CALIFORNIA STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, POMONA www.thepolypost.com TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2011
VOL. LXVI NO. 1
Broncos’ fate on the line After a championship season, the men’s basketball team is struggling to reclaim its former glory after losing two more conference games ERIK CARR
Sports Editor Two months ago, the reigning NCAA Div. II national champion men’s basketball team consisted of a healthy roster and was riding high after playing an exhibition game against reigning Div. I national champion Duke University at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. Despite an 81-60 loss to the Blue Devils, the Broncos came back to Cal Poly Pomona not only with their heads held high, but also the will and morale needed to make another run at the national championship title. That was then, this is now. As of today, the Broncos are 11th in the CCAA, have only one win and five losses against conference teams and have a 4-6 record overall. Last weekend, the Broncos lost another pair of conference games, losing decisively to Sonoma State, 82-60, on Thursday, before a tough loss to Humboldt State, 64-62, on Saturday. The Broncos return to Kellogg Gym for two games of a three-game home stand this weekend. The Broncos will
play eighth-place Cal State Stanislaus (5-7, 3-5) and fifthplace Chico State (9-3, 5-3) on Friday and Saturday, respectively, and will conclude the home stand on Jan. 18 against fourth-place Cal State San Bernardino (6-4, 4-2). All three games tip off at 7:30 p.m. Head coach Greg Kamansky, who was very pleased and optimistic about the Broncos’ Saturday performance, could not emphasize about the importance of these next games enough. “We need these wins,” Kamansky said. “We need wins now and we got ourselves in a hole and we got to dig ourselves out of this one game at a time.” On top of that, their two best returners, senior forward Donnelle Booker and senior forward Tobias Jahn, are dealing with serious injuries. “Donnelle’s playing on a torn meniscus now,” Kamansky said. “He probably should be out for the year, but he’s playing. He’s given everything he has left in his body for us, and so, he’s trying, and Toby’s not healthy yet.” With fewer people on the See BRONCOS/Pg. 14
Brown’s return prompts optimism Cal Poly Pomona political science professors weigh in on Brown’s return GREG TOUMASSIAN
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Junior forward Dwayne Fells attempts to score a layup but is contested by senior forward Ian Hosford from Cal State Monterey Bay on Dec. 30.
Today marks Jerry Brown’s first week as California State Governor, and while he takes to office at a turbulent time, two Cal Poly Pomona Political Science professors are optimistic in the returning governor’s abilities “Brown’s legacy will go down being, I think, the greatest and most prominent politician in the State of California,” said Renford Reese, political science professor. “He has won, he has lost, but he has always come back. I believe his purpose in life is not just to be a politician, but to be a public servant.” With a potential state deficit of up to $28 billion in the next 17 months and a state unemployment rate of 12 percent, California’s economy may prove to be Brown’s toughest opponent See BROWN/Pg. 5
Collins College $2M away from $10M goal ERIN MOLL
Staff Writer The owner of the Bel-Air Swap Meet in Bloomington, CA and Cal Poly Pomona Alumnus, Eugene Park, has pledged to donate $1 million toward new building projects at the Collins College. This donation goes into funding toward the construction of a new $10 million educational complex for the Collins College. “We are only $2 million away from reaching the $10 million we need for the new building proj-
ects,” said Andy Feinstein, dean of the Collins College. Jim and Carol Collins, the primary benefactors of the Collins College, have also pledged to match $5 million needed to build the $10 million project. This is not the first donation the Park family has made to the Collins College. “The Park family has pledged more than $3 million in donations,” said Feinstein. “Their first donation to the college was $1 million for the Donald Lundberg Alumni Outreach Endowment,
used to support relationships with alumni, the Collins magazine and continual outreach.” The second donation made by the Park family was another $1 million given to the Michael and Betty Ortiz Faculty Development Endowment. “This donation will be used to support the faculty, school and to improve teaching at the college,” said Feinstein. “It’s important to note that this donation was given under the name of the Cal Poly Pomona President and his wife, Michael and Betty Ortiz.”
Many who have donated to the Collins College over the years have found great success. “It’s interesting to see that many of the donors are usually top executives,” said Lisa McPheron, director of communications and external relations for the Collins College. One of the many reasons these donations are appreciated and so unique is because they stem from one particular family. “Eugene’s sister, Eunice, recently graduated with a minor in hospitality management,” said
Feinstein. Eugene and Eunice are the son and daughter of Hae Park, who graduated from the Collins College in 1978. The Park family’s generous donations over the years have not gone unnoticed. “The Park family has been incredibly supportive in their donations to the college,” said Feinstein. “The second generation of Parks, Eugene and Eunice, are philanthropists.” Park has credited much of his See DONATION/Pg. 2
Cal Poly float wins gold and stays green Cal Poly schools’ joint effort earns two awards at Rose Parade while remaining eco-friendly CECILY ARAMBULA
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The Cal Poly universities’ Galactic Expedition float on display in front of Voorhis Park on campus at Cal Poly Pomona.
The combined efforts of both Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students during this year’s Rose Parade earned the Galactic Expedition float the award for “Best Fantasy Float” and the “Viewer’s Choice” award for the third time in a row. As the team earns its third consecutive win, it
does so while remaining environmentally conscious. The Tournament of Roses announced that the 122nd Rose Parade would be sponsored by the American Honda Motor Co. and would be environmentally friendly. For example, Honda developed their own float entitled A World of Dreams, which was powered by a low-emission hybrid engine. Although the Galactic Expedition float did not run on a hybrid engine, Cal Poly students worked hard to present a float that would best represent their commitment to eco-friendliness. Environmental efforts included using locall grown
flowers and reusing float materials. “The metal is melted down and used for other things, and the leftover lemons we had we used to make lemonade for those helping to decorate the float,” said Justine Budisantoso, the Rose Float Club president. Voting for the award was open on New Year’s morning from 8 a.m. to 2:10 p.m., giving Cal Poly students and other viewers a little over six hours to name Galactic Expedition their favorite float through online and text message voting. Galactic Expedition, covered in roses, mums, carnations and other mateSee FLOAT/Pg. 4
NEWS: New trees along Kellogg Drive
LIFESTYLE: Editors’ top 5 of 2010
OPINIONS: Don’t ask,
don’t tell repealed
SPORTS: New baseball
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Students given options for study abroad RACHEL WINTER
New dean of engineering selected
Staff Writer With the International Center at Cal Poly Pomona offering its services, the Study Abroad Program is one service that gives a chance to students to learn in another country for anywhere from four weeks to an entire year. “We are in a new era of globalization,” said U.J. Fan, dean of the College of Extended University. “Collaboration is more intense. People have to learn more about their world.” The Study Abroad Program gives students the chance to do exactly that: learn more about their world. While many students may think that studying abroad is too expensive, the program is willing to work with students on payments. Laura Lee, the study abroad administrative analyst at the International Center, said there are study abroad programs that have allowed students to go over and teach English to students in Korea, while getting a stipend as well as discounts on plane, board and classes they could take and count towards school credit at Cal Poly Pomona. “It also gave them a
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chance to even learn some of the language and about the culture in Korea,” said Lee. With short term and exchange programs offered, there is somewhere for every major to consider going. One student, Annette Vitkievicz, a fourth-year communication student and former Poly Post assistant editor, got the chance to study abroad in Australia. “I went to Australia because it seemed like an
unusual choice,” said Vitkievicz. “It was definitely the best thing I’ve ever done; I got to learn a lot about a different culture and living in a different environment.” The study abroad program through the International Center is one where students get credit for courses taken in another country. In order to ensure that credit is given, courses are taught by Cal Poly Pomona faculty. Lee said the year-long exchange program through the
chancellor’s office is applicable to all California State Universities. “With that exchange program, [students] are on their own. With our [study abroad] program, everything is planned and someone is there to assist students,” she said. “[Study Abroad] is faculty driven,” said Fan. “If faculty isn’t available, opportunities don’t exist.” For students concerned See ABROAD/Pg. 5
Mahyar Amouzegar, an associate dean at California State Long Beach and will of the Engineering department at Cal Poly Pomona. At Cal State Long Beach, Amouzegar served as the chair of the Electrical Engineering department and supervised over 100 research projects. He also managed research faculty, an annual budget of more than $4 million and the university’s joint doctoral program. Before he joined Cal State Long Beach, Amouzegar served for seven years as a senior analyst at the National Security Division of the RAND Corporation. He was an assistant professor of mathematics at Massey University in New Zealand for three years and a visiting professor at University of California Los Angeles and Cal State University Los Angeles for five years. Amouzegar said he looks forward to working with the campus to increase the profile of research program, expand the graduate program and create new
career opportunities for the students.
Emeritus professor dies at 65 Bruce Hillam, an emeritus professor, former chair of the Academic Senate and a founding member of the computer science department, died on Dec. 26 at the age of 65. Hillam joined Cal Poly Pomona in 1973 as a member of the mathematics department having received his doctorates in mathematics at University of California Riverside. He served as chair of the computer science department for 10 years during the infancy of the department. He chaired the Academic Senate for two years and retired from teaching in 2005. After Hillam was debilitated in a car accident at the age of 16, he became a strong advocate of accessibility. Hillam is survived by his wife, Wai-Wah. A memorial service will be held this Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 4745 Wheeler Ave., La Verne.
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A conceptual aerial view of the proposed Collins College expansion program
DONATION: Expansion just within reach
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success to his involvement in the Collins College. “Park feels that a lot of his success after graduating three years ago is credited to the experience he received from the Collins College,” said Feinstein. “It’s also unique to see an individual make a donation and not give instructions on what it is to be used for. Park entrusted the college with the money but has given us the freedom to use it where we deem necessary.” One particular student expressed her appreciation for the donations and the work being done to make
Collins College a better and more functional place, able to accommodate more students. “The donations make a really big difference,” said Ellen Lee, a fourth-year hospitality student. “The professors lobby for us by always keeping us updated on what plans are underway for the college.” To go into specifics, Feinstein adds that the funding will be used to focus on refurbishing Kellogg West, as well as helping with the Unrestricted Student Scholarship Fund, Student Services Fund, Faculty Fel-
lowship Program, and the Dean’s Associate Program. A newsletter released by the Collins College states that the $10 million needed for the preliminary expansion plans will be used to make four 32-seat classrooms designed for the graduate program, three 40-seat classrooms, eight faculty offices, a student lounge and a study area. Another interesting element in this funding process is that Cal Poly Pomona architecture students have been involved in planning for the building projects.
“Graduate-level architecture students led by Professor Kip Dickson are involved in design work by putting together plans for the new projects,” said Feinstein. “We hope to have many more of the colleges involved in planning in the future.” Lee is confident the decisions being made by those in charge of building plans are the right ones. “I think they are all making the right decisions,” said Lee. “I love it here.” Reach Erin Moll at:
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DEC. 24, 2:23 p.m.
JAN. 3, 11:38 a.m.
Incident occurred at the College Of Business Administration. A professor fell during class has a possible dislocated shoulder and is having difficulty getting out of his chair. Disposition: Assisted.
Incident occurred at Montecito Hall. A resident was reported to have passed out sitting on the third floor hallway of the building. She was conscious and breathing. Disposition: Assisted.
Incident occurred at Building 109. A gray laptop and black computer bag was found behind building 23. Disposition: Log Note Only.
Incident occurred at the University Library. A female slipped and fell. Disposition: Assisted.
JAN. 3, 1:53 p.m. Incident occurred at Vista Del Sol Suite. A bicycle that was chained at building 61 was stolen over the holiday. Disposition: Code 14 - Return to normal duty.
SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE - OCCUPIED DISTURBANCE-NOISE
JAN. 3, 11:02 a.m. Incident Occurred at the University Village. A disoriented older Asian female was found in the University Village and was taken to the Community Center. Disposition: Assisted.
DEC. 30, 12:31 a.m. Incident occurred at the University Village. It was reported that there were two older subjects in an older gold Honda. One of the subjects, a white male in his 30’s wearing a plaid shirt, jeans and appearing drunk, exited the vehicle and approached the reporter speaking
DEC. 23, 8:59 p.m. Incident occurred at Innovation Village. A black male subject, wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt, grey shorts and carrying a bag, tried to break into a security officer’s black Toyota Yaris. He was last seen heading south from the
DEC. 30 11:27 p.m. Incident occurred at Eucalyptus Lane, Pomona. A vehicle was seen under Eucalyptus bridge in the area where the road is closed. Disposition: Gone On Arrival.
DEC. 30 11:34 p.m.
Incident occurred at Vista Del Sol Suite. A large party was reported at room 204 with resident advisers attempting to break up the party. Disposition: Checks Ok / Area secure.
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Donation funds 60 new pear trees KIRK HEMANS
New year, same old problems GREG TOUMASSIAN
Editor-in-Chief Things are getting back into the swing of things at Cal Poly Pomona for the new year, and with that there are a few things that will hopefully be addressed before 2011 comes to a close. The first and most important issue is the challenge of graduating. This doesn’t mean passing difficult exams or completing homework – there is more at play. There are a lot of complexities and uncertainties with the curriculum plans that make getting out of Cal Poly Pomona in four years a real challenge. A big culprit is curriculum sheets. They tend to be either inaccurate or out-of-date and lead to a lot of confusion and trouble if a student does not have a special plan crafted with his or her advisor. Even then, an advisor can only do so much. With that said, BroncoDirect needs attention. The website is supposed to serve as an online student center, and yet it is plagued with technical issues. These issues are only amplified during times of heavy online traffic, such as registration. Registering through BroncoDirect can test even the most patient students. The limitations of the website’s server become inherently clear when it takes up to a minute for pages to load. This problem only worsens the race against the clock feeling the system provokes. It would also be wise to take a look at the system that determines a student’s academic standing and implement a more realistic registering system. Priority registration and other privileges do little to reduce the chaos of signing up for classes, especially if there are inconsistencies. See UNFILTERED/Pg. 4
Over 60 young Bradford pear trees were planted along Kellogg Drive, replacing the quarter-mile oleander hedge that once stretched from University Drive to Red Gum Lane. The newly planted trees are the first of two projects funded by a $20,000 Chapman Forestry Foundation donation given to Cal Poly Pomona for on-campus tree planting. The first project was allotted $13,500 of the total donation to complete the project. The remaining $6,500 will be used in a second project that will add both ornamental and fruit-bearing trees to AGRIscapes 40-acre parcel of land. The Bradford pear trees are an ornamental species that produce white cloudlike flowers in spring. Despite their name, the trees don’t actually bear any kind of fruit. Richard Farmer, the Cal Poly Pomona landscape service manager, said the trees were planted so their canopies would touch when they reach their
full size and height. In the spring when the trees bloom, they will create a solid white cloud along the northern side of Kellogg Drive. Farmer and his staff managed to complete the project without using private contactors. “Our guys did the design work,” said Farmer. “We were still maintaining the campus while we were doing the installation. We coordinated it and worked it in over a period of time.” His staff was appreciative of the opportunity to complete the job. “It’s something that makes us proud – that [the project] was done in-house.” said Salvador Guzman, who headed the installation of the project’s irrigation system. The response to the trees has been positive, at least for those who are aware that they were planted. “I think they’re a nice addition,” said Lilibeth Katigbak, fourth-year nutrition student. “I mean, when they’re bigger and it’s spring time. I’m sure that the trees will add to the scenic environment of our campus.” Farmer said the responses only get better when people
realize that no tuition dollars were used to complete the project. He said that using his staff to complete the job kept cost down and that the project could have cost over $75,000 to complete if it were contracted out to a third party. The second project the CFF doantion will fund will expand Cal Poly Pomona’s program. AGRIscapes AGRIscapes serves as an edible landscape that shows trees in all seasonal stages but has bare spots that the project will help fill. Dan Hostetler, Plant Science & Technology Chair, said the trees they are hoping to plant could potentially include avocados, pluots (a plum and apricot mix), apricots and other deciduous stone fruit trees that would be good for the the Farm Store’s U-Pick program. AGRIscapes is also home to the Cal Poly Farm Store and its U-Pick program. The U-Pick program allows Farm Store patrons to purchase fruit that they have picked fresh from the tree. Reach Kirk Hemans at:
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New Bradford pear trees have been planted along Kellogg Drive as a project funded by a $20,000 Chapman Forestry Foundation donation.
Dorm life interrupted by disaster drill ANA IBARRA
Staff Writer Students rushed out of the residence halls to the sound of fire alarms on Jan. 6 during Cal Poly Pomona’s campus disaster drill. Residents swarmed the crosswalks and gathered in their designated staging areas – north of the Rose Garden. They reported to their resident advisors who stood out in bright orange vests and held up signs with each building’s name. The evacuation started at 2:15 p.m. and kept students out of their dorm rooms for approximately 40 minutes. While most students calmly cooperated and used the time to catch up with friends, some were annoyed and viewed the drill as unproductive. Abigail Jasso, a first-year biology student, said the evacuation was a waste of time. “We’ve done similar drills in high school, and I think we’re smart enough to know what to do,” she said. “It’s common sense to head away from danger.” Others did not understand the necessity of cer-
tain protocols. “I don’t see the point of taking roll when in [the] case of a real emergency, we might be in class and not in our dorms,” said first-year Electrical Engineering student Daniel Bogan. Yet, the emergency plan staff suggested that drills like Thursday’s be taken with all seriousness. “It’s important to take it seriously, because next time it could be real,” said Gina Aguirre, an emergency plan volunteer and custodian at Encinitas Hall. The evacuation’s purpose was to simulate a real disaster and test the Campus Emergency Plan, which includes contacting the police and fire departments. The designated emergency personnel works on the disaster plan all year round, especially during quarter breaks to avoid interfering with student’s education, said Cal Poly Pomona’s Emergency Services Coordinator Debbi McFall. “You never know what is going to happen, so it’s important to plan ahead,” said McFall. “Students
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Dorm residents evacuate to their designated meeting spots during last Thursday’s campus disaster drill. should always cooperate with emergency teams and evacuate whenever they hear a fire alarm.” McFall, who also helped coordinate the statewide shakeout last October, expressed her concern with the idea that not many stu-
dents are aware of the campus emergency plan. She recommends students take a look at the University’s Emergency Service’s website, which provides emergency procedure guidelines on what to do in different types of
emergencies including explosions, fires and earthquakes. The website also includes a list of evacuation site locations for each building. Reach Ana Ibarra at:
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Comedian Rick Martinez
Open Jam with Geno and the Standards 8 p.m. at Hip Kitty Jazz and Fondue
The Ryan Seward Group ft. Matt Ono 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Press Restaurant
Deven and Joel (Comedy Duo)
Respect in the Cage (MMA)
Asian American Expo
Pomona Auto Swapmeet
8 and 10 p.m. at the Flappers Comedy Club
Doors open at 7 p.m at the Fox Theater in Pomona
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pomona Fairplex
Takes place at the Pomona Fairplex
Come jam with Geno and the Standards at Hip Kitty Jazz and Fondue
129 Harvard Ave. Claremont, 91711. No cover charge
Award winning comedy duo comes to the Flappers Comedy Club. Tickets cost $15.
Ticket prices range from $40 to $150. See http://www.respectinthecage.com/ for fight information
Prices include $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $7 for children (3-12 years).
$8 general admission. Children 12 and younger are admitted for free.
8 p.m. at the Improv in Brea Website says “One of the hottest Latino acts in the Southwest!”
Students evacuate Marketplace after small fire at restaurant BEN FRENCH
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A small grease fire scorches the wall of Panda Express last Wednesday, leading to the evacuation of the marketplace for 10-15 minutes.
A small grease fire started at Panda Express last Wednesday at approximately 3 p.m. and resulted in the evacuation of the marketplace. The fire started after a cook spilled oil onto the stove. The fire lasted under a minute and while there were no serious injuries, one of the cooks had minor burns. A sprinkler system at the top of the stove quickly put out the fire. The Marketplace was inaccessible for 10-15 minutes after the incident, due to the threat of smoke inhalation. Bethany Meichsner, a fifth-year psychology student and barista at the Marketplace, was working when the alarm went off. “Our first response was, ‘someone set off the fire alarm; oh great, we’re going to have to work through it with this really annoying
noise,’” said Meichsner. “Then we see our boss roll through here with a group of people telling people to get out.” Some students pulled out their cell phones and attempted to take pictures of the scene. It took the sound of the fire alarm, pulled by Kevin Ferrer, a third-year civil engineering student, to get students to leave the building. “From the back wall, I noticed that the fire was getting bigger, but it looked like any other fire,” said Ferrer. “It got too big, and by that time, I saw a worker scream out, ‘Oh no it’s a fire.’ By that time I noticed everybody else was standing up and looking at the same time. At that moment, I decided to run to the fire alarm.” After the scene was clear, students were let back into the Marketplace and business and activity returned to Reach Ben French at:
FLOAT: Recycling the
Galactic Expedition Continued from page 1 rials, received a grand total of 10,802 votes. Cal Poly was presented with the fan favorite award by Jeff Throop, the president of the Tournament of Roses. The Cal Poly Pomona campus is built on and around nature, so it is common for its students to have strong feelings about protecting it. To keep students involved while properly disposing the float’s flowers, the Rose Float Club put Galactic Expeditions on display in front of the Classroom Laboratory Admissions Building and encouraged students to take flowers for themselves. “It’s shameful to have such a memorable and extensive event not partake in the responsibility with everyone and become socially and environmentally ethical,” said Art Delgadillo, a third-year apparel merchandising student. Not only did Cal Poly Pomona stay true to its en-
We wanted everyone to have the chance to have a piece of the community. - Justine Budisantoso Rose Float Club President
vironmentally safe standards, but it also allowed its community to take a bit of the float they helped make Viewer’s Choice. “We wanted everyone to have the chance to have a piece of the community,” said Budisantoso. Reach Cecily Arambula at:
CPP’s familiar issues
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WINTER 2011 LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
What is Your Leadership Style? Wednesday, January 19, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. BSC: Andromeda BC, Bldg. 35-2343
Interest Me! Career Possibilities Thursday, February 3, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Career Center, Bldg. 97-120
How to Get Involved on Campus Thursday, January 20, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. BSC: Andromeda BC, Bldg. 35-2343
Ideas for Growing Your Club/Organization Thursday, February 3, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. BSC: Andromeda BC, Bldg. 35-2341
Alcohol Awareness Tuesday, January 25, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. BSC: Andromeda BC, Bldg. 35-2341
What is Your Leadership Style? Wednesday, February 9, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. BSC: Andromeda BC, Bldg. 35-2341
Assertiveness Training Thursday, January 27, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. BSC: Andromeda BC, Bldg. 35-2343
Writing a Curriculum Vitae Tuesday, February 15, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Career Center, Bldg. 97-120
Personal Statement Basics Tuesday, February 1, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Career Center, Bldg. 97-120
What is Leadership? Friday, February 18, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. BSC: Andromeda BC, Bldg. 35-2341
What Does it Mean to be Socially Responsible? Wednesday, February 2, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. BSC: Andromeda BC, Bldg. 35-2343
Personal Money Management Thursday, February 24, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. BSC: Andromeda BC, Bldg. 35-2341
The next issue has to be parking. It’s an old and tired complaint of the student body, but it is with good reason. It isn’t a “walking problem” as much as it is a detrimental and unpredictable obstacle. Getting to class late during the add/drop period could mean the difference between taking a class you need or sticking around for an extra quarter. Not to mention that when there are a bunch of cars idling around various parking lots, waiting for spots, Cal Poly Pomona’s green initiative seems to be less realistic. Whether it’s an organized
parking system, perhaps seniority determining proximity to classes, or a stronger push for rideshare, something needs to be done. It would also be nice if the campus didn’t shut down during the weekend. Sure, some things are open, but a majority of Cal Poly Pomona goes dormant. It would make sense that the Marketplace and the Bronco Student Center would, at the very least, provide normal restaurant hours for students who live on campus. The Games Room Etc. is another facility that could provide entertainment for those without transportation or those who don’t want
to leave campus. This doesn’t mean make everything a 24-hour institution, but it would be nice if the campus didn’t have such an abandoned feeling on Saturday and Sunday, especially for those who have to be at Cal Poly Pomona during those days. These aren’t new problems by any stretch, however, as Cal Poly Pomona starts revealing the changes to come – new buildings, potential academic calendar conversion – it would be nice to think they could address some of the obvious problems. Reach Greg Toumassian at:
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about any medical problems they may encounter, Lee said they have students sign up for a provided comprehensive medical insurance. “Students can make an appointment online with a Western doctor, and it will [not be] out-of-pocket to see a doctor,” said Lee. “If a student needs medication, then they will have to pay for this out of pocket.” Lee said there is also a translator that students can use to interpret the medication into what it is in America. “We are very cautious about our students,” said Fan. Fan and Lee both agree that studying abroad is something all students should experience, no matter what their area of study is. “It will make them more tolerant, more independent, more culturally sensi-
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I think every Cal Poly Pomona student should study abroad. - Annette Vitkievicz fourth-year communication student tive and to have a broader mind,” said Lee. “America is not just full of Americans, and we need to be sensitive to that. Without other cultures, America wouldn’t be what it is now.” Studying abroad can also help students gain an advantage in the search for a job outside of school after they get their degree. “Corporations like people who [have] travelled abroad,” said Fan. “It shows that they are independent, and they are not scared to [take risks].” Summer is the biggest
opportunity for students to study abroad, with about 15 different programs for students to look into and join. During the school year, there are about 13 semester programs that happen during the fall and spring through the study abroad exchange program. “I think every Cal Poly Pomona student should study abroad,” said Vitkievicz. “It gives you time to study in another country, and any person would enjoy it.”
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BROWN: A familiar face
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in office. Reese said it is important for Brown to take the impartial approach to governance. “I think we need pragmatic governance: the type of government that is ideology neutral,” said Reese. “I think too much of American politics right now is bogged down by hate and symbols and unflattering portrayals of opponents, and they put the American public and public policy, that is beneficial, secondary. I think Brown is going to change that. I think he is going to lead from the middle.” On Friday, Brown announced a number of budget cuts and returned 84 percent of the $770,000 transition funds allocated to him, spending only $120,000. Included cuts were made to offices controlled by the executive branch, including a 25 percent budget reduction in the Governor’s office and a return of $7 million to the state treasury. The $18 million annual budget for the governor’s office was reduced by $4.5 million, and the cabinet secretary and deputy cabinet secretary positions were eliminated along with the secretary of education position, annually worth $1.9 million. Further cuts included the press and communications staff and filed offices in San Diego, Fresno and River-
side were shut down. The office of the special inspector general, Laura Chick, was eliminated as well. The office of the first lady was also on the chopping block, and Brown’s wife will act as an unpaid adviser. Beyond cuts and spending reductions, increased taxes will be a hot topic for the months to come. Political Science Professor David Speak said he is hopeful that Brown’s governorship will be a positive thing for California and that he will follow Brown’s strategy for tax increases. “Jerry Brown comes in not as an outsider but as a seasoned politician in California politics and I am very encouraged,” said Speak. “During the campaign, it might have looked coy to some folks, but it looked pretty clever to me [when] he said he wasn’t going to raise taxes without voter support. Now it’s hard to argue with that position, even from the right.” The 72-year-old Democratic governor is the oldest in California’s history and had served the position from 1975 to 1983 – the year California’s unemployment rate had hit 10 percent. In the same period, Proposition 13 passed, which decreased property taxes through assessment and restricted annual increases. More than 28 years later, the proposition remains a
point of heated debate. “What I suspect he will talk about over the next couple of months is returning power to local government,” said Speak. “Conservatives love this language, so he will talk about that. But the only way to do that is to return the ability to tax and when you do that then you break the stranglehold that [Proposition] 13 has put on absolute revenue, and we can begin to be honest about what we are actually doing.” Reese said Proposition 13 has had negative impacts on more than just California’s budgetary issues. “This is one of the great mistakes in California politics, its one of the great mistakes in direct democracy.” Reese and Speak both said the amount of funding provided to correctional facilities should be analyzed and considered as well. “What if you cut $100 million dollars out of [the correctional facilities] budget and then shift the money from the corrections to higher education, where it should be in the first place,” Reese said. “We are building more prisons than we are universities.” Another addition to Brown’s to-do list will be selecting a replacement for Justice Carlos Moreno, who is stepping down at the end of next month.
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Vincent Vigil, USC
Tuesday, February 8 11:30am to 1:30pm Ursa Major BSC, Bldg. 35 This event raises funds for student scholarships, recognizes leaders in our community and builds consciousness about important social issues.
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A look back at the auto industry EVAN PERKINS
Opinions Editor 2010 has come to an end, and now is the perfect time to take a step back and get a feel for how the American auto industry fared last year. With the bailout fiasco of 2009 still a painfully fresh memory, Ford, General Motors and Chrysler have had their work cut out for them in proving they weren’t down and out. Domestic car and light truck sales for 2010 totaled 11.6 million dollars, a figure up 1.2 million dollars from 2009, which was the worst sales year for the United States auto industry since 1982. With so much riding on a solid 2010 performance, U.S. automakers seized the opportunity to step up their game. Of the three U.S. companies, GM and Chrysler have been tasked with living up to the fiscal comebacks they promised taxpayers. The recent release of the Camaro undoubtedly put Chevrolet back on the performance grid, and while Camaro sales represent only a small percentage of total sales, the car has done much to restore brand attention and loyalty. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt, introduced in 2010, even brought the company the coveted Motor Trend Car of the Year award. See YEAR-END/Pg. 7
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Chris Baarstad (left) and Ryan Leack, two Cal Poly Pomona graduate students completing their master’s of fine arts, are preparing the first new issue of the online liberal arts journal, Pomona Valley Review.
Literary journal resurrected Two graduate students bring back the Pomona Valley Review, a collection of writings and art JEFFERSON YEN
Asst. Editor A literary journal that was a part of Cal Poly Pomona’s recent history has found new legs due to the enterprising efforts of Cal Poly graduate students. The last issue of the Pomona Valley Review was published in 2006 under the supervision of Don Kraemer, an English professor at Cal Poly Pomona. The journal was a student-run publication corresponding to a course in professional editing. Ryan Leack, a graduate student and founder of the new Pomona Valley Review, said that during his undergraduate studies at Cal State Long Beach, he published poetry in the schools’ literary journal and wanted to bring that opportunity here. During the summer, he and other graduate students were working to create a new liberal arts journal titled the Pacific Poetry Review. “We wanted to publish short fiction, poetry and art,” said Leack. “We were getting submissions and the website lined up when Dr. Corley e-mailed me saying that we might be able to start the Pomona Valley Review again.”
Since they had not yet published under the Pacific Poetry Review title, it was decided that making the name change would create a history by association for the journal said Leack. They are in the midst of accepting submissions to be published in the first issue of the online journal. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 1. Senior Editor Chris Baarstad said they have not created set guidelines for determining which entries to publish and will do so after Feb. 1. Leack said that out of the submissions already sent, there are already a few personal favorites that each member would like to publish. However, the journal is looking for more art submissions and more short fiction would be appreciated as well. “We are trying to associate [the journal] with a genre,” said Baarstad. “Experimental would be good. We are looking for something that is modern and post-modern.” Works that are post-modern in nature do not follow set forms. Leack said free form or creating new forms of poetry and fiction are encouraged in the submissions. Leack said an example of postmodern poetry can be found in
We are looking for something that is modern and post-modern. - Chris Baarstad senior editor
Stand-up Poetry. Writers who would like to see examples of the type of work the Pomona Valley Review will publish can look at Mid-American Review. Creative uses of language and original metaphors are also qualities that the editors look for. “We are looking for something unique to a writer’s personality that would make it stand out from the rest,” said Baarstad. Baarstad said one notable sub-
mission they received was a piece of short fiction that told a story in a single 350-word sentence. Classical forms of poetry and fiction are accepted as well. “Good work is good work, and if it is enjoyable to read, there is no reason it shouldn’t be there,” said Baarstad. The first issue of the “Pomona Valley Review” will be published online in March. Physical publication of the journal is dependent on securing a source of funding. The original Pomona Valley Review was a limited publication, and the goal for the current journal is for it to be a ongoing publication. “The problem was raising funds to publish the journal,” said Liliane Fucaloro, chair of the English department. “The other problem is that we are short of faculty.” She said having faculty oversee the journal would have taken them away from teaching other courses in the curriculum. Guidelines for submissions can be found at the Pomona Valley Review website. Submissions can be sent to submissions@pomonavalleyreview. com. Reach Jefferson Yen at:
Fighting first week woes The return to campus can be a stressful and difficult experience SHIAN SAMUEL
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Students wait outside the Registrar’s Office to purchase parking decals and pay fees.
The first week of school is the most exciting yet frustrating time for students, staff, faculty and administrators. The beginning of this winter quarter is no exception. Some students may not receive their financial aid in time to buy books or suddenly realize that a class cannot be taken due to a prerequisite. One problem many students face is not being able to pay for registration fees online with a VISA credit or debit card. Whatever the case may be, it is hard to avoid a rough first week. “I am completely stressed
about starting school this quarter,” said Ana Beatriz Ibarra, a fourth-year international business student. “I currently only have 12 units and am waitlisted for a class that I need in order to graduate this spring.” While many students are frustrated at not being able to enroll in classes, others have an advantage. This advantage is “priority registration,” and students are eligible for the advantage through a few ways. “I have priority registration because of the four-year plan,” said Aisha Razzak, a first-year business administration student. “So far, I have had good experiences with professors.” Third-year Mechanical Engineering student Roberto Diaz also has priority registration because he is a military veteran. However, Diaz did not have a completely carefree first week. “I feel frustrated because I paid for my parking pass two weeks ago and still don’t have it,” said Diaz, while waiting in a long line at the Student Ac-
counting and Cashiers office. Parking permits can be requested online from the Bronco Direct website. If not requested, students must stand in line and wait to purchase a parking permit. If a first parking ticket is issued in a quarter, students may take the ticket to the Parking and Transportation Services office to have it excused. Any ticket issued after that must be paid. While students are running around trying to fulfill enrollment requirements, they are not the only ones who have to go through crazy first weeks. “Usually [the first week is] busy because when students come back from the break, they want to use [the facility] as soon as possible,” said Student Health Services medical receptionist, Celeste Tercero. “We’re completely booked today and tomorrow.” With approximately 20,000 students in attendance on campus, every building can be found in a busy state. See FIRST WEEK/Pg. 11
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Money, that’s what I want Financial aid is available for many Cal Poly Pomona students, yet most do not take advantage of the opportunity KATHY NGUYEN
Staff Writer Are you struggling to pay astronomical fees for your textbooks? Have you paid $96 for parking yet? Are you dining on Panda Express, Subway and Taco Bell every day? Have you paid your increasing school tuition yet? There could be a solution for you. “Students are kind of bombarded with ‘apply for scholarships, apply for scholarships,’ as early on as Nov. 1, so they have the application well before the new year or before the start of school,” said Diana Minor, Director of the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. Less than 10 percent of students at Cal Poly Pomona take advantage of applying for a general scholarship, which could be worth anything from $500 to $3000. Scholarships are gift-aid and do not have to be repaid. They are generally awarded to entering and/or continuing students on the basis of academic merit, leadership, talent and community service, according to the Cal Poly Pomona financial aid website. “You can get any scholarship, between 40-50 different ones, with one application,” said Marcia Starcher, Scholarship Coordinator at the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. However, it is highly unlikely for students to receive more than one scholarship through this application said Minor. “Just because you get the general Cal Poly Pomona scholarship doesn’t mean you can’t get outside scholarships [from outside of Cal Poly],” said Minor. Out of approximately 1,200 students who applied
last year, 70 students were awarded scholarships. “I think many students are aware, but just haven’t taken advantage of it,” said Jaclyn Armstrong, a thirdyear music industry student. Students who apply for the Cal Poly Pomona General Scholarships must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and attend school full-time. All majors and grade levels are accepted. Once students have completed and submitted their application, which includes a 500-word personal essay and a professor evaluation form, students are done and wait for an award notice. “We do have one scholarship for $6,000,” said Starcher. “That would be the chancellor’s scholarship that they would have to do some extra [work] for. I’ll contact the student and say, ‘You have met the minimum requirements but in addition you have to do x, y and z, and it’s up to the students to do that.’” For example, a student that has applied for a scholarship for the legally blind has to provide documentation proving that they are legally blind. “It depends on what the chancellor wants,” said Starcher. Scholarships are normally evaluated and awarded by committees during spring and summer for the following academic year. Because consideration for scholarships can continue throughout the entire year, denial notices are not sent out. Starcher advised students to put time and effort into writing their personal essay. The personal essay should include the student’s accomplishments, personal strengths, future academic goals, career aspirations,
You can get any scholarship, between 4050 different ones, with one application. - Marcia Starcher scholarship rship coordinator nator
reasons for attending Cal Poly Pomona and what makes them unique, according to the financial aid website. “If I have two students that are similar in GPA, similar in everything else, the essay is going to make the difference,” said Starcher. “First, I would look at the professors’ letters and assuming that everything’s okay and the professors recommend both students, it’s the essay that’s going to make the difference.” Because of budget problems over the past few years, the pool of applicants has increased, according to Minor. Unfortunately, the number of scholarships offered has not changed. “Money comes from endowments that we already have so it’s based on the interest we earn that year,” said Starcher. Students can go to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship website to fill out the application before the Feb. 1 deadline. For more information visit its website at csupomona.edu/financial_aid. Reach Kathy Nguyen at:
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The Volt, which previously seemed to be stuck in a perpetual concept stage, finally escaped the confines of the drawing board and made it to market. This marked the release of GM’s first extended range plug-in hybrid – meaning the Volt is driven by an all electric motor supplemented by energy from a gasoline generator. The Volt showed off a greener side of GM most never knew existed. GM representatives are enthusiastic about the coming year and predict total U.S. market sales upwards of 13 million units for 2011. Also, GM has begun paying back bailout money ($6.7 million plus interest) five years ahead of schedule. However, the company’s finances are still in a state of complete disarray and the amount of money the company owes and
to whom is worthy of an entirely separate story. Ford, having not requested any bailout money, inarguably began 2010 in the best shape of its cross-town rivals. Ford’s line of light duty trucks did very well – actually outselling Toyota for the first time since 2008 – although Toyota still holds a drastic lead in car sales. The 2011 Mustang, with it’s groundbreaking 5.0 liter engine dubbed the Coyote Motor and 300 horsepower base V6, was a huge success for Ford. The company’s ecoboost concept – which, loosely translated, means switching to smaller turbocharged engines, and remodeled truck lineup also aided in the 15 percent increase in sales Ford saw in 2010. Chrysler has been the youngest child struggling to keep up with its older siblings for most of 2010.
Despite commercial claims of George Washington owning one, Dodge’s Challenger fell short of projected sales for most of the 2010 year (2011 model). The voice for Chrysler’s Ram truck commercials, Sam Elliot, and his offer of a “handshake guarantee,” have done little to motivate truck sales. In the coming year, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Chrysler Italian joint efforts should begin popping up. These cars along with the recently restyled Charger and Durango should drastically alter Chrysler’s playing position. Overall, 2010 was a good year for the American auto industry. Detroit’s finest, if nothing else, have proven they are still alive and kicking. Let’s hope they motor through 2011. Reach Evan Perkins at:
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Greg Toumassian Editor-in-Chief
1. Korg Monotron (Korg)
The fact that Kor g, a major manufacturer , released an affordable analog synthesizer is a hopeful sign for synth geeks everywhere. Sure, it’s pocket sized and at just under $60, could be considered a novelty by some, but the ribbon controlled synth produces some fat and mean analog tones. I only hope other big-name manufacturers realize the market of musicians hungry for the voltage controlled stuff.
2. “Adventure Time” (Cartoon Network) 3. “The Soft Pack” - The Soft Pack (Kemado)
I own every thing this band has put out and with good reason. Its 2010 full-length debut combined too many things I liked: straight forward songs, surf guitar tones, punchy drums and an underlying punk rock snarl that kept the record moving on my platter. Its inﬂuences are apparent but never obnoxiously obvious.
4. “Stream of Thought” (Chuck Connelly)
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Editors’ Top Fives of 2010 Whether it’s hot sauce, a film, a song or a brand of jeans, these picks are favorites for a reason.
The now defunct – yet amazing – web series featuring artist Chuck Connelly barely made it passed ﬁve episodes. Sporadic in length and schedule, the amount of viewers who tuned in to the live web show was staggeringly low . Luckily, it’s still archived online and gives fans fers tips for how to ﬁnd the perfect Genetics ﬁt of the artist a chance to see him paint, talk about for every body type. sobriety and scream his head off – as usual. 2. The Bible 5. Bukowski Exhibit - The HuntingThere are few accurate words that can be used to explain why this book is the best book ton Gallery Inspiration is hard to come by at times, but out there. I personally cannot live without it. I have found it time and again after repeated You should read it and decide for yourself. 3. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) visits to the exhibit featuring the late writer ’s work. His typewriter , radio and glass of wine The show where trauma meets drama and are on display, just as he left them when he left viewers get sucked in wanting more and more life. It will remain on exhibit until Feb. 14. each week. I jumped on board during season three and have not been able to miss an episode. I just can’t get enough of Dr. McDreamy.
Mitchell Saltzman News Editor
1. Mass Effect 2 (Bioware)
Forget Star Wars, Star Trek and Battlestar
4. The Los Angeles Times 5. Ezekiel Bread
This is the best healthy food on the market. Ezekiel Bread contains 100 percent sprouted whole grains, it is or ganic and low in calories and it will change your body for the better.
Derrick Taruc Lifestyle Editor
1. “Enter the Void” (IFC Entertainment)
Galactica. If you want the deﬁ nitive space epic, pick up a controller and play Mass Effect 2. With its fast-paced action, incredible cast of characters and excellent story , which seamlessly meshed with the gameplay, Mass Effect 2 earns its top spot as the best thing to come out of 2010.
2. “Toy Story 3” (Pixar/Disney) 3. Halo: Reach (Bungie) 4.“Dexter”: Season 5 (Showtime Entertainment)
While the ﬁ fth season of Dexter may not have been the strongest season of the show , it still provided some of the most intense drama to be found on television. Dexter’s struggles to ﬁnd peace with the events that transpired last season allowed us to see a side of the vigilante serial killer that had not been on display in prior seasons.
5. “The Bed Intruder Song” - Gregory Brothers
It’s a rare occasion when news, comedy and music are able to come together in a way that takes popular culture by storm. With over 62 million views in just three months, “The Bed Intruder Song” by the Gregory Brothers managed to do just that. By combining a hilarious real-life news story with the talented use of auto-tune technology and editing skills, the Gregory Brothers created the most memorable viral video of 2010 and one of the catchiest songs of the year as well.
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1. Genetic Denim Jeans
This brand of jeans ﬁts better than any I have encountered in my long years of living as an avid consumer. The brand’s website even of-
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Gaspar Noe’s follow-up to the highly controversial “Irreversible” begins with the death of young drug dealer Oscar Brown. What follows is a mind trip of a ﬁ lm that follows the post-death, out-of-body experience of Oscar through the seedy streets of Tokyo and time itself. Transcendent.
2. “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” - Kanye West (Def Jam Records)
Kanye West put together an album that mixed the avant-garde with hip-hop, sophistication with street and earnestness with abandon. What could go wrong? Not much, apparently.
3. “John Baldessari: Pure Beauty” at Los Angeles County Museum of Art
2. “Glee” (Fox)
There’s something special about “Glee” that makes me want to break out in song and dance
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1. “Toy Story 3” (Pixar/Disney)
I’m more of a PixarAnimation than a Disney Princess kind of girl, and the Toy Story series has captured my heart since its beginning in 1995. Hilarious and clever, “Toy Story 3” takes viewers along the toys’ newest and most dar ing adventure yet. And dang, does the Spanish Buzz Lightyear have some sweet moves.
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Upon becoming champions, the Broncos re-
ceived and accepted an invitation to play the reigning NCAA Div . I National Champion Duke University in an exhibition game, marking the ﬁ rst “recorded” instance in nearly 50 years in which reigning champions of Div . I and II played each other in a game. Despite losing 81-60, the Broncos went into halftime down, 39-33, a deﬁcit of only six points.
3. “Inception” (Warners Bros. Pictures)
If 2010 was “The Year of the Pitcher” in baseball, it was “The Year of the Director” in ﬁlm. Fresh of f the heels of 2008’ s “The Dark Knight,” writer-director Christopher Nolan ﬁ nally made “Inception,” a labor of love project that took 10 years to write and bring to the silver screen.
4. Claremont 5. Tie: Dos Equis and Geico ad campaigns
Dos Equis’ “The Most Interesting Man in the World” commercials continue to ﬁnd hilarity in sophistication and Geico’s fake Rod Serling a la The Twilight Zone asking ridiculous rhetorical questions to the viewer made for one of the driest and funniest ad campaigns in recent memory. So, can switching to Geico save you 15 percent or more on car insurance?... Was 2010 a great year?
1. “Champ” - Tokyo Police Club (Mom and Pop Music)
and enroll in the unpopular club. Bring on the slushies, I’m proud to be a total Gleek.
3. Sirachia Hot Sauce
Oh, Sirachia (Rooster Sauce)... It was ﬁ ery and spicy love at ﬁ rst taste, and now I desperately wish I had a minibottle to carry around in my pocket for every meal. I guess you can say I’m the needy one in this relationship.
4. Chipotle Mexican Grill 5. Breakfast Burritos (Best way to use ba-
If there’s one thing that Beans from Disney television show “Even Stevens” and I have in common, it’ s an everlasting love for bacon. To reach the ultimate goodness of bacon, it belongs in an oversized breakfast burrito with hash browns, tomatoes, eggs and hot sauce (see Best Hot Sauce entry).
1. Racing in the 24 hours of LeMons
Tokyo Police Club boasts some serious potential since their ﬁ rst album “Elephant Shell” was released in 2008. I’m deﬁ nitely looking forward to listening to more of the band’s cryptic lyrics and unique instrumentation.
2. San Luis Obispo / Bay Area
I took a trip in early September to visit my sister at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and continued north to visit my roommate in San Francisco. I also really enjoyed walking around the University of California, Berkeley campus and surrounding areas. It would be nice to live up there someday.
3. Plaid shirt, black jeans
I grew tired of wearing t-shirts and blue jeans all the time, so I decided to buy some buttondown, plaid shirts and black jeans to dress a tad snazzier.
I am not an avid videogamer , but Minecraft is seriously addicting. Play it for two hours, and you’ll see why.
5. Desktop Publishing
I was scared to death of this class because I had no idea how to do anything related to graphic design, but learning Adobe Indesign CS5 proved to be less difﬁ cult and a lot more fun than I had anticipated.
4. Repeal of “Don’t ask, Don’t tell”
5. Henry’s Dress reunion at Slumberland 20th Anniversary Show - The Echo, Los Angeles
2. The Duke Game
John Baldessari’s retrospective at LACMA may not have lived up to its grandiose title, but it more than conﬁ rmed Baldessari’s status as one of the most inﬂ uential living artists of our time. It’s a shame that the battle for civil rights is not over. With the repeal of “Don’ t ask, don’t tell,” the country comes a little bit closer to achieving equal rights for everyone.
which won its ﬁ rst NCAA Div . II National Championship, becoming the ﬁ rst unranked team to win the championship since 1979.
What a weekend! Time spent with good friends made this race the highlight of my year. Nothing went right, but it was an amazing experience.
2. Mazda 2 (Mazda)
Sure, I could have picked a car with a price tag longer than my last name, but the Mazda 2 has style. My column on Micro-hot-hatches explains my new-found love of this car genre.
3. “Zombieland” (Sony Pictures)
I am a sucker for a good Zombie movie, and this one deﬁnitely didn’t disappoint.
Jefferson Yen Asst. Editor
Top 5 Signiﬁcant Science Stories
1. British petroleum oil spill in the gulf 2. Chilean miners
This was an amazing story of human per severance in the face of improbable odds in 2010. Could either be made into an Oscar worthy movie or straight to DVD stinker.
3. Large Hadron Collider
In 2010, the LHC started smashing protons
4. “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (FX Networks)
I was turned on to this show recently , and although I don’t watch much television, I really got hooked!
5. “Tighten Up” - the Black Keys (Nonesuch Records)
1. Sports in general (Best headlines of 2010)
Without a doubt, 2010 will go down as one of the greatest years in the world of sports. The New Orleans Saints won its ﬁ rst Super Bowl Championship, the Winter Olympics, the World Cup in SouthAfrica, the debut of pitcher Stephen Strasburg and the 28-out perfect game that occurred in “The Year of the Pitcher,” just to name a few . In case you’ve been living in a cave for the last 9 months, there was also the Cal Poly Pomona men’ s basketball team,
at 99 percent the speed of light allowing the physicists to test previously theoretical properties of the universe.
4. Creation of Graphene
The nano-matter material is being considered as a possible replacement for silicone in semiconductors. There could be possible applications in developing new lightweight vehicles.
5. Stuxnet worm
The ﬁ rst known instance of a developed cyber weapon being unleashed on the world. This could be the a harbinger of what’ s to come.
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Keeping strong all quarter long Traditional campus-related challenges can take a toll on studentsâ€™ bodies and minds. Here are some resources to ward off the Bronco blues. JASMINE LOWE
Correspondent Another start to a new quarter just after the holidays can be extremely stressful. Attempting to add classes, trying to ďŹ nd parking and getting back into the regular school schedule can put anyone over edge. Jumping back into the stressful college life can eventually take a toll on a studentâ€™s health, but maintaining good health doesnâ€™t have to be a privilege for those lucky enough to have more time on their hands. A great way to maintain your health this quarter is to visit the Student Health Services and Wellness Center. Student Health Services and the Wellness Center is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located in Building 46 across from the College of Environmental Design Building 7. The Student Health Services and Wellness Center offers â€œvarious health promotion programs and campus outreach events throughout the year to provide students with valuable health information,â€? said Fernando Diaz, a health educator at the SHS. Having the SHS Wellness Center partner with other organizations allows it to increase its visibility across campus. â€œIt ultimately allows for interaction between our staff and the students across campus,â€? said Diaz. â€œSome examples of those groups may include cosponsoring programs with other
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The Cal Poly Farm Store is lined with fresh produce and healthy food choices like chilies and other locally grown fruits, vegetables and meat. campus organizations and conducting lectures for academic classes.â€? The Student Health Services is actually a fully staffed facility with doctors, nurses, health educators and administrative staff. They offer free services like unlimited visits with physicians, nurse practitioners and health educators, STD screening and minor surgery. They also offer low-cost services like immunizations, CPR classes and over-the-counter medica-
tion as well. The Wellness Center has also launched a campaign called â€œ5 Keys to B-Well,â€? which touches on common health topics to assist students in attaining academic success. The topics include nutrition, sleep, hand washing, exercise and stress-reduction all of which encourage the students at Cal Poly Pomona to make healthier decisions. â€œI stay healthy on campus by bringing my own lunch and limiting the amount of
fast food I consume,â€? said Ryan Smith, a fourth-year computer science student. The Wellness Center also offers simple tips that can be included into your regular schedule like eating breakfast daily, washing your hands to prevent spreading germs and incorporating at least 30 minutes of exercise a day three times a week. One way to keep ďŹ t and be able to exercise on campus is to go to the Bronco Fitness Center located in the Bronco Student Center. The Bronco Fitness Cen-
ter offers day passes and low-cost memberships to use its equipment and workout areas. They also offer a variety of group exercise classes that include turbo kickboxing, Pilates, yoga, and hip-hop. You can also incorporate weekly exercise outside the gym while walking to class or participating in Cal Poly Pomonaâ€™s intramural sports, which provide students, faculty, staff and alumni with opportunities to engage in recreational activi-
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ties. â€œI walk to campus from the Village instead of driving or taking the Bronco Express,â€? said Diane Yabut, a third-year architecture student. Cal Poly Pomona also offers fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables at the Farm Store located at AGRIscapes. The store provides Cal Poly Pomona raised pork and beef products along with a wide variety of organic and healthy foods. â€œI try to get my food from the farm store and stay away from the fast food restaurants,â€? said Melody Gonzalez, a third-year liberal arts student. You can even keep mentally ďŹ t on campus by visiting the Counseling and Psychological Services. CAPS is located in Building 66, room 116 next to the Bronco Student Center, and itâ€™s open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CAPS offers free, private and conďŹ dential individual, couple and marital counseling, family therapy, crisis intervention and different workshops and presentations. Cal Poly Pomona provides a wide variety of healthy options all around its campus. Students are provided with information concerning health as well as affordable services to stay ďŹ t, all of which make it easier for students to stay healthy on campus. Reach Jasmine Lowe at:
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Getting wired for ‘Red Barked Tree’
Inﬂuential avant-garde punkers release another album of dissonant tunes
Staff Writer Today marks the release of “Red Barked Tree,” the 12th full-length studio album from Wire, a four -piece English rock band, which has been around since the punk-rock scene of the late 1970s. “Pink Flag,” a twenty-one track classic released in 1977 put Wire on the map as experimental punk-rock innovators (with track “12xu” being covered by punk-rock contemporaries such as Minor Threat). This innovative quartet – Bruce Gilbert, Robert Gotobed, Graham Lewis and Colin Newman – has proven itself to be one of the few bands to successfully withstand four decades of musical development and evolution. Wire continues to contemporize its sound with each album release, and the same applies to “Red Barked Tree.” On “Red Barked Tree,” Wire stays true to its old rock aesthetics but also adds a taste of electro, making for an impressive cutting-edge effect. The ﬁ rst track opens with the lines, “Please take your knife out of my back / And when you do / Please don’t twist it,” set to intriguing, catchy music, creating the tone for the rest of the album. The third track of f the album, “Adapt,” is a soothing, almost psychedelic mix of slowpaced, airy music underneath drawn-out, lengthy vocals. “Two Minutes,” which is literally two minutes long, is one of the album’ s more abstract tracks, consisting of repetitive, upbeat music accompanied by dark and haunting spoken words drowned out by a synthesizer. This kind of track could have been a disaster had it been produced by almost anyone else, but Wire’s years of experience and natural talent – something lacking in the music scene today – provides listeners with two minutes of not only
musical intelligence but art as well. “A Bad Worn Thing” is a little more mainstream than most other tracks on “Red Barked Tree,” with its melodic and vocal qualities provided by American singer, Beck. The track provides listeners with something they can sing along and even dance to, adding a contrast to the album’s dark demeanor all while maintaining the band’ s originality and overall sound. “Down to This” is a slower , edgier track that resorts back to Wire’s signature dark style, showing artists how simplicity should be executed. The album closes with its title track, a song charged with metaphorical lyrics and a somewhat repetitive yet impressive guitar lead. This tune appropriately wraps up the entirety of the album, not only because it is the title track but also because it expresses all of Wire’s musical talents in the perfect light. Wire’s ability to combine its synthetic vocals, simple lyrics and layers of heavy, textured instrumentation makes for a clean and ef fortless sound. Although “Red Barked Tree” may not be for everyone, it can certainly be appreciated by the music-lover, in the sense that it is a smart album with years of musical experience behind it. Wire has created a form of art that we see Courtesy of Terrorbird much too little of these days and has executed Wire, early innovative punk pioneers, released its 12th full-length album ‘Red it in a way that only a band of such talent and intelligence could pull off. Barked Tree’ on its own label Pink Flag. Although rooted in the punk scene, Rating: 4.5/5 Wire’s constant experimentation and evolution has allowed it to transcend
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‘Strong’ hits all the right notes Gwyneth Paltrow stars as struggling country star in music melodrama
ANTHONY SOLORZANO II
Correspondent This week’s newest melodrama “Country Strong,” directed by Shane Faste and starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw and Garrett Hedlund, follows the career of country music superstar Kelley Canter. The film starts with Canter, played by Paltrow, being released from rehab after an incident that occurred in a concert in Dallas, Texas a year before. It continues to tell the story of her attempt at rebounding her career. In the film, we see Canter’s struggle with the media; with her husband and manager James Canter (McGraw); her young competition played by Leighton Meester; and her continuous problem with alcohol abuse. Paltrow gives a strong performance playing a troubled country superstar. The complexity of Paltrow’s character is revealed during a scene in which Canter is preparing for a show. She is reminded of the events that took place a year before that triggered her alcoholism. Her emotions demonstrate the
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Gwyneth Paltrow plays Kelley Canter, a successful country musician whose trouble with substance abuse and relationships is chronicled in ‘Country Strong.’ preparation Paltrow put into the role. One outstanding aspect of Paltrow’s performance is her voice. In her last big concert scene, she opens it by singing the titular song “Country Strong,” showing that aside from acting, she can also sing. While Paltrow does a magnificent job singing, her presence on stage is awkward. She moves around the stage playing a guitar but does not know
what to do when the music stops. McGraw, on the other hand, gives a well-rounded performance playing Paltrow’s demanding manager and husband James. McGraw is known mainly as a country singer, but recently he has made appearances on-screen with stars like Sandra Bullock. McGraw is one of the few singers turned actors who is worth paying attention to. In one scene, James attempts to comfort a drunk Canter before her
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Crystal Oglesby – a shuttle driver who enjoys her job – had a positive first week. “I’m a people person,”
said Oglesby. “The new students get kind of confused. Some get lost, and I help them out. I feel like the mother hen here on cam-
pus.” Getting lost on 1,438 acres of campus is easy. However, maps can be found at every shuttle wait-
show. Due to the emotions and characteristics McGraw gives the character, you learn to appreciate his acting as much as you respect his singing For those who don’t follow the country scene and think this movie is not for them, keep in mind that the movie is not about country music but about the problems that come with fame and substance abuse. One thing that Faste does well
ing area and include each shuttle’s route. Many students have to go through the hustle and bustle of starting a new quarter, but it is always one step closer to graduating. “I had to deal with the realization that I would
is differentiating the careers of upand-coming singers to the career of a veteran singer. Usually, after the awards season starts and the new year begins, theatres tend to be full of mindless action and cliché horror films. “Country Strong” is neither of the two and is worth watching for the performances and the music. Rating: 4/5 Reach Anthony Solorzano II at:
no longer be able to play video games for several hours a day and get up as late as I want and do nothing and that I had to prepare for three tough accounting classes,” said Mario Hall, a sixth-year accounting student. “But I’m always excit-
ed by the idea of graduating. Six more months and I have my undergraduate degree. Just the thought of that is overwhelming and mysterious, and it gives me–anxiety and joy.” Reach Shian Samuel at:
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Staying close despite the divorce VALERIE CHEN
Asst. Lifestyle Editor 2010 was a rough year for me. Not only were my ﬁrst year of college, classes and work overwhelming, but my parents also got a divorce. All my life, we were the perfect, extremely close “AllAmerican” family… or so I thought. Although I’m away at school, I visit home frequently, and it’s still upsetting that the house is quiet and my dad isn’t there. It’s even harder that I’m the oldest sister and my little brother and sister look up to me and are taking it even harder than I am. My family is falling apart. Can I have some tips on how to handle a divorce? – A Broken Home It is hard going from one noticeable extreme to the other, such as being an apparently “perfect All-American family” to a family that has undergone a hardship such as a divorce. Adjusting to this unfamiliar situation is bound to be difficult. After all, anything unknown is at least slightly scary. However, just because your parents are no longer joined in marriage does not make your family any less of a family. Your father is still your father and your mother is still your mother. Both will keep their roles as nurturing parents, albeit more separately than before. Their love and care for their children should not change. Overall, the divorce is simply a transition, although perhaps a complex one, to another stage of you and your family’s lives. Michele Willingham, director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), said in an e-mail that anyone in this sort of situation is not alone and should try to keep things in perspective. “Thousands of collegeaged students are affected by their parents’ divorces each year,” said Willingham. “People whose parents are divorcing often feel sad, angry and depressed and See CHEN/Pg. 13
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A big step forward for equal rights CARLOS AYALA
Correspondent “Don’t ask, Don’t tell,” the 17-year-old law that barred the gay, lesbian and bisexual community from serving in the military, was repealed last month. The policy has long been an issue of controversy and raises the question: How does one’s sexual orientation affect his or her abilities, loyalty, patriotism or bravery? The answer is simple: It does not. Under DADT, gays were barred from serving in the military and expelled if sufficient evidence found them to be gay. The policy was introduced in 1993 under the Clinton presidency and until last month, had been the policy governing gays in the military.
Since its introduction in 1993, more than 13,000 military men and women have been discharged. The United States has spent millions of dollars in search of replacing those who have been expelled because of DADT. According to the Government Accountability Office, $94 million had been spent in efforts to recruit troops in response to the discharges from 1993 through 2003. Economically, this policy was not the smartest, especially when the country is in a bleak fiscal state. That said, the appeal of DADT was a smart decision is terms of economical logic. Among psychologists, there is a profound overall consensus on the issue. The American Psychological Association states there is
no proof that suggests gays cannot perform at an equal level to that of heterosexuals. There is also consensus in that heterosexuals can indeed perform well in the military alongside gays and do so in a comfortable and proficient manner. As time passes, certain decisions are implemented to accommodate the evolution of thought. This is how Americans overcome prejudice and ignorance. This system of evolution began in the sixties with the civil rights movement and has been part of America’s progression since. In this age, America should no longer have policies of discrimination. However, the gay rights movement has seen its difficulties, and progress has been somewhat stagnant.
Much of that can be contributed to the presence of prejudice and traditional views. Also, there has long been an ongoing debate among Americans with regard to whether being attracted to the same sex is acceptable and normal. With a repeal of this policy, people will begin to see a change in attitudes regarding the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community. For generations, the United States has had gays in the military. These men and women have fought in its wars and did so admirably. The only impediment these people have faced while serving their country has been policies targeting them because of their sexuality. Again, sexuality is not a
determining factor in one’s capabilities in any field. DADT was more of a discriminatory policy than an adequate and effective policy. The policy cast a dark shadow on the treatment of gays, lesbians and bisexuals in the military, which mirrored the treatment of that community in this country. This is more than a matter of gay rights; it is a matter of civil rights. The United States prides itself on its principal ideals of freedom, liberty and equality. DADT barred gays from these essential American principles. With appeal of DADT, the United States moves in a forward direction. Reach Carlos Ayala at:
Internet bytes without privacy laws EVAN PERKINS
Opinions Editor There is a discernable lack of privacy laws governing the internet. Major web-based organizations such as Google and Facebook track users on a daily basis without requesting their consent. Many of these companies catalog all online activities and sell them off to advertising companies. They make money while the average person’s privacy is violated over and over again. Websites you visit, friends you associate with, anything typed into a search bar, the food you eat, the music you listen to, the videos you watch – all of this information is collected and sold to hungry advertising companies. Privacy is highly valued in this country and a poll by Consumer Watchdog found that 90 percent of Americans are in favor of legislation protecting them from unauthorized online
data collection. Even the Federal Trade Commission is encouraging the creation of a “Do not track me” feature that would be built into various Internet browsing software. This feature would aim to eliminate, or at least severely handicap, this lessthan-ethical form of market research. Although most of the privacy invasions occurring only steal useful market information, some of them are far more harmful. In addition to safeguarding information, “Do not track me” legislation would also seek to protect Internet users from identity theft – a criminal field that has exploded over the last decade. While identity theft is already illegal, there is often very little a victim can do, as perpetrators are often difficult to track down and prosecute. Americans are guaranteed a right to privacy by the Unites States Constitution, but the laws promising such protection are grossly
outdated and in many cases were simply never created. There are already laws in place restricting when phone conversations can be recorded and various other legal roadblocks protecting the privacy of the average citizen. However when it comes to Internet doctrine, government protection is nearly nonexistent. “Do not track me” legislation aims to protect the right of the individual citizens in the same way that the “Do not call list” helped quiet the telemarketing epidemic. Lobbyists from various Silicon Valley internet marketing firms told the LA Times that “Do not track me” legislation could “spell the end of the internet.” I find that doubtful. The Internet will survive with conventional advertising and voluntary marketing contributions. These practices have been around for years and the concept of stealing in-
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formation without consent is completely immoral. Part of the reason this invasion of privacy is so unsettling exists in the overall vulnerability of many Internet users. Average people are well informed on how to utilize the Internet for e-mail, websites and in various other ways that benefit their own wellbeing. Most of us are content in knowing only that the Internet works for our needs, and that we will never need be bothered with the fairly complex nature of the beast. We know “that it works,”
not “how it works.” This isn’t a problem but it does leave the average internet patron incredibly vulnerable to virtual attacks from people more well versed in the Internet’s technical intricacies. There needs to be protection for all Internet users, regardless of their technical savy. Online privacy is just as important as any other kind and “Do not track me” legislation cannot be instituted soon enough. Reach Evan Perkins at:
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have a tough time concentrating. Parents can also ﬁ nd it hard to let go of bitterness or anger or get depressed about the changes brought on by divorce.” Remember, your parents are adults. This was their adult decision that they made of their own free will. Unfortunately, the decision to divorce emotionally affects other members of the family, but an emotion you certainly should not need to
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feel is guilt. The choice was not yours and subsequently , not your fault. Furthermore, although your concern for the well being of your siblings is kind-hearted, do not take full responsibility for ensuring their contentment after and concerning the divorce. As a college student, you clearly have plenty of your own important concerns to worry about. “Things may not be the
same as they were before, but being ﬂ exible and having reasonable expectations of yourself and your family will make this transition easier,” said Willingham. “It’ s unfair for anyone to feel that burden of their parents’ or siblings’ happiness on [his or her] shoulders. You can’t do much to inﬂ uence how your parents or siblings feel or behave during or after a divorce, but you can let them know that even though everyone is super -stressed,
you love them.” Your siblings look up to you more than they expect you to look after them. If you have been their role model, continue being a good example by handling the divorce well and maintaining your normal pre-divorce activities. “When things are changing at home, it can really help to keep things, such as your activities and friends, the same,” said Willingham. “Keep to your normal rou-
tines. Try to avoid making major decisions or changes in life plans. Take care of yourself emotionally and physically. Be good to yourself. Take time out to exercise, rest and relax. Find safe, healthy ways to blow off steam.” It is natural and typical to feel the emotions you are feeling. Do not beat yourself up for these feelings or keep them festering inside. Remember, you do not have to go through the situa-
tion by yourself. Talk to trustworthy friends or someone who may have gone through a similar situation or seek professional help from a counselor at services like CAPS on campus. Don’t hesitate to ask me a ques-chen at formspring. me/askmeaqueschen or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Betten named baseball head coach ERIK CARR
Women of winter ERIK CARR
Sports Editor Last month, the Cal Poly Pomona reigning Div. II national champion men’s basketball team and the women’s basketball team began conference play for the 201011 season. So far, the men’s basketball team has struggled, posting a record of 4-6 overall and 1-5 in conference. Not only are senior forward Donnelle Booker and senior forward Tobias Jahn injured in one way or another, the starters are playing longer minutes in the game. With Jahn on the bench, starters are playing more than 4 minutes more in the game. In addition, the men’s basketball team has already lost more CCAA games than it did all of last year. So, is it time to hit the panic button with respect to the men’s basketball team making it back to the postseason? Not a chance. The men’s basketball team is not even a third of the way through its season, meaning there is still plenty of basketball left to play. Secondly, Jahn is getting healthier and may play this weekend. The third reason not to panic has nothing to do with the men’s basketball team, but everything to do with the women’s basketball team. With interim head coach Danelle Bishop at the helm, the women’s basketball team has jumped out to an 8-2 record overall and a 5-1 record in conference play. Senior guard Reyana Colson is averaging 20.9 points per game in addition to averaging 3.5 assists, 6.2 rebounds and three steals per game. Also giving notable contributions on offense are senior forward La’kenya Simon West and junior center Megan Ford. Both Simon West and Ford have scored an average of 12.5 points per game. Moving away from basketball, the women’s crosscountry team placed 19th at the NCAA Div. II National Championships on Dec. 4 in Louisville, Ky. The pack of seven runners was led by sophomore Tiffany Dinh, who placed 72nd overall and ran the race in 23 minutes and 3 seconds. She was followed by junior Diana Zapata (120th), senior Amber Hebb (128th), senior Sarah Garcia (149th), freshman Fabiola Lugo, freshman Sarah Gulli (172nd) and sophomore Lauren Parr (173rd). In short, the women Broncos of Cal Poly Pomona have given the community a lot to be excited about. Reach Erik Carr at:
Last Tuesday, the Cal Poly Pomona baseball team announced Randy Betten as head coach, ending a nationwide search which lasted nearly ﬁve months. “We are excited about the hiring of Coach Betten and his plans for the direction of Bronco baseball,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Brian Swanson. “His track record of success is remarkable, before as a player and now as a coach, and that is what our studentathletes and program aspire to be. His recruiting relationships will be invaluable as we move forward,” said Swanson. Upon learning of Betten’ s hiring as the baseball team’ s new head coach, the reception among the returning players was exemplary. “I was relieved,” said senior catcher Michael Neff. “I was extremely excited, like beyond words,” said junior catcher Jenzen Torres. Betten succeeds Mike Ashman, who retired last August after coaching the Broncos for 15 seasons, and inherits a team that experienced a disappointing 2010 season. Last year, the Broncos ﬁ nished in sixth place in the CCAA with a 26-27 record overall and an 18-22 record against CCAA teams. The top four teams in the conference advanced to the CCAA Tournament. While this is Betten’ s ﬁ rst head coaching job at the collegiate level, he is already conﬁdent about the ener gy he wants to bring to the team. “I want to bring a new vibe [and] try and create a culture for success right away ,” Betten said. “When I interviewed for the position, I didn’ t want to talk about [a] ‘3-5 year ’ plan. I wanted to talk about a ‘now’ plan. So, my thing is how can we get it better today. From or ganization to player
development, all the way down from coaching staf f, everything. I wanted to buy into a culture of success right away. That’s what I’m trying to teach.” Torres believes that Betten’s focus on or ganization will prove to be a major factor in the 2011 season. “Coach Betten brings a lot of structure and he brings a lot of positive enthusiasm,” Torres said. “I think he’ s just a perfect ﬁt for our team.” Structure is a word that has constantly been said in the days following Betten’s introduction as the new head coach and one of the things that Betten hopes to emphasize this season is the fundamentals of baseball. “I’m going to focus on the fundamental part and let wins and losses fall where they may,” Betten said. “W e’re just going to go right back to what makes successful baseball. That’s playing the game smart, that’ s playing it hard, that’s playing all nine innings or 27 outs. That’s getting them to buy and to understand quality at-bats. I think just going back to the simplest of things. Keep it simple. That’s what I’m trying to get back to.” One returning player , who fully supports Betten’s hiring, believes that the new blood to the team was long overdue. “Cal Poly was deﬁ nitely in need of a new coach,” said senior pitcher John Pollock. “He was deﬁnitely the guy for this job and I was really, really excited for him.” Pollock believes that Betten’s hiring will give the players more direction and motivation. “He’s deﬁ nitely more an attention-to-detail type of coach,” Pollock said. “He’ s going to lead us into battle. Last year, it was just kind of ‘just go out there and play .’ Last year , the competitive vibe just wasn’t as strong.” The source of Betten’ s inspiring reputation is due in part to three of his inﬂ uences.
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Randy Betten, the C al Poly Pomona baseball team’s new head coach, becomes only the sixth co ach in the p rogram’s 51-ye ar hist ory. The B roncos b egin the 2011 season on Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. at Cal State Dominguez Hills. The name of one of those inﬂuences is very familiar to the Cal Poly Pomona community. “Coach [John] Scolinos,” Betten said. “I know it’ s kind of a roundabout way . I never coached with him but my mentor which was Dennis Rogers had probably the biggest inﬂuence on my coaching style and just my morals and values and ethics. So it stems back a long, big circle to Cal Poly Pomona because of what coach Scolinos did here with a guy by the name of Dennis
Rogers who then had a huge inﬂuence on me. “Of course, I’ll gravitate stuff that Doug Smith, my boss this past 7 years or 6 years at UC Riverside. All three of them had [an] impact on me.” Before becoming the Broncos head coach, Betten was on the coaching staf f of UC Riverside. Before that, he coached for Cal Baptist and Riverside Community College for 7 years. Prior to coaching, Betten
was a star player in his own right, playing professionally for 6 years in the California Angels or ganization and reached as high as AAA ball. In college, Betten played in the 1994 College World Series for Arizona State under coach Jim Brock and earned All-Paciﬁc 10 Conference First Team honors in 1995. Betten graduated from New Life Christian High School in Highland. Reach Erik Carr at:
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court, younger players have had to step up their game and play longer minutes sooner than expected. Even some of the upperclassmen, who did not play many minutes last season, have seen an increase in play as a result of the injuries. Senior guard Mark Rutledge, who averaged 22.5 minutes per game when Jahn started this season, now averages 29.25 minutes per game when Jahn is not in the lineup. “We’re asking a lot of that and just the physicality and the size and the strength, it got depleted and that’s what we’re predicated on is having, having some size and length for our defense and you take away two of our bigger players,” Kamansky said. “Donnelle’s been playing, but it’s not the same Donnelle as it was last year. I think that’s pretty obvious. “But he’s trying and he’s given everything he has left in his tank, and we’re trying to manage his health as best as we can.” Injuries are an issue the Broncos have weathered through in previous years due to their deep roster. Unfortunately, these injuries
occurred for a team boasting lesser depth during a season in which the Broncos’ conference rivals have only added it to their rosters. “The reality is these kids are trying hard and doing, trying to do the best they can,” Kamansky said. “It’s not working out with us right now and you know only time will tell to see what we’ll do but we definitely, we need a little more depth, we know that. “I mean it’s pretty painfully obvious and until I think we can get full strength, it’s always going to be an issue.” In spite of these concerns, the Broncos narrowly lost last Saturday to the Lumberjacks of Humboldt State, 64-62. Junior forward Dwayne Fells scored a career-high 24 points and had one assist and seven rebounds. “Dwayne had a huge, huge game against what is considered the top center in the conference: [Brian] Morris,” Kamansky said. “Dwayne is starting to learn that he is moving up into the elite level so that was a big, big plus for us, and Donnelle played with a lot of energy tonight. “He just fought through his knee problems tonight, and he really gutted one out there
for us. We are definitely a different team when he is able to function out on that court.” Sophomore guard Mitchel Anderson had 11 points, three assists, four rebounds, one block and one steal in his versatile performance while senior forward Kevin Menner had 10 points, one assist, three rebounds and one steal. The second half began with the Broncos down by 13 points. In the half, they outscored their opponent, 3827, and even tied the game with just 28 seconds to go when Rutledge drained a clutch 3-pointer. However, it was junior forward Kyle Baxter who scored the tie-breaking, game-winning shot for the Lumberjacks with only 3.5 seconds left in the game to give the Lumberjacks a 64-62 victory. The first half of the game proved to be a brutal one for the Broncos, who suffered a more than 9-minute scoring drought in which the Lumberjacks went on a 17-0 run. For the half as a whole, the Broncos made both of their attempts from the line, but failed to make a 3-pointer in their four attempts. While last Saturday’s game proved to be the Broncos’
closest loss of the season, Thursday’s loss was the Broncos’ worst. The Broncos were defeated by Sonoma State, 82-60, last Thursday on the strength of a Seawolves team that went 15-for-22 (68.2 percent) from behind the arc. “Sonoma State’s a very good basketball team, and our league is like the toughest in the conference,” Kamansky said. “We’re trying to hang in there. I know we got slaughtered.” Fells and Rutledge each scored 14 points. Fells also had three assists, eight rebounds and a pair of steals, and Rutledge finished the game with five rebounds of his own. “He’s definitely our most physical player,” Kamansky said about Fells. “I thought Rutledge, Mark played solid.” In the game, Anderson had 12 points and four rebounds. Despite having more rebounds, blocks, steals and a better free-throw percentage than the Seawolves, the Broncos were outplayed in the field. The Broncos came into the second half much more competitive than they were in the first, scoring just five fewer points than the
Seawolves, 44-39. But while the zone defense coaxes opponents to shoot from behind the arc, this game plan proved to be the Broncos’ Achilles’ heel when they played the Seawolves, who made 18 and 27 of their 38 first-half points and 44 second-half points, respectively, off 3-pointers. During the first half, the Broncos experienced long scoring droughts while the Seawolves went on two 7-0 runs. Although it is believed by some the Broncos’ struggles are the result of a lack of leadership among the players, Jahn disagrees. “It’s just we hadn’t played a whole, a game with an entire team yet, and I think that’s why we’re not in rhythm right now,” Jahn said. “I just think it’s just, there’s no flow right now because of the injuries.” As a result of the Broncos’ losses last week, the Seawolves improved to 5-7 overall and 3-5 in conference play while the Lumberjacks moved up to respective records of 11-1 and 7-1. The Seawolves are ninth in the CCAA and the Lumberjacks are second. Reach Erik Carr at:
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Women’s basketball team wins two more TIFFANY ROESLER
Correspondent A new year rang in a pair of wins for the Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team as it took two victories on the road this past weekend against Humboldt State, 6147, and Sonoma State, 70-50, on Thursday and Saturday , respectively. The Broncos improved their record to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in CCAA play . Humboldt State dropped to 6-6 overall and 3-5 in CCAA play. Sonoma State fell to 4-7 overall and 2-5 in CCAA play. Cal Poly Pomona continued to perform well defensively, holding the Humboldt State Lumberjacks to 29 percent shooting from the ﬁeld. “It was one of our best defensive games we’ve had,” said head coach Danelle Bishop. “I know we’ve held teams before to that many points, but we had a lot of really good defensive stops, especially on the stretch where [Humboldt State] could’ve made a comeback.” Senior guard Reyana Colson, along with junior center Megan Ford, led the Broncos in scoring with 13 points each. Freshman guard J.J. Judge followed close behind her teammates with 10 points. Senior forward La’kenya Simon West pounded the glass with 12 boards and put in an additional eight points. “Overall, I think we did
great,” Simon West said. “We got some defensive stops like we wanted. We shot well from the ﬂ oor. We did well from the 3-point line. We could’ve done a little bit better from the free-throw line, but we did good things.” With 13-and-a-half minutes left in the ﬁ rst half, Colson made a lay up that broke the 7-7 tie, which gave them the lead permanently. “Most of the game, we were playing good defense, and we were trying to capitalize on that and keep them in low scoring numbers,” Simon West said. “That was one [of] our goals for the game. Having good defense kept the momentum going.” The ﬁ rst victory of 201 1 came when the Broncos picked up a 70-50 victory against Sonoma State last Thursday. A s low ﬁ rst half resulting in a 26-26 score at the half ignited a strong defensive change-up in the second half which led the Broncos to maintain the lead for the rest of the game. “In the second half, we changed our defense,” Colson said. “W e were at a full court press on them, which forced turnovers, which allowed us to get a lot of fast break points and also switch the tempo. “That’s the reason why they struggled of fensively and weren’t able to run their offense. They struggled to get the ball passed half court.” Colson continued to
shine for the Broncos, as she poured in 25 points and had three steals against the Seawolves. Junior guard Sarah Semenaro had 11 points from the ﬁeld. “I think I played well,” Colson said. “I wasn’ t overshooting or forcing anything. I feel I played a good game, and we played really well today.” Simon West had another good game as well, leading the Broncos with eight rebounds and earning 12 points. “I think we had a pretty good second half,” Bishop said. “We came out [of] our last game [against Cal State Monterey Bay] shooting pretty poorly . Our ﬁ rst half we didn’ t come out too strong, so that was really good [that] we got the ﬁ eldgoal percentage up. “What contributed to that was that we really brought it on defensively in the second half, and because we brought it on defensively I think it really ener gized our of fense a little bit.” The Broncos will play two games of a three-game home stretch where they will face Cal State Stanislaus on Friday and Chico State Saturday. They will ﬁnish the home stand on Jan. 18 against Cal State San Bernardino. All games are set to start at 5:30 p.m. Reach Tiffany Roesler at:
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Junior guard Sarah Semenero prepares to shoot the basketball during practice. Semenero earned a career-high 11 points and had one assist, three rebounds and two steals against Sonoma State last Thurs day.
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2011