “The very first meeting we had in the fall we had members take clothing from a huge pile of donated clothes and they were supposed to make something,” Tran said. Members were encouraged to make whatever they considered fashionable. Tran wanted to give the members a chance to show off their personal creative style. Her main focus is to keep in mind that everyone has their own sense of style and wants students to be able to represent that. One of the club members, Steve Chowdbury, likes the visual aspect of the fashion industry and styling. “I’ve always been into visual stimulus,” he said. “I like it when people wear intricate outfits. I appreciate when I have to actually take the time to look at someone’s outfit.”

“I like it when people wear intricate outfits. I appreciate when I have to actually take the time to look at someone’s outfit.” STEVE CHOWDBURY Fashion Club member

Chowdbury said he enjoys being in the Fashion Club because he is from Alaska where fashion is not prominent. Most department stores have closed due to a lack of fashion interest in the state. Being in the club has helped Chowdbury recognize his own personal style while gaining inspiration from others. “I’m pretty simple at the moment mostly because I can’t afford anything fancy,” he said. “Usually it’s just fitted jeans— never baggy—stripes and button ups occasionally.” When talking about her personal style, Tran said she never has lazy days when it comes to fashion and is always dressed up. “I would describe my fashion style as feminine sophistication with an edge,” she said. “I love very feminine silhouettes … very structured and polished.” Tran said she likes adding a twist of edge to her style while maintaining a professional look. Tran and the rest of the Fashion Club will be hosting their first runway show April 14 at 7 p.m. in the Titan Student Union Pavilion B, where various styles and models will present their fashion wardrobe.

GINA VAN STRATTEN / Daily Titan The International Costume Convention held in Las Vegas featured a variety of vendors who specialize in creating costumes, masks and accessories. Many of the masquerade masks had feathers, beads and sequins, while other masks were laser-cut into different shapes.

Halloween all year long

A student travels to Las Vegas for costume convention GINA VAN STRATTEN Daily Titan

Halloween happens 365 days a year for my family. My parents own a yearround costume store called All About Fun Costumes. I usually miss out on the fun of finding and purchasing the newest costumes and accessories because of work and school. However, this year the International Costume Convention, where retailers purchase their inventory, was held during spring break. Without hesitation, I joined my parents for a free three-night stay in Las Vegas, where the convention was being held. Once we arrived at the hotel, we were transported to a Halloween haven. Every morning hundreds of retail store associates came down for a free breakfast and at 9 a.m. we all set out to roam the aisles of costumes. The convention was packed into three ballrooms with just about every costume imaginable. Each booth contained a different vendor filled with their original costumes and accessories; from colored hairspray to a full metal royal knight. As we walked around, my parents talked with wholesale managers and designers, while I tried on costumes, jewelry, makeup and more. I stumbled upon a booth full of eyelashes. Eyelashes that glow in the dark, ones with feathers, rainbow colored eyelashes and a pair with spiders dangling from the ends. One vendor was showcasing their masquerade masks. They had masks with glitter,

GINA VAN STRATTEN / Daily Titan Unique costumes created by different vendors were on display at the annual convention, along with Halloween and movie costumes.

sequins and spikes. They also had a thin metal mask that was laser-cut into the shape of a skull. It was something I had never seen before. Another vendor designed full-face masks. The masks he displayed included a horse, unicorn, fox, camel, rhinoceros, goat and rabbit. One horse mask changed color under a blacklight. Another booth I walked into had a person in a huge pink gorilla suit. There was a line around the corner of the booth to take to a picture with him. My parents did not waste any time with ordering a few of those gorilla suits. The first night of the convention was also a fashion show. The hour-long show allowed each designer to showcase their most popular costume for the 2014 Halloween season. One model showcased an

Indian costume complete with a feather headdress, fringe dress and feather and fringe boots. A male model showed off a deluxe Captain America costume. He had a skin-tight suit with all the embellishments in leather, and he carried a huge replica shield that was from the movie. Another model had a mermaid costume. She wore a long red wig, top made with shells and a long green skirt that looked like scales. I took notes of my favorite costumes and vendors, so I could make sure to stop by their booth the next day. One vendor was selling latex. They were demonstrating how to apply the latex to your body. Once they were done, the model had a full Superwoman costume made out of latex. However, no costume is

complete without the perfect shoes. Vendors had glittery gogo boots, gladiator sandals and green pumps with faux leaves for Poison Ivy. Over the next two days, my bag got heavier by the minute as I piled an enormous amount of catalogs into it. Every night after the convention, my parents and I decorated each page with Post-it Notes and scribbles indicating which costumes were going to make their way onto our order forms. By the third day, my parents and I were exhausted from all the walking we did and fun we had. We managed to walk through each and every booth, and my parents placed orders for over 300 costumes. Needless to say, I am ready for Halloween. The only problem is, I have no idea which costume to choose.

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Gluten-free diets are more than just a fad

“The wheat that we’re eating today is not the same that our forefathers ate,” said Gwendolyn Moore, registered dietician and nutritionist, serving in Rancho KAYLI CRAIG Cucamonga and Newport Daily Titan Beach. “When (the) molecular structure is changed, it Gluten is the key ingredi- is a problem.” ent to some of America’s faIt is no secret that some vorite crunchy, crispy and of the food consumed totasty foods. day has been altered in However, as more stud- some way, whether it is to ies surface that contrib- make it last longer or taste ute gluten to a wide variety better. of health problems, pro“Gluten is an inflammafessionals are now saying tory food,” said April Murthat eating gluten-free isn’t ray, a registered dietician a popular and new health of OC Nutrition Coachtrend, but that ing in Costa “The wheat that Mesa. eliminating gluten from Remov ing we’re eating some diets gluten from today is not the one’s can truly imdiet prove overall may provide same that our them with health. forefathers ate. more energy, So what exactly is gluconcenWhen molecular more ten? It is the tration, less protein that headaches structure is is found in a more changed, it is a and wheat, rye and efficient gasbarley. trointestinal problem.” It is found tract. in most of GWENDOLYN MOORE Some othA m e r i c a ’ s Dietician and nutritionist er symptoms most popular that can be and favorite foods includ- contributed to eating gluing pizza, pasta, bread and ten include, but are not processed foods. However, limited to, diarrhea, bloatgluten also can sneak into ing, eczema, delayed puproducts that aren’t packed berty or infertility and full of carbohydrates, or bone or joint pain. even in food, such as makePeople who experience up and toothpaste. these symptoms and others Some people may argue may have an intolerance that gluten has been con- or an allergy to gluten and sumed for literally hun- may find relief by cutting it dreds of years without all out of their diets. these health problems that Those people who do appear today. While this have an allergy to gluten may be true, like many oth- will likely be diagnosed er foods today, the protein with celiac disease. For in gluten is much different them, gluten must be elimthan it once was. inated altogether or their

Celiac disease is the immune reaction or allergy to gluten

Courtesy of Chelsea Lincoln If you want to live a gluten-free lifestyle, it will require you to cut certain foods out of your diet, such as bread. Your body will be at risk of having celiac disease if you are allergic to gluten, but removing gluten from the foods you eat can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

bodies will not be able to properly absorb nutrients. Sarah Manchin, 20, currently attends Saddleback College and was diagnosed with celiac disease a year and a half ago. Because celiac disease is genetic, she and her sister inherited the gene from her father. Manchin was extremely ill before she was diagnosed with celiac disease. Her vitamin levels were unbalanced, and she slept through most of the day and had horrible stomach

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pains that she described as feeling like fireworks, sometimes leading her to the hospital. Since eating a completely gluten-free diet, Manchin said her health has improved and the only thing she misses about her previous gluten-filled diet is the desserts. Those diagnosed with celiac disease also must avoid any places or foods that have been “cross-contaminated” with gluten. For instance, Manchin

The ‘caveman diet’ consists of eating protein and veggies

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what does a protein packed diet with plenty servings of vegetables and fruits do? The Paleolithic diet lifestyle is one that is gaining popularity not only in the world of celebrities, fitness builders and bodybuilders, but also everyday people who are simply seeking to be healthier. The name originates from the idea of the Paleolithic Age or Stone Age. The “paleo” lifestyle is also known as the “caveman diet” because those who follow the diet consume what a caveman would—animals and vegetables. “(The paleo diet) is also a very clean diet. It is unprocessed, there is no preservatives in the food,” said April Murray, a registered dietician of OC Nutrition Coaching in Costa Mesa. “You will have a lot more energy and you will not have those negative side effects of eating processed foods.” Paleolithic people receive about 35 percent of their calories from fats, 35 percent from carbohydrates and 30 percent from protein, according to research from Emory University,

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The menu consists mainly of meats that are organic, range-free and grass-fed meats and eggs, fish, nuts, berries and a high intake of vegetables and fruits. This means cutting out foods including, but not limited to, caffeine, potatoes, grains, dairy, sugar, salt and processed foods. By cutting out the above mentioned foods, many people have experienced weight loss. By combining this diet with exercise, the weight loss can be significant. “Clinical trials have shown that the Paleo Diet is the optimum diet that can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, markers of inflammation, help with weight loss, reduce acne, promote optimum health and athletic performance,” said Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Colorado State University professor and author of The Paleo Diet. However, following the paleo diet is not as easy as eating meats and veggies. Although no time will be spent grabbing quick snacks at the local grocery store, plenty of time will be spent preparing and cooking meals while sticking to the paleo menu. Although it might be a tedious task for some, there are many benefits to this lifestyle. Three quarters of the average American’s sodium intake, which is already double what it should be, comes

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loss, may find their taste buds satisfied with gluten-free versions of their favorite foods. However, Murray reminds us that gluten-free products aren’t a “healthier” alternative to ones that do have gluten, in terms of calories, carbs and fats. That is why associating weight loss with being gluten-free isn’t always appropriate. It is always important to check food labels, especially for those who have an intolerance or allergy to gluten.

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cannot have a gluten-free pizza that was sliced on the same cutting board as a regular pizza. It is clear that having a gluten-free diet isn’t the hottest or quickest way to fit into those smaller clothes. Some people who eat gluten-free may experience weight loss because they are cutting out carbohydrate-filled foods they used to eat. Those who are following a gluten-free lifestyle, but not doing so for possible weight

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