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The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton




Sexual assault reported on campus Female victim attacked by acquaintance

RUDY CHINCHILLA Daily Titan A sexual assault allegedly occurred on campus Thursday evening, according to a University Police timely

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warning alert. The alleged perpetrator is an “unnamed male CSUF student and an acquaintance to the victim,” according to the timely warning alert. The victim is female, said University Police Capt. Scot Willey. No arrests have been made as of the time of this writing. The assault occurred between the Starbucks coffee shop at the Pollak Library and the Engineering and

Computer Science building. The CSUF Title IX Office notified University Police of a confidential report of the assault Friday afternoon, Willey said. The victim of the assault reported the incident to the Title IX Office on Friday, but chose not to identify the perpetrator by name, Willey said. Officials at the Title IX office could not be reached for comment as of this writing.

CSUF Dean of Students Tonatzin Oseguera said that university officials do not want to pressure the victim into revealing the perpetrator’s name. “What we’re really looking for is other students to come forward and share information,” Oseguera said. While University Police will proceed with an investigation, no arrests can be made until an official crime

report is filed. “No crime has been reported to us, so even if we got camera footage and we saw what happened, that’s not in itself enough for (University Police) to go after somebody, because we don’t know that something actually occurred,” Willey said However, Willey added, if University Police identifies the perpetrator through its investigation, it can contact the

Title IX Office, which in turn can give the victim the option of filing an official report. If the perpetrator is identified through an investigation, then the Title IX Office can take disciplinary action in lieu of a police report, Oseguera said. Disciplinary action can include suspension from the CSUF campus or expulsion from the CSU system. SEE ASSAULT


CSUF renovates landscape to mitigate water usage

Citizens voice concern over CollegeTown plan MICAH AUGIMERI-LEE Daily Titan The Fullerton City Library hosted a public forum Monday, Jan. 25, where community members were invited to engage in a presentation about the Specific Plan for CollegeTown in a question-and-answer session. The plan for CollegeTown has been in the works since 2008, and community members have shown varying levels of support for the plan. Sean Paden, Fullerton resident and vice chair of Fullerton’s Design Review Committee, started a group dubbed “Our Town, Not College Town” for community members who are not supportive of the CollegeTown proposal. SEE COLLEGETOWN



Workers are renovating grass areas to help reduce water usage at CSUF by 28 percent. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California incentivized the removal of 11 acres of grass throughout campus for $1 million.

Removal of grass aims to reduce water usage CLAYTON WONG Daily Titan

Cal State Fullerton is removing 11 acres of grass throughout its campus to reach its goal of cutting water usage by at least 28 percent. The landscaping coincided with a water restriction mandate by Gov. Jerry

Brown, issued Apr. 1, 2015, and is scheduled to be completed Monday, Feb. 1. Brown’s executive order called for a cut in average statewide water usage by 25 percent. Cities across the state had varying conservation goals based on

Men’s basketball homecoming spoiled by UCR Highlanders CSUF suffers its sixth straight loss in Big West play AARON VALDEZ Daily Titan The UC Riverside Highlanders spoiled the Cal State Fullerton men’s basketball team’s homecoming as the Titans drop their sixth straight game in Big West Conference play on Saturday. With the Titan Gym packed for one of the

biggest games of the year, the Titans were looking to end their five-game losing streak in front of their spirited fans. This was the second meeting between the two sides as the Titans managed to edge out the Highlanders 79-73 during the first conference game of the season. Fullerton has since completely fallen off the map and have been unable to formulate any sort of winning effort. Even with the support of the homecoming crowd behind them, the Titans’ struggles continued on Saturday night.

population density per acre. The City of Fullerton, and in turn CSUF, had to cut 28 percent of its water usage, said Megan Moscol, Sustainability Programs Manager. “(CSUF is) part of the City of Fullerton water

district, if you will, so whatever their restrictions are would apply to us,” said Willem van der Pol, interim assistant Vice President of Facilities Operations and Management. SEE DROUGHT 3

Kevin Costner speaks at Dinner with the Titans

Fullerton baseball breaks its own fundraising record PATRICK DO / DAILY TITAN

The Titans drop to the bottom of the Big West Confernce as they squander an early lead to the UC Riverside Highlanders.

However, the beginning of the game saw the Titans jump out to a quick 7-0 lead scored by freshman guard Kyle Allman. Despite the effort, the lead was shortlived as the Highlanders responded quickly, eventually leveling the score at nine points apiece.

About 15 minutes into the first half, CSUF went on to earn their largest lead of the game when sophomore forward Jamar Akoh converted his layup to give the Titans a 26-19 advantage. SEE SPORTS


HAYLEY M. SLYE Daily Titan Cal State Fullerton alumni, students and supporters gathered on Friday night to raise money for Titan baseball and to see Academy Award-winning CSUF alumnus Kevin Costner speak. The team is coming off of a 2015 season which ended with an appearance at the College World

Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Over 700 guests attended the event, which raised over $155,000 for the program. The previous record for funds raised was set at last year’s Dinner With the Titans, which brought in $75,000. “The proceeds, what we make tonight, will just help us be able to maintain what we need to do,” said Rick Vanderhook, Titans’ head coach. “Success helps, and I think Kevin coming out to show his support of the rogram helps a lot.” SEE SPORTS


CFA still pushing for faculty salary increase

Titans strengthen spirit in eventful week

Professor assigns meaningful projects

Union gathers to discuss the latest on the bargaining process for faculty pay and chancellor’s 2 visit.

CSUF students were able to participate in Homecoming activities that encouraged school pride 5 last week.

Semester-long assignments take students out of the classroom and into the world of fundraising to 6 fight sex slavery







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Martha Rosmus, who is a member of the group and has lived in Fullerton for 38 years, attended the meeting and, while she said she supports CSUF, she added that “we need to consider the community, and the overall plan seemed almost overwhelming to the people that I was with at the time.” Karen Haluza, Fullerton’s director of Community Development and a CSUF graduate, presented the information about CollegeTown and made it clear that she was neither there to advocate on its behalf nor criticize the plan. “My position is about facilitating a process and providing information and making sure that everyone who wants to engage in the process knows how to do that and knows how to get the information they need,” Haluza said. One concern attending community members raised is the fear that blocking off Nutwood will create traffic in an

already crowded street. The proposed plan is to convert the cross section of Nutwood and Chapman into a public park. Traffic from State College will still be able to travel through Nutwood, but mostly only to access the campus. Before any building permits are issued to close off Nutwood, there are about 20 different traffic mitigation measures that have to take place, such as adding lanes, creating new freeway on-ramps and making intersection improvements. CollegeTown can still be completed without closing off Nutwood, Haluza said. “If you just think from a policy standpoint that that’s a bad idea, then just know that one of the items that will be considered is the abandonment of Nutwood,” she said. New zoning regulations will also allow a reconfiguration of usage of the existing property by giving existing businesses the ability to build upward on



Kim Apel, manager of CSUF’s physical and capital planning, addresses community concerns about plan.

their property, some up to 10 stories. “Nothing would happen with any of these properties unless and until the private property owner wanted to do that,” Haluza said. Kim Apel, manager of CSUF’s physical and capital planning, was at the

meeting on behalf of Steve Mullins, CSUF and Hope International University’s director of operations. Comments from various attendees of the forum showed concerns for a growing population of students and the potential parking and traffic consequences.

“Cal State Fullerton has no official plan to grow nor not to grow. There’s no official position on that at this time,” Apel said. The audience laughed at Apel’s comments. The plan goes before Fullerton’s Planning Commission Feb. 10 and before the city council on March 15.

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DTBRIEFS Escaped fugitives captured Hossein Nayeri and Jonathan Tieu, two of the three inmates that escaped from Orange County Men’s Central Jail Jan. 22, were arrested Saturday, ending a statewide manhunt, according to the Orange County Register. The third fugitive, Bac Duong, turned himself in Friday and cooperated with authorities in the investigation. The white van that Nayeri and Tieu were driving was recognized at a Whole Foods parking lot in San Francisco. After being questioned in San Francisco County Jail, the two captured criminals were sent back to the Orange County jail early Sunday morning. - JASON ROCHLIN

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California Faculty Association Chapter President Michele L. Barr, pictured left, speaks with other CSUF faculty members about joining the union’s fight for a 5 percent General Salary Increase.

CFA prepares for chancellor’s visit CSUF faculty look to question Timothy White about budget BREANNA VASQUEZ Daily Titan The Fullerton chapter of the California Faculty Association (CFA) is preparing to question California State University Chancellor Timothy White when he visits Cal State Fullerton in February. During White’s last visit to CSUF, he told the Academic Senate that he could not address campus issues such as heavy class loads, money-per-student funding and the hiring of more adjunct faculty than tenure-track faculty until the CSU system received more money from the state, said Jon Bruschke, Ph.D., CSUF professor and co-director of forensics. Bruschke wants to remind the chancellor during his visit that the state gave the CSU system an additional $97 million, and that the university has to do something to make sure CSUF gets the equivalent amount of money-per-student compared to the rest of the CSU campuses. The money-per-student amount allocated negatively affects student learning because it requires the university to hire more adjunct faculty than those in tenure track because it’s cheaper, Bruschke said. White’s recent visit to Cal State Long Beach included an hour-long open forum in which White answered seven questions, five of them about the financial aspects of higher education, according to the Press Telegram.

Former Los Angeles police officer Ryan Eric Galliher was sentenced to a year in jail Friday for making indecent proposals to a 12-yearold girl and flashing victims in Huntington Beach, according to the Orange County Register. An Orange County Superior Court jury convicted Galliher, 33, of two felony counts of attempted lewd acts on a child under 14. He was also convicted of seven misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure and engaging in lewd conduct. Galliher, who flashed victims near the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, faces up to eight years in custody, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Jess Rodriguez. - SEAN KELLEY

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California Faculty Association set up a table to discuss the potential faculty strike and the Chancellor’s upcoming visit

Students and faculty questioned White about tuition affordability, money spent on administration, lack of faculty raises and the $97 million allocated for the CSU system in Gov. Jerry Brown’s state budget. White left his visit to Cal State LA on Jan. 19 to a crowd booing and chanting “Strike.” White will be making a visit to the CSUF campus Feb. 16. Update on the bargaining process for increased salaries: The collective bargaining process with the CSU to discuss the potential 5 percent General Salary Increase and a 2.65 percent Service Salary Increase for all CSU faculty began Nov. 17 of last year. The bargaining team completed the process of presenting evidence and the calling

of witnesses Jan. 13, according to the CFA. The CFA and the CSU are now waiting for the final written report, which will recommend a settlement. After the report is completed, a blackout media period of 10 days will occur and both the CFA and the CSU will have the opportunity to study the report. According to the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA), the faculty have the legal right to strike after the media blackout. “I hope the report is favorable for faculty so that we are on par with the UC systems and community colleges,” said Vita Jones, Ph.D., CSUF associate professor of early childhood special education. “Although we are a state college, I just hope we can be elevated to the same level as those other entities.”

A United Nations special envoy has met with Syrian government representatives Friday to discuss the end of the civil war in Syria. The two parties met in Geneva, Switzerland and discussed the possibility of seeing the end of civilian casualties and the return of prisoners of war, according to CNN. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his family have had reign over the country for the past 44 years and show little indication of stepping down. This is the first time in two years that the opposing sides are showing movement toward ending the crisis. - JILLIAN SALAS





Workers replace the grass with drought-friendly replacements such as rocks or hydroseed, a mixture of seed, fertilizer, mulch and water, making the campus more suitable for the California environment.

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“We saw the governor’s mandate come down Apr. 1 and we looked at all of the ways we could potentially save that quantity of water in the specified amount of time,” Moscol said, referring to how the campus had to begin saving water by June 2015. “The quickest, easiest way to save water was to turn off the irrigation.” As a result, there had to be a way for CSUF to become sustainable without irrigation, Moscol said. Also, it opened an opportunity to sculpt the campus’ landscape to one more suited to the environment of Southern California. “Our landscape was fairly unnatural to begin with,” Moscol said. The grass will be removed in favor of various drought-friendly replacements such as rocks or hydroseed, a mixture of seed, fertilizer, mulch and water, van der Pol said. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California incentivized the removal by giving CSUF 120 days to complete the landscaping to receive a $1 million grant, he said. “The incentive application has been submitted,”

Moscol said via email. “The landscape contractor will be on campus intermittently next week for some detail and the grounds crew will be working around the Fallen David and the dirt area immediately to the south of the Fallen David.” The 120 days ends Feb. 1 and will save approximately 50 million gallons of water. “We refer to this as phase one, which is a transitional phase and deals with 11 acres of grass, to take all of that grass and replace it with drought-tolerant landscape,” van der Pol said. Phase one is part of a 10-to-15-year plan for CSUF to become a more sustainable, water-efficient campus. “We’re looking at probably an expenditure of $10 to $15 million over the next 10 years, to essentially make the landscape on campus suitable for campus climate and community,” Moscol said. Currently, parts of campus are prone to flooding during rains, and water is inappropriately allocated to certain areas, she said. “In the days that they started building a campus like this back in the 60s, nobody cared about utilities,” van der Pol said. “Nobody


The landscape renovations will save about 50 million gallons of water annually, said Willem van der Pol, interim assistant Vice President of Facilities Operations and Management.

cared about electricity, gas, water, it was all cheap.” While the school is looking to spend between $10 to $15 million on sustainability projects, the resulting savings will be cost-neutral, he said.

“Water will get more expensive over time, so watering your green lawns will get more and more expensive over time, so it’s also a cost avoidance type of strategy,” van der Pol said. “Over time, we don’t want

our water bill, which is now in the $400,000 range to become a $1 million bill.” CSUF is also taking advantage of programs that incentivize sustainability. “We’re going to tap into grants and other types of

incentives out there to gradually change the landscape,” van der Pol said. With the completion of phase one, CSUF can expect to see various sustainability projects underway in the years to come.

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Victims of sexual assault can also reach out to University Police and other resources on campus without being identified and without

having to file said report. “The first thing we want them to do is to feel comfortable to talk to somebody because there are a lot of resources across the university, a lot of places where they

can go talk to people,” Willey said. “It doesn’t always have to lead to being involved with a police investigation and prosecution.” Anyone with information regarding Thursday’s

incident should contact Detective Paul McClain at 657-278-2902. Victims of sexual assault can also reach out to the WoMen’s Center (University Hall, room 205) or a

Confidential Victim Advocate at 657-278-3928. Counseling and Psychological Services is accessible at 657-278-3040. Students can also contact the Title IX Office at

657-278-420 and Title IX Coordinator Mary Becerra at 657-278-2850. Anyone who wishes to report an assault or find further resources can reach University Police at 657-278-2515.

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Album Review: Blackstar

David Bowie gives a haunting farewell to fans with “Blackstar” MICAH AUGIMERI-LEE Daily Titan

David Bowie courageously faced his own mortality in his latest record “Blackstar,” which was released Jan. 8 on his 69th birthday, two days before his death Jan. 10. Bowie battled cancer for 18 months before his passing, and his impending death is reflected in his powerful lyrics throughout the album. Though struggling for a year-and-a-half with cancer, Bowie kept his illness a secret from the world and only revealed the news to people close to him. The album only features seven tracks, clocking in at 41 minutes long. But packed into this relatively short runtime, Bowie translates the feelings of a dying man’s fleeting soul

into an eerie and unmistakably Bowie-style musical masterpiece. According to Ivo Van Hove, who directed Bowie’s video, “Lazarus,” Bowie wrote on his deathbed and even wanted to write a follow-up to “Blackstar” as soon as possible. “He didn’t want to die at all. It was really not a fight against death, but a struggle for life,” Van Hove said in an interview with Sky News. Van Hove is also the director of the Broadway musical also titled “Lazarus,” which is a sequel to the film “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” which starred Bowie. “Blackstar,” the first and nearly 10-minute title track on the album, sets the tone for the rest of the album. Choppy digital drums set a foundation for Bowie to utter his ghostly, almost-undanceable chants: “On the day of execution only women kneel and

smile,” or “In the Villa of Ormen stands a solitary candle.” Midway through the song, the mood changes and Bowie exclaims, “Something happened on the day that he died. Spirit rose a metre and stepped aside,” at which point the song starts to groove to the sexy Bowie melodies that listeners can all move to. The song “Blackstar” is accompanied by a video that features strange imagery of what looks like an occult ritual and a dead spaceman. Bowie is seen throughout the video with an off-white cloth wrapped around the top half of his face with buttons pinned where his eyes would be. The third track on the album is “Lazarus,” who, according to the Bible, was resurrected from the dead by Jesus four days after his death. The song takes off when somber saxophones slowly sweep through the rhythms of the bass and drum like the pullback of an ocean tide.

The first verse in this song is in present tense “Look up here, I’m in heaven” as if Bowie is speaking from the other side. In the video, an evidently sick Bowie is shown in a hospital bed with a dirty and sinister woman, who can be interpreted as creeping death, slowly reaching for Bowie from under his bed. The fifth track, “Girl Loves Me,” delivers familiar Bowie rhythms and repeats the line, “Where the f*** did Monday go?” throughout the song. Bowie died on a Sunday. Thus, he never saw Monday – spooky, right? Van Hove commented on the significance of the last track, “I Can’t Give You Everything,” saying, “That means like, I gave everything possible, but I have to keep something to myself,” referring to Bowie’s sickness and suffering. Track two, “‘Tis a Pity She Was a Whore,” track four, “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)” and track six, “Dollar

COURTESY OF JONATHAN BARNBROOK “Blackstar” is the final album that the late David Bowie released before he died from his 18-month battle with cancer.

Days,” tie the album together to form a solid final work from the legendary cultural icon, David Bowie. The entire album is haunted by the spirit of Bowie and may be hard

to listen to at first, but “Blackstar” will inevitably be looked upon as one of Bowie’s greatest works of art in his entire career. “Blackstar” receives five black stars out of five.

Casual Friday to infect students with feel-good music Wednesday Concert series kicks off with power pop band GABE ESPIRITU Daily Titan Following torrential rainstorms and strong Santa Ana winds, Cal State Fullerton will be shaken awake as the rolling chords and harmonizing vocals of Casual Friday take over the Becker Amphitheater

in the Associated Students, Inc. return of ASI Productions Wednesday Concerts. The band describes its sound as “power pop.” The Corona-based band has absorbed a variety of musical influences, ranging from rock bands like Weezer to mainstream pop songs on the radio. “There’s some stuff (on the radio) I could be pretty embarrassed about liking, but I can’t help myself,” Casual Friday’s lead singer


and guitarist Zach Miller chuckled. “I like good choruses; stuff that’s catchy.” The band’s five members each got their start playing music in separate bands. Miller and drummer Sam Mankinen were in another band of their own and began writing some of their own music on the side. “We kind of just wanted to write stuff that we didn’t think about, necessarily … just brainless fun, ‘whatever comes out, comes out’ kind of a thing,” Miller said.

As Miller wrote more songs, his longtime friend Keyvan Aminloo took it upon himself to learn how to play bass and contribute his newfound skills to the band’s sound. With the addition of second guitarist Justin Eckley, they found their band’s identity and created their first demo, “2014.” As the band toured, they met a new friend, Vaughn Sutterman, who later became their third guitarist. The members’ affinity for

“simple, four chord rock and roll” has shaped Casual Friday’s identity, citing idols from “alt, power pop rock that spawned off the Weezer scene.” For the band, it’s really all about how they feel with the music that they put out and the process involved in it. “It comes down to, ‘Can you have fun playing music that you like?’” Miller said. In matters of importance, having a natural process in creating their own music comes above trying to sound

like someone else. “At the end of the day, we don’t want to take it seriously because we’ve been in a lot of bands where everybody wants to be something and it always ends bad,” Miller said. “If we’re just doing it for fun, we’ll always be surprised by what happens. We don’t set our expectations high; we kind of just do it.” Casual Friday will be taking the stage from noon to 1 p.m. in the Becker Amphitheater on Wednesday.





The Homecoming pre-game Festival that was held on Saturday in front of the Titan gym was an event that encouraged students to participate in school acitivies, especially Cal State Fullerton athletics. ASI promoted teamwork with campus organizations to help connect students to the community and pump up school spirit.

Homecoming boosts Titan spirit The CSUF community comes together to celebrate school pride JAYNA GAVIERES Daily Titan A sea of blue and orange pompoms and spray-painted hair covers the entire Homecoming pre-game Festival for hours, making it clear that teamwork is bringing Titan spirit to the campus. Every year, Cal State Fullerton invites students and their families, faculty, staff and the community to participate in the homecoming festivities. Homecoming is a week full of events that look to bring together the Titan community, including alumni and sponsors, and tries to encourage students to get involved on campus and learn about CSUF athletics. Alexandra Beltran, administrative director of the Titan Tusk Force, was the first to welcome everyone to the Homecoming Pep Rally that took place in the central quad Thursday. The pep rally included free chicken wings and mozzarella sticks, appearances from CSUF athletes and trivia questions for a chance to win promotional items.


Something new to the Homecoming Pep Rally was the reveal of the winner of the Homecoming T-shirt design, who was Paul Maloney. “We always want to make it as fun as possible,” Beltran said. “Free food always brings students and really cool promo items, so (we) just make sure to reach out to the students to see what it is they like. A lot of them were asking for fanny packs and shirts, so that’s what we try to implement.” Beltran also said that faculty and staff are always supportive in helping Associated Students, Inc. bring the spirit alive because CSUF is a commuter school, and they don’t want to be known as that. President Mildred García also attended the pep rally and gave a lively speech to kick off the semester. She expressed her excitement to be back at school and encouraged students to cheer on the Titans at the homecoming game Saturday night. Her speech concluded with the “Titan clap” that many, especially the athletes, participated in to get even more into the spirit. Since the fall semester has the largest admittance numbers, the spring semester is a way to welcome

back the students that are already engaged and all over the campus, García said. “Homecoming is a wonderful opportunity to welcome back all of our alums, welcome back the community and engage our present students to see the success of our alums, as well as make friends with (them), and then of course, there’s the spirit of Cal State Fullerton,” García said. Justine Perez, a third year criminal justice major, partook in the free food and community spirit. Perez was in the softball club last year and said that getting involved “makes it feel more like home and you’re more comfortable.” “I feel like the university cares about students and (they’re) here to not only educate you but for your well-being,” Perez said. As for the Homecoming pre-game Festival that took place Saturday, the sun was nowhere to be found, but a gloomy day couldn’t stop the Titans from showing their pride. The CSUF Alumni House was in charge of homecoming day and brought out inflatable activities for everyone to enjoy. Pink’s Hot Dogs also catered the festival. Many people walked


Alexandra Beltran (left), administrative director of Titan Tusk Force, handed out special Spirit Packs, compliments of Associated Students, Inc., to the first 400 students who presented their Titan ID.

around with balloon hats, painted faces and free goodies that were being offered at the various booths throughout the festival. There was even entertainment performances scheduled for the attendees to enjoy. Some other activities included watching Julie Kirk-Purcell, a CSUF alumna, create

her street art, a Titan photo booth, a beer garden sponsored by Bootleggers and a student expo. Beltran said that ASI has always followed the motto “teamwork makes the dream work,” but said that they want to continue to expand that motto throughout the whole campus.

“Teamwork doesn’t just mean ASI. It means all the colleges on campus and all the other organizations, athletics, students, faculty and staff. (It’s) teamwork on a bigger scale,” Beltran said. “We’re all working really well together and that’s something different in 2016.”




Professor fosters charitable spirit Class projects raise over $23,000 to fight human trafficking HAYLEY M. SLYE Daily Titan As an assistant professor of management at Cal State Fullerton, Ryan Gottfredson, Ph.D., was familiar with assigning group projects to his students. What he wasn’t used to was assigning a charitable purpose to the projects his classes spent much time working on. Instead of theoretical projects, students are assigned with creating and executing fundraisers to raise money for charities. “I wanted to identify group projects where they could spend that same amount of time, yet make a difference, and try to benefit somebody or something outside of themselves,” Gottfredson said. “One of the things I want my students to learn is that when they start doing something not for their own benefit, but for somebody else’s benefit, then their motivation, their engagement and their productivity goes through the roof.” The altruistic endeavor revealed itself to Gottfredson after he saw Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) founder Timothy Ballard speak about his organization, which is committed to rescuing children from sex slavery and human trafficking. Ballard, who formerly worked with the CIA and Department of Homeland Security, wanted to do more to help than he could

in his government post. The O.U.R. team, with the help of cooperative local governments, conducts stings of trafficking operations sometimes by posing as potential buyers. As former government agents, they have a “very unique skill set to make this happen safely, efficiently and legally,” according to O.U.R.’s website. At the beginning of the spring 2015 semester, Gottfredson began assigning students to work together and use business principles to come up with an event to raise money for O.U.R. He sees the project as being overall beneficial from both a humanitarian and an academic perspective. “What I try to tell my students when I teach leadership courses is that you need to be somebody that people want to follow, and in order to be somebody people want to follow, you have to make a positive impact in the lives of others,” he said. According to Gottfredson’s calculations, his students raised over $8,000 for O.U.R. last semester and over $23,000 over the last year that he’s been assigning the project. 65 percent of money donated in 2014 went directly to executing rescue missions, with the rest being “conservatively invested in growth capital,” according to O.U.R.’s website. “I think I learned a lot from a communication perspective,” said Deborah Mendes, a junior majoring in business administration at CSUF and one of Gottfredson’s students.


After completing his undergraduate studies in business management at Brigham Young University, Gottfredson received his Ph.D. in organizational behavior and human resources from Indiana University. He feels that the project has “reaffirmed” the idea that having a purpose in business endeavors is important. “As a leader, you need to have a ‘why’ personally, and you need to get other people to buy into that ‘why,’” Gottfredson said. Mendes and her group notably recruited some star power in their project, a fundraiser at Anaheim Ice. She was able to obtain a video from former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, voicing his support for her fundraiser. According to Mendes, her father, once a professional basketball player in Brazil, grew close to Jackson when he worked as Jackson’s translator during an event in Brazil. She reached out to Jackson through her father about supporting their project. “You get two or three groups across my two classes; they’re doing this for more than a grade,” Gottfredson said. “They don’t care about the grade. It’s about ‘we want to make an impact in the lives of others.’ It’s those groups that when they go and present, they sparkle.” Krystle Nguyen, a senior advertising student minoring in business, brought both a passion for sports and a passion for giving back into her project. Her group set up a soccer


Ryan Gottfredson, Ph.D., teaches his students leadership through activist work. Students work together to raise money for Operation Underground Railroad, an organization that fights human trafficking.

tournament on campus with the help of CSUF soccer clubs and charged a fee to participate. In the end, the group raised $800 to donate to O.U.R. Gottfredson said that Nguyen’s group was one of the ones that sparkled. “This nonprofit is so near and dear to my heart,” Nguyen said. “It gives a purpose to our class and makes the work that we do more meaningful.” Nguyen was motivated by

the idea of donating to an organization that benefits children. A nanny and soccer coach, she also wanted to be a pediatrician at one point. Despite her connection to the cause and Gottfredson’s support of O.U.R., Nguyen also mentioned that Gottfredson was open to groups raising money for a cause of their own choice or a particular interest. “I’ve never met a professor that memorizes every single student’s name in all of his classes,” Nguyen said. “It’s a

true testament that he really cares about his students.” Gottfredson hopes to establish an O.U.R. club on campus, possibly by the fall semester. He also plans to keep assigning the project so long as it continues to benefit his students. “You can see throughout the semester that he has a good heart, you can tell that this means a lot to him. I think that he did a great job,” Mendes said. “He deserves a lot of credit for it.”




Student honored for teaching role Biology graduate student receives award for teaching EMILY DIECKMAN Daily Titan COURTESY OF GARY KRUEGER

CSUF alumna Nadia Kim and CSUF art major Stephanie Burtner collaborated on designing a traveling Disney attraction for the Walt Disney Imagineering competition.

Artists reimagine ‘Monsters’ universe CSUF finalists recall journey to Disney Imagineering contest JASON ROCHLIN Daily Titan Many young children get to bring their Disney experiences to life when they first visit Disney theme parks and see the Magic Kingdom in all its glory. CSUF alumna Nadia Kim and CSUF art major Stephanie Burtner got to literally bring part of their Disney experience to life when they entered and reached the finals of the 25th annual Walt Disney Imagineering Competition. The Imagineering Competition is put on by Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), the force that creates attractions for Disney theme parks. To enter, a team must consist of two to four juniors, seniors or recent college graduates. Participants must have majors in certain areas, have never been to the finals before and have no familial ties to WDI. “We were actually the only art major team that made it (to the finals),” Burtner said. “We were actually really stoked. A lot of teams are heavily engineer-based.” Kim agreed that most teams had at least one “technical” major. WDI began when Walt Disney decided to expand his creative endeavors beyond filmmaking and into amusement parks, according to the website of D23, which is Disney’s official fan club. The first Disney park in Anaheim, California opened July 17, 1955. The park transformed the way that theme parks were designed by creating an experience tailored to entire families, not just children, and has

since attracted hundreds of millions of visitors. Finalists in the Imagineering Competition gain the opportunity to network with WDI engineers. Because it was the 25th year of the Imagineering Competition, the finalists also received a number of other commemorative tokens. “We got nametags, which is actually a really huge honor at Disney,” Burtner said. “And our nametag said, ‘The 25th Year’ on it, so there’s only, I guess, 24, 25 of those ever made, so that was great. We both got individual trophies. All of the finalists each got an individual trophy.” The challenge for the 25th Imagineering Competition was to “design a traveling experience that will travel across the United States so families who do not have the opportunity to travel to a Disney Park can have a Park experience,” according to the competition’s press release. Kim and Burtner designed their idea for a “Monsters Recruitment Rally” based off the films “Monsters, Inc.” and “Monsters University.” “We bounced off more ideas and we actually decided on our ‘Monsters Recruitment Rally’ around mid-October,” Kim said. “That’s when we started finalizing things before the due date, which was Nov. 15 or 16.” They designed an interactive attraction in which guests experience what it is like to go through the training process to become a “scarer” in the “Monsters, Inc.” and “Monsters University” universe. “Of course I love ‘Monsters, Incorporated’ and ‘Monsters University.’ It appeals to all ages, all genders,” Burtner said. “We liked the idea for its simplicity.” The two joined together to work on their idea around September, after Burtner


contacted Kim through Tumblr about doing the project. “I’ve wanted to be an Imagineer for about 10 years now,” Burtner said. “I knew about this competition then and I actually tried to do this competition four times and always made it as a participant until this year, so I was so happy to learn that we made it as finalists.” Part of being a finalist in the competition included an all-expenses-paid trip to Glendale for the six qualifying teams from Jan. 25 to Jan. 29. The trip included final presentations, an awards luncheon and behind-the-scenes tours of Disneyland and the Imagineering Campus. “Getting the backstage tour of Disneyland was great, but especially getting to go into Walt Disney’s apartment, getting to actually walk inside and go out on the patio and look down on Main Street was just incredible,” Kim said. “It was an absolutely amazing, magical moment.” Burtner also appreciated the Disneyland trip, though she enjoyed watching the other contestants’ reactions to the park more than experiencing it herself. “Meeting the other teams was really great, it really breaks the ice — especially when we were in Disneyland,” Burtner said. “A lot of them, this is their first time in Disneyland, so just for locals, it’s fun watching them really happy to be there.” While Kim and Burtner didn’t place in the final awards ceremony, they felt it was more important to celebrate the accomplishments of all the finalists. “We were both very happy for them because we really got to know the other finalists,” Kim said. “It was great seeing them win and seeing how happy they were and seeing a few of

In many ways, Kevin Chiem has the demeanor of a typical college student: he looks tired, but content as he takes a sip of his coffee and jokes about how he no longer has time to play “World of Warcraft.” Considering the fact that he spends eight to 10 hours a day researching in a laboratory, even throughout winter break, it’s easy to see why the biology graduate student has no time for video games anymore. “He’s here in the morning, he’s here in the night, Saturday, Sunday, every time,” said Marcelo Tolmasky, Ph.D., Chiem’s research adviser. Chiem, 28, is living proof that sometimes success is obtained by following the most unlikely path. In November, his research for solving the antibiotic resistance problem won him the Outstanding Graduate Research Award from the Southern California Branch of the American Society for Microbiology and bioMérieux. This award grants him the opportunity to travel to Boston this June to present his research to the American Society for Microbiology. This month, he was awarded the Crellin Pauling teaching award for student teaching in biotechnology-related areas. The award, which includes a $2,000 scholarship, aims to encourage science instructors to teach with the efficiency and clarity that students will need to become scientists themselves. Chiem earned the award for his role in CSUF’s Supplemental Instruction (SI) program, in which he runs biology classes for undergraduate students. “He did it all,” Tolmasky said. “He went to meetings, published and won the awards. (He won) awards in research and awards in teaching. So, what else can you ask for?” Though it may seem like teaching a class for undergraduates and researching antibiotic resistance might be very different realms, Chiem said that many of the skills he used for teaching are the same skills needed to be a successful


Kevin Chiem, a biology graduate student, has received awards for both his research and his role as a supplemental instructor.

scientist because they both require good communication skills. “I think it may be seen as separate concepts,” he said, “but it can also be incorporated together, because if I’m presenting my research, for example, it’s still technically teaching in a certain way.” Chiem uses tools such as flash cards in his classroom, and has students pair up as they work to memorize bacterial structures. He also makes an effort to make vague concepts more interesting by relating them to students. “I like to incorporate certain things that they may experience in the future,” he said. Sean Walker, Ph.D., the faculty liaison for the SI program and chair of the biology department, whom Chiem cites as an inspiration for his teaching methods, shared the sentiment. “The one thing that I try and do, that’s a constant, regardless of what class I’m teaching, is trying to find stuff that people can latch onto and be interested in,” Walker said. Chiem’s parents came to the country during the Vietnam War and were so busy supporting their families that they didn’t have the opportunity to receive higher education. Chiem is one of the first people in his family who has been able to attend college at all. After growing up in El Monte with a natural inclination towards art, Chiem chose CSUF because he wanted to be a part of the animation program. It wasn’t until after three years as an art major that he decided to make the change to biology.

“I didn’t like the (art) industry,” he said. “I didn’t really enjoy that once I finish with a project I have to move on. I wanted, for me, to be something more stable.” After spending two years in a biology undergraduate program, Chiem graduated with his bachelor’s in biology in 2013. He then went on to look for a CSU program and instructor that would best suit his interest in infectious diseases. He returned to CSUF to work with Tolmasky, and it was also here that he began his work as a teaching assistant. “Kevin did a really, really, really great job as that. He was a really great SI leader,” Walker said. “He’s a fantastic guy. He does really good work.” Although Chiem wishes he had known earlier that he would end up pursuing biology, he said that he ultimately feels his background in art has helped make him a better scientist. “I think a lot of the experiences, nonetheless, did help me be more creative in the teaching process and being in the lab as well,” he said. “In order to to come up with ideas for the scientific process, you have to be very creative with connecting different ideas.” Chiem plans to continue his studies and earn a doctorate in epidemiology, though he’s not sure of the next school he wants to attend. Eventually, he hopes to work for a governmental organization such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health or the Food and Drug Administration.






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CSUF expansion will hurt more than help students and residents BRANDON ROSS Daily Titan Not only is CollegeTown a bad idea for the nearby residents of Fullerton, but it’s a bad idea for Cal State Fullerton and Hope International University. Anyone who attends CSUF should be aware of the type of traffic that Nutwood Avenue and Chapman Avenue cause to every school day throughout the year. For those who don’t know, it isn’t pleasant. The group who opposes CollegeTown, called Our Town Not CollegeTown, cited Nutwood Avenue as

a reason why this project should never happen. “I’m not anti CollegeTown, I’m pro Nutwood,” one resident said on Our Town Not CollegeTown’s Facebook page. Getting to and from school will just become more and more complicated, and CollegeTown will create an unnecessary distraction that the area does not need. Downtown Fullerton already provides that. This is one of the plans the city of Fullerton and the two schools have for CollegeTown. Imagine having a good chunk of Nutwood Avenue completely taken away between the 57 Freeway and the neighborhood across the street from State College Boulevard. It’s a recipe for disaster.

Included in CollegeTown’s plans are more residential apartments, along with shopping and other activities for students, faculty and local residents. While the idea sounds trendy and flashy, that is not what this university needs. There is enough of that in Orange County already. The city wants to create a “new ‘front door’ for Cal State Fullerton where college and community life meet,” according to the City of Fullerton’s website. One thing the CollegeTown project really does not address is parking. People who choose not to purchase a parking permit on campus already have to walk a decent amount just to get to their cars in

nearby neighborhoods. Nutwood Avenue lets hundreds of vehicles access the 57 Freeway a day. To make CollegeTown, a large chunk of Nutwood Avenue will be removed, prohibiting drivers coming from State College Boulevard to easily access the school’s main freeway. The development will make the on-ramps less convenient for commuters by further cramming Folino Drive’s awkward turn into Nutwood Avenue. The congestion would not go well for the residents who live on the other side of the freeway, off Nutwood and Placentia avenues. According to, CSUF has the fourth-largest student body in a four-year California


The final product is still years away, but CSUF’s latest plans to expand is already causing a stir among students and locals.

institution following USC, UCLA and UC Berkeley, respectively. CSUF does not need to add more traffic to what’s already a high-density area. Instead of spending money on CollegeTown,

administration should give CSUF faculty a raise and provide more classes for students to take so they can get their degrees faster. That’s what CollegeTown will be if it is built: a migraine.

Germany lacking initiative amid crisis Failure to aptly punish criminals leads to public backlash EMILY DIECKMAN Daily Titan After the New Year’s celebrations in Germany, the debate over the flow of refugees into the country was reinvigorated. However, whether the individuals involved in thefts and assaults that night were immigrants or German citizens, the way the German government has been dragging its feet in doling out the proper punishment is unacceptable. While it’s understandable that the German government

and police don’t want the attacks to turn into a reason for people to use anti-immigrant rhetoric, it seems accommodating to a fault. It took two weeks for the city to make its first arrest in the aftermath of the events that took place during the New Year’s celebration, and since the events of that night, over 800 criminal complaints have been filed, with over half coming from women claiming sexual assault. Cologne’s mayor, Henriette Reker, in particular, is handling the situation gingerly to the point of irrationality. Her advice to women was to simply “keep attackers at arm’s length,” and her suggestion to the crimes committed during


the celebrations was a moment of confusion between the immigrants and their understanding of Cologne’s festive culture. “There’s always the possibility of keeping a certain distance of more than an arm’s length,” Reker said. “That is to say to make sure yourself you don’t look to be too close to people who are not known to you, and to whom you don’t have a trusting relationship.” It seems the German government doesn’t want the outrageous actions of a few to affect the image of immigrants coming into Germany as a whole, but the specific group of people involved with the assaults need to be punished. By

not punishing those who committed these crimes, the police create an atmosphere where innocent citizens and refugees do not feel protected. The German media also failed to provide extensive coverage of these events. It is the job of a journalist to report stories impartially. That not only means being unbiased within a story, but also being unbiased in the stories that a journalist chooses to cover. For so much of the media to ignore an event that affected so many people is a clear example of unethical journalistic bias. Hans-Peter Friedrich, former interior minister under German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has condemned public

broadcasters for working under a “cartel of silence.” “There’s suspicion that they (broadcasters) don’t have to report on such assaults especially involving migrants and foreigners, for fear of unsettling the public,” Friedrich told Politico in the weeks following the attacks. Neither law enforcement nor the media can deny their jobs simply because they don’t want the audience to get the wrong idea about a particular group. Journalists should report the facts, and law enforcement should punish and attempt to stop wrongdoing if possible. Measures are finally being taken to address the crimes and to try to prevent them

from happening again. The first suspect of sexual assault has been arrested, and the German cabinet is now supporting measures that would make it easier to deport noncitizens who are convicted of crimes. They’re creating consequences for truly cruel behavior. Even if only in response to public outrage, it seems a step in the right direction. As Germany learns how to adjust and accommodate over a million refugees it’s welcomed with open arms, it is certain to make mistakes. The real crime, however, is to brush a serious issue aside rather than addressing it.





The Cal State Fullerton baseball team held its 10th annual Dinner with the Titans fundraiser last Friday which featured Academy Award-winning actor, Kevin Costner(above), as the kenote speaker. The event had over 700 people in attendance and also raised $155,000, breaking last year’s record of $75,000.

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Costner graduated from CSUF in 1978 with a degree in business. A dedicated baseball fan, Costner starred in the 1989 classic “Field of Dreams.” He spoke at the Irvine Marriott about his love of baseball and his time at Fullerton. “The only thing I really loved was baseball, and I was at the end of the road athletically. The only thing I thought I knew

how to do was tell stories, and my father was pretty sure that that wasn’t even a job,” Costner said in his speech. The Oscar winner promised to be in uniform for the alumni game, which took place on Saturday at Goodwin Field, requesting that the players not go easy on him while the crowd applauded. “I consider it a personal honor, if you allow me tomorrow to step on your “Field of Dreams.” Costner said. Current Los Angeles

Dodgers and Titan alumnus Justin Turner, who won the CWS with CSUF in 2004, was in attendance along with a handful of other players during the professional ball. “Some of you will even make it to the big leagues, and when you do, your fellow Titans will experience two emotions,” Costner said. “The first will be that they’re jealous as hell, but the second, of course, will be pride, pride that they once played with you, pride that they coached you.”

Alumnus Gary Brown, who won a World Series with the San Francisco Giants in 2014 and is now in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization, also came back to support the program. “I just feel like this program did so much for me, I wouldn’t be where I am without it, so I have to come back,” Brown said. “What more can you ask for? I went to Fullerton, I grew up around here, and I have an opportunity with the Angels so I’m excited.” As for next season, the

Titans look to make another trip to Omaha. Chad Hockin, a right-handed pitcher on the team that appeared on MLB. com’s top 50 first-year player draft prospects, said the experience was priceless. “It was unbelievable,” Hockin said. “Little kids knew your name and they would always ask for autographs. That was probably the coolest thing.” CSUF’s baseball season begins on Feb. 19, when Fullerton takes on Stanford in Palo Alto.

“We came together really late in the season,” said Hunter Cullen, Titan outfielder. “Hopefully we can do it really early on.”


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The Highlanders would not go away though as they kept the game within reach, cutting Fullerton’s lead down to four going into halftime. Coming out of the locker room, both teams were playing with similar intensity levels as they traded basket for basket with the Titans, continuing to hold on to a narrow lead. Unfortunately for the Titans, the Highlanders managed to take a 44-41 lead with about 12 minutes to go in the game and never looked back from there. The Titans battled hard but would go on to fall in their rematch against the Highlanders by a score of 81-71. This loss puts the

team at the bottom of the Big West Conference with a record of 1-6. Although the Titans are injury-ridden, Fullerton Head Coach Dedrique Taylor was still displeased with his team’s inability to take care of the ball. Both sides amounted nearly the same number of turnovers, as the Titans committed a total of 14 compared to the Highlanders’ 13. The difference was that Fullerton’s transition defense struggled mightily to keep up with UC Riverside’s fast-break offense, resulting in 20 points off turnovers for the Highlanders. “I don’t care who you’re playing. If you turn the ball over 14 times and give up 20 points, then you


deserve to lose and that’s what happened tonight,” Taylor said. Along with teammate guard Tre’ Coggins, Akoh finished the game with a Fullerton team-high of 13 points but also logged in seven rebounds and five assists. Coming off of a career-high 27 points in the last game against UC Davis, freshman guard Khalil Ahmad had a relatively quiet night against the Highlanders, only netting nine points on a 36 percent shooting. The Titans now look ahead in search of their second victory in conference play as they are set to host a rematch versus the UC Davis Aggies this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Titan Gym.


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CSUF women’s baketball team drops its 19th straight game BRANDON ROSS Daily Titan

The Cal State Fullerton women’s basketball team continued to struggle as it fell 79-52 to the Cal State Northridge Matadors in a Big West Conference showdown Saturday. The last-place Titans (219 overall, 0-7 Big West) dropped their 19th straight, tying an all-time high losing streak dating back to the 2000-2001 season. CSUF had a difficult time putting the ball in the net, as they shot 31.6 percent (18-57) from the field, compared to the Matadors’ (5-16 overall, 3-4 Big West) 42.7 percent. The first half featured a lackluster performance from the Titans’ defense, as it allowed CSUN to score 50 points before the break. This is not the first time this season CSUF has given up 50 points in a half, as it gave up 53 in the first half of its Dec. 6 game against Montana. CSUN got the ball rolling early, as it started off the game on an 11-0 run, ultimately preventing the Titans from formulating any kind of response. CSUF ended the first quarter trailing CSUN 27-13. The Titans were outrebounded in the first half 2419, which would stay true for the whole game as CSUF lost the battle of the boards 51-40 against the Matadors. Junior center Dhanyel Johnson led the Titans through the first half with eight points. Freshman forward Michelle Berry also

contributed in the opening half, adding seven points and four rebounds of her own. The second half got off to a rocky start, as CSUF would be held scoreless for the first five minutes of the third quarter, contributing to CSUN’s 13-0 run to start the quarter. This gave the Matadors their largest lead of the game of 35 points over the Titans, eliminating any hope of a late surge from the Fullerton squad. The Titans would trail the Matadors 67-39 by the end of the third quarter. CSUF outscored the Matadors 13-12 during the fourth quarter, but the game had already been decided by then. The Titans ended the game surrendering just nine turnovers, which is a season low. Fullerton, however, could not contain CSUN freshman center Channon Fluker’s offense, as she completed the game with a double-double, including 21 points and 14 rebounds. For the Titans, Johnson ended the game with her first double-double, scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Berry also finished in double figures as she tallied 13 points and eight rebounds, while freshman guard Madison Crawford recorded a career high six points. CSUF struggled mightily behind the free-throw line, shooting 44.8 percent. On the other hand, CSUN finished the game with much better success behind the charity stripe, shooting 85.7 percent. The Titans now look to avoid losing 20 consecutive games as they travel to take on their Big West Conference rival, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, at the Thunderdome on Wednesday.



As a team, the Titans shot a mediocre 31.6 percent from the field, while allowing the Matadors to hit 42.7 percent of their shots. The Titans are now only one loss away from breaking a Fullerton record for most consecutive losses of 20.


Fullerton gave up 50 points in the first half, making it the second time this season the Titans allowed a team to score 50 or more points in a half. The Titans didn’t fare better in the second half, as Northridge held them from scoring for the first five minutes.


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