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VOL. LXVI NO. 18
A matter of time and money
Building on week of events
Members of the Academic Senate raise concerns regarding timing and funding of semester switch on Wednesday RACHEL WINTER
Staff Writer Key concerns regarding timing and money were discussed at Wednesday’s Academic Senate meeting about calendar conversion. Faculty and staff voiced concerns and opinions from their respective departments, as well as whether their departments were for or against semester calendar conversion. While a number of the vocalized concerns were against a switch, David Speak, vice chair of the Academic Senate and chair of the Political Science Department, said it was not a clear-cut consensus. “My best guess is that the faculty is more or less evenly divided on this,” said Speak. “Significant proportions of the faculty would be in favor if there was an adequate funding and an adequate timetable. Nobody is willing to convert on a foolish timetable. Given adequate resources and timetable, I think at least a significant proportion of the faculty is going to favor conversion.”
Gwen Urey, chapter president of the California Faculty Association and urban and regional planning professor, expressed concern over the money that is supposed to come to the university when and if Cal Poly Pomona is to make the switch. “At this point, Provost [Marten] denBoer’s assurances… I’m not sure if I believe those promises and I would want those promises in writing with a lot of detail about how the faculty would be compensated for the work of conversion,” said Urey. “If we convert, it would be so foolish to try and do it as efficiently [without writing].” denBoer, vice president of Academic Affairs, said if the funding for the switch is not there, then conversion would not happen and most of the funding would go toward faculty for conversion. Timing of the conversion was also a concern among faculty members, as many said now is not a good time to be thinking about converting to semesters due to the See SENATE/Pg. 5
Engineering Council hosts a week-long celebration during National Engineers Week ERIN O’ BRIEN
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Hector Mireles, college of science senator and physics professor expresses concern that student voices have been overlooked throughout calendar conversion discourse.
The Engineering Council and more than 30 clubs affiliated with The College of Engineering hosted a series of events last week during National Engineers Week. “Engineers Week is a national celebration that’s celebrated between all sorts of colleges and national corporations just to celebrate what engineering is and what we [engineers] do for society,” said Jessica Byrd, engineering council activities coordinator. This year for E-week there was a whole series of scheduled events all with the theme, “Enginerd: Embrace the nerd in you.” Students were encouraged to participate in events from Feb. 21 to Feb. 25 and remember why they like engineering. See E-WEEK/Pg. 4
Children’s Center struggles for self sufficiency MITCHELL SALTZMAN
News Editor With a $30,000 cut last year by Associated Students, Inc. and a projected budget still in the red, the Children’s Center at Cal Poly Pomona is going through financial hardships while working toward becoming more self-sustained. “We’re trying to do as much as we can here to survive,” said Yvonne Bailey, director of the Children’s Center. “Basically, that’s what we’re trying to do; Just survive and provide a quality school for the kids.”
In order to partially make up for the cut in funding from ASI, the Children’s Center has been adhering to a three-phase budgetary stipulation that the ASI Senate approved in May 2010. Upon completion of the three phases by a given deadline, up to $15,000 worth of earmarked funds would be made available to the Children’s Center. ASI Vice President Johnathan Jianu, who served as senator at-large for the ASI Senate last year, said the intent of the stipulation was to gradually decrease the funds from ASI
that the Children’s Center relies on. One of the concerns brought up last year about the Children’s Center was that too much money was allocated to a program that was only used by a small number of people from the CPP community. “The view of last year’s Senate was that the amount allocated to the Children’s Center was disproportionate to the amount of students it serves,” said Jianu. “However, it does provide quality service to the students it does serve.” At Thursday’s ASI Senate meeting, the senators
voted on a reorganization of the stipulation that would switch the second and third phases. Instead of having to present a finalization of a detailed plan for financial self-sufficiency – Phase II – by the last ASI Senate meeting of the quarter, the Children’s Center now must present a draft of a detailed plan of action to secure alternative sources of funding equal to or greater than 15 percent of the 2011-12 ASI allocation request – Phase III. “I was just grateful,” said Bailey of her reaction to the vote. “I was so happy
that the students really understood our situation.” In addition to getting funding through completion of the phases, Bailey has also worked toward securing money through numerous grants. According to Bailey’s presentation at the Feb. 10 ASI Senate meeting, in the 2010-11 academic year, grants make up 78 percent of the Children’s Center’s sources of funding, approximately $952,581. “Even before the stipulation was passed, the Children’s Center had already been working very hard on things like funding,”
said Cora Culla, executive director of ASI. “They are actually number one for the entire campus in terms of total number of grants they have been able to obtain for their program.” Bailey said without grants, the Children’s Center would not be the same program it is today. “The parents here of the students can’t afford their tuition plus childcare,” said Bailey. “So with these grants, we’re able to provide them with free childcare services or subsidized [childcare services]. And then, some of the students See CENTER/Pg. 3
Accomplished professor, author Political Science professor Renford Reese has been teaching at Cal Poly Pomona for 15 years and has already achieved many of his professional goals FARHEEN DAYALA
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Renford Reese has taught at Cal Poly Pomona for 15 years and authored five books, including ‘American Paradox: Young Black Men.’
Renford Reese has taught for many years and it was through teaching that he learned an important lesson. “The main thing I’ve learned from teaching is that students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” said Reese. “I’ve learned that if you give students respect, you get it back; I’ve been at Cal Poly Pomona
for 15 years and on a scale of one to 10, it’s been a 10 every year.” The political science professor said his passion for teaching others came at an early age. While growing up in a partially segregated town in Georgia known as “Blacksville,” Reese said he knew educating others was something he wanted to dedicate his life to. “When I grew up, we didn’t have sidewalks or streetlights, and as a kid, I
wondered why people from the other side of the railroad track [had them] and we didn’t,” said Reese. “I became furious of the constructive divisions that were politically manipulated. So at a very early age, I decided to commit my life to dealing with issues that help bridge these ethnic cleavages.” Reese has also authored five books. His most wellknown book, “American Paradox: Young Black See REESE/Pg. 3
NEWS: Research on the Go workshop
LIFESTYLE: Drop dead drag show
OPINIONS: Never too
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SPORTS: Broncos play tonight at Kellogg Gym.
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Importance of mobile research KIRK HEMANS
Staff Writer Last week, Cal Poly Pomona librarians informed students and faculty about useful tools designed for mobile devices so they could research anywhere and everywhere. “You guys have your phones with you every second of the day so it would be easy to maybe do a little research or a little reading when you have a few minutes waiting for the doctor or something like that,” said University Librarian Ann Morgan. The Research on the Go workshop, presented by Cal Poly Pomona Librarians Julie Shen and Ann Morgan, served as a means of informing attendees about the educational research tools available for their mobile devices. “We want to let students, faculty, anybody know that a lot of the database vendors and journal publishers are beginning to come out with mobile websites and apps that make it easier to use their databases and journals on a mobile device,” said Morgan. ARTstor Mobile, EBSCOhost Mobile, IEEE Xplore,
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Julie Shen, business and science librarian for the University Library, co-hosted a seminar regarding mobile applications used for research. JSTOR, Science Mobile, WorldCat, WilsonWeb and the Cal Poly Pomona University Library mobile website were some of the resources presented at the workshop. WorldCat, which claims to be the world’s largest library
catalog, has a mobile feature that can search the catalogs of nearby libraries based on the current location of the mobile device. ARTstor Mobile is an image database that has a “FlashCard View” feature for
mobile devices that allows people to make digital “flash cards” of images so they can test their art history knowledge while on their phone. Many of the mobile sites and apps presented were equipped with features allowing the user to e-mail their search results to their e-mail address so they could later download and view the research materials on a desktop or laptop computer. First-year English student Derek Smith said he attended the workshop hoping to learn about useful resources for his research while he’s out and about. “I was expecting one source,” said Smith. “I got six, seven [or] eight.” Before the workshop, Smith wasn’t aware of all mobile researching tools available to him. “Some of these I have never heard of, like WorldCat, WilsonWeb, IEEE Xplore,” said Smith. “I didn’t know that the library had a mobile website [either] so that’s good news.” Shen, who has only had her smart phone for a month, said she wants Cal Poly PoSee MOBILE/Pg. 5
Virtual classrooms being pilot tested ERIN MOLL
Staff Writer A new online class program at Cal Poly Pomona has been pilot tested on three classes with plans to continue implementation in the future. This program, or web conferencing technology, is part of eLearning, which is a department in the Division of Instructional and Information Technology. It offers a broad range of services dedicated to enhancing learning and teaching in the traditional classroom and the online environment. “Elluminate Live!,” now called Blackboard Collaborate, is essentially a web conferencing tool that can be used to create virtual class-
rooms and meeting spaces,” said Karen Brzoska, associate director of instructional and information technology. “Students can participate in online, real-time classes from their homes, dorm rooms, university computer labs or anywhere they have Internet access.” There is a specific set of instructions that the online course system must follow. “The eLearning Advisory Board and Faculty Fellows group has sent a set of definitions as standards to be adopted by the Faculty Senate,” said Hye Ok Park, the director of eLearning. “When students take online or hybrid courses, they may or may not be required to come to the physical classroom for every hour of the
instruction depending on how the individual faculty chooses to teach and interact with their instructor and classmates online.” Brzoska said web conferencing technology has been used in the business sector for a number of years, but is now gaining popularity in the education sector as a method to enhance online teaching and learning. In order to participate in the virtual classroom, students can use a computer to access their Blackboard course during pre-arranged times and click on a link to activate the virtual classroom. “The classroom interface includes a webcam video of the instructor as well as a whiteboard area where fac-
ulty and students can display PowerPoint slides, documents, websites and other course materials,” said Brzoska. “There is a chat box for text interaction as well as the ability for students to use webcams and microphones for class presentations and to participate in discussions.” While this sounds like a completely independent system, Park said this will not be replacing the current system. Instead, it will be used to unionize what students are already using in Blackboard. “Elluminate is one of the features in our existing Blackboard online learning system and will be used in conjunction with Blackboard - not replacing it,” said Park. See ONLINE/Pg. 4
Students promote greener future JASMINE LOWE
Staff Writer The Alliance to Save Energy’s Green Campus Program provides college students with the opportunity to be energy-efficiency leaders for the future. The organization works with 19 different universities and colleges, and employs nearly 100 interns each year. Each intern works to create and put into action various energy saving projects on campus that they hope will also carry on into the homes of members of the campus community. They collectively try to educate students, staff, faculty and the local community about
the importance of energy conservation and energy savings. The Green Campus Program was developed by the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance to Save Energy and funded by California ratepayers under the sponsorship of Southern California Edison and the University of California, California State University, and InvestorOwned Utility Energy Efficiency Partnership as well as a grant from the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability. “I just transferred here in September to Cal Poly [Pomona] and I was looking for some programs that were sustainability-focused,” said Krisha Hernandez-Pruhs, a
third-year anthropology student who is a project coordinator and Green Campus intern. The Green Campus Program interns represent six University of California campuses, six California State Universities, and Stanford University. Interns work closely with faculty, staff, administrators and other students on their own universities to engage their campus community in energy-efficiency projects. Program representatives hope to demonstrate how energy and sustainability are essential to our society by educating individuals on reducing energy waste through improvements in energy use behaviors, pur-
chasing decisions and operational changes through student-led energy efficiency campaigns. “We currently do speaking engagements tailored to a particular class’ syllabus,” said Cynthia Joe, a thirdyear urban and regional planning student who serves as team manager, project coordinator and Green Campus intern. “For green career development, we hosted a Career Panel at the ENV Jobs fair in March 2010.” The organization on campus has also assisted with lighting audits such as Green Commons and External Walkways, and spearheaded the ENV 1,000 Challenge in which Green Campus chalSee GREEN/Pg. 4
NEWS NEW S IN BRIEF
‘Greener Valleys’ recap
CAPS adds 24-hour hotline A new 24-hour hotline has been launched by Counseling and Psychological Services. The service will be available to students, faculty and staff at (909) 869-3220 followed by the number 2. The hotline will provide crisis counseling over the phone. CAPS has also added two key members into its staff to better serve the campus community’s psychological needs. Diane Shelton will serve as the crisis and case management coordinator. She will provide assistance to those in mental health crises as well as following up on them. David Block will also be providing mental health assistance and patient education. Individuals can talk to professional counselors at CAPS located in room 116 of the Bronco Bookstore building.
The College of Environmental Design’s hosted the Greener Valleys: Creating Jobs and Sustainable Neighborhoods in the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire conference on Tuesday. Altogether, 30 individuals representing the public sector, business, communities, academia and land-use professionals were present. Former Governor of Maryland Parris Glendening, president of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute, was a key note speaker at the conference. One issue Glendening spoke about was the commute products, people and employers undertake. During the forum, he discussed the methods that other cities and states are using create sustainable neighborhoods. Glendening said in the global economy the key for cities and regions to remain competitive was recognizing location is the greatest asset to offer businesses.
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FEB. 21, 3:20 p.m. An incident occur red at the Cal P oly Pomona Police Department. A report was made that a bike was stolen a month ago. Disposition: Report taken.
FEB. 21, 5:48 p.m. An incident occur red at the P arking Structure. A laptop and a notebook were found in the parking structure. Disposition: Information received.
FEB. 17, 2:11 a.m. An incident occurred at Kellogg West. There were complaints of guests being too loud. Disposition: Return to normal duty.
FEB. 17, 9:45 p.m. An incident occur red at the Colleg e of Agriculture. A female student was dizzy and having trouble standing up. She had recently switched medication. Disposition: Assisted.
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FEB. 22, 3:58 a.m. An incident occur red at the Colleg e of Business Administration. T he ﬁrst ﬂoor custodian found marijuana in a classroom. Disposition: Return to normal duty.
FEB. 22, 9:44 a.m. An incident occur red at Building 24. A female student w as feeling sick. The student had a histor y of fainting spells since she was 16 years old. Disposition: Assisted.
FEB. 22, 10:27 a.m. An incident occur red at the Bronco Fitness Center. A male was not feeling w ell because of pain medication for his back. Disposition: Assisted.
FEB. 20, 4:42 a.m. An incident occurred at Parking Lot C. A report was made that there w ere 2 skateboarders in Parking Lot C. Disposition: Advised and complied.
FEB. 21, 9:23 a.m. An incident occur red at the Cal P oly Pomona Police Department. A subject w as attempting to break into a vehicle. Disposition: Report taken.
FEB. 21, 11:42 a.m. An incident occur red at the Engineering Labs. A w allet was found with a larg e amount of money. Disposition: Return to normal duty.
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Benefits of balance GREG TOUMASSIAN
Editor-in-Chief Making time for yourself. It’s a simple idea that becomes hard to comprehend with busy schedules and heavy workloads, but it is essential during the long and trying days of college. Neglecting to get in the time to refresh and replenish day after day begins to add up in a nasty way. It starts slow: Cutting a few hours of sleep to wake up early and finish work, leaving school late after a long cram session and eventually it becomes a pattern. Everyday school comes first, work comes first and everyone and everything else comes first. Slowly but surely, the person who needs your attention most at the end of the day is being neglected and forgotten: Yourself. And one day the realization will hit – and it packs a wallop – that you have let work and everything else bury the person you once were. To those who are thinking, “this guy speaks from experience,” I have to say – pulling from The Fonz’s vocabulary – “Correctomundo.” Instead of managing workloads appropriately, the idea stuck that I could grind and grind all the way to graduation. I became pulp and it became apparent that my assumptions were unrealistic. Pushing yourself to the edge and then continuing to push is by no means healthy. Sometimes when a person is buried in everything going on, it’s hard to tell just how much damage is being done. Yes, hard work and high standards are great things to set as goals, but they shouldn’t be concrete objectives. As a self-proclaimed See UNFILTERED/Pg. 4
Men,” examines the role of African American men in society and is in more than 600 libraries, including the personal libraries of Bill Clinton and Jesse Jackson. “The thesis [of “American Paradox: Young Black Men”] is that young black men have embraced a model of masculinity that is ‘the gangster thug model,’” said Reese. “The enthusiastic embrace of that model is detrimental to an entire generation of a people. I don’t think I’ll ever write a book that is as powerful or as influential.” Beyond books, one of Reese’s quotes was published on millions of Starbucks cups as “The Way I See It” Quote #294: “Insensitivity makes arrogance ugly; empathy is what makes humility beautiful.” “Humility is one of the most important concepts in the English language,” said Reese. “Those are the words I live by, they came from my heart.” While Reese enjoys writing, he also mentors students, parolees and prison inmates. However, it’s teaching he enjoys the most. “Teaching is who I am,” said Reese. “In 15 years, I might have missed three lectures, that’s with the traveling I’ve done. Teaching is everything to me, everything else is secondary.” In his classroom, Reese has a rule that prohibits students to wear gear from other schools. “On my first day of class I tell my students that they can’t come in wearing paraphernalia from another university,” said Reese. “I fundamentally believe that our students at Cal Poly Pomona
are just as gifted, talented, creative, brilliant as students anywhere else and what I want to do is encourage them [and] motivate them to believe in themselves.” Reese allows his students to challenge him in a physical competition for a chance to do an extra credit assignment. Reese remained undefeated for seven years until a student beat him at bowling. “The reason I do [the physical challenge] is because it gives me a chance to connect with my students outside of the classroom; it’s something that is challenging, engaging and fun. It’s something they’re always going to remember.” On top of teaching and challenging his students in and out of the classroom, Reese said he supports his students outside the classroom. “I support all my students,” said Reese. “If they sing in a choir, play basketball, whatever they do, I’m there; I’m always cheering them on.” Cristina Saca, a third-year political science student and the president of the Political Science club said she has learned a lot from taking Reese’s classes. “He is very inspirational, he believes in each one of us,” said Saca. “He is always pushing us to do our best; I learned from him that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.” When Reese is not teaching in a classroom, he said he enjoys teaching students through the study abroad program in places like Amsterdam and Ghana. “I don’t think that student learning takes place just on a college campus; that’s why
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Renford Reese, political science professor, educates students and faculty on what segregated life was like in Georgia during the 1960s in a Jan. 19 presentation about Martin Luther King Jr. and racial segregation. I fundamentally believe in taking my students abroad every summer,” said Reese. “Rather than just talking about slavery, I’d rather take them to the source. I think it’s a reflection of how we do things at Cal Poly Pomona.” Reese also founded the Colorful Flags Program at Cal Poly Pomona. In this program, students are each given colorful cards that represent countries. Written on the cards are five common phrases from languages such as Urdu, Hebrew and Mandarin. The program was created in an effort to create cultural competency and celebrate cultural differences. Reese’s former student Oronne Chizmi Wami, who graduated in 2008 with a sociology degree, said she remembers her flag. “[My card] was Mandarin and I still know how to say ‘Hi, how are you?’ in Mandarin,” said Wami. “Just knowing how to say hello in a different language, you can change someone’s perspective of you [and] I thought
I support all of my students. If they sing in a choir, play basketball, whatever they do, I’m there; I’m always cheering them on. - Renford Reese political science professor
that was pretty cool.” Wami also said another one of Reese’s unique qualities is his ability to remember students’ names. “One thing that really stood out to me was that anytime I’d run into [Reese] or see him on or off campus, he would still remember his students’ name,” said Wami. “That’s something so small, but it’s something that stands out to you. [Reese] puts in extra effort which not every professor has the ability to do; he always goes
above and beyond for his students.” After teaching for 15 years, Reese said he has accomplished more goals than he had imagined. “In terms of my professional goals, I’m done,” said Reese. “I’ve accomplished everything that I had envisioned and more ... 100 percent of my focus is on mentorship and giving students a fraction of what I’ve been blessed with in my life.” Reach Farheen Dayala at:
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who don’t qualify for any of our grants, ASI is then able to supplement a little bit of the childcare.” But despite those grants, the Children’s Center is struggling financially. According to Bailey’s presentation, the Children’s Center’s budget for the 2010-11 academic year is $14,695 in the red. “We couldn’t hire a teacher, we also had to eliminate a training coordinator position … we also couldn’t hire a student assistant,” said Bailey. “So there’s three positions that we had to eliminate, and
then on top of everything else, we’re still going to be in the in the hole at the end.” In addition to grants and the money from completing the phases in the stipulations, Bailey is working on other ways to obtain funding. “We are hoping to raise $5,000,” said Bailey. “We just did a Candy Sale for $700, [and] we are going to be doing a silent auction in April. In the past, we have raised up to $3,000, so that will help, and actually, that money is going to go straight to the ASI account-
ing office to help pay for our bills.” Founded in 1974 to meet the needs of studentparents at the university, the Children’s Center now has a total of 105 students enrolled – 62 of which are children of students at Cal Poly Pomona whose ages range from 2 to 5 years old. Although the 2011-12 budget for the Children’s Center remains uncertain, with projections predicting the center being short $7,627, Bailey wanted to assure ASI and students that the Children’s Center is working for its funding.
“We don’t want to take [students’] money from them,” said Bailey. “That’s not what we want to do. It’s not that we’re always going to have our hand out. We’re going to always look for ways to avoid asking mon-
ey from ASI so students can do all of the activities that they want to do.” Chris Bashaw contributed to this article. Reach Mitchell Saltzman at:
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This Week: Tuesday, March 1 Noon to 1 p.m. The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality and Relationships The Violence Prevention and Women’s Resource Center will be screening a documentary about the role pornography plays in society in Andromeda Suite at the Bronco Student Center. The documentary will contain sexually explicit material. Lunch will be provided.
Tuesday, March 1 7 p.m. Basketball Men’s basketball will be playing at San Francisco State. Women’s basketball will be hosting a game against Cal State Stanislaus. Wednesday, March 2 6 to 8 p.m. Fight for the People’s University: A History of the Student Struggle The Students for Quality Education will be hosting a discussion about budget cuts and student activism.
Refreshments will be provided at the event. Wednesday, March 2 Noon to 1 p.m. Bibliography Workshop The University Library will host a workshop on how to do a bibliography in room 2807. Topics include how to identify the parts of a citation and create citations for different types of sources. Friday, March 4 3 to 5 p.m. Fry-Daze: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” ASI Beat will be
screening a classic John Hughes film from the 1980s: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” starring Matthew Broderick. The screening will be in Games Room Etc. at the Bronco Student Center Friday, March 4 8 p.m. Lei Weng Piano Recital Lei Weng, an assistant professor of piano at the University of Northern Colorado, has played a sold-out show at Carnegie Hall and will be playing in the Music Recital Hall.
Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 student admission. March 4-6 2 p.m. Baseball The Bronco Baseball team will be playing Sonoma State. Friday’s game will take place at 2 p.m. There will be a double header against Sonoma State on Saturday at 11 a.m. Sunday’s game will also be taking place at 11 a.m. All games will be taking place at Cal Poly
Pomona. Saturday, March 5 All Day Ben Brown Invitational Men’s and Women’s Track and Field will be at the Ben Brown Invitational for the entire day.
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Various departments from the College of Engineering compete in a water balloon launching contest during U-Hour on Thursday during Engineers Week.
E-WEEK: A reminder of the fun of engineering Continued from page 1 “This is my first year participating and I’m planning it, but everyone has told me that it’s bigger and better than it was last year so that makes me feel good,” said Byrd. Last Tuesday there was a club carnival with 18 clubs participating in a variety of food sales and activities. The clubs had displays and demonstrations for some of the projects they are working on. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers had a place set up for fixing bikes, which proved to be both practical for the many students who ride their bikes around campus and beneficial for the club members to test their skills. AeroVironment, Parsons and the Marines were at the club carnival supporting engineering along with campus programs such as the Career Center, Associated Students Inc. and the Student Alumni Association. “Tuesday [the Engineering Meadow] was packed all the way down [with] just fun games and activities, things to remind engineering stu-
dents how fun engineering is,” said Andrea Ferris, Engineering Council president. “There was an airplane dart game where the students tried to drop a dart onto a map of Cal Poly [San Luis Obispo]. If you hit a building you got free candy or a prize of some sort.” Thursday there was an E-week bowl where 10 clubs competed for points that counted toward the overall score of E-week. The bowl consisted of an academic competition with three club members on each of the 10 teams answering academic questions for the first half, and competing in a sling shot water balloon competition and a tin foil boat design competition for the second half. “It shows how people can just make stuff up and how good they are on their feet,” said Adam Sharp, a fifth-year mechanical engineering student and member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. “We’ve done stuff kind of like this in our club meetings. It’s kind of cool to see the different de-
signs and stuff; how different they are.” The American Society of Civil Engineers had a large turnout, as they had encouraged club members to come to the E-bowl with the incentive of free food and ended up taking first place in the competition. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers were second place winners and Engineers Without Borders took third place in the E-bowl. With elections for next year’s Engineering Council coming up on March 8, the Engineering Council sought to promote what they do by speaking to students at their booth and selling engineering items such as T-shirts and pens. At night there was Engineers Pack The Stands at the men’s and women’s basketball games along with Faculty Appreciation Night where Felipe Perez from Civil Engineering and William Davis Jr. from Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering were both celebrated for their contributions to engineering.
The Ultimate Frisbee tournament that was scheduled for Saturday was rescheduled for this Saturday due to the weather. During all the events, engineering students were competing in Penny Wars, a competition between the different engineering departments that all went toward raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Organizers of E-week sought to remind students of the fun involved in engineering and to show that engineering is not an exclusive community. Ferris said there are nonengineering students, such as business, math and computer science students who also get involved in engineering clubs. “It’s not intended to be a cliquishtype society,” said Ferris. “Anybody is welcome, anybody who wants to be involved, anybody who wants to learn how to weld, how to build a car – they’re welcome.” Reach Erin O’ Brien at:
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lenged the College of Environmental Design to take 1000 sustainability pledges. Joe is also working on a water efficiency project in the residence halls along University Drive and coordinating a kitchen efficiency project at the Collins College. The Green Campus Pro-
gram is planning to work with the University Housing Services and the University Village to get students to sign up for Earth Hour. Earth Hour will take place on March 26 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and aims to have everyone pledge to unplug and omit the use of electricity for that time.
“One of the major projects that I have been working on right now is Earth Hour,” said HernandezPruhs. “It’s an educational slash outreach event. It’s really kind of to push the envelope instead of saving it just on campus, but to get students to save energy in their homes.”
The Alliance to Save Energy has inspired many people on campus to get involved and help improve the environment. “I definitely feel that I can make a difference working with this organization,” said Huang. “It provides many opportunities and resources for interns to pursue
the projects they feel would most benefit the campus in energy and water savings.” To learn more about the Alliance to Save Energy’s Green Campus Program at Cal Poly Pomona, go to Greencampuscpp.webs.com. Reach Jasmine Lowe at:
ONLINE: Course project still under development Continued from page 2 Not only are students able to communicate electronically through many forms with this program, but there is also a polling feature that has proven to be useful for promoting student interaction. “Instructors can ask students to use the voting tool to select from a list of possible answers to a question and the results are then tabulated and displayed anonymously
in the form of a graph, said Brzoska. “Students can see how their classmates responded and instructors can use this information to ignite discussions and check for student understanding.” The first pilot project in fall 2010 involved 189 students where in-depth testing was used to determine if students using assistive technologies, such as screen readers can, effectively ac-
cess and participate in the classes. The first pilot was successful and administrators decided to continue using the technology. During the fall 2010 academic quarter, the piloted classes were the following: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Introduction to Philosophy and Consumer Chemistry. Phase II of the project involves a partnership with
other CSU campuses that have initiated their own pilots of Blackboard Collaborate. “By joining together, we can share knowledge, resources and best practices,” said Brzoska. “A few faculty members are using Blackboard Collaborate this quarter to supplement their online and face-to-face courses. In spring 2011, we will have additional pilot courses.”
Park also has high hopes for this new system and its effectiveness in the future. “We are hopeful students will find the collaborative web-conferencing chat features of Elluminate that complements all the other nice features of Blackboard helpful in their learning,” said Park. Reach Erin Moll at:
Making time for you Continued from page 3 perfectionist – for all the wrong reasons – I am trying to break from my shell and take it easy. In the same way alcoholics admit they have a problem, I admit that I am addicted to the highest attainable standard. I push and I push for perfection and sometimes it becomes unreasonable, especially in the grand scheme of things. It’s easy to get caught up in the fine details, especially working for a newspaper, but there is a line between excellence and irrationality that becomes blurred at times. This isn’t a means of bragging but rather admittance to a bad trait I continue to work on. And while looking at the larger picture, the realization of the importance of having time for one’s self became glaringly apparent. Work and school can follow a person around like a heavy weight. Arm this load with sleepless nights, high stress situations and other bad habits, and it is a recipe for disaster. Being able to check-in the emotional baggage of the day and do what you want is incredibly important. Not to say everyone should take a vacation, but finding some time in the day to do just what you want helps keep a person balanced. And that’s what it comes down to: balance. Working hard, setting reasonable goals and finding time to unwind at the end of the day help a person keep balanced, healthy and happy. Reach Greg Toumassian at:
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mona students to be equipped with these mobile tools. â€œWeâ€™re trying to bring something thatâ€™s already out there in the world to Cal Poly Pomona and make sure that our students are up to speed on all the latest tools,â€? said Shen. Librarian Donald Page said people have already begun using their mobile devices to look up books in the library. â€œWorking at the research help desk, a number of times now, students have come to me [and] they want to know how to find books upstairs,â€? said Page. â€œTheyâ€™ve already searched for it, and [the information is] on their phones. They just donâ€™t know what to do with the information.â€? Library Assistant Nancy Daugherty said she finds the mobile research sites and apps useful because she does not have access to a computer at home. She also said for people waiting in line to use the library computers, using these mobile resources could help them get started as they wait. Smith said these resources could help him research topics while theyâ€™re still fresh in his mind, helping him with retention. â€œI can check it out and then e-mail it to myself later,â€? said Smith. â€œAt least the idea is safe rather than just lost with all the other stuff I have going on. Morgan said she hoped attendees would leave with the knowledge that mobile devices are another avenue available for people to do research on.
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Abolhassan Halati, a senator from the College of Business, poses questions and concerns at Wednesdayâ€™s Academic Senate meeting.
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universityâ€™s lack of funds. â€œThere was a lot of talk about timing: Whether this was the right time to do it given the budget pressure â€Ś and thatâ€™s certainly a valid point,â€? said denBoer. â€œBut I would argue there is probably no good time to do this if we want to do it. I think at some point itâ€™s something we will probably have to do.â€? Cal Poly Pomona is one of the few California State Universities that still remains on the quarter system, a fact denBoer said might not be a good thing. â€œIf you look at the number of universities that were on the quarter system even just 10 or 15 years ago, we are going to be a tiny minority in the not-too-distant future,â€? said denBoer. â€œThatâ€™s probably not a good place for us to be.â€? Dale Turner, philosophy
professor and senator of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, said there is a general distrust in whether or not what the chancellorâ€™s office says about funding will happen, with Urey reiterating that funding promises wonâ€™t be trusted until they are in writing. Results of a survey taken by students at Cal Poly Pomona showed that of the 2,700 students who took the survey, 92 percent were against conversion. Associated Students, Inc. also voiced opposition to the switch and said student voices shouldnâ€™t be overlooked. â€œWith 2,700 students voting on such an item, this is a fact that this is an important thing that we really need to follow and itâ€™s really annoying to hear some people mention 11 percent is not credible,â€? said Ismael Souley, ASI
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president. Hector Mireles, associate physics professor, said studentsâ€™ needs and wants have to be looked at just as much as the needs and wants of everyone else. â€œWe must take into account the real composition of our students and the type of students that we have as constituents,â€? said Mireles. â€œOur Cal Poly [Pomona] students are seeing the pains of the
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budget cuts and the economic crises in Southern California. We need to look at the kinds of students we are. Theyâ€™re working much more than any other students Iâ€™ve seen â€Ś Quarters are a lot more flexible for them than being in a class for six months, which is a long, long time. Letâ€™s think of the particular kind of student who comes to Cal Poly [Pomona].â€? While concerns against a
switch were vocalized, University President Michael Ortiz said graduation rates were a concern going into conversion talks. â€œIf we were doing as we say we should be doing and we were graduating students the way we should be graduating students based on the quality of students that we admit, I donâ€™t think we would be having this discussion,â€? said Ortiz after the meeting. In 2010, the overall sixyear graduation rate in the CSU system was approximately 46 percent and in January of that same year it was announced that a graduation initiative was in place to raise the percentage up to 54 percent by 2016.
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A budget builder’s best friend EVAN PERKINS
Opinions Editor Being a car lover often entails hours of drooling over parts in catalogues and staring longingly at web pages stocked with expensive mechanical offerings. I have ruined many a good keyboard via salivatory mishaps over parts I will most likely never be able to afford on a journalist’s salary. Fortunately, there is a better way to obtain the parts necessary to build a car. With nothing more than a few clicks of my saliva -soaked keyboard, I find myself at one of the most useful parts resources available on the web: Craigslist. As cliché as it may be, Craigslist is a fantastic resource for car parts and has made all of my car builds possible. It truly is amazing the amount of automotive knickknacks that pop up on Craigslist, albeit a high level of patience is required to sort through all of the bogus listings that clutter the website. There are so many amazing deals that pop up on the site, which can easily become hazardous to a gear head with a lack of self-control. Craigslist is the medium through which a large number of car guys can come together. Inarguably, the best part of Craigslist is that you are dealing with real people. While this can potentially make a sale more difficult, it also leaves room for the time-honored tradition of haggling. Who says you See PARTS/Pg. 7
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Raven of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’-fame lip-snyching and performing to Katy Perry’s hit ‘California Gurls’ at the Pride Center’s Drop Dead Drag Show & Dance: Je ton Amour!
‘Drop Dead’ Gorgeous Gender boundaries were challenged, broken and bent for Pride Center’s drag show event at Ursa Major in BSC DERRICK TARUC
Lifestyle Editor Hostess Regina Styles walked out onto the catwalk in what would only be the first in a slew of glamorous outfits. In a short blonde wig and a long flowing black dress that hugged her buxom body, she greeted the awaiting and growing crowd. “Ladies and gentlemen and gender benders, are you ready for some Drop Dead Drag?” she said loudly into her microphone. The crowd – an audience that would total almost 250 by the end of the night – answered with loud applause and cheers. Friday’s Drop Dead Drag Show & Dance: Je ton Amour!, presented by The Pride Center and Coordinator Jami Grosser was held in Ursa Major at the Bronco Student
Center, a night of drag queens and kings as well as participatory gender bending. Performers and some audience members dressed up as men, women or as hybrids of the two. Featured were Raven of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”-fame, San Diego Kings and student performers from Cal Poly Pomona and UC Riverside. The show was rounded out by DJ Equip and the very funny, affable and engaging hostess, Regina Styles who performed as well. The stage performers took turns to challenge, break, bend and play with gender norms, but most of all to entertain with music, dance and lip-synching. Each performance was loudly cheered by the audience, but it was obvious that many came to see headliner Raven – born David Petruschin – the first runner-up of the second season of Logo TV show, “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” For her first performance, decked out in a dress worthy of the Oscar red carpet, she proudly lip-synched to the music of Club 69 declaring “I’m a diva from head to toe See DRAG/Pg. 10
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San Diego Kings’ emcee Regina Styles performing and engaging the audience at the Pride Center’s Drop Dead Drag Show & Dance: Je ton Amour!
Cosplay with the Neo Anime Club Cal Poly Pomona’s Neo Anime Club hosted its second Cosplay Contest of the year on Thursday AARON BAGAMASPAD
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Kyle Bangayan, a fifth-year engineering technology student and secretary of the club, in a costume inspired by the unreleased ‘Valkyria Chronicles 3.’
Room 202 in Building 66 was transformed from an ordinary lecture room to a gathering hall for anime and pop culture enthusiasts on Thursday. During a break in the Neo Anime Club’s meeting, a handful of members and officers took center stage to present to the rest of the club the characters they had embodied for the night. There was a wide range of costumes: characters made famous in the United States, such as Monk from the TV show “Monk” and
Alice from “Alice in Wonderland” to those more popular in Japan, such as Brock from “Pokemon” and Grell from “kuroshitsuii.” One by one, contestants enthusiastically presented themselves to their peers as the characters they had dressed up as, and the crowd clapped and cheered for their favorite costumes. After club members and officers voted for their favorite costumes, they crowned April Buyer, a sixth-year graphic design student, as the victor of its second Cosplay Contest of the year. It wasn’t hard to see why: Her handmade costume – that took about ten hours to make – emphasized even the smallest details. Buyer had put a lot of effort into making sure that everything, from the white dress she wore down to the scripted Japanese text on her sash, was as accurate
as possible. “It’s almost like you’re a celebrity because you make people happy seeing their favorite characters come to life,” said Buyer. “It’s a lot of fun. But yeah, that’s what cosplay is: costume play.” Cosplay is more than just playing dress up. When you put on a costume, whether handmade or bought, you become your character. Dedicated cosplayers, such as Buyer, pick up their character’s personality and represent it honorably. This sort of role-playing occurs all over the world nearly year round in conventions such as the London Movie Comic & Media Expo In England, the Toronto AnimeCon in Canada and the local Anime Expo in Los Angeles. “Cosplay is a past time for some anime hobbyists in which they create and put together a costume
that has been inspired from Japanese animation,” said Kyle Bangayan, a fifthyear engineering technology student. From schoolgirls with plush dolls to futuristic warriors with giant swords and all that’s in between, the Neo Anime Cosplay Contest gave spectators a sight to behold. With the exception of Monk’s brown business suit, which took third place out of the nine contestants, all the costumes and props used for the contest were handmade. “It took me 72 hours,” said third-year Environmental Engineering student Korinne Poynter who dressed up as Son Goku from “Saiyuki.” “The shoulder pads are made out of thigh pads from football, and I modified them to be shoulders, the spikes are wood, the rest is just material, and the belt is just a normal belt cut up See ANIME/Pg. 8
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Love, sex and singing Nazis CPP’s Theatre Department previews its production of the musical ‘Cabaret’ last Thursday SHIAN SAMUEL
Staff Writer Actresses strutted and danced on stage in corsets, small shorts and netted stockings last Thursday at Cal Poly Pomona’s Theatre Department preview of the musical production “Cabaret,” directed by Theatre Department Chair Julian White. The opening scene did not hide what the evening had in store. The Kit Kat girls showed off their raunchy dance moves for the audience, all led by the emcee, played by third-year Theatre student, Kelsie Spellman in the CPP production. The scene took place in the Kit Kat nightclub in Berlin, where the Kit Kat girls’ jobs were to entertain men by dancing, singing and possibly sleeping with them. The story, written by Joe Masteroff, is about forbidden love involving a young American novelist, Clifford Bradshaw, played by sixth-year Theatre student Daniel Bravo, who travels to Germany to write his next story. While there, he falls in love with Sally Bowles, a British Kit Kat girl played by third-year Hotel and Restaurant Management student Veronica Bell, who is reluctant to be with him due to her carefree lifestyle. “I have something to sell: love,” said the emcee. To the girls, love meant selling their bodies. In order to make money to survive, love is the one thing that some of them portray wanting the most. Depicting this want for love is Sally, who is uncertain about wanting to stay with Clifford.
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The Kit Kat girls singing and dancing for the Theatre Department’s production of ‘Cabaret,’ directed by Theatre Department Chair Julian White. Clifford stays in a hotel owned by Fraulein Schneider, a woman who falls in love with a Jewish/ German man, Herr Shultz. Both couples are tested in the strength of their love as the Nazi regime emerges and persecutes all those who aren’t Aryan. The departure of a group of minority Kit Kat girls indicated that separation would have to be done quickly. The set was creatively designed for the audience to view scenes taken place at night and set up with nearly transparent buildings to enable visibility of the live band behind it. Much of the set was movable for parts of the stage to roll out and make space for the train, live band and singing scenes. A huge lighted sign stating “Cabaret” hung at the top of the stage, but the word was spelled backwards. Whether it was done on purpose is unknown, but it distracted from the live action. Despite the sign, the
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Playing American writer Clifford Bradshaw in ‘Cabaret,’ sixth-year Theatre student Daniel Bravo talks about his dream of living a new life with Sally Bowles, who is played by third-year Hotel and Restaurant Management student Veronica Bell. lighting was done beautifully. Red and pink lights captured the dramatic makeup on the actor’s faces and the shimmers of the Kit Kat girl’s costumes. Also, the shadows created from the lights gave the sense of incoming trouble. The color red seemed to be part of the show’s
theme. It is the color of love, but also the color of blood and death – foreshadowing the doom to come from the Nazis. Many of the actors spoke with a German accent without much expertise. Accents unintentionally switched from German to American. Singing was performed
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can’t save a few more bucks with some thorough negotiation? The second Internet site that gearheads should frequent is Ebay. While Ebay is in no way a new addition to the plethora of Internet sites, it is definitely a valid place to look for killer deals on car parts. Some of the things that come up for auction can really cut the costs of a project, so it is important to keep a watchful eye for potential cost-cutting deals. Also, many major companies will
sell excess wares on the site. It is not uncommon to find brand-name parts at highly discounted prices. The third, but by no means the worst, option to finding budget friendly parts is local swap meets. For Bronco gearheads, this means the Pomona Swap Meet. Gearheads come from all over the state to make it to the Pomona Swap Meet as it is one of the biggest events of its kind. There are hundreds of booths set up with parts from and for virtually every make
and model of vehicle for sale. Also, the people selling the parts are highly motivated to sell, which is always good news for the gearhead in search of a deal. Major vendors often visit the Pomona Swap Meet and offer great deals on parts that would otherwise cost a small fortune. In addition to parts, there are complete cars for sale and car shows for attendees to walk through. If for nothing else, the Pomona Swap Meet is worth a trip for the experience. It’s an early morning event
and quite cold in the winter months, but the deals on parts are unbeatable – besides, it’s a great opportunity to practice those haggling skills. Ingenuity and clever building can overcome a huge amount of the financial stress associated with building a car, but at the end of the day, the sum of the parts used determines the overall quality of the build. Every penny counts. Reach Evan Perkins at:
decently, especially considering the high demand of vocals needed for the musical. Overall, the acting was professionally done, the live band gave a sensation of realistic scenes through
live performances, and the stage presence was great. Substantial effort was obvious in putting this musical together. Reach Shian Samuel at:
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Food depression in session A new study links depression with the kind of food consumed. Are the fast food and junk food you eat negatively affecting how you feel via serotonin, a chemical in your brain? KIMBERLY HADDAD
Staff Writer It’s U-Hour. You’ve been ignoring the sounds of your famished stomach, which has been getting in the way of your ability to focus in class. It’s finally time to fill your body with nutrients. But when you head down to the Marketplace, you are overwhelmed with a large jumble of trans fats, grease, sugars and cholesterol. Little did you know, eating food containing these types of “nourishments” could be a leading factor to depression. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, researchers in Spain followed 12,059 people for more than six years while evaluating their diets, lifestyles and medical problems. The people who consumed the most trans fats, which are usually found in fast food and junk foods, had a 48 percent increased risk of depression in comparison to those who did not eat trans fats. Michele Willingham, director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Cal Poly Pomona, explained there are some studies linking unhealthy eating with sad moods, but the relationship between unhealthy eating and depression is likely more complex than just the food on your plate. “Healthy eating is an investment in yourself, which is a sign of selfesteem – you value yourself so you
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Students in the Marketplace eat fast food from Taco Bell and Carl’s Jr., which according to research, is considered a part of an unhealthy diet that may contribute to depression. put effort into taking care of yourself,” said Willingham. “Unhealthy eating may reflect the opposite, and therefore be partly rooted in lack of self-esteem and self-care.” Willingham also mentioned another recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry in March 2010. It found that “a ‘traditional’ dietary pattern characterized by vegetables, fruit, meat, fish and whole grains was associated with lower odds for major depression or dysthy-
mia and for anxiety disorders. A ‘Western’ diet of processed or fried foods, refined grains, sugary products and beer was associated with higher symptoms.” “There was just over a thousand women studied,” said Willingham. “There appears to be a growing body of research about the relationship between what we eat and how we feel.” For the majority of individuals, unhealthy eating is simply a bad habit that could be defeated, but only
if you desire that type of lifestyle. As stated by Selfesteemexperts. com, the type of food you eat can raise or lower your serotonin levels. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that makes you feel good and can have a lasting effect on how you feel throughout the day. Kevin Conway, a sixth-year engineering student said he never used to eat fast food, but when he did, he noticed himself becoming more lethargic and less active. “I didn’t want to do anything,”
said Conway. “I did notice though, when I stopped eating fast food and went to the alternatives such as Subway, I felt better because I wasn’t just eating processed meat at McDonalds or Jack in the Box. I actually ate veggies like lettuce and tomatoes and that really does affect your mood.” According to WebMD, researchers are currently studying the connection between what we eat and how we feel as changing your diet can alter your metabolism and brain chemistry, ultimately affecting your energy level and mood. “I mean you don’t normally feel good after eating crappy food,” said Dallas Spencer, a first-year business management student. “But I think it’s more of a physical element that you just ate something unhealthy, and it makes you feel bad.” Although this may be true, there are foods that can help boost your mood and energy, including brazil nuts, almonds, skinless chicken, lean pork, spinach, citrus fruits, dark chocolate, and most importantly, water. “There are some great healthy choices on campus,” said Willingham. “Los Olivos always has plenty of fresh, healthy options like fruits and veggies, deli meats, whole grain breads, etc., and students should check out Poly Fresh in the Bronco Student Center or Fresh Escape in the Marketplace.” Reach Kimberly Haddad at:
Unemployment level drops, but jobs stay same Reasons behind slow economic recovery include Obama’s Recovery Act, severe winter weather and individuals’ lack of interest in finding solid jobs ERIN MOLL
Staff Writer According to The Labor Department’s January jobs report, unemployment level in America has dropped, but the current economic recovery has been very slow to generate new jobs. The nation’s unemployment level dropped more sharply than expected in January, surprising economists and suggesting the possibility of more underlying strength in the recovery than many had believed. One student said that although unemployment has dropped, economic recovery has been slow because of how the economy has been affected by Obama’s
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). “I would agree [that economic recovery has been slow to generate new jobs] because unemployment has been spurred as a result of the Obama Recovery Act,” said Ryan White, a fourthyear political science student. The Labor Department’s January jobs report was tempered by reports that employers overall added far fewer jobs than had been projected – and by the disruptive but hard-to-measure effect of severe winter weather that threw a wild card into the equation, according to the article. The economy produced just 36,000 net new jobs last month, as payrolls in construction, transportation and the rapidly growing temporary-help sector fell back. White is not convinced that unemployment will continue to drop. “The numbers are just an illusion to the problems we’re having with
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the economy,” said White. “This is why education is such a high priority today. Rather than spending trillions of dollars on temporary jobs, more should be done to provide more substantial jobs.” Temporary jobs would not provide long-term benefits for the economy or for individuals hoping to make a living and have substantial income. Another student agreed
with the article’s findings, but thought economic recovery has been very slow to generate new jobs because of individuals’ lack of interest in job hunting. “I would agree because some people want to get unemployment money instead of looking for a job,” said Carleen Paraiso, a fourthyear liberal studies student. “I don’t have a problem finding employment, but I have friends who are wait-
ing for their unemployment to expire until they go look for another job.” Perhaps one of the problems is that individuals aren’t being proactive enough about finding solid jobs in the workforce. Even though economic recovery has been slow to generate new jobs, one student said this is better than unemployment remaining an unsolved problem. “The economy has been bad for so long, it is a big sign of improvement to see that unemployment has dropped at all,” said Brayden Scott, a secondyear psychology student. “Rather than focusing on the negatives, we should look at how there have been improvements.” Regardless of the shift in unemployment, it is still difficult for many individuals to find jobs. “As I’ve scoured the papers, I’ve noticed that there are small amounts of jobs available for any career field,” said White. “Even in nursing where there were supposedly many jobs
available, there are still not enough spaces for jobs to be filled.” Sometimes it can also take time after such a difficult period for the economy for there to be signs of improvement. Although most individuals are hoping for continued job growth, Paraiso said she is still pessimistic. “The way things are going right now, I don’t think the situation is going to get better,” said Paraiso. “Places are shutting down because of the poor economy.” Scott said that more needs to be done to provide long term, as well as substantial jobs for individuals. “There have been noticeable improvements in unemployment rates, but I fear that these changes are only temporary,” said Scott. “Individuals need more solid jobs, so they are able to be employed and for long periods of time.” Reach Erin Moll at:
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and then boots.” Poynter dressed up as Son Goku from “Saiyuki.” “I picked this character because a group of us were doing cosplays from the same anime and it seemed like fun to run around with friends,” said Poynter. “You can act like them, or you can act like someone different, and it’s all just for the fun.” Even the handmade
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props deserved recognition for creativity and ingenuity. “I have my own little work where I make props,” said Bangayan, whose own prop and costume was a giant sword styled and influenced from Valkyria Chronicles 3, a strategic role playing game. “I take commissions, get paid to make them and I really enjoy making props. So I made a really big prop to go with my costume and armor. It’s just something I like doing.” With all the time and effort put into making costumes and props, one might think that the contest is very competitive. In reality, the Cosplay Contest is more than just a competition.
“When I started coming to Anime Club three or four years ago, there really wasn’t much social interaction,” said Bangayan. “But we would always have the cosplay contest every quarter. That was the one social event we had. Now we have more events, but the cosplay is still there.” This social event became a tradition that continued to grow and attracted more anime enthusiasts. Not only did it bring forth a larger following, it also tightened the community within the club. Second place in the Cosplay Contest went to Alice from the original Disney film “Alice in Wonderland.” Buyer gave advice on
what makes a winning costume. “It’s cool,” said Buyer. “Surprisingly, this costume only took me about ten hours to make. What makes a good cosplayer is having fun with it, basically. Just enjoy yourself. That‘s what I do, I do it for fun.” Whether you’re into Western or Eastern-influenced pop media, cutesy schoolgirls, hardcore warriors, or you simply enjoy the vibrant colors, overexaggerated actions and reactions or the dialogue shared between the characters, the Neo Anime Club can help fulfill your needs for cosplay and all things anime. Reach Aaron Bagamaspad at:
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(Left) Korinne Poynter, a third-year environmental engineering student, and April Buyer, a sixthyear graphic design student, dress as characters from an anime titled ‘Saiyuki.’
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‘Bulletstorm,’ kill with skill Refreshing new game provides alternative to run-of-the-mill first person shooters MITCHELL SALTZMAN
News Editor If there ever was a case study of what “over-the-top” means when it comes to the first-person shooter genre of video games, it would be “Bulletstorm” for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. Courtesy of Gamespress In fact, the game is so outrageous Main characters Grayson Hunt and Ishi face off against a giant man-eating plant boss in the that before its release, Fox News Xbox 360, PS3 and PC game, ‘Bulletstorm.’ actually wrote an article about the game with the headline: “Is Bullet- space pirate Grayson Hunt and his have been used by their command- reckless assault on Sarrano’s spacestorm the Worst Video Game in the ragtag crew of former black-opera- ing officer, General Sarrano, to kill ship that results in both of them crash World?” tives. innocent civilians who threatened to landing on the alien planet of Stygia. It’s not. Actually, it’s one of the After a successful assassination expose Sarrano’s corruption. What follows is a shallow, but best games of the year so far. of a target believed to be a criminal, Ten years later, driven by his de- nonetheless entertaining, tale of re“Bulletstorm” tells the story of Hunt and his team learn that they sire for revenge, Hunt launches a venge as Hunt fights his way through
hordes of hostile locals in order to find a way home and somehow manage to locate and kill Sarrano along the way. At the core of Bulletstorm’s gameplay is the unique skillshot system that encourages players to kill enemies in a variety of unique ways. There are a total of 131 skillshots for players to discover, with each completed skillshot rewarding a specific number of points based on the difficulty or rarity of the maneuver. So let’s say, for example, the player takes the shotgun and blows an enemy’s torso off. He or she will get the skillshot known as “Topless” along with a 25 point bonus. Kill an enemy with a single shot to the head? “One Hit Wonder:” 25 points. Kick an enemy off a ledge and make them fall to his death? “Vertigo:” 50 points. Shoot a guy in the groin, make him hunch over in pain, and then run over to him and kick his head off? “Mercy:” 100 points. These points are valuable because they serve as the game’s currency. The more points earned, the more ammo and upgrades that can be purchased for weapons. See BULLETSTORM/Pg. 10
‘Hall Pass’ has Farrelly brand of humor Produced, directed and co-written by the Farrelly brothers, ‘Hall Pass’ embodies comedy similar to that of their past movies, such as ‘There’s Something About Mary’ ANTHONY SOLORZANO II
Correspondent Last weekend, a new comedy by the Farrelly brothers hit theaters, providing a closer glimpse at the life of two married couples after they decide to take a week off from marriage. The Farrelly brothers are known for their weird, grossout comedies that end on a sweet note. With movies like “Dumb and Dumber”,
“There’s Something About Mary” and now “Hall Pass,” they stay true to their trademark filmmaking. “Hall Pass”, starring Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate, follows the two couples’ week of experimenting, so to speak. After discovering their husbands obsessions with sex, Maggie (Fischer) and Grace (Applegate) give their husbands Rick (Wilson) and Fred (Sudeikis) “hall passes” – a week off from marriage. Not knowing anything about the dating world, Rick and Fred take a trip to a family restaurant to test their luck with ladies. They invite their friends on the week off for motivational purposes. Soon after their friends discover “hook-ups” won’t be taking place, they leave Rick and Fred alone with their hall passes. While attempting to pick up ladies, without the help of their friends, Rick and Fred get in fist fights and are chased around by ex-boyfriends.
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In ‘Hall Pass,’ Rick, played by Owen Wilson, is given a week off from marriage after his wife discovers his obsession with sex. Soon after finding out about the hall pass, Rick’s kid’s babysitter makes a move on him. At the end of seven days of denials, awkwardness and middle school pick-up lines, both Rick and Fred discover
the real meaning of a hall pass. With the movie’s humorous gags about penises, masturbation and farting, the Farrelly brothers continue to use the same comedy that
made them famous. Behind their sometimesdisturbing film is a sweet core, leaving the audience members with a warm feeling in their hearts. Another aspect worth men-
tioning is Jason Sudeikis’ perfect comedic timing. Proving to be funny even outside of “Saturday Night Live,” Sudeikis’ follow-throughs of jokes seems like second nature to him. During one of the Farrelly brother’s recognizable gags, Sudeikis’ character Fred is arrested for masturbating outside his house in his minivan. After being arrested and released to his wife, Fred is given the hall pass. In this scene, Sudeikis proves to be the funny man needed to follow through on Wilson’s set-ups. The Farrelly brothers aren’t for everyone. Their sweet side is overshadowed by their weird taste in comedy. But if you are a fan of their other movies, you’ll enjoy “Hall Pass.” “Hall Pass” is not the best movie, it’s not the worst movie, but it gets the job done: Rent it when it comes out. Rating: 3.5/5 Reach Anthony Solorzano II at:
‘Paris wife’ brought to life RACHEL WINTER
Staff Writer In Paula McLain’s newest book “The Paris Wife,” history and fiction are intertwined to tell the tale of American author Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson. Although Richardson is remembered for being the woman who lost reams of
Hemingway’s work – the originals and carbon copies – at a train station while vacationing in Switzerland, McLain works past this and instead gives depth to Richardson, allowing a full picture of her to emerge. McLain wanted to give Richardson a voice without making her out to be the villain everyone seems to think she was. Another motive behind writing the book was that Richardson wanted to give readers a view of Hemingway through the eyes of his first wife, who knew and fell
in love with the man before he became famous for his works. Through Richardson’s voice, McLain paints a descriptive picture of the woman who had the love of Hemingway first, and then lost him to a woman she considered a friend. Richardson’s love for Hemingway is more for the who he is than just for his status as a writer, and McLain describes this love in great detail. Set in the 1920’s jazz era in Paris, where Hemingway and Richardson move to af-
ter marrying, McLain takes the reality and intertwines it with the fiction, making for a story that will capture readers’ imaginations. The loss of Hemingway’s works is only the beginning of what would become a failing marriage and McLain shows in great detail how Richardson feels and thinks about their situation and her surroundings. McLain gives a lovely portrayal of Richardson, showing that she only wanted to make a home for her family in a country that she See WIFE/Pg. 10
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DRAG: Kings and queens hold court in Ursa Major
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/ And it’s getting better everyday.” She strutted down the catwalk, down the steps to the audience and through the aisle, which got the crowd to cheer even louder. For her second appearance, Raven, in a blue wig, high-waisted short shorts and heels, flounced to Katy Perry’s “California Girls.” At the end of the catwalk, before descending to the audience, she took time to flaunt, bending and leaning to accentuate her figure.
For her final performance, Raven went out in the most revealing outfit of the night, a corset and bra, dancing, strutting and lip-synching to Australian pop star Sia’s “Clap Your Hands,” getting the audience to do just that. Of course the night wasn’t just about Raven. San Diego Kings pushed the boundaries of femininity into masculinity and explored the more rock ‘n’ roll side of the music spectrum with its performances to Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister,” Foo Fighters’
“The Pretender,” Flight of the Conchords’ “Business Time” and Cee-Lo’s surprise hit “[Expletive deleted] You.” At one point, San Diego King Smokey Gonzalez lipsynched to a piece from one of George Lopez’s comedy routines. Student performers from UC Riverside and Cal Poly Pomona were also in attendance. Aloha Tolentino and Sucha DeLite represented Riverside and Peanut Butter Crisis, Skater Boi Duo and Eidyia
represented Cal Poly Pomona. For seventh-year Physics and Philosophy student Christos Gandara, it was his first time performing in drag. “But I’m no stranger to the stage,” he said before the performance. And it showed. Gandara, as “Eidyia,” in thick makeup, strapless blouse and long flowing skirt – an outfit that amounted to $70 – strutted all around Ursa Major to Pink’s “Please Don’t Leave Me” and “Funhouse,” engaging and confronting the audience.
Peanut Butter Crisis, fourthyear Gender, Ethnicity, and Multicultural Studies students Patricia Amoroto and Ellie Wood, danced to a slinky, bassy number and even invited and dragged audience members to the stage. By the end of their performance, almost a dozen people were on the catwalk. Student participation was also conducted through drag competitions judged by the audience; whoever got the loudest cheer won. Looking more like a kid
than a man, second-year Graphic Design student Natasha Tambaoan, aka “Antoine,” won for best student drag king; Dylan Devlin, a first-year hotel and restaurant management student, aka “Delon,” won for best student drag queen in his and pink shirt and sparkly wedge heels. At the end of the night’s performances, Regina Styles opened up the dance floor for some gender-neutral partying. Reach Derrick Taruc at:
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The game also encourages players to think of new skillshots by giving them a huge point bonus upon discovery of a new one. Players who just stick to shooting enemies normally will likely wind up having a pretty poor experience with the game due to their inability to afford necessary upgrades and ammunition. In addition to the weapons in “Bulletstorm,” Hunt also comes equipped with a power bracelet and his mighty boot. The power bracelet, known as a leash, can be used to pull enemies toward Hunt and leave them suspended in stasis for a short time, giving the player the opportunity to carefully aim his or her next shot. Similarly, Hunt’s boot will also cause the enemy to float in slow motion
for a short while before he goes flying in whatever direction Hunt kicked him. The game’s main campaign will run the average player about six to eight hours on the normal difficulty level. While this may seem short for a $60 purchase, the game is extremely replayable, and there are two harder difficulties to attempt once the player has cleared normal. There is also an Echoes mode, which cuts up various sections of the single player campaign into bite sized portions and challenges the player to score as many points as possible. High scores are then posted on to a global leaderboard, so the player can strive to have one of the best scores in the world. Finally, there is also a multiplayer mode
called “Anarchy” that pits four players cooperatively against wave after wave of enemies. The goal of this mode is not only to survive, but to meet a score target by the end of each wave. In order to meet the target, players must work together to perform team skillshots, which will net the team much higher point values than regular skillshots. While this mode is fun if you can get a group of players together that will communicate with each other, if you go in blindly and just let the game match you with three other strangers, it’s a little difficult to get some teamwork going, especially because most people are content with just trying to boost their own scores.
If you don’t take “Bulletstorm” too seriously and take it for what it is – a ridiculous and outrageous arcade-style first person shooter – you’ll find that there is a lot to like in its package. The implementation of the skillshot system is excellent; the dialogue – though it may not be for everyone – is quite funny and the quality voice acting really sells it; and best of all, it’s just refreshing to have a shooter that breaks the mold created by game franchises like Call of Duty, Halo and Killzone. Rating: 5/5 Reach Mitchell Saltzman at:
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did not know. When Hemingway has an affair with Pauline Pfeiffer, who eventually becomes his second wife, McLain shows with great clarity how the marriage between Hemingway and Richardson disintegrates. Richardson believed Pfeiffer
to be a friend, and it comes as no shock that Richardson was deeply hurt when Pfeiffer starting becoming closer to Hemingway, all while trying to take him away. McLain leaves room for readers to impose their own thoughts and ideas about the other woman, while not making her out to seem
like an antagonist. Using letters, biographies of Richardson and Hemingway and Hemingway’s stories to gain background knowledge, McLain expertly intertwines the truth with fiction, allowing Richardson, Hemingway and the glamour of 1920’s Paris come alive.
McLain makes Richardson’s voice very clear, honest and relatable throughout the story. By using such detail and description, McLain’s story is able to feed any imagination and get Richardson’s story across. With beautiful descriptions written in a lovely manner that will
have a reader lost in the streets and a life in Paris, “The Paris Wife” will leave readers feeling as if they are a part of Richardson and Hemingway’s life. Rating: 4.5/5 Reach Rachel Winter at:
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The ‘Terminator’ is timeless KATHY NGUYEN
No one can win in ‘The Game’ VALERIE CHEN
Asst. Lifestyle Editor A girl and I wer e dating, but she didn’t want to make anything official until she had more free time. We hung out for short periods of times or at obscure hours, but it was working just fine. But after two months, she broke up with me (thr ough a text) and explained she didn’t want to feel like she was stringing me along, which is completely valid. We started talking again, but when we had plans, she bailed. I br oke the rules of “The Game” and texted her. No response. Later that day, her Facebook photo was with a new guy she was seeing. So much for keeping guys on the down low and not having enough time. She had obviously moved on and I knew it was my time too. Why can’t girls just be direct and tell us the r eal reason for their actions? The indirect way of dealing with problems is so much worse, and seeing that picture was the coup de grace of indirectly hurting me. A girl being dir ect would make moving on faster. Being slightly unkind to our faces is exponentially less bad than talking behind our backs.
– Betrayed trust To preface my response to your question and its context, remember: Not all females act in the way your ex did. A bad experience with one member of the opposite sex can result in a jaded mindset. However, it is important to not let it ruin your outlook toward all members of the opposite sex. Generally, females are considered to be less direct than males. Nevertheless, you must consider what society has long expected of females: to be the more demure sex. There is a social stigma about assertive females – society generally frowns upon women who are too blunt. Being direct signifies being aggressive, and females have been trained to practice passivity. As a result, females are less likely to directly convey what they want. Their actions are more behind the scenes, which regrettably can turn into slyness or dishonesty. Again, not all females fall prey to this socialization. There are those who would rather be candid in their feelings. After all, being direct displays the See CHEN/Pg. 12
The Terminator is back. On Feb. 10, Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted to his 1.9 million followers: “Exciting news. My friends at [Creative Artist Agency] have been asking me for seven years when they can take offers seriously. Gave them the green light today.” Despite his eight years as the governor of California, Schwarzenegger will always be known as an actor first and a politician second. Immediately after the tweet, rumors have circulated that Schwarzenegger may be back in his role as a model T-800 robot for the fifth installment of the Terminator movies. According to deadline. com, Universal Pictures is considering bringing Schwarzenegger, screenwriter Chris Morgan and Justin Lin, director of the last three “The Fast and Furious” movies, on board for a new approach to the Terminator movies. Yelchin grossed approximately $125 million dollars and received a lukewarm reception from critics and the public alike.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s name is synonymous with the Terminator in people’s minds. Fans will be flocking to theaters to indulge in a bout of nostalgia if Schwarzenegger reprises the familiar role of action, guts,
explosions and glory. It is fitting that Schwarzenegger has come full circle and back to acting. Schwarzenegger has proven he is not just another body with big muscles do to his years as a governor under his belt.
If he applies that mind to his acting career, there is no doubt he can continue as an actor for a very long time. After all, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been a household name for many decades and he can easily capitalize on that. An actorturned-governor-turnedback-to-actor is a novelty that many people would pay a $15 movie ticket to see in action. Schwarzenegger, who is 63 years old, last starred in “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” eight years ago. Schwarzenegger first played the Terminator in 1984. Without Schwarzenegger, the face of the Terminator has never been the same. According to Imdb.com, “The Terminator” grossed over $38 million dollars, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” grossed over $198 million dollars, and “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” grossed over $150 million dollars. “Terminator Salvation” starring Christian Bale, Sam Worthington and Anton Yelchin grossed approximately $125 million dollars and received a luke-
warm reception from critics and the public alike. However, Schwarzenegger has admitted that he is cognizant of his age and physical condition. “In the future, I have to adapt my roles to my age,” Schwarzenegger said to Austrian newspaper the Kronen Zeitung. “Clint Eastwood also has done it in the same way. Extreme fighting or shooting is not possible anymore. I want to be more encouraged as an actor, and I believe that I can manage this challenge. I am like a sponge which is absorbing all the knowledge and always be willing to learn all new things.” Though Schwarzenegger is older, technology has improved greatly. If technology can make Jeff Bridges look 30 years younger in “Tron: Legacy,” there is no reason technology cannot do the same for Schwarzenegger. One could say that actors are like wine: [They] only get better with age. After all, it is not like Schwarzenegger never warned us. Reach Kathy Nguyen at:
Energy drinks lead to alcoholism? KIRK HEMANS
Staff Writer A medical study found weekly or daily energy drink consumption is strongly associated with alcohol dependency. Some might be JOLTed and say this is a bold statement for a university medical research team to make. They might even say the study is full of Red Bull. But people should sit down and read the entire
study before they let their MONSTER-sized opinions take over. It is a gateway fallacy that energy drinks lead to a higher risk of alcohol dependency, the mixture of both beverages might. The study was completed by the University of Maryland School of Public Health, and its research was founded on previous studies showing the effects that energy drink consumption has on those who regu-
larly consume alcohol. One such study conducted by the Federal University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, observed that energy drinks can reduce the feeling of being drunk. The study observed that the perception of drunkenness was significantly reduced in those who consumed alcoholic beverages mixed with energy drinks than in those who only ingested alcohol. The Maryland study said
this effect could lead one to drink more alcohol. A study by Dennis Thombs validated that assumption. In it, he observed higher blood alcohol concentrations in drinkers who consumed alcoholic beverages mixed with energy drinks as compared to those who only drank alcohol. The Maryland study interviewed over a thousand college students from one university to investigate the effects that consump-
tion of energy drinks has on alcohol dependency. Based on these interviews, the researchers found those who consumed energy drinks were “at increased risk for alcohol dependence.” The study clearly highlighted the dangers associated with the combination of alcohol and energy drinks, and it drew associations between the two beverages, but I feel this study See Energy/Pg. 12
Banksy stands for art, not graffiti CECILY ARAMBULA
Staff Writer There is a significant difference between street art and graffiti that should be considered when it comes to removing pieces of art created by street artists such as Banksy. New pieces created by the controversial British street artist started showing up in Los Angeles last week. Some want the artist’s craft removed because they consider it to be graffiti, but when looking at the bigger picture of Banksy’s work, it brings a sense of life to the city. A piece Banksy calls “Crayola Shooter,” was discovered on the side wall of an Urban Outfitters in Westwood. The piece displays a child surrounded by colorful grass, flowers, butterflies and a sun, shooting Crayola crayon bullets toward a “no parking” sign. When owners of the store said they wanted the image removed, Banksy street art supporters were outraged and rightfully so. It is not every day that Los Angeles exhibits the culture and excitement Banksy has created through his street art. Banksy, who is nominated for an Oscar for his documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” is one of the most well-known, yet best
mysterious, street artists around. Though he has made his mark on numerous parts of England and Los Angeles for years, he has been able to maintain anonymity. Art collectors pay for this modern artist’s pieces, just as they do pieces from artists such as Picasso. Banksy has earned his way into becoming a part of the modern art world with every political and societal-charged-spray-painted stencil. If Leonardo da Vinci were to paint a “Mona Lisa” on the side of a building, would there be such a protest? If Van Gogh were to paint a “Starry Night” on a freeway overpass, would it be painted over? Of course not. Banksy is a beloved artist by art lovers all around the world and his work should not be treated with any less respect than others. It is important to distinguish the difference between Banksy’s work and the graffiti of an attentionseeking trouble maker. While gang-affiliated and random graffiti words and symbols are violence-related, his creations turn people on to thinking about social issues in a whole new light. The typical graffiti found in Los Angeles is used as a way to mark territory, but Banksy’s stencil and spray painted murals are actual art, made to take a satirical approach
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Banksy’s latest street art ‘Crayola Shooter,’ on the side of an Urban Outfitters in Westwood Calif. on serious issues. This guerilla artist’s pieces have the power to stir up thoughts about society no one else would dare bring up so bluntly and openly. People roaming the busy streets of Los Angeles are constantly bombarded with advertisements at every turn. The new Banksy pieces offer a breath of fresh air and should remain as a part of the city. “Crayola Shooter,” along with a
number of other recently discovered Banksy pieces in Los Angeles, has attracted an enormous amount of visitors anxious to catch a glimpse. If the Banksy pieces are removed, what does that say about the city’s artistic and cultural values? This living legend has created an excitement in Los Angeles that the city should embrace. Reach Cecily Arambula at:
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BP’s cleanup still far from finished JOE MARTONE
Images were recently produced by the University of Georgia that displayed, amongst other disturbing images, a dead sea crab covered in oil residue on the ocean floor 10 miles south of the spill. The cause was determined to be a gushing oil well, which emitted 4.9 million barrels of crude oil. This tops the previous record holder (the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989) for largest spill in US-controlled waters and made for the biggest spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil kept leaking until July 15, and the oil well was capped, Sept 19. By then the losses totaled 205 million gallons of oil, using
Staff Writer To recap for those who didn’t follow the news in 2010, British Petroleum had one of its drilling platforms, the Deepwater Horizon, working off the coast of Louisiana last April. This wasn’t exactly newsworthy until the platform exploded when methane gas from the oil well expanded from the drilling extension and ignited. The explosion was massive, taking 11 lives. The incident was a catalyst that is taking a toll on the environment. Marine life is still being threatened by this massive ecological catastrophe.
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opens the door for beverage profiling. In the study’s discussion, the researchers said parents should view frequent energy drink consumption as a “red flag” for heavy drinking in their college-aged children. This is similiar to say-
attractive attribute of confidence and strength in speaking one’s mind. Afraid to hurt you, your ex may not have known how to go about revealing her true feelings. However, pushing feelings down is only a temporary solution to a problem. Feelings leak eventually and not always in a constructive manner. By no means is any of
reducing the remaining oil plumes. It’s a start, at least. Several institutions have validated the bacteria’s effectiveness and speed. David Valentine, a microbiologist at UC Santa Barbara, was part of the research team that concluded the bacteria removed a great amount of the methane gas within months. The tests conducted by the Texas A&M University at the wellhead were consistent with those findings. Almost none of the methane reached the surface when the bacteria were deployed. Kenneth Feinberg, the government’s oil czar, stated the Gulf of Mexico would be completely clean
by the year 2012 based on his commissioned research. As nice as it would be, this needs further investigation: The damage extends beyond the sea floor. Dead baby dolphins are washing up along the shores of Mississippi and Alabama at 10 times the natural rate. The worst part? The Institute for Marine Mammals, which resides in Mississippi, said that the dolphins were “aborted or dead before they were even born.” All of these dolphins were found this February. Though the deaths are still being investigated with a connection to the oil spill pending, it is not hard to imagine the deaths are the result of the mothers swim-
ming through the toxic waters. While it is good to hear that the bacteria are making an effort, the affected seafloor needs to be reexamined. A more human touch is needed if the damage is to be completely restored, and that should greater emphasize the marine life. The bacteria may be eating up the gas, but it doesn’t have the capacity to protect the life surrounding it. We are looking at huge ecological consequences if the oil isn’t cleaned up at a faster and more efficient rate. Reach Joe Martone at:
Gateway fallacy finally put to rest
ing, parents should regard frequent trips to Vegas as a red flag for gambling problems, or frequent trips to fast food restaurants as a red flag for obesity. People go to Vegas without gambling and many people are able to eat at fast food restaurants and main-
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incalculable damage to the shores and waters of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Texas and the major wildlife preserve of the Chandeleur Islands. Cleanups were commissioned. Each attempt has been met with varying success. The most recent attempt involved dispersant designed to break up and sink the oil, so it could be consumed by microscopic marine life. These naturally occurring bacteria are making a huge dent in the cleanup process. They work by devouring natural gases (like methane, butane and the other chemical components of oil), and they are heavily
tain their fit figures. This brings the age-old question to mind, which came first, the chicken or the egg? Which comes first, the alcohol dependency or the energy drinks consumption? The study recognizes that college students who
consume heavy amounts of alcohol may depend on energy drinks to get them through the day. Though there is a relationship between the two beverages, to say the consumption of one leads to the dependency of another is wrong.
The Maryland study recognizes its limitations and states that further studies should be completed on the risks of mixing energy drinks with alcohol. Though energy drinks, when consumed in combination with alcoholic beverages can lead to alcohol
dependency, it does not mean people who drink energy drinks are going to become alcoholics. Do seek help if you rely on either one of them to get you through the day. Reach Kirk Hemans at:
Shady ladies are not worth your time this an excuse for her behavior – she should have been straightforward with you and with herself. Your ex’s feelings eventually leaked and resulted in your hurt. Giving you false hope for so long forced the ambiguity of your relationship to fester. Her actions were skeptical from the get-go, especially since you two would hang out only for short pe-
riods of times or at obscure hours. Although those circumstances could be credited to her lack of free time, she was able to have a more public relationship with someone else later on. Thus, it is suspicious that she insisted her relationship with you be so private and limited. Although the way you discovered her new relationship was harsh, try ac-
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cepting it as a blessing in disguise: It’s better late than never that you discovered her true colors. Also, don’t worry about breaking rules of “The Game.” You are allowed to act on your feelings and do what you want to do. Do not let a detrimental, manipulative system of dating hold you back from selfexpression.
The so-called “games” aspect of dating is exactly what you hate: indirect methods of playing with another’s feelings. Real, long-lasting relationships are not built on the foundation of games such as deceit, avoidance or lies. The best relationships are built on the foundation of trust, and trust cannot be gained without honesty and sincerity.
She was not who you had hoped. But do not let that kill all faith for someone special in the future who will treat you in the way you deserve. Don’t hesitate to ask me a ques-chen at formspring. me/askmeaqueschen or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reach Valerie Chen at:
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Women’s basketball team plays CSUS today TIFFANY ROESLER
To error is helpful ... sometimes ERIK CARR
Sports Editor Last Friday, the Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team ended its season in second place with a 22-4 record overall and a 19-3 CCAA record. Tonight, the Broncos will host seventh-place Cal State Stanislaus (13-13, 1111) in the first round of the CCAA Tournament. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. The Broncos had won 14 straight games and were in first place in the CCAA with just less than a week to go until the regular season ended and before backto-back losses against Cal State Stanislaus, 83-80, and Cal State San Bernardino, 83-70, on Feb. 19 and Feb. 22, respectively. While this may have disappointed some Bronco fans, it’s actually good that the Broncos lost now rather than later. Yes, believe it or not, a lot of good can come out of losses for the Broncos. Here are a few reasons to explain why this is the case: First of all, losing those games got the target off their backs. With no target on their backs, they can focus on playing good basketball without the burdensome double-edged sword that is first place riding on their conscience. Secondly, the Broncos will be able to hone in on improving the causes that were at the heart of the Broncos’ losses. By fixing these problems now, they will be able to come into the NCAA Tournament with a lot more confidence and not dwell on questions such as “What will go wrong next?” Last and most obviously, it’s better to have a winning streak end in the regular season than have it end in the postseason. As most of you know, the postseason of college basketball is a single-elimination tournament format. In other words, “Lose one and you’re done.” After beating UC San Diego, 60-51, and Cal State East Bay, 77-60, last Thursday and Friday, respectively, let’s hope these games serve as the first two games of a new winning streak that will last throughout this season, and God willing, well into next season. If you didn’t catch my drift, let’s hope the Broncos put together a winning streak in which they will be able to win the national championship. Reach Erik Carr at:
The Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team takes on Cal State Stanislaus today in the first round of the CCAA Championship Tournament. Cal Poly Pomona finished second in the CCAA with a 22-4 overall record and 19-3 record in CCAA play while Cal State Stanislaus (13-13, 11-11) finished seventh. This season, the Broncos defeated the Warriors in their first contest, 80-57, where junior center Megan Ford scored a season-high 20 points. But on Feb. 19, Cal Poly Pomona suffered a tough 8380 loss as senior guard Reya-
na Colson collected a careerhigh 35 points. “Luckily, we just played Stanislaus,” said head coach Danelle Bishop. “It’s fresh on my mind, so I’m hoping it’s fresh on their mind and they’re ready to go. But we’ve got to come ready to play; they are a tough team.” Last year, the Broncos fell to Chico State in the semifinals, 71-56, but a confident Cal Poly Pomona is reassuring everyone that losing is not an option. “They better watch out,” said senior forward La’kenya Simon West. “Right now, it’s go time, and there is no let up. We have a goal; we want to win conference [and] that’s been our goal since the beginning of the year. We’re not
going to let anyone come in, especially at our place.” What really makes this match-up more intense is the fact that Cal State Stanislaus’ head coach Sharon Turner is the former Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team’s associate head coach. Turner coached for three years with the Broncos and alongside head coach Paul Thomas and helped guide the team to the CCAA championship title all three years. In addition, Cal Poly Pomona won the NCAA Div. II regional and national championships in the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons with Turner’s contribution as well. Cal Poly Pomona has the most appearances in the CCAA Championship tour-
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nament with 14 and won the championship title in 10 of those. The Broncos hold an all-time record of 22-5 in the CCAA Championship tournament. “We just have to keep build-
ing from here,” Colson said. “We just have to make sure we stay mentally focused. We can’t let up from here; one game and you’re out.” Reach Tiffany Roesler at:
Men’s basketball team tops Tritons, Pioneers ERIK CARR
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Freshman guard Connor Gacek attempts a layup while avoiding the reach of a Triton defender in last Thursday’s game.
Three games in a four -day stretch is what the Cal Poly Pomona reigning NCAA Div. II national champion men’s basketball team dealt with last week, losing one to Cal State San Ber nardino before beating both UC San Diego and Cal State East Bay to conclude the regular season. “We finally got rolling of fensively,” said head coach Greg Kamansky . “At this point of the year , we’ve got to score points if we’re going to win any games.” The Broncos finished the regular season in fifth place, ending with a 16-10 overall and a 13-9 record in CCAA. They will play San Francisco State today at 7 p.m. to begin the first round of the CCAA Tournament. Last Friday, the Broncos defeated the Pioneers, 88-71. “It was a night for lights, bells and whistles ... Senior Night,” said Brian Swanson, director of intercollegiate athletics, after Friday’ s final home game in reference to the tip of f’s 45-minute delay caused by a fire alarm. On the eighth lead change of Friday’s game, the Broncos finally took the lead, 43-42, and never let it go on senior forward Tobias Jahn’s jumper with 13:10 remaining in the second half. Both Jahn and senior forward Kevin Menner finished the game with doubledouble performances by scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 boards each. Senior forward Donnelle Booker was
literally everywhere on the stat sheet, scoring seven points and contributing three assists, nine rebounds, two blocks and three steals. “He really makes an ef fect on who we are,” Kamansky said about Booker. The Broncos broke away from the Pioneers in the second half on the strength of their field-goal shooting and 3-point shooting. The Broncos made 9 of 18 (50 per cent) 3-point attempts for the game, four of which were made by sophomore guard Mitchel Anderson, who scored a team-high 20 points. “The ball was just falling tonight,” Anderson said. “The first half, I missed a couple 3’s in a row, and in the second half, we got easy buckets.” Anderson also got the crowd excited with a pair of dunks, assisted both times by freshman guard Connor Gacek’ s precision passes. “He’s a very unselfish player,” Kamansky said about Gacek. “His expectations are just to play solid basketball.” In addition, the Broncos grabbed 46 rebounds to the Pioneers’ 25. The Pioneers jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but Jahn ener gized the crowd when he drew a foul in the midst of making the Broncos’ first basket with 17:53 left in the first half. Though the Pioneers led by as many as six at one point during the first half, a 12-3 run, led by junior guard Matt Rosser’s five of seven first-half points, allowed the Broncos to take the lead and finish the half, up 32-29. See SEASON/Pg. 14
Women’s basketball team wins last two games TIFFANY ROESLER
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Sophomore forward Rachel Porter focuses in on the basket to attempt a layup while being defended by senior center Azizi Dotson in last Friday’s game.
The Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team lost to Cal State San Bernardino, 83-70, Tuesday before picking up two wins last weekend to finish the season on a high note. The Broncos defeated the UC San Diego Tritons, 6051, and the Cal State East Bay Pioneers, 77-60, on Thursday and Friday, respectively. The Broncos finished the regular season 22-4 overall and 19-3 in CCAA play, clinching the second-place position in the CCAA. The Broncos host seventhplace Cal State Stanislaus Warriors in the first round of the CCAA Tournament today in Kellogg Gym at 7 p.m. “This past week has been a little rough, but I think these past two games have put the pieces together,” said senior guard Reyana Colson. Senior forward La’kenya Simon West and Colson ended their final regular season at Cal Poly Pomona Friday and were honored for their academic and athletic feats on Senior Night.
Colson earned 15 points and eight assists while Simon West had 14 points and four steals against the 12th-place Pioneers (4-22, 4-18). The Pioneers were neckand-neck with the Broncos for most of the first half and were up by a few points. But with 8:39 left to play, junior center Megan Ford made both of her free throws, followed by two 3-pointers from junior guard Sarah Semenero, which started an 18-0 run for the Broncos. Ford finished with 15 points. “It was a great collaborative effort,” said head coach Danelle Bishop. “You got to give Megan credit. I thought she did a great job.” On Tuesday, The Broncos lost to the Coyotes, 83-70. Colson and Ford scored 29 and 17 points, respectively, for the Broncos. The Broncos shot 35.1 percent from the field compared to the Coyotes’ 42.6 shooting percentage. However, the Broncos had 27 defensive boards to the Coyotes’ 38. The Coyotes (20-6, 16-6) finished fourth in the CCAA. Last Thursday, the Bron-
cos played the third-place Tritons (19-10, 17-5) and won, 60-51. “Just to see the teamwork was huge,” Bishop said. “We just have to focus on that and focus on getting our attitudes where they need to be.” The Broncos started the game with a 7-0 run, begun by Semenero’s 3-pointer. Colson led all scorers with 26 points. Semenero came out strong with 18 points, 12 of which were off 3-pointers. “We needed that win, and I just wanted that win really bad,” Semenero said. Though they were very determined, the Tritons struggled to make key defensive stops and could not overcome strong shooting by Colson and Ford inside the paint. With 1:54 remaining though, Ford fouled out, leaving a chance for the Tritons to tie the game with a 3-pointer. With 35.9 seconds left however, Semenero hit a 3-pointer to secure the victory and ended the game with a steal. Reach Tiffany Roesler at:
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Baseball team takes three from Toros
head coach Randy Betten. The game went downhill Staff Writer for the Broncos when Pillar The Cal Poly Pomona hit a grand slam in the bottom baseball team played a four - of the fifth off junior pitcher game series against Cal State Geoff Broussard. Neither Dominguez Hills and won team scored after that and the three. game ended, 5-1, in the ToThe Broncos improved ros’ favor. to 10-4 overall and 4-4 in The Broncos’ match-up CCAA. against the Toros on ThursDuring the second game of day turned into a 13-inning Saturday’s doubleheader, the contest, which ended when Broncos managed to bring in junior infielder Mike Santoa run in the top of the third in- ra’s single brought home juning on junior infielder Chris nior infielder Allen Rodarte. Miller’s sacrifice fly, scorThe Toros claimed an ear ing freshman infielder Ryan ly 3-0 lead in the top of the Goodman and giving the third, but in the bottom of the Broncos a 1-0 lead. third, the Broncos began their After the Toros tied the comeback on senior outfieldscore, 1-1, in the bottom of er Travis Taijeron’s two-run the fourth on junior catcher home run to left center. Jonathan Keener’s RBI sinThough the Toros scored gle to score senior outfielder two more runs on Keener ’s Kevin Pillar, the Broncos two-RBI double of f senior found themselves in a heavy pitcher Michael Parker , givsituation in the top of the fifth. ing them a 5-2 lead in the What appeared to be a sto- top of the seventh, the Bronlen base for Goodman ended cos tied the game, 5-5, in the up being an out. Disagreeing eighth with doubles by Taijewith the umpire, head coach ron and senior utility player Randy Betten took to the field Tyson Edwards that brought and challenged the call. home two runs and one run, “Basically, it was a ballrespectively. and-dirt situation and it was “We really owe this game a tie-ballgame, and we‘ve to our teamwork,” Taijeron been teaching to be aggressaid. “We collected ourselves sive while ball-and-dirt, and and knew what he had to do it was a bang-bang play,” said to win it.” AARON BAGAMASPAD
After four innings of trading hits and pitches, the game drew closer to an end when freshman outfielder Joseph Eusebio hit a double. Goodman followed that with a single, putting runners on first and third. Next, Santora’s single to left field brought home Rodarte, who ran for Eusebio, to give the Broncos a 6-5 win. Despite the weather on Friday at Scolinos Field, the Broncos played the second game of the series against the Toros and won, 5-4. The on-and-off rain was inconvenient for both teams and spectators and caused a 30-minute delay . After the weather settled, play resumed. In the 10th, freshman infielder Humberto Tovalin hit a double and later scored the game-winning run when Goodman hit a single. Before their defeat in the doubleheader’s second game, the Broncos won the first game, 8-6. They scored four runs in the top of the third inning off Goodman’s RBI double, which scored senior outfielder John Pollock, and Miller ’s three-run home run to center and another at the top of the fourth inning, giving the
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Freshman third baseman Humberto Tovalin robs the Toros of an infield single during Friday’s game. Tovalin scored the winning run in the 10th inning to defeat Cal State Dominguez Hills, 5-4. Broncos an early 4-0 lead. The Broncos’ game slipped, however, in the bottom of the fifth when the Broncos allowed five runs, beginning with Keener’s solo home run. “We gave them extra outs,” Betten said. “W e dropped two pop-ups that fell to the ground, we had a ground ball that we didn’t make a play on ... I think we gave them extra outs, and they took advantage of it.” These mistakes allowed the Toros to tie the game, 5-5.
They then managed to score another run in the bottom of the eighth, which gave them a 6-5 lead. The Broncos then stepped up their game in the ninth and scored three runs of f of Santora’s bunt and four singles by Tovalin, freshman outfielder Garett Granato, Taijeron and Miller , respectively, to take the lead and the game. “Just keep it where it is and find a way,” Betten said. “We’re going to get our chances, and we found our chance in the ninth and got a
few runs, got a few base hits, and that helped us.” For the series, Taijeron went 6 for 13 (.462) while Goodman went 7 for 18 (.389) at the plate and scored four runs. Rodarte won both Friday’s game and Satur day’s doubleheader opener against the Toros, throwing 3.1 scoreless innings in relief, and junior pitcher Jake Reed pitched five innings with only one hit in last Thursday’s game.
Booker said. “It’s bittersweet knowing I’ll be leaving, but it’s time to move on.” Booker said basketball has always been his sport, dating back to when he was a 9-yearold playing at the YMCA. Booker also considers basketball as one of his greatest life lessons. “Basketball has been the greatest thing in my life,” Booker said. “I’m going to miss everything about it. It has taught me to be mature, responsible, tough and to withstand difficult times. Who knows where I’d be today if I hadn’t started playing.” Unlike many individuals, Booker appreciates everything he has experienced, including the difficult times. “I’ve had good coaches all my life, and they have helped me become who I am today,” Booker said. “Even the losses have helped shape me.” Jahn said he has never seen Booker in a bad mood. “He enjoys life and he’ s always joking around,” Jahn said. “I’ve never seen him in a bad mood. He’ s a jokester both on and off the court.” As time progressed, Booker grew stronger as an athlete. “He developed a lot of new skills over the years and has become a much better basketball player,” Jahn said. Booker has high aspira-
tions for his future. “I think my time playing basketball is over, but I want to think of things positively,” Booker said. After graduating, Booker has contemplated looking into teaching and helping others. “I’ve considered being a teacher for children with special needs so I can make a difference,” Booker said. “I want to give back.” Booker’s main goal, however, may be surprising to many individuals. “It’s my ultimate goal to one day become mayor of San Bernardino,” Booker said. “I would like to change things now to make things better than what I had when I was a kid.” One positive trait Kamansky attributed to Booker is his admirable perseverance. “Donnelle hasn’t quit even though things [injuries] haven’t always gone the way he wanted them to,” Kamansky said. “He’ s concerned about winning instead of his own personal glory.” It is clear Booker has left his mark here at Cal Poly Pomona and will continue to make a dif ference, influencing others with his optimistic outlook on life and positive character.
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All-time blocks leader sees politics in future
Staff Writer Senior forward Donnelle Booker of the men’ s basketball team became the Broncos’ all-time blocks leader on Feb. 18, when he recorded his 135th block, breaking former Broncos’ player Terrell Davis’ record of 134. As his final year comes to an end, the San Bernardino native reflected on the experiences that have shaped him into the person he is today. “It’s an honor to receive the title for the all-time blocks leader,” Booker said. “My coach brought it to my attention yesterday. It feels good to have it.” As of last Friday, Booker’s blocks record for Cal Poly Pomona stands at 139. For the 2010-11 regular season, Booker led the team in blocks with 30 and in assists (73). Booker also had the team’s second-highest 3-point fieldgoal percentage (33.9 per cent) and the third-highest rebound average (5.0). Despite battling a torn meniscus throughout the 201011 season, Booker proved to be the Broncos’ iron man by averaging a team-high 29.7 minutes per game. For his career as of now , Booker has averaged per game 7.6 points, 1.8 assists and 5.0 rebounds, which he
earned while averaging 28.1 minutes. Head coach Greg Kamansky said Booker is one of the best defenders he has ever coached. “Donnelle is probably the best defender I’ve ever coached and one of the best players in the country ,” Kamansky said. Kamansky also commented on Booker ’s personality traits, describing some of his many positive qualities as a person and as a teammate. “Donnelle has really high character, good disposition, he’s trustworthy, unselfish, smart, a great person to be around and a wonderful human being,” Kamansky said. Senior forward Tobias Jahn reflected on his teammate’ s accomplishments. “It’s not surprising [that he won the title],” Jahn said. “He is a hard worker. He has grown a lot and become more determined over the last five years that I’ve known him.” As a double major in communication and business marketing, Booker has put forth a tremendous effort in his five years at Cal Poly Pomona. “I decided to major in business as well as communication because I hurt my knee, and it set me back,” Booker said. “I needed to finish my degree, or I couldn’t play basketball, so I decided to take
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Senior forward Donnelle Booker attempts a jumper during last Friday’s game in which the Broncos defeated the Cal State East Bay Pioneers, 88-71. business classes. I’ve taken business classes every quarter for two years now.” Even though he knew he may not finish all of his business classes required for his
major by the time he was slated to graduate, Booker figured it was worth taking the classes anyway just for the experience. “I’ve enjoyed being here,”
in a while.” Thursday’s victory was largely due to the Broncos’ field-goal shooting. The Broncos made 25 of 51 attempts (49 percent) compared to the Tritons’ 17 of 49 (34.7 percent) effort. Jahn led the Broncos with a game-high 15 points. “I guess I felt it [Thursday],” Jahn said. “Every time I touched the ball, I looked for the basket. I don’ t know why, but they put a 6-[foot]4-[inch] guy on me and put the 6-8 guy on [junior for ward] Dwayne [Fells], so I think that was kind of a mistake on their part. They gave me room to operate down low and put the ball in the basket.” The Broncos led by as many as 15, capping of f an 8-0 run, when Jahn hit a jumper with 2:20 left to make the score, 31-16. The Broncos led, 33-19, at
the half. Jahn and Anderson each had nine points at halftime. The Broncos play at San Francisco State tonight at 7 p.m. to begin the first round of the CCAA Championship. The fourth-place Gators (16-10, 14-8) beat the Broncos in both contests this season, 64-60, and 68-66, on Dec. 29 and Jan. 29, respectively. Despite the losses, the Broncos are not discouraged about their chances tonight. “We never lose to a team three times in a row ,” Rutledge said. “This is Cal Poly [Pomona]. We’ve got more pride than that.” In fact, they hope this third contest with the Gators is a charm. “That’s what we’re hoping,” said head coach Greg Kamansky. “Not too many people beat us three times, but if they beat us for the
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The Broncos lost last Tuesday to the Coyotes, 64-55. “Their physicality inside wore us down,” Kamansky said. “They shot well at the free throw line [T uesday]; better than they have all year. We shot atrocious, and it all came down to the first five minutes of the second half.” The Coyotes made 19 of 24 (79.1 percent) free-throw attempts to the Broncos’ 8 of 17 (47.1 percent) perfor mance and gained their lar gest lead on senior guard Corey Caston’s free throw, the game’s final basket, with 25 seconds left in the game. The Coyotes opened the second half with a 10-0 run, giving them a 38-31 lead and maintained it the rest of the game. The run ended when Menner drilled both his free throws with 15:48 left to make the score, 38-33. The Broncos trimmed the lead to one three times in the
second half. The last time occurred on Fells’ jumper with 8:09 remaining, making the score, 49-48. A 6-0 run off 3-pointers by senior guard Mark Rutledge and Rosser gave the Broncos the lead in first half. Rosser’s 3-pointer made the score, 106, with 16:57 left in the half. But the highlight of the half that ener gized the visiting Bronco faithful was senior forward Donnelle Booker’s pair of dunks. The second one closed the first half, giving the Broncos a 31-28 lead. On Thursday night, the Broncos came home to play the Tritons, winning 63-50. “For the first time in a long time, we all played together and with some ener gy,” Kamansky said. “[W e had] 16 assists, only eight turnovers, and it was a good feeling playing, I felt, as a team again. We haven’t done that
third time, they’re better than us. Period. That’s the way it is.” The top eight CCAAteams at the end of the season advance to the single-game elimination CCAA Championship tournament. The team that wins the tournament clinches an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. As of now, only first-place Humboldt State (24-2, 202), the No. 3 team in Div . II, and second-place No. 15 Cal State Dominguez Hills
(20-6, 16-6) can afford not to win the CCAA Tournament as both teams are ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively , in the West Region bracket of the NCAA Tournament. The top eight teams in each of the eight regions are guaranteed a postseason berth. San Francisco State is unranked nationally , but No. 9 in the West Region, meaning the Gators will also be playing for their own survival. Reach Erik Carr at:
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