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Off-campus sexual assault reported
Alleged assault occurred early Friday morning RUDY CHINCHILLA Daily Titan
A sexual assault occurred between Thursday and Friday on a Cal State Fullerton off-campus property,
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according to a University Police timely warning alert. The assault took place between 10:30 p.m. March 17 and 4:14 a.m. March 18, according to the alert, but University Police officers have not yet determined the exact date or time of the assault. “We were not able to get an official time or location on where that occurred, so we don’t know if it happened last night or early this morning,”
said University Police Capt. Scot Willey. The victim, a female CSUF student, reported the assault around 4:30 a.m. Friday, Willey said. She did not provide a name or a physical description of the perpetrator, nor did she say whether or not the assault took place at a sorority or fraternity house. University Police asked the victim whether alcohol was involved but received no
response, Willey said. “That (alcohol playing a part) was kind of an assumption that some of us thought about, but that was not confirmed or denied,” Willey said. University Police is not planning to investigate the incident because the investigation of the case falls under the jurisdiction of the Fullerton Police Department, and because the victim did not
provide enough information to prompt an investigation, Willey said. Phone calls to CSUF Title IX Coordinator Mary Becerra and the Fullerton Police Department public information officer and crimes persons sergeant had not been returned as of 10:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20. Victims of sexual assault can reach out to the following on-campus resources:
• WoMen’s Center (University Hall 205) / Confidential Victim Advocate: 657-278-3928 • Counseling and Psychological Services: 657-278-3040 • Title IX Office: 657-278-4207 • Title IX Coordinator Mary Becerra: 657-278-2850 • University Police: 657-278-2515.
‘MythBusters’ talk about science, ‘explosion porn’
Professors learn techniques for upcoming rallies AMBER MASON Daily Titan With a strike scheduled for April, Cal State Fullerton’s Californa Faculty Association President Michele Barr, Ed.D., instructed Cal State Fullerton faculty members about successful protesting at the sixth “strike school” conducted Thursday. Strike schools are organized to help faculty understand what it means to go on strike and what is at stake, Barr said. During the meeting, Barr addressed questions from faculty members about issues that could arise from the strike. She also stressed the importance of striking, and said it was “now or never.” Andrew Howat, Ph.D., philosophy professor, attended the strike school to gain clarity on what the strike would entail and how it would be conducted in an effective, safe and legal way. SEE FACULTY
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Jamie Hyneman (right) and Adam Savage (left), hosts of the recently concluded Discovery Channel show “Mythbusters,” spoke about their work at the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ 13th annual symposium.
Duo encourages students to follow their passions SAVANNA CLEVENGER MICAH AUGIMERI-LEE Daily Titan
Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, hosts of the hit show “MythBusters,” spoke of their experiences filming, creating and blowing stuff up at the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ 13th annual symposium, “Realizing Reality: Shatter -ing Expectations.”
“MythBusters” aired its last episode in 2016, after 13 years of entertaining its audience by proving or disproving wild myths and legends. The symposium experienced technical difficulties with its microphones cutting in and out as David
Bowman, Ph.D., interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, asked his first question, which created an unintentional yet comedic effect throughout the talk. “I could just yell this out,” Bowman shouted, followed by a wave of
audience laughter. Savage and Hyneman shared their experiences in establishing themselves within the world of science, despite not being “scientists” themselves, originally. SEE SCIENCE
Hogwarts to welcome wizard fans in California
Layers of detail fill Universal Studios’ new, magical world GERARD AVELINO Daily Titan
The scent of butterscotch and the sound of whimsical orchestral music fills the air. The streets are bustling with men and women in sleek robes, waving wands at elaborate window displays. Witches and wizards of California, rejoice: the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at
Universal Studios Hollywood is just around the corner. Officially opening April 7, Wizarding World Hollywood is the third such park in the world, following the ones in Orlando and Tokyo. While each park is similar, Harry Potter fans will find that California’s park still has surprises to offer. The park feels magical from the first step. The eccentric Hogsmeade Village draws guests in with colorful shops, magical scents and the distinctive theme music from the Potter films. Its perpetually snow-covered roofs, roughly cobbled streets and
Sold-out concert surprises audience
A continuous performance sets a mysterious mood for CSUF School of Music’s annual Clayes Collage 4 Concert
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quirky, crooked façades complete the feeling of having left California. The park’s authenticity can be credited to the hard work and detail-oriented eyes of Art Director Alan Gilmore, who not only spearheaded the design of Wizarding World Hollywood, but also the third and fourth movies in the Potter series: “Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Goblet of Fire.” “Any time I get the call to do another Harry Potter, I just say yes because I feel it’s like my life, in a way,” Gilmore said. SEE MAGIC 4
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Californians can soon experience the enchanted world of Harry Potter and its specialties, including the famous “butterbeer” at Wizarding World Hollywood, officially opening at Universal Studios on April 7.
State needs to burn forests more often
Titans feel at home in Easton Tournament
In order to avoid wildfires and plant overgrowth, California needs to increase the amount of con5 trolled fires
Missy Taukeiaho and Ariana Williams led the Titan offense in key victories against high-caliber 8 opponents
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David Bowman, Ph.D., interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (right), hosted a Q&A session with Mythbusters hosts Adam Savage (left) and Jamie Hyneman (center).
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The most exciting part of the program at its inception was to meet professional scientists and engineers and be treated like peers, Savage said. “We’re just doing things because they make sense to us,” Hyneman said. “So what do you do? You want to do a good job, so you’re careful about it, you’re methodical about it, so that’s what we did. And, guess what? That’s science.” When asked by Bowman if they had sought out to prove the scientific method every week on their show, Savage jokingly replied, “Absolutely not. We never thought of the children,” which was met with laughter and applause. But that is exactly where the show led them. “MythBusters” combined science and fun, inspiring many young people to take a larger interest in what it means to be a scientist. People often view the
fields of science and engineering as uncreative and full of formulas and data tables. But it’s actually the opposite, Hyneman said, emphasizing that depth of thought is essential to creativity. “We’ve been told that there have been not one, but two generations of scientists that grew up watching the show,” Hyneman said. “When you think about it, that’s pretty phenomenal.” Savage and Hyneman discussed their relationship and the struggles that came along with co-hosting a show. They admitted that they argued during the filming and often disagreed, but the two always maintained respect for each other. “We’re not friends,” Savage said. “We don’t get along on a day-by-day basis, and we never did on ‘MythBusters.’ We argued about all of the small things, and that made the process sometimes a bit exhausting.” Even if they are completely different from one another,
it is beneficial to have different points of view when conducting research or filming a show, Hyneman said. “Those disagreements are founded in respect,” Savage said. “I know that even though I have a particular idea about something that should happen, if I wasn’t here, Jamie would get it done by the end of the day. And the same thing is true on the other side.” Despite their disagreements, the duo used their differing personalities to help them guide their way through the world of TV. The talk ended with the presentation of a compilation video, which Savage dubbed “Explosion Porn.” Hyneman and Savage left the students with the message that anything is possible and they should always go after their interests. “Science isn’t just for guys in lab coats with some elite degree,” Hyneman said. “It’s for anybody that wants to do a good job of understanding the world.”
President Barack Obama arrived in Cuba on Sunday afternoon, the first time a sitting U.S. president visited the island country since 1928, according to ABC News. The historic state visit comes after the U.S. agreed to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba in 2014. Obama is expected to meet with his Cuban counterpart, President Raul Castro. He will also deliver a speech to the Cuban people Tuesday. Obama, together with his family, will stay in Cuba for two-and-a-half days. The president is also joined by 39 members of Congress. - GERARD AVELINO
Temecula Marine dies in Iraq Enemy rocket fire hit a U.S. unit in Northern Iraq on Saturday, killing a marine from Temecula, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, 27, joined the Marine Corps in 2006 and was deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq. According to the Marine Corps Times, Cardin was killed “when Islamic State group militants launched a rocket attack on a coalition base in Makhmur.” Makhmur is a new base located 60 miles outside Mosul. The attack, which also injured eight other Marines, is still under investigation. - MICAH AUGIMERI-LEE
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Michele Barr, Ed.D., president of the Cal State Fullerton chapter of the California Faculty Association, talked to her colleagues about the importance of the impending faculty strike in April.
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The primary reason he is striking is to ensure quality education for his students, Howat said. Educators in the Cal State system are paid so little that professors have to teach many sections just to get by. Heavy workloads create situations where professors cannot give students the attention they need, Howat said. “For me, above all else, it is a question of social justice and fairness,” Howat said. He said his students are broadly supportive of his going on strike. “They were mostly very shocked by the conditions that we are in and they are quite energized by the unfairness,” Howart said. Brianne Levine, psychology professor, said her students were surprised to learn about the differences in pay
between administrators and faculty. Levine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CSUF before becoming an adjunct professor. Despite her commitment to CSUF, she has to work at two other schools to make enough money to pay her bills, Levine said. There has been a shift in the education system where money has gone from being invested into education that professors provide, to being invested in administration, Levine said. “We have to tell California that our priority is education. We have to tell them that the faculty, the education, the students are the priority, not the administrators,” Levine said. During the strike school, and at about 25 department meetings, members of the union were asked to commit
to go on strike and show up to picket. The CFA is demanding a 5 percent General Salary Increase and a 2.65 percent Service Salary Increase. All 23 chapter presidents voted unanimously to strike April 13-15 and April 1819, because CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White has not yet agreed to the proposed increases. Picket lines will focus on visibility and slowing access onto campus. “There are two components: you withhold your labor and you have a strong physical presence,” Barr said. “Ideally, we want the interior of the campus to be void of any signs of faculty or students.” Students who must cross the picket line to get to class can wear red to show solidarity with those striking, she said.
Three shot, one dead in drive-by Three men were shot Sunday morning in Hawthorne, leaving one dead, according to ABC 7. Four people were driving home from a church event when another car pulled up next to them at a red light. At least one person from the second car opened fire and then fled. Three men suffered bullet wounds to the torso and were hospitalized. The third, identified as William Fifita, 20, of Adelanto, was pronounced dead at the scene. Fifita was described by family friends as the son of a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy. The fourth person, a woman, was uninjured. Details about the shooters or their motives are unavailable at the time. - GERARD AVELINO
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Water conservation advocate Anthony Fellow, Ph.D., a communications professor at Cal State Fullerton, explains the current drought in the American Southwest to members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. He presented a film, “Are We Running Dry?” which outlines the reasons behind the region’s depleted water supply.
Professor profiles state’s water crisis KATE JOLGREN Daily Titan Cal State Fullerton communications professor Anthony Fellow, Ph.D., spoke about the perils of a drought-ridden California at a talk hosted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in the Mackey Auditorium last Thursday. The presentation, “Water in the West,” focused on the current drought and the ways local water boards are trying to correct failing policies. Fellow opened the presentation with a quote by Mark Twain: “Bourbon is for drinking, water is for fighting.” Fellow said that this saying essentially showcases the current state of affairs in water policies for Southern California. “This has been the history of water in California,” Fellow said. “This has been my life fighting for more water.” Fellow is also an advocate for water conservation in his local area. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Upper San Gabriel Municipal Water District. “If you’re infringed on your (water) right by another property owner, or by a politician, or a business or an agricultural interest, then you’re going to fight for your right to that water,” said OLLI member
Steve Widmayer. “It’s very complicated.” Fellow also aired a shortened version of an upcoming major production, “Are We Running Dry?” The film is an informative piece, hosted and narrated by actress Jane Seymour, focusing on the gradual decline of renewable water sources in the American Southwest. While as much as 23 percent of California’s water is imported, most of the water used is local water, which is plagued by contamination and the effects of a drought year, Fellow said. California receives most of its water from the State Water Project and the Bay-Delta Watershed, which includes the convergence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers and acts as a source of water supply for
If you’re infringed on your (water) right by another property owner, or by a politician, or a business or an agricultural interest, then you’re going to fight for your right to that water.
OLLI-hosted lecture examines California’s drought situation
STEVE WIDMAYER OLLI Member much of the state, he said. Fellow touched on California’s history of channeling water from the Colorado River, but with the signing of the Quantification Settlement Agreement in 2003, California is not able to use
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Anthony Fellow, Ph.D., talked about research on the current state of water policy in Southern California, which constitutes his work as a board member for the Upper San Gabriel Municipal Water District.
more than its agreed-upon 4.4 million acre-feet of annually apportioned Colorado River water. This settlement stemmed from California’s continual use of more than the allotted amount of water and the growing water needs of six other states that rely on the Colorado River for water. According to the video, the ongoing drought has brought the Colorado River to its lowest levels in 85 years, yet it is a source of water for nearly 30 million people. Projections in the video showed that water demand will soon outstrip the available water supply.
Some of the state’s largest water usage is applied toward energy and agriculture, according to the video. With the sustained drought, the stress placed on the Colorado River will likely result in energy and agricultural practices having to adapt to the situation. Much of Southern California’s water supply travels vast distances, but this model was previously made to support 20 million people. With the current population of 37 million residents and a future projection of 60 million Californians, the water supply is increasingly unreliable, according to the presentation.
The video calls for both a paradigm shift and the creation of a national water policy that uses reclaimed water as the basic source of water throughout the American Southwest. Essentially, waste water must be viewed as a resource. Waste and runoff water should be captured as additional sources of water as the nation focuses more on conservation tactics, according to the presentation. After the presentation, OLLI members asked questions about water tactics and conservation methods for their community. “Seniors are very
interested in their community and their environment,” said Vice President of Programs for OLLI Janice Jeng. “We have a big cross section of people and backgrounds and they usually have a lot to say.” “Water in the West” is part of OLLI’s public “Best of Eclectics” series, which covers a wide variety of topics in weekly meetings at Mackey Auditorium. The next part of the series is scheduled for 1011:30 a.m., March 22, with “Harrowgate” author Kate Maruyama’s talk, “Finding Your Place in the World Through Writing.”
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While he has worked on other movies such as “X-Men: First Class” and “The Bourne Ultimatum,” he said that he has grown close to the Potter crew and universe. “I know so much about this world,” Gilmore said. “It takes a long time to learn all of this; it really is like a vocation.” Every inch of the park is impeccably detailed, with distressed wood and chipping paint that evokes thousands of years of European history. An exact replica of the Hogwarts Express, the train that ferries all of Hogwarts’ young witches and wizards to school, greets visitors as they enter the park. Many train enthusiasts specifically visit Wizarding World, Gilmore said, as the replica has all the aesthetic details of an authentic 1950s British Hall Class steam train. Right next to the train, guests can sit in a train cabin modeled after the Harry Potter movies, donning costume pieces to complete their look as Hogwarts students on the way to wizarding school. This experience, unique to Wizarding World Hollywood, offers commemorative photographs for purchase. A selection of shops, straight out of the movies, can be found in Hogsmeade Village. In the Owl Post office, parkgoers can even mail postcards to their friends with a special Hogsmeade stamp and postmark, while animatronic owls stare down from the shelves. One of Gilmore’s must-see spots is Honeydukes, which sells candies and cakes from the wizarding world. The window display features trading cards found in packages of Chocolate Frogs, which are sure to entice fans who need to complete their collections. Inside, various whimsical candies fill the shelves, such
as Cauldron Cakes, Fizzing Whizbees, Pepper Imps and, of course, Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans. “There are so many layers of detail,” Gilmore said. “Every window has a story to tell.” Stone buildings are dotted with meticulously placed artificial moss and lichen, and concrete walls have ancient-looking water stains. Walking through the openair Owlery, one can look up and find animatronic owls hooting in the rafters. Even the cobblestone path underneath is splattered with painted owl droppings. The amount of detail is sure to please even the most finicky Harry Potter fan. “Every inch of this is hand-done,” Gilmore said. “You can’t buy this. You can’t find it in a catalog.” Gilmore also recommends Ollivander’s wand shop, whose shelves are piled high and haphazardly with wands of all kinds. Ollivander’s does not only sell replicas of wands from practically every character from the films, but also special wands that unlock hidden scenes throughout the park using magic words and wand movements. Randomly selected guests may also be invited to try out an interactive experience where the wand chooses them, much like when Harry Potter’s wand chose him in the book, “The Sorcerer’s Stone.” The biggest building in Hogsmeade, by far, is The Three Broomsticks, a restaurant with a lopsided entrance and rustic architecture. The menu offers British fare inspired by the magnificent dinners seen in Hogwarts’ dining hall. As for drinks, beer lovers can sample drinks specially crafted for Wizarding World at the Hog’s Head pub under the watchful eye of an animatronic, grunting hog head.
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Inside Hogwarts Castle, guests are treated to magical moving portraits of the four Hogwarts founders, who converse with each other about Harry Potter. Hogwarts’ interior doubles as the line for the “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” ride.
On the topic of drinks, a day at Wizarding World would not be complete without a taste of butterbeer, its signature, non-alcoholic, butterscotch-flavored beverage. The drink – concocted with a recipe approved personally by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling – has the perfect amount of butterscotch flavor and fizzy foam. Imitation sodas do not even come close. Hogwarts Castle, impressively recreated from the medieval castle featured in the films, looms over the village, guarded by gigantic-winged boar statues. Brilliantly designed forced-perspective architecture makes the castle look even bigger than it actually is, but it isn’t just the exterior that is larger than life. “You’ll be amazed when
you go in there,” Gilmore promised. “You’ll be blown away.” Indeed, the castle offers another mesmerizing look into Harry Potter’s life. Along the way, one can find a greenhouse with pots of baby mandrakes, the Mirror of Erised and an animated talking portrait of the Fat Lady that guards the Gryffindor common room. Perhaps the most impressive is a room full of portraits of important wizarding figures from history, featuring the four founders of Hogwarts, deep in conversation about the merits of Harry Potter, The Boy Who Lived. The winding path through the castle interior doubles as the queue for Wizarding World’s hallmark 3-D ride, “Harry Potter and the
Forbidden Journey,” where guests sit on enchanted benches that take them through iconic moments from the Harry Potter films. Outside the castle, families can find enchantment in “Flight of the Hippogriff,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor roller coaster. The path to the ride takes guests around the hut of Hogwarts gamekeeper and magical creature aficionado Hagrid, where mysterious sound effects from wizarding beasts combine with screams of excitement from thrilled riders. While Wizarding World Hollywood is smaller than its sister parks, so much detail and design is packed into the park that one day may not be enough for visitors to see everything.
“You can spend days and days, and many people do,” Gilmore said. “They come back continuously to learn more about it. They bring their (Harry Potter) books here and read while they’re here, so they can find those words that describe those places.” True enough, Wizarding World Hollywood wonderfully combines a slice of magical Britain with the sun and energy of Los Angeles, complete with plenty of secrets to explore and moments to discover. Cal State Fullerton students, faculty and staff can get exclusive discounts for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the rest of Universal Studios Hollywood by purchasing advance tickets at http://www. ushtix.com/csuf.
Benefit concert aids student scholarships Seven musical groups performed at 9th annual Clayes Collage Concert GABE ESPIRITU Daily Titan A crowd filed eagerly into the Clayes Performing Arts Center to enjoy a Saturday afternoon of diverse music during the 9th Annual Clayes Collage Concert held in the sold out Meng Concert Hall. With proceeds from the performance directly benefiting student scholarships, the Clayes Collage Concert featured 19 songs performed by the CSUF School of Music’s seven musical groups, with contributions from the University Wind Symphony, University Symphony Orchestra, University Singers, Concert Choir, Titan Men’s Chorus, Fullerton Jazz Orchestra and the Collegium Musicum. An air of mystery loomed over the concert, which was advertised as “dynamically staged all around Meng Concert Hall,” according to the School of Music’s calendar. Adding to the anticipation, theater ushers reserved concert programs until after the show, leaving the entire
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presentation as a surprise to the audience. The familiar, frightening notes of the “Imperial March,” from the film “Star Wars,” kicked off the 90-minute show with harrowing and intense tones, originally arranged by John Williams, resonating through the darkened theater, illuminated only by the lightsaber-red spotlight cast over the performers. Other performances featured numbers such as the Concert Choir’s rendition of Jake Runestad’s “Alleluia,” which drew emotion from every breath and note, and the entertaining “Soldier’s Song” from the Threepenny Opera, which featured acting from the Opera Theatre Singers & Orchestra. Spotlights illuminated different sections of Meng Hall’s stage at different times to showcase the performers during two-to-fourminute arrangements that seamlessly transitioned one song to another. The format allowed the Collage Concert to perform without breaks, as the audience held its applause until the show’s end. The concert’s unique arrangement is what Men’s Chorus member Andrew Gatdula enjoyed most. “It’s really neat seeing a
bunch of different groups coordinate together and have all these continuous performances,” Gatdula said. “It’s like you’re creating a painting with different music and performances … It’s just one continuous performance, and that’s pretty cool to me.” Concert Choir member and credential student Brandon Harris is no stranger to the event, having performed for the Collage Concert six times. “I love it,” Harris said. “My favorite part about it is the training that we get. We are considered some of the best musicians in the professional world.” The Concert Choir has spent at least four hours a week rehearsing in preparation of the fundraising event, he said. Christiaan Westerkamp, freshman and Men’s Chorus member, said the training and experiences he gained in preparation for his first Collage Concert will carry on throughout the rest of his college and professional careers. “It really teaches me how to blend better with others in regards to voice and tambor … and just keeping it in a very professional manner,” Westerkamp said.
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Racism is not black and white Oscars performance highlights ignorance on racial issues RISHU BHARDWAJ Daily Titan The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences apologized last week for comedian Chris Rock’s ignorant jokes about Asian-Americans at the 88th annual Oscars award show. The Oscars have been criticized as being unfair in their representation, or lack thereof, to black actors. Though this needs to be addressed, most of the general public does not seem to see the other side of the coin. There seems to be a polarization occurring at the Oscars, but other minorities are, in effect, being ignored by the academy’s initiative of incorporating more black artists. Though this act of redemption by the academy is warranted and a great response to its critics, it doesn’t diminish the recent stigma of racism in America. Asian-Americans, especially, are being swept under the rug in this war on racism. In entertainment, the numbers are abysmal. A pitiful 6.3 percent of leading roles went to Asian-Americans in 2015, according to a USC’s Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity (CARD). Out of 109 films, 18 percent do not have a single black character with a speaking role, while Asian characters are excluded from 50 percent of films, according to the same CARD report.
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Before the Oscars, the academy was heavily criticized for the lack of racial diversity in its nominees, resulting in an effort to be more sensitive to the issue in the future. However, host Chris Rock seemed to be blind to the fact that racial groups that could be offended by jokes spanned farther than black and white.
Following the controversy around the Oscars, one would think that the organization would do the utmost to be as understanding as possible to every race, but apparently they didn’t check all of their boxes. The Oscars received backlash after Rock performed a joke using three young Asian-American actors in tuxedos holding suitcases, and said how Asia sent the Oscars its “most dedicated,
accurate and hard-working representatives.” The bit further emphasized the problem of stereotyping, which appeared to be Rock’s aim, instead of trying to veer away from it. It’s easy for the public to think of racism as something that occurs only between black and white people, since it’s been pushed as a major point of contention in recent protests. It’s almost as if people overcompensate in their
More forests need to go up in smoke GALEN PATTERSON Daily Titan Wildfires regularly dominate the news in Southern California. Hourly updates on the radio and seemingly endless footage on programs often secure 24-hour news cycles. For a long time, fires have been considered exclusively destructive, but they do more good than harm for the environment, and controlled fires need to occur to effectively sustain woodlands. Several problems that tend to occur with forests would be naturally subdued with prescribed fires, which are intentional man-made fires. Sadly, however, the government is just now trying to fix nine decades of negligence. Some of the more intense wildfires can reach upwards of 2,100 F, according to a report from Wildfire Today, a news website focused on wildfire coverage. Those temperatures are hot enough to melt aluminum, and not too far off from melting steel, said Richard Halsey, director of the California Chaparral Institute, a non-profit organization that studies “chaparral biome, Mediterranean climates, and wildfire.” The intensity and heat at which any given part of the earth burns is a result of the specific plants in that area. “Every plant community … has a unique relationship to fire,” Halsey said. Some plants burn more readily than others during
the hot periods of the year, which facilitates the expansion of wildfires. In essence, they want to be burned. “There are species that burn much, much better than others … Pines are among those,” said Jochen Schenk, Ph.D., professor of biology at Cal State Fullerton. When plants are competing for resources, like in a drought, they tend to offer less resistance to disease, much like how a weakened
Wildfires can be seen as dangerous. However, they are also extremely important for a thriving woodland environment.
Increasing prescribed fires could help manage woodlands
human body might get sick more easily. For some communities of plants, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For example, chaparral is a blanket of vegetation that’s generally packed with shrubs, bushes and long grasses. “The hotter, the more intense the chaparral fire, the better the system recovers,” Halsey said. Some pine trees need fire to reproduce. “When the pinecones are exposed to heat, they will then open up and release their seeds,” said Joshua Der, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology. Bark beetles have become a plague on North American forests. Their spread is naturally kept in check by a mix of forest fires and freezing temperatures. With climate temperatures rising and a fire-suppressed forest,
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they’ve run rampant over the past decade. Understanding the natural interval at which certain plant communities need burning would help prevent wildfires from escalating to a level that Schenk refers to as “catastrophic.” In 2013, 19 Arizona Wildland Firefighters were burned to death, the highest death count suffered from a single event since 1933, when 25 Wildland Firefighters died in Griffith Park. The government documented their causes of death as a result of fire entrapment, according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). As a direct result of the 1994 deaths, the 1995 Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy recognized the dangers of wildfires and how to deal with them effectively through prescribed fires. Wildfires were previously seen as destructive and since 1905 were extinguished as one of the primary concerns of the National Forest Service. Proper forest maintenance can allow new plants to grow and create beautiful, thriving communities of plant life. Younger generations could come to see what those who came before them saw with new vibrance. They too can learn how to take care of wildlands by letting them burn every once in awhile. To avoid major fire outbreaks, the state needs to look into making prescribed fires more frequently. By taking the initiative to burn more sections of woodlands before the drier climates hit, the state would benefit from safer, more efficient forest regions.
pledge to recognize the past and try to rectify it. Some people may come off as ignorant to other races who have gone through similar treatment. This explains how and why Rock unknowingly incorporated distasteful jokes regarding the three Asian-American children. George Takei, among others, has suggested that the academy come out and apologize for the “joke” that transpired at the show. When asked how the
academy and the industry should incorporate a more diverse process, he said, “There needs to be more understanding that this is a diverse, global audience that they’re playing to, and they’ve got to tell stories from the vantage point of that diversity, not just black and white.” Takei also mentions that the idea of diversity is seemingly going back “half a century.” It seems that Takei is commenting on the sort of marginalization of
people other than black. The 88th Academy Awards were rightly criticized for not nominating a single black actor, yet the amount of Asian-American and other minority actors that are so grossly underrepresented every single year is also a tragedy. Hopefully the academy and the public at large can be more aware to see that racism isn’t black and white; it concerns every unrepresented American and artist out there.
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Colton Eastman gathered his first career loss in the final game of the series against Maryland on Sunday. He gave up four hits and one earned run in 6.2 innings pitched. He also recorded eight strikeouts and walked just two batters in the pitchers’ duel.
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Fullerton baseball goes 1-2 in series against Maryland RYAN WHITEHEAD Daily Titan
Fullerton baseball wrapped up a nine-game homestand this weekend as it welcomed the Maryland Terrapins to Goodwin Field for a threegame series. The Terrapins took advantage of key hitting and backto-back complete games from their starters, winning the series 2-1. On Friday, shortstop Timmy Richards belted a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to defeat the Terrapins 3-2 and extend the Titans’ winning streak to five games. Richards and senior outfielder Josh Vargas both had multi-hit games Friday, going two-for-four and two-forthree, respectively. The game stayed scoreless until the third inning, when Tanner Pinkston hit a sac fly to send Vargas home. The Titans added another run in the fifth, but it wouldn’t be enough to keep them out of extras when Maryland scored two in the eighth.
On the mound, starter Blake Quinn went five innings, giving up no runs and one hit. Reliever Miles Chambers picked up his first win of the season. Freshman Connor Seabold took the mound in Saturday’s 8-4 loss to Maryland and ran into early trouble, giving up three hits, including a two-run home run in the top of the first inning by Maryland left fielder Marty Costes. Fullerton got on the board at the bottom of the second by way of a solo home run by catcher Chris Hudgins. Maryland pitcher Taylor Bloom held the Titans scoreless until the sixth inning, when CSUF cut the Terrapins’ lead in half on a Dalton Blaser RBI single. Maryland’s offense exploded in the seventh, scoring four runs, including back-to-back home runs by Costes and first baseman Kevin Biondic. Seabold ended the night giving up four runs on nine hits in six innings, contributing to a season high for the Titans in hits and runs allowed. Maryland pounded the ball for a total of 14 hits, including three home runs. Sunday’s game saw freshman ace Colton Eastman take the mound in search of his fifth straight win, but he was thwarted by the Terrapins. Eastman gave up one run on
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Freshman infielder Hank LoForte (right) got a hit and an RBI off two at-bats in Saturday’s 8-4 loss to Maryland. He recorded one more hit in Sunday’s 1-0 loss.
four hits in six innings in the 1-0 loss. “The most I can do is put up a goose egg on the scoreboard and have the offense come around. Unfortunately, not today, but the best thing is to keep the offense in it,” Eastman said.
Neither team scored until the sixth inning, when right fielder Madison Nickens doubled to right center to bring catcher Justin Morris to score. Fullerton threatened to score at the bottom of the sixth with runners in scoring
position and one out, but failed to do so as Pinkston grounded out on a double play. “We had a lot of fly balls to the outfield today, a lot of weak fly balls, something we try to avoid,” Timmy Richards said. “We try to hit hard ground balls as much as we
can, and some days it just doesn’t happen, and today was one of those days.” Fullerton will head to Los Angeles for a matchup against the USC Trojans before returning home for a three-game series against the rival Long Beach 49ers.
CSUF breaks school records over weekend Fullerton track and field successful at the Trojan Invitational AARON VALDEZ Daily Titan The Cal State Fullerton track and field team had another noteworthy performance over the weekend at USC’s Trojan Invitational, the team’s third meet of the season. The 2016 season started off relatively well for CSUF, as the Titans made their mark at both the Riverside City College meet and the Ben Brown Invitational earlier this month. In the RCC meet that included UC Riverside, Pepperdine University and host Riverside City College, the Titans managed to claim victories in 16 events. Freshman Thaddeus
Smith had an outstanding debut for Fullerton as he took home the gold in the men’s 100-meter, men’s 200-meter and 4x100 meter relay events. Smith earned a Buffalo Wild Wings Student Athlete of the Week honor for his efforts. Last week’s Ben Brown Invitational featured similar results from the Titan squad, who placed high in the standings in several events. CSUF provided other highlights from the meet in the women’s 4x100 meter relay and 4x400 meter relay teams, each finishing first place with times of 47.38 seconds and 3:49.86 minutes, respectively. The Titans continued to cruise at the Trojan Invitational, breaking two school records and seeing a total of 10 second-place finishes in the process. Despite not taking first in the event, Smith recorded a
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20.92 in the men’s 200-meter dash, surpassing teammate Josh Gordon’s previous record by 0.27 seconds. The men’s 4x400 meter relay team of Smith, Gordon, Darion Zimmerman and Luis Matos also broke a school record, finishing in second with a time of 3:09.67. The Fullerton men’s team completed four additional second-place finishes in the 100-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 400-meter hurdles and 4x100 meter relay. The women’s team boasted a formidable performance as well, providing the Titans with a handful of second-place finishes in the 4x400 meter relay, high jump, triple jump and hammer throw. Among Big West Conference competition, the Titans have held their own thus far with some of their individual performances
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As a whole, the Titans got 10 second place medals and broke two school school records this past Friday and Saturday.
over the weekend. Jessica Flores’ 59.88-meter in the hammer throw ranks second in the Big West, while
Zimmerman’s 47 second 400-meter dash leads the entire conference. The Titans return to action
next weekend as they compete in the UC Riverside Invitational between Thursday and Saturday.
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CSUF softball rises to the occasion against ranked opponents HAYLEY M. SLYE Daily Titan It may be March Madness, but the big college games this weekend were actually happening at Anderson Family Field in the Easton Tournament. The Titans took three of four games in the tournament, which pitted them against ranked opponents No. 6 Alabama and No. 13 Oklahoma. They also faced Arkansas and New Mexico State on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. CSUF’s success in the classic improves its record to 23-9 overall and contributes to an impressive 10-1 streak in its past 11 games. Fullerton kicked off the tournament with a 2-1 pitching-duel loss to Alabama on Thursday night. Both teams had a difficult time generating offense, as Titan and Crimson Tide pitching only gave up four and three hits, respectively. “I think that was our best outing (against Alabama), even though it didn’t go on our end,” said Fullerton Pitching Coach Tori Tyson. Titan pitcher Sydney Golden earned her third loss of the season, despite only allowing two runs on three hits in five and one-third innings pitched. Desiree Ybarra relieved Golden in the fifth and recorded four strikeouts in one and two thirds innings. Fullerton split the matchups with ranked opponents, taking a win against Oklahoma, Titan Head Coach Kelly Ford’s alma mater, Friday
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Junior Sydney Colenzo (right) beats New Mexico’s Jade Gray to second in the Titans’ 2-0 win over the Lobos in the final game of Easton Tournament. Colenzo went 3-4 in Saturday night’s 8-1 win against the Arkansas Razorbacks.
night. “(Oklahoma is) such a wellcoached team, such a seasoned team,” Ford said. “I’m so proud of the Titans.” Titan pitching did not give up an earned run in that game, despite the 7-5 win. Ybarra also created her own run support by picking up two RBIs. Fullerton is now 11-5 against Oklahoma all-time. In Saturday’s game against
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the Arkansas Razorbacks, senior third baseman Missy Taukeiaho sent a towering three-run homer to left, giving the Titans a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. They went on to win the game 8-1. “The tough thing for Missy is she does not get a lot of good pitches because everybody knows she’s such an offensive threat.” Ford said. “I know it just had to feel really good for her today. I’m proud
of her. She’s an amazing player and a pleasure to coach.” Freshman centerfielder Ariana Williams wasted no opportunities in the Arkansas game. She went 3-4 with three RBIs. Together, Taukeiaho and Williams were responsible for six of the eight Fullerton runs. “I’m not surprised by her (Williams’) performance tonight,” Taukeiaho said. “That just shows the type of person
that she is, the type of player that she is. She’s a great teammate.” Ybarra finished the weekend on Sunday with a complete-game shutout against New Mexico State, giving up only three walks and five hits. Ybarra, the staff leader in strikeouts, posted seven in her seven full innings against the Lobos. “The most special thing about being a pitching coach
is seeing (your players) succeed and get the reward,” Tyson said. “Great pitchers finish weekends.” Offensively, Williams led the charge for the Titans again, following her excellent performance against Arkansas with a 2-3 day against New Mexico. The Titans’ next challenge is a matchup with No. 24 Fresno State at Anderson Family Field on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
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