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Is it a Banger?: Fans who criticize the evolution of artists fail to understand the nature of music. Lifestyle

Volume 103 Issue 9

The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton

Wednesday February 14, 2018


Devil’s Advocate: Do zero waste lifestyles cause significant environmental change overall? Opinion

Cal State Fullerton softball improves its skills before going on the road for a fivegame series.




Indivisible debates supporting Baseball prepares Congressional candidates for season opener The Titans will travel for their first road game series against Stanford. KAILA CRUZ

Asst. Sports Editor


Indivisible CA-39 considered it a victory when Rep. Ed Royce announced his retirement on Jan. 8. However, some members have expressed their concern that any division in the organization could overshadow their efforts to ensure a Democrat is elected.

Members of the activist group

39th District: Phil Janowicz, Sam

ty of endorsing a candidate for the California congressional primary, which will take place June 5. The group was joined by Democratic candidates for California’s

All candidates in attendance spoke and agreed that the organization should not endorse a candidate. This stance was reflected

Activist organization Indivisible CA-39 gathered Tues- Jammal, Gil Cisneros and Andy decides to hold off official day night at Fullerton Communi- Thorburn. Jay Chen’s campaign ty Center to discuss the possibili- manager was also present. vote of endorsement. BREANNA BELKEN Asst. News Editor

when the group took a preliminary vote and found that a majority of the members were in favor of not endorsing a candidate for the primary election, though the official vote was tabled for another day. SEE DISTRICT


Cal State Fullerton baseball will hit the road to face Stanford for its season opener on Friday Feb. 16. CSUF is highly anticipating the start of the season, but will approach it with a one-game at-atime mindset. “Everybody’s goal is to go to Omaha and win the College World Series, but I think we’re just going to play it one game at a time and if it happens, it happens,” sophomore infielder Sahid Valenzuela said. The Titans have played Stanford in their season opening series for the last two years. In 2016 they lost the series 1-2 and won 2-1 in 2017. The last time CSUF faced Stanford was in the NCAA Regional, where it knocked out Stanford 4-2 on the road and advanced to the NCAA Super Regional against Long Beach State. “The last time we were up on The Farm, our 2017 Titan team had really caught fire. That’s where our magical run to Omaha began,” said junior Jake Pavletich in his press column Pav’s Pad. SEE PITCH


Noon Time Talk tackles language loss English language learners experience shame as a result of teasing. CHELSEA HERNANDEZ Asst. Social Media Editor

Ridicule in the classroom for thick accents and mispronounced words can cause children to be ashamed of their roots. Lisa Winstead, associate professor at Cal State Fullerton, said this shame can teach them a disquieting lesson: “Don’t speak the language that your parents speak.” She used this example to emphasize what it’s like when bilingual Latino teachers are told not to speak or use their native language in schools. Winstead, a Spanish bilingual authorization coordinator, had the opportunity to share and present her research on “Bilingual Latino Teachers in Schools: Experiences of Language Shame and Loss” at the Pollak Library Faculty Noon Time Talk on Tuesday. The presentation focused on a qualitative study of eight U.S. born Spanish and English speaking Latino teachers, along with an exploration of bilingual and bicultural teaching experiences as English language learners. Many of the Latino teachers experienced teasing and intimidation as children, which often resulted in language loss and trauma. SEE CHAT



Lisa Winstead’s talk ‘Bilingual Latino Teachers in Schools: Experiences of Language Shame and Loss’ focused on Spanish-English speaking teachers and the shame they feel about their accents.



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Comparing Japanese and American culture Psychology professor talks to OLLI about negativity and coping with stress. PRISCILLA CARCIDO Staff Writer

Patti Chikahisa, a third-generation Japanese-American, grew up conflicted between two cultures. Her Japanese culture focused on interconnectedness, but also gave rise to difficulty as she attended school in an American environment that emphasized individualism. Chikahisa said integrating the two cultures, while challenging, was not impossible. Although she knew about the difficulties surrounding the “culture of silence,” she said she learned about its repercussions during a talk given by Cal State Fullerton psychology professor Jack Mearns on Tuesday. “It’s very difficult to get mental health assistance in Japan because if it’s seen as shameful. It’s not just shameful to you, it’s shameful to your family,” Chikahisa said. The talk, which explored negative mood regulation and the psychology of Japan, was part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Eclectics Lecture Series. Chikahisa is an OLLI coordinator. The lecture series features campus and community experts presenting their research to OLLI members and the public.

It’s very difficult to get mental health assistance in Japan. Because if it’s seen as shameful, it’s not just shameful to you, it’s shameful to your family.


Mearns’ research focuses on negative mood regulation, which is the idea that individuals who believe they are able to alleviate their discontent can cope more adaptively with stress. Additionally, he said they experience fewer negative effects and health problems. In fall 2016, Mearns was able to travel to Japan as a Fulbright scholar and teach at the University of Tokyo. During his OLLI lecture, Mearns said his time in Japan added an interesting aspect to his research. Mearns found that Japanese culture focuses on relationships and interdependence while western cultures focus more on individual success. The tradition of putting relationships or family first often lead to suppression of negative and stressful emotions, Mearns said. If an individual feels upset or worried, they don’t express those emotions out of fear that it would humiliate the family and cause a chasm among its members. Mearns said that in the last 20 years, rates of depression and child abuse have increased in Japan. Additionally, he talked about a group called the “Hikikomori,” which consists of mostly male high schoolers who withdraw from society for at least six months. “These people just drop out — they stay in their rooms. They just don’t leave,” Mearns said. Thone Ritch, a retired teacher, said she was not surprised to hear about the culture’s shame surrounding mental health. Ritch said when she taught Japanese and Korean students, she noticed how highly they valued silence in the classroom and worked to break through that culture by getting them to speak up and ask questions. “You could just see the freedom and the joy (in them) that they could ask somebody questions,” Ritch said.


Tuesday’s OLLI lecture was given by psychology professor Jack Mearns, who talked about his trip to Japan in fall 2016 and how it added a new dimension to his research on negative mood regulation, a means of coping with stress.


Mearn’s talk was a part of the OLLI spring Eclectic Lecture Series, which offers professors and other experts the opportunity to present their research in a public environment.

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This week on campus Wednesday, Feb. 14: • TSU Drop-in Workshop: DIY Candy Bouquet at the Titan Student Union 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. • ASI Productions Wednesday Concert Series: William Ryan Key in Concert Becker Amphitheater Noon to 1:00 p.m. • Grand Opening of Tuffy’s Basic Needs Center in the Quad and outside McCarthy Hall Room 143 Noon to 2:00 p.m.

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During this month Cal State Fullerton clubs partnered with the African American Resource Center to host events, like movie screenings, panels and interactive games.

• TSU Drop-in Workshop: String Hearts Titan Student Union Grand Stair Studio 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Last year’s Black History Month reception focused on black students in scientific fields. The 2018 reception will feature a one-woman performance from actress Misty Monroe.

CSUF celebrates black excellence The African American Resource Center will be hosting events throughout the month of February to keep the memory of historic community figures alive. AMY WELLS News Editor

The African American Resource Center at Cal State Fullerton has begun its celebration of Black History Month, partnering with campus clubs to create student-centered events. “(Black History Month) has been a combination of a lot of different events that tells black history from a perspective where we all can be invited and included in,” said resource center Director Trimaine Davis. Kicking off the month was the annual Why I Love Black Women reception dinner held in the Titan Student Union hosted by Alliance for Preservation of African Consciousness. Black women from universities across Southern California were honored for their community involvement. “We feel like they’re one of the most underappreciated or marginalized demographics,” said James Leassear, African American Resource Center community engagement lead. The male equivalent, Thrones of Pharaohs, will recognize black men on Feb. 16. The event will be hosted by Sistertalk, a club which focuses on the empowerment of black women on VISIT US AT: DAILYTITAN.COM

college campuses. For the remaining Mondays in February, the African American Resource Center will show screenings of the ‘70s crime drama “The Spook Who Sat by the Door” and biographical drama “Fruitvale Station,” about a young black man who was killed by police in 2013. Other upcoming events include a talk on appreciating black identity, study abroad opportunities and a graduate student panel. The month builds up to the annual Black History Month President’s Reception hosted by Fram Virjee on Feb. 22. Actress Misty Monroe will perform her one-woman show “Unapologetically Black,” at the Clayes Performing Arts Center which explores her identity as a woman of color. The reception will also feature speeches from faculty members to show support for CSUF’s black students. “It’s important to have that type of support from faculty that look like you, especially when it’s not so common to see black faculty members at universities,” Leassear said.

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This stance was reflected when the group took a preliminary vote and found that a majority of the members were in favor of not endorsing a candidate for the primary election, though the official vote was tabled for another day. Janowicz spoke as a member and asked everyone present to consider what endorsing a candidate could possibly do to the organization. “We’ve been fighting so hard outside of (Ed) Royce’s office. We’ve been fighting so hard at Brea City Council. We’ve been doing this for so long together to resist the Trump agenda. An endorsement here would just separate us,” Janowicz said. Indivisible considered Royce’s announcement to retire a victory after holding many protests outside his office. After 26 years of Republican control his retirement gives the Democrats opportunity to win the incumbent’s vacated seat. Cisneros, who said he has been coming to Indivisible meetings since May 2017, wanted the organization to focus on their victory with Royce’s retirement. Though some members are concerned there is an oversaturation of Democratic candidates, Cisneros believes their focus should remain on electing a Democrat past the primary and into the general election on Nov. 6. “There’s still three Republican candidates we can go after, attack and continue to bring them down. That’s where Indivisible CA-39 can best put their resources,” Cisneros said. Although he was not at the meeting, Chen released a statement regarding the possibility of endorsement. “These activists have been at the forefront of demanding change in this district and they


District 39 congressional candidate Phil Janowicz (left), a former professor at Cal State Fullerton, shares the floor with Indivisible CA-39 administrator Marian Bodnar, (right). Janowicz agreed with other Democrats running for the seat that it would unnecessarily split members if they endorse one candidate.

want the best person to represent them in Congress,” Chen said in an email. “What is most important is that all members continue to stay involved, stay engaged, and stay active.” Jammal, who also commended Indivisible CA-39 for its role in Royce’s retirement, said he worries that any division in the organization could overshadow the work they’ve done. Wanting to focus on registering voters, Thorburn also agreed

Indivisible CA-39 should not endorse a candidate. “We have candidates, we need the voters,” Thorburn said. Vincent Hennerty, a member of Indivisible, understands why there’s a concern of friction and tension due to an endorsement. However, he abstained from the preliminary vote because he sees valid points on both sides. “This is an open primary, it’s a jungle. There’s a good possibility of there being two Republicans,”

There’s still three Republican candidates we can go after, attack and continue to bring them down. That’s where Indivisible CA-39 can best put their resources.


GIL CISNEROS Democrat 39th Congressional Candidate Hennerty said. “I’m hoping people drop out for the greater good, because if they’re there and they truly believe in flipping this

district, they can put their pride away and put all of their resources and support into whoever has the best ability.”

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Faculty Noon Time Talks, a series in the Pollak Library that showcases the academic research from Cal State Fullerton, featured associate professor Lisa Winstead from the College of Education. Winstead dissected the issue of bilingual shame, which she drew from research she published in 2017.

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Clem Guthro, dean of the library, related to this presentation on a personal level. His four children, who were adopted from South America, struggled with issues of language, and most of them forgot how to speak Spanish over time. Before 2016, a California proposition prevented bilingual teachers from helping their English-learning students. “(Students) were forced to

sort of leave both their language and identity at the door and adopt English only, which I think is really hard,” Guthro said. Winstead, who speaks four languages, also acknowledged the fact that other ethnicities face similar hardships. “I’ve noticed that it’s not okay for kids to talk in their native language, not just including Spanish but Chinese and Vietnamese,” said Jacklyn Yearwood, psychology major.


Winstead said a French accent may be seen as more appealing than a Spanish accent in the U.S., pointing out social bias within society. The presentation ended with questions and conversations about how this shame and loss can be prevented in the future. “It reinforced what I know, so it’s always good to hear about a more recent study that’s been done in terms of those types of issues that have affected not only my students, but myself,”

I’ve noticed that it’s not okay for kids to talk in their native language, not just including Spanish, but Chinese and Vietnamese.


JACKLYN YEARWOOD Psychology major said Christine Valenciana, former assistant professor at CSUF. Valenciana said she has worked with teachers in schools without a bilingual or dual

immersion program. “I got some insight in terms of those teachers who are afraid and unwilling to use the Spanish language,” Valenciana said. “It’s about fear.”


6 Lifestyle


Times change and musicians need to be free to evolve with it.


Music has been taken under the wing of evolution, and no, I’m not talking about finches or the Galápagos Islands. Genres stemming way back from the 1890s, started with four simple categories of folk, gospel, classical and world; we have now branched out to rock ‘n’ roll, pop, country, rap and increasingly more precise genres. But if genres are constantly expanding, then why must fans punish their favorite musicians by forcing them to be stuck in loops of the same recycled guitar riffs and basic chorus lines? How many times have you looked through a band’s YouTube comments and saw “I miss the old them” or “What a bunch of sellouts.” It’s simpleminded when followers don’t want to accept musicians’ changes or approve of their up-and-coming rise to stardom. I mean, how does that David Bowie song go again? “Chch-changes. Pretty soon now you’re gonna get older, time may change me.” Listen to Bowie on this one. Change can completely transform artists for the better, especially if it means they are finally growing up. If musicians don’t modify themselves, then their music may never live up to its full potential. The Beatles are a prime example of an evolved band, from their doo-wop and simple covers, to their psychedelic and much less lovestruck approach to their later records, following their seventh studio album “Revolver.” Now let’s take this back to the mid-1960’s, the start of the British Invasion. When The Beatles arrived they created hoards of fans, not just the typical screaming teenage girls, but also the not-so-typical screaming teenage boys, adults, dogs, cats — people of all ages that came out to see the sensational Fab Four. They created Beatlemania, an entire movement dedicated to their arrival and the insane madness that came along with their fandom. But imagine this, what if the


The Beatles made their first appearance on American television during ‘The Ed Sullivan Show.’ Seventy-three million people tuned in to watch their performance which included “All My Loving” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

Beatles had never transformed? Although they arrived in America with a large fan base already established, what if they only played covers for their entire career? The unoriginal and dull “Twist and Shout,” “Please Mr. Postman,” “Devil in Her Heart” and the rest of the never-ending list of covers would play over and over again as the band’s greatest and only hits. And don’t even get me started on the insanely repetitive lyrics found on their albums released prior to “Revolver.” “A Hard Day’s Night” is one of their most successful albums that peaked at No.1 on the charts and stayed there for 21 complete weeks. But when compared to the Beatles’ later albums, it’s easy to see how redundant the lyrics are in some of the most beloved songs on the record, like “I Should Have Known Better.” The song has a cute, feel-good,

repetitive rhythm surrounded by harmonica and scruffy, seductive vocal performances by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. I obviously love this song as much as the next Fab Four enthusiast, but the verses simply jump back and forth between the same lyrics throughout the song. “I Should Have Known Better” is a classic, but it’s not long until I start to think “Alright got it, you’re madly in love with this girl, not much different from any other Beatles song during that era.” Without the necessary changes they made from an innocent, bowl cut boy band to grown men with challenging perceptions of reality, then how could fans ever create an everlasting love for such masterpieces as “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Across the Universe,” “Eleanor Rigby,” – even “Hey Jude” for crying out loud! Songs like these

are the ones that gave me goosebumps on a dark, silent night, not “She Loves You” or “Roll Over Beethoven.” Judging from the Beatles’ “Love” album, which is used for Cirque du Soleil’s “Love” theatrical production (an acrobatic show with a compelling storyline told by Beatles songs) my opinion doesn’t stand alone. The album is a remarkable compilation mixed together perfectly to sound like every song fits right after the other like a jigsaw puzzle. “Love” contains 26 songs; with so many on a single album, one would think that the soundtrack has been evenly split to cater to the Beatles’ work during the British Invasion but only four tracks come from their early music. The Beatles completely changed their image, rhythm, lyrical brilliance and even record labels, but they were never

stuck. They continued to grow and create an impression on generations to come with the Cirque du Soleil show, “The Beatles: Rock Band,” feature films and the most recent film “Across the Universe.” They’ve crafted themselves into one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most beloved bands, and it’s all because they had a little growing up to do. After taking a trip down Penny Lane, why does the idea of musicians reinventing themselves seem to be a horrendous and jaw-dropping concept? A true fan would go along the journey with their favorite artists instead of nitpicking at their essence and having heart attacks over every slight modification. But don’t just listen to me, take another note from the Beatles: “We can work it out. Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend.”

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Opinion 7


Gender-specific toys restrict kids’ development Imposing stereotypes on children limits their possibilities.


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As more debates about gender conformity surface, there are a new questions to ask: are gender roles really that important and should there still be gender stereotyping in the toys children play with? Pink and blue are the traditional colors for femininity and masculinity and parents blindly follow the toy store’s color-coded separation, effectively promoting specific gender expectations. Stereotyping toys based on gender negatively impacts children. By telling a child they can only play with a certain toy or telling them they are only allowed to like certain colors, adults limit their children’s experiences and don’t allow their brains to develop enough to understand both sides of the emotional spectrum. It isn’t wrong to have toys that are more masculine or feminine, the problem lies in the idea that boys and girls can’t cross the gender boundary line during playtime. When adults tell a girl she is only allowed to play with dolls or kitchen replicas, they are limiting her knowledge to domesticity. When a boy is only allowed to play with trucks and imitation weapons, adults hinder him from learning more nurturing, traditionally feminine traits. It’s very limiting to a child,


Limiting children’s toy choices to their gender restricts the ability to gain a variety of lifestyle skills, which may negatively affect them later in life. These boundaries don’t allow exploration of gender outside of stereotypes.

said Lucia Alcala, assistant professor of psychology at Cal State Fullerton. “It has no validity in terms of developmental theories of whether there are gender differences in the toys they should be using or how they should be playing,” Alcala said. “We expect boys to be caring fathers once they grow up, but we never give them the opportunity to play with dolls.” One may argue that the concept of gender conformity and gender roles are important in maintaining a structured society — a society where women are caretakers and men are the dominant providers. In reality, gender roles are

defined by society and are not naturally occurring, according to Kinsey Confidential, a sexuality information service. These rigid gender roles that people have become accustomed to aren’t real. People have created and adapted to them over time without considering that there are other possibilities for each gender. Every society, ethnic group and culture has gender role expectations, according to Planned Parenthood. Because of this, groups begin gender stereotyping children as early as possible. “At the developmental level, (children are) very strict in those

boundaries, you’re either one or the other,” Alcala said. Sixty percent of people do not believe gender roles are important to society, a survey on reports, showing that a majority of people agree gender roles can be flexible. It’s just a matter of putting opinions into action. Allowing boys and girls to play with toys that interest them can inspire them to enter a career they enjoy as adults. Men can become nurses or nannies and women can be engineers or mechanics. Obviously it’s hard to stray away from common societal traditions, but countering it

requires “pointing it out,” “being a living example,” “speaking up” and “giving it a try,” according to Planned Parenthood. Millennials can make these active changes as well and allow their own children to play with a variety of toys rather than sticking to the gender-segregated sections of stores. This will raise a generation without gender normalization. “Society will get there at some point, but it requires a lot of work,” Alcala said. “We need to, as preschool teachers and parents, provide the space for them to explore different toys. It won’t change who you are by wearing pants or a tutu.”

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The zero waste lifestyle community aims to produce as little personal trash as possible, as a way of contributing to sustainability efforts. But some say that environmental efforts are best handled through legislative action and that individual behavior has little impact on the earth at large.

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Since 2012, Lauren Singer has dedicated her life to saying no to plastic, buying secondhand clothing and creating her own cleaning products. On her blog,“Trash is for Tossers,” she promotes a zero waste lifestyle as inclusive and accessible for everyone by providing instructions for homemade toothpaste and beauty products. The philosophy of zero waste boils down to being mindful of the waste humans produce and having a desire to improve the quality of life for generations to come. Those living the zero waste lifestyle want as many people to join the community, and they want to make it accessible to everyone. Singer became a face of the zero waste lifestyle when her mason jar containing four years of waste went viral, but she believes her habits are easy to pick up by anyone by steadily making small changes. “People assume you’re talking about upper class white people that have the money to buy organic products. It’s a really funny comparison. Living a zero waste lifestyle has afforded me a lot of things,” Singer told CNN. She encourages beginners to start with small steps like refusing plastic straws at restaurants, bringing a reusable bag when shopping or opting for biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic ones. The movement goes beyond three R’s of waste management of reduce, reuse and recycle, encouraging people to also refuse and rot. Just recycling doesn’t cut it. People need to minimize their waste as much as possible by resisting impulse purchases, declining disposable items and composting food scraps. With landfills in America contributing FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @THEDAILYTITAN

to over 15 percent of human-related emissions of greenhouse gases in 2015, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, people need to be concerned about the nation’s production of waste. If environmental benefits are less of a concern for people, the cost-effectiveness of the lifestyle can serve as an incentive. On average, a woman uses more than 9,000 tampons in her lifetime, spending over $1,700 for the product, according to estimates from a 2015 Huffington Post article. Menstrual cups on the other hand, cost roughly $20 and can last up to 10 years. A simple way people can start adapting to the lifestyle is by buying clothing secondhand which saves money and reduces the amount of clothing going to landfills. For those more serious about cost-saving methods, do away with toilet paper and invest in a bidet. Zero waste isn’t just a fad promoted by bloggers; it’s also moved into the mainstream. Cities across America like San Diego and New York are creating zero waste programs to increase awareness of environmental sustainability. Super Bowl LII aimed for a zero waste event by sorting about 60 tons of waste, marking it to be recycled, composted or reused. The NFL set a goal to prevent 90 percent of the waste generated at the stadium from going into landfills and to send the remaining 10 percent to an incineration plant be turned into electricity, according to CNN. The program responsible for the goal, Rush2Recycle, also encouraged those watching at home to partake in the zero waste movement by adding recycling bins next to landfill trash cans and providing reusable tableware and cutlery. However, Americans are making strides toward reducing their waste. The average person discarded around 4.4 pounds of waste a day in 2014, a decrease of 0.3 pounds since 2000, according to a 2016 EPA report. In 2014, 34 percent of waste was recycled, a significant increase from less than 10 percent in 1980. Due to the rise in recycling and composting, greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced according to the EPA. The movement doesn’t require a person to make dramatic changes, and it would be impractical to assume a person could generate absolutely no waste. It can be as simple as foregoing plastic water bottles and carrying reusable one.

Legislation creates change more than any individual can.


They typically hang out around the farmers market, carrying cloth bags, refusing plastic straws and channeling their inner hippie to an entirely new level. These are the people who live by the zero waste philosophy. While they have good intentions to save the planet by eliminating any trash they might produce, their beliefs are entirely unrealistic. Individual efforts in environmentalism remain admirable, but idealistic lifestyles can’t replace substantial legislative action that yields widespread change to better the environment. People who live zero waste lifestyles can’t undo their past actions or get rid of the abundance of trash currently floating in oceans or piling in landfills. The U.S. produced 258 million tons of trash in 2014, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. One person won’t make enough of a difference in a world of billions. Adopting an entirely zero waste lifestyle is virtually impossible for people who don’t have the money or time. Millions of products come in packages that can’t be regularly recycled or reused: plastic bottle caps, paper towels, takeout boxes and price tags to name a few. While personal and ethical choices can be made to limit waste for people who balance a career, school or family — completely avoiding trash is impossible. Instead of showcasing a tiny mason jar full of all their waste from the past three years, most people would probably pull out a gigantic trash can just from the last week. It’s understandable that the need to care for the environment creates an overwhelming desire to boycott companies

that produce exorbitant amounts of trash — but rather than making it an individual pursuit, people who are inspired by this lifestyle should put their efforts into making community changes instead. Fond memories of unavoidable clothing tags and receipts may be few enough to fit inside a mason jar for members of the zero waste community, but these are everyday occurrences for the rest of the world and most of it goes unnoticed. Even environmentally conscious people can’t always avoid these minute pieces of trash. By showcasing these inescapable pieces of garbage, zero waste people are blind to the true nature of the issue: how much waste is produced by little things that could easily be avoided. Their great efforts in reducing waste are therefore wasted if legislative action isn’t taken to support their ideas. In 2016, California passed Proposition 67 which forced people to start buying bags for 10 cents or bring their own because stores would no longer freely provide them. This legislative action led to change within the entire community. While some individuals may have taken their own bags to the store long before the proposition passed, it didn’t have a powerful impact until after legislation was put into place. Plastic bags totaled 7 percent of the trash collected in 2010 on California Coastal Cleanup Day, which is a day dedicated to volunteers who clean up trash along the coastline, according to information provided by the California Coastal Commission. This number dropped to 3 percent in 2017. Even the greatest naysayers found that Proposition 67 affected their everyday Californian lifestyles, forcing them to be environmentally responsible. Individuals who adopt the zero waste lifestyle can refuse plastic straws or avoid stores with price tags, but they would create a more significant impact by encouraging regulation. It could force restaurants to have glass straws and clothing stores to use recyclable price tags. A zero waste lifestyle seems cute and trendy, but without action to backup their idealistic movement, their efforts will have been for nothing. They have good intentions and respectable ideals, but legislation is what truly makes the difference for people and the environment. VISIT US AT: DAILYTITAN.COM

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Cal State Fullerton baseball will compete against Stanford University with veterans that have been nominated for various awards. Senior relief pitcher Brett Conine is one of the 52 athletes placed on the watch list for the 14th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year award.

Pitch: CSUF looks to sweep No. 13 Stanford CONTINUED FROM


Stanford was ranked second in the Pac-12 baseball preseason poll, earning 89 points. They finished behind Oregon State University, which earned 100 points after posting a 56-6 record and a 0.903 winning percentage.

The Cardinal earned this ranking after placing second in the conference and making their 30th NCAA Regional appearance last season. Fullerton finished at the top of the Big West preseason poll, earning 73 points. CSUF and Oregon State are the top ranked West Coast

teams in every national poll. However, Fullerton is the only Big West team to be placed in the poll, while multiple Pac-12 schools appear in the Top 25. Cal State Fullerton is currently ranked No.17 while Stanford is ranked No.13. Both teams have players listed on the 2018 Golden

Spikes Award watch list. From Stanford, junior Kris Bubic (P), and junior Nico Hoerner (SS) made the list and from Fullerton junior Colton Eastman (P) earned a nomination for the second consecutive season. Eastman was also the only player from the Big West to make it onto the list.

Now headed into its 2018 season, the Titans’ 36-man roster is composed of experienced upperclassmen and talented newcomers who will finally suit up and start the season. “We’re just excited and we’re gonna play it one pitch at a time.” Valenzuela said.

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Freshman Hannah Johnson (12, pictured above) began her collegiate career in the Titan Classic. She started in the 5-2 loss to Utah State Saturday and came in midway through the 6-3 victory over Loyola Marymount.


Freshman infielder Sam Kennedy (10, pictured above) played well in her three appearances in the Titan Classic. During her at bats, she earned two total hits and scored runs against Utah State and Pittsburgh.

Softball prepares for its second tournament

“In the beginning, we were not as energized and throughout the game, we brought our energy to where it should be. I think starting out with that energy and keeping it consistent throughout the whole game will help us a lot,” Johnson said. CSUF isn’t looking to make drastic changes in its KATHRYNE PADILLA defensive practices. Instead it’s aiming to highlight Asst. Sports Editor small improvements to create a positive domino effect. After bringing in three wins during its opening “Our players all know and believe this, that the litweekend, Cal State Fullerton softball will return to tle changes create big opportunities,” Ford said. the field for a full week of practice before heading She has broken up the week of practice into full to San Diego to participate in the Campbell/Cartier days focused on different tactics, skill repetition and Tournament. on scouting days, Fullerton reviews the opposing “I’m really happy with that start. We had some team’s game films. great performances from new players, freshmen in While the squad is aiming to tighten up little asparticular,” said Titans Head Coach Kelly Ford. pects of its game, the Titans aren’t worried about To prepare for the strenuous tournament ahead, their two-upcoming doubleheaders. Ford said she constructed a list of improvements that “We’ve all kind of done it before playing travshe and the rest of her coaching staff will focus on el ball. We would play six games a day, 12 games a during the week. weekend sometimes. We had double days in the winEach coach concentrates on different aspects of the ter, so that really prepared us. I think we’re starting game like hitting or pitching, and together they work to get a hang of it again,” said senior outfielder Samto incorporate minor changes to enhance Fullerton’s mie Vandiver. skills. The Titans worked on their endurance as they “There was a play between our pitcher and third logged eight to nine hours on those double days baseman and they both kind of looked at the ground during winter break to become accustomed to the at a bunt,” Ford said. physical requirement of the sport. Now that the seAspects of relay coverage, fakes and cuts will be mester has started for the student athletes and season revisited in the infield and the team will learn to is in full swing, practice hours have minimized for adapt to each of their pitchers when they take the Fullerton. mound. “We prepared them mentality and physically. We “We’ve got seven pitchers and it’s tough. Our cor- are almost in a lighter, physical mode right now, ners have to communicate to seven different fielding which I’m fine with,” Ford said. “We’re actually styles, abilities and coverages,” Ford said. shortening our practices to up to two and a half hours Even if communication is one of the Titans’ FULLERTON: 215 N. Harbor Blvtod.keep them fresh.” biggest strengths, they are COS stillTA looking make As Fullerton prepares for the excursion on Friday, MESA (The to LAB): 2930 Feb. stol16,St.Ford reminds her team of the purpose beimprovements. LONG BEACH: 4608 E. 2nd St.Bri The coaching staff aren’t the only hind every practice. BUFFAL OEXones CHANGEpreparing .COM • for the upcoming tourney. As a team, CSUF wants to “Whether we win or lose, we just have to get better foster and retain its energy in every game. everyday, every practice, every game,” Ford said.

After a satisfying weekend in the Titan Classic, Cal State Fullerton isn’t wasting any time preparing for its busy weekend.


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CSUF confident as it faces two road teams Women’s basketball looks to hit the road to climb the Big West standings. JARED EPREM Sports Editor

A month has gone by since the last win for Cal State Fullerton women’s basketball. The team will have two chances to earn its third Big West victory as it travels for important road games this week. After starting conference play with a 2-1 record, the Titans have now dropped seven straight games. However, their last two games have been hard-fought and down to the wire, which gives the team hope for their games against UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State. “We’re confident, but at the same time it’s a big week because we haven’t won in a while and we’re hungry for a win. I think we need a win pretty badly,” said Titans Head Coach Jeff Harada. The Titans will likely play without Daeja Smith on Thursday and Saturday after she suffered from an ankle injury while playing against Santa Barbara Saturday, Feb. 10. During that game, CSUF nearly completed an 18-point comeback. Harada sung praises of his squad after the game despite their loss, crediting its toughness and resilience to make a comeback without Smith, the team’s leading rebounder. “I think there’s confidence in our players knowing that we made a run and actually took the lead with Daeja on the bench so we’re excited to play,” Harada said. “We talk about your best players stepping up when they’re needed and this will be a classic example of that this week.” Fullerton will travel to Long Beach State following the Santa Barbara game. Its last win this


Titans Head Coach Jeff Harada (pictured above) believes his team will adjust to playing without center Daeja Smith, who is likely to sit out this weekend due to an ankle injury she suffered on Saturday Feb.10 against UC Santa Barbara.

season came at the expense of the 49ers, so the team is comfortable traveling to Long Beach for the rematch. “If we come out with the same energy and effort, we should be able to come out with a win like we did last time,” said Titans point guard Jade Vega. In that game, the Titans grabbed 10 more rebounds than Long Beach State. They have only outrebounded their opponents in the seven games since. Vega, the team’s assist leader, is experiencing a slump of her own. Over the last three conference games, she has scored one field goal per game and is yet to attempt a free throw. Her focus, however, is not on getting her own offensive game back on track. “I’m just going to focus on

getting my teammates involved, getting them shots, getting them open and doing the other things that’ll help my team get the win,” Vega said. While her play has not been up to par recently, Vega has maintained her role as the team’s floor general, making sure the offense is set up correctly for her teammates. “I think it’s more important for me to be a vocal leader at tough times because we need that spark of energy and someone to look up to do something,” Vega said. “I feel like I need to be, as the point guard and as a junior. The Titans will play in Santa Barbara’s Thunderdome on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7:00 p.m. and in the Walter Pyramid at Long Beach State on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 4:00 p.m.


Point guard Jade Vega (1, pictured above) is the third leading scorer for the Titans and also leads the team in assists.

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