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Anti-abortion group displays graphic images in central Quad Wall prompted debates of pro-life vs. pro-choice. AMY WELLS Daily Titan A large wall depicting images of abortion and images of genocide was constructed in CSUF’s central Quad Tuesday morning as a part of a two-day demonstration called the “Genocide Awareness Project.” The project was organized by the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) to give students information about abortion. This was its first display at Cal State Fullerton but they have traveled to hundreds of campuses across America for the past 18 years. “Our message is that abortion is an act of violence that kills a human being, and the photos that we show to the students really depict that quite well,” said Kevin Olivier, a demonstrator from CBR. The images were obtained from abortion clinics and are used by the organization to show the “upsetting and shocking” reality of abortion, Olivier said. The large panels displayed images of aborted fetuses alongside images of past genocides such as the Holocaust. Warning: Graphic images shown inside. SEE ABORTION
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CSUF’s central quad played host to the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) political display protesting abortion. The wall compared the act of abortion to various genocides in world history. CBR travels to campuses across the country and has been active for 18 years.
‘Giving Tuesday’ now at CSUF
Division of Student Affairs helps community. ALYSSA MARTINEZ Daily Titan
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Disney’s latest animated movie “Moana” takes a different approach to Disney’s usual princess story. The film tackles archetypal troubles of self-doubt and tradition with a Hawaiian twist.
‘Moana’ is empowering JAYNA GAVIERES Daily Titan
Disney Animation Studios takes its imagination to the islands of the Pacific with its newest animated
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Pokémon “Sun” and “Moon” further improve on the reliable formula of their predecessors.
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feature “Moana,” which tells the story of a native Hawaiian girl who tenaciously embarks on a
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Although economically sustainable, California seceeding ignores the solidarity the U.S. was founded upon.
The gift of giving doesn’t stop for Cal State Fullerton’s Division of Student Affairs, who will be managing the Student Assistant Fund for Emergencies (SAFE) that was created by the division of University Advancement on what is known worldwide as #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday was created by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York in 2012 and is celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday to promote the season of giving back to communities and various nonprofit organizations.
What makes this year’s #GivingTuesday so special for CSUF is the launch of SAFE because it will give the campus the leverage it needs to fund accommodating solutions for students who are both food and housing insecure. “This is stemmed from a CSU-wide survey that looked at our students as a whole in the Cal State system and shows at an alarming rate how many students don’t have a secure place to sleep at night,” said Cris Powell, director of Development for Student Affairs. In response to the need for student assistance when it comes to food and shelter, CSUF looked at how they could help and the Division of Student Affairs compiled together a food and housing security task force, Powell said. SEE TUESDAY
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DTBRIEFS School bus causes fourcar pile up A school bus transporting special-needs students through Lake Forest on its way to Olivewood Elementary School struck two other vehicles around 8 a.m. Tuesday, resulting in a four-vehicle pile-up, according to the Orange County Register. After the collision, two people were taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, while another was taken to Saddleback Memorial Hospital. None of the injured persons were from the school bus, and the students were either met by parents or brought to class by another bus. The crash is undergoing an investigation and the bus driver may be prohibited from working for the Saddleback Valley Unified School District depending on the final outcome.
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At a class in the series “Great American Songbook: History of American Music,” OLLI showed an educational movie about Bing Crosby. The event was open to the public and held on campus on Tuesday at the Mackey auditorium.
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Attendees learned about Bing Crosby during free class.
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At the “Great American Songbook: The History of American Music” class Tuesday, participants gathered to learn about the life and career of Bing Crosby. This was one of many in the ongoing series about the history of American music. The class took place in the Mackey Auditorium in the Ruby Gerontology Center from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Once most viewers arrived, Ellie Monroe, the event’s instructor, played “Bing Crosby Rediscovered,” the documentary that gives a close examination of the life of Crosby. “It’s a very good program” said attendee Peter Schrepfer. “Very entertaining.” The documentary covered almost all aspects of Crosby’s life from his film and music career to his home life. Those who attended were able to see how he became known on screen in both comedy and drama genres and how his singing voice stayed prominent his entire career. They also saw the more controversial side of Crosby as one of his sons from his first marriage came out claiming they were abused by him in their younger years. Viewers were able to learn about almost every part of the singer’s history. “There were things that I found out that I did not know about Bing Crosby, which is what was nice about it.” said attendee Jodi Christin. “I did not know that he did a lot of that stuff that he did.” The class is focused on
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Ellie Monroe, event instructor, said she enjoys teaching about American music legends such as Bing Crosby.
the 1930s’ generation of music, which is why Crosby was the subject of this session Monroe said. “He was one of the people that came out that changed the musical style of America at that point in time,” Monroe said. Monroe not only leads the “Great American Songbook: The History of American Music,” but also OLLI Pops Combo and a line dancing class. She also collaborates with the school of music to put on different musical performances. “Ellie’s very good. She’s very knowledgeable too,” said attendee Sally Meert. The meetings usually include a documentary or movie. However, Monroe said she will prepare a lecture when there isn’t already a movie to cover it. “I purposely look for
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material that explains what was going on during that time period and how it basically shot music forward,” Monroe said. “It basically enhanced music and how we see it, and how it developed and how it morphed through different types of things. So those are the people I mainly focus on…” This was the last “Great American Songbook: The History of American Music” class listed on the OLLI calendar for this semester. Monroe said she plans to look at swing and jazz next semester. OLLI will offer many other programs in the arts for the remainder of the semester, including a watercolor workshop, a ceramics class, a drawing class, multiple dancing classes and more. OLLI events and calendars are listed at olli.fullerton.edu.
ISIS claimed that the Ohio State University attack was carried out by one of their “soldiers” in an online message that circulated Tuesday, according to ABC News. Abdul Razak Ali Artan was shot and killed Monday after crashing his car on campus and exiting the vehicle to stab bystanders, injuring 11 people. Artan wrote in a Facebook post that he was “sick and tired” of seeing other Muslims being “tortured and killed.” Officials are still investigating his Facebook for possible signs of terrorism. Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that ISIS was aware of the attack prior to Monday’s events. - SARAH WOLSTONCROFT
‘Alien eggs’ found at OC beach Unidentified jelly-like sea creatures washed up on the shores of Huntington Beach Monday and Tuesday to the surprise and awe of beachgoers, according to the Orange County Register. “They are alien eggs. They are going to hatch and take over the world,” said Huntington Marine Safety Lt. Claude Panis as a joke. The creatures are most likely pelagic tunicates, which are commonly referred to as salps, said Matt Bracken, an associate science professor at UC Irvine. Panis speculated that El Niño may be the cause of the unusual creatures. Lifeguards have also been confused by larger than normal numbers of stingrays close to shore this season. - SARAH WOLSTONCROFT
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“Abortion shares certain features of other genocides and that’s why we say that it’s comparable, though it’s not identical to it,” Olivier said. “The right of one human being to live is weightier than right of another human being to not be pregnant.” Senior criminal justice major Haleigh Valenta saw the demonstration as “super excessive” and hard to believe the comparison between ISIS and Planned Parenthood on one of the panels. Olivier, along with other demonstrators, engaged in conversations with students and had drawn in a small crowd by the afternoon. A counter-protest was put together by Students for Quality Education (SQE). Students could write messages on construction paper and place them on the surrounding areas of the Quad. Several signs read phrases like: “I have the freedom to do what I want with MY body” and “My body, my choice.” “We wanted to have a peaceful reaction to the pro-lifers,” said Liz Sanchez, sociology major and SQE member. Sanchez hoped to create a space where people with similar ideologies could
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The CSUF Chapter of Students for Quality Education made its presence and political views known in response to the anti-abortion activists on campus Tuesday. They put up signs on the trees surrounding the display on campus.
form a community and have a platform to voice their own opinions. “When I saw the images, I was just really upset at the really gross inaccuracy that they were comparing abortion to the Jewish Holocaust and children under rubble. It
just made me really repulsed and upset that they could spread these lies to a campus of 40,000 students” said student Emma Navajas. The third-year health science major saw the wall on her way to class in the morning. Afterwards, she went
back to help SQE hand out flyers and talk to students. “What makes me the most upset is that if a woman just had an abortion or is contemplating one and they come by today and they see these images, who knows what they’re going to think about
their choice,” Navajas said. Navajas was joined by her boyfriend, Elijah Ruggiero, a second-year psychology major at Fullerton College. Navajas and Ruggiero wanted to provide students with information so they could make their own
comparisons of both sides. “If there’s no counter argument to what they’re saying, then (students) might just go by thinking its true or see it again and assume that it is true. They need to know that it’s not,” Ruggiero said.
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It was created at the end of spring 2016 and the Division of Student Affairs planned what it could do to help and identify specific needs for students on campus with food and housing insecurities. The incorporation of meal donation programs at CSUF through student housing
gives students the opportunity to donate one of their visitor meals. The Gastronome climbed on board to contribute some meals to the cause. Cal State Fullerton’s Auxiliary Service Corporation and OC Choice also provide meal carts. The task force has partnered with housing to create spaces for short-term,
immediate housing that students may use if they have no other place to stay, Powell said. A few programs have yet to be implemented, but in the meantime, the Student Assistant Fund for Emergencies has been set up to help provide funds for those programs to get up and running. With the creation of this
emergency fund, the task force has been largely promoting it just in time for #GivingTuesday. “Anything will help with this, really no gift is too big or small to help with this need,” said Todd Frandsen, interim executive director for Central Development. CSUF has participated in #GivingTuesday before,
Frandsen said, but this year is expected to be better thanks to the addition of SAFE. SAFE will ultimately be the source of funding for these programs, including the food pantry that the food and housing security task force plans to introduce in spring 2017. Funds will continue to be raised for SAFE well after
the holidays, and anyone that is interested in making a donation can do so online or get in touch with student affairs to find out alternative ways to give. “During the season, what better way to celebrate the spirit of giving than to give to something like this project here at the university,” Frandsen said.
Asian-Pacific Islanders to gather at panel
API event aims to spread inclusion to students. PRISCILLA BUI Daily Titan
The Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC) and the Titan Dreamer’s Resource Center (TDRC) will be hosting a special panel Thursday in an effort to share the experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) students in higher education. The panelists will be speaking about all the other social identities they carry on top of their API ones
and how that could potentially affect their education. Certain communities of color were often looked upon as having only one identity while the other important identities that might have impacted them tended to be overlooked. These identities include culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and documentation status. “Some of our panelists may have different social identities and depending on how those identities intersect, the experience of college can look very different,” said Selena Harrigan, interim coordinator for APARC. Since different identities might surface in several types of challenges in the
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institution, the panel would provide a safe space for such identities to be shared and discussed. It would also act as an open dialogue of how API students overcome other problems and issues related to intersectional identities. “As an API student having multiple identities, we often face challenges and sometimes we just don’t know how to navigate through them,” said Linny Khok, an electrical engineering major who currently works for APARC. Aside from reflecting on intersectional identities, Harrigan said students would benefit from attending the panel because they would be able to relate to the identities
shared with them as well as the people who experienced them. “When we hear about somebody else talking about similar identities ... I think it makes us feel like we’re not alone sometimes,” Harrigan said. “Other people can understand our experiences, which makes us sometimes feel more supportive in general within our community.” Students who felt that support from other individuals similar to them tended to perform better academically, Harrigan said. Another benefit of attending the panel will include the newfound understanding of how certain identities
could be privileged identities as well, Harrigan said. Some students usually experienced a mix of identities that were both privileged and oppressed. “It’s also very valuable to be able to recognize where we do have privilege and I think that helps us be able to empathize with one another and work together,” Harrigan said. In addition to being able to discuss with those who have similar experiences, students will also receive advice on what resources they can use on campus and any other inquiries pertaining to them personally. The panel will help students in understanding how
these differences in identities could translate into different experiences, which would subsequently provide students more room to be compassionate toward others, Harrigan said. It will also focus on the growth that results from navigating through such different experiences. “It’s a greater understanding about other students that you may be working with and also a greater understanding about yourself too,” Harrigan said. The panel will take place in University Hall 210B on from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Complimentary banh mi and boba will be provided to those who RSVP to the event.
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“Pokémon Sun” and “Pokémon Moon” introduces players to a whole new region and includes many new features and improvements to the classic formula. Though the games are not totally void of problems, they are both wonderfully fun with a great story-driven narrative.
Pokémon ‘Sun’ and ‘Moon’ shine bright 3DS owners get another shot at catchin’ em all.
JASON ROCHLIN Daily Titan “Pokémon” the fantasy Role-Playing Game (RPG) video game series and brainchild of Game Freak Inc., celebrated its 20th anniversary this year with the release of Pokémon “Sun” and “Moon.” The original “Pocket Monsters Red” and “Pocket Monsters Green” were released in Japan Feb. 27, 1996, though the equivalent “Pokémon Red” and “Pokémon Blue” versions were not released in the United States until Sept. 28, 1998. The two newest games kicking off the series’ seventh generation: “Pokémon Sun” and “Pokémon Moon,” have an engaging story made better by the even more engaging world and characters, along with some new mechanics that vastly overshadow the game’s flaws. Set in the Alola region, which is based on the Hawaiian Islands, both versions of the game follow the adventures of a non-native 11-year-old protagonist who has just moved to Melemele Island from the Kanto region. While “Sun” and “Moon”
do keep the general formula of a traditional Pokémon game alive, the presentation and delivery of this formula is anything but traditional. Rather than running the regular gambit of defeating eight gyms and an Elite Four commanded by the strongest trainers in the region, “Sun” and “Moon” instead has players completing the Island Challenge, which features seven trials across four different islands. The approach that was taken in setting up this Island Challenge is a breath of fresh air for the series, which tends to get complaints about being too stale. Every trial ends with a fight against a powerful boss called a Totem Pokémon, but varied events such as a memory game or an audio quiz build up to these battles. Each trial is run by a captain who chooses the leadup event and trains their trial’s type-specific Totem Pokémon. The colorful cast of characters inhabiting the region only pales in comparison to the beauty of the Alola region itself. The color palette and art style used in designing the islands are vibrant, reflecting the tropical environment alongside specific Hawaii-esque locals. To talk about the settings and not about the music that accompanies them would be a shame, as every
location in the game has a great and catchy tune, often employing an islandy vibe. There is also plenty of variety in the battle and character-specific themes, which helps to bolster the game’s personality. Mechanically, “Sun” and “Moon” underwent improvements to the Pokémon formula that makes them more fresh, and some might say vastly superior, to their predecessors. A big change to the games is the removal of the previously required Hidden Machines (HM), certain moves necessary to do certain things in the game world such as surf, push heavy stones or quick travel by flying. Instead of having to teach the player’s team these HMs in “Sun” and “Moon,” the Poké Ride feature allows players to set these actions to their Nintendo 3DS’s directional pad like hotkeys. The games’ Pokédex, a machine present in every game that acts as an encyclopedia of information on the creatures, has been made more useful and interesting with a live map and data entries that give each Pokémon more life and display how they interact with other Pokémon. The gimmick of a “living version” they employ by combining player’s Pokédex with the Electric/Ghosttype Pokémon Rotom to improve functionality can
come across as silly or streamlining some self-exploration, but this also shows the more in-depth interaction between humans and Pokémon in Alola. The Pokédex also has a feature called Poké Finder, which allows players to take pictures of wild Pokémon in certain places similarly to the Nintendo 64 game “Pokémon Snap.” While this feature is a fun time waster and helps to show Pokémon in their natural environments, it doesn’t do much else. In battles, Game Freak has vastly improved the User Interface (UI) with a sleek layout and the ability to check stat changes and environmental effects with a tap of the stylus. There is also plenty of content to keep people invested after becoming the Island Challenge Champion. Beyond the daunting task of catchin’ em all, there is also a battle royal dome for four-player freefor-alls and a battle tree to test player skills in an endless and increasingly difficult chain of battles. One could also get invested in competitive Pokémon battling, which has been made far more accessible by the addition of an Individual Value (IV) checker installed right in the storage system that allows players to see their Pokémon’s stats. The new Pokémon
introduced in Alola have interesting new abilities and attacks as well, all of which could help turn the tide of a fight and add more variety to team building strategies. There is also a new attack type called a Z-Move, which players can activate once per battle to unleash a powerful attack in a chosen type, using items rewarded for completing the trials. Many older, returning Pokémon in the region also have some different moves or abilities, and some even have regional variants specific to the region that breathe new life into them. The games are not totally void of problems though. One of the most disappointing issues with “Sun” and “Moon” comes from the modeling work, as many of the features that were left out leave a lot to be desired. There is a character who was never animated to put her Pokémon back in her bag, and when she would, the screen cuts to black instead. When Z-Moves are used, most of the Pokémon using them also lack animations, making a bit of an awkwardly stilted juxtaposition between a nonchalant Pokémon and an over-thetop attacking graphic. The fishing mechanic could be considered downgraded, as players can now only fish in certain spots rather than adjacent to any
body of water. Multiplayer set-up feels less intuitive than it was in the last four installments. In those games, the Player Search System (PSS) gave players a quick and easy way to connect with friends and strangers to battle or trade Pokémon. In “Sun” and “Moon,” the PSS has been replaced by the Festival Plaza to utilize internet connectivity through a small area packed with minigames and shops, very reminiscent of the Join Avenue from “Pokémon Black 2” and “Pokémon White 2.” Having to go to a separate area for multiplayer features is already a hassle compared to the instant access of the lower DS screen utilized for the older PSS. However, for locally connecting with friends, the system is quick and easy, done by tapping and holding the screen. Despite the few chinks in their armor, “Sun” and “Moon” are wonderfully fun and beautiful games with a great story-driven narrative. Any Pokémon fan would be remiss not to pick up at least one of these installments. There is more than enough included to allow newcomers to have a great time and fall in love with the series–though younger players may have some trouble with the slightly higher than normal difficulty level it boasts.
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A&E Christmas consoles compete for spots on gamers’ wish lists. KENYA BARRETT Daily Titan With Christmas coming in the next few weeks, gamers’ wish lists are sure to be filled with several must-have console and video game gift ideas to bring into the new year. Since the highly anticipated Nintendo Switch will not be available until 2017, gamers have to settle for the best consoles available at the moment. Two popular systems currently on the market are the Playstation 4 Pro and the Xbox One S. After the initial announcement of the Xbox One S at the E3 event in June, Microsoft officially released the console in August. Microsoft boasted the system’s 4K capabilities, saying, “It is the only console with 4K Blu-ray, 4K video streaming and HDR,” according to xbox. com. These features are music to the ears of gamers looking for higher resolution picture quality. Luckily for Microsoft, they were able to live up to their claims. In comparison to the original Xbox One, the S is actually 40 percent smaller in size, has its own internal power supply, can
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play games in High Dynamic Range (HDR) and gives gamers more storage options. One model will be offering up to 2TB of storage space. Players are able to experience some of the system’s most popular games such as “Gears of War 4,” “Forza Horizon 3” and “Halo” series all in HDR, which offers really enhanced graphics. While the Xbox One S sports an attractive array of specs, its competitor, the Playstation 4 Pro, has proven itself to be a worthy opponent. Along with VR capabilities, the PS4 Pro also has higher storage options available (up to 1TB), supports dynamic 4K display in gameplay and produces faster frame rates for better gaming quality than the PS4 base model. The PS4 Pro is the console that many Playstation fans might have dreamed of for years. Now with Sony VR available, it makes titles such as “Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Edition” and “Batman: Arkham VR” stunning action-packed experiences for players. Although the console doesn’t include a 4K Bluray player like its competitor, the PS4 Pro still provides 4K entertainment, which includes 4K video streaming. Honestly, streaming is the new trend anyway, so 4K Blu-rays are something that can definitely be overlooked.
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Sony’s Playstation 4 Pro outshines its competitor, Microsoft’s Xbox One S, with its 4K streaming and gaming capabilities accompanied by its virtual reality support.
Personally, I’ve always preferred the Playstation consoles over Xbox systems because it is what I grew up playing and what I am used to. Microsoft probably realized the potential that the video game market had in the 20th century and decided to
enter the 21st century with a console of their own. Since the release of the original Xbox back in 2001, the console always stuck out to me as a big cheesy robot that tried and continues to try to be better than the Playstation systems. Maybe Microsoft and
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‘Deck the Halls’ will bring cheer The holiday-themed music performance is set to sell out. ELIZABETH HUMMER Daily Titan The annual “Deck the Halls” event will ring in the holidays this Dec. 10 and 11 in the Meng Concert Hall. With the help of Santa’s helpers and all of the administrative staff, candles, Christmas trees, wreaths and more will fill the hall to truly give that “holiday explosion” feeling to the audience. For over five years, this event has brought the community together with famous Christmas music. This performance features over 250 singers, all the choirs and the full university orchestra. Robert Istad, Ph.D., one of the conductors of the event, helped start it in 2008 for just one show and since then, the event has continuously with two concerts selling out. This semester, all three performances are expected to sell out as well. VISIT US AT: DAILYTITAN.COM/AE
At the beginning of event’s journey to success, Istad, fellow conductor Christopher Peterson, Ph.D., the university brass ensemble and two combined choirs created such an amazing production that another colleague wanted to join. Four years ago, conductor Kimo Furumoto wanted to be involved and soon after, Istad brought him on board. Since then, the three conductors collaborate with the orchestra and all the choirs throughout the concert. In the midst of other concerts and school, the conductors and students embrace the holiday spirit to put on a popular show. “It is really a wonderful family show,” Istad said. The conductors, orchestra and choir are not the only ones performing. The audience sings along, too. Songs being performed include “Jingle Bells,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Winter Wonderland” and to set the winter mood, “Let It Go” from the Disney movie “Frozen,” bringing along Queen Elsa as a special guest.
Even Santa Claus himself comes to the concert and truly brings the holiday cheer. “We get our date in years in advance, so (Santa) will be here,” Istad said. There will be three total performances including two on Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and one on Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. Tickets will be $25 each for students and $30 for non-Titans with the exception of the 3 p.m. performance, which will feature a $5 discount for both students and the public. The event raises money for something jolly, too. “It is a fun way to raise money for (student) scholarships and the school of music,” Istad said. Istad recommends buying the tickets as soon as possible since they tend to sell out quickly. “If you love the holidays and you love to smile and you want to come and be totally blown away by 300 student musicians playing some of your favorite holiday tunes in the most exciting and grandiose way possible, then you have to come,” Istad said.
then with capabilities that will compete with the Nintendo Switch and whatever Sony may release then. Whether you’re a Sony, Microsoft or a Nintendo fan, gamers will continually be amazed at what the future of video gaming will become.
to her destination. The spirit of her late grandma, who instilled faith in her, guides Moana’s character. As she becomes more aware of herself, Moana listens to her own heart and follows her intuition during her epic journey. Cravalho is successful in by bringing empowering qualities to Moana’s character and voice, but it’s Johnson who carries the film with the humor and sensitivity he projects in Maui. Maybe it is the similarity in physical appearance between Johnson and Maui that creates a natural connection between his voice and character. It is worth noting the fact that Disney made a kid’s movie that includes the thriving culture of tattoos in today’s modern society. The tattoos in “Moana” signify cultural representation and the movie playfully acknowledges the acceptance of them. With original music from Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Broadway’s critically-acclaimed musical
“Hamilton,” the film is really carried by its soundtrack. Disney’s “Moana” depicts an important story of the inner struggles that many people, especially adolescents, encounter while growing up and finding themselves. Everyone faces the demon of self-doubt that discourages them from prevailing through life’s challenges. “Moana” warmly reminds its audience that overcoming adversity can be achieved through faith, determination and the power of self-awareness. In the movie, it’s evident that Moana is motivated, driven and extroverted, which is fitting for her anticipated role as chieftain. It would be interesting to see Disney step even more out of its comfort zone with an unconventional story like a socially inept character that learns to defeat social anxiety and still succeeds in becoming an influential leader. With that said, Disney still continues to showcase human issues and presents them in creative ways that entertain all ages.
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“Deck the Halls” will surely brighten the mood of audiences with lively Christmas tunes, featuring three conductors and over 250 singers.
Sega are working together now, since Xbox basically took the Sega Dreamcast’s spot in the console lineup. However, gamers can expect a big gift from Microsoft for the holiday season in 2017. The anticipated console, Project Scorpio, is expected to release around
Moana, voiced by Auli’i Cravalho in her debut film, is the only daughter of an island chieftain and is expected to take her father’s place as leader. However, Moana desires to be a sea voyager, something her father strongly disapproves of. Moana struggles with the dilemma that many people face: following her heart or convention and cultural tradition. She learns that her island and its people are in danger because of the demigod Maui, voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who stole the heart of the goddess Te Fiti. Moana is determined to sail the ocean in an attempt to find Maui so he can return Te Fiti’s heart and restore her island. Moana’s story and voyage through the ocean represents a new challenge. Due to the insecurities and fear that often develop with the uncertainty of unknown territory, Moana crashes in waves of failure but her mental strength is the current that ultimately leads her
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OPINION Seceding doesn’t mean succeeding
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California’s childish proposal to withdraw is un-American. ASHLYN RAMIREZ Daily Titan
With the Trump presidency creeping closer and closer, California has notoriously been considering seceding from the United States and becoming an independent country. Hopefully, this won’t happen, but the fact that this notion is being seriously considered should put the Gold Coast in a timeout. It’s a childish move and one that completely ignores the moral foundation America was built upon: solidarity. Two days after the election, the hashtag #CalExit began to trend. The term was borrowed from Brexit, which refers to the United Kingdom leaving the European Union this last year. The organization Yes California submitted a ballot to the State Attorney General’s office concerning the proposal for secession on Nov. 21. The group hopes to get the measure approved onto the ballot as soon as 2018 for a statewide vote, according to KTLA. The proposed ballot would need to garner half a million votes in order to be considered on the 2018 ballot, according to a 2016 article from Business Insider. With nearly 15,000 votes placed in the past nine days, this shortsighted whim could quite easily bleed into reality in the next two years. California has the means to sustain itself. The sixth largest economy in the world, competing with the likes of France and Poland. That in no way makes it the okay to secede from the U.S. because of
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Yes California is proposing that the Golden State vote to withdraw from the country in 2018, dubbing it “CalExit.” This tantrum deviates from American values in a time when unity and solidarity are needed most.
what seems to be a petty and bitter grudge. California needs to stop its pity party and realize it’s just our turn as a blue state to hand over the keys to the White House after eight years of Democratic bliss. But California isn’t the only state considering to leave. Texas also threw a tantrum back in 2012, kicking and screaming as over 125,000 Texans signed a petition to secede from the union. Interestingly enough, the fundamental reasons for Texas’ failure are not so hard to transfer over to California’s situation. Texas’ reasons for dissolving the secession were
because Republicans of Texas viewed it as “unrealistic, unconstitutional and distracting.” The same reasons can be related to CalExit, since there seems to be no real reason that California should leave. Instead, it seems like childish complaining. Instead of abandoning a country that is clearly bleeding, California, being a beacon for American culture, should set the steadfast standards the public needs to get through these times. Yes California’s reasoning for the separation is as naive as reasons get: “Being a U.S. state is no longer serving California’s best interests,” according to the
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sites guidebook. The site also brings up misunderstandings on issues ranging from peace and security to natural resources and the environment, that the rest of the country apparently can’t seem to understand on the same level. The Lone Star State has tried time and time again to leave, and it has even contributed to having a Civil War. That’s hardly the kind of peace that Yes California is hoping for. While this idea may be appealing to some at the moment, it’s one that is devoid of understanding. The creation of California, and America as a whole, is being disregarded.
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such as not having to deal with the nation’s massive amount of debt, the state’s absence would be terribly unfortunate for every blue state that cannot afford it to leave. All of the progression our state has accomplished won’t matter if we leave. It’s not that California couldn’t function on it’s own, but it is the example that California sets for other states that is of the utmost importance. The only way to actually make things better is to work with what we’ve got and figure things out with each other. The age old idiom, “United we stand, divided we fall,” has never been as relevant as it is today.
Coal industry should be left to wither away Trump’s plan to revive the industry is bad for the environment. ANTHONY BAGHDADY Daily Titan
A country can’t cater to every whim of each citizen. Another complaint deals with the fact that California’s role in the election is generally pointless. While this may ring some truth, it still doesn’t mean that each vote doesn’t count. The function that voting serves is essential to the rights each citizen upholds, without it we are pawns. While things may be tumultuous in America at the moment, it is no representation of our country as a nation. Leaving in the midst of one of the toughest moments socially would be flat out cowardly. While there are obvious upsides to California leaving,
While President-elect Donald Trump promises the detrimental rebirth of the American coal industry, Canadian government officials announced last week that they are hoping to limit coalfired electricity as much as possible by the year 2030. With coal-powered plants contributing to nearly 1 billion tons of harmful coal each year, according to a 2016 report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and 13,000 deaths annually, according to the American Lung Association, the revival of these plants hardly seems like the progressive thinking a president should have. Even if America does develop futuristic fuel sources 50 years from now, we are going to be behind progressive-minded nations like Canada. With a majority of the world moving to sustainable energy, this is clearly a step in the wrong direction. There is a limited supply of coal and seeing as sustainable energy is renewable, this should have been a no-brainer for the president-elect. Trump needs to plan for the future by making our country less dependent on coal and instead invest in renewable energies such as solar energy, wind energy and hydroelectricity like other countries that have their people and economy in mind.
The law of natural selection needs to be steeped into this industry. If the coal industry is failing, then it needs to be let go. Those are the rules of supply and demand and the “invisible hand.” If there was enough demand for coal and the supply was not interrupted by expensive mining prices, then the industry would not need a revival. Instead of pumping money into an industry that may not be around for much longer, Trump should be creating jobs and expanding the economy with sustainable energy plants and developments. Canada produces about 80 percent of its electricity from sustainable sources. By 2030, Canadians are hoping to have as much as 90 percent of their electricity originate from sustainable sources. With most of the forward-thinking nations in the world moving away from coal power, including France, Germany, the U.K. and now Canada, a revival of the coal industry doesn’t really make sense at this point. In 2015, Canada was the fifth-largest market for U.S. coal in the world. It is interesting to see that Trump has decided to continue investing in an industry that is losing one of its biggest customers. Trump is essentially promising to revive a dying fuel source. Truly, Trump must have some innovative economic advisors since they found some way for U.S. coal revival to sound like a good idea to him. While it may sound like a good idea to save the many jobs of people who live in
rural areas who can only work at the coal mines– something that many people felt was at risk due to Hillary Clinton’s stance on the issue–there would be jobs available in the new, thriving industry of sustainable resources that could replace the environmentally-threatening coal industry. Most of America’s coal is buried too deep, and therefore, would be too expensive to extract. It would be cheaper to find alternatives and hopefully, more sustainable fuel sources rather than digging deep for the jetty mineral with a hefty price tag. Instead of making ridiculous plans to revive industries that are no longer relevant, Trump should be following Canada’s strategy: pursuant of sustainable energies. If we do not start restructuring our fuel industry now, even 10 or 20 years from now, we are going to be behind progressive nations. This is how superpowers are made. If America doesn’t start making sustainable fuel sources a priority, we may not be a superpower for much longer. Industries do not dwindle when they are vital to the economy. Similar to the rise of the electric automotive industry, it would be ridiculous to focus development on the gasoline car industry as it will probably be completely dead in 100 years. The last thing we need to do is pump time and energy into a dying industry. It seems backwards, but if we begin evolving sustainable energies now, the economy will merely suffer a short hiccup and then recover to become stronger than ever.
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SPORTS Men’s basketball seeks to find stride PAGE 8 NOVEMBER 30, 2016 WEDNESDAY
Titans will look to strong offense in Mavericks matchup. HARRISON FAIGEN Daily Titan
One two-win team is going to get their third victory Wednesday as Cal State Fullerton (2-4) hosts Nebraska-Omaha (2-4) at Titan Gym at 7:30 p.m. The Titans are on a fourgame losing streak after beginning the season with two wins. Offense hasn’t been the problem for Fullerton. The Titans are averaging 74 points per contest while senior guard Tre’ Coggins leads the way with 20.2, almost nine more than second-leading scorer Jackson Rowe (11.3). Rowe has impressed in his freshman campaign for CSUF. The athletic big man is shooting a team-best 70 percent from the field and is tied for second in rebounding (4.7 per game), using a mix of rolls to the rim and quickness in transition to bring energy for the Titans. Titans Head Coach Dedrique Taylor has often used the 6-foot-7 Rowe as a center in small-ball lineups when opponents don’t have the size to take advantage. Omaha may be one such matchup. The Mavericks have only
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Freshman guard Austen Awosika takes the ball up the court at Titan Gym. Awosika is running a solid freshman campaign so far, averaging 5.7 points and 21.5 minutes per game.
6-foot-10 Zach Pirog (their tallest player) listed as a center on their roster, and will likely play their share of smaller lineups with one of their three forwards listed at 6-foot-8 or above manning the pivot. Rowe appears to be able to hang with such
similarly sized forwards. On the other hand, the Titans could also attempt to use their size to take advantage of Omaha on the boards or in the post. Fullerton boasts three active players 6-foot10 or taller, and could throw board-crashing waves of
height at the Mavericks in an attempt to solve its recent rebounding woes. Omaha also doesn’t boast a superlative scorer of Coggins’ ilk. The Mavericks feature three players scoring in double figures (led by the 13.3 per game of Tre’Shawn
Thurman), and two more scoring just over nine points per contest. The Mavericks have also shot more efficiently from distance thus far this season, canning 33.1 percent of their three-pointers compared to 32.8 percent for the Titans.
If their threes are falling, it could force Taylor to go small for a better matchup. Fullerton will attempt to end November with a win Wednesday before tipping off its December slate with a home matchup against Pacific Saturday.
Titans look to ride momentum after rout of Poets After lopsided victory, Titans return to Division I play. BRYANT FREESE Daily Titan Cal State Fullerton women’s basketball will look to continue its improved performance against Montana Wednesday after notching its first victory of the season in a 97-49 blowout against Whittier College Monday. While the win over Division III Whittier looks impressive on the surface with six Titans scoring in double figures, it will be a challenging performance to replicate going forward against Division I opponents. Montana has been without two of its key players, beginning the season with a 2-3 record. Senior Kayleigh Valley tore her ACL in a preseason practice while Alycia Sims suffered the same injury in Montana’s first game of the season. Both Valley and Sims have been ruled out for the remainder of the season. Without Valley and Sims, the roster consists of redshirt junior Mekayla Isaak
and 12 underclassmen, nine of which are freshmen. Redshirt freshman Taylor Goligoski has stepped up in the absence of the upperclassmen, leading the team in scoring with 10.8 points per game. Cal State Fullerton is 0-4 in all-time matchups with Montana, including last year’s 86-51 loss at Dahlberg Arena in Montana. This time around, the Titans will not have to deal with Valley, who led the Grizzlies with 20 points on 8-9 shooting from the field in last year’s game. The Titans’ offense is led by redshirt junior Iman Lathan who is averaging 15.8 points per game despite zero points against Wyoming over the break. While Lathan is shooting 47 percent from the field, the rest of the Titans’ offense has not found its groove, shooting just 39.3 percent from the field. The Titans’ offense has also struggled with ball security, averaging 17.4 turnovers per game. Fullerton will tip off against Montana Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the first game of a doubleheader with the men’s squad at Titan gym.
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Cal State Fullerton’s Jordan Jackson (left) takes a shot against Whittier in Monday’s 97-49 victory. Jackson is the second-best scorer on the season for the Titans at 10.2 points per game behind Iman Lathan’s 15.9.
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