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Budget is ‘all-cuts’

ASI CAMPAIGNS BEGIN

ALBERT RODRIGUEZ

Staff Writer

Last Thursday marked the beginning of a threeweek campaign for two teams of ASI Candidates: Broncos United and CPP ONE. Various councils will grant endorsements for either ticket this week and polls will be open on May 10, 11 and 12. See pg. 3 for a name-byname rundown of the tickets.

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Fliers that advertise the ‘Broncos United’ and ‘CPP ONE’ ASI tickets line the pathways found throughout Cal Poly Pomona’s campus

Battle for blood to be decided this week KATHY NGUYEN

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Students, faculty and friends donated 200 pints of blood in Ursa Major C at the Bronco Student Center from Tuesday to Thursday last week during Cal Poly Pomona’s “Out for Blood” competition with Mt. SAC. CPP has collected a total of 397 pints of blood for the 2010 -11 academic year. Last spring, CPP lost for the first time against Mt. SAC in the blood drive competition by 17 pints. The annual competition was first held in 2006 and takes into consideration the total pints of blood collected from each school for the academic

year. The Mt. SAC blood drive has not yet concluded, so the number of pints of blood collected by Mt. SAC is not available. Debbie Jackley, coordinator of marketing and health Services relations at Student Health Services, said she believes CPP can make one final push to reclaim the trophy this year. Bragging rights, along with a trophy inscribed with each year’s winning information, are at stake. “This particular blood drive has been very, very successful,” said Ofelia Cooper, an American Red Cross employee. “We’ve had a very good turnout … We’ve even had

some staff coming in.” Jackley, who donated blood on Wednesday, has been donating blood since 1985. She believes that it is a good cause everyone should embrace. “What a lot of people don’t understand is that if local supplies run low, [the Red Cross] have to buy blood from other areas in the country,” said Jackley. “Of course, that gets expensive. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization so they get very concerned if they have to keep buying an awful lot.” Jackley said Southern California is experiencing such a severe shortage of blood that approximately 40 percent of blood has to be imported from other states. “Minority populations tend

not to donate, particularly Hispanics,” said Jackley. Jsckley said that because Southern California has such a large population of Hispanic people, it may account for some of the shortage of blood supply. Jackley said 60 percent of the Hispanic population has Type O blood. Type O donors are most in demand because their blood can be transferred to all donors. Jackley said she would like people to remember that one pint of blood can save up to three lives. “I give blood because I think I can help people by donating blood to people who need it,” said Glenn Lim, a fourth-year See DRIVE/Pg. 5

While California State University students rallied against budget cuts inside their administration buildings last Wednesday, the presidents of several CSU campuses convened to discuss further cuts to the system. University President Michael Ortiz was among the presidents present during the discussion, which he referred to in his Monday Message on April 18. The proposed strategy to alleviate a possible $1.2 billion cut to the CSU’s budget consists of smaller enrollment, adding more tuition hikes and cutting more faculty, course sections, programs and services. “The tools in our tool chest to deal with these cuts are getting down to where there is not much left,” said Edwin Barnes, vice president for administrative affairs and BARNES chief financial officer ofCal Poly Pomona. As the budget stands, the CSU system faces a definite $500 million cut that could double if Brown’s tax extension plan fails. Governor Jerry Brown is looking to extend the income, sales and vehicle taxes that were approved two years ago either through voter approval or political concession. If the tax extensions are not made, it would result in an “all-cuts budget.” Barnes said the CSU system’s proposed $500 million worth of cuts would be doubled, and the total amount in cuts is equivalent to the combined operating costs of two CSU campuses. An all-cuts budget would result in the CSU system reverting to 1996 funding levels while accommodating 100,000 more students than there were in 1996, according to the CSU website. For CPP, the cuts will alter the way in which the campus operates and would cut operating costs by approximately $55 million. “It will change Cal Poly Pomona,” said Barnes. With the prospect of an all-cuts budget looming, every method of saving money See ALL-CUTS/Pg. 5

Students get gender perspective of sexual assault Keynote speaker challenges the male stereotype with ‘man box’ metaphor JOE MARTONE

Staff Writer Men at Cal Poly Pomona learned about masculinity and respecting women when Men Against Violence brought keynote speaker and “A Call to Men” co-founder Ted Bunch to Ursa Major on Friday. Bunch, who has spoken at colleges across America, spent most of his hourlong speech examining cultural stereotypes found in male behavior. The main issues concerning masculinity were stated in a concept called the “man box.” The man box contains the stereotypical and culturally enforced ideas of what a man

should be like. These included being athletic, muscular and emotionally stunted between anger and lust. Things such as sensitivity and respectfulness remained outside the box. “We’re allowed to be angry, we’re allowed to be pissed, but we’re not allowed to express sadness or fear,” said Bunch. “We push it outside the box.” Bunch said he felt that men, on the whole, are good people who do not hurt women and are “well-meaning.” Because of this, however, he said most men would not do anything when they see a woman being misSee MEN/Pg. 4

Female students take a closer look at gender roles and identities CAITY HANSEN

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Co-founder of ‘A Call to Men,’ Ted Bunch, addresses and discusses domestic violence to a crowd on Friday.

The Violence Prevention and Women’s Resource Center presented separate training sessions on Friday to educate men and women about sexual assault and related topics in the Bronco Student Center. The two workshops began at 11 a.m. and eventually joined both men and women in Ursa Major for keynote speaker Ted Bunch’s presentation. Before the address, the women who attended “Standing Up Against Sexual Assault” participated in a training session that would encourage them to

take a closer look at their gender identity and the roles they may have been pushed into as children. The session, which was coordinated by peer educators Jackie Lara and Evelyn Garcia of the VPWRC, began with an activity called, “Act Like a Lady.” Lara and Garcia asked the group to close their eyes and then began to repeatedly shout, “Act like a lady.” Afterward, they asked everyone how they felt and wrote their responses on a sheet of paper. The women’s session, which included about 25 female students and ended at noon, discussed ways See WOMEN/Pg. 4

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‘Leveling the playing field’ Cal Poly Pomona’s equity programs ensure that every student receives a fair shot at a proper education VALERIE CHEN

Lifestyle Editor Tucked away in Buildings 1, 94 and 66, Cal Poly Pomona’s Student Support and Equity Programs are slightly hidden among the abundance of buildings and rooms of the university’s sprawling campus. Little do Cal Poly Pomona students know just how allencompassing the Student Support and Equity Programs are in terms of bettering students in their quests for academic success. As a department under the Division of Student Affairs, SSEP’s major program areas include the Education Opportunity Program, Summer Bridge, the Undeclared Student Program and the Renaissance Scholars Program. Despite being separate entities, the programs all have one goal in common: Making a positive difference in students’ lives. According to the SSEP fact sheets, its mission will “promote access and equity, transition, and educational opportunities in support of student learning and success; thus empowering them to become educated and engaged citizens who go on to lead productive and meaningful lives.” Monique Sosa Allard, executive director of the Student Support and Equity Programs, believes that the department as a whole supports its mission everyday

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The student support and equity programs help students receive tutoring in different subjects. through each program. “We have some of the most dedicated staff you’ll ever meet,” said Allard. “I think all of our staff does such a fantastic job at implementing and enhancing our program, remaining student centered and keeping students’ needs as our top priority.” The Educational Opportunity Program, established in 1969, hosts 1,180 students. Each year, 300 students out of about 1,180 applicants are accepted into the program. A reaction to the call for access and equity in higher education, EOP emerged from the Civil Rights movement and a student-led campaign. Today, there is an EOP at every California State University campus, providing services to low-income California residents who hold promise of academic success. The program strives to “level the playing field” via equity, offering services such as academic advising,

tutorial services, financial assistance, peer mentoring and a summer bridge program throughout EOP students’ undergraduate enrollment. Peer mentoring advising consists of student advisors who meet with first-year SSEP students at least once a quarter, discussing the advisees’ classes, personal and academic concerns and their overall experience with their first year of college. Courtney Wong, a fourthyear psychology student, is a peer advisor in the EOP program and said her role is to provide support to her advisees and help them adjust to college life. “The program is essential to helping first-year freshman transition from high school to college,” said Wong. “I have seen tremendous improvement in our students during their participation in the program. One of the biggest challenges we see for first-year freshman is adjusting to the fast-paced quarter system. A lot of our

first year freshman struggle with procrastination. As peer advisors, we encourage our students to use calendars and weekly planners, so one of the most noticeable changes we see is the use of better time management skills.” The only catch to this list of EOP services is the students must maintain full-time status, maintain satisfactory grades and fulfill program requirements, which include EOP Family Income Guidelines and California residency. Meanwhile, the Undeclared Student Program serves first-time freshmen that have yet to declare a major. Studies show that nationally, 80 percent of students change their major at least once in any given university. Lauren Castrellon, a thirdyear hotel and restaurant management student, said she partook in the program as an undeclared first-year student.

New ASI CPP places business in national director competition A new director of Associated Students Incorporated Business Services was appointed on Monday. Terri Bell will advise students and campus departments on fiscal issues regarding the operation of Cal Poly Pomona clubs and organizations. Bell is a certified public accountant and received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bellarmine University, a top 100 university in Forbes Magazine. She has more than 17 years of experience in accounting and working at non-profit schools. Bell has been serving as the chief financial officer for St. Martha Church and School in Louisville, Ky., since 2003. At St. Martha’s, Bell was in charge of accounting, payroll and human resource functions. Bell served as reimbursement manager of ResCare, Inc. where her duties included general accounting, financial statement preparations and analysis, as well as budget preparation.

A team of Cal Poly Pomona students ranked 12th out of 60 at the 35th annual Professional Land Care Network’s Student Career Days a national student competition. Student Career Days is an annual three-day competition and networking event for students enrolled in interior and exterior horticulture programs with participation from two and fouryear colleges and universities from across the country. Alex Casillas, a fifthyear landscape architecture student, took second overall scoring 424.5, just edged out by Kevin Whitaker from the University of Georgia who scored 428. Casillas also received a $1,000 prize. Casillas took second in 3D landscape design, Isaac Rosales and Kirk Weatherton placed second in irrigation construction and Sonia Rios received third in the leadership category. Nearly 800 students competed in various landscape events at the competition.

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Career Fair draws hundreds of students KARINA LOPEZ

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Staff Writer Several hundred Cal Poly Pomona students attended the 2011 Spring Career Fair on Thursday. With more than 40 companies in attendance, many students came prepared with resumes and portfolios in hand. More than half of the companies at the fair were looking for engineering or business students, which made it difficult for some students to hand out their information. Kellene Kaas, a fifth-year architecture student, was “looking forward” to the possibility of handing out her resume. “Usually there is a fair just for [environmental design] majors, but they didn’t have one this year,” said Kaas. “I came with my resume and portfolio, but I haven’t handed my [resume] out. I’ll be graduating this year, and I might want to get my masters in industrial design.” Even though there seemed to be little variety among the companies at the fair, there were still some booths that appealed to more than just engineering and business students. The Langham, a hotel and spa located in Pasadena, was looking for a variety of different students. Voted seventh best hotel spa in the United States by “Conde Nast Traveller”, The Langham, had various employment opportunities for students and graduates. “We’re looking for people that are customer service-oriented,” said Adriana Garcia, assistant human resources director at The Langham. “We’re a hotel, so we have opportunities in finance, en-

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Fourth-year Communication student Sarah Coble stops by the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising booth to learn more about the school’s program. Although many companies at the career fair were geared toward engineering or business students, some sought out students from a variety of disciplines. gineering, hospitality, marketing, management [and] even culinary. We also have a spa at the hotel, so there are opportunities for massage therapists, hairstylists and estheticians.” Nicole Roberts, a 2010 business management alumna of Cal Poly Pomona, is working in the human resources department at The Langham. “I heard about The Langham through the Career Center,” said Roberts. “I went in for information and now I work there. It goes to show that there are job opportunities available to students after graduation. I remember coming to the career fair as a student, and now I’m here as a professional. Cal Poly [Pomona] definitely helped prepare me for the next step [in my career]. The classes were great because they were

hands on and had a lot of simulation projects.” The United States Marine Corps was not looking for any major in particular, and Staff Sergeant Steven Superville said he had seen students of all majors come to his booth. “Basically, I’m a glorified student counselor,” said Superville. “It’s my job to make the information available to all the students at Cal Poly [Pomona].” Superville said the USMC makes a conscious effort to appeal to students of all disciplines. “We accept all degrees,” said Superville. “It doesn’t matter what your degree is. We recently had a young man join who graduated from Cal Baptist with a degree in music composition. He’s now a Marine Corps aviator. Your degree doesn’t justify or pro-

hibit you from joining. As long as you’re physically fit and have proper mental and moral standards, you have the chance to be a part of something bigger than yourself.” Despite U.S. involvement in the Middle East, Superville said students have not shied away from wanting to know more about what the Marine Corps has to offer college graduates. “If you’re in college, you have the mindset that you want to learn,” Superville said. “Usually when people come up to the booth or my office, they already have an idea of what they want to do. And even though people come in, it doesn’t mean they’ll automatically be accepted, some people just aren’t competitive enough.” Reach Karina Lopez at:

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Broncos United:

CPP ONE:

Johnathan “Wookiee” Jianu - President Matthew Stafford - Vice-President

Marques Dickson - President Justin Page - Vice-President

Senators: Alicia Martin - Senator-at-Large Educational Interest Council Shireen Amin - Senator-at-Large Greek Senator Dylan Delvin - Senator-at-Large Interhall Council Alicia Vajid - Senator-at-Large Multicultural Council

Senators: Sophie Martini - Senator-at-Large Greek Council Robert “Tommy” Ward - Senator-at-Large Multicultural Council Timothy “T.J.” Coggins - Senator-at-Large Inter-Hall Council

Academic Colleges: Cristina Saca - College of Letters, Arts, and Social Science Cristina Aceves - College of Education & Integrative Studies Erika White - College of Engineering Rebecca Unitt - College of Environmental Design Brandon De Paul - College of Science Hae Kang - Collin’s College of Hotel Restaurant Management

Last Thursday, after a fourday sit-in, Cal State Fullerton students got what they wanted: a shared desire “to recommit to and reinvest in public education” with University President Milton Gordon. Unfortunately, there was no commitment to anything budget-related in a time of dismal financial standing for the CSU system. This empty verbiage is commonplace at most campuses and Cal Poly Pomona is ANGELICA VILLAREAL definitely no exception. Staff Writer Those familiar with the administrative dialogue have The National Association heard of the great things to of College and University come and the promises made Food Services announced that with little or no actual return, Cal Poly Pomona’ s Vista and the broken record apMarket won the 2011 “Best in proach – reiterating how hard Business Innovations” camadministration is working for pus convenience/retail comstudents to make things better petition on April 4. – is infuriating. Other schools such as StanNo one assumes there is a ford University, Rochester golden solution to all the fi- Institute of Technology and nancial problems facing the Purdue University competed CSU system; however , ad- and won in several categories. ministrators could be doing “This is something to be more than just running their proud about,” said Emily mouths about how hard they Benson, third-year political are working. science student and Vista Prove it. Market employee. “Our store University President Midesign is new and exciting.” chael Ortiz’s Monday MesFor many students, the sage follows a nice formula Vista Market is a place for – some good, some bad, some socializing, eating and buyhappy, some sad – but that’ s ing groceries. What usually about all anyone gets out of goes unnoticed by students is the scripted videos. the way it was built. It was Where is the transparency not meant to be just a convein what is being done as a re- nience store. sponse to the millions of dolThe design of the building lars in cuts to come? is simple but utilizes an enviNot pretty or polished, just ronmentally friendly concept. tell it like it is and back up the The large windows allow claims with action. natural light to illuminate the Which departments are at store and display a panoramic risk? How much may be cut view of the surrounding suites from what areas? What will and soccer fields while stube done? dents shop. It’s better to have some “I live right next door , so I kind of an idea where the con- buy my groceries here about versation and potential soluonce or twice a week,” said tions are heading. Patrick Martin, third-year meWhen university officials chanical engineering student. aren’t being completely up“I can just walk down here, front, student confidence goes get what I need and go. It’ s down. a nice way of spending meal It’s nice administrators are points.” talking about all the great The Vista Market of fers things they are trying to do produce and other foods seen for students, but talking isn’ t in grocery stores, as well as what they are paid to do. household products like trash bags, cooking utensils and Reach Greg Toumassian at: news@thepolypost.com band-aids. Students appreci-

Vista Market wins award ate the convenience of having a mini-grocery store. “We’re really or ganized and we have a bigger selection compared to other student convenient stores,” said Audrey Dong, a third-year aerospace engineering student and Vista Market employee. The award was not just about the design of the store; it was about how it was being run. Since the newer suites have kitchens now, it would not make sense to only of fer microwavable food to the student residents. “We were striving for students to have the option of cooking for themselves,” said Cody Medina, Vista Market Service Manager. “Homecooked meals really are the best. It’s amazing how much students buy from the store.” Medina said it was not easy for the Vista Market to win the award. “We had no path to follow when we were drafting ideas on the new market. We had to make one on our own,” said Medina. Before the new Vista Market opened, Medina had been working for the Vista Café in the Bonita suites for about six years. He is amazed by the great progress and promise that the market has shown. Medina said the Vista Market never would have won if it were not for the strong dedication of its employees. “It’s always good to get recognition for hard work. I feel that we deserved this award,” said Edgar Lozano, a fifth-year computer engineering student and Vista Market employee. Reach Angelica Villareal at:

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This Week: April 26 and 27 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Grad Fair This is senior students’ first opportunity to purchase caps and gowns. Vendors will be present to answer questions, take orders and give away door prizes in the Bronco Bookstore Atrium. April 28 to 30 8 p.m. One Act Festival

– Featuring Female Playwrights The Department of Theatre Arts presents seven oneact plays by top female playwrights in the Studio Theatre, Building 25, Room 110. All tickets are $10. April 28 Noon Celebrating Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage

The University Library and Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers will host an event to celebrate and honor Asian and Pacific Islander heritage in the University Library Special Events Room on the fourth floor. April 28 Noon Spring Showcase Music Hour Peter Yates directs

the Spring Showcase Music Hour, a free performance at noon in the Music Recital Hall. April 28 8 p.m. Susan Egan Performance Susan Egan, a theater, film, television and music performer, will give a free performance at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.

May 1 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Southern California Tasting & Auction Cal Poly Pomona will host its annual Southern California Tasting & Auction – an adventure of tastes, sights and sounds. The open-air gathering will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. in the picturesque setting of the Rose Garden and the Aratani Japanese

Garden. The event supports student scholarships and academic enrichment opportunities. Individual tickets are $90.

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that women’s rights are still attacked today and different definitions of feminism. It ended with every woman in the room sharing a person they considered a “she-ro,” or a female hero. At 11:30 a.m., the two sessions combined until about 100 people were seated in Ursa Major eating a complimentary lunch and learning about socialization and sexual assault. Lara said the purpose of the two events being sepa-

rate was to promote male attendance at VPWRC events. “We were publicizing it as our first-ever men’s conference,” said Lara after Bunch’s keynote address. “We really wanted to get men to come to it. We just didn’t want to leave anybody out.” Lara said it was Bunch’s idea for the women to join the men’s session in order to provide their own insight on sexual assault.

Mayra Lewis, assistant coordinator at the VPWRC, said the VPWRC regularly holds training sessions on Fridays in the BSC from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. that generally receive more female attendance than male. “I was really impressed by the turnout,” said Lewis. “When we do presentations and workshops, we usually have five or six men and 30 women. It’s a lot more difficult to get men to come to these trainings than wom-

en. For men, we had to go the extra mile.” Lewis said Friday training is something the VPWRC does often. “It’s publicized differently because they’re actually trainings for people who want to do this type of work for a living,” said Lewis. Lewis said that the VPWRC is focusing on sexual assault issues during its April events because April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The VPWRC’s vision and goal through the workshops and presentations given is, according to its website, “to promote gender equality and healthy relationships through education, advocacy and leadership opportunities.” Women who attended “Standing up Against Sexual Assault” received free whistles on key chains and pins that read, “I love consensual sex.” Some of the center’s

upcoming events include a film screening Thursday during U-hour at the Bronco Student Center, a training workshop that will discuss Rape Trauma Syndrome and the experiences of sexual assault survivors Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and an empowerment workshop for women on May 10 during U-hour in the BSC. Reach Caity Hansen at:

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treated. “There’s a lot of harm we do to ourselves and we wreak havoc on women,” said Bunch. “I don’t think we really realize how we impact them. I want to raise awareness that the silence that men perpetrate [is] as harmful as the violence itself.” Bunch told the audience he was susceptible to society’s ideas of gender dis-

crimination as well. He recalled being overprotective of his young daughter when she hurt herself during a game of jump rope, but had to restrain himself from being critical when his then 8-year-old son bruised himself during a game of basketball and started crying. “I picked him up, took him inside and let him cry on my shoulder for a little bit,” Bunch said. “As he

was crying it was killing me inside, and I wanted to say so badly, ‘Stop, I can’t understand you when you’re slobbering.’ It was a whole different mindset in how we respond to our boys than our girls.” Although the event began at 11 a.m., Bunch did not begin speaking until noon. The first hour was spent waiting for people to arrive. The coordinators introduced

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themselves to the present audience members and gave them a buffet lunch in Ursa Major. Even though advertisements for the day’s event targeted men in an effort to get more to attend, the seats were filled when a large group of women from a separate event arrived at noon. The event was organized by Coordinator of the Women’s Resource Center Erika

Zepeda, Assistant Coordinator Mayra Lewis, Men Against Violence President Pierre Menard, Vice President Christian Murillo and Secretary Patrick Wall. Lewis said she wanted to have a day-long conference, but opted for a smaller event that would get things started. “We’ve had this idea in the fall,” said Lewis. “We wanted to do a program targeting men with help from Men Against

Violence. Next year we can do something bigger.” A large percent of the men in attendance were fraternity members, who were given the added incentive of earning Poly Gold for their fraternity if they attended the event. Murillo, a second-year psychology student, said the event was originally going to target fraternities directly ,but was expanded as a “call to [all] men” to address sexual assault. “I think there could be a lot more done about sexual assault,” said Murillo about addressing the issue at Cal Poly Pomona. “I want men to think about it when their friend says something sexist, or do something about it in order to prevent things like this from happening.” Reach Joe Martone at:

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“[The Undeclared Student Program] helped me with my first major decision,” said Castrellon. “I was looking at a couple of majors before I decided on one. I had three different ones. They made me get all the flow charts from them and asked if there were any sub plans I wanted to do. They really want to help us.” Norma Leon, coordinator of Undeclared Services, said with the Undeclared Student Program, the prospect to explore majors is beneficial to students who are undecided about their major and choose to admit it. The program is what Leon calls “strategic” and “intrusive” – meaning that if a student comes in undeclared, he or she will automatically become a part of the program and inherit the responsibilities required by the program as well. “From an opportunity perspective, it does allow students to come in undeclared rather than having to make a decision at the application point, so it gives them more time to explore and decide,” said Leon. Annually, the program accepts about 350 students and runs three quarters maximum per student – undeclared students must declare a major within three quarters of attendance at CPP. Each undeclared student is assigned an

academic advisor, who guides him or her through the process of declaring. Program services also include major/career exploration, college success seminars, peer mentoring and budgeting for college. Another suggested service is utilizing the Bronco Mentoring Program, an online resource that connects CPP students with CPP graduates. With more than 650 alumni, the program allows for undeclared students to interview alumni and gain knowledge and information about potential majors or career choices. “The difficult part of [the Undeclared Student Program] is the decision of what major to pursue – it lies on the student,” said Leon. “We really are just guides, bouncing off ideas, providing resources and suggesting things throughout the student’s experience that might be helpful. Ultimately, it’s the student’s decision, so depending on how much they put into it is how much they are going to get out of it.” Kevin Chung, a first-year undeclared student, said he didn’t expect to attend Cal Poly Pomona as an undeclared student, so he appreciates the Undeclared Student Program’s help in deciding a major. “It’s nice, I can actually see all the majors and get an idea of what I would actu-

ally stick with,” said Chung. “I already had an idea of what major I would choose, but [the program] came in and helped me reassure it.” Allard said the Undeclared Student Program is the academic home for all undeclared students. “The Undeclared Program has done a fantastic job of offering really strong advising as very structured advising support in form of workshops, assignments, tasks and other activities and experiences to help students just explore options and their own ideas,” said Allard. Renaissance Scholars is another program within SSEP, enabling former foster youth to attend Cal Poly Pomona. The program draws from the EOP program and reflects the Casey Family Program’s “It’s My Life” transition framework. The Casey Family Program is the nation’s largest operating foundation, centered on foster care and development of the child welfare system. Established in January 2002, Renaissance Scholars can host a maximum of 50 students and only accept 10 to 15 students annually. Students in the program receive the maximum EOP grant as well as scholarship opportunities and financial aid.

Other Renaissance Scholars services include housing opportunities; free counseling and psychological services, through the Counseling and Psychological Services department; health care, through Student Health Services; academic advising; tutoring, through EOP; and various student and leadership development activities. Summer Bridge is a major component of Renaissance Scholars, as it offers selected EOP students who enter the university as freshmen to participate in its three-week residential program. By taking place before the students’ first quarter at Cal Poly Pomona, it alleviates a possibly difficult move. Through academic workshops and seminars and living on campus, students can become more acquainted with the campus and their peers. As a whole, the Student Support and Equity Program seeks to accomplish its mission of aiding students as fully as possible. “We are committed to helping our students achieve their educational goals, as well as help promote academic confidence and self-esteem,” said Wong. Reach Valerie Chen at:

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accounting student. “For some people, it’s painful; but for me, I don’t find it really that painful so I might as well [help].” Lim has donated blood four times. After signing in at the registration desk, students are given a packet of information to read. A nurse then takes the student’s temperature, blood pressure and hemoglobin level to make sure the student is healthy enough to donate blood. The student must answer a series of questions regarding his or her health and lifestyle before being led to a table to give blood. “I know most people are

just deathly afraid of needles,” said Jackley. “Don’t look. That’s probably the kiss of death there. You don’t want to look at anything going into your arm, but truthfully, it is a larger needle than the kind you would get, [than] say, a flu shot.” After the hour-long process is complete, students can enjoy free juice and snacks provided by the Red Cross. They are asked to sit at the canteen table for at least 20 minutes so nurses can make sure each student is not suffering from any ill aftereffects. Kelly Chao, a first-year undeclared student, said that it is not a painful pro-

cess. “Don’t get too nervous,” said Chao. “The thing that hurts most is probably the needle to your finger when they test your iron. After that, you just sit or lay there.” Cooper, who has been working for the Red Cross for more than nine years, said she always tells people to be mentally and physically prepared for donating blood. “Come well-fed and well-hydrated,” said Cooper. “Avoid caffeine because caffeine dehydrates you.” Reach Kathy Nguyen at:

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American Red Cross technician Josefina Vazquez prepares to put a bandage on Neil Netzeband, a first-year electrical engineering student who donated blood.

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who only need 18 units to graduate? It is not going to solve the problems for this July.” Another possible outcome is an increase to tuition on top of the 10 percent already scheduled for the coming fall quarter. The fee increases would result in students contributing more than the state for their education for the first time. Employee furloughs are

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Barnes. “We really don’t have any good choices.” There is also the possibility of cutting enrollment to the university. The idea is that with fewer students on campus, the amount of staff would also be reduced.

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Two plus two equals the perfect car for me EVAN PERKINS

Opinions Editor Two is simply not enough – seats, that is. While a two-seater sportscar has a lot of fun to offer people out for a Sunday drive or the occasional track-day excursion, as much as I try to convince myself they are suited for everyday driving – they aren’t. Like most college students, I can’t do without decent trunk space, and only being able to carry one extra person too easily incites riots among friends. This makes 2+2 coupes the perfect solution to my seating and spatial needs. Sure, backseat room is negligible, but a seat is a seat, and if my passengers in the backseat are so miserable that they feel the need to vocalize their discomfort – current gas prices dictate that they won’t – then they can drive themselves. There is one problem with current 2+2 offerings though: There aren’t many to choose from. Almost all of the reasonably priced 2+2s on the market seem to be front wheel drive. I will concede that fwd is a very efficient form of driveline-packaging, but for purists, it often falls short of the lofty bar set by performance driving. There are a lot of high power 2+2s on the market – maybe more so than ever See 2+2/Pg. 10

(Left to right) Brothers Kevin and Kayhan Ahmadi make up The Stereophones.

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The Stereophones, a duo composed of Cal Poly Pomona alumnus Kayhan Ahmadi and brother Kevin, sets out to collaborate with artists and filmmakers alike while releasing ‘Trouble,’ a 10-track album with diverse music styles and music videos. GREG TOUMASSIAN

Editor-in-Chief Writing and recording an album in 10 months isn’t much of a feat. Writing and recording a song, a music video – and packaging it with artwork, a remix and behind the scenes footage – every month, for 10 months with no budget and then releasing it for free, is a different story. Enter The Stereophones. Composed of brothers Kayhan and Kevin Ahmadi, the group set out to release the album “Trouble” in monthly packages with the intent of bringing artists, filmmakers and other musicians into the production process. The 10-track album, launched in September of last year and set to wrap up in June, is a conscious effort to step away from most music industry cliches. The first thing to go was a linear, genre-abiding sound. “We loved the songs we were writing, but we didn’t want to force it into something that it wasn’t,” said Kayhan, a Cal Poly Pomona alumnus working on his teaching credentials. “That’s a very conscious thing that we are doing. We’re deciding to write

different styles of music.” Kayhan said the decline in music sales and the faulted “salesman” approach to promoting a band’s music were driving factors in offering The Stereophones’ content for free. “No one buys CDs,” Kayhan said. “We are just trying to find the best way to get people to listen to the music by not knowing where we are coming from.” With each diverse song comes an equally varied music video uploaded on YouTube. In the case of its second-month release, “Games,” a mellow pop-rock number is brought to life with a stopmotion music video of chess pieces playing out a thematic love triangle. With “Leaving,” time lapsed footage of Kayhan and Kevin interacting with the camera at normal speed, while the rest of the world seems to speed by, creates a somber mood that ties in with the solemn composition. The Stereophones collaborated with Patrick Mao, a sixth-year graphic design and fine arts student, who renders images that come to life throughout the video, adding to the surreal quality of “Leaving.” “The idea of me telling the story through my art, and [Kayhan and

Kevin] actually living out the story through what I expressed and represented became very clear in our objective of how we wanted to basically tell a story about leaving,” said Mao. The gain is turned up a bit with “500 Days of Cocaine.” A catchy synth lead, distorted guitar lines and slightly driven vocals give the group’s strong pop sensibility a welcome edge. Split screen views and mounted camera perspectives work to elicit the feeling of being on the white, powdery stuff. The song also hints at the group’s biggest influence, Billy Corgan, who inspired “Trouble” with The Smashing Pumpkins’ project, “Teargarden by Kaleidyscope,” a 44-track effort released online one track at a time. “When [Billy Corgan] laid [‘Teargarden by Kaleidyscope’] out, he was a big inspiration to us,” said Kayhan. “We were like, ‘Why don’t we take it a step further and do videos and art work?’” Already past the halfway point, “Trouble” has been more than just a creative challenge. “The hardest thing each month is just getting everyone on the same page,” Kayhan said. “We are trying to find someone to do this video, we

are trying to find an artist, we are trying to finish the song.” Each month brings new challenges, but the group has roughed out a formula that has brought it success so far. At the start of each month, the band begins work on the next project. With a song already selected and sketched out, Kayhan and Kevin record the audio track and bring in additional musicians when necessary. If all goes accordingly, the group will already have a filmmaker and artist scoped out. The next step is producing the music video and getting the artwork done in time to piece everything together toward the end of the month, only to start the process over again. Rather than push for an extra two tracks, which would require an entire year dedicated to the album, Kayhan and Kevin plan to take a break during the summer to promote and prepare for taking The Stereophones out to play shows. For more information regarding the band and its project, visit www. thestereophones.com. Reach Greg Toumassian at:

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CPP students give thanks to Mother Earth Hosted by the Green Team, Earth Week 2011 features various events to promote sustainability among students, including an Earth Fair and a presentation by keynote speaker Paul Scott MARIA GARDNER

Staff Writer Earth Week 2011, brought to campus by Cal Poly Pomona’s Green Team, was a weeklong event that promoted sustainability and raised environmental awareness. Held on April 19-22, Earth Week featured many events that displayed the Green Team’s purpose and goal. According to the Green Team’s website, its mission is “to connect the campus community in order to help bring about environmental awareness and to promote sustainability initiatives.” Earth Week 2011 featured many events that advocated the club’s objective and also introduced the students of Cal Poly Pomona to more efficient and sustainable ways of living. The kickoff for Earth Week was the Earth Fair, an event that showcased various campus organizations committed to promoting a sustainable lifestyle. It was held last Tuesday at

University Park. Molly Burdick-Whipp, a fifth-year environmental biology student and president of the Green Team, coordinated the Earth Fair as well as all of the events for the week. Burdick-Whipp said the purpose of the Earth Fair was to let students know about various organizations contributing to the cause. “I wanted to highlight organizations on campus related to sustainable practices,” said Burdick-Whipp. Some organizations that were present at the Earth Fair promoted practices such as water conservation and bike riding to replace driving as a way to reduce emissions. Meaghan Smith, sustainability manager for Cal Poly Pomona Facilities Planning and Management, brought students’ attention to the university’s plan to transform its current campus into a more sustainable and “green” campus. Smith said that Cal Poly Pomona has a Climate Action Plan to get the campus’ climate under control by 2030. The Climate Action Plan is the university’s plan to obtain climate neutrality by reducing emissions to make things more green. Also, Smith said the Facilities Planning and Management has many plans that are being set into motion and will slowly assist Cal Poly Pomona in becoming more sustainable, including the installation of solar panels and new construction focused on sustainability. In addition to the Earth Fair, the Green See EARTH/Pg. 9

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(Left to right) Cycling Club Treasurer and second-year Political Science student Chris Vordahl fixes bicycles for students free of charge with Cycling Club President and second-year Mechanical Engineering student Robert Smith.


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CPP’s first of its kind Free Market enables students to donate and obtain items for free. However, lack of participation disappoints ROSS HICKS

Staff Writer As Earth Week came to a close on Friday, Cal Poly Pomona’s Green Team had high hopes for its first-ever Free Market that gave students the opportunity to give or take any unwanted items. “[The event] takes money out of the equation, so that people are looking out for each other,� said Kim Kelley, a regenerative studies graduate and member of the Green Team. However, students fell short of the Green Team’s hopes. “There was absolutely nothing donated at the dorms,� said Kelley. The first Free Market aimed to have students donating or taking whatever they wanted throughout the week. Boxes were placed at different locations through-

out school where items could be placed, but few contributions were made. Members of the Green Team hope to increase participation at the next Free Market by improving the way it is promoted so more students will get involved. The Green Team is a student-led organization advocating environmental awareness. By holding the Free Market, Green Team members encouraged the maintenance of a sustainable community. Other main contributors to the event included students taking RS 450 Sustainable Communities and individuals involved with the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies. Kelley and Noelle Olson, a fourth-year nutrition science student and Green Team member, were surprised by the lack of participation by the residents of the dorms who did not contribute anything to the boxes. Kelley said they were expecting at least something from those living on campus, but all that was found in the boxes at the dorm were 60 cents and a couple of gum wrappers. “People didn’t understand what the boxes were for,� said Kelley. Members of the Green

Team anticipate that in future events, brightly colored boxes will be accompanied with instructions, informing students exactly what should be put in the boxes On Friday, the Green Team participants laid out the remaining items from the boxes on tarps and tables, allowing students who passed by to pick up and take anything they wanted. Although some people stopped and actually looked through the free items, there was still little interaction. Items in the market ranged from clothes to pots and pans to even a computer monitor. But with the majority of items being snatched up at the beginning of the event, few items were left to those who came later in the day, thus further lowering students’ participation in the event. Kelley said she is familiar with the Free Market idea because in the community of Sierra Madre Canyon, there was a place called the “free wall� where people could leave or take anything they wanted. “If you leave stuff up there, it would be gone by the end of the day,� said Kelley. Kelley wanted to create this same sort of idea at Cal Poly Pomona, so that people

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Ruby Sierra, a second-year business student, picks up a planner that was given away during the Free Market event on Friday. might find something they need provided by another student. This would reduce spending and items that may still hold some value from being thrown in the trash. “I would definitely help next time,� said Ryan Williams, a first-year computer

science student, who participated in the event by picking up a book he found interesting. The Green Team plans to have this same event multiple times during an academic quarter – not only to help the environment by

reducing waste, but also to build a sense of community among students. For more information, visit the Green Team’s website at www.cppthegreenteam.weebly.com. Reach Ross Hicks at:

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Bustin’ out of the bubble

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Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies alumna Josephine Ho prepares food for attendants of the Bust Out of the Bubble event on Wednesday.

Cal Poly Pomona’s Bust Out of the Bubble club contributed its efforts during Earth Week to raise student awareness of climate change’s negative effects through a documentary called “Sun Come Up.� On Wednesday night, 90 students gathered in Ursa Major for the screening of “Sun Come Up,� a documentary by Jennifer Redfearn that tells the story of environmental refugees: the Carteret Islanders. Climate changes have caused sea levels to rise and have threatened the survival and safety of the Carteret Islanders. Although the Carteret Islanders have had no cars, electricity or run-

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ning water, they are now suffering the consequences of a larger carbon footprint than they are responsible for. Their water and land is contaminated and eroded shorelines have caused severely unpredictable weather. The natives are faced with the decision of leaving their land in search of a new place to provide a future for their families while also recovering from the effects of a 10-year war, known to them as the “Crisis.� The film follows young families, led by Nick Hakata, as they are guided by relocation leader, Ursula Rakova, to find new homes in wartorn Bougainville, a region of Papua New Guinea. Bust Out of the Bubble members raised $172 at the documentary

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Campus club Bust Out of the Bubble takes part in Earth Week with a documentary about environmental refugees

screening and an additional $540 at a food fair on Tuesday, which will be donated to the Carteret Islanders to help them relocate to another part of the island and provide them with food. “The documentary did a good job of presenting the issue of climate change,� said George Argiriadis, a fifth-year mechanical engineering student. “It was a good topic to explore because no one thinks about the effects of the sea level rising.� Bust Out of the Bubble was established by former president and alumna Josephine Ho, who came up with the name and concept after reflecting on various documentaries. “As you grow up and when you’re taking classes in college, you learn so much about the world that you didn’t See BUBBLE/Pg. 8

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Q-SAFE snaps photos of LGBT allies CPP’s Queer Students and Allies for Equality raises awareness of its supporters through photographs that will be put on display around campus BRITTANY CHAVEZ

Staff Writer A diverse group of Cal Poly Pomona students, faculty and staff took part in a free photo shoot to kick off the start of the Queer Students and Allies for Equality – QSAFE – club’s “Ally Week,” supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. “This is a diverse campus and [Ally Week] is a great way to come out and say you shouldn’t hate on other diverse cultures such as LGBT,” said Hae Yeon Kang, a third-year hotel and restaurant management student. “By posting these pictures, it shows people how many supporters we have on campus and how supportive we are of the community itself. We are very welcoming here.” Those photographed donned

a piece of paper with a red letter “A,” which they were able to decorate. The letter not only symbolizes the “A” from the novel “The Scarlet Letter,” but also to shows they are allies to the club. The photos will be put on posters and staked around the Cal Poly Pomona campus to raise “ally visibility.” They will also be put on a Flickr account in which those photographed can pull the pictures and put them on their Facebooks during Ally Week, a week-long celebration of LGBT allies from May 16-20. “To me, the ‘A’ signifies making yourself known that you could be of service to a group of people that sometimes have to remain anonymous,” said MariaLisa Flemington, programs assistant with Associated Students, Inc. “It’s one thing to say it and then to actually see the physical force out there on campus.” Robert Tommy Ward, a thirdyear political science student and Q-SAFE club treasurer who, along with third-year Anthropology student Victoria Ton Nu, merged the ideas of different campaigns such as “NO H8” and came up with this photo shoot event. The “NO H8” campaign is a photo project used as a silent

protest against California Proposition 8. “We want [Ally Week] to be an introduction of the re-branding of Q-SAFE,” said Ward. “We don’t want to be branded as ‘the gay club.’ The point of [Ally Week] is to show that we are welcoming to everyone.” Q-SAFE has active for more

than 25 years. However, its name has changed: It was formerly known as Gay and Lesbian Alliance and then Collegiate Alliance of Pride. Ward said Q-SAFE ran a survey of its members and individual interaction in which the students declared that they felt above a five when it comes to how com-

film because the club agreed to raise money and awareness for the Carteret Islanders. The documentary was shown after Edward Bobich of the Biology Department gave a lecture entitled “Combating Climate Change One Garden at a Time.” He discussed the environmental dangers of removing native vegetation and how people can prevent and fight climate change. “There was a pretty good turnout, and there was a pretty good mix of biology students and environmental students,” said Molly BurdickWhipp, Green Team president and fifth-year environmental biology

student. “Bobich is a great lecturer, and he always keeps it fun and interesting.” Climate change issues tied the lecture and documentary together. While the lecture covered a broad base of issues regarding the negative outcome of climate changes, “Sun Come Up” focused on a more specific and personal effect. “College students are the most impressionable and opinionated,” said Rebecca Steiner, a fifth-year civil engineering student. “This event brought awareness to the issue, and it’s important for people to know what is going on outside of Cal Poly

[Pomona].” In addition to the documentary screening, a Green Team information booth was set up where Burdick-Whipp answered questions and promoted the importance of student involvement as well as volunteer opportunities. After the documentary, Ho led the customary question and answer portion, which allowed students to raise any questions about “Sun Come Up” or Bust Out of the Bubble. “The discussion gave us the chance to engage and get a better understanding of the climate change,” said Jackie Mendez, a fourth-year

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Rebecca Gutierrez Keeton, associate vice president and dean of students, holds up a sign with a rainbow ‘A’ to show support of allies with the LGBT community.

fortable they feel on campus, on a scale from one to 10 with 10 being most comfortable, in the staff, student and faculty categories. In the eight plus category, there was around 50 percent of respondents in each category. “The result of this survey is that we found out many people don’t feel comfortable [on campus],” said Ward. “You shouldn’t have to turn into someone when you enter into a building or approach a classmate. We should embrace diversity.” Mario Rodriguez is a Residence Life Coordinator at University Housing Services who participated in the Q-SAFE photo shoot. “It’s really important to be supportive as staff members, it’s apart of a college culture and students should feel comfortable here at [Cal Poly Pomona],” said Rodriguez. “By even wearing a little rainbow pen to show support or taking a picture as I did lets students see that they live with people who embrace them and accept them for who they are.” Q-SAFE club meetings take place every Tuesday in Building 26 room 101 during U-hour. Reach Brittany Chavez at:

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know about,” said Ho. “You realize how much of a bubble you live in. The more documentaries I watched, the more I understood how complex systems work, how unfair the world is sometimes, and I don’t with that, so I want to do something about it. We need to bust out of our bubbles because we all live in bubbles.” While researching different documentaries, Ho came across “Sun Come Up” and contacted the directors. Although “Sun Come Up” will not be available for public viewing until 2012, the directors allowed Bust out of the Bubble to screen the

food and nutrition student. Ho said the documentaries Bust Out of the Bubble shows helps to spread the word about raising awareness about serious issues. “Students benefit from these events,” said Ho. “Everything is basically word of mouth; if [students] enjoy it, then they keep coming back and support [Bust Out of the Bubble]. Even if these events just affect a couple of a small percentage of the people – the students or campus – then we are doing our job.” Reach Elaine Alluin at:

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Cycling Club rides green instead of dirty Staff Writer

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Mike Yartzoff, a second-year mechanical engineering student and Cycling Club vice president, helps repair students’ bicycles on Thursday during Earth Week.

The Cal Poly Pomona Cycling Club held its bicycle repair workshop on Thursday during last week’s Earth Week Celebration 2011. Students walked their bikes to the repair workshop next to the Encinitas dorms, and one by one, the bikes were put on a stand to get looked at. Tools provided by club members were laid out ready to be used. “The cycling club is great,� said David Flores, advisor to the Cal Poly Pomona Cycling Club and coordinator of the Rideshare office. “This is one thing that [the club is] actually giving back to the students. Even though as a club, we put in a budget for funds from ASI, we actually use those funds, and we buy tools, we buy tubes – anything to repair a bike for free for our students.� The club started in 1984 as an intercollegiate cycling team and had been a member of the Western Collegiate Conference for years. Members have not been able to compete on a collegiate level since 2008 due to Executive Order AB1006, which states all unofficial sports teams on campus cannot fundraise, compete or hold events to save money. Robert Smith, a second-year chemical engineering student and president of the club, said the workshop is mainly held for students whose bikes take up space on the bike racks because of needed repairs. “It’s a total pain because there are

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no shops nearby,� said Smith, while fixing a bike. “In order to get your bike fixed, especially when you don’t have the working bike to begin with, getting it there is a problem.� Though there are services such as pumping air into a tire or fixing a flat, one frequent occurrence the cycling club cannot fix is bicycle theft. Third-year Biotechnology student Rachel Strauss, who took her bike to get its brakes fixed, stressed her concerns about getting her bike stolen. “I think [the campus] is pretty safe, but I came back once from break to find that somebody had tried to take my wheel off,� said Strauss. “Luckily, I had an extra lock around my wheel, but it was completely unattached.� Flores said the U-lock is more effective than the cable lock because it is less likely to be cut as easily. Students are not the only ones who ride a bike to campus. Meaghan Smith, the manager of sustainability for Facilities Administrative & Energy Services on campus, has been riding her bike from her home to campus for a year and a half. “It’s a great way to be an example

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for the campus community,� said Smith. “It’s really nice to be able to get some exercise during the day before and after work. Anytime I go to meetings on campus, it’s a lot easier just to hop on the bike and ride to the building where my meeting is as opposed to trying to find a campus car.� Smith said getting active with bikes eventually allows an individual to get involved with people who also like riding bikes, and in turn would evolve him or her into being conscious about the environment. “A lot of people that do ride are very involved with [being] green,� said Smith. “Even though you may not go so far as to make a recycling area for your whole dorm, you’re more likely to throw a water bottle into a recycling bin if you’re near one, as opposed to the closer trash can just because you’re more aware of the impacts it makes.� Those interested in joining the Cal Poly Pomona Cycling Club may visit the club’s website at www.csupomona.edu/~cycling for information. Reach Shian Samuel at:

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Team invited Paul Scott, electric car advocate, founder of Plug in America and president of the Electric Vehicle Association of Southern California, to be the keynote speaker of Wednesday’s event. The focus of Wednesday’s event was to raise awareness of renewable energy and other alternatives to oil and harmful emissions. Scott addressed Cal Poly Pomona students and stressed the importance of electric vehicles and renewable energy. The key point of his speech was the use of

electric vehicles and the transition from oil to electricity and renewable energy. Scott said his interest in electric cars and renewable energy was triggered only a few years ago after being diagnosed with cancer. After making a successful recovery, he decided to take stock of what was important in life. He focused on the importance of renewable energy and the emergence of electric cars after his “epiphany.� This focus grew into a passion that he now shares with col-

lege campuses around the country. “[College students] need to get active,� Scott said. “[Students] need to do something about this.� Earth Week concluded on Friday with the Green Team’s Free Market. The Free Market was a swap meet style event, where people could donate various items that were in good condition, and others could pick up those items for no cost. The day closed with various workshops that focused on sustainability and sustain-

able practices. Such workshops included a “Local Food + Sustainability� workshop, a bike commuting workshop presented by the Cal Poly Pomona Cycling Club, as well as “Grow Your Own: An Intro to Organic Gardening� workshop. For more information, visit the Green Team’s website at www.cppthegreenteam. weebly.com. Reach Maria Gardner at:

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Zombies seek brains in Vietnam War

JEFFERSON YEN

Asst. Editor This month brought about the release of new zombie mini-series from Image comics. The new series “’68” capitalizes on the recent popularity of zombies in media. From horror films such as “28 Days Later” to comedy romances like “Zombieland,” zombies have been interpreted a number of different ways. “’68” attempts to bring something new to the table with zombies haunting the jungle during the Vietnam War. It follows the lives of soldiers at US Firebase Aries in the central highlands of Vietnam in 1968. A squad of soldiers is sent out on a “seekand-destroy” mission to eliminate enemy mor-

tar fire. Along the way, there are some unusual occurrences. When I first learned of the concept, I was reminded of “Call of Duty: World at War’s” mini-game “Nazi Zombies,” particularly the “Shi No Numa” map that takes place in a jungle. If you’re expecting a rush of zombies like in video games you’re going to be sorely disappointed. Writer Mark Kidwell takes a couple of pages of exposition before there is any serious zombie action. Instead, Kidwell shows the obligatory scenes of daily life in Vietnam: soldiers at the base and on patrol. The lack of zombie action can cause a reader to skip the first few pages of the comic book and I don’t blame him or her; one can always go back later in comic books. Another issue is Kidwell’s dialogue which can be drab and lack depth. For example, take this line: “C’mon, man! Looks like they done found Sir Charles!” There are lines that are more questionable than this in “’68;” however, this was the cleanest and most concise example that demon-

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strates how forced the dialogue can be at times. This issue is titled “And if you go chasing rabbits…” and features a rabbit in one of the key scenes of the book. How can a rabbit help in a zombie infested jungle? Just think “Alice in Wonderland” when Alice is following the rabbit. Artist Nat Jones provides a jarring disgust-

ing rendition of a zombie soldier with a grenade in its mouth for the cover; it’s easily the artistic highlight of the book. Within the comic are previews of all the variant covers for this issue and the next issue. Next month’s variant cover B depicts a truly awesome zombie Jimi Hendrix, penned by Jones and with colors by Jay Fotos. It’s unfortunate that Jones couldn’t apply the artistic talents that led to the creation of his covers in his artwork within the panels of the comic book. Jones excels when he portrays tight enclosed space, creating suspense within the book. However, most of the book is either in the jungle or on the base, and too often, Jones depicts the scenes with so much space its hard for any real sense of unease to take place. While the book may have its faults, it has a good cover and some nice zombie action near the end, so it may be entertaining to hardcore zombie lovers. Rating: 3/5 Reach Jefferson Yen at:

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Mustang and Camaro are progressively getting better mileage with each model year, but their sub 20-mpg ratings are still on the low

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idea with the Genesis coupe. A 210 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder that offers space for four passengers, a track-day prepared platform and over 20 mpg city. If Toyota follows through with its FT-86 concept, it too will be back to former 2+2 glory. Mazda was on the right track with the RX-8. The car is light, well-built, has a slick manual shifting sixspeed transmission, a near perfect weight balance and inarguably the most revhappy engine on the market. The rear suicide doors even make passenger entry and exit a physical possibility. The glaring error with this platform is the inherent lack of fuel efficiency from the rotary engine under-hood. The concept of a 1.3 liter engine that deliv-

ers only 16 mpg is hard to swallow for most people. As much as the cars performance and functionality make me want to call it perfect, its ever-parched nature spells a quick disqualification. There have been rumors of a direct injection rotary joining the Mazda lineup for a few years now. Maybe that will be the needed mechanical addition to finally bring the RX series into the 21st century of fuel economy, or maybe these talks are just what they claim to be – rumors. Detroit, Japan, Europe: I’m talking to you. How about some new rwd, fuel efficient 2+2’s? The market for these cars is coming back to life.

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Airbus A380: How big is too big? Why don’t I miss her like I should? VALERIE CHEN

Lifestyle Editor I don’t miss my girlfriend. We are still together and have been for some time. I love her very much, and when we are together, things are great. But more often than not, school or work keeps us apart for an extended period of time, and during that span, I don’t miss her – or at least not nearly as much as she seems to miss me. I feel like she notices this tendency of mine, and it makes her feel bad. I don’t want her to feel like she is lacking as a girlfriend because she isn’t, and this really has nothing to do with her. What’s wrong with me, and why don’t I miss her like a normal boyfriend would? - Feeling guilty Feelings are individualized. Although the time spent apart may result in your girlfriend missing you, it does not necessarily mean you must feel the equivalent amount of aching. Experiences vary from person to person, and people react to situations in distinct ways. After all, you have your personality, and your girlfriend has hers. Furthermore, the majority of relationships include one individual who is more independent than the other, and most likely, you hold that title. As the more introverted and independent individual, you do not require constant contact with people, even a significant other. You are fine on your own and appreciate solitude: having space and time to yourself. On the other hand, she is possibly a more extroverted and dependent individual. She may thrive off the company of other people, especially a significant other. And when that need is not met, she possesses feelings of longing for you, for whom she endures emotional attachment. You may have a firm control over your emotions, while she tends to take her emotions more to heart. In addition, people may possess dissimilar distinctions of a successful relationship. Some believe that a boyfriend or girlfriend must be a constant companion and always be a priority, no See CHEN/Pg. 12

Are airports ready for bigger planes? ROSS HICKS

Staff Writer Freeways are not the only form of transportation suffering from rush hour traffic. With the addition of the seven-story-tall Airbus A380 airplane, airports are becoming more congested, which can be costly to airlines and passengers. The A380 and similar models are causing delays at airport runways, costing other companies and passengers money because they have to wait to leave due to A380s being given priority. It is reported that companies lose $152 with every minute of delay. With the production of more of these large planes, air traffic controllers will have an increasingly difficult job of synchronizing flights landing and taking off. This can cause more risks of collisions if any mistakes are made because the Airbus lacks maneuverability on the ground. Last week, an A380’s wing collided with a smaller plane’s wing on the run-

way at John F. Kennedy International airport in New York; the collision has put the spotlight on the crowded runways that are affecting airports nationwide. Airports have to adjust their schedule when A380 aircraft leave because special procedures are needed in order for these plane to get off the ground. Officials worry that as the economy gets better more people will choose to fly and traffic on the runway will become even more problematic. Priority and special accommodations should not be given to these massive planes. Airports should discourage the use and production of these huge planes because they will cause more problems among airport staff and passengers. Instead of making commercial planes larger in size, there needs to be a push for more efficient regular sized commercial airliners to keep airports more spacious. Instead of accepting increasingly larger planes, there needs

to be a push for more energy efficient planes to compete against the new Airbus models. Airbus aims to provide a more comfortable flying experience to their passengers with more overall space for each person, a quieter cabin and state-of-the-art personal entertainment. Having more room for each person is the key element the company is promoting with 50 percent more floor space inside the A380 than other large planes. If normal commercial airlines can increase efficiency in fuel consumption and space used, there would be no need for people to pile into the A380s because regularly operating planes would have everything that the new Airbus designs are trying to do, but with more freedom of places they could go. Recent technology shows that as things get more advanced, they become smaller while being more effective. Smaller planes allow flights to more places because they are not

limited to only a few airports like the A380 is. Right now, only about 60 major airports worldwide are capable of handling them. If airports aren’t frustrating enough, an increased loading time and more people needing to get through security can make for a longer time sitting in the airport doing nothing. Also, Airbus prices are the same as any other flight and have increased prices by 4.4 percent this year. Like many airports around the world, LAX was not meant to handle aircraft of this size, so special measures are needed to get them into the air. Runways are shut down when it is time for the A380 to depart. The benefits do not exceed the complications added by these huge planes, and if the economy picks up, then traffic on the runways will become just as regular as rush hour traffic on Los Angeles freeways. Reach Ross Hicks at:

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Cameras on Bronco Shuttles ALFONSO VILLEGAS

Staff Writer Cal Poly Pomona students who rely on shuttles A1, A2, B and C to get from A to B will now have a “new passenger” on board. Security cameras have already been installed in some of the Bronco Express Shuttles and more are yet come. But why are these “new passengers” being implemented in the first place, and is it an invasion of our right to privacy? Some feel that the security cameras could be the first step to larger forms of student monitoring that could eventually lead to a campus that resembles George Orwell’s “1984.” The implementation of security cameras, however, is not too drastic and seeks to protect students, but it is a step closer to the fine line that separates security from invasion. “The security camera implementation is not because of any particular or single incident,” said Michael Biagi, director of Parking and Transportation Services at Cal Poly Pomona. “It is part of an

overall security strategy to create a safer campus for all Cal Poly Pomona students.” But how does the student body feel about the cameras, and is the riveting social environment of the shuttles in jeopardy? “I don’t mind them,” said Andrew Wong, a first-year kinesiology student. “I don’t think it will disrupt the atmosphere. No one talks anyway.” The issue doesn’t strike up any negative feelings with third-year Nutrition and Dietetic students Lillian Orta and Bora Santana either, who ride the shuttles on a regular basis to get to their cars. “It’s fine with me as long as the student body doesn’t have to pay for the equipment,” said Orta. “And besides, nothing really interesting ever happens on the shuttle anyway.” Most students have not experienced many memorable shuttle moments, but Bronco Express driver Regina Crump has bared witness to very unconventional behavior. “There are some crazy people out there,” said Crump, ex-employee of Riverside Transit Agency. “When I

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drove a public bus in Riverside, I used to have a regular passenger who would slap random people upside the head every time she got off the bus. I don’t know why she did it, but sure enough, every time she got off, she’d be slapping the head nearest to her.” Crump, who describes herself as ‘a people person,’ has been driving the Cal Poly Bronco Express route A2 for a few weeks now and feels the cameras are a good thing.

“I don’t know what kind of people board the bus,” said Crump. “They all look like students to me, but I don’t know. It could be a stranger from off-campus, and no one would know the difference. The cameras could really help in situations like that.” The security cameras, for the time being, are not bothering many people, but I can’t help but wonder what kind of footage they will record. A bus load of young students staring aimlessly into

space, avoiding much more than just eye contact while plugged into smart phones and iPods; more concerned with passing the next level of “Angry Birds” than engaging in conversations of substance with their fellow peers. Surely the only evidence the cameras will record will be that of a generation that is silent, disconnected and absent. Reach Alfonso Villegas at:

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J. Crew ad catches undeserved flak ANDRE KARIMLOO

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A recent ad by the popular clothing brand J. Crew has been branded by some as transgender and homosexual propaganda, much to the surprise of the company. The controversy stems from an email sent out on April 5 to customers of the brand promoting an offer of free shipping if the customer spends $150 or more. The email also included a segment called “Jenna’s Favorites,” which showcased handpicked selections by designer Jenna Lyons, where she chose a striped long-sleeved T-shirt and a hot pink nail polish. One of the several pictures that came with the segment featured Lyons along with her son, Beckett, giggling playfully while Lyons uses the pink nail polish to paint Beckett’s toenails. Seems innocent enough, right? Cue the angry conservative media. In an opinions piece for Fox News Online published on April 11, Keith Albow said, “This is a dramatic

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example of the way that our culture is being encouraged to abandon all trappings of gender identity.” This statement is nothing more than an ignorant, hatedriven portion of an even more ridiculous article. To assume a toddler-aged child, Beckett in this case, will somehow become confused – either sexually or with his gender – because of his mother painting his toenails is absurd.

Children, especially at that age, are curious of just about everything. If a mother is painting her own toenails and her son sees this, it is only natural for him to ask questions about it. The questions would be similar no matter what the activity is. What are you doing? Why are you doing that? Can I try? These are the more com-

mon questions a child might ask. The most important being: “Can I try?” If Beckett was curious to feel what the nail polish felt like on his mothers toes, is that much more different than a little girl wanting to know how to throw a football like her father? Does getting his toenails painted make Beckett a sure bet for being gay or throwing a football make the little girl a lesbian?

Albow really blew the matter out of proportion when he said that Lyons should “put some money aside for psychotherapy for the kid – and maybe a little for others who’ll be affected by your ‘innocent’ pleasure.” Once again, another overexaggerated statement without backing. The email only went out to a certain number of J. Crew customers. These

customers are the specific target audience for the company, so naturally a connection needs to be made with this group to sell the merchandise. It is for this reason that the picture was chosen. A company must relate to its audience, so if the picture chosen seemed to fit the scheme of the email, then that means customers of J. Crew would relate to the picture. The focus of the picture was not of Beckett’s nails being painted, but more of the genuine bond Lyons shares with her son. If a father and daughter were pictured playing in the mud with toy trucks in a Levi’s advertisement, would the girl need psychotherapy like Albow suggested? To assume Beckett will have issues determining his sexuality in the future – based on this one photo alone – is a grossly incorrect and misinformed statement, and should not be taken seriously by anyone. Reach Andre Karimloo at:

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CHEN: There is nothing wrong with being independent Continued from page 11 matter what. Meanwhile, others believe that a boyfriend or girlfriend is a great part of their lives, but not the only important aspect. If the two individuals in a relationship possess this difference in needs, it is necessary to acknowledge it, negotiate the terms and reach a sort of compromise. Also, if the school and work

that keep the two of you apart for extended periods of time are mostly from your end of the relationship, she may have an excess amount of time to sit idly by. While you are busy and your schedule is full of necessary tasks and duties to complete, she is not. Her more open schedule enables her opportunities to feel lonely and subsequently, miss you.

This situation is not unusual and does not mean the two of you have an unhealthy relationship. It only becomes detrimental if her free time is spent waiting for you, which is unfair pressure on you and excessive expectations from her. All of this does not mean you don’t love her, which you also made clear that you indeed do

love her in your submission. Missing her less than she misses you is not wrong – you simply have a lesser need for daily contact, whether that be face-to-face contact or contact via alternate forms of communication. As a whole, all that matters is how you do feel when you’re with her. The extent of missing someone

does not need to be compared or contrasted; it’s unnecessary to beat yourself up over a feeling that you cannot completely control. Don’t hesitate to ask me a queschen at formspring.me/askmeaqueschen or send an e-mail to opinions@thepolypost.com. Reach Valerie Chen at:

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Baseball team still fifth in CCAA Broncos finish non-conference games for 2011 season after loss to Concordia and win against San Diego Christian

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Profiting from Bronco apparel ERIK CARR

Sports Editor As Cal Poly Pomona enters into the final six weeks of the 2010-1 1 school year, numerous campus entities have submitted budget proposals for the 201 1-12 school year. Due to the tough economic climate, these entities have been thinking more about cutting back and less about how to make a profit and Bronco Athletics is no exception. There is a potential revenue stream, however , that if executed correctly could allow Bronco Athletics to net one more way to profit. Does it involve increasing the price of admission for non-students? No, doing this would only bring down attendance. Does it involve char ging students admission into Kellogg Gym and Scolinos Field? No, for the same reason. What it does involve is selling Bronco apparel at the Bronco Bookstore during the hours of home games. Believe it or not, Bronco Bookstore was open on some occasions last season during basketball games. For all intents and purposes, this seemed like a logical idea to cater to the spectators who want to get an article of clothing displaying the name and colors of their home team before, during or after halftime. Except there was one problem: nobody came to the bookstore. Now, you’re probably asking “why can’ t Bronco apparel be sold right on the spot at Kellogg Gym?” This idea at face value seems like a no-brainer , but there are two words that prevent this proposal from coming to fruition: trademark and licensing. Bronco Athletics does not have the authority to sell Bronco apparel. Yes, the venue in which the sports are played doesn’t even have the authority to sell the products that make the existence and promotion of said apparel possible. In light of this somewhat inconvenient irony, here is what the Bronco Bookstore needs to do during games. Firstly, advertise, advertise, advertise through signs and announcements. It’s simple economics. In order to be able to make money, one has to be See TURF/Pg. 14

Staff Writer Taking a hiatus from CCAA competition, the Cal Poly Pomona baseball team played a pair of non-conference contests, defeating the San Diego Christian Hawks on Thursday after losing to the Concordia Eagles on Wednesday. At weekend’s end, the Broncos improved to 26-15 overall and remain 18-14 in conference play. They still occupy fifth place in the conference and are just one game behind fourth-place Cal State San Bernardino (20-18, 17-13). The Broncos go back to conference play Friday at noon with a four -game series, in which they will play back-to-back doubleheaders against seventh-place Cal State Monterey Bay (17-23, 14-

17) in Seaside. The second doubleheader will begin Saturday at noon. San Diego Christian (6-33) got the first two runs of the game in the second inning, when junior infielder Christopher Pascual hit a two-run single. After scoring in the second inning, the Broncos took the lead in the third, when junior infielder Mike Santora scored on a wild pitch and senior outfielder Travis Taijeron hit his 11th home run of the season to make the score 3-2. “I go out there and just get my work done,” Taijeron said. “I just tend to get the right pitches.” In the sixth inning, the Broncos were able to further their lead by five runs on only two hits. Freshman infielder Humberto Tovalin hit a two-RBI single, sending both senior outfielder Stephen Gonzalez and junior infielder Chris Miller home. Later in the inning, Taijeron hit an RBI double that brought Tovalin home. Taijeron and Santora scored on an error in the next play,

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Redshirt sophomore Kevin Bosson delivers a pitch during Wednesday’s home game against Concordia, in which the Broncos lost, 5-3. Bosson gave up two earned runs, two hits and two walks and struck out four in 3.2 innings of relief. making the score 8-2. The Hawks were able to get a run in the seventh and ninth innings but were not able to overtake the Broncos, who won 8-4.

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Junior catcher Jenzen Torres slides safely into third base during Wednesday’s game against Concordia. Torres went 2 for 4 at the plate and scored one of Cal Poly Pomona’s three runs in the 5-3 loss to the Eagles.

“We just found a way to grind through it,” said head coach Randy Betten. “I don’t think there was anything pretty about it; we just found a way to keep plugging along and next thing you know , you win 8-4.” It was senior pitcher Scott Sibley’s first game as a starting pitcher. Sibley, who improved to 3-0 on the season, threw 61 pitches in four innings and allowed two runs, five hits and only one walk while striking out two. “I felt good,” Sibley said. “I just wanted to go out there and give us [a] quality start.” The Broncos lost Wednesday’s game, 5-3, to the Concordia Eagles (2816). Despite Concordia’s run in the fourth to take a 1-0 lead, the Broncos answered, scoring three times in the bottom half of the same inning to lead 3-1.

Junior infielder Chris Miller hit a two-run double that brought both Taijeron and junior catcher Jenzen Torres home, and a double by senior utility player Tyson Edwards that brought home Miller. Down by a run, 3-2, after scoring in the sixth, Concordia tied the score, 3-3, and eventually took the lead during a three-run seventh inning. The 3-3 tie was broken by senior outfielder Matt Ivanoff’s opposite-field two-run triple down the right-field line, which made the score 5-3. “I thought it came down to four pitches,” said Betten. “That whole game, in a nutshell, [that lasted] for three-and-[a]-half hours or however long we were out here, came down to four pitches. “Three went against us, and one went our way.” Reach Amelia Fritsch at:

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Pitcher Yokubaitis leads a balanced life JOE MARTONE

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Casey Yokubaitis, a fourthyear business administration student, is the longestserving member of the Cal Poly Pomona baseball team. He has pitched 47 innings for the 201 1 season, has earned a 3.76 GPA and has a steady girlfriend. How does he do it? For Yokubaitis (pronounced yo-ku-bite-is), balance is the name of the game. “I had trouble striking the balance my freshman year ,” Yokubaitis said. “I figured it out pretty quick how to go about setting timelines, but it is difficult when you have to travel, knowing you’re in 16 units but you have to get your work done.” Yokubaitis has a 2-3 record and a 4.56 ERA this season for the Broncos, who are 26-15 overall and 18-14 in conference play . He has struck out 24 batters and allowed seven walks in his 12 appearances this year. Being a graduating senior trying to finish school, find potential employers and stay social may not be easy , but Yokubaitis has found a

steady pace. “I compartmentalize things,” Yokubaitis said. “When you’re at baseball practice, you’ve got to focus on baseball practice. When you’re in class, that’ s all you’re focusing on. You’ve

got to develop a routine and keep to it. You’ve got to get it done so you can have a social life too.” While focusing on baseball, practice is routine and straightforward. Yokubaitis will stretch,

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Senior pitcher Casey Yokubaitis, the only four-year member of the Cal Poly Pomona baseball team, is regarded as one of the team’s most focused players.

practice his throwing, work on his defense, throw in the bullpen and run. “That’s basically what we do,” Yokubaitis said. “Throwing and running.” Yokubaitis prides himself on his control but thinks his velocity could be improved. “I tend to have the ability to throw the ball wherever I want,” Yokubaitis said. “But I’m not one of the hardest throwers on the team.” He believes new pitchers, such as redshirt sophomore pitcher Kevin Bosson, has a good fastball and said they have come at the right time. “It’s a new culture, a new environment, a chance to see what CPP baseball is all about and figure out how we’re going to compete,” Yokubaitis said. “They get to see the efforts that the older guys put into this and carry on our winning tradition.” Yokubaitis is close friends with his two main catchers, senior catcher Mike Neff and junior catcher Jenzen Torres. “This is my third year playing with Jenzen and we’re on the same page,” Yokubaitis said. “If I know something’s not going right, I can rely on him to guide me

through it back there. They know what my strengths are and they help me go through my game.” Neff said he is closest with Yokubaitis off the field and hopes he plays after college. “He’s a great guy ,” Neff said. “He gives it his all, doesn’t complain. He has a future set up for him.” Torres has trained with Yokubaitis since his freshman year and trusts his pitching. “He’s focused and he’ s ready to go,” Torres said. “He works hard and he’ s the definition of a studentathlete. It’s really fun catching for him; he’s had a good career.” Yokubaitis has been playing since he was 5 years old. He was inspired by his father , a left-handed minor league pitcher in the San Francisco Giants organization. “Ever since I was a kid, I grew up in a baseball family, and it was natural to make that transition into being a pitcher and come here,” said Yokubaitis. His favorite athlete is Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton See PITCH/Pg. 14


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Track and field team is well tested at Triton GLORIA GONZALEZ

Staff Writer â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people run a race to see whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s the fastest, I run to see who has the most guts.â&#x20AC;?-Steve Prefontaine While most college students enjoyed Easter weekend, the Cal Poly Pomona track and field team competed at the Triton Invitational on Friday and Saturday in La Jolla. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a great competitive feel out there,â&#x20AC;? said head coach Troy Johnson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were teams from all across the country, so really, these past couple weeks have given our kids an opportunity to compete at high competitive atmospheres.â&#x20AC;? Junior Jennifer Adams started off the competition on Friday with the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pole vault by clearing a

height of 10-2, placing her in 10th. Throughout day two of the competition, the Broncos showed depth and consistency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did pretty well this weekend,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a lot of personal records, and I think our confidence is building towards having some good competition at conference.â&#x20AC;? Senior Jersain Torres took first in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5,000-meter run with a time of 14 minutes, 51.93 seconds. Junior Jacob Deavers ran a time of 53.27 in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 400 hurdles to place fourth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He had a personal best in the 400 hurdles, which was also a provisional qualifying mark for the national championship meet, and it put him a little bit higher on the list,â&#x20AC;? said Johnson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He still has to go a little bit faster to ensure himself

a spot at nationals, but he definitely had a great race today and it looks like heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to do it.â&#x20AC;? Also placing high in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100 hurdles were freshman Heather Corder (14.57) and junior Tramieka Thomas (14.63), who came in fourth and sixth, respectively. In the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longer races, sophomore Tiffany Dinh (4:37.99) finished seventh in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1,500 while junior Juliana Ruffolo (18:30.42) placed fourth overall in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5,000. In the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 200, senior Carter Griffin placed fifth with a time of 21.69. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had some good performances,â&#x20AC;? said junior Sam Morales, who finished 41st in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 200 (23.33). Morales was content with his results and said that all of his teammates, including himself and key hurt athletes on the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side, are on the right path for the conference meet, and that they will

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At the UC San Diego-hosted Triton Invitational on Saturday, sophomore Matt Boudreau hurdles over the first of his hurdles in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 110-meter hurdles. peak at the NCAA meet in a couple weeks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did what I was supposed to do,â&#x20AC;? said Morales. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m running consistently fast and to the best of my capabilities.â&#x20AC;? Placing fourth overall in

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(Left) Junior Tramieka Thomas leaps her way to a 18-3 3/4 mark to finish sixth in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long jump on Saturday at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla. (Right) Senior Jersain Torres runs his way to first place with a time of 14:51.93 in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5,000-meter run. He was the only runner to finish in under 15 minutes.

the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long jump, Thomas had a personal-best leap of 18-3 3/4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The meet today was very competitive,â&#x20AC;? said Thomas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a meet to prepare us for conference because the intensity of the other teams was high and our intensity was high and we really just wanted to do well today.â&#x20AC;? Thomas said that it was a successful meet but said the Broncos want to improve their marks and place higher for conference so they can better their chances of competing in the national meet. Both senior Nathan Schultz (45-9) and sophomore Shane Cioni (439 3/4) set personal bests in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shot put, placing ninth and 12th, respectively. Senior Lance Walkington also did well in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s javelin. Walkington placed

fifth overall, throwing a distance of 204-11. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still working hard training through lifting heavy, but throwing over 200 [feet] anytime is a good sign since we have conference in two weeks,â&#x20AC;? Walkington said. Overall, Johnson was pleased with the results of the meet and is looking forward to having a successful showing at conference. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like being at Mt. SAC last week and UC San Diego this week, where competition came from all across the country, has given our kids the confidence going into conference and being ready to compete in the CCAA,â&#x20AC;? said Johnson. The Broncos compete in Irvine this Saturday at the Steve Scott Invitational. Reach Gloria Gonzalez at:

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PITCH: Goleta native open to continue baseball, business Continued from page 13 Manning, whose leadership skills he admires. On the field, Yokubaitis does his best to lead by his actions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I try to lead through example,â&#x20AC;? Yokubaitis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not the most vocal on the team, but I definitely try to perform on a consistent basis

and be there, day in and day out, to give a good effort.â&#x20AC;? Head coach Randy Betten noticed this in Yokubaitis the moment he met the young pitcher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought there were a whole lot of leadership qualities in him,â&#x20AC;?

Betten said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is a very mature individual. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why he started the very first game. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look at his numbers; he earned that spot from the very first day he stepped on campus.â&#x20AC;? Yokubaitis said he is open to

continuing in either business or baseball, but doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to hurt his future chances in either case. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to wait and see what happens,â&#x20AC;? Yokubaitis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I get picked up, I would love the opportunity to continue to play.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I want to make sure I stay well balanced in other aspects of life. When baseball does end, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be left empty-handed without a job.â&#x20AC;? Reach Joe Martone at:

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TURF: Advertising apparel in person is cheap, effective Continued from page 13 willing to spend money. Secondly, when people get the idea the bookstore is still open after the halftime buzzer goes off, make a point of advertising your most expensive products. As long as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allowed,

give precedence to advertising the NCAAlicensed apparel such as sweatshirts and hats. Last of all, do not underestimate the power of interpersonal promotion. Since the beginning of

time, the most personal and most cost-free way to promote an event is in person and the best time in which members of Bronco Athletics can inform the entering spectators the bookstore is open is right

when they enter the gym. With these tips, Bronco Athletics, which works in partnership with Bronco Bookstore on other projects, will be able to both promote their products and profit from them.

In case youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wondering, during Engineering Open House, the bookstore opened its doors to potential customers for four hours. Clint Aase, assistant director of general merchandising at Bronco

Bookstore, said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;99 percent of sales from that four-hour window occurred during the final 30 minutes.â&#x20AC;? Reach Erik Carr at:

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