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Revisiting MLK Jr.’s dream RACHEL WINTER

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Animals ham it up for the camera Katie O’ Laughlin / The Poly Post

Introducing the other residents at Cal Poly Pomona. Turn to page 7 in the Lifestyle section to see a photo spread highlighting the animals of the university.

ASI appoints new student leaders JASMINE LOWE

Correspondent Associated Students, Inc. announced last week that Jonathan Jung and Angela Ingco were appointed as associate justices. Both Jung and Ingco now make up the Judiciary Branch along with Rose

ate justices’ seats normally are not used during the year. “If a student files a complaint, we would review and carefully interpret it making sure there is a fair ruling for the student and that the student has a valid complaint,” said Jung. The judiciary branch represents the students on

campus. Jung said he believes students have a right to speak about any schoolrelated concerns and that the judiciary branch is there to make sure there is a fair argument. “As an associate justice, we are unbiased toward the people who are complainSee ASI/Pg. 2

“This is a very serious issue,” Renford Reese said as he began the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. “Some of these issues that we dealt with in the 1960s, we are still dealing with ... today.” Reese, a political science professor at Cal Poly Pomona, led the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on Wednesday in the University Library. Reese hosted a forum on the Civil Rights Movement, and showed segments from the documentary “Eyes on the Prize,” which was followed by a discussion. During the forum, Reese informed students about the Civil Rights Movement and posed questions to the attendees. Reese said the United States’ Constitution actually embraced the institution of slavery, and although the Constitution is noble and used as an example around the world, it is flawed. “If you were slaves right now and you were freed, what would you do?” said Reese. “Party for maybe 24 hours? What about 72 hours after? You’re going to wonder what to do about food and then you had to go to your old owner or someone else’s, and he would give you 10 percent of land and charge you for it.” Those in attendance said Reese addressed the subject matter head on. “He’s not afraid to put the issues out there,” said Michelle Eggers, a fifth-year psychology student. “I wish all educators were like him.” See MLK/Pg. 5

Kabir, who took the position of chief justice last quarter. Ahmed El Beyali took to the elections chair position in the executive board’s cabinet last week as well. “The two [associate justices] help the chief justice with any judiciary matters that the ASI may encounter,

and the elections chair runs the elections process so things go smoothly,” said Ismael Souley, ASI president. The appointees previously elected to the student government, former associate justices Joy Chang and Robert Ward, left the seats vacant because the associ-

of the College of Agriculture is that a non-academic program expansion is going to cost academic programs and the College of Agriculture considerable expenditures.” Senator Peter Kilduff, an apparel merchandising and management professor, was also worried the firm had no plan indicating how the College of Agriculture’s fields would be re-accommodated after being built over. Scott Smith, the Sasaki Associates, Inc. architect who presented the Master Plan to the Academic Senate, said the Master Plan was the result of many conversations the firm had with people who attended the open campus forums and conferences. “We have talked to all the groups on campus, we believe at this point that [the Master Plan] represents the largest consensus,” said Smith. “Please don’t think See SENATE/Pg. 4

Scott Smith, an architect for Sasaki Associates, Inc., addresses the Academic Senate on Wednesday as attendees listen to a presentation on the university’s proposed Master Plan.

Campus Master Plan called into question During Academic Senate meeting concerns were discussed regarding proposed athletic fields’ effect on College of Agriculture


Staff Writer During last Wednesday’s Academic Senate meeting, representatives from the College of Agriculture expressed their displeasure with the draft of the Campus Master Plan. Several faculty members were concerned with the prospect of building new athletic fields over land being used as classrooms for agriculture students. “You’re going to make homeless 50 to 100 hogs, about 110 goats and sheep,” said Doug Lewis, the associate dean of the College of Agriculture. “The concern

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International law discussed

Dukakis to speak on campus

University Library hosts presentation addressing issues including WikiLeaks, international travel and safety JOE MARTONE

Staff Writer Donald Page and Julie Shen, two Cal Poly Pomona reference librarians, organized a presentation regarding international law last Thursday in the University Library. The presentation gave a brief overview of Julian Assange, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, and the possibility of him facing extradition and treason, as well as the safety issues found when traveling abroad. The information concerning WikiLeaks was a

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Donald Page, reference instruction librarian at the University Library, speaks about international law at a presentation Thursday. brief overview of the current and previous exploits of Assange. The Australian native received fame and notoriety when he leaked classified global informa-

tion through his organization’s website, WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks, a non-profit organization started in 2006, is known for distributing private informa-

tion through anonymous sources. The information released is expansive and varied, ranging from the contents of Sarah Palin’s See LAW/Pg. 4

Miller said tips legally do not have to be reported if they are less than $20 a month. When they are reported, they have to be accounted for and recorded by the employers, and the employee must be properly reimbursed. Miller said most CPP employees were only averaging around $7 to $8 a month in tips. “We were spending a lot of time and energy tracking those tips, and we had no legal obligation to do that,” said Miller. “It kind of goes against the mission of the university. We’re not here to make money. We’re not here to create wealth for food workers. We’re here to provide a service.” Employees still have a

way of making extra money while they work on campus. “If you say ‘keep the change,’ they can keep the change,” said Miller. In addition, the Foundation does not do much when someone does not report they are receiving tips. “A person has an individual obligation to follow the rules,” said Miller. “The only thing to stop them from breaking the rules is their own conscience.” Miller said the Foundation has yet to run into that problem, adding that it will “figure out a solution” if the need ever arises for one. Not everyone is satisfied with the decision. Jennifer Waggener has worked at Cal Poly Pomona since 2007. Though she

now works at the Denny’s All Nighter, she recalls how tips made her feel when she worked last year at Round Table Pizza. “It was nice,” said Waggener. “It really showed us the customers appreciated us and that was really cool.” Waggener said tips were split equally among her coworkers, despite difference in rank. Despite the new rule, Freshens Smoothies and Frozen Treats in the BSC still have the tip jar out. “We separate tips at the end of the quarter,” said Daniel Pimentel, an employee and psychology student.

Foundation prohibits employee tips


Staff Writer The organization overseeing Cal Poly Pomona’s food vendors has disallowed its employees from taking tips. “We don’t want anybody to be economically harmed by our decision,” said Dennis Miller, director of employee services at the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, who was heavily involved in the decision. Miller said there were a lot of hassles with reporting tips. “We spent a lot of time and energy in an activity that we were not required by law to conduct,” said Miller. “We’re going to change the way we do business.”

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ing and the issues as well,” said Ingco. The students at Cal Poly Pomona haven’t had any complaints to file and as a result, haven’t used the judiciary branch. “Typically we don’t get that many complaints,” said ASI Vice President, Jonathan Jianu. “We haven’t used [the judiciary branch] this year yet … and it was not used last year or two years ago either.” ASI would like to encourage the use of the judiciary branch the year following the election of the new appointees. The judiciary branch, directed by the judiciary rules of procedures, will resume its job of the dispensation and administration of penalties for any grievances submitted by the groups and clubs on campus. The elections chair also is not active until the spring quarter when elections take


Former Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Dukakis will be speaking at the Bronco Student Center in Ursa Major next Tuesday. The speech by the former Massachusetts governor is titled, “Public Service, A Great Career.” The event is sponsored by the Dean of the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences, Carol Richardson and organized by the Department of Political Science and Master of Public Administration. Dukakis served two terms as the governor of Massachusetts. Before that, he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for four terms. The 77-year-old Dukakis has gone on to become a professor of political science at Northwestern University. He has since served on the board of Amtrak, as a visiting professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University and a visiting professor at the Department of Public Policy at the School of Public Affairs at UCLA. He is also a founding member of The Next Generation

Initiative, a non-profit educational foundation focused on engaging young men and women and empowering them with leadership skills.

Cleaner water on campus Cal Poly Pomona plans to build a $2.4 million water filtration facility on campus. The 4,300-square-foot facility is scheduled to be built on Eucalyptus Lane among a grove of trees across the street from the parking booth on Kellogg Drive. The construction of the building is slated to start in mid-March and expected to be completed in 2012. The cost of the facility will be covered by a Department of Public Health grant. The grant is a result of the passage of Proposition 84 in 2006 by California voters. The facility will employ reverse osmosis and a variety of filters in order to eliminate nitrates, perchlorates and dissolved solids in the groundwater. The use of reverse osmosis has been used in the production of major bottled water such as Aquafina.

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(Left to right) Jonathan Jung and Angela Ingco are the newly appointed associate justices of ASI, while Ahmed El Beyali takes the position of elections chair. place. My job consists of setting up elections for next year,” said El Beyali. “I do a bit of policing and paper work in order to make sure [candidates] don’t mess around

with the rules.” ASI would like to continue its mission of leadership for the students of Cal Poly Pomona by promoting culturally diverse collaborative partnerships, cam-

pus pride, as well as high quality facilities, programs and services to the campus community. Reach Jasmine Lowe at:

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OTHER INCIDENT JAN. 13, 7:18 a.m. An incident occurred at the University Library. A person locked his bike at the library near Starbucks and lost his key. He reported to University Police that he would remove his bike with bolt-cutters. Disposition: Assisted.

JAN. 13, 12:01 p.m. An incident occurred at the Marketplace. An employee at the salad bar was threatening suicide and was acting strangely. Disposition: Report Taken.




JAN. 15, 1:26 p.m. An incident occurred at Montecito Hall. A bicycle was stolen. Disposition: Report Taken.

JAN. 16, 5:10 p.m. An incident occurred at the CLA building. Three students, including one with a camera and one with a large net, were seen by the Japanese Garden. Disposition: Return to normal duty.

JAN. 18, 7:00 p.m. An incident occurred at the University Union. Three male subjects were selling magazines targeting women near the credit union. Disposition: Advised / Complied

JAN. 12, 11:45 p.m. An incident occurred at Encinitas Hall. A student turned in a bag of marijuana to the resident advisor. Disposition: Return to normal duty.




JAN. 13, 4:38 p.m. An incident occurred at Los Olivos. A female student with asthma was having difficulty breathing. Disposition: Assisted.

JAN. 14, 7:44 p.m. An incident occurred at the University Village. A report was made that a Hispanic male with a shaved head and wearing a white T-shirt and jeans in his twenties was seen carrying a gun case. Disposition: Report Taken.



JAN. 19, 3:35 p.m. An incident occurred on Kellogg Drive. There were 15 to 20 people jogging through the archery area, ignoring an instructor’s advice. Disposition: Unable to Locate.

JAN. 19, 9:53 a.m. An incident occurred at the CLA building. A person was stuck in elevator B near the first floor. Disposition: Assisted.

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Broke, not broken GREG TOUMASSIAN

Editor-in-Chief The broke college student is a staple of higher education. The cost of books, supplies, food, gas and a life outside of classes tallies up quickly and empties pockets with amazing speed. However, There is a low point tried and true college students experience at least once. Being completely broke. A point where the sheer thought of one’s bank account balance brings fits of hysterical laughter and life contemplation. A point where using mint-flavored toothpaste to liven up a bread sandwich doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. A point I seem to be at on a week-to-week basis. It’s not terrible being dirt poor. It teaches a lot of patience and resilience. Besides, do I really need to eat lunch or dinner or anything today? What better way to trim off those pesky freshmen 15 than by not eating for days at a time? Being broke also promotes recycling. Floss, cotton swabs and even paper plates gain new life when funds are low or non-existent. Is it bad that a person’s life savings couldn’t fund a movie night or a round of miniature golf? With an optimistic view, one could argue it isn’t such a bad thing. Movie nights don’t promote the value of 99-cent burritos, and mini-golf doesn’t teach the important lesson of stocking up on napkins and packets of ketchup at fast food restaurants. And forget the value of a buck. When a person is broke, the value of a penny starts to look more appealing. Being dirt poor is something a lot of college students have had to deal with and will continue to do so. See UNFILTERED/Pg. 5

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Instructor Katie Steen, a sixth-year nutrition student, leads her Winter Boot Camp class in a round of stretches on Wednesday.

Winter workouts at the BSC AARON BAGAMASPAD

Staff Writer As the beginning of the Bronco Fitness Center’s first session of Winter Boot Camp drew near, students waited for the arrival of the instructor. The wait was over as Katie Steen, a sixth-year food and nutrition student, approached the group of students and introduced herself to the class. The group’s desire for a healthier lifestyle took

them to Ursa Minor in the Bronco Student Center, where a room of yoga balls, medicine balls, hurdles and free weights awaited them. Steen’s personality and experience as a personal trainer made for a comfortable environment for the participants. “Anyone can join,” said Steen. “You don’t have to be a Bronco Fitness member. It’s $65 if you’re not a member, and it’s $55 if you are.” Winter Boot Camp is

more than just an average trip to the gym. The workouts encourage participants to push each other throughout the entire class. “The program is geared toward people who like working out mainly in groups,” said Steen. “It’s for people who aren’t too familiar with different exercises they can do and do them safely. And that’s why we have a personal trainer.” As upbeat music fills the room, students and the in-

structor take part in warm up exercises to prepare their bodies for the upcoming workout. From jumping jacks to running in place, everything is done in order to make sure heart rates are racing and oxygen is flowing through everyone’s body. After the warm ups, Steen leads the students through a series of stretches, assuring that participants’ muscles are prepared and ready for boot

camp by engaging the core, legs and arms. A number of stations are set up according to how many students showed up. Each student starts at one station and rotates to the next exercise after every minute. This ensures participants are constantly moving and keeps hearts pumping fast. “Everything’s different,” said Steen. “We like to vary it. Sometimes we’re in the Group X room, sometimes See BOOT CAMP/Pg. 5

Taking the GWT at Cal Poly Pomona KATHY NGUYEN

Staff Writer Every Cal Poly Pomona student must face the Graduate Writing Test sooner or later. “For undergrads, it becomes available to them after 90 units, and it becomes mandatory after 120 units,” said Jacob Feldman, GWT consultant at the University Writing Center. “You get a hold on your record if you don’t. At the very least, register for it. You don’t have to pass, you just have to register for it.” Graduate students are required to take the GWT upon admission. “I found out about the GWT through orientation,” said Lyle Evans, a fourth-year agricultural studies student. “I was a transfer student, though.” Students have multiple opportunities to take the GWT because it is offered near the beginning of each quarter. Students must sign up through BroncoDirect and pay an $18 fee before the day of the test.

The test is given in Building 5, where students can check in 30 minutes before their scheduled test time. “I thought it was pretty easy,” said Jeanaye Mason, a third-year chemical engineering student. “I just came in one Saturday morning and took it.” One month later, students can look up their score on BroncoDirect. The GWT is scored by two faculty members who can award up to six points. Students need to receive a score of seven to pass. “Eighty percent of students pass it the first time around,” said Feldman. “Of that remaining 20 percent, half of them will pass it with preparation work in the writing center either with tutors or workshops.” Students who have attempted the GWT twice may apply for a hybrid course: CPU 401. Successful completion of the coursework will show the students as having met the GWT requirements. Students who did not complete the coursework successfully may qualify for the GWT waiver. Students who have attempted the

GWT three times may apply for the waiver through a general petition. In order to qualify for a GWT waiver, the student must first write six essays that are each revised at least once by the Learning Resource Center, University Writing Center or through the Educational Opportunity Program’s tutorial services. Next, the student must take the GWT once more. If he or she does not pass, a waiver package can be submitted to the Office of Academic Problems. “If they want to know why they didn’t do well on the test, they can request their test from the test center,” said Feldman. “Then they can just bring it in and make an appointment here, and we can give some indicators as to why they probably failed. But the best thing for students to do for preparation is to get some of the topics that we have, write practice essays in an environment that emulates the test.” Feldman said a vast majority of the GWT prompts are persuasive essays.

Most prompts fall under two categories: one that asks the student to form an opinion and back it up with facts, and one that asks the student to write about the best qualities of an object or person. “There was a weird [prompt] a couple of quarters ago about … describe a time when you were in an earthquake or some other natural disaster,” said Feldman. “A lot of students were very confused by it because it had a strong narrative element to it.” Despite the potential for confusion, Feldman said the prompts don’t need any prior knowledge in order to write on them. “They tend to be fairly uninteresting topics but their goal isn’t to be interesting,” said Feldman. “It’s to give an opportunity to exhibit your writing abilities so they’re not trying to make it too hard.” The GWT will be offered again on April 16. Reach Kathy Nguyen at:



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This Week: Tuesday, Jan. 25 Noon Brown Bag with James Kim: Professor James Kim will present his findings at Studio 6 on a comparative study about teaching his political science course in online/hybrid/face-to-face modes. Tuesday, Jan. 25 Noon PowerPoint Workshop: The University Library is offering a workshop

on the basics of PowerPoint. Participants will learn to create effective presentations by integrating several tools. Wednesday, Jan. 26 Noon First Responder Training on Dating & Domestic Violence: The training is at noon in the England Evans room, BSC. Lunch will be provided to all participants who RSVP. Wednesday, Jan. 26

Noon Conversation with Dr. Cheryl Wyrick: The interim associate dean for the College of Business Administration, speaks about her pathways to leadership in the CSU system. A light lunch will be provided at the Faculty Center for Professional Development in Building 1, room 228. Thursday, Jan. 27 8 p.m. Student/Faculty Dance

Concert: The Institute of New Dance and Cultures presents a concert on the Main Stage Theatre, Building 25. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 students, seniors and Cal Poly Pomona faculty and staff. Friday, Jan. 28 6:30 p.m. Culture Night: Ursa Major in the Bronco Student Center at Cal Poly Pomona.

Performance by Touzan Taiko and Nikkei Modern. Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $15 at the door. Friday Jan. 28 7:30 p.m. The Get Up Kids at the Glasshouse: Indie-rock band The Get Up Kids will be playing with Steel Train and River City Extension. Friday, Jan. 28 - 30 Times vary 62nd Grand National Roadster Show:

Five hundred custom roadsters competing for awards. Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for children 6 to 12 years old and free for children 5 and younger. ----If you have an event that you would like to include in next week’s issue, please send an e-mail to

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Yahoo account to unreleased documents concerning the war in Iraq. Assange faces extradition charges for his actions, and was recently bailed out after being charged and arrested for sexual assault. The presentation began with individual slips of paper that asked the viewers what smell international law would have. “A couple weeks ago, I attended a librarian conference where this was used as an icebreaker,” said Page. “It’s just to help you think about the topic from a different slant.” Anonymous responses included chemicals, dead bodies, sulfur and arsenic. Though the presentation was focused on helping students, the room was filled with faculty members. Only two students, Jeanne Marie Imdyjan, a sociology student and Garrett Porter, a computer engineering student, attended the presentation. Travelers going abroad on cruises were given pointers on examining a cruise ship’s condition to see if it was up to stan-

dards. One recurring theme of the presentation was attempting to tie the relevant matters into pop culture trends, referencing the film “Titanic” and the Drew Barrymore film “Going the Distance.” This attempt worked – Imdyjan said she loved the movies. “I came because I saw WikiLeaks,” said Imdjayn. She thought it would be interesting and was enticed by the prospect of learning about international law. Though the section was brief, Imdjayn said she learned more than she did before. Porter, who followed his friend Imdjayn to the presentation, said it was a nice introductory explanation of what international law does. The presentation was written for beginners because Shen and Page said their goal was to reach the students in a greater capacity. “We’re trying to reach out to the campus community more, to make the library a more cultural centerpiece,” said Page. Outreach was never easy for the pair.

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Julie Shen, subject librarian for business at the University Library discusses the Student Work abroad program at a presentation on international law last Thurs day. “Previously, we only got to talk to students in classes where we were invited by the faculty,” said Shen. “Now we’re trying to do more original presentations to a larger audience.” They were also moti-

vated by the desire to make the subject relevant to those on campus. Assange was a prominent example of what they wanted to discuss. “[His case is] in the news a lot,” said Page. “We

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that any group has been overlooked or not heard.” However, Martin SanchoMadriz, the human nutrition and food science chair, disagreed with that statement. “I was contacted by people in my college to express and communicate the fact that the sentiment is that the college hasn’t been heard,” said SanchoMadriz. “There are serious concerns about some of [the Master Plan’s] utilization, taking our classrooms and basically setting up a plan to use that space for something else.” The discussion continued for about 30 minutes with Smith responding to questions and comments made by senators from the different colleges. With regards to the College of Agriculture, Smith said the firm is trying to

address the college’s future needs while trying to open up space for other uses. The firm wants to achieve this by consolidating the academic colleges into one “concentrated-core,” and moving project-oriented spaces elsewhere. Sancho-Madriz said there are a lot of good ideas in the plan, but there needs to be more discussions to address the concerns of the university community, specifically the College of Agriculture. “I think a conversation with the College of Agriculture is needed before you can get a final draft of this document that is going to have academic senate support,” said Sancho-Madriz. Another item addressed at the Academic Senate meeting was the passage of a doctorate program that offers a degree in Educational

Leadership. “This is an historic moment,” said Dorothy MacNevin, Department of Education chair. She said her department has been working on this proposal for more than two years and they have planned it based on Senate Bill 724. Though the Senate approved the proposal unanimously, some members did so with caution. David Speak, a political science professor and Academic Senate vice chair, was concerned that other specialized programs would emerge at Cal Poly Pomona and move the university away from the educational mission of the CSUs. “I support this proposal, but I want to say that I worry a lot about the sort of siren call of the status of having a doctorate program,” said

Speak. “I hope that folks don’t see this as an opportunity to begin to try to be a poor-man’s [University of California, Riverside].” The Senate’s approval was only the beginning of the process. The program still needs the approval of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the California Postsecondary Education Commission, the Chancellor’s Office and the Board of Trustees before it can begin. MacNevin hopes to get the doctorate program started in the summer. “As soon as all that is accomplished and we’re given the go-ahead, we’ll be ready to start,” said MacNevin.

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brought up extradition, and his is a pretty complicated, controversial problem.” Shen said the presentation was also about the need to think globally. “We’re all citizens of the world, whether you’re

aware of it or not.” Assange is currently under house arrest in Norfolk, England. His extradition hearing will take place early next month in London. Reach Joe Martone at:


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him.” Before the documentary started, Reese spoke about the Civil Rights Movement and asked the crowd if anyone had heard of Emmett Till or Claudette Colvin – important individuals in the movement. Most of the students had not. The documentary profiled the figures Reese had mentioned, as well as gave information on the Montgomery Bus Boycott and other important events of the Civil Rights Movement. After the documentary, Reese addressed the issue of segregation still existing in America today. Reese used the example of Pomona and surrounding areas, saying if one looks at Pomona, it is mostly a Hispanic population while Chino Hills is mostly white. Other surrounding cities are either mostly Asian or African American. Telling of how he lived in a small town in Georgia, Reese said even throughout the ‘70s, there was still segregation with white people living on one side of town, and blacks on the other. “The part of town where

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Renford Reese, political science professor, speaks to an assembly of students and faculty members at a presentation in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. about his experiences with racial segregation. I lived was labeled Blacksville on the map,” said Reese. The discussion portion of the event compared Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Obama, as well as a ‘then-and-now’ analysis of 1960 to 2011. Reese had students and

staff in attendance share views on the differences and similarities of King and Obama, starting with differences. “King was considered an extremist,” said Reese, adding that King was not remembered as being civil until decades later.

“These kinds of events are very important,” said Anthony Juarez, a third-year political science student. “I think everyone needs to come to these talks.” Reese said to those in attendance that life is about treating everyone the same, whether they are the janitor

or CEO in a company, and a person is judged by how they treat people and how they live. Ending the night with a short poem entitled “One Minute” by anonymous, Reese left some members of the crowd feeling inspired. “It was amazing, you

could feel his passion about the topic,” said Kathleen Robeniol, a third-year political science student. “Especially since he’s not required to do this, but he does it because he loves it.” Reach Rachel Winter at:

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we’re in Ursa Minor ... A lot of times we’re outside, but we always have a resistant training component, a cardiovascular training component and abs. We always have abs.” With all the activity going on, Steen still manages to make sure everyone is in top shape and ready for the next round. The room livened up as

music kept the pace going and students pushed themselves to their limits. “Is everybody sweating?” said Steen. “I like all the sweat I’m seeing.” The class proved to be a challenge for the students engaged in all of the stations, working out every bit of their bodies. As the first Winter Boot Camp session came to an

end, Steen finished off the night’s class with a series of abdominal workouts while giving students advice and words of encouragement. “The program is only for you,” said Steen. “It’s not for the group. If someone else in the group feels that the exercises aren’t as hard as you do, that doesn’t mean you could give up.

It’s about moving to the next step for yourself. It’s about your own personal progress.” As the music began to die down, students and Steen gathered their belongings and headed for the door. Monica Pantoja, a fourth-year animal science student, attended the boot camp hoping to get in

shape for the summer. “It’s mainly a lot of cardio and lifting weights,” said Pantoja. “It’s a good workout. The only thing I’ve ever done was kick boxing and that’s it. But not through the Fitness Center. It’s through activities on [campus] or outside of school.” With the holidays over and several meals later, the

Bronco Fitness Center’s Winter Boot Camp offers participants a chance to shape up, keep fit and stay healthy. “Even if it’s my first time, I would definitely recommend this class,” said Pantoja.

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With some pre-planning, the situation can be much more manageable and affordable. For instance, a few emails and some web browsing can greatly reduce the cost of books. The second a person signs up for classes, he or she should take account

which professor will be teaching the course. Next, the student should e-mail the professor as soon as possible and explain his or her sad financial situation – as a broke college student – and ask for a list of the necessary texts. Then, the student needs to take the list of books

and look at various online sources – Amazon, Half. com, etc – and shop for the best deal. In most cases, ordering an older edition of a textbook will not be the end of the world. Being broke won’t be the end either. Roughing it out is normal, and it’s important to

take the whole thing in stride – or at least have a good laugh at the situation. A very wise man once gave me advice about the money I’m spending on my education and said, “It’s a sunk cost. You move on and forget about it.” It’s true. You should worry about

paying for college when you need to worry about paying for it. That’s it. Freaking out about the situation or the road ahead won’t make things any easier or less stressed in the mean time. These are supposed to be the best years, and sometimes fun has to be had at

one’s own expense. Besides, the value of humility never depreciates, and if people are too wrapped up in worrying about the cost of everything, they will never get the true education they are starving to acquire. Reach Greg Toumassian at:



Rat rods: breaking the rules EVAN PERKINS

Opinions Editor Restoring classic cars is an incredibly time consuming hobby. It often involves tedious hours of scouring catalogues and vague online databases in search of hard to find and often, quite expensive restoration parts. While the finished product is almost always worth all of the exhausting hours of labor devoted to the project, finding that exact replacement part is usually flat-out frustrating. Too many times I’ve been in a situation where a part is simply unavailable, too expensive or so poorly manufactured it’s almost unusable. This persistent issue quickly sucks the enjoyment out of restoring a car. Most gear heads have run into this common dilemma, and at some point, one of the smarter ones stopped and said, “To hell with the rules, I will build my own machine out of whatever I can find.” Hence, the rat rod was born. Well maybe that’s not exactly how it happened, but it’s a likely scenario. As someone who has always built cars that fall into rigid guidelines of what “needs” to be done and how, the concept of a rat rod seems quite alluring. Maybe my definition of rat rod is still a little on the vague side. Lets clarify. A rat rod is a home built automobile made out of virtually anything. Vintage iron undeniably has that “cool factor” newer parts do not, but when it’s to hard to find or simply to expensive, something else will always do. See RODS/Pg. 10

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Vocalist Melissa Hershey stands in front of a projection of ‘Interstella 5555,’ an animated film soundtracked with Daft Punk’s 2001 album ‘Discovery,’ which is being played live on campus Friday and Saturday.

Rediscovering Two music industry students get creative with their senior project: Melanie Alcorn and Allison Molina will present Daft Punk’s classic electronic album ‘Discovery’ CECILY ARAMBULA

Staff Writer With the help of some fellow musicians, Cal Poly Pomona students Melanie Alcorn and Allison Molina will perform Daft Punk’s landmark electronic disco-house album “Discovery” Friday and Saturday at the music department’s Recital Hall. Not only will it be an aural experience, it’ll be a visual treat as well: The performance will be synced to its counterpart movie “Interstella 5555.” With music by Daft Punk (French duo GuyManuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter) and visuals by Toei Animation, the album and animated movie revolve around the abduction and recreation of an unearthly band, integrated with concept-driven tracks. Much like Pink Floyd’s “Echoes” and its rumored counterpart film by Stanley Kubrick, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the synchronization of Daft Punk music and Japanese film “Interstella 5555” have entered a side of music not commonly charted on. In a long preparation for their senior project, Alcorn and Molina decided to take on a task that not only allowed them to plan a concert but also to produce a live performance as a fund-raiser for the music department. “Cal Poly [Pomona] really stands for learning through experience and hands on learning, and this is the best it gets,” said Molina, a seventhyear music industry student. “It is kind of scary, but this is the best opportunity for us to really try it because if we were out in the real world, money and risk is involved, so [the department] is really

giving us an opportunity.” Iris Levine, chair of the music department, agrees with Alcorn and Molina and said the concert production project has become a learning mechanism for the future. “I think it’s wonderful,” said Levine. “I think they’ve learned a lot in this process about how to organize, and it’s great to now see an end result.” This process started about two years ago when the two students saw a performance of “Echoes” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.” “It actually came down to either Pink Floyd or Daft Punk, but we chose Daft Punk because it’s never been done before here,” said Alcorn, a fifthyear music industry student, who plays percussion for the cover band. Although “Discovery” is one of their favorite albums, the execution presented numerous challenges for the aspiring music industry professionals. The first challenge was that they needed more musicians if they were going to put on a full live concert and therefore, held open auditions for those interested in being a part of the event, including non-students. The cover band consists of Bob Core, guitar and vocals; Melissa Hershey, vocoder and lead vocals; Francisco Flores, lead guitar and vocals; Joolz Largado, synthesizer and MIDI; Steven Segura, bass; and Anthony Marroquin, drums. While managing the group, Alcorn and Molina also had to determine how to play the music, resorting to both hand-written music and music played by ear. “Daft Punk, and particularly this album, is very

textured,” said Molina, who plays keyboard and provides vocals for the performance. “There is so much different instrumentation so a lot of times, we were trying to figure out the songs. We didn’t know whether the melody came from the guitar or keys, so that was very challenging.” Since the start of rehearsals in June, the cover band is finally ready to take the stage and display all of their hard work on Daft Punk favorites, such as “One More Time” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.” Although this performance is a project and a fund-raiser, the meaning of their work hits on a deeper level for Alcorn and Molina. “I remember listening to this album in high school, not even really thinking about what would come of it, and now we’re performing it live and doing this for the music department,” said Alcorn. “I feel like recreating it as my senior project is like I’ve come almost full circle.” Alcorn and Molina are proving that with some hard work, something that was once just a mere idea can evolve into something so much more. “When we talked about it, we didn’t even think it was conceivable,” said Molina. “To see it actually happen is kind of exciting, and it kind of makes me feel like you can really do things if you put your mind to it.” “Voyager: A psychedelic tribute to Daft Punk’s ‘Interstella 5555’” will be performed in the Recital Hall Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. for $10. For ticket sales, visit Reach Cecily Arambula at:

Cal Poly Pomona alumni make some noise Veronica Amador and Karlo Arenas support the local scene through their production company LYDIA ELIAS


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Hip-hop artist, Chae Hawk, takes the mic in front of a live audience at a Jan. 8 Noise Academy event.

The Noise Academy is an event production company founded in 2008 by two Cal Poly Pomona alumni, Veronica Amador and Karlo Arenas. Their team consists of 24 people, 75 percent of them are former Cal Poly Pomona students. Based locally in Pomona, The Noise Academy strives to bring attention to the diverse musical talent in the area. “The Noise Academy is a professional network of in-

dividuals who support each other’s passion projects through event production, graphic design and artist representation,” said Amador, a 2006 graduate with a degree in commercial music. The Noise Academy also offers services such as photography, videography, artist management, artist booking, event marketing, event booking and promotion. Karlo Arenas graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2006 with a degree in music business. “I started off by coordinating concerts for [Associated Students, Inc.] here at Cal Poly with Veronica,” said Arenas. “I wanted to learn more about the industry, and I also saw that Downtown Pomona needed something. There were so many undiscovered bands, so much raw talent.” The Noise Academy typi-

cally puts on three to nine events per month, with a planned increase of events for the coming months. From its club dates to its regular concerts, each event takes planning of up to three months in advance. “My vision for the company is: How can we make something out of nothing?” Amador said. The venues the group regularly book include the Pomona Fox Theater, Aladdin Jr. 2, the Sky Fox and the Glass House. The Noise Academy is not genre specific and makes an effort to showcase music styles of many different variations such as punk, indie, hip hop and electronic. The most thriving and anticipated event produced by The Noise Academy is SENSES, a reoccurring affair held at the Pomona Fox Theater. SENSES is a night

filled with an artfully selected blend of music and DJs. In addition to the music, SENSES includes an exhibit of local art, as well as a photo booth for their guests. For $10, The Noise Academy promises free parking and “no dress code, no drama.” An important aspect of The Noise Academy’s approach is its effort to give the audience what it wants from a concert or event. “When I go to events with my friends, I’m constantly asking what they liked and didn’t like about it,” said Amador. “Sometimes I’ll find that the atmosphere’s nice, the production’s nice, but I don’t like the music; I don’t like the dress code and I don’t like having to pay $20 to get in and $10 dollars for parking. So these are things we tried to eliminate right away. We listen to our See ACADEMY/Pg. 9


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Lending a hand with sign language ERIN MOLL

Staff Writer The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services offers assistance to registered deaf and hard of hearing Cal Poly Pomona students allowing them to make the most of their educational experience. As a part of the Disability Research Center located in Building 9, room 103, this service provides sign language interpreters, oral interpreters and real-time captioning services to those on campus who are hard of hearing. “The Disability Research Center provides accommodations for students with learning, physical and visual disabilities, as well as for those who are hard of hearing or deaf,” said Gina Dravis, the deaf and hard of hearing support services advisor. The Disability Research Center helps students with disabilities who have proper certification. “Medical documentation from a physician or psychologist is required for our services,” said Dravis. “We provide note-taking, testtaking, alternative media, and assistive technology resources.” Hearing loss affects more than 31 million Americans and is the most prevalent

One of the best things about my job is the compliments I get from students . . . - Yesenia Ramirez educational interpreter

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(Left) Gina Dravis, a deaf/hard of hearing services advisor, signs with coworker Yesenia Ramirez, an educational interpreter at Cal Poly Pomona. disability in the world, according to The disability affects all ages, races and genders regardless of age, and without proper treatment and support, hearing loss can be devastating to individuals and families. One interpreter said she enjoys being able to help students in the program. “One of the best things about my job is the compliments I get from students, and when the professors in the classes thank me,” said Yesenia Ramirez, an educational interpreter. “A lot of professors appreciate the field and what we do.” Ramirez said although

the experience is rewarding, there are some difficulties that go along with the responsibility. “It’s difficult sometimes to translate conceptually what professors are saying because it can be so technical,” said Ramirez. “You have to be aware of the terminology and signs, as well as be a manager. Sometimes I have to stop the professor and tell him or her to hold a thought or clarify something.” Both the sign language interpreters and real-time captioners are paid and highly qualified positions. “Not only are they paid, but they need to be certified and have gone through train-

A free self-defense class exclusively for women including non-students was held last week at the Bronco Student Center. Classes are available today and next Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The objective of the class is to learn how to escape an attack, get to safety and be aware of surrounding areas. The reason the class is exclusively for women is because many of the participants may be sexual assault survivors and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder; thus a man being in the class may be intimidating. Thomas Rios, a University Police officer who has

worked on campus for nearly five years, took the initiative to offer the self-defense classes because they were not available. Rios was an instructor for Rape Aggression Defense, a program that teaches selfdefense to women at Cal State University campuses. “Even though [Cal Poly Pomona] is a safe campus, every campus has its problems,” said Rios. “Even though [sexual assault] will and can happen, we want to at least prepare the ladies.” Mayra Lewis, assistant coordinator of the Violence Prevention and Women’s Resource Center, said someone in the United States is sexually assaulted every two minutes. One of six American women has been a victim of attempted or completed rape; 20 to 25 percent of college-aged women will be raped or someone will attempt to rape them during their first six months of college. Lewis said it is important to believe someone if she says she has been raped because it is difficult to even initiate such a confession. And always refer a rape victim to the women’s center on campus so she can receive counseling. Many people may not know it is illegal to have sex with someone when they are drunk. Being under the influence prevents one from knowing what really has happened. Women who attended the self-defense class learned a few safety techniques such as ramming a hand palm upward into the attacker’s nose. If the attacker is tall, a flat palm with fingers straight into the throat will cause him or her to stop breathing for a few seconds. However, sexual assault is not the only form of physical abuse. According to the Violence Prevention and Women’s Resources Center website, dating and domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women aged 15 to 44.

ing before working,” said Dravis. “We have to be versatile because the deaf are the students and we are here to provide service to them.” There are a select number of students on campus who require these services. “We have one deaf student and 12 hard of hearing students who take advantage of our program services,” said Dravis. Sign language interpreters will go with each student to every single class to assist him or her. “If the class is two hours long, two interpreters will go and they will do rotations signing 20 minutes at a time because the process is so tir-

ing,” said Dravis. The sign language interpreters have ways of communicating all subjects to the hard of hearing students, even subjects like math and science that require symbols. “The interpreters will sign symbols like theta, alpha and cosine,” said Dravis. “If there is no symbol for what is being said, they will finger spell it.” There are 12 real-time captioners who work at the center providing services for the hard of hearing. “The real-time captioners set up stenography equipment in the classroom with the hard of hearing student and type out what the professors are saying while reading it to the student at the same time,” said Dravis. “Next, the captioners edit the notes that were taken and print them out for the student.” Dravis also said the students who are hard of hear-

ing are very serious about their education and are involved in many activities on campus where the interpreters will also assist the students. “Some of the students are involved in a program on campus called ARCHES that helps them stay focused in school and offers tutoring and peer advising,” said Dravis. “Many are even involved in clubs. The interpreters follow the students to all club meetings, field trips and even to the theater.” After working in the Disability Resource Center for more than 14 years, Ramirez enjoys serving as an advocate for all students. “The people I work with are such a tight-knit group,” said Ramirez. “It’s important to build a close rapport with students. I love education and being able to help.” Reach Erin Moll at:

CPP classes teach power of self-defense The Violence Prevention and Women’s Resource Center offers free classes to prepare women for dangerous situations


Staff Writer The Violence Prevention and Women’s Resource Center at Cal Poly Pomona is making sure women are prepared to fight, should an assault happen to them.

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(Right) Cal Poly Pomona police officer Stephanie Samuels helps demonstrate self-defense tactics. One out of four people in a relationship has encountered partner violence. Around the world, one of three women has been beaten. Boys who witness their fathers’ violence are 10 times more likely to be abusive. Only 15 percent of all dating violence is reported to the police. After taking the selfdefense class last quarter, Lewis said she believes she is more aware and prepared if an attack were to happen. “After taking the class, I feel like there are tools that I didn’t have, but now I can project awareness on campus,” said Lewis. After learning from Rios that walking while talking on the phone is not safe, Lewis stopped doing it. Rios said talking on the phone prevents someone from being aware of his or her surroundings, and the same goes for listening to music with earphones. “After knowing that the

police officers actually walk around a lot, I do feel a little safer,” said Siti Aqilah Kasim, a fourth-year biotechnology student and participant of the self defense class. “I do feel safe at night because I’m more aware. I know what to look out for and what to hide from.” Corporal Stephanie Samuels, another University Police officer who helped the women learn self-defense, said if one were to become a victim of sexual or domestic assault, it is important not to panic. Panicking causes one to halt in place and may take away the chance to run. If one is too afraid to move, screaming is a good option. “If you’re screaming, you’re breathing,” said Samuels. While men are more likely to attack someone, there are many men who do care about the well being of women. “[Walking at night] can be dangerous and scary for girls,” said Enrique Biche, a

fifth-year civil engineering student. “There are several parts of the campus that are not very well lit.” Rios said if an incident were to happen on campus, it is better not to call 911 because the California Highway Patrol will answer and will have to transfer the call. Cal Poly Pomona has a 24-hour police service. Calling (909) 8690-3070 will directly call the office, but the quickest way to get help is to push the button on the Code Blue booth found in multiple areas on campus. Safety Escort Services are available Monday through Thursday 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. to students who do not feel safe walking to the parking structure or going home to the dorms, suites and Village apartments. Call (909) 869-3070 to request an escort. Women can call (909) 869-3112 to sign up for the class. Reach Shian Samuel at:


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Amos Lee offers new sound with ‘Mission Bell’


Staff Writer Singer-songwriter Amos Lee releases his fourth studio album tomorrow, “Mission Bell,” a 12-track collection of emotionally loaded songs of numerous genres ranging from soul to folk. “Mission Bell” features six impressive guest appearances from musicians such as Lucinda Williams, Sam Beam, also known as Iron & Wine, and even country music’s living legend, Willie Nelson. Lee – perhaps most famous for his song “Sweet Pea,” which was used in a 2007 AT&T commercial – has achieved a sound unlike almost any other on “Mission Bell,” mixing and layering different genres well enough to create a classification of his own. In an interview with, Lee said, “I can relate to soul, R&B … whatever people want to call me is fine. I just hope it makes them feel something.” This guitarist from Philadelphia, Penn. has managed

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Amos Lee’s fourth album “Mission Bell,” out on EMI’s Blue Note Records, conveys the artist’s emotions through moving lyrics and music to accomplish just that on “Mission Bell,” with lyrics and music moving enough to make any listener feel Lee’s deepest emotions. Unlike the raw indie sound fans have heard on Lee’s previous albums, “Mission Bell” displays his ability to construct a clean-sounding, more appealing tune. The album also differs

from Lee’s previous albums in the sense that it features somewhat of a gospel undertone in the majority of its tracks, included in its lyrics and choir-esque backup vocals. “El Camino,” the first track and single from the album, is a slow and soulful gospel-like tune, tying in the album title within the

first two lines: “Well all my friends treated me so well / You know I’m headed out to that Mission Bell / Gonna’ wash my soul / Gonna’ get it clean / Heading down the border road called El Camino.” “Violin,” featuring Sam Beam, Lee sings the line “using words as ammunition,” which is what he does

throughout the entire album. On the appropriately entitled song, “Flower,” Lee compares his heart to a flower, in which the combination of its music and lyrics sounds like a summer day, adding a sense of contrast to the majority of the album’s darker songs such as “Out of the Cold,” featuring Pieta Brown.

The track “Stay with Me” features a duet with singersongwriter Priscilla Ahn, capturing light music and lyrics as sweet as Ahn’s vocals, which adds some lightheartedness to the album. On the track titled “Jesus,” Lee has the help of one of the most recorded drummers in R&B music, James Gadson. Lee, appropriately enough, is accompanied by a gospel choir-like backups, lifting the song to new heights. Lucinda Williams gracefully compliments Lee’s raspy vocals, creating warmth on the lyrically simple track, “Clear Blue Eyes.” “Mission Bell” comes full circle from its first track to its last with “Behind Me Now /El Camino Reprise,” by featuring a duet between Lee and Nelson, slower and more heartfelt than the original. The album is probably not what Lee’s fans expect from him, which could be either good or bad, but no one can deny his ability to write a good song. With a few musical gems and an impressive lineup of guest appearances, “Mission Bell” is definitely worth a listen. Rating: 3.5/5 Reach Cecily Arambula at:

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audience first.” Some artists they have booked include Robert Delong, an electronic/rock musician from Azusa, Calif. who brings a new and refreshing style to the electronica genre, incorporating his own visuals to accompany his music. The Motel Life, an indie rock band from Ontario, Calif., brings a unique stage presence to its shows with infectious energy and passion for performing, seen in the audi-

ence enthusiastic involvement with the sound. “When choosing artists who we want to showcase, we look for how developed their careers are, we look for how nice they are as a person,” said Amador. “If your career goals for music aren’t genuine [and] if you don’t treat people with respect, then there’s no point.” Many of The Noise Academy’s team members learned together at Cal Poly Pomona.

“As students of Cal Poly Pomona, we try to incorporate the ‘learn by doing’ process into our work,” said Arenas. Within the coursework of a commercial music degree, which is no longer an available area of study at CPP, students were taught market analysis strategies in order to efficiently plan for and contribute to the success of an organization. “We use the resources we’ve gained from our classes at school

and apply what we’ve learned,” said Amadaor. “We do SWOT [strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats] analyses. We constantly evaluate ourselves.” Amador said a major goal for The Noise Academy is to focus on audience expansion. “We want Pomona to be the center and expand our market from there to the immediate surrounding cities,” said Amador. “What’s happening right now to Downtown

Pomona, we want to see that happen in Chino, Fullerton and Claremont.” The next Noise Academy event is happening on Saturday at the Aladdin Jr. 2, 8 p.m., featuring Universe Soul, The Truffles, Auditory Aphasi and The Black Jesus. To learn more about The Noise Academy, visit Thenoiseacademy. com. Reach Lydia Elias at:



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Nothing little about ‘LittleBigPlanet 2’


News Editor If ever there was a game that catered to the creativity of its players, it is “LittleBigPlanet 2.” The sequel to 2008’s innovative smash hit, LBP2 manages to stay true to its roots while evolving each aspect of its “Play, Create, Share” philosophy. The game is primarily a physics-based 2-D platformer that can be played by up to four players simultaneously. In other words, players move across levels running from left to right, hopping on platforms, bouncing off springs, jumping on enemies and swinging along obstacles, all of which react fairly realistically. Aside from just being a 2-D platformer, “LittleBigPlanet” also packed one of the most in-depth and user-friendly level creators to be found in video games. To give an example of the power of the level editor, the developers at Media Molecule even created all of the main story levels in LBP2 using the level editor with no extra traditional programming involved. Once a player has created a level, they can then share that level by putting it online for others to play, rate and comment on. At the time of release for LBP2, there are more than 3 million user created levels available to play on the server. “LittleBigPlanet 2” doesn’t do much to change what worked and even what didn’t work with the original game. Instead, this is a

2008’s hit, ‘LittleBigPlanet,’ returns after two years with its better than ever sequel, ‘LittleBigPlanet2.’ sequel that simply expands upon its three pillars by offering players new ways to play, new types of levels to create and a better way to share their creations with the world. For starters, while the original “LittleBigPlanet” didn’t have much in the way of variety in its main story levels, there is always a surprise in store in the next level of LBP2. One level might focus on giving the player a grappling hook to swing across gaps or run away from a rampaging monster, while others may give the player a strength glove so they can hurl blocks, and some may even totally change the perspective of the level, turning the game into an entirely different genre all together. Then there are the really weird levels that focus on giving the player something crazy like a cupcake gun, which shoots sticky cupcakes that players can use to create platforms, block holes in the ceiling and defeat enemies

from a distance. Since the whole game was made using the level editor, all of the variety found in the game’s story mode can also be used to create levels. So for those creative minds out there who have always wanted to try their hand at game designing but find programming to be too difficult, LBP2 is the perfect outlet to get their ideas out there. However, the same issues that plagued the original “LittleBigPlanet” rear their heads in this sequel. The controls just aren’t tight enough for a platformer that demands very precise jumps. This usually leads to frustrating deaths due to how easy the jumps would be in a game like “Super Mario Brothers” or even “Donkey Kong Country.” The added variety also serves to be a doubleedged sword at times as well. LBP2 is at its

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best when it is a 2-D platformer because that is what it was intended to be. When it tries to become a racing game, a sports game or a space shooter, it doesn’t have the specialized controls for those genres. These levels can be appreciated for the creativity that went into making them, but they will never be as fun as a game developed with those genres in mind. Despite its flaws, LBP2 remains one of the most original and innovative titles for the Playstation 3 and is easily the best game of the still young 2011. It will be interesting to see how the game’s community responds to the new level editing tools and whether they will be able to come up with levels that rival the ones that the actual developers created. Rating: 5/5 Reach Mitchell Saltzman at:

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Scratch-built frames are the norm, and most rat rods don’t have more than two seats. Engines are usually pulled from whatever is easy to find, and the only thing rat rods seem to have in common is sound: They are all loud. Rat rods are about originality and personal expression, much more so than any car built on an assembly

line. Occasionally, speed and performance trickle into the mix and something truly amazing is born. Imagine no right or wrong way to build a car – total creativity – a canvas with no limitations and all the paint in the world at your fingertips. Another selling point that has popularized rat rods of late is their price. Rat rods are cheap to build.

In economic times like these where nonessential hobbies often fall by the wayside, rat rods are a thrifty way for enthusiasts to continue doing what they love. Despised by one half of the automotive spectrum and openly embraced by the other, rat rods have never become a truly mainstream automotive genre. However, in recent

years, vintage parts have become increasingly difficult to come by and rat rods have greatly increased in popularity. Something else that makes rat rods stand out is that these cars have always been meant to be driven. Unlike million-dollar trailer queens that leave the safety of the garage only for car shows before returning to sol-

itary confinement, rat rods are meant for the thrill of the open road. Some may see rat rods as the redheaded-step children of the hot-rodding world, but I see them as a form of unbridled freedom.

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50 Cent hustles with Twitter DERRICK TARUC

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A mile in another man’s shoes VALERIE CHEN

Asst. Lifestyle Editor So I’ve fi nally found my female equivalent at Cal Poly Pomona – someone who listens to the same obscur e bands that I do, likes the same movies that I do and someone who virtually has the same personality I do. The pr oblem is that she has a boyfriend who she has been with for a while, but he does not go to Cal Poly Pomona. Sometimes it feels like she’ s fl irting with me, and to be honest, it’ s both a good and bad feeling . . . the latter because she’ s curr ently taken. I don’t want to be a home-wr ecker, but I can’t get her out of my head. Is it ethical to follow my heart? Should I even car e about ethics, isn’t this sort of thing like - The Other Man Ethics entail conduct relating to morals and character, based on what is right and wrong. To be involved with another individual who is already taken does not adhere to the majority of society’s standards. Once someone is taken, he or she is off the singles’ market and subsequently, forbidden. That someone is no longer an available and potential significant other. But the question of ethics depends on what actions you are planning to take regarding your feelings. If you plan to take action by being the “other man” or encouraging infidelity, then it is unethical to follow your heart. Being ethical would mean continuing to respect her relationship and commitment to her current boyfriend. “Following your heart’ is just a flowery way of saying ‘doing what I want’ or ‘doing what feels good in the moment,’” said Michele Willingham, director of Cal Poly Pomona’s counseling and psychological services in an e-mail. “Generally speaking, whenever we choose what feels good over what we truly value and believe to be right, [the choice] leads to regret and disappointment.” Your next question asks if you should even care about ethics. Put yourself in your female equivalent’s boyfriend’s shoes. How would you feel if you had a girlfriend who was on the road to or on the verge of becoming involved with another man behind your back? It is especially unjust because the two may not see See CHEN/Pg. 12

If you could make $8.7 million with one tweet, would you? I know I would. 50 Cent, American rapper, actor and businessman, did just that two weeks ago when he touted stocks over his Twitter account that he had shares in. “You can double your money right now,” Curtis Jackson – 50 Cent’s real name – tweeted to his 3.8 million followers. “Just get what you can afford.” Apparently, followers of Jackson’s tweets did exactly that. The stock, trading under the name HNHI, was worth just 4 cents each. After Jackson’s tweets, the stock took off. It hit nearly 50 cents on Jan. 11 before closing at 39 cents. This boosted Jackson’s 30 million-share to $8.7 million. “Get rich or die tryin’?” At this point, Jackson is laughing all the way to “da club” with his “bottle full of bub.” This very profitable act does bring up ethical questions (without even considering violations of the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines for Testimonials and Endorsements). But narrowing the issue to its smaller context – seriously considering and following financial advice tweeted over the blogo-

sphere – ethical questions become moot; the issue becomes more about personal responsibility and gullibility. If an individual is foolish enough to follow financial advice from someone they personally don’t know over the Internet – central hub of Nigerian conmen and advertisements for Viagralike supplements – then they deserve what they got. Or in this case, Jackson got what he deserved. The old adage rings relevant: If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you too? In this instance, many of Jackson’s “followers” – not exactly a coincidental designation – not only jumped but asked, “How high?” Yes, buyers of the stock got hustled, but Jackson’s a self-confessed hustler after all: “I want the finer things in my life / So I hustle,” he sings on “Hustler’s Ambition” from his 2005 album. Followers of Jackson’s Twitter feed allowed themselves to be hustled, and they shouldn’t be surprised that their investment benefited someone else rather than themselves. But don’t get me wrong. Crooks like Bernard Madoff – who ripped off hundreds of thousands of investors – and the top brass of Enron – who defrauded tens

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of billions of dollars from investors and employees – deserve to be condemned or jailed. But there’s an important distinction to be made: The two examples mentioned above were clear-cut cases of fraudulent and criminal behavior; Jackson’s situation is entirely different. He was taking advantage of the enormous reach his voice has, one of the perks of being a successful rap star.

And there’s no denying how far that reach is – 3.8 million followers and growing – but whose responsibility is it whether to pay attention to that voice? Whose choice is it to take financial advice from the anonymous ether of the Internet? Personal responsibility is a rare commodity these days. Everyone blames someone or something else: political rhetoric, illegal immigrants, govern-

ment, video games, parents, tweets – it’s everyone else’s fault but our own. Jackson was not at all forthright with his tweet, but there’s only so much truth one can fit into 140 characters. Figuring out where that truth lies is where individual responsibility and common sense come in. Reach Derrick Taruc at:

Zodiac shift isn’t cause for concern BEN FRENCH

Staff Writer The universe is constantly changing and growing in respect to its center, and with this change comes a phenomenon that has become a media fad: a change in the European Zodiac. In the western world, the European Zodiac is the same one seen in newspapers and on websites, making the Western or American Zodiac the same as in Ancient Greece. The hype built up about this is somewhat absurd in that astrology has been seen as a pseudoscience and a form of entertainment for a number of years. This is only intensified by the fact that this is nothing new. Sometime between 147 and 127 B.C., Hipparchus – a Greek astrologer and astronomer – discovered the phenomenon of precession, which at that time was seen as the Earth shifting itself with each pass of the sun, slowly changing the position of the stars on the celestial sphere. The theory then was not far off from what precession is now. Precession is a gradual shift of the axis on which the earth rotates, meaning the night sky will be unnoticeably different with each rotation of the Earth. The change from the traditional Zodiac to the precession adjusted model has contributed to the lifechanging frenzy of the last couple weeks. If we add up the change from the birth of astrology to now, the change is significant. We can see the stars in new places, and in turn, this changes how astrology works.What does this mean for those who have been under one sign for most of their lives? If astrology is true in its predictions, then those people who thought they were a Scorpio were wrong and should have been looking at the Libra forecast. These signs can change with the orientation of the stars because as-

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trology dictates that the orientation of the heavens is what influences our lives and defines who we are and who we can be. Another development from all of this is the acknowledgement of a 13th sign known as Ophiuchus. Also known as the Snake Tamer, Ophiuchus is a sign relating to better health and wisdom. The reason this sign is left out of common astrology is because of its position in relation to the sun. Ophiuchus does not commonly match up like the other signs do and is often disregarded. With the advent of acknowledging the Earth’s precession, the position of Ophiuchus has been seen clearly and is considered to be part of the European Zodiac. The hype of all of this has been

overwhelming for some people, and astrologers have scrambled to work with the new system in regards to what people think and feel. But, the truth of all of this is posturing the idea that things have changed. A clipping in any newspaper that tells Leos to go outside and challenge the world is the same system used from the very beginning, with no acknowledgement of changes and discoveries made by astrologers over the past several millennia. The self-fulfilling prophecies people get from astrology are what really affect personalities. This isn’t any different from self-help books like “The Secret,” that uses vague prescriptions to sell a product. This type of information de-

means a person’s ability to believe in his or her own physical and mental effort to achieve his or her goals. Horoscopes do this by creating an external force that says, “if you simply believe it can happen or that it’s true because you think it’s true then it will happen and will be true.” Astrology reaches into the unknown and is used as a guide for people who have trouble finding their way in the world. While it does serve a noble purpose, the strong belief people now seem to put into it can be compared to how children rely on a cartoon superhero to help them learn morals. Reach Ben French at:


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Censorship not a crutch for parenting EVAN PERKINS

Opinions Editor Censorship has been a part of television since its inception. But lately , censorship has become a crutch parents have come to rely on far too much. There are some very graphic programs on Television but what is more graphic than real life? Last Monday, MTV premiered its new teenage drama “Skins.” “Skins” contains violence, drug use and sexually oriented content – just like public high school. While these things may not be as exaggerated as the show suggests, they are concepts that most American teenagers are exposed to at one point or another. The show , which is an American remake of a British series, was met with instant and bitter reaction from the watch-dog group the Parent’ s Television Council. Angry voices spewing accusations of “child por nography” and “the most

dangerous television program yet,” quickly reached the desks of MTV executives. While these complaints fell on uncaring ears, the messages of outrage that reached the offi ces of cor porate sponsors had an entirely different effect. Wrigley, General Motors, and Taco Bell have all pulled advertisements

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from the “Skins” time slot almost instantly at the ur ging of the PTC. It’s sad that these cor porate giants are so easily swayed by an or ganization such as the PTC but even more upsetting is how much censorship the PTC is demanding. Major companies such as these should have more integrity and not simply

crumble at the fi rst hint of controversy. One would think that corporate sponsors would have at least the tiniest inkling of what a program was about before they agreed to sponsor it. “Skins” is by no means a show destined for the eyes of young children, yet the PTC is afraid it will be damaging to the youth of

mainstream America. The show is rated TVMA – mature audiences only – so why would children even be watching it? The answer is that they shouldn’t be. Coincidentally the HBO hit “The Sopranos” is also rated TV-MA. Interesting isn’ t it? A show as violent as “The Sopranos” shares a television viewer rating with “Skins,” and the PTC is worried about children watching it. Why would parents allow young children to watch “Skins” anymore than they would allow them to watch a good-old fashion Italian mobster smack down on the “Sopranos.” With modern innovations such as the V-chip and channel locking software, there is no reason for children to be watching content their parents do not approve of. The underlying reasoning for much of the PTC’ s censorship is laziness on the part of modern parents. Parents need to be actively involved in monitoring

the content their children watch, especially if the nature of the content clashes with their personal values. When the Canadian produced show “Degrassi” first started showing on American television, it generated a similar response from parental groups. The show depicted kids going through real life problems concerning drug use, sex, violence and many other controversial topics. These situations do occur in life – maybe some parents don’t want to admit that. MTV’s “Skins” is appealing to that same audience, only grown up. After all, there is a reason for the TV-MA rating bestowed upon it. The members of the PTC should be more concerned with what they allow their own children to watch rather than what the entire television spectrum has to offer. Reach Evan Perkins at:

CHEN: Listen to your heart but don’t ignore your ethics Continued from page 11

each other much if he does not attend Cal Poly Pomona. As if the distance is not hard enough, he should not have to worry about other men taking his place during his absence. Furthermore, be careful of a similar situation repeating itself in the future with the dif ference of you playing the scorned boyfriend left behind. If someone is willing to cheat on his or her signifi cant other with a third party, there is a chance that he or she might do the same to the

third party in the future. When someone does not face the consequences of poorly chosen actions, patterns may emerge. Although you technically do not owe anything to her boyfriend because you do not know him, as a decent member of society , avoid getting in a possibly messy situation. Because it “feels” like she is fl irting with you, she is perhaps sending you mixed signals. This is not only wrong to her boyfriend, but also to you.

Maybe the relationship is not perfect. But it does not concern you; let her fi gure out what she wants on her own. If she truly does have feelings for you, she’ll choose to be with you over her current boyfriend. Remember, someone who actually cares about you would never put you in an awkward position or make you question your morals. Feelings can cloud one’ s judgment, but do not let them aid in hurting and deceiving someone else.

Additionally, if your feelings are true, you can be patient – the best things in life are worth waiting for. Let her come to you. In the meantime, simply be a good friend. “If her relationship ends on its own, then [you are] free to pursue [your] feelings ethically and without mess,” said Willingham. On the other hand, if the inability to get her out of your head is too hard, tell her how you feel. “[You] can acknowledge her existing relationship

and [your] values for fi delity and faithfulness in romantic partner relationships, then share with her [your] positive feelings for her and wish that she were free to become involved with [you],” said Willingham. “If, having heard about [your] desires, she chooses to end her previous relationship to pursue a new relationship with [you], then [you] both have acted ethically.” Let her choose what she wants. Respect whatever verdict she meets, even if

it is not the one you would like to hear. Ultimately, it is your decision whether or not to fur ther pursue a relationship with your female equivalent. But, keep in mind the consequences and the possibility of an increased guilty conscience. Don’t hesitate to ask me a ques-chen at formspring. me/askmeaqueschen or send an e-mail to Reach Valerie Chen at:



Women’s basketball team keeps winning TIFFANY ROESLER


Broncos learn to dunk ERIK CARR

Sports Editor The layup, the jumper and the skyhook are all kinds of shots that are attempted in a basketball game. All of these shots are inferior to the theatricality and the excitement that the slam dunk can induce, however. It is a shot so popular that the NBA has an annual dunk contest, which takes place every All-Star Weekend. It is also one of the most polarizing. A shot that can generate so much excitement from the spectators is just as capable of generating great embarrassment, however. The Cal Poly Pomona reigning NCAA Div. II national champion men’s basketball team has recently given its fans a lot to be excited about after winning five-straight games, but during this season, there have been a few moments worthy of the blooper reel and they all involve dunks ... Excuse me, missed dunks. Senior forward Donnelle Booker, in the Dec. 30 Cal State Monterey Bay game, drove to the hoop with not a single Otter in range. While a routine layup would have been the easiest way to add two points to the Broncos’ score, the veteran instead slammed the ball off the rim and into the hands of the Otters. Sophomore guard Mitchel Anderson also met a similar fate when he attempted one a few games later. These missed dunks cost the Broncos points. Fortunately for them, they occurred against teams in which these mistakes didn’t cost them the game. Since then, senior forward Tobias Jahn and junior guard Matt Rosser have connected on their dunks as well as Anderson. While a breakaway only lasts a few seconds, there are a few things the Broncos should consider before their confidence and team pride get the best of them. When driving to the basket, players should take one quick glance out of the corner of their eye to make sure there’s not only no opposing player in range but also to make sure the next closest player is a teammate. Secondly, when making the leap to the basket, the players should keep their eyes on the ball going into the basket and nothing else. If the ball goes in the basket, great! If not, the aforementioned next closest player aka teammate can grab the See SHOT/Pg. 14

The Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team picked up its seventhconsecutive win last Saturday against UC San Diego, 8275, after defeating Cal State San Bernardino, 81-72, and Cal State East Bay, 59-41, on Tuesday and Thursday night, respectively. The Broncos hold on to second place in the conference with a 13-2 record overall and a 10-1 record in the CCAA. In any given game, statistics can show the ups or downs of the Broncos, but one key factor has consistently remained strong throughout the entire season: team effort. On Saturday, the Broncos defeated the UC San Diego Tritons, 82-75. The Broncos led the Tritons for the majority of the first half, but a 3-pointer by freshman guard Megan Perry gave UC San Diego the impetus to lead by one point at the half and continue that lead well into the second half. Senior guard Reyana Colson earned 25 points, making 10 of 13 free throws, and eight assists. Junior guard Sarah Semenero and senior forward La’kenya Simon West had 14 and 13 points, respectively. Junior forward Charlene Popoff earned a career-first double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds, seven of which were offensive boards. “That’s her game,” said interim head coach Danelle Bishop. “She’s one of those players who you hate to guard because you have to watch her on the offensive boards

because she just crashes like crazy.” Cal Poly Pomona trailed the Tritons for most of the second half, but at 9:15, Popoff’s offensive rebound and subsequent layup set the Broncos up for a 17-0 run. “We need her to be more consistent in all the games like that because she’s definitely very capable of doing that,” Bishop said. “It was awesome for her. I’m happy for her not only to have those big ‘O’-boards, but we’ve been working on her powering it up after that. She had some not only great boards, but great finishes [and] great putbacks.” That momentum was enough to enable the Broncos to maintain their lead for the rest of the half. Confidence also proved to be key for the Broncos, who defeated Cal State East Bay, 59-41, and kept the Pioneers to a 27.7 field-goal percentage. Semenero led both teams with 11 points, followed by junior center Megan Ford with 10 points and nine rebounds. “We sat Reyena,” Bishop said. “I think that really helped. It just gave our kids some confidence. We have a lot of girls that are stepping up right now so that game helped the confidence of our players.” With 7:37 left in the game, junior forward Kaitlin Derby made a jumper on an assist by sophomore guard Jennifer Bryant, which gave the Broncos a 55-31, 24-point lead. Despite Colson’s absence on the court, the Broncos never gave up their lead.

Cal State San Bernardino brought out the Broncos’ competitive edge to full extent last Tuesday as the crowd played a part in giving the Broncos momentum in the second half of that game, which the Broncos won, 8172, to secure the second-place position in the conference. “We needed it,” Colson said. “It’s a start for us to separate ourselves in the conference. Now we’re finally in second place alone. It was an exciting game.” Not only was it a big night for the Broncos overall, Colson hit the 1,500-point career mark and was presented by Bishop with the game ball after the game. Colson led both teams in points and rebounds with 26 and eight, respectively. “We adjusted well in our defense the second half,” Bishop said. “You have to give them credit. They hit some tough shots when we had a hand in the face. I thought our defense was huge. We had some key rebounds when we needed it.” With 39 seconds left in the game, Colson got the defensive rebound and passed it down-court to Simon West as she made the last layup of the contest. The Broncos started off sluggish in the first half as the Coyotes were up, 7-0, less than 2:00 into the game. However, it didn’t take long for Cal Poly Pomona to step up and get back in rhythm. Starting at 8:25 left in the half, Colson made four points in a matter of 13 seconds, when she made a free throw, stole the ball, made the layup while being fouled and hit the

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Senior guard Reyana Colson drives down the lane past three Cal State San Bernardino defenders in a difficult layup attempt during last Tuesday’s game. free throw on the layup foul. In the first half, the Broncos led by as many as nine when Ford hit a pair of free throws with 2:06 left to make the score, 35-26. As of Saturday, the Tritons (10-9, 8-4) fell one spot to fifth place in the CCAA, the Pioneers (1-15, 1-11) stayed in 11th and the Coyotes (13-2, 9-2) dropped to third. The Broncos head back up to Northern California this weekend where they will face

first-place Cal State Monterey Bay (16-0, 12-0) on Friday and last-place San Francisco State (1-15, 1-11) on Saturday. Both games are at 5:30 p.m. “Cal State Monterey Bay is a really good team and we’re going to have to do really well defensively,” Bishop said. “I think we’re definitely capable of that and it’ll be a big challenge for us, especially on the road.” Reach Tiffany Roesler at:

Men’s basketball team wins five consecutive games ERIK CARR

Sports Editor Following back-to-back wins for the first time this season, the Cal Poly Pomona reigning NCAA Div. II national champion men’s basketball team is now on a five-game winning streak. Last week, the Broncos defeated Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State East Bay and UC San Diego, 69-61, 69-60, and 54-52, respectively. The Broncos are now 9-6 overall and 6-5 in conference play, moving up two spots to sixth place in the CCAA. This marks the first time this season in which the

Broncos’ CCAA record is above .500. The Broncos finished their weekend with a nail-biting, 54-52 victory over the UC San Diego Tritons. “I think we kept playing some defense even though we made some bad rotations [and] gave them some open looks but I think in reality, we played with poise down the stretch for the first time in a while,” said head coach Greg Kamansky. “To do this on the third city in the fifth day for us is really a great accomplishment for them and I’m real proud of them. “They hung in there and even though they made that big run and took the lead, we

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Senior guard Mark Rutledge soars through the air on his way to the hoop during last Tuesday’s victory against Cal State San Bernardino, 69-61.

could have folded and we didn’t. That shows you a highcharacter team right there.” Senior guard Mark Rutledge, junior forward Dwayne Fells and sophomore guard Mitchel Anderson all scored 12 points. Despite six ties and eight lead changes during the game, an Anderson 3-pointer gave the Broncos a 50-49 lead with 3:09 left in the game. “It felt good even to hit a 3[-pointer],” Anderson said. “I’ve been struggling lately. So it was about time it started falling in and [since it was a] clutch three, it made me feel even better.” After sophomore guard Tyler McGrath hit his fifth 3-pointer at six seconds left to play, making the score, 53-52, Fells, who hit a jumper five seconds earlier, hit his first of two free throw attempts, to make the score, 54-52. Fells regarded making a free throw as a redemption shot. “My mind was pretty much blank,” Fells said. “That last three they hit was kind of my fault for not getting there. I was just thinking make these last free throws and you’ll be good.” With one second remaining, senior guard Ryan Casey missed a desperation jumper to tie the game, which senior forward Tobias Jahn grabbed for the defensive rebound and the win. In spite of dismal field-goal shooting from both teams, Rutledge was the exception in the first half. Rutledge was on a tear from behind the arc, making all four of his attempts, which

accounted for all 12 of his points. “I knew it was going to be a tough game [and] a defensive game,” Rutledge said. “It was there for me to step up and make shots. So, I just took it upon myself to do that.” The Broncos gained their largest first-half lead on Rutledge’s fourth 3-pointer with 39 seconds remaining, making the score, 29-22. The Broncos won their first road game of the season against Cal State East Bay, 69-60, last Thursday. Senior forward Kevin Menner led the Broncos with 14 points, two assists, three rebounds and one block. He was one of six Broncos who scored in double figures. Junior guard Matt Rosser scored 12 points and had three assists. Fells had 11 points, one assist and seven rebounds. Elsewhere, Rutledge, Jahn and Anderson all scored 10 points. On defense, senior forward Donnelle Booker made his mark with a game-leading two blocks and a share of the game-leading three steals. The Broncos entered the second half in a 30-30 tie with the Pioneers. But a 9-0 run, highlighted by Rosser’s 3-pointer and dunk, put the Broncos into a commanding lead in the second half. The Broncos led by as many as 14 when Fells hit a layup with 9:12 left to play to make the score, 57-43. Later on, the Broncos went through a 4:20 scoring drought in which the Pioneers went on a 9-0 run, bringing the Broncos’ lead down

to four. But the Broncos never surrendered the lead, cushioning it with six-straight free throws including four by Fells and two by Rutledge. The first half was a war of score in which three ties and three lead changes occurred. A Fells layup broke a 2828 tie to make the score, 3028, which was followed by senior forward Jared Waters’ successful trip to the free throw line, which evened the score at 30-30 and closed the book of the first half. The Broncos finished their homestand on Tuesday, upsetting the third-place Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes, 69-61. “We kept playing ‘D’ [un] til the end,” Kamansky said. “When teams would maybe come back on us, now they’re not coming quite all the way back. We’re progressing. “Sometimes, it’s just about making shots and tonight, we made enough of them and we got out to a good enough lead. Again, we missed a lot of free throws, but hopefully in a closer game, we’ll make those. That’s where we were last year.” The Broncos had three players in double figures. Anderson had 14 points, one assist, seven rebounds and one block. Booker also scored 14. Battling a torn meniscus, the battered player also had a game-leading three blocks, one assist and five rebounds. “Coach is always telling me if I come out with energy, I’ll have a productive game,” Booker said. “The good thing about my game [is] I don’t See STREAK/Pg. 14


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Simon West has off-court presence in sports RACHEL WINTER

Staff Writer Senior forward La’kenya Simon West, one of the Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team’s leading scorers, proves there is more to the game than just points. With averages of 11.6 points, 5.9 3-pointers and 5.5 rebounds per game so far this season, interim head coach Danelle Bishop said Simon West brings a lot to the basketball team as well as to the Athletic Department in general. “She has a lot of good qualities,” Bishop said. “She can do a lot of things sensibly and that can help her team be more successful.” Junior center Megan Ford said Simon West was “oneof-a-kind” because of her versatility on the court. For the 2009-10 season, she was fourth on the team both in points scored

(6.7) and for rebounds per game (3.7). She also held the third-best free-throw percentage among active Cal Poly Pomona players, making 23 of 32 (71.9 percent). Not only has she shown herself to be a top player for the Broncos, she was once a Conference Athlete of the Week when she was at Grossmont College in El Cajon before transferring to Cal Poly Pomona. Prior to Grossmont, the fourth-year kinesiology student and eldest of seven children had been playing basketball since the age of 12. Simon West said she originally got into basketball as a way to socialize with her friends. “It was more that my friends were playing, so it was something to do,” Simon West said. “I just ended up enjoying it.” Aside from playing basketball, Simon West

has many other interests, including music and movies. “For music, I like Coldplay,” Simon West said. “For movies, I like ‘Wedding Crashers’ and ‘The Notebook.’ I also have this weird obsession with nail polish. I like bright colors and I do my nails about every two days.” Bishop said Simon West is known for her great sense of humor off the court. “She can lighten the mood, which is helpful,” Bishop said. While Simon West has shown she is a power player for the Broncos on the court and a lively person off it, many may not have guessed she was once voted Prom Queen of her high school in Grossmont. “At the time, I didn’t know my classmates were going to vote for me [as Prom Queen],” Simon West said. “I didn’t think I would win. It was a surprise to find out the two [upper] classes

voted for me.” Upon the completion of this season, Simon West said she will miss playing for the Broncos when she graduates this year. “I will miss playing for the [Broncos] because they are part of a family,” Simon West said. “We’re like one big family and we are part of a common goal.” As for next season, Simon West’s departure from the Broncos will leave a noticeable void among her teammates. “She brings so much energy to the team,” Ford said. “It’s going to be sad to see her go.” Athletics have been an everyday part of Simon West’s life and will continue to be after graduation where she plans to use her degree in kinesiology, with the goal of becoming a physical therapist for athletes. Reach Rachel Winter at:

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Senior forward La’kenya Simon West is second on the team in rebounds per game (5.5) and 3-point field-goal percentage (42.6 percent).

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offensive rebound and prevent the missed dunk from becoming an embarrassing defensive rebound. When executed correctly, these steps will allow the Broncos, at best, to capitalize on their calculated risks. At worst, they will allow the Broncos to redeem themselves if the dunk is missed. The point is, the dunk can either excite the crowd or embarrass the player who attempted it. If it is missed in a close game, it has the potential to cost the team the game. The Broncos play the last

two games of a four-game road trip against Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State on Thursday and Saturday, respectively, and will return to Kellogg Gym for a fourgame homestand. The homestand will begin next week on Friday, Feb. 4 and Saturday, Feb. 5 against Cal State Los Angeles and No. 5 Cal State Dominguez Hills, respectively. Both games tipoff at 7:30 p.m. Reach Erik Carr at:

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have to focus on one specific area of the game. I just go out there and bring energy and things happen.” Rutledge had 13 points, including several clutch free throws and three rebounds, and credited the Broncos’ early offensive as a key component in the victory. “I think the most important part was taking it to them early,” Rutledge said. “They weren’t really ready for it and we came at them and we just jumped on them from the jump.” The game’s second half was when the nature of frustration, foreshadowed by the high pregame tension between the teams, came to fruition when Coyotes head coach

Jeff Oliver was ejected after receiving his second technical for arguing with the referees with 19:13 left in the game. The Broncos, who led by 15 at the half, expanded their lead to 21 when Jahn hit a layup with 15:05 left, making the score, 45-24. This was the last Bronco basket for 6:58 and in that time, the Coyotes went on a 12-0 run, which cut the Broncos’ lead to nine. The Broncos then went on a 6-0 run, capped off by Anderson, who at 2:40 left in the game, thrilled the more than 1,000 in attendance with a dunk to make the score, 5945. In the final minute of play, the Coyotes managed

to cut the lead down to four after going on a 16-6 run when senior forward Robbie Robinson hit the last two of his perfect 5 of 5 performance from the line to make the score, 65-61. With 17 seconds to play, Rutledge was fouled twice by Robinson and gave another clutch performance, making all four of his free throws and doubling the lead to make the score, 69-61. In the first half, an Anderson layup just 37 seconds into the game gave the Broncos the lead and they never surrendered it. They led by as many as 17 when Rutledge hit his first of eight free throws with three seconds left in the half.

At the end of the weekend’s CCAA action, the Tritons (99, 4-8) fell one spot to eighth place while the Pioneers (214, 0-12) remained in 12th place and the Coyotes (10-5, 8-3) remained in third. The Broncos finish their road trip with games against Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State this Thursday and Saturday, respectively. “Every team is right there with each other pretty much,” Kamansky said. “If we can play with some poise down the stretch, you’ve got to win the close games.” Both games begin at 7:30 p.m. Reach Erik Carr at:


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