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March 25, 2010

Vol. 87 Issue 27

Gerard Anderson participating in 2010 Slam Dunk Contest SPORTS, Page 10


This week’s concert at the Becker Amphitheatre: I Am Ghost Long Beach natives the most recent band to play ASI’s Wednesday Concerts. SOUND-OFF, Page 8


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Find out what Gabby Marco is doing now that she’s the 2010 Miss Fullerton:

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4 vie for ASI presidency By Andrew Kwok

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Dancers chosen to grace D.C. The dance department has been awarded the honor of performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington

By Brianne Kinder

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Cal State Fullerton’s dance department has, for the second time, been chosen to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Last week, six dance majors were selected to perform at the American College Dance Festival (ACDF) at Arizona State University. The six dance majors included: Kindra Chenier, Cassandra Cole, Melanie Hansel, Kathryn Lawson, Bobby Neal and Sara Vincent. The dancers performed a piece titled “Corvidae,” choreographed by Colin Conner and directed by Debra Noble.

The dance department only chose a small number of excellent dance majors from the school to pull off this piece. “Corvidae” is based on the enormous knowledge and animal power vested in human bodies. It is inspired by the ferocity and mystery of crows and ravens – seen as messengers throughout the ages. The American College Dance Festival Association exists to affirm the role of dance in higher education through college universities and dance festivals. While attending the week at the festival, all dancers involved were given the chance to experience a blend of performances, master classes, and an opportunity to network with other dancers from colleges all around the

world. Forty-two different colleges presented one to two pieces and out of the 52 works shown, CSUF’s dance department was one of the chosen 12 to perform at the Gala concert this past Saturday. They were then picked out of the 12 and are now chosen as one of the four to go on and perform at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. this May. “It is exciting that, since 2003, we have had numerous pieces from our program chosen to perform on the Regional Gala Concert. However, this is only the second time for us to be selected to perform at the Kennedy Center, and it speaks to the dedication and intensity of our students and the hard work of the entire faculty,” said

Debra Noble, dance professor and rehearsal director of “Corvidae.” Proud and excited for Washington’s shining moment, Kathryn Lawson, dance major and “Corvidae” performer, said, “I still can’t believe that we have been chosen for this incredible honor! We are now one of 31 pieces selected from the entire United States to perform in D.C.” Another performer, Cassie Cole, took the time out to discuss her experience. “I had an amazing time at ACDF in Arizona. I learned even more about performing, choreographing and critiquing dance. I’m so excited for D.C.!” Cole, along with the other chosen five, now wait for May to arrive.

New parking structure to feature green elements By Kiran Kazalbash

Daily Titan Staff Writer

photo By nick marley/Daily Titan Photo Editor The spiral staircase to the new parking structure, being built off of Folino Drive, will see students ascending and descending this coming fall.

Providing an additional 1,500 parking spaces for students and staff, Cal-State Fullerton’s new parking structure will not only reduce parking frustration but will reduce the university’s carbon footprint, officials say. The new parking structure will be completed July 15 and will be ready for use in fall 2010. Located on Folino Drive, just north of the Fullerton Marriott Hotel, the six-story structure will contain a visitor’s information center on the first level to assist those visiting the campus with general parking and university information. The re-routed Folino Drive has been made to go around a large pedestrian walkway, which will pass through Lot F, giving

students a more hassle-free walk to class. “Before, students would have to cut across Lot E and Folino Drive,” said Jack Bage Associate Director of Design and Construction. “But this (walkway) will be a safer and more direct way for students to access the campus core.” According to the office of Design and Construction, the new environmentally friendly structure is almost a duplication of the Nutwood Structure, but will include several sustainable and state-of-the-art features. Photovoltaics, a solar paneling system, will be added to the roof of the structure. The electricity generated from the solar panels will feed into the campus’ power grid. The landscaping around the structure will consist of low water, drought resistant, local plants. See PARKING, Page 4

Texas legislation may affect textbooks By Allie Mosier

Daily Titan Staff Writer

U.S. history textbooks may soon be getting a dose of Texas conservatism. In a 10-to-5 split vote, the Texas Board of Education approved some controversial right-leaning changes to the social studies, economics and history curriculum that would call for changes in history textbooks. The board will make its final vote in May

and, if these changes are made, it will affect classrooms across the nation since Texas is a market leader in the school-textbook industry. Every decade, curriculum standards are reviewed and serve as a template for textbook publishers. Don McElroy, chairman of the State Board of Education, explained that the change in the curriculum would add balance in the classroom because “academia is skewed too far to the left.” Professor of American studies Craig

Loftin said history is always very interpretable and subjective. “People see different things as important or relevant depending on who they are and their own life history,” Loftin said. “Every ideological movement - be it conservative or liberal, has its own conceptualization of history.” This isn’t the first time the board has debated over what should be included in textbooks. In recent years, conservatives questioned Darwin’s theory of evolution while Demo-

crats and moderate Republicans fought to keep the teaching of Darwinism and the separation of church and state. See TEXTBOOKS, Page 4

They’re getting very creative with their campaigning.

photo By nick marley/Daily Titan Photo Editor Fullerton dance students from left to right: Bobby Neal, Cassie Cole, and Kathy Lawson practice “Corvidae,” the dance piece scheduled to be performed at the Kennedy Center in D.C.

Students will have plenty of candidates to choose from at the Associated Students Inc. general elections on April 7 and 8 in the president and vice president categories. Similar to the national presidential elections, those running for president and vice president share a ticket. Four running teams are competing for the executive position, a sharp contrast from last year’s election in which Juliana Santos and Joseph Lopez ran unopposed for the majority of the spring semester. Candidates running for the executive position, with those listed first in a pairing being presidential candidates and those listed second being vice presidential candidates, are: Joel Thayer and Beth Velasco, Khang Pham and Mark Gonzalez, Raymond Nation and Krystal Santiago, and current vice president Joseph Lopez and current chief communications officer Andrew Lopez. To win the executive spot, candidates must win 50 percent of the votes plus one individual vote, which leads ASI Elections Commissioner Genevieve Eldred to think that there is a high possibility of having a runoff vote. “They’re all really motivated and they’re all going to work really hard,” Eldred said. “They’re getting very creative with their campaigning.” Those candidates that have been in office al– Genevieve Eldred, ASI Elections ready may have an advantage because of name recognition, prior interactions with other organizations and higher visibility on campus, Associate Dean of Students Dr. Esiquio Uballe said. A runoff vote would have the two candidates with the most votes run against each other during elections on April 14 and 15. The high number of candidates in the executive category may be due to more students paying attention to how ASI has allocated their funds in the past, and a possible difference in opinion as to how the funds should be expended, Uballe said. Recent protests concerning campus budget issues are a sign that there is more concern and involvement among students. Campaigning for ASI President/Vice President gives students an opportunity to point ASI in a different direction, Uballe added. “This is going to be an interesting election because of the particular economic situation that Cal State Universities finds itself in,” Uballe said. A decline in enrollment means less funds for ASI, since a fixed percentage of student fees is allocated for the company. “Right now, ASI is at a point where they stand to lose money in their budget because of the fact that there will be a reduction in the student fees collected,” Uballe said. See ASI, Page 4


March 25, 2010

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INTERNATIONAL New hominid species found in Siberia

SIBERIA– DNA from a 40,000-year-old pinkie finger, belonging to a child and found in a cave in Siberia, indicates that the bone is from a previously unknown family of human relatives that lived among Neanderthals and modern humans, German researchers reported Wednesday. The discovery, if confirmed by research already under way, would mark the first time that an entirely new species of hominid has been identified solely on the basis of DNA sequencing, the team reported online in the journal Nature. It also suggests that other currently unknown species could be similarly identified. With the recent, and still controversial, discovery of the Hobbitt-like species Homo floriensis that survived in Indonesia until about 13,000 years ago, the evidence now indicates that at least four species of human-like creatures walked the Earth at the same time.


Court issues stay on execution with hour to spare WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court blocked the execution Wednesday evening of Hank Skinner, a Texas death-row inmate who says he is innocent and for a decade has sought DNA testing of key evidence at the crime scene. Acting just an hour before Skinner was due to die, the justices issued a stay of execution and said they wanted more time to consider his pending legal appeal. It will likely be several weeks before the high court decides whether to hear Skinner’s case. Skinner had sued the county district attorney seeking DNA testing of semen and skin samples as well as two bloody knives and a man’s windbreaker, all taken from the scene of a triple murder in the north Texas town of Pampa.


Accused teacher pastored two churches DELANO– A man accused of exposing himself to a Delano high school class was a former pastor of two local churches, a victim of brain trauma in a 1996 crash that killed his wife, and a substitute teacher in 14 school districts since 2001 with no record of complaints, officials said Tuesday. In a case that has left many scratching their heads, Delano police continued to interview students Tuesday about the Monday morning incident involving Matthew Steven Davis, 58, a substitute teacher. The students in the Cesar Chavez High School math class have given different accounts of the incident, said Delano Police Sgt. Jerry Nicholson. Some said Davis appeared to be urinating in a cup behind his desk or possibly masturbating. But at one point, Davis stood up, exposing himself to the class, Nicholson said. School officials said the class had about 20 students, mostly freshmen. Police arrested Davis Monday on felony charges of indecent exposure, lewd and lascivious acts with children under 14 and child cruelty, Nicholson said. There was no touching of children, the sergeant said.

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By Katie Rossomano

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Two Cal State Fullerton students and four students from other colleges recently began their own graphic Tshirt business and were on campus Wednesday to promote their unique merchandise. The six students are copresidents of the company “Crok Productions.” They entertained CSUF students in the quad from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m with alcohol-free beer pong, “H2O pong,” where players had a chance to win cookies and candy, markers and pens, T-shirts, flash drives and even webcams. “We’re here to market our name and have fun,” said Tracy Nguyen, co-president and sophomore business major at CSUF. The Crok team was also handing out coupons for $5 off any future purchase. The coupon had a disclaimer though: “Wearing our products will cause an increase in people staring at you, increased popularity, and random unexplained events such as random thunder storms or spontaneous parades of ninjas.” The co-presidents have all been

friends since they attended Rosemead High School together in San Gabriel Valley. They began constructing the idea to start a business about a year ago. “We wanted to make one-of-a-kind stuff, and if other people like it, then make it for them to,” said Ricky Lim, co-president and a junior radio-TVfilm major at CSUF. They create original designs and then use a process called silk screening to put them on t-shirts. The group has weekly meetings to discuss future plans and designs. Alexander Lang, co-president, is a junior business major at Cal Poly Pomona. He said that while the idea to start a business was formulated around a year ago, it took over six months to take care of legal issues such as copyright protection. Crok became “official” about two months ago. Lang said that most of their designs are comical, and that they hope to appeal to college students and a potentially younger crowd as well. Crok only sells T-shirts, but can make designs for other apparel upon request. Crok currently has five graphic Tshirts available for sale that range from $15 to $20 each. All of their sales are handled online through their Web site

Photo By Katie Ross0mano/ Daily Titan Staff Writer The booth set up by Crok Productions, displaying their t-shirts and information about their company.

and shipping is free. One of the quirky T-shirt designs is a cartoon-like graphic of three grim reapers standing puzzled over the corpse of another grim reaper. Another shirt available for sale is the one that the co-presidents were sporting at CSUF; a black shirt with the words “We Crok It, You Rock It” and an image of a crocodile that exudes cool. Lang said they are working on a design that will depict someone literally waking up on the wrong side of the bed – one side of the bed actually

looks evil. Nguyen said that she initially joined the Crok team because she wanted to “learn the ropes of small business” and to build her resume. But now she hopes that Crok Productions will become a full-time career for her after she graduates. “This experience cannot be taught in a classroom and I encourage other students to accumulate unique experiences so that they can impress their future employers,” said Nguyen.

Powwow returns after two years By Christine Amarantus Daily Titan Staff Writer

After a two year hiatus due to a lack of funding, Cal State Fullerton’s Native American powwow returns Saturday, March 27, from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on the Engineering and Computer Sciences lawn. The powwow, presented by the Inter-Tribal Student Council (ITSC), is the only one held in Orange County. “Ours is one of the top most attended of the Cal States, the next being Long Beach, the biggest,” said ITSC vice president Jeff Mihut. “There’s going to be native arts and jewelry, native dancing of all types, drumming, music. We’ll have dances where the audience can participate...” ITSC’s adviser Rosalina Camacho said CSUF has hosted its powwow since the ‘70s. “It’s a day of celebration where

the students and the community can come together to learn about different Native American cultures,” she said. “We try to do this every year to just inform about how beautiful the culture is.” Last year’s powwow did not happen because of financial issues with the Association for Inter-Cultural Awareness, which is funded by Associated Students Inc., Camacho explained. “(ITSC was) set and ready to get approval, but apparently there was a miscalculation in the budget and so they weren’t approved for the amount that they needed to host the powwow,” she said. “That was a disappointment to the students ... (which) had they known would have re-adjusted or at least collaborated with another club ...We’ve kind of learned from the mistakes.” Camacho stated that Native Americans come from all over to sell goods at the powwow to support themselves financially.

“Many of them made (the goods) themselves. They’re not factory-made,” she said. “Or they come from people who live on reservations ... they go around and sell it for them. That’s pretty powerful.” Powwow participants like Aztek/Mexika dancer Xuah Lopez, 28, were ecstatic to hear the powwow was back on for this year. “I’m grateful that it’s here again this year ... Our group is in Fullerton, so this is part of the reason why we do it, because we want to join any kind of native gathering,” he said. “We’re there to show our support physically and spiritually.” Photo courtesy Anna Tiger Lopez, who danced at the last powwow held two years ago, Native American dancer at Powwow 2yrs ago. represents Kalpulli Knahuak Teoti- dance for a ceremony, which is not huakan, which meets every Thursday just for entertainment. night to gather and dance at FullerParking and admission are free. For ton’s Lemon Park. At CSUF’s pow- more information, call (657) 278wow, Lopez and his group plan to 3603.


March 25, 2010

Smoking policy may change By Tommy Roach

For The Daily Titan

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Plan supports alternative energy By Joshua Cuadra

For The Daily Titan

Twenty-nine state governors have drafted a plan calling for an increase in alternative energies such as offshore wind and solar power. They want 10 percent of the United States running on renewable sources by 2012. This is the first coalition of its kind in history; never before have so many politicians come together to write up a comprehensive wind energy proposal. The plan, called Great Expectations, was made public on March 16, and the authors are presenting the initiative to both congress and the Obama administration. The chair and vice chair of the coalition have expressed frustration with the way the government has neglected energy research in the past. This time though, these governors are making it a priority, working with a sense of urgency. Vice chairman of this plan, Governor Daniel L. Carcieri of Rhode Island, said it’s time to “get serious” about America’s energy future. Congress has been kicking around the idea of reaching 20 percent alternative fuel use by 2020. The team of governors hopes their plan will put America on track to meet that goal.

Princeton, Iowa is five years and five percent ahead of its goal and has reached 20 percent renewable energy. Iowa’s leadership wanted to share their success with congress and the nation. The chairman of the endeavor is Iowa Governor Chet Culver, who started off with a team of five U.S. governors. His roster quickly grew to 29, including California's governor. Pete McRoberts, the deputy press secretary of Iowa, said that his state, “Saw a window in which there was an opportunity for lots of energy producing states and renewable energy producing states to come together and see if we can build a consensus.” The plan lays out some key points, it asks for a reconstruction of the current electrical energy grid. Right now, each state has its own way of producing energy for its population but “Great Expectations” puts forth the idea of a nationally cohesive grid that would transfer electrical power with more efficiency across the country. “The energy grids across the country are sort of a mish mash of grids that were designed for states, for locals and they were not designed for a national system of energy transmission,” McRoberts said. "Proving that what’s good for the economy is good for the environment. It’s been tough to reconcile environmental and conservation

needs with job growth and I think we found a way to do it. It’s good for the consumer. It’s good for reducing emissions, reducing the states carbon footprint and it’s good for job creation.” Derek Sena, a 22-year-old junior, finds it tough to believe in the idea. “It’s just another bill,” he said. His thoughts were echoed by energy expert and Cal State Fullerton professor Robert Michaels. “They’ve tried for the last several years and they haven’t succeeded … whether it’s going to work or not, I’m not betting on it.” The biggest part of the plan is the construction of windmills and Michaels says that they’re heavily subsidized and the idea being put forth is “just a pure piece of special interest legislation.” Ruben Lopez, 36, was a bit more confident in the idea. “Any money we could take away from the oil companies is fine,”he said. This type of thinking has already been put into practice in European regions like Denmark, Germany and the United Kingdom. This could be a chance for the United States to compete with other nations' rapidly growing economies. This report comes at a time when the question on many American's minds is when job creation will once again gain momentum.

Fullerton citizens get a lesson in policing By Jennifer karmarkar Daily Titan Staff Writer

Ruth Scearce has always had a fascination with the law. Now the 79-yearold former military wife and nurse is getting a view of the police department that most people never see. Ruth is one of 15 men and women enrolled in the Fullerton Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy, a 10-week series of classes that exposes citizens to the inner workings of the police department. The first class of the spring session was held Wednesday evening. Now in its eighth year, the Academy was modeled after similar programs across the country, according to police officials. \Segments are taught by personnel from all areas of the agency, including patrol officers, detectives, dispatchers and managers. Graduates often go on to volunteer with the police department, some with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program which is what Scearce hopes to do when she completes the program. “I know they need all the volunteers they can get,” Scearce said. “So I’ll do what I can. I would like to see myself as capable of helping out in the fingerprinting department.” Part of the popularity of the class comes from the public’s fascination with crime shows, according to department officials, and one of the goals of the program is to debunk some of the myths perpetuated on shows like “CSI” and “Law and Order”. “People like to see what is really happening in a modern police agency,”

photo By Jennifer Karmarkar/Daily Titan Staff Writer Police Captain Dan Hughes instructs students who are part of the Fullerton Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy, a 10-week series of classes.

said Sgt. Andrew Goodrich, public information officer for the department. “Our goal is to separate the fact from fiction and give a more in-depth exposure to the students than they would ever get reading a book or watching a program.” Each week, students are exposed to different facets of the department, including crime scene investigation, identity crimes, narcotics, Internet crimes and domestic violence. One of the most popular segments is the shoot/don’t shoot simulator, which Goodrich described as a “highend video game” that uses a light gun rather than real bullets. The drills take the students through various scenarios that law enforcement might encounter when approaching a suspect. “It teaches the students that everybody is not a ‘bad guy’ and we only

shoot when we need to shoot,” he said. Another popular segment is the ride-along with police, which is what convinced Daniel Brockman, 29, a business administration major, to sign up for the classes. “I’ve scheduled mine for a nighttime Saturday so I should be getting a lot of good activity there,” he said. Brockman heard about the classes while on the Internet in the school library. He took some criminal justice classes in the past and hopes this real world experience will supplement his academic knowledge. “I was kind of hoping to minor in criminal justice but now I’m just trying to get my degree so I can get out and get my career going,” he said. “But yeah, I’m very much interested in a career in law enforcement.”

Cal State Fullerton's University Smoking Policy is on the verge of change as a new proposal for designated smoking areas hits campus. The current university smoking policy dictates that smokers must stay at least 20 feet away from any building in accordance with California State law. However, Tom Whitfield, director of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, said that each campus can make its own policy as strict as it wants. The designated smoking areas were agreed upon, yet union officials wanted an even stricter policy and reduced the number of proposed smoking areas on campus from 30 to 23. Monique Saliu, 19, a business major, is a non-smoker and said she is glad they proposed a new policy. “I do not like smoking and no one follows the policy,” Saliu said. “I think we should have designated smoking areas so the smoke does not affect other people’s health.” Similar to non-smoking students, those who smoke are not totally against this idea. Alex Richey, 18, an undeclared major, smokes at school mainly in the quad area. That is the main problem area for most non-

By Nick Marley/Daily Titan Photo Editor A proposal would reduce the number of smoking areas on camps from 30 to 23.

smoking students. But Richey has no problem with a new policy, under one condition. “I think the smoking is not that bad and it is pretty spread out,” Richey said. “I do not mind if there are designated smoking areas, as long as they are places where we can sit down.” Students and university officials both agree that the main issue with smoking on campus is that smokers either do not follow the policy at all or they are not even aware of what the policy is. There is no enforcement if a student disobeys the rule either.

“We have no one to enforce the policy,” Whitfield said. “Police do not want to do it so we really do not have anyone.” Many are hoping that smokers will follow the new proposed smoking policy, but they might not get the chance. The proposal has currently come to a stop, as approval is needed for it to continue. Whitfield commented that he sent the proposal back in fall 2009 and it is still awaiting approval from the vice president’s administration board. “The proposal is in limbo,” Whitfield said.

Tutoring available on Youtube By Monica Castro

For The Daily Titan

Some college students look for extra help with school on a regular basis and now that help is just a click away on a Web site that would not be typically associated with school: Youtube. Youtube now gives colleges students the opportunity to view free videos on anything from basic math and chemistry to calculus and physics. For the most part, these videos are uploaded by graduate students with a bachelor's degree and they give precise information on a specific subject, as well as one-on-one discussion about the topics. Students are also able to comment on the videos and ask the creator to post more videos they believe will be helpful. "I use Youtube tutoring for Calculus 2," said Jacob Madsen, 22, a chemistry major. For Madsen, these videos have been of a great help be-


cause the topics he searches for give a specific solution and he cannot always meet with his professors during their office hours. But he also believes that students should not rely only on these videos for help and should still see their professors because they are the ones writing the tests. Like many students, Katie Addicot, a biology major, was not aware that Youtube offered these kinds of videos, but believes, "It's a good idea and people need to know about it."

Addicott added that the videos are something that she had not thought about before but she would now try. "As long as they (students) know what they are doing then it's great," said Vuryl Klassen, a math professor, who also believes Youtube is a great idea. The videos on Youtube are available for students to see at any time a day. The best part is that they can be seen from the comfort of a student's own home.


March 25, 2010

Annual Fullerton Market turns 19 By Hannah Dellinger For the Daily Titan

The weekly open-air Fullerton Market is scheduled to return for its 19th year on Thursday, April 1. The market in Downtown Fullerton, located on Wilshire Avenue, comes back every spring and summer to offer food, music and crafts. Local farmers display their colorful fruits and vegetables while artisans and merchants sell their products. There is live music, usually country or rock, playing while people shop and eat. There is a “Kid’s Korner” that is meant to entertain children with activities while their parents shop. The Fullerton Market also features a beer and wine garden.

Ashley Glass, the Fullerton special events coordinator, said in a press release that the market, “Creates an atmosphere similar to a Europeanstyle open air market, where shoppers meet their neighbors and get to know their community a little better.” The market is a project that is sponsored by the Fullerton Parks and Recreation Department. The market makes a lasting impression on many of its patrons. Dianna Dillon, an employee at the Citizen Business Bank which is located next to where the market is set up, said, “I miss it during the winter.” Dillon has

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been going to the Fullerton Market for six years to purchase fruit. For some, the market was not up to par in the past. “I thought is was really small. I thought it was too small,” said Brianna Serrano, a junior at Cal State Fullerton.

Dillon didn’t agree, saying, “Any (bigger) would be too cluttered.” The Fullerton Market is located on Wilshire Avenue between Harbor Boulevard and Pomona Avenue. It will be open every Thursday from 4 8:30 p.m. and ends its run Oct. 28.

textbooks: Texas rewrites United States History Loftin explained that controversies like these have been going on for decades. “After the Civil War, textbooks in Northern and Southern states had completely different versions of the event, reflecting that learning history in schools has long been ideologically driven.” One of the alterations the board voted on is to place a greater emphasis on the “conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s,” meaning there would be more discussion of the Moral Majority, the Heritage Foundation (whose mission is to promote conservative public polices based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, traditional American values and a strong national defense), the National Rifle Association and Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America. Loftin said the version coming across in these debates seems to be strongly influenced by the current tea-party movement – A movement that strongly echoes past movements supported by Sen. Joe McCarthy and opposed civil rights. The board also called for a more positive portrayal of Cold War anticommunism. The board recommends that textbooks include “how

the later release of the Venona papers Gradilla said. “When you erase those confirmed suspicions of communist people and their contributions, stuinfiltration in U.S. government.” dents are going to feel alienated. On Another change in textbooks the academic side, it’s a misinterpretawould be a reduced scope for Latino tion that Latinos haven’t contributed history and culture. A proposal by to U.S. history.” Hispanic board a member to include The board’s majority also hope to more Latino figures as role models make changes in specific terminology was shot down. This prompted board such as changing “imperialism” to member Mary Helen Berlanga to say, “expansionism,” and dropping “capi“They can just pretend this is a white talism” (because of its negative conAmerica and Hisnotation) in panics don’t exist. favor of “free They are rewritmarket.” In ing history...of doing this, the the United States board hopes and the world.” to depict the Professor of United States Chicano studies as economiAlexandro Gracally superior. dilla said while “I wouldn’t – Matt Haskins, expect anystudents should American studies lecturer be exposed to a thing less from wide variety of Texas. I don’t history and be agree with it, educated on figures that have been but it’s Texas. They’re rewriting it to key in the conservative movement, it make Americans look good,” said is troublesome when direct exclusions Amanda Murillo, a history major. and erasing of key historical figures One major change is to no longer are made. include Thomas Jefferson among the “One of the sad things is that there writers who influenced the nation’s is an abundance of key historical fig- intellectual origins. The board conures in terms of Cesar Chavez that cluded that Jefferson, who was a destudents could read about and learn ist and coined the phrase “separation and see themselves in U.S. history,” of church and state,” is not a model

The notion that Jefferson was not a ‘model’ founding father is somewhat laughable.

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founder. Instead, Jefferson will be replaced by medieval Catholic philosopher St. Thomas Aquinas, Puritan theologian John Calvin and conservative British law scholar William Blackstone. Among these changes, the board wants to place a strong emphasis in the role that Christian beliefs guided the founding fathers. American studies lecturer Matt Haskins said, “The notion that Jefferson was not a ‘model’ founding father is somewhat laughable. To ignore Jefferson would be to give a slanted view of American history.” The board wants to remove the mention of third-party presidential candidates Ralph Nader and Ross Perot. A recommendation to include an entry listing Confederate general Stonewall Jackson as a role model for effective leadership was proposed, as well as including a statement from Confederate president Jefferson Davis to accompany a speech by President Abraham Lincoln. “The main problem I have with this whole thing is that most of the Texas Board members who decided have little or no training in history,” Loftin said. “It seems deeply flawed to me to leave content of history textbooks to people with no training or advanced degrees in the field.”

The structure will also be equipped with a bioswale, designed to direct excess water into plants for more efficient storm drainage, which will reduce the need for irrigation. Another new and high-tech feature will be the structure’s advanced lighting control system. LED lighting with dimming capabilities will allow for a 50 percent reduction in power usage. “The lights will be motioncensored and when the sun is out, the lights will actually dim automatically,” said Stephen Halcum, project manager and design and construction consultant to the university. “It’s going to be very power efficient.” Plans are also in the works for widening the sidewalk leading to Mihaylo Hall from Folino Drive, giving business students easier access to the building. Closer proximity to classes is what will benefit students most, Bage said. “This new structure will really give students another option of parking closer to their classes,” Bage said. “It’s going to be ideal for students who have classes in Mihaylo, Langsdorf, University

Hall and the Humanities building.” According to the Office of Design and Construction, the project cost about 24 million dollars to build and is currently taking away close to 500 parking spaces, on the south end of Lot E, from students during the 2009-2010 school year. This, however, is not including the number of spaces taken up by other construction sites on campus. According to the Division of Administration and Finance’s Web site, the funding for the new parking structure was paid for by student and staff parking permit sales and was the reason for the increase in parking fees at the beginning of the school year. The construction on this new structure began in May 2009 and its completion has been long awaited and aggravating to many students who have been facing parking troubles this school year. “Parking used to be a lot simpler before they started construction on the new structure,” said Kelley Arslanian, an American studies major. “But now I have to park in Lot A to guarantee I’m not late for class. I’ll definitely be happy to see the new structure completed.”

ASI: Elections April 7 - 8th From Page 1 The current ASI executive staff has proposed an operating budget that includes increased funds being allocated to inter-club councils and student groups for the next academic year, according to Joseph and Andrew Lopez. Two out of the eight colleges that make up CSUF, the College of Arts and College of Education, still have no candidates for the Board of Directors positions. This was peculiar to Eldred, who said that, given the current political atmosphere on campus, more students would be expected to want to take control of the ASI budget. Many candidates in the board of directors category are running unopposed, including returning candidates College of Business and Economics representative Eric Niu, and College

of Health and Human Development representative Lani Endo. “In recent years, specific colleges have had difficulty finding candidates to run for the ASI Board of Directors,” Joseph and Andrew Lopez said. “However, through this election process, hopefully these positions will gain more interest and students will apply as a write-in candidates so they can represent their respected college.” Board of Directors members have influence in ASI’s budget allocation and can affect how much money is spent on events such as ASI’s Spring Concert and Snow Day, Eldred said. Harsh economic conditions, less availability of classes and decreased enrollment rates may be factors that have influenced the low number of board of directors candidates, Uballe said. ASI is accepting write-in candidates in all categories until April 5.


March 25, 2010

Shades of Green “Made from 100% allnatural opinion”

Re-use this, maybe by April Ehrlich

Daily Titan Features Editor

“When you see the color green, what does it make you think of?” My poetry professor asked a room full of overanalytical English majors. Slowly, they began raising their hands: “Nature.” “Weed.” “Eco-friendliness.” “Starbucks,” admitted one student. “I’m sorry, I can’t help it.” And who could? The place is adorned in green umbrellas and awnings, the cups are branded with their conspicuous green logo, and the place screams “eco-friendliness.” And I don’t mean to say that it is literally eco-friendly, it only exhibits itself as such with blatant self-proclamations. For instance, you receive an adorable green envelope with any purchased gift card that demands, “REUSE THIS CARD.” Of course, Starbucks wants you to reuse this card for the sake of the earth, not because they want to make a profit off your increased purchases. The Starbucks Shared Planet Web site states, “Our customers care about recycling, too. In fact, we get more customer comments about recycling than any other environmental issue.” Funny, because Starbucks doesn’t recycle a damned thing. All cups get thrown away, faucets are left running at full force for minutes at a time, and loads of edibles are thrown out at the end of the day. Unfortunately, Starbucks isn’t alone in dressing itself up as a “green” company in order to rake in earth-conscious consumers. Another big player on corporate field, IKEA, states that it “works to ensure that products and materials are adapted to minimize any negative im-

pact on the environment, and are safe for customers from a health perspective.” I’m sorry, IKEA, as much as I love assembling your cheaply-produced, bland furniture, there’s nothing less kind to our environment than furniture that will disintegrate in only a couple years, forcing customers to buy replacements. Ironically, the companies that must disguise themselves in a green costume are the ones that consume the most for inefficient reasons. Newsweek released a “Green Rankings List” for corporate businesses of 2009, and guess who made it into the top five? It surely wasn’t our aforementioned buddies. Four out of five of the companies were technical: Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Intel, and IBM. Topping first was Hewlett-Packard, the first major IT company to report GHG emissions associated with its supply chain. Meanwhile, Dell rightfully earned second place by using 100 percent renewable energy, and in the pharmaceuticals category, Johnson & Johnson got third place for having the largest fleet of hybrid vehicles in the world. One shouldn’t be surprised to find a posse of technological companies crowding the top five corporate “Green Rankings,” simply because they have the resources and intelligence at hand for it. Nonetheless, I would have never guessed Hewlett-Packard or Dell were incredibly focused on being kind to the earth, only because they aren’t boasting about it all over commercials and sales racks. In other words, when we think of the color green, we don’t think of Intel or IBM. We think of weed. Oh, and Starbucks, which is far from living up to its “green” proclamations.

Are expensive campus events a waste of ASI funding?

By Michael Arellano

Daily Titan Staff Writer

As most students know, Cal State Fullerton is the biggest commuter campus in California. Students commute hours a day from every direction to come to here. Because of this, few students have the chance to get involved on campus and experience all college life has to offer. Just walking down Titan Walk, you can see the frustration in the faces of students who are trying to create a college community through various organizations, recreational activities and support groups. Associated Students Inc. has been trying for years to increase student involvement through on campus activities and have definitely made some headway. The largest of these events, the Spring Concert, is on its fourth year. This concert has featured some big-name artists as headliners in the past, such as Three 6 Mafia, New Found Glory and Kanye West, costing the school a pretty penny. This year’s headliner, LMFAO, is being paid $45,000 for their performance, which is nearly half of the concert’s $100,000 bud-

Photo By Skylar Smith/Daily Titan Opinion Editor

get. The other $65,000 is being broken up between safety and security, production and facilities and U-N-I, the opening band. A lot of students are complaining that this is an unnecessary cost when taking into account furlough days, class overcrowding and professor layoffs. But a college should offer its students more than just a classroom and a degree. The Spring Concert is one of the few things that CSUF students look forward to in the year. The musicians are popular enough to draw a crowd and, with free tickets to all CSUF students, there aren’t many excuses not to come. While some people would argue that ASI could spend less money on the concert to reflect the college’s current financial struggle, this budget is a good balance between quality and cost. If the budget was cut, they wouldn’t be able to hire a high profile headliner, and without that headliner, there would be little interest in the concert. With little interest, the concert would draw students who are already involved in school, while those on the outskirts would see it as a feeble attempt to gain school support and ignore it. While it seems like the school is taking a chunk of student’s money to put on a concert that most won’t attend, when you look at it in perspective, the school is only taking about $3 from each of the 36,262 students at CSUF. The price for this concert is far outweighed by its rewards. Students are able to have a carefree night with no costs attached as well as form some pride in the school that they’ve invested so much in.

By Gina Baxter

Daily Titan Staff Writer

Statewide budget cuts and mandatory furlough days make it seem a bit ludicrous that ASI, the largest organization on campus to promote student life, has decided to spend over $100,000 on a concert that less than half the student body can attend. ASI annually coordinates the biggest activity on campus, the Spring Concert. It networks to grab the biggest celebrities, advertise like crazy and work hard to make sure students attend. Unfortunately, only 2,500 CSUF students have the privilege of seeing their ASI fees in action, because the venues for the spring concert are small, and tickets and space are limited. Furthermore, in recent years, while ASI spring concerts have sold out, not every ticket holder shows up to the event. Why then does ASI continue to pour a huge amount of funding into the concert each year, if every fee-paying CSUF student student isn’t able to attend? ASI fees increase each year, so it seems only fair that ASI use funding they receive from student fees on more productive endeavors,

opposed to a two-hour show in a crowded stadium with performers so far away from the audience’s seats that it can take a pair of binoculars to even see them. Yes, seeing LMFAO at CSUF would be a fun experience. But what would be even more fun would be having more parking spots available on campus, or more supplies in the library and computer labs. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed a few spring concerts while attending CSUF. But in light of current campus budget cuts, $100,000 could be used in a much more studentfriendly way, such as stocking the library printers with more paper, or allowing teachers to hold more classes instead of having furloughs that cut classes that students are still paying for. The ASI Spring Concert is a great way for students to enjoy the culmination of a long year of studying, midterms and finals. However, a better reward would be to put these funds into a program that benefits the most amount of students, and not just the lucky ones who get their tickets early. Why should big name artists receive all of our student funds when they don’t attend our school and don’t have to endure the increasingly bare-bones education that we are receiving? ASI should reevaluate the ways student funds are allocated by making sure money we pay in tuition fees each semester is going to be given back to all CSUF students in the most effective and meaningful way possible. Then students would be happy with how their ASI dollars are spent.


March 25, 2010

Health Care:

Some criticism on the historic health care reform bill that passed on March 22

Women’s rights and health care Health care palooza, is it over? By Cort Tafoya

Daily Titan Staff Writer

By Serena Whitecotton

Daily Titan Staff Writer

This Tuesday was a historic moment for the United States, as well as a setback for women’s rights. As one Huffington Post blogger put it, “The morning after the passage of the health care reform bill feels a lot like November 5, 2008, in California.” I applaud the House Democrats for their hard work and finally passing reform in the health care industry, but the bill comes with gigantic problems and loopholes for women that I can’t possibly ignore, especially during Women’s History Month. Last semester, I took an American studies class called Women in American Society with Carrie Lane (I highly recommend it). I learned about women whose fight for equality and justice allow me to attend Cal State Fullerton, vote and even write this article. These women would be disappointed with the bill that President Obama signed. The bill offers no abortion rights, thanks to the Stupak-Pitts Amendment and Obama’s last-minute executive order. The Stupak-Pitts Amendment prohibits federal funding for any insurance policy that covers abortion (except in cases related to rape, incest or danger to the mother’s life). The bill also requires that if a woman would like coverage, she will have to write two separate checks a month: one to her regular, federally-funded insurance for everyday health coverage and one to a separate, no-government-moneywhatsoever insurance company for abortion coverage. While eliminating federal funding for abortions might seem like a good idea – it appeases the antiabortion/pro-life Democrats and it seemingly gets the government out of the abortion debate – it ends up causing a lot of problems. I’m not going to get into pro-life/ pro-choice debate, I’m merely talk-

Photo Courtesy MCT Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) appears at a rally against the Stupak amendment to the health care reform bill December 2, 2009 in Washington, D.C.

ing politics and feminism: this bill gives insurance companies power over women’s bodies. You, dear reader, may think this isn’t a big deal since women can still legally get abortions. However, since the bill requires that an extra step be taken to pay for the coverage, it becomes an extra step discouraging abortion services. Even if women are willing to pay for this coverage out of their own pocket, they can’t unless they find an insurance company that doesn’t receive any federal help, which women will be hard-pressed to find come 2014. The part that baffles me is President Obama, who campaigned for change and hope, signed an executive order supporting this antiabortion language. I can’t believe that this is the same man whose first action as president was signing a women’s rights bill. It’s amazing how much a person changes in a year. But this bill doesn’t only backtrack through abortion rights, it continues to allow age rating: the practice of putting higher premiums on older people. Age rating discriminates against women, according to the National Organization for Women, because women’s income and savings are lower due to “a lifetime of system-

atic wage discrimination.” Another practice, which many of you may not know about, is called gender rating. It raises premiums simply because you are a woman. Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, alleged that this practice is over, but for businesses with less than 100 employees, it still remains in effect. How anyone can continue to justify discriminating against women in the year 2010 is beyond me. Not only is this bill deeply flawed, the passage of the bill was flawed. I’m not talking about bipartisanship, which wasn’t expected to happen. It’s the fact that Congress and the president suggested that reform could only happen at the expense of women’s rights and that those rights are negotiable. My objection isn’t to the health care reform movement – I’m completely in support of reform and change and all that hullabaloo – I object to the reform coming at the price of my freedom. We are still not recognized as equals under the Constitution, we are still paid 70 cents to every man’s dollar, and now we are guaranteed less health care coverage than the rest of the country. When will real change and reform happen for all Americans?

Is it over? You promise? Can Rush Limbaugh leave the country now? The health care debate was full of fun facts and talking points, and while it forced many of us to fire up Google to figure out what the heck a death panel was, it also revealed the extent to which our politics and political process have entered a lunacyfilled netherworld I like to call crazytown. When historians look back on this period of our country’s history, the only thing they’re going to wonder is how we were all so stupid. Consider the 180 degree turnaround the left just did on a bill many of them wouldn’t even support a month ago. This flip-flop can be no more apparent than when MSNBC’s Ed Schultz said back in December, “We’re going to be handing the private insurance companies forty million customers, roughly, with tax payer dollars… where is the competition?” It was a great question. But after the health care bill was passed on Sunday night, Schultz was suddenly ecstatic. He proclaimed that President Obama had become, “The greatest first-term president in history.” Personally, I thought Lincoln had a pretty good first term, what with winning the Civil War and all. He also ended slavery. But hey, Obama just found a way to print money out of thin air so people can get their rectal exams, so I guess he wins. This over-the-top attitude toward Obama’s accomplishment didn’t end with Schultz. On the very same night, Robert Kuttner, editor of the very liberal “American Prospect” magazine, wrote an article where he called the bill’s passage a turning point in the Obama presidency (I guess by turning point, Kuttner meant that Obama finally realized 51 senate votes is greater than 49). Kuttner added, “At long last, we saw this president leading, as only a president can.” Congratulations! Now that Obama’s balls finally dropped, maybe he can do what he should have done a long time ago: tell this country that if it ever wishes to meet the political challenges of its time, it’ll need to find its brain – and fast, since none of these strange declarations from his supporters compared to the daily ramblings of imbecilic Republicans heard throughout the entire wearisome health care debate. “Obama’s got a health care logo that’s right out of the Adolf Hitler playbook,” Rush Limbaugh diagnosed in August of ‘09.

Photo Courtesy MCT People attend a ‘Kill the Bill’ rally in opposition to government reform of health care in Washington, D.C. Saturday, March 20, 2010.

“We should not have a government program that determines if you’re going to pull the plug on grandma,” said Republican Senator Chuck Grassley a week later. I never got a chance to express my gratitude toward these two morons. So, on behalf of America, I’d like to say thanks Chuck and Rush for your enlightening comments. I’m a libertarian, and with your brilliant insight into electrical outlets and logos, you guys really addressed my concerns about future taxes, cost controls and unconstitutional mandates. Fortunately for me, the incomprehensible logic didn’t stop there. The conservative wing of American politics brought their fear mongering into the health care arena via the tea party movement, producing some of the most memorable and outrageous moments in our political history. One ObamaCare protestor shouted at Rep. Barney Frank (D – Mass.) that he was “supporting a Nazi policy” by being a proponent of health reform. The irony is that Frank happens to be an openly gay, Jewish American. “Some of the people (at the rally) that wanted to engage me in conversation appeared to have been the

losers in the ‘Are you smarter than Michele Bachmann contest?’,” Frank quipped. For America to truly put its stamp on one of the worst played-out political debates in its history, we needed a political process that matched its absurdity. Enter reconciliation, filibusters, and “deem and pass.” Combining these maneuvers nearly amounted to the death of the entire legislative process. “Instead of fraying under the strain of imperial overstretch, we’re paralyzed by procedure. Instead of re-enacting the decline and fall of Rome, we’re re-enacting the dissolution of 18th-century Poland,” wrote Paul Krugman of the New York Times. In 17th and 18th century Poland, any one member of the legislature could nullify a bill by simply standing up and shouting, “I do not allow!” making the country completely ungovernable. Apparently, this was the level America’s political process sank to on its way to passing health care reform. I’m almost worried that Iraq is now better at democracy than we are. Whether it was Fox News’s Glenn Beck calling the bill an “affront to God,” or Rep. Alan Grayson (D – Fl.) saying the Republican plan for health care reform was, “Don’t get sick and if you do, die quickly,” I take solace in knowing it’s all over. My only hope is that the next time America takes on a formidable issue, there’s a lot less stupidity and a lot more substance.

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March 25, 2010

North Carolina band takes dock for international success

Q&A with Cursive’s Matt Maginn

By Melissa Hoon

Daily Titan Staff Writer

For fans of: Kings of Leon, Tonic, Cold War Kids

By April ehrlich

Daily Titan Features Editor

For fans of: Minus The Bear, Q And Not U, Bright Eyes In 2003, The Ugly Organ illustrated just what Cursive was made of: youthful angst paired with a Dylanesque social commentary that carved them into the indie-emo charts for good, paving a successful path for subsequent releases. Now, after a three-year hiatus, the group gathered together from many side projects and many life changes, producing a reflection of what it means to be older, wiser and still living for music. Mama, I’m Swollen, Cursive’s seventh album, is a conceptual expression of society’s pressure to grow up, to put on nice shoes and a tie for some respectable job. But these guys won’t take it. They’ve still got their sneakers, their torn jeans and sweaty T-shirts, and though they’ll be losing hair soon enough, they’re still touring the nation and screaming into microphones one at a time: “I hate this damn enlightenment / We were better off as animals!” In a lime-green painted backroom at the Glass House, just before their show with Alkaline Trio, Cursive’s bassist Matt Maginn sat on a partially broken black couch to discuss their most recent release. Bright-eyed and sweaty, he cheerfully admitted this was the first day of the tour, and it was starting off “great.” Daily Titan: Do I sense some sarcasm? Matt Maginn: No, it’s like the only time ever I can say that because it’s been a good day so far. It’s sunny, we got here early, and there’s no stress or running around.

Photo By Christa Connelly/Daily Titan Photo Editor Cursive bassist Matt Maginn performs at the Glasshouse on the band’s most recent tour with Alkaline Trio, supporting their latest album ‘Mama, I’m Swollen’.

DT: How’s the tour been in general for Mama I’m Swollen? MM: We did it differently than usual. It was broken up into sections, so it took up all year. Instead of going on for like six weeks straight we went out for like two weeks five times. DT: Is that easier? MM: It’s a little easier, but then you also end up spending a lot of time doing just that, just waiting to go on the road. We have other projects. Tim has solo work and screenplays that he does, Ted has another band and I work at a label. Touring keeps us away from those jobs. DT: Do you feel like Mama, I’m Swollen grows off your previous release Happy Hollows in an organic way, or does it take a totally different path? MM: I feel like it’s more connected to our second record in a lot of ways. It’s on two pacts — one is sort of a reaching back to that era, while at the same time progressing forward. And I think it’s quite different than Happy Hollows. It’s less pop-driven. The lyrical direction is a little different, this is more gloomy and melancholy. The funny thing is, with Happy Hollow, it’s kind of a more sarcastic and sort of irreverent. This one is completely vacant of all political stuff. Whereas Happy Hollow was rife with it. DT: I keep hearing the phrase “Peter Pan syndrome” in describing your lyrics. What do you make of this? Do you agree with it? MM: I think it’s basically a refusal to grow up, or that hesitation when

you come to a point and you’re choosing between what you’re expected to do and what you want to do. The Peter Pan part is just any individual reverting to a youthful side, and whether that’s the responsible thing to do, although I think by definition thats not the responsible thing to do. DT: Do you feel like this album is more or less polished than your previous releases? MM: I would go less. It’s less than Happy Hollows, that’s for sure. It was a conscious effort to use less production, maybe because its darker. The production is a lot shinier in Happy Hollows because it’s happier. When we approached this one, we wanted to make it more raw and strip it down, but we ended up compromising some of that and fell halfway between what we were striving for and increased production use. DT: Why did you want to make this one more raw? MM: It was a reaction to the environment, really. Recording has gotten so much more affordable and more easier to edit, so everything has become shinier and a lot more poppy. There’s no room for mistakes. We wanted to avoid any edits and to record the way we started doing it, which is to lay it down one way and pick and choose from there. Cursive will return to Southern California April 1 at the House of Blues, San Diego, supporting Alkaline Trio. (For full interview, visit

It’s been six years since the formation of 4th and Dock, an alternative rock band from North Carolina, and they are finally about to take the world by storm with the release of their first studio album and a possible show in Germany. The band now resides in Hollywood and consists of Mikal Crist (vocals), Alex Seller (lead guitar), Brent Oliver (guitar), Michael Luebke (bass) and Alex Sivers (drums) – a group of guys in their 20s from all over the country, including Texas, Ohio and New York. Two years ago, Crist, 4th and Dock’s only original member, and Seller left their lives in North Carolina to find musical success in Hollywood. “The move has been one hell of a ride,” Seller said. “We’ve done things out here that we never would have if we had stayed in North Carolina. We’ve really started to hone in on what we were born to do – melt faces with our rock ‘n’ roll.” Since the move, 4th and Dock, whose sound has been compared to Cold War Kids and Kings of Leon, has achieved more than a simple dose of West Coast recognition. They’ve made a name for themselves in Hollywood by playing packed shows at famous Hollywood venues like House of Blues Sunset Strip and the Roxy. In 2005, they performed to an audience of 140,000 at a music festival in Georgia with the Pixies and the White Stripes. With each passing day, things seem to move more towards 4th and Dock’s goal of international success. They are currently working on their first fulllength album with John Spiker, bassist of Tenacious D and Filter. “We have never been so excited to get in the studio before,” Crist said. “I feel like this is just a huge dream

I’m living and I could wake up any time.” The album will be finished by midApril and it’s expected release date is May 1. “When we’re in the studio, it’s like everybody gets into attack mode,” Seller said. With everything on their plate right now, 4th and Dock, who play frequently at Slidebar in Fullerton, seem to be in attack mode even outside of the studio. For the past month, the band has been rehearsing for a contest in which they were hand-picked to compete in. The winning band will be sent to Germany to play the Emergenza Festival. “It’d be so amazing to play in Germany,” Oliver said. “Being able to play at a European festival is something I’ve always wanted to do.” It’s up to the audience for bands to advance in the competition, so 4th and Dock will need all their fans at the semi-finals at the Joint in Hollywood April 3. The finals take place July 3 at the Whisky in Hollywood. “Sharing music we’ve written ourselves and getting positive feedback

from it is probably the greatest feeling in the world,” Crist said. If given the opportunity to perform in Germany, Crist hopes it will be a catalyst to 4th and Dock’s international success because the band would like to “tour the world and record multiple albums and gain millions of fans across the world that understand 4th and Dock.” 4th and Dock won’t let anything, including negativity or arguments, stand in the way of achieving success. “You have to sacrifice a lot to be successful within a band, so egos get set aside and we just do work and try to have as much fun as possible,” Crist said. “It’s amazing how well we all get along. Even though some of us have been (in the band) less than a year, they feel just as much a part of this as anyone.” According to the band, their positive attitudes and determination are sure to bring them success in the near future. “Rock ‘n’ roll is dead and we are here to resurrect it for good,” Sellers said.

Photo Courtesy of 4th and dock 4th and Dock members (from right) Mikal Crist and Alex Seller, pictured with former members, will compete to perform at Emergenza Festival in Germany.


March 25, 2010

Band spreads bad seeds with new album By James Gobee

Daily Titan Staff Writer

For fans of: Slightly Stoopid, Sublime, Rebelution

Photo by Lucio Villa/ For The Daily Titan Long Beach rockers I Am Ghost attracted a crowd of approximately 200 people for the Wednesday Concert at the Becker Amphitheatre March 24.

This week at the Becker: I Am Ghost By Oscar romero

Daily Titan Staff Writer

I Am Ghost performed at the Becker Amphitheatre at Cal State Fullerton for Associated Students Inc. Production’s Wednesday concert. The show attracted a crowd of roughly 200 people, as some head banged and raised their fists to the heavy beat of the songs. With flying guitars and high-speed crashing drums, the band performed with passion and briskness. “They sounded very good live, and that is very hard to do,” student Katie Owens said after the show. I Am Ghost is based out of Long Beach, and the first five members performing together in April 2005. Even though the lineup has changed over the years, they still maintain their drive to continue performing and create new music. Steve Juliano is the frontman with Timoteo Rosales and Chad Kulengosky playing guitar. Complementing the line up is Ron Ficarro on bass and Justin McCarthy beating the drums. Their songs use a melodious voice

accentuated by a discordant, harsh clothing adding to their unrefined and deep growl evocative of the look. I Am Ghost played “Bone Garband Atreyu. I Am Ghost also incorporate two den” and “Buried Way too Shallow,” guitars, adding another element to songs from their album Those we Leave Behind. their method of “I like the intensity music. and the guitar riffs,” The band said 25-year-old Joey members recogSlockbower, referring to nize Metallica, To see I Am Ghost’s per“Bone Garden.” Muse and the formance visit: Unlike other bands Foo Fighters for that only use a couple of having a promembers to write a song, found influence all the members of I Am on their music. Ghost contribute in creTheir diversity ating a song. After the is noticeable in music is put together, their songs, as Juliano adds lyrics to the many of them w w w. d a i l y t i t a n . c o m / mix. include variaIAmGhost “We each just come tions of speed, up with ideas, go into sound and beats. a room and mash them “Thats what distinguishes us from other bands, out together,” Rosales said. To date, the band has released two because we listen to everything,” said Juliano. “From pop, to hardcore, to full-length studio albums and an EP. I Am Ghost also recently released a classical.” This rock group meshes many live album entitled Live in Orange musical styles ranging from Punk County. The band is embarking on to Metal, integrating heavy and fast a tour on the East Coast with Black guitar riffs and bass lines into their Veil Brides, as well as throughout sound. With dark lyrical content, Europe along side Eyes Set to Kill, the band also dressed in jet-black Confide and Lower than A.


It seemed that the standing room was all used up at the Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds sold-out listening show for their new album, Sacred For Sale, at The Roxy in Hollywood March 20. “We’ve played The Roxy enough times before, but this is our first time headlining,” bassist Andre Davis said. Sacred For Sale is the band’s sophomore album and will be hitting store shelves everywhere May 25. Photo by Glenn Asuncion/For The Daily Titan The bands Sand Section and B- Tomorro’s Bad Seeds played The Roxy March 20 in supposrt of their upcoming album, Foundation opened for the Bad ‘Sacred For Sale’, releasing May 25. Seeds before the headliners took the stage. The song “Love Street” from The crowd’s anticipation to hear a-Mouse, 311, The Wailers, Pennytheir first album hit number three the new tracks was intense; before wise, Pepper and Steel Pulse. “Playing for TBS is so cliché, but on radio stations in Hawai’i and the Seeds came on, the curtain was down and the crowd was chanting it’s a dream,” said guitarist and vo- grew to be a hit on all the islands. Sacred For Sale hasn’t even hit “T.B.S.” at a deafening volume. As calist Sean Chapman.“I mean, I’ve the curtain rose, the audience gave been playing for years and now I the shelves, but its songs are already a hit. Their page has an ear-shattering roar of excitement get to play with big-name bands.” Drummer Pat Salmon, who hails clips of a few of the tracks off of the that filled the building. “It’s so rad to see all these people from New Jersey, has only been a new album for fans to preview. The showing us love,” Seeds frontman part of the band for a couple of new songs were posted over a span of a few weeks, once a week. months. Moises Juarez said. Their single “Slow Down,” off The sound of TBS is a mix of The Bad Seeds opened with a fan favorite from their debut album, reggae, rock, punk, soul and hip- of the new album, has over 4,000 Early Prayers, which was released hop. Each song is different than the plays on Myspace and is already a hit at live performances. next and all are powerful. in June 2007. “It comes down to growing out Their performance was electriEven through the light layer of fying and full of ourselves and utilizing the talsmoke, one could of fun, dedi- ent that we all have and trying to see the hundreds cation, love make it a little bit more from all of people singing and life that angles,” guitarist Matt McEwan along with Juarez. poured excite- said. “We’re comprising and mesh“People are ment off the ing it all together and it’s working singing our songs stage and into for us right now.” in cities that we’ve “The new album is from the the crowd. never even been Not only heart and if it’s from the heart, then to,” Davis said. are the Seeds it’s right and that’s what this album The Bad Seeds o u t s t a n d i n g is,” Chapman said. “That’s why it’s have been on the musicians and called Sacred For Sale, ‘cause in a scene since 2004 e n t e r t a i n e r s , sarcastic way, it’s saying that we and their success they are also put our hearts into this and it’s not has been awe-in‘Sacred For Sale’ is out May 25 versatile entre- worth just giving it away.” spiring. TBS will be touring throughout preneurs. The “It’s been a great experience and we feel blessed to band started UrbanTone Records he U.S. and is looking forward to play with bands of such high cali- to help “Get the seed out!” Now the release of Sacred For Sale. “I hope the ride never ends,” the band is tearing through the ber,” Juarez said. They have played throughout country and TBS’s music is catch- Juarez said. “This is like a new beginning.” the country with bands like Eek- ing like wildfire.


March 25, 2010

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The Ruby Suns – Fight Softly

By Matthew Baldwin For The Daily Titan

By Juanita Vasquez

For fans of: Henry Rollins, Ian Mackaye, Gaslight Anthem, Chuck Ragan

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For fans of: The Honeydrips, Pants Yell!, Yeasayer, The Dodos, Panda Bear It's a slow crawl up the tunnel carved by The Ruby Suns. Clinging to the walls are synthesizer particles that burst open to the touch and travel in echoing waves to the ears. On Fight Softly, the New Zealand band creates an atmosphere that maintains musical consistency without adhering to a predictable formula. The Ruby Suns revolve around Ryan McPhun, whose reverb-soaked creations hypnotize listeners before setting them off into a frenzy. The first half of Fight Softly is a passive tangle of droning vocals and layers of synthesized noises that can be discouraging on the first listen. But once reaching the track called "Cranberry," the aggressive side of the album appears. At this point, McPhun's vocals

emerge out of the sounds created at the start of the album and delve into an unexpected and fast-moving arrangement. Unlike typical electronica bands, The Ruby Suns' third release is welcomed by the ear because the songs are not made up of layer upon layer of sounds. After listening to the album several times, one is able to recognize the small tweaks that make what initially sounded like one endless song into ten tracks filled with adrenalized percussion and shimmering vocals. Fight Softly is an upbeat record full of bright moments and melodies. Whether or not those listening are music connoisseurs, this is definitely the perfect album for bedroom dance sessions.

Joe Sib and Brian Fallon are from different spectrums of the punk rock world. Sib, a California native, played in influential ‘90’s punk bands Wax and 22 Jacks. Fallon, from New Jersey, spent the aughts playing in local Jersey bands before achieving recent success with The Gaslight Anthem. What they do share in common, though, is the record label SideOneDummy. The label, co-owned by Sib has put out tons of albums from popular punk rock bands such as Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello…and yes, The Gaslight Anthem. On March 19, Fallon played his first West Coast solo show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, with Sib opening. Sib performed his spoken word stage show, “California Calling.” He spoke of his childhood in Santa Cruz, his discovery of punk music and told

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stories of his famous friends. Sib, who still occasionally plays with Wax, seems to have found a niche with his one-man stage show. The crowd loved it. “I thought he was fantastic,” said Julie Martin, 22, of Los Angeles. “He was entertaining, funny and had great stories.” After Sib exited, Fallon took the stage, humorously saying that if you sign to SideOneDummy, it’s in the contract that Sib must open for you at some point. Fallon was in a talkative, humorous, lively mood and his set was reflective of this. Fallon spoke at length on various subjects, including growing up in New Jersey, playing with some of his idols, such as Bruce Springsteen and Mike Ness, how his band turned down an offer to be in a Coca-Cola commercial, as Coke is his drink of choice, as well as doing an impressive impersonation of Tom Waits. “He talked a lot,” said Jeff Schmidt, 25, of Fullerton, “but it made the show good.” “His random stories were the best part,” added Ignacio Oseguera, 25, of Yorba Linda.

Photo By Matthew Baldwin/For The Daily Titan Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem played his first West Coast solo show at the Troubadour March 19. The set combined spoken word and an acoustic performance.

Sprinkled in between stories, of course, were songs. Opening with “The ’59 Sound,” Fallon played a good mix of Gaslight Anthem tracks from both full length’s Sink or Swim and The ‘59 Sound, as well as The Senor and the Queen EP. Highlights included a crowd participated “Miles Davis and The Cool,” “Blue Jeans and White T-Shirts” and “Wooderson,” for which Brian Fallon said was named after the Matthew McChonaughey portrayed character from Dazed and Confused.

He also had a surprise for the crowd after the encore, playing an absolutely amazing cover of “Lost in the Supermarket” by The Clash. Sib has found something good with “California Calling.” Anybody who is a fan of punk rock music should take the time to see Sib perform. They won’t be disappointed. And as for Fallon, he has a good thing going for him with The Gaslight Anthem, but he has proven that he could hold his own if he ever does choose to go the solo route.

The Morning Benders – Big Echos By Greg Young

For The Daily Titan

For fans of: The Walkmen, Dr. Dog, Grizzly Bear, Beach House As the album title implies, the latest release from The Morning Benders, Big Echo, is a lush, atmospheric collection of bittersweet, 1960s-inspired pop songs that make for a pleasant listening experience. Whereas The Morning Benders’ 2008 debut album, Talking Through Tin Cans, was sunnier and more carefree, Big Echo feels moodier and more textured – probably due to Chris Taylor, bassist for Grizzly Bear, co-producing this record with frontman and primary songwriter, Christopher Chu. The production evokes the works of Phil Spector and Brian Wilson. Despite Taylor’s presence on Big Echo, Chu is still very much the driving force behind the band. Having

handled most of the production duties and receiving all songwriting credits on Tin Cans, Chu’s terrific ability to write pop melodies remains intact on the band’s sophomore effort. “Excuses,” the first track of Big Echo, sets the tone for the whole album. It begins with majestic strings, orchestral drums and the persistent strum of an acoustic guitar. Chu’s vocals come in, and they are drenched in just the right amount of reverb to give his emotive croon a pleasant 1950s soulfulness. The song builds in momentum as it progresses and gradually incorporates more elements. This use of minimal elements building up into a dense, multi-layered blast of melodic fuzz is a common device used throughout this 11track record. Although Big Echo feels like a more cohesive album than Tin Cans, there are times where it feels like the band relies too much on the same formula that causes some songs to sound repetitive and bland. On “Sleepin In,” the vocals are drenched in too much reverb and

drowned out by the other instruments, making the lyrics unintelligible. This may have been done to create an atmospheric mood, but it backfires because it stifles the emotion and the melody of the song. Big Echo, despite some missteps, is a solid album for a young and talented band that shows a lot of promise. The Morning Benders have already demonstrated they can craft delightful pop songs with the skill of a band well beyond their years. Whether they can develop a sound that really distinguishes them from some of their contemporaries and displays more versatility remains to be seen. Until then, they are a band to keep an eye on.


March 25, 2010

Titans ready for Rainbow Warriors This weekend’s opponent, Hawai’i, enters the series with an 11-9 record, all of which have been played at home, and is traveling to Cal State Fullerton baseball re- Southern California for five games turns home for a three-game series in six days. this weekend at Goodwin Field “We’re going to do what we do no hosting the Rainbow Warriors of the matter who we play and they haven’t University of Hawai’i Friday through been off the island much… so we’ll Sunday after their sweep of Wash- have the homefield advantage playington last weekend and a 4-2 loss ing on grass. They play on carpet all to Loyola Marymount March 22. the time but they’re a well-coached The Titans (10-10) are back to team, they know how to play the playing .500 ball after their strong game, but my concern is how we road performance against the Hus- play,” Titan Head Coach Dave Serkies in Washington, outscoring them rano said. 34-13 in the three-game series, and Hawai’i lost three of four from it’s big to see the bats finally come former Titan Head Coach George to life. Horton’s Oregon Ducks who beat Junior shortthe Titans at stop Christian Goodwin Field Colon may finalon opening night ly be over his cold and the Rainbow streak when he Warriors are comopened the series ing off a fouron March 19 with game sweep over four hits (three the Air Force. of which were “I know for – Christian Colon home runs) and sure that we’re Junior shortstop five RBIs leading going to be on the Titans to the top of our game 9-7 victory and because we’re gobacked that up with a home run in ing to have the effort we had last the March 20 game. As a team they weekend and that’s going to be big had a season-high 22 hits, five by ju- for us because when we play hard nior center fielder Gary Brown. and play with a lot of effort we come in a game against LMU was not out on top,” Colon said. what the Titans were expecting. Hawai’i hasn’t proven to be a “I feel good, Tuesday was one of tough road team historically, winthose games where you just get out ning a total 16 of 37 games on the and you can’t really explain it, but road in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. I’m seeing the ball well, I’m sticking The Titans were 25-8 at Goodwin with my approach and I’ll be just Field last year, but are a lacking 3-6 fine,” Colon said. at home so far this season. By Nicholas fortes

Daily Titan Staff Writer

I’m seeing the ball well, I’m sticking with my approach and I’ll be just fine.

The Titans have changed up their rotation again with Serrano sending sophomore Noe Ramirez (3-1) to the mound on Friday, junior Daniel Renken (2-2) Saturday and their usual Sunday starter sophomore Tyler Pill (1-3). Serrano said he feels that there isn’t one ace on this team but many. “I don’t look at anyone in our pitching rotation as an ace; I see them as three aces,” Serrano said. “I want to set the tone on Friday with Noe (setting) the tempo and the strikes like he’s been doing for the majority of the year.” Daniel Renken’s 2-2 start to the season isn’t what he’s used to but this team has the talent and the guys to get the job done. “Hawai’i is going to come in and try to take it to us, and of course everyone wants to beat us, but this weekend we’re going to try to sustain things and play a full nine innings,” Renken said. “I’m trying to get back into a mode where I’m consistent. I’ve had some good starts where through four innings I’m pretty good and then the fifth and sixth I’m not myself and this weekend I’m just trying to sustain it as long as I can.” The Titans start play at 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday’s game starts at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. all at Goodwin Field. “If we take care of what the Titans can do then we can play with anyone in the county and if we don’t take care of what we’re supposed to do then anyone can play with us in the country, and that’s what I’m concerned with,” Serrano said.

Dodger broadcaster announces one for the books By Gilbert gutierrez iii

Daily Titan Asst. Sports Editor

The man, the myth, the legend. The only thing that Vin Scully will tell you is that he is just a simple man calling it how he sees it as he watches the world’s most talented athletes play baseball. The Dodgers’ Hall of Fame announcer returned to his rightful place in the broadcasting booth and called a game during spring training in Glendale, Ariz. March 21, with the Dodgers losing 12-5 to the Cleveland Indians. It might sound like it doesn’t take much effort, after all, he’s been calling games for 60 years. Scully, after suffering from a fall at home on March 18, was in a small pool of blood when he regained consciousness. He was listed in stable condition

the next day. The 82-year-old returned to his duties two days later without skipping a beat. He was even embarrassed about the incident and didn’t enjoy being the one that everyone was worried about. Really, how great is this man? To be able to walk away from an accident that could have taken his life, to go straight back to work and apologize to all who were worried about him; that’s saying something. This New York native knew ever since he was a little boy that he would be the guy to call out home runs and amazing plays. Since 1950, Scully has been the Dodgers’ radio and television broadcaster. By 1953, he was calling his first World Series at the age of 25. What 25-year-old you know would be brave enough to take on such a task to call play-by-play in the

MLB’s biggest show of all? Right. No one else besides this genuine product of Fordham University. In 1958, the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn, N.Y. to Los Angeles, Calif. where Scully would continue his journey as broadcaster. Little did he know that such a move would spark such electricity in the Dodger ballclub and again, Scully saw himself announcing what was the club’s fifth appearance in the World Series since his inaugural season. He still holds the record for youngest person to ever broadcast a World Series, and he’s called 28 of them, another milestone no one has yet achieved. Scully has never left his beloved Dodgers and does not plan on leaving any time soon. His hard work and dedication in the booth didn’t come easy, especially when he lost his first wife of 15 years, Joan, to an accidental medical

Senior forward to star in Dunk Contest By simon liang

Daily Titan Sports Editor

The 2010 NCAA men’s basketball Final Four will be a little more Titan friendly this year. Senior forward Gerard Anderson has been invited to the NCAA Slam Dunk Contest in Indianapolis, Ind. on April 1 in conjunction with the Final Four weekend. “It’s great exposure for the school, it’s obviously great exposure for myself, and I’m just happy that I was able to get in,” Anderson said. Anderson has become an Internet superstar with his rimshattering dunks and has many people to thank for being props in his videos. Just type in Gerard Anderson in your YouTube search bar and you will see his many victims (i.e. UCLA senior forward Nikola Dragovic and Cal State Northridge sophomore guard Vinnie McGhee) His latest masterpiece was during the first round of the Big West Tournament when he catapulted himself over McGhee. After close to two million views on YouTube – the video was featured in a Yahoo! college basketball blog – Anderson has gained fans of all ages. Since the basketball season has concluded, Anderson will have more time to prepare for the annual off season event. “I’m just going to pull some old tricks out of the bag and get into the gym and see what I can do,” he said. “I’ve been watching a lot of videos over the Internet, trying to get ideas and combine them.” overdose in 1972. He was even more heartbroken when his eldest son Michael died in a helicopter crash in 1994. He was able to have faith within himself and his work to ease the pain. His fame and spotlight isn’t what gets the best of him, because his whole game plan is to tell the audience at home or on the road what’s taking place in between the foul lines, nothing more and nothing less. He doesn’t binge upon Manny Ramirez being suspended for 50 games for il-

photo courtesy bryan crowe Senior forward Gerard Anderson hangs on to the rim after a dunk at Titan Gym.

Although Anderson does not know who his opponents are, he is still confident in his creative abilities. “My chances are pretty high; I know there are a lot of athletic players around the country,” Anderson said. “With what I have in my little trick bag, I think my chances are pretty good.” This will be the third time in four years that a Cal State Fullerton basketball player is participating in a legal substance usage, the McCourts’ legal issues of their divorce or the mere fact that Eric Gagne will not grace us with his presence on the mound for another save ever again. What will happen, is that Vinny will stick around for another remarkable season of spectacular plays, fine pitching and explosive hits. Vinny, no. You are not someone to make a fuss, you are the one that tells it like it is. Without you, the voice of a Dodger would be a mere generic brand of

post season event during the Final Four, with alumni Josh Akognon and Bobby Brown participating in previous All-Star games. “I think its going to mean a lot, just because he will have a CSUF jersey on national television,” said Titan Head Coach Bob Burton. “I think that will speak volumes about where he’s from and what he’s representing.” The event will be nationally televised on ESPN April 1 at 6 p.m. Gatorade that would yet again leave us feeling thirsty for more of your unique stories. LA Times colmunist Bill Dwyre wrote, “Scully is a franchise treasure, a community treasure. No need to stop there. If you are even a tiny bit of a sports fan, he is a national treasure.” Luckily for all of you Dodgers fans, you don’t have to hold your breath and wait much longer for him to say those five little words on Opening Day, “It’s time for Dodger baseball.”


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Breaking down the remaining sweetness West and Midwest Regional By fred bloom

Daily Titan Staff Writer


PLAYER TO WATCH At 6-foot-7 and 210 pounds, junior forward Evan Turner of Ohio State is a man amongst boys. He averaged 20 points, 9.2 rebounds and six assists during the regular season. Turner led Ohio State to a 27-7 record, establishing himself as a leading candidate for player of the year. His unique skill set and size combine to make him nearly impossible to defend. He has three serviceable sidekicks in juniors Jon Diebler and David Lighty and sophomore William Buford. The Buckeyes do not have an overwhelming team, as Turner has carried them on his back. His ability to run, pass, postup and rebound makes them a favorite to advance to the Final Four. Turner’s 24-point, nine rebound, nine assist performance in a 75-66 win over Georgia Tech showed how he can affect the game in so many ways. It is easy to see why many people think he should be the number one pick in this year’s NBA draft.


photo courtesy mct Northern Iowa senior guard Ali Farokhmanesh celebrates after hitting a three-pointer late in the second round against Kansas.

Last year, the Spartans entered the Final Four in Detroit as a Cinderella story. This year, they will look to put an unhappy end to the Cinderella hopes of Northern Iowa in a Sweet Sixteen matchup Friday in St. Louis, MO. It is the first time in the Sweet Sixteen for Northern Iowa while the Spartans will be making their ninth

appearance in thirteen seasons. As a Cinderella story, the Panthers will likely have the support of the country after knocking off top-seeded Kansas 69-67 in the second round. Senior guard Ali Farokhmanesh has been playing at a high level, knocking down a combined total of nine threes in the two games thus far, including a shot with 35 seconds left

to seal the victory over Kansas. Michigan State will be without starting point guard Kalin Lucas. However, experienced Head Coach Tom Izzo is one of the best at preparing his teams for such instances. Lucious had hit the game winning three against Maryland to put the Spartans in the Sweet Sixteen. His play will be a key as Michigan State attempts to deal with a multitude of injuries. Without Lucas, the Northern Iowa-Michigan State matchup does not have the star power of other storylines that will make it fun to watch. Can Northern Iowa write a new chapter in their Cinderella story? Does Michigan State have the talent to advance without Lucas?

East and South Regional

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Daily Titan Sports Editor

PLAYER TO WATCH Everyone knows about freshman John Wall and his gamechanging abilities. However, in order for Kentucky to win it all, they need freshman DeMarcus Cousins to make his presence felt on the interior. He has an advantage that most big men don’t, a frontcourt mate in senior Patrick Patterson who commands defenses to pay attention to him as well. He also has two top flight points guards in Wall and freshman Eric Bledsoe. Cousins has been battling foul trouble and a Dennis Rodman-

like attitude all season. While his temper can derail Kentucky’s success, his exceptional skills and pure strength are hard to stop. If he can keep his emotions in check, his 6-foot-11, 270 pound body will be too much to handle for

any team standing in the Wildcats’ way. The intimidation factor alone warrants a double team. There is a reason why he is projected as a high lottery pick in this year’s NBA draft, he can dominate the game so effortlessly. It will bode well for Cousins’ future if he shows scouts that he won’t take plays off. In the second round, Wake Forest senior Chas McFarland repeatedly took shots at Cousins but he did not retaliate. A sign of maturity? Perhaps. Luckily for the Wildcats, it has come at the right time.

GAME YOU CANNOT MISS In a matchup of two of the better centers in the country, Saint Mary’s senior Omar Samhan and Baylor junior Ekpe Udoh will be jostling for position all game. Samhan brings his smash mouth, goofy attitude with 21.5 points and 10.9 rebounds per game to do all the talking. Udoh is not as polished on the offensive end but he is an elite post defender, finishing the regular season No. 5 in the country in blocked shots. No. 10 Saint Mary’s beat Richmond in the first round to win its first NCAA tournament game in 51 years. In the second round, they took out No. 2 Villanova 75-68. The Gaels are ready to erase the mid-major tag that comes with playing in the West Coast Conference, compared to their opponent, Baylor, who plays in Big Twelve Conference. St. Mary’s has good balance among their team, with five players averaging double figures. However, they have not played a team as dynamic as Baylor. Will the Gaels be able to handle the pressure? How will they play under the bright lights? The two squads could not differ more in playing style. St. Mary’s likes to slow it down and dump it inside to Samhan. Baylor is at their best when they push the pace and keep defenses guessing. The Bears’ two tournament wins (Sam Houston State and

Old Dominion) have not been against top competition. In the Sweet Sixteen, they will face an opponent who will not back down. Baylor does have a lot going for them, with one of the best backcourts in the country that no one has heard of. 6-foot-4 junior LaceDarius Dunn and 5-foot-11 senior Tweety Carter get up and down the floor as fast as anyone in the country and if they can control the pace, Baylor wins.

Both teams have reached their first ever Sweet Sixteen appearance, but they are both poised for a run at the Final Four. The game will come down to who can be the aggressor and play their brand of basketball. Don’t leave your television sets, the game will be close throughout. It will be difficult to beat the Bears, but in the madness that is March, the Gaels have a fighting chance. This is the beauty of the craziest tournament of the year.

photo courtesy mct Saint Mary’s junior Omar Samhan skies up for a jumper over a Gonzaga defender.

Daily Titan: Thursday, March 25, 2010  

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