May 4, 2010
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Dodgers’ heavy hitter returns to field Manny Ramirez was injured for 10 days and is now back for “Blue Crew” SPORTS, Page 4
A second journey into the dangerous world of fanfiction OPINION, Page 3
The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton
Campus nears acquisition
Endangered sports live for one more year
By camille tarazon/Daily Titan Staff Writer Senior gymnast Shannon Kawada exudes confidence during her floor exercise against Michigan State on March 12.
By Simon Liang
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graphic courtesy csuf division of administration and finance If approved, Cal State Fullerton may construct new buildings on what is currently an 11 acre campus of Hope International University to accommodate a growing student population.
By Brenna Phillips
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Future Cal State Fullerton students may find themselves seated in the classrooms and roaming the halls of the Hope International University facility. CSUF is in the final stages of developing the purchase of HIU, which is located south of the campus, adjacent to College Park. “Conceptually, we have been working on this for the past three years. In the past year we have been moving
forward with negotiations and sales,” said Jack Smart, the property acquisition coordinator. “But it isn’t as though this is totally foreign to CSUF. We once occupied this site.” For a brief period of time in the 1960s, the area was leased by the university and provided students with dormitories, a bookstore and retail shops. In addition there was a footbridge built across Nutwood to connect the two facilities. “This is a relatively congested campus,” Smart said. “Sooner or later the campus will have to accommo-
date more students. We have to seize the opportunity because it makes so much sense for the campus to acquire that site.” The site would provide an additional 11 acres to the campus, increasing available parking spaces, classrooms and dorms for use by CSUF students. “I think the Hope people have known for a long time that we are potential buyers,” Smart said. “Once they had made the decision that they wanted to move, they came forward that they were open to sales.” The property, which was appraised
for $30-37 million in July 2009, will be purchased through a combination of bonds that are available in the California State University. Occasionally, bonds are bundled together, such as housing and parking bonds, then sold throughout the system. The financial package put together by the Administration and Finance office is under review in the chancellor’s office, and if approved, will be presented to the Board of Trustees as soon as this month. See HOPE, Page 2
Introspect: Cal State legislation stonewalled Palin controversy sparks scrutiny of foundations
CA Senator Yee demands fiscal transparency
By Jenny Karmarkar
37-year career comes to a close
Daily Titan Editor at Large
By nick marley/Daily Titan Photo Editor The Long Beach home of Charles B. Reed, CSU Chancellor, is worth an estimated $1.1 million. His salary exceeds that of President Obama by roughly $20 thousand annually.
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See ‘Suspicion’, Page 6
See SURVIVAL, Page 4
By Christine Amarantus
Daily Titan Staff Writer
Amid new allegations of wrongdoing, suspicion continues to reign over the California State University and the many auxiliary organizations that operate on behalf of its campuses. The latest incident involves Cal State Stanislaus’ refusal to make public the contracts involving an upcoming speaking engagement by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Portions of a document thought to be part of the contract were later found by two CSUS students in a university dumpster. “I never thought I would have to live through Watergate again, but to some extent, this is our own little Watergate here,” California Sen. Leland Yee (DSan Francisco) said at an April 13 press conference. Yee had requested the documents to ascertain that taxpayer monies were not being used for the event, which is being funded by the nonprofit CSU Stanislaus Foundation. CSU auxiliaries and foundations are legally separate from the campuses they serve and are not subsidized by the university. The incident has prompted Attorney General Jerry Brown to launch an investigation into CSUS and whether the Foundation is properly managing its $20 million in assets.
Thanks to generous donations from gymnastics and wrestling communities, the Cal State Fullerton gymnastics and wrestling programs have been retained for the 201011 academic year. “All along I thought we could do it,” said wrestling Head Coach Dan Hicks. “I don’t think anyone else in the world thought we could do it, but we thought we could.” The gymnastics and wrestling teams had to raise $280,000 and $200,000, respectively, by May 1, to ensure their survival. “It has been a long year and it hasn’t really sunk in. There are a lot of challenges to come,” said gymnastics Head Coach Jill Hicks. “I am really grateful that we have another year.” A $65,000 private donation right before the deadline gave the gymnastics program enough to get by. “Raising money is not easy, especially in this economy, but many people were generous in their support,” said Brian Quinn, CSUF athletics director.
California Sen. Leland Yee, who represents District 8 (encompassing about half of San Francisco and most of San Mateo County), has proposed several bills seeking transparency in the Cal State University and limiting executive salaries. The first ChineseAmerican elected to the State Senate, Yee has fought cuts to California’s education and social services. He has successfully passed more than 100 pieces of legislation, including laws protecting student speech, restoring money to domestic violence shelters, protecting the environment and demanding accountability from the CSU and University of California. Daily Titan: What does Senate Bill 330 aim to accomplish? Leland Yee: It’s a very conformed bill to provide transparency to what’s going on in the UCs and CSUs of the state of California. The reality is that more and more of the official responsibility of the CSUs are being shifted over to these foundations, I believe for the sole purpose of skirting the California Public Records Act (CPRA), skirting any effort to scrutinize and hold accountable some of the activities of the CSU because any activity within the CSU is subject to the CPRA.
Dean Rick Pullen dropped the hammer on State College Boulevard. The Eaton M90-based Roushcharger howled beneath the hood as all 427 ponies screamed to life and the pavement seemed to disappear into the Hugger Orange hood scoop. The dean ripped the short-stick shifter back into second gear, the chrome 18-inch wheels broke free and the rear end of the 2007 Roush 427R began to dance.
See ‘Yee’, Page 6
See DEAN PULLEN, Page 2
By Camille Tarazon/Daily Titan Staff Photographer Dean of the College of Communications Rick Pullen bids farewell to all who touched his life and contributed to his 37 years of service.
By don stefanovich
Daily Titan News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
May 4, 2010
IN OTHER NEWS Dean Pullen: crosses the finish line
Iraqi election recount begins BAGHDAD – Iraqi election officials on Monday launched a recount of votes cast in Baghdad during March elections but almost immediately drew fire from a key supporter of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whose party initially requested the second tally. The dispute further dimmed prospects for the quick formation of a new government. Iraq’s independent election commission said it would take “two weeks or even three” to finish the recount. Iraqis and Western observers fear stretching out the formation of the new government could further deteriorate security and endanger a plan to pull about 50,000 American troops out of the country by September. “I think everyone is looking to the Independent High Electoral Commission to finish this job as soon as possible because any kind of delay will have consequences and interpretations,” Faraj Haidari, chief of the election commission said.
Supreme Court closes front entrance to public WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court announced Monday it was closing its grand front entrance to the arriving public, prompting dissents from two justices who said the open front door was a powerful symbol of equal justice for all. Starting Tuesday, visitors will not be permitted to walk up the marble steps to enter the building under the facade that says “Equal Justice Under Law.” Instead, for security reasons, they will be required to enter a side entrance and go through screening devices. This change, several years in the making, had been recommended as a security precaution. The new screeners can check for “weapons, explosives and chemical and biological hazards,” the court said in a statement.
Woman suspected of killing sister-in-law SAN BERNADINO – An armed transient was found pacing a Rialto street early Sunday after fatally shooting her sister-in-law and driving around with the body for hours, police say. Sandra Lee Kotz, 48, is being held without bail at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on suspicion of murder. “This is just really bizarre,” said Rialto Police Lt. Joe Cirilo. “We have a victim, we have a gun, but what we don’t have is the motive and the location where this occurred.” It was 12:45 a..m. when Kotz’s sister in Washington State called police to report a conversation she’d just had with Kotz. Kotz “told her she’d killed their sister-in-law and had been driving around for several hours with the body in the car,” Cirilo said. The sister was able to direct police to a home in the 500 block of Joyce Street, where Kotz allegedly told her sister she was headed. Officers found a distraught Kotz walking on the street just after 2 a.m., armed with a handgun they believe was used to kill 58-year-old Ellen Ann Bayless.
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We greeted Yorba Linda Boulevard in third gear, and as Pullen let off the gas the custom exhaust burbled with backpressure – the Mustang’s guttural chuckle of delight after being allowed to gallop. “I think I burned my clutch a little bit,” he later observed, sniffing several times to inhale the hot, sweet scent with a boyish grin. “I actually did some pretty decent shifts.” With the Roush parked safely away from other vehicles, Pullen grabbed his briefcase from the backseat and headed into the Titan Student Union for the 50th Anniversary Banquet of the Daily Titan. It was here, only two days before his official retirement party, where he would offer closing remarks, as well as receive an unexpected tribute by several former colleagues and students. After 37 years of serving in various capacities at Cal State Fullerton, this would be one of the last events during which Pullen would officially serve as Dean of the College of Communications. “I thought, ‘You’re kidding, I thought that was a freshman,’” quipped former student, Ed Zintel of when he was introduced to Pullen, then adviser of the Daily Titan – a position Pullen recalls as his most enjoyable. “Well, here we are, 37 years later and we’ve all aged, even Rick has. I understand last year they started carding him,” Zintel said. As five decades of alumni, faculty and Daily Titan staff laughed and cheered, the college’s dean of 15 years looked on fondly. “We thought newspapers would never end and certainly thought Rick Pullen would never end, and he won’t,” added Peter Schmuck, former Daily Titan staff member, alumni and current Baltimore Sun columnist. Pullen’s passion for the field of communications, journalism specifically, is perhaps the only rival to his long-time affinity for automobiles that began
with a Pontiac GTO in 1966, only a year before he graduated from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon with degree in journalism. He was named Outstanding Journalism Student in his class and would receive his master’s in education from Linfield a year later. “It’s kind of like you have to have a heart for journalism,” Pullen said. “You have to have a heart for that – gathering information, writing – you have to have a decent ability to write. I sort of had all that.” For Pullen, it began in high school, working on both the newspaper and yearbook staff, as well as writing sports for the town paper. It continued through college where he was an editor at his college paper as well as working in its news bureau and sports information offices. “When I graduated … I decided to go teach,” Pullen said. He worked as a reporter and taught high school journalism in Portland before returning to school himself at Southern Illinois University where he received his doctorate in communications while working on the school paper, the Daily Egyptian. “My whole life has been journalism,” recalled Pullen, who headed west shortly after earning his doctrine to take his position at a California school he had never heard of. He was admittedly apprehensive of the city life and smog of Los Angeles, but found CSUF nestled among lush orange groves and farmland of 1970s Orange County. This, he thought, would suffice for a few years before returning to teach in his home state of Oregon. “I think he’s had a wonderful career here at Cal State Fullerton,” said Pullen’s wife, Jill. “It’s become family. It just isn’t a job, but it’s family.” Her sentiments are echoed among colleagues. “He also is a close friend,” said Anthony Fellow, department of communications chair. “And I have always enjoyed when he begins his sentences
Hope: space gained From Page 1
“The issue is how we will retire the bonds,” Smart said. “That’s kind of a mixture of the first year’s income from Hope and income from parking and dorm funds. We will use a mix of sources of money with more emphasis on non-state funds. The impact on the day-to-day budget issues will be very minor.” Hope will contribute to some of the cost of the land by renting the space from CSUF for the next two to three years while its officials search for a new site. “If the acquisition goes through, we will create some type of task force for it,” said Scott Hewitt, chair of the Academic Senate Executive Committee. “If it’s a more campus-wide task force, it would be looking at all aspects, such as if we will lease to pri-
vate businesses and whether there will be open space for the community.” Other funding could potentially come from parking revenue, student housing revenue, public partnership and city redevelopment funds. “From the executive staff side, we think it is beneficial because we are so land-locked,” said Kathy Ting Ting Yu, ASI chief administration officer and a member of the Academic Senate. “We need that extra space, but we understand that at this time with the budget crisis it may not be the best time to do that. However, we also know that if we don’t take advantage, we could lose this opportunity.” Hope International University was unavailable to comment by press time.
Photo By Camille Tarazon/Daily Titan Staff Writer Pam Hillman, Vice President of University Advancement, serenades Rick Pullen, Dean of the College of Communicationss on stage during his retirement celebration.
with, ‘You are like a son to me.’ I then His commitment to the freedom of have to think, did this son do a good speech was another echoed sentiment thing today or a bad thing today?” among colleagues. From the time he first accepted his “Rick felt it was his job to explain position as an assistant professor of the First Amendment to people who media law and adviser to the Daily Ti- should know it already,” said Professor tan in 1973, he quickly advanced both Tom Clanin of his time as adviser of himself and the department. the Daily Titan. “He was a huge, huge “He is truly a transformational lead- defender of the paper, even when it er who not only transforms others, but made mistakes. He was a big, big supis transformed in the process because porter of the paper. I’m just hoping he continues to learn from others,” said whoever replaces him has a journalism Assistant Dean of Communications background and the same values that Irene Matz. he has.” In 1982 he was promoted to proHe seems to remain humble, even fessor and was named Outstanding when confronted with the often-exJournalism Professor by the California pressed sentiment that he helped save Newspaper Publishers Association. the College of Communications. From 1991 to 1995 he served as as“It takes a lot of teamwork and you’ve sociate dean of the communications got to have good people,” Pullen said. department. “I’ve had good “His first chalpeople working lenge was to eswith me. We’ve tablish himself, had great students which he did very who we’ve helped well,” said radioachieve their poTV-film chair tential.” Edward Fink. – Tom Clanin The gentle “But probably communications professor, notes of a piano his biggest chalflutter through lenge was finding Pavillion C in the time to work on his MG cars with all Titan Student Union on Monday afthe demands of being a dean.” ternoon. Pullen stands in the doorway, Pullen took the reins of a wobbly greeting friends, colleagues and family communications department (then as they enter, then mingle beneath a “school”) in 1995. smiling photo of the retiree projected “Probably, the greatest thrill of my larger than life. life was actually, after a national search, This is the end. being named dean of the college,” remAfter today, Pullen will be able to eninisced Pullen. “I was one of the very joy his cars (in addition to the Roush, first internal candidates to be named his stable counts a 1931 Ford Roadster, to a high-level position. And so, when a 1948 MG-TC show car and a 1952 I was named dean, I probably have to MG-TD), relax at his beach house say that was the very best thing that in Oceanside with Jill and volunteer could’ve probably ever happened to me his time at the Children’s Hospital of in my career.” Orange County, something he says As dean, Pullen solidified the newly is a way to give back after surviving a formed College of Communications, childhood bout with polio. oversaw its move across Nutwood AvIt’s not difficult to imagine his mind enue into its current home of College wandering to these as he sits humPark and diversification to encompass bly, hands clasped on the stage as his many new majors under the com- many accomplishments and accolades, munications umbrella including the among other anecdotes, from friends RTVF department. and family were recounted. During his time at CSUF, Pullen He was seated in a chair adorned authored, “Keeping it Legal: A Hand- by a commemorative plaque that he book of Student Press Law in Califor- frequently had to reposition to see the nia,” and co-penned, “Media Law in various videos and photographs flashed California” and “Major Principles of on the screen behind him. Media Law.” Presented by Vice President of AcaHe also received the Sky Dunlap demic Affairs Ephraim P. Smith, the Award for a Lifetime Achievement in chair was one of an odd assortment of Journalism from the Orange County souvenirs Pullen would receive includPress Club in 2009, an honor usually ing an inflatable car raft, a signed Titan reserved for active journalists, not edu- baseball jersey, a Mike Sciosca autocators or administrators. graphed baseball, designated emeritus “He ran two statewide First Amend- status, a First Amendment Coalition ment Coalition Assemblies at CSUF, acknowledgement and a $22,000 which were enormous challenges in lo- check representing donations to the gistics and diplomacy,” said Commu- Rick D. Scholarship fund. nications Professor Mel Opotowsky. Following heartfelt tributes, toasts, roasts and even a musical tribute, a choked-up Pullen offered six sincere yet simple words to sum up his sentiments. “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”
I’m just hoping whoever replaces him has ... the same values he has.
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A very real threat As Americans, we live in a bubble of safety. We have the privilege of living in a nation that is typically free from direct terrorism. We are free of violent acts of revolution, and generally don’t have to put up with or hear of large displays of violence other than what is written in the paper (not that many people do that either). Although mother nature seems to be kicking our ass a lot more recently, we very rarely worry or think about the potential of death or chaos caused by violence, other than the very rare, though terrifying and heartbreaking, events such as 9/11 and the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people. However, with the attempted car bombing that took place in Times Square in New York City Saturday night, there is a new sense of dread, and less of a feeling of security than before. Unlike most of the world, many New Yorkers understand, and still worry about, the threat of terrorist acts. “It’s just a matter of time,” said Peter Nash, 65, a neuroscientist who lives in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, in a New York Times article. “It’s the nature of terrorist organizations that they don’t do creative things and worthwhile things; they destroy. The only thing that surprises me is they haven’t been more successful.” According to that same article, from “1970 through 2007, terrorists used car bombs at least 1,495 times, according to research by the terrorism response center in Maryland. The center tracked 876 in the Middle East and North Africa, 212 in Western Europe and 163 in South Asia.” With so many of these bombings happening worldwide, why have all but a few hit the United States? Whatever the reason, that mysterious defense may be fading. In the film “Children of Men,” there is a scene that begins with Clive Owen’s character walking out of a crowded coffee shop, full of impatient customers, onto a very busy New York street. After he walks about down the street about half a block, the coffee shop explodes from a terrorist bombing. People run
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screaming and the entire coffee shop, its hardworking employees and its impatient customers, have been destroyed in the blink of an eye. Although this short, yet impactful, scene is from a fictional movie, the context of the event is a very real happening that takes place throughout the world. Innocent peoples’ lives are gone in an instant, all under the name of political or religious extremists. What do we as average U.S. citizens do? In an age of ever-growing political and religious extremists throughout the world, and even in the U.S., how do we prepare, or prevent this kind of common catastrophe? Do we call in every suspicious act of a neighbor, taxi driver, pedestrian and friend? Do we tap even more phone lines, monitor more websites, and tighten up security at the border and in airports to an almost militaristic degree? Do we live in fear and paranoia whenever we walk into a crowded building or down a city street past a government building? No, we live normally. Unlike how Comedy Central responded the death threats based around the South Park Episode 201 Mohammed controversy, we must show that their acts to not affect us in the ways they want. We show that acts of intimidation, like the ones used by the Al Queda, the Irish Republican Army and the Taliban, do not fulfill their eventual goal in the U.S. We show that we are not scared because we live in a nation free from religious or governmental opression. We show that they can’t be terrorists because we aren’t terrified. “I think it’s a little alarming. I walk there all the time, but still I refuse to bow down to it,” said Sara Duffy, 40, an interior designer who lives in West Village, in the New York Times article. No matter where you live, there is always the threat of a violent act. The key to preventing it is to not bend to the events and organizations and people that caused them.
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Fanfiction 2: Electric Boogaloo by ashleigh johnson
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After weeks of intense, montageworthy therapy (aka, drinking a bottle of Listerine until I became a mutant and gained superpowers. That’s what happens when you drink heavily, right? Because superpowers are the only way to explain my projectile vomiting skills), I finally worked up the courage to once again enter the dark and foreboding halls of Fanfiction.net. For those of you who missed out on the first part of my startling expose on the prose found on Fanfiction.net, allow me to get you up to speed: Fanfiction is a written work that is created by a fan of a book, movie, video game, etc. As we saw before, most of it sucks, though there are occasionally exceptions to the rule. Now, without further ado… “Of Wind and Fire” by Midnite Solistace (a “Captain Planet” Fanfiction) Defining quote: “They both understood each other, Linka needed this, she wasn’t sure whether it was lust-filled teenaged hormones or whether it was the pure need of having Wheeler close when she was scared. The strangest part was that Linka wasn’t scared of what was about to happen between them, even though she was certain she would be when the time came. Wheeler gently proceeded to kiss every part of her
skin he could find, removing her satin pajamas as he did so. Wheeler’s boxes soon followed their way onto the floor and Wheeler pulled the blanket up around them.” Commentary: Hey, kids! Remember the 1990s? Yeah, that was a radical time, wasn’t it? Power Rangers, Pokemon, Pogs, Captain Planet… Hey, speaking of Captain Planet, remember that one episode when the Russian chick’s brother is in a near-fatal mining accident, so the American guy helps her get over her grief by boning her? (Woooo! USA! USA!) Yeah, neither do I, but if they ever make a gritty, childhood-raping Captain Planet reboot, I think I’ve found the perfect writer. “Meeting the Devil” by RedEyes Swordsman Dragon (a “Samurai Jack” Fanfiction) Defining quote: “Jack looked down to see bunches of wires and circuits whipping and hissing and sprouting out of Aku’s throat where his head should be. And if he looked closer, Jack could see a tiny TV inside the mess of sparkling wires. ‘What’s this?’ He reached down to pick up the TV and looked at the screen. ‘Well, hello, sexy.’ Jack jumped as an image flickered on and off the screen, accompanied by the voice that had just called him sexy. Suddenly, Jack felt himself being sucked into a large black hole that had just appeared beside him and he was knocked out by the force.” Commentary: This is a metaphor
for something, I just know it. Clearly it’s about the dangers of television on impressionable minds. It’s also about how watching too much television will cause people to have sexual feelings toward the said object, causing the television to eventually give them the oral sex of conformity before George Lucas sneaks up behind them, and knocks them out with The Force and they’re forced to play Indiana Jones’ great-great-greatgrandchild in a crappy sequel. “Not Just Another Twilight Fanfiction” by Apple of Lucifer (a “Twilight” meets “God of War” Fanfiction) Defining quote: “‘Who are you?’ Edward asked, doing his best to ignore the pain. ‘Kratos,’ the man said. Bella looked at the blade as he withdrew it. It was on fire. But fire didn’t affect vampires, did it? Kratos continued, ‘Some asshole dropped me off in this pathetic excuse for a place with an even weirder name. Point is, I can’t go back to Greece until I kill you and your kind, so that’s what I’m here for.’ Bella and Edward’s eyes widened. Nobody could kill vampires, they were immortal! Kratos backed up a couple steps and swung his blades, hacking off their arms. More swings and the two supposedly immortal vampires lay as a pile of burning flesh. He flicked the pieces off the cliff with one of his blades.” Commentary: You know what? I take back everything I said before. You’re all right, Fanfiction.
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May 4, 2010
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photo courtesy mct Los Angeles Dodgers’ left fielder Manny Ramirez shows frustration after striking out.
Tonight, Manny Ramirez will make his long awaited return to the batter’s box to show off his tremendous strength. But wait a minute, hasn’t he been doing that already? In case you hadn’t noticed that No. 99 hasn’t been standing around in left field for the Dodgers, here’s what you’ve missed. Ramirez has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 23 with a strained right calf. It’s the first time he’s been placed on the DL since 2002, when he fractured his left index finger with the Boston Red Sox. Since then, the Dodgers have gone 4-6 without him and have not seemed to find the right man for the job out in left. They have tried to rotate Garret Anderson, Cal State Fullerton alumnus Reed Johnson and Xavier Paul. Although the Dodgers remain optimistic about Ramirez’s return, they had to start him in a minor league
rehabilitation assignment with the tract which he has the option of optClass A Inland Empire 66ers. Wait, ing out of at the end of the season? who? Will the Dodgers see a repeat of The bottom of the barrel in the mi- Ramirez’s final season with the Bosnors. Ramirez could have gone with ton Red Sox where he posed for the the usual Triple-A assignment from cameras? Albuquerque, N.M., but the team is Well, this is LA, so we will see on the road in Memphis, Tenn. the spotlight on him plenty of times And of course, this season, as he Ramirez doesn’t makes his decilike the feeling sion to walk away of jet lag from a from the Souththree-hour flight. land or swing Poor Manny. away and stay in Well, I’m pretty LA. sure he will have “I’m not really – Joe Torre that concerned,’’ no problem “beDodgers manager ing Manny” at said Dodgers Lake Elsinore, but manager Joe there’s always that Torre, before a one question about him. game against the Pittsburgh Pirates When does he ever stop smiling? on May 2. True, but he has no problem taking “Manny hasn’t been away that care of business at the plate for the long. Even though it was a short sam“Blue Crew.” pling so far, his approach has been In his 18th season in the big different than it was last year when he leagues, he’s batting .415 with 17 went away (to serve a league-imposed hits, 2 homers, 12 RBIs and a .500 suspension for a drug-policy violaon-base percentage in just 13 games tion) and came back. I don’t think played. it will take that much for him to be What about the $45 million con- ready.’’
I don’t think it will take that much for him (Manny) to be ready.
By gilbert gutierrez III
Daily Titan Asst. Sports Editor
It’s still too early for the Dodgers to be able to claim the National League West division, but they sure could use a leg up. With an 11-14 overall record, the Dodgers stand in fourth place, five games behind the San Diego Padres. Dodger fans paid to see Ramirez hit the ball out of the park, not to see him take a walk to first base. It’s safe to say that his coaching staff feels the same way. “Believe me, when Manny is up, I hope for two things: I hope he hits a home run or he is on third with less than two outs. Because that might be the most difficult player to navigate around the bases because you don’t know when he is running hard, you don’t know what gait he is going to be in, you don’t know what his mood is,” said Dodgers third base coach Larry Bowa in an interview April 30 with Sirius/XM radio. He will be eligible to be activated and hopefully return to Chavez Ravine on May 8 against the Colorado Rockies. Dodger fans can only hope their slugger won’t reaggravate his injury and swings for the fences.
PROGRAM SURVIVAL: GYMNASTICS AND WRESTLING From Page 1 Because of Title IX – which provides women equal opportunity in college athletics – both teams needed to fund enough money to rule out elimination. This put the Hickses in a unique position, being husband and wife, with the task of funding their own programs. Jill – the 2007 Western Athletic Conference coach of the year – has emphasized academics (17 of her gymnasts have been named to WAC All-Academic Team). Dan has averaged more than three NCAA championship qualifiers per year in his eight years at CSUF and brought prominence to a wrestling program that, prior to 2004, had not won a Pac-10 dual meet in five years. They have done a lot with very little. “Their (the Hickses’) passion for their sports and their student-athletes is obvious,” Quinn said.
The Hickses first found out about the crisis surrounding their programs early last year. In June 2009, Jill was notified that she had to raise $90,000 by Aug. 1 if she wanted to keep the gymnastics program alive. “It started off being, obviously, very overwhelming because we had to raise that much money,” Jill said. Recruits were lost, but that did not deter Jill from her mission. By the end of the summer, USA Gymnastics contributed $75,000 to their cause. More help was on the way, in the form of 2008 Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin. On Dec. 13, 2009, Liukin headlined the “Southern California College Preview” at Titan Gym to raise awareness about the dwindling CSUF gymnastics program. The event generated $25,000, with the help of UCLA gymnastics Head Coach Valorie Kondos Field and her entire team.
“What it really did was that it created a buzz and excitement about our sport in the whole Southern California area,” Jill said. “That was a huge reason why we did it.” Dan faced a similar uphill battle. “I went to the guys and told them that I didn’t believe in a no-win scenario,” he said. “I figured there were things we could do and we had to fight it.” On Nov. 22, 2009, Titan wrestling hosted the 44th Annual AllStar Classic, courtesy of the National Wrestling Coaches Association. The event brought in around $42,000, but more importantly, raised awareness for the troubles facing the wrestling program. Even with just four scholarships in hand, Dan was still able to bring in the No. 24 ranked recruiting class in 2009. Facing the possibility of extinction, athletes from both sports focused on what got them to this point – dedication.
“I told them they needed to do two things: Stay focused on the academics and their gymnastics and that I would do the rest,” Jill said. This season, seven gymnasts were named to the WAC All-Academic Team. Junior gymnast Alaina Baker finished 11th at the 2010 NCAA Regionals; her third consecutive trip to the postseason. Junior wrestlers Adin Duenas, Andre Gonzalez and Kurt Klimek all made it to Nationals. “We’ve been in the Nationals for 26 years straight,” Dan said. “I don’t think you can find another CSUF team that has been represented every year.” All this was accomplished during a season of uncertainty. The hard work put in by the Hickses has them fatigued but relieved at the same time. “My hope is that the school will find a way to keep us and put us back in the budget,” Jill said.
photo by camille tarazon/Daily Titan Staff Writer Junior 149-pound wrestler Nick Jordan pins an Oregon State wrestler on Feb. 25.
Although both sports have met their goals for the upcoming year, the Hickses will not give up their programs without a fight. “Most people would say, ‘Why go
through all the pain and the stress?’” Dan said. “It’s because we believe in a mission. We believe that these kids will make a big difference in the world.”
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Cal State’s spending under fire
May 4, 2010
Suspicion surrounds universities
Sonoma State A $1.25 million loan was issued to a former Foundation board member. He has since defaulted on that loan, leaving a $350,000 balance.
Sacramento State Currently being audited by the attorney general for inappropriate expenditures of their campus auxiliary money, including $200,000 to remodel the school president’s kitchen. Additionally, $6.3 million of public funds were transferred to a campus auxiliary to backfill losses from a property acquisition.
Cal State Stanislaus
A no-bid managing contract was given to a Foundation member to build a theater complex in which he held a financial interest.
Facing scrutiny for not disclosing how much they had paid 2008 Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin for a speaking engagement.
Cal State Fullerton
Some have contended that President Milton Gordon should not be living on a $3.3 million property provided for him. The 6,000 square foot property was donated by the C.J. Chapman, Jr. in ‘89. Gordon became president in ‘90.
It comes on the heels of several other alleged improprieties involving CSU auxiliaries (see illustration). The CSUS incident raises concerns, because the Foundation that is funding the Palin event is housed in the same office building as campus administrative offices. The university president is the chair of the Foundation’s board of directors and the university vice president of business and finance is also the treasurer for the Foundation. “It’s hard to tell where the university stops and the Foundation begins,” said Brian Ferguson, spokesperson for the California Faculty Association, a union representing 23,000 CSU educators. According to the CSU Chancellor’s Office, 20 percent of the CSU’s operating budget – $1.34 billion – is held in their auxiliaries and foundations. Some of that money comes from fees paid by students. “Our feeling is that the university budget comes from the state, and often these auxiliaries and foundations are funded by activity fees on campus,” Ferguson said. “We just want to make sure that if things are operating on our campuses, we can ask questions and get the proper information and know how the money is being spent.” He added that, given the current fiscal environment, it’s critical that the money is being spent for its intended purpose – to educate students. This latest incident has sparked renewed interest in the transparency and accountability of the 90-plus CSU auxiliaries, which are currently exempt from the California Public Records Act because of their nonprofit status. In December, Yee introduced Senate Bill 330, which, if passed, will change the status of the CSU auxiliaries to public agencies, making them subject to the same CPRA laws as the universities. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar bill in October 2009, claiming it could potentially keep donors and volunteers from participating if their names would be disclosed. “We think that’s a crazy assertion considering all the problems we’ve seen in the last year at Sonoma State and now Stanislaus,” said Adam Keigwin, chief of staff for Yee.
Yee finds salaries ‘outrageous’ From Page 1 However, if you move those activities over to a related foundation then it is not subject to the CPRA, because these foundations claim they are part of a nonprofit. Probably the best example is what’s going on is the Stanislaus ... That’s sort of the clearest example of where if the activity that the foundation was under the auspices of the university, then they would have to disclose under the CPRA, but because it’s in the foundation they don’t have to disclose. What my bill will do would require that the foundations are now also subject to CPRA, so that the university can no longer hide any of their activity so that the general public will understand exactly what’s going on in the university and the foundations on behalf of the students and people of California. DT: Tell me about SB 86, which was meant to place a cap on executive salary raises, but was vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger. Yee: What that bill was intended to do was, in tough economic times, top administrators would not be getting any raises. We’re asking for cut-backs in salaries and benefits from other employees, we’re raising student fees. It seems rather outrageous that high administrators are still getting raises when everyone else is tightening their belts. What 86 was going to do was to then say, “In these tough economic times, you should not be raising the salaries of the top executives.” DT: The chancellor of the CSU
system has a base salary of $421,500 a year. What are your thoughts on that? Yee: It’s rather, I think, outrageous that you have individuals in the CSU system that are making more than the president of the United States. You would think that the president of the United States earns his keep because he’s dealing with all of the big problems of not only the United States, but of this world. To suggest that somehow the chancellor of a university should be making more than the president, I think it’s just rather out of proportion. I think, also, it should be a little embarrassing to the chancellor when everybody else is reducing their salary and then suffering from increases in student fees that you’re not only getting increases, but that your wages are so out of proportion with everybody else. And, so, it’s rather embarrassing, but I guess these chancellors don’t get embarrassed too easily. DT: So what inspired you to propose these bills? Yee: I come from a generation in the ’60s who really believe that working in government is not about getting rich. Working in government is about being people and I strongly feel that if government does not do everything it can to help young people get the very, very best education, then we will not prepare our society for the years to come. If I don’t give you the very best education and in an affordable way so that you can graduate in a timely
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manner, then who are going to be the leaders of the future? You guys are going to be future leaders of our society. You guys are going to be university presidents. You guys are going to be senators. You’ll be a governor. And so, it’s extremely important then that I do everything I can to help you be prepared to take those positions. Whatever I can do to help you toward that goal, I’m there, and part of it is, in fact, to provide an affordable, higher education – a competent one, an excellent one – and the only way that I can do that is to make sure that the university has resources in order to do that and not siphon it away for higher compensation in terms of salary and benefits for these top administrators. DT: You went to San Francisco State, right? Yee: I got my master’s at San Francisco State in child psychology, developmental psychology, and so I feel very strongly about the CSU. I want it to prosper, I want it to provide students with the very best of education. I got it then, everyone else should get it too. DT: So, what other changes would you like to see for California? Yee: What I’m hoping to see now is that we’ve got to get these foundations brought under the public records act. It’s really important that we all understand exactly what’s going on in our universities, how they’re operating, who’s paying for what, how much does it cost, so that we fully understand this issue of higher education and know how resources are being expended. Our universities are not private country clubs where people make a lot of money and they get all kinds of benefits for their own enjoyment. This is really about preparing the next generation of leaders and we need to spend as much of (those) resources for that rather than to enrich these top administrators.
“If you don’t believe that your money information, because the IRS requires is going to go where you thought it was us to do that.” and, instead, it’s going to bail out a bad According to CSU Auxiliary Orgaloan or finance a campus president’s lux- nizations Association officials, the auxurious lifestyle, you’re not going to do- iliaries exist to provide services to the nate,” Keigwin said. universities that the state cannot – purThe new bill addresses the governor’s chasing real estate, for example – and to concerns by adding a section that states protect the state from high-risk enterdonors and volunteers’ names need not prises like international travel and food be disclosed provided the donor does not service. receive gifts or financial compensation “Now that protection is being eroded exceeding $500. under the name of transparency and According to a Senate Bill Analysis, accountability,” argued Dave Edwards, the CSU objects to SB330, in part, be- AOA president. cause the costs of responding to public He said the AOA’s issue with SB330 records requests and related legal costs is not about having the auxiliaries abide would lead to drops in revenues. by the CPRA, but rather that the reguKeigwin called that absurd. lation would redefine the auxiliaries “Then let’s just get rid of CPRA!” he as public agencies and, by doing so, said. change the nature of what they are and “The public has said open government what they do. transparency is important, and that’s why “Even though the bill addresses some they overwhelmingly support (this bill). of the donor anonymity issues, there It saves money and prevents wrongdo- is still concern about the financial iming and abuse. If the public doesn’t know pacts,” Edwards said. “Right now, the what’s going on, corruption is going to auxiliaries can get the lowest bids and breed,” he continued. make the most money for the campuses. If SB330 passes, existing records held Being redefined as a public agency will by CSU auxiliaries eliminate that abiliand foundations that ty by making public are not proprietary or these contracts with do not threaten any their vendors.” trade secrets will be There has been available to the public, a lot of noise sursaid David Hawkins, rounding this issue, legislative director for – Leland Yee, Edwards said, but at CFA. heart a great deal of California state senator “The same rights transparency already the public has to acexists. All 93 auxilcess university records will apply to iaries post audited financials, business university auxiliaries and foundations,” practices and policies and procedures on Hawkins said. their websites and follow open meetings Auxiliary organizations have been part law and legislation. of the CSU system since 1922, when the Edwards declined to comment on the Fresno State College Association was es- recent allegations of corruption within tablished. Currently, there are 93 auxilia- the CSU auxiliaries. However, the threat ries operating on the 23 CSU campuses – of pending investigations and new legisfour at Cal State Fullerton, including the lators taking office in the fall may have Auxiliary Services Corp., which oversees ushered a new era of openness and comthe TSU food court and Titan Shops. promise on the part of the AOA. ASC Controller Tariq Marji explained In March, they passed an alternative that, although the auxiliaries are not pub- resolution they say offers greater translic agencies, as nonprofit organizations, parency than SB330 and also protects they are still subject to IRS rulings. their donors. “We have a financial audit by an indeEdwards called it a “bill with real pendent auditor and it’s put on the web- teeth.” However, offers to work with Yee site. Our board meeting minutes are on to amend SB330 have been refused, he the website, so we’re very transparent in said. that sense,” Marji said. “I’m not sure why SB330 has overwhelming bi-partisan Senator Yee is looking at us...because if support and is expected to reach the anybody asks, we have to give them that governor’s desk this summer.
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The base annual salaries of CSU officials as compared with national leaders. n Charles B. Reed, California State University Chancellor: $421,500 n BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America: $400,000 n Jon Whitmore, President of Cal State San Jose: $328,209 n Warren Baker, President of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: $328,209 n James Rosser, President of Cal State Los Angeles: $325,000 n F. King Alexander, President of Cal State Long Beach: $320,329 n Stephen Weber, President of San Diego State: $299,435 n Robert Corrigan, President of San Francisco State: $298,749 n John Welty, President of Cal State Fresno: $299,000 State n Jolene Koester, President of Cal Northridge: $295,000 State n Mildred Garcia, President of Cal Dominguez Hills: $295,000 State n Milton Gordon, President of Cal Fullerton: $295,000 n JOE BIDEN, Vice president of the 00 United States of America: $208,1 se of n NANCY PELOSI, Speaker of the Hou Representatives: $208,100 retary n HILLARY CLINTON, United States Sec of State, $186,600 SOURCE: calstate.edu