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Associate director dismissed Michael Marinoff dismissed from position at Career Center; reasons for removal remain unclear KATHY NGUYEN

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A living laboratory for students Staff Writer For more than 30 years, the BioTrek at Cal Poly Pomona has educated students of all ages about the science involved in the different environmental regions of the world and what people can do to help the environment. The BioTrek projects began in 1979 with a plan to develop a tropical conservatory for the college of Biological sciences. The plan was put into motion by BioTrek Steering Committee member Gil Brum and BioTrek Curator Michael Brown. The project has two interactive learning centers: The Rain Bird Rainforest Learning Center and The Rain Bird Ethnobotany Learning Center. There are plans to convert The Rain Bird Aquatic Biology Learning Center into a Mesozoic garden, but the details of the con-

version are still being worked out. The Rain Bird Rainforest Learning Center showcases a variety of tropical plants and animals that are native to the African, Asian, Australian, Neotropical and Pacific Island Rainforests. Housed inside a greenhouse across from Building 4, the learning center equipped with misters and rainforest sound-effects lets visitors experience a rainforestlike environment and learn about the many tropical plants and animals on display. The Rain Bird Ethnobotany Learning Center is a garden with about 300 different species of plants native to California on display. The learning center serves to educate students about how different cultures, such as the Native American Tongva Tribe, identified and used these plants. Fourth-year Botany student Dwayne Davidson used to work

BioTrek and the ethnobotany garden actually shows you and tells you what past native tribes would use these plants for and how they were used. -Elizabeth Valez third-year Plant Science student

for the BioTrek project and said the Gabrielino tribe used these native California plants for medicine, food, clothing, shelter and fishing. “Their livelihood was attached to these plants,” said Davidson. “Their whole idea was to maintain the land so they never took from the planet more than what it could handle.” Third-year Plant Science student Elizabeth Velez said what BioTrek teaches will be important. “For the future, we really need to


know about plants and how to use them,” said Velez. “BioTrek and the ethnobotany garden actually shows you and tells you what past native tribes would use these plants for and how they were used.” The Rain Bird Ethnobotany Learning Center is organized so the plants are grouped in respective environmental regions – coastal, desert, mountain and inland. A network of paved trails unites them all while reminding its travelers to See BIO/Pg. 3

Students who visit the Career Center will no longer see the familiar face of Michael Marinoff, the nowformer associate director of the Career Center, who was suddenly laid off at the end of February. “I literally screamed,” said Associated Students Inc., Vice President Johnathan Jianu about his reaction upon learning of Marinoff’s removal. “I was in a group of people and I screamed out loud. I was really sad to hear that this decision was made because I know [Marinoff] has helped so many people land careers and internships.” Marinoff said despite coming from a business background, he did not understand the reason for his dismissal. He speculated that it may have been because of the anticipated $500 million cut to the See MARINOFF/Pg. 5

Koofers website replaces GradeCalPoly


Staff Writer, a website where students could rate the teaching performances of professors, has been taken over by Koofers, a website launched in 2007 at Virginia Tech, allows college students to access course materials by sharing exams, midterms and notes. The website grew by word-of-mouth and is maintained by students who share subject material with peers. “To improve your experi-

ence, I have teamed up with Koofers to bring all 20,000 plus professor ratings, schedule services, and even more to all students for free,” stated founder of GradeCalPoly. com and 2006 alumnus, Matthew Dwight on the Cal Poly Pomona section of the Koofers website. “It has been a pleasure serving the Cal Poly Pomona community for the last six years. The time I once had to give this website the attention it deserves has been slowly depreciating and I have been looking for an effective solution that continues to meet

the above goal.” However, the transition from GradeCalPoly to Koofers is giving students mixed feelings about using the new website to find professor ratings. Tasnim Hyder, a fourthyear civil engineering student said she used GradeCalPoly to find good professors for her classes and although she finds Koofers to be helpful, she does not like the fact that users need to have a Facebook account in order to sign in. Because of the required Facebook sign-in, leaving a

review for a professor is no longer anonymous. Though Koofers has flashcards and a section where students can plan their school schedule three quarters in advance, Lisa Young, a fifthyear social science student said the website is poorly designed because one has to browse the website too much to find a page. “Some reviews are available to see but the format isn’t the same,” Young said. “It seemed disconnected from the university.” Materials for all classes on campus are not available




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on Koofers because many students do not yet know of the features available on the website. “I used GradeCalPoly every quarter before I registered [for classes],” Young said. “It was useful in finding which teachers were effective and I always wanted to hear from other students.” Instead of finding out how a professor averages with scores of friendliness, knowledge of the subject and how challenging he or she is, Koofers offers a single grade for the professor and subject. Harvey Shen, a fourth-year




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accounting student said the website will be more helpful once students begin to use it more. “I like all the additional features such as adding our course schedule to see who else we know is in our classes,” Shen said. “What I don’t like is not everyone’s used it or knows about it yet.” is still available to students looking for an anonymous alternative for writing professor reviews. Reach Shian Samuel at:


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NEWS IN BRIEF WASC Former reaccredits kinesiology Cal Poly professor Pomona Cal Poly Pomona received dies

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(Left) Fourth-year International Business and Marketing student Yanira Hernandez and (right) second-year Technical Theater student Tommy Maher are two of four student-residents spearheading gender-neutral housing.

Housing expands inclusivity AARON BAGAMASPAD

Staff Writer University Housing Services is now offering gender-neutral living spaces in the residential suites. Gender-neutral living offers residents who identify themselves as transgender, gender queer, gender non-conforming or an ally to this community a safe, positive and supportive living environment. “Gender-neutral living is a community in which we are allowing individuals of all genders to live together,” said Area Coordinator of University Housing Services Piya Bose. Bose said the gender-neutral housing program currently offers an alternative living arrangement to students who wish to be a part of a community they can relate to. Such students may identify themselves as transgender, gender queer, gender non-conforming or an ally of those groups, and can take part in the Gender-neutral living spaces being offered by the UHS. To be eligible, students must meet a standard UHS eligibility requirement

of being a student enrolled with 6.2 or more units. “The Residential Suites are the ideal location for this community since we can offer private bedrooms and restrooms for individuals that are [making a transition] or identify on any place on the gender spectrum,” said Bose. UHS has provided gender-neutral spaces before. During last year, UHS has developed living arrangements in addition to encouraging student leaders to partake in Safe Zone trainings offered by the Pride Center and providing more educational programs for various gender-related communities. “It is the goal of UHS to provide a safe and welcoming community,” said Bose. “By offering gender neutral housing, we are able to intentionally provide a safe and welcoming community for students of all genders.” Tommy Maher, a second-year technical theater student, said he pioneered the first gender-neutral suites after coordinating with Bose. “Gender-neutral living implies that we are people living together as

people,” said Maher. “Gender-neutral housing is a great thing to have for the people who are identified into the transgender community or their allies. I’m able to express my gender and how I feel I need to express it given any day and it’s not considered weird or awkward or wrong, it’s just who I am.” With a goal to provide a safe, warm and welcoming community, UHS does what it can to ensure everyone feels at home in a changing society. “I think that offering [Gender-neutral living spaces] shows that we are looking forward and moving forward in our diversity and offering places for people that need certain ways of living,” said Maher. “I think that people will gain a more broad understanding of the world that we live in and the different types of people there are. And if later in life they have kids, their kids will grow up more diversified in their thinking than we were growing up in our thinking.”

Staff writer A student health fee increase going toward the Counseling and Psychological Services program and Student Health Services is allowing those programs to providing more health services on campus. The fee increase is due to the newly revised budget at the beginning of the school year. The student health fee was one of the categories that was increased and approved by the students. “We were able to provide more services like Dr. David Block’s position as a psychiatrist at Student Health Services, and we’re able to set up a 24-hour

nurse triage line that will start on April 1,” said Mark Ulrich, director of Student Health Services. In the event of an emergency after hours, individuals can get assistance from nurses and then receive a follow up the next day, if needed. The $60 fee increase, allows campus health programs to provide help and support for students as well the aid in promotion and education of the many health services on campus. “For the past five years our staffing level was such that it was difficult for us to provide counseling for the students that were asking for it,” said Michele Willingham, director Counseling and Psychological Ser-

A former professor of 29 years died of cancer on March 12 at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. Lynne Emery was a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. In 1968 Emery was first female professor hired in the health and physical education department at Cal Poly Pomona. Her field of expertise was women in sports, the Olympic Games and dance. Her later research would focus on underrepresented females groups in sports. In 1994 Emery was named the Outstanding Advisor of the College of Letter Arts and Social Sciences. She was also recognized in 1998 in an alumni newsletter for her dedication to student achievement. A memorial service for Emery is scheduled to take place Sunday, April 10th in Pasadena.

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the maximum 10 year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The voluntary accreditation process is peer reviewed and not overseen by the government. The review serves to assess the university’s ability to meet a set of academic standards. The accreditation allows students access to federal grants, scholarships and graduate schools. A component of the WASC review focused on self assessment in three areas: Institutional Excellence, Evolution of the Teacher-Scholar and Student Success. The report highlighted the progress made on strategic planning, the improved campus climate, integration of the teaching and scholarly roles of faculty, the establishment of assessment practices and the university-wide commitment to student achievement. The WASC accreditation team also evaluated how well Cal Poly Pomona was able to follow its core value and implement its mission.

vices. “We were just barely able to do what students were giving us.” The expanded staff and services resulting from the fee increase aided CAPS counselors and it helped students in return. “I ... take the crisis stuff and that takes a load off of the other counselors,” said Diane Shelton, a psychologist at CAPS. “I follow up on the cases, which is where my case management piece comes in. “I have worked with criminal offenders, specifically domestic violence. So part of the crisis response is making sure we catch problems before they get too big. Keeping college students safe is a high need right now.” Students suffering from

domestic abuse, stress or are in crisis situations benefit from new additions to CAPS services, such as the 24-hour hotline now in place. Students, faculty and staff can call (909) 8693220 followed by the number 2 and can get in touch with a crisis counselor over the phone. Violence involving students on college campuses call for preventative measures, which CAPS can provide for Cal Poly Pomona students. “Most people who struggle with mental illness are not violent but they are much more likely to be a victim of violence,” said Willingham. See FEE/Pg. 5


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March 16, 4:45 p.m. An incident occurred at Alamitos Hall. A bicycle was reported missing. Disposition: Report taken.

March 16, 6:08 p.m. An incident occurred at Temple Ave and South Campus Drive. A report was made that a male Hispanic in his 40s or 50s wearing a navy blue baseball cap, sweater and jeans w as trying to con verse with female students. Disposition: Gone on arrival.

March 17, 2:56 p.m. An incident occurred at the Engineering Labs. A re port was made of a smok e smell in the Engineering Labs. Disposition: Checks OK.



March 19, 5:46 p.m. Officer initiated activity at the Men’s gym. A report was made that a three year -old child with brown hair and brown eyes was lost by the Men’s gym. Disposition: Return to normal duty.

March 21, 2:33 a.m. An incident occur red at the Uni versity Village. A re port was made that a male was seen in the dumpsters by Building 90. Disposition: Advised and complied.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES MALICIOUS MISCHIEF March 17, 7:19 p.m. An incident occur red at P arking Lot K. A report was made that two males subjects were seen attempting to either climb the fence or cut it. T he males w ere wearing sweatshirts and blue jeans. Disposition: Return to normal duty.

March 18, 10:21 p.m. An incident occurred at Parking Lot C. A report was made that a group of eight people were seen rolling tractor tires into the planters east of Building 98 by the dumpsters. The group left the tires in the planters and went into two motor homes parked in the lot. Disposition: Return to normal duty.




March 22, 10:56 p.m. An incident occur red at the Uni versity Village. A re port was made that a resident had heard a person abo ve her apartment screaming that he is g oing crazy. Disposition: Checks OK.

March 23, 12:05 p.m. An incident occur red at the Uni versity Union. A subject connected with stalking was seen at the University Union. Disposition: Advised and complied.

March 23, 2:34 p.m. An incident occurred at Building 92. A female student was struck on her head by a hollow metal pole. Disposition: Info received.


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The fragile nature of life GREG TOUMASSIAN

Editor-in-Chief Spring break is a time when most college students have fun and let loose. After spending plenty of time in the classroom and hours cramming for finals, having some time off is welldeserved and it’s nice to forget about everything for a couple of days. And yet, I spent my week off feeling rather bothered. It wasn’t finals and it wasn’t grades. It was something bigger. As news of the disastrous earthquake and subsequent tsunami that ravaged Japan began to emerge, the gravity of the situation really sank in and got me thinking. Sure I had my freedom from school, but the images of destruction and the challenges the survivors faced were trapped in my head – and still are. I spent hours searching through various news outlets online and then it all hit me. I pulled my focus away from my computer screen, took a look around my room filled with material possessions and began to reconsider a lot of things. As a college student, I admit that a fair degree of my time is spent worrying about the material and momentary things. How will I pay for my books? How will I pay for car repairs? The list goes on. Add these concerns with class work and other duties See UNFILTERED/Pg. 5

“No Na Ayu O Et Urhur,” which in the Tongva language means, “Maintain The Land.” To ensure that the ethnobotany garden represented the Tongva way of life, Brown said he worked with Tongva Gabrielino Tribal Council Representative Mark Acuña to design certain aspects of BioTrek. The garden not only serves as an educational and historical learning tool, but is also used by a few Cal Poly Pomona students as a place to relieve stress. Fifth-year Biotechnology student Joseph Capone said the garden is a relaxing place to visit for the busyminded. “If you just want to catch your mind and maybe do some homework out here, it’s a nice environment [to do so],” said Capone. Kelly Kermode, a fifthyear sociology and gender ethnicity and multicultural studies student, said the BioTrek is a nice part of the campus that a lot of people do not often enjoy. She also said if people do, they should take care of it. “Walk by; pick up your mess,” said Kermode. “Don’t leave any trash around and keep it nice. Also appreciate the students who put the work in to create this space and the faculty that also put the work in to create this space.” Thirty years after the initial plan began, BioTrek has grown into what it is today with financial gifts from the Rain Bird Corporation, grants and various donors. “The people involved with BioTrek, they’re all apart of the BioTrek family,” said Brown. “We have a lot of faculty, staff, all kinds of people who have helped and in all different capacities.” Reach Kirk Hemans at:

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(Top Left) Miniature waterfalls can be found within the ethnobotany garden. (Top Right) Dense vegetation can be found surrounding the BioTrek Rain Bird Rainforest Learning Center. (Bottom) A bee helps pollinate several plants on the ethnobotany garden.


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This Week: Tuesday, March 29 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. César E. Chavéz Blood Drive Participants who give blood may receive two tickets to a Los Angeles Galaxy game. Tuesday, March 29 7 p.m. Sum 41 at The Glasshouse Canadian rock band Sum 41 will be playing The Glasshouse in a show presented by

KROQ with The Darlings, Dead Country, Tonight Alive. Its fifth studio album, “Screaming Bloody Murder,” will be released today. General admission is $17.50. Tuesday, March 29 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Silent March As part of César E. Chavéz week, there will be a silent march from Building 1 to the Bronco Student

Center. There will be a PowerPoint slide show. Wednesday, March 30 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Children’s Reading The César E. Chavéz Center for Higher Education will be hosting a children’s reading in Building 116 as part of Cesar E. Chavéz week. Thursday, March 31 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. Be a Farm Worker for a Day

Participants will be a farm worker for a day and harvest produce in the field behind the Interim Design Center in two-hour shifts. Thursday, March 31 César E. Chavéz Holiday Academic Holiday Thursday, March 31 8 p.m. She Wants Revenge at The Glasshouse San Fernando based duo She Wants Revenge

will be playing The Glasshouse with The Californian. General admission is $20. April 1 to 3 Baseball vs. Cal State East Bay The Bronco Baseball team will be facing Cal State East Bay in a series of games this weekend. The first game will start at 3 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, the Bronco’s will play a double header with the first

game starting at 11 a.m. Sunday’s game will start at 11 a.m. April 4 Final day to drop a class without record

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Living at Cal Poly Pomona

Staff and student-residents weigh in on various aspects of everyday life on campus CHRIS BASHAW

News Editor Lining the eastern stretch of University Drive are six residence halls; just south of the Bronco Student Center lay five Residential Suite buildings; to the west of the Temple Avenue and University Drive intersection is The Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies. These buildings, operated by University Housing Services, mesh neatly into the layout of the Cal Poly Pomona campus and are home to nearly 2,250 students who represent approximately 10 percent of the university’s total enrollment. When the final classes of the day are dismissed and commuters pile in their cars to vacate the parking lots, life is still going on at Cal Poly Pomona. Albeit student-residents are not recognized by large symbols emblazoned across their jackets like fraternities or sororities, they represent Cal Poly Pomona as an accumulation of people – not buildings – when the sun goes down. If asked, student-residents seem more than willing to discuss the pleasures and pains of living on campus: Although few will say living on campus is a flawless experience, most tend to say it has been an overall good one. “What we hope folks gain from it is connectivity to the campus,” said Megan Stang, director of University Housing Services. “We really try

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Encinitas Hall is one of four residence halls built in the red-brick style. Students who wish to live on campus have 12 buildings to choose from, depending upon class rank and availability. and make it easy so your number-one priority is school and you come home at the end of the day, and housing’s just around the corner from the classroom.” Diego Zamora, a seventhyear engineering technology student who is also a resident advisor for the Vista Del Sol suite, agreed that living on campus has provided a convenience he did not have during his five years at the City College of San Francisco. “If you get a chance, live on campus,” said Zamora, who last year lived in Alamitos Hall. “It gets to you after

a while, the traffic, the commuting, the people, the parking spots – after a while it gets kind of boring. Living on campus is a huge benefit. You get to meet people that you’ll probably know for the rest of your life and that could benefit you in the long run when you graduate and try to look for a job.” Most student residents said they found new friends through the arrangement. “One cool thing about the dorms is you meet people in such a short amount of time, and you become really close friends with them,” said Zach

Pahle, a second-year electrical engineering student living his second year in Cedritos Hall. “I have a group of about 10 people that I hang with, and I met them all last year spring quarter. It was incredible; those are my closest friends right now.” But what students gain in friendships and the convenience of being close to campus, they literally pay for with a cost ranging between $8,492 and $14,298 a year, depending upon where they live, what type of rooms they live in and what their meal plans are.

“The experience is worth the cost, whether it’s the ease and convenience of it or all of these other things you gain,” said Stang. Most accommodations average around $11,000 a year, but for students such as Nick Ferrendelli – a first-year aerospace engineering student who commutes daily to Cal Poly Pomona – the cost of living on campus is simply too much. He said that because of his parents’ income, he does not qualify for loans or grants that could help offset educational costs and allow him to

pay housing costs. “A lot of my projects involve a lot of time on campus and I’m here constantly every single night until at least 11 p.m.,” said Ferrendelli. “It would be nice to not have to drive home every single night.” To date, Stang said there are no grants or loans specifically geared toward housing costs, but there are general payment plan options sensitive to students experiencing financial difficulty. “I guess the main thing for us is communication when it comes to a student of financial needs,” said Stang. “As long as a student calls us and tells us what’s going on, we do everything to work with that student. We’re also pretty intentional about making our payment deadlines coincide with financial aid disbursements.” When it comes to the finer details of living on campus, students say basic maintenance can be improved. “It’s not the cleanest environment, and they don’t have any policies set up to ensure people are being healthy in their rooms,” said Pahle. “You go around and see trash cans overflowing.” Other students are concerned about health outside of the residence halls and suites. “I would really like it if they would reduce where people can smoke,” said Deanna Gutierrez, a firstyear architecture student. “I hate walking around and See RESIDENTS/Pg. 6




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California State University system if Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal passes. “We do not comment on personnel matters,� said Career Center Director Tom Munnerlyn. This sentiment was echoed by Doug Freer, vice president of Student Affairs. “We’re restricted by law not to comment, but the other person can say whatever they want,� said Freer. “The only thing I can say is [Marinoff] is no longer with Cal Poly Pomona.� When Marinoff was hired in 2009, he knew that his position may not be a permanent one. He did not expect the position to be permanent and was “grateful and blessed� that the position lasted for 20 months.

“There is absolutely, positively no ill will whatsoever,� said Marinoff. “If I were given the opportunity to come back and run that Career Center, I would run that Career Center. I’d be back in a MARINOFF heartbeat. I absolutely love being there. In the end, I thank God for the opportunity that I had.� Also, he was informed that he would be eligible to be rehired in the future by Cal Poly Pomona. “Part of the agreement with the severance between he and the university was that [university officials] actually, from my under-

standing, gave him a letter of recommendation,� said Jianu, adding that Marinoff is still able to seek employment elsewhere on campus. Marinoff worked closely alongside many clubs and groups on campus – such as ASI, the American Marketing Association and Pi Kappa Phi fraternity – to create interest and bring in companies that hosted events such as job fairs and networking showcases. “He brought private sector experience into the bureaucratic nightmare that is our school,� said David Levinson, vice president of the MultiCultural Council and a second-year political science graduate student. “He turned a system that was very unorganized into

one that was not only organized, but also at the same time, what was impacting the students directly is that he was getting all of these people these jobs through companies he was really making an effort into bringing to Cal Poly [Pomona].� Many of the companies Marinoff brought to Cal Poly Pomona – such as Microsoft – not only recruit students from Cal Poly Pomona, but also make financial contributions. “I was very disappointed because it just baffles me that they can let go somebody who worked so hard and benefited the school,� said Director of Corporate Relations for AMA Desiree Duzich, a fifth-year history student. “I’m seeing more

companies, [and] I’m seeing more clubs get involved because they were able to team up with [Marinoff] to talk to different corporations. He’s the kind of guy who’s always willing to help out and to see the school throw out somebody who has been so helpful just baffles me.� Marinoff was awarded Rookie of the Year from 2009-2010 by the Division of Student Affairs Cabinet. “I don’t understand how our school, being what it is, could let somebody go who made a very inefficient system efficient and did his best – which he did very well at – to bring students jobs, a lot more than the bureaucracy of our school ever tried to do,� said Levinson. “And yet he’s the one who’s

let go. That just doesn’t make sense to me and it doesn’t make sense to a lot of people who knew him from last year’s ASI.� Marinoff said that although he had many job offers from the business industry, he has not accepted any of them. He would like to make the switch from business to academia, which he said is his true passion. He loved helping students at Cal Poly Pomona and plans to be a teacher in the future. “It’s too bad that this has happened to him,� said Duzich. “I wish that they could reverse what had happened because I think he’s a very valuable asset to our campus.� Reach Kathy Nguyen at:

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The counselors see a range of students for a variety of concerns and problems. CAPS has workshops and specialists to help students deal with stress and time management issues. “CAPS offer personal counseling for students who are dealing with a variety of challenges from licensed, professional student

health providers,� said Willingham. “Students can come without fear of anybody knowing why they are there or what they are talking about.� The program offers an initial assessment of what is going on with students who do happen to walk into its office. They offer individual counseling as well as group and family counseling, do

outreach, workshops and presentations to various student groups on campus. “The majority of students that use our services report feeling better and are able to balance their life,� said Willingham. “Studies show that students who used our services are less distressed than the average Cal Poly [Pomona] student on a day-to-day basis. We

know it works, we know it helps; it’s confidential, although there are some legal limits, but essentially student can feel free to use our services privately.� The student health fee increase can benefit the campus by providing various much needed services. “All regularly enrolled students are eligible to use our services,�

said Willingham. “Funding SHS and part of CAPS the Division of Student Affairs covers the rest of the funding. A lot of campuses don’t prioritize counseling and we benefit from the division and the vice president that they value counseling.� Reach Jasmine Lowe at:

UNFILTERED: National disaster a reminder to be humble Continued from page 3 and it is easy to get wrapped up in everything. With all the various distractions, it’s not hard to forget the finite and fragile nature of life. It’s unfortunate that disaster and death tends to be one of the few reminders that a person’s existence can be taken away in an instant. As a person who has lost loved ones, the emotional im-

pact was always something I eventually coped with. I had family and friends who were there for me when dealing with loss and eventually the feelings of loss and regret were shaped into positive memories. I am extremely fortunate that I have not experienced wide-spread tragedy, but I also realize that I am not im-

mune to it – no one is. I won’t pretend that I can understand the emotional distress of losing an entire family or community. Such a loss is hard to comprehend and it is not something I ever want to deal with. But as a resident of Southern California – where everyone is waiting for the big one to hit – there is a very real pos-

sibility I will have to deal with a major disaster sometime in my life. While it isn’t healthy to obsess the potential for disaster, it is essential to plan ahead incase something catastrophic occurs and remember that material things can be replaced, life cannot. As I try to wrap my head around the situation in Japan

and consider how fortunate I am for not having to live through such a situation in my 22 years of existence, I know I will soon be heavily engaged in work. As students get back into the routine of going to class, studying and doing homework, school will become central to a lot of people once again.

While having fun during the break and spending time with good company is a reminder that there is more to this life than just work, world events remind us that even the simple things are a privilege and shouldn’t be taken for granted. Reach Greg Toumassian at:








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breathing in second-hand smokeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awful. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; t think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve experienced so much second hand smoke in my life since I came here.â&#x20AC;? According to a June 25, 2008 California Youth Advocacy Network document, smoking at Cal Poly Pomona is prohibited inside and 25 feet away from all buildings on campusâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a policy that Gutierrez hinted may not be enough. Stang said although it is unacceptable for smokers to break campus policy and smoke within 25 feet of the residence halls or the Los Olivos Commons, the policy â&#x20AC;&#x153;can be enforced by anyone.â&#x20AC;? Stang said in the case of smokers, students should â&#x20AC;&#x153;own [their] communityâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to have a police officer walking around saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hey , you need to move away from the building,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Stang. â&#x20AC;&#x153;W e talk about this in the halls; about community responsibility.â&#x20AC;? But when student-residents talk about living on campus, food will almost always come up unpromptedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where similarities end. Aside from the food choices being a little redundant, there is no general consensus about campus dining: Some students hate it, others love it and some are simply indifferent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The food is terrible, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s healthy,â&#x20AC;? said Pahle about the Los Olivos Dining Commons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wish I could say it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet standards and they need to give better food, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s healthyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it just tastes terrible. When you get it every day, all the time, it gets really, really old.â&#x20AC;? Ferrendelli said the food at Los Olivos is good for what

it costs and the fact that the facility functions as an allyou-can-eat buffet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I try to do at least lunch every day,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The foodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really decent, especially for the price. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I really like about it: $6.50 for lunch and I can eat as much as I want, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s actually very nice, tasty food. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good variety, too.â&#x20AC;? Jonathan Little, a first-year mathematics student living in Encinitas Hall, said the Los Olivos menu â&#x20AC;&#x201C; despite having a salad bar â&#x20AC;&#x201C; could include a larger variety. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The food is pretty good,â&#x20AC;? said Little. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gets a bit tiresome having the same options of fried food or empty carbs, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s just so convenient that on your way to class you can pick something up and run out. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s not so much a health issue for me so much as it is the flavors get boring.â&#x20AC;? Harsimran Mundi, a firstyear computer science student, said that as a vegetarian, Los Olivos provides enough non-meat options. He said the food just gets redundant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mostly cash-out rather than eat,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once in a while Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go up there and eat when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m that hungry to go up there and eat.â&#x20AC;? Brett Roth, Cal Poly Pomona Foundation Dining Services director, said the menu at Los Olivos is not conceived without student input. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That menu thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s developed up at Los Olivos is based on the input of the students,â&#x20AC;? said Roth, adding there is a committee of students that makes suggestions and provides feedback to Foundation Dining Services. Roth said the Los Olivos staff will sometimes ask stu-

dents to submit recipes that could appear on the commonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; menu. But for students on the opposite side of campus living in the residential suites, the only feasible eating options are the on-campus Dennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s and their own kitchens. Zamora said the studentresidents he is responsible for say those options are not enough. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of places arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t open as late,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only thing thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open late is Dennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and who wants to eat at Dennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on a daily basis?â&#x20AC;? Overall when it comes to the price of food, some students are not content. Second-year Technical Theater student Tommy Maher, who runs on the minimum 700 meal point plan, said he thought prices at the Dennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Vista Market â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a small on-campus grocery store â&#x20AC;&#x201C; were ridiculous. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The prices at Dennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been told, are competitive to the outside world,â&#x20AC;? said Maher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But $6 for a Grand Slam without a side or a drink is nowhere near competitive. Charging $3-4 for a latte is Starbucksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; price. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not cheap coffee like Dennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is supposed to offer.â&#x20AC;? Maher suggested students living in the residential suites go off campus and buy groceries if they can. But all things considered, students living on campus tend to overall say they are happy with the experience and are glad they are here. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of a unique time in someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really capture later on,â&#x20AC;? said Stang. Reach Chris Bashaw at:

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The on-campus Dennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, located at the south end of campus by the residential suites and Kellogg Gym, is the most commonly used eatery for students living in the suites, aside from their own kitchens.

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What is Leadership? Thursday, April 21, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. BSC: Andromeda BC, Bldg. 35-2343

What is Your Leadership Style? Monday, April 11, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. BSC: Andromeda BC, Bldg. 35-2343

Hire Me! Interviewing Tuesday, April 26, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Career Center: Bldg. 97-120

Professional Etiquette Tuesday, April 12, 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. BSC: Andromeda BC, Bldg. 35-2343

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Pony Car Wars: The saga continues EVAN PERKINS

Opinions Editor A long time ago, in a cold Michigan based city far, far away, there began a competition between two cars: Ford’s Mustang and Chevrolet’s Camaro. These two cross-town rivals have been duking it out on the street and the track for nearly 50 years. Each has developed cult-like followings. Although this Motown feud has been raging since long before my time, my generation-Y-roots have allowed me an interesting vantage point to observe the timeline of the pony car wars. Maybe it’s cliché to write a Mustang vs. Camaro comparison – it’s only been done virtually every year by countless magazines for half a century – but as long as the two Detroit giants keep these rival cars rolling off their respective assembly lines, it’s necessary to evaluate the evolution of the breeds. So which car is better? That’s the question most magazines have been trying to answer for years. But the choice between a Mustang or a Camaro is much less a question of which car is better, but more a question of brand loyalty. Blue-oval-enthusiasts will undoubtedly gravitate in the direction of the latest equine themed creation while Bowtie-aficionados will lean toward the opposite side of

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STRFKR lights up the Troubadour ALFONSO VILLEGAS

Staff Writer The Troubadour in West Los Angeles was filled to its capacity on March 11 as indie-pop electro band STRFKR played the third concert of its coast to coast tour to promote its newest album,“Reptilians.” The crowded dance floor was filled with young fans who anxiously awaited STRFKR to take the stage. As the band began with its first song, the lack of space did not restrain fans from dancing together to STRFKR’s electric-pop sounds. Neon colored lights shot out behind the quartet during its 90-minute set as the crowd

danced late into the night. STRFKR closed the show by inviting the audience on stage for the final song. Fans appeared thrilled to dance with band members Joshua Hodges, Ryan Biornstad, Shawn Glassford and Keil Corcoran. After the show, the Portlandnative band members sold albums, posters and T-shirts to awaiting fans. The band members were more than happy to take pictures and converse with devoted followers. STRFKR’s second full-length album, “Reptilians” comes three years after its debut and served as a portion of the band’s set list for its Troubadour performance. “‘Reptilians’ has an overall

better quality,” said Josh Hodges, STRFKR front man and primary songwriter. “We still recorded a lot of it in my room, but we also recorded in much nicer studios and worked with a lot of talented people who helped us mix it.” Hodges wrote most of the new album after the passing of his grandmother, who is originally from Russia and used to do all of the cooking at holiday parties. The song “Julian” was specifically written in commemoration of her death. “The song is really not only about my grandmother’s death but about my grandfather’s life afterwards,” said Hodges. “Music is a universal language much

like death. I don’t want to die, but I mean it’s going to happen to all of us. I just hope our fans can relate to the new album in their own way.” Death is only one of two primary influences and that inspire Hodges to write. The other is sex. Some of his earliest musical influences include Stevie Wonder, LL Cool J and a Sesame Street tape of Rubber Ducky. STRFKR will finish its nationwide tour in its hometown of Portland, OR on April 30 and plans to leave for Europe directly afterward. Reach Alfonso Villegas at:

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Dress to impress at ‘Prom for a Cause’ Members of CPP’s Violence Prevention and Women’s Resource Center will raise funds by hosting a prom-inspired event for the SOLD project to prevent sex trafficking around the world JASMINE LOWE

Staff Writer “Prom for a Cause” is an event that was inspired by non-profit organization The SOLD Project whose mission is to expose the plight of children trapped by prostitution in Thailand and prevent the prostitution from spreading in other areas around the world. Prom for a Cause will take place on April 8 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center’s Ursa Major room. Tickets are sold at the Violence Prevention and Women’s Resource Center Office in Building 95 for $15 each or $25 for two. Tickets will not be sold at the event. All of the proceeds will go toward The SOLD Project. The evening will include dinner and dancing, with an enforced dress code. Also, a short documentary provided by The SOLD Project will be shown. “We wanted to create and event that was

fun and educational so that many students would be interested in attending,” said Violence Prevention and Women’s Resource Center’s Program Administrator Mayra Lewis in an e-mail. “Our ultimate goal is to raise as much money as possible for The SOLD Project. After the event, the VPWRC will send out a check to the organization in the amount of the money that was raised. So we hope we can send them a big check.” Research on various statistics and facts led to further investigation on the topic and the subsequent screenings of two documentaries: “The SOLD Project Rough Cut” in February 2008 and “The SOLD Project: Thailand” in June 2008. Both expose the truth behind child prostitution in Thailand. “The event is a fundraiser and a forum to raise awareness about sex trafficking,” said Elena Aespuro, a third-year nutrition student and co-creator of “Prom for a Cause.” Volunteers for The SOLD Project caught the attention of Aespuro at an event on campus. She found out that the organization provides scholarships to keep at risk children in their local village in Thailand. “[The SOLD Project] found that the parents would have to sell their children because they can’t pay for their education,” said Aespuro. “[The SOLD Project] can’t keep them so [parents] end up having to sell their

children into sex slavery in cities like Bangkok. What this organization does is just try to prevent that from happening and [keep the children] in their local community or village [through use of] the education scholarships.” Aespuro felt the issue needed to be shared with as many students as possible on campus. She created another event last year with several of her friends from the College of Agriculture and decided to organize another event this year with the help of the Violence Prevention and Women’s Resource Center. “Last year, I did a similar event on a much smaller scale, just through the College of Agriculture,” said Aespuro. “This year, I ran into new people, and we’re doing it through the Violence Prevention and Women’s Resource Center. [The center is] providing a lot more of the support and the man power so we can reach more people.” Aespuro decided to organize the event with the help of the Violence Women’s Prevention Center after hearing about The SOLD Project’s initiative to raise awareness about sex trafficking. A committee, interested in The SOLD Project’s mission from the Violence Prevention Center, divided up the advertising work by telling members’ friends and family about Prom for a Cause. They have also been networking with different on and off-campus organizaSee PROM/Pg. 12

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Elena Aespuro, a third-year nutrition student, helped coordinate “Prom for a Cause,” a fundraising event aimed at spreading awareness about sex trafficking.

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Out of the studio and into Skid Row


CPP Architecture professor enables students to practice the university’s ‘learn by doing’ philosophy for Downtown Los Angeles’s non-profit homeless services organization, the Weingart Center DERRICK TARUC

Correspondent For most college students, finals consist of a final exam, term paper or both. But for James Beccera’ s studio class, The Contemporary Urban Landscape, finals involve driving to Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles to do presentations for a CEO, vice presidents, board members and project managers – professionals in their fields. “I really believe that education without action is almost meaningless,” said Beccera, an instructor in Cal Poly Pomona’ s Department of Landscape Architecture. To keep in line with that belief, Beccera had his third-year landscape architecture students develop a conceptual plan for the Weingart Center, a non-profit homeless services or ganization, to provide 180 “beds” for homeless veterans and additional facilities for the Center’s other residents. This entailed designing a campus from 5th Street to 6th Street and San Pedro Avenue to Crocker Street in Central City East in Downtown Los Angeles, otherwise known as Skid Row. In addition to designing the new grounds, his students had to “sell” their designs to the Weingart Center through public speaking and multimedia presentation. “You’re essentially pitching your ideas to the Weingart Center,” said Beccera. “They’re going to build one of these things so you present it like this is the one to go with.” And gauging from the reactions of the various representatives from the Weingart Center, the students did exactly that. At the end of the presentations, President and CEO Gregory Scott stood up and addressed the room. “I just want to thank you all,” said Scott. “You guys are brilliant. You’ve expanded our vision for how we’re looking at our work as we move towards the future.” The other representatives had similar reactions. Troy Vaughn, vice president of community development and public policy , was not only impressed by the students’ designs, but also their ability to pay attention to the needs of the Center. “The designs show the breadth and width of the expertise that the students have – the skills, the passion,” said Vaughn. “Each design had a level of ingenuity to it. It was really impressive: How they all articulated

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(Top) James Beccera, an instructor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, had his students develop a conceptual plan for the Weingart Center. The wall behind him displays third-year landscape architecture students Jon Godown and Michael Najera’s conceptual plan. (Left) Chris Gregory, a third-year landscape architecture student, pitching to representatives of the Weingart Center, a non-profit homeless services organization in Downtown Los Angeles, as part of his final.

that need in various dif ferent ways really opened our minds to other possibilities that we can have as an organization.” Program Managers Fred Walker and Betty Ariston were not only impressed by the designs but were also impressed by the students’ level of professionalism. Walker said he was “not so much sur prised as impressed.” Walker and Ariston also appreciated the ideas presented by the students. “Some of the marketing enterprises would be ideal for the population down here,” said Walker. Marketing enterprises, such as a cof fee shop, a parking structure and general retail space, were included in the students’ designs and opened up the representatives’ 18558 E. Gale Ave #100 Rowland Heights (626) 818-6988


minds to the possibilities of spaces to provide on-the-job training and generate income. The presentations were not only beneficial for the Weingart Center but helpful real-world practice for the students. For third-year Landscape Architecture student Matthew Geldin, presentations for “clients” add a degree of reality and a professional component to his education. They push him out of his comfort zone and force him to do his best. “It really lights the fire,” said Geldin. “It really encourages you to produce good work. Your standards are higher . You’re presenting to real people, and they expect good work from you. And you want to represent yourself, your program and your

school as best you can.” When designing for and presenting to an actual audience – a professional audience – whose time is very precious, the hypothetical becomes real. “It’s important to treat your academic career like a professional career ,” said Geldin. Geldin earned an “A” for his efforts. The representatives from the Weingart Center were not the only ones satisfied with the final presentations. “It feels like the students made tremendous growth and progress,” said Becerra. “As a teacher, that’s really all you can ask for.” Reach Derrick Taruc at:


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dA Center: a haven for local artists KIMBERLY HADDAD

Staff Writer While wandering throughout the dA Center for the Arts in downtown Pomona’s Arts Colony, one may stumble upon a variety of detailed oil paintings on display, the unique and eloquent glass art series of Jorge Herrera, the carefully collected winter knits of Maddie Beane, and perhaps Dan Vanclapp’s brass-aged rocket chair, part of the gallery’s upcoming Steampunk Affair event. The dA Center which is located on Main Street, is a divergent, non-profit affiliation which opened in June of 1984 after taking over the space of a nearby dance studio. “The real brainchild of it all started with four artists who were hired by CETA, the Comprehensive Employment Training Act,” said Chris Toovey, co-founder and president of the center. “We worked for the city of Pomona doing art, but we found that there was really nothing going on for upcoming artists so, five years later we took over that dance studio and turned it into a gallery.” With a goal to strengthen the art community and provide a refined, creative outlet for emerging artists, the center not only educates, but provides an open space for displaying and producing various types of art mediums

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Located in Downtown Pomona’s Art Colony, the dA Center for the Arts displays various types of art mediums, including a vintage Triumph motorcycle and detailed oil paintings. The center intends to strengthen the art community. including dance, music, poetry and your standard canvas configured works. “When we first opened, we were really concentrating on

showing art,” said Toovey. “That way, kids and new artists could receive some feedback and be able to look at new work while continuing to experiment with

their own at the same time.” After its official commencement 27 years ago, the center found its first board of directors in 1987 and received its non-prof-

it from the state in 1988. The center now exhibits numerous curated shows including worldwide art from west L.A. to See ARTS/Pg. 12

CPP students build experience through internships KATHY NGUYEN

Staff Writer Research shows that 85 percent of companies use internships and similar experiential education programs to recruit for their full-time workforces, according to “Every student is going to benefit from an internship,”

said Dawn Finley, job location and development coordinator at the Career Center. “An employer isn’t just looking for academics; they’re looking for that practical experience.” According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers reported that they offered full-time jobs to two out of

three interns. Survey results show the median accepted salary offer for seniors with an internship was $45,301 – nearly 31 percent higher than the $34,601 median accepted salary offer to non-intern seniors. “We know that 80 percent of jobs are built through networking,” said Finley. “So if I’m out there, already in

the workforce [and] working in that industry as an intern, I’m meeting people at that company. I may possibly tap into their network, get referrals and reductions.” Though internships are beneficial for students in every way, it may be difficult to find one of quality. “I mass e-mailed everyone on my contacts and networks

asking if they knew of extra work I could do for school credit,” said Helen Tsang, a fifth-year communication student. “Only about half responded.” Tsang eventually received an internship working as a public relations intern for the Department of Alumni Affairs on campus. Students can also find in-

ternships off campus, but the process can be even more difficult. “It was really hard to find an internship because not a lot of the vets would allow you to come on as an intern because there’s too much of a liability,” said Nicole Hardy, a second-year zoology student. “One day, I just See INTERNS/Pg. 12


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tions in order to make this event happen. ASI and Men Against Violence will be co-sponsoring the event and a Cal Poly Pomona alumnus will be providing the catering. The committee plans to reach out to local DJs to provide the event with music. “I did a lot of advertising in my college and in my

classes because that’s where I have the best access,” said Aespuro. “There is not really a specific focus, and anybody should know about this, not just sociology majors or GEMS majors. It should be something ideally that everyone can become aware of.” Aespuro and some of the members of the Violence Pre-

vention Center and Women’s Resources Center hope to spread awareness about The SOLD Project and its mission to stop sex trafficking worldwide. “There are about 10 other members who are on the committee,” said Loanne Truong, a fourth-year business management student and student assistant/social justice leader

for the Violence Prevention and Women’s Center. “Most of those people heard of this committee through the Violence Prevention and Women’s Resources Center. [I’m involved in] marketing, by word of mouth. I tell my friends about the event, I send personal Facebook invitations, [and] I post fliers around campus.”

Aespuro and Lewis, who helped come up with the prom theme for the event, hopes to continue this event annually with different cuses relating to women’s issues. “We are also planning a marketing campaign to get more students interested,” said Lewis. “Our goal is to make ‘Prom for a Cause’ a yearly event and fundraise

for different organizations, such as family shelters and rape crisis centers.” For more information, visit the Violence Prevention and Women’s Resource Center in Building 95 or check out the various Facebook pages regarding Prom for a Cause. Reach Jasmine Lowe at:

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Opened in June of 1984, the dA Center is a non-profit affiliation and exhibits both local art and world-wide art.

street art from the Inland Empire. “Typically, most shows that we have here are curated, so the curator of a specific show requests artists to participate,” said Dani Stratz, gallery manager. “Most of the time it has to do with someone approaching you, and that’s really how it works at a lot of galleries.” Although the center’s events are commonly curated, Stratz emphasized that it does provide open shows to the public, allowing artists to participate by entering work pertaining to the assembled theme of the particular event. “It’s a great opportunity for amateur artists,” said Stratz. “I’m an art major at Cal State Fullerton, and it’s really interesting to be behind the scenes because you get to see how everything works up to the point of an actual event.” If one is working within the gallery systems, Toovey indicated that one has to work on making art that will sell. Because the only other option was being in a university or institution where students have galleries available to them on campus, there wasn’t much else to ensure

community art. That was the main purpose of the dA Center. “There was the Pomona Arts Association which, if you joined the club, you can paint flowers and mountains, and stuff,” said Toovey. “But they weren’t really interested in experimenting, and that’s important.” In 1990, the center engaged in one of the most eclectic events since its formation while working with Berlin to generate an event called “Berlin at the New Frontier,” a show to celebrate the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. “We held a five-week extravaganza which included industrialpunk, white noise, A-bomb music in the parking lot at the time,” said Toovey. “The artists built a mock up of the Berlin Wall and after the event, we tore it all down. It was one of the more diverse things we have ever taken part in.” The center has recently started a contract as a service provider for after school art in the Pomona Unified School District. It is also working with eight middle schools in the area where Toovey will be painting murals with the children. The center also has a couple

of prospective events on the rise for March including Brass Age, A Steampunk Affair, curated by Talitha Fanous, and Lionslike Mindstate, open-mic poetry. The center will be taking part in the infamous monthly Art Walk in April. Toovey encourages artists to stop by the dA Center as it’s a great way to break into the gallery and get a feel for the way they operate and what it has to offer its community. “My personal mania about this job is watching the way the arts as kind of the universal language have actually developed and strengthened the community,” said Toovey. “We threw the arts into the mix because it brings people together. “It gives the opportunity to trade cultures and see that not only are we different, but more than anything, we’re very much the same. Everybody does art, everybody expresses themselves through culture whether it be dancing, drama or the arts. It’s been a wild ride watching this come together.” Reach Kimberly Haddad at:

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happened [upon] this vet . . . I got really lucky. I know a lot of people who haven’t started, and they’re saying that it’s really hard because a lot of the vets [who have] their own offices won’t take interns.” According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, the trainee should not displace regular employees but work under constant supervision. The employer also must not receive an immediate advantage from the trainee and understand that the internship is purely for the benefit of the trainee. “We require quite a bit of information about the person

who is going to mentor the student,” said Victoria Key, administrative support coordinator for the Communication Department. “We want to make sure our students are not getting these clerical jobs or gofer jobs or anything like that. We want them to go in and get real, professional experience.” Students in the Communication Department are required to complete an internship before graduation. However, the process is thorough and can be lengthy. For example, a communication student would be required to fill out an internship questionnaire to see if

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he or she is qualified to take on an internship. That student then receives an internship contract, which must be filled out once an internship is found. Next, that student would make an appointment with the department chair to get it approved. After completion of the internship, a 12 to 15 page paper and evaluation would have to be turned in. Communication students may do up to three different internships in order to fulfill the 200 hours requirement. Zoology students, such as Hardy, are required to work for 180 hours. Each department has its own requirements and stipulations on-campus, so it is best to check with an advisor. Internships may not be a

requirement for all departments on campus, but students in all departments are highly encouraged to do at least one internship. “It’s not a requirement for us to do an internship, but it’s an option,” said Andrew Vasquez, a fourth-year accounting student. “We get two units. It’s highly suggested we do it, but some students don’t have the time.” Key agreed and said the Communication Department takes that into consideration when approving internships for students. “Probably around 95 percent of our seniors will leave spring, go to commencement, do their internship, submit their final paper in the fall and reapply for graduation,” said Key. “That’s what most people do because it’s hard to get 200 hours

done [during] your last year when you’re finishing all your course requirements.” Because internships can be so important, the Career Center hosts a workshop every quarter on internships. The next “Your Turn to Intern” workshop will be held on April 7. However, that may be too late for some students who are graduating this spring. “Start early,” said Finley. “Three to six months in advance of when you want to do [the internship], you really need to start looking, especially summer. We have some companies that have large internship programs, [and] they have already finished recruiting for summer. They may have done that in November or December.” Internships are not something that only fourth-year

students have to worry about. They are an opportunity for all qualified students to test their skills in the workforce. “We [biotechnology students] can get internships from multiple places,” said Marco Hernandez, a thirdyear biotechnology student. “[The department] sends you e-mails about internship opportunities that different places have, like NASA ... I’m really looking forward to doing it.” A few places where students can look for internships online are the BroncoConnection website, Dsa.;;; Internweb. com; and Reach Kathy Nguyen at:

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Midnight Madness


On March 11, “Midnight Madness” was Associated Students, Inc.’s last hurrah for students before finals week. Students played laser tag in the BSC, enjoyed free access to everything in the G ames Room, Etc., made tie-dyed shirts and buttons, took photos, watched comedians and feasted on hotdogs – vegetarian options were also included.

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(Center) Second-year Art student Matthew Wood and second-year Psychology student Delmy Guardado make tie-dye shirts. (Right) Zach Pahle, a second-year electrical engineering student, plays a drumming game in the Games Room, Etc., where a variety of games were free to students during the event.

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the spectrum. So I’m asking a different question. What makes each of these cars great? Aside from their similar roots, the new Mustang and Camaro are about as alike as apples and oranges. Fruit reference aside, neither of these two Motown brawlers are lacking in masculinity or raw muscle. However, each manufacturer has taken a drastically different approach to achieving that performance goal. The main dif ference be-

tween the two cars is what the engineers left on the table. In Ford’s case, what’s left on the table is nill. The Mustang’s 5.0 liter V8 delivers 412 horsepower while the Camaro’ s 6.2 liter engine provides only 14 horsepower more. This is despite the Camaro’s 1.2 liter displacement advantage. While 1.2 liters may not seem like a significant amount, I can assure you that it is. Though Ford engineers have done a beyond fantastic

job squeezing power out of a conservatively sized engine, they haven’t left much on the table for the aftermarket industry. Even on the Boss Mustang, one of the top trim levels, engineers could only squeeze out an extra 32 horsepower – at a $10,000 price hike from the base GT. Is this a bad thing? No. Ford engineers did their job quite well – maybe even too well. Save for a pricey forced induction setup – which neces-

sitates persuading an engine with 11:1 compression to run happily on boost – there is not a whole lot of power to be gained on the new 5.0 engine. Chevrolet, on the other hand, has taken a counter approach to designing the Camaro. While the Camaro’ s 425 horsepower is by no means paltry, there is significant potential left lurking under the hood. Chevy engineers designed a solid engine capable of handling obscene amounts

of power. However, when it came to the nitty-gritty of actually making that power, they felt comfortable in letting the aftermarket deal with that part of the process. With a camshaft and cylinder head swap along with various other bolt-on upgrades, there is 150 plus horsepower waiting to be unleashed from the Camaro’s LS3 engine. The beauty of a push rod V8 is that the process of swapping cylinder heads is relatively simple.

So folks, pick your poison. The Mustang has been built to the max for you – as many would argue a modern car should be – while the Camaro has potential power just waiting to be unleashed. The Camaro eclipses the mustang in price by just shy of $2000, but for most potential pony car buyers, numbers are irrelevant and hood badges hold far more sway than window stickers. Reach Evan Perkins at:


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Bridging indie and hip-hop with ‘Lasers’

Muslim rapper Lupe Fiasco successfully tackles controversial issues on his new and highly anticipated inspirational album ‘Lasers,’ released on March 8 FARHEEN DAYALA

Staff Writer The March 8 release of the album “Lasers,” by rapper Wasalu Muhammad Jaco who is better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, proves that artists don’t need to compromise a beat for meaningful lyrics. Fiasco’s third studio album is a breath of fresh air in the age of Auto-Tune and club hits. Beyond the lyrics, even the name of the

album “Lasers” is significant. Written like the word “losers” with a big red capital letter “A” in place of the letter “o,” “Lasers” stands for “Love Always Shines Every time Remember to Smile.” “Lasers” includes guest appearances from up-and-coming artists such as Skylar Grey and Sarah Green, as well as mainstream artists such as John Legend and Trey Songz. The album, which almost didn’t got released, was much anticipated by Fiasco fanatics. After years of battling the Atlantic Records company, fans stepped in to help with the record’s release by organizing a protest. The protest even had an official Facebook page that stated: “This protest represents the angered Lupe Fiasco fans who want the new Lasers material … hip-hop fans that are fed up with senseless music and lack of meaning.” “Lasers” became a trending topic on Twitter long before the record was released. Fiasco enabled his fans to purchase the album by scanning his Twitter picture through a smart phone application called RedLaser. With a simple scan, fans were given three options, one of them being an automatic download the night of the release – all options were unprecedented by any other artist. Paired with a catchy beat, his lyrics are not only uplifting but also inspirational and

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thought-provoking. The talented rapper’s ability to be diverse on the album is remarkable. Fiasco’s songs are fit for anyone’s ears as they range from the political to danceable. In the song, “The Show Goes On,” the influential rapper encourages his audience to pursue their dreams no matter where they are from or what others say to put them down. “So no matter what you been through / No matter what you into / No matter what you see / When you look outside your window / Brown grass or green grass, picket fence or barbed wire / Never ever put them down, you just lift your arms higher / Raise ‘em ‘til your arms tired, let ‘em know you here / That you struggling, survivin’, that you gon’ persevere.”

In addition to the upbeat nature of Fiasco’s songs, his lyrics are more daring than in his last two albums. “Words I Never Said,” featuring Skylar Grey, in strikes a chord in particular. In this song, the Muslim rapper fights against Islamophobia and criticizes the media, among other controversial topics, and its effects on people. “And these the same people supposedly telling us the truth / Limbaugh was a racist, Glen Beck is a racist.” Fiasco is a lyrical beast on the album, unapologetic while discussing tough topics such as racism, suicide and overcoming obstacles. In “All Black Everything,” Fiasco raps about what life would be like if racism and slavery never existed and offers a solution for the future. He also gets personal on his album by rapping about his childhood growing up in the bad part of town in “I’ll Never Forget You,” featuring John Legend. With such meaningful and mind blowing lyrics, new and old Fiasco fans will appreciate his ability of keeping it real without selling out, despite his increasing popularity. Rating: 5/5 Reach Farheen Dayala at:

‘Xombi:’ An unfulfilling neon fever dream from DC Comics


Asst. Editor DC comics have started a new series this month called “Xombi,” and unfortunately, the first issue leaves a lot to be desired. Main character David Kim is the titular Xombi, whose gimmick is his body, which is filled with nanobots that prevents his aging and keeps him in peak physical condition – think Wolverine with-

out the claws. Xombi starts out rather ominously the first couple of panels show figures in paintings moving from one painting to another; hens give birth without eggshells; the presidents on quarters, nickels and pennies warn that a prisoner mustn’t escape. In Xombi 1, artist Fraser Irving creates a world almost entirely composed of mustard yellows, ominous bluegreens and psychedelic pinkpurples that serve to create a jarringly otherworldly darkneon fever dream. Very often, pages and panels will consist singularly of one of the previously men-

tioned hues with only changes in tone to indicate depth and shadow. The artwork has a digital feeling, perhaps reflecting protagonist Xombi’s unique condition as a human-machine hybrid. The first issue is pretty self-explanatory with its particularly wordy subtitle – “The Ninth Stronghold Part One: Prison of Industry” – and deals with what else but a prison. This is not your run of the mill prison. Instead, it is a secret underground prison run by the Catholic Church. Xombi is instructed to go to the prison and prevent the

escape of one of its inmates, a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde character named James Church. However, Xombi isn’t alone because he is joined by Catholic Girl, Nun of the Above and Nun the Less. Their names are just a small taste of the type of offbeat humor in the comic, and you will have to decide for yourself whether you can appreciate it. In the comic book universe, like in real life, there are your alpha characters such as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, and then there beta characters like Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jubilee. David Kim is not an alpha character.

But one of the great things about lesser known characters is that they don’t have the baggage that the perennial favorites, such as Batman, possess. Nor are they familiar enough to readers that writers can’t experiment with them. Xombi being such an obscure character is actually one of the positive factors the series. One of the main problems with this issue of Xombi is it is largely a setup for future issues of the series. Nothing is truly explained in this issue. It is never revealed why the escape of James Church is of

particular importance, nor is it explained why Xombi is the one who would have the necessary expertise in stopping the escape. Another problem is the lack of significant action that occurs in this issue. Irving’s art accentuates the surrealist nature of the universe what is unfortunate is that the plot progression in the first issue is so limited. In the end, the first issue of Xombi only leaves readers wanting more. Rating: 2/5

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‘No’ on calendar conversion Work hard, play hard VALERIE CHEN

Lifestyle Editor Since summer is just around the corner, I need some advice on what to do during the holiday. I am graduating in a little over a year, am newly 21 years old, and wanted to know whether I should start trying to break into the job market. But, I also have the opportunity to travel across the country with some of my buddies on a road trip. I’ve never been out of the state, so this sounds really exciting. Also, who wants to work during summer vacation? Not me. I’d rather enjoy life and be lazy after a tough academic year. However, getting a job would definitely help pay the bills and add more to my resume. I’m not sure what to do so I’m leaving my financial and life security in your hands.

– Aspiring Graduate Breaking into the job market is tough, especially with an economy that seems to be knocked out and staying down for the count, rather than resorting back to its comparatively more stable, former self. With the competitive nature of the job markets, the better and more ample your resume looks compared to the resumes of your rival candidates for the job, the more likely you are to land the desired position. As appealing as sitting in an air-conditioning room and watching re-runs of “The Office,” accompanied by a carton of ice cream may sound – especially in contrast to tediously picking up job applications and enduring group interviews – the latter is a bit more realistic in terms of eventual financial stability. Therefore, with graduation approaching, try to rule “being lazy” out of the equation. As the cliché saying goes: The early bird catches the worm. Start searching for summer jobs and internships as soon as possible, rather than later. Interviewing processes for summer internships usually begin in the spring. This means other students with abundant free time quickly and eagerly snatch up summer jobs when their school sessions end. However, take some time to perfect your current resume, references and cover letters. Make use of resources See Chen/Pg. 17

With all the financial uncertainty facing the state and institutions of higher education, a calendar conversion should be the last thing Cal Poly Pomona administration thinks about. The Academic Senate has recommended the Ad Hoc Committee on Potential Academic Calendar Conversion’s minority report – which opposed conversion – to University President Michael Ortiz. Considering the timing of this potential switch in the financial situation the state is in – and the possible $500 million cut to the Cal State University system – the Academic Senate’s decision was right. It has been said that switching from one academic calendar system to another is like transferring a moving train from one set of tracks to another. Unfortunately, a lot of the passengers on this train have vocalized their opposition to a switch. Throughout the Academic Senate meetings, merits of the quarter and semester systems have been compared for weeks. While some faculty members credit 10-week quarters with being concise and quick, others have brought up issues that come with trying to squeeze a lot of academic content into a constrained time frame. Similar consideration has been given to the semester calendar system. Proponents have highlighted more time in class and

spread out workloads as benefits, while others express concern with stretching curriculum structured from 10 weeks to 15 weeks. Ortiz has pointed to Cal Poly Pomona’s performance and graduation rates as a concern and a potential reason to switch. It’s hard to comprehend how switching from one system to another in the midst of all the financial uncertainty would boost graduation rates, especially when looking at six-year graduation rates across the CSU system. In comparison to other Cal States, Cal Poly Pomona sits somewhere in the middle with a 53 percent graduation rate, according to the National Center for Education statistics. Compared to Cal State Los Angeles’ 34 percent graduation rate or San Luis Obispo’s 72 percent graduation rate, it’s obvious Cal Poly Pomona’s graduation rate is average. Students and faculty have questioned the relationship between CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and university presidents. While Ortiz has refuted the claims that whatever the Chancellor wants he gets, it is hard to imagine how someone could move forward on a plan – calendar conversion – when students, faculty and staff have expressed opposition to a switch. And these academic considerations are just one portion of the conversation; the bigger concern revolves around money

and timing. Particularly, everything financially related to a calendar conversion has been generalized and assumed by campus administration. Campus administration has stated that if funding is not available, the switch will not happen. Yet, when administration is asked point-blank where the funding would come from and if it would be enough to cover the costs of a conversion, the response always falls short of anything affirmative or definitive. Even more unsettling is the idea that the costs of a conversion can be generalized by looking at how much it cost other schools to convert. Given the state of the economy and the cuts already facing schools in California, assuming and estimating the cost of conversion is irresponsible. It would make sense to scrutinize planning on a microscopic financial and academic level, and even then unforeseen challenges should be considered. Combine this financial uncertainty with the grim reality that faculty cuts will result as a response to a lack of state funding, and the prospect of Cal Poly Pomona becomes increasingly grim. An apparent element in the conversion talks has been the tendency to disregard students’ voice. Arguments have been made that the sample size was too small

and that the switch would not affect those students who vocalized their opposition to the switch – because most who voted will have graduated by the time the switch is completed. As Associated Students, Inc. has reiterated at several Academic Senate meetings, approximately 2,700 students weighed in on the potential calendar conversion and 91 percent were against the switch. While this group of students was just a fraction of the 21,000 students who make up the campus community, it was one of the largest samples ever gathered. The general disregard for those students who voted is not only disrespectful, it’s offensive as well. Those who weighed in may not be a part of the campus community in two or three years, but their suggestions come from experience as students who have dealt with the quarter system. Furthermore, their student government representatives have made their stance against conversion clear and back these students. Again, it is understood that everything up until this point has been mere suggestion and that this decision is not inherently democratic; however, when a majority of the campus community has voiced opposition to the switch one could only hope that the administration would agree.

Gaga, I just don’t care anymore Rachel Winter

Staff Writer Lady Gaga has done it again, but this time, the attention gained by her less than conventional antics has died down a lot faster than usual. At first, she admittedly had me completely fascinated with her crazy antics, crazier songs and even crazier outfits. Now, it’s too much and it’s beginning to get a bit annoying and over the top. Sure, celebrities like to push the limits, and it gives them the attention that they look for. .… Just look at Britney Spears or Madonna – to name two. Let’s be honest though. As much as everyone wonders what she will come up with next, Lady Gaga is pushing not only the limits of what is socially acceptable, but she is pushing people’s buttons as well? The point of people not caring is right around the corner, especially since we all know that anything she does is to gain attention and to cause a media frenzy. The whole over-the-top nature of this singer just gets old after awhile. Pop stars are always looking for the next big way to catch attention, and Gaga did just that by being “born” out of an egg at this year’s Grammy’s.

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With everyone wondering what Gaga would be up to next, she gave viewers a little taste of that special Gaga eccentricity they were looking for by popping out of that egg. For the many people who just rolled their eyes and went on with life, Gaga’s “egg-sposure” is nothing more than another crazy, over-the-top media stunt. Nonetheless, people are still extremely intrigued by

Lady Gaga and pop stars of the like, and have shown immense fascination with her and a constant wondering of what’s next, even though they all know it will be another media-grab. This fascination showed when, according to Gaga Daily, Lady Gaga’s newest song “Born This Way” became the number-one song on iTunes in less than three hours after being released. This made it the the first

song to ever do this. Although she has such a mass appeal, her videos are the second most played videos on YouTube after Justin Bieber. She is also trailing behind rapper Eminem in Facebook “likes.” Sure, Lady Gaga can be entertaining. However, she remains entertaining for about two seconds before the channel or song gets changed yet

again. With the radio stations playing her song “Born This Way” over and over again, I’m thankful that iPods are just a plug into the stereo away. Instead of going “GagGagGag” all the way home, there’s a wonderful playlist to be heard with no “Born This Way” in earshot. Reach Rachel Winter at:


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So many earthquakes, is LA ready? Tiffany Roesler

Staff Writer It’s a typical Wednesday night. You’re sitting on your bed studying while your roommate is out. Or maybe you’re grabbing a bite to eat with a friend – nothing out of the ordinary: Then it happens. The ground starts to shake, and the building starts to quiver. Lights break and shatter to pieces on the floor around you. The realization hits: a sleeping, long overdue monster has come to shake things up. On March 11, Japan was struck by an 9.0 earthquake, which triggered a 23-foot tsunami that slammed into the country’s eastern coast. More than 10,151 bodies have been found across the destroyed country, but police reports of missing people estimate the death toll upwards of 18,000. Many of the bodies will never be found. Houses have been ripped

up from the ground below, buildings collapsed, all forms of transportation not working, water flooding the streets, and power outages across all of Japan. New Zealand was also the victim of a recent earthquake. The massive 6.3 earthquake hit the epicenter of Christchurch, New Zealand and killed over 75 people. Furthermore, 300 are still missing. Prime Minister John Key had no choice but to declare the situation as a state of national emergency. Japan was hit soon after New Zealand. These monumental disasters, in addition to all of the other earthquakes of late show us that Mother Nature doesn’t play nicely these days. The quakes in Japan and New Zealand were a rude awakening to how violent and unpredictable nature is. Even the Pacific Coast and Hawaii caught a little of the action as well. Along Oregon’s coast, moderate surges of wa-

ter hit the shore, some of which were reported about six feet high. Some of Hawaii’s streets have been flooded as well. Luckily, hardly any damage was done. But that’s not saying the least for Japan and New Zealand. The images are horrific. It’s anyone’s biggest nightmare – a war zone scene from a Hollywood film. But folks, this is as a real as it gets. New Zealand was hit. Japan was hit harder. Who’s next? Sorry to burst America’s bubble of “it won’t happen to us,” but it’s Los Angeles’s turn. Why Los Angeles? Well when you think about it, why not Los Angeles? Let’s just put it this way. Lucy jones, a U.S. Geological Survey seismologist, remembers attending an emergency training session in August 2001 with the Federal Emergency Management Agency that discussed the three most likely catastrophes to strike the United States.

“First on the list was a terrorist attack in New York. Second was a superstrength hurricane hitting New Orleans. Third was a major earthquake on the San Andreas fault.” However, the last big earthquake to hit Los Angeles was 150 years ago, reaching a magnitude of 7.9. If Mother Nature decides to strike hard, there could be 2,500,000 casualties and millions to billions of dollars worth of damages. We’ve had earthquakes here and there. Most of them were only big enough to require taking the basic earthquake precautions of hiding under a table or going outside to an open area. But we haven’t had a major scare since the 1950s. On July 21, 1952, a 7.3 earthquake hit Kern County and killed 12 people. Railroads and streets in the local area were cracked. 111 miles away from the epicenter, Los Angeles’s residents observed pool

water sloshing over onto the cement and the slight swinging of chandeliers. On March 11, 1933, the great Long Beach 6.3 earthquake killed 115 people. But like most earthquakes, the damage they create is due to poor building structure and unfortunately, our close location to the San Andreas Fault. Now, should we be worried about experiencing the unrealistic terrors that were displayed in the movie, “2012?” Not a bit. Major earthquakes occur about every 45 to144 years. With the advancement in technology, and ways to make an older building better, we might just be okay. In fact, building renovations have been made to older Downtown Los Angeles buildings to reassure that they can withstand an earthquake. As for newer buildings, those have already been built to withstand Mother Nature’s forces. No one wants to be a part of a natural disaster, but it’s bound to happen. We’re as

ready for it as we’ll ever be. UC Irvine’s Lisa Grant Ludwig, an expert seismologist, has done her research to put the big question in simple terms. “There are storm clouds gathered on the horizon. Does that mean it’s definitely going to rain? No, but when you have that many clouds, you think, I’m going to take my umbrella with me today. That’s what this research does: It gives us a chance to prepare.” So, should we be scared? Not really. Prepared? Most definitely. Now would be the time to visit your local store to stock up on canned food, bottled water and flashlights. Come up with an emergency plan with freinds and family such as a place to meet up in the event of an emergency. Prepare both mentally and physically.

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such as Cal Poly Pomona’s Career Center, located on campus. Career Center counselors can also give you helpful tips in doing well during job interviews. Summer jobs are typically part-time. Internships also may just take up a portion of the week or occur only a few months out of the long quarter-system summer. If required by your major’s department, the minimum number of hours

worked at the internship may vary, but are typically not unreasonable. Furthermore, if you ask your employer(s) ahead of time, you may able to set aside a week or two for yourself and traveling. Therefore, strive to balance the opportunities of both traveling and working a part-time job or internship. Embrace your youth and utilize opportunities to the fullest, including a road trip across the country.

It’s true that in a little over of year, you are going to graduate and will need a full resume to land a good career. But at the same time, the real and possibly overwhelming world officially and truly begins after that fateful graduation day. Once you are catapulted into the real world with not much more than a diploma, college-learned knowledge and young ambition, it may be difficult to find time to travel and luxuriously en-

joy life. This is particularly true amidst tiring job-hunting and struggling to pay even more bills. If previously aided by your family’s financial support, graduates may find their parents cutting off the money supply once they complete their degrees. Or, if CPP provided financial aid, no longer will there be that advantageous fraction of money. Along with working a

“big kid” job and being fiscally independent, marriage, owning property and having children may also be not that far down the road. Though the assorted stages of life may not necessarily occur in that preferred order. If you do not choose to travel with your friends now, there may not be that chance in the future. With the help of yet another cliché saying: “Carpe Diem” – seize the moment.

Thus, allow and excel in building your resume and gaining valuable work experience and paychecks. Then, recognize and reward your hard work with a pleasant getaway with friends. Don’t hesitate to ask me a ques-chen at formspring. me/askmeaqueschen or send an e-mail to

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Track and field team beats Div. I athletes ERIK CARR

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Recruiting after Reyana ERIK CARR

Sports Editor After making the Elite Eight for the first time in nine years and hosting the region with the number of nationally-ranked teams, the players and coaches of the Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team is now left with a big question: How do we replace our star player? Senior guard Reyana Colson, who had both a season and career for the record books, played her final collegiate game last Tuesday in a 78-65 loss to Northwest Missouri State in the Elite Eight quarterfinal game. Since the Broncos will undoubtedly recruit with filling Colson’s vacancy in mind, here are a few things the players and coaches should consider when recruiting in the offseason. Without Colson, the Broncos will lose quickness to the hoop. If one looks at her player profile, he or she will learn that in high school, Colson ran track and field. This makes sense when considering how many times Colson drove to the hoop and not only made the layup but also drew the foul. With this in mind, the coaches need to recruit players who not only play good basketball, but also run a fast race. Shooting 27 of 74 (36.5 percent), Colson was the Broncos’ best 3-point shooter last season, meaning the Broncos will be in need of a good 3-point shooter for the 2011-12 season. Freshman guard J.J. Judge (35 of 99) and junior forward Sarah Semenero (44 of 126) had the second and third-best 3-point percentages, making 35.4 and 34.9 percent of their shots, respectively. While both Semenero and Judge are poised to have even better seasons next season, one more 3-point shooter would only improve the Broncos’ long-range game. Not only was Colson a vital offense presence, she was also a defensive one, leading the team with 89 steals, 37 more than Semenero who had 52. The 5-foot-6-inch Colson may have been shorter than most of her teammates, but her long arms and ability to read the opponent’s moves caused the opponents many turnovers and gave the Broncos many necessary points. Colson’s other great contribution on offense is so subtle, one has to look at the team’s statistics to realize it. Not only did Colson have the most assists on the team with 142, she had more than twice the amount of the See GUARD/Pg. 19

It was a busy weekend for the Cal Poly Pomona track and field team as it competed in three different meets over the course of three days in Palo Alto, San Francisco and Claremont. The majority of the track and field team competed at the Cal-Nevada Invitational, hosted at Claremont-MuddScripps on Saturday and Sunday. The finals on Sunday were highlighted by the men’s 4x400 relay team’s 3 minute and 12.65 seconds, firstplace finish over Div. I teams UC Irvine (3:14.87) in second and Sacramento State (3:15.47) in third. The Broncos team consisted of sophomore Matt Boudreau, senior Corey Arnold, junior Jacob Deavers and senior Carter Griffin. The time is the fastest one 18 years and the sixth best in the school’s history. In Saturday’s prelims, senior Lance Walkington shattered Cal Poly Pomona’s throwing record for the javelin. “It felt weird [to be seeded as the top thrower] because I’m so accustomed to being the underdog,” Walkington said. “Nick [Howe] and I weren’t throwing well early because of the wind but we got going in the finals.” Walkington threw 222-0, breaking the 207-7 record he matched on March 5 at Cal State Fullerton. In the event, Walkington placed second, just one inch behind Howe’s 222-1 mark. “It seemed like one of us would go ahead by an inch and then the other one would come back to take the lead by an inch. I just tried to keep my technique on the last throw and got that 222,” Walkington said. “If I had to place second behind some-

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Sophomore Matt Boudreau (right) hands the baton off to senior Corey Arnold (center) during Sunday’s men’s 4x400 relay race in which Cal Poly Pomona took first, earning a time of 3 minutes and 12.65 seconds, while beating Div. I schools UC Irvine and Sacramento State, in second and third, respectively. one, I guess it’s not as bad to lose to the defending national champion.” The Broncos’ weekend began at the Stanford Invitational where sophomore Tiffany Dinh was Cal Poly Pomona’s sole representative. “I felt like it was a good situation for her to go up to Stanford and race against all of those Division I athletes,” said head coach Troy Johnson. “Placing her in that type of racing environment will only help her in the long run. “Even though her 17:23 time on Friday might not have been her best of the season, she has shown herself to

be a great competitor.” Dinh ran a 17:23.22 in the women’s 5,000 and finished 28th. Though she finished 28th overall in a Div. I-dominated race, Dinh had the best finish among Div. II competition. On Friday and Saturday, a handful of Broncos competed in the San Francisco State Distance Carnival. Junior Diana Zapata competed in both the 1,500 and the 5,000. Zapata took 10th in the 1,500, running it in 4:44.31, and placed 35th in the 5,000 with a time of 18:07.02. In those respective races, Za-

pata was followed by sophomore Fabiola Lugo (5:04.22) in 40th and junior Juliana Ruffolo (18:47.46) in 55th. In the men’s 10,000, sophomore Ryan Carrell gave the Broncos a sixth-place finish (14:36.20). “Ryan is another athlete who I love to watch race,” Johnson said. “He likes to race and compete. He thrives in that environment and we’re going to see him get better and better.” Crossing the finish seconds apart were junior Gustavo Cruz (15:23.25) and junior Scott McMichael (15:25.50) in 45th and 48th, respec-

tively. The men earned their highest finish in the 10,000 where senior Jersain Torres (31:08.80) placed fourth. In that race, senior Matthew Prentice (32:05.78) finished in 10th. The Broncos will stay local for their next few meets. They will return to Claremont for the Pomona Pitzer Invitational on April 9 and compete in Walnut at the Mt. SAC Relays Multi April 1314 and Mt. SAC Relays April 14-16. Reach Erik Carr at:

Baseball team ends four-game skid Sunday Broncos snap four-game losing streak with win vs. No. 9 UC San Diego and finish series with .500 CCAA record ERIK CARR

Sports Editor The Cal Poly Pomona baseball team lost the first three games of its four-game series against UC San Diego before winning the last game, 5-1, to end a four-game losing streak on Sunday. “To get a win is exciting against [the] No. 8 in the country for us so it’s a good win,” said head coach Randy Betten. “We made a few mistakes and if you make a few mental mistakes against a team like that, that’s the one or two runs that’s going to cost you in a ballgame and we lost two one-run ballgames.” Betten’s Broncos are now 16-10 overall and 10-10 in conference, where they sit in seventh place. The Broncos remain at Scolinos Field this week where they will host the 10thplace Cal State East Bay Pioneers (7-18, 3-13). Sunday’s series closer was all Broncos. After getting out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the

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Senior utility player Tyson Edwards hits a single to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. The single was one of 17 hits the Broncos had in the 11-inning, 8-7 loss to No. 8 UC San Diego. Broncos tacked on four more runs with five hits, all singles, in the fifth. Sophomore infielder Jordan Whitman and junior catcher Jenzen Torres each had their last hits of the series in the fifth and finished the series 5 for 9 and 4 for 7, respectively.

On the mound, redshirt sophomore pitcher Kevin Bosson threw another complete game. Bosson, who improved to 5-2, pitched seven innings in which he allowed one run, four hits and one walk while striking out seven. “[In the] week prior to games, [I] just put in hard

work … keep my arm in good shape,” Bosson said about how he has been able to pitch long innings. The series began on Thursday where the hosting Tritons won, 5-2. In the seventh, Whitman hit another doubled and later scored on a balk by senior

pitcher Tim Shibuya to make the score 5-2. Shibuya, who had a nineinning complete game, allowed two runs, five hits and no walks while striking out 11. Facing a 4-0 deficit, the Broncos finally ended the shutout when Whitman, who doubled, scored on Miller’s groundout to trim the Tritons’ lead to 4-1. On Friday, the first half of the series concluded with a pitching duel that ended in the Tritons’ favor, 2-1. Sophomore pitcher Erick Ruvalcaba pitched six scoreless innings in which he allowed three hits, three walks and struck out two. Ruvalcaba went up against senior pitcher Guido Knudson who pitched eight innings, allowing one run, six hits, and one walk. Knudson had six strikeouts. Both pitchers hit one batter and received a no-decison. Despite a 1-0 lead in the ninth, the Tritons tied the score, 1-1, on senior infielder Blake Tagmyer’s RBI single. Later in the inning, the Tritons took the lead and the game when redshirt freshman outfielder Scott Liske scored on a wild pitch from junior pitcher Jake Reed. The Broncos’ only run came in the sixth when Whitman’s single knocked Santora See BRONCOS/Pg. 19


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Junior pitcher Jake Reed delivers a pitch late in the game during Saturday’s 8-7 loss to UC San Diego.

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home. Santora reached base on a walk and a single by senior outfielder Travis Taijeron advanced him to second. Saturday’s doubleheader began with the Broncos suffering a tough 8-7 loss in 1 1 innings. Down 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth, the Broncos took the lead, 6-5, after a Torres single

brought junior infielder Chris Miller home. Miller had an RBI triple that scored Whitman to tie the game, 5-5. After being down a run, 7-6, Taijeron homered to left field to tie the game, 7-7, in the seventh. “We battled with them every single time,” Taijeron said. “We hung in there; we

just didn’t get the ‘W .’ We played really hard.” However, a homer by senior outfielder Kyle Saul in the top of the 1 1th gave the Tritons an 8-7 lead the Broncos never came back from. The Tritons (20-8, 13-7), No. 8 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Newspaper/NCAA Div. II Top 30 Coaches’ Poll

and No. 25 in the most recent National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll, improved to second place in the conference. Tritons have two fewer conference wins than first-place Chico State (173, 11-2), No. 6 and No. 9 in those respective polls. Reach Erik Carr at:

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Senior guard Reyana Colson cuts down the net after the March 14 68-61 win over No. 7 Grand Canyon to win the 2010-11 NCAA Div. II West Region title.

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player with the next-highest total, which was junior guard Rosslyn Beard with 68. Of all statistical categories in basketball, the assists category is the most cerebral because it implies the player who earned an assist made a good decision in passing to the player who scored. This shouldn’t be a sur prise since Colson is an honored student-athlete, earning

a 3.68 GPA. In summary, the Broncos need to find a player that has at least two of the abovementioned qualities. Personally, I would give priority to finding a player who plays both basketball and track and has tallied a lot of assists. Reach Erik Carr at:


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TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 201 2011

Finishing with an elite appearance Women’s basketball team’s season ends in Elite Eight quarterfinals

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Sports Editor The No. 23 Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team’s 2010-11 season came to an end last Tuesday after suffering a defeat to No. 19 Northwest Missouri State, 78-65, in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinal match. The Broncos ended the season 28-5 overall. “That first half was really frustrating just to see what we had been doing consistently; you have to give them credit for taking us out of it,” said head coach Danelle Bishop. In her final game as a Bronco, senior guard Reyana Colson finished her career with a double-double performance by scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds while getting a team-high three assists and two steals. Senior forward La’kenya Simon West finished her career with five points and three rebounds. Giving the Bearcats a double-double effort, senior forward Gentry Dietz scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds to go with three assists, a steal and a block. For the game, the Bearcats shot better than the Broncos in all three categories. Though down 39-22 at the half, the Broncos began the second half with an 11-0 run, commencing on junior for-

ward Sarah Semenero’s 3-pointer 50 seconds in. “Coming into the second half we knew that that first half wasn’t good enough and we need to make some adjustments,” Colson said. “We were able to just force a lot of turnovers, our communication got a lot of better, and we created a lot of offense for us.” Semenero came alive in the second half, scoring all 19 of her points in the final 20 minutes. “With this team I knew that we had it in us from day one, because I knew Reyana was going to take us as far as she could,” Semenero said. “We always were the second half team, and finally it caught up to us.” The Broncos scored 43 second-half points to the Bearcats’ 39, trimming the Bearcats’ lead to six, 68-62, when Colson hit her free throws with 2:33 remaining. However, the Bearcats took advantage of the Broncos’ attempts to stop the clock, going to the line six times in the final two minutes and made eight of their last 12 attempts. With 13 seconds left, Semenero’s free throw marked the last Broncos’ basket of the season to make the score 78-65. The Broncos proved again they were a second-half team, but it was not enough to beat the Bearcats’ superior first-half

performance. A supportive local crowd contributed to the Broncos’ first-half shooting woes and helped the Bearcats, who jumped out to an 8-0 lead and dominated the first half shooting-wise. It was not until junior center Megan Ford’s jumper with 15:55 left that the Broncos got on the board, 8-2. An 8-0 run brought the Broncos within a point, 11-10, when Colson converted her three-point play with 12:43 left. But a 7-1 run followed by runs of 8-0 and 7-0 allowed the Bearcats to take a commanding 39-21 lead. “Shelly [Martin] really got us off to a great start,” said Bearcats head coach Gene Steinmeyer. Martin, a junior guard, made four first-half 3-pointers as part of her 19 points to go with two assists, eight rebounds and two steals. Making the score 39-22 with 13.9 seconds left was Ford with a free throw and marked the first point of a 12-0 Broncos’ run which extended into the second half. Ford finished with 14 points, one assist and three rebounds. Matching Ford’s assist and rebound totals was junior forward Charlene Popoff who scored 10 points.

(Top Left) The Broncos celebrate after winning their first NCAA Div. II West Region Championship in nine years after defeating No. 2 seeded Grand Canyon, 68-61, on March 14. (Top Right) Junior center Megan Ford attempts a left-handed layup during the game against Grand Canyon. (Bottom Right) Junior forward Sarah Semenero stands in the paint and looks for an open teammate during the West Region Championship game on March 14 against Grand Canyon.

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Stats of a champ Senior guard Reyana Colson, No. 25 Award Highlights: • • • • • •

Div. II All-American (2010-11) Daktronics West Region Player of the Year (2010-11) Most Outstanding Player in West Region Tournament (2010-11) CCAA Most Valuable Player (2010-11) Daktronics All-West Region First Team (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11)

First-year coach leads with fervor TIFFANY ROESLER

Staff Writer A team is an extension of its coach. The Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team went 28-5 this season, and earned a spot in the Elite Eight tournament – Cal Poly Pomona’s first in nine years. The Broncos finished in second place to Cal State Monterey Bay in the conference, but later defeated the Otters to win the CCAA Championship Tournament title. This all happened in one season, all under head coach Danelle Bishop. Get the picture? This isn’t the first time Bishop has been the new coach, nor is it the first time she’s produced great results in a period of one season. Before Cal Poly Pomona, Bishop coached at Cal Baptist University where she was the first coach in its history to produce consecutive winning seasons for the women’s basketball program. In 2003, she took her first head coach position at Azusa Pacific University, where she transformed a team that had a record of 11-21 overall to 20-12 overall. She led the Cougars to four straight 20-win seasons and four consecutive berths in the NAIA National Tour-

nament. The Cougars went 92-41 in Bishop’s four years. Yes, she carried an outstanding record of 166-90 and multiple national tournament berths. But it’s not the victories or the titles that make her a great coach; it’s her passion for the game, her players, and her unselfish desire to see every player reach their personal best on and off the court. “The more time we spent together the more we realized that she has a great heart, that she truly wants what is best for us, and she wants our team to succeed,” said junior guard Rosslyn Beard. “I couldn’t have asked for a better coach to come in and take over our program.” But basketball has always been in Bishop’s blood. Like father, like daughter. Her dad coached and played basketball, surrounding her in the sport at a young age, and her father inspired her to pursue a coaching career. “When I was little I would sit behind him and bug him while he was coaching, asking ‘why did they do that?’” Bishop said. “I would watch the game film and college basketball all the time in high school.” But for her it wasn’t only about being a great player, it was about comprehending the game at the next level. “I wanted to actually understand the game and understand strategies and philosophies,” Bishop said. The philosophies and strategies she has practiced have been more apparent with each game this season. While

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Women’s basketball team head coach Danelle Bishop celebrates after the team defeats No. 2 seeded Grand Canyon, 68-61, March 14 to become the NCAA Div. II West Region Champion for the 2010-11 season. victories showed the team’s hard work and high morale, the Broncos kept their heads held just as high with the losses. “Coach Bishop instilled in us to always compete hard and to keep our cool in tough situations,” said Beard. “It’s a token to her that we stayed calm in certain situations because she is always poised and confident.” The best part? It’s only her first season here. Reach Tiffany Roesler at:


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