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Wednesday April 17, 2019

Volume 105 Issue 39

The Student Voice of California State University, Fullerton

Clothesline Project supports abuse victims

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Sexual abuse victims and allies design and display their stories on T-shirts for supporters to read and reflect in front of the Humanities Building for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

CSUF hosts nationwide event for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. BAYLEE MAUST Staff Writer

The idea behind the Clothesline Project comes from the idea that women would confine in eachother about their sexual assault experiences, only in places

where they felt totally comfortable — like while hanging their laundry on the clothesline. Program director for Waymakers, Vanessa Reyna, a sexual assault victim services and prevention education program, brought Clothesline Project installment to multiple locations including Cal State Fullerton during the month of April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. T-shirts with the stories from victims of

sexual abuse were displayed on clotheslines in the quad in front of the Humanities Building. Awareness surrounding sexual assault was once as rare as washing and drying machines. Women used to only be able to talk about their sexual assault experiences while doing laundry on the clotheslines said Waymakers “It started off with eight shirts and now we’re proud to say we have over 1,000,” Reyna said. “It

became a safe space for them to council each other, support one another, to validate their feelings and those moments.” Reyna said the empowerment that comes with creating a message surrounding sexual assault awareness indirectly gives those who have been victims of sexual assault the opportunity to speak about their experiences without being labeled. In addition to viewing the

colorful shirts, students could participate in activities hosted by the WoMen’s Center. “I will be helping with the tabling activities which include making positive affirmation stones where participants can make a positive affirmation and create a little stone they can carry around with them,” said Tal Jin, a violence prevention peer educator intern at the center. SEE T-SHIRT

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Track and Titan racer takes the wheel field set for event Mechanical engineering student designs Formula based cars for competition. DARLENE VASQUEZ Asst. Lifestyle Editor

Titans will take part in the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific University. JULIUS CHOI Sports Editor

After having a split squad in the UCSD Triton Invitational and the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational this past Saturday, the Cal State Fullerton track and field team will make long strides when they compete in the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa, California, today. Bryan Clay, the Azusa track meet’s namesake, competed for Azusa Pacific University in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) where he became an All-American and contributed to program by clinching the indoor and outdoor championships in 2002. Clay then represented the U.S. in the Olympics as a decathlete, capturing the gold medal in 2008, following a second place finish in 2004. Junior Marcel Espinoza led the Titans at the Los Angeles meet with his performance in the 400-meter dash. SEE SPRINT

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Working around the clock on designs, the Cal State Fullerton Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) team’s engineering room is crowded with people on computers and mechanical team members working on intricate machinery reminiscent to a scene from “The Fast and the Furious.” Titan Racing is Cal State Fullerton’s chapter of the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Composed of collegiate teams, schools compete by designing a Formula-style car and builds the car based on factors such as cost and presentation. This is where mechanical engineering major, Irwin Gill, spends his days working in preparation for his team’s upcoming competition in May. From Michellin to Michigan, travels for competitions with Formula SAE. “I’ve always loved race cars,” Gill said. “It [Titan Racing] has appealed to me for one simple reason, which is race cars.” Gill found out about Titan Racing through Discoverfest during one of his earlier years at CSUF. Not only has Gill discovered his niche on the engineering

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Irwin Gill, a junior mechanical engineering student, helps build race cars for the Titan Racing team.

side of Titan Racing, but he has also found some lifelong friendships with members who share the same interest. As an underclassman, Gill has already made impressive strides within the organization.

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“It was cool to have one of my parts that I do become official on the car this year as an underclassman. That was pretty cool to see,” Gill said. Though most underclassmen typically do not have hands on

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roles in the creation process of the race car, Gill defied the status quo and incorporated his intake assembly part to this year’s race car.

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2 News

WEDNESDAY APRIL 17, 2019

Dean of Students addresses ASI board

Hallie Hunt outlines the Division of Student Affair’s success over the past year. ESMERALDA FIGUEROA Staff Writer

Over 40% of Cal State Fullerton students recorded food insecurity and 10.9% reported experiencing homelessness, said Hallie Hunt, CSUF dean of students at yesterday’s ASI board of directors meeting. The dean of students office that Hunt leads is composed of different programs such as care services, the student conduct office, and Tuffy’s Basic Needs Center. Last summer, the office rewrote their mission statement to reflect their values Hunt said. Hunt said these values include innovation, integrity, diversity and more. “Everything that we do in the Dean of Students office is meant to benefit, support, and uplift our community as CSUF students,” Hunt said Tuffy’s Basic Needs Center aims to provide students experiencing food or housing insecurity with a variety of resources to help them get back on their feet. These services include: — Food and meal assistance. — Emergency housing. — Emergency grant money. — Free hygiene products. — Tuffy’s Career Closet. The center also offers several workshops designed to help students spend and invest their money wisely, including a financial literacy series and healthy eating on a budget. The Student Conduct Office works closely with Title IX to handle disorderly, sexual and behavioral misconduct, ensuring that “students receive due process and fair treatment throughout the hearing process and maintaining students’ disciplinary records,” according to its website. Hunt said their goal is not to kick students out of school for their conduct, but to help

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Dean of Students Hallie Hunt spoke to the ASI Board of Directors about recent success with the Tuffy’s Basic Needs Center and Student Affairs office.

students learn from their behavior and get the help they need. “The goal of our school is to connect you with the resources that you need to succeed,” Hunt said. “The vast majority of cases that come to the conduct office have to do with people struggling in other ways.” Along with offering basic needs and conduct services, the Division of Student Affairs offers services support students through CSUF Cares. The program aims at connecting students with counseling services and Student Success Teams. They provide financial

and emergency assistance information to help students develop plans of action, secure their well-being, and promote success. “We offer problem solving, guidance and support in case management for students who are distressed, students who are being disruptive in class, or who are exhibiting disturbing behavior,” Hunt said. Several accomplishments Hunt highlighted during the meeting include the one-year anniversary of the Tuffy’s Basic Needs Center during Valentine’s Day and the creation of

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Academic Integrity Week. The centers rely on information gathered from all the CSU campuses, not just data specifically from CSUF to expand their services. “Data surveys prove to be tricky because the definition for homelessness is different for everyone,” Hunt said. Efforts to create a survey that will provide more precise information are in the works, Hunt said. “What we are working on for next year is developing a survey that will actually give us information that we can use. People have to swipe in when they

come to the basic needs center so that we make sure we’re serving students and not just anybody in the community and so we do track usage that way,” Hunt said. With accurate data derived from those surveys, the center would provide for more students’ needs . Hunt said one of those needs might be helping students who stay overnight in the parking structures. “It’s an interesting idea and am intrigued to see what other people are doing and I think we should continue the conversation,” Hunt said.

T-Shirt: Brings assault awareness

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Students and faculty participate in events from the WoMen’s Center.

1 Kim Porter, a human services major said she realized the significance of the many shirts displayed throughout the quad. “I just found it absolute encouraging that we can go through some traumatic experiences in our lives, but that we can realize were not alone and overcome it. I think education is such a great tool to help us realize that we don’t have to stay where we are, we keep moving forward, it’s powerful,” Porter said. Even though Reyna said the group did not have as much space to display as many T-shirts as they wanted to because of the Titan Promenade construction, each shirt is powerful and conveys a strong message. “If you take a few moments just to read a couple, they’re very, very powerful. You’re able to see a different perspective from each survivor. Where some may be angry, some may be really in sorrow some may be frustrated and some are already in a place where they are feeling hope and want to express that hope to others,” Reyna said. Robert Bohon, a human services major, thought it was important to show his support for the CONTINUED FROM

Clothesline Project because he has close friends that have been sexually assaulted. “I have deep respect for them and support, I want to help out the community to raise awareness that rape is real, it happens all the time and people stay quiet,” Bohon said. Bohon said that even little gestures like the Clothesline Project can potentially make a difference on a college campus. Reyna said she wanted students to understand the importance offering validation to offer support for victims of sexual violence after viewing the Clothesline Project. “There is a lot of shame and guilt associated with being a victim of sexual assault, so if anything, please just know to not ask questions, be a silent support, validate that they didn’t do anything wrong and what they’re feeling is normal and that you’re there to support them,” Reyna said. Porter said looking at the shirts brought her a sense of unity. “I feel sad initially, but then I feel proud of these people. Humanity is so beautiful. We can experience some really sad crap, but, look at how we come out and we stand above it all. It’s pretty awesome to see,” Porter said. VISIT US AT: DAILYTITAN.COM


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WEDNESDAY APRIL 17, 2019

ASI ticket prices increases for 2019 Spring Concert admission goes up by $3 with no guaranteed refund. RIVKA PRUSS

Asst. Copy Editor

For Associated Students’ upcoming Spring Concert, titled “Up in the Clouds,” the cost of student tickets have increased by $3 for students, guests and alumni. Last year, the concert had opening performances from Gearheart and DJ Ivnasty, led by Metro Boomin. Kehlani was also scheduled to perform, but later canceled and tickets were refunded. This year, an alumni and guest will each pay $28 for a ticket, and it’s $56 for a guest and student ticket bundle. Alvin Hufano, a public health major, said the ticket price is not bad compared to other schools. His preferred limit for a two-headliner concert is under $25. By comparison, Cal State Long Beach has hosted Trey Songz and Grammy award-winning artist Daniel Caesar for their “ASI Big Event” concert. Student tickets were priced as $10 each while offering student floor seating at $20, and this year the price stays the same. In addition to student pricing, they offered $25 tickets to CSULB faculty, staff and alumni, and $60 for guest tickets, which is $5 less than the guest prices for the Trey Songz concert. Lauren Olguin, the concert coordinator for ASI productions, said a reason as to why student tickets keep rising is that ticket prices are not absorbed by student fees. Currently, Cal State Fullerton’s student fees are $574.28 for the spring semester, $239.62 for summer and $590.36 for fall,

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according to the CSUF website. Using CSULB as a comparison, the university’s current student fees for undergraduate students that are enrolled full-time are $564.00, regardless of semester, according to the school’s website. Olguin also said that the price went up in part to provide a more popular artist for students to enjoy at the concert. “The bigger artist you get the

more production cost, the more all that stuff. But either way $18 is still a really really great deal for seeing two artists,” Olguin said. Before the artists were released, ASI surveyed students regarding previous attendance, artist interests and whether students would be willing to pay more to see a popular artist, Olguin said. Some students voiced their

disappointment on social media when the headliners were revealed. Twitter user @kathyz_15 said that she is glad to not buy tickets before seeing the line-up. Tickets are currently nonrefundable, according to Olguin. “It’s kind of an industry standard that any ticket you buy is nonrefundable,” Olguin said. Olguin also said that music festivals do not refund tickets, citing

Lollapalooza and Coachella as examples. Olguin said ASI has control over ticket prices. “I think that we chose the best artist that we could considering availabilities price wise and everything like that. We really are just trying to make sure that we’re giving the best experience to students that we can, and our main hope is that the artist reflects that,” Olguin said.

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 17, 2019

Sweet Peeps in the Pollak Library Marshmallow bunnies hop on stage with Easter around the corner. BAYLEE MAUST Staff Writer

Neon-colored candy, Peeps chicks and bunnies nestled in boxes with other trinkets in the Pollak Library last week for National Library Week. Each one of the eighteen dioramas were themed after a book along with the candy Peepsincorporated into the scenes that were displayed. “We thought it would be fun to do something to have people engaged in the library,” said Joy Sage, a reference instruction librarian and co-chair of the Pollak Library Outreach and Engagement team. The Peeps diorama contest was popularized by The Washington Post, which chose winners of elaborate projects that commented on topics from popular culture to political issues. Sage said this is the third consecutive year the library has had the Peeps diorama contest, with this year having the largest amount of participants. The top-three dioramas will be awarded prizes generously donated by BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Pieology and campus dining, according to Sage. “We open it up for anybody who understood the library to vote, so that I don’t have to be a judge. And try to pick a winner, because it’s too hard,” Sage said. Cesar Cabrera, a mechanical engineering major, said his favorite diorama was the “Harry Peeper” display. “I thought it had a lot of detail in it, so I really liked it,” Cabrera said. Cabrera said the Peeps

contest was a good way to showcase Cal State Fullerton students’ creativity and their love for books. From “Crazy Rich Peeps” and “Charlie and the Peep Factory” to “Frankenpeep” and “Le Petit Peep,” creators transformed the marshmallows into a miniature Hollywood set. “I think it just shows us how reading and creativity go hand in hand. These wouldn’t have been created if these folks hadn’t been thinking about this while reading,” Elizabeth Rios, a fifth year human services major, said. Like Cabrera, Rios said she enjoyed the Harry Potter-themed Peep displays and the “Oh, the Peep’s You’ll Go!” diorama modeled after Dr. Seuss’s book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” The Peeps diorama contest was open to CSUF students, staff and faculty members. Leslie May Legaspi, administration coordinator for the dean’s office of natural sciences and mathematics and her co-worker said they found out about the contest on the last day of application deadlines. “I remembered my high school teacher before graduation read that book to us to prepare us for college. It’s always been a favorite book of ours,” Legaspi said. Sage said after the contest ends, the Peeps dioramas will be returned to their owners. After receiving positive feedback from the audience, she said she hopes to continue the annual Peep contest in the library in years to come. “In a digital age now, everyone can easily access e-books and things like that. But there’s still a different vibe to going to a library and doing research, it’s still important to have libraries,” Legaspi said.

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A wide variety of Peeps dioramas like “Crazy Rich Peeps” and “Charlie and the Peep Factory” were put on display.

Jerusha Lumley, a junior music major, perused petite Peep projects in the Pollak Library.

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6 Lifestyle

WEDNESDAY APRIL 17, 2019

Build: Friendships through designing

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Irwin Gill built automotive parts as well as friendships through Titan Racing. CONTINUED FROM

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Gill said that while most people think the hardest part of producing a racing vehicle is in the designing portion, he believes that the task of transferring thoughts into reality is the most difficult. Many people would consider the designing portion to be the most challenging part in making a racing vehicle, but Gill would disagree. “The hardest part is figuring out how you’re going to make it in real life. Making something from scratch are some things that are overlooked,” Gill said. Despite acknowledging that CSUF is not the best engineering school, Gil noted that the team is determined to show people that CSUF is still topnotch by showcasing what they have accomplished. “We work very hard and we really care about our project, and we want to represent Cal State Fullerton (in) the best way possible,” Gill said. Gill stressed the inclusivity that Titan Racing has to offer

students and that the team. He believes that the Titan Racing organization caters to all students, especially those who are studying outside of engineering. Titan Racing plans to expand their team diversity. Their goal is to become not just an engineering team, but a team that involves the whole school, according to Gill. Gill also ensures that despite seeming initially intimidating, the Titan Racing family is accepting of all students who are interested regardless of background and experience level. “Although at first, we come off pretty intimidating because we’re always working and sometimes yelling in the shop, we’re welcoming,” Gill said. To Gill, everyone has a way of fitting into the Titan Racing team in one way or another, just as he did when he first became a Titan. “You’ve just got to find out what you like and we’ll figure it out from there,” Gill said.

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Award-winning poet exemplifies artistry Author and educator Marilyn Chin shares her free spirit and identity. BAYLEE MAUST ESMERALDA FIGUERORA Staff Writers

Carried on the back of her grandmother around Hong Kong as she recited Chinese poems, Marilyn Chin’s first language was poetry. “I started mimicking her very young. I guess I sort of started very early, making up my own poems,” Chin said. In celebration of National Poetry Month, Jie Tian, a research librarian at Cal State Fullerton, invited Chin to perform some of her poems at the Asian Pacific American Resource Center in the Pollak Library. Chin is an award-winning poet and professor emeriti from San Diego State University whose works have become Asian American classics. “Each person responds different, like we have heard, but I think in poetry, you always find an echo. Sometimes it speaks to you because it’s about our art, emotions, experiences and our collective history and memory,” Tian said. Paul Jaeyi, an English major, said that admires Chin’s ability to resonate with her audience. “She is able to articulate that experience that everyone goes through but we all think that we go through it by ourselves,” Jaeyi said. “Reading about other people’s experiences, especially a poet’s version of that, is refreshing to me because it allows me to connect. I’m not alone. Everyone goes through this in their own way.” Tian wanted the Pollak library to be more contemporary, so she worked to develop

exhibits that recognize national history months. Eventually, she got the english department involved to bring poetry readings to the campus. Fifteen years later, the library has been hosting events ever since. National poetry month is celebrated annually as poets are brought in from all over to share their work with students. Winnie Kang-Abreu, CSUF program manager for extension and international programs, invited eight scholars from China as part of a six-month professional and development training program on campus. Inspired to invite the scholars to the event, Kang-Abreu said she wished more people knew about the event as it provided a time for self reflection. Yanchun Wu, one of the visiting scholars from China, said poetry in general is a reflection of life and a vessel to channel memories and emotions. “We should sit down and read some poems and try to think about life because when we were sitting here before the opening of the event, we just recalled our memories of some Chinese poems,” Wu said. Tian said Chin made an excellent choice for this year’s presentation because of how Chin portrays freedom and fierceness. “I love how she embodies the spirit of poetry, being so much alive and so much in touch in both personal experiences and history that is happening,” Tian said. Chin gets inspiration from her students, music and her dayto-day life. “Sometimes I write out of anger, sometimes I write out of sadness and sometimes I write out of love,” Chin said. “When I read poetry also, I am so moved by the poetry I read.”

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Marylin Chin reads excerpts from her new book, “A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems.”

Because identity is such an important source of inspiration for Chin, she is open to express her spirituality, relationships and political views. “Identity is not static, we’re changing all the time. This is the Buddhist way, we always have to be present because of our world changes,” Chin said. According to Jaeyi, Chin’s poetry is a personal and relatable experience. “I’m enjoying it because I’m

learning things about myself and my identity: who I am as a person, who I am as a Korean, who I am as an American, as an Asian American, all these different perspectives,” Jaeyi said. Chin said she embodies several poetic identities and discussed with students after the presentation for those who wanted to learn about her books. “I see myself as a political

poet as well as a poet of the heart,” Chin said. Chin was happy to discuss with students after the presentation who wanted to learn more about her books and sign copies of her newest novel, “A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems.” “I hope the students will leave here inspired to write poems, to read more poems and to be infused with the muse,” Chin said. VISIT US AT: DAILYTITAN.COM


Opinion 7

WEDNESDAY APRIL 17, 2019

Column: Please do not touch me When talking about my assault, physical contact is unnerving.

BERNADETTE STEELE Opinion Editor

Please get your hands off of me when I open up about my sexual assault. I understand that it is hard to hear tales of devastation from loved ones. You want nothing more than to take the pain away from them, wishing to ease the burden and trauma they carry every day. Maybe it is difficult to put this feeling into words, and you cannot speak as eloquently as you would wish. You try and fail to spin words to reassure them that they are not alone, so instead you do what you can. You touch them to show your affection. But as minuscule and unharmful as it may seem, physical touch can be the last thing a victim that is opening up about their assault would want to experience. While they tell their story, they

are reliving that traumatic experience mentally. Imagine for a moment how that must feel. To be thinking of your assaulter one second, then feeling someone’s hand caressing you the next. It feels intrusive and it makes me, the victim, feel either unheard or misunderstood.

Opening up about my sexual assault is never easy. Each time I tell someone new, I have to brace myself and put on a mask to try and dismiss the real emotions boiling beneath the surface. As hard as it is for me to talk about it, I have noticed that it seems harder for people to hear about my assault. I assume this is because those

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who have not been sexually assaulted do not know how to react appropriately to a traumatic story. “That sucks” is too cavalier. A lengthy response of advice also seems too overbearing. But physical touch is not the answer for a loss of words. In situations like Caitlyn Caruso’s, a former college student and

sexual assault survivor, it is inappropriate and uncomfortable to be touched. Caruso made headlines recently after speaking out about her experience with former Vice President Joe Biden at an event on sexual assault at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. After sharing her story, Biden rested his hand on her thigh and later gave her a hug that lasted “just a little bit too long.” This interaction made Caruso feel uncomfortable, and understandably so. When people have touched me while I have talked about my assault, I freeze up. Rather than say something or ask them to move their hands, I’m paralyzed. This has to do with the fight-orflight instinct that humans have, but instead of throwing punches or running away, the survival instinct in that moment is to just stay still. Just like that night. A comforting touch may seem like nothing on the outside, but alarms go off inside my brain when it happens. I do not want to be touched while I think of my assault, and I am sorry if that means you no longer have a tool to help reassure me. I cannot speak for all survivors, but the best thing to do when I talk about my assault is to listen and commend my strength and trust in you.

Hosting World Cups creates local issues Nearby areas of the event are exploited for resources.

ARNULFO GONZALEZ Asst. Sports Editor

The World Cup is one of the most prestigious competitions in the entire world. Soccer is an international sport, and is known as being the “beautiful game” for many reasons. It exhilarates and torments viewers through the various outcomes and plays. However, governments tend to direct all of their funding on renovating the areas in the cities where there are World Cup stadiums.The best example of this was during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. A majority of Rio De Janeiro and its neighboring areas that were hosting stadiums suffered in ways that hurt the citizens of Brazil. The World Cup is an event that brings about substantial much economic growth through

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factors like tourism, and broadcasting. and the imports that will be brought in due to the large amount of tourists. It also makes the host-country’s government look prestigious, as they have gained the trust of FIFA to host the tournament. After understanding the pressure that host countries must deal with, one can only stop and consider whether watching the event is worth it as neighboring areas suffered while play continued. There is a lack of coverage about what happened behind the scenes and away from the cheers of the crowd in Brazil. One of the biggest problems faced in Brazil was that around 250,000 people were forcefully evicted from their homes in the slums. The evicted people were only given $22,000 as compensation from the Brazillian government which was a small sum when compared to the money the government acquired from hosting the World Cup. Brazil also had built 12 stadiums for the World Cup, which was more than the eight stadiums required by FIFA. The country will be affected by the ramifications of this for generations, and it will be a struggle to fill the new stadiums that the government spent billions on.

There has been plenty of Brazilian soccer players who have come through the slums in Brazil, however this is not the case for every young child in Brazil. With the World Cup being held in Rio some feared that young female domestic workers, boys recruited by the drug trade and indigenous children would be used for child labor. People still appear to be so fixated on the popularity of this event, that they ignore the problems it creates. Tourists are especially uninformed about these issues, as they are oblivious to the problems of the locals, and are only there to enjoy the matches. The fact that the World Cup only happens every four years also adds to their fixation. The tourists do not care about the problems of the locals, they are only there to enjoy the matches. When it comes to tournaments or events such as the World Cup, the governments of the host countries can ignore their other problems and only focus on things pertaining to the stadiums and the tournament itself. The Brazilian government was so focused on building the stadiums, they rushed the process, and neglected proper safety precautions. During the construction of the 12 stadiums in Brazil, there were at least eight

construction workers killed on the job. Rushing things never ends up well, and it was so clear in Brazil. There is little to no coverage about the way things were going in Brazil behind the cameras and away from the cheers of the crowd. The government wants the money from hosting a large

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event that is supposed to bring economic growth to the entire country but fails to deliver in their claim. It is not fair to support these events, since the host-country is so willing to displace its citizens in the name of the tournament, while neglecting to address the actual economic problems that plague the country.

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Column: Being both a fan and a sports reporter

REBECCA MENA / DAILY TITAN

Sitting in the bleachers helped me succeed in the press row. JORDAN MENDOZA Sports Editor

Nothing beats the excitement of a game going down to the wire. With every single person in the crowd on their feet, everyone awaits the next play to yell out in triumph or fall in defeat. Those moments have given me the best memories of my life, but nowadays instead of yelling at the top of my lungs, I frantically look down at my laptop and type away. Growing up, I spent my summer days at Dodger Stadium and my Saturdays in the fall at the Rose Bowl watching college football. If I was not at a venue, I was sitting on my bed watching all the sports I could, and ending my nights watching the highlights of the day on Sportscenter. While I used this time to learn all I could about the sports world, I could not help but get mad or happy at the results. As I got older, the emotions of watching my favorite teams grew stronger. In my short time as a sports reporter, I learned

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that how I acted previously at sporting events is not how I should be acting when I am sitting at press row. Although there is a code of ethics as a part of the press, I learned to tone down my passionate feelings in order to do my job. In my first game this year, I went to Long Beach to report on the Cal State Fullerton men’s basketball team take on the 49ers. With this being my first Division I game I have ever covered, I was scared for the sole reason that I did not know how to act, and everyone around me had more game experience under their belt. For the first few games I covered, I really did not know what was happening. I was so sucked into what was going into my recap, that I was not looking at what was happening in front of me. The games were not exciting, and I had lost touch with the sports that I had spent my entire life admiring. Since I report on CSUF, it would make sense that I would want them to win, but I try my best not to show it and remain objective. Although not cheering or booing is expected when covering a game, I thought about the reporters I looked up to and saw how they dealt with game coverage.

Award-winning ESPN senior writer and radio host Mina Kimes wrote stories like gymnast Aly Raisman’s campaign to end sexual abuse in sports and profiled professional football player Jalen Ramsey. While Kimes is considered to be one of the best sports writers in the world, she does not shy away from professing her love for her favorite sports teams. Performing her job at a high-level, Kimes will give her opinions on the Seattle Mariners and Seahawks, while also rooting for Korean athletes on social media. Kimes is not the only person in sports to do this either - Sportscenter anchor Stan Verrett actively supports the New Orleans Saints, his beat before working for ESPN. Verrett’s co-anchor, Neil Everett, shows his love for his alma mater, the University of Oregon. I learned a lot from Verrett on the day of the 2019 NFC Championship game, when his Saints were on the wrong end of controversial no pass interference call. Despite his team losing a chance to make the Super Bowl, he kept his composure and did his job, not letting the emotions get the best of him. Seeing the people I look up to doing their job in such a professional manner, while

also being a fan, was something I realized I could do and as I covered more Titan athletic events, they began to grow on me. Last month, I had the chance to cover the men’s basketball team play in the Big West Tournament at the Honda Center. With media outlets throughout California coming to Anaheim, I felt more pressure than ever to be on my best behavior and work harder than I ever had in my life. Throughout that weekend, my face was broadcasted on ESPN networks, making me even more nervous, knowing that every move I made could be seen on national television. During the semifinal game against UC Santa Barbara, the Titans made a miraculous run where they held the Gauchos without a made field goal for the last seven minutes of the game and still won. As the Titans inched closer to victory, the Titan crowd got louder and I could not help but feel the energy they had. I was locked into the game and watched an absolute thriller, all while finishing up one of my favorite recaps I have ever written. The rush of excitement, along with knowing that I

had a job to do, made me realize that I could do both. I could do my job, look at the stats and write my recap, while enjoying the game. Being able to do both made the games fun again, and made me look forward to covering sporting events. Instead of reading what was basically a stat line and a play-by-play, I wrote the recaps to immerse the reader as if they were there, rooting for a happy ending. Connecting on an emotional level to the players helped me ask better questions and get the best quotes I could. Not only being able to enjoy the games made it better, but being a fan made my writing better as well. Feeling the raw emotions of what was happening on the court in front of me and putting it into the story made the stories more emotional. Being able to separate being a fan and a reporter is hard, yet necessary. However, being a reporter with a little bit of fan in them makes your job not only more enjoyable, but helps with the quality of work as well. So when I sit at press row watching the game and write my recap, just know I am enjoying what I am doing, and the inner crazed fan is still there.

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Sprint: Invitational to Women’s golf feature 16 Titan athletes slid in standings Fullerton started round two in first place, but ended the day in fourth. MATTHEW MENDOZA DEMETRIOUS HERRERA Asst. Sports Editors

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Senior Chris Malloy (3) ran during an event at the Big West Challenge in Santa Barbara on April 5. CONTINUED FROM 1 His time of 46.13 seconds earned him a first place finish in the event and set a new school record, edging out the previous record set by Darion Zimmerman by .73 of a second. The tone that was set by Espinoza pushed freshman Parris Samaniego and junior Chris Shiley to a third and fourth place finish respectively in the same race. The Titans also accomplished a season best time of 3:10.11 in the men’s 1,600 meter relay. The team comprised of sophomore Charles Kelly, Espinoza, Shiley and Samaniego finished 1.11 seconds ahead of UCLA for first place. Competing alongside teammate Mia Franco, senior Morgan Love clocked in a season-best time of 57.06 seconds in the

women’s 400-meter dash, shaving more than two seconds off her season debut in the event at the RCC Invitational in March. Junior Shelby Noble posted a season-best 3.59 meter result in the women’s pole vault and looks to retain the top form displayed at CSUF’s first outdoor meet of the season in Riverside, as she set a personal best of 3.85 meters. Sophomore Iesha Hamm finished in a tie for first place with Fresno State’s Varvara Klyuchnikova, topping out her high jump at 1.73 meters. This marked the third time in 2019 where Hamm finished at the top of the leaderboard in the women’s high jump. At the UCSD Triton Invitational in San Diego, sophomore Sierra Valdivieso finished in

fourth place in the women’s discus throw with a 51.20 meter throw on her final attempt. She surpassed her previous personal record of 50.93 meters that she set earlier this season at the 2019 Baldy Castillo Invitational. Juniors Sam Pimentel and Jorge Sanchez will look to improve upon their past performances in the men’s 5,000 meter race. Pimental has not competed in this event this season since doing so three times last season. Meanwhile, Sanchez set a personal best of 14:40.70 in last year’s Bryan Clay Invitational. The first event of the threeday invitational hosted by APU will begin at 8 a.m. at the Cougar Athletic Stadium.

After being tied for first place at 7-over-par through day one of the three-day women’s golf Big West Tournament, April 15-17, the Cal State Fullerton women’s golf team stumbled through day two, pulling the Titans down three spots in the standings to fourth place overall with a score of 29-over-par 605. Tuesday proved to be far more challenging for competitors who teed off at Moorpark Country Club, the course hosting the women’s golf Big West Tournament, seeing as only two out of the 40 competitors in the tournament are under par. Cal State Northridge’s Brianna Steger was the leader heading into Tuesday after shooting 3-under-par 69 on Monday. Steger held onto the lead after shooting 1-under-par 71 on the second day to head into the final day of the tournament with an overall score of 4-under-par 140. Long Beach State’s Haley Tygret posted the best score on day two of the tournament, shooting 2-under-par 70. Both Long Beach State’s Tygret and CSUN’s Steger belong to the top two teams through day two of the tournament, with Long Beach claiming the top spot at 13-over-par 589, while CSUN trails by three strokes at 16-over-par 592. While the race between the

49ers and Matadors is a matter of slim margins, the difference between second place CSUN and third place UC Davis is a conceivably larger obstacle to overcome, with UC Davis behind 12 strokes at 28-over-par 604 through two days of play. With CSUF sitting at fourth overall in the tournament, the outlook is not much brighter for the Titans, who would need to eclipse a 16 stroke gap just to get back to an even playing field against first place Long Beach State. CSUF’s Texie Petchel sits tied for sixth place in the tournament after tying for second in day one. Petchel struggled in day two, shooting 5-over-par 77 on the day, which include two bogeys in the final three holes. The Titans’ Felicia Medalla faced the biggest struggles on Monday after shooting just 1-over-par 73 and holding a share of sixth place. In the second round, Medalla posted a score of 14-over-par 86, dropping her 27 spots in the standings into a tie for 33rd overall. Cal Poly’s Caroline Cantlay had the biggest jump on the leaderboard after day two. Cantlay shot 6-over-par 78 on day one, but posted even-par 72 on day two. Cantlay’s day two performance saw her jump 15 spots on the leaderboard, giving her a share of ninth place. In what is essentially a twohorse race, CSUN and Long Beach State will tee off tomorrow at 9:10 a.m. along with UC Davis. CSUF will tee off at 8:20 a.m. with UC Riverside and UC Irvine.

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