CALIFORNIA STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, POMONA www.thepolypost.com TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011
VOL. LXVI NO. 27
ASI Senate cuts $8k from BEAT Student leaders decide BEAT is still able to operate with less funding CHRIS BASHAW
News Editor The Associated Students, Inc. Senate budget deliberations ended Thursday with an $8,000 cut from ASI Bronco Events and Activities Team that was redistributed to the Children’s Center. The Senate originally cut $10,500 from BEAT in a previous session, but Thursday’s 9-2 vote favored a restoration of $2,500 back to BEAT. The remaining $8,000 was reallocated to the Children’s Center with a unanimous vote. With budget deliberations concluded, BEAT’s funding from stu-
dent government next year was reduced 9 percent to $88,500. The funding for the Children’s Center was subsequently increased by 4 percent to $224,293. “The Senate saw that the Children’s Center faces a huge potential shortfall,” said Johnathan Jianu, ASI vice president. “I guess they saw the potential for the Children’s Center and decided to continue funding for it.” The Senate majority expressed that BEAT was still able to provide events and activities despite working on a tight budget; this was compared to the Children’s Center, which faces a shortfall of approximately $45,000 that could increase if it is not awarded a grant it is applying for. The Children’s Center has been working toward becoming a self-
sufficient organization on campus that, in the future, will not require ASI funds to keep afloat. Where that threshold lays and when the Children’s Center will completely wean off of ASI funding is unforeseeable. Jianu said a self-sufficient Children’s Center independent of ASI funds would be “the most ideal situation,” but iterated that – at this point – it is difficult to determine when that self sufficiency could be attained. “We shouldn’t focus on what the Children’s Center will become, but what it can provide students,” said Jianu. “The Children’s Center has the potential to become an academic program and not an ASI program. Until the time comes when the Children’s Center is not reliant on ASI funding, we still have that need to
serve those students who have to choose between working or [going] to school.” The Children’s Center could potentially provide volunteer and academic opportunities for psychology students, who could use the facility to observe how children acquire language and interact with each other. Yvonne Bailey, director of the Children’s Center, was unavailable for comment. BEAT’s projected $10,000 carryover of unused funds into its budget next year also contributed to the Senate’s decision to reallocate it to the Children’s Center. Alejandro Pinel, Education Interest Council senator-at-large, was in favor of restoring $2,500 back to BEAT. See SENATE/Pg. 5
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Alicia Vajid, elected as next year’s MultiCultural Council senator-at-large, is brought to tears when she heard she won the election.
Attendance was low, but emotions ran high on Thursday night in the dark, cold University Plaza as ASI election results were announced. The anticipation for the results had candidates pacing back and forth, cheering and hugging as they found out who would be next year’s student representatives. Alicia Vajid was full of joy after hearing that students voted for her to keep her current position as Senator-atLarge for the MultiCultural Council. “I was really, really happy because I really love MCC, which is why I ran for the position again,” said Vajid. “So when I found out, I started crying. It was probably one of the happiest moments of my life.” Vajid stood with fellow Broncos United candidates who were similarly excited to hear the results. Broncos United won 10 of the 14 positions in the Associated Students Inc. elections
‘All-cuts budget’ threatens to skyrocket yearly costs of attending CSU campuses KATHY NGUYEN
on Thursday night, following four weeks of campaigning and three days of voting. Running uncontested, the Broncos United presidential ticket – which consisted of Johnathan Jianu and Matthew Stafford for president and vice president, respectively – received 1,592 votes. A total of 2,062 students voted this year, about 300 more than last year. Although it was just a fraction of the approximate 20,000 students on campus, Stafford said the voter turnout was better than he expected. “I’m actually really happy about the number of people we got to vote,” said Stafford. “I thought that because our competition did drop out at the last minute that interest had gone down but if anything the amount of people that voted shows contrary to that.” The Senator-at-Large for Educational Interest Council, College of Education and Integrative Studies Senator,
Cal Poly Pomona students could face a 32 percent tuition increase next year. The California State University system is already the victim of a $500 million cut, resulting in a 10 percent tuition fee increase this fall and 10,000 fewer students system-wide. This cut could potentially be a $1 billion budget cut if Governor Jerry Brown’s tax extensions are not approved. CSU Chancellor Charles Reed met with trustees – including Cal Poly Pomona University President Michael Ortiz – on Tuesday, when a budget contingency plan was laid out. In the worst case - an all-cuts budget scenario - a full-time Cal Poly Pomona undergraduate student would pay $6,450 in tuition per year, said Ortiz in an email. “The campus really does not have all the solutions at its disposal,” said Darwin Labordo, Cal Poly Pomona associate chief financial officer. “For example, tuition fee increases – that has to come from the system. There’s no way one campus can do that or solve that issue.” Students are not the only ones who would suffer the effects of the potential cut.
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Students elect next year’s ASI leaders ERIN O’BRIEN
Tuition could increase 32 percent
2,062 students vote in ASI elections ANDRE KARIMLOO
Staff Writer Although slightly higher than last year’s turnout, only 2,062 votes were cast from a school population of more than 20,000 students. Three days of voting took place last week in which students determined the new Associated Students, Inc. leaders for next year. The low voter turnout is not easy to explain. “Maybe it’s the same as the country right now,” said Antonia Sims, poll sitter at the parking structure station. “People are asking: Why should I vote? How will this affect me?” Four polling areas – at the Bronco Student Center, the University Quad, the parking structure and the
third-year electrical engineering student and Engineering Senator Candidate for the CPP ONE title. This straightforward approach to campaigning has helped some students realize the effort candidates put into their campaigns. “They’re very handson in trying to get people involved,” said Ashley Smith, a first-year business accounting student. “So they’re out there trying to inform them on what’s going on, but it all depends on the person and if they’re going to listen, or care.” Some students have had experiences in the past of running or being in office during high school. They choose to vote because they know what the candidates were going through. “I know how it feels to
Cowboy Corner – were set up with the hope of attracting students passing by to stop and cast a ballot. The polling booth at the parking structure was the least busy of the four: Only about 45 people had voted nearing the end of the first day and around 120 by the end of the second. The booth in the University Quad was the busiest, totaling nearly 800 votes halfway through the last day. ASI Candidates were seen doing last-minute campaigning in designated areas near each polling station. “Most of the people that have walked by grab a flyer and tell me why they are voting, then I tell them what I plan to do for the Engineering Department,” said Olaleye Olayinka, a
be trying to get everyone to participate, so it makes me feel their pain and makes me want to help them out,” said Jessica Arechiga, a second-year psychology student. Arechiga also said some students felt overwhelmed by other extra-curricular activities and put the ASI into elections in the back of their minds. “But at the same time I kind of feel how everyone else does where they just don’t care as much,” said Arechiga. “It’s tiring trying to be a part of everything, so people stop caring and you see it, you feel it.” Some students thought information regarding ASI elections and other campus issues should have been made clearly visible. See VOTING/Pg. 5
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Sachin Bhela, a third-year chemistry student, voted on Thursday during the ASI elections.
NEWS: CPP wins ‘Out for Blood’
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CPP wins ‘Out for Blood’ GLORIA GONZALEZ
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Neil Netzeband, a first-year electrical engineering student, donated blood during the final collection for the ‘Out for Blood’ competition three weeks ago.
Coming in second is secondary to the fact that we were able to help save lives. -Maryann Tolano-Leveque director of student life, Mt. SAC
they might be in an accident, or might develop some disease or disorder where they would require additional blood,” said Jackley. “So donating now, while you can, is a way to help ensure that others may benefit from it later on.” Jackley said this is why the “Out for Blood” competition is considered important and not just to win a trophy and have bragging rights over Mt. SAC, but in order to save people’s lives. “I think the blood drive gives students an opportunity to give back to the community,” said Jackley. “Our students are very community service oriented, and even if they are unable to donate blood, this program allows them to donate their time by helping at the drives and encouraging others to donate as well.” Even though the 2010-2011 competition has just ended, CPP health officials are urging
to be a part of that process.” More than a thousand lives can be saved with the donations given by CPP, which have also helped the American Red Cross with local blood shortages. “Human blood is very precious,” said Jackley. “There is no synthetic substitute for it as of yet, and to think that one pint could save up to three people’s lives is very powerful.” Denise Ybarra, head of donor recruitment for the American Red Cross, said she is very thankful for the support and donations provided by both CPP and Mt. SAC. “Only a small percentage of the population that is eligible to give blood donates on a regular basis,” said Ybarra. “Each donation is crucial. According to redcrossblood.org, every two seconds someone needs blood, and some areas of the country need more blood than what they are able to collect; Southern California being one of those areas in particular. When the Red Cross has a shortage of local blood, it must import blood from other states, and they currently have to import about 40 percent of their blood supplies in order to meet the demand. “One never knows when
students, faculty and friends to come out and donate for the 2011-12 events, which will be held Oct. 18-20. The dates for the drive in April of next year are still to be determined. “Move past your fear of a needle stick and think about those people who may be suffering or ill, and who a [is] in desperate need of your blood,” said Jackley. “The pain is minimal, and the reward for donating far surpasses the inconvenience of a needle stick. Taking an hour of your time to save up to three people’s lives with your blood can make you a hero.” To donate blood, certain requirements must be met. Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. To read more about eligibility requirements, visit www.redcross.org. Reach Gloria Gonzalez at:
Faculty celebrated at annual event Professors relax and enjoy their selves during ‘Faculty Day’ in Engineering Meadow KARINA LOPEZ
Staff Writer Cal Poly Pomona recognized its faculty and staff members at the annual “Faculty Day” luncheon on Thursday. As the faculty and staff members stood in line to get their food, the Cal Poly Pomona Jazz Band was on hand to serve as the afternoon’s entertainment in the Engineering Meadow. Victoria Bhavsar, program coordinator for the Faculty Center for Profes-
NEWS NEW S IN BRIEF CIO forums this week
CPP and Mt. SAC collect a combined total of 726 pints of blood
Cal Poly Pomona reclaimed the title in the “Out for Blood” competition against Mt. SAC this year. CPP collected a total of 397 pints of blood to that of Mt. SAC’s 329 pints. The winner is selected by the total number of pints collected from each school for that entire academic year. CPP lost last year for the first time since 2006, which is when the competition began. “I was surprised at first, since I did not think that our 200 pints for the April drive was sufficient to win,” said Debbie Jackley, coordinator of marketing and health services relations at Student Health Services. “We had collected well over 200 units in April drives of past, but since Mt. SAC was down in their donations, this helped us pull ahead.” Jackley said there is a travel trophy that will be updated with the CPP name and year, as well as the number of units collected. CPP is expected to be recognized at the Southern California American Red Cross annual meeting and recognition banquet in September for collecting the most units at a single university site. Director of Student Life at Mt. SAC Maryann TolanoLeveque said even though Mt. SAC did not win this year, she was proud that they have been part of such an honorable contribution. “The competition was created so that we could assist the American Red Cross with blood donations,” said Tolano-Leveque. “So coming in second is secondary to the fact that we were able to help save lives. We are just glad that we were able
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sional Development, was the one who made it all possible. Bhavsar, along with a small committee, took close to a month to prepare for the luncheon drawing on various facets of the campus to help bring the day together. “We have the jazz band here and the students of the Collins College are here as well, helping to serve the food,” said Bhavsar. “It was a collective effort by the people involved that made this day possible.” Bhavsar said it was a casual event, intended to give the faculty a chance to get out of the classroom and enjoy one another’s company. “We’re just here to celebrate one another and all the great people who work
at Cal Poly [Pomona],” said Bhavsar. “It’s a fun way to recognize the hard work that everyone puts in throughout the year. Everyone has a special role and campus, and we want them to know that.” Justin Pham, a fourthyear computer information system student and faculty center intern, said the day was meant to break up the routine for professors and give any new faculty members a chance to familiarize themselves with the school. “This is just a really casual and relaxed event,” said Pham. “No one had to RSVP, and the professors can just come and eat and mingle and be on their way.” The faculty and staff members also had opportunities to win various prizes
made available to them through the school and the Faculty Center’s budget. “Los Olivos and the Collins College donated free meals tickets, and through the budget, we were able to purchase an iPad that will be raffled off,” said Pham. The luncheon featured various professors from different departments on the campus to talk about the work they do at Cal Poly Pomona. Iris Levine, the Music Department chair, said she was “especially excited to hear the jazz band play.” Bhavsar said she would like to see more days dedicated to the faculty and staff in the future and was happy to be a part of the whole process. Reach Karina Lopez at:
The four finalists for the position of Chief Information Officer will be interviewed on campus next week. The campus community can attend the open forums and review the applicant’s credentials. The finalists are John McGuthry, Jessie Lum, Michael Burke and Pat Ames. The candidates will be interviewed on the eighth floor of the CLA building. McGuthry is the current CIO of Armstrong Atlantic State University and he was interviewed on Monday. Lum is the senior director of Information systems at Armstrong Atlantic State University. Lum will be interviewed today at noon. Burke is director of information systems at Daytona State College and will be interviewed Thursday. Ames is the vice chancellor for I&IT at Indiana Univer-
sity South Bend and will be interviewed on Friday.
‘Power of partnership’ Activist Ocean Robbins was the main speaker at lecture hosted by the AHIMSA Center Sunday. The lecture was named “The Power of Partnership: Building Healing Bridges Across Historic Divides.” The lecture focused on methods of collaboration to empower individuals with the ability to make a difference in the world. Time magazine highlighted Robbins as one of its heroes of the millennium in 2002. Robbins is the cofounder and leader of Youth for Environmental Sanity. The nonprofit organization focuses on sustainability and the role of social entrepreneurs in addressing that issue.
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Deja vu in the CSU GREG TOUMASSIAN
Editor-in-Chief It was sometime last week, as I made my way from Building 1 through the university quad toward a caffeine fix, I noticed a quote written in dust on the side of a building: “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” – Albert Einstein. Thanks to my terrible vision, I squinted a bit, mouthed the words to myself and then assured a concerned bystander that I was all right. As I continued my journey to ingest coffee, the wild-haired scientist’s statement really got me thinking about the very idea of educational institutions and knowledge. Then it hit me. The only thing that interferes with my learning is money. As a student who entered this campus in 2007, the all-too-real reality of what a lack of state funding could do was immediately enforced. Furloughs, cut backs, a lack of classes and enrolment caps were not-sofriendly reminders that the budget mess was no game. Now, almost four years later, it’s like deja vu. Money is still the issue, only this time things are even grimmer. With recent rumblings from the Chancellor’s office in Long Beach, it looks like tuition fee increases are See UNFILTERED/Pg. 5
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Nancy Postero – a socio-cultural anthropology professor at UCSD – and Marvin Fonseca, a geographer and investigator from the University of Costa Rica, were two of four scholars who spoke about sustainbility and the environment in Latin America.
Resources of Latin America discussed ALFONSO VILLEGAS
Staff Writer Stories about sustainability and the environment in Latin America were shared Wednesday in the Centaurus room at the Bronco Student Center. The indigenous revolutionaries of Bolivia, the fishermen of Costa Rica, the concholepas concholepas of Chile, and the forests of Mexico were all discussed in an effort to advocate for the sustainability of natural resources. The audience, which consisted of both students and faculty, filled the room to capacity as they awaited the panelists’ presentations. Nancy Postero, a socio-cultural anthropology professor at the University of California, San Diego spoke about her experiences in Bolivia. Postero has been working as a journalist in Bolivia documenting the unique uprising and new formation of government. An example of this new form of government is Evo
Morales; Bolivia’s first indigenous president. Morales has advocated to the United Nations, to recognize “Mother Earth” as a being who deserves legal rights. He has also spear headed an International Tribunal aimed at policing countries who violate “Mother Earth’s” rights. Postero shared some of the new developments emerging from this new form of government. “The country of Bolivia has reformulated an entirely new constitution,” said Postero. “This new form of government is profoundly different and integrates an indigenous view of natural resources.” Article Eight of the new Bolivian constitution reflects this newly adapted philosophy. The article emphasizes the belief of viviendo bien or “living well.” “For me one of the most exciting and significant changes happened in the constituent assembly,” said Postero. “Instead of having politicians write the new constitution they [ the indigenous community] pushed the government
to make sure they had popularly elected delegates working on the new draft.” Costa Rica’s struggle, however, is of a different constitution. Marvin Fonseca is a Geographer and Investigator from the University of Costa Rica. Through his research he has documented the slow extinction of Costa Rica’s once prosperous fisheries. The fishermen have two enemies: Industry and preservation. In an effort to maintain to better its economy, Costa Rica builds luxurious hotels to draw in tourists and current currency. This economical effort, however, displaces many fishermen who for generations have survived off their ability to gather fish. Costa Rica’s efforts to preserve their natural environment also have negative effects on the fisher men. Once a specific region is deemed by the government as national park fishing is automatically prohibited. “The challenge here is to find a system where everyone
can fit,” said Fonseca through a translator. “We have difficulties though, because when we attempt to engage the community in the decision making process, they themselves have mixed feelings about the proposed solutions.” Tracy Van Holt from the Geology Department at East Carolina University also had research concerning ocean life. One of Chile’s oldest natural resource are the “concholepas concholepas,” or “loco’s” for short. These ocean rock snails are carnivorous animals that for the last 20 years have become increasingly difficult to cultivate. Van Holt’s findings consist of identifying varying levels of chlorophyll A in the ocean water. These levels indicate where the water is ideal for cultivating and harvesting locos. “The fishermen who make a living off harvesting loco’s are unable to compete with larger fisheries,” said Van Holt. “There is already a
slimming amount of loco’s left, and these humble fisher men don’t have the technology to compete.” The families working in the Mexican forests also struggle to compete against larger forest farmers. Dan Klooster is a professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Redlands. For the past several summers he has documented the difficulties poor families face in Mexico. “There may be hundreds of families who all work on forest farms, but not all will be able to make a living off of it,” said Klooster. “The final product; whether it’s a table or chair attempts to tell the story of its origin via the photography of young brown children.” The discussion ended, and the panel was open for questions from the audience. The questions varied in specifications but one thing remained clear. There is much need for the preservation of Latin America’s natural resources. Reach Alfonso Villegas at:
Solis scholarships awarded to Hispanic students ALBERT RODRIGUEZ
Staff Writer Kellogg West hosted the 15th annual Hilda L. Solis scholarship dinner and reception on Friday. Solis graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 1979 with Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and is currently serving as the Secretary of Labor for President Barrack Obama. University President Michael Ortiz said the scholarship’s namesake has paved a way for Hispanic people that he hopes others tread. “Hilda was the first at a lot of things and making sure she is not the last is one of the challenges we Latinos have,” said Ortiz. The event was hosted by the Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education and the Cal Poly Pomona Latino Professional Alumni Chapter. The scholarships are handed out to address the financial challenges of Cal Poly Pomona’s Hispanic population. The scholarship program has granted over $86,000 throughout the past 15 years. Part of the event was also dedicated to honoring distinguished leaders from the Latino community. The Nopal Award and the Tuna del Nopal Award recognizes individuals who have committed a number of years to community improvement. Lorena Marquez, coordinator of the event and of the Cesar E. Chavez Center for
Higher Education, said the focus for this year’s nominees for the awards was to look within the Cal Poly Pomona community. The Nopal Award was presented to Terri Gomez, a professor of ethnic studies and women’s studies at Cal Poly Pomona. The award acknowledges her many contributions to the university and to her community. Gomez serves as a mentor and advisor to her students, who have helped organize the annual Dia De Los Muertos event and contribute time to the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center. “Terri has empowered a lot of students to believe in themselves, personally she empowered me to believe in myself,” said Marquez. Gomez was also the first Chicana to receive a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. “I’m extraordinarily ordinary, I tell my students,” said Gomez. “If I can get a Ph.D., they can do anything.” The Tuna del Nopal Award recipient was Arturo Carmona. Carmona, an alumnus of Cal Poly Pomona, has been the executive director of the Consejo de Federaciones Mexicanas en Norteamerica since it’s inception in 2005. The COFEM looks to motivate and develop Latino leaders in California to improve education and encourage economic growth among Latino families.
Carmona said young Latinos seeking a college education often find it difficult to find mentors and support outside their families. He said he felt it was important for students to find mentors like those who helped him. “A number of individuals empowered me along the way by sharing their knowledge and encouraging me,” said Carmona. “Dream big, work hard and stay humble.” The 2011 scholarship recipients ranged from current students at Cal Poly Pomona
to incoming students from local high schools. During their acceptance of the scholarships, the recipients thanked those instrumental in their academic success, oftentimes shedding tears as they thanked those people. Andy Baeza, a high school student looking forward to studying chemical engineering at Cal Poly Pomona accepted his scholarship with his parents in attendance. Ellen Alamilla, a sociology student at Cal Poly Pomona, spoke about her mother be-
ing the main motivation for her as she worked toward her degree. Alamilla admitted not always being the hardest working student, but watching her mother get up early everyday to go to work motivated her to keep going. Sonia Rios, a plant science senior at Cal Poly Pomona, said never imagined that on her second attempt at the scholarship she would win. “It’s an honor just to receive any scholarship, especially this one,” said Rios. Cristina Saca is a third-
year political science student and was elected Thursday as the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences senator. Saca was among the scholarship recipients. “It feels great being a Hispanic woman and receiving this scholarship,” said Saca. Pedro Alvarez and Juan Partida, both students at Cal Poly Pomona, were also among those who received a scholarship at the event. Reach Albert Rodriguez at:
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This Week: Wednesday, May 18 10 a.m. Oedipus el Rey The theatre department presents “Oedipus el Rey” by Luis Alfaro on the Main Stage Theatre in Building 25. Thursday, May 19 12 p.m. to1 p.m. Solutions from the Land: Shaping 21st Century Agriculture Cal Poly Pomona’s History Department will host the former
Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture A.G. Kawamura as he lectures on the future of agriculture. The event will take place in Orion Suite AB of the Bronco Student Center. The talk is free, and light snacks will be provided. Thursday, May 19 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Connect with Employers at Career Cafe
Students are encouraged to drop by for coffee & networking at the Career Center. Professionals from Enterprise, RBF Consulting, Landsberg Amcor, Avery James, Orange County Transportation Authority & Lewis Operating will meet with students one-onone to critique resumes, address job search concerns and respond
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to career questions. Refreshments will be served. May 19 and 20 8.p.m. 8th Songwriter Showcase Arthur Winer directs the 8th Songwriter Showcase in the Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and $7 for student subscribers. Thursday, May 19
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Festival of (Dis)illusion The Institute of New Dance & Cultures presents “Festival of (Dis)illusion” in the Bronco Commons. Monday, May 23 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Wellness Workshops by Blue Shield of California Blue Shield of California to conduct two free wellness presentations May 23 to
help employees achieve their wellness goals and take advantage of available resources. Each presentation is about 20 to 30 minutes.
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Agriculture Senator and Business senator positions were also uncontested. Alicia Martin was elected as the Educational Interest Council Senator-at-Large. Cristina Aceves was elected as the College for Education and Integrative Studies Senator, Gabriel Barrios will be Agriculture Senator, and Evin Coukos will hold the position of Business Senator. The Science Senator position was the most contested with three candidates running. Independent candidate Pulkit Jain won with 209 votes. Jain was far ahead of his opponents Katherine Hitchcock who had 41 votes and Brandon De Paul with 77 votes. “It feels awesome,” said Jain. “I can’t explain it. I was about to jump in the fountain over there. I was like yelling and it’s really good. I feel really excited.” The independent candidate hinted at the controversy of CPP ONE candidate Justin Page’s withdrawal and Marques Dickson’s subsequent withdraw. “I was out of the controversies and everything and I was able to just focus on my college…and just get their support,” said Jain. There was a close race for College of Environmental Design Senator. Rebecca Unitt of Broncos United won with 149 votes, only two more than her opponent Warren Wigh of CPP ONE. Unitt, who is a third-year urban and regional planning student and event planner for the American Planning Student Association, said she was feeling many emotions during election night. “It was pretty stressful and shocking and really exciting,” said Unitt. “I wasn’t sure how the race would go. I thought it would be really close so I was really surprised that it was only two votes.” Even though Wigh lost to Unitt in
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(Left to right) Matthew Stafford and Johnathan Jianu, elected as the respective ASI vice president and president, watch as Rebecca Unitt (center) is embraced following the announcement of her election as the senator of the College of Environmental Design. a close match, Wigh said he is glad that his college will be represented well and he may chose to apply for an ASI appointed position. “I’m just happy, I guess in a sense, because Rebecca is the girl that won against me … and honestly I think that if either of us had won both of us would have done good things for our college,” said Wigh. Voted in as Senator for College of Engineering, Olaleye Olayinka said he is grateful for his supporters in his victory. “For the people that didn’t get elected, I feel something better
might be coming up for them, so I thank God that I got elected because I’m the only one [from CPP ONE] that got elected that was opposed,” said Olayinka. Alejandro Pinel, a sixth-year engineering technology student and this year’s Senator-at-Large for EIC, said he feels confident about the people who were elected. “Even though they were uncontested, it’s just really comforting to know that a lot of people did vote for Johnathan and Matthew,” said Pinel. “I know that Matthew can bring everyone together, even though we have an independent,
people from Broncos United, and people under the title CPP ONE … at this point, it doesn’t matter which ticket you were on, you’re all ASI now.” Stafford and Jianu will begin working with the newly elected leaders during the summer with plans of “embassy and outreach,” said Jianu. “Just looking at the people who got elected tonight, I mean I feel pretty confident that this is a very strong team, very dedicated and passionate people who are ready and willing to do whatever it takes,” said Jianu.
ASI bylaws were approved with 1038 votes, which Jianu and Stafford think will help them in the coming year. Stafford is looking forward to working closely with clubs and other student organizations. “I’m really excited about all the budget workshops we’re going to be doing, about reaching out to all the clubs on campus no matter how small they are, to really develop the leaders on campus because those are going to be the leader’s in ASI the next year,” Stafford said. Reach Erin O’’Brien at:
2011 Election Results President/Vice President Ticket Johnathan Jianu and Matthew Stafford 1,592 votes, Broncos United
At Large Representatives Senator-at-Large Inter-Hall Council Dylan Devlin- 846 votes, Broncos United Timothy Coggins- 663 votes, CPP ONE Senator-at-Large Educational Interest Council Alicia Martin- 1,213 votes, Broncos United Senator-at-Large Multi-Cultural Council Alicia Vajid- 886 votes, Broncos United Robert Ward- 561 votes, CPP ONE
College Representatives Agriculture Gabriel Barrios- 92 votes, CPP ONE Business Evin Coukos- 172 votes, CPP ONE College of Education and Integrative Studies Cristina Aceves- 48 votes, Broncos United College of Letters Arts and Social Sciences Cristina Saca- 174 votes, Broncos United Priya Patel- 147 votes, CPP ONE Collins College Hae Yeon Kang- 76 votes, Broncos United Cathy Woo- 40 votes, CPP ONE Engineering Olaleye Olayinka- 229 votes, CPP ONE Erika White- 205 votes, Broncos United
Senator-at-Large Greek Council Shiree Amin- 863 votes, Broncos United Sophie Martini- 585, CPP ONE
Environmental Design Rebecca Unitt- 149 votes, Broncos United Warren Wigh- 147 votes, CPP ONE
Associated Students, Inc. By-Law Revisions
Science Pulkit Jain- 209 votes, Independent Katherine Hitchcock- 41 votes, CPP ONE Brandon De Paul- 77 votes, Broncos United
Approved: Yes- 1068 votes, No- 137 votes
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Some students say they need more information Continued from page 1 “People don’t approach me or try to make me care,” said Ramon Valenzuela, a third-year business student. “More information put clearly in front of us would help me become aware.” Other students believe the commuter-based campus is not conductive to student involvement. “Everyone rubs off each other,” said Joseph Ghazzoul, a third-year kinesiology student. “If you go to school, and the person sitting next to you just wants to go to school, learn and leave. Your’re going to be influenced to somewhat to do the same.” Some commuters, however, have taken the chance to vote and get in tune with campus issues. “As a commuter, I’m not very involved on campus and this is actually one of the ways for me to get involved,” said Alberto Pedroza, a first-year civil engineering student. “I feel like I’m making a difference. I definitely want to get more involved.” There are also those who do care about the happenings of the school, and understand the importance of students’ involvement on campus issues. “A lot of issues ASI deals with do directly affect us as students,” said Desiree Naranjo, a third-year communications student. “I think it’s important that we stay current with elections and events going on.” Reach Andre Karimloo at:
UNFILTERED: Affordable alternative by default
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something CSU students are going to have to get used to. My first year at Cal Poly Pomona amounted to a $4,500 loan. It wasn’t chump change, but it wasn’t terribly expensive. Considering it as an investment, I clicked “agree” to my loan and went from there. The CSU system – at least from what I understood – was the cost effective means of getting a quality education.
This was true during my freshman year, but soon the price of my education started to creep up. Then it spiked. And now the sky is the limit. Recently I did the math, and the affordable CSU education I planned for is looking a bit steep: $25,000. The debt I have racked up at Cal Poly Pomona through loans is kind of like a high school bully. I wish it would go away,
but I know it won’t and one day I will have to pay. While it is less expensive than what a UC or a private school cost – the realization that it costs money to run systems of higher education has not escaped anyone. I have already considered a rather murky existence eating cold beans out of a can in an effort to save up and pay off a forever bloating loan – but I’m getting ahead of myself.¨ When I was in high
school, the cost of a higher education wasn’t a huge concern. Now I have a different mind-set. Unlike the old saying that “an education is priceless,” I now know the cost of an affordable higher education does have a price – and even the most reasonably priced schools aren’t that cheap. But there is a scarier thought. One day, I will be the old
guy rambling on about the good old days in the CSU, when an education was “cheap.” Or even worse, I could become the old guy who remembers when the CSU existed. Then again, knowing my luck, I will probably be struck by lightening. Einstein was a genius, but I doubt he had any idea just how bad things could get. Reach Greg Toumassian at:
SENATE: Attorney general and treasurer to receive reduced scholarships Continued from page 1 “I just feel that working off of [BEAT’s] current budget this year, they were able to do a lot,” said Pinel. Pinel expressed his opinion that BEAT’s future budget should be as similar to its budget this year as possible. “I want to get [BEAT’s budget] as close to their current working budget this year,” he said. No other group funded by ASI – including ASI’s departments, the ASI Elections Committee, ASI
Government and Campus Recreation – received or lost funding from what was originally presented to the Senate by ASI Treasurer Nancy Ma at the beginning of budget deliberations several weeks ago. The monthly scholarship awards for the ASI Treasurer and ASI Attorney General will also be decreased by $114 monthly to account for the scholarships of assistants for those positions. Reducing the scholarships does not add or subtract budget funding
for ASI student government, but instead moves the money internally from one position to another. Assistant treasurer and assistant attorney general are positions outlined in the ASI bylaws, but Jianu said they have not been occupied for at least two years. “It’s more of a matter of if you’re going to have an assistant, you should receive less because someone is sharing work with you,” said Jianu. “The asssistant would be making exactly what they would be
making next year, but the funding of money is different. This is not impacting the current budget proposal. No major editing [is needed].” With the reduction, Jianu said next year’s ASI treasurer will receive a $6,852.48 scholarship for the year and the ASI attorney general is expected to received an a $5,168.52 scholarship. Both assistants will receive an annual scholarship of $1,730. Reach Chris Bashaw at:
TUITION: Up to 2,000 potential CSU students may be turned away
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Labordo said an all-cuts budget for Cal Poly Pomona would be an approximately 37 percent reduction to all divisions such as Administrative Affairs, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. “It’s not normal anymore,” said Labordo. “Operations can in no way, shape, or form be normal with a [potential] cut like that.” Ortiz said students have been experiencing the effect of state budget cuts for many years, a trend that students have likely not seen the last of. “Since my arrival in
2003, we have seen a continuing drop in public support, which has certainly impacted academic and student programs, as well as the scholarly work of our faculty,” said Ortiz. “The campus has done an extraordinary job of overcoming the challenges created by the reduced resources, but we are approaching the breaking point.” Reed acknowledged the possibility of the drastic cut at the meeting and said there are no longer any good options for dealing with the budget. “We are actively working to avert further cuts to the
university and have been aggressively working to encourage elected officials and the public to support a final budget that includes tax extensions,” said Reed in a press release. “However, we also have an obligation to be prepared for a worst-case scenario, and we do not have the luxury of a great deal of time. We cannot wait on the state and its uncertain budget process.” In addition to a 32 percent fee increase in tuition for all CSU students, CSU schools may also have to turn away up to 20,000 qualified students.
Robert Turnage, CSU assistant vice chancellor for budget believes there is a 50 percent chance that tax extensions will not be passed. In order for Brown to have the extensions placed before voters in a special election, he needs twothirds of the votes in both the state assembly and the state senate. Even if all Democrats voted for the tax extensions, Brown would still need 2 Republican votes in each house. “The Republican stance is that no tax should be raised on any person, anywhere, anytime ever,” said
Turnage. “It’s very extreme.” Turnage, who said there is no “magical pot of money” that could solve the problem, echoed Ortiz’s sentiments. “We are not only cutting fat away, we’ve been cutting in the muscle and bone,” said Turnage. “We are reaching a point on our 23 campuses where going any further in terms of reducing spending, which is going to seriously jeopardize the quality of the institution and the program on a lasting basis.” Reach Kathy Nguyen at:
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Hot rodders have nerves
Opinions Editor In the quest for ultimate horsepower and supreme reign as king of the road, the subjective line between streetcars and racecars begins to blur. By nature, racecars are not friendly, comfortable or well-mannered beasts. They are machines built with one purpose in mind – all-out competition. While this goal-oriented build process makes a racecar perfectly suited to what its namesake suggests, it also contributes to a car many would find completely unsuitable for life on public roads. But those “many” are not hot rodders. Hot rodders have nerves of the same steel their cars are made of and are much more tolerant of mechanical conditions that would have other drivers scrambling to find a new vehicle. Part of the hot-rodding goal is to make a racecar survive on the street. The allure of driving a racecar on public roads has always been a major driving force in the hotrodding culture. Hot rodders do not build their cars with creature comforts in mind. These cars are loud and uncomfortable but almost always fast – isn’t that what it’s all about? While hot rods are often downright miserable to be on the inside of, hot rodders are See HOT/Pg. 7
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Third-year Music student Kelsey Somerville plays Prince Orlofsky in the scene titled ‘Die Fledermaus.’
The Music Department revamps and compiles several classic children’s stories into its musical, ‘The Many Faces of Cinderella and Other Tales.’ The night was split into two acts and included fairy tales such as ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and ‘Camelot.’ CAITY HANSEN
Staff Writer Students dressed in elegant attire and adorned in dramatic make-up paraded around the stage in the Music Recital Hall on Thursday night. “The Many Faces of Cinderella and Other Tales” began at 8 p.m. and was split into two acts organized by Susan Burns, ensemble director and professor from the Music Department. The first act consisted of four versions of the story “Cinderella” put together in one musical medley, including songs from the French and Italian operas, the 1950s Disney movie and the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic. With multiple Cinderellas, step-sisters and royal suitors on stage, the compilation was hard to follow at times but gave a fun look at some of the major Cinderella stories throughout history.
Act two included scenes from various fairy tales such as “Hansel and Gretel,” “Camelot,” “In a Garden” and “Into the Woods.” Some of the most memorable performances came from the second act, particularly from “Into the Woods” and a group chorus from “Camelot.” “Into the Woods” featured a song called “Agony,” sung by Cinderella’s and Rapunzel’s princes, describing the frustrations of chasing after damsels in distress. The scene gave an interesting twist on the classic fairy tale love stories when the audience got to hear the princes’ perspectives. Essentially, the two princes competed in song over who has a harder lot in life pursuing princesses. During the “Camelot” scene, the company sang “The Lusty Month of May,” a song about love in the springtime air and forbidden fruit hanging from the trees. The song was fun and
flirty, and just about everyone in the workshop sang at some point. The stage was full of students who wore costumes fit for the queens and kings of King Arthur’s days, giving each other seductive looks and winks to boot while they sang about love and lust in medieval times. Some of the female singers gave impressive operatic performances throughout the night, while everyone else sang their hearts out. The two-hour performance was put on entirely by Cal Poly Pomona students, with the accompaniment of Music Director Janet Noll. Noll said that the Camelot scenes were the most enjoyable parts of the entire program for her. “Camelot has been my favorite musical since I was about 8 years old,” Noll said after the performance. “Getting to do a couple scenes was very fun for me.” See TALES/Pg. 7
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Third-year Music student Angelina Hu plays Rosalinde, a character in disguise who spies on her husband, as a part of the Music Department’s ‘The Many Faces of Cinderella and Other Tales.’
Speakers lecture on benefits of empowerment
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Empowerment coach and speaker Monika Zands offers students practical tools to find a balance between school, family and work last Tuesday at the Bronco Student Center.
Empowerment coaches and speakers Margalit Ward and Monika Zands shared practical tools to transform women’s lives, re-ignite their passion and gain self-awareness at last Tuesday’s hour-long workshop titled, “Balancing Motherhood.” About 30 Cal Poly Pomona female students, staff and faculty members attended the workshop hosted by the Violence Prevention & Women’s Resource Center in the Centaurus room of the Bronco Student Center. Although “Balancing Motherhood” was especially catered to moms, given the title, the overall purpose of the workshop was to
Be in the driver’s seat. When we give someone else our power, we lose the power in ourselves to change and create the life we want to be living. -Margalit Ward empowerment coach and speaker
empower all women to take ownership of their lives. “Be in the driver’s seat,” said Ward during her presentation. “When we give someone else our power, we lose the power in ourselves to change and create the life we want to be living. With the power within us, we can create what we want in our lives.” Ward and Zands said there are four key steps to create a more balanced life: clarity, action, support and appreciation. The attendees were also provided handouts, which have steps for creating an “open-hearted mind-set,” as well as the four key steps. Ward and Zands shared main ideas with the help of a PowerPoint presentation and also en-
The Violence Prevention & Women’s Resource Center hosts ‘Balancing Motherhood’ to teach mothers and non-mothers alike how to take ownership of their lives
gaged the audience in verbal exercises to create a more comfortable vibe. Those who participated in the exercises were asked to tell the person next to them: what she would like to improve, an action step toward making a change, a way of supporting the action and how she will give or receive appreciation for the week. Monique Santy, a fourth-year sociology student, took part in the exercise and realized that she needs to be more positive in order to gain better control of her life. “I think this workshop was great; I gained so much insight,” said Santy. “By keeping positive, I’m able to take my time and accomplish more. I need to See BALANCE/Pg. 8
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‘Fashion Bazaar’: Collaborating in style Two Cal Poly Pomona organizations hold fashion event for attendees to swap and sell clothing, as well as network with apparel industry
Staff Writer Students from the Apparel Merchandising and Management Association and oncampus club Fashion Society presented “Fashion Bazaar” at the University Plaza on campus Thursday evening for students to network with individuals in the fashion industry and to trade, swap and sell their clothing. Guests were greeted by Fashion Society members and were handed a map of the event, which had empty spaces to be signed by each vendor. Getting a fully signed map resulted in a drawing to win prizes, such as T-shirts from the apparel merchandising and marketing department. Third-year Apparel Merchandising and Management student and President of the Fashion Society, Mai Vang said securing a job in the fash-
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Fourth-year Apparel Merchandising and Management student Nadine Samarin makes a deal with fifthyear Apparel Merchandising and Management student Mallory Saltzman on Thursday. ion industry happens when one establishes a relationship with a fashion industry expert. “Fashion Society is trying to network the industry,” said Vang. “How you do that is by holding events, introducing yourself and helping them help you. It’s connecting a dot between education and the fashion industry.” Lola Paige, a clothing vendor based in Orange County, previously participated in
“Runway Revolution,” a fashion show put on by Fashion Society that included models who walked the runway in clothes designed in southern California. Lola Paige was also at the fashion bazaar looking for models for its beach cover-up line. Amy Arevalo, a fourthyear apparel merchandising and management student and president of the Apparel Mer-
chandising and Management Association, said the club is for students within the department. The club offers portfolio and resume workshops to help students for the future. Clothing was not the only element seen at the event. Hair accessories such as lacey headbands and hair ties attached to flowers were available. Vendors also sold tote bags and ceramics made by the Art Student Alliance.
Jorge Andrade, a fourthyear graphic design student and member of Art Student Alliance, said the Fashion Bazaar was a great way to generate awareness for the group and art in general. Students from the apparel, merchandising and management department donated clothing to the event so guests could trade, swap and sell their own materials. Clothing left in the donation boxes
were sent to the Salvation Army. “My former colleagues [and I] do a clothing swap,” said Alejandra Parise, a lecturer for the AMM department and advisor to the Fashion Society. “Being green, we’re recycling. I found a statistic that a high percentage of people throw their textile products away in the trash, and it ends up in our landfill. It boggled my mind.” Parise said she supports Fashion Bazaar for creativity and talented students who know how to market and make products. She has been in the fashion industry for 12 years and has a clothing line called Melrose East. Music by artists such as Ne-Yo, Enrique Iglesias, and Edward Maya played by fifthyear Electrical and Computer Engineering student E.J. Tacason, who DJ’ed the event. Tacason said being a D.J. requires having a clothing style that will appeal to the crowds, but also said fashion is not only clothing. “Fashion is your own personal self billboard,” said Tacason. “Some people like nature; some people like modern and architecture. It’s really art. It’s whatever is appealing to your personality.” Reach Shian Samuel at:
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Noll was the music director for the program and accompanied students on the piano for the entire two hours. “She is working so hard over there,” said Burns of Noll’s role during performances. “I’m so glad I’m in the audience at this point. I can say, ‘My work is done.’” After the show, Burns said the combination of music and theater appeared to have kept Thursday’s opening night audience engaged and entertained throughout the two-hour program. “You never know how the audience is going to react,” said Burns. “I wasn’t really sure what the response would be, but everybody seemed to like it.” About 50 people showed up for Thursday’s premiere, which went
much more smoothly than Burns “We can’t afford that every had expected it would. year,” said Burns. “Maybe every “Monday’s rehearsal was third year, we try to do a full musirough,” said Burns. “It was the cal.” first technical rehearsal – first time For Burns, “The Many Faces of for costumes, first time for lights.” Cinderella” was something of a Despite a few hiccups in the career finale. She is participating show’s practice run, Burns said in the Faculty Early Retirement the end result was a success. Plan, but this workshop may not Though Burns admitted that be the last of its kind at Cal Poly there are always at least a few mis- Pomona. “I’ll be here, but we don’t do takes in every performance, she thought the show turned out great. this in the fall,” said Burns. “Most “I felt it flowed really well,” likely it’s my last one.” For more information on the said Burns. Burns said the program began Music Theatre Workshop and in January and is the one show the events, visit www.class.csupomoworkshop will put on this year. na.edu/mu/Ensembles/musictheAna Ibarra / The Poly Post Last year, the Music Theatre stu- atre.html. Th ird-year Music student Mikella Anson plays Lucy Willow in dents performed “Seussical the ‘In a Garden,’ a story about a young girl who dreams of becomMusical,” but full musicals are Reach Caity Hansen at: ing a queen. email@example.com more costly.
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not the type of people whom you will ever catch complaining. Racing seats are by nature uncomfortable, but they serve the very important purpose of keeping the driver firmly planted in the right place. Only a true hot rodder could endure a long drive strapped into one of these back twisting torture devices. Roll cages are another – but quite possibly the least pleasant – interior aspect of hot rods. While not all hot rods need a roll cage. The highhorsepower racing machines
that sport license plates still, do. Roll cages are intrusive bulky and are magnetically attracted to the drivers skull – not banging your head isn’t possible. Ear-drum-punishinglyloud exhausts are the norm for hot rodders. Anyone that has ever been next to a hot-rodded car in traffic knows just how obnoxiously loud these machines really are. Restrictive exhausts limit power, and that just isn’t OK. Engines are the heart of any hot rod, and they are often the most unfriendly
part of the collective vehicle. The more horsepower pushed through any engine the less reliable it inevitably becomes. This is especially true the older the engine is. Hot-rodded engines routinely require adjustment – tuning is the term used amongst the hotrodding community. Solid lifter camshafts require constant lash adjustments, and anyone familiar with Holley carburetors can attest to the fact that the idle mixture screws never seem to stay set right. Hot-rodded motors have a tendency to run hot as more horsepower means more heat is created. This means the driver has to always be
conscious of overheating – something most regular drivers take for granted. These engines also don’t like to start cold and require extensive warm up procedures. Despite all of the shortcomings, inconveniences and subtle pains in the butt, hot rodders wouldn’t trade their cars for anything What the bottom line really comes down to is what a driver is able to put up with. Hot rodders can take much more abuse then their fellow motorists. This makes them the perfect candidates to embark on the quest for speed.
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Greek meets ‘cholo’ in ‘Oedipus’ Greek myth ‘Oedipus Rex’ receives a modern-day twist through Cal Poly Pomona Theatre Department production titled ‘Oedipus el Rey’ ALFONSO VILLEGAS
Staff Writer “Oedipus el Rey” takes the ancient classic tale of Sophocles tale and places it in the context of modern-day cholo lifestyle – a way of life that is heavily associated with crime, violence, tradition and spirituality. The struggles of the original play work well in highlighting the present struggles of the cholo community. Cal Poly Pomona students took the Theatre Department’s Main Stage at Building 25 Friday night as tattooed “cholos” in the modern adaptation written by Luis Alfaro, a critically acclaimed writer, performer who works in poetry, plays, short stories, performance and journalism. The adaptation takes place in modern-day Pico Union; a community that is governed by a hierarchy of cholos. Oedipus, who in this version is known as Patas Locas, is released from prison and sets out on a journey to become king of Pico Union. Those who are familiar with the play will not have a difficult time translating the original Greek tale to modern times. Those who have never seen Oedipus Rex will walk away with a good understanding of just how ancient struggles transcend all time. Oedipus is played by Nicholas Perez, a fourth-year theatre student. Perez had to develop an awkward-looking walk for the role, which
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Fourth-year Theatre student Nicholas Perez holds fifth-year Kinesiology and Theatre student Daniella Tarankow, depicting Oedipus and Jocastra during Thursday’s performance of ‘Oedipus el Rey.’ coincidentally added to the subtlety of his cholo mannerisms. Some of the actors did not have to look too far from home to learn the cholo “language.” “I have cousins who are cholos, so I’ve always kind of known how to move like a cholo,” said Juan De la Cruz, a second-year theatre student. “I also watched the movie ‘American Me’ and tried to base my mannerism off some of the characters in the film.” Other cast members had to really delve into the script in order to bring their characters to life. Daniella Tarankow, a fifthyear kinesiology and theatre student, is not Latina, but
once on stage, no one would know the difference. She enters the arena with baggy gray sweat pants, and a black spaghetti strap shirt that leaves her many tattoos exposed. Her eyebrows were done in classic chola manner: high arched, dark and thin. When she was forced to speak Spanish, her American accent was not too recognizable. Her portrayal of Oedipus’s mother, Jocastra, called for a lot of drama. Tarankow executed the role well and she showed genuine love, pain and rage without over-exaggerating. “I always like to take on difficult roles,” said Tarankow. “I think this play has really pushed all of us to
our limits artistically, which is the best thing you can do in your education, because if you’re always in your comfort zone, then you never grow.” The play is effective in the sense that the ancient struggles originally portrayed in Oedipus Rex are entirely applicable to the cholo lifestyle and culture. “I think there is definitely a connection between Oedipus’s struggle and the struggle of modern-day cholos,” said Bernardo Solano, an associate professor of Theatre at Cal Poly Pomona. “Oedipus’ internal conflict between his cursed destiny and his will to be something greater is something I think the cholo community can relate to.”
The play was overall well performed although the fight sequences, which were choreographed ahead of time, were clumsy in their delivery. “We try our best,” said De la Cruz. “We always end up doing it a little different though.” The play’s modern adaptation was also well versed with cholo and Latino culture. Classic oldies such as “In the Stillness of the Night” were well-sung in a cappella by four of the cast members. The songs both moved the story along and were a hint of the cholo culture. In a different scene, an enormous three-headed snake was influenced by indigenous design. The snake was part of the spiritual ele-
ment that the play possessed. Just like Oedipus vented to the gods, so do the cholos with the shamans. The cast expressed their motives behind performing in “Oedipus el Rey.” “I think we all just wanted to pay homage to the original piece,” said De la Cruz. “It was really fun to bring this to life.” “Oedipus el Rey” tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, faculty/staff and seniors. Performances will be held Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., as well as matinee showings on Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Reach Alfonso Villegas at:
‘Nonplayer’: Escape into digital paradise Writer and illustrator Nick Simpson successfully creates a world where virtual reality is better than actual reality JEFFERSON YEN
Asst. Editor Most things don’t live up to the hype – The Beatles, Shakespeare and celery to name a few. But the first issue of “Nonplayer” from Image Comics does. Perhaps it’s because the hype surrounding other things has been so great – the best band ever, the best English author ever, and a member of French cooking’s holy trinity of vegetables. In the case of “Nonplayer,” however, the hype is nowhere near as over-the-top. The commentary around writer and illustrator Nate Simpson’s work has not resorted to placing “Nonplayer” on a pedestal –
above reproach. One thing should be made clear: Simpson has spent a long time working on this first issue, and it’s a big reason why his work is as good as it is. Simpson’s digital artwork pops off nearly every page, which is a testament to the year that he spent working on the first issue. At times, Simpson’s depiction of a virtual world makes one wish reality was as gorgeous looking. What sets Simpson apart from other comic book artists is his unique approach to texture. The cover is a good example of how Simpson approaches texture. A soldier is carrying a shield that is rendered with ornate inlays that in the hands of other artists, may have been simplified. In the foreground, there are rocks, but they aren’t flat pieces. Instead, they are composed of smaller subsections that vary in size, shape and color. This approach to drawing is in nearly every panel of the book. Even when there is little action in a scene, Simpson uses texture to make a page just as interesting as pages with action. Due to the amount of detail placed within those scenes, the digital world has a sense of depth.
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Scenes with action are cinematic in a quality reminiscent of Studio Ghibli’s “Princess Mononoke” with soldiers fighting among giant beasts. Though there is only one action scene, the layers of detail make it interesting to revisit in a reread. Aiding Simpson is Image’s decision to print his illustrations on nice, glossy pages, which isn’t something always seen. Another bonus is the lack of advertisements in this issue. While ads aren’t that distracting in
most comic books, the omission of ads keeps one suspended in Simpson’s digital dream for that much longer. It can be surprising to learn that this is Simpson’s first-ever foray into comic books, considering the amount of press he has gotten. What shouldn’t come as a surprise is Simpson’s experience in the game industry, considering the subject matter of the book. Recently, he led the art team for
“Demigod,” an online multiplayer focused role-playing game. In the comic, Simpson presents a not-so-distant future where one can escape to a virtual reality via nodes planted on ones head. The virtual world depicted in “Nonplayer” is one of a mythical past with swords, elves and armies. The irony of the situation is people escape their mundane lives using advanced technology to recreate a fantasy of the past. This mirrors the situation some players experience in massive multiplayer online role-playing games. Simpson’s knowledge of the game industry helps him create a comic book that will be appreciated by gamers. Little things here and there, such as referencing Korean player’s inability to join a game because of time differences, show Simpson’s familiarity with common gaming situations. While the storyline and gaming references are good, the real reason to pick up “Nonplayer” is for the art. If you can get your hands on this comic, I suggest you do so as it is well worth the price of purchase. Rating 4.5/5 Reach Jefferson Yen at:
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appreciate the people who support me and support myself.” Fourth-year Psychology student and full-time worker Carina Ruiz agrees with Santy, and although Ruiz isn’t a mom, she still finds herself often stressed out. “Work and school takes a negative toll on me sometimes,” said Ruiz. “I get
overwhelmed, but I need to remember to relax and appreciate all that I do for myself. I need to value myself more.” According to Zands, another important piece in creating self-balance is to love yourself. “When you reflect on what you love, it really gives you the opportunity
to reflect on what brings you joy and fulfillment in your life,” said Zands. “When you’re happy and smiling, you give people the invitation that allows people to connect to you.” Ward and Zands have been working together for 11 years and have also earned their masters in spiritual psychology at the Uni-
versity of Santa Monica. Ward is also the cofounder of Get Up Girl, a community of women that offers coaching groups, retreats and workshops to better balance women’s lives. The two women also speak to parents at many elementary schools, middle schools and high schools,
and have recently began speaking at colleges. Ward has an older son in college, and Zands has young children, so they wanted to branch into both of the educational levels their children are in. “I have two children and a wonderful husband, and through them, I learn how to become a better person,
mother, and coach to others,” said Zands. “I want to influence as many lives as I can.” For more information on Ward and Zands and their motivational workshops, visit their website at www. getupgirl.org. Reach Brittany Chavez at:
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Tyler, the Creator, delivers brazen hip-hop ANDRE KARMILOO
Staff Writer With an in-your-face attitude, artfully horrifying beats and gruesome lyrics, “Goblin,” the much-anticipated mainstream debut of 20-yearold Los Angeles native Tyler, the Creator, is exactly what disheartened youth are searching for. Prior to its release on May 10, the album had a tremendous buzz due to Tyler’s last independent release, “Bastard,” and other mixtapes released with the L.A.-based rap collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All – also known as OFWGKTA or Odd Future. Those familiar with his catalog will be happy to find that not much has changed from his prior work. For those unfamiliar with boundary-pushing music, be prepared for a
whole new experience. The album includes 15 feature tracks while the deluxe edition features three bonus songs. Snippets of a fictional meeting with Tyler’s alter ego, Wolf Haley, emerge as an introduction to several of the tracks. Tyler responds to Haley’s questions in the form of songs. “Goblin” is cleverly produced entirely by Tyler, with the exception of the mediocre “Transylvania,” produced by Left Brain, a fellow Odd Future member. Drastically abrupt changes in tempo and tone are used within the song “Radicals;” which strangely enough works rather well with the track’s greatly explicit lyrics. Tyler went as far as to issue a disclaimer on the song itself. A portion of it reads: “Hey, don’t do anything I say in this song, OK?” This can be taken as the motto of the album. In “Yonkers,” the second single and most popular song of “Goblin,” Tyler fights with feelings of self-doubt, hate
for others and frustration resulting from not being understood. In the defense of the lifestyle that Tyler and Odd Future lead, comes “Sandwiches.” The song is a shout out to the world proclaiming that Tyler, the Creator is unique, here to stay and not changing for anyone. Tyler’s rendition of a love song can be found on the track “She,” which features Odd Future’s resident R&B singer, Frank Ocean. “She” is more of a ballad of lust and desire on Tyler’s part. He vents about not having a girl he desperately admires show him the same amount of attention – or any at all. The most beautifully crafted song – both lyrically and musically – on “Goblin” is “Golden.” The song is the last feature track of the album for a reason. Tyler talks about events and emotions revolving around his newly found fame, while still remember-
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ing the hard times he’s been through. Although greatly arranged, “Goblin” does have its weak points. “Transylvaina” is the song with least impact on the album. The beat is mundane and unexciting at best, and Tyler recorded the entire song in a distorted voice to represent
his alter ego, Haley. Track 12 – which cannot be named due to vulgarity – is the least appeasing of “Goblin.” The lyrics are obscene in all the wrong ways, and the beat is annoyingly repetitive – and that’s being nice. Overall, the album satisfies those who enjoy this more brazen style of hip-hop.
And with the whole Odd Future collective beside him, Tyler, the Creator has rapidly ascended to the top of a new generation of rappers from the West Coast of the U.S. looking to make a giant mark on the music scene. Rating: 4/5 Reach Andre Karmiloo at:
‘Bridesmaids’ a refreshingly different chick flick
ANTHONY SOLORZANO II
Correspondent Director Paul Feig, producer Judd Apatow and writers Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig give viewers a look into what a girl’s world is like when boys are not around through a trademark Apatow film “Bridesmaids.” “Bridesmaids” does what no other chick flick dares to do – cross the rated R barrier with scenes that in-
clude women talking about oral sex, throwing up on each other after eating bad Brazilian food and ranting drunkenly. With performances by “Saturday Night Live” alumna Maya Rudolph and current “Saturday Night Live” member Kristen Wiig that portray comedic perfection, a smart script and good direction by Paul Feig, “Bridesmaids” delivers the laughs it promises in the previews. In “Bridesmaids,” Annie (Wiig) is asked by her childhood friend Lillian (Rudolph) to be her maid of honor at her wedding. After meeting the rest of the wedding party, Annie discovers that one of the other bridesmaids, Helen (Rose Byrne), is trying to win over
Lillian’s friendship. During Lillian’s engagement party, after Annie makes her traditional “maid of honor” speech, Helen quickly tries to upstage Annie. With a couple of over-the-top speeches from both Annie and Helen, the rivalry between the two is established. After a tug-of-war between Annie and Helen that places Lillian in the middle, the childhood friendship triumphs. “Bridesmaids” casting was a match made in heaven. The chemistry between Rudolph and Wiig proves to be the heart of the film, with performances that bring justice to the script. Coming from the same comedic
background, Rudolph and Wiig showcase their talent in scenes that closely relate real-life language and situations. During a scene where the two are having lunch and start to talk about their current love-lives, their performances are as close to real life as a performance can be, making it seem like they are improvising. Performances and execution of comedy in “Bridesmaids” would not have been possible without the direction from Paul Feig (you might remember him as the science teacher from the show “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”). After directing multiple successful shows like “The Office,” “Weeds” and “Arrested Develop-
ment,” Feig proves with “Bridesmaids” that he can also direct films. The movie could have been cheesy at times, but Feig chooses to go a different way: making a raunchy chick flick and showing a different side of girls. With the opening of “Thor” last weekend, the summer season full of blockbuster films has started. Every now and then we get small films with outstanding performances and witty scripts that are worth watching instead of these high-budget films and “Bridesmaids” is one of these films – watch it. Rating: 5/5 Reach Anthony Solorzano II at:
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Don’t settle for second place love VALERIE CHEN
Lifestyle Editor What do you do when you are the other woman in a relationship? I have been involved with this guy – let’s call him John – for two months, and he keeps telling me that he will break up with his girlfriend because she is not his type: He is Indian and she is Mexican, he is 23 and she is 30, and he is about to graduate college and she still has yet to find a job. He believes that they will not last long, but stays in a relationship with her, even though he sees me everyday … What do I do?
– The other woman To begin with, the title “the other woman” alone signifies what you are – not a priority. Instead of being a sole significant other, you are simply an option. Not only are you being unfair to yourself, you are being unfair to John’s girlfriend. Even if you don’t know her personally, put yourself in her shoes. How would you like it if someone you loved and cared about saw someone else behind your back? When someone begins a relationship with another on the sly, it is likely that he is capable of doing the same dishonest act to you in the future. Also, John hardly seems like someone deserving of her or your feelings. He keeps telling you that he will break up with her for you. However, talk is cheap, and it’s been two months of it. By cheating on his girlfriend, he has already proven that he is hardly a man of his word. There is something about John’s girlfriend that is making him stay, despite their cultural, age and educational differences and your involvement in the situation. Of course, it is clear that he is not happy in that relationship. But let him deal with his problems; don’t make them yours. Find someone who treats you with respect and will be able to introduce you as his girlfriend to others without any hesitation or ounce of guilt, only pride. Don’t hesitate to ask me a ques-chen at formspring. me/askmeaqueschen or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Reach Valerie Chen at:
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011
2012 election goes viral Illustration courtesy of Greg Toumassian / The Poly Post
Social media provide an outlet for candidates ANDRE KARIMLOO
Staff Writer Over the past decade, social media outlets have progressively taken away control of communication between people from print and television media. While social media is highly superficial, it’s a necessary element to any potential presidential campaign. If current trends continue – and in all likelihood they will – the realm of media we are now living in, mainly print, will slowly disappear. Social media is accessible to anyone and can be used to get any type of information out. Why should presidential candidates have the same opportunity to benefit from it? In the eyes of a politician, the meaning of this global trend signifies bringing in a new way to reach potential voters while throwing out the old. Social media is a great way to get information out. However, it is the candidate’s own fault if private information leaks out through whatever social media they are using. Why is it that politicians are now moving so rapidly toward this new means of connecting with the public?
To identify the reason behind this and the future that lies beyond the answer to the question, we must first examine past events that show similar shifts in the method people communicate. In the late 1920s, when print was the primary media oriented manner in which people received information, the then New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt was looking for a new way to get what he wanted to say to the public more efficiently. Roosevelt began to broadcast messages to his constituents over radio airwaves. After his first few attempts at reaching the masses in this way, Roosevelt began to see a steady increase in mail received. By the time he became president and since then, the use of radio was the primary way politicians would address their constituents, broadcast speeches and showcase debates between candidates. This was commonplace until the 1960 Presidential Election where, once again, there was a dramatic shift in how those in politics use media to their advantage. For the first time, a presidential debate was televised across the nation. Democrat John F. Kennedy went
up against Republican Richard Nixon in a pivotal debate that would have a great influence on the outcome of the campaign. Kennedy, who was more receptive to the idea of looking a certain way for the camera, defeated Nixon by a favorable margin. The victory was mostly credited to the manner in that Kennedy looked and acted while the debate was televised. Since this point, politicians have used television as the main approach to get any idea or message out to the public. It wasn’t until this past decade that the media once again changed how the public views politics. Facebook and Twitter are the benchmarks when it comes to using social media to get an idea out. President Obama proved this and successfully used twitter in the 2008 election. Both are used at virtually all times of day, with information being updated every second. Facebook – the giant of social media – has what is called a “fan page.” On this “Fan page” candidates can create a profile and reach out to those who subscribe to their page by sending messages or posting videos directly on the page itself.
This ties the site heavily to YouTube, where many politicians are posting regular videos showing themselves in everyday life or hard at work on the campaign trail. Twitter is another behemoth among social media outlets – a place where you can give real-time updates and personal interaction with your constituents. The timeliness of the updates on the site allows for followers of the certain politician to have up-to-thesecond information on their whereabouts and actions. This ties in greatly with search engines like Google and Bing. With keywords being so important in Twitter updates, trends in searches for those keywords increase once many followers have read it. In all types of social media, the messages that politicians send out have a very intimate feel. This gives the impression that the politician is right in your living room talking to you directly. Ultimately, this is what shapes social media into the new source of political information for people worldwide. Reach Andre Karimloo at:
‘Pippa’ Middleton gets dirty movie offer BRITTANY COLE
Staff Writer Steven Hirsch of Vivid Entertainment in L.A. has offered Philippa Charlotte “Pippa” Middleton $5 million dollars to film a scene in an adult porn film through a letter he wrote to her. How quaint. In a recent letter to the younger sister of Kate Middleton, Hirsch showered Pippa with flattery. “As far as I’m concerned, you were the star of the recent royal wedding,” Hirsch said “As I watched a broadcast of the event, I couldn’t help but think that with your beauty and attitude, you could be an enormously successful adult star.” This flattery is being used solely in attempt to make her feel like she’s being offered an honorary gift before Hirsch springs the $5 million question on her. Unless she counts selling her dignity as an honor, her immediate answer would
not be very compliant. Hirsch, who has also been pursuing Nadya “Octomom” Suleman for a while, is known for trying to get celebrity clients, which makes his offer to Pippa come as no surprise. Ever since Pippa took the role as her sister’s maid of honor at the royal wedding, she not only became directly related to royalty, but it has gained her a lot of attention. To some, this makes her a desirable candidate for film – especially adult film – because of the guaranteed media frenzy that would ensue if Pippa agreed to the proposal. Why? Our society – especially L.A. – is so obsessed with celebrities and their lives that it will do anything to see them during their most intimate moments. While it’s something that allows them to capitalize off of their fame, unfortunately it exploits the individual and takes away their dignity.
So Hirsch is attempting to profit from Pippa Middleton by using her name and connections, proving his lack of respect for her and the royal family. In addition to the recent wedding’s news coverage, the royal family was also shocked when photos of a scantily clad Pippa were released last week. The pictures featured Pippa, wearing only a lavender bra and bottoms, grinding up against a male friend, clothed only in boxers. There was alcohol visible in the background. The media had a field day with the photos, quickly spreading to the U.S. through the internet. The pictures had everyone guessing if the British party planner may enjoy doing more than just planning the parties. That’s when talk began about her possible television potential. This, having happened just a week after pictures of her brother James Middleton’s bum circled the
internet, caused Hirsch to extend the offer further within the family. Hirsch offered James a $1 million contract with his company to make an appearance in the same film as his sister – in a different scene at least. This family affair is going too far. Not only has Hirsch crossed the line of courtesy, but he had the audacity to attempt to insult yet another member of the Middleton family and showed them he has no respect for their personal privacy and morals. The UK citizens were outraged by the offers, but their response was nothing compared to that of the royal family’s. According to the BBC, the Middleton family has filed a grievance to the press complaints commission in the UK. The complaint is likely to focus on whether their privacy has been invaded. The Middletons and royal family will pull off any and all the stops with the
help of the top law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety and privacy of all its members. “The royal family is used to this,” said London and Los Angeles-based pop culture expert Suzannah Galland to Fox News. “They’ve had enough scandals over the years and will be quite practiced at damage control. If they react at all, it will be to offer Pippa help or guidance in avoiding this in the future.” Hopefully, Pippa will be able to remain loyal to the royal family. I would hate to see another Fergie situation and end up with her being shunned by the family. This was the fate of Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, who did not receive an invite to the recent royal wedding. My advice to Pippa? When in doubt, think WWDD - What Would Diana Do? Reach Brittany Cole at:
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Baseball team earns postseason bid Broncos to play their first NCAA Tournament in 18 years after taking second in the CCAA Championship tournament AMELIA FRITSCH
Follow the underdog Broncos anytime, anywhere ERIK CARR
Sports Editor In boxing, fighting in all 15 rounds of a match is known as “going the distance.” In baseball, the equivalent is playing the maximum possible number of games in a given series. Last weekend, the Cal Poly Pomona baseball team did just that. It went the distance in the CCAA Championship, proving it was a force to be reckoned with and gave the spectators a thrilling finish. In addition, the Broncos’ performance in the conference tournament not only turned some heads, it also earned them their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1993. Even for those who didn’t see the game in person, it was still riveting for those who were able to follow the action via the latest audio and visual technology on the market. With the right computer and the correct link, one can see the game through Live Stats or a live video feed from the game or hear it over a streamed radio broadcast. The advent of technology such as this has made it possible for those who can’t be there, whether it’s due to insufficient funds, prior commitments or lack of proximity, to have the game at their fingertips. And for yours truly, who couldn’t be there, it was a great sight to see and hear. Despite the fact that they did not win the tournament after losing to No. 1 seed UC San Diego, 9-2, in the title game, the Broncos can stand tall knowing they eliminated more teams than any other team in the tournament. Even more impressive is that they accomplished this while being the No. 4 seed longshot. The Broncos knocked out No. 2 seed Sonoma State, 11-4, and No. 3 seed Chico State, 13-2, both on Friday. And although the Tritons won their third-straight CCAA Championship tournament title on Sunday, the Broncos were better in certain categories. Most noteworthy of these is the team’s batting average for the series. In their five games, the Broncos had a team batting average of .361 (65 for 179) compared to the Tritons’ .333. Also impressive is their See TURF/Pg. 12
Staff Writer Upon entering its first CCAA Championship tournament since 2005 in which it was the runnerup, the Cal Poly Pomona baseball team earned an NCAA Tournament berth after eliminating both Sonoma State and Chico State on Friday before losing to UC San Diego in the championship game. Once the final two teams suffered a loss to each other, the tournament culminated in a three-hour championship game on Saturday, which the Broncos lost 9-2. In spite of the loss, the Broncos improved their overall record to 33-21 after winning three of the five games they played during the weekend. Best of all, the Broncos’ NCAA Tournament berth, an at-large bid, marked the first time since 1993 that the Broncos have made it this far. “[I’m] really excited for our program, and the steps we’re making forward,” said head coach Randy Betten. The Broncos will play Western Oregon Thursday at 1 p.m. in La Jolla. With senior outfielder Travis Taijeron on base, the Broncos jumped out to a 2-0 lead on junior infielder Chris Miller’s two-run home run in the first inning. However, the Tritons answered with three runs in the third to lead 3-2, and the Broncos never recovered. The Tritons scored four more runs in the fourth, two in the sixth and two in the ninth to defeat the Broncos, 9-2, earning the 2011 CCAA Championship title. The other game the
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Senior utility player Tyson Edwards (right) takes batting practice on May 3. With eight CCAA games left in the season, the Broncos were preparing for a pivotal four-game series against Cal State Monterey Bay. Broncos lost this weekend was in the opening round against the Tritons, 9-6, on Thursday. Leading 1-0 in the first, Tritons senior catcher Kellen Lee hit a solo home run in the second to give the Tritons a 2-0 lead. In the third, Lee hit another home run, a tworun shot, along with senior infielder Blake Tagmyer, to extend the Tritons lead to 6-0. After sophomore outfielder Danny Susdorf’s fourthinning solo home run, the Tritons led 7-0. In the eighth, however, the Broncos ended the shutout with sophomore outfielder Jordan Whitman’s tworun home run and junior outfielder Mike Santora’s two-run double, trimming the Tritons lead to 7-4. Susdorf hit another home run in the eighth and scored one more on an RBI single, giving the Tritons a five-run 9-4 lead to enter the ninth. Cal Poly Pomona recovered two runs on freshman infielder Humberto Tovalin’s double, but the rally fell short with the Tritons winning 9-6. Facing elimination on Friday against Sonoma State, the Broncos defeated the Seawolves, 11-4. “Our team is full of a bunch of tough minded kids,” said
senior utility player Tyson Edwards. “That’s something I believe in. Our character is just off the charts on this team.” Taijeron broke a scoreless tie by hitting his 17th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the third that also brought freshman infielder Ryan Goodman home. Taijeron’s double in the fourth allowed Goodman to score, making the score 3-0. The Broncos led 5-0 in the fifth, but the Seawolves trimmed the lead to two, 5-3, when they scored three times in the sixth after getting RBIs off a single, a triple, and a double in that order. Cushioning their lead, the Broncos scored six runs in the sixth on good base running. The highlights of the inning were RBI doubles by junior catcher Jenzen Torres and senior outfielder Stephen Gonzalez, which scored Whitman and Miller, respectively, to lead 11-3. Redshirt sophomore Kevin Bosson earned his 10th win of the season. Bosson (103) pitched eight innings in which he gave up three runs, seven hits and one walk while striking out six. The Broncos later played against Chico State on Friday night and defeated the Wildcats, 13-2.
In the first, the Broncos unloaded with five runs, made possible by Edwards’ three-run home run and Gonzalez’ two-run home run. The Wildcats earned their two runs on sophomore catcher Ben Manlove’s solo home runs in the fourth and seventh innings. Highlighting the Broncos’ four remaining runs was Whitman’s solo home run in the seventh to give Cal Poly Pomona a 12-2 lead. Junior pitcher Geoff Broussard was credited with the win. Broussard (2-1) pitched eight innings, giving up two runs, eight hits and three walks while striking out seven. “Nobody expected us to win,” Broussard said. “Nobody expected us to be in this position. It just gave us more fight.” With the victory against Chico State, the Broncos advanced to the championship round of the tournament, setting the stage for a rematch between the Broncos and the Tritons. Saturday began with the Broncos defeating the Tritons, 14-12. The win snapped the Tritons 19-game winning streak and forced a second game to decide the tournament.
In the more than three hour thriller, Whitman’s solo home run and Miller’s tworun single gave the Broncos an early 3-0 in the first. Although the Tritons tied the game in the third, 3-3, the Broncos scored six runs in the fourth to lead 9-3. The fourth was highlighted by junior infielder Allen Rodarte’s two-run home run. Leading by 10 in the bottom of the seventh, 13-3, the Tritons answered with a four-run seventh, and after Edwards solo home run in the top of the eighth, the Tritons scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth to trim the Broncos lead to two, 14-12. Fortunately for the Broncos, the Tritons failed to score in the ninth. “Our character is what got us through to this point,” Edwards said. “Everyone is willing to lay it on the line for each other ... Everyone is about the team, and that’s what it takes to be a championship team, and I feel like this team could do some damage.” At weekend’s end, the Tritons, Seawolves and Wildcats have overall records of 41-13, 33-19 and 30-20, respectively. Reach Amelia Fritsch at:
Gonzalez a quiet competitor on the field Santa Ana native Stephen Gonzalez lets his stats and skills on the baseball field speak for themselves TIFFANY ROESLER
Staff Writer Stephen Gonzalez is a 6-foot-5-inch outfielder who may not say much, but give him a glove, a bat, and a ball and he’ll surprise you. The senior from Santa Ana joined the Cal Poly Pomona baseball team for the 2010 season and impacted it greatly, hitting .286 while earning a .927 fielding percentage. This season, Gonzalez has hit .351, with 26 hits – seven of which were doubles – as well as 14 RBIs. Defensively, he has a .953 fielding percentage with 40 put outs and two assists. “It’s good [having him on the team] because he really helps offensively and defensively because he’s a left fielder,” said junior
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Senior outfielder Stephen Gonzalez mentally prepares himself before boarding a bus for Stockton with the rest of the Cal Poly Pomona baseball team. catcher Jenzen Torres. “He’s really put together our lineup.” Head coach Randy Betten said Gonzalez had a real impact in the team’s performance when he joined. “He has been a pivotal
role,” said head coach Randy Betten. “He came in here late with some academic issues and has really been an adrenaline shot for us. Just his presence has been quite impressive for us.” Gonzalez may be quiet,
but his talent and drive stand out on the field. “I think he’s a real internal competitor, but very externally quiet,” said Betten. “He’s kind of like a workman’s day – he goes out there and does what he has to do. He’s been a good addition to our playoff run here.” In a sport where there’s pretty much stats for everything a player does out on the field, Gonzalez’s personal stats and accomplishes aren’t his top priority. His focus remains on the team, its improvement and its well-being. “I really enjoy all the wins,” said Gonzalez. “That’s what I really look forward to.” Gonzalez’s passion for America’s pastime started at a very young age. “I just grew up playing catch with my dad, and that’s how I started,” said Gonzalez. “My dad also used to play softball, so I watched him [and was] like all little kids who want to be like their dad. It was the first organized sport I played, and I looked up to big league players.” Inspired by his dad,
Gonzalez considers himself as a family guy and loves to spend time with his family as much as he can. Surfing, hiking, camping, and volunteering are among his list of hobbies. “What most people don’t know about me is that I like doing volunteer stuff,” said Gonzalez. “I volunteer at an inpatient physical therapy hospital. I really enjoy that. You get to work with nurses and physical therapists and see how people recover.” The kinesiology student would like to be a high school science teacher of some sort as well as a baseball coach or “just finding anything that works,” while allowing for free time on the weekends. “We’re going to miss him a lot,” Torres said. “He’s been real good for the past two years for us so we’ll miss him.” An all-around player, Gonzalez has left an impression on the program as well as his teammates. Sometimes, it’s the quiet ones that will amaze you. Reach Tiffany Roesler at:
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Ruffolo a student-athlete without limits San Dimas native is proof that it is possible to balance being a student-athlete with the demands of parenthood ANGELICA VILLAREAL
Staff Writer Being a student is difficult. Reason would say that grades, sports and a job would be enough to push someone to their limit. To junior distance runner Juliana Ruffolo of the Cal Poly Pomona track and field team, the word “limit” is not in her vocabulary. On the track, Ruffolo is a distance runner, but off the track, she is not only a student; she is also a working single mother. “I don’t set limits for myself and what I can do,” Ruffolo said. “I take things day by day.” Ruffolo’s main event is the women’s 5,000-meter race. Her best race this year occurred at the Pomona Pitzer Invitational on April 9 in which she finished 15th with a time of 18 minutes, 16.24 seconds. During the same meet, Ruffolo ran her best race in the women’s 1,500, finishing 22nd with a time of 4:54.70. “She’s a great asset to our team,” said head coach Troy Johnson. “She’s worked really hard and achieved some success this spring. I would definitely like to see
her in the top seven next year.” Johnson said that Ruffolo and everyone on the team are pretty close. They all work together and push each other to do better. Ruffolo said she wants to be a conference champion for track next season. She will be running crosscountry in both the summer and fall and hopes to earn a spot in the team’s top five. Sophomore Tiffany Dinh, Ruffolo’s teammate, said that Ruffolo made her feel she was capable of putting all the effort she could in whatever she wanted to do. “She fits in well with everyone,” said Dinh. “I like how she cares and hopes for the best for all of us.” Running has been a great passion of Ruffolo’s ever since her sophomore year at Charter Oak High School in Covina. She played soccer for 10 years before she started running cross-country and track. Her older brother, Danny Ruffolo, played a huge role in inspiring and encouraging her to try the sport. “My brother ran for track,” said Ruffolo. “He told me that I should try it one day, so I did. At all the meets he’s gone to watch, I’ve done really well. He’s my good luck charm.” Above being a determined athlete and family-oriented, Ruffolo is a scholar. She won the Woman’s Opportunity Award scholarship during winter quarter of this year.
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Junior Juliana Ruffolo of the Cal Poly Pomona track and field team stretches before her workout. She has competed in both the women’s 1,500-meter race and the 5,000 and will also run cross-country in the fall for the Broncos. Even though she has won several awards, however, she persists to do better. The San Dimas native ran track and field at Mt. SAC prior to transferring to Cal Poly Pomona. She placed eighth in the 1,500 at the 2007 Ben Brown
Invitational and earned the Most Improved Runner Award. After a two-year break from school, Ruffolo last fall transferred to Cal Poly Pomona. On top of progressing as an athlete, she manages to maintain a
3.0 GPA, work weekends and take care of her 3-yearold son, Branden Ruffolo. During her time out of school, Ruffolo said she really had to take some time to think about what she needed to do after having her son. She decided
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Junior Temecula native Jennifer Adams loves the outdoors and is skilled with both the javelin and the pole vault ELAINE ALLUIN
Staff Writer Junior Jennifer Adams of the Cal Poly Pomona track and field team is a hard working and determined athlete. “Jennifer is a strong, sarcastic person who will stretch herself thin to get the job done,” said Neil Macrorie, Adams’ teammate. Adams participates in the pole vault competitions. She has a personal best of 10-02 in the pole vault, which she earned at the Triton Invitational on April 23. This year, she added the javelin throw to her list of events, earning a top mark of 88-06 in the javelin during the Triton Invitational on April 23. “She competes, in my opinion, the toughest event in track and field which, is the pole vault,” said head coach Troy Johnson. “It takes athletic ability that you have to basically coordinate with gymnastic skills as well as running and jumping skills.” Adams has been running track since the sixth grade where she originally started as a short distance sprinter. When she entered high school, she challenged herself to compete in the pole vault. The fourth-year animal health science student got into track and field because her friend was very active in sports and convinced her to join the school team. “Once I walked onto our team I never looked back,” said Adams. “Track has been my life ever since.”
that she wanted to show him how to be responsible and finish college with a bachelor’s degree in apparel merchandising and management. “I just told myself that I had to go back to school,” said Ruffolo. “Running and school go hand in hand. I wouldn’t do one without the other.” She aspires to own her own business after graduating and said that she tries not to stress out about things that are too far into the future. “I would drive myself crazy if I thought about all the things I would need to do for weeks in advanced,” said Ruffolo. She said that having a schedule and being persistent in following it is important. Ruffolo runs every morning at 6:30 a.m. She then goes to school for the rest of the day and picks up her son around 4 p.m. While taking care of her son, she does her homework. In order to support her son, she works during the weekends. “Juliana can do a lot of things other college students probably couldn’t handle to do,” said Dinh. “She runs early in the morning, studies, gets good grades and works to support her son. With all the struggles she’s gone through, she never complains. She’s amazing.”
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Junior Jennifer Adams of the Cal Poly Pomona track and field team trains five days a week in both the women’s javelin throw and the women’s pole vault. Adams hopes to continue competing after college. Her parents have become her biggest supporters. As she progressed in the team and started to compete in track and field, her motivation is to make sure she is giving her best for the team. “Her work ethic is strong, said Macrorie. “She gets what needs to be done and doesn’t stall. She is supportive and brings healthy competition to the team.” The team has become part of her family over the years. She strives to make them proud and challenges herself by setting goals at every competition. “It is extremely frustrating when I don’t perform to my fullest potential and I know I have let them down,” said Adams. “I now use that feeling of frustration to push myself to achieve the next goal.” Adams trains throughout the year Monday through Friday. With the addition
of the javelin this year, her practices run about threeand-a-half to four hours a day with competitions on Saturdays. She does a sprint workout three days a week and practices vaulting and performing technique drills twice a week. “We encourage practice,” said Johnson. “Practice doesn’t make perfect; it makes permanent. We try to work on the right thing so that they can be permanently etched in their mind.” As a result of all of the practice it led to one of Adams’ biggest accomplishments. “It was actually a couple weeks ago at our competition at UCSD,” said Adams. “The opening height was my personal record, and I was unsure of how well I was going to do. “With the motivation of my team and my coaches, I managed to make a new personal record and push
myself to another level of vault that I hadn’t reached before.” This is Adams’ last year of being on the track team she was determined this year to get a personal record in pole vault and to place at conference in javelin. Her graduating goal is to continue to compete and try to perfect the techniques of vault and javelin. The Temecula native chose Cal Poly Pomona because it offered her major and it felt like a perfect match for her because of the atmosphere. Adams loves animals and always tried to help them as a child. “I have known ever since I was a small child that I was going to work with animals,” said Adams. “I used to force my parents to let me take home injured pets so that I could nurse them back to health.” With her demanding schedule Adams tries to
find a balance with her athletics and academics. Her main priority, as a student-athlete, is to excel in school. She is an outdoors person, she enjoys kayaking, camping, hiking, or hanging out at the beach with friends. Adams also enjoys reading and playing with her pets. Adams has an interest in exotic animals and owns two flying squirrels. After graduation, Adams plans on taking the state board exam to become a registered veterinary technologist and work as a physical therapist with animals. She hopes to continue to compete in track and field. “I have been doing it for so long, the idea of no longer [having] track as part of my life seems foreign,” said Adams.
record. At the end of weekend play, the Broncos improved their overall record to 33-21 (.611). The last time the Broncos had a record this good or better was 1980, when the Broncos finished the year 42-25-1 (.627). For those who don’t know, 1980 was the secondto-last season in which the Broncos won the NCAA Div. II National Championship. Back then, however, the Broncos were the favorite to win in every game they played. These days, in face of budget cuts, the Broncos have become the underdog. One of many things that history has proven is that almost everyone loves the underdog. Whether one compares the Broncos to David when he killed Goliath or the Milan High School men’s basketball team, whose 1954 run to the Indiana state championship was the inspiration for the 1986 movie “Hoosiers,” the Broncos fit the “underdog” label nicely. For this reason among others, whether the Cal Poly Pomona community follows the game in person or through a computer, it will be thoroughly entertained and thrilled about the support it will give its Broncos as they play into the 2011 NCAA Div. II Tournament and beyond.
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Track and field team members qualify for nationals Corder, Thomas and Walkington earn qualifying marks at Cal State L.A. Last Chance Qualifier on Saturday GLORIA GONZALEZ
Staff Writer Due to their impressive performances on Saturday at the Cal State L.A. Last Chance Qualifier, junior Tramieka Thomas, freshman Heather Corder and senior Lance Walkington will officially be representing Cal Poly Pomona track and field at the NCAA national championship meet. The meet served as a final qualifying opportunity for NAIA and NCAA Div. I, II and III teams to qualify for the NCAA Championship meet on May 26-27 in Turlock. In the women’s long jump, Thomas finished third with a distance of 18-08, not only breaking her personal record but qualifying her for the national meet. Thomas also qualified for nationals in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.10 seconds, in which Corder also qualified with a personal record time of 13.99. “It’s really exciting to qualify for nationals for two events,” said Thomas. “Long jump kind of came as a surprise, but hurdles, I knew I had a time of a low14 seconds in me.” Thomas is not only excited to go to nationals, but she is also thankful and appreciative of all the hard work and dedication her
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Senior Jersain Torres leaps over the beam during the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase during the Cal State L.A. Last Chance Qualifier meet on Saturday. coaches have devoted to her training. Corder is also very proud to be representing the Broncos in Turlock and very excited about qualifying for nationals as a freshman. “It feels amazing,” said Corder. “I’m really happy
with today’s performance because I have been trying to go under 14 seconds my whole track career, and today, I got 13.99.” In the field on the men’s side, senior Lance Walkington placed third in the javelin throw with a distance of 199-00, giving
the Broncos their third official qualifier for the national meet. “I think the people that are going to nationals are definitely going to be competitive,” said head coach Troy Johnson. “I believe they are going to do a great job up there for us.”
Placing fourth in the men’s 400 was senior Carter Griffin with a time of 48.33, followed by senior Corey Arnold, who placed sixth with a time of 48.51. Both Griffin and Arnold have not officially qualified for nationals, but their times helped raise their national standings, and Griffin believes that they both have very high chances of qualifying for the national meet. “I’m not too nervous,” said Griffin. “I’m pretty confident that I will get in so I’m not too worried about it.” Even though the men’s 4x400 relay team placed first in its race with a time of 3:13.46, it was still not low enough to qualify it for nationals. “Sometimes, it’s kind of sad that it comes down to a last chance qualifier meet,” said Johnson. “The character and heart of my men’s 4x400-meter relay team makes me wish it did not have to come down to this.” The 4x400 relay team had high hopes of qualifying for nationals and consisted of Arnold, Griffin, sophomore Matt Boudreau and junior Jacob Deavers. “Sometimes, you get injuries during the season, and sometimes, some people are on a good roll, and sometimes, some are on a bad roll,” said Johnson. “But getting everybody on the same page at the same time is something that I need to focus on the next time I get a group of quarter-milers together like I had this year.” Johnson’s goal next year is to be able to get his 4x400 team to run its best a
lot earlier, so that they are not at a last chance meet trying to qualify. Even though only a few Broncos qualified for nationals, other members of the team had respectable performances at Cal State Los Angeles as well. In the men’s 3,000 steeplechase, senior Jersain Torres came in first with a time of 9:31.90. Junior Diana Zapata placed second in the women’s 1,500 with a time of 4:38.73. Placing third in the men’s 1,500 meter was sophomore Ryan Carrell finished with a time of 3:58.71. “I’m proud of my athletes,” said Johnson. “I think our team and our track and field program has done some great tremendous things this year that we can appreciate, and that our school can appreciate, so overall, it was a great outstanding year.” Johnson is not the only one who has these thoughts about the team this year. “This was the team that I enjoyed the most,” said Griffin. “This was the best team I have ever been involved with. They were very motivating, and they were just overall fun.” Now that the chances for qualifying are over, Johnson said he is looking forward to the national meet coming up in a few weeks. By his account, they will be most likely taking about five athletes up to Turlock, but they will have to wait and see what happens today, when the final results of who qualified for nationals are released. Reach Gloria Gonzalez at:
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