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Honoring Cesar Chavez Members of the campus community come together for a week of activities to honor the Latino civil rights activist. See Lifestyle, Pg. 6

Changes to bylaws discussed

CHRIS BASHAW

News Editor As a response to legislation from the State of California, Associated Students, Inc. officials are discussing revisions to the student-government’s bylaws. Among such changes being handed down from Sacramento are retracting the “member” title from students, granting the pres-

ident and vice president the power to vote and limiting the president of his or her power to veto. California Assembly Bill 1233 affects not just student governments, but all non-profit organizations and corporations in California. Although some of the proposed changes to ASI’s bylaws deal with semantics, ASI Vice President Johnathan Jianu described this year’s changes as “definitely more significant” than changes made in ASI’s recent history. Even so, any changes made to ASI’s bylaws will only take effect after ASI President Ismael Souley’s administration is replaced

We’re never going to end the referendum; that’s never going to be taken out. -Johnathan Jianu ASI vice president

by the administration that will serve during the 201112 academic year. One change motivated by AB 1233 would no longer consider students, unless serving as voting ASI representatives, as members of ASI. AB 1233 mandates the “member” title be reserved only for voting people within the organization. “The membership issue

Significant changes to ASI’s bylaws will be proposed to students during elections this year

mainly lies with certain decisions the Senate is allowed to make on behalf of the student body, as a representing body,” said Jianu. “If we continue to be a membership body, the entire campus would have to vote on our operating budget every year and it is extraordinarily difficult even to get our 12 senators to agree on the budget.” Heena Mehra, ASI at-

torney general, said nonvoting students would be referred to as “the student body” in all instances where the term “member” previously describe them. Jianu said removing the “member” title from students would not disenfranchise them or affect the “services and benefits” ASI provides. “The student body still has a voice, just not at the Senate,” he said, explaining that students – unless elected as senators – do not literally have their individual voices heard in the form of a vote at the ASI Senate. Normally, the only two issues resolved by a See ASI/Pg. 5

Bishop named women’s basketball head coach TIFFANY ROESLER

Staff Writer The March Madness of the Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team’s lack of a head coach has finally come to an end. Danelle Bishop was officially announced as the Broncos head coach last Monday, after bearing the title of interim head coach throughout the 2010-11 season. She led the Broncos to the NCAA Div. II Elite Eight tournament in St. Joseph, Mo. for the first time since 2002, as they finished off the season 28-5 overall. Cal Poly Pomona clinched the CCAA Championship and West Region Championship titles under Bishop in the 2010-11 season as well.

“It’s a humbling opportunity, and it’s exciting at the same time,” said Bishop. “I’m coming in after some great legendary coaches, and that’s the part that is humbling. There’s just been such great tradition here.” The head coach position had been open and posted up on the California State University website since February and stirred up some questions for those curious as to who would be coaching the women’s basketball team next season. But with the March 28 announcement, it is clear Bishop isn’t going anywhere. Brian Swanson, director of intercollegiate athletics, said the hiring process was delayed because of the team’s success advancing through See BISHOP/Pg. 16

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Danelle Bishop, the newly named head coach of the Cal Poly Pomona Women’s Basketball team, sits at center court in Kellogg Gym beside the Women’s Basketball NCAA Div. II West Regional Championship trophy.

From books to bucks For some students, selling books each quarter brings woe; for others, it can rake in extra dough KATHY NGUYEN

Staff Writer For a college student, the seemingly never-ending cycle of buying college textbooks, studying and selling them back can be tedious and expensive. At Cal Poly Pomona, students can purchase and sell textbooks to the Bronco Bookstore, the College Textbook Center south on Temple Avenue, through online sites such as Amazon.com or Half.com or to their friends. Steven Wenger, a fourthyear business student, said he spends approximately $300 on textbooks each quarter. “Right now, I’m mainly buying them from Amazon [.com],” said Wenger. “I can usually get them for a little bit cheaper there, but I have bought from [the College Textbook Center] before.” At the end of the quarter, Wenger sells his textbooks back to the Bronco Bookstore where he said he can recoup approximately onethird of his money. “I rarely sell textbooks back to the school because they don’t give you very much,” said Rafael Rayo, a third-year computer science student. See SELL/Pg. 4

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NEWS IN BRIEF Search for new dean underway

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Fourth and third-year Aerospace Engineering students, Stephanie Guadalupe and Matthew Rose, hold their award-winning diagram of an Autopiloted Vehicle capable of video surveillance and target recognition.

Aerospace students place third at AIAA conference ELAINE ALLUIN

Staff Writer Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International students placed third on March 26 in the team division at The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Region VI Student Conference at San Diego State University. “Our presentation showed the full systems engineering approach to the problem at hand,” said Matthew Rose, third-year aerospace student, in an email. “Our presentation also covered failure analysis of

the project, [which] most young professionals will not experience at school.” Each competitor and team was given 22 minutes to present their paper and five minutes to answer questions from the panel of judges. The highest scoring papers were recognized with awards and prize money. University of Southern California placed first and was awarded $500, Brigham Young University placed second and was awarded $300, and Cal Poly Pomona placed third and was awarded $250. “Our presentation was

heavily focused on the systems engineering portion of the project – and not so much about the technical details – and we were the only individuals who discussed failure analysis and lessons learned from those failures,” said Samira Motiwala, fourth-year aerospace student, in an email. “These key components are very crucial in engineering industry and are typically the highest concerns for any given project.” Cal Poly Pomona’s AUVSI team, under the guidance of Advisor Subodh Bhandari, is composed of 11 members who joined

last year to compete on the national level. The AIAA competition gives students the opportunity to present research projects and introduce those projects to the aerospace industry, which has a steady foothold in San Diego. The San Diego area is known for its variety of aerospace companies such as Goodrich Aerostructures, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and United Launch Alliance. Reach Elaine Alluin at:

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$100K pledge made to Chemistry Dept. Money pledged to endowment expected to fund scholarships ANDRE KARIMLOO

Staff Writer Undergraduate chemistry students have a new reason to be motivated to excel in class with a $100,000 pledge made to the Goldstein endowment. The scholarly endowment is named after late Professor Elisheva Goldstein, who passed away four years ago. A graduate student at Cal Poly Pomona, Goldstein earned her master’s in 1977 and later returned to Cal Poly Pomona to teach, eventually becoming nationally recognized for her research. “Upon her passing, undergraduate research meant a great deal to her,” said Katherine Kantardjieff, chair of the chemistry department. “She engaged a lot of students in very successful work.” As a result, the Gold-

stein family established an endowment for the department in hope of honoring the work undergraduate students do by rewarding those who do “extremely well” by supporting different faculty and student research projects. Students may be rewarded monetarily for their efforts at a symposium held by the department every May. “Students are nominated by their faculty mentors and they submit an application for the Goldstein award with an abstract of their work,” said Kantardjieff. Finalists give an oral presentation to a panel of judges composed of faculty in an attempt to secure an award. The money may also be used to support faculty and students in their endeavors with research projects. One way this is done is by taking care of the travel expenses to and from conferences where Cal Poly Pomona chemistry students display their work, along with assisting in the cost of the research itself. It is still unclear if any

of the money will be going toward new class sections, class equipment or lab functions. Upon learning about the pledge, students seem to be excited about the possibilities the money might bring. “When I heard we received the pledge, I thought it was a great opportunity for the whole chemistry department,” said Christian Lubuguin, a third-year chemistry student. Third-year Chemistry student Jeremiah Fogel said he is pleased that students benefit from the endowment. “I think it’s good that they can get that money,” said Fogel. “I hope they can use it for something that can benefit the students.” Lubuguin said the money can motivate some students to push through their college careers. “Now that we have the money and they can give us something, it’ll inspire me to actually work for it,” said Lubuguin. For those that have been looking for scholarships, the money comes as a sigh

of relief. “I’ve been applying for scholarships, so to hear that there is more money available for that is really good,” said Fogel. Although the possibility of a sum of cash to reward a student’s hard work may seem enticing, some feel as if the money could go toward a different use. “I think it’s really hard for a freshman to get chemistry classes,” said Adam Ingersoll, a first-year chemistry student. “I’ve had trouble getting classes before, so it would be nice if they could make more, so more people have a chance to move on in their studies,” said Ingersoll. For some a more important issue is the use of classroom time. “I’d want to see them open up more labs,” said Fogel. “The labs cost money to run and not just chemistry students use the labs they’re not as open as they could be.” Reach Andre Karimloo at:

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The finalists for the Dean of the College of Science have been announced and among them are Stephen Bollens, Mary Hubbard and Lok Lew Yan Voon. The candidates will be interviewed in April in open forums. Videos of the forums will be posted after the last forum. All forums will be at noon. The campus community can provide input in the search for a dean by filling out an evaluation form judging the performance of the candidate at the forum. The evaluation forms would then be submitted via email. The first forum is with Voon and will take place today on the fourth floor of

the University Library in the Special Events Room. He is currently the chair of the Physics Department at Wright State University. The second forum will be with Bollens and will take place Thursday at the Bronco Student Center in Ursa Major C. Bollens is currently the director of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Hubbard will be interviewed on April 14 in the Heritage Conference Room in the Classroom Laboratory and Administration Building. She was named the Vice Provost for the Office of Global Engagement at Utah State University in 2009. Surveys will close on April 25. People interested in viewing candidate materials will need their BroncoName and password to access the materials.

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March 25, 10:35 a.m. An incident occurred at Parking B Lot. A tailgate was taken from a vehicle. Disposition: Report taken.

March 27, 2:21 a.m. Officer initiated activity at the Manor House. Reckless driving was observed near Building 1. The driver possibly drove through grass near the president’s house. Disposition: Info received.

March 27, 4:20 p.m. An incident occurred at the Vista Cafe. A female subject was having difficulty breathing due to an injury to her ribs. Disposition: Assisted.

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March 28, 8:09 a.m. An incident occurred at the College Of Arts. A digital projector was missing from room 5-214. Disposition: Report taken.

March 29, 12:41 p.m. An incident occurred on Olive Lane Walk. A report was made that petitioners were blocking the walkway. Disposition: Advised and complied.

MEDICAL ASSIST

March 29, 9:13 p.m. An incident occurred at Encinitas Hall. Textbooks worth $300 were stolen from a book bag left in the common room of Encinitas sometime between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Disposition: Report taken.

MEDICAL ASSIST

March 27, 6:46 p.m. An incident occurred at the Vista Cafe. A male subject passed out in front of the register. Disposition: Assisted.

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March 30, 2:11 p.m. An incident occurred at the University Union. A projector was stolen from the conference events desk between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Disposition: Report taken.

BURGLARY FROM VEHICLE

March 27, 11:55 p.m. An incident occurred at Parking Lot B. A set of speakers and a stereo were stolen from a vehicle sometime between March 17 and 27. Disposition: Refused to report.

ILLEGAL SOLICITING ON CAMPUS

March 30, 1:24 p.m. An incident occurred at the University Library. A female subject in her 20’s wearing a black shirt and blue jeans was illegally soliciting on campus. Disposition: Advised and complied.


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Industry on the decline GREG TOUMASSIAN

Editor-in-Chief It ain’t easy for a journalist these days. Being a great writer isn’t enough anymore. One has to be a full-fledged content producer in a market in extreme transition. As advancements in digital communication launch newspapers into light speed, journalists are expected to keep up. It isn’t enough to get a story in the paper by the next issue. Reporters have to post a tweet, follow it up with a brief news update and flesh out the details on the fly. Then, they have to put together a video or audio package and manage to squeeze out just enough extra stuff to justify the story going into print. It’s hectic, it’s chaotic, and the room for error or incomplete information is far and wide, but it is becoming the norm. Thanks to the Internet, newspapers are expected to have immediate coverage on breaking events – and it’s the journalists behind the scenes who have to create the content. As physical newspapers slowly trickle away and subscription numbers fall, people will continue to move toward online news outlets and expect instant reporting. Unfortunately, the online market model is rather misleading. While most readers gripe about advertisements, it’s one of the main sources of income for a newspaper. The cost of running a news organization is not cheap, and young journalists have had to suffer the repercussions of an industry in flux. It costs to put out the news – I promise. Writers, editors, rent, the cost of printing, the list goes on. Because news tends to be plentiful in this era of search engines and instant updates, it isn’t hard to forget about the process that goes into each story. Unfortunately, falling subscription numbers for the physical paper means less money and advertisers loss of interest. And while online ads pick up some of the slack, it isn’t enough. Attempts have been made See UNFILTERED/Pg. 4

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The University Village plans to change its payment plans this fall. Phase II and Phase III rooms are expected to cost the same.

Village to modify payment plans ROSS HICKS

Staff Writer University officials are in the final stages of approving housing payment plans for residents in the University Village for the 2011-12 academic year. Beginning fall quarter, students will have one payment option if they choose to have their own room. With this new change, the cost of having a single room apartment will be $710 per month during the academic year. The University Village has three different housing options: Phases I, II and III. The new plan has combined this year’s phase II and phase III rooms into one price. What this all means is Phase III rooms will decrease in price from $775 to $710 per month, while

the more popular Phase II rooms will have their prices increased from $660 to $710 per month. Students will no longer be charged $115 extra a month if they are not able to get into a Phase II room and must move into a Phase III. Both Phase III’s decrease and Phase II’s increase represents an approximately 8 percent change for the respective floor plans. Differences between the Phase III and Phase II floor plans lay in the square footage of each set up, as well as the quality and age of appliances. Phase III has approximately 20 more square feet and has newer appliances inside the room. Students say the difference is not worth the extra money, which Kenneth Fisher, director of Housing

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Services at the Village, has noticed. “Phase III is too expensive and students can’t afford it,” said Fisher. Fisher said Phase III rooms are losing appeal among students because it has been a few years since the improvements were made: The novelty that originally attracted students is, essentially, no longer working in favor of the Village. Some students living in Phase III are forced to live there due to a lack of space in any other type of room. This leaves students paying more for a room they may not want. Last year Caitlin Barron, a fourth-year food and nutrition student, wanted to move in with a close friend of hers, but could not find space in a Phase II apartment.

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Barron said that a phase three apartment was not appealing at first because it is “ridiculously overpriced.” In order to live with her friend she had to settle on the price. “I don’t like the newer design, it feels more crowded than a Phase II apartment,” she said. However, fourth-year student Miguel Blanca said Phase III is a better housing plan and welcomes the change. Having lived in both a Phase II and III apartment, Blanca said once the prices become the same, there will be “no point in getting a Phase II”. Blanca predicted all the Phase III rooms next year will become the more popular choice among residents. The only alternative to this new payment plan for

students who wish to live in the Village would be to live in a Phase I room, in which students would reside in two double-occupancy rooms. These rooms have the smallest square footage of the three phases, and as of this year Phase I costs $530 a month. Living in Phase I may become a more viable option next year due to improvements being made during the summer. Fisher said more students have signed up for Phase I rooms than in previous years. Fisher said when the change does occur, students will have the option to choose rooms and will not have to worry about prices unless they are considering the renovated Phase I rooms. Reach Ross Hicks at:

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This Week: Tuesday, April 5 8:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. 2011 Diversity Conference: Only a World Away The Office of Student Life and Cultural Centers will host a diversity conference meant to empower students, faculty, staff and administrators as well as build trust amongst individuals of different cultures at Cal Poly Pomona.

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Sometimes, the Bronco Bookstore may not buy back a textbook if a new edition of the book has come out or if it is no longer being used for a class. “I just have [old textbooks],” said Rayo. “They’re just collecting dust. When it’s core classes, I don’t mind keeping them. When it’s [general education] classes, it’s like, ‘What can you do with it?’ I still have no idea what to do with it.” Many students try their luck at buying and selling textbooks at the College Textbook Center located approximately five minutes away from Cal Poly Pomona. “At least 2,000 students come each day during the rush time,” said Zarrin Shakib, owner of the College Textbook Center. The College Textbook Center has been in business at the same location for more than 15 years. The store carries titles catered exclusively to Cal Poly Pomona students. “If they come here, they can purchase books for cheaper,” said Shakib. “So why should they pay more?” One example is a book required for the Statistics 120 class, “Introductory Statistics” by Prem S. Mann. The Bronco Bookstore sells a new copy for $56 and a used one for $44. The College Textbook Center sells the used book for $40.99. However, Clint Aase, director of the Bronco Bookstore, said he believes there is more to buying a textbook than price. “When you make a purchase here, the money stays in the campus community,” said Aase. “When you make a purchase there, it goes to

Director Lee Mun Wah will speak and his film “Last Chance for Eden” will be shown. Wednesday, April 6 11 a.m. Landscape Architecture Guest Speaker: Blaine Merker The Department of Landscape Architecture will host Blaine Merker of REBAR Group as a guest speaker in its

2011 lecture series. He will speak in the atrium of Building 7. REBAR is an interdisciplinary studio, operating at the intersection of art, design and activism. Thursday, April 7 Noon How Nuclear Reactors Work Physics professors Peter Siegel, who was recently featured on KNBC about nuclear reactors, and Barbara

Hoeling will present a brown bag talk about how nuclear reactors work and give their perspective on what has been happening in Japan. Thursday, April 7 Noon to 2 p.m. Empowerment Workshop: The Female Anatomy The Violence Prevention and Women’s Resource Center at Cal Poly

Pomona will be hosting a workshop in the Bronco Student Center with Rebecca Chalker author of “A New View of a Woman’s Body.” Monday, April 11 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Women’s Self-Defense Course The Violence Prevention and Women’s Resource Center at Cal Poly Pomona is hosting a

Students have options with old books making somebody a profit which they keep, and it doesn’t come back to the campus community. Again, that’s not a reason for a student to pay more. People make their decisions based on a value equation: price of item, convenience, security, shopping environment, things like that.” Aase advises students to sell back their textbooks during finals week to get the best value for their textbook. “There’s a difference in the buyback period,” said Aase. “There’s a period of time that usually starts with finals week and runs to the end of it where we’re buying back for store use. That’s the best time to sell back your books because we pay higher than wholesale value. Every other day would just be national wholesale value.” An alternative to purchasing and selling textbooks offered by both the Bronco Bookstore and the College Textbook Center textbook rentals. “We rented approximately 8,000 books last quarter,” said Aase. “It’s been a very popular program. When a student can rent a book as opposed to buying it, they often choose to do so. The difference is money up front. When you rent a book, the money up front is less.” On the other hand, Shakib said she noticed students in “heavy majors” such as engineering and business tend to want to buy their books instead of renting them. She believed it may be because those students could use their books for multiple classes. “I changed 40 labels from ‘for rent’ to ‘for sale,’” said Shakib.

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Bob Carter, a buyback vendor contracted for Cal Poly Pomona, advises students to sell their books at the end of the quarter. Both Aase and Shakib are aware that some students would rather sell their textbooks online than back to the bookstores. “Selling online has some hassle,” said Shakib. “It’s not good for everyone. Some students are good at selling to each other. But I

believe maybe 30 percent sell books back to bookstores.” Aase cautions students to remember that the longer it takes to sell a textbook, the more the value of the textbook decreases. “One of the things that we see happen a lot is people

will say, ‘I’m not going to sell this book back because I can sell it for a lot more on the internet,’” said Aase. “The thing is, oftentimes people intend to do that, but they don’t actually do it.” Reach Kathy Nguyen at:

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to switch to a pay-for-content model – where users pay a monthly fee to get unhindered access to a news site – and the results were not pretty. Die-hards signed up and spent the cash, but most users found the whole idea of spending money to access news – especially in this economy, where every penny counts – just too much of a stretch. Thanks to this lapse in funding, newspapers were forced to cut down staff and eliminate coverage. The conundrum breaks down like this: News outlets are losing money thanks to falling subscription rates and a poor online market model. Annoying ads can’t support a full-fledged news staff, so there are less people in charge of putting out the same amount of content. Add the expectation that news should be immediate, informed and engaging, and it’s the perfect formula for some exhausted and frustrated journalists. What does this mean for up and coming journalists? Do everything. From concept to comments – because online readers just love to say things – and be willing to do it on the cheap – because there aren’t that many positions open thanks to a lack of funding. It’s enough to drive aspiring journalists to find new means of income or a new career all together. Sure, it’s unfortunate for them, but think about the impact it will have on the public. A world without journalists? Yeesh. Reach Greg Toumassian at:

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Proposed change would limit president’s veto power Continued from page 1 referendum are changes to ASI’s bylaws or ASI fee increases. “We’re never going to end the referendum; that’ s never going to be taken out,” said Jianu. “W e’re never going to end the initiative [and] we’re never going take away the students’ right to vote on what their fees are being spent on through ASI.” However, there is an indication that reserving the “member” title only for voting students in the ASI Kirk Hemans / The Poly Post Senate is not ubiquitous in (Left to right) Associated Students, Inc. President Ismael Souley, ASI Vice President Johnathan Jianu and ASI Attorney General Heena Mehra the California State Unilisten to discussion about possible changes to ASI’s bylaws, including the potential for next year’s president and vice president to vote. versity system. “I’m not too aware on gent upon membership, so to approve the changes that didn’t really have too much granted to the ASI presi- new secretary who would the subject,” said Inderjit almost all of those commit- allowed for the president work to do,” said Matthew dent, he or she may create serve on the president’ s Pahal, president of ASI, tees that the president and and vice president to vote; a Stafford, ASI senator pro- any committee at any time cabinet: The Secretary of Stanislaus and vice chair of vice president are members result of that particular law tempore and senator for the to help resolve an issue. Sustainability, who StafUniversity Affairs, Califorof, giving them the right [AB1233]. It took away the College of Environmental Such committees will func- ford said would coordinate nia State Student Associato vote in the Senate gives veto power of Presidents Design, about members on tion just as the judiciary all sustainability efforts on tion in an email. them the right to vote in and now makes up for it the judiciary committee. branch does, but unlike the campus. “We didn’t make those those committees.” by allowing the president a “They were only there in judiciary, are not intended The first Secretary of changes, but if the there are But the proposed chang- vote and the vice president case there was a problem.” to be standing bodies. Sustainability will be secertain requirements where es to ASI’s bylaws trade a vote.” Jianu said the judiciary AB 1233 states, “board lected by the new ASI we may need to, then it is the president’s right to vote But among definitions functioned as an advisory committees may only have President. something that we’ll conwith the power of veto. and changes in the student- committee with “no author- directors as members, but Cal Poly Pomona ASI’s sider to line-up with legal Instead of an outright government power strucity to do anything” because that other committees with ratified bylaws are schedrequirements,” said Pahal veto on a senate issue deture is an elimination of an the ASI president or Secnon-director members may uled for approval by the in an email. cided by a simple majority, entire branch of ASI. retary of Internal Affairs be created as long as they ASI Senate by April 21 and Another proposal, if apthe president would ask the Cal Poly Pomona ASI’s would ultimately arbitrate do not exercise the author - will be presented to stuproved, would allow the senate to “reconsider” an judiciary branch – whose disputes. ity of the board.” dents on April 25. president and vice presiissue, which would then members’ sole purpose “By removing the judiEssentially, any commitAt the same time student of ASI the power to require a two-thirds senate was to advise the president ciary, we kind of formaltee of people who are not dents will have the oppor vote. majority vote to pass. on disputes between ASI ize the process where [an ASI senators created by the tunity to vote for their rep“Allowing the president “Here at CSU Stanislaus, members or bodies – will issue] doesn’t necessarily ASI President will function resentatives, they will also and vice president to vote we’ve also gone through be eliminated, should the need to be delayed by a de- strictly as an advisory body vote to approve or reject actually makes it easier structural changes in our revised bylaws be acceptcision-making body,” said to voting members. the amended bylaws. for our subcommittees to bylaws and constitution,” ed. Jianu. “[Issues] go straight But with the dissolution operate,” said Jianu. “[The said Pahal in an email. “Re“We felt like they weren’t to a solution.” of the judiciary branch Reach Chris Bashaw at: subcommittees] are contincently, students have voted really necessary; they As an explicit power comes the addition of a news@thepolypost.com

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Japan: Driving on the road to recovery EVAN PERKINS

Opinions Editor Japan is still reeling from the earthquake that devastated the small island country. The tsunami that followed left an obscene amount of destruction in its wake. Already in a rut from declining global economic conditions, Japan-based automakers receive a crushing blow from this natural disaster. Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Suzuki have all experienced considerable losses from the earthquake. These have come in the form of the tragic loss of employees, damaged facilities and a tremendous loss of production time while assembly lines were damaged or inoperable. Tragically, a Honda employee was killed, and at least 30 others were injured when a cafeteria wall collapsed during the earthquake. At initial glance, Toyota appears to have braved the tragedy much better than its rival companies. Toyota, to date, has not reported any loss of life and actually managed to resume production in many of its facilities within a day of the disaster. However, several of its manufacturing plants were damaged extensively enough to necessitate a shut down of assembly lines. See JAPAN/Pg. 10

Students honor Cesar Chavez

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CPP students celebrate the life and legacy of Mexican labor leader Cesar Chavez through week-long set of campus events ERIN O’BRIEN

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(Top) Students participate in the silent march during U-Hour last Tuesday. (Bottom) Lizette Macias, a second-year mechanical engineering student, works at the Agriscapes Pumpkin Field on Thursday.

The Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education at Cal Poly Pomona put on a variety of events with everything from a silent march to farm working for Cesar Chavez Week, which began on Monday, March 28 and ended on Thursday. Denise Salceda, a fifth-year Spanish and communication student said she believes not enough people know why Cesar Chavez is celebrated. “A lot of students don’t know who Cesar Chavez was and what he did and just that he fought for farm workers rights,” said Salceda. “They

were just basic rights that weren’t being given, just like having water close by instead of like two miles away, and having a restroom, and a basic place to live.” More than just a farm worker, Cesar Chavez was a civil rights activist and labor leader. He also co-founded and became president of the United Farm Workers of America. He died in April of 1993 at the age of 66 and is honored in California with Cesar Chavez Day each year on March 31. The event-filled week began with an art gallery viewing Monday afternoon at the Bronco Student Center and a screening of the film “Fight in the Fields” later that night in the Residential Suites. On Tuesday, CPP took part in the National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challenge that was held in collaboration with the Cesar E. Chavez Center, the American Red Cross and the Latino Pre-Medical Student Association. The silent march also occured on Tuesday during U-

Hour. Students met at Building 1 and silently marched around campus, ending at the BSC with a presentation on Chavez’s life and activism. Participants in the hourlong march held up red flags with an outline of a black eagle. The flags were modeled after those that Chavez and the protestors with him carried in the 340-mile march in 1966 from Delano, CA to Sacramento. A student who participated in the march thought that it was effective in getting students to think about Cesar Chavez. “We were walking around and by the time we got to the Bronco Student Center, I believe, we heard people like, ‘Oh okay, they’re walking around for Cesar Chavez week,” said Julia Manzo, a fourth-year graphic design student. “So they were actually recognizing what we were doing without us saying anything, so I think the silent march worked.” The large group of about See LEADER/Pg. 8

Mr. and Miss CPP competition to be held May 19 GLORIA GONZALEZ

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(Left to right) Kristi Bonifacio and Jose Sanchez were selected as winners of the second annual Mr. and Miss Cal Poly Pomona competition in 2010, presented by the university’s Educational Interest Council.

The third annual Mr. and Miss Cal Poly Pomona competition will be hosted by the Educational Interests Council on May 19 in Ursa Major. “The students crowned Mr. and Miss CPP are expected to be ambassadors for the University by being at important events, encouraging collaboration and cooperation and just getting the name of Cal Poly Pomona out there,” said Alicia Martin, Educational Interests Council president, Miss CPP 2009 and fifth-year Mechanical Engineering student. The eight student finalists, consisting of four males and four females, will compete in the Mr. and Miss CPP 2011 competition by displaying their talents and Bronco Pride in four distinct areas: ballroom dancing, a question-and-answer segment, campus trivia and a talent portion. The competition will be judged by campus faculty and staff and will also include a student vote. The competition is open to all Cal Poly Pomona students who meet the requirements. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and be comfortable speaking and performing in front of large crowds. Once selected, the contestants are required to attend five mandatory one hour sessions dedicated to

dance practice. Applications for those participating in the 2011 Mr. and Miss CPP competition are no longer being accepted, and interviews of applicants will be held this week. The eight students chosen for the 2011 Bronco Court will be announced Friday. Martin still has pride in being the first Miss CPP since the competition’s revival. “Being crowned Miss CPP has definitely changed my life,” said Martin. “It has given me the opportunity to show off my Bronco Pride. I love telling people that I was the first-ever Miss CPP. There are a lot of things I have done, and been asked to do that I would not have otherwise. It has also given me the confidence to explore other avenues of involvement on the campus like [Educational Interests Council].” Although Martin is not competing, she still plays an important role in the Mr. and Miss CPP 2011 competition. “This year I am the Aesthetic Engineer for MMCPP,” said Martin. “I’m in charge of all aesthetics which includes food, atmosphere, decorations etc. I’m also on the Bronco Court Search Committee, and I will help chose the eight contestants.” Third-year International Business and Marketing student and 2010, “The reasons I wanted to be a part of

the competition last year were that I wanted to be filled with more Bronco Spirit, and I knew that it would look good on my resume,” said previous Mr. and Miss CPP contestant Brian Daily. “I also wanted to be able to be more involved on campus.” Daily is now the Vice President of the EIC and will also be the event chair for the Mr. and Miss CPP 2011 competition. Martin encourages this year’s contestants to be their selves and confident. “MMCPP is not about being the best at anything,” said Martin. “It’s about having spirit and pride for the university and not being afraid to show it.” The spring event is not just a competition, but it is also helps to give back to the community because the proceeds are donated to the Boys and Girls Club of the Pomona Valley. This year’s sponsor is ELM Concierge, an event rentals boutique based out of the Los Angeles area. Tickets are available for presale at $2 a piece and $5 at the door. A date has not been set for when the presale tickets will become available. For more information, visit the Educational Interests Council in Building 26 or mrmisscpp.com Reach Gloria Gonzalez at:

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Converting to the Islamic faith and culture Kellie Huynh and Myle Tran are two Cal Poly Pomona graduates who have found their religious identities in the Islamic faith ALFONSO VILLEGAS

Staff Writer For many, religion is inherited. It is rooted in our culture and history, and very rarely do individuals stray from it. But for some, the path toward spiritual fulfillment is a long and self-realizing journey. The Islamic religion is one of the oldest in the word, originating in the seventh century by founder Muhammad who was born in Mecca (current day Saudi Arabia). Muhammad introduced the Arabic people to Islam after being visited by the archangel Gabriel. For a span of 22 years, Muhammad continued to speak to God through Gabriel. Muhammad eventually wrote the Islamic scriptures known as the Quran. Its literal translation means, “the recitation” and is considered by many to be the greatest literary work in Arabic. Cal Poly Pomona alumni Kellie Huynh and Myle Tran are two examples of people on a journey in search of spiritual fulfillment. Despite the negative portrayal of the Muslim people, these two women embraced the religion and its lifestyle. For the majority of her life, Huynh, 27, practiced the faith she inherited: Catholicism. Originally from Vietnam, Huynh immigrated to the United States as a 2-year-old and was submerged in a multicultural and multi-theological environment.

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(Left) The Quran is written in Arabic and is the holy book of the Islamic faith. (Right) Muslims pray five times a day, in addition to reading the Quran. Muslims pray while facing the east because they are praying toward ‘Qibla,’ or the direction of Mecca. Growing up in El Monte, she was heavily exposed to the Latino culture that served to strengthen her bond with Catholicism. As a child, Huynh volunteered as an altar server and sang in her church’s choir. “I was always told that when you sing to God, it’s like you’re praying twice,” said Huynh. “I did it because I loved the connection that I felt with God.” Huynh attended a private parochial school until the eighth grade, when she transferred to Arroyo Public High School in El Monte. It was there that Huynh experienced the diversity she had only read about in books. High school became a realm of exploration to Huynh, specifically

the subject of different religions. The once strong bond she had with Catholicism was beginning to wither, and so began her journey toward spiritual fulfillment. “I didn’t know what was wrong, but I didn’t feel the same bond with God,” said Huynh. “Everything began to feel routine. I felt lost. It was as if I was running in an open field but with nowhere to go. I felt my life had no direction.” Her inquiries about Catholicism and its teaching were interpreted by others as a lack of faith on her part. Huynh began to attend Christian sermons where people would praise their God and even weep from the overwhelming sense of emotion. Despite her sincerest efforts,

Huynh could not weep. Huynh was a sophomore in high school when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center occurred. Immediately after the attack, Huynh noticed a social interest in Muslim people and their faith. She took an interest in them, but did not allow herself to be polluted by the stereotypes that circulated their faith and lifestyle. “I remember everyone thought that they were all suicidal and radical people,” said Huynh. “But I began to dig deeper, and the more I learned about their faith and history, the more I realized how similar it was to Christianity and Catholicism, and how at one point it must

have derived from the same place.” Huynh’s interest in the Islamic faith continued into college where she began to develop a hunger to explore its religious practices, beliefs and history. She joined the Muslim Student Association her freshman year in college, where she found the support she lacked at home. “The Muslim Student Association always has its doors open to whoever is even remotely interested in our faith and culture,” said Asim Kahn, outreach member for MSA at Cal Poly Pomona. “We know how difficult it can be for someone who is new to the culture or faith, so we always try to provide a welcoming See ISLAM/Pg. 10

Students decide: Attend class virtually or physically? While some CPP students take advantage of new-age online courses, others prefer the oldschool approach of face-to-face learning environments. SHIAN SAMUEL

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What can be more exciting than going to class? How about not going to class? Cal Poly Pomona students take online classes for several reasons, including not having time to come to campus, being with

family, paying less for books and more. According to the “eLearning” section of the university’s website, online classes are “the mode in which all instructional contact hours are replaced by time on-line, but which may meet face-to-face for a single orientation and for one or more exams.” Are online classes the route to academic success? According to the Online Education Database, online classes allow students to stray away from strict classroom schedules to make time for jobs, staying close to family and finishing assignments. “Online classes are great because it gives [an] opportunity for people to attend class

but not actually physically be on campus,” said Kevin Malone, assistant to the dean of the College of Education and Integrative Studies, who has also taken an online class. “My experience was good because it was at my own leisure. I just had to go in and get the packets every week. If I needed additional resources the instructor was available online or via email.” Online classes are convenient for people who do not like coming to campus, but are a disadvantage to those who would need assistance for difficult subjects. Sixth-year Business Administration student Oanh Bui said although she would like to take more online classes because she likes

to take tests and turn in assignments on her own time, but she wants to be in a classroom setting if a subject is too hard to comprehend alone. Bui also said in an emergency, one does not have to check-in with the professor in class or by email if an online class is being taken. While taking a class on campus she had to choose between taking her final exam and taking her grandfather to the hospital. She chose to help her grandfather and received a zero for her exam grade. Students who choose to take online classes may have the advantage of not paying for an See ONLINE/Pg. 10

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Sexual health advocated via ‘Get Yourself Tested’ BRITTANY CHAVEZ

Staff Writer The Student Health Services (SHS) Wellness Center started its month-long campaign to get students tested for sexually transmitted diseases. “Get Yourself Tested,” or GYT, is an MTV partnership with the Kaiser Family foundation designed to advocate sexual health and de-stigmatize regular STD and STI screenings among young people. This is Cal Poly Pomona’s second year promoting the campaign. “I see the commercials on MTV promoting the GYT and ‘It’s Your (Sex) Life’ campaign all the time,” said Ellyse Carter, a second-year international business and marketing management student. “By featuring celebrity talent and music in their ads, it really removes the taboo and fear of getting tested. I’m glad our school is a part of this movement.” To make testing more accessible, the Wellness Center, located in Building 46, is offering free appointments for students to meet with a nurse practitioner or doctor to see which STD test is right for them. Although most STD screenings will not be free of charge, the center is granting free Chlamydia tests, encouraging all students to take one. Debbie Jackley, the coordinator of the Student Health Services said the GYT campaign is more focused on the importance of encouraging students to get a screening for Chlamydia, the most commonly reported

STD in the U.S. “Many students believe there is only one test they can take that gives results for all STD screenings – not true,” said Jackley. “I can’t emphasize enough how important it is that everyone at least get tested for Chlamydia once a year. A person can have the infection, potentially spread it and not even know it.” Itsyoursexlife.com, an MTV website, states that an estimated three million Americans are infected with Chlamydia, and it is most common among 15 to 24-year-olds. A person can get the sexually transmitted infection by having unprotected sex with a partner who has the infection – even if he or she shows no signs. Chlamydia, if left untreated, can lead to lifelong illness, but is treatable with proper antibiotics. “College students should be aware of their bodies,” said Dorothy Figueroa, a second-year apparel merchandising and management student. “It is cool that our campus is making [the testing] more attainable.” The Student Health Services and the Wellness Center employees anticipate a big turnout in the number of appointments made this month, which is why Cal Poly Pomona is one out of 13 colleges participating in a survey to assess the effectiveness of the GYT campaign. “Although there was no big push of marketing on campus, I really do hope students become informed of their sexual health and spread the word,” said Jackley.

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Student Health Services and the Wellness Center will promote and participate in ‘Get Yourself Tested’ all through the month of April to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. The Cal Poly Pomona Wellness Center offers an informational sheet on STDs and STIs on their online webpage, as well as additional links providing sex education at csupomona.edu/shs. MTV also has an interactive website featuring its campaign, “It’s Your (Sex) Life,”

offering tips on talking with your partner about safe sex, finding local and affordable clinics, and how to promote awareness in your community. Reach Brittany Chavez at:

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LEADER: CPP hosts week of programs in memory of Chavez Continued from page 6 30 people did attract attention, but there were some students who did not know what the march was for, upon seeing the crowd. “It was a surprise,” said secondyear Civil Engineering student Mary Hanes, who participated in Thursday’s event but did not participate in the silent march. “I actually didn’t know what was going on.” In keeping with Chavez’s value for education, CPP’s men soccer team visited the Children’s Center on Wednesday and read to the children about Chavez’s life. Approximately 80 students came to campus on their day off Thursday to work on CPP’s fields in the heat

for the event, “Be a Farm Worker for a Day.” Some students came as early as 5:45 a.m. and worked in the dark before sunrise. Students worked in shifts from 5:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. with jobs ranging from picking oranges to taking out weeds in a row of onions. “You never really think about how [food] gets from the field to the grocery store,” said Chevail Alexander, a fifth-year graphic design student. None of the students were paid for their work, and although a few students went to fulfill a class requirement, most came for another

reason: the experience. “I just wanted to experience what it’s like because I’ve heard a lot of stories of how [being a farm worker] is a job that nobody wants,” said fourth-year Marketing student Daniel Gomez. “But I wanted to see if it’s really a job that they’re dong because nobody else wants it; basically to find out what it’s all about and how hard it is.” Be a Farm Worker for a Day drew a crowd of people from different ethnicities and departments. “I think it’s really interesting that we’re all of different ethnic backgrounds and can identify with each other even if you’re not of

the same background,” said Karlee Mortensen, a second-year business student. Vegetarian and vegan options were available at every meal in the Los Olivos Dining Hall in collaboration with the Cesar E. Chavez Center because of Chavez’s history as being an animal rights activist, as well as an advocate for farm workers. With programs as varied as these, it can be hard to see what ties them together, but there was a purpose behind each one. “All of the programs reflect just different values that Cesar Chavez had,” said Lorena Marquez, coordi-

nator of the Cesar E. Chavez Center. Marquez said she hopes the programs will continue to influence those students who were involved throughout their life. “Who knows what these students will be,” said Marquez. “These students that are participating, one of them may be the CEO of a huge company later on. With this experience maybe they will remember the hard work and remember those that are in different places than they are and not forget that hard work is definitely with your hands.” Reach Erin O’Brien at:

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Britney Spears hits us baby, one more time

Lady Gaga and Rihanna, step aside. The pop princess returns with her usual chart-topping dance tracks, proving she still has what it takes to compete with today’s pop icons. TYLER RICH

Correspondent It’s been more than two years since Britney Spears’ last record was released. Fans have followed her through thick and thin, waiting for her newest album, “Femme Fatale,”

which was released on March 25. “Femme Fatale” isn’t just an album, but also a testament to Spears’ endurance. After tolerating a media frenzy that exploited her divorces, child custody battles, shaved head and exposed body, Spears still has what it takes to hold it together for the sake of her music. The new album includes Billboard-topping club anthems “Hold It Against Me” and “Till the World Ends.” Falling in line with many hiphop artists’ latest work, the songs include elements of trance music that have become very popular in recent years. Dr. Luke, an executive producer on the album who has worked with artists such as T.I. and Lil’ Jon, greatly influenced “Femme Fatale.” With his knowledge of the transforming club/dance scene, Spears’ voice now plays over fastpaced synthesizers, emphasizing the drum and the bass. A few songs, such as “Criminal,” remind listeners of a younger

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Britney Spears’ latest album ‘Femme Fatale,’ out on Jive Records, was released March 25. Spears, with simple acoustic lines that play throughout. However, the majority of the tracks, such as radio favorite “I Wanna Go” are played at quick speeds to entice dancers and fist-pumpers alike. “Big Fatt Bass” features

will.i.am, and admittedly, the bass here is a little strong. Deep tones drown out the lyrics, making some of them difficult to comprehend. Other lyrics on the album include peculiar love metaphors,

such as in the song “Gasoline.” In this hard-hitting dance track, Spears sings, “My heart only runs on supreme / so hot / give me your gasoline.” Songs, such as “Trouble for Me,” take listeners through various club scenes and lustful scenarios with lyrics chanting, “You know I can make your night / you wanna’ get it / you got something that I like / but I might regret it.” Overall, this album is one more success for Spears. Her lyrics offer no epiphanies or new realizations, but the music and synth sounds themselves are catchy enough to stand alone, as they do at certain points throughout the record. Wherever she goes, people will be there to watch and listen. Britney Spears is a female pop icon that has influenced an entire generation. Her fame is documented within a timeline that lies right there between Madonna and Rebecca Black. Rating: 3/5 Reach Tyler Rich at:

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A supernatural success: Vampires in the Pacific theatre

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Asst. Editor For readers new to “American Vampire,” the latest issue of the series serves as the perfect place to jump in for those who want a different take on vampires. Writer Scott Snyder and artist Rafael Albuquerque provide a two-page introduction that reveals some background information and highlights the important players for those uninitiated into the series. Issue 13 of “American Vampire” starts a new story arc for the series entitled “Ghost War.”

The story begins in 1943, two years before the end of the Second World War. The issue follows musician Henry Preston, who is living in Hawaii with his wife Pearl Jones, the second American vampire. Skinner Sweet is the first American vampire, and his whereabouts are unknown in the beginning of the issue. The twist in the series is that American vampires are capable of enduring sunlight and are vulnerable to gold, but not wood. The issue starts off with Preston dealing with depression because of his aging while his wife stays young. In order to feel a sense of agency, Preston volunteers to serve in the military, but is turned down because of his age. Against his better judgment, Preston accepts an offer from the Vassals of the Morning Star, a vampire hunting organization, to protect Allied troops in Taipan against vampires.

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Snyder’s writing allows readers the ability to appreciate the melancholy Preston feels. The dialogue never feels heavy handed, but Snyder’s writing has the most impact when he allows readers to get inside Preston’s head. The pacing in this issue is refreshing. Snyder allows readers time to get acquainted with the marriage dynamic between Preston and Jones. The extra time spent lends to the plausibility of Preston’s acceptance of the mission. Albuquerque provides an eye-catching cover that depicts five grim faced soldiers against a red stained sky streaked with white, and at the edge, partially off the page, is a fighter plane. The cover’s use of a red and white background brings to mind the Japanese Rising Sun Flag with its red and white rays. This allusion is surely no coincidence as one will later see in the comic.

Albuquerque uses streaks and splatters to produce a sense of motion and chaos in the cover. His artistic style and panel construction lends a cinematic feeling to the comic. Throughout the issue, there is a sense of tension that permeates much of the panels. Albuquerque draws in such a way that there is also expressiveness in the faces while retaining a sketch-like quality. He is able to draw Hawaii as paradoxically breathtaking and depressing utilizing splotches, splatters and transparent washes to create the island paradise. As far as introductions into a series go, this is one that is certainly well executed. So go ahead pick this one up if you happen to find it – it’s worth the three bucks. Rating: 4/5 Reach Jefferson Yen at:

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ONLINE: Students consider pros and cons of courses Continued from page 7

expensive book, but rather pay half of the price or less for an e-book online. Paying for parking and gas would not be an issue either. Fayha Tariq, a fifth-year biotechnology student who took PSYCH 201 online, said online classes are convenient due to less time constraints, but are not as easy as taking an on-campus class. “The only con that I can think of is that you get lazy,” said Tariq. “You think ‘I’ll just do it tomor-

row there’s no deadline,’ but then you keep waiting. I did that with a couple of chapters, and all of a sudden at the end, things will pile up.” Students have the freedom to study anytime, but it is up to them to study and turn in assignments in a timely manner. Turning in assignments can be done by logging into Blackboard or another website assigned by the professor. Fifth-year Kinesiology student

James Higuera said online classes can be tedious due to the copying and pasting of assignments. He prefers face-to-face interactions and lectures. “[Professors] give you a book and a pin number and then you submit everything,” Higuera said. “I prefer a teacher atmosphere because they explain things better. If you read something [and] perceive it the wrong way, [it’s like] reading it and teaching myself.”

Professors who provide online courses make themselves available anytime via email. Taking online courses allows having reading material and notes available while taking an exam, but it is still difficult to find information under time constraints. Tariq said her professor only allowed exams to be viewed and taken on the Mozilla Firefox Internet browser. If another webpage were to open, the exam would close.

Taking both online and campus courses allows students to decide which type is better for him or her. “It’s also a good experience to have it both ways where you have online classes and classes [on campus] because you need to interact with other people too,” said Bui. “You can’t just sit on the computer for hours.” Reach Shian Samuel at:

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ISLAM: Alumni share stories Continued from page 7 environment.” It wasn’t until 2007 at a Muslim Student Association Conference that Huynh finally decided to take the final step in converting. The final process was simply to say a particular phrase in front of two witnesses, but Huynh did it in front of the 400 attendees at the MSA conference. “I remember feeling warm and free,” said Huynh. “Which makes a lot of sense because it is believed that once one converts to the Islamic faith, their previous sins are forgiven, and they begin again as new.” Starting over is something that CPP alumna Myle Tran is all too familiar with. Originally from Monterey Park, Tran grew up in a household where no particular religion was practiced. A family friend, who she nicknamed “Grandma,” was her only connection to spirituality. The elderly woman would take her to church and teach her about Catholicism. However, once Tran moved away, she was disconnected from her religious outlet. “I knew I always wanted religion in my life,” said Tran. “After I got my graduate degree, I started working in a job that was too

stressful and was in a five year relationship [that] I didn’t want to be in anymore. I realized that my life needed a change.” Tran’s best friend who she had known since high school introduced Tran to the Muslim faith. Once in college, the two joined the Muslim Student Association where Tran learned more about Islam history and tradition. Initially, Tran found Muslim practices odd and restrictive, but she did not let that trump her inquisitive nature. Tran began to ask a lot of questions, and with every answer she received, she was drawn deeper into the faith. “There is a reason for every single thing that we do and that’s what makes me love Islam,” said Tran. “I feel that sometimes its not enough to have faith. A person needs to have a good understanding of why things are the way they are.” Huynh believes that the Islamic faith has the right principles for individuals to live by. “Open your doors and open your mind, for it is only then that you can invite and receive what is right for you, and always be honest Reach Alfonso Villegas at:

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Muslims live by the teachings of the Quran, which were, according to Islam, communicated from the world’s creator to Muhammad.

JAPAN: Toyota’s situation worsens, especially after natural disaster

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This all comes less than a month after Toyota approached a Japanese state-owned bank reportedly requesting a $2 billion loan. The company has fallen on hard times and can’t seem to catch a break. The recall of the sticky accelerator pedals present in many Toyota vehicles sucked a whopping $2 billion out of Toyota’s ever-dwindling bank account – not to men-

tion the $16.4 million fine from the Department of Transportation that came along with the recall. In addition to the obscene amount of money Toyota lost because of the recall, the company lost something much more important: consumer confidence. All of this unfortunate information seems to make the reasons behind the 31 percent drop in U.S. Toyota sales

and expected $3.6 billion net loss painfully clear. The initial damage caused by the earthquake was devastating, but there may be even more bad news awaiting Toyota and other Japanese automakers. Radiation leaked from the damaged reactors in Fukushima has put a scare into overseas markets – the U.S. included – and this may

necessitate increased spending to quell irrational fears. Nissan has already stated publicly that it has begun scanning all of its cars for radioactivity before shipping them to other markets. “It’s clear that we have found nothing, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it,” Chairman of Nissan Americas, Carlos Tavares told USA Today. “We are just doing it

to make sure nothing is there.” This radioactivity testing will be costly and even further slow down protection. The Japanese auto industry has always been resilient in the past, may this unfortunate event prove they still are. Reach Evan Perkins at:

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How to dress to impress VALERIE CHEN

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I was always told ‘dress to impress’ when going to a job interview . With graduation only a couple of months away , I need your help on pr ofessionalizing my look for the interview as well as the job… if I get it. I’ve never really cared about clothes and getting dr essed up, and honestly, I hate shopping. My usual outfit consists of a plain Tshirt, Sweater, jeans and sneakers, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to cut it anymore. Business attire is pr etty expensive, and I don’t r eally have the money to pay for a whole new pricey wardrobe. How can I get pr ofessional looking clothes without spending an arm and a leg?

America’s rising trend in Islamaphobia – fear of Muslims and the Islamic faith – is outright disgusting. Make no mistake: The American people’s attitude toward Muslims is deteriorating; a trend embodied by Congressman Peter King’s (R-N.Y.) house inquiry into the “threat” of radicalized American-Muslims and protests against Islam as frighteningly hateful as the one in Yorba Linda on Feb 13. Although cleverly termed to connote an uncontrollable fear of something by adding the “phobia” suffix, it’s obvious that what causes Islamaphobia is more likely ignorance and hatred than legitimate, primal fear. Take the Yorba Linda protest. There, several hundred protestors staked their territory outside of a community center where the local Islamic Circle of North America Relief USA organization held a charity dinner for a

women’s shelter. Protestors yelled ignorant chants like, “Go back home” and “Terrorists.” Deborah Pauly, city councilwoman of Villa Park – a small town in Orange County – said, “I know quite a few Marines who’ll be very happy to help these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise.” Say what you will about these people exercising their First Amendment Rights – because they were, and were doing so in accordance with the law – but merely having a right to do something or say something does not always make it appropriate or righteous in America. Clearly, expressing hatred and distrust of an entire religion and its followers fits into this category. Why should Americans fear American-Muslims? For a sad few the answers are simple: 9/11, domestic and international terrorism, the usurpation of the Constitution for Sharia Law and a plethora of other rationales. From an objective point

of view, it’s almost impossible to respect people who vehemently say they would like to see an America – or even world – without Islam, especially if they are members of other religions. The above reasons show nothing more than an inability to comprehend Islam as a dynamic faith built of dynamic people, as is every religion. It’s a gross oversimplification to assume a Muslim is a Muslim whether he or she resides in the United Kingdom or Iran, Indonesia or the United States. It’s even worse to assume the individual Muslim isn’t a free-thinking human being with his or her own thoughts and feelings like everyone else is. As lazy as most tend to be, perhaps Muslim-hating Americans would be asking too much of their selves if they were to try to understand Islam as a complex faith with multiple denominations of individually diverse people, and fringe

Japanese-Americans into internment camps; illegalizing interracial marriage and harboring racial segregation; shunning Italians, Irish, Poles, Germans, Jews, Chinese and a plethora of other immigrants; marginalizing homosexuals and women. These injustices are only a taste of America’s candid attitude toward those of different races, ethnicities, genders or sexual orientations: A giant middle finger. As a target of bigotry, Islam is yet another chapter in the black book of American society that the status quo tends to hide on the highest shelf and shrug off as no big deal. The problem is that tolerance of intolerance toward people and the groups they belong to is a big deal; one that continues to seep through the fabric of American society like blood through an open wound. Reach Chris Bashaw at:

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-Distressingly dressed Job markets are incredibly competitive, especially with the current state of the economy. This means that every aspect of your application process counts, especially the interviewing process. Of course, factors including ambition, intelligence, aptitude and personality should come first, but appearance does own a large role as well. To be honest, we unfortunately live in a superficial, consumerist society. How well put together and personally groomed an individual is can signify how meticulous and careful an individual is in terms of his or her work. A potential future employer may utilize this first impression as a judgment of just how worthy you are of employment. You want to make sure you impress the company rather than make them lose interest. Subsequently, your question comes into play of whether professional attire is affordable. Typically, it can be expensive. The price of fine tailoring and silk materials is usually steeper than that of T-shirts made in bulk. After all, you haven’t landed the job yet – so with what paycheck are you supposed use to spend on a new wardrobe? Empty out that piggy bank that you’ve been saving for a rainy day and focus on the lower range of the business attire cost spectrum. For men and women, check out online sample See Chen/Pg. 13

groups of extremists that may or may not be violent. But from a point of view devoid of a bias toward any given faith or lack thereof, this is how most major religions appear: There are the good, pious people who strive to create a better world, and then there are those who would rather watch the world burn than see religions, cultures and people mingle together peaceably. Even if Islam is the hot topic for attack these days, looking back to more than 200 years of American history reveals that it is by no means the first group and will certainly not be the last. After all, America does have a dirty track record of racial and ethnic persecution. One could even argue this country was built on that record, which is why it continues to exist as if thrown into a perpetual cycle. Attempts to exterminate indigenous peoples; enslaving blacks, throwing

What’s a trip to the movie theater without popcorn, soda or other concessions? For many, a trip to the concession stand is a necessary component of a full movie-going experience. Sure, one could get by with that small or medium popcorn or soda, but for a couple extra bucks: A large – with a free refill – what a deal! We never really stop to think about the nutritional content, but this may soon change. Federal regulators are considering the passage of legislation which would require movie theaters to post calorie counts and provide other nutritional information to consumers.The nation’s largest movie theater chains are strongly against revealing nutritional information about their concession stand offerings, where roughly one-third of their revenue is generated. These theaters are obviously fearful. Revealing negative nutrition facts could put a significant dent in sales of a $6 or $7 bucket of popcorn costing an average of only 20 to 30 cents to produce.The federal healthcare law passed last year requires restaurants with locations of 20 or more to post calorie content on menus. As of now, movie theater concession stands are exempt from this federal requirement. Consumers should know what they’re putting into their bodies. For theater owners, if history proves to be correct, this should have little to no long-term

effect on consumer buying habits. Seeing this nutritional information isn’t going to make much of a difference unless the person is already someone who counts calories, closely monitors dietary intake, or reads nutrition labels regularly. Even then, if someone really wants to go to the concession stand, they’re going to go. Consumers might be initially shocked by the calorie count information. But armed with this knowledge, they are given a fair opportunity to make their own decisions. After the moment of surprise is gone, and people get used to seeing these numbers, some will most likely look beyond the number and vote with their taste buds over the number of calories listed. Despite shocking calorie counts appearing on menus of various restaurants many still tend to order as before. Prior to the posting of calorie counts on menu boards, many fast food and chain restaurants already had nutritional information posters and pamphlets listing the nutritional content of the menu items. These chains did not collapse. In 2006, McDonald’s went as far as to add nutrition labels to the packaging on its items, making these nutrition facts clear and unavoidable for consumers to see as they chomp down on that 704 calorie Big Mac. Five years later, McDonald’s is still serving millions. Consumers deserve to be provided this information in order to make informed decisions. Research reveals that a small popcorn at a movie theater averages 600 to 800 calories and 50-60 grams of fat, while a large averages between 1,000 and 1,200 calories and 60-70 grams of fat, with variables attributed to popping oil and toppings. This is definitely something people should at least be made aware of. The U.S. Health Department website outlines the suggested dietary intake of calories and grams of fat per day. In many cases, simply add a soft drink, and you would be meeting or exceeding your daily limit of calories and fat grams in the span of a 90-minute film. This information isn’t top secret. It can be gathered through a little research; it just hasn’t hit menu boards at concession stands, or the forefront of consumer consciousness – yet. Why don’t theaters try healthier alternatives? In the late 1990s, there was discussion on the unhealthiness of the popping oil used and its saturated fat content. Some theaters attempted alternatives, but in the end consumer dissatisfaction of flavor and consistency led theaters to go back to traditional and less healthy methods at the request of movie-goers. In the end, consumers chose the less healthy option. Theater chains are making a bigger deal out of this than necessary as they unnecessarily fear a drop in profits. Americans are smart enough to realize that many of the ingredients in popcorn are unhealthy – butter and excessive salt content to name two. The fact that theater chains are trying to conceal the nutrition facts only comes across as if they have something very sinister to hide. Being honest with consumers won’t hurt sales. Provide the information so that we may make more informed decisions. I like to know what’s in the foods I eat and how they affect my body; having said that, I still occasionally enjoy movie popcorn.


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Does Black deserve the f lak? ANDRE KARIMLOO

Staff Writer It may be safe to assume that there aren’t many fans of Rebecca Black’s song “Friday.” Sub-standard lyrics that don’t rhyme, generic music production, and a cheaply produced video make the track an easy target for people to aim at. Not to mention the unnecessary amount of Auto Tune used on the vocals. Sure, Black may not be the best entertainer in the world – or singer, for that matter – but does she really deserve all the flak she’s receiving? Surprisingly, Black had very little to do with any of the creative process behind “Friday.” All credit for the song goes to a Los Angeles-based production company called Ark Music Factory and its founder, Patrice Wilson. Wilson and the rest of the Ark Music team specialize in finding young “talent” like Black and producing singles, and in some cases, an accompanying video that will be marketed on YouTube and iTunes. Parents of an aspiring singer are required to pay anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000 for the services Wilson and his team provide. The price isn’t too bad considering the production of a low-

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end music video by a mainstream company can triple the cost of Ark Music’s whole-package deal. Wilson, along with partner Clarence Jay, are the lead producers and songwriters for the production company. They also have major input during the creation of any music video. Black isn’t the first or only young singer Wilson has worked with. Ark Music deals with a host of young talents who all have songs

and videos similar to “Friday.” The likes of Alana Lee, Abby Victor, Britt Rutter and Ariana Dvornik are just a few of the others. Wilson promises no fame to any talent that comes to Ark Music looking to make it big. He simply wants to provide a platform for someone to experience what it may be like to make pop music. With this in mind, the extent of Black’s participation in the de-

velopment of the song can now be understood. She was placed into a recording booth and instructed to sing the lyrics to the music. That’s about it. Although her creational input was minimal, her share of the hate is immense. Black even appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno to perform the single and talk about the negative reaction to the song. But only recently did Wilson begin to speak out about the de-

bacle that is “Friday.” In a Los Angeles Times article published last week, Wilson said, “I feel bad that Rebecca has been getting so many people criticizing the song. Because it was me that wrote it.” He makes a good point. People don’t look beyond what they see in front of them. If Black is who they see singing, then she’s the one who will be talked about. If anyone else was singing, then they would have been the one taking all the heat. At the root of it all, Wilson is the reason the song is as agonizingly terrible as it is. The popularity of the song, however, is a direct consequence of our clicking the YouTube link to the video, or clicking the download button on iTunes. The so-called negative reactions to the song have created quite a positive addition to the bank accounts of Wilson and the Black family. In a recent interview with British newspaper The Sun, Black revealed that she was working on a new song named “LOL,” along with other material in hopes of creating an album. It looks like the Rebecca Black phenomenon is not close to ending. Reach Andre Karimloo at:

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sales for savvy shopping. Websites, such as Ruelala. com, Giltgroupe.com, Hautelook.com, Jackthreads. com, Beyondtherack.com and Swirl.com, all sell designer, well-made items at more affordable prices. Noted brands that the online sample sales carry include everything from Marc Jacobs to Michael Kors to

Tod’s, with discounts as high as 70 percent off. Also, sales in general can be your best friend when you are looking to save money. On holidays, most clothing brands and stores will offer some kind of deal. Many of the stores’ online websites allow you to sign up and receive noti-

fications regarding such sales via email. For example, even April Fool’s Day last Friday had deals. For example, Urban Outfitters gave 10 percent off for the day. This isn’t much, but it’s better than nothing when you would like to save money. Less costly stores with non-designer goods have

plenty of office suitable clothing. Chain stores like Target and Walmart have office-appropriate attire at much more reasonable rates than costly boutiques. If you would like to go an even cheaper route, thrift stores are plentiful in the Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County area. By taking a little extra time and patience to dig through racks and racks of clothing at a local Goodwill, you may find some treasures or second-hand clothing with great potential. Especially for males, thrift stores are usually full of suits, dress pants, blazers and collared shirts. If the

piece does not fit as well as you would like, getting the suit tailored will cost only a fraction of a brand new outfit’s expense. For females, if simply making the sleeves shorter or hemming the pants’ legs is not satisfying, try deconstructing the thrifted item and make it your own. Put your sewing skills to the test with sewing patterns – which can be found online for free. For example, if that linen dress is the office look you love, but it is too ill fitting to wear, try turning it into a modest skirt and pair it with a simple white collared blouse. Interview and job-appropriate fashion does not

need to be grounds for going broke. Although savvy shopping may take more effort than carelessly charging an expensive suit to a credit card, it is safer and smarter in the long run – i.e. when your bills start coming in and piling up. Last but not least, after obtaining the suitable wardrobe for cheap, don’t forget to put on the most important accessory that is absolutely free: confidence. Don’t hesitate to ask me a ques-chen at formspring. me/askmeaqueschen or send an e-mail to opinions@thepolypost.com. Reach Valerie Chen at:

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Baseball team beats Pioneers three times AMELIA FRITSCH

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How to clinch a berth ERIK CARR

Sports Editor Thirty games into the 2011 season, the Cal Poly Pomona baseball team is 19-11 overall and 13-11 in conference play. At this point last season during former head coach Mike Ashman’s final season, the Broncos were sixth in the CCAA (17-13, 9-8). Although the Broncos remained in sixth place in conference at the end of the 2010 campaign, they were plagued by injuries and ended their season on a disappointing note (26-27, 18-22). While things appear to going better for the Broncos this season record-wise, the Broncos are still sixth place in the conference and this puts them two places outside of a qualifying slot in the CCAA Championship. Right now in the CCAA standings, the Broncos have the third-most conference wins (13) but their 11 conference-play losses are the fourth most in the CCAA. The three teams with higher conference loss totals occupy the bottom three places of the CCAA. One of the factors that has affected the present standings is the number of games each team has played. Chico State (18-5, 124) has played the fewest games overall (23) and in the CCAA (16) and is first place in the conference. Remarkably, Cal State East Bay (9-24, 7-19), which has played the most games overall (33) and second-most CCAA games (26), is last place in the conference. The Broncos had 23 games left as of March 25 last season against six teams. Three teams were placed higher in the conference than the Broncos and accounted for 11 games: first-place UC San Diego, fourth-place Cal State Los Angeles and fifth-place Cal State San Bernardino. The other 12 games were against conference foes below the Broncos in the standings, which were Cal State Stanislaus, Sonoma State and Cal State East Bay in seventh, ninth and 10th, respectively. This season, including today’s non-conference game against Grand Canyon at 2 p.m., the Broncos have 19 games left in the season. Of those 19 games, 16 are CCAA games, consisting of four four-game series with four teams. Two of those series are against fourth-place Cal See TURF/Pg. 15

The Cal Poly Pomona baseball team took three of four games from Cal State East Bay last weekend, winning Friday’s and Saturday’s first game, 19-3 and 14-1, respectively, and Sunday’ s game, 9-3, after losing Saturday’s second game, 3-0. “[It was a] good series,” said head coach Randy Betten. “I mean anytime you go 3-1, it’s a good series.” The Broncos improved to 19-11 overall and 13-1 1 in conference. They remain in sixth place in the CCAA. Their next game is today at Scolinos Field against Grand Canyon in a non-conference contest. The first pitch is at 2 p.m. Sunday’s game at Scolinos Field rounded out the series with a 9-3 win for the Broncos. With a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth, junior catcher Jenzen Torres, hit a solo home run, his fourth home run of the series, and fifth one of the season. “[I] felt really comfortable at the plate all weekend, so that’s a big thing for us,” Torres said. A three-RBI double by senior center fielder Travis Taijeron gave the Broncos all the run support they needed and made the score 5-0. Sophomore pitcher R yan Dunn improved to 3-0 for the season. Dunn pitched 5.2 innings and allowed six hits, one run and two walks while striking out four. The Broncos won the first game of the series Friday in a 19-3 blowout. The game was highlighted by Torres’ second-inning

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Senior center fielder Travis Taijeron swings at a pitch during last Friday’s 19-3 victory against Cal State East Bay. Taijeron had three hits and seven RBIs while scoring five runs and walking three times in the four-game series. grand slam, which gave the Broncos a 7-0 lead. Torres followed his grand slam with a solo home run in the fifth and made the score 8-2. The Broncos scored four more times in the fifth to lead 12-2. Sophomore pitcher Erick Ruvalcaba (2-1) earned the win. Ruvalcaba struck out nine Pioneers while giving up three runs, five hits and two walks in his eight innings of work. Senior pitcher John Pollock pitched an inning and struck out two. The first game of Satur day’s doubleheader ended with the Broncos winning, 14-1. Redshirt sophomore pitcher Kevin Bosson (6-2)

gave the Broncos another solid start, pitching eight innings in which he struck out eight while allowing only two hits and one run. “Having the confidence of having a team behind me that I know can make plays lets me do my job and keep us in the game,” Bosson said. With a 1-1 tie, the Broncos took the lead, 4-1, as a result of Taijeron’s three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth. In the sixth and eighth innings, respectively, the Broncos brought in another six and four runs. The eighth inning was highlighted by Torres’ threerun home run, which gave the Broncos a commanding

14-1 lead. The second game of the doubleheader saw a dramatic change of pace with the Broncos losing, 3-0. The Broncos managed to get just three hits of f of junior pitcher Brandyn Bell, who pitched a seven-inning complete game in which he walked three and struck out six. The three hits were by freshman infielder Ryan Goodman, junior infielder Mike Santora and Whitman. All three Broncos batted safely in each game of the series, going 6-19 (.315), 5-13 (.384) and 7-15 (.467), respectively. The Pioneers scored the only run they needed in the second when freshman infielder Scott Shields hit an

RBI single. “We played really sloppy [in the second game],” Betten said. “We made a couple base run mistakes there … but as much as this one hurts we need to flush it and move on to the next one tomor row.” While Betten was pleased with the Broncos’ performance over the weekend, he said that there was still room for improvement. “It’s great to out score them, but the base running mistakes are something we are still going to work on.” Betten said. Cal State East Bay (9-24, 7-19) is 1 1th place in the CCAA. Reach Amelia Fritsch at:

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Taijeron a threat with the bat and glove Broncos center fielder and No. 3 hitter plays a pivotal role in the team’s powerful offensive force KARINA LOPEZ

Staff Writer Senior center fielder Travis Taijeron has made quite a name for himself in the short time he has been a member of the Cal Poly Pomona baseball team. A transfer student from Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Taijeron is in his second season with the Broncos and has made his way into the Broncos starting lineup, hitting in the No. 3 spot. Baseball insiders agree the No. 3 batter is the best allaround hitter, and Taijeron has the statistics to prove it. Taijeron leads the team in nearly every offensive category including: home runs (8), RBIs (29), batting average (.356) and slugging percentage (.673). His home runs and slugging percentage are also at the top of the CCAA leader board. Some of the greatest hitters in major league baseball history have hit in the No. 3 slot, such as Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, and Taijeron’s favorite player, Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers.

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Senior center fielder Travis Taijeron broke the Broncos single-season home run record in 2010 with 16 home runs. So far in 2011 and with 19 games remaining in the season, he has hit eight. “My greatest intention is to get [the] job done; that’s why I’m there,” said Taijeron about batting third, adding that he feels no pressure being in that position. Head coach Randy Betten agreed that Taijeron handles batting in the No. 3 slot well. “Taijeron is a good solid player,” said Betten. “He’s accepted the challenges of batting in [the No. 3] slot and has been a consistent player all year. Someone [may] give him the opportu-

nity to play after this.” Taijeron has been playing baseball since he was 5 years old, and during his sophomore and junior years of high school, he began to think of baseball as more than just a game. Taijeron, a fourth-year communication student said, “the plan is to keep playing baseball” after graduation. With 18 games left in the season, including one today at 2 p.m. against Grand Canyon, Taijeron could possibly

tie or break the record he set last year with 16 home runs in a single season. “The intention is never to hit a home run,” said Taijeron. According to Betten, however, hitting home runs is harder this year than it was last year. “The NCAA changed the rules on the bats we’re allowed to use,” Betten said. “They are BB core bats and hit more like wooden bats. It makes for a slower exit rate

when the ball is coming off the bat, so the ball doesn’t go as far. Taijeron may break his own record, but it all depends.” Taijeron ranks fourth in the CCAA with a total of 17 walks, which means he isn’t seeing as many pitches as he could be. Whether the walks are intentional or unintentional, pitchers are right to take caution when the 6-foot-2-inch right-handed hitter is in the batter’s box. While Taijeron is a leader statistically, players and coaches agree that it translates onto the field as well. “[Taijeron] doesn’t talk much [on the field], but he definitely leads by example,” said senior pitcher John Pollock, Taijeron’s teammate and roommate. “He’s a good roommate and a good baseball player.” Betten agreed that while Taijeron isn’t a vocal leader, his position as the starting center fielder made him the natural leader in the outfield. When Taijeron isn’t playing baseball, he likes to ride dirt bikes in the desert, hang out with friends, and root for his hometown team, the San Diego Padres. He said capturing the CIF title his senior year at Granite Hills High School and breaking Cal Poly Pomona’s single-season home run record are his greatest memories on the diamond. Reach Karina Lopez at:

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Reinke accepts Otters head coach position Broncos assistant coach to take the helm of the Cal State Monterey Bay program this fall ERIK CARR

Sports Editor After three seasons as the Cal Poly Pomona women’ s soccer team’s assistant coach, Erin Reinke was named head coach of Cal State Monterey Bay’s program on March 28. “My experience the last three seasons at Cal Poly [Pomona] has helped prepare me to become head coach,” Reinke said. “What motivated me was the fact that I could help build the program. I have a plan for them and that’ s the reason why I got the job.” As of publication time, no one has been named to succeed Reinke as assistant coach. Though she is leaving a pro-

gram that finished fifth in the six-team CCAA South Division with a 7-8-3 record overall and a 5-8-3 record in conference for the 2010 season, Reinke will now lead a team which finished last in the CCAA North Division (3-15, 2-14). “They’re not competing,” Reinke said about the Otters. “The team that only won two games last year so the goal is to get them so they can compete at the Division II level since our league is so strong. I’m excited to be a part of help building a program.” Reinke will succeed Otters head coach Artie Cairel, who coached the Otters women’s soccer and men’ s soccer teams for two and nine seasons, respectively. Cairel finished his two-year stint as the women’s team’s head coach 7-28-3 overall and 5-25-2 in CCAA play. While Reinke is appreciative of her new position, there are aspects about her time at Cal Poly

Pomona that she will miss. “I will miss the players, the team, all the players on the team,” Reinke said. “I wouldn’ t be where I’m at right now and gotten the opportunity without the players. I’ve grown a lot as a coach because of them.” One of several players Reinke was instrumental in recruiting was freshman defender Kristin Mihara, who will not for get Reinke’s positive attitude. “She was always very positive with me,” Mihara said. “I remember she saw me play in one of the showcase tournaments we played in that my club team played in and ever since then, she’s always been very encouraging to me. Every time I did something wrong, it wasn’t so much kind of yelling towards me. She was always very, very nice to me.” Mihara also said Reinke’ s departure will leave a noticeable void for the Broncos. “Even while we’re playing, she

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was always telling us little things that maybe our coach didn’ t see or other things that she thought we could improve on and that’ s definitely gonna be something I’m going to miss,” Mihara said. “She was very good at making sure that we knew what was going on.” Junior forward Valerie Strawn said the “connection” Reinke had

with the team will be missed. “We’re all family so we’re losing part of our family ,” Strawn said. “We’ve spent everyday together. I think, just in general, her presence will be missed just because she’s part of us.” In order to fill Reinke’s vacancy, Strawn said connecting on a “personal level” will be a strong criterion for finding a worthy successor to Reinke. “You can know a game, but it doesn’t mean that you can coach it,” Strawn said. “As long as they’re able to connect to us and communicate with us, I think that’s what any coach needs and Erin did a really good job of that.” While the team is pleased about Reinke’s hiring at Cal State Monterey Bay, Mihara said Reinke is irreplaceable. “Erin will always be our assistant coach,” Mihara said. Reach Erik Carr at:

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Student-athletes give back to community players and high scorers, the BAA has volunteers Staff Writer who try to give back to From 6 a.m. to noon last their community in more Thursday, several members ways than just on the court. of the Bronco Athletic AsWhen most people sociation participated in think of an athlete, the “Farm Worker for a Day ,” first thought that comes to a service project that lived mind is a dedicated person up to its name. whose life revolves around Junior volleyball player his or her sport. But at Cal and Community Service Poly Pomona, the BAA is Chair of the BAA Kris- helping to transform athtin McNeese, senior track letes from sports-driven team member Denise Salstudents to well-rounded ceda, and senior track team individuals. member Jose Marquez Throughout the 2010were just three of the stu11 school year , members dent-athletes who particiof the BAA have participated in the service project. pated in numerous volunThese three athletes exteer projects, which allow perienced just a taste of the athletes to give back to the backbreaking labor farm Pomona community. workers experience on a Jennifer Chow, a fourthdaily basis, while gaining year International Business a new sense of appreciation and Marketing student, forin the process. The whole mer women’s tennis player day’s experience, as well and President of the Bronas their experiences from co Athletic Association, is other service projects the an avid participant of the athletes have been involved various service projects the in, can be summed up in a BAA has been a part of this statement. year. “It [volunteering] gives Chow has volunteered at you a reality check,” Mar - the Pomona Boys & Girls quez said. “It lets you know Club, participated in the all of the things that you BAA’s Make-A-Wish night take from granted someand Adopt-A-Family protimes.” grams, and even had a role The Bronco Athletic As- in the BAA’s recent canned sociation of Cal Poly Pofood drive. To Chow, the mona is home to some of whole experience of volthe university’s most talunteering and being able ented athletes. But besides to give back to the commuhaving simply All-Star nity is accompanied by a

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During Cesar Chavez Week, Sam Morales, junior forward of the men’s soccer team and sprinter for the men’s track and field team, reads to kids at the Children’s Center at Cal Poly Pomona.

very “natural” feeling. “I’m big on balance,” Chow said. “So if you’re good at school and you’re good at your sport, I think you need to finish the trifecta with something that’s good for your soul.” In addition to frequent trips to the Boys & Girls Club and the other volunteer projects the Bronco Athletic Association has participated in, some BAA members chose to spend their school holiday learning what it is like to be a farm worker on Cesar Chavez day. Although the various volunteer efforts that these athletes participate in are completely optional, many athletes take the time to participate. “People give you oppor tunities [to do volunteer work], but it’ s your decision to take it,” McNeese said. With the help of these various volunteer projects, the Bronco Athletic Association not only fosters the athletic talent and ability of its members, but it also ushers in the opportunity for the athletes to become better, more well-rounded individuals while making a difference in their community, one step at a time. Reach Maria Gardner at:

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TURF: Baseball team needs to tighten up its defense Continued from page 14 State San Bernardino (1313, 10-8) and second-place Cal State Los Angeles (2012, 15-9). The other two are against San Francisco State (11-18, 6-16) and Cal State Monterey Bay (12-16, 9-10) in 10th and eighth, respectively. In order for the Broncos to clinch a berth in the CCAA Championship, here’s what they have to do: First of all, they need to stay healthy. The injuries last year greatly compromised the Broncos’ chances of making the CCAA Championship, resulting in the disappointing conference and

overall records. If the Broncos stay healthy, then this will have a great effect on the Broncos’ performance going into the final stretch of the regular season. Secondly, the Broncos need to take full advantage of when they are playing at home. Both series between the fourth-place Coyotes and the second-place Golden Eagles will allow each team to host a pair of home games, meaning the Broncos will have four games total left this season at Scolinos Field against teams with better records in the conference.

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The Broncos have not played the Coyotes this season but defeated the Golden Eagles in a nonconference game, 17-9, on Feb. 5. A third thing the Broncos need to do is continue to be smart at the plate. All the players at the heart of the Broncos order , the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 hitters, have averages well above .300: senior center fielder Travis Taijeron (.356), sophomore outfielder Jordan Whitman (.363)

and junior catcher Jenzen Torres (.333), respectively. With the conclusion of last weekend’s four-game series against Cal State East Bay, the Broncos will be expecting Torres, who hit four home runs, to continue his recent home run surge. With Torres’ home run power, the Broncos will have two batters who will be able to drive in runs when they need them most. In defense, the Broncos need to cut down on the

amount of errors they commit. The Broncos have committed 40 errors while their opponents have committed 43. Although Broncos pitching has allowed 121 runs, only 92 of those runs were earned, meaning 29 runs were error-related. Also, the Broncos starting pitchers need to continue giving lengthy starts. If redshirt sophomore pitcher Kevin Bosson and other pitchers keep giving solid

performances, then the offensive will be able to per form more confidently. If the Broncos succeed at these tasks, then the Cal Poly Pomona community should expect to see its baseball team not only end the regular season, both with a winning record overall and in conference, but also be able to see the Broncos compete in the CCAA Championship. Reach Erik Carr at:

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A legacy among the greats

Senior guard Reyana Colson goes into the all-time Bronco record books as one of the women’s basketball team’s best all-around players and hopes to build from there with a professional career Colson’s All-Time Bronco Rankings: Career Ranking: Field Goals made: 669 (7th) Free Throws made: 552 (1st) Free Throws attempted: 811 (2nd) Rebounds: 734 (10th) Assists: 397 (7th) Steals: 248 (4th) Points: 1,931 (4th) Points/Game: 16.9 (7th) 2010-11 Season Ranking: Points/Game: 21.3 (5th) Free Throws made: 188 (2nd) Free Throws attempted: 270 (1st) Points in season: 681 (3rd) Field Goals attempted: 233 (T9th) Steals: 89 (8th)

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Upon the conclusion of the 2010-11 season, senior guard Reyana Colson now holds the Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team’s all-time record for free throws made in a career (552) and free throws attempted in a season (270). The fourth-year accounting student will graduate this year. TIFFANY ROESLER

Staff Writer Reyana Colson: A name that has made its way into Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball history. It’s a name that’s hard to forget. After helping lead the Broncos to a spot in the NCAA Div. II Elite Eight Tournament, the 5-foot-6inch senior guard finished her career at Cal Poly Pomona with 1,931 points and stands fourth on the all-time Cal Poly Pomona leaderboards. “I’m glad to have been able to leave a small mark in the books,” Colson said in an email. “It is a total honor to be mentioned amongst that class of women.” In the 2010-1 1, season Colson was named Div . II All-American, Daktron-

ics West Region Player of the Year, Most Outstanding Player in the West Region Tournament, and the CCAA’s Most Valuable Player. She also earned Capital One Academic All-Amer ican honors, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association honors, and the Daktronics All-West Region First Team (2008-11). In her final season, Colson averaged 21.3 points, 6.5 rebounds a game, and was 27-74 (.365) from behind the arc. She was also the nation’s second-highest scorer and the only Div . II player to rank within the top 50 nationally for points, steals, and assists. “It is sort of a bittersweet feeling, [and] I am content with the way things ended for me,” Colson said. “I couldn’t have asked for a

better experience. I am going to miss my teammates and coaches and will cher ish the last few months I have with them.” With a pretty impressive statistical record, not to mention her level of play on the court, it’ s no wonder she’s earned the superstar reputation. But her achievements don’t just involve a ball and a hoop. The accounting student excels academically as well, earning a 4.0 last quarter, and academic awards as a student-athlete. “Nothing that she does surprises me,” said head coach Danelle Bishop. “She has a strong work ethic on the court and also off the court. I’m definitely proud of her and all her teammates are proud of her.” Drive for the sport and

her quiet leadership on and off the court have left a huge impact on her teammates and the coaching staff. “To have a superstar on your team that her teammates are excited for [is something] you don’ t see that very often,” said Bishop. “I think that goes to show how much respect for her they have on and off the court. They love her. “She treats them equally, she doesn’t boast, she’s not prideful. She’s just humble and I think that’ s why they’re so happy for her and want her to be so successful.” So what’s next for the women’s basketball team star? More basketball of course. With the season over and graduation around the cor ner, Colson is getting her

name out there and is trying to take her basketball career to the next level: overseas. “I am in the process of developing some contacts and networking to get my name out there,” Colson said. “A lot of people like professor [Renford] Reese and my coaches have been helping me put the pieces together and giving me advice on my next move as far as basketball goes. It’ s a waiting game from here on out.” Even if basketball isn’ t involved in Colson’ s near future, she has a few backups in mind such as graduate school, and/or the CP A exam. It’s going to be next to impossible to replace Colson’s talent, leadership, and the strong relationships

between her and her teammates which have made them victorious in the 2010-11 season. “No one will ever fill Reyana’s shoes,” said junior guard Sarah Semenero. “She is a unique and amazing individual basketball player that brought a lot to our team.” In fact, it’s not so much the points, boards, or assists she contributed that will be sincerely missed on the court. It’ s the attitude, the effort, the togetherness, and her leadership that Colson contributed throughout her career that will be remembered at Cal Poly Pomona. “I don’t think you can ever replace a Reyana Colson,” Bishop said. Reach Tiffany Roesler at:

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the conference, regional, and national tournaments. “We wanted to keep a focus on the student-athlete experience as they advanced through the tournament,” Swanson said. “That was our first and foremost priority, but also making sure that we were cognizant about processes we had to follow. “I know people were very anxious, and we were anxious too, but you can’ t really do anything as you’re advancing. It was only in good consequence of what was happening as a result of that.” Bishop is the fifth head coach in the women’ s basketball team’s history and proved she was more than qualified for the position during her first season. Before Cal Poly Pomona, Bishop coached at Cal Baptist University (2007-10) as well as Azusa Pacific University (2003-07), tallying up a total of 166 wins so far in her coaching career. As a former basketball player herself, Bishop played at Tarleton State (1998-99), Delta College (1996-97) and University

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Head coach Danelle Bishop (left) talks to several players on the team during a time out. Bishop led the Broncos to their first NCAA Div. II West Region Championship title in nine years. Bishop remains optimistic about the Broncos in the 2011-12 season despite losing senior guard Reyana Colson. of Florida (1995), earning three All-Conference honors and team MVP. Experience and passion for the game is not a worry for the women’s basketball program. However, losing superstar senior guard Reyana Colson poses its setbacks for the future.

“It’s tough; Reyana-type players don’t come around very often,” Bishop said. “They don’t just come around where you can recruit one every year or so. We’ve been on just trying to recruit kids that can score, [and] we have a lot of kids that didn’t have to score as

many points this year that are capable of doing that.” Despite the loss of Colson, Bishop is keeping her focus on bringing out the full potential of the returning lineup and moving for ward from there. Returners such as junior center Megan Ford, and ju-

nior guards, Rosslyn Beard and Sarah Semenero, hit career-highs last season under Bishop. Sharp shooter freshman guard J.J. Judge finished off her first season at Cal Poly Pomona with a .354 shooting percentage from behind the arc, which was

the team’s second-highest 3-point percentage behind Colson. “J.J. Judge was trying to learn as much as she could this year from Reyana,” Bishop said. “W e all learned from Reyana in a lot of ways.” Even with the absence of Colson, Bishop has shown poise and confidence in the team in regards to next season, and these are qualities that she and the team have carried throughout this season as well. “I feel so lucky to have her [Bishop] as my coach and know that she is going to bring success to Cal Poly Pomona for many years to come,” Ford said. As far as being new to the program, Bishop has settled in and is welcomed and respected by members of the department. “I think coach Bishop is a great fit here at Cal Poly Pomona,” Beard said. “She has gotten to know our fans, our parents and the faculty and staff working in the Athletic Department.” Reach Tiffany Roesler at:

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