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Vol. 87 Issue 36

36th Annual Grand Prix in LB

36 cars race for 100 minutes during the ALMS race on Long Beach’s short 1,968 mile street circuit. SPORTS, Page 6



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ASI run-off dispenses Lopez victory

Hate in the City of Angels

Neo-Nazi group, the National Socialist Movement, descended upon Los Angeles days before Hitler’s birthday, igniting violence and protest

Photo By Charles Purnell/Daily Titan Staff Writer ASI President and Vice President elect, Joe (L) and Andy (R) Lopez.

By cort tafoya

Daily Titan Staff Writer

The results of the California State Fullerton run-off election for the position of Associated Students Inc. President and Vice President were announced at 9 p.m. Thursday night in the Tuffree room at the Titan Student Union. Team Joe and Andy Lopez won with 56 percent of the votes (1428 total) to team Joel Thayer and Beth Velasco’s 44 percent (1142). Fifty or more people associated with both campaigns filled the Tuffree room as they awaited the announcement of the final results. Both teams were extremely anxious and members from each side could be heard saying, “I just want it to be over with.” See ASI, Page 3

Coachella acts rock the desert

photo By nick marley/Daily Titan Photo Editor American flags and swastikas wave side by side outside Los Angeles City Hall on Saturday, as members of the National Socialist Movement protest immigration and minorities in America, a country they say was “founded by white men.” Demonstrating wihtin a free-speech zone protected by LAPD, NSM members were outnumbered by counter-protestors 10 to 1.

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In comemoration of Adolph Hitler’s birthday, NeoNazis preached to a group of hostile counter-protesters in front of City Hall Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. Considered “the most dangerous domestic threat in the United States” by the Department of Homeland Security, the National Socialist Movement, a Neo-Nazi organization, is anything but peaceful. They advocate the elimination of all American minorities, including those of African, Mexican and Asian descent, homosexuals, disabled people and more. Violence is common, and there have been at least nine murders by NSM members since President Obama’s election, according to the video “White Power U.S.A.” by Rick Rowley and Jacquie Soohen. The goal of the Los Angeles rally was to “battle illegal immigration,” said Charles Wilson, public relations specialist for the NSM. “Last time I checked, if you do something illegal, you go to jail … we’re here to say enough is enough.” Counter-protesters arrived around 10 a.m. at First and Spring Street. Participating groups included the Black Panthers, the Brown Berets and the anti-NSM group, No Nazis in L.A. See NAZI, Page 2

10:00 AM: Counterprotesters assembled.

12:40 PM: A nazi supporter was brutally beaten by a mob of counterprotesters.

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1:00 PM: nazis were escorted in by LAPD. 11:45 AM: An unconscious girl was taken away in an ambulance for unknown causes.

11:00 AM: Counter-protesters marched here shortly after assembling.

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Graphic By kristen hulsey/Daily Titan Design Editor. Map image courtesy of Google. The events of the controversial and violent Neo-Nazi demonstration unfolded around Los Angeles city hall on Saturday.


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Spring Concert sells out stadium

Photo By Christa connelly/Daily Titan Photo Editor Dave Longstrenth performs with his band, Dirty Projectors, in the Mojave tent at Coachella on Saturday, April 17th.

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up the audience by performing most of their songs in the crowd with a stuffed tiger named “Sebastian” in tow and tossing “Land of the Kings” shoes and t-shirts The 2010 Spring Concert featuring into the audience. As a token to remember UNI and LMFAO held April 16 at the them by, the group created a mosh pit at Titan Stadium proved to be a huge suc- the bottom of the stadium stairs during cess when massive numbers of students their last song. The Grammy-nominated headliner, and guests gathered to party with the selfLMFAO, hit the stage at 8:40 p.m., beproclaimed party rockers. ginning their show Although official with their prelude numbers have not “Rock the Beat.” been tallied, Spring Watch Spring Concert With their multicolConcert Coordina2010 for yourself, only on ored pants, rhinetor Michelle Carnero is sure the concert set stone microphones and faux glasses, they a record. “For sure the crowd was bigger than last also performed most of their songs in the year,” Carnero said. “I think it was very crowd, dancing with the audience and dosuccessful and the crowd was really great.” ing the “jerk” during tunes such as “Get Guests were still filing in at 8:30 p.m. Crazy,” “Girl Can’t Help It,” “I’m in the after UNI finished performing their OC Bitch,” “La, la, la,” “Yes,” “Shots” and “I Don’t Wanna Be,” among others. 40-minute set. With songs like “Hammertime,” the See LMFAO, Page 2 opening two-member group pumped Daily Titan Staff Writer

Despite no longer selling one-day passes and a line-up that some considered to be upsetting, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which took place April 16-18, attracted 75,000 people from all over the globe to the desert for its 11th year, selling out the event. The festival did see some setbacks; the volcanic activity in Sweden caused some acts to cancel, including The Cribs, Frightened Rabbit and Gary Newman, however, as a whole, the festival was a success, with great performances by over one hundred artists, including up-and coming acts like Frank Turner, La Roux and Local Natives, DJ sets from David Guetta and 2ManyDJ’s, old favorites like Devo, a reunited Pavement and performances from leading artists Muse, Gorrillaz, Thom Yorke, The Dead Weather and Jay-Z, the first hip-hop artist ever to headline the festival. The event also included new attractions, including a giant Ferris wheel at its entrance and various pieces of art. A modern day Woodstock by day, and arguably one of Southern California’s biggest parties by night, Coachella is one event that music fans of all ages should not miss. For full coverage of the three-day event, pick up Thursday’s edition of the Daily Titan. See Sound-Off, Thursday.

11:50 AM: Angry counter-protesters attacked a nazi supporter, causing him to bleed from his neck.

2:37 PM: nazis are escorted out as counter-protesters hurl trash, rocks, bottles and a metal wrench at their vehicles.


PHoto By Mark Samala/For The Daily Titan LMFAO kicks off the Spring Concert 2010 with a choreographed dance to the Rocky theme.


April 19, 2010

IN OTHER NEWS Social Justice summit inspires

INTERNATIONAL European arilines test the ash cloud

LONDON – Their losses deepening, European airlines on Sunday stepped up pressure to reopen the skies by carrying out passenger-free test flights despite the layer of volcanic ash that kept most planes across the continent grounded for a fourth day. Airlines in Germany, the Netherlands and France sent jets close to or into the plume of ash and dust thrown up by the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland, in bids to demonstrate that flying conditions over Europe were safe. All the flights landed without incident, they said. There was no indication, however, that aviation authorities would immediately ease restrictions on European airspace. Officials said new wind patterns could disperse some of the ash cloud and allow more regularly scheduled flights to operate Monday, but thousands of stranded passengers and affected businesses braced for the ban on air travel to extend into the new week.

NATIONAL Toyota payment aimed at mollifying U.S. public WASHINGTON – Toyota Motor Corp. is considering paying a record fine imposed by the U.S. government in an effort to avoid a resurgence of criticism by the U.S. public, according to sources. Nonetheless, Toyota likely might once again face harsh opprobrium from the U.S. public as the company announced a recall of about 600,000 Siena minivans in the United States on Friday. The U.S. Department of Transportation imposed a $16.375 million civil penalty on Toyota earlier this month over the automaker’s failure to disclose an accelerator defect in some of its models. Toyota likely will come to conclude that paying the penalty is unavoidable to put the situation behind it, the sources said.


Jerry Brown offers to debate GOP rivals SACRAMENTO – Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Jerry Brown, facing a hard fight against one of two wealthy Republican rivals, offered Saturday to debate them both before the primary is even over. The invitation, aimed at firing up the party faithful, was immediately declined by leading GOP contender Meg Whitman. State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, battling Whitman for the Republican nomination, said he’d be happy to debate. “This is not going to be decided on the airwaves in a scripted, prepackaged advertisement -- by hidden and very well-paid consultants,” Brown told more than 1,000 delegates in the convention’s general session. “This is going to be mano a mano, one candidate against the other.” Brown didn’t take no for an answer from Whitman, releasing a statement in which he urged her to reconsider. “Private corporations sometimes hide behind slick advertising campaigns, but it’s wrong for a serious political candidate to do the same,” he wrote.

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By Brenna Phillips

Daily Titan Staff Writer

The sixth-annual Social Justice Summit, “Missing the Peace,” offered over 25 workshops, guest speakers and a resource fair to raise awareness and involvement in social actions at the Titan Student Union April 17. The Social Justice Summit is a forum for people to exchange ideas about improving communities, utilizing social action tools and finding solutions on a grassroots level. The wide array of workshops educated the public about human rights issues, environmental concerns and oppression on a local, national and global level. “We bring education to our campus and local community about issues that usually go uncovered by mainstream media,” said senior and organizer of the event Nikki Muth, in a question and answer session. “At the same time, we empower and encourage conference attendees to make a positive change in their community.” A workshop entitled, “Undocumented Students and their Struggle for Higher Education,” was presented by Orange County Dream Team (OCDT) member Carlos Perea, who discussed concerns and obstacles that surround undocumented students. Perea said 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high schools in the United States every year and 26,000 students graduate from high schools in California every year. Undocumented students have limited access to higher education and financial aid, are unable to work legally or participate in social activities where ID is required and are at risk of deportation.

Photo By sue lagarde/For the Daily Titan Volunteers that participated in the 6th Annual Social Justice Summit, “Missing the Peace,” in order to promote peace, change and action were applauded by the attendees for their hard work.

“The main goal is to raise awareness of the issue. We want (undocumented students) to go to college and be professionals,” Los Amigos High School senior Perea said. As an undocumented student and recent Cal State Fullerton graduate with an English degree, Jorge said he is an advocate because the issue affects him personally and directly. “It affects my community as a whole and I really want to make a difference,” OCDT member Jorge said. “I want to give undocumented students the chance to go to college, to not let them fall through the cracks

and be left behind.” Jorge said that he wants students to be conscious about their privileges when driving with a license, when applying for Federal Student Aid or Cal Grants, or when attending college fulltime. “If we create that consciousness of keeping their privileges in check … how can they help us? Be active in the struggle. That’s a great way to plug them into the movement,” Jorge added. Christine Bulaoro, who is in the nursing program, said that she attended the summit in hopes that she would learn something because she enjoys go-

NAZIs: rally gets violent From Page 1

The demonstration started somewhat peacefully. Three hundred members of the LAPD kept watch as demonstrators carried signs, chanted, played musical instruments and marched. Chants such as “Stop the Nazis and the K.K.K. The working class is here to stay!” were screamed by hundreds. Peace soon turned to violence when two white supremacists wandered into the counter-protest area. One man, donning racist tattoos, was beaten until police escorted him to safety. Blood could be seen on the back of his neck. Another man, carrying a sign displaying a swastika, was pummeled to the ground by angry attackers who beat him with their signs. No serious injuries were reported and a total of five arrests were made. Counterprotesters were also angry with the LAPD, arguing that tax dollars shouldn’t be used to fund such a racist demon-

stration. Estella Ayala, member of La Raz Unida, said, “I know that the government will say they have the right to assemble, but the government… needs to be sensitive to the minorities that make up this city.” Around 50 Nazis arrived at 10 in front of City Hall. With LAPD standing between them and the counter-protesters, they were safe to rally. Dressed completely in black and waving Nazi flags, the NSM saluted Hitler and proudly displayed their swastika patches. They harassed and bullied the protesters, threatening to “make lunch meat” out of them and tearing up the Mexican flag. “Go back to Mexico! This country was founded by white men, and was destined to be white,” preached Commander in Chief Jeff Schoep. The counter-protesters were screaming at the Nazis in fits of hatred. The NSM spoke for a little over an hour after which they were escorted to a private parking lot. Counter-

protesters followed, but were cut off by police. That didn’t stop them from hurling rocks, bottles, trash and even a metal wrench at the Nazis’ vehicles. When one of the windows shattered by a rock, the crowd cheered with victory. Though the NSM claims that their numbers are growing every day, the difference between the number of Nazis and counter-protesters showed evidence of a lack of support. There were only 50 NSM members present, while over 500 people showed up to protest against them. John Efferson, a photovoltaic installer from LA, went to the protest to demonstrate his hatred of racism. “Would they still be talking trash if they didn’t have police protection? Probably not, because they know what would happen,” he said. “You say something racist, and you’ve got to pay for it. That’s how we are in LA.”

ing to similar events. “I think it’s great for a forum for young people to discuss issues because so few really exist, so it’s a great platform,” said Bulaoro, 26. Health science major and Social Justice Summit volunteer Michelle Santizo said that people need to join together to make the world a happier and just place. “It can be as simple as smiling at someone, making their day, helping someone carry their books, shopping at the thrift store and getting involved in community issues once in a while,” said Santizo, 21.

LMFAO: rocked it

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“It was amazing,” said LMFAO front man, Redfoo. “You know the kids were hyped and that’s what always makes a better show. And so I loved it, personally.” The band, who had just returned from Canada and will be touring overseas to open for the Black Eyed Peas in the upcoming months, interacted with the crowd by pulling guests onstage, singing along with students and cracking jokes about ex-girlfriend look-alikes and making “connections” with women in the crowd. “LMFAO rocked it,” said undeclared freshman Amanda Shaw of her first LMFAO concert. “It was definitely worth the $100,000 dollars that ASI spent, and I had a great

time. I would definitely go see the band again.” A male dancer accompanied the electro-pop group as well as a man dressed in a metallic-gold robot suit as they jumped and danced in the crowd. The duo also added its own touch on popular songs such as Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom, Boom, Pow,” David Rush’s “Shooting Star” and Lil Jon’s “Outta Your Mind.” Carnero said it was a pleasure working with the Spring Concert participants. “Both artists were really, really cool,” Carnero said. “When I spoke with Redfoo, he was really impressed and excited that the show was sold out.” LMFAO is currently working on their second album, and music video for their single “Yes” will be hitting TV stations soon.


April 19, 2010

Fullerton Arboretum hosts garden show By ashley luu

Daily Titan Staff Writer

The Green Scene Plant and Garden Show presented 80 vendors that sold an array of colorful and unique flowers, plants, vegetables and garden accessories at the Fullerton Arboretum April 17 and 18. The large turnout consisted of families, several of which were pulling red wagons full of plants and flowers that they purchased among the various booths, tents and stands erected at the arboretum. The event also included master gardeners and plant societies for advice on gardening and plant cultivation. One vendor, Pura Vida Tropicals, sold tropical plants such as bamboo, palms, anthuriums and ginger, as well as bamboo clothing. “They’re beautiful plants, and they serve a lot of different purposes,” said co-owner of Pura Vida Tropicals Vikki Dimattia. “They filter the air, they give privacy … we have a lot of unusual plants that

you don’t see at Home Depot.” Dimattia said it is the family-owned vendor’s mission to let everyone know that bamboo can be utilized for different things, aside from its beauty. Orange County master gardener Diane Sukut provided practical information about topics such as water conservation and pesticide use for avid gardeners and others who wanted to go green. “I think there’s a resurgence of interest in gardening these days, and people are interested in sustainability and eating more organically,” Sukut said. “What’s more earth-friendly than growing your own vegetables? You (get to) know exactly what you’ve put on them.” The Beekeepers of Orange County was a highlight of Sukut’s experience at the event because she said it educated people about bees, whereas most people want to spray or kill them out of fear. “Without bees, we wouldn’t have any of these beautiful plants, so we really need to be educated about how great bees are to have around,” Sukut added. Office manager Theresa Heitkamp said




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photo By Ashley luu/Daily Titan Staff Photographer The Green Scene featured over 80 vendors offering an array of plants, flowers and products at the Fullerton Arboretum.

she read about the event in the Orange County Register and decided to stop by.

By CHELSEA MENSHEK For The Daily Titan

Chelsea Menshek reporting for duty. This week I traveled to a land of ocean breeze, warm sun and muscles. That’s right muscles. Venice Beach is a place like no other with a very eclectic, artistic and affable group of people. I take a stroll on the boardwalk and talk to fascinating folks along the way. One strong fellow even gives our Titan boys a run for their money. To check out the competition or just get an idea of what Venice Beach has to offer, go to our website and find out now. See ya there!

“I got inspired to make a Californian native garden and cut down on my water use, and it mo-

tivated me to come here and plan that because they’re so pretty,” Heitkamp said about the flowers.

Rosary High School senior Hannah Croghan said that she was invited by family members and enjoys shopping for flowers to put in her garden at home. “I like the hanging plants that are colorful because it brightens your day,” Croghan said. She and her mother had plenty of choices. The event gave gardeners the opportunity to purchase new plants to enhance their landscape, Dimattia said. “It beautifies the environment,” Dimattia added. “Avid gardeners that are stuck with the stores around them, (stores) don’t allow the opportunity to bring in new plants into their gardens … so it’s just a way to open up the plant world a little more.” Sukut said the event is a great central location in Orange County for people to find a wide variety of plants, plant-related products and knowledgeable people to talk to about any specific questions. “You’ve got all your tomato growers who can tell you about tomato plants, and they can’t always do that at Lowes or Home Depot,” Sukut said.

ASI election: RUN-OFF RESULTS From Page 1 Election officials entered the room with a laptop that contained a power point breakdown and analysis of the final votes. The slides were presented on a TV monitor that hung in the front of the room for both sides to see. When team Lopez was shown the results, one a huge cheer was let out from all their campaign workers and supporters. People stood up and hugged each other. Both Joe and Andrew Lopez high-fived a number of people and

then proceeded to call their parents to let them know the good news. The reaction of the Thayer and Velasco team was quite the opposite. Looks of dejection hung across their faces. “All I can say is we did the best we could,” Thayer said. “I’m going to go be with my team now.” Andy Lopez talked about the mood of team Lopez that morning, knowing that their hard work would come down to the vote count later that night. “We were confident, but we know results can swing either way,” Andy Lopez said.

Andy Lopez also commented on how happy he was with the way both teams handled the competition. “This campaign was run so well. It was very clean,” Andy Lopez said Joe Lopez talked about what he felt enabled his team to secure victory. “A lot of people on campus were advocating on our behalf. We have a very good reputation with the students,” Joe Lopez said. An exhausted Andy Lopez was asked what he would do now that it’s all over. “Sleep!” he said laughingly.


April 19, 2010

“Observing teen culture so you don’t have to”

A ton and a half of terror by Danielle Flint

Daily Titan Copy Editor

Readers, I just received some terrifying news. My boyfriend’s brother, Kyle, at the tender age of 16, has just received permission from the state to operate a ton and a half of metal on wheels, with a top speed of 105 mph. Now, before you all drop your newspapers and run screaming to the nearest bomb shelter, I have even more terrifying news to share with you. This is happening all over the country, to those even more incompetent behind the wheel than the blood relative of my boyfriend. After watching them for some time (usually from behind a large barrier made of rebar and cement), I have compiled a driving manual as written from the perspective of the average teen driver. Step one: When entering your vehicle, it is important to observe your surroundings. Are your friends in the car? If yes, don’t embarrass yourself by checking your mirrors and looking behind you before pulling out. Simply roll down your window, turn your music up really loud and step on the gas. Anything behind you will get out of the way. The same goes for all right turns in your future. Only look for oncoming traffic to your left. Any pedestrians to your right are on their own. Step two: Text while you drive, in addition to having several conversations with your friends. Oh, and be sure to distract yourself with other things like fiddling with the radio and making yourself a burrito with the aid of your cigarette lighter. This will show the other drivers on

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the road that you are a responsible multi-tasker. Step three: Drive unreasonably fast, and I’m not just talking on the freeway. City streets are a great place to show off your sweet engine by rocketing from a stop, driving 17 feet and slamming on your brakes at the next light. Don’t feel silly when the Ford Pinto you smoked pulls right up next to you. You’ll probably get to Del Taco before him just after the next few lights. Step four: Now that you’re at a stoplight, look around at the drivers beside you. Are their windows open? If yes, be sure to roll down yours as well, drowning out the music of their choice with music of your own. They’re music is obviously lame, and they must be introduced to whatever heavy base line is pounding from your vehicle. They will quickly see the error of their ways and give you a dirty look as they roll up their window. This is a sign of appreciation and acceptance of your superior music selection. Step five: The place you are driving to is incredibly important, so be

sure to drive frighteningly close to the car in front of you. Most driving experts will say that this drastically increases your chances of a deadly collision, but they just don’t understand. Tailgating is simply a convenient way to tell the driver in front of you that their current speed in unacceptable. Instead of politely backing off and signaling to change lanes to the left, speed up until you practically touch their bumper, swerve to the right, and cut them off as soon as you are able. A quick middle finger should remind them that they were in the wrong. Congratulations! You are now completely capable of operating your very own screaming metal death trap. Remember that driving is a responsibility that should never be taken lightly, unless there are people around to impress or ignore. Oh, and Kyle? If you so much as scuff the paint on your brother’s old Toyota 4Runner, I hope you’re prepared to spend to rest of your life riding to work on a 6-speed beach cruiser.

Theater juries are a necessary stress By Tanya Ghahremani

Daily Titan Staff Writer

The stress of being a college student can be frustrating and downright unbearable at times. All those classes expecting all that work by some perpetually looming deadline, not to mention the difficulty involved in maintaining a steady social life and possibly a job on the side. It seems a harrowing feat for students, but one that should be universally understood to be intentionally difficult so students can challenge themselves. Second-year theater majors at Cal State Fullerton have even more to worry about in terms of school: They must face juries in both December and May so that their progress in the program can be evaluated. If they don’t pass this jury, they’re out of the running to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and must instead attempt to attain a Bachelor of Arts or a Liberal Arts degree in theater. This method of evaluation has been criticized for being too harsh on students, as they must have other stressors in their lives that would make them feel too overwhelmed. Fair enough, but one would think the idea of stress in a college student’s life wouldn’t exactly be breaking news. Come on, why did any of us go to college in the first place? It wasn’t for the entertainment value – we were prepared

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to work. Those criticizing the way real world will be a real wake-up things are handled in the depart- call when they leave school. Show ment are one of two things: Scared business is no less harsh than jury or just too soft. evaluations, it is far worse. Those who are scared – that is, In show business, the people students who are not sure if they evaluating performances will have could go through such an experi- no qualms tearing it apart bit by bit ence that leaves them vulnerable until all that remains are tattered to tough cripieces of a fortiques with mer student’s nerve wrackpride. In show business, ing outcomes The educa– shouldn’t be the people evaluating tion system in the depart- performances will have in the United ment anyway. no qualms tearing it States is already Isn’t theater too lenient on supposed to apart bit by bit until all students – acbe a major that remains are tattered cording to a that promotes pieces of a former 2008 column extremely by Chris Hedgoutgoing be- student’s pride. es on Truthdig. havior? com, there are One can’t over 42 million let themselves be nervous or unsure American adults who cannot read, of themselves and still attempt to and 20 percent of them are high perform, it’s noticeable to audi- school graduates. If we’re being too ences. hard on students now, I can’t wait Performing in front of that jury to see what the numbers will be like should be no different than per- if we lessen the workload. There should be no difference forming in front of friends – just because one audience set is deter- between the way that curriculum mining the outcome of that stu- and evaluation practices are viewed dent’s future doesn’t mean the per- between majors – it’s all education, and it all matters – so the theater formance should differ any bit. And those who are too soft – department is just treating its prothese are the folks who claim that gram like a medical school or a students have enough to worry law school might treat their own about without the extra stress of programs. They want serious stuevaluations – if students aren’t chal- dents, and they want to make sure lenged now, in a safe college envi- the serious students are prepared to ronment where it’s understood that handle all the work that they could, they still have room to improve, the should and will be given.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You can carry creative activities forward if you keep your imagination engaged while also discussing practical requirements.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Instead of beating yourself up or missing the point in an important discussion, why not ask questions and see if you gain clarity?

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Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Create dynamic flow in household tasks by clearing a comfortable workspace and gathering tools and materials before starting.



Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Arrange a group discussion concerning imaginative ideas. Creativity increases in direct proportion to practical logic. Trust your thinking.


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Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) You’d love to fly away and take your luck with you. How about making sure your partner comes along? The love and excitement is far sweeter when shared.


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Cancer (June 22-July 22) Invest in clear communication concerning your long-range goal. A practical outline relieves stress for everyone. Keep track of progress.


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Gemini (May 21-June 21) You only need to change your tone of voice to throw the emotional weight off your shoulders and avoid confrontation. Try a less aggressive posture.

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Aries (March 21-April 19) Grab this Monday by the tail. You find several ways to work around objections and satisfy demands. Imagination is working overtime, yet you still find common ground.

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By victoria graciano-Guerrero Daily Titan Staff Writer

How hard is it to keep your hands clean from sexual scandals when you are a professional athlete at the top of your game? Kobe Bryant, Steve McNair and Tiger Woods are among the most popular sex scandals of the decade. In these times, can we really be shocked and shake our heads in disbelief every time a new cheating or sexual assault allegation surfaces about about an athlete? Athletes are a prime target for sexual scandals. Take, for example, two-time Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger, who is the most recent athlete involved in a sex scandal. On March 5, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback was accused for sexually assaulting a 20-year-old college student in Milledgeville, Ga. According to ESPN, Roethlisberger has a reputation for being a partygoer. In 2008, he was involved in a similar discrepancy in Lake Tahoe, which doesn’t help the current allegations. Then again, what do people expect? Yes, he’s going to go out and party, he’s 28 years old and single. Yet, not even the world’s best golfer, Tiger Woods, escaped the temptation, which resulted in the trashing of his reputation of a quiet, respected, admired and sometimes envied, married man. In late November 2009, there were reports that Woods allegedly had an affair with a New York nightclub hostess. Then, Woods confessed and apologized for his “transgressions.” Woods, who according to Forbes. com has an annual income of $110 million, said, “I am far short of perfect.” Embarrassing enough, around 14 women came forward saying they had a sexual relationship with Woods while he was married. Rumors say his wife will leave him, or Woods will pay her to stay by his side. Either way, she will not be left empty-handed. Let’s not forget the scandal surrounding Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant. In 2003, Bryant was accused of sexually assaulting a hotel employee in Eagle County, Colo.

photo courtesy mct Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger rolls out to pass against the Miami Dolphins on Jan. 3. Roethlisberger was involved in a sex scandal on March 5.

Prosecutors dropped the case after the accuser refused to testify, the accuser then filed a civil suit, but settled outside of court. At the time, he admitted to having consensual sex with his accuser and publicly apologized to his fans with his wife by his side. He was arguably the NBA’s best player. Cheaters never prosper, but Bryant and the Lakers advanced to the NBA Finals in 2004 but fell short of the NBA Championship that year. In 2009, Bryant won the NBA’s MVP award, and no, he wasn’t booed off stage. His wife attends games regularly and she proudly wears the infamous $4 million ring Kobe bought her after the scandal. Not every scandal has a fairy tale ending. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair was slain by his mistress in July of 2009. This sex scandal took a turn for the worst when McNair’s 20-yearold mistress found out that the quarterback did not end his marriage like he promised. After shooting McNair four times, his mistress took her own life.

McNair’s friend Robert Gaddy told the New York Daily News that McNair was a great man, a man who’d do anything for you. Really? According to an article in People magazine, there are many reasons why men cheat. In most cases, it has much to do with filling an emotional need and less to do with the physical attraction. Oh good, that explains why athletes go for the “hooker type,” and then the public is left wondering what the hell they were thinking. Or, as reports, “cheating on the prom queen with the band geek.” Are there any connections here? Maybe. Is it a coincidence that Bryant and Woods were listed in athletes top 100 list as the highest paid athletes? Come on, who are we kidding? They’re athletes, everyone knows it’s just preferably better to tangle with someone who is insanely rich and famous. Who are we to criticize these athletes and say they can’t have it all?

Tight racing, new classes at Grand Prix in Long Beach

photo By damon lowney/Daily Titan Online Editor Flying Lizard Motorsports No. 45 is rolled back to its trailer after passing tech inspection. This 911 GT3 RSR placed first in the GT class later that day during a race with 36 cars and filled with breakdowns, cautions and fierce compeition.

By damon lowney

Daily Titan Online Editor

The second round of the American Le Mans Series took place during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Saturday, and the nature of the short, narrow street course coupled with the largest field of cars (36) ever to start at Long Beach, meant plenty of drama before the end of the 100-minute race. Of note, this is the first race under the new rules stating that the LMP1 and LMP2 class be joined as the LMP class, and the GT1 and GT2 class be joined as the GT class. Two new classes, the LMP Challenge class and the GT Challenge class, made their debut at 2010’s first race at Sebring International Raceway. The LMPC class is filled with Chevy powered Oreca FLM09s and the GTC class is filled with Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars. The new classes’ uniformity in car choice marks a step toward spec racing in the ALMS. In the end, these classes were formed to allow teams a way to enter ALMS on a smaller budget than in the LMP and GT classes. The fiercest race-long battle took place between the LMP class No. 007 Lola-Aston Martin driven by Adrian Fernandez and Harold Primat and the No. 1 Honda Performance Development Acura ARX-

01c driven by Simon Pagenaud and In the GT class, Porsche factory David Brabham. drivers Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick The race was determined when Long took the class victory for FlyPagenaud overtook Fernandez on ing Lizard Motorsports in their No. the last lap with a pass that he said 45 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in front was “quite hairy” after the race. of the No. 3 Corvette ZR1 driven by Fernandez made an error and Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnusseemingly let Pagenaud pass un- son and the No. 92 BMW M3 GT contested, but he didn’t give up and driven by Bill Auberlen and Tommy fought to reclaim the top position Milner. until the finish. “Porsche has been putting emphaThe Lola-Aston Martin had the sis on being efficient, yet fast,” Long only V12 engine in the field, which said after the race. gave it a definite For most of power advantage the race, howevover the Acura. er, the battle for Pagenaud said first in class was that after the pass between the top he needed to fight qualifying No. 62 the Lola-Aston Ferrari F430 GT Martin’s straightof Risi Compeline speed to the – Patrick Long tizione driven by finish. Jaime Melo and Porsche Factory Driver Both teams Gianmaria Bruni had their share and the No. 17 of problems with Porsche of Falken the Lola-Aston Martin suffering Tires driven by Brian Sellers and body damage to the left rear from an Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler. avoidable contact from the close folAfter the Falken Porsche gained lowing Acura. the lead, the two cars battled through The Acura received a stop-start multiple cautions and a slippery penalty in the pits and the Lola- track caused by fluid leaking from a Aston Martin had to deal with pos- GT Challenge Porsche early in the sible airflow complications from the race. The Risi Competizione Ferrari damage. finished fourth in class after overtakThe first stint-driver of the Acura, ing the Falken Porsche, which finBrabham, said he thought that the ished sixth. nature of the bump wouldn’t have Juan Gonzalez and Butch Leitzresulted in a penalty had the Lola- inger took first in the GT Challenge Aston Martin’s rear body work not class in their No. 81 Porsche 911 fallen off. GT3 Cup car after the lead GT Challenge cars got thrown off line from driving over marbles (loose pieces of tire rubber), Leitzinger said. Leitzinger was formerly a LMP1 driver and doesn’t consider the step down to the GT Challenge class as “being sent to the mines.” “You don’t want to be in the prototypes if you sacrifice quality,” Leitzinger said. “It’s taken a big adjustment,” transitioning from the more powerful car, he said. The No. 66 Green Earth Team Gunnar Oreca FLM09 driven by Elton Julian and Gunnar Jeannette took first in class in the LMP Challenge class. “Here, with the LMPC (car), our top speed is the same as the GT and GTC cars,” Gunnar said, so he and Julian focused on entering the straights with the most possible speed. “Today, things worked out the way they should, we hit our marks,” Julian said.

Porsche has been putting emphasis on being efficient, yet fast.

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