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STATE | Trustees vote

Board votes for tuition increase if Prop. 30 fails Trustees postpone vote to charge “super seniors” extra fee at meeting Wednesday DOMINIQUE ROCKER Daily Titan

In a two-day meeting Tuesday and Wednesday, the CSU Board of Trustees passed two parts of a resolution that is contingent on the outcome of Proposition 30, but postponed a third. The first would roll back the most recent 9-percent tuition hike should Proposition 30 pass in November. However, the second part would increase tuition by $150 per semester should Proposition 30 fail. This plan was discussed in great detail and approved by the Committee of Finance on Tuesday. The Board voted Wednesday to

pass the resolution with minimal discussion. The third resolution, which was postponed until the November meeting, deals with three specific fee increases, such as the “super senior fee” that would require students to pay an additional sum if they exceed 150 total units. A second fee under the third resolution would be for those who repeat a course. The Committee on Finance Agenda proposed a $100 fee per unit for those students who choose to retake a course. This fee, stated the agenda, “is intended to lead students to make careful decisions with regards to repeating a course.” Many of the board members discussed reasons that students would need to retake a course. Concern was expressed that many students retake a course they do not necessarily need in order to improve their

grade-point average. Not all members agreed, however. “Are we trying to change behavior, or increase revenue?” questioned board member Lupe Garcia. Acting Chancellor Charles Reed argued that his previous attempts to modify behavior have not been working and that this fee is necessary to try to garner success. Yet Garcia still expressed concerns over the need to charge students in order to change the behavior. An agreement was not met. The last fee under the third resolution is referred to as the “third-tier fee.” In addition to the split between students who take six units or less and those that take seven or more, this resolution would introduce a third fee for those students that take more than 17 units. SEE TRUSTEES, 3


CSU presidents attended the board meeting to hear the decisions that will impact their respective campuses when Proposition 30 is decided on in November.


SPORTS | Conference play

Volleyball starts Big West conference play Friday

The Titans welcome the No. 2 ranked Hawaii and Cal State Northridge JUSTIN ENRIQUEZ Daily Titan

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Police come clean

A bystander holds a portrait of Kelly Thomas at the Fullerton City Council meeting. Many were in attendance to hear the rulings.

Accusations of theft by Kelly Thomas have finally been put to rest. PETER PHAM Daily Titan

Tensions were high at the Fullerton City Hall Tuesday night as members of the community awaited the City Council meeting said to clear the name of Kelly Thomas, the Fullerton homeless man that was violently beaten and died as a result of an altercation with Fullerton police officers. The council chambers were divided as the community poured in. The left side of the room was filled with supporters of the Fullerton Police Department, sporting bright blue shirts with the words “We <3 Fullerton Police.” On the right side of the room sat Ron Thomas, father of Kelly Thomas, with family friends and others who wore white shirts that read “We <3 the People.” Thomas anticipated Fullerton Police clearing Kelly’s name of any wrongdoing.

“Fullerton police came out, through their spokesperson Sgt. Goodrich, and said that Kelly was breaking into cars,” said Thomas. “The officers broke bones during what they call an altercation with him, I call it a brutal beating (and) death.” The officers said that Kelly Thomas had stolen property on him in a stolen backpack, which Ron Thomas maintained was not true. Acting Police Chief of the Fullerton Police Department Dan Hughes stood in front of the council and spoke. “On the night of July 5, 2011, Kelly Thomas was in possession of a backpack,” said Hughes. “Inside that backpack was the passport, a computer tablet, mail addressed to an attorney and keys to a Lexus vehicle. None of these items belonged to Kelly Thomas.” It was later learned after the date of the incident, that the owner of the backpack


inadvertently left his backpack in a public place and that the keys, the passport, and the computer tablet belonged to the owner of that backpack, he said. “There is no evidence of which the Fullerton Police Department is now aware that Kelly Thomas stole the backpack or it’s contents,” Hughes said. On July 5, 2011, the Fullerton Police Department received a report from a citizen who told Fullerton Police that she observed Kelly Thomas trying to break into vehicles, Hughes said. The call from the citizen was the only call the Fullerton Police received with the observation. “With the exception of this report, there is no evidence of which the Fullerton Police Department is now aware that Kelly Thomas actually tried to steal anything from any of the vehicles in the lot,” Hughes said. SEE CLEARED, 2

The Cal State Fullerton women’s volleyball team (6-7) looks to earn a great start in Big West Conference action as they take on conference foes Cal State Northridge and the University of Hawaii at home. This will begin 18 straight games against in-conference opponents until the end of the season. The Titans will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 1-3 record in the Fullerton Classic tournament they hosted. The Titans played twice both days of the tournament, which was Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 and 15. On Friday, the tournament started off on the right foot as the Titans opened with a sweep of Brown University 3-0 (30-28, 2515, 25-18). The Titans were led by senior middle-blocker Kayla Neto and junior right-side hitter Leah Best who tied for a match-high 12 blocks. Sophomore setter Julie Consani also had a match-high 37 assists in the game. It was their fourth sweep of the year. The momentum of this sweep

did not last through the tournament as they lost the following three games. Later on that evening, the Titans lost to the San Diego State Aztecs, 3-1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-17, 25-15) for a split on the day. Junior outside hitter Bre Moreland had the strongest performance for the Titans with 16 kills. Senior defensive specialist Gabrielle Dewberry also contributed to the game with 18 digs. However, the Titans were unable to gain any offensive rhythm as they had a hitting percentage of .108. On Saturday, the second day of the classic started out with a highly competitive matchup between CSUF and the Santa Clara Broncos. The Broncos came from behind to take the final two sets and the match 3-2 (11-25, 25-22, 16-25, 25-23, 15-9). Neto racked up 14 kills, Moreland had 13, Consani dropped four service aces, and Dewberry totaled 30 digs but it wasn’t enough. Santa Clara performed with a .500 attacking percentage compared to .053 by the Titans that proved to be the difference in the final set of the match. SEE VOLLEYBALL, 8

LOCAL | Late night lights

Newer traffic lights malfunction at night Lights delay late-night commuters from 30 seconds to five minutes RAYMOND MENDOZA Daily Titan

Catching all the green lights on a daily commute is a rare occurrence, since Southern California usually has a healthy flow of bad traffic. However, motorists are noticing they get stuck at red lights for long periods in the evening even when streets are empty. Faulty traffic lights can mean the difference between waiting a normal and tolerable 30 seconds before getting green lights and being stuck

at red lights for minutes at a time. One such driver is 21-year-old communication disorders major, Danielle Hebrona. Hebron has had trouble with traffic lights in the Fullerton and Anaheim area. She has even said to have tried moving her car in order to trigger a green light by resetting her car position. “I’ve been sitting in light around (Fullerton), and sometimes they won’t turn (green),” said Hebron. “I’ve had to back up and try to set off the sensor. Sometimes that will work and sometimes that won’t... It usually happens late at night.” SEE LIGHTS, 2




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CLEARED: No evidence that Thomas stole backpack


Timeline: Kelly Thomas

Apple Releases iOS 6

2011 July 5: Kelly Thomas hospitalized

July 23: Cellphone video circulated

July 10: Kelly Thomas dies


July 30: Hundreds of protesters mobilize

May 9: Judge orders two officers to stand trial

July 28: Orange County DA calls witnesses


On July 5, 2011, the Fullerton Police Department received a report from a citizen who told Fullerton Police that she observed Kelly Thomas trying to break into vehicles, Hughes said. The call from the citizen was the only call the Fullerton Police received with the observation. “With the exception of this report, there is no evidence of which the Fullerton Police Department is now aware that Kelly Thomas actually tried to steal anything from any of the vehicles in the lot,” Hughes said.

June 13: Original call to police released to public

Sept. 18: Kelly Thomas cleared of charges

June 5: Three City Council members recalled

The Orange County Grand Jury convened Wednesday and set an indictment for former Fullerton Police officer Joe Wolfe, who may be the third police officer charged in the case. “I’ve wanted (Wolfe) charged from the very beginning and 14 months later he’s finally going to be charged,” Thomas said. While Thomas found some resolution from the meeting, others were not as happy with the results. Stephan Baxter, a local activist in the community of Fullerton, was displeased with the outcome. “When they killed him 14 months ago, the first thing out of this department’s mouth was that he was the aggressor, that

he’d broken bones, that he was a theft, and that he escalated the situation,” said Baxter. Baxter said he knew Kelly Thomas personally; he would let Kelly hang out in his apartment and shower every now and again and knew him as a very gentle and sweet individual. “They cleared him of being a thief, I didn’t hear them clear him of being violent,” Baxter said. “I was expecting him to be fully cleared, not what I heard tonight.” While previous medical reports state that the officers involved in the altercation received broken bones and fractures, Hughes said the report was strained.

Apple released its new iOS 6 operating system for its phones and tablets at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The new operating system replaces Google Maps with Apple’s own Maps app. It has features such as tilt-and-rotate, turn-by-turn navigation, and 3-D model maps for big cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. Siri, the voice-recognition app, can recognize more languages and works in more countries now. Users can also open apps through Siri. IOS 6 no longer has a built-in Youtube app, though users are still able to access the site in their browser. The operating system is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S and 5 models, the iPod Touch 4 and 5, as well as the iPad 2 and the new iPad. Brief by ALVAN UNG


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At night, traffic light sensors may not be active on certain streets. These malfunctions result in long waits.

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Hebron mentioned the longest she has waited for a traffic light to change has been “well over five minutes.” Hebron also said she has had to run red lights in certain situations when the traffic light is stuck on red. The major problem these trapped drivers have noticed is that the occurrence of these malfunctions can happen when there are no other vehicles on the road. Jane Keely, associate engineer for the City of Anaheim, said she is familiar with the late night sensor problems with traffic lights since the city is subjected to the same complaints on a somewhat regular basis. Keely mentioned that getting stuck at a red light can range from the car not being recognized by a traffic sensor, a failed or faulty sensor or even having a longer wait time due driving on a minor street. When traffic lights run normally throughout the day there is a set amount of time for each direction, which Keely calls “coordination,” since it manages each lane to have a safe amount of time for a green light to keep traffic at a minimum. In the middle of the night, the traffic sensor coordination might not always be active in certain areas, so traffic lights instead have a set time in place based on if the street is residential or a major city street. If drivers get stuck at these lights for minutes at a time, Keely said there is usually a problem with the sensors on the street. “You shouldn’t have to stop, at least not for two to three minutes,” said Keely. “If there is an issue with the detection, that could be one of the reasons why you’re sitting on the red light when no one is there. Typically if it’s in the middle of the night, it’s an equipment failure.” While some might wonder why a weight sensor is not detecting their

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car, the problem might be a little more complex since it could be a defect, a minimum of weight not being met or problems with a video sensor. David “Dr. Roadmap” Rizzo is a former transportation commissioner for the City of Fullerton as well as a former weekly commuter columnist for several print news publications. He said the cost of maintenance on traffic sensors could be one of the main reasons that these problems persist. Rizzo also said some sensors are no longer weight based, but instead triggered by a video camera. So while the weight based sensors are better at detecting traffic, they are also expensive to install and

maintain. Video sensors are less expensive alternatives, but Rizzo claimed they are not as accurate as the weight, or “loop,” sensors. However, Rizzo also mentioned that new technology is not always infallible and even said he prefers older traffic lights based off timers instead of weight and video sensors. “From a perspective of being in the traffic business for 25 years,” said Rizzo, “I’ve seen technology come and go. Every ten years I go to meetings at Caltrans… and every 10 years there is a new (sensor) that is supposed to work better. In my opinion, we could have saved millions or billions of dollars if we just stuck with the old (traffic timers).”

The Titan Student Union’s TSU Arts Program begins its annual Student Art Show Monday. The art show will be held in the Center Gallery on the main floor of the TSU next to the courtyard and Mainframe Lounge and will display the artwork Sept. 24 till Oct. 26. Entries, accepted from all Cal State Fullerton undergraduate and graduate students of all majors, are still being accepted through Friday at noon, said Arieo Gentalen, production manager of CSUF Graphics Services and TSU gallery coordinator. They can be turned in to Graphic Services, TSU 4. All media is eligible, but size is limited to 24” by 26” for 2D pieces and 12” by 12” by 24” for 3D pieces. The prizes awarded include a $200 Best of Show, $125 second place and $75 third place. Gentalen said the art contest has been done since at least 2001 and received an all-time high of 50 pieces last year, so Graphic Services created a second exhibit for all 3D artwork. In addition, there will be an artist’s reception at the gallery Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Graphic Services at 657278-3915. Brief by TIM WORDEN

BMX star to visit campus Terry Adams, a Red Bull athlete and world class Flatland BMX champion, will bring live flatland demonstrations to Cal State Fullerton students in the Humanities Quad Friday morning. Adams has won numerous awards, including a gold medal at the Asian X Games in 2005, two NORA Cup awards for Flatland Rider of the Year in 2005 and 2008, and has even been featured on hit shows such as Glee and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Adams said he is ecstatic to share his passions, experiences and marketing as a BMX athlete with Orange County and CSUF. “Flatland is my heart and soul… I will do everything I can to help it grow,” he said. The event will take place Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. It will include interviews with Terry Adams, and offer the chance for fans and students to capture footage of his flatland demonstration. Brief by GARRET YIM





Library cards could be official IDs in Los Angeles SUE LAGARDE Daily Titan

ROBERT HUSKEY / Daily Titan A Toyota Prius charges at one of five Electric Vehicle charging stations on the roof level of Eastside Parking Structure.

CSUF provides charge for cars Electric Vehicle charging stations powered in part by Edison and nearby canopy solar panels NICHOLAS RUIZ Daily Titan

In an age of soaring gas prices, alternative methods of energy for transportation could be the key toward more financial stability in schools and the wallets of Cal State Fullerton students. A joint project between the CSUF Physical Plant and Parking and Transportation Services has students covered with stations to charge electric vehicles set up around the school. Doug Kind, manager of commissioning and engineering sustainability for CSUF, said the vehicle charging stations were installed for several reasons. “The EV stations are here to serve students, faculty, staff, and the community and they are also here to meet the president’s climate commitment that was signed by the former President Gordon,” said Kind. “It helps reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and helps with our fleet reduction goals as well.” Kind said seven Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers have been installed around campus. Two stations are located near the Physical Plant office and five stations sit on the roof level of the Eastside Parking Structure. The chargers themselves are powered by

a combination of electricity supply from Edison, the Solar Photovoltaic (PV) canopy solar panels atop the Eastside Parking Structure, and the charging plant on campus. “A percentage of the power you are getting in your (electric) car will come from the solar panels,” Kind said. How long it takes to charge each car depends on the model of the vehicle. “It’s like a regular gasoline car. It depends on the size of the tank. In this case it depends on the size of the battery,” Kind said. “When it comes to the average electric car, like the Nissan Leaf, it will probably take, if it’s completely empty, and you charge it here, it can take six to eight hours on the stations that we have on campus.” The Nissan Leaf is a completely electric car that falls under a federal rebate program that can give buyers up to $7,500 in income tax rebates to help offset the $34,000 price tag of the vehicle. With the expense of buying an electric car in the first place, students may be hesitant to make the investment. Mariela Ortiz, 19, a psychology major, did not know that the EV chargers exist or where they are located, but said she would consider getting an electric car someday. However, she said she wondered if investing in electric car chargers should a priority on campus at this time. “I feel like yes, it is a good thing, but at the same time I kind of think that Cal State

Fullerton should look into adding more parking spaces and making the parking structures larger,” said Oritz. Thomas Davis, 34, an international business and accounting double major, has seen the stations. Davis said he has considered investing in electric cars, but he does not see the car chargers on campus as a tipping point for that decision. “The majority of the time, I’m not on campus so it’s not really a big factor. But it would be a perk if I already had an electric car,” he said. But one expense that students will not have to worry about is the price of using the electric car chargers on campus; they are free to use because they are owned by the school, Kind said. He said other campuses have done deals to share ownership of their charging stations, or they’re managed by someone else or owned by another company. “We don’t view that we want to have other people owning and operating stations on campus. So we take the approach that owning it is always better,” Kind said. Kind said the solar panels on Eastside Parking Structure are also owned by the campus. The plant is responsible for maintenance of campus facilities as well as landscaping and plumbing. The Parking and Transportation Service office handles parking passes as well as projects to better the automotive situation on campus.

TRUSTEES: Two of three plans passed

Sex trafficking survivor still in jail Activists fight for the release of a woman convicted of murder in 1994 for killing her former pimp MELISSA GRACE HOON For the Daily Titan


This would present problems for students whose majors require them to be able to take more than 17 units a semester, such as art students or engineering students at Cal State Fullerton. Many students present at the meeting expressed concerns as well. Robert Turnage, the CSU associate vice chancellor for budget, said that although the board is aware of specific cases, it would be impossible to write a resolution to accommodate every exception. The timing of this discussion was called into question as well, to which Turnage responded. “We have to have things in place ready to go when we know the outcome of the election,” he said. Reed urged the board to deal with it as soon as possible in order to prevent a possible catastrophe after Nov. 6. “I believe strongly that the contingencies need to be acted on now, not kicked down the road, because nobody is gonna save us,” said Reed. In the end, both aspects of the first resolution passed, meaning that students will either be reimbursed or will have their tuition hiked again in November. The fee resolution, which included the three potential fee additions, was voted for postponement and has been tabled for further discussion the next board meetings in November, after the federal election. The public was given time to voice their opinions before the board went into official discussion and voting.

Los Angeles officials are looking into a proposal for the city to issue library cards that could be used for identification purposes to illegal immigrants that cannot obtain a driver’s license. According to the Los Angeles Times, City Councilman Richard Alarcon, who is proposing the special library cards, said the ultimate goal is to give illegal immigrants in Los Angeles better access to the financial system. It is reported that there are 300,000 Los Angeles residents who do not have bank accounts or debit cards. The city would partner with a private vendor to set up bank accounts for those who want to use the library ID as a debit card. Banks generally require official identification to open an account. The ID card would include a user’s name, address and a photograph, and would be issued throughout the city’s libraries. According to Arturo Sanchez, a deputy city administrator, the cards will cost $15 to $20 if approved and may include a monthly fee of $2.99. The card would allow city residents to deposit and withdraw money through a network of ATMs at local grocery stores and shopping malls. Sanchez said the contract pays for itself. Mallory Bowles, a public relations major at Cal State Fullerton, views the proposed concept of library cards as a form of ID as a positive thing for Los Angeles. “It seems that it will offer personal identification and a connection to the community through the use of a library card,” said Bowles. Other cities like San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, Va., and New Haven, Conn. have implemented similar versions of this proposal. With a population of 400,000, Oakland officials see its ID card as a way of helping undocumented immigrants in dealing with police, not just banks, Sanchez said. Los Angeles’ plan, however, would not be as extensive as those adopted by cities like San Francisco, Oakland and Richmond, but it would be a major step in serving an estimated 300,000 residents who don’t have

bank accounts or debit cards. The library ID cards will create banking opportunities that help reduce the risks and costs of not having a formal checking or savings account. Los Angeles resident Marcela Lopez, an American studies major at CSUF, supports the idea of providing a form of documentation to immigrants. “It will provide immigrants with basic city service and help keep their finances secured,” said Lopez. “If L.A. officials want to provide undocumented immigrants a form of ID, why must it be a library card. If they are giving them a form of ID, city officials might as well give them a driver’s license.” Los Angeles resident Michael Lopez, a Cal State Long Beach Masters of Arts and Education student, believes the ID cards would provide more freedom to illegal immigrants and their financial security, but disagreed with a possible monthly payment. “It isn’t fair. I don’t pay for my license or school ID,” he said. “They need to remove the monthly fees because it will create a financial burden to immigrants and defeat the purpose of having this initiative.” The city’s proposed concept is likely to face opposition, as it has in other cities. Ira Mehlman, communications director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, said there is a risk of the ID cards being exploited by terrorists and criminals, and help encourage illegal immigration. Marcela Lopez does not agree with Mehlman. “With the required documentation, officials can verify to whom they are providing this type of identification to,” Lopez said. “As for encouraging illegal immigration, I believe that with the push and pull factors of the economy undocumented immigrants will continue to come to the U.S. to look for new opportunities. Identification or not, immigration is not going to stop,” Lopez said. Michael Lopez expressed the same dissenting opinions as Marcela. “I don’t see why immigrants would be encouraged to come to a country where they have to pay monthly fees to have an ID yet still run a risk of deportation,” he said.


The audience looks on at the CSU Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday.

Both Tuesday and Wednesday, students in the audience were vocal, shouting things like, “Stop cutting our classes!” and “You’re slowing down graduation!” in reference to the “super senior” fee proposal. As was the case Tuesday, on Wednesday, faculty and students voiced their discomfort with the way the board was dealing with the possible outcomes of Proposition 30. “You know, I’d like to see a little bit more respect given to the students and the faculty and the staff,” said Mike Geck, vice president for organizing at Cal State San Marcos and CSU Employees Union representative. Several students got up to address the board about their displeasure as well. One student accused the board of being out of touch with students. Another called on the board to think about the actual faces of the people who their decisions would affect. “I would like to remind you all that you work because of us. We are the peo-

ple you affect. So, when you are making these important decisions in the upcoming meetings remember my face and the faces of everyone here?” asked a student speaker who identified herself as Jocelyn. Another female student from Cal State Long Beach called out Reed on comments he made Tuesday about students and unit counts. She went on to describe the unit caps that CSULB has in effect to prevent students from registering for too many units and taking up seats that others may need. On Tuesday, Reed referred to the potential unit cap of 150 as much less stringent in comparison as used that as a basis for an argument in favor of implementing the fee. Yet the student argued that this sort of comparison was unfounded given that other state education systems are not built in the same way as California’s. The board will reconvene Nov. 13 and 14 to further discuss potential fee increases in the aftermath of the decisive Nov. 6 decision.

The fate of child sex trafficking victim Sara Jessimy Kruzan was put on hold Tuesday after Riverside District Attorney Paul Zellerbach was granted a 30-day deadline extension in response to Kruzan’s request for a new trial for shooting and killing her former pimp. Kruzan was sentenced to life in prison at 16 years old after being convicted of the 1994 murder of convicted pimp George Gilbert “G.G.” Howard. Kruzan testified that James Earl Hampton, G.G.’s rival, ordered her to commit the murder and threatened to kill her if she did not comply. Although Kruzan, now 34, was a minor at the time, special circumstances of the trial upheld a mandatory life prison sentence. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reduced Kruzan’s life sentence term to 25 years with the chance of parole in January 2011. Kruzan is currently serving her 18th consecutive year in prison at Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla. According to many anti-human trafficking activists, including Daphne Phung, Founder and Executive Director of California Against Slavery, Kruzan’s high profile case is a trailblazer in the fight to end modern-day slavery. Phung is also the leading lobbyist for Proposition 35, which would increase penalties for human traffickers and protect victims’ rights by recognizing them as victims and not criminals (if under age 18 and coerced into sexual exploitation, or both). “If Prop. 35 had been in place when Sara was being victimized, her trial would have been completely different,” said Phung . “It certainly would have allowed her a position as plaintiff, opposed to defendant or victim in the trial.”

Phung said it would have prevented her from being accused of any crime at all, because she would have never gotten in that situation in the first place. She said Kruzan would have been recognized as a victim earlier on in her life and been treated with the proper help she deserved. The state Supreme Court has ordered review of Kruzan’s request for a new trial, where she can present a defense as a victim of intimate partner battering by Howard. According to Kruzan’s testimony and writ of habeas corpus, Howard raped Kruzan as a child and groomed her for prostitution since she was 11. The attorney general’s office admitted that because Kruzan was sexually abused and exploited as a child, she should not be punished as she would if she were an adult. Activists like Elizabeth O’Hara, who started the Save Sara Campaign (a photo petition lobbying for Kruzan’s freedom), point out that granting Kruzan’s prison release is the “right thing to do,” based on the rise of anti-human trafficking legislation since the passing of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. “More and more women are being let off with justifiable homicide today for committing crimes that can be considered far worse than what Sara was convicted for, especially considering her circumstances,” said O’Hara. “I absolutely believe that today, with the evolution taking place in human trafficking and women’s rights, and the fact that trafficked girls are finally starting to be seen for what they are–which is victims, not criminals–Sara would not receive the same sentence she received 17 years ago.” Whether or not Kruzan is released in 30 days or granted a new trial, media attention and new legislation, like the proposal of Proposition 35, have caused her case to grow historically in representing the modern abolitionist movement in California and is a trailblazer, as Phung said, on the forefront of anti-trafficking activism. Zellerbach is scheduled to make his decision by Oct. 18. VISIT US AT DAILYTITAN.COM/NEWS





Another opportunity to mishandle more money Amazon forced to charge sales tax, ballooning our already overinflated budget DANIEL BARBEAU

It’s All Geek to Me MATT ATKINSON

Why can’t we be friends?

When I announced to my friends last year that I was planning on selling my Droid Incredible 2 for the thenupcoming iPhone 4S, my tech-savvy friends immediately gave me grief. One told me, “So what you’re saying is you made the right decision first and now you are screwing it all up?” It was good-natured fun but perhaps it speaks to a larger part of our psychology. In this modern age of greater intellect, achievement, and progress, we’re all-too-often reduced to picking sides on the most trivial of subjects and making enemies where enemies aren’t needed. Let’s start with Apple, since we’re on the subject. As contentious—some might say pretentious—as the consumer electronics giant is, it can’t be argued that it puts on a good show and knows how to sell its products. Whether you like Apple or not, its attention to detail and design can’t be ignored. Its products generally work well, look nice, and feel good. While Macs currently only have 7 percent of the computer market share, that number is growing rapidly. On top of that, the iPhone and iPad operating system currently sits at 66 percent of the combined mobile and tablet market share. If, while reading that, you felt a surge of annoyance or pride then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate some things. Since when do we feel the need to leap on the attack or defense of giant companies? Companies that, unless you’re a shareholder, don’t really affect you with their market share numbers. The same thing happens every new console cycle for video games. Every time a new console is announced it’s time for everyone to jump on their favorite message board and explain why it’s the worst/best thing ever and will be the biggest failure/success you’ve ever seen. Do we actually believe that Sony or Nintendo care that we’re defending them from—gasp—mean people on the Internet? They don’t. This comes down to the psychology of the current age.

We’re constantly defined by what we own, who we vote for, where we live. Rather than by our actions or ideals, we’ve declared the things around us to be the GPS for our place in the world. Some of it has to do with validating ourselves. Those that spend $200-$400 on a phone or game console want to justify their purchase. Spending potentially thousands on a computer creates a bigger justification. Only being able to afford one game console means you have make sure you got the best, even if “best” is not easily defined. Anyone who says otherwise is out to make us feel bad about our purchase. It seems we have ownership insecurity. Why should it matter what someone thinks about my iPhone? It doesn’t, honestly. I’m glad people enjoy Android, Google has done some cool stuff with that platform. I’ve personally gotten more satisfaction out of the iPhone, but to each their own. As for computers, each is good in their own ways. If you’re looking for a beautifully designed, well-made machine with strong technical support, a Mac could work for you, if you don’t mind the cost. And if you’re looking for more technical power for your buck with more freedom in the operating system and hardware, Windows is the way to go. For the record: I have both, and enjoy them immensely. My desktop PC has the highest tech I could stuff in it at the time and is used mainly for gaming and video, while I have a Mac laptop I use at school or when I just want to browse the web. In the end why should it matter what anyone else bought, what matters is what you think is going to be the best fit to you. Maybe we can continue this line of thinking into other areas of life, like politics and religion, and move forward as a more accepting people who don’t equate their value to who agrees with them Or I can just say you’re dumb for wanting the iPhone 5.

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As the state of California looks under the proverbial cushions for spare change to fund its ever expanding expenditures, out-of-state retailers have come under the ire of the taxman with the passage of Assembly Bill 155 (AB 155). As of Sept. 15, all out-of-state retailers, including Internet giants such as Amazon, must pay state sales taxes, even if they only possess a miniscule presence in the Golden State. However, California’s use tax has been on the books since 1935, which required consumers to alert the state government to any out-of-state purchases on tax returns, but until recently the law was unenforceable and few Californians volunteered more of their dollars to Sacramento’s tax honor system. With the growth of Internet shopping, the California Legislature shifted the onus of documentation from the consumer to the retailer with imposition of the sales tax, with expectations of raising $317 million a year in revenue. Unfortunately for California’s taxers and spenders, AB 155’s legality and logic are in dispute. In 1992 the Supreme Court case Quill Corp. v. North Dakota established that for a state to impose a sales tax on an out-of-state business, that business must have a “physical presence” within the state in question, otherwise the sales tax would overstep the federal government’s Commerce Clause prerogative, and in effect become a domestic duty. To try to outmaneuver this Supreme Court ruling, AB 155 codified two methods in which to establish a “physical presence”; if retailers have a related company residing within the state, or if retailers pay commissions to those whom refer consumers onto their







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websites. It remains to be seen if the California Legislature has finally outwitted the Supreme Court, or if this is just another doomed attempt to subvert the 1992 ruling. Either way, stand by for years of costly litigation. California’s tax collection agency, the ominously-named Board of Equalization, gave the new law a ringing endorsement, with Chairman Jerome E. Horton gushing, “the law will help level the playing

field for all who [sic] do business here. California and its businesses will not be held hostage to unfair business practices.” Ironically, if Mr. Horton truly frets about unfair business practices, perhaps he should peruse Chief Executive magazine’s May article, which ranks California as dead last of the fifty states in business climate due to regulatory and tax excesses for the second year in a row. Perhaps if he and others of the political class worry about leveling the playing field, they should ponder taming the ever-growing Sacramento budget beast in order that they can lower the sales tax rate for all Californians, which is currently the nation’s highest at 7.25 percent. Instead of leveling the playing field by penalizing online distributors, a prudent government would reduce the sales tax burden so brick-andmortar retailers can stay competitive. Unfortunately, with Proposition 30 coming up for vote this year, which would raise our state’s already highest-in-the-nation sales tax to 7.5 percent, the political winds are blowing in the opposite direction. Further taxes will not save this state from the fiscal insolvency. As Nobel laureate Milton Friedman once quipped, “Higher taxes never reduce the deficit. Governments spend whatever they take in and then whatever they can get away with.” Gov. Jerry Brown and his legislative allies constitute living proof to this adage, and until the people grow fatigued of this governmental mismanagement, they will continue to get away with fleecing the Golden State.

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Number of students reported to judicial affairs According to statistics from 2011 and 2012, a total of 217 cases were referred to the associate dean of students Sandra Rhoten, in judicial affairs. These numbers do not count the cases where faculty members chose not to submit a report to Rhoten.



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63% were reported for plagiarism.

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19% were reported for exam violations.


8% were reported for unauthorized collaboration.


6% were reported for cheating on assignments.


4% were reported for falsification of documents.







Academic honesty is the best policy for Titans Students caught cheating endure consequences that vary depending on offenses ERIC FARRELL Daily Titan

The sneaky eyes of a student scan the classmates that flank him. His head is hung low–can’t let the professor see–he’s searching for something that could help him pass the exam in front of him. Across campus, a professor is dutifully grading essays when she freezes in her chair. The text of the essay she holds in her hands stands out: too academic, too professional. The words are too perfect for any student in her class to write. Students and faculty alike have all heard stories of cheating in their careers. The long walk down cheating lane brings heavy consequences, but faculty and administration alike say that the process is a hard lesson learned. Sandra Rhoten, associate dean of judicial affairs, explained the process and consequences of cheating, and how the punishment can gear a student toward a path for success. “For most of them, they know that this wasn’t the person they wanted to be. I’m really anxious for them to learn a lesson from this specifically, but more broadly, what are they not doing so well in their lives that they need to take better advantage of,” said Rhoten. The dubious distinction of having been caught cheating holds a number of potential consequences. The first is a grade consequence that the faculty member gives. If you do end up receiving a failing grade, the drop in your gradepoint average is permanent. Whereas if you were to fail a class otherwise, the repetition of course policy would allow you to erase the F from your grade-point average computation. “Under the policy, let’s say you take English 101 and you get an F. Under the policy, you take the class next semester and get an A. The F will always stay on your transcript, but it would go out of your GPA computation, so your GPA would go up,” Rhoten said. However, if a professor gives an offending student an F in the class for cheating, the system is not so kind. “If you get a failing grade for

academic dishonesty, you can retake the class, but you’re ineligible to apply the repetition of course policy to that F. The F would stay in your GPA computation. That could be a big thing for students,” Rhoten said. An F dragging down a student’s grade-point average could sting. The threat of suspension or expulsion could be even worse. Once the faculty member who catches a student cheating assesses their punishment, they then file a report to be sent to Rhoten. It is there that consequences could become even more dire. “Under my process, I can do things like place a student on probation, suspend or expel the student, ask the student to write a paper on plagiarism, ask them to write an apology to the faculty member, take away privileges, those kinds of things,” she said. Students who are caught for a first-time offense gain a file in Rhoten’s office for seven years. A second offense can bring a student’s college career to a screeching stop. Most students seem to learn their lesson. “My recidivism rate is very low. It’s about five percent, so that means 95 percent of the students that come into my office never get back here again,” Rhoten said. The consequences of cheating might be thought harsh, but these steps are taken to ensure a fair process for the student lest they wish to contend the academic dishonesty violation. David McKenzie, assistant dean of student affairs for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, acts as a guide in situations where a student is in need of assistance. “My job is to advocate for students, so even when I don’t think their story adds up, I still want to make sure that they have due process. There are these checks and balances set up for students so they can have that due process,” said McKenzie. In the past year, 217 cases of academic dishonesty were referred to Rhoten. Of those cases, a strong majority are cases of plagiarism. McKenzie said that some students simply are not educated about plagiarism. “A lot of students don’t know that if you quote from a paper that you wrote and did your own research on in a class last year, and you use it in a class this year, that’s plagiarism.

Those are the nuances of academic dishonesty that a lot of people don’t know,” McKenzie said. Rhoten said that students are not aware of how to attribute sources in their work. “For some of those students, they really just don’t understand attribution–what is a paraphrase, and how do you do it,” Rhoten said. Craig Loftin, an American studies lecturer, said the hard lessons

“For most of them, they know this wasn’t the person they wanted to be.” SANDRA RHOTEN Associate dean of judicial affairs learned in college could prevent troubles in the future. “In weird way, when I catch somebody cheating, I feel like I’m doing a very vital part of their education here. The punishment here, an F in the class, and usually a letter with the dean, that’s bad,” said Loftin. “Losing your job, losing your livelihood, getting sued, is so much worse, and that’s what happens to you when you get caught out there.”

Cal State Fullerton alumna Angela Mukul, 23, who was once pushing to get through college to pursue her music career, got her big break when she auditioned in January to be a contestant on the reality show, The Next. Mukul initially auditioned for the pilot season of The Next. When the show was finally picked up by The CW, she was re-contacted to do several more auditions until she was chosen to be a contestant on the show. She will compete with other local contestants to get to the final round, where she has a chance of winning a music contract with Atlantic records. Coincidentally, while Mukul was attending CSUF she had her first internship with Atlantic Records as a sophomore. “I just think that’s so crazy, I was laughing when I heard that. I was just thinking, ‘I’m not going to be this intern, you just wait, and I’m going to be an artist on the roster. But I’ll just keep my mouth closed and get my degree, and then get a kick out of it later,’” said Mukul. While in college she auditioned for American Idol, which Mukul said was just an open call. This was a completely different experience than The Next, because this show was looking for contestants that already have a fan base. They filmed her segment (she won’t find out if she won the Los Angeles round until her episode airs) at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, where she was able to invite her family and friends to watch her compete. Each contestant on The Next is mentored by a music mogul. Mukul spent 72 hours being mentored by Latin artist Gloria Estefan, who paid her a visit at her home. “It’s awesome to be in the presence (of her) and hear her advice,” Mukul said. “She really just helped me to feel comfortable with who I am as an artist, (she) just reaffirmed me to stay natural and it just felt good to hear that from someone like Gloria Estefan.” Mukul graduated with a business degree with an emphasis in entertainment management and a music minor. Even though she wanted to pursue a music career she knew she had to finish and get a degree. She is a first generation college graduate, but she said it was her mother who pushed her to get her degree, and it was the music that kept her going.

Courtesy of Angela Mukul Angela Mukul graduated from CSUF with a business degree with an emphasis in entertainment management and a music minor.

Mukul pushed her way through, because she didn’t want to be in school any longer than she had to be. She wanted her degree and she wanted to sing. She said that anyone who is trying to pursue a music career while still in school should push through it, even though it’s hard work pursuing both. Mukul said in the long run it will pay off because later on in life if music doesn’t work out, she will have more options with a degree. “Unless you get a crazy record deal that is so good you can’t pass up, definitely do not drop out,” she said. While taking music classes for her minor she took a voice class with Patricia Prunty, associate professor of music. Mukul said that Prunty had the biggest impact on her and really helped give her the foundation to sing correctly, even now as she has voice teachers. “They say, ‘Wow, you sing correctly.’ It’s really important be-

cause you don’t want to hurt your voice, and I want to do this for the rest of my life,” Mukul said. Prunty teaches her voice students how to use their breathing and how not to get tight in the voice. Singers store a lot of their anxiety and tension around their throat, she said. “Angela already had a lot of talent, and she’s very musical, and has got already has a very pretty voice,” said Prunty. Some say her voice is what makes Mukul stand apart from others trying to get into the music industry. Friend Troy Stump, also a CSUF alumnus, has known Mukul since she was 18 years old. “She has this bluesy type of belt that she does with her voice that nobody really does at all, or probably can do. Her voice is very unique,” said Stump. Mukul will appear on The Next Thursday at 9 p.m. on The CW.






Locals look into the paranormal

Ghostbuster group Claranormal embarks on investigations at various sites in California RAYMOND MENDOZA Daily Titan

In the instance of a supernatural event, some might choose to run, cower or even dismiss the event as a figment of their imagination. However, there are some who instead run toward the prospect of paranormal activity and crave the chance to help those in need. The name of this paranormal investigation team is Claranormal and they’ve been actively participating in California based investigations in public locations and private residencies since 2007. Claranormal is a nonprofit organization and currently has 18 active members who tackle investigations as a group or as individuals. According to the group’s website, Claranormal’s members have collectively completed 300 investigations in California, including famous haunted places such as the Queen Mary in Long Beach, the Hollywood Wax Museum and Pasadena’s Suicide Bridge. Co-founder Justin Ausman, who works as paramedic for Los Angeles, has been interested in the paranormal since he was 12, citing that his first experience was a ghost sighting in his room, and has since been fascinated with ghost hunting. Ausman said the entities that Claranormal encounter range from dead relatives of the homeowners to complete strangers. Through Claranormal, Ausman and his team attempt to help clear houses of entities and spirits as opposed to simple investigations. “Sometimes it’s relatives, sometimes it’s completely the opposite,” said Ausman.

“It’s either somebody passing through that had nothing to do with the house and you don’t know who they are. That’s the goal, to find out who they are and help them pass on. A lot of times it’s people that don’t know where to go, they’re lost and they need a way to pass on.” Ausman then explained that the entities that Claranormal encounters are typically dealt with by burning sage plants and reciting prayers, along with the use of mediums to speak with the entities. Co-founder Steve Hembree, who works as a real estate photographer and insurance inspector, is also a lifelong believer in paranormal activity and tries to remain level headed when confronted with supernatural events. “People will jump to conclusions, regardless if there is a skeptic or not there. (Claranormal) prides itself on not jumping to conclusions,” said Hembree.

“You can feel their energy where they want to communicate a message...” LILIA WILLIS Medium The Claranormal team, as Hembree describes, use many different instruments such as Mel and EMF detectors that can detect changes in electromagnetic fields and temperature as well as digital cameras and digital audio recorders for detections of electronic voice phenomenon (EVP). While these tools might seem impressive to some and commonplace for ghost

Courtesy of Claranormal’s members have been involved in 300 investigations since its creation in 2007. There are 18 active members that encounter entities ranging from dead relatives of homeowners to complete strangers, via mediums.

hunters, Hembree also said the equipment that Claranormal uses is only as good as the people that use them. “When you’re paranormal investigating, the most important tool that you can ever have is you and your integrity: Nothing beyond that matters,” Hembree said. “If you are going out to find something or to prove something to yourself you are your most vital instrument; your integrity and your ability to not jump to conclusions.” In addition to using an assortment of investigation tools, Claranormal employs the aid of mediums as a way to communicate with ghosts and entities. Lilia Willis is one of Claranormal’s mediums who has been working with the group for over two years and relies on feelings and

premonitions to help with Claranormal’s investigation. Willis claims to be able to speak with ghosts and other paranormal entities and has said to have had this ability since childhood. Willis’ job is to make contact with any ghosts or entities at the investigation site and figure out if the situation is safe, or if the team is dealing with a hostile entity. “If find a good entity they’re asking for help. You can feel their energy where they want to communicate a message or sometimes I’ll know or hear what they’re looking for,” said Willis. “For a bad entity there is no message. The message is to bother people, to scare people and have you fear.” Even though the members of Claranormal have normal jobs in addition to their

paranormal investigations, the team always has a prospective investigation on the horizon. Ausman and the group are hopeful that their next investigation will come to fruition, but details cannot be given just yet until the team has everything planned out. As far as making Claranormal his full time job, Ausman says he loves his job as a paramedic, but working at Claranormal for a living would be great since it would be more than just a job, it would be a true calling. “That would be lovely because what I’ve been taught is: If a man is doing something that he loves, he has never worked a day in his life,” Ausman said. “If somebody were to give me an infinite amount of money to travel and do what I love: I would do it.”

Hermanas walk united against lupus

The chapter will support a Long Beach ‘sister’ struggling with the disease LAUREN TORRES Daily Titan

Courtesy of The walk will take place Sept. 29 at Exposition Park in Los Angeles. Hermanas Unidas group members will participate to raise awareness.


When a good cause is at stake, the girls of Hermanas Unidas at Cal State Fullerton are there to contribute their time and support. Hermanas Unidas, a close-knit group, who are also affiliated at other campuses such as Cal State Long Beach, heard about a fellow Hermana with a cause and decided to get involve to show support. The group’s new mission was to help support a lupus walk in honor of their Hermana and others who have been diagnosed with the disease. Lupus attacks the immune system by preventing it from distinguishing between healthy and damaged tissue, causing inflam-

mation and pain to various parts of the body. Angelica Rodriguez, 24, communication studies major at CSULB and an affiliate of Hermanas Unidas, and the one who started the idea of joining the walk, was diagnosed with lupus in September 2007. By word-of-mouth, CSUF’s Hermanas Unidas heard about Rodriguez and more than willingly decided to give their support for the walk by either signing up to participate in the walk or making a contribution to the lupus foundation to help raise awareness. Jennifer Perez, 22, a political science major, said her fellow hermanas “were kind of just doing this walk to help her raise funds and raise awareness on the issue.” Rodriguez decided to research her disease and wanted to get involved to help raise awareness for the disease.

“I basically researched about it and found a national website” said Rodriguez. She had heard about the walk before but something had always come up around the time she wanted to participate. Rodriguez said she was originally going to do the walk alone but then she got other girls in the organization to join her. Vanessa Sanchez, 21, a child and adolescent studies major, is one Hermana who is unable to attend the walk. However, she mentioned her organization is passing along a donation box at their next meeting. “There’s a box being passed around where we could donate” said Sanchez. “Every cent counts.” For one member of the CSUF branch, this cause hits close to home. Lizeth Arroyo, 21, a public administration major, knows what it feels like to deal with a family member who has

been diagnosed with lupus. “My mom was diagnosed with it 8 years ago. I also had a neighbor, childhood friend that was diagnosed with it at an early age and passed away at the age of 10,” said Arroyo. “It’s a disease that affects various parts of the body, it can affect the blood, bones, certain organs,” Arroyo said. Hermanas Unidas group members are not mandated to participate in the lupus event. However, the sense of friendship and support throughout the organization is what motivates the girls to help out a fellow Hermana, even if she is from another school. The walk is Saturday, Sept. 29, at Exposition Park in Los Angeles. For more information on the walk, the lupus organization has their own website at Perez added that anyone could sign up as a group or organization, or an individual walker.


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Senior defender Jaime Cano passes the ball to a teammate in an overtime game against the UNLV Rebels on Sept. 2. Cano has six shots-on-goal to go along with scoring one in the year.

Men’s soccer begins homestand tonight The Titans face off against the Air Force Falcons and the University of San Diego Toreros at Titan Stadium ANGEL MENDOZA Daily Titan

Coming off a split at the UNLV Nike Invitational in Las Vegas, the Cal State Fullerton men’s soccer team will look to come up big against the Air Force Academy and the University of San Diego this weekend. The Titans are currently 2-6 on the season but have been playing great offensively as of late. In their last three games, CSUF has scored six goals and has been putting more pressure on opposing defenses. The Titans came up short against Canisius College in their first game at Las Vegas, losing 4-2 to a potent Golden Griffins squad. The loss was the third-straight for the Titans at the time. Senior forward Gavin Falconer, the two-time reigning Metro Atlantic Player of the Week, got the scoring started for Canisius in the seventh minute of the match. He blasted the ball to the top of the goal from a pass to the endline, but he was not done putting his imprint on the match. Six minutes into the second half, he netted the ball into the goal off a long free kick that slipped through freshman goalkeeper Adam Zepeda’s hands. Falconer’s second goal started a streak of three goals in 11 minutes for the Golden Griffins. In the 60th minute, senior midfielder Paul Klopfer scored from 12 yards out, while sophomore midfielder Denver Spearman stole the ball and put it past Zepeda at close range just two minutes later. The Titans got two late, inconsequential goals from defender Mario Alvarez and senior forward Jesse Escalante to finish the game. CSUF found a way to turn their fortune around against a formidable Syracuse team just two days later. The Orange had a four game winning streak, but they were completely dominated by the Titans, losing 3-1.

Just three minutes into the game, Syracuse senior midfielder Ted Cribley turned a steal into a goal, dribbling in and firing the ball past goalkeeper Zepeda for the 1-0 lead. The Titans fought back just eight minutes later, scoring twice in a four-minute span to take the lead. Escalante’s header in the 12th minute tied it up, while Rosales headed a corner for the game-winner in the 16th minute. Sophomore midfielder Ian Ramos finished off the scoring for CSUF four minutes into the second half, heading home a cross for the final 3-1 decision. Heading into the two weekend games, Escalante leads the Titans in both goals (4) and points (9) and is second on the team with 14 shots. Alvarez has also been an asset for CSUF, scoring one goal to go along with 10 shots and three points. Ramos also has three points on the season, accumulating one goal, one assist, and 10 shots. Zepeda has 26 saves and a 67 percent save percentage. The Titans will have to keep their focus against an Air Force team that heads to Fullerton with a 3-3-1 record. The Falcons are led by freshman forward Abinadi Samyoa. He has two goals, four points and taken eight shots on the young season. Senior midfielder Kevin Durr and senior forward Zane Dydasco have also played well, accumulating one goal and three points thus far. Durr leads the team with 22 shots. CSUF will then match up against a University of San Diego team that heads into Titan Stadium with a 2-3 record. Junior midfielder Elijah Galbraith-Knapp has been stellar for the Toreros this season, scoring two goals and taken eight shots. Senior forward Patrick Wallen has also played well for San Diego, scoring one goal and accumulating three points. The Titans play the Air Force Academy on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and University of San Diego on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Both games are at Titan Stadium. For more information, visit:


In the tournament finale, CSUF took on the Oregon State Beavers who had won seven straight matches to that point. The Titans suffered their worst loss of the tournament at the hands of the Beavers who swept CSUF 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-18). Neto once again performed well with 12 kills and 13 digs. Moreland contributed with 11 kills and nine digs. Offense was the problem in this match, as was the Titans’ abysmal 0.76 hitting percentage. With the sweep, the Beavers took the crown at the Fullerton Classic, finishing the tournament undefeated. With the Fullerton Classic behind them, the Titans can now focus squarely on their Big West opponents. It all kicks off Friday, Sept. 21 as the Titans take on the CSUN Matadors. The Matadors entered this week with a 9-3 record and had three consecutive sweeps over Rice, Texas Tech and Houston earlier in the season. CSUN has a .237 attacking percentage, the second best in the Big West. The last meeting between these two teams happened in Titan Gym on Oct. 28, 2011 where the Matadors swept the Titans, 3-0. On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Titans will welcome volleyball powerhouse the University of Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine to Titan Gym. The Rainbow Wahine have a 7-2 record coming into


Sophomore setter Julie Consani serves the ball in a game against the Sacred Heart Pioneers. She had 33 assists and three digs in the match.

this week and are currently ranked seventh in the nation and have wins over Stanford, Baylor and San Diego State this season. They have an attacking percentage of .283, which leads the Big West Conference. Last season, the Rainbow Wahine came to town and defeated the Titans


3-1 while Titan Gym had a record of 1,026 spectators. The Titans have never defeated the University of Hawai’i in 27 matches. The Titans hope to fare better this year against these two talented teams. For more information visit:

The new season for the women’s golf team begins Monday, and spirits are high on the outlook of this season. “We assembled a good, solid team this year,” said Head Coach Pearl Sinn-Bonanni. “I have all the starters returning from last year, with the exception of one player who has become our assistant coach.” Sinn-Bonnani said she expects to have a solid season. “We’ve been really working on our fundamentals for the last few weeks, as well as getting into playing shape conditioning-wise,” she said. The team puts in a lot of work when it comes to training, and they spend much of their time in weight training. “The players have been working really hard in the weight room,” SinnBonanni said. “It’s going to sound funny to people when they say golfers are in the weight room, but they are conditioning and try to get into tournament mode as quickly as possible.” The golf team conditions three days a week, in addition to training on their own and being in the gym almost every day, Sinn-Bonanni said. “The players came back and you can tell they have been working all summer long,” Sinn-Bonanni said. “Everybody’s playing a lot better this year than last time this year in terms of practices.” The season begins next week as the team travels to Washington State to compete. “I’m looking forward to this trip,” Sinn-Bonanni added. Neomi Hunt, 21, a public relations major, is pumped and ready for the season to begin. “We should be looking pretty good,” said Hunt. “Everyone is coming into the season playing really well. Every year we’ve been progressing with our scores and everything.” Leading into the year, the team looks to make improvements and take another step forward, Hunt said.

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The Titans begin their season Monday. They have been busy getting in shape during the offseason by weight training and conditioning.

“Pretty much we play about four events each year, four to five, our fall season is actually our off season where we travel out to more states,” said Tisha-Alyn Abrea, 19, a broadcast journalism major. “Our spring season is actually when we go against a conference, against UC Davis and UC Irvine and all of them.” Just like every other team, the team will have to pick out a travel team and by doing so they can qualify, Abrea said. “We only pick five, sometimes six people and then we duke it out there against other teams and we try to build up our ranking,” Abrea said. Though only a sophomore, Abrea knows how intense it can be to play on the golf team. “We work out three times a week, two times in the weight room and on every Friday we work with Dr. Scott Lynn more of like balance training and specific workouts,” Abrea said. With all the training, weight-lifting

and practice, Abrea is confident the team will be successful this season. “We are gonna bring it home,” she said. While not looking too far ahead in the future, Abrea said she is proud of how far the team has progressed over the last two years. “Roughly two years ago, or more, when this program first began, we were actually around 130th in the nation and now, I just checked, we are 89th,” Abrea said. “Hopefully we could build it up after each event that comes our way.” Abrea hopes to increase the team’s level of play one tournament at a time, and she hopes that the women’s golf team can someday be ranked in the top 50. The team will journey to Pullman, Wash. to take on the Washington State Cougars in the WSU Cougar Cup Sept. 24-25. For more information, visit:

Daily Titan - Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012  

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