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Pizza with Presidents returns The quarterly open forum offers free pizza once again

CHRIS BASHAW

Staff Writer Pizza with the Presidents will be hosted by Associated Students, Inc. and University President Michael Ortiz on Thursday, Oct. 14 at noon in the University Quad. ASI President Ismael

Souley said it was the administration’s decision to switch Brown Bag with the Presidents back to Pizza with the Presidents, hoping to draw a greater number of students to attend. The temporary switch to Brown Bag was a symbolic response to budgetary concerns facing Cal Poly

Pomona after the economic collapse. “We are trying to give students an enhanced experience, compared with last year when fees rose more than 30 percent, faculty and staff were furloughed, and ‘Pizza With’ became a brown bag event,” said Tim Lynch, the senior media

communications coordinator for Public Affairs, in an e-mail. “[Pizza with the Presidents] is an open forum placed on a quarterly basis that offers the campus population the opportunity to interact with the campus administration, faculty, staff and ASI leaders,” said

Souley, who will join Ortiz in hearing out students’ concerns and questions. “It’s all about offering the opportunity to have those two people — the student body president and the university president — be here to answer questions for any constituents of the university,” said Souley.

Although Ortiz could not be reached for comment, Lynch said students will direct the forum’s conversation. “The presidents are probably prepared to talk about a whole range of subjects, but the whole event is student-driven,” said Lynch. See PIZZA/Pg. 5

Recent suicides highlight value of Pride Center Campus offers many services for lesbian, gay, bi, and transgender students who are victims of bullying. CECILY ARAMBULA AMY NAVAS

Staff Writers Daniel Nguyen / The Poly Post

Sitting on the high top mountain trail looking over Cal Poly Pomona, the CPP sign rests as a symbol representing CPP pride.

Letters spell out long campus history ANA IBARA

Staff Writer Overlooking the campus and visible from as far as Valley Boulevard lies one of Cal Poly Pomona’s landmarks: the CPP letters on Kellogg Hill. Although most students and faculty are familiar with the letters, few may know the history behind them. Ronald Simons, associate vice president of special projects, is one of the few individuals on campus who can trace the history of the letters on the hill back to when the land-

mark was first created in 1958. Simons said the letters were not originally placed on Kellogg Hill, but had to be moved there after discovering that the letters were placed on land that was not Cal Poly Pomona’s property at the time. The letters were first built by students with support from alumni and originally only stood with one “P.” The second “P” was not added until 2003. “The letters are tradition and identification,” said Simons. “We wanted

to give Cal Poly Pomona its own identification, something that would set us apart from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. To do that we added the third [letter] on the hill.” Simons said previous University President, Bob Suzuki, along with his wife Agnes, stressed the importance of building a stronger identity as Cal Poly Pomona rather than just Cal Poly. This is why the Alumni Association decided to honor Suzuki with the redesigned and refurbished CPP letters on the hill.

The new CPP design seen today was chosen from a contest held by the Art Department. It is Cal Poly Pomona’s tradition to allow campus organizations to paint the letters to reflect their pride and colors. The letters are managed by the Office of Student Life and Cultural Center, which grants permission to clubs and organizations that want to paint the letters. At the beginning of each school year, the letters are traditionally painted green and gold by

Orientation Services. Afterwards, campus clubs begin making their reservations. This fall, Cal Poly Pomona’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) organization was the first to decorate it, choosing a bright rainbow pattern. Students such as Marco Maldonado, a fourth-year history student and social justice leader for the Native American Cultural Center, who have gone up to the letters on several different occasions, have See CPP/Pg. 3

On Sept. 22, Tyler Clementi, a first-year student at Rutgers University in New Jersey, jumped off the George Washington Bridge and became the seventh teenage suicide linked to anti-gay bullying at school. Although Rutgers is on the other side of the country, the effects of his story can be felt at Cal Poly Pomona. “I’m sorry he jumped because there are other solutions to his problems,” said Freddy Flores, a secondyear business student. The Pride Center at Cal Poly Pomona offers a place for students to try and find those solutions. Jami Grosser, coordinator of the Pride Center, said she is saddened by the recent suicides because it took several tragedies for people to recognize such a common issue. See LGBT/Pg. 3

New shuttles to reduce carbon emissions BEN FRENCH

Staff Writer Cal Poly Pomona has a new contract for the bronco shuttle service, trading the old buses for sleeker, more efficient ones and the promise of a greener school. Glenn Shenker, director of parking and transportation at CPP, explained in an e-mail the changes in the Bronco Express Shuttles. “We are excited to announce that the new campus shuttles are environmentally friendly,” Shenker said, “The buses are [clean natural gas]

buses, and this falls in line with the campus’ commitment to achieve climate neutrality by the year 2030.” Meaghan Smith, the manager of sustainability at Cal Poly Pomona, explained in an e-mail the importance of the change in fuel. “The new CNG-powered Bronco Express shuttles are much cleaner than traditional gasoline or diesel powered vehicles,” said Smith. “This is significant when you consider that Bronco Express runs from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Having CNG-powered shuttles on campus means a re-

duced carbon footprint for Cal Poly Pomona.” The shuttles, being environment friendly and using CNG, will have different fuel economy than the previous shuttles. “As far as fuel cost goes, we do not have a current reading yet since we have not completed a full month with all the buses in service,” said Shenker. “The new buses basically just started on Sept. 23. We will have more information at the end of October.” The price of all these changes isn’t as drastic or difSee SHUTTLES/Pg. 3

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The new Bronco Express shuttles are powered by clean natural gas and are considered clean air vehicles.

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Innovation village enters fourth phase of construction

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New signs enhance the presence of the Innovation Village on Cal Poly Pomona’s campus. FERNANDO MARQUEZ

Correspondent Evident signs of development can be seen along Temple and Grand as Phase IV of the construction process continues at the 65-acre Innovation Village. The construction includes the creation

of a new building that will serve as additional space for more Southern California Edison Employees. The idea of the Innovation Village can be traced back to 1995 as the brainchild of former University President, Bob Suzuki. “[Suzuki’s] vision was to create re-

search opportunities for faculty and internship opportunities for students by creating a relationship between private and public sectors that would benefit the school,” said Sandra Vaughan-Acton, director of real estate development for Innovation Village. See INNOVATION/Pg. 4

University Village charges $30 for mailbox

NEWS IN BRIEF

$199 million restored to CSU budget California has just approved an additional $199 million for the California State University system. The total amount of state support for 2010-2011 is $2.62 billion. The CSU was granted $106 million from federal stimulus funding. The increased money brings the General Fund support to levels not seen since 2005-2006. It is also the first time since 2007 that money has been added to the CSU system. $199 million of the funds will be used to pay back money that was lost because of a $305 million cut to the CSU system in 2009-2010. The 2009-2010 budget marked the lowest amount of state support since the 1999-2000 budget. During the 2008-2010 enrollment periods, the CSU reduced enrollment by 40,000 across its 23 campuses. $60.6 million of the additional funds will be used to support growth in enrollment. The CSU announced the extra money will be used to grow enrollment by 30,000 students over winter and spring. Though it marks an increase in state funding, the CSU system still has to contend with rising costs in healthcare and energy. Money previously reserved for payroll will be used to restore classes that were cut.

Family fun at annual Pumpkin Festival Cal Poly Pomona is holding its annual Pumpkin Festival in the patch near the campus farm store on Oct. 16 and 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event also coincides with the Insect Fair taking place at the Bronco Student Center and running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to choosing Illustration by Katie O’ Laughlin / The Poly Post from thousands of pumpkins to purchase at prices Students living in the village must now pay $30 if they want to receive paper mail or packages. starting at $5, visitors can of the mailboxes, as well enjoy a petting zoo, pony RACHEL WINTER as the time it takes to sort rides and a corn maze, Staff Writer through and deliver pack- among other activities that In a decision made by ages. vary in prices. the management staff at At a rate of $10 per quarThose who get to the fesCal Poly Pomona’s Uni- ter, equaling to $30 per tival early enough on Satversity Village in Febru- year, students at the Uni- urday can also take part in ary, a $30 fee for the use versity Village are not re- a Pancake Breakfast, which of mailbox and package quired to have a mailbox, takes place from 8 a.m. to service was implemented but may request one and 11 a.m and casts $5 for at the start of the 2010- pay for either one quarter adults and $4 for children 2011 academic year. or for the whole year at the 12 and under. While developing the time they pay their licensFor more information 2010-2011 budget propos- ing fees for housing. regarding the Pumpkin al, the management staff Many students living at Festival and Insect Fair, at the University Village the University Village feel visit www.csupomona. also decided that addition- apprehensive about having edu/~agri/news/pumpkin. al staff resources needed to pay an extra fee to get shtml. to be met in the mailbox/ a mailbox, especially since package service area. The the rates for rent have also mailroom at the University gone up this year. Village currently employs “I don’t want to pay $30 one full-time staffer and for something that should two part-time students as be included,” said Daisy staff in order to meet mail- Vasquez, a fourth-year aniing needs. mal health science student. According to Ken Fish- “They have already raised er, Director of Housing at rent $60, so it’s dumb to the University Village, the have a mailbox fee too.” While many students fee for the yearly mailFor students interested in have shown apprehension learning more about proposiIllustration by Katie O’ Laughlin / The Poly Post box will also be used on Money and a key are both required to open this expenses such as mainte- about the situation, a few tion 23, a meeting will be held See MAILBOX/Pg. 4 today at noon in Orion AB of nance, repairs and security mailbox.

Prop. 29 meeting to be held in BSC

the Bronco Student Center hosted by California Public Interest Research Group. The passing of Proposition 23 would suspend AB 32, the global warming act of 2006, until California’s unemployment rate drops to 5.5 percent or below for four consecutive quarters. CALPIRG organizes college students with an attempt to promote awareness regarding pressing public interest problems. The student organization is statewide and works to promote awareness about issues such as environmental protection, consumer protection, hunger and homelessness. For more information about CALPIRG and Proposition 23, go to www.calpirgstudents.org.

Matt’s Run to begin Saturday The Matthew Myers Memorial 5-kilometer run/ walk is scheduled to take place Saturday, Oct. 16. The race will start at 8 a.m. Registration is $15 for students with a Bronco ID and $30 for adults. At the event,- a stretch booth will be provided by the Bronco Fitness Center from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. There will also be a free barbecue sponsored by the Greek council. Online registration closes on Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. Individuals who wish to register the day of the event will be charged an additional $5 per participant. Visit www.mattsrun.org for more information.

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University Drive. Going up and down Univ. Dr. going approx 50-60 MPH. Unsafe driving, almost hit some students. Description: Silver Dodge Daktoa. Disposition: Not Witnessed - Advised/Complied

Engineering Labs. Engineering Meadows. Male, 19 years old, playing ultimate frisbee got hit on the mouth. Tooth got hit, bleeding, conscious, breathing. Just requesting Gauze. Disposition: Assisted

College of Agriculture. Conscious/ breathing. Female, 29-years-old. Mix medication reaction. Disposition: Code 14 - Return to Normal Duty.

University Village. Subject possibly on drugs, keeps repeating himself. Asian male, early 20s, conscious and breathing. Disposition: Released to parent.

University Village basketball court. Male popped his shoulder out of place. Conscious and breathing, feeling pain in shoulder. Disposition: Assisted.

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University Library. Student having a seizure. Disposition: Code 14 - Return to normal duty

Occured at 109 - New PD - Beat 4 on Olive Lane. Stolen iPod. Disposition: Report Taken

Vista Cafe. B/F cleaning floors and table for the past two to three hours. Disposition: Code 14 - Return to normal duty.

Occurred at 106 - Parking Structure. Elevator 2. Disposition: Assisted

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Agriscapes, Beat 4 on Temple Ave. Garden Center. Drove into door to garden center. Tire marks of a small vehicle. 911 at the corner of farmstore. Disposition: Report Taken

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What is in a degree? GREG TOUMASSIAN

Editor-in-Chief There is no question that the knowledge gained from attending a four-year university is valuable, but at what point does the cost for a degree become too much? According to College Board’s “Education Pays: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society” 2010 edition, bachelor degree recipients working full-time, year round in 2008 made $55,700. The problem is, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, in the two years since the statistic, the poverty rate is up to 14.3 percent. In 2009, the unemployment rate jumped from 7.7 percent to 10.1 percent. College Board does not deserve to take heat for the skewed statistic; it takes time to accumulate data from a large sample. However, to rest comfortably on the assertion that college graduates will be making close to $60,000, working full time may be a case of counting the chickens before they hatch. One area to consider is college tuition inflation. It has a lot to do with the concern regarding a degree’s worth, primarily because tuition rates tend to increase at twice the rate of general inflation. Less than 10 years ago, a student enrolled at Cal Poly Pomona would have paid $760 per quarter. Assuming this same student would opt for a summer vacation, the cost of attending three quarters would cost $2280. In fall quarter of last year, students shelled out about $2,000 to attend Cal Poly Pomona. To make matters worse, this was a few months after the Great Recession had ended. Dealing with tuition hikes while contending with a lack of classes, fewer resources and – the now ceased – furlough Fridays did not help any arguments See UNFILTERED/Pg. 4

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Smaller and better for the environment, the new Bronco Express shuttles ferry students around campus.

SHUTTLES: CNG powered buses make campus greener Continued from page 1

ferent as most would think. “There is basically no cost difference between the current contract and our previous contractor,” Shenker said. The new contract under Silverado is the same price as the one the school had with the previous contractors, First Transit. Both contracts cost $50 per hour. Crystal Oglesby, a driver for the campus shuttle system

since 2006, gave some insight to what the new shuttles are like. “[The new shuttles are] better than the old ones,” Oglesby said. “They move on campus faster and are wider than the older ones. It used to be colder in the back and warmer in the front because they didn’t have central air until now.” Oglesby also explained

some of the services provided by the new shuttle contractor. “The company seems more concerned about the safety of the students,” Oglesby said. “They have on-hand supervisors who are out there making sure things are running smoothly, making sure the bus is moving, checking the brakes and monitoring the buses going all the way around. The company is eager

to do what the school wants.” While the shuttles sound like a positive change coming from the officials and staff, Anna Guzman, a third-year animal health science student, had a few complaints about the new shuttles. “Before they had two doors,” Guzman said, “making it easier to get in and out. Now there’s only one. The metal bars are gone, and there

are straps now so you have to hold on to dear life to keep balanced.” Not entirely against the design, Guzman approves of the green agenda set by the school. “It’s a good idea,” Guzman said, “If we can be green, then why not? We might as well.” Reach Ben French at:

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LGBT: Help and support available at Pride Center

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“Unfortunately, it takes the student who commits suicide for people to look up and take notice,” said Grosser. Grosser also said matters similar to anti-gay bullying are a daily struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. “LGBT students are constantly feeling excluded,” said Grosser. “Professors are constantly using language [that doesn’t include them] or they’re constantly being asked if they have a boyfriend or girlfriend.” Grosser hopes the Pride Center at Cal Poly Pomona can help prevent cases like Clementi’s from happening to someone else. “We need to let LGBT students know they can be successful and resilient; that

it does get better, and it’s not going to take them committing suicide for them to get noticed,” said Grosser. Although Grosser encourages students struggling with these issues to visit the Pride Center, she also understands the difficulties surrounding it. “We just provide the resources, but even in the best intentions, stepping inside our doors is not the same as walking into the Financial Aid Office,” said Grosser. “It says something about your identity coming in here.” Despite how hard going out to get support may be, the Pride Center has made significant efforts to help students struggling with LGBT issues. Various programs are available through the Pride

Center, such as Speaker’s Bureau, Tuesday Rap Groups and Q-Camp. Tuesday Rap Groups are discussion groups that are designed to create a safe place around a particular LGBT identity. There are a wide variety of different groups available so that students can choose the group that they will identify with the most. These groups meet for an hour at 5 p.m. every Tuesday. Last Thursday, the Pride Center hosted a welcome reception to unite the LGBT faculty and staff. “I feel really supported,” said Bryan Tran, a secondyear architecture student. “Not a lot of professors will stand up for us.” Dr. Carlos Gonzales, a

professor in the Management and Human Resources department, sees the value of this event for the students. “They need to know that we are here willing and able to help them,” said Gonzales. Another outlet for help from Cal Poly Pomona faculty and students for LGBT students is the Safe Zone Ally program. The Safe Zone Ally program is a network of Cal Poly Pomona students, faculty and staff who are visibly supportive of LGBT people, as well as anyone dealing with sexual orientation or gender identity issues, and have attended the training workshop. Students interested in attending a meeting of the

Safe Zone Ally program can attend training dates where participants will learn about LGBT topics and terminology, receive resources and referral info, interact with a panel of LGBT students and discuss ways of being an ally. There are even more programs available at the Pride Center aimed toward specific identities. Students affected by the recent string of anti-gay bullying tragedies are advised to visit the Pride Center to find a support group that best fits them. Meeting dates for the Safe Zone Ally program can be found at dsa.csupomona. edu/pride/safe_zone.asp. Reach the authors at:

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experienced how treacherous the trail can be. “Painting the letters is an accomplishment,” said Maldonado. “Getting up that hill is a challenge, but the hardest part is getting

down.” The approximately 10 minute hike is not an easy walk, but for some, it’s worth the effort. “The best way to know what it’s like is to go up there and experience it yourself,” said Justine Budisantosos, a third-year hotel and restaurant management student and Rose

Float Club President. “I’ve been there a couple of times, and it’s amazing.” Budisantosos also mentioned the dangers students can face when going up the hill. “Besides having to watch out for rattlesnakes and being extra careful not to slip, it is also a mis-

sion to coordinate people up the hill, especially if you have a big group,” said Budisantosos. Cal Poly Pomona’s landmark has been standing for half of a century. A few guidelines students have to follow when painting the letters on the hill have changed through out time.

Before, clubs had access to the letters for only a few days, but now clubs can display their colors for a couple of weeks. “It was a good project, it was very well thought out, and it has lasted,” said Simons. Reach Ana Ibara at:

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INNOVATION: ‘Creating jobs where there weren’t any’

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The California State University Board of Trustees approved the project in 1999 and again in 2000. In 2001, Phase I of the construction process initiated the building of the Center for Training, Technology and Incubation (CTTI). CTTI provides commercial facilities for companies that are starting to expand and would like to do further research and development on products or ideas. Companies are able to lease spaces within CTTI at the Innovation Village. Some of its current tenants include the American Red Cross, Southern California Edison, College of the Extended University and Biomedix. Phase II began in 2003 when the American Red Cross Biomedical Services decided to establish its prototype blood testing center. The center opened in 2005 with 1,200 employees. Since

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Behind the signs of the Innovation Village lies the American Red Cross. then, it has been able to provide students with volunteer, internship and part-time job opportunities as intended by Suzuki. Phase III began in 2004 and culminated with the completion of a 123,000 square foot structure in

2007. Southern California Edison bought the building as a home for employees of the transmission and distribution unit. Funds for the Innovation Village come from a federal Economic Development Ad-

ministration grant, awarded to the university after it was recognized for successfully partnering with the American Red Cross. “Because of the grant, none of the university’s money was spent whatsoever,” said Vaughan-Acton.

“Half of it came from [Cal Poly Pomona Foundation Inc.] and the other half came from the grant.” The Innovation Village is expected to have a significant economic impact on the surrounding community. “We are creating jobs

where there weren’t any before, and not only that, but they include high paying engineering jobs like the ones found at Southern California Edison,” said VaughanActon. Reach Fernando Marquez at:

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UNFILTERED: What’s the real purpose of college? Continued from page 3

in favor of a college degree. Another area to note is the strength of a four-year degree in the job market. While a Bachelor’s degree may not be obsolete, it is becoming increasingly clear that employers are seeking the most wellrounded and qualified applicants for higher paying jobs. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 39 million Ameri-

cans older than 18 have a bachelor’s degree. While this group is less than 7 percent of the population, it is still a large figure in a competing job market, especially considering the unemployment numbers. Another concern is what employers seek these days. Having a piece of paper with a gold seal declaring expertise in a given field is great, but what a person did in the midst of earning a de-

gree is also put into heavy consideration. Experience is key. When it really comes down to it, a college education is not a sure thing in the job market. As much as the idea was pumped into the heads of young people, a college degree will not always guarantee a career, especially in impacted fields. Make no mistake about it: the value of a college degree has more to do with

the years spent attaining the pretty piece of paper. The cost of earning a degree may become exponentially too expensive for some if the inflating trend continues. It is unfortunate and unfair. Perspective college students may also factor in the ever-growing population of four-year university graduates. While this pessimism is not unwarranted, it is up to students to understand what

in the process. This does not dismiss the students, faculty and staff who strive for scholarship and communal enhancement – those who fight the good fight. Rather, this argument is geared toward the systems attempting to guide such institutions into consumerbased clearinghouses.

the real purpose of going to college is. Higher education does not entail years of repayment to a lending company. This is the product of a fouryear university. At some point, these institutions had to provide more and more to garner students. In a sense, students became customers. A university will attempt to provide appealing services, charge a premium and make money

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MAILBOX: Optional fee makes students question need for mail students did feel somewhat ambivalent about the mailbox fee. “I don’t have a mailbox because I didn’t want to pay,” said Brian Diluca, a fifth-year civil engineering student. “I’d never use it, so it didn’t matter to me.” A lot of students who may have been given a free mailbox in previous years feel that the $30 mailbox charge is not worth it if they live close enough to the home of a parent or they get most of their things through e-mail. “I’m kind of torn about

the fees for the mailboxes. It sucks, but after living in the dorms and suites for two years when I got here, I never exactly utilized the mailboxes there,” said Owen Caldwell, a fourthyear computer information systems student. “I wouldn’t use the ones here either, especially since pretty much everything is sent via e-mail anyways.” Fisher has said that mailbox usage at the village has declined a considerable amount since last year when mailboxes were included. “Those students who

I don’t want to have to pay $30 for something that should be included. -Daisy Vasquez Fourth-year health science student

are interested in having a mailbox are more interested in traditional mail and care packages as well,” said Fisher. “Everything is being sent through e-mail these days, but there are still some students who have been interested in

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mailboxes.” With so many students trying to save in anyway they can, the mailbox fee is one way that students are looking into saving more, even if it means that they won’t see any paper mail until they go home to

parents and pick it up. “I live about 45 minutes away, so it’s kind of a hassle to drive home, but I’d rather just leave my mail at my parents’ house than pay the fee. It’s expensive,” said Robert Melara, a fourth-year civil engineering student. Some students have questioned whether the village is in its legal right to charge them for mail. Although it is against United States Postal Service regulations to charge people to receive their mail, it is not illegal to charge people a fee for a

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“The students will dictate the flow of conversation.� Questions and concerns about student life will be addressed by Souley and ASI as a whole. Questions about classes, budgets and policy will be addressed by Ortiz. “Classes are beyond ASI and are more of a univer sity issue; I expect them to be directed at the administration,� said Souley. Karyn Jones, a third-year psychology student who transferred from a community college, is concerned about campus life at Cal Poly Pomona.

“This is my first quarter here and I was wondering if the students have a sense of belonging here,� said Jones. “Are there activities to generate the feeling that [Cal Poly Pomona] is an actual university and not a community college?� Jones continued to ask about the $42 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that Cal Poly Pomona received in July. “I’m curious to know how the grant will be dispersed. I don’ t know if it has to be used for something specifically,� said Jones.

Similar concerns are likely to be brought up several times and phrased in numerous forms during Pizza with the Presidents. Third-year Liberal Studies student Isaac Delgado wanted to know why more classes weren’ t being offered and why students can only enroll for a maximum of 12 or 13 units during the initial enrollment period. “I’m always waitlisted and I’m always the first person on the waiting list, but my classes are always packed and I never get in,� said Delgado. Some students, like

third-year English student Amy-Rose Kirkham, might catch both Ortiz and Souley of f-guard with questions they are unlikely to be prepared for. “I wondered why we had classes during the heat wave,� Kirkham said, addressing Sept. 27, the hottest day on record in Los Angeles at 113 degrees. She said she didn’t know if Cal Poly Pomona is prepared to cancel classes for extreme weather, but said it should be considered. Reach Chris Bashaw at:

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Where we’re going and where we’ve been EVAN PERKINS

Opinions Editor As an auto enthusiast, I am constantly watching the industry: trying to stay on top of up-andcoming models, constantly evolving technologies and my personal favorite, autopolitics. All this looking to the future has me wondering, “What will we be driving in years to come?” Not 10 years, maybe not even 20; but when I am old and gray and my years spent at Cal Poly Pomona are fondly distant memories, what kind of contraptions will be cruising down the highway? My money says they won’t be all that different from the cars on the road today. Let’s start with the basics. Cars will still have conventional wheels with tires made of rubber. Controls won’t have changed much; there will still be a steering wheel and pedals. So what will change? Style will definitely evolve over the next several decades. Radically sculptured cars like Chevrolet’s Camaro and Nissan’s newly introduced Juke are evidence of a trend in design shift. The most critical change that will occur in the cars of the future will be power train design. There will be a huge spike in alternative energy vehicles, especially fully electric vehicles and hydrogen-powered cars. Electric vehicles will take off once battery technology catches up to electric motor design. With advancements in battery design, the prices of electric vehicles will become affordable for the average driver. Would I drive an electric vehicle? You bet! Electric motors create loads of torque. The idea of a commuter car that gets me to work without having to fill up sounds amazing. My experience with the all-electric Mini EV was very positive; that little guy hustled around an autocross course just as enthusiastically as the S model. One of the most promising technologies being developed is hydrogen. Imagine using your garden hose to fill up your car. Ridiculous as it sounds, some hydrogen cars aim to do just that. The concept of splitting water up into hydrogen and oxygen, then burning that mixture to create propulsion is pretty far out there. Even more far fetched is that this system would yield emissions consisting See CARS/Pg. 7

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Left: Shelly Ferraritz, 45, a 2010 breast cancer survivor, receives her pink ribbon tattoo at Ink’d Chronicles in Pomona on Oct. 9. Right: Enduring the sharp pain, Stephanie Alvarez, 20, gets a pink ribbon tattoo on her wrist.

Thinking pink with ink Ink’d Chronicles in Downtown Pomona held an event last Saturday from noon to midnight donating all of the proceeds to breast cancer research AMANDA NEWFIELD

Managing Editor “It was a year of pure hell, but I got through it with the support and love of my family and friends,” said Judy Doyel, 45, who was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer six years ago. “And now I’m happy to say that I’m cancer-free.” Doyel underwent a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation treatment and has now been cancer-free since. Her long time friend Shelly Ferrari, 45, who is a 2010 breast cancer survivor, accompanied Doyel last Saturday to Ink’d Chronicles in Pomona. The two received pink ribbon tattoos in support of breast cancer research. “When I turned 40, I wanted to get

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Tattoo artist from central California Blaiz, 33, attends the third Annual Tattoos for the Cure for the first time. either a tattoo or a piercing, but I got my belly button pierced instead,” said Doyel. “For a while now I’ve been contemplating getting a pink ribbon, just because it’s so meaningful to me.” The two had just completed the Susan G. Kolman walk in Orange County, where they walked with their team of family members and close friends. The wig Doyel wore when she

first underwent treatment inspired the team’s name, Embrace. The third annual event served as a day for honoring survivors of breast cancer as all of the proceeds went toward breast cancer research at the Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center. Terry Dipple, owner of Ink’d Chronicles on 2nd Street, was inspired

to create the event after his fiancee Michelle was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago. With help from neighboring stores, Platform Color Style Salon and Push On 2nd, this year’s event included a fashion show and live music. “We tried to switch it up a little bit this year with the fashion show and newly designed shirts and joining with others who are supporting the cause,” said Dipple. Many people who have been affected by breast cancer through family members and friends attended the event and received tattoos in support of their loved ones. Jason Durbin, 31, attended in honor of his best friend, whose mother and mother-in-law both lost their lives to breast cancer. He received his first tattoo at the event: a pink ribbon on his right forearm. “Tattoo shops usually have bad raps, so the fact that they are doing something like this is pretty cool,” said Brittany Holley, 24, who attended in support of Durbin. “It brings people out who wouldn’t normally get tattoos.” See PINKED/Pg. 10

It’s ‘Pretend Time’ for comedian Swardson New sketch show on Comedy Central aims to fill gap left by ‘Chappelle’s Show’ KIMBERLY HADDAD

Staff Writer Nick Swardson is notorious for his outlandish standup, the screwy character Terry Bernadino on “Reno 911!” and his earlier roles in films such as “Grandma’s Boy, “The Benchwarmers” and “Blades of Glory.” Now he is ready to shock television audiences with his new sketch-comedy series, “Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time.” “A lot of people were really baffled that I wanted to do this because I was doing other stuff,” Swardson said in a conference call. “They had assumed that I wanted to continue with this route, which I do, but I’ve been a big fan of sketch, and the opportunity was presented to me.” “Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time” will premiere today at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central. This has been the only time Swardson thought he could pull the television

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Actor, comedian and writer, Nick Swardson rides high once again. show off. Creatively, it took the place of his standup. The show allows the comedian to improve his writing process and focus on the sketch-comedy format. Hoping to showcase his versatility, Swardson finally revealed his off-the-wall thought process. “The format is what drew me to the show,” said Swardson. “It’s the only

reason why I wanted to do it. I wouldn’t have done a sketch show if it was just me walking out on stage.” In the show, sketches flow from one to the other without interruption, slipping in amusing commercials with bizarre themes in between. Juvenile and witty sketches abound throughout the show, such as Swardson introducing a wheelchair-

bound cat, known as “Mr. Stitches” or “Trust Fund Kitty,” that inherits a great deal of money after being run over by a cocaine addict. Also, there is a commercial for a vehicle that runs on “human fuel,” a fictional formula made with urine. Another sketch is about Lady Gaga’s supposed brother named Garry, a cop

who has outdone his sister’s fashion craze with his outrageous headgear and fake eyelashes. “I really wanted to push myself with these characters,” said Swardson. “People know me from ‘Reno 911!,’ where I was the same character for six years, but I really wanted to push my limits.” Network executives knew the implications of signing Swardson. In Swardson’s opinion, “Chappelle’s Show” left a void when it went off the air. “‘South Park’ is always crazy, but it’s different with animation,” said Swardson. “I think that they were looking for someone to come in and do that.” Comedy Central allowed Swardson to have creative freedom in the sketches and welcomed his ideas. Swardson insists that anyone who enjoys laughing at crazy comedy-whether 80-years-old or eight years old--should watch the show. “Honesty, it’s a show that anybody can watch, and I think it’s an extension of my stand-up in certain ways,” Swardson said. Reach Kimberly Haddad at:

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Right: Working together to cut sheets of metal to create the fastest racing prototype vehicle, Cal Poly’s SAE team looks forward to win the next competition. Left: To win the weekend autocross competition, Cal Poly Pomona’ s formula SAE team builds a newer, faster and aerodynamic prototype succeeding last year’s prototype model for the competition.

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Mechanical engineers drive Formula Racing Team JEFFERSON YEN

Staff Writer David Whitaker wants people to know that Cal Poly Pomona’s Formula Racing builds vehicles that go 0 to 60 mph in just over three seconds. “Materials only would cost $20,000 to build the car, and if you take into consideration man hours, a $20,000 car turns into a $50,000 car,” said Whitaker, a mechanical engineering student and former team manager of Cal Poly Formula Racing. Cal Poly Formula Racing competes in Formula SAE, an international student design competition run by the Society of Automotive Engineers. In the competition, each team must design, manufacture and pitch the sale of a prototype autocross car. The team is also judged on the aesthetic appeal of the vehicle, including ergonomics.

In essence, the team must act like a newly founded auto company and is judged on how well they would do in the real world. “This club is run like an independent business so you need engineers,” said Whitaker. “But you also need people to take care of the other stuff.” Mechanical engineering professor and team faculty advisor, Clifford Stover, fondly remembers competing in Italy in 2007 when the team was invited to compete at the Ferrari test facility and placed sixth. Although Ivan Troitsky, a fourthyear mechanical engineering student and team manager, said the club is open to anyone, engineering students dominate it. Current majors represented include aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. Recruiting happens at the beginning of the school year with the team attending orientation, BroncoFusion and the Engineering Club Welcome

Fair. Without members from other majors, the team must do the best that they can. “Currently the engineers are doing everything,” said Whitaker. “So you have to prioritize your time.” Though their work may be hard, those involved with the club said that there are benefits. Kevin Castelo, a fifth-year mechanical engineering student and former drive train design captain, said that through the club, he has made connections with people working in the automotive industry. “The teams allow the students to have real world experience,” said Stover. “[Because of] the amount of hours they spend, they mature by leaps and bounds.” He adds that every team member has gotten a job before they graduated. The club is active for nearly the whole year with senior team members working on the design of the prototype during the summer. This

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is possible due to Stover’s advisement throughout the year. Troitsky said even on weekdays, members of the team will come in and work on the prototype. On weekends, they will often stay late into the evening to work on the prototype. Stover said Cal Poly Pomona students do most of the manufacturing for Cal Poly Formula Racing on campus. Fabrication for the European team is done off-campus said Stover. The inequalities don’t stop there; the European teams come to the United States with a lot of funding. Over the years, Cal Poly Formula Racing has had to rely on donations of materials and equipment. Money is always an issue. “It costs a lot of money to build that thing—just the material itself is really expensive,” said Troitsky. Castelo also said that money is a constant factor, echoing Troitsky’s See SAE/Pg. 10

of pure water. Although this technology is still in its infancy it shows much promise. Am I ready to give up on gas all together? No way. I am far too big a fan of the conventional gasoline automobile to simply give it up entirely–and I honestly don’t think I will ever have to. This country is far too reliant on gasoline to ditch its dependency–at least in my lifetime. There is so much technology in the auto industry and cars have come so far from the humble transportation devices they started out as. Trivial things like air conditioning, sound systems, and quiet interiors, are taken for granted on a daily basis. Fifty years ago, you were lucky if your car started on the first try. Today there are cars that can stop themselves if the driver falls asleep, street cars that can do 250 mph, high intensity headlights that can peer around corners and maybe in a few years, cars that can run on water. Maybe it takes a gear-head to realize just how far we’ve come–I don’t think so. Reach Evan Perkins at:

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App-lying smartphones to aid with college life From satisfying cravings to beating traffic, these useful apps make student life easier NAZIA QUERASHI

Staff Writer Students are getting back in the rhythm of school and can use some help getting ahead. The following are helpful applications for smartphones to make life easier for students. First up is an obvious pick: “The Cal Poly Central” app provides general information about all things Cal Poly. College students love food, and the app conveniently provides information on whether an on-campus restaurant is open or not at any given time. It also has a list of campus departments with location and contact information for each one. Every student struggles with the cost of books and where they can find them for the best deal. “BigWords” is a free iPhone application that lets users utilize BigWords.com, a textbook price-comparison search engine, while on the go and is perfect for comparing prices at the Bronco Bookstore. Other textbook apps to check out are CourseSmart’s “eTextbooks”, which lets users access over 7,000 digitized

textbooks on the iPhone and more than 50,000 free books on the Stanza eBook reader from Amazon. “I actually downloaded a very similar app recently because it was under top free apps,” said Kyle Vericker, a thirdyear accounting student. “I just think it is very useful to help save money on pricey books.” Another app available for the Blackberry and other smartphones is iStudiez Pro, which tracks your entire class schedule and assignments. Detailed and color-coded class schedules make it easy to read. In addition, there is the ability to attach assignments to each course, which then shows up on the calendar, serving as an easy way to keep track of due dates. IStudiez Pro is $2.99. Also check out the 99 cent app “My Schedule” as a cheaper alternative. Although it has fewer features, the app has tools that allow more efficient scheduling. Got a big test coming up and need to study? You’ll want to check out “Cram”, a study tool that allows users to create flash cards and multiple-choice tests with automatically randomized answers. These study aids can be shared with friends and synced to other computers. “Cram” is a bit pricey at $9.99, but offers a great way to study on your way to your class and keeps all of your notes organized in the palm of your hand.

Aside from all the apps made for studying and scheduling, sometimes other factors contribute to the banes of college life, like traffic. “Waze”, available for Motorola Droid users, is the way to travel. This service builds an accurate map of traffic data by tracking the speeds of other Waze users on major roads, allowing for accurate and updated traffic reports. Stephen Serot, a fourth-year theater student, expresses how difficult it is to commute to campus. “I just transferred here and didn’t realize how bad traffic is, coming from Costa Mesa,” said Serot. “If I would have had an app to let me know how bad traffic is in morning, I would have not been late my first day of class.” For students that are constantly trying to stay fit, lose weight and eat properly, “The Carrot” is available for all devices and helps with ways to watch your weight. This app can divulge a variety of important weight loss tips. Users can utilize it to count their calorie intake, heart rate, blood pressure, how much weight they’ve lost and more. It also gives advice for quick onthe-go meals for the busy individual. These helpful applications should make school more of a breeze and multi tasking more efficient. Reach Nazia Querashi at:

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Alumni jump on social media CECILY ARAMBULA

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With Project Jump, alumni Darren Isomoto and Lily Ly have jump-started their careers.

As the popularity of social media websites like Facebook and Twitter grows, so does the need for businesses to hire social media consultants. For Cal Poly Pomona alumni Darren Isomoto and Lily Ly, social media has created a business opportunity with the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation. CPP students have seen posters around campus with the slogan “Do You Like?” and the Facebook “thumbs up.” These posters are part of Isomoto and Ly’s efforts to raise awareness of the social networking websites they have created for the Bronco Bookstore, CPP Dining Services and University Village. Social media has pro-

vided businesses with a new and more modern way to communicate with their consumers. “Social media allows the business and consumer to connect on a more

As their final year of college approached, Isomoto and Ly decided to form a marketing consultant firm that went by the name of “Project Jump.” Together, they offered

We’ve both been very active in understanding and taking part in social media networking... -Lily Ly Cal Poly Pomona Alumna intimate level and at much lower costs than pricey alternatives like purchasing advertising space,” said Isomoto, an international business and marketing management alumnus.

businesses marketing strategies to companies. “We’ve both been very active in understanding and taking part in social media networking from both perspectives of users

and business students,” said Ly, a marketing management alumna. Their marketing strategies soon caught the eye of the Bronco Bookstore. “The Bronco Bookstore took interest in our work and asked us to work with them in developing social media marketing strategies,” said Isomoto. These strategies included Facebook and Twitter pages for the Bronco Bookstore, both created in hopes of increasing business. “The Foundation builds itself upon giving back to the campus, so it made perfect sense to communicate with the students on the social media networks that they thrive on,” said Isomoto. Since then, the Bronco See SOCIAL MEDIA/Pg. 10

Radio program speaks volumes through storytelling KCRW’s new show provides independent radio producers with a new outlet for their art KIMBERLY HADDAD

Staff Writer Radio station KCRW, 89.9 FM, broadcasting and streaming out of Santa Monica, presents “UnFictional,” its latest series showcasing the work of independent producers and storytellers. Created by the station’s general manager, Jennifer Ferro, who had the ambition of providing an additional outlet for selfsupporting producers, the new program “covers the ground between the sophisticated and the profane.” The series began Sept. 28 and will continue airing most Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. “One of Jennifer’s biggest interests is that she wanted to promote the work of independent radio producers,” said Bob Carlson, producer and production director of the series. “She wanted people who produce documentary work and pieces for public radio stations or other programs to share their work.”

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Bob Carlson, producer and production director of KCRW’s new documentary series. KCRW would supply an outlet to assist writers and producers in running their programs. Since the individuals scarcely make any money, the series would be a big help in their success. Both Ferro and Carlson have worked with KCRW for some time, and while sharing a simi-

lar interest in public radio documentaries, Ferro had asked Carlson to initiate the program. With inspiration from radio programs like “This American Life” and “Moth Radio Hour,” he did just that. “What I did was create a show that reveals narrative stories—

people telling stories that inherit suspense and pull people in,” said Carlson. “Those are some of my favorite stories, and that was the kind of template I had set [or] the shape of the box that I am using to collect stories for the program.” Audiences will earn the op-

portunity to connect with writers and producers while hearing chronicles of real life. The series will not only capture the narratives of local producers in Los Angeles but will also include the work of higher profile independents such as the award-winning producer Joe Richman and MacArthur Genius Grant award winner David Isay. “Story telling programs in general are just blowing up right now,” said Carlson. “This whole idea of public story telling in a club setting is just huge. It’s a very popular art form. Some of the stuff includes highly produced documentaries, and some is just a single person telling a story with escorted music.” With narratives including a tear-jerking parable of an Inuit boy who becomes bewildered in the midst of New York City and a personalized story about a woman crossing the border, “Unfictional” is an engaging, tongue in cheek series that most individuals can bond with. “Our goal as a program is to be really entertaining, to be compelling and to draw people in,” said Carlson. Reach Kimberly Haddad at:

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Glaswgow’s pop purveyors’ ‘Write About Love’ DERRICK TARUC

Lifestyle Editor Just like its generic album title, Belle and Sebastian’s latest ful length “Write About Love” can’t help but be a parody of indie pop; ‘60s and ‘70s pop rock and folk; and most of all, itself. Having been writing this kind of pop for so long, a slump almost feels inevitable. But that’s the challenge any long-time band faces: how to be consistent, yet fresh at the same time. In a myriad of ways, the Glasgow band-that-could achieves the former but fails the latter.

Its first album “Tigermilk” came out in 1996, a record that emerged at the tail end of grunge and the height of Britpop and alternative. At the time, its blend of ‘60s folk and pop with touches of the Baroque was a welcome respite from all the crunchy, testosterone-fueled guitars that dominated rock music. Fourteen years later, those bands and genres have become sources for nostalgia while Belle and Sebastian lives on— which says a lot about the band (and its fans). Since then, front man Stuart Murdoch and company have released pop albums that always felt special. Like the slouchy indie band Pavement, Belle and Sebastian were a band that you could imagine having a beer (or

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Belle and Sebastian: figuring out the formula for pop. tea) with. Of the group, Murdoch was the one who carried around his journal. In it were half-written stories of lingering dreams,

people who cherished their soul singles, who preferred The Smiths over Morrisey and who carried books under their arms everywhere they went. But one has to grow up sometime, otherwise the whole enterprise just becomes trite. That’s the problem with “Write About Love.” Belle and Sebastian, having played pop for so long and becoming so good at it, has become a mere practitioner of it. The earnest experimentation begun in “Dear Catastrophe Waitress” and continued on in “The Life Pursuit” seems to have been abandoned. Courtesy of Matador Records Belle and Sebastian has simply returned to writing girls experimenting with good pop songs. photography and pornography The elements are there: and a waitress enduring the the buoyant melodies, torture of work as a means for catchy guitar lines, eventual escape. interesting lyrics, wellIt was music meant for

executed arrangements and expert production by Tony Hoffer (who has worked with Beck, Goldfrapp and Silversun Pickups). When put together, it doesn’t sound like a bad thing; but when it’s the difference between good and sublime—like most of its past efforts—“good” is just not good enough. Belle and Sebastian have gotten the consistency down, but unlike other institutions like Sonic Youth or Stereolab who manage somehow to keep things fresh, it has to find a way to reimagine its sound for the better. But it’s only their seventh album. The next one might just be as good, but here’s hoping that it will be great instead. Rating: 3/5 stars Reach Derrick Taruc at:

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‘Kind of a Funny Story’ doesn’t deliver promised laughs As story unravels awkwardness abounds and humor is nowhere to be found

ANTHONY SOLORZANO II

Correspondent In “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” starring Zach Galifianakis from “The Hangover” and Keir Gilhrist, the laughs are given away in the preview. When watching a movie starring one of 2009’s best comedic performers, one

expects to laugh throughout the 90 minute-run time. Some advice to viewers if they decide to watch this movie: Don’t go in expecting a comedy. “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” is not much of a funny story. The film follows Craig, played by Gilhrist, a 16-year-old teen on the verge of suicide. During one of his attempts, he calls the suicidal hotline and is advised to check himself into a psychiatric hospital for depression. In the psychiatric hospital,

Craig befriends a patient by named Bobby, played by Galifianakis. Afterwards, the story starts to unravel, leaving behind the “funny” in the mental institution. Previews and the movie’s marketing lead viewers to expect Galifianakis to crack jokes left and right; however, the audience is left seeing more dark and unstable patient on the verge of suicide instead. It’s interesting to see a comedian such as Galifianakis show his dark

side playing a character on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Another interesting aspect of the movie was Craig describing his meltdown, while over exaggerating the actions leading up to it. “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” has a couple of laughs coming from other patients in the hospital, like a rabbi with occasional LSD flashbacks and a schizophrenic man who rambles on. Gilhrist (“United States of Tara”) does a respectable

performance. Emma Roberts (“Scream 4”) plays Noelle, Craig’s love interest, and has a decent performance as well. Aside from the bleak scenes, a sing-along to a classic rock song and the rare laugh, the movie also has its sweet moments. The relationship between Craig and Bobby starts to evolve from acquaintances to “best friends” in the hospital. You also get an awkward love square story that consists of Craig, Noelle, Nia, who happens to

be Craig’s best friend’s girlfriend, and vomit. There are better movies out there to watch; don’t rush out to see “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”. Wait to rent it, and enjoy it on the comfort of a couch with a bowl of popcorn, in the arms of a loved one. Although it is not worth the full ticket fee to see in a movie theatre, it is worth at least a $4 rental fee. Rating: 3/5 Stars Reach Anthony Solorzano II at:

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Entrepreneurs promote CPP through web Continued from page 8 Bookstore Facebook page has received 2,168 “likes,” and its Twitter page has reached 423 followers. With the success of the Facebook and Twitter pages for the Bronco Bookstore among CPP students, other businesses under the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation began to recognize Isomoto and Ly’s work. “After increasing the Bronco Bookstore’s interaction with the student body, Cal Poly Pomona Foundation’s other enterprises took interest in our work,” said Ly. “By the end of the school year, they hired us into their marketing department to develop social media strategies for their other enterprises.” Because the social media websites worked so well for the Bronco Bookstore, Isomoto and Ly decided to use them to promote the CPP Dining Services and University Village. “They allow the Foundation’s units to better communicate with the students and in turn, better cater to them,” said Isomoto. The Bronco Bookstore websites are used to inform students about sales, promotions, store policies and when certain items, like the iPad, are in stock. The Facebook website also features the “Bronco Minute,” which is a video released every other week that gives students new information about the bookstore and offers a free

giveaway. The CPP Dining Services websites are used to promote events, such as when it was used to promote the Hot Dog Caper event this past month. The dining services websites have also been used for free giveaways for students. The Village, the newest addition to Isomoto and Ly’s social media sites for CPP, is used to inform students living in the village of residence programs and help students build a community. Isomoto and Ly have even more plans to keep students connected this year. “We’ve got some big things planned for the entire school year,” said Ly. These plans are starting with new ways to get students involved. “Currently, we’re putting together our first-ever Facebook-exclusive model search for our students, as well as other big contests and giveaways,” said Isomoto. Through what was once called “Project Jump,” Darren Isomoto and Lily Ly have found a way to keep CPP students informed and united as a campus. The best way they say students can stay connected to what’s going on around their campus is to just “like” and “follow.”

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This year’s event raised about $6,000 with the help of outside artists, including some who traveled hours to volunteer their time. Noel Terracina, 35, a volunteer guest artist from Las Vegas, happily volunteered her time and artistic talent for the cause. She heard about what Ink’d Chronicles was doing at a tattoo convention through Big Ceeze, one of the artists from the shop in Pomona. “We put our heart into what we do, so days like this are really special,” she said. Terracina was moved as she watched survivors come into the shop and share their stories. Six-year-survivor Doyel said she learned “not to take anything for granted” through her time battling breast cancer. Before heading back to the parlor to receive the pink ribbon tattoo, Doyel tearfully expressed and her long-time friend embracing her, that this time in their lives has been a time of deep emotional struggle but has also enabled their friendship to grow closer and stronger. “You cry a lot when you’re going through something like this, but you laugh a lot too,” she said. Reach Amanda Newfield at:

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Terry Dipple, center, is the owner of Ink’d Chronicles on Second Street in Pomona and the creator of the event Tattoos for the Cure.

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sentiments. Though it has a $20 quarterly membership fee, Cal Poly Formula Racing, like many other clubs, has to fund raise in order to supplement the money they receive from Associated Students, Inc. and the Engineering Council. In addition to selling T-shirts, the team sells food at the Solo2 autocross event once or twice a month. The team must also rely heavily on sponsorships. The team’s sponsors include Reliable Auto Transport, Costa Mesa R&D Automotive Machine Shop, Carroll Racing Development, Plas-

core, Anheuser Busch and Cal Mesa Steel Supply, Inc among others. “We are extremely sponsor dependent,” said Whitaker. “If all are our sponsors were to leave, this club would not exist.” The team plans to compete later this year in Michigan,

where they will have to deal with slick road conditions. The team tests after the fire department completes water drills, in order to simulate the conditions in Michigan. Though the competition is fierce, there is a large sense of camaraderie at the competitions said Whitaker.

“No one wants to be the best because the competition broke their car,” said Whitaker. “You want to be the best because your better and you beat them fair and square.”

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Orange County auto show going green Innovations in green technology highlighted at the annual auto show

Hyundai actually had a significant presence at the Opinions Editor show. The company brought Fall is here at last, but despite examples of its restyled Sonata the seasonal hues of orange and and recently introduced Genesis Coupe. Hyundai has introduced red, the Orange County auto several revamped body styles show was bursting with green. over the last year , and spectator At the show , hybrids and alternative energy vehicles were traffic through the section was as common as the leaves falling up substantially from past years. Toyota, eager to prove its outside. worth after the embarrassing Honda stole the show with “sticky brake pedal” fiasco, their CRZ sport hybrid. A came prepared with one of the sporty hybrid ? Leave it to largest displays at the show . Honda to come up with an There were two, sometimes even idea of that caliber . The car is three, of every model that the a revolutionary concept in the world of hybrids and aims to do company had to of fer. Hybrids what few fuel conscience hybrids were plentiful and of fered as have done before. The name is an optional model for most of A pluga throwback to the company’ s the cars on display . in-electric Prius also made an successful CRX model produced appearance. in the early 80s. Nissan was in attendance at Ford ran a solid display and the OC show—something it did not disappoint fans. A fine decided against the year prior . specimen of its new Boss 302 The company displayed its full Mustang was at the center of lineup, the highlights of which its booth. The company had a included the 370z, Juke sportvibrant display and highlighted cross and the completely electric its new, Fiesta compact as well Leaf. as several hybrid additions to Dodge and Chrysler had two the family . The new mustang of the bleakest sections at the was a hit with the crowd, and show. A handful of unchanged people were eagerly lining up models were all the companies for a test fit. The SVT Raptor, had to show enthusiasts. Cars Ford’s truck of fering to the were spaced 20 to 30 feet apart in serious off-road crowd, was also order to fill the space, walls were a major attraction. barren of promotional materials Chevrolet came prepared and the only eye-catcher was with a slew of special edition a Challenger revolving on a Camaros and an example of its pedestal. 638 horsepower ZR1 Corvette. Fans hoping for a sneak-peek The company also brought a of anything Fiat went home concept Silverado dubbed the disappointed. The latest addition “ZR2.” The truck sported an to the Chrysler corporate family improved off-road suspension, a did not have its feet firmly 550 horsepower LSA engine and planted on American soil well a full wardrobe of carbon-fiber enough to make an appearance. body panels. The ZR2 and SVT raptor were arranged so that they appeared to be engaged in a Reach Evan Perkins at: lifestyle@thepolypost.com staring contest–coincidence?

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E-books are risky business CHRIS BASHAW

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Cash rules everything around me

Before you buy an electronic reader and virtual textbooks, consider the risks you run with further consolidating your life into another machine. Yes, this is the 21st century, and yes, this is a polytechnic university; but devices like Amazon’s “Kindle” or Barnes and Noble’s “Nook” shouldn’t be relied on to replace textbooks. Although these companies have released textbooks from a few publishers, college students should be weary of creating a larger demand for them. At face value, there’s nothing better than a onepound electronic reader that can hold thousands of books in its memory. Virtual textbook prices might even be considerably less because the cost of paper and ink would no longer be a factor. However, what is gained in monetary saving can be quickly lost in reliability. Despite entrusting communication, finances and work to computers and other technology, one fell swoop is all it takes to ruin everything. When it comes to technology functioning when needed most, Murphy’s Law, “If something can go wrong it will”—should always be in consideration.

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Assistant Lifestyle Editor “Money has been tight at home, and I have been trying to get a job. I don’t really know how to go about this other than getting some applications and filling them out. I want to still focus on school while working. How can I find a student-friendly job? –Anonymous Although money cannot buy all happiness, it can do so to an extent. The happiness comes from having a satisfied stomach, a shirt on your back, a roof over your head and most of all, financial stability. I applaud your determination to score a job. As college students, and consequently young adults, now is an excellent time to begin building your resume and gaining job experience. While a college degree will definitely advance your future career, an impressive resume will further speed up the hiring process. First and foremost, narrow down what jobs you would like to have. The job market is unfortunately slim due to our struggling economy, so this necessitates being better than the other individuals who are also eager for available jobs. Michael Marinoff, associate director of Cal Poly Pomona’s Career Center, stresses hopefuls to strive for perfection in all aspects of the hiring process: the resume, the application and the interview. “It will always be the highest quality individual for that role who wins,” Marinoff said. “You’re standing there for that job at Starbucks, and there’s 100 people next to you saying that they want the same job. Is your resume better? Are you dressed better? Can you communicate better? Because you need to separate yourself from those 100 people, whether it’s a part-time job or a career opportunity.” When searching for a student-friendly work environment, the best method is to check out on-campus jobs. On-campus jobs have flexible hours and unlike most other part-time jobs, these employers understand that school is a priority and they can schedule work hours around your classes. Moreover, landing a job that is in your department of discipline will give you solid experience in the same field as a future career. For example, my hours working at Cal Poly Pomona’s Writing Center fills unavoidable and large time gaps between classes. Additionally, working with other students and focusing on grammar cerSee Chen/Pg. 13

Consider how vulnerable most laptops are: Drop one and a lot more than the ability to update a Facebook status can be lost. In dropping a book, all that is likely to be lost is half of a calorie picking it back up. What can be said for the laptop can be said for any electronic reader like the Nook or Kindle. Perhaps a student walking to the Bronco Student Center with a Nook collides with an inattentive skateboarder. The Nook flies across the pavement, leaving enough of its circuitry across the cement to make a computer engineering student cringe – there goes $150 and the student’s access to textbooks, not to mention the cost of those textbooks. This freak scenario isn’t to defeat the practicality of an electronic reader. When it comes to expediency, it is the nature of technology to supersede the old ways of doing things. But when it comes to reliability, sometimes the old ways are the most trustworthy. An obvious observation is that the Nook and Kindle require a power supply, which can render the device useless. Books, on the other hand, require no power, save for a light source when it is dark—a relatively cheap investment. But if money is an issue, perhaps electronic readers

do have the upper hand. The Kindle and the Nook can be bought for less than $200, which tends to amount to half a quarter’s-worth of printed textbooks. Books in electronic form also tend to cost half of their printed selling price. Do the math and find out how much money you’ll save with a Kindle or Nook, but heed my warning on how much it will cost you when Murphy’s Law rears its ugly head. Maybe it’s the oldschool journalist attitude in me, but I find a lot of security in the printed word. Information contained in the printed word can never be changed, and there is no need to plug something into the wall to access that information—not to say “Don’t read on the internet,” but rather, there is more comfort in having a, more or less, permanent document in hand as well. If you choose to buy your books electronically, consider the above risks and go out of your way to protect your investments. Many people envy those with fancy gadgets like the Nook and Kindle, but I don’t envy the headaches they go through when “it” hits the fan. Reach Chris Bashaw at:

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Muslim Americans being unfairly persecuted FARHEEN DAYALA

Staff Writer There is a small, red building in New York City with windows tinted a dark shade of black. At all hours of the day, men shamefully wander in and out of its murky interior through a weathered back door. Surprisingly, there are no protesters picketing for the closure of New York Dolls, a strip club two blocks away from ground zero. Yet opposition for a mosque being built the same distance away from the site of the Sept. 11 attacks has been bitter and constant. Why has a mosque, a place of worship, a symbol of peace and a submission to God received more heat from the American population than a strip club? According to a poll conducted in the Aug. 30 issue of Time magazine, 61 per-

cent of American citizens are opposed to the construction of a mosque at ground zero. The controversy surrounding the ground zero mosque– actually two blocks away – is immoral and unjust. It is nothing more than the restriction of First Amendment rights, and affects every American citizen, not just Muslim-Americans. The United States Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Whether you are Muslim, Jewish, Christian, an atheist or none of the above, the fact that someone’s constitutional rights are being attacked should strike a chord within you. If the U.S. Constitution defends the right for people to build this mosque, why

have there been so many rallies, protests, YouTube videos, Twitter updates and blogs decisively against it? The opposition for this institution comes from America’s false stigma of the Islamic faith. In the same way that not all Christians believe in bombing abortion clinics, the people that destroyed the World Trade Center, killing 3,000 innocent people, do not represent the beliefs of Muslim Americans. They are a radical sect, and their actions do not reflect the teachings of Islam. The people building the mosque aren’t the inhuman terrorists that certain media outlets insist they are. In fact, Imam Feisal Rauf and his wife Daisy Khan are American-Muslims wellknown for promoting interfaith dialogue. If one were to look closely at the mosque two blocks

away from ground zero, one would realize that it actually isn’t even a mosque at all. The definition of a mosque is a Muslim temple or place of public worship. While the proposed mosque will have a worship area, the actual building will be utilized as a community center and will be open to the public. The inaccurately described “mosque at ground zero” will have, among other things, a basketball court and a culinary school. Those against the construction of the mosque say building the mosque near ground zero would be the equivalent of building churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. But as Americans, shouldn’t we have a higher regard for religious freedom than other countries? That is what this great country was founded on, is it not?

Since when do U.S. citizens compare their rights and freedoms to those of other nations? Some other countries selectively deprive citizens of education, the right to vote, marriage, freedom or other basic rights the United States grants. So shouldn’t we, as American citizens, have higher standards? Established political commentator, Keith Olbermann, thinks so and openly addressed the issue on his show “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.” “In America when somebody comes for your neighbor or his Bible or his Torah or his Atheist Manifesto or his Quran, you and I do what our fathers did, and our grandmothers did and our founders did: you and I speak up,” said Olbermann. Reach Farheen Dayala at:

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Destruction is imminent for CLA Building AMANDA NEWFIELD

Managing Editor Most individuals would expect that a university known for its college of engineering and accredited architecture program would have impeccable buildings, which exemplify the prestige of the programs. This should especially be the case for the buildings on campus that are used most frequently. Despite the university’ s architectural and engineer ing prestige, Cal Poly Pomona is not an example of this. For those of you who haven’t stayed informed, about a month ago the California State University Board of Trustees voted in favor of rebuilding a new student services building. This decision ensured the inevitable destruction of the problematic Classroom Laboratory Administration building, which currently

Illustration coutesy of Aaron Castrejon serves as the student services building as well. The distinct tower was designed by architect Antoine Predock, in the futurist style. The building was completed in 1993 and has since plagued the university with problems. In the past, when explaining to family members and friends, some students said they attended the university with the building from the

1997 science-fiction film “Gattaca.” When referred to correctly, this building is known as the Classroom Laboratory and Administration Building. As of late, some students have referred to the building as “CPP epic fail.” Those individuals are referring to the fact that the building sits directly on the San Jose Hills fault. The CLA Building re-

ceived recognition for having the second-worst seismic score in the California State University system. It was also found to have water intrusion problems right after faculty and staf f members took occupancy. Those certainly sound like epic fails if you ask me. President Michael Ortiz said in a Sept. 15 e-mail that the CLA building is difficult to navigate and basically has wasted internal space. I agree. With those problems considered, this building is more of a nuisance than an icon. I say get rid of the entire thing and leave no memory of it behind. The CLA building was approved and its problems began to arise under University Presidents Hugh LaBounty and Bob Suzuki. Now administration has the opportunity to turn this bad rap around. How about this time we make sure the building is

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tainly refreshes people skills as well as fine-tunes writing skills, both vital for a possible future career in journalism. As for of f-campus jobs, businesses that are open late in the evenings or on weekends are less likely to conflict with school. Unfortunately, retail jobs are usually minimum wage. On the other hand, their hours mesh well by being available after school. Working in restaurants can mean more money , especially if you climb up the ladder from host to server , but the hours and workload are heavy. It just depends on how much free time you are willing to sacrifice in order to earn tips. Sandra Richmond-Morton,

employment/compensation/ classification analyst at Cal Poly Pomona’ s Human Resource Services, has tips on the interviewing process. She reminds students that professional attire is necessary if you want to make a good impression. This includes slacks, a dress shirt and a tie for men and dresses or a blouse with a skirt or slacks for women. “Even if the office has a more casual atmosphere than that, you want to dress appropriately,” Richmond-Morton said. “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Conversely, professional attire includes a bright smile as well. Having a good attitude is also vital in the interviewing

process because nobody wants to work with a “Negative Nancy.” Show that you want to brighten the work place rather than make working more of a chore. “Too much confidence comes off as cockiness,” Richmond-Morton said. “W e need to see some humility . We already have enough managers. We need worker bees ready to step in and help wherever needed.” Nonetheless, it’ s OK to be nervous. The interviewers have been in the positions of interviewees; they understand anxiety in the hiring process. A great way to calm your nerves is to prepare for the interview ahead of time. Inter -

viewStrategies.com is one of many website resources that lists typical interview questions, along with actions and statements to avoid. Show what you have to of fer as an independent and unique individual. If you make sure to present the best version of yourself, chances are that you will land the job and be happily humming to the tune of “Just Got Paid” by ‘N Sync every other Friday. Don’t hesitate to ask a queschen at formspring.me/askmeaqueschen.

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sity officials can make good use of the architectural resources we have right here at home. Reach Amanda Newfield at:

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Broncos hand Pioneers first home loss TIFFANY ROESLER

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Scolinos and the ‘interim’ label ERIK CARR

Sports Editor Last week, Jimmy Ramos was named the interim head coach of the Cal Poly Pomona baseball team. Since 1962, the baseball team has only had three head coaches: John Scolinos (1962-91), Chuck Belk (1992-95) and Mike Ashman (1996-2010). As the interim head coach, Ramos became the third straight head coach to play under Scolinos. Belk was a Bronco pitcher from 1976-77, Ashman was a utility player from 1980-81 and Ramos was a center fielder from 1970-71. Ramos was an assistant coach for the Broncos from 1972-76, 1981-95 and 200410. Ramos’ hiring as the interim head coach is unique because, not only did he play under Scolinos, but he also coached alongside Scolinos while Belk and Ashman played. Now, as far as the “interim” title goes, this is something the head coach of the Broncos has had to deal with before, and it’s a title that people have not taken to kindly. Back in 1991, Belk was named the Broncos interim head coach after Scolinos retired. Despite the implication that the word “interim” brings, Belk was named head coach before the 1992 season began and coached for four seasons, earning overall and CCAA records of 113-111-1 and 64-57, respectively. In comparison, Ramos said that he is going to be the head coach for the fall quarter. Beyond that, however, the future of the head coaching position remains uncertain. Around here, interim does not always mean interim. If it was up to me, I would make Ramos the permanent head coach because he has been a Bronco coach for nearly 30 years, the players know and appreciate him and he has built a good rapport with the returning players. With that rapport, the returning players feel more comfortable and are able to build upon their alreadystrong team dynamic. A new coach could potentially disrupt the team chemistry, leading to negative results. Injuries were the problem with last year’s team, not coaching. In addition, Ramos was the head coach of Esperanza High School in Anaheim from 1978-80. To borrow from a 1992 Los Angeles Times Letter to the Editor about Belk, “Take Interim From Ramos’ Title.” Reach Erik Carr at:

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The Cal Poly Pomona volleyball team went 1-1 last weekend as it ruined Cal State East Bay’s perfect home record, 3-1, and suffered a loss to UC San Diego in four sets. “They were both challenging,” said Head Coach Rosie Wegrich. “We didn’t have a strong enough resolution.” The Broncos are now 6-10 overall and 4-7 in CCAA play. Defeating the Pioneers made no improvement to the Broncos’ CCAA rank, which stands at ninth place. UC San Diego improved its overall record to 8-7 and CCAA record to 5-6. Cal State East Bay is now 12-4 overall and 7-4 in the CCAA. Cal State East Bay and UC San Diego are ranked third and eighth, respectively. The Broncos started off strong in the first set, earning 16 kills and minimizing their errors, while the UC San Diego Tritons had 12 kills and seven errors. “We work together and we play well. That’s the way we win,” said junior right side Kristin McNeese. “[We need to] talk more and get in our flow. Set one, we had a flow.” Sets two, three and four proved to be more difficult for the Broncos. “[We did] not apply some solutions on how to get the one successful two or three or four-point breakdowns,” Wegrich said. “We’ve got to find solutions to that.” Sophomore libero Kelly Bonja had 19 digs and played a pivotal role between the two matches. “Bonja has been outstanding for us all night,” Wegrich said. “[She] did really good.” Freshman outside hitter Jessica Doerner earned 10 kills and two blocks against the Tritons and 10 kills against the Pioneers. “I feel like I can always do better,” Doerner said. “I’m always pushing myself to be up there, but I think I

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Junior right side Kristin McNeese (left) and sophomore middle blocker Lindsay Poulos (center) attempt to block the hit of UC San Diego’s junior outside hitter Roxanne Brunsting (right). could’ve made a few more smarter decisions.” McNeese had a good weekend, leading the Broncos in kills for both matches, with 12 kills against UC San Diego and 14 against Cal State East Bay. “I felt like the sets were there, but I made errors” McNeese said. “I need to learn to better the ball. [I] need to just be more aggressive on serve receive and blocking.” Friday night’s game against Cal State East Bay was an exciting win for the Broncos as they stripped the Pioneers of their perfect home record for the 2010 season. “We played more steady and very consistent,” Wegrich said. Consistency and communication played an integral

role in the Broncos’ victory. “We had a lot more fire and we were clicking,” Doerner said. “Overall, I think we know what we need to improve on and we’re all going to work hard for next weekend.” Despite having a young team, both of the Broncos’ freshmen setters have stepped up their game and adjusted to the CCAA style of play. “I don’t really see an age difference,” said freshman front row setter Leeanne Currie. “I’m not intimidated.” Freshman back row setter Katie Colin also feels unaffected by their age difference. “At first, I was nervous,” Colin said. “I don’t even notice an age difference any-

more.” “We need to pick up our intensity as a team,” Currie said regarding the Broncos style of play. “We tend to get in a rut and not be able to execute or get out of it or finish games.” The Cal Poly Pomona volleyball team travels to Seaside this Friday, where it will start its weekend against second-place Cal State Monterey Bay and finish the weekend at fifth-place San Francisco State on Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. Friday’s match will conclude the first half of CCAA Conference play this season. Cal State Monterey Bay is 12-2 overall and 9-2 against division rivals. San Francisco State is 10-6 overall and 7-4 in CCAA play.

Last year’s match against Cal State Monterey Bay in the first half of the conference ended in a comeback victory for the Broncos as they beat the Otters in five sets. McNeese earned 10 kills and Bonja had 16 digs. However, last season’s match against San Francisco State ended in a hard loss. The Broncos lost in four sets to the Gators but were able to take set three with an overall .389 attack percentage. McNeese earned kills in the double digits. The Broncos return home on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. for their upcoming five-match home stretch, beginning with Cal State Los Angeles.

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Cross-country teams triumph at Triton TIFFANY ROESLER

Correspondent The Cal Poly Pomona men’s and women’s crosscountry teams were both victorious at the Triton Classic last Saturday at UC San Diego, placing first in their

respective races. “What we have to realize is that, our season is pushed three weeks back, so we’re still getting our race legs underneath us right now,” said Head Coach Troy Johnson after both races ended. “They fought and responded today

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Freshman Lizette Macias (right) races to the finish in the scorching heat at the 5-km UC San Diego Triton Classic last Saturday.

like we wanted them to.” Both teams competed against an array of Div. I, Div. II and junior college representatives. The men’s team acquired places fourth through sixth, with senior Matthew Prentice leading the Broncos with an overall time of 32 minutes and 52 seconds. He was followed by fellow seniors, Stephen Kent (32:58.9), and Jose Marquez (33:19.9), who took fifth and sixth place, respectively. Not far behind them were Junior Gustavo Cruz (33:41.6) in 10th place and freshman Ryan Carrell (33:43.7) in 11th. “[My performance] was good; it was solid [and] I have a lot of work to do still.” Prentice said. “Overall, the team did well.” Later that day, the women’s team showed progress as it took first place in the 6-kilometer race, an improvement from its second place finish at the Coyote Invitational the week before. Sophomore Tiffany Dinh took fifth place overall, run-

ning a 22:46. Senior Amber Hebb (23:10.3) followed shortly in eighth place, followed by senior Sarah Garcia (23:26.7) in 10th. “I thought [I performed] pretty strong[ly],” said Dinh. “Everyone looked strong actually, so I thought it was a good performance overall by everyone.” Freshman Fabiola Lugo (23:44.4), junior Diana Zapata (23:48.3), and redshirt freshman, Sarah Gulli (23:48.3) placed 15th, 16th and 17th, respectively. “The team overall did a really good job,” Hebb said. “We really worked together. This is the closest we’ve been packed [together] in this season so far, so [the race] ended really well.” As the Broncos move closer to the CCAA Championships and NCAA Div. II Regionals, their progress climbs with them. “We’re real excited [about] where we’re at.” Johnson said. “We’re right where we need to be.” The hard work does not

stop there. Cal Poly Pomona’s cross-country teams are training aggressively by trying to do more “pack running.” “[We’re trying to] just improve and get sharper,” Johnson said. “[We need to] have some of our younger runners step up.” Through pack running, the teams produce stronger scores when they cross the finish line because the teammates cross the finish line together, which in effect, weakens the team scores of opponents. This strategy was key to the success of the finishes at the Coyote Invitational. “I think we have a strong team; one of the strongest in a long time,” said Dinh. “I’m happy about it.” The Broncos next travel to Whittier, where they will host the Bronco Preview Meet on Oct. 23. The women’s 6-km race will begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by the men’s 8-km race at 8:15 a.m. Reach Tiffany Roesler at:

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Men’s soccer team drowns aquatic foes Alber named new director KIMBERLY HADDAD

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The Cal Poly Pomona men’s soccer team earned two victories over the weekend over Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State, winning 3-0 and 3-2, respectively. The Broncos move up to fourth place in the South Division, boasting a 7-4-1 record overall and a 5-4-1 conference record. Overall in the North Division, the 6-5-1 Gators and the 0-9-2 Otters remain in fourth and sixth place, respectively. The Gators are 4-5-1 in CCAA play, while the Otters are 0-7-2. The Broncos played San Francisco State on Sunday and won 3-2. “This was a great game for us,” said Head Coach Lance Thompson. “We’ve been in a little bit of a low with the loss to Dominguez and San Diego, so we’re really anxious to get back out here and get back on track to start a streak. We’re very pleased with the result.” Junior forward/midfielder Jonathan Enns gave the team a head start after scoring the

first goal just 88 seconds into the game. Later on, the Broncos scored another two goals in the duration of only 11 seconds. Junior forward Luis Gonzalez and junior midfielder/forward Anthony Salcedo scored at 29:06 and 29:17, respectively, pushing the team to a 3-0 lead. The Gators caught up to the Broncos, scoring two goals in the 87th minute of the game, but with unwavering defense, the Broncos held their lead, winning 3-2. Friday’s game took place during a sweltering afternoon under the bluest sky as the Broncos shut out the visiting Otters, 3-0. Despite the fact that the first goal was scored at 9:38 in the game by Enns, the Broncos attempted countless openings to score but the shots continuously fell short. “We have a lot of areas that we’ve been working on addressing,” said Head Coach Lance Thompson. “The main thing has just been finishing our chances. We’re first or second in our shots but not first or second in our goals, so we want to continue finishing our

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Broncos junior midfielder Jonathan Enns (left) is assisted by junior forward Luis Gonzalez (right) in Sunday’s game vs. San Francisco State. chances. We had another 23 shots today and we did a better job, scoring three goals.” Not only did the game open with a solid initiation, the Broncos earned themselves a successful win after Enns scored a second goal on an assist by senior defender Justin Valashinas in the 86th minute. Finally, after an impressive pass from junior midfielder Nick Costanza, junior midfielder/defender Fabian

Perez brought the Broncos to their closing triumph during the final minute of regulation. “The game went really well, I mean we came here to win,” Enns said. “When I scored the goals, I really just wanted to put it away. It all happens so quickly; we don’t have time to think about it.” The Broncos play their next two matches against the second-place division rival

Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes on Friday and Sunday. The Coyotes are 8-3-1 overall and 6-3-1 against CCAA teams. Friday’s match will be played in San Bernardino and Sunday’s match will be played at Kellogg Field. Kickoff for both matches will be at 2 p.m.

Staff Writer Cal Poly Pomona’s women’s soccer team defeated Cal State Monterey Bay, 4-2, on Friday, then fought their way to a scoreless tie against San Francisco State at Kellogg Field on Sunday. Following the weekend

home stand, the Broncos’ record improved to 6-3-3 overall and 4-3-3 in conference play. Cal Poly Pomona ranks fourth behind Cal State Dominguez Hills in the CCAA Southern Division. Sunday’s home action saw the Broncos keep pace with the visiting Gators as they participated in their second

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Sophomore forward Angela Garcia controls the ball during a breakaway against San Francisco State freshman defender Mari Mendizabal.

double overtime game of the season. Despite 96 degree heat, the Broncos recorded 21 shots on goal versus the Gators’ six. San Francisco State’s sophomore goalkeeper Annicia Jones managed 10 saves throughout Sunday’s match, as Cal Poly Pomona’s prolific offense came close to breaking through with the winning goal on several instances, particularly in the second period of regulation where it produced 10 shots on goal to the Gators’ three. Head Coach Isabelle Harvey said she was happy with the team’s effort at home on Sunday, despite not coming away with a win. “I think we played very well,” Harvey said. “Unfortunately, the ball didn’t fall where we wanted it to, but we did everything that we could. You look at the 21 shots that we had, sometimes you just cannot do it the way you would like to, but I thought the team played very well.” Freshman goalkeeper Sarah Rohman had another solid

outing for the Broncos, playing all 110 minutes and finishing with three saves. However, her teammates said that the secret to the team’s early success this season can be attributed to a total team effort philosophy. In Friday’s contest, the Broncos took an early 2-0 lead on goals by junior forward Justine Barclay and junior forward Jennifer Rivera, but the Otters came back to tie the game in the second half. The Broncos did not panic and got two more goals from junior forward Valerie Strawn and sophomore forward Angela Garcia to secure the victory. Strawn, whose goal on Friday gave the Broncos a 3-2 lead, said the victory over Monterey Bay was an example of the team’s commitment toward playing well together as a unit. “As a whole, we played very good together,” Strawn said. “We moved forward as a team, and defended as a team and that was the main

Jimmy Ramos ERIK CARR

Sports Editor Veteran Cal Poly Pomona baseball coach Jimmy Ramos was named the interim head coach last Monday. “It feels good,” said Ramos. “I feel honored to do this. I thank the Administration for giving me the opportunity to do this.” Ramos succeeds Mike Ashman, who retired after 15 seasons as the head coach of the Broncos. This makes Ramos the third straight coach to have played under the late John Scolinos and later became the Broncos’ head coach. Ramos said Scolinos was very influential to him wanting to be a coach.

pied through the end of the 2010 season. The plan for now, however, is that Ramos will only be the head coach during the fall quarter, in which the baseball team will begin its training for the upcoming season. Prior to the start of next season, a permanent head coach is expected to be named. It is not clear right now if Ramos will be considered for the head coaching job. At publication time, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Brian Swanson could not be reached for comment. If a permanent head coach is named, Ramos’ future with the Broncos will be contingent on what the new head coach decides. “That’s got to be up to the head coach,” Ramos said. “Every head coach has his own priorities. If he wants me to stay, I’d be glad to stay.” Regardless of whether or not he will stay on as a coach, Ramos said fans can expect to see a different team compared to last year’s team. “We’re going to be

young,” Ramos said. “We have a lot of new players this year.” How the team will play, however, will depend on what the strengths of the players are. “You coach according to your personnel,” Ramos said. “If we have a lot of fast guys, we’ll play a fast game.” Upon learning that Ramos was named as the interim head coach, the general reception to the news has been very positive amongst his players. “I was happy,” said senior catcher Michael Neff. “I kind of knew it was going to be him. Neff said he was “shocked” that Ramos was not named as the permanent head coach. Junior catcher Jenzen Torres said that no matter who becomes head coach at the start of next season, the main priority is developing a good relationship with the other teammates. “The biggest thing next season is coming together as a family,” Torres said. “Coming together as a team with how many other guys

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we have and just play good baseball.” As a coach, Ramos has a deep knowledge of the game of baseball and has articulated that knowledge to his players to make them a better team. “He knows the game, he knows the fundamentals,” Torres said. “He keeps it simple.” Neff believes that the Ramos and the Broncos are inseparable. “I just think he’s the perfect fit as a coach,” Neff said. No matter where Ramos coaches next season, one place he does not act as a coach is in his family life. Ramos and his wife Liza have been married for more than 35 years. They have a son, a daughter and a grandson, but Ramos does his best to distinguish between being a coach on the field, and a husband and father at home. “I try to keep it separate,” Ramos said. “I feel that on the field, you coach, and off the field, you’re a family man.” Reach Erik Carr at:

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focus of that game, playing as a team. Because we played as a team, we had so much success in getting our goals.” Senior defender/forward Britany Garrett, who assisted on Barclay’s goal, agreed. “In the past, our team probably would have let down,” Garrett said. “We started strong, even though they scored two goals, but we stayed positive and got the win.” As for Sunday’s overtime tie, Garrett said, “It’s hard, but it’s our home field and we have a lot of pride in defending our home field. We wanted to send them home with a loss. Unfortunately, it ended up a tie, but we worked hard the whole time.” The Broncos return this weekend to play two matches against Cal State San Bernardino on Friday and Sunday. Friday’s match is away and Sunday’s match is at Kellogg Field. Both matches begin at 11:30 a.m. Reach Ariel Carmona at:

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Ramos chosen as interim head coach “He inspired us to be coaches,” Ramos said. “He was more than a coach: He was a teacher of the game. He cared more about you off the field than on the field.” Despite the 2011 baseball season marking his 28th season as an assistant coach for the Broncos, this will be his first as their head coach. In between stints at Cal Poly Pomona, Ramos was a coach at Mt. SAC for one season in 1977. This was followed by a three-season stint as the head coach of the baseball team at Anaheim’s Esperanza High School from 1978-80. Ramos then returned for his second stint as a Bronco assistant coach, which lasted 15 seasons from 198195. In 1996, Ramos returned to Mt. SAC as an assistant coach and stayed there until 2000. Later in 2000, he became an assistant coach at Fullerton Junior College, where he stayed through the 2003 season. The following year, Ramos returned to Cal Poly Pomona as an assistant coach, a position he occu-

ERIK CARR

Ivan Alber, the sports information assistant of UC San Diego, was named as Cal Poly Pomona’s sports information director. He is slated to begin later this week. Alber succeeds Mark Reinhiller, who resigned from the sports information position last month to accept the associate athletics director/ media relations position at Cal State San Bernardino. Reinhiller accepted this position to be closer to his home in Beaumont. “[At] Cal Poly Pomona, each of their teams is competitive, certainly the men’s basketball team,” Alber said. “I’m just excited to be a part of the [Athletic] Department as a whole.” Alber spent more than two years, off and on, at UC San Diego as its sports information assistant and was the main contact for eight of UC San Diego’s 23 sports. He also assisted in the media relations realm of the school’s athletic department. Prior to UC San Diego, Alber interned with the San Diego Padres for five months from May-October 2007. After his first stint at UC San Diego, he worked fulltime for nine months at trading card company Upper Deck as an MLB sports coordinator. Both the internship and Upper Deck allowed him to utilize his abilities in journalism, project management and publication design. “Working [in] sports is never a typical day,” Alber said. “Padres and Upper Deck taught me to be diverse on your skill set. You never know what’s going to happen.” Alber also said that he did advanced scouting work, among other things, for the Padres where he worked under Jeff Kingston, now the assistant general manager of the Seattle Mariners baseball team. Alber returned to UC San Diego as its sports information assistant in the summer of 2009. Originally from Eastern Pennsylvania, Alber grew up as a fan of all Philadelphia sports teams such as the Phillies and the Eagles. He later became a doublemajor in Management and Journalism at the University of Richmond, graduating with a bachelor’s in Business Administration in 2007. As for his future at Cal Poly Pomona, Alber gave a glimpse into what he would like to see happen. “Down the line, I’d like to develop opportunities for students,” Alber said. “I’d love to continue to let students to contribute to athletics.”

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