Since 1960 Volume 85, Issue 30
Monday November 2, 2009
The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton
ASI board members elected for spring Meet your new board members Every college has two seats on ASI’s Board of Directors. For colleges with both of their positions vacant on the board, two directors were voted in. The candidate with the most votes was awarded the full term of one year while the immediate runnerup will serve a one-semester term.
College of Business and Economics: Neil Syal (year) Eric Niu (semester)
College of the Arts: April Mendiola (year) Rodrigo Calderon (semester)
College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Aissa Canchola (year)
College of Communications: Katie Hennessey (year) College of Health & Human Development: Michelle Santizo (year)
By Nicole Park
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Seven newly-appointed board members were called upon by fellow students within their respective colleges to lead on the Associated Students Inc. Board of Directors in last week’s elections. The voting results were read in the legislative chambers of the Titan Student Union Thursday at 9 p.m. by Elections Commissioner Genevieve Eldred. “Tonight, all of our planning and budget work and everything that went into the elections is paying off. The candidates will reap the
benefits of their campaigns, and I get satisfaction in helping with something that’s way bigger than myself,” said Garrett Marsh, an elections assistant. Results were displayed with the total votes and percentage points next to each candidate’s name. Polling booths located throughout campus closed to voters at 8 p.m. Thursday after opening Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 8 a.m. The two-day total for all student votes was 1,506, which Eldred said was higher than the board’s election last semester. “Last year’s votes came to 1,092, so we smashed that,” Eldred said from her desk when the results
came in electronically. She said the record of 1,916 votes were cast in a 2005 board election. “My amazing assistants make my job so much easier for me,” Eldred said of her team of 19 students. “They put in over 164 hours of work in two days of elections. There were up to eight assistants working at one booth at a time.” Eldred credits the sharp increase in student fees for stirring up student civic responsibility at Cal State Fullerton. “A lot of people are trying to be proactive about how their student fees are being spent. They’re saying, ‘We need to care now; we can’t be apathetic anymore. We need to
know what our fees are going toward and use our voting rights to have an impact on where the money goes,’” Eldred said. After two days of voting passed, Eldred also heard from students with less motivated voting perceptions. “Some students would come by the voting tents and under their breath would say, ‘You suck!’ or ‘ASI is stupid!’ My response to that is ‘Well then change it,’” she said. Another common complaint the commissioner and her elections assistants received was, “Why can’t I vote?” See ASI, Page 2
Pumpkin blasts through board By Greg Lehman
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Photo By Ron Fu/Daily Titan Staff Photographer Rachel Baumsten, 21, poses for a photo after winning first place for her costume “swine flew” at the Costume Catwalk on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
Students strut on Costume Catwalk By Jamie Iglesias
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Students in costumes, free pizza, raffles and music by Sirah were part of the Costume Catwalk held at Cal State Fullerton’s Becker Amphitheatre on Oct. 28. “The music, the pizza, the costumes and the atmosphere of Halloween brought a lot of people out,” said Andrew Lopez, chief communications officer for Associated Students Inc. “I think we had a huge turnout,” he said. At the beginning of the event, each of the 17 participants modeled their unique costumes. Once they were all seated, Joe Lopez, executive vice president for ASI, and Andrew Lopez began raffling CSUF gear. Joe Lopez then asked the participants to go to the stage to answer five questions for prizes. Each of the questions pertained to the campus. After the questioning was over, the participants were asked to go to their seats and await the decision of the three judges for the best costume. Toward the end of the event, Joe Lopez asked Sirah if she would call out the name of the winner; she announced the four best costumes in order. The first place winner was Rachel Baumsten, 21, a theater arts major who dressed up as “swine flew.” She went up sneezing and coughing as she received her prizes. Baumsten wore a nurse’s outfit, with a pig nose and wings, looking pale with dark reddish makeup under her eyes. “It seems like everybody is breaking out with the swine flu, and I was trying to think of something cool to do for a costume to show my friends at parties, and it hit me that it was appropriate
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and good timing,” Baumsten said. “The costumes were clever, especially the swine flu. Nobody would ever think of doing that, especially during this time of the year,” said Jessica Calderon, 23, a theater major. “I thought that maybe if I was lucky, I would pull out fourth place because I did not think that people would think it was that funny. I am glad they did, and I am really excited,” Baumsten said.
The Titan Stadium scoreboard at Cal State Fullerton received significant damage from a flying pumpkin at Pumpkin Launch 2009 on Saturday. The cost of the damages caused by the pumpkin, shot from an air-pressured cannon named “Pumpkin Lobber,” have not yet been estimated. After testing each device with medicine balls earlier in the morning, each team began to launch pumpkins at 11:30 a.m. Leslie Perovich, vice president of marketing for the Discovery Science Center, said the medicine balls were important. “They do them first with medicine balls so that they don’t splat,” Perovich said, “because obviously when the pumpkins go it’s one use only.” The Pumpkin Lobber designed by CSUF biology major Bobby Malanga, 23, went first and fired a pumpkin and medicine ball at the targets on the field. See Page 3
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Paramount president emphasizes finance By Maureen Fox
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Photo By Ron Fu/Daily Titan Staff Photographer The “Joker” displays his costume for judges during the Halloween costume contest at the Becker Amphitheatre on Wednesday.
Randall Baumberger, president of the Studios at Paramount, visited several business classes Thursday to explain to students the importance of having a strong finance and accounting background when applying for and maintaining business-based careers. Baumberger said he wanted to speak at Cal State Fullerton because he enjoys giving back to the university and sharing his insight with business students. He also said he believes students need to hear about different industries from people outside academia, as they can share real world experiences. Baumberger spoke to four different classes, including a section of Management 365 and Accounting 201-B. He joked with students and answered questions they had about the business world. Kim Tarantino, a professor of accounting and co-founder of the entertainment and tourism management emphasis in the College of Business, in-
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Photo By Maureen Fox/Daily Titan Staff Writer Randall Baumberger, president of the Studios at Paramount, visited several business classes to discuss the importance of having a background in finance.
vited Baumberger to speak to her managerial and entertainment accounting courses so he could explain to students that they must be prepared to deal with accounting and finance in their careers, even if they are not an accounting or finance major. “It might help if they see someone who is not an accounting major coming in and talking about
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accounting concepts, and specifically account concepts that we have just covered,” Tarantino said. “They will more than likely encounter them in whatever job they decide to take, assuming they want to go into a managerial position.” Baumberger graduated with his master’s in business from CSUF in 1992 and serves on the College of Business advisory board. He has
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worked at Paramount Studios for the last two years. Baumberger began his talk by introducing himself and his business experiences. He started with part-time jobs at a movie theater and on the Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland. He put himself through his master’s degree by working full-time for PepsiCo. After graduating, he worked for the Walt Disney Company, eventually becoming a senior vice president. He then worked as president of a video game retailer before moving on to Paramount. During his visit to Accounting 201-B students, Baumberger emphasized that students need to have a strong finance and accounting background, no matter how far on the creative side of business they end up. He also stressed that when applying for work, students need to focus on what they bring to their companies, not on what companies will do for them. Baumberger said the value they add to companies should be at the forefront of their minds. “You add value by understanding business,” he said. See PARAMOUNT, Page 2
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IN OTHER NEWS Panel gives business majors occupation insight AFGHANISTAN (MCT) – As he announced his withdrawal from the presidential runoff Sunday, Abdullah Abdullah refused to concede his rival, President Hamid Karzai, could be the legitimate winner of Afghanistan's marathon election. Instead, Abdullah, a former foreign minister, ended his quest for the presidency with more attacks on Karzai appointees, whom he charged had helped facilitate fraud in the Aug. 20 election, and were setting the stage for more fraud in the Nov. 7 runoff. Abdullah's departure underscores the problems of the young democracy, which is being kept alive by western troops and afloat by international aid: the legitimacy of its government remains in question. Despite a $300 million investment to fund the elections and the dispatch of tens of thousands troops to secure polling places, western nations will not get the credible winner they hoped could help rally the Afghan people and regain momentum against a powerful Taliban-led insurgency.
NATIONAL First lady to start mentoring program for girls WASHINGTON (MCT) – First lady Michelle Obama – and some of her Chicago “sisters” in the White House – on Monday will launch a firstof-its-kind mentoring program with about 20 high school girls from greater Washington. As the first anniversary of President Barack Obama’s election nears, it’s the first lady who is making history now. Call this chapter “Girl Power.” Observers say her leadership and mentoring initiative, which debuts in the State Dining Room, has not been done by a first lady before. It will see Mrs. Obama and White House staffers, including Valerie Jarrett, Tina Tchen, Susan Sher and Desiree Rogers, all act as mentors to high school juniors and sophomores. A similar initiative for young men is coming later, she said. Tchen, an attorney from Chicago long active in politics, said the leadership and mentoring program builds on a “Women of Excellence” event at the White House in March.
STATE Search for Coast Guard crew ends in San Diego SAN DIEGO (MCT) – U.S. Coast Guard officials today shifted to a recovery operation from a search and rescue mission for nine crew members in a disastrous crash off the San Diego coast. Lt. Josh Nelson, the Coast Guard’s public affairs officer in San Diego, said the search over 644 square miles ended shortly after 10:30 a.m. when a Jayhawk helicopter with a crew of four landed and ended 63 hours of search. Family members were notified late Saturday night that the search and rescue effort would be suspended Sunday unless the Coast Guard helicopter returned with promising news. “It’s not likely that anyone would have survived,” Nelson said. Seven people were aboard a C-130 Hercules plane on a mission to find a lost boater near Catalina Island. Two others were inside a Marine Corps helicopter on a training mission out of Camp Pendleton. The two aircraft collided Thursday night.
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Despite the current state of the economy, there are still jobs out there for hard working students who know how to play by the rules, said a panel of seven leaders of the business community speaking at the Titan Student Union on Oct. 29. The event was hosted by Delta Sigma Pi, the Society for the Advancement of Management, Gamma Iota Sigma, the Finance Association, the Entrepreneur Society, Student Managed Investment Fund and the Future Business Leaders of America. “(The panel is) about business and handling yourself in the business world,” said Izabela Nip, 27, a finance major and member of the Finance Association. “We’re doing this for the benefit of all students and making sure they have the tools to get the best possible job.” Among the 50 or so students in Photo By kaitlin paiz/Daily Titan Staff Writer attendance were business majors Eric R. Gomez and Gil Sotelo talk with Christine Cabotaje after speaking on a panel of seven on Oct. 29 at the Titan Student Union. from a variety of concentrations and The panel was held to give business students advice on how to obtain a job after graduating. other students interested in hearing what the group of seasoned business it should also be indicative of what professionals had to say about the Orange County’s Credit Union and atively unscathed by the recession. The panel also stressed the impor- you know how to do,” Jimenez said. graduate of Cal State Fullerton’s ineconomy. tance of knowing the company that The grade point average proved to One attendee, Christine Cabotaje, ternational business program. one has applied to. While there is a lot of competition be one of the many factors important 22, a business major with a concen“If you’re applying for a job and in the application process. tration in tourism and entertain- out there for work, the panel said there’s a Web site, you should really that there is still hope. “If I were to say GPA didn’t count, ment, said that “There are a memorize that Web site,” said Gil I’d be lying,” said Maria T. Arriola, she wanted to lot of opportuni- Sotelo, an event producer from A a CPA with ELLS CPA & Business learn “the ins ties,” said Erik R. Night to Remember. Advisors. and outs of The panel stated that another Gomez, financial However, integrity seemed to be how to break r e p r e s e n t a t i v e thing that makes a big difference is the keyword of the night. into business with Northwestern sending a handwritten thank you “Personal integrity is a pillar,” Kaand what to exMutual Financial note, although an e-mail is also ac- natsiz said. “Integrity is not a partpect.” – Eric R. Gomez, Network. “Don’t ceptable. time job. It’s not something you can Among the “Handwritten notes show someone turn on and off,” Sotello said. businesses repFinancial representative, let the media fool took the time,” said Sinan Kanatsiz, At the end of the two hour event, resented at Northwestern Mutual Finance you.” On taking ad- chairman and CEO of KCOMM. the panel members disseminated Network the event were The panel also encouraged stu- throughout the crowd of students to vantage of those Pepsi Bottling opportunities, the dents to be truthful. mingle and offer their advice. Group, Orange “Don’t try to B.S. us on how panel was very spe“It was beneficial for the students County’s Credit Union and ELLS much you know,” said Paul Cocking, to see the speakers from the different Certified Public Accountants & cific. “Look for companies that are re- chief portfolio manager at the Or- fields,” said Rockey Bustamante, 19, Business Advisors. “I know when I was (a student) cession proof,” said Pete Fisher, staff- ange County Treasurer-Tax Collec- a business management major and here people came to speak, and I ing and development manager with tor. “What we really want to know is member of SAM. “It was good to hear that, although the economy is bad, wanted to return the favor,” said Pepsi Bottling Group. Fisher said how eager you are.” "Your resumé should be nice, but there are still opportunities out there.” Patty Jimenez, the representative for that the Pepsi company has been rel-
There are a lot of opportunities. Don’t let the media fool you.
ASI: Students’ votes elect new officials From Page 1 Students are only permitted to vote for candidates within the college of their declared major at CSUF. If the student is a double major, they may choose only one academic college to vote in. In the case of undeclared students, any one of the eight colleges on campus may be voted on. However, if a student has only one major and there is no candidate running for their college’s Board representative, no ballot may be cast. While it may seem unfair that an entire college of students might not be permitted to vote due to the absence of any candidates, that is exactly what happened in this semester’s election in three colleges. The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Education did not have candidates. “We had a lot of people who were miffed with not being able to vote, but we can’t help it if no one wants to run for their college. We publicize elections as much as we can. Hey, I’m in charge of elections, and I couldn’t even vote in this election,” Eldred said, who is a junior in the College of Engineering and Computer Science
majoring in electrical engineering by other students is so exciting,” said Mendiola, who beat her opponent, and minoring in kinesiology. The requirements to run for the Rodrigo Calderon, with 81 percent board are enrollment at CSUF for of the vote in their college. “I look at least one semester, be in good forward to working with Rodrigo academic standing and maintain a and the rest of the board,” she said cumulative 2.5 GPA. The elections after her win. Although there protocol has are colleges with no no limit to representation on the number the board, there are of candidates also colleges which running for two directors were any one colsuccessfully elected. lege. WriteAlthough Calderon in candidates seemingly lost to are allowed Mendiola because an even later deadline. Ac– April Mendiola both seats for their cording to ASI director, College of the college were vacant, Calderon holds the the candidate Arts position for a semesapplication ter while Mendiola packet for the fall ASI Elections set the dead- will keep her position for a full acaline for write-ins, which are “before demic year. Terms for the board are 5 p.m. on Monday prior to the start staggered to prevent complete vacancies, although these lapses in repreof the election.” One of the two new directors of sentation can still occur for various the College of the Arts, April Men- reasons including a director leaving diola, said she was previously unin- the position due to graduation or academic obligations. volved with ASI. “Students (within the three colleg“I am very shocked right now. I haven’t really been as involved as I’ve es left with vacancies) can pick up an wanted to be in college, so getting application in TSU 207 (ASI executhis chance and just being elected tive offices) starting Monday. They
Getting this chance and just being elected by other students is so exciting.
Abdullah withdrawals from Afghan election
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Paramount: President gives students advice on industry From Page 1 Baumberger followed up his introduction with a question and answer session. Students used the opportunity to ask about his knowledge on current market trends and his experience working for private and public companies. Students also asked him for advice on applying for jobs and planning careers. Baumberger said the most important things employers look for are critical thinking and communication skills. He also said employers want people who are engaged and interested in business; companies know recent graduates are inexperienced, so they want people who understand business and who are willing to learn. He recommended students consider graduate school and get as much work experience as possible, particularly in
entry-level jobs. “You grow by doing,” he said. Baumberger also told the students to have confidence and show their personalities when applying for jobs. “Your influence and your power is what you think it is,” he said. Baumberger said he hoped the students learned the importance of being well-rounded and the significance of
having business fundamentals in whatever career and industry they pursue. Students applauded his talk, and several thanked him personally for his insight. Liliana Puga, a fifth-year business major with an emphasis in entertainment and tourism, said Baumberger’s talk was very interesting. “I liked the whole background that he gave on the entertainment business,” Puga said. Puga also said she appreciated Baumberger’s insight into the hospitality industry, which is where she hopes to begin her career. “He motivated me to pursue that path,” she said.
will be interviewed by the university affairs committee whose choices will be forwarded to the Board of Directors for final approval. They will be appointed to start the position by the end of next semester,” Eldred said. Chair of the board Emel Shaikh looks forward to the beginning of the new board term, which will kick off with several team-building and bonding activities, along with informational meetings where the newest directors in ASI will be properly educated about the corporation, including its “organizational structures, job responsibilities, finances, the spring budget and how to make intelligent decisions when voting on important issues,” Shaikh said, a communications senior emphasizing in public relations. Elections are held twice per academic year, and candidate application packets for next fall will become available March 3, 2010 in the ASI executive offices at TSU 207.
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3 Left: Air-pressured cannon, “Pumpkin Lobber,” fires off a test run at the Pumpkin Launch held at Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Stadium Saturday. Below: The Pumpkin Lobber’s single shot of the day propelled a pumpkin and medicine ball through the Titan Stadium scoreboard. The dented metal was punctured by the flying pumpkin, with the lower hole caused by the medicine ball.
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Scoreboard damaged by flying pumpkin From Page 1 The pumpkin shot over the field and hit the right side of the Titan scoreboard. A hole was blown through the sign and metal bent backwards in a puckered opening. Half of the pumpkin exploded on the board while a spray of pulp and pumpkin shell flew over the walkway behind the stadium. Some pieces of the pumpkin even made it as far as the roadway encircling the stadium. The medicine ball crashed through the Pepsi ad in the lower right corner of the board. The crowd erupted with excitement and chants of “lobber” immediately afterward. Keith Brush, education director at the Discovery Science Center, announced to the crowd, “OK, that is something we did not want to see.” The powerful shot instantly disqualified the cannon due to safety concerns, which led to hearty booing from the crowd and more chanting of “lobber” and “Let’s go lobber, let’s go!”
Malanga said that the Pumpkin Lobber was still an unfinished project and that he wished they could shoot it again. “We’ve been working on it every day for the last two weeks from eight at night until three or four in the morning,” Malanga said. “It sucks because we wanted to shoot it more, but we understand. We kind of feel bad for wrecking the sign.” Malanga said that the aiming was correct but that the cannon threw itself off at the moment it was fired. “We had it aimed at four degrees, but our jack had a little air pocket in it, so when we pulled the valve open, it pushed the jack just a little bit before it locked and gave us that little bit of extra height.” The Discovery Science Center hosted the event from 9 a.m. – noon. Nine teams made up of college and high school students put their creativity and knowledge of engineering into constructing devices that would launch pumpkins toward targets set up on the stadium’s field. Each team had three chances to send
their pumpkins through flags and Adams said that four out of the holes carved into wooden cut-outs. nine CSUF teams spoke of their College students competed for paid dedication to the event. “Cal State internships at Booz Allen Hamilton, Fullerton actually had much more a consulting firm where engineers competitors within the college itcan find careers, while high school self,” he said, “which I think shows students competed for $500 gift the marking of the college taking on cards. this as their competition.” Joe Adams, president of the DisAdams added the joining of covery Science CSUF with the Center, said it Discovery Sciwas very excitence Center ing to see the was positive. turnout and en“We are excited thusiasm people For video and interviews from to partner with brought to the State FulPumpkin Launch 2009, visit: Cal event. “It is neat lerton,” Adams DailyTitan.com/ to see how many said, “and we people are out appreciate this pumpkinlaunch here,” Adams partnership and said, “and how look forward to this event connects the young mem- many more.” bers of the science center and the The event proceeded with each young families to the college ... We catapult, trebuchet and other device can start to say ... ‘these kids can be- taking turns to launch their pumpcome future engineers and scientists kins. Pumpkins flew high, far and and get things that inspire them and with surprising accuracy at times. excite them,’ and this is exactly the Pumpkin shells spiraled across the field where they met the ground, kind of thing we need.”
and the crowd cheered for each launch. After each team had their three shots, the points were tallied for accuracy, and the Boeing High School Intern Team was declared the winner. Arjun Chaurushia, a senior at Troy High School who was on the winning team, said, “It’s pretty cool to win. It’s a pretty good experience as a learning experience for engineering.” “We did an internship over the summer at Boeing,” Chaurushia said. “After we completed it, they contacted us about participating in this event, and so we said we would do it.” At the end, the winners from last year, CSUF Mechanical Engineering students Jeff Nelson and Fred Hogarth, passed on the trophy to the new winners, a miniature wooden catapult topped with a pumpkin spraypainted gold. Laura Schmidl, volunteer manager for the Discovery Science Center, said that this year was different as it offered more hands-on activities for
families. “We have three more activities than we had last year,” Schmidl said, including a miniature catapultbuilding station where people could build their own launchers using popsicle sticks, plastic spoons and rubber bands to launch marshmallows. Schmidl also said there was an area where medieval battles were held at 11 a.m. The battles between armored fighters from the Kingdom of Esperance, an educational re-enactment group dedicated to recreating medieval life, took place before the pumpkin launches began. Two fighters at a time met in a resounding clash of swords and armor until one would fall and the other would be victorious. Janet Yamaguchi, vice president of education at the Discovery Science Center, said that the event was a fun and enticing opportunity for education. “Our goal is to have young children on to the university campus so that they can experience what a university campus is like,” Yamaguchi said.
When “Time Warp” started playing, almost all of the audience members danced along with the cast. To someone walking in, it may have looked like a party was taking place. It was obvious that many people had seen the performance before because many often yelled out the same call-outs. “I liken it to church. People get together, sing songs and socialize. Everybody seems to come to find a place to fit in. Somehow, the show motivates people to be productive,” said Midnight Insanity’s producer and Cal State Fullerton alumnus Mark Tomaino. There was so much going on that people didn’t know where to look – be it at the movie, the actors or the crowd. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” opened in theaters in 1975, only lasting a week before it was pulled due to low ticket sales.
Eventually, it was shown in theaters as a midnight movie, where it developed a cult following with people dressing up for the show and shouting comments during the movie. Different casts around the world have been shadowcasting for years as it has become a popular and muchloved work by many. “The show is lightning in a bottle, and the success was purely an accident,” Tomaino said. Midnight Insanity performs “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” every Saturday night at midnight at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. Tickets to their regular performances are $9 general admission. Midnight Insanity will be doing a special Friday the 13th show in November for $2 a ticket. For information about upcoming events and tickets, visit MidnightInsanity.com.
Rocky Horror group dances the ‘Time Warp’ in TSU By Beatriz Fernandez
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“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” can be scary, fun, interesting, overwhelming or a little bit of everything for someone who hasn’t experienced it. People gathered outside of Pavilion B in the Titan Student Union Wednesday night to see the performance of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” presented by San Pedrobased Rocky Horror shadowcast Midnight Insanity. A shadowcast is a group that performs a movie while it is playing on screen behind them. Photo By Ron Fu/Daily Titan Staff Photographer “I’m excited about the show. This Members of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” shadowcast Midnight Insanity assume their positions during “Sweet Transvestite” is my first time seeing it live, but I’m Wednesday night in the Titan Student Union. Midnight Insanity performs every Saturday night in San Pedro. expecting a night full of fun, laughs and mayhem,” said psychology major Patrick Lam. Swineford then asked for those A cast member walked onto the “It’s more than a film; it’s an expeSome people were dressed up for who were “virgins,” those who had stage and began doing a burlesque rience, and the audience participation the occasion, wearing costumes that never seen the movie in a theater with dance. adds another dimension,” Ung said. made them look like cast members. a cast before, to walk to the stage. Cast members walked across the “People dress About 50 au- stage as their character’s name was up for this; they dience members shown on the screen. want to be a part came forward As the movie began, so did the of it,” said Bill and were told to performance. Ung, who played line up in front The actors would act out the the part of the of the audi- movie and lip sync as it played, but movie’s hero, ence, grab each it was apparent that there was someBrad Majors. other and pelvi- thing else that would make the per– Mark Tomaino, cally thrust while formance unique. Ung has been a Midnight Insanity part of Midnight singing the Oscar People in the audience would producer Insanity for more Mayer bologna shout comments between lines, most than 20 years. song. Once the of which were pretty ... colorful, to “I’m hoping to see a better cast “virgins” sat down, the show began. say the least. The room went dark, and the noAt times, it was unclear what the and performance,” said UCI student Krizia Autran, after seeing the show torious red lips started singing on actor were saying because audience members were so loud. the screen. in Encinitas earlier this year. Midnight Insanity handed out prop bags for the audience members to use during the performance. Pre-show host Tracy Swineford walked on stage and had a cast member show what the props would be used for: a newspaper for audience memebers to cover their heads during the rain scene, a rubber glove to snap, a balloon for sound effects and cards to throw during certain scenes. Some audience members looked confused but smiled and went along with it.
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California needs experience to survive California is in bad shape. The economy is holding Willie Brown, a former mayor of San Francisco, statsteady at “catastrophic” and the unemployment rate in ed in his column in the San Francisco Chronicle that September was 12 percent, up from 7.8 percent in Oc- many democratic voters will soon be asking, “Can’t we tober of 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor find someone with a newer paint job?” Statistics. This kind of discrimination over age appears to be Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has done little an issue even though it should not be. Experience and to ease our worries, and many argue that he has only record are now the primary concerns of voters and made things worse. the former Bay Area mayor should not be pointing to According to Christian Science Monitor, Brown’s age as a negative. Schwarzenegger’s approval rating is down to 27 perThings have changed since the 2003 recall election, cent, his lowest during his tenure as governor and the when the state ignored the two politicians running for second lowest for a California governor in 50 years. office and elected Schwarzenegger over less popular Luckily for California, he has termed out and can- actors, watermelon-smashing comedians, porn stars not run again; though, he likely would not want the and a number of average Joes who happened to have job if he was given the option. $3,500 to spare for the entry fee. California has learned The Democratic Party currently has only one can- a hard lesson and hopefully the error of its ways. didate to offer in Brown has been the early stages of an active member of campaigning after the California politiSan Francisco Maycal scene since he left or Gavin Newsom the governor’s office dropped out of the in 1982. He ran for gubernatorial race president in 1992 Oct. 30, due to low against former Presivoter support and dent Bill Clinton dwindling funds. and lost to him in The only remainthe primaries. ing candidate is a faBrown returned miliar face to Califorto California and nia and the office of was elected mayor governor. But some of Oakland in 1998 people have a proband California Atlem with this face torney General in because it is old and 2006. That is a lot wrinkled. of experience, someCalifornia Attorthing California desney General Jerry perately needs. Brown, 71, is the last Brown is not a man standing on the candidate to be igside of democrats. nored like a grandEarly polls indicate parent stuffed into that he would receive an assisted living more support from home; he should be voters than Newsom, looked to as a wise even in Newsom’s elder who has advice home of San Franand can make sound cisco. Illustration By Jon Harguindeguy/For the Daily Titan decisions.
The reality of cover up By Jonathan Montgomery Daily Titan Staff Writer email@example.com
I have a pretty regular morning routine. I wake up, shower, see what direction my hair wants to go in and hopefully do as little maintenance as possible. I get dressed, go to school and repeat. Besides a possible hat or sunglasses, I feel like I look exactly the same at out in public as I do when I’m home alone. If I have a blemish or circles under my eyes, the entire world knows about it. But despite my daily routine for countless years, I just recently came to a realization of sorts which had actually been staring me blank in the face since the day I was born. It’s what’s applied in thin or thick layers on the faces of many girls and women I’ve seen throughout my life. Makeup. Makeup coats the faces of our sisters, girlfriends, mothers and even grandmothers, but until now I never considered the rationale behind it. After doing so, I’ve realized it isn’t so rational. Because applying makeup isn’t a part of my daily schedule, I disregarded the notion of natural beauty and accepted the fact that cosmetics such as makeup, lipstick and eyeliner was simply a “girl thing.” But now I wonder why, in our
society, is it that women and not men are told they should wear makeup. To me, it seems society is saying the majority of women are too ugly in their natural states. However, this is an idea I see as completely bogus. Granted, it wasn’t always this way. Makeup and cosmetics were a commodity only available and utilized by the upper class or prostitutes early in Western civilization. Now makeup has expanded and been made readily available to any hand reaching out for a little extra confidence in their personal appearance. There is nothing wrong with trying to look your best. We live in a culture where good looks exceed personality and attractiveness is correlated with success. But it is through our cultural materialism that I believe the root of this gender contradiction exists. I see quite a problem if women feel that their natural skin just isn’t good enough. From a consumer standpoint, I think women are buying makeup simply because it is marketed and sold to them. In the past, women outside of the upper class and prostitution managed just fine without it, so the current pressure for women to wear it now seems illogical and arbitrary. This makes me think women are being sold not only unnecessary, but nearly
degrading accessories. Advertising companies and media don’t help either. On billboards, in films and magazines, models and actresses stand confidently with makeup coated and plastered across their cheeks, eyelids and lips. With makeup coupled with Photoshop, women are constantly shown unnatural and unrealistic appearances they are expected to live up to. Thus, cause and effect. I would like to note that I’m aware both men and women use makeup for personal or professional reasons. For example, men who are in front of a camera, such as in movies or talk shows, utilize makeup every day. Makeup has thrived with men during certain music trends and even won political debates. What’s more, studies have shown people naturally react positively to attractive faces, so in those terms, it appears it is here to stay. And perhaps it is just a matter of time before the majority of men casually wear makeup too. But for now, it’s vital to keep questioning not only what we spend our time on, but the validity of the differences between men and women. And as a guy, I guess I should feel fortunate society allows me to keep my morning routine short and to the point.
November 2, 2009
That’s So Gay “Out of the closet and into the limelight”
Remember Stonewall by Daniel Batalla
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The club was packed, the music was thumping, drag queens were handing out reasonably-priced Jell-O shots and the belly dancer had taken the stage. This year, rather than celebrate my birthday by frivolously throwing my money away on yet another night of scantily-clad men, I chose to round up a group of friends and attend a fund raiser for the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Club Ripples in Long Beach was hosting the event in hopes of raising money to support the foundation whose goal is to “replace hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance.” Eleven years after the brutal attack of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo., I still think about the boy who unintentionally became the spokesperson for hate crimes all over the world. On this particular night, I felt like my small contribution to the club would help the cause. I often take for granted that just 40 years ago there wouldn’t be a place for me to celebrate my birthday with gay friends. It’s because of the many people who fought for gay rights early on that I can now share a mixed drink with other gays without fear of persecution. The Stonewall Riots, among other events, helped in the battle against discrimination. The Stonewall Riots were the first
widely-known instance of the gay community fighting back against the government’s discrimination of sexual orientation. Because of regular police raids at gay establishments during the late ’60s there were very few bars that served openly gay men. In many instances a bar could not serve more than three gay men at a time. The Stonewall Inn, located on Christopher Street in the Greenwich Village in New York, was owned by mobsters who wanted to profit off the fact that gay men had no other bars in the area that catered to homosexuals. The mobsters bribed law enforcement to avoid the frequent raids. Sadly, the Inn did not accommodate the gay community because it felt an injustice, but rather because it could water down the drinks, charge outrageous prices and treat its patrons poorly. The Stonewall Inn had become the only bar in New York to offer dancing to its gay customers. On June 27, 1969 undercover officers made their way into the bar. Once inside they called for backup and yet another raid commenced. This one however, would have a much different outcome than in past occurrences. As police lined up the “street kids” and poor gay youth, female cops were sent into back rooms to check the gender of anyone dressed as a woman. As the raid continued more and more people gathered outside the Stonewall Inn.
By the time police had started to handcuff the Stonewall’s clientele, the number of bystanders outside had grown significantly. While a “stone butch” dyke was being hauled away by police she screamed to onlookers, “Why don’t you guys do something?” It was then that the crowd erupted and began fighting back. Garbage cans, bricks and bottles were hurled at the building. As the riots continued one man chose to drastically take matters into his own hands and set the bar on fire. Never before had so much attention been drawn to the injustice against the gay community. The following year Christopher Street Liberation Day was observed as the first Gay Pride March in U.S. History. To this day most Gay Pride Parades are celebrated the last week of June to commemorate those who helped fight the battle that would later allow me the simple enjoyment of having a cocktail with my gay friends without fear of discrimination or harassment. Gay rights groups had been established in many major cities across America, just a few years following the Stonewall Riot. Today there are thousands of gay rights organizations located all over the world helping break down the walls of injustice. It’s up to our generation to continue the fight against discrimination. It’s time we stand up, speak out and have a drink while we’re at it … for Stonewall!
Critics harsh on innovative show By Maureen Fox
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Of all the new shows gaining momentum this fall, “Glee” on FOX is the most talked about. But not all of the talk is good. Many critics and viewers simply don’t know what to make of it. They complain the show is too crude, too sappy, too ridiculous and too unoriginal. Mostly they scoff at how unrealistic it is and how the show makes use of stereotypical high school characters. Some even criticize that the music is too unrealistic, as the cast benefits from high-end music production techniques that real-life glee clubs never have. But there’s the key phrase: “real life.” Since when do television shows have to be grounded in reality? And since when did “Glee” ever claim to be a reality-based story? Like the mash-ups of songs emphasized in the show, “Glee” is a mash-up of genres, as it incorporates elements of soap operas, dark comedy, satire, musical theater and more to create a innovative and entertaining show. Yes, “Glee” does use stereotypical characters, but this is a ridiculous thing to criticize. If it weren’t for movies and television creating and capitalizing on high school stereotypes (such as the nerd, the dumb jock, the closeted gay kid, the mean cheerleader, etc.),
most movies and television shows wouldn’t exist. There are thousands of beloved films and shows that depend on those elements. Just look at the ’80s teen film era, which produced the likes of “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty in Pink.” And you can’t deny that the extremely successful “High School Musical” franchise uses formulaic high school characters as well. And yes, “Glee” also borrows and reflects a lot of elements from other movies and television programs. You can see aspects of “10 Things I Hate About You,” “High School Musical” and “Bring It On” in the show. Even “American Idol’s” influence can be found, as the members of “Glee” are constantly competing with one another for top solos and for the ultimate first-place award at sectional and national competitions. And the list goes on. It seems that critics are annoyed that they have failed to classify the show as any one story type despite its similarities to so many others. You can compare “Glee” to a number of other television shows and movies, but it still stands out as unique. Why does “Glee” need to fit into one specified or even several specified genres?
Most television shows and films created today use the same plots and themes but repackaged in different ways; after all, there are only so many story lines in existence. What great shows do is give old stories a new twist. And “Glee” has twisted so many plot lines and character stereotypes at once that the end result is a bizarre and interesting show. You can find aspects of satirical comedy, like the ramblings of cheerleader coach Sue Sylvester; dark comedy, including the ironic plot twist of the president of the celibacy club getting pregnant; and situational and embarrassing comedy made famous by “The Office,” such as singer Josh Groban’s guest appearance. Then in complete contrast, you get touching moments of affection and friendship. Just when you think you have “Glee” figured out, the writers throw something new in your face. Despite all of the complaints, people are still watching “Glee” and buying its songs through iTunes. Critics can whine and moan about this show all they want, but the fans prove critics don’t have a lot of influence. Audiences will watch this show because they think it’s good, whether or not it uses stereotypical characters or is based on reality. And it’s their criticism that ultimately matters.
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November 2, 2009
Titans finish regular season with a pair of victories at home By cesar gonzalez
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Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer team finished the season with a win Sunday afternoon against the Tigers of Pacific. The game winning goal came in the 104th minute when sophomore defender Katie Gibson found redshirt junior Danielle Bitonti in the box. Bitonti took a shot and beat Tiger redshirt junior goalkeeper Jill Medigovich near the post. “It felt wonderful and so good to
end the season on a win,” Bitonti said. There were a few scoring chances for both teams in the first half of the game. The Titans’ closest opportunity to score was in the first minute of the game when redshirt junior forward Geminesse Martinez took a corner kick from the right side into the box and Bitonti headed the ball toward the net, but the Tiger defense cleared the ball from going in. The Tigers did not have any opportunities to score in the first half, as they were out shot 7-2. Titans came out aggressive in the second half and had a scoring op-
portunity seven minutes in when sophomore midfielder Casey Volk took a shot that was deflected, and sophomore forward Stacey Fox ended up with the ball but shot wide of the net. The Titans finally found a way to score in the 54th minute when freshman midfielder Brisa Gonzalez took a throw in from the right side and beat her defender. She looked up and crossed the ball into the 6 yard line where redshirt junior midfielder Tanya Slusser connected with a header into the lower left side of the goal and into the net. “It was awesome,” Slusser said. “We did what we needed to do today to come out with a win. Our team played with a lot of passion.” The Tigers weren’t going to go down without a fight, though, as they tried diligently to find a way to even the score. In the 84th minute, Tiger sophomore midfielder Angelica Figueroa found the ball in Titan territory inside the 6-yard box and took a shot that hit the crossbar and went off the back of leaping Titan goalie JordanMichelle Santos and into the net to tie the score 1-1 with five minutes left in the game.
The game ended in a 1-1 tie after both halves and the game went to overtime. In the second overtime about four minutes in, Gibson put a ball on the right side to redshirt Bitonti. Bitonti beat a defender and took a sharp angle shot to the left post and scored to end the game and give the Titans the win 2-1. Titan Head Coach Demian Brown felt that even from the beginning of the season the team was playing well but not getting results. Brown said he thinks they will have a good 2010 season with a lot of returning players next year. Bitonti added that they have a lot to look forward to next season and that they have a really young team with lots of chemistry. Despite the win, the Titans lost a tie-breaker to UC Irvine for the final spot in next weeks Big West Conference Finals.
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Friday game brief By cesar gonzalez
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Sophomore Katie Gibson battles for the ball against Pacific Sunday at Titan Stadium.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jordan-Michelle Santos stops Pacific from scoring a goal during Sunday’s 2-1 victory at Titan Stadium.
Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer team came away with a thrilling victory Friday night against the Aggies of UC Davis at Titan Stadium. With 10 seconds left in the match, redshirt junior forward Geminesse Martinez took a corner kick from the left side and put the ball in the box. Sophomore forward Stacey Fox slid and put the ball into the upper right corner of the net, giving no possibility for the Aggies goalie, Sarah Peters, from preventing the ball from going into the net. “It felt really good to score, (and
I was) excited to get one in the net after numerous opportunities to score,” Fox said. Fox also felt that one thing the team needs to keep in mind is the game on Sunday and focusing on preparing against Pacific. This was Fox’s second game-winning goal and her third goal overall of the season. In the first half of the match, the Titans had numerous scoring opportunities but were unable to convert on them. Eight minutes into the game, the Titans had a direct free kick about 25 yards out and redshirt junior defender Tamara Dewey took the direct free kick and put the ball in the box where sophomore forward Fox headed it toward the net, but it went straight into Peters’ hands.