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Monday April 15, 2019

Volume 105 Issue 37

The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton

Queer college students enjoy prom night

Queer and Trans People of Color Collective embraced inclusivity and acceptance. BAYLEE MAUST Staff Writer

Guys, gals and non-binary pals danced the night away at Cal State Fullerton’s queer prom on Friday, March 12. Joshua Ramirez, vice president of the Queer and Trans People of Color Collective, said the MasQUEERade event had the essence of a traditional high school prom while prioritizing inclusivity and providing a less heteronormative environment. Ramirez said because a lot of students were in the closet during high school or were unable to dress or bring the date they wanted toprom, the experience might not have been a memorable moment for many queer identified students. “We wanted to give them the opportunity a couple years later, to be able to have that experience and look back at a couple years to their own queer prom. Also, to have one night with their community where everyone can just enjoy themselves, let loose, take photos, eat food and just dance,” Ramirez said. CSUF has hosted multiple queer proms, but this was the first one hosted by the Queer and Trans People of Color Collective.

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LGBTQ students and allies alike came together on Friday night to celebrate Cal State Fullerton’s annual Queer Prom in the Titan Student Union Pavilion.

“I’m just really happy that this event was put together, and I think with all the stress that went along with planning an event for the first time on campus, I think it went pretty well and it’s beautiful. I’m really happy with the way it turned out,”Bleu Vargas, president of the Queer and Trans people of Color Collective, said.

Denise Gonzalez and Crystal Garcia, both cinema and television arts majors, were happy recreate their high school prom experience and to get the chance to go together. “I feel like I’m in high school again, but this time, it’s so different, so diverse,” Gonzalez said. Both Gonzalez and Garcia said they were happy to find the

Queer and Trans People of Color Collective during their final year of university. “You feel judged (in high school) and when you come to college you realize all these strict rules you had, they don’t really apply here and you get to be yourself,” Garcia said. Students could visit other student organizations volunteering

for the event, like Hermanas Unidas and Hermanos Unidos, who had a LGBT themed trivia jeopardy game. “So far, I lost when I played one game but it’s pretty fun. It’s nice to be able to learn something new while also having fun,” Ramirez said. SEE THRIVE 6

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Gender chat debated the definition and affect of ‘white privilege’ in society.

Titans scored six runs in the sixth inning to clinch series win against Long Beach State.

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The WoMen’s and Adult Reentry Centers held a gender chat Thursday, April 11 to discuss privilege and discrimination in society. Gender chats, which address sex, gender and culture, are held every other Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a new topic each meeting. This past week’s meeting, titled “White Elephant in the Room: Privilege in Society,” asked participants to share experiences, thoughts and concerns regarding privilege and discrimination in their life. With conversation revolving around white and male privileges, participants brought up a variety of topics, including representation in media, beauty products, and the recent college admission scandals. William Rick Singer, CEO of The Key, a college admissions prep company, “‘helped the wealthiest families in the U.S. get their kids into school,” according to CNN. Evelin Franco, an American

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Students at the Gender Chat event hosted by the WoMen’s and Adult Reentry Centers partake in event activities.

studies graduate student, defined white privilege as “not having to think about any inequalities or not having to even really think about your privilege; feeling safe in probably most situations in life,” with

Adriana Evaristo, fourth-year Chicano studies and health science major, defining male privilege as “ not having to think about your safety in everyday life as it pertains to the other gender.”

Emmy Arellano, a second-year criminal justice major, said being a female means having to constantly be on the lookout and taking precautions to ensure her safety.

Down by two runs, Titans turned on the pressure in the top of the sixth inning looking for their first run of the game, but found five instead. The comeback win in the first game of a weekend series fueled Cal State Fullerton softball against Long Beach State. It was a breezy and sunny day in Long Beach, as the three-time defending Big West conference champions took on the 49ers for a doubleheader matchup, winning one of the two games on Saturday. The Titans clinched the series with a 9-6 win on Sunday. The Titans entered the series with a 5-1 conference record, looking to protect their second place status in the Big West Conference, while the 49ers had a 3-3 record tied for fourth with UC Riverside.

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Disability panel shares struggles with recognition

Leaders voted to change MEChA name CSUF students discuss the impact of dropping “Chicano” and “Aztlan.” KAITLIN MARTINEZ News Editor

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Students with physical and mental impairments discuss how they want to be seen. NOAH BIESIADA News Editor

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The Latinx Student Psychological Association (LSPA) and Abled Advocators hosted a “Visible/Invisible Disabilities” panel Tuesday, April 9 in the Titan Student Union. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, disabilities are physical or mental impairments that limit one or more major life activities. Impairments can range from cognitive difficulties to brain injuries and can be long-lasting or temporary, according to the Invisible Disability Project. The project defines visible disabilities as physical, mental or emotional impairments that are noticed while invisible disabilities are physical, mental or emotional impairments that are not noticed by others. The panel included members of both LSPA and Abled Advocators that shared their experiences on dealing with their disabilities and how the people around them react to their presence. Ana Patino, a panelist, talked about how her family reacted

when she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 11. “After my diagnosis I did develop feelings of depression,” Patino said. “My parents aren’t very aware of the struggles you can have mentally and despite bringing up to them that I wanted to go see doctors, it’s not always easy for a kid to tell parents ‘I think I’m depressed, I’m going through something.’” Deanna Yadollahi, a panelist and member of Abled Advocators, also discussed cultural difficulties following her diagnosis of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). “My mom from Mexico, my dad from Iran, they were not aware of mental health disabilities or what it looks like to be developmentally different,” Yadollahi said. “Before high school, I actually felt extremely misunderstood. I wasn’t completing my exams in school. I needed extra time, but I wasn’t given extra time because I didn’t have a documented disability.” Yadollahi said that the impact of documenting her disability is that she then qualified for services that help her reach her full potential academically. One of the ways she manages her disability is with the help of her emotional support dog, Stella Rose. “I was not identified until later on. If I were, then my grades

would have been more reflective of my abilities and skills using the accommodations I’m using now,” Yadollahi said. Maria Linares, Associated Students board of directors vice chair and secretary, attended the event as a member of both clubs, calling for more sensitivity training on campus. “We need it for staff. We need it for admin. We need it for student leaders,” Linares said. “The current training they (faculty) get for DSS (Disability Support Services) and students who are registered with DSS is an online training and I think it’s 30 minutes long. I’m hoping we can push for more in-person trainings and not just online trainings.” Jose Castillo, a member of Abled Advocators who uses a wheelchair, said he does not want to be defined by his disability, but also wants to inspire others with how he manages his disability. “I am a person who uses a wheelchair, but that isn’t who I am. I am more than just a wheelchair. I am a student. I am a brother. I am a son,” Castillo said. “But sometimes I feel it’s unfair that we can’t even acknowledge a certain person because of an illness.” Kaitlin Martinez contributed to this article.

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On March 31, student leaders voted in strong majority to remove two central terms from the club, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan’s (MEChA) name: “Aztlan,” and “Chicanx,” according to the Associated Press. “Chicano/a/x” is a term that refers to people of Mexican American descent. According to Remezcla, in the 1960s, Mexican Americans starting identifying as “Chicano/a” to resist assimilation into the dominant “white” culture and reclaim their heritage. This was also in opposition to the generations of Mexican Americans before them that had seen assimilation into the dominant culture as the way to succeed in the U.S. “Aztlan” refers to the vision of an Aztec homeland that motivated Chicano students in the 1970s to remember their ancestry and claim that they are natives to the land because they envisioned that homeland was in what is now the Southwest U.S., according to the Associated Press. Cal State Fullerton freshman Elias Gutiérrez said that he appreciates dropping the term, “Aztlan,” because insisting that Chicanos are descending from the Aztecs erases the other indigenous tribes that Chicanos came from. “Its not accurate because if you’re saying that this is for Chicanos and the broader focus of the group is Chicanos, most Chicanos don’t come from that specific tribe,” Gutierrez said. “A lot of people say that they descend from them (Aztecs) but in reality their families were nowhere near that area that they (Aztecs) were from.” CSUF junior Dulce Gomez said she also appreciates the move towards more inclusive language for the club, but is hesitant to fully congratulate the club until she knows what the final name is. Currently it is unclear whether the name change will still be just Latinx or Chicanx related, or open to other cultures. “I think it’s really cool, trying to make it more inclusive. It

just depends on what that name ends up being,” Gomez said. Some MEChA members from older generations are upset about the name change because they do not want Chicano history to be erased from the club. In an interview with the Associated Press, Revo Grafia, a 1980s MEChA member, said he saw the change as a destruction of history that he was a part of. He said the change was similar to arguing that “Black Lives Matter” should change their name to “All Lives Matter,” because his Chicano identity matters too. Gutierrez said that removing Chicano and Aztlan from MEChA is not like changing, “Black Lives Matter” to “All Lives Matter” because, he claimed, while the latter was racist, for the former, the change would expand the representation of the group while still focusing on Latino culture. “Changing Chicanos to Latinos isn’t a matter of racism,” Gutierrez said. “It’s like Mexicans are only Mexicans because of borders that people created.” Gutiérrez said because of the mix of indigenous and Spaniard lineage that people from Mexico and South and Central America all share, the borders and nationalities matter less, which is why he thinks excluding Central and South Americans with the term “Chicano” does not make sense. “A majority of people in Mexico consider themselves mestizo, mixed with indigenous and Spaniard, but then you go straight south of the border of Mexico and it’s the same exact thing, indigenous and Spaniards, so what’s the difference? It’s literally just a border,” Gutiérrez said. CSUF student Deisy Serrano said that MEChA is just a name. When she was in the club, it included other people regardless of what the name implied. “I think that even though the name itself doesn’t sound inclusive, it pretty much was. A lot of people when I was in MEChA, it was all Latino/Latinas. There was even people that weren’t Latino or Latinas that were in the club. Unless some people take it more serious like that, but other than that, I don’t think it ever discriminated or didn’t mean to not include other people,” Serrano said.

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Normal: Societal advantages foster inequality

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Left to right, Brenda Solano and Alyssa Lopez participate in an activity that examines privileges in their own lives. CONTINUED FROM 1 “Personally, I always have Mace on me. When I’m out I have a pocket knife. If I’m out walking late at night I have my keys in between my fingers because I want to make sure that I took all the steps that I can in my life to not be in danger. That way, I know that if something were to happen to me I did everything I could and I couldn’t be blamed for it,” Arellano said. Evaristo said white privilege means better representation in the media. “They’re not criminalized.

For me, white privilege is the standard of being normal for the world. So when we think about magazines, you see white people. It’s the standard, but it’s not the standard when you see a black person or another person of color,” Evaristo said. Arellano echoed Evaristo’s sentiments on representation in the media. “With the inclusion of people of color in media and in everyday society it’s very whitewashed. “It’s very light people of color, so as a white passing person I know that my struggles aren’t the same as my

darker sisters and brothers, so to speak,” Arellano said According to Pacific Standard, the University of South Florida conducted a 2014 study to examine female representation on magazine covers. Psychologists Leah Boepple and J. Kevin Thompson, who conducted the study, found that “the percentages of Latina, Asian, and Native American women represented in the magazines were below their actual share of the population.” The study also found that people of color featured on magazines tend to have much lighter skin.

Franco said she is still learning about the privileges she has. “I didn’t always realize I had them. I’m an able-bodied person, I speak two languages, I’m a graduate student, I’m a citizen, I’m cis-gendered, I’m heterosexual. But I feel like these are privileges that are ‘the norm,’”Franco said. “It’s almost easy for me to walk around thinking I don’t have privilege, that I just fit in. But that in itself is privilege.” Arellano said while privilege can be dangerous “when not used correctly” and it can be

used as a platform. “I think male privilege can be used to benefit everybody if they were to use it to make women feel on a more equal playing field as them,” Arellanosaid. Isaac Menefee-Libey, a child and adolescent major and Spanish minor, said that as a white male, privilege has been a constant presence in his life. “I have white privilege because I am the benefactor of a racial hierarchy. I am the benefactor of the patriarchal system in which women are denigrated for my benefit,” Menefee-Libey said.

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Google featured at graphic design showcase Students learn user interface and user experience at the 1888 Center in Orange. BAYLEE MAUST Staff Writer

Coffee, books and interactive graphic design works by Cal State Fullerton students were a few of the things that filled the 1888 Center in Orange on Thursday, April 11, during one of the first off-campus graphic design showcases. Danielle Gee, a senior graphic design student, was excited to exhibit CSUF’s graphic design program at a new location. “It is outreach to the community as well as engaging all individuals, design students, as well as any other students who are interested in the arts,” Gee said. Gee got to display her branding project for the “Stop Drop Design” on-campus show that inspired a green and red brightly lit neon sign displayed inside the 1888 Center. In addition to connecting the community to graphic design projects, keynote speaker Ruben Santa, a CSUF alumnus who now works for Google, explained how graphic design has contributed to innovative ideas surrounding food, education and health. “At the end of the day, good design is good business. Every business has design at some point in front of it,” Santa said. User-experience (UX) and user-interface (UI) design methods have given Google the opportunity to help people become self-sufficient. Santa said Google taught a group of women to grow their own crops so

Danielle Gee, a senior graphic design student, displayed her branding project for the “Stop Drop Design” on-campus show.

they could provide for their families and sell excess food to restaurants and grocery stores. “We started to develop business opportunities for women in a place like Peru that otherwise didn’t have job opportunities,” Santa said. Chen Liu, a third year graduate student in the fine arts program, proudly displayed a CSUF themed T-shirt he had designed for the event. “I think students from today can actually learn something about UX design for the future. The way UI and UX interact

and how they both impact each other,” Liu said. Eli Hebert, a senior graphic design student, came to the event looking forward to hearing the perspective of someone in the graphic design industry. “Google speakers have been very prominent in giving some really good insight into how to get your foot in the door. I want to hear his story and how he did that,” Hebert said. In addition to informing attendees about the significance of UX technology, Santa said he was excited to share Google

internship opportunities with students from his alma mater. “My goal is to help inspire students to think about what their future career might look like and how my talk might help connect some of those dots. I’m also making myself fully accessible to the student so they can text me, email me and ask me any questions,” Santa said. Gee said an event such as this one is not only important for learning new design methods, but also getting people involved. “People walking on the street

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can stop in. It’s a coffee shop as well, so you can get a cup of coffee, peruse around, see the artwork, see our names and get outreach from there,” Gee said. Santa said it was valuable to share a piece of CSUF with the wider Orange County community. “We’re creating more visibility for folks to learn about this location, learn about this business. We’re supporting small and medium size businesses which I think is great,” Santa said.

Review: ‘Lysistrata’ defies patriarchy Cast chemistry combines with colorful set design to create a memorable play. BIANCA NOONE Asst. Copy Editor

Two large and beautifully painted figures divided the stage floor in a war between feminine pink and masculine blue on the opening night of “Lysistrata.” The goddess Athena is depicted in bright pink with an owl perched on her shoulder that resembles a vagina, and a bright-blue Ares is illustrated with a phallic object at his side. It was clear from this and the other sexual objects, innuendos and imagery that this production of “Lysistrata” would not be a typical night of classical Greek theater. These two gods and their clash of pink and blue represent the battle-of-the-sexes that ensues in “Lysistrata.” Set in Athens, Greece, in 411 B.C., the plot focuses on the women of Athens, led by Lysistrata, who refuse to have sex with their husbands until they sign a treaty to end the Peloponnesian War. Director Rufus Bonds Jr. uses Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptation to bring this classic story to modern audiences. In this adaption, the dialogue between women and men is contemporary and sharp. A modernized atmosphere was created with the mashups of harp music and beloved pop and hip-hop hits, as well as the creative takes on ancient Greek clothing. This manifested in the form of costumes consisting of a mix of lingerie and sheer, flowing fabrics for the female characters. All of these elements set the stage for great comedic moments. The lighting, sound and set design undoubtedly added to the humor. The quick lighting changes and use of different colors to express shifting moods gave the show an interesting visual layer on top of the creatively decorated set. The lighting choices also complimented both the music and set pieces to create one cohesive concept. While the design choices helped enhance the humor of the play, VISIT US AT: DAILYTITAN.COM

Lysistrata (Kira Jamison) urges the women of Greece to withhold sex from their husbands until peace is declared.

some of the best laughs came from actresses Sidney Aptaker and Alison Kamishiro Parsons, who played the Athenian Chorus Leaders. Their physicality, chemistry and confidence is commendable and kept the audience’s attention. The women of the cast all played off of each other very well, with Lysistrata, played by Kira Jamison, being a compelling force for peace that keeps the other women from getting too distracted by their lust. The problem of lust and libido in the play stems from how the women miss sex just as much as their husbands do. Jamison’s performance complimented her co-stars’ more outrageous behavior. The characters Belphragia (Noah Michal), Myrrhine (Robyn Stephenson) and Calonice (Mykah Atkins) all utilized physical comedy to show how sex-crazed their characters become while waiting for the men

to declare peace. Stephenson’s timing and facial expressions were especially comical. Two smaller roles that should not be overlooked are the Fisherwoman (Natalie Giannosa) and Old Woman 2 (Beylul Ephrem). Giannosa made incredible comedic choices and was completely comfortable doing what could be considered too silly or outlandish. Her improvisational skills and her commitment to the role were thoroughly entertaining. Beylul as an old woman was also captivating to watch. Her authentic depiction of an old woman determined to not let her age get in the way of her sexuality showed her talent as an actress. She made strong acting choices that were as memorable as they were hilarious. Although the women truly steal the show, the male cast provided a believable obstacle for the women’s

objective of peace. The men are convincingly stubborn yet still entertaining and likeable. The male actors’ joyful dance moves as well as their solid use of stage combat, stage falls and phallic props were also amusing to watch. The lead male role, the Magistrate (Hayden Allcorn), who goes up against Lysistrata in a pivotal scene, is a good match for her commanding presence. The two interact well together while earnestly attempting to convince each other to believe in their way of thinking. This scene was made more powerful by the set design and blocking. There were no set pieces other than the eight large boxes that have been painted with various Greek and sexual images. Lysistrata stands above the Magistrate on these boxes for the entire scene while he circles her in a predatory way.

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Lysistrata taking the literal and metaphorical moral high ground in this moment is where the play’s meaning is most clear. Lysistrata is aware of the deeper problem of the patriarchal society she lives in that prioritizes war and conquest above all else. She is also conscious of the lack of agency women have, and how the best thing they have to achieve peace is their sexualities. “Lysistrata” is as important now as it was in 411 B.C. The problem of women lacking social agency and being disregarded based solely on their gender is still prevalent today. More than ever before, it is finally time for female voices to be heard. With great comedic timing and chemistry from the cast, strong directing and colorful design choices, “Lysistrata” is an entertaining, raunchy and culturally relevant theater experience that will run until May 5 in the Hallberg Theatre.

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Thrive: Dance welcomes all

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Students reflected on their Queer Prom experience.

1 The jeopardy game and photo booths were a big hit of the night, but it was clear that the dance floor was where the party thrived. Vargas said they counted over a hundred attendees at the prom. Ramirez said he wanted queer students to realize they have an inclusive and welcoming community on campus because it can be hard when individuals are not yet comfortable with their identity. “I just want everyone to leave knowing that there’s people out there like me with the same struggles, the same quirks, just living their life and being able to reflect on that going forward,” Ramirez said. Gema Martinez-Valadez, a senior art and anthropology major, said it can be easy to hide your identity so queer prom meant a lot to her: to have a place of unity and safety for those who never had that CONTINUED FROM

experience in their lives. Martinez-Valadez said she came to queer prom to show support, hang out with friends and meet the many queer people she attends school with. “I realize that some of them are my own classmates that I’ve never spoke to before. It’s nice to see that there’s at least someone around to be there for you. It gets tough if there’s not many queer people compared to hetero-identifying people,” Martinez-Valadez said. Ramirez said although the event was titled queer prom, all individuals were welcomed to attend. Even non-CSUF students could attend for a $10 admission fee. “What queer prom means to me is holding space for folks and making sure that they feel accepted and validated in all their intersectional identities, but especially being LGBTQ+ identified,” Vargas said.

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Spoken word night salutes women “Heritage: she” event shares history through poetry and art. YVONNE VILLASENOR Staff Writer

The non-profit organization A Country Called Syria showcased stories of women, heritage, migration and refuge through “heritage: she,” a spoken word fundraising event on Friday, April 12. “Heritage: she” featured spoken word performed by Azin Mafi, Hatefas Yop, Mouminat Damer and Nadia Alamah to celebrate Arab American Heritage Month and National Poetry Month. They covered various topics: their experiences as women of color, families, homelands, favorite meals and even noses. The proceeds will go toward the organization’s oral history project which is set to launch this year and focus on documenting the stories of Syrians who settled in America after the Syrian Revolution. Nushin Alloo, a writer, global strategist and former U.S. diplomat, kicked off the evening with a reading of an excerpt from her children’s book, “The Adventures of Laila and Ahmed in Syria.” Alloo’s book is a part of Beauty Beneath the Rubble, a non-profit educational platform that aims to humanize people and remind readers of the rich heritage and beauty of conflict-stricken countries. Mafi is an Iranian-born poet, writer and activist who resides in Los Angeles. Her poetry is fueled by memories, nostalgia and rebellion. In her work, she tells tales of her connection to the Western and Eastern worlds with a human and political focus. Yop is a poet who explores her Cham identity through her poetry and is studying Asian American Studies at Cal State Long Beach.

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Nadia Alamah, a Lebanese Muslim artist, painted an abstract hijab inspired by fire and wind using vibrant colors on a cloth backdrop.

Yop uses her storytelling to create unity among the identities and communities around her. Damer is an adjunct English professor, poet and author. Damer’s poetry is composed of themes of Syria, her motherland, and experiences as a first generation Arab American. Alamah is a Lebanese Muslim poet, writer and artist from Michigan. She was active in the Flint art community, showcasing her abstract and nature-inspired oil paintings. Her chapbook, “Poems in 3arabeezi,” is expected to be released soon. Prior to her performance,

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Alamah could be seen painting a hijab on a backdrop throughout the evening. “When I was deciding on what to paint for the event, I decided to go with something more abstract and focus on vibrant colors and paint in patterns that are inspired by fire and the wind. I would like the wear to feel empowered and to draw upon those sorts of imagery,” Alamah said. Dania Alkhouli and her mother, Maria Khani, founded A Country Called Syria about seven years ago to educate the public on the history, culture and stories of Syria.

“Although it’s a fundraiser for Syria, (the event) just brings to light the diversity and the similarities of shared experiences of immigrants and refugees,” Alkhouli said. The poets featured in the event are artists Alkhouli has met throughout her years of performing poetry. Alkhouli referred to those artists as “amazing women of color” and “amazing artists” who she felt were “the perfect choices.” “I hope that through this event that was very apparent through their work, their history, their experiences, and their ability to

express all of that in poetry and art,” Alkhouli said. Alkhouli mentioned how each performer made someone in the audience cry. Dawn Macy, director for the Center for Internships and Community Engagement at Cal State Fullerton, said the only way the world is going to become a better place is when people learn from one another. “When we can feel a connection with other people, no matter how different they are from us or how similar, that’s when we can really have conversations that can change the world,” Macy said. VISIT US AT: DAILYTITAN.COM


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MONDAY APRIL 15, 2019

Column: Captain Marvel vs. Wonder Woman The Marvel superhero exemplifies what it truly means to be a feminist.

KAITLIN MARTINEZ News Editor

I’m a feminist. I also have a physical disability, which informs my feminism and how I critique movies. While female representation is increasing in a variety of cinema, including action movies, representation for those with disabilities is still behind the curve. I was born three months early. Because of that, I went through physical therapy instead of physical education until 6th grade. During those sessions I learned basic balance

and coordination. Enter Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel. As a disabled female watching “Wonder Woman,” it was difficult to find someone who represented me because while Wonder Woman is female, she is only one kind of woman. With her physical privilege, unquestioned narrative and savior-complex, in my eyes, she also resembles the patriarchy that movie producers wanted her to confront. In “Wonder Woman”, it was easier for me to identify with Steve Trevor, who is Wonder Woman’s human sidekick, even though our genders are different. Trevor’s humanity and motivation to succeed resonated with me more than Wonder Woman’s powerful success.

A scene that encapsulates this is when Trevor and Wonder Woman meet. Trevor’s plane crashes in the sea and he’s shown on the brink of death, drowning in the ocean. Wonder Woman sees this and dives in, saving him. For non-disabled viewers, it is a moment that shows her strength and switches the stereotypical dynamic of a powerful man saving a woman in distress. While this switch of stereotypes is powerful, from my vantage point, Wonder Woman is portraying an inaccurate idea of what being a feminist is. Wonder Woman shows that to be a strong feminist character, one does not need help with anything and showing otherwise would be a form of weakness. Wonder Woman’s character meant that being a feminist is about being strong and self-sufficient, not weak. In making Wonder Woman powerful and strong, her vulnerability was left out of her character. While watching “Captain Marvel,” I appreciated her character arc more than Wonder Woman’s story. Captain Marvel’s struggle to discover who she is and her purpose, but her willingness to keep pushing into the unknown of what she can do, to me that’s feminism. Even more, it serves

as a metaphorical portrayal of what it’s like to live with a disability. Captain Marvel was repeatedly knocked down but she kept getting back up, showing that while she is strong, she is also vulnerable. That resilience resonates with me as a disabled female movie watcher, because that’s a lot of what navigating through a disability is like. If I don’t succeed, then I have to try again at things that may come easily to others. My own experiences from being disabled gives me a different perception of needing help and having strength and success. As I grew up, walking around was not an issue, but sports and swimming were more difficult. When my brother and I took

summer swimming lessons, I swam and swam till I plateaued at level four, while I watched my younger brother advance to the pre-lifeguard level. With this context, I imagine that if I were to be stranded in an ocean after a plane crash like Steve Trevor, then I’d likely need saving too. And this isn’t a bad thing. As a disabled viewer, I noticed that there was a focus on Wonder Woman’s strength versus Trevor’s weakness. But making Wonder Woman a strong female character doesn’t automatically make her a feminist. As feminists, we need to move past showing that women are strong because we already know that. We need to show that women are strong and vulnerable, and that there’s value in both. Struggle and vulnerability are a part of life. Feminist female characters shouldn’t shy away from those traits because of worries that they’ll play into the women in distress trope. It takes courage to embrace our weaknesses instead of running away from them.

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MONDAY APRIL 15, 2019

Biden allegations must not be brushed off

In the era of the #MeToo movement, only open discussion elicits change.

SOPHIA AVECEDO Managing Editor

People are either quick to defend the women who have come forward or ignorantly dismiss them.

In Flores’ article, she talked about one of her uncomfortable experiences with Biden while campaigning for Nevada lieutenant governor in 2014. While preparing for a speech, she felt Biden’s hands on her shoulders as he proceeded to smell her hair and kiss the back of her head. “As a young Latina in politics, I had gotten used to feeling like an outsider in rooms dominated by white men. But I had never experienced anything so blatantly inappropriate and unnerving before,” she wrote in her op-ed. “The vice-president of the United States of America had just touched me in an intimate way reserved for close friends, family, or romantic partners — and I felt powerless to do anything about it.” D.J. Hill, Amy Lappos, and Sofie Karasek are just a few of the other women who have stated that they have had similar uncomfortable experiences with

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Biden. Rather than having a fair discussion about the Biden allegations, people are either quick to defend the women who have come forward or ignorantly dismiss them by stating that the #MeToo movement is too much. Countless opinion articles have chosen to make a mockery of this issue by choosing to argue that the Biden allegations weaken the #MeToo movement, forgoing actual analysis from the public for their own snappy commentary. The #MeToo movement doesn’t deserve that. The truth is, most people already have a preconceived notion of who Biden is and that has determined their perception of the allegations. Citizens who are Democrats, in the larger part, have chosen to be indifferent to his allegations, choosing to support him. Despite a week of news coverage regarding the allegations, Biden leads 32% with democratic primary voters as the preferred presidential candidate, according to weekly data from the April 7 Morning Consult poll. Biden also leads with 27% in a poll with Monmouth University — but he hasn’t even announced whether he is running at the moment. It seems as if many Democrats have ultimately decided to forego time and fairness for the sake of supporting their beloved Biden, and as a result, haven’t

even given more than two weeks of deliberation before dismissing these statements. While this certainly won’t be the last time the Biden allegations will be acknowledged, it’s essentially been swept under the rug, which is a significant problem. Not because the party willingly accepted all the women’s allegations without a second breath and decided to condemn Biden for life, but because there hasn’t been a thorough or just process to truly acknowledge anything. Biden has certainly proven to be a formidable choice as a potential presidential candidate, but bringing the #MeToo movement into the discussion is warranted. The #MeToo movement has yet to come to terms with the more nuanced discussions about inappropriate conduct. Defining sexual harassment comes with many gray areas, but they must be addressed. This isn’t the first time the #MeToo movement has been hindered by political party bias. During yet another critical moment in today’s divisive political climate — Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination — mockery and an ill-fated hearing replaced the process Christine Blasey Ford deserved. Republicans chose to either stay silent or belittle Ford

through unnecessary commentary, saying that she was a “very attractive” witness or angrily asking questions and coming across as insensitive instead of calm and collected. President Donald Trump also chose to make the hearing about his own political agenda, reinforcing political divide instead of asking for the necessary thoughtfulness needed for such an important event. “Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him. His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist,” Trump said on Twitter.

Defining sexual harassment comes with many gray areas, but they must be addressed.

In the past few weeks, several women have come forward and alleged that they were inappropriately touched by former Vice President Joe Biden. The first woman to come forward was Lucy Flores, a former lieutenant governor of Nevada who published a letter in The Cut. Since then, several others have written in The New York Times and The Washington Post. With the 2020 election cycle underway, it’s difficult to see the situation for what it truly is: political parties influence people’s perception of the #MeToo movement, creating a poisonous groupthink that plagues a proper dialogue from moving forward. Despite people’s preconceived notions or how much Democrats love good ol’ Joe, they can’t ignore the fact that believability is an essential component to the #MeToo movement. Even if these allegations do not involve sexual harassment or sexual assault, women who come forward can’t be dismissed because these issues deserve awareness and recognition.

During the Kavanaugh hearings, political parties chose to care more about political power than taking the time to execute a fair process where they could listen to Ford’s testimony, choosing to treat it as a clown show rather than a hearing. If we choose to dismiss Flores in the same way we did with

Ford, Biden’s allegations may mirror the Kavanaugh hearings where political parties once again will trump any sense or progress for the sake of having a chance at political power. Biden responded to Flores by stating that he does not believe he has acted inappropriately, but that he is listening to her statement, and acknowledges that he will be more mindful in the future. The #MeToo movement is still growing, but if a proper dialogue can’t be introduced, then it will not solve the dilemmas that need to be addressed in the #MeToo era. Gray areas need to be included in the discussion, especially when the line between discomfort and harassment is blurred, like in Biden’s allegations. While it may seem like we as a country have already started the discussion, the reality is there’s still a long way to go. For the #MeToo movement to actually mean something, to prove that it is more than a brief stint in Hollywood, it’s vital that there is a proper dialogue about the issue of inappropriate behavior. Discussing its nuances and developing an appropriate way to delegate a fair process will ensure that people who speak up about their experiences can actually be heard.

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MONDAY APRIL 15, 2019

Power: 10th consecutive Big West series win CONTINUED FROM 1 The Titans struck gold in the first game when infielder Sam Kennedy grounded out to third base for a sacrifice RBI that sent outfielder Ari Williams home, getting the Titans on the board in the sixth. Williams’ run boosted the Titans’ confidence and CSUF was able to turn the game around in the same inning by scoring four more runs on three hits, which gave them the lead 5-2. Pitcher Dani Martinez, who has the lowest ERA of the team with 2.20, secured the win for the Titans with three strikeouts in the last two innings. Martinez was the starting pitcher for the second game and gave up a home run to Long Beach State shortstop Nichole Fry, who launched the ball over the left field wall in the first inning. It was a pitchers’ duel from then on as Martinez and Long Beach pitcher Ashley Coleman controlled the tempo of the game from the circle for its entirety. Coleman had seven strikeouts while Martinez fought to keep the Titans a bat away from tying, giving up four hits to the Long Beach dugout by the end of the game. While both teams played tight defense, Long Beach

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The Titans outscored Long Beach State 14-9 during the three-game series from April 13-14.

State walked away with a 1-0 win as the 49ers scored the lone run in the first inning in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Coleman took the circle as the starting pitcher for Long Beach on Sunday and gave up back-to-back walks, leading to Titans loading the bases in the

first inning. Coleman struggled with walking players, sending seven batters to first base throughout the game. Lauren Lombardi gave the 49ers their first run off a fielder’s choice to score left fielder Jamie Wren. They scored again in the first

when Rowland singled to Titan pitcher Sophie Frost. The ball bounced off Frost’s glove and allowed Fry to score. Frost struggled in the circle and was eventually relieved by Martinez. Despite the change, Long Beach State scored one more time before the end of the first

inning when Martinez hit second baseman Katelyn Hanson with a pitch while bases were loaded. CSUF got on the board with a hit by catcher Julia Valenzuela that sent infielder Paola Villegas to home base in the fourth. The Titans scored again when infielder Deshea Hill hit a two-run home run down center field to tie the game. Pitcher Kellie White took the circle for the 49ers in the sixth inning and hit batters back-toback in her first two pitches. White walked Valenzuela before she was swapped out with Coleman. After a walk by Coleman that gave CSUF a run, Williams shifted the momentum of the game and took the lead for the Titans for the first time in the day with an RBI triple through the left side of center field. She herself scored right after, off a double by Hill. Swapping out with Martinez in the fifth, pitcher Taylor Dockins helped the Titans secure the 9-6 win by forbidding the 49ers from scoring in the last two innings. The Titans will continue conference play when they host the University of Hawaii for a three-game series beginning on Friday at 6 p.m.

Titans have two-game win streak snapped CSUF women’s tennis are tied for first place in the Big West with UC Santa Barbara. JORDAN MENDOZA Sports Editor

Cal State Fullerton women’s tennis team took the road this weekend to split their two conference matches against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and UC Santa Barbara to tie them for first place in the Big West Conference alongside UCSB with a 5-2 conference record. The Titans opened up the weekend by defeating Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 4-0 on Saturday to hand the Mustangs their third straight loss this year. The win was the second straight time that CSUF shutout their opponent, and the third time in four matchups doing so. In total, the Titans have blanked their opponents six times this year. The day started off with the Titan duo of Sarah Nuno and Karla Portalatin defeating Emily Ackerman and Emily Louie-Meadors 6-1. However, the Mustangs responded with a doubles victory of their own, with Grace Olyphant and Susanne Boyden defeating Masako Makiba and Caisey Lee Emery 7-5. The win for the Cal Poly SLO pair gave them a team-best 7-3 record on the year. With the first two matches split, the Titans and Mustangs would send it to an all deciding third

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doubles match to determine the first point of the day. CSUF emerged as the victor of the final doubles match, with Jadie Acidera and Genevieve Zeidan narrowly defeating MacKenzie Worsnop and Caroline Williams 7-6. In the singles portion of the day, Zeidan defeated Worsnop, 6-1, 6-0, to get the Titans their second point of the day. Luxizi Meng would follow Zeidan by beating Olyphant, 6-1,62, to make it 3-0 CSUF. The clinching point of the day came when Nuno defeated Boyden, 7-5, 6-2, to give the Titans the victory. Two matches were suspended as a result of CSUF securing the win, with Portalatin up on Louie-Meadors, 7-6, 3-4, and Eira Tobrand winning, 6-4, 5-4 on Ackerman. Cal State Fullerton dropped their second match of the road trip, losing to the UCSB 5-2, marking the 28th consecutive time that the Titans have fallen to the Gauchos. The Titans will conclude their regular season Saturday when they host UC Riverside, which is slated to begin at 11 a.m. at the Titan Tennis Complex. The match-up with the Highlanders could be the final home game for four Titans. CSUF will then head to Indian Wells, California the following week for the four-day long Big West Championships. Adam Maldonado contributed to this article.

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Karla Portalatin (pictured) and Sarah Nuno picked up their 10th doubles win on Saturday against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

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12 Sports

MONDAY APRIL 15, 2019

Titans tame Aztecs’ offense in series finale

CSUF baseball ends threegame losing streak in the final game against SDSU. DEMETRIOUS HERRERA Asst. Sports Editor

An eclectic mixture of songs ranging from country jams to alternative rock to ‘80s hairband hits belted out over the public announcement system at Goodwin Field on Sunday afternoon as a bustling Cal State Fullerton baseball home crowd settled into their seats, ready to indulge in the age-old American tradition of enjoying baseball in the springtime. Sweet scents of caramel and popped kernels wafted over passersby, reeling in swathes of buyers as the Titans took the field to prepare for their final of three back-to-back weekend matchups against the San Diego State Aztecs. After falling to the Aztecs 6-1 on Friday, April 12 and stumbling against San Diego 13-7 the following day, the Titans would have to dig deep against a strong non-conference opponent to salvage a game in their late season series amidst an assembly of win-depraved fans. Fortunately for Titan fans, CSUF would eventually give the home crowd what they came for as the Titans pulled out a 7-2 win against a team that head coach Rick Vanderhook categorized as both a physical opponent and one that (could)hit a fastball. In just his ninth start on the season, freshman Michael Knorr took to the mound for the Titans. With a sharp defense surrounding Knorr on the mound, the Carlsbad native came out strong in the top of the first inning, posting his first of three shutout innings of the afternoon. The CSUF fielders worked

diligently to keep the high-powered Aztec offense at bay for the duration of the afternoon. Inning after inning, Knorr came back to throw for CSUF and aside from a two-RBI single hiccup in the top of the second, remained consistent on the mound. When all was said and done for Knorr, the crowd leapt to their feet and cheered for the freshman as he retreated to the dugout knowing that he had spent six innings giving up only a handful of hits and two runs to a team that had the potential to put a serious dent in the Titans defense. Holding back a smile and towering over a small group of reporters with his 6-foot 6-inch frame, Knorr said, “Going into more league play next week, especially in Hawaii, (the win) was a step in the right direction.” Junior Dillion Brown came into the game for Fullerton in relief of Knorr and spent the remaining three innings building on the momentum that Titans found on the mound earlier in the game, pitching three shutout innings down the home stretch. While a reinvigorated defensive effort on the afternoon anchored CSUF’s weekend victory, a noteworthy offensive performance from the entire lineup gave the Titans some much-needed reassurance in their ability to be lethal on both sides of the ball ahead of their series against Hawaii later this week. The Titans got off to an early lead in the bottom of the first after a sacrifice fly from junior left fielder Isaiah Garcia gave second baseman Hank Loforte an opportunity to head home from third base. With the bases loaded and the Titans down by a run in the bottom of the third, senior Mitchell

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Centerfielder Mitchell Berryhill extended his on-base streak to 41 games against San Diego State on April 14.

Berryhill and junior Daniel Cope spent consecutive at-bats flustering SDSU pitcher Casey O’Sullivan by collecting three RBI’s off of two singles, effectively catapulting the Titans into a lead that would remain unreachable at the end of nine innings. The Titans collected another

three runs in the bottom of the eighth off of a Loforte two-RBI single to right field and an Aztec throwing error that Berryhill capitalized on. With a three-game losing streak coming to an end and a 1-2 weekend against the Aztecs in the rearview mirror, the Titans are approaching more Big

West Conference play this week in Hawaii. On Thursday, April 18 at 9:35 p.m., the Titans will get the chance to take on the University of Hawaii who are now 4-5 in the Big West Conference after winning one of its three games against UC Riverside this weekend.

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