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Wednesday October 19, 2016

Volume 100 Issue 28




Project Rebound hits CSUF Hawaii

is no vacation for Titans

Women’s soccer heads to Honolulu for Big West play. HARRISON FAIGEN Daily Titan


Romarilyn Ralston will serve as the program coordinator for the CSUF branch of Project Rebound, which hopes to reduce prison recividism rates by giving previously incarcerated people access to resources that can aid them in earning a college degree. Ralston is looking to spread community awareness both on and off campus for the program.

Program from San Francisco State University receives grant, allowing expansion to seven CSU campuses. JASON ROCHLIN Daily Titan

Cal State Fullerton will be taking part in a threeyear pilot program starting in the spring 2016 semester alongside a number of other CSU campuses to implement Project Rebound, a means of expanding college access to help formerly incarcerated

individuals earn a degree and lower prison recidivism rates. Project Rebound is a program from San Francisco State University (SFSU) that has a goal of “Turning Former Prisoners into Scholars,” according to the

program’s SFSU Associated Students page. It was started by John Irwin in 1967, as the program became a model for other similar programs in Northern California. SEE REBOUND


For most, imagining a trip to Hawaii conjures up visuals of crystal clear water, the feeling of sand between their toes and the sounds of waves crashing into the shore at night. For Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer, the trip won’t be quite so peaceful. “It’s not vacation and we’re not here to take a vacation, we’re here to win a game,” said Titans leading scorer Sarah Fajnor after team practice Tuesday, in preparation for their conference matchup with Hawaii on Sunday. “I think all of us have that mindset going into it, that it is just like going to UCI or just like going to Santa Barbara. It’s another game day, it’s another business trip and we need to take care of business on this trip.” SEE HAWAII 8

Film conveys LGBTQ romance

‘Mosquita y Mari’ reflects director’s life experience. PRISCILLA BUI Daily Titan

Students gathered in Cal State Fullerton’s Chicana & Chicano Resource Center (CRC) for a special film screening of “Mosquita y Mari” and a subsequent discussion with the film’s director Monday evening. The event was collaborated by CRC, the LGBT Queer Resource Center and the Women’s and Adult Reentry Center. The purpose of screening an LGBTQ-related film was to allow students to essentially open up a dialogue about an identity that really wasn’t disclosed very often in the Latinx community. “For individuals who are both LGBTQ and part of the Latinx community, I think it’s something that they could very much relate to because it’s an identity that isn’t talked about in our communities,” said Sabino Reyes-Leon, a student leader at CRC. The film “Mosquita y Mari” is a coming-of-age

story that revolves around the friendship between two young Chicanas in Huntington Park, Los Angeles. As affection blossoms between the two characters, it starts to affect their lives in terms of school, family and self-identity. It was Aurora Guerrero’s first feature film and was inspired by the director’s own comingof-age tale. “Even though I did not grow up in Southeast L.A., the heart of the piece is very much me,” Guerrero said. During the discussion following the screening, Guerrero said that while she loved romantic teen dramas, she could never relate to them because those movies never had any ethnicity, class, gender or sexuality factors she could identify with. The lack of relatability in romantic movies was one of the reasons why she created “Mosquita y Mari.” “We need our love stories. This is our community’s love story,” Guerrero said. The odds of creating “Mosquita y Mari” were stacked against Guerrero from the very beginning. On top of trying to raise funds for the film

Drive gives students chance to volunteer



Working Wardrobes pairs up with Titan PR Club and Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity to collect shoes and accessories.



Director Aurora Guerrero spoke about her film “Mosquite y Mari” at Cal State Fullerton’s Chicana & Chicano Resource Center (CRC) Monday evening. The film follows the story of a spiritual and physically intimate friendship between two Chicana teenagers.

in 30 days through Kickstarter, she was discouraged by others to not do what she was setting out to accomplish. “It was very rare when narrative films were raising more than $50,000,” Guerrero said. “But I’m

very stubborn and I needed $80,000 to make a movie.” When Guerrero initially wrote the story for the film, she was piecing together a narrative that was not only for herself, but for other young Latinas

‘Fall Dance Theatre’ begins Thursday



Gladys Kares coordinates a varied collection of emotional dance numbers to be performed by students.

as well. Her hope for this film was to connect with young people, especially with those still establishing their own identity. Guerrero wanted to reassure the audience that the subject matter wasn’t necessarily about putting

labels on people. Instead, it was meant to be more of an acknowledgement of the spiritual, physical and emotional connection between the two female characters. SEE LOVE


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Cristina Calderon (left), manager of retail operations for Working Wardrobes, and Emma Bramer (left-center), a public relations major, talk as Taylor Scherer (right-center) advertises future events for Alpha Phi Omega.

Titans take donated shoes, accessories CSUF club and fraternity team with thrift shop for clothing drive. ASHLYN RAMIREZ Daily Titan Local Orange County thrift shop, Working Wardrobes, along with the Titan Public Relations (PR) club and Alpha Phi Omega, a community service based fraternity, have recently joined together to bring a series of clothing drives to Cal State Fullerton. The Titan Public Relations Shoe and Accessories Drive began Tuesday and will continue until Thursday. The drive will be held on Titan Walk from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Titan PR is encouraging students to bring any unwanted items to donate, either casual or business casual clothing. Working Wardrobes currently operates locations all over Orange County, from Garden Grove to Huntington Beach, Anaheim, Tustin and Costa Mesa. Cristina Calderon, manager of retail operations for Working Wardrobes, said that volunteering is a great thing students do. “It’s very encouraging that the young people, the young generation, are getting involved,” Calderon said. Not only are students able to get involved by helping

others, but it is also self-fulfilling, Calderon said. The way students involve themselves now compared to when she was in college is different. Students’ involvement in their education is apparent, and Calderon said it’s a great thing that students are coming to them, looking to get active in their fields or giving back to the community through a charitable organization. Emma Bramer, a thirdyear transfer student majoring in public relations, first became involved with the club through CSUF’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). She said this is first time the club has participated in a drive with Working Wardrobes. “We’re trying to get the word out about our drive that will be happening Wednesday and Thursday,” Bramer said. The club first contacted the Costa Mesa location, according to Bramer. “We asked them if they wanted to do a clothing drive on campus for Cal State Fullerton,” Bramer said. Through Working Wardrobes, Titan PR hopes to help the company with other events as well. Titan PR is also hoping to have a future collaboration with both Working Wardrobes and Tuffy’s Career Closet. While this is the first big

event for the club, which will also be helping host Halloween events for its thrift stores at the end of the month. Not only will there be the Thrift or Treat event in Costa Mesa, but Titan PR will also be helping with a carnival for Working Wardrobe’s clients. Students have to find opportunities and talk to other organizations for community service on their own when involved with a club. The club is working on its outreach to other organizations on campus such as Alpha Phi Omega (APO). The overall goal is to get students involved by either donating or volunteering time with the organizations in order to assist them, Bramer said. Taylor Scherer, a fourthyear health science major, is the head of APO. Through Community Service InterClub Council (CSICC) students are able to engage in volunteer opportunities in the community. Scherer is one of those students. After participating in ASI for three years, she is no stranger to community service. Scherer said that not only is one able to make good connections through volunteer work, but it also gives one a sense of humility. For her, it’s all about seeing the impact on the community. “We want to give back to our community, our campus and the different organizations here,” Scherer said.

STEM expo offered networking chance Students learned about jobs and internships at Titan Student Union. ALYSSA MARTINEZ Daily Titan Students and corporations gathered in the TSU Pavilions Tuesday for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Internship and Career Expo in an opportunity to network and explore potential internship and career options. The expo, which began at 10 a.m. and concluded at 2 p.m., had 391 students RSVP’d and hosted over 60 notable employers in STEM industries, including Southern California Edison, National Data Systems and Extron Electronics. Upon entering the expo, students were handed a blue pamphlet with a complete list of employers in attendance, company information and what they are looking for in candidates. For example, Clark Construction stated in its section of the pamphlet that it was looking mainly at candidates with a bachelor’s

or master’s degree, presenting full-time and internship position possibilities, which gave students a chance to see what opportunities they were qualified for. Employers were offering full-time, part-time and internship positions to attendees of the expo, giving candidates a chance to pursue their career at any level. “I think most of them are probably looking for interns because they realize we’re college students so we don’t have the opportunity or chance to put in the full-time effort,” said Matthew Adachi, CSUF electrical engineering student. Employers and students were eager to network and give potential future workers a much clearer idea of what type of employee or intern they would like on their team. Most participating employers present were looking for students pursuing either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in computers or engineering. However, there were a few who had openings for all STEM majors.

Memorial services for the two Palm Spring officers who were killed in the line of duty earlier this October were held Tuesday at the Palm Springs Convention Center, according to ABC7. Gov. Jerry Brown, state Attorney General Kamala Harris and hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the country attended the event to honor Lesley Zerebny, 27, and Jose “Gil” Vega, 63. In addition to family, friends and fellow officers, many members of the community were also present, reaching a total count of over 100,000 people. Zerebny and Vega were killed Oct. 8 after responding to a family disturbance call at a home in Palm Springs, Calif. - MEGAN MAXEY

Union protests UCI layoffs Following the loss of 175 healthcare jobs at UC Irvine Medical Center, protesters picketed the offices Tuesday. Almost 200 union members, some wearing scrubs and holding signs, chanted “UC, UC, you’re no good. Treat your workers like you should,” as part of the protest. The layoffs that amounted to about 3.5 percent of the workforce are being implemented to avoid exceeding operating revenue, according to UCI. Union officials stated the nonprofit has too large of revenues and say the layoffs are unjustified. - MEGAN MAXEY

Employers seeking candidates under any given STEM major included Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc., Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Cox Automotive, Houzz and Metropolitan Water District of South California. For CSUF student Melissa Manzo, the expo was all about looking at her choices for an internship with a company that will best use her computer engineering major and computer science minor the most. “There’s a lot of options, a lot of opportunities and they’re all pretty cool,” Manzo said. As for what made the STEM Expo worth attending, Adachi credits the variety of companies present to being the most beneficial factor of the expo. “It opens things up. Instead of there just being one thing, there’s a lot to look at,” Adachi said. To find out more about upcoming internship and career expos for various areas of study, the CSUF Career Center recommends visiting its office in Langsdorf Hall, or contacting the center at

Pedestrian killed in Redondo A man was struck and killed by a vehicle Tuesday in Redondo Beach, Calif., according to KTLA. The man was on the sidewalk when a woman described by police as “elderly”, lost control of her vehicle while driving down Torrance Boulevard. After hitting the man on the intersection of Francisca Avenue and South Torrance Boulevard, the woman hit a wall which caused her car to overturn. The man, who has yet to be identified, was pronounced dead at the scene. Redondo Beach Police said the crash is still under investigation, and they have not determined yet if the woman will be charged. - MEGAN MAXEY




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Brady Heiner, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy and the director of Project Rebound at CSUF, said that Rebound is the sole survivor of nine different incarcerated student-oriented programs in the CSU system that existed in the 1970s. “I think that sort of demonstrates that this is not a new commitment; it’s a long-standing one that the CSU can do a better job at making good on, and that’s what we’re hoping to do,” Heiner said. Heiner also said he gained an interest in prisons having grown up in the Central Valley, where he says there are more prisons and jails per capita then there are colleges and universities, leading to critics calling the area “Central Prison Alley.” “It always seemed very off to me that the caging of persons was primarily framed as an employment opportunity rather than as a social issue,” Heiner said. ”My studies in philosophy and social sciences provided me with the conceptual resources to make sense of that experience and the structural components that contribute to mass incarceration in the U.S.” In 2011, Heiner began working at CSUF and started to investigate which resources existed to help currently and formerly incarcerated individuals. It was during this time that he met Jason Bell, the current Project Rebound director at SFSU and the regional director of the CSU Project Rebound Effort. In the four years since, Heiner and Bell have been working to begin adapting the program to other campuses in the CSU system. One of the reasons Project

Rebound is so important is because of the prevalence of mass incarceration in California, which has the third largest prison system in the world behind China and the United States as a whole, Heiner said. “The end goal, for me, is really trying to decarcerate the state of California,” Heiner said. As of Oct. 12, the time of the latest weekly report issued when this article was written, there were officially 180,467 total people in custody by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations (CDCR). These people include those in institutions or camps, in contract beds, on parole, under Community Rehabilitative Program Placements supervision, being held out of state in Arizona or Mississippi and distinguished as either “out to court” or “escaped.” In the CDCR 2015 Outcome Evaluation Report, the sixth in an annual series of reports, the three-year recidivism (return-to-prison) rate for the 2010 to 2011 fiscal year was examined for 95,690 offenders released from adult institutions. Those released offenders had a recidivism rate of about 44.6 percent according to the report, nearly a 10 percent decrease from the 2009 to 2010 rate. Due to the three-year period of investigation for each fiscal year’s recidivism rate, no more recent data exists from the CDCR. However, Heiner said the rate should have remained constant for about the last decade or so, and more recent data on about suspects would not prove to be much of a surprise. “The reality is that formerly incarcerated folks are already here and taking classes,

so what we’re seeking to do is provide resources and mentorship for those whose tenacity has already led them to succeed,” Heiner said. In a 2016 article for the SFSU news, Bell said more than 90 percent of Project Rebound students generally graduate at a faster rate than the school’s overall student population. “I always say if you’re not persuaded by the arguments of social justice and equal access to education that many of us are persuaded by, the cost-benefit analysis is very straight forward,” Heiner said. “California on average spends, I think, about $60,000 a year to keep someone incarcerated in the state prison system. It costs a fraction of that to help someone get a college degree.” Due to this success, Project Rebound has received a $500,000 grant for “Renewing Communities” from The Opportunity Institute, which is set to help it expand with a three-year pilot in seven CSU campuses: Bakersfield, Fresno, Fullerton, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino and San Diego. The program will also be starting up at Cal State Los Angeles, Heiner said, although the expansion isn’t directly a component of the “Renewing Communities” grant. “It’s also the litany of really robust and indispensable support that we’ve received across the campuses from staff members and faculty administrators who are helping make these programs sprout up and have a real chance at flourishing,” Heiner said. Romarilyn Ralston started work on Oct. 9 as the program coordinator for CSUF’s branch of Project Rebound. As the coordinator, Ralston will be responsible for

recruiting potential students, forming partnerships with community organizations and acting as an ambassador. “I have a couple of ideas on how to do some outreach work in the community and on campus. I want to do a lot more community outreach on campus and getting students involved,” Ralston said. “I’m planning on making my rounds through a lot of different departments.” To get the job, Ralston was required to turn in an application and be interviewed via video from her home at the time in St. Louis, Miss., with a committee that included Heiner, Bell and Susan Burton, a member of A New Way of Life, one of the community partners with Rebound. “They were all pretty tough on me, but it was a good interview, and I’m very happy that they selected me for the position,” Ralston said. Heiner said that one of the goals of the program is to provide the best forms of support for currently and formerly incarcerated individuals who are seeking to pursue higher education. “One of the tasks that we set for ourselves was to try to distill what about Project Rebound in San Francisco made it a success,” Heiner said. “There were a number of elements, but one of them was that ... the leadership of the program has always been someone who has themselves successfully navigated the hurdles of transitioning from prison to college and then onto graduate school and so has a unique, important and valued perspective.” Ralston herself is formerly incarcerated after serving time in 1988. However, once she was released, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Pitzer

College, a Claremont school like Pomona and Harvey Mudd, before also earning a Master’s in Liberal Arts from Washington University. “College is a very scary place for all first time students, so Rebound students are no different than any other traditional student,” Ralton said. “An office like Project Rebound and staff that has prior incarceration histories who has walked the walk and accomplished what Rebound sets up to help their students achieve will be very helpful and supportive.” Another one of the goals of Project Rebound is to have an advisory board so that Rebound staff members can get advice about what kind of help exists both on and off campus. Heiner said Project Rebound is at least partially about building relationships with people to create “a hub to plug formerly incarcerated students into already existing resources.” One such advisor for Project Rebound is Jason Sexton, Ph.D., lecturer in CSUF’s University Honors Program and editor of Boom magazine. “Education is essential for any healthy society; cultivating minds and developing meaningful practices that contribute to the wider social good,” Sexton said via email. “I’ve found that those incarcerated are some of the most sophisticated members of our society, and Project Rebound continues important efforts already underway within prison.” Senior electrical engineering major Andrew Berg agrees that allowing more access to education is important for previously incarcerated individuals. “They wouldn’t really have many opportunities just coming out of prison,” Berg said. “I feel like everyone should

have access to education as long as they’re willing to work for it.” Ralston said that there are currently three students set to attend CSUF in the spring 2016 semester, though she hopes to have between 20 and 30 by the time the semester starts. However, the Project Rebound office is currently about the size of a prison cell, Ralston said, and will need to expand both in space and staff numbers to truly be able to start making a difference. She hopes that one day, CSUF’s program could be big enough to have students coming from all over the country. Having already received invites to speak with the Governor’s office in California and the White House, Heiner said the program has a lot of potential to make a difference and has a lot of room to grow. “We have many volunteer opportunities, from folks with graphics, web design and branding/promotional skills to folks interested in tutoring who have general computer literacy skills, math and writing skills, to students interested in simply orienting Rebound students to campus,” Heiner said via email. If you are interested in potentially volunteering or interning for Project Rebound, Heiner recommends dropping by the Project Rebound office in Langsdorf Hall room 647 or sending an email to rebound@ “Prison higher education and Rebound are ways in which I can exercise my own expertise in higher education to benefit, help and support currently and formerly incarcerated folks who have the aptitude and the interest to get a college degree and beyond,” Heiner said.



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Handhelds are cool, but I much prefer my comfy couch and TV. KENYA BARRETT Daily Titan Video games are awesome, and we all know it. Shoutout to all gamers worldwide, especially the console gamers. We are individuals that will dedicate a portion of our day to sit in front of the television, alone or with friends, and play for hours with no shame. Those who do the same for handheld consoles, I didn’t forget about you either; you are awesome as well. Consoles in general have been around for decades and continue to impress me as the years go by. With the first ever home video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey, arriving in 1972, to the newest Xbox One S released this summer, console size, design and specs have

changed for the better. Although I wasn’t alive for the first half of the video game console generation, I got to experience what I consider to be the better part of it. During the beginning of the sixth generation of video game consoles in 1998, I was barely old enough to understand my surroundings. However, seeing Mario, Donkey Kong and Link on the big screen was something I could never forget. Although we still had our fifth generation Nintendo 64, my brothers eventually upgraded to the the Sega Dreamcast, where I met the blue anthropomorphic hedgehog, Sonic. My brothers also played the game “Shenmue,” which was an open-world adventure game set in Yokosuka, Japan. That particular game sparked my interest in sandbox-type games where you were free to do anything. At the time, my brothers weren’t interested in handheld consoles, so neither was

I initially. The first handheld console I owned was a Gameboy Advance that was given to me as a Christmas gift. With games like “Super Mario Advance 4,” “Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire” and “Rocket Power: Beach Bandits,” the Gameboy Advance really proved itself to be a worthy option, often times when my siblings hogged the PlayStation. I was able to enjoy some of my favorite cartoon and childhood characters in the comfort of my bed, with just my Gameboy, two AA batteries and a game cartridge. “Super Mario Advance 4” was always my go-to game because it was fun and easy to play. Occasionally, I’d play “Pokemon” with my brothers, but I would often lose my battles and never earn any badges. It’s safe to say I sucked at that game, but nonetheless, I still enjoyed the idea of “Pokemon” because I faithfully watched the cartoon series everyday.

Similar to the “Pokemon” series, I frequently watched the Nickelodeon series, “Rocket Power,” and decided that playing the game would enhance my experience with the show. Sure enough, it did, and I managed to finish the entire game in a matter of days. The bond I had with my Gameboy Advance was so special and unbreakable that I was convinced that it was all I needed. However, as I grew up, I began to find my place in the video game world. Violent video games really intrigued me, so Nintendo really wasn’t able to satisfy my sinful pleasures as much. I found myself reverting back to home consoles, finding a particular fondness for the PlayStation 2. I was able to play “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,” which had the same sandbox-type gameplay that I really liked with “Shenmue” on the Dreamcast. This game was filled with everything from

blood, guns and robbery to foul-language, drugs, gangs and prostitution. Even though a version of “Grand Theft Auto” was released on GameBoy Advance, I still preferred the PlayStation version. It seemed more realistic and the visuals were definitely better in my opinion. Playing on the big screen allowed me to feel more immersed in the gameplay and the controller vibration just added more to the overall experience. Unfortunately, I was never able to reach that level of effect with just my Gameboy. Handheld consoles have their fair share of benefits. The fact that it is a portable, compact device you can basically use anywhere is one of the main appeals for gamers. While these characteristics make most handhelds desirable, battery life, risk of damage and graphic sacrifices often deter my desire to make those purchases.

The original Playstation Portable (PSP), was the most recent handheld device I have owned in comparison to my up-to-date PlayStation 4. The more I age, the more I believe that there is a time and a place for everything. The idea of whipping out a PSP during a class lecture or free time at work sounds amazing, but isn’t considered professional and might be looked at as immature. Overall, my personal preference of video gaming devices is definitely traditional home consoles. When it comes to specs including graphics, speed, online capabilities as well as game selection, home consoles have handhelds beat. Nonetheless, portable games are still fun, but appeal to a different crowd of gamers; a crowd that I am not really a part of anymore. I’ll just continue to play in the comfort of my living room, where my adult days are coming to a close.

600th ‘Simpson’s’ episode is a weak celebration

Halloween special is a dubious milestone for classic series. KALEB STEWART Daily Titan

“The Simpsons” has been on the air for over two decades now, and the latest “Treehouse of Horror” episode counts as the animated sitcom’s 600th episode. It is an absolute shame that the show’s creative team couldn’t think of a bolder way of celebrating the milestone, as this loosely Halloween-themed collection of shorts is just a sad reminder that the show’s glory days are long gone. In fact, the special seems more than aware that the show pales in comparison to its golden age. In an opening segment, a ghostly cameo appearance from an obscure character comes with an oddly, self-aware joke about how they force people in hell to watch all 600 episodes of “The Simpsons” back to back. This throwaway line is the show’s biggest laugh, though it perhaps too keenly brings up that a sizable fraction of the show’s 600 episodes don’t live up to the pedigree of where the series began.

When the “Treehouse of Horror” specials were at their very best, they were able to put “The Simpsons’” cast into horror situations that would be out of place in a normal season. One of the immediate flaws of this installment, which is illustrated the strongest in an uninspired riff on “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and the “007” films, is that there isn’t much in it that feels like it fits the Halloween theme. There may be brief moments of surprising violence, or at least they may be surprising to viewers unfamiliar to the show’s Halloween traditions, but the comedic “horrors” are missing from the “Treehouse of Horror.” The highlight of the show is a parody of “The Hunger Games” franchise, featuring Springfield in the midst of a post-apocalyptic world wherein Lisa Simpson begins a revolution. There is nothing in this segment that stands out as being particularly clever, but it does allow for the show’s colorful cast of characters to fill in roles that suit them. Springfield’s filthy rich Mr. Burns plays an approximation of the oppressive President Snow. Homer is the alcoholic trainer and Lisa Simpson fits well as a Katniss Everdeen figure. The segment climaxes

on a homage to “Mad Max: Fury Road,” the denizens of Springfield riding across the desert in a vehicle formation that will be all too familiar to fans of the film, which feels like an out of place visual reference made just for the sake of making it. A middle segment featuring Lisa’s imaginary friend murdering those nearest to her is the closest to feeling like a classic “Treehouse of Horror” segment, but it lacks big laughs. The ending falls flat, as if the creators were uncomfortable with the dark direction of the story and quickly threw in a non-sequitur of a deus ex machina to lighten the mood. Spoofing material from “Kingsman: The Secret Service”, is an awkward choice for the show’s finale, given that Kingsman came out two years ago and is not something that became pop culture as quickly as “Mad Max” or “Hunger Games.” Obvious jokes about how violence never solves anything were made as Bart Simpson slaughtered a room full of people ala Colin Firth. It is an uncreative way of celebrating the 600th episode of one of television’s most important sitcoms. How important “The Simpsons” is in terms of solidifying animation as a medium that is not just for


“The Simpsons” debuted its 27th installment of the “Treehouse of Horror” anthology series on Oct. 16, which also marked the 600th episode of the show’s entire run.

entertaining children cannot be stressed enough. If “The Simpsons” hadn’t become such a huge success in the late 80s and early 90s, there might not have ever been

a “Family Guy” or “South Park” to speak of. It is a shame that the “Treehouse of Horror” tradition, instead of pushing the boundaries of animation as it did back

in the 90s, is just a reminder that no matter how little life it has left, “The Simpsons” will keep rambling on. Someone at Fox should help them find its brains.

‘Fall Dance Theatre’ jazzes and pirouettes to life

Students and guests showcase classic and contemporary pieces. KYLE BENDER Daily Titan

Students looking for a break from their mid-semester blues will have an opportunity to break free and experience the “Fall Dance Theatre” beginning Oct. 20 in the Little Theatre

at CSUF. The CSUF Department of Theatre and Dance will be showcasing performances from their award-winning dancers and choreographers, who had been featured in Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in the “Fall Dance Theatre.” Last year’s nearly soldout show was divided into two acts and featured dances, including ballet and contemporary

numbers from CSUF along with guest dancers and choreographers. This year, the show will feature fresh and varied choreography including ballet, modern and jazz dances. The high standard and level of training in the Theatre and Dance program will truly come to life through the lovely, powerful dancing, said coordinator Gladys Kares via email. An excerpt from the ballet “Giselle” titled “Waltz

and Peasants Pas de Deux” will exhibit a classical form of dance. Student artist Nadine Tran’s piece, “When it Pours, it Pours on All of Us,” will delve into the broad and lasting effects that mental disorders can have on afflicted individuals and the people around them. In contrast, guest director Daniel Jaber’s hiphop piece, “Weirdland,” will be a brief examination on love and its mystical but important nature in relation

to the human experience. Choreographer Victor Sanchez will be presenting his modern contemporary jazz piece, “Disintegrated Image,” as well. In addition to the impressive lineup of students, CSUF faculty will also be featured in the performance. Macarena Gandarillas is set to impress audiences with her jazz piece, “On the Rocks,” featuring the music of Chantal Chamberland and Oris Rush.

The event is looking to be an impressive performance for those looking to experience a beautiful and eclectic mix of dance and music. The “Fall Dance Theatre” will have 8 p.m. showings Thursday through Saturday and matinee showings Sundays at 2 p.m. for the remainder of October. General admission tickets cost $14 and students can use their Titan discount to purchase a $12 ticket in advance.

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“There’s a lot there that really kind of pushes the boundaries of what two young women can show,” Guerrero said. “I’m not trying to force anyone to put labels on yourself. I don’t feel like that’s fair– that’s not for me to decide

for anyone. That’s your own process and your own journey.” Guerrero said that she wanted the film’s message to be able to translate to the parents and families of young people with LGBTQ identities as well. To her, this was also particularly


important because conversations would go differently if parents didn’t think in such a heteronormative manner. It raised the question of whether parents were allowing their children to define themselves or if they were defining their children.

“That really complicates the coming out process because, usually, we’re shedding everybody’s layers of who we are to get to who we really are,” Guerrero said. Melissa Barrios, a social justice educator lead at the LGBTQ Resource Center, said that she

definitely related to “Mosquita y Mari” after seeing the film a few years prior to this event. Because the film reflected on themes of socioeconomic class, citizenship, Latinx culture, emotional well-being and LGBTQ identity, it reached to Barrios on a

more personal level. “The purpose of this event was to just kind of share a narrative that’s not really heard about alot and by share a narrative, I mean like a queer narrative. And to go even deeper than that–a queer, woman of color narrative,” Barrios said.




OPINION Reparations will repair injustices


Black communities should receive governmental help. JADE LOVE Daily Titan

Given the state of race relations in the past couple years, it’s about time the American government is called out on it’s feckless negligence of reparation distribution to the black community, which is still being subjected to terrorism and trauma. The United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (UNWGEPAD) published a report on the horrid findings of the African-American experience in USA Today on Aug. 16, in which they found reparations to be the only viable reaction. “The legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge,” according to the UNWGEPAD’s report. Usually when one thinks about reparations, the thought is that money is randomly given away to undeserving relatives, but that is far from the truth. The U.S. would love to just throw money at its problems to make them disappear, but the treatment of black Americans cannot be overlooked so easily. Reparations are intrinsic and can come in the form of social and economic reform for black communities such as: a formal apology, more options for healthcare, educational opportunities, psychological rehabilitation and essential financial support, according to The Washington Post. Even though there are still systematic ways in which white supremacy is being used to dominate other communities of color, especially African-American


It’s obvious, historically, that African-American communities have been subjected to an exorbitant amount of racial oppression at the hands of the government and the society it governs. The only way to correct this ignored abuse is to distribute the appropriate reparations immediately.

communities, proper reparations would be a good way to start dismantling this unfair system, according to the UNWGEPAD’s report. Though there are many other groups that have been mistreated by the government, the exploitation of specifically African-American people in this country is grossly disproportionate in the judicial system. With problems like mass incarceration, racial profiling and unfair housing opportunities continuously being a huge part of the African-American experience in America, some sort of recognition is warranted. This is not to say that other groups’ injustices are not as important as the African-American communities. Native Americans,

who were significantly oppressed are slapped in the face every Columbus Day, deserve reparations as well. America is definitely capable of apologizing and giving reparations. They did it for the Japanese who were wickedly interned during WWII, even if they did so about 40 years later. The fact that neither the Native American nor black community has gotten anything in return for years of institutional injustice shows how flawed both the judicial system and America’s society truly are. Some Americans decide that taking the “colorblind” route–meaning purposefully not acknowledging someone’s race or ethnicity, is the best way to mend racial tensions. However, it

just perpetuates this marginality even further by essentially ignoring the injustices committed rather than talking about them. The fact that America participates in white silence is massively problematic, and is a sorry attempt at trying to right the wrongs committed for over hundreds of years. The whole idea of having reparations is to help those who have been inexcusably wronged and are still feeling the monumentally unjust vibrations of historical events. Reparations will be enormously beneficial in that they will give both the black and white community an opportunity to trust one another. However, we can never truly reach that potential if Americans consistently

refuse to own up to their obvious privilege and the plain fact that systemic racism is still a prevalent factor in the everyday lives of black and African-Americans. This country has consistently failed in attempts to make amends with its black citizens. For example, the 14th Amendment was passed in 1868 to end slavery. However, that only created a different form of legalized slavery where black sharecroppers were still forced to work and pay off debts to white landowners. The Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, but even today we still see racial discrimination in the workplace, in housing opportunities and even in the ability to take out loans with banks. When the Voting Rights

Act passed in 1965, black people were purposely intimidated and even murdered to keep them from voting and having a political voice. The list goes on and on, all showing how these hollow laws meant to help black communities have only made things either worse or equally as bad as they were before. So far nothing the government has tried has worked. Although there have been mentions of reparations for black communities, nothing has actually been done to truly lead this country toward the end of systemic racism. Hopefully the UNWGEPAD report will open up the government’s eyes enough to right this incredibly abhorrent procrastination.

Letter to the Editor FROM BENJAMIN J. HUBBARD PH.D From Benjamin J. Hubbard Ph.D Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion at CSUF. We are Titans, and we “reach higher.” But that amazing and highly intelligent creature, the elephant, that inspires our slogan and serves as our mascot, is in danger of extinction in Africa. In 1979, there were 1.3 million wild elephants there.


Today, there are 350,000 and they are being slaughtered at the rate of 20,000 per year. In Zimbabwe, baby elephants are taken from their mothers and shipped to China and elsewhere. This animal genocide must be stopped and our government and others are making some progress. But, poachers in Tanzania, Kenya, and elsewhere are better armed than park rangers, so the

killing continues. Several animal rights groups are fighting back, including the World Wildlife Fund ( and Save Animals from Extinction ( Even a five-dollar donation (one Starbuck’s venti mocha) would help. It is time our campus took some leadership in this fight. Tuffy is weeping.





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The scenes after the Titans’ Tuesday practice confirmed as much. Head Coach Demian Brown and senior goalkeeper Jennifer Stuart could be heard over the Titans’ labored breathing at the end of practice, encouraging the rest of the team to get extra work in following their morning session. Hawaii (2-2 Big West, 9-3-2 Overall) hasn’t lost in its last three games, winning twice and tying its most recent contest against Long Beach State. UH’s offense has erupted for 208 shots this season (second-most in the Big West), but they have only been able to score on 10.1 percent of them, which ranks seventh of nine teams in the conference. Recent history offers hope for CSUF. The Titans have won their last five games against Hawaii, and have a 9-2 edge over UH all time. Despite their previous success, Stuart and the rest

of the team aren’t taking Hawaii any less seriously. “They’re always very quick and athletic,” Stuart said. “They’re strong, they’re really big girls who are good on the ball, so we’ll be looking forward to getting into some really good tackles, and making sure that we keep our play nice and clean and fast to try and avoid any more injuries.” The Titans haven’t been very lucky in that department recently. Stuart missed two games after hurting her arm, while midfielder Jessica Simonian was held out of the loss to UC Santa Barbara with an injury and forward Maribell Morales injured her shoulder in the first half. “Life happens,” Fajnor said. “We’ve all played together, we’ve all dealt with adversity like that.” Even if they’re focusing on coming away with a win they’ll need to stay near the top of the Big West, the Titans have had a bit of a break from adversity on their Hawaii trips as well.


Kaycee Hoover (left) defends against Long Beach State in the Titans’ 1-0 victory on Sept. 9. Hoover has been a key part of the Fullerton defense this year.

Stuart recalled getting a chance to go surfing with former teammates Christina Burkenroad and Rebecca Wilson two years ago. and Fajnor reminisced about

driving around Oahu with coaches as a freshman, visiting the Dole Plantation and going sightseeing at various beaches. But as pleasant as those

activities sound in the middle of a college semester, Fajnor and the team’s desire for a conference victory on Sunday at 7 p.m., sounds sweeter than any

fresh cut pineapple. “I have all the faith in the world that our team is going to come out on Sunday and go extra hard,” Stuart said. “It is a business trip.”

Men’s soccer aims for consecutive Big West wins Titans eye return to .500 against UC Irvine at Titan Stadium. AARON VALDEZ Daily Titan Cal State Fullerton men’s soccer (2-3-1 in Big West play) will look to continue its conference season turnaround against the lastplace UC Irvine Anteaters (2-4 conference) Wednesday night.

Coming off a win in which they prevailed over a UC Riverside team that was undefeated in conference play, the Titans are in prime position to make a run for the Big West title. Fullerton will look to bring its Big West record to .500, whereas the Anteaters will look to avenge four conference losses. The Titan offense is finally clicking, with senior Alex Heilmann leading the team in goals with eight. Heilmann will attempt

to get back to his scoring ways against UC Irvine after netting one goal in his last five games. Sophomore Ronaldo Pineda’s recent activity up top has provided a spark for Fullerton. Pineda, along with midfielders Nicolo D’Amato and Ross McPhie, each sport two goals under their belts. CSUF’s depth has set it apart from other teams in the conference. Players like Jacob Perez, who scored the winning goal

against UCR, Rei Dorwart and Michael Lopez have helped pick defenses apart as well as create many chances within the attacking third. Despite allowing seven goals in the last five games, Fullerton’s defense, led by senior Ricardo Covarrubias, appeared impenetrable in the win over the Anteaters, limiting its errors and maintaining a tight back line to thwart any serious threats from Riverside.

The Titans were given new life by the recent reinsertion of Big West Defensive Player of the Week David Elias into the starting lineup. Elias is also en route to completing the most shutouts in Titan history as he only needs four more clean sheets to surpass the all-time record. Collectively, the Titans are averaging a .089 shot percentage and 1.13 goals per game. Eleven of CSUF’s 17 total goals have been assisted.

Fullerton will need to be weary of the Anteater duo of Thomas Janjigian and Luis Leon who have tallied a combined five goals and six assists. Freshman Ivan Canales has also served UC Irvine well with his playmaking abilities, dishing out three assists to go along with two goals. The Titans will attempt to start their second winning streak of the year at Titan Stadium when they host UC Irvine on Wednesday at 7 p.m.


Martina Edberg (above) took her third victory in four fall season tournaments Tuesday at the Memphis Women’s Intercollegiate

Men’s and women’s golf Men’s golf Titan golfer CJ Coleman finished tied for sixth overall in the Bill Cullum Invitational Tuesday. Coleman participated as an individual, shooting a 4-under 68 in the third round to record a tournament score of 7-under. The Invitational was Coleman’s first tournament appearance as a Titan. As a team, Cal State Fullerton took sixth place. Next-best Fullerton golfer Matt Wilson finished 5-under on the tournament after sitting in eighth place through two rounds. In the first tournament of the season, Wilson finished tied for 14th. The Titans hit the links next on Oct. 27 at the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational in Stockton, Calif. Women’s golf Martina Edberg took her third tournament title of the season at the Memphis Women’s Intercollegiate Tuesday. The Swedish native finished seven strokes better than her next-best opponent, Camila Serrano of Florida International University. The tournament was women’s golf’s last of the fall season. Edberg recorded victories in three of the four total tournaments and took third place in last week’s Pat Lesser Harbottle Invitational. As a team, Cal State Fullerton took sixth place out of 15 competitors and shot 70-over. Elsa Lundquist shot for the next-best score in the tournament, finishing with a 24-over 237. Edberg’s average score on the season going into the Memphis tournament was just over four points less than next-best Brittany Farrell. The Titans play next on Feb. 13 at the Battle at the Rock in Riverside, Calif. FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @DTSPORTSDESK

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