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Lecturer suspended for striking student
Disciplinary action is ongoing, CSUF officials say. SARAH WOLSTONCROFT JASON ROCHLIN Daily Titan
A Cal State Fullerton lecturer has been suspended for striking a student during a Feb. 8 counter-protest on campus. “I am suspended and may not talk to students or employees of the university,” said Eric Canin, the lecturer
accused of striking a student, in a text message. A CSUF internal investigation concluded that “a campus employee struck a student and that as a consequence, the speech of the student group was stopped,” said CSUF Chief
Communications Officer Jeffrey Cook in an email. The altercation occurred between Canin and members of the CSUF College Republicans club during its counter-protest in response to the No-Ban-NoWall protest on campus.
After the altercation, Canin said he “did not touch anyone” and said in a text message that he was “confident any video would exonerate” him. “Even when we find opposing views objectionable, ours is a campus where we
will insist that respect be afforded to the right of others to assert those views,” Cook said. “Responding with violence to speech we disagree with cannot and will not be tolerated.” SEE CANIN
Views shared across the aisle CSU issues reaction
Students from both sides explain political perspectives. MEGAN MAXEY Daily Titan
Whether it be the executive orders President Donald Trump signed during his first month in office or the effectiveness of protests, Cal State Fullerton students have something to say. Where some see uncertainty, others see hope. Post-election and because of Trump’s rhetoric Enedina Lopez, a first-year health science major and first-generation student, said she now fears some of the ramifications of Trump’s immigration policy. “Before, [my parents] weren’t scared because they thought he was all talk, but now that things are actually happening … [my parents] are more cautious,” Lopez said. Conversely, Christopher Boyle, business major and president of the CSUF Republicans said he believes America is heading in a good direction regarding regulation cuts and national security. “One of the things (Trump) is doing that I think is fantastic is he’s
Chancellor White reiterates stance on immigration. HAYLEY M. SLYE MICAH AUGIMERI-LEE Daily Titan
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With overwhelming changes occurring in todays political climate, students voice their opinions, expressing their views and fears on national security, protests and education.
starting to cut down on regulations. We saw him issue a number of executive orders within his first few days of presidency, and I
think a lot of those were very, very effective,” Boyle said. With such a diverse student body, Cal State
Fullerton’s voices from both sides of the aisle deserve to be heard. “I’m quite embarrassed to be an American some days
to be honest,” said Valentina Coria, a 27-year-old sociology major. SEE POLITICS
Titans knock off Big West best CSUF controls the glass in upset over UC Irvine. HARRISON FAIGEN Daily Titan Despite trailing for most of the first half, Cal State Fullerton men’s basketball never lost faith that it could beat first-place UCI. Just like when they rebounded from a 2-4 conference start to win their fourth straight game and sixth of their last seven, the Titans’ faith was rewarded with a 56-54 win. “I want to help my team, whatever I can do, I’m there for them,” said Titan guard Lionheart Leslie after scoring nine of his 11 points in the second half. “I love them. I got their back.” The Anteaters couldn’t extend their lead to more than
six points in the first half, largely due to the scoring of Tre’ Coggins, who netted 11 of the Titans’ first 24 points. The referees swallowed their whistles in the first half as both teams went to the free-throw line a combined seven times in the first 20 minutes. Khalil Ahmad converted the Titans’ only freebie of the first 20 minutes. That trend flipped following halftime, after which the Titans forced their way into the lane to draw 13 free throws in the second half. The Titans’ renewed physicality also manifested itself on the boards, where freshman forward Jackson Rowe wouldn’t let possessions die. The Big West’s fourth-leading rebounder snagged 12 rebounds in the game, with seven of them coming on the offensive end. SEE REBOUNDS
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Freshman forward Jackson Rowe leads the Big West in field goal percentage and ranks fourth in the conference in rebounding.
CSU Chancellor Timothy White issued a memorandum Wednesday that read “unless otherwise required by law,” University Police will not “enter into agreements with law enforcement agencies for the purpose of enforcing federal immigration law.” “Our University Police departments will not honor immigration hold requests, and our University Police will not contact, detain, question or arrest individuals solely on the basis of being–or suspected of being–a person who lacks documentation,” White said in the statement. White’s statement was in response to memoranda issued Monday by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly about how to carry out President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration which strengthened enforcement of immigration laws. The chancellor’s statement indicated the executive orders do not affect DACA students. “We want to reiterate to our DACA students or any students of illegal immigrants that are concerned or are afraid to come talk to law enforcement: Please don’t be,” said University Police Capt. Scot Willey. “We’re here for their protection.” White also advised students, faculty and staff “approached by federal, state or local officials asking for information or documentation regarding immigration status” to immediately contact University Police. The statement reiterated that “CSU’s flexible system-wide set of policy guidelines are intended to remove the CSU from the enforcement of federal immigration laws.” “We don’t want any of these laws that are out there to dissuade anybody from coming forward and reporting a crime or discussing different crimes or any issues with the police department,” said Willey. Sarah Wolstoncroft contributed to this report.
CSUF physicist excels in his field of study
Moon should be the only venture for NASA
Titan baseball falls to San Diego State 5-4
Professor at Cal State Fullerton’s Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy Center receives research grant for black holes.
American Space Agency shows hubris as it continues to set it’s eyes on Mars while foreign agencies settle close by.
After a strong start to the season, CSUF took a step back with a sloppy loss to the Aztecs at Goodwin Field.
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NEWS Police cite four men in stolen car for possession of burglary tools University law enforcement conduct ongoing investigation. SARAH WOLSTONCROFT Daily Titan
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University Police officer Matthew Bauer noticed a vehicle with lights that were not working and a passenger who was violating the law by flicking his cigarette ashes out of the window as the vehicle traveled down Placentia Avenue shortly before midnight on Feb. 20. Bauer, who was training officer Tongkou Xiong at the time, signaled for the vehicle to pull into the Valero gas station on Placentia Avenue and Orangethorpe Avenue. “They got everybody out of the car because they started noticing things in their laps,” said University Police Capt. Scot Willey. “One guy was holding a metal baseball bat and … another passenger had an open container.” Police were given permission to search the vehicle. They found a checkbook that did not belong to anybody in the vehicle but did belong to a CSUF student, Willey said. They found a CSUF parking permit, letters that were not addressed to anyone in the vehicle and a meth pipe. And they found burglary tools, including bricks, a cement rock, lug nut wrench, hammer, baseball bat and Swiss army knife, Willey said. The four men in the car were cited for possession of burglary tools, according to the University Police website. In addition, the driver Rudy Martindelcampo, 18, was charged with driving without a license. Jordan Drake, 26, was charged with possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. Cristobal Perez, 19, was charged with possession
of alcohol under the age of 21. Jonathan Zaragoza, 21, was the fourth passenger. None of the men in the vehicle is a Cal State Fullerton student, Willey said. The passengers told police that the car belonged to a man named Wesley but offered no further explanation, Willey said. CSUF detectives later found that the vehicle Martindelcampo was driving was reported stolen, though it had not been reported at the time of the traffic stop, Willey said.
Someone may question why we would do anything off of campus when we are Cal State Fullerton police officers, but having that mile radius around (campus) is extremely important to us and this is a great example of why.
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Jordan Drake, 26, was cited for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and possession of burglary tools.
Rudy Martindelcampo, 18, was the driver of the vehicle and cited for driving without a license and possession of burglary tools.
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Cristobal Perez, 19, was cited for possession of alcohol in a vehicle with a passenger who is under 21 and possession of burglary tools.
Jonathan Zaragoza, 21, was cited for possession of burglary tools.
Anaheim Police, which received the report of the CSUF student’s stolen checkbook, and Santa Ana Police, which received the report for the stolen vehicle, Willey said. Willey said this routine traffic stop displays the importance of having a 1-mile radius jurisdiction outside of the school because it allows them to recover CSUF
students’ stolen materials that are found off campus. “Every once in awhile, someone may question why we would do anything off of campus when we are Cal State Fullerton police officers, but having that mile radius around (campus) is extremely important to us and this was a great example of why,” Willey said.
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SCOT WILLEY University Police Captain “They would have been arrested for the stolen vehicle but because we didn’t have that information at that time, they were all cited out individually for different crimes,” Willey said. There are no warrants out for the arrest of any of the four men. The district attorney’s office will determine who to charge for the stolen vehicle; however, the driver is typically held responsible, Willey said. University Police will continue investigating the evidence it received with
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Cal State Fullerton Anthropology Department lecturer Eric Canin was involved in an altercation with members of the CSUF College Republicans club on Feb. 8. The university’s internal investigation came back saying he struck a student and impeded on the group’s free speech.
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Cook said that the administration “is taking appropriate action, although we are unable to disclose specific information as the process is underway and ongoing. CSUF police sent the case to the district attorney’s office Feb. 9, said University Police Capt. Scot Willey. Canin may be summoned to court, but the district attorney will
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JEFFREY COOK CSUF Chief Communications Officer decide whether to charge him with a misdemeanor, Willey said. That process
could take weeks, Willey said, because the case is not likely to be
considered a priority. “Canin has not been on campus,” Willey said. A substitute lecturer is teaching Canin’s Anthropology 305 class, said junior civil engineering major Carlos Solorio. “The substitute teacher said she would be filling in just for awhile because Dr. Canin had to deal with something, but she did not specify,” Solorio said. Ashlyn Ramirez contributed to this report.
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Exhibit to show issues Association for InterCultural Awareness to put on an interactive exhibit in the Titan Student Union Pavilion C. TAYLOR ENGLE Daily Titan
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Steven G. Mihaylo Hall’s Center for Entrepreneurship is looking for students with business plans and “strong entrepreneurial drives” to pitch their ideas for the 2017 Business Plan Competition.
Competition to evaluate student business plans Final deadline for Mihaylo College center event on March 5. PRISCILLA BUI Daily Titan The 2017 Center for Entrepreneurship’s Business Plan Competition is looking for students with strong entrepreneurial drive who are willing to pitch their ideas for a new business. “(It’s) a competition that encourages students across the university who have an idea and are brave enough to basically develop a pitch and present that,” said client project specialist Charlesetta Medina. The competition has been taking place for at least six years and had
originally started with a partnership between the Center for Entrepreneurship and Steven G. Mihaylo’s company Crexendo. When Crexendo moved on, the Center for Entrepreneurship continued to participate in the business plan competition. “Each year the applicant pool has grown, the interest has grown, and we’ve been able to attract folks other than just within the business college,” Medina said. While the competition will be hosted at Cal State Fullerton, Medina said other universities, typically in California, will be competing as well. She said it is also open to students of all majors. The deadline to apply is March 5. Students are
required to submit a rough draft of a business concept online. Students can apply either individually or in groups. Semifinalists will be announced on March 16. The semifinals on March 24 will give individuals or teams the chance to present their pitches to a panel of judges before the number of competitors is decreased down through the rounds to the top-five finalists. “We had judges literally around the whole pavilions and so each team would go from one red dot to another red dot and give their pitch. That’s how we whittled down to the final groups that got stage time to present a little bit longer,” Medina said. The top contenders will then present to a public
audience and compete for scholarships and in-kind services on April 14 in Pavilion A of the Titan Student Union. Specific awards for this year’s competition have not been announced yet, but more than $5,000 in scholarships and $10,000 in-kind awards, payment made in the form of goods and services, are being offered. The cash sponsors include the Dan Black Family Foundation, Vijay Raman and Robert Jechart. In-kind services include Hein, LegalZoom, College Web Media and more. “From my perspective, I’m just really proud of (students) being able to step out of their comfort zone and do something like that,” Medina said.
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The issues tackled in this year’s Tunnels of Oppression exhibit will include ableism, racism and heterosexism.
The annual interactive exhibit Tunnels of Oppression will be held Monday, raising awareness about ableism, racism and heterosexism and how these topics affect CSUF students. “(We will also) be talking about mental disabilities, mental illnesses ... things that people don’t normally see,” said senior and Association for InterCultural Awareness (AICA) Administrative Chair Nidhi Patel. Patel said AICA’s goal is to make students aware of the different oppressions present on campus. Patel said the ableism room will have testimony from students with disabilities and how they function in their daily lives, the racism room will talk about President Donald Trump’s recent actions and how they are affecting students and the heterosexism room will have poems assembled by the LGBTQ community on display. “We might be having an activity where we have an actor come in and whisper things in your ear to kind of
portray schizophrenia,” Patel said. “(There will be) a lot of paintings, a lot of pictures and a lot of easy-to-grab info.” Patel said the exhibit will mostly consist of silent displays with stories from students of all backgrounds that will be set up to protect the identities of those involved. She said there will also be statistics available to show how many people are affected to further boost student awareness. Based on last year’s turnout, AICA is expecting between 150 and 200 students to walk through the tunnels. Patel hopes students will come out of the event more informed about what others may be going through. “I know a lot of this is triggering, so I’m hoping that students are able to go through the entire tunnel and just gain experience and insight into what other students are facing,” Patel said. Tunnels of Oppression will be held in the Titan Student Union Pavilion C Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Trump reverses Obama’s guidelines
Transgender bathroom policies left to state discretion. JADE LOVE Daily Titan
The Trump administration lifted federal guidelines implemented by the Obama administration that allowed transgender students to enter bathrooms
that align with their gender identity Wednesday. By rescinding these guidelines, the Trump administration allows policies regarding transgender restroom use to determined by individual states and school districts, according to the Associated Press. Lifting the guidelines has no affect on California, where the law states that all restrooms that are considered “single-occupancy restrooms” have to
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be designated as “all-gender” rather than “gender-specific.” At Cal State Fullerton, there have been efforts to ensure that students who identify as transgender are able to use the restroom in single-occupancy spaces. Nine of the 74 single restroom stalls at CSUF have been converted into gender-inclusive restrooms, said LGBT Queer Resource Center coordinator Chris Datiles in an email.
The nine restrooms can be found in the Titan Student Union, the Student Recreation Center, the Health and Counseling center and the Humanities and Social Sciences building, Datiles said. Efforts to convert the other 65 restrooms into gender-inclusive spaces are ongoing. “We are very confident as a department in making sure that we are supportive of students,” said, Joy Hoffman, director of
Diversity Missions and Resource Centers. As of Wednesday evening, the CSUF administration did not issue an official statement in regard to Trump’s newly passed law. Obama’s guidelines were not legally binding, but were conditional for federal funding. Students who are concerned about transgender issues can visit the LGBT Queer
Resource Center located in the TSU in room 254. The center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Datiles said. “(Gender nonconforming students) can come into the center anytime and talk with any of our student staff or myself,” Datiles said. Jason Rochlin and Sarah Wolstoncroft contributed to this report.
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Coria said she sees the actions at the top already affecting people at the local level. There’s a lot of underlying hatred and racism she said she’s seen this election uncover. Coria isn’t the only student on campus shocked by the actions taken on the federal level. Wi l low F lowe r s , commun ication studies major and member of the CSUF College Democrats, voiced her concerns about Trump’s choice for the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos. She said CSUF might feel negative effects especially because it is a public institution. “I really don’t want to see education privatized, and I don’t want to see a competition between private universities and public universities. I think education is something that should be accessible
to anybody,” Flowers said. Support for Trump’s policies is not entirely void throughout campus. Kevin Silberman, graduate student and media specialist for the CSUF Republicans, said he supports the president’s decision to put a halt on immigration from seven dominantly Muslim countries. “I’m very sympathetic to the cause,” Silberman said. Boyle said the president wants to keep Americans safe by vetting refugees. ”There’s nothing unrealistic or unreasonable about expecting to know who you’re letting into the country,” Boyle said. Regardless if one identifies as a conservative, liberal or independent, some students agree that there is a growing division in America. “I feel like it’s just getting worse ever since the election happened. It’s just escalated, and everyone’s been trying to argue. This is the time we need to get together the most,” said Felicia Vo, 23-year-old biology major. The effects of this election are seen on
campus through divisive rhetoric, Boyle said. Silberman said he was afraid to speak his mind because of how students who don’t agree might label him. “It’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better, that’s for sure,” Coria said. With division comes passion, and passion runs deep at CSUF. It is observable through political activism on campus. CSUF students have likely gotten used to the sounds of protests while walking to class. This, combined with the national coverage of protests, begs the question: Are protests effective? Coria said there is no better way to fight for rights than to link up with like-minded people and make people’s voices heard. “(Protests) stem from a really important and positive place but that doesn’t always necessarily get reflected,” Flowers said. While there have been several peaceful protests, Boyle said violence sometimes stems from these gatherings. “Peaceful protests are a great thing. If you’re protesting peacefully, that’s fantastic, but that’s not what we’re
seeing. We’re seeing people who want to shut down freeways, smash windows or create chaos,” Boyle said. C o r i a said violence reflects badly on protesters. “The irony of protesters saying that Trump is aggressive while they themselves are the ones being aggressive is hypocritical,” Coria said. Flowers said protests can be effective and positive only if they are handled correctly. “There’s a fine line between a protest and a riot.” While she doesn’t condone any destruction of property, Flowers said that voicing ideas is an important thing and should be protected. Jesus Gomez, a fifthyear criminal justice major, asked, “Why can’t people fight with ideas and words and not take it to physical vio l e n c e? I think t h e r e ’s m o r e power behind ideas.” Daniel Inga contributed to this report.
Professor reaches goals, studies black holes
CSUF physicist receives research grants. KEVIN LEY Daily Titan
When two black holes collide, it creates a violent and powerful force that sends out gravitational waves that affect space and time. This was previously theorized, but on Sept. 14, 2015, Geoffrey Lovelace was part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) team of more than 1,000 scientists who caught the first recording of gravitational waves from two black holes that collided into each over about a billion years ago. “We’re part of a really big effort all around the world,” Lovelace said. Lovelace was recently awarded one of science’s greatest awards, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) CAREER Award, along with a five-year grant of $400,000. Lovelace and his team at Cal State Fullerton’s Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy Center are studying the gravitational waves
produced by colliding black holes. As a husband, teacher and researcher, Lovelace approaches these things with passion. In an attempt to focus Lovelace’s career plans, his mother would bring him books. One of these books was “Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy” by Kip Thorne, which helped pave his career path at 14 years old. It was then he decided to major in physics so he could study black holes for a living. He went on to receive his bachelor’s of physics from the University of Oklahoma in 2002. Eventually, he would go to California Institute of Technology to earn his doctorate. It was there he met and worked with the man who inspired him as a teen. “I was walking to lunch one day, and one of the other grad students said ‘Hey are you going to Kip Thorne’s class?’” Lovelace said. “So I just said, ‘Oh well yeah, I guess so,’ and I followed him in, ended up taking his class and that’s how I ended up joining his research group. So he ended up being my Ph.D. advisor.”
Professor Jocelyn Read often collaborates with Lovelace. She said they were both hired at the same time, applying for grants together shortly after Cal State University Fullerton started their gravitational-wave physics department. They combined their startup money to fund the Orange County Relativity Cluster for Astronomy (ORCA), one of CSUF’s supercomputers. “Every physicist I meet that knows Geoffrey is quite fond of him as a person. He has a dry sense of humor that may not immediately be obvious,” Read said. “He ends up being a very fun person to work with and hang out with.” “A CAREER award is given to those who exemplify the teacher-scholar model. You have to be good at science and you have to be good at education,” said Marie Johnson, Ph.D., dean of College of Natural Sciences Mathematics. “Your success lifts us all up. It says we are the kind of school that attracts a colleague like Geoffrey. We are the kind of school where someone can do the kind of work Geoffrey is doing.” Lovelace said some of
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Geoffrey Lovelace received the National Science Foundation’s early CAREER award, including a grant of $400,000.
the money will go into employing student researchers who will help use supercomputers to calculate colliding black holes and calculations to help the detectors of gravitational
waves to be more sensitive. On the education side, CSUF will bring in about 20 students from Santiago Canyon College and Citrus College for a week each year to introduce them to
gravitational-wave science where they’ll have a chance to work with supercomputers. “The hope is it will inspire them to look into STEM careers,” Lovelace said.
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OPINION The moon; humankind’s best backup
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NASA must ditch Mars venture to save face and money.
ASHLYN RAMIREZ Daily Titan Humankind has always had an obsession with the moon. Now, there’s a chance that it can actually be inhabited. But only if people from different countries work together. The result would end in a permanent base on the moon, called the “moon village,” according to the European Space Agency (ESA). Possible stakeholders in this venture include the ESA, NASA and Russia’s Roscosmos, according to Sputnik News. Different space communities need to come together for projects of this magnitude in order to ensure a plausible and tangible home for future generations. Although the idea of a moon base for humans is still just a concept, it is being called a “perma nent
concept,” said Johann-dietrich Woerner, the director general of the European Space Agency, in a press conference. While the moon rests a mere 400,000 kilometers away, NASA has its eyes set on finding a questionable habitat on Mars, 401 million kilometers away. NASA was working on a moon base in 2006, but a project called the Constellation Program was shut down in 2011 due to budget cuts, according to Smithsonian Magazine. “It’s really expensive to get to the moon. It’s way more expensive to get to Mars,” said Dustin Johnson, a physics teaching associate and a graduate student conducting research on astronomy and astrophysics at Cal State Fullerton. Johnson, a fan of both projects, said in an email that both the moon and Mars would either set up human space exploration for the future or at least put humans onto another planet. Mars, however, is a far riskier factor to play. On top of that, technology isn’t advanced enough to terraform Mars and make it habitable like Earth. Johnson said that the space agencies of the world absolutely need to work together to make manned exploration a feasible endeavor. A project that’s co-produced by such a diverse
group could prove to have better results than when each space agency works alone. Chances to share knowledge and learn from others will further the human race’s survival rate. “I think all the agencies agree that they would like to work together more often,” said Geoffrey Lovelace, an assistant professor of physics at CSUF. Lovelace, who studies gravitational waves and black holes, said that the lack of funding for NASA is part of what impacts big projects like this. Exploration involving humans in space are not only costly, but they are a point of national pride, which can make it harder for the agencies to work together. It’s also hard to commit to long-term projects that will take decades to complete, said Lovelace. This is due to the fact that in America, the government administration changes every four to eight years. Going to the moon is a not only a passionate step forward for science, but a necessity for humanity. Denying the pollution of our planet is causing the proactiveness of its residents to become stagnant. The way the Earth is being sucked of all it’s nonrenewable resources, like the materials
needed for stainless steel being depleted from overpopulation, is a telltale sign that it might be too late to fix the only planet we have, at the moment. There’s no way to reverse the damage that’s been done with countless oil spills, fracking that induces earthquakes and constant wars abroad using dangerous chemicals. Humans have also wiped out a massive amount of animal species from the planet and there are indications that the Earth may have problems with the rise in extreme catastrophic weather. Just another sign that it might be time for the human race to start figuring a way to gracefully bow out. Woerner believes that small steps will benefit humankind, and the American government needs to follow suit. Mars is certainly not a “small step.” Americans need a backup plan, considering they cannot even say the endeavor will even work in the first place. NASA, be a pal and extend an official hand to Europe. This is far bigger than a group science project; this is the next step in the chapter of the book of mankind.
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Mourning celebrity deaths goes too far Fans losing parts of themselves when their idols die isn’t healthy.
TAYLOR ENGLE Daily Titan Sadly, 2016 hosted a tragic year for celebrity deaths, as if it had been conducted by George R. R. Martin. Unfortunately, 2017 hasn’t been much better. But as the numbers of famous graves grow, so do
the lengths people go to for grieving. People get names and faces of celebrities tattooed on their bodies; fans rush out to grab a collection of the greatest hits; commercials reincarnate celebrities of the past, like Audrey Hepburn in Gap and Galaxy chocolates commercials. While it’s understandable and common to honor a late relative, it’s puzzling that many people honor dead celebrities; people they have never actually met. This brings up the notion of “Celebrity Worship Syndrome,” a phenomenon that Mark Griffiths, professor of behavioral addiction at the Nottingham Trent University, talked about in a 2016 Huffington Post article. Griffiths said the
syndrome is an “obsessive-addictive disorder where an individual becomes overly involved and interested with the details of the personal life of a celebrity.” Griffiths describes in his article the three dimensions of celebrity worship: “entertainment-social, intense-personal and borderline pathological.” While it can be therapeutic in some ways to live vicariously through a celebrity, it can come dangerously close to a loss of individual identity. “It seems a little bit silly to hype them up so much. I mean, they were just people. We can appreciate what they did and who they were in person, but we don’t need to blow it out
of proportion,” said Robert Segarra, a senior accounting major at Cal State Fullerton. While outwardly honoring the dead may be legitimate, it’s also internalized. Their legacy is being honored, but people are seeing their own unrecognized potentials in themselves. “People like to associate themselves with an icon, so by promoting someone who’s died, they’re shining the light on themselves as well,” Segarra said. These celebrities are an image of what we wish to be. They are stars, something far away we are not able to attain. So when they die, the dreams that an individual held so high die along with them. Take David Bowie, for example,
who died Jan. 10, 2016. “People loved Bowie because he was able to go out and be fabulously dressed like the queen of England, but if you live in the Midwest and you’re a little queer kid, you can’t dress like the queen of England,” said Patrick Covert-Ortiz, lecturer of American studies at Cal State Fullerton. Considering the fact that Bowie’s album “Blackstar” helped promote vinyl sales to be the largest in 25 years, according to the Telegraph, as well as beating out current artists in the 2017 Grammy awards, it’s easy to say that his image and persona will not be dying anytime soon. However, those mourning are not doing it so much for the death of the icon,
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SPORTS Errors plague Titans in loss to Aztecs
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Fullerton gives up two of five runs on fielding mistakes. BRYANT FREESE Daily Titan
On a crisp Wednesday night at Goodwin Field, Cal State Fullerton baseball surrendered a lead to San Diego State twice, losing its second game of the season 5-4. “We didn’t play Titan baseball. I’ll put it that way and that’s about it,” said catcher Chris Hudgins. Orange Coast College transfer Jack Pabich made his starting debut on the mound in a Titan uniform. Pabich struggled early on, giving up a leadoff double to second baseman Alan Trejo on the first at bat of the night. The second batter in the order, Andrew Brown, grounded out but allowed for Trejo to advance to third on a fielders choice. Pabich then threw a wild pitch that got past Hudgins, allowing Trejo to score and give the Aztecs a 1-0 lead. It was the first time in four games to start the season that the Titans did not scratch first. While Pabich was able to get out of a jam with the bases loaded and one out in the
top of the third inning, he didn’t have a great outing in his first Division I start, Pabich went three innings pitched while giving up four hits and one earned run and not showing control on any of his offspeed pitches. “It hurts that the pitchers can’t throw two pitches over the plate. They can throw a fastball but the secondary pitches aren’t strikes so all they do is sit and whack a fastball,” said Head Coach Rick Vanderhook. The Titans answered back in the third inning. With two outs, left fielder Hunter Cullen doubled down the right field line to give Fullerton its first hit of the night. One batter later, Dillon Persinger hit an RBI single to drive in Cullen from second base while advancing to second on a throwing error by the right fielder. Right fielder Ruben Cardenas continued his hot hitting streak from Tuesday night’s exhibition game. Cardenas stepped to the plate and roped a line drive to center field to bring home Persinger from second base and take the 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third. Fullerton relinquished the lead in the top of the fifth inning when Brown hit a single to left field that drove in
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Fullerton shortstop Timmy Richards rounds first base on his only hit of Wednesday night’s 5-4 loss to San Diego State. Richards is 2-13 at the plate with a .154 batting average in the first four games of the season.
David Hensley from second. Cullen attempted to make a diving catch on the play but was unable to come up with the catch and let the ball sneak past him in the process, giving Hensley the time to round third base and cross home plate. It didn’t take long for the Titans to respond. In the bottom of the fifth inning,
Cardenas once again drove in Persinger on an RBI double to left center field to tie the game at 3-3. A few batters later, Taylor Bryant drew a bases-loaded walk, bringing home Cardenas to take a 4-3 lead. The Titans’ offense was able to bounce back a couple times to take the lead. However, the defense struggled
throughout the night as Fullerton committed four errors that resulted in two Aztec runs. While the box score lists four errors, Vanderhook said there were at least five. In addition to all the errors, there were several wild pitches from the Titans that ended up in the dirt or hitting the opposing batters, these wild pitches included two in the seventh
inning that led to the winning run on a sacrifice fly to give SDSU the 5-4 lead and win. “I didn’t think anybody had a good game, no one,” Vanderhook said. “I give us a grade everyday and they got an F tonight.” The Titans will travel to Las Vegas next to take on UNLV in a three-game series starting Friday night.
Fullerton looks to bully CSUN Matadors Women’s basketball suits up for penultimate game in lost season. CHRISTOPHER SHEATS II Daily Titan Cal State Fullerton women’s basketball will play in its second-to-last home game of the regular season when it faces Cal State University of Northridge Thursday. In the last meeting between the two teams, the Titans were unable to keep the Matadors from converting from deep. CSUN shot 45.2 percent from behind the arc in a 58-41 victory. The Titans will rely heavily on the
contributions of sophomore guard Jade Vega and junior guard Iman Lathan, who have both scored in double digits the last two games. Lathan is the leading scorer for the Titans at 15.6 points per game and Vega has been the team’s second-best 3-point marksman, hitting 32.7 percent of her attempts on the year. The Titans go into the game riding an eight-game losing streak, dropping their most recent contest 75-63 to UC Riverside on Saturday. It was a game plagued with multiple errors as CSUF committed 19 turnovers against the Highlanders. Despite the loss, Head Coach Daron Park still had
some words of encouragement for his Titan squad. “We weren’t there last week, we took a step back, but I felt this week really took a step forward,” Park said. The Matadors will enter the game with a record of 15-11 (8-4 Big West) and are on a seven-game winning streak after their victory against the University of Hawaii. CSUN’s sophomore center Channon Fluker has had an exceptional season and leads her team in both scoring and rebounding for the year. The Titans are in last place in the Big West conference with a record of 1-11 (4-21 overall) and are hoping to finish the season
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Cal State Fullerton guard Jordan Jackson calls a play in the Titans’ 75-63 loss to UC Riverside Saturday night. This season, the redshirt junior is averaging 8.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
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SPORTS Titans run circles around Roadrunners PAGE 8 FEBRUARY 23, 2017 THURSDAY
Softball jumps above .500 after clinching back-to-back games against Cal State Bakersfield in nonconference series.
one hit in 1.1 innings. Golden closed the game for the 7-2 victory.
TODD HADLER Daily Titan Cal State Fullerton softball used a combination of small ball and the long ball to win both games in a doubleheader against CSU Bakersfield Wednesday. Game One The doubleheader, originally scheduled for Tuesday, was pushed to Wednesday due to rain. Reigning Big West Pitcher of the Week Kelsey Kessler got the start in game one. Kessler earned the win, giving up two earned runs and striking out nine in 5.2 innings. The theme for the Titans in the first game was small ball, as they scored their seven runs on six hits. CSUB helped the Titans’ cause as the Roadrunners gave up two errors and hit four Titan batters. The first run of the game came in the second
inning when Ariana Williams scored after two consecutive sacrifice bunts. The Roadrunners answered back in the bottom of the second with a two-run single by Bakersfield outfielder Josie Flores. The Titans regained the lead in the top of the third as Fullerton scored an unearned four runs off of only three hits. The Roadrunners gave up two errors in the inning. Kessler continued to dominate in the innings that followed, throwing two 1-2-3 innings in the third and the fifth. Delynn Rippy also helped going 3-5. Shortstop Shianne Brannan had the distinction of getting hit three times in game one, taking on a fourth in game two. Kessler was relieved in the sixth inning by Sydney Golden, who allowed
Game Two The bats came alive in game two with both teams combining for 25 hits. The Titans jumped out to an early lead with a tworun homer by catcher Lexi Gonzalez. The team almost matched the previous game’s hit total of four just in the first inning. In the bottom of the third inning, the Titans added three more runs to their lead, highlighted by a two-run double by Rippy. Titan pitcher Sophie Frost immediately found herself in a pickle in the third inning, giving up with three singles and two walks, which allowed the Roadrunners to score three runs. Frost opened the fourth inning giving up a pair of singles before getting pulled for Cerissa Rivera. Rivera gave up a single, loading the bases for infielder Maddi Clark. Clark cleared the bases, hitting a grand slam to give CSUB the 7-5 advantage. The Roadrunners had the
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After an up-and-down start to the season, Fullerton softball has brought its record above .500 for the first time with two wins over CSU Bakersfield Wednesday afternoon.
lead for one full inning before the Titans came back and scored five runs in the sixth inning. Colenzo, Brannan, Rippy and left fielder Samantha Vandiver each picked up a RBI single in the inning, giving CSUF the
10-7 lead. Rippy finished the day going a combined 7-10 with six RBIs. The Titans were able to hold onto the lead for the rest of the game with Golden coming in as closer, earning her first save of the season
while Rivera earned the win. The Titans improved their overall record to 6-5 and will face the University of Houston Cougars Thursday at 6 p.m. at Anderson Family Field.
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CSUF bench celebrates as the Titans are able to complete the comeback over Big West Conferenceleading UC Irvine.
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“This group of guys took the challenge, and they stepped up tonight,” said Titan Head Coach Dedrique Taylor. “There were some huge, big-boy rebounds that this group got tonight, and I thought that was the difference in the game.” The Titans held a 19-8 advantage on the offensive glass over UCI, and none were more crucial than when Rowe snared Coggins’ blocked three-pointer to keep a possession that eventually ended with Ahmad
making one of two free throws. The sequence gave the Titans a 55-51 lead with 13 seconds remaining. UCI guard Luke Nelson (20 points) answered back with a 3-pointer with three seconds left, putting the game back in Coggins’ hands at the free-throw line after an intentional foul. Coggins made one of two, giving UCI the ball back trailing 56-54 with two seconds to go. UCI big man Brad Greene’s touchdown pass was able to advance the ball into the Anteaters’ side of
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the court, where they took a timeout with 0.9 left on the clock. Leslie’s swarming defense didn’t even allow Nelson to get a shot off at the buzzer, sending CSUF to Hawaii for a Saturday matchup with the Rainbow Warriors, confident it can hang with any team after knocking off the Big West’s best. “We all came together and we said we had to believe,” Coggins said. “That’s what we did and now we’re all where we want to be.”
CSUF continues strong start to season with win over LMU. ERIC DOMINGUEZ Daily Titan
Cal State Fullerton women’s tennis won its eighth straight match Wednesday, tying the record for consecutive wins in program history after defeating Loyola Marymount 4-1. With the victory, the Titans now trail the all-time series against the Lions 153, but have taken the last three meetings. “LMU has always been a tough team. They’ve had some big wins this season, so for us to come out with the win is a really good
start for us,” said Alexis Valenzuela. In singles matchups, the Titans played well in the first two sets, needing only sophomore Sarah Nuno’s 6-0 win in the third to take the victory. Nuno’s strong play hasn’t gone unnoticed, having recently been named Big West Conference Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week. Sophomore Karla Portalatin (6-4, 7-5) and junior Danielle Pham (7-5, 6-1) were the only Titans to win their first two sets. “I felt that we came out prepared and sharp,” said Head Coach Dianne Matias. “We knew the match was going to be really close. We were mentally prepared and we were ready to put the
work in today.” In doubles, Valenzuela and Camille De Leon won their matchup 6-3, while the Portalatin and Nuno pair won their match 6-1. “We had a slow start but we were able to pick it up with our energy,” De Leon said. “We tried picking on their weaker player and we just played our game.” With an 8-0 record, Fullerton is the only undefeated team remaining in the Big West Conference. “We just need to keep focusing on the present and putting the work in,” Matias said. The Titans look to extend their hot streak when they welcome Eastern Michigan this Friday at 1:30 p.m. Bryant Freese contributed to this report.
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