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Fraternity suspended until 2013 MITCHELL SALTZMAN
News Editor The Cal Poly Pomona chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity has been suspended after an investigation revealed the organization engaged in hazing dating back to 2005. The suspension will be in effect until at least winter 2013, and if the chapter is allowed to return to the campus after the suspension ends, it will be on probation for another
three years. “I was really happy that they took it seriously,” said Rebecca Gutierrez Keeton, associate vice president of Student Affairs and dean of students. “The national [office] sent people out here to actually investigate and talk to the students, and in the end, basically the national [office] said that [hazing] is not acceptable.” An investigation was necessary after a student came forward to Student Affairs and claimed to
have been branded by the fraternity in a hazing ritual that took place in December 2009. As a result, the entire Greek system at CPP was placed on temporary probation and required to complete a hazing audit, which called for all Greek organizations to provide proof of educating its members about the subject of hazing. All but one of the organizations have been reinstated after fulfilling all requirements needed to be
taken off probation. The one group that did not complete the hazing audit asked to remain on probation until it is ready to work with the Greek Life advisor to be taken off. “Every organization cooperated,” said Gutierrez Keeton, adding that most organizations had gathered all of the information needed to complete the hazing audit within three to four days of it being issued. Once the suspension period is over, and if the national office of
Pi Kappa Alpha decides to try and bring the fraternity back to CPP, the university and the national office must work together to reestablish the group. “Being on probation means for that first period of time that they are back, basically it is the university and the national [office] working to kind of set up how the organization is going to run, who are going to be the alumni board members, who from nationals is See PKA/Pg. 5
A larger-thanlife personality
Dukakis to visit CPP today
Senior forward Tobias Jahn brings strength, skills and personality on and off the court
Editor-in-Chief It’s not hard to catch Tobias Jahn smiling, but you may have to look up a bit. The 24-year-old, 6-foot9-inch senior forward is the tallest member of the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team and has come a long way – both literally and figuratively – since his days as a teenager playing soccer in Babenhausen, Germany. In the time he has been at Cal Poly Pomona, Jahn has helped the team bring home the 2010 NCAA Div. II national championship. Jahn was also the leading scorer in an exhibition game against reigning Div. I national champion Duke University in November 2010, finishing the game with 15 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. This season, Jahn is an all-around performer who is second on the team in
blocks (0.9), steals (1.3) and rebounds (5.8) per game. He has an average of 9.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game going into the Broncos’ next match against Cal State Los Angeles on Friday. In the span of his athletic career at Cal Poly Pomona, Jahn has made 51.2 percent of his field-goal attempts and has averaged 7.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. While Jahn has become a prominent figure for the men’s basketball team, the sport wasn’t his first calling. Jahn picked up basketball late in the game after he lost interest in soccer at the age of 16, following the death of his coach. At 18, Jahn headed for America, with the intent of bettering his English skills as well as pursuing an athletic career. In Texas, Jahn got his first taste of American culture. He quickly took to the new setting and would become the Most Valuable Player at Fort Worth Christian School, where he was also named the school’s Homecoming King. Two years later in 2006, Jahn made his way to Cal Poly Pomona and joined the men’s basketball team. Head coach Greg Kaman-
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Senior forward Tobias Jahn is in the midst of his final season with the Cal Poly Pomona’s men’s basketball team. sky said Jahn had his work cut out for him upon entering the campus, but was driven to improve. “His skills were a little lacking at the time, but the longer he played the better he got,” Kamansky said. “He just kept playing hard the whole time he was here.” Jahn said while his late
start in the game may have had setbacks at first, it might have been for the best. “Knowing me as a person, if I had maybe started earlier, I never would be where I am right now because I might be tired of the sport already,” Jahn said. “My love of the game, because I started loving it so late,
wouldn’t be there anymore if I started earlier.” Kamansky said Jahn’s efforts to become a better basketball player have yet to cease. “His work ethic is definitely second to none,” Kamansky said. “Just on the court, he is the one guy that See JAHN/Pg. 13
Today at 3 p.m. at the Bronco Student Center in Ursa Major, former presidential candidate Michael Dukakis will be giving a speech titled “Public Service, a Great Career.” Sponsored by the dean of College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences and organized by the Political Science department and Master of Public Administration, Dukakis’ speech will address career choices students can make in the public service realm. The speech will also give attendees Dukakis’ views on the benefits of public service. Vanessa Naccara, a fourth-year entertainment marketing student, said it will be insightful for students who are interested in the field to go. Dukakis served three terms as the governor of Massachusetts with his first term ranging from 19751979, and his final two terms ranging from 19831991. During his second run as governor, Dukakis ran for president as the See DUKAKIS /Pg. 5
Theatre Department to take part in college festival CECILY ARAMBULA
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(Left) Jerry, played by fourth-year Theater student Nathaniel Akstin-Johnson, is involved in an affair with Emma, played by fourth-year Zoology and Theater student Daniela Tarankow.
For the first time in 20 years, Cal Poly Pomona’s Theatre Department will take part in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, with its rendition of Harold Pinter’s love-triangle drama, “Betrayal.” KCACTF is a national student theater program, created in 1969 by the Kennedy Center’s chairman, Roger Stevens, with the hopes of increasing the quality of college theater productions in the United States. The Kennedy Center has co-produced award-winning works such as “Annie,” “The King and I” and
“Titanic.” The KCACTF has reached 17.5 million theatergoers, students and teachers across the nation. CPP’s Theatre Department first introduced its performance of “Betrayal,” directed by Robert Gilbert, at its on-campus Studio Theater in October, where KCACTF judges determined that it would go on to the prestigious festival. “When I found out we were going [to KCACTF], I was actually kind of blown away,” said Theresa Dunipace, stage manager of “Betrayal.” “Even though I was proud of the show and thought it was fantastic, being a show entered into KCACTF was, in my mind, a long shot.” “Betrayal” revolves around an affair between a woman and her husband’s
best friend, concentrating on all of the troubles, emotions and tragedies that come with it. The dramatic play, set in England and Italy during the 1970s, focuses on three main characters performed by fifth-year Theater student Devin Calderone (Robert), fourth-year Theater student Nathaniel Akstin-Johnson (Jerry) and fourth-year Zoology and Theater student Daniela Tarankow (Emma). After being critiqued by those involved in the Theatre Department, the cast and crew of “Betrayal” were faced with numerous issues to improve upon, such as set design and character interactions. “It could be that when we were receiving the criticism See BETRAYAL/Pg. 2
NEWS: CPP’s Billy Bronco
LIFESTYLE: Student faculty dance concert
SPORTS: Women’s basketball team defeats Otters
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Reaching for the stars The CaliforniaArizona Minority Partnership for Astronomy program paves the way for minorities in astronomy JEFFERSON YEN
Asst. Editor A National Science Foundation grant is helping to encourage women and minorities pursue a career in astronomy by giving them the opportunity to study the birth of stars. “Women are a minority in the sciences,” said Courtney Lemon, a fourth-year physics student and participant of the California-Arizona Minority Partnership for Astronomy Research and Education program. “Up until recently, women have not necessarily been discouraged, but they haven’t been encouraged.” The CAMPARE program is a joint Cal Poly Pomona and University of Arizona operation started by Alexander Rudolph, a professor of physics and director of CAMPARE at Cal Poly Pomona. “Having a program [like CAMPARE] here at all opens an opportunity to a group of students who might not have had that chance,” said Rudolph. In order to create this program, Rudolph and his colleagues at the University of
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Stephanie Zajac, a fifth-year physics student and former member of the CAMPARE program, is researching the characteristics of young stars. Arizona had to write a proposal that would compete with other universities for grant money. “We had to design the whole program and tell them exactly what we were going to do ahead of time,” said Rudolph. Rudolph has had a love of astronomy from an early age and can recall his fascination with the topic for most of his life. He received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in physics before teaching at Harvey Mudd College, high school and later Cal Poly Pomona. “In one of my earliest memories, I had an astronomy book and I was fascinated by these little pictures,” said Ru-
dolph. “I loved science fiction – Star Trek and Isaac Assimov – all throughout my teenage years. I’ve always wanted to be somewhere where I could do research, teach and involve students in doing research.” In addition to teaching, Rudolph also writes a column for “Spark,” the American Astronomical Society education newsletter. In his first column, Rudolph wrote about promoting minorities and women in astronomy. “This particular column is focusing on training future astronomers,” said Rudolph. “Astronomy is very heavy toward white males, so making an effort to change that is really important.” One of the students he
highlighted in the article was Stephanie Zajac, a fifth-year physics student who over the summer was able to attend University of Arizona Steward Observatory, a part of the CAMPARE program. “As part of that research internship, I traveled to Tucson, doing observations, stay[ing] up all night and taking data,” said Zajac. “My role in the project now is analyzing that data, going through it and seeing if there is anything significant in it that would relate to the broader scope of our research.” Rudolph said the research Zajac is working on is focused on the formation of young stars and determining the See CAMPARE/Pg. 4
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from our department, they were looking at it from an educational point of view and how to make us grow, as opposed to the judges who were looking at how entertained they were or how connected they were to the characters,” said Dunipace, a second-year theater student. The festival requires that each performance be as close to what the judges saw in the original production – such as set design and stage direction – in order to advance to the next level, which is a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. With only four hours to prepare prior to performance time, the theater department will face a new set of challenges for its production of “Betrayal” at the KCACTF. Because the festival performance venue is different from the department’s Studio Theater, adjustments such as set size and lighting will have to be made in order to accommodate the new stage. The triumph has been a long time coming for CPP’s Theatre Department. When Theater Department Chair Bill Morse died last July, the department struggled to make up for the lack of
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Robert, played by fifth-year theater student Devin Calderone, must deal with his best friend having an affair with his wife. guidance. “When we lost Bill, a lot of things kind of got jumbled around, and there was a lot of picking up the slack we didn’t necessarily intend to have to pick up,” said Du-
nipace. “It definitely means that we have a far stronger acting program and technical program than we originally thought.” The credibility of the department could benefit
with the performance at KCACTF. “It’s a great opportunity to present a meaningful and realistic piece of work a lot of people can connect to,” said Calderone. “[The festival] will validate what we’re doing as a program and show that we are capable of putting on legitimate and high quality performances.” Ideally, the importance of this performance will spark some interest from the rest of the CPP community. “I’m hoping we put on a good performance, attract a slew of people and make a name for ourselves,” said Akstin-Johnson. KCACTF also offers those nominated, as well as those who pay the entry fee, a chance to participate in workshops such as learning how to read Shakespeare, how to audition and how to set up resumes. Despite setbacks and challenges, this tight-knit department has found strength and guidance in each other and after a number of successful productions, has been chosen to take part in this nation-wide festival. For more information about location and ticket prices, visit www.kcactf-8. org. Reach Cecily Arambula at:
NEWS IN BRIEF Recent string of bike thefts
Exotic animals at CPP
There has been a recent string of bicycle thefts on campus University Police have been investigating. Two bikes were stolen last Wednesday afternoon near the Residential Suites. Both bikes were locked at the time they were stolen, and police said bolt cutters were used. One of the suspects was described as being five feet six inches tall; the other was described as a heavy-set male Latino. Campus police urge students to use U-locks or bar locks to secure their vehicles. They also suggested owners record the serial numbers, make and model of their bicycles. Bicycles can be registered with the University Police department. Any distinguishing feature should also be mentioned to aid in the recovery of the bicycles. Information regarding suspicious activities or person should be directed to the police at (909) 869-3070, and those with anonymous tips can call (909) 869-3399.
Seventy-one exotic turtles, tortoises and frogs have found a temporary home at Cal Poly Pomona after being allegedly smuggled into California in snack and food boxes. The reptiles were confiscated from a pair of men from Osaka, Japan. The men were charged with illegally importing wildlife and violating the Endangered Species Act. The men can face up to 21 years in prison if convicted. The pair were discovered as a part of an undercover investigation. There were 11 different species of turtle some of which were endangered species. The turtles could be sold for $200-800 each. The reptiles will be housed at Cal Poly Pomona and will stay until the conclusion of the trial of the two men. The animals will be used as evidence during the trial. Afterwards, they will be signed over to Cal Poly Pomona and can then be adopted as pets.
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JAN 20, 11:36 a.m. An officer initiated activity at I-Poly High School. Students may have been having a reaction to hydrochloric acid fumes that were a by-product of an experiment. Disposition: Report taken.
JAN 20, 11:44 a.m. An incident occurred at the College Of Science. A female student cut her finger. Disposition: Assisted.
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JAN 20, 8:33 p.m. An incident occurred at Kellogg Drive and Red Gum Lane. It was reported that an adult white male in his 20s with short blonde hair and wearing a grey zippered sweatshirt and shorts in Parking Lot C exited a brown or grey Ford lifted truck and slashed the front tire of a car. Disposition: Report taken.
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JAN 22, 9:49 a.m. An incident occurred at Parking Lot C. There was a woman passed out in a vehicle that was parked strangely. Disposition: Area secure.
JAN 24, 11:19 a.m. An incident occurred at the University Library. A bronze statue of an Arabian horse is missing or was stolen. Disposition: Unable to Locate.
JAN 24, 2:05 p.m. An incident occurred at Building 3. It was reported that a trash can was smoking near the sidewalk near Building 3 and the Health Center. Disposition: Unable to Locate.
JAN 24, 4:09 p.m. An incident occurred at the Kellogg Arabian Horse Unit. It was reported that someone was thrown off a horse and rolled into the fence. Disposition: Assisted.
JAN 25, 2:26 p.m. An incident occurred at the Police Department. A San Diego sheriff called for information on a missing Cal Poly Pomona student whose family last heard from him on Jan. 20. The student was reported missing on Jan. 24. Disposition: Unable to locate.
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Getting to know Billy Bronco Cal Poly Pomona’s official mascot is a crowd favorite SHIAN SAMUEL
Would you please be quiet? GREG TOUMASSIAN
Editor-in-Chief Don’t talk during class. How hard is it to follow such a self-explanatory direction? It’s asked of students at the start of each course during the first week of the quarter, yet some are still confused as to what the request means. Apparently, between “don’t” and “class,” the interpretations vary. While most students stay quiet, take notes and engage in conversation when the class environment permits group discussion, some students just like to talk – all the time. It’s hard enough paying attention with all the factors at play in a classroom, let alone trying to ignore the constant banter of those who disregard a professor’s plea. A professor’s teaching style, the time a class takes place and its duration can all contribute to a challenging learning environment. Now, it should be stated that the occasional side comment to clarify something or even cracking a joke isn’t all that bad. Minor rambling or side banter for a moment comes with the territory of large classrooms and students who may grow restless. No, the real culprits are the students who decide to have an ongoing dialog throughout the entire class. It’s that constant rumbling in the background that really becomes distracting. Just to clarify – for those See UNFILTERED/Pg. 4
Billy Bronco, Cal Poly Pomona’s official mascot, has been seen around campus promoting school spirit for years. But who is Billy Bronco? Why is he not present at every sporting event and why is he always a different height? The answer is there is more than one particular person who parades around as Billy Bronco. He has made students, faculty and staff smile at events including basketball games, orientation, Welcome Week, club fairs and more. “I was Billy at Welcome Week 2009 and also Midnight Madness 2010,” said third-year History student Korbyn Dubois. “I really wanted to try it. I was working with Welcome Week and it seemed like a lot of fun, and the other guy that usually did it really didn’t want to do it again.” According to a Polycentric article, Billy Bronco starred in a national commercial with other Cal State University mascots to help promote safe celebrating during the NCAA National Championships in 2007.
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Billy Bronco, Cal Poly Pomona’s official mascot, poses for the camera at the athletic fields behind the gym. Mitchel Anderson, a second-year management and human resources student and a 2010 Division II National Champion in men’s basketball, said it is important to have Billy Bronco at basketball games. “He’s good for the fan base, and he’s there for energy for our crowd,” said Anderson. “He can bring ener-
gy to our games. If we’re not doing so well, Billy can help pump [the crowd] up.” According to an additional Polycentric article, on April 23, 2009, Billy Bronco celebrated his birthday by helping students collect used athletic shoes for the Nike-Reuse-aShoe Program.
Anyone can be Billy Bronco for a major event, but there are rules and guidelines to follow because Billy represents Cal Poly Pomona. Lisa Kusayanagi, coordinator of marketing promotions and games management, said those who take on the role of Billy Bronco must adhere to strict protocol. A sheet must be signed by anyone who will represent Billy Bronco, which includes guidelines on areas such as how to dress, how to interact with the public, behavior and considerations when being photographed. “Everyone has the opportunity [to be Billy Bronco], but we are selective in that he is our mascot,” Kusayanagi said. “He can’t be standing next to a beer sign because it looks like he’s promoting something like that or he’s not supposed to actively hug a kid, but they can hug him.” Despite strict protocol, Billy Bronco does not have to worry about being lonely. Students, faculty and visitors love him. Nicholas Newton, a third-year music student, said Billy Bronco brings positive energy to the crowd at basketball games. At a game last week, Newton loved that Billy Bronco impersonated Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James by mimicking his chalk toss. “He gives an identity to the school and because this school is such a commuter school, he gives people an identity to the sports,” See BILLY/Pg. 5
Search for student trustee underway CHRIS BASHAW
Copy Editor The California State Student Association is gearing up to select a new student trustee to represent California State University students on the CSU Board of Trustees. In a presentation to the Associated Students, Inc. Senate last Thursday, CSSA President Chris Chavez announced that the CSSA is accepting applications to fill a soon-vacant student trustee position. At any given time, two student trustees serve on the 25-member CSU Board of Trustees. Due to staggered terms, one new trustee must be selected every year. The trustee in his or her second
term gains a vote on the board, whereas the first-year trustee retains a non-voting representation status. Of the applicants who may be nominated this year by CSSA for the two-year term, one will ultimately be selected by Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the CSU Board of Trustees. Despite the inherent highprofile nature of the position for CSU students, Chavez said the CSSA often does not receive many applications. “Typically we receive five to 10 applications, but that’s a problem because we have to send three to five applications [for consideration],” said Chavez. “We’re trying to get at least one application per [CSU] campus to show students are interested.” Students who apply for the trustee position must attain at least junior status by July 1 and achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.5. An applicant must also be in “good standing” with his or her university and make appointments to meet with his or her university’s vice president of Student Affairs or Dean of Students, who will confirm the applicant’s eligibility. “Anyone on campus can apply for the CSU trustee position,” said Shelley Bruce, ASI secretary of external affairs and CSSA lobby corps officer for the statewide CSSA organization, adding that in addition to the
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California State Student Association President Chris Chavez explains the benefits and advantages of the CSSA to the ASI Senate on Thursday. minimum academic requirements, students should be “generally concerned about the issues and topics that will be discussed.” The two standing student trustees, Nicole Anderson and Steven Dixon, are both enrolled at Sacramento State University. Chavez said Anderson is approaching the end of her term, and Dixon will gain a vote in her stead as the senior student trustee. Brown will reappoint Dixon’s nonvoting position based upon the CSSA’s pool of applicants. The CSSA is a lobbying organization that, according
to its website, “[Consults] the governor, state legislature and CSU Board of Trustees on issues affecting students.” In a Jan. 23 resolution, the CSSA stressed that Brown’s proposed budget – which threatens to cut CSU funding by $500 million and raise tuition by 10 percent – be reconsidered to invest in the state university system. The resolution cites a CSU impact report, stating that, “Every dollar invested in the CSU returns [$5.43] back into the California economy, therefore any budget cut to the CSU would worsen the already
weakened State economy.” In addition to tackling issues as severe as budget cuts and tuition hikes, the CSSA has also lobbied for issues like grading policies. A 2009 CSSA proposal to the CSU Board of Trustees, albeit unsuccessful, would have allowed CSU students to repeat courses they received a “B-” or lower in – as opposed to the enacted “lower than a ‘C’” policy. The deadline for all applications is March 9 at 5 p.m. Applications can be found at www.csustudents.org. Reach Chris Bashaw at:
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This Week: Thursday, Feb. 3 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunar New Year Cal Poly Pomona’s Asian Paciﬁc Islander Student Center presents, Lunar New Year 2011: Year of the Rabbit. Performances by Touzan Taiko, the Nikkei Student Union, the Vietnamese Student Association, Barkada Band and UC Irvine’s Southern Young Tigers Lion Dance. There will be food sold and free prizes at University Park.
Thursday, Feb. 3 Noon to 2 p.m. Barry Green Workshop The Music Department presents “Bringing Music to Life.” This workshop is designed to bring imagination and spirit to music through the three master skills: breath, pulse and movement. The workshop is in the Music Recital Hall. Thursday, Feb. 3 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Music Discussion Panel The music department will host a panel discussion on “Music and Image: Is music
losing the battle?” in the Music Recital Hall. The panel will feature Roger Hickman, a musicology, music history and humanities professor; Mike Viola, a singer, songwriter and music architect of the Candy Butchers; Roger Neill, a music composer for more than 20 ﬁlms; and Beth Custer, a composer, performer and owner of BC Records. Thursday, Feb. 3 2 p.m. Cal Poly Pomona Baseball at Cal State Dominguez Hills
The 2011 Bronco baseball season begins. Thursday, Feb. 3 Noon to 1 p.m. Plagiarism Workshop The University Library and Judicial Affairs present a workshop by Susan Ashe, director of Judicial Affairs, on plagiarism. Friday, Feb. 4 8 p.m. Beth Custer Ensemble As part of the Music Department’s Winter 2011 Creative and Scholarly Series, The Beth Custer Ensemble performs Custer’s
award winning score to the Soviet-era Georgian silent ﬁlm “My Grandmother.” Admission is free. Saturday, Feb. 5 6 p.m. Cradle of Filth concert Extreme metal band Cradle of Filth will be playing the Pomona Fox Theater with Nachtmystium, Turisas and Daniel Lioneye. Saturday, Feb. 5 3 p.m. Bronco Student Life Weekend ASI Beat will present a tailgate at the Bronco Commons as the men’s
Students honored with posthumous certificates ERIN O’BRIEN
Correspondent Cal Poly Pomona administration, faculty and students joined family and friends in honoring two students who had recently died. The students, Shayler Hallis and Johnson Giang, were seniors who were anticipating finishing their degrees this year. Although Hallis and Giang were unable to complete their degrees, they were instead honored with certificates. “Both of these students were set to graduate this June, so I asked President Ortiz and their dean to sign certificates for them to honor the work [the] students had completed at Cal Poly Pomona,” said Rebecca
Gutierrez Keeton, associate vice president of Student Affairs and dean of Students in an e-mail. The families of Giang and Hallis were each given tassels and certificates inside official CPP diploma covers. The psychology department chair and faculty presented Hallis’ family with the certificate and tassel. In honor of Giang and Hallis, web pages have been created as tributes to celebrate their lives. Hallis, 24, of Corona, is being honored online through the Thomas Miller Mortuary website. People who knew Hallis wrote in the comments section of memories they had of good times together, Hallis’ kindness and his passion for helping animals.
To honor Hallis, contributions can be made to Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center or to the Animal and Bird Hospital in Corona, where Hallis worked. Hallis was a psychology student and died on Jan. 11. His service was held on Saturday. Giang was a mechanical engineering student and died on Jan. 15 as a result of a traffic collision. His service was held last Monday. Hallis came from a family of four brothers and one sister, raised by parents Donald and Tamara, according to the page dedicated to him on Thomas Miller Mortuary’s website. “[Hallis’] favorite times were spent with family and friends and hiking in the hills with his beloved dog
Saul,” the website states. A Facebook page titled “In Loving Memory of Johnson Giang” was put up about a week ago. The page gives the time and place of the viewing and funeral, stating that “Anyone is welcome to join us at any event.” Friends and family have left comments, photos and videos expressing how much they will miss Giang and how he had touched each of their lives. Giang’s family is grateful for the support of the Cal Poly Pomona community in the face of its hardship. “Johnson was a quiet and gentle soul that loved his family and friends,” said Eddie Tiet, Giang’s uncle. “Everyone loved his smile and how wonderful his hugs were. He will be missed
by all. The Giang Family would like to thank the Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering Department and the students for their support and love during this difficult time.” Ron Fremont, associate vice president for university relations, expressed his condolences to the families and friends of Hallis and Giang on behalf of the university. “Despite the size of our campus, Cal Poly Pomona has always been a close-knit community,” said Fremont in an e-mail. “The loss of these two students is incredibly sad, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Shayler and Johnson’s family and friends.” Reach Erin O’Brien at:
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characteristics of those stars. He said one area of interest is the variability of light output because this could be an indication of planets forming. The work that Zajac does through the CAMPARE program will be analyzed by future students who choose to go to Arizona to record data through the program. “I kind of met a lot of people and I learned about the grad school experience and what kind of research they were doing,” said Zajac. “I was working most days on the data that I collected at the telescope and [ran] it through the computational gymnastics that needed to be done.” Lemon traveled to Arizona and spent weeks as a space camp counselor at Kitt Peak National Observatory and Mount Lemmon Sky Center. Lemon said Rudolph was the professor who recommended her to the program because she had previous experience working at a Girls Scout camp.
Lemon said during that time, she focused on having the children become engaged with astronomy. She said one of facets of working at the camp was scientific outreach, encouraging children’s interest in science. She said one of the reasons people don’t pursue a career in science is because they feel it is abstract. Lemon, who had previously been an engineering student, said she chose engineering because it was safe. “It’s about finding what you want to do and not being afraid to take a risk,” said Lemon. “When you graduate as a scientist, you learn to think as a scientist, but you may not have a specific career lined up.” Lemon said she plans to graduate in 2012 and is exploring different career paths. She said she is interested in astronomy and high-energy physics. However, she has not decided which field she will specialize in yet. She plans on further aca-
demic study and wants to get a doctorate’s degree. Zajac also wants to continue her education as a graduate student in astronomy and has applied to Cornell, John Hopkins, UC Irvine, UC San Diego and UCLA. Earlier this year, she attended the 217th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle and won the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award for her poster, which was based on the research she started during her stay at the University of Arizona. “It was really really inspiring,” said Zajac. “You go to talks, learn about the cuttingedge research being done. It was just really cool to see what is out there, what the current questions are.” Students who are interested in the program and wish to apply for the program can go to www.csupomona. edu/~astronomy/campare. Reach Jefferson Yen at:
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Alexander Rudolph, physics professor and founder and director of CAMPARE, works toward improving opportunities for minorities and women in astronomy.
and women’s basketball teams play against CSU Dominguez Hills. There will be performances by Touzan Taiko drummers, Ballet Folklorico and national anthem singers Hae Kang and Justin Page. Food and activities will also be present at the event.
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Silence is golden Continued from page 3 who aren’t aware – yes, everyone can hear the grumbling whispers and yes, everyone is waiting for the culprits to shut up. It’s kind of like white noise, but a lot more irritating because there isn’t a remote control or volume dial to mute out the irritating dissonance. Is what they are saying really so important they must distract an entire classroom? Can’t they take it outside? Come on. Equally frustrating is when those who chat during class become the first to ask questions about what’s going on, what is due and when something needs to be turned in. Maybe if those students kept the thing that likes to make words shut for an hour, the thoughts wouldn’t escape so quickly – heck, maybe they could even learn something. Of course, it’s not just those who talk during class who are to blame. Those who allow it to continue are equally at fault – professors included. Sure, it’s an uncomfortable situation to have to call out a classroom peer and ask them to pipe down, but it’s college, folks. If there was ever a time to act civil and tell someone when his or her actions are distracting, it’s now. Maybe it’s OK for high school kids to whisper and pass notes, but at this stage in the educational game, it can be extremely immature. After all, those who get ticked off at classroom chatterboxes are usually the ones trying to gain something from the education they are paying for. Reach Greg Toumassian at:
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BILLY: Campus mascot also a campus icon
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said Mesa Sherrif, a fourthyear urban and regional planning student. â€œHe gives people a sense of it being a legitimate university as opposed to an extension of a city college.â€? Anthony Urbina, a fourthyear urban and regional planning student, said he has been trying to take a picture with Billy Bronco for the past two years. Kusayanagi said Billy Bronco is not at all sporting events because it gets too hot inside the costume. Another reason is there is one costume that is shared through five divisions of the school. The costume is used for community outreach to help promote activities such as the commercial he had worked on.
Itâ€™s amazing to see how many students run up to Billy and want their photo taken with him.
- Lisa Kusayanagi Coordinator of marketing promotions and games management agement â€œ[Billy] is an icon that everyone identifies with,â€? Kusayanagi said. â€œWhen you watch him walk by, people are always yelling out to him. If you watch him at the games thereâ€™s big personality behind it. Itâ€™s amazing to see how many students run up to Billy and want their photo taken with him and the smiles he can bring to their faces.â€? Kusayanagi said she gets
at least five requests per week from clubs and organizations to have Billy Bronco at their events. Students can request Billy Bronco well in advance for an event by calling (909) 869 â€“ 5448. Students can look up Billy Bronco and follow him on Facebook and Twitter and watch him on YouTube. Reach Shian Samuel at:
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Billy Bronco stretches with senior forward Donnelle Booker at Kellogg Gym during a menâ€™s basketball practice.
DUKAKIS: Former governor to speak on public service
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Democratic nominee against republican candidate George H.W. Bush. After losing the election, Dukakis finished his term as governor, and went on to become a professor of political science at Northeastern University in Boston. Dukakis is also a visiting professor in the Department of Public Policy at the School of Public Affairs at UCLA. Dukakis has a passion for public service and has shown his support for public transportation and
universal healthcare. to his outlook,â€? said Carol Richardson, Richardson. dean of C.L.A.S.S., While not all careers in the public sersaid Dukakis has vice realm require debeen an active memgrees, many more may ber of the public serrequire some form of vice realm for a very education. long time and he will With the job market have some insight to DUKAKIS down, students hope share. Dukakisâ€™ speech may â€œHeâ€™s been around help them open doors and think for a while, and he should have more about future careers they some interesting anecdotal stories that will enrich [attendees] could get into. â€œI think it sounds good,â€? said views, as well as give a window
Miriam Gomez, a second-year biology student. â€œIt helps in offering job opportunities for other people. It brings other ideas, especially with being here at school, you donâ€™t always think outside the box.â€? Although many students may not think of public service as a career choice, many will serve the public in their own way. â€œLife is about service, and there are different ways to serve,â€? said Richardson. â€œWe are social animals and we like to serve peo-
ple.â€? Richardson also said that with students, especially undergraduates, many of them may change their minds a couple of times before getting into what they really want to do and that many people look into living for a bigger cause than their bank account. â€œI think itâ€™s cool that Cal Poly [Pomona] got somebody that has a legit political background,â€? said Naccara. Reach Rachel Winter at:
PKA: Investigation finds fraternity responsible for hazing
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going to come out to train them, who is going to do the first round of recruiting, and then after all of that is set up, then they can start recruiting,â€? said Gutierrez Keeton. While the results of the investigation made it clear that the fraternity had been
involved in hazing, Gutierrez Keeton said there were attempts within the leadership of the organization to put an end to hazing. â€œThey were actually found responsible for acts of hazing over years,â€? said Gutierrez Keeton. â€œAnd the
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them time if they come back to campus to have other people out and start with a new chapter,â€? said Nava. Nava said the ordeal has affected the Greek Council, describing the situation as an unfortunate one that does not reflect the entire Greek
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Cal Poly Pomona students dance in the ‘Lettin’ It Out’ segment of the performance during the Student/Faculty Dance Concert last Thrusday.
Students take the lead Concert gives students the opportunity to express themselves through student and faculty-choreographed dance SHIAN SAMUEL
Staff Writer A painter paints his or her feelings onto a canvas. A sculptor carves a moment into three dimensions. But a dancer leaps, skips and spins to tell a story without words. Cal Poly Pomona students showed off their dancing abilities last Thursday as part of CPP’s Institute of New Dance and Cultures’ Student/Faculty Dance Concert. The concert allowed students from the dance department to put on a dance production to show off their movement technique, artistic abilities and choreography. Gayle Fekete, professor and director of the show, explained the “Student Faculty” portion of the show’s title. In order for a student to grow in his or her work, he or she must take
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Students perform during the ‘Love . . . Fear . . . and Faith . . .’ segment of the Student/Faculty Dance Concert. the role of a leader and choreograph a dance piece. “We like to mentor, and we like to do concerts,” said Fekete. “Sometimes we do a concert that’s just specifically faculty work or guest work so when you’re mixing it up in terms of the choreography some of the pieces are student pieces and some are faculty pieces.” Fekete has been by her students’
side since fall 2010. That is when each student had to audition to be in Dance 294L class. The choreographer’s class is Dance 430. One piece titled “Love…Fear… and Faith…” choreographed by Christopher Dela Cruz, a third-year communication student, told the story of losing a loved one to death and eventually finding him or her in heaven.
Pairs of dancers expressed their crushed dreams as they separated from their loved ones only to keep themselves alone and searching. By the end of the piece, all dancers were dressed in white, signifying heaven and surrounded one dancer who wore red, signifying a rose, which meant they each found his or her love. “Ever since I was in fifth grade
I’ve [experienced] so many deaths,” said Dela Cruz. “Those emotions within me built up over the years and I’ve been inspired to do this dance of having that last moment with your loved one and not being able to do anything about it.” First-year Sociology student, Marysol Mendoza, said she liked how Dela Cruz’s piece was presented with many couples searching for love. It showed that everyone has a personal way of finding and losing love. The production included many different genres of music in order to express the various emotions being portrayed on stage. The first half of the show consisted of slow and fast paced music such as “Star Chasing” by Buckethead, “Fireflies (Dubster Remix)” by E. Tubbs and Trillbass and “Royal Wedding” by Kronos Quartet. The second half of the show was more serious. The music sounded as if it would be in a horror film. The dancers moved as if they were lost in a bad dream, searching for a way to get out. The dance “Dormant” expressed feelings of regret. One dancer was pushed and pulled by seven other dancers and portrayed shame and See DANCE/Pg. 10
Let’s get physical to workout songs Online poll picks best workout songs of 2010 – what are students listening to when they workout? KIRK HEMANS
Correspondent For third-year Computer Science student, John Baczkowski, music is such a vital part of the workout environment that without it, his workouts are not as enjoyable – uncomfortable even. But what kind of music are these exercisers, like Baczkowski, listening to? What sounds are fueling their routines? According to a RunHundred.com poll, Flo Rida’s
“Club Can’t Handle Me” was the best workout song of 2010. The Starsmith remix of Lady GaGa’s “Bad Romance” and Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R” placed second and third in the online poll. RunHundred.com is the brainchild of disk jockey and writer Chris Lawhorn who uses songs’ tempos – the speed of the song – to create the workout playlists available on his website. The playlists are also organized by genre and date of release. “[The playlists are] a good way to make sure that you’re moving at the pace that you wanted without having to use a pedometer or check your watch all the time or buy a GPS App,” said Lawhorn. New songs are posted daily, and visitors can preview and vote on whether or not
they would work out to them. At the end of the year, the votes are counted to determine what the top 10 workout songs of the year. The other songs on the top 10 list are: 4.“After The Love” by R.I.O. 5. “Shut It Down” by Pitbull & Akon. 6. “Break Your Heart” by Taio Cruz & Ludacris. 7. “Rock That Body” by Black Eyed Peas. 8. “We No Speak Americano” by Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup. 9. “Major Tom” by Shiny Toy Guns. 10. “Stereo Love” by Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina. Though the poll consisted of 75,000 votes submitted over the course of a year, some people disagreed with the list because they didn’t See FITNESS/Pg. 9
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(Left) Ashley Jenkins, a fourth-year communication student and Renee Roberts, a fourth-year apparel merchandising and marketing student both enjoy Pandora Internet Radio when working out.
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Almost Famous Kevin Lien, a fourth-year chemical engineering student, has caused a stir on YouTube with his musical talent and videos
The inside is what counts EVAN PERKINS
Opinions Editor People can be superficial. Few will openly admit it, but many are guilty of such optical indulgences. Sure, even I have been caught with my eyes excessively lingering on sexy Italian curves – cars, I’m talking about cars – but isn’t it really what’s on the inside that counts? It’s easy to get lost in the divine automotive creatures penned by Pininfarina and the rest of the great design firms, but truth be told: Most people spend more time on the inside of their cars than drooling over the exteriors. According to TheAutoChannel.com, the average American spends 233 hours in his or her car each year. With so much time spent gluteus maximus planted firmly in the driver’s seat, quality interiors should logically take precedence over shiny paint and artistically sculpted body lines. There really aren’t many bragging rights associated with having a nice interior. You won’t catch a die-hard gearhead saying, “Check out all these cup holders,” or “Man, this seat is comfy.” Even without the public approval of a flashy outside, a well-designed interior will generate a heightened love of any given car. Interiors have always been the Achilles’ heel of the American auto industry. Until recently, cheap plastic, poor panel fitment and lousy ergonomics have been the norm in domestic interiors. The Chrysler Group’s new CEO/savior – it’s a tough job – Sergio Marchionne seems to recognize the importance of a quality interior. Marchionne allegedly sat in each of Chrysler’s vehicles after the 2010 Chrysler Fiat merger and was appalled at what he saw. In order to rectify the problem, Marchionne alloSee INTERIOR/Pg. 9
Staff Writer Dressed in a black jacket, blue jeans and Adidas shoes, Kevin Lien looks just like any other Cal Poly Pomona student as he nonchalantly strolls through the mall. Out of nowhere, he is stopped by a group of Asian high school girls. They ask him if he really is Kevin Lien. Yes, he is. “I get stopped when there is a large amount of people in my demographic on YouTube,” said Lien. “When I go to a mall from 4 to 9, it could happen. Whenever I’m in Rowland Heights or Hacienda Heights, it could happen. When I’m in Irvine, it always happens.” With more than 48,000 subscribers on YouTube and 13,000 “likes” on Facebook, Lien has been steadily rising in popularity and fame. Lien, known for producing full studio tracks from scratch by himself, covers songs such as Taeyang’s “Wedding Dress” and Katy Perry’s “Firework.” “Every once in a while, when I was sick of school, I would just record songs in my dorm room,” said Lien, a fourth-year chemical engineering student. “That’s pretty much where I am now, except I don’t live in the dorms anymore.” Lien was also the winner of a heated Topblip.com competition last week, where he won $5,000 after his opponent pulled out last minute. He plans to buy more equipment with his winnings. “Not that many people know about my equipment, but I have the cheapest equipment known to man,” said Lien. “I’ve owned the same microphone and microphone interface since 2006. I bought both of those combined for less than $300. So I can finally upgrade my equipment
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Kevin Lien has more than 48,000 subscribers on YouTube and 13,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook. and make some better quality music, faster, for everybody.” Lien said it takes from 100 to 150 hours to create and produce a full studio track. “All the mixing, mastering, producing, arranging – it’s all me,” said Lien. “That’s the main reason it takes so long.” His top priority is school when it is in session, but his weekends are reserved for making music. “I don’t look at music as being a practical, steady career,” said Lien. “It’s something that I love to do, and
I’m blessed to be making some sort of income off it, but chemical engineering is what I want to do as a career.” Lien said he started singing as soon as he could talk, but his parents forced him into playing piano when he was six years old. He took private piano lessons until he entered high school. He plays the violin, cello and bass. “I picked up other instruments on the way because I was sick of playing the same instruments over and over again, and my parents would
force me to play these instruments,” said Lien. “I kept trying more and more until I got to the point where I realized I was kind of proficient in all the instruments I actually tried to get good at. I used that to my advantage and started producing music as opposed to just listening to it.” Lien said that his mainstream influences are Michael Jackson, Brian McKnight and Ne-Yo. He describes his own voice as pop rock but said the tracks he releases on YouTube can vary. His voice is strong but versatile, easily adapting to tracks such as Beyonce’s “Halo” and a soft, acoustic version of Jason Derulo’s “In My Head.” “I think his voice sounds like pop rock and blues,” said Michael Dehesa, a third-year chemical engineering student. Lien’s most well known track is his English cover of the Korean song “Wedding Dress” in June 2009, which garnered more than 800,000 views on YouTube. Due to the track’s popularity, Lien admits most of his fans are Asian. Lien said 75 percent of his fans are 13 to 17-year-old Asian girls from Southern California. Lien’s friends say he has not let his newfound popularity go to his head. “He’s always busy and I don’t see him as often,” said Largoza. “But he’s still the same guy.” Lien said his success would not have been possible without the support of his fans. “To be honest, it’s my close friends who supported me from the beginning,” said Lien. “It’s my family for being supportive of me and they helped me spread the word but most of all, the people [who] choose to listen to me. And they choose to spread the love to their friends. It’s just the average YouTube viewer that takes the time to show love. It’s 100 percent the viewers. “I’m going to make music either way. Even if people didn’t like it, I’ll still be making music the way I am now.”
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Ahimsa Center teaches nonviolence Interdisciplinary study focuses on nonaggression and how it begins with the individual FAHREEN DAYALA
Staff Writer For Tara Sethia, a history professor at Cal Poly Pomona, the Sanskrit word “ahimsa” has not only been her mantra but also an inspiration for establishing the Ahimsa Center on campus.
Ahimsa translates into “do no harm.” “I have been teaching history for 23 years at the college level, and I have been concerned,” said Sethia. “Looking at textbooks that college students read, history is almost always explained by means of violence, but there has been a rich history about change that has been brought by peaceful means that is erased from our textbooks. The center was established on campus to bring back lost knowledge.” The Ahimsa Center, established in 2004, is unique to Cal Poly Pomona. Located in Building 1, it is the only Ahimsa Center in the nation; it aims to educate and advocate for nonviolence,
It’s change that actually matters and stays. - Jolene Kladouris graduate student
compassion and forgiveness. Though the Ahimsa Center is located at CPP, its scope extends to the community at large. “Ahimsa Center’s purpose goes beyond the campus,” said Sethia. “It has three ma-
jor areas of focus. First and foremost is college education.” In addition to the center, Sethia has established a minor in nonviolence studies in the College of Letters, Arts and Science department, which includes seven courses from various disciplines: history, philosophy and ethnic and women’s studies courses. “Given that there is so much violence going on in college and school campuses, it is imperative on [those] who teach here to find ways to integrate study of nonviolence into the curriculum,” said Sethia. “[Students in the nonviolence studies minor] learn about nonviolence and the exemplars of non-
violence, such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. that are relevant for us today.” In light of recent events, including shootings in Tucson, Gardena High School and Pomona, Sethia may be right. The exemplars like Martin Luther King Jr., 1960s civil rights activist, and Mohandas Gandhi, a nonviolent political leader of India, have also inspired Sethia in becoming an advocate for nonviolence. “I am largely inspired by Gandhi,” said Sethia. “Violence occurs when all communication has stopped; keeping the lines of communication open requires an enormous strength, self-control and self discipline.” See AHIMSA/Pg. 8
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Fekete can’t stop moving As both a professor and the director of CPP’s Institute of New Dance and Culture, Gayle Fekete is always on the move – figuratively and literally
She helps us find ourselves by letting us play within the dance space. - Kelsey Tiftick first-year food and nutrition student
Correspondent Gayle Fekete, professor of dance and director of Cal Poly Pomona’s Institute of New Dance and Cultures, knows how to make a memorable first impression. Sitting barefoot and crosslegged on the floor of her studio, Fekete wore big neon blue earrings and multi-colored rings, gesturing broadly with her arms as she spoke. She has been teaching dance at Cal Poly Pomona for almost 25 years. “It doesn’t even occur to me it’s been 25 years because in dance, there’s always new ideas and new people,” said Fekete. Not all of those people fit neatly into the stereotypical image of a dancer. Fekete has taught students from nearly every major offered at Cal Poly Pomona. “We’ve got engineers, we’ve got women’s studies, communication, fashion apparel; we’ve got two guys right now that are biotech,” said Fekete. “They give you ideas; they make you think a little bit different, so you’re not always thinking like a dancer.” Fekete first started dancing in high school, where she trained in an accelerated program with older students. Dance appealed to her because of the human aspect: a way to build a community and to find
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Gayle Fekete has been a dance instructor at Cal Poly Pomona for 25 years and loves the university’s diversity. one’s self. “It’s self-expression,” said Fekete. “It’s your journey.” Instead of following the traditional route from high school straight to college, she joined a dance group in Toronto and did exactly that. After dancing with groups and doing solo freelancing, she decided to go back to school and get her degree at UCLA. As a professor, she continues to
guide students through their own journey. Many students find that a class with Fekete becomes less about physical dance movements and more about self-discovery. “She helps us find ourselves by letting us play within the dance space,” said Kelsey Tiftick, a first-year food and nutrition student who took Fekete’s Modern Dance III - IV class. “She’s always keeping us self-aware and
thinking about what we’ve done in class. You’re continually learning new things about dance and about yourself.” Modern dance is a dancing style born in the early 1900’s that puts more emphasis on emotion and a connection with the music than structured, technical steps. Fekete herself has been changed by a career in dance because it requires constant re-evaluation and creativity. “It’s never over,” she said. “I’m always looking for new ideas. Sometimes, I’m already working on a project, and I don’t even know where I’m going with it.” The method clearly works for her. Fekete has worked with extensive and international groups, including the Urban Bush Women, a non-profit dance company in New York, Troika Ranch Dance Theatre, a dance group that brings together aspects of theater and dance in Germany, and the JantiBi Dance Company in Africa. Fekete choreographs, consults and performs with the companies. More recently, she has been concentrating on her Students and Faculty show, which happened last Thursday. The show took about a year to coordinate, starting early in the spring and not stopping until fall.
“The spring festival really gets people excited,” said Fekete. “Then fall is the rallying point for the event when we start plotting choreography”. Fekete also works with other groups at Cal Poly Pomona, such as the Community Service-Learning Center, the Study Abroad program and various art clubs and organizations. Even with all of these campus connections, Fekete feels the dance program is sometimes in danger of being forgotten. “We have this fantastic facility, but we’re kind of off to the side,” said Fekete. “We’re here.” Fekete believes it is crucial the program gets the attention it deserves. “The arts are really important,” Fekete said. “It doesn’t matter if you want to be an artist or not. I think as adults we forget about being playful, being creative.” Fekete’s schedule may be packed, but at the end of the day, she wouldn’t change anything. “To me, it’s hard work, but it doesn’t seem like work.” Fekete said. “I feel so lucky that I get to wake up every day and come here.”
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Club encourages students to ‘bust’ out of their bubbles Cal Poly Pomona club Bust out of the Bubble promotes awareness through discussions and film screenings JASMINE LOWE
Correspondent Bust Out of the Bubble has become one of Cal Poly Pomona’s fastest growing organizations. The club promotes awareness of social and environmental issues through discussions and screenings of socially-conscious independent films, such as awardwinning documentaries like “Food, Inc.” and “Fuel.” B.O.B. constantly aims to break barriers and social stereotypes to create a more peaceful society and lives up to its name of having students “busting” out of their bubble. “Whenever I learned about a new issue, I felt as if I had burst out of a bubble and [could] see the world in a less biased and sheltered way,” said Josephine Man-Ying Ho a gender, ethnic and multicultural studies alumnus from Cal Poly Pomona and founder and former president
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of the club. “I hoped that the club could do the same for its members, so I decided to use this bubble metaphor as its name.” The club chose to use the word “bust” instead of “burst” because busting out of a bubble requires someone to struggle and break out of something. “Bursting out of a bubble sounds too easy, and we all know that exposing yourself to inconvenient truths is not an easy act,” said Ho. B.O.B. has quickly evolved into a club that includes students with various majors from different colleges and schools on campus. “We have over 250 [people] on our e-mail list, and on average, we get at least 40 to 50 people to show up to our monthly screenings,” said Richard Delarosa, a fourthyear architecture student and president of the club. The club hopes to attract more commuter students and get them involved in the B.O.B. community as well. “Every quarter we have a retreat in Big Bear, and that’s really how we get a lot more new members,” says Tiffany Rivera, a third-year civil engineering student and vice president of the club. “People hear that they get to spend a
weekend in Big Bear for $25 – we end up getting a lot of people who never met any of us before, and we become good friends.” Founded on April 20, 2009, B.O.B. is a club open to everyone on campus. It doesn’t just focus on one topic, major, race or creed. This allows for various points of view to be included; it is hoped that this will facilitate in the expansion of members’ way of thinking. Documentaries shown by the club cover environmental, political, spiritual and academic issues as well as other topics. One such film the club recently had a screening of was the “Yes Men,” a “comedic documentary which follows The Yes Men, a small group of prankster activists, as they gain world-wide notoriety for impersonating the World Trade Organization on television and at business conferences around the world.” “[The club is] about becoming more aware and not just paying attention to what you see on MTV and your own life because there is so much more to learn,” said Rivera. However, the club feels that it is not trying to impose certain agendas or view-
points. “Our club takes no formal position on anything we screen,” said Delarosa. “The discussions that we hold afterwards lets people share their own views without having anyone convince them of something one way or the other.” B.O.B.’s next film screening will take place Feb. 23 in BSC’s Centaurus room 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The club will be showing the award-winning film “Severe Clear.” It is based on the memoir of marine, 1st Lieu-
tenant Mike Scotti. The film includes video footage shot by him and other members of his Battalion during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. B.O.B. attracts students who would like to educate themselves on important issues, volunteer in the community, make new friends and challenge themselves to open their minds even more. The club has a general meeting on the first Tuesday of every month in Building 5, room 123 during U-hour. B.O.B. is also willing to
“The Ahimsa Center offers a two-week summer fellowship program every two years, which is open to K-12 educators all over the United States,” said Sethia. Educating the public at large is the third area of focus. Sethia said the Ahimsa Center does this by organizing events, seminars and conferences. Such a conference was held in November called Ahimsa and Sustainability, where the relation-
ship between nonviolence and sustainability of life is discussed. The Ahimsa club, which is a branch of the center, was created as another means to spread nonviolence awareness. Jennifer Alvarez, a sixth-year kinesiology student is the president of the club. “I am very passionate about nonviolence,” said Alvarez. “I have always wanted to help people, but I never
knew how but the exemplars have inspired me.” Steve McCauley, chair of the physics department has been involved in the Ahimsa Center for five years. “For myself and the faculty involved with this [center], all of us feel better about being involved in positive changes,” said McCauley. “Believing that change is possible, believing in yourself is very important.” In the future, Sethia would
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Bust Out of the Bubble President Richard Delarosa stands at the club’s booth, inviting new sign ups at the winter club fair Jan. 13. help any other clubs and individuals with any events they want to promote on campus. It promotes community involvement and hands-on learning about community issues. B.O.B. continues to follow its mission statement of “building a community of socially and environmentally conscious individuals,” hoping that other people on campus will find out about it and want to do the same. Reach Jasmine Lowe at:
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Jolene Kladouris, a history graduate student at Cal Poly Pomona, was one of Sethia’s first graduates in the nonviolent studies minor. “The exemplars attracted me most because they got so much accomplished by using no violence at all,” said Kladouris. “It’s change that actually matters and stays.” The second area the Ahimsa Center focuses on is educating teachers about nonviolent studies.
like to see more student participation in the Ahimsa Center. “I’d like our students to get more involved and know more about Ahimsa Center,” said Sethia. “When someone has acted really nasty to you, if you could be kind to that person, you have transformed that person. And that’s what it’s all about.” Reach Fahreen Dayala at:
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ger Death Punch,” said Allen. “I wouldn’t listen to anything on that [list] if I was lifting weights.” Lawhorn said that he is working on creating a rockbased workout album. “It was just a matter of trying to find out what it is people are looking for that doesn’t already exist and then just make it for them,” said Lawhorn. Lawhorn listens to about 300 new singles every month and tries to feature the best songs on his website.
cated an extra $107 per each car’s interior. While $100 may not seem like a groundbreaking sum of money or enough to even change anything, consider this: The difference in cost between the interior of a Chevrolet Corvette and a Porsche 911 is $45. So in the world of automotive facts and figures, $107 is a huge difference! Not only should these interiors look and feel better, they should last. That means no more cracking dashboards, peeling trim paint or buttons so faded they no longer say their functions. On top of those annoying interior ailments, there is still my personal favorite: chrome trim with an identity crisis. This is the stuff that peels off just enough to act like a razor blade to the first poor soul to grab the door handle – ask me how I know. While interiors are on their way up in terms of importance and necessity, so are convenience items, such as navigation systems. While a compass is perfectly adequate for me, many drivers will rejoice at an affordable navigation system in entrylevel and mid-level cars. With interiors finally on par with their exteriors, American cars might just be moving up in the world. While a quality interior will never draw the same attention as an exotic exterior, it’s bound to provide any vehicle owner with a better and more fulfilling experience with his or her car.
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helps him get in the zone. Cal Poly Pomona junior track and field athlete Mia Moreno said she prefers listening to Linkin Park’s “Points of Authority” while running because its more aggressive style helps her run faster and harder during her workouts. Some people had issues with the poll because the songs on the list were not “hard” enough to strength train to. Michael Medina, a firstyear computer engineering student, felt the list was too “soft.” “I like to go a little harder,”
said Medina. “[My workout] is about strength. So it’s taking all that power you get from the music and throwing it in there.” The list is composed of hip-hop, pop and techno styles of music – not “hard” music at all. Abbis Ismail, a third-year civil engineering student, said that rock-n-roll and heavy metal are his favorite types of music to listen to while he’s working out. “The softer stuff, like hip-hop music, doesn’t get you ready,” said Ismail. “It doesn’t get your blood pumping. It doesn’t get you [ready]
for a hard workout.” Even though Ismail didn’t agree with “Bad Romance” and “Break Your Heart” making the list, he did agree with “Major Tom” and “We No Speak Americano,” which he said could get his blood pumping for a workout. Both Coach Lachemann and CPP Baseball junior catcher Jenzen Torres said this list would probably work well for a runner’s workout, but not so much for the baseball, basketball and football athletes who may need harder stuff to work out to. Allen agreed. “I like to listen to Five Fin-
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like the artist or they didn’t like the song. “Ke$ha’s out,” said Cal Poly Pomona Baseball Pitching Coach, Bret Lachemann. “Lady Gaga’s [has to] go too.” Coach Lachemann said Metallica, Far East Movement and Kanye West are more his style of music to work out to. Azusa Pacific University sophomore football player Cody Allen also said the songs on the list were not his style. Allen said Sublime’s “Boss DJ” is his favorite song to run to because it is mellow and
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DANCE: Performance gives CPP students chance to shine Continued from page 6 self-hate, as if she had allowed it all to happen. Props, lighting and effects were used throughout the production to help the audience have a full-theater emotional experience. Fog machines and colored strobe lights were used to capture the quick movements of the dancers and to give the audience an eerie feeling. Chairs, pillars and shopping carts were used to show possible locations. The beginning stages of the partner piece, “Edith and Marcus,” began without a story. The music was given to the two dancers months ago, and dance movements were cre-
ated according to the way the song sounded. After the piece was ﬁnished it resembled a romantic story. “It was not really about feelings, it was more about following the music,” said Edith Narez, a fourth-year Spanish student who danced in the partner piece. “It wasn’t supposed to be a romantic piece, but at the end, it ended up having that feeling.” Many of the dancers have a minor in dance and plan to continue dancing after they graduate from Cal Poly Pomona. Narez started dancing four years ago and hasn’t been able to stop. She plans to keep dance in
her life. Dela Cruz plans to continue his education with a master ’s degree in business at New York University . He hopes to travel and perform with a dance company. For Manny Macias, a thirdyear kinesiology student who also performed in the show , dancing is a way to connect not only with himself but with the audience. “The best thing about dancing is performing and being vulnerable in front of hundreds of people,” said Macias. “It’s about gazing into the audience and making a statement.” Reach Shian Samuel at:
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Valentine’s ideas to keep things fresh VALERIE CHEN
Asst. Lifestyle Editor I’ve been with my girlfriend for four years now. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner , and after four of these holidays together , I’m fr esh out of ideas. The last couple of Cupid’ s days have included most of the cliché V alentines gifts: ﬂowers, chocolates, awkwardly cheesy stuffed animals, etc. I’ve cooked for her and taken her to nice restaurants, but this year, I r eally want to raise the bar. I want to show her how much I still car e and how special she is to me, but I honestly don’t know what to do. Any ideas?
– Clueless Valentine Valentine’s Day falls on Feb. 14 every year and is a day to celebrate love, affection and intimacy. Although love itself should already be enough, the holiday traditionally calls for expressing love via gifts, such as greeting cards, jewelry, flowers and candy. After four years and as a result, possibly four Valentine’s Days, multiple birthdays, anniversaries and other holidays together, it is bound to be somewhat difficult to come up with amazing gift ideas. Do something out of the ordinary. If you have already gone the more conventional gift-giving routes of flowers, chocolates, stuffed animals, going out for dinner and home cooking, try stepping out of your comfort zone and breaking monotony. Make memories rather than endorse the materialistic side of Valentine’s Day by trying activities neither of you has experienced. For example, skydiving is an unusual activity that can create a unique connection from the resulting exhilaration and adrenaline rush. You also get to conquer a possible fear together. A visit to the zoo is also a fun day-long activity and a less expensive gift. The San Diego Zoo has a Zoo Valentine’s Day Celebrations with brunch and dinner meals, while the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens presents a quirky event called Sex and the City Zoo II with dessert and wine. Another idea is hiking with your girlfriend to a scenic view and packing a picnic full of her favorite picnic-appropriate foods. Go exploring. It will be a nice change from everyday See CHEN/Pg. 12
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Staff Writer The well-known liberal talk show host for MSNBC News, Keith Olbermann, has officially left his show “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” and will no longer be working at MSNBC. The true reason for his departure is unknown and up-in-the-air. However, there are rumors that his political donations, which were in violation of his contract with MSNBC, may have been contributing factors. Regardless of why the show came to an end, it’s a good thing Olbermann has finally left the building. Olbermann’s crude sense of humor and lack of sensitivity and professionalism rubbed too many people the wrong way. Much of his commentary had to do with the Iraq War and his apparent attitude of disagreement. However, the times when he chose to comment on the
war were never “good” or “appropriate” times. Even though many people were against the Iraq War, most would agree the soldiers who were overseas at the time needed support. Rather than spending time talking about important topics, he would spend a lot of the time ragging on George W. Bush’s executive decisions and how he disagreed with almost everything he was doing. He seemed to have forgotten that it isn’t about his opinion, or anyone’s opinion, really. The fact was that the War on Terror was happening, even as he spoke. Instead of throwing around insults, he could’ve been more sensitive to the fact that people had family in Iraq, sacrificing their lives so we can live in peace in the United States. Sure, he had fans – and just like any other talk show host or journalist, most people either loved him or hated him. The reasons for Olber-
mann’s departure were not immediately clear, though he has had public difficulties with the network in the past. One of the most significant occurrences that caused so much disagreement was about donations he made to Democratic candidates, which was and is in violation of network policy. This got him suspended from his show in November. “MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended our contract,” NBC Universal said in a statement Friday. “The last broadcast of ‘Countdown’ will be this evening. MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC’s success and we wish him well in his future endeavors.” Olbermann has been cause for debate among many individuals, especially journalists who are constantly questioning and examining the foundations behind what “ethical journalism” is. In school, aspiring jour-
nalists learn to not only follow their gut on a story, but also to be ethical in going about finding sources and reporting information. Olbermann triggered many readers to question how consistently he considered ethics in journalism because he didn’t usually care what was considered appropriate or inappropriate to report. In fact, maybe Olbermann did care, but just chose to ignore proper etiquette anyway. Many individuals may say they liked this about him, especially if their views coincided with his liberal perspective. But others would agree that he got away with too much in his time on “Countdown.” It was his time to go. One common technique used by Olbermann in his political reporting is how he mixes content with opinion without labeling it as such. This often confused individuals because they weren’t always able to tell
the difference between the two. In his closing speech as he was leaving the show, Olbermann found a way to throw in some of his famous “witty” humor as he was signing off. “As God is my witness, in the commercial break just before the emotional moment, the producer got into my earpiece and he said, ‘Um, can you cut it down to 15 seconds so we can get in this tennis result from Stuttgart?’ ” he said. “So I’m grateful that I have a little bit more time to sign off here.” Whether he was asked to leave or whether it was his personal decision to walk, Olbermann had his time, but now it has come to an end. Hopefully that’s one step toward restoring ethical journalism and promoting productive political talk shows.
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Naked Truth: violence worse than nudity TIFFANY ROESLER
Correspondent “Call of Duty”, “Assassin’s Creed” and “Gears of War”: These three games are some of the hundreds that kids and adults play where killing and violence take center stage and are accepted as normal. Movies like “300” and television shows like “CSI: Crime Investigation” also exploit the normality of violence and crime. However, as soon as the clothes start to come off and some skin is revealed, we are quick to turn away or change the channel. We do it because nudity, especially when around others, is awkward while violence is as common as Starbucks. Brutality whether portrayed through Hollywood, or the real deal, is far worse than nudity. Violence is advertised
just as much as Coca-Cola through technology, but the consequences of violence in reality are far worse. Cases of domestic violence, murder, assault, battery and rape happen every day, yet we don’t even flinch when we see it on television – maybe we should. Violence nowadays has become part of society. It’s a lot like having annoying neighbors. We know they’re there, but we just tend to ignore them and hope they don’t come knocking on the door any time soon, and if they do we are obligated to invite them to the family BBQ. Between the wars that our country is involved in, and the fact that each generation seems to try to grow up as fast as the one before it; families allow the bloodbaths, battles and gore into their homes. But it’s not just today’s society that has suddenly
let violence be accepted; we can trace it back to the beginning of time. Take religion for example. The Bible itself is filled with stories of violence, sin, crime and war. Cain killed Abel right? That sounds pretty violent to me, and that was only in the beginning. As much as it talks about loving one another, it also sees those factors as part of every day life. In other words, it was accepted and still is. Usually when something is accepted, it’s making that ok to do and in this case, it’s not. On the other hand, it was only for a while that Adam and Eve wandered around nude until she ate the apple; that’s when it became bad to be naked. Ever since then, all artwork showcasing the famous couple has included leaves covering unmentionable areas. Because by to-
day’s standards it’s a crime to be freely nude in public. Most of us have been taught to keep ourselves covered and that our bodies are sacred, etc. Maybe it’s not even that, it’s the fact that when you’re watching TV with people and everything is coming off, the air becomes tense and it’s just an awkward situation. When it comes to television and movies, nudity is usually associated with sex, and sex alone creates awkwardness. It’s a private matter, so when it comes on, it’s just unnatural for people to watch and accept as normal. People feel violated as if it was us on the big screen and not the actors. We were raised to look away from the naked human form; yet, early on we’ve been exposed to aggression and brutality. Society teaches that it’s normal to
have anger and cause conflict. Why? In artwork, the naked form has been admired by other artists. But now it’s the naked body that is supposed to be covered and kept sacred to the point where it’s taboo. We can’t help but cover our eyes. The human mind has grown to cringe at the very sight of nudity. It makes us uncomfortable, not only with our surroundings but also our own bodies. We are groomed to think of nudity as a bad thing while violence has become ordinary in almost everyone’s lives, whether it is games, video, or real-life experiences. Don’t be fooled by ignorance, it is violence that we should be concerned about, not nudity. Reach Tiffany Roesler at:
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The Internet: for better or worse? JASMINE LOWE
Correspondent The Internet has been used as a tool to connect people all over the world. Every corner of the earth has been tied together, and the world seems just a little bit smaller because of it. This global system of interconnecting computers has transformed the way we think, learn and live in society today, and like with any other advancement in technology, the Internet has benefited every person on this planet. The Internet has become an endless frontier of vast capabilities and endless problems. We have changed as a species because of it and continue to change along with it. During President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address to Congress and the American public on Jan. 25, he mentioned that we are a nation of Google and Facebook. “We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the
Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook,” said Obama. “In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make a living. It’s about a rural community in Iowa or Alabama where farmers and small business owners will be able to sell their products all over the world. It’s about a firefighter who can download the design of a burning building onto a handheld device; a student who can take classes with a digital textbook; or a patient who can have face-to-face video chats with her doctor.” The birth of the Internet has created an entirely new category of jobs such as: online journalism, professional blogging, web design and development and professional vlogging (video blogging), which you see on websites such as YouTube. Billions of individuals can upload and download information instantaneously at the push of a button, and it has helped people like those who have partici-
pated in the revolts in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen that began last week. The citizen activists there used social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to protest their respective governments and countered government disinformation. Net neutrality, the principle proposed for users’ access to networks participating in the Internet, is now the subject of debate. Advocates believe there should be no restrictions by Internet service providers and governments on content, sites, platforms, the kinds of equipment that may be attached and the modes of communication. Opponents of net neutrality believe the Internet should be regulated and controlled. They also believe that Internet providers can determine the quality of Internet service one can receive by what the individual pays. There are those that think the age of being able to access whatever website you wanted regardless of your Internet provider should be terminated for profitable
gain. Supporters of net neutrality are currently fighting the FCC’s decision that took place on Dec. 21 to approve new broadband regulations covering website blocking, traffic discrimination and network management transparency. The Internet has also challenged the definition of the First Amendment’s right of freedom of speech. Issues such as cyber bullying have led to suicide and get added to the long list of crimes that could be committed as well. But aren’t people just as morally obligated to take responsibility for their words regardless of the medium? Arguments about how the Internet has hurt students academically have also come up. The days of searching for information in large encyclopedias located at local libraries have been replaced by Wikipedia and Google. Plagiarism has plagued universities as it has become easier to just copy and paste someone else’s
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work into a word document, type your name at the top and hit “print”. Yet, at the same time, people can access information and educate themselves whenever or wherever they wanted to, and this far outweighs the ease of plagiarism. The origins of the Internet, which reach back to the 1960s, have propelled the world into the digital age, and that is something that
won’t be disappearing anytime soon. The social and economic globalization that primarily took place in the 21st century has “flattened” the world because of the Internet, according to international author, Thomas Friedman. The internet will continue to be used for the betterment of man kind. Reach Jasmine Lowe at:
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duties related to school and work. Staying in the outdoorsy spirit, plan an overnight camping date in a local area or even in your own backyard. It will be a welcomed escape from reality, as long as equipment such as cozy blankets and the ingredients for s’mores are readily available. Learn things together on a date. The lesson and the knowledge gained are guaranteed to qualify as
bonding time. One proposal is attending a culinary class and learning how to cook a delicious meal together. Then, apply the lesson to creating a superb home -cooked meal by two new chefs outside the school in your or her kitchen. An additional suggestion is reliving one of your first dates or most distinctive memories together. Going to an evocative location the two of you
have not visited in years is a thoughtful reminder to your girlfriend of an unforgettable experience. If you would rather give a gift, make sure the gift is tailored according to your girlfriend’s interest and/or personality. Think unconventionally. If she is a fan of art, try giving her a new set of paints or a canvas to encourage her interest. If she is a sports fan, buy her favorite player’s jersey –
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even if you don’t agree with her choice of team. Last but certainly not least, if she’s has an addiction to a generally harmless substance such as tea, gather a collection of various teas and tea supplies. Valentine’s Day is also an opportunity to bring out your arts and crafts skills – or lack thereof. After four years together, you probably have an abundance of photos together. Put together a photo
collage or photo album that displays your happiest moments and memories together. A mix CD accompanying the photos may be considered typical, but making a playlist composed of songs that spark nostalgia can be a sweet addition. A handmade coupon book is also a resourceful way to show your girlfriend you care. Coupon ideas can be a free massage or an “I get to pick the movie” pass.
Feb. 14 is all about making someone special in your life feel extra special. It does not matter how big, small, expensive or inexpensive it is – as cliché as this may sound, it is the thought that counts. Don’t hesitate to ask me a ques-chen at formspring. me/askmeaqueschen or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reach Valerie Chen at:
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Baseball team begins new era Thursda y Cal Poly Pomona baseball team plays 2011 home opener vs. St. Martin’s this Friday at 11 a.m. JOE MARTONE
‘The other half is physical’ ERIK CARR
Sports Editor “It ain’t over til’ it’s over!”Yogi Berra This quote by the hall of fame baseball player rings true for any sport, but is especially applicable to the Cal Poly Pomona reigning NCAA Div. II national champion men’s basketball team. Though the Broncos have been doing a lot of things right lately, including winning sixstraight, there is still room for improvement and nowhere is that more apparent than in the second half of a game. In the six games they won, the Broncos scored 6.2 points more than their opponent in the first half of the game, but only 3.3 points more in the second half. In the six-game winning streak, the Broncos were tied at the half twice and led three times and were down once. However, the Broncos scored more points in the second half in the games in which they were either tied at the half or down, but fewer points in the games they led at the half. Head coach Greg Kamansky said the team has learned it needed to play hard for 40 minutes in order to win games. Right now, the Broncos look like they’re playing 25 minutes of hard basketball; the first 20 minutes and the last five. It’s the first 15 minutes of the second half in which the Broncos look as if they’re on cruise control and when their opponent starts to chip away at their lead if they have one. In a way, it seems the Broncos are continually building on their reputation of being a reactionary team. By that, I mean the Broncos need a reason to play hard in the second half and it’s the better second-half game play of their opponent that acts as the Broncos’ impetus to play the final five minutes of the game with quality comparable to their first-half performance. The Broncos have been able to get away with this against weaker CCAA opponents, but this style of game play is hardly characteristic of a reigning national champion. What the Broncos need to do is play games with the idea there’s no such thing as a cruise control. If they do this, the Broncos will not only retain the momentum, but more importantly, the mental advantage over their opponents. Though it was originally said in the context of baseball, the accidental wisdom of Berra is just as applicable again in basketball. Basketball “is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.” Reach Erik Carr at:
Staff Writer The Cal Poly Pomona baseball team, which commences its 2011 season 2 p.m. Thursday at Cal State Dominguez Hills, has spent its offseason in a transition phase. After a disappointing 2010 season in which the Broncos finished sixth in conference with an 18-22 record and a 26-27 record overall, the Broncos begin the 2011 campaign with 13 returning players and a new head coach at the helm. Head coach Randy Betten, former UC Riverside assistant coach, plans to move the Broncos forward into the 2011 season with the goal of “getting things back up to par like coach Scolinos had all those years.” John Scolinos, the namesake of the Broncos’ home field, led the baseball team for 30 years at Cal Poly Pomona, ending his term with an 822-736 record. Under his guidance, the Broncos won three NCAA Div. II national championship titles in 1976, 1980 and 1983. He was named the CCAA’s Coach of the Year five times and was inducted into the American Associa-
tion of Collegiate Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1974. Among the 2010 standout players returning this season are junior pitcher Geoff Broussard, who recorded a 10-5 record and 75 strikeouts; senior utility player Tyson Edwards, who had a .400 on-base percentage; and senior outfielder Travis Taijeron, who batted .345 and hit a team-high 16 home runs last season. Senior pitcher John Pollock gave some insight into the new players joining the Broncos’ 2011 roster. “As far as new guys go, we have a junior college transfer [infielder] Chris Miller, he’ll probably be batting fourth or fifth,” Pollock said. “As far as talent goes, we’ve got returning guys who are probably going to be the core.” A strong core is going to be vital to the Broncos being successful in a competitive conference. “I know a few teams are playing well: UC San Diego, Chico [State] and [Cal State] Dominguez Hills,” Betten said. UC San Diego, the 2010 NCAA Div. II national runner-up that won 54 games, was where Pollock transferred from three years ago. Pollock said Betten is the kind of coach the Broncos need to take on the Tritons. As far as the rest of the season is concerned, Betten has a Biblical philosophy he would like the team to abide by. “My mantra is taking care
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After an 18-22 conference record and a 26-27 record overall in 2010, the Cal Poly Pomona baseball team has 13 returning players who look to begin a new era of Broncos baseball with new head coach Randy Betten. of today and worrying about tomorrow when we get to tomorrow,” Betten said. Betten is not worried about the past either which he demonstrated by not even looking at the Broncos’ record from last season. “That to me is history and we are going to make history with this team,” Betten said. “Nothing that good comes easy.” In the four weeks since Betten’s hiring, the Broncos have connected with their
new head coach, practicing six days a week in preparation for the 2011 season and have noted the contrast between his coaching style and former head coach Mike Ashman’s style. “He’s the complete opposite,” Pollock said. “He’ll be your friend when it’s time to be your friend, but out here, he’s your coach.” Junior catcher Jenzen Torres, who acknowledged spending the offseason without a head coach was
unusual, is optimistic about the Broncos’ 2011 chances. “It was a plus getting coach Betten,” Torres said. “Betten’s more structure[d], having everything planned. He definitely fits our team perfectly.” Pollock believes the team is more driven to succeed than in previous years. “The intensity is better,” Pollock said. “Everything’s a lot better.” Reach Joe Martone at:
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puts in more time than anyone else. He has made himself a good player by putting in the extra time.” Senior forward Donnelle Booker said Jahn’s fun-loving spirit does not impose on his training for basketball. “Toby works hard,” Booker said. “He does all the workouts … even though he jokes around, you can tell that he likes to work out and work hard.” At the start of the 2011 season, however, Jahn was forced to watch the men’s basketball team’s success falter from the sideline, after a pulled groin had put him on the bench. “Every time we lost, while I was injured, I totally
blamed it on myself,” Jahn said. “I was lying in bed and I couldn’t close my eyes or sleep because I was like, ‘Damn, if I were there, we probably could have won,’ ‘It’s just all my fault’ and stuff like that. So the only thought in your head is, ‘I need to get back in there and help my team.’” Following Jahn’s return, the Broncos managed to bring home six-consecutive wins. Off the court, Jahn has gained a reputation of being both academically driven and admired for his good attitude and fun-loving spirit. The International Business and Marketing student has made a name for himself in the classroom, earning a high
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While Jahn is known for his notable sense of humor, he also is known for his work ethic by his teammates, coaches and professors.
grade-point average and leaving lasting impressions on those who taught him. “He’s an amazing guy because he holds his own intellectually with anybody, he holds his own athletically with anybody,” said James Swartz, International Business and Marketing chair and Jahn’s professor. “I’ve been here 25 years and I can’t think of another person that I can say that about.” Linda Olson, Jahn’s former English professor, said in her 27 years of teaching, Jahn has been her favorite student. “He’s like a student-athlete dream because I have had a lot of student-athletes and they weren’t all that reliable in the classroom but Toby always was,” Olson said. “He always produced, he always had the most interesting comments, and he had the classroom in the palm of his hands.” Kamansky said Jahn’s good nature represents the men’s basketball team as a whole. “When we go in and play basketball, we want to be confident but we don’t want to be conceited, and Toby epitomizes our program and what it’s about,” Kamansky said. “He is a confident kid, but he is very humble too and approachable and he doesn’t have any attitude.” Jahn said he developed his humble nature at an early age. “I can’t walk through the world and say, ‘Hey, I am better than you’,” Jahn said. “The first thing my parents taught me was you can’t judge people.” Another important lesson Jahn’s parents taught him was
the importance of approaching everyone he meets with a smile, a trait that has become somewhat of a signature for the German athlete. Jahn said, in his heavy German accent, it stems from a simple fact: “I’m a very lucky guy.” Beyond luck, there are other factors at play. While his parents are a motivating factor in his success, Jahn said his drive comes from within. “I think it’s all internal: it’s all in me,” Jahn said. “My love for the game, my passion for the game, my desire to become better for the game, trying to make some money with it one day … being successful in basketball is what I want to do.” Beyond the drive, there is his height. And while the advantages in play may overshadow the disadvantages, Jahn said the extra height makes him somewhat of a target, both on and off the court. “For me, sometimes, I wish just in class I wasn’t that tall,” Jahn said. “It’s really obvious if you are not there.” Jahn said he has no issue making time for himself. With all the practice, games and class, he finds enjoyment in it all. “Yes, sometimes I just want to sit in my room, read a book, watch TV and that’s maybe considered time for myself, but playing basketball is my time,” Jahn said. “I do what I love. Learning is what I love, so it’s my time. Hanging out with my friends, who I love, that’s my time too. So all day I do my time, basically.” Around friends and colleagues, Jahn’s fun-loving
spirit is also never understated. Booker said his first impression of Jahn was a “tall, goofy, German dude” and will never forget an early encounter with him. “One moment that sticks out in my mind, when my family came to visit me my sophomore year,” Booker said. “I’m giving my mom the tour of my apartment and I hear my little brother yelling. “So I walk into the living room and Toby is tossing him upside down in the living room. My 3-year-old brother and 6-foot-9 Toby are wrestling in the living room on an air mattress. I will never forget that.” As Jahn’s tenure with Bronco Athletics comes to a end, he plans to continue his educational career and his athletic endeavors. Jahn said he would like to play basketball in Spain or Italy while studying the language along with preparing for the Graduate Management Admission Test. From there, Jahn said he would like to attend an Ivy League school, earn a master’s degree in business and become an assistant coach at his dream school, Harvard. Jahn remains grounded, and said achieving it all would be a longshot. If his work ethic persists, however, it could be a matter of time. “We always say you get what you deserve,” Kamansky said. “Well, he got what he deserved which is a good basketball career and a very good academic career.” Reach Greg Toumassian at:
The Poly Post
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2011
Women’s basketball team stuns Otters Broncos hand the first-place Otters their first conference loss and extend their winning streak to nine games TIFFANY ROESLER
It was a night to remember for the Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team as it handed Cal State Monterey Bay its ﬁrst loss of the season last Friday, 58-55, and picked up its ninth-straight victory against San Francisco State, 72-59, on Saturday. Cal Poly Pomona improvesdto 15-2 overall and 12-1 in CCAA play. The Broncos head back home for a four-game homestand where they will face ninth-place Cal State LosAngeles (6-12, 3-1 1) and 10thplace Cal State Dominguez Hills (3-15, 3-1 1) on Friday and Saturday , respectively . Both games are at 5:30 p.m. After losing to the Otters earlier on Dec. 30, the Broncos managed to break Cal State Monterey Bay’ s 16-game-winning streak, dealing the Otters their ﬁ rst loss of the season. The Otters’ senior guard Lashawn Johnson challenged Cal Poly Pomona with 16 points and four rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to break the Broncos’ determination. “One of the biggest things is we kept our composure,” said interim head coach Danelle Bishop. “There were some things that didn’ t go our way, right or wrong at the end that I think a lot of teams may have folded on, and I just think we did a great job of keeping our composure and playing through it. To
me, that’ s what good teams do.” Senior guard Reyana Colson led the Broncos in scor ing, rebounds, and assists with 25, nine, and ﬁ ve, respectively. Freshman guard J.J. Judge continued to step up for Cal Poly Pomona as she earned 10 points against the Otters, nine of which were on longrange shots. “We got down in the ﬁ rst half, and she came in and hit back-to-back threes,” Bishop said. “To me, that’s just huge for a freshman to come in and do that. That just got her momentum going. She’s a good shooter, but tonight she shot the ball well and played good defense.” Sharp-shooter Judge made 3 of 5 (60 percent) from the ﬁeld and earned two assists against the Otters. “I think she’ s doing a good job,” Colson said about Judge. “I think everyone’ s freshman year is always a little shaky-always ups and downs. Also, she’ s learning from the rest of the team, and she’s coming in and being a key contributor. She’s maturing as a player.” Focus, constant intensity and strong defensive play were some of the contributing factors to the Broncos’ triumphant win. “Good teams don’ t make excuses,” Bishop said. “There were some things that didn’t go our way regardless of what it was, and for them to do that just shows character.” Saturday’s game against the San Francisco State Gators gave the Broncos their fourth win of the four -game road stretch. Despite the 72-49 victory , the Broncos didn’ t come out as strongly as the night be-
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Practicing plays and formations in preparation for last weekend’s games, junior center Megan Ford (left) and junior forward Charlene Popoff (center) defend against sophomore forward Rachel Porter (right). fore, but consistent of fensive ﬂow penetrated the Gators’ defensive. “We didn’t come out with the same focus or intensity tonight,” Bishop said. “I was a little bit concerned, especially just over the high [of] last night, but overall we did what we needed to do.” Junior center Megan Ford led all scorers, coming a rebound short of a double-double, with nine boards and 18
points against the Gators. “We came in here and had some players step up,” Bishop said. “I think J.J. hit some big threes right when we needed them, and especially Reyana, who was hurting a little bit and got hurt in tonight’ s game just really stepped up. Megan just ﬁ nished really well and La’kenya came in and hit some big shots for us too.” Senior forward La’kenya
Simon West and Judge each scored 13 points and grabbed two boards, respectively. “The team did really well tonight,” Judge said. “W e came out with a victory and that’s always a good thing. The offense was just in a ﬂow and it was really easy to just get in the ﬂow of things.” In the second half of the contest, Cal Poly Pomona really picked it up a notch and broke away from the Gators.
With 13:30 left in the game, junior guard Sarah Semenero hit a big 3-pointer, giving the Broncos a 20-point lead and put a dagger in the Gators’ hopes of a comeback. At weekend’ s end, Cal State Monterey Bay (17-1, 13-1) remained in ﬁ rst place while San Francisco State (117, 1-13) remained in last. Reach Tiffany Roesler at:
Men’s basketball team’s winning streak ends Late rally is not enough as the Broncos’ sixgame-winning streak is snapped by San Francisco State Gators ERIK CARR
Sports Editor The Cal Poly Pomona reigning NCAA Div . II national champion men’ s basketball team suf fered a close 68-66 loss to San Francisco State on Saturday after defeating Cal State Monterey
Bay, 74-65, on Friday. The Broncos are now 10-7 overall and 7-6 in the conference and remain in sixth place. The Broncos return to Kellogg Gym for a four -game homestand, their longest one of the year . They play ﬁ fthplace Cal State Los Angeles (12-6, 8-6) on Friday and No. 4 ﬁ rst-place Cal State Dominguez Hills (16-2, 122) on Saturday. Both games tipof f at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s loss snapped the Broncos’ winning-streak at six games.
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Senior forward Kevin Menner dribbles to the basket while redshirt sophomore forward DeRonn Scott guards him during practice to prepare for games at Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State.
“We came in running and we just missed some easy looks,” said head coach Greg Kamansky. “W e couldn’ t quite get over the top, but San Francisco State’ s a very good basketball team and this is obviously a great league. To lose by two on the road is tough.” A late rally , led by the 18-point ef forts of junior forward Dwayne Fells and sophomore guard Mitchel Anderson, brought the Broncos to within a possession of taking the lead. “[I was] pretty much just trying to bring some ener gy out there and then things just started to fall into place,” Fells said. On of fense, Kamansky was pleased with ef forts by two of his top players. “Toby and Dwayne, deﬁ nitely [played well],” Kamansky said. “Those guys dominated tonight and that’ s usually our game plan. They played really well tonight and really good offensively.” The Broncos’ defense, highlighted by senior for ward Donnelle Booker’s performance, forced many turnovers during the late rally. Booker ﬁ nished with three defensive rebounds one block. Several scoring runs in the end though, aided by sophomore guard Neﬁ Perdomo’s 22 points and senior guard Phoenix O’Rourke’ s ﬁ ve 3-pointers, were too much for the Broncos to handle. After Gators’ senior guard Marquel Hoskins intentionally missed his second freethrow attempt to keep the clock running with three seconds to play , Fells grabbed the defensive board, intending to pass it to Anderson. With the clock ticking
though, Fells launched a desperation 3-pointer from half court which hit the bottom of the backboard as time expired. Earlier in the half, the Broncos evened the score at 46-46 when Anderson hit a 3-pointer with 13:32 left to play. A 12-1 Gators’ run followed though, giving the Gators an 1 1-point, 58-47 lead, their largest of the night. While the ﬁ rst half ended with the Broncos down seven, they jumped out to a 5-0 lead with senior forward Tobias Jahn’s jumper and senior guard Mark Rutledge’ s 3-pointer at 19:17 and 18:14 left in the ﬁ rst half, respectively. The Broncos led by as many as six on two occasions. Jahn hit a free throw to make the score, 10-4, with 15:43 left in the half. About a minute later, Anderson hit a 3-pointer, making the score, 15-9. The latter unfortunately preceded a 9-0 Gators’ run which lasted 3:58, giving the Gators a 18-15 advantage. Anderson sank a jumper with 8:39 left in the half to give the Broncos a 19-18 lead, their last lead of the night. After an 8-0 Gators’ scoring run however , the Gators took a 6-0 scoring drive into the half, leading, 38-31. On Friday, the Broncos began their weekend by beating the Cal State Monterey Bay Otters at their domain, 74-65, extending the Broncos’ winning streak to six games. Friday’s game marked the ﬁ rst game this season in which the Broncos won after a halftime deﬁcit. In the wake of a slow start
and a four -point halftime deﬁcit, senior forward Kevin Menner carried the Broncos’ energy in the game’ s second half on his way to a teamhigh 18 points. “We didn’t come out with the energy that I thought we needed to and I think our bench gave us a huge boost,” Kamansky said. “Kevin Menner and Terrence played really well. Mitchel came out and did really well. Our bench really gave us a boost and led us on to victory so it was a nice win for us.” In the second half, the Broncos were down, 41-33, with 18:23 remaining, but a 14-0 second-half sur ge gave the Broncos the lead, which they never let go. Other top performers were Jahn and Anderson, who scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Broncos shot well from the paint and behind the arc, sinking 29 of 56 (51.8 percent) and 6 of 12 (50 per cent), respectively. Strong defense was the main factor in the Broncos’ victory, forcing the Otters to have a poor 5 of 24 (20.8 percent) ef fort from 3-point range. Getting the Broncos of f to a strong start was Rutledge, who hit a 3-pointer just 20 seconds into the game, to give the Broncos a 3-0 lead. Otters’ senior guard Dar roll Phillips sank a 3-pointer 24 seconds later, evening the score at 3-3, and marking the ﬁrst of ﬁ ve ties in the opening half. Free throws by freshman guard T errence Drisdom proved signiﬁcant. Drisdom’s second free throw at 11:08 left in the ﬁrst half extended a 19-1 1 Broncos’ lead to eight points, their
largest of the night. With 1:27 to go in the half, Drisdom hit another one after getting fouled on his successful jumper, breaking a 30-30 tie. The Otters ﬁ nished the half with a 5-0 run in which redshirt sophomore forward Derrick Anderson hit a pair of free throws and sophomore guard Davion Berry converted a free throw upon hitting a jumper on a foul to go up, 35-31, at the half. The Gators (12-6, 10-4) move up one place to third in the conference while the Otters (6-12, 4-10) remain in 11th. Looking into this weekend, the Golden Eagles and the Toros defeated the visiting Broncos earlier this season, 50-45, and 59-54, respectively, and both games will present a huge test. “[We need to] just play tough, physical basketball and just keep moving for ward on some things,” Kamansky said. “With this team [Cal State Los Angeles], it’s deﬁnitely about the ener gy and we’re just not quite as physical as we’re used to being but we’ve got to learn to be.” Fells believes the team is in a better state of mind than it was in those earlier games. “When we played in L.A., we didn’ t have that aggressive mindset that we do now and that’s going to be a big thing for us when we play Cal State L.A.,” Fells said. Fells also said the Broncos are undeterred by the Toros’ national ranking. “We’ll deﬁ nitely show them who’s supposed to be at the top of the rankings when we play them,” Fells said. Reach Erik Carr at: